MLB To Remain In Miami After Stadium Deal OK’d

The MIAMI HERALD reports that the Marlins will be remaining in Miami, after city & county officials approved a deal for a new ballpark.

Marlins new stadium Billy the Marlin mascot

Two separate votes by the Miami City Commission and the Miami-Dade County Commission sealed the deal Thursday night. The $525 million plan calls for a new 37,000-seat stadium (complete with a retractable roof) to be built on the soon-to-be vacant Orange Bowl site.

However, some citizens are still upset with the whole deal. Read more…

Blog-O-Rama: Schilling Speaks On Shoulder Saga

Curt Schilling uses his blog to give his side of the sore shoulder saga.

Curt Schilling shoulder

• BALL DON’T LIE gives “Inside The NBA” host Ernie Johnson a chance to finally get a word in edgewise.

• DEUCE OF DAVENPORT chows down on Major League Eating: The Video Game!

• WITH LEATHER dresses down the Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl party, complete with sexy awards!

Victoria's Secret Super Bowl Party

• BABES LOVE BASEBALL pecks up news that PETA wants an apology from Pedro Martinez & Juan Marichal for getting caught playing with cocks.

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David Stern to Present Sonics Owner To Oklahoma Hall of Fame

STERN TO BE AT SONICS OWNER’S ENTRY INTO OKLA. H.O.F.: David Stern seems to have his mind made up about the Sonics’ possible move to Oklahoma:

David Stern

The SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reports that the NBA commissioner will be “presenting” Sonics owner Clay Bennett into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday night.Bennett has already filed with the league his intentions of moving the Seattle basketball club to the Sooner State.

Stern’s appearance for Bennett indicates that Clay should get the moving trucks ready. The commish has more or less given up his attempts at keeping the team in the Pacific Northwest.

Stern earlier lamented how the city of Seattle has “no heart whatsoever for assisting a Sonics team,” as they thwarted attempts to use taxpayer money for a new arena.

With Stern’s show of support for Bennett, it looks like Kevin Durant & crew will soon(er) be saying, “So long, Starbucks. Hello, barbecue.”

Australian Sells House and Moves Family To Go to Green Bay Packers Games

AUSSIE FAN LEAVES DOWN UNDA’ FOR THE FROZEN TUNDRA: There’s a special mystique about the Green Bay Packers. How many other teams can claim a 25-year waiting list for season tickets? And what other pro franchise can drive a deranged fan to shoot the coach’s dog?

The Pack surely drew something out of Wayne Scullino, who somehow convinced his wife to pack up the family and head to northeast Wisconsin - from Australia.

Wayne Scullino Australian Packers Fan

The MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE reports on the obsession of one fan willing to quit his job, sell his house, and travel 10,000 miles just to park himself on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.Scullino admits more than one person has called him crazy, but says he doesn’t regret making a decision “that flies in the face of all rational thinking but one that we should all do at least once in our lives.”

The Aussie adventurer has used proceeds from his house sale to purchase tickets for games this season. In the meantime, the Scullinos have depended on the kindness of strangers to make Wayne’s ridiculous dream a reality.

Packers fans reindeer heads

Fellow Packers fans have offered to sell their hard-to-get seats to Wayne. Meanwhile, other Green Bay residents have helped the family in many ways, such as getting an affordable apartment, and keeping their kitchen stocked. Wife Kelly is amazed by all the generosity, happily asking, “Who gives someone a car?“Wayne also has a website up, detailing his experiences of Packer Backing, and also his view of living in America.

Jessica Biel Packers grab

Wonder if he got a handful of Jessica Biel, too.