Berman’s Booger Eating Now Closed To The Public

If you’d rather catch up on your laundry and clean out the cat box than see Terrell Owens primping in the ladies room, listen to Kevin Costner sing for an hour, rub elbows with the owner of the L.A. Clippers, and hear about Chris Berman flying on private planes, I have great news.

Chris Berman Topless On The Beach

(Apparently this gentleman (left) caught up on his laundry before last weekend)

Arash Markazi of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has the 411 on all the Super Bowl parties last week worth avoiding. In other words, he has the 411 on all the Super Bowl parties.

Highlights:

Marquis Jet Party:

Chris Berman presided over the festivities, which meant they kept a half-dozen dry, pressed Hawaiian shirts under the bar for quick changes every quarter hour.

Chris Berman sweaty

Markazi notes that during the party, Berman told partygoers that he “has been flying on private planes for the past five years.

Berman now doesn’t fly commercial? I wonder if an eyewitness noting that he picked his nose (and ate it) while flying commercial has anything to do with it.

More highlights after the jump.

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America’s Funniest Zapruder-Style Football Videos

• It was a big day for grainy video of youth football controversy. First, some high school kicker abused the the goal post support, Phil Dawson-style (but didn’t get the call). Then, some youth coach just flat-out abused an opposing player.

Gooseneck goalpost betrays high school officials

• Paraguayan javelin-thrower Leryn Franco is nippin’ out on the runway. She’ll use the photo for her Christmas card like Elaine Benes did.

• Don’t expect a closing baseball stadium to just let you stroll in and scoop up your dead father.

Brett Favre’s home in Wisconsin has decided it’s time to move on, and is going forward in finding a new owner.

• Lions fans should be pretty excited that they’re still going to go 12-4, according to Roy Williams. The Cubs are also going to be the only team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-five series.

• Just when you thought we’d gotten rid of Kevin Costner once and for all, it’s time for a Bull Durham sequel. Read more…

‘Bull Durham’ Sequel Could Soon Be At The Plate

There have been plenty of great baseball movies made throughout history, and for a lot of people one of the best ever made was Bull Durham. Personally, I don’t include Bull Durham in my list of the greatest baseball movies because I don’t consider it a baseball movie. In reality it’s just a chick flick disguised as a baseball movie, as it’s more about the love triangle between Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Costner than it is about baseball.

I do realize that there are people who think differently about the flick, though, and those folks are going to be pretty happy to hear this. Apparently there have been plans for a sequel to the movie for a while, and those plans are finally starting to get off the ground.

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Speed Read: Blackouts Two For Two On Tuesday

With all apologies to the folks at the Cell for the Sox-Twins game, the real blackout on Tuesday night took place in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where Middle Tennessee Blue Raider fans ignored the color suggestion provided by their nickname and donned the darkest color of them all in a show of solidarity. The Raiders, wearing black unis for the first time ever, responded by delivering a 14-13 win over Florida Atlantic on a crazy, last-second Hail Mary that sent the crowd of nearly 26,000 into a frenzy. On a 4th-and-8 play, QB Joe Craddock heaved one into the endzone on what ended up being the last play of the game, and MTSU’s Malcolm Beyah pulled it down amidst a sea of, uhhh, mostly other teammates of his. Nice prevent D, there, FAU.

Middle Tennessee hail mary

And yes, the White Sox finally got their chance to celebrate with the champagne and all that. Most exciting about the Sox’ first postseason appearance since they won it all in 2005 is that we can finally get a little bit of this guy back in our life:

As you may remember, Steve Perry was adopted as an unofficial mascot by the 2005 Sox after they chose “Don’t Stop Believin’” as their theme song on their “journey” to the World Series title. They even had Perry celebrate with them in the clubhouse after all of the big wins. But, from what I understand, Tampa has Kevin Costner writing its playoff song this year. I don’t know if Perry can hang with the immensely relevant powerhouse that carried Swing Vote to box office records.

Kevin Costner

In other baseball news, Cliff Lee and Brad Lidge are your comeback players of the year. Lee went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA this season and the Indians were nowhere close to making the playoffs. Last year, he was a crappy 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA and his team came within one game of the World Series. Go figure. Lidge’s career was nearly destroyed by Albert Pujols in 2005, but he bounced back to go 41-for-41 on saves this year.

Speaking of the Phillies, Pat Burrell tweaked his back during batting practice yesterday and his status is unknown going into today’s playoff opener against the Brewers. The Phils are trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s NLDS disaster, when they fell flat on their face and didn’t win a game against the Rockies.

