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Texas A&M hires firm to help search for ex-AD Bill Byrne’s replacement

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas AM has hired a search firm to help find its next athletic director, a day after Bill Byrne retired from the position.

The school hired Parker Executive Search, a firm that has worked on athletic director searches at dozens of schools including five in the Southeastern Conference, where AM is moving July 1.

Texas AM Regent Jim Wilson and Jason Cook, the school’s vice president for marketing and communications, will co-chair the search committee.

Nine other people make up the committee, including two professors, softball coach Jo Evans, Adaora Elonu, a former women’s basketball player who remains a student, and former football player Terrence Murphy.

School President R. Bowen Loftin says he hopes to have the new athletic director in place when the fall semester begins.

Article source: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/texas-aggies/20120509-texas-am-hires-firm-to-help-search-for-ex-ad-bill-byrne-s-replacement.ece

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Hello, again: KVCC, Muskegon CC softball teams will clash for sixth time this season (with photo gallery)

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

KVCC and MCC Softball Regional

BATTLE CREEK – The Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball team could see another clash with Muskegon CC coming from a mile away.

The Cougars could hear the Jayhawks, too – who couldn’t? — as the teams played Wednesday on adjacent Bailey Park fields during the opening day of the National Junior College Athletic Association District G regional tournament.

“Obviously, you can tell that we’re loud and probably obnoxious,” MCC coach Matt Houseman said with a smile, referring to his enthusiastic bench, “but it makes a difference.”

Top-seeded KVCC routed fifth-seeded Ancilla College, 11-3 in six innings. Third-seeded MCC blanked second-seeded Owens CC, 2-0, after getting past sixth-seeded Jackson CC, 6-2, in the opener.

It all set up a sixth matchup this season between the rival Cougars (36-8) and Jayhawks (40-9), who will tangle at 2 p.m. Thursday in a third-round game of the double-elimination tourney.

“You kind of expect it. You know it’s going to be a battle. We’re excited to play them. Hopefully we can get them back for the last time we played them,” KVCC coach Mike Clark said, referring to his team’s 13-11 loss to MCC in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association championship game Tuesday in Muskegon.

MCC, which captured the national championship two years ago, has won three of the previous five meetings this season. KVCC had bragging rights in the regular season, finishing two games ahead of Muskegon in the MCCAA standings with a 29-3 record.

“It’s a good rivalry, it’s a heated rivalry,” Clark said. “Two good teams, the kids play hard, both teams are into the game, both teams are enthusiastic. All the players on both teams respect each other and play really hard. I think they bring out the best in each other.”

The Cougars brought the bats against Ancilla (36-17), smacking 14 hits by the time the game ended with the mercy rule on Kelsea Reed’s walk-off double with one out in the sixth. Emily Corning (double), Katie Lorenz, Ashley Farver and Kelly Doorn had two hits apiece to pace the winners.

KVCC sophomore right-hander Alexis Lenox (17-1) earned the pitching win, allowing four hits and three earned runs, striking out seven and walking two. Admittedly, Lenox was not as sharp as usual. She had an eye on the MCC/Owens matchup, though.

After making her warmup pitches before the fifth inning, Lenox took a peek at the scoreboard on the other field to see how the Muskegon/Owens game was going.

“Trying to see who was winning,” she acknowledged with a giggle. “I kind of wanted Owens to win – the fact that we lost to them (in last year’s regional championship game).”

She is eager for another shot at MCC, though. The Jayhawks handed Lenox her only loss of the season, in walk-off fashion.

“We’ll definitely get them this time,” said Lenox, who did not pitch in Tuesday’s game at Muskegon.

The Jayhawks used a consistent formula Wednesday: Strong pitching and opportunistic offense.

Sophomore Caitlin Callow allowed five hits and two earned runs in a complete-game victory over Jackson (18-31) in the first game. Against Owens (39-6), which finished as national runner-up last season, MCC sophomore Katy Burns outdueled Ashlyn Michalak. Burns allowed three hits to the two yielded by Michalak, but the Jayhawks made Owens pay for a pair of walks in the fourth by scoring the game’s only runs in the inning.

Burns finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Dana Briggs had four hits on the day to pace MCC.

“We all feed off each other, and we were so good – we were all together today,” Burns said.

That includes the Jayhawks reserves, many who stood on the bench and stomped their cleats while chanting and screaming throughout the day.

