Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pete Rose's new gig

by Uncle George

  Another 'hit' for Pete Rose.

  For those of you who believe that Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame you should check out his latest venture on reality TV.

  The 70-something hit king has got his Kim Kardashian wannabe girlfriend and himself are embarrassing themselves.

  I'll give Pete credit.

  Kiana Kim is a spectacular to say the least - a grand slam home run for a guy, who is famous for getting singles.

  But, it just seems that if he truly is hoping that baseball will change their minds and welcome him into Cooperstown, then he might want to keep a lower, more respectable profile.

  But, then when I check out Kim - I can see the logic of his decision.

  If it was me, then it would be a no-brainer.  Kim wins.

  Especially since with no inductees this year Pete's autograph stand on the sidewalk was looking so profitable this summer.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Goodbye to Tony Campagna

by Uncle George

  When you are fortunate enough to pick up a future hall-of-famer like Scott Hairston and virtually guarantee a trip to the World Series - it's just back luck for a guy like Tony.

  When you lose more than 100 games, as the Cubs did last year, you should keep a guy like Campagna for mere entertainment value.

  He constantly shows incredible hustle.  He steals bases.  He disrupts the opposing defense, but when you get a guy like whatever his first name is Hairston or as I like to say - a fourth outfielder type on a team that is well stocked with fourth outfielder types.

  You make the move and say adios to Tony because this move will obviously help the Cubs in 2013.

  I for one will miss him and I wish him well as he'll probably find his way onto a winning ball club.

  HEY HEY!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

#theRETURN Nears

by Patrick Ronald

  It's been nearly a year since Chicago's homegrown Rose fell in game one of the playoffs echoing the entire city with silence.

  Since then, the Bulls lost the playoff series to Philadelphia, dismantled the 'Bench Mob,' produced a decent draft class, assembled a new sort of bench mob and won an impressive 30 of the first 51 games - all without Derrick Rose.

  His work ethic and humility has been an everlasting image, which we all have grown to admire - especially in the current NBA where doing the right thing often takes a back seat to the wrongdoings of others.

  When the injury occurred, #theRETURN date was slatted for sometime around March.

  We heard about the surgery.  We saw the tears.  We promoted the video propaganda on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

  We know he has been practicing lightly and participating in shoot arounds with the team, but we haven't heard much lately - until this morning.

  In an interview with USA Today, he said he will not return until he is '110 percent' and he said he is currently in the high 80s.

  That is good news.

  I assumed #theRETURN was still slatted for March, but my question is - is it even worth bringing him back this season?

  Throughout the off season, I was the guy saying blow the season - get a bad ass draft pick and bring him back to start the 2013-14 season.

  Currently, I'm extremely pleased with the way this Bulls squad has performed without their MVP point guard.  I'm happy they didn't listen to me because they have two all stars and are only one half game out of the third seed in the east.

  However, I'm still not sold on bringing him back because I think it is extremely unrealistic to think the Bulls could beat the Heat in a seven game series.

  They will win a series or even two, but they wouldn't stand a chance against Miami in the conference finals.

  With a healthy squad two years ago, Miami beat the Bulls up pretty good winning the series in five games.  Lebron and company know when to turn it on and when they turn it on there is no one in the association who can stop them.

  Especially a potentially gimped up DRose led squad.

  I'm not sure.  I'm really not.  I would love to knock off Miami.  I want DRose to bring home the golden basketball.  But, this isn't the year.  The odds are stacked highly against us.

  On the other hand, I'm the idiot who wanted the Irish to play Alabama for bragging rights.  Look how that one turned out.

  I don't think I'm ready for another depressing heart break quite yet.

  I know they'll bring him back soon, but I think it's a bad idea.

  What do you guys think?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Youngster Running the Show

by Patrick Ronald

  With the 30th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft the Chicago Bulls selected my boy Jimmy Butler from Marquette.

  I told many friends that this kid was for real and to keep an eye out for his jersey because I wanted to show my support for the basketball star from Houston.

  Assuming I can trust the media, which is obviously iffy after the Manti Te'o hoax story, Butler was abandoned by his father as an infant and kicked out of his mother's house at 13.

  Shortly after being drafted for the Bulls - I was excited.

  A quiet, humble, hard working kid, who is a hardcore defender, was a perfect fit to play on the Bulls with players like Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.

  The Bulls selected a youngster who was going to fit in nicely and complement the fundamentals of Tom Thibodeau's hard working and defending philosophy.

  According to one NBA general manager shortly before the 2011 draft, Butler's story is one of the most remarkable basketball stories.

  "There were so many times in his life where he was set up to fail," the unnamed GM said.  "Every time, he overcame just enormous odds."

  He added that Butler is hesitant to talk about his life and he had a feeling Butler was destined for greatness.

  Butler rode the bench most of his rookie season.

  He averaged 8.5 minutes a game in 42 games in the NBA lockout shortened season.  He only averaged 2.6 points per game and 1.3 rebounds a game.

  Yet, he didn't make a peep.  He didn't complain.  He wasn't in the running for rookie of the year.

  Now, recently with Deng's aggravated hamstring Butler's playing time has increased as he has hopped into the starting line up.

  Happily, we watched him drop 18 points against Memphis and 18 more against Detroit.

  Oh yeah - he shut down Kobe Bryant, who is arguably the league's most dominant scorer.

  It's a no brainer that Deng will take is starting spot back after he recovers from his injury, but it is a pleasant surprise to see a draft pick look so good.

  Butler is here to stay and it's exciting to see him blossom before our very eyes.  We have a dominant, lock down defender, who is 23 years old.

  It's exciting baby.  The Bulls are looking great and we're all anticipating DRose's return.  The playoffs are going to be exciting - especially when we can look forward to our second year standout Jimmy Butler, who has been playing like a champion.

