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Are you in a bromance?

02.03.09 at 1:52 pm ET
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Let’s cut to the immediate definition of “bromance” for those readers that are not familiar with this term as defined by the Urban Dictionary.  [Side Note: The Urban Dictionary is a very entertaining read, but does have some adult language]. Glad we are all on the same page now so that we can relate to Felger & Dino’s Bromance segment on today’s Dennis & Callahan Show, which had stemmed from this Barstool post.

It is always amazing how topics like this simply light up the phone banks. I still haven’t decided if all of these Felgerisms are pure premeditated acts of genius or if he simply stumbles on these topics to incite listener interaction.  I wonder what his wife thinks? Pete Gustin, creator of all Pete’s Bits, sure doesn’t mind as he continuously gets lay-up soundbites from Felger. One thing I do know, is that Felgie can get the fellowship of the miserable riled up like no one else on the station.

Back on topic – Bromances. So what were some of the ones identified by Dino & Felger:

Seth & Evan from Superbad

Nomar & Lou Merloni

Steve DeOssie & Fred Smerlas

Tom Werner & John Henry

– Michael Holley & Michael Smith

Lance Armstrong & Matthew McConaughey

Here are a couple more Bromances of my own to add to the list:

Maverick & Goose from Top Gun

Mario & Luigi from Mario Brothers Video Game

Batman & Robin

Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson

Brad Pitt and George Clooney

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Feel free to add to the list of bromances by leaving a comment on this blog post!!

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Bud Selig’s salary

02.02.09 at 3:56 pm ET
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Clearly, a new economic era has arrived in Major League Baseball–at least for its players and most owners. Jason Varitek’s pay cut has been well documented in these parts. Pat Burrell, coming off a year when he was a middle-of-the-order presence for a World Series winner, struggled to find a two-year, $16 million deal. Pitchers with All-Star resumes, such as Ben Sheets, are still looking for work, wondering why they can’t get a multi-year offer when, just a few years ago, folks like Adam Eaton and Vicente Padilla could land three-year deals for $8-10 million or more.

Aside from a handful of guys – most notably, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe – it’s been a terrible time to be a free agent. No doubt, there are plenty of players who wish they had accepted those arbitration offers back in December, or who now wonder why they didn’t more aggressively explore discussions of an extension just a year ago.

But what of Major League Baseball’s Commissioner? What about the man who has overseen explosive financial growth in an industry that, like most sectors of American life, is almost certain to endure serious financial decline?

According to Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal, Selig made $18.35 million in the fiscal year that ended on October 31, 2007 – just after the Red Sox won the World Series. He was believed to be due for a pay increase last season, and had the good sense (luck?) to sign a three-year contract extension in early 2008 that will offer further pay increases through 2012.

Given that Selig has been the head man for MLB during a period of massive revenue increases, it is understandable that the owners would reward him. However, it would have been fascinating to see what might have happened had the owners not re-signed Selig until this offseason. Would he, like Burrell and Varitek, have faced a reduced salary, based on the notion espoused by owners and front offices that the game is about to take a revenue hit? In the likely case that owners would not have taken such a stance with their commissioner, it would have been interesting to hear what players and agents would have uttered at a time when those who make their livings on the field are now subject to pay cuts.

Peeing on Matt Cassel. Yep. You read that right.

02.02.09 at 11:40 am ET
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According to this report in the New York Daily News, Matt Cassel was treated like a urinal at ESPN’s pre-Super Bowl party the other night in Tampa Bay. Hey, at least he wasn’t watching the game in Arizona, where some TV watchers had part of the fourth quarter interrupted by full-frontal male nudity.

Six-Burgh…

02.02.09 at 10:40 am ET
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are the kings of the Super Bowl.

Don’t believe me, just read what they’re saying in the Steel City, specifically the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ron Cook writes that Sunday night’s classic was the best Super Bowl ever. Gene Collier pens that despite allowing seven catches, 127 yards and two TDs to Larry Fitzgerald, Ike Taylor was one of the more over-looked keys to the win.  Chuck Finder details how Holmes just missed making a sensational game-clinching TD grab, moments before his toe-tap job at the end. There, unfortunately, was the other end of matters in Pittsburgh, like fans setting fires in the Oakland portion of the city, how appropriate.

Then there’s the Arizona heartbreak side of the Super story.

