If you have never heard Scott Ferrall on Howard 101, you really need to take advantage of an uncensored take on sports. In my mind, the comments and vulgarity make it the best sports talk show on radio. He is a huge Pittsburgh fan however which may turn some people off to his antics but just listen to this and think that he rooting for your team and he will become a revolutionary in sports radio.
2009-01-14 28 Comments
With Monday’s announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2009, it has prompted me to look at some of the more annoying things in sports.
10.Â Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWA)
The BBWA has the proud distinction of selecting who makes the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, arguably the most exclusive of all of the hall of fame’s in America. Unfortunately, the BBWA is filled with clowns who follow some ass backwards rules- namely that some of them refuse to vote for guys on the ballot the first time. The requirements for the hall states that 75% of voters must vote for a player….in the history of Major League Baseball no man has ever received 100% of the votes (Tom Seaver came the closest with 98.84%). Babe Ruth even missed out on 11 votes!
9. The NHL in Warm Weather Climates
The NHL use to be great. Use to be. Until it decided to expand to places where hockey was a foreign word. Until the NHL gets rid of Atlanta, Columbus (not warm weather, but seriously Columbus?), Tampa Bay, Florida, Phoenix, and two of the California teams, I will not care. There should be a rule that says if you can’t get a ski rental and go skiing in your town (or nearby), you should not have a hockey team. Unless it brings back the Whalers or the Nordiques, the two teams with the best unis in the sport.
8. College Bowl Games
What do the San Diego County Credit Union, Papajohns.com, Roady’s, and Gaylord Hotels all have in common? They all sponsored bowl games, of which there are now 34 of, meaning 68 teams get to play in the college postseason (56.6% of teams in FBS). Meanwhile, 97 teams out of 347 (27%) go to the basketball postseason in some form in college basketball (NIT included). Bowl games used to mean something….now they mean a potential trip to Boise or Shreveport.
7. The Heavyweight Champion(s)
It would be great to see boxing make a return to the limelight. Especially the heavyweight division. But with currently 4 different men being recognized as the heavyweight champ by 5 different organizations, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
In the meantime, four men on the Medifast diet and exercise regimens can continue training.
6. Erin Andrews Lack of Naked Pictures
How this has not happened yet is beyond me. If this ever does come to happen, I’m convinced the Internet will blow up.
5. Bill Raftery does not Call the Final Four
Good news: Bill Packer is out.Â Bad news: the most entertaining man in college basketball probably still won’t get the chance to call the Final Four and yell “Onions!” every time Mario Chalmers hits a 3 in the final seconds…
Side note: Imagine Gus Johnson alongside Bill calling anything…the could make the World Scrabble Championships must viewing…some one take this idea to ESPN before they give Jim Rome more air time….
I thank the Internet and ESPN for killing the world of sportswriting.Â Granted there are some very good ones still out there- Mike Wilbon and Rick Reilly- but there are also the likes of Jim Rome, every member of Around the Horn, Scoop Jackson and whoever else ESPN deems to be loud, obnoxious, idiotic and perfect to put on television.Â Most of these guys are nothing more than wannabe jocks who are still pissed about being cut from the basketball team in tenth grade.Â But unlike MJ, it didn’t drive them to be better athletes, rather it just made them want to sit on the sidelines and thrown stones.Â Grantland Rice must roll in his grave everytime Jay Mariotti talks…
3.Â No Sports Team in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the greatest places on Earth.Â It is adult Disneyland.Â When guys win the Super Bowl they should say “I’m going to the Spearmint Rhino!” instead of the damn Disneyland line.Â Can you imagine a sports team in Vegas…mainly an NBA team.Â They would easily go 38-3 at home every year, cause every other team would be so hungover/still drunk from the previous night.Â Even better idea: make the Vegas team all rookies for it’s expansion year.Â They would win maybe 5 games all year, but the TV show that would follow the team could make for great entertianment.Â Get me ESPN on the phone cause I smell an Emmy for Best Reality TV Show…
2. 8 PM games that start closer to 8:30
If you live on the West Coast this is probably not that big of a problem, but where the majority of the country lives, this is something that is getting out of hand.Â Monday Night Football starts close to 9:20 PM now and does not end until midnight.Â The World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup are all decided between 11 and 12 at night.Â The biggest college football game of the week is the Saturday Night game…if I’ve been drinking all day at my normal pace I’m passed out by the second quarter.Â Maybe it is just getting older, but these late games suck.
