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Throwing Tomatoes: Takeru Kobayashi, JaMarcus Russell, Stephen Strasburg, Joe Johnson, LeBron James, 2010 FIFA World Cup and More

The latest edition of Tomatoes covers a smorgasbord of sports topics, from hot dogs and Major League Eating, to NBA free agency, to the World Cup and more.

So as the headlines continue to get generated, more stories of sports frustration emerge.  Don’t sweat it, The Wife Hates Sports has them covered – in lycopene, that is.

Throwing Tomatoes: July 5, 2010

 

Takeru Kobayashitakeru-kobayashi-major-league-eater

…for biting off more than he can chew.

The Coney Island Fourth of July hot dog contest has become a bizarre, yet famous event – featuring two headlining Major League eaters in Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut.

Well, except for this year, when Kobayashi wanted more freedom, and therefore refused to sign a new deal with Major League Eating.  He still showed up to the event, and after chants from the crowd to let him participate, Kobayashi rushed the stage – and after refusing to be removed, he was arrested and spent a night in jail.

What a wiener.

JaMarcus Russell

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JaMarcus Russell arrested on possession of a controlled substance

The former Oakland Raiders top pick is at it again.

JaMarcus Russell has been arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance – specifically codeine syrup.

With months of speculation as to whether Russell will catch on with another NFL team, it’s now safe to say that a playbook will not be the type of book that gets thrown at him.

Charlie Manuel

… for ignoring Stephen Strasburg as an NL All-Star representative.

Leaving Joey Votto off the original list of NL All-Stars is a crime, but the most talked about omission should be Washington rookie Stephen Strasburg, who was a topic for discussion heading into the voting’s final days.

I understand the argument that others should get a shot over a kid who has six starts under his belt for the season.

At least, I understood that a few years ago – when the All-Star was an exhibition that meant nothing.

Now it means home field advantage in the World Series, and therefore Strasburg’s 2.45 ERA and 53 K’s in 36 2/3 innings is that much more valuable – and should be All-Star worthy.

Atlanta Hawks

…for signing Joe Johnson to a max deal.splatteredtomato

So I’m thinking that perhaps the Atlanta Hawks felt they had to sign Johnson to a max deal – so that they could keep the star in town, and they thought they likely couldn’t attract two other stars with the same kind of money.

I’m speculating.

But still, even though Johnson clarified his nasty comments to Atlanta fans – saying that he did love it in Atlanta – it’s possible that the locals are still not pleased with this signing, especially the way he and the Hawks showed up in the playoffs.

Who knows, but from this point of view – Johnson has a lot to prove to earn the Benjamins that are being placed in front of him.

LeBron James

…for “pulling a Brett Favre”.

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Please LeBron, no more dates on when you will sign!

Listen, I’m all for LeBron taking his time when making such a major decision in his career – Ireally am.

But what I’m not a fan of is James going in the direction of Brett Favre – and leading everyone along a stretch of indecision – albeit in its early stages.

First, he says he’ll have a decision made before the holiday weekend is over with – and now, James has gone on to say that he’ll decide by July 8th – the official day that NBA teams can begin to get contracts with players finalized.

C’mon King – just tell the media (and the world) that you’re weighing your options and don’t place a date on it.  If you keep tossing out dates, you’ll be starring in a Sears commercial with Brett Favre himself.

 

Fernando Torres

…for not showing up to the World Cup.

There are a number of teams and players that have not lived up to their potential in this year’s World Cup – but none is more glaring than Spain’s Fernando Torres – who not only hasn’t scored a goal in the World Cup, but spanning across five games (four started), Torres only has two shots on goal.

His lack of production has gotten to be so alarming, Spain has actually considered benching him in the team’s semifinal match versus Germany.

Oakland Athleticsbash-brothers-oakland-athletics

…for creating t-shirts regarding the Braden-Rodriguez incident from a few months ago.

For starters, does everyone even recall the incident back on April 22nd – when Oakland starter Dalas Braden got into a verbal spat with New York’s Alex Rodriguez, all after A-Rod chose to childishly walk over Braden’s pitching mound?

Now, as reported by Andrew Merchand of ESPNNewYork.com, the A’s haven’t let go – and plan to try and make a buck off the incident, selling t-shirts that simply state, “Get Off My Mound.”

Geez Louise, are the A’s still selling “Bash Brothers” shirts, too?

C’mon Oakland – no one cares about this incident anymore… they barely did to begin with.

 

This has been Throwing Tomatoes, where we take our dogs with extra ketchup.

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By | 2017-08-25T17:34:42+00:00 July 5th, 2010|Features, Humor, Kevin Paul, MLB, NBA, NFL, Soccer, Throwing Tomatoes, Writers|5 Comments

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  1. admin July 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    REV–
    Ha ha… well played by that guy on twitter. That’s funny.

    AERO–
    So does that mean you’re with me in regards to adding Strasburg no matter how many starts? Teams haven’t begun to figure him out yet… plus having him there would make for good All-Star theater.

    Plus, I think the NL was LUCKY that Votto got voted in by the fans… dude has been off the charts.

  2. aero July 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    The way Manuel is stocking that team, the National League’s losing streak will continue and the coach will be the main reason.
    It’s all too convenient that the Raiders are trying to get back some of the money paid to Russell without cause and then all of a sudden he is busted with a controlled substance. Codeine? You have to be kidding me. They used to put that stuff in our cough syrup when we were kids.
    I’d like to nail Al Davis upside the head with a rotten Ruskin Red.

  3. Chris Humpherys July 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    KSP…

    After Russell was found with a controlled substance, the Tweet of the night came from silentboy45

    “When the cops showed up, JaMarcus Russell tried to throw the cough syrup out the window but he took a 12-yard sack instead.”

  4. admin July 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    REV–

    Ha ha… honestly, by the looks of him, I don’t know if Russell has bitten off more than he can chew – yet.

  5. Chris Humpherys July 5, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    With Russell showing up to training camp well overweight, doesn’t it sound like HE TOO bit off more than he could chew?

    My money’s on him in the 2011 Nathan’s eat-off.

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