“I won’t use the word ‘obnoxious,’ but they are the loudest team that you will play all year,” Clark said about the Jayhawks. “ … Every one of their girls is always standing, they’re extremely loud all game long. That’s what they do and they’ve had success doing it, so you can’t really fault them for it.”

Houseman expects yet another battle against the Cougars.

“That’s one of those things we’ve talked about all year, if we’re going to get to nationals, we’re going to have to run through them or they’re going to have to run through us, one of the two,” he said. “Excited to play them. It’s a good rivalry, good respect between the programs.”

Email Scott DeCamp at sdecamp1@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ScottDeCamp.

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/sports/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/05/hello_again_kvcc_muskegon_cc_s.html

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Hello, again: KVCC, Muskegon CC softball teams will clash for sixth time this …

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

KVCC and MCC Softball Regional

BATTLE CREEK – The Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball team could see another clash with Muskegon CC coming from a mile away.

The Cougars could hear the Jayhawks, too – who couldn’t? — as the teams played Wednesday on adjacent Bailey Park fields during the opening day of the National Junior College Athletic Association District G regional tournament.

“Obviously, you can tell that we’re loud and probably obnoxious,” MCC coach Matt Houseman said with a smile, referring to his enthusiastic bench, “but it makes a difference.”

Top-seeded KVCC routed fifth-seeded Ancilla College, 11-3 in six innings. Third-seeded MCC blanked second-seeded Owens CC, 2-0, after getting past sixth-seeded Jackson CC, 6-2, in the opener.

It all set up a sixth matchup this season between the rival Cougars (36-8) and Jayhawks (40-9), who will tangle at 2 p.m. Thursday in a third-round game of the double-elimination tourney.

“You kind of expect it. You know it’s going to be a battle. We’re excited to play them. Hopefully we can get them back for the last time we played them,” KVCC coach Mike Clark said, referring to his team’s 13-11 loss to MCC in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association championship game Tuesday in Muskegon.

MCC, which captured the national championship two years ago, has won three of the previous five meetings this season. KVCC had bragging rights in the regular season, finishing two games ahead of Muskegon in the MCCAA standings with a 29-3 record.

“It’s a good rivalry, it’s a heated rivalry,” Clark said. “Two good teams, the kids play hard, both teams are into the game, both teams are enthusiastic. All the players on both teams respect each other and play really hard. I think they bring out the best in each other.”

The Cougars brought the bats against Ancilla (36-17), smacking 14 hits by the time the game ended with the mercy rule on Kelsea Reed’s walk-off double with one out in the sixth. Emily Corning (double), Katie Lorenz, Ashley Farver and Kelly Doorn had two hits apiece to pace the winners.

KVCC sophomore right-hander Alexis Lenox (17-1) earned the pitching win, allowing four hits and three earned runs, striking out seven and walking two. Admittedly, Lenox was not as sharp as usual. She had an eye on the MCC/Owens matchup, though.

After making her warmup pitches before the fifth inning, Lenox took a peek at the scoreboard on the other field to see how the Muskegon/Owens game was going.

“Trying to see who was winning,” she acknowledged with a giggle. “I kind of wanted Owens to win – the fact that we lost to them (in last year’s regional championship game).”

She is eager for another shot at MCC, though. The Jayhawks handed Lenox her only loss of the season, in walk-off fashion.

“We’ll definitely get them this time,” said Lenox, who did not pitch in Tuesday’s game at Muskegon.

The Jayhawks used a consistent formula Wednesday: Strong pitching and opportunistic offense.

Sophomore Caitlin Callow allowed five hits and two earned runs in a complete-game victory over Jackson (18-31) in the first game. Against Owens (39-6), which finished as national runner-up last season, MCC sophomore Katy Burns outdueled Ashlyn Michalak. Burns allowed three hits to the two yielded by Michalak, but the Jayhawks made Owens pay for a pair of walks in the fourth by scoring the game’s only runs in the inning.

Burns finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Dana Briggs had four hits on the day to pace MCC.

“We all feed off each other, and we were so good – we were all together today,” Burns said.

That includes the Jayhawks reserves, many who stood on the bench and stomped their cleats while chanting and screaming throughout the day.

“I won’t use the word ‘obnoxious,’ but they are the loudest team that you will play all year,” Clark said about the Jayhawks. “ … Every one of their girls is always standing, they’re extremely loud all game long. That’s what they do and they’ve had success doing it, so you can’t really fault them for it.”

Houseman expects yet another battle against the Cougars.

