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Daily Debate 1.8.10
So I’ve been challenged by OldHarry to get more involved in blogging, so I’m stepping up and meeting that challenge. But I don’t do things alone, and I’m sure as shit going to make sure I take some of you down with me.
 
That being said, we’re going to try something a little different because let’s face it, we need a bit of variety in this place right? I’m going to try something called “The Daily Debate”. Yes, it’s been done before, but to strive and do it daily, well, that takes balls. Basically, I’m going to push your buttons and you’re going to cast your opinion on whatever topic or topics I so choose. If you deviate from the topic, you’ll be tied to the Comfy Chair.
 
 
Since we’re kicking this off on a Friday, and quite frankly, I know I won’t be fitting in any further posts over the weekend, I’m going to kick this off in triplicate.
 
1.)    Alabama beat Texas in the BCS title game on Thursday night, laying claim to the “National Title”. The defense set the tone early and took out Colt McCoy to change the face of the game right out of the gate. Would the game have been different with McCoy in there or do you think that Texas was outmatched to the point where Boise State would have been a better opponent for the Crimson Tide?
 
2.)    The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed top free agent Matt Holliday earlier this week. Some see this as a victory for so-called “small market” clubs in that the Cardinals were able to get Holliday below his asking price. However, others question whether the Cardinals were just bidding against themselves all-along and ended up getting had by Scott Boras. Who do you think  came out on top of this negotiation? With this signing, do you think the Cardinals helped or hurt their cause to retain Albert Pujols when his contract and options run out in 2012?
 
3.)    The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday chose to retain head coach Eric Mangini. Mangini had an up and down season with the Browns in 2009-2010, but watched his team cap the season off with a four-game winning streak, which likely saved his job. Still, he failed to develop a passing attack and also created a tough situation with the front office when his relationship with then GM George Kokinis. Should the Browns have kept Mangini and if not, who would have been the ideal candidate to replace him?
 
Alright folks, this is where you need to come in. Let’s see if we can get some good conversation going and really fuel the fires. Once you’re done getting riled up, you can find a way to work out your frustration below.
 

 

Pacquiao Steroid Squabble Giving Boxing Another Black Eye

 

This is the fight that boxing needs. This is the fight that boxing wants. This is the fight that the people want. Yet, the fight that needs to happen may not because of a disagreement between the two camps over, of all things, drug testing.

 

Let’s face facts; boxing isn’t the sport it used to be. Over the course of time, somewhere between the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st, boxing has fallen out of favor while professional wrestling and mixed martial-arts have come to the forefront to take its spot on the podium. Boxing lost its luster after years of squabbles between which belts actually belonged to the champion and the complete lack of a people’s champion who would carry the sport.

 

Now, on the cusp of being thrust back into the limelight, the sports two biggest fighters cannot come to an agreement on the frequency of drug testing leading up to their proposed bout. Mayweather’s camp wants to have the pre-fight testing done and also wants random blood-testing done at any time leading up to the opening bell. Pacquiao’s group wants to submit to just three tests; one now, one 30 days prior to the fight, and one immediately following the fight. As of right now, this argument has lead to back and forth exchanges between the fighters’ promoters, including the threat of lawsuit by Pacquiao’s camp for defamation of character. On top of that, the Nevada Athletic Commission is now ordering immediate testing to take place for both fighters.

 

But why do we even have to listen to a disagreement over drug testing during a day and age where so many records and events have been tainted by the use or suspicion of use of illegal substances? If the Lance Armstrong, BALCO, MLB, and other steroid controversies have taught us anything, it is that all sports must remain vigilant about the testing of athletes to make sure that competition remains clean and fair for all parties involved. We cannot make exceptions, even if one party believes the means to be unfair.

 

What is good for the goose is good for gander, and in the interest of fairness, as well as the legitimacy of the competition, Pacquiao and Mayweather need to get this behind them and get on board with whatever testing is deemed necessary. Boxing needs this fight to happen. It doesn’t need another reason for fans to walk away.

Letters To Santa - Tiger Woods

Every year, our children sit down and scribe a list of wishes and dreams to the jolly fat man in the red suit, hoping that he’ll remember them on Christmas day. Well, have we ever stopped to think about what our favorite athletes are hoping to see under the tree?

