Monthly Archives: March 2016

Men of Steel…Not

Will Smith is hurt. Not the Fresh Prince. The Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith. How he got hurt is the story. After pitching in a spring training game, he was in the locker room, removing his spikes. And, naturally, he tore a ligament in his right knee. Yep, you read that correctly. Seems he was standing on one leg to take off his other shoe, lost his balance and, well, blew out his lateral collateral ligament. He is expected to miss significant time in the regular season.

That got me thinking about the strangest injuries in baseball. Here are a few:

  • Tigers infielder Brandon Inge pulled a muscle in his back while adjusting his son’s pillow
  • Outfielder Marty Cordova burned his face when he fell asleep in a tanning bed
  • Brewers pitcher Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder attempting to tear a phone book in half in a feat of strength
  • Outfielder Glenallen Hill had a nightmare about spiders, and in thrashing around trying to fight the spiders off, crashed through a glass table
  • Pitcher Francisco Liriano tried to surprise his children on Christmas morning by bursting into their room, and broke his arm on the door in the process
  • Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine got food poisoning from airplane food and in the process of vomiting, ended up breaking some ribs
  • Infielder Ian Stewart suffered a bruised nose when his 4-year-old daughter inadvertently head butted him while they were playing
  • Outfielder Jose Cardenal awoke in his hotel room with his eyelids stuck together
  • Dodgers infielder Micah Johnson needed stitches in his hand after cutting himself while trying to remove the pit from an avocado
  • Rickey Henderson suffered frostbite from having an ice pack on too long
  • Chris Brown injured his eyelid from sleeping on it wrong
  • Mike Sims was removed from a game when a moth flew into his ear and got stuck

I’m not making these up.

So, what’s the funniest, oddest, strangest, sports injury you’ve ever heard of? Post it here.

And beware of that airplane food.

March Bracket Madness

It’s that time of year again. The virus that is March Madness has infected millions and spread across Bracketthe nation. Last year at this time, over 70 MILLION brackets were filled out by basketball fans. That number exceeds the number of people who voted for either candidate in the 2012 presidential election.

Warren Buffett offered $1 Billion (that’s right, Billion with a B) for anyone who is able to fill out a perfect bracket – selecting every tournament game correctly. Mathematicians have calculated that the odds of picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. For those not familiar with the word “quintillion”it is not a made up number. Written out, it looks like this: 9,200,000,000,000,000,000… kind of like a line in Donald Trump’s bank account. Think Buffett made a safe offer?

So, how does your bracket look? Did you foresee a number 2 seed, 3 seed, 4 seed, two 5 seeds, and four 6 seeds all going out in the first round? If you picked Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas-Little Rock, Middle Tennessee, and Yale to advance in the opening round, then you should call Mr. Buffet immediately.

Here’s a tip for next year: of the last 12 champions, 11 wear blue uniforms. So, now you know the secret. Stick with blue…

…Unless you’re thinking about the presidential election, which is a whole different story…and a topic for another day.

Everyone’s bracket will be reduced to 8 teams by tonight. With it being a little easier (or is it?), who do you say wins it all this year?

 

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Joe Garagiola may have been the only lifetime .257 hitter to become a household name. For those of us who grew up in the 1960’s, ’70’s or ’80’s, Joe was a Saturday morning staple, along with our Captain Crunch. His folksy demeanor on NBC’s game of the week – either with sidekick Tony Kubek, or as sidekick to Curt Gowdy, Bob Costas or Vin Scully – made us feel like we were just talking baseball with a friend. When he died yesterday, a little piece of baseball’s core went with him. Joe was the right man for his era – a simpler time.Garagiola Can you imagine him surviving in today’s system of prepackaged broadcasters who often seem to be auditioning for a comedy club or another network? Joe’s humor was genuine – a part of his nature, which always seemed to be good. For all the high tech elements that make our view of the game today so incredible, it feels as though we’ve lost some of the simplicity that tied us to why we first loved the game. Just a boy and his dad playing catch. While you may or may not miss Joe G today, I do find myself missing the simpler age of baseball that he helped make so enjoyable.

“Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street.”    – Joe Garagiola on growing up with Yogi Berra

 

Peyton or Payton?

On the subject of Peyton…

…other than Manning, who do you say is the greatest Peyton (or Payton) in each of the big 3 sports?GPayton

My take:

  • NBA:  “The Glove” Gary Payton
  • NFL:   Easy. (Not Peyton Hillis, or Sean Payton) Walter PaytonWPaytonJpayton
  • MLB:  Anyone recall Brewers outfielder Jay Payton?DManning

How about the best Manning?

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    NBA:  Danny

  • NFL:   Archie
  • MLB:  RickRManning

What do you think?

Peyton’s Place

Peyton_Manning_AP120307010963 So Peyton Manning decided to hang ’em up after 18 seasons. He threw for nearly 41 MILES (72,000 yards), tossed 539 TD’s, and won 2 Super Bowls. Great numbers, right? But where does he stand among the greatest QB’s in the history of the game? Here’s my Top 5:

  1. Johnny Unitas
  2. Otto Graham
  3. Joe Montana
  4. Bart Starr
  5. Tom Brady

Who is yours?