Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Snark break ...

As you were figuring out how to get by without that extra $5 a year.

Anyone who makes a joke about Michael Vick being this much closer to playing for the Oakland Raiders deserves to be cuffed about the head and shoulders.

A politician in Alberta wants to make rodeo the province's official sport. There's actual rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede? Since when? A lot of people might get a mental image that includes cowboy hats and boots (and not much else) when they hear "Calgary Stampede," but they aren't thinking of barrel racing and calf roping.

Why do we even play the games anymore? Notre Dame beat Texas in a big college basketball game last night, but the outcome had already been predicted by EA Sports Basketball 09.

Cox Bloc has a few choice words for anyone who didn't like Leafs GM Brian Burke Cliff Fletcher making a trade for Lee Stempniak.

The weakness in the human heart. Bob Knight left Indiana Univerisity eight years ago, had nothing to do with the shenanigans that have landed the Hoosiers on NCAA probation, and still it pleases you to see that happen.

(Also pleasing, college basketball-wise: Syracuse knocking off Kansas in overtime last night in front of 16,000 fans in Kansas City, with Jonny Flynn making a tying three-pointer late to force the overtime.)

This above is of dubious worth, but this is worth noting:
  • Stephen Brunt's Searching For Bobby Orr is available for $10. If you mentioned you read Out of Left Field, the price goes up to $15.
  • Sixteen seasons after the fact, Joe Posnanski is pointing out that Roberto Alomar got jobbed in the 1992 MVP balloting, which means I am not crazy:
    "Then the best choice for MVP league-wide was probably Toronto second baseman Roberto Alomar who was fourth in on-base percentage, third in runs scored, fifth in triples, fifth in stolen bases and an absolute revelation as a defensive second baseman. This is a topic for another time, but it’s so strange to me how OVERRATED scrappy middle infielders can be and how UNDERRATED great middle infielders can be. One of the weirdest parts of the game."
  • Former Kingston Frontenac Kyle Paige is the newest member of the Gatineau Olympiques.


Jordie Dwyer said...

As for rodeo becoming Alberta's official sport - it's a non-starter.
While the private members bill, put forward as a legacy by the soon to be replaced liberal leader, did pass with nearly unanimous consent - it was a non-binding vote. Then an hour later, the culture minister comes out and says it's not going to happen because there are lots of other sports that are just as deserving.
Finally, an Alberta politician that said something that made sense.

eyebleaf said...

Posnanski is bang on. Which means you are bang on. Which means I am bang on. We're all winners.

Dennis Prouse said...

Well, Leonard Little still gets to play in the NFL, so why not Vick?

I am the last person to be an apologist for Vick, but by the time next season rolls around, he will have done his time. In fact, he got a much stiffer sentence than many others who have engaged in the same despicable practice. Far from getting off light, you could argue that he actually received a tougher penalty because of his celebrity status.

I don't believe in third chances, but I do believe in second chances. I am OK with the notion of Vick coming back to the NFL, provided he stays out of trouble and can muster up at least a modicum of contrition.

The Reverend said...

If the Rodeo did ever become their provincial sport, I'd eat my hat.

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Dennis makes a good point. What Vick did was inexcusable, but others in the NFL have done things just as bad, if not worse. They've received second chances, so he should as well in my mind once he serves his time.