Thursday, January 31, 2008

Good Magazine's Super Bowl Commercial

Good Magazine's Super Bowl spot

Diep Pepsi Super Bowl XLII Commercial


Diet Pepsi's Ad for the Super Bowl

Bud Light Breathe Fire Super Bowl Commercial

Bud Light's Breathe Fire Spot

Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial with Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake's Pepsi Spot

Matt Cassel

Did you see what Matt Cassel said the other day out at Super Bowl XLII? Well, the gist of it is that he'd rather play and lose than sit and win. Check it out on Fox Sports.

Yada...yada...yada

It's all been said that the best laid plans are made to be blown up. So, yada...yada...yada, we're at day four of Super Bowl week for the Patriots and the Giants. Let's just play the game already, will ya!

So, with that having been said, we'll move along to the rest of the day's news. In Boston tonight, it's a possible NBA Finals preview as the Mavs invade TD BankNorth Garden to take on the Celtics. Looks like Ray Allen will play tonight after a couple days off due to the flu. Kevin Harlan, doing tonight's game for TNT Sports, gives us a preview on the Score Thursday morning. That's the end of the good news, however as Kevin Garnett will miss his third straight game with that abdominal strain.

Across the border, there's another good one brewing as the Bruins take on the Senators. The B's are 5-1-1 in their last 7 games. The Sens come in 11 points ahead of the Bruins in the Northeast Division but are just 5-5 in their last 10.

College hoops tonight sees PC on the road at Notre Dame on ESPN2-HD while BC takes on UNC over on ESPN-HD.

On network TV tonight, it's a battle of the 2-hour extravaganzas. On NBC it's a special two-hour version of the "Celebrity Apprentice" that teases a "rat-out" by Vincent Pastore. Meanwhile, over on ABC, it's a two-hour, catch-up epsiode of "Lost."

So, the Buffalo Bills get approved for eight home games in Toronto over the next five years. Here's thinking one of those will be against the Patriots.

How can any posting be left without a Britney Spears reference. Apparently, she's at UCLA Medical Center after some high drama last night. Read all about it, minute by minute over on our favorite site: TMZ.

Finally, for all you wrestling fans out there, Ariel, formerly from ECW, will be turning from the ring to the porn. It's a little video called "The Notorious Jewel De'Nyle & Shelly Martinez." BTW: she would be Shelly Martinez and if you've forgotten what she looks like, here ya go:




Oo-la-la

Did you catch this little nugget from US Magazine? Paris Hilton and Elisha Cuthbert making out in public at a club. Yes, some of our dreams have been answered.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday afternoon

So, a busy day around the world, especially the political one. Out goes John Edwards for the Dems and out goes Rudy Giuliani for the Repubs. Gee, was Rudy even in the race to begin with? It sure didn't seem like it.

At the Super Bowl in Phoenix, the week's first injury report will be out later this afternoon. It will be interesting to see just how the Patriots list one Tom Brady. I'm guessing limited practice via a team decision on that one. Keep listening to our coverage on the Score, where of course you can stream online.

Elsewhere, a night off for the Bruins and Celtics. Tim Thomas told the Beat earlier today on the Score that he was very excited with the win in the All-Star game as well as the victory last night against Nashville. Thomas, don't forget, joins us every Wednesday on the Sportsbeat.

Barry Bonds to the Padres? SI.com's Cliff Corcoran explains more on that.

And how about the plight of one Roger Clemens. The Rocket shows up at Astros camp today, saying nothing about his latest news on his steroid denial. It looks like Brian McNamee's lawyer thinks Andy Pettitte will sell his friend out by telling Congress about his HGH use back in the early 2000's. If he does, it will directly contradict Clemens' statement time and time again about never using HGH or steroids. Stay tuned on that one.

NBC putting on WWE Raw on Monday Night? Me thinks that will be a good idea. Also, look for the WWE to put forth an angle soon that will rival the Sebastian/Katherine brother/sister relationship from "Cruel Intentions."

Before I take off, here's a few photos to get you through this Wednesday:















Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Santana to Mets

Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Johan Santana traded to the Mets for four prospects. The Mets now have 72-hours to agree on a six or seven-year deal with Santana. The four prospects the Mets are sending to Minnesota are outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester stay Red Sox and that's a good thing.

Media Day update

An update from the Giants Media Day outing in Phoenix:

Ines Gomez has proposed to Eli Manning as well after being spurned by Tom Brady.

Ta-ta Tina!

So sad to see her go....Tina Cervasio is leaving NESN in March!



Typical Tuesday

A typical Tuesday here in Southern New England. It's Super Bowl week and the frenzy that is media day is upon us. The biggest surprise so far is that Tom Brady has been proposed to by a young lady named Ines Gomez from TV Azteca.



Brady says no, of course, saying he's a one-woman man. I'm sure Bridget Moynihan is happy to hear that.

Everyone is up in arms about Plaxico Buress and his prediction that his Giants will win Super Bowl XLII, 23-17. Oh my, he shouldn't have said it! Why is he opening his mouth? He should never awaken the sleeping giant that is the New England Patriots. Are you serious!

What should Plaxico say: the Patriots will win the game? Of course not! The fact that he makes a prediction will not make the Patriots play any harder, not one percent at all! I know it's fashionable to point to Anthony Smith from the Steelers and say, hey, look what happened to him. Well, the honest truth is that the Pats would've targeted Anthony Smith regardless of what he did or didn't say leading up that week's game. The fact is that Anthony Smith isn't very good and he was the best option to take advantage of, pure and simple!

