Phil Mushnick is a man that once garnered the nickname “Mr. Grumpy” from his boss at Fox Sports. That was in 1998, when it was known even then that Mr. Mushnick was a relic. “He’s a throwback,” David Hill, president of Fox Sports told The New York Observer at the time. “He sees himself as a knight in shining armor protecting sports fans from the slings and arrows hurled at them by cretinous, unfeeling network sports chiefs.”
But cretinous is a term that applies more to Mr. Mushnick more than sports chiefs, especially after today’s rant about Brooklyn Nets, during which he refers to the players as N——, which is certainly a novel way to say the N-word without saying the N-word, but otherwise is a pretty indefensible position all around. Even better is that Mr. Mushnick then tried to defend his statements by blaming the Nets’ part-owner, Jay-Z.
Just a week after sports gossip site Deadspin tore the lid off of the new Brooklyn Nets logo, the team has officially released it.
The logo sheet, above, comes from the team’s official site. In a post by Nets blogger Ben Couch, it’s explained that rapper and Nets investor Jay-Z designed the Read More
Joining luminaries like John Mayer, Anthony Bourdain, and new Bravo reality star Julia Allison, Beyonce has joined Tumblr. (Hat-tip to every single person we follow on that site for alerting us to the existence of the Beyonceblr.) The site is an elegantly designed vertical column of photos, each one bordering the Read More
Brooklyn Nets (née New Jersey Nets) investor Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé have kept a relatively low public profile since the birth of their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, independently releasing songs and photos and singing at Carnegie Hall. Perhaps it’s only a low profile by celebrity-couple standards, but they didn’t go to the Grammys!
Last night, though, Mr. Z and Ms. é made an appearance at Madison Square Garden to see the Nets defeat Jeremy Lin’s Knicks. Forensic analysis of photos shot at the game indicates that Beyonce wore potential parquet-destroying heels, and that the best and worst part of being a civilian sitting courtside is getting to sit next to a celebrity but having to pretend to text so as to play it cool.
Last week, Michael Bloomberg attended a press conference for the 100th episode of Gossip Girl. “I just don’t see how Blair could marry Prince Louis when she’s clearly in love with Chuck,” said the New York mayor, who apparently had nothing bigger on his plate to worry at that moment, such as the allegations of rape made against Greg Kelly, the son of his police Commissioner Ray Kelly, or the NYPD head’s own cameo in an anti-Muslim training video for NYPD recruits.
“I just wish that Nate and Vanessa had been able to work things out … but, again, I’m just a casual fan,” he added.
A selection of celebrities who have recently attended Cirque Du Soleil and been summarily featured in press on People or Us Weekly‘s web sites or PerezHilton.com, placed in ascending order of desperation for publicity:
Jay-Z’s been no stranger to controversy recently.
The multi-platform mogul, rapper, and as of a week ago father of Beyonce’s baby had what he called the “best week ever” last week. The loud, not-at-all muted complaints of those who felt sidelined by Beyonce’s childbirth at Lenox Hill Hospital—even if they’ve now been deemed “not credible”—would argue differently. So would all of those wondering why Jay-Z’s decision not to use the word “bitch” going forward in light of becoming the father of a daughter didn’t happen in light of being married to a woman like Beyonce. As would the half of Jay-Z’s Rocawear (nee Roc-A-Wear) clothing line workforce, who ANIMAL NY reports were laid off one day before the child was born.
Ivy Blue Carter
By now, you’ve probably heard that Blue Ivy Carter‘s entrance into this world cost her parents $1.3 million in VIP privacy at the Upper East Side’s Lenox Hill Hospital. The hospital admitted that Beyonce was the first person to use the gigantic suite that was recently built to host extra-special mommies, but denied that the suite was built directly for her. They’ve also claimed, despite rumors, that the entire hospital’s maternity wing did not shut down to make room for the famous duo.
Even Mayor Bloomberg defended the hospital’s lavish attention at the possible expense of other patients, because Blue Ivy Carter, not yet a week old, is already a symbol of Ayn Rand-ian proportions.
Blue Ivy Carter
Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s baby isn’t even one week old, and already Ivy Blue Carter is making her influence known. Not only does she have the ability to allegedly shut down whole maternity wings and inspire music, but she’s now also the youngest human being on planet earth to ever be featured on a Billboard chart.
How can you tell 2012 has begun with a bang? Just log onto Twitter: the hot topics since Jan. 1 are a Venn diagram of American life—from pop culture to politics, to sports and even race relations. It’s beginning to feel an awful lot like looking into a microcosm not too dissimilar to those sea monkey kits we cried enough about to have Mom and Dad buy one, only to have it sitting in garage next to whatever Santa had brought us the year before. In fact, Twitter has morphed into This American Life. Well, again, for sea monkeys. At least there’s a community spirit in the barrage of 140-character thought bubblettes: it’s one of the few times that you’ll find New Yorkers venturing outside their insular world and joining in the national dialogue … even if it’s only online and it turns out that our sea monkeys are just brine shrimp with great marketing.
So here was your week on Twitter.