“That’s one of those things we’ve talked about all year, if we’re going to get to nationals, we’re going to have to run through them or they’re going to have to run through us, one of the two,” he said. “Excited to play them. It’s a good rivalry, good respect between the programs.”

Email Scott DeCamp at sdecamp1@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ScottDeCamp.

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/sports/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/05/hello_again_kvcc_muskegon_cc_s.html

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CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan: New WWE.com Article Features ROH Past

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

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Celtics bid again for series

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the other side of the Hawks’ postseason rivalry with Boston in the 1980s as Atlanta’s point guard. Tonight, he’ll try again to eliminate his old team.

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BOSTON — John Havlicek against the 76ers.

Larry Bird against the Pistons.

When Rajon Rondo intercepted a Hawks pass in the final seconds of Game 5, he had a chance to add to the list of memorable Celtics playoff steals.

Then he fumbled it away.

“I hate that the game ended the way that it ended,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after Atlanta held on for an 87-86 victory in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series to force a sixth game in Boston tonight. “I thought that Rondo willed us back into the game. He really did.”

Rondo already had 13 points and 12 assists when he grabbed his fifth steal of the game, intercepting an inbounds pass from Al Horford to Josh Smith with 10.9 seconds left and Atlanta leading by one. Boston had no timeouts left, so Rondo moved up the court along the left side, where Horford trapped him.

Kevin Garnett stepped back to receive the pass, but Rondo lost control of the ball and Smith tipped it away as the buzzer sounded.

“My heart was racing a hundred miles an hour on the last sequence,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “We didn’t make a smart play inbounding the ball, but I’m glad (Smith) had the presence of mind on the last play to step up on Rondo when he came flying up the court.”

The Celtics have a record 17 NBA titles and a lot of history over the years, and steals are prominent among their most memorable plays. Johnny Most’s call of “Havlicek stole the ball!” in the 1965 Eastern Conference finals against Philadelphia is one of the most famous in sports history, and Bird’s steal against Isiah Thomas to beat Detroit during the 1987 playoffs was just as impressive.

Rondo’s steal had the potential to be remembered just as fondly, especially after he took control of the game during a 10-0 run that cut as 12-point deficit to a single basket at the end of the third quarter.

Instead, it all went for naught.

“I cornered myself,” Rondo said. “Give Al credit. I just didn’t come up with the shot.”

Although Rondo’s outside shooting has always been the weakest part of his game — he was 6-for-17 from the floor Tuesday — he was 8-of-11 in Game 4 and Horford considered him dangerous.

“I didn’t want to lose the series in that way, with him hitting a jumper over me or something like that,” Horford said. “So you’re fighting for your life out there. My thing was to force him to pass the ball, to bottle him up the best I could and then Josh made a great deflection.”

Rivers, a former point guard himself, said he thought Rondo should have gone up the middle of the court instead of the sideline. And he wanted Rondo to drive toward the hoop, instead of setting up on the perimeter.

“I was hoping he would attack the basket, but he lost control of the ball and that blew up any chance that we had,” Rivers said. “We didn’t capitalize on the situation.”

The Celtics will have another chance tonight, and this time they can close the Hawks out in Boston. Game 7 would be in Atlanta on Saturday, if necessary, but the Celtics would surely like to finish it up early to rest their aging stars.

Rivers and Drew both gave their teams the day off Wednesday to rest.

After missing almost three weeks with bone spurs in his ankle Ray Allen returned for Game 3 and has avoided any setbacks. Paul Pierce tweaked his left knee in Game 4, but he said it wasn’t bothering him much on Tuesday.

The Hawks, meanwhile, are getting healthier.

Horford played in Game 4 — his first action since January — and was back in the starting lineup for the fifth game, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds. Smith, whose sore knee knocked him out of Game 3, had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

“I know Josh is still having a little discomfort in his knee but he is playing through the pain,” Drew said. “I think everybody else is fine.”

Article source: http://cherokeetribune.com/view/full_story_sports/18525501/article-Celtics-bid-again-for-series-?instance=secondary_story_left_column

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Oakland wants to take Butler’s place in Horizon

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DETROIT (AP) — Oakland University wants to be in the Horizon League and hopes it isn’t kept out by the University of Detroit – again.

“About 10 years ago, there was interest in us from the Horizon League and Detroit stopped it,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe recalled. “I know that’s a fact because I called the athletic director then, Brad Kinsman, and he told me.”

Kinsman said Wednesday that Kampe’s recollection is accurate.

