Monthly Archives: February 2010

Get ready for Ozzie Guillen unplugged

Guillen is never at a loss for words--or actions. (Pic via rfpoftheday.wordpress.com)

Brace yourself for angry broken-English tirades, practical jokes, off-color comments and a lot of loud bleeps. Ozzie Guillen is coming to your living room.

The goofy manager is set to star in “The Club,” a reality show documenting Guillen, GM Kenny Williams, owner Jerry Reinsdorf and the White Sox throughout the 2010 season.

Cameras will begin following the White Sox in spring training. The program, set to debut on the MLB Network on the Fourth of July, follows a premise similar to HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Guillen says he won’t tone down his antics in front of the cameras. His tiffs with Williams, who Thursday ordered Ozzie to say off Twitter, should make for must-see TV.

Hopefully MLB uses subtitles for Ozzie, who continues to be almost impossible to understand.

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Kevin Durant can’t climb Mount Manu

Ginobili and the Spurs ended KD’s 25+ scoring streak at 27 Wednesday in San Antonio. Manu is getting up there, but here’s proof that he can still ball:

It’s hard to believe that Durant is only 21 years old…yikes.

Purdue loses Hummel for season to torn ACL

Hummel's injury will hurt Purdue's chances of securing a No.1 seed in the Big Dance.

Hummel's injury will hurt Purdue's chances of securing a No.1 seed in the Big Dance.

Purdue got some horrible news Thursday when MRI results confirmed that Robbie Hummel has a torn right ACL.

Hummel’s right knee buckled while he was driving to the basket in No.3 Purdue’s 59-58 victory over Minnesota Wednesday night. He was unable to put weight on his right leg and doctors immediately suspected a torn ACL, Fox Sports reported early Thursday.

The 6-8 junior was averaging 15.9 and 6.9 rebounds this season. He was able to overcome the chronic back problems that plagued him throughout his sophomore campaign.

The Boilermakers (24-3, 12-3) will have to regroup quickly to prepare for Sunday’s battle against Michigan State. The loss of Hummel suddenly makes Purdue a very small team.

It will be interesting to see what adjustments Matt Painter makes as we head into March.

How much would you pay for Joe Pa’s glasses?

Joe Paterno has shed those ridiculously thick glasses. (Pic via blackshoediaries.com)

Brace yourself for a new Joe Paterno next fall. The 83 year-old is losing his trademark goggles and going with a sleeker look thanks to surgery to correct his vision.

No longer in need of the spectacles, Paterno put them on the auction block with proceeds benefiting Penn State Public Broadcasting. A Baltimore couple paid a whopping $9,000 to acquire them, with an original maximum bid of $10,500 dollars.

It must be nice to have some extra cash laying around to spend on tacky memorabilia. Personally, I would never blow that much cash on something that has been on a strange man’s face for decades.

This is Kobe beating the Grizzlies

Kobe Bryant is a certified soul crusher.  He did it again last night against the Grizz in his first game back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for two weeks.

O.J. Mayo missed two free throws with 18.8 seconds remaining that left the door open for Kobe to do his thing.  The Grizz have now lost seven of ten.

Antawn Jamison dunks on David West

As an active member of the David West Hater Club, the following highlight made me smile. I’m still trying to figure out what West was doing on this play; it was like he didn’t even see Jamison running the wing.

NBC’s Olympic coverage proving to be a complete disaster

Must-See TV: The United States upset Canada in a thrilling contest Sunday banished to MSNBC, available in humble low-definition. (Chicago Tribune Photo)

The 2010 Vancouver Games has been filled with the clean, competitive spirit that serves as the cornerstone of the Olympic oath. Sadly, the United States Olympic Committee has teamed up with NBC to severely tarnish the viewing experience of the memory of these games.

The USOC and NBC made a decision months ago to broadcast much the games on a tape-delayed basis across North America, pushing coverage into primetime in an effort to drum up ad revenue. With NBC already poised to lose as much as $130 million dollars in the Vancouver Games, it was about damage control, something the network has become all too familiar with recently.

NBC has presented viewers with an interesting choice: crawl into a spider hole, stay off Twitter, don’t browse the internet, cut off communication with anyone likely to be in touch with the outside world, and wait until primetime then wade through an onslaught of boring, repetitive commercials to see how Bode Miller fares or simply log onto ESPN to check the results of the giant slalom–and discover Miller has been disqualified.

The second choice is clearly the most appealing course of action.

Sunday’s epic tilt between the United States and Canada offered the possibility for live coverage of a marquee event–the U.S. attempting to knock-off Canada at its own game. Perhaps knowing it would be unable to show commercials every five minutes, or maybe assuming nobody in America cares about hockey, the Peacock Network opted to broadcast the game on MSNBC.

What followed was thousands of viewers angrily scouring the listings for the game, then gasping in shock after finding it buried on a channel generally reserved for political pundits and egomaniacal jabber boxes.

One of the greatest upsets in American Olympic history wasn’t even broadcast on network television, even though a network maintained it’s exclusive rights. As far as sports broadcasting debacles go, that’s right up there with CBS airing Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals (Doc vs. Magic) on tape delay or NBC joining forces with Vince McMahon to create the XFL.

NBC has attempted to put a positive spin on the Vancouver Games by putting together a very competent crew for the games. Personalities Matt Lauer, Bob Costas, and Al Michaels have teamed with Scott Hamilton, Dick Button, and Mary Carillo to create fairly informed coverage of the games with some decent human-interest stories in between.

But when the dust settles, it will most likely be too little too late. NBC will unquestionably lose millions of dollars and seems to have inflicted even further damage to its image during the Vancouver Games.