Saturday, January 12, 2013
Kevin Garnett is a well-known trash talker who will say anything to get under an opponent's skin. His tactics worked on Carmelo Anthony who completely lost his cool because of Garnett's physical and verbal assault. Melo tried to confront Garnett after the game, waiting in the tunnel for him to board the Celtics team bus. Why was Melo so angry? KG reportedly told him that his wife, LaLa tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios. Melo got a one-game suspension for this which I felt was totally unjustified. Melo didn't actually do anything. He may have contemplated something, or attempted something, but like attempted murder, it's unfair to punish someone for a crime they didn't commit. If anything, for infractions actually committed, Garnett should have been whacked. But at least LaLa has a good sense of humor about it, suggesting on Twitter that they all deserve a check from Honey Nut Cheerios for all the free advertising.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Another week, another ill-fated best bet. What else is new? baltimore +9 DENVER I think Denver will win. I think they are the eventual Super Bowl champions, I just think this game could be a little more difficult than we expect. SAN FRANCISCO -3 green bay This is probably the toughest game of the weekend to call but I'll go with the home team and the better defense. seattle +2 1/2 ATLANTA The Seahawks might be a team of destiny. They're really good and Atlanta seems to be one of those teams we've seen recently, really hot start to the season, coast down the stretch and never reach that level of play in the playoffs. Plus, they may not have been that good to begin with. BEST BET NEW ENGLAND -9 1/2 houston The Patriots killed the Texans when they played in the regular season and that was only 1 month ago. It's been proven that blowouts in the regular season don't have a correlation to the playoffs but everything about this game says New England blowout to me. Last Week: 2-2 (1 point) Season: 38-51 (28 points) Best Bets: 0-1 (4-14) Home Favorites: 1-0 (13-22) Home Underdogs: 0-0 (6-4) Road Favorites: 1-0 (11-15) Road Underdogs: 0-2 (8-10)
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is a professional shit-stirrer. Redskins lineman Trent Williams had enough of his shit by the end of the playoff game last week. Sherman was miked up for NFL Films, you can see him throughout the game being a dick to opposing players, the referees, and even the fans. I'm surprised that Sherman didn't retaliate, and that a punch from a guy as big and strong as Williams didn't hurt more.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
My dislike for baseball writer Murray Chass is now well-known. It started in 1997, when I asked him if steroids were a big part of baseball and he dismissed me with a sneer. Now Chass is taking my position (a position I have grown into) steroids users should not be in the Hall of Fame. He also agrees that he shouldn’t have a vote, he’s giving his up. But not before he casts one – or two – defiant votes in favor of Jack Morris. Let’s start with the steroid users. I’ve made a minor adjustment in my position and I would seek to ban all steroid users from the Hall of Fame. I admit that’s is hard-line, and my strict adherence to this principle may end up being capricious and unfair but it’s better than any other way of voting. Some voters just say let everyone in, forget steroids, just judge based on performance whether it was steroid-aided or not. I can’t stomach that. Others say vote in the guys who would have been Hall of Famers based on their pre-steroid performance. Others want to punish anyone linked to steroids but not cast aspersions on those whose names (if not their bodies) have remained clean. Here’s why I feel so absolute: It’s impossible to know when players started taking steroids. They’re liars, we can’t believe them. It’s impossible to know how their careers would have turned out fir not for steroids keeping them healthy and prolonging their primes. It’s not fair to allow those who didn’t get caught or admit it while other better players who did the same thing got left out. If anything, we should let in the admitted users, in hopes to smoke everyone out and to get a better understanding of what exactly went on. Please don’t tell me: players in the 50s and 60s were using amphetamines. It’s not even close to being the same thing in terms of effect on performance. Steroids weren’t against the rules. Yes they were. They were against the law. Using illicit drugs was against baseball’s rules. Failure to enforce those rules is shameful, but it doesn’t absolve the rule breakers. So here’s what I’ve got: Bonds and Clemens are out because they’re known steroids users. Palmeiro and Manny are out because they failed tests. Sosa, Bagwell and Piazza are out because of serious suspicions about them. I put Craig Biggio in that group too. So that could result in an entire era of players, stars from the 90s and 00s, pretty much wiped out of the Hall. I’m ok with that. Hopefully a new breed of stars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Buster Posey will fill those vacancies in the Hall and in our hearts. Now, if I had a ballot for this year I would cast one vote: for Tim Raines. He was one of the greatest players at his position during his time period. No he wasn’t Rickey Henderson but he was close enough that he warrants induction as well. I would never vote for Jack Morris. His 3.90 ERA would be one of the worst of any pitcher in the Hall. His career ERA+ (adjusted for park and run-scoring environment) of 105 means he was barely an above-average pitcher. Yes he had a few great postseason games which is nice, but not enough to elevate an above-average pitcher to greatness.
If you watched the BCS National Championship between Alabama and Notre Dame you probably turned it off at some point as Alabama kicked Notre Dame's ass. But I hope you stuck around long enough to see this: The ESPN crew shows AJ McCarron's incredibly hot beauty queen, model girlfriend, Katherine Webb in the stands. No problem there. The problem came when Brent Musburger who is legit 50 years older than Webb started fawning all over her.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Good Enough, But Not Good I don't think the Houston Texans proved anything to anyone with this performance. They put together plenty of drives but could not finish, kicking four field goals instead of touchdowns. And that almost cost them the game. The Bengals had that one final drive that stalled late, after which Houston ran out the clock. I actually think the Bengals should have gone for it. 4th and 11 is very unlikely. I like their chances better had they kicked a 54-yarder (no gimme) and with 3 minutes left tried to stop them and get the ball back for a final drive for a game-tying field goal.