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Tags: MLB New York Yankees Hal Steinbrenner George Steinbrenner New York Daily News


Could it really be true? Could the prince of Hell, once he’s inherited the keys to the castle, be looking to sell?


If some fast swirling rumors are to believed, that could indeed be the case, as the New York Daily News is reporting that multiple “insiders” are saying that the Steinbrenner boys are shopping the Yankees.


Yeah, those New York Yankees.


The Daily News piece is saying that the Steinbrenner boys do not share the same interest in the game as their father George, who bought the team in 1973 for $8.8 million. They cite the infamous “inside sources” as saying the boys are viewing the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for upwards of $2 billion, as a sign that now is the time to move the team, and early estimate are that they could fetch a cool $3 billion or more in a deal.


The Steinbrenners were quite to issue a rebuttal to the story, with Hal Steinbrenner taking to Twitter to issue his statement, saying “I just read the daily news story. It is complete fiction. Me and my family have no intention of selling the Yankees and expect it to be in the family for years to come.”


Unfortunately, the media has already run with it, and I myself couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss it. Just think about it for a moment; this could be a landscape changer for Major League Baseball as a whole.


For as a big of an iconic franchise as the Dodgers were, they don’t even hold a candle to the Yankees. Selling the Yankees is akin to the United States selling a stake in the government. The sale of the Yankees, if it comes to pass, would take years to complete. Bud Selig and his cronies would have to make sure they take every step imaginable to make sure that the bidders are thoroughly investigated and there are assurances that the team can stay afloat. The Yankees are a money making machine, but they do so under the “you have to spend money to make money” mantra. Any new ownership group would have to be able to do so.


What kind of bidding frenzy would this create? And I’m not just talking about new owners looking to get into the game and do so with the most iconic franchise in all of sports. I’m talking about current ownership groups looking to upgrade to a bigger piece of the puzzle. Look at the Red Sox sale for instance. It involved John Henry selling his stake in the Marlins to Jeffrey Loria, who in turn sold his team to Major League Baseball. Baseball ownership is an insider organization, and you have to bet your bottom dollar that the good old boys will want to keep the Yankees under the umbrella.


Then there is the economic landscape to consider. The Yankees have contributed $206.27 million in luxury tax payments since 2003, or 95% of total luxury tax funds. You can bet your bottom dollar that Major League Baseball, who splits the money between players’ benefits, development of the game in underdeveloped countries, and an Industry Growth Fund, counts on the Yankees going over that cap. I can almost guarantee that a new ownership group would do everything in there power to get the Yankees under that cap. Hell, the Steinbrenner regime is doing what it can do get under the cap by next season.


In the end, it comes down to passion. If the Yankees do sell, could they find an owner that was as passionate and no-holds-barred as George Steinbrenner was? Say what you want about George, and I have, but he was as much a part of the Yankee show as the team on the field was and without him, you can see that in the product the Yankees currently have on the field and in the seats. This is a team that needs a passionate owner willing to take risks and spend money.


So we get to sit back and play the waiting game, reading the speculation and denials as they come and go. But I guarantee you that once this comes to pass, and it inevitably will, the circus will come to town.


George would be proud of that.

Tool Of The Week: F5 THIS!!! Tags: Tool of the Week Sporting News Kiss my ass backell Kelly Scaletta




As some of you have seen we had a little visitor while trying to celebrate the life of our friend 3rd stone, most of you probably missed it though because just like at TSN he waited a few days for the blog to get stale and then came in and put in his two cents that way only the publisher, in this case Beeze, and those who commented would see it, and that’s only if you had checked the alert box. I’ve seen this punk mother fucker do it before, many times. Busch league crap like this has been a trademark of his for a long time. HE HAS NO BALLS!!! Who is it I'm talking about? BACKELL, or BACKASS as I like to call him, who else?

