Monday, December 29, 2008

Thanks a Millen!!

For all of you Lions fans that are left out there, I hope that your suffering is over. The Lions pathetic excuse for a 2008 season is finally over. They will go down in history as the first team to finish 0-16. When people talk about the worst teams in professional sports history, they will talk about the Lions.
When your grandkids are watching a football game with you and complain that their favorite team is terrible, you can always say that you used to waste your Sunday afternoon's watching the worst team in professional sports history.
Today, the Lions did the expected...and the unexpected. They fired Rod Marinelli, who amassed a whopping 10 wins in his 3 seasons at Detroit's helm. They also fired 4 of his coaches, but lets face it, they will all be gone by the time a new head coach is hired.
But, they gave promotions to two of Millen's cronies. Tom Lewand will be running the business side of things for the Lions and Martin Mayhew will be the new GM.
Mayhew comes into his new job having a whopping 0 years of experience running a professional sports team. But, since Matt Millen hired him, then I'm sure that he'll be fine. The Lions won't be making anymore stupid draft decisions, or idiotic free agent signings.
One thing that I don't understand is if they were going to give the job to Mayhew anyway, why did they wait until the end of the season? If that was the way that they wanted to go all along, he should've been given the title right away after Millen was fired and been told to go to work fixing this mess.
So now this inexperienced GM has the daunting task of deciding who their head coach should be and what should they do with the #1 pick in April. Today, on, it was reported that the Lions requested to interview Washington's secondary coach. I hadn't heard of him, so I decided to look him up. He's got some solid credentials, but the first thing that I thought when I saw him was that he wasn't going to get the job. He is an African American. In the NFL, they have what's called the "Rooney Rule". It requires all teams looking for a head coach to interview a minority candidate. I hope that I'm wrong, but I believe that this man is fulfilling the Lions commitment to the Rooney Rule.
It'll be interesting to hear what comes out of Detroit. Most likely, they won't have a coach in place until after the Super Bowl.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Damn Yankees!!!

I was just laying on my couch watching television. It was a wintry day, I had just had a hot lunch, and I was very comfortable. The television program that I was watching went to a commercial, so I decided to check ESPNEWS to find out if anything had happened in the world of sports that I should be aware of.
Then I saw it.
I felt like throwing up.
The Yankees, the team that has already spent $234 million on 2 pitchers, has just dropped another large sum of money on the most sought after position player on the free agent market. Roughly, that's about $400 million on three players!!!
I really thought that the Red Sox were going to land Teixiera. All along, they were mentioned as the front runners for his services. It was reportedly down to the Red Sox and the Nationals. I was okay if Teixiera were to sign with the Nationals, it would just say to me that he was more about money than about winning. I felt like if Teixiera wanted to be on a winning team, then he would sign with Boston.
I should have known that the Yankees were going to do this. All along, the "experts" would say that the Yankees have interest, but they haven't even extended an offer to Teixiera. Apparently, they swooped in at the last minute and got their new first baseman.
Luckily for the Red Sox, they still have a really good team going into 2009. But, with the Rays bringing most everyone back from last years squad and the Yankees breaking the bank while putting together this years team, I hope that the Red Sox will be able to improve in some areas before Opening Day. I'm only a fan, but I'm hoping that they can add a starting pitcher (Derek Lowe?) and possibly a big bat to protect David Ortiz (Adam Dunn?). If Mike Lowell can come back from his injury plagued 2008 and Josh Beckett can rebound to his 2007 form, the Sox will be right in the thick of things by playoff time next year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Even Roy Schneider would have been impressed...

Did you ever see the movie Jaws? Do you remember the part at the very end where Roy Scheider is on the sinking boat and shooting at Jaws as it's coming for him? And then when Jaws opens his mouth enough that Roy Scheider can see the air tank and shoot it, blowing up the shark in the process?

