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From a very early age, kids around the globe are raised hearing great stories about this ideal known as a “dream job,” where people make vast fortunes, either monetarily or internally doing the things they love.  For some this job may be a doctor, an astronaut, a firefighter, a game show host or even a professional athlete.   This ideal, obviously varies with girls, boys, interests, upbringing, socio-economic status, and numerous other factors.  However, after years of research and countless hours in-front of a television, I may have very well found a job that could even make King Midas envious.  What is this holy grail I speak of?  A member of the hit ESPN television  program Pardon the Interruption (PTI).  Take a look at this behind the scenes video of the cast during a commercial break playing dodge ball with co-host Tony Kornheiser and tell me this isn’t a workplace you’d be glad to show up to everyday?

Congratulations NFL fans, we are all big winners this week as we will be treated for the first time in 64 years to football on a Tuesday evening!  If you agree with me on this highly debated topic,  I recommend you keep that opinion on the DL if ever around Philadelphia governor, Ed Rendell who ripped the NFL for postponing the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings Sunday night game due to “severe weather.”  After the “Snowpocalypse” left far far less than the 100 feet originally predicted by Meteorologists (the only job where being wrong 100% of the time is acceptable) the governor had these thrilling words for Roger Goodell and his constitutes down at the National Football League headquarters:

“We’ve become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down.”

Holy Simon and Garfunkel, what a breath of fresh air theses comment are.  Then again have you ever seen or heard Ed Rendell speak?  The man is so full of pizzazz, energy and strong opinions, that he makes Richard Simmons look like a nun during Sunday night mass.  The real question here is whether or not Ed Rendell’s comments are as far off as a Shaq free throw or as dead on as a military sniper?  I tend to lean heavily in favor of what was said for nothing more than how soft the NFL has become in general.  The “No Fun League” has now officially become softer than Pee Wee Herman after a long day at the movies.  Honestly, does anyone remember the epic New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders “Snow Bowl?”  Now that was real football and fun football to say the least!

I don’t need to hear the NFL and city of Philadelphia saying that the game was postponed because they feared for the safety of its fans.  Really?  If you care so much about your fan base, why don’t you also help them out by reducing ticket prices instead of increasing them?  If you’re watching out for your fan base, why don’t you stop charging regular season prices for pre-season football?  The notion that the NFL gives two shits about its fans is as likely as Qatar building hotels strictly for same-sex intercourse at the 2022 World Cup.  As usual this decision to postpone the game was 100% based on the Benjamins!  Why not just play the game on Monday?  Oh, thats right because then it would have been a battle between networks in NBC and ESPN, which translates to plenty of lost $ signs.  Sooo the NFL cares about its fans, huh?  Yah right! Keep telling yourself that. I also got plenty of green, grassy pastures to sell you in Antarctica.

Delusion is the essence of what it means to be a fan. The overplayed hopes of a franchise drive consumers to purchase game tickets, sport merchandise and spend ludicrous amounts on concessions. It is this common bond that unites cities, entire fan bases with the same skewed logic and biased perception of how they compare to the rest of the world. Sports are funny that way. Most of the time, plain facts and logic are completely forgotten. A statistic, the sole entity that determines the winner and the loser, is ignored, brushed aside for the brute emotions shared by all fanatics.

Enter the metropolis of New York. It is the “Mecca” of sporting events and the “greatest city on Earth.” Ask any of its citizens, and a game at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden becomes a once in a lifetime experience, eclipsing anything an outsider could ever encounter. But where does this sense of entitlement come from? Are they born with this notion that they’re simply better than everyone else? If the recent choices by high-profile free agents Cliff Lee and LeBron James tell us anything, it’s that maybe New York isn’t the holy land it’s made out to be.

Growing up in a town where it always seemed like the supporters from the rest of the country outnumbered the locals, I’ve yet to encounter a fan base that has won less, yet bragged more than those of the New York teams. If their teams aren’t going to the post-season or winning titles, then there is no point in watching. If the best athletes aren’t playing in their town and their teams aren’t prominent, it’s “not good for the league.” Part of the blame for this attitude lies with the media, who consistently over hype the stature of the New York teams, part of it is simply the allure of the big city, the “sexiness” of being showcased on ESPN and “Hard Knocks.”

It is the world we live in, New York’s world, a place where the rest are second best, regardless of record, a place where titles are won before the season even starts and where the best should want to play, because cash has become more important than competition. If knee-jerking was a sport, New York would always be in first place. Newsflash for the Big Apple: you’re not the greatest fans in all of sports, but you are the greatest dopes, the ultimate gluttons for misery and false perception.

– Carlos Sanchez

In the land of the skunks, the man with half a nose is king.  However, in the land of comedy no one touches Kenny Powers!

