Saturday, August 25, 2012
It would be hard to say that the Jays took a step forward in 2012 with so many injuries. Even with the return of Jose Bautista and Brandon Morrow, there are still 13 players on the disabled list. There was a point that the players on the disabled list if healthy could have easily beated the active roster players. It was that bad.
So the team that might be on the verge of competing never really had any meaningful games. By the end of the July, John Farrell was just trying to get through another disappointing season. Alex Anthopolous has taken a second run at rebuilding the bullpen. The rebuild over the off season was a bust but the current bullpen looks much better. The starting rotation looked shaky going into the season but as starter began to go under the knife it has become obvious that the Jays need to pick up some decent arms for next season if they are to break out from the basement.
The only good thing about all the injuries is that we have had a good look at some future Jays. Some of it has been promising and some not so much. Here is how I see it.
David Cooper - Some people tell me that Cooper is another Lyle Overbay because he is a doubles hitter with little home run power. However, Overbay was an excellent fielder and Cooper is not. He does not bring enough to the table when compared to other AL first basemen. I would rather stick with what we have at first.
Adeiny Hechavarria - This kid is as smooth as silk in the field but his hitting is no where near major league calibre. He was hitting .312 in Los Vegas but just .179 in Toronto. He may be plan A for 2nd base in 2012 but I hope their is a plan B.
Anthony Gose - Not many major leaguers are faster but you can't steal bases if you don't get on. He was striking out almost one time for every 2 at bats. His strike out rate was pretty high in Vegas too. Like Hechavarria he may be in the lineup next season because of his glove but let's hope that hitting improves.
Moises Sierra - He looks to be a pretty good hitter. Certainly doesn't appear to be overwhelmed by major league pitching. Showed a fair amount of power in Vegas. He is a possibility as a spare outfielder but I see him playing another year in the minors unless Gose needs more seasoning.
Yan Gomes - His versatility could land him a job as a bench player. He can play catcher, 1st, 3rd and the outfield. At .165 his hitting needs to be better but his average in Vegas was .336.
The Leafs had a large number of large contracts including Mats Sundin ($6.8 million), Ed Belfour ($4.6 million) and Bryan McCabe ($3.5 million) which pushed them close to the $39 million cap. As result the Leafs were unable to retain Alexander Mogilny, Brian Leetch, Gary Roberts, and Joe Nieuwendyk, badly weakening the team. It could have been worse. Prior to the lockout the Leafs had Owen Nolan under contract. Nolan a clause in his contract from his San Jose days that stated if the 2004–05 NHL season was canceled, then he would gain a player option for an additional year in 2005–06. With the new NHL salary cap, the Maple Leafs deemed Nolan's salary too high, and refuse to recognize Nolan as under contract. Nolan argued that the option was valid, that he would play, and be paid, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that he deserved to be paid during the 2004–2005 NHL lockout due to injury. The Maple Leafs, who deemed Nolan as healthy just after the lockout, claimed that the injury was incurred off the ice and refused to pay Nolan's desired US$12 million. The case went to an arbitrator. This case was settled in late 2006.
Teams were allowed a one time buyout of contracts to reduce payroll without a cap penalty. As a result between contracts that were expired and buyouts there were a tremendous number of free agents. Unfortunately the Leafs were only able to sign older players in their decline. One player that was added was Eric Lindros who, once was touted to be the next big superstar, but with several injuries had become average at best. Other free agents were Mariusz Czerkawski, Jason Allison and Alexander Khavanov. In addition, the Leafs picked up Jeff O'Neill in a trade with Carolina. O'Neill had three 30-goal season with Carolina but in the season prior to the lockout, his production had dropped to 14 goals. For many of the new Leafs, the post-lockout crack down on obstruction seriously impacted on their impacted on their effectiveness.
The Leafs started the season on the wrong foot as they were beaten by the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in the first shoot out in NHL history. After a mediocre October the Leafs played well through most of November and December, as they entered the New Year with a record of 22-14-3.
However, in January the Maple Leafs would unravel enduring an eight game losing streak as Goalie Ed Belfour struggled badly. Heading into the Olympic Break the Leafs continued their poor play as they slipped down the Eastern Conference Standings and found themselves in danger of missing the playoffs.
