Are the Yankees trying to get under the $189 million dollar payroll like they were talking about all during the 2013 season, or are they trying to make a statement. You can have all the offensive power you want, but, without pitching, you canít win. By the way McCann signed a 5-year $85 million dollar contract ($17 million a year. He has a full no-trade provision. Ellsbury will sign a 7-year, $153 million dollar contract as soon as he passes his physical.
Is there something in the water that Minnesota Twins general manager is drinking? He spent some big bucks (at least big bucks in Twins dollars) for Ricky Nolasco (4-years, $49 million) and Phil Huges (3-years $24 million).
Not that I like USC, but now after what they did to ED Orgeron I will never root for them. Even if they play against the Florida Gators or Notre Dame. Ed takes over a team that is spiraling downhill and rights the ship. USC athletic director, Pat Haden, really never wanted Orgeron so why did he make him the interim coach?
Mike Tomlin knows what he did. See the grin. He should have been fined $500,000.
I know it has been a while. Overtime at work, and no let-up in site...
I'm Just Saying.....
There is no way I am paying Robinson Cano $305 million for 10 years. I hope the Yankees learned their lesson with the contracts of A-Rod, Texiera and Sabathia.
I feel that Richie Incognito should be suspended for 8 games without pay, fined $100,000, do 400 hours of community service and sent to anger management school.
Come to think of it, how come no one in the Dolphin locker room came to the aide of Jonathan Martin? There is a major difference between hazing and bullying.
If you have an I-phone and have Siri, ask her who her favorite NFL football team is. Can you tell me what she says????
You have a college quarterback who has won two national championships in his first two years as a starter and he is not ranked as the number one NFL quarterback prospect. Mmmm.
Of all the players Syracuse has sent to the NBA I would never have thought that Michael Carter-Williams would have started off with impressive stuff. 20 points a game. 7.9 assist a game and 5 rebounds a game.
Are the Heat beatable this year? There are some good teams out there.
Here are my selections for Major League Baseball Awards:
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
Last year he won the Triple Crown. It would not have surprised anyone if his totals dropped. But, his batting average rose from .330 to .348 and he was only two RBIís short from last years totals. He hit the same amount of homeruns at 44, he had more walks and less strikeouts than last year. Oh by the way, he did this with a nagging injury.
AL CY Young: Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
I think its time Detroit made Max their number one pitcher. He out-shined Justin Verlander (the current #1) in every major statistical category. Letís brake down just how great of a season Scherzer had: #1 in wins, he had the least amount of loses by a pitcher with over 175 innings, #5 in ERA, tied for 5th in innings pitched, gave up 56 walks (tied for 24th), struck out 240 batters (#2), and was #1 in Whip with 0.97. Was anyone better, not by a long shot.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers.
Donít call me a Tiger fan, because I do not like them at all. The facts just speak for themselves. Jose was traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers because of the suspension of SS Jhonny Peralta. Iglesias led all AL rookies with a batting average of .303 (.258 with the Tigers) and 2nd in hits and Detroit found the shortstop it was looking for.
AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell Boston Red Sox
Who would have thought that the Red Sox would have gone from 5th place in 2012 to 1st place in the American League East Division. I know I didnít, I had the Sox slotted for 4th place just ahead of my Yankees. The team was spiraling downward, but with the right free agent signings, talented young players, Boston was able under the guiding figure of Farrell to turn it around. Oh yea, donít forget the beards played a significant role too.
Most Disappointing AL Team: Los Angeles Angels
For the second year in the row the team was the most promising but ended up being the most disappointing. Last year the Angeles were a respectable 89-73 and this year they were 78-84. The one and two starters Weaver and Wilson were 11-8 and 17-7, respectively, while Vargas was 9-8. Blanton started 20 games and went 2-14, while Williams went 9-10. But it wasnít so much their pitching was it was with their offense. The teams batting average dropped 10 points, while all their major offensive statistics were down. Mike Trout was their only consistent player all year. Albert Pujols was lost for the season and ended his streak of 30 or more homeruns in an season. Trumbo went for power and his batting average suffered and his strikeouts soared. Does anyone know where Josh Hamilton went?
NL MVP: Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
Up until the time I started writing this I had Andrew McCutchen as the NL MVP. I really like the way he plays the game. But the more I looked at the stats and everything Freddie Freeman stood out. He also improved dramatically from 2012. He was 3rd in batting average, 3rd in RBIís, 7th in hits and tied for 10th in runs while improving his batting average from .259 to .319. He was the key ingredient for the Braves to finish in first place 10 games ahead of the Washington Nationals.
NL CY Young: Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
There was competition for this award as Jordan Zimmerann had a good year. So to did Kershaw, Lirano, Greinke and De La Rosa, but it was the thick of the pennant race with the Reds and the Pirates, where Adam stood head and shoulders above the rest. He was 19-9 with a 2.94 with a whip of 1.07.
NL Rookie of the Year: Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
I would like to think that with the arrival of Puig is when the Dodgers started turning the corner (yeah I know having Ramirez back helped too). His exciting enthusiasm was contagious. He was third in rookie batting average .319, 8th in Rbiís with 42, 3rd in homeruns with 19, 4th in hits with 122 and 1st in runs with 66. So you see he really does deserve this award.
