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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!!!

 

LAW & ORDER SAYS “TOM BRADY” IS AN ACCUSED HOMOSEXUAL MURDERER

April 24, 2008

LAW & ORDER IS CLASSIC. WHO IS THE PATRIOT HATING WRITER? 

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You gotta love L & O’s “ripped from the headlines” storylines. They may have used a little leeway on this one.

Tuesday’s Law & Order SVU centered around some characters who seemed sort of familiar. The accused murder suspect was a pro QB, who wears #12 and plays for a team that wears red and white. And he dates a supermodel. Anyone have a certain NFL QB come to mind?

The episode’s QB Lincoln Haver is dating model Natasha Gorski, who claims she never gets sex from the QB. She also calls him a “homo” and an “ass bandit.”

NBC spokespeople claim the show is purely fictional and the Tom Brady connection is the first they’ve heard. The Boston Herald doesn’t agree

In an episode titled “The Closet,” a pro football player who wears No. 12, has a cleft chin and a supermodel galpal, plays in a red-and-blue stadium and is “the best quarterback in football” is the prime suspect in a gay murder.

Any resemblance to any New England Patriots QB is, we’re sure, entirely intentional!

“Lincoln Haver is gay?” says one investigator incredulously. “I thought he was dating Natasha Gorski, that hot supermodel.”

TSN’S MICHAEL LANDSBERG, BALLSY OR DICKHEAD?

April 22, 2008

I assume Landsberg is a huge star in Canada. He does the equivalent of the old Roy Firestone Up Close show on TSN, Canada’s ESPN.

While in Montreal I got my first look at Landsberg’s Off The Record show on Friday interviewing Dana White and talking UFC.

I like to push the envelope and ask some tough questions but this guy was pretty hard driving. There were times it felt like he was literally goading White to punch him in the face.

Watch the vids. Does he cross the line?

These are segments he calls Next Question.

UFC Dana White OTR 4/18/08

UFC Dana White OTR 2/8/08

These are additional segments that I watched on Friday. I’m too retarded to figure out how to post TSN videos on WordPress. The guys at MMAmania.com are not stupid so we’ll direct you to watch more Landsberg v. Dana over there. Here is a panel discussion as well.  

Amongst the statements I found odd during the interviews…from Landsberg v. Dana

***White, “Chuck Liddell can’t go anywhere” — Landsberg, “Is that because of sleeping pills?”

***Landsberg, “Do you have major celebrities lined up for UFC 83?” — White,”You never know until they show up.” — Landsberg, “I’m assuming that to be a no.”

***Landsberg, “You’re from Vegas guy did you win any money on the Super Bowl?” — White, “I didn’t bet on the Super Bowl because I’m a Patriot fan and I didn’t think they would cover.” — Landsberg, “Then you should’ve bet against them, doofus!”

Landsberg also calls White “a former aerobics” instructor several times.

Landsberg does know his stuff (he is a bit annoying repeatedly saying Ly-dell when pronouncing Chuck Liddell). But some of his shots seemed uncalled for.

Answer my headline question…is this guy a hardnose interviewer or a disrespectful douchebag? 

TSN obviously has a huge audience so White is willing to take some cheap shots. I assume my relationship with UFC may be strained if I called the president a “doofus.”

One more question, when did it become cool for guys to get lip jobs?

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 21, 2008
Lebron James does the Soulja Boy
 
 

 

WHO IS DUMBER, SOULJA BOY OR DESHAWN?

Why talk trash with King James?

LeBron James, who averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in three regular season games against Washington, was call “overrated” by DeShawn Stevenson in March.

King James’ response said it all..

“With DeShawn Stevenson, it’s kind of funny. It’s almost like Jay-Z [responding to a negative comment] made by Soulja Boy. It doesn’t make sense.”

It wasn’t enough for Stevenson not realize his place, now rap neophite Soulja Boy needed to chime in…

“Someone from Interscope Records called me and sent me the quote,” Way said. “I looked and didn’t really think much about it. LeBron said something like he was Jay-Z and DeShawn [Stevenson] is Soulja Boy. I took that as [disrespectful].”

Let’s see…what doesn’t Soulja Boy get?

Jay-Z is a multi-millionaire with dozens of hit songs and just married Beyonce.

Soulja Boy is a 17-year old rapper with a hit song about spraying his load on a chick’s back and sticking the sheet to the sticky area (he does deserve much credit if chick’s actually let him do this and even more for putting it into a song that 100,000s of 10 year olds will dance to).

That said, we may never see Soulja Boy after this year. I have a feeling Jay-Z will be around for while. In doing a query for his salary…if this info is correct..Jay-Z is to Soulja Boy like Donald Trump is to a bum.

Can this be correct?

