Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tino Martinez Resigns. Another Late Call

Tino Martinez resigned as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins on Sunday following his admission that he was verbally, and physically abusive with players.
Tino Martinez

"I was frustrated at times, the way players were behaving and, certain ways they were doing things. When I asked them to do something and they wouldn’t do it, whatever it may be, I thought the way to get through was by being firm with them, and I probably used some four-letter words.”

Martinez' apology is to blame the players for making him verbally abuse to them. In addition to the verbal abuse, there was physical abuse. Martinez admitted grabbing second baseman Derek Dietrich by the front of his jersey in early May. Dietrich says, by jersey, Martinez means neck. According to the Miami Herald, Martinez also became excessively angry with outfielder Justin Ruggiano, first baseman Casey Kotchman, infielder Chris Valaika and minor-league infielder Matt Downs, among others.
Derek Dietrich

And according to one player, who understandably didn't want his name used, "it’s been a problem since Day One.” Day one was spring training, back in February.

And why would anyone want to come forward? Even though Martinez had no prior experience coaching at any level, he was hand-picked by the team's owner, who, by the way, rejected Martinez first resignation attempt just two days ago. Players complained to the manager, but nothing was ever done. Remember, the Marlins never disciplined Martinez, he disciplined himself by resigning.

Even if people within the organization were reluctant to speak out against the owner's handed picked boy, at least one person should have felt like they had cover just as the season started. On April 3, 2013, two games into the 2013 season, as the Marlins were
Mike Rice
preparing to get shutout by the Washington Nationals, ESPN aired video of Rutgers University head basketball coach Mike Rice, talking to his players like he was trying to win an insult contest, and roughing them up like a pimp does a sex worker. The video shows Rice whipping a basketball at a player's head, kicking a player and using a homophobic slur directed at a player. The public was shocked and the university reacted by firing Rice.

And yet, not one of the victims of Martinez' abuse came forward, and Martinez never changed his behavior. The rookie Dietrich must have decided this was abuse worth taking as long as he was in the show. When he was no longer there, he became a victim. Just days after Dietrich was sent back to the minors, Dietrich told his agent, who ADDED his voice to those who had already complained about Martinez to the Marlins.

Manager Mike Redmond must have known about the abuse. Hell, he must have witnessed it on several occasions. If this were a McDonald's the phrase hostile work environment would have used on someones write-up. This whole sad situation is another example of people looking the other way when it comes to certain athletes or coaches. This kind of abuse was probably more likely in an NFL camp. That's why Martinez hollering would have/did instantly shock people, who in turn must have wondered why Marlins management was doing nothing to stop it. Its not like it was working. The Marlins are last in the majors at scoring runs with a 3.16 run per game average. At one point, they didn't score a run for 37 innings. That's equal to 4 games! The Marlins could have fired Martinez for lack of performance, or abusing players instead THEY did nothing.

Texas Rangers Pitcher's Lie Falls Apart

Tanner Scheppers
"He lost a bar fight." A day after Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers claimed to have been sucker punched on his way back to the team hotel in Cleveland, a witness came forward to say Scheppers got his ass beat in a fight that he started. The "sucker punch" happened early Friday morning (2:30) and not Thursday night, as Scheppers claimed. His injuries, cuts around his nose and bruising around his eyes, forced Scheppers onto the unable to pitch list Friday night. On Saturday, people who were at the "bar" not the sidewalk where Scheppers claimed he was cold-cocked said Scheppers, accompanied by teammates A.J. Pierzynski, Joe Natan, and several woman, was a verbal instigator.
Despite poor ole Tanner being jumped, he refused medical attention or to file a police report. The witness said Scheppers had 10 chances to walk away but didn't. I will say this about the social evolution about this country. Scheppers knew better than to claim a bunch of black guys had jumped him. Nowadays, that's an obvious tell. And by the way, I'm sure Pierzynski and Natan might not like having to explain who the women were. Oh and Rangers manager Ron Washington might have something to say about being lied to.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Dockett's Crazy, Tony Montana, Pet

Darnell Dockett is asking the Arizona Cardinals if he can bring his pet TIGER, Little Buddy, to training camp to meet players and fans.
Darnell Dockett
(What could do wrong!) Two years ago, Dockett bought a pet alligator (pictured here) named, wait for it..."Nino." Like Nino Brown who along with G Money formed the CMB or the Cash Money Money brothers. I'm not saying bringing a Tiger to training camp to be around other million dollar athletes and children is a bad idea, but I don't know another way to finish that sentence.
Percy Harvin

