Monday, July 21, 2014

The Great Outdoors

With the second half of the MLB season beginning and Rory Mcilroy putting his name in the conversation of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus at the age of 25 by winning the Open Championship handily, I'd like to talk about the great outdoors for a bit and help you understand why you should get out there.

I recently have been picking up golf a lot more than usual and it's not because of the Major championship we just had. I have thoroughly embraced the older gentlemen sport and have been working on my game a lot more, especially since the weather has been nothing but amazing here in the Pacific Northwest.

I know, it's not 73 degrees with a slight chill breeze for a majority of this country, but you should still go out and enjoy this before it gets back to cold miserable and dark. Yes I'm aware it's 120 degrees in Nevada and about the same in Arizona, but go on a drive for the weekend, go to somewhere away from the blazing homeland and get to somewhere with water and a lawn chair. Maybe a cold refreshment would do some good too and don't forget that beach towel.

Fortunately I love the smell of fresh cut grass, pounding a 200 yard drive down the middle of the fair way, going on long grueling runs, and crossing over some random player in the park while settling for a step back fade away for good measure. Camping would also be nice, going for a walk on the beach wouldn't hurt either, or maybe even a good hike with people you love. For now though, I'll enjoy the sporting aspect of the summer and get back to doing so instead of watching the hot air come out of my television.

Oh, and don't forget about fishing... Probably something I need to be doing right about now...

Time to go plan a trip ��

See you next week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Griffey & Cespedes

I don't know about you, but I really enjoyed the format of the Home Run Derby for 2014. I thought the 7 out change affected some players to where they couldn't get warm fast enough, but that's what separated the ones who belonged from the ones that can't. I like the bye, except it killed those who got it (Stanton & Bautista) and didn't allow them to recharge later on. But it did allow for one guy to repeat for the first time in 15 years up against the greatest player (if not top 5) of all time.

Yes I said it, Griffey is he greatest player of all time. Why? 600+ Home Runs in an era filled with hormone stuffed players and an injury riddled career which if it wasn't would have given him easily 100+ home runs. He also did something that hadn't been repeated till tonight and that was to repeat as champion of winning the Home Run Derby Contest. Yoenis Cespedes joined that topic of discussion.

With a slow start in the opening round, after he had the swing off, he didn't look back. He went into round two, destroyed Bautista, then we went up against the upstart Todd Frazier, and wrecked him enough to shut down his attempt to even have a chance.

This post of greatness might be one of the few things that Yoenis will ever do to compare him to he likes of Griffey, but to be honest, he's young enough to where he might surpass Griffey in the not to distant future with some hardware Griffey never got a chance to witness. A World Series Ring.

This Oakland A's have the best record in the league heading into the second half of the season. Their pitching staff is lethal, their offense is productive enough to get them by. But, now they have a two time home run threat and a guy who when he turns it on and is feeling it, look out.

It's been 15 years since this has happened, and with all the roid rage that has been going on since then, you have to be happy that two players have done it the right way Back-to-Back. And as Magic Johnson says it Have a great night.

See you next week!

Monday, July 7, 2014

That 4th of July though

I had one of the best 4th of July weekends that I can remember. I played some softball, went to a wedding and got ridiculously sick in the process. But on my Sunday, I felt great and enjoyed a family fire pit at my new place. America... F*** Yeah.

But you know who didn't get to enjoy their 4th of July, Johnny Manziel.

O.K. America, I love you and you know that I understand your criticism of him, but at the same time didn't we just get off of a weekend to enjoy our 238th year of independence as a nation... And we are here criticizing this guy for taking a picture with Bieber and Mayweather. Look, again, I understand his criticism but it's a freaking picture, and it was the 4th of July Weekend! Where does this rank on the crazy level for our American Psyche?

If it were a weekend in August or definitely in September I might have more to say on this topic, but do you know how many people I know at my age (23) or younger, and even older, were out drinking till the sun came up again, let's just say there were a lot of NFL players doing it too.

I'm not going to dive into this because of how insane it is to divulge into. The fact that we are criticizing a 21 year old who is partying on the 4th of July weekend is absolute blasphemy, and for any of us to make comments should be considered ignorance and insanity at its finest. "Oh, he's a professional athlete who hangs out with celebrities and drinks on American holidays? We gotta find a way to rip him!" WHAT!!!

No, I'm not going there.

I'll wait till next week to break down real sports topics as we'll see how the NBA landscape changes.

See you next week!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Greatest Free Agency Period in NBA History

This might be one of those free agency summers that NBA will soon never forget...

Or, it could be relatively predictable.

The side stories are absolutely insane, the speculation is over the top, and the suspense is riveting.

Where will Carmelo Anthony go? Where will the big three reside? And where will Dirk end his career? These questions will be answered in this upcoming month, and up until the beginning of the NBA Preseason.

Since the escapade of the LeBron James offseason seems to be going nowhere, and all he wants is a a max deal, it's fair to say this guy is going to stay on the beach in Miami.

As for Carmelo, who knows what this guy is thinking. This guy might go anywhere and quite frankly the talks about him potentially going somewhere is a shot in the dark. His best career option is to go to the Bulls, and that's where I ultimately think he's going to land, but my guess is as good as winning the billion dollars in the NCAA Tournament.

Wade will stay in Miami and if he doesn't I'd be in total disbelief. Wade is opting out to take less and help the Heat. But the real question is where will Dirk go? It sounds like he's more than likely going to stay in Dallas but you never know. Dirk is the equivalency of the Peyton Manning of the NBA, at least when it comes to career success comparisons. So when it comes to his chances of staying, they are high but you never know when it comes to where he may want to settle his career.

