Archive for December, 2008

30
Dec
08

Wide Right!

From this weekend’s Patriots/Bills game, for those of you who didn’t see the game, the wind was swirling, at times up to 50+ MPH affecting the kicking game drastically. Check out this field goal attempt by the Bills where even with compensating for the wind there really is no chance.

30
Dec
08

Bring Hanley Back

It seems like it’s a moot point, but I like the aggressiveness of the Red Sox brass in checking in on former farmhand Hanley Ramirez’ availability in the aftermath of the Teixeira signing. That said, the reported starting price of Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury seem pretty high. Even still, I’m not sure it’s not worth it to get Hanley, with the condition that Ramirez comes as a center fielder and not as a shortstop. I didn’t want to give up Jacoby and Buchholz for Johan Santana but for Hanley I think it is not necessarily too much. All of 25 years old, Ramirez has averaged 27 HRs and 36 steals per season with a career OPS+ so far of 135!

Sure, would giving up on Buchholz and Ellsbury hurt? You bet it would, just as the initial trading away of Hanley did, but just like that trade, the reward would, I believe, ultimately outweigh that cost. Adding Hanley as a center fielder would add that power bat to the lineup that the Sox need, his speed matches Jacoby’s, keeping that new element in the Sox’ game and his star is rising, every year Hanley is getting better and better. If he can be moved off shortstop where he is a butcher getting by on sheer athleticism I think there is no reason he isn’t one of the most dominant players in the game for the next 10 years.

On the other hand, for the Marlins, even getting back two STUD prospects might not be enough for Hanley. That franchise has no one else to market their team around otherwise. I mean, Dan Uggla does not park fans in the seats. Then again, nobody on the Marlins seems to bring fans to the stadium…

29
Dec
08

That 7 Foot Tall Guy Sure Can Play a Mean Pinball

Todd MacCulloch parlayed one pretty good NBA Finals series as a 76’er against the Lakers in 2001 into a $34 million contract with the New Jersey Nets. After only one year in Jersey, albeit one that took them to the Finals, he was traded back to the Sixers for Dikembe Mutombo. Unfortunately for MacCulloch and the Sixers, it turned out that MacCulloch’s feet were battling against him, eventually receiving a diagnosis of bilateral neuropathy, a condition which means he has severe nerve damage in his feet. Only 2 years after signing that 6-year $34 million contract, the 28 year old MacCulloch was retired, unable to stand the rigors of playing basketball any more.

These days MacCulloch passes the time playing on any of his over 80 different pinball machines. In fact, he’s so into pinball that he participates in tournaments and is a ranked player, currently 130 although apparently the rankings are a bit screwy and he really should be more like 60-70. For someone whose average game salary in the NBA was approximately $70K, MacCulloch has pulled down a robust $700 in pinball earnings.

Continue reading ‘That 7 Foot Tall Guy Sure Can Play a Mean Pinball’

29
Dec
08

Hockey is Back!

Since it has been nearly 48 hours since I posted any hockey action I figured I was due.

I wish that the other major sports leagues would follow the NHL’s example and have high quality highlights available for free on youtube. It is nice to see a league who won’t shut down fans who are trying to share the awesome moments with one another, unlike certain other unnamed baseball leagues.

So, how about this totally balls out neato goal from Washington Capital Alexander Ovechkin. He totally scores while sliding on his face across the ice; I am unable to do that. Or at least I’ve never been given the chance.

Make sure you are watching it in high quality, another awesome bonus of NHL allowing their clips on youtube, no shitty pixelation!

Who knows, maybe I’ll just become all hockey all the time!

That or old recapping David the Gnome episodes.

29
Dec
08

These Clown Shoes Are Konkles

I imagine for a professional basketball player having your own Nike shoe is a great honor; after all, they are the brand of Michael Jordan. Kids across the world would be desperately wanting to wear your shoes (while other kids would be stitching them together obviously).

These, however would not be my choice for my show line. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Kevin Durant’s clown shoes.

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Now, to be fair, if I were looking for an awesome shoe to wear for Halloween events or perhaps was needing something for a brief moonwalk, I would absolutely consider these. On the basketball court though, I’m not so sure. How do you not even trip over these, that toe looks HUGE right?

I wear a size 10. I will wear these all the time.

[Fan IQ]

28
Dec
08

The Reds Can’t Win

I guess the trade of Ryan Freel and the loss of Corey Patterson left Reds management desperate for another singles-only hitter who barely contributes to your team, they signed Willy Taveras over the weekend to a 2-year deal. Sure, Taveras has lots of speed and had a ton of infield hits (37 bunt singles in 2007!) but he is incapable of scoring runs. Even on that strong offensive 2007 Rockies team, which scored 860 runs, and in spite of hitting .320 and stealing 33 bags, Taveras managed a scant 64 runs.

Yes, it was in only 97 games, but that’s a pretty good sample size, and this year in 133 games he also scored only 64 runs, this time stealing 68 bases. Maybe it has something to do with having an anemic OPS and thus being incapable of hitting at the top of the lineup. In 2007, which by any reasonable measure was Taveras’ best year, he managed an OPS+ of 89. 89! He had 120 hits last season and 102 of them were singles, and that’s with playing in Colorado with the spacious alleys. Essentially, he can’t hit the ball out of the infield, and if he can’t leg out a hit he has no chance of ever getting one.

Also, his defense is atrocious. For someone who is so fast he gets bad reads on balls, misses plays he should get and doesn’t patrol center field impressively at all.

At first glance I hated this deal for the Reds, but astonishingly, after looking at the remaining free agent outfielders I changed my mind.  Continue reading ‘The Reds Can’t Win’

28
Dec
08

The NBA: Where Champions Battle

Last night in a battle of professional basketball teams the Washington Wizards outlasted the Oklahoma Stupid Names 104-95 in DC. The only reason this game received any attention whatsoever, considering that the two teams were so awful, was that exact reason. The Wizards were 4-23 coming into the game and the SNs had gone a robust 3-27.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there had never been an NBA game matching teams who had played at least 25 games combining for worse records…

“It’s no fun having three wins, but it’s important we stay together and we continue to compete for one another,” Oklahoma City interim coach Scott Brooks said.

“Not one guy in this locker room is a loser. Unfortunately, we are not getting wins like we feel like we should.”

Sorry Coach, gotta disagree . If you have won only three games at this point, you are in fact, losers. You are getting housed. You remind me of the Boston Celtics circa 2006. I mean, right?!? That’s not good company, that team lost 18 straight at one point. I know you only recently took over the team, but let’s not bullshit one another, your team totally blows. And that’s even with Durant stroking the ball and scoring 20 per! Your season is over and it isn’t even 2009 yet.




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