Thursday, February 28, 2008

Assorted Sports Stuff

So it's been almost a month. Sorry about that. Let's see, what should I talk about?

- I'm very glad Cardinals' management didn't go along with LaRussa's interest in Barry Bonds. Yeah, when he would actually be able to play, he'd be a great bat to have in that lineup, but he's probably going to send Chris Duncan to the bench, unless you're willing to roll with Bonds/Ankiel/Duncan from left to right, and I'm not. I'm not sure Willie Mays could cover enough ground to compensate for Lil' Dunc and Barry Lamar Bonds, let alone Ricki-Tiki-Tavi (it's a nickname I'm experimenting with for Ankiel. I might try and explain why I think it works in a future post).

- Besides, the Cardinals already seem to be a joke with other teams' the fans, given TLR's connections with several accused (and some busted) performance enhancer users, I'd rather not make the jokes that easy.

- Plus, I'm not sure I want to have to root for Barry Bonds.

- Spiezio's been released by the team in the wake of the warrant on him. Given I have a friend who might be addicted to booze, smokes, and weed, I probably shouldn't be surprised that it sounds like Speezer relapsed after his rehab stint last summer. My friend has said he's quitting each of his vices at some point or the other, but after a few months, he starts up again. I don't know whether it's a matter of will, or what (though I don't like calling alcoholism a disease, it sounds like a way to abdicate responsibility for your actions) but it doesn't seem to be something that's easily shaken, if it ever is.

- I wonder if Roger Clemens wishes he'd just come clean from the start? That assumes that he was in fact lying, which I suppose may be a false supposition. As my friend Ken pointed out (about a unrelated situation, but it applies) how do you prove a negative? Clemens can't prove that he never took any HGH or steroids in the past, only that he isn't taking them now (if he takes a test a passes, and you believe he isn't using masking agents at the time), so I guess he's kind of screwed. I've got no love for Clemens, but I do feel bad for Ken, who is a big Clemens fan, and has not been very happy the last few months as a result. At least his favorite, Jeter, is still unscathed.

- Early returns suggest the Suns might have screwed the pooch by trading for Shaq. Their defense is still pretty weak, and he's not helping their offense much yet either. I guess things might get better as he works himself into shape, but I'm not sure it'll be enough to make a difference.

- I would like to say that I really enjoy that Pat Riley is coaching a horrible Miami Heat team. I don't like Riles - I've got my reasons - so the fact he's leading the worst team in the league brings me joy. Mostly I just want to watch him move back into the front office, and then the new coach brings the team within a hair of the NBA Finals, just to see if Riley would have the chutzpah to try and push another coach out of the way and piggyback his way to another ring.

- Ryan Dempster said the Cubs will win the World Series this year. Sure, why not? I think the Arizona Cardinals can make the playoffs every season, it's not any less farfetched. I imagine the Cubs have to be the favorite to win the NL Central this year (a great honor that is, too), and once you're in the postseason, who knows what can happen?

- I think my dislike/envy of the Patriots is fairly well-known, but I am really tired of these Spygate stories, and I sincerely wish the Rams would quit making noises about how they might have been robbed. Please. You lost because Belichek dared Martz to try the truly unconventional and run the ball a lot with Marshall Faulk, and Martz chose to continue passing when the Pats were dropping everybody back into coverage.

I believe that's all I have for now. I've got that Ankiel nickname post to work on, and maybe a Cardinal Spring Training post, so we'll see how soon I can post those. Too bad we're still two months from the NBA playoffs, that usually provides some material.

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At 5:15 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I just don't understand why Bonds wants to come back, unless he expects to have some high legal bills. So I guess I just answered my question. Regardless, I just can't see any NL team dropping $10 million on a guy who may as well be sitting in a lazy boy in right field.

As for Dempster saying the Cubs are going to win the World Series, I mean really, what do you want him to say? "I think we're going to implode in September and we'll all watch in horror as Lou literally explodes with rage." If there's anyone on your team that doesn't think you're going to the Series, you might want to trade them (I'm looking at you Marquis).

As for Clemens, I can't stand that guy, and I never could. I'd be shocked, shocked if he had never done steroids.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

jason: Yeah, I have to admire Dempster's chuztpah, though I wish someone would make a comment about improving their performance to avoid seeing Lou explode with rage. The idea that his players might be terrified of him (or worried about his health), would be very amusing to me.

I'm sure Clemens did take steroids, he just misremembered taking them, that's all. Perfectly innocent mistake.


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