Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
If you do want to learn to play golf, I'd recommend getting lessons from a pro - however, if you're going to learn from watching videos on the internet, here's something Kige didn't cover -- it's all in the hips:
Monday, April 27, 2009
- Syracuse has two players go in the NFL draft, which is the same number as Miami and Florida State - combined. It has been in the upper 80s for the last three days in Upstate NY in April, and pets want to kill themselves. These are strange times my friends, strange times indeed.
Great work again on the draf this year Al...bravo, bravo. As a Raider fan (quit laughing) I've really fallen out of love with the NFL because the Managing General Partner of my favorite team has turned into Uncle Junior during the end of the Sopranos run.
Darius Heyward-Bey? Honestly I thought my brother in law, and often poster, "AJV" was kidding me this weekend when he told me of this stellar pick. Apparently Al thinks the NFL plays much like NCAA Football on PS2.....find the fastest guy on the field, change is hot route to "go" and lob the ball up and let him run under it. A nice compliment to Javon Walker.
Michael Mitchell? He'll look great lined up in the defensive backfield across from D'Angello Hall.
True story: I have a few Cubans tucked away for special events. I've decided the following will are Castro-worthy:
* the birth of my next child
* Al Davis's removal from any position of authority
* A huge trifecta hit at Saratoga
* A Syracuse football national championship
No one scouts talent like Uncle Al.
I'm torn on Peter King. The Sports Illustrated columnist has been covering the NFL for 20 years and as a journalist, he certainly is accomplished. He's won awards, he's got connections in every NFL organization, and he's devoted pretty much his entire career to covering the NFL.
As such, like many others, I read his Monday Morning Quarterback column every week in an effort to absorb as much information as possible about the Eagles the the NFL. I don't care if it's late April, the NFL any time of year is awesome.
So, every Monday I read King, and every Monday I get annoyed with 2/3 of the crap he writes about - whether its the Red Sox (die Red Sox die), the coffee critiques, the way he subtly weaves his political views into what is supposed to be a football column, or his love affair with certain NFL figures (see Farve, Brett) I find his work highly annoying.
I'm certainly not the only person to feel this way, sites like Kissing Suzy Kolber have been eviscerating King for years. However, there are usually a few good nuggets of information in there, so like a meth-head I keep shooting this crap into my veins - until today, when King actually talked about, well.....crap.
In his enjoyable/aggravating the travel note of the week, Peter paints a wonderful picture for his readers by offering up this:
Changing planes at DFW on Sunday, I used the men's room near one of the American gates. I walked into one of the toilet stalls with the automatic flushers.
WHOOOOOSH. I closed the door to the stall and sat down.
Three more times I heard the same WHOOOOOSH as I sat there and minded my own business.
Of course, no flush when I get up and leave the stall. Gotta love technology.
You'll notice Peter didn't exactly note whether the event was enjoyable or aggravating, but I certainly know how I feel about it.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
And whatever happens today, let's try and avoid this:
And for all you Jet fans out there, here's hoping your team avoids past mistakes such as:
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The good news for draft fans is that the draft is dominating sports news right now. In fact, 52.7 minutes of every SportsCenter telecast is dedicated to either mock drafts, Mek Kiper, Todd McShay or some combination of the above. Personally I believe it's just a conspiracy to not cover other important sports -- like camel racing.
So now it's time to do my part. Since one more ill-informed mock draft isn't going to do anyone any good, my small brain came up with a new twist on the idea - a mock draft featuring all Syracuse players. Since Greg Robinson rolled into town and destroyed a once proud program, this wouldn't work so well with current players, so here's how we are going to do this:
- The mock draft below follows this year's actual draft order.
- Teams would have to draft Syracuse players, of any era.
- Players would be evaluated as if they were coming out of college -- so for the purposes of this exercise, we get to disregard the player's professional careers.
- There is no doubt I will miss some people and this might suck - that's what the comment section is for.
- This will be skewed towards players of the last two decades, that's more in my wheelhouse.
- Don't expect to see a lot of offensive lineman - SU has never been left tackle U.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
However, all is not well in Eagle-land. Unbeknownst to me, hard hitting cornerback Sheldon Brown apparently has not been happy with his contract -- to the point where he not only demanded to be traded, but he did it with flair, claiming the Eagles have treated him like a redheaded step child. Any time you can work that into a quote with the media, you get bonus points in my book.
The Eagles did not take kindly to that metaphor and in a rare display of public candor, proceeded to treat him like one. They responded to Mr. Brown's request with a harsh statement that is the verbal equivalent of a drunk father hitting his kid 20 times with his biggest belt. The highlight:
“It’s very unfortunate and counterproductive that Sheldon has chosen to go public with his feelings about his situation," the team said in a statement. "After thorough evaluation by himself and discussions with his family and agents, he chose to accept an extension of his rookie contract early that provided his family financial security for the rest of his life. It removed any concerns about health or performance that all other players in his draft class had to worry about."
