BAY MEADOWS RACETRACK CLOSES

August 20, 2008

The sport of horse racing has been dying for years.

Another example of the sport’s decline came this weekend with the closing of Bay Meadows racetrack. The track, located just outside of San Francisco in San Mateo, held its last race on Sunday.

Anyone who’s been to a track or a Las Vegas sportsbook recently knows horseracing is no longer “The Sport of Kings.” It’s “The Sport of Degenerate, Loser, Chain-smoking, Compulsive Gamblers Over 70.”

Bay Meadows opened in 1934. It was California’s oldest continually operating racetrack. It was also one of the first tracks in the country to introduce pari-mutuel wagering, the Daily Double, tote boards and the photo-finish. Legendary horses like Seabiscuit and John Henry once raced at Bay Meadows. Unfortunately, the sad truth is the land is now worth more plowed under and redeveloped.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, in recent years the track was drawing only about 3,000 people a night for races.

 

MUCH LIKE LOSING TICKETS FROM SUNDAY’S LAST RACE, BAY MEADOWS HAS BEEN DISCARDED

LAS VEGAS TV REPORTER FIRED AFTER SOLICITING DUDES FOR THREEWAY SEX ON CRAIGSLIST

August 20, 2008

JEFF GRADNEY

According to Norm! of the Las Vegas Review Journal, tv reporter Jeff Gradney of KTNV has been fired after he and his girlfriend were accused of soliciting male partners for sexual purposes on the Internet.

Norm! quotes Gradney’s ad on Craigslist as reading:

 

 

“hot, intensely passionate couple looking for a cool guy to play with.”

The posting reportedly SHOWED A PHOTOGRAPH of Gradney and his girlfriend having sex. Somebody recognized Gradney from his work on tv and informed the station.

Gradney had been with KTNV (the Las Vegas ABC affiliate) for three years. He had previously been with KING 5 in Seattle.

This is just the latest controversy involving channel 13 on-air personalities. Last month longtime sportscaster Ron Futrell was fired after a hit and run accident. In 2005 weekend weather anchor Rob Blair was fired after accidentally referring to Martin Luther King Jr. as “Martin Luther Coon” on a taped station promo that went over the air.

JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH WEDDING PICTURE

August 20, 2008

BASKETBALL STAR RAY ALLEN OF THE CELTICS GETS MARRIED: WALKS DOWN THE AISLE BAREFOOT ON ROSE PETALS

SECOND BEST DRUNK ATHLETE STORY OF THE DAY

August 20, 2008

“FAT, PUSSY TOAD” HIDEKI IRABU

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was arrested for allegedly assaulting a bartender in Osaka, Japan today. The New York Post says Irabu drank “20 mugs of beer” then apparently became angry when his credit card was declined. Irabu allegedly pushed the bartender against the wall, pulled his hair and smashed nine liquor bottles.

Irabu spent six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Yankees, Rangers and Expos. He is currently retired and living in California.

The pitcher was one of the first Japanese League players to make the transition to the big leagues. He didn’t do it very successfully. Irabu was 34-35 (although he did win 13 games for the Yankees in 1998). He also drew the wrath of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who once called Irabu a “fat, pussy toad.”

GEORGE STEINBRENNER

BEST DUI STORY EVER!

August 20, 2008

 

 

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Driving drunk is not funny. Each year approximately 42,000 Americans are killed by drunk drivers.

On the other hand…

This has got to be the greatest DUI story involving an athlete EVER!

According to the Grand Rapids Press, University of Michigan running back Kevin Grady was arrested for DUI in Wyoming after police found him pulling a Tony LaRussa. Grady was passed out in his vehicle. The running back was unconscious with his foot on the brake.

Grady failed a field breathalyzer test. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.28 – more than three times the legal limit.

Grady also failed a field sobriety test. SPECTACULARLY.

When asked by the arresting officer to recite the alphabet, Grady said,

 “O, R, S, J, L, P.”

When the arresting officer asked Grady to name a number between 12 and 14, Grady answered,

“15”

Finally, the officer asked Grady whether Mickey Mouse is a dog or a cat. The running back responded,

“Dog.”

Apparently a Michigan education isn’t what it used to be.

 

KEVIN GRADY

AGAIN?

August 19, 2008

ARGENTINA’S WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM IS THE LATEST TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED MAKING RACIST “SLANT EYED” GESTURES MOCKING THE CHINESE

VEGAS SMUT CARD PEDDLERS TURNED INTO HUMAN BILLBOARDS

August 19, 2008

 

Anyone who’s ever been on the Las Vegas Strip is familiar with the annoying derelicts who hand out cards for “adult oriented” businesses.

Now, according to the Los Angeles Times blog The Movable Buffet, Vegas smut peddlers are taking their marketing to “the next level.” They’re hiring people as human billboards.

You may not like scummy people handing out scummy material for scummy businesses, but the writer of The Movable Buffet makes a great point. The Vegas laws apply to everyone.

Richard Abowitz says casinos would be just as happy to ban union protesters as the people handing out smut cards but they can’t. That’s why when union workers recently shut down construction of the CityCenter project over safety concerns and briefly picketed the Strip nobody questioned their right to do so.

AMBER HEARD FROM PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

August 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENNIS PLAYER KILLS PIGEON

August 19, 2008

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LAS VEGAS CASINO TO SHUT DOWN STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE

August 19, 2008

 

Thank God. One of the worst ideas and most embarrassing themed venues in Las Vegas history will finally come to a merciful end in just a couple of weeks. The Las Vegas Hilton is closing Star Trek: The Experience.

From the start, this was a stupid idea.

After all, it’s an entire themed attraction based around Star Trek geeks. And unless your idea of fun was watching drunk Trekkies,

 

 

Or finding a place where you can actually speak Klingon to somebody who’s pathetic enough to dress up like a Star Trek character every day,

 

 

Star Trek: The Experience sucked! (Actually, still sucks. It won’t officially close for good until September 1st.)

That won’t be soon enough. Frankly, I can’t remember a more awful attraction. Even loyal Star Trek enthusiasts thought the place was a ripoff. Here’s an online review from one of the well-known travel websites:

 

“I am a Star Trek fan – and dragged my family (husband and 16 year old son) to this ‘experience’…and had to apologise afterwards for wasting their time. Never mind it costs $40 each just for the basic experience – it’s just exploitation.”

And that’s from a Star Trek “fan.” Actually, the price was raised to $42.99. That’s for two “rides” and a tour of Star Trek memorabilia. Plus another 15 bucks if you wanted visual proof for your friends that you’ve never had sex with a woman. That’s how much the Hilton charged for you to get your picture taken sitting in the “captain’s chair” on the set of the fake Enterprise.

 

 

The only way the place stayed open THIS long without going out of business was it had a bar.

 

 

The bar served giant, smoking drinks with about ten shots of booze in each one. That wasn’t enough.

 

 

If you had enough giant drinks you could hit on girls who looked like this:

 

 

Unfortunately, by the time you shelled out $42.99 on the ticket, $15 on a picture and $20 a drink, you probably spent enough money that you could have gotten a Vegas hooker to come to your door. For the same amount of money I’m sure she would have gladly painted her body green and had sex with you (all the while spanking your ass and calling you Captain Kirk.)

 

 

Now THAT’S a Star Trek Experience that I could endorse.