We're getting this party started a little early! I am frothing at the mouth to get going, lots to discuss. But first: I wanted to first thank everyone who e-mailed about last week's Dooze column; all the feedback and dog stories from readers helped Team Simmons immensely. It was really nice. What frightened me was how many people lost dogs before the age of 7; I'm not convinced that getting a dog to 10 is a 50-50 proposition... maybe even 40-60. Unfortunately I was traveling last weekend and and my AOL mailbox got filled three different times, so there were two different 10-hour stretches were every e-mail just got bounced back to the sender. Sorry about that. Thanks again for writing in and we really appreciated it.
One more note: I am posting my Super Bowl pick at the end of this chat. OK? OK.
All right, let's get going...
Bill, Am I the only person in this world who thinks the Cardinals run game will be efficient on Sunday? With so much focus on the elite receiving core of Arizona, paired with the chip on Russ Grim's shoulder to out-wit the man who was promoted ahead of him for head coach of Steeltown, I feel strongly that the Edge/Hightower combo sprinkled with some J.J. on top will be the reason the Cards party like it's 1947!!
I don't think the Cards are even going to try to run the ball on Sunday. They have a bad running game; Pitt has a crazy-good run defense. Why make it 3rd-and-9 every drive? I see them airing it out completely and totally...
Most overrated SB story?? All of articles of Larry Fitz Sr. not cheering from the press box. I'm 45 yrs old, have lived in the Twin Cities all my life and have never seen or heard of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the newspaper Larry Sr. writes for. The real story is how Larry Sr. has been able finagle 28 straight SB trips out of this gig.
I've gotten multiple e-mails about this. What the hell is the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder? It sounds like one of those fake newspapers that Tom Hanks would work at in a romantic comedy or something... and all you need to know about why newspapers are going out of business is that the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has sent someone to cover 28 SB's. Good business plan!
When your daughter makes the WNBA a legitimate sport, are you going to cover it as objectively as Larry Fitzgerald Sr. is handling the Super Bowl?
I will be in my garage with the car running.
Is Mike Tomlin the coolest Super Bowl coach in history? That dude is the Samuel L. Jackson of the National Football League!
Not just for Super Bowls - I say he's the coolest coach in any sport ever. Even cooler than Coach Fenstock. By the way, the over/under for Teen Wolf questions or references is 7.5 for today's chat - take the over. They gotta stop showing it. I am becoming obsessed.
When can we fire Terry Porter? He has to be in the bottom 5 in the NBA.
He's not worse than Vinny Del Negro of Mike Dunleavy. But he's probably on the next tier. All indications seem to be that he was just a bad hire - the way Boris Diaw has been playing for Charlotte and the body language of the Suns players in some of these losses (amare especially) makes me think that the Porter Experiment is failing badly. And Hack-A-Bowen last night was REALLY bad. It changed the game.
OK, Redd is out for the year, if the Bucks had hired you as GM(which they should have), what do you do to get the Bucks to the playoffs?
Anyway, it's clear that the NBA GM job is overrated as we've seen by how many people have failed at it - why not take a chance with someone like me and get fans talking and message boards buzzing? What could the Bucks possibly do that would be a bigger national story than a controversial GM or coach hire? Name me one thing. You can't. The other move would be to just make someone a player-coach... which I think is illegal.
Cavs question. When Delonte and Big Z come back, will the Cavs be good enough to win the title without adding a piece by trading Wally?
Yeah, everyone's missing that about the Cavs right now - they are missing two starters and really won't be the team they will be until April. I would not sleep on them. By the way, Devin Harris making the AS team over Mo Williams was an outrage. Same for PP making it over Ray Allen, who has been the single best Celtic this season.
Which one is more bizzare? The Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series, or Mickey Rourke vs Chris Jerico at Wrestlemania 25?
I still think Tampa making the World Series. That was like the last 15 minutes of "My Bodyguard" for sports. Uh-oh, dated movie reference.
SportsGuy, what's your highest streak on the Streak for the Cash?
I got to 5 and I have never been more excited about anything. I am proud to note than I am 16-10 on the season and riding a 1-game streak. I am totally addicted.
I know this is early in the chat for a non-sports comment, but why don't you ever talk about Lost any more in any of your columns/chats??? It's still one of the best shows on TV and just blows my mind every week. I know you said at one point that you couldn't any more because people got upset over you spoiling stuff. Those people are morons....if they can't heed a simple spoiler warning, then it's their own fault. Haven't people been conditioned to this by now in the age of Tivo? I just would love to hear what you think about the show as it is counting down towards it's conclusion.
I'd love to talk about Lost - maybe near the very end. The problem is that I don't want to spoil things for the troops overseas, I always get emails from them when I spoil something and feel terrible.
Disagree about Mo Williams. I've added and dropped him from my fantasy team roster, and finally decided that he isn't worthy of a roster spot on my team. A guy who isn't good enough for my fantasy team isn't good enough for the All-Star game. My wife just added Williams to her fantasy team, which means he will never be on the waiver wire again. And yes, my wife plays fantasy hoops with me. Feel free to be jealous now.
See, this is why I hate arguing about All Star teams. I couldn't agree more with Kenny Smith - it's EASY to put up good stats on bad teams or mediocre teams. The Cavs are a super-contender for 2 reasons: Bron is so much better/hungrier, and Mo Williams has made a huge difference for them. They are 20-0 at home. How the hell can they only have 1 All Star? All Star teams, MVPO votes, Hall of Fame votes and Oscar/Emmy nominations really make me crazy. I can't handle it.
Like Brad Pitt getting nominated for Ben Button - I almost put my fist through a wall. HOW TERRIBLE IS THAT??????? I defy anyone to watch that movie and say that Brad Pitt even "acted." he just played himself. I can't stand it.
My Streak for Cash is at 26 Wins. I took 2+ hours for this chat, am I winning a million dollars?
You're definitely winning 2+ hours. You know, that would have been a fun streak for the cash wager - along with "Teen Wolf" references and "Number of questions I will answer while sitting on the bowl."
Bill, can you tell me which team Adam Carolla is going with for the Super Bowl so I can go the other way. Thanks!!
I don't think he's made it official but all indications seem to be that he's leaning towards Zona. And normally this means: "Take Zona." But he's been so confident about his annual "I lose all year and win everything back on the Super Bowl" routine that I can feel it backfiring.
By the way, I need someone to find this out definitively while we're chatting...
Is Kurt Warner getting a puppy for his kids if the Cards win the SB or not? I have read/heard this answer both ways. Mike Silver's Yahoo column indicated "no puppy," then I've read other stuff that said "yes." I want to figure this out once and for all. It might swing my pick.
Why don't you ever go on ESPN First Take to debate Skip Bayless?
You Know, I've thought about doing this. My plan would be to go on, then after every point he makes, I'd do a Sarcastic Clap like the SNL skit with the Sarcastic Clapping Family. And I'd never make any actual points. Just two hours of sarcastic claps. I think he'd be flustered.
Should the Red Sox put a clause in Varitek's contract that says he doesn't get paid if he hit less that .150?
From what I understand, you're not allowed to put stat clauses in people's contracts for baseball - I investigated this because the natural Manny contract would obviously be $10 million a year with $25 million of stat incentives, all of which he'd reach. So I don't think you can do that.
So I think they appeal to his pride as a man and say, "We'll give you 10 million." But if you aren't hitting .220 at the All Star Break, you HAVE TO RETIRE.
Any interesting prop bets on/related to the Super Bowl? I'm thinking of putting 10$ on the line with 10000:1 odds that the first guy to score is TO. Chance at 100k with his ego? Good enough for me.
If you missed Monday's podcast, Cousin Sal and I broke this down and Sal loved Gary Russell -300 NOT to score a TD.
I really liked this one though...
Will the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII be a Quarter Back? Yes is -300, no is +220. I love "No."
Also liked this one...
Jersey Number of Player to score First Touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII: Over/under for number is 38.5 (-115 for each side)
So if you think a WR is scoring, or any defensive player or returner... you take the over. I like that one a lot.
