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Colts 72 million dollar man: After five years of chasing quarterbacks, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney will be paid like one.
posted by dezznutz to football at 01:54 PM on July 14 - 6 comments
Well, they may have lost Cato June, Nick Harper, Mike Doss, Monty Reagor, and Jason David (you could say the Saints stole him...), but its good to see they found money for Freeney. Freeney stated before the beginning of last season that he wanted to be the highest paid defensive player in the league. Well he got his wish, but the price was high, but a talent like Freeney must not be allowed to walk. Sometimes I wonder if the Eagles ever kick themselves for not paying Reggie White. Obviously, fellow rivals the Giants learned from that mistake as Strahan was given his $$$. As a Colt fan I just hope my small market Colts can find some money these next 2 years to re-sign Bob "the Builder" Sanders (Cuz he loves to lay some wood!!!)
posted by dezznutz at 02:05 PM on July 14
Another season, another Sheffield story that involves race. As a Tiger fan, his joining the team has been wholly positive, so I cant really complain about him to much right now. But there was something he said about how being a Yankee was all about business, and their wasnt a sense of family there that stood out to me. I mean, how could that have been a surprise? Everyone knows what is imporant to Steinbrenner, he is a much less senial Al Davis, winning has always been everything to him and in the city of NY, with their know-it-all ultra judgemental media, that shouldnt have been so surprising to him. Anyways, I hope hes happy with Leyland and the Tiger organizaton, we wouldnt mind him staying for a while...but not complaining anymore would be nice as well.
posted by dezznutz at 01:45 PM on July 14
Cuban's M.O. seems to be that he loves the Bad News Bears types. So in concordance I must agree with COMMANDER CODY. I would love to see him buy the Lions. The Ford's can barely keep Ford Co. afloat right now, so maybe they will put the team up for sale. (Ahhhh wishful thinking) It must be pretty sad when all of your teams fans want you gone...just like the GM. Notice a pattern here outside observers? As far as Cuban goes, wasnt he just trying got buy the Pirates? I give him credit for not giving up though, unfortuantely for him, he doesnt fit the profile that Bud Selig and his Ole-Boys Club of owners want for MLB. It's to bad, cuz last I remember, MLB wasnt the #1 sport in America anymore and I dont see how someone with Cuban's money and notariety...love him or hate him...couldnt be good for MLB. He couldnt hurt, could he?
posted by dezznutz at 01:32 PM on July 14
The NCAA has become borderline Fascist. Its sad that our secondary education system, once a bastian for new ideas and challenging of the status quo, has become so rigid, unflexible and completely un-open to challenging that staus-quo, like it was when my parents were in college. Bobby Knight once complained that the NCAA rulebook was thicker than the Constitution of the U.S. The reason being that the NCAA hides behind rules and regulations, stating that education is its highest regard, while taking in huge revenues. Then it punishes fans, schools, coaches, and teamates when students break the rules. This is a perfect example, the school stumbles upon these misdeeds, punishes Bromar and Quinn by kicking them of the team and sanctioning themselves. Then the NCAA hops on the train and does its fascist, vacating wins bit, which is retarded. The scholarships are meaningless...2 big whoop! Vacating wins is akin to what Communist China does, it removes all media that doesnt agree with the state. I.E. Go online in China, search for the chinese equivalent of the words democracy, freedom, or Tienemann Square...you wont find them. I live in Indy, I'm sure if I go downtown to the NCAA HQ building I wont find any refrences to the Fab-Five, etc. I always like to tell the Jamal Crawford story when I spew my NCAA hate, just to let people know why. When in high school, Crawford came from a violent ghetto where he watched his best friend get shot to death right in front of him. Someone saw his potential and took him out of that ghetto and put him in a good school, paid his bills, basically made sure he wasnt one of those ESPN "could-have-been" stories. Then he graduated, and signed with my homer, the University of Michigan. He played half his freshman season, than was suspended for this, the NCAA said he was "taking" money or whatever BS charge they put on him. Since Jamal was already the best player on UofM's team at the time(by a long shot) he decided that since the 10 game suspension was unfair, that he would to talk to an agent to see if he could enter the draft at years end. The NCAA responded to this action by suspending him for the rest of the season. I could go on and on, how about the story of the NCAA threatening Clemson University by saying that they would not have any College World Series games in S. Carolina (or is it NC) if...get this, the confederate flag wasnt taken down from the State Capitol Bldg. Talk about overstepping your boundaries. I may never understand the Souths infatuation with that flag or the endless re-enactment of the war they lost, but who am I (or the NCAA 4 that matter) to challenge what a states legislators and voters want. Aarrghhh I need to stop blogging on these NCAA columns they get me all fired-up!
