1) via Deadspin, Curt Schilling thinks the fact that he’s a Republican cost him Hall of Fame votes. His “evidence?” That John Smoltz, who Schilling believes is a Democrat, was elected. Smoltz has compared homosexuality to bestiality, gave money to the Romney campaign and is a favorite of Pat Robertson’s 700 club. I’d say this makes it about 99.99% likely Smoltz is *not* a Democrat.
Nice call, though, Curt.
2) via Awful Announcing, The New York Times is making the best of a bad situation, writing consistently great copy about the travesty that is the New York Knicks. Today, they wrote a mock advertisement asking for a better basketball team for their beleaguered Knicks’ reporter, Scott Cacciola:
Maybe there is another N.B.A. team that warrants his attention, or perhaps a high school or college squad. For that matter, maybe you know of a strong coed team at your local Y that Scott should write about. Tell us where to send him. Submit your ideas in the comments section.
Here was Billy Witz, presumably subbing for Cacciola over the holidays chronicling the return of the unfathomably bad Andreas Bargnani a week ago:
The notion that Bargnani, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006, might give the Knicks a jolt was short-lived. With 5 minutes 24 seconds left in the first quarter, he checked in for the first time since Jan. 22. He moved his feet surprisingly well on defense, outfought an opponent for an offensive rebound and sank a jumper.
Then Bargnani did as he has often done throughout his career: He shot an air ball; fumbled away a defensive rebound to Jordan Farmar, who sank a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer; and clattered into J. J. Redick while Redick was trying a 3-pointer.
The good news is that the Knicks, in line for a very high draft pick this year, are likely to be very bad again in 2015-16, so they’ll be set up for another high pick in 2016. Oh wait. They traded that one for Bargs.
3) Keith Olbermann had a really moving tribute to Stuart Scott yesterday, particularly what KO described as Scott’s professional courage. Olbermann told of a story from the mid-90s in which an ESPN exec told Scott that, in effect, he was sounding “too black” on the air. Scott did not back down, instead patiently explaining the personal and cultural derivations of his various phrases and sayings. It’s a touching and eloquent homage.