Here’s the quote from Gary Sheffield regarding his Hall of Fame chances, “I know who is in the Hall of Fame. A lot of them don’t belong in the Hall of Fame. If someone wants to debate me, check the stats.” That quote, is just another example in long line of examples why people don’t like Gary Sheffield. If the world had never heard of a PED Sheffield might have had the hardest time among 500-HR club members of getting into Cooperstown simply because he was such a disagreeable and cocky bastard at times. That’s like life blood to Hall of Fame voters. The chance to stick it to someone is total catnip for them. Considering his PED connection Sheffield can go ahead and buy a ticket for Cooperstown, because that’s the only way he’s getting in.
The new version of Monopoly is computerized. There is no money. No Chance cards. No dice. It seems like the only thing left for the actual player to do decide whether or not to buy a property. I fear this will be a tragedy for Monopoly. They are forgetting a couple of key factors. If you remember my board game rankings, you know I’m no Monopoly fan. It’s not a great game. It’s an uphill battle from the start. The only fun thing about the game is handling the money, negotiating shady deals, and possibly cheating. None of that is possible now. Board games are probably on their way out. If they want a last gasp, they should start marketing to people in their thirties. They are old enough to remember having fun playing board games, and are now at an age where maybe the X-box is too high-tech and a good old fashioned board game would be a breath of fresh air. Marketing to kids is a nightmare. By the time you put together interactive/3D/Blu-Ray Bieber-Opoly, he’s going to be replaced by some other YouTube fraud.
The PGA Tour is in L.A. this week. The Northern Trust nee Nissan nee L.A. Open. I racked my brain and came up with a reason why this tournament could possibly be interesting. If you can watch this event, then you actually like golf on television. There is a good field, a great historic venue, and not much competition this weekend (except dadgum Daytona). What the field lacks, of course, is Tiger Woods. If Tiger completes his Duval cycle and washes out, this is generally the type of field/event you will see week in and week out. Number one, Lee Westwood, is missing but other than that you have a pretty enviable mix of “golf stars.” Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Paddy, Mahan, Vijay, Ishikawa, there are some lovable old guys like Fred there…solid line up. So, give it a look. I suspect you’ll be disappointed, and golf can continue its tailspin.
Speaking of Daytona…tickets are still available. How is this possible? If any NASCAR race is going to sellout, isn’t this the one? Maybe they should go back to racing on the beach. Of course, the tickets are $279 each, so maybe that is the stumbling point. I’d try hiding on the roof of a camper and sneaking in, or something like that. Instead of going off on my usual why do people watch car racing bit, maybe I should pick someone to root for. I think I’ll take Dale Jr. There was a Sporting News article on the guy in the latest issue, and at this point, I kind of feel sorry for him. I know you shouldn’t feel sorry for rich people, but the kid sounds like he could use a win. Then he goes out and earns the pole, only to wreck the AMP energy drink, Penzoil, Jiffy Lube, Wendy’s, 3M, Jim Beam, Heinz Ketchup, Snickers Chevrolet…and now he has to start at the back of the line. Total BS. Go Little E!
Quizes of the Day:
2010 Sports Recap. Category: Sports. My Score: 39/44
All the headline award winners for the most recent completed seasons. Considering the NBA is involved, I’m pretty happy with my score.
Classic Novel Protagonists. Category: Fancy Book Recall. My Score: 21/36
For the non-sports crowd. Did pretty well with books I’ve actually read, and even have heard enough Hobbit jokes to know that one without reading. Score!