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Five Minute Frags - Cutting Ties
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Texas Rangers Michael Young Nolan Ryan

 

 

“All my heroes have now become ghosts
Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most”

- Shinedown - Heroes

In sports, the word loyalty often falls on deaf ears, drowned out instead by the sound of flapping dollar bills. Player loyalty can sway like the wind, like a Hessian soldier, selling their skills to the highest bidder. Jeff touched on it in this week’s edition of Deep Thoughts, noting how players no longer play for the glory, just the paycheck. But lost in the text of “Player X’s” blog was a simple notion.

Loyalty is a street traveled in two directions.

Take for example the curious case of Michael Young and the Texas Rangers. Over the course of 11 seasons, Young has done more than most players when it comes to accommodating the team. When he came into the league, he came up primarily as a second baseman with some occasional spot starts at shortstop. When the Rangers acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Yankees as part of the Alex Rodriguez trade, Young moved over to shortstop, both to accommodate Soriano at second and also to ease Texas’s burden when they lost Rodriguez. Young transformed himself from a player with limited range to a gold glove shortstop. Yet, the year after winning the gold glove, Young was again asked to move, this time to third base to allow for stud prospect Elvis Andrus to slide into the line-up. Again he made the move and made the most of it.

Now, just two years have passed and now the Rangers are telling their team-first, six-time all-star that he’s being replaced again, this time asking him to become a primary designated hitter/super-utility man. This time however, Young is balking at the move and asking for a trade. You can only be told that someone is better than you so many times and Young decided enough is enough.

And I tell you what; I don’t blame him one bit.

I could almost understand the argument if Young was a stopgap player, someone fit into a position in order to get by until a better solution arises. However, as stated above, this is a six-time all-star whose full season averages are .300, 199 hits, 17 HR, and 87 RBI over the course of an 11-year career. In other words, Young is far from a stopgap, he’s a guy most teams would love to have in their line-up. I’m sure the Blue Jays would take the trade back when they sent him to Texas for Estaban Loaiza in 2000.

It begs to ask why the Rangers would take this course of action. Yes, I realize that Texas opted for Adrian Beltre as a Plan-B to losing out on Cliff Lee, but why? Beltre doesn’t solve the obvious pitching deficit in Texas. Sure, he may get to a few more balls than Young, but he doesn’t help keep them on the ground in the thin Arlington air either. So Texas opted to spend money for the sake of doing something, and in the process, destroyed a relationship with their version of Derek Jeter.

In this day of athlete coming and going at the drop of a dime, a player like Michael Young only comes around once in a lifetime. If I can think of one player I would compare Young to, I would compliment him by comparing his to Hall-Of-Famer Robin Yount, another guy who changed positions in order to make his team better and still performed to his peak. Neither made noise or made a mockery of the game, but played it the way it was supposed to be played.

General Managers don’t ask a guy like Michael Young to wear the title of “Super-Utility Man.” They ask them to wear the title of team ambassador and “Captain.”

Instead, the Rangers just took him for granted.

Fry Day Blog: She's Finger Lickin' Good...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

 

Welcome to The Fry Day Blog

Today dvt fries famous people who take themselves way too seriously...

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to eating popcorn, Alex...

 

We’ve got to hand it to you...

 

Or at least Ms. Diaz does...

 

Now that’s the way to eat popcorn, Alex...

 

A hot lookin’ actress feedin’ your face...

 

Was it salty enough, Alex???

 

Was it buttery enough, Alex???

 

Did it slide right down the pipe, Alex???

 

Just like a fastball in the ole wheelhouse???

 

We hope it wasn’t toooooo kernel-ly, Alex...

 

Did Cameron have her floss ready???

 

Maybe you can do a tooth paste commercial, Alex...

 

 

 

 

 

“You’ll wonder where the kernels went

When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent...”

 

 

 

Was it light and fluffy, Alex???

 

Too bad popcorn doesn’t usually come on the cobb...

