One Of My Favorite Athletes Now All Growed Up!

Picture this week of one of my favorite athletes.

Shawn Johnson All Growed Up

Click the pic for the owner of the *strong* stomach. Read more…

Brog: Dodgers’ Disgrace - Team Owner’s Broke?

In case you are unaware, Frank and Jamie McCourt were hand-picked by Bud Selig to buy the Dodgers precisely because they didn’t have enough money to properly operate a large market MLB franchise. Between their empty pockets and front office bumbling, Selig and his small-marketed minions now won’t ever have to worry about a mega-payroll emanating out of Los Angeles.

One problem though, what if the McCourts go broke?

Today T.J. Simers writes that apparently the McCourts are “short on cash,” and recently sent out a letter to season ticket holders asking for renewals on 2009 seats at 2008 prices. Thanks Manny!

Frank McCourt Baseball's Berlin Wall

Simers also notes the letter “goes on to a second page with talk of community service, alumni appearances and autographs — the McCourts declining to take credit for keeping the unwashed from mixing with the rich folk.

Interesting to hear Simers indirectly invoke what I pointed out last week in the Brog: the absurd wall separating pricey seatholders and regular field boxes.

As for the Dodgers’ playoff chances, though Simers buries the team today, I fully expect them to outlast the top-heavy D’Backs and land the least competitive MLB playoff spot - with a first round exit to follow. That will hasten the demise of GM Ned Colletti, who is more to blame for the McCourts’ shortfall than anyone. The club’s longtime farm director, Logan White, is your next Dodger GM.

With Beijing behind us, like you, I’m really enjoying tracking all the commercial endorsements landed by Olympic Athletes. Earlier today Eamonn posted on the landmark Michael Phelps-less Wheaties boxes (Bryan Clay?!).

And now I’m pleased to present my favorite Olympic athlete endorsement, featuring gymnast hottie Shawn Johnson.

In this clip, Shawn tells us all about her favorite taco:

Sadly, the spot doesn’t give us insight into Shawn’s Mom’s favorite taco, too.

Shawn Johnsons Bikini Mom Photo

Or Shawn’s favorite Johnson, for that matter.

Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE report today that “the NFL suspended left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.”

Bryant McKinnie Toccara Jones

(Will Toccara tolerate Smirnoff  instead of Grey Goose from BK at Prive?)

That personal conduct by McKinnie included being “arrested on four charges, including one felony, stemming from a brawl outside a Miami nightclub in February.”

With the suspension, McKinnie will lose about $750,000 in game checks. Dan Le Batard of Miami’s 790 The Ticket radio has often said that McKinnie will spend upwards of $20K on booze and other accoutrements during a night out in South Beach (thanks to a plethora of hangers-on). Guess the big fella will have to dial it down from Grey Goose to Smirnoff next time at Cameo.  Read more…