Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bob Lobel: Does Recent Succes Make the 2014 Red Sox Any More Bearable?

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Let’s try this little experiment. 

Let’s go back to the summer of 2003 and follow the Grady Little Red Sox to the logical conclusion that all Red Sox teams on the precipice of immortality fail miserably. Miserably, but not unexpectedly.

The sad ending of that year was nothing new, but that didn’t make it any less painful. After all, are trips to the dentist any less painful just because you had a previous painful experience in the chair? No, this was the Red Sox' signature persona. They were defined by their failures. 

Now, staying in that year, when Grady left Pedro in a game too long, ending a season, but making a semi-hero out of Aaron Boone, I ask you in all honesty: If you were told from that moment on to the year 2013 that the Red Sox would win three world championships after the legendary drought of 86 years, would you have believed it?

Monday, July 28, 2014

America is Football Crazy, But You Can't Beat the NBA Offseason

The high-profile moves of the world's best player LeBron James (left) and ear blower Lance Stephenson (right) have contributed to the NBA's eventful offseason.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

I'm a football guy, but I guess that doesn't really say much anymore.

In America, we're pretty much all football guys. The ratings from NFL and college football broadcasts will back that up, as will the remarkable attendance numbers we hear every week from NFL and college mega-stadiums.

There is no question that football, particularly the NFL, is the king of our sports landscape. So, with training camps opening in the NFL and two-a-days looming for college ball, why the hell can I only think about basketball right now?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ESPN & the NFL Continue to Insult Women... But We Keep Watching

By Heidi Leach (@heidileach)

This Ray Rice ordeal has caused quite a stir. 

A two-game suspension for punching your fiancee? Hmmm. 

Everyone has an opinion. Either it’s an appropriate punishment, or it’s not even close. People are entitled to their thoughts so I’ll go ahead and throw in my two cents as well.

You see, I happen to be a woman and, personally, I do not think that two games is enough of a punishment. Players doing copious amounts of drugs or shooting themselves in the leg have seen much, much worse, and they only hurt themselves. But punching a woman hard enough to knock her out, then dragging her limp body out of an elevator does not warrant the same? 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tim Tebow, Michael Sam, Tony Dungy and the NFL's "Distraction" Issue

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

I love when people leave comments on our site.

Really, I do. It gives me such joy that people take even 20 seconds to either express their agreement with my view or, more commonly, tell me I'm an idiot. 

These comments are usually reserved for my high school power rankings and all star teams, but every now and then somebody will take issue with something I say on a national sports story. When I wrote my blog on Tony Dungy I fully expected it to be one of those kinds of posts.

The issue of gay athletes seems to get people riled up on both sides, and is certainly something that is going to be in the news for much of the foreseeable future.

Now, with these comments, I usually just respond with a couple of sentences in the comments section, but this particular remark, I believe, represents the beliefs of a very large group of the American sports fan population.

If you don't feel like going back and reading the comment in my Dungy blog, I have pasted it below.

Should the Re-Tooled Bulls Give it All Up for Love?

Defensive ace Taj Gibson may have to step aside if the Bulls are serious about acquiring Kevin Love.
By Bennett Corcoran

Despite unloading Luol Deng early in the 2013-14 season and the absence of Derrick Rose for a second consecutive year, the Bulls compiled a 36-16 record after January 1st, one of the best marks in the league. 

Tom Thibodeau once again engineered one of the best defenses in the NBA, second in defensive efficiency only to Indiana. Anchored by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, Chicago powered into the playoffs as a gritty contender in a weak Eastern Conference, so feared that the Brooklyn Nets tanked out of the fifth seed to face the Raptors instead.