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Whip it out Wednesday with IHM
Category: FEATURED

 

  Well folks, I noticed the lack of new material yesterday and so far today... so I thought I'd pop in and add this little bit today in the featured spot! I'm sure Jeff will be by with some Deep Thoughts for us a little later on...

  Not sure how many of you got to see the Twins-Royals game last night... but what a finish! Alex Gordon hits a two run jack in the bottom of the ninth off of All-Star closer Glen Perkins, and the Royals walk off with a 2-1 win! Great game from start to finsih.

  Of course, I was bouncing back and forth between that game and the Tigers-Yankees tilt. The Tigers won that one 5-2, keeping themselves within a game and a half of the AL Central lead and half a game off the second Wild Card spot, trailing Seattle. Rick Porcello picked up his career-high and MLB best 15th win, going eight solid innings for the TIgers.

  Seattle picked up the win 5-0 over Texas last night to stay in that second spot. The #1 spot in the AL of course is occupied by the Oakland A's, who are just a game behind the Angels for the AL West lead. The A's lost to Houston last night, while the Angels beat the Marlins in Interleague action.

  The biggest AL division lead belongs to the Orioles, who lead the Yankees by seven games after their 4-2 win over the Rays.

 Over on the senior circuit, the division races aren't quite so tight. The Nationals lead the slumping Braves by seven games, and the Dodgers enjoy a five game cushion over the Giants. The Central is a cluster fuck as usual... with the Brewers a game and a half ahead of the Cardinals, and the Pirates within striking distance at five games back.

  Pete Carroll was fined $100,000 and the Seattle Seahawks another $200,000 for violating the league's offseason no-contact policy in practices. Couldn't have happened to a bigger bunch of douchebags if you ask me. Like I said earlier this week to BOB... I'll pretty much be rooting for anyone that ISN'T Seattle to win the Lombardi Trophy this year!

  ESPN decided to run a report on the showering habits of Rams DE Michael Sam... but as disgusting as that is, some good came out of it! Rams starting DE Chris Long chimed in with this tweet, winning the internet for the day for sure:

 Couldn't have said it better myself!

  As for the players on the Rams roster not being placed under a microscope because of their sexual preferences, looks like Sam Bradford is done for the year AGAIN! This leaves career backup Shaun Hill in line for the starters job, and the Rams scrambling to find either a real starter elsewhere. Will St.Louis be a destination for a guy like Mark Sanchez... Kirk Cousins... Ryan Mallett...or any other former starter that wants out of town?

  What do you do if you're the Rams GM, Gabbers? Do you give up on Sam Bradford and try to get your quarterback of the future next year in the draft? Personally, I don't see how you can possibly have any kind of confidence in the guy's ability to stay healthy anymore. He's just not reliable enough.

  Kevin Love made it to Cleveland yesterday, and was introduced to the media and LeBron's personal sack rest, Brian Windhurst. Meanwhile back in Minnesota, Wolves owner Glen Taylor went all Dan Gilbert on Love, saying he got away with not playing much defense a lot of the time in Minnesota! Pretty strong shot out of a guy who hasn't fielded a winner since he became an NBA owner if you ask me! But he has a point... Love is going to be in a whole new world of pressure in Cleveland, and I think he might just become the next Chris Bosh... suddenly a #3 option and seeing his numbers dip quite a bit compared to what he did in Minnesota. Personally, I hope he's a failure in Cleveland, and I hope LeBron fails in his attempt to bring a title there. Not that Cleveland doesn't deserve a championship... but they deserve it in a better sport and from a better source than the fucking charity act LeBron is dropping on them.

  That's all I've got for today folks. Have a great Hump Day, and I'll see you again on Saturday!

Weekly Grumble with IHM 8/23
Category: FEATURED

  Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s grumble with IHM. Admittedly, sports has taken a backseat for me over the past couple of days, as the new network FXX has begun their “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon. Starting Thursday morning, each episode ever syndicated of the Simpsons will be played back-to-back-to-all 522 of them. For a Simpsons nerd like me, it is a pure state of nerd-vana… for most folks, especially my wife, it is simply overkill!

  I did take a break last night to check out the first half of the Lions vs. Jaguars preseason game… game three on the preseason schedule. The “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, if you will. Neither offense looked very sharp; the Lions got a big, 86 yard run out of Reggie Bush to go up 7-6 at the half. Stafford was so-so, Megatron actually played for the first time this year, and had 2 catches for 27 yards. Stafford was 10/16 for 95 yards and an interception… not all that impressive. On the other side, Jags starter Chad Henne was 9/14 for 70 yards, and rookie backup Blake Bortles took over late in the first half and led a two-minute scoring drive to cut the lead to 7-6, then threw a TD pass in the third quarter. Overall, he finished with 158 passing yards and a TD. In the end, the Lions edged the Jags 13-12.

  While the Lions and Jaguars combined for 25 points last night, the Tigers and Twins got together and combined for 26 runs! Unfortunately for the Tigers, 20 of them belonged to the Minnesota Twins, as the Tigers lost 20-6 thanks to two big innings by the Twins. Bad sign for a team that is now 5-5 in their last ten, and now 2.5 games out of first place.

  Remember when David Price was excited to come to Detroit because he’d “finally get some run support”? Yeah, well how’s that working out for ya so far, David? Price went 8 innings, giving up one run on one hit Thursday against his former team… and picked up the loss for his effort as the Rays beat the Tigers 1-0. Wonder if he’s still “excited to be here”.

  Team USA made it’s final roster cuts yesterday, sending Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver, and Gordon Hayward home to make a final roster for the championships in Spain. The final roster includes Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay, Mason Plumlee, DeMarr DeRozan, and Andre Drummond. Now that Kevin Durant is out, it’s a fairly weak looking roster… but still probably good enough to win the FIBA tournament.

  Today is the day that the NBA mega-deal in which Kevin Love goes to Cleveland for Wiggins and Bennett goes through. The 76ers have also become involved, sending Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves in exchange for the Cavs 1st round pick. Rumors are the Suns became involved recently, offering the Wolves G Eric Bledsoe, who wants a max deal despite the notable handicap of not being a max type player. So let’s see… either the Wolves can get Eric Bledsoe for Love… or they can get Wiggins, Bennett, and Young in exchange. Yeah, not even the Timberwolves are that stupid… but thanks for the offer, Phoenix. Meanwhile, Bledsoe still hopes to get that max deal from Phoenix, who wants to pay him more like Toronto just paid PG Kyle Lowry, in the 12 million dollar per year range.

  Good news for Red Sox fans this week, as they were able to sign Cuban OF Rusney Castillo to a 7 year, 72.5 million dollar deal. Castillo becomes the highest paid player out of Cuba, surpassing the deal signed by Jose Abreu last year with the White Sox. The majority of what I read has Castillo being a Rajii Davis type with a little more power… but only time will tell. So look out Boston… “The Panther” is coming to town.

  Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday after Bell’s Camaro was pulled over because an officer smelled marijuana. Things sure are looking up in Pittsburgh… hopefully these two dopes get it figured out. Both have apologized for “being distractions”. No word yet on what type of suspension they’ll face from the league, but chances are it will be more substantial than what Ray Rice got for beating his wife unconscious… the NFL cares!

   That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. Have a great weekend, Gabbers.

The Bird is the Word
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

 

  The Bird is the Word… over the past week or so in the world of sports, the bird has indeed been the word. Hello folks, and welcome to Thursday, Friday’s annoying little brother. I’m filling in for our good friend Lanz today, as he’s out of town with the littlest Lanz for some travel baseball. Hope it’s a great trip my friend, and we’ll see you back here next week.

  Back in 1976, a different type of Bird was sweeping the nation… as Mark Fidrych was using his unusual mannerisms to create a cult following for the Detroit Tigers ace. Unfortunately, that’s not the bird we get to talk about today…

  A few years back, we had a bird flu scare. This, of course, came off the heels of mad cow disease, which came off the heels of upset horse disease, which came off the heels of swine flu, which came off the heels of disgruntled goat disorder. Again, not the bird we’re going to discuss today…

  Of course the Trashmen had their moment in the sun thanks to the bird back in 1963… but we’re not talking about any Surfing Birds here.

