Month: February 2011

We’re Moving On Up …………….But It Ain’t To The Eastside Or That Deluxe Apartment In The Sky


We’re Moving On Up …………….But It Ain’t To The Eastside Or That Deluxe Apartment In The Sky

Well it appears even with a horrendous season in prospect things simply aren’t getting any better for the Sacramento Kings at all. Having had a player selected to be a participant in the NBA’s midseason showcase event of the All Star Game it now seems that the organization may well consider the offer to relocate from the Arco Arena in Sacramento to the city of Anaheim , California . It may well have been a tremendous accolade to have both DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans selected to the Rookies’ All Star Western Conference roster but it simply cannot hide the overwhelming problems that this franchise now has from a competitive and financial standpoint.

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The Maloof family as owners of this team have simply struggled over the past few seasons merely to keep this franchise a successful and viable concern within the city. And even now with a dwindling attendance for the team’s home games there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for the organization. The team is projected to lose in excess of $25 million this year alone but it could quite possibly be a great deal more than that given the economic outlook , albeit that the league hierarchy has already been benevolent to this team as well as several other NBA franchises around the league over the past season.

Courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle


Another Sign Points to Kings’ Desire to Leave Sacramento

By Sam Amick in counjunction with Fanhouse

With a March 1 deadline to file for relocation looming large in Sacramento and the owners of the Kings continuing discussions with Anaheim Ducks officials regarding a possible move to Southern California, a source close to the situation said Monday that they have yet to deliver documents that were promised to the arena development team in California’s Capital City.

It is, without question, yet another sign that the Maloofs (Gavin and Joe above) are strongly considering the possibility of playing elsewhere next season.

After the Sacramento City Council voted to work with developer David Taylor and arena builder ICON venue group on Feb. 8 in attempt to construct a viable arena plan, the Maloofs issued a statement two days later that they would “provide him with the studies, research and documents done during the course of the last 11 years on the feasibility of a new sports and entertainment facility.” Yet the source told FanHouse that documents have yet to be provided, and all indications are that the Maloofs will only turn their attention back to Sacramento if they can’t find a way to strike a deal in Anaheim.

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As with any presumed relocation of a franchise it would need a majority vote from the board of governors of the NBA which basically is the league’s hierarchy in conjunction with the team owners in order to facilitate the Kings’ move from the state’s capital to Anaheim. From a financial standpoint it would certainly make sense for the organization and I’ve no doubt that team GM Geoff Petrie sees it as the best option for the Kings at this juncture . And it can only be further sanctioned by both George , Gavin and Joe Maloof , who as principal executives and owners of the family’s business and sporting interests must see this as the best way forward for the organization .

On the other hand , I can help but wonder what must be going through the mind of NBA Commissioner David Stern , because for too long he has simply ignored the major economic problems that the league and the owners have simply overlooked. They’ve seen the revenues of the NBA increase exponentially over the last twenty five years and along with the franchises’ worth have appreciated steadily, where the average value of an NBA team is upwards of $ 375 million but yet somehow in the wake of this type of monetary windfall many of these teams find themselves in something of a financial mess. The NBPA (union ) for its part merely looks at this all as simply another reason why they feel that they’re in need of a larger slice of the revenues that they share with the league. And though NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter along with union President Derek Fisher and their executive committee have been adamant that they will negotiate a fair and equitable agreement as it pertains to the present collective bargaining agreement , you simply get the feeling that though sides are still communicating things are liable to come to a head.

There’s not said to be a great impasse between the two sides but clearly there are some sticking points which neither side will freely admit to _____ that it is creating somewhat of a problem. And if as proposed the union is prepared decertify itself in order to challenge the NBA’s antitrust status within the US Federal Court rather than seek arbitration through a court appointed mediator or the NLRB ( National Labor Relations Board) then you know that the game and the league will be in for dire consequences. League executive Stu Jackson and Billy Hunter have been adamant that they wish for this all to be amicably resolved before the NBA playoffs begin and it seems given the present state of affairs that may well not happen unless both sides are willing to make certain concessions.

