The View From Wisconsin
Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
A lot of catching up to do, thanks to my little "vacation" instigated by a trip to the doctor's office.
- Wisconsin football head coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez has decided to step down as the head coach of the Badgers after the 2005 season. Talk about your surprises; everyone kinda knew that Barry was going to probably retire after a while, but no one knew that it'd be done that quickly. And he also named his successor at the same press conference. Do you get the feeling that some of the libs on the Madison campus aren't going to be happy he decided to stay in-house for the hiring of the new head coach?
- Put this one in the "Saw It Coming A Mile Away" department: Bob Goodenow announced that he was "stepping down" as the director of the NHLPA. The whispers will probably never cease as to whether he left voluntarily or he was fired. It became painfully obvious that he was overruled in the negotiations that led to the new CBA. I still think he deserves to be considered for the HHOF, but whether or not he'll make it in is for history to decide.
- I happened upon a website in my web journeys: the Political Compass (www.politicalcompass.org). Interestingly, I'm considered to be pretty much centrist on the grid – somewhere around the politics of German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, just to the right of center economically and a little less on the authoritarian scale.
- My 20th HS reunion for the Park class of 1985 was last weekend. I haven't heard anything from the reunion committee about the booklets that were supposed to be printed up and sent out – though I did get an e-mail from a fellow graduate who swore that she saw me there. That would have been a neat trick, considering I was spending more time with my dad at Froedert than I was anywhere else.
- Speaking of which, my dad goes in for his third knee surgery in five years Monday morning. I sincerely hope that this time they get it right; I can't stand to see him in the hospital for so long.
- To say that the Brewers' defense has been a stumbling point for the team is like saying the Grand Canyon is a "pretty big drainage ditch." It's almost like all nine players on the field have their minds somewhere else while they're playing – and it's not just when they're out in the field. Case in point: the infamous "bunt" by Ben Sheets that led to a rally-killing double play just last weekend. I still haven't figured out if Yost called that play or if Sheets did that on his own. Either way, with the trading deadline mere hours away, you'd have to think that it might be time to cut bait for the Crew. It might be a good idea to move Overbay and bring up the Prince – and get two-thirds of the Brewers infield of the future playing together over the last two months of the season.
- The Packers opened training camp last weekend – and Javon Walker reported (on time) after he found out what the "owners" of the team though of him and his agent. At the annual shareholders meeting of the Packers, the nearly unanimous opinion among the crowd was that the team shouldn't back down from its stance and just fine the dickens out of Javon for every day he didn't show up. Since Javon wasn't making much to begin with, he really didn't have much choice. Meanwhile, Rosenhaus is more concerned with getting T.O. a new deal in Philly than he is with Walker. Think he's discovered where he sits in the pecking order by now?
- My "raise" goes into effect this week. I use that term loosely, because most of it is going to be wiped off the face of the earth by my premiums for health care insurance. I know, there's been incessant complaints that state workers didn't pay for their own health insurance – but my pay rate is somewhere stuck in the 20th century in economic terms. I don't think I can stand another one-two percent raise – especially since I've gotten several notices from my various money-seekers that they're increasing fees and rates.
- As an avid reader of the comic strip Pibgorn (courtesy of comics.com), I'm openly wondering about something: has creator Brooke McEldowney "jumped the shark" with his current storyline? First, he pulled in the old kooky farmhand Thorax, from his other strip 9 Chickweed Lane, as an almost Deus Ex Machina for his previous storyline. Now, he has a convoluted story that has seemingly altered time and space itself – featuring none other that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a pregnancy. In the few short years that I've been following the strip, I've gotten used to strange plots and bizarre twists of storyline, but this one seems to take the proverbial cake.
- Now that the NHL is back live, the Predators have done what they do best: they traded their proverbial "third round draft pick" for Florida tough-guy Darcy Hordichuk. Outside the running gag of the third round draft pick (a nod to the deal that sent Cliff Ronning away to Minnesota), the deal reunites the "enforcer" Hordichuk with his former minor-league coach Peter Horachek. The two won the final Turner Cup in 2001 with the Orlando Solar Bears.
