Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blog Kiosk: 12/11/2011

From the recent free signing at Sports Chalet, Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford pose with Kings mascot Bailey. (Pic Link: twitter @LAKingsIceCrew)
  • Harrison Ford to portray Branch Rickey in upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, via USA Today.
  • I hate Boras. From Dylan Hernandez of LA Times:
    "Normally, they're in the steaks section, and I found them in the fruits-and-nuts category a lot."
    And don't let him butter you up, either!
    "And the beat writers are absolutely phenomenal," Boras said.
  • James Loney explains to Tony Jackson of ESPN why the accident and it's aftermath was just a misunderstanding.
    Loney said he remembers colliding with the first car and hitting his head in the process -- he wasn't sure exactly what he hit his head on -- but he doesn't have a clear memory of what happened from that moment until he woke up several hours later in the hospital.
  • Matsui, really? He's on our radar? Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts.
  • Drunk Jays Fan has the Ryan Braun PED Twitter Reaction Bingo card up.
  • Joe Flint at LA Times writes about the impending battle between Time Warner and Fox of the Dodgers TV Rights.
  • Must Go Here Now! Devastating Be sure to click on the screen, and keep clicking. There is more than one.
  • This shirt design I saw on Twitter made me laugh. Apparently, they plan on making some and selling them. (Twitter Link: @BenRios82)
  • Halos Heaven has pics from Pujols public press conference.
  • Ernie Hudson was also at Nuke the Fridge Con. Here is one of the original Ghostbusters signing.

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Twitter Pics from Nuke the Fridge Con

Considering the imbroglio surrounding the recent revelations regarding Ryan Braun's positive test I thought it would be nice to take a little break and divert your attention away. Heck, I'm already tired of the brewing scandal. Kemp will not be awarded the MVP, and a reputation is scared regardless of some reports saying the substance found is not a PED or steroid. Frankly, at this point, I just don't care.

So, in light of that, here are some pics found on twitter from the recent 'Nuke the Fridge Con' event yesterday featuring some beautiful ladies, a biter and a comic book God.

The geek in me already regrets missing this event. G4 goddess Sara Jean Underwood was on hand to sign for adoring fans. Here she is posing with Jessica Hall.
(Pic Link: Twitter @SaraUnderwood)

One of the big draws was former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. Here he chats with Jessica Hall and wrestling personality Jimmy Hart.
(Pic Link: Twitter @IamJessicaHall)

Even better, here's a video of Mike Tyson making a child cry. Don't worry kid, he won't bite your ear off!

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Yes, I bow down to you. I am not worthy. Stan Lee is one of the greatest artist of our times.
(Pic Link: Instagram @Choisez)

Take a look at Stan Lee walks around the Frank & Sons show.

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Now, what's the new news with Braun? Has he been charged with murder yet?

Ryan Braun May Not Be So Brawny

I'm sure you've all heard the news. Ryan Braun has tested positive for Performance Enhancement Drugs. Via MLB Trade Rumors.
Braun, 28, was tested during the playoffs and notified of the positive result in late-October. Elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system triggered the positive test, which prompted MLB to ask the testing agency to perform a second test. The second test determined that the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it was produced outside of Braun's body.
Unsurprisingly, Braun is disputing the test though arbitration.

"There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program," said a spokesman for Braun in a statement. "While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."

Can we now give the MVP award to the man who should have gotten it in the first place?

Oh, BTW, Braun called the test "B.S." I'll go to Jeff Passan to add more context.
Braun’s urine allegedly included synthetic testosterone, which, in concert with elevated levels, is a damning indictment. That he tested positive during the playoffs is even worse. Whether Braun was looking for a boost or simply figured the reward was well worth the risk is muddled and unlikely to be clear anytime soon as long as he sticks to the I-didn’t-do-it nonsense we’ve heard a million times and not once believed.