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Chumpservations, Vol. 13: Bud Selig, Armando Galarraga, Jim Joyce, World Cup Soccer, the NBA Finals, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jose Canseco, Affliction sport coats, Danny Ferry, drunken bosses and broken-down Volkswagens
I’d like to apologize to my regular readers for not having posted anything lately.
Let’s just say… it’s been a helluva week.
June started out with a bang. My engine over-heated to the point where I had to park my car, walk a mile in the Florida heat to the nearest Volkswagen dealer, spend $25 for Volks-specific coolant, walk another mile back to my car, only to find sludge leaking from the place um… under my hood… um, where it’s supposed to go. I’m no mechanic nor do I play one on the internet.
Fortunately a friend and regular reader, let’s call him NZ, briefly quelled his Chick-Fil-A craving, for which he had a free coupon, to pick me up from the dealership, where I was later informed that my car would cost over a thousand dollars to fix.
As if that news wasn’t pleasant enough, I found out later that day that I was relieved of one my numerous, part-time bartending jobs by the new bar manager who was later found passed out on the kitchen floor drunk and covered in flour.
Yes, all this actually happened.
Needless to say, it was quite the day but let’s move on, shall we?
Here’s some brief thoughts on the week that was…
Yes… I think Bud Selig should have rescinded that bad Jim Joyce call and given Armando Galarraga at least an honorary perfect game. He has the power to do so, so why not do the right thing? For baseball’s sake? Please. We all know it was a perfect game so why not have the record books illustrate that? Props to Joyce, Galarraga, Jim Leyland and Tigers GM Mark Reuss who all handled the post-game fiasco with class. Selig was the only one who didn’t, not that anyone’s surprised. Don’t worry, baseball fans. There’s only 500 more days until Selig’s retirement. Let’s just hope he doesn’t anoint his successor.
Ken Griffey, Jr. called it a career this week. (Selig should too!) Junior ranks right up there with the greatest athletes to have never won a championship. My others would have to include Dan Marino, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Barry Sanders, Ernie Banks, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Ted Williams, Allen Iverson, Dominique Wilkins and Elgin Baylor. In your mind, where does Griffey, who finished his career with 630 HRs and a lifetime .284 batting average, rank among those greats?
Yes… after watching Game One, I think the Lakers-Celtics Finals has the potential to be a real snooze-fest unless the Celtics make adjustments I don’t know they’re capable of making. The Lakers are too big, too long, too good, have Kobe and oh yeah, Phil Jackson is 47-0 in his career when winning the first game of a playoff series. Is it football season yet?
Yes… I think Kobe Bryant will win his fifth ring this year, putting him only one behind Michael Jordan and yes, I think he will eventually retire with at least that many.
Yes… I wonder why Jose Canseco wears Affliction blazers to important grand jury meetings.
Yes… I am looking forward to the World Cup and not just because there’s nothing else on television to watch this summer.
Yes… I think Rays fans are fickle. The last time I checked the standings, Tampa Bay still holds the best record in baseball and are among the best defensive teams in the league. They play an exciting brand of baseball, yet for their fans, that’s apparently still not good enough.
Yes… I think men’s tennis will suffer a ratings drop similar to that of a Tiger-less PGA when Roger Federer eventually retires… assuming anyone still watches men’s tennis to begin with. Who other than Rafael Nadal will carry that torch?
And finally no… I am not surprised to see the shake-up in the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. First Mike Brown was fired as was expected, then Danny Ferry stepped down as the team’s general manager. This is arguably the most important off-season for any professional sports franchise in history. They musttread lightly in the hopes of not only re-signing LeBron James but perhaps another big name as well. It is clear now that LeBron calls the shots. He’s not the first athlete to get a coach and/or GM fired nor will he be the last. I guess it’s good to be the king after all. Perhaps he can spot me a loan for my car repairs.