Saturday, March 04, 2006

You Guys Stop in the Middle for Tea?

After a day of meetings, President Bush rolled up his shirt sleeves Saturday afternoon and headed out to the lawn of the U.S. Embassy to play the cricket with Pakistani students.
Bush took three practice swings with the bat, which is flat on one side and humped on the other. He pretended to knock dirt from his shoes like a baseball player stepping up to the plate, then strode up to the wickets for a few swings.
The president connected with the first pitch, was hit in the shoulder by the second one, and sent a third ball sailing into a tree.
"Put something on that thing," Bush called out to the bowler, the equivalent of a pitcher in baseball. "Do I have my elbow right?"

I once traded Sammy Sosa
This is the President Bush face everyone makes fun of, he looks like a little kid trying to work out a difficult math problem
Three secret service men charged the mound after this pitch

Friday, March 03, 2006

Lindsey Lohan Nipple Slip

Photographers got more that they bargained for at a Hollywood fashion show Tuesday night when a wardrobe malfunction left one of Lindsay Lohan's breasts exposed on the red carpet. The actress was unaware she was revealing a little too much until a GM 10 event staff member pointed out her boob, but the actress/singer took the slip-up lightly and giggled. She later stunned the audience again when she donned a Valentino gown and joined Eva Longoria and Mischa Barton on the catwalk. Take a closer look.
I think she's angling for Tara Reid's nipslip record

Playboy Cover Scam

Playboy committed a scam against the horny American public by putting Jessica Alba on their cover. We all know that the Playboy covergirl is naked inside. Not this time. Playboy just used her as one of their sexiest celebrities of 2005. I meant to write about this when I first saw it, but I forgot. Well in addition to me Jessica Alba is pissed too. She is suing the magazine. The studio for "Into the Blue" sold Playboy the photo but they say Playboy was deceptive and unethical in obtaining the photo. While its not a rule, it is implied that the covergirl will be naked, and according to her lawyers the fact that Playboy superimposed the rabbit on her boobie also made it seem that we'd catch a glimpse of her luscious fun bags. Oh well. Willa Ford is naked in the issue. That was cool...five years ago.

we wish

I Am Going on a Crooze

Early Sunday morning I will be flying to Puerto Rico to embark on a cruise. We will visit Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. I will return on Selection Sunday. I will miss all of you and bracketology. I will miss Gerry McNamara's Senior Day. I am turning the blog over to JusTON in my absence. I have put a few feature stories away for him to use throughout the week. I've also told him where to look for news. Enjoy.

I plan to visit every brothel in Aruba looking for Natalee Holloway

The Dangers of Freeballing

Texas' Daniel Gibson was not wearing underwear in the game against Texas A&M. Little Daniel popped out to say hello and the picture made the front page of the Bryan-College Station Eagle. The Paper says it was an optical illusion.
"The specific section of the picture in question showed nothing more than the white inside liner of the player's uniform. The color was distorted for a variety of reasons, primarily because of the angle at which the picture was taken, the lighting, orange color of the uniform on the left pant leg reflecting up into the groin area, and the specific moment that was captured."
Judge for yourself.

He's gonna get so many ladies now


Keep this in mind over the next 10 days as you are studying the bracketology, these are not predictions of what will happen on Selection Sunday, they are projections of what would happen now. Every game changes the bracket. Just because Syracuse was in before last night's game doesn't mean they didn't need to win. You need to win to keep your spot. Enjoy Championship Week!

No Excuses

SU blew a chance to make the NCAA tournament last night when they lost by 39 to the 15th place team in the conference. If they lose to Villanova and in the first round of the Big East they will be NIT bound. If so, I don't want to hear any excuses. Nothing about schedule strength, or RPI or 4 losses to UConn and Nova. You have to make the tournament on the floor, not on paper. They had a chance to do that last night, but they BLEW IT.

Fighting the McNamara Media Bias

I've always liked Rick Majerus, ever since he was on "Just the Ten of Us." I remember watching him when he was with Ball State and they were a 12 seed that knocked of Gary Payton and Oregon State and LaBradford Smith and Louisville. But last night he broke the McNamara Media Bias. He said Gerry McNamara is not a great shooter. Then Dave Pasch threw out all the bias buzzwods and phrases "he's the focus of the defense," "there's young guys around him," "he was much better when he had Anthony and Warrick." Majerus shot all those down by saying "he missed left last year." His contention is that McNamara misses to the side of the rim, and great shooters only miss short or long. The whole town of Scranton hates Majerus now.

