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July 30, 2008

5th and 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Skrzat @ 5:45 pm

Crazy new story from the Olympics. Apparently the BBC is well aware that a majority of the people who will be viewing the festivities will be doing so in order to witness total chaos.

I mean, let’s be serious for a moment. The only reason the Olympics are getting any notice whatsoever are because major sports media powerhouses, such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated, believe the games will be noteworthy.

However, I honestly believe that the hype is like wind picking up loose pieces of sand as it goes by. Ask yourself if you really do care about anything other than Michael Phelps potentially getting eight medals.

Anywho, the BBC, who doesn’t have a sports deity up for anything has recently hired rock/rap/reggae/whatever band, Gorillaz, to produce a video promoting the Olympics. For those of you not familiar with the band, their first big hit was a little number called “Clint Eastwood” which was pretty good. From here, they published another Billboard topper with “Feel Good, Inc.” Since the latter, they’ve really done nothing except the following:

There are three things I find very bizarre about this video, and I’ll take the time to list them:

1.) Doesn’t it look like a joke on the BBC? It looks like the members of Gorillaz took a bunch of hallucinogenic drugs and threw this together. The sky appeared to be the limit when they finally said to one another, “Okay guys, no way the BBC will honestly give this a go, but we’ve smoked all the money up, so who cares?” Little did they know how audacious and desperate Britain was for, well, anything.

2.) That freaky freaking fish/dragon thing that pops from the water. I think that’s enough said.

3.) The fact that the BBC, which remember, approved of this bizarre ‘advertisement’, has said, “It’s a little bit different and hopefully it’ll capture the essence of what we think the Olympics is all about, and maybe wake a few people up. For younger viewers not instantly attracted to the Olympics, they might think twice about it.”

Oh, yea we get it. Younger viewers! Too bad Gorillaz hasn’t had a hit song in about two years. Was Robin Williams not available?

These are the three things I find wrong with it, but just to rise the bar more the Chinese have apparently decided they want to remain distinct and provide an even more off the wall mascot.

Ladies and gentlemen, I leave you with the official 2008 Beijing Olympic mascots:

Really?!

Really?!

July 29, 2008

Tuesday Ramblings

Filed under: blog, sports 56 — Eli Savoie @ 6:12 pm

Thoughts I’ve had while waiting for Phil Fulmer to find his subpoena.

Alabama and Tennessee have a great football rivalry, there’s no question about it, but the Bama fans have to let this whole thing go. In case you don’t know what I’m referring to, an attorney greeted Fulmer at SEC Media Days in Birmingham with a subpoena calling for his testimony in the lawsuit of former Tide booster Wendell Smith against the NCAA. This case is over a decade old, when will it end? Even if Fulmer’s testimony is indeed pertinent, then he should have been served the subpoena elsewhere at a different time, to ambush him like this right before he goes in to talk to over 800 media members, AND to supply the media with copies of the subpoena, was totally classless, but I guess it’s what should be expected in this situation. I just wish more attention would be paid to the on-field rivalry between these two schools instead of these old off-field issues that will seemingly never go away.

Speaking of SEC media days, the media did not make Tim Tebow a unanimous selection for first team all-conference, following the lead of the coaches from the week prior. How can the guy who was voted the best player in the country last year, not be a unanimous choice for best QB in the conference this year?

I did not go to SEC Media Days for the first time in four years this year and I have to say I missed it a little. While I didn’t miss the circus atmosphere, I did miss the chance to talk with the coaches and players about the upcoming season, and the chance to catch up with fellow media members that you get to see there every year. Sports 56 had wall to wall coverage from Birmingham as Brett Norsworthy, George Lapides, Greg Gaston, Will Askew, Rob Fischer and Keith Parker did a wonderful job down there.

I didn’t go because I played Thursday in the 8th annual Bob Wolcott and Friends golf tournament at Tunica National. It is a great tournament that raises money for the Gulf States Golf Foundation and other charities. The day includes a great time on the golf course and a terrific reception afterwards. You definitely should make plans to be a part of it next year.

I am happy for Jerrell Powe that his long quest to become eligible to play for Ole Miss is finally done and he can play football. If Powe is as good as expected, the Rebels have a heck of a defensive front when you add him to Peria Jerry, Greg Hardy and Marcus Tillman. In my opinion, this marks the completion of a perfect off season for Ole Miss. Think about what has happened: 1. Coach O is gone and replaced by Houston Nutt. 2. Michael Oher decided to come back for his senior year. 3. Jevan Sneed becomes eligible to play and replaces Brent Schaeffer 4. Powe is cleared to play and 5. Eli Manning won the Super Bowl. Could an Ole Miss fan possibly ask for anything more?

Greg Cote of the Miami Herald wrote that Jason Taylor is the second best Dolphin of all time only behind Dan Marino. Can that be true?

We are seeing an interesting little trend of NBA players leaving the league to head oversees. Josh Childress is the biggest name to head for Europe so far, but others have followed, and even others, like Ben Gordon, may still opt for the European money. As these European teams continue to offer up more and more money-tax free money mind you-we’ll have to see if other players, maybe even some star players, start bolting across the pond.

How about Jeff Samardzija? The former Notre Dame all-american wide receiver got the call up from the Cubs last week and looked pretty good. He’s throwing consistently in the 90s and even hitting 97 at times and has great movement on his fastball. He’s in the majors quicker than I would have thought, but he certainly has the stuff to stick if he can throw strikes consistently. When he throws strikes with his off-speed pitches, he’s very tough to hit.

The reason the Cubs called Samardzija up is that Kerry Wood is on the DL with a blister on his pitching hand. Listen, I’m no doctor, but I’ve had blisters before and they have never taken 2 or 3 weeks to heal. I don’t get it, but apparently Josh Beckett had this problem a couple years back too so I guess it happens.

MTR agrees with “Sunday on the Couch” about the Paula Deen buffet at Harrah’s Tunica. I have been there four times now and it’s been amazing every time. The fried chicken is the best I’ve ever had. Every time I go I discover a great new dish that I haven’t had yet and this time it was the cheesy meatloaf. Oh my, is that some good stuff!

If you want a good chance to laugh at idiotic drunk people, check out “Ocean Force” on TruTV. It’s amazing to see how dumb people can be when they are hammered.

I’m heading to Chicago this weekend and will be going to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs and Pirates Saturday and Sunday. I cannot wait to get there. I haven’t been in about three years which is way to long to be away from Wrigley. We’ll be sitting in the bleachers for Saturday’s game, the best place in the world for a sporting event.

That’s it for this week. Have a good one.

July 28, 2008

Sunday on the Couch!

