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Some Sleepers and Busts for your viewing!!!

Posted on 07 August 2008 by KZ

2008 Fans Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts


Now this list is long…but it’s complete


Kurt Warner – he has to start at some point doesn’t he?
Jason Campbell – I am not a big fan, but can’t argue with his completion percentage
Alex Smith – 4000 yard QB’s seem to follow Martz around


Reggie Bush – He can’t be that bad can he?
Thomas Jones – good line, good WR’s…a better TE will all help
Jesse Chatman – seems to always have a good run for a few games…handcuff to Jones?
Tim Hightower – everyone’s buzzing about him…Edge has to slow down at some point…
Andre Hall – RB’s that play in Denver…enough said!
Pierre Thomas – If Deuce is not healthy he could surprise.
Lamont Jordan – vulture supreme?
The rookies: Ray Rice, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Slaton all could get a chance to shine this year!


Calvin Johnson – he is going to be a stud in the NFL…is this the year?
Chris Chambers – With Gates not 100% someone has to catch the ball.
Rashied Davis – Devin Hester is not a starting WR in the NFL…sorry!
Bryant Johnson – If Alex Smith throws for 4000 yards…someone has to catch the ball
Eddie Royal – could surprise if he gets a chance.


Greg Olsen – fast, smart…just a matter of time
Alge Crumpler – in a TE oriented system now…will be VY’s best friend if stays healthy
LJ Smith – Health is the only thing holding him back
Ben Patrick – Size, hands, speed…has the tools…
Will Heller – again has the tools…in a passing system.


John Kitna – Martz is gone…so are 4000 yards
Eli Manning – 23 td’s and 20 ints…Super Bowl winning QB, which stats help you in fantasy more?
Derek Anderson – He may be OK, but he is not a top 5 QB!
Willis McGahee – Something scares me about him in 2008
Jamal Lewis – There is no such thing as a fountain of youth..I see a drop off
Julius Jones – I just don’t see stud RB..plus will his TD’s be vulture?
Bobby Engram – no way he duplicates 2007
Roddy White – may have a ROOKIE QB throwing to him for a long part of the year.
Desmond Clark – They drafted Mr. Olsen for a reason
Randy McMichael – never could count on him, why start now


Rob Bironas – He can’t duplicate 2007…no way…good kicker, but do not overvalue him


MARCUS MONK (WR) – 6’4” 212 ran a 4.41 in his pro-day…plays in CHICAGO…
JACOB TAMME (TE) – If Dallas Clark goes down…watch out for this guy!

JOSH MORGAN (WR) – If he makes the team in SF…could surprise!

COULD GO EITHER WAY…could be a sleeper…could be a bust…flip a coin:

RONNIE BROWN – coming off of ACL surgery, had a great start to 2007…has RICKY WILLIAMS looming…???

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Live from 1 Winning Drive

Posted on 26 April 2008 by caseywillett

So it is a little bit of a maze to get through the front door here as Sal Pal from ESPN is doing his live shots from just inside the door. Down the hall just outside of the auditorium Scott Hanson from NFL Network is set up to do things. Inside the auditorium is the t.v.’s that are set up for the media to watch the draft.
It is pretty quiet around here right now, not a lot of movement from Ravens staff. As I drove into the facility, the owner’s car was not even here yet. I personally am about to go check out the dining room set up for the media which has great food and projector screen’s with the draft on it.

Driving in I heard Jay Glazer of Foxsports report that the Falcons are going to take Matt Ryan with the number three overall pick, and now there is talk that McFadden is going to the Raiders. So I can eliminate my belief that Ryan is coming here and hope that I am right by either Branden Albert or Keith Rivers falling to the Ravens.


There are several rumors flying around here at the facility:
-Rams and Ravens on the phone talking trade. There have even been reports that Terrell Suggs could be included in the deal. There is belief that this could be a move by the Rams to try and get the Falcons to jump up in front of them to take Matt Ryan so the Rams can still take Long and get another pick.
-There are also rumors out there that the Ravens could be talking to teams like the Saints about moving back to take Chad Henne.
I am still going to stick with Branden Albert who Mike Mayock of NFL Network has Ravens taking.

A funny moment happened on NFL Network when Adam Schefter was talking about the Ravens moving up with the Rams he mentioned that last year the Ravens were going to move up to take Brady Quinn. Billick then said they were not really pushing to move up for Quinn. He then said that he did not thing that the Ravens had enough to move up and take Matt Ryan, but said he did not think he was going to get fired either.

