Mike Tyson named his pigeon coop Tyson’s Corner

Mike Tyson, Page 2 talk pigeon racingESPN Page 2
Maybe because I grew up a few miles away from Tysons Corner and have been working there for a long time, I found it amusing that Mike Tyson calls his pigeon coop Tyson’s Corner. I learned this in reading UniWatch‘s Paul Lukas interview with the former heavyweight champion and upcoming “reality” show star.

Oh and I generally don’t use the apostrophe in Tysons Corner (I think). The road signs leading to have not for some time, if they ever did. If they get around to creating the Tysons mailing address, like they should, the whole problem will be solved.

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Nats: Did Jayson Werth hurt Phillies fans feelings?

In today’s latest Sunnytown column from Spring Training, Thomas Boswell noted an exchange between Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Jayson Werth (The Post). Rizzo told Werth that he “hated the expletive deleted Phillies” and Werth said “I hate the Phillies, too.” I took it for no more than staying on message, but Philly sports blog the700level.com said “Like a jilted ex Jayson Werth cannot seem to quit us.”

Or is it the other way around?

the700level.com then compared him to Poochie, the kung fu hippie, from gangster city dog from “The Simpsons” which is pretty funny and is probably going to stick up there when they are not booing him. Surly ol’ Werth probably won’t care and may even like it. Remember, the Phillies fans booed Mike Schmidt!*

Just more fuel for the fire in this rivalry that is probably a few years from getting really good on both sides. I thought it would happen a little sooner, but better late than never.

Crossing Broad
, another Philly sports blog, took it um, really well.

*Among others

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Nats: Looking at Ian Desmond’s 2010 errors

First off, WTOP’s Craig Heist, of all people, interviews Ian Desmond in two parts I | II

DAN DALYAre 34 Errors Really That Big a Deal?The Wash. Times*
A statistical breakdown by Daly makes the argument that Desmond’s errors were not quite the disaster that they sound like. While Daly points out that 16 Desmond errors did not result in a run being scored which means that at least 18 did. Left unsaid was how many runs were scored following a Desmond error because 18 runs (at minimum) are A LOT of runs.

Another breakdown worth looking is seeing how many extra pitches had to be thrown? Obviously, it would be an inexact science. Extra pitches are the last thing you want with young, inexperienced starters or an overworked bullpen like the Nats had in 2010.

Also, this is of interest:

● In the 28 games Desmond made an error (in some games he made more than one), his stats looked like this: .327 average, .582 slugging, .357 OBP, .939 OPS, 7 2B, 7 HR, 17 RBI.

● In his 126 error-free games, meanwhile, his stats looked like this: .253 average, .342 slugging, .296 OBP, .638 OPS, 20 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 48 RBI.

Another positive, I suppose, is that none of the 10 errors Desmond made after July 29 cost the Nats any runs. So, does that mean that Desmond improved at situational errors?

I can understand the desire to defend Desmond, because I think he will become an above average shortstop and improve significantly in 2011, but cherry-picking stats like this isn’t making me believe his errors were not a problem last year.

*I will have more to say about the sports section return to The Wash. Times sometime soon.

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And for no reason, Penn State football uniforms are being modified

UPDATE: New Penn State football jerseys not a done deal yet

I have been meaning to post about the Penn State football program for a while now. You may recall, that after the Outback Bowl, the following things were reported:

QB Kevin Newsome was leaving the program

QB Rob Bolden was leaving the program

Tom Bradley, assistant coach in charge of the defense, was taking the Temple, no wait, the Pitt head coaching job

Rob Vanderlinden and several other assistants would be following

Joe Paterno had much more serious health problems and was going to step down after the game

In the end all of these things…did not happen.

Apparently, the lack of change is short-lived and it appears that Guido D’Elia, the man who made Penn State football the greatest show in the College Football an increasingly generic and dumbed-down experience, is involved. The Nittany Lines blog on The Morning Call broke the news that Penn State’s football jerseys will be even more minimalist starting next season. The white trim around the neck and and sleeves on the blue home uniforms (and vice-versa on the white road uniforms) will be removed. It is a minor change, but one that makes elegant Nittany Lions jerseys less attractive and frankly, cheap looking though I’m sure the price won’t be coming down.

This is a typical D’Elia move, the kind that screams “LOOK AT ME, I’M GUIDO D’ELIA AND I CHANGED SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE I COULD!” He just “fixed” something that WASN’T BROKEN.

Isn’t it odd that D’Elia is a minimalist about things like football uniforms and end zones (he made those more boring too a few years ago) yet he is the same guy piping in all that crappy music instead of letting the Blue Band play? Heaven forbid the gameday atmosphere feel like a college football game and not some minor league hockey game. Actually, that probably isn’t fair to minor league hockey (at least not the Hershey version).

I’ve figured D’Elia was going to get this done eventually. Additionally, though it wasn’t said, I fully expect Penn State to be sporting a gray facemask instead of blue. Count on the ugly 2 diagonal numerals as well. If you are so into throwbacks Guido, let’s have a throwback gameday atmosphere, back to before your tainted it, back when it felt like a college football game.

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Nats videos: Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Lerner, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth

Some Washington Nationals videos for lunchtime viewing:

CSN Washington‘s Kelli Johnson spoke to Ryan Zimmerman

Lindsay Czarniak talked to Mark Lerner, co-owner, about his “Strasburg therapy” but not shagging flies in the outfield:

I’m trying to stay off the Bryce Harper bandwagon until he gets to the big leagues, but here is what he and Jayson Werth had to say the other day:

Harper and Justin Bieber comparisons?

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a Bieber song and I suspect ignorance is bliss in this case.

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STAR-MELO: NY tabloids use same backpage headline

New York Daily News New York Post

That didn’t take long…

Even though I don’t really follow the NBA and I was getting tired about hearing about Carmleo Anthony being traded from the Denver Nuggets. Anthony’s debut with New York Knickerbockers yielded a win and the same backpage headline on the NY Daily News and NY Post. I guess the latter gets credit for the exclamation point. Points off for not having a larger version of the backpage yet though, I’ll see about changing it if/when it becomes available.

It has been a long time since the tabloids had a same headline. Oh and I insist on calling the Madison Square Garden basketball tenant the Knickerbockers, I wish Spike Lee would do the same.

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