 

Then when you’re done eating and excreting...

 

All of us can now open our eyes...

 

 

 

 

 

And we can take that cobb...

 

And wipe you off...

 

If you get our drift...

 

I hope you have forgiven us for wanting to look at you, Alex...

 

I hope we have forgiven us for wanting to look at you, too...

 

We thought that’s what we were supposed to do

with a famous person and his famous girlfriend...

 

Maybe the Kardashian sisters will attend next year’s Super Bowl...

 

And we can look at them...

 

Maybe not...

 

We are sooooo sorry we invaded YOUR private box with our eyeballs, Alex...

 

I guess it is private, isn’t it Alex???

 

I guess that means Fox wasn’t supposed to show you on camera, huh Alex???

 

Showing you on camera from a camera that was in the next county

is an invasion of privacy, isn’t it Alex???...

 

It’s obvious that you prefer Cameron over camera, right Alex???...

 

And it’s not like you could just laugh it off, could you Alex???

 

You take yourself way too serious just to laugh it off, don’t you Alex???

 

Even though it would have been less of a big deal

if you had not made such a big deal about it, right Alex???

 

Was Fox’s apology good enough for you, Alex???

 

Do you want triple your money back, Alex???

 

Free trip to a future Super Bowl of your choice, Alex.???

 

Wanna be included in the NFL’s

next collective bargaining agreement, Alex???

 

Are we okay now, Alex???

 

Forgive and forget, Alex???

 

May we have permission to ignore you now, Alex???

 

But before we do...

 

Can we get you anything else to eat, Alex???

 

 

 

 

 

Can we feed you some grapes with our eyes closed???

 

That’s right, Alex...

 

Grapes...

 

The real sour kind...

 

And best of all...

 

We promise not to peek...

 

We wouldn't want to make you mad...

 

Would we, Alex???

 

 

-----

 

 

 

K-SMELL Records Presents...

Paul McCorny singing

Mister Alex/Admiral Schmaltzy

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're so sorry...

Mister Alex...

We're so sorry if Fox caused you any pain...

We're so sorry...

Mister Alex...

And the cameraman’s been scorned and he will never work again...

 

 

 

We’re so sorry if Cam’s popcorn cracked your teeth in any way...

We're so sorry...

Mister Alex...

Did she floss your chops real good to make the kernels go away...

 

 

 

We're so sorry...

Mister Alex...

Hope you didn’t get a bloody gum that way...

We're so sorry...

Mister Alex...

And your temper’s on the boil and we’re real sleazy on this day...

 

 

 

Feeding him the popcorn... 

(Popcorn)...

Cameron loves her guy...

Orville Redenbacher... 

(Bacher)...

Popped so nice and light...

 

 

 

Alex Rodriguez notified Fox...

Your antics were not cool and you made a fool of me...

Don’t take another look and keep your eyes off me as I munch tonight...

(Munch tonight)

(The butter must have smelt so he ate to his delight)

 

 

 

Hand is on the popcorn...

(Popcorn)...

Other’s on his thigh...

Hand me some more popcorn...

(Popcorn)...

Make my ex-wife cry...

 

 

 

Eat A little, boy that camera gets around...

(Gets around)...

Eat a little, eat a pound...

Lick your teeth way up and down...

 

 

 

Eat A little, boy that camera gets around...

(Gets Around)...

Eat a little, eat a pound..

Lick your teeth way up and down...

 

 

 

Feeding him the popcorn...

(Popcorn)...

Cameron loves her guy...

Orville Redenbacher...

(Bacher)...

Popped so nice and light...

 

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO

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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Fans

 

As fans we are often blinded by what we just saw. We go through a whole array of emotions as we react to the moment or the game. Sometimes we don’t see the big picture. We often forget sometimes it’s a marathon and not a sprint.

