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Digital Dads Week in Sports: Smashed Buckeyes

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Ohio State may be better off without them

I’m not sure where to begin this week. There is a lot going on in sports news, but that’s not what this column is about. This column is about what sports items I want to talk about. I could give a shit about Tiger Woods not wanting to play in another major, we’ve already been over that. The guy needs some pussy. We could talk about the Heat and the Mavericks all tied up, and the media blaming LeBron for the game four breakdown, but really, who wants to talk about the NBA now? Most of us are just wishing it would go away altogether. No, today I’m going to start off with the biggest story out there – Terrelle Pryor.

 

You see, Terrelle Pryor has decided that he’s not going to suffer the indignation of having to face the Buckeye faithful for another year at college, instead, he’s going to attempt to take his skills to the NFL. As a Buckeye fan myself, I have to wish nothing but the absolute worst for Pryor, just like Maurice Clarett. Right now, he’s ranked just above an undrafted free agent, in terms of wantability. I think I just made that word up. But he’s clearly skipping the draft and is going to try his hand at just getting picked up as an undrafted free agent. But really, he’s already proven his moral worth, why would any NFL team want him?

They would for two reasons. One, he’s going to come cheap. He’s done that to himself. He doesn’t have a choice in the matter. This is a player who could have gone first in the draft next year, but instead will probably go to the highest bidder. I mean, there is the July supplemental draft, but that’s not where the money is either. No, he’s screwed in that department. Second, he can play. Morals or not, the kid can move but he’s got a lot to learn about the game of football, and we were hoping he’d spend one more year at OSU to learn it there.

Speaking about OSU, they still haven’t appeared before the NCCA on all those pesky infractions, Tressel and Pryor leaving is just the tip of the iceberg. This after USC was stripped of it’s 2004 championship because of Reggie Bush’s greedy ass. That’s the thing, it’s greed that forced Pryor to sell memorabilia, raking in about 40k last year allegedly. Does a college student who is getting free room and board, free meals and a free education really need an additional 40k to walk around with? New cars? Do they need these things? Fuck no they don’t. Do they need something? Yes, yes they do.

Which brings me to this point, how much did OSU make off Pryor jerseys? Tons of cash right? They treat these players like superstars, not like students playing football and that’s what has created this sense of entitlement at schools like OSU & USC. The focus is on the football program, win at all costs. However, there is no reason that students like Pryor, star players, shouldn’t be rewarded in some way for their efforts. If they were given a weekly cash stipend (aside from the aforementioned free education, room & board and meals) so they could go clubbing and buy drugs, guns & whores, then maybe they’d finish their education. Maybe schools would have better graduation rates. Maybe kids would have better role models. The good thing for Pryor is he’s heading to the NFL, where they could really give a shit about morality when it comes to players personal lives, which is the really fucked up bit.

Lenny Dykstra Goes Bat Shit Crazy

Here’s my favorite story of the week. If you haven’t heard, Lenny Dykstra, former New York Met and so called “stock market savant” was hit with a 13-count indictment after filing Bankruptcy in 2009. Basically because he lied about selling off assets. Compound that with a former maid accusing Lenny of getting naked and demanding a massage, of the happy ending variety. That all doesn’t make him crazy. What makes Dykstra crazy is his recent column in the NY Post, who was kind enough to give him a forum to rant. Awesome. His statement, er, column is full of the normal paranoid crap one would expect from the former-star-turned-criminal-loonbat-looking-for-a-payday celebrity. I use that last term loosely.

Dykstra claims that his current struggles are part of some fateful, divine plan. Of course he does, your God forbid he admit to his own greed and lies. He of course believes the government is out to get him as if there is a room in the pentagon with dedicated agents going after faded baseball stars who can’t get jobs on radio or TV. I mean really, if you can’t even land a radio gig as an ex-player then you must have some sort of dysfunction. Then Lenny goes on to laud his indictment, as it gives him the freedom to sell his story. As what? A self help book? I got a title for you Lenny, “I’m a Lying Fuck. Don’t do What I Did.” Hold on, I’d like to end on that joke but it gets better.

