Fans will turn away because MLB has failed to sufficiently entertain them.
May 26, 2017
Authentic Kids Randall Cobb Jersey Again, every voter is entitled to their own opinion and every voter can use their ballot to vote according to that opinion. It’s their prerogative. But a vote for two or three or four players, with this year’s class overflowing with qualified candidates who meet the standard of the 246, is a vote that reflects some misguided notion of what the voter wants the Hall to be, instead of the reality of the Hall.
Fans will not turn away because a game takes 3 hours 10 minutes instead of 2 hours 55 minutes, or because they don’t get why a guy laid down a sac bunt in the third inning. Fans will turn away because MLB has failed to sufficiently entertain them. And in today’s full-throttle entertainment culture, it’s going to take more than pace tweaks, nuance and nostalgia to keep people watching.
Authentic Kids Frank Zombo Jersey It’s not just about seeing more homers, or more runs, or more sparking defense. No, it’s about fun — specifically, fun in the way that the NBA and NFL are seen as fun to the casual fan. It’s about the overall viewing experience, personalities and flash. It’s about that spectacle.
Casual sports fans — including, perhaps most importantly, America’s youth — will not look to baseball to entertain them when they’re far more easily wowed by the NBA and NFL. In other words, many more kids today likely fantasize about being the next LeBron James or the next Tom Brady than being the next Kris Bryant or the next Mookie Betts.
Baseball has personalities, and it could have flash. The only problem is that both of those are actively discouraged in the name of playing the game the right way.
Some thought Allen would declare for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season.
May 21, 2017
Once the draft is complete, a number of undrafted players will sign contracts with teams in rapid fashion. Each contract will be three years in length for the minimum salary each year, but the guarantees of those contracts vary wildly. Most receive small guarantees under $5,000, but some will receive better guarantee packages than late draft picks, with teams guaranteeing upwards of $100,000 of a player’s salary.
Going undrafted has other advantages, too. An undrafted free agent can choose his team and best situation to fit his skill set. Every UDFA is eligible for the restricted free agent process, which can mean a huge fourth-year salary.
Sam Darnold, QB, USC: The 6-4 Darnold will be among those considered for the top pick if he decides to come out. He threw for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a redshirt freshman.
Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: Kirk could be the top receiver in next year’s draft class. He’s only 5-11, but has excellent speed and is very elusive in the open field. He has 163 receptions for 1,937 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s also dangerous as a return specialist and has five punt returns for touchdowns.
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: Rosen will be entering his third season for the Bruins and has the prototypical size at 6-4, 218 pounds. He’s a strong-armed quarterback who has thrown for 5,585 yards with 33 touchdowns and 16 picks.
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: Some thought Allen would declare for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season. He’s 6-2, 222 and threw for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his first season as a starter.
MLB’s first month offered up some exciting, surprising statistical gems
May 20, 2017
Anthony Rendon put an impressive cap on what was a pretty wild first month of the season, going 6-for-6 with three homers and 10 RBIs on April 30 in the Nationals’ 23-5 victory over the Mets. Not bad, especially when considering Rendon had zero homers and only five RBIs in his first 22 games of the 2017 season.
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Now let’s shift back to 2012: When a Rockies starter was able to go five or more innings under the organization’s constraints (either in a four- or five-man rotation), the team’s record was 24-16. That was an exceptional split for a team that finished 64-98 overall. When a starter failed to go five, regardless of how effective he was, the Rox were 15-42.
The pitch counts helped keep Colorado starters from going much beyond five. Only Chacin reached seven innings in a start and he did that just once, and on just 74 pitches. Rox pitchers lasted more than five innings just 16 times total in the 97 games.
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At Ohio State, Samuel was often compared to Percy Harvin, the Holy Grail comparison for every H-back under Urban Meyer. The production between the two players at the college level was close, the only difference being that Harvin did it for two years.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2017 cast: David Ross is first MLB player to compete
May 19, 2017
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Ross, 39, was never named an All-Star in his 15-year career with eight teams. But now he’s the first MLB player to compete on the athlete-dominated reality television show.
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In trading baseball for Mirrorball, Ross does have stiff competition, mainly from two Olympians — gold-medal gymnast Simone Biles and silver-medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Comey, in his metaphor for Russia’s alleged interference in the election, explained the nation’s hatred for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was so strong that the Russians backed the Republican nominee, who happened to be Trump.
