Links of the Week

March 25, 2008

After a little work-induced hiatus, the blog is back and crispy as ever. Got a slew of unreal vids and links that will have you laughing and loving life. Let’s roll.

First on the agenda is Joey Gathright jumping over a pitcher in spring training. Joey G is silky. Always was a fan of his when he was burning in Tampa. Wish he was a little better of a player though:

This next one is an awesome little hidden gem where a female news anchor uses the word muff on TV not knowing what it means:

glumbert – TV Anchor 101: Expand Your Vocabulary

Call this next clip juvenile if you like, but I guarantee you laugh:

glumbert – Anchor lets one loose on-air

By the way…don’t ever fight a Roy. Patrick used to beat down Chris Osgood and any other Red Wing goalie who was up to it and now his son is getting in on the action. Best thing in hockey has to be a goalie fight. Love that the other goalie wants no part of the fight then gets hammered anyway:

Don’t get in Shaq’s way:

We’ll end with a nice link you may have already seen in the Sports Guy’s link blog last week. It’s an unreal article on Nomar and how he’s continued to be miserable even in LA. Talk about a travesty. This guy was a legend his first few years in Boston. A surefire Hall of Famer we were annointing as great as Ted Williams. I think it’s a little underrated — has ANYONE’s career fallen off as much as Nomars? In any sport? I dunno.


Colombia Soccer Brawl

March 10, 2008

Check out this crazy clip from a brawl in a soccer game in Cololmbia Sunday that left 80 injured, including 18 with stab wounds:

Soccer is nuts. The fight started after the ref failed to call a penalty kick late in the second half. One team’s coach came out and hit the other team’s coach and all hell broke loose. Read more here.


Matt Walsh, Chuck Norris and The Wire finale

March 10, 2008

The Wire

First off, a farewell to The Wire. That last episode was perfect for me. I was very nervous the ending was going to piss me off, but it was terrific. It’s a shame I got into the show so late and had to speed through seasons 1-6 since October. Now that Sopranos and The Wire are done forever, and the writer’s strike cancelled this year’s 24 and Entourage, I’m hurting for non-sports TV. I got South Park back in business this Wednesday, but other than that, I got nothing. Any suggestions are welcome.

Now, to the links:

If you get a few minutes, make sure you check out the today’s feature the Globe did on Matt Walsh, the former Patriots video assistant prominently involved in the ongoing Spygate drama. Walsh, as reported by multiple media outlets, is close to reaching some sort of immunity agreement with the NFL so he can tell his story, which both he and his lawyer have indicated contains damaging material against the Pats.

Excellent work by the Globe. This is why you still need newspapers. The internet and TV are great and all, mostly for their instantaneity, but newspapers are the only media where I guy can spend a few weeks making calls, traveling and doing some actual investigative journalism.

The story on what he did to his roommate’s girlfriend at Springfield College is priceless. Worth the read alone. Enjoy.

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For all you Chuck Norris fans out there, and I know there’s plenty, here’s a picture tribute detailing the facts and/or legends about “our nation’s greatest hero.”

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Finally, I know this site has been circling the internet like crazy and there’s a 85% chance you’ve already seen it, but it’s so good that this is for the other 15% who haven’t: stuff white people like.

I wouldn’t read all of them completely, just do a scan through. I LOL’d at “The Wire,” “Study Abroad,” “Apple products,” “The Daily Show/Colbert Report,” “Making you feel bad about not going outside,” and my favorite on the list: “Irony.” List should just be called Stuff People at BU like. I thought of hundreds of kids I went to college with when reading this thing.


I’m F*cking Ben Affleck: Kimmel’s Response to Silverman

February 26, 2008

Loved Sarah Silverman’s dig to boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel about banging Matt Damon. Truly a piece of comedic genious and made me reconsider my thoughts on her.  Then I saw the other day (last night I think) Kimmel had aired a response on his show. Unreal:

For those of you who havn’t seen the original video in its entirety:



 Another link I thought was very interesting from this week, Harvard’s gym is implenting women’s only gym hours to accomodate its Muslim students who can’t work out in front of men. That’s real. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the 1500s!

