Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Rantings/Rumblings

Not much to talk about down in Yankee camp yet today. The first rash of minor injuries cropped up in Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield, causing them to miss an intrasquad game. ::Yawn::

The WBC-bound boys leave tomorrow. ::Yawn::

The preliminary spring rotation is set, with Randy Johnson going Saturday, Mike Mussina Sunday, Shawn Chacon Thursday, Jaret Wright Friday, and Chein-Ming Wang the following Monday. I wouldn’t put money down on Chacon for Thursday, however, since you never know when Randy’s going to whine about not pitching every fifth day.

Jorge Posada officially jinxed us with Phil Hughes. "He's a no-miss," Posada said. "He will be in the major leagues soon. I won't be surprised if I see him before the year is over."

Sadly, the most exciting news coming today is whether Manny shows up at Sox camp. How sweet would it be if he was a no-show? How quickly would Terry Francona be in front of the press defending him? Quite honestly, Tito needs to grow a pair and let it be known that he wants his player in camp with the rest of the players. Just being Manny shouldn’t get you a pass to show up when you please.

Update: Yeah, yeah, Manny showed up at 9 this morning. Actually, 9:01, according to Gordon Edes.

Whoever wrote the column in Newsweek about the Yanks and Sox swapping Sheffield and Manny should be shot. Apparently the author believes that Theo Epstein is huffing glue.

I wonder what Bud Selig will think come October, when the WBC proves to add no significant attendance to MLB games and causes no significant increase in Little League registrations.

Unfortunately, the innards of ESPN’s and FoxSports’s MLB sections will be plastered with WBC news. Here’s to hoping baseball bloggers stick to the real thing.

New sidebar content. Now you can get pissed every day as it’s apparent that neither Isiah Thomas nor Larry Brown know how to deal with the current situation in New York. I’m predicting a mid-season departure from both next season…but wouldn’t be surprised to see Brown walk this summer.

George Steinbrenner spends more money than any other team in baseball and has found consistent success. James Dolan spends more money than any other team in basketball, and his team won’t even have a lottery pick to show for it. Wouldn’t that make Dolan a loser by definition?

NFL labor talks are at a stalemate, which makes the 2007 uncapped year a vast possibility. One way or another, this thing has to get done NOW, as in the next few days. For a more in-depth analysis of the situation, head to Pro Football Talk.

With Jerry Colangelo at the helm, it is now a foregone conclusion that the Raptors will make the playoffs before the Knicks. It’s a sad, sad day when New York knows it will lose out to Canada.

Allen Iverson was denied an invitation to play for Team USA, much to my delight. This is what you get when you let Colangelo run the show. He knows that international play is different than NBA games, so he took a pass on AI and his ball-hogging ways. Instead, he gave nods to shooters like Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, Michael Redd, and even Shane Battier (hitting 49 percent this season).

Looking at the names on the roster, I personally would start Chauncey Billups, Kobe, LeBron, Amare Stoudamire, and Chris Bosh (though Shaq would get the nod should he accept his standing invitation). Then again, Dwight Howard may be a better fit than Amare in this offense.

They should do this hockey style, with three lines. The first line would be Billups, Kobe, James, Howard, Bosh. Second line is Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Shawn Marion, Amare, and Brad Miller. Then you can use the rest of the players to make little tweaks to the lineup. When you want some added D, throw in Bruce Bowen. But if you need a bit more shooting and driving, supplement him with Gilbert Arenas. Want to play a Princeton offense? Bosh with Chauncey, Joe Johnson, Shane Battier, and Michael Redd. The combinations are endless.

This has gone on much too long. It would have been a lot funnier if you imagined comedian Brian Posehn reading it.