Posted on: April 28, 2012 9:54 am
After the 1965 season the Orioles traded Milt Pappas to Cincinnati for the "over the hill" Frank Robinson. Frank was a rookie of the year and a NL MVP for the Reds. The Orioles came close in 1963 when they had pennant feaver but were stuck. The Orioles made two moves that put them over the top. Besides getting Frank they added All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio from the Chicago White Sox and traded former rookie of the year, Ron Hansen.
Immediately in 1966 Frank Robinson became the leader of the Orioles both on and off the field. On the field he won the triple crown, first in home runs, RBI and batting average. He was the first to accomplish that feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956. Off the field he created the Orioles (then famous) kangaroo court. He would preside as judge and fine players $1.00 for making mental errors or not getting someone home in an RBI situation. He brought a sense of family and responsibility to the Orioles which had never been seen before. The term "The Oriole Way" was created by the Ripken family but the Oriole Way was created by Frank. I was fortuante enough to watch his solo shot off of Don Drysdale in game 4 of the 4-0 sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I was sitting in the upper deck behind the Orioles 3rd base dugout.
I think it was 1970 when he slid into second base and injured himself having double vision. Although he was never the same on the field his short six year stint with the Orioles is the largest single contribution any player has ever made. Sorry Cal.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:28 pm
Ok, I have no dog in the fight in the NFC so I can be fairly objective about the remaining games.
The New York Football Giants are a psycho team. Some weeks they look like they should be booking rooms in Indy and some weeks they look like they should be booking tee times the next Monday. To predict what they do from week to week is impossible. Like most quarterbacks, if Eli Manning is hit early and often he will make mistakes. That leads to interceptions. The one thing the G-men have going for them is the north-south running of Brandon Jacobs. Once he gets a bit of steam he is difficult to bring down. If the Giants establish their running game they have a legit shot to win. Their defense must put pressure on Aaron Rodgers or they will lose. Nobody has really done that in the last 13 months in a game that's mattered. Green Bay will win by 10 points.
San Francisco has had a great run but New Orleans will beat them handily. Drew Brees is the best qb in the NFL. I am aware that Rodgers is having a great season but Brees is the best. The Saints can beat a team in so many ways and Alex Smith is still an average quarterback. The opportunistic Saints defense will confuse Smith and create an environment where he will at least have two turnovers. New Orleans by 14.
New Orleans is the best team in the NFC. They will go to Lambeau Field and beat the Pack. Yes, they lost in week one. The key is Darren Sproles. It was his first game with basically no off season. He has had an entire season to acclimate and has furnished the Saints with a weapon that cannot be covered by a shaky Green Bay defense. People in Cheese territory love their TE, Jermichael Finley, but he will be the second best TE in the week one match up. Jimmy Graham is the best TE in the NFL. The Saints D will allow the Pack to score points but not enough to stop the Saints from going to the Superbowl twice in the last three attempts. New Orleans will win the NFC title by 10.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:35 pm
Folks, this isn't going to get any better. Until this week the head coach of Penn State, Joe Paterno, was one of the most powerful people in the state of Pennsylvania. In the pecking order starting with God, JoePa was top five in PA. What he stood for was much more than wins and losses. He was the law and the morality of at least the Pennsylvania State University. What has come out in the last few days will not only tarnish a perceived stellar reputation but will crush the university, the athletic program and their football program.
For Joe Paterno to tell the board of regents he will retire on his own terms is no longer reality. His excuse of telling the athletic director was proper protocol is not believable. What would happen to a Penn State Athletic Director who disagreed with Paterno on an important issue? A man with backbone would have acted. This is a sad day for all the victims, none of which are those that knew about Sandusky's criminal acts.
There are plenty of victims. First and foremost are the young men who were sexually assaulted. Those were the forgotten folks who needed help the most and received the least. They came from difficult backgrounds looking for hope and found despair. The perceived hope of helping the boys get on the right track was a fraud. All those who knew about the abuse as well as Sandusky should be fired and not allowed to resign. They are not the victims.
All students, faculty and those in the athletic department who were totally unaware have been devastated. The pride of being a Nittany Lion is now a joke. Those on the football team and their families who were unaware of this incident are victims. You entrust a young man who is a stellar high school athlete to a program far from home. You think that life's lessons as well as football will be taught. What does covering this up and placing blame elsewhere teach you? How can a player fully trust those remaining, including Paterno, ever again?
The business community and alumni who have supported JoePa as one step removed from religion have been betrayed. The Pennsylvania State University Program is Joe Paterno. Their passion has betrayed them. How can they continue to spend thousands per year? What would a business be saying if they willingly contribute to a program that has knowingly looked the other way when sexual assault on children has taken place. The public would not look to favorably on this.
Recruits? Forget it. Parents will no longer want their blue chip sons to go to Penn State.
The most merciful way the NCAA could deal with this is to give the Death Penalty to Penn State Football.
