Saturday, December 17, 2011

Padres trade Mat Latos to Cincinnati

I woke up at the crack of noon today, to discover that the Padres traded ace pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four players. Initially, I was stunned. Latos has pitched to a 3.21 ERA over the last two seasons, and was under team control for four more years. While there has been questions about his attitude, I figured he was a guy the Padres would be targeting for an extension, not shopping. However, it seems like the Padres got a pretty decent package, although it did leave me scratching my head.

The Padres acquired 1B Yonder Alonso, SP Edinson Volquez, C Yasmani Grandal, and pitcher Brad Boxberger. Alonso put up huge numbers in a brief stint with the Reds last year, hitting .330/.398/.545, and swatting 5 HR's in 98 at-bats. He has the ability to play the outfield, although most scouts say that would be scarier that "The Exorcist."

Edinson Volquez is intriguing. He has a history of injuries, but when he was healthy in 2008, he was one of the better starting pitchers in the National League. He is still only 28, and pitching in Petco Park should help him regain a dominant form. However, he is nothing close to a sure thing at this point. Last season, he put up an ERA of almost 6.00 in 20 starts.

Yasmani Grandal is an intriguing young catcher, who is said to have above-average offensive skills, and should play solid defense. Last year in three minor league stops, he hit .305/.401/.500, and will likely start the season is Tucson. He might be the heir-apparent to Nick Hundley.

Brad Boxberger is a 23-year-old reliever from Tustin, CA. He has posted some ridiculous strikeout totals the last few years on the minors, averaging a blistering 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He could be a candidate to make the team as a reliever in 2012.

Kevin Says:  I am kind of torn with this deal. I love Mat Latos, and the attitude he brings to the mound. I figured he was a guy that the team would target for an extension. Instead, he was shipped away. Alonso has a legitimate bat, something the Padres surely need. However, he is essentially a first baseman, and the Padres have Anthony Rizzo and Jesus Guzman. I believe that Rizzo will be flipped, FOX sports Jon Paul Morosi throughout a Rizzo, plus prospects swap for Wade Davis. It would give the Padres a good, young arm to replace Latos.

I would be interested to see if the Padres could construct a trade around Carlos Quentin. He would give the Padres a legitimate power bat in RF, and would make the offense watchable in 2012. It is clear that the Padres Front Office has soured on Rizzo, otherwise they wouldn't take back a 1B as the centerpiece of a Latos swap. I am biased, because I am a big Latos fan, but on the surface it seems the Padres did pretty well in this trade, especially if Volquez becomes useful.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SDSU to Big East sucks!

I do not know about the rest of you, but I have grown weary of the musical conferences game that is being played in the NCAA currently. Nebraska to the Big 10, Colorado and Utah to the Pac-12, and Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC. It is getting hard to keep track of the teams in each conference.

Today it was announced that San Diego State and Boise State would be heading to the Big East as football-only members, likely in 2013. The move makes sense from a football perspective, I suppose. The plan would be that Boise State and SDSU would play in a new "west" division of the Big East, that likely will include SMU, Houston, and perhaps Louisville. Obviously, SDSU wants a cut of the guaranteed BCS money that the Big East can offer, as well as a much better television deal.

The football conference, however will be watered down. I think the Mountain West is an extremely underrated conference, with Boise, TCU, and Wyoming all having solid seasons. Utah and BYU also had a great deal of success in their time in the Mountain West. The Aztecs have a shot to make a BCS Bowl each year, but what about the basketball program, the same program that might be the strongest on the West Coast currently?

Well don't fret Aztec fans, the basketball programs, as well as the dozens of other sports that no one cares about are headed to the Big West. The competition in the conference is far below what the Aztecs have faced in the MWC. Currently, the Mountain West has the 5th highest RPI rating in college basketball; the Big West is currently ranked 25th out of the 32 conferences in Division 1 basketball. The Aztecs will play against such stalwarts as UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and Cal Poly! Feel the excitement building!

I suppose the positive is that the Aztecs should be the favorite in that crappy conference every year. The school should also save money on travel, since every school, with the exception of Hawaii, are located in California. (Hawaii joins the Big West for all sports except for football in 2012). However, Steve Fisher is building a truly special program in San Diego. Viejas Arena is packed for each game, and a move to the Big West just seems like a step backward for a team that was ranked as high as #4 last year. Not to mention that the Big East headquarters is over 3,000 miles from San Diego. I do not like the move at all.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peyton Manning should demand a trade, if healthy

Peyton Manning is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He is going into the Hall of Fame, as soon as he is eligible. He won a Super Bowl, and has made the Colts a fixture in the playoffs most of his career. However, a serious neck injury has kept him off the field in 2011, and it could cause him to prematurely retire. In his absence, the Colts have become the laughingstock of the league, cruising to an 0-11 record, and putting them in the driver's seat for the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The popular debate has been should the Colts take Manning's heir apparent with that pick, and have Manning groom his replacement? It is definitely not an ideal situation for Manning, and if he can come back and play, that pick should not be used on Andrew Luck. The Colts obviously have bigger problems than Peyton Manning not being on the field. Their defense is ranked 28th in the NFL, giving up nearly 400 yards a game. They are also allowing 29.7 points a game, dead last in the NFL. (Carolina is 31st with 27.7 a game). The Colts defense might have issues stopping USC currently.

The running game isn't much better, with the Colts ranking 25th in the NFL there. The team cannot stop anyone and cannot run the ball. Even with Manning starting, this team is not a contender in the AFC, not even close. Manning also has a large contract, something that the Colts must address; his option for 2012 is around $28 million, a crazy investment unless Peyton is healthy.

Suppose Manning is healthy, why should he stay in Indy. The team seems rather committed to taking a QB in the draft, instead of getting some help for their horrid D, or an offensive tackle to make sure he survives 2012.  Manning should simply bounce, get the hell out of Indy. There are several teams that would pay handsomely for Manning. Carson Palmer brought the Bengals two top draft picks, and Jay Cutler did the same for Denver. What kind of value would a healthy Peyton Manning have?

Take a team like the Jets. They haven't been able to get over the hump, partly because Mark Sanchez stinks. I'm sure the Jets would gladly throw two #1's at the Colts to get Manning. Seattle, Kansas City, Miami, Cleveland, and Washington are just a few of the quarterback starved teams out there. The Colts get Andrew Luck, and more picks to start their rebuilding job. Everyone wins.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An interview with Taproot guitarist Michael DeWolf

In a day and age where bands are breaking up daily, Taproot as been a band who has weathered the storm. Originally formed in 1997, the band has had a great deal of success. They released their first album, "Gift" back in 2000, and it was one of my favorite albums growing up. The band achieved their largest success in 2002, when they released "Welcome." The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard charts, and has since sold 475,000 copies. The album also produced "Poem" which can still be heard on the radio today.

The band has produced three great albums since, and is beginning work on an untitled sixth album, on Victory Records. Guitarist Michael DeWolf was nice enough to answer some questions about the band.

Q: You guys have been around since 1997, since then, many of the bands I have grown up listening to have dissolved. How have you guys been able to stick around for so long?

A:  "Not going to lie, its tough. At the end of the day we all realize this is what we need and want to do with our lives. Looking back from when I first started playing guitar, I recall a time in particular when I got the chills  from listening to someone else's song.  Right at that moment, I decided that I wanted to write songs with the hopes that someone would feel that same sort of inspiration. We are passionate individuals basically. Haha.

Q:  The lyrics on your first album "Gift" are darker than your subsequent releases. What was the reason for developing a more melodic sound on "Welcome" and beyond.

A:  "I can't comment for Stephen(Taproot vocalist Stephen Richards) with regards to specific lyrics, but in general I think it was just a growth thing. We grew up as individuals and found new ways to express our feelings and thoughts."

Q:  When "Poem" blew up, and became such a huge hit, did you try and top that while writing "Blue-Sky Research."

A:  "Of course we did!"

Q:  Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins helped write a few tracks on "Blue-Sky Research." What kind of experience did you have with him?"

A: "Billy was awesome. I personally was honored to work with him, and found it to be an enriching experience."

Q:  Many of favorite bands like Taproot, Still Remains, Chiodos, and The Black Dahlia Murder have come out of Michigan. Have you had the opportunity to follow any of the local talent?

A:  "I wish! I've got a pretty full life, so I try to say up with things like that, but yeah. That is impressive though! I didn't even know that Still Remains and BDM were from here. That's awesome."

Q:  You guys recorded three albums with Atlantic Records, and your newest release, "Plead the Fifth" was released on Victory Records. What is the main difference between the two labels?

A:  "Both are great labels that I am proud to have had the opportunity to be involved with. One is, or was bigger than the other one, basically."

