October 2008 | Sharapova's Thigh

A little more about Movember

Posted by Steve Wisniewski | 10/31/2008 10:05:00 PM |

I'd like to take this opportunity to announce something groundbreaking. I look smashing in a mustache. Oh and my team from last year "The man with the golden stache" will now be combining with the Sharapova's Thigh team to create the largest festival of mustaches since... the last festival that was full of mustaches. We're not combining so much, it's really more like morphing, but it's not anything like the Power Rangers. Not at all.

Seriously though, we're doing this for a good cause and to try to find a cure to a disease that will affect 1 out of 3 of our readers. It would be really cool if you wanted to join the team, and if you'd like to just send Clapp an e-mail and he'll get you set up. On the other hand, if your wifey or girlfriend or prostitute that you happen to be seeing at the moment doesn't care for you with the stache, then you could just donate us some of your sweet sweet money. All of the money donated will go to Prostate Cancer Awareness.

We at the Thigh care about what's going on in your butt, and we thank anybody who wants to join us or to donate. God Bless.


So last year, Bz and Yossarian introduced me to this great charity: Movember. We grew moustaches for the entire month of November, not just because we look so sexy in them, but to earn money to help fight against prostate cancer.

Here's the e-mail they suggest sending out that does a better job than I can of explaining it:

"Hi All,

During Movember (the month formerly known as November) I'm growing a Moustache. That's right I'm bringing the Mo back because I'm passionate about tackling men's health issues and being proactive in the fight against prostate cancer.

To donate to my Mo you can either:

  1. Click this link https://www.movember.com/us/donate/donate-details.php?action=sponsorlink&rego=1598396&country=us and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or
  2. Write a check payable to the ‘Prostate Cancer Foundation', referencing my Registration Number 1598396 and mailing it to:

Prostate Cancer Foundation
Attn: Movember
1250 Fourth St
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The money raised by Movember is donated directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation which will use the funds for high-impact research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer.

Did you know:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the US with one in six American men developing the disease and more than 28,000 men dying of the disease every year.
  • African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease and should have regular annual testing starting at 45. All other men should commence testing at 50.
  • Prostate cancer is 90% curable if detected and treated early.

For those that have supported Movember in previous years you can be very proud of the impact it has had and can check out the details at:
[ Fundraising Outcomes ]

Movember culminates at the end of month Gala Partés. If you would like to be part of this great night you'll need to purchase a [ Gala Parté Ticket ]."

And more...
"At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo and along the way raise as much money and awareness about male health issues as possible."

And although they probably shouldn't sport a real moustache, ladies (aka 'Mo Sistas') are encouraged to join this as well, to support the guys and their great look, or to just donate to a great cause.

If You Want To Join the Sharapova's Thigh team, E-mail Me: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com

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Happy Halloween

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/31/2008 02:58:00 PM |

This is always a fun holiday. Plenty of hot girls getting drunk with few clothes on is just what the doctor ordered. I'm not so sure if I'll be getting dressed up tonight or even going out this time, and it never ends well.

In 03 I for some reason decided to go as Steve Bartman after he just broke my heart. I was confused then. Anyway, that night I apparently broke some really nice antique lamp at this girl's house, called her many derogatory names, made her cry, drank all of her beer, etc. I don't think anybody that's met me since this would be able to recognize my geeky 03 self in the picture.

In 04 I dressed up as Ace Ventura but my friend Brandon and I couldn't find the party we had planned on all night, probably because we were already hammered.

In 05 I was told I "had to dress up" to go to some party. So I threw on a plain white t-shirt, grabbed a sharpie, wrote "MC" on it, wrote "Can't Touch This!" in the corner by where my jeans front pocket was, and put a hammer in my pocket(that's what she said)... I went as MC Hammer. Dumbest costume ever, but surprisingly the ladies loved it. That's all that matters.

In 06 I just threw on some random clothes just so I had a "costume", and then last year, we dressed up as the bartenders at our favorite bar, Sullivan's. Trust me, these were spot on. We won the costume contest, which gave us a free $100 bar tab, which we of course spent the next night.

