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I guess the NFL in London Works

Count this is as a bad trend in sports my friends. When I first heard the news that the NFL was planning to bring a game to London, I thought it would be a resounding failure. But man, I couldn’t have been more wrong about my initial reaction. Looks like there are a lot of people overseas anxious to watch Cleo Lemon in cleats:

The NFL regular-season game scheduled for Wembley Stadium is one of the hottest tickets in UK sport after the first 40,000 tickets for the event sold out in 90 minutes.

The league on Wednesday put the first batch of tickets on sale to fans randomly selected from an overwhelming number of registered ticket requests. More than a million requests were received within 72 hours of the NFL’s announcement of the game.

Hot damn, that’s crazy. The D-Rays can’t even attract 9,000 fans in Florida, and London is putting 40,000 asses in NFL chairs. Go figure. This is a bad, bad sign, my friends. Just what we need, one less home game we can attend a year.

Would you let Lenny Dykstra Give you Stock Tips?

Dude, as freaky as a player as he was, dipping with a whole can of chaw in his jaw, what makes you think I would actually take his advice on trading stocks? The guy had no clue about the pitchers he was facing, no memory, no game day preparation, but I’m supposed to listen to his advice on Wall Street? Please. I’m not exactly sure if this is news, but here’s the latest stock advice courtesy of Nails himself.

In Monday’s column I suggested placing an order in Amgen for 10 January 2008 45s (WAMAI) with a $12.50 limit order.

That order was not filled in Monday trading, but Amgen shares opened sharply lower today, at $52.36, after more bad news on its anemia franchise. My good-till-cancel order got filled at $10.40 this morning. I then set my sell order at $11.40.

Yeah, whatever Mr. Fancy Pants. You think you’re so cool with your stock trading terminology? How hard can it be — give me WBC at 15 per and put a fast sell on it when that mother rises to a TPC level of 17.5 by this afternoon, pronto. Yeeaah, what up now Dykstra? Huh? That’s right, I got you man. Go back to your car washes why don’t ya?

(via El Lefty Malo)

White Sox Are Wheeeezing the Juice

This was pointed out to me quite some time ago by commenter JS, but since the White Sox were in the midst of an 8 game road trip, I couldn’t really do anything with it. But at last, the White Sox are finally in Chicago to begin a 15 game homestand. And do you know what time their evening games will start? No, not 7:05, nor 7:10, nor 7:30, nor 7:35, nor any other round number you could think of — you know, normal times to start a game. Instead, all evening games for the White Sox this year begin at 7:11pm. Why you ask? Well moron, put two-and-two together. From the Riverside Press-Enterprise

First it was the press box. The White Sox converted the press box area behind home plate into 200 club level seats this season and sold them, moving the media to a location down the right field line.

The question in the clubhouse: What else could they sell? The Angels chalkboard showing the time schedule made that clear: “First pitch: 7:11.”

That’s right. In a three-year deal, the White Sox have sold the starting time for weeknight games to 7-Eleven Inc. through the 2009 season.

You guessed it. And sure enough, tonight’s White Sox/Twins game is set for 7:11pm. Is that lame or what? OK fine, I guess it’s pretty smart business. But damn, it just makes me want to get a slurpee. Ummm, cherry and coke slurpee. Ummm. I’ll be back in half an hour.

Jason Whitlock Is the Balls

Let me get something out of the way here. In no way do I claim to be a professional writer on this site. I like to use it as a forum to voice my opinions, and to share anything around the internet I find interesting. Additionally, I don’t like to have this site clouded by issues that have taken mainstream media by stranglehold. What I mean is this — Don Imus’ comments, and the Duke Lacrosse scandal are more about ideological, political, and ethical beliefs, than they are about sports, even though the sports media has become consumed by such issues. That’s why I used a video created by someone else to share my thoughts on the Duke players being exonerated.

That’s also why I will do the same with the Imus case — which you may have noted has been noticeably missing from this site. Jason Whitlock writes professionally for the Kansas City Star and AOL Sports. He has captured my feelings on the issue more eloquently and persuasively than I possibly could have. That’s why I will link to his column, and show you a video interview of his thoughts, both courtesy the awesomeness that is The Big Lead.

Using the words Don Imus used is completely inappropriate. But the problem is, it’s not just Imus. Using those terms in any context is purely wrong. I don’t care if it’s rap music, I don’t care if it’s in a comedy sketch, any time those words are used, it perpetuates more negative thought. That’s what needs to be attacked, not Imus.

Duke Lacrosse Players Are Free

This is all you need to know to understand my thoughts on the whole case. Only this is much more tame than what I have to offer.

