Sports and News Links – May 12, 2011

Jay Mariotti's fall from grace gets worst.

We’ve had some news popping up in the sports world over the past 2 days.  Let’s get to the business at hand.

  • The downfall of national sportswriter and provocateur Jay Mariotti has taken another sad and sorry turn.  Mariotti was charged with three felonies, including felony stalking, after he confronted his ex-girlfriend on the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Mariotti was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.  He confronted his former girlfriend on two recent occasions, last September and this past April 15th. 
  • The L.A. Times also has this gem of a story.  Facebook disabled the account of Mark Zuckerberg.  No, not that Mark Zuckerberg, but Mark S. Zuckerberg, a bankruptcy attorney in Indianapolis. Facebook thought that the lawyer was pulling a joke on them with his name.  He wasn’t.  Mr. Mark S. Zuckerberg should sue the other Mark Zuckerberg, if you asked me.
  • Steve Wieberg of USA Today writes about the NCAA paying sports and entertainment marketer Intersport to “cease and desist” using the term “March Madness”.  How much did it cost the NCAA to scratch a check to Intersport?  Well, there are ($) 17.2 million reasons why the NCAA was willing to go to great depths to keep “March Madness” in their pockets.  Cha-ching!
Regardless how the Lakers lost to Dallas and your opinion of the guy, Phil Jackson was more than a coach. He knew how to manage people and press buttons to win 10 NBA titles.
  • Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business puts Phil Jackson’s legacy in a fair and balanced perspective.  But does it mean that the Zenmaster is done coaching?  Well, for all intenstive purposes, he is calling it a career as the Lakers’ head coach.  Noticed I said “Lakers”.  Golfing has never been Phil’s forte.
  • NHL’s bad boy enforcer Sean Avery of the New York Rangers did a TV ad in support of gay and lesbian rights.  No big deal, right?  Well, not for an obscure sports agent by the name of Todd Reynolds of Uptown Sports Management, who represent other NHL players.  Reynolds felt the need to tweet his “sadness” towards Avery for his misguided support for gays and lesbians.  When pressed to answer why he would tweet that comment, Reynolds tweeted that he wasn’t “intolerant of gays and lesbians” (which is translation for “I don’t mean to offend anyone, but…I’m going to offend anyway) and then a Canadian sportscaster, Damien Goddard, jumped in the fray with his tweet defending Reynolds comments.  Goddard was canned on Wednesday afternoon by his employer, Rogers Sportsnet.

As my fellow Wartburg alum Tom Buchheim have said, athletes need to be careful what they tweet.  The same goes for agents and media personnel.  I’m glad to know that Emily Carlson of WHO-TV will not have that problem!

And I didn’t mention my man Gus Johnson.  Mr. Rise and Fire will be taking his talents to Fox Sports.   That was not cold-blooded.  It’s called business.

That’s it for now.


Sports and News links – August 24, 2010

Highlight from the Dowling Catholic at Valley football game on Friday. Courtesy of Bill Neibergall and the Des Moines Register

In the midst of the start of the high school football season here in Iowa, several eye-opening stories flew under the radar this weekend.  Today, we’ll read about a coach vs. player showdown, a nationally popular sports columnist quitting his job, a new A.D. becoming comfortable in his new job, and allegations of workplace bullying that led to a suicide.

And that doesn’t include Jay Mariotti being arrested and possibly losing his gig on ESPN‘s Around the Horn.

-Sally Jenkins, Washington Post:  Jenkins writes about the continuing saga between disgruntled Washington Redskins defensive player Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan, after Haynesworth complained after Saturday’s night pre-season game about having to play with the second-string in the second half.

Karen Crouse, New York TimesPat Haden is starting to enjoy his new role as athletic director at U.S.C., amid the football program being put on probation.

Jason Whitlock, now formerly of the Kansas City Star.

Tully Corcoran, Topeka Capital-Journal:  popular and controversial sportswriter Jason Whitlock has decided to leave the Kansas City Star, but not without some fireworks and accusations on the way out, via a radio interview on KCSP 610-AM and Metro Sports.  Here is the exclusive radio interview between Whitlock and Nick Wright.

Ray Sanchez, ABC News:  Kevin Morrissey, managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, committed suicide on August 1st.  Was workplace bullying the cause of his death?