Monday, August 08, 2005

Quick thoughts of the week

Gretzky as a coach: Great players do not make great coaches and managers. Their players can never reach the standards they set for themselves. An all-time great such as Gretzky can teach a team skill but can never impart them the drive that made him so great. That has always been the failing of greats who turn to coaching. The fact that Gretzky wasn’t the biggest, fastest or strongest is even more of a problem for his new charges since they will never put in the effort he did. In short he may do well, a la Larry Bird, but will ultimately fail (see Ted Williams). He was just too good as a player too be able to get his players to excel as a coach. I hope I’m wrong.

The circus that is T.O. and Drew: Give him his money. I detest Terrell Owens as much as a person can but he deserves more money. His seven-year $49 million is fine just guarantee him more each year. He is a pompous ass, a diva of the highest order (which is a disgrace for a man by the way) and a truly shitty teammate but he wins games and that is all the Eagles got him for. He delivered so now it’s their turn. Break off T.O. some dough. It’s the right think too do Andy.

Ricky Williams: As opposed to T.O. I love Ricky. He is a good teammate…check that was a good teammate and will be one again. People can question his motive all they want but who cares? He’s in camp and Ronnie Brown (whom I love and wish he would report, he has the kind of game Jim Brown and Kijana Carter had. I hope he plays like Jim and doesn’t get ruined like Carter. Injuries killed his career when he was the most talented back since Ernie Davis) isn’t. It doesn’t matter if he’s there because of the money (which he is, he said about as much in a sideline interview) or pride. He is the kind of person who will not do something if it’s not what he wants to do. That should be obvious after last year. I do not condone what he did last year when he abandoned his team but he can only make that up one way and he’s trying to do so.

Bertuzzi’s back: It’s a good thing he is a talented goal scorer or he wouldn’t be. Chris Simon wouldn’t have got back in, neither would Brad May, Peter Worrell nor any other thug of note. Bertuzzi is a grade “A” thug with a grade “A” scoring touch and that’s the only reason he’s back. If it were Bertuzzi who was so brutally assaulted by an unknown player or an enforcer, that player would be kicked out for life. If you can help sell the game and put butts in seats all sins forgiven, if you’re a fringe player who sullies the game in the eyes of the casual fan and purist your given the gate for life. It’s all a matter of who you are not what you’ve done. Don’t worry about the message it sends kids they’ll learn it soon enough because that’s life folks, if it wasn’t George W. wouldn’t be president and John McCain would be.

NBA Free Agency: Who cares?

Sheffield and Manny: Shut and play. You both make ungodly sums of money to do an easy job so do it and shut up. People pay their hard earned money to watch you play baseball because they want too, so keep that in mind next time you open your mouth because with every selfish rant and stupid trade demand those people will put that money back into their pockets. Feel blessed to be where you are and praise the fans that love to cheer you. Get over yourselves and play the game.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Dear Mr. Raffy Palmeiro,

Nice work Mr. Palmeiro you have just ruined your clean reputation and your candidacy for the Hall of Fame in one day. I’ll be the first to admit it, I thought you were telling the truth back when you testified before congress earlier this year. Guess I was wrong you are a dirty cheat. Guess I shouldn’t have been surprised really Jose Canseco named you in his book and he was right about Big Mac wasn’t he? Well I’m not here to talk about the past nor am I here to talk about your future. Here are some things I think you should do with your ten days off.

Come clean about the positive test: I know you will deny ever having taken steroids until the day you die but it won’t do you any good, so just come clean. The “I didn’t know I was talking a banned substance” ploy has never worked and will never work. When you get caught with the needle in the ass admit it’s yours and don’t act all pissed when we don’t believe someone put it in there without your knowing. We (the public) are not stupid so please do not treat us as such.

Retire: You knew that was coming right? Your 19-year career just got flushed down the proverbial toilet in one day so why keep going on with what everyone sees as a bullshit charade. People, myself included, are beginning to take the allegations in Jose’s book very seriously now so come clean and get out before you disgrace yourself and the game any further. Get while the getting's good, dink.

Fade from memory: Yeah that’s right get out of the game and go away and don’t come back. Take this opportunity to tell your whole tale, so take it and F off. You have disgraced your family, the game and your self so be a man about it now and tell the whole story of the steroids we all now think you took all along. Don’t do it in a book to try to get back into the writers good graces because we both know that will never happen, you listening Pete Rose. Just go away live off your ill gotten money and leave us alone.
I might sound like I’m being too hard on old Raffy but see it through my eyes if you will. Jose Canseco, Raffy and Mark McGwire were my favorite players growing up so to see these giants of my youth fall from grace is hard to say the least. I’ve always known that Jose was a nut job and that steroids probably helped make him who he had become. The other two I thought they might be clean. Wrong, Andro in Mark’s locker ended that notion. I was playing junior Football at the time of the chase for Maris so I looked up Andro in our big book of banned substances and there it was, too me that is cheating even if there was no policy in place. Raffy was the lone hold out of supposed virtue in a see of liars and cheats. Maybe that’s why I was so easily taken in by him in March and so quick to dismiss what Jose had written about him. I was wrong not too go with my gut all along. I doubted what Raffy said to congress but grew to believe it over the past few months. Stupid me. I’m 25 now and can no longer hold onto any of my youthful naiveté. Guess I will just go back to thinking everyone’s a cheater until proven innocent since most of my hero’s are just losers with no honor or class any longer.