Recognize this guy? Look close because he's one of Seattle's biggest sports fans. And when he's not following sports, he's drumming for the Presidents of the United States of America. So why is Jason Finn on my Show? Because of something he said, while he and the other Presidents were on with the Gasman, promoting their New Year's Eve Show. It's one of the funniest (and most stunning) things I've ever heard on the air.
GAMETIME DECISIONS Each Friday on Gametime Sports Talk, a Gametimer steps up as the "NFL Prognosticator of the Week." "The Killer B" called me out yesterday for Week 7. I'm not sure how my picks will go, but it's always good choppin' it up with JB, KB and Big P!
THE BTL Sorry Commish, but as the Point Man of the FANS REVOLUTION, I'm in another league. I'm in the League of Fans with the remote in their hands, who realize that collectively and in unity, "we the fans" have the POWER over the advertisers they think they have over us. So a Beer League with a silly commissioner just leaves a "bad taste" in my mouth.
BRIEFING CLAYTON John Clayton knows more about the NFL than I'll ever know. And if John Clayton ever forgot anything, he could forget more about the NFL than any of us will ever know. John Clayton is Hall of Famer. John Clayton is the Senior Writer for ESPN.com. John Clayton briefed me on four "blackout teams," and I briefed him on BLACK CRUSH 2008.
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DON'T LISTEN TO ME That's right, don't listen to me. I'm not sure anyone has been listening to me anyway. For years, I've been saying, "WE CONTROL THE REMOTES!" For years, I've been saying "FIGHT THE POWER of the NFL Blackout Policy!!" For years, I've been saying, "BLACK CRUSH!!!" And now I say, "Don't listen to me." Listen to Dr. Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at University of Massachusetts; Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation. He's talkin' my talk!
NO BIG DEAL? Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy could have gotten 33 months, but was sentenced to only 15. That doesn't even cover the "integrity of the game" debate. Michael Vick, was sentenced to 23 months for a "non-integrity of the game, non-football-related" crime. Mike Vick was merely a player, Tim Donaghy was an "NBA Official."
WRITE OFF By accepting a $45 million buy-out of the Sonics' lease, Seattle's mayor simply wrote off Sonics fans, Howard Schultz's lawsuit and Lower Queen Anne businesses. Then a week later, appearing on sports radio for the first time since the settlement, he effortlessly wrote off bombastic on-duty radio host Dave Mahler.
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SPECTER VISION The NFL's anti-trust exemption? REALLY? That's Senator Arlen Spector's justification for wanting to meet with Roger Goodell and re-open the Patriot's Act of espionage? Why not investigate something truly worthy of Senate intervention, that actually has to do with the NFL's anti-trust exemption? Something like NFL BLACKOUTS! Get into the real game Senator
OK CORALLED!TIME! 7.31.08. 716 days flat. It happened so fast, Seattle Sonic fans can't believe it. Amid all the speculation, conjecture, lines, between-the-lines, lies, half-truths, denials and non-denial-denials, today the Seattle Sonics are offically not the Seattle Sonics. One year, 11 months and 15 days after Howard Schultz sold the team to Clayton Bennett...tick...tick...tick...SONIC BOOM!
RALLY JUNKIESEveryone knows the word "fan" is short for "fanatic." Ironically, there actually are very few Real Fans. Very few! How few? During a sold out Sonics game in Key Arena, 17,000 fans are in the house. At a rally outside the courthouse, on the opening day of a historic sports/lease case, ONLY 3,000 fanatics showed up.
OPENING DAY 2008Was the season of last year's Opening Day the most controversial ever? Will the crazy off-season fallout make this season even more controversial? Either way, there should be no argument, the MOST controversial season was the one that began with Opening Day 1994.
The Associated Press
March 26, 2008
NBA commissioner David Stern on Tuesday shot down a proposal by a group of Seattle businessmen seeking to renovate KeyArena in order to keep the Sonics in the city...STORY>>>
ALMOST 10!On March 8, 1971, Smokin' Joe Fraizer became the undisputed heavyweight champion with a victory over Muhammad Ali in New York's Madison Square Garden. On March 8, 1999, WeTheFans.com became the heavyweight champion of Sports Fans with its victorious launch onto the World Wide Web.
HELLA HOT SEATHow many of these hearings is there going to be on steroid use in baseball, when there was no rule against steroid use in baseball, because the MLB Players Union is so strong? All the stars keep showing up. Now it's Roger Clemens' red rover-red rover turn, on the BIG shot, white hot, "Merry-Go-Round seat."
