What You Need To Know For Wednesday, Dec. 9 2015

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Tombstone – 1993

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Tombstone, Arizona

When you have a huge spider bite on your arm that bleeds constantly, you begin to look at your own appendage in a morbid trance of disfigurement.  You cannot wear short sleeves, or at least shouldn’t, as to not arouse the locals.  The inner-voice never seems to quiet itself and causes a kind of internal chaos that makes you think of screeching animals descending all around you and your world is falling apart – like an earthquake in slow-motion – howls and curses, blowing horns and police sirens as a backdrop to something slowly dying.

Or at least that would be my impression of such a thing.  Much like the bombshell trade in name only with the Diamondbacks and Braves yesterday.  I say “in name only” because the mind jumps that Shelby Miller is a great pitcher and the D-backs have an impressive 1-2 punch with the earlier signing of Greinke.

Miller is being sold as an ace – he’s not – he’s a #3 on a team that has championship aspirations.  For Arizona, just because you HAVE aspirations, doesn’t mean you are championship material.  Here’s the problem with the trade Arizona fan should consider:  You traded away Inciarte and Dansby Swanson, the kind of prospect that could be dealt for an actual ace, who will not spend a lot of time in the minors, as an already polished college player from Vanderbilt.

My point is, if this is what they were willing to deal away because of the urgency felt to contend; then why not try for Jose Fernandez who is better and cheaper, or Sonny Gray.  it is reasonable to assume that the pitcher Arizona traded away, (Aaron Blair) could be the same pitcher they just traded with Atlanta for, except he’s cheaper and they would have him longer than the 3yrs they have Miller for.  Yes, prospects do not always pan out, and if the D-bags make the playoffs, or a World Series within the next three years, then maybe this deal ends up a push, is that enough to still be worth it, the future for 3 years?  What has the front-office done to earn that right to believe they have done nothing but get fleeced amongst the sound of something being killed.  Just ask San Diego.

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Matt Ryan Leaf

What happenned to this guy?  That’s the question several Falcons fans have been wondering for the last 6 weeks.  ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reported that Matt has been overwhelmed by Kyle Shanahan’s playbook.  There are times that it looks like Ryan Leaf is playing QB for the Falcons – it’s not that far of a stretch, they do look a lot like – Has Matt lost confidence?  Is his recent struggles a trend?  Does Atlanta look for a replacement?

I say we slow the roll and because I think it lies mostly with Kyle Shanahan.  For starters, give me the last QB that was successful under Kyle Shanahan – none and why is that, because he is a QB killer.  His play-calling is the worst – Devonta only has 14 carries for 50yds against Tampa, he fails to consistently get the ball to Julio Jones to let him dominate a game – like the Steelers let Antonio Brown do.  Julio is the only receiver on the team and you waste plays throwing to Roddy White who would still be a third option in Carolina.  Was it Matt Ryan that was supposed to stop Jameis Winston from his 3rd and 19 run for a first down?  Matt has made some mistakes for sure, but it is more than just him – average line, average talent, below-average play-caller with arrogant-entitlement issues.

So the writing is on the wall for Dan Quinn – do you want to be Mike Smith 2.0 or do you really want to bring a championship to the ol’Dirty.  Before Matt Ryan, Atlanta never had back-to-back winning seasons – with Matt Ryan, 5 straight.  For all Saints fans, the best thing for you to do Dan, is keep Kyle and get rid of Matty Ice.

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Lords of Chaos

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

— Alfred Pennyworth (The Dark Knight)

Indeed and now we have a real and fantastic possibility to root for.  Cheering for the two best teams equates to fascism, hoping for a Jaguars/Eagles football championship is more democratic.  So join me on DJ Gallo’s wild ride of stink-i-tude as he dissects the beauty of such a possibility we all want, deep-deep down in the cockles of our hearts.

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West Coast Bias

The NCAA is a Rogue-Nation with its own agenda and has operated without accountability for decades.  Take the matter of USC and a recent court ruling calling into question how the NCAA Cartel enforces the institutions it is mutually charged with overseeing.  The court ruling is just another abusive-self-induced black eye that sheds light on the questionable gestappo tactics and decisions the NCAA has used in other cases like Penn St or Miami.

