Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tim Tebow looks for a new team

From where I sit it looks like Tim Tebow is out of work...again.

Now start the moronic rumours of Tebow heading to the CFL. Nothing like the uneducated making comments about a league they clearly know very little about. Take a look at the game last week between Toronto and Edmonton. The Eskimos Mike Reilly was 35-46 for 511 yards and 3 TDs...he lost. Sure that's an extreme example, however 5 starters are over 1,800 yards, only Winnipeg with their QB carousel don't have someone over 1,000. Henry Burris in Hamilton has nearly 3,000. Some Tebow supporters think he deserves to be added to that list. Here's a simple message: Tebow can't throw. The Patriots even didn't have him practice with any other units. Useful? Hardly. So, why the hell would any CFL take a gamble on someone who can't play the Canadian style of game?

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Would you want your team (NFL, CFL or Arena) to sign Tebow for anything other than a promotional stunt? Where would you play him?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A half a suspension and Team Canada takes ball hockey practice

From where I sit it looks like the NCAA has taken a useless stand...


A half? They suspended Johnny Manziel for a half? What kind of bush league suspension is that? Whether it was an 'inadvertent violation' or not it's still a useless suspension. The NCAA is trying desperately to create some sort of punishment for Manziel to save face. I'm not sure what exactly the message is's not much of a punishment at all. The Aggies are playing Rice. The Owls went 7-6 last season in C-USA, although they did beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl last year. So, suspending one player, for a half, against an unranked team is hardly intimidating. What's next? A quarter? Three plays? Forfeit a first down? Either give out a real punishment or just shut up about it.

The count down to Sochi 2014 continues as the top hockey countries met to play golf...and ball hockey...


It was called an 'Olympic orientation camp'. All the major countries had one. The highlight being ball hockey done by the Canadians. Apart from that there was basically nothing to talk about. What was the point of that? Couldn't everything have been accomplished through an e-mail or conference call? If the IOC wants the NHL in their games so badly, they should be the ones to come up with the insurance to allow a couple of one ice sessions. What happened over the weekend was completely irrelevant. The vast majority of these players already know each other and the new guys got on board quickly. It was a pointless exercise in drumming up talking points for the guys on TSN and other hockey nations...and a chance for the USA to show how stupid they look in their new jerseys. 

 via yahoosports

If there is a next time for NHLers in the Olympics please try to do it right. Get the players on the ice, or don't bother.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The NFL pressures ESPN and Pete Rose acts like an idiot...again

From where I sit it looks like the NFL is trying to pressure EPSN...


Once again the NFL is trying to hide from the horrible truth that are concussions. I'm sick and tired of major leagues, including the NHL, hiding from the issues of brain injuries. These are the lives of people. Sure, they go into the sport knowing it's violent and there is a risk of injury, but not the long-term affects of a brain turned to mush. And those are just the pros. What about all those who never play professional sports? Concussions happen at every level of the game. Are those documented? Do those people make millions of dollars? Do they get any long-term help? No, no and no. Until the top levels start taking this seriously, there will be nothing done anywhere else.

Pete Rose needs a muzzle...


Please don't try to write off the accomplishments of other athletes just because their league doesn't measure up to your standards. You can't compare leagues. Just like you can't compare eras. There were less relievers when Rose played. For example in 1973 there were 7 pitchers with over 300 innings pitched. Last year there wasn't anyone above 240. There's more and better scouting. Better training for pitchers. Pete Rose would have been a great player today, but he wouldn't have put up the numbers. Rose wants to start counting his minor-league hits too. Try keeping to top level playing here Pete. Sadaharu Oh is the all-time home run leader. Not Barry Bonds. Josh Gibson's name should be in this conversation too. There's a long list of players who put up amazing numbers, but didn't see full time in the Major Leagues. That doesn't diminish what they did...just as it doesn't diminish what Rose did. Only Pete Rose is so petty, he refuses to acknowledge someone else may be better.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

the NCAA does something right, Braun does something wrong and I want FoxSports 1

From where I sit it looks like the NCAA has finally made the right decision on something...


Sure it was dumb that the military clause was removed from the NCAA regulations, but with just under 2 weeks to go until the regular season this is good. Stephen Rhodes is a young man who gave up 5 years of his life to protect us. The very least that can be done is to give him the game he loves. I have criticized the NCAA a lot in the past couple of weeks...mainly for being abjectly stupid. But this is justice. This wasn't some guy pissing around Europe, he risked his life. And the NCAA is letting him reap the reward. Now can we please resume focusing on the games?

