Saturday, June 28, 2008

Real Men Don't Pillow Fight

posted by IntrinsicBent

And the reason for that is you risk pulling something. Everyone knows that.

Evidently, Detroit Tigers player Brandon Inge never got that memo.

We are supposed to believe that he is on the 15 Day DL due to some pillow work:

"It was the stupidest, most freakish thing," Inge said Wednesday, explaining why he had just been placed on the 15-day DL with the pulled side muscle (oblique) he suffered 3 1/2 weeks ago.

"I have a 3-year-old son who sleeps in the bed with my wife and me," Inge said. "I was trying to push the pillow down behind his head (two nights ago), and when I did ... I repopped (the strained muscle).
"You take swings in baseball, and it's not as bad as pushing a pillow down."

I can remember my Pop telling me to never get involved with drugs or pillows.

Guess my Dad's better than Inge's Dad.

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Money Ball Heading To Soccer?

posted by IntrinsicBent

According to our friends at, Billy Beane may be taking his Moneyball philosophy to Soccer (or as the rest of the world calls it, football) in 2009.

Come to find out, Oakland Athletics owner Lewis Wolf also owns the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS.

I'm not sure how easy a comparative analysis is coming from a sport such as baseball where you use almost all your body parts, to one where except for the goalie, players only use their legs, feet, and sometimes their cranial casing.

I'm sure the categories for soccer include running for average, on field kicking percentage, pseudo injuries per quarter, and fights in stands per game.

Beane going from MLB to MLS is a little like Bill Gates going from Microsoft to the Play-Doh company.

Let me hear from you soccer nation. That is, if your Mom will let you use her dialup connection.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Suits And Caps Don't Mix

posted by MoneyMouth

Normally, I'm not the one chatting up the NBA, let alone the NBA draft. I tend to leave that world to my colleagues. But due to some extraordinary circumstances (my brother in-law is attending the draft live), I decided to humor my wife and try to spot him in the crowd. In case you were wondering, I didn't see him.

But what I did see were a bunch of ridiculously tall men wearing some sweet looking suits and dawning some funny looking baseball caps. For instance:

Is this really necessary? I mean, do we need to assault these freshly drafted players with baseball caps so we can identify them with their team? Besides, they're basketball players. At least give them an appropriate gift--say, a jersey.

Monday, June 23, 2008

You Know How I Be.............

posted by IntrinsicBent

In case you were living in a cave today, Shaq O'Neal jumped on a stage yesterday and decided to go 10 Cent and "freestyle". During this flow he dissed Patrick Ewing and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, dropped N bombs, dropped the Diddy name, and referred to women in a typical rap manner.

He saved the focus of his rapful wrath for none other than his arch nemesis Kobe Bryant. No surprise really as he stated that Kobe couldn't do "it" (referring to winning a championship) without him, that Kobe was the cause of his divorce, and in a quasi chorus asked Kobe how his.......well........derriere tasted.

This is reprehensible.

And not for the reasons that you assume the senior member of the Sports Frappe would cite.

If you don't know it, IntrinsicBent's rap game is strong. Shaq's alleged "freestyle" is unforgivable on a rap basis. Let me help you here.

Being a multimillionaire, stepping on a stage, sporting a crazy big BIG necklace and not rhyming in pseudo ebonics does not a freestyler make.

Check some of this out:

"If Biggy was still here, he would be right there."

"He said Shaq gave a b**** a mill, I don't do that, because my name's Shaquille."

"I call myself Big because I live next to Diddy."

"Stop, think about ain't about that."

"It's about B.I.G. aka big Shaq."

He rhymed no fewer lines than 7 in a row all ending in "me".

Shaq joined the NBA and almost instantly embarked on a Sybil As A Little Boy journey which saw him act in movies, rap on cd's, win big boy NBA Titles in L.A. and Miami, become a cop, all while claiming he was Superman.

He's one fireman and baseball player away from achieving everything your average 7th grade dude population would like to be. The whole 7th grade dude population that is.

