Bye , the bye , news , views and all of the things you thought that mattered ….

Bye , the bye , news , views and all of the things you thought that mattered ….

Well, after an eventful weekend , during which I aided a friend by repairing his computer , as a reward he , along with his wife , my girlfriend and I , took in a movie . Given, the fact , that lately , in terms of my movie entertainment, the last film I took in at the theater, was Denzel Washington’s Oscar nominated role, in the movie, “Flight” . A great film, with a terrific ensemble cast, and fantastic on-screen performances by the main actors , in the various leading roles . Sunday afternoon, as a quartet, we took in the movie “42” , starring Chad Bozeman and legendary Hollywood screen actor , Harrison Ford . The movie itself , was biopic , which gave if anything a stylized Hollywood telling, on the life of Hall of Fame baseball player , Jackie Robinson , and the events leading up to the desegregation and integration of Robinson into the Major Leagues , and the repercussions from that life changing event .

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Leave it to the Los Angeles Dodgers , after their off-season , and their lavish off-season of continued spending , while the front office led by lead owners , Magic Johnson and Peter Guber , and one can simply understand the urgency being shown by Johnson and his business partners . Yes, well having spent just over $2 billion to buy one of baseball’s most renowned baseball teams . It is easy to understand why there would be such a belief that the Dodgers , in order for them to remain relevant within the game , it would mean winning , and not simply having a $200 million payroll , and with the managerial staff and GM Ned Colletti suggesting that “ money is of no object , by way of acquiring talent . Well, it has been a quarter of a century , since the Dodgers were part of baseball’s showcase event , the World Series . The year was 1988 and franchise’s greatest triumph in their recent history. That series , set about all the adulation and excitement , one would come to expect from a long-established and famed ball club , whose rise back to prominence had long been awaited . In the ensuing years since , that victory , for the Dodgers , it has been seasons of high and lows , but in recent years , the ball club became more widely known for the events taking place off the field , and with the gross negligence and financial mismanagement by former owner , Frank McCourt , and his having to place the ball club into bankruptcy protection and reorganization .

A patron recently suggested to me , that the team owners within baseball were actually businessmen. Well , if they are anything like Saul Katz , Fred Wilpon , David Glass , Bob Nutting , John Moores , Stuart Sternberg , Jeffrey Loria and McCourt , himself . Then clearly there is a reason why the game finds itself in such a financial rut and one of its own making . And for those who suggest that this all comes about because of a dire economy , then think again. Baseball’s financial morass , came by way of the league hierarchy , dumb ass front office executives/general managers , owners and the players themselves , thinking that they could simply make hay , while the sun shines without ever thinking about the game’s long-term future and its financial future .

Consider the fact, that one-quarter of the ball-clubs in baseball, struggles to eke out a profit without the aid from the MLB hierarchy and the game’s archaic tax sharing revenue scheme . And the purists out there, would have you believe that Bud Selig actually knows what the hell he is actually doing ? On a good day the MLB Commissioner could not tell you or explain to the most ardent of fans succinctly , why he failed so miserably in not equating the explosion of offensive prowess during the nineties , when there was clear evidence , that not everything within the game was above reproach . Meanwhile , anally retentive idiots suggested that the players’ malfeasance in terms of their cheating, taking illicit substances , was OK .

On the Opening Day of this MLB season , the Los Angeles Dodgers , did have the league’s biggest payroll , with salary commitments in excess of $213.5 million . That figure would be supplanted , when the New York Yankees acquired troubled out-fielder, Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels . And while the player is off to a good start this season , with his new team , it must be said that Wells has remained something of a failure, having yet to live up to his exorbitant seven-year $126 million contract .

Yankees’ GM , Brian Cashman , must still possess a great deal of guile in convincing the Angels, and still have his opposite number , Jerry DiPoto , agree to such a deal where the Angels would still be committed to paying 65% of the remaining two years left on Wells’ ludicrous deal, with the New York Yankees paying for the remaining sum. Granted , the Yankees and Angels are two of baseball’s big market teams , with a great many resources at their disposal . And it has been those indices , that have aided the big market teams , while the minnows and lesser lights within the game , have been left to feed off the scraps left at the table .

