Archive for July, 2008

I called this one

July 31, 2008

So today the Star reports the Colts might still have interest in Rob Morris (if healthy). I mentioned this as a possibility a few weeks ago. You all know that we love Rob Morris, and would love to see him back around the team, if for no other reason than he’s a positive influence.

Also, in case you’ve forgotten, we still have openings for people to win Super Bowl XLI programs. All you have to do is submit a write-up of one of the blank games on the Most Important Wins list.

I’m heading to Germany tomorrow, so Demond will be on his own for the next week or so, but I think he’s going to blog the HoF game. Alas, I won’t get to see it. If it’s on at all, it’ll be in the middle of the night, and I have to share a room at my conference. I’ll catch it on tape when I get home.

links: Funtime sent us this one. It’s really too creepy to comment on. Just read the hyper-link and do with it what you will.

Demond Sanders: Allow me to take a minute and mock the clown who voted for the Addai/Keith duo in our latest poll.

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Bye Jr.

July 31, 2008

Ken Griffey has been dealt to the White Sox. No details are available as to the trade, and he must approve the move.

I was hoping it was coming (he was going to be gone in a few months anyway, and I wanted them to get SOMETHING for him), but I’m sad about it. The Griffey years may not have been what we all imagined they would, but it wasn’t his fault.

Thanks Jr. Get that ring.

UPDATE: Jr. approved the deal. The Reds and Sox will split his salary and a contract buy out. The move will save the Reds more than $4 million dollars. They also got a couple of players that I know nothing about from the Sox system.

Link: Ken Rosenthal can’t figure out why no one wants Dunn. I’m telling you, he MUST be resigned.

Sarah D reports from Colts Camp

July 31, 2008

Sarah from Terre Haute weighs in on her day at Colts camp:

REPORT FROM COLTS’ CAMP, JULY 26, 2008

(First off, for those that will possibly get confused as to some of the places mentioned, Rose-Hulman (RHIT) has an interactive map. Colts’ camp is in the back of campus at locations A [Sports and Recreation Center] (“rec center”), B [Cook Stadium]/Phil Brown Field (“stadium”), and the Intramural Practice Fields (“practice fields”)).

First thing I had to do (on top of going to the local organization vendors, which were giving away free water [it wasn’t TOO bad outside; only mid-80s…with about 90% humidity and sunny outside])? Purchase a disposable camera, which can be purchased only at the ColtsProShop closest to the tennis courts (there’s 2 ColtsProShops), a Colts’ horseshoe pin (for my pin collection) and a magnetic silver marker. All this (along with getting lunch) was done around 2:15, when I went to the crowd that was forming for gathering signatures just south of the rec center and north of the stadium. I sat there, conversed with other fans, and left for the practice fields, which is east of the tennis courts across another bridge. Even though most stands were filled, I managed to find a seat in the easternmost stands, next to a lady whose video camera was confiscated by security during the morning session, thus relegated her to use her cell phone camera to take pictures (digital pictures I think are fine; video taping is not). Upon watching practice (with were drills with pads; only ones I was able to see were special teams, wide receivers, 1st team offense vs. 2nd team defense [although not very well from my vantage point]), I took a few pictures and stayed after practice to attempt to get more signatures when they were leaving (as the day after was an off-day, and most players were leaving for home for Sunday…or watching the travesty that was the Allstate 400 [being a *gulp* former F1 fan myself (Jacques Villeneuve being my favorite driver), I empathize with the NASCAR fans; similar incident happened at the 2005 United States Grand Prix at the Speedway (the one that resulted in all Michelin teams boycotting the race; the consensus there was that…the heads of F1 were to blame, but again, I digress)]).

Eventually, I called a cab around 6:45p.m. to pick me up.
In that time, I was able to get 4 autographs on the car flag I brought with me:
Before practice, Coach Dungy came to the group a few minutes before afternoon practice, only indicating he would stay and sign for about 5 minutes, then had to leave for the practice field (which is south of RHIT’s stadium)

After practice, most players and staff left. Only one – Jim Sorgi – stayed after practice, signed signatures, gave 2 lucky kids his sweatbands, and talked…but nothing Colts’ related from when I got there.

