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Sports Shorts - February 16 2011 Tags: C.C. Sabathia Tiger Woods Michael Vick Peyton Manning Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees

Welcome to another edition of Sports Shorts. This week, we're sending up C.C. Sabathia, slapping around Michael Vick, and learning to read from Jerry Richardson, among other enlightening tidbits.

 

Enjoy!

  • C.C. Sabathia dropped 25 pounds before reporting for Spring Training earlier this week. The weight loss will mean there is one less roll of fat for the Yankees to hide A.J. Burnett behind during the coming season. 

 

  • Tiger Woods was fined by the European Tour for spitting on a green during the Dubai Classic. In a statement, Woods said he intends to hire a “coach” to help him learn to swallow properly so that it doesn’t happen again. 

 

  • Michael Vick was officially slapped with the franchise tag by the Philadelphia Eagles. There have been no comments on whether or not he’ll have to wear it on a collar around his neck. 

 

  • During a recent labor negotiation meeting, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson offered to teach Peyton Manning how to read a revenue Chart. In response, Manning offered to Carolina officials how to read a scouting report. 

 

  • Peter Forsberg recently retired after a two-game comeback with the Colorado Avalanche. Brett Favre is said to be looking into the strategy. 

 

  • One of these things is not like the other…one of these just doesn’t belong… maybe Cliff Lee know...

 

 

  • Anybody else like the idea of Donald Trump buying The Mets for no other reason but holding a press conference and telling his manager, “You’re Fired!”? 

 

  • Ken Griffey Jr. was hired back by the Mariners as a special consultant. Unfortunately, he missed the press conference to introduce him after falling asleep in the clubhouse. 

 

  • The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a 5-year, $50 million extension with second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks immediately hurt his wrist signing the deal and will be out for 8-10 weeks. 

 

  • The owners of the Atlanta Thrashers recently admitted that the team may be moved if further financial support wasn't secured shortly. The team's lone fan was said to be very disappointed. 

 

Lance Armstrong announced that he has decided to completely retire from competitive cycling to spend more time with his family. His competitors meanwhile question whether he has the ball to compete any longer.

Five Minute Frags - Thank You Bernie Madoff
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Mark Cuban New York Mets New York Yankees MLB Bernie Madoff

 

That’s right, you read that title correctly. I want to personally thank Bernie Madoff, the man who single-handedly defrauded thousands of investors of close to $65 billion. No, I’m not proud of his actions or that he managed to turn some of the wealthiest people in the world on their ear. Rather, I’m happy for a whole other reason.

You see, one of Madoff’s biggest victims, or cohorts depending on who you are listening to, is Mets owner Fred Wilpon. Because of his losses, and his impending legal issues with the trust set up to recoup the Madoff fortune for its rightful owners, Wilpon is going to be forced to sell a minimum of a 25% stake in the team, or more if Major League Baseball has anything to say about it. This whole thing is just something that the Good Old Boys club doesn’t want hanging over it, especially in light of what is happening with the Los Angeles Dodgers and what recently went down with the Texas Rangers

But are the Good Old Boys ready to actually act on the best interest of the team and New York baseball? Are they ready to stop blocking Mark Cuban?

Mark Cuban is exactly what the New York Mets and Major League Baseball needs. The current regime of owners have done everything they can to block those with vision and money from getting into the game, but with increasing issues like those with McCourt (Dodgers), Wilpon (Mets), Hicks (Rangers), and Loria (Expos, Marlins), it has become apparently obvious that some new blood needs to be injected into a broken vein. That’s where Mark Cuban comes in.

Cuban is a dream owner for New York. He’s got the pockets and desire to win that would allow the Mets to field a quality team. He’s smart about the people he hires around him so that the right personnel are in place to make good decisions about the team and its direction. Cuban is also visionary enough to see what directions the game needs to go to improve, meaning he could lend a strong, open mind to a group that seems to be happy with the status quo.

And none of that speaks to what he’d mean to the New York media.