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One of the Dodgers’ many trades initiated over the last ten months , which saw the team’s payroll balloon from a mere $153 million to its present figure , which saw a 40 % increase from 2012 . Well, that came by way of the signing of pitcher Zack Greinke , the 2009 Cy Young Award winner , whose six-year $147 million contract , must now have everyone wondering , if the player , was actually worth it , given the most recent incident involving the pitcher . Greinke was involved in an altercation that led to a multi-player brawl , which first came about after the pitcher struck opposing batter , Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres . Quentin reacted angrily , charging the pitchers’ mound and coming to blows with the Dodgers’ ace , that would lead to his collar-bone being broken in the ensuing fracas and two team melee between the opposing . As to what this all says , as to the baser instincts of the players and the allegations that players in baseball , can actually brawl and fight , I leave it for you all to be the judge of that ! Suffice to say , Quentin will correctly sit out , his league mandated eight-game suspension . Zack Greinke for his troubles will now spend at a minimum, sixty days on the Dodgers’ DL , recuperating from his injuries . Can someone explain to me , what Greinke’s intent might have been when he sought to “beam” Quentin during the game ? And as one patron tried to suggest, it was simply manly testosterone rising . More like a bunch of frigging assholes with nothing better do with their time , who’ve now placed their respective teams at a disadvantage .

An idiot’s bitch move, and why the players in the game are so anally retentive !

That brawl , last Thursday at Petco Park in San Diego , California , did nothing , but raise the stakes in the anticipated returning meeting between the two teams and heated rivals within the NL West . That most certainly will be the case when the Dodgers play hosts to the San Diego Padres at Dodgers’ Ballpark , in Los Angeles California , for a three-game game home series , starting this Monday , 15th April , 2013 . That series could very well tell us a great deal about both teams , their intent the prospective directions that they may well be heading in. That series could very well tell us a great deal about both teams , their intent the prospective directions that they may well be heading in.

There comes a time where everyone and every man has to stand up and be counted . At this juncture , the excuses and stop and the truth has to be told as it relates to the Tampa Bay Rays. The fans may not like or actually want to hear it but at this juncture the Rays are amongst the worst performing teams in all of baseball . Slice it and dice it , but Joe Maddon and his staff simply know that this team is not meeting his expectations or those of their most earnest and diehard fans . The departure of James Shields and Wade Davis had nothing to do with gaining a competitive edge by promoting talented pitchers up from within the Rays’ farm system. Once again , it’s simply back to the penny-pinching ways of the early predisposition of Stuart Sternberg and his business partners , who as owners of the franchise , have just about everyone within the locale, drinking the Kool Aid , while they continue to bitch and whine about a new stadium within the city of St Petersburg, Florida .

I truly believe that the Rays’ front office erred greatly in allowing the departure of James Shields and to a lesser extent, Wade Davis ! Now , Andrew Friedman , is not necessarily banking upon the players , but more so the managerial ingenuity of Joe Maddon. Yet the manager for his part , forever the patriarch to team , simply refuses to acknowledge the fact this roster is simply not as good as last season’s group of players . The stats at present , bear this out , and with the Rays’ record of 4-8 , twelve games into the season and the projection for the team , based on present form , would be a win total approaching between 55 and sixty wins for the year . A far cry, from the ninety-win season of 2012 and a third place finish within the AL East , and narrowly missing out on a playoff berth for the playoffs . If the Rays and specifically , Evan Longoria , are to be relevant within the AL this season , then there has to be, more of a sense of urgency from the players , rather than the lackluster performances and the repeated excuses being put forth , by anyone within the organization seeking to make a public statement .

Next up for Maddon and this team , will be the final game of an away series against what appears to be a resurgent Boston Red Sox team, under new manager , John Farrell . And today, the Red Sox added to the Rays’ woes by inflicting the team with their third straight loss and their fifth loss in their last ten games , placing the Rays at the foot of the AL East . With that 4-8 mark , Joe Maddon and the Rays , have the sixth worst record in the Majors , with the bottom mark as of the 14th April , held by the lowly San Diego Padres (2-10) .

Now inasmuch , as I believe that the Rays can overcome their difficulties , a great deal of how the team deals with this adversity will be based on the leadership abilities shown by Evan Longoria and teammate , David Price , the AL Cy Young award winner of last season , and the franchise’s only winner of one baseball’s most illustrious individual awards . Price’s season in 2012 , was sound if not spectacular , without their being , a no hitter or perfect game to show in his stats, but what David Price was able to show , was his consistency , and his will to go that added extra mile on behalf of the team.