Chest Bump for YOU BEEN BLINDED for the video hook up

Pacman Suspension Is Wrong

The following piece has been written by featured contributor, John Ramey 

Let me first disclose I am no Pacman Jones fan. He is a defensive back for a team I care very little about in a league I like even less, especially after today’s action from NFL Commissioner, Roger “Benito” Goodell.

Pacman Jones has been suspended for the entire 2007 season. And I’m wondering why.

Oh yes, he has a litany of arrests from 2005 and 2006. He has been involved in an ugly shooting incident in Vegas this year. Pacman may very well be a bad guy. I have no proof that he is not.

how EVAH

The law has traditionally been applied in unequal volumes upon the young and the black. So let’s keep that in mind before we decide that Pacman is always “at the wrong place at the wrong time.” American Law Enforcement has a 400+ year history of picking on the black man. This is an unimpeachable fact. It is not inconceivable, nor even unreasonable to assume Pacman’s sordid history with the police can be, in part, a symptom of this societal ill. You will either understand this as truth or dismiss it as excuse making. Whatever.

What really concerns me is the lack of outcry. It is an outrage that the NFL Commissioner, the governing office for 32 football teams, can unilaterally suspend Pacman for a season. Isn’t that blacklisting? Collusion? Let’s say I am an employee of Larry Brown Media Enterprises. Let’s say I’m part of an investigation relating to a very serious crime. Is it ethical or legal for Larry to suspend me, assuming my cooperation with the investigation has not affected my ability to perform the duties for which Larry has hired me to perform? Has Pacman’s ability to perform football duties for the Titans been impaired by these incidents?

Moreover, if there is something in Pacman’s contract that allows the league to take such an action resulting in his being contacted by law enforcement, is that an ethical agreement? Legal? Are these agents even reading the damn things? What good is that union? I’m waiting for proof that NFL Labor leadership aren’t the lapdogs of the commissioner’s office.

Some have pointed out to me that Pacman’s unsavory reputation has impaired “the fans’” ability to enjoy any game in which Pacman performs, and that the NFL is protecting “the fans”. But when was it legal for an employer to deny a worker his right to earn a living simply because certain patrons had a problem with said worker?

Oh, wait! I remember it used to happen all the time before the Equal Employment Opportunity executive order was signed in 1965. You might recall that period as American Apartheid. Or you might not. How convenient.

Here’s a hint: If you have a problem with Pacman’s personal affairs, I suggest you root against him, or boo him, or choose not to patronize the Titans, or the NFL, or boycott their sponsors.

Larry Brown has pointed out to me that the Commissioner is well within his right to suspend Pacman in order to preserve the NFL’s reputation. If this is the case, I am hereby encouraging a boycott of the NFL by current and future players. Only a fool would willingly bind themselves in legal fashion to an employer so obsessed with the whims of racist law enforcement over the interests and labor rights of its most basic and beautiful product, the players. 60% of the NFL is black and I’m pretty sure that means 60% of the league has an elevated chance of being fucked with, merited or otherwise, by the police. I encourage all those in the players union to rethink the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement. Think about it; if the NFL is banning players at will because of police contact, not convictions, no felonies, no jail-time but mere police contact, then it might not be the best place for minority athletes to draw a paycheck.

Surely we as a society cannot cheer the denial of a man his right to exploit his considerable skills in his given profession, because that would be inhumane. The welcoming of this action is disgusting. Shame on Roger Goodell, the NFL, and all of the rest of you who think this is acceptable.

ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Agenda Setting

If you attempted to view PTI last week as I did, your life and smile was undoubetdly turned upside down in disappointment.  Same thing with SportsCenter — although that program doesn’t produce nearly as many smiles for me.  Something took over the week’s worth of coverage.  Something new has become a steady presence on ESPN recently, something unfamiliar.

Endless NASCAR coverage.

Reality is that ESPN is an integral part of any serious sports fan’s life.  And for people who work in the business, it’s your only stop for 24/7 sports coverage (although dog contests and poker tourneys disagree).  That being the case, it didn’t take long to notice the new “Pit Lane” segment of SportsCenter, and the endless promotional mentions of ESPN’s coverage of the Busch Series all season long.

I’m not complaining — I’m just pointing out the fact that the result of Friday night’s truck series race, and Saturday’s Busch Series winner all of a sudden matter.  Why you ask?  Because ESPN says so. 

If ESPN aired NHL games, hockey would all of a sudden become relevant.  If they ventured to lead SportsCenter off with Sidney Crosby and Martin St. Louis goals, those players would immediately matter.   

ESPN might not determine what sports are important for YOU, but they determine what sports are relevant — they set the agenda.  That is a fact. 

Keeping that in mind, let me be the first to warn you, get prepared to join your first ever fantasy Arena Football League, no joke.