Imagine for a moment Cuban sitting behind home plate, because let’s face facts, the man will sit on the field level rather than up in a stuffy owner’s box. He sees a call he doesn’t like. Cuban is going to give the umpire an ear full and there’s not a damn thing that Bud Selig would be able to do about it. Baseball is set up to allow the fans to scream whatever they want from the stands and Cuban sure as hell won’t hold anything back.

Then there’s the Steinbrenner angle. Sure, John Henry and Larry Luchhino of the Boston Red Sox have done a valiant job of trying to lob artillery back and forth with the Steinbrenner regime in recent years. However, they won’t even be able to hold a candle to what Mark Cuban can bring to town, especially if a cross-town rivalry is in the cards. He’s the one man that could have stood toe-to-toe with King George himself and not batted an eye and the New York tabloids would be rubbing their hands together just to get a piece of their battles.

Now, of course, none of this will come to pass. Bud and his buddies have shown in the past that they will do just about anything to block out Cuban, as they did in his bids to buy the Cubs and the Rangers. Their Neanderthal vision of baseball being kept in a small room with a bunch of uptight, rich men smoking cigars like a scene from Trading Places is what is keeping the game from progressing. Until they see that, we will always have the same results with the same complaints.

Of course, when they finally see it, will there be anyone left to care?

Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Antonio Cromartie NFL Roger Goodell DeMaurice Smith Texas Rangers New York Yankees

Is there are riff between the NFL players?? Booster wants money back?? Texas takes shot at Yankees?? What’s going on here?? All this, in this weeks edition of Rants and Raves.

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie spoke his mind about the contract talks between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. "To me, you need to stop bitching about it, and if you wanna say you're gonna get into a room and meet and greet, and say you're gonna do what you need to do, then do it. Don't just talk about it." Antonio will be a free agent at the end of the season and cannot sign a new deal until the Collective Bargaining Agreement is negotiated. The CBA expires on March 4th. Cromartie also stated "Especially when you don't get no information about nothing from the union or the owners, so to tell you the truth they need to get their damn minds together and get this [expletive] done. Stop bitching about money. Money ain't nothing. Money can be here and gone. Us players, we want to go out and play football. It's something we've been doing and we love it and enjoy it. It's our livelihood."

Now, after Antonio Cromartie said what he had to say about the NFL and the NFL Players Association, several NFL players came out against the New York Jet. Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis and Arizona Cardinal Darnell Dockett say that Cromartie does not speak for all the players. Darnell said "We have leaders, we know what is fair and the players are behind our leadership." Lewis stated that he supports DeMaurice Smith, the union's executive director. "Great leaders are servants first," Lewis said. "That is who our leaders are. Players are not going to turn on each other. We are blessed with what we have and it is on all of us to keep it fair. I'm resolved to do that." Lewis and Dockett are not player representatives for their teams but still felt like speaking out on the issue.

Of course Cromartie had to respond to Lewis and Dockett. "I don't give a who about Ray Lewis or Darnell Dockett talking about what I said. There's 10's of thousand people who will lose jobs. They taking our healthcare away and for players that have surgery can't even get rehab once March 3rd gets here."

Now the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that if there's a lockout, he will reduce his salary to $1. In which the President of the NFL Player’s Association DeMaurice Smith countered that if they can get a deal done by the Super Bowl, he'll take a pay cut to 68 cents.

I can’t believe that a booster wants his $3 million dollars back because he doesn’t like the choice of football coach the college signed. But, it did happen, and it happened to the University of Connecticut and supporter Robert G. Burton. Mr. Burton wants his donation of $3 million and his name removed from University’s football team’s training facility. This all happened because the school hired former Syracuse football coach Paul Pasqualoni, and Burton had no say in the matter. I guess he is sore because Burton did have a say in the hiring of former Husky coach Randy Edsall. It looks like the school has no intention of giving him his money back. I don’t blame the school. I would hope they would take the Burton name down from the facility. That would keep Burton from opening his mouth in the future.

