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.