Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday Quickie Coming Later Today

EARLIER: Sorry for the unexpected and unusual delay this a.m. Will post when I can.

WAY LATER:
Warriors down 3-1 to Jazz after losing first home game of playoffs: As I said after the Game 2 loss, the same thing you loved about this team a week ago after they vanquished Dallas is the thing that implodes them in losses like last night.

Brett Favre: Trade Me! (Or maybe not): I hope this he-said-he-denied "trade me!" finally exposes Favre once and for all as not worth the idolatry. Maybe this will finally inspire the Packers to do what's best for the team, not Favre.

MLB Mother's Day Stud: Fred Lewis, hits for the cycle (a present for mom) and leads the Giants to a 15-2 win over Colorado.

The most unlikely title of the year: "Phil Mickelson: Ultimate Playa"

NBA Exec of the Year: Bryan Colangelo. Saw this coming before the season started. He's the best exec in the NBA, and he has a second E.O.Y. award ('04-05 PHX) to prove it. Hopefully, his innovative international methods -- which triggered one of the most impressive one-season turnarounds in NBA history -- will inspire other teams' execs. (Either that, or pressure them. I don't care which. Colangelo shows fans that it can be done quickly and relatively easily, and they should hold their own team's GMs to a similar standard.)

Again, sorry about the delayed post today.

-- D.S.

72 comments:

Mikepcfl said...

Dan, I'll save you time.

Biggest MLB Dud in history:
The Orioles under Angelos!

Why do I even watch them when they suck so much? Screw you bullpen!

Todd said...

MLB Studs and Duds, post-Mother's Day Oriole debacle edition!

Studs:
1. Fred Lewis
2. Torii Hunter
3. Oliver Perez
4. Ted Lilly
5. Jeremy Guthrie

Duds:
1. Joe Borowski
2. Chris Ray
3. Virgil Vasquez
4. Taylor Buccholz
5. Kirk Saarloos

Honorary Studs: Moms
Honorary Duds: Cancer, Sam Perlozzo

kway34 said...

I'll put my own "Quickie Jinx" on the Jazz...sorry Golden State. It's over.

CMFost said...

here is some more:

NASCAR - Drive a hendricks car in the COT races and you win, Gordon wins his 3rd in 4 races

GOLF - Lefty wins going away, well O'Hair throws some money into the water

NHL - Anaheim ties up the series with an ot win.

MLB - Nice bullpen orioles, wow give up 6 runs with one out in the 9th. Mets take 2 out of 3 from the Brewers. Red Sox with the best record in baseball.
2 Best teams in the AL start a series at Fenway tonight, Tigers-Red Sox

NBA - Stick a fork in them the Warriors are done. Down 3-1 after losing at home.

CMFost said...

how about a dud to Orioles Catcher Hernandez, drops what would of been the second out and ruins a possible complete game shut out for Gutherie

Brian in Oxford said...

I think cancer should count for more than just an "honorary" dud, Todd...

I wonder if anyone tried to cork their pink bats. Like, who'd be crazy to question the integrity of a bat being used for charity?

CycleDan said...

Nets have a make or break game today. Going down 3-1 with a loss, they don't win the next 3 games. However if they win the series is tied and they just need to take 1 out of 2 in Cleveland.

Yanks finally get good pitching and their bats go silent. Before the season I wasn't sure if they would make the playoffs. Now I am pretty certain they won't.

Sheldiz said...

Its games like that one that make it more painful than usual to be an Orioles fan.

I was flipping channels during the 9th inning... what was the reason for taking Guthrie out in the first place?

(I did manage to flip back in time to see the sox win. a decision i now regret)

Mikepcfl said...

Ok, here is the full O's rant:

Guthrie is pitching the game of his life, easily gets the first out in the 9th. 2nd out should have been a pop up to the catcher, which is dropped. Guthrie still at only 93 pitches and he gets taken out. Then, instead of bringing in Ray right away before things get dicey, we get Baez. He throws gas on the fire, so when Ray comes in there is a crisis and the stadium is smelling blood. A couple walks later and a botched covering of first and the game is over.

