Miscellaneous thoughts from the barstool

August 10, 2009 |

Hello, readers!

I haven’t posted anything on here in a while, so today, I thought that I would make up for lost time.

First of all, like everyone else in the 410, I am looking forward to the start of the Ravens’ season. I am especially looking forward to attending training camp tomorrow and the pre-season game (and victory) Thursday night against the Redskins. If you happen to see me at either event, stop by and say hi!

I lament that there is nothing to look forward to this season for the baseball birds. Even though it has a newer and younger cast, the Orioles’ season is another bad summer re-run. To quote David Byrne of the Talking Heads, “…same as it ever was!”

I will pass my congrats to Rod Woodson for being enshrined in Canton. Like it or not, he was a Yinz for 10 years before his cup of coffee with the 49ers and the four great years that he spent here, so I don’t begrudge him for wanting to go in as a Steeler. He helped bring a trophy and for that, I will always be grateful.

I have enjoyed watching a lot of “other” football this summer. Despite suffering a “real” blowout from Real Madrid, DC United have had an interesting season, including their advance to the finals of the US Open Cup tournament, defending a title that they won last year.

There have been several blogs about the great turnout at M&T for the Chelsea-AC Milan match. As a result, discussions about having future international friendlies, possible World Cup matches and even rumors of a new stadium for Crystal Palace Baltimore have surfaced. Let’s hope that some if not all of these developments become reality.

The US National team (at least with their starting roster) have played great ball, with advancing to the finals in Confed Cup and the Gold Cup (the horrible 5-0 loss to Mexico aside), Hopefully, the US will get revenge this Wednesday in their qualifier.

Women’s soccer for the US and this area have had plenty of positives as well. Abby Wambach scored her 100th international goal for the U.S. National Team and have led her Washington Freedom to clinch 3rd place and home field advantage in the WPS Playoffs by defeating Sky Blue FC this past Saturday by the score of 3-1, with Wambach scoring the first two of Washington’s first two goals and assisting with their third. Congrats to her and the Freedom. They will hosting the first playoff this Saturday vs. Sky Blue FC at 4:00 p.m. at the Maryland Soccerplex. For more info, go to www.washingtonfreedom.com.

Finally, my comments on a former NFL player whose name is constantly in the news. That would be Mr. Michael Vick. I personally find it disgraceful that this individual actually is 1) out of jail for doing what he did, 2) has the opportunity to play professionally again and 3) that ESPN is listing our Ravens as one of seven teams as “possible suitors”. I was appalled by last night’s NBC broadcast where everything about the Vick situation was mentioned except for the fact that several dogs were brutally killed on his property. I have heard on the radio, t.v., read in blogs, how Vick has “paid the price”, is sorry for what happened, bla, bla, bla, b.s, b.s. I GUESS HE WAS SORRY! HE LOST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND HAD TO SIT IN JAIL! BUT DID HE FEEL REMORSE? I DOUBT IT!

I have even read and heard how some imbeciles want to make this into a racial issue. I want to be perfectly clear on my position on this. I would be equally disgusted at Joe Flacco or any other white quarterback who did this as I would be at Michael Vick or any other African American quarterback. Wrong is wrong, no matter who commits it.

Feel free to write back with your thoughts. I am just giving my opinion and upset that the NFL chose to gloss over the facts. You know the old saying about opinions and how everyone has one.