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April 26, 2013

Anthony’s Growth
Much of the NY media has been saying that Jason Kidd brought about Carmelo Anthony’s growth as a b-ball player. But I think it was because of Anthony’s recent Olympic experience playing for Coach K. Coach K has long been a proponent of the “team-game.” This is the philosophy that produced Olympic Gold as well as NCAA Championships  
Conspiracy Hype
Clarkson accused the Jets of undermining Tebow by now allowing him to master the entire offense.                                                        Clarkson also said he worked on Tebow’s throwing mechanics and footwork. He’s confident Tebow is fixed.” He didn’t say anything about Tebows’s throwing strength.
Another Jet Circus
The Jets had the #1 “shut-down” corner-back in the NFL but sent the 27-year old Darrelle Revis to Atlanta for TWO DRAFT PICKS. Even though he’s coming off an ACL injury, he’s still more valuable than the 13th pick this year and a conditional pick next year. BTW, by going to a Florida team he pays no state tax giving him more than $538K additional bucks in his take home pay.
The Jets will find it difficult to fill Revis’ shoes for a long time.
Another BTW, the Jets open this season against the Falcons.
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) weighed in with: “So it turns out the New York Jets are capable of butt fumbles in April, too. They are capable of taking one of their two greatest players ever, a talent right there with Joe Namath, and running him out of town before he made it to his 28th birthday.
Darrelle Revis wanted badly to be a Jet for life. He was planning on buying a place in Manhattan, on spending the rest of his career as a citizen of the city, on being in the secondary when the Jets reached the Super Bowl for the first time since man landed on the moon.
Now man might land on Mars before the Jets return to the big game. They traded Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two picks — including one first-rounder (No. 13 overall) in this week’s draft — a deal that doesn’t look any better than the clip of Mark Sanchez running facemask-first into Brandon Moore’s rump on Thanksgiving night.
Revis is getting his money in Tampa, and Jets season-ticket holders are getting the shaft in New York.
Jeter Jitters
It seems to me that Derek Jeter’s latest ankle fracture is near the first one but is not a displaced fracture needing surgery. It seems that the ankle has become brittle and if that’s so, hr might be done.
Wallace Matthews (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “It is possible that Jeter will come back after the All-Star break and play the way he did last year, when he led all of baseball in hits and batted an impressive .316. His remarkable history tells you that to discount the possibility would be foolish.
After all, Mariano Rivera, nearly five years older than Jeter, made it back to take one glorious season-long victory lap after suffering a serious knee injury last May.
But take Jeter’s name out of the equation and just plug in ‘38-year-old shortstop, 17 seasons on his résumé, two broken ankles in the past six months,’ and how likely does it really seem?”
Met Fans Rattle Strassburg
I don’t think that DC’s “pheemom” pitcher Stephen Strassburg ever heard anything like the full Citi Field chanting “Har-vees    be-tter” before. It’s no wonder the Mets beat “The Nats” on 4/19. Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) commented, “Stephen Strasburg, everybody’s all-American, was taking it on the chin in the sixth, first from the people who pass for sluggers in the New York Mets’ lineup and then from a beleaguered fan base thrilled that the joke was finally on someone else.
“Har-vee’s be-tter,” the crowd chanted. “Har-vee’s be-tter.”
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda had belted homers in the inning to make it 4-0, and suddenly all of Citi Field told the defending division champs, the popular pick to win it all this year, that the Mets’ young stud was better than the Nationals’ young stud. And as he stood on the mound, all alone with his thoughts, Strasburg had no right to argue the claim.
Matt Harvey electrified the Citi Field crowd Friday.
Matt Harvey was better on this night, and maybe Matt Harvey will be better over the next 10 to 12 years. Who knows? But under the Friday night lights, matched against one of the few pitchers anywhere said to have a brighter future than his, Harvey did all he could to elevate his loserville franchise.  
NCAA vs. Univ. Of Miami
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) is close to the big “hoo-ha” going on between U of Miami and the NCAA. Neither the NCAA or the school don’t have clean hands here.
Greg wrote, “What is it they say about no animal being more dangerous than one wounded or backed into a corner?    Apparently the same is true of a staggered NCAA, which suffers from the national embarrassment.                                                                 This cannot be good news for the University of Miami.                That risky, unprecedented strategy left the NCAA little choice but to acquiesce or fight back. Miami pushed the. It pushed the wounded animal into a corner. The question, though, is whether UM might have played it smarter with behind-the-scenes lobbying rather than a scathing public demand.                                              It was the latter that brought Sunday’s pointed NCAA response accusing Miami of “grasping at straws” with “merit-less claims” and “unsupported attacks.”                                                           Miami now finds itself in an uncomfortable position partly of its own doing: Hoping for mercy — or at least fairness — from the same NCAA it has publicly denounced and angered.                               Fairness alone in this case was a lot to ask under the best of circumstances, given all that has turned this investigation into a blooper reel.                                                                                      All UM can hope now is that the NCAA in its June ruling acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances of this case, weighs fully its own wrongdoing, and ends this surreal saga so that the embarrassed on both sides can start to leave this mess behind.” We’ll be hearing more about this again.

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April 26, 2013

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Anthony’s Growth

Much of the NY media has been saying that Jason Kidd brought about Carmelo Anthony’s growth as a b-ball player. But I think it was because of Anthony’s recent Olympic experience playing for Coach K. Coach K has long been a proponent of the “team-game.” This is the philosophy that produced Olympic Gold as well as NCAA Championships  

Conspiracy Hype

Clarkson accused the Jets of undermining Tebow by now allowing him to master the entire offense.                                                        Clarkson also said he worked on Tebow’s throwing mechanics and footwork. He’s confident Tebow is fixed.” He didn’t say anything about Tebows’s throwing strength.

Another Jet Circus

The Jets had the #1 “shut-down” corner-back in the NFL but sent the 27-year old Darrelle Revis to Atlanta for TWO DRAFT PICKS. Even though he’s coming off an ACL injury, he’s still more valuable than the 13th pick this year and a conditional pick next year. BTW, by going to a Florida team he pays no state tax giving him more than $538K additional bucks in his take home pay.

The Jets will find it difficult to fill Revis’ shoes for a long time.

Another BTW, the Jets open this season against the Falcons.

Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) weighed in with: “So it turns out the New York Jets are capable of butt fumbles in April, too. They are capable of taking one of their two greatest players ever, a talent right there with Joe Namath, and running him out of town before he made it to his 28th birthday.

Darrelle Revis wanted badly to be a Jet for life. He was planning on buying a place in Manhattan, on spending the rest of his career as a citizen of the city, on being in the secondary when the Jets reached the Super Bowl for the first time since man landed on the moon.

Now man might land on Mars before the Jets return to the big game. They traded Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two picks — including one first-rounder (No. 13 overall) in this week’s draft — a deal that doesn’t look any better than the clip of Mark Sanchez running facemask-first into Brandon Moore’s rump on Thanksgiving night.

Revis is getting his money in Tampa, and Jets season-ticket holders are getting the shaft in New York.

Jeter Jitters

It seems to me that Derek Jeter’s latest ankle fracture is near the first one but is not a displaced fracture needing surgery. It seems that the ankle has become brittle and if that’s so, hr might be done.

Wallace Matthews (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “It is possible that Jeter will come back after the All-Star break and play the way he did last year, when he led all of baseball in hits and batted an impressive .316. His remarkable history tells you that to discount the possibility would be foolish.

After all, Mariano Rivera, nearly five years older than Jeter, made it back to take one glorious season-long victory lap after suffering a serious knee injury last May.

But take Jeter’s name out of the equation and just plug in ‘38-year-old shortstop, 17 seasons on his résumé, two broken ankles in the past six months,’ and how likely does it really seem?”