Q:  Also, in regards to Victory, bands like Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, and Hawthorne Heights have had success on the label. Was that a factor in selecting them as a label?

A: "Absolutely. We all want to successfully get music out there to people who want to hear it, and victory helps with that effort."

Q:  You guys are gearing up to record your 6th album. What can fans expect?

A:  "Expect to hear it soon and trip the fuck out. It's MASSIVE and DEEP."

Q:  You guys have had songs featured in video games, and in WWE promos. How does the process work for having music featured in those mediums?

A:  "We have indeed. It's always an honor, and just plain cool to hear your song anywhere really, but in a game or movie, its even more so. We just make the best music, and hope for the best really."

Q:  What are your favorite places to play on the road, and conversely, what are your least favorite places to play?

A:  "Anywhere that will have us, really. There are a whole lot of beautiful places in the world and we are lucky enough to have had the chance to visit so many of them."

Big thanks to Michael for answering some questions. Support this great band and buy "Plead the Fifth" on Victory Records at Best Buy or ITunes!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Have I outgrown Adam Sandler?

Back in the days of my youth, Adam Sandler was my hero. He was an average-looking dude, who rose to stardom, and made some of funniest comedies of my youth. I must have seen films like "Billy Madison, "Happy Gilmore, and "The Waterboy" dozens of times over the years. Anytime a new Sandler movie hit the multiplex, I was there, and loved every movie that came out. One summer, I saw "Big Daddy" seven times, partly to the $2 theater that existed in my hometown, at that time.

Even though I am 26, and I am no longer 14, I still like a good poop joke. I still have that inter-adolescene that loves toliet humor. However, the last few Sandler movies have left a bitter taste in my mouth. Sandler has gone from the goofy, lovable, single oaf, to a successful businessman, with a wife entirely too hot for a guy like him(i.e. Selma Hayak, Kate Beckinsale). Plain-looking Katie Holmes is at least believable as a wife in his lastest flick.  "Grown-Ups" came across as a clusterfuck, with Sandler attempting to get all of his buddies in his movie. David Spade sucked on Chris Farley's tits for years, and now he is doing the same to Sandler. We get it, they are your friends, and that movie wasn't funny.

I loved "Funny People," "Reign Over Me," and "Punch-Drunk Love." In these films Sandler played dramatic roles beautifully, with a comedic blend. I think his role in "Funny People" was vastly underrated. However, Sandler continues to release crap like "Jack and Jill," which one critic called "worse than Howard the Duck." I think this film is the first Sandler flick I haven't been jazzed about seeing. Crap like "Grown Up's" and "Jack and Jill" has left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I hope Sandler continues to branch out, and do a little more serious acting. Make good movies, instead of pandering to idiots and family. Maybe I just expect more as an adult. Who knows?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

An interview with San Diego Chargers WR Richard Goodman

Back in July, Justin Adams and I did an interview on our podcast "The Bicoastal Sports Show" with Richard Goodman. He was gracious enough to give us a few minutes of his time, and talk to us. At that time, he seemed like a long shot to make the roster, but now Goodman has emerged as one of the best special teams players that the Chargers have. While some of the questions are a little dated, it was a really fun interview, and my first with a professional athlete. Here are a few of the highlights:

Q: "One of the things I found interesting about you, is that you played at Florida State, under Bobby Bowden. What kind of coach was he?"

A: "He was definitely a player's coach. He could relate to all situations, because he has coached so many guys: Hall-of-Famers, NFL stars. He was always hands-on and was there or players on and off of the field."

Q: "During the lockout, we read that many players were doing individual workouts. What exactly does that consist of?"

A: "I would usually wake up in the morning and lift weights with a few guys down in Florida(where he lives in the offseason). We would do sprints and cone drills, just things to stay in shape. It definitely isn't the same as practicing with your teammates.

Q: "What kind of influence do star players like Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, and Antonio Gates have on a young player, such as yourself?

A: "Just seeing guys who make a commitment each day. They always tried to get better, and go hard regardless of who the opponent is, or if we were coming off of a win or a loss. They take every rep seriously, and they make you want to get better as well."

Q: "The Chargers struggles on special teams have been well documented. How do you feel that you can help in that area."

A: "I definitely want to be a spark. I want to use my speed and quickness and make a play on special teams, either on a return, or by making a big tackle. I want to be able to help the team out in any way I can, so I look forward to playing a large role on special teams."

Q: "You played with Vikings QB Christian Ponder, what exactly does he bring to the table?"

A: "He is one of the smartest guys I have ever been around. So I bet he knows the playbook well. He is a winner, when he came to Florida State, people doubted him, but he played through injuries, and always made plays. He proved a lot of people wrong by getting drafted 12th overall. He has my utmost respect."

Q: "What is the toughest team you have played against?'

A: "I would have to say New England. The defense, with the way they lineup, it is hard to know what defense they are playing until the snap the ball."

Richard is a class act, and has a an for life in me! Give him a follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RGoody954

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My San Diego Padres Offseason plan

The San Diego Padres were one of the biggest surprises of the 2010 season, winning 90 games, and barely missed out on winning the NL West. Prior to 2011, the Padres traded Adrian Gonzalez, and lost 91 games in 2011. The team is clearly in rebuilding mode, however, they could still remain competitive in 2011, in a subpar NL West. If the season started today, here is what their roster would look like.

RF: Will Venable
SS: Jason Bartlett
CF: Cameron Maybin
1B: Jesus Guzman/Anthony Rizzo
3B: Chase Headley
C:  Nick Hundley
LF: Kyle Blanks
2B: Orlando Hudson

The Padres hit an NL worst .237, and scored only 593 runs, good for 15th in the 16 team National League. The lineup should be better if Chase Headley and Nick Hundley stay healthy, and Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson have rebound seasons. I am still a big fan of Kyle Blanks, put he has struggled to put all of his tools together. Here are a few free agents that would be within the Padres grasp.


  • Josh Willingham, OF: He may be a bit out of the Padres price range, perhaps commanding as much as $9 million over a two or three-year deal, but he has some pop. He hit 29 HR's last year playing in Oakland, and could give the Padres some much needed power. If his price drops a bit, I could see the Padres being a player. 
  • David DeJesus, OF: I have always been a big fan of DeJesus' game since he came up with the Royals. He had an off-year with Oakland last year, but did have an OBP of .384 in 2010. He could be a guy brought in to play the outfield on a one-year deal. 
  • Cody Ross, OF: The former playoff hero for the Giants had a subpar year, but would be a decent option in RF for the Pads. He has a little pop, and can play all three OF positions.
The rotation was not as strong in 2011, but without any additions, the Padres have a decent rotation. Mat Latos pitched well down the stretch, and should be starting on Opening Day. Tim Stauffer had a very solid season as well, and Cory Luebke looks like a future star. Aaron Harang won 14 games, but for some reason the front office has shown no interest in bringing him back. Here is what I project for the rotation:

SP: Mat Latos
SP: Tim Stauffer
SP: Cory Luebke
SP: Clayton Richard
SP: Wade Leblanc/Anthony Bass

The bullpen was the best in baseball in 2010, and for the early part of 2011, but trades and injuries have depleted the depth of the pen. The Padres will certainly look to bring in a few bullpen arms. Here is what I project as of right now:

RP: Josh Spence
RP: Ernesto Frieri
RP: Luke Gregerson
RP: Drew Carpenter
RP: Joe Thatcher
RP: Brad Brach
RP: Eric Hamren

Here are some candidates for both the rotation and the bullpen:

  • Jon Garland, SP: Garland has been a lock for 200 innings and an ERA around 4.00; however injuries ruined his 2011 campaign with the Dodgers. Garland was solid for the Padres in 2010, winning 14 games.
  • Joel Pineiro, SP: Another buy-low option for the Padres. He had a rough year in 2011 for the Angels, but he could be had for a low commitment, a one-year, $3M deal could be enough to bring him to San Diego. 
  • Jon Rauch, RP: Had a miserable year in 2011, but does have experience closing games, something the Padres will need, since the Padres are likely to lose Heath Bell. Chad Qualls had a bounce-back year in 2011, and perhaps Rauch could do the same.
The Padres did acquire Mark Kotsay today, likely to provide depth, and veteran experience. I really do not expect much from the Padres in 2012, but only time will tell. 


Monday, November 14, 2011

Is Tim Tebow a legit NFL QB?

Tim Tebow. The name alone sparks so many emotions. Some people love the former Heisman Trophy candidate, praising his hard work and dedication. Others snicker at his lack of velocity and inaccuracy in the passing game. I really have no ill-will towards the guy, expect that he plays for the Denver Broncos, the team I hate the most.