During the Olympics in Torinio Maple Leafs Coach Pat Quinn already taking heat for the Leafs struggles led an unimpressive Canadian team that would not even play for a medal. When the season resumed the Leafs continued to fall as Lindros spent much of the second half on the injured list, as did Ed Belfour who became the second winningest goalie of all-time during the season was eventually benched with a 3.29 GAA and a .892 save percentage. Back up Mikael Tellqvist would not fair much better then Belfour as the Leafs held a 32-32-6 record on March 25th needing to almost run the table in April to have a shot at the playoffs.
After Belfour and Tellqvist each struggled the Leafs called up Jean-Sebastien Aubin hoping that he could give them the goaltending they needed to finish the season strong. Aubin did better than anyone could have imagined posting a 9-2 record with both losses coming after regulation as the Leafs posted a strong 9-1-2 record over their last 12 games to finish with a record of 41-33-8, but it was not enough as they missed the playoff by just two points. It would also not be enough to save Pat Quinn's job as he was fired as Coach (he had lost the GM job prior to the lockout) and replaced by Paul Maurice. During the off-season the Leafs also went after goaltending help acquiring Andrew Raycroft from the Boston Bruins for highly touted prospect Tuukka Rask (#10 on my list of worst trades).
Friday, August 24, 2012
Man arrested with a vibrator up his butt.
A 30-year-old woman, who was sitting at the corner of University and Marion Street, called 911 after seeing a man pull up in a car in front of her. Minutes later, officers near University Avenue were told by a dispatcher to look out for "a white male in a red pickup performing oral sex on a white dildo."
Cars behind the man had been honking their horns, trying to get him to move, the woman added. Plus, there were kids around, she said. Police responding to the call noticed a red pickup on University near Wheeler Street, several blocks west of Snelling Avenue.
After pulling over Brian Wutschke, 45, of Farmington, police searched the interior of his truck and found a sex toy under a flannel shirt. They also noted several pairs of women's panties strewn around the interior, including hanging from the rear-view mirror and the gear shift.
When they performed a pat-down search of the man and reached "the waistline area," officers could feel something vibrating. The man then informed them he also had a sex toy inserted inside him.
"That one's kind of unique. They'll be talking about this one for a while," said police watch commander Eric Anderson. The officers drove Wutschke to the jail, hearing the sex toy still vibrating on the plastic seats of their squad car. Sheriff officials at the jail removed it as they were booking him, but as of late Wednesday nobody was comfortable turning it off. They'll just let the batteries run out.
A foolproof disguise and a meticulously planned getaway would rate highly on any armed robber’s to-do list. But such thoughts were clearly a long way from the mind of bungling raider James Allan. Allan’s catalogue of errors began when he selected Martin's newsagent in Northcourt Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, as his target.
Not only did staff know him as a regular customer, he had also robbed the place 10 days before this comically-bad attempt on March 2. Things went from bad to worse when Allan, clutching a toy gun and £134.98 taken from the till, inexplicably whipped off his balaclava in full view of the cameras before failing to grasp the concept of a one-way door.
Frustrated at the door’s inability to yield as he pushed instead of pulled, Allan kicked out at a glass panel and toppled backwards, sending a display of drinks bottles skidding across the floor. The 28-year-old was eventually let out of the shop by manager Angela Croke, who had had the toy gun pointed at her.
Allan was picked up by police on the same road three hours later with the balaclava stuffed in his pocket. He burst into tears when put in the back of the patrol car and told officers: “I’m sorry, it’s not fair on them – are they all right?”.
Back in 2005, the agreement reached between the owners and players saw the players' salaries cut by 24%. Since that time the salary cap which was originally set at $39 million has risen over 80%. Now part of that increase reflects a rise in the Canadian dollars since the cap is based on league revenue in US dollars. As result player salaries have risen above the pre-lockout levels. Below are the top 15 salaries and all will be making $8 million in the coming season. Well at least under the expiring collective agreement. Because most of these contracts are front-loaded the cap hit would be lower but these are the actually numbers on the paychecks.
