Old-School Coach.

And when I say Coach, I mean the brand. Coach, known for its foundations in fine leather, has made available a Baseball Heritage Collection. The collection includes wallets made out of glove-tanned leather, a leather baseball and paperweight, and baseball duffel, among other items.

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heritage baseball double billfold wallet - coach.com
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heritage baseball duffle - coach.com

I want that wallet.

 

Rivals.

Last year New Era, Major League Baseball’s official cap-maker, pitted Alec Baldwin (Yankees) vs. John Krasinski (Red Sox).

This year, Craig Robinson and Nick Offerman are facing off over baseball in Chicago. If (somehow) you do not know these actors by their real names at this point, let me break it down – Ron Swanson is a Cubs fan, and Darryl Philbin likes the White Sox. Commence awesome shit-talking. Like this sequence:

“How old is Wrigley anyway? Do you even have electricity?”

“It’s powered by tradition, my friend. Something you wouldn’t know about at mobile phone park.”

Check out the full (extended) Round 1 video below. Enjoy.

 

The Good, The Bad, The Fugly – April 11 Edition

The Good

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

A man with a funky swing who never took a golf lesson won the Masters on Sunday (4/8). That man is pink driver-wielding Bubba Watson. Watson (33) hails from Bagdad, FL, is wont to cry, and seems to be an all-around good guy – but one shot is going to stick in the minds of anyone who watched (or watched highlights of) the Masters this weekend. After driving a ball into the woods, Watson hooked his next shot (off of literal pine needles) – an essential 40-yard curve ball – that landed 10 feet from the hole. Watson tapped in the easy par for the win.

“I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head, and somehow I’m here talking to you with a green jacket on,” said Watson after the win.

Bubba Watson is now the highest-ranked American golfer in the world at #4.

The Bad

AP photo.

Arkansas sacked head football coach Bobby Petrino Tuesday (4/10) for both hiring his mistress to work on the football staff and for withholding the fact that said mistress was present (on the backseat) at his recent motorcycle accident. Petrino is married with four kids, but he apparently had a long-standing affair with Jessica Dorrell (25), a former Arkansas volleyball player.  Dorrell had worked as a fundraiser for the Razorbacks until Petrino hired her as the football program’s student-athlete development coordinator (she was one of three finalists out of a pool of 159 candidates) – but never disclosed his affair or the fact that he had gifted her $20,000. Athletic Director Jeff Long said Petrino was fired “with cause,” which means Petrino will not receive an $18 million buyout listed in his contract. Assistant coach Taver Johnson became interim head coach while Petrino was on leave, and ESPN.com is reporting that Johnson will continue to hold the head coaching spot.

 

The Fugly

AP.

Ozzie Guillen, known for being outspoken and outrageous, has done it again- only this time on a much more serious level. The new manager of the Miami Marlins, insulting the heart of the fanbase for his new team, made comments to Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro and admires the Cuban dictator’s ability to hold onto power for so long. The Miami Marlins promptly suspended Guillen for five games and issued a public statement that the organization is not in line with the sentiment of Guillen’s statements and that “the pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”

Guillen, who in 2006 was fined and sent to sensitivity training for a gay slur he directed at a Chicago-based columnist, held a press conference in Miami Tuesday (4/10) in an effort to apologize.

“I say a lot of things and I never apologize but now I have to because I did the wrong thing. I’m behind the Cuban community. How am I going to make it better? I’m going to show the community that I support them 100 percent,” said Guillen.

Bench coach Joey Cora will step into the Marlins’ managerial role until Guillen’s return.

The End of Madness.

is this an official logo? no idea.

March Madness is coming to a close tonight and tomorrow night (4/2-4/3) with the Men’s and Women’s NCAA basketball championship games (respectively) set to take place. The upsets, the upheld reputations, the drama, the dunks, the lady dunks, the tears, and the triumphs have all led to this (also, the month of March has literally ended).

rematch.

Number 1 seed Kentucky will face number 2 seed Kansas in New Orleans this evening (tip off around 9:30 PM ET). Kentucky and Kansas met once (much) earlier this season; the Wildcats were victorious (75-65). The Jayhawks are again certain underdogs but overcame adversity throughout much of the tournament (most recently working out of a 13-point deficit in their Final Four match-up Saturday against Ohio State) to reach tonight’s final. Both programs have winning histories, but these 2012 teams are made up very differently. Where Kentucky’s roster is thick with freshmen and sophomores, several of whom won’t return to college ball next season (like freshman Anthony Davis, the AP’s college basketball player of the year), Kansas brings more juniors and seniors to the court (specifically junior Thomas Robinson, the only unanimous AP All-American this season). Kentucky will seek its eighth national title tonight (the last coming in 1998), while Kansas will seek its fourth (the most recent title earned in 2008). Speaking of 2008 – Kansas, coached then and now by Bill Self, defeated Memphis in the Championship that year (in OT), a Memphis team then coached by John Calipari. Calipari became head coach of Kentucky in 2009, meaning this is a rematch of sorts for the two head coaches.

Prediction: Though Kansas has shown much heart, the sheer amount of talent (and depth of talent) on the Kentucky squad might be too much to overcome. Kentucky wins.

Can Brittney Griner be stopped?

On Tuesday night (at 8:30 PM ET in Denver), the women’s championship game will also be a rematch of sorts. Number 1 seed Notre Dame gets another crack at fellow number 1 seed (and favored) Baylor, who felled them in a preseason match-up (94-81). A lot of season has unfolded since then. Baylor rolled undefeated and now looks to seal off a record 40-0 season – a 40th win that would bring a championship title to Baylor (the second in program history). Notre Dame, with only three losses this season, looks to claim a title that proved elusive in 2011 (the Irish fell to Texas A&M 76-70 in last year’s championship game). Just as in the men’s final match-up, these women’s teams bring two very different squads to the court. Brittney Griner, the 6’8 Lady Bears center, has been the talk of the tournament, a woman dunking and blocking at will. The Fighting Irish, on the other hand, play without a center (starting four guards and one forward), but they have one of the best backcourts in the country.

Prediction: Though Baylor has dominated its opponents all season, Stanford was able to defend the Lady Bears well in the Final Four game – they just couldn’t score to back it up. If Notre Dame puts up points as well as they did against Connecticut, they have a strong chance of upset victory. Notre Dame wins.