Recent Comments by Bud Lang

Nuggets-Knicks brawl ends with 10 players ejected

Major overreaction in my opinion, too. Thanks, Panteeze. It was a simple brawl. I rather enjoyed it. Basketball games are spared this type of embarassment except on rare occasions, but these are humans out there on the court, and you know how humans are. Remembering years back when I played baseball, when there was a brawl it was always a bench clearing brawl, because, if you didn't get your butt off the bench and get into it, you could be assured that your teammates would make that same butt sore. We always heard that it was a part of the game.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:18 PM on December 17, 2006

Terrell vs. DeAngelo -- Who Gives A Spit?

Spit for DeAngelo Hall is not enough. Somebody needs to throw up on him. I don't think even then he should have a bitch. Oh, but TO apologized; said it was not intentional. Should I believe him and be disappointed? Oh, wfrazierjr, please tell us the glue sniffing stoppage is temporary. Let me assure you that it is needed in order to tolerate sports. Yeah, enjoy, too!

posted by Bud Lang at 09:49 PM on December 17, 2006

Everything you ever wanted to know about the ugliest helmet in the history of organized football is inside this link.

I have no comment on the Oregon Helmet but I dearly loved the Drood's Limecat helmet. Panteeze scares me! Advertising on a dollar bill? Hmm? Wonder how long it will be? Then, there is the naming of the White House. I can almost hear the tour guide; "Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Exxon-Mobil White House. We will be touring the Toyota Oval Office and the Coca Cola Rose Garden, along with the Smirnoff ..." I guess the older we get, the more cynical we become.

posted by Bud Lang at 09:27 PM on December 17, 2006

Tressel Skipped Final Coaches' Poll Vote

Ah, chicobangs, don't mind us cocky old former students of the current National Champion Texas Longhorns who like to rub it in when we find a sore loser or two, such as Michigan fans right now. And, thanks for the congrats. It's late, but you can make it up to us by coming to our 50th anniversary party in a few weeks.

posted by Bud Lang at 07:25 AM on December 06, 2006

Tressel Skipped Final Coaches' Poll Vote

Because I married a Michigander, you fans who can't take it that you got your asses beat both by Ohio State on the grid and Florida at the polls are putting me in the position of having to side with the wife. Your dumb-shit arguments are so far out that I hope Florida beats the crap out of Ohio State so that you and the wife will get a chance to learn that you don't know all there is to know, especially who beats who when. Then, I can take a side. Personally, and not being a Michigander I must say that I don't know everything, I believe Ohio State is the best in the country and that the argument is about who is the first loser. So far, Florida! OSU Over Florida, and it's the same. Florida over OSU, then it's OSU as the first loser. Suck it up and face it miserable people. Don't continue to make yourselves even more miserable by continuing your stance. Your football team is down there somewhere behind the first loser. I can't make it any more clear to you than that! I learned this last year when my alma mater's Longhorns were being sent out to be ground into the turf by a far superior team from USC. It is only fair that I share my experience in how to do what you must do.

posted by Bud Lang at 01:28 PM on December 05, 2006

Another Opinion on the BCS

Sally Jenkins is quite a good writer, which is why she impresses me with her opinion. I don't agree with it, yet am impressed with how well she expresses all that of which most of us are aware. To me, this BCS Championship game is just another game, inasmuch as nobody is worthy of OSU. They are undefeated against worthy seasonal opponents. Florida is not. Didn't Auburn beat them? Anyway, the only way a National Champion can really evolve from this overhyped skirmish is for OSU to prevail and become the champions that we know they are. As far as the money is concerned, we get to see the game this way. My greatest effort will be locating the remote control. Of course, last year when my Texas Longhorns whooped USC ... . Nah, the reality is the same, yet last year the two best met, but it can't always be so cut and dried as it is at other times.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:31 PM on December 03, 2006

Good things come to those that wait..

This is great. It makes me want to tell you about my favorite second baseman of all time. Marvin Breeding spent several years with the Baltimore Orioles, then ended his career with the Dodgers in about 1964. I didn't write to him and he never wrote to me, but he did visit me once in to late 1950s while I was college freshman, trying to make the team at a small college in North Alabama. I met his cousin. We each wrote letters, got married August 8, 1959 and enjoyed a baseball honeymoon which included Briggs stadium in Detroit with the Tigers, the White Sox and the Indians. After 47 years together, we still spend many hours each week involved with baseball. Our grandson has become our favorite active second baseman. At age thirteen, he is a year-round select baseball player, and already considered a prospect for college baseball both as a pitcher and a second baseman.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:42 PM on December 02, 2006

The Ten Biggest Stadium Naming Rights Deals.

