Friday, June 5, 2009

Total autographs I've signed: 3. None were on another guy.

I'm not sure why a Congressman thought the NBA's one year out of high school requirement before a kid can enter the draft was an important issue to address this week. I dont think Steve Cohen has the right idea about any kind of congressional involvement, but he's right that the rule should go. Now that we're seeing Europe becoming the workaround for the rule, it's outlived its usefulness. I do think there will be kids who make terrible decisions and wreck their futures once they can ignore academics because they think they're going straight to the league. That'll be unfortunate, but it's better than having a slew of one and done guys who aren't even pretending to abide by NCAA rules.

You may think you're a sports fan, but how many autographs from your favorite team do you have tattooed on your body? If your answer is anything less than 92, it appears you've lost to this guy from Chicago. The thing that surprises the most is that this guy got 92 other dudes to write on him. I talked with Tim Tebow about that last year. He's signed a few signatures that he was told were going to be turned into tattoos, and did feel that was a little creepy. Wish I could have been there for this freak to explain to Mike Ditka that he needs him to sign the back of his neck.

Gary Parrish of deserves the credit for noticing the current state of the Memphis compliance website. As Gary pointed out to his Facebook friends last night, it's "temporarily under construction". I would imagine it is - the school has its appearance before the NCAA Saturday.

One of the great mysteries of baseball broadcsting is how a self promoting blowhard like John Sterling continues to hold the Yankees play play job. His latest masterpiece was this week, when he called a Hideki Matsui home run. Aside from the fact he was so busy doing his schtick that he forgot which player homered, it was a particularly brilliant touch to make an already inappropriate "A-bomb" reference to a Japanese player. I'm sure Charles Albury, whose death was disclosed yesterday, felt his work at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was very similar to a Yankee hitting a homer.

I was sorry to learn that Scot Brantley has been having major health issues lately. The former UF and Tampa Bay linebacker and color analyst has had heart surgery and also has lost vision in his left eye due to a "mini-stroke". The thing that stood out about Scot's broadcasting work was its authenticity. He doesn't have the classic broadcast voice or the smoothness of a polished announcer, but when listening to him you felt like you were getting what he really thought. Hopefully things will improve for him soon.

I will be traveling this weekend, and will not be back in Columbia until Wednesday. There may be post from the road depending on time and internt availability, but if not things will resume as normal here on Thursday. Have a great weekend.

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