*And since I'm talkin' college hoops coaching jobs, I gotta drop a few lines about Bob Huggins. You probably remember Huggins as the former Cincinnati coach who was run out of town after problems with booze, or even Kansas St.'s coach last year. No more. Well at least as far as K-State goes. Huggins left the Wildcats after one year to become the head coach of his Alma mater, the West Virginia Mountaineers. Seems like an OK move on the surface, but here's another one that stinks the further you dig. For starters, Kansas St. basically gave Huggins another shot at head coaching. When he was down and out, they were the school that had faith in him, they were the ones convinced he had kicked the bottle. He blows into town, wins a bunch of games, gets a stud recruit last year in Bill Walker, the #2 overall recruit for next year Michael Beasley and just skips down. So much for those kids taking a flyer on a lesser basketball school because of their coach huh? And why West Virginia? I understand Huggins went there, but if this job is such a dream for him, why didn't he take it when it was offered to him 5 years ago? Truth is, Huggy Bear was just using Kansas St. to get a better job ASAP. Can't say I blame him totally, but it's the recruits that suffer. And it's instances like this that make me totally understand why guys don't even want to bother with college. Players like Walker and Beasley likely would have been drafted right out of high school, but now they get duped by some boozer looking to revive his career and end up spending at least one year of their lives in Manhattan, Kansas. And let me tell ya, it's not nearly as glamorous as the other Manhattan. It may have fewer tranny's, bums and rickshaws, but it's not nearly as fun, trust me.
*For the first time in the history of his evil emperor like reign as MLB Commisioner, Bud Selig made a good move. And no, it wasn't having the Cleveland Inidians, and their smiley Indian mascot, play in the "Civil Rights Game" (yea you can't make that shit up). It was in fact, allowing each major league team to wear Jackie Robinson's league wide retired #42 (yea I know peeps still wear it like Mariano Rivera, but if you had it before the number was retired you were allowed to keep it, so beat it) to celebrate his breaking the color barrier in 1947. Several big name players such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Bonds have already requested they wear the jersey this year, and it's said that during the anniversary celebration, the entire Dodger team will be donned in #42 jerseys. Good work Bud, finally. Selig could have botched this by citing some dumb ass MLB uniform rule, but he didn't...at least not yet. Sure, this doesn't make up for the tied All-Star game that led to the All-Star game deciding home field advantage in the World Series, or for that whole steroid era (yea I don't know if you've heard about that), but at least it's a step in the right direction. Which is only appropriate seeing as it was also reported this week that Selig made over $14 million in salary in 2005, making him the highest paid executive in the game. Well, the second part was a no brainer, but I wanna know why they don't know his '06 salary or even what he's scheduled to make this year? It's like the freaking census. I honestly don't care how many Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders lived in Bristol County in the year ending 2002. I wanna know how many live there now dammit! And I wanna know how much Selig is making this year! $18 mil? $20 mil? I mean who goes to work not knowing how much they are going to get paid? "Eh, I'll just let you know how much I want every two weeks, and you can just throw it in a envelope and slip in under my door. Small bills please, (whisper) I got a little tax problem." See, even when I try to compliment Selig I end up criticizing him. I guess it's just unavoidable.
From the world of "I honestly can't believe that hadn't happened yet", I am proud to bring you this. The New York Yankee's AAA farm team in Scranton, Pa, apparently has a frisky mascot. Jay S. Hastings, who appears in a suit similar that to the Philly fanatic called the "Grump", was caught in an under cover police sting when he tried to seduce a young boy. Hasting'swas caught when he attempted to lure the young (and undoubtedly supple....gross) young boy into a van covered in the team's logo. How sterotypical of Hastings. Does anything say petaphile more than a guy in a plush suit driving around in a van? I don't even need to view the police report to know that the van was equipped with a matress (possibly a rotating one), a video camera with tripod, and of course, a huge bowl of candy. The only thing that could have made the whole scene even better would have been if "To Catch a Predator's" Chris Hanson was the one in the mascot suit. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be, and it was just your run-of-the-mill perv. As far as who is going to take over for Hastings inside the Grump suit, Deadspin.com seems to think it's Carl Pavano. I like the odds of that, but I am going to go with recently shunned ex-Yankee owner to be, Steve Swindall. Nothing would make Steinbrenner happier than watching his alcoholic ex son in law dancin on the dugout. Talk about from the penthouse to the outhouse. Hey Steve, just look out for that suit, I hear it has a few trap doors in it if you know what I mean. And I know you do.
And finally, I leave you with this priceless piece of video from CBS's very own, college hoops analyst Billy Packer. If you despise Packer like I do, then you'll love watching this video clip as he makes a complete ass of himself. He's later apologized for making these remarks, but I think the fact he said it at all truly shows that he honestly could care less what other people think. A vibe that comes across quite clearly in the way he breaks down NCAA games. Hope you choke on it you smug bastard. Take a listen...