Met Fans Rattle Strassburg

I don’t think that DC’s “pheemom” pitcher Stephen Strassburg ever heard anything like the full Citi Field chanting “Har-vees    be-tter” before. It’s no wonder the Mets beat “The Nats” on 4/19. Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) commented, “Stephen Strasburg, everybody’s all-American, was taking it on the chin in the sixth, first from the people who pass for sluggers in the New York Mets’ lineup and then from a beleaguered fan base thrilled that the joke was finally on someone else.

“Har-vee’s be-tter,” the crowd chanted. “Har-vee’s be-tter.”

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda had belted homers in the inning to make it 4-0, and suddenly all of Citi Field told the defending division champs, the popular pick to win it all this year, that the Mets’ young stud was better than the Nationals’ young stud. And as he stood on the mound, all alone with his thoughts, Strasburg had no right to argue the claim.

Matt Harvey electrified the Citi Field crowd Friday.

Matt Harvey was better on this night, and maybe Matt Harvey will be better over the next 10 to 12 years. Who knows? But under the Friday night lights, matched against one of the few pitchers anywhere said to have a brighter future than his, Harvey did all he could to elevate his loserville franchise.  

NCAA vs. Univ. Of Miami

Greg Cote (Miami Herald) is close to the big “hoo-ha” going on between U of Miami and the NCAA. Neither the NCAA or the school don’t have clean hands here.

Greg wrote, “What is it they say about no animal being more dangerous than one wounded or backed into a corner?    Apparently the same is true of a staggered NCAA, which suffers from the national embarrassment.                                                                 This cannot be good news for the University of Miami.                That risky, unprecedented strategy left the NCAA little choice but to acquiesce or fight back. Miami pushed the. It pushed the wounded animal into a corner. The question, though, is whether UM might have played it smarter with behind-the-scenes lobbying rather than a scathing public demand.                                              It was the latter that brought Sunday’s pointed NCAA response accusing Miami of “grasping at straws” with “merit-less claims” and “unsupported attacks.”                                                           Miami now finds itself in an uncomfortable position partly of its own doing: Hoping for mercy — or at least fairness — from the same NCAA it has publicly denounced and angered.                               Fairness alone in this case was a lot to ask under the best of circumstances, given all that has turned this investigation into a blooper reel.                                                                                      All UM can hope now is that the NCAA in its June ruling acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances of this case, weighs fully its own wrongdoing, and ends this surreal saga so that the embarrassed on both sides can start to leave this mess behind.” We’ll be hearing more about this again.

 

 

 

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Anthony’s Growth

Much of the NY media has been saying that Jason Kidd brought about Carmelo Anthony’s growth as a b-ball player. But I think it was because of Anthony’s recent Olympic experience playing for Coach K. Coach K has long been a proponent of the “team-game.” This is the philosophy that produced Olympic Gold as well as NCAA Championships  

Conspiracy Hype

Clarkson accused the Jets of undermining Tebow by now allowing him to master the entire offense.                                                        Clarkson also said he worked on Tebow’s throwing mechanics and footwork. He’s confident Tebow is fixed.” He didn’t say anything about Tebows’s throwing strength.

Another Jet Circus

The Jets had the #1 “shut-down” corner-back in the NFL but sent the 27-year old Darrelle Revis to Atlanta for TWO DRAFT PICKS. Even though he’s coming off an ACL injury, he’s still more valuable than the 13th pick this year and a conditional pick next year. BTW, by going to a Florida team he pays no state tax giving him more than $538K additional bucks in his take home pay.

The Jets will find it difficult to fill Revis’ shoes for a long time.

Another BTW, the Jets open this season against the Falcons.

Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) weighed in with: “So it turns out the New York Jets are capable of butt fumbles in April, too. They are capable of taking one of their two greatest players ever, a talent right there with Joe Namath, and running him out of town before he made it to his 28th birthday.

