After LeBron James and his people suggested the reaction to his Miami move was rooted in racism, you had to figure it was only a matter of time before Charles Barkley weighed in. And weigh in he did, swinging some heavy lumber: "The only criticism I've heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That's the only thing I've heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. It's like watching a movie, just when you think it couldn't get any stupider, it gets more stupid." Barkley also took his own network - TNT - to task for "unprecedented ass kissing" in their coverage of the Heat.
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If you're looking to get down a World Series futures wager, consider this: the Philadelphia Phillies will have 17 of 19 starts made by the hot trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. Click on the Pinnacle link above to get down.
Stanley Cup rings that the Chicago Black Hawks will be rocking might be the most awesome I've ever seen. A mere 8 carats over 404 diamonds.
Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan might have the best game for meeting ladies I've ever seen. Lewan had a mustache tattooed onto his finger that he holds up when meeting ladies. Awesome.
With regard to Felix Hernandez Cy Young candidacy: no pitcher has won the award while winning fewer than 60% of his decisions. That year, it was Gaylord Perry who went 24-16. Jayson Stark at ESPN told The Michael Kay Show yesterday that when you ask pitchers about the award, they - to a man - laugh out loud that people are considering anything other than wins to be most important.
Maybe the Texas Rangers will be able to compete in signing their pending free agent Cliff Lee after all, now that they've signed a massive local television deal that will see them bring in $75-80 million a year over the next 20 years. Maybe they'll be able to throw enough at Lee to make him forget his worst stats in his career come in Arlington, home of the Rangers, and that not only are the New York Yankees interested, but that he's good friends with CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, and that the Yankees are interested. On second thought, it changes nothing.
The final road trip of any baseball season is the time when most teams run their fairly tame rookie initiations. This year, the Florida Marlins is noteworthy, especially the Baywatch outfit of Logan Morrison.
Since joining the San Francisco Giants in May as a rookie, only four National League players beat Buster Posey in batting average and slugging: Albert Pujols, Carlos Gonzalez, Joey Votto and Matt Holliday. That is a star in the making.
Anna Kournikova will be joining "The Biggest Loser" - a weight loss show - to give tennis lessons to those looking to lose weight. That ought to be motivating, a rake of a girl who pretty much has made a career on good looks.
Manchester City's wild spending last year left the team a mere $191 million (USD) in the red last year. Guess that's bound to happen when you spend $475 million on players and still don't qualify for the Champions League after a fifth place finish. City says they'll scale back spending. Ya think?
Pick-up line: ask a girl if she has a boyfriend. If she replies yes, ask her if she would now like a man-friend. The author? Ben Roethlesberger. Oh, and the Steelers like to smoke weed.
Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder says he'd only play for Manchester United if he were to leave Inter. See you in January, Wesley.
A great short film on the inner workings of Toronto FC management and MLSE, by extension. Incredible.