Quick Shots: Just Say No-Rod
- Now that A-Rod might be moved from the Yankees, the speculation is that the White Sox might be one of the suitors. I think they may have been in the mix when A-Rod signed with Texas several years ago, but that was then and this is now. A-Rod may not be done, but he is as done as Junior Griffey or Manny Rodriguez. It's nice to covet players in their prime, but not when they are three years from having jumped the shark. If you really want to sign a veteran third baseman with some mileage, sign Youk back up.
- The Sox have lowered ticket prices for next year. Most likely that will affect their payroll. The most frustrating thing about their collapse this year was that no one knows what this team will look like next year. Assume Cleveland will be better, Detroit will be good and the Royals may finally blossom. I describe the Sox season this way: It was like driving to a restaurant in another state that you really wanted to eat at only to discover that they had gone out of business.
- I wish people would leave Jay Cutler alone and quit bating him. Just let him worry about playing quarterback and winning games. In case you haven't noticed, this is a four horse race in the NFC North and with the Packers finally playing like the Packers, there is little slack on the rope. Just leave the guy alone and stop trying to collect soundbites that make him sound like a jerk. We know he is a jerk, this is not news.
- Does Gary Bettman understand he is dealing with Don Fehr? Don knows what he is doing and will not cave in to Gary's parlor tricks like publishing the owners proposal in newspapers. Don will not let his union get screwed like it did in the last CBA. When it's over, here's hoping Don leaves Gary in a corner, sucking his thumb and wailing for David Stern.
- Chicago sports fans were dealt a blow yesterday when Bob Brenly announced he would not return to the Cubs next season. Brenly and Len Kasper were one of the best pairings anywhere, not just in Chicago. Personally, I wish the Cubs would take back Steve Stone and for the Sox to bring back Wimpy to work with Hawk, but that's not going to happen. Might want to consider Mitch Williams or Dan Plesak (both former Cubs) who are currently with MLB network.
- There are some great college football games this weekend, highlighted by Kansas State and West Virginia. This is an elimination game for West Virginia, one more loss and they are out of the BCS sweepstakes. Another team playing an elimination game is South Carolina, whom plays Florida. The Cocks are banged up with injuries to several key players. Darth Visor may have to do his best coaching job to come out of the Swamp with a win.
- Finally, a story that started at a radio station in Cleveland the other day was pitched as the Browns would aggressively pursue Nick Saban. As it turns out, the story actually came from a discussion during a show and not from the Browns. But it broke as the Browns were going to pursue Saban. We ran with it. Why? Because it was sourced and because it was harmless. Something like cheating allegations and stories of that nature need to be vetted before you break them. This? Not so much. Anyone with a lick of sense knows Nick Saban probably isn't going anywhere. But, tightening sphincters for ten minutes? Priceless.