If I didnt expext the O's to do something so bad, it would probably hurt more. Since I could see it coming, the pain was numbed a little.

Mikepcfl said...

From the perfect timing dept:

I just received an e-mail from the Orioles telling me to buy tickets now because they are going fast.

Yeah, I am going to jump right at those.

chipp said...

Wow, Perlozzo is on the same level as cancer. Yikes.

egroeg (dr.doom) said...

fucking orioles

Mikepcfl said...

Judging by the angry posts, I havent seen a regular loss piss off fans like yesterday's did with O's fans.

Is this the last straw? Can a regular season loss for a team with no hope of contending really piss off a fan base this badly? This loss may become the low point of Angelos' ownership (that is saying something).

Sheldiz said...

I don't know what's sadder... the loss itself, or that fact that most of us O's fans could easily see it coming.

Every year I say I'm going to stop caring about the O's... but every year they manage to suck me back in.

Brendan said...

Having followed my own team's ownership woes (David Glass and the Wal-mart Royals), can an Orioles fan give me a quick run down of the Angelos problems for those of us that don't know? Thanks!

Sheldiz said...

brendan... there aren't enough hours in the day to give you a run down of all the problems with angelos.

mikepfc -- care to field this one?

egroeg (dr.doom) said...

so how many of us are orioles fans, this is awful. I really became a sports fan in 97, and my first baseball memory is armando giving up a jack shot.

Sheldiz said...

egro -- are you talking about the most boring playoff game of all time that went into the 10th and we lost 1-0?

i was there. it sucked.

but yes, i'm still an O's fan.

Todd said...

I'm not an Orioles fan, but I'll still take this opportunity to say Fuck Jeffrey Maier!

Tyler said...

Hell, I'm a red sox fan and I'll say FUCK JEFFREY MAIER!

A few years ago he came and played baseball against Vassar (my soon-to-be alma mater) and our pitchers plunked him twice.

I was at the Sox/O's game yesterday... what a heartbreaker for the O's. Guthrie had the Sox floundering. I couldn't believe they brought in Baez. That is the perfect example of why conventional wisdom about bullpen management is bullshit. You need your relief ace right there.

Brian in Oxford said...

The year the Orioles finally have a chance to finish ahead of the Yankees for the first time in 10 years....but it ends up being only in a race for .500, not .600 ball.

How stupid ya gotta be, Sam?

WedgeMcWedgy said...

Indy 500 qualifying started this weekend with 2 females securing spots (Danica, and Sarah Fisher) and another (Milka Duno) trying to get in the final 11 spots this coming Saturday.

3 females in the Indy Racing League (Milka being the 5th in the history of the Indy 500), 1 girl in Champ Car and 1 in NHRA... Interesting that yet no-one is even trying to be the first woman to win the Daytona 500...

Mikepcfl said...

I was at the 1-0 playoff loss to cleveland as well. I left the stadium with my friend screaming for a gun so I could shoot Benitez. The sad thing is, Mussina had a no-hitter into the 8th I think and they couldnt score for him. Whenever he got 2 strikes on a hitter, the crowd went nuts. Just an incredible performance that got wasted.

And I am actually working today, so I do not have time to list everything wrong with Angelos. I'll see if I can find a link somewher. I'm sure it is out there.

Mikepcfl said...

"No organization in sports has deteriorated as the Orioles have since Peter Angelos became owner, and it's no wonder considering the litany of great baseball people he has fired, run off or scared off."

The above quote is from a Sporting News article on the Orioles...in 2000!

That was before the bottom fell out. The last part of the quote sums up the problem, Angelos has run off the good baseball people and wont hire anyone who stands up to him. He thinks he is always right and makes decisions on his own:

- vetoeing trades and FA signings
- firing Jon Miller as announcer because he wasnt pro-Oriole enough
- firing Davey Johnson the day he won manager of the year
- Running Pat Gillick out of town

The full list would be too long

Todd said...