Darrelle Revis wanted badly to be a Jet for life. He was planning on buying a place in Manhattan, on spending the rest of his career as a citizen of the city, on being in the secondary when the Jets reached the Super Bowl for the first time since man landed on the moon.

Now man might land on Mars before the Jets return to the big game. They traded Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two picks — including one first-rounder (No. 13 overall) in this week’s draft — a deal that doesn’t look any better than the clip of Mark Sanchez running facemask-first into Brandon Moore’s rump on Thanksgiving night.

Revis is getting his money in Tampa, and Jets season-ticket holders are getting the shaft in New York.

Jeter Jitters

It seems to me that Derek Jeter’s latest ankle fracture is near the first one but is not a displaced fracture needing surgery. It seems that the ankle has become brittle and if that’s so, hr might be done.

Wallace Matthews (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “It is possible that Jeter will come back after the All-Star break and play the way he did last year, when he led all of baseball in hits and batted an impressive .316. His remarkable history tells you that to discount the possibility would be foolish.

After all, Mariano Rivera, nearly five years older than Jeter, made it back to take one glorious season-long victory lap after suffering a serious knee injury last May.

But take Jeter’s name out of the equation and just plug in ‘38-year-old shortstop, 17 seasons on his résumé, two broken ankles in the past six months,’ and how likely does it really seem?”

Met Fans Rattle Strassburg

I don’t think that DC’s “pheemom” pitcher Stephen Strassburg ever heard anything like the full Citi Field chanting “Har-vees    be-tter” before. It’s no wonder the Mets beat “The Nats” on 4/19. Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) commented, “Stephen Strasburg, everybody’s all-American, was taking it on the chin in the sixth, first from the people who pass for sluggers in the New York Mets’ lineup and then from a beleaguered fan base thrilled that the joke was finally on someone else.

“Har-vee’s be-tter,” the crowd chanted. “Har-vee’s be-tter.”

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda had belted homers in the inning to make it 4-0, and suddenly all of Citi Field told the defending division champs, the popular pick to win it all this year, that the Mets’ young stud was better than the Nationals’ young stud. And as he stood on the mound, all alone with his thoughts, Strasburg had no right to argue the claim.

Matt Harvey electrified the Citi Field crowd Friday.

Matt Harvey was better on this night, and maybe Matt Harvey will be better over the next 10 to 12 years. Who knows? But under the Friday night lights, matched against one of the few pitchers anywhere said to have a brighter future than his, Harvey did all he could to elevate his loserville franchise.  

NCAA vs. Univ. Of Miami

Greg Cote (Miami Herald) is close to the big “hoo-ha” going on between U of Miami and the NCAA. Neither the NCAA or the school don’t have clean hands here.

Greg wrote, “What is it they say about no animal being more dangerous than one wounded or backed into a corner?    Apparently the same is true of a staggered NCAA, which suffers from the national embarrassment.                                                                 This cannot be good news for the University of Miami.                That risky, unprecedented strategy left the NCAA little choice but to acquiesce or fight back. Miami pushed the. It pushed the wounded animal into a corner. The question, though, is whether UM might have played it smarter with behind-the-scenes lobbying rather than a scathing public demand.                                              It was the latter that brought Sunday’s pointed NCAA response accusing Miami of “grasping at straws” with “merit-less claims” and “unsupported attacks.”                                                           Miami now finds itself in an uncomfortable position partly of its own doing: Hoping for mercy — or at least fairness — from the same NCAA it has publicly denounced and angered.                               Fairness alone in this case was a lot to ask under the best of circumstances, given all that has turned this investigation into a blooper reel.                                                                                      All UM can hope now is that the NCAA in its June ruling acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances of this case, weighs fully its own wrongdoing, and ends this surreal saga so that the embarrassed on both sides can start to leave this mess behind.” We’ll be hearing more about this again.