We didn't even get a chance to get used to seeing this jersey on his back. One of the Seattle Seahawks main off season acquisitions, Percy Harvin, might have to have hip surgery. The news was released today by head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said Harvin injured his hip during a workout last week. The 'Hawks lost to their NFC West rivals in last season's NFC Championship game. Harvin is one of the players they traded for or drafted in order to make sure they win that game this season. This is yet another setback for Harvin, who missed half of last season's games with an ankle injury. He also missed significant playing time in the past with acute migraine pain.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Scheming Belichick Can Say Nothing About Hernandez Without Saying Something About Himself

Bill Belichick
No matter what Bill Belichick does the media loves him. Get caught cheating for 7 years, no problem. Draft someone half the teams in the NFL wouldn't touch because of multiple reports the guy was a murder suspect waiting to happen, no problem. Today, the New England Patriots head coach addressed the media with respect to former Patriot Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is charged with murdering his friend Odin Lloyd. In one of the first stories following Belichick's news conference, writer Greg Bedard from a new site called MMQB, wrote, Belichick was "contrite, sympathetic and genuine." Really? Belichick refused to answer even the most basic questions, like why did you draft Hernandez when three years ago, before the draft, at least half the NFL teams were telling anyone who would listen, that they wouldn't draft Hernandez because of the likelihood of trouble on his horizon. Hernandez
Hernandez (81) and Belichick
was supposed to be drafted no later than the second round. The Patriots drafted him in the fourth round. What a bargain hey Bill? The Belichick statements from today follow owner Bob Kraft's performance as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. In his press conference last week, Kraft claimed he was duped by Hernandez. "Poor 'lil ole me. I'm smart enough to maneuver my way into running a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, (Gillette) but I was no match for a 21 year-old football player from the University of Florida.' You guys didn't know about all Hernandez' "bar" problems, or shooting an acquaintance in the face? Tom Brady told Tim Tebow, Hernandez was an issue during a 5 second
Tom Brady and Tim Tebow
post-game handshake, but I guess Brady never said anything to his head coach. And now the media is lining up again behind the a liar and a cheater, and I'm not talking about Ryan Braun. Braun has been suspended from Major League Baseball for the rest of the season. The alleged reason is that Braun got caught using or admitted using drugs that are banned by MLB. Since the suspension was announced earlier this week, Braun has been subjected to calls for his permanent suspension, to a string of anti-Semitic Twitter rants. Belichick was caught VIDEOTAPE opposing teams defensive signals in 2007, a violation of NFL rules and a potentially huge competitive advantage. During the ensuing investigation, it was revealed that he had been doing this since 2000. Belichick was not suspended for one game. No one in the media called for the three Super Bowls the Patriots won, all during the time Belichick
was cheating, to be vacated. And no one in the media called for Belichick to be banned for life.Today, Belichick is cheating again. He is lying about what the team knew about a member of the New England Patriots charged with planning and carrying out a murder.This isn't the only dastardly thing Belichick has done. Just last year he grabbed an official following a loss, and earlier this year, Belichick refused the traditional, on-field post game interview. Why? Because the Patriots lost and Bill was too busy pouting to act like professional coach who gets paid way too much to have a job many of us would do for less money. And now Belichick is again acting like a child by refusing to talk about what the team knew about Hernandez and when they knew it. But just like the seven years Belichick was caught cheating, the media will let this slide, while treating players who do the same, like they were Aaron Hernandez.

Ryan Braun Brings The Hitler Out in Baseball Fans

Ryan Braun
You all know about Ryan Braun being suspended from MLB. He was suspended without pay for the rest of the year, 65 games. The apparent reason is the use of banned drugs. But did you see this insane anti-semitic Twitter crap! When it comes to race relations and anti-Semitism this country is going backwards. There was a time, not too long ago, when people would never put their names next this kinds of pathology. Not any more. Thanks President's Nixon and Reagen's southern strategy!
For the record, Braun's father is Jewish, not his mother.
And this is only the Huffington Posts list of the ten MOST anti-Semitic. That was my reaction too. You mean there's more?!


Ryan Braun really pulled a Jew move. He ancestors taught him well ‪#‎steroids‬ ‪#‎cheatingthesystem‬

— JMahoney26 (@JMahoney26) July 22, 2013

Dear Ryan Braun, burn in hell you dumb Jew.

— Jimmy Jablonowski (@JimmyJabs5) July 22, 2013

Great, another famous Jew who lied to get ahead. Ryan Braun, I welcome you to the prestigious company of Bernie Madoff.

— Andrew Gerson (@grrrson_person) July 22, 2013

ryan braun you had this coming you jew

— Tommy Kirkpatrick (@bornin93) July 22, 2013

Of course Ryan Braun took steroids. He's a Jew, and last I checked, sports aren't really their thing.

