Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mike Zimmer calls Bobby Petrino a "gutless bastard"

My apologizes, as this happened a few days ago, but life has been very busy for me.  However, this story is so damn funny that I had to give my take on it.

Mike Zimmer, the current defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, commented on current Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino.  Zimmer was on Petrino's staff, when Petrino coached the Atlanta Falcons for 13 games in 2007.

Petrino got the job with the Falcons, after having a very successful run as a Head Coach with the University of Louisville.  He signed a large contract to move on to the NFL, but abruptly quit, and took the job in Arkansas.

Zimmer told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "He is a gutless bastard, you can print that, I don't give a shit."

When told that they might not be able to print the word "bastard," Zimmer replied with:  "How about "MF" you can print that."

I love honesty in professional sports.  One reason why I hate interview-driven shows, is that almost everyone in sports gives off cliches for answers.  It just doesn't make for compelling radio or television.  I completely agree with Zimmer, Petrino couldn't even face his players or other coaches, and took off for another job.  If he wanted to leave, he should have acted like a man.  I applaud Zimmer for having the balls to tell the truth in this situation.

Douchebag of the Week: Junior Seau

Junior Seau, one of the most famous San Diego born athletes of all time, had quite the tumultuous week.  First, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, allegedly hitting his live-in girlfriend.  Then, Seau drove off of a cliff near Oceanside, California.  He went down about 100 feet off of said cliff, yet walked away with only cuts and bruises.

Seau, who was released from jail earlier in the day, told authorities that he fell asleep at the wheel, and it was not a suicide attempt.  Police also said drugs and alcohol were non-factors.

Conveniently, the District Attorney today, decided not to press charges on Seau, who will walk away with a slap on the wrist.  Seau was also accused of violence of women in 2007, when he allegedly threw glasses of wine at two women, and yelled vulgar profanity at the women.

I as a lifelong Charger fan, was never a big fan of Seau, I was thought the guy has a big-time fraud.  A few years ago, I had a run-in with him in my place of employment.  His Mother came in to shop, and I would not allow her to use his credit card.  He came back, swore at me, and paid for the items.  Junior Seau is a first-class asshole.  Also, if you are ever in San Diego, stay away from Seau's, his shitty excuse of a restaurant.  There is a Hooters down the street, go there.

Personally, I am speculating that it was a suicide attempt.  Dude knew his pristine reputation was ruined, since he smacked around his lady, and decided he would end it.  If drugs weren't involved, could be simply falling asleep at the wheel?  Personally, I don't really buy it.  The guy is a retired football player, who is no longer a relevant person in society.  Gotta be a blow to this man's massive ego.

Junior Seau, former Pro Bowl linebacker, and current abuser.  Congratulations Junior, you never won a Super Bowl, but you are the latest "Douchebag of the Week!"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Colts Punter takes a drunken dip

While making my rounds on the Internet, this story caught my eye, and made me laugh.  We should all remember when former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt made critical comments about the team, and Peyton Manning essentially called Vanderjagt a "liquored-up idiot.  Well, the Colts have filled the void of drunken kicker.

Pat Mcafee, the Colts punter, was arrested for public drunkenness on Wednesday morning, after cops found him swimming in a nearby canal.   He was found by police without a shirt, and he allegedly reeked of alcohol.  When asked to take a Breathalyzer test, Mcafee blew a .015, almost twice the legal limit.  When police asked him how much he drank, Mcafee replied:  "A lot, because I am drunk." An obvious, yet rather quote by Mr. Mcafee.

Mcafee told cops his shirt was wet because of the rain, even though Indianapolis had cold, but clear weather when he was arrested.  He was brought to the attention of the police, after a woman saw him approaching her car, shirtless, at a red light.

While it's not smart for an NFL player to be wandering around drunk in public, this isn't that big of a deal.  He wasn't driving, looting, or pulling a Roethlisberger.  He just chose to take a cold, refreshing dip, in crap filled water.  I'm sure the Colts organization will fine him, but it's really a no harm, no foul situation.

Mcafee was averaging a solid 44.7 yards per punt this season, his second in the NFL.

A paper for a communication class I'm taking, ties communication with Japanese Baseball

 The article I had to use to write this paper

As an avid baseball fan, I have always noticed how players imported from Japan are much more fundamentally sound that their American counterparts.  For instance, the United States and the Dominican Republic have the most talented teams, yet the Japanese have won the first two World Baseball Classic tournaments that have been played, with sound, team-oriented play.  The Americans seem to do things that benefit the individual, rather than the team.  I believe that has a lot to do with the culture that the players are raised in.  Americans are an individualistic culture, and the Japanese are a collectivistic society.  That’s apparent in how they play, and behave in this great game.
  