Gary Russell is the Steelers' short yardage back... if anyone scores from the 1 or 2 for the Steelers it's going to be him. But the Steelers are (ask Aaron) the worst short yardage team in the league, and basically you're betting the Steelers won't score a rushing TD from the 1. That's pretty much free money.
Exactly. That's why Sal loves "No" for Russell. But the thing is, I can not totally see Russell banging one in because we talked about it for so long. With that said, I am going to parlay that prop with my "Over" for the jersey number TD.
Isn't Santonio Holmes #10. There is another under possiblity.
Crap. Forgot about that. Damn. He was one of the guys I liked for "first TD." Maybe the under is the play then? I just like that bet.
Fitzgerald wears #11
"Under" now looking REALLY good.
Since Craig T. Nelson is too old, who do you want to play you in the Dooze TV movie?
I'd like to be played by Jon Hamm. It would be a nice change of pace for him after Don Draper - to play a writer in 2009 who spends most of his time in his underwear. And I'd like Elizabeth Banks to play my wife. And I'd like to see Horatio Sanz as JackO.
Why do continually refuse to recognize the (TEAM THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED)? Look, I feel bad for Seattle fans, but they didn't pony up the necessary cash and we did. I would've preferred it to go down differently, but this kind of thing happens. Why does (THE HIJACKERS) get the silent treatment when plenty of other teams have done the same thing?
You know what's great about our chat machine? You can edit everyone's questions. Good times!
What the Chiefs did to you this season: (1) Ruined Tom Brady's 2008 (and career?) (2) Ruined your fantasy season (by the way, I'm still going to say clean hit just to preempt you...) (3) Took away Scott Pioli (4) Fired one of your go-to sources of comedy (albeit so go-to it was getting old for us Chiefs fans) Reaction?
I'm gonna be honest - I hate the Chiefs more than I've ever hated anyone. I am seriously thinking about going down to KC in August for an exhibition game with a vial of chicken blood and putting some sort of Haitian curse on their season.
Bill, I just found out that Gus Johnson does the New York Liberty games. Would you dare watch a WNBA game even though your favorite announcers is calling it?
I'm gonna draw the line there. By the way, does Gus Johnson's agent just answer his phone by saying, "Yes, we'll do it"?
Isn't it illegal for you to win streak for cash being an ESPN employee? Won't people say it's rigged?
That's really the main reason why I want to win. It would be the biggest controversy since Charles Van Doren.
As someone who's never watched Mad Men, and after all the podcasts and columns, I just now realized that Don Draper is the character and not the person who you watch football with on Sundays. Well done!
I am desperately trying to get Draper/Hamm on a podcast next week - he is a HUGE Cardinals fan. And not just that, the only football Cards fan I have ever met.
Any updates on a release date for your new basketball book? Will there be another signing tour?
The book is coming out on October 27th. I am almost done - that's why I haven't been writing as many columns for the past few months. I am hopefully handing in the book by the end of this month - after that, columns galore! Or at least 3 more a month. OK, maybe one more a month. We'll see. But I am almost done.
Why are you still upset about the Pistons beating the Celtics in 88? I think its time you get over it
Because KC Jones killed us by burying Reggie Lewis that season. I will never get over it. Ever.
Don Draper is the only Cardinal fan you have ever met? A certain former editor of Deadspin would like a word with you.
That's a great point. Actually, I have met four if you include the Sklar Bros... but Hamm was the only one who floored me by casually mentioning he was a Cards fan.
Is this the first time we've seen a double nobody believes in us game? Think about it. Pittsburgh are 7 point favorites, but polls from ESPN, Fox and other outlets show that the public expects Arizona to win the game outright. The media has piled on as the week has progressed. This sure reminds me of the San Diego pick in the Divisional Playoffs after their nice win against the Colts. Either way, I'll sleep well on Sunday night knowing that whoever wins will be able to say 'nobody believed in us'. sweet.
It's a great point. Way too many people are touting the Cards ... and we know how that turns out. What's interesting is that the line hasn't budged even a little. I am still leaning towards a six-point tease with the Steelers (going to -1) and the under (going up to 53.5) being the best play. If you think the Steelers are winning, then there's no way the game will have more than 53.5 points unless it's a blowout like one of those old Cowboys-Bills games... whoops, sorry Buffalo.
What are your thoughts on Jamie-Lynn Sigler dating Jerry Ferrara?
I'm glad you asked! Here's my take: Hollywood is like a more elaborate form of high school - it's just high school with more success, more gossip and more money. And if this were high school, and someone of Jamie-Lynn's caliber started dating Turtle - which by the way, happened in every high school, when a dude totally overachieved with a hot girl in the class - then everyone else would be killing her and saying "What are you thinking?"
And this would work in Turtle's favor for about 3 months because it would become a pride/stubborness thing for her - "You guys don't understand, he's really sweet!" - but eventually, all that negativity would break her down and she'd end up hooking up with the starting QB in somebody's backyard at 3AM.
Then Turtle would find out and be crushed, they'd break up, and the rest of senior year would be really awkward. Anyway, that's how I see this playing out.
sorry, technical probs
Did you write your mag column before Andrew Bynum was named Western Conference Player of the Week and dropped 42 on Los Clippers? Have your thoughts changed on his ceiling or his contract extension?
It's funny you should ask. They changed my magazine deadline (which sucks for me from a "timing" standpoint) - I now hand in my column on Wednesdays the week before the issue comes out... which means it makes it online 7 days later and on the newsstands 2 days after that.
It's funny you should ask. They changed my magazine deadline (which sucks for me from a "timing" standpoint) - I now hand in my column on Wednesdays the week before the issue comes out... which means it makes it online 7 days later and on the newsstands 2 days after that.
So my biggest fear was that Durant was going to score 60 on the Clips 2 days after I handed it in and ruin my angle. Little did I know, THAT NIGHT, I went to Clips-Lakers and Bynum out up a 42-15 (on Skinner and Jordan, but still). Then he looked great against Duncan on Sunday. I'd say Bynum is now properly rated. I was really impressed by him in person.
The point is this: I hate my magazine editors. Intensely. We need to work through this.
Just got some interesting info on Larry Fitz Sr.'s paper from a friend...
Apparently Larry Fitz's Sr's newspaper is a longstanding African-American newspaper that covers the community (and major sporting events)... there are a few of them dating back to the 1900 (they used to cover the Negro Leagues way back then) and this is one of them. So that's why you might live in Minny and not have heard of the paper... you know, if you're white.
Now I feel bad. I'm going to do 20 pushups as penance.
Bill, you are going head-to-head with Dan Rafael's boxing chat. He said he can crush you in a chat. What say you?
Tyson-Spinks - and he is Spinks.
How do you feel about SI's cover story about LeBron's size and strength that never mentions steroids or HGH, even to deny his use? I felt like I was reading every baseball article from the late 90's again.
There were a few weird things about that story - mainly, that LeBron weighed 275 LAST YEAR and they made it seem like a new thing. I don't think it's a news story that a kid hits his mid-20's and his body starts filling out. The story that would have been good (and was touched on only briefly) was LeBron's experience playing for the Olympic team and how he saw the work ethic of guys like Kobe firsthand and realized that he wasn't getting enough out of his own talents. That's been the difference.
Similar story: When Barkley played on the Dream Team in '92, it had a profound effect on his career - he showed up for the Suns in shape and won MVP. And that's because he was hanging out with MJ and Karl Malone every day that summer and his competitiveness kicked in.
To me, THAT was the LeBron angle if you're going to write about him.
As a former Brett Favre fan, I was curious if you can name some other athletes who have completely tarnished their long-established on-the-field/off-the-field image/persona at the end of their careers?
You mean, other than OJ? Hmmm...
Steve Carlton. Gary Payton. Emmitt Smith. Patrick Ewing. Wayne Gretzky.
It happens more than you think.
What are you top 5 non Patriot Super Bowl Memories? I would ask top 5 overall but we all know how big a Patriot homer you are and I don't want all Adam Vinateri Field Goals.