SU Loss Perspective

-Worst loss (by margin) in Coach Boeheim's career
-4th worst loss in school history
-3 points shy of worst Big East loss
-First time allowing 100 points in regulation since 1993

Thursday, March 02, 2006


It's not even over and I'm disgusted about the way Syracuse played against DePaul. In a must win game they played no defense and showed no heart. Worst loss in 15 years, since the first round loss to Richmond in 1991.

The Anti-Mrs. Christie

Andrei Kirilenko has been granted restricted free agency - by his wife.
Masha Lopatova, a former Russian pop star who has been married to the Jazz forward for nearly six years, understands the temptation NBA players are faced with as they travel around the country for seven months a year. And she believes that forbidding something only makes it more tempting. That's why, she revealed in a story in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine, she allows Kirilenko an "allowance" of one night per year with another woman.
"What's forbidden is always desirable. And athletes, particularly men, are susceptible to all the things they are offered," Lopatova said before the Jazz's loss to Charlotte on Wednesday. "It's the same way raising children - If I tell my child, 'No pizza, no pizza, no pizza,' what does he want more than anything? Pizza.
"So this is the arrangement that Andrei and I have," she said, adding, in the spirit of openness, that she does not have a reciprocal agreement with her husband. "If I know about it, it's not cheating."
Kirilenko, according to the magazine story written by Salt Lake City freelance writer Chad Nielsen, has no plans to exercise his "allowance."
"Of course it was a surprise," Kirilenko said. "I'm not planning to do anything. But she said, 'If you want to do it, you can do it.' "
Lopatova said she doesn't worry about revealing something so personal, even in conservative Salt Lake City. "Me and Andrei, we're very open people. I barely have secrets. It's not like I'm one person in Salt Lake City and a different person in Moscow. My whole life is on the surface," said Lopatova, a celebrity in Russia who has a 4-year-old son, Fedor, with the Jazz veteran. "I find that people in this country are really interested in athletes and their [families], for some reason. They don't want to know what kind of books I read, but they prefer to know what kind of underwear I wear."
Now that the not-so-secret is out, Lopatova joked in the ESPN story, "Girls will be lining up outside his hotel door."

Now this makes Masha seem like the coolest wife ever, and she's probably right up there. But it has always been my belief that wives of pro athletes are resigned to the fact that they are going to cheat. They view it as the cost of doing business. But few would handle as well as Masha. Good for her and continued success in her music career. Mrs. AK47 rules.

Mr and Mrs AK47
lucky man
every thug's dream wife

Bouncing Boobies

This British company wants to show you how great their sports bras are. Enter your cup size and activity and the Bounce-o-meter will show. Link is sort of NSFW, it's animated, but still naked breasts.

i heart boobies

Coach K is a Little Bitch

With Duke trailing Florida State 77-72 JJ Redick missed a three-pointer. Florida State got the rebound and the fans stormed the court. Problem is, there was 1.7 seconds left. So they had to clear the court, gave Redick two free throws, but then FSU had 2 free throws to shoot also. Before that Coach K had security escort his starters off the court to the locker room. I guess its ok for his backups to get trampled.

Real World: Key West

The Real World: Key West just started, I didn't see the first episode but I saw the casting special. Coral looks ridiculous, her boobs are swelling. She can't even move. Anyway they have an interesting cast for this season, and the hurricanes played a major role and should be pretty interesting to see how the real world intrudes on the "Real World"

7 strangers, picked to live in a house

Svetlana is a Russian Jew who doesn't like being called Russian. She's pretty hot, and definitely wants attention. In her audition tape she held up a dry erase board with reasons to pick her. Reason number 1 was "tigolbitties" accompanied by a drawing. Then she jiggled her boobies and said they were real. I hope she's real too, real slutty.
Paula is a cute blond from Connecticut. First from Connecticut on the show. She seems crazy and will definitely compete with Svetlana for attention. On her audition tape she pulled her pants down (wearing only a thong, or g-string) and had the words pick and me written on her asscheeks. She has bullimia which seems like its going to play a major role. Kate called her a headcase after 30 seconds of watching her.
Janelle wants to do makeup, and not go to law school. She is half-black, but she likes to date within her race, which means only black guys. So she's just like every other white woman. Seems like a trouble maker. Her boobs are fake
Zach is a dorky Jewish guy with horrible hair. Doesn't drink. Will probably act gay.
Tyler will definitely act gay. His audition tape was so stereotypical gay I actually questioned it briefly. He was doing high leg kicks.
I'll group Jose and John together because they will be the generic good looking dudes duo who like to drink and hook up. They follow in the footsteps of Big Ran and Brad, MJ and Landon and of course Wes and Nehemiah.

