Friday, July 2, 2010

Recruiting War Heating Up Over 49-Year-Old Quarterback

Back channel sources keep tweeting and texting T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC headquarters with alluring tales about a 49-year-old New Hampshire man who can “throw a football into a trash can from 100 yards on his knees blindfolded.”

Problem is this rapidly aging football phenom, Paul Baldwin, also has what many law enforcement experts believe is the longest rap sheet in the history of crime.

As of this June, Baldwin (from Portsmouth, New Hampshire – the second biggest producer of NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks behind the states of Pennsylvania and Texas) has been arrested 154 times.

Evidently…Baldwin likes beer. Unfortunately, he likes his beer “cold and free” with a keen emphasis on “free.” Yes, Paul Baldwin is a world class beer thief.

Baldwin has been busted for trespassing, receiving stolen property and theft, among others offenses. His most recent arrest was for stealing 48 beers.

Only 12 days before Baldwin's most recent arrest, he had just finished up a one year jail sentence for stealing a $1.99 beer. For that arrest, last year, Baldwin told the judge that he didn't need a lawyer, because "I've been in this court more than you have."

(Nice, Paul, NICE!)

Portsmouth police Capt. Corey MacDonald cited Baldwin's criminal history as including 152 arrests, eight trespass notices, 75 citations, four different Social Security number aliases and convictions for thefts, receiving stolen property, arson and criminal mischief.

Baldwin's latest arrest—for stealing two 18-packs and one 12-pack of beer from a convenience store—was in nearby Kittery, Maine, where Police Chief Edward Strong told the local NBC station, "I've been here 32 years, and I've never seen anyone with an arrest record this long."

Sources tell T.A.H. that Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Florida State are actively recruiting Baldwin who has three years of college eligibility remaining. That said, Boston College claims to have the inside track due to geographic proximity and the simple fact that they’ve reportedly convinced Baldwin that Sam Adams is actually their Athletic Director and head football coach.

(Editor's Note: Items in "italics" may not be true.)

Are Steroids Running Rampant In Golf?

And if so, can somebody tell the duffers how to use the stuff…

Here, David J Russell of England stands beside a giant tee and Ball during the Pro-Am for the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open played at Bad Ragaz Golf Club on July 1, 2010 in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.

(And...what-the-hell kind of name is Bad Ragaz?...as in Bad Rag Ass? Really?)


Oh yeah...and Tiger Woods is getting divorced, and all it's gonna cost him is some custody and $750 million. Evidently...paying for sex is more expensive than he first surmised. If you round up his alleged affairs to two dozen, that works out to $31 million per trist.

(Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images Europe)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Things That Make You Go...

Hmmm...

According to the sports blog MKRob Sports, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder's Heisman campaign is already underway...

"Christian Ponder is a Heisman candidate in most peoples minds and the Seminoles have already begun its claim for Ponder by releasing their logo for Ponder’s Heisman campaign with the date July 7, 2010.

The announcement – the launch of a Ponder-for-Heisman website? – will likely build some summer enthusiasm for both Ponder and FSU football, which went 7-6 last season in the final year of legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s career.

Ponder threw for 2,717 yards in nine games last season before separating his right (throwing) shoulder in a loss at Clemson in November and missing the final four games of the season. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes in 2009 – the best total for an FSU quarterback since Charlie Ward (69.5) won the Heisman Trophy in 1993.

This is the first Heisman Trophy campaign done by FSU, which has had two Heisman winners: Ward and Chris Weinke (2000)."

Nice, Noles, NICE!

They Shoot, They Score – $100,000 For Charity

It sounded like a bar bet on steroids – hit a floating target with a pitching wedge some 500 feet downhill for $100,000.

That said, retired LPGA champ Annika Sorenstam, PGA Tour professional Briny Baird, and PGA teaching pro and U.S. veteran Don Vickery teamed up Monday to support charity with a seemingly impossible feat—scoring bulls-eye golf shots from the rooftop of a 40-story building at Waterside Plaza in New York City onto a floating target in the East River.

The event was sponsored by P.F. Changs.


The three successfully fulfilled the challenge, winning $100,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, and the ANNIKA Foundation, which teaches underprivileged children how to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.
(Photos by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)

Former ACC Team Wins CWS

The University of South Carolina, a founding member of the ACC which foolishly defected some years ago, closed out the final College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium with its first baseball title and big-time bragging rights.

“To be the last team to win it here,” winning pitcher Matt Price said, “that’s amazing.”

