Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Joe Dumars Needs a Basketball Intervention...He's Killing the Pistons with each Move that He Makes!!

Joe Dumars is at it again. The Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations has signed former two time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady to a one year contract for $1.3 million.

Ten years ago, this would have been the steal of the off season. Back then, it would have transformed the Pistons from cellar dwellers in the Central Division into heavy favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA finals.

Now though, it gives them just another aging superstar. Another aging superstar that plays small forward and shooting guard (a place where they already have a plethora of players).

To be quite honest, I have no idea where Joe Dumars head is at. The past two years he has made player personnel moves that have made me go “huh?” Last year he gave away over $100 million in contracts to Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva (13.8 & 11.9 points per game respectively last season). Now this season he has already signed a washed up Ben Wallace to a two year deal and today signed Tracy McGrady.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When Dumars first took over the Pistons he could do no wrong. Each and every move he made (with the exception of Darko) was pure genius. In my mind, the last good move that he made was when he traded for Rasheed Wallace.

Since then, it seems like Dumars is attempting to catch lightening in a bottle with his moves without even thinking of the consequences. Trading Chauncey Billups for AI two years ago looked good on paper, but exploded with failure during the season.

Dumars needs to remember what the successful Pistons teams of the past were like. They didn’t have a “superstar” on their roster. They were built with blue collar type players who were willing to work hard for the good of the team.

McGrady doesn’t fit the mold of past Piston teams. He fits the mold of a team looking for a big name player to use so that they can sell more tickets.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tigers Owner Illitch eats too much Crazy Bread and Declares that Leyland is Going to Return as Manager

Webster’s dictionary defines the word half truth as “a statement that is only partially true”. For example, the statement that “Brett Favre was a great quarterback and I hope that he comes back next season” is a half truth. I believe that he was a great quarterback but I certainly hope that he does not come back next season.

Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch gave us a half truth at a news conference yesterday when he said that both general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland will be returning to the team next season.

I believe that Dave Dombrowski will be back next year. However, I would be shocked to see Jim Leyland back on the bench for the Detroit Tigers next year. Even though his contract runs through the 2011 season, the Tigers cannot afford to keep him past this current year.

Ever since they shocked the world and made it to the World Series in 2006, the team has had high hopes going into spring training. They seemed to always play well in the first half of the season as well. It is the second half that has been their Achilles heel ever since Leyland took over back in 2006.

Sure, they made it to the World Series in 2006, but they had to back their way into the playoffs. They lost their last 5 games in the regular season and were lucky to win the Wild Card race. The Tigers collapsed in 2007 & 2008. We all remember how we thought the Tigers had the division wrapped up last year. They had a 7 game lead over the second place Minnesota Twins on September 6th with 26 games remaining. Over the next 26 games, the Twins went 18-8 while the Tigers went 11-15. The Twins also won 4 of the 7 games that were played between them and the Tigers as well. The Twins ended up beating the Tigers in a one game playoff at the end of the season to win the division.

Now I know that the manager can’t control how his team plays on the field. But, he can control who plays on the field. That is where I think that Jim Leyland is failing as a manager. He does not seem to be making the adjustments needed to keep his team playing well. His inability to do that will most likely cost him his job.

Mike Ilitch may have said that Jim Leyland is coming back next year, but I’d bet anyone an order of Little Caesars crazy bread that he won’t.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Red Sox Showing Signs of Life as the Season Heads into August

Baseball is a funny game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.

Today while I was watching the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers, a team won…another team lost. The funny part about it was that the teams that I felt were going to win and lose didn’t.

The Tigers were leading the Red Sox for eight and a half innings. At one point late in the game they were leading by four runs.

Then, with one out and the bases loaded, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz came up to bat. Now, in previous years, this situation would have made opposing managers cringe. However, Ortiz is not the player that he once was. In addition to that, Ortiz was not having a very good game. He had stranded six baserunners already in the game - striking out with two runners in scoring position in the sixth, and with the bases loaded in the seventh - when he came up against Tigers lefty Phil Coke in the ninth. Ortiz was 0 for 8 with three strikeouts against Coke in his career.

With the count at 2 balls and 1 strike, Ortiz hit a line drive in-between the left and center fielders which scored all three baserunners and won the game for the Red Sox. “It felt good, man,'' Ortiz said.” It was a game that we weren't able to score some runs in the few opportunities that we had. To come back and win it felt great."
It was a great win for the Red Sox who are still chasing the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the Eastern Division. All of Red Sox Nation is hoping that the combination of this win and the players returning from the disabled list soon will propel them towards the top of their division.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mike Modano a Good Fit for the Red Wings? Yeah, When Pigs Fly!

Mike Modano is reportedly close to signing with the Detroit Red Wings.

Ten years ago this would have been a major story. However, Modano is 40 years old now and WAY past his prime. Modano even thinks that he may be finished because all summer long he has been contemplating retirement.

"We're a perfect fit for Mike Modano and his legacy,'' Red Wings coach Mike Babcock stated last night. "He's a Michigan boy, the all-time leading scorer among American-born players,'' Babcock said. "It's about legacy. Wouldn't it be something if he finished his career in Detroit?''

If Mike Modano finished his career in Detroit (he was born in Westland, MI), it would be a nice end to a great playing career. However, the Red Wings are not about “nice stories”. They are and always have been about winning Stanley Cup championships.

Modano is 40 years old. In the world of professional sports, he is one injury away from being put into a retirement home. We all saw two years ago when the much younger and faster Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Red Wings in 7 games to win the Stanley Cup. Last year, a very tired Red Wings team lost to the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs. The Red Wings were outworked and overmatched. Modano is not going to help them on the ice in that area. The only benefit I see to having him on the team is his experience. He will be able to teach the younger guys on the team and help mold them into better players.

If the Red Wings are looking for a coach, then Modano coming to Detroit would be a great story. Otherwise, I would advise them to steer clear of him. He would only delay the Red Wings chances of winning the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Brett Favre was Seen Throwing a Football!!! Fire up the Favre Alert Sirens!

Here we go again. Brett Favre was seen throwing footballs to high school players in his hometown of Hattiesburg, MS yesterday.

I guess that it’s time to fire up the Favre Alert sirens…

In what seems like a yearly part of Favre’s “will I or won’t I comeback” game, Brett went and worked out with the high school football team in his hometown. The reporters that were there reported his surgically repaired ankle seemed fine.

It’s only a matter of time now before ESPN wastes money and sends Rachel Nichols down to Hattiesburg. Last year when the anchor on SportsCenter went to the live feed of her in Hattiesburg, he asked her if there were any sightings of Favre that day. She replied that she saw many #4 jerseys, but none of them were Favre.

Great job Rachel…that is some top notch reporting.

Instead of waiting until the end of training camp for Favre to announce that he’s coming back, I have a way to speed up the decision making process.

ESPN should offer Favre a “Lebron-esque” special. Make it a 1 hour show to be aired on ESPN. They can even have it set in Hattiesburg. Favre can choose whom he would like to have interview him (I’m guessing John Madden).

Favre knows right now if he’s coming back or not. He says that he’s still thinking it over, but I don’t believe that for a second. He knows and has known for a while now. He loves keeping people in limbo.

