Honestly, I can’t believe there is so much discussion about whether or not Washington Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg should pitch in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13th in Anaheim. The 21-year old from San Diego State has made five major league starts. The last came on Monday, when he threw 6.1 innings, struck out seven and lost to the Atlanta Braves. Over his five-game career, Strasburg is now 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. Reasonably impressive numbers, but he’s lost two in a row. Should he play in the All-Star Game? Of course he should! (more…)
Sports general managers are simply car salesmen – at the rink or ballpark or stadium or arena. Most are talkers. They want your trust. And they continually urge you to have interest in something that you perhaps don’t care about. The difference is that GMs don’t sell cars…they sell hope. Hope to the fans of their team. And, how long they can peddle that hope, directly determines how long they’ll stay in the job. (more…)
Clearly, England was denied a should-have-counted goal yesterday v. Germany in World Cup Soccer action. But that does not mean video review should be part of this or any future World Cup event. Should the positioning of officials be adjusted or altered? Very likely. Should there possibly be an official or two sitting above the pitch, keeping a close eye on events? That would make sense. But video review should never, ever be part of the World Cup of Soccer.
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the non-England goal. It even shows you where the sideline official was standing. (more…)
It’s been about five days since 24-year old Dustin Johnson coughed up an 82 after being the 54-hole leader at the United States Open at Pebble Beach. I waited five days to touch on it for a reason. Because I guarantee you that, in every waking hour since his melt-down, Johnson has thought about it. Some hours, he thought about it a lot. His 82 was the worst final round by a 54-hole leader in 99 years! And that’s why golf is, without a doubt, the toughest sport for any individual to excel at. (more…)
Earlier today, the San Jose Sharks re-signed potential UFA Patrick Marleau to a four-year deal worth US$6.9M per year and potential RFA Joe Pavelski to a four-year deal worth US$4M per year. Sharks’ GM Doug Wilson’s signing of Marleau makes absolutely no sense, especially since Wilson has the correct mindset to let undertalented goaltender Evgeni Nabokov become a UFA on July 1st. Unless Wilson is now going to deal Marleau to a club who could use an under-achieving, over-promoted floater, it’s a bonehead move. (more…)