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DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

May 20, 2008

GOOD LEBRON DEBATE .. ANTHONY V. BAYLESS

VECSEY JUMPS ON THE BASH LEBRON BANDWAGON, DOES HE HAVE A POINT?

You may disagree with Peter but it is refreshing to see him simply state his opinion and not make up stories as he did twice in a week, two weeks ago.

After years of being targeted by defensive gameplans you’d think LeBron (i.e. coach Mike Brown) would understand (insist) that by giving up the ball sooner on each possession (and continuing to move), the greater difficulty opponents have surrounding James when he gets it back in better scoring position.

 

WHY DOES HORSE RACING’S DUTROW GET A FREE PASS?

Big Brown’s trainer is the equivalent of Dave Bliss taking Cincinnati to the Final Four in 2011. How is this guy still working in the racing industry?

Dutrow’s ARCI rap sheet contains 72 entries, including fines and suspensions in Maryland, California, New York, Florida, Delaware and New Jersey.

Several of those are for his own personal conduct; many involve marijuana. Others include: an alleged attempt to pass forged checks in Maryland; an attempt to provide a false urine sample “by means of an apparatus concealed on his person”; and a failure to report on a New York license application a 1991 criminal conviction in Nevada.

And he’s been fined or suspended at least once every year since 2000 for doping issues. In 2000, a barn search in New York produced “an injectible vitamin which is forbidden.” In ’01, a horse had excessive Lasix — an anti-bleeding medication — in its system. In ’02, Dutrow “failed to follow Lasix procedures.” In ’03, a horse tested positive for Mepivacaine. From ’04 through an ’08 fine in Florida, there were citations regarding Lasix, Clenbuterol, Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone.

COME ON, YOU KNOW IT’S WRONG…TISK, TISK WEBSTER!!

PREAKNESS INFIELD LOOKS LIKE GOOD WHOLESOME, FAMILY FUN

COUGAR V. BRITNEY…COUGAR WINS AGAIN

The other day, we faced-off 39-year old Jennifer Aniston v. 26 y.o. Britney…no contest.

Here is 38-year old Mariah Carey and more Britney at the beach in Costa Rica.

HOOPS RECRUITING UPDATE

UNLV looked to have it’s pick of the litter a few weeks back with Kentucky’s Derrick Jasper and Pepperdine’s Malcolm Thomas looking at Vegas as a transfer destination. Things have gotten really quiet.

Thomas is apparently an academic mess. Reports are that UNLV is clearly behind UCLA and San Diego State in the race.

Jasper is now being courted by Minnesota (former KY coach Tubby Smith) and Cal along with the Rebels. There is also some buzz in Lexington that he may just stay at Kentucky. Stay tuned.

UNLV is also being mentioned in the race for another transfer. Curtis Kelly, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, is leaving UConn.

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com is reporting that Kelly is looked at K-State this weekend. He told Goodman that he’s also considering  UNLV, Kentucky, Xavier, Rhode Island, Virginia and Miami.

Kelly, ranked ahead of …Wayne Chism (Tenn), Taj Gibson (USC), Ryan Anderson (Cal)…was the 11th-rated PF in 2006 coming out of Rice (Manhattan). He chose UConn over L’Ville, Pitt and Syracuse. 

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

May 19, 2008

HUGGY SNAGS TOP REMAINING RECRUIT

Bob Huggins gets it done again with another one-year wonder. Devin Ebanks, a top 15 forward out of NYC, chose WVU over Memphis, Rutgers and Texas.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…TOUGH BREAK (HA-HA!!) FOR BYU

The Cougars suffered a huge loss when C Trent Plaisted officially bolted for the NBA. He was one of the rare true big men in the MWC.

DUMBASS OF THE DAY

TWO ELITE MMA HEAVYWEIGHTS GO AT IT IN JAPAN

5/17/08 fight – Josh Barnett Vs Jeff Monson Pt1

5/17/08 fight – Josh Barnett Vs Jeff Monson Pt 2

5/17/08 fight – Josh Barnett Vs Jeff Monson Pt 3

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

May 12, 2008

TUBBO PUTS HIS FAT FOOT IN HIS MOUTH

Andruw Jones committed the cardinal sin when it comes to pro athletes. He ripped the fans in Los Angeles.

Read The Sports Pig’s account of T.J. Simers v. Jones and how “tubbo” put a nail in his own coffin.

DAN LE BATARD SHOCKS THE SPORTS WORLD!!!

Miami Herald columnist did something in his final story that I thought I’d never see in the history of the media.

LeBatard is taking a sabbatical and actually admits his work was sub-standard.

