Monday, September 29, 2014

Now that Derek Jeter has retired, guess which New York Yankee has the most World Series rings?

After what felt like hours of painstakingly slow letter flipping Wheel of Fortune style on the Green Monster, followed by a ridiculous rendition of Aretha Franklin's Respect (here's a video of the ceremony at Fenway Park yesterday that nobody should ever watch), Derek Jeter's seven-month (too long?) retirement road show has finally come to an end.

With #2 officially done for good, which current Yankee has won the most World Series championships?

There is now only one player on New York's roster with multiple rings--and it's this guy:



2007.  2013.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega (featuring college football and Seinfeld)

A few weeks ago when this ESPN Boston College vs USC football commercial came on, I though to myself "I know that song!"  They've since used it in other game promos as well:



This version is by Fall Out Boy, and it's called Centuries.  But if you listen to that "Dih dih dih-dih dih dih dih--dih" at the beginning, you know it's really Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner:



Two cool things I just learned about this song: One, she originally released it in 1984, but it was the 1990 remix version that became popular.  And two, the diner Vega is singing about is the same one featured in Seinfeld, on the corner of Broadway and 112th Street in New York City.

If Carrie Bradshaw ever stopped by there on Sex and the City, I doubt they'd be so tolerant of her fake parsley allergy.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Did Rajon Rondo eat at Wahlburgers, break his hand on a trampoline, have surgery, then fly to LA?

This is just weird.  But all of the following things happened in roughly a 24-hour span from Thursday into Friday:

These first two pics are screenshots from Instagram posts on Thursday (notice the location):



Friday evening this story broke:


Shortly after, this appeared on Barstool Sports:


"Reader Email: 'Rondo was at a trampoline park in Billerica last night. Might’ve been where he broke his hand. Here he is with my buddy who works there.'  
Yes this was definitely yesterday. The place’s name is Altitude Trampoline Park. Here are tweets from people who saw him there yesterday."


Also, notice that Rondo is wearing the same shirt at the trampoline place that he did at Wahlburgers.  Pretty suspicious, right?

Now here's where it gets even weirder; another Instagram screenshot, this time from Friday night:


Again, check the location.  Did Rondo really just fly to LA?  Training Camp starts next week, and even though he's obviously not playing, you'd think he'd be there for media day on Monday.  This Instagram post could possibly be old or not real, but that wouldn't make any sense either.

What are the chances Rondo took off to hide on the other side of the country because he doesn't want to explain to anybody about how he broke his hand?

UPDATE:
I've been told on twitter by someone who says they heard "second hand" that Rondo did not jump on the trampolines himself.

UPDATE PART II:


Big thanks to @KWAPT on twitter for the help.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Is LeBron an idiot for losing all that weight?

This offseason LeBron James reportedly went on a diet where he did not eat any carbohydrates, sugar or dairy products for 67 days.  My question is, why?

James says he weighs "250ish" now, meaning he probably lost at least 25 pound or so.  He's visibly skinnier than he was last season.

Over his 11-year NBA career, I've never once heard anybody say he even looked the slightest bit out of shape or overweight.

On the other hand, one of the things that makes LeBron the best basketball player in the world is that fact that he's always bigger than whoever is guarding him.  He's very good at driving through the lane and knocking people out of his way; often getting the "and one" foul calls when he converts layups despite a lot of contact.

His size and strength make him much more effective; getting smaller seems very counter-intuitive.

Also, I swear I once wrote something saying LeBron would be less talented than Rajon Rondo if you took away his supremely impressive stature.  I can't seem to find it though...


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Is there a conspiracy going on with ESPN's Bill Simmons suspension?

The really funny thing is, I was already planning to write about Bill Simmons today, making a joke about something he does on his podcast regularly.  But it looks like that will have to wait, because yesterday ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks.  The network says it's because of the remarks he made about Rodger Goodell, but really it's the defiance with which he did it, literally daring his employers to reprimand him.

For the sake of argument, let me suggest another possible scenario here, something myself and Barstool Sports owner/creator Dave Portnoy are in agreement on:

ESPN knows Goodell is liar, but they can't say it publicly because of their relationship with the NFL.  But, they can have someone like Simmons talk about it on a podcast, than make a big story of it by suspending him.  They get the message across, and Simmons gets a three-week vacation.

Just an idea...


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I love this restaurant's 'we don't care about your allergies' sign; Carrie Bradshaw take note

As a whole, Americans seem to be afflicted with a lot more food allergies now than we were several years ago.  Is it because we're more aware of/educated about them, or because we're pickier/afraid of everything and facilitate allergies by not exposing ourselves to stuff?

If you happen to work in the food service industry, you've probably become irritated by people's allergies on more than one occasion.  The chef/owner of a San Francisco Chinese restaurant recently decided he'd had enough, and posted this sign in the window of his establishment (the blurred out word is f*ck):



It brings to mind a scene from an episode of Sex and the City (Season 6 No. 6, entitled "Hop, Skip and a Week" for the die-hards) that always drove me crazy.  I can't find the clip on YouTube, so here's the dialogue:

Waiter: Good evening. You folks are ready to order?
Carrie: Um... yes! Let's see, um,...I'm going to start with goat cheese salad and then I'll have the tuna but, sir, can you make sure there's no parsley on anything? I'm just really allergic. Not even a sprinkling ever on the plate.
Berger: Hey, you got her. No parsley.
Carrie: And, can... actually can, uh,...can you ask the chef if the marinade for the tuna has parsley in it? Because if it does I should probably change my order.
Waiter: I'll go check/ Thank you.
Berger: You're not allergic.
Carrie: What?
Berger: You're not allergic.
Carrie: I don't like it!
Berger: Why don't you just say that?
Carrie: Because when I say that, parsley somehow, magically appears on the plate and I feel bad because I have to send it back.
Berger: You didn't even order something that usually comes with parsley.
Carrie: It comes with everything.

My issue with this is that she completely takes for granted all of the extra (and in in this case unnecessary) time-consuming effort and precautions the restaurant will take out of fear of her having an allergic reaction.

Here's how I see it: You're the one making a choice to eat in the restaurant.  You shouldn't expect to be accommodated if what you're asking for is outside the realm of what is normally offered.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I like the NFL's new plan to fix pass interference (makeup calls on the next play)

Trailing 16-9 on Sunday, the Raiders had a 3rd and 7 at the Patriots' 30-yard line with 1:09 remaining in the 4th quarter.  A very questionable pass interference penalty on Logan Ryan (which could just as easily have been against Oakland's Andre Holmes, pictured) suddenly gave the Raiders 1st and goal at the 6.  One the very next play Darren McFadden ran it in for what looked to be the game-tying (or winning in they went for two) touchdown.

Fortunately for New England a holding call (below) on Gabe Jackson nullified the score, and pushed the ball back to the 12-yard line.  Vince Wilfork's unlikely interception followed, and the game was effectively over.

Thanks to PatsPulpit.com for the picture and above GIF.

Here's my best guess at the referees conversation after the pass interference flag was thrown:

"Are we sure that was PI?"
"Maybe, I don't know."
"I think we have to call it, but there's no way that should be what decides the game, right?"
"What if we just move Oakland back a bit on the next play?"
"Good idea.  How about a holding penalty?  You can always find that going on somewhere."

Officiating continues to play too big a role in the outcome of NFL games.

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