  Nope, the bird this week takes many forms. There’s the good ol’ fashioned, in your face variety…

 

  The double barrel…

  The crank…

 

  What’s this in my pocket…

 

  There’s something in my eye…

 

  The girly, over the shoulder as I run away bird…

 

  The thinker...

 

  The hidden message chin swipe…

  

  No matter what way you use it, the bird has been the word recently. Last week, the Tigers were mired in the middle of yet another rough stretch, and closer Joe Nathan was in the midst of shitting the bed once again. Fortunately, he avoided disaster, and got a double play ball to close out the game. Unfortunately for him, after that he decided to go with the ol’ fashioned under the chin swipe directed at fans… and he took a lot of heat for the gesture locally. He has since apologized, and many of his teammates have backed him up, but the gesture paired with his ERA of 5.28 and six blown saves… the same number as he had combined in 2012-13, means fans are not likely to forgive this guy any time soon. Want some forgiveness, Joe, get your fucking ERA under four and quit shitting the bed on a nightly basis!

   Then, of course, there is the performance of Johnny Football on Monday Night… evidently someone on the Redskins sideline said something that got him all butthurt, and he responded like this…

 

  Dip shit move by someone who has proven to be a major dip shit over the past few months. The camera is ALWAYS on you dummy… I would have thought you’d realized that by now, especially after your little bathroom photo incident. At this point, I don’t know of anyone who isn’t rooting for this guy to fail. Maybe a season on the bench will give the little twat some perspective; but somehow I doubt it. ESPN will continue to cover him, build him up, and revel in the eventual teardown… like they’ve done with numerous players before and they’ll do many times in the future. When Johnny finally gets a shot as a starter, he'll be a hunted man. Seems that veteran players don't like little shits like Johnny Manziel coming into the league as cocky as this... and somebody will take him out.

   But the real question here… why are people so offended by this gesture… much like profanity to begin with? We live in a world full of famine, suffering, war, with disgusting, unspeakable criminal acts being perpetrated against innocent people every day. So somebody used some foul language around you and you’re upset about that? Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that…

  That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks for reading, and for any comments you leave on the way out.

IHM's 2014 NFL Preview
Category: FEATURED

  Hello folks, and welcome to your Saturday featured blog with IHM. This week, I'm going to give you my predictions for the 2014 NFL season... division by division, then my picks for the playoffs.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots- The Pats have Gronk back, and have added some major pieces in the offseason which should help to keep them on top of the AFC East. Brady has had another season to gain some familiarity with his receivers, and it looks like they're healthier this time around. The draft was a little on the strange side, but looking at the past, it's hard to second guess what the Patriots do on draft day.

Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins spent a lot of money on the offensive line this year, and their first round pick which some thought was a pretty big reach. This should make things interesting in Miami, especially with improved receiving corps at Ryan Tannehill's disposal after drafting Jarvis Landry of LSU in the second round. The Dolphins won't surpass the Patriots this year, but things are definitely looking up in South Beach.

Buffalo Bills- The Bills traded next year's #1 to move up for Sammy Watkins... unfortunately, they still aren't sold on QB E.J. Emanuel, who they used their first rounder on last year. Only time will tell how things will shake out for the Bills this year, but with Kiko Alonso out for the year, their defense will likely be their downfall this year.

New York Jets- The Jets added WR Eric Decker in the offseason, and a few other weapons on offense... the question is whether or not QB Geno Smith is up to the task. Michael Vick is his backup this year, which adds pressure on a young QB. I see the Jets finishing last in the East this year... hopefully leading to the firing of Rex Ryan. On second thought... keep Ryan... I love seeing New York teams lose!

 

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals signed Andy Dalton to a long-term extension this offseason… which may or may not have been a gigantic mistake. We’ll have to see if he’s ready to finally win a playoff game this time around. They drafted well, as they have for the past couple seasons, and Geno Atkins is back to anchor the defensive line. It’s pretty clear to me that the Bengals are the best team in this division.

Baltimore Ravens- The Ravens have added a few weapons on the offensive side of the ball this offseason, the biggest of which was WR Steve Smith, who finally gives QB Joe Flacco a dependable, veteran target with Anquan Boldin traded away before last season for some reason… This could be the best receiving corps Flacco has had to work with since he became the starter in Baltimore. Adding CJ Mosley of Alabama gives them a replacement for the retired Ray Lewis. This team will be better this year than they were last year.

Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger… and the offensive line issues that plagued them last year. They added RB LaGarrette Blount this offseason to bolster the running game, and he should form a nice RB duo with 2nd year RB Le’Veon Bell. The biggest question is the receivers, led by Antonio Brown. It isn’t an impressive group. The defense should be solid as always, but I see this being Mike Tomlin’s first season under .500.

Cleveland Browns- The Browns will be a solid defensive team, just as they have the last few seasons… but the offense could possibly be worse, especially if WR Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season. Could be a long year in Cleveland… but what else is new? Oh yeah, Johnny Manziel will be the starter by week 5… but it won’t make much difference.

AFC SOUTH

Indianapolis Colts- The Colts are the best team in this division by a long shot, with Andrew Luck leading the way. The only thing they really need to do is keep their focus all season and not get too overconfident. The Jaguars are improving, but they aren’t ready to challenge for the division win this year.

Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jags made some major improvements this offseason. Rookie QB Blake Bortles has looked great in the preseason, but it has been against 2nd and 3rd teamers. The QB expected to start this season, Chad Henne, has actually looked pretty good as well. This Jags team will finish right around .500 with the improvements they’ve made on both sides of the ball, but will fall short of a playoff berth. 2015 could be a huge year for this team, though.

Tennessee Titans- The Titans will be a bit of a wild card this year in the South… if Jake Locker performs the way he did in college, they might just be a surprise, but I just don’t see him figuring things out, especially with a fairly weak receiving corps. The defense should be solid, but not good enough to make this a winner.

Houston Texans- The Texans had the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and added yet another defensive piece in DE Jadaveon Clowney. With Clowney and JJ Watt on the line, the defense should give opposing QB’s fits. The million dollar question is whether or not the offense can put any points on the board. Quarterback is a huge question mark again, with Ryan Fitzpatrick slated to be the opening day starter. This could be one of the ugliest offenses in all of football this year… and will likely lead to a last place finish and another high draft pick next year.

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos- The Broncos were the AFC Champs last year, and I don’t see that changing this time around. Peyton Manning is back, and leads a high powered offense yet again. Gone are Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno, but the Broncos replaced them with Emmanuel Sanders and a platoon of Monte Ball and Ronnie Hillman. Defense is where this team is most improved, with the additions of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, and Aquib Talib. They should have little problem winning this division and making a deep run in the playoffs.

San Diego Chargers- The Chargers made a late run last year to qualify for the final Wild Card spot, and they should be in the mix this year as well. The production of Phillip Rivers is key here. The defense picked up a few solid players this offseason through free agency and the draft, so they should be an improved unit as well.

Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs took a big hit in free agency when Branden Albert took his talents to South Beach, leaving a massive hole in an already shaky offensive line. I can’t help but think that last year was a fluke, and this roster is built to fail. It will be a tight race between the Chiefs and Raiders for last place this year.

Oakland Raiders- The Raiders added a nice piece in LB Khalil Mack of Buffalo through the draft. That said, it wasn’t nearly enough to make this team a contender. They are a long way away from that. They could very well challenge for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Playoff Teams:

New England

Denver

Indianapolis

Cincinnati

Wild Card #1- San Diego

Wild Card #2- Miami

Round 1: Indianapolis over San Diego, Miami over Cincinnati

Round 2: New England over Miami, Denver over Indianapolis

AFC Championship Game: Denver over New England

 

NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles- The Eagles lost WR DeSean Jackson this offseason, but they still have a strong running game, and a decent group of WR’s for QB Nick Foles. The defense is a bigger question mark, but they have the most overall talent in this division, and that should carry them to a second straight division title.

New York Giants- The Giants will be better this year than they were last year… which doesn’t take a whole lot! The running game gets a boost with the additions of Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams of Boston College, and WR got deeper with the addition of Odell Beckham, Jr. through the draft. The defense should be solid enough to get this team into second place, and challenge for a final week shot at the division that we always see out of the East.

