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August 31, 2012

How Ironic Was That

At the beginning of the Jet-Carolina exhibition game a tv ad for trucks came on where the announcer intoned, “This is the land of the giants. The irony was the Jets were the home team and they were playing in the Meadowlands.  Maybe they knew the Jets would go another game with no TD.

The Jets lost to Carolina 17-12. Tebow looked horrible going 4 for 14, 55 yards. Sanchez was 11-18, 123 yards. They allowed 4 more sacks. I know this was an exhibition, but still—.

Last season the Jets D allowed 100 points in the 4th quarter. This sure sounds a lot like the team had a conditioning problem. So far the Jets have looked badly for the entire game.

Blowing Up The Red Sox

On 8/25 the Boston Globe reported that the “Sawx” were going to send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for prospects. Ha! I heard they were going to blow up the roster, but I didn’t think they’d do it in one trade. Boston also rid themselves of $250M in salaries. Word has it that Jon Lester and Jacob Elsbury were put on trade waivers expecting a deal shortly.

So next season GM Ben Cherington and Mgr. Bobby Valentine, if he’s still with Boston, will be starting over.  

I thought about this deal and my feeling is that the Boston guys wanted to rid themselves of Theo’s money pits.

Jayson Stark (ESPNNY.com) did a pretty good analysis of the deal, “”There has never,” said one longtime club official Saturday, “been anything like this.”

Never. That pretty much describes the magnitude of a Red Sox-Dodgers megadeal that figures to reverberate through the annals of baseball-trade history for at least the next 87 centuries.

We have never seen a trade in which a team dumped this much money in a single transaction.

We have never seen a trade in which two players with more than $100 million left on their contracts (Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford) were moved, let alone in the same direction, to the same team.                                                                                                                                     That has happened before in baseball, of course. But here’s the difference:                                                                                                 When most teams hang that big Everything Must Go sign, they learn, the hard way, that it can take years to pull off a clearance sale of this magnitude.                                                                         For the Red Sox, amazingly, it took just one phone call to just one customer:                                                                                                  When the sale of the Dodgers went down, to the Stan Kasten/Magic Johnson/Guggenheim power brokers, the rest of the sport was bracing for this. Or something like this. And it didn’t take long. We found dramatic difference of opinion within the sport over whether this is a good deal for the Dodgers.                                                                                                                                

Gonzalez is such a massive upgrade over James Loney at first base that he alone could transform the face of the final six weeks of this season.

Dodgers first basemen in 2012: .244/.289/.357, 10 HRs, 55 RBIs, 46 runs. Gonzalez in 2012: .300/.343/.469, 15 HRs, 86 RBIs, 63 runs.

For another thing, Josh Beckett is heading from the AL East to the NL West, with no baggage and no expectations. And, as we reported in Rumblings and Grumblings this week, starting pitchers who went from the AL to the NL in the past five years have seen their ERAs drop, on average, by more than half a run (from 4.07 to 3.5                                                                                                                 And, finally, there’s Crawford. Maybe he’s a lost cause. Maybe he isn’t. But he’s about to escape a town he didn’t want to play in for a place (Southern California) he preferred all along. So, the Dodgers are willing to roll those dice.                                                                       The Dodgers looked at this free-agent market, they reportedly didn’t like the view. There were very few attractive options at positions such as first base and left field, where they desperately needed to upgrade. So, five more years of Gonzalez and Crawford must have started looking better all the time.

And at least they’ve reminded us, once again, that, in baseball, we should never say never. If a trade like this one can go down on Aug. 25, anything is possible.”

Now the Bosox PR flacks have their work cut out for them. They have to convince the fans that the low win totals for the next 2 or 3 years will actually indicate progress. Some of the Boston press has started referring to the trade as, “The Nick Punto Deal.”

HARUMPH

With a giant HARUMPH, the US ANTI-Doping Agency declared it was going to strip Lance Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France titles and impose a lifetime ban on racing for the retired Armstrong. His infraction this time was not answering USADA’s charges by a deadline

The USADA can do whatever they want but I don’t think anyone is going to forget that Armstrong DID win those races.

How About The CAS?

Sally Jenkins (DC Post) talk about more hypocrisy. “Anyone who thinks an athlete has a fair shot in front of CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) should review the Alberto Contador case. Contador was found to have a minuscule, insignificant amount of clenbuterol in his urine during the 2010 Tour de France. After hearing 4,000 pages of testimony and debate, CAS acknowledged that the substance was too small to have been performance-enhancing and that its ingestion was almost certainly unintentional.

