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Denver Website Rallies Broncos Fans Against Phil Simms

The handiest way to get a sense of why Denver Broncos fans have so quickly signed a petition asking CBS Sports to stop assigning former Giants QB Phil Simms to their team’s televised contests is @philsimmsquotes. The Twitter account live-tweets color commentary made by Simms during NFL broadcasts, and among the snippets highlighted during the Broncos September 14 contest vs. the Kansas City Chiefs is: “When you’re in this air, you’re lighter, you’re faster.”

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Local website The Denver City Page, sensing an opportunity, threw up a change.org petition protesting Simms’ “biased drivel” and in a matter of just a few days, the petition is closing in on 30,000 signatures. Many of the signature comments espouse the same, basic theory:

Scott Feiler: I’m signing because Phil Simms doesn’t give insight to the viewers. Instead he indirectly attacks the Broncos organization and fans. Most likely because of personal matters possibly stemming from his son [Chris] not working out when he was on the team.

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NYT USTA Investigation Continues to Reverberate

In case you missed it, there was a very good bit of U.S. Open-timed investigative journalism published Saturday in the New York Times.

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Article authors Mary Pilon and Andrew W. Lehren found much evidence to support the headline “A Tennis Board Woven with Conflicts.” Starting with the fact that Jeff Williams, publisher of Tennis Media Company (Tennis magazine, tennis.com), sits on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) board and boasts, through his firm, the organization’s largest outside-contractor relationship.

In the article comments, Mark in Albuquerque, Raymond in Washington, D.C. and a number of other readers congratulate the paper for this investigative piece. Others bring up related USTA experiences and issues.

Today, it is the turn of Nonprofit Quaterly to chime in. Columnist Rick Cohen confirms the observation in the NYT article that non-profit USTA has not exactly been forthright about all this:

We examined the USTA’s 2012 Form 990 to note that that the conflicts of interest described in the New York Times article are generally not indicated on the form, the non-employee board members are all paid for their board service (between $6,000 and $26,000), and the executive director, Gordon Smith, pulled in compensation of $1,136,722 plus an additional $140,773 for service to related organizations).

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Baseball Purists Debate Shutout of Yankees Baltimore Origins

It’s not on the level of spiriting away an NFL franchise in the middle of the night to Indianapolis. Still, if we called Baltimore home, we’d be irked.

BaseballReferenceLogoPer Jonathan Zalman‘s WSJ write-up, some baseball purists are questioning the decision by website Baseball-Reference to truncate the New York Yankees from some formative, 1901-02 Baltimore history. From Zalman’s piece:

“It’s certainly not a decision I [made] unilaterally,” said Baseball-Reference founder Sean Forman, who added that he relied on the consensus opinions of a number of experts of that time period in baseball, including Major League Baseball’s official historian John Thorn, author of Total Baseball, the last official MLB encyclopedia, and Gary Gillette, co-editor of ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. The pronouncement is harmonious too with the opinion of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician for MLB, as well as that of the Yankees.

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Twitterverse Coughs Up Logos for Comedian’s Re-Imagined NBA Teams

Only in Bizarro World and on Twitter are there NBA teams with names like the New York Anxiety and Brooklyn Bloggers. The goofy monikers are part of a free-association shared last week by comedian Joe Mande. Now, per Dime magazine, there are team logos.

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Mande, via Twitter, invited folks to design logos. The one above is for his version of the Knicks; the one below, for his version of the Nets.

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Bleacher Report Illustrates a Few Sports Cliches

Here’s some well done summer fun.

In partnership with New York-based illustrator Henry Kaye, Sports Bleacher compiled cartoon reminders of some of the sayings we hear repeated far too often by athletes and journalists covering sports events.

The article, bylined as having been written by Social Media Staff and Correspondent, doesn’t do quite the job it should have in terms of picking the best 15 cliches. But the drawings by Kaye more than make up for that:

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Buffalo Reacts to Jon Bon Jovi Open Letter

Shutterstock_JonBonJoviOn Sunday, prospective Buffalo Bills owner Jon Bon Jovi tried to reassure locals via an open letter in the Buffalo News.

However, because the letter did not categorically state that the team would never be moved away from Buffalo under his watch, most locals were not amused. Here’s a sampling of the 200+ reader comments left at press time:

nofuntown: Get lost you Jersey gel head.

Daryl DuVall: He needs to sign a binding contract that says he would never move the Bills, under penalty of death… Then and only then will I believe him.

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Yogi Berra Tips His Cap to Duke Ellington

The gist of Newsday sportswriter Mike Gavin‘s article this weekend is about how current Yankee and Mets players were connected to their “walk-up songs,” e.g. those pop tunes that blare over the PA as a hitter moves from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box.

But this observation from former Yankee Yogi Berra is likely to be the most remembered passage from the write-up:

Berra, 89, found walk-up music to be an odd concept when asked earlier this week. But he said he would have used the jazz classic, “Take the A Train,” by Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

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Bloomberg View Writer Has Fun with LeBron Rumors

Even though it flies in the face of any hint that a certain member of sports royalty will be giving FishbowlNY an exclusive interview, we love today’s Bloomberg View headline.

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And imagine our delight as we went on to discover that the article-text by Kavitha A. Davidson, who once edited the Columbia University student newspaper sports section, is even better. A taste:

Truly, at this point it seems as likely that LeBron will stay in Miami as it is that he’ll join Al Qaeda. But wait: Apparently there’s a universe in which the possibility of him joining ‘Melo in New York exists. As an unnamed source – is there any other kind? – told the New York Post, Phil Jackson “really wants LeBron to come to New York. That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.”

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Christian Post Has All the Tim Howard Angles Covered

TimHowardChuckHagelWikipediaDid you hear about the petition asking that D.C.’s National airport be renamed in honor of Team USA’s goalkeeper? Did you read that funny tweet from Washington Free Beacon staff writer Lachlan Markay about 35-year-old Tim Howard‘s two-years-older Jesus-like qualities?

If not, point your browser over to New York-based Christian Post reporter Leonardo Blair‘s rousing summary of the initial stages of Tim Howard mania:

For a moment Tuesday, someone changed the Wikipedia entry for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and replaced him with Howard and fans loved it.

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Mayor de Blasio Covers Randy Newman

The LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers sparked a double-mayor-whammy on Monday.

As The Drudge Report and many others noted, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti dropped the F-bomb at the STAPLES Center portion of yesterday’s parade rally. A few hours later, with Garcetti watching from the Jimmy Kimmel Live couch (alongside Kings players Justin Williams and Alec Martinez), New York mayor Bill de Blasio beamed in from the losing coast to deliver a warbly version of “I Love LA.” All part of a friendly bet with Garcetti.

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