However, everyone talks about Tebow. He is one of the most talked about NFL players that I can ever remember. The guy was an all-time great in college, a surprising 1st round pick last year, and has one of the best selling jerseys in the NFL. The fans in Denver begged for football Jesus to get a shot, and so far the results have been mixed.

This season Tebow is completing a pathetic 44.8 % of his passes, yet has thrown 7 TD's to just 1 INT, and has added 2 TD's on the ground. He has a 3-1 record in 4 starts, and has the Donkey's right in the mix in hte AFC West. His QB rating of 81.6 is ahead of starters like Philip Rivers, Matt Cassel, Michael Vick, and Josh Freeman.

In yesterday's 17-10 win against the Chiefs, Tebow completed 2 passes the entire game! Two! One came on a long pass play to Eric Decker, and Tebow finished up 2-8, for 63 yds and a TD. It also gave him a QB rating of under 100, which shows me how flawed that statistic is. Bottom line, Tebow is not a legitimate NFL QB in my opinion.

However, the team keeps winning. Head coach John Fox has simplified the offense, essentially bringing the option to the NFL. The team plans to keep running the football with Tebow and Co., until someone proves they can stop it.

I actually like Tebow. He seems like a really great dude, and I applaud his perseverance when every "expert" in the NFL has doubted him. I just do not see how a quarterback can be a long-term solution, while completing 45 % of his throws. Sure, the team has won 3 of 4 with Tebow at the helm, but this simply cannot continue long-term, right?

Personally, I think Tebow belongs in the NFL, just not as a starting QB. He would be interesting as a role-player. Line him up as a tight end, he can take a direct snap, and pound the ball between the tackles, and even throw a few times ago. I just do not believe in him as a viable QB. Tebow just keeps winning, so how can you bench him? If I am Denver, I am still looking for a "real" QB. Tebow is not the answer.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lakeside trash claims Bieber fathered her child

A Lakeside woman claims that teen idol Justin Bieber fathered her child. According to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune, 20-year-old Mariah Yeater claims that they met when she attended a concert in October of 2010. She sat in the front row of the concert, and a security guard approached her and asked if she wanted to meet the Biebs. 


She then claimed, per the article, that they went for a walk and that "Bieber wanted to make love to her, and that it would be his first time." Bieber then alledgly had unprotected sex, and when she realized she was pregnant, she tried to contact him through his representatives, but her requests were rebuffed.


My first reaction was laughter, because this story is so absurd, and I also found humor that this broad is from Lakeside, which is the is the gooch of San Diego. The story is just not believeable on so many fronts.


It is obvious to me that this story is an attempt for a nobody to gain her 15 minutes of fame. Yeater has a Twitter account, in which she has amassed almost 10,000 followers. On her account he tweets such things "there's no such things as bad publicity, because you are all talking about meeeeeeee." There's also this gem of "dear haters thanks for making me famous and keep the mean tweets so my name gets out there even more.  


Clearly these are signs of a stupid whore is looking for some kind of notriety. She is 20, so I suppose that she is too old for Teen Mom, but being the slut who accused Bieber of fathering her child is sure to lead to cash coming her way, in the way of interviews and perhaps a potential bookdeal. Who knows what this broad is thinking.


I also believe the story is not believeable because, well, the chick is busted. Her default on Twitter looks like she just woke up, complete with messy hair. I would have to have a few drinks in me to plow her, and Bieber, who has his pick of any 10,000 girls at the show picks her? Really, are you trying to tell me she was the hottest girl at that show that night? Give me a break, this story reeks of bullshit. 


I am by no means a Bieber fan, but I really do not believe that he screwed this crazy broad. At least Lakeside is famous or something else besides meth and horse shit now. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Gospel of Tito Burroughs

A few weeks ago I got a friend request on Facebook, by a dude named Tito Burroughs. I usually add people who aren't obviously spam, as a means to drive more eyeballs towards the media empire I am slowly trying to build. Anyway, one of the recent request I received was from a man named Tito Burroughs. I almost deleted him within a few hours. His wall posts are crazy, religious ramblings that are often incoherent. However, they are hilarious, and I cannot turn away.

A little info on my man Tito: According to his page he is 38, lives in North Carolina, is black, and is a Jehovah's witness. Jehovah's witnesses are weird if you ask me, they do not celebrate holidays, they refuse to serve in the military, and do not donate blood. They also generally do not associate with people who are not of their faith. Translation: they are selfish, snobbish pricks.

Anyway, this nuts posts are so ridiculous, you have to wonder if he is high while typing. His posts are also some of the longest I have ever seen on Facebook. Here are some of my favorites: IF YOU HAVE NO COP BADGE OR ID BADGE
YOU GET
... NO FOOD
NO GAS
... NO WEED
NO WARTH
NO AIR
NO TV
NO CAR
NO JOB
NO HOUSE
NO CELL PHONES
NO PDAS
NO COMPUTERS
NO FACEBOOK
NO TWITTER
NO TOLLET PAPER
NOTHING MOTHERFUCKERS


Here are a few more:  A LOT OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS FUCK UP
THE GOVERNMENTS
AND RICH WON
I HAVE NO VISIONS
... I HAVE NO BIBLE
I HAVE NOTHING MOTHERFUCKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
BUT MY FUCKIN WORD ASSHOLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

OUR ASS BELONG TO SATAN ASSHOLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
ON 9/26/2011 I AM GOING TO LOOK LIKE A IMPERFECT NAVY SEAL FOR THE USA TO TIME INDEFINITE FOREVER GENERAL TITO ASSHOLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
HAVE MY DIVINE 380S READY AND MY UNITED NATIONS OFFICE READY OBAMA
... LOVE YOU FOREVER
TELL ME NO AFTER 9/26/2011
... YOU GOING STRAIGHT TO JAIL AND WHEN YOU DIE YOU AUTOMATICALLY GO STRAIGHT TO SATAN
TRUE GANGSTERS OPERATE ABOVE THE LAW THEY DO ALL
AFTER 9/26/2011

This nutjob preaches about a war, in which he will take over the world, because Jehovah preached to him. He will have full control of everything, and we will have to join him, or die. Part of me laughs profusely when he posts, the other part feels like I have an obligation to call the government, in case this nut actually tries something stupid. If you like crazy people, look up Tito Burroughs, its a riot!

Biggest Choke Job Ever: My take on the Red Sox

When I made my predictions at the beginning of the season, I predicted a Brewers vs. Red Sox World Series. While I may be correct on the Brewers, the Red Sox folded like a lawn chair. While many experts are giving credit for the Rays surging in September, the fact is, they only made the playoffs because Boston played terrible. Quite frankly, it is the biggest choke job in my lifetime, and lets not forget that I am a Chargers fan.

This team blew a 9 game lead in September, going 7-20 down the stretch. They looked less like a $160 million "dream team," and more like a nightmare. The pitching staff was brutal down the stretch, the offense failed to deliver at key points. The Sox also went 2-5 down the stretch to the lowly Orioles, a team they should have destroyed. Where do you place the blame for all of the transgressions?

Some are blaming coach Terry Francona. Come on. Sure, you could argue the fact that he did not have the team prepared to play well, but the guy has won 2 World Series rings. Who are you going to get to replace him? Bobby Valentine, Jerry Manuel, or some other coach we haven't heard of? Give me a break!

If anything, you can blame Theo Epstein. After all, he dished out a terrible contract to Carl Crawford. Sure, Crawford has been great in his career, but he is not worth $142 million. Hell, I would debate if he was worth half of that going to 2011. His on-base percentage was .289 this season, which puts him in the elite company of Kevin Kouzmanoff and Yunikesky Bentancourt. A scary proposition indeed.

Injuries also played a key role in the Sox failures this year. Starters like Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Kevin Youkillis, and J.D. Drew all missed significant time. However, a team with the budget the Sox have should be able to overcome this. Hell, winning just a few more games in September, gets them into the playoffs. The team looked unstoppable for most of the season, but they were brutal in April and September.

Some players, like Crawford blamed themselves. Others like Adrian Gonzalez said "that God didn't have it in the plans for the Sox." Really, man? Adrian is one of my favorite players, but the guy appears to be soft mentally. In an interview with the Boston Globe, he blamed the team's schedule and ESPN, since they had to play so many Sunday night games. Adrian, what did you expect? This isn't San Diego, people actually want to  watch the Sox. As a man who just relieved a huge contract, this is something that should be expected. Adrian's take personifies what Boston was down the stretch--soft.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week 2 Proves Chargers are Not Ready for the Big Time

I had very high hopes for the Chargers going into the game last Sunday. I knew the Patriots would be a difficult matchup; they have two very good TE's, a solid running game, and arguably the best QB in the game in Tom Brady.  All that considered, I believed the Chargers could go into Foxboro, and punch the Patriots in the mouth. Obviously, that did not happen.