Therefore he was guilty. He received a two-year ban.

CAS’s rationale? “There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is two years,” one member of the panel said.

Would you want to go before that court?                                           How does an agency that is supposed to regulate drug testing strip a guy of seven titles without a single positive drug test? How is it that an American agency can decide to invalidate somebody’s results achieved in Europe, in a sport it doesn’t control? Better question, how is it that an American taxpayer-funded organization can participate in an adjudication system in which you get a two-year ban because “there is no reason to exonerate” you? At what point is such an organization shut down and defunded?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

August 24, 2012

Giants 26  Jets 3

The game wasn’t as lopsided as the score indicated. The Giants only had 2 TDs resulting from bad punts. The biggest parts of the game stats told of the seven, SEVEN, sacks allowed by the Jets O line and the fact that the Jets haven’t scored a TD yet this preseason.

So let’s see, the Jets can’t defend their QB. They can’t score any TDs. Aside from that and fighting among themselves, they’re not doing too badly. Very nice- very nice.

The word from the Jets camp is that, O-coordinator, Tony Sparano didn’t game plan for the first two exhibition games because he didn’t want to give away any secrets. But, hey, you’ve got to protect your QBs and try, TRY, to score a TD.

UGH

Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted Alex Kassenberg after swim star Ryan Lochte fessed up to urinating in the pool: “Now we know why Lochte went last in the relays.”

100 Wins

My mind has been in Olympic fog for the last few weeks, so let’s get back to it- as of Aug.9th the Yankees record was 64-46. To reach 100 wins (my hypothetical goal) they have to win 36 out of the final 52. That’s almost a .700 clip. I don’t think so.

95 Wins

The Mets were at 53-58 on the 9th. To reach 95 wins, they have to win 42 out of 51. NAH.  

Testing Replay Systems                                                                       Jayson Shark (ESPNNY.com) reported that MLB is going to take a look at some replay systems to see how they would work in today’s game. “Major League Baseball will begin installing two new, experimental replay systems this month at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in New York to test their viability for reviewing fair/foul calls.                                                                                    The systems won’t be used to reverse or confirm calls at this time, according to MLB officials familiar with the plans. But their installation will enable MLB to determine which system would best fit baseball’s needs.                                                                 “Hawkeye,” the camera-based technology used in tennis, will be tested at Citi Field, both during Mets games in September and on off-days. A radar-based system, similar to the technology used to track shots in golf telecasts, will be tested at Yankee Stadium. That technology, officials said, has not been used previously to review calls in any sport.                                                                               

There is no timetable for making a decision on when, or even whether, to begin using one of the two systems to review calls in major league games, officials said. However, commissioner Bud Selig has said he hopes to expand replay to include fair/foul calls and possibly trap/catch calls as soon as next season.                                       The use of traditional replay to review calls beyond home runs remains an option, but MLB appears to be leaning toward using more precise technology, as long as that technology proves to be quick and accurate enough to work in baseball.” I hope they don’t air any of the percentages of correctness. That would be counter-productive.                                                                                         Is The Mound Too High?                                                                         The Sports Curmudgeon pointed out that there have been 3 perfect games pitched this year in MLB. When Don Larson had his perfect game in ’56, it was the first one in 34years. I don’t know if it’s the latest training techniques but we’ve seen a lot of them. The last time this stuff happened they lowered the mound.                                     The Jets Wildcat Offense                                                                   I don’t know what all the hoopla is about. I seem to remember Don Shula running this offense in the 1970’s. Shula had a QB that didn’t have a rocket-arm (it might even have been a 3rd string RB) but whenever this player entered the game, the D thought run or screen.                                                                                                 Badges-We Need No Stinkin’ Badges!                                                Brad Rock (Deseret News) told us: “The NBA is planning to sell a small space on the player uniforms to advertisers.                         As the real estate slogan goes, it’s all about location, location, location.                                                                                          It’s just a matter of time before NBA uniforms look like NASCAR and soccer uniforms, or maybe even the message board at a Laundromat. Where there’s money to be made, it’s not much of a question anymore.                                                                                                     The NBA plans to sell 2-by-2 insignias on the shoulder of the uniforms. Nothing gaudy, just a discreet little patch. Yet estimates are that it could bring in $100 million for the league’s teams, or $3.3 million per team. That’s nearly enough to pay Gordon Hayward’s and Alec Burks’ combined salaries.                                                                                      Adam Silver, the NBA’s No. 2 boss, told ESPN.com “I think it’s likely that we’ll do something, implement something, some sort of plan for the fall.”                                                                                      The ads are expected to appear in 2013-14.”                                               My grandfather, who rarely wore green on St. Patrick’s Day, often said “It’s not what you have on your back that counts. It’s what you have in your heart (and I think that was Kelly Green).” In this case it’s more important to see how they play than what the players have on their shirts.                                                                        Molinaro Marinara                                                                             “Felix Hernandez’s perfect game was held up as an example of the best baseball has to offer, in stark contrast to Cabrera’s villainy. But we really don’t have a clue, do we, who else might be using PEDs. The day before Cabrera’s suspension, nobody suspected him of cheating. As far as anyone knew, he was as clean as everyone presumes Hernandez to be. It’s delusional to think the only players using banned substances are the few getting caught.                                                                                                  On the one hand, you can see why somebody with Bobby Valentine’s personality would wear on the nerves of a baseball team. On the other, he’s managing a bunch of Red Sox players. Tough to choose sides.”                                                                    Fehr Play?

