It’s gonna be a Rugby Sunday ’round here…
Hi, I’m Logan Cartwright. You may remember me from such educational films as “Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun” and “Firecrackers: The Silent Killer“.
Earlier this week when the Wells Report came out, I was transported back to a time where we celebrated the takeover of the New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas, to honor a golden-gilded-god of football and rename it the Boston, Boston – sure there was every reason to believe we were headed for trouble, maybe we had pushed our luck a little to far – certain liberties were taken – we had abused every rule Vegas existed by – burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help – our only salvation was the possibility that we’d gone to such excess, that nobody in a position to bring the hammer down on us could possibly believe it was all for “Tohm Fah-Q-ing Bray-dee!”
So it was written, and so it was done. As was the Wells report, it has shamed and tarnished a legacy that further puts into question – what happens now? Do we ever get to set foot in the Boston, Boston Hotel and parade around as disciples of Tom the Terrific again? Will there be a reckoning because of this? We must face again, the answers to questions we should never have had to ask; like will the wives of Olympic gold medalists ever get us ice again while we are held at gunpoint by Persian pimps drinking flower garnished moonshine? They will, but that’s not the point – what about Tom and our annual cosmopolitan diaspora of bacchanalia?
A lot of theories and reflections have been trotted out like show ponies recently – the outrage! The evil empire of the Patriots caught again! Tom Brady is the new Whitey Bulger and should be banned from the Hall of Fame, or suspended until the 1st game, or a full year suspension, they decree. Let’s slow it down.
Before we jump to the sentencing phase of this non-hearing, non-court proceeding and also temper the opposite over-reaction of “innocent until proven guilty” talk – that exists only in the court of law, not the court of public opinion. Someone break down what advantage does an under-inflated football have? Is there proof of that advantage? Was it not during the 1st half of the game against the Colts where the footballs were under-inflated, and in the 2nd half they were proper? Tom did better in the second-half than the first right? So please someone quantify the advantage for us.
There are those that say he broke the rules. Would these be the same rules that seem to change every 5 years? The Immaculate Reception was an illegal play, and it doesn’t stop the myth of that moment. Franco Harris is not called into question about when it was he knew he was just gonna run with it – he should have just stopped right, gave up? You could probably make a case for several highlights involving the Raiders – The Holy Roller, The Tuck, etc…all legal then made illegal now by the rules. The NFL has changed so dramatically the last 10 years that it’s not even the same game we grew up with. So, to make a case based on the rulebook is absurd, especially on a rule that none of us knew anything about or cared.
For Haters and supporters alike it all turns into 3rd Century theological discussions:
person 1: I believe in X
person 2: I believe in Y
person 1: Why don’t you believe in X? I would love to explore your belief system further in hopes of bridging our — HAHAHA, just kidding; I’ve already set you on fire!
So, are we hurt because he lied? Do we really jump to lying with terms related to “more than likely” with no smoking gun? If this was a criminal proceeding – he’d be found, “not guilty”. But public opinion is a civil case where all you have to prove, is reasonable doubt – it does not have to be beyond reasonable. Really, we know he did, we know he was complicit – he was the architect of the heist – maybe he didn’t pull it off – but those guys don’t walk into the bank without Tom’s plans on how to rob it. It’s called being an accomplice, it’s also called conspiracy. It’s also not the same thing.
So what’s the punishment? If Marijuana use and Ray Farmer gets 4 games for sending text messages during games, then Tom gets at least that right? Rich McKay got suspended for the Falcons piping in crowd noise. So clearly we have to find a comparative, a value in over/under inflated balls and their meaning towards the outcome of a game.
The NFL opened this door long ago allowing QB’s to have control of game balls (Tom Brady led the campaign to change that rule) and lets not forget that the success of the league is founded on point spreads and information – and as long as that’s honest, then truly the only thing that should be punished is the fraud in withholding that information – everything else is fair game when we talk about brutes in the coliseum.
More than Hizzoner’s righteous judgment, Tom Brady should be more concerned that he lied to Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft – they should dole out the punishment themselves if they had any integrity. HAHAHAHAHA, just kidding the league has already set us on fire.
This Saturday, May 9th we’re excited to host an MLB $3 entry contest with the 1st place prize being a trip for two (2) to this year’s MLB All Star Game! This includes airfare ($1,000 credit), hotel accommodations, two (2) tickets to the Home Run Derby and two (2) tickets to the MLB All-Star Game (please note that the winner and participants must be 21 years of age or older.)
It’s unlikely that any Rockie will earn themselves a trip to the All-Star Game this year. Typically a team that can’t win at home or in an entire region like SoCal, and are also winless on the weekends, ever deserve that honor. Anyone seen Tulo or CarGo? We were told if they were healthy this team could contend. According to my sources, these are the facts!
Meanwhile, the Red Sox just fired their pitching coach because they are slightly above terrible in team ERA – terrible is the Rockies – nevermind the songs of praise the Red Sox gave him for turning the staff into World Series Champions in 2013. They are beer-leaguers now and too close for comfort in the basement with the Rockies – in Boston that gets you a pink slip. In Denver that gets you…free excuses, and a coupon for one free hot dog (redeemable only during $1 hot dog night). Mgmt., and Weiss clearly have no taste for metrics – because if they were paying attention, they would not have sit Justin Morneau against James Shields when he has .320 average against him or not start Drew Stubbs against lefty fly-ball pitchers when he has an .834 OPS – as examples. We are seeing the same clap-trap we saw when Jim Tracy rested everyone on the weekend, before he quit playing nurse-maid – paying major league prices for minor-league talent.
The Dodgers have used 30+ different players so far this year, more than anyone in baseball and are in first place – so the Rockies have no more alibi’s and might have also missed their window to trade CarGo – who looks more like Josh Hamilton in LA, than what we are used to.
Thank goodness for StrikeZone, the Astros, Royals, Mets, etc…Because everywhere else there is some good baseball and great young talent to watch. So, keep reading for our baseball lineups in our baseball page and good luck with your chance at winning the All-Star game contest – thoughts on who to play for Saturday’s tournament will be up later today. Mahalo.