Columnist Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic writes that Super Bowl losers usually aren’t remembered. But these Cardinals will never be forgotten in the Valley of the Sun. Bill Goodykoontz says the game provided everything but a fitting ending for the Cards and their faithful. Paolo Boivin writes that the stunning end could lead to another year of Warner in the Desert. And Doug Haller writes about the most prolific receiver in NFL playoff history who single-handedly brought his team back on Sunday.

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Break from Tek…

01.30.09 at 12:40 pm ET
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While in my halcyon days at Villanova (I’m just trying to impress Alex Speier), I hosted a weekly Saturday morning classic rock and roll show on the student station that my two best friends listened to.

We all love Bruce Springsteen but during one of my shows in 1987, when he was all the rage, I had the audacity to theme one of my Saturday shows “Break from Bruce” because we all needed one.

His best song, without question, is Jungleland, which he performed (below) at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 2. And given the fact that it’s 10 minutes long, I’m not getting my hopes up for hearing it on Sunday at halftime.

Mind you, the “Break from Bruce” was in the heart of Springsteen land, i.e. Philly/South Jersey/The Swamps. So, with “The Boss” still going strong and about to host the most anticipated halftime show in Super Bowl history, we bring to you, from the heart of Red Sox Nation, a break from Tek talk because there’s plenty of other things going on.

Like…

Our own Jessica Camerato detailing the ridiculous outrage that was the NBA All-Star reserves announcement Thursday, which leaves Ray Allen AND Rajon Rondo off the Eastern squad.

What they’re saying in Tampa about new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski while the city gets ready to host that football game on Sunday.

What Brandon Jacobs is saying about how Plaxico Burress shot any chances of a Super repeat with his nightclub fiasco.

David Wells ripping Joe Torre in New York. Classic Boomer.

Former Giants catcher Bobby Estalella is about to put another nail in Barry Bonds’ coffin.

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Torre Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut

01.29.09 at 6:44 pm ET
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Disappointing.  That’s really the only word that describes Joe Torre’s new book with Tom Verducci, “The Yankee Years.”

As Red Sox fans, we are taught to hate the Yankees.  We hate their players, their manager, their coaches, their owner, and especially their fans.  But something funny happened between 1996 and 2007.  We didn’t hate Joe Torre.

Joe Torre epitomozed class.  He always said the right thing in the media.  He never threw his players under the bus.  He sat back and let George Steinbrenner tear him to pieces.  George is the boss, Torre would say, suggesting that the man who signed the checks could say whatever he wanted to, even when it was blatantly disrespectful.

In excerpts from Torre’s new book that were recently released, he explains his anger toward the Yankees front office.  He takes shots at Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Randy Levine, et al.  Who can blame him?  He was mistreated.  It’s as simple as that.  This much I have no problem with.  Taking shots at his former players?  That’s a whole other story.

In baseball, the clubhouse is a sacred place.  A baseball clubhouse is like Las Vegas – what happens there, stays there.  Ask any player and they’ll tell you that.  Unfortunately, Torre broke that rule.

Among others, Torre specifically singles out Alex Rodriguez as “A-Fraud.”  A-Rod has taken his fair share of criticism over the past five years, much of it deserved.  But that doesn’t change the fact that Torre had no business airing A-Rod’s dirty laundry to the public.  Even if in fact players did call Rodriguez “A-Fraud,” something Andy Pettitte has denied, we the public shouldn’t have known about it.  If A-Rod really did have an obsession with Derek Jeter, we the public shouldn’t have known about it.  Torre was basing all of this off his interactions with Rodriguez in the Clubhouse.  It should have stayed there.

It’s only natural the Joe Torre wanted to show the world how terribly the Yankees treated him.  But I expected him to take the high road.  He always had in the past.  In this era, nothing surprises me any more.  For twelve years, Joe Torre being classy, humble, nurturing, and good-hearted was a sure bet.  Not any more.

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Not so lucky

01.29.09 at 3:21 pm ET
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The Celtics are down a leprechaun. Damon Blust, who played Lucky the mascot, has left the team. According to Boston.com, both sides agreed on a mutual resignation.

Is Rajon Rondo An All-Star?

