Monthly Archives: January 2010

Brett Favre Isn’t an Eagle,Yet

High school and professional sports have a lot in common. Jock straps, girls, partying and of course girls. But perhaps the biggest thing they have in common is rumors.

Aw, nothing beats a good ol’ rumor especially in this town.

In case you’ve been living in Detroit where quarterbacks come and go as much as Tigers’ mistresses, you’ve given all your hope and trust to one man in this town to win a Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb.

Despite four consecutive NFC East division championships , five NFC Championship Games, one Super Bowl appearance and six Pro Bowls, we’ll get back to that, he’s basically as good as any Detroit Lions’ QB.

Numbers mean zilch when you can’t win the big one. McNabb will go down as the greatest QB in Philadelphia history but things just aren’t working out in the championship department. Cut the cord already.

I’m sure Chicago or Minnesota would love to have No. 5 and maybe he’ll win something for one of those towns but it isn’t happening here.

At the end of the day my money says he stays the final year of his contract but ESPN’s John Clayton told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic “if the price is right he’s gone.”

What would that take a second and fourth round pick? Then what do you draft a safety, how Quentin Michaels is a Pro Bowler is beyond me, and put all your faith in Kevin Kolb who has only started two games in his career?

Do you get rid of Michael Vick, or does he sound like a better option behind center, whoever that is next year, than either McNabb or Kolb?

I’d rather take an 8-8 rebuilding year than another year of playoff blue balls.

I lie. I’ll tell you what the Birds should do, go after Pro Bowlers Brett Favre or Kurt Warner. Both said that they would retire this week and both lead their teams deep into the playoffs, meaning they feel just short of sealing their legacies.

Since were talking about the January 31st Pro Bowl- really, a week before the Super Bowl? Is anyone excited about this?

A week before the Super Bowl.

That means the two best players in Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are out. Nice. Reggie Bush out, even better. Reggie Wayne, yup, you get the point. The two best teams will have no one representing them amongst the leagues’ elite.

Bad idea, and let’s no forget the hit Hawaii’s economy is going to take.

The only one excited here is McNabb because, I can’t believe I’m saying, he’s now a 2010 Pro Bowl QB by default.

Concerning all the controversy I’d much rather see Allen Iverson in the All-Star game than McNabb in the Pro Bowl.

To all the AI haters out there, we know he’s only a shell of his former self. Does he deserve to be in considering this years’ numbers alone no, but neither does Kevin Garnett or Tracey McGrady who hasn’t been in the league in what 5 years?

Iverson’s in because of career achievement. Everyone wants to push that NBA All-Star weekend is all about the fans, so let it be, they voted him in. Just be thankful the game doesn’t decide home court advantage in the NBA Finals.

Seriously AI coming back to Philly for one final year, assuming he retires at the end of the season, is the best thing to happen to the Sixers since he left. The only other exciting Sixers news isn’t even news it’s just rumors but while were talking about trade  rumors sources have revealed that the 76ers could be going after Amare Stodemire or Shaquille O’Neal in a trade involving Andre Iguodala.

You can probably find the answer via one of their Twitter tweets.

If that’s the case AI doesn’t retire because he always said he wanted to play alongside the Big Fundamental. I smell championship.

I admit, I’d love to see AI stick around if he helps the team, an actual 76ers team, win.

If you want the 40 shots per game bad boy AI of 2001, get Gilbert Arenas, I’m sure the Wizards would be glad if someone else paid his bail.

In Iverson’s bad boy defense, at least his glock wasn’t empty.

Speaking of empty, when’s the last time someone didn’t give Chuck Manuel an empty plate? The skipper lost 50 some pounds. Now he looks like the killer from the Saw series not the skipper from the World Series.

Congrats Chuck, I see a Rachel Ray book collaboration deal somewhere down the line.

If you haven’t seen Manuel’s new physic you’ll see him soon enough because pitchers and catchers report on February 17th.

It’s hard to remember when Philadelphia has ever been more antsier for Opening Day. The Phillies made so many right moves in the off season so why does the trade we’ve all been praying for in our southpaw savior Roy Halladay feel so wrong? 

