November 4, 2005
Second, from Carolina cornerback Ken Lucas:
For an encore, is Smoot going to take out Steve Smith's garbage, wash his car and bring his slippers today?
Next, from Smith himself (who apparently stopped gaining yards long enough to speak to reporters):
I think one of the first things Smoot did wrong was he talked a little bit too much before the game even started. The best thing to do is be quiet, just in case you have a game like he did. He brought it upon himself.
And finally, from Vikings coach Mike Tice (who is apparently saving most of his words for a coming resignation speech):
Sometimes you don't pick a fight with a bigger bully.
Smoot had "no comment," which is sort of funny in the same way a bird flying into a window is.
Fred didn't win that matchup today.
Seriously, how does someone in charge of covering the Twins write that, and more importantly how does it end up published on a huge site? Really, Nick Punto "is well-regarded and thought to be an offensive force"? It would be difficult to write something less accurate than that if you tried.
2B/SS Nick Punto, who is well-regarded and thought to be an offensive force if he can stay healthy enough to remain in the lineup daily, should get another chance in 2006 to earn a starting job but likely will open the season as the team's top utility infielder.
Now try to imagine a) something like that being written about an American player, and b) it being spun in such a positive way. The whole piece is a must-read, and not just because it includes the line "when he bent over to pick up the soap."
His only eccentricity, if it can be called that, is his extensive private library of adult videos. His refreshing ability to laugh self-deprecatingly about his porno collection, reporters say, is one reason why fans and even nonfans have taken to him so much.
He likes to watch his much vaunted porno collection, tapes that he often trades with Japanese reporters. As one Japanese journalist put it, describing Matsui's affinity for such unique Japanese cultural institutions like the no-panties shabu-shabu in Japan, "Matsui is a horny guy. All of us are horny, more or less. But Matsui doesn't attempt to hide the fact." Yet another win for the Japanese Everyman.
* Jessica Alba gets more perfect with each passing day.
* Christina Aguilera had the best, least original Halloween costume ever.
* Mariah Carey is apparently about as big a fan of bras as I am of her music.
* After much thought, I've decided that Rachel Bilson is Alex Rodriguez to Mischa Barton's Derek Jeter. Or something like that ... I just wanted to make a baseball reference as an excuse to link to these pictures. (By the way, I'm proud to say I haven't seen a single episode of the The OC since the middle of the first season.)
Today at The Hardball Times:
- Goodbye to the Architect (by David Gassko)
Today's Picks (132-112, +$2,065):
Utah +7.5 (-110) over Golden State
Michigan State -4.5 (-110) over Purdue