The GM wants to stay and the team wants him back. That’s the love fest called the Cashman - Yankees affair. The Yankees General Manager has a year left on his contract and Hal Steinbrenner say he absolutely want Cashman to return. But if the Yankees GM is true to his heart, as he was with Rivera, Jeter, Posada and other Yankee players, he will wait until the end of the season to negotiate his contract. Of course Hal can override Cashman, as he did with the Soriano signing, and sign Brian during the season. Brian Cashman has done an outstanding job in restocking the minor league system. The Yankees have outstanding catchers and pitchers ready to produce.

Wow, are the Texas Rangers getting cocky or what? They make it to their first World Series and all of a sudden they are flexing the mouths with a war of words with the New York Yankees. Texas Owner Chuck Greenberg commented that the Rangers kept the chase for Cliff Lee going long enough for the Philles to sneak in and take Lee from the clutches of the Yankees. In response, Yankees President Randy Levine fired back that Greenberg was “delusional” and mind your own business and keep your team off “welfare.” "I think Chuck is delusional," Levine told ESPNewYork.com. "He has been running the Rangers for a few minutes and seems to believe he's mastered what everyone else is thinking. I think he should let Cliff Lee speak for himself. I'll be impressed when he demonstrates he can keep the Rangers off welfare. What I mean is make them not be a revenue-sharing recipient for three years in a row, without taking financing from baseball or advance money from television networks. Then I'll be impressed."

Here is a clip of my cousin and his son having a great time driving in the snow, singing along:

This just goes to show you America does have talent!!!

Navy Term:

Sea Lawyer: Old Navy, a person who is forever arguing about everything and anything aboard the ship, with a view of getting out of work. Today’s Navy a Sea Lawyer is one who thinks they know everything and parts that information on the less knowledgeable.

Pictures by: Antonio Cromartie-cbschicago.files.wordpress.com, Roger Goodell - usavored.com, DeMaurice Smith - static.businessinsider.com, Ray Lewis - unlockedsports.com, Darnell Dockett - billvolhein.com, Robert G. Burton - ctnews.com, UCONN Logo with dog - posters.ws/image, Brian Cashman - siboundsthe4.mlblogs.com, Texas Rangers - arclubs.org, New York Yankees - frontrowking.com, Hal Steinbrenner - nymag.com 


 

Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: New York Yankees Felix Hernandez Jacksonville Jaguars NFL MLB Brandi Favre Lawrence Taylor Melo Nuggets Nets


 

Are the Jet’s classless?? Brandi Favre a druggie?? Does Lawrence Taylor plead?? These questions, and more, are answered inside this edition of Rants and Raves.

What’s up with the Jets? After the Jets defeated New England, 28-21, several Jet players made very classless statements. One of which was from Bart Scott:

Do you think this was appropriate? I don‘t. But then again, their coach, Rex Ryan doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut.

On the heels of the New England sass talk, comes the gushy, kissing up to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Come on Jet Players and Coach Ryan, pucker them lips and kiss the Steelers ass.

Brandi Favre, the younger sister of you-know-who, was arrested along with five other people in Diamondhead, Mississippi. The police found a meth lab in a condo complex, after witnessing a drug purchase near the place. The five were taken to a hospital for decontamination before being sent to jail. Hazmat teams went into the condo unit to dispose of the chemicals.

Speaking of a Favre, Brett turned in his retirement papers to the NFL. Yeah!!

Lawrence Taylor finally plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the May 6th arrest for felony statutory rape. He will be sentenced to six years probation, but, he must also register as a sex offender.

Now isn’t this the LT we would like to remember?? The man who led the G-Men to two Super Bowl titles, in 1987 and 1991, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. You bet we do!!

Do you really think the Denver Nuggets will get a better deal than what the New Jersey Nets are offering?? Come on Denver, wake up!! Two #1 picks, Derrick Favors, Devon Harris and several other players and yet your considering the Knicks low ball offer?? Is there an NBA conspiracy?? Is David Stern involved in trying to get Melo to the Knicks???

In the Nets smartest move of the season, Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov delivered the bombshell to the media on Wednesday night, he said nyet to Carmelo Anthony.