 

 

 

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April 19, 2013

A Non-Writing Tuesday
I didn’t feel like writing on Tuesday the 16th , but then I stopped, felt angry, and decided not to alter my day. I didn’t want to give in to evil. I quietly said a prayer for those souls slain and the people injured by that terrible act that took place in Boston.
I hope President Obama does exert America’s sword of justice.
Now, let’s get on with it but not forget it!
Tiger, Tiger Not So Bright
I’m not a big golf fan. But to me, golf is a game built on honesty and sportsmanship where players penalize themselves for rule infractions.                                                                                       Tiger Woods could have come out at the top, not with the lowest score but with the best PR in an exciting Masters Tournament if he DQ’d himself for moving his drop shot six feet into a better position. But, he didn’t.                                                                              His infraction seemed to be ignored by the commentators and Woods himself. The Masters story should have been about Scott and Cabrera, not the Woods story that put egg on his face and reduced his image.
He Swings And Misses
Janice Hough  (leftcoastsportsbabe.com) reported that Jorge Soler in the Class A Florida State League was suspended 5 games and fined. “The punishment could have been more but since he was a member of the Cubs organization, baseball officials figured he couldn’t hit anything.”
Snarky  
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) talked about Tony Romo and Donovan McNabb. “After QB Tony Romo signed his lucrative extension with the Cowboys, Donovan McNabb tweeted, “Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me.” McNabb was then held up to minor ridicule when numerous sources noted that Romo’s lone playoff victory came against an Eagles team quarterbacked by McNabb.”                                                         
Replay Thought
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) gave us a thought about potential replay incidences. “I suppose that what bugs me about replay in all sports is that people allow their respect for technology to override good sense. A prime example of this is the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, where officials  pushed the pause button on excitement in order to check TV monitors for the minutest discrepancy with the game clock.
As the officials determined whether the clock should have read 4.1 seconds instead of, say, 3.4, we waited. Players, coaches, fans in the arenas and those watching TV… we all waited. Yet for most of the tournament’s 75 years, noncontroversial outcomes were reached without such nitpicking. For most of its history, basketball got by with clocks that didn’t even register tenths of a second. Amazing, I know.
Better technology allows for more precision. While that may please coaches and basketball wonks, there has never been a populist movement to add more replay stoppages.
It’s the same with baseball. Games won’t be better with more replay rules. They’ll just be longer.
Wait ’til next year.” 
Jet Sized Alert
Bob M. tipped us off that, “Although most agree the current crop of draft-eligible quarterbacks is nothing special – the most subpar in years, really – you can be sure that one or more teams will talk themselves into overrating a prospect and making a mistake that will hurt the franchise for years. First instincts are usually correct.”
Board Of Ethics
John Feinstein (DC Post) wrote about that horrific injury suffered by Louisville’s Kevin Ware and a usual left me thinking that something was odd. “As he was being carried off the court, Ware courageously told Pitino to tell his teammates to win the game. The players managed to push the sights and sounds of his injury out of their minds to win the game and dedicate that victory to him.
This was a story worthy of cheers, except that it, too, turned sordid when Louisville began to sell T-shirts with Ware’s number on it, “honoring” him. The money, the school said, would go to its scholarship fund. In other words, it would go to Louisville — not to a real charity and certainly not to Ware because that would be a violation — of course — of NCAA rules.”                                         Topical Rant
The Sports Curmudgeon talked about the thinking of some University administrators. “Folks, reality says that university presidents are incapable of dealing with the abuses of athletic departments and/or coaches within those departments for a simple reason:                                                                                       Athletics is the attraction that brings a significant fraction of the donations to many schools.                                                                                                                                     If the president pisses off the “athletic donors” then total giving to the university might decline.                                                                                                                            University presidents hold their jobs and will continue to hold their jobs so long as university fund raising, in toto, increases this year and continues to increase over the tenure of the university president.                                                                                         The fact that a university president would not go out of his/her way to piss off the athletic donors is nothing more than self-preservation/enlightened self-interest. Folks, reality says that university presidents are incapable of dealing with the abuses of athletic departments and/or coaches within those departments for a simple reason:                                                                                  Athletics is the attraction that brings a significant fraction of the donations to many schools.                                                                                                                                     If the president pisses off the “athletic donors” then total giving to the university might decline.                                                                                                                               University presidents hold their jobs and will continue to hold their jobs so long as university fund raising, in toto, increases this year and continues to increase over the tenure of the university president.                                                                                               The fact that a university president would not go out of his/her way to piss off the athletic donors is nothing more than self-preservation/enlightened self-interest.                                             If you think that description is cynical allow me to remind you that the only difference between a cynic and a realist is whether you agree with him or not.”
Stat Of The Week
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) passed along this item from Gregg Drinnan (Kamloops- BC Daily News): “Lakers center Dwight Howard has missed more free throws this season than Steve Nash has missed in his 17-year career. Think about that for a moment or two.”
Headline
 Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted Fark.com as saying, “Mike Tyson, now a vegan, will only bite opponents who have cauliflower ears.”

