Friday, January 29, 2016

The Avarice of Sports

Avarice:  a strong desire to have or get money; greediness
In todays era of sports there is no doubt that money, more then ever drives most Major League Sports and this money also flows into the Football and Basketball Collegic arena.  Fans of today era understands this and most fans, like myself, accepts it, we may not like it but we accept it.  But where does the "enough is enough" threshold of money in sports end?
With the increasing avenues to watch sports, through television, Mobile Devices, etc.. the networks offer big money to Major League Sports and Collegic Sports to have exclusive rights to air specific sports and outside of network money the next biggest money grabber is suites aimed toward corporations.  I don't fault any company or sport to capitalize gains and make a profit, but with all this big money from the network and suites, the owners and leagues greed comes in at the big games.
In 2015 the average ticket for a standard seat at a NFL Game is $85.83, but the average ticket for the 2016 Super Bowl is exceeding $4,000 for one ticket.  I understand that the individual doesn't need to purchase these tickets and it is up to the market to accept or reject the pricing, but the greed of the NFL and other sports will start to deter the average fans.  You hear from the NFL PA along with the other Major Sports that they market to the average fan and without the average fan we would not have a sport.  If that is the case then, what average fan can afford a $4,000 Super Bowl ticket or a $600 World Series ticket?  This is the case of, "thank you for paying for the band, but you can't dance."
The Avarice or greed of sports will be its own demise and the only way that we as fans, in the perfect world, can save this from happening is to have half empty stadiums at the biggest events of the year, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, BCS College Football Championship game.  Once the world sees empty stadiums the ego driven owners and presidents of the major universities will change there ways to save face, but they will say "the change is for the average fan".  Well, here is one average fan saying I can see right through your Avarice!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Detroit Lions - Why am I so Lucky!

Reading articles and hearing all of the rumors that Calvin Johnson may walk away from his contract at the age of 30 saddens me as a Detroit Lions fan.  The reasoning behind my state is not what you may think.  It is not because Calvin has so many more years ahead of him or the years that he is missing with Stafford.  What saddens me is the Detroit Lions will have yet another superstar (potential Hall of Famer) within their franchise and nothing to show for it.

When I or any Detroit Lions fan tell a fellow football fan that we are a Detroit Lions fan,  more times then not the first response is, "I am Sorry" or the national media say "Purless Lions" or "Roarless Lions".  Which at first glance they are correct, because the Lions have never won a Super Bowl nor have played in one. With that being said there is no question the franchise has as many superstars and Hall of Famers then any other franchise.  Just compiling some of the greats you come across Barry Sanders, Billy Simms, Calvin Johnson, Charlie Sanders, Bennie Blades, Chris Spielman, Mel Farr, Doug English, Harley Sewell, Ed Flanagan and these are just a start.

So back to the question why am I saddened, because the Detroit Lions management and ownership has not clue on how to put a finish product on the field.  There are so many great players, Hall of Fame players, that worn the Lion on the helmet and all of these great players deserve so much more then what they received from management.  Ownership never did that big trade or that off the board signing that wasn't the most glamours just to fill a need.  They are able to put main ingredients in to the pot, but they are unable to put the seasoning to make it perfect.  Is it that they didn't know how?  Was there to many cooks in the kitchen and not a head chef?  These question will never be answered and it saddens me that a truly great franchise with a great history of great players can not get out of their own way.

I remember speaking to my mother, which she is now passed, every season I think this maybe the year for the Lions.  Her response, " I am (this old) and I have never seen them win a Super Bowl, what makes you so lucky".  Well mom your words are so true what makes me so lucky.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It's Only Sports!

As a sports fan, you probably heard the term, ”it’s only sports” or “why get upset over sports when there is so much more important things to worry about”.   Yes, they are correct it is only sports and there are more important things out there, but sitting here typing this and thinking back throughout my 41 years on this earth and reflecting all the joys and sorrows throughout those years, sports has always been my crutch when needed and a release when called for.  
There were so many important events throughout these years more important than sports,  Marriage, births, birthdays, war, conflict, crime so many things.  As a child through my teenage years and going through all the ups and downs, there was always the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Redwings, Detroit Pistons, and Detroit Lions there to help me through the small crisis that seem so big at the time.  Like every other child and teen that loved sports we lived and died with every swing of the bat and the crushing blow a linebacker made.  Thinking
back I still feel the excitement I felt as a 10 year old when Gibby (Kirk Gibson) hit the homerun off of Gossage in the 1984 World Series or when the 1984 Tigers went on an amazing start of the season, thinking will they ever lose?

