Dreams Blog

March 9, 2012

A Peyton Pipe Dream

Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com) looked at the NY Jets thoughts about going after, free agent, Peyton Manning and wrote: “The owner, GM, and head coach swore Sanchez would be their guy for years and years to come. So now two AFC Championship Game appearances and one .500 season later, they’re going to junk the program because an aging, rusty, recovering quarterback just threw a series of tight spirals on the campus of Duke?

But he’s old, banged up, and a short-term response to a long-term championship drought. The Jets don’t need a better, more accountable version of Favre.

They need Mark Sanchez to keep growing into the quarterback they drafted him to be.

It Was Worthwhile

The game between the Knicks and the Celtics played on 3/5 was an exhausting one to watch. It was reminiscent of the Bradley-Havlicek wars of a different time.

This game was filled with changes in momentum, lead changes, clutch shots by both sides, and non-stop action.

It’s just too bad Boston won 115-111.

Conversations

Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) passed along these chats, “Casey Jacobsen isn’t so sure the J.R. Smith experiment will work in New York. Jacobsen, the former Stanford star who played with Smith in New Orleans, wrote this for Slamonline.com: “We were a bad team, full of me-first guys, but he took the crown. I’d never seen a guy so intent on shooting the ball every time it hit his hands, and I’m sure I never will again.”             

Little Basketball League

I’d like to see a pro-basketball league with a max height of six feet. ESPN.com’s Ian O’Connor cited Bob Cousey as saying, “”The game of basketball over the years has been associated with big people,” Cousy said from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., “but what separates the men from the boys is speed and quickness, and I saw that Lin has both in abundance.” Of course, Lin would be too tall for my league. Carril’e back-door plays were things of beauty.

There’s No Cheering In The Press Box

Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) was rooting quietly about, “Roberto Hernandez Heredia, the Cleveland pitcher who got in trouble for using false identification papers to obtain a visa from the Dominican Republic. You just have to like a guy who changed his name to Fausto Carmona                                                                                            

Appropriate

Tampa Bay’s manager Joe Madden has attempted to build team “chemistry” by having his Rays players wear city-appropriate clothing when they travel into an opponent’s location. They wore grunge in Seattle, Beach Boys in Anaheim, and dressed as Wall Street bankers going to NY.

Madden is quietly cool.

Stop Excessive Hold-ups

Gene Collier (Pgh. Post- Gazette) suggested some ways to stop the hold-ups, “Football has a play clock; baseball should have a pitch clock. Catch it, throw it; you’ve got six seconds. How much of your life have you spent looking at Jonathan Papelbon staring in for a sign like someone watching a sunset? We have the technology to replace signs forever. Catchers wear helmets. Put a mic in ’em. Pitchers don’t wear helmets, but should. If the base coaches standing about 90 feet from the hitter are required to wear helmets for their own safety, why isn’t the pitcher, who is about 30 feet closer and about eight miles higher on the payroll?”       

$100 Million Pitchers Not So Good

John Shea (SF Chronicle) talked about long term contracts for pitchers. “The success rate of $100 million contracts isn’t exactly stellar for pitchers. It’s tremendously risky to commit so much for so long when considering the tremendous risk of arm problems.  , For example, Johan Santana was shut down all of 2011 with a bum shoulder and is trying to bounce back in 2012. Two years are left on his six-year, $137.5 million deal.”

Beer In The Club House

There’s been a lot of noise about the Red Sox drinking beers in the club house during games.

Beer drinking has been a part of games for ever, it seems but the Sawx are a business and drinking during business hours at the office would never be allowed. It’s not an unusual thing for a player to have a few beers after a game and then get into his car and drive home a little tipsy.

Players get paid BIG-money and shouldn’t be upset that owners want to protect their investment by imposing controls on drinking.

Ahab Of The Red Sox

Wallace Matthews (ESPN.com) looked at Valentine and wrote, “It’s barely been 60 days on the job but already, Valentine seems more obsessed with the Yankees than Ahab was with the whale, and we all know how that one turned out.

Should There Be A Winter Season

The MLB players of today don’t need to work in the off season and come to “spring training” already in shape to play. So what’s the need to head South for six weeks? Maybe it’s just to give the writers a vacation.

Attendance at grapefruit/cactus league games has jumped from 2400 in 1976 to 7600 in 2010. The average price of tickets also went up from $1.50 to $30.

The 28wk. season of 162games average is 6gms/wk; for a 5hr period of game play and prep we have a 30hrs/work week.

Indications are there will be continued increases with increased arrivals of retired “boomers.”

We might even see the advent of more domed stadiums that will allow year long baseball

Greg Cote’s Bon Mot

“Basketball analyst Charles Barkley said the most fanatical 20 percent of NBA fans should be shot, apparently detecting no irony in seeing that as the solution to crazy behavior.”

Dwight’s Insights

Dwight Perry sent these along: “Disgraced ex-New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra, who pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement, has been sentenced to three years in a California state prison.

Or as it’s known in baseball circles, he’s going yard.”                 “Evangelical minister Donnie Moore tore up a phone book and rolled up a frying pan with his bare hands Wednesday as he gave the Yankees a spring-training motivational speech.Remember when the Bronx Bombers’ idea of motivation meant George Steinbrenner firing the manager?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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