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Mets boycott New York Post over Bartolo Colon fat jokes

Bartolo Colon lardball

The New York Mets boycotted New York Post writer Mike Puma on Friday after he and his newspaper wrote some unflattering things about overweight pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Puma tweeted the following line about Colon on Thursday and then used it as the lede for his article later in the day following the Mets’ win over the Cardinals:

And here was the lede to his article:

If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.

Puma also used the adjective “rotund” to describe Colon in the second paragraph of his story.

As if that weren’t enough, the headline The Post used for the story was “Lardball,” as seen in the image at the top of this post.

The team must have been upset over the paper/writer’s mocking of Colon, because the New York Daily News reports that the team refused to talk to the media after Friday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

The Post can be downright nasty towards the subjects it covers, so kudos to the Mets players for taking a stand against the negativity. Not only are Bartolo Colon fat jokes mean, they’re just so easy to make and require no creativity. Plus, the real folks have transitioned from Colon fat jokes to Colon batting jokes.

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Photo credit: Twitter/Jimmy Traina

Bernie Kosar: Concussions cost me my broadcasting job

Bernie Kosar DUI mug shot

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was informed on Thursday that he will no longer be the color analyst for the Browns’ preseason games. Kosar, who has been calling preseason games alongside play-by-play man Jim Donovan since 2006, is being replaced by CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots. Why? Kosar believes he lost his job as a result of concussions from his playing days.

“I believe that this decision stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL,” Kosar said in a statement, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This is very unfortunate, as I believe my football acumen and ability to describe what is happening on the field has been well received by Cleveland Browns fans.”

Some might be inclined to think that Kosar’s dismissal had more to do with the fact that he was overly critical of the St. Louis Rams wide receivers last year or that he was arrested for driving while under the influence last October. Kosar insists it’s the slurred speech.

“I would hope that WKYC would reconsider utilizing my in-game talents and overlook my concussion-induced impairments,” Kosar said.

WKYC president and general manager Brooke Spectorsky told cleveland.com on Thursday that he will not change his mind about Kosar being replaced in the broadcast booth but will encourage him to remain involved with pregame shows and radio spots. In other words, Kosar has been reassigned.

Maybe Kosar is right. It could simply be that he has trouble speaking sometimes and the network wanted to go in another direction. Or, it could be that he has attracted too much negative publicity off the field. I’d go with the concussion symptoms if I were him.

H/T Black Sports Online

Craig Sager’s son tweets his father will begin treatment for acute Leukemia

Craig Sager Gregg PopovichThe NBA playoffs will get underway this weekend. As usual, TNT will be front and center as it will be carrying three series in the first round.

Unfortunately, it appears one of the network’s more well known personalities will not be present.

Craig Sager’s son tweeted on Thursday that his father, who was thought to be Leukemia free, will begin treatment for the cancer on Friday and that it will likely last 3-4 weeks.

LBS sends prayers to Craig Sager and his family.

H/T Deadspin

Ernie Johnson talks about stacking paper and his 24-inch chrome rims (Video)

Is there a broadcaster out there who’s cooler and smoother than Ernie Johnson? If there is, you’ll have to let me know who it is.

The TNT crew was up to its usual fun and games on “Inside the NBA” following the Nuggets-Warriors game on Thursday. Shaq and Chuck for some reason were talking about getting some swag from show sponsors. One sponsor Barkley kept hassling was Kumho Tires, whom he was begging for free tires. That led Shaq to talk about big cars and rims, which is when he quizzed EJ about 26-inch rims. And Ernie threw it right back at Shaq with epic style. Seriously, his handshake and face after were priceless:

Ernie Johnson handshake

Vin Scully can’t even watch the Dodgers on TV

Vin ScullyVin Scully can’t even watch the Los Angeles Dodgers on TV, and that’s not even an exaggeration or joke.

This is probably more of a regional issue for LA people, so you might not be aware of what’s going on. Time Warner Cable bought the TV rights to the Dodgers and created a sports channel for the team which began airing its games this season. Previously, the Dodgers were on cable channels that were available on all cable providers, such as FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket, or over-the-air channels. But the new channel created by Time Warner — SportsNet LA — is only available on Time Warner Cable.

That means anyone in SoCal who has DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Uverse and FiOS — which makes up about 70 percent of the market — cannot get Dodgers games on TV. What’s worse is that even if you buy an MLB.tv subscription, the games are still blacked out for you.

The huge irony is that the voice and face of the Dodgers himself, Vin Scully, can’t even get the team’s games on TV. Yes, the LA Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth revealed that Scully is a DirecTV subscriber.

Scully is now 86 and only travels to road games within the division. So if he wants to watch his team play when they’re out on the East Coast, he’s screwed just like everyone else in LA.

How long before this gets resolved? That’s what everyone is wondering.

Tip via AH

Did Chicago radio host Les Grobstein crap himself in studio?

Les-GrobsteinChicago sports radio personality Les Grobstein may have had himself a little in-studio accident earlier this week. If you listened to the “The Mully and Hanley Show” on 670 The Score in Chicago Tuesday morning, you would have heard hosts Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley joking about some sort of foul stench that they walked in on.

Mully and Hanley made mention of pink eye, hazmat suits, and horses that poop wherever they stand and can’t help when they go to the bathroom. It was obvious that something was going on, though they didn’t directly reveal what the problem was.

The hosts of “The McNeil and Spiegel Show,” which comes on after Mully and Hanley, were not so kind to Grobstein. They spoke about the incident much more clearly. Deadspin transcribed some of their discussion for us.

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Aaron Rodgers rips analysts covering Johnny Manziel pro day

Aaron RodgersLike many other NFL players, coaches, scouts, executives and fans, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took some time out of his day on Thursday to watch Johnny Manziel’s highly-publicized pro day. Manziel, who decided to put a unique spin on his workout by wearing a helmet and shoulder pads, threw for hundreds of scouts and coaches.

The workout was covered by both ESPN and the NFL Network. We don’t know which one Rodgers was watching, but he wasn’t impressed.

ESPN rolled out Todd McShay, Ed Werder and Bill Polian as its team of analysts. NFL Network had Mike Mayock, Paul Burmeister and Kurt Warner. If Rodgers was watching NFL Network, he had to have been saying Warner is the only one with knowledge. Warner has been to three Super Bowls and has a ring. There’s no way Rodgers would group him in with the others.

If Rodgers was watching ESPN, my guess is he was saying Polian is the only one who should be taken seriously. Werder is simply a reporter and McShay is a draft analyst, whereas Polian spent a number of years as a scout, personnel director, general manager, and team president in the NFL.

In any event, we love when Rodgers criticizes people on Twitter. He’s the best.