That's me in my youth...And not much has changed over the years...Hell half my blogs I scribble out while making a deposit at the Brown Berry Bank...So why stop now!?!
I'm gonna start this week off with a little NFL talk...This afternoon I had the radio on and was listening to ESPN, Freddie Coleman was on the air...he was bouncing around the NFL and talking to different beat reporters...He got on the topic of the Vikings, with Dawn Mitchell...After getting some Favre talk out of the way, they moved to the Offensive line...She was talking about Center John Sullivan, who had bounded with Favre last year, and how it was important for them to get reps together, and to get Sullivan back from some injuries to solidify the line...She referred to him as "A really smart, Ivy League, Notre Dame guy." Umm Dawn, You're an idiot! John Sullivan is not an "Ivy League" guy, but he is a Notre Dame guy...You see stupid, Notre Dame is not the Ivy League...It's a great school, but not the Ivy League...You make me sad Dawn...I expected more from a Boston College grad!
Speaking of Favre...Boy he took one hit in Sunday's game, and they got him the hell out of there...I loved that the 49ers went all up in him!
I watched the first half of the Browns game Saturday night...Apparently, 37 year old QB Jake Delhomme doesn't know how to play in the rain...That ass-hat couldn't hang onto a snap...Nothing says pre-season football like 5 fumbles, and 3 lost...He looked better passing the ball this week...Colt McCoy saw hardly any time, and I'm still wondering why they drafted him, and gave him a nice signing bonus...'Cause right now, he looks like the 4th string QB...
Moving onto Baseball...Lou Piniella stepped down Sunday as manager of the Chicago Cubs...While I've always thought he was overrated, I respect him for this move...He's leaving for family reasons, mainly, his mother is, and has been seriously ill, and he wants to be there for her...We often hear athletes, and coaches talk about how important family is, and there are more important things then the games they play...It's refreshing to see some one actually living up to those words...
With that said, the talk of who will take over for the Cubs next season is heating up...Honestly, there are only two real options...
1. Cubs Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, who has been working his way up the ranks as a manager...He started at the bottom, and is in Triple-A now, with a team that may make the post season...It seems like he's earned it, and the fans would love it...
2. Yankees manager, Joe Girardi...His contract is up after this year...A former Cubs catcher, grew up in Peoria Ill. and his wife is from the Chicago area...If the Yankees don't show him the love, the Cubs may jump at him, and his track-record of winning...
It should be an interesting off-season for the Cubs...
Moving on, late Saturday night I watched, "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage" ...I've always been a huge Rush fan, and it was great to see their story put out there for the masses...It was also cool seeing how many musicians they influenced, and that got what they were doing...Watching this just fueled my hatred for the stupid "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame"...How are these guys not in there...Hell Cleveland radio helped launch them! Fucking place is a joke!
In case you missed the second edition of my College Football Preview, HERE_IT_IS...
Over the last week, I've been watching the fall of the Sporting News Blogging Community...While I and others saw it coming, some didn't, and by what they've been posting, they're taking it very hard, and now Sporting News is getting a lot of bad press on their own site...Makes me wonder what those suits are thinking!
With that, I'm off to bed, but I'll leave you with some Joe Cumia doing James Taylor, doing a DMX song...
As I sit here listening and reading about the profitability of the Pittsburgh Pirates only one solution comes to mind….. the MLB should abandon its revenue sharing and adopt a plan that institutes a salary cap with an add-on clause forcing teams to dedicate a certain percentage to player payroll. If a team wishes to extend itself beyond the cap then there are substantial penalties and if a club falls shy fulfilling their cap minimum allocation, while remaining profitable, then they should too be faced with a forcible penalty.
In the case of the Pirates it isn’t hard to establish the idea that the baseball fans in Pittsburgh are getting the short end of the stick. According to cbssports.com the Pirates made 29.7 million both in 2007 and 2008. Think about the talent the Pirates could have brought in with those funds, or at the very least the talent they could have kept. The fact remains that Pittsburgh ownership, like the owners of the Royals and arguably the A’s, are not interested in fielding a competitive team. But the bottom-line is that it shouldn’t be up to the fans to force a team into submission or, more accurately, into competition.
The league should recognize these facts and act to stop the manipulation. The ole’ theory that weak market teams can’t be competitive has been totally abolished by the recent success of the Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Rays. In other words, if these teams can win against the likes of the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, and Red Sox then a historic program like Pittsburgh should have no problems.
However, adversely even if and when new regulations are enforced teams like the Pirates are still going to have trouble signing adequate talent. Players are in the market for long-term deals with high rewards but this doesn’t mean subjecting themselves to substantial misery in the process. In other words, the league can force a team to pony up but can’t impose rules and regulations for building the proper chemistry, coaching or cohesiveness necessary to handle the variety of egos and talents the league harbors. While directly we might all think that cleaning up the talent issue in Pittsburgh will automatically result in a better team there remain other expensive factors that might not be included in the new regulatory rules, thus ownership can still find a way to copout on their duty to the fan.
So for better or worse Pittsburgh seems to be in a mess for the duration despite a recent article in Sports Illustrated that suggests that Pittsburgh’s new ownership is working toward building a better franchise. What’s even more appalling is that even with league intervention we will find ourselves asking who will ultimately be the end benefactor?
