Friday, February 26, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Oh, Canada!

After a slower start to the Olympics than they might have hoped for, Canadian athletes have been on an absolute tear with medals in five straight days (plus a guaranteed curling medal today and Saturday...Go Cheryl and Kevin!!!!!) and seven medals in the last three days.

One of those was a third straight Gold in Women's hockey...and it came with a bit of post-game controversy!

The LA Times reports the International Olympic Committee is investigating the "behaviour" of our ladies, who apparently came back onto the ice half an hour after the medal presentation, still wearing their gear, downing beer and champagne and smoking cigars!

The IOC was made aware of the situation by an Associated Press reporter and executive director Gilbert Felli says "If that's the case, that is not good. It is not what we want to see. I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public."

The issue could be underage drinking - 18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin definitely has a reason to celebrate, after scoring both goals for her country.

The LA Times says photos show Poulin with a beer in her hand. Uh oh!

Royal Sluggerrr

If you think you've heard it all - think again!

As if it's not hard enough just watching them play in the first place, a Kansas City Royals fan, or perhaps former fan, is suing the team after getting slugged in the face with an airborne hot dog at a game last year.

The dog in question was tossed by the Royals mascot, a giant lion named Sluggerrr who walks around with a (pretty damn cool) hot dog gun and entertains the fans during breaks in play (of which there are many in baseball). Generally he throws a few, shoots a few and throws a few more, much to the delight of the crowd (who probably don't have a whole lot else to cheer about).
Problems arose on that fateful September night though when a man named John Coomer ended up catching the sausage with his right eye, which he says detached his retina and caused cataracts and permanent vision impairment in his other eye.

The Kansas City Star says that in court documents, Coomer says he's had two surgeries on his eyes and that his damages exceed $25,000.

Oh, and apparently the team is looking for a new person to fill the costume - but they say it's not because of what happened with the hot dog. Mmmhmm...

Incase you're wondering: here's a (grainy) look at how Sluggerrr's hot dog routine usually looks, and a look at what happens when the (pretty damn cool) hot dog gun misfires:

Another One Bites the Dust

Well, the hits just keep on coming for the NBA's Washington Wizards...

First, they lost two players to season-long suspensions for that gun-drawing escapade two months ago. Not long afterwards, the team found out that Gilbert Arenas, their franchise player, could wind up actually doing hard time for his part in the incident.

That's a pretty rough way to start 2010, isn't it? Well don't worry - it gets worse.

On February 13th the Wizards completed a seven-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks, which saw them get rid of a couple of mainstays in favour of a guy who has a history of off-the-court problems and is rumoured to have missed a game this year (oddly enough, against the Wizards) with a hangover.

Three games into his Washington career, Josh Howard is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Ouch!

Stay Classy, UFC

Business is good for the UFC, as Mixed Martial Arts as a whole gains more and more credibility as a mainstream sport...but every now and then something happens that knocks it down a peg or two, like this:

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir was a guest on a Pittsburgh radio show last week, where he had some interesting things to say about former WWE star Brock Lesnar, who beat him up pretty good for the heavyweight belt last July. Here's what he said:

"I want to fight Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies due to Octagon-related injuries. That's what's going through my mind."

Talking about wanting to kill somebody probably isn't the best way to go about things. Aren't death threats a criminal matter in most parts of the world? I don't think the UFC was overly happy to hear one of its fighters talking like that, especially on a radio show, and president Dana White said that Mir had been "talked to," adding "he won't be saying anything like that again."

As expected, Mir apologized not long afterwards in a statement issued by the UFC, where he said "I respect Brock, all the other fighters, and the sport of mixed martial arts. I'm sorry that I stepped out of line."

Not to be outdone, here's what Lesnar had to say (from something called LowKick):

"Frank Mir wants murder? The beast is now even angrier than last time. It's okay, Frankie 'The Stalker' Mir could use another beat down. Except this time, it will be more vicious. The Champion hopes Frank Mir makes it past Shane Carwin. Frank may never be able to fight again after the third fight is over. Expect the unexpected Mr. Submission Man, you may leave without an arm."

That should sell some tickets!

One More Thing

Remember last week when Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic set a World Record by hitting a shot from over 52 feet out? Yeah, teammate Vince Carter obliterated that record in practice this week...

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