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Friday, July 9, 2010

Early World Series Pick, Werth, Cavs Rip James, more

Despite multiple posts this week, I still have a few quick shots left:

World Series pick: Reports are swirling that the New York Yankees are about acquire Cliff Lee. I love the Phillies, but I’m jumping on this pick right now. The Bronx Bombers were +250 to win the World Series as of this morning. I’m making it my official pick for 100 points. UPDATE: The reports proved erroneous, but I'll stand by the pick.

No problem with Werth: I have zero problem with Jason Werth apparently dropping the F-bomb on a fan who interfered with a foul ball last night. Philadelphia fans love to claim how intelligent and passionate we are, yet we’ll give up an out in a tight game when the Phillies are struggling to keep the run of the last few years going because our kid wants a foul ball.

Love Dan Gilbert’s response: I absolutely love that the Cleveland Cavaliers owner ripped Lebron James. In an open letter he spoke for millions when he said, “As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his ‘decision’ unlike anything ever ‘witnessed’ in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.” I’d love to have an owner with that type of honesty in Philadelphia. And, now that it’s official that Chris Bosh and James are joining Dwayne Wade on the Miami Heat, I just want to reiterate that the Heat will not win a championship next season.

One more rip of ESPN for last night: I’m proud to say I didn’t watch a moment of last night’s Lebron Sham. I got most of my vitriol out of my system on the issue yesterday. But I got revved up again by Chris Broussard this morning on 97.5. He said he didn’t want to call Lebron James a liar, even though he flat out said James knew where he was going before yesterday (duh, you think?), yet he had no problem ripping the Cavs owner for his comments on James. Broussard joins Michael Wilbon, Jim Grey, and everyone else at ESPN, in handing in their credibility last night.

Making the switch: I’m just one guy, but I finally dumped espn.com for http://www.sportsillustrated.com after last night in my internet bookmarks. Now I just need a new morning show to listen to as I look to limit the noise from the national voices of ESPN in my life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Rob,

Boy, the part about Gilbert was spot on. I was very disappointed that Jessie Jackson felt the need to even get involved. I respect what Jackson has done for the AA community and we all know that a ton of work still needs to be done. However, I am stunned that he would compare James to a slave (or at least Gilbert to a plantation owner) when James makes at least $100m a year with endorsements included. Jessie should have stayed out of this one.

It was a classless, "look at me" move that only had a downside. The people who advise James should know better. Honestly, I don't expect a 25 year old who has been living in a bubble for 10 years to have the necessary judgement on that issue.

Anyway, good stuff as usual Rob.

MDefl