Outfielder Yasiel Puig set Major League Baseball on fire upon his arrival to the Dodgers last season. He logged 42 extra-base hits with 42 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 432 plate appearances. Stars rushed to Dodger Stadium to get a glimpse of the city’s newest sensation and the Dodgers drew fans to opponents’ parks [...]
On Tuesday night, my tag-team partner in radioland, Jason Smith, and I were discussing the 2014 NCAA Women’s Championship Game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Connecticut Huskies. I had likened the coaches’ press conference comments to the “house show” rants of professional wrestlers from my youth. For the uninitiated, the [...]
I don’t know how much I need to add to this one. This photo of the legendary rapper & actor, Ice Cube, appeared on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ official Twitter page.
I saw a link to this interview on my Twitter account earlier. Joey Votto, slugger for the Cincinnati Reds and interviewed while dressed as a Mountie, was on “Intentional Talk” on MLB Network. With fond memories of the “Dudley Do-Right” cartoon and “The Lumberjack Song” from Monty Python, how could I ignore such a headline?
Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully “threw” the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax ahead of the Dodgers’ home opener. It’s a shame that the continuing television rights coverage precluded most of Los Angeles from seeing it live, but this is a moment that will live on in Dodgers lore. Check out the First [...]
You know that I love the investing angle of every conversation and following the flow of cash. Well, the early odds are in for the big chair at “Late Night” at CBS, one day after David Letterman announced his departure. Letterman said that his last show would occur sometime during 2015. Of course, the speculative [...]
Mike Delio, a pitcher for Carle Place High School in Long Island, pitched a perfect game on Tuesday night. Delio did so in his first varsity start. Oh, and he struck out every batter he faced. On Thursday night, Delio joined “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio to talk about the game, his [...]
It seems that the past year or two has been replete with innumerable reminders of my age. In the sports world, I mark the passage of time with the latest announcements of Hall of Fame enshrinements, retirement tours (like the one just begun for Yankees captain Derek Jeter) and the first at-bats, jump shots or [...]
The Minnesota Golden Gophers cut down the nets after defeating Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs. Check out the video. The Gophers applied a double-team … from the coaching box. Richard Pitino and his Gophers received a little bit of support from his father, Rick, who was sitting behind the Minnesota bench. Watch behind the bench in [...]
On Wednesday night, the Astros celebrated the lengthy career of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter of the Yankees. His former teammates, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, were in attendance as the Astros presented the first gifts of the tour. And they’re memorable … OK, so the first of the gifts goes to the overall [...]
On Tuesday morning, golf fans and the larger sporting world learned what had long been feared. He’d already canceled an appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event that he’d regularly dominated. At the time, the withdrawal was attributed to “back spasms.” Woods’ longstanding injury forced him to withdraw from “The Masters,” marking the first [...]
I’ll assume that the marketing folks over at Chick-fil-A are trolling for some April Fool’s Day response with this one. But, I gotta ask. Would you try one?
With the “Sweet 16″ getting ready to pop off last night, the football world stopped to watch Johnny Manziel participate in his “Pro Day.” We generally look at these efforts with a shrug unless the player posts a ridiculously poor day. If a quarterback woefully over/under-throws receivers with regularity, a receiver drops multiple passes or [...]
The Sprint Cup Series rolls into Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Carl Edwards sits atop the leaderboard, having generated four top 10s, including a victory, through the circuit’s first five weeks. He’s been challenged by Jef Gordon (on my squad this week), who has rolled up four top 10s of his own. In fact, the leaderboard [...]
This weekend, Hollywood lost one of its finest actors. Even if his name escapes you, you know the face immediately. James Rebhorn, died this weekend following a lengthy fight with skin cancer. The venerable actor appeared most recently on “Homeland.” You remember him from such films as “Scent Of A Woman,” “My Cousin Vinny,” and, [...]
I had the great fortune to spend a few minutes with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice during Super Bowl week in New York/New Jersey. He told me tales of his Super Bowl prep work, sleepless nights in anticipation of a scoring opportunity and broke down the goods for the Denver-Seattle game. Rice’s appearance on Radio [...]
We talk frequently about the marketing and sales opportunities available to athletes when pondering possible moves in free agency and desired landing spots. Where are the big dollars to be made? Well, you know about the reach of fast food restaurants. Just take a drive down the street and carry a counter like the doorman [...]
I saw this bit earlier this morning and it made me chuckle. I love the idea of the personalized operating system from the movie “Her.” Here’s the premise of the movie from IMDB.com: “A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.” And, of [...]
I saw a note early this morning that voiceover legend Hal Douglas had died at the age of 89. Like many people, I’m showing up on time at the movies in order to take in all previews, and he and Don LaFontaine (who died in 2008) were the main voices introducing upcoming film productions. Douglas [...]
I saw this on my timeline earlier today from ESPN Denver. I don’t think I need to add anything to John Elway’s words.
Longtime wrestling announcer Jim Ross is a walking encyclopedia about the history of the squared circle and Oklahoma Sooners football. He’s now offering digging into his vault of stories on tour (keep an eye out for a live event in your area) and penning regular columns for FOXSports.com. Ross tackled the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin allegations [...]
It’s that time again. The Sprint Cup Series invades Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick have already experienced the thrill of Victory Lane in 2014. Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have been the most successful drivers in Las Vegas. Salary Cap restrictions forced me to eschew the [...]
Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers wish that Kobe Bryant was making sweet music on the court and propelling the squad toward a playoff berth. Alas, he’s still rocking the suit and tie while the nameless, faceless Lakers flounder through the 2013-14 campaign. That hasn’t stopped Bryant from continuing his marketing and sales efforts on [...]
Sometimes you come across the headline for a story that you just can’t ignore. Deadspin’s “Some Genius Painted 35 Black Velvet Portraits Of Pro Wrestlers” reeled me in without hesitation. As a child of the 80s, I openly celebrated the advent of the WWE Network this past month. So, this concept is a winner. Of [...]