UNRAVELING

LIKE SO MANY DODGERS FANS, I had high hopes for 2018. Yes after they stumbled early, it appeared to be a lost season but they recovered nicely and lead the division just two weeks ago. With the addition Machado and Dozier I thought they were well positioned to win it all. Alas it’s all unraveling, in slow motion. From a Baez imposition to an offense leaving so many men stranded, it looks like the British army at Dunkirk, with no rescue on the horizon.

Such a shame. unravel

ON KILLING

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I played high school football. Like every HS team in America we had Hell Week. Hell was an apt descriptor. Our coaches were awful at football and awful at managing people. They had no concept of how to manage players’ health or maybe they just didn’t care. We ran Hell Week in LA smog so thick visibility was quite literally a mile. My coaches also didn’t allow players to take water breaks outside of “water break” times which were once every hour. The good news? We were allowed to eat as many salt tablets as we wanted.

I started all three years of HS football and earned all-league my junior year. That year I played both sides of the ball and played on every special team, but I quit the team the second day of hell week because we were being tortured. I told my mom to call the head coach and tell him I quit because I couldn’t breathe. The coaches relented (other parents had also called). They shortened practice  and allowed us to drink more water, It’s a miracle no one died under their watch. They thought that they were toughening us, but they were torturing children, damaging our lungs and likely damaging internal organs. If any of these techniques were tried today, they would be arrested for child abuse.

What we know now about training and the limits that one can be put through are known quantities. A player dying of Heat Stroke is unconscionable and likely criminal.

At Maryland players were put through exhausting workouts in high heat that lead to the death of a linemen named Jordan McNair. His death was senseless. Heads should roll but some people shouldn’t just lose their jobs their should lose their liberty.

INSULTER in CHIEF

I [try to] stay clear of the online outrage mob –  too depressing. But when the  Insulter in Chief tweets out a midnight insult missive at a sports mega-star who just bankrolled a school for disadvantaged kids, the timing could not be more rotten.

I won’t punch my monitor or scream at the sky when he tweets garbage. I do wonder when this president will stop acting like a potty-mouthed 4th grader, and cease stepping on rakes at midnight and, maybe, maybe act like an adult?

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AN URBAN MYTH…

REMEMBER WHEN JIM TRESSEL was fired over emails related to him hiding knowledge about…memorabilia?

Yeah, good times…

Urban Meyer has presented himself as super clean and above it all. Until his longtime assistant’s ex-wife alleged Meyer knew about domestic abuse it seemed to fit.

Maybe the halo has slipped a little. Maybe it was an urban myth…

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What?

You’re at a party and someone says something like: “Barry Bonds” wasn’t juiced – he said he wasn’t and I believe him”. You want to say “what?” and then stop yourself because you know the conversation won’t end with Barry Bonds, he likely thinks that the Pete Rose and the Patriots never cheated, and OJ is innocent. Just smile and walk away.

So what innocent but unpopular sports opinions do you own?

I’LL GET IT STARTED…

Connie Mack should have worn a uniform. There – I said…. wanna fight?

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PSA

Whoever threw paint on a Lakers Mural is an attention-seeking jerk. I suspect it was a Kobe fan or maybe it was just a jerk who thought he would get his “work” on  TV wanted to bask in his 15 seconds of fame. Low-talent to no-talent people would rather ruin someone’s work or ruin someone’s day rather than do something positive.

The Lakers Muralist  didn’t repair his mural after the vandalism, he covered it up. I often feel like doing that when I post an illustration with a solid idea and sold art and wait for the “wows” to come rolling in. Sometimes that never happens. Oh well. Keep on plugging…Kobe5

 

GET OFF MY LAWN!!

Joe Simpson the Atlanta Braves play-by-play dude and a former major leaguer went full get-off-my-lawn yesterday, complaining on air that the Dodgers had taken BP in… clutch  your pearls and grab a seat… T-shirts and sweats. I know, pretty serious stuff – right? Well, no it’s not but that didn’t stop Simpson from slamming the Dodger millennials as unprofessional. Along with Simpson’s silly “tradition” argument he claimed fans come to watch players and ‘wouldn’t know who they were’ without uniforms. I definitely have trouble distinguishing Justin Turner from Yasiel Puig so, point well taken Joe.

Simpson had a full throated supporter in Atlanta radio guy Chuck Kelly (tweet below). Kelly stepped on his own rake and slammed it into his face by proclaiming that people complaining about Simpson’s ‘get-off-my -lawn rant, “never wore the uniform”. Oh – ok guy. News Flash bro, the people you’re complaining about – wear a Dodgers uniform right now, so maybe sit this one out?

I guess Simpson thinks we should go back to the good old days when men were manly men – when Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin could drink themselves into a stupor and show up for a game the next day still drunk but hey, they’d be dressed in suits and ties and looking professional.

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COMMISSIONER FOOTinMOUTH

RON MANFRED INHABITS the office of commissioner of baseball. He runs baseball perhaps not with the dictatorial sense of Goodall but he has the capacity and frankly the responsibility to promote the game and the players who play it.

How much trouble would it be for Baseball to promote Mike Trout – its best player and an all around good guy? Apparently its too much trouble for Commissioner Manfred who demurred to Trout, suggesting Trout should promote himself. Wait… wut?

That’s like PGA deciding in the 2000’s it doesn’t need to promote or highlight Tiger Woods because, hey “he’ll do that himself”. No – the PGA rode that pony until Tiger wrapped his car around a tree. Even then it helped Tiger rehab his image.

Major League Baseball is not served well by a man who won’t promote its best player. After all what is his job other than to collect a huge salary, enforce rules and promote the game?

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BRYCE HARPER’S HAIR – A NATIONAL TREASURE

IT’S PRETTY COOL THAT a Washington DC HOMETOWN STAR won the Home Run Derby. With the nuttiness in DC of late, we need some fun and sanity back in the capital. It’s equally awesome that Bryce Harper was wearing Red White and Blue, used a Red White Blue bat and, as always, sported the Harper hair highlighted with a bandana.

Harper’s Hair is a National Treasure. It should have it’s own contract and be insured by Lloyds of London. I don’t know if  I’m a fan of Harper. He tends play the game the way he wants to play it (or not play) – but the way he uses his magnificent coif as a weapon of intimidation is pretty cool – like forming into the image of the HR Derby Trophy.

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