Mike Matheny is a notorious over thinker and many who cover and watch the Cardinals know it. I was hoping that after last years mess he would take a more laid back approach and make the easy decisions this year. Apparently not. Here's what I mean:
1) Matheny attempted to use closer Seung Hwan Oh for a five-out save Sunday, allowing him to throw 38 total pitches. Oh allowed a game-tying three-run home run to Wilson Contreras in the ninth. Matheny believed that since the Cardinals are off Monday, Oh would definitely get some rest and be fine. In 2017 you don’t see and shouldn't see managers pushing their closers for a five-out save this early in the season. It's only the first damn game of the season and already he sends a message to the bullpen that he doesn't apparently trust them. Really Mike?
2) Matheny also did not pinch-hit for Carlos Martinez with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning. The Cardinals were up 1-0 at the time and had a great chance to get one or two insurance runs. This is after all the World Champion Chicago Cubs you're playing. Instead, Martinez hit into an inning-ending double play and the Cards got zero runs. Now Martinez was cruising and had only thrown 83 pitches up to that point, but you would think scoring more than one run would be necessary to beat the Cubs. I guess Matheny was hoping that one run would be enough. So he opts not to pinch-hit and try to break the game open, and trust the middle relief to get a few outs. He was staying away from his bullpen at all costs.
Now the Cards went on to win the game in the bottom of the ninth anyway but I can only hope for Cards fans moving forward that this kind of shit stops. But Cards fans will be the first to tell you, it won't.
Not sure how to put this but the Yankees got their asses handed to them by the Tampa Bay Rays on opening day. Tanaka didn't look like a guy who had a 0.38 ERA in Spring Training and certainly didn't look like the ace the Yankees are hoping he will be this year. He was not good. His splitter was up in the zone all day and his slider didn't slide and was left over the plate. Those things usually end in disaster for a pitcher and it was a disaster for sure. Tanaka gave up 7 earned runs and was pulled after 2 2/3 innings making that the shortest outing for a Yankee starter on opening day since 1983. On top of all that the Yankees meat of the order went 0-16 at the plate.
The good news Yankees fans is that this is only game 1 and I can assure you that this team has already forgotten about it. Tanaka will not be this bad again and the heart of the order will be getting at least another 500 at bats to improve. It's also really encouraging that Castro and Headley each had 3 hits. Castro is going to be a big part of the Yankees success this year at the bottom of the order and they are going to need him to get on base. I'm really excited for Headley who didn't get an extra base hit until after a month into the season last year. Getting confidence early for these 2 guys is huge for the Yankees. The bullpen also gave Yankee fans 5.1 innings without a run. That was the most impressive thing for me today. With all the uncertainty surrounding the starting rotation for this team, having the confidence in a bullpen to come in a shut the door is vitally important moving forward.
I know it sucks Yankee fans but it's a long season. We can take a deep breath and relax tomorrow and then get ready for game 2 on Tuesday. It wasn't all bad today. Keep the glass half full....For now.
LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of top NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball, made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday which produced some amazingly great television. Not because we learned anything new about LaVar or his sons but because for the first time in the history of this bullshit show somebody actually was able to out scream and out bully Stephen A.
Turns out some of ESPN employees who were not pleased with having LaVar on the Network.
But what Danny Kanell and others don't realize is that to the consumer of sports and sports television and sports radio etc, LaVar Ball represents reality. See there is nothing fake about LaVar. He believes what he says and when asked a question he gives us an honest answer. Now we may not agree with LaVar but at least he isn't giving us the same old bullshit we get from people like Stephen A or Skip. And he sure as shit doesn't give us the same "Safe" regurgitated bullshit we get from every ESPN (Disney) personality. LeVar Ball is the real.
And who the fuck is this Dari? News Flash Dari.. It's that kind of bullshit hot take that drives us sports fans fucking crazy. Nobody is faulting Lonzo for anything that comes out of LeVar's mouth. As a matter of fact I think LeVar has done an amazing job of keeping the spotlight off of Lonzo and squarely on him. Has anyone even heard Lonzo talk? Can he talk? I don't know. But I do know that the idea of people hating Lonzo because of what his dad says is total and utter bullshit. Oh the children... Fuck you Dari.. Lonzo will be just fine. It's you that has the problem with America.
We need to stop mocking LeVar and embrace him. We also need to start demanding that we get more "LeVar" from our sports media and less Dari or Stephen A or Danny Kanell. I may not always agree with what LeVar has to say but I'll take his authenticity anyday over the fake and scripted shit we get on a daily basis from everyone else. And I'm willing to bet.. so will his boys.
OAKLAND – News broke this week about how the Raiders have been meeting with every over the hill RB in the league and even one that is retired. Adrian Peterson has met with the Raiders and they have also inquired about getting the rights to Marshawn Lynch while possibly convincing him to come out of retirement. However, this new story is eye opening.
