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Saturday, October 31, 2009

WFAN now simulcast on Florida HD radio stations

As of October 30, 2009, WFAN Sportsradio 66 The Fan is "available to listeners in three Florida cities.
  • WOCL-FM HD3 (105.9) in Orlando,
  • WLLD-FM HD3 (94.1) in Tampa and
  • WEAT-FM HD3 (104.3) in West Palm Beach..." via Radio Daily News
From AllAccess.com: ""From its inception, CBS RADIO has embraced HD Radio and aggressively moved to upgrade our stations with this forward-thinking technology," said VP/Programming CHRIS OLIVIERO. About 2 years ago WFAN began to simulcast their PM drive show (then Mike and the Mad Dog) on 1010AM in Tampa. I thought it was a great idea, but 1010 appeared unenthused. They began preempting large portions of the show without comment or explanation. (Posted on this blog 12/6/07). Local hosts on 1010 seemed very unhappy about losing part of what they viewed as their airtime. Eventually, the association ended.
  • This is a good example of how local radio stations operate, ie no one in authority is paying much attention to things that really matter. As far as HD radio, I know nothing about it. I guess I have to go buy one. (framus)

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Final out World Series game 2

reuters photo

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Still Your Daddy fan sign

Yankee fans remember Pedro, World Series game 2, reuters

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dibs: Hughes affected by team dance with Chamberlain

After the game on XM 175, Dibs said he thinks Phil Hughes has been a casualty of the Yankees' special treatment of Joba Chamberlain. First, Hughes gets knocked out of his starter job by Chamberlain; now in the post season, they stick Chamberlain in where Hughes was just getting comfortable. He says it has to throw Phil Hughes off at this point. Noting the last 3 innings are the toughest to manage, Girardi is facing a challenge. Buck Martinez reiterates that Chamberlain should never have been made a starter. Ed. note: The media did its part to hype Chamberlain but the team was the worst offender. Experienced players have been manipulated and treated like rattles in a playpen for this guy. His fist pumps and facial gyrations perhaps caused the team to think he'd sell tickets. getty photos

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Before the game

Top photo fan in Wang jacket entering stadium; bottom, Yankee lineup before World Series game 1. photos by getty.

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George Steinbrenner at World Series game 1

Mr. Steinbrenner and daughter Jessica, vice chairman of the Yankees. ap photo

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Princeton, NJ is Mason-Dixon line for Phillies v Yankee fans--resident

  • Princeton is also a dividing line for radio listeners. If you're a NY radio listener you find many stations turning to static there. Whenever I've been in the Princeton area, I've ended up listening to Philadelphia stations. (framus)
  • More on geography: Longtime residents of the outlying Princeton area tell me Yardville, New Jersey is the most precise demarcation for Philadelphia v New York identity. Yardville seen on above map, red dot to the right of blue 195 sign, southeast of Trenton and directly south of Princeton. I've been in the area many times and have noted the change in accents, that is they speak with a South Jersey accent which is similar to a Philadelphia accent.

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Jeff Nelson with Joe Castellano on XM 175

These two did a great show Tuesday night, would be nice if the pairing were permanent. On topic of Posada and people stealing bases, Nelson said players steal off pitchers not catchers. Of Teixeira, Nelson said he is the type of guy who could be captain of the team someday, is always there for the media. Nelson believes team chemistry helps teams win which I've heard him say before, and he notes the 2003 Yankee team was more individuals than team. Says current Yankee team plays for the group.
  • Joe Castellano is excellent at give and take with callers as well as with his booth mate. Not many guys on sports talk radio are good at give and take, being able to bounce back and forth with a co-host. Dibble of course is good at it and Kennedy is as well, but not too many others. Castellano remembered a Chuck Knoblauch throwing blunder in 2000 that involved Enrique Wilson, asked Nelson about it, and it turned out Nelson was on the mound at the time.
On the topic of umps calling balls and strikes, Nelson said the sound of the ball hitting the catcher's mitt is one of the things umpires use to judge them (balls and strikes). And that the loudness in upcoming games would make it harder for umpires to hear such sounds.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Pete Rose taking your calls on 97.5FM in Phillie Tues. 10AM

"Legendary baseball player and Philadelphia Phillies champion Pete Rose will guest-host from The website lists both 97.5FM and 950AM an ESPN affiliate.

