Month: October 2015

Pete Rose Part Two

Baseball’s hit king could be receiving a second chance in the eye of the public. America is a nation that loves second chances, just ask Mike Vick. One of baseballs biggest legends may have an opportunity to return to glory.

Pete Rose is back in the spotlight courtesy of Fox Sports. Rose gives his take as analyst for fox coverage of Major League Baseball. Pete Rose comes off as a crotchety old man, that most find humorous.

Controversy has surrounded Rose for most of his life. After fifteen years of denial, Pete Rose admitted in 2004 that he had bet on baseball. Documents were found that proved Rose had bet on games he both played in, and managed. Rose’s actions have disgraced his legacy more than even he could have imagined.

Former commissioner Bud Selig placed a lifetime ban on Pete Rose from the game of baseball. Rose’s action were deemed unforgivable by the man in charge during that time. Selig retired in 2014, and in 2015 Pete Rose has appeared on television sets at major baseball events.

New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is trying to modernize America’s past time. We have seen pace of play initiatives go into affect to try and make games move quicker. We have also witnessed a new home run derby format, which turned out to be highly entertaining. Manfred is also a supporter of sports betting.

“Gambling in terms of our society has changed its presence on legalization, and I think it’s important for there to be a conversation between me and the owners about what our institutional position will be,” Manfred said in an interview with outside the lines.

Manfred has had hearings regarding the punishment handed down to Pete Rose. Rose could be reinstated after years of being banned from the game he loves. Pete Rose is undoubtedly a hall of famer. His numbers speak to how great he was. If reinstated, Pete Rose will be immortalized, after being dead to many of his peers.

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Sark After Dark

Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Some find relief in a long conversation with their best friend. Others relax with a video game controller in their hands. Unfortunately the desire for relaxation can go to an extreme.

Steve Sarkisian was considered one of the best college football coaches in the country. This was shown by the University of Southern California’s hiring of Sarkisian. That image has been destroyed over the past few months. Sarkisian was publicly intoxicated at a USC rally in August.

“Get ready to f***** fight on baby, let’s go,” Sarkisian said.

This drunken quote brought attention to USC’s football program. Coach Sark admitted mixing medication with alcohol during that event. The pressure of being a major college football coach had Sarkisian finding comfort in the bottom of a bottle.

USC asked Sarkisian to take a leave of absence and seek the proper medical treatment. The school fired Sarkisian one day later. In college football, there is no room for error. If a team losses a game, they have no chance of competing for a national title. That is the standard for how most high profile programs are judged.

What started as an entertaining slip up, resulted in an embarrassing, sad story. It is questionable if Sarkisian can ever return to coaching. As a coach, you are expected to be a role model for young men and women. Sarkisian’s troubles will follow him wherever he goes. I hope he can fully recover and return to what he enjoys doing.

Saturday Night Slide

Ah, the take out slide. It’s part of what makes baseball so beautiful. Three teammates work together to get two outs in one play, and an opposing player makes up effort to break it up. In game two of the National League Division Series, Chase Utley broke up a double play, and second basemen Ruben Tejad’s leg.

At first glance, Chase Utley appears to be a malicious human being. Some think he should not be allowed to play for the rest of the post season. Being a second baseman himself, Utley understands what it’s like trying to turn a double play with a runner coming in hard to break it up. For Utley, the play couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

On Sept. 17, 2015 Cubs Chris Coghlin slid into Pirate infielder Jung Ho Kang. Kang had to undergo season ending surgery. Coghlin was criticized for the slide, but not nearly to the level that Utley was. Utley was suspended, yet Coghlin was not. The only difference between the two incidents was the month they took place.

It’s a tough deal. Hard slides are a part of baseball. Unfortunately, they are one of the most dangerous parts of the game. Chase Utley and the rest of his Dodgers are now out of the playoffs. I believe a rule change will be implemented to protect middle infielders, similar to the way Major League Baseball protects their catchers. Another story to follow throughout the offseason.

NFL: National Fugitive League

I’ll admit, I was a little worried that it would come to an end. One of the most impressionable professional sports streaks was on the line. It was one day away from ending, but a player came up clutch. Doral Green-Beckham made sure that the now 80 month long streak of an NFL player getting arrested stayed in tacked. A hero walks among us.

The extent of NFL players arrest do vary. Green-Beckham kept the streak alive by failing to pay a parking ticket. Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting. Randle makes nearly 30,000 dollars a game, but couldn’t pay for the underwear and cologne that left the mall in his possession. Several players are linked to domestic violence cases. A handful of players have murders on their record. Animals appear to be the only living beings safe from NFL players. Wait…

The NFL continues to be the most popular league in American sports. It’s mind blowing that the average American can continue to support a league full of people who think they are above the law. I guess it doesn’t matter, as long as I win my fantasy league.

Call it what you want, 80 months or 6 years, is a long time. We can always rely on the NFL to make headlines. Don’t worry fans, in the next 20 days we should know who the next player will be added to the NFL Arrest Database.

Who Beats Whom?

In athletic competition, two teams face off against one another to find out who is better…. or do they? If you ask participants of the losing team after a game, they will tell you that they didn’t lose to the other team. “We beat ourselves,” is an extremely generic quote from athletes you hear all the time. How is this possible? Two teams enter, one leaves a winner, the other a loser.

Social media activity correspond with athletic events. If you can’t watch or listen to a game, you can find every detail through twitter. This can be a great tool, however my problem lies with the content of the details. Being from he northwest, my Sunday social media feeds are filled with Seahawk updates. Over the past years, I’ve learned that the home town football team has never been beaten by another team. They either win, or beat themselves.

This example is not partial to Seattle fans and analysts. It has to be true in every city. Following one cities thoughts on any Sunday, you’ll find the success and mistakes from the home team. The opponent is rarely ever acknowledged for completing a great play. The referees are given more credit for a teams loss, than the opponent itself.

The bottom line is that any team you see in professional sports is filled with elite level athletes. Fans need to slow down and realize that both teams are capable of playing their sport well. Enjoy athletes in competition, rather than focusing on mistakes and and negative outcomes for your favorite teams.