Friday, September 30, 2005

Poor Tara Reid. Reports are that E! has decided not to pick up her show, "Taradise" for a second season. Where else will she make wonderful comments like this:
She better take up Playboy on its offers of millions, because she is quickly running out of other options.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The White Sox win over Detroit clinch the American League Central division!!! Congrats!
Listening to the Sox radio broadcast last night, I heard Ed Farmer mention that he saw a recent interview with Pete Rose where Rose stated that right now it no longer matters to him whether or not he ever makes it into the Hall of Fame. Of course, that's bull. But I thought I should reprint part of a long time ago "K-Line" article concering Pete Rose.

Of course, everyone has an opinion on whether or not Pete Rose should be allowed back into major league baseball. My initial position on Pete Rose was that his lifetime ban from baseball should be lifted after fifteen years only for purposes for making him eligible for entry into to the Hall of Fame. I mean he certainly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame because of his play on the field. My opinion was that the lifetime ban should otherwise remain in place, prohibiting Rose from any other involvement with major league baseball, such as managing. While I could still live with that solution, my opinion has changed. I have joined the growing legions that believe that Pete Rose’s lifetime suspension from baseball should be kept in place including keeping Pete Rose out of the Baseball Hall of Fame! It’s simple, you break Baseball Rule 21 and you are out of baseball, including forfeiting your right to enter the Hall of Fame.

Baseball Rule 21, which is posted in every pro baseball clubhouse, states that: “Any player, umpire or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.” It is undisputed, now further clarified by his own admissions which were most likely motivated by his attempting to drive sales of his book, that Pete Rose broke Rule 21 on more than one occasion. In effect, what Pete Rose, the self-proclaimed “ lover of baseball” has done on more than one occasion is trample on the purity of baseball.
Why is baseball so defensive about the issue of betting? It has to be, to protect the game, to protect the purity of baseball. Have you seen the movie “Eight Men Out” or heard about the the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal? It is because of that scandal that Rule 21 was set in place. That is why baseball is overcautious about any possible connection between gambling and baseball. In 1919, several members of the Chicago White Sox were accused and charged with accepting bribes for throwing the World Series, a series in which the White Sox were heavily favored. Thereafter, Major League Baseball has taken steps to protect the very nature of sports, i.e., that it is a true competition on the field

When you go to a sporting event you expect both competitors to be actually trying to win, to at least try to win the game. At the very least, you do not expect the outcome to be fixed and predetermined. Even if one of the teams is clearly more talented than the other, there is always a faint hope, even if it is only a million to one shot that if the stars are aligned properly the underdog has a chance to win. How would you feel about Major League Baseball, the NFL, or the NBA, if the outcomes of the games were predetermined? How would you feel if the outcome of baseball games were as orchestrated as the WWF? Pete Rose attempts to soften the blow of his indiscretions by stating that he only bet on the Reds and never against his team, and that he only placed bets as a manager and not as a player. That’s irrelevant! Even if you believe Pete Rose, it just doesn’t matter. Rule 21 doesn’t state “You can bet FOR your team, but you cannot bet against your team.” In law and politics, one is often cautioned “to avoid the mere appearance of an impropriety.” That is why Pete Rose has to be kept out of the Hall of Fame. To protect the inherent nature of the game. Even if it is only to protect the mere appearance of an impropriety. The fact that a player, manager, coach or major league employee bets on a team is enough to raise the question of whether or not the competitive nature of the game is being compromised in any way. That is a question that should never be raised. The integrity, the rules of baseball are more important than whether or not Pete Rose is admitted back to baseball or into the Hall of Fame.

As I stated, baseball has had enough public relations nightmares in the past few years. Nonetheless, there is something pure and special about the game of baseball. I mean, come on, as much as I like football and basketball, the only sport that could serve as the setting for a movie like “Field of Dreams” is baseball. Are not the majority of great sports movies baseball movies: “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham”, “Major League” and “The Rookie”? It is the great sport of fathers and sons bonding and of magical venues like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. That’s what draws us back to baseball despite the contract holdouts, greedy players and even steroid controversies. That is a purity of the sport that should surpass the business concerns. That needs to be protected at all costs. If it is not protected, then you let baseball become the World Wrestling Federation, or worst, a bad reality program.

Everyone is entitled to forgiveness- yes, but has Pete Rose even made his act of contrition. Has Pete Rose apologized? I guess we will have to wait to purchase his next book to read an apology. I won’t be reading that book or his current book. And hopefully, I will not be seeing him go into the Hall of Fame.
After last night's games, the magic number for the White Sox (you can refer to them as the "White Sox", the "Pale Hose", the "ChiSox", just the "Sox" and even the "Southsiders", but never as the "Whiteys"-that's just stupid!) is down to 2! Now, believe me I am not taking anything for granted, but a victory today for the ChiSox and the Sox are guaranteed at least a wildcard. One victory over the Tribe and A.L. Central flag belongs to Ozzie and the Pale Hose. If the Sox win today and the Tribe lose, I will not only be purchasing another Sox cap, but also a Tampa Bay cap. Thanks for much needed help Devil Rays.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Alright- True White Sox fans, let's focus on something a little more improtant that the pkayoffs and keep our fingers crossed and keep Joe Crede and his family in our prayers.
Hey Sopranos fans- Big Pussy cops a plea!
I'm torn. I should be and I am rooting for the White Sox to hold on to and slide into the playoffs, by the slimist of margins. However, on the other hand, it would be neat to be part of the all-time greatest collapse in baseball history (Maybe Bartman has been secretly visiting White Sox Park)! We can have great T-shirts made: "We are the Sox... We really really suck" or "Good guys wear black and choke and choke and choke!!!" What about this T-shirt- "Not even Dusty could blow a lead of 151/2 games!!"

