Sunday, August 03, 2014


** Phil Mushnick, NY Post, listed a number of college and professional football players who have been arrested for various crimes involving the abuse of women. What is it with football players that feel they have to exhibit their physical dominance by these physical attacks on women? If they happen to be very talented athletes, they end up being "punished" with the proverbial slap on the wrist. If the punishment doesn't fit the crime, the crimes will continue. In fact, maybe the punishment should be so severe that athletes would not dare commit the crimes.

** On today's Sports Reporters, Bob Ryan commented that when the Miami Marlins twice broke up a World Series champion, people were aghast, but when Boston did the same thing, people called it "visionary." The difference is that Miami sold off their players over the winter after their championship season, while Boston broke up their team in the middle of a season when the team wasn't going anywhere.

** So the Yanks won a game yesterday when their offense exploded for 6 runs. Immediately, all the columnists said that the team was finally coming together. Cashman added two stop-gap infielders that will finally make Girardi and the players 'comfortable' with the roster - finally. Let's not get crazy. If the Big Four run-producers (Ellsbury, Beltran, Teixeira and McCann) don't start performing, the Yanks won't make the playoffs for the second straight year.

** The Detroit Tigers traded for David Price, which gives them a starting rotation of Price, Verlander, Scherzer and Rick Porcello. This staff is reminiscent of the '96 Braves with Maddox, Glavine and Smoltz, or the 1971 Baltimore Orioles, when all four starters Mike Cuellar, Jim Palmer, Steve McNally and Pat Dobson ALL won 20 games. However, please note that both the Braves and the Orioles lost in the World Series in those years.

** MLB's replay system is supposed to 1) get calls right and 2) eliminate arguments and ejections. There are some managers who feel it is doing neither. Add Mike Matheny of the Cardinals to that list. Probably the most frustrating part is the fact that the call that is challenged is reviewed in New York, and they make the final decision. It's not longer up to the umpires at the game, so there's no one to argue with and the umps don't want to discuss it. This isn't fun for the manager or the umps.

** CC Sabathia is 34 years old, has appeared in 8 games this year and will be paid $23 million and an additional $48 million for the next two years with a $25 million player option for 2017. Cliff Lee is 35 and will be paid $25 million next year with a player option of $27.5 million for 2016. They're getting paid millions for doing almost nothing and  I  didn't buy one green pepper today because it cost a buck and a half. When will teams learn that long term contracts for pitchers just don't work?

** Vin Scully has announced that he will return for another year broadcasting for the Dodgers. I wonder if he will get a Rivera-Jeter style retirement tour with the same kind of honors when he decides to call it a career. I can't think of any broadcaster - or even a player - who deserves it more.

** ESPN will have Dan Schulman and John Kruk, broadcast tonight's Yankee-Red Sox game  from atop the green monster. A long way from the pitcher and the catcher. This should fit right in with ESPN's marketing strategies, since their knowledge of  baseball is also far removed from the game.

"Turkey's deputy prime minister says women should not laugh out loud in public.  Which pretty much rules out the Milwaukee Bucks moving their training camp to Istanbul."  -- Dwight Perry
"The CFL East division has currently three teams tied for 1st place with identical 1-3 records. Look for The Chicago Cubs to apply for an expansion franchise in the CFL."  -- TC Chong
" LeBron James will return to wearing his old No. 23 when he returns to Cleveland Of course, it was awkward when he discovered that even HE burned his old Cavaliers jersey."  -- Jimmy Fallon
" Omaha’s new FXFL team has a nickname: Mammoths. When you look at the history of pro football in Omaha, what better than a creature that went extinct?"  -- Brad Dickson
"Queen Elizabeth's horse tested positive for a banned substance. It wasn't her feedbag. She was just holding it for a friend."  -- Steve Schrader
"Browns receiver Josh Gordon claimed he'd passed at least 70 drug tests. Problem is, he's taken over 1,000."  -- Bill Littlejohn
" I assume Fenway Park  just got a shipment of “Hi, My Name Is…” stickers for the Red Sox clubhouse."  -- Janice Hough
"The Pittsburgh Steelers announced plans to retire Mean Joe Greene's No. 75 this season.  There won't be a dry eye at the ceremony when some kid hands Mean Joe a Coca-Cola and Greene tosses the kid his framed jersey."  -- Dwight Perry
"The Amway Coaches Poll is out. It’s the first college football poll that awards points to teams that have soap on a rope in the locker room showers."  -- Brad Dickson


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