Failure is not an option

Failure is not an option

It is now nut crunching time as it relates to the NCAA Tournament and the brackets , and how the whole issue will be resolved . It is clear, that the adjudicating body that will come to their conclusions will never fully satisfy the analysts , fans or the media , no matter what decision is made . As a fan of College Basketball , this is simply the one tournament that I thoroughly enjoy watching from start to finish.


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Teams are jockeying , for the privilege, of playing in what I believe to be the best collegiate sports’ competition, on the collegiate sporting landscape ! Football may well be the most popular sport by far , but with their continued flawed system to determine a national champion , we will never get to a point where we are truly satisfied with a format. Even now, with a rather flawed, but some might say, a much a fairer system to be instituted in the 2014-15 calendar. Which will be solely driven , and formatted for the mere means of gaining tens of millions more sponsorship dollars pouring into the coffers of the BCS and their associate partners It now begs the question , what other asinine concept will be thought up the odious and rather archaic members of that institution ?

Personally, after that catastrophe of a national title game , where Notre Dame simply got their ass handed to them , I am beginning to wonder what the hell , are the polls meant to be about ! Hell, that team , in no way , deserved to be ranked at number one in the nation , at any point of the season , in spite of their unbeaten regular season schedule (12-0) . The fact that the Alabama Crimson Tide , rolled over their ass , like a tractor-trailer crushing road-kill, does create this widespread belief, that the “ Fighting Irish” were simply overrated and a complete embarrassment of that ranking prior to the BCS championship game.

With the recent “signing day “ and this belief , that one can assuage these recruiting classes to validate a claim , as which program was the “ best of the best “ in terms of their recruiting goals. Well, in many ways , it is like trying to suggest , are we ever satisfied with whatever we progress by the decisions made by the Congress and an administration . At the end of the day , it all comes down to the perceived talent , but more so the acumen shown by a head coach and his coaching staff. And at the top of the heap at present , is the name of Nick Saban , whose record simply speaks for itself , that now , nothing else, really needs to be said !

OK, so here we are and a competition initiated after MLB , and IBAF (International Baseball Federation) , and their complete lack of accountability and leadership being shown by both hierarchies , as it relates to the game’s ongoing morass in dealing with their approach on the use of PED’s . For years , the MLB hierarchy led by Bud Selig , simply stood by , and watched in amazement as hallowed records were simply “being ripped “ from the record books with sheer ease. The fact that disgraced ball player, Barry Bonds’ feat of 73 home runs still sits in the books , along with the career home run record , another record held by Bonds . I am beginning to wonder what the venerable Hank Aaron , must now be thing as he watches the game he graced so effortlessly, now become ” a complete sham”, while the salaries of the top players are now reaching ridiculous levels !

While the MLB Spring Training Schedule is in full swing , the World Baseball Classic is being simultaneously. Yet, lo and behold , Team USA , managed by Joe Torre , have seen their foray in this competition come to an abrupt end , with the team’s defeat at the hands of Puerto Rico in the quarter-finals of the WBC. Personally , this is the one competition that since its inception , it has been a downright failure , primarily because the fact Team USA , ranked #2 internationally by IBAF, has seemingly been a train wreck , in international play. Doubt my word , ask yourself this , when was the last time the national side won anything of note at the international level, featuring many of their best stars from the Major League Level ?

It certainly, has not happened in the Olympics, over baseball’s last staging , which before the sport being jettisoned by the IOC. Team competition for both baseball and softball at the Olympic level , last took place in 2008 , and at the behest of the IOC Executive Committee , led its President , Jacques Rogge , led to the dismissal of both sports from the Summer Olympics. Now you have Bud Selig and his IBAF counterpart, Ricardo Fraccari behaving like a bunch of clowns , as they seek the reinstatement of their sport as well as softball, back as part of the Summer Schedule of the Olympics. Meanwhile, self-styled World Baseball Classic , remains a mindless bore and eyesore , barely watched on television , with meager ratings coming by way of ESPN’s and ABC’s televised coverage. About the only ones being served by this utter nonsense are the corporate advertisers looking to make a quick dollar by way of selling their wares .

With the failure of Team USA making a successful run in the WBC , it begs the question , the boast of being world champions ? Albeit, at the club level , where does it place the country at the international level, even with the team’s ranking currently being ranked at number two . After this competition , it is becoming increasingly clear that ranking will slip , along with hyperbole over the country’s boast of being the best in the world .

