Mercy Rule

first_imgBy now everyone has probably heard about the high school football game in Texas that wound up 91-0.  Some parent on the losing team has brought some type of legal action against the coach for “bullying”.  I have not read the legal papers, of course, so the exact nature of the action is speculation on my part.  I certainly do not advocate running up the score; however, when kids practice all year round and make a varsity team, they deserve the right to play.  This particular team used their first string for only 21 plays (one-fourth to one-third of a total game) and the rest of the game they played their second and third string and then whoever was left also got to play.  The second half of the game used a continuous clock which means it only stopped for a called time out.  What else could that coach do to try to keep the score down?   If you do anything other than what he did, you have made a joke of the game.  You can’t tell players to stop running, stop trying, and stop doing what they are trained to do.  Losing is just as much a part of life’s experiences as winning.  The players on both teams understand this.  Unfortunately, one parent did not.last_img read more

No review needed for Fox Sports 1 ratings home run

first_imgSometimes internal memos get leaked. Or they get posted for everyone to share.Nothing clandestine about how Fox Sports made sure an in-house missive from FS1 chief Jamie Horowitz and right-hand man John Entz got up on its “Press Pass” website Tuesday, based on how the “team” was lauded for having Oct. 10-16 rank as the highest-rated and most-watched week in the history of the channel that was launched three years ago.It was also the first time FS1 had eclipsed ESPN in weekly primetime and total-day audience.There was, of course, all the hopes and dreams of Chicago Cubs fans behind it. The “memo” came a day after a Monday press release touting the Dodgers’ 1-0 win over the Cubs in NLCS Game 2 from Wrigley Field as attracting 7.3 million viewers, according to overnight figures, which set an undisputed audience record for the channel still trying to promote the heck out of the Bayless-Sharpe “Undisputed” show. That game had a 10.8 rating in L.A., and 23.9 in Chicago.Without a release issued since then, we can report the FS1 coverage of Game 3 on Tuesday from Dodger Stadium — the Dodgers’ 6-0 win — had a 4.7 rating and averaged 6.5 million viewers (or 6.85 million when factoring in online streaming and Fox Deportes) to make it the second-most watched telecast in FS1 history. The L.A. market was even better than Game 2 — an 11.7 mark, best for FS1 in its home city.However, with the third presidental debate going up against NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday, the Cubs’ 10-2 win attracted 5.813 million viewers and had a 4.1 rating and seven share. L.A. posted just a 7.8 rating/13 share while Chicago pulled a 21.2/32, which doesn’t even take into account those thousands watching in a local bar.The Thursday night Game 5 will be a test as well for the Chicago market, as it goes up against the Bears-Packers NFL game on the NFL Network and the CBS affiliates.• So why did the Fox Sports 1 pre- and postgame show go on the road to Wrigley Field for Games 1 and 2 last week, but was a no-show at Dodger Stadium for Games 3, 4 and 5? The crew featuring Pete Rose, Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas stayed in the friendly confines of the L.A. studio on Pico because it made more sense logistically and financially, according to a Fox source, even if it would have made for a better visual having the guys planted in the Dodger Stadium parking lot and challenging Cubs and Dodgers fans to commingle peacefully.NFL• How Week 7 of the NFL shakes out for the L.A. market — and why Channel 2 will have three games Sunday because of it. Dan Fouts chimes in as well on the Rams’ London excursion.College football• Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Shannon Spake have UCLA’s 1 p.m. Rose Bowl contest against Utah on Fox (KTTV-Channel 11). More on the rest of Week 8 in the L.A. TV market (with USC taking a bye week) at this link.WNBA• Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe will be the ESPN2 crew calling the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals between the Sparks and Lynx from Minneapolis at 5 p.m. Thursday.