Plaxico Buress is a different story. He's going to get his touches and his catches. Now, whether he gets into the end zone is a different story. But, trust me when I say, it won't be because of what he said on a Monday of Super Bowl week.

Now, as for the rest of the days other stories:
* - ESPN's Buster Olney says the Twins might make a deal for Johan Santana by the end of the day.

* - The Celtics will be without Kevin Garnett again tonight against the Heat with that abdominal strain, according to the Boston Globe's Marc Spears.

* - Ric Flair vs. Mr. Kennedy, along with Cena/Orton and the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out.

Ciao for now!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

WWE Supershow

Here are the pics and videos I promised from Saturday's WWE Supershow...
Raw: Steel Cage Match - Triple H vs. Umaga

WWE Hottest Diva Contest - Maria and Kelly Kelly

ECW: Chavo Guerrero vs. CM Punk

WWE Hottest Diva Contest Video

video

Raw: Hardy/Jericho vs. Orton/JBL

video

Sunday morning

The Royal Rumble is tonight at MSG in New York and should be a great ppv. Last night at the Dunk, the WWE came to town to the tune of nearly sold out crowd. Funny though watching the WWE without the big video screens, huge entrances and pyros. It was just a simple show back to its roots. The main event saw the Edge-heads knock out Batista and Rey Mysterio, JR to let Edge retain his title. Jeff Hardy got the duke on Randy Orton in their tag team match as JBL and Chris Jericho fought to the back. Triple H outlasted Umaga in a fantastic steel cage outing.

Also of note: Maria won the best body contest over Kelly Kelly and Layla (they also spanked Beth Phoenix when she ventured out to the ring.) CM Punk also qualified for tonight's Rumble match by pinning Chavo Guerrerro, although Chavo keeps his ECW Championship in the non-title outing. I'll post pictures later in the day.

As for the rest of the day in sports, there is a Tom Brady sighting in the back bay. Here's more on Brady's injury from Cold Hard Football Facts. Brady apparently hurt himself before the AFC Championship Game and had a fever!

Great exchange between the Pats Mike Vrabel and Michael Felger from ESPN Radio Boston. Read more here from Boston Sports Media.

The Patriots are scheduled to make their way to Phoenix today and a 7pm-ish presser to meet the media masses in Arizona is live on the NFL Network.

The Celtics make their return to network television today at ABC as they travel to Orlando to face the Magic at 1pm.

Finally, last night in South Carolina: Obaba 55% Clinton 27%. Bring on Super Tuesday!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another faux pas

So, let's see, we've had Kelly Tilghman suspended a week for her "lynching" comments against Tiger Woods on the Golf Channel. Then, we had the editor of Golf Week fired after putting a noose on the cover of his issue to report on the Tilghman story. This week, we get ESPN's Dana Jacobsen off the job for a week for uttering "F-&*( Notre Dame, F-&*( Touchdown Jesus and F-*&* Jesus. Troubling stuff indeed.

Now, in the wake of the tragic death of actor Heath Ledger, we get this from John Gibson on Fox Radio. Take a listen to this as words will not do it justice.

It's reprehensible to think that Gibson should still have a job after this tasteless "reporting" and bloviating of the Ledger death. To mock his death and throw out opinions as if they were fact should cost Gibson his job.

Now, I know what you're thinking. It's a hasty decision. No no I say. I am one that usually is on the other side for free speech. But when it comes just hours after the tragedy when you don't have the facts, there's nothing you can do to justify what he spewed on the air.

I'm just wondering why it's taken this long to get out. I for one, just heard it this afternoon and was taken aback by it. Let's see how long it takes for the nation to be in a rage and see how one Rupert Murdoch reacts to it.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Alternatives

OK, since we are all already sick and tired of the hype for Super Bowl XLII between the Pats and Giants, here are some alternatives to get you through Wednesday:

"Accepted" on HBO - Jonah Long is hilarious in this off-beat comedy where South Harmon Institute of Technology is given birth. Yes, if you go to South Harmon, you are a S.H.I.T-head. Classic!

Project Runway on Bravo - Do you really need a reason to watch Heidi Klum?

Celtics vs. Raptors on Comcast - Shouldn't you be checking out the best team in the NBA regularly by now, anyway? Plus, you can watch a budding young superstar with crazy hair in Chris Bosh.

"The L Word" on Showtime - Replays all week long. A very different version of Alice in Wonderland.

"Friday Night Lights" on NBC.com - It's my never-ending search to recruit more viewers to this show, even if they have to watch it online.

Yes, you are correct. There is no American Idol in this edition. I am AI-free until they get to Hollywood. Wake me when they get to the real competition.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Manic Monday

You gotta love when grown men get into catfights. Example: Nick Hardwick of the Chargers and Richard Seymour of the Patriots. Read more here.

Patriots/Giants, part deux in Super Bowl XLII: here's to the Giants getting their revenge.

Two weeks of hype for this Super Bowl and I just might forget there is a Super Bowl. I'm already tuning out.

Somehow I think if satellite radio were free, everyone would be listening to it.