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And he did

  • Andy Pettitte, Newsday back cover, Saturday 10/24/09.
Joel Sherman: "Andy Pettitte was the lone figure on the field at Yankee Stadium early Saturday night. The lights were off and a strong rain was falling. Game 6 of the ALCS had been postponed about an hour earlier.
  • Pettitte now had a huge workday ahead of him in 24 hours,

For now this can be said about Pettitte: When it comes to the postseason, no pitcher has ever started more games, won more often and won more clinching games. Sure Pettitte has benefited from pitching for superb teams and in an era with three rounds of playoffs.

from Sherman's NY Post column, "Andy Dandy in postseason again" 10/26/09

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rain out views

  • ALCS game 6 postponed due to rain, 10/24/09. reuters.
  • Mariano Rivera in rain out dugout, ap

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gawker Media, Deadspin named in suit by former ESPN analyst Salisbury

"A former ESPN analyst and Dallas sports radio personality has filed a civil lawsuit in Denton County against the owner of a popular sports blog for causing him to lose both of his jobs and damaging his reputation. Sean Salisbury, a Frisco resident and former National Football League quarterback, filed a petition for a civil defamation lawsuit in a Denton County court
  • on their sports blog Deadspin.com that cost him several jobs, ruined his reputation and made it difficult to find gainful employment....
"What we hope to prove is that blog sites like Deadspin are accountable," he (Harlow, a member of Salisbury's counsel)) said. "They can't simply attack someone and make a concerted effort to destroy the lives and careers of people without any ramifications.""...

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Louisville Slugger aluminum bat trial commences

Following the death of an 18 year old pitcher after being hit on the head by a ball batted from an aluminum bat: "Aluminum baseball bat safety on trial in Montana," AP story by Brock Vergakis

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Part-time bloggers average $14,777 per year--Technorati

"Most bloggers are hobbyists. But there’s a minority of professional bloggers who are making more money than ever, according to a new installment of Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere report.

Bloggers can collect ad revenues related to their blogs. But they are also making money by parlaying the popularity of their blogs into

Technorati said some bloggers are even reporting profits that place them squarely in the middle class.

  • Among those who make money from blogging, 54 percent are part-timers, 32 percent are self-employed, and 14 percent work for corporations.
  • Part-timers and full-time bloggers say the main ways they generate revenue are through display and search ads, as well as through affiliate marketing links where they get a cut from a sale after a referral.
  • About 15 percent say they are paid to gives speeches. Among the segment of full-time and part-time professional bloggers,
  • about 17 percent get their main income from blogging.

For full-time bloggers, the average revenue in a year is $122,222. For part-timers, annual income is $14,777. The average for the full and part-timers combined is $42,548.

Most use self-serve ad platforms. But an increasing number are using ad networks or blog ad networks too."...

  • "Technorati: Full-time bloggers are making more money than ever," VentureBeat, via RadioDailyNews
Reference: Technorati, "State of the Blogosphere 2009"

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

St. Louis sports radio host starts fund to save Rams

ST. LOUIS – "WXOS-FM’s (pm drive host) Randy Karraker announced that he is stepping up to the plate in a bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise. Karraker made this announcement on the air this afternoon at 5:05pm on 101 ESPN....

Karraker says..."Whenever 101 ESPN’s “The Fast Lane” broadcasts on location, we will have the Randy Karraker: Save the Rams barrel on hand to collect donations, with all funds donated going to this grassroots cause to keep the Rams where they belong, in St. Louis.”...via Radio Daily News

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YES Network--at height of Yankee interest--will show college football replay tonight--Neil Best

Neil Best Watchdog: "The Yankees had a workout in Anaheim today. The Yankees are in the middle of the ALCS.
  • The YES Network exists to cover the Yankees.
  • The YES Network has its on-air personnel in Anaheim for Game 5.

So it would be a natural for the network to offer a one-hour ALCS special at 7 tonight, before the NLCS game starts on TBS.

  • Wouldn't it?
  • Newsday is reporting from the workout. So is ESPN.
  • So is . . . SNY! (the Mets Channel)

But no. Instead, YES will show a replay of Saturday's USC-Notre Dame game at 7.

  • will come via its simulcast of Mike Francesa's radio show, which is on when many people are at work.
I've posted on this blog that the YES Network's editorial mentality is detached from the Yankee fan. It exists somewhere else. A few years ago I wrote letters to executives there which of course was a waste of time. I did receive a courtesy letter back from a mid level person, and his response only confirmed what I saw as problems. There are many forces in play at the YES Network. Its significant hires were made by Leo Hindery (Hindery himself has moved on) and the majority owner is Goldman Sachs. I don't ask for a bunch of homers, but a rogue operation isn't helpful either. (ed.)