• Thanks again to Rowe for giving us more insight into her recent cancer battle and how working WNBA games has contributed to her recovery process. Rowe goes from this game to covering Arkansas at Auburn on Saturday.Soccer• The Galaxy’s regular-season finale against FC Dallas at the StubHub Center (Sunday, 1 p.m., FS1, with John Strong, Brad Friedel and Julie Stewart-Binks) is an exercise in getting ready for the start of next week’s playoffs — and the postseason is hardly new for the franchise that has qualified in 18 of their 21 seasons, for an 86 percent rate. Dallas, meanwhile, is trying to secure the No. 1 spot in the West as well as capture the Supporters Shield.Most interesting to Galaxy fans, who already know the team is locked into the third spot in the Western Conference and will have a home single-elimination game, is who they will play either Wednesday or Thursday next week.That feeds into how ESPN will cover “Decision Day” as they’re calling it. All 10 league matches are played at the same time Sunday, and ESPN has Seattle-Real Salt Lake (Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman), while ESPN2 will do a “whiparound” coverage of all games in progress with Max Bretos, Alejandro Moreno and Brian Dunseth also starting at 1 p.m.Also• Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon hit the 15-year mark for ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption” on Monday. Their reward: More years of doing this. Said Kornheiser: “The fact that ESPN would give me yet another extension at my age indicates one of two things: One, they have never actually seen me on television. Two, they feel they are saving money on health insurance because they think I will have all my expenses covered by Medicare. Either way I am thrilled to be doing PTI with Wilbon and scaring the children.”• Bottoms up to FS1’s Katie Nolan for her performance on Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” trying to explain how President Teddy Roosevelt helped progress the sport of football. This lesson might have been punctuated by interesting the fact that Roosevelt’s actions led to the creation of the NCAA governing board (which did not mandate helmets until 1939), but, hey, why ruin a sloppy story?At least Nolan ended her rather rudimentary lecture while under the influence to host Derek Waters and all the young male viewers who have fantasized what it would be like to be in a room where she might be tipsy and loose-lipped: “There was a national standard for what football was … and it was great … and it was all great because of Teddy Roosevelt … and like, nobody knows that. They just think, ‘Teddy Roosevelt, oh, President’ or ‘Teddy Roosevelt, oh, you mean Franklin?’ because we’re young and dumb and nobody reads a goddamn book anymore.”Or, they just get learned from “Drunk History.”More media notes going into the weekend at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth. The fulcrum of the Cubs-Giants NLDS Game 4 — combined with the centrifugal force of the Dodgers-Cubs NLCS Games 1 and 2 contests that could have easily been on Fox’s over-the-air channel but were instead relegated to an outlet trying to up its saturation from just seven of every 10 TV homes (still behind ESPN and ESPN2, pretty even with ESPNEWS and ESPNU and a bit more than NFL Network, MLB Network and WGN) — made this a simple physics equation.Mass appeal is the byproduct of energy and force-fed programming.Valuable live games like MLB playoffs have a buzz factor that permeates other parts of the day and night programming. Or, in realistic terms, there are examples for those who, once they find FS1 on the menu for a Dodgers game, they just keep it there all day and let it keep running for the fear they’ll miss the next contest.(Also, for what it’s worth, the memo cites having “our L.A. neighbors at USC” on the channel in helping the cause. But the last Trojans’ game on FS1 was Sept. 23. Games subsequently against ASU, Colorado and Arizona were on national Fox, Pac-12 Network and again national Fox. If the reference was to UCLA, well, the Bruins have yet to be on FS1).After weaving in more data that had to do with other chat shows on the channel surrounding the MLB games, Horowitz urged the staff to join them at the Fox Lot 101 multipurpose room to celebrate with “bagels, donuts and coffee!” Those bastards know how to party. Pass the lox, for cryin’ out loud.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Local fitness queen triumphs in USA

