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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

I'm Back!
After a long hiatus from blogging, the sports law court is once again in session. Why did I stop blogging you ask? Well, I ended work about three weeks ago, and as I said to Dov Fried yesterday, Once I stopped work I became too busy to blog- the irony is there, think about it...
Just to update you on what has transpired the last few weeks, after I finished working, I started the recruitment process in search of an articling job with a lawfirm (In Canada, after graduating law school, a lawyer must apprentice with a firm for 10 months if he wants to practise law). After a week of hellish interviews and callbacks, I am please to announce in front of my audience, that I have not found a job suitable for my needs...put in another way, I wasn't hired by anyone. Folks, I believe the reason for this is because I did not interview with any sports law firms, but rather real estate and litigation firms in which I have no interest in pursuing. I must stick to my passions, i.e. sports and entertainment. I have been in touch with the head of Human Resources for the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) (interesting story, I met him in IKEA one day and asked him for a job) and instead of blowing me over all together, as usual, he told me to check in with him every once in a while...I'll keep you guys posted. At any rate, there's lots more to blog but so little time, so I'll just go right into my featured word of the day...
Word of the Day
Rant of the Day
Listening to the Fan 590 sports radio yesterday, some bozo called up and started crying(literaly, he sounded like he was almost in tears) about how he's had to endure bad Toronto Maple Leafs hockey teams for all his life. - Endure? C'mon man, grow up. Sure I'm a sports fan like anyone else but I realize that sports is a business above and beyond anything else and then it's a outlet for a person to pursue an interest and channel some energy for the team of his choice. But let's not get carried away and say we're enduring a bad hockey team. Nobody's forces anyone to watch a hockey game - and if you do watch a game or follow a team, voice some constructive criticism or even just plain criticism, but for heavan's sakes remember, after all is said and done it's just a game, so chill out and stop calling in to radio stations in the middle of the day and crying like a two year old.

Friday, August 08, 2003

Many of my friends and associates know me for my love of words that have reached extinction in the late 1960's. For example, I enjoy using the words "Fantastic" "Superb" "Scrumptious" and other terrific words in everyday conversation.
I have coined the term "Lost adjectives"TM to describe such words. I am proud to publicly announce to my thousands of online readers that I am expanding my portfolio to include words that just plain sound cool. So, starting today, I will post a word per day that I feel that has a cool ring to it and is just plain interesting. (This is so exciting I have so many!).
The inaugural first word is...
Go ahead, say it, embrace it, feel it, close your eyes and imagine toffeetoffeetoffee
stay tuned for more words...

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

You know what I relaized, I make lots of spelling mistakes.

Kinda reminds me of my old fourth grade teacher who used to write on the blackboard (insert famous question - why is it called blackboard and not greenboard hahahah hahah ha) during exams "Speleeng cownts".

If you were to askthe happy hungarian

why one makes spelling mistakes he would proabably launch into a whole diatribe about the inadequacy of women grade school teachers who never tought kids how to properly spell. Personally, I think it's just because I'm too lazy to spell check (spelled cheque in Canada eh)

Back to the exciting world of labour law (that's what I've been doing thsi summer)

Kudos to the happyhungarian for his review of The Rock without giving away the plot.

In other unrelated and unimportant news, the Edmonton Oilers havesigned Shawn Horcoff

to a two-year deal.

Monday, August 04, 2003

Here's a response to my Tuesday, July 29 post regarding Kory Stringer:

I think that if the heat is such a problem and the NFL is worried about possible future lawsuits then they should use some of the millions of dollars the association makes to build adequately air conditioned training facilities. I mean if it's too expensive ask the players whats more impotant thier lives or their salaries(unfortuneately, thats not a good question.....2 summer homes are better than one...heck, that's better than life...) - Dave in Minnesota

Friday, August 01, 2003

Blogger Bummer
I just love this Alex Rodriguez guy. Rodriguez, all-start shortstop on the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Team was quoted in the papers as saying that he would "consider being traded to another team" and how about this gem "I just want to do what's best for Tom Hicks (the owner)". Really.
The guy makes 25 million dollars...a Year! That's 25 MILLION...but he just wants to do what's best for the owner. What a great guy. He'd even consider leaving a stinker team like the Rangers to play for a contending team at the same salary because he has Mr. Hicks' best interest in mind.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

I went to the Blue Jays game yesterday and encountered a bunch of blogable material.

