Only some vague reports floating around the Winter Meetings. First, the meeting with Rollins' agent Dan Lozano did "not go well." Maybe the Phils forgot to get the whores? Then, the rumor mill has the Phillies interested in former farmhand Gio Gonzalez. The theory is that getting Gonzalez, who is under team control for another three years on the cheap, would allow the Phils to trade Cole Hamels instead of giving him the big bucks. It's a nice theory, but I'd much rather see Ol' Girl Parts stay a Phillie.
Mess in Miami?
Is it a surprise to anybody that Hanley Ramirez does not want to move away from shortstop? He's the consummate "me" player, forever petulant and temperamental. Now the Marlins go out of their way to anger him then bring in Ozzie Guillen who will do his very best to throw gasoline on any flammable situation. This is not going to go well. And I'm loving every minute of it.
Division I college football is a joke and I hate it.
It’s the only major sport in this country that relies primarily on subjective judgment to determine their champion. Sure, they play a game, but the participants in the championship game are placed there largely on the collective judgment of poll voters. This season, LSU is undefeated but gets in the game because the consensus opinion has them “#1.” They didn’t earn the spot. Winning football games didn’t get them there because there is no way to win your way into a championship. There have been plenty of undefeated teams that have been deemed unworthy of competing. No, the judges put them there. Same with their opponent, Alabama, who gets in because they were deemed better than Stanford, or Oklahoma State or anybody else because… well, just because.
Could you imagine if the NFL picked their playoff teams based on the ESPN Power Poll? What if MLB managers voted at the end of the season on which teams should play in the World Series? Would you accept John Kruk going on Baseball Tonight and saying, “Yeah, the Yankees finished with the same record as the Rays, but they have a better bullpen and hit for a lot more power. The Rays just aren’t as good. And that is why I voted for the Yankees to make the World Series.”
What a joke. The greed and hypocrisy of the NCAA and its partners is beyond belief.
For me, college football is good for four things, 1) tailgating, 2) following your alma mater, 3) checking out future NFL players and most importantly 4) gambling.
Meanwhile, while DI was playing completely meaningless, made-for-TV football games this weekend, DI-AA was completing the second round (round of 16) of their playoffs and will have their real championship game participants decided the week before Christmas. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Maine-Georgia Southern game next week a lot more than the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl.
Some things get better with age. Whiskey. Wine. Cheese. Johnny Cash albums. Unfortunately for football fans, Madonna is not on that list.
NBC and the NFL announced Sunday that the gap-toothed skank will be performing at halftime of the Super Bowl. Shit.
The NFL had been doing a good job of putting some decent acts at halftime. The Boss, The Stones, The Who. Awesome. Hell, even Prince was pretty good. But last year’s show with the Black Eyed Peas and Usher was basically unwatchable. And now we have to watch 95 pounds of herpes gallivant around the stage pretending she’s a sex symbol while singing songs nobody has cared about since the 80’s.
I think I’ll pass on watching the halftime show this year.
If you like Americana music, I recommend a listen to “Harlem River Blues” by Justin Townes Earle. HERE is a clip of him performing my favorite track from the album, “One More Night In Brooklyn.”
If you’re looking for a winter ale but don’t always like the strong, malty sweetness that often comes with these types of beers, pick up a sixer of Old Man Winter by Southern Tier. The hop character is more prominent than others in this genre and at only 7.7% ABV, you can easily have more than one.