Burying Hambino

I am only writing this article because Hambino bitched and moaned about me burying his mock draft post with something entertaining.  And because of that I decided to bury it with another article.  So, suck it.

While we’re at it Hambino continually calls me a glory hunter and how much better my life is as a sports fan is than his.  But let’s face it.  I would rather win championships than be a better team most years.  Who the hell cares if the last five years the Redskins have been better than the Buccaneers.  I can’t remember a Redskins Super Bowl yet he can remember a Bucs.  We’ve agreed on this point many times but for some reason he continually ignores it because the fact doesn’t validate his argument.  Typical Hambino with his alternative facts.  Let’s lay it out on the line here.  He may not be a die-hard just how I am not for some of these teams but here it is on the line.

He’s a Swansea fan, which granted sucks.  Being a Chelsea fan is fantastic compared to that joke of a club.  We’ve already covered the football route so he wins there.  Baseball he’s at least got to see the Rays go to a series while my Orioles can’t seem to make it past the ALDS.  Same argument holds up in Basketball.  The Wizards are finally good enough to run right into Lebron James at the height of his game while he’s seen his Magic get to a final.  Oh, and don’t get me started on my ever-disappointing heartbreak that is the Washington Capitals.

In summation, Hambino stop your bitching about how I am such a glory hunter.  I would rather watch anxiety free a terrible team with no chance punctuated by Championships than this continual mediocrity and heartbreak that is my sporting life.  At least we can both agree on the Noles and USMNT.  

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The Pete Rose Club

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As a society we have grown to believe that athletes should have a higher moral standard than us mortals. We put these gods of sport on a pedestal, and try to live vicariously threw them. Children every where become Mariano Rivera shutting down the final batter of the World Series or Tom Brady winning another Super Bowl in school yard clashes. Maybe it is because we start emulating these athletes early in life that makes us believe they are infallible. However, these gods of sports are plagued with the imperfections of their Greek counterparts. That’s not to say they are bad people, but they are susceptible to the shortcomings that we ourselves are prone to. These flaws though do not justify the withholding of awards by pretentious on lookers and I’m here to tell you why.

If you are still clinging to an image of the athletes of old being a symbol of how great the good old days were, stop reading here. Babe Ruth was a drunk and Walter Hagen chased after any skirt that had legs. The only reason these stories weren’t prevalent in the news is that there was still a respect that existed between reporters and athletes. Also society didn’t care if an athlete on the road went boozing and womanizing all night, as long as they performed the next day. Society didn’t like their heroes gambling though, a trait that can be traced back to the despicable Black Soxs of 1919. Unfortunately for Pete Rose, this was his vice. Even though his addiction arguably never affected the way the MLB’s all time hit leader played the game, the purists that run the baseball Hall of Fame have kept him an exile. Did Rose screw up? Probably, but lets not forget he didn’t throw games, just bet on himself and his team. That shouldn’t keep him in baseball purgatory.

At least Rose has been able to keep his record. While baseball has still kept some of its records amidst controversy (asterisks and Barry Bonds aside) the NCAA has a habit of trying to erase its history. Whether its the absence of the greatest basketball team of all time or the removal of Joe Paterno’s wins, the NCAA thinks they can just erase history. If you ask anyone who won the 2005 Heisman Trophy they would say Reggie Bush. However the former Trojan no longer receives a Christmas card from Desmond and the gang. Oh and Auburn fans I haven’t forgotten you. If Cam Newton hadn’t currently been a member of the most exciting team in the country and inline for a BCS National Championship Game, he would’ve joined Mr. Bush. History may eventually put Auburn in the same boat as USC, but frankly who cares. We all know Auburn and USC won that year.

I understand that the NCAA is trying to avoid institutions from gaining an unfair advantage. But realistically what can the NCAA expect from a multimillion dollar business that doesn’t pay it’s most important assets? These kickbacks exist at every school in the country, it’s just about who’s in the limelight at the time. This usually results in the most inconsistent punishments in all of sports.

Innocent until proven guilty doesn’t exist to these organizations. The NCAA and media were quick to throw an innocent Duke Lacrosse program under the bus. While I don’t know exactly what happened in Tallahassee last December, you think the sporting world would’ve thought to hold off judgement on Jameis Winston. However there are voters not putting him on their ballots because that he could be POTENTIALLY charged. The Florida State quarterback has been the most consistent dominating force in all of college football, so much so he has yet to have to finish a football game. As important as we think of the Heisman is, it is simply an award for the best football player in the country. It is not a feel good sportsmanship trophy. And even if he is charged and found not guilty, it will be a shame that the best season ever for a QB wouldn’t be marked with a Heisman.

