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And just like that, the sports world revved back up this weekend. What should have been a nice, quiet Summer weekend, was instead stained by a steroid suspension, an alleged subsequent cover-up, terrible quarterback play by the Arizona Cardinals’ $64 million man, and of course, the Jets offensive offense. Here we go:

Melky Cabrera- Not sure if everybody caught this story, but All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended 50-games over the weekend for using banned substances. Unfortunately, the public is numb to this sort of disgraceful behavior so there isn’t really much to discuss about the suspension itself. But in further news, it was revealed Mr. Cabrera hatched an elaborate cover-up to fool Major League Baseball in an effort to be cleared of any wrongdoing. Unfortunately for this cheater, the cover-up didn’t work so well.

You see, Cabrera allegedly created a fake website to show he had ordered a supplement that had been accidentally spiked with testosterone. As part of the collective bargaining agreement, players who test positive for banned substances and face suspension are allowed to prove they accidentally took a supplement that caused the failed test. While there has always been excuses for ingesting foreign substances in the past, Cabrera’s creation of a website hocking a fake product takes the cake. What a idiot…

Not only did Cabrera cheat the game, fellow players, and fans alike, but the fact that he contributed an MVP performance at the All-Star Game, a game that determines which league has home-field advantage in the World Series, means his actions have also tarnished the upcoming Fall Classic. I hope Major League Baseball comes down on Cabrera hard – not just for the failed drug test, but having the audacity to further deceive league officials once he had already been caught. Baseball is a beautiful, albeit slow, game. There is no room for this deceitful cheater.

Arizona Cardinals/Kevin Kolb- “Ultimately Kevin was the guy that we had the highest grade on, that we felt was the best fit for what we’re trying to get accomplished as far as a fit with our offense, where he was age-wise, what he had done in the league,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said.  That quote was from July 29, 2011 – the day the Cardinals completed the historically lopsided-trade for Kevin Kolb. While I realize hindsight is 20/20, how could the Cardinals have been so wrong? The part that is most shocking to me is the final part of the quotation, “…what he had done in the league.” Umm, Mr. Whisenhunt, what exactly had Kolb done in the league?

At the time of the trade, Kolb’s injury-plagued career stats were: 194 of 319, 60.8%, 2052 yards, 11 TD, 14 INT, 7 Fumbles. I don’t understand what it was about his past performance in the league that made the Cardinals so sure he wouldn’t continue to be an injury-prone, mediocre quarterback? Obviously they saw something the rest of the league didn’t… If they didn’t believe he was more than he had shown, then how else do you justify giving up a 2nd-Round Pick, a solid cornerback, and $64 million contract. Only the Cardinals…

After another on-field debacle this past weekend, it seems most Cardinal fans’ optimism in Kolb has finally flown the coup. While handing the reins of the franchise over to a former 5th Round pick from Fordam isn’t the most ideal situation, its seems the Cardinals’ miscalculation of Kolb’s mediocrity has left them with few options. As a Cardinals fan, let’s just hope the team does not compound one mistake with another. Just because Kolb is undeservingly getting paid like the starter, doesn’t mean he has to be it. For what its worth, my vote is to go with the low risk/low reward Skelton.

NY Jets- One of the great things about living in New York City is the media-firestorm that accompanies any local sports story. This past weekend, the New York Giants treated the New York Jets like the attention-seeking little sisters they are. The 26 – 3 victory by the Giants proved to fans everywhere who owned New York on the field, if not the headlines.

I know one should not look too much into a pre-season outcomes, but the media in New York is going bananas. Plain and simple, it doesn’t look like the Jets are going to be any good. In a league where offenses have become more and more explosive, the Jets’ looks like it is stuck in the mud. Even with the alleged-defensive mastermind Rex Ryan at the helm, asking one’s defense to consistently shut down opponents is a tall task to ask in this offensively-evolving NFL.

