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Current State of Sport

December 6, 2012 thewolfman

The stories that have baffled me in the past weeks.

NBA

The Spurs were recently fined $250,000 dollars for sitting out their stars during a televised game. Fined. For resting their players. This to me is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. When did the overlord NBA get to decide what individual teams do? This is just added evidence for conspiracy theorists that the NBA is indeed fixed. I mean if you can fine a team for dictating their own team affairs publicly, who is to say what the NBA tells its officials behind closed doors.

MLB

Sports pundits were going crazy (and still are) when the Marlins unloaded all of their huge contracts to the Blue Jays. But you know what? The freaking Marlins have two World Series championships doing this sort of thing. Two! That puts them tied with the Chicago Cubs (founded in 1876), our beloved Philadelphia Phillies (founded in 1883), Cleveland Indians (1894), New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. It also puts them ahead of the three teams with just one World Series ring, and the eight teams with a goose egg. Know when the Marlins were founded? Nineteen freaking ninety-three.

Personally I think more teams should get wise to their scheme. Why? Because guys with fat cat contracts do not have to play hard anymore. Sure some do – and some genuinely want that championship ring so bad they can taste it. But you know who really plays hard? Young guys and minor league journey men who need to make an impression so bad that they give you their heart and soul every day.

Jose Reyes is a great player. Do I think he really truly cares if his teams wins though? No, not at all. For that matter do I really think Jimmy Rollins cares anymore? That is certainly up for debate. There is a fine line between what a player says, and his actions on the field.

Either way, you’re all killing me smalls.

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Don’t Ever Throw the Ball Back

October 24, 2010 Randy Neil

So that’s it.  Let it sink in.  The Phillies baseball season is over.

Every single game was a nail biter, every game had waaaaaaay more runners in scoring position than usual, and every game had almost all of them stranded.

A startling fact was presented to me earlier in this series: at the end of this year, every starting Phillies player will be 30 or older.  I think this is an inevitable sign of the downhill path the Phillies have ahead of them, and the sad sad future we have ahead of us.

Maybe I’m just in a terrible mood because of this loss, and because it came at the hands of Cody Ross makes it even worse.  God I hope he dies.

The only person I’m TRULY upset with on the Phillies is Chase Utley.  Chase you fucked us.  Not only did you fuck us with the bounty of errors you decided to make, including one simple grounder HIT BY THE PITCHER that you simply whiffed that led to 2 runs being able to score, tying the game and so forth, but your one move yesterday destroyed our chances.

You threw the ball back?  Dude, you thew the ball back.  Normally, I’d be in true favor of something like this, letting it ignite the emotions of the teams, clearing the benches and so on, but I really feel this is what fucked us.

After Chase Utley got hit in the back, 2 men were on, no outs.  Sanchez was clearly losing his control, that hit wasn’t intentional.  The Giants were warming up people in the bullpen and the Phillies had a chance to break the game open.  But then, Chase coincidently had the ball drop in front of him, he grabbed it, threw it back, and pissed off Sanchez.

Sanchez takes some time now to talk shit, the benches clear, and guess what’s happening all the while?  The Giants are continuing to warm up their bullpen.

By the time this was all said and done, it was obvious to even the smallest, least intelligent child that Sanchez was now in no position to pitch.  His emotions had taken over, so Bochy takes him out of the game, throws Affeldt in the game, and the momentum is spoiled.

Ryan Howard strikes out.  Jayson Werth flies out.  Victorino grounds out.

2 men on, 0 outs prior to that.  Sanchez was going to be destroyed, and with a simple flip of the ball, Chase Utley made what was supposed to be a slight inclination into a full blown fact.

Chase I don’t know if it was the horse tranquilizers you were taking, or the fact that Jayson Werth is in fact banging your wife, but you made so many errors this series, it’s going to be hard to wear your jersey again.

It’s been a great year Phillies, and even if this is where the road ends, I’m still pretty god damn happy with what we accomplished.  And by we, I mean you.

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