Monday, April 26, 2010

Goosie Gets a Rap

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM

It was bound to happen... a little rap diddy about the goosie phenomenon, with plenty of fans throwing up the gooseneck, including a cop and an employee at a Wendy's drive-thru.

Make sure you stick around to about the 3:00 mark when Austin Carr makes a cameo, apparently laying down some original lyrics for the song. Of course, by original I mean he just says "Deep in the Q" and "Throw the hammer down" a lot.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Where Bone Thugs and the Cavs Intersect

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Via Stepien Rules, this fanfunkytastic remake of, "Crossroads."

Favorite line: "We said goodbye to Wally."

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How and Why the LeBron Billboard Got Last Minute Approval

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

After the design was finished, the funds raised, and installation scheduled, Glen Infante got late notice last Friday that the city had denied his request to hang the LeBron banner.

Of course, by Saturday it was hung for fans and the national media to see.

Why the last minute approval? The obvious answer would be that it was a popular groundroots effort hinging on the Cavs first playoff game, when the city and the team would be in the national spotlight. Even as Glen was telling everyone the city had denied his application, I was sure that at some point, come Saturday or sometime this week, the banner would go up, because honestly, did the city really want that type of bad press?

Glen also said that some fans had contacted the Cavs, and specifically owner Dan Gilbert, to try and get the team to leverage their power to get some of the red tape cut. Could be. I wouldn't be surprised if a phone call or two was made, especially since, as you'll see in the comments from the city, a phone call from the mayor's office was made on Saturday morning to the Director of the Department of Building and Housing. But no one's going to say that. Here's what Cavs president Len Komorowski had to say:

"We simply helped point them in the right direction and, from what we understand, the City was great in dealing directly with them and helping them move forward.

Here's comment from Ed Rybka, the Director of the Department of Building and Housing, on why the banner was given temporary approval.

"Part one of it was, there's a strong historical precedence when we have these kinds of banners, the large ones downtown. They tend to be larger than the square footage that is allowed by code. There is concern that they're made of vinyl to be more durable in the weather.

"Because of the time of the day on Friday, it was simply rejected. But in light of the short nature of time it will be up, plus the fact it was relatively close to the square footage limitations, and since it doesn't cover windows or openings in the building, we're working with the applicant so they can get the permit.

"To get formal approval, there's a need for them to appeal to the Board of Building Standards. The board is usually pretty generous and I don't anticipate a problem. But the next board meeting is not until a week from today.

"I wasn't in on Friday and wasn't familiar with the subject matter of the banner. When I received a call on Saturday [from a member of the mayor's office], it was really just a matter that it was close, it was temporary for only a couple of months."

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How Did I Never Catch This Inconsistency In The Indians' Style Before?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

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I'm born in raised in Cleveland, been a lifelong Indians fan, and worked with Paul Lukas of Uni Watch for over a year on his blog and research for his ESPN columns, and I'd never, ever noticed what one reader pointed out yesterday about a tiny inconsistency between in the Tribe's style.

Jason Whitt has found an inconsistency in the Indians’ identity program. The key is the “s” at the end of the team’s logo script. In the MLB style guide, the line of the script lettering ends with a little point inside the “s,”, and then the tail sort of emerges from the side of the letter out of nowhere. The style guide also shows that same interior point on the depiction of the jersey, and the point also appears on the team’s scoreboard. But the point isn’t shown on the actual jerseys worn on the field — instead, there’s a loop that then connects to the tail. Same thing on the navy alternate.

I haven’t yet gone back to check whether the jersey script used to include the point. Anyone know if it did? If so, when did it change?

I got in touch with Bart Swain, media relations guy for the Indians, and he had never noticed it before either.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Randy Lerner: The View From Across the Pond (Will We Ever Love Him That Much?)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM

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Aston Villa, Randy Lerner's other athletic baby, lost in the finals of the Carling Cup in February against Manchester United, spoiling a chance for Randy to add his first piece of hardware as a pro owner. The Browns, further from that goal, to be sure, now have Holmgren at the helm and a suitcase full of draft picks for this week's draft.

It's as good a time as any to check in with an actual Aston Villa fan and a reporter familiar with the team and delve a into the schism in perception of Mr. Lerner between us Browns-lovin' Yanks and the Villa-lovin' Brits.

There's a clear favorite sports owner in Cleveland — Dan Gilbert. You couldn't find a single soul who wouldn't pick Gilbert at the top. Finishing the rankings, Lerner would fall second, not because any fan would want to give him credit, but because Larry Dolan is so miserable and cheap that he has to be dead last on the list. If there were a category for "Would beat him with a tire iron," then most fans would probably pick that option.

So Lerner falls in the middle by default, for now, and about the only nice thing a fan might say about Randy is that he has a lot of money and he doesn't mind spending it. Beside that minor compliment, there's a whole busload of hate directed at Lerner.

I think, fundamentally, it stems from three things:

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Lake County Captains Doing Their Part to Fight Childhood Obesity on National Cheeseball Day

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

How, you ask? Well, on National Cheeseball Day (yes, there is such a thing, and it's as prominent as National Roasted Chicken Tail Day, which I just made up) the Captains solicited two young fans from the stands at Eastlake Stadium and plopped them in front of a table with two huge chunks of spherical cheddar goodness.

Chow, young men! Shovel that fatty, calorie-laden goodness down your throats! It's entertainment!

Next up for every young Captains fan, lard eating contests.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Ozzie Guillen Very Familiar With Matt LaPorta's Scouting Report

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

The term "word vomit" was made for guys like Ozzie Guillen. And even that doesn't do justice the profanity-laced tirades of the White Sox manager, the jibberish that comes out of his mouth, or his seeming disregard for getting facts and names right.

Take his postgame press conference after the Tribe's 3-2 win the other night. Guillen had let starter Jake Peavy stay in the game despite being over the 100-pitch mark. That decision didn't go so well.

Here's Ozzie's explanation, which... well, you'll see.


"I like the match-ups [to start the inning],'' Guillen said. "That was the plan [to leave Peavy in] no matter what. Because I had [right-handed hitters Austin] Kearns and 'MaTola,' whatever his name is, the first baseman, the fat guy, I don't know what [his] f——— name is - [Matt] LaPorta - on the bench and I didn't want them to face Matt [Thornton]. I thought Peavy was throwing the ball well, and the plan was to get into [switch-hitter Asdrubal] Cabrera, Cabrera is a way better hitter right-handed than lefty, and unfortunately he hit the home run [off Peavy].''

Yes. We have a fat guy named "MaTola" and Ozzie Guillen doesn't really know or care what his fucking name is.

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