Friday, April 30, 2010

Brett Favre's Ankle Just The Latest Example Of His Ego Run Wild...

So we have our first Brett Favre news of the NFL off season. According to ESPN's Ed Werder reports today that the 40 year old future hall of fame quarterback requires ankle surgery to play for the Minnesota Vikings in the upcoming NFL season. The injury was suffered three months ago in the NFC Championship game where the Vikings lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.

As the "Favre Watch" enters the fifth off season where we all await the decision of a legend in the history of the NFL, this soap opera must end as soon as possible.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dez Bryant Can't Hate GM Jeff Ireland...He Did His Job....


Props to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports with his article today revealing some of the questions that potential top draft picks were asked in their pre-draft visits/interviews. Silver talked to many of the top name draftees and some of the questions could be considered outlandish, creepy and outright degrading to some.

For example:

Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy - "Do you play in a G-string or a jock strap?"

Safety Myron Rolle - "What was it like to desert your team?"

Running Back Toby Gerhart - "Do you feel entitled because you're a white running back?"

(You can read the article by Michael Silver HERE)

However the one question that had made all the rounds on the news wire today was a question asked to wide receiver Dez Bryant from Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland. According to Bryant, he was asked about his mother and if she was a prostitute.

As shocking to some that question would be and as insulted as Bryant was when it was asked, to me anything goes when it comes to interviewing potential employees in the NFL.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Great Cubs/White Sox Crosstown Doesn't Need A Worthless Trophy

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The Crosstown Classic is six days of celebration in the city of Chicago. Its six days where a line is drawn down Madison street and you are either "with us" or "one of them." It's something that makes Chicago special when for six days out of the year, we celebrate the inner city rivalry that is made up of our Chicago baseball teams. It turns friends to enemies, family members unravel in their sibling rivalries, and the town is 100% about the nation's past-time. It's been so special for so long that for those six days the city splits into two families, south siders and north siders with a whole winter of bragging rights on the line.

So why a fu**ing trophy?


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Drew Brees The Next Victim Of The Madden Curse??!!

Every summer masses of young adults line up like rabbits to get the latest and greatest food pellet known to humanity. It's not needed for survival but is simply a guilty pleasure for those that have the means to buy every year and some who stretch the budget around a 60 dollar source of entertainment. We play it, we televise it, we buy it in extreme numbers.

The new Madden NFL video game is right around the corner and it was announced today that Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees will fill the cover of the latest edition of the best selling football game franchise.

With this honor however comes the "Madden Curse" which has haunted many superstar NFL athletes.

Is Drew Brees next to face the wrath of the "Madden Curse"?


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Roethlisberger: Big Mistake To Trade "Big Ben"

Earlier today it was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that Ben Roethlisberger is being shopped around by the Pittsburgh Steelers for a possible top ten pick. This morning Roethlisberger was handed down a suspension from the NFL for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The suspension could be anywhere from 4-6 games and could be reduced based on Roethlisberger's behavior and compliance with clinical evaluators.

As bad as the stories coming out of what allegedly Roethlisberger did, as well run as the Steelers organization is with its many years of success.....

This would be the dumbest move possibly in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Chicago White Sox: When Is It "Too Late" To Say "Too Early"?


When is the "too early" excuse "too late" to use? Every season we ask that question of our baseball teams in Chicago and yet every season there is never a correct answer. In fact the only true way to describe "too early" is until you are team is out of the playoff race.

Unfortunately for one side of town, it's looking like "too early" might come way too soon in this 2010 baseball season.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

MLB Does Not Have A Race Issue.....Get Over It!

On a day where Major League Baseball celebrates one of its truly inspirational heroes in Jackie Robinson, the topic of diversity in the sport has once again raised it's ugly head. I was reading a column on about how Minnesota Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson raises the issue of the lack of African Americans in the sport of baseball.