“The feeling back then was that it didn’t make sense to share this market with another school in the same conference,” said Kinsman, who retired in 2006. “Times have changed, coaches have changed, but I don’t know what the thinking is now.”

Everyone is left to guess because Detroit officials declined comment on Oakland’s interest in joining the Horizon.

It also isn’t clear if the Horizon League wants the Golden Grizzlies to fill the void created last week when Butler announced plans to join the Atlantic 10.

Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone wouldn’t comment on Oakland’s public interest. Officials from the Summit League, which Oakland belongs to, also declined comment.

IUPUI and Robert Morris, in addition to Oakland, are also potential candidates to take Butler’s spot during the 2013-14 season when the two-time national runner-up starts playing in the Atlantic 10.

“We’re not going to play this out in the media,” LeCrone said. “These are delicate matters and we want to handle this process with respect.

“If we decide to go beyond the number of nine schools, which is not absolutely necessary, we’ll do it in a prudent and thoughtful way.”

Kampe said he has talked to coaches in the Horizon League and all have been supportive of adding his program.

Has Kampe spoken to Detroit coach Ray McCallum about it?

“No, that is not a coach I’ve talked to about this,” he said.

If the Horizon League expresses an interest in Oakland, athletic director Tracy Huth said he would reach out to Detroit officials.

The Golden Grizzlies have earned a bid in the NCAA three times since 2005, including twice in the last three years, from a league that forces them to travel to South Dakota State and Southern Utah. Geographically, it would make sense for a school based in Rochester, Mich., to play in a league filled with teams from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin – and a school about 20 miles to its south.

Kampe also thinks it would be a wise move for the Horizon League to add Oakland.

“I think we’ve proven ourselves,” Kampe said. “If you look at the last two years, we’d rank in the top third in the Horizon in attendance and RPI. Basketball is the flagship of that league so I’d think we’d help keep their RPI consistent after they lose Butler.

“And from a travel standpoint, we’re right in the middle of their footprint. Teams could play Detroit and us on a Thursday and Saturday and wouldn’t even have to change hotels.”

But the Titans still may not want to share the Motor City market with another school in the same conference.

Kampe, though, believes it would be a win-win deal.

“I think an Oakland-Detroit rivalry would be huge in southeast Michigan,” he said. “When we played, there would be full houses, we’d be on the front page of the Detroit News and Free Press. There also would be television exposure that would help both schools and the Horizon. I don’t see how it would be a negative for Detroit to have us in the same league.”

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Harmon’s fifth-inning double boosts Crestview past Lancers

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

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McIlroy sees Fowler, rivalries as good for game

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Barely a month after the year’s opening major was billed as a two-horse race between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, there is now the prospect of a very different rivalry at the top of international golf.

Rickie Fowler captured his first PGA Tour victory with a win at the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday at Quail Hollow where he beat McIlroy – who reclaimed the world number one ranking this week – and D.A. Points in a playoff to finally confirm his status as the bright young hope of American golf.

Fowler and Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, who compete this week at the Players Championship, are both 23 years old and appeal to a younger demographic that the PGA Tour has been keen to capture to broaden its base of support.

While the decline of Woods, who tied for 40th at last month’s Masters, has allowed for a wide range of winners on the tour in recent years, McIlroy believes an elite group battling it out regularly against each other would appeal to fans.

“As a fan growing up watching golf, I loved that Tiger was dominant and I loved that there might be Phil Mickelson who would come and challenge him for a while and then Ernie Els and then Vijay Singh and then David Duval,” McIlroy told reporters on Tuesday.

“I sort of liked that as a story line. So it would be nice if a few people separated themselves from the rest … I think for me if I was a golf fan, I’d like to see a rivalry.”

Whether Fowler is part of any rivalry depends on whether he can find the consistency that has allowed McIlroy and Englishman Luke Donald to duel atop the world rankings but it is clear that he would be a welcome figure among the new elite.

McIlroy’s disappointment on Sunday at missing out on a second PGA Tour win this year was tempered slightly by losing out to someone he has known and liked since their teens.

‘NICEST GUY’

“We’ve known each other since playing some amateur golf together. I developed a really good relationship with him at the Walker Cup in 2007. I felt like he was the best player on that team at the time, and he was also the nicest guy,” said McIlroy.

“So I got on with him really well then and met his family and stuff. It took him an extra couple of years to turn pro. I didn’t really have much contact with him for those couple years, but since then, since he’s been out on tour, I feel like it’s been a good relationship.

