Don Doane has been bowling at Ravenna Bowl as part of the same bowling team for almost 45 years and on October 16, for the first time ever, he rolled a perfect game. When his teammates came to surround and congratulate him, Doane, 62, clutched his chest and then collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead of a heart attack. What a jones.
Archive for October, 2008
I deride Americans for being willing to do pretty much anything to be on TV, but it is in Japan where that attitude really gets taken to the extreme. Take for example this crew of folks who agree to play soccer while wearing binoculars and what looks like multi-colored prisoner outfits from a cartoon. Makes sense to me.
Here’s a smart way to beat Martin Brodeur during a shootout, blind him with ice and then slip the puck past him. Genius!
Clive Seymour, a 74 year old grandfather of 6, was aiming for the 10th hole at Hele Park Golf Club, in Devon, England, when he scored a hole in one. The only problem? His ball went into the 4th hole.
“It’s a great feeling, even if it was in the wrong hole.” Seymour said.
You bet it is.
In this week’s Monday Night Football matchup the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to face off against the Washington Redskins but for players like Ben Roethlisberger this game won’t be a fun one to play. “I’m not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they’re really good at home…” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Seems fair, I can’t imagine it’s a lot of fun having 50,000 people rooting against you and hoping for your failure, but then again, he’s a professional athlete and should be used to it. But wait, there’s more, that wasn’t the end of the quote! He went on to voice his real displeasure with playing the Redskins, “…they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That’s just not good. The couple of preseason games I’ve played down there, we’ve seen it,” Roethlisberger said, “It can be [a distraction], let’s be truthful. They’ve done it before. I’ve heard a rumor that they’re not allowed to do it anymore.”
It’s true, the league last year instituted a rule colloquially known as the “Redskins Rule” wherein the cheerleaders are not supposed to warm up in front of the visiting team’s locker room entrance. Since there are multiple entrances and such somehow the Redskins’ ladies are able to get around this rule. Meanwhile, for Roethlisberger their T&A is simply too much for he and his teammates to handle. Most players thought this ruling was an overreaction and unnecessary but clearly Roethlisberger disagrees. Hey guys, why not just play the game and THEN worry about banging the cheerleaders? You make millions of dollars, I’m sure you can charm them. So stop whining, take a peek and then go about your job.
Jeff Kent showed Monday that his redneck mustache isn’t just a look, but a lifestyle when he donated $15,000 to fight the gay marriage proposition on the ballot in California. Kent, who makes his permanent home in Texas apparently feels VERY strongly that the gays shouldn’t be messing with his America. I’m especially intrigued because Kent played his college baseball at UC-Berkeley, probably the most liberal, open-minded school in the country and yet here he is, donating 15K to a cause for bigots. Also interesting is that this is the only issue or campaign that Kent has donated money towards AT ALL. So he must REALLY be concerned about them there gays. I wonder if Billy Bean made a pass at him once or something and the fear has stuck with Kent forever.
Immediately after the Phillies won the World Series up comes the commercials for crap from MLB and Sports Illustrated that Phillies fans MUST own. Sure, you might be a fan if you buy a championship t-shirt or hat, but that’s not the way to show you’re a TRUE phan; that would be by bidding on this auction on eBay for lucky rain drops. These rain drops fell only MILES away from the stadium and were collected in a metal bowl for sale, they are the “tears of the Gods & Fans Rain down upon a city so hungry for victory that the Tension is palpable.”
Currently available for the low low price of $8.99, it’s a BARGAIN and you’d be a fool not to own this piece of history. As the seller notes:
You are bidding on rain from the same storm system that brought the game to a screeching halt. It was collected no more than 5 miles away from Citizens Bank Park. It will be contained in a small vial and then sent to you via priority mail. I do not know what size vial or exactly how much you will get but it will be no less than 2 ml. I took a picture of the rain that I had collected in a pan that was sitting on my front steps. That is the only collection unit that I used so a very limited number of vials will be available & once they are gone, they are gone. Some will laugh but others will covet this tangible piece of history in the making…
With a description like that I don’t know how you could possibly pass it up. So if you’re one of the coveters you better bid soon, you don’t want to miss out this limited opportunity to own history. The seller hasn’t figured out a way to authenticate this rain water as THE Phillies World Series winning rain water, but don’t worry, it’s all real. If you don’t bid now you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.
Because the Israeli baseball league did so well, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has invested money into the Israeli Football League, which will be renamed the Kraft Family IFL, sounds catchy. The teams will play many of their games at Kraft Stadium, a football stadium Kraft had built several years ago to help promote the sport. So far, the game hasn’t taken off too well. I guess it’s hard to get excited about someone throwing a deep bomb when there are actual bombs going off…I wonder if they call a Hail Mary pass a shema pass instead…and how in the world do players celebrate touchdowns if Jesus wasn’t there to get them into the endzone?
Man, I’m on FIRE! Anyways…
“I get a special feeling in my heart every time I hear Hatikva (Israel’s national anthem) sung on a football field, and hope to help this sport grow in this country,” Kraft said during a visit last year to Israel where he took in an IFL game.
A statement released by league commissioner Ben Friedman had this to say:
The Kraft family involvement will ensure a banner year for both the IFL and American Football in Israel at-large, and we’re excited to kick off our upcoming season with such a significant milestone,” IFL Commissioner Ben Friedman said in a statement Tuesday.
In case you’ve ever wondered what a $27.5 million dollar salary buys in terms of apartments in New York City, here are some photos of Alex Rodriguez’ pad. Looks classy. Except for that horse painting, that seems uber-lame and cliche. Keep in mind this house is basically the same as my spot in Brooklyn… sigh.
You cannot contain him. Here he is throwing up a posterizing move in the first game of the season. Look out league.