The other big men with Pau Gasol and Greg Monroe, these two players could dictate where the big man power goes in he NBA. Pau Gasol is looking like he may stay in L.A. but something tells me that he isn't going to. I think that he is more than likely going to head to the east coast and maybe even help the Knicks start a new with Tyson Chandler now back in Dallas. As for Monroe, he's about as predictable as Melo and where he will end up. I think he could have a serious impact on any team he goes to, but if he's smart he has got to go to Lakers especially now that Julius Randle is in the mix and with Randle's finesse game, Monroe would compliment him perfectly with the skill set Kobe still possesses.

The two small forwards that teams have a large interest in are Parsons and Deng. I think Deng goes to a team that desperately needs him and that might be a place like L.A. Now which L.A. that is is the real question. If he goes to the Lakers with Monroe, look out in L.A. But if he goes to the Clippers, then they will become an instant title contender. As for Parsons, he's another player I have no clue on, but I see him going to a large market maybe the Knicks would find him as a solid replacement for Melo if Melo doesn't return.

No matter what happens, this free agent period will have headlines, but how they will be made will dictate the outcome of where the league will go the next 3 years.

See you next week!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summertime Fling

It's that time of year where the middle of the year is upon us and we are getting into another dead point in the sports world. We do have the World Cup and College World Series but it's not the same pizazz as the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals or even the NCAA Tournament. But that is ok because it is that time of year where the outdoors takes a front seat to the television and the technology.

Unless you are in Texas, Nevada, or about 36 other states. This is gonna be a hot summer but it's gonna be a fun one too. I may recap some NBA draft and discuss who should be in the starting spots for the All-Star game. But I might just keep doing my radio show too which is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:30 pm pacific time and there are podcasts up since the beginning of June.

I'll be going on a hiking trip this weekend but there will be lots to cover on the shows that I'll be discussing on those days.

Ehhhhh.... For the time being go outside its beautiful. Or go enjoy a nice cool movie if you find yourself in a state imitating the Sahara desert.

See you next week!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Little League Demoralization

I could have easily written something on the greatness on the San Antonio Spurs and their 5th title, but I decided to write on something more impactful that revolved around life and someone who impacted millions of little leaguers across this nation.

Tony Gwynn wasn't just an amazing hitter who emulated a giant bear, but his personality, his words, and his humble lovable characteristics made it hard not to naturally fall in love with the person not just the player.

As a little leaguer, back in the days before YouTube, mobile devices, and mp3's, I remember watching Tony Gwynn instructional tapes on the basics of hitting. I remember then diving into who he was as a person and recognized how eerily he reminded me of my dad when he would talk to me about baseball. So straight forward, yet had this natural ability to light up a room with his laugh and demeanor in almost any situation. Basically, you couldn't dislike the guy because of how fun loving and humble he was.

This morning, I woke up reminiscing over a dream that I had been fired from work while speeding only 3 mph over the speed limit with kids in the van and cops calling for my head as they thought I was intoxicated. My supervisor comes out of nowhere and tells me my job is done and that they just can't have me working there anymore. I wake up, and as always when it comes to most of my dreams, I realize how good my life is (but it takes a while especially with how real he dreams can be). As I find myself catching up the realization of where life is again, I scroll through my phone and see he news. I instantaneously do what I normally do in dreams to make sure it's a dream, I try telling myself "is it real?" and in my dreams I generally have a realization knowing it's not real, and press on.

This time, I truly had something to mourn over as a childhood figure of class and direction left us all. Gwynn wasn't my favorite baseball player, nor did I look at him as an all time legend type figure. He was just a big teddy bear who could hit the shit out of a baseball, and taught the art of hitting to perfection.

R.I.P. Tony Gwynn, you will be heavily missed, and I thank you for helping me hit the ball the other way so well when I was young.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cowards Way Out

Steve Coburn is the actual coward in this entire endeavor as he absolutely reams on the way the Triple Crown process spells itself out.

It's the Triple Crown man!

The only reason you couldn't get it is just like the last 12 horses who came up short, it's freaking hard!

If the Triple Crown were easy than we would see it more often than we do.

Steve Coburn stated that the only horses that run in the Belmont are all horses that decide not to run at the other 2 Triple Crown events. Well let's get one thing clear man, all three races coincide but that doesn't mean that only particular horses should be allowed to run in the races. Each horse that races in either of these three events has earned it one way or the other and if the owners and trainers don't want to run in the other races, than they don't have too! Yes, maybe they should and attempt to win the races that define the greatness of horse racing and gain ground on legacies they could potentially be shaping, but this is America at the end of the day and for you to be completely upset at the way owners and trainers decide to run their horses at these grand stages of the sport, it's not your decision nor should you make the effort to criticize how the sport should be laid out just because your pony couldn't put together one of the greatest runs the sport has ever seen.

California Chrome was a fantastic story... until this moron decided to open his mouth and bash all the other respectful, beautiful people the sport of horse racing has to offer.

Face it man, when your wife is in the background telling you to "stop it" in the interview post race and the winner is getting covered in roses, your best opportunity to build your horses legacy is to back off and say "Hey, we gave it a great run. It's frustrating, but at the end of the day, I love this horse, and today just wasn't our day to win the triple crown."

Class 101, you need to put that in your schedule, because apparently it's not apart of the aura that is the sum of you.

See you next week.