Johnny Manziel, otherwise known as “Johnny Football,” felt invincible after becoming the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. However, from that point on everything seems to have gone downhill for “Johnny Football” as he is now under constant scrutiny from the press.
Here is the series of events:
- He sent angry tweets from courtside seats at a Mavs/Heat game, which he directed towards his online critics.
- Photos of him partying and gambling surfaced on Instagram.
- He sent more angry tweets expressing the desire to leave his college town.
- He was too hungover to attend the QB challenge at Manning’s Passing Academy.
- Most recently, Manziel has been under fire for receiving payments for his autographs.
So, what’s wrong with the best quarterback in college football making money for jotting his signature down on a piece of paper? Well, it’s against the long established and seldomly modified NCAA rules.
The NCAA rules state that players cannot receive monetary compensation for anything while they participate in an NCAA sport. However, players are making billions of dollars for the NCAA and their respective colleges. Specifically, Texas A&M made $37 million off of Manziel last year.
Fans expressing their opinions on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook overwhelming believe that it is time for the NCAA to change the rules and compensate players fairly. In fact, a FOX Sports Contributor polled his Twitter followers and 95% of them said that Manziel should not be penalized for the financial compensation he received for his autographs.
Furthermore, this is not the only case to surface recently that has exposed NCAA players for receiving forms of compensation that violate the NCAA rules. Back in 2010 the NCAA brought sanctions against USC for bribing Reggie Bush and his family with gifts so that he would play there. Later that year, 5 players on the Ohio State football team had sanctions brought against them for receiving free tattoos and selling their jerseys and championship rings.
Overall, it is clear that fans are more focused on what they believe to be the absurdity of the NCAA rules rather than the players’ actions themselves. Nearly 100% of fans do not believe Manziel should be deemed ineligible because he made money from selling his autographs. Perhaps this will be the case to motivate the NCAA to change their rules and finally adapt to the times.
Grand Slam: | ˈɡræn(d) ˈˌslæm | Baseball – a home run hit when each of the three bases is occupied by a runner, thus scoring four runs.
The first grand slam was hit by Roger Connor of the Troy Trojans on September 10th, 1881. Until recently, admired New York Yankee Lou Gehrig (1923-39) held the record for most career grand slams at 23 total. Fellow Yankee Alex Rodriguez tied the record in June of 2012. If Rodriguez receives a lifetime ban for his involvement in a recent performance enhancing drug scandal, the record will unlikely be broken anytime soon.
Ah, the Seventh Inning Stretch – a welcomed pause during a baseball game’s seventh inning half. It is a time for fans to move around and stretch their legs, possibly dance a little, and prepare for the remaining innings. There is much debate as to the origins of the famous Seventh Inning Stretch. Popular folklore indicates President Taft may have started the trend. When attending a game in 1910, the obese President found it difficult to remain seated for the duration of the event so he rose to stretch during the seventh inning half. This act prompted the stadium to follow suite out of courtesy. President Taft was known for spending more time at baseball games than he spent running the country.
An alternative explanation for the origin of this tradition comes from a manuscript that dates back to 1869. Harry Wright of the Cincinnati Red Stockings described the fans taking a break that sounds very similar to the infamous Seventh Inning Stretch. Wright wrote, “The spectators all arise between halves of the seventh inning, extend their legs and arms and sometimes walk about. In so doing they enjoy the relief afforded by relaxation from a long posture upon hard benches.”
Whether President Taft started the tradition or not baseball fans a cross the country will continue to enjoy the breath of fresh air that accompanies this seventh inning tradition.
Back in 2009, Mark Sanchez was a hot commodity. He was swooped up in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets as the fifth overall draft pick with only one QB selected before him. The year before he went to the NFL he led USC to a Rose Bowl Championship victory and was named the game’s MVP. Sanchez and Roethlisberger are the only QBs in NFL history to lead their teams to consecutive conference championship games their first 2 years in the league.
