Monday, May 5, 2008

On Karma and Good Deeds

Disclaimer: I posted this story on Babes Love Baseball also. Just saving you from reading it twice.

So, Thursday night I headed to Nationals Park for the game and thanks to the glory of corporate seats, I had six tickets. Because of changing schedules (and the fact that they were playing the lowly Pirates, I ended up with three extra tickets.

On the way to the game on the Metro, we ran into three baseball fans decked out in Red Sox gear - hats, sweatshirts, the whole nine. As a Yankees fan I was obliged to give them a friendly hard time. We started chatting and it turned out that this was their first time going to the new Nationals Park and they hadn't bought tickets yet. So in a moment of good nature, I handed over my three extra tickets for free and told them to enjoy the game.

Fast forward a few days to Sunday. I was in the car on the way to the Yankees game (I'm a two city girl) and was sitting in a bit of traffic heading into the garage. While we were stopped, the woman in the car in front of mine jumped out and ran back to my window. I rolled down the window, thinking she had a question or was lost, and instead she handed me an extra parking pass she happened to have, saving me the $20 it would have cost me to park in the garage.

Moral of the story...karma exists and Yankees fans aren't all douchbags.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Blogger's Perspective

UPDATE: The Huffington Post link, as promised.

So, I wrote this piece for the Huffington Post. It'll be on the site at some point today, but apparently Miley Cyrus's shoulder and American Idol are taking priority.

I wanted to pass it along in the aftermath of the Bob Costas debacle. As the smoke clears (sort of) and I'm less emotional (had I written this yesterday, it would have read like a Bissinger tirade), it's becoming clear that bloggers are more relevant than ever, and that scares the shit out of people.

Here it is...I'll update with the HuffPo link later today.

Costas Just Doesn't Get It

On Tuesday evening, Bob Costas hosted a segment on his HBO show Costas Now focusing on the internet and the impact of sports bloggers. The segment featured prominent media types, including Pulitzer Prize winning writer Buzz Bissinger and editor and author Will Leitch. The fight that ensued was the live version of the slap fight that has been happening between mainstream media and bloggers.

There has been constant and unfair criticism of sports bloggers. ESPN's Michael Wilbon has spoken of his distaste for blogs, while many others have questioned the credibility of bloggers. Costas himself has even called bloggers "pathetic, get-a-life losers". But it's quite clear that these old school media guys are afraid of what they don't understand. And even worse, they don't put forth the effort to understand.

During the Costas Now live panel discussion of blogger impact, Bissinger accused bloggers of sloppy journalism while he himself misquoted and incorrectly referenced various bloggers' work. Costas read statements that he attributed to a blogger when, in fact, they were made by a blog's commenter. They generalized blogs as irrelevant gossip without acknowledging the blogs that provide accurate and well written content. Both of these respected and decorated members of the media represented examples of the reckless journalism they claim bloggers bring to reporting. Neither one bothered to understand the very medium they were criticizing.

What they, and most blog critics, fail to understand is that both mainstream media and blogs can co-exist peacefully. Bloggers aren't set out to replace print journalists. They exist to add commentary and color to the news that is reported in print and online every day. Readers don't use blogs to replace the news they get from the main stream. They use it to add substance.

Blogs aren't going to kill print journalism, print journalism is killing itself. Readers can more information on than they can in the paper's print edition. As technology changes, so must the media; bloggers saw it coming and created a new medium.

Consider it media Darwinism. The best writers will survive, regardless of whether their words appear in print or online. What is going to happen is that the poor journalism that existed previously due to a lack of choices is going to fade away. Blogs aren't destroying journalism, they are forcing it to improve.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The NY Giants Invade the White House

I had the privilege of attending today's event honoring the New York Giants Super Bowl Win at the White House. It was the kind of thing only Giants fans would have found even remotely interesting. I, of course, thought it was the best day ever.

Quote of the day:

"We're going to send Jessica Simpson to the Democratic National Convention."

- President George W. Bush in speaking about the Dallas loss in his speech Wednesday honoring the New York Giants on their Super Bowl win.

