Friday Fun: Remembering Laci

May 30, 2008

This one’s just for you, Harold. Don’t act like you don’t love it.

I’m gonna go grab my seat on the Hell Bus now.

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The Best Thing About Baseball

May 28, 2008

No, it’s not the seventh inning stretch. It’s not the taste of cold beer and a hot plate of extra cheesey nachos. It’s not even watching the game from the luxury of a fully catered suite. It’s this story about one of the best players on the planet. Sure, this is only his first full year playing in the major leagues, but I challenge you to find a better player on any team, any where. And I won’t ask you to waste your time looking for a better story. Because there isn’t one.


Who Wants To Go In With Me On This?

May 27, 2008

Enjoy.


Further Proof That Soccer Sucks

May 22, 2008

Apparently the biggest soccer game in the world took place a couple days ago in Moscow.

From what I can tell, AIG beat Samsung in a shootout. I still stand by my assertion that the better match-up would have been Fidelity versus Wal-Mart or Rice-a-Roni versus Dominos Pizza.

Seriously, what’s the deal with the jerseys? Do the Euros model their soccer leagues after NASCAR? The WNBA doesn’t even resort to this kind of money-grubbing and they haven’t turned a profit in 12 years of existence.


Friday Fun: Alabama Shenanigans

May 22, 2008

This week’s video might be the best one I’ve ever found. It’s a news report out of Mobile, Alabama about a neighborhood that claims a leprechaun has been hanging out in the neighborhood.

What to watch for:

  1. The amateur sketch of the leprechaun.
  2. The explanation from the old lady in the car.
  3. The man in fatigues who claims he’s of Irish decent.

NFL Rookie Contracts Getting Out Of Hand

May 21, 2008

The NFL might have a slight problem on its hands. Word came down yesterday that the Falcons gave Matt Ryan, the #3 overall pick, a six-year, $72 million contract that includes $34.75 million in guaranteed money. This contract is an anomaly for a reason other than the fact that its a ridiculous amount of money to give a guy who’s never thrown an NFL pass. Especially when we all know that the majority of highly drafted quarterbacks are flops.

It’s weird because it’s bigger than the deal that Jake Long, the #1 overall pick, signed with the Dolphins. Doesn’t that set a dangerous precedent? I mean, it’s already bad enough that you have guys who have never played a down in the NFL getting bigger contracts that established vets (IE: Jake Long is now the highest paid lineman in the league), but now you have given guys who were picked further down the draft the leverage to demand any amount of money they see fit. The door to rookie contract chaos has officially been opened. When there is no salary structure based on the order of the draft, any player taken can find a reason to say why he deserves a top-rate contract. I would imagine rookie hold-outs would go through the roof.

It’ll be interesting to see if the league tries to take some of sort of action to rein this in before it’s completely out of control. 


Thank God For The Cowboys

May 20, 2008

After a depressing couple of days in the sports world, we finally get some good news. And it’s coming from none other than Valley Ranch. (It’s not December or January, so the Cowboys aren’t letting me down quite yet.) Today the Cowboys agreed to long-term contract extensions with two of their most integral players: Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman and Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber.

Newman got a six year deal worth $50.2 million and Barber received a seven year deal worth $45 million. I’ve got no problem with either one of those figures. Newman has proved himself to be the best corner this franchise has seen since Prime Time rolled though town, and Barber is the wrecking ball that lets this offense steamroll its way down the field.

This also shows that Jerry is not messing around when it comes to his key players. Losing either one of these guys would have been a huge blow to this team, and Jerry is proving that he’s not afraid to break out the checkbook.