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SCROOGED! The Groz has pretty much moved his game to Cyber Space, but when he is on the air, I make sure I get a chance to chop it up with him. This time I was bringing it by breakin' down three key Week 17 games before he went off the air Christmas Eve.
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DAWGIN' DA HONKS
Bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, BITCH! That's all the "Husky Honks" did this season on KJR Sports Radio and Comcast On Demand. At 0-12, it was a tough year for all Washington Husky fans. So on the finale Husky Honk Show of the season, I sounded off about all that bitchin'!
MORA! MORA! MORA!
Talk about "Be careful what you ask for!" Jim Mora has zoomed to center stage of the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies at a time when both teams are at a crazy coaching crossroad. And now that he's delcard he is not a candidate for the Huskies job, Jim Mora owes Tyronne Willingham and Husky fans an apology.
PLAY MIST FOR ME Speaking of "desperation football" up here. From my wingless Seahawks, to the biteless Huskies to the clawless Washington State Cougars, football has been a drag. And in my book, if we have to watch football players, play like women in lingerie, we may as well be watching women in lingerie playing football. Am I right, or am I right?
If you listened to the "Briefing Clayton" clip, I mentioned Atlanta, then John Clayton added Minnesota, Oakland, Jacksonville and San Diego as NFL towns in The Blackout Zone this season. These towns are the "major stops" of the BLACK CRUSH BUS on its route to Super Bowl XLIII to blackout commercials.
BREAKIN' IN KJR
So you want to break into radio, huh? Then start a website. It only took me 3,468 days, but hey, who's counting? I wasn't even trying to break into radio. However the fact of the matter is, I launched WeTheFans.com on March 8, 1999 and debuted on "Commando vs Gas vs Caller" September 3, 2008 on KJR Sports Radio. So call in and try beat the Gasman and me.
USA = NBA
What if I want the US Olympic Team to win as many gold medals as possible, but want the USA Basektball Team to get tin?
Does that make me unpatriotic? Not in my book, you know why? Because Ballers USA, the so-called "Redeem Team" is comprised of NBA players. And the commissioner of the NBA recently and unpatriotically aided and abetted in the removal of my Sonics from Seattle, leaving a nasty taste in my mouth for the dictator-led NBA.
Nearly four years later, all the nonsense over the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show came down to what I call "indecent indecency." A federal appeals court threw out the $550,000 the agency imposed on CBS and ruled that the FCC violated its own standards for what constitutes indecency. WHAT?
NATIONALIZEDBAThe Sonics may have been the team that got blown out of Seattle, but with David Stern's Gotti-like tactics, this could happen to any team in virtually any of the other 29 NBA cities. The commissioner has a fudiciary responsiblity to the owners, but doesn't he have a greater responsibility to the "benefit of the league?"
SPECTER TO SANCHEZ
Now that Sen. Arlen Specter has finally exited (with a whimper) the stage after his grandstanding on "Spygate," Rep. Linda Sanchez has entered stage right. Specter was chasing ghosts, Sanchez is on the trail of a real issue; the NFL's pension plan.
THE MAN: 600!If you are Ken Griffey, Jr., one season you're "The Kid," because you look, play and act like one. The next thing you know, you're one of six men to ever hit 600 career homers. Man, what a career!
HOT COFFEE CZAR
Word has it Howard Schultz is mad. Mad at Clayton Bennett for tricking him into selling the Sonics for $140 million more than he paid five years ago. In other words, approximately $50 million more than the estimated value, so Schultz is mad enough to file a lawsuit.
GISELE & LeBRON
Everything is a matter of perspective. Some see controversy here, others see controvery there. I don't like the cover. The photo doesn't exactly have LeBron striking a pose that fits the magazine or the song. But my main beef isn't with the photo, it's with the stats of the photo.
MARCH FIVE College basketball fans vividly remember the start of the Iraq War. How could we ever forget how it followed us with constant updates, while we tried to escape its "madness" by watching the NCAA Tournament? FIVE YEARS AGO! So in support of the troops and protest against the war, allow me to go on another rant.
CERTAIN EXCLUSCIONS MAY APPLY . Is it just me, or when you see a tag like this, attached to a pair of Chuck Taylors, in one of the biggest athletic shoe chains in America, do you think for ONE SECOND, buying a single pair is a "certain exclusion?"
BLACKOUT XLIII Senator Specter is sidestepping the real issue, so I'll keep the pedal to the metal. The NFL's anti-trust exemption is the root of NFL blackouts. The $2.7 millon-per second pricetag for Super Bowl XLII commercials most likely will not drop by the time Super Bowl XLIII. Let's see what Senator Specter does by then. I know what I'm gonna do!
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