In case you haven’t heard, Nike’s at it again, reappropriating 9/11 for their own crass commercial purposes as Michael Jordan gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wait, I’m sorry, we’re told that is a wildly untrue statement and that Nike had nothing to do with the date of induction. We regret the error. Anyway, MJ is being inducted today; presumably, the day belongs to him.
But while Jordan grabs the headlines, there are other people being inducted today, most notably John Stockton and David Robinson, two titans of the era in their own right. And while their inductions are generally of the off-without-a-hitch variety, there’s also Peter Vecsey, a NEW YORK POST reporter who’s being inducted for lord knows why. And that’s the real highlight here, folks, because by all accounts, last night, he delivered the worst induction speech of all time.
• Erin Andrews gets down & dirty in a new photoshoot for GQ magazine.
• Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable ducks & weaves from questions about his alleged clobbering of assistant Randy Hanson.
• Hey, Georgia Bulldogs fans - please pass the caviar, s’il vous plait!
• Jeremy Mayfield’s stepmom won’t keep off her stepson’s lawn. What, is she high? Why, yes she is!
• A group of senior bowlers in Oregon put the beat down on a would-be purse snatcher. We must protect these lanes!
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Michael Jordan’s not a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame yet. He’s been voted in, of course, and he’ll be inducted on 9/11 (Guys, you couldn’t have picked a better day? Like literally any other day?), but technically, he’s not there yet. But he’s got an exhibit there already in advance of his enshrinement.
(Hey, neat, right?)
It’s a sprawling shrine to the man who revolutionized not only pro basketball but corporate sponsorship - and therein lies a rather jarring problem. That entire exhibit to him, full of sneakers and championship rings? None of it came from MJ himself.
You know, we could just make Hank Aaron our baseball commissioner, eliminate the middle man and save ourselves a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering. For someone who’s been so reticent for the past few … well, his entire life, Aaron sure is surprising us this week with his high profile. A day after he came out squarely against steroid “cheaters” getting into the Hall of Fame, now he’s lobbying commissioner Bud Selig to reinstate Pete Rose.
And Aaron isn’t just speaking for himself. Two of his fellow members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Joe (Silver Tongue) Morgan and Frank Robinson, have also come out in favor of lifting Rose’s lifetime ban. But neither, I would imagine, carry anywhere near Aaron’s weight with Selig. Read more…
Wherever your fan allegiances lie, it’s hard not to feel bad for Cleveland Browns fans. It’s bad enough that their city has been in decline for decades, but no fan base deserves to have their team yanked out of town, especially when said team ends up spurning you for Baltimore. Sure, Cleveland ended up getting the Browns back (sort of), but the last 10 years have been a near-constant kick to the nuts for fans of the brown & orange.
(Hall of Famer…by default?)
One constant that Browns fans have always been able to cling to throughout all the Tim Couches and Butch Davises has been the past. The Browns had an illustrious history up through the 1980s, and to the team’s credit, they created a team Hall of Fame to recognize the team’s glory days and distract fans from the crapfest on the field. Well, they had a team Hall of Fame, anyways: the team has decided to put the “Browns Legends” on hiatus for at least this year. Classy move, Cleveland.
I’ve enacted an embargo on all sports media, thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s PEDs admission today. I can’t take anymore talk of how this will affect ARod’s reception by fans and his off-field endorsement career. I could give a damn how Rodriguez is treated by fans or how much off-field money he’ll make in the future.
(Guess those Horse ‘Roids Nomah scored in TJ didn’t do the job)
How is the media missing the only thing that matters in the aftermath of ARod getting nailed to the floorboards? Or am I giving them too much credit?
There are only a scant few amount of major leaguers who have amassed careers worthy of Hall of Fame contention, but who sit out nonetheless. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Pete Rose, Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire are among the small fraternity, and they all have two major themes in common: issues of personal honesty and integrity of the game. Whether it was taking money or banned substances, betting on games or the gullibility of investigators, their careers are overshadowed by deliberate attempts to undermine the sport at which they excelled.
But there exists one inexplicable pariah, and that is one Ron Santo, who was once again denied Hall of Fame membership today by the odious Veterans Committee. Santo received 39 of the 64 ballots, the highest total of any player this year, but still far short of the 48 needed for Hall of Fame enshrinement. Santo was never a black eye on the sport, and the only performance-enhancing drug he was taking regularly was insulin. He batted .277 for his career, belting 342 home runs and 1341 RBI in an era best known for its dominant pitching. Oh, and Santo collected five Gold Gloves at a position where defense was of premier importance.
• DEADSPIN happily informs us that the “Boom Goes The Dynamite” guy has found himself a real life sports reporting job.
• WITH LEATHER will happily rain on the Olympic beach volleyball parade.
• BLOG OF HILARITY finds USC WR Vidal Hazelton going the Vince Young/Jeff Reed route in having some shirtless fun with his buddies.
• MR. IRRELEVANT finds a classic Redskins hog hat that’s the tops.
Curt Schilling is as a controversial figure as there comes in baseball (non-steroid related, anyway). Perhaps its because perceived by some as being a “big bag of gaseous air”. But he’s won in his career, so he at least deserves the right to tap a little.
As long as he’s playing anyway, which might not be that much longer. GAME ON! picks up on the sickner buzz out of 38Pitches that Mr. Ketchup Sock might be hanging up his helium inflater for good.
• UNCOACHED reveals the best sights seen at last weekend’s NFL Hall of Fame ceremonies - namely, those of the Redskins cheerleaders.
• YOU BEEN BLINDED tosses up a classic clip of Johnny Bench berating a reporter for asking him about Pete Rose.
• DEADSPIN is all shook up, as Elvis takes advantage of the wild, wet weather at Wrigley to thrill the crowd with a sequined slip ‘n’ slide show.
• PLAYING THE FIELD wonders what daily words of wisdom they could expect if Manny Ramirez had a blog.
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