Showing posts with label Jackass Behavior. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jackass Behavior. Show all posts

Monday, May 10, 2010

Say It Ain't So, Ken Griffey Jr.

Is this the end?

A pretty major story from Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News-Tribune in which it is reported that the Seattle Mariners will soon urge Ken Griffey, Jr. to retire, and if he doesn't they'll release him, most likely this month.
LaRue says "the end is near" for Griffey.  The reasons: For one thing, obvious lack of performance. He's at .205/.265/.234 in 77 at-bats this season with only two extra-base hits and zero home runs. The man simply can't hit anymore, as it's plain to anyone who can read a stat sheet or watch a baseball game. This, of course, is not shocking. More shocking: 
Last week, when some members of the press corps asked manager Don Wakamatsu why he hadn't used Griffey as a pinch hitter for Rob Johnson late in a game, Waskamatsu was vague.
Two Mariners players, however, weren't. Both are younger players, fond of Griffey. Neither had an ax to grind.
So why didn't Wakamatsu go to Junior off the bench.
"He was asleep in the clubhouse," one player said. "He'd gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn't come back. I went back in about the seventh inning - and he was in his chair, sound asleep." 
For a man whose value at this point in his career was supposed to be his veteran presence and stability, that's shockingly poor behavior.

I think Ken Griffey Jr. going to Seattle was an end-of-career gimmick. I don't think anyone expected much from him, and maybe that's the whole story--no one has been asking much of him, no one is keeping him in the loop during the games so far this season, and so he's checked out.

It may be entirely within reason to suggest that the manager and Griffey Jr. spoke during the game, and Griffey Jr. may have said--I'll be in the clubhouse taking a nap because I'm exhausted--if you need me, I'll be glad to come in and do whatever I can to help.

It's hard for me to believe that a guy would go nap in his own chair, in full view of the locker room, without first having cleared it. But, stranger things have happened.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

This is Not What a Fan Does

I don't know if this poor young man is just "misunderstood" or what, but he's anything but a "fan" of the game of golf:

A 36-year-old man attending the second round of The Players Championship was subdued by a Taser on Friday.

Travis Parmelee, of Jacksonville, was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, said St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dave Messenger.

Messenger said course marshals notified officers that Parmelee was yelling at players and being belligerent near the 11th hole. Officers responded and attempted to calm Parmelee down, but they said he became more combative.

This is why I don't go to golf tournaments in Northern Florida--too many leering, hollering fools and way too much beer being served on the course. I have been known to be ejected from tournaments myself; I am banned for life from several facilities, most notably, Fenway Park; but heckling during a golf game is unseemly. That's a bit like enjoying something Jay Leno does on his little television program; it simply will not do.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How Important is Football Right Now For Big Ben?

You have to love the para at the end:
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spent last weekend undergoing a behavioral evaluation rather than at the team's minicamp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.

The paper, citing a team source, said that Roethlisberger, suspended for at least the first four games of the 2010 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for off-the-field conduct, will be evaluated for "days" rather than weeks. After that, the report said, Roethlisberger could either return to the team or undergo further evaluation.

Roethlisberger was ordered by Goodell to stay away from the Steelers' training facility until his evaluation was complete. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he didn't know when Roethlisberger would return.

"I have talked to him," Tomlin said, according to the Post-Gazette. "I will continue to talk to him, and I don't have a crystal ball in regards to when he's going to be back in the facility. A lot of that has to do with the things he needs to do and of course the judgment of the commissioner."

While Roethlisberger was in his evaluation, quarterbacks Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch were all on the field for the Steelers.

Do you know why the Steelers haven't outright gotten rid of Big Ben?

The answers are Leftwich, Dixon and Batch. Big Ben has job security, you see. But the real issue here is behavior.

If he's properly evaluated, and really given a chance, then who are we to judge him?

I think it comes down to this: the young man is an asshole. That's right. A douchebag. At least, in social situations and public places. He's difficult and demanding. That's what a lot of money can do to a young man.

What he needs is counseling, to show him that being an asshole and a douchebag are counterproductive. He can still be those things, but he needs to curtail his public activities with regards to assholery and douchebaggery because they are leading to legal jeopardy, lawsuits, and bad press. I will let you in on a little secret. Everyone with money is, to some extent, an asshole and a douchebag for a reason--everyone wants your money. How you deal with that aspect of life is where Big Ben has been wearing his ass for a hat.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another Close Call For Ben Roethlisberger

Do you think he'll change his ways now?
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not face charges after a college student accused him of sexually assaulting her at a nightclub last month, authorities said Monday.

"Therefore there will be no arrests made nor criminal prosecution against Mr. Roethlisberger," Bright said.

The woman told an officer Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her early March 5 at the Capital City night club, where he was drinking with friends shortly after his 28th birthday.

Bright said the investigation showed the woman was heavily intoxicated that night. She and her sorority sisters had met Roethlisberger at a different bar earlier in the night, and he invited them into a VIP area at the Capital City club and ordered them shots. When the woman walked down a hallway to a small bathroom, Roethlisberger followed her.

That's as good as calling Roethlisberger a complete and utter douchebag in public. All of the passes I have given him in the past are mistakes on my part; this young man has a character issue, and I am thankful for one thing: the franchise he plays for deals with character issues as well as any franchise in all of professional sports.