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Shouting and bullying now acceptable behavior, enabled by silence of the normal

"Silence legitimizes abnormal behavior, makes it appear normal and acceptable. People become desensitized, numb." Resulting in, for example, hate speech as a way of life on the internet.
  • Parents drinking? Keep your mouth shut....
Don't tell or you'll be sorry.
  • When you have no words to describe your world and no one wants to hear about it anyway, a part of you goes mute. But this doesn't mean you stop observing and sensing.
When my mother flew into rages, I knew something was wrong. When my parents were rarely home, I sensed that this wasn't normal.
  • It's the ultimate disempowerment.
Recently I wrote a couple of articles for American Thinker which included strong words like evil and trauma.
Another AT writer creamed me for using extreme language. I understand her concern about conservatives sounding irrational.
At the same time, someone needs to holler, "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!" when they're in your line of vision.
  • Uttering words is risky. They can backfire, get you in trouble. They can make you look foolish.
But there is more of a risk, I think, in stifling yourself.
  • Words have the power to wake people up. Silence can lull them to sleep.
Silence legitimizes abnormal behavior, makes it appear normal and acceptable. People become desensitized, numb."....
  • The author continues with current cultural examples affecting our way of life:
(American Thinker, continuing): First there's one advisor to Obama linked to Communism. The MSM (main stream media) doesn't say a word. Then there are three or five or ten or God knows how many.
The next thing we know, a union thug bites off a finger at a Town Hall....
  • One of the reasons I became a psychotherapist is because I know the damage done to a person when he's robbed of words.
And I know how people can reawaken when they discover their voices....
  • The problem is that people can kill the messenger. I've had to deal with a fair amount of judgment and scorn.
For instance, a friend called me "mean," when I said that her new brother-in-law was bad news. But that same friend came to me in tears when the man targeted her.
  • I am not always right; I'm not psychic. I just pay close attention, and report what I see.
And this is what I see: the Progressives Are Coming, the Progressives Are Coming. ...
  • Up until early last year, I was a progressive. There are no liberals in Berkeley.
We might arrive here a liberal, but after steeping in leftism, we either leave or buy into the program.
These groups had an artillery of weapons. Their enemy, within: capitalism, white imperialism....
  • Part of the extreme fringe of progressivism? Progressivism is an extreme fringe.
  • Liberals want a kinder, gentler version of the American Dream. Leftists want to slash and burn it.
  • This is why many progressives will sacrifice their children to unsafe schools
  • even if their kid gets a black eye. And why they'll support policies to let their granny die.
This is why they allow the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco to become a filthy netherworld
  • where law abiding citizens are preyed upon, including themselves.
Because comrades-in-arms must make sacrifices for the cause.
  • Most progressives are sheep-like, and just follow the leader. But many of the leaders are certifiable crazies. Mad Men.
Or sane, but noxious human beings. They shed tears about an endangered snail
  • while treating people like crap....
  • how many Talk Radio hosts demonized; before we can state the obvious: these people are soulless.
Call me names: Hysterical. Paranoid. A Fear monger. Racist. It doesn't really matter.
  • Because truth is not our own. It doesn't belong to any of us. It doesn't change with the political wind.
  • Truth is not here one day and gone the next. It will survive when we are long gone.
We speak, not for ourselves, but to strengthen and carry each other. ...
  • We speak in a roar or a whisper; to the world or just to ourselves.
Because we have to. Because what the Left fears the most is the truth. Like a vampire, their downfall is the Light of day.
...speaking the truth is a revolutionary act.
  • It is our greatest weapon, more powerful than an arsenal.
Because truth is like a genie. Once released from the bottle, it takes on a life of its own. And it gathers force and strength and ferocity until it changes everything and everyone that it touches.
  • "If you asked me what I came in this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud."-Emile Zola" "Silence of the Lambs," by Robin of Berkeley, American Thinker and psychotherapist. 10/21/09 via Lucianne.com
The author described our culture today. Ordinary citizens can barely leave the house without being faced with chaos, filth, and the subhuman behavior that flourishes in these conditions. There is a message for executives at the Tampa Bay Rays who still can't figure out why attendance at games isn't better. Who in Bengladesh ventures out to a baseball game? Some citizens speak up but they'll need to do so in greater numbers. (framus)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Kurt and Kate, ALCS game 3

  • Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, ALCS game 3 in Anaheim, getty

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tony Bernazard close to signing with Scott Boras--Bill Madden

Bill Madden, 10/18: "Rick Peterson and Tony Bernazard, those two Mets at-odds-fellows, are about to re-surface in new jobs. Look for the Milwaukee Brewers to reel in Peterson as their new pitching coach in the next couple of days. Brewers GM Doug Melvin was given his marching orders from owner Mark Attanasio to hire a "world class pitching coach" after the Milwaukee pitchers ranked next-to-last in the NL in ERA, and As for Bernazard, according to industry sources, he's close to signing on with - are you ready for this? - Scott Boras! How's that for the perfect marriage - "Bernazard and Boras? Perfect!" from Bill Madden's NY Daily News column, "New York Yankees' GM Brian Cashman Mulling Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon," 10/18/09, via Adam Rubin, via BTF.
  • On Bernazard:
  • Ken Davidoff: "More by force than by choice, Omar Minaya has now jettisoned two of his most controversial hires, Pena and Tony Bernazard.
Neither was good at his job, and neither had any respect whatsoever throughout the game."...

