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Friday, February 11, 2011

Matt Cooke = P.O.S.

After a couple blow-ups with point guard Deron Williams, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has resigned after 23 years as coach, almost all regarded as one of the best in the NBA.  If there was any doubt the NBA is a players league, let there be no more.

Iron Mike Tyson, who I can remember fighting most of the time at 218, such a fan of his I was, has dropped 140 lbs in six months from a high of - get this - 350.  Champ has slimmed down!

Frank Piliere at Fanhouse offers up his list of the Top 100 baseball prospects.  Yankees fans rejoice, you've got 4 players rated in the top 44.  Not bad for the allegedly bankrupt system some would have you believe.  Maybe one of the prospects nets the quite possibly available Francisco Liriano?

The NFL walked away from the negotiating table when players looked to get 50% of all revenues.  Yep, it is getting ugly, and fast.

If you don't think Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cooke is an absolute disgrace to sports in general, and hockey in particular, then you must not have seen more than two of the horrible hits he delivers in this montage of dirty hits.  Maybe Sidney Crosby's lingering concussion symptoms that he won't rule out may end his season is the hockey gods exacting revenge for a league that has suspended this piece of garbage for all of ten games over his entire career?

Full disclosure: I wouldn't exactly call myself a dog lover.  Never owned one.  Don't hate them, just not emotionally attached to them.  But it strikes me as a bit much that Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle would say there are times he hoped Michael Vick would get hurt while watching Philadelphia Eagles games because for "everything [Vick's] done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen."  Suppose millions upon millions lost and a couple years in the Crowbar Motel don't qualify as "bad" in Buehrle's world.

The Nashville Predators traded for Mike Fisher, who of course is married to Carrie UnderwoodHeadline in the Tennessean? "Predators acquire Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood's husband."  Guess being a solid, solid player wasn't enough.

Anti-joke?  I beg to differ. is updated almost daily.  If you click one link today, make it this one.

Brian Wilson talks to MLB 2K11 version thereof.  Love that guy.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cockfighting fail

Word is that Albert Pujols has set a February 16th date to have an extension done with the St. Louis Cards or he'll enter free agency, which could end up being the most ridiculous baseball free agency circus ever, even with some prominent players not looking for first basemen.  Jon Heyman at says there is virtually no chance a deal gets done.

Sounds like the talk of Carmelo Anthony being dealt to the LA Lakers for Andrew Bynum, among others going both ways, is in fact a real discussion.  Would love to see that happen and then see the Lakers smoke Miami in the NBA Finals, assuming of course both can even make it there.

Count Pittsburgh Penguin Mike Rupp among the good guys in sports.  After his slamming into the boards in warmups knocked someone's beer off the ledge on the boards in the stands, he came back with a $10 bill taped to a signed puck and lobbed it to the fan.  Nice.

When Rashad Evans went down with a bad knee, don't think few would have looked to Jon "Bones" Jones, moments after defeating Ryan Bader on Saturday, as the next in line for a title shot against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua a mere six weeks out, but Jones it is.

The MLS will finally release its 2011 schedule today.  Whenever you get around to it, MLS. I mean, all your stadiums are sold out already anyways, right?  Oh...wait...

How do you know if you're a loser?  When you're killed.  By a cockfighting bird.

The Buffalo Bills are changing their uniforms for next season. They had zero (0) playoff seasons with the current set over the course of 8 years. Quick studies they are not. They'll reveal the new threads at a later date. 

One of the better websites in recent memory is the quick hitting, but slightly ambiguously titled, "Why I Don't Get Laid."

Nice to see Boston Bruin Gregory Campbell carve up the face of Montreal Canadien Tom Pyatt using his elbow pad (video here).  Am sure league disciplinarian Colin Campbell (relation: father) will come down real hard on him.  Not a good night for the Habs on the fight front, getting the short end on most of the two line scraps of the night, and on the scoreboard, where they were 8-6 losers.

Somehow, the New York Knicks, who are a pretty decent team this year and playoff bound more than likely, have managed to lose home games to Golden State, LA Clippers and Sacramento, who are a combined 12-51 on road elsewhere in NBA.

Glasgow Ranger El Hadji Diouf was wiped out badly in a game recently, but that didn't stop somebody from creating a GIF of him getting wiped out by nobody, which has turned into a contest to see who can come up with the funniest cause of the fall.  Not sure why this is so funny, but know that it is.  The rope that yanks him is my fav.

Who but the Pittsburgh Pirates would lose an arbitration case against a pitcher that went 1-11 last year?  Ross Ohlendorf sees his pay jump from $439k to just over $2 million.  Guess that makes him 1-0 for 2011?

The Green Bay Packers off-season of fun is off to a running start.  After a run on Letterman for Aaron Rodgers, where he barely kept in his feelings for Brett Favre, now you've got a mess of Packers hitting WWE's SmackDown! program on Friday night.   "But you already knew that."

Epic Meal Time does tacos.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

UFC in Toronto? Prepare to pay.

UFC 129 in Toronto was made official with a visit by UFC President Dana White.  Also official?  The top ticket price of $902.49, including a very reasonable $102.49 service charge.  $65.50 is the cheapest ticket, and you can see the map here to see if you want to get raped invest in being among the 40,000 in attendance.  That aside, the two title bouts should be dynamite, and the undercard is looking like it'll be the best one of any of the previous events in CanadaFull card here.