We know of the aspirations of a number of teams this season with a great on their minds , as it relates to the World Series . Reigning champions , the San Francisco Giants , will be looking to make a successfully defense of the title they won with ease in 2012 , defeating the Detroit Tigers . World Series MVP , Pablo Sandoval , will undoubtedly be looking cement what was a tremendous postseason for the player and his teammates .

Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy , his coaching staff and GM Brian Sabean , will be looking to have this team prepared for the long haul of an arduous 2013 schedule . And for Tim Lincecum, a former Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009 . Last season was something of a misnomer for Lincecum , but he able to deliver for the team when they needed him most during the postseason.

Sabean and Giants’ managing partner , Larry Baer , have to be aware that the franchise will the ones with a target on their backs. Having won two World Series in three years , baseball has not had a repeat series’ winner , since the New York Yankees , won three in a row (1998, 1999 & 2000). And for the game’s most renowned franchise , there are now facing a time of uncertainty, with an aging roster at its core , and a great deal of uncertainty concerning the long-term futures of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez . And as one career winds down , with Jeter now in the twilight of his famed career , one has to ask who will now assume control and lead this team by example ? Certainly not Rodriguez , given his penchant for excuses , and seeking to apportion blame elsewhere for his own repeated mistakes. Less we forget also , Alex Rodriguez remains a flawed character , who has no desirable trait, and he might just be , the most despised player in the game today. It is my firm belief that the Yankees’ front office have erred in not rescinding Rodriguez’s contract in light of the latest expose’ in which this is the second time that the player’s name has been associated with a steroids’ investigation , after his admission of guilt to the use of PED’s in 2010, in which the third baseman confirmed that he experimented with steroid use from 2001 to 2004 , while playing for the Texas Rangers .

Rodriguez’s career in Major League Baseball, has been littered, with highs and lows , of which, many would consider career lows to be considerably more than the highs. I believe that perception to be true , primarily because of the player’s admission of guilt , and his use of steroids and the very fact that the suspicion still remains that he has never been fully truthful as to whether or not there was his continued use ! And that is in light of ongoing allegations concerning the third baseman and recent stories within the print and television media . What makes all the more disturbing also , remains the fact that Alex Rodriguez is the highest paid player in the game and whose career earnings will surpass a half billion dollars ($500,000,000) at the culmination of that career.

It should be of some note, that Rodriguez remains the only player in baseball history to have signed two separate contracts, where the team commitment on each occasion has been for $250 million. By return, for that investment , the player has rewarded baseball the teams and fans , with three MVP Awards , thirteen All Star Appearances , two Gold Gloves Awards , one World Series championship , active home runs leader (647) , as well as active RBI’s leader (1950) , and is now 99 hits away from reaching (37th all-time) the 3,000 hits’ plateau . Yet for all of those accolades , many fans believe the third baseman to self-absorbed , conceited , and not to be a great teammate , either with the New York Yankees or Texas Rangers. His relationship with Derek Jeter, is said to be fractured and one, which is day to day ,by most accounts , but yet, somehow the Yankees’ economic future will be based upon a player who remains a pariah within the game. Sidelined hip surgery and likely to miss the team’s entire regular season schedule. It can be said, that the Yankees will either sink or swim with the play of the players considered by Joe Girardi, that will give the franchise the best opportunity to win. And given the state of the team’s current pitching roster, I believe it will be a considerable task for the New York Yankees to overcome and win the AL East , much less gain a playoff berth this season.

The hyperbole was there , but now we’re beginning to see the character or lack of it thereof , as the New York Knicks (38-25) are falling from a lofty peak , falling from the sky, faster than a meteorite . And for all of the prognosticators , simply salivating over this team , primarily because of the assembly of All Stars , is simply and utterly asinine , when there is no body of work to go by ! That’s akin to placing an ugly chick in a two piece bathing suit and then to suggest, that she is in, with a favorite’s chance to win the Miss Universe contest. Not that anyone, would want to see this team strutting “ their stuff” on a catwalk, as it has been bad enough to witness their play over their last ten games , where they are 5-5 and losers of three straight . And need one suggest, that they are slipping down the Eastern Conference rankings , at a rather disturbing time in their schedule ?

Now the Knicks are having to serve the indignity of being without Carmelo Anthony , Tyson Chandler , and the vastly overrated and ailing Amar`e Stoudemire . Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson , now has to rally this team , simply take them to task over their lack of commitment to apply themselves far more aggressively as a defensive unit . Something of which , does not appear to be a part of the team’s psyche .