Call me naïve , but if the Miami Marlins (2-11) (@ 04/14/2013) do end up with the worst record in baseball this season , is there a chance that team owner , Jeffrey Loria will seek to blame the press and fans alike , for the team’s ongoing misfortunes after last season’s abysmal showing , ineptitude and gross misconduct of then manager , Ozzie Guillen ? This much I do know , Loria , along with Bud Selig over the past eighteen months have sold the residents of Miami , and in general the fans of baseball , a real can of goods, but more appropriately a bucket load of fecal matter . Yet , here we are , with baseball fantasy geeks seemingly looking for shreds of evidence that the Marlins do indeed have several good players on their roster . That would be like suggesting that pop singer, Britney Spears , has never lip synched while performing on stage . Thirty million CD’s later and her music still is vapid and her talent remains marginal at best . And in the case of the Miami Marlins , beyond Giancarlo Stanton , there is no real reason to watch the Marlins play.

At this juncture , pitiful might well be the only and best way to describe the underachieving Marlins this season . GM Michael Hill and the front office have pared down the team’s payroll to a miserly $40.5 million from last season’s audacious $118 million , as Ozzie Guillen and an overrated team sought to lay assault on the rest of the NL , as was their intent to make a serious challenge of winning the franchise’s third World Series title . In reality, the Marlins’ chances were doomed from the outset , as their season began and ended in a whimper .

The firing of Ozzie Guillen, acknowledged by many as a necessity has seen the ascent of former Marlins’ Mike Redmond as the besieged, Guillen’s successor . So far, the signs are not that encouraging for the rookie manager and his staff , as his team has begun floundering and capsizing like a listless vessel floating nowhere across the ocean. As poorly as the team has played , you simply get the feeling that this might not be the worst that the Miami Marlins has to offer their fans and the fans of baseball in general .

Fan base for the Marlins this season, appears to be bordering on being downright anemic in terms of attendance for the team’s home games, at their year-old $575 million Marlins’ Ballpark , built at taxpayers’ expense , “ without one red cent” coming from baseball’s hierarchy or the team’s ownership . Reminder to the Tampa Bay Rays’ fans and their incessant stupidity , that a venue ought to be built for a franchise whose ownership group seems to be unwilling to contributing towards the cost of a new venue , but yet , you continually hear senior team managing partner , Stuart Sternberg “ bitching and whining” , as to why the city , county and state municipalities will not come to his aid , with the building of a new venue to replace the archaic and now crumbling Tropicana Field , in St Petersburg, Florida . Stupid is as , stupid does ! Only in the state of Florida where, the fan-base of the only two professional franchises combined , would hardly make a dent in the average attendance for a New York Yankees , Boston Red Sox or Philadelphia Phillies’ home game . Florida , simply isn’t a state that can sustain two Major League Baseball franchises , let alone , one .

As if to give you an idea as to what this might entail , consider the following , the Boston Red Sox recently saw its’ consecutive games’ sellout streak in terms of home games’ attendance come to an end after 820 games , of which , twenty-six were playoff appearances , A feat that has not been accomplished by any other franchise in baseball and which came to a culmination , after a decade of economic success for the franchise , along with two World Series championships in 2004 and 2007 . Alas , the Marlins have never reached those heights of economic success , albeit , that they are one of the few franchises to have won two world titles over the last sixteen years . This year , I don’t believe that the Miami Marlins will be even in with a remote chance of making the playoff ! They are simply not good enough a team , to challenge anyone within their division , much less the rest MLB.

What are your expectations in the lead-up to the 2013 All Star Game , and which teams do you believe , are likely to be a success this season , in terms of their regular season play ? Chime in, on this, and anything else , you believe pertinent to the subject matter , at hand .

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(1) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez , left, gets back to second base just in time to be the throw to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Cliff Pennington during the seventh inning in a baseball game, on Sunday, April 14, 2013 in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 1-0 . AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin ….

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Josh Beckett, right, meets with catcher A.J. Ellis during the seventh inning in a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 1-0 . AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin ..

(3) Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis , right, walks off the field as the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a 1-0 win in a baseball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Phoenix. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin ….

(4) San Diego Padres’ Carlos Quentin charges into Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of baseball game in San Diego, Thursday, April 11, 2013. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi …..

(5) Punching and getting your ticket ” punched ” . In this April 11, 2013, file photo, San Diego Padres’ Carlos Quentin charges into Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of baseball game in San Diego. Quentin on Sunday, April 14, dropped his appeal and began serving an eight-game suspension for rushing the mound and inciting a brawl in which Greinke broke his left collarbone. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi ….

(6) Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. Against the backdrop of the events that took place at the ballpark , tragedy struck downtown Boston as the Boston Marathon took place , as two explosives devices were set off , killing three individuals and injuring one hundred and ninety-seven more , with many of those injured , being in serious or critical condition. AP Photo/Winslow Townson …

(7) Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings can’t come up with a triple by Boston Red Sox’s Jacoby Ellsbury during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. AP Photo/Winslow Townson ….

