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Royals announcer Rex Hudler calls the moon a ‘beautiful planet’ (Video)

Full-moonIf the Kansas City Royals were looking for astronomers when they hired their broadcasting team, they should have put that in the job description. Some of us forget trivial stuff we learned in the fourth grade. Royals color commentator Rex Hudler is no exception.

On Tuesday night, the Royals showed a close-up of the beautiful full moon that was illuminating Kauffman Stadium. Play-by-play man Steve Physioc joked that it is a rule that if you are broadcasting a live sporting event and there’s a full moon you must show it on television at least once. That’s when Hudler came out with this gem.

“I like that rule,” Hudler said. “That’s a beautiful planet.”

Hmmm. After an awkward pause, Physioc reminded Hudler that the moon is, in fact, a moon.

“That’s…that’s like a planet to me,” Hudler responded.

The only thing worse than making a dumb comment is having an even dumber recovery attempt. Basically what we learned is Hudler makes his own rules when it comes to science. If Tom Cruise and Will Smith can do it, why can’t he?

Video via For the Win

The Oklahoman labels Kevin Durant ‘Mr. Unreliable’

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are facing elimination against the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs, and the inconsistent play of Kevin Durant is one of the main reasons for that. Durant is averaging an impressive 28 points per game through the first five games of the series, but he is shooting just 40% from the floor. If the No. 2 seed Thunder are stunned by the Grizzlies, is Durant to blame?

We know where Thunder beat writer Berry Tramel stands. As you can see from the image above, the cover of The Oklahoman on Thursday referred to Durant as “Mr. Unreliable.” In the ensuing article, Tramel blasted Durant for allowing Tony Allen to shut him down.

Allen is inside Durant’s head. Durant is dazed and confused. Hesitant and docile. The Memphis Doberman has turned Durant into mere mortal this Western Conference playoff series. The Thunder is on the brink of elimination, and if Durant doesn’t return to something approaching the Slim Reaper in Game 6 Thursday night, Grim Sleeper is going to be more like it.

Durant has made just 40 percent of his shots against the Grizzlies. Allen’s been in Durant’s sneakers. Meets him at the bus and tucks him in at night. Then haunts Durant’s dreams.

Don’t believe it? Durant is so out of sorts, he’s not making hay even when Allen is on the bench charming teammates with his mercurial ways. The last two games, Durant has made just eight of 20 shots with Allen not in the game. Durant is so out of sorts, his foul shooting is mediocre — 28 of 39, a .718 percentage that is below NBA journeyman standards, much less Durant’s own .882 career percentage.

The low free throw percentage is certainly indicative of Durant feeling some added pressure, but that seems a bit harsh. Allen is a notoriously good defender and Durant has still averaged 28 points against him. And you could argue that referee Joey Crawford iced Durant before he missed a crucial free throw during Game 5.

Durant is only 25 years old. This is a bad time for him to not be shooting his best, but he has still been able to generate offense. He could easily explode in Game 6 at home and proceed to go on a tear.

H/T The Big Lead

Phil Mushnick on Donald Sterling: Not every 81-year-old should be held accountable for what they say

Phil MushnickThere are very few people who would be bold stupid enough to defend Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of his alleged racist rant. We’re not shocked that Phil Mushnick of the New York Post was one of them.

In a column that covered a wide array of topics (mostly New York Yankees-related) on Sunday night, Mushnick briefly addressed the Sterling situation. He described what Sterling said as “indefensible and inexcusable” while noting that we should not be surprised given some of the lawsuits that have been brought against the Clippers owner in the past. Mushnick would have been fine if he left it there, but he kept writing.

Visit any assisted living facility. Or think of that aunt or uncle all of us have known and suffered with a wince because we knew they were off. And they come in all races.

Not everyone, at 81, should reasonably or humanely be held accountable for whatever ugly comments come out their mouths.

At least keep that in mind.

Where should we begin? For starters, Sterling is not in a nursing home. By all indications, he is still a very independent elderly man who is capable of taking care of himself. You can be an 81-year-old racist without being senile. Being a certain age doesn’t automatically excuse certain comments.

More importantly, if Sterling can’t be held accountable for what he says because of his age, how is he fit to own an NBA team? There are plenty of racist people in the world. Most people aren’t outraged that some 81-year-old guy said racist things about Magic Johnson, Matt Kemp and African-Americans in general. We’re disgusted that an NBA owner whose team has a black coach and mostly black players feels this way.