I really enjoyed the Titans-Rams game. I just thought that was fantastic. I'd put that No. 1 for just sheer entertainment. Bills-Giants was a close second and would have been first if I didn't lose money on the Bills. Favorite single moment was probably Marcus Allen's run.
I liked the Pack-Broncos SB a lot. And Ravens-Giants was "most satisfying from a gambling standpoint" - I almost caught fire at one point.
Dan "The CHB" Shaughnessy says Tom Brady is now soft because a smoking hot Brazilian super model was offering him a bite of her lunch. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Boston print media!
Nothing ever changes in Boston. It's amazing. WEEI just re-signed Glenn Ordway for 5 more years. It's Groundhog Day. The Globe has had the same two sports columnists for TWENTY ONE YEARS.
Mr. Sportsguy, Any reason for the podcasts over the columns these last two weeks? I personally like the columns better (for selfish reasons, I like to read at work), so I was wondering if there was a specific reason.
Again, I am desperatrely trying to finish my book - so that's one reason, I only have so many writing hours in me each day. The other reason is that I love doing the podcasts and feel like I'm on the ground floor of a medium that is really starting to take off. It's like radio on demand and I think it's going to kill satellite radio in 2 years. I really do. It's also a huge threat to real radio in my opinion, especially when people can get internet in their cars and can just cue podcasts up within 3 clicks. It's astonishing to me that nobody has written a long piece about podcasts yet. This is EXACTLY the same as what happened with sportswriting in the late-90s where nobody was taking the internet seriously and suddenly within 7 years there were a million sports blogs, mainstream sites were crushing newspapers and newspapers were hemorrhaging money. We are headed that way with podcasts. I just think radio is going to become much more niche-oriented over these next 10 years... people don't see it yet. Christian Slater in "Pump Up The Volume" is going to look like a genius.
Is there anything you can tell your girlfriend if she catches you watching porn?
Always go with "My friend (fill in the name) just e-mailed this to me, I didn't know what it was!"
WARNER PUPPY ANSWER: The interview where Kurt talked about the Puppy issue, this is what was said. His wife Brenda told the kids that if daddy won the superbowl he would get them a puppy. Kurts response to her was that he wants to win the superbowl, but doesnt want a puppy.
Exactly. This makes me worried. I don't want to bet against god and puppies and gambling theories hatched in Pakistan, but at the same time, I think God is going to be mad at Kurt if he reneges on the puppy bet. Hmmmmmmm.
Two parter-- 1) Did Payton or CWEBB thank you for singlehandedly bringing them to TNT (well besides Barkley's part in it), and 2) are you worried that them being on TNT will ruin the magic?
I didn't do anything! I just noticed something great that was brewing... so did a few other people. You were not inventing the wheel in November by saying that GP and CWebb were potentially great.
But here's what has shocked me: Webber has evolved into potentially the best studio guy ever. he has full confidence and he's belting out really interesting/different opinions and an eloquent and well-thought out way ... with even a little passion thrown in (like last week during the All Star discussion). And he's funny. And he has credentials since he did play at an elite level from 2000-2003. I love hearing his take on things. I gotta say, there's some serious Ewing Theory going on right now with Chuck out on TNT... maybe the first ever studio show example. Chuck had gotten lazy and was not doing homework anymore. It's just a fact. His defense of the Kidd-Iverson trades was really embarrasing to anyone who actually follows basketball.
Christian Slater in "Pump Up The Volume" already is a genius. He built his own mobile broadcasting van and inspired a bunch high school misfits and pissed off his own parents.
What do you think about the Celtics firing Lucky?
It was 2 years overdue. You don't need a mascot when you're a 65 win team that loses 3 games at home every year. He's going to be pouring coffee for people at D and D's in 6 months and kicking himself.
The proper response to the girlfriend catching you watch porn predicament is, "You are just in time!".
Sorry about the Dooze. As someone who watched his dog get run over by a car, losing a dog before they're supposed to is tough. Now that that's out of the way, you're an idiot -- Manny Ramirez is perfectly rated. He's just a nut case. That's why nobody wants him; nobody doesn't say he isn't like one of the top 10 hitters in baseball EVER . . .
But he's not! He is NOT properly rated! Here is a guy who got on base 24 of 36 times in the 2008 postseason and the fans of teams like Anaheim and Texas and San Fran aren't clamoring for their GM's to sign him. It's crazy to me. Everyone seems to think he is a cancer of the highest order... why? Because that's what the Red Sox front office told their media minions. We have NEVER HEARD MANNY'S SIDE EVER. We are hearing one side of the story. It's a smear campaign. How could anyone NOT think this guy would produce for 3 years if you gave him $75 million... in a league that's given AJ Burnett and Barry Zito huge money? I am just flabbergasted by this whole thing. His teams have won everywhere he's gone. Without fail.
What's D and D's? If you meant to say Dunkin Donuts, you're dead to me (except your columns, books, podcasts, and chats)
Come on, I've always called Dunkin Donuts that... along with the Store Two Four and Pop Gino.
Manny averages an OPS+ of 155 and a lifetime EqA of .327....with those numbers he can play LF in a diaper for all I care
See, another team that should sign him - the Nats. People in DC do not care about that team. At all. Manny doesn't make them more interesting????? They're willing to give Tex 170 million - a guy who has played on bad teams for nearly his entire career - but Manny isn't worth $75m for three? He wouldn't sell tickets? He wouldn't hit?
What's Manny's side of the story? The clubhouse attendant had it coming?
Manny got manipulated by his agent. We know that much. But at the heart of it is this: The Sox won the 2007 WS, and heading into 2008, Manny made it clear he wanted to stay and he wanted some resolution to his contract one way or the other - either waive the 09 10 options or pick them up. The Sox did neither. They let him twist in the wind. Did he deserve that after giving them 7 HUGE years and helping them win two titles? I say no. I think they were jerks about it. But that's what nobody seems to take into account ... the Sox could have avoided a potential mess with Boras simply by waiving those last 2 option years. Why didn't they do it? Because they wanted to control the process.
I just thought they handled it arrogantly. "You know what Manny? Go out and hit some baseballs and we'll let you know what we decide in a few months." And he handled it poorly. But when you have someone that YOU KNOW will handle something like that poorly, and you proceed in that direction anyway, aren't you at least partly to blame?
See I think this podcast-article debate needs to be discussed more. Sure I love podcasts and I listen to them at the gym or commuting to work. But it's pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to listen to them at work. Listening requires more focus than reading, which you can 'put down and pick back up'. Whenever I try to listen to a podcast at work, I end up trying to read emails or work on something and then I'm rewinding the thing or just give up entirely.
As soon as I finish my book, we go up to 2-plus columns per week and only 2 podcasts.
I am totally with you on Manny, I think he's going to absolutely rake wherever he winds up next year (crossing my fingers for the Mets to pony up the cash). If he stays in the NL for a full season, is there a chance of him hitting .400?
Thats the other thing: if I'm an NL team with inferior pitching in my league, I want Manny on my team... also he's getting close to being in the top-5 of some pretty cool records/stats and I do think he cares about that stuff.
What would your reaction be if you were watching the Real World and saw yourself bumping and grinding with a girl you met at a bar in NYC when you were on vacation over the summer? Only now that you see the episode, you realize that the girl was born a dude. Video of you groping a post-op has now been broadcast on national television. What actions must be taken to restore your image? Thanks for taking this question, my "friend" wanted me to ask.
This was always my dream scenario for any lifelong ball-busting rights over a friend. Never happened. One of my college roomies did pass out once on the bowl with poop all over the bathroom, and when we were videotaping him, he suddenly threw up on camera. We reminded him of it for the rest of senior year. Actually, I think we went too far because we never hear from him anymore. That's the thing - when you have a "My God, my friends are going to have carte blanche over me forever" moment like that, you're really just better off finding new friends and starting over.