I’ve always been driven nuts by the hypocrisy in the sports media.

For example….writers will kill someone like Shaq for rapping and acting in addition to his NBA career. The thought is that the athlete is spreading himself too thin to be 100% effective at his craft. Yet there are a load of sportswriters who have added radio and television shows to their job responsibilities. There’s rarely a word that their job performance will be substandard because they’re spread too thin. Unless they get fired for that reason like Stephen A. Smith was by ESPN1050 and the Philly Daily News.  

LeBatard actually admitted on Sunday that he’s not doing good work for the Herald…

Besides, I’m doing you, the reader, a disservice when I go to write from an NFL Draft that could not possibly bore me more at this point in my life. And I don’t deserve to be paid for a diluted version of a column that I value too much to cheapen with a lack of passion. My column has lacked life for a while now because I’m stretched too thin with other obligations.

I wonder if Peter Vecsey is spread too thin? Or is he just lazy and incompetent? Last week, he got nabbed twice making up stories in the N.Y. Post.

DUMBEST COMMERCIAL EVER

Why would the WNBA compare itself to men’s rec leagues? How does insulting 35-year old men drive them to the TV to watch women’s pro ball? 

OJ MAYO SCANDAL…WRITERS CALLED IT YEARS AGO

CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel warned USC….Burned by Bush, USC should be wary of Mayo 

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel blames NCAA president Miles Brand

Good example of the problem with college hoops recruitng. Yahoo’s story on the Pump Brothers

IS JENNIFER ANISTON REALLY A COUGAR?

I think it’s too early to call Aniston a cougar. She is hanging with 30-year old John Mayer but the 39-year old is far from being in the cougar category. This from the Everything2.com….

A woman over the age of 35 who is single or divorced (the more times, the better) who seeks out younger males for sex. Cougars can be tacky women with big hair and loud mouths or they can be graceful and eloquent. Either way, their attraction to younger men is always apparent in their social habits and body language.

Calling Aniston a cougar suggests that young men like her for her money and that’s she’s on her last legs looks-wise. I don’t think that’s the case with Jen. Do you?

Check out the rest of the Aniston-Mayer pictures.

BRITS ARE OUT-BOOBING US

The U.S. has clearly fallen in status in terms of international competition. Our basketball and baseball teams are middle of the pack now after years of dominance. That said, we could always hang our hats on our success in the Battle of the Breasts. Pam Anderson, Dolly Parton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Russell, Jayne Mansfield, Anna Nicole Smith, Scarlett Johannson, Jenna Jameson, Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Tara Reid, etc. teamed up to secure American domination. 

The Brits have stepped up with two competitors who are turning the BOTB world on its ears. We’ve already chronicled the Keeley Hazell (NSFW) explosion. She’s got some BIG competition coming from a fellow Brit, Gemma Atkinson. Wow!!

 

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

May 2, 2008

WHY DWYANE? WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BY WADE’S APPEARANCE ON TNT

Dwyane Wade and Star Jones Are What?????

DID INDIANA TRANSFER WANT TO BEAT TOM CREAN’S ASS?

Crean had to call local police when 6-foot-9 Eli Holman got angry after announcing his intent to transfer.

ESPN WRITER CALLS KIMBO SLICE A SLAVE

LZ Granderson can sure get people worked up. Granderson was a loud voice during the John Ameachi, “coming out of the closet” saga. Now he’s disturbed by the image he feels is being put forth by MMA star Slice.

I don’t know if he’s necessarily stupid, because I’ve never met the man, but he certainly seems to be misguided. Why else would Slice disregard all sense of honor, pride and history to project an image that can best be described as a cross between Lil’ Wayne and Kunta Kinte — a runaway slave with a mouth full of gold teeth playing up every single stereotype of an African-American male in exchange for short-lived adoration from a soulless media with ADD.

In a recent photo shoot with ESPN The Magazine, a shirtless Slice makes a variety of menacing/coonish facial expressions that are uncomfortably close to those of a caged animal, which he is routinely referred to online. Fortunately, the Mag opted not to run most of the shots, but there are still various clips on the Internet that refer to Slice being from the wild jungle, including photos of a gorilla instead of his headshot. And the YouTube clip mentioned earlier is pretty close to a lynch mob environment. All of which he seems to be playing up as part of his act.

ARIZONA STATE NOW CHANGING ITS TUNE ON CHEERLEADERS

What a crazy coincidence…pictures pop up on the net with some ASU cheerleaders in underwear, then two days later the squad is being “reassigned.” But ASU officials say its just an odd coincidence…

There are reports the pictured women have caused Arizona State to cut cheerleading from its athletic program.

Absolutely not so, school offcials say.