NL Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez Atlanta Braves
Fredi guided the Braves to an easy Division title as the team finished 10 games ahead of the Washington National (the preseason favorite to win the World Series). Led by pitcher Julio Teheran (14-8), 4 of the five Braves starters had 10 or more wins. Braves also had clutch hitting when they needed it. It also doesnít hurt to have Craig Kimbrel as your reliever (50 saves).
Most Disappointing NL Team: Washington Nationals
After leading the Major Leagues with a 98-64 record and first place in the National League East Division, the Nationalís fell to 86-76 and 10 games out of first place. Strasburg had an off year at 8-9, Gonzalez was no where near last year at 11-8 and Dan Haren finish at 10-14. The only pitcher who stood out was Jordan Zimmerman at 19-9. The team lacked offense as their batting average dropped 10 points, homeruns fell from 194 to 161 and run production fell from 731 to 656.
I just canít understand what is going on with the Cleveland Browns. Are they trying to build a winning team, or are they trying to be the laughing stock of the NFL. Trading away Trent Richardson for Indianapolisí number one when they could have at least gotten another pick from a disparate Coltís team who where looking for a RB was stupid.
On a side note. Maybe the Browns front office knows what they are doing as they upset the Minnesota Vikings, 31-17.
Ohio State 76-0 over FAMU, Louisville over FIU 72-0, Florida State 54-6 over Bethane Cookman. The fourth quarter of Miami's 77-7 win over Savannah State was shortened to 12 minutes, as mutually agreed upon by both coaches. What more needs to be said about that match-up? Come on now. I think there should be a mercy rule. If a team is down by 40 points going into the 4th quarter, the losing team will get three chances to score from the 50 yard line. If they cannot do so the game will end.
Mariano Rivera Tribute from Yankee players on the Scoreboard and the second one towards the end has Metallica performing live as Mo walks to the pitchers mound
Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Aís, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigerís for winning their Division. Congrats to the Reds and Pirates for making the playoffs.
Also, a shout out to the Boston Red Sox. Congrats on a great season. You deserved it. This Yankee fan wonít curse the Red Sox, or insult their fans like the fans of you know who do, even when their team wins the Super Bowl. Nope. Not from me.
Next week, I will have my picks for the Baseball awards.
I canít understand golf. I can be sitting home, drinking a beer, while watching a round of golf, and all of a sudden I see an infraction that no one else notices. I call the PGA to inform them, and even after the hole has been completed, or the round is over a player can be assessed a penalty for the infraction. My take is if the officials there didnít notice it then there should be no penalty after that hole is played.
You can see in the video, as the Tiger is moving the twigs, the ball slightly moves. Gee give me a break. He didnít do it own purpose.
Forbes released its richest 400 Americans list.
Here are the NFLís richest Americanís
Paul Allen (Seattle, $15.8 billion)
Stan Kroenke (Rams, $5.3 billion)
Stephen Ross (Dolphins, $4.8 billion)
Malcolm Glazer (Buccaneers, $4.5 billion)
Shahid Khan (Jaguars, $3.8 billion)
Jerry Jones (Cowboys, $3 billion)
Robert Kraft (Patriots $2.9 billion)
Stephen Bisciotti (Ravens $2.1 billion)
Bob McNair (Texans, $2 billion)
Arthur Blank (Falcons, $1.7 billion)
Jim Irsay (Colts, $1.6 billion)
Jimmy Haslam (Browns, $1.45 billion)
William Ford Sr. (Lions, $1.4 billion)
Tom Benson (Saints, $1.3 billion)
Here are the NBA richest Americanís:
Paul Allen (Portland Blazers $15.8 billion)
Rich DeVos, (Orland Magic $6.8 billion)
S. Kroenke (Denver Nuggets $5.3 billion)
Micky Arison (Heat, $5.9 billion)
Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers, $3.9 billion)
Charles Dolan (Knicks, $3.3 billion)
Tom Gores (Pistons, $2.7 billion)
Mark Cuban (Mavericks $2.5 billion)
Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion)
Robert Pera (Grizzlies, $1.95 billion)
Herb Simon (Pacers, $1.95 billion)
Donald Sterling (Clippers, $1.9 billion)
Glen Taylor (Timberwolves, $1.7 billion)
Tom Benson (Pelicans, $1.6 billion)
Here are the NHL richest AmericanĎs:
S. Kroenke (Avalanche, $5.3 billion),
Josh Harris (Devils $2.5 billion)
Terry Pegula (Sabres, $3.1 billion)
Jeremy Jacobs (Bruins, $2.8 billion)
Here are MLBís richest Americanís:
Ted Lerner (Nationals, $4 billion)
John Henry (Red Sox, $1.7 billion)
For the record, which was not mentioned properly by any sports stations, or newspapers, the real reason WKMG-CBS apologized for showing the Jacksonville Jaguars game in Orlando is because all during the week and during the 1pm game the station kept telling viewers that the 4pm game would be Denver versus New York. WKMG knew that they had to show the Jaguars game because they are a TV market of the NFL team. They are claiming they were forced by the NFL to show the game. No chance, no way. No one twisted their arms.
The NCAA has announced it will not pay student-athletes. There belief is they are just that, student-athletes. They are ďstudents who play sports.Ē I, myself, have mixed feelings about this. In one aspect they are getting free room and board. But, on the other hand, do not have money to eat or go out. They put in long hours at practice and have very little free time to work a part-time job. I say they can work during the summer and build up money to pay for the expenses during the college semesters.