So, what happened last season?
If you followed the NFL last year, you more than likely know what Sanchez is now remembered most for. It isn’t the fact that he was the top ranked quarterback in the nation coming out of high school, or that he holds a Jets franchise record for most postseason victories by a QB. It is for his “butt fumble.”
The infamous “butt fumble” occurred on Thanksgiving night when the Jets played the New England Patriots. Sanchez was scrambling with the ball and proceeded to run right into his lineman’s buttocks and ended up on his back. The ball came loose and a defender scooped it up and scored a touchdown. I recommend clicking here to see a video of this classic play so you can develop full appreciation for the “butt fumble.”
Aside from the “butt fumble,” Sanchez struggled all season long and nearly had the worst season of his career. This upcoming season he faces stiff competition for his starting QB position from Geno Smith who the Jets selected in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. To add to this tension, Mark Sanchez hosted a voluntary training camp called “Jets West” in Southern California that Smith chose not to attend.
Despite this, Geno Smith said that he and Sanchez are “cool” and that there are no hard feelings between them. The Jets have started talking about using Smith for a read-option package this season and as of now, Sanchez still believes that he will be the Jet’s starting QB. No one knows what the future holds, but it will be interesting to see if Sanchez can redeem himself this season and overcome the “butt fumble” legacy.
Someone Throw The Pittsburgh Pirates A Bone (Or A Punch)
With 51 wins and 30 losses, the Pittsburgh Pirates, had the best record in baseball at the beginning of July. However, within the last week they lost that top spot, but never forgot how difficult it was to get there in the first place. One would think that this would generate waves of euphoria across Pittsburgh and drive hordes of fans into the bleachers.
Despite their fantastic season thus far, those poor Pirates can’t catch a break. In the tally for National League attendance, the Pirates are almost in last place ranking fourteenth out of fifteen teams. Simply put, fans won’t go to games. As this Yahoo article notes, one can’t blame them. They’ve been burned too many times.
However, where there’s a will there’s a way. If the Pirates can’t fill the seats by winning, they might try hosting Italian fight football, or calcio fiorentino, during the 7th inning stretch.
The concept of fight football is simple. Two teams try to score a point by kicking or throwing a ball over a certain spot on the field. Innocent enough, right? There’s more. Each team has twenty seven guys who all look as if they were previously employed by Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. There are very few rules and players can use just about any form of violence to win. Essentially, it’s a prison riot with a ball thrown into the middle of it. You can watch the latest 2013 match here.
I’m sure this would be an easy event to organize for a quick 7th inning stretch during a Pirates game. If this doesn’t get fans into the stands, then the Pirates must just have to do something drastic and win a World Series.
Although the above footage might be seen as silly and just one of many funny sports videos on the Internet, the Italians, take their fight football seriously. Similarly, at Prediculous we also take our games very seriously, so check them out here!
People like to create and invent things by stretching their imaginations and thinking outside the box. I’m sure that even in their beginnings football, basketball, soccer and rugby were all considered unusual and unique. But what about chess boxing? Or how about underwater hockey? Even better, imagine toe wrestling. Here we will look at five unusual sports you quite possibly have never heard of, or maybe even never wanted to.
Chess isn’t just for brainiacs anymore. Add in boxing and you have a true contact sport that can combine the mind and fists. Chess boxing was created in 1992 by a French filmmaker and comic artist. The sport is quite popular in Berlin and London and there is even a World Chess Boxing organization. The game consists of eleven rounds, beginning with a four minute round of chess followed by five minutes of boxing after a rest period. Apparently you need a rest period after that taxing chess battle round to psyche yourself up for the beating you are about to take.
