Wednesday, September 28, 2005
If Jim Bunning wants to speak about what's pathetic, here's what one fan thinks. I think it's pathetic that your house majority leader was just indicted, I think it's pathetic that your President chose a crony who's only experience is running horse shows to head FEMA, I think it's pathetic that the federal government didn't respond quicker to Hurricane Katrina, I think it's pathetic that the administration is already politicizing the rebuilding of New Orleans, I think it's pathetic that you have so many hearings about this drug problem but just shrug off the President's past drug use and the governor of California's celebrated steroid use, I think it's pathetic that you haven't investigated the misleading arguments that lead us into the Iraqi quagmire, I think it's pathetic that nothing is been done about Karl Rove who compromised National security for political gain, I think it's pathetic that Congress is avoiding the topic of prisoner abuse, I think it's pathetic that nothing is being done about the oil industry and insurance companies screwing Americans after a natural disaster, I think it's pathetic that when there's so many important issues for you to address, you're wasting your time on baseball.
1. Indians 92-65
1. Red Sox 92-65
1. Yankees 92-65
1. White Sox 94-63
2. Angels 91-66
1. St. Louis 97-61
2. Philadelphia 84-74
1. Atlanta 90-68
2. Houston 86-71
3. San Diego 78-79
The Sox, Yanks, and Indians would be battling for one spot in the playoffs. The Angels, Phillies, and Astros would be out of luck, and the Padres would be 12 games back.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
So where am I going with this? Here's a quote about steroid punishments:
"Twenty games are not enough," baseball spokesman Rich Levin said. "Also, the union's proposal is not three strikes and you're out. It is three strikes and maybe you're out."We've gone full circle! Levin is using a baseball metaphor to talk about baseball. And no, I am not high right now.
Monday, September 26, 2005
- What the hell is a PCL? Rodney Harrison tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL, so he's out for the season. The Pats survived last year without Ty Law, so who knows, they may be okay. We'll quickly learn how good Eugene Wilson is.
- Brady 12 for 12 in the 4th quarter. Nothing else to say.
- A lot of credit should be given to the rookie offensive linemen on the Pats, but they must have gotten a lot of help from Ben Watson and Daniel Graham. Hope you don't have these two guys on your fantasy team because they'll be spending a lot of time on the line now.
- I was ready to execute Kevin Faulk for those fumbles, but then he made another big catch and run during the Pats final drive.
- Adam Vinatieri is great, yada, yada, yada. Interesting that the Pats set up the field goal without calling a timeout or even spiking the ball. Michael Felger of the Boston Herald claims that most NFL teams would not have been able to pull that off so smoothly.
- I wonder when Bill Cowher is planning on calling that last time out.
- If Brady and Vinatieri didn't deliver, I'd be going on and on about that terrible pass interference call -- just a terrible call.
- Nice lateral by Randel El. I think he got the idea from watching the commercial with Moss and the Burger King mascot too much.
- Hopefully we saw the last of Klecko as a fullback last week in Carolina. Patrick Pass always seems to perform well when given a chance.
- Willie Parker ran for just 55 yards. Is it too early to say the Patriots have the best defensive line in football?
- Pennington's out for the season. Based on what I saw over the first few games of the season, Jets fans shouldn't mind too much.
- Eagles and Bills fans should mind about their teams' injuries. J.P. Losman doesn't look like he'll win many games on his own. Takeo Spikes, the heart of the Bills defense is done for the year. Ackers may be out for only a week or two, but he may be the most irreplaceable Eagle.
- Speaking of kickers, is there a more enjoyable person to watch fail than Sebastian Janikowski?
- I'll admit it. I like Chad Johnson's touchdown dances.
- Is is possible that Brett Favre will be the quarterback of a 1-15 team?
- Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison just became the most prolific passer receiver combination, passing Jim Kelly and Andre Reed. These combos also happen to have the same amount of Super Bowl rings, none. That's not really fair to Kelly and Reed. They at least made it to the Super Bowl.
