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Old 02-25-2005, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Derek Jeter Officially Declared "Obscene and Vulgar"

Ok, not quite, but still the funniest thing I have read all week
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There will be no Derek Jeter Center after all.

On Tuesday, New York attorney Kerry Konrad won the right in an eBay auction to name Boston's FleetCenter for a day. For his $2,325, Konrad wanted to honor the New York Yankees shortstop.

But, on Friday, FleetCenter officials rejected the name, which Konrad hoped would add to the 25-year rivalry he has had with his former college classmates who are Boston Red Sox fans.

"We decided that all the names had to be rated G, and this name was determined to be obscene and vulgar," said Richard A. Krezwick, president and chief executive of the FleetCenter, which has auctioned off daily naming rights to about a dozen companies since its contract with the bank was terminated. "We were afraid of the volume of phone calls bogging down our switchboard, the number of e-mails clogging our portal and the potential graffiti on the side of our building."

When reached at his office, Konrad said he was not disappointed.

"I had no idea that this joke would get so much attention in the first place," Konrad said. "It was a joke. I've already had my laugh. But I could have made it much worse, like the A-Rod Center, Bucky Dent Center, the Aaron Boone Center, or the 'Only 25 More [championships] To Go' Center."

To be fair, the Red Sox are only 20 championships behind the Yankees' major league record 26.

Instead, on March 1, the building will be named the Jimmy Fund Center. Jerry Rappaport Jr., Konrad's ex-college roommate and Red Sox fan, added $6,275 to Konrad's bid -- to reach $8,600 in total to signify the 86-year Boston Red Sox curse that was broken in 2004. The money will go to The Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer through Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Krezwick said that it's not likely that any future auction winner would get by with naming the arena after anyone associated with the Yankees organization.

"I got a lot of e-mails from Red Sox fans in Boston who tipped their cap to me," Konrad said. "They left the back door open. I'm sure if [Yankees owner] George Steinbrenner were foolish enough to auction off the naming rights to Yankee Stadium for a day, Red Sox fans would have thought of something clever."

The FleetCenter is the home of the NBA's Celtics and NHL's Bruins. No events are planned on March 1 -- the NHL is locked out, and the Celtics have an off-day.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1999921
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Old 02-26-2005, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I guess naming it Evil Empire II Center is out as well?

By the way, are there any other Yankee fans pissed off that the Dropkick Murphy's remake of "Tessie" is so fucking catchy? It's one of the front end songs in this year's MVP Baseball and I have to listen to it every ten minutes while doing rosters.

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Old 02-26-2005, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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By the way, are there any other Yankee fans pissed off that the Dropkick Murphy's remake of "Tessie" is so fucking catchy? It's one of the front end songs in this year's MVP Baseball and I have to listen to it every ten minutes while doing rosters.

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Hahahahahaha. I'm sure Steinbrenner will buy the Murphy's and make them change it to pro-yankees.
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Old 02-26-2005, 05:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hahahaha. I hate the Sox but love the Murphys, and that's the only pro-Sox ANYTHING that will ever grace my ears.

To be fair, though, I hate the Yankees more.
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Old 02-27-2005, 07:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I hate the frickin Yankees, thank god that jackass wasn't able to name the Boston center to the Derek Jeter center. I like Boston, but don't you think they should have seen this coming if a New York fan won; I would have done the same thing if I was a New York fan. Anyways, there is my two cents.
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That was a clever ploy by the NY businessman. Nothing wrong with a little joke there. The Sox fans have got to agree that it was funny. Plus, it was the Fleet Center... not Fenway, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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lol @ how his name is considered vulgar.

I can imagine Joe Buck being censored during a playoff game for saying Jeter's name
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