In Week 2, the Chargers proved, at least from a talent standpoint, that they have the talent to play with any team in the league. However, the intangibles were simply not there. The Patriots turned 4 Chargers turnovers into 17 points, and won by 14. The Chargers made critical mistakes at crucial times. Rivers threw two picks in Patriots territory, including a terrible pass that was picked when he tried to force the ball to Antonio Gates.  It was one of the worst decisions I have seen Rivers make it a game, and boy was it a killer.

I am not trying to discount anything New England did in this game, they are a definite Super Bowl contender, but the Chargers beat themselves in this game. The turnovers, the coaching mistakes, the execution. None of it was there. The Bolts racked up almost 500 yards of offense, 29 first downs, and still only came away with 21 points.

One play that has come under much scrutiny is Norv's gamble on 4th and goal. The Chargers trailed 10-7 at that time, and a field goal would have tied it. The conservative approach would have been to kick the field goal, and try and stop Brady. Personally, I like what Norv did, although a sweep to the right was not the best play to run in that situation. Norvell knew that he had to gamble to win this game. Getting field goals, while Brady carved up the defense was not the right approach. Turner tried to get 6, and it backfired. I do not fault Norv in that situation.

I do however, blame Norv, and defense coordinator Greg Manusky for failing to prepare the team adequately. Well prepared teams do not make the mistakes the Chargers made. Whether it was the soft ass coverage the Chargers played at the end of the first half, that allowed the Patriots to get a quick 3 points, or it was Mike Tolbert's ridiculous fumble when the Chargers had a chance to take a fourth quarter lead.  I love Tolbert, but your 260 pounds, and you are not Barry Sanders.

All things considered, I believe the Chargers can contend for a championship. They have a great QB, offensive talent, and an above-average defense. Until they play smart football, they are doomed for another disappointment. History repeats itself.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Seattle Goes Guido

Seattle promoted 3rd baseman Alex Liddi, a fairly not-descript prospect in the Mariners organization. The news itself would not be a big deal, unless you are a die-hard Mariners fan with way too much time on their hands.  However, Liddi is somewhat of a pioneer.

Liddi, who is 23, is believed to be the first Italian born major leaguer in the last 50 years. He is also the first graduate of MLB's European Academy to crack a big league roster. With the offense woes that the Mariners have, he might actually have a shot of sticking around.

In doing some research, Liddi was rated as the #6 prospect in Seattle's system, according to www.minorleagueball.com. He has a large 6'4, 220 lb frame, with some good power. He socked 30 HR's at AAA Tacoma, and if his glove comes around, he could be a fixture in the Pacific Northwest.

It is also pretty cool to see a true Italian in the majors. We have seen guys like Mike Piazza, and Francisco Cervilli play in the bigs, guys of Italian descent, but not actually European. Liddi has a chance to put European baseball on the map, and untap markets baseball has not seen success in. As someone who is of Italian descent, Liddi has already become a guy I will watch closely.

An Odd Move: Jags Cut Garrard

In a surprising move, the Jacksonville parted ways with starting QB David Garrard earlier today. Garrard has been the full-time starter in Jacksonville since 2007, when he lead the Jags to a postseason win. The writing on the walls came when the Jags traded up to grab Blaine Gabbart, but journeyman Luke McCown will be the starter Week 1 vs. the Titans.

On the surface, the move appears to be strictly financial. Garrard is due $8 million, the new starter McCown makes $1 million. Sure, no one is going to mistake Garrard for Aaron Rodgers, but he is a better than average quarterback in the NFL. He would be an upgrade at QB for at least half the teams in the NFL.

Jags coach Jack Del Rio played down the move, telling reporters that we "went with the best player at the position." Truth be told, can anyone really say Luke McCown is a better QB that Garrard at this point?

He is coming off a year where he put up a QB rating of 90.5, 13th in all of the NFL. The AFC South also looks winnable, with Peyton Manning ailing. The Jaguars telling their fans that Luke McCown gives Jacksonville the best chance to win is insane. Quite frankly, the Jaguars ownership decided to pinch pennies, instead of fielding the best team possible.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Random Thoughts: A Sign from Above?


Before you read this post, keep in mind that I am not very religious or spiritual. However, sometimes things happen, and you just get a feeling that the universe us testing you.

Yesterday, I was driving in my car with my sister, and we passed the mall, like I do everyday. Many times, you will see a homeless person holding a sign, asking for some money, or help. I always feel bad for people in these situations, but I usually don't stop and give them money for many reasons. One, I simply do not make enough to start passing out $20 bills. Second, I often question the validity of these vagrants. I really do not want to foot the bill for some whino to get plastered.

Well, we drove past a person who had obviously fallen on hard times. We had a cardboard sign, although I did not really make out what was on it. Instead, I looked at this person, a kid, could not have been much older than 18. He was wearing a really filthy Chargers 2008 AFC West Champions hoodie, and a pair of jeans that looked like they hadn't been washed in months. If he was a scam artist, he certainly came prepared.   Then I looked up and saw the expression in his face in my heart sunk. This poor kid's eyes were closed, and he looked frightened. Perhaps it was because I saw myself in him, but I felt compelled to help him. Perhaps the small amount of cash might give him something to eat, and restore his desire to live for a few hours.

Again, the expression on his face has haunted me for the last 24 hours. The look on his face could not be faked, it might have been the most authentic thing I have seen. It makes you wonder what happened to someone so young. Did he fall into drugs? Did his parents throw him out? Was he abandoned? As I drove away, I knew I had to go back and at least give this kid a few bucks.

I circled around the block, and went back to deliver $5 to this kid. Again, not much, but all that I had on me at the time. It took all of 2 minutes to swing around, and when I got back to where he was standing, he vanished. I drove into the parking lot of the strip mall where he was standing. Gone. I looked on both sides of the block, and he was nowhere to be found. It was as if he vanished into thin air. Maybe someone picked him or he ran away, but he vanished in a 2 minute span. It was one of the most surreal moments I have experienced.

I couldn't help but wonder if this was a sign, or some kind of test. A test to see how I would react in this situation. Would I stop to help this frightened, and depressed kid, or would I simply turn away, and go about the rest of my day. I tried to do the right thing, but he was gone. Perhaps I will see this kid again, I can give him a few bucks, and hopefully help him out a little. As much as I bitch about my life, I have a job, a car, food, and a roof over my head. This poor guy had nothing but the dirty clothes on his back. Whoever he is, I hope he knows that people do care in this crazy society, and I hope he gets the help he needs.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lenny Dykstra Can't Keep it in his Pants

As a sports fan, and a very amateur blogger, I love stories that are hilarious. Everyone lives for the stories where an athlete hangs out with a cancer-stricken child, or saves someones live. I love when athletes fuck up. Former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra committed such an offense.

Dykstra was charged for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist. It is alleged that Dykstra found "victims" by posting ad's on Craiglist, seeking housekeepers and personal assistants. He has done this several times between 2009-2011, and could face a $1,000 fine and six months in jail for each count.

Dykstra is currently in jail, for car theft and drug possession. Suffice to say, Dykstra is in some big time trouble. I can't begin to even fathom what was going through this guy's head. Lets see, I will make an ad, then get some woman to respond, then I will whip it out. If the guy really wanted to show some lady his little slugger, he had many options that would have kept him out of a jail.

1. Post the same ad, but in "casual encounters": Here, it is expected that you show your dick to someone. It is populated by desperate people trying to get laid. Chances are, if Dykstra met some bitch here, he probably would not have some housekeeper named Lupita pressing charges,

2. Send dick pics to random girls: I bet 97% of guys have sent pics of their junk to various women over the years. Its part boredom, and part stupidity, as men seem to think that women will get turned on by pictures of our junk. Yet, we continue to do it. If Len does this, the chick can just delete the pics, and everything is alright.

Perhaps these options do not have the same thrill as scaring some poor, unsuspecting woman with his penis, but they would keep him out of trouble. Some guys just never learn.

Its Fantasy Football Time!

Before last year, I had little to no interest in fantasy sports. I always thought that it was kind of nerdy, and I questioned how someone can be a die-hard fan while hoping that a RB starting against your favorite team has a big day. However, I gave it a try last year, and loved it! I just had my second draft, and I really like the team I have. Let's take a look, and see how it stacks up against yours!

1st Pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: I actually got him on waivers last year(thank you, Arlo.) He has some durability questions, but did average 5.3 yds a carry, and is an effective receiver. Also scored 10 TD's last year.

