Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Fat Lady

posted by IntrinsicBent

Hey Sports Fanatics and Addicts, Uncle Intrinsic is back to drop a little wisdom on you.

Radio and TV talking heads need to once again check themselves. All day Friday on sports talk radio and TV I heard that the Cardinals were done, and the foregone conclusion was that the Rangers would sweep the next 3 games at home and repeat as World Series Champs.

Whoaaaaa Nelly.........

We know after Game 3 that the Cardinals are not yet ready to just hand it over, and also were not in the shambles the "experts" predicted they were in.

The highlight of last night's 16-7 drubbing of the Rangers of course was the Cards first baseman Albert Pujols tying Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth's record for homeruns in a World Series game with three. In a row.

In this 140 character brave new world of communications and expectations, this lesson is supported with the Friday comments and theories of the "experts":

  • Skipper Tony La Russa was too big of a gambler with his pitching changes and cost the Cards Game 2 and most probably, the 2011 World Series.
  • Albert Pujols proved he was not a leader because he didn't talk to the media after the close, come from behind loss dealt by the Rangers.
  • Albert Pujols lost the game and possibly the series by botching a cut-off play that any little leaguer could have navigated.
  • The Rangers play too well at home for the Cards to have a shot.
  • There was a curse because alleged juicer Mark McGwire was a Cards coach.
Ok, I made the last one up. See how easily you were starting to be deceived?

I really don't care who wins this series. I do want you to be smart enough to know that sports, and life, is about taking risks. Depending on how those risks develop and turn out, real players have to deal with being the hero or the goat.

Mediocrity accepts the safe and sane. Kind of like a firework that squeals and sparkles, but never leaves the ground or is spectacular. 

Friday, July 01, 2011

Michael Vick Is Marketable Again

posted by IntrinsicBent

Today it was announced that Nike has entered into an endorsement agreement with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and proved effective with his arm and legs before dog fighting charges brought him down and put him in prison for 23 months.

Vick signed a two year contract with the Eagles upon his release from prison and has since revived his career and image through solid changes and decisions.

Nike and the Falcons were amongst the sponsors that fled from any relationship ties with Vick when he went through his issues.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thoughts of an NFL Fan

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The NFL owners claim that that an 18 game season is necessary because the fans have made clear that they do not like preseason games. If they really care what fans of the NFL think, then here is the opinion of a fan: I do NOT want an 18 game season.

Please understand the person that this is coming from. On an average fall weekend, I watch around 5 football games on television (college and pro). I make it a point to watch part of every single bowl game on TV. I play fantasy football, I attempt to predict the winner of every single NFL game every single week. And I still end up going to several local football games live before the season is through.

I have room for more football in my life, I'm in favor of a more expanded college football playoff, and yet I am NOT in favor of an expanded NFL season.

The reasons are quite simple. An 18 game season will absolutely lower the quality of football we fans get to watch week in and week out.

An 18 game season means more injuries, which will lead to more games in which we are watching second tier players. Much has already been said about this so I'll leave it at that.

An 18 game season means LOTS more meaningless games at the tale end of a season. Consider the upcoming slate of games in week 17 of the 2010 season: There is really only one that we can expect both teams to really care about, and that features that mess of a race in the NFC West. I'm sure some other games will turn out to be great, but you never know which ones these will be. We've seen enough December/January games in the past in which one or both teams were playing half-heartedly to expect this. You can slightly mitigate this fact by going back to 2 divisions in each conference, but only slightly. And yes, this is true in other sports, but watching a baseball game between two down and out bottom feeders is much more tolerable than a football game. Football is a tough game to play when you don't care about the outcome, baseball players will always look for a chance to pad their stats.

There are already enough factors that contribute to sloppy play in the NFL. You owners have persisted in shoving this Thursday night NFL network game upon us, which always showcases how desperately these teams need the full week of preparation.

The 2007 Patriots failed run at perfection is already so rare, expanding the season will all but insure that nothing like it will ever happen again. And isn't that why we watch professional sports? To see teams that have a chance at perfecting their play?

The NFL is easily the best American professional sports league, why mess with it anymore than you already have?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

posted by IntrinsicBent

Admit it, when you saw it you were filled with hope. When you first saw Chris Berman's stache you thought maybe he was doing an extreme makeover. You know, baseball slugger goes into a slump and grows the fattest, gnarliest porn stache and makes some changes and returns to his former glory.

When you saw Chris Berman sporting a woolly booger during NFL preseason, you were excited. Excited that there'd be a change.

Excited that at halftime of Monday Night Football, you wouldn't be forced to sit through sports euphemisms like "WHOOP!". You wouldn't have to listen to cheesy statements like "Number 4 throws a touchdown and we all wonder, How Favre Can He Go?"

