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July 23, 2011

How likeable is Hanley Ramirez? (with poll); plus RIP Amy Winehouse, Twittering fools, Tiger 'n the caddy, the Ramonator & more

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HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT HANLEY RAMIREZ?: "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine said on Le Batard's 790 The 1aa1hanley Ticket radio show yesterday that he would "probably" trade Hanley Ramirez if it were up to him. He also said flatly that Hanley doesn't always try as hard as he should, something that has been an occasional prickly issue. Two thoughts: No. 1, Conine is a "special assistant" to club president David Samson, therefore a de facto part of the front office. With the trade deadline fast approaching on July 31, I have to wonder if Samson or maybe personnel boss Larry Beinfest used Conine to float the idea that Ramirez might available, not untouchable as other teams might assume. I wonder if the club is inviting trade offers. No. 2, Ramirez is hitting very well after a slow start, he is 27 and he is a prime asset who should not be traded barring a fantastical too-good-to-refuse offer. Ramirez's defense isn't what it should be, his effort/attitude won't lead the league and he'd lag in favorite-teammate votes, but his is a bat this team needs, now and beyond. I hear from a lot of anti-Hanley folks, though. He should be immensely liked -- he's a fantasy-draft darling who won the NL batting title in 2009 -- but instead he's a bit of a lightning rod. You might admire his talent. You might or might not think he should be untouchable in terms of a trade. The question is: But do you like him? Let's get a popularity read. How do you feel about Hanley and why? Tell him. Vote.

1aa1amy AMY WINEHOUSE DEAD: Sad, breaking news just past noon Saturday. It is being reported singer Amy Winehouse has died of a drug overdose at age 27. The manner of her demise will not shock any who have followed her troubled career closely, but a tragedy nonetheless. What a talent, literally and figuratively wasted. Her 2006 CD, Back to Black, was a classic. The single, "Rehab," was great. I think I'm going to go listen to a song from the CD I like even more, called "You Know I'm No Good." (Click here to watch and hear the video of that song). A lyric from it could be her epitaph: "I cheated myself, like I knew I would..."

STEP TO THE PLATE, MARLINS: The Phillies announced they will become the seventh MLB team to produce an "It Gets Better" video against gay-bullying. Teams that already have: Cubs, Giants, Mariners, Nationals, Red Sox and Twins. Get on board, Marlins. It's a righteous cause. Click on ItGetsBetter.org to visit the website and learn more about the project.

TWITTERING FOOLS: ATHLETES WHOSE POSITION IS IDIOT: Magic Johnson Tweeted the other day: "To all the high school, college and pro athletes: please think and reread before you tweet." Smart advice, much too late 1aa1dumbass for so many. Maybe Magic had in mind the matter of Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who is suing Champion for dropping him after his now-infamous Tweets in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death -- Tweets perceived as sympathetic to bin Laden. Rashard et al: Yes, you have your freedom of speech, but you have its consequences, too. Champion is justified in dumping you. It is that company's right. Sometimes an athlete can't blame Twitter, of course, as when Southern Cal running back Marc Tyler, drunk outside a club, gave an interview to TMZ in which he implied the school pays athletes and yukked that USC stands for "University of Sexual Ballers." Um, Marc, do you follow current events at all? Know about some of USC's NCAA and image issues? He is suspended for one game. He's lucky. In Mendenhall's case, the stupidity wasn't his opinion, but his lack of awareness for how it would be received. Tyler? That was just pure, uncut, moronic inebriation. Dear athletes: The rest of us understand that athletic skill in no way suggests that, in the intellect department, you all are posing for the sequel to Rodin's The Thinker. Just try to not remind us so often, OK?

TWEET DU JOUR, COURTESY DWYANE WADE (verbatim): I got a facial 2day & it was PAIN..facials & losing the finals R similar..the pain is indescribable but n the end ur better becuz of it

1aa1ramonator ONLY IN MIAMI, PART 1,643: Miami porn star Raul Armenteros, staple of Bang Brothers sinema cinema, is arrested for animal cruelty because inside his van police found eight roosters, four guinea hens, four pigeons, four goats and a duck. But at least Armenteros had a good explanation: He planned to use the animals in a sacrificial Santeria ritual. Click here for the 1aa1goat news story if you don't believe me. And once again real life in South Florida reads like a character in a Carl Hiaasen novel. Armenteros is pictured (right) in character as Ramon from the epic Ramonator 2. I'll leave it to porn aficionados and film scholars to judge where the Ramonator series ranks with, say, the Diesel Dongs franchise in the actor's body of work to date. Meanwhile, cannot confirm rumors one of Armenteros' freed goats (left) has contacted an attorney and is mulling offers to write a tell-all baa-ak.

DAVE CHAPPELLE, BOMBING: Here is a YouTube video of the comedian bombing at last night's Zo's Summer Groove comedy fest. Chappelle had no material, it appeared. Tough year for the Groove. NBA lockout cancels celebrity basketball game, charitable host Alonzo Mourning sued over a car accident, now this.