— Tyler Winslett (@TylerWinslett1) July 22, 2013

Ryan Braun typical sneaky Jew

— Justin Spisto (@Just_In_Time618) July 22, 2013


— Money Makin Mitch (@THEFREEMAN24) July 22, 2013

"@Team_nola: Ryan Braun's Jew ass just got suspended  come on man!!! Can't be juicing!" Might be the Jew way to cheat!

— Mr. Steal Ya Girl ! (@DJTHAImyshoes) July 22, 2013

Didn't anyone report this as inappropriate? What if the same number of people spewed this garbage against the Twitter Mothers and Fathers? Are we even reading this?
Following the Trayvon Martin verdict I was really starting to feel like a marked man. Now, I'm glad I'm black.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lyin' Ryan Braun Suspended Without Pay

Ryan Braun is suspended without pay for the remainder of the season. The story on the MLB website does not say why Braun was suspended. It only says Braun came clean about about violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Ryan Braun

The posting quote Braun:
"As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement released by MLB. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.


"Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed -- all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates.

Braun not only broken the rules, his indignant denials have earned him a special place the hypocrites hall of fame. Following the 2011 season and during the playoffs, Braun was notified that he had tested positive for an elevated level of synthetic testosterone. Braun won the MVP award that year.
Braun accepts MVP
Braun was given 50-game suspension, but had that punishment overturned on appeal. Braun never argued that elevated levels of synthetic testosterone weren't in his urine. Instead, he argued that the chain of custody of his sample violated testing procedures. In a statement, Braun called his victory the "first step in restoring my good name and reputation." His second lie. Despite Braun's likelihood of guilt, given his positive test, baseball writers still tried to award him a second straight MVP. Braun finished second in the voting to the San Francisco Giants Buster Posey. Can you imagine Barry Bonds testing positive for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone, and like Braun, coming out and hitting .319 the very next year and then finishing second in the MVP voting? Barry would have been buried. Bonds has been out of the game for 5 years, and in his first year of eligibility of the Hall of Fame did not make the cut. And yet, Braun almost won another MVP after testing positive? Braun's treatment in the media is more of a continuing pattern. Despite clear observational and documented evidence of cheating, Braun, Roger Clemons, Lance Armstrong, and Mark MacQwire all required rock solid evidence before being convicted in the media. We had  Clemons DNA on a steroids soaked needle, 11 of Armstrong's
Mark McQwire
teammates testified against him, Braun had a positive drug test, but since he won his appeal, the media backed off, and MacQwire refused to deny he'd taken steroids under oath in front of congress.
Braun was also linked to the Biogenesis Lab of Miami. Earlier this year, a story in the New Miami Times first linked several other players to banned drugs produced by the lab. Those players, including Alex Rodriguez, and last year's All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera were handed down a guilty verdict in the media. Later, when Braun's name was linked to the same list, the media did not show the same blood lust Braun as it had for A-Rod and Cabrera. MLB was expected to suspend a number of players linked to the Biogenesis Lab. Why Braun is the only name on the suspension list so far is a bit of a mystery. Media reports quoting anonymous sources say Braun declined to answer questions put to him earlier this month by MLB investigators. That may be why Braun and only Braun was suspended, although the New York Daily News said 10 other players also did not cooperate.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Feds Charge Two Men with Threatening Lance Armstrong Investigator

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong looked right into the cameras and lied when he said he never took drugs to help him win seven Tour De France races. Maybe he had a reason to believe the truth would die.
Travis Tygart
Federal law enforcement agents have arrested two men on suspicion of making death threats to the man who lead the investigation into Armstrong's doping and witness intimidation business. A grand jury has indicted Gerrit Keats of Florida, a 72 year-old retired doctor, and Robert Hutchins of Utah. They're charging them with transmitting a threat to Travis Tygart. The government says Tygart received the threats as he was working on the the wide-ranging investigation of doping on the U.S. Postal Service sponsored Cycling team, of which Armstrong was the lead member. At the same time Tygart was receiving threats, Armstrong was telling Tygart was conducting an unconstitutional "witch hunt." Following the investigation this year, the
Gerrit Keats Gran Jury Doc.
USADA released overwhelming evidence that linked Armstrong to taking performance boosters, like EPO, or Erythropoietin a hormone that promotes the production of red blood cells. The report based its conclusion on the testimony of nearly a dozen of Armstrong's teammates. Each detailed Armstrong's and their own roles in the scheme. This indictment of two men, who for now don't appear to be connected to the sport of cycling, also gives credence to allegations from former team members and other cyclists, that Armstrong used intimidation against witnesses to keep his cheating a secret. The USADA is recognized as "the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport in the United States. It stripped Armstrong of his seven"Tour' titles, and issued him a life-time ban. And since the USADA also governs drug testing for Triathletes, Armstrong's sport of choice following his retirement from cycling, Armstrong was also banned from competing in USADA sanctioned events. Following the report and the life-time ban Armstrong admitted his role in doping to Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong is also facing a civil lawsuit. In February, the federal government joined a 'suit already filed against Armstrong. Floyd Landis' suit accuses Armstrong
Floyd Landis
and his associates of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service during their tenure with the USPS cycling team. Because Armstrong and other USPS cyclists used banned drugs and blood transfusions to gain an advantage, the suit argues they violated their sponsorship contracts with the USPS and that the government should get its money back. The lawsuit seeks $90 million. Armstrong might gladly pay back that money if it means he could steer clear of what's probably coming. Why would two guys threaten the life of the head of the USADA investigation into Armstrong's cheating? Were they big Armstrong fans, or just a couple of his independent contractors.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Returning to the New York Yankees, but for how long?

