Friday, October 15, 2010

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Cigar Guy

Remember that awesome picture from the Ryder Cup that showed a golf ball struck by Tiger Woods speeding towards the camera of a journalist covering the event?

If you’ve seen the shot in question, you’ll likely agree that the best part of the picture is the cigar toting fellow in the background, who became a bit of an online sensation after the picture began circulating.

Turns out he’s a Londoner by the name of Rupesh Shingadia who wore the outfit as a tribute to Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez!

The Daily Mail made the find earlier this week, as millions of people (myself included) got a kick out of the hilarious background in what is a pretty spectacular picture. The 30-year-old Shingadia tells The Mail that he pulled the stunt as a show of support for the European team, and he is “embarrassed and overwhelmed” by all the attention he received as a result.

The idea came to him the week before the tournament began while he was plugging away at work – he thought of sporting a pair of Union Jack pants, but decided to go with the wig, moustache and cigar that have since led to him being dubbed “Cigar Guy.”

Classic example of the way the internet turn a regular person into some kind of quasi-celebrity overnight!

Planning the Parade

The NY Yankees face the Texas Rangers tonight in game one of the American League Championship Series as both clubs look to punch their ticket to the World Series…

Should the Bronx Bombers go on to lift the Commissioner’s Trophy when all is said and done, the city of NY will be prepared – that is, they’ve already started planning the parade!

ESPN New York reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the wheels are in motion, and he’s “trying to figure out where the parade should start.” Sure, there’s a lot of planning that goes into shutting down part of a city so that some athletes can drive down the road and wave to fans, but come on!

The players say there’s no extra pressure or anything, but they will look a bit silly should they bow out to the Rangers, don’t you think?

Speaking of Texas, here’s a great story from their ALCS win over the Tampa Bay Rays:

If you don’t know the story of outfielder Josh Hamilton, it’s worth a look – basically his baseball career was almost ruined by drug and alcohol addiction but he kicked the habits, became sober and became an MLB All-Star with the Rangers in the past few seasons.

Now, when you think of professional athletes celebrating, what do you picture? If you answered players splashing champagne all over each other while jumping around like little kids, you’re on the right track.

Before the Rangers clinched the AL-West, Hamilton spoke about being uneasy about being around all the booze that would likely be spilling around the room and made a quick exit after the game. Earlier this week though, when Texas secured its spot in the ALCS, the players headed to the dressing room and told Hamilton to get his goggles on.

In a gesture that put a smile on my face, Hamilton’s teammates grabbed bottles of Canada Dry ginger ale and began soaking each other with it. Here’s what Hamilton had to say to ESPN afterwards:

“It was the coolest thing for my teammates to understand why I can’t be a part of the celebration, and for them to adapt it for me to be a part of it says a lot.”

Are those good teammates or what?

The Old Switcheroo?

Less than a year removed from a car crash that almost took his life, you’ve got to wonder what was going through the mind of US soccer player Charlie Davies on October 3rd.

It was on that day that the 24-year-old forward, who plays for France’s Sochaux, was in a vehicle with teammate Jacques Faty in the Jura region of that country when they were pulled over going just over 200 km/h.

On the surface, that is pretty stupid. Now, take into account the fact that on October 13th, 2009, Davies suffered two broken bones in his leg, a broken and dislocated elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on the brain when he was a passenger in a car accident that killed another passenger.

Not only did he barely escape with his life, but the injuries he suffered caused him to miss the South Africa World Cup and lots of domestic action. In fact, he is only now working his way back onto the Sochaux roster.

If that was me, I’d be a bit leery of anything dangerous involving a car. Back to the story – they get pulled over, but Faty is worried that his license is still suspended from another time where he was caught speeding…so the two of them switch places!

Earlier this week Davies was fined $1,040 and had his license suspended, despite the fact that both players have since said that Faty was actually the driver.

In fact, according to the ESPN report on the matter, a police spokesman says neither player has “officially contradicted the original version of events” to officers…aaaaand this is probably why:

The two could now face six months in jail and a fine of $10,400 for lying to police!

I know everyone makes mistakes, but for Davies, I hope this (and all of the headlines it generated) serves as a bit of a wakeup call! He’s had a long road back and I hope that continues with some first team action and a call up to the national team sometime in his future.

Pipe Band Banned

Maybe you have to be Scottish to enjoy the sound of bagpipes, but here’s a story that just takes it too far!

The Tartan Army was told on the way to a Euro 2012 qualifier in the Czech Republic that they would not be allowed to bring the instruments into the stadium – the first time ever, says The Scottish Sun, that the national team has played without the accompaniment of the pipes.

Banning vuvuzelas is one thing, but (say what you will) the bagpipes are an actual instrument! It might be an acquired taste, but it’s not just indiscriminate blowing!

Incase you’re wondering, Scotland played a bizarre formation and wound up losing 1-0.

Still with strange soccer news – Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis is an early candidate for most embarrassingly poor corner kick of the season, thanks to this effort in a 0-0 draw with Italy last Friday.

Somehow, Davis winds up kicking the corner flag before his foot makes contact with the ball – he then ends up nicking his right ankle off of his left shin…sending the ball out of play for a goal kick.

I love the look of “what the heck just happened” that comes over his entire body as the ball rolls into touch!

Other stuff…

More Commonwealth Games drama…cobras, free health care and life in the fast lane…

Back to baseball – the Atlanta Braves are out of the mix, but you’ve got to feel bad for Brooks Conrad

Does watching women’s basketball interest you? How about now?

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