Looking back to 2003-04, the top NHL salaries were Peter Forsberg and Jaromir Jagr at $11,000,000 and the top 15 earners made $8,500,000 or more. Of course revenues have also gone up over the past 7 years. The NHL's offer to the players would reduce salaries once again by 24% bringing them back to 2005-06 levels. However, what the NHLPA has pointed out reducing salaries has not really helped the small market teams. It sure has made the big market teams more profitable. So the players propose that the richer teams redistribute some of their revenue to the unprofitable teams which is why talks are at an impasse. The owners want the burden to be solely on the backs of the players.
These negotiations are anything but a balanced playing field - all the leverage is with the owners. They can afford to shut the league down for a long time if necessary. The players cannot. The players warn that the game will be damaged by another lockout. The owners know that won't happen because it didn't happen in 2004-05.
|1.||Weber, Shea »||D||NAS||27||14||$14,000,000|
|2.||Richards, Brad »||F||NYR||32||9||$12,000,000|
|3.||Myers, Tyler »||D||BUF||22||7||$12,000,000|
|4.||Parise, Zach »||F||MIN||28||13||$12,000,000|
|5.||Suter, Ryan »||D||MIN||27||13||$12,000,000|
|6.||Kovalchuk, Ilya »||F||NJD||29||15||$11,000,000|
|7.||Lecavalier, Vincent »||F||TBL||32||11||$10,000,000|
|8.||Malkin, Evgeni »||F||PIT||26||5||$9,000,000|
|9.||Ovechkin, Alex »||F||WAS||26||13||$9,000,000|
|10.||Staal, Eric »||F||CAR||27||7||$8,500,000|
|11.||Richards, Mike »||F||LAK||27||12||$8,400,000|
|12.||Spezza, Jason »||F||OTT||29||7||$8,000,000|
|13.||Keith, Duncan »||D||CHI||29||13||$8,000,000|
|14.||Ehrhoff, Christian »||D||BUF||30||10||$8,000,000|
|15.||Stamkos, Steven »||F||TBL||22||5||$8,000,000|
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The inquiry is examining whether Douglas should lose her job because she failed to disclose the matter of the nude photos posted by her husband on the Internet and solicitation of sex partners when she was appointed a judge in 2005 (Blackmail risk kept Manitoba judge from prior appointment, July 27, 2012).
She claims her husband acted without her knowledge. Alex Chapman is the name of the man - a black man – who King attempted to enlist to have sex with his wife, and to whom he showed photos of his naked wife.
The inquiry is currently in a break and will resume later in the year. What's interesting is that the photos in question were not exactly a secret within the Manitoba legal community.
In 2005 when Ms Douglas applied to become a judge, she was required to disclose on the form if there was anything in her past that might embarrass the Judiciary. She did apparently have a confidential conversation with Margaret Rose Jamieson, executive director of appointments with the the Federal Judicial Affairs Commission (JAC) from 2003 to 2009. Margaret Jamieson, now retired, said she recalls Douglas told her at the time about photos “that may have been provided to someone or posted on the Internet.”
Although Manitoba Chief Justice Marc Monnin had opposed Douglas's appointment due to the possible risk of embarrassment and blackmail, he withdrew his opposition in 2005 under the assumption that the photos “had been destroyed and the matter wouldn't resurface.”
Martin Freedman, Manitoba Appeal Court Judge and head of the Judicial Advisory Committee (JAC) in 2005, said that he had heard a few years earlier that photos of the naked Lori Douglas had been posted online, and heard about the sex solicitation, but apparently the original concerns of embarrassment and blackmail had ceased to be, and Douglas was made a judge in 2005.
It appears the selection process itself was conducted in a secretive manner, with no official form completed by Lori Douglas on which she declares potentially embarrassing events from her past, such as the photos online and the sex solicitation. It was only on the belief of certain officials of the JAC, rather than on the existence of potentially damaging material and events, that the final decision was made.
I’m sure most people would agree. Once something is posted to the Internet it can never be guaranteed that it will disappear completely. And it is this that makes the decision to allow Lori Douglas to become a judge at all seem naive, or uncaring of the implications of such secrets having to be kept. In the case of the Lori Douglas, it appears that the Judiciary didn’t disapprove of her sex life at least until it became public.
There are those who believe a person's personal sex life is nobody's business, even a judge. Others feel that such activity can influence their judgment or at least create that perception. We are talking about appearing before a judge whose photos on the Internet depict her nude, with her legs wide open, performing fellatio on a man, urinating on her lawn, or tied up with a dog collar and a chain around her neck.