As the only highly paid sports reporter on this site, I am proud to announce the following extra special, earth-scattering sports news, perhaps the greatest single sports happening of the 21st Century to date, and it is a YouGab exclusive:
Brett, it is official, you have been voted as the greatest athlete that has ever graced the screen at ESPN. Babe Ruth, hell he was dead and buried almost 30 years before ESPN first hit the cable channels. Michael Jordan, Kobe has stated many times that you couldn't fill his jock and we believe him. Wayne Gretzky, that game you mastered was only hockey. Wilt Chamberlain, your womanizing record was easily toppled by the pick-up lines of Tiger Woods. Tiger, you are a mere sand trap of your former self.
Brilliant Rocket Scientist Lew Troop put it the most succinctly, "The odds are 50/50 that we will discover other alien life-forms within the next 25 years. To find a better athlete, teammate, and all-around good guy that Brett Favre in that time-frame would be more like a billion to one".
All this excitement was, of course, generated by Favre's marvelous back-peddling in those four magnificent plays that he was involved in in last evening's Vikings and 49er's exhibition game. It was obvious that 49er coach Mike Singletary had put a bounty on Favre's carcass for the game. It was more obvious that Brett's happy feet were a result of his memory of his last play in last season's NFC Championship game, where Brett was sandwiched by the Saints' defense like a triple-decker deluxe BLT (minus the cheese, he left that in Green Bay).
Terelle Owens had 12 million reasons not to kill himself a couple of years ago, Brett has 8 million more reasons than that just to play this season. Of course, he isn't in it for the money. Look at it this way, when he lands on the disabled list in a New York minute just as soon as the regular season starts, he can double his pay while announcing babble, dribble, and dreck as a color man for Sunday Night Football. What a guy, what an athlete, what a teammate, what a country.
P.S. Brett...you are not even close to being the oldest quarterback to play in the NFL, George Blanda was 46. Sachel Page pitched in the major leagues when he was 58.
Back by popular demand, or at the very least necessity, is another edition of Just The Tip, the experimental blog where we’ll try just about anything, just to see how it feels.
Of course the two most interesting sports stories of the week have been covered to death by every media outlet and two-bit blogger all around the web, but it goes without saying that something needs to be said about the inevitable return of Brett Favre to Minnesota and the indictment of Roger Clemens on perjury charges. But in the true spirit of Just The Tip, we’ll keep it short and sweet, so that’s why I’m going to let movie quotes handle it for me.
On Favre’s Return:
On Clemens’s indictment and subsequent continued denial:
Alright, now that we’ve got the given out of the way and dealt with the uncomfortable part, let’s move on.
- The Red Sox and their fans are finally succumbing to the collapse of Theo Epstein’s “Bridge”. The team fought valiantly to stay in the race this season, but after having lost Dustin Pedroia (twice), Jacoby Ellsbury (thrice), Jason Varitek, Josh Beckett, Victor Martinez, Clay Bucholtz, Jed Lowrie, Hideki Okajima, and various other moving parts to the disabled list throughout the season, Boston finds itself 5.5 games out of a playoff spot with just over a month left to play on the season. It certainly doesn’t help that they are chasing the two teams in their own division that have the two best records in baseball, but still, it stings to know the season is just about over in New England.
- Can someone please update me how it is that Ben Roethlisberger is practicing with the Steelers and appearing in pre-season games, despite being suspended for at minimum the first four games on the 2010 season? I may be wrong but it seems to me that neither Michael Vick or Pac-Man Jones were afforded such a luxury? This may be the largest double-standard since men were allowed to stand up to relieve themselves while women were forced to straddle the porcelain god. Last time I checked, a suspension entailed sitting out from any activity related the game you play. Enough said.
- Has someone checked the water coolers in the Orioles dugout lately? Prior to hiring Buck Showalter as manager, the Orioles were sitting at 31-76 on the season. However, after the hiring of Showalter, the Birds are 13-4. This is a team that hasn’t changed any personnel, aside from releasing Garrett Atkins, and has been guided by not one but two different managers prior to bringing Buck aboard. Maybe Peter Angelos should have made a move earlier, but it is doubtful that their position would have improved much given the division they play in. Still, at least fans can remove the paper bags right?
- The United States Basketball team is again struggling in international competition, having barely survived in two warm-up matches against Lithuania and now Spain. Maybe it has to do with the players that populate team, who are not the same as the ones that lead the U.S. to the gold medal at the Olympic Games, or maybe it is actually the beginning of a bigger picture. In a game dominated by the United States in the past, the international competition showed in 2008 and again in this year’s games that they are closing the gap. American players may still be able to outjump anyone on the floor, but what really lands home is just home much more fundamentally sound the European teams are. American players spend so much time skipping college and learning to play on the playground than they do learning the fundamentals of the game, and that’s why they struggle to maintain their superiority.
Great news today as Vin Scully has announced he is coming back for his
62nd season as a Dodger Broadcaster, Today there is not one person close to Vin Scully who at age
82 is just as good as he ever was, I only wish Fox would dump Buck and McCarver and let Vin do the World Series by himself, We would get better play by play and better commentary without hearing stupid useless babble that McCarver provides
The reason he is coming back??
He recalled how his parents, once retired, used to look out of the window of their home and guess what type of vehicle would drive by next. He talked about the boredom he felt during the strike in 1994.
And there was another thing.
"Now that they have Rod Barajas, that was the clincher," Scully quipped.
Barajas, a little-known catcher, is a player the Dodgers acquired off waivers on Sunday.