Revisiting Brandon Phillips’ Short Playoff Stint

Two posts in one day?!  Yeah.  That just happened.

It’s the top of the 8th and the Reds are clearly looking like a team that will once again not score any runs.  That will lead them to a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.  There’s no shame in that, obviously, the Phillies are a good team.  However, our old friend and Brandon Phillips went and opened his mouth again before the playoffs started and because of that, we’ll put him under the microscope.

We’ll start with the good.  In Game 2, Phillips led off the game with a homer.  He followed that up with a single and double.  Good work.  His team still lost the game 7-4.  But really, that one game makes him the best hitter on the Reds during their minimal playoff stay.  Yipee!

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Tragedy At The….World Sauna Championships?

Until about 30 seconds ago, I was going to write about former Tennessee Vol JP Arencibia and his historic Major League Baseball debut.  With his first four swings in the bigs he managed a measly single, double, and two homers.  But….he didn’t die so he gets trumped.

So as you can tell by the headline, someone died at the World Sauna Championship in Finland.  I will try not to speak ill of the deceased…but…are you serious?

Reports indicate that one of the two finalists, Vladimir Ladyzhensky, passed out seven minutes into the event.  The recorded temperature was a balmy 230 degrees Fahrenheit.  The other finalist was five-time champ Timo Kaukonen who was taken to Helsinki and treated for “severe burns” but is in stable condition.

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Doggin’ It

I know it’s been a few days, but I haven’t had the time to post and this is pretty important.  A few nights ago Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was pulled from the 2nd inning of a game after lazily jogging to a ball he had booted into the outfield.  Crappy video below:

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96 Teams? Worst Idea Ever.

Just yesterday I thought my decision to go running while still feeling the effects of a cold was the worst idea ever.  Then I read a little bit more about the NCAA’s impending expansion of 65 teams to 96 teams for the National Championship Tournament.  They might as well just come out and say, “Yeah, we’re money hungry and adding teams gets us more money.  We don’t care what you think.”

I mean, yeah, who cares that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is perfect the way it is and it’s truly the only reason I watch college basketball anyway?

Under the new format, 32 of the team would get automatic byes into the second round while the other 64 would battle it out in an extra game.  So let me get this straight, since 1985 when the tournament was expanded to 64 teams, the lowest seed to ever win was #8 Villanova in 1985.  For the math challenged out there, that means only the top 32 teams even have a shot at winning this thing anyway.  Hey, sure, let’s add 31 more teams who don’t have a shot to win.  That will make it so much better!

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Urby Needs to Calm Down

I rarely agree with a Florida Gator.  In fact, right now I’m having a very tough time coming up with even one time where it has happened.  That’s why I was surprised when I read a quote from Florida wide receiver, Deonte Thompson, in the Orlando Sentinel regarding Tim Tebow:

“You never know with Tim,” Thompson said. “He can bolt. You’ll think he’s running, but then he’ll just come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. Like, you know what I mean, a real quarterback.”

Wow, Mr. Thompson.  I see exactly what you mean and that makes perfect sense.  I might not have alluded to him being a fake quarterback (well, I would have but if I were a Gator, I wouldn’t), but you get the idea.  Tim liked to run with the ball sometimes but  no one other than himself knew if he was going pull the ball down and take off or actually throw instead.  So it definitely makes sense that a pure-passer would be easier to play with.

Everyone saw it that way, right?  …Right?

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Saturday Happenings

This post is going to touch on a couple things that happened yesterday in the sports world that doesn’t worthy of their their own full post.  We’ll start in college football.

Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to the Harvard-Yale game, but yesterday was an exception.  Yale had a 10-7 lead with 2:25 left and was facing a 4th and 22 from their own 26 yard line.  That’s when first year head coach Tony Williams made the worst call in the history of organized football.  Yes, worse than Bill Belichick’s decision to lose last week’s game against Colts.  Coach Williams decided to run a fake punt.  Predictably, they did not get the required 22 yards.  Three plays later, Harvard found the end zone for the game winning score.

Williams would take the blame for the horrible idea later saying:

The whole idea was to keep our foot on the pedal, and not play scared. If anyone is looking for somebody to blame, blame this guy right here.

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The Happy Youngster: Villain or Victim?

Earlier today I stumbled across this article on foxsports.com.  It’s about the problem that Marlins’ rookie Chris Coghlan encountered when he tried to get his 1st career home run back from the fan who caught it.  According the Coghlan, he offered the fan, Nick Yohanek, a signed bat and a photo opportunity after the game (which seems reasonable to me).  Yohanek then asked for a signed baseball from Marlins’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez and tickets to an upcoming Yankees-Marlins series.  Yohanek claims that he wanted to see a Brewers-Marlins series in Miami and that Coghlan was not very cordial to him in the process.  Now the “he said, he said” begins.

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