Sunday, February 28, 2010
Has anyone other than Vod noticed that Triche plays less and less as the season progresses? He still starts but that's okay because it isn't long before Syracuse's version of the Chinese Bandits enter: The "J" team of Jardine & Joseph. Almost doesn't seen fair, does it?
So who's number one: Purdue be damned, it's Syracuse.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The San Fran Giants' 22-year old 3rd baseman, Pablo Sandoval, is being touted as a future superstar. Pablo is 5'11" and weighs 245 lbs, which means he looks like Picasner after a big meal. In an effort to positively affect his weight problem, the Giants put him on a food regimen for the winter. And it worked: he positively gained weight. His trainer said, "We were doing all right until he escaped."
Manny says this is his last year in L.A. Must be getting a early start on his summer vacation.
***I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME***
Johnny Damon has officially signed with the Tigers. His reaction: "This is where I wanted to be from day one." Day one, of course being last Sunday.
***I CAN'T WAIT***
American skater, Evan Lysacek, has announced his engagement to gymnast Nastia Liukin. With male skaters often being perceived as "feminine," and female gymnasts as feminine without the hormones, this ought to be a really interesting ceremony. I wonder who will wear the dress?
***USA HOCKEY TEAM BEATS CANADA***
After this shocker, many Americans are declaring themselves hockey fans. When asked if they thought an American team would win the Stanley Cup, they replied, "They sure will! ...What, uh, cup is that?"
Just a side note, our friend Bob Matthews predicted a win for Team Canada, 5-2. Atta boy, Bob.
***SYRACUSE - PROVIDENCE TONIGHT***
The Orange won the first meeting on Feb. 2nd. When asked about the game, Providence coach, Keno Davis said, "We knew what to expect." When the reporter mentioned the final score, 85-68, Davis replied, "We got what we expected."
***SPEAKING OF WHICH***
UCONN beat West Virginia last night 73-62, in another Big East Battle Royal. UCONN coach Jim Calhoun, one technical, WVA coach, two technicals and an ejection. The two T's ended whatever chance the Mountaineers had of winning the game. Analyst Jay Bilas blamed the referees. During the replay, he showed the referee standing right in Huggins face while Huggins ranted and raved. Bilas' take: "Why did the ref stand there? Nothing was going to change, all he did was infuriate Huggins. He finally walked away a few steps and THEN "T'd" him up." Huggins, of course, thought it was over with when the ref walked away and when he got called, had a second spaz with a similar result. I think Jay had a good point.
Monday, February 22, 2010
***GREAT JOB, NBC***
You want to watch Ice Dancing? Okay, here it is...wait, let's check into the hockey game. Here we go to the two-man bobsled: Wow, I thought he was going to turn over that time. Did you see the...and now back to ice dancing. Can we just please watch an event? the whole event? NBC, you should learn from USA Network. They start out with curling (it's like bowling with out the beer) and stay with it . And stay with it. and stay with it. Do you enjoy watching golfers discuss a 6-foot putt for 5 minutes? Then you'll love watching these guys discuss where to slide the "rock" for 10 minutes. An occasional heated argument might liven things up.
The downhill-ski cross-super G-combination- slalom event (did I get that right?) was pretty exciting on it's own. I didn't need some analyst having apoplexy every time a skier went over a hill and waved his arms. They should add rifles to this event and let the skiers take pot shots at the analyst as they ski down the hill. "Wow! He almost got me that time, Bill. Bill? Bill??"
Maybe there will be a new event tonight: The Nordic Bob Costas Hair-Comb Event.
There's an old joke, "I went to the fights last night and a Hockey game broke out." There is a train of thought that we bloodthirsty fans go to hockey games just for the fights. And to racing events to see the crashes. We've seen fights at baseball games, basketball games, soccer games and even football games. BUT. Leave it to Rochester to go everyone a little better. This weekend a fight broke out at a fashion show. Yeah,that's right, a fashion show. What could have been the problem? "Those are MY shoes, you b**ch!" That's has got to be a sight: two stick figures duking it out on the runway. But very fashionably dressed.