But he also loves the attention that he receives when people are debating whether or not he’s coming back. Knowing that ten million people watched the Lebron “Decision” special could sway him into revealing what his plans are for this fall a little early.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

WWE Wrestler Attempting to Make the Move from the Squared Circle to the Octagon

Deion Sanders did it. So did Brian Jordan. Bo Jackson was probably the best at it. Michael Jordan tried it and failed miserably. Brock Lesnar has been successful in both.

All of these athletes have, at one time or another, crossed over from their initial sport into another one. Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan, and Bo Jackson all were football players who crossed over to baseball and were successful in MLB. Many people remember Michael Jordan retiring from the NBA to pursue a career in baseball. Unfortunately for him, he never made it above the AA level of the minor leagues.

Brock Lesnar was a professional wrestler with WWE (fake fighting) who retired from the company to pursue a career in MMA (real fighting). Now, Dave Batista is trying to follow Lesnar’s lead.

I’ve never been one to tell a person that they shouldn’t try something. If you’ve got a goal in mind, I feel that you should do all you can to achieve your dreams. Batista is another story though. Yes, he’s a tough individual. He competed in the WWE for just over a decade. His body has taken more bumps and bruises than most of us will ever have in our lifetime.

However, MMA is for professional, trained fighters. Before Brock Lesnar wrestled in the WWE, he was an All American college wrestler for the University of Minnesota. He’s got the training and skills needed to succeed in MMA. Batista, on the other hand, was a bouncer in a bar before he entered WWE. The only thing that he was taught was how to properly dispose of a drunk at a bar.

If Batista really wants to try MMA, then by all means…I think that he should go for it. I just hope that he realizes that the MMA fights do not have a pre determined winner. Batista was a superstar in WWE, but he’s starting at the bottom of a very tall totem pole in MMA and will need to put in a lot of work to be victorious.

Looks and charisma may make a superstar in WWE, but in MMA they don’t mean a thing.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dan Gilbert is Crazy...like Kanye West Crazy!

After Lebron James drove a stake into the heart of Cleveland last night, Cav’s majority owner Dan Gilbert went on a rampage and wrote a letter to Cavaliers fans. In that letter, he shredded Lebron James as a person and tried to comfort the Cavaliers fans, assuring them that their team is now more motivated than ever to bring a championship to Cleveland. Below you will find the letter that was posted on the Cavaliers web site on Thursday night.

I didn’t feel that the letter was complete. So, I took it upon myself to finish the message that I believe Dan Gilbert was trying to convey.

Dear Cleveland, All of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight. (Most likely at some sort of watering hole drowning your sorrows)

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. (He’s playing for a better team now)

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his ``decision'' unlike anything ever ``witnessed'' in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us. (But if he would have chosen us, we would have applauded his actions and deemed them “worthy of a King”)

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you. (We will just continue to raise ticket prices and give you a mediocre team that will most likely never win an NBA championship)

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you. (But we won’t be telling you about our inability to acquire talent to surround Lebron while he was here in Cleveland).

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much (of your hard earned money) and deserve so much more (but we won’t give it to you).

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE'' (and by NBA championship I mean the #1 pick in next years NBA draft as a result of having the worst record in the league).

You can take it to the bank. (But not right away…there isn’t enough money in that account to cover my guarantee).

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland (you probably weren’t paying attention to our team), I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our ``motivation'' to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels. (But considering the play of our team the past few years, that still doesn’t amount to much)

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown ``chosen one'' sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And ``who'' we would want them to grow-up to become. (But if he would have chosen us, we would have made it a law in the state of Ohio that every child, boy or girl, be named Lebron James).

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called ``curse'' on Cleveland, Ohio. (At least we hope so…nothing else has worked).

The self-declared former ``King'' will be taking the ``curse'' with him down south. And until he does ``right'' by Cleveland and Ohio, James and the town where he plays will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch. (Anything but Cavaliers games… It’s not going to be pretty these next few years).

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day... (But not for those of you getting schnockered after watching Lebron’s announcement tonight)

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only: (selling you on empty promises)

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and are long overdue...

Dan “not able to get the job done” Gilbert
Majority Owner
(and biggest loser in the Lebron sweepstakes)
Cleveland Cavaliers

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Good Luck in Miami Lebron...You're Going to Need It

Jay Leno and his 10 pm talk show. NBC giving Matt Leblanc his own spin off show after Friends. The Portland Trailblazers drafting Sam Bowie rather than Michael Jordan.

All of these can be described as bad decisions. After tonight, we can now add one more to this ever growing list.

Lebron James is joining the Miami Heat. He chose the Heat over the Bulls, Clippers, Nets, Knicks, and Cavaliers. During the interview, James stated that “"Winning is a huge thing for me".

On paper, this team looks like it has the makings of a dynasty. Las Vegas already has the Heat as 3-1 favorites to win the NBA title next June.

In my opinion, this team has the makings of a train wreck. James, Wade, and Bosh are all great players. They were all the go to guys for their respective teams last year. Which player is going to be the go to guy for the Heat next year? I guarantee that Lebron is planning on it being him. Wade however has always been “the man” in Miami. He even brought the city its first NBA championship only a few short years ago. Chris Bosh is the Toronto Raptors all time leading scorer and rebounder. What’s going to happen when the Heat have to draw up one last play in an attempt to win the game. They only have time for one shot. Who will get that shot? All three of them are used to taking that shot. It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets frustrated because they are not getting the ball enough.

And what about the other 9 guys on the team? They can just forget about getting the ball.

No matter how many superstars you have on your team, there is only one basketball. Lebron told us tonight that “It's not about individuals. It's about a team."

We’ll see if it’s still about a team this fall.

My very own "Decision 2010"!


I know that this is supposed to be Lebron's day, but I'd like to make an announcement of my own.
After minutes of decision making, I have weighed all of the pros and cons about what to have for breakfast. It was a difficult decision. Eggs sounded really good to me, as well as cereal. But in the end, oatmeal was the only thing that I could really see myself eating for the first meal of the day.
I am looking forward to many more mornings of oatmeal.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Decision 2010 is Almost Over...Thank Goodness!

Lebron James is set to announce his decision as to what team he will sign with tomorrow at 9pm. ESPN is going to air a 1 hour special dedicated to Lebron and which team he will sign with.

Seriously…

I realize that Lebron is the biggest NBA star to hit the free agent market. I understand it. What I can’t comprehend is why he (and ESPN) feels the need to air a 1 hour special about it. Just today, I watched Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh announce via an interview on ESPN that they were signing with the Miami Heat. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder signed a long term extension with his team. He announced it via Twitter. When Michael Jordan announced that he was coming back to the Bulls he simply faxed a two word statement to the press. Those words were “I’m back”.

By airing this special, Lebron is basically showing us that he is bigger than the game of basketball. Alex Rodriguez did basically the same thing in baseball back in 2007 when during Game 4 of the World Series, he conveniently announced that he was opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent.

Do we really need to watch 50 minutes of people speculating where Lebron is going to go and then 10 minutes of him giving us cliché’s like “It was never about money” and “I just want to win” when he announces where he’s going to play next year?

According to ESPN and all of the people purchasing advertising during that time slot…yes.

In a related story I am going to announce via facebook tomorrow at 7 a.m. what I am going to have for breakfast.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Vince McMahon had to have a hand in this!