Don't get me wrong..I still love the movie Heat..but what are the chances of Robert DeNiro "just running" into his old jailmate (Dennis Haysbert) buddy at the Waffle House??? And DeNiro's character is supposed to be some great criminal mastermind, but one little hiccup and he is suddendly solicting help from the fry cook?? And what about Val Kilmer not at least being searched by the cop during the traffic stop scene. What is it..like 3:00 in the morning? Who else wold be driving down that street at that hour (matching his description no less!!)These things continue to haunt me. I am sure, being of like mind, they do you as well.
It's a great point. Those 2 parts have always bothered me as well, along with Val Kilmer taking 3 minutes to walk 25 feet to the getaway car. There is no question that DeNiro cancels the bank heist when his getaway driver bails on him - if only because he might have thought the guy leaked it to the Feds.
Speaking of DeNiro, we have to recalibrate the DeNiro-Pacino mailbag debate from 2002 after 88 Minutes - I PPV'ed it at my Mom's house last weekend and it is phenomenally, awe-inspiringly, unfathomably horrendous. One of the first worst movies ever made with a decent budget. I urge you all to rent it. You can't believe how awful it is. It's like Favre's December for the Jets multipled by 3000.
You have discussed Cardinals fans in your recent podcasts. I thought I would bring up how bad it was. even this summer. When I was in AZ for a business trip in Aug, there were advertising pre-season tickets as a package with the Dallas regular season game as a "Protect the House" scheme. As I understood it, in order to get the pre-season tickets, you also had to buy the regular season ticket, and the objective was that "real Cardinals fans" would be sitting in the stadium during the Dallas game, instead of a stadium completely filled with Dallas fans like had happened in the past. What other city could you ever imagine that happening in?
I am torn on this one - I get the whole "you didn't hear from us Cards fans because our team was just hopelessly bad" argument, but there is also undeniable evidence that Phoenix is a top-3 lousy/indefensible major sports city along with LA and Washington DC. So I don't know what to think.
IF you are going to recalibrate the Pacino DeNiro debate, how does the Righteous Kill disaster factor in? I mean are we sure these two are even still alive?
I haven't seen it yet. And I will. Pacino's last 15 years since Heat - other than Any Given Sunday - has been totally indefensible. DeNiro at least had a couple of decent ones. Hold on, Im going to IMDB
Pacino this decade (going backward): Righteous Kill, Oceans 13, 88 Minutes, Two for the Money, Merchant of Venice, Angels in America, Gigli, The Recruit, Simone, Insomnia, Chinese Coffee
1995-1999 - Heat, City Hall, Doinnie Brasco, Devils Advocate, Inside, Any Given Sunday. Respectable I guess.
DeNiro this decade (going backwards): Righteous Kill, What Just Happened, Stardust, Good Shepherd, Hide and Seek, meet the Fockers, Godsend, Analyze That, City By the Sea, Showtime, The Score, 15 Minutes, Meet the Parents, Men of Honor.
1995-1999: heat, Casino, The Fan, Sleepers, Marvin's Room, Cop Land, Wag the Dog, Jackie Brown, Ronin, Great Expectations, Analyze This, Flawless, Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Jesus he made a lot of movies! he is the Gus Johnson of famous actors. But he basically doubled Pacino's total of good movies.
So I don't know if it's even a debate anymore. We need to get Favre and Pacino to retire in the same press conference.
Thank's for the heads up about all of the nudity in "The Reader". Kate Winslet's body is pretty average, but still, it was cool to see her naked in scene after scene. One thing though, why no warning about her armpit hair?
Bad job by me. I have it ranked 3rd on the "Most Disturbing Female Armpit" list behind Nena in "99 Luftballoons" and Sugar on last season's Survivor.
Sprts Guy, I got to ask for your Oscar pick for Best Actor. I mean, The Rourke totally takes it down in The WRestler, yet Sean Penn is Sean Penn. Will the inspiring story of the underdog rising from the washed up grave give Rourke the Oscar?
It's one of the best categories ever - Brad Pitt's retarded nomination aside. I'd vote for Langella over Rourke. Langella was amazing. Frost/Nixon was amazing. That was the best movie I saw this year.
Atlanta's up there, too. At least Phoenix fans somewhat care about the Suns. Atlanta has to be the most miserable four-sport city, although I can tell you from personal experience that you're right about the mid-thirties women there.
You're right, Atlanta is up there and probably in the lead.
What's your favorite prop bet for this Super Bowl? Ever?
Great SB prop ever - Fridge scoring a TD in SB XX. Just because it started out at 40-1 and got wagered down to EVEN by game time. And he scored! That bet launched the era of prop bets... for me, it's really the only positive of SB XX, which remains one of the 10 worst days of my life.
What do you think/know the odds would be on the parlay of Arizona to win straight up and the over? I heard you and Cousin Sal talking about that bet in a podcast and it sounded decent.
Bets 100 and you win $486. What scares me is that I know this off the top of my head.
By the way, I'd like to mention that it's 74 degrees and sunny in California right now.
So, you have started a new Hall of Fame: The Donovan McNabb Comedy Hall of Fame for athletes/entertainers who try to be funny in such an awkward manner that it is actually more creepy than anything. So, you have McNabb and Kobe. I would also throw in Superbowl Week with Kurt Warner as well. Who else joins the club?
If you made a Mount Rushmore for it (I look forward to SportsCenter stealing this idea and not giving me credit or even emailing me to say they are doing it - thanks guys, it's great being on the same team with you!), I'd go with...
But I'm willing to be talked out of the last 2.
Which player do you think will come out of nowhere in the Super Bowl and have a huge game, resulting in a Dexter Jackson type monster contract which they dont deserve. My early favorites include JJ Arrington and Karlos Dansby.
My best bet would be Nate Washington. You know they'll throw to him long at least twice... and what if Hines can't go?
I want the next HBO boxing special to include Harvey Fierstein as the corner-man translator for the television audience.
After the Clippers fiasco Wednesday night against Chicago, how can Dunleavy still be employed? As a season ticket holder you should organize a deep ops mission to get the pictures he must possess. I'd help but as a Royals season ticket holder I'm looking through the Walmart files to get the dirt on David Glass.
I want to cover this in more detail at another point...
But how the Clippers have treated their season ticketholders by NOT firing a complete fraud by Dunleavy, coupled with Dunleavy's total unwillingness to accept any responsibility whatsoever for this crappy season and/or a roster of players who actively hate him ... I mean, it's honestly one of the most depressing sports-related situations I have ever seen. Mike Dunleavy, I like sports less than I did 3 months ago - just a little, but still - because of you.
You should quit. Have the dignity to step down as coach. Keep your GM job and continuing making bad moves. The Clips fans don't care - they are smart enough to know that Sterling will never fire you because he's too cheap. But don't keep going out there with your crappy gray suits and pretending that these players are listening to you. I have been to 11 or 12 games this year - the fans hate you, the players hate you, we all want you to go. Do the dignified thing and step down. Hand the team over to Kim Hughes.
And by the way, you might be a nice guy and a great family guy - if you are, that;s fantastic. I just know that this specific Clippers team, and this specific fan base (small, but still), thinks you're awful at your job and wants you to leave. So do it. You are stealing money from the team.
Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. My tickets cost $340 for a pair and I get to go watch Baron Davis jog up and down for 20 minutes a night looking like he just smelled a horrible fart. It's so much fun.
So, are you the most famous Clippers fan? If so, how does that make you feel?
Billy Crystal is the clear No. 1. Penny Marshall is 2nd. She's also third - have you seen her lately? She's gigantic. I think I am 4th. There is no 5th.
And by the way, that's a distant 4th.
You're sitting on the bowl right now, aren't you?
Next podcast guest: Mike Dunleavy?
Absolutely. I would love to have him. Consider this an official invite. And I will absolutely ask him how it feels to steal money from a professional sports team every week.
I think that Malcolm in the Middle kid is a Clippers fan.
Nope. He moved and gave up his seats. I just thought about it some more - Cash Warren and Jessica Alba have season tix and came to a game last week. That bumps me to 6th. Cash Warren is in Us Weekly every week - and his dad is Mike Warren, and he's married to Alba. That kills my resume. I mean, his Dad has Fast Break AND White Shadow on his IMDB. And he won titles with Kareem at UCLA!
