Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Class and Loyalty aren't Dead Yet in Sports



As the MLB trade deadline approaches, teams have shown some interest in Cleveland Indians utility man, Mike Aviles...The guy has played 2B, 3B, SS, and OF, and he plays well when he gets in there...But in a rare show of class and loyalty to a player and his family the Cleveland Indians have decided that they will not move Aviles since his 4 year old daughter is going through cancer treatment...

Adriana was diagnosed in May, and the organization has been very supportive of the Aviles family's needs...Twice he has been placed on the Family Medical Emergency List, and once on the Restricted List so that he could be with his daughter through these tough times...

When word got out in May of Adriana's diagnosis, Indians players, coaches, and the owner got together and shaved their heads in support of her...



Here they are rocking their Team Adriana shirts!



Thursday manager Terry Francona confirmed that even if teams are targeting Aviles, who will be w free agent after this season, that the Indians won't put him and his family in that type of difficult situation...

“We’re trying to be pretty respectful to Mike and his family stuff. We haven't spoken too much about it other than just to kind of maybe explain why he hasn't been here and stuff like that. ... I don't think, because of the situation Mike's in, because of his family situation that [general manager Chris Antonetti] would ever do that.”

In today's sports world, when so many athletes seem to be just out for themselves, following an example often set by owners and league officials, it's quite refreshing to see this type of example being set by the Indians...Yes, I wish they were having a better season...But how they have treated the Aviles family shows that they get it...There are things more important then the business of Baseball.


Penguins Making More Moves



There has been much speculation about the Penguins making another trade this offseason, after making the Phil Kessel trade with Toronto...Today they moved center, Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third round pick to Vancouver for Forward Nick Bonino, and Defenseman, Adam Clendening, and a 2016 second round pick...

Sutter has a year left on a contract that is a $3.3 million cap hit...Bonino is signed through the 2016-2017 season at an annual cap hit of $1.9 million...The two have similar offensive numbers and both play solid defense...The Penguins feel Clendening, who only has 21 NHL games under his belt, still has plenty of upside and expect him to be in their top 7 defensemen this season...

Then with the money they freed up, the Penguins signed forward, Eric Fehr to a three year, $6 million contarct...Fehr is a big, strong player who has put up 177 points in 454 NHL games, most with Washington.


Troy Tulowitzki Traded to Toronto



(you like how I did the all "T" thing in the Title!)

News broke late Monday night that the Colorado Rockies traded star Shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and a couple minor leaguers...One minor league players that has been named, is Miguel Castro, a 20 year old RHP...

With 2 years and $44 million left on his contract, many are expecting Reyes to get flipped in another deal by the Rockies...They have a highly regarded, 22 year old, SS in triple-A, named Trevor Story, who they can bump up to the big-leagues...

Tulowitzki will pickup a $2 million "assignment bonus" and a full no-trade clause...

That's all we know for now...

A couple other trades happened Monday...

OF, Shane Victorino was traded from Boston to the Angels for INF, Josh Rutledge...The Red Sox will also be sending some cash to get rid of Victorino...

Oakland traded right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard and cash to the Mets for 20 year old right-hander Casey Meisner...

This is just the beginning of what may be a very interesting week, leading up to the MLB trade-deadline.




The NFL has a Problem....



And it seems like a Black problem....

One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime...That is a sad, true, and frightening fact...And just like all walks of life, the NFL has too many offenders...In the last 15 years, there have been 96 reported cases of domestic violence being committed by NFL players...Of those 96 case, 94 of the offenders are Black...

In this time we are living in, where there seems to be so much racial tension floating through our media, many people don't want to talk about this...People are so afraid of offending others, that no one wants to have a real conversation...Well, I find it offensive that guys are beating the shit out of women...We all heard about Ray Rice...We hear things here and there...People seem to have forgotten the unresolved case of Dez Bryant hitting his mom...This shit is crazy...

In some of these cases, the abuse has happened in front of children...Ray McDonald hit a woman while she was holding a baby...Before that he roughed up his pregnant fiance...

There are cases of choking a pregnant woman...Punches to the face...Punches to the stomach...Thrown down stairs...Thrown to the ground...Beatings of all kinds...And folks, that's just some of the Domestic violence stuff...HERE is the NFL Arrest Database...799 in 15 years...It's terrifying...