Trump, coincidentally, never misses an opportunity to tout his friendships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Later, Comey clarified his Patriots comment, stating New England represent(s) sustained excellence, and as a Giants fan that drives me crazy.
Leave it to the FBI director to compare controversial American politics to football.
With those four gone, the Mariners’ starters for the near future line up like this: Gallardo on Wednesday against the Phillies, then at four-game set in Toronto starting Thursday with Chase De Jong, Christian Bergman, TBD and Ariel Miranda set to get the ball. The Saturday start could go to Sam Gaviglio, who was called up from Triple-A to take Iwakuma’s roster spot. He has a 3.31 ERA in five starts for Tacoma this season, but has never pitched in the majors.
OTA season is here, and ‘voluntary’ still does not mean ‘mandatory’
May 17, 2017
The NFL’s OTA season begins next week. That’s always a good time to review the definitions of voluntary and mandatory.
The former refers to the workouts the next three to four weeks. Mandatory describes the veteran minicamp teams will hold the first two weeks of June.
For help, here’s what merriam-webster.com, the popular dictionary website, says voluntary means. It even uses it in a sentence: Participation in the program is completely voluntary.
It’s as if they know what time of year it is. Or, it’s as if they know some player, coach, executive, reporter, commentator or fan is about throw a full-scale tantrum over a player missing a voluntary workout.
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Elite Kids Adam Gotsis Jersey It definitely puts that little check mark in the back of my mind and lets me know who I can count on, who I can’t count on, Casey said, according to the Tennessean.
The Rays are coming off a down 2016, when they hovered around .500 until July. This season will likely play out the same way. The Rays traded Drew Smyly and Logan Forsythe, but didn’t attempt to trade third baseman Evan Longoria, who is entering the big-money years of his contract. It wouldn’t surprise many if the Rays ended up trading Longoria at the deadline, but as far as their offseason is concerned, not much action here.
Jets WR Robby Anderson arrested in Miami for fighting with cop, reports say
May 15, 2017
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was arrested over the weekend at a music festival in Miami after allegedly fighting with a police officer, according to multiple reports.
The former Auburn defensive tackle welcomed a newborn son Friday night… and shortly after, as he held his new child, he got a call notifying him he had been selected in the third round (No. 93 overall) by the Packers.
A first-team All-SEC selection as a senior, Adams will contribute right away for the Packers. Here’s the scouting report on Adams, courtesy of Omnisport’s Ron Clements: “Adams was sometimes unblockable at the Senior Bowl. He’s strong with powerful hands and moves well for a guy who’s 6-3 and 308 pounds. He’s explosive off the snap and can be dominant, with great penetration to alter runs or disrupt pass plays.”
And here’s the scouting report on Adams’ newborn child, courtesy of parents everywhere: The baby will cry… there will be dirty diapers … almost certainly a few tantrums. But there will too many wonders to even count. Cherish every moment.
The problem, he said, was that the business grew too fast: too many employees of whom he couldn’t always keep track, and too many jobs accepted with not enough clients paying on time, or at all.
The results were predictable: He started using his personal resources to pay bills, and eventually, when multiple problems arose on a big assignment in downtown Baltimore, what little safety net he had collapsed.
NFL Draft 2017: Packers’ pick Kevin King explains decision to return to Philly for Day 2
May 15, 2017
Unlike Peppers, Foster carried a little more so-called character concern. He got passed up by many teams who could have used him, including the Bengals, Cardinals, Colts, Redskins, Lions and Raiders.
Expect him to pay off for the 49ers and make everyone else pay for not taking a sure tackling machine.
Cornerback Marlon Humphrey was the first taken, and that was No. 16 to Baltimore. Along with Howard and Foster, one-time projected first overall prospect Jonathan Allen fell to No. 17 (Redskins). In the end, it was nuts to see that many teams ignore high-level, pro-style talents out of Nick Saban’s program.
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King was in good spirits, especially after being selected by the Packers with the first pick of the second round (No. 33 overall), and explained his decision to attend again before Friday night’s events began.
Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell show how dangerous the Raptors can be in win over Bucks
May 11, 2017
The Toronto Raptors own a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, after a 118-93 win in Game 5.
The Raptors held control of this game throughout until they completely pulled away in the fourth quarter.
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Unlike the other Toronto wins, this game wasn’t won behind the efforts of just DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry. Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell stepped up with their superstar counterparts struggling, and proved that this Raptors team’s depth makes it so dangerous.