The NBA hierarchy has certainly never been willing to open up its books for public scrutiny , albeit , that it is in fact a private enterprise . But at the same time the league is given advantageous tax breaks and with its antitrust exemption guaranteed by the House Oversight Committee and you can well understand why David Stern and the owners would rather keep their financial records one big secret altogether and away from prying eyes.

Given the tumultuous season that the Sacramento Kings have had the only bright spot one might say has been the play of both Tyreke Evans and to a lesser extent DeMarcus Cousins who’s still showing his immaturity and unwillingness to defer to others when needed. Unfortunately Cousins’ talents at the college level and the latitude allowed by John Calipari shows how ill disciplined a player he was and still is . But that asides the real problem facing the Kings is that they’re simply still a work in progress with a great many flaws to this team. And most noticeably there’s a distinct lack of veteran leadership on the floor and that’s something that’s most definitely needed if the team is to improve.

Certainly Paul Westphal is trying to get the youngsters on this roster to buy into his style of coaching and to learn the nuances of the game . But that in of-itself may not be enough to stave off the inevitable concerning the team and its present record (13-40). They’re now in something of a dog fight with the Cleveland Cavaliers , Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards as to who may well end up with the worse record in the NBA come season’s end. It doesn’t take a betting man at this juncture that barring either Wizards or Kings’ implosion that dubious distinction may well end up belonging to Byron Scott’s ——- team . God knows , the Cavaliers simply find even more redundnant ways of losing games explicably and inexplicably , such has been their ineptitude and abundantly mediocre season !

It’s sad to think that the Sacramento Kings are no longer viewed as a legitimate and perennial contender within the league for an NBA title. But that hasn’t happened since the days when former players Mike Bibby and Chris Webber made the Arco Arena and the Kings a “must see”, can’t miss place to watch an exciting brand of basketball. Those days now appear to be long gone and all but now a distant memory for the most avowed of Sacramento Kings’ fans.

As to what might be the impending move of the Sacramento Kings, it seems that it may well inevitably take place in the off-season. As it’s unlikely that the team would be allowed to move during the season. The organization and the city of Sacramento have had numerous discussions over the team’s domicile and the very fact that neither party can agree upon who ought to be responsible for any refurbishments or the complete upgrade of the venue has in fact led the organization to its present predicament. The team’s lease on the venue is due to expire and even in discussion with the city’s mayor Kevin Johnson no acceptable compromise could in fact be reached concerning both parties’ wishes. In this day and age , when municipalities are cash strapped because of budgetary deficits and constraints the last thing they ought to be doing is to be spending money on a facility that in large part the leasee with their financial resources seems to be unwilling to spend the funds themselves on any specific upgrades even in conjunction with the leaseholder . It has become all the more asinine when repeatedly multi millionaire sports franchise owners who live high on the hog now have the municipalities at their beck and call merely to spend money when those funds are needed elsewhere for services that are of vital benefit to the residents within that city . But you’d be hard pressed to hear the owners , much less the NBA hierarchy or the politicians question the rationale behind spending the funds in such a way. Especially now given the current economic climate and the inane stupidity that has been shown by the NBA with regard to its finances .

This may not be the last such case we have concerning an NBA franchise and its financial situation as it’s clear that many other teams are in a rather precarious situation . One only has to survey the landscape to realize that the New Orleans Hornets now under league ownership and the long drawn out financial debacle that has now engulfed the Detroit Pistons and its reluctant owner Karen Davidson has simply shown us how wayward and somewhat irresponsible the NBA and its owners have become ______ and are !

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the Sacramento Kings and its present predicament and how do you feel it will ultimately end for the organization ? Also your thoughts if any you might have concerning that of the both Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Hornets ? Simply wade in with your comments on these matters or anything else you feel that is pertinent to this topic and the NBA at large .

