(DALLAS) 105.3 THE FAN Leading off my “Jock Itch” for Today: With Major League Baseball stepping in and taking over the LA Dodgers from Frank McCourt, a WHOLE list of potential buyers has been knocked around and included on that list of rumored names?
Our very own Mark Cuban!
But, Frankie isn’t going down without a fight! He recently got a $30 million dollar personal loan to meet the Dodgers’ payroll, and remains involved in a NASTY dispute with his estranged wife, Jamie, over ownership of the team. However, he vows a pretty strong fight with MLB over their decision to swipe the team from him!
Anyway, back to Mark Cuban.
He HAS made unsuccessful runs at purchasing the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, and earlier this week, Cuban said he was interested in selling his movie theater chain Landmark Theatres and film distribution company Magnolia Pictures. So, he MAY just have some extra pocket change to play with, you know, since he’s really hard up for money.
He’s also up against Magic Johnson for dibs, if the rumors are all correct, and a slew of Hollywood business folks like Tom Werner, producer of “The Cosby Show.” www.hollywoodreporter.com
And in OTHER “itch” worthy news…
The rapid fire sale is continuing for the poor Tampa Bay Rays and it’s not expected to quit anytime soon.
There are already rumblings being reported from The Boston Globe that outfielder B.J. Upton COULD be traded around the deadline this summer, that is, if the Rays fall out of the AL East race.
The Rays are looking for a nice fat package of prospects, like they got from the Cubs for Matt Garza.
At this point, let it die already, Tampa. Let it die. www.boston.com
Lenny Dykstra just scripts himself and I love it! The moron formerly known as “Nails” has had quite the year, on top of just being Lenny and having his crazy history anyway.
First, he was caught up in some fraud scheme and went broke. Then, he had to sell his house and was accused of stealing his own stuff from auction to hawk on eBay and Craigslist and NOW he’s getting gross with women!
TMZ is reporting that Lenny is being investigated by the LAPD for allegedly stripping down to the nude and exposing himself to a woman he was interviewing for a housekeeping gig!
Apparently, Lenny posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a housekeeper, but supposedly told the woman that she would have to give him massages as part of the job. That’s when Lenny ripped off all of his clothes to ask for a sample of her work.
It appears that the woman was none too thrilled with Lenny’s wooing. But then again, how could she NOT be? After all, this is also the same guy who wrote a hot check to a stripper for $1,000 bucks, lost all of his money, and ripped out the sink in the home he just got taken away from the bank. www.tmz.com
Mike Vick is upset and he wants you to know it!
The maker of the Android phone is offering a “Dog Wars” app that’ll allow players to fight dogs just the way Mike was convicted of, and served a 20-month jail sentence for!
He says that the app needs to be immediately eradicated from the app store.
This was his quote: “I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street. Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”
I’m not sure if this eases the pain a little but, the makers of the “Dog Wars” game note on its description in the Android Marketplace that it is in fact a “high maturity” game.
The Humane Society is also asking that the game be censored.
Former Tampa Bay Buc, Keith McCants, was popped by the cops for coke possession, along with resisting an officer!
Can this guy just stay off of the police blotter for a second already??
Keith was also being held on a warrant from Alabama(where he was a huge star and first round pick in 1990 for the Buccs) because he failed to appear in court there on a controlled substance charge.
After he was released by the team in 1993, he’s had a series of run-ins with the law including another coke possession and a string of arrests in Alabama, most of them drug-related.
Come on, Keith! You’re 43! It’s time to get your act together already and join an “I am Second” campaign or something! www.tampabay.com
Could Ryan Mallet be heading to Oakland?
In a recent radio interview, he started ticking off the names of the teams that he’d worked out with and then revealed that there was one team in particular that he couldn’t name, that being now known as the Raiders.
It looks like Ryan’s stock is still standing pretty stagnant from where it was a couple of weeks ago, meaning he’s first round talent who might fall to the beginning of round three.
This doesn’t bode too well, seeing as though the draft is only days away!
On a side note, the Raiders currently have two quarterbacks on their roster: Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller, BOTH former first round picks who BOTH happen to be entering contract years.
Lakers rookie, Derrick Caracter was arrested and charged with battery last weekend after an alleged altercation near the team hotel!
He started grabbing and pulling a PREGNANT IHOP waitress, prompting the manager to go outside and grab a cop! When the female police officer tried to settle Derrick down, he was stubborn and wasn’t having any of it!
He was handcuffed and taken to jail, where he was booked on one count of battery, as well as one count each of public intox and resisting arrest. He was later released.
I somehow doubt that Derrick will be calling the Staples Center his home next year, as he’s a rarely used second round pick with questionable work ethic prior to the 2010 draft anyway.
Oh, Derrick. Seriously? You’re 6’ 9” picking on A PREGNANT IHOP waitress?? www.nola.com
LeBron James declared to a reporter that Cleveland was not his city OR his team!
Correct me if I’m wrong, LeBron, but weren’t you born there? Didn’t you play high school ball there? Weren’t you drafted by your HOME team there and didn’t you carry your team to the finals, snagging two MVP awards in the meantime?
Okay, just checking.
Anyway, despite ALL of the above mentioned facts, LeBron still claims that Cleveland is NOT his city and the Cavs were NOT his team.
When a reported referred to Cleveland as LeBron’s city, King James fired back with: “It wasn’t my city. It wasn’t my team either. I was just a player. I helped get that franchise to leaps and bounds that they haven’t seen before.”
I guess LeBron didn’t think Cleveland was his city either when that obnoxious 10-story mural of LeBron was plastered onto the downtown Cleveland sky line and the enormous banner that hung over the city with the phrase declaring, “We are all Witnesses” was constructed. www.yardbarker.com
And THAT’S my “Jock Itch!”