Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sport Briefs v.2

LB coaching from Bears' Brian Urlacher above.

My Bears have 20 of their 22 starters returning from last year ... playoff, then Superbowl bound. Pats, Cowboys, Steelers, Chargers start the bus.

Interesting stat on Rex Grossman shows that where he in his career today, is better than where Peyton Manning was in his career then.

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Michael Vick ... so let's assume Vick lands in jail for 2 years, after that no one can deny him to earn a living through his trade. Look at what Sprewell did to Carlesimo, and after that incident Spre was allowed to play again.

However, in Vick's case, a local talk radio host commented that what is going to prevent Vick from playing in the league again is the alleged betting on dogs. He adds that its that type of ethical play that has prevented Shoeless Joe and Pete Rose from entering the Hall. Because betting simply undermines the game.

Look at the NBA now with that ref caught betting on games, complicated with some problematic player incidents. Watch for some creative PR that the league will be executing this season, for sure.

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Although I only caught the radio highlights, I did not see the tv version about the uncanny phenomenon that had not occurred in pro baseball for 110 years, since 1897. This was the 30 runs that the Texas Rangers put up on the score board a few days ago as they beat the Baltimore Orioles by 27 ... 30 to 3.

The O's were leading by something like 3 nil going into the 4th. Then the uncanny ... 30 runs in 7 innings. Thirty runs. Nuts.

These are not triple A teams playing, rather pros that average about 5 runs per game. So to put up numbers 6x the average—such as a pro football team who averages 20 points then 120—is quite spectacular.

That was the first game of a doubleheader where the 2nd game resulted in a 9-7 win by the Rangers.

The record is held by the Chicago Colts with 36 runs in 1897, where they beat Louisville by 29.

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I saw Bonds' recording breaking HR ... amazing. So why put an asterisk on Bonds homeruns when baseball knew then what the players were getting into and turned a blind eye?

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Walter Payton's son Jarrett now plays for the CFL's Montreal team.


Anonymous said...

With baseball's long history and thousands and thousands of games played, scores of 30+ runs are bound to happen occasionally ... like every 100 yrs. I've kept the boxscore of a game in the mid-90s where one team had over 20 and the losing team had over 10. Without a game clock, it's possible for a game to go on and on and on ...
Yeah, MLB is in a pickle with steroid/HGH-inflated home run numbers. How do you compare these numbers with those put up by sluggers like Aaron, Mays, Mantle?
The circumstancial evidence that Bonds used steroids/HGH seems overwhelming to me. From his association with BALCO, to his unprecedented power surge in his advanced baseball years, to the dramatic growth of his head and feet. The guy already had Hall-of-Fame numbers before 'roids, but ego needs can be quite powerful.
Based on his on-field accomplishments, I'd put him in my Hall of Fame (as well as Pete Rose). Without glossing over their notoriety. Their plaques would include their respective controversies.

brand 'em' said...

Alex Rodriguez may break all of those records, provided he stays healthy and doesn't get involved with substances.

Jr. Griffey has a shot at that HR record too, but needs 2-3 good years. And he's clean too.