Monday, April 11, 2011

Quote Of The Week: Mike Schmidt

I think Mike Schmidt had different ideas when he was talking about the Phillies' "Four Aces".

Schimdt said that the pitchers strike fear in no one.

"They're not scary," he said. "Even if they all win 20 games, the Phillies don't have a pitcher who strikes fear in a hitter."

I think Schmidt meant by occasionally getting buzzed by a pitcher back in the day.

Ex-Sonics Owner Has Fan Thrown Out At Book Signing

Filmmaker Adam Brown and other Seattle Supersonic diehards have a bone to pick with former owner Howard Schultz.

Schultz sold the team to a group that moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City.Brown is making a film about it called Sonicsgate. When Brown showed up wearing Sonics gear at Schultz's book signing at a local Costco, Schultz had him thrown out. Not before another fan gave Schultz an earful.

Schultz was signing his new book “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul.” Brown seemed intent on confronting Schultz about a missing piece of Seattle‘s soul, but another attendee beat him to it.

As Brown works his way through the line, a man in front of him whispers, “Watch this,” and proceeds to cut ahead and start yelling at Schultz.

“You betrayed the city of Seattle!” he yells. “… How do you show your face around here?”

After that, whatever Brown had planned goes out the window. Security descends on the scene and Brown is kicked out. Apparently, Schultz told security he specifically didn’t want Brown there.

“Schultz just confirms what we all knew,” Brown says. “You are a coward. You are a traitor.

“You owe Sonics fans an apology.”

There are plenty of fans that would like to get that close to their team's owner or former owner in this case.

Here's video footage of the encounter.


Antonio Cromartie Is A One Man Union

There have been cracks in the players union during the lockout. But one man doesn't buy into all this. That one man is Antonio Cromartie. The New York Jets (for now) corner says he is a one man union.

“I’m my own union,” Cromartie told Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’re a trade association, so I’m my own union. I’ve got to protect myself. I’m not worried about what everybody else feels. My biggest thing is going out there and playing football.”

I can see his point about just wanting to get a contract and play football. That's what you get paid to do. As far as him being a one man union, maybe if it came to having bunches of children.

Like Father, Like Son

Back in 1995 Gary Moeller was fired from the University of Michigan after a drunken outburst at a Southfield, Michigan restaurant.

Fast forward to 2011 and his son Andy Moeller, a Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach  pleads guilty to driving while intoxicated (DWI). Moeller was pulled over near Greenspring Ave. on Sept. 18 last year by a state trooper while drving 70 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The arresting officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and noticed him stumble during a field sobriety test with Moeller refusing to take a Breathalyzer exam.

This was Moeller's third alcohol-related arrest, including an acquittal of driving while under the influence and negligent driving last May 14 in Carroll County where it was determine that he wasn't driving the car and was parked, in the past four years. He was assigned to probation for driving while visibly impaired in Ann Arbor, Mich, in a December 2007 case.

Damn, I hate to rip the Moeller clan but it looks like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said that Moeller will be terminated if there are any other alcohol related incidents.

Moeller needs to tone it down before he finds himself without a job.