Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Brett Favre is expected to sign with the Vikings today, pending his physical. The Vikings sent their team’s private jet to Mississippi, and it departed en-route to Minneapolis/St.Paul with Favre in tow. This appears to end another off-season of As The Favre Turns. The only person who appears to be losing in this deal is Sage Rosenfels, who played quite well in the previous pre-season game. Apparently it is a 1-year deal worth $10-12 million. It would be nice if they would lock him up for a couple years, so the rest of us who could care less about Favre, don’t have to deal with this saga again next summer.
Friday, August 14, 2009
It’s ironic that NFL Network would air the 1990 Super Bowl as the replay of the night. It was fitting considering they were airing the Denver Broncos-San Francisco 49ers pre-season matchup. That Super Bowl turns out to be the first sporting event that I can actually remember in my brief lifetime. Yes I am only 25 years old, born in 1983, so that fits the bill. My Pops threw a party for all of my mom and his friends. I vividly remember everybody bringing over something different, definitely a potluck sort of get together. I remember that, and the fact that the 49ers destroyed the Broncos, and the game was never even close. I distinctly remember hearing the announcer say “Montana to Rice, touchdown 49ers” I don’t know how many times. After that I was out back causing a ruckus and getting into who knows what kind of mischief. That was where it all started for me. Sports in general. The Suns and 49ers were my first two favorite teams because let’s face it. The Cardinals sucked, and back then they were hardly something that Phoenicians called their own. I guess I’ve been some sort of a bandwagon fan ever since. I’m very loyal to the local teams in Phoenix, but after that I just like watching winners. I would much rather watch Yankees-Red Sox than anybody else in baseball period. Matter of fact, they are all I will watch. Unless it’s the Diamondbacks playing a meaningful series, which at this point is simply a figment of my imagination. Back to the topic at hand though, the old school Super Bowl highlights were classic. Obviously it brings back some memories.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
-- MARK TWAIN
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Or else there is a good chance that you will not see hometown prodigy LeBron James in a Cavalier uniform again after that. Not to say that Danny Ferry hasn’t tried to do anything possible to assemble a team that will match up well with the Lakers come the Finals next June. Shaquille O’Neal, Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker were interesting acquisitions that should only help the team with the league’s best record last season. Combine that with the continued summer improvement of LeBron, who is still not even en in his prime yet and the Cavs shouldn’t have any excuses. That being said, should they come up short, it won’t bode well for the fans in the city of Cleveland. Many are believe that Cavs fans should savor all 41 pre-game talcum powder exhibitions and however many more are necessary in the postseason. If all the King’s men happen to fail, LBJ just might ride off on his talcum colored horse right out of Akron.
After spending a good amount of time on the Wii fit program this evening, I have decided that I will forego the opportunity to purchase a gym membership, and instead invest my time in something that is not only cost and time effective, but just so happens to be made by Nintendo. Yes the Wii has been a craze for sometime now, though I personally had yet to experience the fitness program. Now that I have my mind is made up. Couple the usuals, swimming and hoops, with Wii Boxing, tennis, yoga and hula-hoops and my morning workout routine is good to go. Laugh all you want, but let’s see you break 300 spins on the hoop in just over a minute, and not immediately sit down on the couch and tap out.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The University of Miami in Coral Gables is offering graduate students who already registered for fall classes the opportunity to accept a $5k buyout to postpone their classes until the spring due to the overbooking of graduate classes. I would expect Miami to have quite a few students willing to partake in an extra semester of vacation, especially if paid for by their school. The real question here is whether we are talking lump sum, or monthly payments, or credit toward your school account? Either way, it seems awfully generous of the university. I would just as easily assumed they would mail out letters with refunds for those who were over-booked, explaining why they would have to postpone their schooling. Now they just have 5,000 extra reasons to enjoy a fall vacation.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Ben Roethlisberger’s interviews with the press following Friday’s training camp workouts were comical at best. Big Ben did everything possibly to deflect and avoid all questions regarding anything other than football to the side. Strictly the “I’m here to talk football” nonsense that accompanies most guilty parties in such instances. Do I have an extra level of disdain for Ben and the Steelers? Well YES, yes of course! My Cardinals had the once in a lifetime opportunity to win the Super Bowl over Mike Tomlin’s squad. I still believe in my heart of hearts that Santonio Holmes left foot did NOT touch in bounds yet the Steelers were still crowned champs. But what do I know right? What I do know is that when T.O., Pac-Man Jones, or and any other professional football player is in the news for something negative, ESPN is first on the scene to report such events when they occur. Unless of course, it involves a certain who’s who of ESPN’s buddy buddy list, which in turn garners ultimate protection. I find it funny how ESPN chose not to report such “allegations” until all the facts were gathered, but yet they choose to report the accusations surrounding star athletes of other teams before the facts have ever been gathered. Adam Jones was never charged with anything according in the legality of his situation, yet a certain sports outlet chose to exploit his situation days on end even before the truth was reported. Yet, when it comes to the Steelers, ESPN apparently wanted to wait until all the facts were in and an actually story had been revealed. Sounds like ESPN looks out for certain people or organizations when the going gets rough. Too bad when the going gets rough, the public usually chooses to extract the beer goggles and look at the current situation through a clear state of mind. Nice try Roger Goodell. It looks like you should get back to exploiting Michael Vick, in order to divert some attention from your boy, Big Ben Roethlisberger.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim put a whooping on the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Manny still looks a bit rattled after it results of his positive steroid test in 2003 were released to the public on Thursday. One shouldn’t expect Manny to be affected by the results anyway. Shoots, it’s the third time he has tested positive for steroids anyway. If he were anybody else, would any of this even be in question right now? Apparently Dodgers fans don’t care what produces the results, as long as the results are “somewhat” true. Really though, should I be blaming Dodgers fans. After all, it’s the sorry Red Sox fans who will defend Manny until their day of reckoning. When it comes down to it, do you think the steroid accusations and pudding proof even matter to Red Sox fans? For all they care, the “Curse of the Bambino” was erased, and they finally were delivered a World Series title. Whether or not the facts of the matter were actually legit is another story. Thou shalt turn a blind eye if the outcome reflects positive on the bottom line. Really, just think about it. The team with whom I’m referencing is known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Anybody who is familiar with southern California knows just how ridiculous such a title and distinction really is! We are the Anaheim Angels who play in Orange County, located right off the I-57, but our owner Arturo Moreno feels we should appeal to the daddy of the city. Hence the Los Angeles in the name. Never mind that the Angels play a good 40 miles from L.A. When it comes to the money, common sense takes a backseat to the bottom line. If you can generate enough revenue, Moreno will designate you the Tijuana Angels. When push comes to shove, and all is said and done, it’s all about the hustle.