Should be a fun season.

Time to stop being polite and start being real

Urine Trouble

This would have been a good Ask the Concierge, but Peter King posed this question and got the answers:

Friends came in from Boise, Idaho, to see their grandchildren in Manhattan last week, and my wife and I dined with them in New York on Wednesday night. Nice meal, though over-the-top pricey, at Le Bernardin on West 51st.

Midway through the meal, Brian, a native Canadian and one of our dining mates, came back from the men's room and announced: "I have just seen something I've never seen before in my life.''

What, pray tell?

"Well, the urinals in the bathroom went all the way down to the floor,'' he said. "And the bottom of the urinals, in addition to the mint all urinals have, was full of ice cubes. Have you ever seen that?''

"Can't say that I have,'' I said.

"What would be the purpose?'' he said. "I'm racking my brain, and I can't figure it out.''

"I have no idea,'' I said.

About 45 minutes later, it was my turn to use the facilities. I went into the men's room, and, unless I was mistaken, there was a fresh batch of ice cubes packing the bottom of the urinal. I asked a restaurant employee, a man who appeared to be in charge of the facilities, but he didn't speak English very well, so the mystery was on. Back at the table, more conversation ensued about the Case of Ice Cubes in the Urinal. We solved nothing.

"I'll tell you what I'm going to do,'' I said. "I write a column called Monday Morning Quarterback and I'll raise the question in the column this week. I'm sure one of my readers will solve this one.''

And so now it's in your hands, lovers of the NFL. Please e-mail me, hopefully on Monday, if you know why a restaurant would put ice cubes in the bottom of a urinal. Maybe there's a restaurant professional out there -- or a urinal professional -- who knows what in the world is going on out there. I'd love to be able to give out a prize for solving this, but we're not that kind of Web site. (What would I give out, anyway? A scale-model ceramic urinal with an NFL logo?) Thanks in advance for your help.

AND YES, WE HAVE SOME ANSWERS TO THE ICE-IN-THE-URINAL QUESTION. From Paul of Boston: "Found this on 'Some establishments, often bars, pubs or nightclubs, fill their urinals with ice cubes during peak hours. As the ice melts it serves to slowly flush the urinal and also cools the urine to prevent smells from rising during use. The ice may also provide entertainment to patrons as they urinate.' "

Entertainment! I never thought of that.

HE ACTUALLY LABELED THIS RESPONSE, 'ICE CUBES -- URINAL.' From Andrew Ryall of Minneapolis: "I believe this practice is done in fine dining establishments to reduce/eliminate splashing that may occur from the downstream impact of hitting the porcelain and back onto the pants and shoes of the urinating person.''

Interesting. I never thought I would see "urinating person'' in my column. "Urinator," maybe, but not "urinating person."

YOU KNOW IT'S A SERIOUS ISSUE TO READERS WHEN SOMEONE FROM NOVA SCOTIA CHECKS IN. From Edward Bungay of Arichat, Nova Scotia: "Long-time reader and love the column. In response to your urinal question, I was eating at a Jack Astor's Restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and they had the same thing (long urinals to the floor with ice cubes in them). I asked our server about it and the response he gave us -- we were also curious -- was that the ice cubes aid in extinguishing any odor that may arise from the urine. He said that the cold from the ice cubes interacts with the heat of the urine and that reaction kills any odor that may linger after urination. Hope this helps and please let us know if Mary Beth is part of any sports teams. Hopefully all is well for her at Colgate.''

Thanks, Edward. No, Mary Beth has put her glove and field-hockey stick away. She's a volunteering sort. If you've got any kids interested in going to college where it's about two degrees right now, you'll be able to get a nice Colgate tour from Mary Beth.