Washington Redskins- The Redskins added some firepower to the offense, especially if RG3 stays healthy… but that’s a big if. The defense is terrible though, and I don’t really see them outscoring a lot of teams despite the changes made. They will battle it out with the Cowboys for last place.

Dallas Cowboys- Tony Romo’s health and ability to win the big one are two big question marks for the Cowboys going into this season. Losing LB Sean Lee for the season doesn’t help things, either. This team is destined for the cellar… sorry Cowboys fans.

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers- The Packers are the class of this division, and have been for a while. Rodgers is healthy again, and the offense is ready to roll with him. The defense should be better, especially after adding S HaHa Clinton-Dix in the draft. It might get a little tight with an improved Bears team challenging, but the Pack should win this one.

Chicago Bears- The Bears added some solid players in the offseason, including pass rushers Jared Allen and LaMarr Houston and corner Kyle Fuller in the draft. The offense should be able to score some points with the WR duo of Marshall and Jeffery, and Jay Cutler looks like he’ll be healthy to start the year off. If Cutler stays healthy and performs the way he’s capable of, this Bears team could challenge for the division crown.

Minnesota Vikings- The Vikings biggest question mark continues to be the quarterback position. They added some solid players at skill positions, and still have Adrian Peterson manning the running back spot, which is always a good place to start. But we’ll have to see who wins the starting job between Cassell, Bridgewater, and Ponder. The defense should be a little better than it was last year after adding Captain Munnerlyn and rookie Anthony Barr… but only good enough to avoid the cellar.

Detroit Lions- The Lions added more “weapons” around Matt Stafford; first round pick TE Eric Ebron and free agent WR Golden Tate. Unfortunately, they did nothing about the defense, which means another likely top ten pick in 2015 for this football team. Not quite 0-16 terrible, but they’ll be terrible all right.

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints- The Saints still have Drew Brees, and coach Sean Payton is back again, so the offense should not be an issue. The defense is a little more stout after adding free agent safety Jarius Byrd in the offseason. This team should have little trouble winning the NFC South.

Atlanta Falcons- The Falcons need their two star receivers, Julio Jones and Roddy White, to stay healthy this season if they want a shot at the division title or a wild card spot. I think they pull that off, and Matt Ryan has a solid rebound year after the disaster that was his 2013 season. Adding Jake Matthews to the offensive line helps as well. The defense is a big question mark, as well.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Bucs have a chance to surprise some people this year, adding new coach Lovie Smith and rookie WR Mike Evans to the fold. You really have to wonder who wins the starting QB job here, young Mike Glennon, who was pretty damn good as a rookie despite the lack of solid receivers to throw to, or veteran QB Josh McCown, who is currently listed as the starter. My pick would be Glennon… but I’m just a blogger, not an accomplished head coach like Lovie Smith. They might just end up in second place and challenging for a Wild Card berth.

Carolina Panthers- The Panthers have major question marks on offense this season, including along the line with the retirement of Jordan Gross and at receiver with the departure of Steve Smith. Rookie Kelvin Benjamin should be a nice addition, but Cam Newton goes into the season with a receiving corps that has caught a total of zero passes in a Panther uniform. The defense should be stout, and might end up being their saving grace when it comes to avoiding going from first to worst in 2014.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals- Old Harry had it right Thursday… I think the Cardinals sneak up on the Seahawks and 49ers and take the division! They’ve added some nice pieces this offseason through free agency and the draft. The biggest question is the linebackers, where they have lost Karlos Dansby (free agency) and Daryl Washington (suspension). Still, I say this is a team that finishes first.

Seattle Seahawks- The defending champs nearly fall asleep at the wheel… but they still manage to get in as a Wild Card! The offense should stay on the same track without many big changes there… the biggest changes come on defense, where teams raided the Seahawks in free agency.

San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers come into this season with a lot of distractions… injuries to NaVarro Bowman and a possible long-term suspension to LB Aldon Smith, as well as the ongoing issues between Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and 9ers WR Michael Crabtree. With all this going on, I just see a collapse coming. Not a massive, down to 2-14 collapse, but enough of one to where they miss the playoffs.

