What You Need To Know for #TNF and Other Stuff

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1. A Dolphin’s Tale?

Maybe the only thing to worry about – besides your lineup – is if Tom Brady takes a cheap shot.  The NFL Media and the Tennessee coaching staff went nuts on the low hit on Mariota, and it’s not inconceivable that Man Campbell hasn’t already ordered the “Code Red”!  Any team that Ndamukong $uh is on – you must keep a weathered eye…

2. When the Mountaineers Come Calling

7:30p EST FS1 – WV @ TCU
Trevone Boykin begins his push for the Heisman tonight.  Sure they haven’t played anyone yet and yeah, they get three opponents next month that are all in the top 14 currently – but the kid is fun to watch.  So in front of a primetime audience on the “FS1” at 7:30p EST check out the #2 guy in total offense and #5 in passing offense – because the only way this guy has a shot is to be undefeated.

3. #23 and Climbing

5:00p EST ESPN – UNC @ Pitt
Also tonight is the other college football game on that other network that sounds like mental telepathy from a sorority girl when she wears her Uggs to tight.  5p ESt on ESPN, UNC visits Heinz Field to take on a surprisingly good Panthers team from Pitt.  Nice job so far from new coach Pat Narduzzi who’s teams’ only loss is to Iowa.  Lots of coach speak will determine the outcome, such as: Special Teams will be important and who wins the turnover battle so should come out ahead as long as they score more points than the other guy.


4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down…0-2

Johnny Cueto tossed a complete-game two-hitter for the Royals as they defeated the Mets, 7-1, in Game Two of the World Series. Two weeks ago, Cueto pitched Kansas City into the ALCS by defeating the Astros in Game Five of the ALDS, allowing only two hits in eight innings. The only other pitchers who have had more than one postseason outing in their careers of eight or more innings in which they allowed no more than two hits are Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.


5. Few Games In – C’Mon Man!

Are The Rockets Doomed – Is Ricky Rubio already an All-Star PG – Is New Orleans turr-able – Is Jahlil Okafor the next one – and finally, is this the Knicks’ time?!  All these overreactions and more…

Source: Biggest overreactions to first batch of NBA games

6. Vlade-dadi We Like To Parde

It has been…an interesting time for the Kings. No one knows what the hell is going on (including those inside of the organization!). For a quick recap:

Last Season: The Kings rushed out to lead the Pacific Division, home of the NBA champion Warriors, before the floor fell out from underneath the team. Star center DeMarcus Cousins was diagnosed with viral meningitis and was sidelined for more than a month. The Kings faltered without him, and their record fell to 11-13. And then the Kings’ Chernobyl of a season began to crumble when owner Vivek Ranadive fired head coach Mike Malone, who was not only a favorite of the players, but had Sacramento ready to play. Mike Malone was fired after only 24 games, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the move created a sense of contempt among Kings players, especially Cousins who loved Malone and his system. The Kings then later fired interim head coach Tyrone Corbin, and hired George Karl to coach the team after the All Star Break.

Source: House of Cards: The Kings, Jokers and Chaos in Sacramento

7. The Kobe Bryant Experience

Kobe Bryant, who is older than hell, crankier than hell, and shackled to a misshapen Lakers team, looked better than he has in years tonight as his Lakers fell to the Timberwolves at home 112-111. This game was stuffed full of cool shit: the two teams’ tribute to the recently passed Flip Saunders; Nick Young hitting a half-court leaner to end the first quarter; the debuts of Karl-Anthony Towns, Julius Randle (his 14 minutes last season don’t count), and D’Angelo Russell; Kevin Garnett yapping at people; and Ricky Rubio dropping 28 points and 14 assists. But most of all, there was Kobe.