Jay-Z’s wealth for 2007 is based on the following: The Rocawear sale (after corporate lawyer fees and taxes applied) is in the $150-$160 million range, his Def Jam salary ($3 million) his endorsement deals ($9 million) his publishing rights ($10 million annually) his annual income from his 40/40 clubs is ($5 million), his income from Armadelle Vodka nets him $13 million yearly, his royalties from “Kingdom Come,’ netted him $2 million due to a high royalty rate
(despite sluggish sales due to downloading ) and his consultant salary with Anheuser-Busch along with his NBA investment nets him a combined total of $5 million-and his $340 million carried over from 2006 brings the grand total to staggering: $547 million dollars. Highest dollar amount (Rocawear) calculated for overall total.

Holy christ!!! Forbes says Jay-Z made $83 million in 2007!!!

MONEYBALL WANTS THOMAS AND BONDS

This makes no sense. Frank Thomas is cut by the Blue Jays and no one in baseball will touch deposed HR king Barry Bonds, but now Billy Beane is going to bring in both….Big Hurt, Big Pain – are they really on Oakland’s radar?

MIKE NORTH INSPIRED T-SHIRTS BANNED BY CUBS

The language sensitivity police are a bit out of control. That said, I can’t blame anyone getting made at these t-shirts in Chicago.

These were designed to “welcome” Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome to the Cubbies. There was no language barrier for Fukudome, he understands the shirt is offensive..

”I don’t know what the creator of the shirt meant this to be, but they should make it right,” Fukudome said through his interpreter after being shown one of the shirts Thursday. ”Maybe the creator created it because he thought it was funny, or maybe he made it to condescend the race. I don’t know.”

I bet you Chicago sportsradio icon didn’t point out the offensive nature of the shirt when he first saw it. North isn’t exactly the most racially sensitive broadcaster. He was reprimanded back in 2006 for this line as reported by CBS2 in Chicago ..

Last summer, when Korean Chicago Cubs pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu gave up several home runs, effectively losing a game to Atlanta, North reportedly said on his show, “Who was that Chinaman?”, a racial slur.

Ask CBS announcer Bobby Clampett if “Chinaman” is an appropriate term. And secondly, at least use a correct slur. Jae Kuk Ryu is Korean.

NOW NFL FANS SHOULD REALLY HATE BRYANT GUMBEL

We all breathed a sigh of relief when the news came out that we no longer had to hear Gumbel ruin NFL Network games with his lack of knowledge and stumbling. How about this tidbit from the N.Y. Post’s Phil Mushnick?

There are NFL execs who still cannot believe that Bryant Gumbel was hired to be the play-by-play voice of the start-up NFL Network to begin with.

Not only did Gumbel, who recently resigned, have no football play-by-play experience it showed we’re told that NFLN was paying him roughly $1 million a year to call eight games. That’s roughly $125,000 a game. That’s roughly crazy.

On the other hand, if you consider he had no experience, he wasn’t as bad as he was expensive.

Fifty years later, TV people still think sports fans tune to games to hear announcers. Announcers can enhance the telecast or they can drive viewers to distraction, but they can’t make anyone, outside of their immediate families, watch.

Excellent point. Ever wonder why TV and radio announcers often come off as athlete haters? Much of the hating is based on athletes’ salaries. If that’s the case, shouldn’t we hate most sports personalities on TV and radio. $125,000 a game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

April 12, 2008

MAYWEATHER WILL DUCK COTTO FOREVER
It’s not enough for Floyd to force us to watch another fight against the Golden Boy, now “Money” is planning a 2009 rematch against Ricky Hatton.

How do you sell a rematch after you knocked the guy out cold and was leading the fight 8-rounds-1?

Floyd is a marketing genius, let’s see if he can convince fans to buy these fights in big numbers.  

FLORIDA ATHLETES LIKE TO FIGHT

It was nice to see the Rays’ Al Reyes and the Dolphin’s Reagan Mauia getting into bar brawls this week. Reyes wins the prize for biggest jackass, he got the taser..twice!!

The Reyes details according to the Tampa Tribune.. 

Reyes fell against a ceramic pot inside the bar. Thinking someone had pushed him, police said Reyes began exchanging words with patron Eduardo Mora.

Mora then punched Reyes in the face, getting the attention of the Hyde Park Cafe’s bouncers. Meanwhile, police said in a news release, Reyes “began to spit blood on the people in the area and began to swing his arms about.”

The bouncers tried to control Reyes, but the 6-foot-1, 240-pound right-hander kept pushing them away. A Tampa Police officer working extra duty at the bar stepped in and yelled, “Stop Police!,” but Reyes “continued spitting blood and thrashing about,” according to a police incident report.

Moments later, the officer warned Reyes he was going to Taser the pitcher, and he did, knocking him to the bar floor. Ignoring police commands to stay down, authorities said Reyes got up and was Tasered a second time.

Meanwhile Mauia got nabbed by those pesky kids with a cellphone camera. After apparently punching some guy in the face and driving off…

“Mauia asked the victim, Michael Gianatassio, what the f— he was looking at,” the affidavit states. “Gianatassio said he wasn’t looking at anyone. Mauia became upset and said, ‘You should know,’ as he approached Gianatassio. All of a sudden, Mauia punched Gianatassio in the face with a closed fist.”