Lenny claims that he was tortured and “physically and mentally assaulted” by police during his arrest and booking. Are you fucking kidding me Lenny? Torture victims don’t write op-eds the next day. Bottom line, if you are entertained by delusional ex-ballplayers, you gotta read that column. Fucking hilarious. Dykstra has clearly lost his marbles.

Will he be ‘The Great One’ Junior?

We all know who Wayne Gretzky is. He’s only the greatest hockey player ever. So the question is, will his son – Trevor – be the greatest baseball player ever? Really doubtful, as he was drafted in the seventh round by the Chicago Cubs. He’s a first baseman, and wears number 99 like his father. The Cubs also picked up the son of one of their notable stars from the past, Shawon Dunston Jr., other notable children of baseball players drafted were the sons of Ivan Rodriguez, Steve Garvey and Kevin Seitzer, and the great-nephew of Eddie Gaedel. I know you don’t know who that is, so click the link. Fucking hilarious.

Human Interest Story of the Day

Also drafted this week was University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor. He was drafted in the 33rd round by the Texas Rangers. The thing about Taylor is that he’s paralyzed. Not totally, he’s what is called a tetrapalegic. His legs are paralyzed, and he has limited movement in his arms and hands. He was paralyzed in a mid-field collision with teammate Zach Cone, who was drafted by the Rangers in the second round. In 2010 Taylor hit .335 with a team-best .442 OBP for the Bulldogs in 2010. Based on that, and the fact that his spinal cord isn’t severed, he could play again. That’s being real hopeful, but I’m sure Cone still feels pretty shitty about it, even though it was an accident. This was a great PR move for the Rangers, and I hope that they keep Taylor within the organization as long as possible. He could easily be the guy that just sits outside the bullpen, keeping score and answering the phone.

Digital Dads Week in Sports: Canada Wants Their Cup Back

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The '93 Canadiens Were the Last Canadian Team to Hold the Cup

It’s been 18 years since the Montreal Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings four games to one in the Stanley Cup playoffs to bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada. Since then, the Canucks, Flames, Oilers and Senators have each once challenged for the cup, all losing. Now the Canucks are back in the Stanley Cup championship and are looking to regain the cup for Canada – all of Canada. I spoke to some folks in Edmonton, Winnipeg (who is getting a team back) and other snow drenched areas of America’s hat. They all are begrudgingly rooting for the Canucks to pull this off. I also spoke to some Boston fans, who are not.

 

@bigguyd, a Boston Bruins faithful had this to say: “Fuck Vancouver.” That’s nice, but I have to root for them. After all, #notitlesinboston.

Here’s the thing, as good as Tim Thomas is in net for the Bruins (and he is fantastic) I think Roberto Luongo is just as good if not better. Game one of the series was a great example of the goal tending you are going to see throughout the series, but you have to think about how many goals Thomas gave up against the Lightning and how many Luongo gave up against the Sharks. There is a disparity and Thomas’ aggressive style of play when he’s got a one on one or a two on one coming at him can play against him sometimes, as it did in Raffi Torres winning goal of game one. He came way too far out of the paint to challenge the Torres, and was flat out beat on a good shot. He blocked a lot of great shots during the game, and got a lot of help from angles and the crossbar.

At the other end, Luongo also was on his toes the whole game, blocking a lot of fantastic shots from the Bruins forwards, who just looked absolutely winded by the end of the game. There is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a very tough, very high endurance series. Seven games are on tap, I don’t see anyone busting out early. I mean, as long as everyone can keep their hands and feet out of each others mouths. Really Burrows? Biting? C’mon man, you are better than that. Thankfully Bergeron still has all his digits. The biting incident aside, this series should go to Vancouver in the end, as in my estimation, they have the scoring edge.

Heat Set the Mavericks on Fire

That’s not a good thing. The Heat came out strong in game one of the NBA Finals, beating the Dallas Mavericks with relative ease. I’d quote you stats and what not, but I don’t really give a shit. As a Cleveland fan (though caring little about the NBA) I have to root for the Mavericks because of the whole LeBron thing. Frankly, I don’t give a shit. If you care about the NBA, I welcome you to write a guest paragraph for next weeks post, or wait until next season when I still won’t be talking about the NBA. It’s my column. I can do that.