St.Louis Rams- The Rams head into 2014 with major questions about their franchise QB, Sam Bradford. This is likely his last shot to win something before he is replaced in next years draft. The draft was kind to the Rams this year, adding OT Greg Robinson and DT Aaron Donald to the mix. The question is, is Sam Bradford ready to take this team to the next level, and possibly leapfrog the 49ers and a sleepy Seattle team to make a playoff run? I doubt it, I see this being Bradford’s last year there and another high pick for the Rams to use on a QB next year.

NFC PLAYOFFS

Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles

New Orleans Saints

Wild Card #1- Seattle, Wild Card #2- Chicago

ROUND ONE: Seattle over Philadelphia, New Orleans over Chicago

ROUND TWO: Green Bay over Seattle, New Orleans over Arizona

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Green Bay over New Orleans

 

And in Super Bowl XLIX… The Broncos beat the Packers, winning one for ailing owner Pat Bowlen.

 There’s my picks, ladies and gents. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below! Have a great weekend, Gabbers!

Friday's Freakout with IHM
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

  Well folks, it's Friday morning and we have no post on the 2.0 side yet, so I'm going to go ahead and leave this here for a while...

  Football is on the way back in, with the NFL Preseason in full swing and college football just a few weeks away from kicking off. I don't know about you all, but I can't wait to see some games that count!

  With college football ready to have it's first playoff this year, which four teams do you see representing which of the power conferences? We all know no small schools are going to make it to the dance... but which big boy conference makes it there? Which ones get left out?

  Looking at the big programs and the schedules they have in front of them, I see Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Stanford all taking a spot in the Football Final Four. That's right, no Big Ten... sorry guys. Ohio State loses one or two games, and Sparty does the same. As much as I'm rooting against Alabama and Florida State, I think they both run the table and take the one and two seeds. Oklahoma also runs the table, and Stanford takes the Pac-12 with one loss. Looking at the matchups, Alabama tops Stanford, and Oklahoma tops Florida State... then Oklahoma tops Bama to win the first NCAA Football playoff.

  So what are your picks, Gabbers? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

  In Major League Baseball, Bud Selig's successor was named yesterday. It's the MLB COO Rob Manfred... who actually has a pair as opposed to Selig. Manfred wanted to go after Bonds, despite the absence of protocol between the Unoin and League, and force the Union to back up a cheat or allow a suspension to happen... but Selig opted to back out. Personally, I hope Manfred takes the Union to task every time it is possible.

  So with a new commissioner in place, I have this question for you... if you were named MLB commissioner, what rules do you change? What new rules do you put in place? Here's my list, but be sure to let me know what you would do in the comments below...

1. DH in both leagues. I know, I know, we want pitchers to be held accountable for beaning players, but I'm getting to that later on. Meanwhile, I'm not a fan of watching pitchers hack away when we could easily add a hundred points to the batting average of every #9 spot in baseball by getting rid of pitchers hitting. Sure, it's fun when a pitchers ends up getting a hit, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

2. If a pitcher plunks a batter and it results in injury, that pitcher is suspended as long as the hit batter is out. If there is no injury, take your base and STFU!

3. Only one Wild Card spot... the one game playoff is stupid and minimizes the regular season.

4. Best record gets home-field advantage. Same as with the one game playoff, having an exhibition for the fans determine something as important as home field in the World Series is just fucking ridiculous and minimizes the importance of the regular season. Stop the madness already.

5. Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe, etc., are all forgiven, and all eligible for the Hall of Fame. A new wing is dedicated to those who cheated or did something stupid to shame the sport... a Hall of Shame wing if you will. Displays will include one of Rose's betting slips, one of the needles Brian McNamee had laying around from his "buddy" Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds' caps from his days in Pittsburgh and his days in San Fransisco laid next to one another so the difference is clear, Mark McGwire's bottle of Andro, which was displayed prominently in his locker during the HR chase of '98... and so much more. Let them in... just don't forget what they've done to tarnish the sport.

6. No more writers voting for the Hall of Fame. Living Hall of Fame players/coaches/contributors will determine who joins their ranks... not the idiot sports writers who have made a joke of Hall of Fame voting in recent years.

  That's what I've got right now folks... be sure to add more rules in the comments below! Thanks for reading, and rejoice... it's Friday people!

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