Mushnick should have left this one alone, but we’re not surprised he didn’t. He loves stirring the pot and gave this take on Adrian Peterson last year, so we have come to expect ridiculous opinions from him. Maybe it’s time that Mushnick and Sterling both gave up their profession.

Does Doug Marrone have cancer? Bills website deletes story

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Does Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone have cancer? That’s what many are left wondering after the Bills’ website posted a story making the announcement before deleting it.

The Bills’ website posted the headline and what appeared to be the shell for an upcoming story announcing that Marrone has cancer.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone announced today that he was diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER and that it is highly treatable,” said the first line of the story.

“Head Coach Doug Marrone shared the news today that he’s been diagnosed with BLANK cancer. He says it’s ‘not aggrive’ and highly treatable,” the story also read.

You could tell the story wasn’t ready to be published yet because they also included this line:

“QUOTE FROM MARRONE.”

The story appeared on the stream on the Bills’ website:

It also made the app:

The Buffalo News says the story was on the site for 9 hours before being pulled by the Bills with no explanation.

So there’s no mistake about it, this is how it looked on the site:

Unless this is some sort of hoax, it looks like a story was mistakenly published by the site. We hope Marrone is fine and will hope for the best for him.

UPDATE – WKBW sports director Jeff Russo reports that Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin that was removed.

Via Deadspin

Darren Rovell makes fun of fat person sitting courtside at Bulls game, apologizes

Darren-RovellEveryone is guilty of using poor judgment on Twitter and Facebook from time to time, but we don’t all have nearly 500,000 followers. When you do, your mistakes are magnified. ESPN’s Darren Rovell learned that when he sent a tweet over the weekend that some people probably found to be hilarious.

Rovell spotted a rather large fan sitting courtside during Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls’ opening round playoff series against the Washington Wizards. He tweeted a photo of the guy and made a joke about him having to purchase two seats.

Rovell quickly deleted the tweet and issued an apology.

Some people are proud to be morbidly obese. Remember that fat ass Philadelphia 76ers fan who jiggled his rolls to distract Kevin Garnett? It’s OK to make fun of people like that, but for all we know the guy at the Bulls game may have had a health condition he can’t control.

Nancy Grace being blackballed by WWE over Ultimate Warrior coverage

Nancy GraceTV host Nancy Grace is being blackballed by the WWE over the way she covered The Ultimate Warrior’s death, according to a report.

TMZ says past and present WWE wrestlers are being warned not to appear on Grace’s HLN show after she had Diamond Dallas Page on her program last week and strongly insinuated Warrior’s death was rooted in steroid and drug abuse.

We reported on Grace’s coverage of Warrior’s death and pointed out that she had a scroll of wrestlers who had died young and included Owen Hart on the list, even though Hart’s death was a total fluke due to a complete malfunction during an event rather than steroids or drugs.

Grace’s coverage was enough to upset the company to the point that they don’t want anyone appearing on her program in the future.

The way the program covered the death was simply irresponsible and unprofessional.

Hawk Harrelson gets stereotypical, says Chen-Chang Lee has ‘typical Asian motion’

Hawk HarrelsonChicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is best known for being a huge homer and not for delivering play-by-play with the type of tact that legends like Vin Scully display. So it’s probably not too surprising to hear the poor phrasing he used when talking about Cleveland Indians pitcher Chen-Chang Lee.

Lee is a relief pitcher from Taiwan who threw 4.1 innings last season in the bigs. He made his season debut on Thursday and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Sox. While he was facing his second batter of the inning, the White Sox announcing team seemed intrigued by his sidearm delivery and sweeping finish.

“It’s a nasty slider from down under,” Steve Stone said about a slider Alexei Ramirez took for a strike.

“Yeah that’s a typical Asian motion,” said Hawk. “Deception involved.”

Yeesh.

Yes, many Asian pitchers have different motions from North American pitchers. They most likely have different instruction in Japan and other Asian countries compared to North America, which is also why many Asian hitters have different stances, swings and finishes from what we’re used to seeing. Hideo Nomo had his tornado thing, Dice K Matsuzaka had a hesitation, and Hiroki Kuroda has a hitch in his leg kick, just to give a few examples.

But is Lee’s motion a “typical Asian motion”? If so, what is a typical Asian motion, Hawk?

If Hawk wanted to point out that many Asian pitchers have something with their delivery that is different from what we are used to seeing, that would be fine. If he wanted to say Lee has a tough ball to pick up because it’s sidearm, that’s fine. But what about this was typical Asian deception? The way he phrased and worded things was just plain bad.

Via Deadspin