Hottest Stories in Sports for Wednesday, October 19

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Hottest Stories in Sports for Wednesday, October 19
Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The NBA and owners have far too much to say to one another, the World Series will make dozens of people happy and Josh Beckett doesn't even like the taste of beer. 

Welcome to the Daily Radar, the place where no shirts, no shoes is a requirement for fun. Leave rankings and stories requests in the comments section, and I may just make your dreams come true. 

Let's Dish.

In this edition: NBA holds GabFest 2011...MLB to hold a tournament of sorts...Red Sox pitchers are, like, totally sober...ESPN has way too much time on their hands...Carson Palmer Gets 15 more minutes of fame...Hope Solo is still hot, just not interesting...Bryant Gumbel places foot near flapping gums...NBA stars to solve their poverty situation

1. OWNERS AND PLAYERS TALK MORE THAN TEENAGE GIRLS 

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The NBA and owners got together Tuesday to have a light meeting that involved close to a full day of talking. That has to be the most a group of men has ever talked. Somewhere millions of women are smiling. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is there finally some shred of hope?

Our Take: After 16 hours, the meeting broke with discussion of more talks later Wednesday. That either means there is hope on the horizon, or David Stern has some juicy gossip the players, like, totally need to hear the rest of. 

Hype Meter: 5-out-5 Sorry, I Was Napping Through that Last Point You Mades

The fate of the season rests on these meetings. So, yeah, they are kind of important. I don't want to imagine what 16 hours locked in a room with David Stern is like. I thought Dances with Wolves was a brutally long movie.

Award for Best Movie Reference Through Closed-Door Meeting Tweet

Related Link: ESPN reports on Most Publicized GabFest Ever (ESPN)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


2. WORLD SERIES IS HERE FOR THOUSANDS THAT CARE 

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic, or as most of the nation knows it, that thing that is on when football isn't. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who do we like in this thing?

What Would Make you Watch the World Series?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Our Take: Somehow David Freese will grow wings and fly around the stadium or whatever magic he does to make this thing go seven. But the Rangers have too many guys that hit the ball over that fence. That's the same fence that separates real men from whatever David Eckstein is. 

Hype Meter: 5-out-5 Tim McCarver Will Make Me Dizzys

We have begged the baseball season to be shorter for decades. Well, all I ask is for seven more games of your concentration. If you can care about a horrible game between the Broncos and Dolphins on Sunday, you can care about this. 

Related Link: World Series 2011: Breaking Down the Pitching Matchups for All 7 Games (B/R)

Related Link: Washington Post Gets Their World Series Preview On (Washington Post)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3. GUMBEL GETS TO 'ROOTS' OF STERN ISSUE 

HBO's Real Sports' Bryant Gumbel calls NBA commissioner David Stern a “Modern plantation overseer" and says Stern treats NBA stars, "as if they were his boys." 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Where's this coming from? 

Our Take: Everyone can agree that the NBA lockout has gone on too long, but after lengthy negations and still no verdict, Gumbel chose to hit Stern hard. These kind of comments come way out of left field, but since Gumbel is on HBO he believes he can say things like that without repercussions. He'll keep his job, but it won't stop people from giving him heat about his choice of words.

What do you think about Bryant Gumbel comparing David Stern to a plantation owner?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Hype Meter: 4-out-5 Did He Just Say What I think He Said's

The players and owners are working very hard to reach an agreement and end the lockout, and eventually one side will stop being so stubborn. However, referring to Stern as that of a slave owner is crossing the line. Gumbel is no stranger to controversial remarks concerning racial issues

Related Link: Bryant Gumbel Calls David Stern Plantation Owner (B/R)

Related Link: Gumbel Clams Up After His Stern Commentary (USA Today)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4. RED SOX PITCHERS HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF BEER

Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox pitchers that were reported to have drunk beer in the dugout refute the claims as false...and yes, they will have another round. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Has this gone on long enough?

Our Take: Yes, I am normally a bit nauseous about how much the Red Sox are covered during the season. Yet we have found a new and exciting way to overvalue this franchise. I have become so fed up with this story that I am currently on a week-long bender of Yoo-Hoo and Charleston Chews. 

