Archive for October, 2011
Happy Halloween boys and ghouls. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, I think its only right that I report on something evil. No, there aren’t any ghosts on the gridiron. Dracula is not up to bat. But there is something brewing with the evil empire.
With the thought of their ace opting out of his current contract and testing the free agent market haunting them; the New York Yankees have signed pitcher C.C. Sabathia to a beast of a contract at five years and $122 million dollars. C.C.’s spell in pinstripes has been quite scary to his opponents and has included a Cy Young as the American League’s top pitcher. But it has also included a ghastly relief appearance, in which the left-hander gave up the series-deciding run against the Tigers.
While a $24.4 million may seem like a lot of money, I doubt George Steinbrenner will be rolling in his grave. C.C. was the only consistent pitcher in the Yankees’ rotation last year and there weren’t any better options on the looming free agent market. The Rangers were promising to throw a “boat-load” of money at the 31-year-old. With free agency looming at the stoke of midnight, the Yankees had no choice but to assume Sabathia would opt-out and concede to his wishes.
It is now nearing the beginning of November, still the NBA has yet to take the court. As the lockout nears the beginning of its’ fourth month, only in recent days has any progress been made. But wait, NBA Commissioner David Stern is expected to make an announcement today!
Are we (the fans) in luck? Will he announce that a deal has been agreed upon? With reports that the sides are getting closer, this wouldn’t seem that far-fetched. But alas, in is not to be. I regret to inform that the announcement is expected to be concerning the cancellation of more games. Our fear that basketball wont begin until after Christmas (if at all this season) is one step closer to being realized.
The fact that in the past two days, the players union and the league and owners have met for a combined 22.5 hours may generate some optimism. But they have seemed close before, and still there is no deal.
Terrell Owens worked out yesterday at a high school in Calabasas, California; but the turn out to watch the reciever may have been a bit thinner than the 37-year old had hoped. Yes, former teammate and ESPN analyst Jerry Rice was there with a gang from Bristol, and of course T.O’s agent Drew Rosenhaus was in attendance but there were some glaring omissions. Of the 32 NFL teams, not a single one sent a scout or any personnel.
Rosenhaus stated today on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning”that this wasn’t a shock to him. He said that the workout was planned to generate interest or “create buzz.” Neither him or his client view their absence’s to be a negative.
“Just because they weren’t there doesn’t mean they weren’t interested,” he said. “I can guarantee that all 32 teams were interested.”