Thanks to Dawn for this. She sent it a while back and if you go to the Singapore Zoo now this event is over, but I still have to ducument it for posterity. This is one of the downfalls of receiving unlimited mini pony submissions from readers.
Visitors to the Singapore Zoo will be able to catch miniature horses trotting in the park from Friday onwards.
As part of its Chinese New Year celebrations in the year of the horse, the zoo will be featuring eight of these falabella horses in its Falabellas Parade from Jan 31 to Feb 2
Much love to the Singapore Zoo. They no doubt have a staggering amount of animals yet decided on a parade of mini ponies. Because mini ponies.no comments
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Sports Illustrated's Andy Gray has the enviable task of digging through SI's incredible vault of covers and story photographs, posting some of the best images in sports history to Twitter. Today, he called back to a famous 1987 cover listing a ton of then-current Major League Baseball player salaries.
With the Internet now, we have so many resources in which to find this kind of information. But in 1987, SI was your go-to. How else would you know that George Brett made a mil and a half for those Royals?
Being a Pirates fan, I immediately scanned to find the gold P on a black hat to see which Pirate made the cover. Bill Almon. Bill Almon was your Pirates representative on a cover story about player salaries.
1986 and 1987 were landmark seasons for the Pirates of the next seven years. Barry Bonds was on his entry level contract after breaking into the league in '86, and his emergence brought the franchise out of their post-'79 We Are Family World Series funk. Pun intended.
And it wasn't just Bonds. Many of the guys who contributed to the immediate future of those Pirates were on those '86 and '87 teams. Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke, John Smiley...you get the picture. I mean, 1987 brought in guys like Doug Drabek, Mike LaValliere and Van Slyke, as the team saw Bonds' potential and surrounded him with some legitimate talent. This SI cover came at the start of that 1987 season, so the choice to include Almon was juuust a bit odd.
Almon's best seasons came in the early '80s with Chicago and Oakland, coinciding with those down post-World Series Pirates years. In '86, Almon had less than half as many plate appearances (230) than the rookie Bonds (484) in only 11 fewer games (102 and 113 respectively). R.J. Reynolds was the Buccos starting left fielder, keeping Almon mostly on the bench. But there Almon was on SI's cover leading to a 1987 season that saw Almon's role diminished to just 19 games and 21 plate appearances as a utility player.
Admittedly, Pittsburgh was not a good team leading to this SI cover, but you'd have to believe there were catchier Pirates players that could've brought in the eyeballs. Bonds was 6th in Rookie of the Year voting, and his future star power was already evident. Van Slyke was a known commodity coming from St. Louis. Bobby Bo put up comparable numbers to Almon in half as many games after being traded from the White Sox, cementing himself as a key part of the franchise's future. But SI went with Almon. Perhaps they wanted you to know just how badly the Bucs were overpaying the nearly washed up bench player? $240,000 in 1987 for Bill Almon (Baseball-Almanac has $250,000 for the '87 season)? That's staggering. His salary was good for eighth on the team, behind guys like Van Slyke and mainstays like Bob Walk.
By comparison, Bonds was on his rookie deal, making $100,000 in '87. Bonilla had a similar $115,000 cut.
To put that in perspective, Andrew McCutchen made $400,000 in his rookie 2009 season, with Bonds-rookie-like numbers (108 games, 493 plate appearances, 4th in RoY voting). Imagine if prior to the 2010 season, SI had a similar cover with Bobby Crosby and his 2010 salary of $1,000,000 on a cover. Why Crosby? Well, both guys were overpaid, had a similarly inflated salary as a role player in relation to a young up-and-comer, and well Baseball Reference's community ranking of the top 1851 batters in baseball history have those two guys right next to each other in the bottom rungs of that ladder:
1987 was a simpler time. When you could put Bill freakin' Almon on the cover of the top sports magazine and not get called out for it. Until 2014 when I started to ask the right questions.no comments
As I mentioned yesterday, Kroll Show's eighth episode of its stellar second season aired on Comedy Central last night with a running sketch entitled "Pawnslyvania." The premise was simple...start with those crappy pawn shop reality shows as a base, use the discord between Pennsylvania cities Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and watch comedy ensue. You can watch a snippet here:
With a Pennsylvania-centric theme, a handful of Pennsylvania-born writers (Joe Wengert and Christine Nangle) and featured actor Jon Daly being from the Steel City himself, you could bet on the sketch having an innumerable amount of local sports and culture references. And it did not disappoint.
