Saturday, May 30, 2009
Michelle Larcher de Brito is a 16-year-old from Portugal who lost in the third round of the French Open, and most years a young player who exits in the third round wouldn't get much attention. But Larcher de Brito grunts, groans and shrieks while she's playing, and that has made her the focus of much negative attention this year at Roland Garros.
Aravane Rezai, who beat Larcher de Brito, was so furious about all the noise coming from her opponent that she complained to the chair umpire and even went so far as to request that a referee come onto the court. Larcher de Brito was informed that she was distracting Rezai, but no other action was taken.
Here is a recap of the Blue Jays season so far.
- The Jays lose A.J. Burnett to the Yankees and Dustin McGowan and Shaun Marcum are lost to injuries. With 3 starters gone and no free agent signing or trades to replace them, the Jays are picked to finish last in the tough AL East.
- During the preseason, no young pitcher steps up to earn a spot though Ricky Romero looks not to bad in his last couple of starts to nail a spot. Scott Richmond who took off to play for Canada in the Baseball World Classic series comes back and looks terrible. Thinks were looking worse.
- Early on Jesse Litsch goes down with an injury and the Jays go a starting rotation of Roy Halladay, a reliever (Brian Tallet) and a bunch of rookies. They go on a tear to start the season playing .650 ball in the first quarter of the season. Not only do they get good starting pitching but just about every hitter is tearing the cover off the ball.
- The Jays finally have everyone believing the are for real. Just about every power ranking rates them #1. So the Jays take off on a 9-game road trip and lose every single game.
- The team looks totally deflated when the get back to Rogers Centre to face the first-place Red Sox. You are sure they are going to be blown away. So they take the first two games to guarantee they take the series.
I just don't get it. I don't believe they are a contending team but they aren't as bad as they looked during the losing streak. This is why I don't bet on sports.
Here is Susan's final performance.
But Lechuga -- a former district administrator who was recently demoted -- filed a police complaint saying she felt pain and feared what he might do next.
Who still does high-fives anyway? Wake up El Paso! Try a fist bump.
Here is an original marketing ploy aimed at the rural market, Mitsubishi Motors in New Zealand is offering a free goat with every Triton ute sold before August.
The company's New Zealand general sales and marketing manager Peter Wilkins said the economy's recovery was in rural hands.However, if the purchaser already had enough goats, Mistubishi can also supply a no-goat package including extended warranty, WOF inspections and roadside assistance.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Groups of youths used to visit the street and bare their backsides for photographs.And busloads of American tourists frequently turned up to view the sign after it appeared in a US book. And so despairing households in the suburban street in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, decided that the road's name simply had to change.
So now Butt Hole Road is called Archers Way.
The 5,300 square-foot house located in Highland Park, Illinois where director John Hughes filmed scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is for sale.
In the film, Ferris and Cameron borrow a collector car, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, and spend the day playing hooky in Chicago. The glass showroom is the signature structure, but the home also includes four full baths, a 20×18 master bedroom, and a kitchen almost as big. It's listed at $2.3 million.Oh, it will cost anothre $11 million if you want the car in the garage.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The latest round of the ongoing battle between the NHL (or maybe just Gary Bettman) and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie was yesterday in a courtroon in Phoenix. For those that missed it, Judge Baum ruled that Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes was still the owner and therefore had the authority to file for bankruptcy protection. The NHL had been arguing that Moyes had handed over control of the team last November when the league began covering his bills.
The next step in the process is for the judge to decide to whom the team should be sold. Right now the only offer is from Balsillie and at $212.5 million it may be the only bid. Of course there is a catch. His bid is conditional on the team moving to the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. So there is a possibility that on June 12, Judge Baum rules on whether the team can relocate without NHL approval.
If the Judge says yes, this may have similar reprecussions on sports leagues as did the landmark 1975 Andy Messersmith case where baseball's reserve clause was struck down by the courts. In other words, it could provide owners with the free agency. Right now all teams can only be sold and/or relocated with the approval of the other league owners. So if you own a failing franchise in Wichita, Kansas you are stuck losing money. The league can reject any prospective buyer or a proposal by you to move your team to prosperous Augusta, Georgia. If all you have to do is file for bankruptcy to get around league bylaws, well then who is going to even bother to get league approval. Any owner not happy in his market will look for greener pastures. Communities may begin competing with each other to lure sports teams to move. Islander owner Charles Wang can become the owner equivalent to A.J. Burnett. The Buffalo Bills could just pack their bags and move to Toronto. There would be 5 NHL teams in Toronto competing the team owned by some pension plan.
