Nov 18, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT
When I first came to this country, having drifted across the Caribbean on an inner tube from the Netherlands Antilles, it was my dream to one day have my own sports blog. Sure, every immigrant has that dream … you see them in front of Home Depot every day. “Will mock ESPN for food.” But not many actually make it. Fortunately I was spotted a few miles off shore by the Coast Guard, who took one look at my plight and opened fire with machine guns. But they were gentle bullets … bullets of freedom.
Hi, I’m Rick Chandler … welcome to Out of Bounds. Remember when sports blogs were fun, and made you laugh? There will be none of that here. Like the great Stubby Clapp, I am here to play ball; to get dirty, to rumble, to slide cleats-up into second and mix it up with the big boys. Also there will be recipes.
I should have probably said at the outset that I have no idea what is going on in the banner above. It was worked up at great expense by the NBC graphics department, who put in a lot of time and effort, for which I’m very grateful. But I don’t understand this beehive of activity. Who is the tennis chick? I suppose that the paparazzi to her right are just doing their jobs, but the female boxer seems a lot more newsworthy.
And is that the 50-meter dash to the right? Be aware that I didn’t order that, nor the fellow who appears to be riding a Huffy. Just to be clear, there will be no daily track and field/motocross roundup. My idea for a banner — a deceased Barbaro surrounded by weeping jockeys — was rejected without discussion.
Actually I lied there above; there will be no sliding into second. In fact, I doubt that I’ll get my uniform dirty at any time this entire week. Consider this your funtime sports playhouse … like that tree fort you had as a kid, only with YouTube and beer. If you’ve got tips, suggestions or leftover Halloween candy, send them to me at RickChand@GMail.com. You can also follow my adventures on Twitter. Well, that’s it for the introductions, I’m ready to play ball. As Stubby Clapp would say, “It’s November 18th, why am I at the ballpark?”
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
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- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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