Fans Back in Record Numbers

by Uncle George

  Well, I sure was wrong about the angry hockey fans.

  I just checked the NHL official attendance website, and it appears that the strike has added, not subtracted fans to their ranks.

  Many teams, led by our Blackhawks, have already averaged more than 100 percent attendance numbers in the first 10 days of the season.

  Only the Phoenix Coyotes have a low number and quite frankly, they usually do anyway - something about it not really being a hockey town.

  However, the NHL did lose me and it's a sad end to a lifetime of being such a devoted fan.

  Rest in peace Lloyd Pettit.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Fool Manti

by Patrick Ronald

  As everyone has heard by know (unless you live under a rock) Notre Dame super star linebacker Manti Te'o apparently had a fake, made up and imaginary girlfriend.

  In the past 12 hours, Twitter was going nuts and millions of Facebook statuses were having an enormous amount of fun on his expense.

  To be 100 percent honest with all of you.  I don't know what to believe.  I'm not sure if Te'o was the mastermind behind this story that catapulted him to stardom or he was the victim of a brilliant prank, which will forever change the way he views trusting others.

  Either way - right or wrong.  I think everyone is making way to big of a deal out of this and it's being blown way out of proportion.

  I mean Brett Favre took pictures of cock and balls and texted them to a New York Jets cheerleader.  Favre was married and wearing crocks and it wasn't nearly as big of a deal.

  Shit America.  Get your priorities straight.

  The man didn't do anything wrong.  Psychos are shooting up schools and the government is taking all of our money and giving it to people who refuse to work.  Which is a bigger deal to you?

  This is a prime example of why our country is so fucking ass backwards.

  The Internet is a wonderful tool.

  We all pay bills and shop on it.  We've all left regretful posts on social media accounts.  Most of us may have even met our significant others on it.

  Some of us have been robbed and some of us do stuff on it that we would be forever ashamed to admit to another living soul.

  The Internet is a fascinating place and a place where we can live different lives outside of our normally boring routines.

  Two scenarios.

  Let's pretend Te'o was duped.  His girlfriend Lennay Kekua was his backbone.  (I'm not going to get into the fine print details because I'm having a hard time following them myself).  He talked to her on a nightly basis.

  He would lay on the phone with her and they would listen to each other breathe.

  I think this is a bit weird, but it's what some people do for love.  I usually say goodnight to my girlfriend with a kiss, but we're also not 3,000 miles away and she's not lying in a death bed from a 'car accident and leukemia.'

  If he in fact met her through a friend at Stanford, then was he obligated to do a full-blown background check on her the moment he met her.

  "Driver's license, social security number, address, zodiac sign," he should've asked immediately.  Oh yea because that's what I do!!!

  Whatever America.

  Then he continued an online relationship with a girl time zones away.  He apparently fell in love.  It's not something I do often, but hey everyone is different.

  Different strokes for different folks.  If he got duped, then he's really embarrassed right now.

  He is humiliated and to say he got, got is an understatement.  Maybe his broken heart explains why he couldn't make a tackle in the BCS Championship Game.

  Then on the other hand, maybe he was in on it.

  Let's say Te'o made up this Kekua character and she was a figment of his imagination to boost his status in the public eye.

  I'd be laughing and I'd be telling all you morons how brilliant I am and how stupid the media clearly is in America.

  Sports Illustrated ran a nine-page story about Manti Te'o and Notre Dame Football.  ESPN ran with it.  CBS reported on it.  Fox Sports was all over it.

  These are some of the biggest sports media outlets in the entire world and no one thought it might be a good idea to at least - run a google check on Lennay Kekua.

  Shame on the drive by media.  Rush Limbaugh is going to have a field day with this one.  He's been attacking the drive-media for decades now.

  As a student of journalism.  I was taught to trust, but verify.  I am a 2006 graduate from Eastern Illinois University, which I will always believe is one of the best journalism schools in the Midwest if not the nation.

  If overlooked, then it should have been a mistake made by the Irish Herald or Notre Dame Gazette or whatever they call themselves on Notre Dame's campus.

  Not ESPN and Sports Illustrated.  Shame on the professionals, who clearly dropped the ball on this one.

  If Te'o was in on this and fooled the world, then I'd be pointing fingers laughing.  I wouldn't be embarrassed and humiliated in hide out.

  I'd be calling you all morons.

  So, I don't know what to think.  I think it's kind of weird,  but I think it being blown WAY OUT OF PROPORTION.

  I understand it is the 21st century and I know the Internet is a huge tool in everything we do, but the man did NOTHING illegal.  Realistically nothing wrong.

  He may have killed off a character, who only existed in his mind.  Try pinning guilt on him for that.  Not going to happen.

  He didn't hit a woman like so many NFL stars.  He didn't rape children in team facilities and cover it up like Penn State University.  He didn't murder a woman in a white suit and then get glamorized like Ray Lewis.  He doesn't fail drug tests, get rehabilitation and get praised like Josh Hamilton.

  He either got duped or he made up a story that everyone bought.

  America is just angry because either way - we all got duped into believing a feel-good story.

  Either I feel your pain and embarrassment Manti or I congratulate you for fooling the world.  That's some shit I wish I can do.

  Whether you had an online girlfriend or not is really not any of my business.

  Let this be a huge lesson to us all.

  Don't trust the Internet and the people hiding behind it.

  Don't trust the media and the dumb asses who forget to properly do their jobs.

  And, last but certainly not least - get your priorities straight America because there are far bigger issues facing us on a daily basis than if Manti Te'o's girlfriend was real or fake.

  America has a lot of growing up to do and this is precisely why I've always said social media is making us stupider.

  Good Luck.