Now you may be thinking the numbers are skewed because the NFL is made up of 66% Black players...Well the league is about 30% White...Well if Domestic Violence was distributed evenly (that sounds fucked up) then White players should account for 32 of these incidents...But they don't...Why?

I know domestic violence isn't just a Black problem...It is going on every minute of every day, in homes of all races and religions...I know my black neighbor across the street doesn't beat his wife or kids...I sometimes worry if his white wife is going to whoop his ass though!

 On average in the U.S. nearly 20 people a minute are physical abused by an intimate partner...And children around abuse are greatly affected...


  • More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
  • Children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
  • Children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.

So why is it such a problem with Black players in the NFL...I heard one radio host go on and on about how black players "respect women" and "wouldn't raise their hands to women," because they were "raised by their Mothers and Grandmothers"...Well 94 out of 96 women beaters in the NFL are Black, so I'm not sure if that theory works...Maybe it's because so many Black players were raised by their Mothers and Grandmothers...Maybe because they didn't have a father around to teach them not to hit women...

I don't know, maybe being raised by only women drove them to a point where they don't want to be told what to do or not do, by a woman anymore...I don't know...The same radio host who said that shit was also the same guy who after the Ray Rice story broke, suggested that women watch what they say, and not "incite" or "provoke" men...Yeah, Mr. Stephen A. Smith is all over the place!

It also doesn't help the Goodell stepped into the Commish job and was going to be Mr. Tough on crime...His record so far has suggested that he is tougher on smoking pot and equipment violation then he is on Domestic Violence, and assault...Based off that database, he should get on the DUI problem too...Yes, after public backlash he got tougher on Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, but that was only after everyone in the world saw what a helluva punch Rice threw...

The NFL needs to rewrite their policy, and make it tougher...Stupid fucking commercials telling football fans not to beat their wives or children are nice and all, but you should really be working on cleaning up your own house first...

But that doesn't fix the problem entirely...The problem starts at home, with raising kids...My son is 10...He knows not to hit a woman...He knows I would never hit my wife/his mother...He also knows, if some dickhead hits one of his sisters, he'll be helping me dump a body in the lake.

That is the only resolution I can come up with for this post...It starts at home, with how you raise your kids...And it's easier to raise kids with two parents involved in their lives...

If you have any thoughts, or theories on these frightening numbers, please share them.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Rangers Re-sign Stepan



Just hours before they were set to have their arbitration hearing, the New York Rangers and restricted free-agent center, Derek Stepan agreed on terms of a 6 year deal...$39 million for six years...$6.5 million...Not a bad agreement since Stepan (25) was heading into the arbitration looking for $7.25 million yearly, and the Rangers were offering $5.2 million...

Besides being a key member to the Rangers lineup, it was the ridiculous contract that Buffalo gave Ryan O'Reilly, that was forcing this to arbitration if the Rangers didn't pay up...Stepan is a solid two-way center, who has better numbers the O'Reilly...

More info backing up this signing...Stepan is the first New York Rangers' to put up 50 or more points in 3 consecutive seasons, since Wayne Gretzky...

This past season Stepan finished 5th or higher in all of the following team stats...Assists, Points, Game-Winning Goals, Plus/Minus rating, Shots on Goal, Power Play Goals, Power Play Assists, Power Play Points, Short-handed Goals, Short-handed Assists, and Short-handed Points...

The only other player to do that was Chicago's Jonathan Toews...

Stepan is a key piece for this team to continue doing what they've been doing...But they have hardly any room under the cap now...I would like to see them move defenseman Dan Boyle, but I'm not sure anyone wants that old man and his contract...An easier contract to move would be defenseman, Kevin Klein who just had his best season of his career, and is cap hit just under $3 million...

Rangers fans are happy we got Stepan locked up, along with other key restricted free agents, JT Miller, Jesper Fast, and Emerson Etem...But a bit of cap wiggle room will help too.


Monday Moaning




Did you read that fine print? There sure are a lot of pussies out there these days...It doesn't seem to matter who you are, you better watch what you say, because some one is always looking to be offended...This past week, more dolts got in trouble for stupid shit they said, and while I may not agree with what they said, FUCK, I wish people would get a thicker skin...

