ESPN Announces that NBA Announces New Rule Before LeBron Announces Announcing

"I like it in the butthole. Seriously."

Fourth and Fifty has gained information ahead of the announcement of LeBron James’ choice of teams later tonight. Before the hour-long special – the LeBronathon if you will – the NBA and David Stern will reveal some crucial changes to help The King make up his mind. With the signs pointing to LeBron joining the Miami Heat to play along side Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, Stern wanted to make sure to allow his youngest nova to flourish.

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People We’d Like to Sue

Since the concept of legal action as a means to channel pent up sexual frustration general annoyance has been on the top of FaF mind as of late, it seemed prudent to come up with an exhaustive list of everyone we’d like to sue. On a related note, we’re looking for new legal counsel since our old one (Shane Shamwow) didn’t immediately pick up the phone during our most current time of need. Shane, it’s a Sunday, where were you? It’s not like you go to church or believe in Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior. Dear Reader: if you’re a lawyer, or just an aggressive asshole who has watched too much Law & Order, email us – you might just be the next Fourth and Fifty General Counsel. On to the list.

People We Would Like to Sue

Tracy McGrady.  We’ll sue you for nonperformance on your contract. To start, we want our $21 million dollars back. Next, quit selling your team down the river. Last, quit showing up to training camp with a potbelly and a beard to hide your double chin. And by the way, is that a Vogue you’re reading in this picture?





 Drayton McClain.  We’ll sue you under the freedom of information act to open up your financial records. Are you really losing a ton money and only own the team for the love of the game, even if it bankrupts you? Or do you make money hand-over-fist but have clever ways of hiding it? We have an accountant on staff, so don’t bullshit us. Also, just call rebuilding what it is. And admit your team sucks this year. Sucks. Admit it. Being honest with yourself is the first step toward recovery.



God. We’ll sue you for breaking the MLB non-compete clause.  You’re the one who told Andy Pettite to go back to the Yankees. Why’d you do us like that, God? I thought we were homies. 






Debbie Clemens. Quite frankly, we’d sue you for this picture alone. Yikes. But what we’re really suing you for is the “P” word. That’s right – perjury. How dare you take a bunch of steroids (HGH, whatever, it’s not like anyone really understands the difference) and then let your husband take the blame for years and then come clean before Congress? We spent years thinking poor Roger was a juicer and it turns out it was just you, the entire time! 






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Rumors: Houston Chronicle Cuts Houston Writers (UPDATED for a 4th Time)

Yeah, I got nothing... I'm still a little incensed.

I got nothing... I'm still a little incensed.

This is a woeful day for the city of Houston.  The hometown paper is rumored to be cutting the beat writers for the hometown Universities.  Michael Murphy, MK Bower and Terrance Harris who write about UH, Rice and TSU sports respectively are the prospective victims of budget cuts over at the Houston Chronicle.

The Chronicle has officially announced that it will be cutting 12% of their jobs.  They just haven’t specified which ones yet.  But, with the message boards all atwitter about Murph and others being cut we had to bring it to the tens of people that read Fourth and Fifty.  The Houston Chronicle’s decades long underexposure of  local college teams will only worsen with this rumored cut.

The crunch has been coming for a long time.  Newspapers all over the country have been cutting jobs and going to exclusively online publications.  It’s always harder to accept the fact that it’s happening to your city paper.  But, it’s hardest to accept the fact that they’re cutting the writers who cover the team(s) that you love.

UH, Rice and TSU have never gotten the exposure that they deserve in their home city.  Not by fault of any of the writers implicated in these budget cuts.  Speaking as someone who has always followed the University of Houston sports teams, Murph has been at every game possible, posting live from those games and offering shaky handy-cam videos of coach and player interviews afterward.  Houston has always been more focused on the Big 12, unfortunately.

If the rumors are true, Michael Murphy, MK Bower and Terrance Harris, our condolences.  And, to the fans of the teams that they cover we wish you the same.

This is just a damned shame.

– Septimus Rex

UpdateOur sources tell us it seems that the rumors are true and that the Chronicle is cutting ALL of the college beat writers.  So, expand the list above to include Mike Finger for UT and Brent Zwernerman for A&M? (see below) What exactly is the Chronicle thinking??

Update #2: A more extensive list of names that have been cut can be found here including sports and non-sport related employees. (Thanks, Big Hitter)

Update #3:  Mike Finger and Brent Zwernerman haven’t shown up on any lists and a commenter (who probably knows more than us, honestly) has said they’re not getting cut.  But, our source told us that they’re cutting the college beats from the paper, so take that as you will.

Update #4:  We’re finally getting to the bottom of this… If you read the comments below (which like I said before, the commenters know more than us) you’ll see frank said “The UT and A&M beat writers work for the Express-News. The Chron piggy backs.” and we believe him.  Mike and Brent haven’t been cut from the Chronicle because they work for Express-News.  Thank you.  So, does this mean the Chronicle will be covering UT and A&M exclusively?  If that’s the case, the sarcastic question would be, “so what exactly will be different?”

[Story from Washington Times]
[Rumors from fans that care]