THIS HAPPENS IN ARGENTINA, TOO. From Mike Luca of Washington, D.C.: "I have the answer to the urinal question and it is two-fold. They do this a lot in Argentina and other countries with bizarre plumbing. One, it keeps the smell of urine down; the melting of the ice from the heat of the urine dilutes the urine and washes it down the drain. Two, the ice keeps the urine from splashing back onto your pants from the porcelain of the urinal.''

What great readers I have. Thanks. I am told I had hundreds of responses to this question.

How Does He Do It?

Mets first baseman Julio Franco is 47 years old and still going strong. He hopes to play until he's 50. Here's how he does it:

-eats 5 or 6 meals a day, 5,000 calories (on the day the New York Times visited him he ate 20 egg shites, oatmeal and a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
-sometimes he adds peppers or spinach to his egg whites
-likes scooped-out bagels -- cinnamon raisin
-he drinks a shake of beets, cauliflower, celery, broccoli, garlic and an apple
-lifts weights siz days a week
-weekly sessions with chiropractor and massage therapists
-three rules: eat well, work hard, get proper rest

baseball has been berry, berry good to me

The Choker and the Tomato

Olympic snowboarding gold-medalist Shaun "the flying tomato" White finally got his wish to meet figure skating silver-medalist Sasha Cohen.
The duo spent about an hour chatting Tuesday night in the VIP room of Hollywood's LAX club, where White was hosting a victory party attended by 200 snowboarders, skaters, punk rockers and other friends, People magazine reported.
"She's cool, I just wanted to meet her in person," White, 19, told People.
He said the media during the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, "made a big deal" about his having crush on Cohen, 21.
"I think she's cute, I just really wanted to meet her, that's all," he said. "It's just cool meeting another athlete. It was rad."

The closest Sasha's ever going to get to gold

Even More American Idol Lookalikes

When Becky O'Donohue was pinching his cheeks he had the HUGEST boner

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Coach K Sure Does a Lot of Commercials

Very funny spoof of Coach K as corporate pitchman. Pay attention to the drawing of The Concierge's favorite former NBA player, Johnny Dawkins. Disappointed the Thomas Hill face didn't make an appearance. There was clearly an opportunity for it.

Giants Idol Day 2

Apparently this softer side of Bonds is making its appearance in conjunction with ESPN cameras following him around for a reality show. So even when he's nice to people he's doing it out of self-interest. By the way, did anyone look at yesterday's pictures and say to himself "no way did that guy take steroids?" Anyway, I don't know if they even crowned a winner, but the charade did raise $6,000 for charity.

Episodes of the reality show will air each week on one of the ESPN networks until Bonds passes Ruth at 714. The first show of the series, entitled "Bonds on Bonds," is slated for an hour slot on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET April 4, a day after the Giants open the season in San Diego's PETCO Park. It will be aired in lengths of either 30 to 60 minutes each Tuesday.
It could be renewed for another 10 hours of production if and when Bonds closes in on Aaron, with all the composite episodes being edited to a 100-minute documentary film that will illustrate the events that transpired both on and off the field as Bonds made a run at one of baseball's most cherished records.

I Hope This is Photoshopped

Hermione Granger, aka Emma Watson, appears to be guzzling a Corona, even though she is only 15 years old. The next morning she battled the hangover of doom. I hope she can at least stay clean and sober long enough for them to make the rest of the movies.

Definltey on the 5 year plan

Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em

I'm always skeptical but this appears to be authentic. MC Hammer has his own blog.

Miss New Hampshire 2006

The field is set for another great Miss New Hampshire pageant.
Last year's winner Audra Paquette is not competing this year. She wants to help kids be skinny, but doesn't care if they know how to spell or not.
Miss Capital Area, Danielle Devoid, is devoid of any talent or good looks. She's got no shot.
Miss Deerfield Fair, Christy Dunn is probably the best looking judging only on these pictures.
Miss Gate City, Jennifer Saucier, is saucier than the competition and will probably sleep with judges to win. She is not to be trusted. She does however like cute puns, her platform is "Forever Fit: Motivating Kids to Make an "F"-Fit." Effort, f-fit, get it?
Miss Granite State, Jodi Katz, has no platform, but she's Jewish and in high school, so she's got that going for her which is nice.
Miss Manchester, Adria Brooke Farr, is also in high school and also very good looking.
No I don't like Miss Lakes Region, Natalie Shaw.
Miss Merrimack Valley, Alyssa McLaughlin is going to try a dance/twirl routine in the same pageant as Miss Rockingham County?
She must be insane.
Miss Rockingham County has got to be the favorite here, we hope this is the year she finally breaks through.