Dreams Blog

April 12, 2013

  

Alvarado-Rios

The 3/30 broadcast of HBO Boxing After Dark had a match for the interim WBO Light Welterweight title that turned out to be one of this year’s top-ten. There was action from the opening bell until the final bell.

Rios began by staggering Alvarado with a jab, an uppercut, and a hook. Alvarado’s corner changed tactics, to slow down Rios by having Alvarado switch stances from left to right leads, which allowed Alvarado to win seven out of the final ten rounds.

I scored it 115-113 for Alvarado. But if Rios took the final round it would have been a draw. During the post-match interviews Rios looked almost unmarked while Alvarado was pretty lumped up and cut. It made you wonder who won? 

Boras Morass

“Super Agent” Scott Boras complained that the new MLB free agent system was unfair. I read this and said to my writing partner, Duffy T. Dogg, “Is he kidding? What’s the name of the planet on which he lives?” ESPN.com news service reported: “Scott Boras has routinely made millions for his clients in free agency, but a change in the compensation rules this year has the super agent questioning the fairness of the system.

Under compensation rules instituted this offseason, Major League Baseball teams had the option of offering $13.3 million qualifying offers to any of their pending free agents who spent the entire 2012 season with that team. If a player declined the offer and signed with another team, the player’s new team would have to forfeit its highest draft pick (except top-10 picks, which are protected) and the signing-bonus allocation slotted to that pick.

“When you have a system that does not reward performance, you know we have something corrupt in the major league process,” Boras told FoxSports.com. “You cannot have that in the major league system, because it’s not rewarding performance.” TWO Cleveland Indians signed free agent deals worth $104MILLION (Swisher 56m and Bourn 48m).

Brittney Griner

6’-8” Brittnty Griner from Baylor has been getting a lot of ink in recent days about the possibility of being the first female NBA-draftee. Greg Cote (Miami Herald) commented: “The loquacious Dallas Mavericks owner said this week he might select Griner, of Baylor, in the second round of June’s NBA Draft. It registered as a look-at-me publicity stab dressed in the refined clothing of championing equal opportunity.                                                            It served its purpose. It shone a light on Cuban as pro-woman, as an innovator.                                                                                     It did not, however, serve Griner or women’s basketball particularly well. Quite the opposite, it threw open the doors on a generally taboo subject in sports, which is that women cannot compete with men and dare not try when the sport involves physicality.                                                                                                  This is not sexist. It is reality.

Speaking Of Just Rewards

The Sports Curmudgeon pointed out that the head b-ball coaches from UCLA and Minnesota (Ben Howland, Tubby Smith) were let go. Towson University discontinued its intercollegiate soccer and baseball programs.

Let’s look closer- Howland in his 10yrs. at UCLA has taken his teams to the NCAA’s seven times; he also has won 69%of his games. Minnesota is in a conference where 5 of the 12 teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin) are very good just about every year. Two other schools (Illinois and Purdue) are sometimes very good and always good.”                          The nexus of money and college athletics is always an interesting place to encounter pragmatism, greed and enlightened self-interest. One of the latest examples of all three of those qualities may be found at Towson University in Baltimore. The Towson Tigers will drop baseball and soccer as intercollegiate sports and devote the resources previously allocated there to basketball and football.