Not satisfied to watch their cross-town rivals sign their GM to an extension after missing the playoffs, the Yankees followed suit by extending Brian Cashman for three years. Now Cashman gets to deal with having like 17 guys who can’t do anything but play a crappy first base.

Today is a bittersweet day for baseball fans across America. Sure, it’s awesome that the playoffs are finally here, but the Frank TV promos are just getting fired up. You know, without the writers’ strike this show would’ve gotten its fair chance to die last year.

Now, without further ado:

Maria Sharapova

  • Maria Sharapova isn’t playing tennis these days, so the only way to sneak in gratuitous photos of her is to talk about who she’s dating. BITTEN AND BOUND says the lucky dude is Charlie Ebersol, son of NBC Sports lord Dick Ebersol and Kate from Kate & Allie.
  • Not to be outdone by Jason Williams‘ retirement announcement, Jayson Williams is back in the news because one of the investigators in his manslaughter case used a racial slur, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS. Naturally, the slur caused him retroactively to shoot his limo driver.

What Journey song will be the White Sox’ playoff theme this year?

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Blog Jam: Sutcliffe Concerned About Erin’s Skirt

• WITH LEATHER catches wind of Rick Sutcliffe rather wanting to discuss Erin Andrews’ skirt blowing up than his own cancer treatments.

Rick Sutcliffe Erin Andrews

However, DEADSPIN diagnoses the case of one blogger who’s sick & tired of Erin’s treatment.

• ARROWHEAD ADDICT is on the warpath after hearing that Kevin Costner is a Chiefs fan.

• MONDESI’S HOUSE laughs at the Altoona Curve’s attempts to bring Will Ferrell to town.

Michael David Smith of AOL FANHOUSE tosses along news that a judo Olympian may take a jab at MMA - if it’s okay with her mom.

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“Bull Durham” 20th Anniversary - A Sequel Soon?

Writer/Director Ron Shelton was back around some old stomping grounds on Wednesday, helping celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most well-known sports movies to hit the silver screen.

Bull Durham movie poster

The movie, of course, is “Bull Durham“, Shelton’s cinematic masterpiece about the lives, laughs & loves in the world of minor league baseball. Ron had returned to Durham, NC, to partake in the celebratory festivities honoring the film.

But during a luncheon, Shelton mentioned the possibility of a plan that’s death to many a memorable movie - a sequel! Read more…

Cal Ripken Didn’t Beat Up Kevin Costner. Oh Well.

On “Talk of the Nation” to shill for his latest motivational book, Cal Ripken found himself exposed to NPR’s version of sports talk radio callers. They’re an awful lot like the ones in the hotel commercials, actually, but with worse comedic timing.

Kevin Costner Revenge

Since “Talk of the Nation”’s producers aren’t nuanced enough in the world of sport to catch all the rascals, one person slipped through security to ask about an old rumor: did the Orioles once cancel a night game with ‘electrical problems’ because Ripken couldn’t be found?

Ripken denied the rumor (and SNOPES.COM agrees), but UMPBUMP reminds us about the juicy subtext to the probably false story: Ripken supposedly disappeared because he was stewing in jail after pounding Kevin Costner into the ground for seducing his wife.

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College World Series May Be Out of Omaha By 2011

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES MAY BE OUT OF OMAHA BY 2011: The ping at Rosenblatt may soon fall silent, as the College World Series may be looking for greener pastures:

Rosenblatt Stadium entrance

The OMAHA WORLD-HERALD pitches us news that the NCAA’s current listing of the 2011 CWS doesn’t mention a host site. This small omission has the folks in Omaha concerned, since the College World Series has been held in the Nebraska city for the past 58 years.The NCAA has been mulling over the option of moving the college baseball championship out of the 1948-built Rosenblatt Stadium.

College World Series parking girl

An NCAA spokesman said the early event posting sans-city was a routine procedure. But if the organization decides to say ta-ta to Omaha, other cities have been eyeballed as potential Series hosts.The three locales reported to be in the top running are Indianapolis (home of the NCAA), Oklahoma City (home of the Women’s Softball World Series) and Orlando (home of Disney World).

Omaha mayor Mike Fahey has been pushing the idea of building a new downtown ballpark for the Series and for the minor league Omaha Royals.

Kevin Costner Save Rosenblatt

Meanwhile, a local group has recruited the likes of Kevin Costner to help save the park and keep the CWS at the ‘Blatt.It’s bad enough for Nebraskans to have lost their pigskin dominance, do they ned to lose their ping bling, too?