Dog dancing is truly a sport for man and his best friend. Beginning around the late 1980’s, dog dancing takes agility to the next level. The two main forms in this sport are heeling and musical canine freestyle. Heeling is more popular with the English and consists of a dog being taught staying command variations of heel positions while the handler dances. Americans, on the other hand, are all about crazy costumes and do more freestyle. Freestyle is a mix of obedience training, tricks and dance. Imagine a man and his dog dressed in overalls and wigs doing some variation of line dancing along with a few crazy tricks done by the dog. Time to get your beloved pup up off their dog bed and moving!
Underwater hockey, or octopush, may not sound quite as unique as dog dancing, but there is some definite skill involved. Invented in England in the 50’s, this sport is all about lung endurance and speed. Using snorkel gear, hats, gloves, and a short hockey-like stick, six members of each team battle it out to get the puck from one side of the pool into their opponent’s goal. Honestly, while it would be an experience to watch with an underwater camera, how exactly do you see much from watching in the stands?
Eukonkanto is defined as wife carrying in Finnish and I can only imagine this sport got started from people longing for the caveman days. It is believed that this sport originated in the 1800’s when a certain thief was known to carry off goods and women from villages. Eukonkanto is played by carrying a wife through an obstacle course bedecked with fences, water hazards and sand areas. This “wife” can be your own, or she can be borrowed from another man. If she weighs less than the required amount she must carry an extra 49 kilogram weight. Therefore, don’t think going small and skinny is necessarily the best bet. In this sport it is all about the fastest time and which of the various carrying options you choose. These options include piggyback, fireman’s carry, or even Estonian, which is when she is upside down over your back with her legs wrapped around your head and her hands around your waist. My advice is if you are married, use your own wife.
Lastly, there is toe wrestling. Clean, fungus free toes only please. Toe wrestling began in the 1970’s and is popular in the United Kingdom. It is similar to arm and thumb wrestling and the courteous thing to do before combat is to remove each other’s shoes and socks. Participants link toes, keep their feet flat together, and try to pin their opponent’s foot for three seconds. There are a maximum of three rounds and the competitors start round one using their right foot and then alternate feet each subsequent round. This is a sport that “bans all stimulants but alcohol.” I’m still waiting for tips on how to beef up my toes.
For those playing in “he’s a talented player that is smart and works hard” office sports pools, the winning number is three. New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, used that phrase to describe Tim Tebow three times and he had little else to say beyond that. In fact, we were beginning to wonder if all the questions would get that response and not just the ones about Tebow.
"So Tim Tebow, huh?"
"He’s a talented player that is smart and works hard."
"Are you concerned about his quarterback skills?"
"He’s a talented player that is smart and works hard."
"Okay, well, what are you thinking about getting for lunch."
"Lunch is a talented player that is smart and works hard."
Of course, if anyone is going to be able to finally put a lid on Tebowmania, it’ll be Belichick and the New England Patriots. If the talented press conference that was smart and works hard wasn’t evidence enough of Belichick’s desire to nip Tebowmania in the bud, his move to make Tebow a “star” later in the week surely was. The NFL allows teams to designate two players on their roster as “stars,” which means they only have to talk to the media once a week, usually with a podium in the way. Obviously, Tom Brady is one and the Patriots made Tim Tebow the other.
This may seem like an insult to other players who will actually be starting on opening day, but this may be a very shrewd move. Tebowmania is fueled by two things: exposure to the media and quarterback controversies. Making him a “star” fixes the first problem, and now that he’s with New England, the second problem is done, as the Patriots will only have a quarterback controversy when Tom Brady decides to retire. We can’t imagine anyone is going to be yelling “unleash the Tebow” while Tom Brady is still healthy. Or mostly healthy. Or still has all his limbs attached to his body and can be propped up to throw.
So with no controversy, Tebow will probably be on the sideline with a clipboard with no expectation that he should do more. If that doesn’t quell the Tebow Media Circus, we’re not sure what will.