Filed under: blog, sports 56, Uncategorized — robfischer @ 4:42 am

Happy Football season!  Since the SEC Media Days are now in the past, it’s time to talk football until February.  We’ll talk camps, arrests, suspensions, great games, upsets, injuries, overrated, underrated, who’s ranked too high, who’s ranked too low, the Tigers defense, too much time between the season and bowls, who got screwed from the BCS, why doesn’t the Pac 10 have a title game, great bowl games, shocking BCS buster, great title game, the SEC is the best, why don’t we have a playoff, why is the Big X so stubborn, why is Notre Dame on national television, why isn’t Notre Dame in a conference, who should be fired, who retired, BCS still sucks, who’s going pro, Saban recruited so well again, February comes, and I can’t wait to get back to Birmingham!  Whew!

Here are my predictions for the SEC:

East: Florida (12-0 / 8-0), Georgia (10-2 / 6-2), Tennessee (9-3 / 6-2), Kentucky (5-7 / 2-6), South Carolina (5-7 / 1-7), Vanderbilt (2-10 / 0-8.)

West: Auburn (8-4 / 5-3), LSU (9-3 / 5-3), Alabama (7-5 / 4-4), Ole Miss (7-5 / 4-4), Arkansas (7-5 / 4-4), Mississippi State (5-7 / 3-5)

SEC Champion: Florida over Auburn

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer (Florida)

Offensive Player of the Year: Knowshown Moreno (Georgia)

Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Hardy (Ole Miss)

Newcomer of the Year: Jevan Snead (Ole Miss)

Fired or Leaving after the season: Rich Brooks (Kentucky), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Bobby Johnson (Vanderbilt)

Tim Tebow could possibly be the best human being on the planet.  After listening to Timmy Dynamite at SEC Media Days, it’s really hard to dislike the guy.  He’s genuinely a superhero. 

Folks in Florida agree with their Timmy Tebowisms:

          Some people wear Superman pajamas.  Superman wears Tim Tebow pajamas.

          People with amnesia still remember Tim Tebow.

          Tim Tebow hits blackjack with just one card.

          When TimTebow was a kid, he made his mom finish his vegetables.

          Tim Tebow doesn’t do pushups. Instead, he pushes the earth down.

          Tim Tebow counted to infinity. Twice.

          When life gives Tim Tebow lemons, he uses them to kill terrorists. Tim Tebow hates lemonade.

          When Google can’t find something, it asks Tim Tebow for help.

          Tim Tebow is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head. I SEEN HIM!

          Tim Tebow can dribble a football.

          Tim Tebow gets called for roughing the tackler.

          You can lead a horse to water, and Tim Tebow can make him drink.

Did everybody see?  The WNBA season got started!!  They’re off to their best start yet.  I’ve never seen the league get so much exposure in two days.  For some reason, however, I think the season is already over.

Happy Shark Week!

I saw the Dark Knight this weekend.  It’s really good.  I won’t go on, but it’s pretty good.

If you love the SEC and want to see some games this year, you should look into Vanderbilt season tickets.  Here’s the ad I saw on the Tennesseean website this week.

$99 for season tickets!!  Their home schedule includes South Carolina (9/4), Rice (9/13), Auburn (10/4), Duke (10/25), Florida (11/8), Tennessee (11/22).  It could be Ball Coach’s last year, Tuberville comes in rarin’ for a Vandy upset, Cut returns to Tennessee, the Gators might be undefeated, and UT will paint Nashville orange!  I’m in.  Start referring to me as a Vanderbilt season ticket holder.  GO DORES!

Other than me, you know who loves Denise Richards?  Denise Richards!

I went to Paula Deen’s Buffet at Harrah’s tonight.  Wow!

Here are a few helpful hints.  Look at everything first to get an overview of the most important items.  Second, fill your plate with small portions, but don’t finish them.  If you love an item, eat it all.  If another is good, just eat enough to get a taste and let it go.  There’s much more food to get!  Third, the following list of items are a must (Believe me, I tried just about everything).

– Cheese Biscuits (just 2 / any more and you overloaded on bread)

– The Grouper (Paula loves her butter.  She might even butter your biscuit with it)

– Chargrilled Oysters (Wow! Possibly the only item to get seconds)

– Baked Spaghetti (if you get it early, don’t get too much, but get a lot)

– Fried Chicken (Seriously, it’s Paula Deen)

– Cheesy Meatloaf (Just like it sounds.  It’s cheesy meatloaf!)

– Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake (Simply ridiculous)

It’s an amazing meal.  Make sure you don’t have to go home and blog afterwards!  There’s not much you can do afterwards.  It’s certainly worth a visit to Tunica.

Do you think Madonna is stressed at all about the ARod mess?

           

 

I don’t know what looks worse.  Her face?  Or her arms?

WEEKLY DISH

Calling Steve Spurrier: New Offense Could Change Football

Posted by Mike Florio- A reader has forwarded an intriguing story from Rivals.com regarding a new offense developed on the high school level. It’s called the A-11, and it’s designed to spread the field by making the defense believe that literally any of the players can end up with the ball in their hands. The attack is the product of the brain of Kurt Bryan, the coach at Piedmont (Calif.) High School. The base formation involves a center flanked by two tight ends, with three receivers to the right and three to the left.  And two quarterbacks in the backfield. “Going into the [2007] season, we thought that either we’re going to get fired or we’re going to transform the game because of the innovative aspects and the wealth of ideas,” Bryan said.  “Luckily, it turned out to be the latter.” Though we’re having trouble imagining the thing working in the NFL, we can see some of the college teams giving it a try. Check out the web site devoted to the offense.

Super Bowl ring auction uncovers factual fumble

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette- A Steelers fan purchased two Steelers Super Bowl rings in an eBay auction for more than $66,000. The rings had been the property of a Steelers front-office employee whose estate is undergoing a bankruptcy sale. A story previewing the auction had a photograph of a Super Bowl IX ring, honoring the team’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. The ring has the wrong score for the Steelers-Bills AFC title game. The final score was Steelers 32-Bills 14. The ring says Steelers 32-Bills 6. No one ever noticed or corrected it. “I’ll be damned,” said Joe Gordon, who headed the Steelers public relations and marketing from 1969 to 1998. A Jostens employee confirmed that no correction request ever came. Not after 30 days. Not after 30 years. “That’s what blows me away,” Mr. Gordon said. “When [a ring is] distributed, you coddle it, you look at it, you stare at it. It’s a cherished memento, it’s so significant. And you do it again and again. How it could possibly go unnoticed is beyond my belief. It’s funny, but I’m also a little bit dismayed.”

Soccer Dude Gets the Shaft

TMZ- Netherlands’ Roy Beerens (right) got a little grabby with Belgium’s Sebastien Pocognoli (left) during a match in Gent.