Then you realized when you dialed in Monday night and saw his naked grill that you'd been juked. Bamboozled. You didn't keep your head on a swivel.

Berman's naked upper lip appears like ...."It....Could....Go....All....The....Way!


Condolences Monday Night Football fans. First you lost Hank Jr. and were forced to buy cable. Now you're stuck with the same trite recaps you thought you'd evolved out of.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

RonRon Being RonRon

posted by IntrinsicBent

Ron Artest evidently was in favor of the Matt Barnes pickup by the Lakers today. This was his tweet of support:

"RONARTESTCOM Matt has the heart off a lion on steroids wit extra chest hairs and three testicles screaming " Adrian "!!!!!!"

about 2 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone

The extra chest hairs part surprises me.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Leave the All Star Game alone

posted by BiCoastal Bias

I spent the earlier part of the week participating in All Star game activities, on location in Anaheim California. I checked out the Fan Fest on Sunday, the Home Run Derby on Monday, and the game itself on Tuesday. I fully enjoyed all of it, but I do have one VERY controversial opinion to share with you:

There is nothing wrong with the MLB All Star game.

It seems like all anyone talks about is what needs to change about the All Star game. But it's fine the way it is. In comparisons with the other 3 major sports, it easily trumps the Pro Bowl. The MLB game is much more like real baseball whereas the NBA all star game is very little like real basketball (albeit basketball might have the better scene in the weekend surrounding the game). Hockey might be the closest contender as far as the game goes, but I haven't watched enough hockey to make an argument here.

Here are the typical complaints about the MLB All Star game:

  1. The selection system leads to good players getting snubbed. This year, they added a ton of spots on the rosters, and people were still complaining about this. It is time to admit that no system will eliminate this, unless of course we let Jayson Stark pick the teams, in which case at least the loudest complainer would shut up. But seriously, think about it, the fans vote for the starters and they (we) screw it up constantly. The players get a vote now, and they often screw it up. And of course, the managers selections are just as questionable (Omar Infante, anyone?). I don't think there is some method that will solve this problem.
    Some choose to blame it on the fact that every team gets a representative. I personally like the rule the way it is - because I remember what it was like to be a fan of a terrible team who only got an all star because of this rule. Moreover, if we can't get the rosters right after they've expanded to 34, we'll never get them right.
  2. The game doesn't mean enough. To this group, I admit, the World Series homefield advantage rule is a ruse. It hasn't actually changed the way that the game is played, simply the way it is perceived. My only response is - it's an exhibition, what do you expect? The great thing about the baseball all star game is that these players don't need any practice together to still play at a high level, so it's really up to the players to decide how much they care about this game. As you'd expect, some come ready to play and some don't.
    If you think about Tuesday's game, I didn't see much to indicate that the managers or players were not trying to win. Sure, Girardi mismanaged on the AL side, but that's just because he's not a very good manager. He brought in his own guy Hughes, who lost it for us. He didn't bring in A-Rod, but the fact is that A-Rod was a debatable all star to begin with. He didn't pinch run for Ortiz, because, well, he had already mismanaged himself into a hole there.
  3. The World series homefield advantage rule is stupid. I agree, but get over it, Selig is obsessed with it and it doesn't negatively affect the All Star game. Some might say it negatively affects the World Series, but I don't agree with that either. Previously, the MLB just alternated between leagues, which wasn't any better.
I think the only thing that could make the MLB All Star game better would be to do away with (or scale down) interleague play. Traditionally, what the all star game so great was these batter vs. pitcher match ups you never got a chance to see elsewhere.

Otherwise, get over it and leave it alone.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Ultimate Catch

posted by IntrinsicBent

Make it stop. I'm begging you.

Play football.

It's So Easy.......An Octopus Can Do It?

posted by IntrinsicBent

Those of you that are veteran readers of The Frappe know that I am no fan of the sport affectionately known by the world outside the U.S. as "football".

I've heard all the arguments from the proponents of soccer. I've read the statistics of it's increase in popularity.  I noticed the wide array of people from all walks of life that followed America's journey in this year's World Cup.  This weekend I drove past a local park where AYSO (youth soccer) signups were occuring and saw roughly 60 people lined up to destroy their kids sign their kids up.  Against my will, I was forced to learn what a vuvuzela was.

As compelling as some of that is, how can I enjoy a slow paced, low scoring game where the majority of the players can only run around "bending it" without the use of their hands?  I would rather go to that same local park and watch people play hacky sack. There's only slightly less scoring there.

I caught myself beginning to allow my mind to open to this "sport". I had to slam it shut again when I found that someone/thing had picked the winner of 10 0ut 10 (that's 100% to you and me) of this year's contests including the final match.

A dude named Paul did in fact make perfect picks.  Paul is an octopus. 'Nuff said.