Recent Comments by jazzdog

Casualties of the NFL:

Solotaroff writes mainly of past greats, but what about the many lesser knowns who labored ungloriously and ended up in the same fix. Upshaw stinks with his crappy attitude. The smart players who got out before bodies and/or brains were scrambled......Emmit Smith and Barry Sanders come to mind ....got their share of criticism for "quitting", but more power to them. Sad sad story; another black eye for sports...... and Uphaw should be gelded without anesthetic.....oh maybe a little shot of Lidocaine

posted by jazzdog at 02:22 AM on November 17

Karma is the key for Rockies play-in to playoffs

Anent the Padres. In April I predicted, privately, that they would finish third due to new manager, some aging members and few proven hitters. I picked Arizona and Dodgers ahead of them. They ended up much closer to first than I imagined and Bud Black could be considered Manager of the Year for what he did with this group. They were fun to watch, unpredictable, frustrating, inconsistent and all that. They should be better next year, but so will the others, so who knows where they'll finish. The Rockies deserved to win that game...it was a continuation of their last 2 weeks and I was not comfortable after Hairston's homer. I bled for Hoffman, I suspect the fatigue factor, emotional and physiological, caught up with him along with others in the lineup.....they had played a helluva number of games in a row, a lot of them on the road ....he is a class act as are several of the team from Black on down.

posted by jazzdog at 02:02 AM on October 03

Japan's all-star speed eater suffers professional injury

Gives new meaning to TMJ....The Malfunctioning Jaw. Is his nickname "Cool Hand Ruke"?

posted by jazzdog at 02:29 PM on June 27

Jockey Who Kicked Horse Faces Hearing

Consider the immediate aftermath. The jockey gets suspended, so for the time being he is out of work. The horse goes back to the barn, eats a hearty meal and in a week or so is back on the track. The suspension is p-r; the industry looks concerned/good, the track saves face. I still feel that disbarring the jockey is extreme and beyond the scope of the "crime". I hope and think the racing director will act accordingly considering Molina's reputation. Just for the record I speak from having family members in the racing game at the ground level. I am not a racing habitue, but am quite aware of it's sheen and it's warts.

posted by jazzdog at 12:48 PM on June 22

Jockey Who Kicked Horse Faces Hearing

Fence put it well. "punished accordingly". Did the colt fall over? was there any permanent damage? will the colt race again? Come on....a 100 lb person kicks a 1500 lb horse in the belly and its going to be a disaster? Look at the guys long term record...been involved with equine humane rights etc. Disbar him? Absurd !! Every one who's ever worked around horses has probably smacked one occassionaly without intending or resulting in permanent harm. The nags will step on you, lean on you, kick you, bite you....reflexes light up and believe me, the horse doesn't lose. Let the punishment fit the crime; there were lots of witnesses, and everybody yells "poor horsey", when it's the jockey who got the worst of it.

posted by jazzdog at 01:26 PM on June 21

Distaff winner in The Belmont Stakes

If you watch the race again, note that she was kept outside all the way because she doesn't like dirt in her face nor to be crowded. So she ran farther than all the other horses. Velasquez gave her a fabulous ride, perfectly suited to her style. She is some kind of filly, some kind of horse.

posted by jazzdog at 12:20 PM on June 11

Try telling this one to the parents and coaches

There are two key words in sports that children are seldom taught because the pressure to win overshadows them....they are "play" and "game". When kids are allowed to play a game, life is a lot more fun.

posted by jazzdog at 12:09 PM on June 05

An Interview with One of Baseball's Greatest.

Every ball player, in the minors or majors, should be requred to read this, especially the portion dealing with rules. Hell, that should apply to all professional athletes..they would learn that the old timers didn't need steroids or other supplements to juice up their bodies. They just used their talents and the bodies that God gave them. They weren't all goody two shoes; there were hell raisers, but the game had honor and they abided by that. And yes, I know about the Black Sox and it's repercussions, so don't rag me about that.

posted by jazzdog at 12:59 PM on May 15

Barbaro Euthanized

Fungooli put it well...there was no ego in play or thoughts of big bucks to be gained; everybody who touched that horse felt an instant admiration and love; he worked with the medics, adapting to slings, hoists, pins, plates, casts...every tool used in his behalf. He was never tortured nor was any prolonging of his life causing misery....his responses to surgery were beyond belief, everyone admired his stamina, his desire to live and his smarts. The medical staff and owners monitored his well being from the very beginning and all agreed that when it became obvious that he was suffering, it was time to quit. My heart goes out to Dr. Richardson and his staff and to the owners and the trainer and Edgar Prado, the jockey who acted so quickly and humanely the instant of the accident....they all must be devastated. One cannot work with an animal of this temperment for such a long time without developing a bond that cannot be defined. I speak as a veterinarian who practiced for 50 years; it is a feelng that you have to live to appreciate. A little bit of you dies with every animal that succumbs under your care and you always wonder "could I have done more?" They are never "just animals" and Barbaro was one in a million, worthy of every ounce of love from those around him.

posted by jazzdog at 12:46 AM on January 30

Dungy's true impact

Dungy and Smith, class acts for sure. The article left out the coaching tree of Don Coryell, the winningest coach in the combo of college and pro football, passed over year after year for H of F....for all his quirkiness he too was/is a class guy.

posted by jazzdog at 12:33 PM on January 23

Hawaii QB says no to NFL.