Oh, and nothing turns a bunch of corporate DC suits into giggling, screaming schoolgirls like an autograph session with athletes. But the best was when the guy next to me gets David Tyree's autograph and then turns to me and asks "Who was that?".

Some pics of the event and new additions to my "Taking Pictures with Athletes" collection.

UPDATE: I failed to mention earlier that neither Shockey nor Strahan were in attendance. I asked Brandon Jacobs if the missing boys missed the bus, to which he replied, "Uh, I think they're out of town or something.".

I think that tells us all we need to know about next year.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The best bike race ever

I was introduced today to what just might be the most amazing event I've ever seen. The breakdown:

The event: The Little 500 at Indiana University

What it is: A cycling race where teams of four ride laps around a quarter-mile cinder track and exchange their bike to a teammate once too tired to continue.

The rules: All riders must use the same bike, the bike has only one gear, and riders are not allowed to use their brakes unless exchanging riders

The result: An absolutely intense 200 lap cycling event full of the most horrific bike crashes ever. This year's winners were the Cutters, repeating their win of last year's race.

The promo from today's race should give you an idea of how insane this race is:

I'm all for an event where drugs are clearly a necessity for survival.

Monday, April 7, 2008

I Suck...

Every tournament season it happens. Bloggers take "brackets" a bit too far. Hot wife brackets, tough mascot brackets, celebrity brackets, blah blah blah.

Well, now we have the suckiest sports blog bracket. A bracket in which I've been seeded against Deadspin. Now, I have no dilusions. I don't even belong on this bracket. ANd besides, it's just a cheap ploy to get hits. But end the madness. Go vote for Deadspin, put me out of the bracket, and then we can all move on from this.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Losers of the Week

Happy Friday!!

Head on over to Babes Love Baseball for my weekly Losers of the Week feature.

Oh, and it seems I've been seeded against Deadspin in a blog bracket. Fair? I shouldn't even be on the bracket. Although I'm not sure in what world Dan Shanoff is a 10 seed and The Big Lead is a 1. Mr. Bracket Creator obviously doesn't read those blogs.

Monday, March 31, 2008

The Jemele Chronicles

I think it's become well known that I'm not the biggest Jemele Hill fan. I could write a whole blog ripping every column she writes and I bet it'd get more hits than this blog. But Hill's latest comments are unforgivable. Awful Announcing has the details.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Writers like Hill have been given a rare opportunity to put women in sports in a better position. What Hill is doing is reaffirming the reason why so many female sports writers aren't taken seriously.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Back from vacation...

...and here's what I missed.

Bob Knight is apparently sleeping in the ESPN studios. Seriously, every time I turned on the network last week, there was Bobby. I have to admit he's pretty good, and makes more sense than some of the other "analysts" they're using (the Sklar brothers? really?).

Yes, I know he's one of the best college players right now, but I'm already tired of Tyler Hansbrough. First, UNC announces they're retiring his jersey while he's still playing and hasn't won any major titles, but then he knocks my Hokies out of the SEC game, and the tournament, with a buzzer beating two. But personal feelings aside, the jersey retiring announcement is completely inappropriate and frivolous. If UNC gets knocked out of the tourney in the first round, will they take it back?

With a big "fuck you" to the media, Houston is on a 22 game bender without Yao. This just shows how much unnecessary stock teams and fans put into one player. Sure, he's great. But it's a team for a reason.

David Beckham wants out of his contract in the US to go back to Europe. After signing a $250 million contract and then being injured most of the season, where does this fall on the "What a pussy" scale? And let that be a lesson learned for MLS, and all the leagues in general. You can't build a sport around one guy. Especially one who is more famous for his off field persona than his on field prowess.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Couldn't resist...

I know I'm supposed to be on vacation, but I couldn't resist a few spring training comments.

First, Billy Crystal playing an exhibition game with the Yankees is the dumbest publicity stunt I've seen in years. What is the point of this? When was the last time Billy Crystal was relevant? And did anyone ask Kevin Youkilis if he was ok with sharing his Baseball Jew title?

