Mocha Mr. Clean's The Dirty Truth

August 21, 2008

My Fill of Phelps … Give Me Some Lightning!

Filed under: Current Events,Media,Sports — mochamrclean @ 9:37 pm

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of the Michael Phelps show.

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated

Just like the media always does with a genuine, feel-good story, they’ve overdone it and showed someone down our throats. There’s no doubt that Phelps’ accomplishments at the Olympics are amazing – and by all reported accounts and appearances, he’s a humble, grounded nice guy. But I think I know a little too much about the guy now. His diet, what he stands to make, the length of his fingers, the way he turns to get out of bed in the morning … enough is enough!

NBC seemed hell-bent on shoe-horning a Michael Phelps reference every chance they could get in the days after his competition ended. “What It’s Like to Be Michael Phelps: Interview with a Man Mistaken for Olympian” was just the latest story Today ran Thursday morning. That story spelled awfully like the humorous Big Era “You No Big Papi” Baseball Cap commercials. Could NBC have staged a story just to squeeze out another Phelps story? Hmmmm….

While there is no other Olympian like Phelps, there were plenty of spectacular athletes who are not American who took the Games to new heights. How about some in-depth coverage of Usain Bolt, who broke two world records in winning two gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters?



The guy is a phenom – he proved that lightening can strike twice in the same place. He’s in a class by himself as he became the first man to break two world records in the same Olympic games. I want to know more about him – his inspiration, background, his family for Chrissakes! What about the general profile of the Jamaican track and field team, which has put other teams, particularly the U.S. team, to shame?

Listen, if NBC – and the general mainstream media in general – were really interested in the “true spirit” of the games, they would have broadened the coverage of the outstanding athletes a little … just a little. Yes, we’re a U.S. market. But isn’t everything supposed to be on a level playing field when it comes to the Olympics?

I guess not, when it comes to advertising dollars and ratings … and unfortunately, that’s The Dirty Truth.


August 14, 2008

The Gold Standard

Filed under: Current Events,Sports — mochamrclean @ 6:37 am

Wouldn’t we all love to be like Mike right now – and no, not that Mike. I mean the aquatic Mike – the Mike who has now won more gold medals than anyone in history, Michael Phelps.

His dominance and sheer grace in swimming has been nothing but awe-inspiring. Let’s face it, you’d swear the guy had gills, fins and a tail the way he glides through a pool. I bet some fishes can’t navigate in water as well as the 23-year-old Phelps.

23. Now that’s a truly scary thought. Phelps is already an Olympics legend and could very well be still be adding on to his storied history with more gold rushes in four years, at the age of 27.

But is Michael Phelps the greatest athlete of all-time, as some dunderhead, gushing, so-called journalists and talking heads have breathlessly asked the past couple of days? (Because they can’t think of more creative ways to cover the Phelps story – or just plain can’t think.) Well, let’s not go overboard, folks. It’s a difficult question to answer and really like comparing lots of apples to lots of oranges.

Let’s just enjoy Phelps for what he is: The most decorated gold medalist in Olympics history. A seemingly humble kid who knows he wouldn’t have achieved anything without the sacrifices and love of his single mom, who could be seen cheering him on and exulting in his triumphs from the stands in Beijing. She deserves a couple of gold medals, too!

And that, my friends, is The Dirty Truth.


July 16, 2008

What a Game!

Filed under: Sports — mochamrclean @ 7:04 pm


Usually I dismiss Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game as a complete bore – nothing but a glamorous exhibition game among the best (and most disgustingly-overpaid and overrated) players in the game.

But Tuesday night’s five-hour, 15-inning marathon was a mid-summer classic. The boys didn’t just “phone it in” – there was some actual competition between the American and National Leagues.

It was a game befitting of the pageantry surrounding the last season at what will be the old Yankee Stadium. It made me actual love baseball again.

And wasn’t it nice to see “Boss” George in the house?



There was a time when George Steinbrenner was one of New York City’s most notorious figures. Now, in the twilight of his years, he is one of the most beloved. Say what you will about George, he has always loved winning … and methinks he has won in the long run, even if he never sees his beloved Yankees win another championship in his lifetime.


July 13, 2008

One Sad Day …

Filed under: Media,Sports — mochamrclean @ 8:22 am

On one Saturday, two gentlemen who fought the good fight – and battled an insidious disease bravely – were called home.

Be safe at home, Bobby Murcer. I hope you’re shagging a few fly balls with Mantle in the outfield and Munson behind home plate. Say hello to my grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved watching you and their New York Yankees:

Rest in peace, Tony Snow. You have been remembered by your friends and colleagues in journalism and Washington, D.C. as a true gentleman. (And you have to tip your hat off to a man who can have a band on the side called Beats Workin’.)

I’m tired of death notices, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s have some good news for a change …


July 7, 2008

Memo to N.Y. Yankees: A-Rod Needs to A-Go

Filed under: Current Events,Sports — mochamrclean @ 8:16 am

I don’t care if Alex Rodriguez hits a gazillion homeruns. I don’t care if he’s a future Baseball Hall of Famer. I don’t care if A-Rod could become the greatest baseball player of all time … he needs to go. Now.

The brouhaha over his marital troubles with his wife and his alleged affair with Madonna only show what a distraction A-Rod has become. The third place New York Yankees just split a four-game series with the hated Boston Red Sox, are not any closer to catching the first place Devil Rays and missed out on getting Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia when their starting pitching (as always) is suspect. Yet, no one – no one – is talking about this. Instead, all the morning headlines, all the insipid morning “news” shows, are focused on the A-Rod-Madonna debacle.

Granted, Madonna has denied having an affair with Rodriguez. A-Rod hasn’t publicly commented on his private woes. But as a public person and arguably the most controversial athlete in the New York market, A-Rod should have picked his friendships better.

It’s no coincidence that the Yankees haven’t won a damn thing – not even come close – since they acquired A-Rod. He’s always been the sole diamond on hopeless teams like the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Rodriguez is great when you’re either ahead or in the hole by 10 runs. But when you really need that key hit, he’s not Mr. Clutch, he’s Mr. Invisible.

The Yankees had a chance to get rid of this money-grubbing, headline-hoarding loser last winter, but they buckled. It’s time for them to realize that A-Rod may wear pinstripes, but he’s not really a Yankee.

And that, my friends, is The Dirty Truth. Thanks for reading.


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