posted by dezznutz at 10:58 AM on July 13
That's my dawg!!! Unfortunately, this team is gettin old, hopefully there two first rounders Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Afflalo will be able to contribute soon. Also, the two big men they drafted in the last two years, Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell, need to start earning some serious PT. As for Chauncey, he keeps our starting back court intact. So who needs Kobe? Not Detroit, though it would be pretty interesting to see how that would turn out...what would that trade entail, Hamilton and Sheed, Hamilton and a draft pick, or Hamilton or possibly Amir?
posted by dezznutz at 10:18 AM on July 12
Here, here nafs... NASCAR became popular and then ESPN acknowledged it, proof that this thread about the NHL has some teeth. Just look at poor Barry Melrose and his mullet, he loves hockey and his attitude is SO defensive, especially when they do those sport comparison that are ludicrus. Do they ever compare other sports to each other? I havent seen it yet, they always compare it to the NBA and Melrose is so biased, probably because his employer is biased against his sport. Someone on ESPN has to stick up for hockey... That being said, the NHL did themselves in, the lock-out was the finalstraw. How can you go on strike when you have such a small fan base? They couldnt afford to lose any fans. The AFl is a perfect example someone already mentioned. ESPN couldnt give a rats ass about that league till now, cuz they are broadcasting games they are pushing their product. I wish FOX Sportscould step up as a cable provider that could air games that are out of market every once in a while. I would love to see an MLB game the first half of the season that the Yankees arent playing in(knock on ESPN, Cornhieser and all those EAst Coast NY media elitists) PS what the heck is VS??? I must have missed that channel
posted by dezznutz at 11:29 AM on July 08
"Father" is a highly subjective word in this circumstance. I still have a JAM mag.(I believe)from back in his days at Michigan, in it Jalen tells how Jimmy Walker was a love 'em and leave 'em father. I'm a big UofM Fab5 fan, and his years with Pacers were key in getting us to the Finals in 2000. From what I remember, they werent close then, hopefully "father " was smart enuff to reconcile with his son.
posted by dezznutz at 08:18 AM on July 05
This guy kinda reminds me of my ole boss Hugh Harris, an ex-NHL player from the 70's. His reminiscions and complaints, plus the cursing like a sailor bit are totally Hughie. He would lement how little he got paid compared to now and how spoiled athletes are in general these days. He himself has had a couple of knee operations like Dobler...man its spooky the similarities. It is sad that the millionaire, heck even hundred-thousandaire,(da bench warmers) players of the NFL wont give more to these guys who really need it for health reasons. Especially when you consider how popular the NFL is now, revenues have got to be at record highs, but the NFLPA cant find it in themselves to give to its retirees in need. Very sad.