Source: Old Man Kobe And The Young Lakers Are Fun As Hell 

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What You Need To Know To #OwnOctober

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1. We’re Going to Kansas City…

The Blue Jays before Game 5 were 3-0 in elimination games – make that 4-0.  Now they have 2 more to go and you gotta wonder if they should bring some talisman from home with them.  Game 5 may have delayed the inevitable, but we’ve seen this before with this team.

With their backs against the wall, the Blue Jays came up big — again. This time it was Marco Estrada doing the pitching and a bevy of batters doing the hitting in Toronto’s 7-1 ALCS Game 5. The Jays live to see another day — Friday, Game 6 in Kansas City.

Source: Toronto won another elimination game Wednesday.

2. Too Cubs For Comfort

It was Back to the Future Night and the Cubs couldn’t overcome Mrs O’Leary’s cow, the billy goat or Murphy’s Law.  Cubs Nation has been a long-battered, long-picked on group of lovable-losers that it still surprises how quickly they reached future expectations.  The 3rd best record in the National League, they were 7-0 against the Mets and they never led once in this sweep.

Sure Daniel Murphy hit another HR in his 6th consecutive game and sure no one has done that before in the postseason, but he shares another impressive stat with Lou Gehrig – 7 straight games being on base, having a hit and scoring a run.  He’s your NLCS MVP.  Murphy is playing himself into a nice contract when this is all done.  But the real question to ask is: What is Kyle Schwarber doing in Left Field?

Source: What The Hell Was Kyle Schwarber Doing In Left Field?

3. Blue Bye-You

The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have mutually agreed to part ways, according to ESPN sources familiar with the situation and published reports.  Mattingly had one year remaining on his contract, and sources indicated to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Dodgers offered him an extension this past weekend. But after years of uncertainty about the Dodgers’ long-term commitment to him — Mattingly has worked under two different ownership groups and two different general managers — he informed the team earlier this week that he preferred to move on.

Source: Don Mattingly out as manager of Dodgers, sources say

Rub some DiRT on it!

Getting DiRTy

Congratulations to the newest inductees of Major League Baseball’s HOF, ((as diagnosed by the patronizing Baseball Writers of America (BBWA – isn’t baseball just one word – thus making it BWA – Ballers with Attitude)), Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio.  A worthy class and the largest inducted since 1955 and only for the 3rd time ever; and there is no denying the first two on this list, you could argue for many more on the ballot – you have to congratulate them all and say what an accomplishment that the peccary of the BWA got it right two years in a row.

But let us further examine the inequities and the gyrating pantomime of voters – no debate about the Big Unit or Pedro – John Smoltz?  Deserving in my mind and was better than Glavine; you could also say that he was the anchor of that Braves pitching staff – Maddux the surgeon, Smoltzie the General, Glavine the…uh…nice leftie.  He’s in, so congratulations to a staff with more failures than rings – looking at you Wohlers.

The beauty of deliberation is the topic and beef you might have and I do have a slight beef regarding Biggio.  Craig Biggio; a good player, played a long time, but tell me that singular moment that stands out – you have several with Randy, including killing a bird in mid pitch – you have several with Pedro – You have a several with Smoltz – but Bigg’s?  Sure he’s got 3,000+ hits, but it took him 20yrs to get it.  Sure he started off as a catcher and played center-field and played mostly at second, but was he the Astro you feared? – “Hey Bagwell, widen you’re stance!” – Good, but to me, not great.

As an example, let’s look at Bigg’s versus Kent, (all stats from those on the ballot here).  One is being recognized for his longevity, while another is being shunned for his asshole-y-ness.  Bigg’s played 3 more years than Kent, got 2,000 more AB’s and liked the leather more (4 gold gloves).  But Kent was a MVP, has a higher batting average, more HR’s, more RBI, higher slugging%, higher OPS and OPS+ and the same JAWS by position, (combination of career and 7yr peak WAR by position) as Bigg’s, but got 377 fewer votes – (huh?).  Jeff Kent was a better 2nd baseman power-wise and could be one of the better hitting 2nd baseman to ever play – and we are talking about 2nd baseman, the TE of baseball – nice if you got one, great if you got one that scores touchdowns (HR).   In addition, how the hell do 400 “writers” not vote for Trammell, but one dope votes for Darin Erstad – are you kidding me?!!  Is Trammell caught in the Coors Field effect for his era?  Alan Trammell did not play much in the live ball era that Biggio played in; but his WAR is better, his batting average is better, he played the same amount of years, won a title, better defensively, but did play in 500+ fewer games – so again it seems we are rewarding a good player for playing a long time and being reliable.