- Jim Haslett was right to complain about the Saints New York "home game," but he complained for too long. His team looks like they're losing focus, but you really can't blame them either.
- With the Sunday Night Football announcing crew every player and play is amazing. They're actually not exaggerating when they talk about LaDainian Tomlinson. It will be interesting to see how he does next week.
- Watching Bledsoe hooking up with Terry Glenn brings back good memories, but the talent on the field in that game did little to remind me of those great matchups the Cowboys and Niners had in the nineties.
- The Dominoes pizza with steak looks disgusting.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Rafael Palmeiro has quickly turned from a player no one cares about into a player that everyone absolutely hates. Congress is investigating him for perjury, so he's trying to come up with an excuse for testing positive. He could have went the generic way and said that he misread a label or a doctor gave him something for an injury. But no, team player Palmeiro decided to blame his teammate, Miguel Tejada. Palmeiro claims that Tejada gave him what Raffy thought were B12 vitamins, and those must have actually been steroids. Sure, I always take vitamins that people hand me.
First, I think Palmeiro's a liar. It's bad enough that he's trying to throw the blame to a teammate, but what's worse is he's trying to blame one of the most popular players in baseball. Luckily for Tejada and baseball, Palmeiro has no credibility. Then again, Tejada was a teammate of Jason Giambi.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Back to Willis; he's been one of the best stories in baseball. It's a shame he plays in a city that ignores baseball. The Florida papers will probably write more about Ricky Williams farting than Willis getting his 22nd win.
- Try the young arms. Hansen, Papelbon, and Delcarmen have the talent, but are they ready? Let's find out and put them in pressure situations. Francona's other option is to pitch Timlin too much or put in a veteran who he already knows will fail. It is a risk to put in young pitchers in a pennant race, but the Sox are in a desperate situation, and they'll need more than Timlin if they make the playoffs. The Sox need to find out if some of these guys can do it.
- Overwork Wakefield. His arm is amazing, so you could put him in some situations between starts.
- Put Arroyo in the bullpen. This might be the most drastic move because he's one of the better starters on the team. However, he has a rubber arm and has come up big in the playoffs out of the pen. The problem is you're taking him out of the rotation, which means David Wells and Matt Clement play a bigger role.
- Score 20 runs a game.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
It's been reported that his contract will be bought out at the end of the season. That means the rumors of him replacing Joe Torre will begin very soon, especially if the Yankees don't win the World Series.
If I were a Yankee fan, I'd probably have a meeting tomorrow with a parole officer. Wait, what I meant to say is if I were a Yankee fan, I would not want Torre replaced with Piniella. If Piniella were managing the Yanks this year, there is no way they'd be in contention. Torre's calm patience and leadership has helped the Yankees' pitching staff survive and helped Giambi become a contributor. The Yankees would have quit with Piniella at the helm.
"They made this seem like the Super Bowl," quarterback Aaron Brooks said of the NFL and the hoopla after New Orleans had six turnovers and 13 penalties. "We played a team that outplayed us today, but it was way overdone. Setting up a stage, traveling out here, was uncalled for.
"Try not to patronize us next time, traveling us to New York, saying we're playing a home game."
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
New York Giants: You may have noticed I have a bit of an anti New York bias. Their "road game" against the Saints just completely pissed me off. Giving the Giants an extra home game was completely unfair to the rest of the NFC. They've looked good lately, and I respect Tiki Barber, but the Redskin's, Eagles', and Cowboy's defenses will give Eli fits. They probably don't make the playoffs.
Washington: Their defense has looked good and their offense has looked good for half of a quarter. Can you picture Brunell taking a team to the playoffs?
Tampa Bay: I'm on the bandwagon. Gruden can coach and Cadillac Williams has looked great.
Cincinnati: Palmer and his receivers can do a lot of damage and Rudi Johnson is an underrated back. They'll make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh: They haven't had the best competition yet, but they've looked very good. As long as they can keep up the running game, the Steelers will be a scary team. I'm not sure how they'll recover from their loss to the Patriots next weekend though.