So the word I am hearing is that the Ravens think that Joe Flacco will be there when they pick at 26. The though process is that Henne will be gone before then. There is a distinct chance that both of them could be there or could be gone. If they are both there, I say they take Henne.
I also would not rule out the chance that Brandon Flowers could be of interest to the Ravens at #38.


Here is another sleeper pick and I was told about this guy at the combine and that the Ravens like him…Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson. They attended his pro day this Thursday, there is come concerns about him coming off of a sports hernia.
I also could see the Ravens trading up higher into second round. Perhaps they could call the Falcons to try and move up a spot or two if the quarterbacks are still there.


So as the second round gets ready to come around, I still think that the Ravens could be looking at Brandon Flowers from Va Tech or Phillip Merling from Clemson.
If you want to hear the Ravens take on drafting Joe Flacco and hear directly from Joe, check out the audio in the Toyotaliveweb audio vault.


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Could DeAngelo Hall help the Ravens draft ?

Posted on 16 March 2008 by caseywillett

Could the moves that the Falcons look like they are about to make in sending cornerback DeAngelo Hall to the Oakland Raiders for a 2nd round draft pick possibly make the planets align for Matt Ryan to come to Baltimore ?
The Falcons have the number three pick in this year’s draft. They have recently signed Chris Redman and Joey Harrington to contracts and have D.J. Shockley also on the roster. It is also interesting to note that if the trade for Hall goes down, the Falcons would have three picks in the second round (#34 from Oakland for Hall trade, #37 their own, #48 from Houston for Matt Schaub trade). If the Falcons do not see a huge difference between Ryan, Brohm, Flacco, or Henne, maybe they use their first round pick on a defensive guy like a Glenn Dorsey and pick up their quarterback in the second round. Brohm could be sitting there for the Falcons in the second round barring the Dolphins do not draft him a few picks earlier.
If Matt Ryan makes it past the Falcons and I think there is a strong chance that could happen, then Baltimore could be his new home. The only other team that could possibly stand in the way, barring trades would be the Jets. They have Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens at the quarterback position, but everyone seems to believe that Vernon Gholston is going to be the pick for them. Everyone thinks that he is a perfect fit for the Jets especially now that Jonathan Vilma left for the Saints.
If Matt Ryan does happen to fall to the Ravens, on draft day the commissioner should walk to Matt Ryan and hand him a clipboard and a sun visor instead of a jersey. There is not reason on the face of the earth that Matt should touch the field this year barring every quarterback gets hurt.
Of course this is all speculation and could be out the window if Miami takes him 1st overall or the Falcons take him at #3.
– The Ravens will not know what compensatory picks they will get for losing free agents last year till the end of the month, but there is a strong belief that they will get a third round pick based off of the performance of Adalius Thomas. Here is a brief explanation of how compensatory picks are figured out: In addition to the 32 picks in each round, there are a total of up to 32 picks dispersed at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7. These picks, known as “compensatory picks,” are awarded to teams that have lost more qualifying free agents than they gained the previous year in free agency. Teams that gain and lose the same number of players but lose higher-valued players than they gain also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor. So, for example, a team that lost a linebacker who signed for $2.5 million per year in free agency might get a sixth-round compensatory pick, while a team that lost a wide receiver who signed for $5 million per year might receive a fourth-round pick.
If fewer than 32 such picks are awarded, the remaining picks are awarded in the order in which teams would pick in a hypothetical eighth round of the draft.

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Greatest tag team or groups in pro wrestling

