As much as I am enjoying the thus-far undefeated season for my beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, I am also joining the frustrated masses regarding the still-unknown fate of 5 Irish football players who have been suspended from the team for 60 days and counting. This includes wide reciever DaVaris Daniels, and 4 defensive players in cornerback Keivarae Russell, end Ishaq Williams, linebacker Kendall Moore and safety Eliar Hardy (Hardy's suspension came a couple weeks after the other 4, but STILL). Daniels, Russell, and Williams were projected as starters before the suspension occurred. The charges? Academic impropriety; they are accused of turning-in homework that other students did for them.
I know that it's pretty common for hearing-and-appeals processes such as this to take some time. Red tape. I get that. All 5 of these players did have their hearings last week, however. Here we are a week later with the football season half-over, and they're still suspended with no announcements from the ND administration or the athletes themselves as to their fate...are any of them back on the team and will they play again, or not???
Look, I'm not the Kool Aid drinking Irish fan who's automatically going to assume the "frozen five", as they are called, are innocent just because I want to see them back on the team. If they are guilty, fine, kick them out and be done with it! If they are innocent, let them play!
It's of consolation to me that The Irish now sit at 5-0 in spite of these players' absence and the team is doing well without them, but it is also a major distraction to the team. Coach Brian Kelly keeps being asked about the players and keeps having to give "mum" answers about the situation being that the suspensions and hearing processes are not under his control...Credit to the guy and his charges that they've handled the distration as well as they have up till now, but the coach and the team are being put in an unfair situation by being the ones who have to answer questons about the suspended players when it is the administraton who should answer, but won't.
GEEZ - Shit or get off the pot already! That's what I'm sayin.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I know that many find Mark Cuban to be a loud mouth and generally an obnoxious ass. I have always enjoyed his outspoken nature and appreciate his obvious business acumen. I read with interest this week when Cuban poked the suits in the NFL with his comments about the NFL being in danger of over saturation. Honestly, is this any different than what many of us have been writing about the NFL? In case you missed it, the NFL is now talking about bringing an NFL game to Saturday night. I loved this Cuban quote: "Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule No. 1 of business." I love that saying about pigs getting fat. I used this often when talking about folks trying to grab the lowest interest rate on a loan. The NFL is sitting pretty now, but things can change and change quickly. Saturdays are for college football. Friday is for high school football. Maybe the NFL believes that they are too big to fail, but they are not. Hooray for Cuban for speaking the truth…even if some don’t want to hear it.
I think I have a solution for the Redskins. They can keep the name and just change their logo. Everyone wins...Seriously though, why can't people leave this alone. I am certainly no Daniel Snyder fan, but it really is ridiculous the way this will not die.
The NBA cracks me up. I admit to not paying too much attention to the game of late, but I was amazed to learn that the Spurs were on a 13 game winning streak (make it 14 after Tuesday night’s game). Many believe the Spurs are an old team, but if you take a look at their roster, they are loaded with young players. Pop has quietly built a very solid roster. I admit that I sort of expected the Spurs to fade away once Duncan and Ginobli retired…but now, I am not so sure. Pop does an amazing job of finding players that fit the mold that he requires. He sort of reminds me of Belichick that way. The NBA obviously is not crazy about San Antonio and the lack of flash…but it wins games. So…with the Heat, OKC, Indiana and others getting the press, it is the Spurs that are fighting the good fight. Damn, I may have to start paying attention to the NBA again.
Did you hear about Shaq having assault charges brought against him by a TBS employee? Apparently what Shaq considers horseplay, is not much fun for normal sized people. Shaq reportedly tackle/punched the employee then fell on him, injuring his back and neck. For all of Shaq’s faults, I truly have a hard time believing that Oneal would intentionally hurt someone. Of course, it would not be a stretch to think that a falling Shaq might cause damage to a “regular” sized person. Maybe this guy is really hurt, but I have a hard time buying it. The bad thing for Shaq is that intentional or not, he will probably have to pay. How much is a Shaq tackle is worth? I suppose we will soon see…
Maybe Shaq should sue Charles to recoup his money?