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(1) Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden (L) and Portland Trailblazers’ Wesley Matthews (C), both of the Sophmore Team, go after a rebound against Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins (R) of the Rookie Team during the NBA All Star – Rookie Challenge at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18, 2011. The Rookies won 148-140 . AFP/Getty Images/Mark J Terrill ……

(2) LOS ANGELES, CA ,. (L-R) Eric Bledsoe (12) of the Los Angeles Clippers and Rookie Team, Greg Monroe (10) of the Detroit Pistons and the Rookie Team, DeMarcus Cousins (15) of the Sacramento Kings and the Rookie Team and Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors and the Sophomore Team react during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images …….

(3) Tyreke Evans (6) of the Sacramento Kings, who is missing the game due to injury, throws the ball during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images ……

(4) Sacramento Kings head coach Paul Westphal, left, questions official John Goble about a foul call during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. The Thunder beat the Kings 99-97 . AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli ……

(5) (L-R) Brothers George Maloof, Gavin Maloof and Joe Maloof watch a preseason game between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas & Mack Center October 13, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers won 98-95. Getty Images North America / Ethan Miller ….

(6) Inset Sacramento Kings general manager Geoff Petrie joins the Grant Napear show to talk about the Kingsโ€™ incredible victory over the Grizzlies and he feels the Kings are a better team than their record indicates and sees the Kings improving with each game. courtesy of CBS Sacramento/Grant Napier Show …… @ copyrighted material all rights reserved .

(7) Former NBA star Kevin Johnson the current mayor of Sacramento. The city council and the Kings’ organization have been at odds concerning the team’s lease of the city owned ARCO Arena . Many of the Kings’ grievances lay in the fact that the aged venue is in need of refurbishing and major renovation and neither side can agree on who should bear the burden of the costs or whether or not the expense should be shared between the two parties. At the same time the Kings’ leaseof the facility is due to expire . AFP/Photo/ Carter Yates ……….

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Eye candy …………… the ubiquitous Tammy Torres Not so debilitating after all !

It’s hard knock life and I’d to knock the shizz-nick out Tammy !

Who wouldn’t want to share with Tammy a lick of her ‘lollipops’ ?

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I Am A Lion Hear Me Roar ……………


I Am A Lion Hear Me Roar ……………

Each season the NFL brings us some highs and lows and as usual it’s the fans of their respective teams that ends up asking questions and simply looking for answers as to what went wrong. As an avid New England Patriots’ fan I saw the team rise to unparalleled heights by posting the best record in the NFL last season only to flame out like a damp squib in their postseason loss in the divisional rounds of the playoffs to the New York Jets . I’ve longed maintained that Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick can be conceited and complacent and clearly once again this pretty much summed up the season for the Patriots .

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Now for me the one team I’ve looked at from afar and wondered how it is that from season to season their fate never really seems to change . And for me that team is the Detroit Lions coached by Jim Schwartz and an experienced team of assistants . You could say that the curse of Matt Millen has essentially led the Lions to where they’re now at a team said to be heading in no direction in particular. Millen’s tenure as GM of the Lions can be best described as an unmitigated disaster and a complete mess because he simply didn’t know how to assess talent much less get the best out the players he actually drafted. I truly believe that Matt Millen may well have been the worse front office executive to have ever held a general managers’ position in the NFL ! His decisions have bordered on being insane and led many believing that the Lions were in fact doomed for hell. Well it appears that not only having been snake bitten the Detroit Lions simply can’t get out of their own way no matter how hard they try !

Since being drafted by the team quarterback Matt Stafford has yet to play a complete season with the team. So much so , that one has to question the wisdom behind him being drafted number one overall in the 2009 NFL Draft . The $72 million contract of which $48 million was guaranteed money doesn’t now seem to be worthwhile, much less worth the lack of productivity and leadership skills shown by Stafford. The NFL in part as well as the owners ought to blamed for the absolute stupidity shown when it comes to the compensation of rookies entering the NFL. And even if now NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners are now pressing for that to be a part of a renewed and revamped collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA . I can’t help but wonder what concessions that they’re prepared to make with DeMaurice Smith and his Executive Committee should this actually come into being.