Also, Floyd Mayweather supposedly is going to wrestle The Big Show in March’s WrestleMania. Supposed to be banking a cool $20 mill for it. Watch him make it rain in that video.


South Park, Ralph Nadar and Derek Jeter

February 24, 2008

South Park

I bought the South Park movie the other day for 5 bucks because I somehow didn’t own it. I’ve seen it plenty of times, but watched it again because that’s what I do after I buy a DVD. I was literally crying during Cartman’s song about Kyle’s mom. Tears came out. That song never gets old and movie in general is so re-watchable. Remember it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song for “Blame Canada?”

Just reaffirms how good this show is. Nominated for an Academy Award, nominated for 7 Emmys, winning two of them for “BFF” and “World of Warcraft.” The South Park movie got an unbelievable 81% on rottentomatoes.com, a site that polls major reviews of every movie. That’s so good for that site. For a movie/show that doesn’t take itself seriously and blatantly abuses crude and lewd humor, it must be really good to get such good reviews.

If you still think Family Guy is better, I feel sorry for you. You’re either uninformed or stubbornly ignorant. At least go to http://www.allsp.com/, click on the 10th season and find the episode called “Cartoon Wars.” If you still think Family Guy is better….well you’re just a chooch. I guess the Teen Choice Awards voted FG the best animated series over SP in 2006, so at least you have some pubescent brace-faces on your side. I’m sure they have their reasons.

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So, Ralph Nadar is running for president again?

Wouldn’t be a big deal to except that political experts say he’ll most likely hurt the Democratic candidate, which will incite me with anger if he swings the race from Obama to McCain. Once I found out he was running I thought to myself that I feel like he’s ran every year since I can remember. Turns out, after a quick Wikipedia, he’s run every four years since 1992. What!? Give it up, buddy.

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Funny that Derek Jeter is the voice of baseball. Not really that it’s him because, let’s face it, who else would it be? But more because anything he says is made into a headline and held almost as gospel. For instance, he said he would welcome blood testing in baseball and it was a headline. OK, well that’s just one person’s opinion. Am I supposed to be convinced by this? And I remember back during the Clemens hearings it was “Jeter says hearings bad for the game.” Well, alright, I agree, but isn’t that kind of obvious.

Reporters just ask him a question about a subject, see what he says and then it’s an auto headline. Weird that he’s pretty much the only guy in sports that this happens to.

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Love that the Sox extended Francona. Great move. Always been a big fan of his. He gets a lot of shit (Francoma) but it’s really not his game management that I’m overly impressed with: it’s just his overall professional approach. Guy handles everything and everybody perfect. Lot of egos, superstars and personalities in that clubhouse. Plus the overall media and fan scrutiny/pressure playing in Boston. I think people sometimes forget that the Sox being normal is a relatively new thing. It used to be crazy in that organization. The fact that spring training now goes on without any drama is amazing. The club has certainly come a long way and I think that’s in part because of Terry. So respected and professional. Love it.


Bits and Pieces from the Clemens Saga

February 13, 2008

              Roger Clemens

While attempting to neglect my real work as Wednesday’s Congressional hearing with Roger Clemens was going down, I decided to jot some things down whenever something irked or amused me. Below is a half-hearted, not-quite running diary recorded as the Clemens’ drama unfolded — more or less a interjection of opinion whenever something weird happened, in some sort of chronological order, with the time sometimes recorded. Enjoy.

1130: It’s so ridiculous that pretty much all the Democrats are for Brian McNamee and against Clemens and all the Republicans are for Clemens and against McNamee. What happened to looking for the truth? How did this somehow become a political agenda? Unbelievable. This is why sports has no place in the courtroom. This – like the Arlen Spector inquiries into Spygate – is another example of politicians trying to further their careers, receive publicity and get famous. Disagree? Well, would these fellows be on live television today otherwise? Exactly.

[This trend shifted a little bit as the hearings progressed, so this statement isn’t as strong anymore.]

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Clemens must have the worst memory in the world. He answers “I don’t remember” or “I don’t recall” to almost every question. Probably a good call, since I assume that can protect you from perjury, but he did already state he never used performance enhancing drugs, so it might not even matter.