And just for fun, my friends threw these great "Ridiculous Parties" at any time of the year, where you just dressed... ridiculous. Easily the best costumes on the planet could be found at these. As for my costume at one of them a few years ago, just don't even ask.

As for some Halloween pictures you'll actually enjoy looking at, check out this article from The World Of Isaac: The 25 Hottest Celebrity Halloween Costumes.

Crooked NBA refs

Posted by Poorly Acquitted | 10/31/2008 08:00:00 AM |

Two mornings in a row, I know. I won't apologize though. Let me rank for you the things in the sporting world that I'm passionate about.

1.) The Cleveland Browns

2.) The Cleveland Indians

3.) The Denver Nuggets

4.) College Basketball

5.) The Olympics (summer or winter, I don't care)

6.) Officiating in the NBA

I wish I didn't love the NBA so much because then I would be ok with not watching the sport. The NBA isn't run by David Stern or the players or the owners or the GMs.

Let me preface all of this by saying that bad calls happen. Referees are humans. I get that. But without further ado.

The NBA is run by the mob. Read my lips" M O B. You know, Tony Soprano, Tony Montana, Lucky Luciano, Al Capone. The mob. It is the only professional sport that is yet to make itself independent of the officials.

In the NFL it is far too dubious if the referees alter the outcome of the game. The replay system in place is a great safeguard on blown calls. A call that sticks out recently is the "Gun Show" Hochuli botching of the San Diego-Denver game in week 2. It stands out as a bad call. The man was forthright. He knew he made a bad call. He's refereed 2 Super Bowls though. But honestly, what do we see, 3-5 NFL games a year truly altered by a bad call?

The World Series ended 2 nights ago. The Phillies defeated the Rays in what can only be described as a bizarre World Series. The rain delay, the upstart Rays, the Phils quenching the Title thirst of Philadelphia and the questionable umpiring. All that I'll say is that it seemed the calls evened out through the course of the Series. I don't know if one team benefited more than the other. Baseball umpires come into scrutiny basically for their strike zones. I think strike zones tend to be consistent for most of the game. It is the rare occasion when one team clearly gets squeezed while the other has a gigantic zone. There is the occasional fair/foul controversy. With replay in place now homerun calls will now be more transparent.

Nobody cares enough about the NHL to fix the games. Plus I seriously question whether Canadians have the intelligence to fix a sporting event. A topic for another day.

International soccer has seen far too many refereeing scandals to mention. Fixing soccer games is a business and it's laughable how little people care. Italy's Serie A made a bold step by relegating several premier teams and suspending some big name players. It's still effort in futility to stem the flow of game fixing.

Now to the NBA. David Stern has made certain that the Tim Donaghy trial fetches ample publicity. Well David I'm not buying it. Donaghy is the tip of the iceberg. In my humble opinion there are at least 10 other NBA officials involved in fixing games. In no other major American sport are the referees such a part of the game's fabric. In no other American sport do the referees possess so much discretion over the game. The objective rules of the game are laughable. In baseball most people can see common balls and strikes, just like the umpires. 90% of the time the umpires and the casual fan agree. In the NBA the casual fan can see the "rules" of the game and there is well over a 50% chance that the referees will disagree. There is no objectivity in any call: traveling, the hook on post moves, moving screens, the handcheck, getting hit on the way to the hoop, lane violations on free throws, and more than anything the mother fucking flop.

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Application to be an NBA official

Posted by Poorly Acquitted | 10/30/2008 08:00:00 AM |

David Stern decided to post the application to become an NBA official online. Here it is:

Are you out of shape?

Do you have either white or no hair?

Will you listen to everything I tell you to do?

Do you believe that the following teams categorically commit less fouls than all the other teams: Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets

Will you promise to be intimidated by the following coaches: Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Jerry Sloan

Do you promise to dislike the following coaches: George Karl, Mike Dunleavy, Flip Saunders

Do you promise to make whistle love to the following players: Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, Manu Ginobili, Steve Nash

Do you promise to deny the following players of a fairly officiated game: Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Rasheed Wallace, Carmelo Anthony

Do you have the IQ of an aborted fetus?

