Dec 17, 2009, 7:00 PM EST
Welcome to blogdome, a harsh, windswept land where there is no law and a pint of water is more valuable than gold. Today we lead off with Stephen Colbert, who talks about fans of his show, The Colbert Report, donating money to sponsor the U.S. Olympic speed skating team.
Steven Colbert and the Colbert Nation Save the US Olympic Speed Skating Team. “Now Mr. Shani Davis and I have had our differences. I don’t know why, I am a big fan of Shani; we are all pulling for him. He did call me a jerk, but I have challenged him to a speed skating race to settle our differences. All I asked for was a 1000 meter head start in the 500 meters. I will start skating and then I will call him on my cell phone once I have started to let him know he can start getting dressed.” [Sports Radio Interviews]
* The tragedy of Chris Henry and the disaster on Twitter. Now: we know Twitter verifies accounts now. And we think Twitter can be an extremely useful tool. But it’s also a tool that can be incredibly dangerous in this era where speed — even a matter of a couple of minutes — leads to page views. Last night was a reminder of the power of media, the power of technology and the process by which information should be vetted — particularly in a matter of life and death. [Randball]
* These seem safe. Carpet slides? Lets take the fun of sliding on a hardwood floor and do it on carpets too! Holy hell. How in the world did these things make it to market? How many things can go wrong here? Rug burn, sprained ankles, broken legs … [Deuce of Davenport]
* Rick Reilly Writes a ‘Very, Very Easy Column’. I absolutely love it when Reilly comes right out and admits that he wrote what he wrote because it would be an easy column. It’s fantastic. You may remember his Cha Cha column from a while back. It wasn’t about sports at all, but it was easy. This column about Closed Caption text isn’t really about sports either…it just has the names of some athletes. And Reilly got to drink while doing it. Ugh, you suck, Reilly. [Fire Rick Reilly]
* Jeff Francoeur Should Expect Coal in His Stocking This Christmas. By most accounts, Jeff Francoeur is a solid guy. I’ve sat just a few rows back in the outfield at CBP and watched him have some fun banter with Phillies fans. He just seemed to get that baseball is supposed to be fun, and treating the opposing team’s fans like children — *cough* Melky *cough* — isn’t a good way to go to work everyday. Unfortunately for him, his 2010 season is doomed because he dressed up like Santa at the Mets’ holiday party. [The 700 Level]
* Official Devil Rays Holiday Email Is Kind Of Lame. When I saw the email subject heading “Happy Holidays From The Devil Rays,” I was a little disappointed to find this. I’m no graphics wiz, but I would think any of these would’ve been a better choice for the team’s official holiday email … [Bugs and Cranks]
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- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- 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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