I get the feeling that this is not what team owner , James Dolan and GM Glen Grunwald , envisaged from the New York Knicks this season ! They are likely to fall short of their goal, and that is to make a deep and spirited run in the postseason. They will undoubtedly qualify for the playoffs , quite possibly as the third, fourth or fifth ranked team within the conference , based on current standings and the play of several conference contenders over their last ten games.

A competitive NBA, needs a resurgent Knicks’ franchise to be an ever- present force within the game. Anyone who suggests otherwise, clearly has no understanding of the franchise’s economic impact to the NBA as a whole . And while we have seen the rise of the Los Angeles Clippers , Golden State Warriors and in recent years the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers. There is no denying , that with the Los Angeles Lakers (35-32) , Miami Heat , the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks , the NBA postseason , simply becomes nothing more than a crap-shoot . More often than not, many of the playoff series are understated , with somewhat lackluster play on both sides of the ball.

While the New York Knicks have their on-field issues , their conference rivals , the Miami Heat continue their win streak , which now stands at twenty one consecutive wins . Do you get the feeling that the Heat are simply strolling through the regular season without being overly complacent ? And while we are at it , is LeBron James on his way to winning his fourth MVP title , joining a select group of players with at least two or more league MVP crowns as their laurels ? James and the Heat currently have the third longest win streak (33) in NBA history , a record currently held by the ‘71-‘72 Los Angeles Lakers (69-13) .

Not one to kick an animal while it is down , but it appears that the Los Angeles Lakers’ season is now on the line . Currently sitting in the eighth spot of the Western Conference , and no discerning reason to believe , that they are still capable of holding unto that position. Kobe Bryant’s claims that the team is still capable of making the postseason, is beginning to look somewhat tenuous . The Lakers’ schedule doesn’t offer the players any great aid over the remainder of their regular season. When adjudged against that of the seventh placed Houston Rockets (36-30) and the ninth placed , Dallas Mavericks (31-34). And as we know, the Western Conference has always considered to be a dogfight , for all of the aspirants seeking to make the postseason.

Now while many have been critical of Kobe Bryant , and the fact he recently lashed out at his teammates for their lack of commitment . The player was sidelined briefly, but he gamely made it back onto the court to aid his teammates in a thoroughly competitive victory over the Indiana Pacers . Much of that criticism has been valid , yet it remains a matter of conjecture and speculation how this team can survive in its present guise . Dwight Howard remains an enigma , meanwhile, Steve Nash , as gamely a veteran , as the fans know him to be . It is clear that the Lakers , are a considerable distance from where they need to be. In spite of it all, head coach , Mike D’Antoni tries to stress that the team , are now getting into their stride. As an observer from afar , I have never been enamored with D’Antoni as a head coach , and I still feel that GM Mitch Kupchak and Senior VP Jim Buss have erred , first, in the hiring of Mike Brown , and then the hiring of his successor , Mike D’Antoni ! With a mere fifteen games left in the regular season schedule for the league’s thirty teams , it will be very interesting to see how not only the Los Angeles Lakers will fare , but also many of the championship contenders seeking to make a name for themselves this postseason.


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What if anything, are you most looking forward to , when the NCAA Tournament is off and running ? In addition, which teams do you believe will be making a strong presence in the tourney and why ? Do you also believe that the World Baseball Classic has been a worthwhile competition or simply a bust ? Finally , the New York Yankees , will this be the season where we see the team back in the World Series , or will they fall by the wayside ? Chime on in with your thoughts .

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(1) Miami’s Durand Scott (1) reacts after making a basket as he runs past North Carolina State’s C.J. Leslie (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Miami has moved on to the Finals of the ACC Tournament to be be played today , Sunday 17th March, 2013 , where they will play North Carolina . AP Photo/Gerry Broome ….

(2) Miami head coach Jim Larranaga directs his team against North Carolina State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2013. AP Photo/Gerry Broome …

(3) Puerto Rico catcher Yadier Molina ,left, pitching coach Rick Bones,center, and pitcher Nelson Figueroa celebrate after defeating the USA 4-3 in the World Baseball Classic second round Pool 2 elimination game between Puerto Rico and the United States at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday, March 15, 2013. AP Photo/The Miami Herald, David Santiago ….