Well, sickleguy, I love your posts, but please allow us Texans a chance to pretend that we don't remember that one. Down here we don't like much ugly stuff, at least the stuff so big that we can't cover it with a 10-gallon hat, and a lot of ugly is covered that way. I guess the biggest thing that cranks up my ire is the gosh-awful battle that is experienced by homeowners, local citizens and visiting taxpayers to finance these arenas only to have a business capitalize for a few farthings. I want to know where American Airlines was when that arena was being planned here in Dallas, or where was Ameriquest when the Ball Park in Arlington was being financed with tax money. Likely getting their hats blocked. The Dallas Cowboys' new arena is a worst case. Too, many people are being forced from the homes through the application of the Imminent Domain policies. Fair or unfair is the question to be answered, bit you can be assured that some profiteer will write a check for a pittance to put the company name on it. Where are they now? Waiting for tax money and the governmemt to pave their path to profits, of course. Publically financed stadii, therefore, should be freed of profiteering. In more simplistic terms, if Toyota wants their name on a stadium, then let 'em build the damned thing.

posted by Bud Lang at 09:46 PM on December 02, 2006

The Hoser's NFL Picks, Week Thirteen

With Romomentum favoring the Dallas Cowboys, it appears as if nobody wants to dump either Bill Parcells or Jerry Jones this week. It is a relief to be able to scroll through anything on sports and not find some of that. Thanks everybody. Oh, sickleguy, the word romomentum was originated by Tim Cowlishaw of The Dallas Morning News, I believe, which makes it acceptable in this space. Huh? Please don't fuss at me. I think it is a rather cute creation and well defines that bit of extra that the Cowboys are experiencing of late.

posted by Bud Lang at 11:28 PM on November 29, 2006

That's $5,000 a finger:

SummersEve said it best! As fans, we must all learn that that these professional athletes are not "public property" just as they are not media property. Whenever they hit the stage or the arena, we forget to notice that these are human beings out there and believe that we have paid for the right to treat them as we see fit. Michael Vick expressed himself, then apologized. Those of us who didn't deserve the flip/lip accept his apology (he never intended it for us anyway) and the rest need to cool it, and let's play football.

posted by Bud Lang at 05:16 PM on November 29, 2006

Year-After Effect could strike many young arms in '07

Put me down as endorsing every word of dyams' post, but I need to add a comment regarding "idea of bringing someone along slowly through the minors is history." That is a painfully true fact; however, the need in the majors is so very strong for pitching that there is not the time available for proper nurturing of young arms. Because of expansion, the sheer numbers of good wings needed causes management to push harder for those with potential to be brought up through the ranks much faster than even they believe might be better for the pitcher. One might say that it is selfish on the part of management, but the player desires to move much faster than he actually does in essentially every case. It is a tough game to be in, but I do believe Detroit has a better formula with young pitchers than almost anyone at present. Roger Clemens regimen/schedule was referenced. Nolan Ryan's preceded his and we may note that Kenny Rogers has brought knowledge from Ryan to the Tigers. I see a lot of Rogers in each of those kids already. Should he influence them as well on conditioning as he has in mound attitude, then we may see a little less of Verducci's Year-After-Effect in these two kids' second year. And, if that doesn't work, our Toy Ranger, GM Jon Daniels, will send up some more stars from Texas?

posted by Bud Lang at 11:52 AM on November 29, 2006

Tom Izzo is being considered for the head football position at MSU.

Of course, if any of you have seen his basketball team play, then it would be most apparent to you that Izzo knows football.

posted by Bud Lang at 06:52 PM on November 22, 2006

Knight: I didn't do anything wrong, would do it again

It was nothing but a "look-at-yo-daddy" pat on the chin and I certainly can't see any reason to piss away so much time on it, not even involving Bobby Knight, yet he is likely the most newsworthy person in basketball. I just wish people in the media would let him rest and coach, teach and direct the kids. They love him, the parents love him, the school loves him. His kids graduate! That is of utmost importance to Bobby. I am a big fan. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I'm a teasipper, too.

posted by Bud Lang at 08:29 PM on November 14, 2006

'Don't You Need at Least One Good Quarterback to Make a Controversy?'