After Sorgi, I went back to the stadium, and say Ryan Lilja signing autographs along a very long line (he was the only one that went down the ENTIRE LINE OF FANS!!) and talking to everyone there. (More about him later.)

A few minutes after Lilja, rookie Jacob Tamme (who was sitting down while Lilja was signing, but appeared to be limping over)

As for practice itself:
Most of the rookies were on special teams.
See below regarding Marvin Harrison. However, of the new WR’s, I think Sam Giguere (#14, FA from Sherbrooke) looked pretty good (he was the only one of the day that caught a long pass in the end zone during drills).

As for our “PUPs”:
The day I was there, both Peyton Manning (sorry..don’t know yet where he may be, nor do I want to know) and Dwight Freeney were there.

While watching practice, I had a very good vantage point of Bob Sanders (I was in front of him, on the other sideline). He was in “uniform”, but not in pads nor had a helmet, nor did he have any bandages protecting his stomach. (IMHO: I think they didn’t want him to go after the fresh brains.)

Yes, Marvin’s perfectly fine, thank you very much. He was taking routes, catching long passes (I think he missed only 1 long pass)…and almost jumped over the rope between the practice field and crowd, but stopped inches from jumping. (Said the female who was about to be his target: “Hey, I would’ve caught him.”)

While he was signing signatures, Ryan Lilja mentioned his knee was fine, and that he should be ready by Week 1 of the regular season, if not earlier.

That’s all I can give right now. As soon as I get pictures ready will I send them. Hope this may help.

I can’t help but feel…

July 30, 2008

that the Yankees just made a huge deal. Listen, I know he isn’t what he once was (now that he’s off the juice), but Pudge makes a difference in a pitching staff. Remember when the Rangers were good? It was a long time ago, but Pudge was running things. He was absolutely the man for the Marlins, and his arrival in Detroit pushed them to the World Series. Now the Yankees have him. Maybe this is just more classic Yankees-acquiring an aging veteran who is over-paid, but Ivan Rodriguez feels like the kind of guy the Yankees used to bring in at the deadline in the late 90s. I have no stats to back this up; I freely admit it. The AL East will come down to the wire though, and I like Yankees chances with Pudge behind the plate.

Link:
ESPN revists 10 deadline deals. #5 says what I’ve said here many times (only they left out the huge break in salary the Reds got)

Jags having a rough camp

July 30, 2008

Media darling Jacksonville is really off to a rough beginning this season. Jerry “Is there any evidence he can play?” Porter already blew a hammy, “#1” WR Reggie Williams came back from PUP just long enough to get carted off the field, and oh yeah…

THEY STILL HAVEN’T SIGNED THEIR #1 PICK.

The team that traded up (ill-advisedly) to draft Derrick Harvey in hopes that he could help to contain Peyton Manning…hasn’t bothered to sign him yet. It’s hard for rookie DEs (even great ones) to make a big impact in the first few weeks anyway (see Williams, Mario and Freeney, Dwight), but after missing at least several days of camp, the odds of Harvey being an impact player in the all-important week three game at Indy are slim to none. The Jags possibly had an elite roster, but will likely struggle early in the season due to continuity problems on offense and a lack of reps for their top pass rusher.

Oh, and the main page at Jaguars.com? A plea to buy tickets.

Say it with me folks…LA JAGS! LA JAGS! AFC MIDWEST! AFC MIDWEST!

How does this man still have a job?

July 30, 2008

Corey Patterson may be the worst player in the Major Leagues. Last night the announcers actually debated whether he was capable of getting a hit in any other way besides bunting. Despite being of no value beyond a late inning defensive replacement, Patterson (who can’t even pinch run effectively because he’s been caught stealing 33% of the time) LED OFF for the Reds. Wait…

He led off?

After last night’s 0-4, HIS ON BASE % IS .216. For the more conventionally minded…HE IS HITTING .183 AND IT’S JULY. If ever in the history of the world there was a player who should hit 9th, it is Corey Patterson. Arroyo was the pitcher last night. He had two hits in his last game. Patterson hasn’t had 2 hits in a game since May and did only five times this year.

