Archive for November, 2008

TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES: EVEN EGOMANIAC NFL WIDE RECEIVERS LOOKING TO SAVE MONEY

November 29, 2008

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CINCINNATI BENGALS WR CHAD OCHO CINCO IS UP AT 5:25 FRIDAY MORNING SHOPPING FOR BARGAINS AT BEST BUY

STARTING QB FROM LINGERIE BOWL ARRESTED ON THANKSGIVING

November 28, 2008

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PAIGE PETERSON

Paige Peterson, the Maxim model who played quarterback in the 2006 Lingerie Bowl, was arrested in Hollywood on Thanksgiving day and charged with domestic battery. She is accused of punching her boyfriend.

TMZ.com is quoting local law enforcement as calling Peterson “one of the worst inmate ever.” According to the police, Peterson kicked, screamed, and SWORE so much that they eventually had to handcuff her to a bench.

 

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COLLECTION OF PAIGE PETERSON FOOTBALL CARDS

 

Peterson has also done some acting. Her top movie credit is as the “hot orgy girl” in “Meet the Spartans.” She also played a hooker in Two and a Half Men.

 

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BYU SPURNS JIM MCMAHON AND VICE VERSA

November 28, 2008

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JIM MCMAHON: THE GREATEST QB IN BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY HISTORY

Jim McMahon Sr. is 72-years-old. The father of former Brigham Young University and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is a man on a mission, so to speak.

McMahon Sr., who currently lives in Mesquite, Nevada, sent a letter to the athletic director of BYU, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and various Utah media organizations BEGGING his son be inducted into the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame while he is still alive.

Among other things, the letter says,

 

 

“I am writing this letter because it has been bugging me for over 25 years that my son Jim is not in the BYU Hall of Fame and that his jersey has not been retired,” he wrote. “I am now 72 years old, and I do not have much time left, so I am putting in writing what has been in my heart the last 27 years.”

 

Jim McMahon is arguably the greatest quarterback in college football history. He has been referred to as “the Babe Ruth of college football.” McMahon set 70 NCAA passing records at BYU. That’s a record for records. He also won the first two bowl games in the school’s history and once threw for 4,571 yards and 47 touchdowns in one season.

Despite all of his on-field accomplishments and the elder McMahon’s heartfelt plea, chances are slim that Jim McMahon will ever be honored by BYU. That’s particularly the case after comments the punky qb made on Dan Patrick’s radio show this past week.  McMahon blasted the school saying it used him and he used it. He also belittled the schoolwork needed to be done to finish his college degree saying,

 

 

 

“I was never a classroom kind of guy. I went to play football and that’s it.”

 

 

 

Previously, McMahon was famous for saying the happiest day of his life was, “Provo in my rear view mirror.”

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COWBOYS/REDSKINS GAME OF THANKSGIVING 1974: THE CLINT LONGLEY GAME

November 28, 2008

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NAVY SENDS A’S MINOR LEAGUER OFF TO FIGHT SOMALI PIRATES

November 28, 2008

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JONATHAN JOHNSON: OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

Oakland A’s minor league catcher Jonathan Johnson is upset, confused, and bewildered. Despite being recently decorated for his actions as a Navy officer fighting in the Gulf of Aden, Johnson wants to go home. Yahoo! Sports has a great story today about Johnson and his battles with both Somali pirates and the Navy. He was ripped away from his professional baseball career earlier this summer. Johnson had his career interrupted (maybe permanently) by a memo.

Johnson was playing professional baseball for the Class A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League. He had a deal with the Navy that other professional athletes had with their service academies: Serve two years and double your commitment to the reserves and you’re free to pursue a professional sports career.

One man, with one stroke of his pen made liars out of the Navy. Navy Secretary Donald Winter signed a memo in November of 2007 rescinding all of the previous agreements. It ordered all Naval Academy midshipmen back to their original five-year commitments. Immediately and retroactively. No exceptions. Johnson was shipped off to sea despite his previous agreement.

Johnson isn’t the only professional athlete ordered back into service. Earlier this year the Army forced Caleb Campbell to leave the Detroit Lions training camp and return to active duty.