I mean its amazing. I'm applying tomorrow.

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I'm watching the New Orleans Hornets-Golden State Warriors game right now, and I'm not really liking these new Hornets jerseys. Very random blog, I know. Anyway, the top one, and the one right below this are apparently their new jerseys.

Compared to the previous ones:

I think the previous ones were sharp, and I loved the yellow. At the same time, I'm sure there's a lot of you that hated those.
It seems like they're trying to go back to the Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning Charlotte Hornets days. Those were the glory days!

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Arguably the most chaotic baseball game in the history of the sport is about to enter the bottom of the 6th inning. And I'm going to blog live during it!

It's 8:37 PM ET and they still haven't started. Did they not learn anything from the last 2 days? Let's play already.

And we're off like a prom dress. Geoff Jenkins against high heat usually isn't going to end well.

Guess who's wrong? Me. The Brett Favre look-alike doubles into deep right-center. This wind is intense.

Jimmy Rollins advances Jenkins with a perfect sacrifice bunt. The crowd is almost loud enough where we can't hear McCarver and Buck. Louder please!

Werth with a 2-0 count and takes a fastball on a tee. You have the potential World Series-winning run standing on third base. What are you looking for? Gotta take a hack there.

A weak pop up with the infield in, but the wind makes it a tough play, and Akinori Iwamura has just put himself in the Kosuke Fukudome/Sega CD discussion as he drops it. 3-2 Phillies, 1 out, Werth on 1st.

They keep showing Balfour, and the more they do, the more I laugh about how angry the FCC must be getting.

J.P. Howell into face Chase Utley, guess they're saving David Price for later. Well they better hope this doesn't get out of hand first. Of course Howell strikes Utley out on three pitches. I'm really looking dumber by the minute.

Pickoff attempt to first, Werth goes to 2nd even after he stopped for a second, still made it. Carlos Pena with a crappy throw. Howard then flies out to left weakly on the first pitch. 3-2 Phillies, nine outs away from a title.

Top Of The 7th:

Ryan Madsen in for the Phillies, facing Dioner Navarro. Navarro k's on a nasty 94 mph tailing fastball on in the inside corner. Rocco Modern Life Baldelli at the plate. YARDWORK! WE'RE ALL TIED UP!

Jason Bartlett rips a single into left, and now Howell will stay in the game since it's tied, and he lays down a sacrifice bunt. Bartlett at 2nd, 2 outs, J.C. Romero coming in for Ryan Madsen. So the Rays have knocked Madsen out of the game and still have Price available to go a few if need be. This game's moving in their favor all of a sudden.

Iwamura looks like he will take himself out of the Fukudome/Sega CD discussion with a base hit up the middle, but Chase Utley runs it down, and catches Bartlett trying to score. Utley throws him out at the plate. The umpire took forever to make the call because he ran into Romero. Dumbass.

Bottom Of The 7th:

Burrell absolutely destroys a ball to left-center, but the wind holds it up and it's a double off the wall. Looks like if he didn't pull a Soriano and ran hard out of the box, he might be standing on third base with no outs. Anyway, Eric Bruntlett will pinch-run for him, and the submarine right-hander Chad Bradford will come into face Shane Victorino.

Victorino with a couple pathetic attempts trying to bunt, but just grounds out to third base to do the job anyway. Runner on 3rd, 1 out. Pedro I Can't Hit A Slider To Save My Life Feliz at the plate.

Feliz with a single up the middle and it's 4-3 Phillies! Bring in Price before it's too late Maddon.

Now Iwamura with an absolutely unbelievable play on the shorstop side of second base, with a full extension dive and the flip to Bartlett for a force out. Now another nice play by him, inning over.

Top Of The 8th:

Carl Crawford leads off with a single. Gotta think he'll be running here.

Welp, he never gets the chance to. B.J. Upton grounds into a double play on the first pitch. That's an awful at bat.

2-0 on Pena, time to swing for the fence on this pitch. On a 3-1 pitch, Pena flies out to left. The Phillies' fans can feel it, especially with Brad Lidge waiting who hasn't blown a save all season.