Posted on 04 March 2008 by caseywillett

So because of the huge response to the wrestling debate and for it being brought up in some of the comments, here it goes. Top five tag team or groups:
  1. The Von Erich’s (a tremendous group that had classic battles. I would highly recommend if you were a fan of theirs or just a wrestling fan to check out the DVD that the WWE put out about WCCW and the Von Erich’s.)
  2. The Road Warriors – perhaps the greatest tag team in wrestling history. Animal and Hawk were the most dominant during their time and you knew there was a chance you were going to lose before the music was over with. Classic battles with Midnight Express, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard are all time classics.
  3. DX – When Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Billy Gunn, and the Road Dogg. They were at the top of their game when they were all together. The will go down in my opinion as one of the best creations that WWF ever put together. Billy Gunn and Road Dogg were a very solid tag team of two guys who did not have a lot of success in singles action, but were very good together.
  4. Four Horseman – Now I am not talking about the Horseman when Mongo McMichael,Dean Malenko, Brian Pillman, Chris Benoit, or any of the other guys who tried to fill out that group towards the end. Ric Flair,Tully Blanchard,Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Lex Luger, and Ole Anderson, were the best forms of the Horseman. The Horseman was a great group and dominated the sport during their days. Horseman helped the career of Luger and Windham a lot and their star was really starting to shine with the Horseman.
  5. NWO – Again much like Horseman, the 15 different groups of NWO toward the end really tarnished the tremendous faction NWO was. Horace Hogan, Buff Bagwell, and some of the other guys that were apart of the NWO were a joke, I am talking about Hogan, Hall, Nash, and I will even through Six Pac in their.
Honorable mention: Free Birds (the had some legendary battles with the Von Erich’s) Midnight Express (I was a little bit more of a fan of Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane a little bit more than when Dennis Condry was a part of the group) Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson (part of why I did not include them is because I count them in with the 4 Horseman) British Bulldogs (probably a little bit before their time, but dominant)
Because Rob and Ray would expect it, I am not including the Rock n Roll Express, Midnight Rockers, Hart Foundation ( again not a Bret Hart fan and The Anvil was even worse), Shawn Michaels and Diesel.
Now let the debate begin.

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Monday Musings

Posted on 07 January 2008 by Mark Suchy

  • I could write an entire book about NFL head coaches making the game more complicated than it needs to be. For all the big money contracts, long hours at the office and film study of opponents, many of them seem to overlook the simplicity of addition and subtraction regarding the scoreboard. Mike Tomlin is just the latest example of this. His insistence on going for two point conversions in the fourth quarter Saturday night changed the strategy and outcome of that game. Consider that if Tomlin had simply kicked extra points following both of those touchdowns and the game had played out exactly the same way, Josh Scobee’s field goal would have tied the game at 31 and they would have headed to OT. Sometimes it may not be as exciting or gutsy to just boot the extra point through the uprights, but it’s the smartest play. It’s really quite simple: Only go for two when absolutely necessary! Why do NFL head coaches eschew this easy rule of thumb? I work in construction and I can figure it out! How come these multimillionaires cannot?
  • Speaking of football made easy, early in the fourth quarter of that Jax-Pittsburgh game, the Jaguars had the ball around their own thirty yard line, holding an eleven point lead with about 11:30 left on the clock. You would think the Jags would run here; even if unsuccessful, three runs into the line would have taken about three minutes off the clock after they punted. Instead, Jax went incomplete, incomplete, incomplete and then punted, giving the Steelers the ball and the additional time on the clock. Why? I always believed that if you held a lead of any margin in the fourth quarter, especially on the road, the best ally was the clock. You control the game more substantially when the clock winds down; the less time you allow your opponent to come back, the greater your opportunity to win becomes. Simple, right? I guess not.
  • Santana Moss made the absolute worst play of the weekend’s games. His failure to see the pass that Marcus Trufant intercepted was bad enough, but his total lack of effort in trying to get to Trufant was even more contemptible. Just a totally unprofessional play.
  • I hope the powers-that-be in Owings Mills are calling Jim Schwartz today. I wrote last week, and said on my show Saturday, that I’d like to see the Ravens hire Jason Garrett. But I’m going to pull a “Bisciotti” here and make a different decision. I’m going to go with a “gut feeling”. Jim Schwartz is now my favorite candidate. His steady guidance of the Tennessee defense and seeming ability to improve young players under his teaching has moved him up in my eyes. Funny how the Titans did a very credible job defensively yesterday against the NFL’s best running back, but were ultimately undermined by erratic, substandard quarterback play. Sound familiar?
  • This upcoming NFL Divisional Round promises to be special. Each game has intriguing storylines. Can Seattle make up for their last playoff trip to Lambeau Field? Will the Packers treat Brett Favre to a magical playoff run (probably his last)? Can Jacksonville do the unthinkable Saturday night in Foxboro? Will they completely crumble against an undefeated and historic Patriots team? Can San Diego do it to Indy for a third straight time, probably without their best receiver, Antonio Gates, missing? Has everyone underestimated the Colts because of New England’s success? Will T.O. play for Dallas, and is he healthy enough to make a difference? Can Eli Manning possibly win two straight road playoff games? Have Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson returned from Cancun? If so, why?
  • I hope you ACC basketball fans saw last night’s Clemson – NC thriller from Littlejohn Coliseum. Terrific game, worthy teams and OT to boot. If the Tar Heels aren’t the nation’s deepest team, I’m afraid to find out who is. Wayne Ellington’s three with 0.4 seconds left in overtime was absolutely cold-blooded. Clemson, by the way, should still finish third in the conference. If their confidence isn’t derailed by last night’s disappointment, that is. I think Oliver Purnell is too good of a coach to let that happen, though. Hey, it’s the ACC; every team will suffer heartbreaking losses like that in conference play.
  • Gary Williams took control of the Maryland locker room last week, and it’s paying dividends. There’s the difference between college and professional coaching. Can you imagine the media firestorm that would have occurred if Brian Billick had all the Ravens’ players nameplates taken off their lockers, and told every one of them to remove personal photos, etc. from their lockers? Good win for the Terps Saturday in Charlotte, though. But I’m going to agree with Glenn Clark on this: Maryland absolutely has to win 10 ACC regular season games to merit consideration for an NCAA bid. Those home losses to Ohio U. and American are RPI wreckers.
  • Speaking of Maryland basketball, how can the Lady Terps be 18-1 and only the 5th ranked team in the country? Brenda Frese has built a powerhouse, folks. Beating any ACC team by 64 (!) should prove that.
  • My pick for tonight’s BCS Championship Game: LSU 37, Ohio State 19. And a 2 loss team is the National Champion?!? PLEASE, NCAA Athletic Directors, PLEASE give us a Division I football playoff. If this season hasn’t shown you the light, what will?
  • Baseball Hall of Fame nominees I think should get in this year: Goose Gossage, Lee Smith, Jim Rice (why he still isn’t in is a mystery to me – second most-feared cleanup hitter of his era behind Eddie Murray) and Andre Dawson. As much as I believe Bert Blyleven, Tommy John and Jack Morris are worthy, those other four have to get in first.
  • Speaking of baseball, memo to Andy MacPhail: You have approximately five weeks left before Spring Training begins. Last time I checked, Melvin Mora, Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff were still on the Orioles 40 man roster. You might want to start making some “exploratory” phone calls around the league. Oh, I almost forgot about Jay Gibbons. Isn’t there some team out there that needs a washed up, overpriced juicer? Get some BP balls for him and let’s make the deal. If MacPhail thought the media reaction to Billick’s firing was something, wait until he trots out those four guys for introductions on Opening Night at Camden Yards! All 7,382 fans in attendance will get the message across!