There are times that are eye balls are telling us that a player is good or bad or sometimes we get so vanilla and bland and get bogged down in statistics often its statistics that don’t predict anything. Sometimes we are armed with statistics we think we know more than the manager, general manager or coach.

The truth is this entertainment. We invest countless ours investigating and watching games. We let our emotions run long and hard like a lifetime roll a coaster. Ultimately we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t enjoy it. It’s an escape from our own realities and our own problems it allows us a release to deal with all the other stuff that wears on us daily.

The fact is we simply care often we care more about it than the people we are watching. We form our opinions about people we don’t know. We don’t like this guy or that guy because he is a showboat or the guy is criminal. We judge these guys beyond the court the rink and the field. We often forget that they have families and kids and most of them actually know their kids names. We forget that they deal with the same everyday stuff that we do. Unfortunately in some aspects we live an age of technology and immediately. We have piles of information at our finger tips we know when an athlete shoots himself, when he drinks and when he is feed popcorn by his girlfriend.

It’s all fun if we keep it real. However, sometimes I don’t understand what we do as fans. Fans paid $200  dollars to watch the Superbowl outside the stadium. That same $200 would go miles at the local watering hole with a few hD TV’s and some good friends. I just don’t get it but I think the NFL tried to over market a product that doesn’t need to be marketed at all. I think in the case of the Dallas Superbowl bigger wasn’t better and as fans  supported this nonsense.

Tuesday it was 35 degrees in Boston with rain and snow a 100 people lined up outside Fenway Park to watch an 18 wheeler be loaded with baseball equipment by some Red Sox employees and make the annual trek to Florida . Again I have to ask why? Would you watch your local UPS guy load his truck up and deliver his widgets throughout the land?

The local UPS guy is simply doing his job. As were the guys loading the Red Sox truck why do we need fans out there. Frankly, I’m surprised the Red Sox didn’t charge them for the privilege. If they did they would probably have had 1,000 people 

 

Why? Do we feel the connection and the need to be there. If I have a ticket to get into the game provided that there are seats for me It’s a once in a lifetime thing and I’m going enjoy the whole expierence. But to go to a non event to say I was there I’m just not doing. Call me when there throwing baseballs not throwing equipment and luggage.


 

Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Blackbandit20 NFL NFL 2011 HOF Class Marshall Faulk Shannon Sharpe Richard Dent Les Richter Chris Hanburger Dion Sanders Christina Aguilera


 

Don’t mess with the Anthem?? Thanks Blackbandit20?? How to make the NFL All-Star game relevant?? Dallas and NFL screw 400 Super Bowl Fans?? Welcome to the 2011 NFL HOF class?? All in this NFL edition of Rants and Raves.

I am usually not one to comment in my blog on another Gabber’s blog or comment, but, last week, 2/1/11, blackbandit20 had a blog on how to make sports all-star games relevant. While I won’t touch on all of them, I would like to give my two cents on the one that is the most irrelevant, and that’s the NFL. The difference between the NFL and all the other sports is that the NFL’s game is played after the regular season is over. To make the NFL All-Star game exciting, the NFL should have 3 weeks off between weeks 8 and 9. Schedule the All-Star game two weeks after week 8 of the regular season. Play the game in Hawaii. The winner of the All-star game would host the Super Bowl. So if the NFC won and the Giants won the NFC Championship game, the Super Bowl would be played in the Meadowlands.

Congratulations go to the Green Bay Packers for winning Super Bowl XLV, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the record I picked the Steelers.

Also outstanding job by Aaron Rogers who finally got the “Favre off his back” by being the Super Bowl MVP. Aaron was 24-39 for 304 yards and 3 TD’s. QB rating of 111.5.

Something that went unnoticed during the Super Bowl Game, there were no referee mistakes. Hats off to the officials who worked the game. The referee was Walt Anderson, Umpire Chad Brown, Head Linesman Kent Payne, Field Judge Doug Rosenbaum, Line Judge John Hussey, Side Judge Mike Weatherford, Back Judge Scott Helverson and Jerome Boger was the Alternate. Anderson’s crews, during the regular season called the 3rd fewest holding penalties, but they called the most false starts with 42. Just for the record, this was not Anderson’s regular season crew.