(4) New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, and former Yankees first baseman and current Miami Marlins hitting instructor Tino Martinez before a spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Friday, March 15, 2013. AP Photo/Kathy Willens ….

(5) FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo, New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball’s American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in New York. When the Yankees re-signed Rodriguez in December 2007, they expected him to set home run records . Now some in the team’s management hope he never plays again, so much of the $114 million he’s still due can be covered by insurance. Not only is he injured, he’s at the center of performance-enhancing drug use allegations. P Photo/Paul Sancya ….

(6) David Sierra , sits in his family owned realty company in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2013, displaying a photo of a flier that the management company passed out to tenants in an office complex where they rented space to Biogenesis and Anthony Bosch . New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez has denied a newspaper report on Tuesday that accused the baseball star of buying human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances from a clinic in the Miami area. The Miami New Times, an alternative weekly, reported that it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez , Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal from a clinic called Biogenesis, run by Bosch. AP Photo/J Pat Carter ….

(7) San Francisco Giants, managing partner Larry Baer , right to left, Pablo Sandoval, Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy holds the Commissioner’s Trophy after Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants won 4-3 to win the series . AP Photo/Matt Slocum, Pool ….

(8) New York Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Trail Blazers beat the Knicks 105-90 . AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens …

(9) Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade lies on the court during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks in an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2013, in Milwaukee. AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps ….

(10) A healthy relationship ? Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, draws a play for center Dwight Howard as they sit on the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Friday, March 15, 2013. Bryant and Howard the team’s two leading scorers are said to have a somewhat tepid relationship , but somehow things are said to be tenuous between the pairing. AP Photo/Michael Conroy …



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26 thoughts on “Failure is not an option”

  1. Well , the brackets have been set for this season’s NCAA Tournament with the # 1 seeds being Kansas , Indiana , Louisville and Gonzaga . Now comes the real pressure for the sixty-eight participants , as one misstep and you’re out !

    Can someone explain to me why the World Baseball Classic is really necessary , especially with the poor play of Team USA ! Allegedly ranked #2 according to IBAF , how goddamn awful could that team actually has been ?

    Team USA has been woefully inept in this tournament and it will remain another one of Bud Selig’s many boon-doogles , for which he has known to have committed many over the course of his tenure.

    So all of these pro supporters of the Knicks’ fan , please explain to me how this team can be so utterly mediocre , but yet their fans have been hyping this franchise as ready to be the dragon slayers within the Eastern Conference . This team is marginally average at best, given their recent run and results . Hell, if you’re going to point out the positives of a team, at least be candid and intelligent enough to also point out their flaws , as well !

    The Lakers much like the Knicks are a team that now has their work cut out for them over the remainder of their schedule . Simply look at how favorable the schedules are for both the Jazz and Mavericks , between now and the end of the regular season .

    So a number of MLB analysts , seem to be backing the Toronto Blue Jays as the presumptive favorites for the AL East . Well , if they believe because of the acquisition of players during the off-season will be enough to place this team over the top , then they are sadly mistaken. The ball club’s body of work over the past five seasons including 2012 , would suggest at best , they are possibly now , no more than the third or fourth best team within the division .

    Alex Rodriguez has been nothing but a pain in the ass for the Yankees and if the front office have not realized that, as of now. Then , they are just as gullible , as they appear to be .

    NBA Sunday’s results and the divisional and conference standings .

    Tophatal ………………….


  2. The Celtics are now proving to be a dangerous threat to the Knicks’ and their standing in the conference . Simply look at what KG and his teammates have done in their most recent games (10) and the Knicks by comparison .

    Not wanting to rain on the Knicks’ parade but this team continues to disappoint when most expected more , and please don’t use the excuse of injuries , as that is why you have a roster , that should complement your starters . Which clearly isn’t the case with the Knicks .

    Boston Celtics news

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    New York Knicks’ news

    Eastern Conference offensive stats (teams)

    Eastern Conference defensive stats (team)

    I believe that the Heat have a pressing engagement on Monday night when they take on the Celtics . Could this be the meeting , where their (Heat) consecutive win streak comes to an end ?

    The vast majority of the teams now have roughly 15 games to play , to close out the regular season

    Season highlights (2012-13) , most points scored in a game by a player . Deron Williams 57 and Steph Curry 54 points

    Leading scorer

    Tophatal ……..


