July 31, 2009
July 30, 2009
Big Papi is the latest associated with steroid use but do we care anymore?The report was the result of a test in 2003 where over one hundred players tested positive. Here is the 2003 MLB Allstar team. Who else is going to show up on that list?
Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells, Melvin Mora, Manny Ramirez, Nomar, Varitek, Matsui, Posada, Alfanso Soriano, Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens, CC Sabathia, Mike Sweeney, Dimitri Young, Eddie Guardado, Carl Everett, Esteban Loaiza, Magglio Ordonez, Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson, Brendan Donnelly, Keith Foulke, Ramon Hernandez, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito, Edgar Martinez, Ichiro, Bret Boone, Jamie Moyer, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Alex Rodriguez, Hank Blalock
Marcus Giles, 2B, Javy Lopez, C, and Gary Sheffield, Rafael Furcal, SS, Andruw Jones, OF, John Smoltz, Russ Ortiz, Jose Vidro, Mike Lowell, Dontrelle Willis, Luis Castillo, Armando Benitez, Randy Wolf, Billy Wagner, Richie Sexson, Geoff Jenkins, Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, OF, Woody Williams, Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Mike Williams, Aaron Boone, Kevin Brown, P, Paul Lo Duca, C, and Eric Gagne, Barry Bonds, Jason Schmidt,
Rondell White,Todd Helton, Shawn Chacon, and Preston Wilson
A lot of these names jump out at me as flash in the pan players that year and were never the same. Preston Wilson was unstoppable that year but couldn't quite put up those numbers the following years. Nomar Garciaparra fell way off around that time after being one of the dominant players in the league for a few years around that time. I thought he was Boston's equivelent to Derek Jeter but injuries sidelined his career. Hank Blalock destroyed me that year in fantasy baseball so I made sure I picked him up in 2004. Too bad his numbers dropped off the table and was never the same.
Todd Helton has been a name tossed around in the Denver area as a steroid user. If his name comes out the city of Denver will probably stop watching baseball altogether.
July 29, 2009
Among the things pointed out by this article is that Chinese companies often do this type of thing - getting contracted to make 10,000 jerseys they will make 11,000 and keep 1,000 to sell without the orderer's permission - black market style. So turns out you can get a decent NFL authentic jersey for around $16 in China - as opposed to as much as $259.00 on nflshop.com. Way to be NFLshop...
Now I guess there will be a massive amount of Brett Favre number 4's running around China, with no real buyers there. Appanrently the NBA (courtesy of Yao Ming) is big there, but nobody really cares about NFL or NHL jerseys. And of course the jerseys can be released to Americans who want to buy one as a novelty. You'll just have to get yours by traveling to Shanghai, sorry.
July 27, 2009
You know your team sucks when they torpedo their own marketing efforts. Losing 7-0 and 9-0 doesn't do anything for team morale either. The Pirates couldn't muster a single run to give the fans even a $1.00 discount, let alone 4 or 5 as was planned for. No, instead Pittsburgh pulled the sneaky double bluff, losing two straight and pissing on the only way they were going to sell those tickets to see the Washington Nationals. Who will want to come see full-priced games against the Nats? I'm going out on a limb and saying very few.
With the promise of discounted tickets down the drain, and two of the worst teams in Major League Baseball prepping for a long series, I foresee dismal things to come in terms of attendence numbers at PNC Park. The Pirates better start thinking of more creative schemes like: All-you-can-eat hot dog night, Pirate hat/eye-patch giveaway night, Barry Bonds Steroid-Starter Kit Night, Attend-a-Pirates-Game-for-a-Chance-to-Win-Steelers-Tix Night, or maybe just handwritten apologies from team members to the fans night.
July 23, 2009
July 20, 2009
"This was a partnership destined to happen," said Elías Diaz of Burger King Spain. "This is a club with commitment and passion. Burger King's values of fun, fidelity and authenticity identify with the spirit of Getafe and their unconditional passion." This is just another really creative marketing piece from BK, like their BK cologne from last winter.
Burger King even provides instructions to the Getafe players. Similar to the marketing work that is done in the US for BK. Roughly translated the instructions are:
1. Remove official Getafe FC jersey from Burger King bag.
2. Put on your jersey when you want to feel like a star.
3. Shoot and score a goal.
4. Prepare to celebrate.
5. Show everyone the King within you.
Unfortunately, nobody was home at the time of the Weiner-smashing. I can only assume, the Hotdoggers (name of the sad souls that man the vehicle) leapt from the Weinermobile clutching hot dogs and plastic whistles only to find no children at home playing video games or building legos. The whole thing was for nought as instead of spreading hot doggy joy, they were met with silence.