What might be now troubling other than the lack of productivity from Stafford is the team has a Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver in Calvin Johnson , running back Kevin Smith and Ndamukong Suh all of whom are being wasted on a team that struggles increasingly to stay in games and play competitively. The talents of Johnson , Smith and Suh I believe are simply being wasted because until this team actually has a quarterback that can play a full season without health concerns then there’s not much a real chance of the Detroit Lions being considered a legitimate contender within their division (NFC North) much less the rest of the NFL .

Granted Johnson , Smith and Suh have proven to a blessing for the Lions but Ford Field has become an elephant’s graveyard but I simply think that the real failure of this team is the fact that Stafford can’t be trusted to lead with any kind of authority. The offensive line of this team still leaves a lot to be desired and the defense itself struggles to show any type of consistency throughout much of the season. Schwartz for his part knows that if the Detroit Lions are to viewed as a contender then this team will have to bolster its roster by way of free agency and through the upcoming NFL Draft . At this juncture it’s hard to really say in what direction the team will go as it looks to fortify its roster but it’s clear that the this team’s needs are many. On both sides of the ball the Lions need to obtain players that are able to contribute immediately rather than simply remaining an ongoing project. It’d be true to say that the long suffering Detroit Lions’ fans have had to endure a great deal over the last few seasons and it’s not as if they were under the impression that their fortunes were about to turn around.

It took the abrupt departure of their Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders for many to realize how far this team had fallen . There were outcries when Sanders walked away from the Lions , many felt he betrayed them and the organization but much of that came down to the fact that the running back clearly didn’t feel that the organization was doing enough improve the roster Marty Mohrninweg who at the time was the coach of the Lions while Millen’s tenure was in place diligently tried to coach this team to some semblance of success. And as we know the coach’s tenure wasn’t that great to begin with given his proclivity for the ridiculous and making many outrageous whilst coach of the team.

If anything given the failure of the team and the fact that the Ford family as owners simply showed about as much interest in the team as they’d done with the family business and their failure there. Now one might opine that the Ford Motor Company is back as a profitable concern but given the fact that they’re more likely to drop the ball before reaching the endzone as given their recent history. But here’s something that you should consider the company though now profitable still remains a cause for concern as it is still leveraged to the hilt __________ the motor company in order to stave off financial ruin sought financing from a consortium of financial institutions . Fifty billion dollars ($50 billion [$50,000,000,000]) and Ford President & CEO Alan Mulally might just be considered to be a hero within the company but I seriously doubt that the same can be said about William Clay Ford Jr and his tenure as owner of the Detroit Lions ! I’d like to think that Ford and the executives of the Lions are completely focused getting the Detroit Lions back to being a competitive and legitimate contender within the NFL but given their form as of late I’m not so sure that they’re capable of actually doing that !

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The Detroit Lions’ history over the years isn’t one that’s filled with a great deal of historical highlights and at the same time in terms of the Superbowl’s history they’ve yet to make that their stomping ground. I’d like to say that I can envisage seeing that as part of their immediate future but in reality that’s something that’s not about to happen anytime soon . The NFC North with the Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears along with the Lions has been a division that has become a three horse race in recent years . And within the division the Lions haven’t yet been able to even show that they’re even the equal of the participants there . It’s going to be a long time coming if they’re to prove their worth within the division much less the rest of the league .

The future of the Detroit Lions could very well hold a great deal of expectations for the organization but much of that will be predicated upon not only the coaching staff , players but primarily the mindset of the ownership and the zeal with which they appear to want success and until that’s clearly defined , then we’re liable to see the same continued failures we’ve become accustomed to.

What thoughts if any do you have on the Detroit Lions and what changes if any do you see them having to make in order to get better ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on the matter and any other pertinent issue concerning the NFL .