                      

Limbaugh To Purchase St. Louis Rams?

The ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL reports that the right-wing radio host would be interested in buying the football franchise if it were up for sale. “The Rams would be a great team to have,” Limbaugh said in a phone interview from his Palm Beach, Fla., studio. “I have a lot of friends in ownership in the NFL, and my desire to get involved has not been a secret.” Coach Scott Linehan would definitely have to become more conservative with his play calling. Guess this means Donovan McNabb can cross off St. Louis as a future roster destination.

NCAA could add sand Volleyball as women’s sport

Leonard Armato, commissioner and chief executive of the AVP Tour, says of an NCAA committee’s voting this month to add “sand” volleyball to a list of women’s sports being considered for intercollegiate competition, “It’s obviously an exciting development and a tribute to the sport’s growing popularity.” … Forty schools must sign on to make it a championship sport. — LA Times

5 nominated reality hosts to host Emmys

The Associated Press- The reality is, there won’t be an Emmy host this year — there will be five. The reality-TV hosts nominated in the new category that honors their work will preside over the show. They are: Tom Bergeron, of “Dancing With the Stars”; Ryan Seacrest, of “American Idol”; Howie Mandel of “Deal or No Deal”; Heidi Klum of “Project Runway”; and Jeff Probst of “Survivor.” The Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 21 and broadcast on ABC.

Sharpton turns down Dancing With the Stars

Al Sharpton won’t be hoofing it on “Dancing With the Stars.” The Rev tells us he turned down the invitation to appear on the show – and on “Celebrity Apprentice” – because he wants to focus on voter education. “This is a serious election,” he says. “I don’t want to be dancing with the stars when I should be protecting the vote.” — NY Daily News

Original Becky from Roseanne selling fortunes?

TMZ Staff Once upon a time Alicia Goranson’s future seemed bright, playing the original Becky Conner on “Roseanne.” That was over eleven years ago. Alicia resurfaced last week at Gowanus Yacht Club in Brooklyn reading tarot cards and telling patrons their fortunes for money.

Screetch to pen ‘Saved by the Bell’ tell-all
What went on after class at Bayside High School? Apparently, a lot more than fans of the squeaky-clean teen sitcom would have thought.  Dustin Diamond, otherwise known as everyone’s favorite homeroom misfit “Screech,” plans to dish the behind-the scenes dirt in a new tell-all book, reports New York Magazine. Dustin’s “Behind the Bell” will reveal “sexual escapades among cast members, drug use, and hardcore partying.”

Attention Creepy Internet Predators

Miley Cyrus is now auctioning off … herself. The 15-year-old is selling a date to the premiere of the Disney movie ‘Bolt’ to benefit the Pappy Cyrus Family Foundation for underprivileged children. Bidding runs from July 22-29, on eBay. Cyrus also told NBC’s Today that she is looking for a boyfriend.

‘Tell Me You Love Me’: HBO pulls the plug

EW- After announcing a renewal for the fledging show, HBO has changed its mind about ordering a second season of Tell Me You Love Me — the heavy drama about three couples who share the same therapist. The decision was described as a mutual one.

Brooke Hogan might pose nude for Playboy

Access Hollywood– Brooke’s rep confirmed that the star of VH1’s “Brooke Knows Best” has been approached to bare all for Playboy. She is “definitely” considering it, her publicist told Access. But before any contracts are signed, Brooke will consult her father, Hulk Hogan, for help in making the decision, the rep added.

She should have jumped in the trash can on the way by!  I bet it was a cute father-daughter dance in high school.

Brooke made headlines recently, claiming she found Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House strange. “I am actually not that much into voting. I think it’s kind of crazy that a woman is running because I think that women deal with a lot of emotions and menopause and PMS and stuff,” Brooke said. “Like, I’m so moody all the time, I know I couldn’t be able to run a country, because I would be crying one day and yelling at people the next day, you know?”

Radio host calls autistic children ‘brats’

The Associated Press– Radio talk show host Michael Savage, who described 99 percent of children with autism as brats, said he was trying to “boldly awaken” parents to his view that many people are being wrongly diagnosed. “In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.” He said greedy doctors and drug companies were creating a “national panic” by overdiagnosing autism. Savage, with more than 8 million listeners a week, is talk radio’s third most popular personality behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, according to Talkers magazine. He’s made a living off bold, outrageous statements: His brief MSNBC show was canceled after he told a caller he should “get AIDS and die, you pig.” Bold? How about STUPID?

Birthdays last week: Don Knotts (84), Jon Lovitz (51), Michael Richards (60), Robin Williams (56), Alex Trebek (68), Danny Glover (61), David Spade (44), George Clinton (68), Alison Krauss (37), Bert Convy (75), Don Imus (68), Monica Lewinsky (35), Woody Harrelson (47), Barry Bonds (44), Jennifer Lopez (38), Estelle Getty (85- died three days before her birthday), Walter Payton (54), Jeremy Piven (43), Kate Beckinsale (34), Kevin Spacey (49), Mick Jagger (65), Sandra Bullock (44)

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.

http://www.tunicamiss.com/ 

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up in Tunica:

August 1

Craig Morgan

The Fitz

800-766-5825

August 2

Ronnie Milsap

Sam’s Town

800-456-0711

August 2

Jypsi

Sam’s Town

800-456-0711

August 2

Tunica Trade Days

Downtown Tunica

662-363-2865

August 8 – 9

Ricky Lynn Gregg

Bally’s

800-382-2559

August 9

Terri Clark

Gold Strike

888-245-7829

August 12 – 14

Delta River Cruisin Car Show

Sam’s Town

800-456-0711

Tune in to Mid-South Golfer the Radio show this Thursday from 3-4pm from Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club. The Sports Bar follows from 4-6pm.  Plus, sign up for Thursday’s three person scramble and get your team qualified for the Tournament of Champions. 

For more information, call 866-TEE-OFF1 or go online at www.tunicanational.com.  See you there. 

Talk to y’all this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 27, 2008

SEC Media Days: A Recap

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Will Askew @ 11:17 am

I’m more and more amazed about how important college football is to the fabric of Southern society and to the hearts of people here. I love college football, but I have never really understood the psyche of the “Southern college football fan.” And nowhere is that fan more present than at SEC Media Days.

Day 1:

Wednesday was pretty slow. I spilled coffee on George Lapides’s lap before anything even started, so I’ve got that going for me. I’ve got to be honest…if there’s one person besides Nick Saban at SEC Media Days with power, it’s George. He just owns the Wynfrey Hotel. I’m kind of surprised that there weren’t fans waiting for him like Saban with as much experience as he has here. Wednesday was the only day without people making the rounds early, so the early shows were somewhat uneventful. With Sports 56 Middays, the action started to heat up a little, with Florida, Vanderbilt, LSU, and Mississippi State showing up.

