Showing posts with label Players. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Players. Show all posts

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Life Skills and NFL Superstars

As fun as it might be to watch Chad Ochocinco carp about being robbed, there are two main points here. One, if he has lost his driver's license, why is he behind the wheel of his vehicle? And, two, why would anyone feel sorry for a multimillionaire who has lost a Starbucks gold card?

There are people in this country who would, literally, go under if they lost that much money at once; apparently, it's a social media joke for Ochocinco, who simply has no life skills and no perspective. His agent should have gotten between him and his decision to make light of being ripped off. Granted, this is the off-season, but still. What is this guy focused on? Lemon loafs?

Social media has revealed far too much about far too many professional athletes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Shyam Das Forgot Who He Really Works For

Shyam Das, MLB
Arbitrator 1999-2012

Change comes quickly in Major League Baseball if you anger the ownership and the people who run the league. It doesn't matter if you've done a good job; it doesn't matter if you've been faithfully arbitrating cases for over a decade. Anger the people in power, and you're gone.

Shyam Das had the audacity to enforce what some like to call a chain of custody rule with regards to urine samples collected from players:

So, in the case of Ryan Braun, there is a chain of custody lapse that is apparent in his case. A collected sample was not handled according to the rules. That sample was not processed in the manner proscribed by the agreement that covers baseball players and their random urine testing.

In any other situation, Braun would have gotten his ban or suspension reversed as well. Any adult who has had urinalysis testing knows that if something comes up hot on the sample, there are two choices. Admit what you took, or attack the finding by looking at the due process.

Braun's attorney, or whoever represented him in the case before Das, successfully attacked the chain of custody and the due process aspect of his collected specimen. Das had no choice but to rule the way he did because that is how the regulations were written and agreed upon. If he had ruled against Braun, and made the baseball hierarchy happy, he wouldn't be worth his salt as an arbitrator.

Das ruled correctly, however. And that's why they got rid of him. Major League Baseball doesn't care about the rules. It cares about making certain that everyone who is a part of it knuckles under in favor of the owners and the business interests.

Now, does that extend to fixing games, throwing out decent people, and creating an environment where you can't trust the product on the field? Absolutely. When there is no credible arbitrator, no due process, no rules, and no regulations, then there is simply no sanctity of the game.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Albert Haynesworth Needs to Sit Down With His Banker

Former Coach Jim Zorn and Albert Haynesworth

These are not good times for poor Albert Haynesworth:

Disgruntled Washington Redskins star Albert Haynesworth is potentially facing financial trouble off the field, according to a report.
Clayton Bank and Trust in Tennessee is suing the defensive tackle for almost $2.4 million, according to USA Today's website. The report said the bank is suing because Haynesworth hasn't been making payments on a loan received last June. The suit was filed last week.
The Redskins are going to see if they can recoup all or part of a $21 million bonus from the two-time All Pro defensive tackle. The team decided to take the action after Haynesworth, who signed a $100 million contract before last season, failed to report for a mandatory two-day minicamp earlier this month. He is unhappy because the Redskins are switch to a 3-4 defense where he has to play nose tackle.

What with his inability to understand that, if you refuse to show up for work, your team can take away your bonus and his inability to understand that, by signing with one of the most unstable franchises in all of professional sports that he would not get to have any say in how the Washington Redskins organize their defense, it's hard to say what will happen to Haynesworth.

Can you see him whining about having to play nose tackle? Listen, if the Redskins actually go more than one season with the same coaches in place, it's a miracle. Who's to say that Haynesworth wouldn't play nose tackle for a few games and then end up returning punts by Thanksgiving?

Yes. Oakland. That's where they'll dump him. Oakland or Cincinnati. And they'll probably take a huge slice of his money away from him, too.
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Monday, May 31, 2010

Roy Halladay Joins the Immortals

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay, center, celebrates with Carlos Ruiz, right, and Ryan Howard after Halladay threw a perfect game during a baseball game against the Florida Marlins, Saturday, May 29, 2010 in Miami. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 1-0. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)There are now twenty perfect games pitched in the history of Major League Baseball, and Roy Halladay has the more recent one.

Dallas Braden had the last perfect game, less than a month ago. ESPN reports that:

• Oakland's Dallas Braden threw a perfect game on May 9. The only other season with two perfect games was 1880: Lee Richmond (June 12) and John Montgomery Ward (June 17).

• Of the 20 perfect games thrown in baseball history, three have come in the last two seasons.

• The Phillies are the fifth team to have had two perfect games in their history. Jim Bunning threw Philadelphia's other one on June 21, 1964 vs. the Mets.

Holy cow!

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