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Sports Medley 1 May
by Tony Medley
Is ESPN dead or
Bob Lee, top ESPN investigative reporter since 1979, commenting on the
ESPN purge of on air talent in light of the loss of subscribers of
60,000/month, “There is no diversity of thought at ESPN.” ESPN’s public
editor said, “Internally, there’s a feeling among many staffers, both
liberal and conservative, that the company perceived move leftward has
had a stifling effect on discourse inside the company and has affected
its public facing product.”
to all time Dodgers team:
Two weeks ago my column inadvertently left out Fernando Valenzuela as
one of the Dodgers’ all time best pitchers. For a few short years,
Fernando was the best pitcher in baseball before his screwball ruined
his arm, the same thing that happened to New York Giants’ ace
screwballer Carl Hubbell in the ‘30s.
Does anybody in their right mind think that the Los Angeles Clippers or
the Utah Jazz has a snowman’s chance in Hades of winning the NBA title?
That these teams, and others, like Milwaukee and Portland were competing
in the NBA playoffs is a travesty. When the NBA started in the ‘40s they
needed something to keep the fans’ interest alive, so they devised a
“playoff” system in which virtually every team qualified, which allowed
the NBA teams to make the money they needed to survive. With all the
billions of TV money flowing into their coffers, they no longer need
this ruse, so the “playoffs” should be reduced to include only division
winners. What goes on today is just a ripoff of gullible fans. One last
question, does anybody outside of the home base of these mediocre teams
watch these games?
lousy teams stay lousy:
The Chicago Bears traded up (from third to second!) to draft a
quarterback. This kind of nonsense is why they continue to lose. They
cut the terrific quarterback they had, Jay Cutler, who was hampered by a
weak offensive line and butterfingered receivers. What they need are
offensive linemen who can protect the quarterback and receivers who can
catch the ball. But, no, these geniuses actually traded up to get
another quarterback, Mitchel Trubisky. This after they had just paid
Mike Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed to become their new quarterback.
Do they really think this new guy is anywhere near the equal of Glennon
or Cutler? There must be a word for this kind of thinking because
“stupid” doesn’t give it the reprobation it deserves.
are more entertaining:
The NFL’s draft is watched, I guess, by millions of fans. But do they
realize that last year there were more undrafted free agents playing in
the NFL than first round draft picks combined? Why do people sit and
watch this extraordinarily boring exercise in futility, watching people
they never heard of being drafted? Do the draftors know what they are
doing? In considering this question, take into consideration that Tom
Brady, who many think is the greatest quarterback in NFL history, wasn’t
drafted until the sixth round, while failures like Terry Baker was the
#1 pick in 1963 and Ryan Leaf the #2 pick in 1998. If the people making
the decisions knew what they were doing, how could that be?
The big news, though, was that there was a team with such little
integrity that it drafted Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, the ruffian
who slugged a woman and broke bones in her face and then just walked
away while she lay semi-conscious on the floor. That team, the
Cincinnati Bengals, should live forever in infamy. It was revolting to
watch Bengals head coach, Marvin Lewis, lamely defend the action,
saying, “We’ve done such a lot of work regarding Joe Mixon throughout
the entire process this year and based on all of the time, all the
research, we felt that we can continue to move forward.”
Hey, Coach, “All the
time and research?” The only research I would have to do is to watch the
film of this creep brutally assaulting a young woman in a coffee shop
and walking away, then refusing to apologize until forced to by public
outrage. What “research” convinced you that you wanted this callous
brute on your team? Anybody who signs him just because he’s a good
football player is as much of a creep as the creep himself. Cincinnati
should rename themselves the “Cincinnati Woman-Beaters.”