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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, August 21, 2009

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The guy has skillzzzzzz
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Looked out my window at work and this was the scene yesterday afternoon...the windows are tinted to keep out the heat, so it is darker than the sky actually was...

What a day for sports yesterday...

The University Of Memphis has been forced to forfeit ALL of their record setting 38 wins from the 2007-2008 season due to the NCAA ruling that someone other than Derrick Rose took his SAT. Seems Mr. Rose crapped the bed on three attempts in his hometown of Chicago, then a week before registration, he came up with a score good enough to get into school in Detroit...

In addition, the committee also said the player's brother received free transportation on the team's charter plane and hotel lodging that season. Investigators said the total cost would have come to $1,713.85. Such an arrangement is considered an impermissible extra benefit.

Coach John (the program assassin) Calipari was not included in the sanctions, which made those who root for the University Of Kentucky - Coach Cal's new home - happy.

This is the second time Calipari has had a season vacated. In 1996, a player on the coache's University Of Massachusetts team, Marcus Camby, was found to be on the payroll of would-be agents, Calipari was not personally implicated by the NCAA in that incident either.

The University Of Memphis will also has to return all money it earned by it's NCAA Final Four appearance. The school must also return the Final 4 trophy, and all of the banners.

The school has said it would appeal the ruling, and if they lose the appeal they will sue Calipari for the $300,000.00 bonus he received from the school for making the Final Four.

Sue him anyway guys!

Former NY Giant wide received Plaxico Burress pled guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a reduced charge. He agreed to a two-year prison sentence--of which he is likely to serve approximately 20 months, his attorney said--and two years of supervised release under a plea deal.

He is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 22 to be sentenced.

A Manhattan grand jury had indicted Burress on two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment in the second degree. He faced 3-1/2 to 15 years in prison if convicted of the weapon possession charges, and up to one year in jail if convicted of the reckless endangerment charge, according to prosecutors.

If you did not know, the brainiac went to a night club in Manhattan wearing a pair of sweat pants with the gun in his pocket. Seems he was fiddling down there and the gun went off, shooting himself in the leg.

I do have to say...it seems if you shoot yourself in NY you get more time than if you run down an innocent man in Miami...

And finally...a good news, bad news look at Little League as we are in the middle of the greatest sporting event around - the Little League World Series. This story is brought to us by Mr. Rick Reilly of ESPN.com...

The good news...This year, Dieter Miller of Fullerton, CA was playing in the first scrimmage of the year. Miller, a catcher, went to tag a runner out at home and, unfortunately broke his arm.

His parents, Pamela and Rolf, went to the coach and wondered if there was anything Dieter could do to stay close to his teammates. The manager, a nice guy by the name of Tony Mannara said "Absolutely!"

They made Dieter the scorekeeper for the team. Dieter sat in the dugout every game and kept the score and pitch count for the tea,.

His reward? He won The Little League Good Sport Award.

He and his family will soon take an all-expenses-paid trip to Williamsport, Pa. for next week's Little League World Series, where he'll be honored as the kid who found a way to keep helping the team even though he couldn't step on the field.

"Big D is a stand-up young man," Coach Mannara says. "He's a fan favorite, a kid you'd never hear a bad word about. He embodies the true spirit of Little League."

Dieter and Mr. & Mrs Miller...YOU MAKE US PROUD!
Dieter Miller:

We are hopeful the Millers make a call to Staten Island and the home of Jean Gonzalez. You see, five years ago, her then 12-year-old son, Martin, got a hit and the first-base coach waved him on to second. The problem was, Martin did not generally get many doubles. In fact, he'd never slid in a game before. So when he got to second, he slid clumsily, wrenching his knee, ripping his ACL and tearing his meniscus.

Tough break for the kid...everyone felt horrible.

His mom? Nope, she saw dollar signs...She sued the manager. She sued the first-base coach. She sued the local Little League. She sued Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

She said the manager -- Leigh Bernstein (a volunteer, just like all that participate in Little League at the local level) -- hadn't taught Martin the proper way to slide. (The coach said he had.) She said the local Little League had the wrong kind of bases -- Soft Touch detachable bases. (But the bases were on Little League's approved list of bases. They detach when you hit them with too much force.) She said it was everybody's fault but Martin's.

And just over two weeks ago, she settled for $125,000.

When Mr. Reilly tried to call the mom, she never called back. He then called her attorney, Alan Glassman, of Brooklyn (this guy is totally working on joining A.G. Rava in the ASSHAT OF THE YEAR club. He kept putting Mr. Reilly on hold and then told him, "Parents keep calling wanting me to represent their kid," he said. Who are these injit parents anyway????

Thank you Miller family, for understanding that no matter what a coach does...no matter how much a child is taught there is always a possibility of an injury.

To Ms. Gonzalez, I surely hope that you go out to dinner on your winnings and choke on your food and the only people close enough to you are the coaches you sued.

That may seem harsh to some, but after putting in almost 12 years volunteering in Little League and Babe Ruth, I can tell you that this could do tremendous harm to those the leagues around the country.

Why volunteer your time if you feel like you might lose everything you own because little Bobby or Janie slip on the field and injure themselves and their parents follow the route of Ms. Gonzalez.

Ms. Gonzalez, you make us sick.....

I am outta here for the weekend....


22 Of Your Sparks

  1. Parents like that mother are a disgusting part of sport. Unfortunately, they seem to get the most press.

    Excuse me while I choke on my own vomit now.

  2. DrillerAA09 Says:
  3. Okay, how do you attempt criminal possession of a firearm? You either possess a firearm or you don't and you either have a permit or you don't. I'm confused, but the legal system is good at confusing people.

  4. SONGBIRD: Truly disgusting

    DRILLERAA: LOL yes it is....