(8) Boston Red Sox’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia watches his solo home run with Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. The Red Sox would go on to defeat the Rays 3-2 and ” sweeping ” their divisional rivals in their home series . AP Photo/Winslow Townson …..

(9) Tampa Bay Rays’ ‘ David Price pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, April 13, 2013. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer ….

(10) Marlins’ executives , CEO, Larry Beinfest , left , is seen here with general manager , Michael Hill , who between them , have to deal with meddlesome team owner , Jeffrey Loria, and Loria’s stepson, David Sansome . The two lead front office executives in charge of the day-to-day personnel decision-making have been undermined by the team owner and his stepson at almost every turn . And with that has come the unenviable task of having deal with the firestorm and publication relations’ nightmare after Loria’s verbal attack and onslaught against the local and national media , as well as for their criticism of his decisions, after the team’s end of season “fire sale” . Loria claimed that after the team’s abysmal season in 2012 , it was unsustainable to have a $118 million payroll , with the franchise barely making any money . All this in light after he and the rest of the front office executives have colluded with Bud Selig into coercing the city of Miami commission to fast track the financing and vote for what has become a $575 million boondoggle in the implementation and building of the Miami Marlins’ Ballpark , completely financed by the city , which is still in the midst of its biggest financial crisis in over two decades . To exacerbate things even further the city commission now finds itself under investigation by the US Justice Department , as they seek to ascertain whether or not there was collusion and claims of certain commission members accepting monetary incentives from unknown sources in exchange for their votes . Current Mayor Tomas Regalado and his predecessor , Manny Diaz are one five central figures at the center of the investigation. It is not yet known if any executive from the Marlins’ front office or from the office of Commissioner Bud Selig , is the focus of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation. However, under a subpoena , documents have been removed from the town hall as well as from the homes prominent city commissioners , as the legal arm of the federal government conducts their investigation. Getty Images / Rick Hill …..

(11) A legend in his own mind and now one of the most despised and disliked individuals in all of baseball , Miami Marlins’ team owner Jeffrey Loria , who in the past year, has ordered the paring down of the team’s payroll from $118 million to a now miserly $40.5 million , which he believes to be competitive enough to give the Marlins a chance of being a contender within the NL this season . Courtesy of The Palm Beach Post/ Osvaldo Ortega ….

(12) Miami Marlins’ manager Mike Redmond , who succeeds Ozzie Guillen . after the former manager’s unsuccessful and only season with the South Florida franchise , which was a disastrous and politically charged 12 months of sheer mediocrity from everyone within the organization . Miami Herald / Jean-Louis Baptiste …..

(13) Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins . The young outfielder is remains the centerpiece of a team , that this year simply hasn’t performed or met anyone’s expectations . The player himself , was said to be unhappy with the team’s fire sale , that saw the 2012 roster gutted to its very core , with many of the high-priced players simply jettisoned by the front office , at the behest of the Marlins’ unpopular team owner , Jeffrey Loria .

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  1. I’m sorry but anyone trying to suggest that baseball players are tough and can fight , well they’re clearly delusional . Clearly the fight or alleged love-fest between Zach Greinke and Carlos Quentin was, and will become evidence of that ! Could those two be any gayer ?

    “Bitch , I’m gonna make you my prison bitch , by shoving my ##ck in your @ss ” ! ” Carlos Quentin ” Not in the face I’m too pretty to be hit in the face ” Zack Greinke .

    ” Jeffrey , once you’ve removed your head from Bud’s @ss , are you physically able to smell the odor of the roses ” ? A Florida journalist asking Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria a question

    Jeffrey Loria , please for Christ’s sake find a pile of s#it , and bury yourself beneath that pile and remain there , for the entire season . Absolutely , no one wants to hear your whining punk ass, continue to complain about your organization being disrespected . What the $uck have the Marlins done that has been of any benefit to the city of Miami , much less the state of Florida over the past eight years ?

    Miami Marlins news

    I’m making a fashion statement so the glare of the spotlight is taken off the team as they’re playing so badly . So tell me what’s wrong with my jacket ? Rays’ manager , Joe Maddon

    Can the Rays buy a goddamn hit , much less score runs in a game ? God, this team is bad and it’s reflected in their play and standing in the AL East and baseball overall .

    Tampa Bay Rays news

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  2. If the Dodgers fail to make the postseason this year , there will be enough blame to be passed around and through the entire …. organization .

    Don Mattingly and this team will be hard pressed to be truly dominant within the NL West , much less take down the San Francisco Giants .