The Yankess are confirming (to the USA Today) that Alex Rodriguez will return to the Yankees on
Alex Rodriguez
Monday. A-Rod underwent an operation to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement in his left hip in January. He hasn't played one game this season.. Rodriguez is currently rehabbing in the minors at Trenton, NJ. Fans would say A-Rod's absence is the reason the team is under achieving, again. The Yankees have played four people at third base this season. New York's third basemen are batting .230/.291/.316 with four home runs. Their .607 OPS the lowest mark in the American League at the position. The Yankees are only doing a little better. They're sitting at 51-44, good enough only for 4th place in the American League East. No one is looking for A-Rod to be a savior because know one knows how long he'll be in the line-up. It's not another injury fans are
Biogenesis Lab list
worried about, its this Biogenesis Labs investigation MLB is conducting. A local Miami weekly paper blew the lid off an alleged drug supply chain to the majors from the lab. All of the information is being supplied by anonymous sources. A-Rod's name appeared on a lab list along with other players, including Melky Cabrera, last year's All-Star game MVP, and Ryan Braun, the NL MVP in 2011. At least one media outlet is saying A-Rod was interviewed last week by the league in connection with the investigation. If the league finds Rodriguez responsible, he could be face a 100 game suspension. Even if he is suspended, I'm betting he'll return to the league. He's got 647 career home runs, but 700 sounds sooo much better.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Brooklyn Nets Introduced on Flatbush Avenue

The Brooklyn Nets today introduced the core of their new team.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were traded to the borough of Brooklyn from the Boston Celtics. The Nets are essentially rebuilding with players another team jettisoned so it could re-build with younger players. How hopefully are Brooklyn's trolley dodgers? The NY Daily News is ignoring the elephant in the room. All three will be 36 years-old during the season. That's young, if you're the head coach. (Nets head coach Jason Kidd is 40) But if you're just a few years away from receiving an AARP card and you're trying to play in the NBA, it could be a problem. On the other hand, Terry, Garnett, Pierce and Kidd all have NBA champiionships in the past 5 years. And despite being being 36 last year, Garnett averaged 30 minutes and 14.6 points a game. The Celtics were 17-10 in games Garnett out scored his match-up man. Pierce averaged 34 minutes and 18.6 a game, and were 27-17 in games he outscored
Jason Kidd
HIS match up man. And let's not forget, Deron Williams is on this team and he can finish like Tony Parker. Joe Johnson and his $21.4 million salary is also still on Flatbush Avenue. With the pressure off of Johnson you might see him improve on his 14.9 points per game. And a lot of people forget, Williams 20.6 ppg weren't enough for leading scorer honors on the Nets. Brook Lopez sank 22.3 a game last season. The question for the Nets; is age nutin' but a number or will be the reason for another re-build after this season.

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

Today, July 18th is Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. He spent 27 off those years in a South African cell.
Nelson Mandela
His crime: trying to burn down the country's racist Apartied system. A boxer in his youth, Mandela always believe sports played an important role in bringing people together. The movie Inviticus tells how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, held in South Africa, to unite the post-apartheid nation. Recently, Mandela has been sick enough to require around the clock medical observation. Take a minute today to think about Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and his contributions to peace and sport.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

