it’s WQAQ’er Travis Hughes. The co-host of The Field of Play (and contributor to Teeing It Up) is also one of the premier Philadelphia Flyers bloggers out there. He is extremely lucky in that he is a media member for the Winter Classic, and got to go on the ice yesterday at Fenway Park to test it out and have some fun with it.
Archive for December, 2009
Another one has dropped away, as AT&T announced today that they are no longer sponsoring the #1 ranked golfer in the world, Tiger Woods.
The phone company hasn’t used Woods’ image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed as a “multi-year” agreement when it was signed early in 2009. Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA Tour event since it started in 2007. The phone company said it would continue to sponsor the event, which will be held in Newtown Square, Pa., in July.
AT&T did not comment on its reasons for dropping Woods, or how much the contract was worth. Woods has taken an indefinite leave from playing.
Verizon, can you hear me now??
Yes, you read that right. For reasons that are still not exactly clear the New York Jets have banned alcohol from Giants Stadium for Sunday Night’s win-and-their-in matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Here’s the explanation:
“The organization approaches the decision of whether to serve alcohol on a game-by-game basis, with input from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority,” Bruce Speight, a team spokesman, said in a statement. “With the late start of Sunday’s game, coupled with this being the final regular season and final game at the stadium, we feel it is prudent not to serve alcohol.”
Remember how it was talked about for days that Tiger didn’t meet the Florida Highway Patrol? Well, it turns out, that’s not exactly the truth.
Tiger Woods and the Florida Highway Patrol met at an undisclosed location in Orlando on Dec. 1, the same day that authorities closed their investigation into the golfer’s one-car crash outside his mansion, WESH-TV reported Wednesday.
Woods, who was cited for careless driving but not charged criminally, was issued a $164 citation when he met with the highway patrol, Sgt. Kim Montes told the Orlando TV station.
The FHP also wanted to see if Woods suffered any injuries that would not have been consistent with his accident, Montes told WESH. Two captains, a trooper, Woods and Woods’ attorney Mark NeJame were present for the meeting, Montes said.
Woods was “polite,” said “yes sir,” made “no other small talk and signed the ticket,” Montes said, according to WESH.
At the time the FHP closed its investigation, Montes said the patrol “is not pursuing criminal charges in this matter nor is there any testimony or other evidence to support any additional charges of any kind other than the charge of careless driving.”
It is also being reported, as noted by ESPN.com’s Jason Sobel on Twitter, that Tiger had only a fat lip. As he points out there’s still a lot of unanswered questions but at least some more information about the days after the crash are coming out.
Coincidentally, today is Tiger’s 34th birthday. And we still have 0 idea where he is.
I receive some very odd pieces of mail in my Inbox, but this is one I could not ignore. Recently I got a mail from a member of the American Lung Association, and wanted it to pass it along to my dedicated readers:
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This week marks the end of 2009, obviously, and also marks the end of the decade. Here’s a couple of those retrospectives that I’ve found:
With more undoubtedly to come…
Before today’s game I told a friend the following:
Yes, I’ve given up on the Jets about 400 different times this year…but that doesn’t mean I wont watch and root hard…that’s the beauty of sports, as unrealistic as it may be, you still have a chance.
And going off that, I have some people to thank:
1) The Oakland Raiders for playing hard last week and beating the Broncos.
2) The New England Patriots (am I really doing this?) for beating the Jaguars.
3) THe Houston Texans for beating the Dolphins.
4) The Pittsburgh Steelers for beating the Ravens.
AND MOST OF ALL:
5) Jim Caldwell, Bill Polian and Tom Moore for deciding to take Peyton Manning and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts’ starters in the 3rd quarter.
The Jets played a very, very solid game up until that point. But once the Colts pulled the starters that game was effectively over, as the Jets dominated on both sides of the ball and won the game 29-15.
The Jets now control their playoff destiny. Yes, if they beat the Bengals they are in the playoffs.
Do I have faith? Being a Jets fan I have less faith then I would ordinarily have. But they have a fighting chance. And as a sports fan, that is all you can ask for.
This could get ugly. Yes, the Jets still have a shot at the playoffs. Yes, the chance is actually not that remote. But the Jets have to take care of their own business first. They need to win a football game.
And that could be the problem tomorrow. The Jets face the 14-0 Colts, who have given the world 0 indication that they intend to take out their regulars (i.e. Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dwight Freeney just to name a few) if the game is still in the balance. And because of that I just don’t see the Jets winning this game. They are going to have a shot, but once the Colts realize they have a legitimate shot at going undefeated, the door will close. Big time.