Sports Radio Guy Bedded Down Playboy Playmate

We all know how hot and sexy sports radio guys can be, so it should come as no surprise that MIKE RESPONTS is reporting Vegas sports radio host Paul Howard used to date upcoming Playboy Playmate Monica Chairez:

Monica Chairez

Howard dated Monica Chairez when she was an up and coming Las Vegas model. Now Chairez is scheduled to be a centerfold in an upcoming issue of Playboy

Up and coming Las Vegas model” = Permanent keycard holder to Champagne Room at the O.G..

You’ll be shocked to know that Chairez has since discarded Howard, well before she got her big *break* as a nudie model. We also can’t confirm the veracity of the claim, as Howard’s credit card receipts and ATM withdrawls during the time of the alleged relationship have not yet been made available to the public.

Rory Markas Lauren Sanchez

That unlikely couple reminds of the long-forgotten Rory Markas-Lauren Sanchez (above) coupling here in Los Angeles. … anyone?

And while there are high-fives due all around for Howard, by the looks of Chairez’s test shots, you no longer have to wonder how far Playboy has fallen.

The DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports today that, Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo were spotted having dinner with his folks at an Olive Garden in Janesville, Wis.” PEOPLE magazine reports than when the reservation was phoned in, the staff thought it was “a big joke.”

Joe Simpson Beer Helmet

Hey! Leave Jessica’s dad Joe out of this!

Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson on the Dan Patrick Radio Show today on if the Barry Bonds #756 baseball will be displayed with the asterisk showing: “We feel it would be disengenious to accept the baseball and display it without the asterisk so that’s what we’ll do.” (audio)

Who do you think will be more irrelevant in five years, Bonds or Marc Ecko?

Not mentioned in our post yesterday about the USA TODAY piece on Mark McGwire: “If McGwire makes the Hall, the Cardinals will unveil the bronze statue of him that is sitting in a downtown St. Louis warehouse.”

Think that statue was commissioned before McGwire refused to “talk about the past” before Congress? (hello world’s largest doorstop!)

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Bonds’ Record* HR Ball Delivered To Hall After All

Yesterday, we told you that Barry Bonds’ home run record-breaking* ball wouldn’t be heading for the Hall of Fame any time soon. Well, change “not anytime soon” to “Tuesday night”.

Marc Ecko Barry Bonds ball Cooperstown sign

(Marc Ecko’s prized possession [pre-branding] on the road to Cooperstown)

The ASSOCIATED PRESS follows up that home run ball #756 arrived in Cooperstown, NY, last evening, compliments of fashion designer Marc Ecko. The Hall earlier reported that talks between themselves and ball owner Ecko had “unfortunately reached an impasse“, when Ecko apparently wanted to present the ball as a loan instead of a gift.

But the designer wonders where the museum ever got that idea:

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Bonds’ Record HR Ball Not Going To Hall After All

For those worried about Barry Bonds’ asterisk-branded home run record ball causing all sorts of controversy at the Baseball Hall of Fame, worry no more. The ball’s not coming to Cooperstown, after all.

Barry Bonds asterisk baseball

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that talks between the Hall and Marc Ecko, the fashion designer who owns #756*, have “unfortunately reached an impasse.” The problem? Ecko wants the ball to be only a loaner:

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Barry Bonds Will Skip Out of Hall of Fame If Branded Ball Is There

BONDS WILL BID BYE-BYE TO HALL IF BRANDED BALL IS IN: If Barry Bonds’ home run record ball goes into the Hall of Fame with an asterisk, he’s not going in with it:

Barry Bonds asterisk baseball

Bonds told Jim Gray in an MSNBC interview that he’ll cancel his Cooperstown trip if his 756th home run ball gets accepted with the branded mark:”I will never be in the Hall of Fame….That’s my emotions now, that’s how I feel now. When I decide to retire five years from now, we’ll see where they are at that moment.”

Right now, the ball is in the hands of fashion designer Marc Ecko. After conducting an Internet poll to determine it’s fate, most fans chose to put an asterisk on the ball, instead of leaving it unmarked or sending it into space.

Baseball Hall of Fame

Ecko plans on donating the ball to the Hall of Fame - which will be a nice tax break for him - while the Cooperstown committee decides what to do. They can display it, seal it in their archives, or figure out some other action.Bonds won’t be eligible until 5 years after his retirement. And although his services are no longer wanted by the Giants, Barry still plans to play elsewhere.

Barry Bonds Mad Magazine Cover

By the time his induction does roll around, he’ll probably be so pumped up he won’t fit through the Hall doors.