    In their five home games, they drew a total of 43,457 fans. The average attendance for home football games was 8,691 folks.

    The Homecoming Game drew 9828 fans; that was the second largest crowd of the season demonstrating how important a football game is to the alums at Towson.

Winter Forecast

Gerry Greene (Orlando Sentinel) was thinking of vacationing at an Olympics and wrote, “Definitely choosing Brazil over Russia as a vacation spot. Areal worry is that there won’t be enough snow on the ground for the Winter Olympics- so Mother Russia is spending $8m to store snow now. There are packing 450,000cubic meters (which means nothing to me but sounds like a lot) in case the white stuff is needed at the Sochi games. Sure would make one great snowman.”                                                                                          Orange Is Blue

I’m sorry- well not really- that I can’t feel that sorry for Syracuse B-Ball coach Jim Boeheim because his team dropped the NCAA Semi to Michigan, 61-56.

He’s a good coach based only on his won-loss record (920-313) which is the root of my displeasure. His teams have beaten my SJU Red Storm so often the look like they were an old rug.

Boeheim is a good recruiter and molds those young men into teams. Even keeping this in mind, he still annoys me.

New SC Science

This Comes from the Sports Curmudgeon: “I want to explore a new ”science” – actually one I just made up about an hour ago – and I will call it Nomenology. The fundamental precept of Nomenology is that what you name something or someone has a profound effect on the future of that thing or that person.                     Let us dispense with our own little name-calling exercise right now. You can call me an idiot and I will respond by calling you a non-believer and we can move on from there. If anyone takes this seriously enough to take offense, then my name for them would be Tommy Tightbutt.                                                                                                Nomenology would point out that the future of many of the tournament participants is already cast in concrete.                                                                                                    Consider:                                                                                                                            Austin Chatman – Creighton – ESPN studio host

Steven Pledger – Oklahoma – annoying guy on PBS twice a year

Terry Brutus – Ole Miss – backstabber

Jamal Crook – Western Kentucky – hopefully not…                                The “Trumpster” Isn’t That Bad

Greg Cote (The Miami Herald) told us that the, “Doral’s Blue Monster (Golf Course) is undergoing a $200 million renovation. Hmm. Anybody else notice that owner Donald Trump did not seek a referendum or public funds?”