Is this what we are looking for, reliability?

If you saw any of the ballot-eers play, you come back to who made you cheer and who you saw that was great and when does Biggio ever come to mind.  More fond-examples are; Mike Piazza the greatest hitting catcher ever, Larry Walker was amazing, (when he played, of which was not much)he avg’d 117 games a year Fred McGriff, Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield all stand out – (not Darin Erstad, CRIPES), Craig Biggio does not.  Consider that Don Mattingly is no longer on the ballot and neither is two-time MVP Dale Murphy – and both are no longer in the conversation for the Hall?!!  Craig has the numbers, has the longevity and was a good ball-player, I am not taking anything away from him – I would have loved for him to be on my team too – This entire rant is directed at the voters.  Those editors, general assignments writers, and the plethora of people that no longer cover the sport actively are my targets.  Those that have spent DECADES not covering the sport and yet are still card-carrying members, are my targets.

So many other smart, insightful people are not participating in the process, people like; Vin Scully, Jon Miller, or Joe Buck, and that’s only because they aren’t in the twit-fraternity of writers.  Mirthfully, in 1998 there were 473 voters and just last year there was 573 – did we fashion another 100 more writers from Uranus that conveniently spent 10(consecutive)yrs covering baseball – to only have 549 scribes this year take part, and who are the 24 schmo’s that did not vote? – but beyond the idiot-ocracy of the writers – I want to point out their hypocrisy!

They choose numbers as a criteria when it suits them, then they choose subjective criteria to devalue a player whenever it fits-like-a-glove.  Take Pedro Gomez who tweeted that his vote is not journalism, it’s a vote and the reason he left off Piazza and Bagwell is because of the decisions they made – what decisions? What journalism have you done to uncover those decisions? Are you journalistically implying the possible connection to steroids?  Today is not the forum to blather about the role steroids may or may not have played and how we judge it – Today we deliberate about these dramatists who failed in their contributory duties and now elect morality.

I don’t know how steroids or other muscle enhancing drugs help you hit a baseball – you are either born with the hand-eye coordination to hit a round ball with a round bat, or you are not – nor have I seen science validate the corollary on steroids doing just that.  I have read that amphetamines – like speed, or greenies as they were known in the biz – do help and have been a longer, much larger problem in baseball history (Ball Four anyone?)

maybe this is the scariest thing on a diamond; a ‘roided-out-speed-freak who benches 400lbs and runs to first in 3sec?

PED’s are also not singular to baseball.  All major sports have and will continue to have issues, (will it be reported?).  Examine the changes and the challenges sports will have with the growing evolution of human improvement.

However, what is singular to baseball is the size of the brush used by these arrogant pundits, (who never got to sip enough jockstrap tea apparently) to encompass an entire era; too then supplement the “decisions” some of these players made with their own silence, neglecting substantial-journalistic proof.  So, instead justice hides under the umbrella of the fourth-estate to assert cheating, yet have no remorse about voting in a promoted con-artist of the game – his own auto-biography was titled, Me and the Spitter – Does Gaylord Perry (265 losses, 3rd ballot HOFer, seen here getting caught at the 1:05 mark) deserve to be in the HOF more than the scarlet-lettered-greatest-hitting-catcher-of-all-time?  Lord-willing, but maybe I’ll act like a baseball iconoclast and just suspect those numbers were doctored.