Cheap Shots #98.

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12:54 PM

Reverse Robin Hood: I personally oppose taxpayer financing of stadia and arenas for pro sports teams — major cities of all kinds have better things to do with the hundreds of millions that they cost. Now, HG has found a Democracy Now! interview that encapsulates just what those giveaways, along with others our government gives to the well connected, that have essentially screwed many of us over. For example, New York City has given $1.2 billion for both the new Yankee Stadium and Citifield. [You Been Blinded]

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11 AM Update

Ten Years Later: In the spirit of my recent post on Super Bowl XXXII, I must present this retrospective in the Denver Post. It’s the only good thing about the Broncos to come out in recent weeks. [Denver Post]

Sadly, Romo and Simpson Still Have Serious Traction: At least for the rumor mill, and I shouldn’t be so “sadly” about it because I’m a gossip sucker like everyone else. (I would have gone to see Perez Hilton talk at the local university last night if I hadn’t been working.) That aside, latest rumor is that Romo was two-timing Daddy’s Girl. [On 205th]

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9:55 AM Update

How Not to Throw a Super Bowl Party: Every year, various web sites and magazines provide some awful advice for Super Bowl shindigs. Personally, I suggest the giant pot of chili, at least two bags of tortilla chips, and any other dip you can imagine — although with a very large supply of beer. [Ladies…]

The Guy Who Played Vito Spatafore Is One Of THOSE Dog Owners: Yeah, like one who paints his pooch blue for the Giants in the Super Bowl. I hate those pet owners. [Busted Coverage]

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4:00 AM

Roger Goes Down: As I write this, Roger is down two sets already to Norak Djokovic, and Djokovic is exposing Federer’s game — this game may mean more to Djokovic, given the tanking accusations he has faced — and I cannot believe this, as I watch — Norak Djokovic just beat Federer in straight sets. The glories of tennis at 3 AM. Is it because the game has begun to catch up to Roger Federer, or is he off his game? Now, we have Djokovic going against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga — two players going for their first major. Who says the men’s game is boring, compared to the women’s? Morons.

The Steroid Mess Continues: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says federal investigators can continue to use the names and samples of those accused of using PEDs in baseball. Whether this leads to more so-called revelations has yet to be seen. For those of you who don’t regularly roll into politics, the 9th Circuit is commonly known as the most “liberal” circuit, since it’s Bay Area-based, whatever that means. These names in question are the ones obtained by the feds in 2004. [AP]

Revewing the McNamee Tapes: This is Clemens’ latest strike against Brian McNamee: providing the transcripts of tapes to Rep. Henry Waxman’s House Oversight Committee in advance of Clemens testifying. Clemens has done at least this: put up a fight, although most are fairly convinced one way or the other. [NYT]

Reggie Bush’s Monkey: Lloyd Lake’s attorney says the former USC standout and current Saints RB must give a deposition regarding alleged acceptance of illegal benefits. The real question that is still going unanswered is whether Southern Cal, and by extension, Pete Carroll, knew anything. We’re no closer to knowing that, and the question is whether anyone cares. [LAT]

Karl Dorrell Lands on His Feet: Good for him. He’ll be part of Tony Sparano’s staff in Miami, coaching wideouts after getting canned in Westwood. I suspect he might be better with the pros than the semi-amateurs anyway. [LAT]

Floyd Takes Rap For Mayo’s Laker Tix: As expected. I still think the rule’s dumb. [SI]

NBA All-Star Starters: AI, Melo, Duncan, Yao, and Kobe for the West; King James, Wade, J-Kidd, KG, and Dwight Howard for the East. If you can argue with that, let us have it in comments. The reserves will be more interesting when they’re released. [AP via SI]

Some People Will Find Any Reason To Be Outraged: Some groupcalled the Christian Defense Coalition will protest outside ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT — they want the tapes of Dana Jacobson saying “Fuck Jesus” released. I sense those who work up the outrage actually get off on believing they are a minority. [Sports Media Watch]

A Useful Reminder: KSK’s Big Daddy Drew uses his Deadspin platform to explain, once again, the difference between blogs and journalists. [Deadspin]

RandBall Talks To a Beach Volleyballer: I don’t link to Michael Rand’s stuff enough, and this is quite the interesting interview of Rachel Wacholder. [RandBall]

Zach Asks Lozo a Few Questions: More interviewing, this time with one of the writers I like a lot. [The Big Picture]

2 Responses

  1. I agree here. Good blog.

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