2nd Pick: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars: He slipped into the 2nd, and I was stoked to get him. Ran for over 1,300 yds last year, although it would be nice to see him get into the endzone a bit more. Should get plenty of touches in Florida.

3rd Pick: Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers: Maybe this was a bit of a homer pick, but I believe Jackson is poised for a big year. Im hoping for 70-80 catches, 1,200 yards, and 10 TD's. It is only preseason, but he and Rivers have looked in sync. Hopefully he will call a cab when he gets hammered in the Gaslamp.

4th Pick: Desean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Another big-time playmaker, he is one of the most electrifying players in the league. Averaged an insane 22.5 yards a catch in 2010.

5th Pick: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: I really wanted Philip Rivers, but I will settle for Matty Ice in the 5th round. 4,000 yds, and 30 TD's are not out of the question.

6th Pick: Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: Put up a 1,000 yard season last year, and with a healthy Tony Romo, he should be poised to do the same. One of the best tight ends in all of football.

7th Pick: Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: This pick might have been a reach, but I needed another WR, and he was the best on the board. If he is healthy, he is a beast. I am concerned that he will have an unproven rookie, or Jimmy Clausen throwing passes to him.

8th Pick: Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Should be the main man in Buffalo, and he has the ability to have 1,000 yds, and catch the ball out of the backfield. Not a bad option as my #3 back.

9th Pick: Josh Freeman, QB, Bucs: I was hoping to snag Lions QB Matt Stafford here, because I believe he is poised for a big season. However, statistically, Freeman was better than Matt Ryan in 2010. He definitely gives me options, and is one of the best young QB's in the game.

10th pick: Jacoby Ford, WR/KR, Raiders: I admit I probably reached on this pick, but I love the ability and flashiness Ford brings. He should see the field quite often as Louis Murphy is ok, and Heyward-Bey has been a bust. Ford is one of the fastest guys in the league.

11th Pick: Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers: Gives me a solid option at RB. Scored 10 TD's last year, and should get a great deal of carries, as I do not believe the coaching staff is sold on the fragile Ryan Mathews.

12th Pick: Dustin Keller, TE, Jets: I like him as a backup TE, he is a nice option underneath for Mark Sanchez. 700 yards, and 6 TD's are not out of the question.

13th Pick: Michael Crabtree, WR, 49'ers: I am still waiting for this guy to break out. He is the 3rd option in SF, although Braylon Edwards is no Jerry Rice. Crabtree should be able to make plays with Harbaugh at the helm.

14th Pick: Dallas Defense: Needed a D, they were the best left. Had a great defense last year, and it never really made a difference.

15th Pick: Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins: Decent kicker, made 30/41 last year. Kickers are a dime a dozen.

So what do you think of my team?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Boy was I Wrong! Orlando Hudson is a Stiff!

I begged and I pleaded to the Padres this offseason. Sure, it isn't like they would actually listen to me, but I really wanted the Padres to sign veteran 2nd baseman Orlando Hudson. My reasons were many: They could probably get him on a one-year deal, he has a good glove, and is a .278 career hitter. After watching punchless, but scrappy David Eckstein for the last two years, it was clear the Padres needed an upgrade.

Padres GM Jed Hoyer was thinking like I was, and signed the O-Dog to a 2-year, $11 million dollar contract in the offseason. The Padres seemed to acquire a solid bat, that could hit in the top-half of the lineup. Instead, the Padres have gotten a whiny, broken-down, former shell of an all-star.

Hudson has been on the DL twice this season, and might be headed there again, after straining his groin in Tuesday's loss against the Mets. When he has been in the lineup, he hasn't done much of anything. Currently he is hitting a pathetic .239/.332/.320, with 3 HR's and 27 RBI's.  Defense was supposed to be his calling card, but by UZR standards he is playing a below average 2nd base.

Not only has he blown at the plate, and in the field, but he has made a number of stupid mistakes. In a game earlier in the season, he caught a pop-up, and tossed the ball into the stands...with only two outs. The bonehead play cost the Padres two runs, and Orlando screamed at an umpire after the play. What the hell is the poor ump going to do?

I was never a big Eckstein fan, but Eckstein was a much more effective 2nd baseman for the Padres. Take a look at 2010 Eck vs. 2011 O-Dog.

Eckstein: .267/.321/.326, 1 HR, 27 RBI's, 6.2 UZR fielding rating, 1.9 WAR
Hudson:  .239/.332/.320, 3 HR's. 27 RBI's -2.0 UZR fielding rating, 1.0 WAR

Insanity. Eckstein, who made $1 million in 2010, is actually outslugged 2011 Hudson, and also brought more in the field. Overall, he is worth one more victory than Hudson has been worth 2011. Like I mentioned earlier, the purpose of the post is not to talk up Eck, but to display how pathetic Hudson has been in 2011.

He has also proved to be a whiny bitch. When the Padres were in the midst of a long losing streak, Hudson criticized San Diego fans for having the nerve to boo the hometown nine. Yo, Orlando, when you are being outslugged by David freaking Eckstein, you deserve much worse than boos. You deserve to be unemployed.

My hope for this lost Padres season is for the O-Dog to get hot, so the Padres can move his ass in the offseason. I lobbied for Orlando, and he has been a disaster. Hey, we all make mistakes.

Call me Crazy: I don't get the Appeal of Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. When I say "hot" I mean she is in a ton of movies lately. Is she a talented actress? Yeah, I guess you can say she is. Is she attractive? Yeah, she is pretty good looking. Yet, I just do not get her accent into an A-lister.

Perhaps it was her role in "That 70's Show" that has soured me on Mila. That show was overrated in my opinion, and Kunis was about as funny as a rusty nail in the eye. Somehow she lasted nine seasons on that show. If it were I producing, I would have had her eaten by bears. Do they have bears in Wisconsin?

She also plays another annoying character, voicing Meg Griffin on "Family Guy." Again, Meg is a punchline for Peter and Stewie to exploit. I am sure she has made a nice living voicing the role, but Meg is one of the most unpopular characters in recent TV. Thanks to Meg, the sound of Mila's voice makes me want to blow my head off.

We move on to her films. While I have not seen her critically acclaimed role in "Black Swan," I did see the lesbian scene with Natalie Portman. As far as simulated lesbian sex goes, it was pretty boring. Not a lot of kissing and no boobs. Color me unimpressed.

Men all over the world drool over this chick. I am not saying she is ugly or anything, but if you put a gun to my head, I could think of 50 other celebs I would rather get with. It's kind of hard for me to fantasize about a chick who had Macaulay Culkin balls deep in her. Her voice alone is enough to drive me to deafness.

I am not a Kunis hater by any means. She is a good looking chick, who has had a few annoying roles. I just do not understand why America's men, and some women are obsessed with her. I'll stick to Amanda Seyfried, thank you very much.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What to Make of the Tony Bruno Situation

I have listened to sports-talk host Tony Bruno for years. I find him to be a humorous and entertaining host, who does not take sports too seriously. Sports are meant to be fun, and many sports media personalities seem to forget that. Anyway, Bruno has been a lightning rod of controversy this week, as he took to twitter, and made a  racist comment towards Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez. The comments were: "gutless (…) Giants, Bochy is a coward for having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy since mighty Frisco boys."


For the record, Ramirez is from the Dominican Republic would not be able to pitch in the majors if were an illegal alien. So that part of Bruno's comments are completely ridiculous. Is the comment offensive and racist? I suppose, although I don't know if I would go as far as to call it a racial slur. The comment was insensitive, but I do not believe that Bruno is a racist.


Bruno obviously needs to think before he tweets. A man with over 30 years in the media should know better to say anything that could be construed as racist or offensive. Being edgy is one thing, having no common sense is the department that Bruno comes from. He at least had the sense to take the tweet down, but the damage was already done at that point.


He posted a pseudo-apology on his Facebook page, although I would hardly consider it an apology. He still took shots at Giants manager Bruce Bochy, and called fans who criticized him "vile and disgusting. Check out the apology here. Bruno is a good radio personality, but a class A idiot. 



Bruno claims that Bochy "ordered" Ramirez to hit several Phillies batters. I have watched Bochy manage the Padres for 13 years, and Bochy never sent it "headhunters" to do dirty work. So why would Bochy do that now? Bruno is just a die-hard Phillies fan who let his emotions get the best of him. 


We have all said things that we regret. We are human. Have I ever said "racist" comments? Of course I have, as I am sure you have. The difference is that I am not a nationally syndicated radio host. No one really cares what you or I thinks. Bruno has a responsibility to use his brain before he opens his mouth.


Bruno has received death threats and pages of criticism on his Facebook page. Funny how people turn into warriors behind a computer screen. People who threaten the life of someone over a comment on Twitter, should really just do us all a favor and get a life. 