KTVU Gaffe The Result Of Ignorance, Not Malice

By now, you've all heard about the tremendously racist gaffe KTVU made on Friday July 12th. The gaffe news hit the digital pages of the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times and overseas at the Daily Mail, to name a few. Cable TV news outlets in this country assigned reporters to cover it. And on YouTube, the video of the segment has registered 6.4 million views as of Sunday night. At least one internet site is calling this the worst gaffe in the history of TV. The mistake threatens even to over-shadow the horrible life and death mistake an emergency rescue squad made by running over one of the crash victims from flight 214 on the way to the crash site.
KTVU Full Screen
What Channel Two did, did not do, will now be required reading in every journalism school for years to come, and not just because the mistake is also comically funny as well as sad. This is a cautionary tale for journalists young, and older. The incident also shows how a TV station, which has established itself over several decades as a news leader, can undo much of that work with one stupid mistake. I am intimately familiar with KTVU. I helped to maintain KTVU's competitive advantage as a reporter and anchor there from 2005-2012. Haste and ignorance of Korean and Chinese culture lead to what happened on Friday.

The station identified the pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214 during the noon newscast. The names were not only wrong, they were a joke. The gag is so hackneyed it would make the author of the Yellow Rivers in China, blush with embarassment. The names KTVU broadcast and set to a full screen for its audience to read were akin to the name of I.P. Freely, or Anita Bath. In other words, not only were the names a joke, they were obviously jokes.
Flight 214

Captain Sum Ting Wong
Wi Tu Lo
Ho Lee Fuk
Bang Ding Ow

These names shouldn't have even required an out loud read to under cover their real intent. They mock the Chinese people and the accents they develop trying to learn the English language. You might be surprised to learn who was responsible for this racist gaffe. It wasn't an KTVU intern, it wasn't a writer, but two senior producers. One is a manager, the other has decades of experience as a producer, newspaper reporter and college instructor. This was a rookie mistake made by two veterans. The senior producer who was given these names should have laughed, told the person to lose his number and hung up the phone. Instead, the names were passed up the chain of command.

A source at the station, someone I used to work alongside, told me one of the producers got a call from a source. That source gave four names and identified those people as the pilots of flight 214.
The senior producer then gave those names to the second senior producer, the manager who was involved, and she called the NTSB. When she reached the NTSB, she didn't ask for the names of the pilots of flight 214, she read the names she had to the person, who later was identified by the NTSB as an intern, who essentially nodded his head in agreement. Both KTVU and the NTSB have apologized. The NTSB said that an intern confirmed the names, but that the agency has a policy of not giving out pilot's names. The station admitted that the person from KTVU who called the NTSB, the person you know now was a manager, never asked for the name of the person with whom she was speaking.

The first problem with these names is they are fake CHINESE names. They're not fake KOREAN names. Thirty-percent of the Bay Area's population claims Chinese hertigage, and the Korean population is the fourth largest in the country. Yet two out of two senior KTVU producers can't tell the difference! To them, theses were just Asian names. Despite living and working in the Bay Area for decades (I know both of these people. Both grew up in the area. In fact my older brother grew up, and went to high school with the senior producer who took the name from the source) neither one of these experienced, and trained professional smelled anything funny.

KTVU's problem didn't end there. The two senior producers weren't the only ones to see, and tacitly approve what was happening, and in doing so show incredible ignorance of the Chinese and Korean culture. That full screen graphic that you see, had to be made by someone in the graphics department. After it is completed, the same graphic is stored in master control in a holding pattern, but visable to everyone in the control room BEFORE it goes on the air. That means at the very least, the director and line producer had a chance to see those names.

There is one more gatekeeper, the anchor of the noon broadcast Tori Campbell. KTVU's statement claims that Campbell didn't read this copy before it went on the air. I worked with Tori, I anchored with Tori, I know Tori. Folks, Tori Campbell read that copy. Tori is a true professional. She would never have risked embarassing herself, or the station, by not looking at, and reading the copy of such an important story, with the names of people written in a language with which she is not familiar BEFORE she read the story on the air.

What we have here is a failure to recognize a racist joke, at the region's number one station, among senior producers, a senior manager, a producer, a director and an anchor who has been at the station 21 years. This is only a list of people I know saw these names. There were probably others looking over their shoulders with giddiness and anticipation as the station seemed on the brink of breaking a big story.