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Chien Ming Wang on field after ALCS game 2

Chien Ming Wang is about 3rd from left above photo, ap Jerry Hairston and fans as he scores winning run in ALCS game 2, ap photo

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Chris Russo in Yankee ski cap hoping to jinx them

Chris on WFAN in late summer a few years ago donned a Yankee ski cap hoping it would jinx the team into not making the post season. (Russo is a SF Giants fan). photo from Newsday originally posted on this blog 8/8/07. The weather in Yankee ALCS games 1 and 2 reminded me of this photo.

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Almost Famous Jeff Mathis bunt, 10th inning

  • Arod almost collides with Mo who catches Jeff Mathis' 10th inning bunt attempt, ALCS game 2, 10/17/09. getty photo (I think there was a movie called Almost Famous.)

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Former members of Chicago Silent Majority protest media bias

"Friday, October 16.. .. The protest against media bias took place directly outside the
  • studios of ABC News and CBS News during their live broadcasts.
This event was part of the Operation Can You Hear Us Now nationwide protests...a response to the state run media’s support of the Obama administration

Hundreds of people from at least five states joined the March. As usual, the protesters were outspoken but respectful and there were no arrests."..."March on the Media, ABC and CBS" Chicago Tea Patriots blog, via Gateway Pundit

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Mike and the Mad Dog reunion on WFAN from Yankee Stadium

photo by Newsday, Bereswill Neil Best article in Newsday about Mike and Chris's reunion. "Mike and the Mad Dog pick up where they left off." If only it were permanent.

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Subway going past new Yankee Stadium

Before ALCS game 1, 10/16/09, getty photo

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Kate Hudson at ALCS game one

  • Kate Hudson photo by Getty at Yankee Stadium.
  • Greta Garbo photo from film Mata Hari.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

George Soros involved in Limbaugh NFL bid; Soros past MLB bid termed 'polarizing'

I was surprised to hear that George Soros is in Checketts' group to buy the Rams. Soros/Checketts tried to buy the Dodgers in 2003; Soros tried to buy the Nats in 2005 and was accused of being "politically polarizing." Spokesman said Soros was victimized by "rhetoric of partisan politics." 10/12/09, Bloomberg: "Limbaugh’s group is led by former Madison Square Garden President and current St. Louis Blues and Real Salt Lake majority owner Dave Checketts, who brings a wealth of sports industry contacts, know-how and credibility.

Checketts’s ownership of hockey’s Blues is backed by, among others,

  • TowerBrook Capital Partners,

which was formerly known as Soros Private Equity Partners before it was spun off from Soros Asset Management Group in 2005."...

Soros tries to buy the Nats

"Major League Baseball hasn't narrowed the list of the eight bidders seeking to buy the Washington Nationals and some Republicans on Capitol Hill already are hinting at revoking the league's antitrust exemption

"It's not necessarily smart business sense to have anybody

Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-N.Y.) said. "That goes for anybody, but especially as it relates to Major League Baseball because it's one of the few businesses that get

  • incredibly special treatment from Congress and the federal government."

Rep. Tom M. Davis III (R-Va.), who was a strong supporter of bringing a baseball team to Virginia, told Roll Call yesterday that "Major League Baseball understands the stakes" if Soros buys the team.

Democrats weren't about to let the broadsides go unanswered.

"So Congress is going to get involved in every baseball ownership decision? Are they next going to worry about a manager they don't like? I've never seen anything as impotent as a congressman threatening the baseball exemption. It gets threatened half a dozen times a year, and our batting average threatening the exemption is zero."

Davis didn't return calls to his office, but spokesman Robert White said, "The point [Davis] was making was

  • how it would look if Major League Baseball sells the hottest team in the market to a guy who spent more money than the gross domestic product of Colombia to legitimize drugs."...

Washington entrepreneur Jonathan Ledecky , who heads the bidding group that Soros joined, said in an e-mail:

It's unfortunate that the negativism that permeates

3/15/2003, LA Times: "Murdoch has searched for a buyer interested in the Dodgers and not the Fox Sports properties, but has found few takers....

as well as a small equity fund, sources said. The three equity investors, including Broad, have agreed to put up $300 million, sources say. The remaining $300 million will come from banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and FleetBoston Financial Corp.