If memorey serves me correctly , Jones was an interim head coach of SD Chargers and declined offer to continue, then returned to U of H where he had been on the coaching staff before. Smart move as those were the doldrum years of Chargers football (of which there were many). He has always been an offense minded coach....lots of airing it out, let 'er rip. With Glanville on the staff he now has some defense to balance his game. The Hawaiians have been a free wheeling bunch for generations....recall when Herman Weidemeyer(sp?) came to the coast and was QB at St Marys in the SF bay area. Whooooee.....squirmin' Herman. They've always been fun to watch, winning or losing. They didn't believe in single digit games.

posted by jazzdog at 02:21 PM on January 18

Ready for a shocker?

I would have picked Brees for comeback player over anybody else after what he accomplished. He and Rivers are good friends, talk to each other frequently, both classy guys. I hated to see Brees get dumped by SD but have been more than a little bit pleased with Rivers and the whole team. Have been a charter Charger since when they left LA and seen a lot of good and great players, but LT is the best. I hope it's our year and there's still a lot of football to be played....by the entire team.

posted by jazzdog at 04:49 PM on January 05

We're Going to Die! We're Going to Die! We're Going to Live!

Thank God, Bush's border wall can't keep these guys out. The Tongoans and Maori are great people with wonderful cultural history.

posted by jazzdog at 01:51 PM on November 18

Detroit Tigers Reach World You-Can't-Be-Serious

When I was a kid about half past eleven in '34, the first series I ever watched was on radio; our Jr High PE teacher let us listen on the speakers during his academic classes. Great memories; Tigers-Cards...a wild series, fan intervention, gas house gang, memorable nicknames (Dizzy, Daffy, Pepper, Ducky, Gabby, Leo the Lip). All series since have been descendants of that one. I sat behind home plate in San Diego in '84 and watched Trammel & Co snuff my Padres, but it was Detroit and actually not too painful considering the above recollection. (a shame that the citizens of Detroit went ballistic after the series, but as a local sportscaster said: "Detroit is equal to 2 Newarks"). So, I'm happy the Tigers made it and I hope it's against the Cards, just for old times sake......a kid's game played by men, bases still 90 feet apart, and the never ending thrill of the sound of the crack of a bat on a little white ball and nobody, players or spectators, remains motionless.

posted by jazzdog at 02:19 PM on October 16

Hoffman breaks Lee Smith's All-Time saves mark

Smith and Hoffy should both eventually get voted in, but the voters work in mysterious ways. A sidelight to all the hoop-la immediately after the game was Pirate manager Jim Tracy, who had managed Hoffman in the minors when he was converted from shortstop to reliever, applauding from the top of the dugout steps as were several players. Tracy earlier in the game had quickly defused a potential rhubarb by pulling reliever Juan Perez who had just plunked Branyan high and tight. Branyan had belted a homer earlier to tie the game and Perez had just given up a homer to Bard. Tracy was aware of the importance of the game at the time, and as it turned out even more so at the end. His action during the game was immediate and wise. His actions afterward were classy. Baseball needs nore of his stripe.

posted by jazzdog at 03:32 PM on September 25

Barbaro's hopes fade

Tacky crappy reporting; one wonders where the writer gets the info, apparently not from New Bolton or the family. Dr Richardson has kept the odds at 50/50 at best even when he is personally pleased with the status. Barbaro is getting the best treatment and evaluation available; the entire staff is practicing the best in the science and the art of veterinary medicine. The vast majority of people in the racing industry all over the country are keeping their hopes up, knowing what the odds are. I've spoken to some jockeys at Del Mar who agree it's a long tough row. They are all pulling for him, are appreciative of the care he is receiving and have great admiration for the owners, the staff at New Bolton and most of all for Edgar Prado for his actions at the time of the injury. I speak as a retired DVM when I state this "reporting" by Salon is a bucket full of cow patties

posted by jazzdog at 06:30 PM on August 01

Lackey, Kendall ejected as A's brawl past Angels

Some of these guys come to the plate dressed like hockey players; then they practically stand on the plate. The umps line of sight consequently moves 6" outside to accomodate them. The batter's box rules are hardly ever enforced not to mention the strike zone vertical top being well below the letters. The rest of the game is artistic, but the trio area around home plate is a zone of mood swings.

posted by jazzdog at 02:38 PM on May 03

Monday's Greatest Play

I remember thinking at the time, those scumy bastards. Still do. I don't know if this incident is noted anywhere in the HOF; if not, it should be.

posted by jazzdog at 02:39 PM on April 28

Five Life Lessons Learned at Wally Moon's Summer Camp:

We used to take our Little Leaguers up to the Colliseum from north San Diego county and sit behind the screen in the cheap seats. What a weird view of baseball that was. Moon hit portsiders better than righties in any park if memory serves me correctly. He was a smart hard working son of a gun; my son idolized him

posted by jazzdog at 12:34 PM on April 21

Anti-Castro Sign at Ballgame Causes Stir

tell the Cubans to paper the fences with "Down With Bush" signs. They'll hear booing and cheering and everything in between, and maybe a lot of laughter. Then they may learn about freddom of speech.

posted by jazzdog at 02:49 PM on March 10