Second, the Yankees fight with Tampa Bay? Awesome. I love that they're showing some fire. Maybe Crystal can help out and make that fire last for eight nights.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

On Vacation...

...back next week with some baseball previews and all that fun stuff.

Friday, March 7, 2008

So young

A 13 year-old from Brooklyn, Lia Neal, has qualified for the Olympic trials in swimming. Well hell. If you can swim in the East River, you can swim anywhere.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Breaking News!!!!!

Brett Favre is old!!

Seriously, I know he's one of the best quarterbacks to play the game, but everyone knew he was going to retire. The big story isn't his retirement, it's the younger generation of Packers fans who have known their team with only Favre at the helm. Few fans get to say that for their entire fandom, they had one guy under center every game for 15 years. The 20 to 30 year olds who now have to watch their team change in a huge way.

Not many of us know what that's like. Unlike other sports, a football team centers around one guy, the same guy, every game. Most of us adjust to a new QB every 5 years or so. These fans had one man for 15.

So here's to you, Packers fans. Drink your sorrows away and grieve your loss. The team owners, the players, and the media will all move on quickly. It's you, the fans, who are facing the biggest loss.

Here's to you.

Monday, March 3, 2008

So tell me...

Is this guy worth $102 million?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oh Jemele. What are you doing?

When the Mitchell report came out and Andy Pettitte came forward with his admission of using HGH, ESPN's Jemele Hill called Pettitte insincere and said his apology was a joke. In her most recent column regarding Pettitte's explanations to Congress, she calls him "brutally honest" and wise and compares him favorably to Clemens "fraudulent act".

I find it hard to believe that an educated woman like Hill has less of an issue with Pettitte's words now than before. While I don't believe a word Roger Clemens has said, his story hasn't changed from the beginning. Pettitte's has changed each time it's been told.

According to Pettitte, he didn't know what HGH was, that is was bad, and what he was getting into. If that's so, why didn't he discuss it with his trainer? His coaches? The team doctor? Pettitte knew what he was taking and that it was wrong. Should he apologize? Of course. But he's no more sincere or honest than he was two months ago. If anything, he's going backwards.

As media members such as Hill continue to string words together to defend, attack, or exalt players over this steroids issue, they need to maintain the message they are promoting, especially when you have access to such a wide audience as ESPN readers.

Are you allowed to change your mind? Of course. We all are. But writers like Hill need to make it clear that their position has changed. Otherwise, you look like you're writing random opinions for the sake of being heard.

If Hill wants to be a contrarian, fine. But she needs to stick to her guns. It's fairly easy to gain credibility when you work for ESPN. But it's even easier to lose it. Just ask Stephen A.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Them high schoolers are smart

In my "Holy Shit, the Giants won the Super Bowl" bubble, somehow I missed this. But it definitely warrants mentioning.

So it's signing day, the day when high school football players all over the country sign their college careers over to whichever college promises them the hottest co-eds.

But if you're Kevin Hart, you're not going anywhere. Hart held a big press conference announcing his commitment to California instead of Oregon.

Hart held a news conference Friday at Fernley, saying he had chosen the Golden Bears over Oregon. He said he'd talked with Cal coach Jeff Tedford "a lot, and the fact that the head coach did most of the recruiting of me kind of gave me that real personal experience."

No one was more surprised at this news than the people at Cal.

"We have not been recruiting him," said California associate media relations director John Sudsbury, who cited NCAA rules that prevent him from commenting further about recruits. "That's all we can say."

What's even more confusing, Oregon hasn't contacted Hart either.

An official from Oregon denied having contact with Hart. "We're kind of perplexed. We've not ever heard of the young man," said David Williford, assistant AD for media services.

Was Hart the victim of a prank? Or did he go all Britney and have a few "moments" of confusion?

If it was a prank it was well played. Totally mean. But well played.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy Super Bowl, You Have The Right To Remain Silent

In one of the douchiest moves ever, the Fargo, North Dakota police department used the Super Bowl to sweep the town and serve outstanding warrants.

