Friday, November 30, 2007

Randy Moss Will Respond

posted by BiCoastal Bias

For those who watched ESPN today, you may have caught a segment in which Ron Jaworski criticized Randy Moss for taking a play off in the Patriots close win over the Eagles on Sunday night. Congratulations, Jaworski, you just gave the Patriots their newest chip on their shoulder.

During the second half of the game, the Patriots had no choice but to use Moss as purely a decoy, as the Eagles were either double teaming him, or sticking to him with their best cornerback. Anyone who knows anything about Moss's history would find this situation interesting and want to see how Moss would respond. Jaworski singled out a specific play in which Moss got jammed at the line. Had Moss gotten off cleanly, he would have forced the safety to stay deep middle, and Kevin Faulk probably would have scored a touchdown. As it played out, the safety was able to bat down the pass.

This is really supposed to be some clever insight into Randy's real attitude? Please. By this criteria, every single sack or tackle for a loss is a result of an offensive lineman taking a play off. And every single Moss touchdown would be the opposing defense taking plays off.

I also watched Sunday's game, looking for some signs as to how Moss was responding to being a decoy receiver. For one, Moss was visibly frustrated, but I would expect any competitor to react that way, especially when the Patriots were still behind in the third quarter. But second, I watched as Moss helped teammate Wes Welker up after more than a few catches; Welker benefited the most from the attention on Moss.

To me, it's clear that Randy's attitude is still in the right place; although maybe Jaworski has a point in that some of his old habits are showing themselves. If that's the case, then Jaws has done the perfect thing for this Patriots team, he's brought it out into the open. If Moss really has matured as much as I'd like to think, then he'll respond with a couple big scores (and no let down plays) this Monday night.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Where Have All The Big Ten Fans Gone?

posted by IntrinsicBent

I can't stand it any longer.

The obvious 800 pound gorilla in this blog that everyone is ignoring is Big 10 Fan.

I am not coming to Double B's (BiCoastal Bias') defense, 'cuz frankly he doesn't need me to fight his fights.

This is really a helping hand to you Big 10 Honks that were all over the comment boards mere weeks ago and then disappeared when Ohio State got smashed.

Have some self respect. It's embarrassing.

You were all over your conference's jock, making crazy comparisons, writing what appeared to be limericks, selling t-shirts, and begging us to post on your blog.

I get that you were bored in your JC dorm room (trailer), did a Google blog search, found BiCoastal's posts, and saw what you always wanted to be. A sports blog journalist with solid skills and insight. Knowing you couldn't post, you said, "Hmmm, I'm gonna try to gravy train by commenting and spreading my ill written disease and sell my "products" that I'm making by printing iron ons off my Radio Shack PC."

You gotta stand up to the test and not disappear when you get popped in the jaw.

Again, I'm not defending BiCoastal. I get weary of his PAC 10 jive as well, but I was loving the lively debate back and forth. It was like watching your older cousin (BiCoastal) hold your little brother (Big 10 athletic supporters) at arm's length while he flails his arms, gets frustrated, and starts bawling before he goes narcing to Uncle Larry.

But what do I know? I'm just from the Big 12, and all we have is scoreboard.

Hillbillies rule.

Sports Frappe Debate Club: Who And What Has Tarnished Baseball The Most?

posted by Knowledge Droppings

Kid Knowledge with a fun question.

In recent years, what has damaged Major League Baseball more, Pete Rose gambling or Barry Bonds using performance enhancing drugs?

BiCoastal Bias: Bonds has tarnished the league more and here is why: There is no way Bud Selig can actually keep Bonds out of the Hall of Fame. If you put ANYONE from the steroid era into the hall of fame, then you immediately have to put Barry Bonds in on that same ballot.

Bonds' records stand as a testament to an entire era of players abusing their bodies in order to become larger than life, while Pete Rose's transgressions are a testament to one man's ability to blow it.

If Pete Rose's controversy was surrounded by a league-wide scandal of players and managers betting on games, then his case would be more damaging to the league, because it jeopardizes the very definition of the league as a competition: People suspected of gambling are also suspected of not trying to win the game. But as it stands now, Bonds' scandal is a much bigger black eye to major league baseball.

Money Mouth: I have to admit, Bonds has damaged the game pretty badly. It's difficult to argue against the man who set the career and season homerun marks and simultaneously has been the least liked player in professional sports. But then again, lets remember Pete Rose.

Pete Rose 5 years ago was a pretty beloved character. Enough time had passed and there had been enough water under the bridge that fans were beginning to actually change their minds about Pete Rose. 25 years can make you forget a lot of things about a person, especially the scars of being accused of gambling on the game. Unfortunately, as we all remember, it turns out Pete Rose is not so lovable, especially after he wrote a book about how he in fact did gamble on baseball.