If you were dead to the sporting world this past weekend you sure as hell missed one great story as everyone’s “favorite” Around the Horn panelist and former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jay Mariotti was arrested and charged for a felony domestic dispute.  As most details pertaining to this situation are still unknown, what we do know is that a heated verbal argument between Mr. Mariotti and his girlfriend took place at a California nightclub.  After several hours the couple moseyed on home where the verbal shots quickly turned into physical ones.  The woman claims that Jay pushed and shoved her around their apartment and when the L.A.P.D. arrived the evidence was indisputable as several noticeable cuts and bruises were visible on her body.  Wow!  This information is enough for anyone’s stomach to be churning with disgust, but guess what?  The Sports Mole has the Pepto Bismol to aid that aching tummy of yours as I know exactly what your thinking right now. 

Where to start, where to start?  How about with the question of what on God’s green Earth was Jay Mariotti doing in a California nightclub?  Call me crazy, but the man who has striking similarities to Pee Wee Herman and Doogie Howser M.D. just doesn’t strike me as the party animal nightclub type.  Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why Mr. Mariotti would be pouring back grandpa’s old cough medicine as his career has sank faster than a Fat Albert turd, but please do it at your local hole in the wall bar.  One would think if this nightclub had any dignity or sanity at all, they wouldn’t be letting the Jay Mariotti’s of the world even get a sniff of the urinal cakes that hug their toilets. After all it’s not like advertising the fact that you hosted one of Around the Horns most lame panelists will bring in the beautiful people of the world.  In fact, the only thing Mariotti will bring to your club is a cast of nerds that makes Mr. Rogers look like Ron Jeremy at an 80’s gangbang.

Alright, now that I got that off my shoulders, let’s move to the next most perplexing question of the 21st century:  What self-loathing mutant would subject themselves to sleeping with Jay Mariotti?  After all, I know anorexic girls that would shove a big fat piece of chocolate cake down their throats before taking off their clothes and getting into bed with this clown.  Okay, well clearly today’s life lesson is that we all make mistakes so we shall give her a pass on this one.  However, I’m dying to know what was said or done to get this woman to date Jay Mariotti besides maybe a bribe or blackmail.   Despite his duller than a toilet seat personality, fragile figure, pasty complexion and 70’s hairdo, I’m not quite sure what woman wouldn’t be throwing their panties in the direction of this rock star.  Let’s be honest, if a blind man was given the chance to see again even he would turn it down if it meant watching Jay Mariotti on Around the Horn.  At the end of the day, I would love to end this article with something sweet and heartfelt, but that’s just impossible when it comes to the disease known as Jay Mariotti.  Bon voyage my friend!

After Lane Kiffin left the spotlight at Tennesse, things haven’t been the same, as now two Volunteers players got arrested this Friday after a bar brawl, something to consider for the upcoming season when you take a look at the NCAA Football Odds.

According to the Knoxville Police Department spokesman, Darrell DeBusk, the Freshman receiver Da’Rick Rogers was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. 

Rogers is one of the Volunteers’ most noticeable signees under first-year coach Derek Dooley.

The other one was Sophomore safety Darren Myles Jr., who was arrested and charged with assaulting a University of Tennessee police office.

Both were released after a $3000 bond combination.  None of those dumb kids had an attorney.

“We’ve heard that anywhere from seven to 10 people were involved in the incident inside the bar, and we believe the majority of them are associated with the UT football team,” DeBusk said.

The Volunteers could end up having more than just legal problems.

Sandy Morton, owner of the Bar Knoxville, told a newspapers that the Tennessee football players received “VIP status” at their bar and didn’t have to pay a cover.

Remember the whole deal here is that NCAA rules say that athletes aren’t allowed to receive any extra benefits or special arrangements such as discounts at restaurants or bars.

USC got suspended for two Bowl seasons just recently for something similar. Although it had nothing to do with a bar, it was because his players were receiving special treatments from third persons.

In a recent interview with ESPN Radio Milwaukee, the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a few hurtful things to say about the host of Pardon the Interruption.  As much as I wish he was referring to Michael Wilbon in his outlandish statement; he was in fact calling out the “loveable” Tony Kornheiser when he says:

You know who was better than Tony Kornheiser? Dennis Miller was ten times better. Dennis Miller was a great comedian, but one of the worst Monday Night Football guys ever. And he was ten times better than Tony Kornheiser. His stuff was actually funny. Tony stuff wasn’t funny at all. He did no research. We’d sit in those production meetings and he would add absolutely nothing to the conversation. I’d be like, ‘What are we doing here? This is stupid.’… You get in there with Tony and he’s asking you all these dumb questions that have no application to the game you are playing or anything you are doing. He’s terrible… I don’t think he’s funny. I don’t think he’s insightful. I don’t think knows anything about sports.

It may be worth noting that Tony Kornheiser has never been particularly fond of Aaron Rodgers either and that if you asked the PTI head honcho who his favorite quarterback in the NFL is, he might say the Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre.  That’s correct, Tony is a long-time Brett Favre fan and supporter who was vividly upset when the Packers in essence forced the living legend known as “The Silver Fox” to retire before he was ready to.  I am dying to know how Tony Kornheiser will respond to these comments as I know many others are.  I personally enjoy the bright and colorful commentary that Tony brings to the Monday Night Football telecast, how about you?