Hard to argue though that Leo Mazzone wasn't a good hire.

Also, bloody sock controversy aside, I really like Gary Thorne. Miss him doing the NHL games for ESPN.

CycleDan said...

Apologies to our female readers but my benchmark for a sport being wimpy is if women can compete equally with men. There are lots of great women's sports such as gymnastics and ice skating where the women are more interesting to watch. However in basketball, soccer, swimming and running, we know that the top women athletes wouldn't qualify for a men's event.

I can't see the day where we will have a woman pro football player (other than place kicker). The same is true for a woman competing against men in baseball, basketball, soccer or pro cycling.

That just illustrates how wimpy golf and race car driving are. I can certainly see a woman being among the top golfers in the world.

Ftrain said...

ahh Jeffrey Maier. That's when i knew the Yankees were going to win the Championship that year.

Sweet sweet memories.

Captain Redbeard said...

I was also at the 1997, 1-0 game, but as a Cleveland fan I have a slightly different take on that fantastic game.

It was a great pitcher's duel with Nagy and Mussina going toe to toe and it was a great atmosphere as well. It really is a shame what Angelos has done to that franchise. For the Red Sox and Yankees, it gives them 9 extra home games a year when they play at Oriole Park.

Captain Redbeard said...

And I would put Joe Borowski and Sam Perlozzo as MLB Duds 1 and 1a for yesterday.

Geoff said...

Really? You can see a woman being a top golfer? Maybe on a par 3 course or something. But on a real course using same tees men would always have a huge advantage just from driving distance.

Jen said...

Joe Borowski....{sigh}. Once again, I was busy and not watching a game that the Indians were winning, only to find out later that Joe blew it again. I didn't even see the "low"-lights, so I can't commment on what happened or didn't happen. Since he is listed as a "dud" with Todd, I'm taking it as it was his fault.

I feel bad for you O's fans...Angelos truly is a major moron.

Jen said...

@captain redbeard:
I have the same view that you have on that 1-0 Indians victory in '97. Ah, sweet memories of those years as an Indians fan.

Travis said...

There was a game thread on some Orioles message board yesterday, GOD that made for some fun reading seeing the Orioles fans reaction in real time....

They may now own the record for uses of the word "fuck" in a single game thread.

Clinton (Indianapolis) said...
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Clinton (Indianapolis) said...

Auto racing is wimpy? Please explain to me how the most dangerous sport, i.e. the greatest potential for injury or even DEATH, is wimpy.

B. Viddy said...

As a Ranger fan (one of the 4 left) I feel for you Orioles fans. Our teams have pretty much mirrored each other since 1996. We both were playoff teams that have fallen because of horrible moves and absurd contracts from inept owners. Screw Angelpos and Tom Hicks. At least you guys were winners once, can't say that here in Texas.

marcomarco said...

Jeffrey Maier... our pitchers plunked him twice.

That made me laugh. Sox fans hatred for anything yankee sometimes makes me proud.

While so many O's fans are here, i'm curious how Millar has been recieved by Balty?

Mikepcfl said...

I like Millar. He is a good guy to have around the clubhouse. He should only play against lefties now, because he lost a little bat speed. But definitely a useful player. His clubhouse presence (I know Rob Neyer is choking somewhere) is something a team needs. But he may be a luxury for the Orioles, since they need so many other things now.

Will (Minny via AZ) said...

I had no idea that there were this many Oriole fans alive? I thought they all jumped ship when Ripken retired...

Last night was awesome, I actually had to search for the remote after the Twins' game was done. Years of suffering through mediocrity and a Dollar General budget was worth it. And I don't care what anyone says, does or doesn't do in the future, I will be a baseball fan. But I will always, always be a Twins' fan first.

Oriole guys: your owner wants to spend money (granted it's somewhat misplaced sometimes) and was able to make sure that you would be able to watch your Orioles when the Nats moved in. Angelo and Snyder have a lot in common, but the biggest common thread is that they want to win and have the $$ to spend to try and do that. Be greatful we have sports ladies and gentlemen.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Millar is already accepted in Baltimore by the same clause that makes me a secondary Red Sox fan. I believe we call it the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" clause.

verbal97 said...