Indianapolis: They have a defense and the usual offense. They'll have a great season, but it won't mean anything of Manning chokes in the playoffs again.
Kansas City: Wonderful offense and an improved defense, but they've already had some bad injuries. With their running attack, they'll scare teams into the playoffs.
Green Bay: Favre looks old, their best receiver is out for the season, and Mike Sherman is their coach. Green Bay fans should start looking for Mel Kiper articles. One positive, they get to play the Vikings twice.
Minnesota: Culpepper can't be this bad? Mike Tice is that bad. There's some talent on this team, so I'd say look for a season of mediocrity (about 8-8)
Arizona: Come on it's the Cardinals! The only question is how will they screw up next year's high draft pick.
Baltimore: As usual the defense will win some games, but with their quarterback situation the Ravens are looking at an 8-8 record.
Houston: Just terrible. Houston fans, stick with the Astros and Rockets, or even the Comets.
Oakland: Not a big Norv Turner fan, but I think this team has the talent to turn things around. They gave the Chiefs a tough time, and I don't see any other powers in the AFC West.
San Diego: Let the quarterback controversy begin. They should have traded Brees in the offseason; his value will never be as high again. With Gates and Tomlinson they can get back into the playoff race.
Monday, September 19, 2005
As for Dallas, Aaron Glenn has to at least put a hand on the speedster Moss. Roy Williams can't let Moss get by him in that situation, and then let it happen again. Also, Bledsoe brought nothing in the fourth, but I wouldn't blame him for the loss.
As for Madden and the ABC crew. First they post a statistic saying that Parcells is 77-0 when his team is leading by at least 13 points in the fourth. Then, they show a montage of Roy Williams' highlights, and Madden gushes about how wonderful he is. Roy Williams then gets burnt twice and Parcells doesn't run Julius Jones enough to close the game.
- Fantasy owners of Daunte Culpepper may be considering retirement.
- Let's not get too carried away attributing the Vikings struggles just to Randy Moss's departure. The Vikings also lost their offensive coordinator and their best offensive lineman. Mike Tice is also their coach.
- Moss hasn't given the Raiders any wins either so far.
- I did my Patriot overreaction yesterday, but I'm worried they miss Charlie Weis. Weis was a disciplinarian in practice, so maybe he would have prevented some of those stupid penalties and drops. Yesterday's play calling wasn't good either. Charlie would have called some screens.
- I was going to mention how Curtis Martin continues to amaze, but now he's having an MRI. That means more of those Pennington passes!
- Green Bay 0-2. Kris from Key West left just in time.
- Romeo got his first win with Braylon Edwards looking good. Don't get too carried away;they only beat the Packers.
- The Steelers beat the Texans. In a related story, I beat my five-year old niece in tic-tac-toe.
- The Texans took David Carr with the overall number one pick in 2002. The Bengals took Carson Palmer with the overall number one pick in 2003. Timing is everything.
- Palmer will be considered a top 5 quarterback very soon.
- The Colts' defense is winning games? That is bad news for the rest of the league, but the Colts' defense gets too much blame for playoff struggles over the last few years. Look at the playoff losses the Colts had against the Jets and Pats. It was Superman Peyton Manning's fault they lost those games, not the defense's.
- Is Brian Billick still an offensive genius?
- With that commercial where that guy sky dives to his car, they say that you should not try this at home. But how else do you get to your car if your home is on top of a mountain too steep for cars?
Sunday, September 18, 2005
- When the Pats lost to the Steelers last year, they were outplayed by a team who was better than them for that day. This wasn't the case in the Carolina game.
- So many stupid penalties, so many dropped passes and dropped interceptions, and a bunch of terrible passes by Tom Brady. The Pats lost this game; don't get too carried away if you're a Panthers fan.
