The guy who provided this here site with The Tip That Shook The Nation — involving Chris Berman and a certain leather-clad female — of course earned a place in our our mythical Tipster Hall of Fame. And in our hearts. But he's slipping, unfortunately. His once great fastball is now merely a languid change-of-pace. Just witness this actual phone conversation from Tuesday night:
HIM (THE TIPSTER): I was gonna call you before. I have a good story.
ME (ME): What?
HIM: A friend of mine, very reliable, said he saw A-Rod at a hotel with two blondes.
ME: When was this?
HIM: Two weeks before the Stray-Rod story broke.
HIM: Yeah, when the Yankees were playing in Oakland. My friend said he saw A-Rod at the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. He was saying 'A-Rod's such a pig! There were two women who looked like sluts making him a blonde sandwich! He was flaunting it! They were all over him!'
ME: Goddamn it!
ME: We could have scooped Stray-Rod!
HIM: Sorry, it slipped my mind.
ME: Slipped your mind??
HIM: I was watching Berman do the home run derby and then I remembered.
HIM: Shut up, you're such an asshole.
ME: You are dead to me.
HIM: Well, it was just ...
ME: Are we still on for golf?
The whole thing has left me questioning the very nature of God, and tips to sports web sites. Hopefully our man will redeem himself in a grand way somewhere down the line. Let's pray he gets the chance.
Meet A-Rod's Lady [Deadspin]