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Another Amazing Week In Sports, Politics & Nonsense!

24 Jan

What an utterly amazing week to be alive to blog!  Unfortunately, other obligations AKA my paying job, got in the way of being able to write too much.  I realize that given these uncertain times I should feel lucky to have a good job.  And I do.

I also feel lucky to have this blog and to be able to present my thoughts on the week we all just got through together. 

Here goes!

Another Giants’ receiver gets shot!  Seriously what are the odds of the guy who replaced Plaxico Burress on the Giants roster also getting shot so soon after Burress accidentally capped himself?  Better than back to back Big Blue championships, I guess.  Here’s hoping Taye Biddle gets better soon.

Jeff Kent – when you look at his numbers even after accounting for the slugging era he played in, they are very impressive for a second baseman.  As a Mets fan, I saw quite a bit of Kent in the 90s.  He never struck me as a Hall of Famer.  Maybe that early impression is what keeps me from seeing him as Cooperstown-worthy now…

Alonozo Mourning – Zo has once again decided to retire.  Somehow this one feels more real.  After battling through kidney problems and leg issues through the years, I think he’s done.  Does anyone remember how limitless the Charlotte Hornets future looked way back when they had the young versions of Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson playing for them?  Maybe the young & current version of Chris Paul will deliver on that long ago promise for the franchise that fled Charlotte for New Orleans…

Brian Schottenheimer – I don’t get it.  What’s the big deal whether he comes back to the Jets as their offensive coordinator?  In three years with the Jets, Marty’s son has produced the 25th, 26th and 16th ranked offenses in the NFL.  This gets him serious consideration for the head job?  And this merits the Jets’ brass losing sleep over whether he’ll be happy to return?  Maybe it’s just that they figure if they keep Shottenheimer and the current offense in place the odds are better Brett Favre will return?

Rex Ryan – Maybe it’s cause he’s a twin and I have twins.   Maybe it’s cause he’s Buddy Ryan’s son and for some reason I always found Buddy entertaining despite my being a Giants’ fan.  I don’t know.   But, for some reason, I like Rex Ryan and feel like he’ll do a nice job with the Jets.  If nothing else, his press conferences are already better than Eric Mangini’s.

Goodbye Guantanamo! – The new president carries through on his promise to close Gitmo.  Good riddance!  Call me crazy but simply “disappearing” people just doesn’t seem real American to me.  Feels like we all ought to have more faith in our system than to resort to that kind of third world dictatorship kind of move.

Goodbye Torture! – Barack Obama delivers again!  Nice first couple of days for him by the way.  So far so good, but we’ve got a long way to go.  Thanks to President Obama, now the US will not be allowed to torture suspects anymore.  Another good move. America should not tolerate torture.  Beside not being in keeping with our constitution, it’s not all that effective.  How about just making them sit through a full episode of the “Color Honeymooners”?  Yikes!

Pope’s On Youtube – He’s got his own channel there.  How long til he’s got his own development deal with some cable channel?

Mark Ivaroni Fired – Is every NBA franchise going to fire their head coach this season?  And will it make any difference in Memphis anyway??  Especially when you hire Lionel Hollins for the THIRD time to coach your franchise.  What’s he going to do different this time??  Third time!  I’m not making this up!

New York’s Got a New Senator – And it’s not a Kennedy.  Would have been poetic to see Caroline Kennedy take the seat her uncle once held.  But, after her disastrous couple of weeks in the spotlight think we all learned why she’s stayed private all these years. You know, uh, you know….

Manny Ramirez – Being a pain in the ass can cost you a lot of cash.  Now, not even the Mets are interested in one of the game’s very best hitters.  As a Mets’ fan, I’m very worried about the pitching rotation and just don’t think they have enough hitting.  Manny could go a long way toward solving half their problems.  Course, he’d add a whole other set in the process but that’s just Manny being Manny.

Mark McGwire  –  Not only does his brother Jay introduce him to roids, now he outs him.  Would I love to be a fly-on the wall at the McGwire family reunion!

Herm Edwards Fired – Had to see this coming when the Chiefs brought in a new GM.  And although Edwards isn’t saying it, I will.  Clark Hunt has a lot of nerve firing Edwards after signing off on the youth movement that put the Chiefs at 2-14 last year.  If Edwards had known he had just one year to work with, maybe he’d have rethought going young.

Who’ll Bail Out The Veteran NFL Coaches? – Maybe it will be the Chiefs who are rumored to be pursuing Mike Shanahan.  It’s amazing to me to see all these young guys getting hired for head coaching jobs this year while big names like Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Marty Schottenheimer and Bill Cowher may be sitting out next season. 

Let’s take them and a few others case by case:

Mike Shanahan – Not surprised KC would want him.  After all, they had to play against him for so long and know how good he is.  Am surprised that he’d go somewhere so quickly after Denver, especially without being able to have Denver-type control.  Really thought that once again he’d replace Wade Phillips.  This time in Dallas.  If Jerry Jones were smart and Shanahan were interested, he’d make sure history repeat itself.

Jon Gruden – Tampa’s entire roster seems to be dogging him in the press, but you have to believe he’ll get another chance.  When he does, he’ll win again.

Marty Schottenheimer – All Brian’s dad ever has done is win.  Ok, not in the playoffs so much.   Still, I don’t buy he’s not one of the top 30 coaches in the pro football world.  Don’t see Norv Turner really lighting things up in San Diego either…

Bill Cowher – he strikes me as the least interested in coming back this year.  Still, think the Jets blew it by not overwhelming him.