This a rare case where a judge's personal life becomes public. In most instances we really don't know much about them. Still their job is to push aside their personal views and administer justice. Either you believe in the system or you don't. Yet her claims that she did not know about the activities of her husband may be untrue. This case is fascinating.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
One of the strangest aspects of the NHL's offer to the players is a 5-year restrictions on contracts. Yet they do not hesitate to sign players to much longer terms with the exception of Brian Burke. Just today the Oilers signed Taylor Hall to a 7-year extension worth $42 million. Wouldn't it have made sense to wait a few weeks to see how the collective agreement negotiations go?
Here are the other long-term deals handed out just this summer:
Shea Weber - 14 years, $110.0 million
Zach Parise - 13 years, $98.0 million
Ryan Suter - 13 years, $98.0 million
Sidney Crosby - 12 years, $104.4 million
Erik Karlsson - 7 years, $45.5 million
Taylor Hall - 7 years, $42.o million
Jeff Skinner - 6 years, 34.35 million
Matt Carle - 6 years, $33.0 million
Scott Hartnell - 6 years, $28.5 million
Jason Garrison - 6 years, $27.6 million
Max Pacioretty - 6 years, $27.0 million
Wayne Simmonds - 6 years, $23.875 million
The majority of these players were not free agents but rather offered long-term extensions. In fact many team it appears like the long-term contracts because it provides some certainty with respect to star players. What the league needs to focus on is front-loaded contract that are in fact designed to circumvent the salary cap.
Karen Klein, the upstate New York bus monitor who became the face of America's bullying problem when a video of schoolchildren taunting her went viral earlier this year, has launched an anti-bullying foundation she hopes will put an end to it once and for all.
The Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation is an offshoot of the GiveBack Foundation, a public charity that allows people to start their own personal foundation.
To kick things off, Klein seeded the foundation with $100,000 from the Indiegogo fund opened in her name by Canadian Max Sidorov in the aftermath of the bullying incident. That "vacation fund" was able to raise over $700,000 for Klein, the majority of which she used in order to retire from her job as a bus monitor.
One of the foundation's first initiatives will be a music tour called the No Bully Tour 2012.
Man convicted of assault for punching McDonald’s employee because his sundae had hot fudge on the bottom
A Tennessee man who lost his cool after a McDonald's employee handed him a sundae with the hot fudge on the bottom was convicted of assault and could spend up to a year behind bars.
The incident in question occurred in February 2010, when Knoxville resident James Davis Wilson ordered a sundae, expecting the hot fudge to be poured on top.
"The food appeared to be right, but the dessert, it had chocolate on the bottom," Wilson told a jury of his peers at the Knox County Criminal Court earlier this week. "The hot fudge should be on top. It freezes up when you get fudge on the bottom of it. I asked them to redo it."
The store's assistant manager, Brad Skelton, refused, saying Wilson was looking to pay the price of a plain sundae, which costs ten cents less.
An altercation ensued, which ultimately resulted in Wilson punching Skelton in the face. Wilson claimed Skelton used a racial slur and tried to rush him as he headed for the exit.
The jury didn't buy Wilson's self-defense argument and found him guilty of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct. He was fined $1,050 and now faces the possibility of spending 364 days in jail.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A dear old dad left behind a final, unthinkable request for his gay son: get married — to a woman.
The edict surfaced in the will of Manhattan businessman Frank Mandelbaum, who specified that none of his money should go to any offspring his son Robert might have if he “not be married to the child’s mother within six months of the child’s birth.”
Frank Mandelbaum, 73, died in 2007, and his will prompted Robert Mandelbaum, a Manhattan Criminal Court Judge, to argue in a court battle over the estate that his longtime partner Jonathan O’Donnell is the only “mother” their 16-month-old son, Cooper, knows.
The couple married shortly after Cooper’s birth via a surrogate, entitling the child to a share in a $180,000 trust set aside for Frank Mandelbaum’s three grandkids, Robert declared.
The Manhattan Surrogate’s Court has yet to approve a settlement to ignore Frank Mandelbaum’s demand as discriminatory and against New York law.