Bleep You, which tracks incidents of profanity, sex, violence and tobacco use in films, reported Tuesday that "Crash" had 182 expletives (the most for a best picture nominee), including 99 utterances of the F-word.
"Brokeback Mountain" ranked second among best picture nominees with 92 curse words, followed by "Munich" with 22, according to
The record for most profanities in a film to win the best picture Oscar is held by the Vietnam War drama "Platoon," with 329. The Vietnam War drama "The Deer Hunter" is second with 208.

NFL on Brink of Nuclear Winter

The NFL and NFLPA are a labor impasse. There are discussions that 2007 will be an uncapped year. The NFLPA says if the cap goes away they'll never bring it back. They are headed down a very bad road here. A labor stoppage would hurt the NFL but no cap would be worse. You'd have teams like Green Bay and Pittsburgh unable to compete with the Redskins and Cowboys.

More American Idol Lookalikes

Dude looks like a lady

Worth It?

Some lady called me yesterday and offered me $125 to be part of a focus group on credit cards. It two hours long BUT it's on March 16th, the first day of the NCAA Tournament, my favorite day of the year. But the thing starts at 5:45 and its 2 hours long. I'd be home by 8, so I wouldn't miss any tournament action thanks to DVR. Plus, I'm off that day and the next day. Should I do it or not?

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Where Are They?

Damn, still shriveled like raisins

More Funny Names

We've had a lot of fun with Chris Porn and Matt Haryasz but here's a couple better ones.

Kansas State softball player
Eastern Illinois linebacker
The most prominent name in Seton Hall women’s basketball history

Change of Clothes

Steve Francis went to Orlando after the Washington game to get some clothes. He ran out of clothes. I think he could have bought a new suit. Anyway, he decided to stay an extra day because his daughter was sick. Once they realized it was a virus he flew to San Antonio, but arrived only an hour before game time.

Success is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration

If that's true Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl is going to have a lot of success. That sweaty pig regularly perspires so much during games that his entire shirt and jacket are soaked through. Most disturbingly, his pants were completely dark with sweat during the last game also. This isn't the best picture, but it was the only one I could find. If you see better sweatier pictures please let me know.

The Concierge would recommend suits of natural breathable fibers

Not a Faker?

I must admit I ripped the guy who got carried off the court on a gurney after being hit in the face by a ball tossed by Kevin Garnett. Now he says he wants to be left alone and has no intention of suing Garnett or the team. He was temporarily dazed and arena staff insisted on taking him out on the gurney. A witness says the guy was bending down at the time to get some cotton candy and was caught off guard, but that the ball was thrown so lightly that it couldn't have broken a nail, much less his nose. I must admit his daughter looked very traumatized by the incident. Garnett was ejected and fined $5000.

You Really Made It Your Own

Normally I hate Barry Bonds, but this I like. The team played "Giants Idol," in which all the Giants and training staff members who are in their first major-league training camp had to perform atop the Giants dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. They were judged by a three-person panel.
Shortstop Omar Vizquel played the part of "American Idol" curmudgeon Ryan Seacrest; second baseman Ray Durham was Randy Jackson; and pitcher Jeff Fassero was Simon Cowell.
But the biggest laughs went to Bonds, who dressed in full drag with fake breasts under his strapless get-up to portray Abdul, the Chronicle said.
The event will conclude Wednesday.

American Idol Lookalikes

Bill wanted me to point out the similarities between Lisa Tucker and Lisa Turtle. If you don't know who is whom please stop reading this blog immediately.

Screech had jungle feverBut can she do the sprain?

It's Over

Nick Lachey's douchebag brother won Dancing with the Stars. Stacy Keibler finished third as jealous housewives everywhere ran to the phones to vote for Drew to prevent Stacy from winning.

Post-Olympic Malaise

I miss the Olympics.
I miss curling.
I miss Johnny Weir.
I miss Lindsey Jacobellis who broke our hearts.
I miss Tanith Belbin who stole our hearts.
I miss Cassie Johnson cuz we wanted to get into her pants.
I miss Gretchen Bleiler cuz she shrunk our pants.