I don’t think that the NHL will hit the ice this season but they’ll be on it. Look who’s leading their players’ association- why it’s Donald Fehr, that’s who. He’s the same guy who stopped the MLB season while working for the MLB players association.

It’s A Slippery Slope

R.J. Currie (SportsDeke.com) wrote about a planned ski-resort restaurant 10,000 feet up Wildspitze Mountain in the Austrian Alps, “It’s expected to have great food, but not much atmosphere.”

 

                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

August 17, 2012

Gnawing At Me
Ever since a movement arose to ban Oscar Pistorius from running because his artificial feet gave him an unfair advantage, it bothered me. Then I saw those pole vaulters using the flexible poles that propelled the jumpers over, the near-to, 20-foot crossbars and I remembered the rigid poles used in the Bob Richards-era where jumpers were thrilled to clear 16-feet. Those flex-poles provided advantages that weren’t banned by the Olympic governing bodies.
It’s too bad that Pistorius always has his name linked to his footwear. Bolt isn’t known for wearing a certain brand of track shoes.
Bloody good
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) asked, “Shouldn’t we be surprised and impressed that Great Britain, the little host nation, is third in gold medals behind behemoths U.S. and China?”
Late Medal Award
Torben Rolfson said The Economist magazine named Vancouver the world’s third-most liveable city, “Another bronze for Canada.”
Most Memorable
To me, the most memorable person I saw appearing at the London games was Sir Roger Bannister. He broke the four-minute mile barrier in 1954. He didn’t receive training money from Nike or Adidas and did all of his road work while attending classes in medical school.
Late Olympic Headline
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted Fark.com. “At Fark.com: “Racewalker sent home from the Olympics for doping takes it all in stride.””
100 Wins
As of Aug.9th the Yankees record was 64-46. To reach 100 wins (my hypothetical goal) they have to win 36 out of the final 52. That’s almost a .700 clip. I don’t think so.
95 Wins
The Mets were at 53-58 on the 9th. To reach 95 wins, the have to win 42 out of 51. NAH.
On Lance Armstrong The Sports Curmudgeon shot down some scandal mongers by writing, “Do you care about Lance Armstrong and his biochemistry even a little bit? For the record, I do not. Lance Armstrong is retired from cycling; his Tour de France victories happened from 1999-2005. If someone “strips him of his victories”, can you recall who might inherit all those medals? Seriously, if Lance Armstrong were to be run over by a bus on the way to the courtroom today, I swear that some drug sleuth out there would start figuring a way to get his body disinterred for chemical testing by nightfall. Olympic Insider Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) passed along this thought from Dave Barry, “The word ‘equestrian’ comes from two Greek words,” reported syndicated columnist Dave Barry. ” ‘Eques,’ meaning ‘horses,’ and ‘trian,’ meaning ‘being ridden by people with large inheritances and names like Edwina Ponce-Twickendale.’
Greatest Olympic Athlete