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Wild Bill Hagy … give that fan —

Posted on 21 August 2007 by Drew Forrester

— a spot in the Orioles Hall of Fame.

I know the team is going to honor Wild Bill Hagy with a moment of silence tonight. And that IS a nice gesture. But, I’ve been racking my brain all day, trying to think of what the team SHOULD do to honor his memory, yet not make any revenue off the gesture.

The answer is so easy, even a dummy like me can endorse it.

Put Wild Bill Hagy in the team’s Hall of Fame. Broadcasters are part of team’s Halls of Fame all the time — and they never make a play, kick a field goal or score a goal. If broadcasters can be enshrined, why can’t the best fan of all time?

In Hagy’s case, it wasn’t that he was the MODEL fan — after all, anyone who got within a section or two of “34” in the ’70s and 80s might have thought they were at a Grateful Dead concert instead of a baseball game. I attended over 300 games in my youth/young adulthood and I probably sat in the upper deck, right field side at least 80% of the time. It was, for any of you who recall, a “happening” unlike any other at Memorial Stadium. Sure, there were some funny cigarettes passed around and there was A LOT of beer consumed up there, but those folks in 34 did something even more excessive than party. They cheered. And rooted hard. And no one made it a happening like Wild Bill Hagy. He was, without question, the ringleader.

When’s the last time you went to a baseball game and your entire section had a great time? How long has it been? Some of you might say Free The Birds last September 21 … and yes, the left field upper deck did slightly resemble “the good old times” of Section 34, minus the uh, cannabis, although I’m sure a few of you might have even honored Wild Bill in your own special way last September 21 when we all got together.

It’s been so long since the baseball stadium in Baltimore was “the place to be seen.”

But this blog and my discussion tomorrow morning won’t center on why OPACY is no longer a happening. I’m not chasing that ghost anymore this season.

