A tip of the cap to the Chicago Cubs. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, my only advice to the Northside faithful is to savor as much of this time as possible. As Tom Petty famously sang “the waiting is the hardest part”, and for some, waiting a lifetime for a Cubs World Series only makes victory that much sweeter. Whether this team becomes a dynasty or never quite recaptures their 2016 magic, no sports moment will ever feel like last night did. When the Red Sox won the 2007 & 13 World Series Championships, I was elated, but NOTHING will ever replace the feeling I had when the ball landed in Doug Mienkiewicz’s first base glove on that late October night in 2004. Enjoy the moment, it doesn’t last long.
Speaking of the Red Sox, after winning 3 World Series championships in 10 years, it can be difficult to truly remember a time when Red Sox fans had to cover their eyes during game-changing playoff moments for the inevitable fear of the Bambino rearing his ugly head. David Ortiz changed that. His 2004 heroics in particular made it possible for an entire region of life long fans to believe that worst was not always going to happen to them and their franchise. To that alone we owe David Ortiz a lifetime of gratitude. Similar to watching TB 12 every Sunday, it’s nearly impossible to appreciate the greatness we see in the moment. We don’t even realize yet how much we will miss Big Pai.
Continuing the Red Sox, if the MVP race included post-season stats and impact, Mookie Betts would have struck out.
Finishing up on the Red Sox, John Henry and company have now raised ticket prices for the 3rd time in the last 4 years. In 2016, the average Red Sox ticket was just under $55.
You have to feel for the Washington Huskies, who are undefeated in a major conference, yet ranked 5th in the college football playoff rankings behind a 1 loss Texas A&M team. Given, the Aggies only loss is to top ranked Alabama, however, undefeated in a major conference is something you just can’t look past. This isn’t Boise State running the table in the Mountain West.
Avery Bradley, Amir Johnson, and the 2017 & 18 Brooklyn picks to the Spurs for LaMarcus Aldrdige…who says no?
Don’t fool yourself, the Jamie Collins trade came down to one thing…the all mighty dollar. Ask yourself this, if there was a locker room issue, why were they negotiating a contract extension with him? And if he was playing poorly, why not just bench him and use him for injury depth then let him go at the end of the season? $$$
This per Fran Fraschilla…since “one and done” came into effect in 2006, only two National Champions have had one on the roster: 2012 Kentucky and 2015 Duke.
Looming for Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines is the annual rivalry week match up against Ohio State in The Horseshoe, where the Buckeyes haven’t lost in nearly a year.
If I’m the Cleveland Browns and I’m on the clock in the April draft, I’m taking Deshaun Watson and I’m not looking back. For the record, the last Cleveland Browns QB drafted #1 overall? Kentucky’s Tim Touch in 1999.
And if I’m Texas head coach Charlie Strong, I’m getting my resume polished up for 2017.