Question: Who is willing to pay what for Key, and if so, will Key be willing to accept it? I am more interested to see what he would get paid. I'm not sure that if someone offers him the minimum he will take it. I heard John Clayton from ESPN say this may be the end of the line for Key.
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:37 AM on May 02
I don't have a link, but the Cubbies were just sold to a billionaire mogul in Chicago. The transition won't take place until '08. That is a good distraction from the 5-1 pounding they took this afternoon at the hands of Cincy.
posted by sublime4390116 at 04:46 PM on April 02
I don't really believe that Marty Schottenheimer is a bad coach. I think he is a great coach. But you have to wonder why he can't win in the playoffs. Everyone knows the players have to go out and win, not the coach. So why didn't San Diego beat the Patriots? Everyone said they had the best team, and the best players (as evidenced in the Pro Bowl). So what happened after half-time that lost the game for them? Could it possibly be the coaching that lost that game? Marty certainly isn't making a good case for himself. After New England scored right before half-time, it seemed like The Chargers reverted offensively to, dare I say it, Marty-Ball.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:11 AM on February 13
I personally love what Denny Green said earlier this year: "The Bears are who we thought they were!" I don't know if that is construed as trite, but man it was funny. Remove the word Bears, and you can apply it to anything.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:20 AM on January 03
I don't know who "Wes Upseld" was, but none of the people you ranted about had anything to do with what happened last weekend. Nicely put, Chico. Does anyone really believe that this fight has anything to do with the Malice at the Palace, or any other fight that has ever gone down in the NBA? I know David Stern has to come down hard, but 15 games for Melo (even though he threw a punch that connected) seems a little over-the-top. When a guy like Collins has two incidents in two games, I think he should be the one punished the most. Side-Note: I totally agree that Melo completely embarrassed himself by throwing a punch (that looked more like a slap) and then running away. But, the guy he hit certainly didn't help his masculinity after the way he collapsed.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:15 AM on December 19
I have heard a lot of talk about where AI would best fit in. I could definitely see Minnesota (I think KG and AI would work really well together), but I also thought the Charlotte deal was pretty good. They have a decent young team, and AI lives in Georgia (Atlanta if I'm not mistaken), but I don't blame him for wanting to go to a contendor. I could see Denver, Miami, or Boston. But whoever gets him is lucky. Man, does he play hard every night or what? He may not take practice as seriously as say, Michael Jordan, but he is worth every penny on his contract. IMHO.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:44 AM on December 13
I could have sworn Zimmerman from the National's would have taken the NL ROY. He had a hell of a year. Ramirez will be fun to watch for plenty of years to come. As for Verlander, I hope we get at least 3 or 4 more years like this. I can't see his arm handling much more after that.
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:30 AM on November 14
I have read numerous articles about this game, and each one has blamed the Heat for their putrid performance. Yes, they looked lazy, they looked like they didn't care, they were sloppy and couldn't buy a basket, but how about the Bulls? Does anyone realize what kind of a statement they just made? Hopefully this is just the beginning for what the Bulls can do, but I also hope Miami bounces back. They are a better team than what showed last night.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:36 AM on November 01
The onus of proof is really on Kenny Rogers. If he pitches in game 5 or 6 like he did last night with nothing on his hand, then there is no reason for me to believe that he would need anything to help him pitch. I just can't imagine a scenario where that stuff is something OTHER than pine tar. Except for poop, which would be great, but I don't think so.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:38 AM on October 23
Well, TBH, I didn't apply the pine tar, as you have pointed out. But, seeing as you seem to have an opinion but haven't shared it with us, what do you think is on his hand? If it isn't pine tar, then what, pray tell, is it?
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:50 AM on October 23
JMD82, I saw the same series of clips on ESPN (not sure if it was SC or not). There was definitely pine tar on his hand in the same spot for each game. And I am saying it was pine tar. There is no doubt about it. I don't really understand how nobody saw this until now. Usually LaRussa would go nuts if he suspected something about the opposing pitcher. I think Rogers got away with one. But I don't care, because he did pitch like a maniac after the pine tar was washed away, so it's not like he is a bad pitcher without the stuff.