Those too dumb to coach appear to want to dump Parcells; those too broke to even buy a ticket to the nearest NFL matchup want to oust Jerry Jones. Ah, me! What is this world of sports coming to? Just today, I drove down Watters St. and took a left on Stacey Rd. in Allen, Texas. All the street signs had a blue star on the end. Jerry Jones is responsible for those stars. The Dallas Cowboys are the reason for those stars. We love the Cowboys down here in the Dallas area, and to do that we have to respect Jerry Jones. Bill Parcells, too. Even T. O., of course as long as he wears that star. Therefore, those of you who can't buy or coach should accept our sincere sympathy and justgo watch another game on TV. Ain't nobody going to pay attention to you anyway.

posted by Bud Lang at 04:44 PM on October 25, 2006

Rogers Continues His Age-Defying Brilliance

... brag about it to your children. Watch Kenny Rogers' response to a great play and to the player who makes the play. Watch Kenny Rogers' response to the entire team after a win. Watch another pitchers' response and to that of the team. You will see Kenny's intensity displayed by the Tigers and will understand that It is Kenny Rogers who is responsible for the Detroit Tigers' little bit of extra that will take them to the World Series, and maybe win it. Brag to your grandchildren, too.

posted by Bud Lang at 07:26 AM on October 14, 2006

Edwards fined for hitting Earnhardt

You had a great response CB900 and I cannot argue any point of it. I do, however, need to allow you to understand that a couple of laps under caution is not done in a nano-second. Furthermore, the two Earnhardt cars were not faster than Edwards but could "take him out" on a restart if and only if they could do what they did when they did it. And, yes to the rest of you, Stewart, Gordon, et al, have done the same and have suffered the same result and the same lack of punishment. That does not make it either good or fair. It does not make it right. And, drivers have been punished for the takeout on the last lap or two; Ricky Rudd. He should not be the last one. Also, ctal1999, Edwards did not just "get loose" and was the fastest car, and it was a planned and well executed take-out instead of a "bump." In the scenario that you presented, even Dale Sr. would take out another car. This is not an issue but is a fact, but Sr. would never do what his son did. "It ain't racin'," and I wish he were here to tell us that. By the way, those of you who think I am full of shit may be close to correct, but I have bumped and been bumped more than enough times to know how it is done regardless of who does it. Oh yeah, the last car that I hauled to Bristol Speedway was built by me, owned by me, driven by me and brought home by me and sold to some guy named Allison from Hueytown, Alabama.

posted by Bud Lang at 07:42 PM on August 23, 2006

Edwards fined for hitting Earnhardt

One does not have to be a physicist to know that the "bump" at MIS was intentional. Oh yeah, I know what is said and it is the same bullshit each time, "I didn't mean to spin him." This time, however, Robby Gordon in the 88 car put the nose of the other Earnhardt car against the left rear of Edwards' car for the purpose of causing the air from Edwards' spoiler to push down on his, thus causing the rear of the 60 car to lift and lose rear downforce. We all know that the lack of rear downforce will allow the tail to get a little bit loose, just enough such that when Earnhardt "bumps" him the spin will occur. The incident as we saw it was a well executed, well coordinated event conducted by two people adequately talented to pull it off. I know of no racer and very few fans, even some quite casual ones, who don't know this, and essentially everyone in MIS knew what happened at the time. (Even the people at NASCAR are not so stupid that they didn't know it as well). Earnhardt's spin of Edwards was, therefore, coordinated by two members of a team who knew exactly what they were doing, exactly how to do it. In the real world, this would be a premeditated crime with malice in forethought, punishable by more than fining the victim who over reacted after the fact. Of course, NASCAR ain't the real world. Mears, I believe, summed it up quite well in that it makes "good TV." It is such good TV that NASCAR seems to want to pretend that it was "just racin'." And, I can assure you, had the same thing been done by almost any two other drivers, there would have been "Hell to pay" for the punishment. Go figure!

posted by Bud Lang at 01:54 AM on August 23, 2006

Todd Parrott back with Robert Yates Racing (RYR)

Maybe Todd will call Jermemy Mayfield. Of course, the way Toyota is flinging money around, Mayfield may end up with the rest of the Owensboro, Ky gang. It is rumored that Michael has a few more gazillion yen to spend.

posted by Bud Lang at 03:14 PM on August 12, 2006

Jeremy Mayfield released from ride

Ease up on each other, guys. Remember that cyber-english and English are different things. Just get the word out to Todd Parrott that Jeremy is available. Lordy mercy, he is going to need somebody to help him clean up that mess at RYR. There is a rumor around and about that Mark Martin is checking his change purse for enough to buy the whole shit 'n shebang (a little Southern colloquialism there, just for fun). It makes sense that Robert Yates would thin back a bit in his race shop's dollar value in order to make it a little less pricey for a buyer.

posted by Bud Lang at 03:05 PM on August 12, 2006

Cowboy up, Pard. That bull is a Thoroughbred.

