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June 16, 2008

Sunday on the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 4:19 am

What a weekend for sports!  The NBA Finals and the US Open provided plenty of drama for Father’s Day (Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers). 

We’ll start with the golf.  I was in New Orleans for the weekend, so Saturday’s Third Round was captured by way of highlights for me.  I’ve heard a few people say that the last hour of coverage Saturday was one of the best hours ever in sports television.  I don’t know about that, but I do know that Saturday’s highlight package on SportsCenter was the best highlight package I have seen in golf.  Wow, that Tiger Woods is pretty amazing.  The 18th hole on Sunday was the first time I have doubted Tiger making a putt in a clutch situation.  What an idiot I am!  He is amazing.  He comes through when his back is against the wall so many times.  He provides heroics continuously.  And he did it with one leg!  This past Friday on the Sports Bar, our Friday 5@5 featured the worst five letdowns in sports (in honor of Big Brown).  This Friday, we will definitely have the top five injured heroics in sports history.  Get your list ready.

There were so many Tiger picture moments both Saturday and Sunday.  It was a photog’s dream.


Here’s a question for the water cooler- Who are the top five golfers on tour?  Number one is obvious.  Number two is probably Phil.  3, 4, and 5?  Good luck with that list.  There is no longer a big four.  There hasn’t been for a while.

Tiger is the best big time performer since Michael Jordan.

Speaking of Jordan, I agree with Will Askew.  The comparisons between Kobe Bryant and Jordan need to stop.  I agree that he is the best since Jordan, but Michael was in another class.  Would Jordan let his team blow a 20+ point lead in the NBA Finals?  NO!  Would Jordan have had three below average games in the NBA Finals?  NO!  Did Jordan put the team on his back when their backs were against the wall?  YES!  Did Jordan finish the series every time he was in it?  YES!  Don’t start telling me how great the Celtics are, although they are pretty amazing.  The Lakers were the favorite going into the playoffs because they were the dominant team in the dominant conference.  Maybe we should stop calling the West dominant.  The Hawks took them seven!

The Grizzlies need to find a way to get James Posey.  I’m sure he wouldn’t want to sign with the Grizzlies, but he is exactly what this team needs.  He left on bad terms, but that regime is gone.  The fans loved him for his effort and they would again.  He’s mean, he’s tough, and he can guard- he’d be the best on the team at all three of those qualities.  The Celtics need a point guard, a big man, and athletes.  The Grizz have an abundance of each.  A deal might have to include Mike Conley, and I’m not sure I want to do that.  You’d get Rondo and Posey in the trade.  Maybe ask for the Celtics number one pick in 2011 when they will probably be over the hill.

HEY VUJACIC! This isn’t soccer!  Get up off the floor!

Why does Rajon Rondo always have the ball when the shot clock expires?  When the Celtics run out of time, the heave is always from Rondo, who is probably the last guy I want to have the ball in that situation.

It was great to see the NBA have Dick Bavetta officiate game five.  It shows their confidence in him, and that he didn’t go into hiding after reports talked of the FBI investigating Bavetta in the Tim Donaghy scandal.  I would be absolutely shocked and disappointed if Bavetta had anything to do with it.

New Orleans was a blast this weekend.  The ACME Oyster House is a great place to get a PoBoy.  It was the best I have ever had.  They also have a French fry special.  When World Renowned Executive Chef at FedExForum, Mark the Chef asked our waitress about them, this is what she said.  “Do you like brown gravy?  Do you like cheese?”  Of course, the answer to both questions was a resounding YES!  They were amazing.  The blackened oysters were also a hit, and the gumbo was fantastic.  It was clearly the best meal we ate.

It is still unfathomable to think of what happened to New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina.  There aren’t many signs of destruction in the tourist areas, but to think of how far the city had to come in that area, and to think of how far they still have to come in outlying areas is unbelievable.  It’s a fun place to visit, and I hope that some day New Orleans can get people to come back and make it a fun place to live.   


Grandpa Pulls Pistol at Little League Game! D. Lough had a valid concealed carry permit (and a loaded semi-automatic pistol) when he went to watch his grandson pitch in a game of 13- and 14-year olds. Youngstown, Ohio-area website, VINDY.COM reports, “Lough was standing behind the backstop and being vocal enough to get a warning from the home-plate umpire to stop, police said… The other umpire, who was positioned in the field, later told Lough that he had to leave the backstop area because he was being disruptive. One of the things Lough was doing was making ball and strike calls before the home-plate umpire had a chance to make his call… When Lough did leave the field, he got into it with some of the coaches. One of the coaches told police he began talking with Lough down a hill from the field near the dugout, and Lough pulled a handgun out of his pants pocket and threatened to shoot him if he came any closer. Lough then walked to his car and drove south on Raccoon Road, where Austintown police arrested him at gunpoint.

