Lots of random stuff to get to day. (Sorry for the late post, had actual work to do this morning)
I bought Madden 08 yesterday. Haven’t had much chance to play it yet but Browns fans rest easy. I simulated most of the preseason to get to the opener against the Steelers. Without touching my depth chart, guess who was my starting quarterback? That’s right. The dreamboat himself, Brady “don’t look directly into my eyes or you’ll get lost in a sea of blue” Quinn. Quinn went on the post unrookie like numbers: 19-for-26, 284 yards, 4 TDs as the Browns won 38-0 (I think I need to play at a hard level). If this performance doesn’t convince Romeo to play Quinn, I don’t know will. You may laugh but I’m serious. Crennel did a coin flip to see who should start the first preseason game, so why not just play three Madden games with each quarterback and see who does the best. There’s your starter.
On this day, August 24, back in 1989, MLB Commissioner A. Barlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose for life from baseball for gambling. This is still one of the biggest injustices in all of sports history. His gambling came after his playing days. His 15,000 or so hits came during his playing days. Why punish a guy for what he did after his playing days? So he can’t go in the Hall as a manager, that’s fine, but to ban him as a player is outrageous. I could go and on about this but the man deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. There are plenty of scumbags in the Hall of Fame in all sports, especially baseball, so why is baseball still singling out Rose?
Also on this day, just two years ago, Jerry Rice signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. I think these one-day contracts are a joke. He didn’t need to do that. Everyone is going to remember Rice as a 49er. When you here the name Jerry Rice, you don’t think Raiders or Seattle or No. 18 who couldn’t make the team in Denver. You think 49ers, Joe Montana, Super Bowls and greatest receiver ever. A one-day contract was unnecessary.
Happy Birthday today to Cal Ripkin and Barry Bonds. Isn’t it funny that they were born on the same day. Ripkin, a man who everyone else for playing everyday and who’s game was greatly overrated, and Bond, a man who everyone hates now and who’s game is still underrated (maybe not still but everyone forgets he has 8 gold gloves and is the only member of the 400-400 club). But here is Ripkin, the man who can do no wrong, and Bonds, the man who can do no right, but both will be the two most remember by this generation.
Also happy birthday to Reggie Miller. One of my all time favorite basketball players. A pure shooter and the best trash talker and clutch 3-pointer shooter of all time. Just please, Reggie, don’t put on that Celtic jersey.
With that out of the way, Happy weekend to everyone. Happy Graduation to Frank (it’s about time) and I’ll be back Monday with something about the Browns and other weekend sporting activities. Look for another late post on Monday however.