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BASEBALL – The big news in baseball never seems to center on the on-field stuff lately. This week, it was the St. Louis Cardinals being investigated for corporate espionage against the Houston Astros.
The immediate reaction to the story lumped the Cardinals into the same category as the New England Patriots have found themselves in these recent years. But in the case of the Cardinals, they’d be far and away worse than anything the Patriots may or may not have done.
Why do I say that? Well, the Patriots stand accused of breaking the rules governing the game of football. The Cardinals are being accused of breaking the laws of the land. This is stuff that carries criminal charges and jail time for anyone involved should they be convicted.
And yet, I have really not seem the same level of outcry against what the Cardinals are accused of like what the Patriots faced when they find themselves in trouble. Why is that I wonder?
SI.com’s Ben Reiter writes about how what the Cardinals are facing being worse than Deflategate HERE.
Remember when Curt Schilling went after the online idiots who attacked his daughter after Schilling congratulated her on her athletic success helping her get into college? There’s a follow up article on Schilling being an inspiration for his actions that you can check out via this link.
I know that most everyone probably saw or heard about Max Scherzer’s day on the mound Saturday. He pitched a no hitter that was actually one strike away from being a perfect game. You can read about the story HERE.
As for the Red Sox…sigh… you know it is not going to be their/your year when they go out and take a big game victory (winning 8-2) where Brock Holt (pictured below) hits for the cycle and that’s not even the big story of the week for the team.
Instead of celebrating that big win and individual achievement, we have to suffer through a story about (and apology from) Pablo Sandoval getting suspended for using Instagram during a game (while apparently sitting on the toilet no less). Of course, when the apology rings as being tone deaf as the Boston Herald‘s Scott Lauber wrote the other day, it only makes the situation worse.
If that wasn’t bad enough, then comes the articles about John Farrell having or not having lost the clubhouse. And GM Ben Cherington taking the blame for the club’s poor year.
Is it really too much to ask for the people involved to stop making excuses, taking the blame upon themselves and apologizing and just focus on not constantly screwing things up in the first place?
NHL – Just wanted to chime in on the chorus of congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning their 3rd Stanley Cup in the last 6 years.
They also garnered the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated issue. I kind of chuckled at part of the caption for the article where the team was called “1 Model Franchise”. Now, I’m not the most knowledgeable hockey fan to be sure, but wasn’t it not all that long ago that the Blackhawks were the NHL‘s version of the LA Clippers? It is nice to see that particular worm turn though.
NBA – Did you know that the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this week? You wouldn’t guess that given how the coverage of the Finals after it was over seemed to focus more on the apparent growing rift between LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt. Michael Blatt of SI.com had a pretty interesting take on how this rift could affect the future of the team if things don’t get smoothed out pretty quickly. You can check out that HERE.
And if that isn’t enough Cavaliers news for you, there was also reports that both James and Kevin Love will opt out of their contracts. Both are reportedly expected back, but you never know how things could fall in free agency.
Now, back to the Warriors…you know the ACTUAL NBA champions. A 4-2 series win saw them pretty much dominate the pace of play. It says something when the Finals MVP was Andre Iguodala, who was charged with defending James. It was a job he wasn’t particular great at but he slowed him down enough that it swayed MVP voters I guess. Not a bad way to end a season for Iguodala either. He started off being benched (a move he was not enamored with) and ends with an NBA title and Finals MVP award.
After 40 years of waiting, the Bay Area has another NBA title. Congratulations to the Warriors.
Of course, they didn’t wait long to start prepping for a title defense. Word is that David Lee and the team will go their separate ways. I know that a team has to keep looking forward to what comes next, but you’d think both parties could’ve waited at least until the afterglow of winning the title wore off before getting back to cold hard business.
Late in the week, LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer went on a media blitz as he unveiled new uniforms and logos for the team for next season.
I realize that a billionaire owner can pretty much do as he will with his team, but you would’ve thought all that money he has would’ve managed to come up with a better redesign and rebranding than what is on display here. Basically, the new logo and uniforms suck.
WNBA – After starting off the season with a surprising 3-1 start, the New York Liberty have hit a couple of speed bumps this week.
Off the court, the news was bad as the team announced that Rebecca Allen would be out for the remainder of the season due to a serious knee injury. Allen has returned to Australia to consult her own doctor but hopes to return to the team next year.
This is a big loss because Allen (pictured below) had an outstanding preseason and was almost certainly going to be looked at to provide good support for the team.
On the court, the team dropped their two games this week.
First they dropped a 74-59 decision to the Washington Mystics. Essence Carson led the team with 12 points.
Sugar Rodgers had 10 points in the game and Carolyn Swords (pictured below) added 12 points and 5 boards.
On Friday night, the Liberty took an 80-63 beating from the Indiana Fever. Tanisha Wright (pictured below) had 12 points to lead the team while Brittany Boyd scored 11 points. Sugar Rodgers also had 11 in the game.