(Eli) Broad could help Checketts' efforts on two immediate fronts. His prominent profile should ease any concerns among Major League Baseball about local ownership. He also would ensure

  • that Checketts -- who failed to raise enough money when he tried to buy the Boston Red Sox last year -- has adequate funding to make a credible offer, sources said."...
  • from article, "Eli Broad said to join in bid for Dodgers" by Sallie Hofmeister and Ross Newhan, 3/15/03
mention of Soros' 2009 NFL bid via Rush Limbaugh show (I'm surprised Checketts asked Limbaugh to join a group of which Soros was a member. I don't know if Checketts told Limbaugh of Soros' involvement but obviously Soros knew Checketts put Limbaugh's name out there. Aside from Soros' wide ranging political activity, he has an unfortunate business resume. Would Rush have agreed to have his name in play if he knew Soros was involved? I didn't hear Rush say he did or didn't know, but when he read the item today about Soros' involvement it sounded like he had not known). framus

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Pop star Fergie approved as NFL owner along with other celebs--AP

MIAMI — "Fergie may soon be on the Miami Dolphins bandwagon as a limited partner.

Team owner Stephen Ross has brought six other celebrities into the fold this year. The first partnership was with singer Jimmy Buffett. Musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Marc Anthony and tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams subsequently bought small shares of the team....

  • Ross has said his celebrity partnerships stir excitement and reflect the vibrancy of South Florida, and he envisions the Dolphins as a glamour team." "Fergie may become Dolphins partner" published in the Boston Herald
via Radio Equalizer Blog

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Checketts originally approached Rush Limbaugh, now says he's dropping him

Media proves again that if you tell a lie often enough it's seen as fact. Mark Levin mentions ESPN report shortly after 7PM which says Checketts is dropping Rush due to "complications." ESPN does not report the "complications" were a media frenzy based on lies, statements attributed to Limbaugh that he never made repeated thousands of times (about slavery, plantation owners, James Earl Ray and others). Mr. Levin said Rush will no doubt comment on this tomorrow, but he added Checketts originally came to Rush, Rush did not go to them. via Mark Levin radio show. Today, to get things done, just go to the media first, get their approval, then move forward. (This was done by NYC Mayor Bloomberg when he had secret meetings with NY newspaper publishers on the topic of overturning term limits enabling him to run for a third term). Since Limbaugh wasn't running the group (Checketts was) the advice goes to Checketts for his next venture. (This whole issue was a giant Christmas present to Obama and the media which are one and the same. I understand use of the word 'Christmas' has been banned, so excuse the reference. framus)

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Ideology seethes under surface of sports dudes: Goodell & the new McCarthyism

  • As sports commissioners' political views become known, consumers can return the favor by staying home from overpriced games. And voting down new stadiums.

Goodell's lurch into the role of thought police was a terrible mistake especially as it was completely devoid of any statements of fact:

"I've said many times before we're all held to a high standard here, and I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about. I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, absolutely not."...

  • It was also a very divisive statement, so by his own standard, I guess Goodell will be turning in his resignation.

Goodell's decision to throw the NFL into the middle of the left-right debate in the country --and to do so solidly on the side of the left-- must have surprised his owner-employers who last I looked will gladly sell tickets to conservatives....

  • The NFL was, and until recently had remained, a politics free zone which provided a common ground all football fans regardless of their political ideology.

...Yesterday's MSNBC appearance by Professor Karen Hunter of Hunter College in New York took Rush-bashing to a new low.

  • Hunter bluntly declared that Rush Limbaugh had endorsed a posthumous Medal of Honor for Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray --a ludicrous defamation that went
  • completely unchallenged by the anchor.

What can you say about such reckless and reprehensible hate speech, except that it not be welcomed on any cable network, much less NBC.

That so poisonous an environment around Rush exists as to allow such a malicious fabrication to pass unchallenged should have warned Goodell not to credit the feverish assertions of the anti-Rush mob.

  • The Hunter fantasy was preceded the night before by a Chris Matthews fantasy about watching Rush be blown up, ala a villain in a Bond movie. Nice work on that front as well, but that's just MSNBC. The network is not selling to the entire spectrum of America, but to its fringe left. The NFL on the other hand needs center-right conservatives to buy tickets, jerseys, and NFL television packages.

What percentage of Dallas Cowboy fans do you think are conservative? 60% 75? 90%.

  • Do you think owner Jerry Jones is happy with the Commish?
  • How about every other NFL owner who ever hopes to get a public subsidy for the new stadium approved by voters down the road? Roger Goodell is entitled to be a fan of every hard left politician in America, and I wouldn't care if he did a good job as commissioner, but his lurch into the role of thought police was a terrible error, especially as
  • it was completely divorced from any detailed statement of fact.

Now the NFL is in the swamp, and it will have to find its way out. You don't have to be a listener to Rush to see the hatchet job being done to him, to resent it, and to wonder what the next manifestation will be of the new McCarthyism. Indeed, fans of free speech generally should be as outraged as conservatives. I expect the children of Hollywood's long-ago blacklist victims to sign a petition and demand that the Commissioner renounce this sort of character assassination and workplace exclusion.

