Welcome to the tantrums where Uncle B.O.B. wishes everybody a happy and safe 4th of July. Happy 236th Birthday America! Hey citizens, take a few minutes before you whip out the grill and start prepping for the big BBQ and think about what’s going on here in America, then commit to going out and voting in November.
Before I forget, it would be rude of me not to wish my buddies in Canada a belated Happy Dominion Day. I hope you all had a great weekend. While I'm on the subject of Canada, hey NFL Network, why the hell aren't you carrying live football like the CFL? Yeah, I know its different, but people do jones for the pigskin in early July especially in a month when sports is littered with stuff from Europe!
Rant #1 – MLB. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a three game series where one team has completely shut out the other, but that’s what the SF Giants did to the LA Dodgers Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday over at AT&T Park. It’s hard to believe that Matt Kemp meant that much to the team, but I suppose that’s the case. But here’s the thing – one of the shutouts was tossed by Tim Lincecum, yeah the guy who has struggled for all season to this point.
Guess that crazy heat back East has been playing havoc with MLB players and quite frankly I don’t blame ‘em. Could you imagine if they were playing on the old Astroturf?
Rant #2 – Cancer. I was touched by Doug’s tribute to his mother and I wanted to talk about this devastating disease for a quick minute. How many people have died from this disease and how many families have been hit by Cancer? When the hell is somebody gonna find a cure? What is it going to take to find a cure and are the leaders of this country going to make it easier not only to find a cure, but to ensure that it gets to every family out there.
Rant #3 – NBA Draft. Booing Stern was funny and even he laughed at it, but when he made it a point to emphasize the Heat were the Champs then put his hand to his hear daring the fans to boo louder? To me Stern is dropping the big F-U to fans. He knows he’s retiring and he’s acting like the cat that swallowed the Canary - feeling he’s gotten away with a little sumthin sumthin. Now with just a few seasons left he’s burning some bridges.
New York fans tripping on the fact that Miami won the title was funny too. Hey Knick fan, you’re problem isn’t David the fixer, it’s the fact that your owner is just as ignorant as the Maloofs. The difference? Dolan has money!!!
Rant #4 – College Football. Well, we’re gonna get a four team playoff, but what exactly has that accomplished? Let me give you this scenario and see what you think: Two SEC teams, one Big 10 team, and one Big 12 team. That is what you will get year in and year out for the foreseeable future. Seems pretty boring to me, don't you think?
Yeah, there’s usually little doubt about who #1 and #2 are, but now we shift the fight to who #3 and #4 will be. For instance, if #4 ranked Boise State from the Big East is sitting at 11-0 yet #5 Georgia from the SEC is 10-1, who gets the #4 slot in the playoffs? Guys, this is a cash grab for the power conferences, nothing more.
One other thing – now that I have a kid playing CFB, and seeing how much a school like Penn State has in its coffers, I have to ask this – why shouldn’t players make a little bit of that money? True, they get a scholarship (as in the case of my son), but even with a job, my son can’t make ends meet despite the fact that his schooling is covered - not to mention that he is giving a lot of time to Football that could be spent on schooling. I’m not asking for a whole lot, but give the kids that have trouble making it some cash.
Very shortly, I’m going to unveil my seven point program to fix CFB! Don’t miss it. I know – shameless plug, but you know what – my blog my rules!
Rant #5 – NFL. Ah yes, we've made it to July, while although MLB is holding our attention early, we've only got a few weeks left before we get our juices flowing for the NFL.
There seems to be yapping in Indy about Andrew Luck’s contract. Despite the fact that he is locked into his salary pretty much, there seems to be an issue about his marketing rights. Memo to Andrew Luck: You are replacing Peyton Manning – I would think you would want to be humble and quiet rather than having your mouthpieces trippin’ about making more money then you’ll ever spend. Bad idea to be worrying about marketing when it’s late June and early July – FOCUS ON LEARNING YOUR PLAYBOOK AND LEADING YOUR TEAM ROOKIE!!!
Dallas Cowboys, I had a feeling that something was gonna happen to make me regret my giving you props last week. I honestly thought you were ready to take steps to shut your yaps, so what do you do, you go to electronic birthday wishes that show you sacking Michael Vick with a caption that says Happy Birthday Michael, see you November 11th?
Hey Chad Johnson, I’m guessing tweeting the Sheriff and pointing him in the direction of where to send fines is probably not a good idea. Chad, you know more about Football than I ever will, but let me give you a free piece of advice: STFU and focus on what you can do on the field to make that freak show down in South Beach just a little bit better.
Rant #6 – Euro Sports. It’s July so you know you’ve got to deal with sports across the pond.
At Wimpledon, you know you’ve got a wild tournament when Venus Williams goes out in the first round, Serena damn near gets punked out early, Roger Federer was two sets down before pulling one out of his ass, Nadal went out way early and now Sharapova is gone, not to mention Woznicki. I'll try to pay attention later on in the week, but whatever.
As for the Tour de Frenchie, it’s the first week, so we’ll have to listen those frenchies talk about how this is their year to take their race. Uh hey guys, when is the last time one of your boys took the tour? You have about as much of a chance taking the tour as a Englishman does of taking Wimbledon.
Olympics are coming and you know what I care about? The James Bond intro to the Olympics.
The British Open is coming too, and since Tiger won on Sunday, watch for the ignorant hype.
Oh yeah, that Euro Cup. At least Spain won, I can deal with that. Especially when I don’t want to see that idiot Italian (Belitelli?) with the blond mohawk act ignorant.
Bonus Rant – ObamaCare. Last Thursday the Supreme Court came down and said that you will now have Health Care or the IRS is going to TAX you. Now I don’t pretend to understand this stuff, so bear with me. A twenty-something young person who works part-time and can’t get insurance (because they are part-time) through their employer is now going to be taxed? Yeah exactly what they need while they are trying to establish their lives, or regain their status in the work force, to have their credit ruined by an IRS lien.
Almost immediately, the talking heads came out and said that those of us who have health care will get our rates jacked up! I have one question – why? Why do people who already have health care have to get their rates increased? I don’t understand that.