Tim Tebow was a presence. The guy understands how much power he has, and the responsibility that goes along with it. He went on three mission trips (three!!) in the offseason, and just gets how to be a star athlete. Other than Nick Saban, Tebow was certainly the biggest name here, and the media following was fitting. One thing I was surprised at…Vanderbilt was the only team here who sent all of their players down to radio row for interviews. That’s frankly kind of embarrassing for the other schools. Is LSU too big for radio now? Does Mississippi State even care about being relevant? Very frustrating.

I will say this about Vanderbilt…they may not be the best football team in the SEC, but that is a first-class program. From the SIDs there to the head coach to the players, everyone was classy and friendly. And George Smith is a great story…he had transverse myelitis his freshman year and was temporarily paralyzed. He has come all the way back, and with Earl Bennett gone, he will be one of the focal points of the offense. I love a comeback story, and George Smith’s is a great one.

We finished the day talking to Bobby Johnson, who is like Steve Martin with a Carolina accent. Another class guy. He told us that three Memphians–John Stokes and DeAndre Jones of MUS and Chris Marve of White Station–could be in the mix at linebacker. Being a MUS grad myself and dating a White Stationer, that’s good to see.

Day 2:

By far the craziest day–Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Georgia were here. Nick Saban’s mere presence alone caused grown Alabama fans to weep. I’ve never seen anything like it. I have to say, I didn’t expect Nick Saban to participate much in the radio row portion of the festivities, because, well, he’s Nick Saban. But he walked around to most of the stations, even hitting ours for a couple of minutes before heading upstairs. Even more surprisingly, he came back down afterwards and hit the others. Shocking. And his entrance did kind of go like this (thanks to EDSBS).

Saban

Of course, Wednesday was Subpoena-gate day, with Phil Fulmer getting served before even walking in the door. If I may for a second talk to my fellow Alabama fans…

I know a lot of you have this hatred in your heart for Phil Fulmer that will never die, because he apparently turned us in for cheating. So you sit there and call him in to give a deposition, and serve him at SEC Media Days, because that’s embarrassing to Fulmer. Let it go. We beat them on the field last year 41-17. I mean, really…isn’t that what matters? The probation is over. We cheated. We got caught. Get over it, and don’t cheat again next time. Seriously.

Ok. I feel better. About this whole story, I’m not sure how big of a story it actually was. It’s easy when you’re actually there to get wrapped up in a story like this, but I’m not too sure it’s that big of a deal, frankly. So he got called in for a deposition. Great. Frankly, the bigger story was how big of an ass the Jackson County attorney’s office looks for serving it to him in front of everyone.

Thursday, as opposed to Wednesday, was a much more productive day. Someone at our station talked to every person there save Mark Richt, which was amazing with all of the power people running around. Probably my two favorite interviews were Thursday, with Georgia d-lineman Jeff Owens and Alabama safety Rashad Johnson. They were really good guys.

As far as Ole Miss goes, I got the impression from everyone that optimism abounds. If I were on with Wolo and Stats and playing Buy, Sell, Hold, I would hold Ole Miss. I do think they will improve, and I don’t think their coach is a complete moron. I do think, though, that we need to wait and see. I will say this–some guys from ESPN 1380 in Little Rock were there all week, and they HATED Houston Nutt. Used the term “snake” to describe him. That’s no way to talk about they guy who did this, boys.

“DARREN MCFADDEN! BABY!”

Thursday, I had a beer and sat by the pool. And got in the hottest hot tub ever. I swear, the thing was like a thousand degrees. It could melt rock.

Day 3:

Friday was the least eventful of the three days. Everyone was beginning to clear out at this point, and most of the name schools had already gone. Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn, and South Carolina all were in attendance today.

I have to say, of all the schools there, I think Kentucky would have to win the Apathy Award for Universal Indifference. They didn’t show up on radio row, and I couldn’t really find anyone who cared. Unlike Wednesday, when there were actually people that we wanted to talk to, Kentucky had none. South Carolina was somewhat similar, although Steve Spurrier’s press conference was entertaining. “We’ve got a good tight end…He’s going to be part of our ball-catching plan” may be the best line of the week.

Arkansas’s players, Elston Forte and Jonathan Luigs, made the rounds on radio row today, and were very nice guys. They seem to say that the transition from Houston Nutt to Bobby Petrino is going extremely well, although I’m sure it’s not as rosy as everyone said today. From what I understand, the players really liked Houston Nutt, and Bobby Petrino’s personality is very different. But he’s a really good football coach, and that’s what matters.

Despite everything, I really like Tommy Tuberville. He’s just a cool guy. He showed up a day early just to walk around radio row, and continued Friday. He just gets it. I really do wish he would stop beating Alabama though.

With that, we packed up and headed home. I will say this about the drive–it’s much easier now that Highway 78 is almost done. The fact that it’s still not done yet is still amazing after 30 years of work, but oh well.

Overall, we had a great week. It was invaluable experience for me personally, and I finally got to visit the heart of SEC football country in the craziest setting of the season. Now for the games. By the way, WJOX in Birmingham has the hottest production staff ever. Every time one of them would walk down radio row, heads were turning. I need to get my resume ready. Just kidding, Eli. Kind of.

July 26, 2008

Birdfeed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed Lane @ 8:41 am

Okay, SO it’s Saturday morning but I’ve STILL got some jet lag from my mission trip to Kenya and my sleeping pattern is a bit off. I’ll let yall know how that went later (b/c it really did change my outlook on life) but first of all I’ll toss out some random Birdfeed which I KNOW y’all have been craving.

Brett Favre – I’m honestly SICK of hearing about his “retire-unretire” game, but I need to vent, so please let me for just a minute. I HOPE he gets traded to some team, preferably the Vikings or Jets. The Jets so he can possibly toil in Mediocrity while spending a season in the wasteland that is North Jersey, but really I think it would be fitting if he goes to Minnesota. Sure, they’re really only a solid QB away from contending for the NFC crown (I’m not sold on Tarvaris Jackson yet, but the real reason is just so these Packer Fans have to Eat some crow. I applaud the Green Bay faithful b/c they are some of the most loyal fans in the League; but they have lauded Brett as this perfect model citizen for YEARS, someone who embodies what is great about the NFL and QBs. In reality, Favre is one of the greatest QBs, but in the past five years he has not been the Super Bowl Champion caliber player he used to be. Note two Playoff Games (the 2003 NFC Divisional Playoffs @ Philly, 2008 NFC Title game vs. The Giants) where he threw terrible passes in sudden death Overtime to set up the other teams’ game-winning field goals. Go back and look at the plays if you must. Then consider the other FACTor: He has repeatedly drug Green Bay through the mud the past three off-seasons with this “question of retirement.” HELLO Packer Fans. HELLO Packer organization. I know he might be considered the best option at QB, but at some point somebody has to put their foot down (ideally the Packer Front office) and just say “Brett, we appreciate what you’ve done, but it’s better if we both move on. If you wish to consider returning best of luck, but it won’t be in Green Bay.”