I’m not a fan of Mark Sanchez’s, but the Jets have done him no favors in recent years.  Since taking Mark Sanchez 5th overall in the 2009 draft, the Jets have done an abysmal job of surrounding him with playmakers. Since 2009, the organization has had three opportunities in the 1st Round  to draft additional offensive studs to help Sanchez, but instead choose to take  a cornerback and two defensive linemen. Good luck with that, Mark.

Speaking from years of experience being a Cardinals’ fan, you need playmakers to score points. Unfortunately for Jets’ fans, Tim Tebow isn’t what was needed. Instead of rattling the confidence of your alleged franchise QB, why didn’t the Jets spend their resources on actually giving Sanchez a chance to succeed? To Jets’ fans everywhere, enjoy the next 3 seasons of 5 to 7 wins.

That’s that.

Back in the Game

Posted: July 31, 2012 in NFL, Olympics
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It’s been quite awhile since the last post. My sincerest apologies. Between recent travels and a new internship, my ‘freelance’ blogging time has been a bit cramped. Nevertheless, I’m back and will attempt to do as much as I can, when I can…

So, my borderline perverted family friend (you know who you are!) wanted me to write about the over-the-top sex-fest that allegedly takes place among the athletes at the Olympics. But once I started to think about it, I only had two thoughts: 1) It has already been covered in depth by ESPN the Magazine and 2) What do you expect to happen when you have thousands of the most athletic/amazing/rock hard bodies in the world living in close quarters? Are they supposed to just stand there with an awkward face and breathe heavily? I imagine in the minds of two Olympic-caliber athletes, there is little holding you back when the worst-case scenario is an accidental spawning of one of the most freakishly athletic offspring the world has ever seen… But I digress…

The real story on Twitter/The Internet about the Olympics is the uproar over the delayed-programming on NBC. But to those bitching about the delay, please just be quiet. NBC is not catering to those of you us out there who are sitting on their asses in front of a television at 1:30 pm on a Tuesday. They are catering to those who have jobs. Those who purchase things. Those who have a wife and kids at home in the evening that eat up the sentimental storylines. Advertising drives everything. Why would NBC squander away hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising to please those who spend their weekday afternoons in front of their twitter feeds or televisions? Sidenote: NBC’s 3-day average viewership throughout the first weekend of competition was the best of any summer Olympics ever.

NBC – 1 Crybabies – 0

But speaking of orgies and annoying television – can someone please tell ESPN that Tim Tebow is not good… either is Mark Sanchez… and either are the Jets!! I am not quite positive, but I’m pretty sure the New York Giants won the Super Bowl last year and are in the exact same market – Where is the ESPN-led orgy about them?

Tebow and Sanchez are frauds. Both benefited in college by playing on teams that surrounded them with more talent than any opponent they ever faced. Both then got drafted by NFL teams with strong-defenses and were asked simply ‘not to lose the game’. How are they any different than Matt Leinart? They have undeservedly benefited from an absurd amount of media-driven hype, but in reality are just a couple of Trent Dilfers, without his Super Bowl ring… I am a diehard fan who can watch sports for 48 hours straight without blinking, but yesterday, even I had to turn my television off after ESPN dedicated an entire day to two shitty quarterbacks and a non-playoff team… ESPN, I don’t care how many orphanages he visits, please don’t shove endless video clips of a shirtless Tim Tebow down my throat. That’s just not my thing…

But the more I watch the Olympics, the more I thank God it’s almost football season! There are currently two dudes with mesh screens over their faces poking each other with rail-thin swords on my television. There are few things more disturbing than watching a passionate crowd cheer on two men who are playing a refined version of tummy sticks… Gross. How are some of these sports still in the Olympics?!? Equestrian? Speed walking? Ping Pong? If you’re going to have questionable ‘sports’, at least bring back something entertaining like Jousting! Only then would we really find out what kind of ‘athletes’ these people are…

August 12th. Closing ceremonies. That’s the day. Mark it down. At that point, it’s just football and pennant races. The sports world gets placed back on its axis and all will be right. Let’s just hope the Mayans weren’t right. On second-thought, part of me genuinely hopes the Mayans were right… It’s the only way we’ll ever truly settle the ‘Tim Tebow is the Second-Coming’ debate. That’s that.