Bottom Of The 8th:

David Price is in to face Jimmy Rollins. Rollins hits one to the track in left, another one that's gone on a normal day.

Price strikes out Werth looking, painting the corner with a 95 mph fastball. Utley walks with 2 outs.

Utley steals 2nd, 3-1 count to Howard. Shut up McCarver, you don't just put Howard on here. 96 mph fastball by Howard for the K.

Top Of The 9th:

Brad Lidge is coming in to try and make the Phillies world champs.

Evan Longoria down in the count 0-2. Those stupid towels are being waved by the fans with no regard for human life! Longoria pops out, 1 down.

Navarro has no chance on that slider. Then he of course singles on a slider on the next pitch. Fernando Perez pinch runs for the catcher, and Ben Zobrist comes to the plate.

Perez steals 2nd by a mile, 2-1 count to Zobrist. Remember, Lidge has 50 straight saves. The chaos continues!

Zobrist hits it as hard as you can to right field, but right at the right fielder. 2 down, Eric Hinske will try to keep the series going.

0-2 count, here we go. The home plate ump made the call on a check swing... I HATE that.

And he strikes out on a dirty slider to end it.

The Philadelphia Phillies Are World Champions!

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Remember when MTV was cool in the 90's, when they just played music videos all day long instead of reality shows about high schools and the constant whining and drama from skanks?

Well, the television channel doesn't seem to be changing, but at least they've started a great website full of over 16,000 videos with more to come daily. The website is MTV Music.

Yes, we have YouTube, but it seems the quality of these videos is very good. It's very Hulu-esque, and surely the success we've seen with that site played a big part in MTV launching this. Plus, there's a lot of videos from MTV's library nobody else has found that are available on this site. Lastly, you won't have to dig through a bunch of similar results to find what you're looking for. Just type the artist or song, and you'll be right there.

And yes if you're wondering about advertising, that will be a major part of this just like Hulu, but not yet at least. Hopefully they won't have 30 second advertisements before each video.

I'd imagine there's some videos currently on YouTube that MTV may do their best to have taken off of there, such as "Unplugged" concerts or really anything that's an MTV exclusive. So you might be forced to go to this site in the end anyway.

Also, I'll add this to our "Sites We Like" list.

I leave you with an example of MTV Music, with one of my favorite songs, and certainly my favorite "Unplugged" performance out there:

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Danyelle Sargeant + Internet = blog fodder

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 10/28/2008 09:45:00 AM | , ,

This woman should probably be fired...now.

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Ty Willingham resigning at end of season

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 10/27/2008 04:49:00 PM | , , ,

Apparently it's not his decision.

Whatever, I've never been a fan of Willingham, and he's had, what, one good year this century? I've never understood his appeal.

Someone will give him a job, I'm sure, if he really wants to find one. The next in a series of college football mistakes.

Since leaving Stanford, Willingham has had one year above .500 - the 10-3 2002 season with Notre Dame, playing with another coach's players.

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I made a widget

Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/27/2008 12:57:00 AM | , , ,

It has our RSS feed so you can always know when we have some new content up. So yeah, if you want to show off your Thigh love, you can click "get widget", and copy the embed code, place it on your blog, facebook, myspace, message board, etc. I've never made one of these before, and created it in literally under two minutes. So yeah it might not be the prettiest widget out there, and maybe I'll spice her up in the near future... or maybe Baron will do that for me. You'll be able to find this thing on the right side of the blog somewhere. I always change around the layout so good luck finding which spot it's in.

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Gotta love Samurai Mike. This is the press conference after his first game today, a loss at home to the dreadful Seattle Seahawks. Dude even benched Vernon Davis and sent him to the locker room during the game. This is one of hopefully many rants to come from the Hall of Fame linebacker and new head coach of the 49ers.

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I'll be sure to post it. Oh. My. God. Somewhere, Carl Lewis and Roseanne are celebrating. Roseanne will celebrate by heading to the Golden Corral I'm sure.

If you find it before I do, please post a comment or email me at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com

Update(11:10 PM ET):
Here it is...

