DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE
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.
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.
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