7:15 PMEdward Codi, head of the stadium authority that manages the home ballpark of the Butler (PA) Blue Sox summer league team, had stalking charges against him dropped. Codi had been accused of following his ex-girlfriend and leaving threatening phone message,
Evander Holyfield has reportedly requested an Atlanta-based court alter his child support payments to ex-wife Dr. Janice Itson. T.K Stewart of BoxingScene.com has background:
Itson was Holyfield’s second wife. The couple had one child together, a son, Elijah Jedidiah Holyfield. But during the time they were married, Holyfield fathered two other children out of wedlock with two different women.
The pair went through a very messy divorce and Holyfield, despite his own marital infidelity, requested a paternity test be administered to prove that Elijah was indeed his child. At the time of their divorce, Holyfield’s net worth was estimated to be $90 million.
The couple was married in 1996 and divorced less than four years later.
Stewart reports today on the alleged “spending habits by Ms. Itson” that led to Holyfield attempting to renegotiate his 2000 divorce settlement with Itson. The claims, according to Stewart, came from a, “source close to the Holyfield family.” (So consider the source.)
(You know what this place needs? Buncha solar panels.)
Evander Holyfield’s acutely aware of both factors; his palatial estate on 40 acres in Fayette, Georgia has faced foreclosure recently. He’s also been marginally visible since his retirement from boxing, usually in some sad kind of moneygrab (witness: Taco Bell ad). So real estate and moneymaking, not really working out great for Evander…
On Thursday night, the Gunslinger was almost out-slinged, but Matt Cassel’s best effort as a pro came up just a bit short as the Jets beat the Pats 34-31. Favre’s team blew a 24-6 lead, and somehow survived a miraculous game-tying touchdown with one second left that saw Cassel thread the needle to a diving Randy Moss, who just was able to keep both feet on the turf at the edge of the end zone.
The Jets, though, shook off what could’ve been a death blow and took the overtime kickoff right down the field and won it on a 34-yard field goal by Jay Feely. Favre tearfully retired after the game, then immediately went out and shot a deer.
Cassel couldn’t get the win, but for the first time it seems like he really belonged out there. In fact, he became the first NFL player ever (like, EVER) to reach the insanely arbitrary mark of 400 passing yards and 60 rushing yards in the same game.
One thing about the NFL Network. I know a bunch of you out there don’t get it, but doesn’t it seem like they have no microphones on the field to pick up crowd noise? When the Pats tied the score at the end, I could barely hear anyone cheering. It’s like Bob Papa and Chris Collinsworth are sitting in the studio in New York calling the game off a TV monitor with the mute button on. They aren’t doing that, are they?
College basketball is totally sneaking up on us. UCLA began the post-Luc Richard Mbah a Moute era by nearly losing to the Ohio version of Miami. The Bruins do still have Darren Collison and Josh Shipp, but they never could put the RedHawks away and struggled to a 64-59 win at Pauley.
Scott Boras is probably going to just accept that offer the Dodgers made for Manny Ramirez. I mean, it’s not like he’s really all that interested in driving a hard bargain. He wants to just get it over with, you know? That’s providing the Dodgers add another three years and $105 million to their offer, of course, but that shouldn’t be an issue.
(”You want to have the biggest team in town, Artie? What’s it worth to you?”)
The Florida version of Miami beat Virginia Tech 16-14 to keep their ACC title hopes alive, along with everyone else who plays in the ACC. Buffalo beat Akron 43-40 in four overtimes to become bowl eligible for the first time since returning to FBS in 1999. Turner Gill is excited for his team, which he’s going to leave next month for a much better job. It’s official, by the way: the MAC is now more fun to watch than the ACC.
• Well, here it is. Proof that Barry Bonds has been living in an Arctic cave for the past year:
Actually, it’s a screen capture from a hunting trip Barry went on in Canada (two hunting references in the speed read!) with some guy who I guess is an expert on guns or something. YOU BEEN BLINDED has the video, which you should watch if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to hang out with a rifle-toting Barry in a wooden shack while he whispers things like “there it is” and “it’s coming” as dramatic music plays in the background. I can’t think of anything more exciting than watching some guy not shoot things.
• I guess since the Yanks aren’t going to re-sign Jason Giambi, they figured they should bring in a younger, less-roidy version of him. So they traded for Nick Swisher. Swisher is a Billy Beane prototype, in that he walks a lot and hits for some power, but bats like .220. SCOTT PROCTOR’S ARM (regretting that blog name at all?) likes the deal, as Swisher actually isn’t due all that much money for the next three seasons. But what’s with all these guys who used to have insane hair ending up with the Yankees, where they have to wear it like the guys on “Mad Men?”
• Troy Polamalu is saying that the NFL is “becoming more and more flag football, two-hand touch,” in this NBC SPORTS piece about the growing number of players who are fined for illegal hits every week.
• That whole “we don’t want the Olympics” thing the British people are doing? They didn’t really mean that. Everything’s just fine and dandy, says the GUARDIAN.
• SPORTS MEDIA WATCH says the entire British Open will be on ESPN starting in 2010. Currently, the tournament is split between TNT and ABC. This is all about ESPN trying to drive up the fees it charges cable and satellite companies to carry the channel. That’s why they’re bidding on the BCS too.
• CHICAGO CUBS ONLINE eulogizes the Kerry Wood era in Chicago. To think what might have been. The Cubbies aren’t re-signing Wood because they’ve acquired Kevin Gregg to be their closer. The Marlins had to get rid of Gregg because his salary was pushing seven figures.
Shiming told REUTERS that he had only begun eating Western food recently, and the fact that hamburgers and pizza were “less greasy” than Chinese food. Which lead me to the question: just what the hell kind of food are they eating in China that’s it’s greasier than pizza and hamburgers?
Every former heavyweight champ has to go into some sort of business venture post-retirement, whether high-profile (George Foreman) or the usual restaurant or office building owner. (Some might even say a forced retirement and a business opportunity would be optimal for say, Evander Holyfield.) Former champ Larry Holmes is taking that opportunity, by signing autographs and playing video games with kids at a Circuit City opening in Naples, Florida.
The NAPLES DAILY NEWS was there to cover the opening, and while pushing the game “Don King Presents: Prizefighter” (first 100 copies sold come with your own salt-and-pepper King wig), Holmes lamented the state of the heavyweight division and the state of its former champions.
Had several people today email me links to photos of SbB Girl Cora Skinner and Brody Jenneron the beach in Hawaii. I haven’t been following Cora’s career that closely the past couple years, but apparently she’s been an item for some time with gentleman Jenner - and his rather regrettable ink job:
Cora has done a lot of modeling over the years, mainly for print ads. She’s also dabbled in acting and appeared in the Lingerie Bowl - before it turned into fiasco.
When recruiting SbB Girls in the past, I used to be all over the Hollywood scene, but not so much anymore. When evaluating girls for SbB (we get several submissions now per week), I’m more focused on if I think our readers will enjoy their photos - and want to come back for more.
That’s not to say that Cora, Melissa and Charity haven’t been popular on the site, it’s just that our more recent crop of girls have been wildly popular with users.
And like I said earlier this week, I hope to put out some calendars, posters and wallpapers of our most popular girls before the year is out (God knows, we’ve had thousands of requests over the years). Let me know your feedback or ideas on that sort of thing.
The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER notes today that Dennis Rodman, Dustin Diamond, Butterbean and Danny Bonaduce will take part in CMT’s upcoming reality series, “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.”