Love the "Green Bay Packers dynasty" talk in all corners of the sports world now. Wasn't the same said of the New York Giants and New Orleans, just to name recent squads so anointed?"

After last night's 2-0 loss to visiting San Jose Sharks, the Washington Capitals have now posted a goose egg eight times this year. The Caps are on pace to score 223 goals this year (2.73 per game), 95 fewer than last year's 318 they scored (3.87 per game).

Now that Aaron Rodgers has his Super Bowl win, who is the best QB to not win one?

Since November 28, 2010, the Cleveland Browns have won more games than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After shockingly losing to last place Wolves on the weekend, Manchester United host cross-town rival Manchester City this weekend with much at stake.  The local police are so concerned with what could happen in and around the stadium they've asked City to tell captain Carlos Tevez, a former United player, to keep the incendiary comments to himself, and nearby pubs are being told to restrict flow of booze leading up to the game.

Glee is touring?  And hitting Toronto?  That's far more offensive than a biker brawl breaking out in the middle of a porno convention on the front steps of a mosque with Don Cherry running commentary and a reunited 2-Live Crew providing background music while 12-year old prostitutes service heroin addled illegal immigrants over the carcasses of executed dogs. 

Montreal Canadiens assistant captain Hal Gill to fellow defenceman PK Subban: "You're an asshole." Gill to media: "and you can write that."

It really and truly is hard to miss a goal from this close.

Check out Orlando Magic(ian?) Gilbert Arenas walking to the locker room at half-time and being served child support papers.  Lovely.  Says Stan Van Jeremy: "Agent Zero, what have you got there?"  "You know, Coach, just some child support papers"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Back in business

Like plenty of other people out there, I was laying low after an epic Super Bowl Sunday.  Never a dull moment.  Mix in a Headstones and Danko Jones show the night prior - at separate venues, no less - and the Angel of Death seemed to be looming a good chunk of yesterday.

The Super Bowl itself started the way the last couple Grey Cups have largely gone - dullsville.  But when it picked up, it really picked up and wasn't decided 'til late in the 4th quarter.  No need to get into the game too much as it has been dissected plenty, but the better team on the day won, and also the one we told  you would take care of the spread to finish the year at 67.4%.  Pretty freaking impressive if you know a thing about gambling in general, and the tough business of picking Prime Time games and playoff games.  That tops last year's 65.2%.  A third year like that and it might be time for a 1-900 tout line.

Have to have a laugh that the Super Bowl draws 111 million viewers - a record - and the talk is it is the "most viewed program in history".  Except for the fact that represents about 15% of the audience of the World Cup Final last year.  Love American hyperbole, but sometimes fact gets in the way of a good story.

That's seven of eight correct for EA Sports Madden series now.

Green Bay Packers GM Mike McCarthy had the team fitted for Super Bowl rings in the weeks leading up to the game.  Something tells me that that info might not have been made so widely available had Rashard Mendenhall not developed a case of the dropsies.

Tweets @TuckerMax: "Tough road to the Lombardi Trophy for GB--beat a dog murderer, a diabetic quitter and a rapist. Congrats Packers, you earned it."

I'm typically against things that are a departure from the regular game, which explains my disdain of All-Star games.  And while I love the Super Bowl, and can't recall the last bad one, do we really need 28 minutes of half-time, much less with the Black Eyed Peas.  Seems BEP's Wikipedia page was hacked on Sunday.  Oh, and nice bedazzling on the hat, Slash.  

Buster Olney says the negotiations between the St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols are "not moving at all" with 11 days left before Pujols deadline to be signed or enter free agency.

Wonder how many among the NFL Players Union know their health benefits expire along with the collective bargaining agreement on March 4th?

The LA Dodgers are going to be wearing Brooklyn Dodgers throwbacks for six games this season.  Check out the possibilities here.

The average length of a baseball game in 1960 was 2:38. In 1997, the average was 2:58. MLB wants it at 2:45. All via Wikipedia, of course.

Seems Rolling Stone didn't figure Katy Perry was buxom enough, judging by these before and after cover shots.

Cristiano Ronaldo is freaking ridiculous for not only thinking of this on the fly, but executing it perfectly.  CR7 scored a pair on the weekend, while Lionel Messi had three.  Both sit at 24 on the season.  Yeah, there's no scoring in soccer.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl, anyone?

Final Prime Time Pick in what has been another stellar year of picks in that corner is - surprise - the Super Bowl. Green Bay, if you haven't heard, is a 2.5 point fav over Pittsburgh, largely because they're the sexier pick in what for me is a pick 'em. That said, I'm picking Green Bay on the strength of some explosive offensive numbers playing indoors and on turf, which they are tomorrow.  Pittsburgh has an awesome knack for pulling out close games with a strong defense and an offence that doesn't make mistakes, but Green Bay can get out early and ahead enough that they can't be caught. That, and they've got more than some talent on defense as well. Green Bay wins. Thinking 27-20.

Have a great day, and don't drink and drive.

Five great Super Bowl moments recreated...with food.