Two words, Cliff Lee.

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Baseball’s Scumbag Hall of Fame

Congratulations  to Andre Dawson on becoming the sole representative for the 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame . The “Hawk”  will forever stand among the kings of baseball. His impressive physic along with his even more impressive numbers made Dawson a natural and fan favorite during a career that spanned three decades. Dawson will enter the Hall as a Cubbie, and rightfully so, sporting the blue in 1987  as the NL MVP. About the only thing he couldn’t do was bring “The North Siders” a century overdue championship.

So thank you Andre and to all you Cubbies fans out there, better luck next year.

Speaking of better luck, Bert Blyleven fell just five votes short of the 75 percent  vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America needed to crack the gates. Hang in there Bert, your time is near; much closer than some other players on the election ballot this year.

Yes, we’re talking Robbie Alomar and “Big Mac” McGwire and with their names we start the top 10 Hall of Fame  worthy scumbaggers.

10. Roberto Alomar

Without a doubt top three second basemen of all-time and should’ve been inducted this year. Fantastic numbers, fantastic fielding range, and fantastic spitter. Always love a guy who pulls a page out of the  “I hate” Keith Hernandez book.

9. Rafael Palmeiro

With his incredible defense and mind-boggling consistency at the plate, Palmeiro is one of the most underrated sluggers of all-time. And after his date with the Grand Jury, one of the most underrated liars too.

8. Roger Clemons

Although I don’t care for Mike Piazza either, I don’t know if I’d throw a bat his way. I guess “The Rocket” thought he’d want it as a token of their friendship. Much like Roger took pretty much any rocket fuel that came his way.

7. Gaylord Perry

Yes, the name’s correct. So is the information in his 1974 autobiography Me and the Spitter. The “Spitter” of course is a spit fastball. Whether you refer to it as the spit ball, mud ball or shine ball it’s been illegal in baseball since 1921 with only 17 pitchers of the day granted an exception. Fifty years later Gaylord exempted himself from the ban, now he’s a hall of famer.

6. Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden

Don’t let the peachy names full ya. These baseball bad boys of the 80’s and early 90’s took New York by storm becoming the two most underachieving teammates in history. Now just their careers combined are hall worthy. Both had the numbers, the potential and the cocaine to prove it.

5. Sammy Sosa

Slammin’ Sammy could hit, boy could he. Throughout his playing days he brought honor to his country, cork for the fans, juice for his teammates and when he forgot English in front of the Grand Jury, he brought and interpreter there too. That’s one hell of an ambassador.

4. Mark McGwire

Roger Maris would be turning in his grave if he knew a Big Mac broke his single season record but we’re “not here to talk about the past.” Unfortunately McGwire’s HOF future doesn’t look like it’s coming via Happy Meal.

3. Kenesaw Mountain Landis

The former judge banned the members of the 1919 “Black Sox Scandal” from baseball for life. Although players such as HOF worthy Joe Jackson were though innocent, the ban still remains.

Landis continued his Hall of Fame career by becoming the first commissioner of baseball in 1920, thus eliminating the spit ball (Gaylord) and African-Americans from baseball until his timely death in 1944. Three years later Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

2. Ty Cobb

Second all-time hits leader but first class racist. Cobb was a known racist who once beat up a handicapped man in the stands for calling his mother half black.  But hell, the guy was the best in the biz at throwing tantrums, his sharpened spikes into opposing players shins and the occasional game for the bookies.

Take that Happy Gilmore.

1. Pete Rose

Just kidding. he bet on his team not against them. That doesn’t count.

1. Barry Bonds

The man’s on top of the record books, on top of his lies, on top of his marriage and on top of his cycles. Congratulations Barry on being king of  High Hopes scumbag Hall of Fame!

 He broke nearly every record imaginable and with it he broke the intergity of baseball.

Note: Unfortunately not all the best could be included in this list but the top runner up’s go to Philly favorites Jose Canseco and Curt Schilling.

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