Ryan Braun is back in the news...this time for a developing foot-in-mouth disease.


The two biggest issues Braun raised swing wildly along the complaint spectrum. Antisemitism is a serious allegation and should be investigated fully. I don't care who the guy is or even what he's doing. Something like that must be treated seriously in a part of life. Allegedly Braun claimed not only was the urine collector racist...but he was a Cubs fan! How could he still do his job in good conscience as a Cubs fan? The bastard! We all know how low Cubs fans can sink...they even interfere with their own team!


So, this must be true. I'm looking forward to Braun addressing all this the very least to see whether he's removed his foot yet.

One final thought here...and this is for the CRTC. Please let me have Fox Sports 1. SpeedTV is dead and what they're show is worse than their regular junk. Sportsnet is running 4 stations (regional, 360, world and 1). So, let's have another sports broadcaster up here!

Since it's Jay and Dan that could help with CanCon rules...right?

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The EPL is back and no more nice purses at NFL games

From where I sit it looks like football is back...


Yes, real football. I love the NFL, thoroughly enjoy the CFL, but this is football, this is the English Premier League. The top flight of club football in the world. Please don't get me wrong, I have a great deal of respect for the Bundesliga, La Ligua and Serie A. There are some powerhouse sides, with huge names in each of those leagues. But it's not the EPL. It's football done by those who created it. The EPL is a tough league, there isn't room to hide from a hard tackle and don't expect sympathy from the referee. As for the fans, have a browse through some of these to get a flavour of the British football supporter. And after the way the season ended two years ago...

this really is the best league.

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, don't bother to take a nice purse to any NFL games.

Sure, the bombing at the Boston Marathon got everyone worried about unattended bags, but this ban is ridiculous. That was a tragedy. Not a trend. I can't blame the NFL, or any other leagues, for upping security. However, this comes across as heavy handed. The target seems to specifically be purses and diaper bags. There can be just as much damaging material in a heavy winter jacket as a purse, but there's no ban on parkas. Let's add to that the ban doesn't apply to tailgating. So, a terrorist could just as easily cause havoc before a game as during. This feels more like an attempt to get money out of fans to buy their stupid plastic bags, as an effort to keep people safe. If the NFL was serious about keeping people safe they would ban tailgating, have fully body scanners at every door and do a full background check on every ticket buyer. More like boarding an airplane. Hopefully, that will never happen. Hopefully.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The IOC is in more trouble and the NFL bans gridlocked helmets

From where I sit it looks like the IOC is in deep trouble no matter what they do...

The Russian government has left the IOC with no safe way to deal with the situation. They either follow their own rules and support a draconian law...or do the right thing and risk losing their international support from other countries. I'm sorry to say this but Russia isn't even the worst offender. In fact, some major Olympic stars come from countries where homophobia is rampant. Take a look at this case from Jamaica. But Usain Bolt is still the biggest name in track. There isn't really much the IOC can do here. If they want to move the games, where do they go? Even the most recent Olympic city, Vancouver, couldn't be ready to go in this short a time frame. Plus for the sake of the people in Sochi I don't think it should be moved. Honestly, this is when the IOC needs to stand up, change their own rules and wave the rainbow flag proudly. Whether or not they will is something else entirely.

Meantime, the NFL is once again making headlines, this time for banning the use of customized facemasks.


Guess, what...I'm fine with this. Those helmets look idiotic. I want the league to focus on letting players have fun through skill and showmanship. Not stupid facemasks. I can't even understand why someone would want to do this. Apart from some extra protection, it only adds weight. It certainly can't make breathing any easier. Plus it's only going to add to the strain on a players neck. These helmets look more like something to put in front of the fireplace to keep the sparks down...or maybe a high school metal shop art project. They can ban all the helmets they want, but please let me watch the players have fun.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to a No Fun League...and the NCAA keeps making money

From where I sit it looks like the NFL is back...and so are attempts to spoil the fun.

I understand, you don't want players taunting. But what does this accomplish? Set rules that make a little more sense. There doesn't need to be a sack dance after a 1st down...or knocking down a pass. What harm is it doing by celebrating? If you don't want a someone gloating over you...don't let them beat you. I don't see how this could be any simpler. Take a look at some CFL celebrations...

