I get it and I agree, the MLB All-Star game is designed for fan entertainment.   However, AL starting pitcher Justin Verlander must have forgotten that since 2003 (whether fair or not) the game’s outcome also means something CRITICALLY important……home field advantage for the World Series.  He was tagged for five runs (all earned) in his first and only inning, and that pretty much was ballgame over.  Apparently, Justin Verlander was more concerned about busting radar guns than getting quick outs.  He threw 35 pitches, faced nine batters, gave up four hits, and walked two (throwing six straight balls in the process) all in his one inning!  This is NOT what I expected from the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP winner.  But, five pitches were clocked at 100 mph…..and one pitch even reached 101.  Who cares?  You have to play to WIN the game now!   In his post-game comments…

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ESPN NFL Live Poll Reveals Startling Facts

I watched this evening’s ESPN NFL Live show and it revealed some startling facts that the NFL is going to have to address.  According to a recent ESPN NFL Live poll, over 64 percent of respondents said they had a much more enjoyable experience watching NFL Football games at home than watching a game at an NFL Stadium. Consequently, the attendance at NFL Football is dwindling. As a long time NFL Football fan, I don’t find this surprising.  Personally, I much rather enjoy watching a game at home in front of my 57 inch big screen TV than I do sitting at some less desirable location in an NFL Football stadium. I’ve attended my fair share of live NFL games, and I’ve sat at a lot of different stadium locations.  I’ve been in the end-zone, on the 10-yard line and on the 50-yard line.  When you sit in the end-zone, the viewing angles…

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It’s Time to Correct MLB All-Star Voting

On this eve of the “Midsummer Classic”, I am convinced now more than ever that it’s time to once and for all correct the way these Major League Baseball All-Stars are selected….and in doing so restore America’s national pastime.  No doubt the increase of inter-league play during the regular season has significantly reduced the anticipation this yearly game once had, and many would say there are simply not enough “household” names in today’s game, but unarguably it is still the BEST all-star game of all the major sports.  Let’s do what we need to do right NOW to make certain it always stays this way!   Every year some players are snubbed, others should NOT have been included, and still others are chosen as reserves and they should be starting (or vice versa).  It’s doubtful we can totally avoid this subjectivity.  Should the All-Star squads consist of players who just…

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What once was a July 4th tradition has now admittedly turned into a total farce.  Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest is suppose to be the “Super Bowl” of Major League Eating (MLE) staged every year at the perfect venue in Coney Island……..the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.  Millions and millions of true Americans look forward to this event.  However, poor marketing efforts, dull contestant personalities and mundane television coverage has just all but killed this 97-year old experience.  What this event needs is a proven promoter, a real American, somebody who knows how to resuscitate a dying institution…….it needs somebody like a Donald Trump to save it.  After all, if he can bring Arsenio Hall back to life on his Celebrity Apprentice show, he can do anything!   Disappointment is now at an all-time high for this lackluster promotion.  For starters, ESPN did not even broadcast this year’s event “live”. …

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Erin Andrews Moves to FOX Sports

After eight years, the lovely Erin Andrews (34) let her ESPN contract expire on June 30 and will now be employed by FOX Sports.  This season, FOX will be competing for the first time ever with college football mainstays ESPN, ABC, and CBS in primetime.  Andrews will be hosting a new 30-minute Saturday studio show starting on September 1.  Her role at FOX Sports will also include MLB and NFL coverage.  She may be getting more money at FOX Sports, but any kind of a studio roll will only continue to diminish what once was a skyrocketing sports broadcasting career for her!   As I’ve remarked before on Andrews, nobody and I mean nobody has ever done a better live sideline or in-game interview!  She could get anything out of the toughest, tight-lipped, cliché-minded, in-your-face coaches like Steve Spurrier, Bobby Knight, Brian Kelly, Pat Summitt, or Augie Garrido.  It was special watching…

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A very unusual thing happened last weekend in Eugene, Oregon.  Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh both finished in a dead heat for 3rd place (11.068 sec) in the Women’s 100-Meter Finals for U.S. Olympic Team qualifications.  Only one can go to London representing our country in this particular event, so a “tiebreaker” is now required.  Problem is……. there is no established plan in place for a “tiebreaker”.  This situation has NEVER occurred in the history of U.S. Olympic track & field team qualifying.  One thing is for certain though………whenever and however the eventual “tiebreaker” is conducted; it must be completed by THIS Sunday because that’s when our 2012 Olympic Team has to be finalized.   What an embarrassment for the USA Track & Field (USATF) organization!  Tarmoh was originally given 3rd, but review of pictures from two photo-finish cameras (at 3,000 frames/second) declared it a dead heat.  The torso is…

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College Football Playoff Approved for 2014

Yesterday it became official, and what was a six-month “evaluation process” reached its conclusion.  The Bowl Championship Series (or BCS), which began in 1998, will be terminated following this coming college football season.  A committee of 12 University presidents (why University presidents and not college Athletic Directors?……..please keep these high-level administrators OUT of sports and focused on academics!) approved a four-team playoff plan recommended by commissioners of the top football conferences.  This approval was NOT unanimous, but those that did not go along with the plan basically said they “did not want to stop progress”.  Progress?  Progress for whom?  Don’t get me wrong, I was not a huge fan of the BCS system but at least for the next 12 years the approved playoff system to me will just make the rich richer!    Here’s the format for the new four-team playoff:   #1 will play #4, and #2 will…

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The men’s College World Series is now down to the final two teams.  The University of South Carolina Gamecocks versus the University of Arizona Wildcats.  The best-of-three series begins tonight.  The Gamecocks will be trying to win their third NCAA championship in a row.  It’s been 38 years since any college baseball team has won more than two championships in a row (the USC Trojans, led by arguably the greatest collegiate baseball coach of all-time Rod Dedeaux, won five in a row, 1970-74).  The rich tradition of the College World Series is something that ALL baseball fans can appreciate and enjoy!   Baseball is all about tradition, and the College World Series epitomizes that statement.  Since 1950, Omaha has been the annual host site for this Division 1 championship.  Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium for an incredible 60 years, now TD Ameritrade Park (in downtown) for the last two years.  The very…

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