    “OK, so I’ll moon walk like Michael Jackson and then I’ll dunk the ball , while shouting out ‘look at me now …. I’m a rich ###ga’ ” . Magic Johnson and the fellow owners, of the Dodgers

    Collectively the net worth of the Dodgers’ lead partners is in excess of $14 billion . And with the ball-club said to be worth approximately $2 billion , you can understand when Magic Johnson says , ” money is of no object ” when it comes to players” salaries and acquiring free agents .

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    Now it looks as if Denise Milani would like to see the Dodgers do well this season . Rumor has it, that she switched allegiance from the God damn awful Cubs to the Los Angeles’ franchise ?

    Tophatal ………………… 04/16/2013

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  3. How about Giants pitcher taking a baseball bat to dodgers catcher john Roseboro in the 1960’s This is chicken shit stuff. Both morons but this is baseball moron city. The fools at ESPN all one same page I distrust them all ESPN state run and state controlled media. Dodgers need to develop talent. They did in their hay day.

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    1. bobby gee

      It will take an idiot act and someone being killed on a baseball diamond , before these morons , actually realize how frigging stupid they actually are ! . Oh , so a pitcher wants to deliberately hit the opposing batter to prove a point ? What, so he can intimidate that batter and unnerve him ? Why not get a frigging gun and make the action permanent ?

      Genuine sportsmanship in team sports, is now becoming a thing of the past with these f$$king idiot athletes , especially within baseball and hockey .

      The latter sport (hockey) , which is now becoming less relevant by the second as there no longer seems to be a television audience of what is now highly irrelevant sport . NBC Sports’ ratings , for their coverage of the NHL is now lower than those watching Honey Boo-Boo and her god forsaken family of dimwits .

      "We live in house , but our other hoouuusse is a trailer in the Appalachians , and we like it " .

      ” My momma says we’re now rich white trash , ’cause before we were simply just white trash ” . Honey Boo Boo

      ” I’m white trash , I’m white trash and Honey Boo Boo loves being white trash ” !

      Tophatal ……………………..

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      1. This crap is supported by the Morons at ESPN. 1967 Tony Kologaro was beaned in the eye. He lost the sight in his left eye. Don’t say that this will happen. Not during the game but after the game.

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        1. bobby gee

          In actuality, baseball has done very little to negate or abate such instances , let alone deal overall , with player safety . Bud Selig was never the brightest of individuals to begin with , much less being the best commissioner the game of baseball has ever seen .

          Better to be seen , rather than being heard ! Bud Selig

          Is he the front end of an ass , the back end of an ass or simply , just one big as$hole who spouts a great deal of bull$hit and oh , so much more ?

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          Kate Upton ….

          Who wouldn’t want to get all up in Kate Upton’s business ?

          Tophatal ……………

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          1. Baseball has too many unwritten rules and BS- this garbage ruins the game. hell give everyone the juice and the heck with it.

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            1. Baseball , unwritten rules ? What a joke ! This being the same institution who stood by during the mid to late nineties when the likes of Barry Bonds , Mark McGwire , Sammy Sosa and others were laying waste to legitimate records , but yet moronic fans and purists are carrying on , as if this game has changed for the better . F$#k no , it has actually gotten worse under Bud Selig’s inept tenure and reign .

              MLB is littered with moronic assholes who would not know their ass from their own elbow . Baseball is still a money making enterprise , but only for those , who actually know what the hell they’re doing .

              Tophatal …………………………………

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                1. bobby

                  Personally , I don’t have a problem with that , at all !

                  Bud Selig still remains absolutely delusional , as to the stance taken by the MLB hierarchy throughout that entire era , and with many of the ongoing issues that still relates to the players’ proliferation in using PED’s at the Major League level as well as in the minors (MILB), where it is also remains rampant .

                  Tophatal …………….

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                  1. I don’t know what to say- The NFL is the same way. Most professional sports are track is know for steroids. Cycling- In the end they are destroying their lives. They are adults so have at it. This is cold but the truth. We are adults and decisions have consequences.

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                    1. bobby gee

                      Do you honestly believe that the baseball players players give a damn ? Hell , have you ever heard the likes of Jeter , Pujols , or even Ryan Howard , ever openly speak out and be critical of their peers , who have used steroids ? Come on now , we know they don’t care and neither does the union . They simply create the perception that they do .

                      As to the NFL , as long as Roger Goodell presides over the the league and his fu##ing dumb ass is repeatedly outsmarted by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith , of the players’ union . Then , absolutely nothing proactive will ever be achieved as it relates to the proliferation of steroid use in the league .

