Apologies for the lack of posts yesterday. I’ll make it up to you today. It’s a quick hits type of morning:
-On the A&M situation: I want so badly for that school to get out of Texas’ shadow and into the SEC, but this attempted realignment reveals what still dominates the decision-making process in college football. For those who haven’t read yet, the potential move by Texas A&M to the SEC is not being delayed because the SEC presidents don’t want them, it’s actually being delayed so that ESPN can make sure it doesn’t breach contractual obligations it has to both conferences. Basically the WWL is making sure the Big 12 can’t come sue them and the SEC when this is all said and done, thus the delay. Once they can figure out how best to get around the wording in the contracts, the move is a done deal. I’d personally like to see the Big 12 cease to exist as a conference, but that all depends on what the University of Oklahoma decides to do. Unfortunately that likely means the worst AQ conference in the country with UT and Oklahoma taking turns every year going to the BCS for winning the conference. And you think the Big East is bad? Wait until the Big 12 South features UT, Okie State, Houston, Baylor, SMU, and Rice. And that’s only slightly better than a future Big 12 North of Oklahoma, Mizzou, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Tulsa. The Big 12, where I want to wager that UT and Oklahoma win the rest of the Big 12 titles until the conference eventually disappears.
-This is the number one argument that comes up in the post-steroid era when discussing a player’s HOF candidacy: “I don’t agree with the people who say the steroid era tarnished every players’ legacy, but I understand where they’re coming from on this.” That is such a crock of s— and anyone who makes that argument no longer deserves to have their sports opinion matter (I’m looking at you Mike Greenberg). In the wake of Jim Thome’s 600th home run last night the tinier Mike tried to make the case this morning that he understood where people were coming from when they discounted his home run achievements because of the steroid era. He of course then tried to backtrack on his words and say that he personally didn’t believe in that, but again, he understood where they were coming from. The dude may as well have slapped a hand-written endorsement on that flawed logic and called it his own. Look, Jim Thome is and should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. He destroyed the game statistically and by all accounts is one of the all-time nice guys in the sports world. What more do you ask for? Are you really going to not let this guy in because he didn’t play twenty years earlier? These idiot sportswriters do know that baseball players in the 70s and 80s were just as guilty of using performance enhancers, right? I’m tired of baseball’s archaic and biased system of pick-and-choose-justice determining the legacies of former players. Get a clue baseball writers.
-I want to put this on paper right now: my pick to win the NL is the Milwaukee Brewers. I think their roster is more complete than either the Giants (they might miss the playoffs at this point and their offense is somehow worse after the Beltran addition) and the Phillies (still don’t trust their offense or their bullpen). Sorry to all the baseball writers back east fantasizing every night about a Philly/Boston final. Not…gonna…happen!
-The European soccer season has commenced and I am in love. The big predicament I find myself in is that I don’t have a team to root for yet. Here’s a basic rundown of my thought process. I immediately am crossing off any one of the “big teams.” I rail on Red Sox and Yankees fans in the US and thus it wouldn’t make any sense for me to become that guy when it comes to soccer. This immediately crosses off the following teams: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid. Next, my debate basically came down to the fact that the team has to be in the English Premier League so that I can actually follow them. That eliminates all the German and Italian powerhouses. So basically what it came down to in my mind is one of the following three teams: Fullham, Tottenham, or Everton. The pro for Fullham is that they have my favorite player in American Clint Dempsey, the con is that they’re easily the worst of those three teams. The pros for Tottenham are that they’re easily the best of those three teams (assuming they keep Modric) and they actually have an outside shot of winning this year, the cons are that Bill Simmons already laid claim to that team as his own and I’m all about being an original. And finally with Everton, the pros are that they have America’s goalkeeper Tim Howard and Landon Donovan played their on loan last season, but the con is that when I watch that team play I just cannot fall in love with them. I guess what I’m saying is that if anyone has any suggestions on who to root for, I’m all ears.
Generation Y, where 13 different winners in the last 13 majors excites us as much as having to watch C-SPAN for the next 12 hours.