Sunday, June 7, 2009


Miami Beach, FL
June 7th, 2009

AB: 194
R: 18
H: 38
HR: 2
RBI: 22
BA: .198

Today, I'm officially starting the countdown until "the best baseball fans in the world" the Boston Red Sox fans, turn on David Ortiz and run him out of town. The organization has a history of eating it's own, and the fans are as fickle as their rivals to the south, so it will be interesting to see if Big Papi lasts until August.

In the meantime, enjoy the following link to The Onion Sports:

Crushing Dreams

Miami Beach, FL
June 7th, 2009

It seems that Marvin Lewis isn’t just happy crushing the dreams of Bengals fans, but also crushing the dreams of school children.

In a good idea gone horribly wrong, about 20,000 elementary- and middle-school students received a voice mail from Coach Lewis inviting them to Paul Brown Stadium this summer for a Bengal-sponsored event rewarding students with a 4.0 GPA. There was only one problem….the call went out to ALL students in the district, not just the 4.0 GPA students. Just one more example of technology making everyone’s life better.

Anyway, the problem was quickly fixed, as the parents of the dummies who have GPAs under 4.0 received calls uninviting them to the event. So those lucky parents got to tell their kids that, no, they don’t get to meet the coach of the team with the sixth-worst record in the NFL. Lots of little dreams were dashed last year, just like the Bengals’ playoff hopes after week 7.

My question is this: Why not turn a negative into a positive and invite all the kids to hear Coach speak anyway? After all, that’s pretty cool for a little kid to go to the stadium during the offseason. Lewis could even give a little motivational speech about hard work and reaching goals, and reward all the 4.0 students with a autograph or photo. Maybe even Ocho Cinco could come down with his buddy Carson Palmer.

Wouldn’t it be nice to show the kids that with a little work, come great rewards, rather than just ruin their week? Just a thought.