Someday in our lifetime, the NCAA will be gone and something that will truly represent what college athletics could be.  But not until the pimps, (coaches) are punished for their actual crimes as CEO over a free-labor force that generates them millions of dollars without consequences.  It’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

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Spurs of the Moment

The Spurs love the Warriors.  All the attention is on Golden State, as it should be, but while the spotlight blinds, the Spurs are currently 18-4.  As Hunter Felt explains, the Spurs wouldn’t want this flight under the radar any other way – here’s to a healthy Warriors/Spurs Western Conference Finals!

LeBron James has endorsed Nike since signing with the brand in 2003.
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“You’re Welcome” – Michael Jordan

LeBron James will be in the Nike stable for the rest of his basketball career — and beyond.

The world’s largest sporting goods company Monday signed the four-time NBA MVP to an unprecedented lifetime contract. Terms of the deal weren’t released, but sports agent David Falk, who represented Michael Jordan for most of his playing career, estimated its value at $400 million to $500 million.……(continue reading)

Source: LeBron James Signs Unprecedented Lifetime Deal With Nike

Greased Lightning Round 1

With the upcoming super-cala-whimisical-fantasia of sports arriving by feeding-tube the next few days – we are going to bring you lightning round editions of the DiRT Canon – as there is too much work with all the playoff games for the NBA and NHL, baseball, The ‘Tucky Derby and some sorta superbowly-fight…stay tuned

1. Won’t someone think of the players… For the first time in baseball history a game will be played in front of, no one…It finally answers the question if a bear sh*# in the…no, it’s if a tree falls…or is it if a Oriole game broke out and no one was there to see it…I don’t remember.  In all it’s weirdness, it could be made into a drinking game, example: drink every time you hear someone say surreal, or weird, or empty, etc…We know the “why” and it gives off an eerie feeling like a storm is coming – the likes we haven’t seen in this country, since the summers of ’68/’69.

2. Just the tip… The Clippers are not disciplined enough to beat the Spurs and would someone please drug test Tim Duncan right now – I’ll have what he’s having.  I saw him make plays and ballet around the court last night in a way, that I didn’t think he had it in him anymore.  That block on Blake Griffith in the 4th, then strip him of the ball was classic!  The Lion of Oz needed courage and the Clippers can’t find the yellow-brick road with metal detector.  Need proof?  Missing 16 free-shots from the charity stripe is the difference the game – maybe the series – and when one of your best players, who looked unstoppable, disappears in the 4th Qtr, you’re done – O Blake where art thou.  Instead the Clippers are down 3-2 in the series and head back to the Alamo to be treated like Davy Crockett.

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3. I’m fine…it’s fine…s’fine…This is what 115mph of cork+cowhide looks like when it hits your face.  As Archie Bradley of Arizona found out last night when the ball Carlos Gonzales hit, struck Bradley in the mug.  No word yet on how bad the damage may be – but the sound was terrifying, heard all the way, deep down in the DiRT Canon Bunker – like when firewood pops at a campsite.  It wasn’t enough to stop Kyle Kendrick serving meatballs however – he was serving them all night, as the D-Bags won 12-5 over the Rockies.

4. The stars at night…In the worst kept secret in all of sports – Adrian Peterson just wanted to remind people, again, how great it wold be if he could play for Dallas.  Peterson wants it.  Jer-ruh wants it.  In a vortex of irony, the Vikes should rob the Cowboys in a Shakespearean reversal of the Herschel Walker trade.  If anyone needs help piecing together the particulars, I’m available – also for children’s parties.

5. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but Dan Uggla will take warm too…In all to classic Atlanta fashion, the Braves choked a 9-1 lead to lose to the Nationals on Uggla’s 3-run bomb, 13-12.  Uggla went 3-5 with 5 RBI, all while still generating a paycheck for most of his salary from the Braves – they cut him earlier.  It’s just another long-line of stories of Atlanta being burned and last night was just another chapter.