Why is it that you hate on Kobe & Bynum and i still read your columns? Laker Fan
I don't hate on anybody, I am just giving my opinions that's all. I think Kobe has been fantastic this season. I have him 2nd for MVP behind LeBron right now. He's playing the way we've always wanted him to play. And I have clearly underestimated Bynum - the 42-pt game meant nothing because he was going against a D League team, but the Spurs game was super-impressive.
I have Zach Randolph, Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan, and Fred Jones on my terrible fantasy team. My worst fantasy team ever. I actually "signed" Fred Jones while he was still under his 10-day contract with the Clips. I feel a special kinship with the Clippers this year. I'm from Seattle, I enjoy the torture.
I gotta say - Dunleavy gets props for the Gordon/Jordan picks. But were good values for where they got them. Does it make up for Yaro Koralev over Danny Granger? of course not! Not in a million years. But Jordan is probably my favorite Clip. He really tries out there... he gives a crap. Gordon could go either way... he's developing bad habits carrying a bad team which scares me. Same for Mayo in memphis actually. Of all the rooks, Kevin Love is in the best situation right now...
Barack Obama is rooting for the Steelers on Sunday. Barack is on fire right now. No way I'm betting against Pittsburgh.
That's interesting - if Spike Lee jumps on board we could be headed for great things.
I always did get the impression that Dunleavy was a good guy when he was in Portland. My parents used to see he and his family at church and had a good impression of them. That said, I don't know WHAT the heck he's doing in LA.
Once it became clear that Pax hiring Del Negro was the sports equivalent of "Secret of My Success", only the exact opposite, the only thing I can look forward to is your NBA trade value column. When can I feel the joy of seeing Derrick Rose rated in the top 25?
I went Wednesday night and watching Dunleavy and Vinny go head to head reminded me of the days when David Charvet and Andrew Shue would act in the same scenes in Melrose Place. By the way, the Bulls couldn't be more miserable as a group... they all have glazed looks on their faces and no energy at all. We might have to send FEMA to Chicago to save Derrick Rose.
Bill, with the Mike and the Maddog show no longer on the airways and the classic radio 1, 2 combo having gone their separate ways, What do you think there interactions will be at their first Super Bowl apart? I'm sure they will be fighting for guests, giving evil snickers and stares across radio row, while Mike sips on his Diet Coke and Dog fidgets uncontrollably in his chair. My question though is if you were asked to go on both shows and only had time for one, who you going with?
I would go on Mike's show. There's a 85% chance that Dog has never read a single thing I've written. Mike and I have a love-hate relationship (mostly love) but at least he reads me... the last time I was on, they grabbed me on Media Row and I was sick... I want a second chance... sadly it can never happen because I am not allowed to go on non-ESPN shows ... even though the show that goes against Mike's (Michael Kay) has never asked me to come on. Yup, this is my company.
Any thoughts on the worst major of the season, the Australian Open??
Actually, yes. I think they should make everyone play with wooden rackets from the 70's. It needs some sort of wrinkle, I was watching the Tennis Channel recently - they had a match with Connors and Mac ('82 Wimbledon, a classic) and it was just incredible to see the shotmaking with bad rackets. it's the equivalent of watching baseball footage from the 50's and realizing that Mays and Mantle were hitting homers with bats made out of driftwood or something.
So what did SportsCenter steal from you without telling you first?
The Mount Rushmore gimmick. I've been doing that in columns and mailbags for at least 18 months. Even did a whole Mount Rapmore last February. I just think it's petty to say, "hey, that's a good idea, let's take it."
What's this year's "Jerome Bettis is from Detroit" (which was really that year's "Kurt Warner used to bag groceries"? I'm trying to think of something other than "Whisenhunt used to coach for the Steelers" and why is no one talking about Tomlin's uncanny resemblence to Omar Epps?
It's definitely "Larry Fitzgerald's Dad is a sportswriter." There's no question.
Is that anything Out Side the Lines other than steroids?
Sure! What about coaches hooking up with their players?
What about college athletes getting paid?
What about college athletes getting paid?
That would be a fun blog - just name every bad thing that's outside the lines.
Who would have thought that Mchale would turn out to be a good coach? The T-pups are rolling right now and I have a hard time believing it's because of him. What would be the real life equivalent to this? George Bush becoming a good.....I can't even think of anything to fill in here. Maybe you can.
You know what's funny? I always thought he would be a good coach because of his personality - really, youre a substitute teacher when you're an NBA coach, as long as everyone likes you, that's 85% of the battle. And I always thought he'd be the John Madden of NBA announcers - he just would have been fantastic. Now here's the funny part: He just spent the last 15 years doing neither of those things. Instead, he did something that he's obviously not good at.
Bill, Eva Mendez was listed as #1 on AskMen's top 99 list. Any thoughts? If they had a men's side of the draw, who would have a better chance of cracking the top 99 - Delonte West or Wally Szerbiak?
I was fine with Eva being No. 1 because I think the whole "I partied so much that I ended up in rehab" thing pushed her candidacy over the top. You want your No. 1 choice to also be in the Go Team.
What are you going to do now that Herm is officially out in KC? I know what I will do. As a Chiefs fan, I am gonna celebrate with my three wise friends: Jack, Johnny and Jim. WE CAN DRINK TO THIS!
Bill. We haven't heard your thoughts on Jim Rice FINALLY making the Hall of Fame. What's the over/under on the length of his speech? 5 minutes, 10? My bet is he says thanks, then sits down and lets Ricky talk for the next hour.
Talked about it on a podcast a little. My thoughts go like this: If he wasn't a HOFer for 14 years, why is he one now?
I thought it was an reaction to the Steroids Era to some degree - basically, Rice's numbers from 1975-1986 now look better than they did because they happened before everyone started juicing. Of course, steroids have been around since the 70's, or as we just found out yesterday in TJ Quinn's excellent piece about the '63 Chargers, the early 60's. So how do we know that the guys from Rice's Era weren't juicing?
That reminds me, I finished the first half of Kirk Radomsky's book (it was randomly mailed to my house) and it's really interesting... he mentions at once point that he got HGH for an NBA player and how more NBA players are doing it then people thing... got me wondering why this hasn't become a story at all.
When you read about the benefits of HGH, really, it's all about helping someone recover faster from injuries and wear and tear. And nobody is clear if the side effects are THAT bad. In fact, they use it for cancer and HIV patients all the time. So what would stop an NBA star in his late-20's or 30's from taking it?
Alright Simmons, I don't like you and you don't like me. Let's get that out of the way once and for all. Where does having to go to an "all day mobile phone training for Best Buy in Thousand Oaks on Super Bowl Sunday instead of actually watching the Super Bowl" rate on the Suicide Scale? The scale goes from one to infinity.
I'd say 3,003,543th
Bill, remember when you said in the middle of the season how this weirdo season was similar to when the Ravens/Giants met in the Super Bowl? You noticed that the one constant was a stifling, mean, over the top defense, and that was your justification for riding Tennessee all year. How have you still not caught on that you simply picked the wrong team's defense?
It's definitely something I have been thinking about, yes... I cannot shake the Ravens-Giants example for this game.
Speaking of books, What's your take on the new Joe Torre book?
I wanted to lose respect for him, but at the same time, he didn't do anything different than what Phil Jackson did with his books (especially the one that killed Kobe in 2005). But I do think Torre did a nice job of pulling off the "i'm a good guy" routine when he's really secretly a media hound and an opportunist who rakes in as much money as he can... also, I just don't think someone like Terry Francona would write a book throwing Sox players under the bus in 5 years. He has more respect for the job than that. So maybe Francona is the guy we THINK Torre is.
SI's Jon Heyman reporting that Tek and the Sox agreed on a two-year deal.
First pick in Fantasy Football next year?
Has to be Peterson. DAngelo Williams 2.