So it just depends on what you call more damaging: a man who you've always hated turning out to be the man you thought he was, or the man you came to forgive turning out to be worse than you hoped. I have to go with the latter. Steroids have definitely damaged the game, but Bonds hasn't single handed crushed his followers' spirits because they always knew he was a jerk who probably had taken steroids. Pete Rose, however, was able to bring able to rally a bunch of fans to support his cause, only to abandon them in the end to make some money.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Don't Go Away Mad...........

posted by IntrinsicBent

I was bent when I read this account of the NFL skipping the National Anthem last night in the yawnfest that was the bogged down (literally) Monday Night Football game. This matchup featured the Pittsburgh Steelers and the hapless Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh and ended in the last seconds with a field goal by the Steelers allowing for a one sided slaughter final score of 3-0.

Forget that the game stunk, the field was a swampland, the commentator team is hideous, that lightning had hit the field, the game had already been delayed, and that all the talk about a flex schedule still did not protect us from watching a winless team on what used to be the marquis night of professional football.

Beyond the tradition of all 4 major sports starting games with the National Anthem, we also are still knee deep in war with our nation's sons and daughters in harm's way. We can't take 5 minutes to honor our country?

I read later in the article that the singer they scheduled was former Motley Crue lead man Vince Neil.

Then I understood.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Advice for NCAAF Fans

posted by BiCoastal Bias

I've got some advice for all of you angry college football fans: this bowl season, just pretend the BCS doesn't exist. Seriously, I think this might help all of us get through the holidays.

Think about it, if West Virginia ends up playing Mizzou in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, it won't be that hard to imagine in your mind that it's just another random bowl game. And what an interesting bowl game it will be, when viewed as just another playoff game.

This shouldn't be that hard to do for you old-timers out there who are used to the old bowl system. According to current projections, there will be lots of other classic bowl matchups to help distract us: USC vs. Ohio State in the Rose Bowl (if Mizzou and W.V. both win this weekend, which seem terribly unlikely, but I'm not quite prepared for that potential reality). How about watching Hawaii knock off the SEC powerhouse in the Sugar Bowl, just to put one more nail in the coffin that the BCS is slowly being buried in.

Actually, come to think of it, the only way to save this BCS championship game is to put Hawaii in it. No matter the match up we end up with, the winner will not be embraced by the sports world who is sick and tired of lame system. However, if Hawaii goes up against another big conference winner and wins, at least we'll have an undefeated national champion, and that would give us something to talk about. If Hawaii loses, well, it's not like the BCS could do worse than what we're headed for now.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Who Do You Go To For Advice?

posted by IntrinsicBent

Reports have it that Alex Rodriguez sought out the advice of Berkshire Hathaway guru and billionaire Warren Buffett during his brief but tumultuous free agency period.

I'm pretty sure that call went something like this:

Buffett: Hello?

A-Rod: Hello, may I speak with Buffett?

Buffett: That's me.

A-Rod: Hi, I'm Alex Rodriguez and you are one of the few people that has more money than I do. I left the Yankees and I feel so lonely and confused. What should I do?

Buffett: "It's those changes in latitudes,changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same.With all of our running and all of our cunning,If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane."

A-Rod: Aww man, did I accidentally call Jimmy Buffett?

Monday, November 19, 2007

A-Rod X

posted by IntrinsicBent

I came across this hilarious article featured on the Canadian Press today. In true Frappe fashion, it's hilarious because it's supposed to be serious.
It's chock full of A-Rodisms intended to bamboozle us into thinking he does no wrong.

The funniest part is when he attempts to go Malcolm X without us noticing. He does this while sharing his initial hardships in playing in New York:

"I banged my head against New York; New York didn't bang me against the head."

Sounds copy close to what the late Malcolm X once stated, "We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us."

Nice try.

It turns out, the NFL is played by Men, not Babies

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Attention world of sports: enough with the crying over the Patriots running up the score. NFL players and coaches should be man enough to take it, and it appears that they are. With the exception of the Washington Redskins' secondary, we haven't heard any opposing players or coaches complain about the high-scoring. On the other hand, the sports media all want to turn this sort of behavior into a show of disrespect for the game.

Listen, the NFL isn't a tee-ball game. They can handle it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Why He Went From Stray-Rod To Stay-Rod

posted by SubversiveTheory

Many folks in baseball, as well as the countless industries that sports has spawned, have been speculating on the reasons for Alex Rodriguez' capitulation this week before he decided to remain a Yankee.

The plain and simple is that he is being blackmailed by none other than the Florida Marlins. No one is sure yet what they have on Pay-Rod, but the Marlins wanted him off the market to eliminate the top 3rd basemen and therefore drive up the asking price on their own 3rd baseman that they have on the trading block, Miguel Cabrera.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Goodbye, Ohio State

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Ohio State lost to Illinois today, practically ending their national championship hopes. This leads us that much closer to one of the alternative possibilities I mentioned last week. Namely, LSU meeting Oregon in the title bout, with the Kansas Jayhawks still a potential party crasher, (they're beating Oklahoma State as I write this). I don't even need to mention how happy I am about this progression.

