Had some random thoughts after watching some random sporting events this
past week and just had to share them. Nothing too deep and maybe not
even that interesting, but sometimes you throw it out there and hope you
get some takers.
When assessing the weekend’s NFL action, there were some impressive
performances, both team-wise and individual-wise, but the effort I was
most impressed with was the thrashing Andre Johnson put on Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. For those who haven’t seen “the fight”
click the link and sit back and watch a whooping reminiscent of Nolan Ryan’s beatdown of Robin Ventura. While
most people would considering the following advice to be a given, it
was apparently lost on both Finnegan and Ventura so I’ll repeat it to
prevent any future beatings. If you’re gonna pick a fight, make sure you
know you can take the guy or you’re gonna end up a bloody mess and be
known simply as “jackass” from that day forward. And when I say from
that day forward, I mean it. Ventura moved to Tanzania shortly after the
Ryan barrage and the natives are still muttering “Jackass” in Swahili when he saunters through the village.
Finnegan is known as a cheap-shot artist and seeing him getting a
mouthful of Johnson’s knuckles after he antagonized him into fighting
looked like sweet justice from where I’m sitting. I don’t condone fighting
but if ever somebody had it coming, it was him.
In MLB “news” this year’s list of possible Hall of Fame candidates
was announced Monday and upon further review … I think we need to
re-evaluate the screening process. While there are certainly several
players who should warrant some minor consideration (Larry Walker,
Harold Baines, Jeff Bagwell, Bert Blyleven, Fred McGriff and even Dave
Parker) more times than not, the guys getting nominated have less chance
of ever getting to Cooperstown without a ticket than Tommy Lasorda does winning “Dancing With The Stars.”
It would be easy to dismiss almost all of the players on this year’s
list but I’m not even sure how someone can put a name like Kirk Rueter
or Lenny Harris on a Nomination Ballot and keep a straight face. This
is the same Rueter who posted a 130-92 record with a microscopic 4.27
ERA in his 12 years in the Bigs and the same Harris who pounded out 37
home runs and hit .269 in his … wait for it … 18 seasons. Sure,
Harris was a clutch pinch hitter and Rueter did win 16 games … once,
but c’mon people, Cooperstown worthy, let’s be serious.
The complete list is as follows: Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Jeff
Bagwell, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, John
Franco, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Lenny Harris, Bobby Higginson,
Charles Johnson, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Edgar Martinez, Tino Martinez,
Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Raul Mondesi, Jack Morris,
Dale Murphy, John Olerud, Rafael Palmeiro, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Kirk
Rueter, Benito Santiago, Lee Smith, B.J. Surhoff, Alan Trammell, Larry
Of those on the list, Alomar, Blyleven, Baines, Bagwell, Walker and the Cobra might eventually make it into the Hall but it
appears it will be after several tries each and mainly by default. If
you stack their numbers up against some of the players on this year’s
list, they actually do look HOF worthy. But when you use guys like
Schmidt, Robinson, Mantle, and Koufax as the benchmarks, it’s clear they
simply don’t measure up.
Time for a recount.