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General discussion on sports and assorted other matters.

  1. Even managers are capable of rookie mistakes

    I realize that the voting for the post-season awards doesn't include playoffs. For Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams, that's a good thing, because he would've lost votes for a boneheaded decision in game 2 of the NLDS vs. San Francisco on Saturday night.

    Let me refresh the scenario. Top 9, 2 out. Jordan Zimmermann, six days removed from a regular season-ending no-hitter vs. Miami, is working on another gem, a three hit shutout, but walked Giants rookie Joe Panik to put the ...
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  2. Time for this Kidd to walk the plank

    A year ago, Jason Kidd retired as a player to become a 1st-time head coach with the Brooklyn Nets. The team he left, the New York Knicks, floundered and failed to repeat as division champs, while Kidd took the Nets to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

    So what would possess Kidd, on his 2nd go-round with the Nets organization, to pursue more power so soon? Who did he think he was? Pat Riley? Phil Jackson? Please. On June 30, Brooklyn divested itself of Kidd, who will get booed out of ...
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  3. If you didn't complain before, why start now?: Talk radio wastes airspace again!

    The following was previously published on one of my other blogs:
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    There's a reason why New York Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman refers to sports talk radio and its attendant audience as "The Valley of the Stupid". The perception being that listeners---and sometimes the hosts themselves---are ill-informed on certain topics, and when the hosts pass off their personal opinions as, well, gospel, to the audience, then things ...
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  4. Injuries and contenders: Not a good mix

    In the course of the last few days, four likely playoff teams have taken devastating hits via injury. The timing couldn't be any worse, with Opening Day 11 days away as I write (unless you're a Dodgers or Diamondabacks fan, and those teams open play Down Under in Australia on Saturday).

    The defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves have lost two of their starting pitchers, Kris Medlen & Brandon Beachy, both of whom require Tommy John surgery for the 2nd time. Medlen was injured ...
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  5. Will UAlbany ever get any respect from the NCAA?

    The following was previously published on one of my other blogs:
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    You're a 4-time America East men's basketball champion, with all four titles coming in the last nine years. You haven't gotten very far in any previous tournament appearance. So when Selection Sunday comes, how does the NCAA reward you for your 4th league title?

    If you are the Great Danes of the University at Albany, you go to Dayton, Ohio to play a "play-in" ...
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