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I’m glad the Red Sox won.  I hope it ticks off the Orioles…

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I’m glad the Red Sox won. I hope it ticks off the Orioles…

Posted on 31 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

Back in October of 2009, I wrote right here and said on the air that I hoped the Yankees would win the World Series against the Phillies.

I got clobbered by people who couldn’t believe a Baltimore guy would stoop to such a low level.

I had my reasons for doing it, and it looks like I might have been right.

And, for those same reasons, still, I’m happy the Red Sox won the World Series last night.

Really, I am.

I’m happy the Red Sox won because their success might light a fire under the Orioles front office this winter, in the same way the Yankees winning in 2009 might have been the kick-starter for Peter Angelos waking up and realizing that trotting out inferior managers like Perlozzo and Trembley wasn’t going to cut it.  Five months into the 2010 season, Buck Showalter arrived on the scene at Camden Yards and things haven’t been the same – in a good way – since that move.

I’m happy for the Red Sox and I’m glad they won.

They’re an organization that TRIES to win.  Their fans…yeah, they might be jerks, but the football fans in Charm City aren’t exactly gold medal “good winners” either.  The Red Sox, though, understand the same concept the Yankees employ: “We owe it to our fans to be a champion.”

It’s been 30 years since the Orioles played in the World Series and nearly 20 years since the team advanced to the A.L. Championship Series.

I’m all for anything that gets Peter Angelos and Dan Duquette to say, “Enough is enough.  We’re tired of seeing New York and Boston win.”

Does seeing the Red Sox win bother those two enough?

My guess is probably not.

Which, of course, explains why the club has never been to the World Series in the Peter Angelos era of ownership.

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Two vested veterans like Huff and Spears getting cut is a very telling statement from the Ravens.

They’re basically saying, “Neither of those players could have helped us for the remainder of the season.”

Quite an admission.

And, a rare swing and miss from Ozzie Newsome.  Make that TWO swings — and TWO misses.

A few people e-mailed me on Wednesday after the news of Huff and Spears getting the boot was made public and once again tried to pigeon-hole a player move into why the Ravens should have kept Anquan Boldin instead of signing those two players.

Let me, I promise, try and educate you all on this one final time.

Anquan Boldin was due to make $6 million this season with the Ravens.

In the Ravens opinion, he wasn’t a $6 million football player anymore.

So, in their estimation, he was worth $4 million and they asked him to play for that.

He said “no”.  The Ravens said, “Well, we don’t think you’re worth $6 million, so we’ll have to part company.”

And that’s that.

The Ravens DID use the money they saved by trading Boldin on other players, yes, but they were going to go out and get football players in the off-season whether or not Anquan Boldin was retained or not.

If Anquan Boldin would have agreed to play for $4 million, he’d be in Baltimore.  Instead, he’s making $6 million in San Francisco, which is what he wanted.

The Ravens wanted Boldin, too.  But, they didn’t think he was a $6 million football player anymore.

Were they wrong on that estimation?  I’d say based on his overall performance in San Francisco this season, probably not.  That said, with Dennis Pitta on the sidelines in Baltimore, Boldin would have been a welcome sight here over the last seven weeks of the 2013 season.

Without money being a consideration, if you asked me “would you rather the Ravens HAVE Boldin on their team or NOT HAVE him on their team?”, I’d absolutely say, “Have…”

Only problem?  Money is always a consideration in the NFL.  It’s the driving force behind the structural formula that gives each franchise hope every March.

We must also keep this in mind anytime we’re discussing a player in one city vs. another city:  Nothing is ever the same.  These aren’t pieces of a puzzle that fit in next to one another.  What Boldin does in San Francisco can’t just be cookie-cuttered into “look at what he would have done in Baltimore for us…”  It just doesn’t work that way.  For all we know, Boldin might have torn his ACL in week two against the Browns if, in fact, he played for the Ravens this season.

People who don’t know sports like to generalize and say stuff like, “Look at what Boldin is doing in San Francisco.  He’d be doing the same thing here for us if Ozzie wouldn’t have let him go.”

Maybe.  Maybe not.  He might be doing worse.  Or, he might be doing better.

The Ravens – in their expert opinion – felt like Anquan Boldin wasn’t worth $6 million anymore and he wasn’t going to be worth it even if they didn’t sign Marcus Spears or Michael Huff.

Now — pay attention here:  If you want to beat up the Ravens for signing a couple of stiffs, that’s where you should point your angry finger.  Huff was a complete zero here.  Spears tried, but he’s not healthy anymore.

Those were bad signings.

But they had nothing at all to do with the fact that the Ravens didn’t think Anquan Boldin was a $6 million football player anymore.

