Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez… There are a lot of disgraced baseball players these days. But there’s one who’s more disgracier than the rest, and that’s Lenny Dykstra.
Christopher Frankie knows all about. The journalist was once part of Dykstra’s inner circle. Then he wasn’t.
He’s written a book, called Nailed, which details his experiences. We spoke about how he got involved with Lenny Dykstra, when he realized it had all gone wrong and how Lenny’s kid ended up with Meadow Soprano.
I’ve made no secret over the years about my love for “Weird” Al Yankovic. Well, thanks to the internet, I have found out that I’m far from the only fan out there. Nathan Rabin, head writer for the Onion’s AV Club, is another big fan. But now, he’s also a collaborator. Nathan was selected by the man himself to help write Weird Al: The Book.
We’ve been lucky enough to score Nathan’s first interview about the book, which will hit stores on October 1st. (I’d like to think our past relationship led him to select SCP specifically, but I think I probably just emailed him first.) We talk about Weird Al’s music, his influence on pop culture and how many of his songs are included on the Ipod playlist of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.
Maybe it’s because the topic of his book is a bit off the wall. Maybe it’s because he makes me laugh. Maybe it’s because his name sounds like the main character in a Fox procedural where the main character is a former doctor/novelist/psychic who helps the police solve crimes while also running a successful taco restaurant. But, for whatever reason, I didn’t think a traditional interview would do the trick for Hart Seely.
A couple of weeks ago, I took to twitter (@Justin_SCP, Follow me!) and collected stories of ridiculous sports superstitions from some of our readers. Thousands were tweeted. Not that many responded. But, enough readers responded for me to share the stories with Hart Seely and get his expert impressions of just how ridiculous the SCP community truly is.
We discuss horrible beverages, mid-90′s hip hop and the Large Hadron Collider.
Last week, the world marked 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. Today, we mark the centennial of another disaster. On April 20th, 1912, The Boston Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park.
I’m kidding. Fenway is fine. It’s just the players and fans that are the problem.
Todd Zolecki is the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, so he had a first hand look, last year, at one of the most talented pitching rotations in history. He’s sharing that first hand look with the rest of us in the new book, The Rotation, co-written with Jim Salisbury.
We talk about the 2011 Phillies place in history, whether Roy Oswalt is Chris Bosh and whether a football mad city can catch baseball fever. (Spoiler alert: YES. Yes it can.)
Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives. Which is a nice way of saying, “Damn, we’re getting old.” Here’s the latest proof. In the next few weeks, we’ll mark 20 years since Christian Laettner hit the shot against Kentucky, to lead Duke into the 1992 Final Four.
ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski has written a new book about the game. “The Last Great Game” dissects both coaches, teams and the circumstances that led up to one of the most iconic moments in NCAA history. We discussed the book, the game’s lasting impact and Gimel Martinez’s hall of fame mustache. He also does a great job of convincing you to buy his book.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opens up the 2012 season this weekend with the Daytona 500. While a lot of eyes will be focused on the favorites like Harvick, Busch, and Stewart…SCP is backing “The Cuban Missle,” Aric Almirola.
This year has already brought us the story of Jeremy Lin. A guy who bounced around from team to team, league to league before finally finding his place wit the New York Knicks. Here is hoping that the same story will hold true for a guy like Almirola. Early in his career he moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Dale Earnhardt, Inc to numerous other teams before settling in with JR Motorports and riding the 2011 season in the Nationwide Series. After finishing forth in the series, Aric signed a one year deal to have his first full time ride in the Sprint Cup Series driving the famous 43 car.
Now with the backing of his new team. Richard Petty Motorsports Aric Almirola looks focused and ready for this new challenge. The man even took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Listen below.
If you haven’t read Luke O’Brien’s great story about Howie Spira at Deadspin, take a few minutes and do that now. I read it yesterday, and in my capacity as a radio producer, decided to piggy back O’Brien’s hard work and turn the story into some radio news gold. I emailed Deadspin for permission to use some audio that accompanied the story. Turns out, Spira was still sitting at their office (when you read the story, you’ll see that’s not so surprising,) so he called and offered to do an interview with me.