Friday, January 15, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

More Tiger Woods…

Police in Colorado arrested a guy this week after dozens of Gatorade bottles showed up in stores in a few places across the state with a picture of Tiger Woods, his wife and the word “unfaithful.”

A fellow by the name of Jason Eric Kay is charged with misbranding food labels with the intent to hurt a brand or business (or person?).

Guess what? The 38-year-old is apparently pulling the “I’m an artiste” card, saying he was going for an “Andy Warhol” sort of thing. Sure bud.

Kay will be back in court on February 11th after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

If being called unfaithful by a batch of Gatorade bottles isn’t bad enough, General Motors says Tiger Woods now has to give back the loaner vehicles they let him keep after his endorsement with GM’s Buick brand ended in 2008.

The company says the agreement had previously been scheduled to end on December 31st, but either way, the hits just keep on coming for ol’ Eldrick, eh?

The Gun Show

If you're anxiously awaiting Gilbert Arenas' return to the hardcourt, don't hold your breath.

The 28-year-old Washington Wizards guard, who is currently suspended indefinitely by the NBA, now faces a felony gun possession charge and could very likely join the growing list of high profile American athletes spending some time behind bars.

Arenas faces one count of carrying a pistol without a license, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, though my guess is he'll wind up with something far less severe than that. According to a report on the NBA website, the charges were filed in an "information," which is a document that normally signals some kind of plea deal is in the works.

First, Plaxico Burress shoots himself and gets a couple of years, now Arenas pulls four guns out of his locker in a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate and will probably do some time. When are these guys going to learn?

The sad thing is, in Burress' case, his gun was unregistered and in this case, Arenas didn't have license. Had they taken care of those things, neither player would be in nearly as much trouble.

Teem Finland

Another tough break on Thursday night for Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne (no pun intended).

The "Finnish Flash" was playing in just his third game back for the Ducks after missing 17 games with a broken hand, when a point shot took a deflection in the slot and wound up smacking him right in the face, breaking his jaw. Selanne underwent surgery on Tuesday and the team says he's expected to miss 2-6 weeks.

If you're counting, Finland's first game at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver is about four and a half weeks from today (Feb. 17 vs. Belarus). That injury casts some doubt on whether or not Selanne will play in his fifth Olympic tournament for his country.

I be he suits up - it would be a huge loss for Finland if he didn't!

In other news: Selanne has been to the Olympics four times already...that's impressive! You know who's probably not impressed by that though? Jere Lehtinen.

David vs. Goliath

NHL.com pointed out this week that St. Louis Blues forward David Backes, who will suit up for Team USA at the Vancouver games, seems to be trying to ruffle some Team Canada feathers before the tournament even starts.
In the past two weeks, Backes has fought Canadian forwards Jonathan Toews, Corey Perry and Rick Nash (click for videos of each tilt).

When he was asked about that statistic, Backes did the right thing and claimed it was all just a big coincidence. Atta boy.

Not so fast…

Remember Caster Semenya?

The now 19-year-old South African track star is back in the news after what was no doubt a very difficult summer that eventually had people questioning her gender.

Semenya got people talking when she made huge improvements in her 800m (including the world’s top time of ’09) and 1500m race times and then had her privacy grossly breached when the story became front-page news around the world.

On Wednesday, Semenya’s coach told the Associated Press that she would be returning to the international stage this year; turns out, he may have spoken out of turn.

Michael Seme said Semenya would start out at local events as a training exercise before going international and had this to say about the on-going gender test investigation by the International Association of Athletics Federation: “They are through with all those things.”

Not so, according to the IAAF, who say the inquiry isn’t over yet and there’s not even a time frame for this thing to be resolved yet.

As for Semenya’s lawyers, they say negotiations are still underway, though they’re optimistic that there will be a positive ending to the story.

Living the Dream

If you’re like me, when you think of Spain you think of skiing, snowboarding, the two man bobsleigh and hockey. Oh, just me?

I’m kidding – but seriously, the city of Barcelona is actually hoping to bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games…which will then actually be held in Barcelona, where the average temperature in February lurks around the 10-degree mark.

If they do win, they’ll be the first city to host both the Summer and Winter games – though Munich might beat them to it if they win their bid for 2018.

Oh, the exciting world of Olympic bidding!

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