Bruno's future is uncertain; his contract expires in September, and while he is popular, Premiere Radio, who syndicates Bruno's show may look to go in a different direction. Bruno also needs to learn what an apology actually is. Bruno has tried to play the victim card in this whole situation, which is almost as stupid as the comments he made in the first place. Own up to it Bruno, and do not make any excuses.


I really hope this isn't the last of Tony Bruno on the airwaves. He is a talented radio personality who just made a mistake.



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Random Thoughts: Karma Served?

So I started doing that 30 day song challenge thing on Facebook(I know, I know) and it actually is kind of fun. Well, today's challenge was to pick a song that reminded you of someone. Some songs remind me of a great time I have had friends, but naturally, I choose to focus on a negative time. Well, it was negative then, pretty hilarious now.

Let us take a trip back to 2003, my senior year of high school. While everyone else was socializing, driving, and getting laid, I was a recluse who spent my days playing video games, and wishing that I was part of that crowd that had seen a girl naked. I never really went out of my way to talk to girls, in part because I was a shy, acne-riddled teen with no game whatsoever. I was devoid of what the kids call "game."

Anyway, during my senior I met this girl, and I started to like her. I am sure it is because she was a non-gargoyle looking bitch, but it felt pretty good. She dug many of the bands I liked, and even liked sports a little. Suffice to say I was smitten. Naturally, I was too much of a puss to ask her out. I figured that rejection was a certainty, and I did not want to go down that road. After working up the balls for almost three months, I finally decided I was going to ask her out. I had no idea what we would do, but I figured I would take my shot. A friend I had then beat to the punch and asked her out. They are married now, and I never got my chance with this girl. Turns out I dodged a bullet.

While doing some snooping on Facebook recently, I came across this girl's profile. She was barely recognizable. From the ages of 18-26, she blew up at least 70 lbs. Hell, it could be more. Sure she has big cans like she did then, but that is about it. She is below average; I would have to be a little drunk to tackle this beast. Oh, did I mention she has a kid? Yikes, that could have been me.

Perhaps karma isn't the right word. I am sure this bitch and her gumpy little hubby are happy with the goofy-looking shit factory they created. Good for them. Do I sound a little bitter? Perhaps I am, not for myself, but for that 18-year-old that tasted defeat.

I suppose things do happen for a reason. I know that if I was married to a girl who's looks faded at just 26, and a I had a baby with said girl, I would be fucking miserable. Perhaps I would get a divorce, and have my bank account sucked dry for the next 18 years. Maybe I would not have the ability to pursue my education, and my life would become a series of crappy jobs, until, at the age of  70, where I drop dead of a heart attack. Not what I wanted out of life.

The moral of the story? Don't sweat the girls you missed out on. Sure, I loathed for many months the chance I thought I missed out on. I thought that I would never get over it. But, it seems like my laugh is better for it. I hope she enjoys the diabetes, while I have a laugh about the situation.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Chargers Offseason Moves Leave a lot to be Desired

The Chargers came out of the gate, and made a flurry of moves to start the "offseason." They resigned Eric Weddle, and Jeromey Clary to big contracts, brought in veteran Takeo Spikes, and said goodbye to a number of players. I still feel very optimistic about this team, with Philip Rivers behind center, this team always has an opportunity to compete for a title. However, there are some moves that really had me scratching my head.

First, I will address the Eric Weddle situation. Many fans have been spewing venom towards the Chargers front office since the deal was announced. Sure it is pricey, five-years, $40 million, with $19 million guaranteed. However, Weddle is a solid safety, who would have recieved the same deal somewhere else. I have no problem with the deal at all. Clary is also a serviceable right tackle. Again, offense lineman are at a premium, and the Chargers need to keep Rivers upright, since they have $92 million tied into Philip Rivers.

My issue lies in the way the linebacker and wide receiver positions have been handled. The Chargers lost both of their inside linebackers from last year, with Kevin Burnett leaving for Miami, and the Chargers appear to have little interest in retaining Stephen Cooper. They brought in 33-year-old Takeo Spikes, who is a solid player, but he is long in the tooth. The Chargers like Jonas Mouton, a 2nd round pick out of Michigan, whom they took in this years draft. He is a physical player, but only had a 5th round grade going into the draft. The Bolts also have Donald Butler, a 3rd rounder in 2010 who tore his ACL in camp last year. They really need another veteran in this group.

At the wide receiver position, we can take comfort in knowing that Vincent Jackson will be in camp. He signed his franchise tender, and will be paid $10 million in 2011. However, the Chargers have shown no interest in bringing back Malcom Floyd.  Floyd will be 30 this year, and averaged nearly 20 yards a catch last year. He is a great compliment to Jackson. Currently Floyd is still unemployed, but the Chargers are looking at another direction. The depth chart has veteran Patrick Crayton, Seyi Ajriotutu, Richard Goodman, and draft pick Vincent Brown. The Chargers really need another player here.

The Chargers also lost veteran running back Darren Sproles, who signed with New Orleans. I love Sproles, but the Chargers can give a big payday to a kick returner/3rd down back. I agree with this move.

I am pumped for Chargers football, but "The Lord of No Rings" has some more work to do. Currently, this roster does not stack up the competitive AFC.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One Year Anniversary of Kevin Says

Tomorrow, July 27 will be the one year anniversary of this blog. Growing up as a child, I had dreams of being a sports media mogul. I aspired to have my own radio show, and be a frequent contributor to Sports Illustrated. If that didn't work out, I figured I could become a beat writer for the Chargers. At the ripe old age of 26, those dreams are all but dead. Life has chewed me up, and spit me out. This blog however, has allowed me to hold on to those childish hopes.

In retrospect, I am not really sure why I started this blog. Perhaps I had a creative itch that needed to be scratched. I also heard that one can make some money doing this. Well, Google suspended my Adsense account for some reason, so that hasn't happened. So why do I continue to write on this blog? Quite simply, its a blast.

Ever since I was a child, teachers told me that I had a flair for writing. I even had some short stories published when I was in grade school. Naturally, one would assume that I would want to become an author. Well, writing always felt like a chore, since I had to write reports on things I didn't care about.  Book reports, history papers, and analyzing my communication behaviors. These tasks are the colon exams of writing.

All I ever really cared about as a kid were sports, and music. When I hit high school, it became girls, sports, and music. Teachers never let me write about any of those things, so I stopped writing for fun. It was simply a task used to satisfy academic requirements.

Then I saw that everyone online had a blog. People with half of my abilities are doing this for a living. People who create websites, "hire" people to write on the site(without getting paid) and reap the financial benefits. Hell, if shitty writers who rattle off sports statistics for the sake of sounding intelligent are blogging, why can't I?

My favorite thing about blogging, is that I can do whatever I want. If I want to write a balanced, professional sports story, I can. If I feel like talking about which celebrity I wanna see naked, I write it. No rules, no regrets. My work is all about being interesting and funny. If I am not entertaining, there is no point for me to keep doing this. I take a lot of pride in the feedback my small little readership has given me. Honestly, it keeps be sane some days.

The last year of blogging has flown by. Over 250 posts, all of them straight from my brain. Sure, I am not an Internet sensation, but I love doing this as a hobby, job, or whatever you want to call it. I do not get to write as much as I would like because I work and attend college full-time, but my readership grows every month. One year has netted almost 11,000 hits. I am not sure if that is good, but its more that I ever anticipated.

One year in as a blogger, and rest assured people, no one can shut me up. Kevin is not going anywhere!

Chargers resign 2 Veterans, Bring in Spikes

It has been a busy day for the Chargers, as they resigned veteran right tackle Jeromey Clary to a 4 year, $20 million deal. Clary started all 16 games for the Bolts last year. He is a solid, but not spectacular tackle, and should help the Chargers power their high-octane offense. He will earn $8.5 million in 2011.

The Chargers also resigned veteran tight end Randy McMichael to a one year deal; he will earn the veteran minimum of $910,000. He started 11 games for the Chargers last year, catching 20 passes for 221 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

The Bolts also brought veteran inside linebacker Takeo Spikes. Terms were not immediately available. Spikes is a 13 year veteran, playing last year with the Niners. He is a two-time Pro Bowler, having made the squad in 2003 and 2004.

In addition to these veterans, the Chargers added 19 undrafted rookie free agents, including former Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien. The full list will be posted at the end of this post.

Kevin Says: Clary will never be an All-Pro, but he is a solid pass blocker, as he allowed only 4 sacks in 2010. The Chargers now have all 8 offensive linemen from last year under contract. It should be a big step towards developing continuity on the line.

