Wednesday, July 29, 2009

eBay Item of the Day: Browns Wedding Garter Belt

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM


As if marrying you wasn't going to make your bride's parents embarrassed enough, now you go and pull this off her leg at the reception and I'm pretty sure they're going to disown you just as soon as the mandatory "be nice" portion of the evening is over.

This gem can be yours for just $9.99 plus shipping.

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Relief Test

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM


Every club deals with injuries, ineffective pitching, stopgap relievers and such through the long haul of a season. But this Tribe team is special — not in a good way.

The Indians have used 20 relievers this year, ranging from the obvious to the obscure to the all-to-brief guest appearances.

The question is: Can you name all of them? Maybe the diehards can, but even then, I'm guessing you'll miss one or two. In compiling the list, I realized I would have missed at least four names.

So, how many can you remember?

Answers after the jump.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Archives: Bonus Photo Show

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

A lot of photos and tidbits didn't make the original story for a variety of reasons. Here's a bunch of bonus stuff.


The older helmets in the Hall's collection.


Mark Kelso's "pro-cap" helmet, which came to the Hall via Jim Kelly, one of the biggest private collectors out there.

(Many more photos after the jump.)

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Ghosts of Football Past — Digging Through the Archives of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:13 AM


About halfway through the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s layout — just after the exhibit that pays homage to the first century of the game and just before the solemn, reverential space that houses the inductees’ bronze busts — there’s a room. It contains no memorabilia, and it’s a little antiseptic compared to every other room in the HOF. In fact, it feels a little like a classroom: white walls, rows of chairs facing the front, a long table.

Functionally, that’s exactly what it is: a classroom.

Once an hour, two older men with white hair and white gloves unlock a trunk and haul out a handful of the hall’s most unusual objects. Between their appearance and generally jovial nature, the guys come off like a pair of pigskin-obsessed Santa Clauses.

Today, they bring out a heating coil that was once buried beneath the turf at Lambeau Field. They explain that it was condensation from the overheated and busted coils — not precipitation — that caused the perilous conditions of the 1967 championship game, commonly known as the Ice Bowl. The Santas retrieve a copy of one of the earliest contracts signed by a professional football coach (Ben E. Clark in 1910) and share his meager compensation: $2 a week plus a jersey. There’s a T-joint of an old goalpost from Municipal Stadium, back when they were on the goal line and any pass from inside the end zone that hit one and fell incomplete resulted in a safety.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Your WTF Post of the Day: Garko, Meet Darko

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I was looking around for some fun Garko stuff after Ryan was traded to the Giants, and I came across this. Yes, I have no shame in telling you that I've watched this five times, and laughed each and every instance.

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Lakers Favorites For NBA Title According to Sportsbooks

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 11:54 AM

There's been a whole mess of offseason moves by the contenders for the 2009-2010 NBA crown, and while the maneuvering isn't nearly complete yet, it looks like nothing is going to change as far as the oddsmakers are concerned. Lakers remain tops, followed in various order by the Cavs, Celts, Magic, and Spurs.

At MGM/Mirage, the Lakers are an 8-5 favorite to win the NBA title, followed by the Boston Celtics, and recent addition Rasheed Wallace, at 3-1, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Shaquille O'Neal joining LeBron James, at nearly 4-1. The Orlando Magic are 13-2 and the San Antonio Spurs are 7-1.

"We didn't change anything when they got Artest, and if they lose Odom it'll just be a wash," said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Las Vegas Hilton's Race and Sports book, which has the Lakers as the 2-1 favorite over the 3-1 Cavaliers and 5-1 Celtics.

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Catching Up With Eddie Harris

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 11:28 AM


Bugs & Cranks talked with Chelcie Ross, who, of course played old-timey, junkballing pitcher Eddie Harris in Major League. Solid interview with the actor, covering who was the most athletic of the crew (Dennis Haybert — who hit a legitimate home run off a BP pitcher during filming), how his "pitching" made Bob Uecker want to hurl, his time pitching at Southwest Texas State, and whether Jesus Christ could indeed hit a curveball.

Favorite section:

How did former major leaguers Yeager and Pete Vuckovich enhance the film?

Anytime you have guys who have really been there, it doesn’t matter what the subject, if you’re shooting a cop film and you’ve got FBI advisors and police department advisors, which I’ve had on a number of films, they give you an insight which you can’t possibly have from outside looking in. Yeager spent a long time in foul territory, and he brought a knowledge to everything that was done on the film. There were two things in the movie that still bug me to this day, and David Ward would say, “Well, it’s not a baseball game, we’re making a movie here,” which was an answer that means don’t worry about it, it’s fantasy, it’s fiction. But two things that really bother me, one is Cerrano’s home run. He takes the bat all the way around the bases with him. He’d be out. Anybody who’s played the game knows that, and we argued about that. Yeager got up and I had already said something about it, and some of the other guys said something about it but they said “We’re making a movie here.” And the other one is when Jimmy comes out and takes me out of the big game, Tom Berenger had already taken the ball away from me. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. That doesn’t regularly happen, and I said “Hey guys, time out. That ain’t right.” The manager should come out and get the ball from me. But those guys were right on top of anything and everything, and anytime you needed something like a throw from the plate to second base, a snap throw to first base, Yeager could do 14 takes and he’d throw 14 strikes. Just baseball knowledge.


I remember coming to the ballpark, early morning, 6 a.m., maybe earlier, in County Stadium, and Vuckovich was standing there eating a brat and drinking a Heineken. (Laughing) He brought color to the proceedings.

This is also a good time to remind you to head on over to Pennant Race Gear and pick up one of their new t-shirt selections. Two Cleveland ones: the Willie Mays Hayes tee as well as the King of Cleveland design, Chief Wahoo as LeBron James.

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