This is a groundbreaking day in Fannation history. Those who witness it will remember it for years to come, and those who miss it will rue the day. What makes this day so special, you ask? Why, this is my first weekly SIFS blog! Your new favorite day will be Thursday, I guarantee it.
So, why did I decide to do this? Well, to tell you the truth, I just thought of that awesome name for a blog title, and I decided that a name like that couldn't go to waste. So, here we are, I am now a weekly SIFS blogger. This brought up a problem I hadn't thought about. What the hell am I going to write about? For those of you who know me, you probably know that I talk about sports approximately 0% of the time I spend on this site. Actually, I'm still struggling to think of a topic to write about, which is why I'm writing this paragraph. This isn't actually a relevant paragraph, I'm just stalling.
Well, I guess I actually have to talk about sports now. Here we go. *sigh*
I realized most SIFS blogs are about a popular sport, or a mix ofpopular sports. Well, I'm here to buck the trend. Let's discuss the 2008 Summer Olympics
This summer, the (supposed to be) largest sporting event in the world takes place.Back in the day,the Olympics were the ultimate test of speed strength, and other similar athletic abilities. But apparently the Olympics have digressed into a test of whatever the hell they feel like testing. Here are a few of the Olympic sports that don't actually require much athletic ability at all.
Personally, I love table tennis. But as an olympic sport? Back in the good old days, the Olympics actually tested athletecism, like running and jumping, not standing still hitting a weightless ball back and forth. Wouldn't ping pong be much more fun if it was always like this? I think so. But unfortunately, we can't all have people dressed in black carrying us around like that. Table Tennis is actually huge in Asia, where they dominate (probably because other countries are pre-occupied with real sports) In fact, the last time someone that wasn't Asian won the Women's doubles tournament was 1975, and they were paired with someone who was. So I'll put my money on the Chines National team, undefeated in tournaments since 2003.
In this day and age, gun violence is at an all time high. There were more gun deathes in 2007 then there were in the last 10 years. So how do we celebrate this? By featuring the most talented marksman in the world in a competition of who is deadlier with a rifle. This sporting event really bugs me. I know that they aren't promoting violence or shooting real people, but on the world's largest stage, we are promoting this skill. I feel that if we really want to make strides towards world peace, we should abandon this "sport" as an Olympic event. I understand wrstling, and boxing, but shooting doesn't require athletic skill. And that's my rant of the day.
Well, I'm bored of this topic, lets switch to something people care about. Let's talk about baseball.
This week, David Ortiz was sent to the 15 day DL with a partially torn tendon in his left wrist. He's expected to miss a month, but hopefully will not require surgery. But you know what? I haven't written off the Red Sox, and even if Ortiz misses thw whole year, I still expect the Sox to win the division. Yes, he's a huge part of their offense, but the Red Sox won their last two World Series with pitching and defense. A solid DH is a dime a dozen, and if worst comes to worse, sign Barry Bonds. Joke. Maybe.
In about a month, the All-Star game is set to take place in New York. And it's time to fill out my ballot. So, I'l blog about filling it out.
First Base- First base is weak this year. Very weak. The biggest name is Paul Konerko, Justin Morneau, or Carlos Pena. Konerko is batting about .230, so no chance I vote for him. There are some REALLY bad players on this ballot. Check this out.
Daric Barton- .230 AVG, 3 HR, 19 RBI
Ben Broussard- .159 AVG, 3 HR, 8 RBI
Ross Gload- .248 AVG, 0 HR, 9 RBI
That's embarrassing. In the end, my choice goes to Justin Mourneau over Kevin Youkilis
Mourneau- .302 AVG, 10 HR, 42 RBI
Youk- .309 AVG. 9 HR, 36 RBI
Second Base- This one isn't even close, Ian Kinsler runs away with this one. Batting .310 with 7 HR and 16 SB's, his only real competition was Juan Uribe
Shortstop- This is another very weak position. Only 4 of the 14 candidates have over a .270 AVG, and only one player has over 10 HR's or 10 SB's. Michael Young (.300 AVG, 5 HR, 29 RBI's) wins by default.