For those of you wondering what the title means, it’s referring to an incident when the preacher had crashed the server at Sporting News. On that night, I was doing a mock draft with NWolf and we were talking on the phone and he asked me if I lost the connection to TSN and I had, the whole site was down and stayed that way for a long while because it was well after midnight on the east coast, I want to say it was early in the a.m. on a Monday and more than likely only a skeleton staff was behind the scenes. The next afternoon when I went to see if things where back up and running I started catching wind of what happened and who was to blame, then I saw this TOOL (backell) wrote a blog explaining he did it and it was a ruse. First off it wasn’t a ruse as he’d claim, we knew he was inflating his page views for months by sitting there hitting F-5. He said, and this is my favorite part, it shows what kind of fucking liar he is, “that he taped down the Control and F buttons on his keyboard to keep refreshing”. Now when I read that, being a handy type guy I looked at my keyboard which was for a desktop computer and thought,  that isn’t happening, and it sure as fuck isn’t happening on a laptop either. Try it and get back to me, it won’t work. So it’s pretty obvious our TOTW was sitting there late at night, as usual, adding to his page view count when he must have gotten just a little carried away seeing how he had just added about 5,000 hits to his daily tally…shocking for a preacher to be padding his numbers and trying make himself something he’s not, don’t you think?

I’ve had more than a few run-ins with this piece of shit. This honorable preacher ran blog contests, collected the votes and always won for best blogger that came with a huge trophy he’d paste on his profile and also on the header to his blog. He did this so those who might have come across his post for the first time would think they stumbled across some award winning journalist…that’s a frickin hoot. A legend in his own mind is what he is.

Making an example of this fucking piece of shit isn’t hard, not when you come into our house and shit on our rug, especially when we’re mourning the loss of a friend, the same friend he claimed he respected after being sure he told us all that’s the only reason he signed up. He’s not the only one that did this either, the other guy did it twice in the same day. Yeah, lets’ roll out the red carpet for these guys, pat them on the back and make them welcome shall we? That’s not going to happen.  If folks want to continue to act like douche bags that’s fine, in fact there are those out there that I never expect to change and we’ve managed to go about our day’s just fine without them. We don’t give a fuck about what’s “politically correct” (and if I find out who it is that coined that pussy phrase they’ll be made an example of too), that’s just an easy way of saying I’m afraid to say how I really feel, well if that’s how you are we really don’t want you here, there’s plenty of places on the net you can go where they’ll open their doors give you a big hug, tell you everything you say is right and follow that with a pat on your back after they give you an internet hug and kiss. You can fucking have it. If shallow approval is what you need to get through the day you’ve got more problems that you can ever imagine.

What really has been bugging me about this, and it runs deeper than just a couple of comments on our tribute to 3rd stone, it’s that it was probably more directed at me specifically than anyone else, and I’m a big boy I can handle myself just fine, what pisses me off is I haven’t joined any of these other places, I don’t go there and comment, I don’t have them bookmarked, I don’t care what they do. They don’t seem to want to offer any olive branches, and quite frankly I don’t feel like I would need to apologize to any one of them, and here’s the reason, most of these people I haven’t had a run-in with, they don’t like me for some reason and that’s fine, as I said, I’ve been going about my business without one thought either way about any of them, it seems they’re the ones who felt a reminder was in order. If that’s what was intended then be a fucking man about it, don’t post it on a blog 4-5 days after it was up so no one will see it, if you’ve got something to say come to me and say it and by all means don’t take it out on a whole group, message me directly, we’ll go from there. And  if you’ve got something you’d like to say to me in person, say where and when, I’ll be there, but don’t pull this chicken shit, back door pussy crap, because that’s what it is, and in the end all you will have gotten for your trouble is a “Tool of the Week” nod! Come again when you can’t stay so long asshole!

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Festivus 2011
Category: Humor
Tags: sandbagger news

[Scene: a darkened, colonial-influenced tavern with the look and feel of 1960’s vintage sylings.  A lone spotlight illuminates a single speaker sitting on a stool in space created by moving cocktail tables to the side.]


It’s that time of year again – Festivus – where we air our grievances and display our feats of strength.  It is a time for sharing: sharing our grievances, specifically.  Well, the feats of strength, too, but I’m a big fan of airing grievances. 


