Welcome to the tantrums where Uncle B.O.B. is absolutely proud of Mrs. B.O.B. who was just making all kinds of bank while we were hanging out in Reno on Friday Night. First time I'd been there in years, and what I found was truly amazing. The economy sucks right? Well, Reno is growing by leaps and bounds, and it's amazing because a lot of the old casinos down the strip are gone, but construction is booming and people are moving there in droves. It's amazing!
The University of North Dakota will no longer retain the name “Fighting Sioux”. I have always been intrigued by the history and culture of the American Indian, and although I am not a member of that community, I thought that sports nicknames honored a culture (with the exception of the Redskins, where I can see how that might be offensive). So now I guess the speculation begins on a new name for the school. OK, let me take a swing at this - how 'bout Oilers? Lots of oil there! How 'bout Buffalos? Lots of them too!
Rant #1 – MLB. I can't say I'm surprised that Clemens was found not guilty. I didn't particularly care for him, I think he was a bad guy. Particularly galling is that this guy will get into the HOF on the first ballot, but a player like Mark McGwire will never come close. The only people who make out during this whole thing is the lawyers.
On to what's good about MLB - Giants at Angels starting up a series.
The SF Giants, have some young talent rising up that could help this team now and in the years to come, but memo to the Kung Fu Panda (aka Pablo Sandoval), eating everything in sight won't help you get back your spot at 3B, which is being handled nicely right about now. Enjoy that stint at DL when you play interleague. And stop messing with chicks who don't want jelly guts jiggling on them (allegedly).
Oh yeah, it was nice while it lasted on Sunday Night Baseball. We got Boston/Cubs this past Sunday and of course followed by Yankees/Mets next Sunday. Oh joy.
Rant #2 – Golf (U. S. Open). Mark Twain said it best - the coldest winter he ever experienced was a Summer in San Francisco. Now we all know that was a bit of exaggeration, but after three beautiful days on the the links, that damn marine layer came ashore and fog, fog, fog. Sure seemed like that affected the players because the scores absolutely sucked.
Ignorant fans, crazy weather fifty degrees cooler than that 100 miles away, and erratic golf from the best in the world.
Tiger absolutely fell apart on the front line, the likes of which I've never seen, a 42 year old who had the title in his grasp let it go on 16, an absolute unknown won the championship while waiting in the trailer, and during the winners interview some moron went "Happy Gilmore" in front of the TV making bird like noises while the winner said "Enjoy jail, pal!". Typical SF!!!
Rant #3 – NBA Finals. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely LOVED the interview the geeks at First Take had with Kevin Durant’s Mom. She was poised, cool, and hilarious. Telling Skip Bayless to “hold up” after he tried to ask her about Russell Westbrook shooting too much was the greatest. She wasn't about to let that jackass drag her into some shit-storm. Hey Skipper, there are many people out there who are far smarter than you. Get some new schtick.
From the good to the d-bags, we’re back to that ingrate Lil’ Wayne. I’ve really tried to tone down the cursing, but this dude needs his mom (or KD’s) to slap some mutha fuckin’ sense into him. The team gets this ass clown seats and after the game he says that the OKC staff treated him like shit at Game One and he hopes OKC loses the finals? And hip-hop fans want to know why hip-hop/rap is despised?
We can criticize the NBA all we want (and they deserve it), but damn if these two teams aren't putting up one hell of a show/series. Yeah, there's some questionable zebra shit going on, but it seems as if this could be a series for the ages.
Rant #4 – David “Freaking” Stern. Yeah, the dude’s a douche, but he came up with a gem while on the Jim Rome show when Rome asked him if the Draft Lottery was rigged and Stern’s response was “Do you still beat your wife?”. Point taken, but c'mon Commish - of course the lottery is fixed. You tired of all the innuendo, do the lottery live on TV.
Stern helped bring the NBA back from the abyss, built it into a huge empire, yet almost single-handedly destroyed it again by relying on superstars rather than teams before he realized that many of the small markets are fucked after the collusion of the players. He’s trying to fix it before he leaves in two years, but the question is will everybody wake up and sacrifice a little for the greater good? Doubtful.
Rant #5 – NFL. My guess is that Doug will expand on this Friday, but I wanted to take a quick second to acknowledge one hell of a football player who retired on Monday, LaDanian Tomlinson. What an awesome talent, who quite frankly should have brought a championship to San Diego and probably would have had that clown of a GM not had an ego the size of San Diego Bay.
LT should be properly recognized and be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2017! One of the best RB's to ever play the game. He belongs in the same breath as Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith, and Barry Sanders. LT had a lot of those folks traits, and could even throw the ball.
I would have never expected this out of Zonie fans, but to boo Kevin Kolb at a fan-fest? Bad form Zonies, bad form. You fans are better than that!
Adam “PacMan” Jones got “got”, but please allow me to inject some common sense here – those who were tragically injured will never see a dime of the $11,000,000 they stand to collect. So once again a victim will be let down by the systems favoritism of athletes and celebrity.
Oh, and since I haven't said it recently: The Miami Dolphins owner and GM are (bleeping) idiots, and adding "Hard Knocks" to your itinerary when you should be worrying more about developing a football team rather than a circus is just plain stupid.
Rant #6 - CFL. Hey Football fans, are you ready for a fix? The CFL starts its two week preseason tomorrow, and their regular season on Canada Day (June 29 through July 1st).
Bonus Rant – Bill Maher (Again). The liberals have to cringe everytime this idiot goes out and does a show or a stand-up wondering who else he can alienate. How the hell does anybody, be it a journalist, or just a guy with an opinion go out of his way to offend as many people as he can? His latest you ask? Saying the country will go Mormon in 100 years, Mormonism is stupid, and so is America and they were meant for each other. Oh and the blast about stopping this belief about American exceptionalism. Hey Bill, that exists whether you like it or not. Atheist or not, who the hell are you to bash somebody who believes?