Barry Bonds, Michael Vick and numerous NCAA players join the list of players that have been wronged by the system. While the media acts like these players should possess above human qualities, the truth is much simpler. Like most people they’ve worked hard on a skill they can now do well enough to make a paycheck. Just like all humans they have flaws and sometimes act on these flaws. It is important to remember these flaws because they add character, story and drama to sports. However when it comes to awards lets remember what they did on the field.

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A 6 Pack of Must Watch Games

With all that goes on in sports on a weekly basis, it is hard to keep up with everything going on.  The sheer magnitude of games is enough to overwhelm any body.  Luckily for you the staff of SBDS has broken down a few games from all sports for you to watch this week.  Enjoy a sneak peek and if none of these peak your interest you can always catch up on the new season of Eastbound and Down I guess.

 

World Series Game 7 (If it happens)

Thursday 8:07 PM EST

 world series               If the 162 game Baseball Season comes to a game 7, it would be must watch TV.  Two historic baseball powerhouses duking it out in Game 7, what could be better?  Well there is hockey, college football and the NFL all on at the same time.  However, if baseball does strike your fancy, this is the game to watch.  Both teams have a decent pitching staff and some clutch hitting.  The series going to Boston doesn’t necessarily mean high scoring like the first two games of the series.  Rain is in the forecast, which means small ball is at a premium.

 

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Friday 9:00 PM EST

                Sometimes standings can be deceiving.  The Flames are second from the bottom in the Pacific division but despite this they have a winning record.  However I’m excited to see rookie Sean Monahan against a perennial power like the Red Wings. The Flames have also developed a habit for high scoring game and with Pavel Datsyuk on the ice there’s a potential for something fantastic.  Is it a rivalry or a high ranking game? No.  But this one has potential to be great!

 

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Saturday 1:30 PM EST

                I can’t wait for this game personally.  The brilliance of Suarez is usually magnified in these games, and is only surpassed by his idiocracy.  If we’re lucky it’ll be Dr. Jeckyll and not the toothy Mr. Hyde.  The Arsenal midfield has also been a breeding ground for brilliance.  Mikel Arteta will be banned for the game which should be a concern for the Gunners increasingly growing list of unavailable players.  The London side’s starting 11 still should be a strong one against the Red’s.  However, unlike in the past, Suarez is not walking alone up top in Merseyside.  The brilliance of Sturridge on the season combined with the pure ability of Gerrard (whose coming off his 100th goal at Liverpool) should make this more than just a fair contest.  Expect goals, cards and a touch of the unbelievable.

 

Georgia vs Florida

Saturday 3:30 PM EST

Murray Between the Hedges

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Ah it’s a cocktail party in Jacksonville and the whole south is invited!  Georgia leaves the comfort of the hedges and the Gators make their way out of the Swamp to battle it out on Florida’s eastern shore.  Most years this game has National Championship implications; however neither of these teams are ranked.  None-the-less this game has the potential to be a great one.  Aaron Murray has found a way to win football games despite his entire support structure vanishing around him.  However the Florida defense is still incredibly stingy.  It’s strength against strength in the mediocre yet interesting SEC east.

 

Florida State vs Miami

Saturday 8:00 PM EST

                Expect this Saturday to feel like a twilight zone episode where you journey into the past… yet somehow it’s not the same.  These two teams have different faces everywhere but the game still has the feeling of those National Championship deciding games of the 90s.  Senior Quarterback Stephen Morris has this one last chance on a national stage to prove to the NFL he is still worth a glance.  However his counterpart “Famous” Jameis Winston looks to continue his hot streak.  This ACC matchup is definitely one to watch even if the spread is in the 20s.

 

Bears vs. Packers

Monday 8:20 PM EST

                Aaron Rodgers will be watching tape and checking it twice against this explosive Bears defense.  The Lions last week, with a win over Dallas makes this game a must win for each team.  The Pack need the victory to stay on top of the division, while the Bears need the W to keep up with the division.  The Chicago team enters the frozen tundra without QB Jay Cutler, which certainly complicates things.  Rodgers is also coming off of an explosive day against the at best poor Vikings.  This game is what Monday Night Football is all about.