"... bull riders are donning protective gear." This is news to me. I didn't know that the SPCA had purchased any weapons.

posted by Bud Lang at 02:44 PM on August 12, 2006

Nascar Update

The reason Jimmie isn''t listed ... Were he not consistantly in, then he would be listed. Fan or not, one has to admit that Jimmie is a good driver and represents the best, certainly one of the three or four best, teams which has the bucks and has had the bucks throughout the years. It is a great combination. The media types want him to win the championship so badly that we may expect mass suicide at several sports desks if this is not his year. There is that rascally Matt Kenseth, however, and he has about the same going for him as does Jimmie, except he ain't the media sweetheart. The media can make a lot of excuses but they have trouble making the wins. Sticking to the question, it looks like Jimmie and Matt will be in and it makes little or no difference who else. Jimmie and Matt will decide the championship.

posted by Bud Lang at 04:17 PM on August 07, 2006

One idiot replaces another

What commander cody said!

posted by Bud Lang at 07:38 AM on August 05, 2006

Brewers trade Lee to Rangers, get Cordero

It looks to me like another trade for the sake of a trade. The Brewers and their fans should like it and we are getting used to the rest of the majors doing good off the Rangers desire to trade and suck themselves into the basement. Ah well, if you happen to be around St. Louis this weekend, try to see the Texas Drillers play. They are only 12 years old and under but they have pitching and hitting, something the Rangers are missing. The best thing about the Drillers is that they have Kyle Clowe on the mound, and you real baseball fans may want to remember that name. He hits, too. Go Drillers! Ho hum, Rangers. Congratulations Brewers.

posted by Bud Lang at 06:26 PM on July 28, 2006

Leicht Making Cup Debut Sunday at Pocono

If he shows any success, Toyota and Dodge will buy him. When they buy everything, I expect only Waltrip and Evernham to care about staying, then they can change the name to Waltrip Evernham Racing Entertainment (WERE) and the entire racing organization can be about as significant as the IRL. Wasn't it The Dixie Chicks who recorded a song "Goodbye IRL?" I love The Dixie Chicks 'cause I'm ashamed, too.

posted by Bud Lang at 07:55 AM on July 23, 2006


You surprise me Airhead (you can't even spell it). How did you get to 3 without passing 1 and 2, or did you even know they were there? Likely not.

posted by Bud Lang at 12:21 AM on July 15, 2006

Stackhouse Suspended for Game 5

Being a Spurs fan first and a Pistons fan longer, it is tough to get too terribly excited about this series, but I see Dallas as getting the enthusiasm drained from them by the "calls" that are made and the "calls" that are not made. For example, Miami, as did the Suns and the Spurs, get three steps off the dribble and Dallas doesen't even get two. In game three, the coach of the day showed up the coach of the year in the last five minutes, but the game was taken from the Mavericks when Udonis "blind-sided" Dirk to steal the ball for the difference in the game, a "call" that was not made. Furthermore, we are all smart enough to know that the TV network "prefers" to sell advertising for as many games as possible, and Dallas appeared to be too superior for more than four nights of prime time. Thus, game four! Dallas looked like a severely demoralized team playing out the minutes. I have heard a comment or two refer to Shaq's elbows and forearms as "that's basketball," as if to link to the NASCAR comment "that's racin'." No, this is television sports. And television knows that sports ain't sports without television. Mark Cuban has learned that and he sits quietly and counts his money. The players do the same. At least, this is how I see it.

posted by Bud Lang at 07:12 AM on June 17, 2006

"the Pearl Jam of sports"

Is Pearl Jam pissed?

posted by Bud Lang at 10:31 PM on June 12, 2006

Mass arrests as police mistake rugby for brawl.

Personally, I think they are all fibbing about the rugby match. Rostov-On-Don? Yeah, I think Rostov was on Don, Boris, Yevgeny (that's eugene to us), Vladamir, and a bunch more of those fun-loving, kinky Russians. There must have been some fun stuff going on, even down under good ole Boris and Vladimir, not that Rostov wasn't taking advantage of his position at the top of the heap. You have to have law and order. The cops had to do what they did, since huge piles of that stuff going on in public places might be a real nuisance.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:23 PM on June 12, 2006

D-D-D-Dallas and the JET.