Here's an easy rule of thumb for all you rap greenhorns that "don't have skills like me.": if someone drops a Tupac, B.I.G., or Biggie reference in one of their raps, they are a poser.........guaranteed.

Check out rappin' Shaq over at

Thursday, June 12, 2008

NBA Finals Game 4

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The story of these 2008 NBA Finals will revolve around tonight's game 4 - unless the Lakers can top the Celtics 24 point comeback by coming back from a 3 games to 1 deficit.

This was one of those NBA games that is really hard to categorize. The Celtics played absolutely terribly from the tip off until about midway through the second quarter. The Lakers capitalized on it pretty well. From that point on, things balanced out with the Lakers keeping a hefty double digit lead until part way through the third quarter, when the Celtics began to steadily chip away at the Lakers' lead.

Usually, when there's a statistically improbable come back like this one, the winning team went on some sort of jaw dropping scoring run. Not so tonight. The Celtics continually tinkered with their lineup, clearly trying to get as many shooters on the floor as they could, and they just continually made more stops than the Lakers did.

I think the biggest difference between these two teams is the Celtics' bench: they've got a handful of players who will come into any situation, play great defense, and pull the trigger on big shots without anxiety. I'm talking about House, Posey, and Powe.

I think in game 5, we can expect a very frustrated Lakers team to take the court. For the next three days, they're going to have to hear all about their own historic loss. The question is, how will they respond? You know that a frustrated Kobe is only going to score more points, but as is usually the case in basketball, it all depends on the supporting cast.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The NBA's old and new referee problem

posted by BiCoastal Bias

In case you haven't heard, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy has dropped the dime on his old league - alleging that playoff games in 2002 and 2005 were influenced by referees under orders from the league.

Now, it's not news that the refs in the 2002 playoff match up between the Lakers and Kings weren't legit - anyone who watched the game not wearing a Lakers jersey (retail or authentic) could tell you that. What is news is that the corruption extends into the league office. But I don't mean to lend credibility to these allegations just yet.

The real problem is the on-going perception among fans and even media members that the only explanation for some of the wildly inconsistent reffing is some sort of collusion the involves the entire league. During last week's Celtics-Pistons series, I was listening to some Celtic radio guys gripe about the reffing favoring the Pistons. They considered the possibility of corruption, but then decided that the league would obviously prefer a Lakers Celtics Finals to a Lakers Pistons Finals, so they gave up that topic. This was before the Donaghy news came out, mind you. My point is that around the league, when you feel like the refs are squeezing your team, particularly in the playoffs, you immediately consider the fact that some amount of corruption is in play.

I don't know what exactly the NBA needs to do to rid itself of this stigma, but it should have figured it out by now. When it comes to the fans' perceptions, none of the other major sports have the same problem that the NBA does. Even baseball, where balls and strikes are some of the most arbitrary calls that any official in any sport has to make, doesn't have this problem. As an Angel fan, I still think that the Doug Eddings led umpiring crew cost our team the 2005 playoff series against the White Sox, but I've always blamed that on their own ineptitude, and the idea of some higher form of collusion never occurred to me until writing this sentence.

Obviously some independent organization needs to be formed, so that, as far as the fans can tell, David Stern is completely removed from the process of evaluating referees. And if these allegations do turn out to be true, there is absolutely no excuse. Every sport's television ratings depend on attractive match ups, shame on you Stern if you actually are manipulating the outcomes. You're own greed will have been your downfall.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Let's Cut the Bull: US Soccer Is Boring

posted by MoneyMouth

It is probably important for me to confess to you all that I have been to one professional soccer game before in my life. The year was 1994 and the World Cup was being hosted by the United States. I went to the Rose Bowl and watched Romania beat Columbia 3 to 1, and although I was 9 at the time, I still remember Carlos Valderrama's hairstyle which was identifiable from anywhere in the massive stadium. Since then, I've been known to catch the occasional international match (like the Germany-Poland match played earlier today) or Premier League game as I have grown in great admiration for the sport as a whole. That is, until I went to Wednesday night's Kansas City Wizards game.

