Daily Archives: July 30, 2014

A fantastic solution to cell phone slow-walkers. A Dodgers ace tries to throw at Jimmy Kimmel’s head. And Dirk Hayhurst with a blistering story on sex in minor league baseball.

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Maybe it’s because I live in a big city where we walk everywhere, but few things frustrate me more while I’m out running around NYC then incredibly slow and distracted pedestrians talking or texting on their cell phones.

I mean, these people bob and weave more than Ali trying to stay away from Joe Frazier, and you try to get past them several times before maybe, finally, they’ll put their phone away and, you know, walk in a straight line!

Yes, I know it’s not as dangerous as those fools who text and drive, but still… something needs to be done, right?

Thankfully, the people of Washington, D.C. have done something innovative about the problem, or so I thought: Yep, they’ve created a cellphone-only walking lane on one sidewalk. (See above).

Sadly though, as I read the story, it turns out National Geographic Channel had done the re-decorating, for a TV special they were filming.

Still, it’s a hell of an idea. Let’s hope it happens for real.

**Next up, this is pretty awesome: Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw trying to knock an apple off the head of Jimmy Kimmel.

I’m actually surprised it took Kershaw so many tries to do it; maybe he was just afraid of smacking Kimmel with an errant throw.

**Finally today, a disturbing but absorbing story by the great Dirk Hayhurst, former major league pitcher who has written three excellent books about baseball, which I’ve raved about on the blog here before.

Hayhurst pulled back the curtain on the sexual escapades of his teammates during the 2003 minor league season, to show how incredibly twisted ideas of manhood are in pro sports.

This is not an easy read; it’s quite vulgar, you’ll be repulsed by much of the behavior of these boys (don’t even ask what “riding the train” meant to these guys), and Hayhurst, you could argue, is a day late and a dollar short bringing all this to light now.

But it’s a sensational piece of writing, and it shows just how far we as a culture have to go to re-program young boys, especially athletes, that women are not simply sex objects to use and throw away. This kind of behavior happens everywhere, maybe not to this extreme, but everywhere in sports.

It must stop.