Archive for February, 2009
It’s not often that your favorite football team can trade for a guy with a bad reputation and leave you saying, “Well, at least he’s not that guy.”
I just heard the news that the Bucs have acquired tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. from the Browns. Kellen is not your father’s tight end, which, in a manner of speaking, means that he’s most definitely not Kellen Winslow, Sr. Junior has a checkered past, to say the least.
But he’s still not as big a miscreant as the tight end who’s (apparently) leaving. I’ve written about Jerramy Stevens before, and with him and Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen gone, I’m really looking forward to football season.
We just need to keep Winslow off motorcycles.
The times, they are a-changing. The two-newspaper major town, long-since rendered basically dead by joint operating agreements, should be extinct before too long. Eventually, a major or fairly-major newspaper will stop using paper entirely and go completely online.
I’ve never worked in newspapers, and I can understand why those who have would long for the good old days when a city’s major newspaper was its soul (or just fun as hell, like in one of my all-time favorite movies).
But those days are dwindling.
Former Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter has been arrested on DWI and marijuana charges. The Cowboys are said to be considering retiring number .08.
And Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has changed his mind and will now play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. His reason? “Hey, I’m not getting any younger.”
Thanks. Enjoy the Greg Kihn Band.
I only got a quick look at the new WPS uniforms last night before turning in, so I only shared my first impressions. Today, we get a female perspective.
Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn, two of the greatest Tampa Bay Buccaneers ever, are no longer Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Those two were among five age-related (and probably salary-cap related) releases announced by the team this afternoon.
Dunn just turned 34 last month and is still at least useful as a versatile back/receiver. Brooks is 35 (36 in April) and made the Pro Bowl this season after missing it in 2007.
The Bucs are re-tooling. Also gone are wide receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard and linebacker Cato June.
You could say “better a year too early than a year too late,” and when you haven’t won a playoff game since January 2003, everybody’s job is up for review, I guess.
I don’t feel the same sense of outrage that I did when they released John Lynch after the 2003 season, for some reason. Maybe because Lynch was only 32 when he was released and he went on to play four more Pro Bowl seasons. At the time that seemed like a huge mistake, and it was. We’ll know if these are mistakes, too, before too long if Dunn and Brooks catch on somewhere and are productive and no one develops to take their places.
You can say that legends of a team deserve better endings, but they don’t always get them. Rare is the athlete who truly gets to go out on his own terms, on top. Johnny Unitas got traded and ended his career in a wasteland in a garish uniform. Franco Harris got released and lumbered around in Seattle for a year. Others suffer career-threatening injuries.
Especially now, in the era of free agency and the salary cap, pro football is very much a cold business. It’s rare that a team can afford the luxury of carrying a player who just might be starting down the rollercoaster from the peak instead of climbing up it.
This day comes for all of them. A decade ago, Brooks and Dunn were young studs who saw veterans like Hardy Nickerson reach the end of the line. Now they’re the ones being shown the door.
A tough business, this.
Because Alfonso Soriano doesn’t get it, and Lou Piniella won’t do anything about it.
Soriano plans to make himself the leadoff hitter that he longs to be and the one Cub fans will love by…no, not by getting on base more…not by striking out less…not by hitting in the clutch….
Yeah, that’ll help.
I’m guessing he also plans to be a better left fielder by switching to GEICO.
That headline‘s been up for almost a day now.
And it’s the “annual rites of spring training,” not “rights.”
They’ve had to scrimp a bit on baseball announcers.
UPDATE: Here are photos from the league presentation. Quick thoughts: the skorts have gotta go. That’s just a bad design choice. St. Louis’ uniforms are the least inspiring. Chicago’s are the best. Leslie Osborn looks good in just about anything. Overall? Some nice colors, but uninspiring designs and too much monochromatism (?).