My how the first half of the year has flown, and what a long strage ride it’s been – in sports who is dominating the headlines? Oh yeah, that would be Cleveland. Between Manziel, the Cavs, and now the Indians asserting themselves, I think many in C-town are like this guy above.
As our thoughts now turn to the 4th of July holiday weekend (I’ll get to that separately) coming up, I want to throw a few sports thoughts out there:
Baseball. MLB and Minor League Baseball HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT HEADHUNTING PITCHERS. No sooner does Ventura from Kansas City come back from suspension, then this idiot down in Memphis in a AAA game does his best impression of Ventura, leading to another brawl on June 27th.
Baseball was fortunate because this could have gotten out of hand in a hurry. This stuff has got to stop before something tragic happens and somebody gets seriously hurt. This has the potential to explode into something that MLB or MiLB doesn’t need.
Oh, and to the coward New Orleans player who threw that Sucker Punch, I hope you get yours.
Other Baseball takes:
- So last night I went to bed with the San Francisco Giants leading the Oakland A’s 8-5. Imagine my surprise to see Oakland won this game 13-11. The Giants, the hottest team in the league not named Cleveland drops two games at home to Oakland?
- Clayton Kershaw is getting his sore back examined – that is gonna hurt the Dodgers if he can’t go.
- The Cleveland Indians have won 11 in a row, and I’ll bet nobody in Cleveland is noticing right now. Incredible timing, only to be upstaged.
College Football. For those of you who remember last year’s bowl season, you may recall that there were teams who had records of 5-7 got bowl bids.
Well, the NCAA finally did something right by mandating that 5-7 teams from power five conferences CANNOT get a bowl bid ahead of 6-6 teams from the mid-majors. Now last season was a bit rare and it’s the first time that I know of that it happened, but it’s mind-numbing how crazy it’s gotten with the power five conferences, and if this was initiated by the non-power-five conferences, then I say bravo to them for standing up for themselves.
I’d have an even bigger BRAVO ready for them if they would all stand up and do what I continue to push for and make their own damn division with the MWC, C-USA, Sun Belt, American Athletic, and MAC.
Canadian Football League. I know this sport doesn’t mean much to a lot of folks, and I get it. But when we get to this point of the year and I start looking forward to Football, I take the time each weekend to take in a CFL game and this year is no different.
The CFL actually had one hell of a good game this past weekend as the two Grey Cup finalists from last year (Edmonton vs. Ottawa) was played out west last Saturday. Ottawa came back from a potential ass whoopin and tied the game with no time left on a nearly 60 yard field goal, far longer than the kicker had ever attempted. And on the first series of the OT, Ottawa goes down the field and scores to win 45-37.
Scoring, speed, and different rules make this game something to watch. So if you get a moment this weekend, check out a game. They usually play on ESPN 2. If you’re bored tomorrow night with the same ole (bleep) on TV, tune in to ESPN2 and catch a double header.
Olympics. I really need Karma to pay a visit to the IOC.
I was actually happy when Rio de Janiero was awarded the 2016 games. I felt at the time like it was about time that other cities got a chance to make some cheddar, but what I didn’t know at the time is what is painfully obvious and that’s that Brazil had no business hosting the games. There are rumors of venues not being ready and a whole lot of folks worried about the Zika virus and concerns about the quality of the water for those involved in water sports such as sailing.
I had the occasion to listen to the ladies on ESPN last Saturday as I was driving around and they recommended that the games be moved around to four locations (I believe they said one in Europe, one in North America, one in Asia/Australia, and not sure about the fourth).
Ladies, I think you’re on to an idea, but here’s the point – graft and corruption are rampant in the Olympics, so let me make a more radical recommendation – eliminate the Olympics altogether by countries just not bidding on the games. Personally, I can do without seeing people suffer because money is being diverted from much needed programs to go to building sporting venues of questionable quality.
Final Thought. As we drift closer to the 4th of July weekend, I hope you all enjoy it. Stay safe and sane, and those of you who actually have access to fireworks, don’t go all JPP on me.