The settlement is the only way to solve the dispute over Cooper, Robert Mandelbaum claims in court papers, because the will “imposes a general restraint on marriage by compelling Robert Mandelbaum . . . to enter into a sham marriage” — which he says violates state law supporting marriage equality.
The child’s birth complicated an already sour dispute over the handling of Frank Mandelbaum’s estate, prompting Mandelbaum’s wife, Ann Freeman, to say in court papers that Robert “alleged that he had a son from a homosexual relationship which he believed should be a beneficiary.
These Mandelbaums certainly don't sound as close as the weightlifting Mandelbaums:
Leaf management was convinced that the team was a Cup contender and hoping to put themselves over the top the Leafs acquired future Hall of Famers Brian Leetch from the New York Rangers and Ron Francis from the Carolina Hurricanes, both of whom were proven playoff tested winners. In just 15 games with the Leafs Leetch would notch 15 points as Francis had 10 in 12 games. The costs of these two players were two prospects and 1st, 2nd and 4th round draft picks. During the offseason the Leafs had also added future Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk who played well when his bad back didn't keep him out of the lineup. A very late addition was retired Calle Johansson who at 36 years old and out of shape couldn't play at this level. However, it showed the desire by management to advance in the playoffs.
In the playoffs the Leafs would first draw provincial rivals, the Ottawa Senators. After dropping Game 1 by a score of 4-2 the Leafs rebounded to win each of the next two games 2-0 as Eddie Belfour stopped a total of 68 shots. After a 4-1 loss in Game 4, the Leafs turned to Belfour again who stopped 21 shots in another 2-0 shutout win. Belfour looked to be heading for another shutout in Game 6, but the Senators rallied to win 2-1 in overtime to a force a 7th game. In Game 7 at the Air Canada Centre the Leafs would jump out to a 3-0 lead and never look back as they advanced to the second round with a 4-1 win.
In the second Round the Leafs would get off to a slow start as they dropped the first two games to the Philadelphia Flyers on the road. With the series shifting to Toronto the Leafs would come roaring back winning the next two to even the series. However in Game 5 their Philadelphia Horror continued as they were blow out 7-2. Needing a win at home to even the series the Leafs rallied with a pair of goals to force overtime in the 3rd Period. However, Jeremy Roenick would end the Leafs season with a goal at 7:39 of overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win (below). It would be the last playoff game played by the Maple Leafs for a very long time.
The Maple Leafs were one of the least prepared teams for the lockout that eliminated the 2004-05 season. Their lineup was aging and their payroll was over $60 million, one of the highest in the NHL. They had 5 players earning over $5 million. Over the previous season the team had repeatedly traded draft picks for veterans hoping to advance in the playoffs. Leaf management were gambling/hoping that the owners would fail to introduce an effective salary cap which would have allowed them to continue to stock players through free agency rather than the draft. They failed to recognize the resolve of their fellow owners.
How can you tell if it's legitimate rape?
I'll tell you how to spot legitimate rape.
You're not sure if you got legitimate raped?
Well here's a little lesson for you.
Tell me if the following things are true:
I was a little drunk
I knew the rapist well
My skirt was kinda short
I'm married to the man
That's a husband's privilege!
How can you tell if it's legitimate rape?
I'll tell you how to spot legitimate rape.
You're not sure if you got legitimate raped?
Well here's a little lesson for you.
Tell me if the following things are true:
I let him take me out.
I said I was 18.
He didn't have consent.
I'm sure your eyes were saying yes.
I'm pregnant from the rape.
Clearly not legitimate!
So now we all know what's legitimate rape.
We all know who to trust to tell us what's rape.
Republicans who've never experienced rape.
They're the ones I want to decide
That I should keep the baby growing inside.
Because abortion's always wrong.
Glad things are so black and white.
When I read about the NHL's opening offer I wasn't too concerned. This isn't the first time where you open up negotiations asking the moon. That way you look like you are making concessions when you finally come back to Earth. The amount of money taken back from the players was huge and the contract limits and free agency restrictions add up to a lot of money out of the players' pockets.
When the NHLPA make a counter proposal I was caught by surprise. It made a lot of sense. The players would give up money if the owners redistributed from wealthy teams to poor teams. Otherwise taking back money really just makes the rich richer. After the last lockout ticket prices really didn't fall much. Owners pocketed any additional profits. The NHLPA proposal was a real good starting point for negotiations.