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:14 AM on October 23
I may be the only Cubs fan left who thinks Dusty Baker was the right guy for the job. He proved in '03 that if you give him the talent, he can take it places. He can't be blamed for Alex Gonzalez muffing that ball after the Bartman incident, and he can't be blamed for these crazy injuries (most specifically, Derrek Lee, not so much Prior and Woody because we knew they would be hurt). He might not have gotten to the World Series, but he certainly deserves a shot. Hopefully he will get it wherever he lands. Good luck to you Dusty, we'll regret this decision in a few mediocre years.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:36 AM on October 17
I can't believe everyone thinks Seattle will give the Pats a 25-32 pick in the first round. Was anyone watching on Sunday when they barely kicked their way past DETROIT? I watched that entire game, and not once did I think about Seattle in the SB. They're defense looks good as usual, but 9 points against the Lions? They had better put something together offensively soon, or New England may end up with a #10 first rounder.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:54 AM on September 12
It seems like every week there is someone out there who keeps up for the first three rounds, and then all of a sudden they forget how to win. I think that shows the mental impact Tiger has on everyone's game. I saw Cink smiling and laughing before the first playoff hole. That is not the demeanor you should have going up against the worlds best.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:05 AM on August 28
Not only pass away, Kendall, but also retire early too. I love baseball, and by no means would I ever say that baseball players don't go through physical punishment (just playing 162 games a year is physical punishment), but that is nothing compared to a RB, S, OL, DT, or pretty much what any position player in football goes through. No baseball player retires at age 33 like a RB in the NFL does. I mean, most teams think a 33 year old RB is done anyways. Whereas a player in the MLB at 33 is just past his prime and still has at least 6-7 more years left (possibly, depending on the player).
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:22 AM on August 16
Cordero will be stuck in late inning relief, I don't see the Brewers moving Turnbow aside I thought they already moved Turnbow and had put Kolb back in. I saw Turnbow blow like six games in the last two weeks, so if he is still closing, I still like Cordero in that role more than him.
posted by sublime4390116 at 02:16 PM on July 28
We're gonna miss you HR, please hurry back Gammons. I don't think I can take Kruk, Philips, and some of the other guys they have thrown out there. Has anyone seen how terrible Orel Hershisher is? I understand he was a great pitcher, but a great analyst he is not!
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:25 AM on July 26
Not along the same lines as the books above, but in terms of biographies, the "Say Hey" Willie Mays biography is a great read...
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:12 AM on July 19
Didn't the article state that Harrington is holding back right now to make more money? I don't see why he would take less money to go to Indy, especially if someone out there is willing to pay what he wants (Golden State, I'm looking your way). 7.5 Million is nothing to scoff at, but if someone offers 10 Mil, it's a whole different ballgame.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:43 AM on July 18
I keep telling myself to go with Howell, but I've got to agree with tdh...... When Tiger is playing in a major, it's tough to go against him. Even with his erratic driving. Phil on the other hand just needs to have four good rounds so he can get past the US Open in his own mind. He was not fun to watch at the Western.
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:29 AM on July 18
I'm sure when Michael was born, his mother said "I want him to look just like Allen Heckard so that Allen's life is miserable. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHA" Or something along those lines......
posted by sublime4390116 at 04:54 PM on July 13
They're only 1 game ahead of their Pythagorean expected wins, so it's not like they've been getting lucky. Other than being able to play KC 19 times. Which is exactly what helped the White Sox last year. So maybe the Tigers have what it takes, including a little luck with the schedule.
posted by sublime4390116 at 02:21 PM on July 13
I just finished reading the Carpenter comments. That took a lot of guts. I'm suprised Danica is taking it so well, although it seems like they both like eachother.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:58 AM on July 13
Weedy is right on with the bullpen analysis. Even if the Tigers only score 3 or 4 runs a game, in the playoffs you need your bullpen to secure that for you. I would rather see Zumaya pitch the ninth than Todd Jones, but Zumaya also doesn't have as much experience. I think the Yanks are going to be the odd team out come October. Too many injuries and not nearly enough starting pitching. Unless they start dealing like they usually do come the end of July.....
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:48 AM on July 13
On Edit: I would put Papelbon in, but I don't think Ozzie would.....
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:25 AM on July 03
I've got to believe that the size of the markets greatly affects the results of who is in the A.S. Game. Boston, NY, Chi, those big markets generally get more votes because they have more people voting. Question for the SpoFi: If you are Ozzie Guillen, and you have a one run lead in the ninth, do you put Jenks in, or Rivera? (I saw this question on Baseball Tonight with Harold Reynolds and John Kruk, but I want to know what everyone thinks Ozzie will do.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:21 AM on July 03
Why was Johnson sitting to start the second half? I can't understand what Bruce Arena was thinking. And I can't stand Donovan. Period. Congratulations to Ghana.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:19 AM on June 22
Ha. Bad wording on my part. I was trying to refer to just that certain group(ie. the ones that like to piss on all the soccer posts), but I guess I did kind of word that like all Americans suck. I understand that. There are definitely Americans who can't stand soccer, and jump at every opportunity to bash it, thank you mr. Scherer. But I think there are plenty of us who love soccer and probably love it a lot more than the NBA. Great point by caselaw. the last 2 minutes in the NBA are ridiculous to watch.