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Q SAYS WHAT WE’VE ALL BEEN THINKING: STEPHON MARBURY IS A LOSER

November 28, 2008

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QUENTIN RICHARDSON NEXT TO STEPHON MARBURY (IN STREET CLOTHES AS USUAL)) ON KNICKS SIDELINE

Readers of the New York Daily News opened up their paper on Thanksgiving to find local son Stephon Marbury being TRASHED by one of his New York Knicks teammates.

In fact, Quentin Richardson is questioning whether Marbury is even a “teammate” at all. Richardson is furious that Marbury has refused to enter games recently for the Knicks. Following a series of injuries and trades, the Knicks have been caught shorthanded in recent games. Despite this fact, Marbury has REFUSED to take the court.

We wrote last week about what a loser Marbury is. Now, Richardson confirms it. According to Richardson,

“”I don’t look at him as a teammate.”

Last Friday against Milawaukee the Knicks, who under coach Mike D’Antoni have kept their pouty cancer/point guard on the bench all season, were forced to dress Marbury just to suit up eight players and avoid a forfeit.  Even then, Marbury refused to enter the game as a substitute.

Richardson (and other Knicks) feel like Marbury has abandoned them and let his New York teammates down. Richardson also said he felt it was Marbury’s duty to come to the aid of his fellow players whatever he has “going on” with the Knicks organization.

There are rumors flying that the Knicks will either suspend or release Marbury this weekend. It’s about time. But, why cut Marbury and give him a chance to hook on with another team. That’s only rewarding abhorrent behavior. The Knicks need to suspend Marbury without pay immediately. Suspend him for the rest of the season or until the union has a fit. Then buy him out and good riddance.

The guy is the biggest loser in NBA history.

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GOLDEN BOY SCHEDULES MARGARITO FIGHT ON THE SAME NIGHT THAT THEIR MMA PARTNER AFFLICTION HAS AN EVENT

November 28, 2008

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ANTONIO MARGARITO

With the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, it was inevitable that there would be more and more dates where there are major MMA events scheduled on the same nights as big time boxing matches. Although some conflicts are bound to happen, there’s no reason both boxing and MMA can’t co exist. It will obviously be hard to “grow the pie” in this economy, and both sports are chasing a similar audience. However, their audiences are not identical. There is some cross over.

January 24th marks a date where an MMA event will go head-to-head with boxing for pay per view dollars. Antonio Margarito will fight Sugar Shane Mosley at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for boxing’s WBA welterweight championship. Margarito is coming off a giant win over Miguel Cotto.

On the same night as Margarito/Mosley, MMA organization Affliction is holding their second major card. It’s baffling to many why Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (which is promoting the Margarito fight) would choose to hold a fight on the same night as Affliction, their MMA partner, is holding a make or break event. The reason? Three words. No, make that three letters: H-B-O.

Meanwhile, Affliction has announced it’s card for their January 24th “Day of Reckoning” card:

Pay-per-view fights:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs. TBA
Vitor Belfort vs. TBA
Matt Lindland vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon

The undercard fights include Paul Buentello and Nogueira.

 

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ROSIE O’DONNELL DELIVERS TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING

November 27, 2008

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ROSIE O’DONNELL: SHOULDN’T HAVE GIVEN UP THE DAY JOB

The ratings and reviews are in for “Rosie Live,” the NBC variety show special starring Rosie O’Donnell in her return to television. Let’s put it this way: It’s a good thing it’s Thanksgiving because Rosie just delivered a giant turkey.

TV networks were said to be eyeing the show because the “variety show” format is so cheap to produce. There was speculation that a good performance by Rosie Live might bring back the genre of variety show. Instead, O’Donnell’s effort may have KILLED the format,

The ratings for Wednesday’s show would be bad enough news. The show was a disaster with the lowest ratings of ANY show on network television the entire week. Sadly, O’Donnell’s attempt to “revive” the old-time variety show may have been an even bigger failure with the critics.

O’Donnell’s show was panned from coast to coast. The New York Times called it “A hokey comedy with an enemies list.” The paper says if the attempt by O’Donnell was a ’70s throwback to the variety show the only thing ’70s about the show was coming up with a Nixonesque enemies list. The LA Times was no kinder asking Rosie, “What were you thinking?”