Sports Guy, as you might know, the Santa Barbara Film Festival is going on right now, meaning that we have a-list actors walking all over the place right now (as if there weren't enough here already). Anyways, I ran into Edward Norton as he was going into the same cafe me and my girlfriend were going to. Of course we brought up all the great movies he's ever been in, but the topic soon switched to the Super Bowl, and you know what? Ed Norton picks Cards over the Steelers IN OVERTIME. Coming from a guy who never fails to deliver, I now know where I'm putting my money at Caesars come Sunday. Who's gonna bet against ED FREAKING NORTON?!?!
SG, you've been mentioning Teen Wolf so much recently, but have not mentioned the final scene when the extra in the stand shows his "anatomy". This was apparently looked over by the editors. It was recently voted one of the biggest movie edit mistakes ever.
It's great and the best part is that he zips it up right as Michael J Fox is basically mounting his Dad in celebration like Elizabeth Berkeley in Showgirls ... it has to be one of the strangest last few seconds of any movie that's ever been made.
Please rank from first to last the housemates on "Confessions of a Teen Idol" in terms of who has the best shot to reclaim fame. Contestants are Billy Hufsey, Adrian Zmed, Chris Atkins, Eric Nies, David Chokachi, Jeremy Jackson, and Jamie Walters. Also, who is clearly missing from this show, besides of course Billy Zabka?
Great question. First of all, I am convinced that Hufsey was a last minute fill-in for someone like Zabka or Ian Ziering because even I couldn't remember who Hufsey was. But I think it goes like this: Jackson, Walters, Chokachi, Atkins, Zmed, Hufsey, Nies.
Here's why I have Jackson first - he looks exactly like Jose Canseco. He's the logical pick for any Canseco TV movie except for the slight issue that he's about 5-foot-5. But they could just have all short actors in the movie and nobody would know. This is how the cast every Tom Cruise movie and every episode of the Shield. No, really.
And Walters has been the only guy on the show who really seems to have a good sense of humor about everything... he's also aged OK, and we know for a fact that he is one helluva musician. I continue to be proud of the fact that I once downloaded "Why?" on I-Tunes.
Is it just me or have Juliet's "hoo-ha's" gotten bigger through these seasons of Lost? If this is a side-effect of time travel, then there are going to be a lot of women risking the nose bleeds and finding themselves a "consant" to get on this island!
I was thinking about that last week - enough time has passed since Season One that what if Hurley decided to get his stomach stapled or something? Is it in his contract that he can't? Or what if Sawyer just randomly showed up for filming with an extra 30 pounds? Also, Kate isn't nearly as youthful anymore. I am glad they are wrapping it up by early 2011
Who will the celtics lure out of retirement during this all-star break?
I hope and pray that it's you!
Hey, has any "rivalry" over the past 10 years been as much of a one-sided beat down as Spurs/Suns? I almost feel bad for Nash and them. Almost.
Agreed. It's definitely "feud" and not a "rivalry."
Its official...Varitek has reached a 2 year agreement with the Red Sox, SI is reporting. GO YANKEES
Any time you can lock up a .220 hitter for 2 more years, you have to do it.
Will "Ben" have to double, triple, or quadruple his Super Bowl XL QB rating (22.6) for the Steelers to win this game? And, could this be a prop bet?
That's an awesome pro bet! Will "Ben" quadruple his QB rating from XL? That would be a 90.4 rating. And Im taking the under!
From boston.com: "Catcher Jason Varitek has agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox with an option for 2010, a baseball source told the Globe."
The Line being -7 for the superbowl is absolutly perfect. I have been back and forth on who to bet on for almost 2 weeks now. Its like o maybe the steelers will blow them out like they would have acouple weeks ago, but wait, maybe the Cardinals really are playing this good and will make it a close game at the end, but wait, is a close game cards losing by ten, because of how dominant the Steelers D is. I think theres a 50 percent chance that the Steelers lose or win by less than 7, and a 50 percent chance the win by more then 7. Well done LV...heads or tails?...I think ill go with tails (as in Cardinals running away with their Tails, between their legs)..............................................but wait... Kurt warner, Larry Fitz and the natural want I have to root for them...i dont want to root against them all game that sucks...WHAT DO I DO???
I agree. It's a fantastic line. One of the best ever. My feeling is this: If you honestly think the Cards can win, take the points. If not - if you think they can "keep it close" - don't take the points. You have to think they can win.
Bill...prediction for the Springsteen setlist? I'm thinking The Rising, Working On A Dream, Born To Run...how do you give The Boss only 12 minutes to work with?
He definitely ends with Born To Run. That's a definite. Middle song will be from his new album - the Boss is shrewd like that. For the first song, really, anything is possible. I think he goes uplifting... for some reason I am fearing "Born in the USA" which was always one of my least favorite Bruce songs.
I am going with these three...
1. Glory Days 2. Song from new album 3. Born to Run
Bill I have to say I?m extremely disappointed in you. When you ripped the newspaper that Fitz Sr. writes for you had the perfect opportunity to be in the situation where everyone would have demanded an apology, and you could have refused starting a huge controversy. Why are you sorry for ripping a newspaper that no one has heard of? Here?s more proof that you have no reason to apologize: I am a African-American sports fan who lives in Minneapolis and played against Larry Fitzgerald Jr. in high school and I have NEVER seen a copy of that paper, anywhere. If I've never seen it, who has? Don?t try to retract your apology-it?s too late. I hope you are ashamed.
It's a great point. But I also like to be accurate - at least most of the time - and I didn't know the whole story behind that paper. Don't worry, my time for refusing to apologize for something will come. I think 2009 is going to be the year.
I wonder if anyone has seen Courtney Cox in Tampa. If so, then she's a shoe-in to show up on stage with Bruce. Nostalgia for everyone who was a teen in the 80's. Or she could get up on stage and drop it like it's hot, which would be okay with me.
That's a great call - there should be a prop bet for over/under of sightings from Cuba Gooding and Courteney Cox at the game: over/under 1. By the way...
What would be the most DEPRESSING three-song set Bruce could play at the SB?
Like, imagine if he came out and sang, "Meeting at the River," followed by "Nebraska," then he finished it up with "When You're Alone"?
I played basketball with Mark "the Shark" Titus, founder of Club Trillion and potentially your illegitimate son, in high school. You need to have him back on the B.S. Report!
Legally, I can't have him on again until the blood tests come back. I was so proud of him when he wrote about the elevator story a few weeks ago... I have never been prouder of anyone who may or may not be my son
Or... 1. City of Ruins 2. The River 3. 41 Shots
By the way, sorry for the doublke posts and the occasional lapses in you guys being able to post questions... having some slight tech difficulties
How do you feel about The Real World Brooklyn? Does it blows Vegas out of the water for "weirdest season ever" yet wildly entertaining? And don't not take this question just to be politically correct because maybe we are not supposed to say it is weird, but lets be honest, it is a little weird...
I am enjoying it. Katelynn is just great TV and that's the bottom line - she's like Andrew Bogut with long hair and McHale arms and yet half the house was unclear on her background... I just love it. Very excited to see where her story arc goes.
If Kobe wins a ring without Shaq, where does he go down in NBA History? Is he in Bird and Magic's class (top 5-7 in history)?
He moves into the top-12. Not sure where. Definitely not higher than 8.
What is up the the Sports tickers 24 hours a day. Remember when the : 28/:58 would pop up and you would get all your news? Now you can't watch a any game without knowing a player is probable for a game three days away. I mean, with the internet these days doesn't everyone already have all the information by the time they eat lunch? The MLB Network is the worst. How many times do I need to see that Manny is still unsigned while watching the replay of the 2006 World Series? How about useful information like when a player hits the clubs and we can bench him the next day for our fantasy leagues?
It's a great point. There should be a button on the ticker that says, "NOTHING HAPPENING RIGHT NOW... COME BACK LATER." I rode Jet Blue cross-country last week and found out about Andy pettitte's 5.5 million one year deal at least 935 times in 6 hours.
LOST question for you: What stops Ben from travelling back in time when he leaves the Island, betting an inordinate amount of money on a game he already knows the outcome to a la Biff in Back to the Future, and then just crushing Widmore in the business world by buying his company out from under him?