posted by sublime4390116 at 03:05 PM on June 19
Although you won't ever read this I'm sure becuase you are just another close minded American who couldn't name a soccer player if his life depended on it. I don't see why people here think that all sports have to be high scoring or make complete sense. Fantastic generalization there. Every American is close-minded and wants their sports to be high scoring. You couldn't have said it any better. All Americans suck! /hint of sarcasm
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:49 AM on June 19
I don't mind the protection of your players, and I can see why Ozzie wanted Tracey to hit Blalock. But after he couldn't hit him, my first reaction was to laugh. He tried twice to hit him, and on the third pitch he threw it inside again and Blalock grounded out. I kind of expected Ozzie to laugh about it. Apparently, he wasn't in a joking mood.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:45 AM on June 15
Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Tribune just reported that there is no clause in Ben's contract that will protect the Steelers from the obvious financial losses they have just incurred. They have to honor his contract according to Mariotti's report.
posted by sublime4390116 at 04:49 PM on June 12
I'm just happy this isn't a Pistons-Spurs year again. Not a lot of people gave either Dallas or Miami a lot of respect because of the aforementioned Pistons and Spurs, but both of these teams were obviously hungrier this year. Should be a good series, but I can't figure out who to back.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:56 AM on June 05
Come on down to sweet home Chicago, KG. We are tired of overpaying Tyson Chandler to foul people more than score. We'll give Minnesota Tyson, every draft pick that we have (including the knicks pick at #2), and you would become an Icon in Chicago. And by the way, Jordan never won a championship by himself.
posted by sublime4390116 at 10:30 AM on May 31
It is not confirmed that he signed yet, but ESPN Peter Gammons says Houston offered 1 year/10.5 million. I just heard that on ESPN News. Don't know if it's true, but that's still a lot of money for maybe 20-25 starts.
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:13 PM on May 30
That was worse than the fan who slugged the Royals coach but the tribune will spin it around and the dummy fans will side with Barret. Let's see, two drunk white trash Sox fans jump from the stands and kick the crap out of a Royals coach for no reason, but that's fine. If Barrett gets a little hot because his team sucks and they are playing the world series champs and he's pissed and takes a cheap shot, thats WORSE????
posted by sublime4390116 at 03:11 PM on May 21
I agree with the equipment ban. But what I'm confused about is why Lackey said anything at all. Did Kendall not get out of the way fast enough for Lackey's liking? If Lackey hits him and walks in a run, ok say something about crowding the plate. But don't yell at the guy for getting out of the way. It's like diastematic said, he was just pissed and looking for some way to vent. Personally, I wouldn't vent at a guy holding a bat, but that's just me.
posted by sublime4390116 at 03:04 PM on May 03
If he was "defending" himself, he shouldn't be talking crap to a guy who is holding a bat. Grum is right on, shut up and pitch, and nobody has any reason to eject you. But I do agree with Termite in that Anaheim umpires do make stupid calls. Maybe it's all that good weed they have out there.
posted by sublime4390116 at 12:05 PM on May 03
Don't forget about Chris Chamber's on the Dolphins. He looks like he might have a real good year. He could become a very good weapon for Culpepper.
posted by sublime4390116 at 08:35 PM on May 02
Calvinball is fantastic. I also like how every other "organized" sport that Calvin and Hobbes play turns into some form of Calvinball. One of my favorites is when the two are playing football on the same team, and when Hobbes is about to score, Calvin tackles him from behind to score the touchdown himself. The strip ends with the two of them facing off against eachother. Classic.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:05 AM on April 27
I can see Favre winning two games this year, both against Chicago. But I don't think his coming back makes them guaranteed wins. He loves playing against the Bears, and with great reason if you look at his record. By the way, Joecab, how could one game in the playoffs show what kind of team they are, when during the regular season they beat the team they lost to in the playoffs 13-3. Maybe Carolina figured out the defense before anyone else in the league could. I'm not saying the Bears are going to win it all this year, but they sure as hell have a great chance.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:42 AM on April 26
Nobody knows for sure what the Cubs can do, not even Astros fans, who think they know everything. Considering Pettite is showing his age so far, and Clemens isn't coming back anytime soon, you better worry about your rotation. I know the Cubs are in the same boat, but at least we know for sure there are three guys coming back that are better than any three in Houstons rotation.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:08 AM on April 17
Elton Brand. That's my vote, but there is no way he is winning MVP. Not when everyone mentioned above is in the running with him. If I had to guess, I would say Nash is the front-runner. Although if defense is the attribute these players lack, than Elton is the man. Or Marion. Elton can play defense with anyone, and Marion is a freak on the boards and on defense.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:18 AM on April 12
I was pulling for Couples too, but all hat's off to Phil and his mastery of The Masters. I wish I could look that relaxed out on the course, but that requires being drunk. Congrat's to Phil!