Police said the Weinermobile took a wrong turn down a dead-end street in the small Wisconsin neighborhood. The driver was trying to turn the Wienermobile around in the driveway and thought she was moving in reverse. But she instead went forward and hit the home. It is unclear if the sausage has been pulled out as of yet.
July 15, 2009
The 850 mile course length mean an average driving amount of around 47 miles between holes, so bring some extra batteries for the golf cart. If you want some exercise, you could walk the course...but you might want to bring a lot of water, a snake bite kit, and a tent. Project manager Alf Caputo said the course would give golfers the time of their lives, allowing them to engage in their favourite sport while enjoying the amazing scenery of the outback. Because you're traversing the Australian Outback, this is potentially the only golf course that could kill you over the course of play. Designers say that you'll encounter Kangaroos, heards of wild sheep, and dingos among other things. I assume the other things include rattlesnakes, scorpions, and creatues hell bent on fucking you up.
The course is actually only 8304 yards of playable golf when added up. The concept is that each little town along the southern coast hosts a single hole and the course becomes a tour of Australia as your head towards Perth. Sounds like a pretty cool little trip to me. What they don't tell you in your $50 green fees is that you'll have to pay for three nights of hotels as you go. It's those pesky hidden fees that get you! Construction is expected to finish next month and the inaugural tournament will be held on October 22, 2009. Talk about a golf getaway. Find out more info here.
These guys may never reach the next hole...
July 14, 2009
Simpson had planned to throw a Barbie and Ken-themed party for her birthday, but it fell through, according to a message she wrote on her Twitter page Saturday. "Barbie party didn't happen, but I turned 29 and feel like I am on top of the world." She then added 'Papa Deaux Fish Fry, here we come!!!' Upon hearing the news, Romo was heartbroken - he had just finished polishing his 'Ken Powerwheels' and donned his penis-tucking granny panties to complete the Ken getup. He then said something along the lines of 'Papa Deaux again?! Fuck that!'
July 10, 2009
July 9, 2009
"The Congress of South African Trade Unions and the construction workers, are as passionate about the 2010 World Cup as anyone, and will do everything possible to ensure its success. But we will not tolerate the stadiums being built by workers who are underpaid or working in dangerous or unhealthy conditions,'' the organization said in a statement. Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the local organizing committee, said the strike would soon be resolved and was confident the stadiums will be completed on schedule. "The construction workers have been the lifeblood of the 2010 FIFA World Cup project. Their hard work has ensured that we are on track to meet our deadlines and that our stadiums will be among the best in the world next year,'' he said in a statement.
July 8, 2009
July 6, 2009
For many millenia, man had sought ways to get women to expose their breasts in a way that would trick them into thinking they were being fashionable. Louis Reard discovered just how to do that - he unveiled the bikini at a popular French pool called the Piscine Molitor. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the skimpy swimwear that Reard had named after the Bikini Atoll. Bikini had made news the previous week when the US conducted a nuclear bomb tests on the atoll. Leveraging a hot babe, posh location, and big current events, Reard found the perfect marketing formula and declared, "bring on the boobies!" Or in French, "mettre sur la boobies!"
Mays signature voice and black beard became somewhat of a pop culture icon when he began selling Orange-Glo, Oxiclean, and Chopit (a precursor and rival of Slapchop). We all own some product that Mays sold - I've got some traditional oxiclean, some oxiclean foaming all-purpose cleaner, and some oxiclean for pets, then again maybe I'm a little overboard. Mays also parodied himself in doing some ESPN 360 commercials.
I even enjoyed the discovery channel show which showcased Billy and Anothony Sullivan as pitchmen/producers who evaluated and sold products in their infomercial format. I'll miss Billy and all his awesome gadgets. Vince from shamWow and Slapchop cna't compete, Mays was the best and he will be missed!
July 2, 2009
Bar Refaeli is still riding the wave of popularity from being 2009's Sport Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model. Though one of my friends will claim she's been around for a long time and he called her firsties! He just wants to settle down with a nice Jewish girl I guess, go get her Ian! I just must hope that Bar doesn't fall for some not-quite-ready-for-prime-time tennis player like Brooklyn Decker did with Andy Roddick. That would be one of the worst tragedies to beset man since Megan Fox and The BAG.