Vince Young is Dumm...But He Sho izz Fast

Vince Young scored a 6 on the Wonderlic test. The Wonderlic test is given to every NFL draft prospect. It's 50 questions in 12 minutes. The timing does become a factor because you have less than 15 seconds to answer each question. But predraft prep should include practice tests and strategies, such as answer as many as you can, and don't get stuck on one question. Vince Young for some reason had either zero or poor advice in preparing for this test. He reportedly retook the test and scored a 16.
Average is 19. Only one player, an anonymous punter from Harvard ever scored 50. I took a practice test once and scored a 33.
In 1999, Donovan McNabb scored 12, Akili Smith scored 15 and Daunte Culpepper scored both a 15 and a 21. The year before, Charlie Batch had a 12 and a 15 and Aaron Brooks scored 17. You definitely don't want a quarterback dumber than Aaron Brooks. Ryan Leaf scored a 27. Brett Favre scored a 22.
There are some major questions about whether this is a predictor of success in the NFL. The answer is no. But quarterbacks have to make the correct decisions, under pressure, quickly. So I think people who say ignore it and focus only on results on the field is an idiot. Mike Vick stinks because he doesn't make the right decisions. He waits too long to throw passes and open receivers get covered. And he has a strong arm. Vince Young doesn't.
I would be very worried if I were an NFL team drafting Vince Young.

Here are three sample Wonderlic questions CNN was running with:
What is the ninth month?
If a pad costs 21 cents, how much do 4 pads cost?
If you can buy a foot of rope for ten cents, how many feet can you buy with 60 cents?

The questions do get progressively harder, but if you can't get at least 10 of those right there is definitely something wrong.

Here's a sample Wonderlic. I haven't taken it yet. Please post actual scores in the comments section,

Monday, February 27, 2006

A Nice Day for a Cuse Wedding

This photo and blurb were placed in the latest edition of the Newhouse Network by Stacey Katz.

Dead center, Pizza Parlor Derek, making the gay face21 Syracuse alumni in all


Fernando Vargas got a nice hematoma (and a loss) in his fight against Shane Moseley. This reminds me of the hematoma by which all other hematomas are measured, Hasim Rahman's that he got from a head butt during a fight with Evander Holyfield. After watching that fight we went out and saw a girl with huge tits. I told Shoeb that she had been flatchested until Holyfield head butted her. From that point forward large breasts became Rahmans. Vargases will also be acceptable.

It looks like a tumor

It's not a tumor

Olympic Nip Slip

They don't give out medals for nip slips at the Olympics but Russian ice dancer Oksana Domnina would have deserved a gold. Here's a not safe for work look at her wardrobe malfunction.

The Sounds...of Curling

The Olympics are over but curling is still in our hearts. Listen to these highlights of the Olympic curling tournaments, men's and women's. Also check out Part 2.

Starting the Season Off on the Wrong Foot

After painful negotiations I have reached an agreement in terms to attend Mets Opening Day with Scott Isaacs and Shawn James.

I hope this does not turn out to be a bad omen for the Mets season. With all the worries about Pedro's toe my presence may serve as a jinx.

In October I watched the Giants beat the Redskins 36-0. When I wasn't at the game the Redskins won 35-20. A 51 point swing.

Earlier in January the Knicks were streaking, had won 6 in a row. Then The Concierge took me to the game against Minnesota on Martin Luther King Day. The Knicks are 2-18 since.

The Brits Love Streakers

Midway through the United States' 8-6 win over Britain, a man wearing what appeared to be a strategically placed rubber chicken ran onto one of the covered sheets of ice not being used in that session. He danced around for a bit but never tried to approach any of the players.
Curlers probably feel a little safer than most athletes -- it's hard for intruders to run across ice, especially if they're naked. John Shuster said he never felt in danger.
"Olympic security's been amazing here," he said. "We weren't worried at all."
A couple of security officials from the venue hovered near the streaker for several seconds before finally covering him and leading him away.

J-Mac Follow-Up

A little more on J-Mac the kid who scored 20 points in 4 minutes.
First of all, in a childhood picture he was wearing a New York Mets #18 shirt.
His final stats for the game were 4 minutes, 20 points on 7-13 shooting. He was 6-10 from three point range. He said he was "hot as a pistol" and that it was like he was shooting into "a huge bucket."

I love that all the kids in the stands had pictures of him on a stick

Sunday, February 26, 2006

R.I.P. Mr. Furley

Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on "Three's Company," has died. He was 81.