Why does he still have a job? The rumor is that he has compromising photos of Dusty Baker. We at 18to88.com have obtained one such photo, and in the interest of freeing Dusty from the clutches of this batless blackmailer will publish it now:

Photo not actually Dusty Baker. Midget is actually a terrier.
Yes, it’s true. Dusty has a thing for midgets. Afraid for his reputation (why, I’m not sure), Dusty wanted to hide his monstrous predilection from the world. This has opened the door for Corey Patterson to use his leverage over Dusty to continue to occupy a major league roster despite no actual playing ability.
You are free now, Dusty! No judgement here. Continue to delight in what makes you happy…AND CUT COREY PATTERSON!

There’s almost no point getting mad about it…

July 30, 2008

But Mike Floria, Colts hater, continues to take to pot shots at the club over Manning’s recent surgery. In a note about Manning arriving at Terre Haute last night, he needless tossed in this line:
Or maybe, just maybe, the Colts don’t want people to see how badly Manning is limping after the procedure, if he indeed is limping badly.

I can’t tell if he’s just trying to bust the chops of Colts fans, or he really believes his insane conspiracy theory. He’s convinced Manning had his leg amputated and will miss at least 6 months getting a robot leg made out of toaster parts. The bad news is that it will limit his mobility. The good news is…FREE TOAST!

There’s almost no point getting mad about it…

July 30, 2008

But Mike Floria, Colts hater, continues to take to pot shots at the club over Manning’s recent surgery. In a note about Manning arriving at Terre Haute last night, he needless tossed in this line:
Or maybe, just maybe, the Colts don’t want people to see how badly Manning is limping after the procedure, if he indeed is limping badly.

I can’t tell if he’s just trying to bust the chops of Colts fans, or he really believes his insane conspiracy theory. He’s convinced Manning had his leg amputated and will miss at least 6 months getting a robot leg made out of toaster parts. The bad news is that it will limit his mobility. The good news is…FREE TOAST!

One in town…one isn’t

July 29, 2008

It seems Peyton showed up in Terre Haute. Does anyone want to bet about the odds he tries to play in the preseason game on August 24 (first game at the dome)? Don’t be shocked if it happens. (thanks Sarah for the link)

I haven’t really commented on the Quinn Pitcock situation (he’s absent from camp) mostly because really, he’s still just a kid. A lot of 23-24 year old kids who are faced with tough, demanding work situations decide that they just aren’t up for it. Social science has said in recent years that ‘adolescence’ has been prolonged and now lasts into the mid to late 20s for most people. That essentially means that the emotional difference between most people in their mid 20s is about the same as a 15-16 year old. Honestly, it’s surprising that this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often. I hope he can get his head clear and make the best choice for him and his family.
UPDATE: Yes, Bob’s right, he’s officially retired. Unless he calls up the team in two months, unretires, demands his release and sets of a media firestorm. Wait, who are we talking about again?

Demond Sanders: He’s about to turn 25 in September and has already played a season in the league. He’s not a kid in my book. You know why this doesn’t happen more often? Because you’d have to be crazy to throw away a career in the NFL just because you are having so much fun getting high and living in mom’s basement. No offense, JC. As always, I’m sure there’s a lot more to the story.

Links:
USA Today Bloggers have named Harrison the #1 Receiver to watch this year. Sounds about right.

LA Jags! LA Jags!

Worst Headline Ever…and other thoughts

July 28, 2008

A couple of things that I’ve been thinking about:

How pointless is this headline? I read it and immediately thought, ‘Shouldn’t the insurance cover that?’. Then I read the article. Yes, the insurance should cover it. Then what was the point of the alarmist headline?

Remember camp last year? When we lost our starting LT before it started and then Booger a week into it? This year’s spate of ‘injuries’ looks mild in comparison.

Tom Crean just got an extension. Good for him. This may be ugly for a year or two. He deserves job security just for keeping us all from jumping off the bridge.

I love Phil B. His comment on Kenton Keith is painfully short, but hilarious and informative all at the same time. We all flat know what he means.

I think StampedeBlue has done a nice job of covering the camp. We are still awaiting the report that was promised us by Sarah from Terre Haute.

Fox Sports power poll placed us fourth. The Giants? That’s cute. Still, the description of the team was dead on.