McMichael did a nice job when Antonio Gates was hurt last year. Hopefully he will play much this year than he did in 2010. Spikes is a good veteran, and should start next to Kevin Burnett, assuming that he is resigned. The Chargers also have 2010 3rd rounder Donald Butler, and 2011 2nd rounder Jonas Mouton in the fold.

2011 Undrafted Free Agent signings by the Chargers.

Name Position School
Colin Baxter C Arizona
Bront Bird LB Texas Tech
Mike Blanc DE Auburn
Ramon Broadway CB Arkansas
Adrian Cannon WR Maryland
Patrick Dimarco FB South Carolina
Darryl Gamble LB Georgia
Kelly Griffin DT TCU
Cody Habben OT Washington
Stephen Harrison CB Kansas State
Vidal Hazelton WR Cincinnati
Cameron Kenney WR Oklahoma
Isaac Odim      RB Minnesota-Duluth
Travon Patterson WR Colorado
Damik Scafe DE Boston College
Giovanni Stanley WR Whittier
Brad Taylor TE Baylor
Bo Thran OT Oregon
Scott Tolzien QB Wisconsin*list taken from chargers.com  

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Big Day for the Bicoastal Sports Show!

Hey everyone, for those of you who don't know, I co-host a podcast on Blog Talk Radio called "The Bicoastal Sports Show" with Justin Adams. We are pleased to announce our first guest, Richard Goodman of the San Diego Chargers.

Goodman got into three games for the Chargers last year, and is looking to crack the roster to 2011. We will talk about his journey to the NFL, get an inside look into the NFL lockout, and what it was like to play for a Hall-of-Fame coach in Bobby Bowden.

Please check out our show, it goes live Thursday afternoon at 6pm eastern, 3pm pacific. You can listen live, or on-demand at www.blogtalkradio.com/kevincharity
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Top Ten "Potentially" Available Players at the Trade Deadline

It is time for teams looking at a playoff run to load enforcements. It is also time for teams out of the race to look to move high-priced veterans in exchange for salary relief and prospects. While their aren't a ton of superstars available, there are still some interesting players to be had. Keep in mind that I do not expect every player on this list to be dealt, they have just been mentioned in discussions.

1. Ubaldo Jimenez-Colorado Rockies: Just last year, Jimenez looked like he could 25 games. This year, he has been a bit erratic, but he still possesses frontline stuff. This year he is 5-8, with a 4.08 ERA. The Yankees and Reds have kicked the tires on Jimenez, but the Rockies are looking for a huge haul, asking for Ivan Nova, and the Yankees top 3 prospects. Safe to say, I do not think anyone will meet the price tag. August 1 team: Colorado.

2. Hunter Pence-Houston Astros:  Another player that I think will stay put, but could be dealt if some team meets the Astros requirements. He is a solid, but not spectacular player. Has a nice slash line of .318/.359/.484, with 11 HR's and 61 RBI's. The Pirates have asked about Pence, and I would imagine other teams will too. August 1 team: Houston.

3. Wandy Rodriguez-Houston Astros: The Astros are an absolute mess. Rodriguez's value is a little tepid, because of his contract. He is signed for $10M in 2012, and $13M in 2013. The Astros might have to eat some of that salary to get a good prospect. He has a 3.67 ERA this year for the 'Stros.  August 1 team: New York Yankees.

4. Heath Bell-San Diego Padres: Bell has been one of the best closers in baseball over the last few years. Since taking over the closer reigns from all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman, he has 115 in the last 2 1/2 seasons. He is a free agent after this season, and the Padres are going to move him. His strikeout rate is at a career-low, but he hasn't lost velocity on his fastball. August 1st team: Philadelphia Phillies.

5. Carlos Beltran-New York Mets: Since Pence isn't likely to be traded, Beltran is the best bat that is sure to be traded at the deadline. Beltran has looked like his old self at the dish this season, with a slugging percentage north of .500. He is also leading the NL in doubles. Makes $18.5 million this year, but the Mets are going to eat a good share of that paycheck. August 1st team: San Francisco Giants.

6. Mike Adams-San Diego Padres: A month ago, I figured Adams would have been a Padre all year, since his under team control through 2012. However, interest has heated up for Adams, but he will not come cheaply, as the Padres are demanding a big-time prospect. Adams has been ridiculous in 2011, with a 1.26 ERA, and is giving up just 4.7 hits per nine innings. The guy is legit. August 1st team: Texas Rangers.

7. Hiroki Kurdoa-Los Angeles Dodgers: Kuroda has a no-trade clause, so he might not be going anywhere. However, he is a very underrated pitcher. Sure, he leads the NL in losses, but he's sporting a 3.13 ERA. Blame the Dodgers abysmal offense for his record, he is a solid #3 on a contender. August 1st team: Detroit Tigers.

8. Ryan Ludwick-San Diego Padres: Ludwick's numbers aren't impressive, except for the fact he has driven in 56 runs with no one getting on in front of him. I feel that he would thrive in a hitters ballpark, and I think a lot of contending teams will be interested in his bat. August 1st team: Boston Red Sox.

9. Aaron Harang-San Diego Padres: Another example of a pitcher rebuilding his value in the confines of Petco Park. Harang has a 7-2 record with a 3.19 ERA. Hasn't given up a run in his last 13 innings since coming off of the DL. His record in that time? 0-0. August 1st team: Boston Red Sox.

10. Josh Willingham-Oakland A's. I have always like Willingham. He has a career OBP of .361, and has a little bit of pop. Hasn't hit well in Oakland, but he shouldn't cost much in regards to prospects. August 1st team: Pittsburgh Pirates.

Some other names that could be moved: Jason Frasor, Melky Cabrera, Jeff Francoeur, Jeff Francis, Coco Crisp, Jamey Carroll, Doug Fister, Grant Balfour.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Douchebag of the Week: Netflix

Its been a while since yours truly has written one of these articles, but I feel today is a good time to bring it back. It is actually pretty hard to write these, unless a person or organization pulls a universally recognized "douche" move. I believe Netflix did that this week.

If you live under a rock, Netflix decided to raise their prices on their plans, some by as much as 60%. The unlimited stream/1 DVD option price is increasing $6 to $16 a month. Executives for Netflix are hoping to get more customers to utilize the streaming feature, to access movies and television. The company claims that is costs 75 cents to ship DVDs and only pennies to stream content. Personally, the hike is complete bullshit.

I understand that as a retailer, which Netflix essentially is, you need to raise prices to maintain profitability, but a 60% increase is insane! The Netflix model as a whole is extremely flawed as is.

When new releases hit the DVD shelves, Netflix must wait 28 days to rent a new release. So if you are dying to see "Arthur" you best get your ass to Best Buy and purchase it, or hit up the Redbox. Waiting a month to see new movies is pretty annoying, especially when the price has been driven up 60%.

Netflix boasts a subscription base of over 25 million, and in 2008 had revenue in excess of $150 million. Pretty impressive when you add piracy to the equation. The company is raising prices astronomically, without offering customers anything more.

Currently, I do not subscribe to the Netflix service, although I did at one time. The streaming lineup is full of crappy movies that are obscure, or at least six months old. The company needs to really expand their streaming lineup for this move to be justified.

Overall, this price hike strikes me as greed. The company has all but murdered Blockbuster; that company is dying a very slow death. Mom and Pop video stores? I haven't seen one in years. Bottom line: Netflix is a huge staple in American pop culture. The company does not need to raise prices to be profitable, it needs to better the services they already offer.

A big screw you to Netflix, get me my "Arthur" now, before I hurt someone. Add "Douchebag of the Week" to your many meaningless awards!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brewers Acquire K-Rod from the Mets

The Brewers made the first big trade going towards the trade deadline, acquiring Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez for cash, and two prospects to be named later.

Rodriguez, the single season saves leader in MLB history fortifies a bullpen that features John Axford, Kameron Loe, and Takashi Saito. It has not been determined what role Rodriguez will facilitate for the Brew-Crew.

Rodriguez has a 3.14 ERA, with 23 saves. His strikeout rate is 9.7, which is tied for a career-low. He also has an unsightly WHIP of 1.40.

Kevin Says: I really do not like the deal for the Brewers. I really thought that Milwaukee needed an upgrade out of the bullpen, but I do not feel like K-Rod is the answer. He is a man who has had some serious character issues recently, and has not been entirely dominant this year.

The bigger issue is Frankie's deal. Presumably, he was brought in to setup for John Axford, although if he does step into the closer role, and finishes 55 games, his contract for 2012 vests at a bloated sum of $17.5 million. I can't imagine the Brewers gave up top-tier prospects, and they did receive cash in the deal. Overall, I am not a fan of the deal for the Brewers.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A New Low Point for San Diego Sports?

