Brog: NYK Owner Advertises Band With Google Ad

Employee harassment? Irresponsible spending? Laughably delusional behavior? Yep, that’s James Dolan for you. New York Knicks owner Certifiable insane band member.

JD & The Straight Shot

(James Dolan’s debut album, “The Strange Case Of The Missing Jowl,” features Isiah Thomas earning his personal services’ back pay on washboard)

I was unable to sleep Monday night, so, like all of you every night I’m sure, I just sat on SbB, refreshing over & over & over - until this ad came up (728X90 banner above): “JD & The Straight Shot - Click here to listen now!

For some reason, “JD & The Straight Shot” rang a bell. After a quick search, it turns out it’s the “band” fronted by the owner of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, James “veneers gone wrong” Dolan.

The last time I was in New York, I had dinner with a guy who knew both Dolan and some of the members of the “band.” He said that apparently most of the poor saps in the group hated “J.D.”, but were afraid to leave the band for fear of losing their jobs (some of them apparently worked for Dolan - or had biz interests with him - which is unconfirmed).

(At least Dolan’s opening act is entertaining. Oh, wait.)

Despite the fact that Dolan’s album sales probably number somewhere between Zach Randolph’s 3-point FG shooting percentage and Nate Robinson’s jersey number, he flies his band to gigs in his private jet and torches heaping piles o’ money recording albums in studios made famous by some of the greatest musicians of all time.

Yep, Dolan (allegedly) recording at Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Boulevard studio is almost as bad as the Knicks playing at MSG. Not quite though.

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Brog: If Only We Were As “Edgy” As NFL Sidelines

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL writer Ethan Skolnick has his perspective on the UNDFTED “sports blogs vs. main media vs. athletes” thing - at MSNBC.com today. His piece on blogs, which features SbB prominently, is a part of a MSNBC web package examining how sports media coverage is evolving (de-?).

SbB MSNBC.com Blog Coverage Piece

Skolnick gives extensive treatment to sports blogs - and for that you also have to credit editors and producers at MSNBC.com. Of course, you still aren’t likely to see a substantive, somewhat even-handed piece on sports blogs on a newspaper site. The dinosaurs (management, not editorial) running those operations are too busy cutting buyout checks and overseeing outright layoffs to recognize the influence SbB, DSpin, WL, TBL, and other sites wield.

I’ll clarify some of my comments from the piece momentarily, but I have to first observe this funny from the piece’s obligatory academic:

“I read Deadspin and The Big Lead every day,” said Sandy Padwe, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. “But both of them are unbelievably misogynistic. It’s OK to scour the Internet and link to other things, some of which are obviously true. But then what is it with all the pictures of the women on there, half of them don’t relate to anything going on in sports?”

Now, I was thinking the same thing last time I saw body-painted, a$$-cracked models on SI.com. And the Hooters Girls on FOXSports.com. And the Fantasy Sports Girls on AOL Fanhouse. And NFL cheerleaders warming adolescents in the front row with their eco-friendly ends. And the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER selling photos of Allison Stokke. And …

Houston Texans Cheerleaders

As some of you know, we can’t publish “edgy” SbB Girls photos that feature implied nudes, a$$ cracks, thongs, see-thru, etc., if we expect to land Madison Avenue advertisers. That practice is reserved for 75-year-old brands or billion-dollar internet ops.
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