April 2, 2007
Welcome to the Gil Meche Era. This Royals team could be a lot of fun. At least offensively, their 5th starter is Brandon Duckworth.
Do the Phillies ever win on Opening Day? We’re done. Season’s over. Pack it up.
The Rangers changed the name of their stadium to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Apparently for the past three years its been called Ameriquest Field in Arlington. I love the name Ballpark in Arlington, probably why I apparently ignored the sponsor. I guess I can live with having Rangers in the front of it, people get confused.
Everywhere I’m reading how Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is some sort of genius, firing his coach and taking over the team. Last year he did it midseason. This year with three games left in the season. I think he’s some sort of genius too. Not because he makes these ‘bold’ moves. He’s a genius because he gets to coach the Devils in the playoffs each year without going through a whole season then getting to coach at the best time of the year. If it doesn’t work out? Not the coaches fault, he just started. Blame the GM, but everyone is fooled.
Billy Packer doesn’t think players should foul out in basketball because it doesn’t happen in any other sport. Imagine if Billy would have found football all those years ago, I think he’d be a lot happier.
Ok Gators, time for someone else to have some fun.
April 1, 2007
Happy Opening Day!
I will not be discussing the following
Opening Night on ESPN2 and Women’s College Basketball on ESPN
The new ESPN score bug; the bottom line
Tony LaRussa being drunk when he put Yadier Molina in the 5 hole
The K Zone having a sponsor
Things I’m willing to discuss
Is Peter Gammons creeping out fans in the stands again this season?
Is there a better baseball call than ‘That is So Taguchi’? It doesn’t even have to be a call related to So, I’d still be for it.
Is the Kit-Kat Blizzard any good?
Is Google the greatest company ever?
My latest addition to my favorite alarm clock ideas.
Which Oregon hat do I want?
I’m just as excited for the baseball season this year. Just not as excited about the Phillies chances. I’m trying some reverse psychology this year. Last year I tried to do the same thing. Then Gavin Floyd tore it up in Spring Training and I thought we’d be unstoppable. It turned out to be the same as the last few years. Weak start. Just when its time to give up they get hot and get all the way back into contention. Then you’re holding on, chewing your fingernails, until the last weekend, then there is disappointment. I fear this year we will start off hot but then fizzle out. Hopefully I’ll be wrong (or exactly right).
I’ve almost forgotten what its like to have the Phillies in the playoffs. Its only happened twice in my life, and the first one doesn’t really count, since I wasn’t even 1 yet. I just remember the entire city going nuts. Billy Penn had a Phillies hat on, there were stores that opened up all over just to sell Phillies shirts. I’m not sure it could be the same as it was then. I’m ready to find out.
I do have some extra reason for optimism. The biggest problems with our lineup have been Burrell, Lieberthal, and Bell. Two of them are gone and Burrell having fun gives me hope. More hope than any other other middle finger has before.
Some things still concern me with the pitching. I have little confidence in Lieber, Moyer, and Eaton (confidence drops off steeply in that order). I’m also worried that Tom Gordon’s arm may fall off. I’m not even talking in September, it could happen sometime in May.
March 18, 2007
I love the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Even more than the World Series, and baseball is my first love, making this a huge statement. It doesn’t stop there though. Evan and I discussed on Inter-Dis Material 26 if we were more excited the day before the tourney or Christmas. If I didn’t have to work the morning of the first day I think the tourney might win (I took off the afternoon of the first day and all day for day 2). Then you can go back to when I was little and I would draw my own brackets on graph paper because there was no internet and I couldn’t wait for the newspaper to come the next day.
The games are always rapid fire excitement. The first round there are just so many games a few of them are bound to be close and the upsets are even more shocking (except of course for this year where there was only mild round one excitement). The second round the teams are closer in ability so every one could come down to the end (like they did on Saturday).
Besides the games themselves there is everything that goes with watching it. And that is what I miss most: Watching it with my friends at school and witnessing all of this …
January 14, 2007
I’m always disgusted with announcers and football coverage in general. I could go on for hours about on screen graphics, sounds, and ads. The recent trend that has been driving me especially crazy is announcers that appear to only watch SportsCenter and listen to hype than actually watch the games.
October 31, 2006
Down in Fort Myers we had 3 football teams tied for first in the division. I was wondering how they would sort this out. It turns out two teams played for 1 quarter last night, and the winner of that quarter played the third team for another quarter. Can you imagine if they did this in college football? Is this better than going to the 5th tiebreaker of points scored/points against, etc…? It is technically being played on the field, but only for a quarter. I haven’t made up my mind about this. I know that Mike could solve this problem write now with his triangular football field idea.