 

Lucky for you, YouGabSports has their sources at the North Pole, and under a condition of anonymity, we are able to publish them here for you to read, and what a way to kick off this series, but to get back together with America’s favorite golfer; Tiger Woods.

 

Tiger’s Letter

 

Dear Santa,

 

            Hello again Santa, it’s me Eldrick, but you may know me better as Tiger. I know it’s been a while since I last wrote, but given my current circumstances, I couldn’t think of anyone else that could get me out of this mess.

            Listen, I know I haven’t been the best this year. Well, I guess that depends on who you ask, if you know what I’m saying. Anyway, I’ve made a real mess out of thinks because I wanted more than I needed. Well, now I’m in need.

            In the end, if you can see it in your heart to forgive me of my transgressions and naughtiness (wow, I’m using that line a lot now aren’t I?), all I want for Christmas is to be able to go back to the beginning and have a chance to make the right choices. All I want is a do-over.

            As always, thank you for listening. I’ll leave milk and cookies by the fireplace as per our old arrangement.  Now, I have some cookies of my own that I need to get.

 

Sincerely,

Eldrick “Tiger” Woods

 

P.S. – Please clear this your auto-reply from your email. Elin found my address book and she may send you an email to try and catch me.

 

Santa’s Reply

 

Dear Tiger,

 

        Am I reading this correctly? Is Tiger Woods looking for a mulligan? Can’t get your ball out of the rough?

        Well son, as you know, I am a fairly forgiving soul. I am a saint after all! But I have to tell you, you have a lot of nerve asking me for anything given how naughty you’ve been this year. I know I haven’t seen my dick since Rudolph was still a fawn, but that’s on behalf of my belly. You on the other hand can’t find it because you don’t know which hole you left your ball in.

        And how much more can a man ask for getting the amount of play that you do? The closest thing I get to action around these parts is the occasional head butt from an elf in the halls.

        So you want forgiveness and a second chance? I tell you what, I’ll give you something better; advice. Take some time off and sink some of those renowned practice skills into the game of life and work on your long game with the family. You don’t need a second chance son, you just need to be the person you were raised to be and that you made everyone believe you were. Stop pretending to be the man, and just be the man.

 

Disappointedly Yours,

 

Santa

 

P.S. – Get a better taste in women!

New Year, New Gab

Good Afternoon Folks,

Well, as you can plainly see, things have changed a little bit around here. 

We were sitting around and thinking, "after one year, what can we do to make things better?"

Frankly speaking, our first thought was to try and make things a little more accessible and as always, a little more pleasing to the eye. I guess you can't ever say that we just stand pat and let things stand as is. Onward and upward as they say.

So what has changed? Well, first off, we obviously changed the header image. We had updated our previous image for our birthday celebration, but in doing do, realized that it wasn't really adapting well to our page. So the new image is cleaner, adaptable, and a little more vibrant.

Secondly, we reorganized the front page again. Every time we do this, we're trying to make it easier for you the members and readers to move about. Our thought here was to make it less cluttered, but also to try and make it so that there was less necessity to scroll.

Lastly, you may have also noticed that there is now a chat function available on the site. By clicking Friends in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, you can now have chat sessions with them. This function is set to only work with members, and you can only chat with those folks on your member list, so there is no worry about unwanted conversation. You can also toggle it to show you as offline if you feel like being a loner.

But we aren't stopping there. Next on the agenda is a FAQ section, that will hopefully serve as a depository for the questions I get and answers I give in terms of how to do certain things on the site. Tutorials and other useful tidbits will be kept here as well.

So, that about explains it all. Please, feed us your input on what we've done and what you'd like to see in the future. If you don't like it, let us know, we have thick skin.

Thanks again for being a part of YouGabSports!

Outside Sports: A Worthy Read

I know this post will have absolutely nothing to do with sports and even more so, will have very little content as posted by myself, but as if it should be shared nonetheless.

Many of us can remember the Columbine shootings, expecially those of us like Bronc who lived much closer to the actual events than others. Still, they left an undeniable mark on the fabric of our society. That being said, the link below will take you to an article that Susan Klebold just recently wrote for O Magazine, finally discussing how the events unfolded for her and her family as they learned that her son Dylan was involved in the shootings.

I highly encourage you to read it, as it immensely important, both to get a picture of the situation itself, but to also grasp the roles of parents in these situations.

Susan Kebold: A Columbine Mother Tells Her Story

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