August 19, 2011

The Eternal Season - Friday August 19th

Hello TES Friends!  Friday night, we made it!!!

Short and sweet tonight, it's Friday night, you have better things to do.  I would, but the rain has kind of put a damper on the evening.  Still, had some real good thunderstorms here earlier, the kind we don't usually get here in Gotham.  Made for a good show!

As you may have heard, the annual Cy-Hawk series between the Hawks and Clowns is no longer sponsored by Hy-Vee.  As of this year, the Iowa Corn board is now the sponsor.  And so, there is a new trophy, which was first released today.  And here it is:

That's right.  An Iowa farm family around a bucket of corn.

August 18, 2011

The Eternal Season - Thursday August 18th

Good Afternoon Friends!  Midway through Thursday afternoon, weekend here we come!

And a bit of a strange Thursday, it has been so far.  It started with the NFL allowing Terrelle Pryor into the supplemental draft, which the NFL moved back to next Monday, for the Pryor situation to be settled.  But, there is a catch.  Because the Buckeyes suspended him 5 games for his NCAA infractions, the NFL has also suspended him 5 games.  If he is drafted, which is likely, he can then join the team for practice and pre-season games, but he will not be allowed to play or practice (just attend meetings) until week 6 of the NFL season.  Why the NFL is doing this is not clear to me or most of the talking heads I have heard so far.  But as others have pointed out, joining a team this late, for a QB that does not possess the types of skills most NFL teams want - well, he won't be seeing the field for a long time anyway.

Shortly after that news broke, MLB announced that a player, 30 year old Mike Jacobs, had been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for HGH (human growth hormone).  The catch?  He is a Rockies player, but in Triple A.  They test for HGH in the minors - BUT NOT in Major League Baseball.  Why?  Because that is something that the union has to agree to - which they have been discussing with MLB, but there is no real idea when it will be done.  Jacobs becomes the 1st US pro athlete to be busted using this (he said he did it to overcome a knee injury).  Time for all leagues to step up to the plate and require mandatory random testing for HGH.

August 17, 2011

The Eternal Season - Wednesday August 17th

Good Afternoon TES Friends!  Past the midway point of Hump day, here we come weekend!

College football opens two weeks from tomorrow night, but as of the past 24 hours, news has broken that is going to dominate the airwaves from now until there are actual games.  I mentioned it in passing the other day, but as of yesterday, the Miami booster scandal has exploded into a litany of high level transgressions over an 8 year period - that only ended last year, when the booster who provided most of these benefits went to jail for 20 years for a nearly $1 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

Yahoo! sports broke the story after an 11 month investigation - if you care at all about college sports, it's worth the read, in its entirety.

Yahoo! Sports Miami Investigation

Everything from cash for tvs, nights out in VIP clubs, to whole floors of hotels booked and stocked with strippers and prostitutes for the players.  The NCAA Death Penalty has only been handed down on a Div. 1 program once (twice in the lower levels) - the infamous case of SMU, in 1987.

In that case, there were also boosters funneling money to players, in some cases paying their rent, but what really did SMU in was a school-run 'slush fund', used to pay players and potential recruits.  What made things so bad for SMU was they were already under probation while they were doing this, so that prompted the NCAA to throw the book at them, which wiped out their 1987 and 88 football seasons.

August 16, 2011

The Eternal Season - Tuesday August 16th

Good Afternoon TES Nation!

Late Tuesday, the Hump day is almost in sight, one day closer to the weekend, one day closer to the start of a new season.

Turned on SportsCenter last night after sending out the blog, just in time to see Jim Thome (now of the Twins) become the 8th man to join the 600 home runs club - and the only guy to do it recently who has never been linked to steroids or anything else.  And he did it with two solo shots last night, the only guy to hit that number with two homers in the same game.  Not only is Thome clean of suspicion regarding drugs, he is widely regarded as just about the nicest guy in baseball.  Good things do happen to good people once in a while.  Next stop, whenever he gives it up, will be Cooperstown. 

In other baseball news, the Dodgers fell to the Brewers 3-0, in a game where LA had at least 3 guys thrown out on the base paths (not force outs).  Here's hoping they pay a bit more attention tonight. 

August 15, 2011

The Eternal Season - Monday August 15th

Good Evening TES Friends!

Monday evening, that is!  Which means, the Monday is over!  And we even have Monday Night Football now, albeit the pre-season variety, where the starters took a seat after 15 minutes.  Still, it was good to hear that MNF theme in 5.1 surround sound.

My plans for an afternoon jog today were wrecked by the ever-present rain, but it allowed me to watch an interesting soccer game from England.  There, Manchester City, a team expected to challenge ManU and the London powers for the top of the table this season, met Swansea City, a Welsh team making their debut in the Barclay's Premiership Division.  For those that don't follow international soccer, many countries use the promotion/relegation system - they have multiple levels of teams like in Major League Baseball (A, Double A, etc), and the worst teams in each division are demoted to the next lower league, while the best teams below the top level are promoted up a level for finishing atop their division.  Here, we would send the Royals and Mariners down to Triple A if we had such a system.

August 14, 2011

The Eternal Season - Sunday August 14th

Hello Again TES Friends, from a very, very soggy NYC.

Rain here all day, continuing all night, and that's the forecast for tomorrow as well.  Made for a good day to stay in and watch some sporting events.

And the lead story of the day was how the PGA came down to the end.  Jason Dufner, age 34, never a winner in a PGA Tour event, standing on the 15th tee with a 4 shot lead on the field, after Keegan Bradley, a rookie,  tripled bogied that very hole as Jason looked on.  He had played the 4 insanely tough finishing holes well all week, and just had to do it one more time.  But, it didn't work out that way.  He bogied 15, 16, and 17, all while Bradley somehow found the reserve to birdie 16 and 17, and when both finished the 18th with par 4s, it was a tie.

From there, you knew how it was going to end, the miraculous comeback for the 25 year old, the epic collapse by the 34 year old.  The playoff was the aggregate score of 3 holes, 16, 17, and 18 played again.  Keegan, 1 under, Jason, par.  Bradley, a rookie who had won once this season, but had not been in any of the three majors up to this point.  I am sure the Tigerless tv ratings took a nose dive over the weekend, but that was a shame, as it was a finish for the ages.