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.