Thursday, May 31, 2007


What do you mean you already knew that? Well, crap…we thought it was breaking news.

According the Associated Press, as Barry Bonds nears his record 756th home run, he's stockpiling quite a collection of souvenirs -- bats, balls, helmets and spikes, pieces of baseball history – stuff that might end up in the Hall of Fame, or in Bonds’ case on E-bay….

Interesting, no? According the USA Today in his storied career, Bonds has bee paid $167.5 million. Guess those “supplements” are expensive.

"I'm not worried about the Hall," the San Francisco slugger said during a recent homer drought. "I take care of me."

Around 35,000 artifacts are shown and stored at the shrine, and about a dozen pertain to Bonds. There is a bat from his rookie year and cleats from him becoming the first player in the 400-homer/400-steal club. The most prized items, the ones that fans would really want to see, are missing. Nothing directly from Bonds to highlight his 500th home run. Ditto for homers 714 and 715, when he tied and passed Babe Ruth. Same for anything tied to him topping Mark McGwire's single-season total of 70.

Bonds has been generous with teammates and opponents. He recently signed a guitar that Giants pitcher Barry Zito gave to charity and autographed a bat for Houston's Craig Biggio. He's also given some of his own things to charity.

Whether that memorabilia shows up on his personal Web site or in Cooperstown remains to be seen. He opted out of Major League Baseball's licensing agreement before the 2004 season, and some of his gear is auctioned off on MLB's Web site -- on Monday, bidding topped $10,000 for a Bonds-signed Giants jersey.

The Hall is independent of MLB and the word "steroid" does not appear inside the shrine.

Duke head coach Mike Krsjcbnvngjdfjkg9ski was said to be furious over this news. “Why doesn’t the media leave Barry Bonds alone?” said Krakdjfhvnbm3ski. “He’s a natural leader, a nice man, a family man and I’d welcome him here at Duke as a role model to our student athletes.”

At that point some Krsxcbvhgnb9ski stoolie came up and whispered something in the coach’s ear.

“Ohhhh, Barry Bonds,” said a surprised Krzchfhbhfrt6ski, “I thought you were talking about Harry Bonds who is the president of the District 12 United Steelworkers Union in Albuquerque, New Mexico…Now, Barry Bonds, he’s a butt-head, and I should know!”


The NCAA has granted Duke's request for an extra year of eligibility for its men's lacrosse players following last year’s self-inflicted fiasco. Things that make you go: Hmmm…

The decision affects 33 players who were not seniors during the 2006 season, and it grants them a fifth year of eligibility regardless of whether they play at Duke or another school. The announcement Wednesday came just two days after the Blue Devils lost to Johns Hopkins by a goal in the NCAA championship game for the second time in three seasons.

"These individuals were involved in an unusual circumstance that we believe warrants providing them the opportunity to complete their four years of competition," said Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of student-athlete reinstatement and membership services.

Word was that Duke received permission from all other ACC lacrosse schools before applying for the extra year of eligibility. None the less, the dam is already leaking. Virginia coach Dom Starsia, whose Cavaliers won the national championship in 2006, was unhappy with the decision, said, "Everybody in the lacrosse world was embarrassed by what happened. But it almost feels now as if nobody's really paying for this thing. I would've been the first to say that Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty probably deserved another year. But I'm not sure that everybody involved here should be painted with the same broad brush.”

"Most of these wounds seem to be self-inflicted at Duke. I'm not sure if the institution has kind of held itself accountable for everything that happened," he added.



DEAR RANGE ROVER: LOSE THE DUKE BLUE. Toly Hansbrough (UNC 2024) asked a pertinent question recently. While driving around town in his grandfather’s car, he asked his mother “Who do your parents (his grandparents) pull for?” “Pull for,” of course, being a nice southernism.

His mother reminded him that his granddad was a Tar Heel, so they pull for UNC.

To which five-year-old wise-guy retorts, “So, why is his car Duke blue?”

Good question.

(Photo by TarDog Productions)


FIRST NO UMBRELLA, NOW NO UNDERGARMENTS. Actress Ashley Judd sits next to the track with her dog as her husband, Dario Franchitti, driver of the Canadian Club Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda, poses for a photo during the Official Borg Warner Trophy presentation for winning the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500.

"But I didn't know I was going to be photographed, giggle, giggle..."

Poor dog.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


THOSE CZECHS, THEY'RE FRUGAL. No, you aren't seeing double. That's Czech player Nicole Vaidisova in what appears to be the same dress in her match versus Swiss player Emmanuelle Gagliardi on 29 May and against Uzbek player Akgul Amanmuradova during their French Tennis Open second round match at Roland Garros on 30 May.