So when the owners blew off the players' proposal, it became obvious the hockey season will not begin on time. Gary Bettman appears to want to crush the players again and earn himself a nice big raise. The question is at what cost?
Will the players capitulate again? Maybe. That's what Bettman is counting on. Will Donald Fehr make a difference? Can the league afford to lose another season with 3 teams more or less being operated by the league. Last time the fan base did not appear to take a hit. This time the economy is much weaker.
I'm pretty skeptical that the league needs these changes to the collective agreement to help the small market teams. I bought it in 2004 but the changes really didn't help them at all. For teams like the Leafs it reduced operating costs and made them more profitable but at the same time the salary floor still prevents small market teams from being profitable. This is just Bettman's iron fist approach to dealing with the union.
So don't expect any NHL hockey real soon.
A straight-A student has been denied her high school diploma for saying the word "hell" in her valedictory speech. Kaitlin Nootbaar graduated from Oklahoma’s Prague High School back in May of this year and was named valedictorian. In her graduating speech which was inspired by the film Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, she accidentally said the word "hell" instead of "heck"- a move which her father claims has cost her dearly.
"Her quote was, when she first started school she wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian and now that she was getting closer to graduation people would ask her what do you want to do and she said ‘How the hell do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many times," David Nootbaar said.
The audience laughed and she was given a round of applause at the end of her speech. But when she went to pick up her high school diploma last week, she was told by the principal she will not get in until she writes a letter of apology.
Her father is furious with the school and said administrators have no legal right to refuse to release the diploma as his daughter was a straight-A student. Kaitlin said she will not write the letter as she believes she didn’t do anything wrong, but she is due to start college in just a few days on a full scholarship.
This story is no surprise to me having dealt with school administrators and bureaucrats in the past. This will be resolved in classic American style - a law suit.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Roger Clemens has signed a deal with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Clemens who is 50 years old is following in the foot steps Jose Canseco, another aging star who could not walk away from the game gracefully.
Clemens' reputation took a big hit as a result of steroid use allegations followed by two trials on perjury charges. No doubt Clemens risks damaging his reputation further by playing in a league for semi-pros. Sure Clemens joins a Sugar Land rotation with Scott Kazmir and Tim Redding, and will face a Bridgeport Bluefish lineup that includes Shea Hillenbrand and Joey Gathright. But these other ex-pros do not have 7 Cy Young awards and 2 World Series championships as part of their resumes.
Although Clemens' motivation for returning as a player may be different than Canseco. Perhaps he is contemplating returning next season to pitch in the Majors. It could be to show that he can pitch clean but then he contends he has always pitched clean. Maybe it's to delay his name being placed on the Hall of Fame ballot. He is eligible for consideration next year but if he returns as an active player then it is delayed for five more years. It gives voters more time to forget about the steroid scandals and all that mess.
An 83-year-old man has been convicted in the beating death of his 94-year-old roommate at a California health care facility, an attack prosecutors say was triggered by the older man's singing.
A district attorney's statement says William Leo McDougall was convicted Friday in Orange County Superior Court.
McDougall and Manh Van Nguyen were both recovering from hip surgery at Palm Terrace Healthcare Center in Laguna Woods on Oct. 1, 2010.
Prosecutors say McDougall got mad because Nguyen was singing in Vietnamese, so he took a wooden rod from the closet and hit his roommate repeatedly in the head.
A nurse stopped the attack, but Nguyen later died due to blunt force trauma.
Ashley Dupre has given a lot of happy endings in her day, but now the former Eliot Spitzer call girl has one of her very own.
Dupre is seven months pregnant and engaged to be married to New Jersey asphalt scion Thomas “TJ” Earle.
In four short years, Dupre’s gone from Client No. 9 to Husband No. 1, and now owns Femme by Ashley, a lingerie and swimwear shop in Red Bank, NJ, which Earle helped her open in May.
Dupre and Earle were first linked mere months after Dupre’s scandal with Spitzer broke.
The pair embarked on a steamy affair, which TJ then said publicly was “a grave mistake.” But Earle and his wife, Alisa, have since divorced, paving the way for impending marital bliss with Ashley.