2011 has been wonderful fodder for these grievances, personified by my friend Siri.  We can’t get along at all, yet I find I take her with me everywhere.  Welcome to the annual Festivus celebration at Mo’s Tavern, and allow me to introduce my co-host, Siri.  Welcome Siri. 


“I’m not sure what you said.”


Of course not.  In the absence of official fan polling on the airing of grievances, Siri and I will compile some of the worst, in our opinion, 2011 had to offer.  Siri, what do you think was the biggest disappointment of 2011?


“It doesn’t really matter what I think.”  Well, it kind of does – we’re, like, putting a show together here.  You don’t really give me many answers, Siri.


“Ok, one of these places matching “Answers” isn’t far from you:

Morrison Funeral Home – 8.3 miles

Jesus is the Answer Ministry – 33 miles

Christ is the Answer – 30 miles

Answer is Fitness – 35 miles.”


Although I am curious about the logic behind providing a funeral home as an “answer,” in the interest of speeding this along, I think I’ll just talk about some of my grievances.


Now, I’m pretty transparent about my sports, so it’s not hard to imagine what my #1 grievance would be about…unless you’re Siri.  Case in point, Siri, what would be my number one disappointment of the year? “I don’t know what you mean by [that]”  Of course you don’t.  “Sorry, I don’t understand, ‘Of course you don’t’”  My biggest disappointment was the 2011 Red Sox.  “I don’t understand.”  Allow me to explain.


This was a team that was by most accounts destined to return to the World Series.  Remove the first and last months of the season, and they were the best team in baseball going away.  Individual contributors waxed and waned, but as a group, for most of the season, this team was living up to the hype.  BUT, there was this pesky little concept hanging out there called “finishing.”  When you just barely need two hands with which to count wins for the month of September, there’s a big problem.  Losing game 162, put the finishing touches on a season of discontent.  In the intervening time, we’ve seen the manager part ways with the team amid what could only be considered character assassination attempts, the General Manager who with said manager brought 2 World Series to the team bolted to the Cubs for an apparently as of yet undecided compensation back to the Sox, and the closer bolt to the Phillies apparently without so much as talking to the team.  Maybe Jose Canseco is available to close.  “I don’t understand ‘Maybe Jose Canseco is available to close’.” 


That’s probably the first intelligent thing you’ve said to me.  “I don’t understand.”


You know what I don’t understand, Siri?  I don’t understand how a group of adults can consistently fail to do the right thing by children.  I don’t understand how a grown man can say he saw another adult molesting a child in the shower and fail to affirmatively do something about it.  Imagine what Penn State would look like right now if one person – just one – had done the right thing.  From the outside it would look very similar to the way it looked 6 months ago, reputation in tact.  Fact is, one way or another and sooner or later the organization will have to do the right thing – it’s just a shame that the adults in the conversation could not see beyond their own perceived self interest to do the right thing.


“I don’t know what you mean.”  I’m talking about Penn State.  “State College, Pennsylvania is 431 miles from you.  Would you like directions?” 


[Throws phone across the floor]  I’m sure Siri isn’t intentionally obtuse, she’s just programmed that way. 


I wish I could generate enough interest to complain about college sports, like the Sooners disappointing season, but I just can’t.  College sports just don’t interest me, never have, but I do appreciate that for a great many the college game is the only game that really matters.  I’m too much of a homer to complain too bitterly about the Phillies’ season ending as it did or the way the Eagles’ season has unfolded, and too much a hater to do anything but giggle my butt off about the Colts season or about the results of LbJ taking his talents to South Beach.  I wish I could say that I have a grievance with the loss of half the NBA season – but I don’t.  Didn’t even know they weren’t playing to be honest. 


What I do have a grievance with is a guy like Ndamukong Suh channeling Albert Haynesworth and stomping on an opponent, on Thanksgiving no less.  What he doesn’t get is that one moment can define a career – it’s the one thing people outside of Detroit will remember about the guy.   Fans of the Lions finally have a bright spot, a reason to watch football every week, and Suh misbehaves his way onto the naughty list.  Dumb.  And if nothing else, Detroit deserves better.   For good measure, I’ll throw Ryan Braun onto the Festivus grievances because he’s clearly a dummy too. 