6. All a Twitter…In other news of irony – yesterday Twitter (TWTR) was all set to report their quarterly earnings after the bell rang on the Stock Market.  Word is, it was because the report was to be underwhelming.  The twist is, a software company found the report and released it an hour early – social media wins again!  As you’d expect, Twitter lost 18% of it’s value before trading closed – upended by their very own Frankenstein monster.  It’s like ray-ee-ain, on your wedding day…

Augusta and Everything After

Speith on 15

Comparison is the thief of Joy  – We have written those words before and we write them again because again, the Media will be looking to compare this record-tying-performance to the man who made Golf relevant for the casual fan, Tiger Woods.  Instead of appreciating what a 21 yr old kid did across the 4-day event, we will instead be treated to the never-ending-blather about being, “the next big thing“.  We saw this next succession talk with Jordan and we see it every time another golfer wins a Major – is he the next Tiger?  No one is Tiger Woods, just like Tiger is not Jack – appreciate them for what they were/are – great for this moment.

Last Year Speith had a 2 shot lead and blew it to Bubba.  This year Spieth came out determined and became the first wire-to-wire champion since 1976.  Some of the records he now owns are: 36 hole record at -14, 54 hole record -16, most birdies for the tournament at 28, lowest opening round by a winner at 64, and the youngest player to lead after the opening round.  If you watch golf – you already know his name and know he is more surgical than blunt force – Spieth’s 28 birdies broke Phil Mickelson’s mark he set in 2001, (Phil finished tied for 2nd).

So what we know is Jordan Spieth is a Masters Champion and we also know that in his last four starts, Spieth has won twice and finished second twice.  Let’s see how it all plays out before we begin the coronation – afterall out of the last 20 Majors, at least 16 have been won by some guy that no one remembers – it’s like if a tree falls in the woods – without Tiger, is it still relevant? We’ll see.  Until then, let’s celebrate this accomplishment and congratulate Jordan Spieth at Augusta.


 

This is a photo of one of the pitchers in Saturday night’s baseball game between Bemidji State and Minnesota State.  If you have not heard by now Bemidji scored 20 runs off of 21 hits – during the same game, they scored 7 runs in an inning, twice.  During one of those innings, the game had to be delayed because of smoke.  Not from the Bats – from a car that had caught fire during their seven run sixth, causing smoke to billow over the field, stopping the game until it was resolved.  A wild game, that was more wild and was not done with wild moments.

Wild, because Minnesota State mercy-ruled Bemidji in the 8th inning.  That is not a typo.  The team that scored 20 runs, did not win – they were euthanized.  Minnesota State rang up 41 RUNS on 35 HITS – scoring a combined 24 runs in the 3rd and 8th innings alone.  Five players had four or more RBI and eight had at least three hits.  Bemidji trailed 22-18 after six – so they had a shot – only to see themselves outscored 19-2 before being mercy-ruled in the 8th.  I’m still shocked at the 35 hits producing 41 runs.

So much for everyone getting a trophy with their cupcake and orange slices – a man who carries a cat by the tail, learns a lesson in no other way – you rub some DiRT on it and get back out there.  Because  nothing is over until we decide it is – was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor – Hell No!


 

Lou Holtz, (the creepy ventriloquist puppet that sounds like daffy duck on Meth) is now gone from ESPN.  Mark May and the transcript writer could not be happier I’m assuming – the following is dictated not read – If you know what he says, let us know:


 

Those seats you see behind home plate are the batters box suite at Chase Field.  Those fans wearing all that D-Bag gear are actually Dodger fans who paid $3,000 to sit there.  If you believe that at that price point you can wear whatever you want – then Ken Kendrick, owner of the D-Bags, disagrees with you.  In Fact, he disagrees with you so much he demands that if you sit there, you must NEVER wear the other teams colors.  Kendrick offered the fans another suite if they preferred to remain in their Dodger gear, but when they chose to stay he bought them all D-Bag gear and a round of drinks for abiding by his policy.

Where does it say in the ticket agreement that you MUST abide?!  Where do you find this dress-code policy?  Do you have to wear shirts?  I ask because this is the same ballpark that has a swimming pool suite.  If I have to move to another suite, do I get a refund for my purchase?  I paid for those seats.  It seems as litigious as society can get, this is a ready made lawsuit waiting to happen.  I know someone in the area, that also has some Rockies gear – Maybe get some crowd-funding together and test Mr. Kendrick a little more.


 

…and now examples of a Good Save/Bad Save…

Good Save…George Springer

Bad Save…BU Goalie