Friday, April 29, 2011


So, is 2011 NFL Draft #1 pick Cam Newton going to be a huge bust, or only a minor one?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Comic Cover of the Week: X-Men #10

The Future

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had an editorial in the Wall Street Journal yesterday that is definitely worth a look. It explains in plain terms what the league will look like if the players win their lawsuits. Short version: No draft, unlimited free agency, no minimum/maximum payroll, no minimum salaries, and no consistency in training camp or substance abuse policies. Does anyone actually believe these things would benefit the league? A major reason the NFL has increased in popularity is because fans believe that any team, even the Lions, has a legitimate chance to be a contender if they play well and make the right personnel moves. The changes described above would blow that away and likely lead to the total destruction of some teams, e.g., Buffalo and Green Bay. Do people understand this?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


The New York Times has an article up today accusing many major colleges of deception in reporting numbers of female athletes. A few thoughts:

1. The article reports the "three-pronged test" of Title IX this way:
Universities must demonstrate compliance with Title IX in at least one of three ways: by showing that the number of female athletes is in proportion to overall female enrollment, by demonstrating a history of expanding opportunities for women, or by proving that they are meeting the athletic interests and abilities of their female students.

Problem is, from what I've seen before, in practice the first way is the only way to actually satisfy the requirements of Title IX as decided by the Office of Civil Rights (Think they're ideological at all?). The third would work great if it was actually allowed.

2. Women make up 57% of the college population. You think that puts a strain on a school trying to stay proportional in sports programs?

3. The article takes a shot at football, noting that programs "rarely face cuts." With very few exceptions, to the extent athletic departments are making money, they're making it on football. (I'm sure there's a few men's basketball programs that make money, and maybe the women's at UConn at Tennessee.) Does anyone really think messing with football is going to end up as a plus for female athletes?

What's wrong with wood?

There's an article on from last week about the new metal bats being used in college baseball that I just ran across today. It mentions how MLB scouts love them because power numbers aren't inflated by them the way they were with the old bats. It also notes that the decrease in power is changing strategies and will likely change recruiting. So, if all of these things are good, as the article implies, why didn't they just switch to wooden bats and get rid of metal altogether? Is the danger of broken bats that great?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Comic Cover of the Week: Spectacular Spider-Man #1000

Don't blame the goat.

According to some documents recently acquired by the Chicago History Museum the Chicago Cubs might have thrown the 1918 World Series. So, maybe the curse has to do with cheaters and not a goat? Does that get Bartman off the hook?

Friday, April 08, 2011


For some reason I've been on a mob kick lately. It started with Goodfellas on Saturday night. It's always been on my list of movies to rent, so I did. Then I watched 12 Angry Men (not necessarily a mob movie, but he does go against a mob of jurors opposing his view). Then I watched Road to Perdition. I own it, but haven't seen it in three years. Of course, bacheloring it right now probably has something to do with it, so I can watch movies with blood and violence again. And some language.

I have until Sunday afternoon, any recommendations? I'm limited to what Videomation might have in their inventory, so if it's a classic, they probably won't have Back to the Future.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Miller Park

It's been a while since I've seen any discussion of ballparks, so I thought I'd link to this review of Miller Park at Right Field. A few things I remember about the trip to Miller Park:

1. The parking lot was large. I do recall many tailgaters.
2. It was probably the nicest weather of any game I've been to.
3. It's the only time I can remember sitting on the left field side.
4. The sausage races weren't quite as entertaining as I'd hoped.

Also, found a pic:

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Paying College Athletes?

The new sports blog at National Review, Right Field, has an interesting post up about whether college athletes should be paid. There's a number of arguments noted which are mostly familiar, but one was presented that I hadn't heard or thought of previously:

In other words, a significant chunk of top-level FBS programs are losing money. Should those programs be obliged to pay their football and basketball players, even though they aren’t actually producing a net profit? Or should only moneymaking programs be forced to offer player salaries? Would it be “fair” to have a system in which roughly half of all FBS schools paid their players while the other half didn’t? Do we really want blue-chip recruits picking a college based on financial compensation? Wouldn’t the wealthiest programs just scoop up all the best talent?

Meanwhile, would each salaried player on a given team be paid the same amount? If not, who would decide whether the All-American linebacker deserved more money than the All-American wide receiver, or whether the star point guard was more valuable than the star power forward? Would 18-year-olds be negotiating “contracts” with officials in their athletic department? Would they be hiring agents before high-school graduation? And how would all this affect those sports programs that depend on football and basketball revenue to stay afloat?

Can you imagine how much of a mess it would actually be to pay players? What most sports journalists seem to mean when they talk about this is that schools in the FBS should pay their players, possibly major basketball programs too. But how would you end up not paying the women's field hockey team or other equivalent? Can you imagine the mess this would turn into? Granted, that doesn't mean the idea couldn't be considered, but I can't imagine a more unenjoyable drain on college sports than this would surely be.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Liam Neeson

Checked out the movie "Unknown" this weekend. Not sure what it is, but seeing Liam kick tail in every movie just doesn't get old. Speaking of old, he's pushing 60! I don't know what it is, but he's like the cool Chuck Norris. He's way better than Seagal or Van Damme. Again, something attracts me to his movies, maybe it's because he makes me feel I don't have to be young and living in a weight room to know how to handle myself. Or, maybe he can actually act.

Side note: I just looked at his profile on IMDB. He was an uncredited Delta Force member in "The Delta Force" starring...Chuck Norris.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Green Lantern


Want to see a great example of a reporter trying to be subtly clever in an article? Here's one from the Detroit News about Ted Nugent (emphasis mine): "Rock 'n' roll icon Ted Nugent made the rounds in Lansing on Thursday, meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder and other leaders to make a pitch for loosening regulations he said place a stranglehold on hunters." Nice.

I think Snyder should forget about meeting with Uncle Ted and just appoint him head of the DNR with sole rule-making authority. I'm not sure that's exactly legal, but it ought to be.

Also, video: