by John Walters
1. Fee, FIFA, Foe, Fumble
Last week: U.S. soccer goddess Alex Morgan reveals that FIFA president Sepp Blatter had “no idea who I was” when this picture was taken and she was one of three women up for the World Player of the Year Award.
This week: the U.S. sends out an indictment that leads Swiss officials to raid FIFA’s offices and arrest six high-ranking members of FIFA (but not Blatter) on charges of corruption, racketeering and, I assume, flopping.
The 2018 World Cup is scheduled for Russia. The 2022 World Cup is scheduled for Qatar. Here’s hoping at least the latter Blatter venue is scrapped.
2. Dewey Defeats Harden
Before either conference finals series is put to bed, SI puts Cleveland’s LeBron James and the Warriors (see: bold print) on its cover for this week. This could be the first SI cover jinx in my memory that jinxed a team before it even played in the series SI was touting.
A motivator for the cover, besides the fact that LeBron sells on the newsstand, is that senior editor Mark Bechtel is from Cleveland and senior writer Chris Ballard hails from the East Bay.
Meanwhile, a senior editor who oversees hockey is probably wondering what more exactly the NHL has to do this spring to make the cover.
3. The Oakland E’s
If you’re taking stock, the Oakland A’s no longer have….
A.) Yoenis Cespedes.
B) Jon Lester, who was the reason they jettisoned Cespedes
C) The best record in baseball, as they did last July 31 (66-41) but rather now have the worst in the American League (17-31).
As Cespedes, now with the Detroit Tigers, said earlier this week, ” (Former A’s pitching coach Ariel) Prieto would tell me Oakland is a place where they develop players, then let them go.
“Then, why operate?” asked Cespedes. “Don’t they want to win a championship?”
I believe I’ve heard someone wonder that before…
The funny thing is, Oakland’s pitching and hitting is in the top third in baseball. Its fielding, however, is A’trocious, as the A’s have committed 50 errors, or 25% more than the next-worst ball club, which has committed 40.
Every game in Oakland is a giveaway day.
“If they were really doughnut holes, wouldn’t the bag be empty?”
That’s gold, Jerry!
The sixth season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee premieres soon, with guests Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Harvey, Bill Maher and the next Jon Stewart, whatever his name is. Here’s the teaser/trailer.
I think we all know what the series finale will be: a fiery crash involving our host and the chairman of Crackle, Dick Corcoran.
A new recurring item in which we pay tribute to Dave. You got a problem with that?
Here’s Howard Stern on Late Night in October of 1984. Probably his second appearance.
Also, intern Caroline Schaper, 22, wrote two of the final 10 jokes for the final Top 10 List. If you look at her Twitter feed, you can sense a sharp sense of humor…
One Hand In My Pocket
I’m high but I’m grounded/I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed/I’m lost but I’m hopeful, baby
In the summer of 1995 Jagged Little Pill exploded on radio (and on the MTV), making an international star of 21 year-old Canadian Alanis Morissette and practically kick-starting the Lilith Fair era. The first hit, You Oughta Know, was a nasty kiss-off to Joey from Full House (really) and the third hit, Ironic, got everyone debating on the true meaning of the word –no it’s NOT like rain on your wedding day. Thank God Twitter was not around at the time.
The second hit, Hand In My Pocket, was always my favorite. Also, its lyrics actually featured multiple examples of irony. Isn’t THAT ironic?
Game 6: Ducks at Blackhawks
NBC Sports 8 p.m.
Granted, this will likely go into overtime — there have already been six OT periods in the first five games. So feel free to watch Game 5 of the Rockets-Warriors first (ESPN, 9 p.m., or 6 p.m. locally at tipoff — enjoy that rush hour traffic, GSW fans) first or the Airplane! marathon on Encore!