Friday, February 28, 2014

Jim Harbaugh Done In San Francisco?

So it seems Jim Harbaugh may have already worn out his welcome as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.  For a coach who has led his team to three straight NFC Championship Game appearances, that seems really surprising for a guy who still has two years remaining on his contract.  Or is it?

Now you may be saying come on Tim, you're crazy!  I may be crazy but hear me out.  

First, let me say I like Jim Harbaugh.  I gained renewed interest in the 49ers because of his hiring.  What he has done in two plus years in the head coach position is pretty remarkable considering where San Francisco was just a few years ago.  

With that being said, I'm probably not the only football fan who thinks Harbaugh is a total control freak.  It's probably to the point now two years in that the organization is tired of his antics and they just might want to do what's in the best interests of both parties and just move on.  

One thing I can tell you is if that happens, Harbaugh won't be out of a job for long.  Teams will be lining up at his door seeking his services regardless of the headaches he may cause.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sportsnet LA Debuts

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The Dodgers new TV network has officially set sail on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network in Bakersfield.  It should be noted that Time Warner Cable runs Bright House Network.  How long it will be before the team agrees to carriage deals with other cable and satellite providers to carry the pricey channel is not yet known. The actual amount of the charge is not yet known but it has been reported by various media outlets that Time Warner Cable is seeking something north of $4 per subscriber.

If that is what the potential asking price is going to be, I can personally wait til it hopefully comes down.  In the meantime, I'll be watching MLB Network to get my daily news on the Dodgers.  At least I can still watch my Angels.

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Mike Trout's Salary for 2014 Just Nearly Doubled

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Mike Trout and the Angels have agreed to terms on a 1-year $1 million deal for the 2014 season. That's a significant raise from the paltry $510,000 he got last year.

This news leads me to that a bigger extension is hopefully on the horizon possibly starting with the 2015 season.  All in all, I'm still cautiously optimistic that something will get done.  Until that happens, I will be anxiously biting my nails!  Just kidding!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Looks Like Home Plate Collision Ban Is Happening

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Major League Baseball Will Implement New Home Plate Collision Rule this year.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association  have agreed to implement an experimental rule that would ban home plate collisions.

I gotta say that I’m on the fence with this issue.

Plays at the plate have always been part of the game.

On the other hand I definitely see where the league is coming from in terms of doing what is in the best interests of baseball and protecting players from possible collisions.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Fallout Of The Jason Collins Nets Signing

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According to reports from and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.  Collins made his debut Sunday night in a 108-102 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.  With that debut, Collins the first publicly gay athlete in any major professional North American sport.  

While there have been past athletes who have come out, none did so until after their playing career was over.  That was until Michael Sam came out 15 days ago.  The difference being Sam is currently participating the NFL Scouting Combine leading up to the draft after playing college football for the Tigers at the University of Missouri.

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This could be the tipping point that would encourage other athletes across all sports to not be afraid of being ostracized because of what their sexual orientation.  The bottom line is that no matter who you are, the most important thing is to just be yourself and be comfortable with who are and the rest will take care of itself. 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

My Impressions Of The 2014 Sochi Games

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Now that the closing ceremonies have taken place and all is said and done, I would consider the Sochi games a success overall.  Sure there was controversy leading up to and during what is considered one the most watched sporting events in the world but there's always going to be some controversy when it comes to sports and the media who cover it. 

On the bright side Russia, the host nation, came out on top in the final medal standings with 33, USA in second with 28 and Norway rounding out the top three with 26 . Vladimir Putin probably is breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning.  It would have been a huge disappointment and embarrassment had they underperformed as a whole.

As far as the actual events, my personal favorite was short track speed skating. I like all the crashing and mayhem that comes with racing in small spaces. 

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My favorite announcing team honors go to the threesome of Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir.  The chemistry between Lipinski and Weir in particular is electric.  I usually don't like watching figure skating in general but they made it fun and interesting.   

In addition, I applaud NBC's efforts to showcase that we are evolving as a society.  It's a shame that there are still places in the world that refuse to embrace diversity.   

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mike Trout, Angels Discussing Six Year Extension

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Mike Trout, considered among many baseball fans to be the best all around player in baseball future face of MLB, and the Angels are discussing a $150 million dollar extension according to  Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal would buy out two free agent seasons and allow Trout to become a free agent at age 28.  Trout is represented by LSW Baseball.  

On behalf of Angel fans everywhere I say a cautious yahoo!  Please Arte Moreno, make this happen.  I know you're previous big free agents signings haven't panned out yet (Pujols and Hamilton) but all will mostly be forgiven if you can pull the trigger.

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