Saturday, October 13, 2007

Breaking News: Yankees Set to Make Huge Offseason Acquisition

An unnamed source today has confirmed that George Steinbrenner and the Yankees have plans to undertake a shocking and unprecedented offseason acquisition that does not involve Alex Rodriguez. Apparently the Yankees are going to buy the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

After yet another early postseason exit the Boss was desperate to find another way to use his outlandish spending habits to his advantage. As much as I hate the Yankees, I must say, this is a great idea. The Yankees play the Devil Rays 18 times in a season, so they are essentially buying 18 wins. Not only will it lessen competition within the division, the Devil Rays do have some useful talent on their roster despite the fact that they are somewhere between an AAA and major league team. With an extra 25 man “MLB” roster (stress the quotation marks) the Yankees in essence double their salary cap and get twice as many draft picks. Roger Clemens needs a tune up before making his inevitable July comeback? Send him to Tampa to make a few starts. Perhaps the most brilliant part of the move is that if the Yankees need the Devil Rays to come through in a big series, say against the Red Sox, they can simply trade the majority of their roster to Tampa, take two out of three, and then trade them back to New York.

The only real question is how the Devil Rays players would respond but thus far the attitude has been overwhelmingly positive. “I’m really excited,” Carl Crawford said. “No one likes losing. I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get called up to the major league squad at some point.”

When asked if he thought the insinuation that the D-Rays were a minor league team was a slap in the face Elijah Dukes said, “No, not really at all. I see it as more of an opportunity. But I do like to slap my girlfriend in the face.”

I just wish the Red Sox would have thought of it first.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Bug Selig Has Options

So I have about two off season issues that Bud Selig is going to look at (in my eyes). He already said on "Pardon the Interruption" that he was going to consider instant replay for baseball. Now mainly this is because it was the day after Matt Holiday didn't touch home plate, but as we know instant replay would ruin baseball forever. I don't even have to think that one person wants instant replay because if they do, they aren't American. Really though, how would they do this? The red flag idea? No way. You have to make it something cool like the manager has to run out onto the field, pick up 2nd base and deliver it to the crew chief. Then the umpire has to open a secret door inside the tube they roll the tarp up in. Now inside this tube is a system of cameras where the instant replay will be viewed and then he comes out with his decision. Just a proposal...

The other thing Selig needs to implement is the good old fashioned mercy rule. Remember the days of little league baseball when your team was pathetic and you would get beat 10-0 in 5 innings or 15-0 in four innings? Just think of how funny that would be if it could happen in the major leagues. Umm yea sorry Buddy Belle but you just got ten runned umm the game is over... The fans get to see a half of a game because their team either sucked or dominated. Everyone is happy. There is no reason for another game where the final score is 30-3. Just end it at 10-nil. This seriously needs to be taken into consideration.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Weekend Sports Betting Preview

That video made me want to shoot someone

Alright, nothing seems to be working. It's time for me to find a sure thing, these posts have really been getting me down lately. The only thing that can possibly get me out of this rut is ... reverse psychology.

The game? Boston College at Notre Dame. The play? Boston College -13.5 The reason? I can't lose.

I'm really taking this because I want ND to keep the game close since I'll be there, and there's no way I could actually post a correct pick. But beyond that, BC just looks like a good bet. Notre Dame beat UCLA last week 20-6; great win I was very happy, but, if you look at the numbers, the offense was as awful as it has been all year. Notre Dame had 140 total yards. UCLA had 282. ND had 12 first downs. UCLA had 20. Clausen was 17/24 for 84 yards. ND had 0 turnovers. UCLA had 7. And ND only won by 2 TDs.

I love Notre Dame's pass defense, especially Darrin Walls, and I think they will do a good job against an extremely overrated Boston College. I just don't think that the Notre Dame offense can possibly stick with BC, no matter how awesome the defense plays. Was that all convincing enough? BC IS A LOCK!!!

