Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back in the saddle

2 weeks away from the world of sports (for the most part), was just what the doctor ordered for me. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but sometimes I need to unplug. Now that we have reconnected, let's blog, shall we?

  • Michael Vick is a free man, and the process of his NFL reinstatement is ongoing. Commissioner Roger Goodell saying on Tuesday that he expects to have a decision in the near future. I'm not thinking Vick won't get reinstated-I think he will. The bigger question is which NFL team will take a chance on signing him? I don't believe Vick will fall into dogfighting again, or run afoul of the law. Still, the PR nightmare that is Vick right now would be a huge obstacle for any team to overcome. The man served 23 months on federal charges. It's not like he had an unpaid parking ticket. Then you have the reality that Vick, as a QB, just isn't very good. He's certainly a gifted athlete, but his QB numbers just don't add up to the right kind of risk/reward that a team looking for a QB would want to throw a contract at. Finish the thought with this--he is 2 years removed from the game. While still young, 2 years away from football could have 1 of 2 outcomes: he's fresh and ready to play, or he's rusty and lost some of his ability. Gladly, I'm not a GM to have to weigh all those factors.
  • Heard a sports talker host say that if Tom Watson had won the Open Championship at Turnberry last weekend, that golf would have taken a shot to the gut. HUH? Only pure ignorance makes that comment. Face facts: Tiger Woods missed just his 2nd cut in a major as a pro, and as a result, there would be a different cast of characters writing that Open script. Why does a 59 year old man winning golf's oldest major HURT the game? Watson will be remembered as being one of the greatest British Open golfers of all time *(he's won 5 Claret Jugs). Unlike Greg Norman a year ago, Watson was in it until the 72nd hole, and even after missing that 8 footer, he still had a shot in the playoff against Stewart Cink. Golf benefited big from Watson's near-miss. Congrats to Stewart Cink on his first major title. Nice guy, great game, wonderful ambassador, and a hoot to follow on twitter.
  • The Charlotte Bobcats are still working to sign guard Raymond Felton to a contract. It's a matter of getting things done to make both sides happy, in my opinion. Felton wants to be with the Bobcats, the Bobcats want him. Quit bickering, find common ground and make something happen. The Bobcats still need pieces to become a contender for a playoff spot, but losing Felton sets them back a ton. Also, Sean May tells News 14 Carolina that he will likely be a Sacramento King in the next 24-48 hours. Good for him, and I wish him well. Here's hoping he stays healthy.
  • Jeremy Mayfield and NASCAR - Please make it stop. The Cup series races at Indianapolis this week. Perhaps we could talk about racing, instead of methamphetamines, doctored drug tests, and a step-mother that the driver has referred to in less-than-glowing terms.
  • Ozzie Guillen has been called a racist by White Sox fans for the team's roster move which sent OF Brian Anderson to the Charlotte Knights on the same day the team activated Carlos Quentin. Really? Quentin has been rehabbing a foot injury, and was believed to be a pre-season candidate for American League MVP. Anderson has never found his stride in the majors, and is currently just above the Mendoza line. He has 2 homers this season, and for 2009, is hitting a "robust" .236 in 65 games. Guillen is apparently a racist because he sent a white player down, but kept African-American Dewayne Wise with the big club. By way of comparison, Wise was also injured for much of the first half. He is hitting .196 in 44 games played for the pale hose. Guillen can be called a lot of things, but racist isn't one of them.

Blog at ya later!

Mike Solarte

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