After reading Buccinators “Ten Things I Learned This Week”, I decided it was time to try this blogging stuff again. I mean, if he can do it, surely I can do it better. Just kidding Buc. You know I think you do a great job. I have to apologize to those of you who were following my “Worst Song Ever Tourney” since I quit doing it before finishing it off. Truth is, I just got tired of it, and I was a little peeved with some of the changes on this site. Anyway, I’m back and hopefully, I can provide some interesting commentary.
I will try my best to come to you as an impartial observer rather than a fan. If you are a regular reader of some of CBS’ paid writers, you probably realize that it isn’t always easy to do. I can recall over the years listening to many announcers who had a definite bias for or against certain teams as well, but I’ll do my best. Try to forgive me if I lapse into fandom on occasion.
Since Brett Favre’s return to Lambeau was the big story in the NFL this week, I’ll start there. I’ve read some comments on how awful the fans were for booing him during this game. C’mon people. It’s natural to boo someone who leaves your team and returns as a rival. Does Red Sox nation love Johnny Damon these days? I don’t think so. So big deal. They booed. So far this season the Vikings have proved two things to me. 1: They can play with anyone. 2: They can’t close out a game. This was the 2nd time in 3 weeks that the Vikings totally outplayed a team at the beginning of the game (Ravens) and let the other team have their way for a stretch to get back into the game. They did end up with wins in both cases, but if they continue to play soft zone/cover2 with a lead in the third and fourth quarter, it will come back to bite them eventually.
Note to MLB managers. NEVER EVER put you closer into a game in a non save situation. NEVER. When Charlie Manuel put Lidge in last night in a tie game to start the ninth, my first thought was “That’s ball game.” He proceeded to retire the first two batters in an attempt to prove me wrong, but then, the Phillies nightmare began. A Damon single, steal of 2nd and 3rd on a very strange but heads-up play, a double by A-Rod, and a Posada single, and the game was as good as over. I don’t have the stats to back this up, but I’d guess that the team putting in their closer like that loses around 75%. I’ve been watching baseball for a very long time, and I have rarely seen it work out. Not sure why. I just know it’s true. Now, without an amazing comeback by Philadelphia, the Yankees will be taking home the trophy this year.
That’s it for now. Hope you like it. And please feel free to comment. It lets me know that you’re reading.