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College football is barely a week away, and I could hardly be happier about it. Despite the loss of Ray Rice and several other impact players (Eric Foster, Pedro Sosa, Mike Fladell, Jeremy Zuttah, Brandon Renkart, Ron Girault), I have high hopes for Rutgers heading into the year (again), though I’ll keep relatively quiet on it. If you are wondering why I am doing this, simply revisit my previews from last year. Ugh. I’m not even going to reread them, mainly because I already know some of the worst things I said. For one, apparently I thought the Linebacker Fairy was going to visit the new guys from last year and turn inexperienced and/or undersized and/or injured guys into grizzled veterans who knew the defense in and out. Second, I seemed to think there was some kind of vast conspiracy to discredit the all-powerful Rutgers football juggernaut, even though our generally accepted preseason standing (around #16) proved to be absurdly generous in the end. But being embarrassed about days gone by doesn’t really jive with this look ahead, so some thoughts heading into this season coming up just as soon as I rip off TV critic Alan Sepinwall’s blogging format…
Some of you might have heard about this spinoff of The Office that actually isn’t really a spinoff but no one totally knows for sure. The latest is apparently that NBC wants a spinoff, but showrunner Greg Daniels wants to create a separate show. The article I’ve linked, which appears to be written by a reputable person, quotes a “source” as saying, “Daniels is a stubborn, stubborn guy. I bet Greg gets his way.” For the record, I hope he does, because I trust his judgment more than the network’s here. But I also couldn’t help but think…what other Gregs do I know of who are stubborn, hard-headed and always get what they want in the end? Hmm… Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve heard you make this statement a couple times, and I’m inclined to disagree. Nick Punto: best athlete on some other team? Maybe. I’m sure it’s true that he can “hit a golf ball to the ends of the earth.” I might have gotten your exact words messed up there; I imagine you’ll forgive me if so. But the best athlete on that team? The one with Joe Mauer? The one with former No. 1 overall pick and arguably current best catcher in the American League, Joe Mauer? The one with two-time All-State high school basketball player, Joe Mauer? The one with the player for whom back-to-back All-State selections in basketball were an afterthought, because he was the National Player of the Year in football and turned down a full ride to play QB for Florida State in order to play baseball…in which, as previously mentioned, he was the #1 overall draft pick, Joe Mauer? Not that team. For that team, the best athlete is clearly Michael Cuddyer.
I know, it has been far too long since my last post. You are all undoubtedly very upset with me, with reason. But I am here to repent and serve you, 41MTF faithful. To show you this mea culpa is for real, I offer some lolcats to cheer you up.
Anyway, as some of you (Tom, Pete, and Sportsattitude come to mind, among others) may remember, last summer I did a write-up on every NFL coaching change of the offseason. There were 7 in all, if I remember correctly. I thought most of the choices contained some level of intrigue (which is different from them being “good”), with Cam Cameron in Miami being the notable exception. (In that case, the on-field results actually matched my interest level at the time.) All in all, it was an interesting undertaking, and I’m glad I did it. Read the rest of this entry »
Why, you will surely ask, would I hate such a beloved figure? Well, take a look at this. I don’t care what a great, selfless teammate he is – I just can’t condone this type of behavior. As far as I’m concerned, this is “off-the-field trouble” along the lines of a crime conviction. It’s just a shame that T.O. would do this to the America that idolized him for so long, that rooted for him every step of the way. I personally have no choice but to wish the worst fate imaginable on him – that he parlays his guest spot here into a role in the next Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer parody “film.” I believe it will be called Shitty Movie.
Apparently the Chicago White Sox have come under fire for jokingly trying to exorcise their hitting demons with an elaborate clubhouse display including female blowup dolls. Personally, I don’t see the big deal. If they had forced actual women to strip naked, then tied them down so they could be used as part of this, then yes, we would have a major issue. However, this did not happen. They used inanimate objects. Inanimate objects that maybe don’t appeal to our more refined sensibilities, yes, but…it’s a joke.
The following is my review of Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, which ran in the inside beat section of the Daily Targum today.
We humans like to think of ourselves as rational. We think things through, we reason, we make the best decision possible. After all, isn’t that one of the main traits separating us from other life forms?
Tom Ciszek – NJSportsPhoto/from scarletknights.com
When I look back at what I wrote about Rutgers football before the season began last year, I can’t help but want to punch myself in the face with a huge spiky metallic glove, like Spongebob was willing to do to please Kevin the sea cucumber.