We’d like to note that, much like Tebow, we too are talented players that are smart and work hard, at least when it comes to the next generation of social games. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Some Recommendations for Cool Sports Pictures in Your ManTown
It’s funny that when guys are living the care-free life associated with being single and existing in a “bachelor pad,” all the cool sports pictures seem to fittingly adorn the living area, the bedroom, maybe even the bathroom. In my opinion, nothing suits a bathroom wall quite like a movie still of Bill Murray planting a stick of dynamite down a gopher hole from Caddyshack (to heck with Rocky, this is THE Greatest Sports Movie of all time, but alas, that’s a blog for another day).
Inevitably, once we find true love and our significant other moves in, pretty much the first thing that changes in our bachelor’s paradise is that the previously mentioned “cool sports pictures” get relegated to the basement, which we then comfort ourselves by attempting to embrace such a demotion by affectionately calling it “ManTown” (also commonly referred to as a “Man Cave”).
So, what graces the presence of your Man Cave’s walls? May I suggest an eclectic blend of the ludicrously funny (see previous mention of Bill Murray) to the seriously awesome: 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. “Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!” It was all downhill for Al Michaels from there if you ask me.
Throw in some local favorites. If you’re from Boston maybe have Carlton Fisk jumping in the air from the 1975 World Series. If you’re from Chicago, pick any one of thousands of Michael Jordan moments. If you’re from Cleveland…move to Boston or Chicago, or maybe try a different pastime. I hear excellent things about Civil War reenactments.
Whatever you do, spare us all of any sort of graphic injury pictorials. Nobody wants to see Joe Theisman’s leg hanging like a piece of angel hair in the breeze, or a fiery NASCAR crash while they’re hanging out in your ManTown! What they do want, however, is an escape to this bachelor’s paradise despite how transient the trip may be because of the passion that brings all fans together, sports.
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One of the many great things about baseball is that you can see something new every time you go to the ballpark or turn on the TV. The game has a certain unpredictable nature about it where you never know what you will see or learn. You could witness a record setting performance from a player or team, or even see the enforcement or failure to enforce a rule that you never even knew existed. Record setting performances are especially significant because Major League Baseball has a much longer history than other American professional sports, while at the same time playing many more games per season. MLB celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 1969 and its 125th in 1994. In my opinion, this is a bit misleading because what they were actually celebrating was the anniversary of the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, who were founded in 1869. The National League was founded a few years later in 1876 while the American League dates back to 1901.
Four things happened on June 5th 2013 that had never happened before in Major League history. Three of these took place during a matinee game in Seattle where the Mariners squared off against the White Sox. The two teams were the definition of offensive futility playing 13 scoreless innings until a record setting 14th. In the top half of the 14th inning the White Sox finally broke out the bats and put 5 runs on the board. Instead of packing it in and calling it a day, the Mariners responded with 5 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning and were propelled by a Kyle Seager game tying grand slam. The White Sox went on to win 7-5 in 16 innings but the 14th inning was the source of baseball history. With information provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mariners sports information department declared that:
1) Kyle Seager was the first player in MLB history to hit a game tying grand slam in extra innings
2) The Seattle Mariners were the first team in MLB history to score 5 runs in the 14th inning or later to tie a game
3) This was the first game in MLB history where each team scored at least 5 runs after going scoreless for the first 9 innings
The fourth piece of history took place in Cincinnati later that evening when the Reds hosted the Rockies. The game was a blowout as the Rockies pounded the Red’s pitching, blasting 6 home runs en route to a 12-4 victory. Troy Tulowitzki went 5-5 with 2 home runs, while teammate Carlos Gonzalez went 3-5 with 3 home runs, one of which was a 476-foot blast that to this point is the longest MLB home run of 2013. According to MLB Network, never before in MLB history has one player hit 3 home runs in a game while his teammate went 5-5 and hit 2 home runs. It wasn’t even the first historically significant accomplishment of Tulowitzki’s career because on May 29th 2007 in his rookie season he turned the 13th unassisted triple play in MLB history and is now just one of 15 players to have accomplished that feat.