- My issues with "relic cards" in sports card packs has ascended to a new level. In recent purchases of two soon-to-be-defunct card sets from Donruss/Leaf/Playoff, I managed to pull two rather interesting uniform relic cards. From Donruss/Playoff's Absolute Memorabilia set, I got a Hideki Matsui/Deion Sanders team tandem card; from the Leaf set, I pulled a Frankie "Watch Out For Flying Chairs!" Francisco "Shirt Off My Back" card. The problem with the cards? Both of them were too thick for the extra-wide top-loader card protectors I had purchased, mostly for the purpose of storing specialty relic cards such as these. I had to go to my friendly neighborhood memorabilia store to get a special screw-down card holder for the Matsui/Sanders card; for Frankie's card, I used a five-card holder I had on hand as storage.
- By the by, I'm at 34,810 total cards in my collection, spread over 494 different sets. Interestingly, only 37 of those are complete (the most recent being a purchase of the 1991 Leaf Baseball set, series one and two). I've done some rearranging of my card boxes, so I've got things pretty well organized. Only thing that bugs me is that I've got some empty boxes sitting around now, and I've got to resist the urge to try to fill them.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Historical Perspective: It seems like the NHLPA only changes leadership when the association is in disarray. That's not a good thing for any organization in any business. However, both times that it's happened, it happened for the better. Hopefully Saskin can keep that trend up.
Current Perspective: I believe Goodenow lost control of the PA back in February, when essentially he "blinked" when Bettman pushed the league over the edge. Eventually, you can only bluff so long. That was his downfall.
Future Perspective: Saskin may end up being more of an "advisor" to the players in the near future. It would surprise me if he's the one who actually is the lead in negotiating the next CBA (or whenever they decide to re-open things.
Long-term Perspective: Goodenow made that one critical error in his tenure as the PA's head; other than that, he did a lot of very good things for the players. Personally, I don't think he'll be thrown into the HHOF right away, but maybe within a few years, he'll end up there. And it will be deserved.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Now all that has to happen is the BOG to rubber-stamp it, and we're live once again.
The Comcast rumors are bubbling once again. I may need to get NHL Center Ice just to be able to watch hockey, since I doubt TWC will want to carry a Comcast channel (unless it's Spike TV).
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
- I am finishing up part of my card collection this week, adding the rest of the non-short-print cards from this year's base Topps Cracker Jack baseball collection. I've had some interesting card "pulls" over the last week: in a recent purchase of a "combined pack" from Wal-Mart, I not only found a Roberto Alomar Mets jersey relic from Upper Deck, but a combination relic card from Topps Traded - of Alex Rodriguez.
- Drew "Superagent" Rosenhaus apparently performed CPR on a drowning child and saved his life. Rosenhaus has been getting savaged in the press for the numerous holdouts among his clients (most notably Javon Walker of the Packers and Terrell Owens of the Eagles). I really, really, really hope this isn't just a PR move.
- The NHLPA is slated to announce Thursday in TO (no, not the Eagles' TO) that they have ratified the new deal. It's highly unlikely that either a.) they'll announce that the players have rejected the deal, or b.) what the margin of ratification exactly was. After that, the NHL's Board of Governors will most likely rubber-stamp the deal on Friday - and promptly conduct the Amateur Draft lottery.
With his 3,000th career hit, Rafael Palmeiro has been mentioned as having "clinched his HOF credentials."
But has he? Using the Ken Keltner list, I present a bit of an overview of Raf's career:
HOF Eligibility: If he retires at the end of 2005, he'll be eligible for the 2011 vote (induction in 2012).
All-Star Games: Four (1988, 1991, 1998, 1999);
Awards: 1999 TSN Player of the Year (voted for by players); three gold gloves (1997-99); two Silver Sluggers (1998-99). Finished in the top 10 in MVP balloting three times (1993, 8th; 1996, 6th; and 1999, 5th).
Black Ink: 8 (avg HOF: 27)
Gray Ink: 183 (avg HOF: 144)
HOFS: 57.0 (avg HOF: 50)
HOFCM: 156.0 (likely HOF: 100; certain: 130)
Most Similar Player: Frank Robinson (880), HOF'er
HOF in top 10 most similar: Eight – top five most similar are all HOF'ers (Robinson; Eddie Murray, 876; Reggie Jackson, 842; Mel Ott, 828; Dave Winfield, 820). Rafael is also similar to HOF'ers Al Kaline (805), Willie McCovey (768) and Billy Williams (756).
Post-season record: No World Series appearances. 5 post-season series played (teams are 2-3 in those series); 22 gp, 20-82 (.244), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 23 K. His last post-season appearance was in 1999, when the Yankees swept the Rangers in the ALDS (three singles in 11 AB over the three games).THE KELTNER LIST
1. He has played in an era where most people have argued that guys like Sosa, Rodriguez, Jeter and Bonds were the best. Raffi was tangential to those discussions.
