Thursday, February 19, 2009


This is going to be a short post but I am hoping that I will be able to post a longer one soon.

Now I know that ESPN is the sports reporting equivilent to the Evil Empire but I am forced to given them kudos for the creation of thier NBA trade machine. It has made a science out of the wide speculation that follows any major pro sport trading dealine. If you have not tried it you have about 5 hours to do so.

Oh and a note to my home town Bulls: Great Trade! (Gooden, Ruffin, Simmons, and Nocioni for Miller and Salmons) but you are not done yet, get one or two more done! (ie Larry Hughes to the Knicks)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Roid Rage

I sit before you as a sufferer of roid rage. Specifically I am unbelievablely, undeniably angry at Major League Baseball and everything that is to do with it.

Of course A-Rod's admission to the use of steriods is what has set me off at this particular time, but I have been arguing the case against steroid use since the time of Grady Anderson.

But to the point...A-Rod's scripted apology and admission of "guilt" have me boiling. I could have forgiven him. I could have forgiven everyone who took steroids, if they would just come out and admit it. Not admit it like A-rod did (an admission full of half truths and pleas of ignorance) but come out and tell us what you did and why. We will, I will, forgive you...just come completely clean.

That said I do forgive A-Rod but now no matter what he does for the rest of his career I will speak out against his entry into the hall of fame. (Unless he comes clean with full disclosure then I will reconsider him)

I feel that way with all of my heroes who have fallen in this steroid scandal. (Big Mac, Sammy, Ralphy, Bones, and the rest) Just come clean and all will be forgiven.

That said I will never stop arguing for Bud Selig and Donald Fehr to be fired.

Bud Selig the commish who oversaw the strike (which is never a fight between players and the owners but between owners and the owners), the commish who looked the other way during the home run chase, and the commish who lied to congress and was rewarded with a $18 million plus salary. He needs to be gone

Donald Fehr who is so busy trying to get the players money that he is not taking care of the players lives and health. The man who lets agents walk all over the CBA and looked away with Bud Selig while steroids threatened to destroy the game. He should be gone.

It is time for a new system in baseball. Its time for the best interests of the game clause to be involved to create a new position. Create a real commissioner who does not work for the players or the owners but acts in the best interests of the sport. It will never happen, but until it does baseball will continue to slowly die.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Why, after such a great Super Bowl did I feel disappointed? Was it because the Steelers who were the favorites won? No. Was it because the half time show featured the overrated Bruce Springsteen? No. Was it because the commercials (while having more heart) had less humor in them again this year? No.

The reason why I was disappointed with the Super Bowl is because of the way it ended. Instead of doing the right thing and reviewing and overturning the call of a fumble on the last play of the game, the referees deprived us, the fans, of a last second Hail Mary that could have determined the game.

Yes I know people were already storming the field. Yes I know 99 times out of 100 the pass will be intercepted or fall incomplete.

But with the addition of a 15 yard Unnecessary Roughness penalty against the Steelers, the Hail Mary would have been about a 45 yard pass. More than do able for Warner and his magnificent receivers.

And without that last pass the game just seemed anticlimactic.

Kurt Warner: Hall of Fame Worthy?

We have all heard his zero to hero story. We have all heard how great of a guy he is. But is Kurt Warner a hall of fame player.

I say no, but let’s look at the arguments on both sides.

Great Story
He took two traditional terrible franchises and brought them to the super bowl. (with one win)
He has comparable stats with other hall of fame QBs.
He has the top three passing yard totals in super bowl history.
2 time NFL MVP
Super Bowl MVP
Has lost 2 super bowls on 2 last second plays that were outside of his control

He does not have a hall of fame name: 10 years from now will Kurt Warner be remembered with a reverent pause like Dan Marino or Joe Montana
He had 5 AMAZING years spread out in 11 seasons
Lots of injuries
Benched 3 times
In the 3 seasons that he went to the superbowl, he has arguably the best wide receiving tandem in the league. (Holt and Bruce, Boldin and Fitzgerald)

I have heard it said that what defines a hall of fame is who is left out. I think that Kurt Warner falls just short of enshrinement. Of course with one more great season I think my opinion would change.

Sunday, February 1, 2009