The Day the Sports World Stood Still

Today the world of sports just stood still!

Today the world of sports just stood still!

It would be an understatement to say that the day after the MLB All-Star game is the best ever, right? It is awful, pathetic, terrible, and just plain old boring. In fact I cannot wait until Friday when there is something to discuss.

The Sox are off until Friday when they travel to Toronto. The New England Patriots are just a few weeks away from training camp. The Bruins are already getting fans excited about their first winter classic at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers and those Celtics are amusing us over possible free agent signings.

Mix 98.5 FM, which plays a variety of music in Boston, Massachusetts will soon become the “Sports Hub” on the FM dial. They will be a constant 24/7 sports radio station that will mainly feature the Bruins and Patriots games as well as interesting talk shows too. Pending the FCC’s decision it will be dubbed WBZ-FM radio. WBCN 104.1 FM on the other hand will become Mix 104  and play a variety of music instead of their heavy amount of alternative that they do now.

Lots of people have criticized President Obama and his throwing abilities during last night’s pre-game festivities. I on the other hand have chosen not to make fun, especially because I had a summer basketball game at the same time of the 80th MLB All-Star Game. I thought playing basketball versus watching baseball was the right thing to do. Besides, lay off Barack or as Tampa Bay “Devil” Rays centerfield Carl Crawford refers to him as, “Osam-Bomb.”  At least did not look like the Charlie Brown in Philadelphia! Be the judge, who really was the worse?

Antoine Walker is in trouble, big, big, BIG… trouble! Do you know why? He simply wrote a few checks that were considered “fake” from his various gambling rampages that began back in July of 2008. He was accused of 3 felony counts for his checks and all I can say is it’s a good thing ‘Toine is not playing for the Celtics these days because I am sure the media would be drilling him left and right with questions about whether he is able to put food on the table for his family.

Matt Cassel finally got what he deserved, a guarantee that he will remain in Kansas City for the next six years. The former New England Patriot quarterback who led the Brady-less Patriots to an 11-5 record last season should feel confident that Scott Pioli is a believer in him.

Is Eli really that good?

Is Eli really that good?

Finally NFL.com had an interesting video I watched today regarding their top 10 NFL quarterbacks that were drafted first overall. Coming into the number six spot, drum roll please… Eli Manning. Are you serious, Eli Manning! I am just going to leave it at that and not say anymore.

Enjoy this day off from sports and hopefully tomorrow I can treat you to more fun and games during this All-Star break.

My Opinion toward the MLB All-Star Game

MLB All-Star is a fun time, not a real game!

MLB All-Star is a fun time, not a real game!

Great moments, great opportunities! What am I trying to say it like Kurt Russell did in Disney’s Miracle? Why would I even borrow those wise words to describe the past and present MLB All-Star Game? Seriously, this game is the biggest joke ever! It makes the NFL Pro-Bowl seem serious, which it really is not true for one bit. I am telling you that I would rather sit back, relax, and read awful grocery store magazines or watch CSPAN highlights of Congress that day instead of spending three hours on my couch watching this thing.

Do you like the All-Star Game? Does it appeal to you more than it did in the early 1990’s because if the AL or NL wins their team will have home-field advantage throughout the World Series? This is crazy talk! Why can’t Bud Selig just allow the best team in baseball, which would have the best record be the home team? Would that make more sense? I think so!

How about these awful commercials that emphasize, THIS ONE COUNTS! Why not play those during the MBL Playoffs when it does count! Why not play those ads before a high school graduation ceremony, when getting a diploma does indeed count! How about playing it before your first day of work, because working hard seems to count!

Playing in an All-Star game is probably an amazing feeling, but between all the smiles, hugs, high fives, and joking around that occurs, it really loses its meaning of trying to be a competitive game. I mean, do you think Dan Uggla was upset after making a couple of errors in route to another NL defeat last season’s summer classic? I doubt it! I’m sure he just shrugged it off and resumed play once the vacation from baseball was over.

Overall, I am not a fan of the All-Star Game and just think that it is a total joke! What do you think?