Tina Charles and Kiah Stokes had 8 boards apiece to lead the team in rebounding. Carolyn Swords finished the game with 5 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS – Don McKissick, who has been the football coach at Summerville High school for the past 63 years announced his retirement this week. You can read more about that HERE.
And after you read about the good in high school sports, you can continue on and read this Boston Herald article by Dan Ventura about how Lincoln-Sudbury High screwed over their baseball coach. It appears that the new AD gave into a bunch of whiny parents and canned the coach who had been with the team for 14 years, racking up 12 league titles and three state championships.
After I read the article, this is what I posted on my Facebook page when I linked the piece there:
“Yet another example of why I no longer have any desire to coach. Entitled parents and enabling ADs/administrator have conspired to ruin high school and youth league sports to the point where being a highly successful baseball coach (14 years in charge, 12 league titles, 3 state titles) isn’t enough to insulate you from the slings and arrows of moronic people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about.
You wonder why you can’t find enough decent coaches? They are smart, they get out before they are unjustly thrown out based on the whims of dramatically out of touch people.
Thus you see incompetent and yes highly unsuccessful people get rehired year after year.
You get what you deserve when you don’t tell whiny parents to sit down and shut the hell up.”
As for the coach in question, Kirk Fredericks’ statement was pure class despite the AD and parents deserving far worse.
COLLEGE SPORTS – Some sad news from college football. First year Central Michigan coach John Bonamego (who was the special teams coordinator for the Detroit Lions the past two seasons) has been diagnosed with cancer in his left tonsil. It was apparently caught early and is highly treatable.
The coach has promised to be on the field for the opening game against Oklahoma State. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.
NFL – The new out of the New England Patriots saw Bill Belichick cancel the third and final day of minicamp this week. The team cut TE Fred Davis and reached a four year deal with first round pick Malcolm Brown.
Of course, that isn’t much in the way of news that will affect the team in a big way, but we still have some time before the Tom Brady appeal so we have to make do with what little news we can get.
As for a former (and dead to them) member of the Patriots, Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB.com interviewed Eric Mangini (pictured below, on the left) as he starts his first year as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. You can read that HERE.
On Friday night, Syfy debuted the third of their three programs to make up their Sci-Fi Fridays block. The show is called Killjoys and it is about space bounty hunters. That’s the simple explanation of course, because there seems to be a lot more going on beyond the basic plotline. I’m interested in seeing where the show goes with things but I have to say I thought the pilot episode was a bit run of the mill for my taste. You can check out the show’s website HERE.
Books – I managed a major book related accomplishment this past week. On Friday, I went to the Barnes and Noble bookstore and managed to walk out with actually buying a new novel. I cannot remember that ever happening before.
But I did get myself a new book this week because I received the Advance Reader’s Copy for the new Vince Flynn novel The Survivor in the mail from the publisher this week. It’s a book that was finished by another author that I like, Kyle Mills, after the death of Flynn a couple years back. I am hoping to at least start reading the book by the time you read this on Sunday.
I did finish reading the Lou Dobbs / James O. Born thriller Border War this week. This is what I had to say about the book when I posted about it on Facebook: “It was generally a decent read but Dobbs/Born couldn’t restrain themselves from including a TV talking head character that played an awfully lot like Dobbs himself in the storyline.
For me, when that character showed up it tended to take me out of the story.”
I’ll hopefully be able to write a bit about my latest book signing event next week. Later this coming week I’ll be attending the signing event for author Ingrid Thoft. She writes the Fina Ludlow mystery series. The third book in the series is called Brutality and it is due out this Tuesday.
Movies – My buddy Kayode wrote a review of the new Jurassic World movie. You can check that out HERE. I haven’t seen this one yet so I can’t share my thoughts on the film yet. However, check back next week because I am heading to see it today.
The Terminator Genisys movie opens up on July 1st and in a bit of promotional fun for the movie (and to raise money for charity), Arnold Schwarzenegger got made up as his battle damaged Terminator self and took his place in the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Attraction exhibit. Hilarity ensued.
Music – The first bit of info to share with everyone here this week is that I finally was able to finish off a new CD review. You can check out what I had to say about the new Helloween album My God-Given Right via this KNAC.com link.
There were some other pretty fantastic music related things that came out this week as well. The first was Veronica Freeman’s new solo project The V released a second audio stream of a song from her upcoming album. You can check out “Line In The Sand” below.
With Metal Church reuniting with singer Mike Howe, the band decided to do a new recording of one of their old songs with him. They posted the song online this week as a whetting of the appetite for fans for their upcoming new disc.
And though there is no sample to provide a link to as yet, the news that Iron Maiden will be releasing their new album The Book of Souls on September 4th made me feel like I was walking on air earlier this week. You can check out the full details behind the new album HERE.