NFL Labor Deal Possible

So it seems that within two to three weeks the NFL and the Players Association could reach a deal in time for the season. Or not. Really it depends on how much the players are willing to give up. It also depends on if the two sides can reach a settlement deal. This easily could go right back to the courts and deliberation before any type of deal is made. A deal needs to be made quickly for two major reasons, neither of which has to do with players paychecks.

1. Owners need to pay off stadium debt. These multi-million dollar stadiums were not double wides bought at a county auction. They have mortgages that need to be paid off. While there will be income to the teams from the television deals, they need the constant flow of green into the actual stadium books themselves, so they can pay it out. The owners are nervous that they won’t have that stadium revenue to pay the mortgage bills, and they may have to do some creative accounting. Not to mention the stadium jobs during the season, those aren’t volunteers. Those are hard working people looking for some extra money to help them through the year.

2. Most players don’t make bank. They make the league minimum which is enough to survive on, the problem is that you can take the gangsta out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the gangsta. Most players live outside their means, like most of America, and a lot of players have crime in their history. Anything from drugs, guns, abusing women and so on. These activities will only become more prevalent as these players have nothing to keep them busy, and their stack of uninvented, uninsured money is growing smaller and smaller. Expect to see more NFL players (at the lower echelon of the talent pool) getting arrested for some of the above crimes.

The point is that this deal needs to happen sooner than later. I’m not looking forward to not having an NFL season, and not just for the fantasy football implications. I mean, what the hell are we going to do on Sunday afternoons?

Jim Tressel Resigns

This bit originally posted at Technorati.com, because I was too lazy to just re-write it since I already wrote it. Got it?

Long time Ohio State Buckeye NCAA Football coach, Jim Tressel, has resigned from his coaching position at the school amid allegations of rule violations concerning players selling memorabilia. Tressel has coached the Ohio State Buckeye football team to a 106-22 record (66-14 in the Big Ten), a national championship in 2002, seven Big Ten championships and most importantly – a 9-1 record against Michigan.

However, after all that, after the imposed honor that Tressel seemed to embody, now he has resigned because he wasn’t following the rules and faced a five game suspension for the start of next season. He resigned disgraced, and for the Ohio State Buckeye faithful – such as myself – this is truly a sad day.

“After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach,” Tressel said in a statement Monday morning. “The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”

The 11 year head coach will be replaced by Assistant coach Luke Fickell, who will serve as interim until a replacement is found, or if he gets the job himself. This is the first time an Ohio State football coach has left on his own terms since the 1940′s. School president E. Gordon Gee accepted the resignation, saying this in a letter to trustees,

“As you all know, I appointed a special committee to analyze and provide advice to me regarding issues attendant to our football program. In consultation with the senior leadership of the University and the senior leadership of the Board, I have been actively reviewing the matter and have accepted Coach Tressel’s resignation.

“My public statement will include our common understanding that throughout all we do, we are one university with one set of standards and one overarching mission. The University’s enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions.”

Predictably, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Tressel was encouraged to resign, which was the right decision by all parties involved. The NCAA still had not conducted their investigation, so this will forgo the school and the football program being dragged through the mud.

Regardless of who is coaching the Buckeyes, as long as they continue to beat Michigan, us Ohio State faithful will carry on.

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Digital Dads Week in Sports: There’s No Crying In Basketball

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Coach Tressel is in Trouble. (Image: NCAA)

The Vest is in Hot Water

Jim Tressel was just slapped with a $250k fine and a two-game suspension after he admitted that he did in fact know about several players receiving impermissible benefits as early as April of 2010, a full eight months before Ohio State University was made aware of the issue by means of an outside source. We all know about the transgressions at Ohio State in the recent months, about the championship rings being sold – about Pryor not getting suspended for the remainder of the season – but we didn’t know Tressel knew. Now that we know that he knew, does that change anything? In the vein of “confidentiality” Tressel basically lied to his employer on several occasions as these transgressions by the players came to light.