1aa1stevecaddyTIGER'S LONG, DOWNWARD SPIRAL ENGULFS CADDY: Tiger Woods fires his caddy of 12 years, Steve Williams, and the latter fires back, hurt. Nobody but those two knows the machinations inside that long marriage or therefore what really caused this. Part of me wants to remind Williams that no one has it easier or better in the sports world than the caddy for a successful golfer. So count your blessings and your money, Steve, and cease with the backlash. Bottom line, though? This feels like more of the unraveling of Tiger Woods. (Williams and Woods are pictured in happier times, in the midst of what appears to be the world's most awkward high-five).

1aa1horsepool "DEAR GREG...": "Your blog's OK but would be better if occasionally you would show a picture of a horse in a family swimming pool. Thank you."

 

 

 

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I want to see hand ley playing for the orioles. It would be better than roast pork and onions.

Remember, the LAST thing the Marlins need to do, is cut bait and tank the season. They need SOME kind of enthusiasm and momentum heading into the new park, if they TRULY expect to increase ticket sales. While Hanley has never been the leader that his salary would otherwise mandate, his bat is SORELY needed in the lineup.

Sure, Tiger could have been a bit upset at Steve, due Steve's own decision to work for Adam Scott during Tiger's absence. Tiger might be feeling somewhat like Julius Caesar, asking, et tu Stev-eh?

Let's not forget that Adam Scott is also the same golfer who inherited a full time Butch Harmon; Tiger's own coach, instrumental during Tiger's early rise. We should recall that during the early 2000's, Scott was generally being described as a young gun possessing a swing identical to that of Tiger's. Some even predicting that he would become a serious threat to Tiger's dominance.

So why not? Why shouldn't Tiger, a noted control freak, wonder if Steve Williams is not just "clubbing" Adam Scott correctly, but also sharing a few critical Tigeresque "tendencies" that Scott could use to his advantage, especially if ever found in close battle with Tiger.

Hanley: Mixed feelings because of the long standing, simmering undercurrent of dissatisfaction expressed by his team mates.

He's obviously not a "bad guy" or a drag on the team - maybe he just needs more time to mature.

Greg-

Do I detect a "bad behavior" theme running throughout this post? What is it, Sorry Saturday?

Truth be told, Amy Winehouse died from choking on Jimbo's big Ole pecker.

Tiger was a PED abuser, as most anyone could ascertain just by looking at him then, and now. It's the classic case of "take away the enhancers, and Mr. Ordinary appears."

He got a free ride from an adoring PC press and public, much as does our President, who will "celebrate" his birthday, as if it's a a national holiday.
Actually, to HIM, it is.
While Rome burns.

No taking away the fact Tiger was/is a gifted athlete, and with hard work and improved health might just be back on top of the leader-board.
This time legitimately.

IMAWriter,

i have seen no proof of your PED charges, but bel tigres game came unraveled after his escapades became public. do PEDs make golfers make incredulous shots from mout of the fairway and also clutch putts time and time again? am not saying you are wrong, but i don't see that they caused him to be a grweat golfer from the time he stopped wearing diapers.

felers,

we all know that amy winehouse had doomed herself to a short life- it would have been news had she made it to 30.

hanley ramirez can't field, and with his bat having gone south he ain't no bargain. so much for this year's MLB production that accalimed him the best SS in baseballdom.

mike1,

saw the corner from afar, but haven't seen a tight shot of the ball going from heel to shoulder into the net. it looked really good and it is tough to anticipate a ball heeled up to shoulder level so close to the line. the listings of teams missing PKs is appreciated and no goalkeeper can stop three shots after her compadres miss the opening three. las gringas were still stunned from the equalizer it seems. abby wanbach is a one trick (headers) ponyette.


Cotey Cote pushing his liberal agenda again.

He joins the ESPN/ABC/Media push for Pro Gay agenda in sports. He wants the Marlins to "get on board". Of course Cotey Cote the libtard does.

Gay bashing is horrid. But the constant media push for the gay agenda is annoying...thanks for annoying me this morning.

The NBA's overreaction to the new f word is classic.

Why don't prosports take on the pro life cause? Cotey Cote isn't helping to end the killing of unborn babies because the doctor says it might have Downs Syndrome a good cause? Or is it too taboo?!?!?

Gay bashing should be stopped! I support the cause. But wussifying our youth with no dodgeball and no name calling is lame too.

How about this cause Cotey Cote. BRING BACK PHYS. ED. IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS?????

Man there are so many causes, but Cotey Cote joins in line and takes his orders from the ESPN/ABC masters....classico!

Shadow, if you get Sports Illustrated out thee, there is a closeup photo of the Japanese forward scoring the goal; although it's a split second after she connected with it.

The video has to be out there somewhere, because ESPN had it on their site.

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