Do you think it got washed? Could Reebok pony up two dresses? Is orange her favorite color? Are Dreamsicles her favorite food? So many important tennis questions, and so little time.

(Photos by Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images adn Thomas Cox/AFP/Getty Images)


AND WE WONDER WHY WIMBELDON WANTS THEM TO WEAR WHITE? Marat Safin of Russia kicks the ball in his match against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during the Men's Singles 2nd round match on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros. Safin obviously chose the outfit so he could play in a Chartreuse League soccer match later that day.

(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Amidst all the racing on the holiday weekend, the lacrosse season came to a close. The NCAA Division I Championship Game is in the books, and Johns Hopkins (13-4) held on to defeat Duke (17-3), 12-11, on Monday in front of 48,443 fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday. It was a record crowd for the game. Johns Hopkins built a 10-4 halftime lead, and fought off a strong second half comeback by the Blue Devils to win their ninth national championship.

No Hollywood ending for Duke…

The Virginia women's lacrosse team needed the biggest comeback in the history of the tourney to get to the finals. They then scored 13 goals on Northwestern, more than twice their average goals allowed, and more than any other team has scored on the `Cats in 2007, but the Cavaliers still fell 15-13 in the NCAA Championship final. The two-goal deficit was also the closest any other team has come against the Wildcats in the final 21 games of the season. Virginia (19-4) had eight different players score goals.

The Wahoo girls went to Chippendale’s Baltimore to drown their sorrows. There were no arrests.

The Northwestern girls went to the Lewis Edgerton Smoot Memorial Library.

The little girl at left went home disappointed, but proud of her Hoos.


John Feinstein, a Duke grad, has some strong words for Duke Prez Broadbent and AD Alleva in today's Washington Post. Glad you’re catching up, John…He makes some very good points.

Perhaps he has a new book in the making: A Good University Spoiled or a Stripper On The Brink?

…and then there is the Duke school paper, The Chronicle, with an editorial titled “A Familiar Face, A New Vision,” that starts out like this:
“Fire Coach K. Just kidding. Kind of.Basically, here's what I'm saying: Coach K has gotten too big. He's too important. Too good at what he does. It's not good for him, it's not good for the University and it's not good for college athletics.So he needs a bigger job. Like Athletic Director.It has gotten to the point where no one in all of college basketball or on all of Duke's campus can tell Mike Krzyzewski he's wrong. Coach K has created his own fiefdom, and he is judge, jury and executioner. He is immune to criticism.”


OOPS! Cars crash due to a tire coming off of the car of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 27, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

No doubt, somebody said "S***FIRE!"

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)


THIS IS THE VIEW, GET USED TO IT. This is what the rest of field in the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix had to look at...Fernando Alonso of Spain and his McLaren Mercedes on the way to finishing first.

(Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


TELL US WE'RE WRONG. Renault Managing director Flavio Briatore and his girlfriend Elisabetta Gregoraci are pictured in the pits of the Monaco racetrack before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Now if Flavio is a Renault mechanic, and not the managing director, is Elisabetta within 100 feet of him?

Didn't think so...
Nice name -- Flavio.

(Photo by BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)


NICE WEATHER. Dario Franchitti of Scotland won a disappointing (not for him!) rain delayed-shortened Indy 500. Maybe he can take some of the $1,645,233 top prize and buy his bride, Ashley Judd, an umbrella?

(Photo by AFP/Jeff Haynes)


I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO WEAR TO START THE INDY 500. Track owner Mari George, a multi-millionaire who appears on national television each year to say the famous "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines," couldn't decide what to wear for the momentus occasion. So she settled for white jeans and a blue shirt.

Can you say "fashion maven."



OK, WE GET THE GREEN JACKET at the Masters's, but the plaid jacket at the U.S. Crowne Plaza Invitational? South African Rory Sabbatini (C) dropped a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the tournamet. After they gave him the jacket, they also gave him a fancy Texas rodeo-style belt buckle. Nice, Rory, NICE!

(Photo by AFP/Getty Images/Brian Bahr)


AND FINALLY, IT'S NOT A GREAT RACE WEEKEND without the Running of the Urinals. This probably happens at Indy or at the NASCAR race at Charlotte. Probably not so much at Monaco. But, this particular photo and the attached You Tube video is from this year's Preakness. Seems as you aren't a man unless you run across the top of 100 port-a-jons while the folks in line chuck beers at you...It looks like fun, except for wasting those $6.50 beers...

Check out the video...

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