  5. LAC Says:
  6. I live only 25-30 minutes from Williamsport and have yet to catch anything to do with the Little League, but we watch it on tv. It's a great thing for our area and our economy. I hope they can have another great series this year despite the economy issues. That's a great thing making the poor kid scorekeeper!

    Happy birthday to your friend.

    Great LATSOF pic!

  7. Maggie Moo Says:
  8. I was going to say that parents like that disgust me, but the word has already been used. But they do. This is why children grow up feeling entitled to everything even when they haven't worked for it. Idiots.

  9. Schmoop Says:
  10. Ugly baseball parents have and will always be around...unfortunately. Here's to the Mickster, a man among men. Cheers!!

  11. Ken Says:
  12. Hey thanks for that stump cake Vinnie I could chip away on that all day. Yum yum!

    I was so proud of my great nephew Mike Scuzzarella a few years ago, he made it to the Little League World Series as a pitcher for Peabody, MA.

    Cheers to young Mr. Miller and his parents.

  13. SHUTTERBUG: Williamsport over the next two weeks is heaven on earth - you need to go over with your camera girl..the photo ops are endless!

    MAGS: Thank you - perfectly put

    MATT-MAN: True, but we can ridicule them whenever we can

    MICKEY-T: My pleasure Sir, when I saw it, I knew it was YOU!
    That is very cool Mick, I remember when Peabody was there.

  14. Dianne Says:
  15. my son played sports all his life and I lost count of the injuries. never once dawned on me that I should sue anyone, even the time the coach didn't realize Jeffrey had broken his wrist. Jeffrey said he was fine, my sister who picked him up said he was fine. It took Mom to realize he was fibbing so he could play the next day. Should I have sued for neglect!?

    anyway - cool photo

    and Micky-T is one of the best folks around

  16. Calico Crazy Says:
  17. Pretty picture of the sky, and congrats to the young man with the fabulous parents. The other mother, well I was friends with a girl whose mother was like that. She eventually ran away to live with relatives who were more "normal".

  18. BeckEye Says:
  19. Eventually, the ever-growing litigiousness of our society will destroy everything. Everyone will just stay at home for fear of doing or saying something that will end up getting them sued.

  20. Jay Says:
  21. I have a hard time feeling sorry for the University of Memphis. They knew what they were getting into when they hired Calipari. Everyone in America knows that Calipari is a jerk and cheat. UM also had quite a reputation as a very corrupt program long before he showed up.

    You can't really compare Plax to Stallworth. Stallworth was 100% cooperative and never once claimed any innocence, nor was he ever combative at anytime. He was very contrite and remorseful. So much so that he even went to the hospital where the guy he hit had been taken and faced the family.

    Plax, on the other hand, tried to use an alias at the hospital, tried to cover up and destroy evidence, and tried to get people to lie on his behalf. He was also already had a weapons violation on his record.

    Okay, I'm being combative today. Have a good weekend Vinnster! ;-)

  22. Love the sky you see through your window. Interesting post about sports and sue-ing (not sure how to spell that). Some very strange people live in this world.

  23. DIANNE: Now don't you regret not suing???You could have been set for life! thank you for teaching your son that life happens and that it is not solved by litigation

    CALICO: Thank you for your comment and for sitting on The Couch

    BECKEYE: So very very true and so very very sad.

    JAY: Many schools have bad reps...and in this case the NCAA seemed to be coming down real hard on the program. Duke also had a player in the same way within the last 2 years and the NCAA did nothing to them...
    I compared the laws not the people as far as Plax and Stallworth...it is the laws that are screwy, though I agree with NY City's law...you get caught with a gun you get 3 years - whether it went off or not...3 years...he actually got 6 months less, so he should feel lucky.

  24. EG TOUR GUIDE: Thanks for the comment and for sitting on The Couch today.

  25. Mimi Lenox Says:
  26. My son broke his arm during football practice in middle school. He sat on the bench and watched the rest of the team the whole season - everyday, every practice, every game.

    Sue? Never crossed my mind.

  27. Travis Cody Says:
  28. Sometimes kids get hurt. It's part of sports and it's part of growing up. You don't want it to happen, but sometimes it does.

    Most youth sports leagues have indemnity coverage, and parents are responsible for insuring their kids when they sign up for sports. You can't go around suing sports leagues when a kid gets hurt.

    Well, I guess you can, if your goal is to have NO youth leagues.

    As to Burris and Stallworth, I think both men are being held responsible for what they did. Stallworth is catching a break based on his behavior after his incident, and Burris isn't because of his behavior after his. I think the laws allow for those kind of extenuating circumstances, and we'll see how both men learn from the punishments they have received.

  29. DrillerAA09 Says:
  30. Maybe the NFL should have a firearms, conceal and carry class as a part of training camp.

    Note to Ms. Gonzalez, if you want a guarantee that your son will not get hurt, put him in a bubble and keep him away from sports. He'll surely love you for it later in life.

  31. Julie Says:
  32. Oh no! Why did I click on that song? Egads!

  33. TopChamp Says:
  34. Ha ha ha ha... shot himself! How stupid. Not so amusing that he had the gun and was carrying it round, right enough.

    As to the horrible mother - it is a sh#tty thing for her to have done. I am glad that we don't have this culture of taking law suits against people in this way - I would be very nervous running a kids group. Not sure I'd do it, actually.

  35. ...great tribute to the Micster!...

  36. Patti Says:
  37. I heard about that mother. She is a wonderful role model for her son (not). I agree people will think twice now about volunteering to coach kids' sports. Kids need to learn that stuff happens, injuries happen, and it's not always fun. That doesn't mean let's sue!

    On another note, you caught some cool clouds outside your window.

    Happy Tuesday Mr. Vinny.


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