Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
College coaches expect and receive saint treatment--NY Post
- Expanding on Rick Pitino story, Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer among alleged saints:
- Twenty years ago, Mike Gottfried, now an ESPN analyst, was Pitt's head coach when his star running back, the late Craig (Ironhead) Heyward, was ruled ineligible for having signed with an agent.
- When Jimmy Johnson, now a Fox football analyst...was the head coach at Oklahoma State, he had a star defensive lineman, Dexter Manley, who was able to matriculate every year to become a senior, a senior in college.
- More recently, Don Imus turned Rutgers women's basketball coach C.
- Vivian Stringer into an overnight saint.
- she had been thrown out of two colleges for criminal conduct.
- After stabbing, binding and for hours torturing her roommate, another RU female athlete,
- Stringer defiantly refused to accept responsibility for recruiting Hurns."...
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
A pitch tipping story from 2001--NY Times
- As someone else said, there isn't much to this story except an attempt to stir up controversy.
- NY Times, Waldstein: "A series of events on the field led several players to believe that the star shortstop Miguel Tejada had been helping friends on opposing teams by tipping off pitches and by
- allowing balls they hit to get past him occasionally during games with lopsided scores.
No hard evidence has ever been produced, and to this day Tejada, now an All-Star with the Houston Astros, denies his teammates’ accusations, which have only recently been uncovered.
- But Manager Art Howe, contrary to his laissez-faire style, was forced to address the issue. He spoke first on Tejada’s behalf, trying to quell the outrage. Then Jason Giambi, the unequivocal leader and biggest star on the team, laid out the players’ concerns."....
- (NY Times, continuing): "But to many players and people in baseball, the shadowy, illicit concept of tipping pitches or allowing batted balls to become hits is far worse than the use of performance-enhancing drugs because it casts doubt on the integrity of the game....
- More significant in the eyes of some of the players was an incident in the second game of the series. Tejada did not get to an easy ground ball Batista hit off reliever Mark Guthrie with the Athletics leading, 8-2. When the inning was over, A’s players fumed on the bench.
Tejada, now 35, said his teammates were skeptical because Batista dropped a foul pop-up he hit in the previous game.
- “I would never do that,” Tejada said. “I want to win. If my brother was on the other team, I would never help him.”"....
- (NY Times, continuing): "If some Athletics were mildly suspicious after the 2001 series in Toronto, their concern escalated during interleague play on July 14. Tejada failed to catch what appeared to some as a soft line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre in a 15-inning, 5-3 loss. Because A’s players had heard Beltre was a teammate of Tejada’s in the Dominican Winter League, their antennae went up again, and within a few days the meeting was arranged."...
- As the Times article notes, Tejada was awarded league MVP in 2002 by selected members of the BBWAA.
- The year 2001 in baseball could be viewed as the year 1939 is in movies. There were too many outstanding games in that postseason to name just one winner. (framus)
Minnesota Twins new turf at Target Field
Serena Williams throws 1st pitch at Yankee game 8/28
Friday, August 28, 2009
Andy Rios, age 13, has tools and is a Red Sox fan
Marco Scutaro hit in head by pitch
ESPN and Huffington Post join forces on way to 'world domination'
And why not?
- Then out of the blue last night came word that ESPNBoston.com would launch Sept. 14.
All of this naturally is of concern to locally-based media outlets,
- what with ESPN's long march toward world domination."...
- And the ESPNChicago.com fare will join content on topics from politics and local news to food and style on HuffPost Chicago.
From ESPN Chicago site:
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Jack Nicholson, Lorne Michaels, Paul McCartney at Yankee game, 8/26
Paul McCartney at Yankee game, 8/26
- Lorne Michaels brought McCartney to his first baseball game a few years ago:
- Saturday Night Live producer Michaels - who was seated next to McCartney last night - brought the Beatles legend to his first baseball game.
In a recent interview with the Boston Herald, McCartney said: 'Lorne Michaels took me to my first game years ago. It was a Yankees game, so I became a Yankees fan.'" "Batter Up: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell put on a rare public show of affection at the baseball" 8/28/09Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
'Radio is what sold me on baseball'-Hossrex
- 50,000 watt home radio stations:
- "Where I live, for my entire life we got 1240 KSMA, which played every Dodger game. I absolutely agree with what you said about building the fanbase through radio, because… as I’ve actually mentioned here before…
- I developed my love of the game in no small part through summer barbecues with Vinny coming through an old boombox. Sitting outside on a warm central California evening, slow cooking a tri-tip, focused on a 12th inning Pedro Guerrero at-bat. Some of my fondest memories.