This is really a sad day for the image of the NFL and the players who play the game. Roethlisberger is an elite athlete, and a tremendous talent. He's already in possession of more than most players ever see in a full career; too bad his ten cent head can't appreciate what he's desperately trying to piss away.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cowboy Up, Big Baby

Glen "Big Baby" Davis had an altercation with a fan in Detroit last night:
A jeering fan called Glen "Big Baby" Davis a "fat boy" and told him to lose some weight. Davis responded with an expletive. "We know what happened, and that's unacceptable," Rivers said. "It's tough when the fans are yelling that stuff at you, but you have to be stronger than that."
Had Davis gone into the stands, it would have been all over the news. Fortunately, he's a little smarter than that, but cursing at fans is nothing new. When you're on the road, and your nickname is "Big Baby," I don't see an upside to bickering with fans.

It does prove the point that NBA players are simply not allowed to be fat. It's a cardinal sin to be fat in the National Hockey League. Everywhere else? Eh, as long as you can play, who cares?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mike Florio is a Dishonest Jackass

That was the headline, what you see above.

This is what's left of the story:
PFT’s Picks: Colts return to old form with Ravens in town
Forget the Colts’ late-season malaise; Baltimroe no match for Indy
By Mike Florio
updated 4:36 p.m. ET, Sat., Jan. 16, 2010
Each week,’s Mike Florio will break down and pick the winners of the NFL playoff games.

Baltimore at Indianapolis
The postseason is the occasion for the reversal of trends. Just ask the Cowboys, who found a way to conclude a 13-year winless streak in the postseason.

So at Lucas Oil Stadium, something has to give. The Colts have in recent years performed poorly after a bye week. The Ravens have in recent years been unable to beat the Colts. In fact, Peyton Manning hasn't lost to Baltimore since 2001.

The Colts are the superior team. And the storm of criticism the Colts experienced when opting not to pursue a perfect regular season could provide extra motivation not only to outscore the Ravens, but also to obliterate them.

The last time the Ravens came to town, they left on the wrong end of a 31-3 outcome.

That margin sounds about right.

Pick: Colts 38, Ravens 10

Dallas at Minnesota
This year, as in many, awarding a team the status of front-runner equates to the application of the kiss of death.

After wild-card weekend, the Cowboys have become the odds-on favorite to advance to Super Bowl XLIV, and possibly to win it.

But the Vikings are undefeated at home this season, where their offensive line seems to be more nimble on the fake plastic blades of grass covering the floor that not long ago featured green cement.

The game will turn on whether that offensive line can give quarterback Brett Favre enough time to set up and throw. If Favre can do it, the Vikings can score enough to win the game.

Pick: Vikings 28, Cowboys 24

New York at San Diego
The question of the week is whether the Chargers will be able to devise a successful game plan despite the presence of bona fide shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis.

But it’s not as if the Chargers have no experience facing great cover men. After all, they play in the AFC West, which entails four games per year against Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders and Champ Bailey of the Broncos.

Besides, Revis will take away only one man. The Chargers have multiple weapons on offense. If they can build a double-digit lead and force the Jets to throw, this one could get out of hand.

Pick: Chargers 31, Jets 17

See anything in there about the Saints and Cardinals?

Of course not--because the Saints killed the Cards in the first half.

Either Florio tried to take down his post or someone at MSNBC.Com did, but, either way, you can't be more of a smarmy jackass than Mike Florio right now. I don't fault him for the "Baltimroe" gaffe, either.

Apparently, that intern has had too much soda pop.

Thanks for the prediction, son. Now, could they help you from the scene of your own debacle and hire someone to comment intelligently on sports in your stead?

Is that asking too much? Apparently so.

***UPDATE: Well, I'll give Indy-Baltimore to Florio. He, essentially, got that right, and I guess even a blind pig can find a truffle.

UPDATE 2: Florio missed the Minnesota blowout, but got the winner right. Florio blew the Chargers-Jets pick by a country mile. I guess MSNBC has low standards. You can for .500 and miss the point spreads on all four games by huge margins and keep your gig. What a disgrace.

Better sports writing and analysis, please.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monta Ellis is the Next Stephon Marbury

He may be worse than Marbury, if that's possible:
Stephen Curry is about as fresh-faced as a NBA rookie can be.

The 21-year old is soft-spoken and thoughtful. His lone tattoo, discreetly inked on the inside of his left wrist, is the motto of Davidson, the small college he guided to the Elite Eight in 2008. "T.C.C.": Trust, Commitment, Care.

Curry might want to look into laser tattoo removal because he's a Warrior now. And "Trust, Commitment, Care" is most certainly not in the Warriors' vocabulary.

At Curry's first NBA media day on Monday, the Warriors dysfunction -- their lack of trust, commitment void and utter carelessness as a franchise -- was on full display. It wouldn't be a new Warriors season without more drama from the NBA's most inept franchise. And, right on schedule, the Warriors are delivering.

Curry spoke with excitement about the potential of pairing in the Warriors backcourt with Monta Ellis. He described the possibility of a "very explosive duo."

But a few minutes later, Ellis appeared and dropped this gem: he can't play with Curry.

"Can't," Ellis said. "Just can't."

When told that the Warriors brass was contemplating exactly such a backcourt, Ellis said, "They say they can. But they can't. I just want to win. And you're not going to win that way."

The Warriors rarely win, of course. Last season derailed before it ever began when Ellis -- the player the Warriors had decided to build around -- went for a moped ride and ripped up his ankle. Ellis missed much of the season and the team threatened to void his $66 million contract.

Ellis is such a brilliant basketball mind that he knows what combination of players will win? He definitely needs to be named head coach, then.

This kind of thing is standard in the NBA. The only thing you can count on is that there will be more head games, and the first thirty or so games of the season will be played at half-speed in a lot of arenas, with a lot of flashy nothing and a lot of bricks taken against players who aren't bothering to defend.