Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Demise Of Adam Muema

Adam Muema, the embattled former San Diego State running back, and current NFL hopeful has garnered a lot of attention lately. Unfortunately, the attention is not for his football abilities, but rather for his bizarre behavior off the field. Let's rewind, shall we?

Muema has been an integral part of the Aztecs' offense the last two seasons, posting consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, with 36 career touchdowns. He decided to forgo his senior season at SDSU, choosing to pursue a career in the NFL instead.

I really thought Muema had a chance to be a solid pro, but he really needed to stay in school. Several online draft publications echoed that sentiment. Muema was invited to the combine -- a fairly certain sign that he would be drafted at some point. Then the combine came.

Muema left the NFL combine before participating in any workouts or drills. He cited the reason for leaving was because "God told him to go." Muema was not the first athlete to proclaim divine intervention while making an importnat decision, but he is the first to walk away from the combine, because of the man upstairs.

Muema has since exhibited in behavior that only be described as bizarre. He declared that he will play for the Seattle Seahawks, because "God said he would play for Seattle," if he chose not to work out. In an article for Yahoo! Sports, Sam Cooper reported other strange behavior, such as: Muema crashing at the Indianapolis airport for three days, still dressed in workout clothes from the combine. The article also cites Muema's profound beliefs in numerology.

As the days have gone on, Muema has been very active on Twitter. He has proclaimed that he is a prophet, and has proclaimed that the end of the world is near. Muema's prediction has also led to his proclamation that he will not play football this season. Muema has also tweeted adulation for "Lord Ray-El," who proclaims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ.

I admit I know nothing of the kind of person that Muema is. I enjoyed watching him play and hoped he would follow former Aztec great Ronnie Hillman into the NFL. It seems as of now, Muema's chances of ever playing in the NFL are dwindling with each passing day.

From the outside looking in, it seems like Muema is suffering from some mental issues. As someone who has battled anxiety and depression, there is no reason to poke fun or crack jokes. Muema is a young man who clearly needs help. Hopefully he finds it before it is too late.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

E-Harmony And Their Creepy Commercials is a pretty great place to meet single women -- if you are Ned Flanders. The site is run by Neil Clark Warren, a psychologist who loves Jesus and hates the gays. They also have some of the most annoying commercials on television and their latest creation irks the shit out of me.

The ad starts with Warren's "granddaughter" popping in to tell her grandfather that her teacher met some girl "on one of those other sites." My guess is that it was Plenty of Fish; it is difficult to afford any other site on a teacher's salary.

The little girl is probably 7, but has an annoying, over-the-top speech impediment. Perhaps it was thrown in there to make her sound cute? I am not sure, but it makes me cringe each and every time.

The girl proceeds to tell grandpappy that she told Mr. Teacher he should have hooked up with a God-fearing girl on E-Harmony and the teacher's new-found romance will never last. She also proceeds to tell Pappy that she told her teacher that E-Harmony "has all the hot babes." With the creepiest, most pedophile-like grin, Warren responds with a sly "I never said that, hmm-hmm."

The commercial creeps me out for a variety of reasons. First, why the hell does a little girl know about her teacher's dating life? Does he discuss his sexual exploits during snack time, which features a bevy of animal crackers, Capri-Sun's and stories of sexual conquests?  Does the little girl ask annoying questions, or stalk the teacher?

Second, the fucking grin on Warren's face creeps me out. It seems strange to be discussing trade secrets with your preschool granddaughter. I am sure he teaches her all kinds of important life lessons, essential things like: The Earth is 2000 years old, Charles Darwin and Adolf Hitler were lovers, and if you stab a gay person, they bleed motor oil.

Anyway you slice it, this commercial is too weird and creepy for network television. Wanna see for yourself? Watch it here and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Padres Notes: Should The Padres Be Concerned About Stults?

The Padres have had their first televised spring games this week, which gave fans their first look at this year's squad. The games ended in a blowout loss and two ties -- which doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Anytime I watch spring ball, I always like to look at individual players and matchups. Tommy Medica has been on fire, while Alex Torres looked awful in his first outing. Eric Stults has also been a guy I have liked in his career as a Padre. He is a bulldog, and goes to war with the below-average stuff he possesses. His outing on Sunday left me rather concerned.

The numbers don't look bad at all: 3.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs. However, the velocity on his fastball was where the concern lies. Stults was only hitting 81 MPH on his heater, and he topped off at 84 MPH. It is still early in the spring, but Stults carries an ERA north of 11 in 3 spring outings. In 2013, Stults average 87 MPH on his fastball, according to Fangraphs. A loss of velocity on his fastball could make Stults extremely hittable. He is signed for $2.4 million this year.

Other notes:

  • The Padres made some roster moves on Sunday, according to Corey Brock of The team sent minor league pitchers Adys Portillo and Joe Ross to minor league camp. Outfielder Yeison Asencio was optioned to Double-A. Pitcher Juan Oramas was optioned to the Triple-A roster. Outfielder Daniel Robertson was also sent to minor league camp. Currently, the Padres have 56 players in big league camp. 
  • Corey Brock also has a great piece up, as former Padres catcher Rob Johnson is in minor league camp, attempting to make the transition from catcher to pitcher. Johnson played in 67 games for the 2011 Padres.