Don't give Miami too much credit for beating Detroit, inasmuch as the chemistry problem with the Pistons was the biggest reason that Miami should have beaten the Cavaliers. Detroit only brought their players to the playoffs, not their team. With one Wallace a free agent and the other a free pouter, it is enough to break up the Pistons team - we saw it and Miami took advantage of it. It is that simple. Dallas? I can only say that the third best team in the NBA beat them by about 20 on their second worst game of the playoffs, and they won by 10 their worst game. Riley seems too smart to know that Dallas is so deep that he should not "put the mouth" on any player, or Avery will put that player out there to beat him. Watch the film and you will see that the rest of the team passed up shot after shot to feed Terry. Maybe Riley will not single anyone else out, the refs will limit Shaq's forearm smashes and we can have a great Final Series.

posted by Bud Lang at 07:52 PM on June 09, 2006

Can Shaq do it one more time? Or is the Diesel out of fuel?

I say again, if the stripes call all the fouls that the fatass commits, then he plays for three and sits for 57 per game as the Pistons romp to 4-0. Otherwise, what bgarrettatc said.

posted by Bud Lang at 06:43 PM on May 23, 2006

Shaq provides pregame hype for Pistons-Heat

Should the Stripes whistle Shaq as closely was Howard and Dampier whistled last night, then Shaq will foul out three minutes into each game while Detroit goes 4-0 on a romp. Otherwise, what Snickastyle said.

posted by Bud Lang at 06:20 PM on May 23, 2006

White Sox and Cubs brawl.

For me, Clevelander32 said if pretty good, but I feeel a need to opinionate on Ozzie Guillen. Actually, I feel a need to urinate on Ozzie Guillen. He bitches. My cousin, the one who was kicked in the head by a mule, could have managed that team to a championship last year. Guillen didn't manage it; he bitched.

posted by Bud Lang at 01:24 PM on May 21, 2006

Steelers' Porter to Bush: Uhh, Never Mind

(It isn't often even celebrities can meet "the most influential individual in the nation") Who said anything about Opra Winfrey? And I'm not even joking this time, PublicUrinal, however, I must have to agree with the rest of your well written comments. Of course, "the meeting of the two" may certainly be good for improving W's acceptance now that his percentage numbers have dropped slightly below the average IQ of his constituancy. By putting 6,000 "Weekend Warriors" down to the Rio to watch "Pancito's Parade" into our sovereign land, good ole W is busting up about that many families, with little or no expectations for results other than political approval, and he likely won't get that from anybody outside the three Rs, Rove, Rice and Relatives. Maybe we should recommend that W meet with Porter. I think Porter might be one of the few who can look at him and smile.

posted by Bud Lang at 12:33 AM on May 18, 2006

Reports: Baylor wins NBA executive of the year

The Clippers look great and appear to have put together a team that can develop far beyond this year's level and they may not beat the Suns this time around, but if Elgin Baylor can keep this team intact, then he will have accomplished what few excutives have been capable of doing in the NBA. Then give him an award. Oh yeah, Snikastyle, the Suns may beat the Clippers, but I don't see the Suns as capable of beating either the Mavericks or that former Dallas team, the Spurs. Yet, I could see the Clippers as being capable of beating either one of them.

posted by Bud Lang at 04:22 PM on May 14, 2006

Jarrett Driving a Toyota next year - Official

As I write this, Dale Jarrett is standing in the room with me. At least a life-sized cutout of Dale Jarrett is standing here with me while I write and consider a bonfire. We have been big fans if his since long before he picked up the Yates ride. No more! Yet, when you consider the amount of money Toyota offered him to switch, I can't say that anyone of us would not do exactly as he has done. I can be corrected maybe, but I think he is getting $12 million. Would you drive for Osama Bin Laden? Having been involved with NASCAR and others over the years as driver, builder, owner, gas man, etc., I have seen all the changes, but allowing foreign cars to compete is not new. Jaguar raced in the fifties and won, and that was long before Ford took ownership. I do, however, understand the concern for Toyota coming into NASCAR. They come with money and that speaks louder than 43 high-compression V8s firing in unison. I predict NASCARs demise equal to IRLs (the forthcoming merger with Kalkhoven, et al is the effect) since you and I are fickle as fans. Daimler-Chrysler is a foreign company. The money that they threw toward several teams (Penske, for example, at $20 million to switch from Ford to Dodge) is chicken feed compared to what Toyota is capable of putting on various tables. Furthermore, since all the cars are 1996 Ford Thunderbirds with a different front facia and sticker kit, all that is needed for Toyota to develop is the motor, and that is done ... by Toyota engineers in Toyota facilities. Ford and GM have had to rely upon an advanced version of the shade-tree mechanic to modify their street engines to be worthy of competition. No, I don't think NASCAR should disallow foreign vehicles. Instead, I think Ford and GM should pull out their total involvement, inasmuch as the playing field is not an even playing field. Ford and GM made NASCAR and I believe they can unmake it. And, they should!

