The Day is here, Madden Day. Despite the fact that my video game career is on hold (kind of been replaced by a blog come to think of it) I thought that many of you will be running to Best Buy today. Here is the low-down on the changes this year …
In previous years, your QB would drop back and you were able to pass to any receiver on the field, the only negating factor being whether you could get the ball past the defensive players. This year, a vision cone has been added. It looks like a triangle of light that projects from your QB's head, as from a coal miner's helmet. As your QB drops back, you use either the right thumbstick or a combination of buttons to scan the field and find an open receiver.
You can still pass to guys outside the cone, though the further away you try to throw, the lower the completion probability becomes. Theoretically, the better the quarterback, the better his field vision and the bigger his cone. Kurt Warner's vision is much better than to Michael Vick's vision.
Gretzky to coach …
This bothers me on many levels. I love Gretzky so much. If loving the greatest hockey player in the history of the sport is wrong, I don’t want to be right. But now, he risks damaging his perfection. He also risks turning into a a-hole (as most NHL Coaches do). I hope not. But as a Stars Homer, we have to consider this guy, quite possibly the greatest ambassador the sport has ever known, the enemy in the Pacific Division. By the way, that Pacific Division is pretty darn close these days. The Stars will have their work cut out for them, I would think.
This is goofy. The dude ends up getting just 13 games for his attack of Steve Moore. I am not for anyone being punished unfairly, but this guy got off sooooo easy. 13 games??? Dale Hunter got 21 for running Pierre Turgeon back in the day. Are you telling me that offense was twice as bad (basically) as this offense? No way. Bettman gave up on this one, as he was too busy celebrating his route of the Players Association to pay attention…
Ric-Rod can’t get out of the first inning, and now what? …
Asked if he'd have to send out a position player from the thin bench to make room for said pitcher, Showalter said: "No, we could send out a pitcher. Especially one that can't throw anymore."
Showalter declined to elaborate on who he was talking about. Rodriguez, however, would be a pretty good candidate.
After all, he still has a minor league option left. After all, Kenny Rogers could come back from suspension this week to replace Rodriguez in the starting lineup. And, perhaps most importantly, there is the little matter of performance.
Rodriguez has not won since June 18. In 10 starts, he's qualified for a quality start – three earned runs or less in six or more innings – only three times. Since that last win, he's 0-3 with a 6.37 ERA in eight starts. That's about equal to Ryan Drese's performance in 12 starts before he got his walking papers so that Rodriguez could come to the big leagues.
Houston wonders why Sports Talk has no ratings ….
"Growth is still incredibly slow," said Ken Charles, program director for the Clear Channel Houston cluster that includes KBME. "It's tough going against the Rockets' flagship station (KILT) and the Astros' flag (KTRH).
"We don't expect to play in the ratings game until next year, so there's nothing that surprises me now."
If you combine the two Houston sports talk stations, you come up with a 3.8 total for men 25-54 weekdays from 6 a.m. to midnight. In Dallas-Fort Worth, KTCK, the Ticket, is No. 2 in the market in the same demo at 7.8.
In the all-day, persons age 12-plus ratings that Arbitron releases to all interested parties (demos are provided to clients only), KTCK and its simulcast partner KTDK-FM rank 12th in Dallas to 23rd in Houston for KILT and 33rd for KBME.
Paul Depodesta has his hits and misses …
The Shirts of Hansen Style …
Do you think that young pitching prospects insure that your staff will be stocked for years to come? Do you think that Danks-Diamond-Volquez means help is on the way? you better read this . There is no such thing as a sure thing…
Are the Cowboys changing their jerseys? …
I know I am several days behind here, but if you haven’t seen the video of Novak v. Carville Click Here …
Eva Longoria loves Cowboys? …
THE TWO FACES OF EVA? "Desperate Housewives" manslayer Eva Longoria may or may not be engaged to San Antonio Spur Tony Parker, but he was nowhere to be seen Sunday when she took to the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with Dallas Cowboys teammates Drew Henson and Keyshawn Johnson. "It was like a harem of athletes around her," says an eyewitness. "I didn't see a ring on her finger. She was all over the place in her little pink bikini, flirting with Jason Pomeranc."