Third Base- Whats with the AL this year? The supposedly superior league only has 10 batters who qualify for the batting title over .300, and has inferior statistics in almost every offensive category to the NL. Anyway, 3B. Only 5 of these players have over 180 AB's, so that whittles my search down. Adrian Beltre is batting .236, so he's out. I quickly eliminate Alex Gordon and Melvin Mora as well. That leaves Miguel Cabrera or Joe Crede. And I'm going with Crede. In 40 less AB's, he has 2 more HR's and only 3 less RBI's, with a .271 AVG, the same as Miggy's. And contrary to his play this year, Crede is the much better defensive player.
Catcher- Joe Mauer. It isn't even close. He's hitting .028 better then the next C who qualifies for the batting title, and has more RBI's than anyone else on the ballot.
Outfield- My 1st selection is an easy one. Josh Hamilton is batting .327 with 17 HRs, a ML high 68 RBI's and has just been whalloping the ball. My next choice came as a surprise to even myself. Milton Bradley. The other Ranger outfielder is batting .328 with 12 HR's, almost keeping up with Hamilton. I warn you, my third choice may make some angry. But I am writing in Carlos Quentin for the 3rd spot. A sentimental pick, he is playing excellet nonetheless, hitting at a .291 clip with 15 HR's and 50 RBIs, both good for 2nd in the AL behind Hamilton.
Designated Hitter- Hideki Matsui leads the AL in Average (.337). He is the only DH batting over .300 this year. Once again, a sad stat for the AL.
First Base- This is semi-close between Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols.
Berkman- .384 AVG, 17 HR, 48 RBI
Pujols- .362 AVG, 14 HR's, 39 RBI's.
Gotta go with Lance. Whoa. That tidbit was completely devoid of anything interesting at all. My apologies. It won't happen again.
Second Base- Why do they make the balllots before the season starts? There are two 2B on the NL ballot who are batting under .200, and on the AL ballot, Jerry Owens (in the minors) was on the ballot over Carlos Quentin. The 2B position is another 2 man race, and Utley gets the nod over Uggla. Hey, both of their names start with U. I would hate to have the last name Uggla....
Shortstop- God this blogging thing is rally boring.... How do you guys do this? I've been writing this for like 45 minutes. You guys have real patience. Anyway. SS. Rhan Theriot. Because he is batting .324 with 11 SB's. And because I like him. And his last name. As you can see, I'm already growing tired of this, and I'm not even done with my first weekly blog. Yes I know Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, and Jimmy Rollins plays hortstop, and no I do not care.
Third Base- God Chipper Jones is great. You don't know how good it feels having him on a fantasy baseball team. I do feel less good because I also have David Ortiz and Victor Martinez on my team, but hey. At least I have Chipper (.409 Avg, 13 HR). I almost picked Nomar. But I don't like him THAT much (secretly punches Nomar's name no ballot, giving him his only vote so far)
Catcher- Geovany Soto (.289, 10 HR, 39 RBI). What a cool name. It was between him or Russell Martin (.310, 4 HR, 23 RBI). So I went with Soto. Wait no. Brian McCann. Didn't see him. I pick McCann (.307, 10 HR, 33 RBI)
Outfield- Phew, almost done! God I hate blogging. Actually its ok. I really wouldn't be doing anything else with my time at 12:30 on a Thursday. I just like to complain. My 3 choices are Aaron Rowand (.328, 8 HR, 36 RBI) Ryan Ludwick (.323, 13 HR, 43 RBI) and Nate McClouth (.310 AVG, 13 HR, 43 RBI)
Well, there is my 1st SIFS blog ever. Hope you like it, and mark next thursday on your calender. Have an excellent day.