via joshsternberg:

sbnation:

Rob Neyer Joins SB Nation, Becomes Part Of ‘Us’ Not ’Them’
“There are a lot of things to love about SB Nation, which is why I’m here. But among them is that they — excuse me, we — don’t see us as us and you as them. We’ve got bloggers who most professional writers probably consider them … but we know better. We know that some of our writers are every bit as talented and knowledgeable as anyone you’ll find working for newspapers or the Big Boy websites. We also know that today’s readers are tomorrow’s writers, and that often the only difference is opportunity (one fantastic thing about the Web is that opportunity is everywhere).” - Rob Neyer

Awesome.

Effing Awesome. 

via joshsternberg:

sbnation:

Rob Neyer Joins SB Nation, Becomes Part Of ‘Us’ Not ’Them’

“There are a lot of things to love about SB Nation, which is why I’m here. But among them is that they — excuse me, we — don’t see us as us and you as them. We’ve got bloggers who most professional writers probably consider them … but we know better. We know that some of our writers are every bit as talented and knowledgeable as anyone you’ll find working for newspapers or the Big Boy websites. We also know that today’s readers are tomorrow’s writers, and that often the only difference is opportunity (one fantastic thing about the Web is that opportunity is everywhere).” - Rob Neyer

Awesome.

Effing Awesome. 

(via joshsternberg)

01.02.11

Madoff, the Wilpons & the Mets…

via The New York Times:

"Now, however, a lawsuit against Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Katz brought by the trustee for victims of Mr. Madoff has suggested the relationship — financially and personally — was deeper than anyone might have suspected."

Sounds like the lawsuit could be a major issue for the Wilpons… 

02.02.11
via gq:

Who Is the Coolest Athlete of All Time?
We narrowed it down to 25. Go to GQ.com and vote for who should be number one. (In case yer wondering, we went for Dr. J.)

My top five coolest are Pele, Muhammad Ali, Bjorn Borg, Jean-Claude Killy, and Joe Namath. 
Ali is the Coolest…and the Greatest of All Time.

via gq:

Who Is the Coolest Athlete of All Time?

We narrowed it down to 25. Go to GQ.com and vote for who should be number one. (In case yer wondering, we went for Dr. J.)

My top five coolest are Pele, Muhammad Ali, Bjorn Borg, Jean-Claude Killy, and Joe Namath. 

Ali is the Coolest…and the Greatest of All Time.

02.02.11

The thin veil of secrecy has torn away now, the pretenses gone and Isiah Thomas has left the shadows and moved into the light again. Once more, he is the New York Knicks’ top basketball executive.

Thomas is driving everything through owner James Dolan – the trade for Carmelo Anthony, the departure of Donnie Walsh and perhaps even the eventual hiring of the New York Knicks’ next president and general manager, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

“Isiah is calling the shots for New York,” said one front-office executive with knowledge of the Anthony trade talks. “It’s a disgrace. Donnie should walk.”

via Adrian Wojnarowski (via sbnation)

Seriously? Oh man. I love the dysfunctional New York sports team ownership groups. #Sarcasm

(via sportsnetny)

22.02.11
I challenge you to freeze-frame Bryant’s face in that moment of conflict with the referee Bennie Adams. Really examine the loathing and utter contempt, and realize this is something with which almost every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person is familiar. That is the sentiment people face in middle and high schools, in places of worship, work and even in their own homes across the United States.

A Gay Former Player Responds to Kobe Bryant - NYTimes.com

Please, go read this heartfelt and heartbreaking piece by John Amaechi. And tell your friends to read it. When a revered athlete (whether that reverence is deserved or not by out-of-game behavior) spits hate speech, we all lose something precious that can’t be made up by a half-baked apology and a $100k fine.

(via gainfulunemployment)

(via gainfulunemployment)

16.04.11

Grete Waitz. Serious Badass. 

Such a great runner. Such a great inspiration. Watch this great video where she describes her first NYC Marathon win. She was invited to her first NYC Marathon as a “rabbit” to keep the speed high and then proceeded to dust the field while setting a World Record. A nine time winner of the race, Grete was/is the NYC Marathon

RIP Grete, RIP. 

