Trouble in Harrisburg. Bryce Harper is 6 for his first 35 with no extra base hits. His OPS (.413) would barely qualify him for the biggest loser. It’s not surprising that the increase in competition and the wear of a first full professional season is slowing Harper’s progress a bit. And, if it was only his first 10 days at AA, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but he had cooled considerably even before he was promoted. Kid logged plenty of games, but the everyday grind and the bus travel, etc. have to take a bit of a toll. A month ago it looked like Harper was ticketed for Washington for next year’s opener, but maybe a mid-season call-up or even 2013 is more realistic. I wonder what the Washington brass is thinking. The promotion to AA doesn’t seem to have lit any kind of fire, how will Bryce deal with his first dose of reality? I expect more eye-black.
I always have strong reactions to watching Jeopardy. One of the best parts about Jeopardy is the interaction with the contestants. To call a lot of these people socially awkward would be generous. They tell awful stories, Alex makes a terrible joke and then they get back to molesting their signaling devices. Another great time to observe the contestants is right after they win. Most of them are too awkward to show emotion. They just piled up 40 grand and they are stone faced, or have some creepy expression going. A week or two ago Alex actually had to tell one of the guys it was OK to smile. When you see someone win a bunch of money on the Wheel at least you think they’ll enjoy it. Blow it on a boat or something you simple bastard. Who knows what these Jeopardy weirdos do with the prize money. Anyway, the reactions are right up there with watching them try to answer sports questions.
Speaking of which, I’m not sure why a sports jeopardy show doesn’t work. I know ESPN has tried it on several different occasions and it failed miserably, but no show works on ESPN aside from Sportscenter. And, even that sucks, people just watch it out of obligation. Are sports less popular than I think? Couldn’t Jeopardy at least do a sports week? They’ve got Kids Week, Teachers Week, College Week, where is the sports trivia? Is watching a kid in a Yale sweatshirt really more exciting than people answering something other than Michael Jordan to every basketball question?
There seems to be some discussion about stadiums out there. Old stadiums, should they tear them down or stick with the nostalgia? People are calling Wrigley a dump, Minnesota is trying to get a stadium to keep the Vikings. Off the top of my head, here’s 5 stadiums that need to go. I haven’t been to Wrigley in probably 5 years, but I’d stick with it for now.
- Tropicana Dome
- Candlestick Park
- Where the Marlins Play
- Rogers Centre nee Sky Dome
Note the Dome theme?
Quiz of the Day: Who’s Won More Titles. Category: 50/50 shot. My Score: 26/30.