Another monster game from Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t enough to keep this one close.
Linebacker wins aren’t a statistic, but Boulware’s contributions to Clemson’s national championship this past season are what put him on the the board. Boulware was the emotional leader of the Clemson Tigers, and his play on the field was just as admirable. With six tackles (two for loss) and a pass defense, Boulware was dominant in the Tigers’ January victory over the Crimson Tide, earning game MVP honors.
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Evans transferred to Virginia Tech from junior college last season, and he led the Hokies to an ACC Coastal title with a fun mix of power running and decent throwing. Evans does not strike me as a starting NFL quarterback, but some team could have lots of fun deploying him in goal line packages and on select downs. Evans is a hoss at 6’3 and 232 pounds. Sign him, and put him on the field for your two-point conversions. He might be a decent H-back, and he can also make some throws.
Warriors playoff game and Chance the Rapper were both scheduled on same day
May 10, 2017
The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers will face off in the first round of the playoffs, and the Warriors will almost surely win. They’re a historically good team who just saw Kevin Durant return to the lineup, and an upset seems pretty implausible.
Limited Kids Isaiah Canaan Jersey The Orioles and Red Sox have played most of their games under a circus tent this season, with Manny Machado getting thrown at for a bad slide and then getting thrown at again. Commissioner Rob Manfred stepped in on Wednesday, demanding an end to the shenanigans.
Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook was understandably a little jumpy, then. That written, it was still a quick ejection of a starting pitcher, something that can dramatically alter a game.
To recap: Eduardo Rodriguez threw three balls at Machado and wasn’t ejected. Chris Sale threw behind Machado and wasn’t ejected. Kevin Gausman threw an awful curveball and was ejected.
He pulled up off the dribble, found his way to the rim and brought the best out of his secondary scorer, Marc Gasol.
Conley proved he was worth every cent of his NBA-record $153 million contract, and showed he can be the best player on a playoff team.
Tony Allen missed the entire postseason with a strained calf, and Chandler Parsons, who was never healthy all season, joined him.
They were two missing pieces in what were glaring holes for Memphis: three-point shooting and lockdown defenders.
Allen would’ve bothered Kawhi Leonard defensively, and possibly would have held him back from scoring a Spurs’ playoff high in points — twice.
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The Grizzlies can play the what-if game with Parsons for the duration of the entire season, but his absence was especially frustrating as the team was forced to roll out JaMychal Green, Troy Daniels and Wayne Selden an undesirable amount minutes.
If this team returns healthy and adds shooting, it could rise into a serious contender next season.
Olympic sprinter destroys John Ross’ 40 time after Bengals receiver says he’s faster than Usain Bolt
May 8, 2017
John Ross made waves before the NFL draft by saying he could run the 40 faster than Usain Bolt. Now another Olympic sprinter has shown how preposterous that idea is.
Christian Coleman is a track star at Tennessee and a 2016 Olympian. After hearing Ross call out Bolt, he decided to take to the football field to put down a 40 of his own — and utterly destroyed Ross’ 4.22 he ran in Indianapolis.
One of the longstanding arguments by football fans is that players are much faster than they appear at the combine because they’re running on turf, not a running track like sprinters. Coleman’s 40 appears to blow this idea out of the water.
In Ross’ defense, his claim was based largely on ESPN’s Sport Science, which is vaguely sports and not scientific.
“I would compare my speed to Usain Bolt’s just basically using the same technology that (ESPN’s) Sport Science did. They said I have faster foot contact than him, he has longer strides,” Ross said Thursday. “I think it would definitely be a good race. In the 40-yard dash, I think I would get Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt, I know I can get you in the 40. Whenever you want to meet me up, we can do it.”
Considering Coleman’s personal best in the 100 meters is 9.95 seconds and he beat Ross’ 40 time by 0.10 seconds, we can probably infer that Usain Bolt — who holds the world record with 9.58 seconds — would blow him out of the water.
Kyrie Irving had just stunned the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day with a falling fadeaway at the buzzer. The Thunder were warming up to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the next game as it happened. It sure sounds like Westbrook yells “THANK YOU, KYRIE” as he ran into the tunnel after hitting his last shot.
Westbrook denied it, of course. He said he was saying “Thank you, Jayme,” in reference to the daughter of a team trainer. Unfortunately, ESPN’s Royce Young also debunked the Kyrie dig.