- The following post are not excuses for the Pats' loss. They deserved to lose.
- Carolina is a dirty team. The announcers kept saying "tough," and they do play tough, but cheap shotting Troy Brown on the sideline is not "tough;" it's dirty.
- Yes, Rodney Harrison is a dirty player too.
- The refs of this game must have Stephen Davis on their fantasy team. If the ball crosses the goal line it is a touchdown, but I thought the ball had to at least be in the player's hands. Davis also had a possible second half fumble, but a ref with a quick whistle saved him.
- Where was that quick whistle when Ben Watson fumbled?
- Speaking of fantasy sports, CBS shouldn't let Dan Dierdorf and Dick Enberg embarrass themselves talking about the subject. After the first half Dierdorf said that fantasy owners must be disappointed because Davis had only about 30 yards rushing. He had 2 touchdowns in the first half! Touchdowns are how you get points! The refs weren't disappointed with Davis's first half.
- Enberg needs to stick with tennis and Deirdorf needs to stick with the golf course.
- Only one player on Carolina impressed me -- the kicker, John Kasey who had two field goals over 50 yards.
- Why does Ricky Proehl turn into Jerry Rice every time he plays the Pats?
- And the Red Sox are getting blown out too! Maybe I'll watch the Food Network.
USC beat Arkansas 70-17, and there's not even any mention of the game on the front page of ESPN.com's college football section. USC right now reminds me of Mike Tyson before the Buster Douglas fight. The games are on late, most of the opponents are weak, and people just assume it will be an easy win. So, is there a chance that USC could get upset late at night with no one watching? And could Pete Carroll get a tattoo on his face and bite off someone's ear?
We took a group of the 17 top free agent starting pitchers who signed last winter and combined their numbers as of Friday. Clubs paid $353.25 million for those pitchers and got a .500 record (147-147) as a return. That doesn't include the $32 million, two-year extension the Yankees gave Randy Johnson after trading for him.
Entering yesterday, and with just two weeks left in the season, only two of those 17 pitchers had won as many as 15 games: Pedro Martinez (15-7) of the Mets, and Jon Lieber (15-12) of the Phillies. The Red Sox' David Wells (13-7) and Matt Clement (13-5) had a chance.
Some example of signings that haven't worked out so far:
- Kris Benson, Mets $22.5 million, 3 years. 9-8, 4.16 ERA
- Eric Milton, Reds $25.5 million, 3 years. 7-14, 6.56 ERA
- Russ Ortiz, Diamonbacks $33 million, 4 years. 5-10, 6.88 ERA
''He wasn't mentally tough enough to go back to the basics because of his frustration. He comes in and attacks the manager, tells him that no one likes him and that type of thing. Where does that come from? That's like talk from a 7-year-old kid. It's like he ran out of ammunition and was backed into a corner, so he attacked Ozzie in a childish way. Do you want a pitcher who doesn't believe in himself?"
I learned again why I don't gamble, and hopefully you learned not to get your gambling advice from the internet.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
FSU looked terrible against Miami. The only strength I could see out of FSU was their pass rush. BC always turns out good NFL offensive linemen, so I figure they'll have some god players this year to alleviate FSU's defensive attack. As for BC facing an athletic FSU team: BC does have experience playing Miami, so playing against fast Florida athletes won't be a complete shock to them.
Not convinced by my vague arguments yet? BC is playing at home. FSU has never played in Boston, and it will be 60 degrees and raining. Also Tom O'Brien seems to be a good coach and Bobby Bowden might be coming down with a case of JoePaternoitis.