I am more upset that Hollywood can't come up with a standard definition of time travel for movies and TV shows. Are we allowed to change events in the past or not? Marty McFly did it... everyone in Lost isn't allowed to do it... we've seen it both ways in various movies. Let's figure this out. I'd like to be on the Time Machine Travel Hollywood Rules Committee.
Did you and/or the Sports Gal give the new "90210" a try? If so, was there anything about it you liked better than the original?
I lasted 3 shows. It's truly awful.
Max and Ruby! Ruby and Max! Max and Ruby! Ruby and Max! Max and Ruby! Ruby, and her little brother Max! MAX AND RUBY! (There. Now that song will be in your head for 1000 questions. You're welcome.)
How do you rate Mitch Albom's piece about Detroit in SI a couple weeks back? I think it's depressing to see what's happening there due to the economy, but as far as sports go, they have the Pistons and Red Wings competing for a title every year. And the Tigers are only 2 years removed from the WS. I think Seattle is a more depressing scene then Detroit.
I thought it was fantastic. Really well done. I loved it.
Dear Buc and Steiny Mo, Just admit it already. We won't think any less of you guys, I promise. We all get things wrong sometimes. Devin Harris is an All-Star who has not yet peaked as an NBA player. Jason Kidd is past his prime, a defensive liability, and not a good jump shooter. So what if he makes Dirk better, that Maverick team is not going any farther in the West with Kidd as opposed to Harris. It's over guys, please admit it already. It's never worth it to lose trust over pride.
You probably can't say it out loud, but, theoretically speaking, how do you THINK you would enjoy the new MLB Network?
I really like it. They have a show where they examine a specific season - I watched the one from 86 and was riveted. That network has tremendous upside potential.
Bill, Pittsburgh vs Arizona..reminds me of 85 Bears vs New England. Bears had the best defense in the league and a good offense (Pittsburgh)..Patriots were Wildcards (Arizona 9 - 7 nuf said - even though they won their division sort of a wildcard) with 2 qtr's Tony Eason(young) / Grogan (old)..kinda of like Leinart and Wagner..To many similarites...I say if one of the Cardinals receivers cuts his fingers before the big game (ala Irving Fryar)then the Steelers go on to win this game 41 - 24...call Vegas and bet the house....
Thanks for bringing that memory up again. But you're right... some slight similarities there.
I just want to point out that you stole the whole Mount Rushmore gimmick from South Dakota. They'd like an apology.
What are the chances of getting you and Cousin Sal to come to Las Vegas and party with my buddies and I the last weekend in March? It would go down as THE greatest weekend in my life!
Sal is terrible to have at a bachelor party in Vegas - he doesn't drink, he does horrible things to anyone who passes out, and he will disappear to gamble for 5-6 hours at a time. He is the Mike Dunleavy of bachelor parties.
That's exactly right, Bill.
Just wanted to say how touching your story on The Dooze was. It was difficult to explain to my coworkers why I was blubbering at my desk. I was wondering how your other dog is holding up?
Thank you for asking. Rufus is doing OK although he's had a personality transplant and is much quieter and more protective of the house. It's been really strange. He was always the TO figure in our house and now he's more like Hines Ward.
Cousin Sal doesn't drink? I would be bankrupt if I had a bet on that.
It's probably for the best. Some human beings do not need alcohol to wreak havoc.
The Bruins need you....
I will be there in April. I can't start watching hockey until after March Madness. I am monitoring from afar and couldn't feel more proud for the long suffering fans. The bottom line is that the salary cap has eliminated the franchise's biggest obstacle for the last 30-plus years: The cheap-ass owner. So the B's actually have a shot at winning a Cup.
You still going with God and puppies for the Super Bowl?
Just a few more minutes...
When your wife makes you move off the West Coast are you going to write a book with Verducci called "The LA Years" where we learn things like people were calling Sal, Cousin Sally behind his back and Kimmel's NFL Parties lost there way once he allowed people like Tom Cruise and the Killers attend?
See, I would never do that. That's why I am a little down on Torre - when Jackson played a similar card with his books, if you read them, the salacious stuff was really for a larger purpose: How Kobe's antics affected the concept of team, collective zen and all that stuff. Torre's motivation seems more like a spurned lover to me - "the team went into the tank, it wasn't my fault, they did wrong by me, I'm gonna get them back." I think that's the difference.
You gonna watch UFC 94?
Yes. I am going to PPV it. It's time. I always said, "If they make it to 94," i will PPV one. OK, I never said that. But I am intrigued.
You know in the new Batman movie, when the Joker says he's like dog chasing a mail truck because if he ever actually caught it, he wouldn't know what to do with it. That is how I feel about my fantasies of meeting you. If it ever happened, I would probably just be disappointed because I loved the pursuit.
OK, that was creepy.
Now that Herm Edwards is working for ESPN, I can't wait for him to start screaming at Linda Cohn while breaking down the MNF game on sportscenter. "Herm, why do you think they punted on 4th and 1?" "YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!"
I can't wait. I will miss his coaching, but I am overjoyed that we get him on TV - in a way, this is almost better. I think he's going to be great. I have high expectations. I loved him on Hard Knocks.
what do you got in the streak game for tonight?
I took the Pacers at home.
Sports Guy, you going to go to the Pats' London game?
I am thinking about it. The issue really is that I don't like English people.
I swear if I hear one more person say the word Cardinal I'm moving to Canada. I've lived here for 23 years and NEVER in my life seen anyone where a cardinals shirt.
sorry, having tech probs again
I'm assuming you saw Gary Payton fill in for Charles Barkley last week. Payton was merciless in his cutting down of Kenny Smith, and there were even a few points during the show where Kenny was speechless and didn't know how to react to GP's taunts. That had to be a glimpse of what it's like to play against Payton. My question is, is Payton now the NBA basketball player who you would never under any circumstances want to play one-on-one against? I know he has reached that status with me. In fact, I don't think I'd ever even want to be in the same room as him. My self confidence would never recover from the tongue lashing Payton would lay down on me.
And that's the rap on GP historically - of all the top-40 guys, he was probably the most frustrating teammate and player to coach. Seattle nearly dealt him for 10 straight years and finally did it in 2002. His force of personality was just too much. Everyone from that era respected the hell out of him, but they would have much rather played with Stockton.
Payton's emergence has been the one bright spot for Seattle this past year - we always knew GP had this in him.
If forced by terrorists- who's hair would you play with for 30 minutes, Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Troy Palamalu or Brenda Warner?
Troy is definitely last. He's also first on the "Teammates I would not want to shower right after" list because if he left one of those 2-foot hairs on a soap bar you might get strangled by it. I'd pick Brenda Warner. She's kinda secretly saucy now with the long hair.
Bill, while your dog "Dooze" is in Heaven, what sports hero do you want throwing him tennis balls? I like to think my dog, Steve, chased Roberto Clemente's majestic toss right thru the pearly gates.
Hmmmmmm. I'd go with Teddy Ballgame. I picture Teddy Ballgame being totally impressed with the Dooze's two-ball trick.
If an NFL GM mocking LT in public is wrong, I don't wanna be right!
Who wins in a seven game series- Last years Celtics or the '86 Celtics?
86 Celts in 5. They'd blow Game 3 because they would be bored.
I'm thinking about a siblings episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy featuring Pau and Marc Gasol...
I would watch this. I love the fact that Memphis basically turned Pau into Marc in that trade. Classic. I love Chris Wallace. He never disappoints.
Three things I want accomplish in 2009: 1. Mile high club. 2. Taunt A-rod so bad he cries on the field. 3. Get in a Simmons chat.
One down, 2 to go!
Daniel Baldwin picked the Cards to win the Superbowl. Can you put 10,000 grand on the steelers for me? Please!!! God has to be mad that Warner may back out on getting a puppy and even more mad that Daniel Baldwin is still alive!