Big Brown has future in NBA This from Jay Leno: “The New York Post reported Big Brown, win or lose the Triple Crown, will impregnate between 500 and 600 mares over the next four years, thus making him an honorary member of the NBA.” — Bayou Buzz

New Jersey Nets Giving Away Gas The New Jersey Nets plan to give away more than $250,000 worth of free gas to new season ticket holders. The Nets will give back 10 percent of the total ticket price in the form of gas cards to fans who buy a season ticket through June 26th. — Bergen Record

Wolves Fans Pay for PickThe Timberwolves report sales of 539 season tickets resulting from their new “pay a pick” promotion, which set the price of a per-game ticket dependent on the team’s overall pick in the NBA draft. So tickets were priced at $3 a game and $129 for a season ticket. — Pioneer Press

Jaric Engaged to Leggy Supermodel  ExtraTV- Victoria’s Secret angel Adriana Lima is ready to strut down the aisle with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Marko Jaric. Lima was received the “Hottest Girl on the Planet” award by Spike TV in 2007. The couple has been dating for nine months.

Well, at Least He Can Golf- Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington dropped a hole-in-one on the par-3, 132-yard sixth hole at Druid Hills Golf Club about two weeks ago. It was Harrington’s first ace and just the sixth time it’s been accomplished since the hole was re-designed in 2004.  Last Friday, as a fill-in at a club tournament, Harrington hit another hole-in-one on No. 6 at the same course.– Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powerful Celebs- Forbes- Pop star Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) leads a slew of young stars onto Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s ultra-famous. Oprah Winfrey remains No. 1 on the Celebrity 100, a power ranking based on both earnings and fame.  Winfrey earned $275 million before taxes in the past 12 months, and she remains one of the most famous faces in the world.  Golf star Tiger Woods retained the No. 2 spot on the list, raking in $115 million on and off the course, while actress Angelina Jolie soared to the third spot, combining $14 million in earnings with unrivaled levels of fame.  Joining Jolie in the top 10 is boyfriend Brad Pitt, with whom she is expecting twins. Another power couple in the top 10: pop star Beyoncé Knowles (No. 4) and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z (No. 7).  The highest-ranked actor on the list is Johnny Depp, in sixth place. Will Smith, ranked 11th, is the highest paid actor in Hollywood, bringing home $80 million, including an estimated $20 million for his role in the upcoming anti-superhero flick “Hancock.”

How Many Majors will Tiger Woods win in 2008?
0- 2/1
1- 5/4
2- 3/1
3- 8/1 — Bodog

More Clemens?  Really? Allegedly, Roger Clemens kept a stash of Viagra in his locker at Yankee Stadium, reports the NY Daily News. The erectile dysfunction drug has been known for off-label abuse, including a boost for athletic competition, and also as a party drug. Clemens reportedly told a friend that Viagra “made him feel flushed and caused his heart to race.” The World Anti-Doping Agency is trying to determine if Viagra can be used to cheat in the Olympics. Major League Baseball and the NFL will also try to determine if it aids training and improves performance. Bodybuilders, weightlifters and other athletes have turned to Viagra because they believe it helps dilate blood vessels and delivers oxygen, nutrients and steroids to various muscle groups more efficiently. — NY Daily News

Tyson Puts out Hit! Mike Tyson chipped in $50,000 for a contract to kill members of a Brooklyn drug gang that murdered his bodyguard in 2000, a government witness testified Thursday. A former member of the violent Cash Money Brothers gang said the ex-heavyweight champ and Muhammad Nur, who was also close with the victim, each contributed $50,000 to the bounty on the heads of CMB leaders Damion (World) Hardy and Edward (Taz) Cooke. What a stunning story! — NY Daily News

Oscar in Drag? Welterweight champ Oscar De La Hoya has not been posing for pictures in fishnet stockings. Ex-stripper Milana Dravnel dropped her $25-million suit against the boxer yesterday, after experts concluded that pictures of De La Hoya in women’s lingerie had been doctored, reports the NY Daily News.  Milana surfaced last September with the altered pix – showing what appeared to be De La Hoya in fishnets, high heels and a tutu. The 22-year-old then slapped the boxer with a slander suit, after claiming Oscar’s people suggested she sign an agreement that she could not prove the photos were authentic.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Condoleezza Rice Compiled by the U.S.News & World Report library staff

#10. She gets up every day at 5 a.m. to exercise and is passionate about football. Her dream job is to be commissioner of the National Football League. 

