Friday, December 31, 2004 

The Draft !!

Hello boys--looking forward to a great year !!

Thursday, December 23, 2004 

Happy Festivus!

Once again, the magic of Festivus is in the air.

This year, Festivus is not over until Weinman can pin Dan. Let the festivities begin!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004 

Position Eligibility Update

Here are some of the notable position changes for 2005 (positions listed are the only ones for which they are eligible as of opening day):

Michael Young: SS
Willie Harris: 2B, OF
David Newhan: OF
Tony Graffanino: 2B
Darin Erstad: 1B
Melvin Mora: 3B
Juan Uribe: 2B, 3B, SS
Desi Relaford: 2B, 3B, OF
Mark Teixeira: 1B
Ben Broussard: 1B
Geoff Blum: 2B, 3B
Rich Aurilia: 3B, SS
Aubrey Huff: 1B, 3B
Dmitri Young: 1B
D'Angelo Jimenez: 2B
Alex Rodriguez: 3B
Michael Cuddyer: 2B, 3B
B.J. Upton: ? (didn't play 20 games at any one position-16 at SS, 13 at 3B; my instinct says to leave him at SS until he establishes himself somewhere different, but that's for others to decide)
Mark Bellhorn: 2B
Jay Gibbons: OF
Scott Spiezio: 1B, 3B
Robb Quinlan: 3B
Jerry Hairston: OF (biggest surprise/disappointment of the group, imo)
Eric Young: 2B, OF
Casey Blake: 3B
Damian Rolls: OF (only 19 at 3B)
Jose Valentin: SS
Jeff Conine: 1B, OF
Omar Infante: 2B, SS
Chone Figgans: 2B, 3B, OF
Matt Stairs: 1B, OF
Matthew LeCroy: C, 1B
Brandon Inge: C, 3B, OF
Ramon Nivar: ? (if he plays at all, looks like it will only be in the OF, where he played all 6 of his games last year)
Raul Ibanez: OF
Carlos Guillen: SS
Shea Hillenbrand: 1B
Pokey Reese: 2B, SS
Felipe Lopez: 3B, SS
Tim Hummel: 3B
Kevin Millar: 1B, OF
Marlon Anderson: 2B, OF
Tony Womack: 2B

Tuesday, December 21, 2004 

Does Brady Really Lead the League in Scoring?

Derek Jeter may have something to say about that. I knew the guy was a playa, but c'mon.

Notice the similarities in his "friends." More proof of his lack of range?

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 

Does Peyton Really Lead the League in Scoring?

Check out this ESPN.com article about the dating prowess of NFL QBs. Not bad for guys who make a living reaching between a fat guy's legs.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004 

Who's Your...Oh, You Know

I know how I feel about the Pedro deal, but what do our Mets fans think? The Mets still have fans, right?

Monday, December 13, 2004 

Monopoly

For fans of sports video games, here's an article that's really bad news...EA has secured the exclusive rights to the NFL and NFLPA meaning no other game can use real players or teams...for a hardcore player like me, that is just awful awful awful news...this is a CLASSIC case of the big guy beating the small guys making it worse for us, the average joe (or paul)...here's the article. http://sports.ign.com/articles/572/572886p1.html

by the way, the article states how they're trying to do similar deals with the nba and mlb...

Sunday, December 12, 2004 

Epidemic of Fun

Who said holiday cheer was the only thing you can spread this time of year (I mean besides Paul at the junior high winter formal)? Stop the sores? Why, when they can so much fun?

And so damn cute.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004 

Craig Monroe: He doesn't just steal bases

Latrell Sprewell may have kids to feed, but Detroit Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe has pants to hold up. and apparently drawing only one salary from the MLB, as opposed to the majority of players with a second income from the LOC, just isn't enough for Craigers to keep his wardrobe up to date. Last friday Monroe tried to walk out of a Florida store wearing a $30 belt he didn't pay for. somehow though he did have enough cash to post the $500 bail, and now faces second-degree misdemeanor charges.

