Jose Lima Looking Up Some Fans In South Korea

Ryan Lefebvre - the focal point of Milton Bradley’s most recent rage - once defeated his own personal demons.

Jose Lima is enjoying the superb sights at South Korea baseball games.

José Lima in Korea

• Speaking of great views, this year’s U.S. Open overlooks a nude beach.

Kobe likes to play in style, from his head to his toes - and his fingers.

Big Papi is proud to be an American (where at least he knows he’s free).

• Even after a disturbing Opening Day, Fenway fans are still eating crap.

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Conlin Canned For Blueberry Festival Comment?

PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS columnist Bill Conlin, pictured below in a never-before-seen deguerreotype from 1815, is trying to remove the foot from his mouth after reading a question on-air during his Comcast SportsNet show DAILY NEWS LIVE and dismissing its author with some good ol’ stereotypin’.

Bill Conlin and his blueberries

When Raul from Vineland, NJ e-mailed in a remark about how the recent Donovan McNabb injury was overblown by the Philadelphia media. Conlin, who is part of that overblowingness, fought back, adding: “Amazing that guy would leave the blueberry harvest to send that off.”

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At least … I … think … that’s … racist. Raul = Hispanic. Hispanic people work in the field. Blueberries are grown in the field. Hence … yep. There’s the racism.

Apparently the fine folks at Comcast SportsNet agree, as Conlin has now been suspended - as FIGHTINS has the video of the announcement (after the jump)

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Another Sad Day For The Guys Who Hate Bloggers

Last Friday, buried in the business section of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, we found out that longtime Tribune “basketball expertSam Smith was “among 25 veteran Chicago Tribune writers and editors to take voluntary buyouts.

Bob Costas Sam Smith

Mr. Smith, of course, is a dear friend on bloggers everywhere, and will be sorely missed. Sadly, we’ll now have to check Smith off the list of a seemingly growing number of dinosaur media types who have lashed out at folks like us over the past year. Read more…

Stephen A. Smith: Bloggers Should Not Be Allowed To Reach Large Audience

SMITH: BLOGS “SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED” BIG AUDIENCE: After entertaining us with some unintentional comedy gold late last week from Stephen A. Smith, Tom Hoffarth brings us an encore of Screamin’ A.’s personal theater of the absurd - by releasing more quotes from an apparently epic interview.

Stephen A. Smith

Smith first claims to Hoffarth that “internet writers” have no right to reach a large audience (we take it he’s actually serious): “And when you look at the internet business, what’s dangerous about it is that people who are clearly unqualified get to disseminate their piece to the masses. I respect the journalism industry, and the fact of the matter is …someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can. They are not trained. Not experts.“The fun continues as Smith tells Hoffarth that bloggers have “sabotaged” the dinosaur print media: “The people who suffer are the common viewers out there and, more importantly, those in the industry who haven’t been fortunate to get a radio or television deal and only rely on the written word. And now they’ve been sabotaged. Not because of me. Or like me. But because of the industry or the world has allowed the average joe to resemble a professional without any credentials whatsoever.

Stephen A. Smith Quite Frankly

Smith’s well-reasoned comments about “sabotage” committed by bloggers perplex us. Why would the, as Smith calls them, “common viewers” turn away from the boundless wit and wisdom of men like Bill Conlin, Sam Smith and Dan Shaughnessy. Surely they entertain and engage more than MEN WHO LOOK LIKE OLD LESBIANS.

Dan Shaughnessy Sam Smith Bill Conlin Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians

Or maybe not.Finally, Smith addresses the hurtful accusation that he once wrote a column for the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on his Blackberry: “No, that’s total fabrication. I wrote my column on a Blackberry one time, at the (2004) NBA draft, I was on vacation (from the newspaper).

The gall of those heartless accusers! Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Smith!