Julie and I made another mad dash for the valley last Friday afternoon. The starting catcher banged up his knee and it looked like Blake would be playing all three games. If you know college baseball, you realize that the best pitcher works on Friday night. The Broncs Friday night pitcher is a very good one…Sam Street. He really is one of the better arms in the country. He may not throw heat like the big boys at Vanderbilt or Texas, but he is a very advanced pitcher. He works in and out and changes speeds very well. At 6 and 0 with 4 complete games…he is a great college pitcher. Friday was UTPA’s first conference game against the New Mexico State Aggies and Street was money again. As we pulled into the parking lot in the 4th inning, the Aggies had loaded the bases. A walk, a missed call at 1B and a bunt single was the scenario as I turned off the car. As we walked into the stadium, the crowd reaction indicated a happy conclusion to the inning. As I quickly glanced at the scoreboard, the 0 under visitor confirmed my hunch. An infield fly and a double play allowed Street to work out of the inning. Street did not have his best stuff on Friday, but he pitched well enough to grab a win and another complete game. In our travels around the state this year, we have seen some very nice stadiums. I realized that although there may be more grand venues, but sitting in the front row behind home plate watching your son play is not all bad. Blake played pretty well. He was certainly not perfect, but is finally beginning to settle in. Here is the head coach Manny Mantrana discussing the weekend games.
Did you happen to see the fight between Florida State and Florida? The pitcher has to make that play…
It seems that each week that I find something to say about the Cleveland Indians. I am not sure if this is some kind of sign, but the video I saw this week was too good not to share. I can only imagine how cool it would be to watch your son take his first at bat in major league game…even a spring training game. Tom Hamilton is a lucky man!
I refuse to acknowledge those two games in Australia as opening day. I know that the games count, but not for me. Opening day is next week…in the US. There were two baseball things that really stood out for me this week. Don Mattingly publicly calling out Yasiel Puig and Max Scherzer turning down a 6 year contract worth slightly more than $25 million per…wow. Why am I not surprised that Scott Boras is Scherzer’s agent. I learned that Scherzer wanted to stay with the Tigers, but wanted an 8 year deal. Obviously Tiger management is pissed that Scherzer turned down this offer and I can’t blame them. The thing that is sad about this is that this incident could seriously impact how the Tigers play this year. How are Scherzer’s teammates going to look at his refusal? Is it just a business? Or will it be taken personally? One thing I know is that he probably won’t get a warm reception at home this year.
Yasiel Puig’s nickname is “wild horse”. Given his game, it is an apt nickname. What surprised me is Donnie Baseball making light of Puig’s injury with an implication that he exaggerates his aches and pains…a whiner if you will. I guess what is more surprising is that Mattingly went to the press with his comments. I get that Mattingly may be somewhat frustrated with Puig, but it is not even April yet. The Dodgers and Tigers are two teams that could be playing in October, but unless they can put aside these distractions…they may find the season to be a troubled path.
That is all I have this week, but will leave you a bit of Jack Handey…
It's easy to sit there and say you'd like to have more money. And I guess that's what I like about it. It's easy. Just sitting there, rocking back and forth, wanting that money.
I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I'd just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…
The circus over in Orlando, maybe not?? Bodemeister?? Umpire’s going wild?? All this and more in this weeks edition of…
Yesterday, Scottjax was coughing up a storm at work. I am usually a very, very talkative person at work, but I wasn’t talking too much yesterday and everyone new I was coming down with something. Well that something is Bronchitis.
Doctor was going to give me one day off, but since I had Saturday off (my weekends are Sunday and Monday) I asked for two additional days off. There is a United States versus Scotland friendly game at Everbank Field and I want to make sure I am good to go.
Here is my take on the college football playoff system. There should be 10 conferences with 12 schools in each conference. Each conference has 2 six team divisions. Then there can be a conference championship. The 10 conference champions play in a playoff and the winner is the national champs. What’s so difficult?