This blog is all about Wild Bill, the memories and what the team could do to honor the man who, practically, brought people to the stadium with his energy, enthusiasm and love for “dem Os”. He was one of their best marketing tools ever.

He belongs in the team’s Hall of Fame. As fans go, is he — or is he not — a “Hall of Famer”? Yes or no? Of course he is.

You’ll hear a tepid response from the team — maybe. Something like, “While we appreciate the memories that Mr. Hagy created back in the 1970s and 1980s, we believe the Orioles Hall of Fame should be reserved for playing personnel and members of the team’s front office only.”

Half of those people in the front office owe their careers to Wild Bill Hagy, truth be known.

Here’s a personal Wild Bill story that I can finally share. In the 1992-93 indoor soccer season, I had Charley Eckman contact Hagy for me and offer an introduction. I got on the phone and asked Wild Bill to come out to one of our games against an archrival, the Cleveland Crunch. Hagy said, “I don’t know nothin’ about soccer, Drew, I’m afraid I wouldn’t do a lot of good for you.” I said, “Wild Bill, we’re the team in white … anytime we do something good and people get rowdy, you lead the way.”

He agreed to come out and do a cameo appearance for the Spirit vs. Cleveland game. I asked him what his fee was and he said, “I’m not charging you anything since you know Eckman and he says you’re a right guy. But if anyone asks you how much I charge, tell ’em I asked for $500 …” I thanked him and he said, “you will have free beer for me, right?” Of course, we did.

He came out that night and, like he half-predicted, he wasn’t really in tune with the game and certainly didn’t have anywhere near the impact he did in the baseball business. But we brought him down to the field, let him kick out the first ball and, for a night, Wild Bill was a star again and the 11,000 in attendance that evening got to shower him with applause and a standing ovation. There were tears in his eyes as he walked off the field. We were televising the game that night and Eckman was in the booth. I mentioned to Hagy that Eckman was waving at him and Wild Bill took off his hat and waved it at Charley in the press box.

The Orioles should take off their hats and wave them at Hagy as well.  And then, maybe a little too late, but certainly it’s better late than never, they should wave Wild Bill into the Hall of Fame of Baltimore Orioles baseball.

If I had the time, I could probably think of 34 reasons to let him in.

But there’s really only one reason.

He made baseball in Baltimore fun.

There’s a generation of us out there tonight who can’t say “thank you” enough.


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If Gaylord Perry is in, Bonds should be too

Posted on 05 August 2007 by Drew Forrester

I figured I’d get a head start on the whole argument about Barry Bonds — should he or should he not be in baseball’s Hall of Fame someday?

This is a question none of the voters will “officially” have to answer for another 6 years, at least.  If Bonds does, in fact, retire after this season, a player isn’t “vote worthy” until he’s been out of the game for five seasons.

But I can save everyone a lot of time, agony and sleepless nights.

Bonds deserves to be voted in and he does “first ballot” status.


Because Gaylord Perry is in.

Bonds is a suspected cheater, having never tested positive for steroids or any other performance enhancing drug.  We all KNOW he dabbled – or maybe he used ’em regularly.  But the facts are, either through a well-orchestrated baseball cover-up or just because “his people” helped him duck, dodge and, ultimately pass every steroids test administered over the last five years, Bonds hasn’t yet been caught by the powers that be.

Gaylord Perry doctored baseballs when he pitched.  Everyone knew it.  He admitted to it.  He was a cheater.

Now, I will admit – before any of you claim THIS defense for Perry – that doctoring a baseball and taking steroids aren’t nearly the same as it relates to the federal government.  There are laws in place to cover the use of banned and/or illegal substances in our country.  As far as I know, Congress isn’t all that worried about spitting on a baseball or nicking it with a nail file.

But, in the game of baseball, cheating – in an effort to improve either your performance or improve your team’s chances of winning – still has to go down as the most damaging of all missteps by a player.

Gaylord Perry cheated.

Barry Bonds might have used steroids in an era in which the league didn’t have testing – and that’s more the league’s fault than anyone elses.  McGwire, Sosa, Canseco, Caminiti – the list of suspected users goes on and on.  But the facts remain that none of those players tested positive – and hell, as goofy as he is, Canseco might even be lying about how many years he was a user.  After all, when you went out on a date and “only” held hands with that cheerleader back in high school, what was YOUR response when your buddies gathered around the next day and said, “so, dude, what did you do with her last night?”  I’m sure Canseco was a steroid user, but I’m not so sure he was a needle-nut like he says – and that’s ONLY because there wasn’t testing in place back then to verify the truth-tellers from the liars.

