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  1. Ex-NBAer's unfortunate Haiti screed gets him canned from ESPN

    Jan 27, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Paul Shirley and I were born in the same town. But he left the mean streets of Redwood City, Calif., a San Francisco suburb, for Kansas as a small child, and went on to a career as a journeyman NBA player, and then a writer (I plan to follow that path in reverse). So as…

  2. Factions continue to bicker over Tebow Super Bowl ad

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The last time I wrote about Tim Tebow and anti-gay activist James Dobson teaming up to produce a Super Bowl commercial, I was admonished by reader Eric to “repent.” His comment: Rick: Could you be a little more subjective. Tebow is a great kid who loves God; loves Family; loves children; loves life. Dobson is…

  3. Australian Open fans mock Tiger with somewhat hilarious signage

    Jan 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    There’s been much speculation on what Tiger Woods’ eventual return to golf might look like, and last week the always-diplomatic Australians gave us a sneak peek. Pictured here is a little Tiger humor at the Australian Open, which is, yes, a tennis tournament. So you can imagine what things might look like at an actual…

  4. A Senior Bowl weigh-in photo to haunt your dreams

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Because it’s still early and you’ve just lived through the trauma of the previous post, I’ll spare you the sight of Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody in his underwear at Monday’s Senior Bowl weigh-in. You’ll thank me later. I’ll just link to it here, and you’ll then be responsible for any damage to your eyes.…

  5. The horrible truth about this year's Super Bowl commercials

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I suppose that the Underpants Bomber and the Pants on the Ground Guy made this inevitable, but it seems that this is the year of people in their skivvies. Just look at these potential Super Bowl commercials, where someone felt that America was ready for lots of underwear-related comedy, and just ran with it. I…

  6. Morning Tweet: You're a good man, Charlie Simpson

    Jan 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    So the NHL is taking a bit of grief for its official donation to Haiti relief efforts, having chipped in $100,000 when the other major U.S. sports leagues, the NFL, NBA and MLB, all went $1 million each. As our correspondent to the right points out, the NHL’s donation was even topped by a single…

  7. Indy police take down a Jets fan: Boxed set video edition

    Jan 26, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Earlier today we recounted the sad tale of Jets fan Patrick Mallon, who was tasered (allegedly) and hauled to jail (most certainly) by police outside of Lucas Oil Stadium prior to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. We only had a still photo to show you then, but now a series of videos has surfaced,…

  8. Tuesday Blogdome: Wife cancels ESPN; can a stabbing be far behind?

    Jan 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The blogosphere has given us many things, but one of my favorites is the word “stabby.” As far as I know this was invented on some small sports site, and it surely became popular out there in the ether. Anyway, I took a vote of everyone everywhere, and we’re not tired of it yet. So…

  9. Sweet and lowdown: When it comes to music, Saints are already champs

    Jan 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Just about every Super Bowl-bound team has inspired its fans to produce tribute songs. Some are awful, while others, like those belted out by young Pittsburgh Steelers devotees The Pop Rocks last year, are pretty impressive. The Indianapolis Colts, no doubt, will be powered by two or three fan-produced anthems next week when they head…

  10. Kid stabs dad for criticizing his PlayStation soccer tactics

    Jan 26, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    We now take you to sunny Italy, where kids take their video games pretty seriously. In fact, one father in Rome tried to give his son some advice concerning his tactics on his Sony PlayStation soccer game, and the boy reacted as you thought he might: He went into the kitchen, retrieved a carving knife,…

  11. Stubby Clapp's Video Vault: Bourbon Street's restrained, dignified Saints celebration

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s the height of convenience when your team wins the NFC Championship, and you step outside and you’re on Bourbon Street. It’s a ready-made party! Somehow I don’t think that there was a spontaneous parade with tubas and parasols anywhere in Indianapolis on Sunday night. Plus, more videos following the jump. *** Saints Video: Bourbon…

  12. There's nothing that dresses up the Australian Open like standing outside in a KKK robe

    Jan 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    It is my great ambition to one day be known as an “artist/activist.” It would spiff up my resume, and aid me greatly when trying to bum clove cigarettes. I’d sit around all day at trendy cafes, talking with my friends about art and politics, occasionally pausing to ogle women wearing backpacks and woolen leg…

  13. Sheriff's deputy assigned to school attended by Tiger Woods' daughter

    Jan 26, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kind of lost in all the Tiger Woods madness is how all of this is impacting — or will be impacting — his children. Word is that his daughter, Sam Alexis, 2 1/2, can already spell out the words “Radar Online” with blocks, and has retained an attorney to negotiate frequency of juice pouches. But…