So please Judge Baum, lets break up these private clubs run by rich guys who soak fans across North America. Force these rich capitalists compete for our dollars.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A photo of a young Newbridge Fine Gael candidate in the forthcoming local elections in Ireland has caused a bit of a stir in the past 48 hours.
The photograph was taken at the 30th birthday party of a friend of Emma Kiernan, who is seeking a seat on Newbridge Town Council.
The photo is typical of many party pics which are posted on Facebook pages, and wouldn’t have attracted any attention but for the fact that the 27-year-old is running for election.
According to Ms Kiernan, the photograph was posted on a friend’s Facebook page without her knowledge. Facebook allows site users to electronically “tag” their friends in photographs. Photos of Ms Kiernan tagged by her friends are available to view through her own Facebook page, and the candidate would have been able to view the photos herself. Facebook also allows users the option of making their sites private, but Ms Kiernan’s was, at the time of writing,public and available to Facebook users.
She pointed out that she did not post the photo and she can't be expected to police other people's Facebook pages.
This is why I "untag" any picture on Facebook that someone has "tagged" me.
Former Toronto Marlboro and Maple Leaf Peter Zezel died on Tuesday after a more than 10-year battle with a rare blood disorder. I regularly went down to watch the Marlies play in 1983-84 when Peter Zezel and Steve Thomas were young stars. The team was managed by my father-in-law until the Leafs sold the team in 1889. Zezel scored 133 points that season and finished 4th in OHL scoring.
Zezel went on to score 219 goals and added 389 assists in 873 games over a 16-year career. He played for Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, Toronto, Dallas, New Jersey and Vancouver.
For the past 11 years he ran the Peter Zezel Hockey and Sports Camp, and also coached minor hockey with the Don Mills Flyers.
My condolences to his family.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You don't see hot models in a bar fight every night. But Danielle Lloyd got into one on the weekend in London. She was allegedly hurled through a glass table in a vicious 2am catfight — sparked by two girls dancing on the back of a VIP sofa she was sitting on. She was kicked by one of the girls which started the fight.
Jonathan Lee Riches filed his latest legal fight this week even though he is in jail and one exasperated judge has threatened to bar Riches from bringing any more lawsuits in his court.
Riches alleges that Guinness is planning to print false information about the number of lawsuits he has filed - which he says is more than 4,000 worldwide.
And he objects to the names Guinness intends to call him, including: The litigator crusader, the duke of lawsuits, Johnny Sue-nami, Sue-per-man and the Patrick Ewing of suing.
In the past Riches has filed lawsuits against Plato, Nostradamus, James Hoffa, Buddhist Monks, the Lincoln Memorial, the Eiffel Tower, Three Mile Island and butter substitute, I Can't Believe Its Not Butter!
Full story here.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Hayden Panettiere has a tattoo with a spelling error. I think getting this one would compensate for the mistake. This tattoo is the Zermelo-Fraenkel with Choice axioms of set theory. These nine axioms are the basis for ZFC set theory, which is the most commonly studied form of set theory and the most well known set of axioms as well. From these nine axioms, one can derive all of mathematics. These provide the foundation of mathematics.
Panettiere, still only 19, got inked late last year but it was not until she lay out on the yacht that we could read the elaborate script. Vivere senza rimipianti, it reads, with an extra 'i' in rimpianti. The phrase is Italian for "live without regret", but obviously she probably has at least one little one in her life.
Every workplace fridge has had its share of good gone bad. But has anyone from your office been hospitalized trying to clean one up?
An office worker cleaning a fridge full of rotten food created a smell so noxious that it sent seven co-workers to the hospital and made many others ill.
Firefighters had to evacuate the AT&T building in downtown San Jose after the fumes led someone to call 911. A hazmat team was called in.
What crews found was an unplugged refrigerator crammed with moldy food.
Authorities say the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment — she can't smell because of allergies.
Shenoa Vild hates to wear makeup. She happens to think she has a naturally healthy, vibrant complexion.
But Vild, a waitress, says her former boss had an entirely different opinion.
He wanted Vild to wear makeup.
So, she says, she got canned.
Vild had worked at Trophy's in Mission Valley for five years without wearing makeup. Apparently, for all that time, it didn't matter. But the restaurant was sold earlier this year, and she says the new management wanted the women to doll up. Vild says she got the ax in late April when she wouldn't.
But just because it's legal doesn't make it right.