Kosuke Fukudome didn’t have to wait long for the ugly American part of his welcome to Wrigleyville.
A Fukudome T-shirt with a racist image is the hottest-selling item at a souvenir stand that sells unlicensed Cubs-related merchandise across Addison Street from the ballpark, according to Mark Kolbusz, who’s in his fourth season operating the stand.
On the front of the shirt is the traditional Cubs cartoon bear face but with slanted eyes and wearing oversized Harry Caray-style glasses. It’s accompanied by the words ”Horry Kow,” scrawled in cartoonish ”Japanese” script. Fukudome’s name and number are on the back.
”That’s the No. 1 seller this year, by far,” said Kolbusz, who estimates one in 10 customers complain about being offended.
While Kolbusz was answering questions, two white guys stopped by the stand and pointed at the shirt, with one affecting a 1960s B-movie accent while reading aloud the words on the shirt.
His friend responded in a similar offensive accent, ”Oh, you tink dat funny?”
They walked away laughing.
Apparently, it’s not only the Cubs’ World Series form that’s stuck in a 100-year time warp.
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Brady now has 45 touchdowns. Forty-five. With three regular-season games to go. You figure he throws nine against the Manginis, six against the winless Miami Dolphins and four against the New York Giants before he’s pulled midway through the second quarter. That gives him 64 for the year. The scary thing: I’m only half-kidding.
Brady’s numbers are beyond obscene, beyond otherworldly. He needs five more TD passes to move ahead of Peyton Manning’s record of 49 in a single season. That’s more than doable against the Jets, who shouldn’t expect any mercy moments from Coach Hoodie at Gillette Stadium. Remember those Coliseum scenes from “The Gladiator?” It’ll be like that. You’ll need tweezers to pick up the remains.
To bring some clarity and perspective to Brady’s season, think of it this way: He has more touchdown passes than the rest of the AFC East (31), more than the combined totals of Brett Favre and Drew Brees (44), and the exact combined totals of Peyton and Eli Manning. He also has just five interceptions in 476 pass attempts. Dallas’ Tony Romo threw that many picks in a single game this season.
“Nowadays, you don’t see too many spreads over 16 or 17 points,” said Sean Van Patten, an oddsmaker at Sports Consultants in Las Vegas. “That’s because most teams take their starters out in the fourth quarter of a lopsided game. The Patriots don’t. I call this phenomenon The [Bill] Belichick Factor.”
By continuing to pour it on the fourth quarter, Belichick is throwing Vegas out of whack. And making bookies run for cover.
It all started Sunday night after Belichick walked across the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium to shake hands with Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron, an awkward moment captured on national TV after the Patriots annihilated the Bills 56-10.
“The line for the Patriots-Eagles game was immediately set at 17 points — and the big bettors, the sports syndicate guys, jumped on it, bet it hard,” said Brandon Lang, whose life was depicted by Matthew McConaughey in the movie “Two for the Money” and is regarded as the nation’s leading sports handicapper.
According to bookies and oddsmakers, all the big money took the Patriots and gave the points. Why? Because Belichick has been running up the score.
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The Colts played a hell of a game and did something that no other team has been able to do up to this point which is pressure Brady. Horrible officiating though, especially when it came to pass interference calls.