Authorities used Super Bowl Sunday for Operation Touchdown, arresting more than 40 people on outstanding warrants.

From 2:20 p.m. to about 9:45 p.m., Fargo police, Cass County deputies, U.S. marshals, and parole and probation officers fanned out around Fargo to serve about 300 outstanding warrants.

Shame on the Fargo Police for defiling the most sacred of holy days. What's next? Drug busts on Easter? Prostitution stings on Yom Kippur?


Unbelievable. Absolutely amazing. There are few things in life that are better than watching your team win the Super Bowl. And this was one satisfying win.

And while today will be filled with praise for the players and coaches (and rightfully so), I just wanted to call attention to how well the officiating crew did their jobs.


Friday, February 1, 2008

Sex and the Super Bowl

I was given the lovely assignment of investigating the sexual practices surrounding the Super Bowl, both of the players and the fans.

After interviewing sports experts and hookers (take a guess at which ones gave more interesting interviews) I have the results:

Hookers Score at the Super Bowl

No Sex Rule a Bunch of Shit

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Michael Strahan is a Bloodhound

GIANT Schnauzer? BOSTON Terrier? Get it?

David Frei of the Westminster Kennel Club (who used to work with the 49ers and the Broncos and has a Super Bowl ring from SB XII), broke down both teams as dogs.

Thoughts? I actually think Tom Brady's a bitch.


Eli Manning – German Shepherd: Intelligent and alert, alpha dog leader with even temperament and character

Brandon Jacobs – Doberman Pinscher: Elegant athlete in a tight-fitting wrapper

Plaxico Burress – Greyhound: narrow body, big chest, sleek, powerful, athletic and fast

Dave Diehl – Anatolian Shepherd: Dependable, territorial, possessive and protective, particularly against large predators

Michael Strahan – Bloodhound: Noble and dignified with a single purpose: to track down humans (in this case, quarterbacks)


Tom Brady – Border Collie: Smartest dog, leads (herds) his flock up and down the field, athletic and intensely focused on the job at hand

Randy Moss - Afghan Hound: Elegant, athletic, aloof, fast, with a distinctive coat

Matt Light – Bullmastiff: Tenacious and strong, knocks down poachers (pass rushers) that trespass on the estate

Tedy Bruschi – Rottweiller: Powerful, intelligent, agile, intimidating, calm & courageous

Rodney Harrison – Whippet: Feisty, prey-driven, fast, champion athlete of the dog world

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Now my life is complete

Yesterday's post of Belichick in the booty shorts made this week's Blog Show. Check out the episode, including a guest appearance by my favorite blogger Unsilent Majority of KSK.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Oh, Man

Opening lines from a New York Times story this afternoon:

"Eli Manning grew up in the very long shadow cast by his celebrated father and high-achieving brothers. But it is his mother he most takes after."

Hey, New York Times. Not. Helping.

Nice legs, Bill...

Proof that Belichick wasn't always a fashion disaster...

Photo credit: Jerry Pinkus

Thursday, January 24, 2008

NFL Girlfriends Bring The Crazy

Football players often find themselves in the news for unstable actions and now their girlfriends want in on the crazy.

Read the rest...

Friday, January 18, 2008

What do you think?

I was able to attend a debate in New York regarding PED's in competitive sports. I wrote up a recap for Sporting News that you can read here.

I have to admit, the debate was well executed, well moderated, and it really made me think about my position on the subject. It's not a black and white issue and it will never have an easy solution. But it's important that we, as fans, make sure we educate ourselves on both sides of the issue.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy New Year Bitches

Bet you thought I quit, didn't you? No suck luck people.

But with the holidays, my column, and moving to a new state it's been a bit crazy.

Here's some links to catch you up on all of the Sarah you've missed, starting with my suggestion for Clemens' "I did it" letter.

Screw you, I'm Roger Clemens

Isiah Thomas: Admirable Crazy

Madison Square Garden Is A Joke

Naughtiest Sports Figures of 2007

Terrell Owens wants to be the only whore in Texas