Added Pressure for Romo and 2009 Dallas Cowboys

Romo knows he has a lot of pressure to succeed in 2009!

Romo knows he has a lot of pressure to succeed in 2009!

There is no doubt about what this season means to the Dallas Cowboys, especially quarterback Tony Romo. This is the time where they need to show America that it truly was Terrell Owens who derailed them in December and in their last two-playoff appearances during the 2006 and 2007 season.

Everyone believed last year the Cowboys were poised for a successful playoff run with the acquisitions of two talented young rookie running backs, (Felix Jones and Tashard Choice), a former Tennessee Tighten shut down cornerback (Adam “Pacman” Jones) and offensive lineman (Leonard Davis). Between the key additions and members of the 2007 team that were just a touchdown away from hosting their first NFC Championship game since 1995, 2008 was a let down, especially when Romo was sidelined for three games with a broken pinky finger.

Tested veteran and back-up quarterback Brad Johnson was horrendous for the Cowboys, only leading the squad to one win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Romo’s absence. Chaos erupted in the locker-room and onto the practice field, which allowed Cowboys fans to realize this team was not the true definition of a perfect squad, but just a bunch of talented players who could not get along.

More issues arose toward the end of the season between Romo, Jason Witten, and Terrell Owens that maneuvered the Cowboys to go from being a playoff contender to the biggest busts. Of course Dallas experienced another December meltdown, which included just one win and truly an embarrassing defeat in Philadelphia. Once the horn sounded at Lincoln Financial Field, the Cowboys walked off knowing yet again, they let their chances of making a run for their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history come to an end way too early.

Now that the 2008 season has been over for nearly five months and it is time for Romo and the Cowboys to start focusing on the task at hand, winning and winning a playoff game… NOW! So far this off-season numerous NFL analysts have called out Romo by saying he just is not that good. Even New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs made a similar statement on the radio this past week about him too, saying he is really not as good as people think he may actually be at times. Maybe he is not that good, it is quite possible.

When you suit up for America’s team every Sunday there is just a little bit of added pressure to win, just in case you did not know that Tony! Great Cowboys legends such as Don Meredith, Captain Comeback Roger Staubach, and Troy Aikman all knew that their performance on the field was incredibly important to their team’s success. I am not saying that these former Cowboy greats did not receive the same amount of scrutiny that Romo has in the past three seasons, but it just means that once you are a member of the Dallas Cowboys, the pressure is a little higher to succeed than lets say, oh I do not know… how about in Seattle or Detroit. It is quite easy to believe that when you are the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys the pressure to win is huge. You are in the spotlight and the name that is constantly tossed around the media and workplace.

Now that training camp is just weeks away, everyone will be watching the Cowboys closely, as if they are an eighth grade science experiment under a microscope. Every move, comment, ball dropped will be noted not just in the Dallas newspapers, but also around the United States of America. Tony Romo knows the task at hand, win, win, and win some more. I’m sure he appreciates owner Jerry Jones telling the media that he is their guy for the future, but deep down Jerry is just like all of us, wanting to see who exactly was the problem, Tony or Terrell? Right now, I say Terrell, but once the season begins, it may indeed be Mr. Romo.

Thoughts on Manny's Return

Manny is looking pretty good back in Dodger Blue this July!

Manny is looking pretty good back in Dodger Blue this July!

I am sure we all remember the hysterical pre-game press conference in which Manny announced that “God is good and good is God” before strolling to the plate after a 50-game suspension against the San Diego Padres. Manny went 0-3 in his return on Friday July 3, 2009, but was able to hit a home run on America’s 233rd birthday the next day. It just seemed fitting right, Manny hitting a home run on Independence Day? He had been gone for 50-games and it just seemed like he had never changed.

Ever since Manny has returned he has continued to shine in the sunny California spotlight by hitting an average of .318, sending three balls yard, and driving in 9 runs. The Dodgers are 6-2 by the way this month, but does Manny really provide that spark for this team? The answer is not really.