More so than playing myself… and probably more even than making our bi-annual trip to Dodger Stadium (about three hours away)…
Then 1240 KSMA switched to 1240 KSMX (I presume because the “X” makes it sound sexy), and Dodger games disappeared in favor of Lars Larson… or Michael Reagan… or some damn show like that (I really don’t know, or care which). We get every game on television now, and I don’t mind paying $15 a year for Gameday Audio… so the Barbecues still happen, and the long broken boombox was replaced by a laptop with wireless internet…
- but it still doesn’t feel the same.
There’s something classic about baseball,
- there’s something classic about radio, and there’s
3. Michael Crowe:
- "Hossrex: “There’s nothing more classic than baseball on radio.”
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Howie Carr on Red Sox radio, seeks yacht so Obama's aunt can visit him
- "Barack is in the (Martha's) Vineyard this week." Went on to say, you know his
- Carr said he found a plumber in Tennessee who said he'd motor up to Boston on his yacht and drive Obama's aunt over to visit him.
- (I think Carr was mainly there in observance of a radio award he's about to receive).
New Sirius XM car dock expected this week said to include MLB and Howard
- Satwave: "Just yesterday, XMfan.com reported that the iPhone/iPod Touch accessory docks would be called “SkyDocks” and they provided a picture with that name inscribed on the accessory in the diagram.
- They are also reporting that Sirius XM will be unveiling a new FM modulation technology that will be replacing the cumbersome SureConnect system. The new FM modulation technology works off of the cars electrical system and will not require an external wire to the vehicle’s antenna as the SureConnect system did.
- This technology would make the new iPhone/iPod Touch accessory docks virtually plug and play — even in vehicles without iPod integration or an audio-in auxiliary jack. Other possibilities include dock enabled boomboxes and portable accessory kits with antenna headphones." 8/20, via NY Radio Message Board, 8/22
14th anniversary of Mariners run to the 1995 playoffs
- (Mariners post game is often carried by Sirius XM. Perhaps it's because at 1AM eastern time no other games are waiting to use the channel. Whatever the reason, one can hear an interesting show).
Monday, August 24, 2009
WGN as bad as ESPN...No soap in Wrigley restrooms...Comments on Trib/Cub reporting bias
- Chicago Tribune's Dan McGrath article said Tribune's ownership of the Cubs had no bearing on their reporting. Following are 4 of the best comments:
- Cub games are media events and a far cry from baseball.
- We have our own ESPN right here in Chicago it is called
- WGN and the Tribune.
- Jaluit (08/22/2009, 10:27 PM )...****
2. "The Trib turned Wrigley Field into a dump, their writers stayed mum until the concrete nets went up. The Trib held back tickets for some of the best seats from public sale, and scalped them from a storefront they leased 3 blocks from the park, the rival newspaper reported that.
- The soap dispensers in the Wrigley rest rooms are routinely
- out of soap, but you never read any Trib columnist protesting that for the attention of the city's health inspectors.
Pee on your hands flubbers, this Bud's for you (and the filth which surrounds you)....Tribune company is, and always has been... morally bankrupt.
- Sorryano (08/23/2009, 7:17 AM )...****
3. You undercut your own argument. You say there was no pressure, but then you say
- that Andy McPhail called you into his office to discuss an article about Jacque Jones.
Do you think the NY Times sports writer is being called into Steinbrenner's office to discuss an article critical of A-Rod? I don't think so.
- kmc666 (08/23/2009, 9:39 AM )...****
4. ...The big conflict of interest that didn't get covered, and that fans were too stupid to recognize, was between the good of the baseball club and the corporation. Guess who always won that battle folks? That's the story the Trib didn't cover.
- The Cubs have been getting less than market value for their broadcast rights
- since Trib/WGN bought the club.
- The corporate bookkeeping shell game meant greater shareholder value and less revenue for the Cubs. This has been a story for 28 years.
We only see something in the Tribune--from Rosenbloom--now. We're about to learn just how bad an owner the Tribune has been.
- Deferred salaries, deferred maintenance, deferred decisions--it's a story that somehow,
the Tribune missed until now.
- knezovich (08/23/2009, 3:55 PM )"...****
Spike Lee at Fenway Park August 22nd
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Photos to view over the winter
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Amalie Benjamin to appear on Yankee radio in 5th inning 8/22
- John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will be joined in the booth by Boston Globe's Red Sox writer Amalie Benjamin in the top of the 5th inning today. Yankee radio occasionally invites a reporter from the opposing team to share insights.