The Gamecocks provided the perfect send-off for the stadium that has been home to college baseball’s biggest event since 1950 with a 2-1 victory over UCLA in 11 innings Tuesday night.

The CWS moves to a new stadium in downtown Omaha next year.

South Carolina (54-16) trailed in the middle innings of all three of its NCAA regional games and had to win two one-run games in the super regionals to make it to the College World Series.

To read more, click here.

Pictures of the Day

STRIKE JUICE? Trainer Jeff Porter (left) of the Atlanta Braves attends to the right eye of homeplate umpire John Hirschbeck #17 (right) during the game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on June 30, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ROCK ON. Musician and former baseball player of the New York Yankees Bernie Williams plays the national anthem on his guitar before the game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on June 30, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NICE STAB. Cesar Izturis of the Baltimore Orioles fields the ball against the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards on June 30, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

North Carolina v. Duke Going Primetime On CBS

CBS Sports announced yesterday morning that it will broadcast the next Duke at North Carolina basketball game in prime time on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

The 8 p.m. tip-off for the game will mark the first prime-time broadcast of the rivalry on network television, according to the news release.

Mike Aresco, executive vice president of programming for CBS Sports issued a statement declaring that the primetime telecast will generate "enormous interest across the nation" leading into the network's coverage of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

"It is an honor for the Duke-North Carolina game to be placed on this stage — for us, the ACC and for college basketball," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement released by Duke. "Hopefully the game will live up to that level of expectation."

Picture of the Day

CAREFUL WITH THOSE LOGOS, EUGENE. Say what you will, but the NBL clearly has no logo limit on their NASCAR-style uniforms. Here, Eric Devendorf of the Saints is blocked by Alex Pledger of the Pistons during game two of the NBL Finals between the Wellington Saints and Waikato Pistons at TSB Bank Arena on June 30, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. Don’t let David Stern see these as he will quickly realize the NBA is leaving some money on the table…

(Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

(Not So Nice) Picture of the Day

EVIDENTLY...some folks in South Carolina take the baseball rivalry between the Gamecocks and Tigers every bit as seriously as the football rivalry. Too bad the powers-that-be in Columbia decided so many years ago to jump ship to the S.E.C. instead of remaining in the ACC with their NATURAL rivals.

Nice, South Carolina, NICE!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Picture(s) of the Day

ROYAL PAIN IN THE ARSE. Prince Harry takes a tumble from his horse whilst playing for the Blackrock Polo team during the 2010 Veuve Clicquot Manhatten Polo Classic on Governor's Island on June 27, 2010 in New York, New York. The event is supporting Prince Harry's charity Sentebale and was the climax of the Prince's three day trip to New York.
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cock Blocked: Clemson Sent Home By In-State Rival

Christian Walker homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Saturday night to help South Carolina down rival Clemson 4-3 and advance to the College World Series finals.

The Gamecocks (52-16) will play UCLA in the best-of-three championship round starting Monday. Clemson, the only team to make it to Omaha that wasn't a No. 1 regional seed, finished 45-25.

Walker broke a 2-2 tie after Clemson intentionally walked Jackie Bradley. Walker sent Alex Frederick's 3-1 pitch up the middle, scoring Evan Marzilli from third base.

Adrian Morales followed with a single through the right side to put South Carolina up 4-2.

Gamecocks reliever Matt Price (4-1) allowed one run in 2 1-3 innings. Clemson's Casey Harman (8-4) took the loss.

To read more, click here.

(Everybody In The) World (Cares Except The U.S.) Cup: Notorious “Breakfast Goals” Doom World Cup Hopes

This time there was no amazing comeback.

In spite of being cheered on by President Bill Clinton and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, U.S. soccer’s life on the World Cup edge came to an exhausting and crushing end against a familiar foe Saturday, when Ghana—led by Asamoah Gyan’s goal 3 minutes into overtime—posted a 2-1 victory.

The loss ended a sometimes thrilling and always entertaining tournament in the second round just when it seemed the Americans had a relatively easy path to the semifinals.
It was the second straight elimination loss to Ghana.

To see more pictures of Clinton and Jagger, click here.

Picture of the Day

UNHAPPY CAMPER. U.S. coach Bob Bradley reacts during a press conference on June 27, 2010 at Irene Farm, south of Pretoria the morning after the USA were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup football tournament. Ghana's Asamoah Gyan scored three minutes into extra time to send Africa's last World Cup contender into the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over the United States. (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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