Americans, like I mentioned, are extremely individualistic.  It is very common to see American players sit out of Spring Training, while trying to get a new contract, or because they are unhappy with the direction the team is going in.  They defy their superiors, and show no regard for their teammates.  The motto is:  “I got to make as much money as I can, careers are short.”   A lot of times in the American game, when a player is in the last year of the contract, the player seems to put up numbers, to make sure they secure a substantial contract. 
  
However, in the Japanese game, these are things that you would never see.  Japanese players take what the management offers them.  Arguing with management would be a major violation of the team’s harmony.  One quote in the article really stood out to be, as to how different the Japanese think of the game:  “If I asked for more money, the other players would have thought that I was greedy.” 
  
American players will strive to shake every penny from the owner’s pocket, regardless of what anyone else thinks.  The Japanese player takes what he can get, and goes to work.  The team harmony, and winning games together as a cohesive entity is far more important than individual needs. 
  
From a power distance perspective, the differences between each culture is extremely noticeable.  Japanese players operate with a large power distance.  Japanese players follow orders without argument, do all the extensive training expected of them, and like I mentioned earlier, they take what is offered in terms of monetary compensation.  If they have a problem with they way a manager is using them, they accept his input, or they retire.  One example from the article, stated that Americans often make much more money that their Japanese counterparts, in the Japanese league.  In America, some of the Japanese ballplayers that played here, were under a lot of scrutiny because they received large salaries, without proving their worth in Major League Baseball.  In the Japanese league, they are just part of the unit, and if their talents can help them win, then they are a welcome addition.
 
  American ballplayers however, obviously have a small power distance.  If you open up the USA today, it is common for ballplayers to openly criticize management, argue with coaches, and often times, brawl with teammates.  Managers will often coddle players who might be hurt, or give them extra days off throughout the year, like sitting a player who has played in multiple games.  Once example of this, is pitcher Zack Grienke.  Grienke, who is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, battled Social Anxiety Disorder, and management allowed him to walk away from the team, with pay, while Grienke received help with his disorder.  From what I have read in the article, the Japanese management would look at such a problem as a major weakness, and would likely release him, and look for a player who was much more mentally stable.  In Japan, if you aren’t into the game, you won’t be around for long.
   
In terms of ethnocentrism, both cultures exhibit this thorough baseball.  The Japanese have their methods of training, and etiquette on the playing field, there is no compromise in any way, if you do not like the way business is handled, you should change career paths.  When American players go and play baseball in Japan, there are expected to follow the Japanese training methods.  The Americans can tell management “I’m used to doing things this way, and it as been successful for me, so I will continue to do it this way.” 
   
The Japanese will not compromise, because they feel that their culture dictates that their strict regimen should be adhered to no matter what.  The Americans in baseball however, have much larger voice in how they do training, and how playing time is decided.  The Americans feel the more “player friendly” approach is a far superior way of conducting business.  Neither side will really backtrack on their preparation philosophies.
 
  Personally, I like the idea of wa being instituted in the game.  One of the most frustrating things in American professional sports is a player who thinks that he is bigger than the game, or his team.  His ego is substantial because of his large salary, and freakish athletic ability.  He questions the coaching staff constantly because he is the most talented, so clearly he is the most knowledgeable when it comes to the game.  Then when it is time to play, the player doesn’t play up to h is capability, because he didn’t put in the preparation that his opponents put in.  This athlete loses, then points his finger at everyone but himself.  In Japan, such actions would likely lead to the unemployment line.
   
The idea of training together, playing as a cohesive unit, and putting the team about yourself is something that American sports should try and adopt.  It could make an already great game even better.  However, I feel it has almost no chance of being instituted, since Americans are very individualistic, and look out for themselves first.  Wa could be a solution though, to drama queens in divas in professional sports.
   

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chargers spirit stomped in St. Louis

Typically I like to recap the Charger games on Sunday nights, to give my perspective on this team.  There are no words to describe what has transpired today.  I thought the loss in Oakland was the team hitting rock-bottom.  An ugly loss, where you allow a terrible Raiders team to block two punts, and you lose, despite gaining 500 yards.  A St. Louis team was next on the schedule, the same team that was destroyed by the Detroit Lions.  Surely, the Chargers couldn't allow St. Louis to win, and drop their record to 2-4.  Then all hell broke loose in Missouri.

