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Friday, July 14, 2006

Another Alleged Idiot of the Week Poll 

Maybe some week, nobody will deserve this notoriety. This week, though, good candidates abound.

Some thought Phillies limited partner Bill Giles showed symptoms of galloping foot-in-mouth disease when he suggested, in remarks made Monday, that pitcher Brett Myers was wrongly accused, that the president of his playoff-starved team was "sensational," and fan negativity about the team was some kind of talk-radio distortion. (See poll, in which fans clearly disagreed.)

On a more serious, there's the New York doctor accused of blowing up his building in a "botched suicide attempt during a bitter divorce."

Some folks might like to nail Madonna for wearin a crown of thorns and hanging on a cross during shows like the ones this week in Philadelphia.

How about those Delaware women accused of stashing their mother's corpse in a Rubbermaid tub in their house with dozens of sick cats? They may have wanted to keep collecting her Social Security, perhaps to help their Meow Mix bills.

Giants defensive end Michael Strahan isn't just a sacks maniac, according to his wife in this divorce case. She says he rigged up a bedroom camera to tape her sister undressing.

But if you suspect Strahan is one randy dandy, how about the Russian farmer who asked President Putin during a webcast if it was OK if his mate was an animal. Not as in: She's a woman who's wild in bed like an animal. As in: She's a cow. As in: Moooooooo! "All the girls have left our small village, so I cannot find a woman to be with. But I love animals very much," he said. He might have been kidding, of course, but you could still fault him for besmirching his nation's reputation. It's unclear what the reply was from Putin, who publically kissed a boy's belly recently.

I'm probably overlooking some great candidates once again. If so, be sure to post your alternative suggestions here.
Who's the Alleged Idiot of the Week?
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful on the Web 

Oklahoma's Tulsa Drillers gave out Moses bobbleheads, complete with Ten Commandments. No truth that first 10,000 customers were struck by lightning. Teams will do anything for a prophet these days. Moses Malone bobbleheads, that we understand. He was part of the last team to lead us to the Promised Land.

The minor-league Moses might have looked like this one, part of a selection of religious bobbleheads at

Wife allegedly kills husband, then spends insurance money to get breasts enlarged. You'd think he would have said: "OK, honey, if you insist."

Virginia's governor pardons a convicted witch. We agree: It's not right to blame a woman for rotten crops and miscarriages just because she wears pants. But how come it took 300 years to figure this out?

Calif. court forgives woman, 82, for shuffling too slowly across a busy street. Her jaywalking ticket was for $114. (Works out to 50 cents a minute? ... Should have fined everybody who wouldn't help her carry her groceries.) It's jail, however, for a wanted guy on rollerblades who hit 50 m.p.h. while getting towed along by a car.

British woman, 62, gives birth. But it's not the world's record.

Blogger uses series of trades to turn one red paper clip into a house! Quick, let's hook him up with Billy King. Imagine what this guy could do with Allen Iverson.

Finally, a little video. It's news only in the sense that you've probably never seen anything quite like this before. It's a spoof of Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" from

Bill Giles Had His Say, Now You Have Yours 

Read what Bill Giles said about Brett Myers, fans, talk shows, the team and the front office? He's quoted at length today, and Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan takes issue with some remarks by the best known of the Phillies limited partners. Bloggers are also weighing in. Here's a wide-ranging poll in which you can agree with Giles' views or disagree. You can also post your own comments as well.
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Which views do you agree with? The ones in quotes are by Bill Giles. (Check as many as you like.)
"Some bystander saw something that really didn't happen. Brett was trying to help his wife."
I thought Kim Myers and multiple witnesses told police he hit her.
If true, the team should have said so and not apologized.
"We haven't been hitting well in the clutch and our pitching's been kind of messed up all year."
Those have been problems for a lot more years than one.
I'm actually happy with the pitching and / or hitting.
"I don't think our team will be sold in my lifetime, and I hope I live a long time."
New owners are needed.
"Dave Montgomery is a brilliant guy ... Dave Montgomery is sensational."
That's an exaggeration, and the team's string of disappointing years proves it.
"Montgomery never makes a deal, nor does he suggest a deal."
I thought Montgomery negotiated with Billy Wagner last fall.
"Too many people believe the talk shows are the pulse of the public."
Talk show callers reflect the views of many local fans.
"I know so many people ... who love the team - win, lose or draw."
The fans who are upset with the Phillies far outnumber the true believers.
"In this day and age, you can go from last place to first place easily in a year."
Prove it.
I expect Giles to withdraw some remarks, or say he was misquoted.
Get off Bill Giles' back.

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