2. Though Raffi has bounced between the Rangers and Orioles in his tenure, it's likely that he was one of the key members of his team during that time. In his three years with the Cubs at the beginning of his career, he was far from the best.
3. Here's another problem area: he happened to be in MLB at the time when Mark McGwire and Frank Thomas were playing; he also got edged out in Chicago because of Mark Grace. However, over the length of his career, he was probably the best; Thomas had the problem of having injuries slow him down, where Raffi hasn't.
4. There were the three that we've seen from the post-season results. It's likely that the Rangers might not have won the AL West in 1999 without Palmeiro (the team was about seven games over its Pythagorean record that year). His teams never made it to the WS, though – that can be blamed on the Yankees juggernaut and the outstanding 1997 Indians team. The Orioles are in contention this year; if he finally makes it to the World Series, he might have a crowning case for his HOF candidacy.
5. Raffi has created 562 runs since turning 35 in 2000. That is about 29% of his career total. His HR totals have declined each of the last three years (43, 38, 23), but that is more attributable to the decline of hitting over the last three seasons (more on that later).
6. Right now, the very best baseball player who is not in the Hall of Fame is still trying to shake off knee injuries in San Francisco. Raffi isn't him.
7. Once again: each of Raffi's top five most comparable players are in the HOF. What's strange is, you can find similarities to each of those five and Palmeiro – especially in 1B Eddie Murray. Murray's career is similar to Raffi's in many ways, except for the post-season success early on with Murray.
8. Raffi's HOFS are listed at 57.0 by baseballreference.com; his CM totals are at 156.0. Most of the metrics that measure statistical success suggest Palmeiro has HOF credentials – though he is weak in the Black Ink test However, the Black Ink test isn't as reliable for gray-area HOF'ers, because there have been at least 28 teams in the majors during most of his career
9. Rafael was considered to be a good fielder, and gets points for never going on the D/L during his career (in fact, he hasn't played in fewer than 110 games in his career since 1987, when the Cubs weren't sure if he was their 1B of the future). The only reasons why he hasn't played in 154 or more games every season since he switched to the AL in 1989 was the strike in 1994. As to the hitting: his first three seasons in a notorious hitter's part weren't outstanding; his next five seasons playing in a stadium that… well, there's a reason why Nolan Ryan liked pitching at Arlington Stadium. He then switched to Oriole Park in 1994 – a park slightly favorable to hitters – and his career took off. Since coming back to Texas, he's played in a bandbox at Ameriquest Field. Oh, and there's that little accusation about 'roids.
10. The list of 1B with better HOFS scores is short: in fact, it consists of only one player, and that is Jeff Bagwell. Raffi's career stats don't have Bagwell's injuries attached; the argument would be that the two are comparable – and Palmeiro's might be slightly better.
11. Rafael never won the MVP award during his tenure in the AL. He was in the top 20 in voting 10 times, and has an Awards Share total of 1.20 – same as Wade Boggs, Derek Jeter, and Bruce Sutter. He deserved the HOF vote in 1999, but because of his teammate, Pudge Rodriguez, he didn't win it. The "Player of the Year" award indicates that his fellow players realized he was a key player – but that's not much to sportswriters, who vote in the BBWAA balloting.
12. That Rafael has only been to four All-Star games indicates the glut of candidates at his position (1B). Frank Thomas was the premier 1B in the AL when Raf first came to the league; since 1999, the title has been bandied about (Paul Konerko, for example). Having gone to only four All-Star games won't make-or-break his candidacy.
13. Palmeiro was probably the best player on the Rangers in 1999, and the only reason why they didn't win the AL pennant was because of the depth of the Yankees as a team. I'd say the answer to this question is yes.
14. Rafael Palmeiro was asked to come to Washington for the Senate hearings on performance enhancing drugs in sport. There's a belief that Rafael may have used steroids to improve his performance on the field; however, there's no proof that he actually did it. There's a real gray area right now for the writers and fans about players from this era, as to whether or not the statistics are "legit" because of the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
15. As far as we know, Rafael has been an outstanding citizen. There's the issue of his spokesmanship for Viagra (the male erectile dysfunction drug), and that he was called to testify to congress about steroids.Is he a Hall of Famer? If the writers don't select Mark McGwire when he comes up for the ballot in a few years, we'll know. Under all the circumstances, assuming that the 'roid issue is laid to rest, Rafael appears to be a good HOF candidate. The Hall would definitely not be "sullied" with his membership.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
The saddest thing is, my bargaining unit in Security and Public Safety only passed the agreement by a 52% margin.