Dan Reeves – He wants back in.  So much so that at age 65 he’s interviewing for the offensive coordinator spot for the 49ers.  Like Marty Schot, he’s another guy who has done nothing but win.  Unfortunately, both he and Marty may never get a crack at a top spot again.  Here’s hoping they both do.  The ultimate of course, would be to see Reeves get another team to the Super Bowl only to watch them get crushed by Marty’s first ever Super Bowl team. 

Denny Green – I’m just throwing him in here.  I haven’t even heard he wants to coach again.  But, with the Cardinals going to the Super Bowl, it’s worth noting that Green brought in some of the guys who have gotten them there.  You may have heard of one of his guys.  Kurt Warner??

Deep breathe!  Think that was everything I wanted to get out.

Thanks for taking a look!


Bud Selig Finally Grows A Pair!

31 Mar


Baseball’s do nothing, see nothing commissioner is finally getting tough.  According to reports, Bud Selig is insisting that any players named in the Mitchell Report be punished somehow. 

Predictably, baseball’s player association is balking at any punishment for their members named in the steroid/HGH report.  This is, of course, what happens when a union becomes too big and successful.  It becomes tone deaf.  Their members are making millions on a game that depends on an even playing field and the union refuses to hold those that have tarnished the game and risked future prosperity for all members accountable.

But, this post isn’t about the union.  It’s about the other sad half of baseball’s pathetic leadership equation.  It’s all about Bud Selig.  Why is Mr. Selig digging his heels in now?

For Selig, this fight is all about Selig.  It’s about a legacy.  Think about it.  What is Selig’s legacy right now?  He’ll forever be the commissioner tied to the steroid era in baseball.  Sure, in many ways it’s been an extremely successful time.  At what cost is the question?  Steroids and HGH pose the biggest threat to the game right now, perhaps ever, and Selig is the one who turned a blind eye to their entrance into baseball’s mainstream.

Would you want that on your Hall of Fame plaque?  Selig doesn’t.  So, that’s why he’s clamping down now.  It’s protecting his legacy.  Nothing less and nothing more.

I only wish Selig had thought more about his legacy in the 1990s when cheaters like Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and finally Barry Bonds destroyed a record a decent man like Roger Maris went through so much to set.

Of course, the Maris record, amazing as it is, takes a back seat to the biggest record of them all.  Like Maris, Hank Aaron went through a ton of pressure and ugliness to set the all time homer mark only multiplied by racism on top of everything else.  Where was Selig when a gracious decent man’s honest accomplishments were surpassed by an arrogant cheater named Barry Bonds?  Keeping a low profile and trying to figure out how to dig baseball out of the whole he let it fall into.

Selig is a disgrace as a commissioner, but I guess that’s what you get when you hire a fellow owner to do a job that’s supposed to be all about doing what’s in the best interest of baseball.

Bonds Vs. Mays – Nice Way to Treat Your Godfather!

27 Mar

Here’s a response I recently posted to another blogger who didn’t see what the big deal about steroids is.  After all, he reasoned “athletes are always looking for an edge”

My response:

Here’s what the big deal is… steroids are a lot more than an edge. Baseball is a game of attrition. You play day after day and for most the grind means human numbers by the end of the year. With steroids, you recover quicker and suddenly guys are able to put up numbers that make a mockery of what the best of the best sweated and toiled to achieve honestly.

What do you say to Roger Maris’ family who watched as he was vilified for having the bad manners to not be Mickey Mantle while breaking the Babe’s home run record when his record is passed time and again by guys doing it only by cheating?
I think you are off base here. Either everyone should legally be able to use performance enhancing drugs (not gonna happen for a lot of reasons) or those that get caught should deal with the punishment they deserve.

Barry Bonds wasn’t better than Willie Mays before steroids and yet now there’s a whole generation of baseball fans who look at the numbers and don’t understand that. Nice way for Barry to treat his godfather!

PS – I’m really not as old or cranky as I sound…

PPS – here’s a link to the original post that prompted my response:


John Rocker – This Year’s Canseco?

13 Feb

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Why Should We Believe John Rocker? Two words. Jose Canseco.

As a true baseball hero once said it’s deja vu all over again. John Rocker, major league outcast andconfirmed nitwit, has come out with some startling accusations about Major League Baseball’s complicity in the steriod scandal it’s currently mired in.  Just like Jose, no one believes him.

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Go to fullsize imageRocker claims that Selig knew Rocker had failed a steriod test back in 2000 and didnt punish him. He also says that as a Texas Ranger he was part of hallway conversation in which a team doctor and a doctor from the player’s association gave him and several teammates tips on how to best use steriods to avoid ending up like Lyle Alzado. He claims A Rod, Pudge Rodriguez and noted cheater Rafael Palmiero were part of that discussion.  The reaction has been predictable. Rocker is justifably not held in high esteem. So, people have jumped all over him. 

And they are right to do so on his Selig claim. Turns out, Bud is covered and John Rocker is simply misinformed on how such problems were handled way back at the turn of the century.

When Rocker tested positive, MLB’s agreement with the player’s union was that positive steroid tests would be kept strictly confidential. The commisioner should never have been informed and he wasn’t. According to policy back then, Rocker was referred for confidential treatment without Selig knowing anything.

OK, so that’s strike one against John Rocker. And now we’ll find out how the former pitcher hits when he’s behind in the count.

Will his second claim prove true?  Was baseball giving players advice on proper juicing?  What did A Rod, Pudge and others do with the advice?

We know Jose Canseco is a lot of things, an attention whore for one, but in the end he turned out to be a somewhat truthful voice in this big mess.

We know John Rocker is capable of being an intolerant bigot, but my gut tells me we’ll eventually find out he, like Canseco before him, is not a complete liar.

And when Rocker looks good, baseball should worry.