Friday, November 29, 2013

YouGabSports: HAL B.’s FANTASTIC FRIDAY SPORTS SPECTACULAR - 11/29/2013

Happy Friday, Gabbers. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I don’t indulge much in mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies, bread, etc. usually for health reasons, but on Thanksgiving I say “To Hal with it” and indulge for my annual orgy of hideous parades on television, vast quantities of food, and of course football. This week, since I plan to be in a food coma most of the afternoon, I figured I’d get started a little early with the Sports Spectacular this week and have a plan and all that crap. Since I wasted my Thanksgiving rant LAST week, this week I’d switch gears and focus on some free agency and hot stove baseball.

First off, the Dodgers did not take long to get involved.  They signed former Oakland/Arizona starting pitcher Dan Haren to a one-year $10 million deal.  A lot of cash, but a decent move. No longer a Cy Young pitcher, he is solid (when healthy) and is a good back end of rotation veteran. Courtesy of Jonah Keri of Grantland.com:
In Haren's final 15 starts of 2013 (plus a one-inning save), he threw 87⅔ innings, amassing a tidy 3.29 ERA with 84 strikeouts, 18 walks, nine homers allowed, and an opponent's’ line of just .228/.271/.355.

Of course, that deal looks great when you see the Royals throwing money at back end of the rotation starter Jason Vargas from the Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels. Four years and $32 million is a lot of money for a franchise in Kansas City with a lot of holes to fill. Yes, Kansas City got over .500, but Vargas does not buy a championship.

The Royals already made one questionable pitching decision last year when they dealt prospect outfielder Wil Myers to the Tampa Rays for pitcher James Shields. I am usually the first to shout out that stockpiling pitching is a must decision, but not at the expense of young power hitters.  In less than a year, Myers has established himself as one of the most exciting young prospects and jumped right into the middle of the Tampa lineup.  Shields is a decent third starter.

If the Royals were a contender loaded with young power hitters locked up long term and a starting pitcher away from contending and Myers was in single-A, then maybe (MAYBE!) you make that deal. But that was just an effort to be relevant by the Royals that will hurt for years and years to come as Myers becomes a perennial all-star and Shields remains...Shields….turning 32 years old this season. .

Speaking of the Rays, they kicked off the catching signings with re-signing 39 year old Jose Molina to a two year contract....CLICK HERE FOR MUCH MORE: http://yougabsports.com/pt/HAL-Bs-FANTASTIC-FRIDAY-SPORTS-SPECTACULAR---11292013.11-28-2013/blog.htm

Cover32: Fans should be thankful for the 2013 New England Patriots

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As the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, the New England Patriots have given fans a number of reasons to be thankful this 2013 NFL season.  After their dramatic victory on Sunday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the team heads into the final quarter of the season at 8-3 and a three game lead in the AFC East. With three Super Bowl titles and a consistent level of success for well over a decade, it seems appropriate to count the teams blessings.
The Patriots have given fans many things to be thankful for this season:
  • Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s forearm is healthy;
  • Cornerback Aqib Talib carrying the defense early in the season and shutting out top receiver after top receiver;
  • Slot wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to the team this offseason after being a free agent;
  • The offensive line has kept quarterback Tom Brady upright;
  • Running back Shane Vereen returned to health and sparked the offense replacing the free agent departure of running back Danny Woodhead;
  • Safety Devin McCourty stepping up and having his best season to date;
  • The steady consistency of kicker Stephen Gostkowski;
  • The growth of young wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson;
  • and the return-to-form of linebacker Brandon Spikes who is quietly having a great season.
Despite all these things to be thankful for, Patriots fans really have three huge reasons to be thankful about the team this Thanksgiving:
1. Owner Bob Kraft:
It may be hard to believe, but a young Patriots fans who have watched the team as they grow up in the last twenty years may not remember that the team was once the laughing stock of the NFL.  Since Bob Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994 they have had a grand total of two losing seasons (1995 and 2000)....click here for much more: http://cover32.com/patriots/2013/11/28/fans-should-be-thankful-for-the-2013-new-england-patriots/

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