Friday, December 03, 2004 

Roid Rage, Part Two

I hope when all the BALCO smoke clears and everyone has had the opportunity to express their shock and outrage that the issue of the effects of steroids is addressed. Let's be honest, the only reason athletes take supplements, legal or illegal, is because we demand top performance. That doesn't excuse their actions, but it should lessen our moral grandstanding.

Here's what I want to see addressed--scientifically and objectively, not on "Around the Horn:"

1. How do steroids actually help players? Sure, it makes them stronger, but does it effect hand-eye coordination? Speed? Accuracy? Does it truly change a player's influence on the game? I don't know, but I would like to find out.

2. What is the window of effectiveness of these substances? Two players who admitted to using, Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco, saw their bodies deteriorate quickly after their peak years. Mark McGwire, who admitted to using the legal Andro, could barely walk at the end of his career despite his home run outburst. Is Giambi's recent injury streak a result of steroid use? Again, I don't know, but I do think it is important that we find out. Fans and owners use these players for entertainment and profit. Granted, they are rewarded handsomely, but as we are once again being reminded, there's more at stake here than money.

 

Roid Rage, Part One

My fellow Americans, what have we learned recently? Well, first, that putting those deviant ho-mo-sexshuls in their place takes presidence over addressing little things like wars, deficits, healthcare, the environment, education, censorship, yada, yada, yada. But, that's pretty obvious, eh?

Now, though, we are seeing that knocking professional athletes off their pedestal (that, uh, we put them on in the first place) is far more important than the leaking of confidential grand jury testimony. A major componant of our legal system has been severely compromised and the bigger story is how the Yankees can get out of Giambi's contract (and if he's suspended, how ToC can as well). Now, in order for a newspaper to break a story and get their name mentioned on ESPN a thousand times, the case against those scumbag BALCO drug dealers may get thrown out.

As I hope you know, I'm all for full access to the truth, but in a case like this, there is a process that should be followed. The truth would have come out and, more importantly, the full, accurate truth. Steroid use in sports is certainly major news, but the story deserves to be digested in context, not fed to us in convenient bites. Freedom of the press wasn't intended to mean that we are free to sell papers by any means possible. It was supposed to protect the people of this country from being deceived and from our voice from being suppressed.

ESPNews began their story on the Bonds "revelation" by insinuating that he in fact admitted to taking steroids. Why not, that's what we all want to hear, right? Of course, they had to add that what Bonds admitted to was that he may have unknowingly taken something that his trusted friend Greg Anderson gave him. Either way, it got me watching, so who cares?

 

Shame on MLB

I must say MLB should be totally ashamed of themselves. Barry Bonds today (and Jason Giambi yesterday) is the biggest news in all of sports, and some pretty big news outside of sports as well. So why does mlb.com have RJ talks with Yankees (news 2 days old now) as the headline?? Not only that, but the site has 4 headlines that rotate, and the steroid issue is not one of them.

If its their job to report whats going on in baseball, and pardon me for believing this to be true, Barry Bonds should be all over the site today. But MLB hides the story on its site to try to not hurt the image of the game (i would presume). This is pathetic on their part and frankly i now find MLB pretty unreliable in terms of reporting ALL news.

Thursday, December 02, 2004 

Not Bad for a Guy with a 47-53 Career Record

By popular demand, here's the link to Anna Benson's Web site. For those of you not in the know, she is Met pitcher Kris Benson's wife and, according to her bio, an "irreverent humanitarian." I don't know either.

Here's an interesting article that includes this little tidbit:

"We hadn’t had sex for a few days so we got into the back seat of our SUV in the parking lot at Three Rivers Stadium and while we were doing it fans were beating on the windows, we finished screwing then Kris got out and greeted the fans. Hell, I’m not stopping sex with my man so some overzealous fan can have an autograph!"