I'd hate to be the San Diego Padres this year when they reach the ninth inning and have to go up against their former closer Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman, the former face of the franchise, is probably quite ticked off right now following the Padres' rather 'classy' move to send him his walking papers via a fax to his 'people.' It was mentioned in the news room that this is similar to sending a break-up text message to a girlfriend. It's one of those moves that sets your reputation to a whole new level.
The Cardinals may have made the best decision of the offseason as they passed on Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies. This would've given them a nice bat in the lineup but would've forced them to fork out some dough after the season ended. We all know that they don't like to crack open that checkbook. Ryan Ludwick had a break-out season, but has a lot to prove to come back in 2009 and perform to that caliber once again. It'll be interesting as far as the lineup is concerned, but what they need to work on is that horrendous bullpen.
One thing is for sure in Major League Baseball, if you're a free agent, and you're decent, you're fixing to get paid. It's a good year to be getting out of your contract if you roam the diamond in any shape or form. Enough about baseball for the winter, let's pack it up with the summer clothes and send it to the basement, bring on a little football.
The Rams, as we have already established in previous columns, are awful. Step in line and get your ticket to be their next option at quarterback. Seriously, how many of you burned your St. Louis Rams football gear last Sunday after the blowout by Brett Favre and the J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS? If you didn't, then stop by the office, I'm sure somebody will lend you a match. Tell them I sent you.
The rest of the NFL, is what it is. A whole lot better than the Rams.
In college football, the quest for a BCS bid intensified over the weekend and the Bama boys just escaped a terrible LSU team. Dad, face it, they should've lost. The quarterback at LSU stinks to a level beyond comprehension. Interception City was where the Crimson Tide went for a visit Saturday to maintain their No. 1 status, but it will all be void when they get it handed to them by Florida in the SEC championship game.
Texas Tech is for real. The match-up with Oklahoma in a few weeks looks better and better each time I see highlights from the Red Raiders. In other Big 12 news, the Missouri Tigers are praying for a Kansas defeat this Saturday so they can seal their date in the Big 12 title game. It's probably their only hope for a BCS bid at this point.
On to a sad story making NCAA headlines...
One by one candidates to fill Phil Fulmer's spot at the University of Tennessee are dropping like flies. Jon Gruden, nope. Butch Davis, nope. The ol' ball coach Steve Spurrier, nah, his squad is actually ranked. Options are running thin and recruits have got to be sorting through college brochures from other schools as we speak. Heavy clouds are hanging over Neyland Stadium right now.
On the high school front, the New Madrid County Central Eagles were just flat-out impressive on the offensive side of the ball Monday night. In a game that featured 1200 yards of total offense, the Eagles came out on top over Ste. Gen and find themselves back at home Saturday afternoon against Cardinal Ritter. The four-back system and the front line gave NMCC an edge against a touted college prospect Kory Faulkner from the QB position and the Dragons.
It also didn't hurt that the Eagles scored on every possession except for two, one which was a fumble and another to hold the ball to end the game. It was definitely the first time I watched a football game that ended in a basketball score. It was video game statistics.
Saturday they'll get a chance to show their stuff at home in the sectional round of playoffs and as head coach Arlen Pixley and his squad said following Monday's victory, it's just 'three more games' for the Eagles to be state champions. The Riverbend basketball tournament is looking a little iffy right now, so don't make reservations on the river just yet.
Speaking of hoops, we'll be leaking all sorts of intriguing info in the next few weeks in our basketball previews so stay tuned to see what your favorite team has to offer this season. Several teams have big-time players so it should be a solid season once again on the hardcourt. So, until next week, burn off your Rams gear and jump on somebody's bandwagon. There are still seats available on the Titan train if you're interested. See you next Wednesday and good luck Eagles.