Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:52 am

Today's Randoms

What is this, the Big 10 (or Big 11 as I like to call it) thinking about expanding? There are already 11 teams in the misnomer that is the Big X. If anything, the Big 11 should be thinking about contracting (hey Northwestern, take a hike) not expanding. Over the years, the Big 10 has tried to recruit Notre Dame. This would make sense on every level for the conference (geography, tradition, revenue) but would be detrimental financially to ND, which is the only reason it has never happened. Besides their lucrative national TV deal, ND has the luxury and flexibility to schedule whoever they want. Instead of half their schedule being a conference slate, ND seeks out home and homes with teams that will pay them (and teams they think they will beat even though that hasn't been the case with the Stanfords, UConns and Syracuses of the world). I can understand why Missouri would want to leave the difficult Big 12 and join the eminently winnable Big 10, but what will the Big 10 call itself? Can't call itself the Big 12, for obvious reasons. Downsize, not supersize. 
Also on college football, can't wait until bowl season is over and kids start making it known whether they are coming out for the draft or staying at school. The NFL draft is one of my favorite sports events and I love mock drafts, Kiper vs. McShay, the Big Board, combine, everything. Jake Locker really surprised me by returning to U of Wash. It's not like they can even win the Pac-10 next year, never mind the national title. Sam Bradford I could understand last year because Oklahoma had a chance to win. Returning to a team that has Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham, etc., that makes sense. No one can foresee injury, but I think Bradford made the right call. He will probably still be a first round pick this spring. With Locker out of the draft, Clausen is the clear first QB off the board. 
Devin Harris should not have been ejected last night. He was cleary going for the ball, took a horrible, stupid angle on the attempted block, and got Moon's dome piece instead. We see this once or twice a month, a bad foul. 
The Celtics are destroying people right now. They have to be number 1 in any power rankings until the Lakers play some road games. 
Keep the DH! Pitching has become way waaaaaaaay too specialized for these guys to be batting and running the bases. I understand they are professional athletes that should be able to swing the stick and run like anyone else; but come on, it's sad watching these guys try to hit. It's a Sportcenter Top 10 when Carlos Zambrano, Micah Owings or some other "hitting" pitcher smacks the long ball. That's stupid. I'm all for consistency between the AL and NL. Some people say put the DH into the NL, and some say get rid of it all together. I say put it in the NL. 

Category: MLB
Tags: Big 10, MLB, NBA, NFL draft
Posted on: November 30, 2009 1:22 pm

Active HOF'ers in every sport

Got to wondering..of the four major sports leagues, which has the most lock, sure-fire HOF'ers playing right now? This was spawned by the announcements of the newest NHL inductees (Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, Leetch and Lou Lamoriello), which is one of the strongest classes ever to go into the Hall. Also, the list of MLB Hall hopefuls came out the other day as well. Holdovers Andre Dawson, Mark McGwire, Burt Blyleven, Jack Morris, and first timers such as The Crime Dog Fred McGriff, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galaragga, Edgar Martinez, etc. etc.
The criteria is: A guy that, if he retired RIGHT NOW, would get in, without a doubt (which is in my opinion of course). A lot of other guys in every sport are well on their way...they just need to play a few more seasons having good numbers. Some cases are tough. Guys like Jorge Posada, Andy Pettite, Jason Varitek (decent numbers, but were winners, long careers, impact on the game, etc.). Guys like Konerko, Dye, Miguel Tejada (numbers aplenty, but are they really HOF'ers or will they suffer from Dave Kingman syndrome?) What about Omar Visquel? Lance Berkman? Torii Hunter? MLB:Derek JeterAlex RodriguezMariano RiveraIvan RodriguezRandy JohnsonTrevor HoffmanJim ThomePedro MartinezManny RamirezVladimir GuerreroAlbert PujolsRoy HalladayIchiro SuzukiChipper JonesAndruw Jones
NBA:Shaquille O'NealKevin GarnettRay AllenTim DuncanSteve NashPaul PierceJason KiddDirk NowitzkiKobe BryantVince Carter
NHL:Martin BrodeurNicholas LidstromMark RecchiSergei FedorovJarome IginlaMike ModanoTeamu SelannePaul KariyaChris Pronger
NFL:Ed ReedPeyton ManningLaDanian TomlinsonRay LewisTom BradyTerrell OwensTorry HoltRandy MossBrett FavreKurt WarnerEdgerrin JamesChamp BaileyJason TaylorJunior SeauCharles WoodsonBrian UrlacherSteve HutchinsonWalter JonesTony GonzalezBrian Dawkins
Who am I missing? Hockey list feels short. Chip in guys.
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