In an event that had more drama than a WWE pay per view, Joey Chestnut defended his yellow mustard belt and won his fourth straight Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest today. Chestnut inhaled 54 hot dogs during the 10 minute contest.

Normally, the only drama that surrounds an event like this is whether or not somebody is going to have a “reversal of fortune” and regurgitate the nitrate filled wieners.

The drama started a few days ago when it was announced that Takeru Kobayashi, a six time hot dog eating champion, would not be participating due to a contract dispute (no I’m not making this up). Apparently, Kobayashi wants to be free to compete in eating contests sanctioned by other groups besides Major League Eating (the group that puts the hot dog contest on each July 4th. So, instead of participating in the event today, Kobayashi decided to watch from the crowd.

Dressed in a black shirt with a black head band (how very villain of him), Kobayashi decided to storm the stage after the competition. Police officers grabbed him, but Kobayashi tried to grab a hold of the police barricades. The officers eventually pried his fingers away and were able to take Kobayashi into custody.

I have to wonder if this was for real, or a publicity stunt. Kobayashi had long been the unbeatable champion of eating until Chestnut came along and knocked him off his throne. People loved the Kobayashi/Japan vs. Chestnut/USA rivalry. With no Kobayashi today, Chestnut cruised to victory. Kobayashi’s arrest paints him as a “renegade eater”. He could show up at these contests and create quite a stir.

Do I smell a no holds barred hot dog eating cage match pay per view event?

Athlete's Say the Darndest Things

Do you remember the show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”? It was a show that was on years and years ago. They would have kids on stage being asked grown up questions from the host like “What year was your father born?” The child would give an answer like “1000 B.C.”.

I’d like to start a show entitled “Athletes Say the Darndest Things”. Thanks to people like Steve Kerr and Amare Stoudemire, I will not have to look very hard for show material.

On May 14 of this year, Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr was a guest on the Dan Patrick radio show. During the interview, Patrick asked Kerr if the Suns were going to jump into the upcoming Lebron James free agency sweepstakes. Kerr jokingly said “Well, if he’ll take a mid level deal, we’ll give it to him”. Patrick asked Kerr, “What’s mid-level?” Kerr stated that it is $5.5 million.

Even though these comments were done in a joking manner, it is still considered tampering. The NBA defines tampering as when a player or team directly or indirectly entices, induces or persuades anybody (player, general manager, etc.) who is under contract with another team to negotiate for their services. The NBA takes tampering very seriously and may impose stiff penalties if it is discovered.

On July 3rd of this year, Amare Stoudemire made a comment that I feel is more ridiculous than what Steve Kerr said. Stoudemire, who is currently a free agent and seems to be very close to signing with the New York Knicks, stated "I've talked to Carmelo Anthony to come out here; I've talked to Tony Parker. Both those guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here, so I'm gonna see if we can work it out."

At least when Kerr made his statement, he was speaking about a player that was going to be a free agent in a couple of months. Stoudemire made his comments about players that were still under contract for an entire year.

Stoudemire is about to receive a truckload of money from whatever team he decides to sign with. Let’s hope that he sets some of that to the side to pay for the tampering fines that he is likely to receive.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Will Izzo Go?

Will he stay or will he go?

No, we are not talking about Brett Favre (thank goodness). This time, we are speaking about Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Izzo is mulling an offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers to become their new head coach. Reportedly, Izzo and his family spent this past weekend in Cleveland where the Cav’s wined and dined them. Even though there was a contract offer made, Izzo has yet to decide if he is going to take them up on their offer. When questioned about it, Izzo simply stated that he was “still undecided”.

To help out Coach Izzo, I’ve decided to give him a list of Pro’s and Con’s on leaving Michigan State and going to the NBA.

Pro’s
- He’ll be making a lot more money
- No more summers spent on recruiting trips
- Lebron James
- The challenge of coaching in the NBA
- Nothing left to prove in at MSU


Con’s
- He is a living legend in East Lansing
- NBA players may not respect him
- Lebron James may not resign with Cleveland
- He has a team coming back this fall that is a favorite to win a championship
- College coaches are notoriously bad in the NBA (Pittino, Calipari, etc.)

When it is laid out on paper, I feel that the con’s outweigh the pro’s in this case. Even if Lebron James resigns with Cleveland, I believe that Izzo would still be better off staying in East Lansing.

By staying with Michigan State, Izzo will be in a job where he is one the best at what he does. He has 100% job security and is paid very well for what he does. He is a living legend in East Lansing and will go down in history as the best coach MSU has ever had. It is a perfect situation for him.

By going to Cleveland, he will be at the bottom of the totem pole amongst NBA coaches. He will be paid well for what he does but there will be no job security. The expectations will be so high for him in Cleveland that it will be darn near impossible for him to succeed.

When you look at it like that, the decision seems pretty simple…doesn’t it?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Complaint Letter to ESPN

I’ve noticed that since President Obama took office, ESPN has been constantly looking to him for opinion in the world of sports. At first I thought that this was a little inappropriate, but I overlooked it. Unfortunately, this trend has continued. So I am taking it upon myself to write a letter to ESPN and voice my displeasure in what they are doing.


ESPN
Attn: Complaint Department
ESPN Plaza
Bristol, CT 06010

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Matt Musk and I am here to complain about your love affair with President Barack Obama’s opinion on sports issues. I am a sports fan, and while I respect the office of the President, I do not care if he has an opinion about where Lebron James should be playing next season.

I think that it’s great he is such a passionate sports fan. However, when it comes to sports opinions, he is no different than you or I.

When Obama first took office, you took it upon yourself to ask his opinion on whether or not college football should have a tournament. While this is a topic worthy of discussion, I really do not need to know what the President thinks about it.

While most of America was filling out their NCAA tournament brackets in 2009 & 2010, you felt the need to send a reporter to the White House and air a special on Obama making his tournament picks!

When Lebron James played what could be his last game for the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, you decided that the American people really need to know where President Obama thinks Lebron James is going to play next year.

This past Friday, after college basketball coaching legend John Wooden passed away, you felt that it was appropriate to ask President Obama to give his thoughts on Wooden and what he meant to the game of basketball. Why? It would have been a different story if Obama had played for Wooden, but he didn't. The highest level of basketball Obama reached was high school, just like you and I.

ESPN used to be a place where sports fans would turn to get their daily dose of sports knowledge. Unfortunately, many of us (me included) have turned to other media outlets to get this information. ESPN has become way too commercialized for the normal sports fan. We do not care what our President thinks about the spread offense, or which team will win the World Series this year.

If sports fans want to hear the President speak, then we will tune into our local news. When we tune into ESPN, we want to hear about sports from people that are in the business of sports.

Sincerely,

Matt Musk

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mistakes are a part of the game

Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game last night against the Cleveland Indians. You know it, I know it, and the entire sports world knows it. Unfortunately for him, the baseball record books will never know it.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Jason Donald of the Cleveland Indians hit a ground ball to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera cleanly fielded the ball and tossed it to Galarraga who was covering first base. Donald was clearly out. Umpire Jim Joyce however, called Donald safe and ruined Galarraga’s chance at joining an elite club in baseball history. After the game, Joyce saw the replay and realized the mistake that he made. He sought out Galarraga and Tigers manager Jim Leyland to apologize. They both accepted his apology.