Cute as a Button

The thing I will miss most about these Olympics, even more than curling, is figure skating announcer Dick Button. The 1948 and 1952 Olympic gold medalist is 76 years old and was actually born a few towns away in Englewood.
Dick is like an old, sometimes bitter, sometimes warm and always hilarious uncle.
During the Olympics he praised some skaters as "delightful" or "pleasant," while some were "pleasing" to him.
He had several comments about the ladies. He said about one girl, "the trousers really help her physique." Another was described as a "lovely figured lady" and after one particularly elegant performance he said "that's a lady skating."
He called one pairs team "a nice couple, you'd like to have them over for dinner. They wouldn't spill wine on your table cloth."
But there was a dark side to Dick Button. He said some positions were "unattractive" while others were just plain "ugly." He criticized many skaters for lacking "passion" or "fire" and pointed out that several teams were lacking "romance." Not sure if that included the brother and sister duo.
He also tended to harp on the things he didn't like for a long time.
My favorite Buttonism though was when he described Barbara Fusar-Poli's behavior to her partner after their fall as "the biggest hissy-fit of all time."
To punctuate the flash of Dick Button into my life I will now share with you all the questions from Sports Illustrated and the answers from Dick Button, in this week's SI "Pop Culture Grid."

Michelle Kwan is...a great friend, champion and thoughtful lady

Favorite website? No answer (I think that's because "I grew up in a simpler time, before the internet, before e-mail, before the telephone even. If you wanted to talk to someone, you went to see them in person. Or you sent them a telegram. It was a much more elegant and graceful way to interact" wouldn't fit on the page.)

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Prunes to keep my timing regular

Would you go on Dancing with the Stars? As the star or the klutz? I'd be a better klutz.

Song that pumps you up? The U.S. national anthem (I sense a note of phony patriotism there, I imagine his real answer is Ruff Ryderz Anthem.)

Dumbest thing you ever did in the snow? Piddle my name in the snowbank in Chinese.

Most interesting thing you brought to Turin? An appetite for Italian cooking. (That's actually not that interesting.)

An Awful Olympic Experience

U.S. short track speed skater Kimberly Derrick stepped up to the startling with tears in her eyes and a hole in her heart.
Her grandfather, Darrel Edwards, 74, died from an apparent heart attack while in Torino to see his granddaughter skate in her first Olympics.
"This was the most emotional day of my life,'' she said in a statement after the race. "I'm proud to be at the Olympics and at the same time, my heart hurts so much. When I got onto the ice I was overcome by emotions, but I knew I had to race.''
"I knew I had to race because that's what my grandfather would want me to do,'' Derrick said. "He was my biggest fan, the one who held my hand while chasing my dream. He was and forever will be my pillar of strength.''
She actually sprinted to an early lead in the four-woman race, but quickly fell back to second, then third and finally last. She bumped Liesbeth Mau Asam of the Netherlands while trying to pass in a turn, but never came close to catching the top two skaters. Derrick was disqualified for impeding, but it didn't really matter. She crossed the line in last place, her hands on her knees.
Edwards' daughters, Patty Edwards and Holly Derrick (the skater's mother), were with him when he died at 6 p.m. Friday. Derrick, a 20-year-old college sophomore from Caledonia, Mich., quickly joined her mourning family.

Broken Record

I know I've said this before, maybe even a couple times but I think Friday night's action proves my point about Melo and LeBron.

Here's an excerpt from the article about Cleveland's 102-94 loss to Washington:
"James finished with 25 points, but went 0-for-8 from the field and 4-for-12 from the foul line in the second half as Cleveland dropped its second straight after winning three in a row. James missed his final seven from the line -- and was even booed in the final minutes. After missing a shot from the wing with 5 seconds left, he angrily ripped off his headband, threw it into the crowd and walked off the court."

Here's an excerpt from the article about Denver's 102-101 win over Minnesota in overtime:
"Anthony scored 30 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime. "Yeah, I think that was the best of any big shot I've hit, most likely," Anthony said. "I didn't have nothing to do, but to shoot."
"That game was just fun to play in," he added. "An adrenaline rush."
After Minnesota took the lead with the help of two straight steals, Anthony launched the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left and Trenton Hassell right on him. As the ball went through the net, Wolves coach Dwane Casey slammed the scorer's table in frustration."

I think that says it all.

The NBA's version of Sasha Cohen