'Cash for Sox Clunkers'--Yankee fan sign
Friday, August 21, 2009
Parker Papelbon surveys the scene
Strasburg doesn't sign for fan
Rob Dibble hopes writers will stay up late enough to see west coast games
- Dibble says the Angels have better MVP candidates and hopes writers will stay up late enough to catch games on the west coast. Heard today between 5:07 and 5:16pm.
Centralized information and censorship excused
- many Chinese are not well educated and
- cannot understand current events well."...
- Via Poynter.org/Romenesko
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Bob Grant returns to WABC Sundays, 12N-2P
- Welcome back, Bob:
- There's also a lot to talk about these days, he says - particularly for conservative hosts, who once again have a President they can tee off on.
"I wish I had a dollar," he says, "for everyone who's come up to me and said, 'Bob, you were right about everything that's happened.'"
- He's been doing an Internet version of talk radio lately on Ubatv.com, where he's live daily, 8-9 a.m....
WABC program director Laurie Cantillo says she invited Grant back because "many listeners missed his colorful commentary."*
- She says Grant's return also reflects her plan for more local programming on weekends - since WABC runs all syndicated hosts during daytime hours through the week."...NY Daily News, "Bob Grant set to Return to WABC for third stint,"via Radio Daily News.
- First reported by NY Radio Message Board, posted here 8/13.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sportstalk contributes to culture today via Nascar/Obama reference
- A sportstalker on 1010AM in Tampa this afternoon (sometime between 3:32-3:38pm) was making timely chatter with his co-host and meant no harm. It was just an example of a reference that repeated often enough takes on a life of its own. Such as having a journalism elite use it as proof that special "hate" beats must now be created.
- This may be completely true, perhaps they canceled due to security concerns. I only mention it because the idea of Obama being a target-in particular on the part of those traditionally considered Nascar fans-is one that will be latched onto by some people.
- Not to say the sportstalker was right or wrong, just an example of how unfortunate images are sometimes woven by brief mentions in mass media.
Arod and Reggie Jackson chat before game in Oakland
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tampa Bay Rays games to be seen in Gainesville on Cox Cable
- Tampa Bay Rays telecasts are finally available. The first game they showed was this past Sunday vs. Toronto,
- with 20 more telecasts to follow."...via Dave Kohl, Radio Daily News (item near end of column)
Glenn Beck highest ratings ever--Alinsky treatment flops
- Van Jones, one of Obama's private czars in the White House, is a co-founder of the group Color of Change. No claim that he's still involved.
- highest rated week ever
- Beck was #2 in his time period in both Total Viewers and the demo
- in all of cable last week...
- Saul Alinsky was the father of community organizing and wrote an instruction book on the topic:
"...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?'
When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these
[rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'
"One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (pps.127-134)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Florida population decline first in 63 years
- (AP) 8/17/09: "Florida's population has declined for the first time in 63 years, state researchers said Monday as they blamed the recession for plunging tax revenues and a steep drop
- in new residents.
- The state has lost 392,800 jobs during the past year, continuing a decline that began in 2007, the Agency for Workforce Innovation said.
- Florida's population is about 18.3 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau....
- The study did not measure the number of people leaving Florida....
- (St. Petersburg Times, 8/13/09): "Some in Florida whose economic well-being relies on the next new resident, and then the next new resident, will lament. They are cities, developers, power companies, public school systems and, yes, newspapers that need new blood in order to expand.
St. Petersburg's Progress Energy Florida, in its second-quarter report, said it lost 8,000 customers. And Miami-based Florida Power & Light reported a decline of 16,000 in the same period ended June 30.
- That's 24,000 fewer Florida households just between those two utilities.
What else is driving the moving van departures? Surely those here who are "underwater" because they owe more on their homes than they can be sold for.
- Bankers call it negative equity. It is plague in the state.
In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, 47 percent of all single-family homeowners were underwater as of June 30. In the Tampa Bay area, that percentage is lower.
- But even nationally, 23 percent, or more than one in every five, of single-family homes with mortgages are underwater, according to Zillow Real Estate Market Reports.
Discouraged by years of falling home prices and the prospect of making hefty payments on an increasingly worthless asset,
- many Florida residents are walking away from their debts. Or they are trying to hold on, often face foreclosure, then leave."..."Challenges big for Florida as Exodus no longer Anecdotal," by Robert Trigaux
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Jeter with Josh Pettitte
Saturday, August 15, 2009
David Wright hit on head by pitch
Bilked investor had 20 year affair with Madoff--book 8/25
- The memoir, "Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me," was written by Sheryl Weinstein, whose relationship with Madoff spanned more than 20 years while both were married, said , a spokesman for publisher St. Martin's Press. It goes on sale Aug. 25."...AP report via Lucianne.com
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Woodstock album couple, then and now
- Top, Woodstock album cover, photo snapped at event. Rhino Records, Albany Times Union. Bottom, recent photo of same couple, now married. by Bobbi Ercoline, from Albany Times Union.