  • If Rush and his partners have the best bid for the most money, they should become the owners of the Rams --it is that simple.

But if he is blocked, I hope Rush sponsors a NASCAR car and the NFL owners watch it quickly become the most popular car every Sunday."

(On second thought, the left isn't worried about voters. They use the courts and the media. Recent examples include ballot propositions voted on in California. The left didn't like the voters' choice so went to court to overturn them. In at least one case they were successful doing so). (framus)

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MSNBC journalist broadcasts a way to kill Rush Limbaugh

  • "Analogizing Rush Limbaugh to a James Bond villian, Chris Matthews today fantasized: "at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp."
Matthews made his remark while hosting during MSNBC's 10 AM hour this morning (10/13/09) , chatting with Politico's Jonathan Martin and Anne Kornblut of WaPo.
  • CHRIS MATTHEWS: 'You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big?
In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point
  • like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet.
  • But we'll be there to watch.
I think he's Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto.
Are you watching, Rush?" via Gateway Pundit, via Newsbusters
  • Where are you now Media Matters? ed.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Rivera, Nathan co-winners of 2009 AL Rolaids Relief Award

Newsday, 10/9: "Mariano Rivera and the Twins’ Joe Nathan were named co-winners of the 2009 American League Rolaids Relief Man Award,
  • the first tie in the 33-year history of the award that is given to the best relievers in baseball. Rivera (44 saves and a 1.76 ERA) and Nathan (47 saves, 2.10 ERA)
Heath Bell (42, 2.71 ERA) of the Padres was the National League winner with 121 points.

For Nathan, it is the first time he’s won the award while Rivera is taking home the trophy – a silver fireman’s helmet mounted on a silver pedestal – for the fourth time,

How are points calculated?

"...A reliever is given two points for a win, three points for a save and loses two points for a loss.

And in 2000, Rolaids began awarding 4 points for a tough save,

  • when a reliever enters a game with the tying run already on base and gets the save. "

Eric Boland, "Rivera, Nathan a big relief for their clubs"

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Twins fan apprehended on field

  • Top, Twins fan runs on Metrodome field 9th inning ALDS game 3.
  • Bottom, Twins fan apprehended on field. photos NY Daily News

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Not "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" after all...Fagan

  • Yankees after winning ALDS game 3 in Minnesota. ny daily news photo
  • Joe Mauer at bat 8th inning v Mariano, reuters
Fagan, SportingNews.com: "Buster Olney might have penned the book The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty several seasons ago,
  • the Yankees' old guard dictated the outcome of a playoff series."...
"Like Old Times: Yanks' Old Guard Pivotal in Win," Ryan Fagan, SportingNews.com, 10/11/09

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Joe Castiglione reads words of Bart Giamatti

"It breaks your heart. It was designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again,
  • and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come,
  • it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
  • You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then,
  • just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops"....
From "The Green Fields of the Mind," by A. Bartlett Giamatti

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MLB Division Series announcer lineups

via poster incognito on XMFan.com:
  • Yankees-Twins
  • TBS - Chip Caray, Ron Darling
  • ESPN radio - Jon Miller, Steve Phillips
  • Yankees radio - John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman
  • Twins radio - John Gordon, Dan Gladden, Jack Morris
  • Red Sox-Angels
  • TBS - Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez
  • ESPN radio - Dan Shulman, Dave Campbell
  • Red Sox radio - Joe Castiglione, Dave O'Brien
  • Angels radio - Terry Smith, Rory Markas
  • Rockies-Phillies
  • TBS - Brian Anderson, Joe Simpson
  • ESPN radio - Chris Berman, Rick Sutcliffe
  • Rockies radio - Jeff Kingery, Jack Corrigan
  • Phillies radio - Tom McCarthy, Scott Frankze, Chris Wheeler, Gary Matthews, Larry Andersen
  • Cardinals-Dodgers
  • TBS - Dick Stockton, Bob Brenly
  • ESPN radio - Jon Sciambi, Aaron Boone
  • Cardinals radio - Mike Shannon, John Rooney
  • Dodgers radio - Vin Scully, Charley Steiner, Rick Monday"
  • posted 10/7/09

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Stop the pies from Burnett, not funny and could hurt someone-caller

Caller to WFAN's Steve Somers said he has a big problem with the AJ Burnett pie business. First, it's not funny, and second it could harm or scratch a player's eye (even if it's whipped cream). It's not worth taking any risk with players. Somers agrees.
  • I notice Burnett took extra time to smear it around Teixeira's face, and some was in his eyes. It may have been funny the first time, but it's terrible now. It has nothing to do with fun and team spirit, especially as the guy hogging the glory camera most times (Burnett) isn't an everyday player. And is still a new member of the team with a reputation as a head case.
  • It also takes away from the fan experience watching the post game interview and probably ruins it for the player being interviewed.
Somers also said he thought Burnett did not do a great job Friday night with his 5 walks and 2 hit batters in 6 innings in spite of what others have said. photo, Yankees stretching in Minnesota today, ap.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

