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 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.


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.