Like a Bugs Bunny cartoon the Yankees had an intra-squad game yesterday with a pitching machine named “iron mike“. So who would you rather be – the Phillies who lost to a Div.II college team or the Yankees, with the bulk of your payroll going 0-10 against a pitching machine. For A-Rod it looks like another obstacle for him to show he deserves a roster spot, but it wasn’t just him; Mark Texeira, Didi Gregorius, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Garrett Jones – all them hit-less – against a pitching machine. I get it. Hitting is timing and pitching’s job is to disrupt it, and a machine fails to properly give you the arm motion for essential timing – but 0’fer? One time rookie of the year Chris Young was actually struck out by “iron mike“! Pitiful is the state of the modern-hitter nowadays – a complete lack of fundamental discipline against a straight-pitching machine – from a professional? I demand an investigation!
It tells us we can stop making Terminator movies because it appears Skynet has already won.
***as a side note, besides posting daily NBA dirty plays – we are working to solve the enigma that is the march tournament bracket – so considerable time may be spent and may further appear that we are just drinking beer down in the bunker; but we are actually conducting tournament research for you – so send a letter to our significant others who call it something else…***
‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ – the ‘Must-Haves‘, the ‘Sleepers‘ and those that might find themselves on the trainers table for your FanDuel NBA-delights each night. We will post these DiRTy plays, everyday by 1p MST – so check back in the afternoon. ‘Click’ the picture for the days’ DiRTy plays.
The Texas Longhorns basketball team kept their bubbly-hopes alive by beating #14 Baylor in overtime. However, the true storyline is the 7 ejections. Texas’ Isaiah Taylor and Baylor’s Royce O’neale both go for a loose ball with 1:57 left in OT with Texas nursing a 3pt lead, when O’neale elbowed Taylor. Benches clear and after the Texas victory both teams glared at each other before leaving the court. No suspensions are being handed out to the ejected, so that’s Texas justice in full effect and hopefully our bloodlust will be satiated if they meet again in the conference tournament.
In related news…two professional basketball players got a little chesty last night, after Hassan Whiteside dunked on Alex Len. Neither enjoying how the other felt about it and instead of cooler-heads, we were treated to an upcoming match on WWE Raw instead – both were ejected.
Word has come down that Andre Johnson is done in Houston. You might remember him from 7 pro bowls, over 13k yards and 64 TD’s. He also appeared in a few instructional quarterback videos the past few years, having fill-in grocery clerks throw him the ball. Andre is 34 and has been in the league for 12 seasons, so his value is dropping and the tank is getting dry. However the Texans showed their hand by saying they will cut him if they can not trade him – so there went their leverage. This moves DeAndre Hopkins into the #1 WR on the team and look for ‘Dre to resurge for next year with the right team. Top candidates for ‘Dre’s services could be Oakland, KC, or Carolina.
The Ol’Head Ball Coach –The HBC – the man with such spoken-word-hits as…
- On the Vols missing out on the Sugar Bowl during his Florida years: “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T.”
- On Peyton Manning: “I know why Peyton came back for his senior year. He wanted to be a three-time star of the Citrus Bowl.”
- On playing the Dawgs early: “I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
- On Georgia recruiting: “Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
- On scandal in Tallahassee: “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes University.”
- On a fire at the football dorm that destroyed 20 books: “But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”
- On the Gamecocks’ matchup at Tennessee“Will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium. … I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”
- On his age: “The Pope is 77 years old and he’s in charge of a billion people. All I have to do is put 11 on the field.”
- On the state of the South Carolina program(widely attributed, but probably not an original): “We aren’t LSU and we aren’t Alabama. But we sure ain’t Clemson.”
Has finally joined Twitter – I wonder how did training go, showing him how many characters to use and what a hashtag meant – considering his first tweet did not go as well…
See South Carolina’s official handle is @UofSC, not the profilactic program near palm springs – so he deleted it and retweeted his first tweet again with the correction – now we just wait for the perverbial visor throw.
March 3rd, 1875
This day in history:
In Montreal Quebec after weeks of training, the public debut of indoor ice hockey was on display, on March 3rd 1875. Prior to the move indoors, ice hockey was a casual outdoor game, with no set dimensions for the ice and no rules regarding the number of players per side. However, Montreal resident, James Creighton limited the numbers to 9 each side because of the snugness of the Victoria skating rink.