Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

That's Amore

We all know Europeans can be very passionate people, but former Inter Milan and current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho took that to a whole other level this week.

Days after a Champions League triumph in Madrid, Mourinho packed his stuff and left Inter's training grounds on his way back to Spain. "The Special One" got in the back of a waiting car, but as it pulled away, he spotted one last person he had to say farewell to. He got out of the car and walked over to central defender Marco Materazzi, who says he tried in vain to convince his skipper to stay.

Mourinho held Materazzi tight and had a good cry, pulling his head back into his shoulder as the player tried to pull away. I'm not sure what length of time constitutes awkwardness, but this hug lasted 21 seconds before a tearful Mourinho walked back to his car and drove off into the night.

Anyone But Argentina

Earlier this week I told you about a bizarre request from the Argentina national football association regarding the toilets in Diego Maradona's room at the place they'll be stationed during the World Cup.

Today's odd Maradona story comes courtesy of ESPN's Soccernet: The Argentina manager says he'll run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if his team lifts the hardware in South Africa. What?!

After a 5-0 thumping of Canada, Maradona told reporters he would "run naked to the Obelisk in Buenos Aires." I think it's safe to say nobody wants to see that! Asked why he didn't include Leo Messi in the lineup against Canada, Maradona said if something had happened to him "I'd have been shot - you know where."

To be fair, that's probably true. Speaking of the World Cup, who knew it was so hard to find a North Korea soccer jersey?

Cell Mates

Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer's phone number is a couple of digits away from the movie listings number?

Meet Rajesh Kumar, a 24-year-old engineer from Delhi, India - as Fanhouse tells us, when he lived in Cleveland he wound up with the old cell phone of recently fired Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. Chris Tomasson writes that initially Kumar would get calls and texts here and there from people thinking they were contacting Brown, but it was never too full on.

Then Brown got fired.

"I have gotten over 150 phone calls since (Monday)," Kumar told Fanhouse. "I took a nap and I woke up and I had 37 voice mail messages."

The best part of the story is that Kumar is a cricket fan who had never heard of Brown or even LeBron James, so he had to resort to Google to figure out what was going on! Has this ever happened to you? I would imagine you could have some fun with it once you figured it out!

Big Boys

Two Boston pro athletes - David "Big Papi" Ortiz and Glen "Big Baby" Davis - were both in the news this week and really the only thing these two stories have in common is that both Ortiz and Davis' nicknames start with the word "Big"...

First, Big Papi:

After another slow start to the season, David Ortiz has finally started to get it going in Boston and he now has 10 homers on the season. As points out though, he takes his time getting around the bases. Larry Ganillo says Ortiz is the first player this season to take more than 30 seconds to run the bases after putting one into the stands (and in fact, has six of the 10 slowest times this season), taking 30.59-seconds to get from home to home against Tampa Bay.

Now, Big Baby:

If you've been watching the NBA Playoffs you'll know that the Boston Celtics are battling the Orlando Magic in the East Final and risk becoming the second Boston team this spring to blow a 3-0 series lead.

Well in game five, 6-foot-9, 289-pound Celtics forward Glen Davis was battling just to stand up after taking an unintentional Dwight Howard elbow to the chops. It happened late in the third quarter when Howard went up with the ball in the Boston end and Davis wound up flat on his back.

It was a scene you see more in hockey than in baseball, but it definitely looked like Davis was trying to walk around on ice - check it out:

I feel bad for that ref - I don't know what I'd do if I saw 289 pounds of unbalanced man coming at me!

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