“I always thought it was just a matter of time before he won … He’s a great player, and it’s good to see that he’s broken through.”

McIlroy, however, has too much respect for Woods to join in any talk of a ‘post-Tiger’ era.

Woods, 36, was the Northern Irishman’s boyhood hero and McIlroy said meeting him as a 15 year old was more nerve-wrecking than being introduced to President Barack Obama at the White House as the 2011 U.S. Open champion.

The 14-times major winner struggled at the Masters and missed the cut at Quail Hollow but McIlroy, noting Woods’s win at Bay Hill in March, believes there is plenty more to come from the man who once dominated the sport.

“I still expect Tiger to come back and do some great things. I mean, he’s won this year, so he’s definitely on the right track,” said McIlroy.

“But I think it was great for the game of golf that Rickie won. It’s great to have characters like that that are playing well, and he engages with the fans really well, and he’s a really popular player out here.”    

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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Weekly Column: What sports personalities’ clichés really mean

by on May.09, 2012, under Other

An injured Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks looks from the bench during Game 3 against Miami Thursday. Stoudemire injured himself punching a fire extinguisher after Game 2 and later said he did it because he “wanted to make some noise.” Courtesy of MCT.

Tuesday marked a full decade since former 76ers shooting guard Allen Iverson made his infamous “practice” rant.

The now 36-year-old Turkish-league signee, had already earned three of his four NBA scoring titles. But he felt frustrated by his situation in Philadelphia and responded to media questions about how he may have missed practice with a rare burst of athletic candor.

Iverson’s words were heard ’round the sports world: “I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice … How silly is that?”

While Iverson was nationally lambasted for his apparent disregard for such a fundamental aspect of the game, I’d like to take the time to thank him for being honest. It’s pretty rare these days.

In light of the NBA playoffs temporarily usurping Law and Order’s vice-like grip on TNT’s nightly lineup, as well as NBC’s opportunity to show sports I’m interested in for a change, I’d like to take this opportunity to look at what athletes say, and what they really mean.

The next time you watch an NBA playoff game where a player gets ejected or does something stupid at the end of a frustrating loss, listen or read what they say to justify their actions.

April 30, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire cut his hand after punching a fire extinguisher door after New York’s Game 2 loss against the Miami Heat.

When asked why he did so, he replied:

“I just walked by, wanted to make some noise, swung my arm, hit the fire extinguisher door and didn’t even realize I was cut at all until Josh Harrellson told me I was cut,” he said in an interview with ESPN.

But what I think Stoudemire meant to say was, “We just had our butts handed to us by the Heat two games in a row! How did you expect me to handle this situation?”

And the day before that incident, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was ejected from Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Rondo was punished further with a suspension for Game 2.

His explanation for the bump:

“… As I was walking, I thought (referee Marc Davis) stopped, my momentum carried me into him – I even think I tripped on his foot. I didn’t intentionally chest bump him. But that’s what it appears to be.”

Really, Rondo? You think you tripped on his foot? And I accidentally typed that you dogged the ref after you bumped him.

This isn’t the first time an athlete has tried to weasel their way out of a situation they put themselves into, but if you’re not familiar with the typical clichés used in the sports world, here’s a few to jog your memory:
WHEN THEY SAY: “I’m here to contribute in any way I can. I’m just happy to be on the team. Starting, coming off the bench, doesn’t matter. I want to be a good teammate and contribute.”
THEY MEAN: “Y’know what ‘good teammate’ means to me? I’m in the starting lineup. Period. Damn right I should be starting. Who’s this jackanape they have playing ahead of me? Please. Dude couldn’t wash my jock. Coach better come to his senses, or the owner might give him the dreaded ‘vote of confidence.’”

WHEN THE TEAM OWNER SAYS: “Coach is running this team right now, and will be for a good long while. The coach has my full vote of confidence.”
HE MEANS: “Holy crap. This team is a grease fire. The old axiom says I can’t fire 25 players, but I sure as Hell can axe that coach, so unless this dude starts farting rainbows and gets us to the playoffs in miraculous fashion, he’s out on his butt as soon as I can find a replacement. Maybe Ozzie Guillen.”

WHEN THE COACH SAYS: “It’s a long season, and we take it one game at a time. We never look past our next opponent. We’re concentrating on the matter at hand.”
HE MEANS: “Yeah, you know damn straight we’re looking at our big rivalry game next week, our next three opponents be damned. I need a big win, and pronto. I just got a ‘vote of confidence’ from the owner. I’m hanging by a thread here, man. Are they hiring at the Taco Bell?”

