Thursday, February 23, 2006

DAYTONA 500 DREAMS

Yes, I admit, the race was on both Saturday (the minor-league race) and the big one on Sunday in the Bent household. Of course, all the blame falls on my teenage nephew Andrew who was over for the weekend and, considering the abuse, lack of privacy, and constant annoyance he good-naturedly takes from my two little monkeys, how could I deny him such an escape?

Of course, other than the crashes, I was about as excited to watch as I was when he put Olympic curling on earlier that morning (sure, as a good uncle I made sure to kid my teenage cousin about the fact that the most exciting reason to watch curling was the two blond twins on the US female team). In fact, after his parents picked him up, I somehow failed to stay tuned to see who won the race. Sorry, I just cannot find the enthusiasm to watch the cars speeding along the track at 180 miles per hour.

OK, here is what threw me for a loop: Why do the guys racing on Sunday race on Saturday in the minor league circuit. Number one, they are taking money away from these guys that probably need it more than they do. Second, what about levels of competition? I mean, the Sox do not send their guys down to Pawtucket to wrap up the International League title, do they? Also, what is with the restrictor plates? Am I wrong, but is that like making LeBron James wear 5 lb ankle weights during a game so Tony Allen can guard him?

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STILL FIGHTING THE LAW:

Yes, it is early to get into football talk, but the massive exodus out of the New York Jets complex certainly raises some eyebrows. Is Ty Law coming back to New England after his one year exile to the only team in the NFL that plays in a stadium named for a different NFL team? Sure, he says he wants to play in Miami, but does Miami have the cash or desire to cough up the dough to Law? Jason Fabini would be a great swingman backing up LT and RT on the offensive line. Back-up veteran QB if Doug Flutie retires? Jay Fiedler certainly is familiar with the AFC East. Sure the Patriots have pressing concerns signing their own free agents and restructuring and reworking contracts (more to come on that later, I promise), but these are intriguing possibilities courtesy of the hideous Jets.

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LOOSE ENDS

Manny Being Manny: Manufactured controversy. Or, gee, I wonder why Manny wants out of Boston. I hope the Boston Herald sells lots of issues with its NY Daily Post-sque front page stirring up controversy where there was none. That goes double for the knights of the keyboard Dan Shaughnessy at the Globe, Steve Buckley at the Herald, and the last bastions of ridiculous and staged arguments, Dennis and Callahan at WEEI. Let me repeat: No MLB player has to report to camp before March 1. Why did anyone think that Manny would show up before that date? Is he a sado-masochist looking to be attacked by the press earlier rather than later? Is Dan Shaughnessy going to camp out by his car so he can jump out and ask him questions like he was Lois Lane trying to get a scoop from Lex Luthor as he did with David Wells earlier this week? As Terry Francona said earlier in the week (and I paraphrase since I am stuck up in cold New England while the Red Sox players frolic in Florida): would you like to take the bet that Manny does not show up and drive in 140 runs?

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Ricky Williams: Bwah-ha-ha-ha. What a chump. If this reported one year suspension is for real, then it should be the last time anyone sees this idiot in the NFL. He and Terrell Owens should be sent home to commiserate with Dennis Rodman and the other idiots who blew their fantastic opportunities available to them by being egotistical and selfish morons.

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Tom Brady: the most famous groin in New England. Only in Boston would the media complain that Brady skipped the Pro Bowl due to injury and then played golf before his surgery. Gee, no thanks, I would rather be at the most freaking useless excuse for an All-Star game than spending time with my family playing a low-impact game.

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Frustrated Incorporated: I must be frustrated with the Boston media here in the Nothing Going On in Sports Days of February. I am starting to sound like Bruce Allen at the Boston Sports Media Watch page. Not that I promote competitors, but it is a great site that is really useful to me since I kicked my Boston Globe subscription to the curb.

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Boston Globe Follies: Oh man, do not get me started on the Boston Globe and their idiotic credit card information scandal. Subscriber for my entire adult life, and how do they repay me? By releasing my credit card info wrapped up with papers on the streets of New England. Then they lie to me about the release of my information. The next day after I was told I was not at risk by their online look-up, I got a letter saying I was at risk. I cancelled the paper, and had to change my credit card number. What a freaking headache, because those jerks could not figure out how to shred documents that were inadvertently printed out. Eco-freaks and idiots: together they can ruin my credit. As if the modern world was not hectic enough! So anyway, the Globe lost my business, and deservingly so.

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Go Revs: A home game in Bermuda. Champions Cup match (Americas version) not even televised. Sigh.

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