On Shuffle

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about in the world of sports.

I’m still a little sick of the Reds dealing Josh “Hambone” Hamilton. I know own two Reds jerseys of outfielders who play for other teams. The crappy part is, I can’t figure out whose jersey I SHOULD buy. I’m going hunting for a Larkin, that’s all there is to it. Thanks to Chad for the link. He’s my official source of awesome baseball links.

My hopes for open wheel unity and a return to national relevance are dashed again. I get why George did what he did all those years ago. Road racing was killing the CART circuit. Oval racing is more interesting. Unfortunately, it seems that too much ground has been lost to NASCAR. They need to get this deal done.

This article about Jim Caldwell was reassuring. It sounds like Wake Forrest was an outhouse for football. He did take them to a bowl which is impressive. The no cursing thing reminded me of my high school baseball team. I had a great coach at Pike that made us all conduct ourselves with pride. Profanity meant that the whole team had to run. That team was incredibly successful, and my senior year we set 19 school records. I later attended a private college where the atmosphere should have been even better. It wasn’t. The difference in environment and attitude was striking. That team won about 5 games. I’m not drawing any larger conclusions, mind you. I’m just saying that I enjoyed playing in a strict environment, and our team had more discipline and more success. I had always been taught that profanity was for unintelligent people of a limited vocabulary, but of course that my Dad who said that, and he has quite the mouth so take that for what it’s worth. Let’s not have a long discussion on how this would play out in the NFL. It’s obviously a different situation.

Finally, I’d love to get my hands on this document. I love stats and would like to see them. I think part of the fallacy that they are pushing is that Clemens was normal. HGH is supposed to heal your body and aid recovery. His career was far from normal and lasted far longer than almost anyone else’s. I want to see the stats, but I remain markedly unconvinced.

Oh, and here is the single best thing I’ve ever seen on CHFF

I saw this tour pre-911, and it was the coolest thing I’ve ever been to. I heard it was even better afterwards. I get chills watching this again. I’ve heard U2 play in front of 80,000 in Buenos Aires where everyone knew every lyric to their songs despite the fact they didn’t speak English. They’ve had a lot of great nights, but I doubt they were ever better than this.

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