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Posts Tagged ‘Alex Rodriguez’

Weiner Dodges WaPo ‘Worst Campaign of 2013′

TheFixLogoThe choice by Chris Cillizza today of Chris Quinn over Anthony Weiner for the worst political campaign of 2013 has baffled a number of WaPo readers. We share the commenters’ befuddlement.

Then again, per an exclusive MAD magazine preview  today on The Huffington Post, even when Weiner is comically paired with former would-be Comptroller Eliot Spitzer for a Wangs of New York poster (complete with bulging NYC skyline), it’s still not good enough for top spot on “20 Dumbest Things of 2013.” So maybe Cillizza isn’t entirely off the off-base.

Expect to see plenty more Weiner roasts between now and the waning hours of New Year’s Eve. Elsewhere today for example, USA TODAY Network’s Ashley M. Williams leads off her rhetorical rundown of dingbats with Weiner, followed by Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, Alec Baldwin and others.

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SI Announces A-Rod’s Funeral

With its latest cover, Sports Illustrated has announced Alex Rodriguez’s funeral. Not only is that photo of A-Rod unflattering, there’s the copy — “The last days of A-Rod,” “Nothing dies pretty,” “The end is pain, and pain is ugly.” Yikes. Poor A-Rod. So insanely rich, and so insane.

The accompanying article is penned by S.L. Price, but no doubt Brian Cashman offered his services as well.

Dylan Howard Deals Out Another High-Stakes Hollywood Poker Scoop

Celebuzz editor-in-chief Dylan Howard has been keeping tabs on the Hollywood high-stakes poker circuit story from day one. In late June 2011, he was the first reporter to detail A-list aspects of the ring via a Star magazine cover story (pictured). This morning, he’s got an exclusive and explosive rundown of a 206-page deposition given this spring by Brad Ruderman, the convicted hedge fund Ponzi scheme operator who was a regular player (and loser) alongside the likes of Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio.

“When all the celebrities in this secret street circuit settled their suits, I didn’t think we’d ever hear from Ruderman – in his own words,” Howard tells FishbowlLA. “With that, I think it would be fair to say a slew of famous names breathed a sigh of relief: they did not have to appear in court, the inner-workings of the ring were therefore saved a public hearing. That is why obtaining Ruderman’s deposition, made before the [May 2012] settlement, was so important in shining a light on this story.”

Howard’s article opens with an explanation of just how instrumental Maguire was in securing Ruderman’s attendance at the bi-weekly matches beginning in 2006. From there, his latest piece about the $50,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em games takes on the sheen of a Vanity Fair-like expose:

Some Hollywood heavy hitters were invited, but rebuffed the group – like Jeffery Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation and the former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “There were people that didn’t want to play in this game because they were concerned about that [the commissioned organization of the home games by Molly Bloom].” He was instructed to name names, under oath. “I’d rather not say, but they’re very, very prominent people,” said Ruderman.“I’m going to request that you answer the question,” a lawyer said. He finally relented. “Was this person’s name brought up at the table?” a lawyer asked.“Did I bring it up? ” he responded. “No. But was Jeffery Katzenberg’s name brought up? Yes.”

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A-Rod Book Signing To Be Held At Scores FAO Schwartz

Got plans for lunch next Friday? Now you do:

MEDIA ADVISORY

ALEX AND CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ TO READ FROM HIS CHILDREN’S BOOK AT FAO SCHWARZ FOLLOWED BY BOOK SIGNING TO BENEFIT THE FOUNDATION

ALEX AND CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ WILL READ PAGES FROM HIS BOOK “OUT OF THE BALLPARK” TO A GROUP OF CHILDREN AT AN EVENT THAT WILL BENEFIT THE AROD FAMILY FOUNDATION FRIDAY, JULY 20TH, 12:00 PM, FAO SCHWARZ, 767 FIFTH AVENUE, 58TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY.

As this appears to be the first official public appearance for Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez since the “Stray-Rod” scandal, we can’t wait to see how the tabloids handle that Q+A, given the venue. It is, after all, a toy store.

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  • CNN.com Fixes Live Camera On Central Park Sunbathers

    Like Alex Rodriguez, we all love sunbathing in Central Park. Who doesn’t? But do we want to be streamed doing so by CNN.com’s fancy redesigned Web site?

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  • What Did Stray-Rod’s Blonde Have To Do With Daily News‘ Firings?

    Heads are rolling at the Daily News, with new executive editor David Ng making drastic personnel changes at the paper. Well-respected metropolitan editor Dean Chang is out, replaced by former Post news managing editor (and current United Federation of Teachers press secretary) Stuart Marques (whose wife, JoAnne Wasserman, just happens to be an editor at the News). National editor Mark Mooney was fired as well.

    Both the metro editor and national editor desks have been abolished; instead, Marques‘ new title will be “managing editor/news” and new hire William Goldschlag is expected to be named as the News‘ political editor. The New York Post spoke with a News source, who gave additional background:

    “It’s bleak,” said one veteran reporter. “Dean and Mark were sort of the heart and soul of the newsroom. Most people’s loyalties flowed to those guys much more than to Martin Dunn or David Ng.” Said another insider: “People don’t know why it happened. There’s been zero communication from the guys at the top.”

    In fact, many rank-and-file staffers were aghast that Ng hadn’t suffered, because he had apparently blown a chance to break the story about Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez cavorting around Toronto with another woman.

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  • ‘Stray-Rod Scandal’ Reaches Day Three
  • ‘Stray-Rod Scandal’ Reaches Day Three

    The front pages of the New York Post Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

    FishbowlNY A-Rod-itorial: Admittedly, we can’t get enough of Alex Rodriguez and his bleach-y blonde “Stray-Rod” scandal. And we’d never think of defending a guy making $250 million who spends off-days sunning himself in Central Park. Yet, is this “scandal” really worthy of three consecutive front pages? We are still talking about a ballplayer here, right? A ballplayer on a road trip to Toronto. As in Canada. So, he went to a strip club. With a woman. Who just happens to be a Las Vegas stripper. Who, based on published photos, just happens to look exactly like his wife. What else is a ballplayer supposed to do in Toronto in May?

    Putting this on the front page “bush league,” New York Post. Bush league.

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  • A-Rod’s ‘Bush League,’ Blonde Get Front-to-Back Play