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(1) Then GM Matt Millen introduces Marty Mohrninweg to the the convened press at Ford Field in Detroit as the team’s new coach. His tenure came to be known as the “wonder years” as everyone simply wondered where the team’s next w in would be coming from . Deroit Free Press /Craig Sergeant …………….

(2) Barry Sanders (20) seen here in full flight in a game against the Chicago Bears . Inset is Bears’ defender Mike Singletary (50) giving chase to Sanders . AFP/ Chris Chandler …………..

(3) Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, left, quarterback Matthew Stafford , of Georgia, safety Louis Delmas of Western Michigan and tight end Brandon Pettigrew , of Oklahoma St., pose for a photographs during a news conference where they were introduced to the media and public on Sunday, April 26, 2009 in Allen Park, Mich. The Lions drafted Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza ……

(4) Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally (L) and Executive Chairman William Clay Ford (right) unveil a new 2011 Ford Focus during the press preview of the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center on January 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The show opened for media previews today and is open to the general public January 15-23. Getty Images North America / Scott Olson ……

(5) DALLAS, TX – FEBRUARY 03: Ndamukong Suh (90) of the Detroit Lions speaks during a press conference where he accepted Pepsi’s 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year Award at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images …………

(6) Calvin Johnson (81), right, and Matthew Stafford (9) of the Detroit Lions watch the clock run down during the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 5, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeated the Lions 24-20 . Leon Halip/ Getty Images North America ………

(7) Perhaps the greatest player ever in Detroit Lions’ history Barry Sanders is seen here with former NFL player Daryl Hobbs as they’re about to compete in DIRECT Tv’s fifth annual Celebrity Beach Bowl in Victory Park , Dallas , Tx in February over the festivities covering Superbowl (SBXLV) weekend. Getty Images North America / Michael Buckner …….

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Eye candy …………….. Christine Bax

A lil’ more of Ms Bax . Just the way I like it !

Something to rev up one’s engine ….. more of Christine .
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The 1,000lb Gorilla In The Room Still Remains The Pittsburgh Pirates …..


The 1,000lb Gorilla In The Room Still Remains The Pittsburgh Pirates …..

I’m not about try and verify the mess that we now know as the Pittsburgh Pirates and their decline into sheer ineptitude . This is a baseball franchise that hasn’t had a postseason berth or winning season in almost two decades . If that’s not an indication of the ballclub that doesn’t know how to win then I don’t know what is . PNC Ballpark home to the Pirates has essentially become a graveyard of sheer ineptitude and the mere fact that this team still has a core of brave and loyal fans remains not only a mystery to myself but I’d dare say the vast majority of baseball fans out there ! I find it hard to believe that each season fans are of the belief that the Pittsburgh Pirates willingly begin the season as lambs to the slaughter . Were this team incarcerated I’d dare say that the apt description for them would be that they’re about to become someone’s prison’s bitch !

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Remarkably team manager Clint Hurdle and his coaching staff believe that this season the team can compete quite successively within the NL Central . If that’s not enough team owner Bob Nutting with each passing moment makes the most asinine of statements concerning the team’s immediate future and past. As we know the Pirates are one of the teams with one of the lowest payrolls in all of baseball but that in of-itself hasn’t been the main problem as to the team’s misfortunes over the last decade. GM Neal Huntington’s idea of assembling a roster is not unlike watching a blind man trying discern differing colors on a paint board through a sense of touch and smell. Given his lack of success thus far ; I’d say he’d better off relying on a soothsayer or psychic for that matter !