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:11 PM on April 09
This guy is the most accurate kicker in recent history, except he just can't make the pressure cookers. Even still, the Cowboys needed someone to make at least half of their attempts during the regular season.
posted by sublime4390116 at 04:32 PM on March 23
I heard that PetCo park where the final was played, sold out for 3 Classic games in a row, and their own hometown team (The Padres) haven't sold out three games in a row since the park was built. I would have gone to one of the games if I had a chance. Congrats, Japan.
posted by sublime4390116 at 05:22 PM on March 21
Is this discussion about Pauls legacy or DirectTV. I can't tell. Some people are praising Tagliabue, some are bitching about DirectTV. Let's give the man some credit and talk about his career rather than the one deal he made that cable watchers are pissed about.
posted by sublime4390116 at 06:19 PM on March 20
Although I don't think all four number ones will make it to the FF, I think that would be just as good as a cinderella making it. Think about it, you have four teams that were basically predicted all year to win this tournament, and now it comes down to two games to determine. That would be some great basketball to watch.
posted by sublime4390116 at 12:26 PM on March 20
If Barry Bonds were in the forest, and something happened to him, would(or should) I care...? Perfect. Couldn't have said it better.
posted by sublime4390116 at 01:12 AM on March 17
Considering they way OVERPAID for the likes of Burnett, this is a great move. I'm sure there are people out there that think Burnett is going to be a star, but I don't think he was worth dollar one. Not with his history. This coming from a guy who watched the Cubs put their franchise in a guy named Wood, who has had roughly the same history as Burnett.
posted by sublime4390116 at 01:01 AM on March 17
Try to remember that most of these teams that were supposedly worse than the U.S. have been playing all winter long in warm weather climates. Maybe if the U.S. team competed in the Carribean Series, they would have had a better chance. Instead, they were all training at home, rather than playing baseball. And by the way, I'm pretty pissed Derrek Lee got hurt, and I'm sure Dusty Baker isn't too happy either. Also Johnny Damon wasn't feeling to hot.
posted by sublime4390116 at 12:56 AM on March 17
If I'm not mistaken, the parole officer still does drug tests, whether random or every visit, I'm not sure. So even if he didn't say anything, I would assume he would have got caught. I could be wrong.
posted by sublime4390116 at 12:22 PM on March 15
I just read that Brees signed with the Saints. I am relatively new, so I don't know how to link the article. But it's out there. 6 years, no financial disclosure.
posted by sublime4390116 at 01:56 PM on March 14
The Saints could use a lot of help on defense. It will be interesting to see if they trade down for more picks, or go after Mario Williams at the 2 spot. That is, if they get Brees. I could see Leinart at Tennessee, especially since they have McNair for one more year. Give the rook some time to get acclimated.
posted by sublime4390116 at 12:36 PM on March 14
I blame Selig for Bonds as much as Bonds himself. Remember '98? McGwire and Sosa hitting balls that may not have landed yet? You think Selig really wanted to tell them to stop taking whatever they were taking? Hell no, he wanted them to bring baseball fans back to the game. Now he is stuck dealing with the monster that he himself helped to create.
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:47 AM on March 10
I think Mr. Smithee has made quite a good case. I don't think not using steroids has slowed his production, but it certainly made him more pretty as evidenced by "Giants Idol"
posted by sublime4390116 at 11:43 PM on March 01
If a 6 year old can get suspended for sexual harrasment then why cant a 18 year old join the ranks of the NFL? What?!?
posted by sublime4390116 at 01:55 PM on February 08
Anyone ever notice how Chicken doesn't come in "rings". Or why in any other restaraunt, you would order hamburgers, but at white castle, they are sliders.... just something to think about when you are in line on Monday.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:43 AM on February 03
Barry was the human joystick. I grew up watching Walter Payton (who is the best ever, even without the yardage title), and Barry, in my opinion obviously, is right there with Walter. I've never seen anyone move like him. Especially on that crap field they played on. How he didn't tear ligaments in his knees every game is beyond me.
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:14 AM on February 02
"I totally think that Roberto's accomplishments should continue to be spotlighted and highlighted as a major part of baseball and American culture, as well as Puerto Rico's culture," she told the newspaper. I don't see how you can honor someone by simply mentioning their accomplishments. Many kids don't know who Roberto Clemente was or how he died, and I think he should have his number retired alongside Jackie. Seriously, how many other people in baseball do you think should have their numbers retired by the entire MLB? Jackie and Roberto are the only ones that come to mind for me....
posted by sublime4390116 at 09:42 AM on January 24
"or at most c) peacefully restrain him until a cop arrives." I would like to see how you peacefully restrain someone who is intoxicated and a Browns fan.
posted by sublime4390116 at 07:59 PM on January 17
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