Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Ichiro as of today has 3623(2345 in MLB alone) hits Japan + MLB... He has been in the league for 10 years, and has been an all-star for 10 years with 10 gold gloves. God how I wish he had played his entire career in much as I love the Reds I wish that Pete Rose did not hold the all time hits record. That guy is an embarrassment. + Ichiro faced juiced up pitchers for most of the 00's and played on some down right incompetent teams.
First Ballot HOF'er.
Book it.
Also, Terrelle Pryor would have been a high first round draft pick if he were in the March 2011 draft.
Double book-it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Justin Jackson and other stuff

This a very good story about the upside of Justin Jackson. I love watching this guy play ball! Great passer, great hustle, great passion, very good shot blocker, not afraid, very smart player with great athleticism. I think of him as Kenyon Martin meets, Jeff Green, meets Greg Monroe type player. Not saying that he will be as good as any of them, but that he has some attributes of all of those players, and if he continues to improve his ball handling and strength, I can see him as an undrafted, off the bench, towel waving, hustle guy in the association.
I'm putting the over/under at 10, and taking the over on the number of fans, at Wrigley this year, with Cubs jerseys with Pujols over #5 on the back. There is some quality hate between those 2 fan bases, and I would love to see it esplode if Albert somehow found his way to the North side. As a fan of the Reds I would love to see him take his talents to the AL.
If wining is not important to you, think about becoming a fan of the Bengals. It is never boring thanks to our incompetent GM and his sycophantic minions.
11 bids for the Big East conference sounds right to me. Before the Big East took the best teams from Conference USA they routinely got 5-7 bids, conference USA routinely got 4-6 bids, that equals 9-13 bids that the Big East should have been receiving since 2005 season.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

When a trend becomes fact

Early peeps, grunting in their caves, about the weather, or whatever, would surely marvel about the evolution of the modern humans ability to complain. With the explosive growth in both obtaining information and the many ways to communicate said info. it is truly a Golden Age of Complaining and will only increase. That being said, if there were half-assed blogs like this one 50, 100, or 150 years ago the same observation could be made and be just as accurate.

P.S. i found three caveman pics that i could not upload, so I put up this pic.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

While I'm here

I read something shocking (to me anyway) yesterday, as documented by the BBC and the Boston Globe, since President Calderon declared his policy of enforcing drug trafficking laws in 2006 over 30,000 people have died. That is a staggering number of deaths so that wealthy (by comparison) Americans can get high.

Someday I hope I do something with this

NCAA Requires Loss of Contests for Six Ohio State Football Student-Athletes

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 23, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS--- Five football student-athletes from The Ohio State University must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and receiving improper benefits in 2009, the NCAA has determined.

A sixth football student-athlete must sit out the first game in 2011 for receiving discounted services in violation of NCAA rules.

The violations fall under the NCAA's preferential treatment bylaws.

In addition to missing five games next season, student-athletes Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas must repay money and benefits ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500. The repayments must be made to a charity.

Student-athlete Jordan Whiting must sit out the first game next year and pay $150 to a charity for the value of services that were discounted because of his status as a student-athlete.

"These are significant penalties based on findings and information provided by the university," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.

The decision from the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff does not include a withholding condition for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The withholding condition was suspended and the student-athletes will be eligible to play in the bowl game Jan. 4 based on several factors.

These include the acknowledgment the student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred, Lennon said.

NCAA policy allows suspending withholding penalties for a championship or bowl game if it was reasonable at the time the student-athletes were not aware they were committing violations, along with considering the specific circumstances of each situation. In addition, there must not be any competitive advantage related to the violations, and the student-athletes must have eligibility remaining.

The policy for suspending withholding conditions for bowl games or NCAA championship competition recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective. In this instance, the facts are consistent with the established policy, Lennon said.

Gene Smith, associate vice president and director of athletics at Ohio State, said the university will "further enhance" its rules education in the future based on this situation.

"We were not as explicit with our student-athlete education as we should have been in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years regarding the sale of apparel, awards and gifts issued by the athletics department," Smith said. "We began to significantly improve our education in November of 2009 to address these issues. After going through this experience, we will further enhance our education for all our student-athletes as we move forward."

The standard withholding condition in cases like these involving the five student-athletes is four games, or 30 percent of a season. A fifth game was added to the penalty because these student-athletes did not immediately disclose the violations when presented with the appropriate rules education, Lennon said.

"Once a student-athlete understands a violation has occurred, they must immediately come forward to report it," he said. "That did not happen, so the additional one-game penalty was imposed."

The university declared the student-athletes ineligible on Monday (Dec. 20) and requested reinstatement from the NCAA.

As part of their reinstatement:

Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring
Herron must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150
Posey must repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50
Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university
Solomon (Thomas) must repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155.
During the reinstatement process, each case is evaluated based on the specific facts of the particular case by NCAA staff. Prior to reaching a decision, staff considers any guidelines established by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, a student-athlete's responsibility for the violation, as well as any mitigating factors presented by the institution.

The university can appeal the decision to the Division I NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, an independent committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences. This committee can reduce or remove the condition, but it cannot increase the staff-imposed conditions.

Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete's involvement are determined. The reinstatement process is likely to conclude prior to the close of an enforcement investigation. It is NCAA policy not to comment on current, pending or potential investigations.