When Manny was suspended back in April the Dodgers continued to succeed without him, but certainly must have been bothered by the constant attention he was receiving during his various workouts and minor league assignments. Come on Joe Torre and Frank McCourt, you are trying to win baseball games here, not create a circus with a player who has been suspended for using “roids!” This squad is fine without him and will always be, but having Manny in the line-up just sometimes may boost the power and urge to win.

Joe Torre knows that dealing with Manny is never easy, especially after Tuesday’s meltdown in Queens, New York, when Manny watched strike three go by him. Following the end to the top of the fifth inning, Manny tossed his helmet, gloves, and elbow protector all over the infield, which resulted in tossing him out of the ballpark and into the clubhouse. Afterward Manny acknowledged that the umpire was somewhat of a “good man,” yet why would you say this Manny, especially after you also added that you were planning to only play just five innings that night? Any advice you would like to share with us Mr. Ramirez?

My point is that it is good to see Manny back in Dodger blue, but clearly he should realize how lucky he is to be receiving a second chance to play this game. Cheating, steroids, and constant ways to figure out wins are what my generation will remember about baseball when we look back on this era 50-years from now. This was not the game that my father or grandfather watched as young men, but surely having Manny back allows baseball to somewhat get excited again, especially out in the west coast. Remember Los Angles seems to be a place where Manny wants to retire, spend the rest of his life, and dub it eventually “Manny-Wood.”

In fact now that Manny has returned to the Dodgers, I can hope for a Red Sox-Dodgers fall classic. Wouldn’t it be great to hear the comments coming out of right field from the “Fenway Faithful?” You know plenty of steroids or cheating chants would occur because they already hassled A-Rod, so why not Manny too?

Thoughts on Manny’s Return

Manny is looking pretty good back in Dodger Blue this July!

Manny is looking pretty good back in Dodger Blue this July!

I am sure we all remember the hysterical pre-game press conference in which Manny announced that “God is good and good is God” before strolling to the plate after a 50-game suspension against the San Diego Padres. Manny went 0-3 in his return on Friday July 3, 2009, but was able to hit a home run on America’s 233rd birthday the next day. It just seemed fitting right, Manny hitting a home run on Independence Day? He had been gone for 50-games and it just seemed like he had never changed.

Ever since Manny has returned he has continued to shine in the sunny California spotlight by hitting an average of .318, sending three balls yard, and driving in 9 runs. The Dodgers are 6-2 by the way this month, but does Manny really provide that spark for this team? The answer is not really.

When Manny was suspended back in April the Dodgers continued to succeed without him, but certainly must have been bothered by the constant attention he was receiving during his various workouts and minor league assignments. Come on Joe Torre and Frank McCourt, you are trying to win baseball games here, not create a circus with a player who has been suspended for using “roids!” This squad is fine without him and will always be, but having Manny in the line-up just sometimes may boost the power and urge to win.

Joe Torre knows that dealing with Manny is never easy, especially after Tuesday’s meltdown in Queens, New York, when Manny watched strike three go by him. Following the end to the top of the fifth inning, Manny tossed his helmet, gloves, and elbow protector all over the infield, which resulted in tossing him out of the ballpark and into the clubhouse. Afterward Manny acknowledged that the umpire was somewhat of a “good man,” yet why would you say this Manny, especially after you also added that you were planning to only play just five innings that night? Any advice you would like to share with us Mr. Ramirez?

My point is that it is good to see Manny back in Dodger blue, but clearly he should realize how lucky he is to be receiving a second chance to play this game. Cheating, steroids, and constant ways to figure out wins are what my generation will remember about baseball when we look back on this era 50-years from now. This was not the game that my father or grandfather watched as young men, but surely having Manny back allows baseball to somewhat get excited again, especially out in the west coast. Remember Los Angles seems to be a place where Manny wants to retire, spend the rest of his life, and dub it eventually “Manny-Wood.”

In fact now that Manny has returned to the Dodgers, I can hope for a Red Sox-Dodgers fall classic. Wouldn’t it be great to hear the comments coming out of right field from the “Fenway Faithful?” You know plenty of steroids or cheating chants would occur because they already hassled A-Rod, so why not Manny too?