Sunday, September 10, 2006

Talkin' Sports

I'm glad I wasn't the only person who wondered why SI picked the Dolphins to make it to the Superbowl. Jim Donaldson shared my sentiments in today's Projo. I also doubt that I was the only Lions fan who was secretly hoping that Daunte Culpepper would have to leave the game on Thursday to force a battle of the ex-Lions quarterbacks.

If you told me last year at this time that in one year's time, the Detroit Tigers would have the best record in the American League, I would've been pleasantly shocked. Given the way they had been playing up until about a month ago however, it'll be a crying shame if they fail to make it to the postseason. They're well on their way to a late season collapse of epic proportions right now. The pervese thing is that they're doing it with some great pitching. They have lost a countless number of close, low scoring games during their current losing stretch. If they can right the ship and play .500 ball from here on in, I think they'll be safe. I'm not sure if they can pull it off. The bad old Tigers tended to start of the season bad and finish even worse. The new and improved Tigers seem to be following the same general outline of the old script.

I missed the Notre Dame - Penn State game bloodbath yesterday, but it's looking more and more like Notre Dame is as good as advertiesed this year. Notre Dame is hyped up by the sports media every season, and like the proverbial stopped clock, the sports media seems to have gotten it right this time. Now that I've dealt with my issues with the New York Yankees, Notre Dame football is the only team for which I harbor an irrational resentment. Actually, I take that back, my hatred of Notre Dame is completely rational. Even though Michigan hasn't looked too strong so far and Notre Dame has already beaten two high-quality opponents, I think the Wolverines have a good chance. Sometimes, the best time to face a tough opponent is when said opponent is coming off of a lopsided victory. It's been a while since Michigan has come out strong in a big game, I hope they can do it next weekend against the Irish.

I'm happy to see Andy Roddick in the U.S. Open final. I hadn't watched tennis in years until I watched parts of Agassi's last two matches. I was surprised to see how well it held my interest. Tennis can be a very mesmerizing game to watch, especially when the players get a nice volley going. I've always liked Roddick. I try not to develop too much of a personal attachment to professional athletes. I feel like a lot of people project that qualities that they admire in people onto their favorite athletes and then get mad when the athletes don't live up to that image. Roddick has always seemed like a really down-to-earth kind of guy and someone who really enjoys the game. He just dropped the first set 6-2 and I don't think he really has much of a chance, but it's good to see him back in the finals nonetheless.

6 comments:

MDS said...

I was definitely rooting for a Batch-Harrington matchup. If it had happened I was going to put on both of their jerseys.

I agree that tennis can be quite enjoyable to watch, but I find that Federer is so good that he makes the sport less enjoyable. Like you, I enjoy long volleys, and Federer seems to win most of his points effortlessly.

I really, really don't want Notre Dame in a BCS bowl this year. They'll have to lose at least twice, maybe three or four times, to miss out, though, and I'm not sure how likely that is.

The Tigers are going to choke. Their swoon started right around the time I finally started getting really excited about them for the first time in about two decades.

dhodge said...

If Pittsburgh and Miami meet up in the AFC championship game and both of their starting QBs are out (say Roethlisberger shatters his pelvis trying to jump Snake River Canyon on his motorcycle and Culpepper is missing at sea after his sex boat is blown off course in a storm and enters the Bermuda Triangle), we could see the Batch vs. Harrington matchup that all Lions fans desire. If this happens, and you know it probably will, I hope you cut your Batch and Harrington jerseys in half and make a new half-and-half jersey a la Brady Quinn's sister.

gregorykwu said...

Even though this comment should be left under the "All That Glitters" post, I'm sorry to say that the Chefs now play a cover of Gary Glitter's Rock n Roll part Duex whenever they score. Somehow, it's far worse. And the Chefs looked terrible. It's gonna be a long season...

dhodge said...

I'm not a law-talkin' guy like you so I could be wrong, but wouldn't Gary Glitter still benefit financially from a cover of his song being played at Arrowhead Stadium?

dusty said...

The Michigan state legislature is looking to give legal protection to early tailgaters and disgruntled fans at Lions games.

gregorykwu said...

Hodge, you're correct that Gary Glitter would benefit if a person records a cover version of the song, provided he actually wrote the original. Since I haven't read anything to the contrary, I'll assume it's true. It was weird, because the song they played at Arrowhead was clearly Rock N Roll Part 2, albeit a much shorter, and crappier version, if that's possible.