ESPN pushed Colin Cowherd out the door a little sooner after he basically called all Dominicans stupid, while trying to say managing baseball isn't that tough...The thing is, even people paid to speak, will make a mistake sometimes...And he did try to explain his point...And honestly, if it was on a comedy show, they way he said it, people would have laughed...Yes, of course people would have been offended...

But shit, show me a Dominican MLB player who is a fucking Rhodes Scholar...You can't can you...Nope, because these guys get snatched up when they're in high school with the hope of playing in the majors, and getting out of poverty...We've seen guys lie about their age, just so they won't be considered to old for some one to take a chance on them...

Cowherd fucked up, but if you were looking for him for Baseball knowledge, you have bigger problems...The guy is fucking clueless!

Then WWE make-believe wrestling star, Hulk Hogan was caught on a sex tape saying some racist shit about his daughter fucking black guys...Dip-shit flat-out admitted to being a racist...Hey Hulk, I'm proud of you...It was the first real thing you've done!  So Hogan is racist...Why is anyone shocked that a white guy, as old as my dad is racist...Honestly, I'd be more shocked if a old fucking white guy his age didn't say racist shit about his daughter fucking black guys...

My dad served his country, raised his kids, was a union man...He's one of the smartest people I know...He's a liberal guy, who turned me onto Motown and Jazz...But every time I started dating a different girl, he'd ask me, (half joking) "Is she white?" And while I knew it was wrong, I got it...Christ, my old man took heat because my Mom isn't Irish...I just can't get upset with old white guys saying some dumb shit because it was the way they were raised...

So because of the outrage over what Hogan said, on a fucking sex tape, the WWE responded swiftly, and erased him from everything WWE...Literally, they have been removing all traces of him...And that outrage, well, the only place I really heard any of it coming from was the white-guilt ridden media...

Let me ask a question....What the hell happened to "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me!"


Oh, I see...Ladies forgot to pack their big girl panties, and men are growing vaginas....

I'm sick of this shit! Really people...You're getting upset by stupid shit being said by Hulk Hogan and Colin Cowherd...Not to mention the new and exciting idiot shit Donald Trump is saying every day in this godforsaken soundbite world we are in...What do Donald trump, Colin Cowherd, and Hulk Hogan have in common?  They're all assholes! Why do you care about what they say!?!


-Up at the University of North Dakota, the president there is taking heat from the public...You see after some bullshit, trumped up outrage from the PC police, the NCAA forced North Dakota to drop their Fighting Sioux nickname...


That was a sweet fucking jersey!

The NCAA then forced a 3 year period of no nickname on the school...So the a list of possible nicknames was created, and has been whittled down, with these shitty nicknames on the short list..."Fighting Hawks"..."Nodaks"..."North Stars..."Roughriders"..."Sundogs"...One of the things taken off was the idea of staying, as-is...No Nickname...Just continue on as North Dakota...


To me, that's the best way to go...Those fuckers rip your schools nickname away, fuck'em...Take that stand, 'we're the Fighting Sioux, or we're nothing!'

But University douchebag officials want a nickname...They talk about having cheers/chants/songs with a new nickname...Oh, and don't forget selling all new gear to loyal fans, students, and alumni...Shit heads!  Being just flat-out North Dakota, has more class and shows a level of respect to a proud past, that cant be replaced with a new shitty nickname and logo...

-In closing, the PC shit has to stop...Everyone has to knuckle-up and stop being offended by everything that may make them uncomfortable...Stop going after people's jobs because they made a mistake...Not everyone thinks like you, that's what makes this country great, and not a bunch of robots...Shit's driving me crazy...Fuck the diet, I want a cupcake!



Have a week!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Royals Acquire Cueto from Reds



While trade rumors swirled Saturday night Red's starter, Johnny Cueto, didn't let it bother him as he went out and threw 8 scoreless innings against the Rockies...He now has a 2.62 ERA with a 120/29 Strikeout to Walk Ratio, in 130 and 2/3 inninngs...

Cueto, (29) is an impending free-agent, and he is also, now a member of the Kansas City Royals...The deal was looking done Saturday, until at least one player in the package wasn't cleared medically...

All the details are not out yet, but it is being said that young left handed pitchers, Brandon Finnegan, and Sean Manaea are possibly involved...

I will add more, when more comes in...