I want to clarify something about the discussion we had on this blog regarding the Big 10. All I'm saying is that this is a down year for the Big 10. It seems clear that for this particular year, that there are better teams (and more of them) in the Pac 10 and the SEC. I'm not saying this is a fact that stretches back further than last season. It's just the ebb and flow of college football, and for the last two seasons, it appears that the Big 10 has been down.

So as Oregon and LSU gear up to win their conferences and championship, all eyes will be on the Jayhawks. Will they make it through the gauntlet of Mizzou and Oklahoma? Or will they even get there, playing Iowa State next week?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Curt Schilling To Retire A BoSox

posted by IntrinsicBent

Curt Schilling reported today in his blog that he and the Boston Red Sox have come to terms on a 1 year deal.

Schilling has stated that he will be done after the 2008 season and true to his word only negotiated for a one year deal.

As this entry shows, pro sports money deals are just staggering. Even though Schilling admits he gave a hometown discount to the Red Sox, check out these amazing numbers:

$8 million in guaranteed base salary

$2 million in bonuses for 6 seperate weigh ins

$3 million in IP incentives based on IP totals

$1 million for receiving a Cy Young vote, any vote

Some miscellaneous things were agreed upon as addendums as well

I'll bet those miscellaneous things are worth far more than Average Joe Sports Fan makes in a year.

Schilling ends his post with a rally cry to get BoSox 3rd baseman and recent World Series MVP Mike Lowell signed.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Boston College Loses

posted by BiCoastal Bias

With Boston College's first loss last night, we are well on our way toward a repeat national championship game of last year. When B.C. was still undefeated, it looked like we were heading for a title match between two undefeated teams from very weak conferences, a far from preferable end to a great college football season. Now that B.C. is out, LSU is back in the hotseat; and if both teams win out, January's championship will once again feature an undefeated Ohio State team getting trampled by a one-loss power house out of the SEC. The only difference is in the name, replacing Florida with LSU.

Of course, many things could happen between now and then to change the title ticket, we'll start with the possibilities I would welcome. I would love to see an Ohio State defeat between now and the end of the regular season. The likely candidate to end Ohio State's undefeated run would be Michigan. Assuming both LSU and Oregon win out, our title match would then pit the two winners of this season's best conferences: the SEC and the Pac-10. This is my ideal situation,
I can't think of a better championship match up.

Here's a different possibility that I haven't heard anyone else kick around yet: what if the Kansas Jayhawks go on to beat Missouri AND Oklahoma to win the Big 12 conference and finish the season undefeated? If a BCS conference team finishes the season undefeated, don't you have to put them in the title game, especially if they beat two top 10 teams to get there? Granted, this still seems totally unlikely, and I'm not even sure if the BCS polls would let Kansas leapfrog
LSU to get to the number 2 slot, but let's play out the scenario anyway. If the championship game ends up between Ohio State and Kansas, we are in a no win situation. If Ohio State wins, we will have a champion team who most will agree was never really tested. If Kansas wins . . . well . . . I'm not sure that the sporting community is prepared for a world in which the Kansas Jayhawks are the national college football champions.

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Country That Is Scott Boras

posted by IntrinsicBent

Scott Boras will be negotiating huge numbers this baseball offseason that will rival the GNP for some developing nations.

Reportedly, the Yankees have been told that A-Rod is still available to them for $350 million dollars (say it like Dr. Evil and that's a hilarious line).

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has produced a top 10 list of probable suitors (according to him) for A-Rod's services. The top 2 are the L.A. teams. Trust me though, the McCourts (Dodgers owners) have finished their holiday shopping by picking up new Manager Joe Torre. I laugh at the people that assume that A-Rod will blindly flock to the Dodgers because Torre is there. Don't you think Rodriguez remembers Torre bailing out on him in that dismal 2006 season? And batting him 9th at one point? That's just poor journalism. Or lazy.

I also laughed at Boras' attempt at stirring the pot this week when he whined that he didn't know why it was ok for other Yankees to be free agents and still have the Yankee organization deal with them.

I'll take this one: Scott, it's because they (Yanks) said all season that if he (A-Rod) opted out they would not be interested in doing a deal. The simple reason is a very unsimple 18 million reasons. As in 18 million dollar reasons. That's the amount of money the Texas Rangers would still have had to pay if he accepted an extension without opting out for free agency. It stemmed from the trade the Yanks made to get Rodriguez in 2004 from the Texas Rangers.

But A-Rod is not the only free agent that Boras is peddling this off season. Including Rodriguez, he has no fewer that 12 free agents that include Andruw Jones, Kyle Lohse, and Eric Gagne.

The pitch I'd love to hear from Boras is the one marketing Eric Gagne.