  3. The NCAA is the true national champion. College football is fake. This years tourney will be a wild one. Louisville, Duke, Ohio State, Indiana, UNM, Gonzaga are just a few who can win it all. Kentucky last year’s chumps I mean champs didn’t even make it. The field is win open. What drives me nuts is the morons at ESPN and CBS. What a bunch of jackasses. these foools are as full of shit as a Christmas goose.


    1. bobby gee

      This is how a true national champion (NCAA Tournament) ought to be decided and not this utter bull#hit , that is merely created as another form of taking money out of the hands of the consumers with multiple bowl games that are simply slanted towards the programs of the BCS aligned conferences. College Football is , and will remain a frigging joke in the way it decides how a national champion ought to be determined !

      This might be the most wide open national tournament that we have had in years , because there has been , no one dominant team over the course of this season .

      Any one of four or should I say five of the top twelve seeds could win , if things were to fall their way .

      Tophatal ………………….


  4. the morons at EPSN and CBS have hard on for Gonzaga. The Zags haven’t made it to a final four but they are one of the elite teams UNM may have one of its best teams since Stormin Norman Elleberger was the coach. he had Marvin Automatic Johnson and Michael Cooper.


    1. bobby gee

      When the tournament comes around , I simply just watch the action on the court and mute the sound button on the television . Look, I know that Bill Walton was a tremendous college player while at UCLA , but I don’t want him waxing on lyrically , using semantics and hearkening back to late sixties , when he was probably doin’ weed and bangin’ every damn co-ed he could find on UCLA’s campus . Not unless, he’s got pictures of himself and the late John Wooden layin’ the pipe to some young sophomore or junior ? Now that’s a picture I’d definitely like to see !

      Coach Wooden and Bill Walton

      “Coach how’d you feel about the yourself and the team coming with me while I get some ” hash” and then get some chicks to have sex with ? Bill Walton and John Wooden

      Joe Lunardi

      I don’t have much time for the analysis , as I find it all to be comatose inducing , because they are not informing the fans but merely offering up something of a biased opinion ! Joe Lunardi can go scratch his balls while trying to lick his @ss and testes at the same time .

      “Rece , we need for one of these female interns to come in and suck Digger and Dick’s vitals , and then have Bobby Knight , have @nal sex with her . ”
      ESPN producer

      From left to right Rece Davies , Dick Vitale Bobby Knight and Digger Phelps

      Tophatal …………..


        1. bobby

          It would be a great story for UCLA (Bruins) and their fans . Ben Howland has been a great coach, and it would take an enormous feat to see the team progress through this tournament . Nothing as such, is off the table , because if if Jim Valvano can do it , as NC State Wolfpack , did some 30 years ago . Then perhaps , why not the Bruins ?

          Valvano and the NC Wolfpack players and fans celebrate their tournament triumph .

          Tophatal …………..

          Tophatal ……………………………


                  1. Alan,
                    He was a great motivational speaker/coach. The ‘stick out’ part of his speech was when the producer was trying to rush him through it. JV replied with a contemptuous remark in Italian. Using the word “Fanapola”. Nice was of saying Go Fuk Yourself.


    1. Ronbets

      The reason why I state Howlands is a a great coach , he’s still able to recruit , even when players would rather go elsewhere , rather than still be steeped in the Bruins’ tradition . At the same time he has been able to bring the program back to some respectability . By comparison , has his program been under the scrutiny , of say anywhere , what John Calipari has coached over the course of his collegiate career ? And let’s not kid ourselves about the bull$hit , that went down with Derrick Rose and the taking of his SAT’s . That cluster-$uck was so brazen , because Calipari knew what went down , as a coaching associate facilitated someone else taking the player’s test.

      Vonn and Woods

      The only reason Woods’ game has improved is because Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn has been helping Tiger hold his ” 9 iron “ in more ways than he’s accustomed to holding it .

      Lindsay Vonn , as I’d prefer to see her ! Nice ! How ’bout them apples , bro ? And she can grab a hold of my ” pole” anytime she wants ! I ain’t scared ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      I don’t know what ump was thinking when he told me take some stick because I thought he said come and suck his ##ck ” .

      Tophatal ……………… 3:55 pm 2013/03/18


  5. Bobby Gee,
    Norm Elllenberger was one of CBB’s biggest renegades in history. He made Jerry Tarkanian look like an altar boy. Regardless of “Lobogate” they still loved him Albuquerque. Bobby, like myself, you ain’t no spring chicken. Welcome to the AARP.