52%. That means that there are a lot of very unhappy people involved in keeping Wisconsin safe.
This is not a good thing.
Governor Doyle, are you listening?
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
The NHL and NHLPA have a "deal in principle" on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The players will more than likely spend the next week ratifying the deal, and then the Board of Governors will vote on it next week.
The Draft Lottery will be the 21st, then the draft will be the 30th.
And sometime in early August, the utter chaos that will be the free agent signing period will occur.
Camps will open about September 6, and the season will likely open October 5th.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
First of all, my uncle on my step-mom's side had a stroke last week Wednesday. The funeral was today. It was a tough situation all around. I still hear his voice, asking if I was going to be doing this or doing that, or "how ya doin', Joe?" He was kind of the guy in the middle, keeping things going, getting things done. I'm definitely going to miss him.
Then came Thursday morning. I heard about the attacks on London at work. Bad enough that I was worried about my uncle, then to hear about all the people injured or killed. And on the heels of winning the 2012 Olympics... timing is everything.
I'm a little ticked that the IOC decided to drop baseball and softball from the '12 games. The World Cup of Baseball tournament to be held next spring doesn't assauge my ire; I don't think that the tournament will be truly world-class because of the reluctance of some teams (read: the Yankees) to have their star players participate prior to Spring Training.
Bobby Abreu - you know, he'd better watch it, or the Tigers are going to go after him in the off-season as a free agent. Yeah, yeah, I know, it was only BP fastballs - but man! And here I thought Carlos and Big Papi would be in the finals. That was just an amazing feat.
The NHL really needs to get its fecal matter together and get to the next stage of the game - namely, ratifiying the agreement. Enough of these small roadblocks that are popping up; if you forget something now, it ain't gonna matter until the next CBA. And the more crap you throw into this CBA, the more difficult it will be to negotiate the next one. I mean, rumors say the CBA they're working on is in the 600+ page range.
I made an attempt at building a Cracker Jack Baseball base set from a purchased box. Haven't come close, though I did get a relic card and an autograph card. I did talk it over with the owner of the sports card shop where I bought them (Jeff's Sports Cards in New Berlin): the three things I don't care for in the current card collecting environment are "short print" cards, "relic" cards and the impossibility of collecting an entire set from a wax box.
Speaking of which, I'll be spending the entire All-Star Game night doing sorting of my recently-purchased 1990 Topps Baseball set. The set wasn't collated at the factory, so I need to do the hand-collating to get everything in order. I've learned to do this, even though the box was sealed and shrink-wrapped, because another set I bought from Jeff's (as part of that estate sale I mentioned previously) was actually missing a card. It was only the 1988 Topps UK Baseball set, and it was only Brook Jacoby, but still - it's slightly annoying to think you have a complete set when you don't.
Update on that: I now have 31,712 cards; 25,331 singles; and 32 complete sets. The Jacoby card will make that 33 complete sets. No, I am far from complete in the Topps Cracker Jack Baseball set; I have only 59.6% of the set, not including short-print alternates (or error cards).
I'm going in for my annual blood test for my BP next week - the day before my Dad goes in to the hospital for his first knee surgery. Apparently, the surgery done on his knee three years ago became infected, and they'll have to clear things out of it before they can do repairs. He's going to be on IV antibiotics for the next six weeks after the first surgery - shades of Barry Bonds.
I will have some family members attending the Hall of Fame induction of Ryne Sandberg later this month; my step-Uncle Thomas and my cousin Jill will be going - both are huge Cub fans. I just asked her to take pictures; I hope she remembers to do that. I'd love to be able to head over there, perhaps next month (mid-August), just to see the Hall of Fame.
And as for the game tonight: I predict Kenny Rogers will be booed unmercifully, that someone that no one knew was an All-Star will get a key hit to win the game, and that Tony LaRussa will somehow manage to lose this game.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
- Well, it's official: London got the 2012 games. All the panhandlers and assorted kooks in New York City can rest easy. I suspect that after Madrid got eliminated, they shoved all of their support to London out of spite to the French. Good for 'em. Now the Brits get the fun of dealing with the security that surrounds the games.