Wow, a MLB umpire suspended. Yep you read that right. Umpire Bob Davidson was suspended for one game for repeated violations of the standards for situation handling. What's that? Did MLB make that up?
Bodemeister might just be the most over-rated horse ever.
So Jonathan Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claiming he made false statements that tarnished Vilma’s reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living playing football. Really..Really. Opps starting to sound like The Miz.
Saturday Night Live did a skit on their evening news with a take-off on Stephen A. Smith
Is it dangerous to go to a Los Angeles Dodgers game? After Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, a fan was beaten up in a minor fender bender in the parking lot. 4 people were arrested as three of them held the man down while another kicked him in the face and head.
Orlando did what they had to do to make Dwight Howard happy, they fired Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with General Manager Otis Smith.
Now for a shocker. The new GM of the Orlando Magic is…..
That is a rumor that just started. The first thing he would do is trade Howard for Andrew Bynum. Shaq is a big fan of Bynum and he feels that Andrew is better than Dwight.
Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart died of a heart attack at the age of 59.. He had a record of 28-12 in three seasons with the University.
Is Lin-sanity over?? It might be for the Knicks. Lin’s agent say there is no guarantee Lin will stay with the Knicks. Jeremy is a restricted free agent this summer.
What’s with all this violence during celebrations? Is it a mandatory thing for someone to get hurt when their team wins? 8 people were hurt after the Thunder beat the Lakers 4 games to 1.
How can you be the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and yet be left off the first-team all-defensive squad?? Tyson Chandler the Defensive Player of the Year was beaten out by Dwight Howard. Tyson was named to the second team. Gee thanks. What a sham.
In case you missed it, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam homerun broke the scoreboard in left field. In this fan’s you tube clip you can see a bank of lights out.
News broke today that star defensive end, Aaron Lynch was leaving the Notre Dame Football program, and will be leaving school after this semester...
Lynch from Cape Coral, Florida had made an immediate impact last season as a true freshman...He had been a top 30 recruit, and was living up to the hype...He gave the front-seven another strong threat, to go along with Manti Te'o...Lynch had enrolled early, and made everyone notice his raw ability...The coaching staff had no choice but to work him into the defensive line rotation...And just a couple weeks into the season, he was starting...
Word had spread that Lynch was tough to coach, and him constantly being homesick was not helping matters...So much so, that coach Brian Kelly sent Lynch home, and told him to really think about whether he really wanted to be at Notre Dame...When Lynch returned he sat down with Kelly and the decision was made...As Kelly said in his press conference today, "The challenges are great here. If your head and heart is not in it, you just can't be successful. Aaron and I talked about it and mutually agreed that the best decision for him is to leave the football team."
Lynch released this statement today..."This was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make, but I want to go back home to Florida. I'm grateful to Coach Kelly for understanding and allowing me to return home."
It's already been speculated that Lynch will end up at South Florida...
Kelly had also pointed out that Lynch hasn't been the only player he's seen who's heart or head aren't in it...A top 100 recruit, cornerback, Tee Shepard, who is from Fresno, California only lasted six weeks at Notre Dame before he realized it wasn't the right fit for him...
Kelly had also sent former 5 star recruit, Ishaq Williams home to do some soul searching, and find out if he really wanted to "excel at Notre Dame." Williams is back with the team...
Trying to end the topic during the press conference, Kelly said, "I've been in it 25 years, people are going to quit all the time. "It happens. It's part of the process. Why is it newsworthy? Because he (Lynch) is a really good player."
Losing Lynch's talent, and potential hurts, but DE is a position the Irish have a bit of depth with...Look for sophomore Stephon Tuitt to step right into Lynch's spot...
Now for the questions...Why is Kelly having trouble with top recruits lacking heart and head? Is it the way Kelly runs things? Is it the academics standards that are pushed more then they are in many major programs? Is it the fact that South Bend is South Bend? (Not the sexiest place around) Is it really these guys being soft and homesick? Possibly a combination of some or all?
Whatever it is, Kelly better figure it out, before it costs him his job...