But the issue right now is this:  Bonds is going to face great scrutiny over the next few years, possibly even federal government scrutiny, and to the ardent baseball fan, any kind of charge and/or indictment against Bonds for using steroids is proof-positive he used them en route to becoming the game’s all-time home run leader.

But Gaylord Perry is in the Hall of Fame and he cheated.

And Bonds belongs there as well.

Perhaps Perry’s scandalous behavior was overlooked because he’s white.

Maybe Perry was welcomed into the hallowed hall because he’s not a jack-ass like Bonds.

Maybe, just maybe, black jack-asses have a different set of rules than white good old boys.  I don’t know.

But if Bonds never gets in and Perry stays in, it’s definitely wrong.

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The Beginning of The End

Posted on 24 July 2007 by emilyagueda

I hate to sound like a fatalist, but my Saturday at Calebr8tion – the Hall of Fame celebration for Cal Ripken in Towson –  set off chimes of doom in my head.

Of the many baseball memories I have, my standout childhood memory centers around the ’83 season.   My sisters and I had a pretty conservative childhood.  There are 4 of us, and the family outings were few and far between back in those tight times.  Games were watched on television, accompanied by stories of the Orioles and other players who spent their winters in Puerto Rico.

But 1983 was special.  The Orioles were big winners and fans were gathering at BWI to let the team know we were all watching and celebrating, too.  I don’t know if it was the fact that we lived 5 miles from BWI or that my mother’s nostaglia and excitement won over the fact that it was past our bedtime.  Before my sisters & I knew it, my parents piled us in our big brown station wagon and we headed out to greet the O’s.  I remember the speeches and the excitement and remember being hoisted on my dad’s shoulders to get a better look at the elation on the players’ faces.

I am glad Cal Ripken shares that memory with me.  If he had the mindset of many of our present day players, we would probably have been blogging over what hat the Hall of Fame committee would induct Cal with.

And that brings me back to my doomsday.  The one thing that struck me as I commiserated with a couple of fans this past weekend who had many more O’s memories than I, is that Cal’s induction is truly the end of baseball as I know it.  Gone is rooting for the home team and looking to the farm for our next shining star.  Gone are the lifers that will make Baltimore their permanent home and community.  All of this – in the entire Major League – ends with Cal and this truly feels like an unchangeable loss.

It is my fervent hope that somehow those days come back.  That the league, in this crazy season of steroid scandals and insane salaries sees what I see:  that all that is good has been stripped from America’s pastime and we are getting further and further away from being able to bring that goodness back.

Any comments: emily@wnst.net.

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Bonds vs. Baseball – Battle of the Jerks

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Drew Forrester

Quick, name another sport where the generation’s best player would EVER put himself above the game like Barry Bonds is doing.

Quick, name another sport where the game itself wouldn’t be in position to treasure one of its greatest players ever and, in the meantime, allow skeptics (like me) the opportunity to laugh at the game’s integrity level.

Can’t name another sport?  Or player?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Can you see Wayne Gretzky telling the NHL Hockey Hall-of-Fame they can’t have his skates or a stick from the night he broke Gordie Howe’s scoring record?

Can you see the NFL telling Ray Lewis they don’t want his cleats and helmet from his final game in the league?

Barry Bonds might be the ONLY athlete in sports so villified and so disliked that even the game itself doesn’t know what to do with him.

To honor him in the manner in which he deserves might somehow indicate that the game is willing to overlook how sour and acerbic he’s been to about 90% of the people he’s come in contact with over the last 15 years.

To NOT honor him would only magnify how much he’s disliked – and all that does is put baseball’s grandest star in the spotlight with a banner above that says, “Baseball’s greatest home run hitter is a jerk of HALL-OF-FAME proportions!”

They deserve one another.

Bonds is a jerk from the word go.  Whatever happens to him, he deserves.   He’s been mean, dishonest and disrespectful.  And that’s a trifecta he’s actually embraced, oddly enough.  Why he enjoys being cast a horse’s ass, I have no idea, but he seems to take pleasure in all the ill-will he creates.

Baseball, on the other hand, needs new medication, because whatever they’re on now ISN’T working.

