WHEN OFFICIALS THINK THEY’RE THE GAME

JOE WEST is a veteran heavyweight MLB Umpire and generally a guy who seems interested in the camera being on him – which is kinda odd considering that he doesn’t seem to care about what he looks like.

Joe West isn’t the worst ump in MLB. That distinction, I think goes to Angel Hernandez. But West’s body of work presents a high ejection rate, an expanded strike zone, and a body that seems better fitted for a lounge chair at Leisure World than calling a game in The Show.

Over the weekend West walked over to Austin Davis, a Phillies reliever and confiscated Davis pocket-sized scouting report. Mind you, Davis has been using a scouting report all year and there is no rule against it, but that didn’t stop Joe West. Nope West took the sheet and lated said that he “didn’t want to throw Davis out of the game” because he wasn’t sure the sheet was illegal. What the holy hell? West took it upon himself to, once again, interject himself into a game, make it about Joe West and interfere with athletes playing professionally. West didn’t know the rule but decided he would make one up.

I think West needs to be fitted for a Leisure World lounge chair.

joewest

 

Advertisements

SACK LEADER DONALD

AARON DONALD is the best player on the Rams roster, and that’s taking into account the Rams’ stellar offensive lineup and the addition of  Ndamukong Suh. Donald and the Rams have been working on a deal for the better part of two seasons now, and it finally got done. 135 MILLION, with 87 Million guaranteed and 40 Million dollar signing bonus.  Donald wasn’t happy last year because he thought he was being underpaid – but he still ripped up offensive linemen like they were paper dolls.

I see a big year for the Rams SACK LEADER.  donald

 

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

mcnair1I played high school football. Like every HS team in America we had Hell Week. Hell was in 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 shorted 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 us, 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?

TRUMPVBRON

HYPOCRISY THY NAME IS NBA

Remember when the NBA considered sports gambling to be a petulance, a virus? You should remember. It was 4 months ago.  NBA was of several “friends of the court” in MURPH V NCAA that filed amicus briefs opposing legalized gambling. 4 months ago the NBA was running from the virus. Now, it’s mainlining it.

The NBA acted quickly and teamed up with MGM Grand on a multi-year deal. Although the deal is with MGM, the NBA is now frankly in the betting business. When some schmuck in an MGM Grand property puts down $20 on the Cavs to win the 2018/19 part of it goes to the NBA.

Remember when Adam Silver was roasting that pig? Now he’s marrying it.

NBA HYpocrisy