Monthly Archives: June 2009

Wimbledon Woe

To say that some of the elite athletes in the sporting world are pampered should not be a surprise to most folks. In addition, the thought that an elite athlete might be in a situation where they were not allowed to do as they please and that situation might be annoying to that athlete should […]

USA Versus Brazil – – Good TV Yesterday

I had the opportunity to watch yesterday’s USA/Brazil soccer game in the presence of two avid and knowledgeable soccer fans – – parents of a collegiate level player. When Clint Dempsey scored to put the US up 1-0, we agreed that would not be enough for the US to win; when Landon Donovan then made […]

Lots Of Strange Doings Today…

In addition to yesterday’s NBA trade of Shaq to Cleveland, which got all the publicity, there were other trades. Perhaps the oddest was the Wizards sending Etan Thomas (mediocre) and Darius Songalia (mediocre) and Olekisy Pecherov (who’s he?) and the #5 overall pick in last night’s draft to Minnesota for Randy Foye (mediocre) and Mike […]

Shaq To Cleveland. Another Mistake By The Lake?

Shaquille O’Neal will join forces with LeBron James in Cleveland next year. On paper, that would seem to alter the league dynamics and the balance of power. After all, when Shaq was in Miami with Dwayne Wade, that was good enough to bring a championship to South Florida; and LeBron James would seem to bring […]

Job Opening At MLBPA

First, I need to correct an error from a couple of days ago. I said then that my math had the Red Sox record at 306-194 during their 500-game sellout streak. The “Houston gentleman” who is a font of sports stats sent along the following e-mail: “Going back to May 15, 2003 when the Red […]

Here A Surprise; There A Surprise …

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that one gets to paradise “…by the stairway of surprise.” Given some of the surprising events in the sporting cosmos in the past few days, it looks as if it will be a long climb indeed to paradise. The first surprise came over the weekend when the US men’s soccer team […]

Why Is Manny Playing Already?

Manny Ramirez remains on baseball’s suspended list through July 3. Maybe I’m just dense, but I would think that a “suspension” through July 3 would mean that he would not be able to play baseball for any US professional teams associated with MLB until then. He could certainly play at a local park; he could […]

Kevin McHale – Out; Phil Jackson ???

Kevin McHale is out as the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Someone in the Minneapolis press corps found this out because Kevin Love “tweeted it”; and when the press contacted the team, the team had no comment at that moment. How low rent is that? The Wolves demoted McHale from the GM position and put […]

Do Not Mistake Me For Nancy Grace – – Please

Today I am not going to pretend to be a legal analyst; trust me, I have no aspirations to be the next Nancy Grace. I just want to go through a layman’s thought process regarding the recent revelation by the NY Times that Sammy Sosa was one of the players who tested positive for Performance […]

Slammin’ Sammy Sosa Or Shammin’ Sammy Sosa?

The NY Times reported yesterday that Sammy Sosa was one of the players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs back in 2003. They cite the source of that info as lawyers who refused to be identified since the documents are under a court seal. This list of players who tested positive is the same […]