1. Joe Buck
Randy Moss’ “disgustingÂ act.”Â His smugness.Â His glasses.Â The fact that he called games for the Cardinals.Â He got his B.A. in English (alright I’m reaching for reasons to not like the guy, but honestly, nobody likes him so who cares).Â The fact that some of the biggest games in my lifetime I’ve had to suffer through him calling them (D-Backs/Yankees Series; McGwire’s 62nd HR; the Red Sox winning the World Series) .Â And his calling of this year’s World Series, where my hometown Phillies ended Billy Penn’s Curse, and all the jackass could talk about the whole series was the amazing season of the Rays and for some reason the Red Sox, who were home watching the series.Â I admit, I just don’t like the jerkface, hence he takes this spot.
Here is a response to one e-mail we received in response to this post:
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2008-12-14 1 Comment
As you revel in a day of laying on the couch and probably some jacking off to Lacey Underall in Caddyshack on ESPN2, here is this weekâ€™s wrap-up.
Cuzgoogle – Now Playing: Forgetting Sam Mitchell
Moondog – Why I Hate Marko Jaric
Tailgating Ideas – Layla Kiffin Looks Like A Porn Star
Hugging Harold Reynolds – Q-Tip to Leitch: Yo, What The Scenario
Awful Announcing – Wilbon: “Threesomes Keep It Interesting”
FanDome – Barry Sanders Has A Son…
Busted Coverage – Cuff ‘Em: Top 20 Sports Related Arrests of 2008
2008-11-23 Leave a Comment
As you revel in a day of laying on the couch and probably some jacking off to Rihanna performing on the American Music Awards, here is this weekâ€™s wrap-up.
Mr. Irrelevant – Wait, The Redskins Had An Actual Mascot
Empty the Bench – The NBA’s Most Depressing Players of 2008-09
The Sports Culture – The Many Gang Sings of OJ Mayo
Big League Stew – Dave Parker And The Greatest Shirt In The History Of Shirts
Gunaxin – The All-Whitey Basketball Team
Alana G – The REAL Shaq Is Really Twittering
The World of Isaac – Stacy Keibler Vs. Blair O’Neal
Blaze of Love – The NBA Ugly List
Yardbarker – Sheed’s Nicknames For His Teammates
Pittsburgh Sports And Miniature Ponies – Sydney Crosby Is Good At Soccer, Too
2008-11-02 Leave a Comment
2008-07-08 40 Comments
5. United Way Sam Adams- Don’t not panic and make sure to keep an eye on Sam being saved in the pool, he looks more like a dead fish than Squintz in Sandlot.
4. Any The Rick Commercial – Okay, so this is only an outtakes segment, but it is the culmination of all that made the Rick my hero.
3. I Am Tiger Woods – Disguises at their best.
2. Tracy Morgan NFL 2k Football - The same guy that wants some discharge on his big mac, drops more one-liners than David Spade.
1. Any Michael Jordan Commercial- Watching a Michael Jordan Gatorade Commercial makes you feel like you need go try to find buy Gatorade in a glass bottle. Watching a Michael Jordan Nike Commercial makes you feel like you want to go fight with William Wallace in the big battle in Braveheart.
2008-06-03 1 Comment
It’s being reported that the object of many a Red Sox fan’s affection will be leaving their favorite network, NESN. MaeÂ spent about 4 years at the New England based network after sometime at Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I was once in a class where Hazel spoke about how she broke into the sports broadcasting field, and was blown away with her answer. Seconds after hearing about how Tina Cervasio spent many years trying to break into the field, taking many low key jobs and countless extra classes, Hazel Mae stood up and said that one day she was just walking the streets of Toronto when someone approached her about hosting a national sports show. I don’t blame them, she kind of looks like Tila Tequila, and has a history of getting down with athletes. The most notable of these rumored flings being the married Terry Francona or the king of weak ass triple-doubles, Ricky Davis. Anyway, there have been rumors in the past of her moving on to ESPN, and I’m thinking she’ll end up on air in October, just in time for the MLB playoffs.
