Month: July 2014

Potentially Trading Jon Lester, Proves 2013 Was A Long Time Ago

Tough to repeat? Tell that to the Boston Red Sox, the World Series champions of last season. Now, nine months removed from their third fall classic achievement in 10 seasons, different story.

As of Wednesday night, a 48-60 record, 13 games behind the AL East’s first place Baltimore Orioles, who hold a two-game over the current runners-up in the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays having swept the Red Sox this week at Fenway Park, means that any chance of a repeat, much less World Series, has everyone in and around Boston thinking Patriots at Dolphins on Sept. 7.

Part of the concession, reuniting Jake Peavy to the NL West by trading him to the San Francisco Giants. This was a guy that came to the Red Sox in a trade that brought him over from the Chicago White Sox and the result, a 4-1 mark down the 2013 regular season stretch.

While Peavy helped get the Red Sox get into the postseason, and to that effect championship glory, maybe a blessing with this trade. He went 1-9 for the Red Sox this year, a change of scenery might do him good.

However, the name of Jon Lester has come-up. Perhaps by the time you read this, Lester will either be traded and contend for another ring, or he will ride out this lame-duck Red Sox season.

As Lester has come under the speculation of leaving Fenway, where he accomplished two World Series feats, 2007 and 2013, the time might have come for the Red Sox to rebuild. If it matters for anything, the Red Sox are the 5th oldest team in the majors, at just under 30 years of age. Lester happens to be 30 years old. Typically the prime of a ball player would be 30-35.

But maybe the Red Sox are looking long-term. Hey, it’s not the Red Sox and Yankees duking-it out for the postseason, it’s the Orioles and Blue Jays.

Perhaps it’s best that the Red Sox and Lester depart. His contract is up at season’s end, your ball club is singing the blues and the help remains for a contender. And to mention the first reason, the free-agent market will be pretty testy for Lester during the offseason.

By Friday, we will know.

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Podcast for Monday July 28, 2014

In today’s podcast we spend all three segments talking about various NFL topics.

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Podcast for Friday, July 25, 2014

In the first segment of today’s podcast we talk about Tony Dungy’s comments on Michael Sam, in the second segment we talk about Roger Goodell’s punishment of Ray Rice, and we close out the podcast talking about the MLB Hall of Fame.

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Tony Dungy Is Only Half Right, When It Comes to Michael Sam Comments

First off, let me congratulate Tony Dungy.

Why?

Because of his honestly towards his comments surrounding why he would not have drafted Michael Sam. Not because of his sexual preference, but because of the media hype.

Let’s face it, 32 NFL teams and only one could have selected the first openly-gay player in league history. That of course being the St. Louis Rams.

However, unlike Dungy, how many teams are going to actually admit the real reason for not drafting Sam. Homophobia is not the issue here, it’s about the media.

As for me personally, while I share the same biblical beliefs as Dungy, if Sam can fit into your equation, draft him, forget the media. Therefore, I take the opposite stance here.

In the end, it all comes down to getting the best players who can help bring a Super Bowl. If Sam can do that, there’s a spot.

Then again, it’s only a distraction if the team makes it. With Sam’s team, the Rams, they need to become firm with the media, that during training camp, the only questions will center on football, not on someone’s life away from the playing field.

It’s a right that everyone is entitled too, Sam is no exception.

The Rams took Sam, they have a responsibility to make it a non-issue.

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Podcast for Monday July 21, 2014

In today’s podcast we talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers trading for Kevin Love, in the second segment we talk about MLB banning chewing tobacco and we close out the podcast talking about which city should host the 2015 NFL Draft, Chicago or Los Angeles.

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New All-Stars To Baseball’s Mid-Summer Classic, But Old Will Tell The Story

Hard to believe the summer has passed us quickly to this point. That is if you measure this lazy season by the baseball season, then say to yourself, “boy, the time has flown right by.”

Tuesday night will mark the third time that Minnesota has played hosted to the All-Star Game. The first, 1965 at outdoor Metropolitan Stadium, and then 1985, confined within the roof of the Metrodome. Both times won by the National League.

Now that game returns to the Minnesota open-air, Target Field.

And while the game has lost its luster of years past, pre-interleague play, competitive baseball, and why play for the league representative getting home-field advantage, there’s always memories.

This year it’s a gathering of new with the old. New from the standpoint that 25 first-time all stars. Let while the youngsters will dominate the game, guys such as Yasiel Puig and rookie Jose Abreu making their first appearance, it will also become time to recognize the old.

Derek Jeter will dawn his Yankee No. 2 jersey for his 14th All-Star appearance, his final one.

This will mean a continued assortment of All-Star Game memories that have included Ted Williams at Fenway Park surrounded by the 1999 participants, Cal Ripken Jr.’s home run in his final mid-summer classic in 2001 in Seattle. How about Marino Rivera a year ago in his home city, New York? OK, maybe not in his home ballpark, but we remember a year ago.

Now it’s the time of the Yankee Captain and a farewell goodbye, at least the continuation of it all. In the midst of the future’s game, the home run derby and the game itself, get ready to hear the words “Derek Jeter.”

Then again, if you don’t like the Yankees, next week might not be for you. But really, how can you not like Jeter?

Good enough to watch the All-Star Game.

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Podcast for Monday July 7, 2014

In today’s podcast we talk about NBA free agency, in the second segment we talk about Frank’s experience with Jose Canseco and in the third segment we talk about the MLB All-Star Game.

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World Cup Schedule for July 8-9

LineAwayHomeLineTimeTV
PittsburghNew England-77:30 PMNBC
-7Green BayChicago12:00 PMFOX
EKansas CityHouston12:00 PMCBS
ClevelandNY Jets-312:00 PMCBS
-2.5IndianapolisBuffalo12:00 PMCBS
-4MiamiWashington12:00 PMCBS
-3CarolinaJacksonville12:00 PMFOX
-4.5SeattleSt. Louis12:00 PMFOX
New OrleansArizona-13:05 PMFOX
DetroitSan Diego-2.53:05 PMFOX
TennesseeTampa Bay-33:35 PMCBS
-3CincinnatiOakland3:25 PMCBS
BaltimoreDenver-4.53:25 PMCBS
NY GiantsDallas-77:30 PMNBC
-3PhiladlephiaAtlanta5:55 PMESPN
-2.5MinnesotaSan Francisco9:15 PMESPN
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