Okay, many of you may be thinking, “King, WHAT are you thinking? Brett’s the best QB who could play in Green Bay next year.” Well, you’re right from a talent standpoint, because Aaron Rodgers is unproven (all things considered) and Brian Brohm is a rookie. Still, here is my reason why Green Bay should have said long ago, “Brett, we appreciate what you’ve done, but it’s better if we both move on. If you wish to consider returning best of luck, but it won’t be in Green Bay”: Team Chemistry. By even keeping his rights to trade, the Packer front office is allowing this situation to drag on and it is undermining its current QB situation. Brett will not be playing for the Pack in 2008. As long as the Green Bay brass keeps his rights, it is allowing this situation to fester and ruin Rodgers’ chance to mesh with a his teammates and assert himself as the leader. This situation will not die until Favre literally breaks a leg (and arm) and can’t move, or until he is traded. And even with the Vikings and Bears having shaky QB situations and Detroit having a questionable (this is the most generous statement of the year) secondary, ONE of those teams WILL win the NFC North in 2008. My pick right now is the Vikings. And when it happens that the Pack don’t win the division, the Packers really only have themselves to blame….oh, and their supposed “Model Superhero” Favre.

Mississippi State – I really like Sly Croom, but I just can’t see them going to a Bowl game this year. Bulldogs fans, please dont think that I am rooting against your team b/c really i would like to see y’all improve. Still, I’m not too sold on Wesley Carroll and their offense, aside from RB Anthony Dixon. They have a solid D, but I dont foresee too may 7-0 or 10-3 victories. Hopefully I”m wrong, but I doubt it.

Baseball – How disappointing have the Phillies been lately? The Fadin’ Phils are really struggling. They don’t really have a pitcher right now who can win 1-0 or 3-2, and their O has just fallen flat. Oh and Brad Lidge looked horrendous last night, giving up 5 runs (including a Brian McCann Grand Slam) in the 9th inning of the 8-2 loss to Atlanta…oh and he recorded ZERO outs. This team looks sluggish, like they have no expectations.

July 23, 2008

Tuesday Ramblings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 3:51 pm

Thoughts I’ve had while waiting for Michelle Wie to sign her scorecard.

There are many rules in golf that I don’t really understand and find to be silly. Among those, is the fact that players must sign their scorecard after a round or be disqualified. In today’s age where scorers walk with each group and every shot is on camera, we all know what each player scored on any particular round so I don’t even see why they need a scorecard let alone one that has to be signed and turned in or your disqualified. Having said that, every player in the world knows they have to sign their scorecard after each round so how does Michelle Wie forget to do it and why don’t the people in the trailer who the players give the scorecard to look immediately to see if its signed and if it’s not then give it back to the player to sign it? Wouldn’t that seem like the logical thing to do? I just don’t get how this could ever happen. Wie is certainly to blame, but even with her forgetting, this situation should have been avoided. The real sad part is that Wie was actually in contention in the tournament and would have gone to the final round only one shot off the lead. It really made me feel bad for her, for a couple of days that is, until I heard she was going to play another men’s tournament at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Come on Michelle, you finally show you are ready to compete again on the women’s tour, stay there and try to win some tournaments. Leave the men’s events alone. She just continues to get bad advice.

While I’m talking golf, how about Greg Norman’s performance at the Open Championship. A 53-year-old leading a major going into the final round is just ridiculous. Without Tiger in the field, Norman provided a great story for people to follow and a reason to watch. We all know the history of Norman and his Sunday collapses, but this can’t be compared to those at all. There is no reason that he should have been anywhere near the top of the leaderboard going into Sunday so I can’t fault him for not holding on for the win. Congratulations to Padraig Harrington, who on Wednesday didn’t know if his injured wrist would allow him to play or not, on his second straight British Open Championship. I guess the secret to winning a major is to get hurt beforehand.

You know when Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox does stupid things everyone likes to say it’s just “Manny being Manny.” Well I think the same should be said about Joey Dorsey. This is “Joey being Joey”

How do you get kicked out of a summer league game? When you’re on the bench? In street clothes? Just Joey being Joey.

Speaking of former Tigers, Shawne Williams is in trouble again. Larry Bird says they won’t buy Shawne out, but doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Pacers. Shawne needs to wake up and realize he is getting close to costing himself a career playing basketball and making a ton of money. It would probably be best if Shawne removed all the Memphians from his current entourage. They are the ones that seem to be causing most of his problems.

This is one of the most bizarre stories ever. I’ve never been in the murder for hire business, but I do know if I was looking for someone to do a hit for me, I wouldn’t choose someone willing to accept NASCAR collectibles as payment. That doesn’t seem like a top of the line guy and there’s probably a good chance he’s a cop. I think most of the real hit men out there probably require cash payments, but maybe I’m wrong.

Danica Patrick was up to her fighting ways last weekend only this time her target was another woman. Fellow female driver Milka Duno did not back down from Patrick either, as you can see she actually threw a towel in her face twice.

My favorite part of the video is all the male pit crew members who had zero interest in breaking up the argument. All I could think about was this “Seinfeld” clip.

The unofficial start of the college football season, SEC Media Days, are going on this week and for the first time in four years I am not in Birmingham. I always enjoy going there for this event, but decided a year off wouldn’t be a bad thing. Sports56 still has plenty of people there and we’ll have wall-to-wall coverage throughout the week. I’m happy that this week has arrived because I love talking college football and we’ll be doing just that for the next five months or so.

Have a good week.

July 21, 2008

Sunday on the Couch!

Filed under: Uncategorized — robfischer @ 5:17 pm

What a weekend in sports, so let’s get right to my random thoughts:

 

Greg Norman finishing third at the Open Championship was still a great story.  To have the lead after three rounds was remarkable.  He’s 53 years old and played among the elite players in the game today, with the exception of one guy.  If Norman would have won, the only comparison I could compare it to was when George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer.  But, Foreman wasn’t 53!  Since Norman didn’t win, I compare it to Jimmy Connors run at the U.S. Open when he was 39.  Connors made the semi’s of the Open before losing to Jim Courier.  But, his match against Aaron Krickstein was one of the best I’ve ever seen.  It lasted into the darkness and everyone in America was rooting for him during his five set victory (4 hours and 41 minutes).  Can you imagine anyone advancing to the semifinals of a grand slam event in tennis at the age of 39?  No way!  One other comparison- Norman is married to Chrissy Evert.  Connors was planning on marrying Evert before it broke off in 1978.