WWE's Raw begins its HD era tonight. It should be great to see all the divas, in particular Mickie James, in stunning 1080p detail.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sunday's Tribune

A sneak peak of the San Diego Union-Tribune's front sports page gives us this:

Saturday smiles

OK, it's been a long night after putting in my father's new HD television. Looks great, but not a lot of sleep going on since I'm already at work on this Saturday morning. So, since the mind is fried, I give these positive thoughts:











Friday, January 18, 2008

Finally Friday

At last, it's Finally Friday. Now, if I could just find a way to not work weekends, that would finally mean something. But alas, I digress.

A few items on the Friday morning blotter:

* - Golfweek has decided that the outcry from their "noose" cover is too much and has fired longtime editor and vice-president Dave Seanor. I do find it interesting in their release that the parent company itself doesn't apologize for the content of the cover, just the creation and reaction to it. Here's the quote:

"We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country," said William P. Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing Co., the parent company of Golfweek. "We were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic."

* - Rumors abound about Phillip Rivers and his knee. I will not go into them as there is no confirmation other than what the injury has been deemed: a sprained MCL and that Rivers will try to give it a go on Sunday in Foxboro against the Patriots.

* - Who am I picking this weekend? My head says Pats vs. Packers in Super Bowl XLII. My heart hopes for Chargers vs. Giants. Again, I'm always conflicted.

* - Good win for PC Thursday night at UConn, despite the fact the Huskies are down this year. Tough loss for URI as that's one you'd like to have in your hip pocket against a team you probably should've beaten.

* - "Friday Night Lights" tonight, 9pm on NBC - is there a more endearing character on tv right now than Tim Riggins? I mean you talk about having a tough couple of weeks: his brother cheats on him with the girl next door, Coach Taylor catches him with his babygirl in a compromising position even though he's doing the right thing in protecting Juie and he takes all of coach's b.s. to get back on the team. Yet, through it all, Riggins doesn't complain. BTW: Landry is a close 2nd on this light. Great show - watch it!

* - Did you see where Fox News is kicking off the Super Bowl pregame at 9am, eastern time with a political special hosted by Shepard Smith. It's an all-in-the-Fox-family affair as Ryan Seacrest will host a portion of the pregame starting at 2pm with fellow American Idol-mates Paula Abdul performing in the pregame and Jordin Sparks singing the National Anthem.

* - Last item of the day: so long Glenn Geffner. He's said good-bye to Red Sox nation to return home to be color analyst for the Florida Marlins.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursday tidbits

A few random thoughts for an early Thursday morning:

* - Did you see where the Giants/Cowboys Divisional game drew over 40 million viewers on Sunday? To put it in perspective, that's about 7 million more than watched the premiere of American Idol. Somewhere, NFL Commish Roger Goodell is smiling.

* - Here's the difference between most pro sports stars and hockey players: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has been battling the flu the past few days but he still found the time and strength to make his weekly appearance on the Score in Providence at 5pm on Wednesday. As the producer of the Sportsbeat, I can firmly say that that is not always the case with some athletes.

* - Where has Rudy Giuliani gone in this Republican Presidential race?

* - Big night of local sports tonight as Bruins host the Maple Leafs while PC and URI hit the road. The Friars are at UConn while the Rams play at St.Louis. URI head coach Jim Baron will be a guest on the Beat today at 6pm. Listen to it live here.

* - Gene Simmons takes over the women's team, now 0-2, in tonight's installment of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC at 9pm.

* - If I'm the Minnesota Twins, I'm not trading Johan Santana until the trading deadline in July. Let the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and anyone else out there panic into giving you what you want. Why would you settle for less than what you're looking for if you're the Twins?

* - Count me as someone who no longer cares who uses steroids, HGH or any other supplement in pro sports. I don't care who used them in the past either. Let's drop this silly notion that our sports stars are heroes. They are not. They are entertainers who play sports. When America realizes that the true heroes in this nation are the parents, teachers, policemen and firemen and doctors who actually save lifes and shape the future, that's when we'll finally move forward.

* - Why can't Jenna Jameson go back to the way she used to look?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Randy Moss restraining order

Count me as one of the guys who found Pats WR Randy Moss very believable today in defending himself against Rachel Washington and her restraining order. Read the whole restraining order here.

If you want to listen to the audio from Randy Moss, log onto Sportsradio the Score's website.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

TV ratings

A few TV morsels to chew on from our friends at Sports Media Watch...

Pats did a monster 42 rating / 63 share in Boston Saturday night in the AFC Divisional Game with the Jaguars. Nationally, a big hit as well, drawing a 17.9 rating / 30 share with 30 million viewers in the most watched Saturday divisional round game since 2005 (Jets/Steelers, yes the Doug Brien miss!).

Hockey news: Versus ratings are up 32%. Now, if we could just get the Bruins to play better. B's goalie Tim Thomas a guest on the Score every Wednesday at 5pm.

Tuesday night

* - If the Cowboys were smart, they'd fire Wade Phillips and make Jason Garrett their new head coach. Garrett was lining up Cam Cameron as his offensive coordinator and Dom Capers as his defensive coordinator in Baltimore. Now, Jerry Jones is looking to match the Ravens offer for Garrett to return to Dallas. Jerry, just give Garrett the gig and take his staff. Wade Phillips is not a head coach that will lead you back to the promised land.