All that’s happening, school officials say, is that overseeing the squad is being assigned to the director of the marching band, in an effort to better coordinate all sideline activities on game days.

“We just can’t emphasize enough that those two things are unrelated,” ASU sports information director Mark Brand told Game On! today.

Initially, ASU officials said the photos all were of former ASU cheerleaders.  But Steve Hank, the school’s associate athletic director for marketing and revenue generation, said he has since learned two of the six women pictured are current cheerleaders.

No punitive action is being pursued, the school officials said.

The Internet chatter about ASU’s cheerleaders picked up momentum last night when Phoenix’ FOX affiliate reported ASU’s athletic department would eliminate cheerleading because of the photos.

Brand and Hank said the timing of the photos appearing on the Internet and reassigning oversight of the cheerleaders was “a total coincidence.”

JASON WHITLOCK CHIMES IN ON COSTASNOW BLOG/SPORTSRADIO PIECES

This is a funny column by Whitlock on FoxSports.com. Here are some of the best lines….

  • I used to be a more regular reader of deadspin until the site published a post suggesting that a prominent sportscaster was spotted at a Super Bowl party texting a woman late at night for a hookup. Allegedly one of Leitch’s correspondents looked over the married sportscaster’s shoulder and read the text message.
  • Bloggers might be inspired by their loathing of traditional media, but they are not the cause of our growing irrelevance. We did that with our refusal to adapt to new technology, our clutching of political correctness and the transparency of our agenda-driven “objective journalism.”
  • The segment on sports-talk radio was superior. Costas had a perfect storm of panelists for that segment. In Michael Strahan, Mitch Albom and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, the show had a world-class athlete, a world-class writer and a world-class @$$. That trio overshadowed the fact that HBO producers put together a taped setup piece that featured the original sports blogger, afraid-of-the-locker-room coward Jay Mariotti as the voice of reason preaching to talk-radio hosts about ethics. Next week I’ll be hosting a show blasting Oprah for putting on weight.

UNLV HOOPS A HOT COMMODITY… NOT ENOUGH SLOTS FOR ALL THE POTENTIAL RECRUITS

May 1, 2008

UNLV’s hoops beat writer, Matt Youmans joined us. There’s some great transfers who are considering Lon Kruger’s program.

Youmans outlines the good “dilemma” facing UNLV. Use scholarships on the transfers or save them to land three top 100 players who hoop it up in Vegas?

CLICK HERE FOR THE YOUMANS INSIGHT

 

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 25, 2008

TYPICAL SPORTS TALK HOST

We point out all the time, the hypocrisy of guys doing sportsradio around the country. They’ll hammer athletes and say they don’t deserve a second chance when they get in trouble off the field. Yet when one of my peers makes an error, he always gets a second chance (check Mike North, Gregg Williams, Steve Fredericks, Damon Perry, Mike Missanelli etc.).

They’re also the first guys to rip an athlete for not being a “team player” and that an athlete’s ego is too big.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa is a prime example. He can pound on athletes but when someone takes a jab at him…all bets are off.

His partner Chris Russo was on David Letterman earlier this week. Letterman said he listened to the show all the time and took a shot at Francesa.

Watch the mood in the WFAN studio change when the Mike & the Mad Dog staff plays the audio back for Francesa. Hell, even Russo looks scared and begins to apologize.

Is there any doubt Francesa raised holy hell during the next break?

Mike & the Mad Dog Russo Letterman Appearance comments

BAY AREA WRITERS HAD IT RIGHT ABOUT STANFORD A.D.

The Trent Johnson move to LSU was strange, right?

Tim Kawakami called it from the get-go saying AD Bob Bowlsby is incompetent and for some reason wanted to push Johnson out the door.

Have you seen the coach Stanford most recently expressed interest in? Larry Brown!!!! That’s right 67-year old, job-bailing Larry Brown.

Jon Wilner from the San Jose Mercury News is all over the story saying..

We’re now in the third week of Stanford’s search to replace Trent Johnson. Given
that it probably will extend into the weekend, it seems pretty clear that there was no Plan B in case Johnson left.

Or maybe athletic director Bob Bowlsby had a Plan B, and that Plan scooted off to Berkeley a week before Johnson departed for Baton Rouge.

 The lack of a coach is killing Stanford on the recruiting trail. The Cardinal have lost their top big man recruit, Miles Plumlee.

 

CRAZY ELI CLEANING OUT ANIMAL CAGES????

 

You remember Elijah Dukes?

 

He’s the batty outfielder from the Devil Rays who made his divorce very public with his radio interviews and then his wife struck back blasting him on radio and in the local paper.