What none of those people considered was the impact of the information. How big was this story, really? In news you want to provide "new" information. That's why its called "news." But the names of these Korean pilots weren't essential information to the story. The story was so rushed that KTVU squeezed it in following a story about one of the two teenage girls who died in the July 6th crash at San Francisco International Airport. What made the producers think, these names HAD go on the air, right then, right now? The pilots weren't local people. No one would have remember their names at the end of the newscast. This wasn't even the George Zimmerman verdict, and yet KTVU rushed the names onto the air, like they were giving is the names of Lee Harvey Oswald, or John Hinkley.
Flight 214

Furthermore, the station already had some of the crew members names. On July 10th, twelve members of the flight crew appeared at a press conference in Korea. Here are some of their names: Yoo Tae Sik, Kim Ji Youn, Lee Han Woo, Lee Jin Hee, Kim Yun Ju, and Lee Yoon Hye. Those are Korean names. Nothing like Sum Ting Wong, or Wi Tu Lo, two of the four fake names broadcast by KTVU. People who are really interested in and/or paying attention to other cultures can easily see a difference between those Korean names and the fake pilot's names. Just like the rest of American culture, KTVU lumped the Korean pilots into a larger, catch all word; Asian. Jackie Chan can't be Mr. Miagi. He's Chinese, and Mr. Miagi is Japanese.

Had their been the slightest bit of knowledge of either the Chinese or Korean cultures, the senior producers at KTVU would have had to ask themselves another question. Is it reasonable, or likely
that a Korean Airline would hire four Chinese nationals as pilots. South and North Korean are still officiallly at war and have been since 1950. Their troops are at this very moment standing off against one another at the demiliterized zone on the border between the two countries. The Korean people live under constant threat of the beginning of World War III. China provides nearly all of the North's weapon and finances and North Korea's ability to make war. Armed with this knowledge, the producers should have been suspicious of the likelyhood that a South Korean company would entrust four Chinese crew members to fly more than 300 people across the Pacific. Would an American company trust four members of the Taliban to fly one of our triple sevens?

This isn't the first time something like this has happened at Channel Two. Back in 2009, in a desperate search for a picture of soon to be arrested (at that time) Melissa Huckaby, the station
Melissa Huckaby, the murderer
searched and found one. The picture they found was a picture on MySpace of a 28 year-old woman who lived in Manteca and taught pre-school at her local church in Tracy, where she graduated from high school. Her name was Melissa Huckaby. This Melissa Huckaby was not the one kidnapped an 8 year-old girl, molester and killed her, then stuffed the girls body in a suitcase and threw it in the Delta. But now, because of KTVU, a lot of people thought she was the same one. Consequently, the innocent Melissa Huckaby had to withstand angry emails and death threats.

If the station is really concerned about preventing a repeat performance someone is going to have to be severely and publicly (within the station) disciplined. Local TV managers like to blame competition from the Internet as the reason for declining marketshare. This latest gaffe, the broadcasting of false and in this case racist information, is at least one of the other reasons.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Another Late Call. Marshall Henderson Busted in May For Drugs

Marshall Henderson is at it again. The oft busted Ole Miss guard was arrested. Police say he
Marshall Henderson and fan
"appeared" to have coke and pot. Something tells me that word "appeared" is just the wiggle room police need to drop the charges. The report just hit the Wall Street Journal yesterday, but the arrested happened in May. Henderson has been suspended indefinitely by his team for violating team rules. This isn't Henderson's first rodeo. Henderson was arrested in 2009 for misdemeanor forgery after buying marijuana with counterfeit money and again in 2011 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
(Sounds like the confession in "Airplane II." "Father, I got an underage girl at work pregnant, then I had to steal from the company to pay for the abortion)
He served time in jail after the second arrest because he violated his probation. Ole Miss has said the coaches were aware of Henderson's past when he signed with the program. Ole Miss suspended Henderson for this latest addition to his jacket, but only AFTER the story became public. I'm sure they knew about it when it happened.
Henderson blowing on fingers

FOX Sports reporter and underwear model Erin Andrews tried to beat up the suspect in custody by Tweeting:

Erin Andrews        ✔ @ErinAndrews
He mocking anyone now? RT @GaryParrishCBS: Marshall Henderson's suspension is related to a failed drug test, a source told @CBSSports.

The mocking crack a reference to Henderson's mocking of and the flipping off of a crowd on the road during a game last season.

Henderson was the first to respond:

marshall henderson @NativeFlash22
@ErinAndrews ima save that and you will be the first person ill mock 🙀
Erin Andrews

Then, his minions came out the woodwork:

@ErinAndrews talking trash to Marshall Henderson = 486 RTs 286 Favs. @NativeFlash22 responding to her tweet = 2,498 RTs 1,999 Favs. #Boss

This was retweeted nearly 2500 times and favorited 2000 times!


"Cocaine isn't the enemy here. It's the media." #FreeMarshall #GoneTilNovemberLikeWeezy

Chad Gaudin
Could this be the continuation of a pattern? You'll recall earlier this week SF Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin was FINALLY charged with groping a woman on an emergency room gurney, even though that happened in January, and there were WITNESSES. Gaudin was to drunk to vomit, but somehow charges could only be filed 7 months later!

