Musings from a weekend that brought us a perfect game, a 25-game suspension and a marvelous fight between Jon (Bones) Jones and Rashad Evans.
In fact, let’s start with the fight:
Jones is one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, but Evans has to be given credit for surviving the onslaught that Jones unleashed. You saw the elbows in the clip. It was vicious.
This was one of the great grudge matches in the annals of the UFC, but you just got the sense that Jones didn’t want to put away his former friend. Instead, he just wanted to beat him up.
It was kind of crazy.
Now the really crazy…
1) The New York Post is a Murdoch newspaper. That means it’s biased, seldom accurate and often completely crazy. Of course, it’s also funny.
After the Yankees beat Boston 6-2 on Friday night and on the morning that Yanks would came back from a 9-0 deficit to the Red Sox on the weekend of the 100th anniversary of Boston’s beloved Fenway Park (as Luke Scott said earlier this season, it really is an old dump), the Yankees’ biggest fans let the Red Sox know exactly how New York feels…
2) It was April 22, 2012. The Red Sox were 4-10. They had just lost 15-9 to the Yankees at home after leading 9-0. Not surprisingly, the “Fire Bobby Valentine” chants started.
Early? Maybe? There are, after all, 148 games left. And Darnell McDonald is hitting .111, Kevin Youkilis is batting .190, Jacoby Ellsbury was hitting .192 when he was hurt, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitting .206, Clay Buchholz ERA is 9.00, Jon Lester is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA, the bullpen can’t get anyone out and Carl Crawford is injured.
That’s not Bobby Valentine’s fault.
3) A young man named Kendall Weir wrote a senior economics thesis at Hamilton College on the following premise: “NFL teams will probably be better off drafting players with ‘character’ issues than players who don’t have character issues.” And Weir made it clear that “character” issues didn’t necessarily mean that the guys are just douchebags. He meant players who have been arrested and charged with a crime. You can find the AP story here, but the concept makes sense.
Weir believes you can get players later in the draft who have been arrested and charged (or just arrested) because they scare the crap out of most scouts. However, the college football players who have been in trouble with the law, have, for the most part, been outstanding pros.
A football executive I know once said, “Football keeps at least 300 potential felons — mostly linebackers — out of prison.” I always thought of it as a joke, but Kendall Weir now has a scientific thesis to prove it’s no joke at all.
4) And to finish: this is what it looks like to get a 98 mile per hour fastball in the man parts.
Don’t forget, that was a Stephen Strasberg fastball that caught umpire Greg Gibson wore in the, well, cojones.
By the way, he went down hard and for a long time. I think I speak for every guy when I say, “Eewwwwwww.”