posted by Bud Lang at 04:04 PM on May 14, 2006

3,000 Square Feet of Trouble

The games have been played, and it makes no difference where Reggie Bush's family lived or what was the source of the finances that made it possible, the record should not be changed. I live, however, in the shadows of Southern Methodist University who was issued The NCAA Death Penalty a few years ago, and can accept something negative for the school. Maybe they could be required to turn their 2005 National Footbal Championship trophy around to show the backside for a half a day. That would about even them up with the hit that Ohio State had to suffer. Yet, nothing will happen to USC and Reggie Bush will still be drafted first. About the money? Those university sports departments take in so much money that the "Freebie" that they give the athletes in terms of education is not a drop in the bucket by comparison. The best athletes share a little of the loot, while those who support the great ones give a lot more than they get. I am sympathetic with them. And, Bonkers, just because historically the only way Alabama and Tennessee could ever beat Auburn was to keep them on NCAA probation, that doesn't mean that Texas A&M has joined the SEC.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:36 PM on April 23, 2006

Is Kyle Busch following in his big brothers footsteps?

Of course, CB900, I know how Dale Earnhardt got the nickname. He gave it to himself. I was there. Do you know how Fireball Roberts got his nickname? They are both dead. I saw both crashes. And, you are right about the rest, however, NASCAR was a whiskey runners league back then and they now wants to globalize. NASCAR went out to get the rich Yankee driver, the rich Yankee sponsor and the rich Yankee fan, not necessarily in that order, so it could grow national and international. "Bubba ain't runnin' thangs no more" in the NASCAR shops, so Bubba don't need to be the only one thrilled. Also, NASCAR is big now, supposedly all grown up, which is the time to give up childish things (thangs?). By the way, vetteman, there were spoiled little rich kids at the tracks way back in the early years, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, to name only two.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:24 PM on April 15, 2006

There's no cheerleading in baseball!

For years at Briggs Stadium in Detroit there were big old male cheerleaders of a sort for the right-field bleecher seats. It was a blast sitting out there. Those guys kept every fan in the game.

posted by Bud Lang at 12:34 PM on April 15, 2006

Is Kyle Busch following in his big brothers footsteps?

Maybe Kyle is following Kurt, but what stands to reason is that one of those guys or Tony Stuart is going to kill somebody or cause somebody else to kill somebody. The sport is too dangerous for the antics that they are pulling off. Who is to blame? NASCAR! They want to globalize the sport, yet keep the Bubbas happy. Well, Bubba's motto is "if you can't beat 'em, bang 'em." I hear the cliche "That's Racin'," to rationalize. Bullshit! Many years ago a young driver pulled a banging routine such as is always done at Bristol, for example, to win, then told his owner, "I was faster than him and he wouldn't let be by, so I banged him." "You were slower than him, otherwise, you would have been ahead of him," the car-owner responded, and fired the young driver. (I did some road racing and off-road, too, after that) NASCAR has to stop the bangin' and the "that's racin'" excuses. Had it been done years ago, Dale Earnhardt might still be alive. I suggest that, when someone bangs someone, he should roll that baby onto pit row and stop in a predesignated stall, just as he would his own pit stall. The official in the stall would need to hear the driver's argument and either agree and send him off to race again or stay in the pits until the official stuck his ass behind the wall or released him for having served an adequate penalty. There is no way that a driver should ever win a race by knocking another off the track or even hitting him to gain position. It ain't sport. And tell 'em, "I don't kiss any sponsor's ass, so take your money to another venue." (I had to end with a joke)

posted by Bud Lang at 12:25 PM on April 15, 2006

How to build a winner.