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The representative from Indiana, Dan Burton, made an absolute fool of himself. He repeatedly went through McNamee’s previous statements to investigators at the beginning of this whole ordeal (all of which said he didn’t know anything about steroids, he never injected Clemens or Andy Pettitte and you’d have to ask them) and called McNamee a liar over and over. At one point, he even said ‘Gee, wizzz, another lie.”

When he asked Clemens the one question he asked him, Rep. Burton’s tone completely changed. It was clear whose side he was on.

While I understand Burton’s point, that McNamee has some credibility issues, McNamee himself said at the beginning of the hearing that he didn’t want to give any information about his clients to the Mitchell Report investigators and only relented when it became a Congressional matter.

When Rep. Burton really lost me – and any credibility he had – was when he called McNamee a liar once again, asked him how he could be believed than went on to call Clemens a “titan of baseball” and openly wondered how he could get his reputation back. Welllll what about Andy Pettitte’s deposition that said Clemens told him he took HGH?? Is Pettitte, maybe a “titan of baseball” himself, also a liar? If I were McNamee I would have interjected and asked this question. Maybe that’s too bold in a Congressional hearing, but is that not the perfect response to that?

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Check this out: out of the 12 major headlines around noon today on ESPN.com, six of them have to do with scandal. SIX. As follows:

“Who’s Lying” – pertains to Clemens hearings

“Sampson Scandal Reaches Indiana” – IU recruiting infractions

“Pettitte Admits to Additional Use of HGH” – said he also took it in 2004

“Goodell, Specter to Discuss Spygate Wednesday” – self-explanatory

“Jeter Says Hearings ‘A Bad Time for Game'” – self-explanatory

“Lawyer: Bodyguard for Bush Attorneys Flashed Gun” – Bush is being accused of taking money while at USC and is now being sued for breach of contract by the person who gave him that money

Six of 12 headlines dealing with scandal. That is so absurd. Can’t we leave sports alone? Isn’t this a game? Ever since the initial Congressional hearings on baseball and the witch hunt for Barry Bonds, it has become taboo to attack athletes. Think about it, Michael Vick and Marion Jones are IN JAIL. For financing dogfighting and lying, respectively. Now Congress feels entitled to stick its collective nose into sports whenever it deems fit.

(Best part about this is the IM I got from my old roommate without him even knowing what I had prepared in this blog: LexLam (1:50:49 PM): so i just noticed that on espn’s website 7 out of 10 links are directly related to scandals in sports instead of actual sports… is this espn or the tabloids?  not sure anymore…

LexLam: haha i couldnt help it, i was looking for some sports news and i couldnt find any)

Love that someone else was on the same page.

Now I understand the initial steroids investigations, but it’s gone too far with the whole Spygate thing. The fact that Arlen Spector (a rep. from PA) openly admitted his interest in the issue stems from his allegiance to the Philadelphia Eagles, whom the Pats beat in Super Bowl in ’04, should immediately nullify and void any and all inquiry he has in the matter.

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I find it offensive to my intelligence that people use children as a crutch for everything. Offended about a show on TV? What about the Children? Don’t like Eminem’s lyrics? The children!!! Steroids in baseball? WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!?? C’mon, kids don’t use roids because Clemens used roids. There are a handful of people, usually football players, in every high school that do a few cycles. Guess what? It’s not because of role models. High schoolers don’t worship athletes, especially in this day and age when we thrive on bringing them down. Don’t be so naïve. High school athletes use roids to get bigger and faster quicker. Most cycle off when they’re done playing and they’re all alive and in good health. Stop saying this is for the children.

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1:50: Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-Georgia) might have said the most poignant thing all day, when he basically questioned the whole point of holding this hearing and urged the government to careful in the future on when they step on these issues. Finally, someone gets it.

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2:10: Yes! Clemens just referenced Dan Duquette’s ‘Twilight of his career” remark. Except he didn’t even say the Duke’s name. Awesome. I was hoping this would come up. Clearly, it just reaffirms that this comment did indeed spur a re-motivated and rejuvenated Clemens in Toronto regardless of whether the performance was artificially enhanced or not. To my knowledge he’s never publicly addressed this comment before, save for the famous glare to the Red Sox owner’s box when he came back and killed Boston with the Blue Jays.