Okay, I'm all right now.
***A GREAT LINE***
...with a slight adjustment by Chad.
From Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald: "One bobsled event features four men together sliding across the ice. In (Oswego) during the winter, we call that a carpool."
Sunday, February 21, 2010
A very sloppy wrestling...er, basketball game in Nashville last night. Vandy's game plan was simple: If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em up. The game was full of surprises, the refs actually called some of the walking violations and there was an actual carrying or palming violation. Vanderbilt could have tied the game with 2 seconds left, but their big man, AJ Ogilvy, grabbed a long pass and proceeded to miss an 8-foot push shot. On the bright side, in two years the NCAA will forfeit this game to Vandy after discovering some inappropriate recruiting tactics by Kentucky coach, John Calipari. Of course, he'll probably be coaching at USC by then.
***THIS SHOULD MAKE VOD HAPPY***
An unnamed left-handed outfielder has signed with the Detroit Tigers. There goes my favorite post.
***SOME INTERESTING COMMENTS***
From Alex Kaseberg: Some controversy at the Vancouver Olympics. Today three of the men’s figure skaters tested positive for Appletinis.
From Alan Ray: "How do you spot a curling team's dorm at the Olympic Village?" "Their floors are always extremely clean."
Reggie Hays (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel), on last week's Daytona 500: "The race was delayed while officials worked to fix a pothole. They considered using professional Highway Department workers fix it, but were afraid the fans would get restless during the two-year wait."
***FROM BUSTER OLNEY'S COLUMN***
Satchel Paige's "Rules For Staying Young"
1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society -- the social ramble ain't restful.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. And don't look back -- something might be gaining on you.
Annie-O is doing well with her treatment for Thyroid cancer.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
For the first time since the late '60's, when the Yankees' only goal was to finish IN the American League, there are no scandals, feuds or fights looming in the Yankee camp. Oh, there are some story lines: who's in Left, Granderson or Gardner; who bats second, Granderson or Johnson; who will be the fifth starter, Chamberlain or Hughes? In Girardi's first interview, it took the reporters almost half an hour to get around to A-Rod. They tried: What are you going to do about Jeter's contract? Or Rivera's contract? Or Girardi's? Everyone just smiled. Well, this is no fun. Can't we at least have Swisher & Granderson wrestle over who gets uniform #33? I guess we'll have to count on Vod to find the chink in their armor and make a mountain out of some molehill.
***IN OTHER NEWS...***
Lindsey Vonn, she of the golden tresses and bum leg, wins the gold in the downhill. I see a Playboy Pictorial in her future. Shaun White takes the gold in the Halfpipe event, which I believe is what he smoked before trying some of those stunts.
Johnny Damon is still unsigned and Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still...
Syracuse - Georgetown in another battle of the century tonight. You haven't played in the Big East until you play the Hoyas in Georgetown...especially with a Syracuse jersey on. Forget the final Four, there will be blood on the court after this one.
I say again, if the Mets need a catcher so badly, why isn't Jose Molina being mentioned? I think GM Omar Minaya is such a bad judge of talent, he'd be trying to sign Babe Ruth if he could get a dead man to hold the pen.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
***IT STARTS TOMORROW***
Yes, it's here boys and girls, spring training and the Yanks defense of title #27. Pitchers and catchers start Wednesday, the day after the last Superbowl post game show. Luckily the 1st pre-game show for Superbowl XLV isn't scheduled until March 1st.
The front of CC Sabathia's limo is due in Tampa about 9:00 PM tonight, with the rest of it arriving about 8:00 AM tomorrow. One of the most valuable Yankees won't be attending spring training this year. Trainer Gene Monahan will be absent due to an undisclosed illness. The Yanks will miss him as he was scheduled to be Nick Johnson's roommate.
