LA Times – To him, it’s another day on the streets. Some call him an “urban traveler,” “a crust punk” or worse. He and others like him — mostly young, homeless people who often travel in groups — roam beach cities begging for money, sleeping under the stars and trying to survive. They’re vexing to tourist-dependent spots from San Francisco to San Diego, where officials complain their gritty edge and sometimes violent tendencies intimidate locals and turn visitors off. “They can be very aggressive and very disruptive,” said San Diego City Councilman Ed Harris, who represents Ocean Beach, where homeless youth congregate on the sea wall, sleep on the beach and light illegal campfires. They’re not drawn exclusively to the West Coast but to other cities perceived as “cool,” such as Minneapolis-St. Paul; Denver; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle.
“Urban Travelers”! Ha! Yo, fuck these street urchins directly in their stupid road-grimy homeless faces. They’re a fucking scourge on society. I live in Ocean Beach and I understand why a person would choose to come here but guess what? Nobody wants to have to wake up and have a job and go make fucking money but we do because that’s how society works. If you have zero interest in really contributing to society that’s fine, just go do it in the woods in Montana or Alaska or somewhere like that. Don’t be doing it in a place full of people who actually work to live there and then have the goddamn audacity to get all huffy when I tell you to stop sleeping in my fucking driveway. I can tell you first hand that there is always, 100% of the time a fairly sizable group of all variety of miscreants, hobos, urchins and junkies congregating and aggressively begging for money, playing shitty music on their guitars and attempting to sell nickle bags of shitty, shitty weed along the sea wall. Get the fuck outta my face with this shit. Seriously these “people” aren’t much higher than the common street rats they sleep next to every night.
The only time i do feel bad is when the vagrant has a dog but even then I only feel bad for the dog. The pup didnt choose to have a scumbag as an owner.
LA Times – The Dodgers’ dynamic young outfielder was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning after going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Florida, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno. Bueno said Puig was taken in handcuffs to the Collier County Jail in Naples, Fla., after being pulled over at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time while driving his 2013 Mercedes westbound on what locals call Alligator Alley. Bueno said Puig cooperated with officers. The Dodgers are not commenting, but they have to be concerned beyond this lone arrest. Puig, 23, also was arrested and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance in April in Chattanooga, Tenn. Those charges were dropped after he persuaded a judge that he had performed community service in Los Angeles. Still, this is twice Puig has been arrested on suspicion of speeding in the last eight months. This is the same guy who has shown a knack for repeating violations of simple baseball fundamentals, which is troubling for the team but does not put anyone’s life in danger.
Damn its too bad that absolutely nobody at all anywhere in the world saw this one coming. But seriously folks, I fucking told you so. And really I shouldnt even be pumping my chest like this except that everyone looked at me like I was a full on lunatic when I was saying all of this back when they called him up in June. It just seemed so fucking obvious. The Dodgers wanted so badly to leave him in the minors for longer to age and mature(though how long would it take for him to mature is a whole other question). Unfortunately for the Doyers they fell flat out of the gates (with the same merry band of jackasses that harpooned the Red Sox 2012 season, worth mentioning) and they were forced to call up Yasiel. Right after that first reckless driving arrest. Cut to six weeks and a few walk offs after his call up and the kid is the toast of Tinsel Town with offensive numbers in the stratosphere. The All Start team debate raged and then, and this is the really strange part, the 23yr old rookie OF came back to Earth and even slumped through the dog days of July in a pennant race. And he started taking his bad ABs out to the Out Field with him. Donny Baseball yanked him from a game in the 5th inning to try to get through to his egomaniacal Cuban future superstar. Now here we are. Almost the Dodgers worst nightmare (I would imagine the Dodgers’ worst case scenario is that Puig kills himself or some innocent people while driving like an asshole). Had to believe Magic and Co were holding their breath once the Dodgers season ended hoping Yasiel would survive and stay out of prison long enough for Spring Training to begin. And now this. 110mph in a 70 is just flat out irresponsible. I get that he’s 23 and at that age “go faster” is generally the answer to most of life’s problems but this is the symptom of a much larger issue. Not for nothing but he is a huge star in the town that just saw Paul Walker and Roger Rodas die in a fiery wreck after they wrapped their Ferrari around a palm tree. And they were professionally trained drivers. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from within the Dodgers organization or another MLB Cuban defector or the man in the fucking moon but somebody needs to talk to Yasiel Puig and get through the thick layer of ego and hubris before this kid gets himself or someone else killed being a fucking idiot. Thats not how anyone wants to see this story end.
ESPN – Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday.
Bryant suffered the injury Tuesday night during the visiting Lakers’ 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. An MRI exam Thursday revealed that Bryant played for a half against the Grizzlies with the break.
Good thing the Lakers just gave him that 2yr $48mil extension. Devastating blow to the LakeShow but lets be real, this LosAngeles Lakers team is light years away from actually competing for an NBA title. At 35years old with 10 million miles on his tires this is probably the last death knell of the the Kobe we all had the privilege of watching. I’m sure he’ll be back because that’s the kind of competitor he is but he’s never going to be the dominant Kobe again. This break is in the same leg as the knee he blew out last spring and just spent the last 8 month rehabbing. It’s too bad to because while he was without question an awful person and in all likelihood and miserable person to be teammates with but he was definitely a transcendent talent. This puts the Lakers in an unevnviable spot, they probably should blow this whole thing up and rebuild but some much of their cap is tied up with a 39 year old broken down superstar that makes it real difficult. And under no circumstances could the Lakers ever trade Kobe. Not only would it be a PR fiasco but they could never run the chance that the Black Mamba would come back healthy and fueled by revenge destroy the Purple and Gold. So it appears the Lakers, as built, will toil in mediocrety in the Western Conference (though to be fair, they’d be the 3rd best team in the East and its probably not even close) for the next several years hoping that the Kobe of old returns for one more run and that with all of this free time suddently on his hands he doesn’t need to buy his wife another pink diamond. I highly doubt we’ll be seeing #24 on the hardwood again this season so until the 2014-2015 season kicks off I guess Laker fans will have to sit around watching this and touching themselves to what used to be.
In all honesty, what are the odds that Yasiel Puig DOESNT go to jail in the next several months? It just seems like its written in the stars. I’m not questioning his next level baseball abilities, nobody ever has. But the reason he wasn’t on LA’s Opening Day roster was because the Dodgers were terrified of his immaturity. Magic and Co put off bringing the kid up for as long as they could until their season was on the brink of becoming a gigantic waste of time and money. Now the Dodgers have been on an unprecedented roll since Puig’s call up and he’s the toast of Los Angeles. Everything is fine now while the Doyers roll along and his cockiness plays well while everything is going well. It should be noted that the baseball Gods are a fickle and angry bunch and sooner or later Puig and LA will hit the skids, and then what? It may not be until after this season ends but Yasiel Puig is 100% getting arrested this off season and it will be for one of a handful of things:
A) Domestic Violence against his gf/wife/baby momma/ escort
B) Assualt and Battery over a road rage incident or parking spot dispute
C) He wraps his Ferrari around a palm tree/ gets pulled over doing 130 mph in a 40mph zone in Hollywood with a .16 BAC
Personally I think I would have to lay my money on option C just because I feel that would just be a repeat offense and humans by nature tend to follow patters. However, he is Cuban so option A is a very strong possibility because in Cuba I’m pretty sure beating up women is OK. Either way, book it now: Yasiel Puig goes to jail before the All Star Game 2014 (at Target Field ironically enough).
Irregardless of everything I just said he could play for me any day of the week.