A 3-5 start is not what any of us were hoping for but let’s give it a bit of perspective. We won’t be the only team to be swept by the Twins in the dome this season. And as painful as Saturday’s loss to the Yankees was, we were only one out from a sweep. Alex Rodriguez will probably hurt a lot of team’s feelings this year. Opening the season against last year’s AL Central champs on the road, then traveling to visit the winners of the AL East for the tenth straight year, and coming home to meet the World Champion Detroit Tigers is quite the season opening trifecta. The O’s have arguably been one or two plays from winning the ones that they’ve lost, and the team is clearly still growing. The comfort that Melvin Mora is finding in the two hole, and the improved defense of Nick Markakis certainly have to be counted as big positives, and this team should be able to keep it interesting for a wile if they are able to sustain a brutal April schedule.
Serra vs. St Pierre
This was probably a bigger upset than Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson in 1990. Matt “The Terror” Serra, an accomplished grappler and submission specialist seemed to be outclassed in every regard by the much younger, much faster and much bigger George St. Pierre, an accomplished striker in the welterweight division. In a prophetic prefight press statement Serra stated that he wouldn’t have to be the better striker to land the better strike, he said that he’d just have to be doing one thing, while St. Pierre was thinking another. That’s exactly what happened, and Serra rose to the occasion.
I found it especially gratifying, since it looked on paper like a weak card for a UFC Pay per View event. Apparently the powers that be over at the UFC thought so too, so they billed the Josh Koscheck / Diego Sanchez fight as almost a Co Main Event. The Koscheck / Sanchez bout wound up being the only stinker on the card, and Matt Serra shocked the world.
The NFL made significant steps yesterday to strengthen it’s discipline policy. Although I won’t sit here and argue in favor of Pac Man Jones, I do find it interesting that the “straw that broke the camel’s back” was an incident in which he hasn’t yet been charged. What makes it interesting is that the Titans seem to be happy that the NFL stepped in and kept them from having to discipline the troubled cornerback. The team isssued statements indicating that they stand firmly behind the league’s decision.
In America where one is presumed innocent until proven guilty, Jones clearly seems to have been denied his due diligence. But since the Titans seem content to back the league, and it was the Player’s Union who asked for stiffer penalties in the first place, seemingly in light of this and a few other recent events. One has to wonder who, if anybody will stand up and defend this man’s right to continue playing football until it is determined that he actually did something wrong? And if such a defense is successful, what would the Titans reaction be? I’ll be staying tuned to this one, as it is bound to get more interesting before it ever gets resolved.
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