@geoff: Michelle Wie (though I don't think she should compete with men now) can hit longer than at least half the men on the PGA Tour. So yes, a woman (or a few) would be able to compete on the PGA Tour someday.

@b.viddy: Can you elaborate on Tom Hicks? I know he gave ARod THAT contract, but does he interfere with baseball decisions or does he just sign paychecks? Is he bad with the Stars (NHL)? I'm curious because he just bought my favorite EPL team and am wondering what's going to happen.

Geoff said...

Well, Michelle Wie is more of a novelty act than a golfer. Happy Gilmore can drive really far too.

jhawkjjm said...

In case anyone was interested, and you're probably not, Joe Posnanski of the KC Star wrote his annual "Royals are Done" column. My favorite quote:

The best/worst so far happened earlier in the week against Oakland when Peña was on second and a fly ball was hit just behind the bag. Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis caught the ball about 30 feet behind the bag, and Peña, for reasons that will only be apparent to him, decided to tag up and force a throw. He did force it — Ellis threw the ball to the pitcher covering second, and he tagged out Peña.

The replays showed that Peña was probably not out — the tag was late. But Buddy Bell did not argue the call, and afterward, he offered my favorite quote of 2007. He said, “I don’t argue for stupid baseball.”


Full article http://www.kansascity.com/180/story/105060.html > here

CMFost said...

Verbal not to bring stats into but Michelle Wie does not hit the ball longer then most of the men on tour. Her Average drive is 275-280 which would put her into the bottom third in driving distance.

Mikepcfl said...

Headline of the Day on ESPN2's caption...Where Sam Perlozzo is having a worse day than Chris Moltisanti.

B. Viddy said...

Verbal:

Yeah Tom Hicks has two modes: Blindly Spend and Abrupt Thrift.

He is either trying to emulate the Oakland A's by not spending any money on anybody, or he spends too much. Besides the A-Rod contract he killed the team by signing Chan Ho Park for 5 years and 56 million. A few years back he put millions into Ken Caminiti. He gave form GM John Hart free reign over the team even after he tried to get rid of Micheal Young and traded Travis Hafner for Einar Diaz stright up. He goes in phases where is is easily influenced and signs checks, and when that fails he tries to take control agian. Both are disaterous. As far as the stars? He didnt bother to show up to game 5 or 6 because he was at a tuesday night Rangers game against the Blue Jays. Just doesn't care anymore.

My prediction for his soccer club: He tries to learn the business by wathcing and just signing checks, when that doesn't work expect him to pull the plug on the teams payroll. You can't blame the guy for trying to be competitive, its just hard when one min you spend like the Yankees and at the first sign of failure you cut payroll and spend like the A's. Leaves your team with one or two high paid stars and thats about it.

CycleDan said...

Forgot to mention the college lacrosse tournament.

Cornell was undefeated, ranked #1 for the last 8 weeks of the season, beat Duke at Duke and earned a 4 seed while Duke earned a 1 seed. Actually, I can even understand Duke being a 1 seed based upon strength of schedule but how does Cornell drop to a #4?

That being said, if they win the next 3 games and the NC, then the seeding won't really matter anyhow.

I am not really a lacrosse fan but how often is Cornell good in any sport? My senior year there they lost to Syracuse in the NC game.

Sheldiz said...

cycledan -- if i'm not mistaken, they have a pretty good ice hockey team.

if that counts. :)

GuyInTheCorner said...

Are chess, mathletes, and debate team considered sports?

GuyInTheCorner said...

Did I forget mock trial? My bad. Mock Trial.

Todd said...

So, I just might be able to catch today's Quickie by the time I get to work tomorrow. Hope there's nothing wrong in la casa de Shanoff.

Well, maybe there's still time for the West Coast people to read... hahaha, no wait, there aren't any people who live West of the Central Time Zone that read this blog.