  14. New Lubbock, Texas phone book features Mike Leach on cover. Ha

    Jan 26, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! Let’s see who they put on the cover this ye … yipes. Awk-ward. The new Lubbock, Texas, phone book arrived on porches this morning, and imagine everyone’s surprise when a photo of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach looked up from the cover. Even…

  15. Another Jets fan tasered, arrested; it's open season, folks

    Jan 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I assume that a New York Post editor was being sarcastic when he wrote the headline: Shocker! Cops taser Jets fan. I didn’t write about this when it first happened, because a Jets fan being arrested is about as rare as limited visibility inside the Willie Nelson tour bus. But New Jersey resident Patrick Mallon,…

  16. Morning Tweet: Comeback player of the year

    Jan 26, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Babe Ruth always did have a poor sense of timing. Think how many home runs he could have swatted, and how much money he could have made, in the steroids era? McGwire would have needed to inject himself between innings to keep up. Instead, the Babe spent evenings closing bars and gorging on Nathan’s hot…

  17. All-white basketball league's founding nutjob speaks out

    Jan 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Promoter Don “Moose” Lewis says he wants to start an all-white pro basketball league, that much we know. What we don’t know is if he’s serious, or just out for publicity (I vote for the latter). Now, perhaps, we’ll get some answers, as Moose was unleashed on 790 The Zone radio in Atlanta this morning.…

  18. Monday Blogdome: 'This isn't Detroit, man! This is the Super Bowl!'

    Jan 25, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Minnesota Radio Crew Finds a Way to Mention Detroit in Calling Brett Favre’s Late Interception. And then there’s the Vikings announcing crew, who I actually enjoyed hearing in agony, mostly because they find a way to take a shot at Detroit: [Detroit 4 Life] More stuff following the jump.

  19. Charges dropped against pro skateboarder in Anaheim Ducks hockey stick fan brawl

    Jan 25, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It was the hockey fight you didn’t expect to see: Fans at an Anaheim Ducks game brawling over a hockey stick, which was tossed over the boards by Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer. It happened in November, and it turns out that one of the combatants, pro skateboarder Mike Vallely, faced possible police charges for his role…

  20. Site: Elin's phone ruse drew out Rachel Uchitel, led to SUV crash

    Jan 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    If you’re like me, you long for the early days of the Tiger Woods scandal; when he only had one known alleged mistress, and the dents in his Escalade were still fresh. According to Gerald Posner of the Daily Beast, there’s new information on what happened that fateful Thanksgiving night, now so long ago. Elin…

  21. Beating the pranksters; coach makes amazing halfcourt shot

    Jan 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    OK, here’s the setup. Some Olathe Northwest High School (Kan.) students thought it would be funny to recreate a College Humor.com prank, in which a teacher takes a halfcourt basketball shot while blindfolded, and the crowd goes wild, fooling him into thinking he made it. The prank is then revealed when they show him the…

  22. High school hoops team that won 170-35 up to more shenanigans

    Jan 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    OK, as you recall from last week, the Yates High (Texas) boys varsity basketball team beat hapless rival Lee High, 170-35, continuing to full-court press and gun up shots all the way through the fourth quarter. This despite leading at halftime, 100-12. This caused somewhat of a controversy, well, everywhere, including the comments section of…

  23. Incoming! Fla. golf course makes it rain on nearby home

    Jan 25, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    The bombardment has continued for 15 years, and Bill and Dorothy Abbott, both 75, have taken to wearing hard hats when they venture outside of their Naples, Fla. home. That’s because their house is being pelted with golf balls from the neighboring Stonebridge Country Club; a neverending reign of terror that began when the course…

  24. Tiger Woods mistress No. 19 called him 'Jose' to hide affair

    Jan 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    By now you’re probably aware of Tiger Woods mistress No. 19 (are we still using ‘alleged’? OK). That’s Emma Rotherham, 42, a native of Britain who lives in Celebration, Fla., and is said to have been the most recent to play through at the Windermere Golf & Infidelity Country Club. I pretty much stopped listing…

  25. Morning Tweet: Jim Nantz will steal your heart, and your soul

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The squirm factor with Jim Nantz has been turned up to unacceptable levels recently, making the option of muting the TV and turning up the radio for the Super Bowl a real possibility for me. Yep, Nantz will pull SB XLIV duties for CBS in two weeks, where he will be hard-pressed to duplicate this…