By the way I like that before that statement, the Congresswomen who was talking to Clemens trotted out pictures of Roger on all four teams he pitched for only to tell us she doesn’t see any difference. Well thanks for wasting our time then.

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2:40: Loved the ending to this. Chairman Henry Waxman’s closing comments pretty much summed up my feelings on the whole thing: the two sides disagree, but you must consider the other testimony (ie: Pettitte, Chuck Knoblach and the nanny). He then apologized to McNamee, which I thought was a clear allusion to the attack by the aforementioned Indiana Rep. Dan Burton as well as to whoever it was that called McNamee a drug dealer. I liked that Clemens interrupted him too. The balls of this guy. You gotta love the Rocket, cheat or no cheat.


The Key to Super Bowl XLII

January 31, 2008

Pats

 With support from bettors, bandwagon-jumpers and the national media beginning to swell, the Giants are becoming a trendy pick to make Super Bowl XLII a competitive, nail-biting, whoever-has-the-ball-last-wins affair.

However, the Giants’ chances this Sunday come down to one thing and one thing only: how well they perform in the first 10 minutes of the game.

This isn’t just one aspect of Sunday’s game — it’s everything.

If the Giants match the Patriots or at least keep the score within 3 for the first 10 minutes, they will be in this football game. If they let the Patriots score first, go 3-and-out, then watch the Pats march right back down the field, this one is over.

Simple as that.

The whole key to playing the Patriots — and this isn’t just true for the Super Bowl, it’s been the case for the whole second half of the season — is making sure you’re within striking distance after the first couple possessions.

Want proof? How else do you explain how decent teams like Buffalo and Washington got waxed by 40+? The Pats score first, create a turnover or force the other team to punt, score again, and now it’s 14-0 and the opposition has officially packed it in.

They have no chance after that. They’ve already been psychologically defeated.

Against the Chargers in Week 2, it was 7-0 Patriots before you could sit down and 14-0 just seven minutes later. Think about it. Just 11:05 into the game and this one was over. Not pretty much over, or looks like it’s over, but truly and unequivocally over. The Pats went up 17-0 after 20 minutes and 24-0 after 25. Good night, San Diego. You stay classy.

Against Miami in Week 7, the Pats went up 14-0 just 10:32 into the contest after two Tom Brady TD passes. I was at that game. New England scored on its first possession a little over five minutes into the game and you could see the reactions of the Dolphins’ players. “Here we go…” They were already taken out of the game. It felt like someone sucked the air out of that putrid stadium. The fans thought it was over (they were silenced already), the players played like it was over (it was 42-7 at HALF!) and the Pats kept marching on.

Look at the close games the Pats had this year. Indy. Philly. Baltimore. The G-Men in the last game of the season. In each case, the opposition was leading after the first quarter — except the Eagles, who were actually trailing, 14-7, after the first 15 minutes, but scored twice in the second frame to go up a score heading into halftime. These teams all felt like they could play with the Pats for 60 minutes.

Because let’s face it. Playing an undefeated team that’s stacked on both sides of the ball, has already won three of the past six championships and is routinely referred to as the Greatest Team of All-Time HAS to have some sort of mental effect of players, no matter what they may say.

If you can score first or at least keep up in the first 10 minutes of the ballgame, all of a sudden you’re saying to yourself: “Hey, we can play with these guys. They’re just another team in the NFL.” After that, the key to winning is reduced to the most rudimentary and fundamental prism of the NFL: limit turnovers and get 7 instead of 3.

If you keep it close early, you think you can win the game. That’s why the Giants, Colts, Eagles and Ravens all came close to knocking off Tom Brady and his stable of all-world wideouts. They were that little blue locomotive that had to tow the much larger train up a huge hill — they thought they could.

The Giants certainly aren’t lacking confidence. But we’ll have to reassess that after the first few possessions.

You don’t have to score first if you’re playing the Pats. But if you don’t, then you damn well better stop them. Or make sure you match them on the next drive.

Otherwise…you’re in for a long day.