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Jim Bowden Passes on Gas

General Bismol. (Haraz N. Ghanbari - AP)

Seven hundred and thirty-two times out of 733, I won't steal material from another Post sports blog, because it seems kind of pointless to have identical information spread in multiple places on one Web site. The exception would be for something truly monumentally fantastic. Like, say, a major front-office official for one of the most important clubs in town speaking at great length about gastrointestinal odors as they relate to Major League scouting. The inimitable Jim Bowden, according to new blogging star Chico Harlan:

"We have the best scouts in the game. We throw a lot of money into it, a lot of research, a lot of work. Mike Rizzo and Dana Brown, I've said it before, are the two best scouting directors in the game, and we have both of them. Working every day, they're on flights every day.

"I went with them for two weeks, Mike Rizzo and I, and you're up on an airplane to Nashville, Tenn., and all of a sudden you're in Ontario, you're in Texas, you're in SC, then you're in Florida, and that's all you do every day. And people fart on the airplane and it's horrible, and I had to call time-out on one because the stench was so bad that I just couldn't take it. The stewardess was spraying Lysol up and down and it was embarrassing. I said, 'Look, go to the bathroom. There's no need for this! ... Have more respect for the person next to you! Stop farting!' "

I mean, find the tape recorder, gas 'er up, press play and let 'er rip with this guy, right? And what's that old saying, whoever smelt it dealt it? Considering the man's nickname is Trader Jim, he no doubt knows a thing or two about covert dealing. Anyhow, I'm glad that nine years after I founded the Cheese Lovers Newsletter, I can once again write about famous people cutting the cheese. Oh, and what would be the opposite of Jim Bowden's noisy but likeable brand of media interaction? Silent but deadly, I guess.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 11:36 PM ET
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All Nats, all the time. This blog gets better by the day.

Maybe someone should remind Bodes that the old adage is often true:

"He who smelt it, likely dealt it."

Posted by: WebberDC | May 22, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I knew it - the Nat's do stink!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | May 22, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

whoever said the rhyme did the crime.

Posted by: ahern | May 22, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse


You have just more or less validated the criticisms that sports blogs are lightweight and juvenile. Come on Dan! A blog about farts on an airplane?

Posted by: bethesdaguy | May 22, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg stinks.

Posted by: boring | May 22, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

whoever denied it supplied it

Posted by: Peter | May 22, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

When I was a kid, I heard it as "Whoever smelt it felt it."

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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