Where's the condemnation? This wasn't the first time Henderson sunk lower than Lindsey Lohan. Yet those good ole boys love him. Henderson can get caught with pot and coke in one traffic stop and people jump to defend him. All Dwight Howard did was decide he wanted to play somewhere else.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Andre Iguodala Officially A Golden State Warrior

Andre Iguodala is now officially a member of the Golden State Warriors. The team Tweet went a little somethin' like thiiiisss.
Golden St. Warriors ‏@warriors 1h (2:30ish PST)
NOW OFFICIAL: Andre Iguodala (@andre) is a Warrior. Details:
The picture is doctored. If 'dre has worn a GS uni. he certainly hasn't been sweating in one yet!
“Andre Iguodala was a free agent that we targeted from Day 1 and we are thrilled that he chose to join our team,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “His versatility as a player should help us tremendously on both sides of the court and we feel that his specific, unique skill set blends very well with the players already on our roster. Additionally, he will serve as a great asset to our young team as we continue to grow and develop in the coming years.” The deal is worth $48 million over four years. (Courting since day 1? I thought Dwight Howard was)
The Warriors acquired 'Dre in a three-team trade sign and trade deal. Its complicated, but the Warriors were looking to get rid of high saleries of Richard Jefferson ($11 million), Andris Biedrins ($9 million) and Brandon Rush. The Utah Jazz agreed to do that but in exchange are getting the Warriors first round picks in 2014 and 2017. AND second round picks in 2016 and 2017. The Nuggets received Randy Foye in a sign-and-trade with Utah with the Jazz receiving a 2018 second-round pick. Sounds like a high price to pay until you consider Iguodala's worth.
Richard Jefferson
The 29 year-old is a nine-year vet.  He has averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.74 steals in 37.4 minutes per game over 695 regular-season contests (all starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets. Picture Iguodala on the floor with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and David Lee. Oh and don't forget that Draymond Green, Jermaine O'Neal (another off season pick up) Harrison Barnes, and newly acquired Marreese Speights are coming off the bench. The Warriors were the only playoff team in the western conference to defeat the eventual confernce champs, the San Antonio Spurs. This new team looks even better!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Asiana Flight 214 Video

Federal investigators at SFO will be picking threw the weeds and runway 2-8, L in the coming days trying to figure out how Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed this morning.
Asiana Airlines Flight 214
Eyewitness accounts, coupled with physical evidence at the scene, seem to indicate the Boeing triple "7" barely made the runway. Witnesses say the plane's rear end made contact with a rock wall separating the runway from the bay, and then cartwheeled to a stop several hundred yards up the landing area. The plane came to rest on its belly with the top of the fuselage peeled back like a sardine can, and flames and smoke rushing toward the San Francisco morning air. The flight left Seoul, South Korea at 5pm local time Friday and arrive at SFO about 12 hours later on Saturday at approximately 11:35 am with 303 passengers and crew aboard. Two people were killed and 181 people were reported injured.

Passenger accounts of what happened have already begun in the aftermath of this tragedy. We have video of the moments after the crash that you won't find many other places. This video was taken from a live video feed provided by a peninsula hotel.

Bryce Harper Texts, "Play Me or Trade Me."

Bryce Harper has not even played two seasons of MLB and already he's acting like he owns the joynt. According to a CSN reporter, the 20 year-old former number one overall pick gave the Washington Nationals manager, Davey Johnson, an ultimatum.
Bryce Harper

Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

Harper text to Davey last night: "Play me or trade me." Davey: "Since trading him is out of the question, guess he's playing."
11:17 AM - 6 Jul 2013

Mr. Zuckerman may believe that because like other sports media types, they love Harper. Close your eyes with me for just a minute. Now image, if Kobe Bryant, or Dwight Howard or LeBron James had texted their head coach with the words, "play me or trade me."
Kobe Bryant
When you open your eyes, that smoke you see rising from in front of the Staples Center and the American Airlines Arena, is coming from the public burning of Kobe, Dwight, and LeBron's jerseys. The only thing making the crowd a bit sad is that Kobe, Dwight and LeBron aren't wearing them.

And yet how are the media and fans treating Harper? Here are some quotes from people commenting on the story on the CBS Sports website.

                                          Bryce, love the attitude, love the drive and the play that's brought every day.

It's obvious he wants to play and I applaud him for that. 