It wouldn't be an Eagles off-season if some player wasn't upset with his contract, so at least that base is covered. I've always liked Brown, he's a tough durable player and he hits harder than almost any corner in the league. He doesn't make the spectacular play, but successful teams are full of Sheldon Browns. That being said, he did willingly sign a long-term contract with a team that is famous for not re-doing deals. He should know this first hand as when he arrived in Philly the starting corners were Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor. Both wanted new deals, neither never got one, and they were subsequently replaced by none other than Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown.
How this ends is anyone's guess - I'd hate to see him go, but if he sulks his way through the season that isn't going to help the team or win fans over. Especially since unlike Sheppard last year, there's no one qualified to replace him on the current roster.
So the real question is, when it's all said and done, who will win this stand off? Will Sheldon get a new contract and hit the Eagles as hard as he hit Reggie Bush - or will Sheldon have to change his number to 25 and move to New Orleans? Only time will tell, but its game on in Philly.
And if 10 minutes wasn't enough - here's part II:
I'd like to thank Bryan for the heads up and the Sports Hernia for being consistently awesome.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Following the speculation around which Syracuse players will declare for the draft and which will stay is exhausting. Our good friends at the Orange Fizz have compared it to an episode of the Hills -- and since my knowledge of the Hills is more limited than Arinze Onuaku's free throw shooting, we'll take the Fizz' word for it.
Regardless, everyone is working off of different scripts, as this AP story from a few hours ago quotes Jim Boeheim as saying Jonny Flynn's status is "kind of up in the air" -- which at the very least casts some doubt this report that cites multiple anonymous sources and claims Jonny's signing with an agent is imminent.
Combine that with the report earlier today that Paul Harris claimed he never intended to declare for the draft and we've got ourselves a bonafide 3 ring circus of confusion. With this situation as clear as a mud puddle, everyone needs to take Brian Fantana's advice to Champ Kind and stop talking for awhile. When in doubt, always turn to the infinite wisdom that is Anchorman.
In other news college basketball news -- that smelly pirate hooker Hasheem Thabeet is going pro (thank God), and Isiah Thomas' hiring at Florida International means the over under on when they get put on probation is the spring of 2011.
So maybe Paul needed a little downtime - maybe he'd had enough screaming - or maybe he just doesn't like answering the phone - either way, he claims he never intended to enter his name in the NBA draft, but now that it's been reported, he's going to do it. Like that makes sense.
There's nothing better than basing major life decisions on communication failures - cue Cool Hand Luke:
Monday, April 13, 2009
And in completely unrelated, yet equally sad news, Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych was found dead this afternoon at his Massachusetts home. The Bird's MLB career was cut short by injuries, but he made a huge impact on fans in his short time in the spotlight. We could use more good natured, talented flakes like Fidrych, those are guys that make sports truly fun. RIP.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Want to see what getting stunned is like? Let these two idiots show you - bonus points for the jean shorts and mustache.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
However, during a brief period of lucidity, I made the mistake of turning on the local TV news (which normally does not inspire any brain activity) and stumbled across WMBF News -- which is running a feature called reject the recession. The campaign calls for people to eat local, shop local, play local and live local.
Putting aside the fact that a slogan would in no way shape or form help end the recession -- for a region whose economy is based almost solely on on tourism to encourage people to "stay home" tells you all you need to know about the retards that came up with this game changing idea. In a national recession encouraging a few southerners to stay home, and in turn hurt other parts of the country that depend on tourism, is mind numbingly dumb. However, if Myrtle Beach TV can just end things they don't like by "rejecting them" then so can we. So in honor of WMBF, here are a few things this idiot is going to reject. I expect them to all end by the time this post goes up.
* I reject Daryl Gross upping the donation levels for premium seats while continuing to give away extremely cheap seats in the end zones. I understand the need to fill the Dome, what I don't understand is wringing more cash from loyal fans who have been ponying up decent money for seats even though the football team has been a national embarrassment the past 4 years to subsidize the fair weather fans that only pay for tickets when the team is good. The increase is rejected - I expect a refund immediately.
* I reject snow and awful weather throughout the first two weeks of the baseball season. Baseball isn't meant to be played in weather conditions like this - so I declare them over. The same goes for the World Series - these games will only be played in good weather from now on. Since the season will never be changed or shortened, rejecting weather is our only chance to fix this.
* I reject Geno Auriemma. No explanation necessary.
* I reject the day after the baseball All Star break. A day without sports is not something that can be supported - so let's reject it.