If you haven't noticed, I do not write about Major League Soccer unless it deals with superstars who decide to play out the twilight of their career in the U.S. (like Beckham) or when the occasional U.S. player makes the jump to the Premier League. This is for two reasons, the first being that the MLS doesn't receive press even in its own country, and the second being that the only channel that plays MLS games is HDNet which is problematic since I usually don't flip up to the 1500's on my channel guide. So I was rather intrigued to finally see an MLS game in person when a friend of mine invited me along to watch the Wizards take on the Rapids in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game.

Now, I should have realized I was in for a different soccer experience than the one I've come accustomed to on television when I found out the game was slated to be played at the local high school, but it wasn't until we were about 10 minutes into the game that it hit me:

U.S. soccer is boring.

There, I've said it. And anyone who disagrees just needs to flip to one of the Euro 2008 Cup games that will be going on for the rest of the month (which I highly recommend regardless) and then try and find an MLS game on TV and compare. It becomes obvious rather quickly that the MLS is a second-rate soccer league that makes watching minor-league baseball a delight. And this is coming from a guy who actually enjoys soccer.

I've been saying all along that one day soccer will catch on here in the U.S. like our other major sports, but not until the national team does well in the World Cup. And Wednesday night's game only gave more support to my theory. The MLS is in no shape to be convincing fans that soccer is a legitimately exciting sport, and as long as that is true, most of America will steer clear of the MLS pitch along with any legitimate player. Bummer.

Friday, June 06, 2008

That's More Like It

posted by IntrinsicBent

It's been about 1 2/3 years since we lost an american sports icon.

Like I said when Buck O'Neill passed, the MLB would figure out they need to respect the Negro Leagues in baseball's bigoted past, and it was a shame Buck would never be part of it.
That day has come as the MLB will conduct an Honorary Draft to select 30 Negro League players to the bigs. One of them is 102 years young draftee Emilio “Millito” Navarro who will be drafted by his favorite team, the New York Yankees.

Mr. Navarro will be 103 in a few months, but is still spry enough to run smack and say that current Yanks 2Ber Robinson Cano better watch his job. “Now that I’ve been drafted,” Navarro said, “I’m ready right now to play second base. I might take his job.”

You go go.

Hall of Fame outfielder and current San Diego Padres VP Dave Winfield has put this special event together because of his respect of those that paved the way before him.

“Dave Winfield is an angel sent from heaven,” (Bobo) Henderson said. “That man has really worked hard for us. We are like Major League baseball players now. This is God’s work. I hear it’s supposed to rain, but He’s going to make sure it’s going to be a sunny day down in Orlando.”

Way to get it right MLB. How about dropping some money on the efforts to preserve this invaluable piece of American sports history?

In honor of the great Buck O'Neill, go visit the Negro Leagues Museum site and cruise the museum that Buck poured his life into getting built.

What Pierce should have done

posted by BiCoastal Bias

In case the game went a little too late for you last night, the Celtics took game one from the Lakers, 98 - 88. I want to blog about the turning point in this game. The Lakers had a 5 point halftime lead. Then, early in the third quarter, Paul Pierce of the Celtics went down holding his knee after a minor collision with his teammate. He stayed down, and eventually his teammates carried him off of the court, where a wheel chair wheeled him into the locker room. Suddenly, later in the quarter, Pierce emerges bouncing through the tunnel, and the Boston crowd goes nuts - heck, I even stood to me feet in my own living room. Pierce would soon hit back to back three pointers and the Celtics held the lead throughout the fourth quarter. (You can see the clip here.)

At the moment Pierce stepped out of that tunnel, it felt like sports history was being made - another moment to be added to the all time highlight reel of Willis Reed walking onto the court and Kirk Gibson hitting his homerun. But upon further review, maybe Pierce could have done some things to make his moment a little bit more immortal. For starters, he wouldn't even try to stand up at first, leading us to believe this injury could have been really bad - but then he tries it in the locker room, and it appears everything is fine. Less than two minutes of basketball took place between Pierce's injury and his re-entry into the game. When it comes down to it, this makes Pierce kinda look like a wimp.