WHEN THEY SAY: “It is what it is.”
THEY MEAN: “Dear God. Someday, I gotta find out whoever coined that phrase, and kiss ’em twice. It’s the perfect reflexive statement. It says nothing, and there’s no follow-up. If only I could use it everywhere. Like when my wife asks me if that’s lipstick on my collar. ‘It is what it is, honey.’ Think that would fly with her?”

WHEN EARVIN “MAGIC” JOHNSON SAYS: “I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles.”
HE MEANS: “I didn’t say this. I didn’t even write it. Some PR flack did, and waved it under my nose for three seconds and I said ‘OK.’ Seriously, when I look at it now, it makes me look like an idiot. I mean, ‘fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt’? Seriously? And I guess we have to put the word ‘community’ in everything these days. Plays well, right?”

WHEN REGGIE BUSH SAYS: after getting his 2005 Heisman Trophy yanked from him by the Heisman Trustees in 2010: “I would like to begin working with the Trustees to establish an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made.”
HE MEANS: “Oh, crap. Who wrote this for me? What mistakes? I never even admitted to a mistake. Eh … doesn’t matter. Two years from now, I still won’t have done diddly-squat on this. And you’ll still be looking for me to give back the trophy. I send out a nice statement to calm the storm, and wait for two days for Ozzie Guillen to shoot himself in the foot. It’s all good. You’ll forget.”

WHEN CHARLES BARKLEY SAYS: Anything
HE MEANS: Exactly what he said.

WHEN OZZIE GUILLEN SAYS: Anything
HE MEANS: Exactly what he said. Until a few days later when he’s forced to recant at a press conference.

Article source: http://sundial.csun.edu/2012/05/weekly-column-what-sports-personalities-cliches-really-mean/

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LAST CHANCE: What’s Closing This Week

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Concluding May 12

Magic/Bird (Broadway at the Longacre Theatre). Magic/Bird is Eric Simonson’s highly theatrical drama about the college-to-Olympics rivalry and friendship of basketball heroes Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Kevin Daniels) and Larry Bird (Tug Coker). Here’s how the producers bill the show: “At the heart of one of the fiercest rivalries in sports history, two of the greatest basketball players of all-time battled for three championships, bragging rights, and the future of their sport in the 1980s. Johnson and Bird electrified the nation on the court, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into one of the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports.” Visit MagicBirdBroadway.com.

Concluding May 13

Leap of Faith (Broadway at the St. James Theatre). When his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas town, preacher and con artist Jonas Nightingale (Raúl Esparza) pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival, to take their money over a three-day period. The town sheriff, Marla McGowan (Jessica Phillips), is determined to stop him. The show is told in flashback, with Nightingale center-stage at a New York City revival meeting held at the St. James. Video cameras capture the audience before the show; confessional monologues pop up throughout the musical, with characters coming downstage on a runway that projects into the seats; walkways have been built into the sides of the auditorium to allow characters to walk from the stage to the boxes and into the balcony. Visit LeapofFaithBroadway.com.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Off-Broadway City Center Encores!). Set in the Roaring Twenties, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, according to press notes, “follows the madcap adventures of the original ‘dumb blonde,’ Lorelei Lee (Megan Hilty), as she sets sail for Europe with her best friend Dorothy Shaw (Rachel York). Lorelei is engaged to Gus Esmond, the Button King (Clarke Thorell) and has a flirtation with Josephus Gage, the Zipper King (Stephen R. Buntrock). Traveling with them are Mrs. Ella Spofford (Deborah Rush), the richest woman in Philadelphia, her son Henry (Aaron Lazar) and a ship full of colorful characters.” Visit NYCityCenter.org.

In Masks Outrageous and Austere (Off-Broadway at the Culture Project). In Masks Outrageous and Austere, the final full-length play by the late Tennessee Williams, stars Shirley Knight, Alison Fraser and Sam Underwood. With In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Williams, according to Culture Project, continues to “explore the passionate obsessions that made him famous in the early masterworks — the impenetrability of the human heart, the futility and hypocrisy of denying or displacing physical attraction, the power of love and its tyranny—while employing the dramaturgical freedom and aesthetic daring he discovered in his later plays. And all of this he does with the provocative wit and lyricism that was his hallmark.” Visit CultureProject.org.

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