Hottest Stories in Sports for Wednesday, October 19

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 19, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04:  NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations at The Westin Times Square on October 4, 2011 in New York City. Stern announced the NBA has canceled the remainder of the preseason and will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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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. 

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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


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04:  Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations at The Westin Times Square on October 4, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty
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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.

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



ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18:  (L-R) Adrian Beltre #29, Elvis Andrus #1, Michael Young #10 and Ian Kinsler #5 stand in the field during batting practice and at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Texas Rangers will take on the St. Lo
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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?

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)



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.

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)



BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox, with an ankle injury, walks to the clubhouse after a throwing session before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park September 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim
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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)



NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04:  Kobe Bryant listens as Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association, speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations at The Westin Times Square on October 4, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by
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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?

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)



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)



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)



MIAMI, FL - MARCH 10:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts up Kobe Bryant #24 of  the Los Angeles Lakers  during a game at American Airlines Arena on March 10, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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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)


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