Feats of strength are not my forte either, really.  I like to find the negative, finding the positive is always so damn cheesy.  “What kind of cheese would you like?”  When you think about it though, sport by its very nature is a ying/yang thing.  For every 16-0 Patriots, there’s a 0-16 Lions; the undefeated Packers lose the same week the winless Colts win.  For every Tim Thomas, there’s a Roberto Luongo.  Just kind of works out like that.


One of the things I have always said has been that as much as I hate the Yankees laundry, I don’t hate the guys wearing it.  It’s for that reason that I can give up a little love for Derek Jeter for his 3,000th hit.  This is a man who has played the game at a high level with integrity and class for a long time and I couldn’t be happier that such a man reached his milestone.  As for his teammate, Mr Rodriguez, I wouldn’t give him the time of day, but Jeter has demonstrated time and again he is not only a quality player, but a quality person.


In case I hadn’t already mentioned it, I’m a homer.  The Boston Bruins going to a Game 7 in each of their playoff series to beat one of the best goal tenders in the game on his home ice and make him look like an AHL wash out in the process truly has to be one of the years biggest feats of strength.  With that win, the Bruins became the 4th Boston franchise to win their league’s championship in 6-years, capping off the most amazing 10-year run for the city of Boston and probably in the history of professional sports in this country.  Yeah, so the Bruins get the nod for one of my feats of strength this year.


And the last feat of strength I can dish out really has to be the Packers’ title defense season.  This is a team that got strong and made the plays when it mattered last year and rode that crest to the Super Bowl.  How did they follow it up?  By coming damn close to undefeated.  I don’t know if I buy into the “its good to lose and get the pressure of an undefeated season off your back” business.  I mean, these are players who just want to play.  The media hypes pressure, the fans feel it.  I’m not so sure athletes feel it.  Look it’s a great story line, but I don’t know that the players are all that into story line.  Fact is, that we may have all seen a team come within 1:30 of being undefeated recently – pressure?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that the Packers are the odds on favorite to win the Lombardi trophy again because of the way they’ve defended it this year.


I hope you all enjoy your Festivus, and all those other holidays that may be happening.  Raise your Festivus pole, celebrate your strengths, get those grievances off your chest so they don’t bog you down going forward and have a wonderful rest of the year.  Happy holidays from Steve Grogan, Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady.

Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Sports Announcers Sporting News BCS Oakland Raiders Dan Wheldon MLB

The end of the Sporting News Magazine, Sports announcers promoting TV shows, College teams going here-there-everywhere and more in this edition of Random Thoughts.



Why is it that during a sporting event, the announcer will always plug an upcoming television show for the network, but, you will never see Dan-O ask McGarrett to come over to his house to watch a college football game that will be on CBS this Saturday. What’s with that??? Why  can’t we just watch a sports event without any mention of a television or special that will be airing.


I received my Sporting News last week, and the editors informed readers that the October 10, 2011 magazine will be the last bi-weekly magazine from the company. On November 7th issue, The Sporting News Magazine will be a monthly publication, with 14 published issues. These issues will generally focus on one seasonal sports preview. Of course, we can always go on-line for quality content. 

Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC. Missouri to the SEC. Houston, UCF, Navy, Air Force, Boise State to the Big East. What is going on here. Then again what is the purpose of the BCS or the NCAA? 

Okay, the Raiders trade for Curry. Then they trade for Carson Palmer. When did the Raiders decide to wake up?? 

I do want to send my condolences to the family of Dan Wheldon. He was a talented racer, who, for some reason or another, could not find anyone to let him drive on a regular basis. 

I must have been the only one watching ESPN2 on Tuesday night, when Florida International University played Arkansas State. Yawn. There was a choice between the football game on ESPN2 and Poker on ESPN. 

Which leads me to this… When did Poker become a sport??? If ESPN was that hard up, why can’t they show Australian Rules Football. Now that’s a sport. 

If you are brought up since childhood to share things 50-50, why is there any disagreements between any team owners and the players.

Can’t believe that MLB has gotten along with its players union for 16 years. MLB and their union never got along, now they are the model in which other league should copy.


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