April 26, 2009


My heartfelt condolences go to Jimmy Breslin and his family on the passing of Jimmy’s daughter, Kelly.

May she rest in peace.


I didn’t hear too much from Lupica about some of the blown calls by the umpires in yesterday’s Yankees- Red Sox game, won by the Sawx 16-11.

Lupica headlined his article, “The National Shame of the Week.”

I have to say that the calls didn’t influence the final result. But, “Mr. Objectivism’s” stance has gone so far to the other side, it’s meeting itself coming from the other direction.

The worst blown call (at least I HOPE it was blown) took place after Ellsbury went to first and tried to steal second base. Lupica came close to making a correct description (HA!) by saying, “Ellsbury came around after catcher’s interference.”

To begin with, there shouldn’t have been an interference call because Ellsbury took a step back before hitting Posada’s glove with his bat. Then Ellsbury took off for second base. The Yankees pitched-out. Ellsbury slid but stopped short of second by TWO- FEET. Cano applied the tag. The call—SAFE.  Whoo-Boy!!!


Marc Spears wrote about HS’ers going to the NBA, in the Boston Globe, “If you thought Brandon Jennings was adventurous for becoming the first American to go straight from high school to play pro ball in Europe last year, check out Jeremy Tyler. The San Diego High center is forgoing his senior year of high school to play professionally overseas. As wild as Tyler’s move might seem, NBA commissioner David Stern has no problems with it, despite the fact that his league does not allow Americans to enter the draft until they’ve completed one school year after graduating from high school or at age 19. ‘Within the rules, people should be free to follow their desires,’ Stern said. ‘I understand all the issues. If you were a prodigy, you’d practice [in Europe], and then you’d practice some more. What I read his remarks to mean was that this is what he wants to do. He’ll spend time on his studies, but he’ll spend more time in the gym and a lot more time playing against better competition. Then when he goes into the NBA draft, he’ll be a better player. Our players are able to take the high school/college route, they can go the European route, they can go the high school/D-League route, and maybe there will be some other ways for them to go.’ Tyler averaged 28.7 points for San Diego High this season and committed to Louisville. The 17-year-old has been home-schooled for the past month and plans on earning his high school degree through correspondence courses. Tyler would have to play professionally overseas for two years before being eligible for the 2011 NBA draft. Jennings has said ‘a couple’ of high school players have reached out to him about his experience in Italy. He also supports Tyler’s decision. ‘It’s a great move,’ said Jennings, 19. ‘He’s going to do fine as long as he keeps his head up, stays mentally focused, and keeps grinding. He’ll be the No. 1 pick whenever he comes out. I have a lot respect for the dude. You have to give the kid a chance to play. He’s young, but he’s also talented. He’s going to make mistakes, but that’s just because he’s young.’ The NBA stopped allowing Americans to go from high school to its draft three years ago. Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who went from high school to the pros in 2003, believes Tyler made a poor decision. ‘It’s crazy,’ Perkins said. ‘I wouldn’t do it. I don’t know who is giving him his advice or if money is an issue. Me personally, I wouldn’t do it. You can only be young once. At least finish your senior year.’”


Bob Moliaro commented on the Detroit Lions first pick in the NFL draft, “Detroit made Matthew Stafford the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.                                                                                  In that case, Lions management should be asked to pee in a cup.                              Envisioning Stafford as a franchise quarterback could be the worst design concept to come out of Detroit since the AMC Gremlin.                                                                 This won’t be the first time an infatuation with young quarterback talent leads to a franchise suffering self-inflicted wounds. You’d think, though, that teams would learn. Then again, we’re talking about the Lions.                                                                  There’s always the chance that Stafford could develop into a great pro and lead Detroit out of its misery. And there’s a chance Terrell Owens could take a vow of silence and enter a monastery.                                                                                                             The former Georgia star was the best available quarterback in a year when pickings were very slim. But no more than the media can reduce their bloated coverage of the draft can a team with the No. 1 pick resist rolling the dice on a strong-armed passer.                         Between now and Saturday, the next Peyton Manning isn’t walking through the door. As the top pick, though, Stafford is guaranteed Manning-like money. He’s not worth the risk.            The Lions are hoping that Stafford becomes next season’s Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco, rookie quarterbacks who made an impact. But the scenario is much different in Detroit. It makes no sense to surround a fledgling pro with the returning talent from a 0-16 team.”



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