I wish ABC/ESPN would actually show golf during their coverage.  There were so many packages and the Greg Norman coverage became overwhelming.  Instead of watching Anthony Kim (3 off the lead), we saw Norman on the range, on the green, on the toilet, etc.  There were three players close to the lead, and we saw a few putts from each.  It was a travesty.  The Greg Norman show overshadowed everyone else, and he promptly collapsed.  Thanks ABC/ESPN.

 

Here’s how you break a tie in the MLB All Star Game:  Play 12 innings.  If it’s still tied, pick five guys and have a homerun derby. That way managers can figure out how and when to get everyone into the lineup.  Plus, the fans would love it.  Tuesday night would have been a disaster had it gone a couple of more innings, and it still would have determined home field in the World Series. Three rules changes would make everything better- 1. Eliminate home field advantage. 2. Make the players stay in the dugout until the end of the game. 3. Twelve innings and then homer derby if tied.

 

Chris Berman is nauseating during homerun derby.

 

You know who loves Brett Favre?  BRETT FAVRE!

 

Justin Timberlake was great as the host of the ESPY’s.

 

It’s nice to see a Memphis Grizzly on the red carpet and invited to all the big Hollywood events!  He’s there because of his wife, but Marko Jaric was at the ESPY’s and his wife, Adriana Lima, presented an award. Can’t wait to see her courtside.

Any time you can get a picture of Adriana, you do it!

 

Tom Watson is a dead ringer for Dick Vermeil.

 

Forest Whitaker could read the phone book and make it dramatic.

 

Joey Dorsey can’t leave Rockets practice until he makes ten straight free throws.  He’s been there for 247 hours.

 

Friday on the Sports Bar, we came up with a list of the all time movie baseball lineup.  Here’s the list I finished with, along with my favorite quotes from each character.

ANNOUNCER: Harry Doyle (Major League) “Juuuuust a bit outside. Tried the corner and missed.”

UMPIRE: Enrico Pallazzo (Naked Gun)It’s a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans!”

OWNER: Rachel Phelps (Major League)Cross him off then.”

MANAGER: Lou Brown (Major League) “Come on Dorn, get in front of the damn ball, don’t give me this Ole BS”

COACHES: Morris Buttermaker (Bad News Bears)No! Don’t jump in Engleberg, you’ll flood the valley.”

Larry Hockett (Bull Durham) “Lollygaggers!”

BALLGIRLS: Annie Savoy (Bull Durham) “These are the ground rules. I hook up with one guy a season. Usually takes me a couple weeks to pick the guy – kinda my own spring training. And, well, you two are the most promising prospects of the season so far, so I just thought we should kinda get to know each other.”

Millie (Bull Durham)You can’t ban me from the ballpark because my daddy donated the scoreboard.”

Tenley Parrish (Summer Catch) “You say you love getting on that mound and playing baseball! Why would you ever settle for cutting grass?”

Lynn Wells (Major League)I have a much better body than she does!”

Wendy Peffercorn (Sandlot) “Little pervert!”

FIRST BASE: Jack Elliott (Mr. Baseball)Any of you guys speak Americano? Jack Elliot here bringing you the best in Major League thrills for the fellas, and free moustache rides for the ladies.”

SECOND BASE: Michael “Squints” Palledorous (Sandlot)I’ve been coming here every summer of my adult life, and every summer there she is oiling and lotioning, lotioning and oiling… smiling. I can’t take this no more!”

THIRD BASE: Roger Dorn (Major League)It was out of my reach, what do you want me to do dive for it?”

SHORTSTOP: Tanner Boyle (Bad News Bears) “Hey Yankees! You take your apology, and your trophy, and shove ‘em straight up your [butt].”

LEFT FIELD: Bennie the Jet (Sandlot)Anyone who wants to be a can’t-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama’s bra, raise your hand.”

CENTER FIELD: Willie Mays Hayes (Major League)I hit like Mays, and I run like Hayes.

RIGHT FIELD: Roy Hobbs (The Natural) “And then? And then when I walked down the street people would’ve looked and they would’ve said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game.”

CATCHER: Crash Davis (Bull Durham) “Well, I believe in the soul, the [blank], the [blank], the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

STARTING PITCHER: Nuke Laloosh (Major League)So is somebody going to go to bed with somebody or what?”

Billy Chapel (For Love of the Game) “God, I always said I would never bother you about baseball, lord knows you have bigger things to worry about. But if you could make this pain in my shoulder stop for ten minutes, I would really appreciate it.”

RELIEF PITCHER: Eddie Harris (Major League) “You know you might think about taking Jesus Christ as your savior instead of fooling around with all this stuff.”

CLOSER: Rick Vaughn (Major League)California Penal…”

DESIGNATED HITTER: Kelly Leak (Bad News Bears)There’s nice ass at the field, that’s why I always hang around it.

BENCH: DH- Pedro Cerrano (Major League)Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.”

C- Jake Taylor (Major League)I had no choice. She bet me fifty dollars that she had a better body than you and I had to defend your honor.

1B- Clew Haywood (Major League) “How’s your wife and my kids?”

C- Mike Engelberg (Bad News Bears)There’s energy in chocolate. I need energy.”

C- Hamilton “The Great Hambino” Porter (Sandlot)You’re killing me Smalls! These are s’more’s stuff! Alrite now pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good!”

P- Amanda Whurlitzer (Bad News Bears)I know an 11-year-old girl who is already on the pill.”

RF- Timmy Lupis (Bad News Bears)Sometimes bird poo tastes like candy.”

2B- Jose Agilar (Bad News Bears)A?Yo no me voy a poner esto! A?Esto duele!” [“I’m not going to wear this! It hurts!”]

LF- Miles Dalrymple (Summer Catch)Excuse me, I am tired of living a lie. I need it to be known that I like a big girl. In fact, a large, zaftig, voluptuous, full-figured, big-boned, massive-assive honey, that is what gets me going. I like fat women and they like me… big girls need love too, baby!”

BP BATTERY: John Kinsella (Field of Dreams) “Is this heaven?”, and Ray Kinsella (Field of Dreams) “It’s Iowa.”

 

WEEKLY DISH

AROD alone at Party?

ALEX Rodriguezs teammates must wish they could divorce him too. “He’s become a huge distraction with the Madonna fiasco,” a source told Page Six. “It’s always all about him.” That explains why none of his fellow Yankees went to the All-Star bash he hosted at JayZ‘s 40/40 Club Monday night.