"He really feel bad. He probably feel more bad than me," Galarraga told Fox Sports Detroit. "Nobody's perfect, everybody's human. I understand. I give a lot of credit to the guy saying, 'Hey, I need to talk to you because I really say I'm sorry.' That don't happen. You don't see an umpire after the game say 'I'm sorry.'"

Now, people are shouting from the mountaintops more than ever about the need for instant replay in baseball. I’ve seen where fans are calling for Commissioner Bud Selig to overturn the call last night and allow Galarraga to have his perfect game. I’ve even seen “fire Jim Joyce” pages on Facebook.

It’s all getting to be ridiculous. Joyce made a mistake and honed up to it afterwards. There is no reason to fire the guy. He has been an umpire for 22 years and is widely regarded amongst the players as the best umpire in the game. Sadly, he blew a call that cost Galarraga a perfect game.

Baseball does not need to have instant replay either. The human element that baseball has is what sets it apart from the other sports. Some people say that is exactly what is wrong with baseball. I say that is exactly what’s right with the game. To quote Terence Mann in Field of Dreams, “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.

Baseball does not need to be changed. It is far from perfect, but that is what makes it special.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Act like you've been there before...

We’ve all done some stupid things before. When I was younger, my brothers and I once figured out that if you lick the top of a marshmallow and throw it up towards the ceiling, it will stick. My parents were not that impressed when they found out what we did. Once, during a basketball game, I shot at the wrong basket. I was never a prolific scorer, so I was surprised that I was so open right underneath the basket. Luckily I missed the shot.

That is just a tiny glimpse into some of the dim-witted things that I have done before. I’m sure that we could all add a thing or two to this list.

Kendry Morales, slugging first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, now has something to add to this list. Morales fractured his leg at the end of the game this past Saturday. How did he do this? Well, he didn’t do it by sliding to break up a double play. He didn’t do it by making a diving catch.

He did it because he jumped on home plate. No really, that is what he did. Check out the video for yourself by clicking on this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf8uq774zLY&feature=related

Morales hit a grand slam in the 9th inning to give the Angels a 5-1 victory. Like most people, he was excited. When Morales headed toward home plate, his teammates were their waiting for him so that they could celebrate. Morales tossed his helmet up into the air and jumped onto home plate….and fractured his leg.

Now the Angels are without their most productive hitter for a few months. There is a possibility that he could be out for even longer. “It’ll change the way we celebrate,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the game.

Way to lay down the law Mike. Just in time for your bad season to get even worse.

I think that the motto for the Angels the rest of the season should be “Act like you’ve been there before”.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cleveland's desperate move to resign Lebron

He reached the playoffs every year that he coached the team. He won 127 games the past two years. His team reached the NBA Finals in 2007. He was even named the Coach of the Year for the 2008-2009 season. You would think that would be enough to secure employment for another year, wouldn’t you. Unfortunately for Mike Brown, it didn’t.

The now former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers lost his job today. Some would say that he was fired because his team couldn’t win a championship. Others would say that he was fired because the team felt that it needed to “shake things up”.

I say that he got fired because the Cavaliers want a shot at resigning Lebron James and the only way to do that is to let him pick his coach.

Now I’m not saying that Lebron will be able to pick the coach that he will play for. I’m just stating that whomever Lebron tells Cleveland that he would like to play for is the guy that they are going to throw truckloads of money at. The Cavaliers aren’t the only team that is doing this either. Most of the teams that are rumored to be in the running for Lebron’s services next season are looking for head coaches. The New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Clippers are all in the Lebron James sweepstakes.

I know that Lebron is a special player. He will go down in history as one of the greatest players of all time. There is one thing though that he and all of the teams in the running to sign him need to remember. Players play and Coaches coach.

Letting Lebron pick his coach would be the worst decision of all time. The Cavaliers are already under a ton of pressure to win a championship. Having Lebron and his hand picked coach together would create such stress and anxiety on everyone that it would be a miracle if the Cav’s survived the season.

I’d like to extend a friendly word of advice to the front office of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Please put a lot of thought into picking your next head coach. Do not concern yourself with thoughts of “if we hire Coach A then Lebron might resign with us”. Pick the right person for the job. Your organization will be better off for it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thank you Ernie

Ernie Harwell, longtime radio announcer for the Detroit Tigers, passed away from cancer today at the age of 92.

I met Ernie Harwell back in 1990. He came to Kalamazoo for the Barrier Bash, a charity softball game that pitted local celebrities against former Detroit Tigers. The game was held at Hyames field on the campus of Western Michigan University. Ernie, along with his radio partner Paul Carey, was there to sign autographs. Naturally, there was a long line. I can remember standing in line trying to think of something to ask him. When I finally got to Ernie, I handed him my program to sign and said to him “That was quite a debut for Travis Fryman last night, huh?” Ernie said to me “It sure was. I think that he’s going to be a good one, how about you?” I was flabbergasted! A Hall of Fame broadcaster and living legend had asked me, an eighth grade kid, for my opinion about a baseball player!

When I think of Ernie Harwell, I think of many things. Sincerity is one word that comes to mind. When I met him back in 1990, I believe that he was sincere when he asked me what I thought of Travis Fryman’s debut. Ernie made all of us feel like we knew him and were his friend. Even if you never met him, the way that he called a baseball game made you feel comfortable. His catchphrases (Llllooooonnnnggggg gone! Two for the price of one! He stood there like the house by the side of the road. Caught by a man from (insert random town here).

When Ernie announced last year that he had inoperable cancer, he took it like the class act that he is. "Whatever happens, I'm ready to face it, I have a great faith in God and Jesus. In my almost 92 years on this Earth, the good Lord has blessed me with a great journey, The blessed part of that journey is that it's going to end here in the great state of Michigan."

I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to meet and also listen to Ernie Harwell call Detroit Tiger games for many years. Although I am sad today that Ernie is gone, I am happy because I know that he is in heaven right now talking baseball with somebody.

Thank you Ernie for all that you have given to life and the game of baseball. You will be missed.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Mr. May" does it again!

When I think of clutch performers in the world of sports, a few names immediately come to mind. Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Curt Schilling, John Elway and Reggie Jackson are all superstars who are at their best in the biggest games.

Now we can add Calvin Borel to that list of clutch performers.

In the sport of horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is the equivalent of the Super Bowl. There are celebrities, lots of wagers being placed, and tons of media coverage. The Derby is where careers are made.

Today, on his sports biggest day, Borel became the first jockey ever to win three Kentucky Derby’s in four years. He has solidified himself as one of the best jockeys to ever ride at Churchill Downs.

If Reggie Jackson can have the nickname of Mr. October given to him because of his superior play in the playoffs and World Series, then I think that we can give Calvin Borel the nickname of Mr. May. I believe that he’s earned it.

Should he stay or should he go?

Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh recently posted on his Twitter account a question to his followers. Bosh is at a point in his contract where he has the ability to opt out early and test the waters of free agency this summer. He wanted to ask his followers their opinion as to whether or not he should.

If Bosh does decide to opt out of his current contract with the Raptors, he will join a free agent class that could include the likes of Amare Stoudamire, Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James. This free agent class is loaded with so much star power that teams have been trying to clear salary cap space on their rosters for years in order to be able to afford them.

