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Posted Thursday April 21, 2011, About: Niners still love Alex Smith
Possible reasons to explain why Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke love Alex Smith:

1. Team Owner Jed York isn't willing or able to acquire a decent QB via trade or free agency.
2. New coach and new GM believe they'll be the ones to finally bring out the best in Smith.
3. The Niners have QB's in mind they'be be interested in drafting, but don't think they'll be able to either draft them or sign them.
4. Since Aaron Rodgers, the QB the Niners should've drafted originally, has now won a Super Bowl in Green Bay, the Niners need to retain Smith in the hopes he'll justify the Niners picking him over Rodgers eventually.
5. Smith has offered to take a 50% cut on his salary to come back for one year and prove he is better than Rodgers.
6. What they say in public is the exact opposite of what they are thinking in private (Like the public vote of confidence for the head coach. I hope that's the case, anyway).

I could go on and on and on, but this is exactly why I'm considering dropping the Niners as my fave NFL team. I can't believe what has happened with a franchise that, at one time, could do no wrong.
Posted Monday April 04, 2011, About: Hughes' velocity sounds alarm
Ya know, you media flip-floppers can continue to nitpick at the Yankees' rotation until you're blue in the face. But, this teeter-totter style of reporting is really starting to stink up the air. I get it: you don't know what to expect from the Yankees' rotation. So, if that's the case, then either ask someone credible, get the answer and move the hell on. Or, shut up and let some time pass for a legitimate sample before your useless, meaningless and valueless judgments are passed. When you use words like "maybe" or "could" or "might", that's not reporting or expertise. That's b.s. Got it? Good! On top of that, to piggy back off a point above, Hughes threw like gangbusters during the first half of last season before faltering consistently during the second half. He's obviously not a guy that is going to be an all-star caliber pitcher all season long, so he needs to turn it up at the right time, which is hardly now. At some point, every pitcher, good and bad, struggles. Why not struggle now so as to save what he has for the right time of the season?
Posted Monday April 04, 2011, About: Flacco not feeling love from Ravens
Well, I think the "outrage" here is illogical for the following reasons. Firstly, Flacco is making MORE than his backup. If he's making less, then the "outrage" is probably justified. But, that's not the case. Secondly, as far as the "no money = no love" exaggeration, which is exactly what that is, he's making 4.5 million this year. That's not the same as nothing. So, he's gotten love, if love is the same thing as money, which is another fallacy. Love is universal, not money. Money is divisive and often not based on love when thought about longer. Flacco needs to be grateful for what he's getting if he wants to land more. Complaining about it publicly doesn't show gratefulness. It shows immaturity and that belies the success he's had in the playoffs in his career thus far and also guarantees that what he puts out is going to come back to him. Good luck, Joe...
Posted Tuesday February 15, 2011, About: Sabathia expected to opt out
"It only makes sense from a business stand point. The Yankees are the ones that gave him this option, provided he has another great year, he'd just be leaving money on the table if he didn't exercise it."

Yes, the Yankees gave him the option, but that doesn't mean he should exercise it. There's a price to pay for seeking more money than has already been offered, mark my words. You also mentioned, Slinkton, Sr., that he would be leaving money on the table. Well, of course he's leaving money on the table. What do I mean? If he doesn't make all the money there is to make in this world, then money will ALWAYS be left on the table. He could making a billion dollars to do what he does, but he's not, so in effect, there's more money he could make. It's a given. That's a lame excuse because what he's making right now could always be higher. It's whatever the market will bear. And, it's more than enough.
Posted Tuesday January 25, 2011, About: Lakers defensive after West blasts D
As a 27-year Laker fan, I've come to realize that the better the Lakers do, the more people want to drag them down by placing unrealistic expectations on them that they can't possibly, humanly reach. This used to frustrate me. But, now? I see it as a compliment. No matter what the Lakers accomplish this season, it won't be good enough until they win again. Currently, some people in L.A. are giving more props to the Clippers than the Lakers if anyone can believe that. Why? Because the Clippers are up and coming and feature the most exciting player in the league right now, so people are encouraging them. Well, if the Clippers were in the Lakers' shoes right now, a lot of people would be attempting to drag them down from the heavens to join the rest of us mortals. So, in the end, it's about the Lakers believing in themselves and those around them that get this process. Public opinion be damned as far as I'm concerned!
Posted Tuesday January 25, 2011, About: Herschel Walker attempting NFL comeback?
Okay, what is it with these 40-something football players, pride and stupidity? I don't care what kind of shape Hershel Walker is in. It's not his time for the NFL. How do I know this? Because he already had his time. And, he's almost 50. I guarantee that his recovery time between games would be a lot longer than players currently playing in the league and who are much younger. And, now he appears to be a successful MMA fighter, so why does he need to come back or even consider a comeback to the NFL? Probably because of money. He's probably struggling financially, saw what Brett Favre accomplished the last couple of years and figures it's a good idea. It's not, Hershel. You need to get a life and move on with it and let younger, healthier players have their time like you had yours. If you really want to help a team out, become a coach. I wouldn't be opposed to that.
Posted Tuesday July 20, 2010, About: Flacco frets over breakup of Ravens QBs
Yes, I'm sure the relationship was good simply because those guys didn't have a chance of taking Flacco's starting spot. Now, he's got some competition and he's going to have to deal with it. The honeymoon is over, Flacco. Better start taking your game to the next level.
Posted Thursday July 15, 2010, About: T.O. to Pats: I'll take less money
Nah, I think T.O. would be a good fit for Reality or Fitness TV. The Pats already have Randy Moss and just because there's uncertainty regarding Welker's knee doesn't change the fact that modern medicine allows athletes to come back faster than they were able to previously. And, adding T.O.'s ego to the egos of Moss, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady could be a more combustible combination than an effective one. But, since I'm not a Pats fan, I would enjoy the move for entertainment purposes only. GO NINERS!!!

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