Tag Archives: Sports

Oh, I beg to differ

Langford says Birmingham Olympic bid no joke – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

It’s not only a joke, Larry — it’s a terrific joke. Don’t be modest.

The application fee is $500,000, by the way. Yeah, that’s a great idea.

It’s always fun when a member of the team turns out to be a cocaine dealer

UA football player Johns suspended from school, dismissed from team – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

So, near-legendary Alabama football player Jimmy Johns (who never could manage to turn his athletic gifts into actual football skills, and disappeared from the offense for most of last season even though the team was essentially out of running backs) turns out to be a cocaine dealer. I didn’t know that, but apparently the only other person who didn’t was Nick Saban. Several people have said, “Oh, yeah, I heard about that.” However:

Snyder described the investigation as “fast and furious” to avoid the information leaking to the public.

The “public”, as I said, seems to consist of me and the football coach.

Let me count the ways

Olympic Games in Birmingham? Mayor says, Why not? – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

1. Even if all the various projects — the Birmingdome, the Fair Park Yuppie Center, etc. — were built, there would not be nearly enough major facilities in town to hold the Olympics.

2. The Olympics are fearfully expensive and have driven larger cities than Birmingham to bankruptcy. There is not enough of a population base to support the Olympics.

3. It is quite likely that Chicago will win the 2016 bid, which means that North America is out for 2020.

4. There is a bias towards big cities — because of points one and two.

5. You are completely and utterly insane.

Stronger… Faster… Crazier

Birmingham, Alabama, mayor wants Olympics in 2020- al.com

There are no words.


Mayor proposes moving Birmingham International Raceway from Fair Park, providing $1 million to help build new track – al.com

Okay, so BMLL thinks that the old racetrack doesn’t fit in with his new ideas for the fairgrounds. Also nobody’s kept the place up and it hasn’t been paved since 1972. So he wants to get rid of it and build a new track (I mean, they aren’t going to pack up the old one and move it across town) in the Pratt City/Forestdale area on the northwest side of town. I don’t have any real objections to the idea, though I don’t know that we really need a racetrack and I wonder about the viability of low-level racing in a $4/gallon gas world.

More brilliance from BMLL

Discovery Channel Mythbusters slate performance- al.com

From one of those “briefs” columns:

Girls fast-pitch softball sought

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford said Wednesday he wants to bring a girls fast-pitch softball facility to Birmingham and also bid on having a youth baseball championship series held here.

“We can have the same amenities other states have,” he told reporters after a breakfast meeting with the Birmingham school board where he mentioned the idea.

Tremendous scholarships are available for girls involved in fast-pitch, Langford said. Langford added that he expected his idea to be met with criticism “because that’s just the nature of this community.

“But I’m still going to actively pursue having it here,” he said.

That’s the latest part of the solution: Fast-pitch softball! He’s got a million of them, folks!

Use your hands, dummies

John Carroll gets its revenge on the way to Class 5A boys soccer championship – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

Okay, I still hate soccer. But it was the only sport we were good at when I was at John Carroll.


Charles Barkley might run for mayor of Leeds – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

He wouldn’t be the worst elected official in Jefferson County, that’s for sure.


Some commenters on Braves Journal have called the booing of WPE last night “classless”. I agree. And I’m all for it.

Look at the word itself, rather than its connotation. It means “lack of class”. And what is “class”? The meaning of “politeness, breeding” is secondary, but telling. Fundamentally, class is an organizing principle of society that sorts people by birth, upon their birth, into their designated place in society. You’re an aristocrat, or you’re a peasant. The Bush Administration is built, basically, on hereditary privilege.

The creeping royalism that has come to pervade the office of the president over the past decades is disturbing. The President of the United States is not a king; he is not entitled to sovereign treatment. He is an elected official subject to the laws of the United States and answerable to the people of the United States.

I am a Democrat. And I am a democrat. What the latter means, and the former should mean, is that nobody is better than anyone else because of who their parents are, and nobody is better than anyone else because of their office. I respect people for what they do, not for what their name is or what their job description is. George Bush is a bad man and is terrible at his job. He has failed at literally every job he has ever held. If he wasn’t the son of the American aristocracy, he would be working at Wal-Mart, if he was lucky.

But that, too, is secondary. What is primary is the unbelievable amount of harm that he has done the United States of America and the world. He’s the greatest catastrophe the world has seen since the end of World War II. If you can’t boo that, what can you boo?

Bush’s plan for the inner cities

As part of its plan to ruin everything good and decent, ESPN let George W. Bush into the booth during the Braves-Nationals game tonight, where he proceeded to inform us of the great opportunities playing professional baseball offers inner-city youth. Who says that he doesn’t care about black people? He just doesn’t care about black people who can’t turn the double play or hit a curveball.