19.04.11
I’m gonna say this and this is gonna be the last time I comment on anything Rex Ryan says. The last time I checked, I have a Super Bowl ring and he doesn’t, so if he’s proud of coming up short, I guess he should be proud of that.

Justin Tuck fired back at Rex Ryan, who said in his book that the Jets are a “better team” than the Giants and a “big brother” to Big Blue. 

Rex: “I know it’s going to (tick) off Giants fans, but … we are the better team. We are the big brother,” Ryan wrote. He also wrote that the Jets are “going to remain the better team for the next 10 years. Whether you like it or not, those are the facts and that’s what’s going to happen.”

ESPN

(via sportsnetny)

28.04.11
Is Jorge Posada retiring? Brian Cashman just said on national TV that Jorge asked out of the game. NY Yankees beat writers are saying via Twitter that Jorge is planning to address the media after the game with the Red Sox. Cashman won’t speak for Jorge. 
He’s clearly struggling as a DH hitting .167. 
[UPDATE}: NY reporters tweeting that Jorge “threw a hissy fit” when he was slotted to bat 9th. Yankees are in spin control saying they have no idea what Jorge is going to say to the media. #OhBoy it’s hard to handle fading stars…AND POST GAME JUST BECAME MUST SEE TV.

Is Jorge Posada retiring? Brian Cashman just said on national TV that Jorge asked out of the game. NY Yankees beat writers are saying via Twitter that Jorge is planning to address the media after the game with the Red Sox. Cashman won’t speak for Jorge. 

He’s clearly struggling as a DH hitting .167. 

[UPDATE}: NY reporters tweeting that Jorge “threw a hissy fit” when he was slotted to bat 9th. Yankees are in spin control saying they have no idea what Jorge is going to say to the media. #OhBoy it’s hard to handle fading stars…AND POST GAME JUST BECAME MUST SEE TV.

14.05.11

Saints quarterback Drew Brees ponders the timeline and presents a different starting point for the league’s first work stoppage in 24 years. It is Aug. 20, 2008, the day longtime union leader Gene Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer. Few people knew about Upshaw’s illness, and his passing created a temporary void within the Players Association.

“Ever since Gene Upshaw passed away — I’m just going to lay it all out there — the owners saw blood in the water,” Brees said Wednesday after a players-organized workout at Tulane University. “They felt like, ‘This is our opportunity to take a significant piece of the [financial] pie back at all costs, a piece that we will never have to give back again. This is our chance, while they don’t have leadership, while they’re scrambling to find a new executive director. This is our time.’

“I can point to about five different things to prove to you that they were ready to lock us out. They opted out of the last year of the [CBA] deal; they hired Bob Batterman [who oversaw a lockout of NHL players]. They tried to take the American Needle case to the Supreme Court to basically give them an antitrust exemption or single-entity status, but were defeated 9-0; they established new TV deals to pay them in the event of a lockout, but we were able to put a freeze on that money because they did not negotiate in good faith and broke the law. And they had an internal NFL document that was leaked — a decision tree — that said smack dab in the middle of it ‘financial needs in a lockout.’ That was in 2008, OK? So you’re telling me that they had no plans to lock us out and really wanted to get a deal done? I don’t think so.”

Brees was just getting started.

“Their philosophy was, We’re going to give you a very subpar deal, a slap-in-the-face deal, and hope that you’ll accept it because hopefully we’ve intimidated you enough into thinking that this is a take-it-or-leave-it deal, and you’re just going to succumb to the pressure,” he said. “Well, guess what. We’re a lot more informed and educated than in the past, and we’re much better businessmen than you think and we’re going to stand up for what is right and what is fair. Fifty-fifty is fair. It’s been fair for the last 20 years and I think the game has done pretty well over the last 20 years. I think franchise values have gone up at a pretty good rate over the last 20 years. So you can’t sit here and tell me that the system is broken.”

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Drew Brees any more than I already do, he’s slowly emerging as a new pro-labor voice in America, likable, fiery and articulate, telling The Man to go fuck himself instead of bending over and taking a high hard one. Who-fucking-dat! (via cajunboy)

(via sportsnetny)

27.05.11

Bjorn Borg. Serious Badass. 