Boston College -13.5 v Notre Dame

BC -13.5 v Notre Dame
Louisville/Cincy Over 65.5
Tulsa/Marshall O 71
Titans +3 v Falcons
Redskins +3 v Packers

Big Lots: TBA

GT +2.5 v Miami
Wisconsin +7 v PSU
Louisville +10 v Cincy
Patriots -5 v Cowboys
Browns -4.5 v Dolphins

Oregon -19 v Washington St.
Cal -14 v Oregon St.
OSU -30.5 v Kent St
Redskins +3 v Packers
Browns -4.5 v Dolphins

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

WARNING: This is a Story About the NHL

Hockey is actually pretty cool guys. If you count golf as a sport, then in my opinion hockey is the second toughest sport to pick up and play. Unless you are from Canada (Minnesota included). The thing is, in any sport you walk or run, but in hockey you have to learn how to skate. Not only that, but skate fast, skate backwards fast, stop, handle a stick/puck while doing all of that. Or perhaps stop a tiny black object flying over 100 mph at you. Anyways it may bore some people, but they deserve respect.

Now, onto the topic that no one will read... Alexander Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby. The first a LW, the second a center. The most startling fact? They are 22 and 20 respectively, and two of the best players in hockey. Crosby is actually younger than me. That pisses me off. Ovechkin was the 1st overall pick by the Washington Capitals in 2004 from Russia. In just two years he has accumulated 99 goals and 102 assists. Unfortunately for him, the Caps suck ass and he was -19 last year. Ovechkin has the single most amazing goal ever. In the history of the world. I said so. That's why. Check this out.

Tits indeed. Ovechkin is young, scary, he's a fucking sniper, and he is from Russia. That's only a plus in vodka drinking competitions and hockey. And killing innocent people.

Sidney Crosby is pretty cool. He was drafted as the first overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins from Nova Scotia (gay). Crosby is known for his amazing vision and ridiculous puck handling. He has 148 assists and 75 goals in just two season with the Pens. Last year he lead them to the playoffs and played three weeks on a broken foot. That was Leftwichesque. He never told anyone about his injury but instead just kept kicking ass like it was his job.

Number 1 isn't even possible. Numbers 3,5,7 are sick. I don't know he is amazing. Sorry that some of the announcing was in French. I tried to find a de-pussified version but there wasn't one.

Anyways overall I think Crosby is the better start to a solid NHL team. He is from North America and he does cool things. I'm out

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Championship Series Preview

Before we get to the ALCS preview, I want to say a few things about the NL. I know we at Log's Blog tend to rip on the National League quite frequently (especially myself and Biglots), but there were several teams in the NL that I thought could have at least given an AL team a run for their money. Never in my wildest dreams did I consider that we would be watching (or not watching) an NLCS matchup of Rockies-Diamondbacks. Just for entertainment purposes let's look and see what I wrote about these teams in my "Midseason Report".

About the D-Backs:

They really could go either way. Randy Johnson has been good when healthy but that’s saying a lot. Its great the Eric Byrnes is hitting so well but its not great that he’s been their leading power guy. They need more power and production out of the typical power positions like 1B, 3B and the rest of the outfield.

Well, Randy Johnson hasn't pitched since July, but they did get some more power out of their corner positions. But not much.

So what did I write about the Rockies....?

Absolutely nothing. I didn't even include them in my midseason report. But before you call me a dumbass, quick, name four players for the Rockies. I'm going with Todd Helton, Matt Holliday, Josh Fogg and.....and....Yorvit Torrealba!

Alright, onto the Championship Series where one of the teams has a chance to win it all.

The Red Sox and Indians are two very hot teams. They both made pretty quick work of two very good clubs, albeit two clubs who were somewhat flawed (Angels were injured and lacking power and the Yankees were lacking pitching). The fact Eric Wedge and Paul Byrd proved everyone wrong by winning game four means we get to see an ideal matchup with both Sabathia and Carmona well rested. Let's look at how the teams matchup.