I think that Bosh has to ask himself a question, not his Twitter followers. Does he want to win, or does he want the money? Toronto is a small market team and will not be able to afford the higher salary he can command. He made $15.7 million this past season and could possibly make much more than that if he decides to become a free agent. However, if a different team signed him, that would fill the majority of their cap space that they have. This would severely restrict the team’s player personnel options.

What I’d love to see is a star player like Bosh taking a lesser valued contract with a team so that they could sign another top free agent. Can you imagine the star power on a team if Bosh and Lebron James were together? It could be the new version of the “Dream Team”. Ticket sales, merchandise sales, and media revenue would go through the roof! This team would certainly be the odds on favorite to win the NBA finals.

Bosh has the opportunity to make a truckload of money this summer. He also has the chance to play on an all star studded team that would be a shoo-in for the NBA championship. He has to decide which one he wants.

We’ll see if he makes the right choice.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's not a lie if you believe it


What do George Costanza from Seinfeld and Barry Bonds have in common? They both have the same theory on telling the truth.
For years, Barry Bonds has refused to admit that he knowingly took steroids during his professional baseball career. Even after his appearance was drastically changing (see picture provided) he attributed it to his workouts. An indictment on charges that he lied to a federal grand jury during an investigation into BALCO (a pharmaceutical company whose founder, Victor Conte, served four months in prison for distributing performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes) nor his personal trainer and childhood friend being sent to prison MULTIPLE TIMES for refusing to testify against Bonds could make Barry admit that he took steroids.
This past weekend Bonds was in San Francisco for the reunion of the 2000 National League Division champion San Francisco Giants. During an interview, a reporter asked Bonds what he thought of Mark McGwire and his recent admission to steroid use. Without batting an eye, Bonds stated "I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I'm proud of him, we've had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I'm proud of what he did. I'm happy for him."
Even though every other person in America believes that Bonds took steroids, I really do think that he is of the mindset that he is clean. He subscribes to the George Costanza theory on lying which you can view by click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_PSJsl0LQ

Thursday, April 8, 2010

If you don't vote, then you can't complain.

When I turned 18 years old and was of legal age to vote, my parents encouraged me to make my voice heard. I can remember them saying to me “If you don’t vote, then you can’t complain”. Voting gives people the opportunity to make changes if there is something going on that they don’t agree with. We the people have the power to amend what is going on in our city, state, and country.

This past week there were a couple of individuals in the world of sports who had the ability to make change, but decided against it. They each opted to complain to the media in an attempt to make themselves look better.

Joe West, who has been a major league umpire for 32 years, recently worked the NY Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox series. West was the crew chief for these games, which means that he was the head of the umpires that were working these games. He accused both clubs of playing at a tempo that was “pathetic and embarrassing” and refusing to work with the umpires in their attempts to speed up the game.

What Joe apparently has yet to realize in his 32 YEARS of working professional baseball game is that BASEBALL IS A SLOW GAME!! If West wants to speed up the tempo of the games, then maybe he and his crew should take charge out on the field. I’ve seen umpires in the minor leagues take charge and hustle the players on and off the field. Why can’t major league umpires?

My second nominee for grumbler of the week goes to Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National and the Masters Golf tournament. With all of the hoopla surrounding Tiger Woods, Payne waited until the Wednesday before the Masters started to give his two cents on the Tiger Woods situation. Payne whimpered about how “Our hero did not live up to the expectations as a role model that we sought for our children."

I find it interesting that Payne is giving this lecture about being a role model to kids when he doesn’t allow women to be members at his golf club. How’s that for being a role model? Maybe he needs to look in the mirror before he starts casting stones upon other people that he believes are corrupt.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

There's still plenty of time to win the prize!

There's still plenty of time left to get your name in to the drawing and win yourself a free copy of "Sweet Spot; 125 years of baseball and the Louisville Slugger".

Just answer my trivia question below and your name will go into the drawing. We will pick a winner during my radio show on Saturday, April 24th.

The Detroit Tigers last won the World Series in 1984. When the final out was recorded, who was the pitcher that threw the final pitch, the hitter, and the player who caught the final out?

Each person who can name all three players will have their names go into the drawing to be held on Saturday April 24th. Good Luck!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A little love for Don Nelson...

Do you know who this man is? Most of you probably do not recognize him nor do you know what he does for a living.

His name is Don Nelson and he is a basketball coach in the NBA. For the past 34 years he has coached everywhere from Milwaukee, Dallas, New York, and is currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He is a five time NBA champion and a three time NBA coach of the year. In 1994 he coached "Dream Team II" to a gold medal at the World Championships in Toronto. He is also just two wins away from setting the record for wins by a coach in NBA history.

Most people had no idea that this was happening. I consider myself to be a pretty educated sports fan and even I was unaware of this. Shockingly, there has been no national coverage on this soon to be accomplishment. I can remember when Lenny Wilkens (the current all time wins leader in NBA history) was getting close to passing Red Auerbach. Everywhere I looked there was media coverage about it. ESPN even had it as their leading story each night.

I hope that when Nelson breaks the record, people will stop and give him the proper respect that he is due. We are watching history in the making. He is about to set a record that will stand for a very long time.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Was Michigan State the Cinderella team of this years NCAA's?

The Butler Bulldogs defeated the Michigan State Spartans tonight by the score of 52-50 to advance to the NCAA championship game. They will take on the Duke Blue Devils Monday night.
Since I live here in Michigan, most of the articles that I have read are saying this is an upset win and that Butler is a "Cinderella" team.
What if we have it wrong though? What if Butler was actually the favorite and Michigan State was the Cinderella team of this years NCAA tourney?
I realize that it sounds a little crazy but follow me on this one.
Butler went undefeated in conference play this year and has not lost a game in 2010. They went into the tournament as the hottest team in the country. They already have eliminated a #1 seed (Syracuse) and a #2 seed (Kansas St.) and are playing in the first Final Four in school history at a location six miles from their campus. They have momentum and are basically playing on their home court. In my mind, they are the favorites.
Michigan State, on the other hand, lost their best player to injury in a second round game against Maryland. Most of their games have been very close (needing a last second shot to defeat Maryland, squeaking by Tennessee 70-69) and all that people seem to talk about is the great job that head coach Tom Izzo has done this year. A lot of people have stated that he is doing the best coaching job that he has ever done. I have a lot of respect for Tom Izzo and I do agree that this is his best coaching job yet.
However, I also believe that the reason why people are saying that we have been seeing his best coaching job yet is because nobody thought that MSU would get this far in the tournament. In my book that is the definition of a "Cinderella" team.

Friday, April 2, 2010

This is getting ri-gosh darn-diculous

Really? I mean come on, who's next? How about the paperboy that Tiger Woods didn't tip well enough 8 years ago. Or how about the person that he cut off while driving his car? Are they going to come out and demand a private and public apology from Tiger Woods?

I had thought that I'd seen it all when porn star Joslyn James held her press conference (while fighting back tears) and demanded an apology from Tiger Woods for what he put her through. James came across as a money grubbing streetwalker. Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, came across as a filthy parasite who gives lawyers a bad name.