Player of the Game, Andy Pettitte
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Friday, August 14, 2009
Advertisers forced to use 'Urban' radio format or risk license challenge
- Now the federal government dictates radio advertising buys. Case in point, Mini Cooper radio ad buy.
- Now, all advertisers will be forced to use Urban radio formats or be threatened with license challenge. Some Urban stations carry 'talk' programming which is traditionally the environment clients feared the most (for controversy).
- They'll still be able to exclude non-Urban talk radio, but will be forced to spend on Urban Talk or see an FCC complaint.
- In the current Mini Cooper case, with no proof whatsoever, a business decision was declared racist. Worse, instead of examining numerous qualitative aspects of the buy, history of advertisers' use and avoidance of radio formats,
- someone apologized.
- broadcast nondiscrimination rule that was part of a 2008 FCC report and order on broadcast diversity.
- That rule was intended to do away with "no urban/no Spanish" dictates from advertisers or agencies that seek to exclude minority-targeted broadcasters from their campaigns.
In the letter, MMTC President David Honig asks
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to name a compliance officer "promptly," saying, "MMTC has calculated that minority broadcasters lose at least $200 million a year to NUDs(No Urban Dictates) and NSDs (No Spanish Dictates), compounding the financial difficulties these broadcasters face in the current economic climate.
Minority broadcasters earned these revenues, but they never collect them."
Attached with the MMTC's letter is a copy of an e-mail, dated August 5, apparently from an employee of the agency Palisades Media in Los Angeles. The e-mail requests rates for a Mini Cooper campaign in the Boston; Houston; Washington, DC; and Baltimore markets, asking about 30s in several radio formats and adding, "No combos or urban formats."
Honig writes, "The rule requires broadcasters renewing their licenses to certify on Form 303-S that their advertising contracts
do not discriminate on the basis of race or gender and that they contain nondiscrimination clauses."...
Therefore, to remain in compliance with the rule,
every radio station in the Boston, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington markets should decline to broadcast Mini Cooper spots."
Kizart Addresses The Issue
Kizart Media Partners' Sherman Kizart obtained the original Palisades Media e-mail, and he has written to agency CEO Roger Schaffner concerning the matter, saying the directive is "crystal clear" and "minimally very disturbing and troubling.""...
Palisades Media declined to comment to Radio Ink on the matter." "MMCC Cites 'No Urban Dictate' from Mini Cooper Agency" 8/12/09
Palisades Media declined to comment to Radio Ink on the matter." "MMCC Cites 'No Urban Dictate' from Mini Cooper Agency" 8/12/09
Reference: Inside Radio, 8/14/09, "Mini USA Apologizes for NUD (No Urban Dictate)"
Woodstock 40 years later
ACORN's real boss-the taxpayer-finally decides to be heard
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Bob Grant to return to NY radio Sunday nights
XM Baseball Beat regular Tony Massarotti now big time radio star
- Tony Massarotti is now a daily afternoon drive host on sports talk radio (98.5FM The Sports Hub). He remains a contributor to the Boston Globe.
Remembering Les Paul, guitar hero
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Talk radio hosts banned from CNN.
- asked his show producers to avoid booking
- talk radio hosts.
- One of CNN's longtime show hosts, Lou Dobbs, hosts a daily radio show."...
(Newser presumes host Bill Bennett won't be affected by the ban).
- (Newser, continuing): "But this means other talk radio hosts who appear regularly on CNN, probably won't in the near future including names like Stephanie Miller, Michael Medved, and Ben Ferguson."..."No More Talk Radio Hosts on CNN?"
Desperate times call for desperate measures from the (Hugo) Chavez News Network.
- Other than Lou Dobbs, the radio names mentioned are pablum to begin with, although I'm not familiar with Stephanie Miller. photo from Mark Levin Show.com during anti CNN protests in Honduras.
- via mention on Michael Savage show.
Tribune Company consolidates national sports beats
- It notes that the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers, who covers baseball, and Shannon Ryan, on national college basketball, will continue on their beats.
- But Tribune national NFL and college football writers will give up those beats to two staffers at the Los Angeles Times.
