Wednesday, June 01, 2005


For some reason I’m a little bored with the sports scene today. I can’t quite figure out the reason why. The NBA Finals start in eight days, baseball is heading into summer and NFL mini-camps are starting to pop up. All this is good, but for some reason I just can’t find my story from the world of sports that just excites me.

Here are today’s top sports stories, in my opinion, tell me which one you think I should get excited about.

San Francisco 49ers public relations director Kirk Reynolds is leaving the organization after a video that was meant to prepare 49ers players for dealing with the media was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 15-minute film featured racist jokes, lesbian soft-porn and topless blondes. Kirk Reynolds also impersonated San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the mayor's office and other city scenes.

I’m not sure how bright this guy is and I’m not really sure how a video like that would help anyone prepare for the media. What I do know is that Reynolds made a huge mistake and paid a big price for it. Maybe his next film will feature what not to do as a public relations director.

Big Unit gets beat by the Royals? That’s right! Emil Brown hit a two run jack and the Royals won 3-1. It’s the first time Kansas City has beaten Randy Johnson in 12 years.

The San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Phoenix Suns to advance to the NBA Finals. I have to congratulate the Spurs and their fans. I have not given them much credit in the play-offs, and I still believe that either the Miami Heat or the Detroit Pistons will beat them in the Finals

The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and leading Canadian diplomat Maurice Strong may join forces to create a new hockey league if the NHL continues its lockout, which wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.

According to a 71-page business plan reviewed by the newspaper and circulated to prospective Wall Street investors, the new league - tentatively called the International Hockey Association - would rely on Giuliani's New York consulting company to help raise as much as $5 billion in seed money.

No one respects Giuliani more than I do, but do we really miss hockey that bad? ESPN and the NHL have parted ways, hockey fans and the NHL have parted ways, and hockey players and the NHL have parted ways. My question is, will this just be another minor league or will it actually be able to replace the NHL?

There you have it. Someone please tell me what to get excited about.