posted by dezznutz at 12:30 PM on July 03
Wow dyams, did you figure that one out all by your lonesome? J/K If they do switch up play-off formats again, I gotta support fewer season games or schedule more double headers...as it was, I really enjoyed watchin game 5 in my halloween costume
posted by dezznutz at 11:15 AM on July 02
Dude, what you have to realize is I have been there done that and understand exactly what has been happening to the game we all love. How old are you Dude? Early 20's? Your arrogance and disrespect is attrocious. As for someone who has been there and done that, you would think that you would appreciate Old Mans wisdom and insite on certain matters, esp. those baseball related. While I realize that drug use is basically "no big deal" by our generation, they werent with previous gen's and you should try to understand that instead if trying to sound like a bad ass behind a computer screen. Plus, Old Mans knowledge of baseball history should be soaked up by all us "sports fans", unfortunatley, we wont know or cant understand that love of baseball because of the emergence of the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, etc. I still remember my first pro-team I ever liked was the Detroit Tigers, collectors cards? MLB players. So baseball was my first sports love, but it has since been taken over by the NFL and NBA...which I will 4ever feel helped usher in the "juiced" period. Falling ratings, aging fan base,(but thats only my opinion)
posted by dezznutz at 12:24 PM on June 29
I have said it before there aren't many individuals that could have made it yesteryear... It all comes down to the almighty dollar bill ya'll. Back then they didnt get paid squat compared to the salaries of today. So they played through minor injuries and the such...Now with guaranteed money teams will let players sit when they get hurt so as to not chance losing them for 15-60 games or worse yet the season, while still having to pay them fat cash. So players are somewhat softer these days. Take Chipper Jones for example, he was on fire all season till he bruised his thumbs in a collision. He ended up being off and on for a week, then gone for like 2 weeks. He had them take MRI's on it and there was no damage. He came back for almost 2 weeks and He then missed another game with a groin pull and it was reported he might go on the DL again...now he didnt, but that is because Smoltz made a big stink talking to the media, the team was on a slide, they hadnt been scoring any runs, challenged Chipper indirectly...you know that old hat... Not to pick on him Chipper directly, just trying to use an example for what goes on compared to back then when players needed off-season jobs to pay da billz.
posted by dezznutz at 07:57 PM on June 27
... because Giambiís Balco testimony is still not part of the public record. This is what it's all about. That is why we have to hear about this on the TV and read about it in the newspapers. Will this EVER end? First theres the Balco investigation, then a select few go in front of Congress and now Baseball is spending 10 million on this investigation!!! I bet they didnt even donate that much money to a New Orleans relief fund! I swear, we Americans know how to waste money. This is one of those subjects where maybe the truth really doesnt need to be known. I cant believe that baseball records are held to such Diestic standards that we HAFTA know who did what so we can pick and choose whos records are meaningful and whose arent. How do we know that Barry wouldnt have still broken Aarons record if he had taken roids or not? He was a perrenial triple crowner for a long time b4 all this...and I am not a big Barry fan for that matter either. I am just soo sick of this story. I wish the media, who I am not a big fan of would drop this, they dumb us down, show us half-truths and white lies, and then decide that cutting away from real news to watch Paris Hilton get hauled of to jail is what we really need to know. This isnt all the medias fault, after Congress decided that this was worthy of taking their time away from running the country, than and only then did Selig decide that he was going to come down hard on these "cheaters". Where was the MLB before this? They dragged there feet 4ever on this and now we are supposed to take them seriously about this. Too late the government beat you to it Bud, obviously the US government wasnt buying the "they changed the ball argument" like most of us did...>
posted by dezznutz at 07:00 PM on June 22
This is a sad day for Hoosiers everywhere. As a Michigan native living here for so long you notice that football is not high on IU's list. They are outshadowed by ND's and Purdue's football programs respectively. The one thing Terry brought was a desire to move that program from the bottom of the Big Ten barrel. His billboards and radio commercials all tried to get fans excited so they could build a stronger program, and for awhile there last year they looked pretty good (for IU's standards) It is unfortunate he will not be able to see his vision come to fruition. But thanks in part to him the football and basketball programs will have the long over-due facilities they sorely need. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
posted by dezznutz at 07:34 PM on June 19
so it's not surprising that the media jumped on that the Reverend Al Sharpton didnt help either. Havent heard from him in awhile about this matter...Oh well, I guess to him the truth doesnt matter, just getting his face on TV seems to be what really counts.
posted by dezznutz at 08:29 PM on June 17
Yeah true, but what about Thomas, Dumars and the Pistons plus Bird, Mchale and Co.? I know thats a stretch, but except for the Lakers and Hakeems 2 runs in the Jordanless mid-90's, the East was the Beast for 20 years, but not since then...my point about the 2 of last 4 shows there has been a slow migration back East for some: Shaq, Sheed, Kidd, J.O. etc. plus some fresh new stars, Lebron, D-Wade, Bosh, and Howard to name a couple...but yeah the West is Best right now. Touche on the Lebron hype, I have always hated the nickname King James, he needs to earn that first, as far as I'm concerned he's only Prince James, even though the Spurs treated him like he was mearly a squire.
posted by dezznutz at 05:48 PM on June 16
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