Memorial Day Weekend …. O’s run outta wins, Tressel runs outta time & Earnhardt runs outta gas

May 31, 2011 |

I suppose one of the true benefits of doing these daily “bullet blogs” is that a three-day weekend usually offers up a host of stories and topics to re-cap when beginning a new – and abbreviated week.

That’s right …. just 4 days until we kick off another Saturday/Sunday combination !!!!

In looking back over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as to the week ahead, there are numerous noteworthy subjects to cover. I’ll get to many of them during this afternoon’s show.

In the meantime, here’s a handful for your enjoyment and response:
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Remember This Guy ???
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When yesterday’s news regarding Jim Tressel’s resignation started seeping thru social media and every known sports-related news source, one distinct impression resonated in my mind:

The man simply ran out of places to take cover and people to hide behind …..

Of course, suggesting that Tressel is a living example of Warden Samuel Norton of Shawshank Redemption fame is an inequitable and stretched comparison. However, some similarities exist, to include, preaching the good book and operating by another guide, and orchestrating a supposed transparent system for one’s selfishly clandestine desires.

Speaking of books …. I’m pretty certain the final edition on Jim Tressel’s career is far from reaching the depths of his true influence on an era at THE Ohio State University.
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Junior Goes Down In Fumes
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To say Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs a win is a huge understatement. Its been a long time for the namesake of a legend. To be exact …. Junior has gone nearly three years since his last visit to victory lane, on June 15, 2008.

In Sunday’s Coca Cola 600, it appeared the drought was coming to an end. What happened? Well, it would’ve helped if the folks at Coke preferred a 599 mile race, as Junior ran out of gas on the last turn of the final lap.

If you’re a casual viewer or constant critic, you’re probably wondering “HOW IN THE HELL DOES A GUY RUN OUT OF GAS ???” Well, you can throw your rational thinking cap away on this one …..

NASCAR has a revamped points system that heavily rewards victories. Combine such a reality with the complicated art of computing gas mileage to the fraction of a lap, especially at high speeds, and a hunger to win and you’ll find that some guys are better off taking a risk.

After all, he still finished in 7th place.
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Many Happy Returns? I hope so …..
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Today will mark the first time I have ever been on-air for my birthday. Yes, I’m actually one of those screwballs who looks forward to this day … or any day that emphasizes on ME.

I have been acting like this for 44 years and counting …..

Indeed, I share this day with some distinct individuals, to include Clint Eastwood (81 yrs), Joe Namath (68), Brooke Shields (45), Jenn Aparicio and my dad – who is celebrating his 68th birthday.

I’m quite blessed with a beautiful family, fantastic friends and a career that I cherish. Thus, I don’t want for anything. But, I’m also not above pandering for gifts. Ideas would include, Three Olives Cherry Vodka, unused gifts cards of any variety, key lime pie and suggestive pics of Jen Aniston.
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Scratching My Head
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As a custom, I try to refrain from criticizing sports executives and coaches for their professional decisions. They know more than me, YOU and the next guy.

That said, they can be wrong in their decision making. And, I don’t think anyone who gets paid to do something is beyond reproach.

I’ll be blunt …. penciling in a leadoff hitter (Felix Pie) who has NO WALKS in more than 60 plate appearances sounds like a recipe for losing baseball to me. I’m also a bit perplexed by the demotion of Chris Tillman. One of the final appealing qualities to Tillman’s prospects is he had one minor league option remaining.

Translation: if the Orioles spend the off-season peddling Tillman’s services to bidders, every big league executive will know Andy MacPhail is in a tough spot …..
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A Lack Of Class
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Well, you didn’t think I would finish this up without citing some reference to the true meaning of Memorial Day, did you? I never take the sacrifices of our true heroes for granted …..

Thus, I was a little disturbed to see Sarah Palin exploiting the significance of Memorial Day with her publicity stunt and bus visit to Ft. McHenry. This is not a political blog or statement …. and I’m a registered Republican.

Leave the holiday (especially at our monuments) to our nation’s fallen; who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Just my two cents …..

Have a GREAT Tuesday, and remember …. I will be collecting birthday gifts between 2pm and 6pm at the WNST studios !!!!

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