Now a new woman has entered the picture. She is 69 year old Maureen Decker, Tiger Woods former kindergarten teacher. Maureen would like Tiger to apologize for a story about him written in Charles Barkley's book, "Who's afraid of the big black man". In this story, Tiger claims that on his first day of school, a bunch of kids tied him to a tree and spray painted the word "nigger" on him while teachers at the school stood around and did nothing. Maureen contends that this never happened.

Personally, I'm getting really tired hearing about Tiger Woods. Yes, we all know that he is not the person that most of the world thought that he was. He is not a saint. He screwed up so badly that he will never live it down. It has ruined his legacy forever. GET OVER IT!!

I'd like to send a personal message to that blood sucking leach of an attorney Gloria Allred. We do not care about Tiger Woods and his past exploits! It's old news! You need to go away and try to save the barely there shred of dignity you have left. You are not breaking any news by holding press conferences for crazed porn stars and batty kindergarten teachers!

I'm so sick of hearing about Tiger Woods. Honestly, I'd rather hear a story about Brett Favre.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

My NCAA tournament bracket is totally busted! I picked 25 games correctly out of the first 32. My teams were doing great and I was feeling on top of the world. Then the second round games started and that is when the bottom fell out. I missed on 7 out of 16 games. I should be very upset. The crazy thing is though that I'm not. I'm actually very happy.

With all of the talk of expanding the tournament to 96 teams, this years NCAA tourney has proven to be one of the most exciting in recent years. Kansas, a #1 seed and picked by many people to win it all, was eliminated by Northern Iowa University. NORTHERN IOWA UNIVERSITY!! They have no business at all beating Kansas, but they did. There have been other upsets as well; Ohio over Georgetown, St. Mary's beating Villanova, Cornell defeating Wisconsin. This year has proven that anything can happen.

I know that sometimes people say "more is better", but in this case it is not. Having the top 65 teams play in a tournament to crown a college basketball champion is one of the only perfect things in the sports world today. 96 teams would water down the competition and take away from the miracles that happen.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Trivia Question!

If you know the answer to this question, email me the answer (or post on my facebook wall).

The Detroit Tigers last won the World Series in 1984. Who threw the last pitch, hit the last ball, and caught the final out?

I will take all correct answers and draw a winner on my radio show on Saturday, April 24th @ 6pm. The winner will get a copy of the book "Sweet Spot, 125 years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger".

Good Luck!!

Trivia Question and a prize for the winner!

On my radio show tonight, we will be asking a trivia question. I can't say what the question is yet because I don't want people to get a head start on getting the answer. However, after the show has aired, I will post the question on this blog.

Once the question has been announced, listeners will have until my next show in April to come up with the answer. We will draw a winner on the air! That winner will get a book from Louisville Slugger entitled "Sweet Spot, 125 years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger". It's full of very cool photos and lots of info on baseball and it's most famous bat!

I'd just like to thank Louisville Slugger for their very generous donation! I hope that we have a lot of entries!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Unwritten rules are not meant to be broken

Professional sports have rules. There are actual rulebooks that people can look at and physically see the rules. What some people don't know is that there are unwritten rules in sports. They are not made up by the head office or by the commissioner. These rules are made up by the players. If a player happens to break one of these unwritten rules, there are consequences.

For example:
In 2009, Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers hit a game winning home run against the San Francisco Giants. After Fielder rounded the bases and touched home plate, all of his teammates (who were waiting for him) fell down like bowling pins as Fielder jumped on home plate. The next time Fielder faced the Giants (which happened to be a few weeks ago in a spring training game), he was immediately plunked in the back with a pitch.

Claude Lemieux of the Colorado Avalance gave Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper a vicious hit that most people deemed to be "dirty" during a game. The next season, the Red Wings and Avalance were involved in one of the better fights that I have ever seen in the NHL. And yes, Claude Lemieux paid the price in this fight for his dirty hit on Draper the year before (for all you Red Wings fans out there, you can view this clip by clicking on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3o1o8pky-M.

This past Sunday, Nascar driver Carl Edwards wrecked driver Brad Keselowski as a payback for Keselowski wrecking Edwards earlier in the race and in previous races. Edwards decided to take matters into his own hands and settle his dispute on the track. For this, Edwards has received a three race probation from Nascar.

I know that a lot of people are upset that Edwards didn't get suspended for what he did. After all, he admitted it! I believe that is where Edwards went wrong. He made it publicly known that he was going to wreck Keselowski. In the two examples above, no one came out and said what they were going to do. We all knew that it was going to happen, but nobody came out and said it. If Edwards had kept quiet, not admitted to wrecking Keselowski on purpose, this would not have been a big deal. Edwards was just enforcing an unwritten rule.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Big Ben is acting like a Big Dummy

Big Ben is at it again. This time though, people don't seem to be as forgiving.

For the second time in less than a year, Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault. This time it is from a 20 year old college student in Milledgeville, GA. These recent accusations have caused many of Roethlisberger's supporters to question his character.

You would think that after the initial accusation last year, Roethlisberger would be more careful and aware of what he is doing off the field. I know that I would if I were him. Apparently Ben disagrees with my way of thinking. I guess, that's why he is an NFL quarterback and I'm not.

This situation is starting to sound similar to the Adam "Pacman" Jones fiasco of years past. People will remember Pacman was constantly having "issues" at strip clubs. By issues I mean run ins with the local law enforcement department.

Roethlisberer was accused last July by a woman that he raped her at a Lake Tahoe hotel & casino in 2008. Now these allegations have come about after Roethlisberger was at a night club in Georgia this past week.

Even if the first sexual assault accusation turns out to be false, the negative publicity that he got from it should have taught him a lesson. Unfortunately, it didn't.

Maybe Ben should invest some of his $102 million dollar contract into some common sense. It may pay better dividends than the stock market for him.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

96 Teams...Really?

The NCAA is apparently seriously considering expanding their mens college basketball tournament from 65 teams to a whopping 96.

Why? That's easy...money. More games equals more sponsorships and television revenue. But you won't hear the NCAA saying that. They (and many college coaches) state that the tournament needs to be fixed. They feel that more teams should have the opportunity to play.

What these people don't realize is that life can be unfair sometimes. A basketball team may have its greatest season in its history and still not make "the big dance". It is something that happens each year.

Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan (a proponent of tournament expansion ) recently told SI.com "I think it's difficult for a player to go through college and never get a chance to play in an NCAA tournament. I went through four years at Providence and only got to experience one my senior year. We went to the Final Four, and what an unbelievable experience it was. These kids work so hard. If it's supposed to be about these kids, and you're saying that the NCAA tournament is the biggest sporting event in our country, why would you not want to have more kids participate?

I completely disagree with what Coach Donovan is saying. Division I college basketball isn't about the "kids". When you get to that level of competition it is no longer about the "kids". Division I sports is big business. For example, the NCAA is in the eighth year of an 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS for the rights to March Madness. $6 BILLION DOLLARS!!

Please NCAA. Keep March Madness as it is. I don't know of anybody that is complaining while filling out their bracket because some random school with a great record didn't make the tournament. People forget about those teams as soon as they are able to print out their bracket to make their selection.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Damon to bring his swagger to the Tigers

Johnny Damon is coming to Detroit.

Reports came out on Saturday evening that free agent outfielder Johnny Damon had signed a 1 year $8 million dollar deal with the Detroit Tigers.