Hype Meter: 4-out-5 Dugout Drinking Games 

The media continues to milk this story for every last ounce of intrigue. It reminds me of third to last Rocky film. That's when I asked how much more we could find out about his guy, then three more were made. 

Related Link: Boston Red Sox: BoSox Pitchers Didn't Confine Their Boozing to the Clubhouse (B/R)

Related Link: ESPN Covers Denial Heard Around Sports World (ESPN)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


5. ESPN RELEASES NBA PLAYER RANKINGS, HILARITY ENSUES

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

ESPN in their infinite wisdom released a ranking of current players in the NBA. Magic Johnson offered his opinions on whether King James was truly better than the Mamba, loud guffaws were produced. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was Magic correct?

What is a more Interesting Ranking Subplot?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Our Take: Magic said that you can't compare James to Jordan, and that Kobe has titles, something James doesn't. He obviously said it in much less eloquent manner. I side with the best point guard in history. I will side with James when he gets that star-studded team over the hump.  

Hype Meter: 3-out-5 Really Chris Paul is Better than Kobes

The rankings caused quite the stir when Bryant was labeled the 7th best player. What troubles me though is that the list goes 500 players deep. What kind of stimulant was the ESPN intern on when he had to decipher between Luther Head and Sundiata Gaines? And what kind of NBA dork has the gall to dispute their rankings at that stage?

Related Link: Kobe Bryant vs. ESPN: Are There Really 6 Players Better Than Kobe? (B/R)

Related Link: ESPN's Rankings All 500 of Them (ESPN)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


6. CARSON PALMER FALLS INTO THE BLACK HOLE

An NFL-mad world will be talking up the trade of Carson Palmer to the Raiders after they have had time to digest the fact. On Wednesday, the trade will seem as silly as it did on Tuesday. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was Carson Palmer the Answer?

Our Take: Yes, a man that hasn't picked up a ball in months and looked too much like Christian Bale in The Machinist for my liking will lead them to glory. Get this guy a pork chop and we will talk. 

Hype Meter: 1-out-5 Hey, Now I Remember How Mediocre this Guys Was's

Wednesday is usually the time that the nation flips from the crazy stuff that occurred last Sunday to the mess that will take place on this one. No, I think we will be talking more about Tim Tebow's biceps than anything else. 

Related Link: NFL Trade Deadline: Top 25 Biggest Winners and Losers

Related Link: LA Times Covers Oakland Raiders' Leap of Faith (LA Times)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


7. HOPE SOLO NEARLY GIVES US NO REASON TO WATCH DANCING WITH THE STARS

Hope Solo was on the hot seat Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars. It's not as sexy as it sounds, because she was nearly voted off. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Hope Solo rebound next week?

Our Take: I don't care. Really, I care more about the fact that Sundiata Gaines is ranked above Luther Head. It boggles my mind. 

Hype Meter: 0-out-5 She's the One that Plays Soccers?

We have lost out ability to care about Hope Solo, which means she will be booted off the show in short order. Wake me when she poses nude...for real this time. 

Related Link: Disaster Nearly Strikes Hope Solo on Dancing with the Stars (B/R)

Related Link: It's DWTS Recap time! (Entertainment Weekly)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

8. NBA STARS TO GET PAID TO VACATION 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The biggest stars in the NBA are set to make lemonade out of lockout lemons, tasty. A report has the biggest names prepared to hold a world tour exhibition series. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Can I get the deets, because I may want to see that?

Our take: The report issues that the games will be played in 15,000 seat arenas. The fact that the players will be paid six figures for their time makes me think that you will have to go to the games with your favorite millionaire buddy, and he will have to pay. 

Hype Meter: 1-out-5 Seriously, Kobe is Better than Chris Pauls

A series including players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade sounds awesome. It even borders on tubular. However, this just signals that having any NBA games this year is a pipe dream. 

Related Link: ESPN Reports on Potential Star-Studded World Tour (ESPN)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Until tomorrow, Holy Montana, graphics will never get better than this. 

Follow gabezal on Twitter

Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

Out of Bounds

Los Angeles Lakers

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.