As an adult I don’t get quite as passionate for my sport teams like I did as a youth, I don’t go to bed mad or stay mad at a bad call for a week like a child.  The small crisis as a teenager turned into mortgages, kids stomach aches, dentist, deadlines, etc.   Even though all of the juvenile worries are now real world worries, the one constant is sports, I can put on a game on the Television or Radio and forget my worries for that 3-4 hour period, during this time I transport back to being that stupid little kid that got mad because I got another Lance Parrish baseball card in the pack and I really needed Tom Brookens to complete set, I forget the mortgage and bills and during this time show my kids the child that lives inside of me. 

I treasure these events as a child and now as an adult, why?  Because it is only sports and there is more important things then sports and knowing that, makes these 3-4 hour periods of time treasures that I can look back on and say yes I forgot my worries and I became that child inside again.  If you start worrying about your everyday worries, look inside and ask yourself, Do you want to go out and play catch?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Peyton Manning Post Season Bust?

With a new NFL season upon us and the fast start that Peyton Manning has begun the season with, the talk on the air waves is: Is Peyton Manning the best regular season quarterback off all-time?  Usually during this discussion there is a big BUT.  The but is, he can't be considered the greatest of all-time (regular and post) because he doesn't show up in the post season and he has only won one Super Bowl ring.

I would agree to a point that early in Peyton's career he didn't show very much promise in the post season, but I disagree completely in the notion that Peyton doesn't show up in the post season.  Lets do a quick comparison between Peyton and Tom Brady's post season stats.  Tom Brady has played in four additional post season games, so the stats will be a little scud, but I think the comparison is still relevant

Peyton Manning:  (Games played: 20)

Passing:  761 Attempts / 481 Completed
Completion Percentage:  63.2%
Passing Yards:  5,679
Touchdowns:  32
Interception:  21
Passer Rating:  88
Super Bowl Wins:  1

Tom Brady:  (Games played: 24)

Passing:  887 Attempts / 553 Completed
Completion Percentage:  62.3%
Passing Yards:  5,949
Touchdowns:  42
Interception:  22
Passer Rating:  87
Super Bowl Wins: 3
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Both quarterbacks have comparable numbers and again Tom Brady has four games on Peyton and Tom has two additional Super Bowl ring.  There is also the matter of the team that surrounds the player.  I would agree that Peyton had better offensive players in the early 2000's, but New England had a much superior defensive team. 

Defensive minded teams will always win out against offensive minded teams in the playoffs.  Why?  With an offensive minded team, especially one that is pass first and run second the defense can isolate their efforts to the passing and not feel fearful of the other components of the opponents offense.  In the later years that is what happened to the Colts, the running game was non-existent and the defense was able to focus on the wide receivers and shut them down.  The team's philosophy is neither players fault, they can't choose what the team's philosophy will be, but it should also not be what determines their greatness. 

As a Michigan fan, I am a Tom Brady fan because he carries the Michigan torch high and proud, but as a Peyton Manning fan the time has come to put to rest the notion that Peyton is not a great post season quarterback.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rick Porcello Future Tiger Ace or Trade Bait?

When the name Rick Porcello is brought up to a group of Detroit Tiger fans you will probably get a 50/50 split on if he is going to be the pitcher of the future or trade bait this off-season. Well, tonight's game will go a long way in determining which line of thinking is correct. 

Since the 17-game winning streak that started in mid-July and ended in mid-August the Tigers are struggling to keep a .500 record.  The club's record stands at 14 wins and 17 loses with an earn run average of 4.17 for the starting pitching staff going into tonight' game vs. the White Sox.  This is why Porcello needs to have a dominate game not a 6 inning game, but an 8 inning, 2 hit, no walks type of game. Jim Leyland will also need to put his trigger finger away and leave Rick in the game as long as possible. 

With this years ace, Max Scherzer struggling in his last 3 outings and Rick struggling throughout the season this is the time for Rick to show his teammates and himself that he has the muscle to pull the Tiger's out of this pitching funk. Rick has the stuff to be a dominate pitcher he just needs to put it all together and tonight's game will be the perfect time to do it. 

With 18 games left in the regular season and if Porcello can give a masterful pitching game against the White Sox tonight it will give the Tigers a confident pitcher and could translate to a more confident pitching staff for the rest of the season and once the playoff starts.