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Posted on: February 6, 2009 4:17 pm
 

Bad People

There are just so many of these to talk about these days. So I decided to make a little list.

Scott Boras: I know lawyers aren't good at math, but does this guy have any conception of the word "recession"? What about "severe recession"? Apparently not. On top of that shortcoming, he has basically threatened the Dodgers for "playing chicken" (a phrase, to describe the Manny situation, which he stole from Dodgers' management). The Dodgers' front office went as far as saying Boras is "difficult to work with" -- loosely translated, I take that to mean, "this guy is a snake." He is horrible for sports, and wonderful for greed.

Manny: I consider his situation to be only slightly his fault. One, I think he really does want more years than he is being offered. However, he could help himself by lowering his asking price for those years. Two, I think he, like most Boras clients, is essentially under the complete control of his agent.

Roid Freaks (McGwire, Clemens, Bonds): What else needs to be said about these losers? I must say, it's nice to see that two white guys were all but conclusively roid-riddled during their playing says -- it removes the whole discussion of race (or it should). Still, it doesn't help that two of these guys are complete a-holes, and the third is barely passable as a decent guy (Clemens). Seriously, though...has anyone ever seen someone not on roids throw a bat-shard at another player? And then claim he thought it was the ball? (Apparently, throwing the ball at a first-base-destined Piazza made sense to Rodge. Or not...)

Michael Phelps: Okay, I don't actually think he's a bad guy. He's just an idiot. When you win 8 golds, you're under scrutiny. You're surrounded by people with cameras and stuff to gain. Be aware, or be made a fool of.

Octuplet Lady: This involves somewhat of a presumption, so please accept my apology in the event I have presumed wrong. But how does a woman who had eight kids at once (multiplying her cost of living by about...say, eight) justify pumping her cheeks and lips full of plastic? Take away this woman's subsidies, immediately. (Anyone who saw her interview this morning knows what I'm talking about. She looked like a clown-duck.)

Ray Lewis: Last week I wrote the opposite about Terrell Suggs, who was willing to take a pay cut to keep his end of the dominating Ravens defense in Baltimore. Leave it to Ray Lewis, who has always been as nauseating (if not legitimately dangerous) off the field as he is phenomenal on it, to spit the following gem: "If you don't play less, you don't take less." Wow. Now there's a guy who gets it. Great team player. (Sense the repeated sarcasm.)

Congress: Enough grandstanding; enough pork. You have a country suffocating while miguidedly depending on you. Just figure out how to fix the economy and get it done. There are 600+ of you. Jesus.

It's not all bad, however. I wanted to pay homage to Santonio Holmes after seeing his Leno appearance last night. Yes, he got caught with pot. I hate pot, so I am not inclined to just let guys off the hook for that kind of thing. But anyone who saw him on Leno should know that he is incredibly well-meaning. He was incredibly soft-spoken, seemed gracious and humble, and even plugged an online auction (of the gloves he wore during the Super Bowl, autographed), the porceeds of which will go to Sickle Cell research. (Holmes' son has a sickle cell-related afflication.)

 

 

Posted on: January 27, 2009 2:37 pm
 

Thank you, Andy Roddick! And other notes...

I don't like Novak Djokovic. I usually respect the soft-spoken, reserved humility that international athletes -- most notably, tennis players (see Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, even Maria Sharapova) -- bring into competition. It is a refreshing contrast in a country where so many sports stars are megalomaniacs one can hardly notice those who aren't.

Then came Novak Djokovic.

He (predictably) beat Andy Roddick in the U.S. Open last year, and when interviewed on-court following the match, decided centrecourt in New York City was a good place to deride Roddick for commenting on Djokovic's ever-expanding list of injuries. He got the crap booed out of him, deservedly so. But it didn't change the fact that he had appeared so, so graceless in victory.

And Roddick's comments were fairly harmless. Djokovic does come up injured a lot, especially in a sport where conditioning is probably more important than talent. But even if Roddick had spit in Djokovic's face, Djokovic could have taken the high road. But he apparently doesn't get that concept.

So flash forward to yesterday, when the two played again in the QF of the Australian Open. Roddick beat Djokovic in four sets in a match in which the on-court heat index topped out around 145. Well, it was more like three and a half sets.

Because Djokovic couldn't finish the match!

Wait a minute...isn't this the same guy who verbally crapped on Roddick for making a conversation out of Djokovic's subpar physical condition? I think it was.

Nice match, Roddick. My distaste for Djokovic almost made stomachable one reporter's post-match question to the effect of "shouldn't you know when your body is going to give out, maybe to help you finish the match?" (It was something comparably asinine.) I actually agree with the tone of Djokovic's answer -- "easy for you to say." What a stupid question. Reporters never cease to underachieve.

OTHER NOTES:

-I said in October of 2006 that Brandon Roy or Rudy Gay would win ROY that year, and both would be superstars in the NBA eventually. (I swear to God I said this. I have a friend who will testify in court if need be.) Well, Rudy Gay is not quite as superstardom, but he is quietly averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. (And just because one man is "not a big Gay guy" [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RXaERVhNuU] doesn't mean Gay isn't worth championing.)

Roy, on the other hand, is there. (And he did win ROY in 2006-07.) He put up 33 points last night on fifteen shots (11-15). He is leading a resurgent Blazers team in points (22.6, tenth in the NBA), and also netting 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Slight increases in all three categories, and we're talking Wade/Kobe/LeBron-type numbers.

How did I know these two would be good? They were outstanding college players, but there is one measurement that always makes for a relatively seamless transition from college to pro -- size at shooting guard, especially where the player is a slasher in college (as both of these guys were). Roy and Gay are 6'6'' and 6'8'', respectively. That's some big size for a shooting guard.

Who will be Roy- and Gay-like in the 2009 Draft Class? More on that later.

-There was some college player who made an AMAZING layup on Sunday. The hang time and mid-air adjustment were Jordan-esque. If anyone knows who this was and/or has video of it, please let me know.

-Terrell Suggs is now to be considered a selfless athlete. It is a deserved label considering he wants to take a discount (as an unrestricted free agent) to stay with the Ravens, and he is making a plea that Ray Lewis and Bart Scott do the same. Terrell Suggs is also smart -- why wouldn't he want to keep the best defense in the NFL (over the last [sideways-8] years) together?

I hope Scott and Lewis do the same. (I also hope there's no manslaughter involved -- yes, I'm looking at you, Ray.)

Rap line of the moment: "Never forget where you from, or the block'll ban you / I keep my ear to the streets just like a cocker spaniel." Ludacris, Southern Gangsta

 
 
 
 
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