Update: November 18, 2000
End of the Marcus Trail
Ben Marcus is back in the continental United States. He's
at him mother's in Sequim, Washington. The time there has allowed
him to reflect on his trip to Alaska. He's $15,000 in debt and he's
over drawn on his bank account and, well, you really should hear
the rest from him.
Buys the PSTA
Alan Gibby and the crew at DynoComm
have purchsed the PSTA Surf tour and have big plans to bring
it back to it's glory days and then some.
Sports Acquires Action Sports Network
The company that owns the Athletesdirect.com
site has apparently purchased Action Sports Network (creators
ASN was the first surf site on America
Online, however, its stangely industry-outsider positioning
stunted any major online success or relevance the network should
have had over the past five years.
RSN Signs Conent Deal
Resort Sports Network the creators
of the Resort Cam Nework and the RSN cable channel have entered
into an agreement to supply winter sports content to several AOL
and Compuserve channels.
Does $12.5 Million Deal with ASP
According to a story by Transworldsurf's
Sean O'Brien the new deal "grants Sportsworld
exclusive marketing and media rights to the ASP brand,"
and will "re-launch pro surfing as a globally competitive
sports and lifestyle property." Well, we've heard that before,
but hey, maybe this time it will work.
Gonzo Writing For ESPN
In what appears to be the high-water mark for Hunter S. Thompson's
return to sports writing, the famous doctor is penning a column
for ESPN's Page
2 section entitled, "Hey, Rube." This week he
tears apart the new Oakland Raiders. Thompson knew the old
Raiders. "The Raiders of old were vicious and crazy and cruel,"
he says. "Hanging around their locker room was like hanging
around the weight room at Folsom Prison." His first piece centered
wrong with MLB.
Nixon Goes E-Commerce
The boys who know what time it is may not have stepped up to online
sales, but they've at least shuffled up with their completely redesigned
website. To buy Nixon watches online consumers can now click
through from the Nixonnow.com
site to an authorized online retailer. Not a bad way to get their
e-commerce pinkie in the water.
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Hawaiian Pro Kicks Off
ASP super scribe Jesse Faen serves up the goods from day
one of The 2000 Vans G-Shock Triple Crown of Surfing at the
G-Shock Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa's Ali'i Beach Park. Faen
does the right thing by hyping locals Jason Shibata and Fred
Pattachia as the "stand out surfers of the day." No doubt. Andy
Irons advanced also. Photo: Pierre Tostee
Surfcheck.com is No Longer
The guys at Surfcheck.com have had a good time with the old
"now called Hardcloud" page thanks to a can of virtual
spray paint. The work perfectly captures the irony of their current
Millionaire To Surf Ferry Wake
"Surfing the unbridled wave behind a ferry of at least 11,500
horsepower requires analysis and a strategy," says the Seattle
P-I. And that's just what Microsoft millionaire Rowland
Hanson plans to get before living his dream of surfing on the
wake of a Washington State Ferry. "His reconnaissance
so far has revealed that he'll need to drop in quickly after the
ferry first shoves off, when the wave is biggest. The greatest danger
will be to not get sucked under the stern of the boat." Rowland,
can we be in your will?
Ben Stumbles Into Chevrolet
In his never ending search for nothing, Ben Marcus, famous
surf journalist and damn fine caption writer wanders onto the set
of a car ad being shot in Tofino, B.C. The shoot includes models,
a convertible, and surfboards. Then he goes back to his motel room
and watches Ally McBeal. Or was it the other way around?
Snowboard Team Ready for World Cup
Olympic bound? "To a certain extent, everything we do is aimed toward
that goal," said head coach Peter Foley in the Deseret
News. Big points also go to Deseret News writer Dennis
Romboy for including key snowboard phrases like "throw down
big tricks" and "catch big air."
Hawk at San Diego Hall of Champions
The San Diego sports museum wanted to make up for lost time in the
alternative sports arena and did they ever with Bird Watching
-- Tony Hawk in Flight. The show, which is the largest ever
done for a single athlete, documents Tony Hawks career. It includes
photos from Grant Brittian as well as the helmet and skateboard
Tony used nailing his first 900.
Workers Continue at Austrian Cable Car Disaster
Fighting fumes and unstable wreckage, workers in the Austrian Village
of Kaprun fight off fatigue and remove remains of at least 155 killed
Septic Tanks to Blame for Pollution
Flush a toilet in the Colony tonight and surf in the shit tomorrow
at Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach. That's what the experts are
saying is happening because of Malibu's militant anti-sewer stance.
Average Internet Usage Drops One Hour
Call out the dot.com warning bells, a recent study shows that average
weekly Internet usage in the US has dropped one hour since 1999.
The study also warns that "Broadband use is growing, but not
at the rate once anticipated, particularly in the U.S." Who
would have guessed?
Mirror's Mags Below Par on Profits
Time Inc. CEO Don Logan says the profit margins on
Times Mirror's vertical interest sports magazines are "not up to
Time, Inc. standards" and he's not sure they'll get there. But he's
not that worried about it.
Cable Car Kills 170
York Times coverage.
of the missing gather at site.
wait as rescue is delayed.
trapped on burning tram.
Road To Nowhere Continues
The Fountain of Youth?
Previous Bags o' Crapola:
-November 9, 2000
-October 25, 2000
-October 12, 2000
Special thanks: to Jim Romenesko's MediaGossip.com.