We’re not the kind of fellows who like to toot our own horn, but it’s been a pretty groundbreaking couple of weeks here at Rumors and Rants for making sizable footprints that have changed the world as we know it. OK, so maybe that toot was a little strong. But seriously, we have breaking news updates on a couple of very popular stories that recently appeared here.
(I suppose most of the credit should actually go to Deadspin for being the John Stockton to our Karl Malone/Evegeni Malkin to our Sidney Crosby/Bob Hope to our Bing Crosby by providing the assist and bringing our message out to the masses. But they’re already a big deal, so that does nothing to help our attempts at self-aggrandizing and false bravado.)
– A few weeks ago, we told you about a certain Big 12 university banning a friend of the program from wearing a Kosuke Fukudome jersey to work on casual Friday. As stated here, we would have been perfectly fine had the reasoning been “That guy totally blows, don’t you have a Mark DeRosa jersey?”
However, it was the less impressive “People might interpret it the wrong way” that rubbed us the wrong way.
Well, sources inside the higher education community have informed us that university employees will now only be allowed to wear university-related apparel on casual Fridays, thus killing any questionable loopholes. That goes for all departments on all of the university’s campuses (this incident had been isolated to one tiny department.) Apparently the changes, which came down from the highest levels of the university, were prompted by “complaints on the internet.”
Rumors and Rants: Creating change you can believe in. Unless you don’t believe in it.
– A month before the playoffs even started, we warned you about the Curse of Dick Stockton. Then, when it was announced that Stockton would be stumbling through the broadcasting booth during the Cubs-Dodgers series, we warned you of the Cubs imminent demise.
And as you now know, the Cubs have now lost nine consecutive games with Stockton in the booth. The legend of the curse has grown, even getting play on other blogs well after the fact. But our most legitimate known media moment came last Friday, when Dan McNeil of the Mac, Jurko and Harry Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago asked listeners to “stop blaming poor Dick Stockton” for the Cubs’ woes in the series.
I’d like to point out that I’m not blaming Stockton for cursing the Cubs. I’m just saying when he’s in the booth, something bad is destined to happen. And thankfully everyone else has seemed to notice. (Except for the head wonks at TBS.)
We’re not sure how we’ll impact your world next, but here’s a start: did you know that there are currently eight “Air Bud” movies, including the Australian Rules Football flick “Air Bud: Aussie Rules”?
But by the time you finish reading this, there will already be 10.