* - Four words to describe the Congressional Hearings for Major League Baseball on Capitol Hill Tuesday: Huge Waste of Time. Hopefully, our reps will be more prepared when the Rocket comes to Washington.

* - "Mad Money" looks like something I'd just rather avoid.

* - Mitt Romney wins Michigan. The man from Massachusetts survives another day. Although, me thinks John McCain will wind up victorious at the end of the marathon.

* - I love the push Jeff Hardy's getting with the WWE. Hardy vs. Randy Orton is a feud that has legs.

* - "Dirt" comes back to FX on March 2nd. Can't wait!

Must see Katie!

If you missed it, Katie Couric on New Hampshire Primary night. Thanks to the folks at My Damn Channel for this one:

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Conference Championships Set

Next Sunday:

AFC Championship Game - 3pm CBS
San Diego at New England

NFC Championship Game - 6:30pm FOX
NY Giants at Green Bay

Patriots fans are already drooling at the opportunity to pay back Brett Favre for Super Bowl XXXI. I'm officially rooting for a Chargers/Giants Super Bowl. Go underdogs!

Colts/Bolts - final drive

4:16pm Manning to Clark incomplete and it's over. Pats/Chargers next Sunday in Foxboro. Great, unpredictable win by the Bolts! Pats will be favored by at least 14.

Colts/Bolts - final drive

4:14pm Two downs and five yards. Going to need more than that.

4:15pm Fourth down coming again.

Colts/Bolts - one last shot

4:12pm Peyton gets one last shot thanks to the Indy D. They have to go 69 yards for the win.

Colts/Bolts - SD holds

4:05pm San Diego holds on 4th and goal. The mighty rematch between the Pats and Colts appears dead. What an upset if the Bolts hang on. It's the Power of V, Billy V, Billy Volek leading the Chargers to the AFC Championship. All they have to do is hold on for the next 2 minutes.

Colts/Bolts - late 4th

3:55pm Billy Volek sneak and the Chargers inexplicably have the lead 28-24 withouth Phillip Rivers and LT. Simply amazing! 4:50 left for the Colts

Colts/Bolts - tightroping

3:45pm Refs get it right again! Petyon Manning to Anthony Gonzalez down the sidelines for a 24-21 Colts advantage. It's rollercoaster Sunday in Indy.

Colts/Bolts - 4th quarter

3:35pm Vader would be proud as the "V-Man" Billy Volek gets a snap as Phillip Rivers comes jogging out of the lockerroom.

Colts/Bolts - end 3rd

3:20pm Back and forth we go, Darren Sproles screen play goes to the house, Bolts up 21-17. That's the good news, the bad news: Phillip Rivers is a on a training table after celebrating and coming down awkwardly on his left left.

Big Brother's back! Season 9 is coming in February, but can it possibly live up to the All-Stars with Boogie and Janelle or the Evil Dick from last season?

3:23pm Do we really need to stop an AFC Divisional Playoff game from the start of the 4th quarter to honor Punt, Pass and Kick? Are you kidding me! Halftime please for Chad "Yes, I'm related to Jim" Kelly.

3:25pm Rivers off to the lockerroom.

Colts/Bolts - Wayne's IN!

3:10pm Can you say touchdown! Reggie Wayne's in for 6 on a great individual effort. Here comes the red flag for a challenge. Indy should be up top 17-14.

3:13pm Refs get it right. Indy back in the lead.

Colts/Bolts - mid 3rd quarter

2:55pm Peyton and the Boys back on the march. Addai another first down to the SD 21.
Addai with 11 more yards and an Indianapolis first down.

2:57pm Have you noticed how quick the AFC playoff games have been so far this postseason? A nice change from the norm.

2:58pm Colts at the 4. Manning picked off by Eric Weddle after Kenton Keith can't handle the pass. Bolts ball with the lead. Why are you throwing to Kenton Keith on the 2 anyway?

Dexter on CBS won't be as good as on Showtime. Go get Showtime or the DVD. Awesome show in its pure form.

Colts/Bolts update

2:45pm Surprisingly, the Chargers are hanging around as we start the 3rd quarter. A banged up Antonio Gates and now without Ladanian Tomlinson, the Bolts are driving into Indy territory to start the 2nd half.

2:47pm Rivers to Chambers 30-yard TD - SD 14-10....an upset brewing?????

Sunday Double Stuff

Just saw the Mannings new Oreo Double Stuff commercial and let me tell you, it's laugh out loud funny. I know some think Peyton and Eli are goofs, but when it comes to pitchmen, they're darn good at it. Let's see if they pull off the double-dip victories on Sunday.

Now, as for those games on the field, that was just too easy for Mr.Manning as the Colts waltz their way to a 7-0 1st quarter lead over the Chargers thanks in part to a Peyton to Dallas Clark TD pass.

Speaking of ease, Tom Brady with just two incompletions against the Jags last night as the Pats win their 17th in a row to host the AFC Championship Game next Sunday at the Razor. That game was the personification of two things. One, take what the defense gives you and two, the definition of playmaker. Tom Brady, Donte Stallworth and Laurence Maroney made them. Dennis Northcutt did not. The Jags are on the way up, just not at the top level just yet.

1:23pm - Colts/Chargers update: Kelvin Hayden just picked off Phillip Rivers. Looks like a ong day for the Bolts, as I predicted.