 

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I’m rooting for the Red Sox (yes, I know, I’m a bad guy…)

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I’m rooting for the Red Sox (yes, I know, I’m a bad guy…)

Posted on 28 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

The baseball gods are obviously watching this World Series with great interest.

They’ve evened the series at 2-games-apiece after Saturday night’s bizarre ending in St. Louis.

Just the way it should be.

First off, the call on Saturday night was the right one to make.  Was it a dreadful way to lose a World Series game — or any game for that matter?  Sure.  Should Saltalamacchia have his head examined for throwing the ball down there in the first place?  Absolutely. But, that was interference, and the right call, and St. Louis won within the rules.

That said, Boston didn’t “deserve” to lose Game 3.  Thus, the baseball gods stepped in last night to even the series with Boston’s 4-2 win at Busch Stadium.

For reasons I can’t explain – at all – I’m hoping Boston wins this World Series.

I know, I know…that’s almost as bad as hoping the Yankees win.

Like I said, I can’t explain it.

Call it “professional jealousy”, I guess.

I only dream about our Orioles being as successful as these Boston teams have been over the last decade or so.  I realize it’s an impossibility, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least wish your franchise resembled a winning one like the Red Sox.

I picked Boston in seven before the series started.

I hope I’m right.

But I’m not sure why I’m hoping that…

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The Matthew Stafford “fake spike” at the end of the game was legendary.

That said, if he doesn’t pull it off and the clock hits zero after that play, he’s the biggest goat in in the NFL this morning.

I assume, as he ran down to the one-yard line, he figured, “What the hell…it’s the Cowboys…they’ll fall for anything.”

The Dez Bryant explosion was also “legendary”.  Sure, he had a great game, but that’s no reason to act like a buffoon at the end of the afternoon when the Lions cruised down the field to score the winning points.  The next time the Dallas offense gets shut-down and loses a game 20-7, I hope one of the linebackers explodes on Bryant just to even the score.

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On last Friday’s show, I gave out my rarely-distributed “5-star lock”, calling an Oakland win outright over Pittsburgh yesterday.

The Steelers are really bad, which we all love to see here in Baltimore.

Yes, I know, they beat the Ravens last Sunday.  I’m well aware.

But, Pittsburgh is just no freakin’ good.

As they showed on Sunday in Oakland.

You gotta love when those 5-star locks hit…

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I don’t care who you are, but when Bobby Bowden asks a guy on live TV if his deceased father is “still coaching”, it’s just about the funniest thing you’ve even seen, particularly because poor old Bobby just innocently asks the question as if he’s really, really interested.  Here it is for you to watch.

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Chamblee calls Tiger a cheater — then apologizes for saying it.

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Chamblee calls Tiger a cheater — then apologizes for saying it.

Posted on 23 October 2013 by Drew Forrester

I’ve watched bits and pieces of just about every Capitals game thus far in the ’13-14 campaign and it’s becoming more apparent with every viewing opportunity that Washington is going to struggle to make the post-season.

Their defense is terrible.

If not for Braden Holtby — and let’s face it, he’s only a “good” goaltender, nothing more, really — they might not have a win yet this season.

And, if Alex Ovechkin gets a bruised shoulder in two weeks and he misses ten games, they’re not winning any of those contests.

The Caps defense is really bad.

The only two guys who give a representative defensive effort every night are Carlson and Alzner…and both of them are capable of throwing up a stinker-of-a-shift once a period.

Erskine?  Time to put him out to pasture.

Green?  Doesn’t really play defense, not sure you can even consider him a defenseman.

Olesky?  Still learning.  He might be OK actually, but he doesn’t have a mentor to look up to, that’s for sure.

The Metropolitan Division is like moving up from the J.V. to the Varsity as far as the Caps are concerned.  No more lay-ups against the bums of the Southeast Division…they have to play real hockey now, 60 nights a year.

Ain’t gonna happen, I’m afraid to say.

Not with this bunch trying to play defense, that is.

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I’ll take the Red Sox in seven games in the World Series.

Not sure why.

I just think it’s their time.

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It would appear that Tiger Woods and “his people” have more impact at The Golf Channel than perhaps Brandel Chamblee realized.

Chamblee, the outstanding analyst for TGC, essentially called Woods a “cheater” last week when handing out his end-of-season grades for the recently completed 2013 season.  He cited several rules infractions Woods was involved in over a 5-month period and likened them to an episode of his back in grade school when a teacher of Chamblee’s cited him for cheating on a test.

The analyst never said the words “cheating” in his column for Golf.com, but he might as well have.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chamblee defended his piece and his accusations about Woods and the rules issues he ran up against…that lasted until about 8pm on Tuesday night when Chamblee sent out a series of five tweets that apologized – directly – to Woods.