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  4. On a somber note , my sincerest condolences to the families of the victims who fell and were killed in yesterday’s heinous act of cowardice by unknown perpetrators , at the Boston Marathon in the downtown area of the city of Boston ! Hopefully , the law enforcement agencies investigating this crime , will be successful in capturing these terrorist scum and lowest form of species on the planet .

    Someone , somewhere is watching this all , meanwhile , man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man, remains unabated and without reasoning . We are indeed a messed up race , not giving one damn iota about life or for the well being of others .

    Tophatal ………………………….

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    1. Alan,
      Those cowardly mothxx-fkers KILLED AN INNOCENT 8 YEAR OLD!!! It was no accident.
      Now the profiling begins………..
      When in doubt you could always blame Richard Jewell. No you can’t. He died at an early age helped along by the abuse he took from the media and the feds. He fit the profile though in the Olympic Park bombing in ’96.

      Homeland Security? The feds have more incentives($$) by using endless manpower on busting offshore gambling joints. Where else can you attempt and prolly get 1BILLION dollars in forfeiture/seizures of assets without unholstering a Glock? Maybe now Ms Napolitano can get some more assistance with different priorities.

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      1. Ronbets

        Don’t get me wrong I know where you’re coming from om this , as I find this cowardly act beyond reprehensible !

        If what we’re led to believe is that the Mass St Police , FBI , Secret Service , Boston PD , and the NSA will all cooperate on this as a joint task force investigation . Then I for one will like to see how they go about conducting their investigation , because from what I’ve seen the covert intelligence agencies here , are about as much use as a fart in a thunderstorm ! Never mind that the prosecution of this case is likely to be handled by the US Justice Department , who will undoubtedly seek the death penalty .

        The Justice Department under AG Eric Holder , just happens to be $$$king joke ! He has presided over this Fast & Furious gun running program and then claim he was completely unaware as to how his agency mishandled and mismanaged an exercise that saw guns falling into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels , that would end up killing innocent US citizens , Mexican nationals as well as the deaths of two US Customs Border Patrol officers . So pardon me for saying this but Eric Holder , the US Attorney General is the dumbest mother ##cker to have ever held the position , while the King Ni##a (Obama) backs his every fu##ing dumb ass plays . Holder doesn’t follow the “rule of law” , he makes the #hit up , as he goes along and then carries on as if he’s following the US Constitution and tort law .

        “Barack don’t throw me to the wolves , I’ll f$ck Nancy Pelosi , if you want me to ” ? AG Eric Holder

        I’ve a background in international finance , economics , banking , stockbroking, as well as over a decade in the military (British Royal Marines – training combatants in military armaments and unarmed combat) as well as now working in the field of corporate governance with a nationally recognized law firm , with offices based nationally , as well as with offices around the globe . .

        The Justice Department has yet to indict any major prominent banker or financial institution executive for any of the malfeasance that has taken place by the banks during the meltdown within the finance , banking and mortgage industry . Holder couldn’t indict a ham sandwich , let alone a major criminal . The guy is a moronic asshole !

        As to this investigation , if this is in anyway messed up , then the fingers will be pointed at all of the agencies involved .

        Tophatal …………….

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      2. Ronbets

        The Dept of Homeleand Security isn’t that an oxymoron to begin with ? Not one of Dubya’s finest hours coming up with that boondoggle as well as the Patriot Act , which itself is an utter invasion of one’s privacy , while not even remotely balancing the laws of the land in terms the parameters it covers legally and even morally for that matter .

        TSA cartoon . I think that beyond feeling , they simply like ” to feel up the travelers for their own personal self gratification .

        Tom Ridge as the first Director of Homeland Security was as clueless , as a blind man in a room full hookers with a bucket full of condoms . As for the present director of that agency ,Janet Napolitano , which has become a gaping hole for sucking up money , without delivering anything near what it was supposed to do in terms being lean , efficient and productive . Is it any wonder, why the public looks at the central / federal government as being one big archaic wasteland of sheer ineptitude and inefficiency ?

        The budget for the DHS is in excess of $ 45 billion ($45,000,000,000) annually . And what does the public get in return for that by way of efficiency and savings ? OK , so tangibly, they can point to the fact that INS and Border Patrol seem to be doing something but what is it that they’re really doing ? They’re certainly not stemming the tide of illegal immigration of the proliferation of drugs entering the US from south of the border . So , I say again , what is it that the DHS does , other than have a bunch of ill trained perverts groping travelers at domestic airports across the country . The TSA which falls under the umbrella of the DHS is a joke , and clearly will be looked upon as that .