This signing looks good on paper for the Tigers. Damon is a big name player who has won 2 World Series titles in the past 6 years (Red Sox in '04 and Yankees in '09). He hit 24 home runs while batting lead off for the World Champion NY Yankees in 2009.

I'm not so sure about this move though. Damon did put up really good numbers last season, but he was playing in the new Yankees Stadium. Home runs were flying out of there at a record pace last season. Comerica Park, on the other hand, is not a home run hitters ballpark. It is very spacious.

Damon is also 36 years old now as well. Although his body has held up remarkably well compared to other players his age, it is something that Detroit has to be worried about. Another concern with Damon is his arm in the outfield. He has one of the weakest (if not the weakest) arms in the major leagues. Heck, I'd even try to score on a base hit to him in the outfield.

The one thing that Damon will bring to the Tigers that I do really like is swagger. Damon is a proven winner in baseball. He has been to the post season almost every year since 2003. The Tigers could have used a guy like that in the clubhouse during the playoff stretch in 2009 when they had a 3 game lead with 4 to go and still lost.

Let's hope that his winning ways can rub off on the Tigers.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tiger Woods to address allegations on Friday

Tiger Woods will be making a televised statement tomorrow in which he will apologize for his marital indiscretions.

His statement is scheduled to air at 11 am tomorrow. I'd be willing to bet that by 11:30 there will be thousands of people that will be writing about whether or not his apology was sufficient enough. Others will discuss if he was sincere. Blah, blah, blah. These people believe that Tiger owes them an apology for his actions off the course.

I don't know Tiger Woods. Like most of the golf fans in the world, I've only seen Tiger on television. I don't agree with what he did, but Tiger Woods doesn't owe me an apology. He owes his wife an apology, her family, his mother, their kids, and close personal friends an apology, but not me. In my mind, the only thing that he owes golf fans is to play great golf.

No matter what Tiger says tomorrow, there will be many people that will say that they do not believe him. Others will try to state how his apology should have gone. These people just like to complain. These people are also the same ones that will be praising him when he starts winning golf tournaments again.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Whitecaps are hoping for a sequel to the Fifth Third Burger's success

To be successful in minor league baseball you need to be innovative. You always need to be able to come up with a creative promotion, theme night, or concession item that will get the public talking.

The West Michigan Whitecaps hit one out of the ballpark last season when it introduced the Fifth Third Burger. A monstrous 4,889 calorie heart attack on a plate, it garnered the Whitecaps national attention from media and news outlets everywhere. It even brought the Travel Channel to Grand Rapids to shoot an episode of "Man vs. Food".

With the 2010 season just a few months away, the Whitecaps have asked fans to submit ideas for their concession menu again. The following, in no particular order, are the top ten ideas that will be voted on.

1. Chicken and Waffles - Why did the chicken cross the road? To lie down on a bed of waffles, get smothered in gravy and get eaten by you, of course!
2. Chili Mac Tacos - Think comfort food that took a trip to Mexico. Creamy mac and cheese is smothered in chili then loaded into a hard taco shell to create a taste experience that won't soon be forgotten.
3. Chocolate Covered Bacon - This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home and this little piggy dunked itself in chocolate to become a delicious treat for Whitecaps fans!
4. Corn Dog o' Plenty - If the Idaho Christmas Tree isn't enough corn dog for you, then try the Corn Dog o' Plenty. A full half-pound, footlong frank that is battered and deep fried to make one gigantic corn dog.
5. Cudighi Yooper Sandwich - If you don't know what this one is then you haven't been to the Upper Peninsula. Cudighi is a spicy sausage found throughout the U.P. A sausage patty, smothered in cheese, pizza sauce, peppers and onions could grace the concession stands of Fifth Third Ballpark.
6. Declaration of Indigestion - When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to disband from the tyranny of healthy eating, they should consume the Declaration of Indigestion. You see, all sandwiches are not created equal as this half-pound, footlong hot dog is covered in a philly cheese steak (steak, cheese, peppers and onions) and served on a gigantic sub roll. It is certainly your unalienable right to consume one of these in the pursuit of happiness.
7. Idaho Christmas Tree - Why waste your time eating all of your favorite items separately? This is a batter-dipped hot dog rolled in french fries and deep fried to create the perfect limbed link on stick.
8. Poutine - A real treat from North of the border. The French Canadians have done it again, and this time with gravy. Fries, fried cheese curds and gravy make up this delectable side dish. Tres bien!
9. The Pink Panther - Not sure if this is named after the famous detective or the insulation, but either way it's delicious. Take a hot dog bun, slather it in icing and fill it with pink cotton candy. Maybe drizzle some root beer syrup over the top for good measure. It's the dessert dog you'll have to try this summer!
10. Twinkie Cheese Dog - This dog can survive any disaster and it might cause a few of its own. Simple - a hot dog laid in a Twinkie, covered in cheese. Yum.

I don't know about you, but I can feel my arteries clogging up just writing about these. Even so, I'm still going to try whatever goes on the menu this season. I'm hoping for the chocolate covered bacon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Indianapolis Public Schools say "Don't call in sick, we'll just start later" to their employees

I’m normally not a guy that likes to talk political issues. If you’re looking to discuss health care reform, the economy, or the President’s latest speech, you’d better keep looking. I enjoy discussing sports. Today though, these two worlds collided in an article I read on Indystar.com, an online news site devoted to all things Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Public Schools have declared a 2 hour delay for this coming Monday, so that all children and school staff can stay up late to watch the Super Bowl.
This stems from an incident 3 years ago when the majority of the bus drivers called in “sick” the morning after the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears to win the Super Bowl. The schools ended up cancelling classes for the day due to the lack of bus drivers.

“This year we don’t think cancelling is an option,” IPS spokesperson Kim Hooper said. “The kids need to be in school. I can’t tell a bus driver you should get to bed early, but we want to avoid an issue like in 2007.”

No Kim, you can’t tell a bus driver that they need to get to bed early. What you can do is tell these drivers that it’s fine if they stay up late to watch the Super Bowl and support their hometown team. They need to remember though that they are supposed to be to work at their normally scheduled time.

To me, delaying school for 2 hours on Monday is just setting a bad example for the kids.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Warner provides inspiration to us all

Anything is possible.

That is what I’m going to remember when I hear the name Kurt Warner. Not his 2 MVP’s, 3 Super Bowl appearances, or even his Super Bowl victory. I won’t remember him for being 1 of only 2 quarterbacks to throw for 100 touchdowns and 14,000 yards for 2 different teams either (Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is the other, if you’re keeping score at home).

I will remember him for working hard during his 3 years in the Arena Football League and 1 year in NFL Europe while waiting for his chance in the NFL. I will remember Warner for being humble, even when he was stocking groceries at a local store in Iowa when he no team wanted to give him a shot. I will remember him for staying focused and ready to play, even when he was a back up on the St. Louis Rams.

Kurt Warner has taught me a great lesson that I think we can all learn from. Don’t let anything get in the way of achieving your dream. If you believe in yourself and work hard, anything is possible.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nice Try NFL, but the Game Still Stinks


For the first time ever, the Pro Bowl is going to be played a week BEFORE the Super Bowl. The NFL changed the date because they want to generate more excitement into what has been the worst all-star game of all the 4 major sports. They figured that if they played the game on the Sunday before the Super Bowl (on the same field) that more people would care about it.