Maybe it has been since Doug Melvin, but it has been a long time since there has been anybody here in Texas who has the knowledge of how to put together a winning baseball team, Sure, Hart did it in Cleveland but Tom Hicks didn't own that franchise. And, Hart never had control here in Texas regarding the direction that the team needed to go. Too much Hicks involvement, maybe. Pitching? The Rangers should have never needed to "buy" pitching if they would have had the personnel capable of developing the young talent that they have had over the years, or that they have now. They have done well at developing at essentially every other position.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:53 PM on April 14, 2006

Back to Basketball... who's the MVP?

As I sit here in my Detroit Pistons 2004 NBA Championsip T-shirt, I have this warm feeling toward Chauncey and the MVP title but feel local hero Dirk Nowitski might have done a thing or two toward deserving the recognition. Ah, what do I know? My favorite T-shirt is a San Antonio Spurs 2005 NBA Championship frock ... I can't vote anyway.

posted by Bud Lang at 09:12 PM on April 11, 2006

Homer, Homer, Homer, Homer, Homer, Homer

A goog manager knows when to pull the pitcher; there goes Buck Showalter's Manager of the Year Award, and 159 more games remain.

posted by Bud Lang at 02:26 PM on April 07, 2006

Duke University cancels lacrosse season amid rape allegations

I got my britches scared off. When I heard "Duke cancels lacrosse, " I misunderstood. I thought I heard "Buick cancels Lacrosse." With 47 more payments left, one can imagine the memories that I might have had regarding my ownership of a 1959 Edsel.

posted by Bud Lang at 02:13 AM on April 07, 2006

MLB Cooperstown Collection: Koufax, Clemente, Mr. Cub . . . and Dr. K?

Did you miss me while I was in Kwameland for a week on another leg of my life-long quest to find a single shred of evidence that life is serious? I drove right past Cooperstown. Why? It's a joke! It will always be a joke, at least until it includes Pete Rose. So he made a dipshit mistake. Make a note of it. After all, it is a part of his fame.

posted by Bud Lang at 02:00 AM on April 07, 2006

You Can Call Them Rays, or You Can Call Them Sting Rays, or You Can Call Them Sun Rays, or You Can Call Them ...

Bottom feeders? Terrapins come to the top of their goopy habitat to get some sun; alligators (Gators, for short) slither from the worst environmental slime. A couple of national championship trophies in '06 allows me to wonder what is the beef over a name. Speaking of beef, "Hook 'em Horns," and I can say that as a former student. There is another '06 trophy there, but a longhorn is one butt-ugly cow, yet most loveable (I added that last part out of respect for my fellow tea-sippers). Before Texas, I went to Alabama. "Roll Tide!" Crimson Tide? Yeah, that's red tide, the phenomenon that leaves our beaches and shores smelling of rotting flesh from the sea. As I always say, "If you don't like the asshole who owns your team, buy his ass out and send him to ..." No, no, no, not Arkansas! Arkansas is reserved for Jerry Jones.

posted by Bud Lang at 01:48 AM on April 07, 2006

Twenty five Rickey Henderson anecdotes

We got to know Rickey while he was with the Texas Rangers and learned to really love Rickey. Hell Rickey loves Rickey so much that you have to love somebody so well loved.

posted by Bud Lang at 11:00 PM on March 30, 2006

Taste the Excitement.

Of the Jeff Foxworthy Jerky, was that not a type-o, with the y being put at the end by accident? Nah, I guess not. However, NASCAR has the idea that we will buy anything and they do market well, like with those '96 Thunderbirds with distinct front bumpers and decals to make us gullibles accept them as Chargers, Fusions and Monte Carlos. I like the special deal at Bristol where the winner always knocks the best car on his ass and others knock others on their asses. That's Racin'. What a sport!

posted by Bud Lang at 10:45 PM on March 30, 2006

NFL Curtails End Zone Celebrations

Ain't this a bitch? Just when I get into the position to enjoy TO's bullshit, then they have to cut it out. Woe is me! But, that's OK for now. I still have the Final Four and there ain't no ACC/Big East showdown. If I had an end zone, I would dance and strut and dare the stripes to fling their yaller hankies.

posted by Bud Lang at 02:16 PM on March 30, 2006

Or, you could just bellow loudly, "fukitverymuch," log off and jump back into March Madness with the sweet 16, cheering LSU to throttle Duke, or jump on anybody else's fan wagon who can bust ACC and Big East teams. Can you digg it?

