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NHL to Las Vegas or Kansas City, Yay

Here’s something I just can’t get down with — the NHL expanding. Is it really a flourishing sport? Is it a booming and lucrative business? How can they justify throwing two more teams out there, which would bring the total to 32? Have Columbus, Atlanta, and Nashville not been enough of a sign? Apparently not. The NHL might be taking a team to Vegas, going with the Hollywood angle:

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league has been in discussions with powerful film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer about owning a franchise in Las Vegas, Sports Business Daily reported yesterday.

Bruckheimer, an avid hockey fan and producer of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, has put together an investment group to locate a team in Las Vegas, meaning the NHL would be the first pro league to settle in the gambling centre.

Yes, we all know they’re craving attention, and Hollywood and hockey go hand-in-hand. Let me just say this: the fact that we’re considering hockey in the middle of the Las Vegas desert shows how far society has come. Maybe almost too far. And as someone who lives pretty close to Vegas and used to make regular trips out there, I couldn’t think of something I’d less rather do on a gambling vacation — aside from applying Siegfried’s makeup.

Gene Upshaw Makes Joe DeLamielleure Fear for His Life

Hall of Fame lineman Joe DeLamielleure is on a campaign against NFL union head Gene Upshaw. DeLamielleure is voicing what he feels is the opinion of many retired NFL players — that the NFL pension plan sucks. DeLamielleure says his daily goal is to get Upshaw fired (sounds quite fulfilling). Anywhoo, check out what Upshaw told the Philadelphia Daily News in response:

“A guy like DeLamielleure says the things he said about me; you think I’m going to invite him to dinner? No. I’m going to break his . . . damn neck.”

DeLamielleure certainly isn’t the first player to complain about the crappy NFL pension plan, but he’s definitely one of the loudest. And after reading the aforementioned comments made by Upshaw, DeLamielleure says he fears for his life:

“My wife was petrified. We grew up in Detroit. You know what unions are. You hear about it. She goes, ‘Hey, this guy is a head of a union, a powerful union, and [when] he makes a threat like that, you’d better take it serious.’

“I’m not afraid of Upshaw, but he has the means to do what he said.”

DeLamielleure certainly is taking this seriously, and it’s probably for his benefit. He should be able to ride this publicity and bring even more attention to the issue. But I’ll just come out and say what I feel, and what I presume many of you feel. These guys are football players — star professional athletes. Do we view them in the same light that we do a coal miners union? Are you really concerned about the pension plans for people privileged enough to have played in the NFL? I don’t think so.

And if you think DeLamielleure is faking it when he says he fears for his life, listen to this interview he gave on WGR in Buffalo, and you’ll find out he’s dead serious.

David Wright’s Going to Make Millions off of Vita Water

With a nod to the real Mr. Brown for tipping me off to this story, considering he has taken up an equal enjoyment of the elixir as me, David Wright will be making millions off of Vita Water.

Mets superstar slugger David Wright cracked a financial grand slam that could be worth as much as $20 million when Glaceau – the Queens company whose VitaminWater drinks he endorses – was acquired yesterday by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion.

Wright obtained a small slice of the popular beverage company last year.

But instead of taking cash to endorse the company’s flavored water brands, the third baseman, who says he started drinking Glaceau’s juiced-up beverages in the minors, took a 0.5 percent ownership stake in the company.

From the sounds of this story, either David Wright’s a genius, or the person managing his finances is. Almost $20 million extra? That’s like a whole new contract for Wright. It more than takes care of his inability to file for free agency while the Mets hold his rights. At times like, all you can say is get that sheep outta here! And it makes you wonder if David Ortiz and Brian Urlacher made the same genius decision.

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.