Here's what he should have done. I know and appreciate that he was anxious to get back on the court, but why not let another minute or two tick off before coming out, make people really wonder. Then, right before he emerges, he whispers to Danny Ainge behind him that he is faking what he is about to do. As he enters the arena, he starts walking with a noticeable limp and grimace, still doing that hoppy thing he did, but now he makes it look painful. As he approaches the bench, he tells Doc that he's good to go, Doc doesn't believe him but then Danny Ainge whispers to Doc that it's all an act. Then when Pierce hits the court, it's like he's immune to all that pain, Celtics still win, Pierce's moment becomes even more immortal.

What's funny is that 24 hours ago, I was actually a little bit worried that this series wouldn't live up to the hype or the history.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Get A Babysitter

posted by IntrinsicBent

Guess professional sports did not learn from the near miss that involved Dusty Baker's son during the 2002 World Series against the Anaheim Angels.

If you don't remember, Dusty Baker and the Giants organization thought it would be precious to have Baker's young son act as the team's batboy.

If it wasn't for Giants 1st baseman J.T. Snow going Rescue 911 and grabbing young Baker, the 3 year old might have been gravely injured.

Has anyone else noticed Boston Celtic player Eddie House's son bopping around on and off the Celtic's bench? If you saw the game tonight, he was the mini baller in a House Celtics jersey.

He's welcoming players in from the court, running to and leaning into the area where Paul Pierce lay after he was injured.

It's ridiculous. And it's disresepctful to the game.

I'm not anti kid or a hater that doesn't appreciate that House Sr. is trying to give his son memories that mortal kids could never experience.

I'm just saying it's obnoxious. And I don't want it forced on me.

Do you think House's son and Baker's son could do a split screen commercial for Wheaties?

If only my Photoshop skills were up to par....................

Bad Idea

posted by IntrinsicBent

C'mon man. The NBA's split screen commercial they rolled out this playoff season is not only tired but now officially dead.

Check out this commercial from tonight's game:

I'm not going to break down what's wrong with this video, other than to say............everything.

Turn the page America. The 80's are dead.

Monday, June 02, 2008

My Once a Year NHL Post

posted by BiCoastal Bias

We've had a few of you Frappe-heads make mention of the fact that we here at the Frappe rarely cover hockey. We readily admit this fact; and while I can't speak for my blogging associates, I can tell you that on my part this exclusion isn't because of any personal disdain for the sport of hockey. Hockey is easily as exciting as any other sport ever invented, and watching the NHL always leaves me mystified as to how these guys are able to maneuver the puck like they do.

The reasons I don't normally cover hockey are quite basic, really. Number one, I can never find that cable channel it's usually played on. I know it's somewhere between re-runs of Seinfeld and the infomercial for knives that can cut cans, but I usually get lost looking for it. Number two (and more importantly), I only have so much time to devote toward watching sports. I know I might disillusion many of my regular readers when I say this - but writing blogs for the Sports Frappe is not a full time job. Unfortunately, hockey often draws the short straw.

But I do make exceptions when it comes to tuning into the National Hockey League - and tonight's triple overtime elimination game for the Stanley Cup is one of them. I began watching this game during the second overtime - so 80 minutes of ice time had already passed me by. To my credit, I had intended to watch the beginning, but my wife got me hooked on this year's NCAA softball world series (expect some future blogs to come out of that), and then after that I realized that a dude I went to college with is participating in a network reality television show. So I showed up to this Stanley Cup party a bit late.

But maybe that was to my own benefit, since I probably couldn't have handled six periods of hockey back to back. And if I originally tuned in for Sidney Crosby, it was Marc-Andre Fleury who kept me around (literally). This 23 year old Pittsburgh goaltender had 55 saves compared to only 28 by his Detroit counterpart. It is the youth of this Pittsburgh team that makes their success so exciting.

After nearly 110 minutes of hockey, Detroit's Jiri Hudler got 4 minutes in the box for high sticking; but Penguin Petr Sykora needed only 30 seconds to put in the game winning goal. This sends the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh with Detroit leading 3 games to 2. I better turn the game on a little earlier next time, it might not go to three overtimes.