Monday, March 23, 2009


Interesting that Arizona—whom Dick Vitale freaked out about being in the NCAA Championship, saying they don't deserve it—is still alive at the Sweet 16. Just saying, Dickie V.

Great article in the New Yorker about the 2 new baseball stadiums in New York. About their differences in style, the difference in location and how they tie into New York. Definitely worth a read.

A twit-head article (as opposed to a Twitter article) from Ken Rosenthal about how the Yankees are just fine without Jeter playing shortstop, as this spring proved.

Really? Pardon me, Mr. Rosenthal, but you're an idiot. Spring training is just that. Spring training—not the real thing. Playing in shorts in Florida in February against the Pirates AA pitcher is a little different Ken, than going up against Beckett, Kazmir and Halladay in October. And yes, we get it. Jeter is 35, has declining range and the Yankees have some middling prospects at the 6 position. And sure, Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez "bring energy" and might turn out to be fine at SS someday for the Yankees (neither, however, were on BaseballAmerica's top 30 prospects for the Yankees) or for whoever. But to say that the Yankees "are just fine" without Jeter at short is a bit idiotic. As if all Jeter brings to the Yankes is declining skills.

Funny, I just wrote about this yesterday and here it is. And yes, the Browns should trade Braylon Edwards for whatever they can get. My advice. Someone who can sack the quarterback.

Superb article from the outgoing ombudsman at ESPN. basically, Le Anne Schreiber writes, that ESPN is too excessive. I know what you're thinking. Duh. Anyone who watches the Farve coverage or T.O or whatever, knows ESPN like sticking to sexy stories forever. But Schreiber goes on—and writes well—about the ESPN factor in covering sports.

Most fans who write me don't object to watching marquee teams or superstars play. What they object to is announcers or analysts or anchors who place grossly disproportionate emphasis on one superstar's performance, as if football or baseball or basketball were an individual sport played against a nameless opponent.

They object even more vehemently to announcers who, when assigned to games without marquee appeal, divert their attention from the teams actually present to the more ESPN-favored teams playing on the field of announcer dreams.

Fans don't object to ratings-driven decisions about what games to telecast, but they do object when that selection dominates other kinds of programming, in the form of excessive advance promotion or postgame hoopla on "SportsCenter." ESPN's postgame attitude seems to be: We have the footage and the crew there live, so why not make the most of it, whether or not the game warrants it? Fan attitude seems to be: We just saw that game or chose not to, and it's late, so please give us the other news of the day.

So what's the one last message I want to leave ESPN? I guess it would have to be: Don't be so predictable. Subtext: Stop trying to make the publicity-rich ever richer. Spread the wealth around before fans turn on ESPN the way investors have turned on bankers.

Anyway. Go read the whole thing. If you're interested at all about how sports is depicted by the Worldwide Leader in Sports, you'll enjoy it.

Some positions in football never seem to get filled, Tampa Bay quarterback, Detroit Lions wide receiver. And also San Francisco's offensive line—always seems they are signing guys or cutting guys and drafting guys, but always needing someone new. And now, we hear the 49ers just told big ticket signee Jonas Jennings (7 years, 36 million they gave him a few years back) to not bother to come back to the Bay. He's out. Well, that was money well spent. The question is now, will the 49ers go after a OT in the first round of the draft....say Michael Oher?

Tough article on A-Rod this week by Ian O'Connor. It has the pre-requisite cheap shots you'd expect in an Alex Rodriguez article. But it also talks about he can rebuild his image. The long and the short of it is this, A-Rod: Stay clean, stay out of trouble, and go win some championships.

And finally, with Curt Schilling officially retired, one has to ask: Is he a Hall of Famer and is the bloody sock going with him to Cooperstown?


bastard central said...

interesting for me is that people who don't normally follow college b ball in AZ are suddenly rocking their AZ gear.

oh well i didn't pay attention to college b ball until i was out of doors

Travis said...

Shilling gets in only if Blyleven and Jack Morris get in.