As much as I believe that the Pirates are essentially part of the game’s existing fabric I personally don’t believe that they’re good for the game. It’s all but certain that you can’t count on it as fact that the Pittsburgh Pirates are assured of losing in excess of 85 to 95 games a season without fail and end up posting a sub .500 record in baseball. I mean that’s simply been their mantra over the last decade and then some and it’s not about to change anytime soon. What I’d like to know is why repeatedly fans within the game have to be subjected to this monstrosity each season with the Pittsburgh Pirates ? It’s not as if this team knows how to play much less play with any great zeal or passion. I’d long to know what MLB Commissioner Bud Selig thinks when teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates repeatedly show such ineptitude on the baseball diamond ? Perhaps the only other major professional sport’s franchise that has shown as much mediocrity in recent memory has been the NBA’s —- Los Angeles Clippers under the ownership of Donald Sterling .

As I alluded to earlier the Pirates will have to contend and compete within the NL Central and there they will have to face the St Louis Cardinals , Cincinnati Reds , Houston Astros , Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers . The division itself is competitive enough but it’s clear that the Pirates aren’t about to show that they’re anywhere competitive enough to even be in with a remote chance of competing with this division. And that has become the anathema of this mess within the game as we have owners who seemingly are only interested in being part of the fabric of baseball merely because of the financial inducements offered by the game in terms of its tax sharing revenue scheme which is primarily used to create the perception that there’s a balance between the small big market teams. In reality nothing could be further from the truth because there’s no way that the Pittsburgh Pirates can compete with the likes of the Boston Red Sox , New York Yankees , Texas Rangers , St Louis Cardinals or the Philadelphia Phillies . The teams mentioned are financial behemoths within the game of baseball which strangely enough not many people would as such believe that the Rangers would be considered such an organization.

Since the Texas Rangers were bought by a syndicate group led by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg who’ve made it their goal of not only building a competitive team but also a financially sound organization. The Texas Rangers in spite of them not being able to retain Cliff Lee in the offseason, both Ryan and Greenberg made it their option to build a financial base that would avail the organization of all it needed to be and remain competitive . Apart from having several multi billionaire members on its board the team was able to obtain a multi billion broadcast contract ($3 billion [$ 3,000,000,000]) that will secure its short and long term financial future.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said of the Pittsburgh Pirates under the tenure of Bob Nutting and his willingness to succeed. He’s been to this organization what the US Congress and Senate has been to the economy , as they’ve literally buried their heads in the sand while all around them has simply failed. As we now see the likes of John Boehner and Harry Reid have seen fit to lay blame for the country’s woes elsewhere instead of looking at themselves in the mirror. Not unlike the stance that has been repeatedly taken by Bob Nutting and his partners within the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization . Nutting essentially has no business acumen nor does he know what the hell he’s doing when it comes to running a successful professional sports franchise . Anyone who believes that Bob Nutting has been good for the game of baseball much less the Pittsburgh Pirates really needs to pull that stick from up their ass , wake up and simply look at the mess the organization still remains in !

There are many fans out there who believe that the state of the game of baseball is indeed a healthy one but there’s absolutely nothing there that ought to lead anyone to believe that. Attendances are essentially down in comparison to a decade ago but albeit that for some teams that’s not necessarily the case as we’ve come to see that the vast majority of the baseball teams within the league are struggling simply to survive from a financial standpoint. Bud Selig and the game’s hierarchy would simply like to point to the positives that there’s said to be within the game but in reality they are few and far between of what one might consider to be a success. It’s all being done with smoking mirrors and is liable to implode at some point in the future without there being much that Selig , himself will able to provide as an answer .

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The impending future for the Pittsburgh Pirates might not seem all that bright at this juncture and though the team’s fans hold out hope that they can be a success this upcoming season I can’t really see this team being able to turn things around with any great resolve . Bob Nutting simply has proven to me that he’s not capable of running a concern such as the Pirates without showing any idea as to what he and boardroom of executives are said to be or have been doing since he assumed control of this team.

What thoughts if any do have concerning the Pirates and their immediate future and how do you view the 2011 season for the team from a competitive level ? Simply chime in with a comment as to your thoughts on the matter .

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(1) BRADENTON, FL Manager Clint Hurdle (13) of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during photo day at Pirate City on February 20, 2011 in Bradenton, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …….

