Yea, there’s no movie.  I just couldn’t think of a clever title today.

Hello guys and gals!  Where to begin, where to begin?  As much as it pains me, I suppose I’m obligated to touch on the NCAA championship game.  Michigan lost.  I was mad.  Then I was sad.  Then I was hungry.  Then I cried for 17 hours.  And now I’m over it, officially out of tears and dehydrated.  So let’s move on, shall we?

How ’bout them Yankees?!  And this time I’m not being a sarcastic punk!  They exploded in Cleveland.  Granted it’s Cleveland, but still, it was nice to see that they had some pop.  I’m not changing my predictions for the year, but I am still a fan, so I’ll gladly be wrong if it means the Yankees will have a good season.  After a couple of days off, (rain-outs) we’ll see how they fare against the Orioles at home.  While Baltimore’s pitching has been very sub-par, they do have a couple of hitters who are on fire.  So if anything, this should be a high scoring series.  Although knowing the Yankees, they’ll be the antidote to the Orioles pitching woes.  Debbie Downer strikes again!!

Moving to football, there’s something that has been bothering me for some time now but I just haven’t posted about it yet.  But today’s the day.  What’s up with this Victor Cruz situation?  I don’t understand why a contract can’t be worked out.  I take that back, I do think I know why:  Victor Cruz.  I like him, a lot.  I think he’s a very good player (even though the veins in my neck bulge every time he drops a pass).  But if he thinks he’s worth #1 WR type money, then he is dr-eam-ing!  He’s a slot/#2 receiver.  And the going rate for those receivers is roughly $6 million (see Wes Welker and Danny Amendola).  And as far as I know, the New York Giants offered him around $7 million a year with up to $20 million guaranteed.  Not too shabby considering I have $5 and a sugar packet I stole from Dunkin Donuts for tomorrow morning’s coffee in my wallet.  The NFL is chock full of ridiculous contracts.  When guys like Darius Heyward Bey and Santonio Holmes are in the top 10 for salaries at their position, then something is seriously wrong.  But the Giants don’t play that game.  They are one of the most well run organizations in all of sports.  And no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a fan.  There was a similar situation a couple of years ago with Steve Smith and the Giants.  They offered him a long term contract, he declined, got hurt and now is averaging 12 catches a year for the past 2 seasons.  That should be all Victor Cruz needs to hear.  Sign the lucrative contract, stay with a great team/organization and life is good.  $7 million a year isn’t good enough?  Get over yourself.

Sorry, that’s a sensitive subject for me.

There was a brawl in baseball last night between the Padres and Dodgers.  I don’t care about either team, so I have a very objective opinion on the subject.  Plain and simple, Carlos Quentin was wrong.  First of all, he leads the majors in HBP since 2010 I believe.  So that right there tells you that this guy crowds the plate.  Secondly, I know there’s a history between Quentin and pitcher Zack Greinke, but I can’t see why Greinke would have thrown at him in that pitch count, that late in a close game.  Doesn’t make sense.  And what really annoyed me was that Quentin was quoted as saying he wasn’t going to charge the mound, but Greinke said something to him and that was the last straw.  Really?  Really?  Your first 2 steps were toward Greinke, not first base.  So don’t tell me that.  You were looking for a fight.  Don Mattingly said that Quentin shouldn’t be able to play until Greinke returns from his injury (broken collarbone), and I love it.  When someone is clearly at fault like Quentin was, then the punishment should equal the injury time.  That will never happen, but I like the idea.

Well I guess that’s it for today.  I’ll check back in next week.  Have a good weekend everyone!

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