        Tophatal ………………

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  5. I’m glad to see someone’s team playing well. The Braves are hot right now, the Rays not so much. Getting Luke Scott back and bringing Wil Myers up as soon as possible is their only hope of being competitive. As for your Braves, it doesn’t look like they need much help at all. Good luck brother.

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    1. aero

      My biggest fear is that the Nationals will unseat the Braves towards the end of the season .

      My reasoning behind that premise , has to do with their pitching , especially that of Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez . Because if either of the duo or combined they hit a rich vein of form , then Atlanta could be in for a heap of trouble if their bats become somewhat silent or inconsistent .

      Vida Guerra would like to show you something .

      Tophatal ………………………….

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    2. aero

      Inasmuch as I know the Rays have injury issues and not being able to field their best lineup . Answer me this , who’s providing the leadership on the Rays’ roster ? Longoria definitely isn’t vocal enough , and he rarely shows that said “quality as a player “ .. Yet fans flock to this guy likes bees to honey , but he provides nothing more than rare flashes of brilliance and nowhere enough consistency as a player .

      Joe Maddon treats him (Longoria) , with kid gloves , and then the player , comes out with lame ass criticism of both Shields and BJ Upton as not being team players during the time when the team wasn’t winning with regularity .

      When has anyone ever seen Evan Longoria being a team player by simply letting his teammates know that they’ve got to get the job done ? Instead his post-game interviews , come across as a guy who loves the fact he’s the best paid player on the team’s roster and the fact that he gets to go home and ” bang ” the a$s out of Jaime Edmondson .

      Longoria has an eye for talent especially when it comes to women . Apparently , Jaime Edmondson , is , his better half .

      Jaime teaches Evan , how to hold his bat , by holding “his bat” ever so tightly , while she gets to work on his flaws , Could be the reason at times , he whiffs at so many at-bats ?

      Tophatal ………………….

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    1. Maurice Barksdale

      If baseball’s hierarchy , is unwilling to truly punish a pitcher for intentionally hitting an opposing batter with a pitch , and the batters’ themselves , being unwilling to press criminal charges in such an instance . Then let the inevitable happen , where a player (batter) is concussed and he suffers irreparable neurological damage . It’s not as if that ass wipe Bud Selig has ever shown the slightest concern when it comes to the players’ safety , much as in the same way that lard ass , Roger Goodell tries to create the perception that he cares about player safety in the NFL .

      Has there ever been a public discussion within baseball that involves all parties on the issue , with the public being made aware of their thought process ? Yes or no ?

      Tophatal ……………….

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      1. It needs to be discussed. I like Baseball, but some of it’s unwritten rules are absolutely archaic. And I understand about backing hitters off the plate, but surely MLB can find a solution to hitters crowding the plate instead of it’s pitchers using a baseball as a weapon to do it.

        MLB is so afraid of change, that they fail to realize that sometimes change is good, and some changes could actually make the game more appealing.

        And I think criminal charges are justified. I mean if you think about it, it actually is a crime that’s being committed when a pitcher intentionally throws at a hitter. Especially at their head. MLB needs to move beyond this way of thinking.

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        1. Maurice Barksdale

          Baseball is only willing to discuss issues at length and in depth where it’s liable to lose large amounts of money . From my own standpoint I firmly believe that were the government to intervene and say to the likes of Gary Bettman (NHL) , Bud Selig (MLB) , David Stern (NBA) and Roger Goodell . Clean up your act and get your act together on the issues you claim to you’re going to address or have your antitrust exemption status revoked by the House Government Oversight Committee .

          Unfortunately , the government lays in bed with the “sycophant executives ” who oversee these four major professional sports as well as NASCAR. . How else can you explain the fact that in the last spending bill legislated and passed by the Congress, allowed that body (NASCAR) in excess of $550 million for use in terms of track improvements at on tracks which are privately owned ? At the same time , the Hollywood film industry were also in receipt of additional $475 million . Monies given to a film industry and tax incentives that last season had their highest revenue gross in take in their history with in excess of $10.8 billion ($10,800,000,000). The film industry was given that sum to aid them in making movies in blighted areas around the country .

          The last I looked the city of New York and its city state film industry and the agency that grants aid to that sector gave them advantageous tax breaks for filming within their state and municipality .
          Please tell me there’s an ounce goddamn intelligence within this administration ? Because there’s been no real leadership being shown at the highest levels within this administration . . There isn’t a member of Congress with an ounce of common sense who actually have any real knowledge in the areas that matter most as it relates to this country’s woes at present.

          Tophatal …………..

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          1. Politicians will think twice about attacking the NFL, or any other sports league. Primarily because sports are so popular, a politician could end up looking bad to their constituents by taking them on.