Gloating? Sure. Choreographed? You bet. Entertaining? Hells ya. It's fun. Even against a hated rival it's still fun to watch the party in the endzone. Here's a perfect message to any player offended by this stuff: Play better and you won't have to worry about it.

The NCAA is in the they aren't going to sell team or player gear on their page.


That sounds like a big step back from making a profit off the backs of kids. Until you looks a little deeper. This is just the NCAA store. Its got nothing to do with the various schools they represent. Those guys will still be making money selling jerseys, hats, jackets, etc. And it's still sickening. Imagine how this would sound in a standard work place. “We expect you to represent our brand perfectly. We want you be an upstanding citizen. You will travel, work hard and if you fail at your job get heavily criticized for it. In exchange we will give you an education, room and board. You better get good grades. And don't even think about trying to make money on the side. You and your image are our property.” I like the part about getting an education, but the rest sounds disconcertingly like slave labour.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Should the NFL allow players to celebrate...what do you think?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rodriguez is suspended and plays anyway...Manziel is in trouble for autographs

From where I sit it looks like Alex Rodriguez has finally been suspended...kinda.


Sure, MLB has kicked him out for the remainder of this season and all of the next, but A-Rod is appealing so he can keep playing. Since when does a convict get to stay free while he appeals his case? If Rodriguez wants to appeal he can sit out until a decision is rendered. Then any back pay owed him should be reinstated. Not the other way round. Rodriguez is the defendant here, not the league. Not only would it remove a probably cheating player from the game sooner, but allow the suspension to be served. The appeal might not be heard until September, or even later. If it's upheld what happens to those game he played in? Do the Yankees forfeit for using an ineligible player? Nope. Does he still serve the full 211 games? Doubt it. Why the hell is this guy allowed to keep playing? Oh's baseball.

The star quarterback at Texas A&M is facing allegations he got sign autographs.


Johnny Manziel allegedly got money for scribbling his name on a bunch of memorabilia, so what? The NCAA claims to have concerns about their integrity and those of the players. Sure they do. They run a multi-billion dollar business on the backs of kids. And flatly refuse to share the wealth. It's as stupid and outdated as the Olympic ideal of amateur athletes. The vast majority of these kids will never make millions of dollars playing pro football. The vast majority will never play pro at all. Not NFL, CFL or Arena. Nothing. Even top prospects can still washout at a young age. JaMarcus Russell immediately springs to mind. So, if they want to earn some money on their own names, let them. A quick flip through this list shows a number of players who should have been allowed to take advantage of their star status at the college level, because they did nothing after that.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Pressure mounts to boycott Sochi and the M's manager gets confused

From where I sit it looks like there's more calls for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics.


Not only do I understand the outrage, but I fully agree with it. For the Russian government to drop this bomb on the world in the months leading up to an Olympiad is a dangerous precedent. However, there's two things to keep in mind. Firstly, the summer games were held in China and everyone showed up. Last I looked the list of social injustices in China is a mile long. Secondly, what does a boycott really accomplish? Some people have acted out against Florida for the Trayvon Martin verdict. This isn't hurting the state, just innocent others who happen to live there. Apparently, it's guilt by association. A boycott usually leads to little or no change. Want to make a difference? Stand up to the bully. Go to Sochi and be yourself. No matter who you are. After all, if you can play, you can play.

On a lighter note, acting Mariners manager Robby Thompson needs a reminder how to remember left vs right.


At the same time, is this really a rule? He called for the wrong pitcher. Evidently he can't go, 'Wait a minute I want the other guy.' Sure, the Red Sox made a great rally. They may have won anyway. But, shouldn't the manager be able to put in the pitcher he wants? If Thompson had gotten back to the dugout and changed his mind, tough luck. He used the wrong hand. Oliver Perez hadn't even left the bullpen. But it was too late. The umpire saw Thompson's left hand and that was it. I really hope it's not in the books. It seems more like something left over from the ancient days of baseball, when any trick was in play. He used the wrong hand. It wasn't an attempted deception, it was an inexperienced manager screwing up. On the other hand, we might have missed a fantastic comeback if he hadn't.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Has your team made a terrible decision that cost them the game? Let's hear it...