 

Dukes, now with the Washington Nationals, was also popped on a marijuana charge and failed to show for court. For doing so, he got 31 months probation.

 

The Tampa Trib reports he’s found a way to cut down on his probation

 

To get his misdemeanor probation cut short by five months, former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes spent 25 hours during the past week cleaning out cages and mopping at Lowry Park Zoo.

 

JIM GRAY IS OUT OF WORK? WHO KNEW?

 

I was sideswiped by this one. I hear Gray all the time on Westwood One and saw him recently on Showtime Boxing, but now he’s destitude?

 

He was fired by ABC/ESPN and is now looking for work.

 

A lot of fans hate Gray, I’m not one of them. He’s one of the rare sideline reporters who will tweak and push athletes. Cokin and I still argue over his “great” interview of Pete Rose.

 

It is pretty sad to see fans dislike him so much that there are only THREE videos of Gray’s work on YouTube!

 

Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. Daily News wrote about Gray looking pathetic at a recent Laker game…

 

So there was Hollywood Walk of Famer Jim Gray, trolling the Staples Center hallways Wednesday night, a painful, vain attempt to try to stay in the TV employment loop when the fact of the matter is no one is interested in hiring the psuedo sideline reporter. Notice how he’s disappeared from the NBA playoffs? 

 

DID DALLAS TV GUY GO OVER THE LINE WITH PACMAN JONES RANT!!!

 

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

March 28, 2008

ELLIOTT LIKES BREASTS…LOTS OF THEM

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MIAMI CHILD PORN SID, LOOKING WORSE BY THE DAY

The U!!! We told about the story yesterday of the Miami football SID who was found to have child porn on his office computer. A small part of me was hoping it was some odd virus that snuck on to his computer. With these details it doesn’t look like it was small glitch/virus on the computer.

LUTE OLSON CHEATING ARIZONA WITH HIS RETURN

It was exciting to see McDonald’s All-American Brandon Jennings and his 90s hairdo. Imagine a lineup with Chase Budinger, Nic Wise, Jordan Hill, Jerryd Bayless and Jennings. Arizona writers say the turmoil this year makes it tough to believe that lineup will ever hit the floor. Mike DeCourcy agrees saying Olson should go bye-bye.

Meanwhile interim coach/2008-09 assistant Kevin O’Neill will be paid good money to waste away on the bench.

cal.jpgCAL’S COACHING DILEMMA….YOUTH OR EXPERIENCE?

The hoops job at Cal is a plum spot. Candidates are lining up. The academic rep is awesome and the new arena is excellent. Plus you’re right in the center or talent rich NoCal.

The early list of candidates is intriguing. Do you choose the hot prospect coach in St. Mary’s Randy Bennett or stick it to Stanford by giving Mike Montgomery the program? Will Steve Lavin ever get a shot again? I’ll guarantee if Lavin is at Cal they’ll have big-time recruits.

GIANTS ARE MLB’S LAUGHING STOCK

Is San Fran really going to try and sell tickets with this lineup….Rich Aurilia, Jose Castillo, Ray Durham, Brian Bocock, Bengie Molina, Dave Roberts, Aaron Roward and Randy Winn?

That’s not even the biggest insult to the intelligence of Giants fans. San Fran was a 100% partner in the cheating done by Barry Bonds. Now after letting Bonds ruin the franchise and the Giants cashed in on his use of PED’s, they’re making their stand.

No references to Bonds at the stadium!!! Joke.

gamboa.jpgFINALLY A VIOLENT FAN TREATED PROPERLY

I’ve said forever that fans who interfere in games should be banned for life and handed severe penalties. Maybe the message would be sent, that if you run on the field or court, or interfere with play, you’re completely f***ked.

This guy got slammed for acting like an ass at an Angels game.

IF HEISLEY WON’T SELL GRIZ THEN AT LEAST FIRE GM WALLACE

I’m rooting for the Grizz sinking ship to go down soon. At that point Memphis is a viable candidate to move to Las Vegas with new ownership.

The situation gets more bleak by the day. The city and minority owners have stamped majority owner Michael Heisley as an absentee clown. They unsuccessfully tried to buy him out this week.

Even worse GM Chris Wallace appears to be overmatched for the job. He got destroyed in a trade, by Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchack. Raise your hand in L.A. if you ever thought you’d say Kupchack ripped another team off. The Pau Gasol deal is one of the biggest laughers in NBA history.

Now Mitch Lawrence from the N.Y. Daily News is reporting the Grizz are flirting with the idea of handing the organization to notorious quitter Larry Brown. Uggh! 

PAULA ZAHN KNOWS MEN!!


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