Sunday, January 30, 2011

All Aboard the Train to Marinerville

Spring Training has almost arrived and I've probably never been more invested with the Seattle Mariners than I am now. It's quite odd considering the team is attempting to rebound from a horrid 101-loss campaign. Before we look to the future let's take a stroll through memory lane:

* The 2010 offense was perhaps the worst in the DH era.

* Don Wakamatsu got canned late in the season. He failed to motivate the team and didn't have the best of relationships with Ken Griffey Jr. and Chone Figgins

* GM Jack Zduriencik acquire Josh Lueke not knowing he was accused of rape (and later plead no contest to a lesser charge). Scouting Director Carmen Fusco took the fall but it's believed Z is on thin ice in 2011.

Since the season ended Milton Bradley said/texted some bad things to a woman and newly-acquired 2B Adam Kennedy was tagged for driving drunk.

Yea, bad times. But hope springs eternal in the Cactus League and Seattle has a slew of exciting mainstays (Ichiro, Felix, Gutierrez) as well as intriguing prospects (Dustin Ackley and Michael Pineda) to watch for. That doesn't even mention the subplots that will dominate the M's preseason. Will Chone Figgins' return to 3B set him back on track? Will he be traded? Can Michael Saunders or Justin Smoak take the next step? How will the middle infield situation sort out until Ackley is ready?

The mainstream isn't paying much attention to the M's but there's plenty to follow two months away from Opening Day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bart Scott ESPN Interview Is Legend

The New York Jets beat the New England Patriots 28-21 on Sunday to advance to the AFC Championship. After the game Jets LB Bart Scott had a few choice (and hilarious) words with ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio.



But was that rant better than the googly eyes Andrea Kremer got from heartthrob Tom Brady a few years back?



Personally I'm siding with Scott. In a world where athletes give the same droopy sound bites it was refreshing to see a large black man vent. Also his response at the end is legend.

"CAN'T WAIT!"

Neither can we, Mr. Scott.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Farewell to Nnamdi Asomugha?

Almost lost in the shuffle of an amazing NFL playoff weekend is the fact Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha is now an unrestricted free agent. Asomugha's contract contained a clause that automatically voided the last year in his deal if certain incentives were not met. Even worse for the Silver & Black is the fact Nnamdi cannot be franchised in 2011.

Asomugha is a local kid, having played college ball at Cal and still has a huge philanthropic impact on the Bay Area community. Losing the Pro Bowler would be a huge blow for a franchise on the verge of competence. There's a sense that Nnamdi will look to join a team that's competitive and cohesive. Oakland fans have seen this story before with Charles Woodson and history very well may repeat itself, leaving the team without its best player and leader. Either Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt would have to step up, which is an unlikely scenario.

It took the Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha's entire career to become relevant again. Without him they'll sink back into the Black Hole.