O’Donnel’s effort was such  a disaster that there’s speculation that she may literally never work in television again.

JAMIE MCCOURT: IF THE DODGERS SIGN MANNY RAMIREZ CHILDREN WILL STARVE, BILL PLASCHKE: IS THIS A BASEBALL TEAM OR A TELETHON?

November 27, 2008

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FRANK AND JAMIE MCCOURT

Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt have sent their fans a message: Let them eat cake.

Proving once again that she is the Marie Antoinette of sports, Jamie McCourt made a series of outrageous comments recently.

1) In an article published in the LA Times on Wednesday, McCourt asked fans if they would rather have a top free agent or 50 youth baseball fields built in the Los Angeles area.

2) Mrs. McCourt said that the Dodgers “might” be able to pay large contracts to free agent baseball players IF THEY WEREN’T GUARANTEED.

3) Jamie McCourt thinks it’s “weird” that baseball players make $30 million dollars.

4) McCourt concluded her lesson on economics by stating that “whatever money” is spent on free agents might be “better spent in the community.” High baseball salaries she concludes are bad for neighborhoods.

Bill Plaschke of the Times responded with one one of the most blistering columns of his career today. Plaschke goes off on the McCourts. At one point in his column Plaschke asks, “Is this a baseball team or a telethon?”

Plaschke says the idea that if the Dodgers sign CC Sabathia some poor child won’t be able to eat at night is “beyond belief.” He then asks, “Who’s running this team, Charles Dickens?”

The column is an awesome read. Make sure to check it out.

The Times also ran a poll asking Dodger fans which they would prefer? Fifty youth baseball fields or a free agent (like Manny Ramirez.) Manny Ramirez was leading the sick children 65% to 35% in the latest balloting.

The latest actions by the McCourts indicate they may be looking to slash salaries and go cheap. They will try to blame the economy and use the “it’s for the kids” excuse. Last year’s Dodgers team rallied down the stretch and managed to win a division title and only the second and third playoff games by the franchise in the last 20 years. All of that success was due solely and only because of the acquisition of slugging outfielder Manny Ramirez. Now Ramirez is a free agent and the McCourts are simply too cheap to pay him. They hold a press conference, throw a shovel of dirt in the air and proclaim they are helping poor children.

Sadly, there are enough stupid people in California that the McCourts can probably get away with their strategy. The Dodgers are about to be devastated by free agency. They face losing Ramirez, 3/4 th’s of their starting infield, and several pitchers. Also, star young pitcher Chad Billingley broke his leg in the offseason.  With their current attitude, LA may find themselves going from first to worst in the NL West.

Citing “the economy,” Frank McCourt offered Ramirez only a two year contract. That won’t be enough to keep him. McCourt irrationally proclaimed the contract was fair and “nothing has changed” in the economy in the last two weeks to have him up his offer to Ramirez.

Actually a couple of things HAVE changed in the economy. At least for the Dodgers. First, they announced that they would price their top SPRING TRAINING tickets at between $90 and $125. Those are the highest prices in the history of baseball for games that don’t even count. The Dodgers also recently raised six figures by charging fans $500 a pop to take batting practive at Dodger Stadium.

The problem with Major League baseball isn’t “small market” and “big market” baseball teams. it’s having owners like Frank and jamie McCourt that don’t give a damn about their teams.

 

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MANNY RAMIREZ-GUNS OR BUTTER? A HAPPY MANNY OR STARVING CHILDREN?

VICTIMS OF THE RECESSION: LEBRON JAMES AND TIGER WOODS

November 27, 2008

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LEBRON JAMES

Computer giant Microsoft announced Friday that they were dumping basketball star LeBron James as a company spokesman. James had appeared in tv commercials for the company when the Windows Vista operating system was launched. Microsoft had also set up a Lebronjames.com website which is now inactive. The company had not used James in any recent advertising.

James is the second big time athlete to lose a major endorsement deal recently. Golfer Tiger Woods was dropped by General Motors after having an endorsement contract with Buick for nine years.

 

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TIGER WOODS