They must only allow current players to regain a year of eligibility and transfer but also insure any scholarship promises given are paid for by Penn State University to other Universities. There needs to be an NCAA program to help those players in the enrollment and recruitment process to other universities. Any future commitments to Penn State should be voided. Other universities will understand and help those blue chippers. If Penn State committed money to their recruits they should be made to pay that amount to other universities. The new universities chosen will not have to count their PSU former recruits scholarships against the NCAA limit.
Eliminating the football program will have a harsh immediate affect however the time to do the wrong thing to benefit the greater good is over. Do the right thing and eventually Penn State's reputation which will soon be tarnished beyond belief will repair itself. It may even become stronger.
The PSU football program must suffer due to its most powerful leader in school history abusing his power and allowing an unforgivable crime to be swept under the rug.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:34 am
This weekend the State of Maryland and a group of private investors unveiled a 9 foot statue of Mr. Oriole, Brooks Robinson. This statue is located across the street from Orioles Park at Camden Yards. The statue's likeliness of Brooks is uncanny. The glove he's sporting is gold to honor the 16 consecutive gold gloves he earned during his career. For the record Brooks also appeared in 18 All-Star games and collected 2,848 hits. His entire professional baseball career from 1955 to 1977 was spent in the Orioles organization. Though Brooks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas he has spent the majority of his life as a Baltimorean.
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:27 am
Derek Fisher and most of the well dressed folks at the podium have enjoyed the fruits of their labors for many years. If those fortunate few have invested wisely or at least not squandered their millions they are set for life. That is not the case for those sitting at the end of their teams benches.
For a rookie player who sits at the end of their team's bench earns the NBA minimum $473,000.00. If they are lucky enough to get a second year before a younger more promising player takes their place at the end of the bench they will earn an additional $760,000.00 minimum for a player with 1 year experience. That totals to over $1,000.000.00 over two years for a person considered for two years to be one of the best 360 people in their profession during that period.
Once that small window is closed they will no longer be able to have that earning power. By taking the second year away from one of those results in a devistating loss for someone considered at one time being at the top of their profession. Forget LeBron. Forget Kobe and the likes. That's why JaVale McGee said what he said. If you knew the potential income of over $750,000.00 would be taken from you wouldn't you waiver in your support of holding out for the best deal?
Think about it.
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:53 pm
I know the defense is supposed to scare the hell out of the offense but Kyle Vanden Bosch has taken it to a new level. I don't know how many folks watching the game last night noticed that the cameras were constantly focusing on Vanden Bosch's face, at least every series of downs.
After checking to see if my wide screen had slipped a gasket I realized that Vanden Bosch must have worn RED, yes I said RED, contact lenses. His eyes were red. If his devistating play and his glaring looks weren't mean enough? I found myself having to look away from my set. Hollywood couldn't have done it better.
The bottom line is Kyle Banden Bosch has taken football to a lower level. That's entertainment!!!!! Gotta love them Lions!
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:59 pm
Now that it's midweek and I've had time to see the highlights from Ravens domination over their Arch Neminsis, Pittsburgh Steelers there are some things that strike me.
1. What's wrong with America's team? (Cowboys relinquished that title many years ago) This is the first Steelers game I've been to that the stands weren't filled with former, current or wannabe Western Pennsylvanians. A few graced M&T but they were few and far between. The team itself was not ready for the level of energy the Ravens exploaded upon them.
2. Two of the best defensive players in the NFL play for The Ravens. Suggs and Ngata are amazing.
3. Although Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are not the same players they were 5 years ago their cerebral abilities have enabled them to remain elite and All-Star calibur.
4. Hines Ward got what was coming to him for many years thanks to JJ. How dare Ward whine about the Ravens running up the score. Keep dancin Hines.
5. Joe Flacco does amazing things when he has time.
6. Can't wait to see how well the offensive line plays when it comes together. Flacco was sacked once on a coverage sack and hit only one other time.
7. We shouldn't be surprised if Ray Rice gains more yards from scrimmage than anyone else in the NFL. Vonta Leach is a beast.
8. Next time I think of panicking about the lack of quality personnel going into a new season I should take a big breath, say "Ozzie Knows" 10 times and relax.
11. Anquan Boulden is great going over the middle. Lee Evans' presence on the field grabs so much attention the opposing safety just can't camp out waiting for Boulden. If he does look for Flacco to throw to Evans who will be two yards past any corner in the NFL.
12. The two headed monster of Ed Dickson/Dennis Pitta will more than adequately replace the aging Todd Heap.
13. This team will not overlook an opponant. The contingent of veterans including Reed, Lewis and Ngata on defense and Rice, Matt Birk, Vonta Leach, Flacco, and Marshall Yanda will make sure the focus is directed towards the task at hand.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 11:04 pm
A short tribute to Gary Williams then let’s get down to business.