Friday, May 4, 2007

Make It Hail, Joey

Pacman Jones finally learned his lesson. Nothing says "I is sorry" like a full page newspaper ad.

Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't accept that individual, one-step bullshit. What Pacman needs is a support group. Nothing makes one think they're not that bad as a group of allies.

Pacman, meet Joey Barton of Manchester City FC.

Barton was banned for the rest of the Premiership season by Man City for beating fellow City player Ousmane Dabo "into Elephant Man". He knocked Dabo unconscious and continued to beat him like Marvis Frazier.

You might think this penalty is a bit harsh or Goodell-like but this wasn't Barton's first offense.

2004: February - Sent off after half-time in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham with his team 3-0 down. City go on to win 4-3.

April - Stormed out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from the side to face Southampton.

July - Blasted by manager Kevin Keegan for causing a mass brawl in pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

December - Stubbed a lit cigar into the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during club's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by City. Forced to pay four weeks' salary - approximately £60,000 - immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year.

2005: May - Barton breaks leg of 35-year-old pedestrian while driving his car at 2am in Liverpool city centre.

July 22 - Involved in an altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's team hotel in Bangkok, where the team are playing in the FA Premier League Trophy.

July 27 - Fined eight weeks' wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct in the Bangkok incident. Accepts punishment and agrees to undertake a programme of rehabilitation.

2006: January 30 - Hands in a transfer request, which is instantly rejected by City.

September 30 - Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. Merseyside Police and the FA later confirm they are liaising in their investigation into the matter.

October 5 - Charged with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute by the Football Association.

October 9 - Admits charge.

October 10 - Fined £2,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the FA.

2007: February 21: Cleared of making obscene gestures towards Portsmouth fans due to insufficient evidence.

March 13: Arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage in an incident involving a taxi driver. Bailed until May pending further inquiries.

April 21: Barton says City fans are "not getting value for money" when watching the club at Eastlands and said the club had not signed quality players.

April 26: City opt not to punish Barton for his comments.

May 1: Barton suspended by City for the rest of the season after what is thought to be a training ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo.

Instead of pulling a Rae Carruth and hiding in his trunk, Barton is allegedly hiding out in the Algarve and probably searching for his next victim. Hopefully it's a certain Manchester United player who loves manbags.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. His brother is in jail for 17 years for a racist murder on the level of Emmitt Till and James Byrd Jr.

Photo courtesy of
Footballers Are Idiots.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Think The Nats Miss These Guys?

After watching the Washington Nationals get beat last night by a former farmhand, I wondered how many other players are out there and performing well that we got rid of for nothing in return when MLB gutted the less than beloved Montreal Expos. Turns out, it was a lot. My conclusion, Omar Minaya is a scumbag...and MLB should be ashamed they did this to the franchise. Oh how things coulda been different (good players we lost in bold).

March 12, 2002 - Traded Geoff Blum to the Houston Astros. Received Chris Truby.
March 23, 2002 - Traded Guillermo Mota and Wilkin Ruan to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Matt Herges and Jorge Nunez (minors).
March 24, 2002 - Traded Jason Bay and Jimmy Serrano to the New York Mets. Received Lou Collier.
May 16, 2002 - Traded Chris Truby to the Detroit Tigers. Received Jose Macias.
June 14, 2002 - Traded Bruce Chen to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Jim Brower.
June 27, 2002 - Traded Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee, and Grady Sizemore to the Cleveland Indians. Received Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.
July 11, 2002 - Traded a Donald Levinski, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, Carl Pavano, and Justin Wayne to the Florida Marlins. Received Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, Claudio Vargas, and cash.
July 30, 2002 - Traded Cliff Floyd to the Boston Red Sox. Received Sun-Woo Kim and Seung Song (minors).
December 20, 2002 - Traded Matt Herges to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Chris Young and Jon Searles (minors).
October 27, 2003 - Vladimir Guerrero granted Free Agency.
December 15, 2003 - Traded Michael Barrett to the Oakland Athletics for Bret Price.
April 3, 2004 - Traded Chris Young and Josh McKinley (minors) to the Texas Rangers. Received Einar Diaz and Justin Echols (minors).
July 31, 2004 - Traded Orlando Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox. Received Brendan Harris, Alex Gonzalez, and Francis Beltran from the Chicago Cubs.
September 16, 2004 - Sent Alex Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres as part of a conditional deal.
November 19, 2004 - Traded Maicer Izturis and Juan Rivera to the Anaheim Angels. Received Jose Guillen.

Ok, well the last few are Jim Bowden's fault...but at least he's done more good than bad to the organization over the last few years, despite his love of "toolsy" outfielders and old, weak hitting, poor defensive infielders.

Nevertheless, I feel cheated.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Nobody Wanted Quinn, Not Even His Girlfriend

As we all know Brady Quinn was the NFL's version of a leper on Saturday, no one wanted to touch we can see from the video below, this even included his girlfriend.