You know what else speaks for a Cards pick? The fact that Matt Millen put the reverse stink on them before Round One by vowing that the Falcons would kill them. If he pulled off an 0-16 season followed by predicting that a Super Bowl Champ would get killed at home in Round One, really, how can that be topped?
Yo simmons! Checking in from the blackberry here as I ride the 7 train past Shea. And our unfinished 'Citi' field sitting next to the decrepit hulk of Shea reminds me of nothing more than our TEAM! Is there any more unsettled team in sports? We have 3 #6 starters and can't sign Ollie Perez. We have no left fielder and the wilpons hate Manny. Louis Castillo (or Alex Cora) projects as our second baseman. Yet I am still pumped about 2009? Why?? The only thing I can think of is the fact that Phillies fans are more annoying than the guy from the 'sham-WOW!' Commercial. Thoughts?
I rode by Citi Field on the way to JFK Airport earlier this week. It's huge! And nice! Way too nice for that area. It looks like the first thing that's been built around there in 30 years. Seeing poor Shea sitting next to it reminded me of when they built the Hart Center at Holy Cross and then you had to walk by the decrepit Field House to get to it... it's that much of a difference.
You've written before about the impact you believe the performers at halftime of the Super Bowl have had on the game. In light of that, which songs do you think Bruce is going to perform at the game, and which team will potentially benefit from those songs?
We already answered the second part of this question but for the first part... let's say the Cards are up 14-10 at halftime, the question would be, what would be the best Bruce song at halftime to make their fans believe that the impossible was about to happen (ala "Beautiful Day" for the 2001 Pats). For some reason I feel like it woulkd be "Badlands." It's a happy/energetic song but at the same time, the Cards franchise has really been the "Badlands." if he breaks that one out and Zona is in the game, I am banging Zona for the second half.
Bill, your dream has come true, NBC Super Bowl pregame will have 11 people. It's time for the world to end
If they go with the Hollywood Squares set, this will be my personal highlight of 2009. I am praying for this...
But doesn't Bruce have the potential to drag a song like Badlands out for like 10 minutes, introducing the band, etc...etc...
I read Rolling Stone's piece about Bruce - it's amazing how 4 decades of touring ha ruined these guys physically. The Big Man had both hips replaced, Little Stevie had a knee replaced, etc. They are the first band that could have used help from Victor Conte.
I'm pretty sure you're Super Bowl pick is Pittsburgh, so who do you want to see Ryan Clark knockout first, Fitzgerald, Boldin, or Breaston? Still awaiting for karma to catch-up to Ryan Clark.
That's a strong prop bet: "Will Ryan Clark lay a Zona WR out to the point that they have to call for the truck?" Odds would be maybe -600 for "NO" and +500 for "yes."
FYI: SB Pick coming at 3:25 ET, Chat ending at 3:30.
Bill, what are your thoughts on what the Phoenix Suns are going to do with the team as the NBA trade deadline approaches? Do you see them wheeling and dealing Amare Stoudamire?
I just don't know what kind of trade value he has. He's about as good of a defender as the chair that Yi Jianlian used for his workouts. How can you win a title with someone who's that awful on the defensive end? It's unbelievable. He is the anti-KG.
What, no mention of Clemens' pre-game ritual of whirlpools and liniment on his boys'?
It just gets better and better. I don't even really have a reaction - the way this Clemens thing has played out makes me feel like Andy Dufresne after he escapes and the Warden's life falls apart.
Your thoughts on this season of '24'? I'm actually a huge fan this year, having dropped out halfway through the abomination that was last year. Even the First Husband's side plot is interesting. What do you think so far? Back in love with Bauer?
I'm back and enjoying it. "24" is like Survivor and Real World for me - the seasons have no correlation to one another and you know within 3 episodes whether you should stay for the season or bail.
Why do you always omit the movie American Anthem from your prose? It is (sort of) a sports flick that features a man named Gaylord and Wayne Gretzky's wife!?
It's never on. I am all about whatever is actually on... I never watch DVD's anymore, I am too lazy to put them in. So if they started showing Anthem, suddenly I'd be making jokes about it in columns. I am really not hard to figure out.
Are you the underrated free agent of the 2010 class? Next to LeBron, I think I'm most looking forward to seeing where you land.
I am just ahead of Scalabrine.
Can you get some sort of notice that says something along the lines of "Bill is sorry but he won't be using your question in the chat today. He apologizes and says it's not your it's him"?
In my defense, we are at 31,600 questions right now... this is like speed chess. Answer one, engine refreshes, look at the next 10 and hope one is good.
As a Raptor truther can you think of another franchise that has had a worse run of GMs than we have? Isiah, Glen Grunwald, Babcock and the most overrated GM in the league Colangelo. That's almost a Mount Rushmore right there (except in Canada we would call in a Mont Rushmore!)
Let the record show that I called the day that the Raptor Truthers woulkd turn on Jermaine o'neal (Jan. 19th) almost to the day.
By the way, this link bugged me.
PETA makes me want to not like dogs. Just go away, PETA, it's a free country.
So Pujols is lobbying to have the Cardinals offer Manny a contract. Now this is a long shot, no scratch that, a looooooooooong shot, but would that be the greatest 3-4 hitter combo in history?
If that is true, God help the National League. I do wonder though how these mid-market teams (like STL or Det) aren't going to get just murdered by the recession with their ticket sales this season. I am convinced that Boston's long range plan is to go after Miggy Cabrera this summer as soon as it's mid May and Detroit realizes, "Good God, we are going to lose 40 million this year, who wants Miggy????? Anyone?????"
Enough with the TV crap. Lets talk football!!!Dont you think Steelers are being overlooked? They have #1 scoring D in NFL. Historically, #1 D's are 11-2 in super bowls. I can easily see a 3INT, 3 Fumble game for Warner.
Good segue for my pick. I am going with the Steelers (-7) for the following reasons...
1. The Cards don't have the "Nobody believes in us" factor anymore because they have turned into a huge sleeper pick.
2. If anything, the Steelers now have moved into "Nobody respected us all year!" range because so many like the Cards and because people seem to think that they can't win without Hines Ward.
3. The Cards won't be able to run on the Steelers and both teams know it. Pitt has either a great defense or a historically great defense depending on how you feel about them... the numbers back it up. So why wouldn't a (historically) great defense be able to stop a team that can only move the ball one way?
4. Because Zona basically can't play any decent tight ends, they are relying solely on their WR's... and you know Pitt is going into this game thinking, "We are going to punish Fitz, Boldin and Breaston and make them miserable." And I think they can do it. It's such a physical team - Zona just hasn't played anyone like that. They really haven't. I also worry about Boldin going into this game because really hasn't been the same going overe the middle since that jets game.
5. My biggest fear with Pitt - no Hines Ward or limited Hines Ward. But what if he plays and plays well? Doesn't history show that of anyone, he can fight through the pain and be good?
6. The Cards looked great in the past 3 games - two were home (and they were helped greatly by the crowd), while the 3rd featured Delhomme's inexplicable stinkbomb. Sunday's game will basically be a road game for them with all the Pitt fans. How will they handle it? What if they fall behind early? What if Warner turns the ball over early? I just don't trust them.
7. Black president, black winning super bowl coach, maybe a black NBA Finals coaching champ if the Cavs come through... I don't know. I'm sensing a theme.
8. Warner angered the Gambling Gods by reneging on that puppy promise. I can't forgive him.
9. I don't trust Clancy Pendergast even remotely. He takes too many dumb chances.
10. I just have a weird feeling we'll be seeing a lot of sad shots of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Larry Fitz Sr. in the stands in the fourth quarter.
11. This game reminds me a lot of that Ravens-Giants SB, and as I have always preached, the NFL title always comes down to which team did their "thing" better than anyone else did their "thing." The 2008 Steelers played defense better than anyone else did anything. And so I'm picking them in a surprisingly easy romp: 29-13. MVP: Willie Parker.
As for the Sports Gal: She is going with the Cards +7.
So there you go. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed a question, good times and we'll be back on Tuesday with a SB Review podcast... enjoy the weekend and enjoy the game!