Random ramblings

Yes, I still hate Frank Caliendo.

I was trying to settle in and enjoy the baseball playoffs on TBS last night but it’s not going to be an easy task as October rolls along with so many infuriatingly annoying “Frank TV” and Dish Network commercials bombarding me all the time.

Someone needs to beat that chubby celebrity impersonator with a rubber hose until he crawls back into a hole and stops trying to channel the ghost of Rich Little.

The silver lining to last night’s broadcast was the Red Sox beating Mike Scioscia and the Angels. As an A’s fan I still despise anyone associated with the 1988 Dodgers.

* STOP THE PRESSES: Lane Kiffin was fired by the Raiders this week which is probably the most surprising news I’ve seen since Clay Aiken announced that he’s gay.

Wow. I sure couldn’t see either one of those coming.

* BEST JOB EVER: The A’s are looking for some new people to play team mascot Stomper.

I was tempted to apply last year, but after seeing this blog post and photo at A’s Nation (http://www.athleticsnation.com/2008/9/23/620346/you-can-be-stomper-candida) I’m definitely filling out a job application ASAP.

Turns out chicks dig elephants. Where do I sign up?

* WHO DRESSES THIS GUY?: Getting back to the MLB playoffs on TBS for a moment, could someone burn on-field reporter Craig Sager’s wardrobe? Please?

It looks like he picked those garish blazers out of Chris Berman’s garbage.

I’ll be happy to provide the matches and lighter fluid if someone will just raid Sager’s closet and leave that nasty pile of tastelessly bold polyester some place where I can find it.

* WHY MANDY, WHY?: Mandy Moore has added to her shoddy pop music resume with a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

Check out the musical train wreck at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMB6YOWzQMY.

Mandy’s version of “Umbrella” is painfully slow and the video is just as boring.

There’s no improving on the original by Rihanna (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQHMcZVPnNE), so why did Moore even try?

* AN ELECTION AND CANDIDATE I CAN GET BEHIND: The winner of the Ford Frick Award will be announced on Monday (http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080829&content_id=3387071&vkey=news_oak&fext=.jsp&c_id=oak) and former A’s broadcaster is among the nominees.

Hopefully the late, great King will make it into the Hall of Fame this time around.

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