Superdome party district

The state agency that runs the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena has taken tentative steps toward purchasing a major piece of downtown real estate near the stadiums that eventually could become a glittering entertainment district with bars, sports-themed restaurants and other attractions. The agency hopes by the end of the week to sign an option agreement for the New Orleans Centre. — New Orleans Times-Picayune

No Diving in Shallow Water

Daric Barton smacked his head on the bottom of a pool during the All-Star break, requiring six staples to close the gash and leaving the Oakland first baseman with a neck strain that landed him on the disabled list. Barton said he was at a friend’s apartment back home in California when he dove into a pool Sunday night. He didn’t realize how shallow it was, and he hit his head on the bottom. He never lost consciousness, but blood began gushing down his face and Barton went to the emergency room. Doctors sealed the cut with six staples that are clearly visible atop Barton’s head. He is slated to have the staples removed on Wednesday.

Love the Prius!

Timberwolves rookie Kevin Love whose contract guarantees him $5.4 million for the next two years, won’t be buying a Cadillac Escalade or similar luxury sport utility vehicle like many of his teammates. “Maybe a Prius, because gas prices are so high,” he said. “I’m all about saving money so I can have some security. I’m not chasing money; I’m chasing the game.” — Pioneer Press

NBA Rookie Goes Undrafted by Nightclub

TMZ– Newly drafted NBA star Michael Beasley suffered his first pro rejection at Villa Tuesday night. Don’t blame the kid too much — he’s 19 and Villa is a 21-and-over club.

Can’t eat dog at Olympics

Pranay Sharma (Thaindian News)- Exotic items like dog meat may be missing from the food menu in China during the Olympics. Authorities have asked the 112 designated Beijing restaurants for the Games to keep it off their menu and imposed a ban on its sale keeping the sensitivity of foreign visitors in mind.

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood enters rehab

Reuters– Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has entered rehab for a drinking problem. “Following Ronnie’s continued battle with alcohol he has entered a period of rehab,” Wood’s spokeswoman said in London. Ronnie was drinking two bottles of vodka per day and his waist size has dropped to 28. The announcement followed a series of British newspaper reports that Wood, 61, had been spending time at his Irish retreat with an 18 year old Russian cocktail waitress. She says on her Facebook page that she and Wood have a relationship, and she thinks there could be a future between the two.  Wood has been married for 23 years.

Trump sells house for $100M

The Associated Press- The real estate market might be slumping, but not for Donald Trump, who sold his Palm Beach mansion for $100 million. His spokeswoman says $100 million is the most ever paid for an estate in the U.S., though there is no way to verify that claim. Russian fertilizer billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev purchased the roughly 60,000 square-foot oceanfront home, which Trump fixed up after buying it for about $41 million in 2004.

Victoria Beckham ordinary!

Victoria Beckham admits she’s just like everyone else. “I’m a normal-looking girl, and I just make the best of what I have,” Posh said in an interview with Allure magazine. “I’m not out-of-the-ordinary looking at all — I’m incredibly ordinary.”

Ocean’s Dry?

Film fans hoping to catch George Clooney and the gang for another “Ocean’s” flick will be disappointed to hear the $1 billion franchise is history. When OK! magazine asked Don Cheadle if there would be an “Ocean’s 14,” he put it plainly. “No. Done. It’s a wrap.”

Andy Dick jailed on drug, sex allegations

The Associated Press– Andy Dick was arrested early Wednesday for investigation of drug use and sexual battery after the comedian allegedly pulled down a teenager’s top. Police were called to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Murrieta at about 1:13 a.m. to investigate a report of “an intoxicated male” urinating outside the bar and causing a disturbance, according to a police statement. When they arrived, a 17-year-old girl told police that she was outside when Dick left the bar, walked up, “grabbed her tank top and bra and pulled them down and exposed her breasts,” the statement said. Marijuana and the drug Xanax were found his pants pockets during a search and he appeared “extremely intoxicated,” police said.

How fightening is this guy??

‘Mini Me’ still lives with sex tape-selling ex

MSNBC- Unwitting sex-tape star Verne Troyer is still fighting the release of a video featuring him and his ex-girlfriend Ranae Shrider sharing. But, oddly enough, the “Mini Me” actor is still sharing his home with the woman who betrayed him. “(Ranae’s) still in the house,” Verne revealed to E! News. While he seeks legal action to force his former flame out, Verne’s not leaving, either, a situation he claims “makes it even harder, to, you know, not strangle her.”

Birthdays Last Week: Alex Karras (73), Brigitte Nielson (45), Forest Whitaker (47), Jesse Ventura (57), Willie Aames (48), Barry Sanders (40), Ginger Rogers (97), “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (119), Phoebe Cates (45- my first “love”), Will Ferrell (40), David Hasselhoff (56), Penny Hardaway (36), Ricky Skaggs (54), Vin Diesel (41), Ray Allen (33), Carlos Santana (61), Chuck Daly (75)

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.

http://www.tunicamiss.com/

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up this week in Tunica:

July 24 – 27

Thrillusions”Magical Rock Concert Masquerade” Featuring Magician James Brandon

Harrah’s

901-525-1515

July 25 – 26

Triplthret

Bally’s

800-382-2559

July 25 – 26

Gypsy Rose

Resort’s Tunica

866-676-7070

July 26

Fight at The Fitz

The Fitz

800-766-5825

Mark September 13th on your calendar!  Ron White will be performing at Harrah’s that night and you don’t want to miss “Tater Salad”.  I already have my tickets!  Call 901-525-1515 for ticket information.

There will not be a Mid-South Golfer the Radio show in Tuinca this week due to SEC Media Days and Bob Wolcott’s event Wolcott and Friends at Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club.

 

For more information, call 866-TEE-OFF1 or go online at www.tunicanational.com.  See you there. 

Talk to y’all this week.

July 20, 2008

5th and 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Skrzat @ 2:13 pm

So I’ve recently finished Jason Peter’s book, “The Hero of the Underground” and I must say it was a very interesting read. Aside from a few grammatical errors and some rough plot shifts, the book offers a captivating story into the life of a former football player and junkie.

For those of you who may or may not know, Jason Peter’s is a Jersey boy, born and bred, along with his brothers Christian, who played for the New York Giants, until recently, and younger brother Damian, who was recruited by Notre Dame but suffered a cracked spinal chord which ended his football career when he was only 18.

Both Jason and elder brother Christian received full rides to the University of Nebraska. Christian graduated a year prior to the story’s narrator. During Christian’s senior year,1996, Nebraska lost their bowl hopes when the team was defeated by Texas in the final game of the season.