Snow's on its way here in Southern New England on Monday. So, you know what that means. No bread and milk in the stores, cars stranded on the highway and panic everywhere! Can't wait.

Friday, January 11, 2008

NFL Divisional Playoffs

It's down to the Elite 8 in the NFL and four tasty Divisional match-ups to digest on this Friday. And away we go...

Saturday at 4:30pm
Seattle at Green Bay (FOX)
It's the Matt Hasselback "we'll take the ball and we're gonna score" rematch at Lambeau Field. You would figure it would come down to who can control the time of possession. You would figure that the Packers are better equipped to do it with Ryan Grant running the ball and the gunslinger, Brett Favre dicing to Grant Jennings and the Donalds: Lee and Driver. You would figure I would be taking the Packers, right? Wrong! I'm going with Matty Ballgame and the playmakers in the Seahawks secondary. Look for another strong outing from Marcus Trufant and just enough from Shaun Alexander and Mo Morris to get the Seahawks to the NFC Championship Game next Sunday. 30-24 Seattle

Saturday at 8pm
Jacksonville at New England (CBS)
The path to perfection runs through the Jaguars. It's physical vs. finesse. Can the Patriots just throw over the top and decimate the Jags defense? Can the Jags keep the ball away from Brady and company long enough and maximize the possessions to score enough points to win? I say no and the vaunted Pats will host the AFC Championship game in Foxboro next Sunday at 3pm as Brady tosses for 2 TD's and 300 yards. 35-24 New England

Sunday at 1pm
San Diego at Indianapolis (CBS)
This one is simple. With Antonio Gates, home field advantage and 6 Peyton Manning picks with Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark, the Chargers still need an Adam Vinatieri chip-shot miss in the closing seconds to win 23-21. This time, it's indoors at the Dome with a motivated Manning and a somewhat healthy Harrison and Clark and the Chargers with a banged up Gates. Colts roll! 42-14 Colts

Sunday at 4:30pm
NY Giants at Dallas (FOX)
This is my toss-up of the weekend. The Giants got swept in the regular season, but playing their best football of the year. A loss to the Pats did wonders to their confidence and they rolled with attitude using the new found running game with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw plus a confident Eli Manning. The question is can the Cowboys get to basics with Julius Jones and Marion Barber to team with a back-on-track Tony Romo? With Terrell Owens not 100%, I'm not so sure. The Cowboys have to run it 50 times to win it. If not, they're going home. Guess what, I'm home Jessica....NY Giants 35-31.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Earl Campbell on Bill Belichick...

So sad...

"I think if I was the commissioner, I would fire him," Campbell said. "And I'd also fix it so he couldn't coach in the NFL anymore. And those teams that played (and won three Super Bowls), I'd consider that a tie. The other teams would get a ring, too. .
"We try to teach our young kids how to be honest and all that," Campbell said, "and here we've got grown people. ..... (Belichick) is no better than those guys in baseball taking them steroids.
"..... If they win the Super Bowl, I think there should be an asterisk by the Patriots' name. And if they don't win, I still think there should be an asterisk by their name. Because that's wrong. A lie is a lie." - Former Oilers and Saints running back Earl Campbell, talking about Patriots head coach Bill Belichick


Tuesday thoughts

Here's my mindset on a balmy Tuesday afternoon in New England:


* - The Baseball Hall of Fame should be a collection of guys who get in based on one election, not 15! It's simple. You either are a Hall of Famer or you're not. Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines and yes, Jim Rice should be included and right now, they're not but probably will be at a later date. That's what's wrong with the system.


* - Count me as one of the guys who has given Roger Clemens a modicum of doubt since the release of the Mitchell Report. Yes, I was damn pleased to see the Rocket get angry Monday. He shouldn't give a rats ass what anyone else thinks if he is indeed telling the truth.


* - Congrats to Zdeno Chara for being elected to the NHL All-Star team as a starting defenseman. Now, if only they could get healthy enough to win a couple of games consecutively and get back to where they were two months ago.


* - Yawn! That's my description of the BCS Title game between Ohio State and LSU. Monday Night Raw and the new American Gladiators got more of my attention Monday night. Great "whisper in the wind" off the top cage by Jeff Hardy to top Umaga, too. Plus, anytime you get Mickie James in lingerie, that's not a bad thing.

* - The NFL without the newly re-retiring Joe Gibbs is a not as good a place.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Clemens on "60 Minutes"

Here's the transcript of the Roger Clemens interview with Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, courtesy of CBS and the Boston Globe:

STUDIO OPEN: WITH 354 WINS, ROGER CLEMENS IS ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS IN THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. BUT THERE ARE QUESTIONS NOW ABOUT WHETHER ROGER CLEMENS CHEATED TO ENHANCE HIS RECORD AND PROLONG HIS CAREER. ONE OF HIS FORMER TRAINERS, BRIAN MCNAMEE SAYS THAT HE HIMSELF INJECTED CLEMENS WITH STEROIDS AND HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE. MCNAMEE'S ACCUSATIONS WERE THE BIGGEST REVELATIONS IN GEORGE MITCHELL'S REPORT ON STEROID ABUSE FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. BUT CLEMENS INSISTS THE CHARGES ARE PHONY--THAT HE NEVER USED STEROIDS OR ANY OTHER BANNED SUBSTANCE. CLEMENS AGREED TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS AT HIS HOME OUTSIDE HOUSTON WHERE WE FOUND HIM TO BE FRUSTRATED, EVEN FURIOUS, THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO QUICK TO BELIEVE HE CHEATED.
CLEMENS: I'm angry that that what I've done for the game of baseball and the personal, in my private life, what I've done that I I don't get the benefit of the doubt The stuff that's being said, it's ridiculous. It's hogwash for people to even assume this. 24, 25 years Mike. You'd think I'd get an inch of respect. An inch. How, how can you prove your innocence?
WALLACE Apparently you haven't done it yet. People I talk to say, "Come on. 45 years old? How does he still throw a ball and compete and so forth? Impossible."
CLEMENS Not impossible. You do it with hard work. Ask any of my teammates. Ask anybody that's come here and and done the work with me.
WALLACE I was down here in 2001. You were pitching to a guy by the name of…
CLEMENS Brian McNamee, that's right.
TRACK: MCNAMEE HELPED CLEMENS WORK OUT--ON AND OFF--FOR TEN YEARS. CLEMENS IS FAMOUS FOR HIS EXHAUSTING WORKOUTS. HE'S BEEN CALLED THE HARDEST WORKING MAN IN THROW-BUSINESS. BUT NOW HE'S BEEN THROWN BY WHAT MCNAMEE TOLD GEORGE MITCHELL.
WALLACE He gave very specific examples of times he says that he injected you with steroids. During the '98 season, you were pitching for the Blue Jays. McNamee was their strength and conditioning coach. From the Mitchell Report, quote: "Clemens approached McNamee, and for the first time, brought up the subject of using steroids. Clemens said that he was not able to inject himself and he asked for McNamee's help. McNamee injected Clemens approximately four times in the buttocks over a several week period, with needles that Clemens provided. Each incident took place in Clemens apartment.
CLEMENS Never happened. Never happened. And if if if I have these needles and these steroids and all these drugs, what, where did I get ‘em. Where is the person out there gave ‘em to me? Please, please come forward.
WALLACE Mitchell Report, quote: "According to McNamee, from the time McNamee injected Clemens with Winstrol, a steroid, through the end of the '98 season, Clemens performance showed remarkable improvement. Clemens told McNamee that the steroids, quote, had a pretty good effect on him. McNamee said Clemens was also training harder and dieting better during this time."
CLEMENS Never. I trained hard my entire career. It just didn't happen.
WALLACE Why would Brian McNamee want to betray you?
CLEMENS I don't know. I'm so upset about it, how I treated this man and took care of him.
WALLACE I imagine he's watching the two of us right now, wouldn't you?
CLEMENS I hope he is.
WALLACE Okay. Anything you want to tell him.
CLEMENS Yeah. I treated him fairly. I treated him as great as anybody else. I helped him out!
WALLACE Again, from the Mitchell Report, quote, "According to McNamee, during the middle of the 2000 season, Clemens made it clear he was ready to use steroids again. And during the latter part of the season, McNamee injected Clemens in the buttocks four to six times with testosterone. Also injected Clemens four to six times with Human growth hormone.
CLEMENS My body never changed. If he's putting that stuff up in my body, if what he's saying which is totally false, if he's doing that to me, I should have a third ear coming out of my forehead. I should be pulling tractors with my teeth.
WALLACE The next season 2001. It's from the Mitchell Report, quote, "According to McNamee, Clemens advised him in August of 2001 that he was again ready to use steroids. And shortly thereafter, McNamee injected Clemens with a steroid on four to five occasions at Clemens' apartment-
CLEMENS Yeah. Never happened.
WALLACE In two of the three years that McNamee claims that he injected you—'98 and 2001 you won 20 games and the Cy Young award as the American League's best pitcher.
CLEMENS I won—in 1997 I won the Cy Young Award. 2004 when he supposedly, I wasn't doing it.
WALLACE Yeah, but these are the years in which McNamee claims that he injected you.
CLEMENS It didn't happen. It didn't happen. It just didn't happen.
TRACK: SO WHILE CLEMENS WAS HIS LEAGUE'S BEST PITCHER DURING TWO OF THE ALLEGED STEROID YEARS, HE WAS ALSO HIS LEAGUE'S BEST THE YEAR BEFORE MCNAMEE SAYS INJECTIONS BEGAN; AND THREE YEARS AFTER MCNAMEE SAYS HE STOPPED GIVING CLEMENS STEROIDS.
CLEMENS Why didn't I keep doing it if it was so good for me? Why didn't I break down? Why didn't my tendons turn to dust? That's all it's good for. It's a quick fix. I don't believe in that. I don't do it.
WALLACE What was your first reaction when you heard what McNamee had said?
CLEMENS I I was shocked. I was angry. A lot of emotions.
WALLACE You're still shocked. You're still angry.
CLEMENS Oh definitely.
WALLACE Did you know ahead of time what was going be in George Mitchell's report?
CLEMENS I did not.
WALLACE Did Brian McNamee tell you what he was going to say to—
CLEMENS Didn't tell me a word.
TRACK: BUT HE DID ASK CLEMENS FOR A FAVOR JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE MITCHELL REPORT CAME OUT.
CLEMENS He emails me and asks me where all the good fishing equipment is down at Cabo that I bought so he can go fishing. Thank you very much. I said, Have a good time, go fishing. Doesn't say a word that you, that you know I'm fixing to bury you with all these accusations and what do we do about it. Didn't say a word about it. That's what pisses me off.
WALLACE Why didn't you speak to George Mitchell's investigators?
CLEMENS I listened to my counsel. I was advised not to. A lot of theplayers didn't go down and talk to him.
WALLACE I know.
CLEMENS But if I would've known what this man, Brian McNamee had said in this report, I would have been down there in a heartbeat to take care of it.
WALLACE George Mitchell says he believes McNamee and this is why. McNamee got caught up in a federal steroids investigation, and the federal prosecutors agreed not to charge him if he told the truth about his involvement with steroids. But they would charge him if he gave any false information. So Mitchell says McNamee had strong incentives to tell the truth.
WALLACE What, hold, what did McNamee gain by lying?
CLEMENS Evidently not going to jail.
WALLACE Jail time for what?
CLEMENS Well, I think he's been buying and movin' steroids.
