Posted on: March 18, 2009 1:28 pm

NCAA Play-in game

Here´s an idea for the NCAA Play-in game:

Instead of having two teams from the lower-tier conferences why don´t they have two at-large teams from the BCS-leagues playing the game. Two teams that were lucky to get in but would still generate a little more interest than Morehead state and Alabama state. This year Arizona and Wisconsin could have played for example. Both teams could be considered a little lucky to be in the dance in the first place, let them show they are worthy! I think they should let the smaller schools be in the "real" tournament without enduring the indignity of playing an extra game far from all the media interest. After all they´ve earned their place by winning their respective league championships!




Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 13, 2009 9:28 am

Pick Park


 My take on who will be the Phillies fifth starter when the season starts?

Carlos Carrasco - Great prospect, a bit immature, start him in Triple-A.

Kyle Kendrick - Doesn´t appear to have enough mental strenght. Hasn´t improved enough with his complimentary pitches. Give him a Myers-esque stint in Triple-A to work it out or use him in bullpen.

J A Happ - More consistent than the two above, but has had very little experience so far of big league baseball. Use him in long relief.

Chan Ho Park - He has been consistent so far. He is experienced. He is very motivated. Start him!


Carrasco obviously will be very good in the future but he is still very young and why not give him the time to be ready for a few starts later in the season. I hate it when young players are forced into something they are not ready for. I´ve been a fan of Kendricks since he broke through but I fear he might become a liability and that could turn into disaster if Myers starts faltering or Moyer finally slows down (which clearly doesn´t seem to be the case right now, obviously!). Happ is the most difficult to assess but experience is mainly what makes me pick Park ahead of him. Happ probably could be used to good effect in long relief and spot starts. Park actually has had a very good career and there is very little reason to think he will get into rough periods like Myers, Kendrick or Eaton did last year at various points in the season. And basically, isn´t that kind of stability what you wish for in a fifth-starter?



Category: MLB
Tags: Phillies
Posted on: February 27, 2009 3:10 pm

Good thinking

Stacy Andrews might be signing with the Eagles if he passes a physical today. Stacy will be joining his brother Shawn on the O-line. Stacy is of course a terrific player in his own right but this signing has another benefit to it. His brother has been suffering from depression and missed a part of training camp last year because of it. The Eagles have been taking this very seriously and were talking last year about creating some sort of network to support Shawn in his struggles. To sign Stacy can only be a good thing for Shawn in his continuing rehabilitation. And he is a good player himself too!




Category: NFL
Posted on: February 9, 2009 9:11 am
Edited on: February 24, 2009 8:30 am

He wasn´t asking too much...

..not in the long run anyway. Ryan Howard signed yesterday a contract that will give him 54 million over three years. He isn´t getting 18 million this season but on average over the three years plus he got a longer term contract which is what he preferred. Both sides win as far as I can see.

But the best thing about this deal for us phans is that the Phillies show us all that they´re not content with last seasons success. They want to do it all again!

And I can´t wait for them to try!

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 2, 2009 5:57 pm

The Holding bowl

I used to think that two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Superbowl is one to many but this year I am happy because it gave me the time to get over the Eagles loss a bit so I could enjoy the game better.


Man, that´s a lot of penalties! Holdings most of them it seemed though there were others. However there were plenty of moments to savour. That touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes of course but also James Harrisons interception return and Larry Fitzgeralds receiving touchdown. Jeez, that guy is fast! Also I´m impressed by Big Bens ability to run back and forth behind the LOS like a yo-yo several times while trying to avoid being sacked and still be able to direct a seemingly laserguided pass downfield, perfectly catchable. I don´t know about that Hall of fame talk but he sure can lead a team on a big occasion! Overall I enjoyed this years game as much as last years and for next year, all I hope is the Birds participate and it will be even better!

Category: NFL
Tags: Super Bowl
Posted on: January 28, 2009 6:29 pm

Do we really need these?

Four unnecessary sporting events, in no particular order.


  • Pro Bowl - I don´t really like any allstar game but this one is the most pointless. The players are weary and banged up after a long hard season, many are reluctant to go at all and most fans have lost interest after the Super Bowl. Just pick the teams and let that be the honor in itself.
  • Hockey world championships - Well, the best players in the world aren´t playing so how can it be a world championship? Where they are? Playing for the Stanley cup. At least change the date to, say, september so all players are available!
  • World Baseball Classic - As long as they keep playing it in the middle of the buildup to a new season this tournament will be a curiosity at best. The idea about a world baseball tournament actually is good enough to be tried properly, but again, change the date.
  • Any new College Basketball postseason tournament - With the NCAA tourney and the NIT going on at the same time, it´s simply to much to keep peoples interest up. I you haven´t made it to neither two, well, face it. You aren´t good enough to play in a postseason tournament.



Category: General
Tags: Pro Bowl, WBC
Posted on: January 21, 2009 9:06 am
Edited on: February 24, 2009 8:29 am

Is he asking too much?

Well, how much is a guy worth? Ryan Howard has asked for 18 million dollars in salary, the Phillies has offered 14 million. The first thing I noticed was that while Howard nearly doubled his asking salary from last year the Phillies actually did double theirs. Last year they offered 7 million, Howard asked for 10 million. That clearly means that the phillies look past the strikeout rate and other deficiencies and values what they actually get from Howard: Clutch hitting when it matters. Did anyone think in june last year that Ryan Howard would be a candidate for MVP come september? Does anyone think right now that they would even have reached the playoffs, let alone win the world series without him performing so well the last two months of the season?

Now I don´t know, in monetary terms, what a guy is worth. It´s not my money being spent after all! But if they pay A-rod 28 million, Teixeira 22 million and Pujols 14 million, then 16 million would not seem excessive. Hopefully they settle for that before arbitration hearings begin. After all, if you want to keep a team that just won a world championship the payroll is bound to go up.

Actually my guess is that Phillies looked at Pujols salary, the player Howard has competed with for MVP honors and who is of the same age and decided to offer him that kind of money.

On another baseball issue: After this years tournament they absolutely need to sit down and think long and hard about what to do with the World Baseball Classic. If they keep playing it during spring training it will never become anything more than an afterthought. What would be the point of that? Not many of the biggest stars will want to compete in it because they have more important things to concentrate on. Like the upcoming MLB season! Also the players themselves and their teams don´t want to risk injury so close to opening day. My proposal is to have the world series played a week earlier than now and the WBC to be played the last week of october/first week of november.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:22 pm


Losing the last game of the season (which, of course, you always do when you lose a playoffgame in the NFL unless you proceed to win it all) invariably leaves a somewhat sour taste and yes, I am just as disappointed as everybody else but still, got to say this:

Thanks for a great playoff run guys! It was fun while it lasted. If you could just be a bit more consistent next year, maybe get yourself a home game or even a bye week, I look forward to do it all again next year with an even better result.

It´s funny by the way how much more at ease I feel now than I usually do when another Eagles season ends without a championship. It clearly took some weight off the shoulders when the Phillies won theirs!

Now, let´s see what those Flyers can do!
Category: NFL
Tags: Eagles
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