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Andre Johnson has a great matchup to have another monster week.

Week 8's Best...

QB: Drew Brees. 12 TD in the first 6 games, 0 last week. Look for him to get back on track against the Chargers, who currently have the league's worst-ranked pass defense.
RB: Clinton Portis. The Redskins' RB has 20+ fantasy points in each of his last 3 games. Oh, and he's facing the Lions. This is the no-brainer play of the week.
WR: Andre Johnson. I love watching this guy play. He's a beast and maybe the most underrated wideout in the game. In receptions leagues, he's tearing it up, with 3 straight games of at least 9 catches. He also has 3 straight games over 130 yards receiving. Now he'll be facing a crappy Bengals defense, so his success should continue.
TE: Antonio Gates. Although he has 4 TD's on the year, he's yet to have the Antonio Gates blow-up games that we usually see a few times a year. I predict he has one this week, in a game that should be a shootout at New Orleans.
K: Matt Bryant. Bryant has at least 2 field goals in all but 1 game this season. Add in that his Bucs will be facing a banged up Dallas defense, and he should get at least a few extra point opportunities as well.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens. Arguably the best defense in the league, at home against a 23rd ranked Raiders offense with a young quarterback.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: Jeff Garcia.
Threw for 310 yards last week, and now faces the Dallas secondary full of injuries. Maybe he doesn't throw for 310 yards again, but should be a solid play at least. Remember, he was just starting to get into the groove of his offense last week after being behind Brian Griese on the depth chart for a few weeks. Now he should feel better and better each game out.
RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Who? Trust me, I said the same thing. Well he had a touchdown Monday night, and it appears he could be starting for the Patriots this week with Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan both likely out. It sounds like Belichick wants to use Kevin Faulk in the same role he's always used, so this dude could be the feature back at least this week. If you need a running back, this guy should get some touches this week, although it's unknown how well he'll do.
WR: Josh Morgan. The rookie out of Virginia Tech had 5 catches, 86 yards, and his first-career TD Sunday at the Giants. Now he has a great matchup against the Seahawks at home, and should be starting.
TE: Billy Miller. Jeremy Shockey's status is up in the air for Sunday's game against the Chargers, but Miller should still have a solid game regardless. Miller has at least 3 catches in each of the last 4 games, and as I mentioned earlier, the Chargers are ranked last in the NFL in pass defense.
K: Joe Nedney. The 49ers' kicker has attempted 17 field goals on the year already, converting 15 of them. Look for at least a few more attempts this week, as the 49ers should move the ball well on the Seahawks.
D/ST: Patriots. The Patriots defense appears to be getting their swagger back, and dominated a powerful Broncos offense Monday night. Now they take on a St. Louis offense that is finally showing some signs of life, but I definitely like the Patriots in that matchup, especially at home. If Steven Jackson is out, they're a top-5 defense this week.

Shit Picks...

QB: Matt Ryan. Going into a hostile Philadelphia environment, against a defense ranked 10th in the league versus the pass... I just don't see him doing much. Then again, I didn't expect him to tear apart the Bears defense like he did.
RB: Dominic Rhodes. The coverboy of the Week 7 Fantasy Football Roundup doesn't appear to be a good play this week. Tennessee has a terrific run defense, and they'll be pumped up to try and really separate themselves from the Colts in the AFC South, in front of their home crowd.
WR: Bobby Engram. A solid receiver without a quarterback. Normally he's a safe play that will get you a handful of catches and maybe a TD. With Seneca Wallace at QB, I'm not going to even predict a catch.
TE: Marcedes Lewis. He has touchdowns in each of the last two games, so he's due for a turdly showing.
K: Adam Vinatieri. Not expecting the Colts to get many scoring opportunities this week. I'm even benching Peyton Manning.
D/ST: Chargers. As I've already explained a couple times... worst-ranked pass D, against Drew Brees and the top-ranked pass O.

As always, I'll add any good links as they show up on the web. E-mail me at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com if you have an article I should link. Also, feel free to critique any of my picks or rip on my awful picks from previous weeks.

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