* While we are here - I reject the ESPYs a 1,000 times over. Award shows in general are awful, but a sports award show? Really? You know why sports are great - there's a scoreboard that tells us who wins and who loses which is precisely why we DON'T need an awards show.
* I reject the fact that Masters requires CBS and ESPN to refer to fans "patrons." The Masters is awesome. It has the world's greatest golfers, the world's slickest greens, the risks and rewards of amen corner, Tiger and Phil, and it's run by some rednecks who discriminate against minorities and make people call their fans patrons. Ugh.
* I reject Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay arguing on ESPN over the draft. It hurts my ears and I can't concentrate on anything they say because Mel's hair is more insane than ever and all McShay does is turn red like one of those perverts on to catch a predator. No one needs that. I do like Mel on the radio however - and I don't care if that's hypocritical.
* I reject players bitching about not getting into the Hall of Fame. Yes, I'm talking to you Bert Blyleven. I don't care what your numbers are, no one ever watched you pitched and said "hey, there's a hall of famer." Shut up and go away.
* I reject the speculation surrounding the future of all Syracuse basketball players. I want the whole team to come back absolutely stacked, so in my mind they will be back. The guys need to take a clue from the Myrtle Beach slogan and "live local."
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
In honor of the baseball season starting, don't forget to check out Gem Mint 10 - a repository for great mustaches, hideous uniforms, perms, and great beards that make old school baseball cards so much fun. And yes, I lifted the photo from the site.
You have to LOVE the Cincinnati Bengals -- only they would think Tank Johnson and Chad Johnson would be a natural combination. There's nothing to worry about there.....
We aren't deep thinkers around here, but common logic would dictate that if Greg Robinson was the worst coach in Syracuse history and new coach Doug Marrone is doing everything THE EXACT OPPOSITE of the way Greggo did them, he's off to a pretty damn good start.
Speculation and rumors on Jonny Flynn will fly for months, but if he comes back, I can't say I disagree with the Big Lead - who forgot to even mention Wesley Johnson while picking SU number one. The team will be stacked and deep - of course a lot of stuff can, and probably will happen between now and then, so let's just declare the team the greatest ever right now and skip the actual games.
Blake Griffin is heading to the NBA - which had to have been the easiest decision ever. Well, at least as easy as my decision to NOT watch the Women's NCAA Championship game tonight.
I absolutely love the game of golf and spend my fair share of spraying golf balls across area courses - but other than John Daly passing out at Hooters jokes, it's impossible to write about and not bore every living person to tears. It's more boring to read about that what coffee Peter King drinks.
Joba Chamberlain proves once and for all why fashion week will never be held in Nebraska.
This video on this site tells me one thing - apparently women who work out at the gym really want to wash their asses.
I need to replace my crappy HP Pavilion notebook - and as you can tell by that intro, I haven't exactly been pleased with this laptop - so any suggestions as to what I should replace it with are more than welcomed - just leave a comment below.
And I'll close this post down with this - I ramble, Kige rumbles......in the linen section apparently.
Monday, April 6, 2009
- Do you think Roy Williams took an IV before the game to make sure he didn't get dehydrated from all the tears that would be flowing?
- On the whole, this won't be remembered as a great tournament. There was a ton of chalk, very few upsets and no true Cinderella runs. Other than the Villanova-Pitt classic, I can't think of my other moments that really stand out.
- What was the deal with the rims in Detroit? Either they had microphones nearby or they were just loose and sort of "clanky." That was the best they could do? Speaking of which, Ford Field made the Carrier Dome look intimate.
- If you didn't have a team in the Final Four, it made for some brutal viewing.
- Clark Kellogg wasn't great, but compared to Billy Packer the man was a virtuoso.
- I guess my prediction on a "very close game" tonight didn't exactly come true.
- You have to wonder if this was the last NCAA tournament for Jim Calhoun - with advancing age, health issues and an NCAA investigation looming - who knows what he has left.
For those out of the listening area, you can listen to archived shows by clicking on past shows on the right side of the site. The daily show is usually up by 7pm. As an added bonus, Matt is having my favorite radio host on today - Bill Simonson.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Reggie, Mattingly, Jeter......and for $300 you can own the game issued jersey of Yankee legend Glenn Sherlock.
Want to know more about Glenn? Check out his Wiki page where you can learn fun facts like:
* he has an impressive 121-148 minor league managerial record
* he managed the Canberra Bushrangers in the Australian Baseball League (now my 2nd favorite pro baseball team....greatest.name.ever)
* he wrestled a bear during the 7th inning stretch of an Auburn Astros game in 1988 (we kid...we kid)
Excuse me while I set my DVR to record the Glenn Sherlock "Yankeeography" on YES.