Well, that is exactly what I felt when I watched the Detroit Red Wings take on the San Jose Sharks last Thursday night. The Sharks came in with only 3 losses on the year. The Red Wings were a not too shabby 5 losses also. So, nonetheless, it was going to be a good game.

The Red Wings stomped the Sharks 6-0 just like Roy Scheider blew up Jaws at the very end. GO WINGS!!

Hot Stove Season in MLB!

The Hot Stove season is in full force in major league baseball! This is a time of the year where I really look forward to spring training. Each team is able to wheel and deal in order to make them better for next season.

The Yankees have made the biggest splash so far with their signing of CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. These are both very impressive signings. Assuming that they are able to sign Andy Pettite before spring training, they will have a starting rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettite, and Chamberlin.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, are in the hunt to sign Mark Teixiera. He is the most wanted position player on the market this off season. There have been rumors that the Red Sox have walked away from negotiations because he is asking for too much money. I don't believe it.

The reason why is Teixiera's agent, Scott Boras. Boras is notorious for telling teams that his clients have offers on the table for a lot more money than they actually do. I'm sure that Boras did that with the Red Sox and they called his bluff. My guess is that Teixiera is going to sign with the Red Sox within the next couple of days.

I also believe that the Red Sox are going to get a starting pitcher also. From what I've been hearing, the leading candidates are Derek Lowe and Ben Sheets. Personally, I'm pulling for Lowe, he's more of a big game pitcher and isn't as injury prone as Sheets.

Either way, I believe that the Sox and Yankees will be duking it out for the pennant when the season winds down.

That's why I'm glad that I'm a Chiefs fan...

The Detroit Lions lost today to the New Orleans Saints, 42-7. They are now an impressive 0-15 on the season so far. Already, they are the only team in NFL history to lose their first 15 games. Next week, they will attempt to make it a perfect season when they travel to Lambeau Field in Green Bay to take on the Packers, a place where they haven't won since 1991.
Tom "Killer" Kowalski posted an article on today in which he asked Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. about the upcoming off season and what his plans are for the future of the Lions. There are a few parts of the article that I wanted to point out and then comment on...
- Despite the possibility that his team could finish 0-16 this season, Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford made it clear that there will not be a complete house-cleaning in the offseason.
* Why should they clean house? They've only lost 21 of their last 22 games and are about to make history as the only team to ever go 0-16 in a season. I'm certain the Ford Sr. isn't watching the Lions at all.
- Prior to Sunday's Lions-Saints game, Ford said that he will hire another person to join the team's football operations but that person might not fill the typical general manager role. Ford said the new hire might not have total control over all personnel matters and that those decisions could be done by committee.
* I don't understand why they will not hire somebody to take TOTAL control of the football operations! It's obvious the there is nobody in the Lions front office right now that has ANY clue as to how to put together a winning football team.
- Ford said that regardless of who he hires, he also wants both Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand to stay with the organization -- possibly in the positions they currently hold.
* Why the heck does he want these two stooges still with the organization? They are both Millen guys. The Lions need to rid themselves of the "stench" that is Matt Millen out of their organization!
- Ford said he's "talked to some people'' and that the team is still putting together a list of candidates to be interviewed. Ford said he doesn't believe there is one "football genius'' out there who can come in and make all the right decisions independently.
* If Ford doesn't belive that there is one "football genius" out there that can comen in and make all the right decisions independently, just ask the Miami Dolphins. I think that they would argue that Bill Parcells has done that for them. From 1-15 last year to 9-5 and competing for a playoff spot this year? I'd say that he's a football genius.
- "I hope when this whole process is over with that we've got an organization that can build a winning team,'' Ford said. "The fans have been great and they deserve winners. We're all frustrated. We want to win, too. I hope this is the end product.''
* I'm speechless...absolutely speechless.
Even though I'm a Chiefs fan and they have amounted to only 2 wins this year, I can still honestly say that I'm happy with the way that they're going. I know that they will be winners and back in the playoffs before Detroit will. GO CHIEFS!!