Was it Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps? Sally Jenkins (DC Post) didn’t think so; to her it was Jim Thorpe. “If you want to bask in glory, bask in this: Thorpe competed in 15 events — and won eight of them — despite losing his track shoes and competing in a mismatched pair, running on a cinder track in a slogging rain. He still turned in a time of 11.2 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which wouldn’t be equaled until 1948. He ran the 1,500 twice. The second time he ran it, after nine decathlon events in two days, he turned in a time of 4 minutes 40.1 seconds that would stand up as the best by a decathlete until 1972. It stands up even now, a hundred years later, against athletes with the finest shoes, training and technology. On Thursday, silver medalist Hardee ran the same distance in 4:40.94.
Bask in this: Grantland Rice said, “He moved like a breeze.” One of Thorpe’s teachers at the Carlisle Indian School, a young poet named Marianne Moore, said he had “a kind of ease in his gait that is hard to describe. Equilibrium with no strictures.” The numbers are too static to summon Thorpe. Try to see the actual being: He was 5 feet 11 and 185 pounds, with a 42-inch chest, 32-inch waist, and 24-inch thighs. See a high jumper so superior that he won a bet by touching a chandelier in the lobby of a Paris hotel. See an athlete of such unbridled magnificence that on a grand tour of Europe following the Summer Games, he beat the Olympic champion Fred Kelly in the high hurdles, and finished second in the shot put to the two-time Olympic champion Ralph Rose, who outweighed him by a hundred pounds.
Good For You Mary
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) quoted Mary Carillo as she delved into British royalty: “Was there really a Duke of Earl?” (Gene Chandler’s hit record in 1962)
New Olympic Events
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) has started his campaign to include the “Whitewater Canoe Javelin Throw.” He also suggested an idea from the London Times for a “quadrathon: Pingpong, BMX, Trampoline, and the Hammer Throw.” Can you imagine the hammer throwers on the trampoline or BMX bikes?
The Legacy Of Coach K
The shame of the 2004 Olympic basketball team with Alan Iverson stuck in the craw of the US-IOC and they brought in Gerry Colangelo to be general manager for the 2008 team. He, in turn, brought in Coach K. Clippers Chris Paul who played at Wake Forest and warred with Coach K twice a season said, “That was the toughest thing. I was trying to figure out how in the world I was going to play for a coach from Duke. I’m serious. I couldn’t stand those guys. But now Coach K is family for the rest of my life. When you don’t get along with people or don’t like them, you don’t really know them. But then I got to know him, got to know his family. He’s a great coach, a players’ coach.”
Speaking Of Track Shoes The figures show that 75% of the competitors wore those ugly, neon-green shoes. Boy, does Nike have bad taste.
Cote’s Notes
Greg Cote wrote: “Answer: Three Southern Methodist football players filed a police report to say they were robbed by a prostitute. Question: Is it true some crimes are better not reported?
The X Games happened in Los Angeles. This is where ESPN keeps trying to convince us that adults in their 30s skateboarding isn’t the least bit pathetic.”