These four records may seem obscure in nature, but that is what makes baseball great and believe it or not, just a few days later on Saturday June 8th history was made once again due to two marathon extra innings affairs. The Blue Jays beat the Rangers 4-3 in 18 innings and the Marlins triumphed over the Mets 2-1 in 20 innings. According to Mark Townsend from the blog Big League Stew only once before in MLB history had two 18+ inning games been played on the same day.
It is clear that there is a never-ending list of things that could possibly happen on any given day. Part of the reason for this is the laundry list of rules applied to baseball, many of which are complex in nature. Excluding the indexes, the 2013 MLB rulebook has 122 pages of regulations, which is extensive compared to just 95 and 57 for the NFL and NBA respectively. Due to the combination of complex rules and the fact that every park in baseball is unique in its dimensions and the way it plays, it is reasonable to assume you will witness some unexpected things while at a game. A seemingly normal game may take a twist or turn that nobody could have possibly foreseen. So, next time you think about leaving a blowout early or changing the channel because it seems as if neither team will ever score a run, I recommend you think twice because you could end up missing MLB history.
If you’ve ever wanted to manage your own baseball team or coach your own football team then fantasy sports are a perfect fit for you!
How to manage a Fantasy Sports team
Fantasy sports are like managing the All-Star team for any given sport every day of the season. There’s no other place that you could have a Triple Crown winner, a Gold Glove Award winner and a Cy Young pitcher all on the same team! If you think managing a sports team filled with All-Stars will be easy, think again. Fantasy sports take time and strategy to figure out whom to draft, whom to start and possible trades that could be beneficial to both teams.
There are dozens of websites to join that will allow you to manage a fantasy sports team, but be sure to check out all of the games that Prediculous has to offer you! While actual team owners and general managers are spending millions of dollars a year to manage their players, you can manage those same players from the comfort of your own home for free!
Fantasy Sports Scoring
When it comes to scoring your fantasy sports team against an opponent there are a couple of different ways your league can decide to compete. ESPN gives a great overview of Head-to-Head leagues vs. Rotisserie leagues in an article titled Fantasy World: The Debate Begins. In a head-to-head league you are playing against another team for a specified time period, which is usually one week long. During the week your team will gather statistics determined by the league manager at the beginning of the season. If your team leads in a given category at the end of your matchup week, your team receives a point for that category. At the end of the matchup week the points are totaled for the head-to-head matchup and your wins and losses are tracked in the overall league standings.
Rotisserie leagues are sometimes referred to as Roto leagues. In a Roto league your team gathers statistics for categories that are decided by the league manager at the beginning of the season. However, instead of competing against one other team in the league your statistics are compared to every team in the league. The scoring is different because your team receives points based on how it ranks against other teams in the league throughout the entire season. For example, if your team were leading a league with ten teams in it for RBI’s, then you would receive 10 points towards your team score for leading that category. If your team were second in stolen bases, you would receive 9 points and so on.
We hope that this article got you excited to manage your own fantasy sports team! For any additional questions you may have, or to find out about new games and opportunities that Prediculous has to offer, please feel free to contact us.
The NHL playoffs are heating up as the Stanley Cup contenders are being separated from the pretenders. Once their teams reach the conference finals fans allow themselves to think ahead to what could be a championship season. In my opinion, the Stanley Cup, which is awarded annually to the champion of the NHL, is the greatest championship trophy in North American sports. The NFL’s Lombardi trophy, NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship trophy, and MLB’s Commissioner’s trophy are awarded annually, however they are reproduced and new versions of the trophies are handed out each and every year. There is only one Stanley Cup (actually there are three but that is a long story and this is the only one currently in use). The names of the players, coaches, and front office are engraved on the trophy and the winning team is then allowed to posses it for one year until it is passed on to the next champion. History is literally engraved on the trophy. Everyone involved in winning a Stanley Cup title becomes immortal as their name is displayed on the trophy itself or in the Hockey Hall of Fame (the cup cannot keep growing larger and larger).