Those are the recent numbers of Tim Wakefield, and his outstanding pitching has given him a win, a loss, and a no decision. Consider me a member of the Tim Wakefield Fan Club (as long as I don't have to pay any dues). Since 1995 his roles including being the staff ace, a closer, and an inning eater for the Red Sox. Fortunately for the Red Sox, he's still pitching as good as ever and knuckleballers can pitch well into their forties.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Homeplate umpire Fieldin Culbreth decided to be the star of the game as he ejected Randy Johnson in the second inning for complaining about a call. Here's the humble umpire describing the incident:
"I can assure you that nobody finds it exciting to come to the ballpark this time of year and have to eject Randy Johnson... Randy immediately came off the mound and had some choice words to say. I told him to knock it off and get back on the mound. He screamed again, an expletive and, `Just call it a strike.' And at that point he also screamed out, 'And the pitch to Wells was an expletive strike as well.' And at that point, I ejected him."And after the game Culbreth went directly to church. The way Culbreth describes everything, his decision to throw out Johnson sounds reasonable. Then you watch the video, where Culbreth throws off his mask and vehemently points at Johnson as he yells at him. It's another case of an umpire being confrontational.
Don't worry, a Yankee fan didn't hack into this site. I'm not defending a Yankee; I'm complaining about a bad umpire.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Good fielding can help make a case for an MVP candidate, but so can other things such as clutch hitting, runs, RBI, ERA, wins, saves, etc. If a player is a poor fielder or a DH, he needs to do a little more than a similar player who also fields well. Because of this, a DH shouldn't win often.
I just think it's wrong to eliminate a DH from contention just because he doesn't field
National League: Andruw Jones Gold Glove Fielder, over 50 homeruns, surrounded by a bunch of rookies.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
I love that you show competitive eating once in a while, but I think you can create a better show. Call it Competitive Eaters Attack! Find restaurants that have buffets or all you can eat nights and bring two competitors in along with the cameras.
We'd have the excitement of the competition along with the comedy of watching the restaurant staff's reaction. Think about it, the great Kobayashi pays ten dollars for all you can eat pizza. Would the restaurant run out of dough? How many slices would it take before the owner had a nervous breakdown? 30? 40? 50?
E-mail me at bartcopsportseast.com so you can get an address to send me all those royalty checks.
You sign Kordell Stewart. Sorry Ravens fans.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
- How does Mike Martz still have a job?
- Ty Law gets an interception and the Jets get blown out. Perfect.
- Broncos lose to the Dolphins. If Mike Shanahan retired with Elway, some people would still call him a genius.
- Two touchdowns for rookie Alex Smith! He really was worth the number one pick! He's a Tampa Bay tight end who was drafted in the third round? Nevermind.
- So is Ray Lewis gonna hire a hit on Kyle Boller or Matt Stover?
- Impressive win for Drew Bledsoe, but I think that Burger King mascot is in his head.
- Was that the same Larry Johnson who had to take his diapers off? He looks like a new man.
- Why I don't gamble and why I avoid making predictions on this site: I thought the Steelers would struggle with Bettis and Staley out.
- But I'm not always wrong: Green Bay lost (I've been saying they'd struggle) and Mike Williams caught a touchdown pass (I defended the Lions' controversial pick of Williams).
- The Colts are up 24-0 with 90 seconds left, so Manning tries to throw a 40 yard pass. Dungy must have Manning on his fantasy team too.
- For those of you sad about the Patriots not playing on Sunday, at least you had their commercials. My grades:
- Troy Brown Dunkin' Donuts: B+ (great acting, pretty good idea, but not as good as Brown's classic United Way "I got Bingo!" commercial),
- Tom Brady and O-Line Visa: C+ (great idea, some wasted opportunities.)
- Generic Patriots Coors Lite snow train: F (corny. Fans being overheated in Foxboro isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Don't think this commercial will make much sense in December)
- Diet Pepsi Machine with real Patriots: D (I didn't give it an F because they tried to be creative, but it just didn't work).
If Roger Federer were human, Agassi would have won the match. Agassi was doing everything right and Federer's backhand was way off. In the third set Agassi was clearly the better player, but Federer has that serve. Much like Pete Sampras in his prime, Federer can still win a set where he's being outplayed because of his dominant serve. Then there was the fourth set which demonstrated why some people claim Federer may be the best ever.