This left Jason, the team’s defensive captain in the 1997 season, with a feeling of unfinished business. He utilized this passion and led Nebraska to an undefeated season and to be eventual victors over the University of Tennessee in Payton Manning’s final season.

From here Peter was drafted 14th overall and began an injury plagued career with the Carolina Panthers in which he was introduced to pain killers. The problems began when star struck doctors would issue large amounts of any type of drug for a simple John Hancock. Without any knowledge in the late nineties of how addictive Vicodin and other equal drugs can be, Peter quickly begins abusing the substances and was soon up to “60 to 80 pills a day, each handful chased with a swig of vodka.”

From here is where Peter’s life starts to spiral out of control. After several neck and shoulder surgeries, he was released by the Carolina Panthers, and began doing cocaine, GHB and marijuana, added on to his drinking and pain killer addictions to fill the void in his life.

Eventually, Peter’s family convinces him to try his first stint in rehab at Sierra Tuscon in Arizona. This is a facility which the former college stud quotes that the doctors “take a cookie-cutter view of addiction,” that basically all addicts “are the same.” Keeping in mind that an addict could be anyone from the “painkiller-addicted professional athlete, the crack-smoking gang kid, and the shoplifting heroin addict,” Peter frustratedly states that “the whole concept is [b.s.].”

From here Jason Peter has stints in Utah, Pennsylvania, and twice in California to get clean, all peppered with relapses in Vegas, Utah, Los Angeles, and many other cities.His road is a long one, at times frustrating, and makes the reader want to go to Peter’s door, grab his throat, and yell until he/she is blue in the face. 

However, even as Peter’s family falls apart because of his eventual usage of free-base cocaine combined with heroine, the reader still wants him to succeed.

For this reason alone, I recommend the book. It may not be the best written, or the smoothest flowing, or anything close. But it is a powerful one. It’s a book which will take the reader into the mind of an addict, a junkie, a screw up, and cause him or her to get into Peter’s corner and push him through his issues, the same way his own family did for so long.

Though the language occasionally takes away from what is written, and the choppiness is slightly humorous at the lighter parts, I still give “The Hero of the Underground” by Jason Peter a B. Check it out sometime. It will affect you in some way.

July 16, 2008

Tuesday Ramblings(One day late)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 2:38 pm

Thoughts I’ve had while waiting for the All Star Game to finally end.

I held off for a day on the Ramblings this week so that I could include some thoughts on the MLB All Star Game. For a while last night, it looked like I’d have to wait another day since the game didn’t look like it would ever end. It was a great game, but at the same time it illustrated some of the problems with making the game count towards home field advantage in the World Series. Since everyone went crazy over the game being called a tie a few years ago, the game “matters” now and it causes some problems. Pitchers, who in some cases threw 100+ pitches just a couple days earlier are forced to pitch in the game because once it goes extra innings the managers run out of options. What happens when one of those pitchers develops arm trouble and misses time in the second half? Is that fair to his team? I never really had a problem with the tie and wouldn’t have had a problem if last night’s game would have been called after 12 innings or so. To me, the health of players, mainly pitchers, in the second half of the season is much more important than having an all star game winner. If you are going to play the game out no matter how long it goes, then it is time to add 4 or 5 more pitchers to the rosters.

Speaking of the All Star game, how bad was Dan Uggla’s performance? The former Memphis Tiger had a night to forget striking out 3 times, grounding into a double play and committing 3 errors. You had to feel for him.

The pregame ceremony with all the Hall of Famers was great. It’s really cool to see all those greats gathered together. The only unfortunate part of it was Willie Mays totally ignoring Josh Hamilton. I don’t know if he did it on purpose, but I personally think Mays is an ass so it wouldn’t surprise me if he did do it on purpose.

I’m starting to think the NL may never win another All Star game. They had so many opportunities to win last night and just couldn’t get it done. It may never happen.

Josh Hamilton’s first round performance in the home run derby was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t win, his first round is what will always be remembered. No one will ever care or remember that Justin Morneau won the derby this year.

Tim Donaghy made 134 calls to fellow referee Scott Foster during the period he was betting on games and the calls always came right before or right after games. There is no way that is just coincidence. It sure makes it look like Foster had to be involved with Donaghy in some way. This whole thing still has a lot of potential to blow up in the NBA’s face.

How in the world do the Denver Nuggets give up Marcus Camby for nothing? I know they had to save money, but it would seem like they could have gotten something in return for a quality center who is one of the best defenders in the league.

The Grizzlies wrap up summer league play in Vegas tonight and we had GM Chris Wallace on the show today to talk about what he’s seen out there and other things dealing with the team. You can check out that interview and others in the Featured Audio on the front page. Among the other things we asked Wallace were if the Grizzlies showed any interest in Camby and Antoine Walker’s status with the team.

The Detroit Pistons have been rumored to be interested in Tracy McGrady. I guess after six straight trips to the conference finals, the Pistons have decided it would be better to lose in the first round of the playoffs.

I’ve never considered hockey players the smartest people on the planet, but Kris Draper drinking out of the Stanley Cup just hours after his daughter pooped in it is crazy. I don’t care how much you clean that thing, I couldn’t possibly drink out of it that soon.

Andy Dick is one of the most disturbing people on the planet. I would never want to be anywhere near him.

That’s all for this week. Have a good week.

5th and 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Skrzat @ 10:47 am

So far, it’s been a good week for sports. The mid summer classic, last ever at Yankee’s Stadium, was one to remember. 15 innings, not terribly high scoring, but fun to watch all the way through. Unfortunately for me,

The Phillies’ Brad Lidge got the loss, though I think it should have gone to Dan Uggla and his four errors. Holy crap! I haven’t seen anyone get handcuffed and eaten up by a ball like he did last night since baseball camp when I was nine.

I’m sure he was a little bit nervous, so I guess it’s all forgiven. It’s not like the Phillies will be playing in the World Series anyway, we always blow it.

In other news, Brett Favre doesn’t know when to call it quits. I’m sure you all have heard about this, and I would really like to be liberated from hearing about him. Favre is arguably doing one of the most selfish things one player is doing to another-toying with Aaron Rogers, who should be talking to other teams right now, just in case.

Come on Brett! You’re 38 years-old. For the love of God, knock it off!

To act even more like a child, Favre has recently said in an interview on Fox News, the former class act has mentioned possibly showing up to the Packers’ training camp.

“It’s tempting to, just as everyone said, you know, call their bluff or whatever. I think it’s going to be a circus in itself already, whether I go there, whatever.”

Wow, real mature sounding. Mr. Favre, you are 38 and sound like one of the kids from Dawson’s Creek or something.

Sorry Brett, but I think it’s time you ride the pine. Green Bay, if they take him back (unlikely), should have him sit the entire season until Brett finally gets the message.

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