(2) Pittsburgh Pirates non-roster invitee Josh Fields takes hits during spring training baseball practice, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in Bradenton, Fla. AP Photo/Eric Gay ……..

(3) (3) Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen prepares to run bases during spring training baseball practice, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in Bradenton, Fla. AP Photo/Eric Gay ……..

(4) Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks with some of his players during spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Bradenton, Fla. AP Photo/Eric Gay …….

(5) Pirates’ senior partner Bob Nutting (left) is seen inset with team GM Neal Huntington (center) and manager Clint Hurdle just after the formal announcement of the manager’s hiring by the organization. AP Photo / Gene J . Puskar ………

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If It Acts Like A Drunk And Smells Like A Dog ……….. Then It Has To Be A Drunk !


If It Acts Like A Drunk And Smells Like A Dog ……….. Then It Has To Be A Drunk

It appears that the Detroit Tigers problems continue to no avail with their All Star —– Miguel Cabrera and his off the field antics. Cabrera having charged with DUI and domestic violence underwent rehab and was welcomed back within the Tigers’ organization . Coach Jim Leyland and team GM Dave Dombrowski have mustered all the strength that they have not to have the player traded away but given the stakes involved they thought it more prudent to retain the player whose statistics within the league have been amongst the very best in (MLB) ( baseball) over the last five years .

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It goes without saying that the Detroit Tigers have been something of a disappointment in recent years within the AL Central having to compete against the Minnesota Twins , Chicago White Sox , and Cleveland Indians . But it has been the fact that this Tigers’ team has shown remarkable inconsistency in not competing as many believe that they can . Team owner Michael Illitch long ambitious as an owner having won multiple Stanley Cups with perhaps the NHL’s most heralded sport’s franchise the Detroit Red Wings . Illitch wants to win and win big because it has now become an anathema to this business entrepreneur . With the Tigers not having won a World Series under Leyland’s career it has to be said that the team has become something of a major disappointment to the fans in attendance at Comerica Park who’ve longed wait to see another title come to this heralded ballclub .

Miguel Cabrera for his part is now under even closer public scrutiny with a second indictment having just been adjoined to his record . Driving in Southern Florida recently the player was stopped by a law enforcement officer believing he’d been driving under the influence and excessive speeding on a major Florida highway. The player failed a field sobriety test and it is believed that he blew a .014 bac (blood alcohol content) (above the state legal level of .08) which break that state’s legal limit. The player had undergone rehab and anger management for his prior act with the assistance from the MLBPA (union) but it appears that Cabrera still can’t escape the fact that he has a problem and that is that he’s an acute alcoholic and in doing so he’s a detriment to his family and that of the Detroit Tigers’ organization . But in reality the real problem facing the organization is that beyond Miguel Carbera there isn’t really a great deal for which one could look admiringly at the team . They’ve tied their sails to the mast that is the first baseman and now they have a very serious image problem from a player who’s viewed as the face of the ballclub . And no amount of empathy sought can hide the fact that the player has now become a major distraction and a problem for not only Leyland’s coaching staff but also for the ambition of the organization as a whole .

Cabrera was signed to a seven year $119 million dollar contract for which he’s still owed $68 million and one seriously doubts that there’d be any takers by a team at this juncture, for a player who has an alcohol and anger management problem. As productive as Miguel Cabrera has proven to be over the course of his career he’s now become that while prolific in his professional life , he’s become a mindless and pathetic individual in his private life ! He’s a danger to himself , his wife , his kids and to the public . Had he be involved in a vehicular accident one simply wonders whether or not he’d have been willing to be held accountable for his actions ? Because that clearly wasn’t the case with NFL player Donte’ Stallworth and his vehicular accident where a pedestrian in South Florida on a crosswalk was killed while he’d (Stallworth) been driving under the influence (DUI- bac .014 —-marijuana ) and narcotics. The pedestrian a 51 year old maintenance worker with was killed on the crosswalk and where his body had been dragged some sixty feet after it had been hit by Stallworth’s $175,000 Diamler-Benz. And as we know the player served only a mere 24 day sentence in a Florida state prison in a plea agreement with Miami Dade County DA Katherine Fernandez-Rundle . The justice system has become skewered and a pale parody of what it’s meant to truly represent.

