Archive for October, 2008

October 23, 2008

God bless you Terrell Suggs.  You’re consistent ability to say things that leave your coaches and teammates cringing keep you at the top of the list for favorite players to invterview.

Commenting on a syndicated radio talk show this weeks Suggs hit the daily double.  He claimed the Ravens have a bounty out for Steelers receiver Hines Ward.  For the uninitiated, that’s a mega no-no in the NFL.  And then went on to say he wishes Troy Smith was the Ravens starting quarterback.  Again, in case you did not know, the Ravens already have a starter.

The comment that best described the situation today at Ravens headquarters in the media room went like this.   “It’s as if he’s living in the 1950’s, completely unaware that what you say in one city can be heard in another.”  Can’t remember who exactly who painted that picture, but it was one of the Marks from Comcast Sportsnet.  I guess they’ll have to share credit.

It was dead on though.  Suggs has done this before.  Last summer he told a KTVK-TV in Phoenix that he would love to play for the Cardinals.  And get this, somehow word of that interview made its way all the way here to Baltimore.  Suggs backtracked from that idea saying how he’d love to end his career with the Ravens.

He tried to smooth things over once again after his latest team sport gaffe, but the damage in the mind of John Harbaugh and maybe Joe Flacco (although honestly Joe seems to care so little about what anybody else thinks it won’t be a point of contention) is a distraction that must be dealt with.

I don’t think Suggs means to agravate those in his world.  His transgressions come from wanting to please others rather than take anybody down.  But how he can’t see the headaches coming is amazing.  It’s like lending money to people that can’t afford it and then being amazed when they go belly up.  How could that ever happen?

Suggs of course will be completely forgiven for a few interview comments so long as he plays like he did Sunday against the Dolphins.


Here we go again
October 17, 2008

I haven’t watched the Rays closely enough this season to fully understand the history between Manager Joe Maddon and reliever Dan Wheeler.  I’m not sure how often he’s let Wheeler ride through a tough stretch, let him work out of a jam even after giving up some runs, and gone on to success.

But after watching baseball for much of the last 32 years, it seemed pretty evident last night that Wheeler was choking and Maddon would not perform the Heimlich Maneuver.

Momentum already rode with the Red Sox after they scored 4 runs (all with 2 outs) in the 7th inning of last night’s ALCS Game Five.  Then to start the 8th, Dan Wheeler walked Jason Bay on four pitches, then served up a gopher ball to fantastically clutch J.D. Drew.  At that point, as Lou Brown famously uttered in the movie Major League:  I think you can go get him now.

Instead, Maddon let Wheeler continue even though he was so shaken that fear was seeping out of eyes.  Sure enough, Wheeler allowed the game tying run and then the Sox won it in the 9th.

Maybe it’s just more post season Fenway magic and no matter what Maddon did would have backfired.  Or maybe the Fenway magic makes people stupid.  Either way, I’m glad game six returns to Tropicana Field.  too much sorcery in Beantown in October.

Senior Players Championship
October 10, 2008

Whomever chose early October for the Consetellation Energy Senior Players Championship,  well done.  You can’t beat the weather for hoofing it up and down the hills at Baltimore Country Club, and with all the creaky knees on the Champions Tour (and the contingency of media following) it is greatly appreciated.

The scoring conditions however today, not quite as much.  After a bevy low numbers in round one the scores soared on Friday.  Bruce Fleisher said he was lucky yesterday after his round of 65 had him share the first round lead.  Today’s 75 for Bruce backs that up.  A little breezier and the course running fast had guys scrambling throughout.

Not though Ben Crenshaw.  Winless since his tearful Masters in 1995, Gentle Ben backed up a first round 67 with a Friday low 66.  That has him one shot clear of Fred Funk.  I asked Ben yesterday about what it would mean to end a 13 year drought.  At first he downplayed the significance, but then the competitive fires began to burn and you could see how badly he wants one more victory.  It will be a curious weekend as Crenshaw has never held the 36 hole lead at a Champions Tour Event.

Funk meanwhile has some unfinished business at BCC.  He played his way into the final threesome last year alongside Tom Watson and Loren Roberts only to see the Boss of the Moss earn his nickname.  Roberts blistered the front nine cruising to a six shot victory.  Funk said after today’s round that anything less than victory would be nothing short of a disappointment.