In a remarkable year in sports where the Giants beat a perfect team, Nadal defeated the King of tennis in a match for the ages and the Rays went from a decade of last place to the World Series—it shouldn't surprise that the Cardinals are on their way to the Super Bowl. Sports is incredible; what a year.
Now that the World baseball Classic rosters have been announced, there's an interesting mix on the American team, where the reigning MVP, Duston Pedroia is playing alongside Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter. Which brought up an interesting comparison to mind; that being Jeter's 2006 season when he came in second in the MVP voting (with some idiotic talk of his "lack of leadership" playing a role in the voting) as compared to Pedroia's season. Here are some stats:
BA: .343 OBP: .417 SLG: .483 HRS: 14 RBI: 97 SB: 34 OPS+: 132 Times on Base: 295
BA: .326 OBP: .376 SLG: .493 HRS: 17 RBI: 83 SB: 20 OPS+: 122 Times on Base: 270
So a significantly higher BA, higher OBP and OPS+, more RBI, more SB and more times on base. I guess, Pedroia must be one heck of a "leader" on his team for his weaker numbers to get the MVP.
Generally feel good about Rex Ryan becoming head of the Jets this week. He was due for the big chair job, and the team fits his style of play. However, the big question is, does he play nice with Brett Farve, or try to show him the door. The wise play would be to get a QB of his own and start fresh in that department.
Forget the crazy rumors of Ryan braining Ray Lewis with him to the Jets. A better, more low-cost option. Getting the Raven's free agent Jim Leonard to shore up the other safety spot next to Kerry Rhodes.
As much as I love and respect Bill Parcells, I'm getting tired of each and every year, the will he/won't he leave whatever job he's in nonsense. Bill, please. Take a job and stick to it.
Why haven't the Mets taken a flier on Ben Sheets? I know he's injured a lot, but really, sign him to a decent contract and take whatever he can offer. You guys need something after Santana and Maine.
Not that I would personally sit in Yankee Stadium on New Year's Day, but I love the idea of hockey at Yankee Stadium.
For my money, I think Al Leiter is one of the best broadcasters in the business today. A great pickup for the new MLB Network.
And finally, in a bizarre story, a man is using the dreadful Detroit Lions as a basis for a play. Using the 0-16 season as a metaphor for the struggles of middle-class life, the play, "Lions," is about enduring the unendurable; the struggles against imminent failure. And despite all this, the playwright insists that his play isn't a comedy. "The lone consistent is that every football Sunday brings another Lions game and another opportunity for escape."
And I ask, escape into what?