1)Chris Woodward: When the season started, the Jays promised Woodward that he'd be the every day shortstop of the Jays and that they were bringing in the wily veteran Mike Bordick as a backup to offer "guidance" and “support” to young Chris. Well whada ya know, 2 weeks after the all star break, Woodward’s out, Bordick’s their man. Weasels.

2)Jumbotron: Dov “spiffy” Fried, whom I went to the game with, had an interesting remark in the middle of the fourth inning. We were watching the jumbotron scan the audience and just marvelling at how people were making utter fools of themselves. I mean when people got on the tron they were just waving their bodies, shaking their hips, pumping fists in the air (there were even 2 men that looked about 90 and 100 years old respectively, making lewd gestures for crying out loud) etc. Dov turns around and says, “It’s amazing how excited people get to see themselves”. Nice one Dov.

3)Dumb Advertising: in the middle of the 8th a giveaway contest came up on the jumbotron offering a free bag of peanuts to a lucky fan sitting in seat whatever. Under the bag were the words “Freshness Guaranteed”. Freshness guaranteed? What product doesn’t have freshness guaranteed? I think the peanut company had a bad rap before by not being fresh and now the only way they can get people to eat the darn peanuts is by giving them away…

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Here's an email the sports lawyer just received moments ago. Let me know what you think at jordanfarkas@osgoode.yorku.ca

What do you think about the Korey Stringer lawsuit?
The suit seeks unspecified financial damages and asks the court to stop the NFL from forcing players to practice and play in high heat and humidity. It says NFL coaches, trainers and doctors subject players to potentially fatal conditions by forcing them to participate in practices while wearing improper clothing for such conditions.

From now on, practice will be in shorts and tank tops. Padding is for sissies anyway. (Of course if anybody gets injured we can sue later!). Why not just forget practice? Everybody should just "try their best". Don't worry, it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

Stringer, a 335-pound Pro Bowl lineman who played at Ohio State, collapsed July 31, 2001. His body temperature was 108.8 degrees when he arrived at a hospital. He died 15 hours later.

335 pounds...maybe she should name some restaurants in the lawsuit...

Kelci Stringer earlier sued the Vikings and the team's training camp doctor, David Knowles. A Minnesota judge dismissed her claims against the team and she later settled with Knowles for an undisclosed sum. Her attorneys said at the time they planned to ask the state appeals court to reinstate the claims against the Vikings

Couldn't get any money from the Vikings so might as well go after the whole NFL. What if that case gets thrown out? She should sue all the fans for encouraging this behaviour...

A "deadly culture" led to his death.... didn't hear any complaining about the culture that was paying him millions of dollars to push around other big fat guys on the football field...

Now there's something to blog about... (just don't include any quotes with my name!)

ed. his name is David Smith, he lives on Bathurst street, drives a Buick and works for TD Bank

disclaimer to avoid lawsuits: The above reference to a name is meant in jest only. Any reference to an actual, living, human being on planet Earth with the same name, address, car, and job is purely coincidental (and I mean purely coincidental). If you still would like to sue for intellectual property infingment please speak to the Happy Hungarian who will gladly show you where to go.

Firstly, I would like to thank Mr. Roger Ebert

himself, the Happy Hungarian, for giving away the movie "Basic" after saying he wouldn't give away the plot. Saying who the good guys and bad guys will be at the end of the movie is giving away the movie genius.
In an unrelated comment, today's rant is about people who call up sports talk radio

and say "I'll hang up and listen to your comment". My question is, why do those people have to say that? When's the last time you had a conversation with someone and he said, "I've heard your comments and now I'm hanging up"? Are they worried that the host of the show will be too polite to hang up on them so they volunteer to hang up? Are they worried that they'll be hung up on and so they pre-empt by saying that they'll hang up? Please everyone, when you call sports radio (don't you have anything better to do with your time? er...wait a sec, look at me, I'm blogging during work) please just make your comment and converse like a normal human being.

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