- Speaking of "done" - what exactly was the purpose of Live 8 again? And wouldn't it have been better if instead of donating their "talents" for a free show, maybe all of these rockers could have donated some of their cash to underdeveloped nations instead? Oh, I forgot - that's not how you do things in the music industry.
- I am secretly rooting for Man United to win the FA Cup and the EPL championship this year. That'll show all the idiots who were chanting, "Die, Glazer, Die" and trying to wreck the limo as it pulled out of Old Trafford last week.
- I'm starting to wonder if George Steinbrenner will actually see a single game played in the New Yankee Stadium. He's growing more reclusive every day.
- Now they're saying, "If we can't get it all done by Thursday, forget about it until next week." The new target date seems to be the 13th of July - the day after the All-Star Game in Detroit (and the only day of the year where there are no sporting events going on). I'll believe it when I see it.
- Finally got that one card from the Topps 1991 Baseball set (Harold Baines). I'm now at 30,030 cards and holding - at least, until my wife lets me buy some cards again.
- As a matter of public record: even though I think it's a lousy deal, and I hate the fact that my "raise" will get demolished by my cost of health insurance, I voted for the tenative agreement between the state and the SPS bargaining unit of WSEU. I'm not entirely sure it'll pass, because there are an incredible number of disgruntled employees out there. At the rate we're going, we'll settle the 2005-07 contract sometime before Christmas of '07.
Monday, July 04, 2005
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
——That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
——That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
—— Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
- He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
- He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
- He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
- He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
- He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
- He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
- He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
- He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
- He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
- He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
- He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.
- He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
- He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
- For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
- For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
- For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
- For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
- For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
- For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
- For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
- For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
- For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
- He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
- He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
- He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
- He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
- He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
"In case you forgot why we celebrate today..."
Players didn't trust owners.
Owners said "we'll sit."
Players didn't believe them.
Players tried to nudge owners.
Players made massive concessions.
Players got worried, actually agreed to "cost certainty"
Owners said, "not enough, sorry."
Owners cancelled the season.
Owners demanded everything.
Players started making minor demands.
Owners got lawyers involved.
Players drew out the negotiations forever by adding their own lawyers.
ESPN said "bye."
Owners got what they wanted.
Players got shafted, but now are 54% partners with the owners.
Owners will still make money, though much less because of the lockout.
Players will still make money, though much less because of the lockout.
Meanwhile, the fans get screwed over.
"And there you go..."
Saturday, July 02, 2005
- First, the NASCAR NXRP system: After all of the lack of qualifying at the end of '04, I decided to drop the points for qualifying. This streamlines points a bit. I don't have the top 10 handy over the last five seasons, but I'll post them up here soon.
- Not surprisingly, the Ball-In-Glove logo had more takers on T-shirt night than the current Milwaukee Brewers logo. Mr. Attanasio, are you paying attention?
- I am over the 30k mark in trading cards. I'm still waiting on a 1991 Topps Harold Baines card, but other than that, I'm pretty much set for the time being.
- One of my fellow posters on the Predators message boards didn't know what I meant by my card collection; here's an example:
ESPN's SportsCenter actually had a segment on (gasp) the NHL!
Granted, it was E.J. "February Explosion" Hradek talking about what we already knew: the deal is imminent.
I think I know what happened: the bosses at ESPN must be gone for the holiday. Some smartass intern must have snuck the bit in without prior permission.
Heads will roll on Tuesday.
Friday, July 01, 2005
- Why do I have a fear that Andrew Bogut over Marvin Williams could be the 2005 version of Sam Bouie over Michael Jordan?
- We have a new member to the Milwaukee Admirals ownership group: None other than Big Ben Sheets. Gives new meaning to "pitching hockey", doesn't it?
- The other tidbit from Admirals-land (other than the sale to Harris Turer was completed today): the Admirals will be honoring their former owner by renaming the rink after Jane Bradley-Pettit. It's an interesting concept how they're going to do it (see here): putting her name on the faceoff circle. Appropriate, IMNSHO.
- No Little E, no JeffyWeffy, no Jarrett, no Rusty, no Mark Martin in the top 10 of the NNC series. The guard is truly changing.
- Back at the beginning of the season, I made a tongue-in-cheek reply to a former Expos supporter on Fanhome about his poor prognosis for the now-Washington Nationals this season. I asked rhetorically, "what are you going to do when the Nats are in first place in the East on July 4th, Castilla has 30 homers and Livan Hernandez is 10-0, and Jose Guillen is leading the NL in batting?" OK, I was close on only two out of the other three, but it's looking damn certain about that first one...