I was going to include video of the entire sketch, but Viacom is pretty beastly about submitting copyright claims to Youtube and other video hosts, since their partnership with Hulu sees episodes and clips published there instead. Eventually, clips from this episode will make it to Hulu, and maybe I'll update this post with the videos in question. Til then, enjoy my breakdown of all the Pittsburgh-isms that made it onto the show. I got quotes and screencaps for everything after the jump, so have fun.no comments
Could not resist tweeting this oh-so-cute pony pic! Meet Miss Quidditch just adopted from a herd at Penn Veterinary
Sally Wiggin and mini ponies are two of the greatest things in Pittsburgh history, the latter being introduced by yours truly and Joey Porter's killer dogs. The former being an absolute legend. I could barely control my excitement in putting this post together.no comments
Good comedic actors rule.
Comedy Central's Kroll Show has had a pretty fantastic second season to this point, and things are only about to get better. Nick Kroll has had some of the finest and most underrated comedic actors on his sketch show over its first two seasons, culminating in perfect performances and just some quality episodes. Guys like Pittsburgh's own Jon Daly and the inimitable Jason Mantzoukas have recurring roles alongside the staggeringly overlooked Brian Huskey and Seth Morris. If you like comedy, these guys make the show.
Back to Daly. Tonight's episode will feature a sketch called "Pawnsylvania," which will surely capture our Yinzer attitude to a T. The Steel City born-and-bred have a way of working Pittsburgh tendencies into anything, even if we move on to greener pastures. Like, even though I live in Brooklyn now, I help run the largest group of Penguins fans outside Pittsburgh at our Pens bar in Manhattan, Foley's. I'm sure other cities have residents that are proud of their heritage, too, but no one comes close to Pittsburghers' love of Pittsburgh.
All yinz nebby Stillers fans grab yr terrible towels and some jumbo and Bubby Brister on over to ComedyCentral 2 watch yr boy Don and hottie Debb on #Pawnsylvania on #KrollShow tonight n’at 1030/930 c
So I look forward to Daly's Pawnsylvania sketch tonight and all the local sports and culture references that may happen to pop up. You better believe we'll be back tomorrow with a thorough breakdown of this watershed episode. I already predict 7,000 Emmys.no comments
Yesterday, I brought to your attention the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs' new bacon-themed hats and one blog's quest to create food hats for every team in Major League Baseball. It was truly a wonderous endeavor, and nearly every team was adequately represented with some sort of market-specific foodstuffs. For those of us from Pittsburgh, the pierogi placement for the Pirates was pretty perfect considering PNC Park holds between-innings races featuring the stuffed dumplings.
But is that all we're known for in Pittsburgh? The Steel City has a vast history of food and drink, providing the local and national population with all sorts of sustenance. And while I would gladly wear a Pirates pierogi hat, there's an incredible number of food items that would look great on a Pirates hat. Some of these are from just outside the city limits, others have gone on to be acquired by larger national brands and still others might only be recognized by born-and-bred 'Burghers.
So let's do this. After the jump, I've given you previews of just how a ton of local Pittsburgh food and drink would look on a Pirates hat. I would wear every one of these hats. And then I would probably eat the hat, because get real.no comments
That they are. We've posted innumerable pictures and videos of dogs and mini ponies hanging out together (recently this one), but never one of both animals hanging out on a bed together. Seems like the laziest, awesomest Saturday ever.