It Starts Saturday!! The English Premiership Opens for business. This represents happiness on Saturday mornings for the next 9 months for me. Sadly, Chelsea is good enough to already be declared the winner, but the rest of us ponder who finishes 2nd (Arsenal, most likely) and who finishes 3rd. Manchester United will have something to say about that, but so will my beloved Liverpool …It’s time that Alex Ferguson feels the wrath of Rafa Benitez. Heck, after winning the European Cup, now Liverpool hopes to just finish ahead of Everton. Game on.
Soccer fans, keep this Link . It is the upcoming schedule for Fox Soccer Channel. A triple header is scheduled on Saturday from England.
Because I can, here is a back and forth email volley with Marshall. Marshall is not a fan of the way BaD Radio covers golf. In case you don’t know, we only “cover” golf 4 times a year (the majors) and even then it turns into “how is Tiger doing?” We make no apologies for that, but here is Marshall who does not like it one bit, and thought he would rub it in the morning after the Showdown at Sherwood.
now you see why so many of us are beaten down by your infatuation with tiger woods. according to you, there's tiger, then everyone else. If that's the case, how in the world did those pretenders goosen and mickelson wipe him and daly's arse all over the course yesterday? And don't say 'he didn't care about this, this wasn't a major'. this was his name on the marquee on primetime TV - against mickelson, two guys that can't stand each other. if he can't get up for that then he's not
really that much of a champion. is tiger great? yes. is he the best? yes. when it's all said and done will he be hands down the greatest of all time? almost certainly yes. but - he's not the only professional golfer in the world. can you at least admit that other players are 'worthy' of stepping on the course with him? your tiger-gasms whip us to death.
still love your show -
I responded last Friday:
From: Sturm1310@aol.com [mailto:Sturm1310@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: great showing last night tiger
are you seriously ripping Tiger for not winning a make-believe made-for-tv event? This is the craziest email I have ever received, unless you are doing a bit-
Marshall’s response to my response:
no, i'm ripping you for going down on Tiger every time he wins, like no one else should be allowed to play on the same course with him, then taking the 'just don't worry about it' stance when he loses. thanks for proving my point - unless your on-air love fest for Tiger is just a bit. surely it is - no true sports talk show host could be that blindly infatuated with an athlete. he's not the only person to ever play golf you know. in fact, he's not even the first black golfer. i figured i'd point that out to you since whatever web site you go to for golf stats may not list calvin peete as a pro golfer. you're a riot, sturm. your humor amazes me - and they say dan's the 'funny guy' on BaD radio. you crack me up. keep up your Tigergasms, they're hilarious now that I see you're just doing a bit. sorry i took you so seriously. my bad.
And then my response to his response to my response:
who cares if he is the first black golfer? My point, when I say what I say, is that he is easily the best golfer in the business- As Jordan was the best basketball player in the biz. Barkley and Drexler were great, but Jordan was at the next level.
Els, Vijay, and Mickelson are great, but Tiger is at the next level. And if that is too tough to digest, then my apologies.
And then his response to my response to his response to my response:
I agree that Tiger's the best. I said that in my first e-mail. I even said he'll probably go down as the best ever. But he's not the only golfer on tour. What I don't like is the mentality of: "In golf this weekend, Tiger didn't win. Now on the baseball..." It's a dis-service to the other professional golfers to belittle them as nothing. Maybe you don't feel that you do that, but in your diatribe that prompted my first e-mail, your message was "Tiger is the only real golfer on tour. No one else is even in his league" Well, he wasn't even the #1 ranked golfer that long ago, was he? And, if he is as great as you say, he would never lose? They're all playing on the same golf course - if someone shoots better than Tiger, then they deserve the credit. -10 is -10, regardless of who shoots it. Tiger is the best, but others do compete with him - something you just can't seem to digest... ??
And then, I just end it:
Well, if I ever gave you the impression I am a golf media expert, I do apologize. I am a Tiger Woods fan, and no doubt enjoy his dominance. If you want insight on Dudley Hart and Jason Gore, please check out the Tee Box or PGA Radio. Otherwise, I love you.
Does your head hurt?