    1. Ronbets

      Look closely at Howland’s record and that of Calipari’s . As the saying goes ….” all that glitters isn’t necessarily gold ” .

      Always “smokin’ Denise Milani

      Forget ’bout AARP , as long as you can hold your own and please the ladies , that’s all that matters at this stage of your life . I’ve already hit the 50 , and I have a ” FWFB ” (Friend With Fringe Benefits ) who allows me take care of business and that business is also reciprocal . It’s nice at this time of life to be involved with a female who’s considerably younger and not be looked at like a sexual predator . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      There’s a reason why guys wouldn’t mind getting into Rihanna’s pants .

      Tophatal …………… 03/18/2013 4:15 PM EST


  6. Al…
    I honestly think that if the World Baseball Classic is something that Team USA (do they really even have one?) wanted to get behind, if we had someone to organize the best American players into playing on the team, then it’s something we, the fans, would follow more closely, but like I said over at the Chump, why should I care if they don’t?

    Heck, the most exciting thing about that tourney was the brawl between Teams Mexico and Canada.

    But let’s talk about something really important, shall we? Kentucky not making the tournament.
    So Calipari is calling it ‘humbling?’ I would say so. Listen, this team sucked even before their star player went down. What would his excuse have been then?


    1. Chris Humpherys(@SportsChump)

      The inception of the World Baseball Classic , isn’t that it remains something of a flawed tournament , but the very fact that it is staged at the wrong time of the year ! Furthermore , where other participants are sending their best talent available , MLB and Team USA , seem intent on filling its roster with a number of second tier players and a bunch of no-named individuals , merely for the sake of the revenues that will be derived from the tournament .

      As big as ESPN , just happens to be , I am beginning to wonder how much of a “hit ” they are now taking financially from televising the event ? I understand that they can recoup some of their losses by passing it on to the consumer or with the sales to overseas contingents . At the same time the MLB Network is also broadcasting this rather mediocre event , and gaining minimal viewership , if that . Yet , when the content matter overall , is so dire and dismal , and the very fact that Team USA , and their on-field play has been so goddamn incompetent ! . Naturally , it becomes an even bigger turnoff for those , who may well have initially chose to watch this bull crap .

      IBAF (International Baseball Assoc & Federation) and MLB , as a whole , had better rethink their strategy altogether on the future staging of this event .

      Isn’t it bad enough , that these assholes are now having to beg the IOC to have baseball reinstated at future Summer Olympic Games ? None of this would have happened , had Bud Selig pulled his head out of his ass , and be proactive concerning , the implementation of a proper drug protocol and test standard , rather than seeking to hide behind privacy issue concerns ?

      All of this coming from an incompetent asshole and moron ( Selig) , who sat idly by while the likes of Bonds , Sosa , Ramirez , McGwire , Rafael Palmeiro , A-Rod and Clemens cheated the public and fans alike . And yet we have anally retentive assholes talking about , let the players carry on with their “cheating” ? Shows how unintelligent those goddamn idiots just happen are , to to begin with !

      Calipari , can complain all he wants , some of it justified , but most of it , comes down to the fact that he and his coaching staff were so “cocksure “ of themselves at the start of their season , that they simply didn’t care , as it began to progress towards the NCAA Tournament and the SEC Championship . Granted , the loss of Nerlens Noel , came as a big blow for the program as a whole , as the player meant a lot by way of the team’s overall productivity .

      Kentucky Wildcats’ basketball news .

      So the Heat narrowly outlasted the Celtics in a hard-fought game winning 105-103 . I truly believe that if the Heat draw the Celtics at any point of the postseason , then they will be in for a really rough and tough time in a seven-game series !

      Boston Celtics news

      Miami Heat news


      Tophatal ………………


    2. Chris Humpherys

      Selig is a frigging ass , if he feels that genuine baseball fans should come out to support a team that is borderline mediocre . And if he thinks because the name recognition < is enough because Joe Torre is managing the national team , is simply enough to lure fans , out in droves. Then Bud Selig’s dumb ass , is considerably more naive and stupid, than I actually took him for ! He’s a crass piece of garbage , that should have stepped down long ago !

      Much likes these lame ass Senators and Representatives who sit in Congress , having been returned to office by the lame ass naivete of the voters from both sides of the political aisle . Change you can believe in ? How the fuck is that change it is the same old bastards being returned to office by an apathetic electorate ?

      Tophatal ……………


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