***ARE YOU SURE WE CARE?***
A new debate is starting in south Florida: Should the Marlins name be the Florida Marlins or the Miami Marlins? Picasner's suggestion is the Miami (Florida, not Ohio) Marlins of Dade County, slightly north of Cuba. Okay, maybe it's a little long, but tell that to the California Angels of...well, you know.
***SEE WHAT YOU LEARN WHEN YOU'RE SICK?***
Picasner's been locked into a new recliner this week because of a bad cold, and, out of desperation, has turned to the Olympics. Since my favorite sporting activities involve sitting in the sun with a beer, I've never been a big fan of the Winter Olympics. I don't know where I've been but there are some new events I'll need to catch up on.
Cross-boarding or snowboardcross or what ever: It took a while to catch on, but apparently it's 4 guys (mandatory 2 Americans) on miniature surfboards racing down a hill with rules similar to roller derby. Pushing, shoving and cutting people off appear to be allowed.
I know about the Downhill and Slalom, but what's Giant Slalom? Bigger skiers? Bigger flags? How about Super combination? Skiing while eating a McDonald's Kiddie meal? And I'm not going anywhere near Super G.
Skating is always nice, but it was years before I figured out the difference between Pairs and Dance. I think Dance is just Pairs with flashier costumes.
***AND A LITTLE BASKETBALL***
It might actually be good for Syracuse to lose a game, just to show them they can't just throw jerseys #1 & #4 out on the court and expect a victory. Villanova got beat, too, but Kansas & Kentucky roll along. Come over to the Big East, guys, where EVERY night is a tough game.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble ...
Those were the sounds in the "Loud House" today.
The Orange yawning on the defensives boards.
Jardine turning into a dribbling black hole running/ruining the offense.
The SU offensive doinking shots from all over the floor.
Indeed, the Orange were both ranked and "rank".
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
***...AND ALL THE TIME, I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SPORTS BLOG***
Here we are arguing proper English, which no one uses anymore if I may judge by looking at restaurant menus and newspaper articles. (Don't get excited, Vod, the NY Times is excluded.)
However, my friends on ESPN continue to abuse the language and insult our intelligence (?) on a daily basis. The latest from the 'lingo experts:'
# "He's not alley, he's ooper." (describing an alley-oop play)
# "Stop looking at my lemonade!" (I have no clue what he was talking about)
# "That's another row-add win for..." (That's road. not row-add, road. ROAD!)
Makes you long for Michael Kay, doesn't it?
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
In his haste to find a reason to slap me upside the head (like he needs a reason), Vod neglected to read my posting. I said it was a good game to watch, commented only on the age of The Who, and said the commercials were not outstanding. But thanks for the game recap. I was impressed with the poise of Brees and the Saints.
THIS game was not outstanding, Vod. The commentators kept saying that WVA had no offense and Villanova was not allowing them inside. All true as far as they went. I saw dozens of three-point opportunities that WVA never tried. That made it easy for 'Nova to collapse into the middle. I think any team that is willing to take the 3's (and make some, of course) will give the Wildcats some trouble. I never really felt that WVA was in the game and neither did they, apparently.
***ESPN says that if I wasn't impressed with one of their Top Ten plays, I should take "awesome lessons." Anyone know what that means?
***NEW FEATURE - WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO...?***
Jose Molina? The Mets (among others) are searching for a catcher and are currently looking at a guy (forgot his name) who MAY hit .250, is a marginal defensive player with a lousy arm and not noted for his ability to handle a pitching staff. Jose, can you see...? (sorry about that)
Monday, February 08, 2010
All week, I read that while New Orleans had the better team, Indianapolis was favored because of Peyton Manning. Come crunch time, however, it was Eli's big brother who made THE critical mistake. A good game to watch, decent, but not outstanding, commercials ('specially liked the Letterman-Winfrey-Leno spot) and, of course, The Who, or as my 7-year old granddaughter said, "Are those old people?"
***OKAY, I'M OFFICIALLY TIRED OF THIS***
Rumor has it that the Braves and the Tigers are mildly interested in Johnny Damon, with Tampa Bay, a longshot. Pretty soon, I'll have to sign him myself, just to get him out of our hair.
***CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?***
Phil Mushnick, a columnist for the NY Post, is no big fan of Mike Francesa (remember Mike and the Mad Dog?).
"The best thing about the week before the Super Bowl is watching as Mike invites big shots into his booth -- to hear him speak. He invited NFLPA exec. director, DeMaurice Smith in to hear Mike's lecture in NFL labor issues. Smith is new at this, but he quickly learned that all he had to do was say, from time to time, 'You're absolutely right, Mike.' All this from Francesa, who, for the last two months, has been calling Colts coach Jim Caldwell 'Cardwell.' Caldwell has acknowledged that all these years he has been mispronouncing his own name: If Mike Francesa says it's Cardwell, well then... it must be Cardwell."
***IF I HAD TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN,...***
Why is that the coach of the losing team, when asked if he would change anything, he always says, "No, we would have done the same thing"? Oh, come on. At least say, "Well, we would have scored more points."
***SYRACUSE ROLLS, VILLANOVA STUMBLES***
The Orange continue to be led by one of the most stifling defenses since the Third Army. They let Cincinnati think they were in the game until they held them to ONE basket in the last 12 minutes. At least they let them bring the ball over half court. All this without their 'Premier Player,' Wes Johnson. As Vod pointed out, SU can win without him, but I believe he is a vital cog, especially against the more upper-echelon teams.
Speaking of which, Villanova faces another powerhouse tonight, West Virginia, at Morgantown. Should be a good game, since the Mountaineers play like you're holding their mother hostage.
SU reportedly has already sold 34,616 tickets for the SU-Villanova game and one writer thinks they'll go over 40,000. I hope those last 6000 bring those TV phones with them so they'll be able to tell what all the screaming is about.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
I might as well give you all 10 answers since they might not have been as easy as I thought.
1. A knuckleball 2. An unassisted triple play 3. The Babe, of course 4. The Braves (Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta) 5. The Babe, again
1. The Cubs 2. The Mariners & the Marlins 3. The Pittsburgh Pirates 4. The Braves, again 5. The Pirates (again) Picasner missed #'s 2 & 4, so they don't count.
Here are five actual answers from the show:
1. BASEBALL TERMS (4/29/09): "Hall of Famer Willie Stargell called it 'a butterfly with hiccups'"
2. BASEBALL HISTORY (2/2/04) "On August 10th, 2003, Rafael Furcal of the Braves became only the 12th man in MLB history to perform this single-handedly."
3. BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS (4/23/01): "A Red Sox pitcher, later a Yankee, he held the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings from 1918 to 1961."
4. BASEBALL (9/11/02): "It's the only team to win World Series titles in three different cities for which it played."
5. BASEBALL (12/04/96): "The best American League left-handed pitcher 1916-18, he was moved to left field in 1919."
Pretty simple, huh. Aren't you sorry now? Well, consider this. Here are five other actual baseball answers from the show.
1. BASEBALL HISTORY (7/11/08): "For nearly 30 years, California's Catalina Island was the spring training camp for this non-California Major League team"
2. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (3/23/05): "The team names of these two expansion clubs start with the same three letters; one might catch the other."
3. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM NAMES (10/19/01): "This team received its name after an 1890 incident in which it "stole" away an important player from another team."
This is one of the classic Jeopardy questions in which an emphasized word provides a giant clue. Anyone with logic and a knowledge of language and nicknames should get this one
4. BASEBALL HISTORY (5/22/00): "Current name of the National League team that started out in the 1870s as the Boston Red Stockings."
5. BASEBALL TEAMS (11/27/98): "In the early days, this team was known as the Alleghenies."
Aha. Not so easy now, is it? Assuming you got the first 5 right, I'll publish the answers later today. No fair looking them up.
Note: Johnny Damon is still looking and Francisco Franco is still dead.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Damon (and Scott Boras) are pushing hard on the Detroit Tigers, who happen to be the only team left that will return phone calls. Johnny says he will, "...make the Tigers a winner. Remember, I said that when I went to Boston and when I went to the Yankees, and they both won." Maybe that's why Damon can't throw; he hurt his arm patting himself on the back (Where's Boras when you really need him?).
