Several weeks ago, I tried a new “art form” here and enjoyed doing it; so, I am going to give it a try once again to see if it is something I want to continue to do when the Moon is in Capricorn or whatever.
Here are two things I know:
- I know that the ”secrecy” – or “mysteriousness” if you will – that the Boston Celtics have maintained regarding the Ime Udoka suspension is not helpful. Obviously, whatever Udoka did was serious enough in the eyes of the folks who run that organization to suspend him indefinitely; I do not question their motivation or anything else associated with their decision. However, by being as “secretive” as they were – and have been – the organization encourages rumor and speculation about just what it was that got Udoka in such trouble. Left to the imagination, the speculations can become very lurid.
- I know that I hate political advertising on TV by any and all candidates in any and all time slots involving programs I might be watching. For the record, I hate them even more when they assault my focus in the middle of a timeout in a football game. Candidates who “approve those messages” should be boiled in oil.
Here are three things I think:
- I think Brett Favre’s image as a fun-loving country boy who also happened to be a great NFL QB is shot. His involvement in the scandal to divert welfare funds from very needy people to something as crass as a volleyball venue at Southern Mississippi is pretty dark stuff. Others involved in the mess have been charged criminally; as that number grows, it will become more difficult for Favre to “remain above it all”. Even in the southeastern part of the US where football is revered, I think Favre has squandered his stardom.
- I think the NFL’s “Concussion Protocol” continues to need improvement. It will never be “perfect”, but I do not think it is so good now that the league and the union can turn their attention elsewhere. If the primary objective is “player safety” and if a brain scan device is not available at every game venue for use by the “unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant”, then no player going under examination should ever be approved to go back into a game. And if that were ever to be the case, look for a threat to the “integrity of the game” as “spotters in the booth” who are never within 50 yards of a player on the field can take a player out of a game “for examination” …
- I think the lawsuits and the counter-lawsuits between the LIV Golf folks and the PGA Tour need to be settled via compromise. Continuation on the current path is not likely to be beneficial to either organization or to any of the professional golfers who choose to play under either – – or both? – – entities. The only beneficiaries are the law firms generating billable hours attached to these legal actions. If it were the Congress that somehow set these suits in motion, I would have to call what the Congress did the “Litigators’ Full Employment Act”.
Here are two things I feel:
- I feel that too many people have taken Tom Brady’s diminished performance so far in 2022 and concluded that Father Time has caught up with him. Maybe that is the case, but I feel that Brady’s problems this year are not physical or emotional. I feel that Tom Brady has succumbed to his celebrity status and has begun to believe some of the nonsense that is written about him and said about him on radio/TV. He missed two weeks of Training Camp – – so what, he’s The GOAT; he doesn’t need all that practice time. He does not always practice with the team on Wednesdays – – so what, he knows the game plan better than the coaches do. He skipped last week’s Saturday practice/walk-through to attend Robert Kraft’s wedding in NYC on Friday night – – so what, he is going to call audibles at the line of scrimmage half the time anyway. Sorry … Even Tom Brady needs to spend time practicing with this team this year because football is choreographed, and he needs to be in step with the other ten guys out there on offense. The practice field is more important than the Red Carpet.
- I feel that far too many people have overlooked a truly valuable and positive contribution made to US society by Danny Boy Snyder. We live in a time of serious division in the US. Red States hate Blue States. Progressives consider conservatives as demonic – – and vice versa. There are issues dividing the genders and the generations. We have hawks and doves along with globalists and isolationists. I doubt if even the most fundamental US dispute has ever been resolved – – Great Taste versus Less Filling… And into the middle of all that turmoil, you have the unifying factor of Danny Boy Snyder. He seems to be The Great Unifier in the sense that just about everyone I know considers him to be a horse’s ass. Remember this the next time you hear or read anything about this man…
Here is what comes next:
- A judge in Nevada ruled against the NFL in a motion to dismiss Jon Gruden’s lawsuit against the league and the Commissioner regarding the release of his emails and his firing as the head coach of the Raiders. Obviously, the league will appeal the ruling since it wants this matter heard under its very private “arbitration system” – – the results of which seem to resemble the outcomes from the Court of the Star Chamber. This matter is far from over; this was a victory for Gruden in a minor skirmish. However, if you think it might be fun to get a peek behind the curtain of mystery surrounding NFL owners, you should root for this action to remain in open court.
- The MLB Playoffs have reached the semi-final round; if the Phillies make it to the World Series as the “third-wildcard team”, look for lots of proposals to modify the playoff system to favor teams with better regular season records.
- The NHL and the NBA seasons are both underway. Until the Super Bowl is finished, both sports will have to take a seat in the back row for US sports fans.
- College basketball has not begun just yet – – save for the annual exercise of ranking the Top 25 teams in the country having never seen any of those teams play any basketball at all.
Finally, apropos of nothing, let me close with two observations by comedians who are no longer with us:
“Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.” [Groucho Marx]
“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” [George Carlin]
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………