Crowds – REAL numbers, not those obscenely-falsified numbers teams are publishing each night – are down all over the place and weeknight crowds in a half-dozen cities are bordering on laughable.  Unfortunately, Baltimore is home to some of those laughable gatherings, where last week less than 10,000 live bodies showed up for the Tuesday and Wednesday night thrillers vs. Toronto.

Their cure-all used to be post-season play.  No matter what happened in the regular season, it all got fixed on baseball’s biggest stage…the playoffs and the World Series.  Alas, they’ve even screwed that up, playing virtually all the games at night, starting them just before Larry King Live comes on at 9:00 pm and then, in the dumbest of dumb moves, they actually have games being played opposite one another on the same night, thereby guaranteeing even more customer confusion and dissatisfaction.

Yep, whatever “stuff” baseball is on these days needs to be re-evaluated, because this prescription hasn’t made them better, it’s made them worse.

And now they’re faced with the undeniable fact that the biggest offensive star of the last 25 years is about to set one of the game’s most treasured records and not only do less people care than ever before, but those that do sort-of care don’t know whether or not to applaud or cry.


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Weekend ponderings...

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Weekend ponderings…

Posted on 07 May 2007 by Drew Forrester

Sorry that I wasn’t around yesterday to blog.  Back today with a couple of tidbits, including my final take on the B.J. Surhoff “O’s Hall of Fame” argument.

I think Ray Bachman made an interesting case for B.J. in his Friday, May 4 blog…he cited Surhoff’s work ethic, community efforts and the fact that he maintained a year-long residence in Baltimore (something I CONSTANTLY harp on, of course) as reasons – along with his play on the field – that Surhoff belongs in the team’s Hall of Fame.

At the conclusion of Friday’s show, I said, “at first blush, I think Surhoff is not an O’s Hall of Famer, but give me the weekend to really think it through and I’ll get back to you on Sunday.”

Well, it’s Sunday.

And now I’m saying B.J. Surhoff DOES belong in the team’s Hall of Fame.  Now, that might be proof-positive of what’s happened here in Baltimore since 1998…that we’re willing to take GOOD players and put them in the team’s Hall of Fame because we don’t have any GREAT players on which to bestow that honor upon during the same era.  I don’t think B.J. was a great player.  He was a good player.  Some weeks, he might have been a VERY good player.  But his entire body of work, to me, was that of a good player.  And even though a team’s Hall of Fame should be reserved for that organization’s GREAT players, I think B.J. represents an era in the team’s history when it didn’t have any truly GREAT players – save for maybe Rafael Palmeiro – and thus, he gets in on the “good” vote.

Didn’t see the fight last night, but everything I’m hearing and reading tells me it was a disappointment.  I figured as much.  Boxing just isn’t the same anymore.  And to think those two guys are among the best in the business.  That just shows you how hard it is to pull off a successful bout these days.  Here’s ONE way I would do it if I were the promoter.  Give each boxer a $4 million guarantee for the fight.  Give each one of them $1 million for “training expenses”…this includes all of their training personnel, gym rental, etc. (and have those expenses be filed directly with/paid by the promoter).  And then give $10 million to the winner…as long as it’s a unanimous decision, TKO or knock-out.  If it’s a split decision or a draw, each guy gets $5 million. 

What’s the loser get, you ask?  $10 million LESS than the winner.  Now, go fight, boys.

O’s are losing right now, 8-3 in the 7th.  The WORST thing that could have happened to the Birds has happened.  Pitching injuries.  This injury to Loewen is going to wreck them, I’m telling you.  It’s one thing to trot out some combination of Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Burres every 5th day while you try to figure out what’s wrong with Jaret Wright.  It’s another to have your season-long pitching rotation look like this:

Bedard, Cabrera, Trachsel, ?, ?

You know, or at least you probably can reasonably predict, that Trachsel’s early-season good showing can’t be continued all year.  Let’s hope it does continue, somehow.  Or else, this thing could get real ugly, real quick.

We still have six (6) foursomes remaining for our May 24th WNST Charity Golf Outing, presented in honor of Erinn McCarthy.  Details are available on the web-site or you can e-mail me at drew@wnst.net and I’ll guide you through the sign-up process.

I’m spending the afternoon on Monday at the Maryvale Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Maryland, helping Jamie Costello with their auction and enjoying the great company of the people from Maryvale (where Erinn went to school).  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone over on Stevenson Lane around 5:30 pm.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend.


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