***REALLY PUTTING THE 'E' IN ESPN***
The announcers can't just describe the highlights; they have to entertain and 'trash talk,' too.
Here are some of the phrases they've used, some of which make NO sense.
1/30 - "Boom-Dizzle" (Describing a dunk) Boom-dizzle?
"Engine, engine #9" (a fast break)
2/1 - "Bartender, gimmee one on ice" (A hockey goal - okay, this one's got some merit)
2/3 - "Cowboy, brother" (Another dunk)
I think they're drinking a little too much Red Bull during the breaks.
***THE ORANGE CONTINUE TO ROLL***
Providence's game plan was obviously to try and shut down Syracuse's three-point shooters. They did but extended their defense out so far that the Orange big men went crazy underneath. Onuaku and Joseph shot a combined 19-23. The bad news is Onuaku and Jackson cannot shoot free throws. They were 0-6 last night and got a cheer from the crowd whenever they just hit the rim. If you can spare the fouls, this might be the only way to beat this team. The good news is that Wes Johnson is sore but okay after taking a hard fall last night. He sat out most of the 2nd half 'cause they didn't need him. Boeheim expects to be off the oxygen today.
***THE JOE MAUER SAGA***
The Twins are trying to sign him up long term before he declares for free agency. Negotiations have been going on for a while. When asked why it was taking so long, Mgr Ron Gardenhire replied, "Well, they can't decide whether to give him Minneapolis or St. Paul." He'll probably end up with both.
We're getting close to spring training and some of the Yankees are already working out in preparation. Sabathia has been light-tossing, Jeter has been jogging, and Nick Johnson has been practicing pulling up lame.
Monday, February 01, 2010
New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: "I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first."
And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the 'Skin's say: "I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl," Matt Millen of the Raiders said: "To win, I'd run over Joe's Mom, too."
Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins: "He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings."
Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann: "Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh, "I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."
Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach, "You guys line up alphabetically by height.." And, "You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle."
Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison, "Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton."
Stu Grimson, Chicago Black Hawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker, "That's so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my clothes."
Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota, "He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is."
Chuck Nevitt , North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice, "My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt."
Frank Layden , Utah Jazz president, on a former player, "I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'"
Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four F's and one D, "Son, looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject."
In the words of NC State great Charles Shackelford, "I can go to my left or right, I am amphibious."
Amarillo High School and Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded, "Because she is too damn ugly to kiss good-bye.”
Mr. November will turn 36 in June of 2010. The Yankees will be paying him $22.6 million. There are a lot of people that will say a 36-year old shortstop shouldn't be paid that much on the 'downside' of his career (A word of warning: don't say this in earshot of Annie-O).
Last April a sportswriter for the NY Daily News researched Jeter's supposed potential and actual value for the 2009 season, using "Diamond Dollars," which details the value of players, including what they call "marquee value," and Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA system to predict his season. How these two systems do this and how they can claim any kind of accuracy is a complete mystery to me.
First of all, Diamond Dollars projected Jeter's value at $15.5 million for 2009. Baseball Prospectus, only $5.55 million. Why so low? BP's System had him hitting .288 (actual .334), On Base Pct, .353 (.406), Slugging, .383 (.465) with 6 home runs (actual 18). Jeter was actually paid $21.6 million.
Bottom line: with those under-estimates, it's obvious they don't do any work for Scott Boras. Think your systems need overhauling, guys?
***JIM ARMSTRONG, DENVER POST***
As spring training draws near for the Yankees: "Only two more weeks before pitchers, catchers and butlers report."
***SPEAKING OF OVERRATING***
Coastal Carolina & Harvard both received more votes in the AP Top 25 poll than North Carolina, who received zero. Even Old Dominion got 11. This has got to make Vod feel better.
Anybody know who won the football game?