Todd said...

Early dud to Kevin Millwood. Who almost assuredly will go right back on the DL.

Will (Minny via AZ) said...

Todd: you have no idea how bad it sucks to get to work at 7am and check the quickie at about 7:30 and see 63 posts already. It truly does suck. Some days I miss the east coast and some days I like golfing in December. ?? Toss up I guess.

ndyanksfan05 said...

golfing in december or missing the initial post of the quickie? hmmm...sounds like a tough decision to me (HA!)

Todd said...

I'll take not going to work at 7 over golfing in December...

Will (Minny via AZ) said...

The 7am thing is not a choice. I teach, so that is what time school starts...good times.

Will (Minny via AZ) said...

How pathetic are we, pretty much having a chat room conversation on a blog, don't we have anything better to do? Kiddos are watching a movie, so for me...no.

Geoff said...

Anyone else think the Quickie is taking so long today because Dan is proof-reading it over and over again to make sure he has all the event locations correct?

GuyInTheCorner said...

Is it possible that what we have really is the quickie and Dan is redefining the essence of "quickie"?

Brian in Oxford said...

some sort of avant-garde blank slate? We don't get this many comments on days with an actual quickie, sometimes.

So Brett Favre didn't want to be traded, huh? Hey, when I was in Maryland, I passed through Havre de Grace. You can imagine how I pronounced that first word.

Chris said...

Funnily enough, I think Hicks will find it difficult to ruin Liverpool. The club has far more of a history, tradition of success, and highly competent management structure than any of his other ventures, and the impact of some of his wilder impulses might be tempered by the fact that he's only half of an ownership team. I think Benitez will retain enough control in the transfer market to remove any real need for ownership panic.

Todd said...

Dan could also be celebrating the Jai Lucas commitment. I'm pretty sure we'll have to hear about how he'll be the Best. Point-guard partially named after a sport that I have no idea how is played. Ever.

egroeg (dr.doom) said...

this was a tough post for an os fan to read through, I think part of the reason i stopped playing baseball is the os.

Thank g-d that the other teams i like have done well in my sports life (97 foward)
maryland
colts
wiz (gilbert makes up for everything)
princeton(lacrosse)

Sheldiz said...

egro -- how old are you?

CycleDan said...

Sheldiz,
Yup, Cornell has a decent hockey team that has been up and down over the years. They were pretty good in the 80's. Actually the one sport that Cornell seemed to dominate in was Polo. While I was there, they built a brand new multi-million dollar facility. We got to practice rugby inside the old facility when there was still snow on our field.

Oh, and hockey definitey counts as a real sport. I know there are many definitions of the word sport including ones just meaning any competition. I love playing chess and I realize how amazingly hard it is but it is not a sport to me in the athletic sense.

egroeg (dr.doom) said...

sheildetz: my mommy told me not to tell that to strangers.

but actually 17

GuyInTheCorner said...

cycledam-

You missed the joke. I wasn't implying that hockey wasn't a sport. I was making a Cornell non-athletic joke.

Natsfan74 said...

Greatest.Quickie.Ever

Natsfan74 said...

My previous comment was before the post. As the only east coast reader left in my office, I feel obliged to comment on something.... hmmm....

I have to agree with Favre on this one. No way he comes back for a "rebuilding" year -- what former MVP would ever do that. He wants to win, and the team did absolutely nothing to support that. Did any team do less this offseason to get better than the Packers? I'd be pissed too. He should go to Philly, where McNabb is destined for an 8 game season, so he can play 8 games and some playoffs as well.

Chaddogg said...

Dan,

I understand the rush, but NO love for Northwestern's women sports? The NU Women's Lacrosse team is #1 and in the quarterfinals of the NCAAs, and the 'Cats Softball team is the #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Oh, wait. You sold out Northwestern for the Gators. May your soul rot in hell.

GuyInTheCorner said...

Latest. Quickie. Ever.

Travis said...

Stud

Daisuke Matsuzaka

9 IP, 1 R, 5 K, 6 H