Don't be sad about MJ... let's celebrate his life! I've been listening to this mix from KMEL's Scotty Fox on repeat since I got it yesterday afternoon. You can download it here. Thanks Scotty Fox for honoring the greatest entertainer of our time.
Now before you get your boxer briefs all in a twist over my headline, please go read my girl Chantelle Anderson's latest blog post on Yardbarker: Playin vs. Pimpin. If you can read and understand that, then holler.
Tonight's episode of the new E! show "Kendra" (about former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson) guest starred Yardbarker's own Diana and Alana G! Yes, we are that cool.
Actually, this episode featured a celebrity basketball game that took place in Tampa during Super Bowl, so we were there getting some content for Yardbarker. But yeah, we sat down and enjoyed the game for a bit... and we made sure to smile and pose when we saw the cameras on us.
If you're not caught up on the latest episode of MEDIA WARS, here's the synopsis: Jerod Morris of Midwest Sports Fans wrote a blog post saying he didn't think Raul Ibanez was using steroids, but that it was reasonable if some people speculated about it. John Gonzalez then wrote a column in the Philadelphia Inquirer blasting Jerod for his post. Now it's blown up into a big media sh*t-storm which you can watch on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' below.
Kudos to Jerod for coming off as the most intelligent and forward-thinking one of the bunch on OTL. I thought it was laughable that John Gonzalez and Ken Rosenthal tried to argue that bloggers should have standards (like the "standards" mainstream media have?). Jerod is actually a great blogger and from reading his work regularly, I believe he does have high standards for what he publishes. However, any bozo with a computer can also publish a blog post. Today's media landscape includes great bloggers, bozo bloggers, great mainstream journalists, and bozo mainstream journalists. Each outlet has to be responsible for its own standards and reputation. And readers have to be aware that bozo foolishness can appear in any media source and judge the reputation of each independently.
In this case, it sounds to me like a lot of media outlets are jumping on the controversy bandwagon while trying to hide behind Jerod as the bad guy who started the whole thing. If Gonzalez thought Jerod's blog post was so irresponsible, then wouldn't that be Gonzalez's bad for boosting its prominence using his newspaper column that has supposed "standards"?
Our friend Elie Seckbach has been making videos about the Lakers for years and he's probably said the words "Kobe Bryant" on YouTube hundreds of times. Now that distinctive voice has been forever memorialized in Lil Wayne's new jock song about #24. If you're familiar with Elie's work, listen carefully at the 0:45 mark and again at the very end.
You can read Elie's account of the whole thing on FanHouse. Hat tip to Steady Burn for the song.
Meet "Leroy Smith," the dude who beat Michael Jordan for that last Varsity roster spot in high school. He now uses his story to "motivate the world, including Canada." Smells like a Nike stunt, which doesn't necessarily make it any less awesome.