SportsCrack Blog

Monday, January 17, 2011


I know you are but what am I?


Since football season is pretty much over for me I figured I would dive into some baseball rumors. Former ESPN sports commentator and journalist Roy Firestone (yes...the guy who made Rod Tidwell cry) is a die hard Baltimore Orioles fan and had this juicy rumor of Cal Ripken Jr. taking ownership in two years from Peter Angelos...

Im not identifying the person. But at an awards dinner I presented last night honoring Tom Seaver, Brooks Robinson, Joe Garagiola, Bob Uecker, and others, I had a lengthy conversation with a highly"plugged in" individual(NOT AN ORIOLE OR EX ORIOLE).This person(whom any baseball fan would know) told me that Peter Angelos intends to sell the Orioles in two years to a group headed by Cal Ripken Jr. I have NO CONFIRMATION nor do I have any personal insight. I don't even know if Cal would even dignify the comment with an answer. All I know is that this person(not a scribe either) is highly credible and had alot of details. I've heard this suggestion before, and many have talked about this. But this is the first time Ive heard a baseball figure tell me that this is going to happen. Just thought youd like to know.

Firestone posted this on and for the love of God I hope it happens. Since Peter Angelos bought majority ownership of the Baltimore Orioles back in 1993 for $173 million the team has made only 2 playoff appearances. The once proud franchise who relied on great starting pitching, good defense, and the three-run homer have become the laughingstock of the AL East under the grips of Angelos. Sports Illustrated has rated him the worst owner in all of the Majors. As an Orioles fan I would completely agree. Camden Yards has become a ghost town under his ownership despite it being one of the best ballparks in the game. People don't go to the games anymore because they don't want to support the franchise mainly because of the way Angelos has run them into the ground. Angelos is public enemy #1 in Baltimore.

Ripken on the other hand is a state treasure. He's an icon. A legend. A local boy who won a World Series and kept the Orioles on the map despite Angelos. He would be the perfect owner for the only team he has ever known. He grew up playing "the Oriole Way" under his dad who was a long time coach for his hometown team. Ripken knows baseball and with him being an owner it would put his face back on the franchise and destroy the totalitarian drowning grip of Angelos' dead hands.

It almost sounds too good to be true. One can only pray the information Firestone got is in fact correct. It's something myself, Eddie, Cal, and the rest of the Orioles fanbase and franchise could drink to forever.


I got to admit I'm not a huge Ricky Gervais fan but I thought he did an excellent job last night hosting the Golden Globes. He made all of Hollywood uneasy right with his first heater of a pitch high and uptight with Charlie Sheen's face planted on it. Then he moved on to make fun of Scientology, Hugh Hefner, Mel Gibson, Lost, The Tourist, Hollywood Foreign Press, Tim Allen, Sex and the City, and many others. You could just feel the tension in the room. It was great to see how uneasy a bunch of uptight liberal millionaires can get by a Brit telling jokes.

And as far as the dress category goes since I know you guys are all about fashion I have to go with a straight up tie between January Jones and Halle Berry.

I believe Halle Berry is 41 and she is still batting cleanup. And she just had a kid. She is basically tearing the fuck out of Hollywood despite being twice the age of most actresses. Good for her I say. Note to the other actresses if you want me to recognize you in the best dress category you have to show off some fucking cleavage. Anne Hathaway is naked in about every movie she appears in yet she was covered from neck to toes. WTF Hathaway? You are better than that. Now go throw up and get naked on camera.


Haha..."they can't stop a nosebleed" is classic Bart Scott. I'm not going to lie, I was heavily rooting for the Jets yesterday. I never root for a New Jersey/New York based team but I couldn't help myself yesterday. If the Falcons were going to embarrass themselves the night before I sure as hell wanted the Patriots to lose so all the talk wouldn't be about how the Falcons shit the bed. The Jets made Tom Brady look very average. Jets now advance to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship. I know the refs like to personally gift playoff games to the Steelers with their bullshit calls but I'm siding with the Jets this weekend. I like Rex Ryan and I honestly can't stand the Steelers.


If you are in to overweight, middle age men than the Chicago Bears have the perfect fans for you. Team them up with the Packers crew this Sunday and you got the billion pound march on the horizon. MLK would be so proud.

Via TheBigLead via Jimmy Traina