Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gateau au Baseball

If you've never checked out the site Cake Wrecks, I strongly recommend it. I suggest starting with this post: Forget the Ballgame, Just Take Me Out.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Oh Jebus

Remember when I posted this, about how glad I was to see Brett Favre finally come to his senses and retire?

REMEMBER THAT?!

Oh, what a fool was I.

I don't understand how it is that the entire world can know that something is a terrible idea, and it still falls on deaf ears.

HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO MISS SOMEONE WHO WON'T GO AWAY?!

Friday, August 14, 2009

STOP THE PRESSES

From the Truth and Rumours page at si.com:
It looks as if the girlfriends of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez won't be having any sleepovers, either. Since dating Rodriguez this summer, actress Kate Hudson has apparently struck out with Jeter's girlfriend, actress Minka Kelly. "There's been visible coldness between Minka and Kate," a source told the New York Post. "I don't know if it's a personal thing, or just an extension of the ongoing A-Rod-Jeter rivalry."
As you were.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A rather late post about...

... Roy Halladay.

I feel bad for Roy Halladay.

While I'm certainly pleased that he's still a Blue Jay and will still be racking up wins for TO, my heart goes out to the guy for the clumsy way that the trade rumours were handled, for the clearly unwanted attention that those rumours directed at him, and for the corresponding lack of run-support provided by his teammates during that same period.

And on a more complicated level, I feel bad for Halladay because if there was ever a guy who had earned the opportunity to get traded to a team with a legitimate chance to win the World Series, it's Roy. Remember when the Boston Bruins traded Ray Bourque to Colorado so that he would have a chance to win the cup? That was a classy move to recognize Bourque's long, long commitment to the Bruins. And, admittedly, Halladay isn't nearly as close to the end of his career (we hope) as Bourque was when he was traded, but the guy has paid his dues to this organization and as he himself said in one of the many interviews he's done over the last month, he's played himself to the point of being able to make decisions about what's best for him. And it's hard to fault him that.

At the very least, he deserves better than JP Ricciardi's bizzare declaration that the Jays were going to keep Halladay and "try to win" next year. I'm as big a Jays fan as the next person, but... really?! What are the odds of that truly being realistic for the Jays? And if they do keep Roy next year, what then? Lose him to free agency and get nothing? I'd rather see him traded to the Angels or the Phillies or any other contending team not from Boston or New York where he has the chance to be impactful into October and from which the Jays could get some good young prospects on which to build a winning foundation for the longer term.

Monday, August 10, 2009

So, what was it...

... that caused Padraig Harrington's epic meltdown on the par-5 16th hole at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational yesterday afternoon?

Was it the so-called Eye of the Tiger, staring him down with that miraculous eight-iron to within inches of the cup?

Or was it the added pressure of having been put on the clock by the PGA tour official that caused him to rush that ludicrous shot from the rough that ended up in the drink? (Speaking of, in our living room, it was very clear from his preparatory swings that Padraig was going to over-hit that ball. To quote my husband: "Why is he swinging so hard... That's way too much swing!! NO, PADRAIG, TOO MUCH SWING....[sploosh] See?")

My first reaction was that it was ridiculous to put a final group on the clock. I mean, who are they holding up, except for the local news? But the more I've thought about it, the more I'm convinced that we can't really blame anyone but the Irishman for the implosion. As my husband says, rules are rules, and what is enforced for all golfers must be enforced for the final pairing too. To say nothing of the fact that this is hardly the first time that Harrington or Tiger has been warned about slow play. Added to THAT the fact that the PGA hasn't penalized a player for slow play since 1982, and you have yourself a case of a player letting something get to him that he should have been able to shrug off and stick to his game.

Even with Tiger's great birdie at 16, I think that Padraig had a really good chance to beat Tiger yesterday afternoon, or at least to take him to the wire. But unfortunately, a drop in focus led to a disappointing afternoon and another notch on Tiger's already-substantial belt.

That being said, Harrington has always been a resilient player, and I look forward to seeing how he responds next week at the PGA Championship, especially during the first two rounds, when he's grouped with none other than one Tiger Woods.

Bring on Hazeltine!