Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday zingers

Johnny Damon says that if the Yankees don't match his previous salary of $13 million a year then they shouldn't bother calling.
Hmm. I know it's New York, but with the recession, I'd be happy to even get a million bucks not unless you're used to an extravagant lifestyle.

Elin Woods is seeking a divorce from Tiger.
It's going to be a painful one -- albeit it will hurt the wallet -- as Michael Jordan found out. As for his sponsors jumping off Wood's golf cart -- Accenture and Gillette, it is their right. But Nike standing by Woods is the right thing. What's this -- tee off on Woods Month? As with Kobe Bryant, you can see that not only did he survive his transgressions but is even more popular than before.

The Philippines is at 5th in the medal standings of the SEA Games. We should not use our hosting it a few years ago as a barometer because we had home advantage. If we churned the same amount of medals every time out then we can safely say that we rule. But of great note is how Vietnam is battling Thailand for the overall championship. The country had war for three decades far worse than anything we've seen outside World War II and only recently began to turn things around for themselves. Look at their booming economy while we are still looking for someone to lead us out of the rut we're in.

Pat Riley is playing a dangerous game in the media with Dwyane Wade's alleged lack of pre-season conditioning. That was something better left on talk between the two. Can you say goodbye Heat after this season? I don't mind seeing him back in Chicago. The hometown kid leading the Bulls. Whooo!

The University of Maryland is turning out a number of very good football (not soccer) players. Am writing something about that. The ghost of Len Bias is out of the building.

BJ Penn, I know you cleaned out your lightweight division in the UFC but be careful for what you wish for -- a third bout with Georges St. Pierre in the welterweight division.

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