TRACK: CLEMENS SAYS HE LEARNED THAT FROM THE MITCHELL REPORT, WHICH ALSO MENTIONED HIS FELLOW YANKEE PITCHER ANDY PETTITE, WHO ALSO TRAINED UNDER MCNAMEE. MCNAMEE SAID HE'D INJECTED PETTITE TWICE WITH HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE. AFTER THE REPORT CAME OUT, PETTITE CONFIRMED THAT MCNAMEE HAD GIVEN HIM TWO H.G.H..SHOTS TO RECOVER FROM AN ELBOW INJURY.
WALLACE When Andy confirmed that McNamee had indeed told the truth about injecting him, that gave McNamee credibility, made his claims about injecting you seem more believable.
CLEMENS I have I had no knowledge of what Andy was doing.
WALLACE Why would Brian McNamee tell the truth about Andy Pettitte and lie about you?
CLEMENS Andy's case is totally is, is totally separate. I was shocked to learn about Andy's situation. Had no idea about it.
TRACK: AND WE HAD NO IDEA HOW MANY LEGAL INJECTIONS CLEMENS HAS RECEIVED—INCLUDING FROM MCNAMEE .
WALLACE Did your former trainer, Brian McNamee ever inject you with anything?CLEMENS Yes he did.
WALLACE What?
CLEMENS Lidocaine, and B12. It's for my joints and and B12 I take still today. A lot of trainers—
WALLACE And that's all.?
CLEMENS That's it.
WALLACE Never, never a human growth hormone?
CLEMENS Never.
WALLACE Never testosterone?
CLEMENS Never. Never.
WALLACE And never anabolic steroids?
CLEMENS Never.
WALLACE Swear?
CLEMENS Swear.
TRACK: MCNAMEE'S ATTORNEY COUNTERED THAT MCNAMEE ONLY INJECTED CLEMENS WITH STEROIDS AND HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE-- NOTHING ELSE. BEYOND MCNAMEE, CLEMENS TOLD US HE GOT LEGAL INJECTIONS FROM TEAM TRAINERS, MOSTLY PAIN KILLERS.
CLEMENS The number of shots that you get over the course of a season which was many for me. Whether they be vitamins or, for pain, Thorodol. Pain shots. To go out and perform. I had one of my biggest arguments with Joe Torre. He's wanting to scratch me on the big—one of the biggest starts of the season. Had a small tear in my hamstring and a golf ball in my elbow.
WALLACE Uh-huh
CLEMENS Joe Torre and I were in the the trainers room and he basically shut the door and said, I don't need any damn heroes here. You didn't tell me how bad you're hurtin. I notice you're hurtin'. And I told Joe Torre that I'll be damned if 15 minutes before I'm gonna start a World Series game I'm gonna go out there and look my teammates in the eye and tell ‘em I can't go. I said, as long as the other team doesn't know that I'm hurting, I can get people out throwin' 85 without using my leg. And get you six innings under my belt. I'm gonna take this Torodol shot and hope it works. And mask some of this pain so I can get out there and do my job. That's the things I put my body through And I'm not ashamed of that because I get paid a lotta money to go out and perform. And I appreciate that they put that kind of trust in me.
TRACK: THAT NIGHT, HE THREW A THREE HITTER AND WON THE GAME. WHAT WORRIES HIM TODAY, HE TOLD US, IS ALL THE VIOXX PILLS VARIOUS TRAINERS GAVE HIM. VIOXX, WAS A WIDLEY USED ANTI-IMFLAMMATORY AND PAIN KILLER, BEFORE IT WAS TAKEN OFF THE MARKET FOR CAUSING HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES.
CLEMENS I was eating Vioxx like it was Skittles. And now that, now these people who are supposedly regulating it, tell me it's bad for my heart. I don't know what the future holds because of the the medicine that I've eatin, but I trusted that it was not harmful. And I didn't wanna put anything in my body that was harmful.
TRACK: STEROIDS ARE HARMFUL HE SAID, AND WOULD HAVE SHORTENED HIS CAREER.
CLEMENS Why would I want to get tight or lose my flexibility, put something harmful in my system that's gonna cause me to break down when I've had a 24 year career?
WALLACE Look, because you're at the end of your career, and because you you don't want to give up the career and give up the fame and so forth. So if it's necessary to stick something into you—
CLEMENS I didn't play my career to get fame or go to the Hall of Fame or worry about all that. That's nice. That, all that's nice. Again, it's not who I am. I've worked my tail off to get where I'm at. I'm not gonna put something in my body for a quick fix that's gonna tear me down.
WALLACE What penalty should there be for someone who is taking these performance enhancing drugs?
CLEMENS I think it's a self-inflicted penalty. They break down quick. It's a quick fix. They're in and out of the game.
WALLACE If you were to testify before the congress under oath would you tell them exactly what you told me today?
CLEMENS And even probably more about the Vioxx question.
NEW TRACK: CLEMENS MAY APPEAR AS REQUESTED AT A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING IN TEN DAYS, HIS CHALLENGE IS GETTING PEOPLE TO BELIEVE HIM.
CLEMENS I don't know if I can defend myself, I think people—a lot of people have already made their decisions.
WALLACE Well, a lot of people have made—
CLEMENS And that's our country, isn't it? Guilty before innocent. That's the way our country works now. And then everybody's talking about sue, sue sue. Should I sue? Well, let me exhaust. Let me, let me just spend. How about, let's keep spending. But I'm gonna explore what I can do and then I want to see if it's gonna be worth it, worth all the headache.
TRACK: BRIAN MCNAMEE'S ATTORNEY SAID MCNAMEE WILL DECIDE AFTER WATCHING THIS INTERVIEW WHETHER HE'LL SUE CLEMENS--FOR DEFAMATION. MCNAMEE DECLINED TO TALK WITH US. THE PROBLEM BOTH HE AND CLEMENS HAVE IS PROVING THEY'RE TELLING THE TRUTH.
WALLACE How about a lie detector test?
CLEMENS Some say they're good. Some say they're not. Do whatever. I mean—
WALLACE So as far as you're concerned you would conceivably?
CLEMENS Yeah. I don't know if they're good or bad.
WALLACE Were you to pass a lie detector test, would that help prove that you're telling the truth and help restore?
CLEMENS Would it?
WALLACE I don't know.
CLEMENS I don't either.
TRACK: AND HE DOESN'T KNOW IF HE'LL EVER PITCH AGAIN.
CLEMENS But I understand that as a public person, you're gonna take some shots. The higher you get up on the flagpole, the more your butt shows? And I understand all that. But I'm tired of answering to ‘em. That's why I will not ever play again. I don't want to answer to it. I want to slide off and be just a citizen.
WALLACE You're retiring? Period.
CLEMENS Probably.
WALLACE Not for sure, but—
CLEMENS I would say, yeah. If I sit here and tell you right now, I would say yes.
WALLACE You're not going to pitch again?
CLEMENS You'll never see me pitch again.
TRACK: BUT HE HAS RETIRED THREE TIMES BEFORE AND HE TOLD US HE COULD UN-RETIRE AGAIN.
WALLACE After listening to you in this interview, do you think people are going believe you? Believe that you, Roger Clemens never took steroids?
CLEMENS I think the people that know me believe me and understand what I'm about. And I can't—the, the people that are out there that have been saying the things that they've been sayin', I don't know if I'll ever swing their opinion, These accusations are not gonna change me as a person. I'll, I'll do everything I can to prove ‘em wrong. And and I still don't know if that's good enough.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Friday fun stuff

