Archive for April, 2011
Mere days after Ochocinco tweeted that his time is up in Cincinnati, Reggie Bush has followed suit in going to the social media page to predict his exodus from the Saints. While it didn’t have the whiney tone of the disgruntled Bengal; Bush’s tweet on the yet to be made personnel decision is somewhat alarming. The crazy thing is, it wasn’t even the most controversial tweet in professional sports yesterday. That distinction belongs to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Gullen.After being ejected in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees; Gullen immediately went onto Twitter. Before play had even resumed he tweeted: “this one is going to cost me a lot of money this is pathetic.” Minutes later he posted again. This time he presumably was taking shots at umpire Todd Tichenor (the man who ejected him). “Today a tough guy show up at Yankee Stadium,” he tweeted.
Technically it should be back to business as usual for the NFL. The draft begins today, and the leagues’ request for a stay on the order to lift the lockout has been denied. Players will be allowed to work out at team facilities beginning tomorrow. All is right in the world of football right? Not quite; the league has yet to release a position on player transactions. It has however said, that the draft will proceed with only picks being allowed to be traded until they make a decision. This may prove detrimental to many teams who have pieces to move and are looking for picks in return. This potentially includes teams like the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, and most importantly in the context of this story: the Cincinnati Bengals. In Cinci it is no longer just disgruntled QB Carson Palmer that wants out. Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco tweeted yesterday that he believes his time is up with the Bengals.This is how we know the NFL year has begun. What would an NFL year be without controversy surrounding the athlete formerly known as Chad Johnson? On his Twitter account when asked if the Bengals should take receiver A.J. Green, Ochocinco responded: “He’d be perfect, I’ve done all I can, my time is up.” He also said that he believes this to be true because he thinks that Coach Marvin Lewis is mean to him.
This new pitcher may be the teams’ most important. Frank McCourt will not be pitching on a mound, however. Instead the Dodgers’ owner will be making his pitch to league officials in a last ditch effort to keep his team. As I am sure many of you have heard, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has seized control of the Dodgers. Selig has also appointed former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to run the team. These moves are thought to be due to McCourts’ nasty divorce proceedings with his wife, Jamie.At the heart of the meeting will be McCourt attempting to persuade the league to accept a proposed television deal with Fox. Reports differ on the deal’s value, with the league placing the amount at $1.7 billion and McCourt claiming it is closer to $3 billion. This would include $375 million up front, which would help him reach a settlement with his estranged wife. McCourt also wants to know what Schieffer’s role will entail and if McCourt will have any role on the team that he owns.