With the game scheduled to be played tomorrow, the league is already calling the switch a success. There is an expected sell out crowd in Miami to watch the game. There is also a much stronger media presence than there normally is. Last year in Honolulu there were 334 credentialed media there compared to 1,076 this year.

Those statistics sure do make the NFL look pretty smart, don’t they? Ticket sales are way up and there are a whole lot more media in town to cover the game…right?

Well, ticket sales are bound to be up simply by placing the game in Miami. According to the U.S. Census, the 2008 population of Miami was 2,398,245 compared to a population of 1,285,498 for the ENTIRE state of Hawaii. And as for there being such a gigantic leap in media…I guarantee that they are not there to cover the Pro Bowl. The week before the Super Bowl is called “Media Week”. If you turn on ESPN during this week odds are they will be showing players on the Colts and Saints sitting at random podium’s answering questions.

The NFL Pro Bowl game still stinks. The stats may look better this season, but the game is still a bore.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

And the newest addition to the Millennium Sports brand is...


Mark you calendars; Saturday, February 20th at 6:30 pm. Millennium Sports is taking to the radio airwaves!
That's right. Millennium Sports will be broadcasting its very own sports radio talk show. It's something that I've been thinking about for a while and am very excited to work on.
In the beginning, I'll be airing a new show each month. Soon after though, I hope to air my own weekly talk show.
I hope that everyone will get a chance to tune in. All that you have to do is go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ and search "millennium sports". Then just click on the "play/chat" button and you're in! Listeners can call in to the show, chat in the chat room, or just sit back and listen to me.
Remember...Saturday February 20th at 6:30 pm!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stay Tuned!!

Even though there has been a lot going on in the sports world recently, I've been way too busy to write. I haven't had the time because I've been working on improving Millennium Sports. I've always wanted to make it more interactive, but was never quite sure how to do it.

Well guess what folks...I now know how to do it.

I don't want to say much now but in the next few weeks I will make an announcement about the latest edition to the Millennium Sports brand.

So please, be on the lookout!

Thanks

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pete Carroll to trade Sunshine and Sushi in L.A. for Showers and Starbucks in Seattle?

USC head coach Pete Carroll is rumored to be the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He is said to accept a 5 year $32.5 million dollar deal to become the teams head coach and president.

This news has come as a shock to most everyone in the country. The reason why it’s a shock is that Carroll has got a lot going for him at USC. He is looked upon as a celebrity in a town full of them. He is the leader of one of the most prestigious football programs in the country. Since he became coach of the Trojans in 2001, he has earned 2 national championships, countless Pac-10 championships, and has coached 3 Heisman Trophy winners. He consistently is able to bring in top high school players from around the country to keep his team competitive.

So why would a coach leave a successful program located in the warm weather of Los Angeles for a job with a struggling franchise in a city where it rains all of the time?

After mulling this question for a bit, I’ve come up with a couple of different reasons.
1. Even though he makes a lot of money at USC, he can’t pass up $6.5 million a year AND the ability to make decisions as the team president.

- Even though many of his coaching colleagues have failed at this dual role (Mike Holmgren, Joe Gibbs, Rick Pitino, and Isaiah Thomas just to name a few), I’m sure that Carroll would like to be considered the exception. Besides, even if he fails miserably he gets $6.5 million a year!)

2. Carroll fears that the NCAA will be ruling on USC shortly and he wants to get out of town before they drop the hammer on his program and their cheating ways.

- Reggie Bush and his family allegedly accepted benefits from a sports marketing firm back when he played at USC. This past season, Joe McKnight was supposedly seen driving a Land Rover around campus that is not registered to him (he suddenly decided that he is going to turn pro last week, but states that his leaving school has nothing to do with the investigation involving him).

So which one is it; the lure of being “the man” in Seattle, or is it him running away from the problem at USC that he turned the other cheek on?

My guess…it’s a little bit of both.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Red Sox fill another need with signing of Beltre

The Boston Red Sox can now check off the last item on their off season needs list.

The team announced today that it has come to terms with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre on a 1 year $10 million dollar deal. Unfortunately, for a lot of Red Sox fans, this means the end of the Mike Lowell era in Boston.

I really like this move. It makes the Red Sox a lot younger (Beltre is 30 , Lowell is 35 ). The team isn’t going to lose anything defensively because Beltre is a gold glove caliber third baseman just like Lowell. Granted, Beltre wasn’t producing offensively in Seattle, but let’s face it, Lowell hasn’t been producing the last few years either.

The upside on Beltre is monstrous. He is a young, talented player who could prove to be worth more than his contract is paying him. The only downside to him is that his offense has struggled the past few years in Seattle.

If Beltre can become the type of player that he was in Los Angeles, then the Red Sox will be the team to beat in the American League. Not even the Yankees will be able to touch them.

If he's good enough for the Lions, he's got to be good enough for Cleveland...right?

New Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren is scheduled to meet with current Browns head coach Eric Mangini today at the team headquarters. This will be the first meeting between the two since Holmgren took over as President.

Nothing is official yet, but I wouldn’t put my money on Mangini patrolling the sidelines for the Brown next year. He had a rocky relationship with his players, their play was pathetic on the field, and now he has a new boss in Holmgren who doesn’t stand for poor play.

The crazy part of this story is who is rumored to be the next head coach of the Browns.

Brace yourself Cleveland fans…it’s MARTY MORNHINWEG!!!! The former Detroit Lions coach who led them to a stellar 5-27 record during his 2 years in Detroit. The same Lions coach who chose to kick off at the start of overtime against the Chicago Bears because he was “confident in our defense” (the first team to score wins in NFL overtimes).

Granted, I’m not a Browns fan. I’m not a fan of any Cleveland sports franchise. But I really hope that Mornhinweg does not get hired in Cleveland. They have very passionate sports fans there and deserve better.

Maybe pulling starters in meaningless games isn't such a bad idea after all...

I wonder if Patriots fans have a different opinion on resting starters now.

A couple of weeks ago the Indianapolis Colts, who were 14-0 at the time, pulled their starters in the second half of a game against the New York Jets and ended up losing. Journalists and fans from all over the league threw up their arms in disgust. People felt like the Colts gave up on their pursuit of a perfect season. The Colts felt like it was a meaningless game and pulling their starters would ensure that they would be fresh for the playoffs. Their stance was that winning a Super Bowl meant more than finishing the regular season 16-0.

Unlike most people, I agreed with the Colts decision to rest their starters. People would have thrown a fit if someone like Peyton Manning had gotten hurt in a game like that. If Manning (or any of Indy’s other starters) had gotten hurt, it may have ruined their chances to play for a Super Bowl.

I know that an important player getting injured would be a worst case scenario for a playoff bound team. Unfortunately, the New England Patriots encountered this.

This past Sunday, they were playing in a “meaningless” game against the Houston Texans. The Patriots had already clinched a playoff spot and were playing in their final regular season game. Wes Welker, their most productive wide receiver, tore his MCL and ACL in the game and is probably out for the playoffs.

The Patriots are still a really good team, but without Welker, their chances of winning the Super Bowl are greatly diminished. I’m wondering how many Patriot fans now wish that their team would have adopted the Indianapolis Colts way of thinking.