Bernie Williams has 12 home runs and 61 RBI so far this season, and is supposed to be a player in decline after a great Yankee career.
Williams has been about as productive a hitter as Carlos Beltran, and has had more dramatic swings than Beltran has had.
Beltran came into the weekend, the second week of September in the first year of a contract that will eventually pay him $119 million, with 14 home runs and 65 RBI and a batting average of .271.
Beltran never had a big week.
For this one season, he has been as much of a free-agent disappointment as any big hire either the Yankees or Mets have ever made. A thinner Mo Vaughn.
Julian Tavarez beamed Mike Piazza in the head last night. He's the same guy who got fined for throwing at the heads of Astros in last year's playoffs and he threw at Orlando Cabrera's head in Game 3 of the World Series.
There's nothing to worry about though, Tony Larussa said he didn't mean to do it.
''My problem has been my feet, and that's difficult for any hitter to overcome," he said. ''I've played with a lot of pain this year but I haven't told anybody. It's not an excuse. But it has hurt. I have to talk now because it's been troubling me."
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Elena Dementieva was beating Mary Pierce in the US Open Semi-Finals when Mary Pierce called for a 12 minute injury timeout. The only problem was that she wasn't injured. On the court she showed no signs of injury and her treatment basically was a 12 minute massage. This ruined Dementieva's momentum and allowed Pierce to compose herself. Pierce then when on to win the match.
Pierce did not break any rules although you can question her sportsmanship. Tennis clearly needs to make changes to their rules to prevent players from being deceitful to get a long time out.
What makes Pierce an ugly liar is her face and the post match press conference. I wish I had the video because her body language showed all the signs of lying. A quote doesn't do it justice, but here's some of her defensive remarks:
"No," she said flatly. "No, no, not at all. I mean, I'm 30 years old. I've been on the tour for 17 years. I don't believe in that. I don't think that that will make a difference.
"I believe at this level where we're playing, were all very good players, we're all very mentally strong. I had injuries that I needed to attend to, to help me. I was hoping that would help, that I could play better -- and I did. I just needed to do what I needed to do for my body and that was really it."
"Everybody gets injured," Pierce said. "There are timeouts for certain reasons. Some players go to the bathroom [90 second timeout]. Some change their clothes [90 second timeout]. Elena went and changed her clothes after I won the second set, so it's part of the game."
Friday, September 09, 2005
- Buddy Ryan's son is the defensive coordinator of the Raiders. Think he's ever punched Kevin Gilbride's kid in the face?
- Ronald Curry sighting. People forget that in one school year, Curry, Michael Vick, Aaron Brooks, and Allen Iverson played quarterback for Virginia high schools. Not too bad.
- Here's a reality show idea for FOX. Put Tom Brady in Boston, Derek Jeter in Manhattan, Matt Leinart on the USC campus, and Larry King in a Boca Raton retirement home. Give them one week, and see who gets the most action. Call it "Tail Fest".
Here's the top 16 picks of the draft:
|1||Buffalo Bills||Bruce Smith||DE||06/18/1963||Virginia Tech|
|2||Atlanta Falcons||Bill Fralic||OG||10/31/1962||Pittsburgh|
|3||Houston Oilers||Ray Childress||DT||10/20/1962||Texas A&M|
|4||Minnesota Vikings||Chris Doleman||DE||10/16/1961||Pittsburgh|
|5||Indianapolis Colts||Duane Bickett||LB||12/01/1962||Southern California|
|6||Detroit Lions||Lomas Brown||OT||03/30/1963||Florida|
|7||Green Bay Packers||Ken Ruettgers||OT||08/20/1962||Southern California|
|8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Ron Holmes||DE||08/26/1963||Washington|
|9||Philadelphia Eagles||Kevin Allen||OT||06/21/1963||Indiana|
|10||New York Jets||Al Toon||WR||04/30/1963||Wisconsin|
|11||Houston Oilers||Richard Johnson||DB||09/16/1963||Wisconsin|
|12||San Diego Chargers||Jim Lachey||OT||06/04/1963||Ohio State|
|13||Cincinnati Bengals||Eddie Brown||WR||12/18/1962||Miami|
|14||Buffalo Bills||Derrick Burroughs||DB||05/18/1962||Memphis|
|15||Kansas City Chiefs||Ethan Horton||TE||12/19/1962||North Carolina|
|16||San Francisco 49ers||Jerry Rice||WR||10/13/1962||Mississippi Valley State|
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Not much to say about this game. The Pats offense was good in the first half, and the defense was good in the second half, and the special teams -- well, they need some work. Now I get to look forward to an being exhausted at work tommorow. We need more weeknight games that start after 9 PM.