The Chargers had all of 39 yards of offense in the first half.  The usually dependable Philip Rivers had a 12.7 QB rating, and the defense allowed rookie Sam Bradford to look like Peyton Manning.  Antonie Cason still doesn't know what hit him.

The offensive line was supposed to be greatly improved with the activation of Pro-Bowl left tackle Marcus Mcneil.  Instead, Philip Rivers was harassed all day, and the Rams sacked him seven times, a career high for Rivers.  The run blocking was decent enough at least, as Ryan Mathews averaged over five yards a carry.

The Chargers also battled injuries on this gloomy, rainy Sunday.  Malcolm Floyd, the Chargers leading receiver tweaked a hamstring, and All-World tight end Antonio Gates hurt his ankle.  The last report had Gates in a protective boot, and the injury was described as "not good."

The defensive line play was also brutal.  While Steven Jackson only average 3.8 yards a carry, he was able to pick up a ton of first downs, including the one that sealed the Chargers fate.  Beleaguered, and drained, the Chargers stand at 2-4.  While the division is obviously terrible, can the Chargers really recover from another hole?

My answer?  No way.  This team was given an absolute gift of a schedule to start with.  The Chargers have lost four road games already this year.  All of the teams they lost to, suffered at least 11 defeats in '09, and Arizona lost a Pro Bowl quarterback.  Now the team gets New England, Tennessee, and Houston next.  A 2-7 start is a real possibility.  Then they also have late season games against Cincinnati and Indianapolis on the road.  Personally, I think 8-8 is a best case scenario.

The worst part of this collapse by the Chargers, is Norv Turner's contract situation.  Norvell just signed a three year extension in January, meaning he will be paid millions between now and 2013.  A.J. Smith isn't going anywhere either, as his contract runs until 2014.  Bottom line, what could have been a great run in the NFL was crushed by incompetent management.  At least SDSU is good this year.

Halloween 3 set for 2011

As a big fan of the Halloween series, the latest entry, 2009's Halloween II left a bitter taste in my mouth.  While the film wasn't as bad as some fans led on, it definitely was flawed.  After walking out of the theater, I figured that the Halloween series was all but finished, but immediately after, they announced plans for a sequel.  A few months later, those plans were squashed, but according to web postings on www.halloweenmovies.com the sequel is set for release on October 31, 2011, fittingly on Halloween.

While we don't really know much, there are a few things that we do know.  The film will be directed by Patrick Lussier, who directed 2009's horror hit, My Bloody Valentine.  Todd Farmer is attached to help with the screenplay, he helped write My Bloody Valentine, but also was responsible for the disaster known as Jason X.  Scout Taylor-Compton, who played Laurie Strode in the Rob Zombie reboots, is poised to play in her third film.  Brad Dourif, who played Sheriff Lee Bracket, is rumored to be back as well.  Some Internet rumors reported that Tom Atkins, who starred in 1982's Halloween 3, was going to be part of the cast, but that has not been confirmed.  It will also be shot in 3-D, with a budget of $23 million, which would make it the most expensive Halloween movie ever produced.  While part of me is excited as a die-hard fan of the series, a few things seriously need to be amended if this film is to be successful.

First, ditch Sherri Moon Zombie, who portrayed Michael's mother in the last two films.  She was solid in the 1st Rob Zombie film, but the "white horse" scenes in the second film were completely unnecessary and brutal.  The bitch can't get any other work, so Rob hooked her up with another role.  Get lost Sherri!

Next, Michael should look more realistic.  In the original film, Michael was a regular-sized guy, who was constantly emerging from shadows, and praying on clueless teens.  In the Rob Zombie films, he was a roided up freak with an ugly beard, who simply ripped victims to shreds.  Michael Myers lost a lot of his mystique thanks to Zombie.

Finally, they need to find a better Loomis.  If Michael can survive the last film, surely Dr. Loomis can.  I was never in love with the casting of Malcolm McDowell as Loomis, and he was portrayed as a complete douche in H2.  Patrick Stewart would be a great choice to play Dr. Loomis, don't you think?  I feel he would give a solid performance, and be a much more likable protagonist.

Get you popcorn ready slasher fans, it looks like Michael is coming back next Halloween!