Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Finally, some SENSE!

Brett Frarvre is staying retired!

Say it with me folks: HALLELUJAH!

Finally, we can begin the process of bringing up the former Green Bay QB only in conversations about his great talent, his incredible energy and his amazing statistics. Through a careful regimen of conversation control, we should be able to eradicate any memory of his awkward parting-of-ways with the Packers, his ridiculous year with the Jets, and the repeated will-he-or-won't-he marathon discussions about his retirement.

In 5 years' time, I want only to be saying and hearing good things about Favre. Although, considering that we're STILL talking about Michael Jordan's ill-fated foray into baseball, maybe that's an optimistic timeline.

Sigh.

(I apologize for all of the adjectives in this post. Good Lord.)

Monday, July 27, 2009

On Opinions

One of the things that I've noticed happens frequently in the sports world is that the sports media seeks out opinions on hot topics from weird places. For example, a few months ago, somebody looking for an opinion on whether Alex Rodriguez belongs in the Hall of Fame sought out an opinion from ... Pete Rose.

In honour of this odd tradition, today I bring you.. Terrell Owens' opinion on the reinstatability of Michael Vick.

From TSN, The Canadian Press

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Terrell Owens wants Michael Vick to be reinstated immediately by the NFL, and said any extension of the quarterback's suspension would be similar to "kicking a dead horse."

Let the people rejoice! TO has spoken!!

Speaking after the Buffalo Bills training camp practice Sunday morning, the star receiver referred to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of Vick's status as "unfair." Owens also lobbied to have more of the league's high-profile players voicing their opinion in support of Vick and asked the NFL Players Association to become more involved.

If I had to guess, I bet there A LOT of so-called "high profile" players that like dogs.

"I think he's done the time for what he's done. I don't think it's really fair for him to be suspended four more games," Owens said, referring to reports that the NFL is considering to further punish Vick. "It's almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground. ...

Isn't it nice that Owens uses a metaphor involving a dead animal to talk about the treatment of an NFL player who has been suspended for killing animals? It's like, all, ironical, and stuff.

The guy's already suffered so much." Wha?

Trying... hard... to ... feel... sympathy.... can't... muster... tears... not... actually.... trying... that... hard...

Owens said he would welcome Vick as a teammate.Oooooh! Lucky coaches!

"Michael Vick is a guy that really hasn't any character issues besides what he got a prison sentence for, so why not?" he said.

"Michael Vick is a perfect guy, other than all those crimes he committed, so you know... whatev."

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And on it goes...

To be honest, I don't really care if Michael Vick gets to play in the NFL or not. Having served his sentence, if he continues to stay out of trouble, then fine. And I'd actually be supportive of it if the league could work out some agreement that Vick gets to play, but only if TO keeps his mouth shut on all issues forever.

That would be swell.

Friday, July 24, 2009

On the Minor League Experience

WH and I headed to the local minor-league ball park last night to catch the local minor-league ball team in action against their provincial rivals.

And it was awesome.

I love the intimacy and the gentleness of minor-league ball. I love the passion you see in players who are working hard at a game for reasons other than money. The Prairie City team is a good mix of journeymen players long past their MLB days and young guys hoping to make it there. The crowd at the game was a good mix of families and rowdies. Lots and lots of seniors keeping score in their programs, talking about the games and the players they've seen in their lifetimes.

And of course, the classic smells of baseball... rosin, dust, peanuts and beer.

We were sitting next to a nice middle-aged couple who come to every game, and know all the other regulars in section H. Every few minutes we'd hear, "Hey Brenda! Kid's doing alright tonight, eh?" or "Hey Jack! Guess every night can't be a 5-5 night, eh?"

The local team won, but I'm not sure that it really mattered in the end. People left the park enjoying the fact that they had the opportunity to sit in the sun on a beautiful evening, talk baseball with their neighbours, enjoy a hot dog and some beer, and be at peace.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Dressing Weird

Ok, we get it. You're British.

Let an edict go out throughout the land that you can only dress like this if you back it up with good play. Because, you see, the problem with dressing like this and then missing the cut is that you end up looking like you devoted way, way more time to figuring out what hideous thing you were going to wear than you did to working on your golf game. On the other hand, if you play really well and have a quirky fashion style (see Stewart, Payne), people are more inclined to perceive your sartorial choices as charming, rather than annoying.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Linkies

The seers at De Koboldorum Rebus have a good post today about the silliness of home-town post-scoring celebratory rituals.

And I recommend scrolling down to the previous two posts as well, about this year's results of the English Premiership and the Italian Serie A.

Happy Reading!

5 Reasons to love The Open

  1. Fantastic weather: Rain one minute, wind the next, sunshine the next, then more rain... I LOVE IT.
  2. Knowledgeable galleries: If you hit a bad shot at The Open, nobody claps for you. You earn your audience response.
  3. Links Golf
  4. The idiot who always screams GET IN THE HOLE doesn't come to The Open. And if he did, he would be frowned upon.
  5. Unbelievable beautiful golf courses. Have you seen the coast-line view at Turnberry this week?! Stunning.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This Week in Jays Land

Just a quick note about the Jays this week, as there's not much good to say and to be honest, the huge number of other things going on right now (new job, new house, etc) have made it difficult to find the time to sit down and watch a game. Doesn't seem like I've been missing much...

But anyway, this article popped up earlier this week, regarding the potential trade of one Roy Halladay by the Jays.

My initial reaction is... "poo."

Beyond that riveting analysis, I guess I can't be entirely surprised. He is the best pitcher in the majors, and I think that I've always known that he wouldn't be a lifer in Toronto. But I have a couple of requests for Jays brass as they begin to consider trade possibilities for Roy:

1. Please do not trade him to Boston, New York, Tampa Bay or Baltimore.
2. Please ensure that whatever you trade him to, you get at least two of that team's best young prospects in return. Please don't give him away.

That is all!

Just saw a headline go by that said that the Jays have released BJ Ryan. Tough decision... but makes sense to me!