            Also, there are those who ridicule and belittle politicians for taking sports leagues, by claiming they should be handling more important issues.

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            1. Maurice Barksdale

              Politicians on issues such as sports and their social issues will merely address them merely assuage their electoral base . Simply look at their backtracking as it relates player safety in the NFL . And there was steroids within sports , in the aftermath of that all. What has actually been achieved or done by the NFL , much less by the NBA or MLB ?

              The House Oversight Committee and its members cower like school girls on prom night the moment an athlete is within their midst and the Senate Commerce Committee are not that much different either . So there you have it , a whole bunch of frigging retards basically fawning or athletes as per usual !

              Tophatal …………..

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              1. Yes, even our political leaders turn into autograph hounds when in the presence of the great sports champions. It’s an embarrassing dynamic.

                And considering how influential sports have become in our society, corruption in sports should be a big issue for politicians.

                But you’re right, unless it deals with drug abuse or safety issues, politicians don’t seem to want to touch it.

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  6. The six teams with the worst records in baseball are proving to be a compete embarrassment within the game .

    So everyone let’s hear it for the Marlins (2-11) , Padres(3-10) , Brewers (3-8) , Astros (4-9) , Angels (4-9) and the Rays (4-8) .

    And it’s not as if the teams in question are competing against each other to be bad , they are simply just that bad , and getting worst by the second .


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    No help necessary , I knew that I liked Halle Berry for some reason !

    And now all of a sudden for some reason , I just want to dip my “sword “ into Halle’s fish !

    Tophatal ……………

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  7. Ronbets

    Here are my thoughts as it relates to terrorist suspects , once proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt , with their being the physical evidence there , in terms of the evidence produced by the prosecuting attorneys . Then simply apply death penalty or as appropriate , life in prison without the chance of parole .

    Tophatal …………….

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  8. Maurice Barksdale

    Bud Selig’s only concerns as it relates to the game , are his continued posturing , the use of Jackie Robinson’s image to perpetrate the misnomer that the game of baseball remains unified and without any problems . Furthermore , as commissioner , Selig would rather champion the fact that the game’s revenues have increased along with the values of the franchises , while their profits will rise and decline based on the economic climate . That has never been the case , but it has been that way , by the sheer goddamn stupidity of the owners , general managers and the out and out greed of the players through the power of the union (MLBPA) .

    Bud Selig as the whole world has known him to be and what he still remains .

    I had one patron try to suggest that the owners are uniquely accomplished businessmen . Well given the idiocy shown by moronic owners such as David Glass , Jeffrey Loria , Stuart Sternberg , Bob Nutting and Lew Wolff . Those aforementioned owners have shown about as much business acumen , as a blind man playing hopscotch in the midst of a minefield .

    Bud Selig is somewhat like a “pimp ” , who knows how to make money for himself and his friends ( owners and players ) while depriving the consumer of a worthwhile product .

    Tophatal …………………..

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    1. Drew

      I saw the movie and I thought it was well acted , but overall, it was simply a movie that sought to tug at the heart strings . That being said , Hollywood has a tendency to either make a film that is worthwhile seeing or a complete mess .

      Tophatal ………………

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      The movie was well worth seeing and it’s perhaps one of the better sports’ movies in recent years . That being said , Hollywood has at times found a way to f#ck up a story simply to make it all schmaltzy rather than seeking to be factual in every aspect of a story’s portrayal .

      Anyhow, there was a reason that the movie ended up being the #1 movie this past weekend , grossing more than $27 million at the box office and is likely to be a box office hit if it grosses more than $100 million in its theatrical run .

      Tophatal ……………..

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    2. Chris Humpherys

      See it for yourself and then let me know what you think . Personally, I thought it was a well acted movie , hitting on the salient points but it also lacked something in terms of its brevity in not wanting to tackle head on many of the other realities taking place at the time .

      Tophatal …………………..

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  9. Maurice Barksdale

    All of the altruism being shown by the politicians when they first hold high office becomes a joke . And it has been no different with Barack Obama haranguing the “fat cat bankers” but his dumb ass , when they have been to bankroll both of his Presidential campaigns . How fu#king dumb is he to begin with ? And to his gabfest concerning fat cat bankers in the lead-up to his being reelected for a second term , it showed to him to be sycophant and a pompous asshole . His opponent at the time Mitt Romney simply had no idea as to what he was doing or where he was at the time .

    The GOP remains fragmented and the Tea Party faithful are just as clueless on a wide variety of issues , completely unwilling to compromise and are about as inclusive as the Klan .

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