Guy is actually making light of his own bad attitude, it would seem.  Which is awesome.  Using it to tell Skip "I'm fine, really, put me in coach...  I'm ready to play...  Today..."
Dwight Howard

It wasn't all good, but close your eyes again and image the bonfire, then ask yourself, how much support would Kobe, LeBron, or Dwight have gotten for saying, "play me or trade me?"
Harper getting ejected from a AA game

Harper just came back to the team after being out since May with a knee injury. Fans have mistaken Harper's lack of outfield acumen with hustle. Harper missed a month when he injured his knee slamming into a wall going after a ball. The same fans who lauded the hustle Harper displayed on the play, will have to start questioning his smarts if he slams into another wall "hustling" and has to miss another month. Harper's injury wasn't caused by hustle it was caused by not being a very good outfielder. I don't see Mike Trout, Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury, or Andrew McCutchen missing games because they hurt themselves running into a wall.
Mike Trout

In Harper's first five games after returning from injury, he had one home run. The Nationals wanted to give him the weekend off to rest the knee, and that's when Harper brayed his ultimatum.

Like the plaintiff's in the recently decided Supreme Court Prop 8 case, Harper has no standing to make such a demand. He has 188 games under his belt, but more to the point, has shown a petulant, irrational side since before he was drafted. Kevin Goldstein for Baseball Prospectus wrote, "One scout called him among the worst amateur players he's ever seen from a makeup standpoint, with top-of-the-scale arrogance, a disturbingly large sense of entitlement, and on-field behavior that includes taunting opponents. He even got kicked out of a game last year, after hitting two homers! What sane person does that?

"He's just a bad, bad guy," said one front-office official. "He's basically the anti-Joe Mauer."

He blew a kiss to a pitcher after hitting a home run in the minors, he was ejected from a Jr. college world series game, and this year was ejected from a game for arguing with the 3rd base umpire's called check swing strike. And that's not even the half of it.

Play me or trade me?! GTFOH

He hit just .270 last year, with just 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Based on what I read in the media, I actually expected to find much higher numbers.
Fans burning LeBron's Cavs jersey

If Kobe or LeBron had said this people would be burning their jerseys. Oh wait that wasn't a dream it already happened. Kobe and LeBron have a combined 5 rings, Harper is a young kid with an a-hole rep, and so far unimpressive baseball numbers. And unlike Kobe, LeBron or Dwight have been in the past and will be in the future, Harper is not be vilified for being arrogant, but applauded for being one tough SOB with a great attitude. For the record, Harper was in the line-up today. We've all seen recently what a move like that makes Dwight Howard. For some reason, Harper is getting credit and not blame for his attitude.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Korean Gymnast Throws Jaw-Dropping First Pitch

Normally, baseball and gymnastics mix about as well as football and curling. Rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji threw out the first pitch before a game between the Doosan Bears and the Samsung Lions at a Korean Baseball Organization game. (Yes, that Samsung)
But yesterday
Shin Soo-ji
Soo-ji gracefully and creatively showed the world that maybe baseball and gymnastic is really like someone getting chocolate in your peanut butter. Soo-ji does a flip, but doesn't leave her feat. I didn't think it was possible until I saw. Soo-ji it for yourself! Watch the video link by clicking on her highlighted name.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Homer Bailey, Two No-Hitters In 10 Months. How About In Both Leagues?

Last night Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months. He shut out my San Francisco Giants 3-0. Bailey There have been 117 no-hitter thrown in MLB since 1947.
(At The Barbershop does not recognize records complied during MLB's racist era)
Seventeen people have pitched multiple no-hitters. (Again, we don't count anything before 1947)

But the list of pitchers who have pitched multiple no-hitters, gets mighty short when you look at the pitchers who have done it in both leagues.

1) Randy Johnson - pitched no hitters for the Seattle Mariners (AL) on June 2, 1990 and the Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) on May 18, 2004. The no hitter for the Diamondbacks was a perfect game.
2) Hideo Nomo - pitched no hitters for the Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) on September 16, 1996 and the Boston Red Sox (AL) on April 4, 2001.
3) Nolan Ryan - pitched no hitters for the California Angels (AL) on May 15, 1973, July 16, 1973, September 28, 1974, and June 1, 1975 and the Houston Astros (NL) on September 26, 1981 and Texas Rangers (AL) on June 11, 1990 and May 1, 1991.
4) Jim Bunning - pitched no hitters for the Detroit Tigers (AL) on July 20, 1958 and Philadelphia Phillies (NL) on June 21, 1964. The no hitter for the Phillies was a perfect game.

Just four guys!

Nolan Ryan is awesome. He pitched 4 no-hitters in three years, including two in 1973!
Why don't we count MLB's racist era? The list of two no-no's in both leagues would not have included Hideo Nomo if the league was still THAT racist. Makes you wonder how many of those no-hitters prior to 1947 would have been broken up by a more talented black man who was not allowed to play.