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Musings From The Hoodwood 7-22
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Bride asks Sebastian the Ibis to fill in for her late father...hope the Groom wasnt a FSU or Florida Fan

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where we return to the printed word with the exception of a couple really cool video highlights

 

The Colbys: Baseball Soap Opera

There are the so-called unwritten rules of baseball, a lot of which I think are pretentious and dumb some make sense sort of. But what went on Saturday between the Rangers and Blue Jays was a bit puzzling, more specifically between Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis and Jays Colby Rasmus. In the 5th inning, Rasmus dropped a two out bunt opposite of a defensive shift that the Rangers had employed. Rasmus beat out the bunt but was the focus of fury from Lewis who could be clearly seen screaming at Rasmus “Swing the bat!” Lewis then went to the press after the game complaining that Rasmus had violated the “unwritten code” Huh? Wait a minute, the Jays were nursing a 2-0 lead and Rasmus was getting a hit by any way he could. Had someone like speedy rookie Billy Hamilton done this, it would have been an expected part of the arsenal but Rasmus doing it was a surprise but it was still a good play. And Lewis came off looking like that much more of a whiny spoiled sport.

 

5 Foot tall woman bosses American Ninja Warrior qualifying course

Is it cheating?

The football media days for the power conferences in the NCAA are dotted the otherwise sleepy sports months of the summer, the hype and hoopla of the all-powerful SEC, the ACC home of the defending national champs and the imposing presences of the  Big Ten and Pac12 conferences. The Big XII (12) conference may be the smallest and weakest of the so-called power five conferences but they have provided some of the bigger headlines. Big XII commish Bob Bowlsby stunned many of the media contiginent by stating that “cheating pays” and that “he doesn’t see it getting any better in the near future” Bowlsby didn’t come right out and name names. But he more or less implied that schools were taking advantage of lax enforcement of NCAA rules. Im not really sure what Bowlsby is trying to prove by making these statements. Anyone that watches college football knows that there is lots and lots of money afoot and that money doesn’t just evaporate. I liken it to the movie Blue Chips where the money and friends of the programs are taking care of players, but the question then gets to who’s getting paid and how much. Im just shocked that someone in Bowlsby’s position would openly speak of “cheating” This may be just another domino to fall in the increasingly shaky house of cards that college football might be in.

 

NBA: The Big Deal?

Now we wait. The biggest free agent LeBron James has returned to Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony ad Chris Bosh have returned to the original teams in New York and Miami respectively. The free agent market signings are coming through in dribs and drabs but the biggest deal seems to be just waiting to happen. Kevin Love is looking to get out of Minnesota, and he will either by trade or letting his contract run out at the end of this season. The Timberwolves are trying to get as much as they can for their recalcitrant power forward, and are trying to strike the best deal that they can. They are dickering with the Warriors and have an offer of Harrison Barnes and David Lee but are also trying to pry sharpshooting Klay Thompson from them, the other suitor are the suddenly high rolling high profile Cavaliers who with the return of their homegrown superstar in James and are looking to get another big name to boost their fortunes. The Cavs are pondering trading their recently drafted top pick Andrew Wiggins and former #1 Anthony Bennett, the latter is looking more and more like a bust, for Love. The wheeling and dealing is interesting to watch and the speculation is getting more and more rampant. I think that the deal with the Cavs benefits both, but the Cavs seem reluctant to let go of Wiggins who looks to be a cant miss prospect. Though Love has expressed a positive reaction to playing with his former Olympic teammate and sign a longterm deal with Cleveland, the Cavs are hanging back from consummating the deal and the Wolves keep looking like that they are using the Warriors to drive up the bargaining price. This looks like a fascinating soap opera stay tuned.

Speaking of Wiggins: Check this sick dunk

 

 

Phat Daps

25-year-old German soccer star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects in Brazil. The hefty sum is reportedly going to fund surgeries for 23 Brazilian children.

 

 Stuart Scott’s heartrending speech at the Espy’s, I know that there are many in this collective that don’t like the four letter sports monolith. I tolerate it more than I used to but the ESPY awards aside from the push for the V Foundation is a useless drill though the award for perserverence going to Scott who has been battling cancer. His fight and his quiet determination is admirable and like him being the father of two, I get the inspiration and motivation that he draws from. Cancer sucks, as you well know I lost a dear friend to this awful disease a couple months ago and have several friends who are fighting this now. I do what I can do to support them but in reality have no idea the fight that they face. Scott’s simple yet eloquent speech was poignant, and heartfelt without being cheesy. Here’s to you Stu, keep fighting the good fight.

 

Head Slap

To MLB and Fox for not honoring the memory of Tony Gwynn during last weeks All-Star game…if not wanting to slight others why not do like they do at the Oscars and have a segment on those Baseball lost…

 

Quick hits

Dan Uggla…how far has this guy fallen…

Cancer sucks…best wishes to Atlanta Dream and former Laker Michael Cooper who is battling cancer of the tongue.

Even the best of men can shoot off their mouths, Coach Dungy? Really?

The Ol' Ball Coach cant help but dig at Dabo but how many BCS games have the 'Cocks been too? (Ill give you a hint, my beloved Bearcats who have been to two more than South Carolina...)

If Sterling stays in LA, look for the biggest mass exodus from a team since the old Padres fire sales.

Have you started prepping for your fantasy drafts yet?

 

That’s the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!

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