posted by Bud Lang at 08:38 PM on March 23, 2006

Vanderjagt to Cowboys

This is another warning, people. Mouth off about just about anything or anybody and you could get yourself signed to a Dallas Cowboys contract and have to suffer through adjustments to a new tax bracket.

posted by Bud Lang at 08:22 PM on March 23, 2006

Vinatieri Signs with the Colts

Whatta ya mean "what an ass?" Are you pushing for the Cowboys to sign him?

posted by Bud Lang at 08:14 PM on March 21, 2006

T.O. in Big D

My dear chunk'n'duck. It is not a good thing for fellow Cowboy fans to be in disagreement, but you seem to be short on some data. Michael was charged with drug possession, he pleaded "No Contest" in order to play, and the policeman subsequently was sentenced to about 10 years for setting him up. The Mesquite, Texas girl who tried to scam him confessed as well to a setup. A friend leaving a pipe in his car does not make Irvin a criminal; they can try him if they so choose, of course, just for the publicity. What did Williams do? Newton got caught hauling weed a long time after the Cowboys. Weed a crime? That's dumb! tfmaikman: Jimmy Johnson was employed by Jerry Jones who told him what to do including "take a hike" and gave us another trophy without the hiker. In essence, Jerry owned Jimmy along with the Cowboys: He now owns TO, and, by the way, I ain't too happy about it either, but I am wearing my blue jacket with the star proudly. It's cold here in Dallas today, to welcome TO, maybe

posted by Bud Lang at 07:38 PM on March 18, 2006

Kahne captures pole, but Lester steals show

To pick up on a Bill Lester quote, "This ain't about racin'," I certainly hope he is right and enough of those young people with the darker skin will come on out to the tracks and help America grow to where we don't find a need to grade and label by skin pigment.

posted by Bud Lang at 01:50 PM on March 18, 2006

T.O. in Big D

There is a tinge of jealousy in here. You don't like Jerry Jones, so buy the franchise and kick his ass back to Arkansas. You can then hire the workers that you choose. He gave us three Super Bowl trophies. I trust his judgement a bit more than I do that of most people, because he knows how to get what he wants and has the tools to get it ($). TO may not be the answer to any question but it can now be answered. I am looking forward to an interesting season. How 'bout them Cowboys!

posted by Bud Lang at 01:42 PM on March 18, 2006

Vikings deal Culpepper to Dolphins

Many thanks for all your help in keeping me up with the Saints. The rumors are out that they are possibly headed for San Antonio, and that would excite me, so keep up the good words. And, wingnut, you ain't really a dumbass. You haven't repeated your mistakes. I sobered up twice and found out I had gotten married both times. You have inspired me to work hard at not repeating my mistakes and I resolve to never sober up again.

posted by Bud Lang at 06:06 PM on March 14, 2006

Littlepage goes overtime to defend panel's work

"Littlepage is right about what" you ask, oliver_crunk? Right to "defend panel's work." Am I to take that shot as meaning that you are in favor of radio and TV media and in disfavor of the print media? Surely there is someone reading this stuff to you, so have them read the newspaper to you also. You might like some of those sportswrtiters.

posted by Bud Lang at 05:27 PM on March 14, 2006

Oral Roberts University's odds

Three blocks from 71st and Lewis in Tulsa, OK you won't find anyone who cares and I'm 200 more miles away, so that should be an indicator on how important it is to me. But, gimme some points and I'll flop down my pocket change on them.

posted by Bud Lang at 05:13 PM on March 14, 2006

Longtime Temple coach Chaney retires

A part of Coach Chaney's greatness was that he didn't know how to quit. He will be missed.

posted by Bud Lang at 11:05 PM on March 13, 2006

Littlepage goes overtime to defend panel's work

Why don't you invite the media, you ask? What, and invite Michigan, Notre Dame, USC and UCLA to play Duke, North Carolina and the entire fucking Big East? I can't argue that they didn't fuck it up, just as they fucked up the ones prior and will fuck up all the ones to come, but fucked up, it is better than if the media got involved. Littlepage is right.

posted by Bud Lang at 10:45 PM on March 13, 2006

Randel El to Washington NFL team

El in DC; TO in Big D! Well, maybe the TO thing ain't decided yet, but ...! This is what we call the silly season in racing, but it is just about as much fun as the game. The 'Skins are close to being on par with the best in the NFL, and I trust Joe Gibbs to know better than anybody how to put a team together. My heart breaks. Why couldn't Jerry Jones have gotten Joe Gibbs?

posted by Bud Lang at 11:59 PM on March 12, 2006