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.

- 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

- 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.

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.


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.