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12/28/2006

Pens Lose, Top Football States, Media Awards, Most Annoying Players, Frat Pack Circle of Trust

NHL:
Pens lose, Pens lose. That's 0 wins in their last 5, for those of you scoring at home.

FOOTBALL:
ESPN ranks the top football states...PA comes in at #4, behind Texas, California, and Florida. PA ranked #1 among pro teams, #7 among college, and #6 among high schools. (Thanks to reader John for the tip)

MEDIA:
SI hands out their 2006 Media Awards, giving Chris Fowler and James Brown person-of-the-year honors. I know he was a great singer and I'll miss him dearly, but did he really have that much to do with the sports media?

NFL:
A player's poll ranks the league's most annoying players. Surprise, surprise, Terrell Owens is #1. Do editors and producers sit around and think of ways to inject him into the news? And by the way...Joey Porter was voted #2.

Chris Simms parlays his 46 passer rating into a 2-year extension in Tampa.

Jason Taylor calls out cheater Shawne Merriman

McCLATCHY:
As noted in yesterday's comments, here is the story on the McClatchy Co's sale of the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. McClatchy paid $1.2 billion for paper in 1998, and is now selling it for $530 million. Clearly this is the worst investment by a McClatchy since Kevin Young...or Pat Meares...or Derek Bell.

HOCKEY:
The world's oldest hockey stick, carved in the 1850s, sold for $1.9 million dollars. No truth to the rumor that it only became available after John LeClair was out of hockey.

RANDOM FUN STUFF:
The Frat Pack Circle of Trust, fully illustrated.

How the mighty have fallen: Worldofbritney.com is shutting down on January 31.

Yahoo lists the biggest movie bombs of 2006, including All the King's Men, The Wicker Man, and Basic Instinct 2, which took in $5 million and cost $70 million to produce. Ouch.

TMZ gives us their 2006 Celebrity Bad Behavior Photo Gallery

8 comments:

Dirty Sanchez said...

While we Pirates fans anxiously await the signing of Tomo Ohka or Sidney Ponson, the Giants just inked Barry Zito to a 7 yr/$126 mil deal.

That's a great signing, most of their roster will only be 45 years old when his contract is up.

louis lipps is my homeboy said...

The Pens are for sale on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Purchase-The-Pittsburgh-Penguins-KeepThePens-com_W0QQitemZ280064821906QQihZ018QQcategoryZ50120QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

The Penguins' "Buy It Now" price of $20MM is a bit ambitious.

I wonder if that price includes the exclusive right to hire Eddie Johnston in some future capacity.

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

Also, in those ESPN rankings, take a look at the cartoon they're posted on the PENNSYLVANIA page. I particularly like how Mean Joe's foot is crushing the city of Philadelphia.

louis lipps is my homeboy said...

Arena talks between Mario and the "powers that be" start next week. I knew Mario just wanted to make 'em sweat it out for a few weeks.

Things are officially looking a lot better:

http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/06363/749815-61.stm

polevaultking said...

NFLs Most Annoying players...
Doug Johnson, Bengals.....2%

What did Doug Johnson do to get on this list?

Anyone else find this as odd?

Did i miss some big news story with this guy in it?

louis lipps is my homeboy said...

I guess if you consider sucking annoying, then yes Doug Johnson belongs on the list.

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