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Bruce Jenner has a website coming soon with the title, “World’s Greatest Athlete.” There may be an entire generation that doesn’t even know that Jenner was an athlete. For those who don’t know, Jenner became wildly popular after winning an Olympic Gold Medal in the decathlon in 1976. During the 1972 Olympics, in the midst of the “Cold War”, the USA lost the Gold to the Soviets in basketball, the decathlon, and the 100 meters. When he won in ’76, Jenner was looked upon as a hero who had put America back on top.
So, ultimately it was a transgendered person who beat the Russians in the Iron man event. USA! USA! USA!
Even the Village People are surprised Bruce Jenner’s becoming a woman. Randy Jones — a k a the Cowboy from the “Macho Man” band — was spotted at John and Tommy Greco’s K*Rico in Hell’s Kitchen, exclaiming, “I need a cocktail. I can’t wrap my mind around the news on Bruce!”
Bigger fall from the top: Tiger Woods or Alex Rodriguez? Apparently, Arod is healthy again or as healthy as someone with two surgically repaired hips will ever be.
Ryan Hatch of NJ.com reports that Dr. Brian Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery has cleared Rodriguez to play in 2015. Brian Cashman took to WFAN to talk with Mike Francesa, a notorious A-Rod apologist.
“It’s all systems go,” Cashman said. “He’s been conditioning and going in the right direction.” Kelly has performed surgery on A-Rod in the past.
So there is this dog that does ballet.
There is something comforting in predicting gloom and doom for the Redlegs. That being the case, here are two paragraphs that will make you feel warm inside:
The Reds are kind of strapped financially, with $69 million already committed to the 2016 payroll without the salaries of Cueto, Mike Leake (earning $9.78 million in 2015), Aroldis Chapman (entering third year of arbitration), Todd Frazier (entering second year of arbitration) and Zack Cozart (entering first year of arbitration). Let’s not forget about Marlon Byrd, who has an $8 million vesting option (if he makes 550 plate appearances).
Perhaps the Reds shouldn’t have jumped the gun before the 2014 season when they signed starter Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract when his career numbers are just about average (58-50 with a 4.17 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 829 strikeouts in 166 starts). At that point they already had given Joey Votto (10 years and $225 million), Brandon Phillies (10 years and $98 million) and Jay Bruce (six years and $51 million) fairly large contracts for the type of market they’re in.
The Reds are kind of like watching Demi Moore make one last grab at being on top and then tragically becoming a castaway after a couple bonehead moves.
Sports at the professional and quasi-amatuer college level are often times sick, perverted, and disgusting entities. I hate watching the trickle down effect that it is having on high school sports. Everyone seems to be playing for some other reason than the game itself. AAU, Elite, traveling, select; are all words that make my skin crawl. Play for your school. Playing for your school is all that matters. Those are the memories that you will take with you and what you will hold onto forever. Keep it in perspective, because the world already has too many assholes like Bobby Petrino. Don’t be an “I” guy.
Keith Olbermann went off on Bobby Petrino and the Courier Journal had the story:
University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino was deemed the day’s “worst person in the sports world” by Keith Olbermann on his late-night show for revoking South Carolina Mr. Football Matt Colburn’s scholarship just 48 hours before national signing day.
The running back, who had been committed to the U of L football program since June, said in an interview with News 19’s Ron Aiken that he was “completely befuddled” that his scholarship was taken back. Instead, Colburn was given the opportunity to “grayshirt” with the football program, which would require him to enroll in school in January and not play until the 2016 season.
According to Petrino, the scholarship was needed to fill a void in the team’s defensive backfield. This decision did not sit well with the athletic director and football coach at Dutch Fork High School, as the program has decided to cutoff the Cardinals and Petrino from recruiting players at the school in the future.
Olbermann noted in his nightly segment that Petrino’s actions should come as no surprise.
“Honestly, a guy who once quit his job as coach of the Atlanta Falcons by leaving a generic note at the locker of each player,” he said. “A man who once crashed his motorcycle and said he was alone on it — no passengers. Then it turned out there was a passenger, and it turned out it was a woman, and it turned out it wasn’t his wife, and it turned out it was an employee of his athletic department and they were having an affair. And you were worried about him living up to his word? Why? Louisville coach Bobby Petrino: liar. Still a liar, always a liar. How can that university associate itself with this man?”