Since it is not reproduced the Stanley Cup is treasured by players and fans more than any other trophy and has been granted celebrity status. It travels North America making appearances (like an athlete or celebrity would) where fans can see it in person and have their picture taken alongside it. The cup is so important it has two trustees that serve at its keeper and protector at all times. Nine men have been given this honor since 1893 and all have served as its keeper until their death, upon which the surviving trustee named the others replacement (talk about an exclusive fraternity—statistically it is easier to be elected president of the United States).
Since the club is not allowed to hold onto their prize forever, players and staff from the championship team are each given one day to do what they please with the cup and create some memories (a tradition the 1994 New York Rangers are credited with starting). You can only imagine the places it has been, things it has done, and debauchery it has witnessed over 19 years. It is rumored that some players have used the cup to baptize their children. Others (allegedly Clark Gillies and Sean O’Donnell) have even let their dogs join in on the fun and eat out of the cup. Scott Parker from the 2001 Colorado Avalanche had a custom platform built on the back of his motorcycle so that he could cruise around with it mounted behind him. Those are just a few of the PG examples of things players have thought of.
I think it would be fun for a team to reward a small group of die-hard fans with their own day to celebrate with the cup. After all, they are spending increasingly absurd amounts of money as well as their time to support the team. Why shouldn’t they share in the ultimate prize? I thought of some ideas but I’m sure every hockey fan has a few of their own. I guess I would have to decide between:
- taking it skydiving
- water skiing
- mountain climbing (oh what a metaphor)
- ice fishing
- crowd surfing at a concert
- or having it as the best man at my wedding
I could also imagine a steady flow of free drinks headed my way if I were to take it to my local watering hole. It might be fun to strap it to the roof of my car like an old mattress and drive around town just to see the looks on people’s faces. Panhandling on the exit ramp of the interstate to see if anyone would actually drop money into it could also be fun. Perhaps keeping it simple spending the whole day in bed watching movies, cuddling, and telling the cup how much it means to me would suffice. What would you do if you had a day with the Stanley Cup?
The argument designated hitter debate is often painted as an argument between baseball purists, those who prefer an old-school version of the game, and so called new-school fans that see an opportunity for the game to evolve to be a more entertaining product. Among die-hard fans the DH is no less controversial today than when it was first instituted in the American League in 1973.
The two sides have long been at a stale mate, but the move of the Houston Astros from the NL Central division to the AL West this past off-season has changed the nature of the debate and potentially the game. Interleague play was introduced in 1997 requiring American League pitchers to step into the batters box for blocks of the schedule played in National League parks. These games were grouped together in the hopes that it would make the transition to playing another style of baseball easier. However, it is no longer possible to set aside a block of the schedule to play these games. The Astros move means there are now 15 teams in each league, requiring constant interleague play throughout the season.
This spring ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote an article proclaiming the inevitability of the institution of the DH in the National League as a result of the Astros move. The article pointed to growing support for the DH among baseball organizations as well as increasing popularity with fans. Baseball pundits such as MLB Network’s Billy Ripken have, on many occasions, delivered extended rants on live television imparting a similar message. To quote Billy Ripken, “Nobody wants to see pitchers hit.” These opinions raise many questions for me as a baseball fan. Why such certainty? If the desire is uniformity why doesn’t baseball just get rid of the DH in the AL and make all pitchers hit, as was the custom for the majority of baseball’s history? Most importantly, what would we be losing if the DH spreads to the NL?
To put it simply if the DH was the standard in Major League Baseball it would hinder the manager’s ability to influence the game. The manager’s hands would be tied behind their back and wizards of in-game strategy such as Bruce Bochy or the recently retired Tony LaRussa would be put on a level playing field with lesser peers. Advanced strategy would go out the window. Lost would be the art of the double switch, hit and run, and advancing runners via the sacrifice bunt. The fact that pitchers don’t have to hit also makes it much easier to manage the bullpen since there is no chance of a relief pitcher coming up to bat late in a close game. Depth becomes less important as pinch hitters would be used much less frequently.
