Hanley Ramirez is coming to Los Angeles.
If you haven’t heard yet, the LA Dodgers traded for SS/3B Hanley Ramirez late Tuesday night. Ramirez had worn out his welcome with Miami and a new change of scenery was much needed.
This makes the Dodgers a top contender to possibly go deep into the playoffs. With the potential addition of SP Ryan Dempster, this team is looking very strong.
Ramirez had been linked to the Oakland Athletics before the trade and it was something that I thought would be a great fit. But the contract and the team chemistry was in the way and I didn’t think GM Billy Beane would have pulled the trigger.
Memories of when I first fell in love with basketball.
So this is the news that has gotten me all excited. It appears that a portion of NBA teams will throwback to the 1990s this season. As you can see from the above graphic, those are the teams that will be participating in this promotion and what is being guessed as to what they will be wearing.
These uniforms were aesthetically terrible. But I love them because they were the trend of the 1990s and more importantly, it takes me back to when I fell in love with basketball. I don’t recall much of the classic uniforms because these were the uniforms I grew up with.
It’s unique in a sense that most times, throwbacks go back at least a couple decades but these uniforms are still part of my generation. It’s really nice to go back to when basketball was truly king of the world. (And funny to be reminded that Charles Barkley wore three of these.)
Tonight, WWE Raw will air its 1,000th episode — the longest weekly episodic run in TV history. This is a great accomplishment and for me, a standing ovation worthy kind of stuff.
I enjoy wrestling. I’ve been watching it since I was in elementary school and I still do from time to time. I know the storylines are scripted but it’s the high flying action and comical storylines that make it fun. Plus, it’s part of the American fabric.
Raw has defied all kinds of doubters and as the times have changed, so has the product. But to do be around since 1993 on a weekly basis, nonstop is amazing. And it’s still fun to watch. I will be busy so I can’t watch tonight’s 1,000th episode live but I’ll catch it later and remember all the fun moments I saw these wrestlers give me.
One of the many times I saw Ichiro play live in front of my eyes.
I have been privileged to have seen Ichiro Suzuki play ball for so many games. As an A’s fan, it was easy to get to Oakland and see the A’s take on the rival Mariners. Heck, even when I visited Safeco field several years back (best ballpark I’ve ever been to), I sat 17 rows in foul territory and it felt like I was sitting right there with Ichiro.
So with the trade of Ichiro to the Yankees official, I can no longer cheer for him. It is that because of what the A’s did to the Yankees this weekend that the Yankees made a desperate trade. But ultimately, it’s because Ichiro plays for the Evil Empire that makes it hard for me to cheer for him.
I sound like I am getting emotional as if Ichiro was retiring, but this is like a retirement for me. Over the past couple years I told myself to cherish watching Ichiro play live in front of my eyes because it might not last long. Now that day is here.
Penn State football will never be the same.
I’m still digesting the NCAA’s decision on the punishments on Penn State. It wasn’t the death penalty, which is what I was hoping for, but it still is very severe.
Here are the sanctions the NCAA imposed on Penn State.
- Fines: $60 million
- 4-year postseason ban
- Wins from 1998-2011 vacated
- 5-year probation
- Total scholarships capped at 65
Some have said that this is worse than the death penalty and in a sense, it is. But at least they are keeping football. But in reality, this will likely hurt any kind of hope for this program to be successful in the future.
Players can transfer immediately but regardless of what happens, so much of this program is now on a respirator now with these punishments. Financially, they will now try to survive with so little and that will affect the entire Penn State community, possibly a jump in tuition. Eliminating scholarships also goes along those lines.
Saying you’re better than the Dream Team, then you dress like them?
With Team USA playing their game against Argentina in Barcelona today, it was decided that they should sport Dream Team throwbacks for the game. With the 20th anniversary of the greatest team ever in Barcelona, it was a very nice gesture (with the Chuck Daly patch).
Well, these throwbacks aren’t exactly replicas of the original uniform, but overall, it still looks really fresh and way better than the team’s current uniform.
And of course with this homage, the 2012 team struggled once again to dominate the competition — unlike the original Dream Team. Maybe Kobe should just shut his mouth.
Yoenis Cespedes at this pace will win Rookie of the Year.
The A’s are now 13-2 in the month of July and are six games over .500 for the first time since 2008. Their sweep of the Red Sox and their three wins against the Yankees this week shows that this team might be on to something.
I don’t recall ever feeling this great about the A’s since I was in high school when the team strung together consecutive playoff appearances from 2000-03. But those teams back then had more established names and at times, were expected to win the whole thing.
But this team is so different. A .500 record at season’s end would be considered a success. With so many new faces (a lot of rookies) and a team that has such a small payroll, I didn’t know what to expect from this team. Playoffs was a pipe dream.
I think the fact that this team might not know any better they’ll just keep rolling. And more importantly, for a team that has been pissed on by their Bay Area rival, it’s good that the A’s are finally getting some good mojo on their side for the first time in a long time. Hopefully this leads to something great. The A’s deserve this.