While I feel that the upcoming MLB season ought to be very thrilling for the fans in attendance. I’m hoping to see the season be a truly competitive one and also see whether or not the San Francisco Giants can prove last season’s triumph in the World Series wasn’t a fluke and that they can make a serious run at possibly successfully defending their title. This much I think that we can all agree upon the big money moves made by such teams as the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have been made the pre-emptive favorites for the game’s showcase event. No doubt New York Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman and the organization will be surely looking to make that envisaged scenario merely one that’s played out in the minds of the believers than that of reality.

The New York Yankees may well be hard pressed to even challenge the Red Sox within the AL East as they’re not considered favorably as a team to even win the division much less garner the wildcard berth within the AL.

The Detroit Tigers’ season will be predicated upon their pitching and off course their offense and how they respond throughout the season. Are they capable of competing successfully within the division as well as the rest of baseball remains to be seen . But I for one view this season as being more of a reclamation project not only for Mige Cabretra but also for that of the Tigers if they’re to be viewed a success. If that fails to happen then there’s liable to be a major upheaval within the organization initiated by GM Dave Dombrowski and team owner Michael Illitch. This much we do know for a ballclub that’s steeped in history this franchise has fallen on hard times struggling to maintain a sense of urgency and purpose . At the same time Miguel Cabrera has to prove to not only the Tigers’ fans but also fans of the game in general that that he’s simply not become a self absorbed player and constant drunk. He has to once again become the player we know him capable of being and leader of this team if the Tigers are to have any semblance of success this upcoming season.

As to what fate has in hand for the game of baseball this upcoming year one can only hope that the off the field issues that we’re now seeing within the NBA and NFL won’t be something that we’ll see within the game of baseball. The real problem the game faces is that it’s hierarchy , owners and the union (MLBPA) are completely oblivious as to the acute financial issues that the game now faces . Commissioner Bud Selig acts like an ostrich with his buried in the sand looking for the sun to shine on his proverbial ass . Unfortunately Selig’s intelligence much like everything else about him isn’t shown with the public statement he makes but with the sheer idiocy of his actions during his tenure as the game’s highest ranking official. And to think that he’s been compensated to the tune of in excess of $65 million over the last four years for a position that a chimpanzee could have filled ! Let’s just hope that the homosapiens out there aren’t offended by the statement but in reality I doubt that they’re not discouraged that they’ve been compared to an imbecile like Bud Selig .

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning Miguel Cabrera’s current situation and that of the Detroit Lions’ upcoming season ? Do you believe that this was a mere mistake by the player but merely his self indulgent and absorbed attitude that once again threatens his career ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this matter and any other that you feel that’s now pertinent to the game of baseball ? By all means chime in with your thoughts on the subject and as always thanks for the continued support !

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(1) Detroit Tigers general manager David Dombrowski speaks to reporters about Miguel Cabrera before a spring training baseball workout Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Lakeland, Fla. Dombrowski said Cabrera will not practice with the team until next week at the earliest. Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Fort Pierce, about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training. AP Photo/David J. Phillip …………

(2) This undated photo provided by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office shows Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera after he was arrested on drunken driving charges late Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 in Florida. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says the 27-year-old’s car engine was smoking alongside a road late Wednesday when a deputy spotted the vehicle. According to the arrest report, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy. Cabrera posted $1,350 bond and was released Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. AP Photo/St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office ……

(3) Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera bats against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan ……….

(4) LAKELAND, FL Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2011 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ……..

(5) Tigers’ owner Michael Ilitch (left) is seen here with team GM Dave Dombrowski at Comerica Park , Detroit , Michigan at a convened press conference at the team’s headquarters . Detroit Free Press ………..

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