Jessica Simpson and UnderwearPop star JESSICA SIMPSON is launching her own range of sexy lingerie, called Jessica Simpson Intimates. The bras, panties and sleepwear will join Simpson’s handbags, shows, sunglasses and swimsuits on store shelves from spring 2009. Simpson says of the range, “I like different lingerie for different occasions. I think that’s the best thing about it; you can feel sexy or girly depending on your mood.” — PR-Inside

Jessica Hates Carrie! MSNBC- Although the two are now back together for “a trial thing,” a friend of the singer-turned-actress spoke to In Touch about Jessica’s jealousy issues. “Jessica can be so insecure when she is with Tony, and it only gets worse when he is around women,” said the friend.  The subject of Tony’s ex-girlfriend Carrie Underwood is what really riles her. “(Jessica) is really upset that (Tony’s) still communicating with Carrie,” the source said. In fact, the insider revealed that the Cowboy quarterback frequently contacts Carrie via e-mail and text messages even though he knows it bothers Jess. “She had specifically asked Tony to stop,” the insider added. And “things got worse for Jessica” when Carrie broke up with Chace Crawford back in March. That’s when Jessica allegedly began to fear Carrie really could win Tony back.

Carrie is single!  CARRIE IS SINGLE! The almost-relationship between Carrie Underwood and Ryan O’Nan is already over. When OK! magazine asked the country darling why “a handful of dates” never turned into something more for the pair, she responded, “I scare guys off.”  I ain’t scared!!  Carrie says that she’s just not hot because, well, she burps.  “I don’t consider myself sexy … I’m socially awkward,” she tells Cosmo. “I usually wear sweats everywhere I go. Oh, and I burp a lot.”  I ALSO WEAR SWEATS A LOT AND I BURP!!  PERFECT!

Britney and Mel are CLOSE Friends? WebExtra- It was just last month that superstar Mel Gibson reached out to former neighbor Britney Spears by whisking her off to his Costa Rican mansion for some R&R. The two are just friends.  Now, fresh from picking up some new clothes at the Lisa Kline boutique on trendy Robertson Blvd., Brit braved a mob of paps to meet with Mel for dinner at “House of Cigars.”  He’s certainly the man for advice.  It’s like Charles Barkley getting help from Pete Rose!

Voight Joins Next Season of ’24’ (FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) – Jon Voight has joined the cast of 24 for the upcoming seventh season. The veteran will play Jack’s nemesis. The part will be Voight’s first series role in 40 years. Voight will be introduced during 24‘s two-hour season 7 prequel episode, which airs Nov. 23.

Secret of the Olsens’ smiles? Say ‘prune’! The Scoop- Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are fiercely private, details about the twins’ lives are slowly emerging. The latest: how the two achieve their signature smiles. “Every time they pose and smile, they say the word ‘prune,'” a source close to the girls told OK!

‘Bromance’ in air for ‘Hills’ star Brody Jenner “The Hills” co-star Brody Jenner is getting his own MTV series.  The network has committed to six episodes of “Bromance.”  The show, from Ryan Seacrest’s production company, will feature a group of “regular guys” who come to Hollywood and compete in a series of challenges, from skydiving to dealing with the paparazzi – in hopes of being chosen by Jenner to become part of his entourage. Contestants also will have shots at a “group date” and “alone time” with Jenner in every episode. I AM IN!!  Imagine the leftovers alone!

JT not engaged! OR PREGNANT! With all the marriage rumors swirling around Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, the “Sexy Back” crooner wants to set the record straight. “I am not engaged,” Justin said to ContactMusic. And while he was at it, he added, “I’m not married. I’m not pregnant.”

John Mayer is a good man…… no, a great man! No wonder Jennifer Aniston’s all smiles lately. According to OK! magazine, her main man, John Mayer, knows just how to please a lady. “John is good in bed,” said a friend of the singer-songwriter. “Not just good, but sensational. Every girl I know who has slept with John says it was the best sex of their life. I’m not sure what exactly he does in bed, but after girls sleep with him, they’re ruined. They get totally hung up on him and want more!”  WOW!  Gotta respect the man!