first_imgPenprakhai Tiangngok, a 34 year old IFBB Pro athlete from Thailand, competed in a field of 18 pro women’s physique athletes in Phoenix, Arizona on Sept. 10 and came out on top against the tough competition.Penprakhai Tiangngok shows the form that won her first place in the IFBB Pro Women’s fitness event held in Phoenix, Arizona on Sept. 10.Penprakhai, who was the sole Thai competitor in the event, trains under the tutelage of 3 times Ms. Olympia winner Juliette Bergmann, who with her husband Jim Lensveld owns and operates the Better Bodies Gym (www.betterbodies.asia) located in Na Jomtien, near Pattaya where Penprakhai prepared for the contest.With her first place victory, Penprakhai now qualifies to compete in the 2017 Ms. Olympia Women’s Physique tournament in Las Vegas.last_img read more

Overtime

first_imgBILL NEAL by Bill NealFor New Pittsburgh Courier :10 Hi my name is Michael Vick. This is a message to all the haters out there. I am about to sign a new contract for $20 million big ones…NUFF said!:09 Tiger Wood’s ex-caddie who Wood fired last month won the WGC Bridgestone with Adam Scott. Tiger finished tied for 37th. That’s Karma baby! :08 I know most of you don’t want to listen to what I am telling you most of the time because…well because I know more than you. (Just kidding City League people) but here are five things you can take to the Bank!! And remember I told ya so.1. Tiger won’t win again until he brings the women back. The past was no accident mmmaaannn!2. Pirates don’t start losing when the Steelers start playing…well!!3. J-Lo is so fine she scares me, and I only see her on TV help me Lord!4. Cam New­ton will be a superstar this year and Terrell Pryor next year.:07 You will know the country is in financial bankruptcy when auto racing is done. I mean just going around in a circle 500 times. There can’t be a bigger waste of money. I am just saying.:06 College football is back. Now let’s see if Pitt’s going to be it! I say yes.:05 Shout out’s to: Terrence Taylor, former great player, military guy, Connie Hawkins League player and ref. and John Brewer, the keeper of the historic castle in Pittsburgh and the rest of the crew over at the Wilkinsburg Penn Avenue McDonalds. And to my new main man Chef James Hurt the food guru over at Mercy Hospital and his fiancé Claudia Yates who works at the Urban League East Hills Family Support Center. One of my young stars Bryant Mungin is project director. That means it’s being done right. He’s a “Champion graduate.” Keep reading James, I couldn’t do it without you. James is a South Hills grad. Came out with Kirk and Jennifer Bruce back in the day. (Yeah I know, more city leaguer’s…what ya gonna do, they’re everywhere?):04 Why not bring Randy Moss to Pittsburgh…why not, why not, why not???:03 Hey thank you once again, Monroeville First Friday Par-Tay people, another great night. Thanks to the Gibson’s, Ms. Renée and Ms. Roxy, all of your donations helped 50 plus kids have a great time at the Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp.:02 Now…time to get ready for the greatest “White Party” in Pittsburgh coming up on Sept. 8, at the magnificent Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Here’s the deal: 6-8 p.m. Reception-Happy Hour…Relax and get a seat; 8 p.m. Old School D.J., Cash Bar/Cash Kitchen (no free food man)!!; Meet the Fabulous Diamond Models; SoulPitt gift bags to the first 100 people; 50/50-prizes and surprises. Go to the SoulPitt website for all the details.:01 Pittsburgh, when you have the opportunity, say thanks to Charles “Chuck” Powell. He’s a special man doing special things for Pittsburgh and you!“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Shame on everyone of you…especially Black folk’s if you haven’t been to the Savoy Restaurant and Social Hot Spot. Chuck Saunders has done a fantastic job with the operation and we all must support it. That means everybody…even you Woodland Hills grads.Game Overlast_img read more

Grizzlies Devour The Knicks, 105-83

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley knew how important it was for the Memphis Grizzlies to start the second half aggressively against the depleted New York Knicks.After injury-ravaged New York stayed close in the first half, and even took a brief lead, the Grizzlies pulled away and handed the Knicks yet another loss.Conley scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies beat New York 105-83 on Jan. 5, sending the Knicks to their record-tying 12th straight defeat.“It was very important we didn’t come out and ease into the (third) quarter,” Conley said. “We really took it upon ourselves to come out and play team defense and play aggressive defense.”Tony Allen forced four of his game-high seven steals in the quarter to pace the defense, which forced nine turnovers in the period.“Tony got going with all those steals, and that always sparks us a little bit,” Conley said. “Guys were also making shots on the offensive end and we were getting layups.”The Grizzlies led by 11 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter behind Courtney Lee and Conley.Lee scored all 11 of his points in the first seven minutes of the frame. Conley made both of his 3-pointers in the period, and the Grizzlies built a 22-point lead entering the fourth.The Knicks (5-32), who have the NBA’s worst winning percentage, lost for the 22nd time in 23 games.Reserve forward Quincy Acy led the Knicks with 19 points, and Jose Calderon added 13.New York played without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Amare’ Stoudemire. The Knicks were also missing J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.Knicks coach Derek Fisher said the trade created a difficult pregame environment and even more challenges during the game.“We had to make some adjustments in terms of things we could do offensively and defensively,” Fisher said. “You saw us play some zone, which we hadn’t done before.“In some spurts it was effective, but overall, the nine guys that went out there, I thought they were trying their best. Memphis was the better team.”The Cavaliers sent reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, who are desperate to clear salary-cap space.New York also received forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.Fisher called it a strange pregame setting. “I can honestly say I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced it as a player where you’re right before tipoff and a teammate is not right there with you,” he said.The deal forced guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to play small forward. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.“It’s tough,” he said of the trade. “But you still have to go out there and give it your all and compete.”Allen and Marc Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who rested their starters for most of the final period.Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said he found out about the trade about 12 minutes before tipoff, and adjusted his lineup and the matchups accordingly.The Knicks fell behind by 12 in the first quarter, but recovered to take leads of 27-26 and 29-26 midway through the second after successive baskets by Calderon.Calderon’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks their first lead, and he followed with a 20-foot jumper on the next possession.The Grizzlies recovered in the final six minutes of the quarter. Vince Carter sparked a 21-7 run, starting with a 3-pointer to tie it 29-29. He closed the spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 47-36 lead at halftime.Tayshaun Prince had eight points in between, including six straight before Carter’s finishing 3.New York shot 33 percent in the first half, including 26 percent in the opening quarter. The Knicks finished at 43 percent. Memphis shot 45 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game.(PHIL STUKENBORG)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more