Thursday, August 10, 2006


We missed a notable one-year anniversary yesterday: Scott Harper's 40-foot freefall from the Yankee Stadium upper deck to the netting behind home plate. It's fitting this kid is back in the news today, for the Red Sawx now seem to be emulating his rapid and steep descent.

So apparently this 19-year-old rabblerouser got banned from Yankee Stadium (I'm assuming he's barred from the new one as well) and may face 30 days or more in a Turkish prison. Well, maybe not quite Turkish, but I'm sure he'll still see a grown man naked. That's a pretty harsh punishment, but on the bright side he just saved himself $8.75 per watered-down beer.

I'm not a big fan of bringing the penal or judicial system into the sports arena. I think justice is best served on the field. A shirtless father and son duo jumps onto the diamond at a baseball game? Pummel the living shit out of him. A drunk hoser hops onto the rink at a hockey game? Black his eyes and kick his dog. A downtrodden, balding Bengals fan leaps out onto the football field? You guessed it, bust a nut inside his eye to show him where you come from ("I do not think that word means what you think it means").

Fuck jail time, a memorable beating that requires at least two facial reconstruction surgeries and an appendectomy stands as the biggest deterrent to idiocy and spotlight hoggin'. This Harper kid, 30 days in jail and lifetime ban ain't the way to go. Instead, they should have left him out on the net and had the bullpen run in to pelt fastballs at him for the rest of the night. That's a real lesson.

Slack Link of the Day: I saw something yesterday I've never quite seen before -- a visiting player receiving a curtain call in a road stadium. Mets fan, classy stuff. Last night will surely go down in history for Mikey Piazza as one of the best nights in recent memory, right behind that first candlelight dinner with Sam Champion.

Slack Video of the Day: In the wake of the Ron Artest melee in Detroit, SportsCenter put together a short clip with some good fan versus players fights. It's decent, but also check out these clips of the Bruins fight at MSG (easily worse than Artest brawl), the Flames taking on Edmonton's fans and a great minor league hockey fight.

Slack Song of the Day: Ever since I was a little kid, Huey Lewis has been around. Not so much in a literal sense -- he didn't attend my birthday parties or anything -- but he's just been there. Around.

One of my first concert-going experiences as a little kid was, of course, Huey Lewis & The News. One of my favorite movies involves a well-known rant about Huey's work. One of my cinematic guilty pleasures stars the man as a serious actor and crooner (I like it more for Pig Vomit's scenes than Huey and Gwyneth, but still...). One of my idols, Bill Graham, died in a helicopter crash after a Huey show. One of my favorite touring bands has brought him out not once but twice to sing with them. One of the weirdest coincidences of my life centered around Huey. Basically, he's everywhere.

So from his Live at 25 release, I give you The Heart of Rock & Roll, Heart & Soul, and Hip To Be Square.


At 12:10 PM, Blogger Trix said...

There's no reason to bring a guy's dog in to it. Cruel. Just plain cruel.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Plus, "Heart of Rock and Roll" is one of the few but memorable songs where the songwriter obviously ran out of things to say so he just started singing the names of American cities. "Detroit!"

Can you name at least 2 more songs that fit the same pattern?

At 12:29 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

And let us not foregt that Huey played with the 49ers:!

At 12:34 PM, Blogger DannyNoonan said...

"Can you name at least 2 more songs that fit the same pattern?"

Living in America?

At 12:37 PM, Blogger DannyNoonan said...

Oh, and I've Been Everywhere.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I went from Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A., Northern California, where the girls are warm, So I could be with my sweet baby, yeah!

That's Rock 'N Me by Steve Miller Band...and I can't think of the second one...hmmm...back in a bit.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

I don't think "I've Been Everywhere" counts because that was the whole point of that song: to tell you that he's been everywhere. There's not much to that song other than the cities. So he actually sat down to write a bunch of cities rather than got some writers block and figured he could fill space by listing them.

I must say that I was not thinking of "Living in America" but that is a quality answer.

"Rockin' Me Baby" by Steve Miller. What rhymes with Arizona? Naturally, Tacoma!

At 12:42 PM, Blogger ethan said...

it doesn't get much better than whacking someone with their own shoe.

also, duets - VERY underrated movie. good call ace.

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

'Tis true, Ethan. I always loved that British dude in Wayne's World II that says something like, "Now the storekeeper and his son were a different story altogether. We had to beat them to deaf wif their own shoooes."

And Don, I don't know if this is in the spirit of "listing cities," but Truckin' certainly comes to mind.

"Chicago, New York, Detroit and its all on the same street..."


"Dallas, got a soft machine...Houston, too close to New Orleans."

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

He could have used Sedona instead of Tacoma. But then he couldn't say "all the way to..." It would have to be more like, "I went from phoenix Arizona about an hour-and-a-half to Sedona." That's probably not as good. Anywhooo.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Mr. Underhill said...

Cities by Talking Heads. Also, the first song off of Extinction Level Event by Busta Rhymes (seriously). And Area Codes by Ludacris and Nate Dogg has to at least get honorable mention.

At 1:32 PM, Blogger dhodge said...

DJs in Detroit used to immediately repeat the "Detroit!" shout-out two or three times every time they played "Heart of Rock and Roll".

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous mitch said...

One of the songs on One Fierce Beer Coaster (Bloodhound Gang) does that. Don't know the name offhand, tho.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Boski93 said...

I am going to go with Huey's strong performance in Back to Future. Without him you have nothing.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Alex Fritz said...

Huey Lewis and Bob Costas went to the 2005 Final Four together.

I was blown away to see those two hanging out together.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Cities doesn't qualify: London & Birmingham. That don't cut it. Must plead ignorance on the rap songs. I have no clue.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I just fucking figured it out...Dancin' in the Mothafuckin' Streets.

They're dancin' in Chicago
Down in New Orleans
Up in New York City

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don't forget the Motor City (can't forget the Motor City)

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

So I think those 4 are all pretty much on par:

Dancing in the Streets
Heart of Rock & Roll
Living in America
Keep On Rockin!

Any others fit that bill?

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...'s Rock 'N Me by Steve Miller. Not Keep on Rockin or Rock like an Eagle.

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Country Grammar by Nelly has city shout outs. Popular number as well.

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Claven said...

Maybe this is an easy one, but Depeche Mode amongst others covered "Route 66."


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