Between going to last night's Sox game and watching tonight's Pats game, I haven't had time to post much. If you're lucky, you might get a drunken post later tonight.
Hopefully James Blake builds off of this tournament and goes on to more success next year. As for Agassi: this isn't a good time to admit it, but I'm not a big Agassi fan for a few reasons. His hype came before his success, he wasted his amazing talent early in his career, and when things aren't going well for him on the court he turns into a baby.
That all said, I don't hate Agassi and I admire him for what he's done at the end of his career. If you want to beat Agassi, you better do it less than five sets because not many people are in better shape than him or as mentally tough. A veteran like Agassi is supposed to be mentally tough, but he's not supposed to be in better shape than guys 10 years younger than him. The fact that Agassi has worked to get himself in better shape than his opponents is the most admirable thing about him.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
- Unfortunately I chose to watch Miami, FSU -- not a good game to get the public interested in college football.
- I saw a quarter of Notre Dame and it was like watching the junior varsity version of the Patriots. Many NFL owners must be having second thoughts about not hiring Charlie Weis when they had the chance.
- Every time I see the crowd of a Florida game I kick myself for going to the wrong college.
- Oklahoma loses to TCU while FSU and Miami look very shaky. There are three less teams Pete Carroll needs to worry about facing in a bowl game.
- Either FSU's pass rush is really good or Miami's offensive line is really bad.
- The biggest adjustment for me when watching college football is the inconsistent field goal kicking. With most NFL kickers (excluding a certain Jet last year), fans don't need to be nervous with a kick of less than 30 yards. Miami and FSU fans can't say the same thing.
- Is Greg Olsen the next great Miami tight end or did FSU just forget to cover him? And how did Miami score only seven when the defense could not stop Olsen?
- FSU receiver Decody Fagg must be tougher than a boy named Sue.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Jerry Rice decided to retire. Maybe he saw my post comparing him to an old Tony Dorsett. Now I'll try to forget his years with the Raiders, Seahawks, and Broncos, and remember him as a 49er who was best wide receiver to ever play the game. He was also a little better than wide receivers Al Toon and Eddie Brown along with thirteen other guys who were drafted before him in 1985
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Major League Baseball is creating a Latino Legends team, but Gordon Edes of The Boston Globe writes that they forgot to put some players on the ballot. "...Perhaps the most intriguing omission was that of Ted Williams, whose mother was Mexican, though his Latino roots were not widely known..."
James Blake pulled off an impressive upset, beating number 2 seed Rafael Nadal 6-4,4-6,6-3,6-1. Bud Collins does more than wear funny pants; he's a great writer and knows everything about the history of tennis. Here's what he wrote about Blake.
...However, one year ago, watching the Open on television, a troubled Blake was wondering whether he would ever play in the big league again. It was a ghastly year that included a broken neck, viral attacks, facial paralysis, and, worst of all, the death of his father...
...Get this: Not since Charlie Pasarell beat Fred Stolle in 1965 had an unseeded American bounced the second seed...
...As Blake prepared to serve match point to conclude a five-game gallop, a rare tribute was offered by the multitude. Everybody stood and clapped and yelled so bombastically that even the ''James!" gang was lost in the cacophony....