MLB and Health Insurance industry only anti-trust exemptions remaining

Mark Simone mentioned this on radio today while sitting in for Mark Levin. Recent item in the news that congress might push for anti-trust exemption to be lifted on the health insurance industry which considering the timing is probably a pr move. They've had many years to make changes and did nothing. But if the exemption were removed for insurance, MLB, Inc. would be the only legal monopoly. Although Leahy says he and Senator Hatch fixed baseball pretty good by passing the Curt Flood Act in 1998 (end of page):
  • "Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, The Medical Malpractice Insurance Antitrust Act of 2005, July 28, 2005:"
2/11/2003 from Sen. Leahy's site: "Only professional baseball has enjoyed an antitrust exemption comparable to that created for the insurance industry
  • by the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Senator Hatch and I have joined forces several times in recent years to
we successfully eliminated the exemption as it applied to employment relations. I hope we can work together again to create more competition in the insurance industry,

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Chamberlain discovers his comfort zone

Mike Francesa on WFAN relates a report he heard earlier today while driving in, in Chamberlain's words:
  • When I'm a reliever, I don't have to think. I just go out there and throw.
As Francesa said, another example why Chamberlain is a natural reliever. You do not want him to be thinking too much.
  • (If I may assume, thinking isn't necessarily bad for pitchers. It's just not desirable for pitchers with the emotional make up Chamberlain has). framus

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Practice day

Dave Robertson, Sergio Mitre, Andy, Sabathia above. Only a practice day but still a nice picture. all ap photos.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

AJ Burnett "was cruel to the little people, even other players," Toronto Star, 12/13/08

""Good A.J. was thoughtful and charismatic, if a bit wary. He was touchy-feely in an endearing and unselfconscious way. He loved pranks. He inspired immense loyalty in his teammates, especially younger pitchers.
  • He sulked mightily, although after the ugly exit from Florida, he learned to keep it off the record.

He was off in a slightly intimidating way.

Bad A.J. tipped his hat sarcastically to booing fans. His mood swings prompted a Jays insider

  • He was called out by his general manager as a malingerer....
  • Both sides played up Burnett's great love of Toronto and his relationship with Roy Halladay and pitching coach Brad Arnsberg. The implication was that friendship and loyalty might draw him back. That was never going to happen.
  • The Halladay/Burnett relationship existed, but was never as close as advertised. Burnett enjoyed his nights out on the road. A night out for Halladay is a few extra hours on the treadmill. Halladay's best friend on the team is strength coach Donovan Santas....

To a large extent, Arnsberg's reputation in Toronto rested on his ability to draw consistency out of Burnett, his former student with the Marlins. Arnsberg, a guileless pro's pro, only managed the task for one season....Last spring, Arsnberg was the one who announced, unprompted, that

Until Burnett drags the Yankees to the playoffs, injuries will define his career."...

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Newsday continuous Yankee ALDS news

Via Neil Best, Newsday has continuous Yankee ALDS news and commentary.

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Editors Choice

Reuters Editors Choice photo, No Ball Games, 9/25/09

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Bud Selig drives opinion, MLB.com continues to eclipse print media--Shaikin

Shaikin, LA Times: 10/4: "For all the good work that mlb.com does, the website cannot shake that perception, that
  • Bud Selig and his teams call the shots.
  • and incorrectly assumed the Angels had tipped Spencer.
The Rays were enraged because they had not yet told Kazmir, and all of a sudden
  • mlb.com reported the trade had "fallen through," when it had not.
Why should you care?... The new media world is one of Web hits,
  • driven more by opinion and breaking news
  • than by game recaps and injury updates.
The national websites leave game coverage to the ubiquitous Associated Press,
  • relying on as few as two reporters apiece to generate hits with trade rumors, insider gossip
  • and anything related to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Perhaps newspapers can save a few more bucks by outsourcing daily coverage to mlb.com, which produces 100 stories every day, and shifting resources to independent commentary and analysis.
  • "We do recognize the need exists in some cases.""...
""Baseball is Caught in Web," by Bill Shaikin, LA Times, via Poynter.org/Romenesko

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Young Detroit Tigers fans hope for autographs

Awaiting players before today's White Sox-Tigers game, 10/04/09, reuters

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Mets fan til the very end

Nelson Figueroa waves to Mets fans after complete game shutout v Astros. photos ap.

