It is hard to believe that it is Wednesday again. But since it is, I guess it must be time for deep thoughts. I don't have any driving need to dump anything today, so I will just do a bit of random meandering. Of course there has been much discussion about the mess in LA. Fan82 had a great blog on Tuesday and took a full hack at the head of Mr. McCourt. I am not an expert on this ordeal, but from what I have read...it does indeed appear that Bud Selig has a valid concern regarding McCourt remaining in control of the Dodgers. Beeze did make a valid defense of McCourt and his point about the Mets, Marlins and Rays has validity. As I did a bit of reading, I stumbled upon an article that succinctly defined the issues that MLB has with McCourt.
In its 20-page filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday, baseball began to reveal the findings of its two month-long investigation into McCourt and the Dodgers, and certainly its attitude toward McCourt.
Among them, according to the document, McCourt:
• “Siphoned off well over $100 million of club revenues and [was] obviously unable to properly distinguish between his personal interests and those of the club.”
• Attempted to use the club’s financial crisis, “To permit millions more to be misappropriated for his personal use.”
• “Has alienated fans, sponsors, and business partners, and has eroded public confidence in the club.”
• In spite of 2004 purchase conditions that he provide an additional $30 million in liquid equity within three years, “failed to satisfy this obligation.”
• Caused his own financial crisis because of his, “Financial mismanagement, extreme leveraging, personal distributions made for his own benefit at the club’s expense, and the resulting decline in attendance caused by the community’s extraordinary unhappiness with the club’s owner.”
Baseball’s takeaway is that McCourt is most concerned about McCourt, not the Dodgers. Its end game is to rid itself of McCourt and begin the process of rebuilding the Dodgers through new ownership, the sooner the better.
There are always two sides to every story, but it appears that baseball has a fairly good case. Of course now that it is in bankruptcy court, who knows what the result will be. One thing that is certain, the lawyers will get paid...
I felt compelled to add this link after reading today. This give an entirely different spin on the matter and asks why Selig gave such a glowing recommendation when McCourt originally expressed interest in purchasing the Dodgers:
Now, will Selig and MLB stop in LA or will they examine some of the other teams that Beeze has mentioned?
One of the things that I love about baseball is the manager and umpire relationship. If you think about it...because baseball is the only sport without a clock, it is the only game that allows the theatrics that some managers use in expressing their disagreement with a call. Did you see Jim Leyland's latest ejection? It was indeed a classic. If you did not see the game, there was a play at first base that clearly had the runner out. Inexplicably, the 1B umpire missed the call. After signaling safe, he must have sensed that he missed the call because he looked home for help. After a brief conference, the call was changed to an out. Of course Leyland rushed the field to complain. He started off okay, but when he began to pantomime the umpire...he was gone. Check out the players in the dugout after Leyland is ejected. Here is the video:
Did your mom ever embarrass you when you were a kid? Usually, this does not happen to a 20 something, which I think makes this story even the more funny. Here is an article by Chris Chase of Yahoo Sports:
Murray's mother and coach, Judy, has jokingly referred to Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez as "Deliciano" via Twitter, a reference to certain aesthetic qualities Lopez has that are of interest to the superficial female. The nickname has caught on and has become a running gag during the fortnight at the All England Club. Lopez himself said it's funny while insisting that countryman Rafael Nadal has more female fans. Just about the only person who isn't laughing is Andy.
When asked about Judy's ogling of Lopez, the son responded:
"I think it's about time she stopped that nonsense. Makes me want to throw up. It's disgusting.
"I was practicing with him before the tournament and my mum was on the side. I shouted across the net, I said, 'Feli, if we sit down for a drink, if you could take a picture with my mom, because she thinks you're beautiful'.
"She went bright red. Refused to take the picture. Quite funny. Not like her."
Andy's comments were said in jest, but his tone made it clear that he's not exactly a fan of his mom's new status as president of the Deliciano fan club.
I would have a real problem with my mom rooting for my opponent, much less commenting on twitter about how cute he is. Good luck Andy, you are in a tough spot.
Congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks...2011 College Baseball Champs! Although I did not have a rooting interest for Florida or South Carolina, I was happy that David Roth was able to watch his son Michael hurl his team to another championship. It will be interesting to see what type of job offers David will have when he gets back to Greenville SC.
This picture has nothing to do with anything, but I would say that this policeman has been guilty of profiling...I bet he takes a long time getting an explanation.
That's all I have for this week, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
The other day I got out my can opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, what the hell am I doing?
When Armageddon comes, it would be good to be an Olympic athlete, because running real fast and jumping over stuff could come in handy.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...
Have a safe and happy 4th of July...