Monday, September 26, 2005

Some quick thoughts from the NFL weekend. I generally disdain the use of "hero" and "heroic" in the context of sports, so I will describe Philadelphia's David Akers as "the gutiest performance of the week." I thought long and hard about whether to play Culpepper on my fnatansy team this week- luckily, I did. With one voctory the Vikings go from a mess to a team in concention in the NFC Worst. Even the Packers at 0-3 are still in contention.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Now that was quick! All the new TV shows for this season have not even aired yet, but one has already gotten the ax!
With the Pale Hose continuing to nose-drive at warp speed, I have to wonder where this would rank on the all-time worst baseball collapses. After looking at this list, it may rank no worse than third, maybe second. But, yes Cubs fans, it would rank ahead of the '69 Northsiders.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

IMPORTANT NEWS ALERT!! Jennifer Aniston has announced that she is ready to date again! Finally!!
Just wondering- does anyone know the "over-under" on how many games until Mike Tice is fired as coach of the Minnesota Vikings?

Saturday, September 17, 2005

With the Indians' victory over the Royals, the "lead" is down to 3.5 games- and I have officially given up any hope. I am sure that this is more of a defense mechanism on my part- I would rather be pleasantly surprised if the White Sox hold on then hugely disappointed. Oh, who am I kidding, this just sucks!
NOW, do you understand why Chicagoans hate Wanny!?! The Pitt Panthers are 0-3, great job Wanny!
In case you missed it, the Syracuse Orangemen are now the Syracuse Orange. Apparently Orangemen were offended and Syracuse decided to make the move before the NCAA came down with another edict. Oh by the way, the Syracuse new football uniforms- bad!
If the White Sox blow this one- i.,e, don't make the playoffs, I am ready to turn in my "Sox Fan Memebership" card. Can a team look worse than the White Sox looked today agaisnt the Twins? It goes without saying that this collapse will be worse than the '69 Cubs!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

What was once a 15 game lead for the White Sox is down to 4 1/2 with the Tribe to play tonight. I just can't get the thought of the '69 Cubs out of my mind.
The White Sox are in serious, serious trouble. After losing to the pitiful Royals in the 9th inning today, the Indians are only 5 games behind the Sox with six games left between the Tribe and the Pale-hose. This is not good- with tomorrow very close to a must-win game.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

We are one week into the NFL season and two weeks into the college football season which means that it's time for college basketball preview magazines to start hitting the stands! I stooped at the bookstore today and "Lindy's 2005-2006 College Basketball Preview" issue was out. Of course, I had to buy one (the only easier way to make me part with my money was if "Playboy" came out with an entire issue dedicated to Carmen Electra). Lindy's pre-season top five: 1) Duke; 2) UConn; 3) Michigan State; 4) Gonzaga; and, 5) Texas. Where are the Illini? #22, right behind Old Dominion!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A quick prediction for the marquee match-up of the day: Texas 31, Ohio State 24.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The NFL kicks-off tonight with the Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots. It's the start to a great sports weekend- the White Sox hosting the Angels, a ton of great college football games including Texas/Ohio State and Michigan/Notre Dame. The obvious question in the NFL is can the Patriots make it 3 Super Bowl victories in a row. The loss of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel have to have an impact on the Pats this season; but, as far as tonight's game goes how can you pick agaisnt the Patriots, at least until they lose a game. And who is going to upseat the Pats in the AFC? The Colts? First, Indy have to figure out a why to overcome the loss of offensive guard Rick DeMulling!! Will the Colts' defense stop anyone this year? What about the Steelers? Will Big Ben suffer a sophomore slump?
If you are going to steal an idea- steal a good one. Here, a Kentucky radio station has "borrowed" from the classic movie "Major League" in hopes for "firing-up" the University of Kentucky football teams. The good news is that Kentucky should win its next game- Idaho State Bengals. The bad news, I only predict 3 or 4 more wins for the Wildcats this year.
Here's one question- with Ashley Judd being such a Kentucky fan, why didn't the radio station ask here to be featured on this billboard?

Saturday, September 03, 2005

College Football is here! Today we will get a bunch of those MAC teams at Big Ten games ( Ball State @ Iowa, Miami (Ohio) @ Ohio State, and NIU @ Michigan). My TiVo is set for one of those games- Bowling Green @ Wisconsin. I want to see how Bowling Green QB Omar Jacobs, who last season threw 41 TD passes with only 4 INTs, does versus a Big Ten defense, even if it is only the Badgers' defense. Later in the day, my TiVo is set for ND v. Pittsburgh, Charlie Weis agaisnt Wanny. Wow, I will actually be rooting for Wanny! But the best game of the day, and the only top 25 match-up of the day, may be Georgia v. Boise State.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sports Illustrated has come out with its NFL preview issue, picking the Carolina Panthers (a team I like in the NFC) as Super Bowl champs. But, what team has SI picked as the worst team in the NFL- the Mighty Monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears!! No, it can't be, can it? Worse than Miami and San Fran.?! The Bears have that QB sensation Kyle Orton at QB and Cedric Benson has finally signed! I hope to have my NFL preview to you shortly.