Archive for May, 2013



Sergio Garcia hates Tiger Woods, that much is evident. That is why in the midst of a very public feud, Sergio let loose the kind of barb that has become far too common in the world of professional golf. When asked if Sergio would have Tiger over for dinner Sergio replied, “we’ll have him over for dinner every night” he began to walk away, turned and said “we’ll serve fried chicken”. Ah yes, the tried and true subjugating fried chicken reference – an infamous put down to the African-American community. One would think golfers would be sensitive to this sort of language after Fuzzy Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and the 1984 U.S. Open, said after Tiger’s 1997 Masters win, “that little boy is driving well and putting well…” he went on to say, referring to the fact that the Masters winner selects the dinner menu for the following Masters dinner “tell him not to serve fried chicken next year….or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve”. Disturbingly enough these aren’t the only racially insensitive comments aimed at Tiger Woods by those in the golfing profession. Just 5 years ago, Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman offered up this solution to young golfers looking to unseat Tiger as the worlds top golfer during a live broadcast, she said they should gang up and “lynch him in a back alley.” Kelly was reprimanded by the public and suspended by the Golf channel. How did Golfweek Magazine decide to cover this huge misstep, their next issue featured a picture of a noose on the cover. Ouch, talk about twisting the knife.

Now are all or any of the aforementioned comments race driven? Perhaps not. Are Sergio, Fuzzy and Kelly all racist? We may never know, but the history of Golf, the PGA and it’s founders speak to a disturbing view of racial inequality and antiquated social views and practices. In 1975, not 1925, but1975, Cliff Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club (yes, that Augusta), stated “as long as I’m alive, golfers will be white and caddies will be black.” In 1990 the founder of Shoal Creek Country Club in Alabama, site of the PGA championship that year, stated “we don’t discriminate in every other area except the blacks”. After public pressure following that statement both Shoal Creek and Augusta admitted their first black members that year. Shoal Creek, designed by Jack Nicklaus and rated the top golf club in the state admitted it’s first woman members in 2009. Augusta national joined the fray and admitted it’s first few female members in 2012, amongst them…Condoleezza Rice.

Now none of us are naïve enough to think racism and inequality doesn’t permeate each of the major U.S. sports in some capacity. However, many esteemed private golf clubs seem to be intently overt and sometimes even prideful of this shameful behavior. Their practice of membership via invite only (no applications allowed) almost seems to protect their shady interest. NCAA football still has leaps and bounds to go before it’s hiring practices are considered inclusive of all races and the NFL needs to revisit it’s Rooney rule to ensure fair hiring practices. However the latter has made tremendous strides in leveling the playing field in it’s hiring of front office and coaching positions. Meanwhile, Tiger is simply trying to go a few years without being chastised for perhaps enjoying Popeye’s Chicken every once in a while. I mean, who doesn’t love fried chicken? I wonder, what would these clubs say if he actually wanted to work at Augusta? Would he be offered a position as Sergio’s caddie?






Posted: May 30, 2013 by B in BREAKING NEWS, Mets, MLB, Yankees



Torts Fired, Sather Stays?!

Posted: May 30, 2013 by B in NHL, Rangers, Rants

Today the New York Rangers fired John Tortorella, just days after the Blue Shirts were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tortorella has been criticized for his brash style, run-ins with the media, and alienating his star players…see Brad Richards.

My question is…


In his 13 years with the club, the Rangers have won only five playoff series and never reached the Stanley Cup Finals. Why does James Dolan keep him on board? Does Sather have something on Dolan to ensure that he has a job at the Garden for life? Dolan is truly a puzzling individual himself and who he chooses to associate his loyalties with … see Isaiah Thomas.

Nonetheless, Sather isn’t getting the job done. He has thrown money at the wrong free agents and has created a team of underachievers. Sather is resting on his Edmonton Oilers laurels. Bottom line…

Sather needs to GO!… see Fire the Wilpons article

Pretty Boy…I mean…Money Mayweather will fight Canelo Alverez on Sept 14th at the MGM Grand. Will this be Mayweather’s first loss? I sure hope so! He’s finally fighting someone who he should be scared of!


Posted: May 29, 2013 by B in Mets

On an evening where the New York Mets came back in the bottom of the 9th to beat the immortal Mariano Rivera, I can’t help but focus on how much Mets ownership is a joke. In an obvious throw-away year, why can’t we Mets fans enjoy a three game winning streak, two against the hated New York Yankees? Instead, we are focused on the pre-game ceremony, where Jeff Wilpon exchanged the following conversation with Mo:

“I wish we could see you in the World Series, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen this year,” Wilpon said.

“You never know, you never know,” Rivera responded.

“Maybe we can get on a run,” Wilpon concluded.

Ownership doesn’t believe in this team! That’s why ownership needs to go.

The Mets payroll for this year is roughly $95 million. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been giving us the same song and dance about waiting for the roughly $30 million to come of the books with the Jason Bay and Johann Santana contracts next year to finally invest in this team. They could not sign Michael Bourne because they were so protective of the 9th pick in the draft (This pick better turn out to be better than Mike Trout). Fact of the matter is the Mets will have a $65 million payroll next year. They better invest in free agents (not the best free agent class out there). You cannot operate on $70-$100 million dollar payroll in this New York market. The Wilpons complain that fans don’t come out. I say put a product on the field that the fans will root for!

“Maybe we can get on a run,” Wilpon told Rivera. Maybe if you had a major league baseball roster on the field you could Jeff!

NY Sports Nutz are BACK!!

Posted: May 29, 2013 by B in Shangri-La

The NYSports Nutz are back! After a week of recovering and recouping from our Tough Mudder in Chicago, we are back and better than ever. Check out the pics of Team CBC Wolfpack muddering through the 12 miles and 22 obstacles. What a great experience! We are Mudders! Are you Tough Enough?




We Need More Players Like This!

Posted: May 8, 2013 by B in MLB, Shangri-La

You have probably seen the random act of kindness the Dodgers Matt Kemp displayed at a recent game against the Giants at AT&T Park (If you haven’t, check it out below). An ailing boy, Joshua, and his father were in the stands and the boy’s father struck up a conversation with the Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach throughout the game. He explained that Joshua was sick and Matt Kemp was his favorite player. As Kemp made the final out of the game, Wallach looked for Kemp in the dugout and brought him over to Joshua. What took place next is why many of us have sports heros and are fans of athletes. Kemp signed a ball, gave Joshua his hat, jersey, and game spikes, shook both Joshua and his father’s hand and ran back to the Dodger dugout.

As you watch the video, look at Joshua’s face and how his eyes light up. This is what sports does and why we still look for heros in it. Despite the millions of dollars athletes are paid, the PED scandals, the cheaters, and the liars, there are individuals who still see thier role as difference makers. This moment proved that one small act, can make a lifelong impression in any difficult situation. Matt Kemp, you have another fan here in me. Good job!