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Posted on: February 21, 2009 5:48 pm
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Mistake

Many are going to say it's "sour grapes" or "homerism" for my beloved Red Sox that I make this entry.  I guess that's why it's taken me so long to put my thoughts out there on the subject.  Ultimately, it comes down to having a 12 year-old who begins his baseball season in a few days that prompted me to finally put "ink to paper" on the subject.

Alex Rodriguez is a lying pile of crap who can't be a man (like many others, I might add) and fully cleanse himself of the filth that his behavior has wrought.  Seriously, is it that hard once fully caught in cheating to tell the complete truth

Yes, the tests were supposed to be confidential.  Yes, the person who released the data needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  These are completely valid and "correct."  But once you've been caught in cheating why not show the world that you're more of a man than just a cardboard cut-out of a human being.  Blaming your cousin for supplying you with something that is even illegal in the Dominican Republic doesn't make it okay.

I suppose it's just absurd to expect anything beyond the two WEAK attempts at an explanation we've received from Mr. Rodriguez, but if you're going to actually come out and admit it... admit it.

Finally, the onus now is on Major League Baseball to change their testing program with regard to HGH, steroids & any other kind of illegal physical performance supplements to a method similar to what the Tour de France cyclists & Olympic athletes must endure.  Yesterday, meaning the 80s & 90s are gone; ruined by the likes of McGwire, Canseco, Sosa, Giambi, Palmiero, & Rodriguez.  Tomorrow lives if the League & its athletes will "man up" and deliver on the promise of pure sports.

Posted on: March 31, 2008 7:29 pm
 

So Much Going On!

It's an amazing time of the Sports Year.  Today marks the "official" Opening Day of Major League Baseball.  The Detroit Tigers strangely took it on the chin from the Kansas City Royals.  The New York Yankees had to abbreviate their final Season Opener at Yankee Stadium with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Rays (no longer of the Devil) of Tampa Bay finally won an "away" Opener against the Baltimore Orioles.  And the San Francisco Giants are as bad as we thought judging from the first eight innings of their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Money well spent on Barry Zito, huh.

At the same time, the NCAA Final Four has been named.  It is to be as it should, a battle of the best four teams in the nation; North Carolina Tar Heels, Memphis Tigers, UCLA Bruins and the Jayhawks of Kansas.  No Cinderellas to dillute the genepool of three games that should absolutely rock any fan of the "rock."

Shortly, fans of the National Football League will be going over reports from the Combine, film from past games and rumors involving the Wonderlic Test and just how dumb that kid is.  We'll all be waiting for Mel Kiper Jr. to tell us what he thinks he knows about the quality of young men our universities have put forth both physically, mentally & behaviorally.  He'll be wrong 25% of the time.  Just be prepared.

Amidst all this, I keep coming to a point and failing to care.  One of our own, Amerigo Vespuci (Amanda), is in the hospital and not doing very well.  One of her fellow Iowans, sporgie, has alerted a good sized group of her condition and it has just taken the wind from my sails.  AV as many of us call her, has told us stories of her life before and during cancer.  She has enticed us, challenged us, fought with us and celebrated with us.  Hers is a spirit that you can tell fills any room she enters and leaves it barren when she exits.

We all kind of "play" like we're friends and enemies on our posts and blogs.  We mock the trolls, feed the rivalries, and cheer our beloved alma maters or favorite pro teams.  We try to find an oasis of nothing but sports talk or social interaction from our lighted screens.  We seek to escape the everyday tedium or "reality" of a life that is not all we wanted or solace from something that can just be too much. 

I'm going to ask you to forego this search for a moment or two more.  I promise to go back to being my reasonably sardonically amusing self on my next entry.  Today, though, I need you to take a second out to thank God or your god(s) that you have your health, your family and your friends.  I need you to look around and remember how very much worse it could all be.  Watch ten minutes of the news, after they discuss the election, and you will realize just how much worse.  I'm asking you to think of a young lady who's going through some stuff that we wouldn't wish on anyone.  Help her with your thoughts, your prayers, your appreciation for your "discussions" with her and your appreciation of your own situation.

Get well, AV.  We'll talk to you real soon.

 

Posted on: March 13, 2008 8:43 am
 

The WORST Sports Town in the US

Recently, a town that I love for familial connections and sports teams has received a whole lotta love as the Best Sports Town in the US; Boston, Mass.  With the success of the Patriots (even with a surprising loss in the Super Bowl), Celtics, and Red Sox.  Even the Bruins are above .500 at 36-26-8 and the 7th seed in the East.  The amazing success of Beantown brought to mind...who would be the Worst Sports Town in the US?

What would have to be the criteria to be a Sports Town?  It would have to have all four of the major men's sports in its general geography and it would have to have had some level of past success in one or all of these.  Without these, it wouldn't be a true contrast to Boston's performance.

In evaluating, there really aren't that many cities that have all 4 in their general geography:
Boston ,Dallas, Greater New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Phoenix, San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Detroit, Chicago, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, & Denver.  Pittsburgh doesn't count, because the Pisces weren't REAL!

From this list and looking at last year's or current season's (if in progress) numbers I came up with the two likeliest suspects for WORST SPORTS TOWN!!!

#2 (Done in reverse order for dramatic effect) ATLANTA - The Falcons had incredible internal turmoil finishing with a 4-12 record.  The Hawks are somehow still in the playoff picture with a 26-38 record (yes, the East sucks!).  The Thrashers are 30-33-8 after doing so very well last year and out of the playoffs (is that possible in hockey?).  And the savior from being the worst team is the Braves.  They finished with 84-78 record last year with potential for being pretty good this season.

#1MIAMI / Ft. LAUDERDALE  - The Dolphins were a league-worst 1-15.  Bring in another fish to save the FINS!  The Marlins were worst in the NL East and gave away the last of their good players with a 71-91 record (stadium?  no stadium?).  The Heat are 11-52 and the worst in the NBA and lost their heart with Wade shutting down.  Finally, the Panthers are 33-31-8 and irrelevant again in the NHL.

There were some thoughts around Washington DC and San Fran/Oakland/San Jose, but they each had a team that saved them with playoffs.  Greater New York City would have been a possibility, too, had the Giants not won the Super Bowl.

This measurement is by no means reflective of the passion of some of these cities' fans.  They each do have, collectively, some of the worst fans in the nation, though.  What came first, though, the poor performance or the apathy?

Who do you think has the Worst Sports Town in the US?

 
 
 
 
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