Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
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Sunday, August 29, 2010
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Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
"There’s not a lot ways in this economic environment we can generate incremental revenues. That’s the best way."
Of course, it all has to do with money. There is a lot more money to be made on regular-season games than on the preseason. I wonder how wise this is however. I think that the injuries will increase quite a bit because by the end of the season with the current schedule, players are tired enough. Add two more weeks with the intensity of the regular season and I think you will have problems with fatigue. But I don't think that will slow down the owners, I think we will see more regular-season football in future seasons.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
"If I were Major League Baseball, I'd be much more concerned if the Yankees' numbers were released. It would present a dramatic disparity and you'd begin to wonder how you can retain an economic structure that allows teams to earn such disparate amounts of money."
When I read this, what I think Gennaro might be referring to is the necessity for a salary cap. I definitely have mixed feelings about this. While I do think that the salary level is ridiculous, I also know that if the players aren't making the money, the owners are going to pocket more. Again, I do not have a problem with the owners making money because that is why they bought the business. However, what would ideally happen is that with less salary to pay because of the cap, ticket and merchandise prices might be able to drop to make baseball much more affordable for the average fan. I do not think that this would happen because as long as people are willing to pay for the tickets, the prices will not drop. However, I do not think that the owners would adopt the lower prices because when there's profit to be made, they will make it. So, I don't think that there should be a salary cap, because the intended effect to make the game more affordable for the fans due to fewer expenses would not happen.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
"Honestly, I haven't turned it on. I hate the Jets, so I refused to support that show."
Pretty strong words coming from one of the biggest sports figures in New England. Granted, we all probably throw the word hate around way too much and too casually for the degree of intensity that that word conveys. However, it is one thing to say them that you hate something in the backyard talking to friends while it is another thing to be on the radio broadcasting to most of New England. Given his previous track record, I don't really think that Tom Brady meant much by this comment. It's not like he is going to try to hunt them down. However, maybe a bit more caution with word choice could be used when you know that the media, such as myself, just love to pick apart everything they say.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
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Friday, August 20, 2010
These days are much different than when I started to play. In those days, the reporters talked about the game, not about the drama. Now, as a member of the media, I knew that we're looking for the story behind the story. It isn't enough to write that a pitcher had a bad day. There has to be a reason. Is he hurt? Is he having family problems? Is it the manager's fault? Is he too secure with that nice new contract with all of the guaranteed money? It can never be as simple as he made a few bad pitches and got burned. And as a journalist, I had to be there to ask the questions. I had to know why even if somewhere in my mind I knew that it was just a bad day. Drama sells papers, not pat answers about feeling a little bit off that day or about the excellent effort from the opposing team. Even if the pat answers are the truth, people want more. And as long as the public wanted more, the media had to dig.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
• Number one, Roger Clemens had just been indicted for perjury. You know, you'd think that after years of keeping hitters honest, he might've picked up some tips. I guess steroids affect more than just muscles (although people always talk about exercising the brain, it is not a muscle).
• Number two, Brett Farve is coming back. I guess I understand not wanting to end your career on an interception. However, I'd rather leave it on that than when I need to use my Medicare to pay for my latest injury. There is always an end even if it is not a desirable one, and I think that Brett should Pack up his Viking ship and Jet into the Hall of Fame where a player of his greatness belongs.
• Finally, apparently Fresno State and Nevada are being "selfish" for wanting to leave the WAC to join the Mountain West according to the commissioner of the WAC. So who loses out if these schools leave? Everybody else gets picked up by a different conference, but all of the jobs fall out of the conference. Does somebody want to keep his job maybe? I know I wouldn't want to go job hunting in this economy.
These are a few items that caught me off guard in the media. Kind of ironic I thought.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
• Who doesn't love a perfectly executed 6-4-3 double play or one of another variety?