So does the punishment fit the crime? I’m a Buckeye fan. Always have been, always will be. My cousin is set to graduate there soon, the point is that I am truly biased. However, lying is lying. And the punishment does not fit the crime. Two game suspension for lying to your employer? I mean, I understand why OSU is going soft on the guy. He’s gone 102-22 while coaching at Ohio State. That’s one BCS title win in four appearances, seven Big Ten Conference Championships, a 6-4 bowl record, a 5-3 record in BCS bowls and a 9-1 record against Michigan. You can’t deny that under Tressel the Ohio State Buckeye Football squad has thrived. But at what cost to the integrity of the team?

For that reason, and because a suspension against Akron and Toledo (the first two games of the season) is basically a slap on the wrist, the punishment does not fit the crime. Not only that, but the NCAA hasn’t done their investigation yet. I’m pretty sure that when they do, you are going to see the shit hit the fan in Buckeye country because then, Tressel will have no choice but to resign. It’s clear he’s been party to this behavior, so he should share a good portion of the blame.

The Miami Heat Sheds Tears After Loss – Again

The Miami Heat have lost five in a row, are 1-9 against the top teams in the NBA this season, yet somehow are still holding on to the first place spot in the Eastern Southeast Division. This didn’t stop them from breaking out in tears after their recent loss to the Bulls according to coach Erik Spoelstra; “There are a couple of guys crying in the locker room right now.” This was followed up with a comment from Dwight Howard who said that if they were crying about the loss, then “it means they really care about winning.” According to Dwight, he cries all the time after losses.

So what exactly are they crying about and who was crying? I can’t imagine it was Wade and James, who combined for 69 points against the Blazers in their fifth straight loss, and are both making massive amounts of money per game. It can’t be coach Spoelstra who is probably stoked his team is still in first, so who would be crying. Why, it would have to be the pathetic Miami bench once again. They were outscored, get this, 41-8 by the Blazers bench. Seriously. This is where the Heat are failing, and this is who must be crying in the locker room. And I’m guessing it’s not the emotional type of crying, it’s probably the starters berating the bench for sucking so bad. You think Jordan and Pippen had to deal with a shitty bench not holding up the game in their playing time? Why should James and Wade?

What this means though, is even if they finish the season in first place – they’ll lose in the first round of the playoffs. With a weak bench, there is no way they can win in a series. It doesn’t matter, the Spurs are going to carve a path right to the finals and win it all this year.

It Must Be Tuesday for Tiki

On his way out of the league four years ago, Tiki Barber said, “You start to realize this is a young man’s game. This is for guys who can get hit, knocked up, beat up and be fine on Tuesday.” Barber left the game at ripe old age of 31, after 10 years in the league while he still had some fight in him. He left for a job in the broadcasting booth, while his twin brother Rhonde continued and still continues to knock heads on the other side of the ball.

Now Tiki wants back in. He’s 35. He’s probably lost some if not all of his ground speed. He’s been away from the game for four years. It’s not like he just retired and still has a chance, why would any team spend the league minimum on him when there are so many young runningbacks coming out of college and left undrafted every year? The Giants have already told him good luck on his search, so he certainly won’t be back in New York.

So why now? Well, he’s out of a job for one. You might be saying, but he was working for NBC last I heard! Yeah, he was – but he violated the morals clause of NBC, and by doing so violated his $300k a year contract. So what did he do? Well, what you’d expect perhaps a Bengals or Titans player to do. He left his eight months pregnant wife for a 23 year-old NBC intern. Good job keeping it real Tiki. It’s also been reported that Barber is quite broke, and couldn’t pay the divorce settlement. So that $865,000 league minimum for a 10-year veteran is looking damn good right about now.

Frankly, this shouldn’t even be news. Tiki has no chance at making it back in the NFL, there is no team that would take the chance on a 35 year old runningback that has taken as many hits as him. Plus he’d come in with a holier-than-thou attitude that veteran “superstar” players tend to have.

The shoe cables a repent reward near the visible.