For a manager in the AL managing a team could be compared to driving an automatic car while managers in the NL are driving stick shifts. There just is a lot more thought and action that goes into managing a National League team.
The simplification of the game might be good for attracting new fans and keeping fans with marginal baseball knowledge entertained, but it also runs the risk of alienating die-hard fans that enjoy thinking their way through a ballgame. In addition, there is something that is rarely acknowledged, which is the fact that some pitchers really can hit. Clayton Kershaw, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake, Carlos Zambrano, Micah Owings, and CC Sabathia are just a few names that come to mind when thinking of pitchers that have proven they truly can swing the stick in an entertaining fashion.
On the other side of the coin what would baseball gain by instituting the DH in both leagues? Sports franchises are businesses in the entertainment industry. Owners first and foremost want to make money, so it is in their best interest to put a compelling and entertaining product on the field. Major sports in America has already established the fact that offense = entertainment. The NBA and NHL have both adopted rules designed to increase scoring in the hopes of having an entertaining game that attracts more fans. Now it is baseball’s turn to see what an adding extra 20 home runs or so to each NL lineup can do for baseball’s popularity. After all, the steroid induced longball frenzy of the late 90’s and early 2000’s is often credited with saving our national pastime. Perhaps more offense could lead to another surge in popularity. The DH might also put owners a little more at ease with the absurd amount of money they invest in players. Nobody will have to worry about their new $100 million arm injuring themselves trying to do something that they are not paid to do. Remember when Daisuke Matsuzaka was, embarrassingly enough, ordered by the Red Sox not to swing at any pitch for any reason during his spring training plate appearances in his inaugural season with the team?
It has become evident that the debate that was for so long framed, as old school vs. new school is really a battle between the game of baseball and the business of baseball. Unfortunately, since money rules the world, the business side will be valued over the integrity of the game. It is just a matter of time.
Back when there wasn’t a camera phone in every hand, classic moments like these were reserved for press conferences and miscues in the studio. Fortunately, for those of us who spend far too much time surfing you-tube or other video or sports related sites looking for this stuff, it happens much more frequently. Please enjoy three can’t miss funny sports videos for the ages. If you haven’t already seen them, run don’t walk. If you have seen them, drop in the comments which videos we should add to the list.
Rome is Burning - or falling, or at least about to get his butt kicked. Yes, back in the day when Jim Everett was a relevant football player in the NFL, and the subject of many league-wide jokes related to this toughness, pseudo-tough guy Jim Rome decided to call him out on his reputation, by referring to him as “Chris” Everett… repeatedly. After more than once telling Mr. Rome not to call him that anymore, the “all-talk” host did just that one too many times, and Everett quickly flipped over the table between them with one swing of his massive NFL caliber paws and proceeded to hover over a cowering, perhaps even soiling himself at least figuratively, Jim Rome. Awesome!
Joe “Emery Board” Niekro - Back when the game of baseball was filled with more characters than million dollar earrings, Joe Niekro was once confronted on the mound by an umpire and accused of cheating. The umpire suspected that the hurler had a “device” of some sort on him that he was using to “doctor” the baseball. Incredulously, Joe “yes, my brother is the hall of famer Phil”, Niekro, gasped with his mouth open as an emery board came flying from his hands onto the pitchers mound as red-handed evidence.
Hal MacRae LOSES IT! - Perhaps the best “knipshin” I’ve ever seen was the day when then Kansas City Royals manager Hal MacRae absolutely lost his ever-lovin’ mind in front of a room full of reporters, going on a tirade of f-bombs and throwing everything on his desk from lineup cards to birthday cards. “Playoffs!” Jim Mora had nothing on this meltdown.