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Colts Win! Colts Win!

February 10, 2010

My 43rd feature…

Colts Win! Colts Win!

At least, that’s what Monday morning’s Virginian Pilot said, and my newspaper would never lie to me.

So the Virginian Pilot came out with the headline Colts 31, Saints 17.  Now the Super Bowl was the most watched event in TV history, breaking the 1983 record set by the series final for M*A*S*H.  Apparently the proofreader was not among the record setting audience.  One comment  was “Who dat proofreading your newspaper?”

In Norfolk, ESPN Radio’s Tony Mercurio suggested it might have been a publicity stunt.  But is this good publicity?  And why have copies of the paper disappeared from the internet?  I thought they would be all over E-Bay by now.  Comparisons have been made to “Dewey defeats Truman.”  But it seems that Dewey almost did defeat Truman.  And it is not 1948.

Besides, who gets their sports news from the newspaper anymore.  I get my news from the internet.  I mean the internet would never lie to me.

Of course, we know the Colts did not win.  One of the biggest fans of the Colts, Indiana native David Letterman already was upset about his super bowl party, in a very good promo with Jay Leno.  Leno commented on it :

Letterman listed the top 10 reasons the Colts lost on his late night show…

10. Should have waited until after the game to eat wings and drink beer.
9.  Relax, it’s the best of seven.
8. Wanted to get home for Undercover Boss.
7. Parking at victory parades is such a hassle.
6. Too much pregame partying with Snooki and J-Woww.
5. Saints players were shoving us.
4. Because of cutbacks, we only brought 12 guys.
3. Oblong shape of ball made it quite unwieldy.
2. Right, like God is going to let a team called the Saints lose.
1. Peyton [Manning] left early to tape a Gatorade commercial.


Feature #42

February 4, 2010

First, a disclaimer, I know I can not pick my features.

Although one time I did beg, when I wrote “Mr. Editor, please make this a feature” (link provided).  And 40 other times, I have had articles featured.

So while I can not pick a feature, if I could pick a feature for #42, it would be #42.

Jackie Robinson is the greatest baseball player of all time.  The best? Well, that can be up for debate and difficult to measure over time and different eras.  But there can be no question about  Robinson’s athletic ability.  He played four sports at UCLA.  He could have been a star in any of them.  But I am not talking about being the best, let’s talk about greatness.  Here we are in an era where steroids make a player great.  How about going back to a time when character made a player great.  And that is what we can talk about when we talk about Robinson.  Clearly he was a man of great character.

But how about another aspect that made him great, knowing when it is time to retire.  Again, we seem to be in a time when players hang on to the limelight too long.  And this is not a new phenomenon, players as great as Willie Mays and Babe Ruth both seemed to stay in the game too long.  But not Robinson, he was reported to be in a trade sending him to the rival Giants and the Dodgers were leaving Brooklyn.  Cue the exit.  Right on time.

Above all of this was the most obvious contribution that Robinson made to the game of baseball, and society in general.  Robinson broke the barrier that existed in Major League Baseball.  It happened with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, with thanks to Branch Rickey, a man who had a good moral compass and an idea about social justice.  In 1997, MLB honored the 50th anniversary by retiring #42 for every major league team.

Jackie Robinson.  #42.  Greatest baseball player.

Cujo Calls It Quits

January 14, 2010

Goaltender Curtis Joseph, known as “Cujo”, retired Tuesday at age 42.

He retires with the distinction of being the goalie with the most wins that never won the Stanley Cup.  Joseph is fourth on the all time wins list with 454 wins.  He also ends up tied for most losses with Lorne “Gump” Worsley.  Both had 352 losses.  However, Worsley was below .500 for his career, but Joseph can attribute this statistic to his longevity.

Joseph’s NHL career began with the St. Louis Blues in 1989.  He replaced Greg Millen, who was traded to the Quebec Nordiques.  When a player who has been around as long as Joseph retires, it is interesting to look at the transactions over their careers, and to see teams that no longer exist, and cities that no longer have a team.  However, Quebec is a great city, and deserves a franchise more than Nashville, but I digress.

Joseph played for six different teams, most recently he was with Toronto for a second stint.  He was also with the Oilers, Red Wings, Coyotes and Flames.  The old adage in hockey is that you can ride the hot goal tender to the cup.  Joseph had some memorable playoff appearances, but never made it all the way.  It is too bad, because having the distinction of “the most wins without a Stanley Cup” takes away from some of the accomplishments over his long career.

The (Football) gods Must Be Crazy

January 13, 2010

Tell me if this has happened to you.

Pregame was going just fine.  Had my beverage of choice and some chips.  Kerri Corazon made a really good Chicken Pizza.  Coming up, Ravens and Patriots on HDTV.

Then, I pushed a button on the remote.

In our house, as I imagine it is in most houses, we all have things we can do and things we are not supposed to do.  We have a music room, with a piano and a guitar and other instruments, and if I am there, I know what I can do.  And when I am in the living room, the tech stuff is not my department.

So now the game is starting and the TV is out.  I have no idea what I did, and Kerri is busy troubleshooting it.  And I am thinking, what did I do to the football gods to take away this playoff game from me?  And do you know when this happens, and you feel like 5 minutes is an hour.  It was, no exaggeration, 20 minutes.

Kerri, as I knew she would, fixed it.  In between the choice words that I added in about the TV.  And then I learned something about the football gods.  Maybe they were not cruel.  Maybe they were just saving me from what was more cruel.  By the time the TV situation was fixed, the Ravens were up 14 to 0.  Then Tom Brady threw an interception.  Then Kerri took the remote away, and every other object I might have used to hurt the television.

But this was not unexpected.  With the injury to Wes Welker, I was starting to have my doubts.  With all of the controversy of the Colts quitting in Week 16, exhibit A in favor of the Colts is the injury to Welker in Week 17.  But the Patriots philosophy has always been that football players play football.  And Welker’s injury was in the first quarter.  It seems unavoidable.  I am glad that the team I root for, the Pats, go for it.

There was talk before the game about how the Patriots were 5-0 against the Ravens.  New England this season was 8-0 at home.  The Pats had not lost a playoff game at home since 1978.  This stat, was at best, quite flawed.  Did a Houston Oilers victory that happened before many of today’s players were born have any bearing on this game?  Also, many of those Patriot teams did not make the playoffs.

The Pats were trailing 33-14 midway through the 4th when they tried to kick a field goal and failed.  I wonder if Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis would blame this loss on the “one man operation of the kicking game”.  See my post on Coach Speak 101 for more details.

Oh well, 32 days until Red Sox Pitchers and Catchers report.