Thanks to Steelersdepot.com for the info.

Okay this veteran is pissed!! With over 103,000 fans in attendance at Cowboys Stadium, and 111 million viewers watching the game on TV (a record), its not really the time, nor the place, to screw up the National Anthem. Maybe if Christina Aguilera sung the song they way it was meant to be sung she wouldn’t have had this problem. This mistake just goes to show you we need to bring back the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner into the daily life of our children. Maybe we should make it a part the grades in High School. Each child should recite the Pledge and sing, or say the Star-Spangled Banner, by themselves, and alone, to the principle or a 3 person committee to receive a passing grade to graduate High School. No one, and I mean no one, should make a mistake on our National Anthem. Okay I vented, and I feel better. God bless this country!!!

Did 400 fans really get screwed?? There were several temporary seating areas at the Stadium that were not completed on time. 1,250 people were moved to other areas. 850 people were moved to alternate seating while 400 fans were placed in standing room area and were given a refund of triple face value, or up to $2,400 and allowed to go on the field at Cowboys Stadium. Now on top of this, the NFL announced the 400 people without seats will be "guests of the NFL" at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The NFL Hall Of Fame Class of 2011 has a little of everything:

A running machine in Marshall Faulk, 12,279 yards rushing (10th all-time) and 100 TD’s (Tied for 7th all-time), not to mention 6,875 yards and 36 TD’s receiving.

A receiving TE in Shannon Sharpe, 10,060 yards receiving (34th all-time) and 62 TD’s (tied for 53rd all-time).

A sack attack in Right Defensive End Richard Dent who had 137.5 sacks (tied for 6th all-time) in his career with 8 interceptions with 1 returned for a touchdown.

Two Pro Bowl Linebackers in Les Richter (8 selections in 9 year career) with 16 career interceptions and 106 points from extra points made, and Pro Bowl Linebacker Chris Hanburger (9 selections in 14 years) with 19 career interceptions, two were returned for touchdowns and 17 fumble recoveries, 3 were returned for touchdowns.

The flamboyant one, Defensive Back Deion “Neon” Sanders who shined when the spotlight was on him. He had 53 interceptions (tied for 23rd) of which 9 were returned for TD’s (tied for 4th), 19 fumble recoveries one for a TD. Sanders had 6 punt returns and 3 kick off returns for touchdowns. “If anyone could put the I in Team it would be Sanders.”

And last, and certainly not the least, Ed Sabol, who made it all possible with NFL Films which helped start the explosion that is today’s NFL. His clips of the NFL weekly games were classic. Nothing symbolizes this more than the clip of the spiraling pass going into the hands of a wide receiver. He created the football follies and was the first to sound up coaches and players. He was truly a pioneer.

While we can all find several players who were bypassed, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, or Henry Ellard??? The above selections are worthy, aren’t they???

Pictures by: Green Bay Packers Logo - 1.bp.blogspot.com, Aaron Rogers - Jim Biever/Green Bay Packers, Marshall Faulk - jasonkozma.com, Shannon Sharpe - cdn.bleacherreport.net, Richard Dent - blogs.e-rockford.com, Les Richter - im2.ebidst.com, Chris Hanburger - vintagecardprices.com, Deion Sanders - sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Christina Aguilera - musicnuvo.com, Cowboys Stadium - epltalk.com, Walt Anderson - post-gazette.com, NFL Hall Of Fame Logo - clevelandleader.com, Blackbandit20 - blackbandit20 

Times...They Are A Changing...in GB
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL; Green Bay Packers

There was a famous barn in Green Bay that paid tribute to Brett Favre:

 

 

 

Most of you will be happy to see that this barn has a new paint job:

 

 

12 is indeed larger than 4...
 

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