Blog-A-Roni: AVP Tour Fan Heads Above The Rest

• The NEW YORK TIMES volleys up the tale of one obsessive AVP fan.

AVP fan with forehead tattoo

• SIGNAL TO NOISE serves up SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s lead tennis writer defending Justin Gimelstob’s little anti-Anna Kournikova rant.

• ESPN’s Pedro Gomez discovers the stadium that hosted Sunday’s Euro 2008 final also once hosted Jewish inmates as a World War II Nazi prison.

• PRO FOOTBALL TALK can’t stand the new Chiefs’ stadium policy, and you won’t stand for it, either.

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Pierce Ramps Up Some Good Laughs on “Kimmel”

One final fond farewell to Will Leitch, and a hearty welcome to A.J. Daulerio.

• Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce shows up on Jimmy Kimmel’s show in style - by coming on stage while riding in a wheelchair.

Paul Pierce in wheelchair for Jimmy Kimmel show

Justin Gimelstob, tell us how you really feel about Anna Kournikova.

Darrell Arthur did a lot of traveling Thursday night without ever leaving Madison Square Garden.

• The inspiration for Alla Kudryavtseva’s big upset over Maria Sharapova: “I don’t like her outfit.

• Are the Cubs looking to get the “L” (flag) out of Wrigley Field?

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ATP To Tour Misogynist: Please Make It Gimelstob

Most casual observers remember Justin Gimelstob as a fairly ordinary ATP tour member and currently know him as a contributor to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S web site, writing his “Gimel Takes All” column. Well, let’s just say the current member of the ATP’s board of directors doesn’t think too highly of some of the players on the women’s tour.

Justin Gimelstob kisses the net

(Gimelstob definitely kisses the nets at Wimbledon with that mouth.)

The UK’s DAILY MAIL reveals that Gimelstob unleashed some rather coarse language towards several players in a radio interview, calling Tatiana Golovin and Alize Cornet “sexpots”, but reserving his maximum vitriol towards Anna Kournikova, using the famed B-word. He also served up some more choice bon mots towards the Russian, whom he trained with as a junior.

Some digging by yours truly revealed the interview was in Washington, D.C., with WJFK-FM’s Junkies on June 18th, which has been archived for posterity, thankfully.

Host: “[Kournikova] already knows she’s playing you on the 23rd?”
Gimelstob: “Probably. She might not even be smart enough to read the schedule.”

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Blog-O-Rama: Fat Football Coaches Living Large

• HELLSPAWNED JAVELINAS is livin’ large, as they chew the fat about these portly pigskin coaches:

Mark Mangino Tom Amstutz fat coaches

One big omission though - Toledo’s ton of fun Tom Amstutz.• SPORTSVITE is down to their Final Four, and America can now vote for The Next Minor League Basketball Superstar.

• HOME RUN DERBY will never get its laundry done, as Joe Buck can’t keeps his Sox straight.

• SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has the recently retired Justin Gimelstob looking back on his 12-year tennis career.

• Meanwhile, SI’s EXTRA MUSTARD gets down with Dallas Clark, as the Colts tight end performs Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” - in sign language:

Well, he’s better than Korny & Jaws.

• DEADSPIN drops the puck on Shawn Chambers, a good hockey player but a terrible video game character.

• THE BIG LEAD learns something today, as Jimmy Kimmel cowboys up a PSA on the state of Red Sox Nation.

• RUMORS AND RANTS won’t touch that dial, as an MTV- documented high school football team is now embroiled in controversies worthy of the camera eye.

Jimmy Connors Is A Discerning Purveyor Of Porn

CONNORS DOESN’T GIMELSTOB WHEN IT COMES TO PORNO: Our new favorite tennis player (as of last week), Justin Gimelstob, unfortunately is now retiring.

Jay Leno Justin Gimelstob

The 12-year pro (yeah, we had no idea either) was a goof reporter for Jay Leno where he interviewed players at the tournament. When introducing his segment to Leno, Gimelstob said hoped to have a TV sports media career after retirement, but unfortunately has a face for radio. (Is Jay Mohr now writing for Leno?)

Highlights: Gimelstob to Venus Williams, who he played mixed doubles with: “Why’d you dump me? Was there sexual tension, because I get that a lot, even with my male doubles partners?”

Venus Williams

Williams: “I prefer not to talk about that.

Gimelstob to Jimmy Connors (who was once married to softcore porn model Patti McGuire): “You’ve seen my talent and lack of talent, what do I have in my future? Maybe some porn?”

Patti McGuire Jimmy Connors Playboy

Connors: “You’ve been around. You know all the ropes, and listen, anytime you can get into porn, take it.

Jimmy Connors

You know what would get us to watch tennis again? A-holes like Connors and McEnroe. Ol’ timey tennis was just as much theatre and personalities than today’s procession of East European robots and soft-serve American country-clubbers.