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Twins fans cheer Kubel

Twins fans cheer after Jason Kubel's 1st inning homerun, 10/04/09, ap photo

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Mr. Steinbrenner at Yankee-Rays game today

photo by reuters, Sunday October 4, 2009

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Olympics characters and subplots

(NY Times):"But members of the U.S.O.C.’s international relations division have flown more than a million miles on outreach missions to the I.O.C. on behalf of the Chicago bid, a U.S.O.C. spokeswoman said....
  • Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports, which invested billions of dollars for the North American media rights to the Winter and Summer Games, said that beyond personal relationships, other unresolved problems probably played a role in Chicago’s loss. Many I.O.C. members feel the United States receives an inordinate share of revenue. The United States receives 20 percent of global sponsorship money and 12.75 percent of the TV money, an arrangement that will be renegotiated in 2013.

Any U.S. bid city will be in a difficult place until the U.S.O.C. works out a new relationship with the I.O.C. in terms of the revenue cut the U.S. gets,” he said.

  • Others questioned the U.S.O.C.’s timing with its announcement in July that it intended to create an Olympic television network. The I.O.C. quickly repudiated the move, saying the United States had acted prematurely.
  • Probst and Streeter later delayed plans for the network.
“It was really bad timing to bring it up,” said Bill Martin, the University of Michigan athletic director and former acting president of the U.S.O.C. “No question about it. You just don’t do it prior to a vote of this nature.”
  • Suggesting possible chief executives for the organization, Ebersol did not name Streeter.

“They need a dynamic person who truly loves sports and knows how to operate,” Ebersol said. “Someone has to reach out to a major figure familiar to the Olympic world, so you go in with strength.”

  • Anita DeFrantz, a member of the I.O.C. who also serves on the U.S.O.C. board, said it would be foolish to make leadership decisions based on the whims of her international colleagues.
Some American leaders were more measured in their assessment of the performance of Streeter and Probst. Easton, an American I.O.C. member, said he hopes Streeter stays.
  • “I hope people give her some time to know the system,” he said of Streeter, the former chief executive of the Banta Corporation, a printing and supply company."...

Doug Logan, the chief executive of USA Track and Field, said it was disrespectful to suggest resignations. Still, he acknowledged that the U.S.O.C. was going through a difficult period. The U.S.O.C. has lost several major sponsors because of the recession, although it has attracted new ones.

From NY Times story, 10/4/09, "After Chicago's Loss, Critics Assail the USOC," Juliet Macur, Thomas, and Sandomir
  • Schiller is charged with getting baseball as an Olympic sport. I prefer baseball improve playing conditions in countries they're currently operating in including some sub-standard spring training facilities in the US.
  • Baseball doesn't need another layer of corrupt idiots. Besides, all the international travel goes against Selig's claim that MLB is a social institution that cares about the environment.(framus). NY Times story via Free Republic

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Epic misjudgment about Obama ability

  • Donald Fehr, Mark Shapiro, Scott Boras and others quoted in article:
11/5/08, AP: ""I think Sen. Obama's election is an event of profound significance to a lot of people around the world, and "I think clearly how the world looks at America is going to be different with Barack Obama in the White House," Cleveland Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said.
  • "And that will be initial. And then how he leads and how he governs will determine how they look at us over a sustained period."

The IOC will consider the program for the 2016 Games when it meets next October.

  • think Obama's election provides a boost."...
From AP sports article by Ronald Blum, "Could Obama Election help Baseball in Olympics?" 11/5/08
  • The biggest loser of all was the US media. Obama is entirely their creation. (framus)

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

ESPN in business with team it covers to sell advertising for ESPNBoston.com

  • Commenters add perspective as always:
"Mikey D says: September 24, 2009 10:16 AM, It doesn't really surprise me. ESPN always favors Boston sports. It's pathetic if you ask me." That's the only explanation we can identify in the wake of the bizarre news from SportsBusiness Daily (subscription) that That's Kraft Sports Group. As in Robert Kraft. As in the owner of the New England Patriots.
  • Even more amazing is that the SBD report from John Ourand and Daniel Kaplan doesn't even bat an eye at one of the most blatant and obvious conflicts of interest we ever have seen.
This is well beyond, in our view, the placement of a CBS-themed restaurant at Patriot Place, which has raised some talk of a conflict of interest between the Pats and the network that televises the Sunday afternoon AFC package of games. Meanwhile, we'll wait to see what Don Ohlmeyer has to say about this one in the monthly ombudsman column that Among other comments:
  • "Triumph40 says: September 24, 2009 10:18 AM,
I don't know why this is surprising to anybody. ESPN and the Patriots have been in bed with each other for years. Just watch any NFL related programming on ESPN. For years, they have gone out of their way to sing the praises of the Patriots, so much so that it's just nauseating. Richard Deitsch, SI.com on ESPNBoston.com: "SI's Richard Deitsch writes the launch is "compelling for many reasons, including the no. of

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