In the Reyes case, you almost wonder why the off duty police officer intervened. I’m sure after saving the 38-year old lard ass from a bouncer beatdown, he’ll have Reyes suing him for using the taser.

Henderson police are dealing with a situation after trying to save a family from offing itself. The suicidal hubby contributed to his wife’s death after a routine traffic stop.

O’REILLY KNOWS ALL

Once Bill has his agenda set, there’s no guest in the world that he’ll actually listen to who brings an opposing stance to the table.

O’Reilly twisted facts and simply did not listen during an MMA discussion last year with UFC president Dana White and fighter Rich Franklin.

Here, he rolls MMA into a discussion that tries to paint the picture that CBS is lost. “MMA experts” Bernard Goldberg and Jane Hall are brought into the discussion to back O’Reilly’s opinion.  

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DAILY RAYS OF SUNSHINE

March 25, 2008

katytur2.jpgKEITH OLBERMANN GETS HIS POA, A NICE TV JOB IN NYC

In spite of the fact that he’s been called a lousy lay by one woman, Olbermann has a hot 24-year old chick Katy Tur living with him. 

Can you imagine if Bill O’Reilly got his young girlfriend a TV gig? The Olbie outrage! Apparently, the rules don’t apply to him.

Tur, with little on air experience, just landed a job with New York’s CW 11.

Check out the great excerpt on Sports Pig’s blog with Tur ranting about the vanity of television news folks.   

IS PHILADELPHIA’S WPEN NOW A DANGEROUS WORKPLACE WITH RETURN OF MISSANELLI?

We love sportsradio. It’s an amazingly hypocritical world where talking heads show no mercy for troubled athletes. Yet if it’s a talk show host who gets in trouble, he’ll accept 50 2nd chances.

Mike Missanelli returns to Philly on the new 950 ESPN after a short stint with Screamin A Smith in New York. Our advice to PD Matt Nahigian is to make sure everyone on staff has a taser handy just in case Missanelli decides to belt them. You’ll remember he was fired from WIP in 2006 for repeated physical altercations with subordinates.

BRANDON MARSHALL IS A STUPID LIAR

McDonald’s wrapper? C’mon bro. That could be the worst lie ever told to cover an weird injury. It turns out now that Marshall was lying. He put his arm through a TV while wrestling. Marshall is still blaming the McDonald’s “bag” but now he says he was horsing around.

patridge.jpgGOD, I’M OLD…WHO IS AUDRINA PATRIDGE?

Ten minutes ago, I couldn’t have picked The Hills’ Patridge out of a lineup.

Now I’m quite familiar with her. Big fan! Big fan! She’s latest trashy tramp with naked pictures out on the net.

CAN ANYONE GET A FAIR SHAKE WHEN FACING PAT SUMMITT & TENNESSEE?

First it was the bogus clock malfunction game v. Rutgers. The Volunteers clock keeper stopped the clock late in the February game against the Scarlet Knights allowing the inept referees to call a foul 1.3 seconds after the game should’ve been over. The chicanery eventually gave the win to Tennessee.  

oru.jpgNow the cheerleaders are in on the act. Oral Roberts lost it’s second leading scorer in a NCAA first round game against the Vols when she slipped on Tennessee cheerleader’s sign.  

It turns out Mariana Camargo, an ORU forward, tore her ACL.  

LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE OPENING DAY AND PUSSY WHIPPED CUB FAN KNOWS HE’S A DOUBLE LOSER

Is this guy kidding? Some jackass has posted a smaltzy website explaining how his girlfriend dumped him two weeks ago. Bro, please.   

9 MONTHS AND SHE GETS YOU TO EMBARRASS

YOURSELF NATIONALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

RICH FRANKLIN SELLING HIS “SUPER BOWL RING”

February 25, 2008

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Not quite but close.

Hard to say if UFC saw its former middleweight champ selling the Hummer just two years after he received it as a gift for coaching Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter.

franklinhummer1.jpgFranklin doesn’t strike me as a “Hummer” guy. The proof is in the odometer reading, there’s just 10k on the vehicle.

Looks like a sweet ride. And Franklin is donating 10% of the proceeds to charity.

  From the EBAY page..

As you can see, the Hummer is in excellent condition and has been very well maintained! Here are some other cool things and benefits that you will get if you are the lucky high bidder of this auction!

A day with Rich Franklin!  As a token of his appreciation, Rich would like for you to have either lunch or dinner, depending on his schedule, with him and his wife, Beth.  If you are looking to get some genuine quality time with the champ, then look no further.As a token of appreciation from both Jeff and Rich, you will receive a package of Damage Wear T-Shirts and autographed memorabilia.Most importantly, you will be helping a great cause through the Keep It In The Ring Foundation! Additional Information: If you can not afford to purchase this vehicle, then please do not place a bid.

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