Quick Shots: Danica Is A Driver, Not A Girl Driver
- The Daytona 500 is over and Danica Patrick proved worthy of winning the poll by finishing the Daytona 500 in 8th place. That's a great start to the season by any driver, male or female. Can we now all just get over the fact that she's a woman? Please?
- The Chicago Blackhawks continue to burn a path in the NHL racking up 27 points so far in the lockout shortened season. The Hawks have scored at least one point in each game they have played and do not have a loss in regulation yet. But I do have one concern. While the Hawks have feasted on the teams in the west, they will only meet an eastern conference opponent if they make it to the Stanley Cup finals. How do you gauge this team? Can they beat the Rangers, Penguins, Devils or Senators? Hopefully we'll find out.
- Meanwhile, the Bulls continue to be the most maddening teams in the NBA. After beating Dallas on Friday, the Bulls got their lunch handed to them last night by Oklahoma City. Even with Derick Rose, this incarnation of the Bulls probably wouldn't go far in the playoffs. The bench is pathetic.
- The White Sox are getting ready for another season in Arizona. Everybody is happy and almost healthy. The things I am curious about in training camp are how Tyler Flowers looks both at the plate and on defense; the competition for the fifth starter and who might get one of the slots as a back up outfielder.
- Even thought the Sox acquired Jeff Keppinger and Connor Gillispie to compete at third base, I'm pulling for Brent Morel. If he's healthy enough to hit, he's got the best glove at third since Joe Crede and could really help Sox pitching save a lot of runs. This would give the Sox a fairly sound defensive team, save for first base and left field.
- Though we just had national signing day for college football two weeks ago, Alabama has already made offers to several players in the 2014 class and one in the 2015 class. And some people down here would rather talk about that than college basketball or baseball. Go figure.
- The NCAA deregulating the amounts of calls, texts and contact with recruits may look good on paper, but in reality, it creates an unlevel playing field that may bite the BCS schools. While Alabama had a recruiting budget of close to $1 million, smaller BCS schools or BCS schools in smaller conferences may not have the money to hire staff to handle all of the calls, texts and Facebooks necessary to recruit. Some schools like Alabama, LSU and Michigan may thrive, but schools like Ole Miss and Baylor may not.
- Finally, on a non-sports rant. Here is what I don't understand about our federal government: When my wife and I were faced with financial hardship, we had to cut back. Rather then threaten not to play the light bill or the water bill, we cut out things like eating dinner out, car trips and purchases of only necessary goods. But our government wants to cut out necessary and important services just to get your attention. The problem is while the people that make a lot of money can survive, those of us who live paycheck to paycheck will get pinched. All because these idiots in Washington refuse to sit in a room together until they work something out. The bottom line is the American people are getting taken from behind and enjoying it. Until we get smarter and vote for elected officials who might have a clue, we are in a crap load of trouble. That is all.