Odds & Ends-Volume 32

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danny-ainge-pat-rileyPat Riley,that’s a bit uncalled for.

On Friday, the Heat president responded to comments made by Celtics president Danny Ainge regarding flagrant foul calls LeBron James has received recently and how James had no cause to challenge them.

“I think the referees got the calls right. I don’t think it was a hard foul,” Ainge said Thursday. “I think the one involving LeBron against [Carlos] Boozer, that was flagrant. I think the officials got it right.”

Riley shot back with these words, “Danny Ainge needs to shut the fuck up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”

Both men are correct in regards to Ainge needing to worry about his own team and that James needs to stop challenging obvious flagrant foul calls, but Riley’s statement was a bit extreme and uncalled for. Telling another executive to “shut the fuck up”, publicly I might add, seems a bit much. It’s fine if he wants to call him out for being in another team’s business, just use some nicer words, that way I don’t have to publish them.

mlb logoI am glad baseball is back,but I have a bone to pick with the league and it’s television partners as to how they think the season should be opened and who should be playing in that game. I hardly think baseball fans want to see the Rangers play the Astros in the first game of the season. Why can’t they do this like they do it in the NFL? Where the champion opens the season at home against either a bitter rival or the team they beat to get to the championship?

I’m not lobbying for this because I am a Giants fan, I’m lobbying for this because that’s how you should open your season, in any sport. Shouldn’t we be seeing the Giants open at home against the Dodgers? Or how about the Cardinals? I would venture a guess that seeing one of those two match-ups is far more worthy than seeing two Texas teams, one good and one really bad (seriously,the Lastros?) open the year.

Giants catcher and National League MVP Buster Posey will be a Giant for the rest of his career. The 26-year-old Posey signed a nine BusterPoseyyear deal worth $167 million. The deal also has an option for 2022 which could raise it to $186 million.

“It’s hard to put into words what I feel right now, just an incredible feeling to know that for the next nine years I’ll be a part of this very storied franchise,” Posey said. “I’m incredibly humbled to know I’ll be a part of that.”

“You get kind of spoiled when you win the World Series in your first year. I can’t see how you can play here and not want to spend your career here.”

As crazy as it sounds, I think this deal was right to happen. The amount is a bit much,but for what this guy has done in such a short time and what he has accomplished is unreal and not only that, he’s a hell of a guy. He is a player that comes around once in a lifetime and I think he has shown that in the brief career he has had and now Giants fans get to celebrate having #28 behind the plate for years to come. I’m personally excited for that as well!

VerlanderTigers fans are probably equally excited about Justin Verlander’s seven year, $180 million deal. The 30-year-old pitcher has won both the Cy Young and the MVP awards and was Rookie of the Year in 2006. He helped lead the Tigers to the World Series last year and is more than likely the face of the franchise at the moment, along with Prince Fielder, of course.

“I love this city & the fans — couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”¬†Verlander tweeted.

We’ll see if he does help bring the Tigers a World Series crown, I do think it is possible,but it remains to be seen. He does have an outstanding team to help do that,though.

What do you get when you lead your franchise to back to back 8-8 seasons? A contract extension. At least that is what happens when TonyRomoyou are Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Romo, who turns 33 next month, received a six-year extension worth $108 million,making him the franchise’s highest paid player in history.

I don’t quite understand the deal myself, I mean, don’t you have to win a championship before getting such a deal like this? Not only that,but is Romo really the direction this franchise wants to go in for the next six years? I haven’t thought that they should. I don’t think Romo is that bad of a quarterback, at least not as bad as Mark Sanchez is, but with how hot and cold he has been the last two years I just don’t know that he is the right answer for the Cowboys.

It shows me that Jerry Jones needs some football people around him that know what they are doing because Jerry Jones, the owner needs to fire Jerry Jones, the general manager and this deal for Romo proves that.

PenguinsIt was the March of the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, that is.

The Penguins won every game in March, not only that but they’ve been acquiring players via trades, getting Douglas Murray from San Jose, Brenden Morrow from Dallas,and probably the most significant one was getting Jarome Iginla from Calgary, a move I was pretty surprised about because everyone thought he was going to Boston.

These moves come at probably the right time because Sidney Crosby will be out indefinitely after having surgery on his jaw following Saturday’s game against the Islanders where he was hit in the mouth with a puck. Crosby should be ready come the postseason.

This team is scary good right now. Just when I thought it would be the Blackhawks winning it all, it could be the Penguins who might do it. That is what has been great about this season, there isn’t a clear front runner for the Stanley Cup and it’s great to guess who might win it this year.

Staying on hockey, Taylor Hall of the Oilers, that version of you on Saturday, where has he been this season?Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers

I mean,don’t get me wrong, you’re a pretty good player,but you were damn good against the Canucks. Hall had three goals, all in the first period and all within eight minutes. Ladislav Smid had the other Edmonton goal in that same period and that was all that was needed as the Oilers beat the Canucks 4-0,ending Vancouver’s six-game winning streak. Hall’s hat trick, timed 7:53, beats Wayne Gretzky’s club record hat trick time of 12:38 in 1986.

“It’s a pretty special moment that I will never forget,” Hall said. “Playing in an organization like this one, the records you are trying to break have been set by pretty legendary players.”

Anytime you break a record of the Great One, that’s something special, and Hall did just that. Also, the win brought the OIlers to within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot out West. The Oilers have been on a tear lately, going 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

“We’re a whole different team right now,” Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. “You can see the dynamics of the group evolving these last 10 games and the confidence level going up.

The Oilers renew their rivalry against the Calgary Flames in another Battle of Alberta tonight at Rexall Place.

tmobileT-Mobile has dropped Carly Foulkes, the spokemodel turned secret agent in their commercials after revamping her image just last year.

Some are saying the change is to distract customers and consumers about plans to go forth with the iPhone 5 and no-contract pricing structure. I don’t know much about what cell phone company is better because to me they’re all the same for the most part,but it tells me that revamping the T-Mobile girl’s image from cute spokesmodel to a knock-off of Sydney Bristow from Alias was a complete flop. I personally liked seeing her in the pink dresses and was sad when that version of her disappeared and I think over time, viewers and customers alike were turned off by the change as well.

This is proof that if something isn’t broken, you better not fix it.

Catch me and the great DJ Mappquest on Sports Madness, this Tuesday from 6-7pm Pacific Time on kssu.com, Sacramento State Student Radio. You can also listen to our show via the TuneIn Radio app on your smartphone. Search: KSSU

 

 

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