01.28.09 at 6:35 pm ET
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By tomorrow, the debate will be put to rest.  We know KG will start for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.  Paul Pierce will no doubt be a reserve.  Ray Allen was a replacement for Caron Butler via a commissioner’s add-on last season, and he’s having an even better season this year.  He should be there.  But the big debate seems to revolve around third-year point guard Rajon Rondo.

Rondo has been great so far this season.  I’ll take a point guard who averages eight assists per game any day of the week and twice on Sunday.  The Celtics are once again one of the best teams in the NBA, and Rondo is a big part of that.  Without Rondo, this team is not as good, that much is a given.  But is he an all-star?  No.  Not yet, anyway.

Rajon Rondo will have his time.  I happen to believe that he may be a ten-time all-star before his career is over.  I just don’t think he’s there quite yet.  If you are going to have four all-stars from one team, all four had better be great.  Rondo is a very good player, probably on his way to greatness.  But he’s not great yet.

Let’s take Rondo and compare him to other guards vying for a reserve spot.  In the NBA All-Star Game, where no defense is played at all, there is no real difference between a point guard and shooting guard.  One can make an argument that Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson, and Devin Harris all deserve the spot over Rondo.

In the end, Rondo may turn out to be the best player out of all of them.  Right now, he’s not.  As much as the Celtics fan in me wants Rondo to make it, he’s just not quite there.  Not yet, anyway.

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Here’s A-Rod…

01.28.09 at 12:46 pm ET
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Some random thoughts while watching the snow fall incessantly and feeling just a little like Nicholson in “The Shining”. (If I have to explain that Nicholson goes stir crazy while snowbound and trying to write, it loses a little steam, doesn’t it?)

Are you like me and already tired of the childish and sophomoric soap opera in New York regarding Joe Torre’s book “The Yankee Years” coming out on Feb. 3?

But because the snow is falling and baseball always warms us up, here’s the latest.

The New York Daily News writes that A-Rod “laughed it all off because he is so beyond all of that.” LOL!!!

The New York Times posted on its web site that Torre feels he hasn’t said anything about A-Rod now that he didn’t before.

Give Torre this much. He managed for 12 seasons in New York. He HAD to know what kind of storm this would create. And he admitted as much when he told The Times’ Jack Curry, “Knowing that my name is on it, I’m going to have to answer for it.”

And then there’s the latest excerpts released in which Torre goes after the commitment shown by the likes of David Wells, Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano and Randy Johnson.

Speaking of the New York Times, want a good explanation as to why they have hired Goldman Sachs to help with the sale of the Times’ 17.8 share in the Red Sox? Read this about the state of their ad revenues.

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When David Wells is an expert on your literary career, you’ve got issues

01.28.09 at 11:06 am ET
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David Wells popped into ESPN studios in some mysterious and undisclosed location to chat about “The Yankee Years,” the co-authored tome by former Yankees manager Joe Torre and Sports Illustrated baseball columnist Tom Verducci. Wells, of course, has a rather personal history with controversy-generating books in the form of his “Perfect I’m Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches and Baseball.” The Yankees fined Wells $100,000 for his role in an occasionally salacious autobiography that was not only ghost-written but that the pitcher claimed he never read.

Unlike Wells, I did read the book. When the pitcher joined the Red Sox for the 2005 season, I felt it made sense to perform relevant due diligence on his career, so I checked the book out of the library system at Harvard (where I had a job at the time). Though the book was two years old, I was the first to take it out on loan from Harvard’s library system. Apparently, the southpaw was not must-read material for Hist & Lit concentrators.

Sometime that spring, I informed Wells that I had checked his book out of the Harvard library, figuring that a man who never went to college might be amused to know that his little opus had made it into one of the great libraries of the world. Instead, he expressed dismay.

“You couldn’t shell out the 20 bucks to buy it?” he wondered.

One wonders whether Wells will shell out the $20 (or, more precisely, $14.82 via pre-order from amazon.com) to purchase “The Yankee Years,” or whether he’ll be content to continue to sit in studios and talk about a book that he’s never read, based on his experience of having “written” another book that he never read. Wells, who has still never retired despite not having pitched since 2007, had this to say about Torre in an interview that was excerpted on SportsCenter: “If you’€™re going to go out and talk smack on somebody like that, you better be able to back it up.”

Apparently, in his mid-40s, Wells has become a spokesperson for the notion on the relationship between discretion and valor. He did, after all, choose to “plead the fifth” when recently asked for his favorite Torre story:

Good grief.

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