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

April 5, 2013

Yankees-Mets
I see both teams winning between 80-85 games this season. They, both, may squeeze into the post-season- but don’t hold your breath.
Watch-‘Em
The Sports Curmudgeon told us: “Last year, I wrote about a player the Cincinnati Reds had in their minor league system named Billy Hamilton. He split time between “High A” and AA baseball in Bakersfield and then Pensacola. Between the two stops, Hamilton hit .311 (2 HR and 45 RBIs) which may not seem noteworthy until I also tell you that in a total of 132 games he stole 155 bases. That is the minor league record for stolen bases in a season. Hamilton will start in center field for the Louisville Bats (Reds’ AAA affiliate) tonight and several rating services call him the Reds’ #1 prospect. Baseball America has Hamilton as the 20th best prospect in all of minor league baseball. Frankly, I would enjoy seeing him play and hope he gets a call-up sometime this year.
Curmudgeon’s Predictions
The Sport Curmudgeon published these thoughts:                                  “NY Yankees: One more serious injury for this team and they might have to call in Doctors without Borders. They start 2013 with more than $82M worth of payroll on the DL. We will find out quickly if the guys on the Yankees’ bench and on their AAA team are anywhere near ready for prime time. The Yankees’ pitching is good if not great and the return of Mariano Rivera to the bullpen has to be a plus even if he does not regain his Hall of Fame form at age 42. Late in Spring Training, the Yankees had to go scrounging and bottom-fishing for outfielders signing the likes of Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco and trading for Vernon Wells. Somewhere in the cosmos, George Steinbrenner weeps…                                                 NY Mets: The Mets just are not very good. David Wright is the best player on the team by a mile. Think about who their next best player is … Ike Davis? Marlon Byrd? When R.A.Dickey showed up in Toronto, the Mets’ pitching staff went from “having one stopper in the rotation” to “not scaring anyone on any day of the week”. In addition, some think that Johann Santana’s latest arm injury is career ending and not merely season ending. The guy Mets’ fans are focused on is Travis d’Arnaud (acquired from the Jays in the Dickey trade) and he has exactly zero plate appearances at the major league level as the season begins.
Met Captain
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) talked about David Wright. “Newly appointed Mets captain David Wright was Captain America during the World Baseball Classic. Even after coming out of the lineup with a strain to his ribcage, he expressed no reservations about playing. “It has nothing to do with the tournament itself,” he said of his injury, “and everything to do with bad luck.” If every American big leaguer were as gung-ho as Wright, the U.S. might one day conquer the baseball world.
NCAA Tourney Headline
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted The Onion.com as commenting: “Thrilling Duke-Albany game ends on a last-second buzzer.”  
Pain In The Neck- A Much Lower Opinion
Gene Collier (Pgh. Post-Gazette) also commented on the ruling by the NFL-Suits that outlaws the use of the head as a battering ram. From now on, a running back cannot lower his head to ram a tackler in the open field, and a defender cannot do the same to a ball carrier, at least without drawing a penalty.
The league shouldn’t do this unilaterally, but the transition will be markedly smoother when players graduate from a mentality that’s been wired into their DNA by coaches and executives and other players for decades.”
Two Draft Projects
Brad Rock (Deseret News- Utah) wrote that, “Ziggy Ansah and Star Lotulelei were rivals in college and roommates at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis,                                                 Ansah’s story truly is strange. He came to BYU as an LDS convert from Ghana, hoping to play college basketball.  
Then he showed up at the football offices, willing but unpolished. He had to be instructed on putting on his shoulder pads. Since then, his rise has NFL scouts going ziggy about the prospects. His size and athleticism at the defensive edge make him a potentially high choice when his name is called on Apr.25.
What the draft is getting with Ansah is a player as pure as raw honey — and nearly as unrefined. With Lotulelei, there’s power and agility, but also the worry of risking millions on a player with health concerns, despite recent tests showing otherwise.
World Cup Pre-game
Karen Beckwith and David Ramsey (Boston Herald) talked about the growing soccer interest in the US. They began with the snowy US-Costa Rica game. “An hour before the game, I could tell this would be a special night.
As I stepped out of my car, I encountered a scalper.                                                                        Got any tickets?” he asked, his eyes full of hope.                                                                   Millions of Americans are now fluent about soccer. They talk with excitement and expertise about Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney. They watch Fox Soccer Channel with the same fervor conservatives watch Fox News.                                                                          This was fun. The crowd joined a loud, inspiring performance of our national anthem, and when Clint Dempsey scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute, the rejoicing sounded like a happy thunderstorm.                                                                                           I’m not optimistic about this current version of America’s team. Landon Donovan, the greatest American star, appears more interested in rest than leading his countrymen.                             Dempsey needs an elite scoring partner for the Americans to travel deep in the World Cup field, and I don’t see one on the roster. This team appears on its way to a disappointing finish at the 2014 Cup.                                                                                   But in the future, America will kick its way into the ranks of the world’s finest soccer nations. We don’t have tradition on our side. We do have a massive population and an enormous thirst for victory.
Paging Red Klotz
Dwight Perry told us that San Marino’s losing streak has reached 51 games after an 8-0 shellacking from England in a World Cup qualifying match. “San Marino soccer, Dwight said in case you’re wondering, is Spanish for Washington Generals.”

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