• Scaling the outfield wall to rob a home run (unless of course it was going to be a Phillies home run)
• Striking out the side
• The walkoff homerun
• A great knuckleball
• A snow cone catch preferably by an outfielder right near the wall
• Ken Griffey Junior's swing
• Submarine pitchers
• The catcher taking a hit at home plate but holding onto the ball
• Vicente Padilla's insanely slow curveball
• The Phillies Liberty Bell ringing after a homerun
Do you have a favorite play that I am forgetting? Comment here or shoot me an e-mail!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I thought that it was funny how the situation worked out. I guess funny isn't quite the right word, but I guess ironic would be better. I had turned the kid on to baseball, but now he was the reason I was turned off. Maybe I better backup. A few years ago, Joe hadn't even wanted to touch a baseball. He simply had no interest in it, but, being his friend, I thought it would do him good to have something to do. With much convincing on my part, he finally caved in and came out to play. All of a sudden, it was like I couldn't keep him away from the game, and the problem was that he kept getting better. Soon, I that he would pass me by, and for some reason, even though he was my friend, I couldn't stand it. I knew that I was going to lose playing time to him, and I would even lose my starting position because he kept getting better. So in a way, I kind of knocked myself off the starting lineup, but of course you can't blame yourself, then only way I could give blame was by giving it to him.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
However, I have a somewhat funnier story than that. Do you think that it would be possible for a major sports trophy to accidentally be engraved with the wrong team? I would have answered in the negative, but I would have been wrong. I don't know a lot about NHL trophies, but apparently the Prince of Wales Trophy is given to the winner of the Eastern conference every year. Those of you might remember, the Philadelphia Flyers won the Eastern conference last year. However, look at that photo I borrowed from Yahoo. That's right; the title was given to the Washington Capitals. However, the story gets better. Nobody would believe him, and the Hall of Fame said that the pictures were somehow contrived with Photoshop. It seemed like no other media outlets were picking up this story, but finally one blog picked it up and finally the Hall of Fame admitted that it had made a mistake. This is kind of a big mistake to make however, and as I have learned from the Phillies game, I doubt that Flyer fans will be any more forgiving. The trophy has been corrected though, so hopefully the Hall of Fame will move on.
Ironically, the day after we are in Philadelphia, they manage to win. Well, what are you going to do?
However, I have a somewhat funnier story than that. Do you think that it would be possible for a major sports trophy to accidentally be engraved with the wrong team? I would have answered in the negative, but I would have been wrong. I don't know a lot about NHL trophies, but apparently the Prince of Wales Trophy is given to the winner of the Eastern conference every year. Those of you might remember, the Philadelphia Flyers won the Eastern conference last year. However, look at that photo here on Yahoo. That's right; the title was given to the Washington Capitals. However, the story gets better. Nobody would believe him, and the Hall of Fame said that the pictures were somehow contrived with Photoshop. It seemed like no other media outlets were picking up this story, but finally one blog picked it up and finally the Hall of Fame admitted that it had made a mistake. This is kind of a big mistake to make however, and as I have learned from the Phillies game, I doubt that Flyer fans will be any more forgiving. The trophy has been corrected though, so hopefully the Hall of Fame will move on.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I have been to Camden Yards three times before. There is a certain charm with the warehouse in right field that I remember something about Ken Griffey Junior busting a very high window in the Home Run Derby. Too bad I don't remember more than that, but it was nevertheless a giant homerun. The rest of the ballpark bears a striking resemblance to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Also, if my memory serves me, some of the people in the design process worked on both ballparks. If there is a bad seat, I was unable to find it as most seats have excellent sight lines to all areas of the field. Of course there are certain blind spots present at certain seats, but really they're very good most of the time. So, I guess I would say that if you're in Baltimore, you might as well stop by. It's one of the nicer parks I have ever been to.
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Monday, August 9, 2010
I am Googling...
Okay, okay, I know that you are all desperately wondering what happened to this landmark in the Inner Harbor. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun in June, Walt Disney Co. made the decision in June to shut down five ESPN Zones including the one in Baltimore. However, what made this one special was the fact that it was the original ESPN Zone. According to this article, this ESPN Zone had been open for 12 years. It was started more as an experiment by Disney, but it ended up eventually falling apart due to increased competition and the fact that the restaurant became more of a tourist attraction as opposed to a regular everyday restaurant. Personally, being a tourist, I enjoyed it, and I thought the food was very good. However, apparently Baltimore didn't worry about it enough, and it is the end of an era.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
The game sped along quickly as the Jaguars and Falcons did battle. These two giants of Florida basketball were squaring off for the first time ever as the Falcons were from the Miami area whereas the Jaguars were from the Panhandle. Fate had never brought them together until this night in March. Both teams ran a high-octane offense so there was little time for even the spectators to catch their breath. This night was a little bit different for the Falcons though. As much as their coach, Dan Smith, tried to run a very balanced offense, he was blessed or perhaps cursed by having the best player in Florida on his team who ran the offense most of the time. The blessing is how he led his team to an undefeated year while playing as good as any player in recent Florida history, but the curse comes when your team doesn't know how to run without him, and he happens to be hurt during the most important game of the year. Nothing throws off a team's balance like dropping the anchor of the team. But they had to play, they had to bring their A game tonight, or this season was over.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
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