Happy 55th Birthday! 

Bjorn Borg in the late 70s/early 80s was such a serious badass. His tennis. His good looks. His headband. The Fila gear. His long hair and beard. #Dope (His style inspired the Richie Tannebaum character in “The Royal Tannebaums.)

He ruled Wimbledon. His Finals matches with John McEnroe were riveting & epic to watch. Watch this excellent clip of the last set of the 1980 Final. Check out the final moments of their 1981 Final match. 

Can’t wait for this year’s Finals.

06.06.11
4th of July 2011 - #TDF Stage 3 Winner Garmin-Cervelo’s Tyler Farrar. For Wouter indeed!
A little late (2 days) but better late than never…
via fuckyeahcycling:

Tyler Farrar of the USA and Garmin-Cervelo celebrates winning stage three of the 2011 Tour de France from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon on July 4, 2011 in Redon, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) (via Cycling - Photo Gallery - Yahoo! Sports)
For Wouter.

4th of July 2011 - #TDF Stage 3 Winner Garmin-Cervelo’s Tyler Farrar. For Wouter indeed!

A little late (2 days) but better late than never…

via fuckyeahcycling:

Tyler Farrar of the USA and Garmin-Cervelo celebrates winning stage three of the 2011 Tour de France from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon on July 4, 2011 in Redon, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) (via Cycling - Photo Gallery - Yahoo! Sports)

For Wouter.

06.07.11
Love Big George but man…#GrossOutPictureOfTheDay
via fuckyeahcycling:

Tour de France 2011 | Stage 5
Georgie Hincapie’s legs after riding 15 editions of the Tour de France Photo: © Bettini (via Tour De France 2011: Georgie Hincapie’s Legs After Riding 15 Editions Of The…, Photos | Cyclingnews.com)

Love Big George but man…#GrossOutPictureOfTheDay

via fuckyeahcycling:

Tour de France 2011 | Stage 5

Georgie Hincapie’s legs after riding 15 editions of the Tour de France Photo: © Bettini (via Tour De France 2011: Georgie Hincapie’s Legs After Riding 15 Editions Of The…, Photos | Cyclingnews.com)

06.07.11
fuckyeahcycling:

  Tour de France 2011 | Stage 5

Still in yellow!

(via Photo from Reuters Pictures)

Daily dose of the #GodOfThunder in Yellow #TDF

fuckyeahcycling:

Tour de France 2011 | Stage 5

Still in yellow!

(via Photo from Reuters Pictures)

Daily dose of the #GodOfThunder in Yellow #TDF

(Source: daylife.com, via fuckyeahcycling)

07.07.11
Cadel Evans @CadelOfficial looks like a #SadClown in the #TDF #Polkadot jersey #WhySoSerious? #Cycling  (Taken with instagram)

Cadel Evans @CadelOfficial looks like a #SadClown in the #TDF #Polkadot jersey #WhySoSerious? #Cycling (Taken with instagram)

07.07.11
From the belly of the peloton, I can identify the riders in front of me by how they sit on their bikes and the way they pedal. American Chris Horner’s feet aren’t aligned; one heel kicks out.
Levi Leipheimer sits low on the bike but shifts his pelvis every few pedal strokes, as does Christian Vande Velde.
To accommodate his long body and femurs, Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal sits to the back of his saddle. As he pedals his knee will occasionally shift out of alignment.

Barry: Tour riders reveal their mettle on the pedals - thestar.com

Team Sky’s Michael Barry, not just talented on the bike but knows how to write:

As I sit and watch the Tour de France on television with my teammates we can immediately recognize a rider in the middle of the peloton of nearly 200 despite their identical clothing, glasses, helmets and bikes.

We can tell those who are struggling this year and those who are likely winners. With experience, we now know how most riders look when they’re on a good day or a bad day. Even a small twitch can be revealing.

(via fuckyeahcycling)

I’ve been reading Barry’s “Le Métier” off & on…he is a very good writer & his insights into the pro cycling life are tremendous.

(via cranktastic)

07.07.11