Manny Ramirez Return Possibly On Hold After He Learns He Still Faces 50-Game Suspension

Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez will attempt to maintain his athletics by exercising with patrons of the local YMCA while he sits out the next 50 games.

Phoenix, AZ—Smiles of joy were replaced with frowns of confusion last week when recently un-retired slugger Manny Ramirez showed up to Oakland A’s spring training but was told he still had to miss the first 50 games of the 2012 season as punishment for his failure of another drug test last year.

Ramirez said he was “stoked” to return to baseball with Oakland after “retiring” during the first month of the 2011 season after playing five games for the Tampa Bay Rays. “I can’t wait to suit up and play baseball in Oakland,” Ramirez said as he walked into the clubhouse upon his arrival in Phoenix. “I love the east coast. Oakland is great.”
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“I Don’t Have A Hole In My Head To Alleviate The Pressure:” A TDQ Q&A With Table Tennis Coach And Writer Larry Hodges

Pro-tip: Table tennis really works the abs, as evidenced by USA Table Tennis Hall of Famer, coach, and author Larry Hodges.

This week we spoke to USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame Coach and writer Larry Hodges. Larry schooled us on where to put the hyphen when we mistakenly refer to table tennis as “ping pong,” shares the hate mail he and everybody else in the table tennis world got because of our recent article about him and Brad Pitt and reveals what keeps him awake at night. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Larry Hodges: 

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about

Larry Hodges: The chairman of the USA Table Tennis Coaching Committee did some sort of table tennis search, and found the hilarious spoof of Brad Pitt doing a movie based on my book, “Table Tennis Tales & Techniques.” He emailed me, and that’s how I found out both about the spoof and The Daily Quarterly. When I saw it, I felt like someone had yanked the rug out from under me – understandable, since The Daily Quarterly is just an anagram for “yearly quilt hatred.”
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Brad Pitt To Star In Film Adaptation Of “Table Tennis Tales And Techniques”

Table Tennis Tales and Techniques

Table Tennis Tales and Techniques

Los Angeles—In a casting coup, Paramount confirmed that Brad Pitt, star of “Thelma and Louise” and “True Romance,” will star in next year’s film adaptation of “Table Tennis Tales and Techniques.”

The book, published in 2009, is described on Barry Haywards’ Table Tennis Bibliography as “a compilation of various yarns, stories, tips and quotes from the pen of one of the top US coaches. An interesting read and some sound advice.”

Pitt will play the book’s author, top US table tennis coach Larry Hodges, and show the story of Hodges teaching a headstrong new table tennis phenom, played by Michael Cera. He convinces Cera’s character that he can successfully put together a table tennis club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
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