OK, it's Friday at 3pm and our show's just getting on the air. Peter Gammons from ESPN will join us at 3:25pm, so that's a don't miss. But since it is a Friday, let's get down to the musings from your sick and fried producer, thanks to the flu going on...

- Would your opinion on Roger Clemens be different if he admitted to being injected with B-12 or anything else BEFORE Brian McNamee's claims in the Mitchell Report? Can't wait for the Rocket to answer questions live in that presser Monday after his "60 Minutes" interview that will air on Sunday.

- Here's my breakdown for this week-end's NFL Wild Card playoffs:
Saturday: Washington at Seattle - 4:30pm (NBC)
Shaun Alexander and Mo Morris get it going and Seattle's D turns the Redskins over a couple of times to combat the first playoff start for Todd Collins. Seattle 24-21

Saturday: Jacksonville at Pittsburgh - 8pm (NBC)
Too many injuries for the Steel City guys and David Garrard steps up to cinch a match-up with the Pats next Saturday night. Jax 24-20

Sunday: NY Giants at Tampa Bay - 1pm (FOX)
I believe in the Giants after the great effort against the Pats, but for some reason, I see Jeff Garcia getting the job done. Remeber, he's seen the Giants before when he was with the Eagles. TB 24-17

Sunday: Tennessee at San Diego - 4:30pm (CBS)
Lousy weather for this one in not-so-sunny-Southern California. That and a banged up Vince Young leads to a Charger rout. SD 34-10

- I haven't been excited about a regular season NBA game in a very long time and yes, I will be watching the Celtics/Pistons (albeit on DVR) Saturday night. C'mon, the NFL's still king baby!

- The more I see, the more I like from Tina Cervasio.

- Mike Huckabee won the Iowa Caucus Thursday night. Can anyone explain it to the rest of the country how he did it?

- After watching an Entourage marathon on New Year's Eve, Jeremy Piven is just pure gold as Ari Gold.

- Global warming, huh! 2 degrees on Thursday and 60 by Tuesday. Yeah, something's messed up I'm sure.

- Do you think Barry Bonds has sent Roger Clemens a big thank you card yet?