"I'm not happy with the way ... this deal has gone until now," Prokhorov said. "It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job, but there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I'm instructing our team to walk away from the deal." "It's my decision," said Prokhorov, who said the Nets were given permission to speak with Anthony but never got a "straightforward answer" on the specifics of that meeting. Prokhorov said he never heard from Anthony. "Maybe he sent me an e-mail, but I don't have a computer," Prokhorov said. "Maybe the carrier pigeon got lost."

The Nets have five 1st round picks in the next two years and plenty of cap space. If the Nets GM Billy King plays his cards right the future looks bright.

The heir-apparent to Mariano Rivera is now a New York Yankee. Rafael Soriano has agreed to a three-year, $35 million dollar deal. Rumors are circulating that it was Rivera who went to bat for Soriano. Rafael is 11-20 with a 2.73 era in 9 seasons. He has 88 saves (in which 45 were last year with Tampa Bay) and has played for Atlanta, Seattle and Tampa Bay. Rafael Soriano has options after the first and second years of the deal.

Speaking of the Yankees, if they are really serious about getting another pitcher, how about Seattle’s Felix Hernandez. Yeah I bashed him about winning the Cy Young, but that’s because he was no where near 20 wins and remember Steven Carlton was on a team that was offensively challenged and he won 27 games. Can you imagine Hernandez stats on the Yankees, with their offense?? 27 wins easily. The Yankees can give up one of their prized catchers (they have 2, and the third one ain’t bad either), some pitchers, and a position player or two.

Jaguars are in desperate need of a lock down defense back. They will use their first round draft pick on one, and you can rest assured another pick in the 3rd or 4th round. How about taking the best lockdown back in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha, and sign him to a $15 million a year contract.

Here is a clip of the United States Ceremonial Team:

 

Pictures by: Nnamdi Asomugha - justblogbaby.com, Brett Favre - eworldpost.com, New York Jets Logo - the5thcorner.com, Jacksonville Jaguar logo - Sportslogos.net, Brandi Favre - gossone.com/worlds/, Denver Nuggets - images.arenstaren.multiply.com, Lawrence Taylor (after football) - 3.bp.blogspot.com, Lawrence Taylor (football days) - live.drjays.com, Mariano Rivera - bronxbaseballdaily.com, Rafael Soriano - static.businessinsider.com, Felix Hernandez - chrisoleary.com, New Jersey Nets Logo - pycomall.com/image, Mikhail Prokhorov - images.forbes.com, Huggs and kisses to you - 4.bp.blogspot.com/

Video by: Bart Scott - Bigser9 on Youtube, US Ceremonial Team - Drill4life on Youtube 

Who So Angry?
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

 

Thank you to Brett Favre.

321 consecutive games.  The man didn't miss a day of work for 19 years.

19 years.  99% of the men who play professional sports, don't have careers that last 19 years, and none of them played in every damn game.

Every day, every game, he answered the bell.

Lou Gehrig's streak lasted from 1925 to 1939.

Cal Ripken's streak lasted from 1982 to 1998.

Brett Favre streak started in 1992 and lasted until 2010, the record for a quarterback, before Favre nearly tripled it, was 116 consecutive starts by Ron Jarworski 30 years ago.

 And as a story on Yahoo points out, both legendary # 4's streaks ended in Detroit.

Above is probably my most favorite photograph of all-times.

April 30, 1939, Detroit.  After the legendary Lou (bleeping) Gehrig asked the legendary skipper Joe McCarthy to take him out of the line-up, sitting in the dugout, watching his teammates warm-up, just gazing, taking it all in, knowing his streak, of 2,130 straight games, covering 15 years, is over. 

 

 

 


 

December 13, 2010, Detroit.  hmmmm...

 

So why the hate?

Just because Favre went back and forth the last few years, debating on weather or not to come back or retire?  What if, simply, the man wanted to play football?  Hasn't what he has accomplished allowed him some extra time to make a decision?

My good best baseball buddy, is a 9x Gold Glove winning catcher playing wood bat, ametuer hardball.  And after 20 years of catching, his knees and throwing shoulder is fucked up, and guess what?  It has happened a few times, where, he wasn't sure if he was going to play next year.  And come spring time, it is always time to play.

It is worse to not play.

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