Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bob Marley's Nine Mile

In today's Herald, there's a story by Jacqueline Charles about Bob Marley's home and final resting place in Jamaica, a beautiful spot on this earth called Nine Mile. Don't get the Pulp wrong, it's a decent story, but it leaves the single most interesting aspect of the place out: The fact that, at Nine Mile, giant spliffs are smoked aplenty by all, including the tourists.

How do I know this? Well, I've never had the distinct pleasure of going, but a friend of mine did and told me all about it right after he returned. He told me about Yoto, the excellent tour guide, who smoked the biggest gnarliest joint he'd ever seen during the tour. Once there, local townspeople sell marijuana to tourists from outside the walls of Nine Mile. My buddy partook and said American tourist families -- parents and their teenaged kids -- were smoking together. That's called bonding, people.

In other words, it may be the greatest tour in the world. Unfortunately my friend couldn't get me his picture of Yoto on the toke for this post (it's coming people), but a fellow named Matt Hall has a great photo tour on his website. There's Yoto above on the left and on the right is a local townsman selling his wares over the wall.

Bob Marley is dead. Long live Bob Marley.

The Bastard
I'm no Dan LeBatard basher. The Herald sports columnist has made his mistakes, huge ones (see breaking stories about Ricky Williams' "early retirement"). But he's not always terrible. In fact, sometimes he's downright entertaining. Today, though, he was definitely terrible.

I've gotten a couple of e-mails about his piece (of garbage) today belittling Sport Illustrated's explosive story about Bonds' cheating with steroids (an issue that, as the father of a 10-year-old baseball player, means a lot to me). LeBatard compares Bonds steroid use to Kirk Gibson's use of cortisone to mute the pain of his injury when he hit the homer heard round the world. That's a B.S. argument. First of all, cortisone is legal. Secondly, it's not cheating. And thirdly, it's a completely different class of drug as anabolic steroids. LeBatard should know that.

LeBatard basically endorses the cheating and use of steroids by ball players and that makes it the most idiotic drug piece that's come out since the San Luis Obispo meth debacle. Shame, the Pulp says. Shame.

The Key West Citizen's Pulp Debut
Speaking of competing publications, check out this this story in the Key West Citizen. As the journalist who alerted the Pulp to the story put it, it's "in the great tradition of 'public officials spending taxpayer money with the competition to refute stories they don't like in the newspaper' stories." You'll have to read it to see what that means.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LeBatard is a usually a great sports writer. However, he is the worst Barry Bonds apologist in the world and today's story was awful. He has a tendency to suck up to certain controversial sports figures (Terrell Owens is another) because they give him access that other writers can't get, and then he defends them using specious arguments. Bonds is guilty as sin, his denials ring hollow, and LeBatard comes off as a real today.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, last word of prior post was supposed to be toady

11:40 AM  
Blogger Gator said...

LeBatard jumped the shark when he endorsed keeping the Cuban baseball team out of the World Baseball Classic.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Clark Gables said...

Strange to see the words "LeBatard" and "great" in the same sentence unless they include "is a" and "big putz," too.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Florida Pulp said...

I forgot about that one, Gator. What an assinine position. Good point.

1:57 PM  
Blogger cayo conch said...

It wasn't even the position on the baseball team in that column. it was the writing.

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to me the Bonds thing is old now. Why is this such a big deal, because these guy's are comming out with a book later this month? Why don't we all head over to Marley's place and have a good time. Later Mahn.

10:33 AM  
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