2008-05-23 2 Comments
If you have ever been down to Strip District and walked into Wholey’s, you know that the owner definitely doesn’t give a shit. Don’t get me wrong, you get the best and freshest seafood, (which is saying something for the city of Pittsburgh because it’s not exactly near the ocean) but they hack it up and dish it out right in front of your face. And now the owner of Wholey’s will be refusing to sell any octopi to Red Wing fansfor fear of them throwing it on the ice at the Mellon Arena. From the countless songs to beer specials for shitting on Sienna Miller, Pittsburghers think a little bit differently than other sports fans and Mr. Wholey is just one more example. Here are a few reasons why Pittsburgh is better than some other sports towns:
Philadelphia – Pittsburghers only boo guys named Kordell Stewart.
Boston – Pittsburghers aren’t self-loathing and don’t want to slit their wrists after every loss.
New York – Pittsburgh news outlets do not report anything bad about the athletes, and lead broadcasts with player vacations to their homeland.
Dallas – Pittsburgh teams have a little respect for the game rather than bringing in guys like T.O. and Pac Man. Also, three more words, No Jerry Jones.
Baltimore – Pittsburgh has hockey team, a quarterback and a football team that isn’t purple.
Cleveland – Pittsburgh has won a title in the past 50 years, and doesn’t lose franchises.
Everyone else – Jesus is on Pittsburgh’s side
2008-04-14 Leave a Comment
Forbes just published an article listing what they believe to be the Ten Most Miserable Sports Cities. They based these rankings on different numbers and ratios with pretty much a blatant disregard for these actual misery of the fans in these cities. Evidence supporting this fact being the Atlanta is number 1, with Cleveland and Philadelphia being 8 and 9. Here are my top 5.
1. Cleveland – The Indians were a joke before the Carlos Baerga era, and the constant highlight of MJ’s jumpshot over Craig Ehlo does not help. Not to mention a football team that left and was re-created, while continuing to make fans feel like Tim Couch(pussy who cries) on a daily basis.
2. Philadelphia – When a city is ready to boo Santa Claus, then you know there are some mental issues. Probably the most annoying of all fans, with their constant Eagles chants, while also being the most likely to go home and put on lipstick like Steve Buscemi in Billy Madison and contemplate their “People to Kill” list, #1 – Joe Carter.
3. Boston – Sure this city has been on fire since 2001, but it really does not make any difference for the fans. They’ll still be the first one’s to bitch about officiating or make themselves feel like the victim. It’s kind of like a city full of ex-girlfriends, or more accurately, a city full of Livia Sopranos.
4. Buffalo – Four Superbowl losses on Madden would make me want to kill myself, let alone in real-life. Also, arguably their biggest star was Orenthal James himself. Maybe O.J. could help out Buffalonians, if you know what I mean, when the Bills leave for an actual city(Toronto) in the near future.
5. Twin Cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul) – First of all, there is an identity crisis, which can’t help, kind of like having gay parents, you’re already at a disadvantage. The persona of over-acheiving before under-acheiving has definitely taken its toll, and Gary Anderson‘s Norwood in 1998 doesn’t help. To tell you the truth, they probably would have been higher on the list if it wasn’t for Gordon Bombay and the Mighty Ducks.
2008-01-26 1 Comment
The team fought hard to get their new arena project going and now the public can be rewarded for many more years to come with commercials. Many people are fans of the local car dealer commercials, but this one in particular needs special recognition. When else can you include Evgeni Malkin, who doesn’t speak English, as well as provide a forum for Max Talbot to show of his dancing and rapping abilities. Also, for future reference, hockey will never be a big part of this blog.