Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Please tell me I'm not the only person in the world who sees photos of Randy Johnson pitching and immediately thinks 'Galapagos tortoise'. Please. I realize that I am insane, but some company in my insanity would be most welcome.
Holy shiitake, the Detroit Tigers Weblog guy managed to get an interview with Dave Dombrowski, the President/CEO/GM of the Tigers. For those of you who know little or nothing of baseball but a good deal of Boston, that would be like Theo Epstein doing an interview with a Red Sox blog. Mad crazy props to DTW for this-- I've no idea how he managed to make it happen, but we're all glad he did. Give it a read, DD says some interesting stuff about the Tigs' offseason activity and possible future.
If ESPN is reporting this correctly, Major League Baseball will be announcing a new steroid policy tomorrow that would include the following:
-suspensions on the first offense
-random year-round testing, including the offseason
-every major league player would be tested at least once a year
-randomly selected players would be tested numerous times a year
It'll be interesting to see if this actually reveals steroid users in the league, and what kind of fallout there'll be when the first player is caught under these new strictures. So long as it isn't a member of the Red Sox or one of my nonSox player favorites*, I plan to watch with a bag of popcorn and a sense of mild glee. If it's a Yankee, well, so much the better. Giambi, Sheffield, whoever else... there are infinite choices here. Happy good things could happen. I can't wait for the first time that they try to insist that Th'Big Unit pee in a cup. He'll shove it angrily away (that ain't respectful to him, see), at which time the league doctors will insist that he has to comply with the policy. Naturally, at this point Randy will shout, "Don't talk back to me!" and jam the cup into the doctors' faces. Then maybe pee on their shoes, because he's Randy Johnson, and he can do stuff like that, gawdammit.
The Jets are having quarterback issues right now-- Chad "Media? I don't need no steenkin' media" Pennington is sick, and backup Quincy Carter is at home with his ill mother. Herm Edwards seems to think that the Penn will be back in action when the weekend lumbers around, but I don't like it. Why don't they just roll over for the Steelers now and save us all the trouble of getting our hopes up?
It does give us the opportunity to get some Herm Edwards quotes, at least. As incoherent as ever, Herm never fails to satisfy with the inexplicable and rambling soundbite. I quote: "Generally when guys get sick they have good games. I thought one time Michael Jordan got sick and he had, what, 100 points or something like that? Maybe that's a good sign when guys get sick."
And this philosophical gem: "There's always a positive in everything in life if you look at it that way. Now you can spin it the other way and say this glass is empty, but I've still got some water in it." Oh Herm. You're spoiling us, you really are.
Oh, and Curtis Martin, on exactly how important their quarterback is to their team: "You take something like sweet potato pie, and Chad is the sweet potato." I feel better about rooting for the Jets this Saturday simply because they're generating these awesome quotes.
Helene wrote about football on her blog. I am spreading the madness! The satisfaction I feel when one of my friends, who normally does not write about sports, writes about sports is incalculable.
New installment of Three Chicks Talk Football is up. This is a great one. We get into a heated scrap about Randy Moss. Seriously. Goin' at it like three ladies wearing football jersies in a great big mud-wrestling match. OK, maybe not, but I'll bet some of you clicked the banner to read it a little more readily because of that.
Hmm, Curt Schilling was just briefly on ESPN. He's talking like he now expects the ankle to be ready for Opening Day, and how exciting it would be to pitch against El Unit-o in Yankee Stadium. Hmm. The Official Unofficial Word on the Street is that part of the reason why Schill wanted to be traded off the D'backs was because he and El Unit-o couldn't stand one another. I did notice that in this (again, very brief) interview he made some polite genuflections to the pitching skill of RJ, but didn't say anything like, 'I really like the guy, he was a great teammate in Arizona, it'll be good to see him again, even if it is in the midst of a bloodthirsty rivalry.' Nope. None of that. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's definitely lending credence to those rumors, but sometimes it's all about what they don't say.
And hey, thanks to Joy of Sox for the linkalized shout-out. Much appreciated, good sir. If you haven't been reading Joy of Sox I guess you're not a good person. Either that, or you're just here for the football or [god knows why] the University minutae.
Speaking of which, I have some University minutae to finish up for tomorrow morning. I swear to all that's holy and unholy, the RantBlog will be up sometime this weekend, possibly even Friday. It all depends on the workload I end up with (i.e. if I finish my fibers project tomorrow or not). Later, kiddos.
* A group that includes recent former Sox like Dave Roberts, OCab, Todd Walker (I know, I know, I disgust you all) and now even people like Derek Lowe, as well as people who never have been Sox such as Pudge Rodriguez and Brad Ausmus.