Starting Pitching

Carmona is scary good, but so is Beckett. I'll call them a wash. Sabathia is better than the Red Sox number two, whether you want to say its Schilling or Dice-K. (It looks like Dice-K is going to start game 2 again.) I would say that Westbrook is about equal with Schilling, although I personally would have more confidence in Schilling, given his past postseason success. Game 4 is where it gets tricky. As bad as I think Paul Byrd is, he is exactly the type of pitcher who could give the Red Sox trouble. They are a team who is patient, sees a lot of pitches, and wears opposing pitchers down, much like the Yankees. Paul Byrd is the type of pitcher who just pounds the strike zone repeatedly, and we saw it work against the Yanks. The Red Sox have difficult dilemma. Beckett could start game 4 on short rest and still be lined up to pitch game 7 if necessary. He did it twice in the 2003 WS going 16 innings and giving up only 2 runs. The other option would be to start Wakefield if he is healthy. He has historically done well against the Indians and they have only seen twice in the last three years, and not at all this year. I still vote for Beckett. Regardless...

Advantage: Indians


Papelbon is a comfort blanket, Borowski inspires terror. Perez and Betancourt are very good, as are Okajima and Delcarmen.

Advantage: Red Sox


Varitek is the Red Sox captain and leader but he's been a virtual black hole offensively.

Advantage: Martinez, Indians


Garko and Youkilis are both solid hitters and superub defensively. Youkilis hasn't made an error all season, Garko has a better range factor.

Advantage: None


Cabrera has done much better than Barfield but Pedroia is a shoo-in for rookie of the year.

Advantage: Pedroia, Red Sox


Mike Lowell has had an outstanding year, picking up the slack for Manny and Ortiz when it comes to driving in runs. Also plays excellent defense at third.

Advantage: Lowell, Red Sox


Not too much to say about Lugo. Jhonny Peralta's parents are idiots.

Advantage: Peralta, Indians


Manny looks dialed in. Even worse for Tribe fans: Manny's average vs. his former team is .357 with 15 HRs. Having Lofton out there is a nice throwback though.

Advantage: ManRam, Red Sox


No contest. Grady Sizemore is a five tool player who is the key to Cleveland's offense. And he's hot.

Advantage: Grady, Indians, female fans


I've given up on waiting for Drew to live up to his potential but his high OBP and defense makes him a wash with Gutierrez.

Advantage: None


Both Hafner and Ortiz are coming off of relatively disappointing years powerwise. Both have looked like they turned the corner in the postseason. Ortiz's OPS in the Angels series was 1.571! For that reason and his past history, Ortiz gets the nod.

Advantage: Ortiz, Red Sox (slightly)


Both teams have a fairly solid bench. I'm thinking there is one player on each team who will make a major contribution. For the Indian's my bet is Kelly Shoppach. His bat off the bench gives Wedge the ability to pinch run for Martinez late in the game with little to no drop-off. For the Sox, look for Jacoby Ellsbury to factor in as a pinch runner (he can play all three outfield positions) or as a late inning defensive replacement for Ramirez.

Another thing to consider is the advantage that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell will provide. This year is his first year with the Red Sox and previously he served as the Indian's head of player development. I think it would be safe to say that he probably knows most of the Indian's players very well and will be a tremendous help to the scouting department.

These teams are very even and I think this is the most entertaining matchup baseball fans could have hoped for. As a Red Sox fan I'm hoping the series is decided by some late games where we have the bullpen advantage. However, the Indian's SP advantage could be the difference, especially if either Schilling or Dice-K revert to their late regular season form, or lack thereof.