- Reference: "Tribune Co. Consolidating National Sports Beats," by Joe Strupp, via Poynter.org/Romenesko
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Hope dims for getting ESPN to reduce coverage of Red Sox-Yankees
- Sunday night's game was seen by 3.5% of all homes that have ESPN, 4.698 million people.
- 2007's game was seen by 5.304 million people.
Monday, August 10, 2009
TV ratings for Red Sox-Yankees 4 game set
- (Watchdog says an April 3, 2005 Red Sox Yankees game averaged 1.2 million viewers and 11.6% of homes. (Final score 9-2 Yankees)).
- Thursday night's game on Channel 9 did a 9.7 in NY.
- Saturday's game on Fox did an 8.5 rating in NY.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Kate, Kurt and Goldie cheer for Arod
Burnett, Aceves, Arod
Happy Hour ban in Boston includes Fenway patrons
- Citing 1984 Boston rule banning Happy Hour:
- Daniel F. Pokaski, chairman of the Boston Licensing Board, said the team will be told to “cease and desist’’ the practice but apparently will not face further sanctions, unlike other bars and restaurants that have temporarily lost their licenses for similar infractions of the state’s 25-year ban on happy hours and open bars....
Ron Bumgarner, Red Sox vice president for ticketing, said the team will do whatever is necessary to comply with the law, even if it means dropping the unlimited access to beer, wine, and cocktails and refunding money to those who already purchased the ticket packages.
- “The last thing we want to do is anything that runs in the face of Massachusetts law,’’ he said, adding the ban on open bars was “a surprise’’ to team officials.
- ...from Boston Globe article, "City Regulators Say Red Sox Must End Open Bar," by Jack Sullivan, 8/8/09
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Damon and Ortiz greet before the game
Timing of Boston Globe story-Boston Phoenix
- Now note that, in Sunday's Globe story, Jared Remy recalled swapping steroid techniques with Ortiz's former personal assistant. That's a bombshell of a claim. And if it had been unearthed after Remy's firing last fall, it could have been the catalyst for a broader, groundbreaking look at PED suspicions involving Ortiz and others....
Whenever the Globe covers the Red Sox, readers should remember that the two entities share an owner, and that
- (The Globe's online store, for example, features 60 pages of Sox merchandise.)
As Sunday's Globe exposé and a tough Tuesday editorial show, that doesn't mean the Globe is in the tank for the team. Still, the awkward fact remains: the security-staff firings, and MLB's subsequent investigation, only became news several months after the fact — and
- only after journalists from outside the Globe's sports department got involved.
Maybe the Globe's sportswriters simply didn't know this stuff was going on. Maybe they did, but wanted to protect Jerry Remy, who's currently fighting lung cancer and is on indefinite leave. Or maybe they didn't think that digging into possible PED use by Sox stars was part of their job. Whatever caused this story to slip through, it was a costly whiff by the hometown squad."...
- from Boston Phoenix, by Adam Reilly, "Did the Globe Drop the Steroid Ball?", via Poynter.org/Romenesko
Selig monopoly expands within Buddy system
- Deal goes to former Disney/ESPN boss Michael Eisner. And, why not?
- That's not how they spin it, of course. They spin it as saying that the way to revitalize the trading card business is by marketing it exclusively to kids, a party line that Topps' owner Michael Eisner is preaching as well....
The whole thing smacks of an inside deal between MLB and Eisner, who used to be part of the inner circle as the
- head of Disney. Disney, of course, once owned the Angels and owns ESPN, which has
- given the MLB a lot of cash and exposure over the years.
- "Giving Topps a Baseball Card Monopoly is the Wrong Decision," by Josh Alper, NBC Sports.com
BBWAA voters: DO NOT PANIC.
- "Ocker said... ''For him (Rivera) to get anybody's attention outside of New York now, he'd probably
- have to save 65 games.''
- His team's bullpen isn't constructed so one person will accumulate a particular stat, such as "Save Opportunities" or "Total Saves." Nor is it Rivera's job to get 65 saves. His job is to pitch whenever the team needs him near the end of games. So, not to worry.
- 2. Brian Fuentes 30
- 3. Joe Nathan 29
- 4. Huston Street 28
- 5. Heath Bell 27
- (Certainly Jack O'Connell isn't worried. Why should he be? He selects the judges).
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
NY Post scribes' outside media appearances in peril
- Joel Sherman is a natural on radio so that's a real loss if true. I've heard him on XM 175 and other places. He has encyclopedic knowledge but doesn't try to strangle you with it, allows one to listen in peace. "NY Post reportedly limits journalists' freelancing."