Friday, December 28, 2007

For the love of the game

The Rocky Mountain News has a great list of the Oddballs of '07:

The strangest hops and funniest bounces from the year that was in the world of sports ... [here's a few]

Golfer Jay Williamson picked a person from the gallery to serve as his caddie after arguing with and firing his regular caddie on the 15th hole during the first round of the Canadian Open. ...

A Staten Island, N.Y., mother sued a Little League coach after her son was injured while sliding into second base because, the lawsuit claims, the coach failed to teach the woman's son the "skills needed to avoid and/or minimize the risks of injury." ...

A member of the New York Islanders' Ice Girls, a team of women that cleans the ice during television timeouts, claims she was spit on by someone on the New York Rangers bench and another reportedly had her squeegee slashed by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist after he refused to move from his crease. ...

New York Red Bulls soccer player Jozy Altidore, 17, was too afraid to ask coach Bruce Arena in person, so he called him seeking permission to miss a match so he could take his girlfriend to her prom. ...

Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard hosted his second youth fighting camp in Canada, which teaches young hockey players the finer points of on-ice pugilism. ...

"Dead man walking" was how New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey referred to a prankster who put some of the unwashable dye that banks use to mark money inside one of his receiving gloves. It took days for the purple dye to fade from Shockey's left hand. ...
Sports Business Radio:
SBR's Top 20 Sports Business Stories of 2007
14. NY Knicks mess - This has become THE worst organization in all of sports. From an embarassing sexual harassment trial with Dolan and Thomas to a miserable record for the NBA team with the highest payroll, James Dolan and company continue to set the bar lower and lower each week. ...
Newsweek:
The 10 Biggest Sports Stories of 2007

Courtney PrinceNY Daily News:
MSG settles sex harassment suit with ex-Ranger cheerleader Courtney Prince
Still reeling from one sex harassment suit, Madison Square Garden settled another Wednesday - striking an out-of-court deal with the former head of the Rangers pep squad.

A lawyer for Courtney Prince, the fired captain of the Ranger City Skaters, confirmed the deal but wouldn't elaborate.

"We resolved this matter with no admission of wrongdoing on the part of any party," her lawyer, Kathleen Peratis, said in a statement.

The Garden issued an identical statement.

Prince filed suit in 2004, claiming the Garden was a virtual frathouse where male executives treated cheerleaders like sex objects. . .



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