Dreams Blog

August 10, 2012

It Bothered Me
I wondered if it also bothered you the way that the TV commentators referred to those Olympic athletes by their first names. It sounded as if they tried to show they knew everyone.
James- Yes; Bryant- No
When the men’s Olympic B-ball team began its play LeBron James laid back and let Kobe Bryant do his thing. Bryant was supposed to be the senior star who could lead the USA team to win the gold medal.
But then Argentina happened and lad by one at the half of their game with the US.
Then James took over and the final score showed the US winning 126-97.
There were no lingering doubts that this was LeBron James’ team.
Trout Stream
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) raved about Mike Trout of the Angels. “Imagine a ballplayer taking ownership of the American League before he officially becomes a man. Picture him as the fastest player in the game, running away with the batting title, launching majestic home runs and calling up comparisons to Mickey Mantle.
Actually, forget the imagination. Mike Trout is for real. Trout hadn’t shown much in a 40-game trial with the Angels last year, hitting .220 and looking a bit overmatched. The 2.0 version appears to be the stuff of legend, a block-of-granite physique with sprinter’s wheels.
“I think of Bo Jackson,” former Angels manager (and now a Braves scout) Jim Fregosi told the Orange County Register. “You don’t often see that size with that speed. You hear about five-tool players; he’s a six-tool player, because he adds that intensity. It’s absolutely amazing to watch him play.” Only two players in modern history, Ty Cobb and Al Kaline, won a batting title in their 20-year-old (as of Opening Day) season. Rickey Henderson, with the 1985 A’s, is the only other player to enter August with an average of .350 and at least 15 homers and 30 stolen bases. Trout became the first rookie to score 80 runs in 81 games or fewer since Joe DiMaggio in 1936. Not since Frank Robinson, in 1956, had any rookie produced at least 10 homers and 30 RBIs in a month (Trout in July).
Sacrilegious as it seems, it’s the Mantle comparison that surfaces most often. Before his knees went bad in the early ’50s, Mantle ran like the wind and hit the ball a country mile. “I don’t like hearing Mantle’s name associated with anybody,” said longtime scout Eddie Bane. “But shoot, the kid even looks like Mickey.”
No, the comparisons will not stop. Do yourself a favor and catch the kid Try not to imagine what will happen when he becomes a man.”\
Albom-ing
Even though he was writing about a Yankee loss, Mitch Albom is still one of my favorite reads. He uses the ink that prints his column in the Detroit Free Press the way a painter uses his oils to convey an image. Here is one description about Justin Verlander, “So Verlander returned to form Monday night the way Michael Phelps did last week, the way Usain Bolt did Sunday, exuding golden light and sending batters to the shadows of the dugout, heads down, lips muttering.”
Olympic Football
Bob Molinaro was worried about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Roger Goodell must be feeling left out. Why else would the NFL commissioner float the preposterous idea of American football at the Olympics? Goodell said on the radio last week that football has moved in the direction of being recognized by the International Olympic Committee, a revelation that raises the question of whether the NFL should introduce drug testing for commissioners.”
Stephen A. And Tebow
Stephen A. Smith (ESPN.com) wrote about the Jets and Tim Tebow. “Tim Tebow has had to throw the football. Quite often, as the New York Jets entered their fourth day of training camp. And while doing so — despite evidence that he knows how to win football games and is clearly in possession of an “it” factor few have been blessed with — all the former Florida All-American has done is force anyone with two eyes to echo unflattering sentiments in unison, no matter how much it pains them to do so:
Tebow simply cannot throw the football. Some would say the Tebow trade was always a smart play by the Jets, but it begs the question: Was it because Tebow can play quarterback? Or because the Jets were so dysfunctional last year, and Tebow’s presence in the locker room is what they’re relying upon more than anything else.
In the end, we simply don’t know everything about Tebow’s game. All we know is that this dude is the genuine real deal as a human being. We know that every encouraging word that comes out of his mouth is believable. That he’s draped in spirituality, and leans on it more than his game. It’s so believable, in fact, he even sounds sincere when talking about competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job, even when his words appear contradictory to his job description. We’re clear on Tebow’s outlook. Unfortunately, most folks are still fixated on our outlook of him. Watching him, you still believe he can’t throw. You still know he’s not better than Sanchez. And we’re all still left wondering what he’ll be able to do as a result of his deficiencies. The thing is, if anyone is capable of making someone hope they are wrong, it’s Tebow — shirtless or not — who leaves you feeling that way. Decency breeds such emotion. In that department, Tebow stands alone.
From The You Cannot Be Serious File
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) got us up to speed with the reason why Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was suspended by the NFL FOR 6 games. A failed drug test found he submitted a “nonhuman” urine sample. Cote said, “Darn the luck. The horse had also been using performance-enhancing drugs.”
I Missed This
Thank you to the Sports Curmudgeon for passing along this
quote from R.J. Currie (SportsDeke.com), “If Disney were to sponsor an IndyCar driver Dario Franchetti, would his accidents be called Franchitti-Chitti-Bang-Bangs?”

