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Sports News: Joe Torre saved, Mike Strantz honored, Jeff Mingay working hard

Just when you think the Yankees weren’t going to learn from one mistake and were about to make a bigger one, sanity prevails. Maybe Joe Torre played the wrong hunch sitting Giambi and playing Sheffield and Matsui, but who among us thought Matsui (and the rest of the Yankees) would get skunked by Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman? That was a lightning strike...

Italy’s Azzurri win World Cup, Zindane career ends in disgraceful ejection, violent cheap shot

Italy’s Azzurri (“Blue”) completed their cinderella run to the World Cup in the same dominating fashion with which they began, but not before giving their fans a massive case of agita. After referees awarded a highly questionable penalty kick to France after Therry Henry took a dive in the penalty area, Italy – down 1-0 thanks to Zidane...

The Knicks vs. the fans of New York: The Natives Scream for Blood Sacrifice

Most Egyptologists agree the famous boy-king of Egypt, Tutankhamun was ruthlessly murdered. Some blame court intrigue saying Tut’s inexperience and tender years were a recipe for mis-management of the realm. How many boy-kings in history have had the political acumen and intellectual prowess to protect both the kingdom and their necks? It would be easy – don’t you...

World Cup redux (part 2)

Following up on my World Cup preview piece, let’s take a look at the round of 16 matchups. You can still review these brackets as “Groups” as they do in previous rounds, just single elimination (like our regional finals in the NCAA tourney) and each winner goes to the final four. A. Brazil v. Ghana, Spain v. France – This is the Group of Death...

Shut up already Charles Barkley

ESPN thoroughly disgusted me and betrayed every ordinary citizen ever burdened with any kind of addiction when they rolled out Charles barkley to offer “expert analysis” on, get this, he gambles too much money when he loses. Could someone point me to any poignant analysis in the disgraceful rant that followed? What exactly are we supposed to have learned...

The Olympics have jumped the shark, so lets add golf just to make it worse

I’m really disappointed in the American Olympic team. Not with the medal count – I’m actually happy about that. Winning every medal in every event completely demeans the so-called and entirely non-existent “Olympic Spirit,” but that’s not what I’m on about. No, I’m disappointed in the way our preening, self-aggrandizing...

Hurricane Jay will slam L.I. if Pittsburgh Steelers lose Super Bowl

“Jay. Jay, get up. Come on, up” a voice urged through darkness and painful throbbing in my head. But getting up seemed like an awful idea. When I opened my eyes, more pain shot through my brain. My stomach did a dip and a roll. Everything ached, at least everything that had feeling at that moment. I felt like if I did an inventory several crucial things might indeed...

It’s the Black and Gold Across America Tour!!! Steelers and the Terrible Towel on to the Super Bowl

The year was 1975. An article ran in a prominent business magazine discussing marketing and fan interaction. “Color and motion may spur on a team to victory” it crowed. “Get me a Gimmick! Your contract is up in three months!” roared Vice President and General Manager of the station that broadcast Steeler games at Myron Cope, the radio...

NFL Players Association files disciplinary suit against Poston over Lavar Arrington contract mistake

The NFL players union filed a grievance against player agent Carl Poston, principal in his own agency with his brother Kevin, seeking disciplinary action against the firm “Professional Sports Planning” for alleged mishandling of Lavar Arrington’s contract with the Washington Redskins. Arrington and Poston had filed a grievance against the Redskins...

Marcus Vick, former Virginia Tech football quarterback arrested on firearm charges

Last week, two ESPN radio jockeys were debating how embarasses the Vick family must be after Marcus stomped on an opposing players defensless calf with his cleated size 16. Vick was kicked off the football team, permanently dumped after the Gator Bowl. The ESPN apologists (all bow down to the Holy Church of the Professional Athlete), simpered that compared to Billy...

CONGRATULATIONS! – Lee Sossen and Michelle Ramoni and a Caddyshack moment

We interrupt this golf trip to offer hearty congratulations to two of the AWITP extended family. First, you read here about my buddy Lee Sossen who won the very first biatholon he entered back in May. Lee has done it again, winning another nationally reknowned biatholon event this weekend in the Northeast. Moreover, Lee got named to the US national biatholon national...