My prediction: Red Sox in 6

Roger Clemens Goes Out in Style

I don't know how this week could have gotten any better. The Red Sox sweep, the Yankees are bounced, and Roger Clemens' line in is his final game is:

2.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 ER, no decision

Now I wouldn't put it past the asshat to attempt another comeback, but it seems less plausible than ever that some team would pay him an inordinate amount of money again to post a +4 ERA for half a season. Yes, Sammich, Clemens was very, very good. But he was also a self-absorbed, arrogant mercenary who screwed over the fans of every team he played for. And for that reason I hate him.

$26.1 million for half a season, two playoff innings and an early exit....I hope it was worth it.

2006 Bears vs. 2007 Cowboys

While watching the Cowboys pull off a miracle last night on Monday Night Football, I couldn't help but notice how eerily similar their season has been so far to the season that the Bears had last year.
Here's the Bears first six games compared to the Cowboys first five games.

2006 Bears
Week one: Green Bay: W 26-0
Week two: Detroit: W 34-7
Week three: Minnesota: W 19-16
Week four: Seattle: W 37-6
Week five: Buffalo: W 40-7
Week six: Arizona: W 24-23

2007 Cowboys
Week one: NY Giants: W 45-35
Week two: Miami: W 37-20
Week three: Chicago: W 34-10
Week four: St. Louis: W 35-7
Week five: Buffalo W 25-24

Each team had a quarterback who had been the backup the year before but was inserted into the starting lineup at the end of the year before losing their first playoff games. Each quarterback then started the next year on an absolute tear, leading their team to undefeated Septembers and earning NFC Offensive Player of the Month awards.

Each team killed everyone on their schedule except for one close battle with a divisional opponent. Both teams were considered possible flukes until they manhandled the previous year's NFC champion on Sunday Night Football.

Then once they started to get the respect of everyone around the league, the aformentioned quarterbacks turned the ball over six times on Monday Night Football against shitty teams on the road. However, each team somehow overcame these performances and were able to win by one point.

Obviously, these aren't completely identical teams. You can't compare the defenses because the Bears was so much better and you can't compare the quarterbacks because Romo is only allowed to be compared to Favre. Still, it's a little scary how similar they have been. My prediction for the rest of the Cowboys year: 13-3, just like the Bears last year. However, they will lose to the Bears 45-3 in the NFC Championship game two weeks before Chicago beats the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Monday, October 8, 2007

End of an Era

I never really thought about it until I saw the Rocket walk off the mound. It felt weird to see the greatest pitcher of my time leave the field for the last time. Roger Clemens has been pitching since before I was born. He has been part of baseball for 24 years, and it is going to be strange to have a season without the man. No one will pay him the ridiculous amount of money he requires to pitch another year, and his heart lies with his family now anyways.

You can say you hate him, but you can't deny his skill. His numbers speak for themselves. 354 wins, with six seasons of 20+ wins including his third year in the bigs with a 24-4 record. In two seasons, his ERA was actually under 2.oo. That happens about as often as Joe Borowski not giving up a run in a save situation (never). He has a lot of strikeouts. 4700 some. He threw a bat at a homosexual catcher. Hate him if you want, but he is the best in this era.

I don't like welcoming a new age of players into baseball. I just don't think they will ever have the same stuff, or be as good. I love veterans and I don't think it's possible for guys like Brandon Webb, Josh Beckett, and CC Sabathia to be the next Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Dave Burba. I even have a hard time with some of the hitters like Jose Reyes, David Wright, the whole Rockies lineup. It just doesn't seem like old fashioned ball the way it used to be. That's why when Bonds was getting close to Aaron, I started to care and was ready to see the record broken. When he hit it, I accidentally missed it, and I was pissed that I didn't get to see history happen.

We may never see another pitcher as dominant as Roger Clemens. Just like there will NEVER be another Michael Jordan or Muhammed Ali. There could be another Rocket, but there will always be the talk of steroids and the game will never be the same. At the bottom of this blog it says hating Roger Clemens since 1996... I can't hate him at all, I respect him too much.