Angelina Still Loves Billy Bob The couple’s whirlwind relationship, which included tattoos and blood bobbles, ended in divorce back in 2003. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Angelina explains, despite the suddenly cold end to their romance, she still loves her ex. When asked if she regretted anything about her past with Billy Bob, like those notorious matching vials of blood they were said to wear, Angelina said, “No!” And for the record, she added, “It was never a vial anyway. It was like a flower press. It was like from a slight cut on your finger and you press your fingerprint in. It was kind of a sweet gesture. I thought it was kind of romantic!” As for the relationship itself, the “Wanted” star said she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I still love (Billy Bob) dearly and think the world of him and I’m proud to have been his wife for a time.”  It’s too bad that she never gets completely normal.

Pam and Tommy Back Together! Reuters- Speaking of not very normal, the on-again, off-again love affair between Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and his ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, is back on again. “Pamela and the kids have moved in with me,” Lee told Rolling Stone in a story published on the magazine’s website on Thursday. “It’s awesome, man. It’s definitely working. You can tell on the kids’ faces — they’re happy when we’re together.” Lee and Anderson married in 1995 and went through several breakups and reconciliations before finally divorcing in 1998. While apart, Anderson also married and divorced singer Kid Rock, as well as married then annulled her marriage to entrepreneur Rick Saloman.

Office Workers Stealing? Nearly one in five (19 percent) workers report they have taken office supplies for personal use in the past year, according to a recent Spherion Workplace Snapshot survey. Of those who admit to having stolen office supplies, only 22 percent felt guilty or regretted the act.

Dirt is Cancelled! (FROM VARIETY) – FX has canceled its sophomore drama series Dirt, which stars Courteney Cox as the editor of a pair of celebrity-gossip magazines. Cox also produces along with husband David Arquette. After a 13-episode first season, the second season was shortened to just seven episodes due to the writers’ strike.  It’s too bad, because those writers were brilliant showing the Monica we always wanted to see.

Britney Spears to get emmy? Access Hollywood- The pop star-turned-sitcom guest star doesn’t have the golden statue in her hands just yet, but she’s one step closer. Spears has been included on the official ballot as a possible nominee to receive an Emmy Award for her two guest appearances on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” OK! magazine reports. The singer is reportedly included as one of 41 actresses. The list will be whittled to a short list of final nominees before the Emmy Awards in September.

Birthdays This Week: Dave Parker (57), Tedy Bruschi (35), Dick Vitale (68), Johnny Depp (45), Michael J Fox (47), Natalie Portman (27), Dan Fouts (57), Liz Hurley (43- The ONLY reason to watch Bedazzled), Gene Wilder (74), Gina Gershon (46- one of the best mouths in the business), Jessica Simpson (28), Judy Garland (86), Vince Lombardi (95), Joe Montana (52), Jim Nabors (76), Marv Albert (67- his hair is 41), Red Grange (105), The Olson Twins (22), Tim Allen (55), Burl Ives (99), Marla Gibbs (77), Wendy Williams (41), Boy George (47), Donald Trump (62), Steffi Graf (39), Traylor Howard (42), Dusty Baker (58), Justin Leonard (36), Courtney Cox (44- Big League Cougar Material), Waylon jennings (71), Neil Patrick Harris (35), Helen Hunt (45- and still looks the same), Leah Remini (38).

There’s plenty happening this week in Tunica.  For a complete list of events and attractions in Tunica, Mississippi, click on the link below.  Get easy access to the casino’s, golf courses, and all other entertainment.

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up the rest of this month in Tunica:

June 20 – 21 Broadband Bally’s 800-382-2559
June 21 Merle Haggard Horseshoe 800-303-7463
June 27 The Temptations Sam’s Town 800-456-0711
June 27 – 28 Ricky Lynn Gregg Bally’s 800-382-2559


Don’t forget Mid-South Golfer the Radio show live in Tuinca this week at Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club from 3-4pm.  The Sports Bar follows from Tunica National from 4-6pm. 


Join us for the 3 Person Scramble Thursday at 5:15pm.  Just call 866-TEE-OFF1 for more information or go online at  See you there.

Talk to y’all this week.





1 Comment »

  1. I was so happy that MTV thought to make such a bromantic show, it brought a little tear to my eye…

    Comment by coffee — January 7, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

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