With the possibility of being paroled from prison this summer, Hall of Fame RB O.J Simpson may have a new place to call home. That's right, the soon to be 70 year old has gained some interest from the Oakland Raiders as recently as yesterday. Some Raider insiders are suggesting that since he hasn't actually run the ball since 1976 there is a good chance his body has a lot less wear and tear on in than say Adrian Peterson. It's also a known fact that OJ has shown some real agility "running the train" in the prison kitchen.
Not sure what the rules are as far as who actually holds the rights to OJ but one thing is for certain, the Oakland Raiders are turning over every rock to find their next great Running Back.
Stay tuned for more details.
Lesson #1 with March Madness:
There are no meaningless points ever scored in a tournament game. The headlines across social media today was how my Alma Mater Oklahoma State hit a meaningless 3 pointer at the end of the game and lost by 1 point. Who cares, they lost by one you might say... That's where you would be wrong.
See in Las Vegas Sports Books every fucking point matters. Doesn't matter win or lose, every point matters. Nearly 70% of bettors put their money on Michigan at -2.5 today which means Vegas made a shitload of money on those meaningless points and a whole lot of Michigan fans are really pissed off right about now.
So yes Oklahoma State fans it sucks we lost but sleep well tonight knowing how there are a shit ton of people who picked Michigan to win laying those points and they lost their ass today!
Vanderbilt’s Matthe Fisher-Davis is wishing he could get a one-way ticket to a new planet right about now.
During today’s Vanderbilt-Northwestern game, Fisher-Davis for some unknown reason decided to foul the Northwestern player with 15 secs left in the game when his team was actually up in the score. And as the basketball gods would have it, Vanderbilt ends up losing the game.
Now look I could rip this kid from here to kingdom come but the truth is we forget these kids are just 18 or 19 years old and god knows how many stupid ass mistakes I made during those years. However, I never went absolutely fucking brain dead at a crucial part of any game in my life. Committing an intentional foul in the closing seconds of a game when your team is up would be like me intentionally hitting a batter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning with my team up a run. WTF are you thinking son? I don't blame poor Matthe though.
Somebody please explain to me what the coach of Vandy was doing while this kid was casually putting hands on the Northwestern player? Why wasn't he screaming and yelling to just get back like most basketball coaches do during a game? I don't blame Matthe...Nope. I blame the lame ass coach and rest of his teammates for allowing him to do it. Did you see how nonchalant he was committing the foul as well? Just kind of went over as if to say, "Slow down, you're running to fast".
Crazy part is he goes to Vanderbilt. I'm going to assume that his book smarts are off the charts. I'm also going to assume that with Vanderbilt being a -2 pt favorite in the game that good old Matthe didn't have any money riding on the game. But you know what they say when you ASS UME......
I've been saying it for years now. This is what happens when little Johnny gets a fucking ribbon for finishing in 8th place every time they suck at competition. Are you serious with this? I would rather my kid grow a set of DD bitch tits before dropping to the ground and rolling around before a punch is even thrown. I blame the parents of this jerk off. What chance does this kid have of actually succeeding in life? None! Zero! This is an epidemic people. You have raised a generation of 8th place ribbon wearing softies. I'm not even sure there is a cure for this disease. This needs to stop now! For the love of all that is manly in this world. Make it stop!
Well HOLY SHIT.. After 432 prayers and going 0 for 8 at the plate Tim Tebow finally delivered for the METS today in a Grapefruit League classic. It was a surprise appearance for Tebow as METS manager Terry Collins said on Friday that he had no plans to bring Tebow back. However, because of the WBC and various split-squad games, Collins had no choice.
And thank GOD he did get a hit as all these people applauding were starting to lose their faith with the man upstairs. Now Tebow can go back to doing what he does best.....Being a really really really nice guy.
So I can't remember the last time I watched or even gave a shit about a NASCAR race. But after what happened this weekend I may need to reevaluate this sport. I'm not sure why Kyle Busch and Joe Logano are pissed at each other or why Kyle Busch is the only guy who is bleeding after this dust up but I don't really give a fuck one way or the other. If NASCAR is allowing guys to just finish the race and then head over and beat the shit out of each other, I'm in.
Why has NASCAR been keeping this little nugget of information quiet. Any sport that will allow its participants to flat out brawl after the game/race is ratings gold. Like Kyle said afterwards, that's how Joey races and he's going to get it next... Well shit Kyle, now I have to watch the next NASCAR race. Start your engines bitches!
P.S- What kind of large ass animal was that who broke up the fight? Did you see the size of the MF? Does he work as a bouncer for NASCAR? So many questions.