He was adamant that the apology wasn’t forced by The Golf Channel or Golf.com, but the timing certainly looked odd if you ask me.

Calling someone a cheater in golf is the absolute worst thing you can do.

For the record – in my opinion anyway – Woods is NOT a cheater.

As Seve Ballesteros once told Paul Azinger at the 1991 Ryder Cup:  ”Cheating and not knowing the rules are two totally different things.”

That said, I still contend that Tiger should have withdrawn from The Masters last April after his Saturday rules snafu where he took a bad drop on the 15th hole.

But — like Seve said:  Cheating and not knowing the rules are different.

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Baseball Post Season – Unfavorable

Posted on 18 October 2013 by Tom Federline

Detroit, please stop the “Bearded Boys of Summer.” The Boston Red Sox and the beards need to go. I can dig the “team unity/bonding” deal. It can be cool. I did it and I’m sure some of you developed some quirk during your playing days to build that camaraderie among your teammates. If I want to watch bearded ones, I’ll put in a ZZ Top DVD or I’ll replay a Duck Dynasty episode from the DVR. But because it is Boston – it just turns my stomach. When it comes to baseball, no scruffy facial hair and no jewelry. Especially the pretty hemp necklaces and the metal medalions hanging off pitchers necks. I am not a Boston fan. In fact the Red Sux, Spankees and Duke basketball are inter-changeable among my most disliked sports teams.

The baseball postseason is unfavorable due to the #1 fact that the Orioles are not there. So since October 1, it has been “Anybody but the Red Sox.” Not that I really care who wins, just as long as it’s not the Red Sux. Definately a fan of the lesser budgeted teams like the A’s (and they’re out. I was also having a tough time with the Pirates – glad they made it back – just still have a bad taste from 1971 and 1979. “We are Family” – Sister Sledge, to this day is immediately turned off when heard over the radio. The Cardinals – tired of seeing them in post season. Dodgers – cool stadium and I like Don Mattinglys approach to baseball and interviews. He is probably the only Yankee I ever liked. Detroit – not a big fan of them either, they just need to stop the bearded ones.

Other post season pet peeves:
1. Cal Ripken – yes, you heard me right, Cal Ripken. He knows baseball – I do not care. Do you all remember this gem from last years O’s vs. Rangers game – “Adrian Beltre is the best defensive third baseman I have ever seen – even better than Brooks Robinson – sorry Brooksie.” That comment right there has put Cal Ripkens voice in the “not worth my time zone.” Cal is now in that elite Club along with Gary “Thorne in our side.”
2. Get the hand-held TV video cameras …..off the field! Remove the clutter from the field. No cameras, no camera crew running next to these steroid boys. The field should be off limits during the game to anyone not directly invloved with the game. It is an athletic event, not a made for tv movie. Speaking of clutter on the field……ever notice an NFL sideline? Besides the 50 assistant coaches and then the 50 assistant coaches assistants, the entourage of the 100 tv camera crew memebers, the 100 still photographers, the 200 family members and then the 200 friends of the family members, you have to wonder where do they find room for the players and EMT’s.
3. Camera angles – I am sick of the “Pitch Trax”. Is it where the ball crooses the plate or where the catcher cathes the ball? It misrepresents the actual pitch. Put the camera behind the plate and guess what? Most baseball fans are smart enough to tell wether the pitch it is outside, inside, low or high. Remember that camera angle – “back in the day”? Occasionally you may see it, but it is a rarity. You can catch real baseball coverage on MASN airings of Orioles Classics from the 60′s and 70′s.
4. No interpreters for the illegal alien pitchers. If you can’t speak English – learn. All they have to know – keep ball down, 1-fastball, 2- curveball, 3-slider, 4-change-up, get batter out, you did not earn money today – you stunk it up – leave mound, good, bad, yes, no. When you are getting paid around $50-100,000 per outing and throw a ball a couple of days a week for a few minutes or hours, you have the time to learn basic communication of the English language.
5. Mark McGwire – just go away. He is still around and involved with baseball. When they first showed the Cardinal dugout and announced the players; I was like cool – no lieing steroid boy. Then they switch over to the Dodgers dugout and AUGH, there was the deflated cheater. The numbnut Doger organization went and hired him after he got fired from the Cardinals. I guess they needed a “pass-thru” for that Puig juicer guy.

Beards, Cal Ripken, hand-held cameras/camera crews on the field, interpreters and Mark McGwire – all unfavorable and should be gone! Anything from the baseball coverage bugging you?
And to end on a positive note:
1. I dig the 5 – 8pm late afternoon games coming home from work.
2. Unrelated – check out ESPN’s “No Mas”, another good production.

Reminder – It has been thirty (30) years and counting. 30 years – that’s just wrong, man. Definately – unfavorable.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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