Hudson asked about the significance of Jackie Robinson in MLB was quoted as saying:

"The game still has a lot of progress to make," Hudson said on Wednesday. "I'm pretty sure [Robinson] turned over in his grave to see the lack of African-Americans playing ball. ... I'm pretty sure [Thursday] will be a glorious day, but Baseball, I think we're trying to do a little more."

When will baseball and baseball players (especially African American players) wake up!!??


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I Wanna Believe, But I Can't....The Blackhawks Won't Win The Stanley Cup

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The most exciting postseason in professional sports are upon us with the Stanley Cup Playoffs getting underway this week. The Chicago Blackhawks finished the season setting franchise records in points (112 points) and wins (52) seeding themselves as the second best team in the Western Conference behind the San Jose Sharks.

All in all a magnificent season as the Blackhawks sent seven players to the Winter Olympics (5 winning medals), and setting cable television records for their games on Comcast Sportsnet. The buzz in the new and improved "Madhouse On Madison" could not be higher as the playoffs are set to begin on Friday.

Then why do not I believe the Hawks can win the Stanley Cup?


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stop Hating The New York Yankees: Owners Included...

The Evil Empire has a new man on its radar to seek out and destroy.

Of all the criticisms in baseball the one that gets old the fastest is whining about how much money the New York Yankees spend on their team. Once again the pinstripes lead major league baseball this year with a $206.3 million dollar payroll which is 2% higher than what they spent last season eventually winning the World Series for the first time since 2000.

It's almost human nature to hate the team that continues to win all the time and have the best teams because of our envious nature when it comes to sports.

Fans are allowed to think that way, but owners of baseball teams cannot.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cubs Fans Need To Show Carlos Zambrano More Patience....

Sports are so entertaining on so many levels and yesterday was such a great example of why. On Monday in Chicago you had your choice of watching two baseball games, a national championship basketball game, and a press conference covered by the worldwide media. Watching the event is one thing, reacting to it is another. To me the reaction portion of sports is so much more entertaining than the actual event itself because of the emotional attachment fans have to it. A great game and everyone's thinking great things, as is a bad game and the season is over.

So here is my attempt to calm Chicago Cub fans down after starting the season off 0-1.

Why are they so down on Carlos Zambrano?


Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Training Means Nothing. Bring On Baseball!!

I'm about to say something that many baseball fans may agree with and some may think is just a fan siding with the obvious.

Thank god spring training is over.

Seriously!! Between all the drama of White Sox camp and the dullness of Cubs camp, if I had two more weeks (let alone two more days) of what I term "fake baseball" I'd probably start watching the NBA more I'd be so bored.

So far this spring we've had all kinds of stories coming out of Arizona ranging from:

1. Ozzie vs. Kenny
2. Lou's motivation for this season in his final year of his contract
3. Carlos Zambrano telling fans not once but twice he'll be a changed man in 2010.
4. Bobby Jenks is fat. Bobby Jenks is worn down. Bobby Jenks is sober!
5. Kevin Millar should make the squad cause he's great with the media.
6. Ricketts family wanting a Toyota sign in left center.
7. Twitter-Gate....etc etc etc...

What you didn't notice (or at least the grand spectacle of the media didn't) is that there is actually baseball being played during these past six weeks of winter. Even with all the side stories, how much of spring training can you actually believe to be a indication of what's to come in a 162 game baseball season?

Not much.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Source: Ozzie Guillen in 2011..."Slim To None"


As I've stated before on The Rock Report in my Chicago White Sox preview, I think that if the south siders do not make the postseason this fall then that should be the nail in the coffin of Ozzie Guillen. Apparently my feelings are shared by some in the organization based on the news I've received today.

According to an inside source, the organization has indeed made it known to manager Ozzie Guillen that he is indeed on his last legs with the ball club. Quoting the source directly, Ozzie has been told if the White Sox do not make the playoffs that his chances of returning as White Sox manager are "slim to none."