Dreams Blog

August 3, 2012

USA Basketball
Some writers are trying to make Kobe Bryant some kind of elder-statesman or guru on our Olympic BB team. As far as I can see he’s the same selfish individual who thinks that the whole game, everywhere, belongs to him.
I watched the USA-France game, well maybe only a little more than the first half, and saw that most of the team played the unselfish, team game, while Bryant, when he got the ball, did a lot of standing still waiting for everyone to clear out for him. In contrast, LeBron played 25-minutes, had 9-pts, 8-assists, and 5-boards. What a difference-
I Can’t Get Into—
I just can’t get into Olympic Team Handball, or Synchronized Swimming and Diving. I can’t get into a speedo either- sorry about that image.
TV Money
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) sent along a very timely rant, “You can’t teach those who won’t learn. Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Les Miles and other sideline Svengalis will continue to receive the royal treatment from TV they’ve come to expect – the kind Joe Paterno was accorded – for the simple reason that a moratorium on hero worship isn’t good for ratings. Cult worship by TV networks, and also media with a far smaller financial stake in the game, leads not just to coddling but to the deliberate misinterpretation of a coach’s responsibilities and his school’s failings. If a player is arrested the week of a game for assaulting a female student, throwing a punch at a cop or firing a gun at 3 a.m., electronic and print media reflexively report on how the coach must deal with this “distraction.” Few stop to ask who it was in the first place who gave a scholarship to a ticking time bomb. Or who in the administration let the coach get away with it. I can’t be the only one who found unintended humor Tuesday morning in the appearances on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in The Morning” radio program of Bob Knight and Bobby Bowden. Having them contribute to a discussion on how to prevent coaches from wielding excessive power was like asking Bernie Madoff to record a public service announcement warning of Ponzi schemes. Brent Musburger, the gushy college football announcer, followed these two on the show to disagree with Emmert’s punishment of Penn State. What he said wasn’t as important as what he represents – a TV industry and media at large that’s in the business of godding up coaches.”
Hunt is on
One more from Bob Molinaro- “It’s one thing to know that other football programs are permitted to recruit Penn State players, but when you read that coaches from Illinois (and who knows how many schools) are camped out on the edge of the Penn State campus looking for talent, the scenario takes on a much darker complexion.”
“Melo-ocrity”
Johnette Howard (ESPNNewYork.com) jumped right into the fray by slamming Carmelo Anthony. “The Knicks have never looked more like Anthony’s team than they do right now. And now he better damn well make them winners. Otherwise all the Knicks have done is say goodbye to Linsanity and hello to — what? — more Melo-ocrity?
Anthony better damn well win, all right.
So somebody should tell Anthony to spare us the revisionist talk about how much he wanted Lin back, or his depiction of how lovely it was to be reunited a couple weeks ago with D’Antoni, now an assistant for the U.S. Olympic team. Anthony’s description of that reunion sounded like a cheesy chick-movie trailer: “We talked. We laughed. We joked … ” But make no mistake, Anthony showed Lin the door, too, in much the same way he shoved D’Antoni out by blatantly quitting on him on a mid-March Sunday against Philadelphia; D’Antoni resigned two days later. Since when does a team’s superstar — knowing management and his head coach are on record as saying they planned to match their starting point guard’s contract offer — go public and call it “ridiculous,” as Anthony did when everything was still in play? Anthony backtracked the day after he saw his remark about Lin’s four-year, $25.1 million offer sheet cause a stir.
He usually does.
But he can’t moonwalk away from this now: He better damn well make the Knicks win.
Quiet Deadline
This year’s trade deadline promised to have less activity than last year because of the new CBA that eliminated a lot of the awarded draft choices.
If a team in the pennant race “rented” a player who was about to become a free-agent and that player exercised his free-agent rites, the “renter” would have gotten draft choice awards last year, but not this year.
This might explain why the “BoSox” got very little for Youkilis from the “ChiSox” in return.
Good Looker
John Shea (SF Chronicle) talked about something said by Al Kaline. “Al Kaline, who won a batting title at 20 in 1955, said 20-year-old Mike Trout – the AL batting leader – reminds him of Mickey Mantle.”
Concussion Data Does Little Good If Players Ignore It
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) quoted Troy Polamalo as saying that he lied about head injuries, relating to the gamble he takes with his brain and long-term mental acuity to a player taking the field with a bum knee. “’When you get your bell rung, they consider that a concussion – I wouldn’t,’ Polamalo said. ‘If that is considered a concussion, I’d say any football player at least records 50 to 100 concussions a year.’ What if he’s right about that? We’ve learned that head trauma associated with football is more insidious than once thought. That even less dramatic, but repetitive, blows to the head can cause permanent damage in years to come. Today’s players know a lot more about concussions’ dangers than retired players ever did. But are they any smarter about their long-term health?
Probably not.”
Media-Speak
Mike Bianci (Orlando Sentinel talked about some “In today’s anonymously-sourced, Twitter-driven media world, getting it first has become more important than getting it right. The media’s walls these days are a disgusting mess from all the stuff that has been thrown against them, hoping beyond hope that something ultimately sticks.”