If you have any preexisting sports knowledge, you knew that 2011 was not going to be a season for the ages for the San Diego Padres. I picked them to win 83 games, because I figured their lineup can't possibly be as bad as it has been. The starting pitching hasn't really lived up to expectations either, with the exception of Tim Stauffer, and Dustin Moseley, albeit a much lower extent.

The Padres have been DOA most of the season, although they were starting to show some life in the last two weeks. Winning series' over Boston, Colorado and Kansas City had them shooting towards .500. Then it all died in Los Angeles.

You see, the Padres have never thrown a no-hitter in their pitiful 42 history. Not one. I was at a game back in 1998, when pitcher Sterling Hitchcock had a no-no going through seven innings. The energy at the Q was off the charts. First pitch of the eighth inning was swated over the left field wall by Angels catcher, and future Padres All-Star Phil Nevin. It looked like it may never happen.

Take the game on Saturday, a matchup between the Padres and Dodgers; two teams going nowhere. Padres pitcher Aaron Harang, fresh off of the DL throws 6 hitless innings. Bud Black decides to pull him since he hasn't pitched much over the last month. Seems like a pretty reasonable situation, giving Harang needed 95 pitches to get through those innings.

Insert the Padres stalwarts in the bullpen: Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams, and Luke Gregerson. The Padres kept that no-hitter intact for 8 2/3 innings. The Padres were just one out away from history! Only, one problem...The Padres had ONE hit at that point. That's right folks, almost 9 innings in the books and the Padres had one stinking hit. The Dodgers broke up that no-hitter with two outs in the ninth. Then won the game.

It would have been fitting for the Padres to get their first no-no when using 6 different pitchers. Then no pitcher could truly own it, it would be pretty humorous. However, losing a game when you don't give up a hit until the 9th inning is just pathetic. Another pitiful performance that might be one of the worst in San Diego sports. And that is saying a lot.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

NCAA Football '12 Lets You Relive High School; I Propose My Ideas

If you fine folks were anything like me, high school was not a fun experience.  I battled all kinds of anxiety, and was glad to get out alive. Well, the popular video game, NCAA Football '12 is giving you that opportunity!

The Road to Glory mode has a pretty cool twist, in which it allows you to play games as a high senior.  The idea is that you put up some big numbers, and get that scholarship to play at Florida, Alabama, or any other college that you choose. You can even use a team importer, and actually play a real high school schedule.  So I, a Grossmont High alum, can take on our hated rivals from Helix.  All of this sounds really rad; but the mode definitely needs some tweaking.

I propose a "hottie" mode. If I am going to be the star quarterback, I want more that just a scholarship, I want what every high school baller wants:  chicks.  Lets say I throw 4 TD's, I want pick of the top choice girls in school. I can nail the captain of the cheerleader squad, or the weird artsy girl with the giant rack.  Choices, choices. Nailing a hot chick gives me more confidence, that translates onto the field. If I have a poor game, I can get my confidence back by getting a fat girl to give me a quick "handy" underneath the bleachers.

I also think that agents, and shady coaches should be instituted into the game, as the NCAA is dirtier than Samantha Ronson's snatch. As I am looking at colleges, agents offer to buy me Escalades, suits, watches, and whatever stupid crap teenagers like these days. I have to decide if that Rolex is worth my integrity. I can also sell my awards for tattoos, cocaine, hookers, and piercings.

You better believe that I am buying this game first thing Tuesday. I enjoy living vicariously through sports games, and I am sure this one will be no different.  Now starting at quarterback for YOUR Grossmont Foothillers, #6, Kevin "Moose Dick" Charity!  Get ready high school bitches, I'm coming for you!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Thoughts on Casey Anthony

I have not been following this case as much as many have, but I was floored when I found out she was acquitted not only of murder, but manslaughter too.  It seemed like the prosecution didn't have enough evidence to sentence her to death, but I figured all the circumstantial evidence would put her ass in jail for life.  Boy, was I wrong!

Like I said, I didn't watch every detail, but how does a little girl disappear for 28 days, and you, the mother fail to report it to the authorities. This bitch made up elaborate lies about where she worked, and even went as far as making up people that she associated with. Her own attorney even called her a slut.

So Casey will likely walk free on Thursday, but will she really be free?  She has long been guilty in the court of public opinion, with her erratic behavior, and mood swings.  She has acted suspicious from the initial disappearance.  She might be one of the most hated woman in recent American history.  I honestly cannot think of one person who offered her support. I think the nation was hoping that she would be put to death.

She will likely be free like the rest of us.  Free to shop at the stores, free to drink until she blocks out. Free to start a blog and write about her opinions.  The same freedoms that you and I work for, and she will be among us.  The media tells us that there will be no book, no movie, and Casey doesn't stand to make a profit from her infamy. I disagree.

I think the networks will want an interview with her.  She is virtually unemployable, so she will need the money.  ABC could throw down a million for a candid interview.  Would people want to read a book about her experiences? Probably, people have a fascination with psychopaths, and while a publisher may be hesitant to publish a book written by her, I think that it would sell well.  The OJ book "If I Did It" was never published, but who said Casey would go with that angle?

The champagne is flowing, the defense team won one of the most famous trials in recent memory. A family is shattered forever, as the pieces can never be put back together. Meanwhile, a little girl who suffered, possibly at the hands of her mother, will never receive the justice she deserves.  A life that ended way too soon, in a completely pointless way. Casey wanted to slut it up and party, while shirking her responsibilities, she should have given little Caylee up for adoption, or passed her on to her grandparents.  Instead, the little girl is disposed of like she's a piece of garbage.

It is moments like these where I question my faith in mankind, and a "higher power."  A little girl loses her life, and the likely murderer walks the Earth. The jury had enough evidence to at least convict her of manslaughter, assuring that she would never see the light of day.  Instead, she will walk among us, with Caylee's blood all over her hands.  Not one of the juror's had the balls to face the media, and let the nation know what the hell they were thinking.  Completely gutless.

I would not be surprised if someone pulls a Jack Ruby, and ices the cunt(excuse my vulgarity).  Someone could shoot her in the middle of Times Square, and I bet everyone would look the other way.  No one wants to see Casey alive. 

RIP Caylee, a nation weeps for a life that could have been, and never will be. 

Kevin's Top All-Star Snubs

The Major League All-Star rosters are almost set(last man votes pending) and each team will be stacked with 35 players. I do not feel that people can complain too much about snubs, as 70 players will participate; however there are always a handful of decisions that make me scratch my head. Here are a few of the players that deserve roster spots, and the players they should replace.

C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees:  Whenever I think about true #1 starters, Sabathia is one of the first names that pops into my mind. He is tied for the league-lead in wins with 11, and is third in innings. His ERA and WHIP aren't as tidy as some of the other options, but I find it hard to believe that 14 pitchers in the AL are better this season. I would take him over Seattle's Brandon League, who nearly lost his closer job in May.

Mark Texiera, New York Yankees:  Yes, another Yankee, but his numbers are too good to ignore. Sure, his .244 average sucks, but he is paid to hit homers and drive in runs. He is 2nd in the AL in both homers and RBI's, and has a great reputation as a fielder. The AL only has two 1st baseman, and 3 catchers. I take him over Yankees C Russell Martin, who is hitting .219 for the season.

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals:  I figured Gordon was a shoe-in since every team has to have a representative, but Ron Washington took reliever Aaron Crow. Well, Gordon should be there anyway.  He is hitting nearly .300, and slugging nearly .500. He has 24 doubles, which is tied for 3rd in the AL, and is on pace to drive in 90 runs. He has also hit 3rd, 4th, and has even led off for a stretch. I'll take Gordon over Michael Young of the Rangers.

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates:  I figured Andrew was a lock for the NL squad as well. The Pirates have played well, and he is one of the best centerfielders in the game today.  Has a line of .294/.392/.498, and has 15 steals. He also plays above-average defense, and the NL team is loaded with corner outfielders. I'll take McCutchen over the Reds' Jay Bruce.

Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves:  One of the biggest headscratchers of them all, I bet he makes the team before the first pitch is thrown.  Hanson has an impressive 10-4 record, has a high strikeout rate, and has only allowed 6.2 hits per 9 innings. He is one of the best young pitchers in the game today.  I'll take him over Tim Linecum, who has a losing record, and an ERA over 4 in his last ten starts.

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres:  No, this is not a homer pick. With David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman missing considerable time this year, there is no clear-cut choice to back up starter Placido Polanco. He is 7th in the NL with a .395 on-base percentage, and he is tied for 6th in doubles. His home run and RBI totals are low, but he has hit .304 with runners in scoring position. A much better choice than Chipper Jones of the Braves.