Monthly Archives: June 2009

Entrails: June 26th, 2009

The shadows do not make it cooler.

The shadows do not make it cooler.

Well, this feels weird. I’m bringing back Entrails as a weekly post of links per reader request. (Yes, I’m as stunned as you are that I have readers, much less requests.) But today, while The Rookies cope with a server meltdown, the SpinDead crew is graciously bringing the gathering over to my place.

And I promise a more organized series of links next time.

NCAA Football 10 stadium screens are incredible. (Facebook)

Unprofessional Foul does the Showdown in Chinatown justice. Impressive. (Unprofessional Foul)

How to pick a winner, U.S.-Spain-style. (Goal)

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ESPN Headline Intern Pays Michael Jackson Tribute, Thrills A-Rod

I’m really not sure I should be awake right now. But I did get to see this:

Look there, at the bottom.

Look there, at the bottom.

The article, probably this one, speculates about A-Rod’s future, and doesn’t mention Michael Jackson (rest in peace) at all. But that’s not the point, here, is it? Kudos to the person who threw that reference in there, and gave one media fixture a little respite from scrutiny in another’s titanic shadow.

I saw it, Alex. You are not alone. (Ugh.)

I really should be asleep.

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Impossible Made Possible

Sometimes you soar. (Courtesy WaPo.)

Sometimes you soar. (Courtesy WaPo.)

Curmudgeons will tell you that what happened today in South Africa is a mere footnote to history.

But let me tell you a story.

In 1950, England was the lion of international soccer. From Wikipedia:

At the time, the English considered themselves the “Kings of Football”, with a post-war record of 23 wins, 4 losses, and 3 draws. Conversely, the Americans had lost their last seven international matches (including the 1934 World Cup and 1948 Summer Olympics) by the combined score of 45–2. The odds were 3–1 the English would win the Cup, and 500–1 for the U.S.

For the U.S. team that went to Brazil for the 1950 World Cup, the first Cup since 1938, those were the towering circumstances that presaged failure. And those were the circumstances that reality scoffed at during what transpired in the group stage of that tournament. Continue reading

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The Live Blog, Squared: Part Two

I’m doing this again. (Yes, again.) Continue reading

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ESPN, Scott Van Pelt, and the Advertising/Editorial Barrier

First, you must watch this video, for it is hilarious. (HT to NESW Sports for having it early this morning.)

It’s a wonderful bit of personality and a great ad for EA Sports’ upcoming Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10. It’s where it is located that brings up something a little more troubling. Continue reading

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Bill Simmons Talks to Erin Andrews, Fun Ensues

The guy on the right? You care about him?

The guy on the right? You care about him?

Perhaps it’s because it dropped at an odd time (my feed says 8:31 PM), or because it preceded a pivotal (and eventually excellent) NBA Finals tilt, or because it’s happened before, but Bill Simmons and Erin Andrews talked to each other on a podcast (right-click to save) and I didn’t even to turn it up to drown out the echo of a thousand bloggers rushing to transcribe every word.

Oh, wait. That’s my gig.

Some choice excerpts from this one:

Andrews: “Is your phone ringing while I’m doing this? That is so rude.”
Simmons: “That’s a party foul, I’m sorry.”
Andrews: “Wow.”
Simmons: “I forgot to unplug it.”

Simmons: “I like that you have the father-daughter thing. My daughter’s only four, but I would like to think that maybe she would like sports. I’m not going to force it on her, but if she does, I think that would be cool.”
Andrews: “It wasn’t forced on me. I just wanted to be around him. It just became cool, and a way to spend time with him.”
Simmons: “Yeah, but here’s the crucial thing, though: You thought your dad was cool.

Simmons: “Is there somebody you like?”
Andrews: “Um…I just don’t give up that information, because it’s the only thing I can control.”
Simmons: “It’s a good idea. I highly recommend that strategy.”
Andrews: “Bloggers would just kill that, and I just don’t want to let them. They’re gonna kill it regardless. They kill imaginary relationships that I have, I guess.”

And there’s more, on Twitter, on Dancing With the Stars, on Simmons not being able to quit Manny, and plenty more. Hit the jump for what amounts to a transcription. Continue reading

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