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Burn It Down Baseball



Spring Training is upon us! Huzzah! The problem is that unless your team has been burnt to the ground already (Tigers, Reds, Phillies, Giants), or has more cash than common sense (Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox), this is unlikely to be a season to remember. Why?

Because the combination of a three factors have collided to make this year one of the potentially worst ever in Baseball, not just the Major Leagues. The players made fools of themselves in the last CBA. Combine that with the luxury tax issues and the reset at the end of this season, and lastly the timing of the Free agents for next season, it has made this off season frustrating to players and fans. And it’s put a pall over the regular season.

Now we head in to the 2018 Season with players feeling betrayed by Owners who gave the Players what they wanted in the CBA. Fans are left to wonder, how bad will my team be, and will it really be that bad or will they just be tanking? And since tanking seems to bring success, isn’t that a positive thing?


The State of California, along with New York and Illinois, has introduced legislation to ban tackle football for kids under High School age. Now… the bill hasn’t become law yet, but it raises questions. First, it is appropriate for the State to ban a sport? Second, is there a role for the State government in oversight of an athletic endeavor? Given the numbers and types of injuries, shouldn’t other sports be banned as well? 


At the Olympics, the main topic du jour seems to be sex, rather than actual competitions. Specifically gay sex, which will NOT be happening in Indonesia, but WILL be happening in Indiana…


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He’s A Wiley One…



I have always loved the Winter Olympics. The Summer Games are fine – and I had a grand time attending them in 1996 – but for me, it’s the Winter Games that captivate and enthrall me. There are three sports that I can’t miss: Ice Hockey, Curling and my favorite of all, the Ski Jumping. Read the rest of this entry

Whoops. Our Bad. Signed – The Chamber of Commerce

It is becoming clear that the Modesto City Council is coming apart at the seams over the Wood Colony debacle. Between the Mayors Saturday claim that this whole thing is his stand against the Chamber of Commerce to Jenny Kenoyer’s fist shake and even John Gunderson’s wild Facebook ramblings, it’s pretty obvious that things are not going as planned. It’s actually a simple case of not doing the right thing for the right reasons the first time.

Had they simply done what the people asked them to do, they wouldn’t be sweating the recall or trying to create the most absurd position statements that try to cover up and blame others instead of their own actions.

This is the course they have chosen, and for some of them, it will not end well. Read the rest of this entry

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