Another week of sports action and drama has past, and we here on the Clipboard have so much to discuss. Please take the time to weigh in on as many of the following as you wish.
MLB has officially shifted into its Hot Stove League. Do any of the seasoned veterans find Joe Torre’s move to LA a little unsettling? I grew up on 70’s baseball when the Yanks and Dodgers were rivals. I’m trying to imagine Billy Martin in Dodger Blue, or Pasta Lasorda in Pinstripes. Can Torre make the Dodgers relevant again? Can Joe handle the McCourt family as well as he handled Georgy Porgy?
Does anyone think Joe Girardi might have violated some unwritten code of player-coach loyalty? Torre gets forced out, and Girardi (the pajama shopper) has no problem reaping a benefit.
Is the 2007 AL MVP a lock with A-Rod?
Who will win the NL MVP?
Last week, Thrilla mentioned his concern for the Mets and their 20 year drought since last winning the Series. Hmmmm….should we suggest the possibility of a new jinx. The last time the Mets won was ’86 (arrrghhh-please refrain from any comments). Of course we know the Sox were their victims. The Mets beat the Sox in ’86, and the Sox went 86 years between titles. It is conceivable that one of those cast of characters on that ’86 Met squad made a deal with the devil. I can see Keith Hernanadez with a voodoo doll. Considering that the Mets’ performance in September was eerily reminiscent of the ’78 Sox debacle, could we be seeing history repeat?
Anyone want to take at gander at some free agent signings?
The AP announced their pre-season Men’s poll this week. Can Huckleberry Hound….errr…Roy Williams and the Tar Heels cut down the nets in San Antonio?
To whet everyone’s appetite for the upcoming College Hoops season:[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=LFYnersg2Us]
Thanks to brother Reynell for the tip on this video.
Does the current state of Division 1A football have you yearning for a playoff? Or do you like the current BCS system? Does anyone want to see the likes of Oregon(7-1) get a chance at winning it all? How ‘bout Hawaii (8-0)? Boise St. is 7-1. Have they merited a chance? Boston College finally lost. Should they still get a shot at the title?
While those schools jockey for the top two spots in the BCS standings, which university has experienced the more precipitous drop: Notre Dame or Nebraska?
The Irish fell to 1-8 in losing to Navy for the first time in 43 years. We learn more about a person when they lose as opposed to when they win. What have we learned about Uncle Charlie this season?
The Cornhuskers gave up 76 points to Kansas. They now have a 4-6 record.
On the surface USC’s 7-2 record suggests little drop off, but during last week’s loss to the Ducks, the c-word (conservative) was used to describe SC’s offense. Just last year Pete Carroll described his linebackers as the fastest corps he had ever coached. Now the Trojan defense seems content to bend but not break. Are the recruiting scandals catching up to Pete?
Can Michigan top the Buckeyes?
Don’t look now; the Buffalo Bills are .500. Since their MNF loss to the Cowpokes, the Bills have won three in a row. Are the Bills poised for a run at the playoffs?
What did this week’s version of a game-of-the-century teach us? Many current members of the Clipboard Community were not around when we debated Brady and Manning and their place with QBs of the past. Would it be too easy for me to re-open the discussion about the greatest QB of all-time?
Is it possible for someone on the Jints’ coaching staff to motivate Eli to do what his older brother couldn’t?
In light of a return to his old self is anyone else willing to forgive Brett Favre for his repeated soap-opera-like retirement announcements?
In case you haven’t seen this:[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=siIkMT25ImQ]
Cheers to Al Cervi. As part of its NBA season preview SI picked an all-time all-size team. The 90-year-old Rochester resident earned SI’s all-time 5-foot-11 player. Cervi led the Rochester Royals to the 1947 National Basketball League title.
Staying with the Rochester theme. One year after winning the American East Conference the RIT Tigers men’s hockey team has continued on the upswing. The Tigers sold out their home opener versus Bowling Green. One week later the Tigers knocked off #18 Cornell at the Blue Cross Arena. The question now is what does RIT do to accommodate the crowds? Should the college expand upon the 2,100 seat Frank Ritter arena? Or should a new facility be built?
Noteworthy: Canandaigua High’s Kaheem Gist continues his march through the post-season. The senior tailback has rushed for 979 yards (including a record 449 yards in the sectional semi-finals) and 16 touchdowns in the Braves’ last three games.
File under – can we get Tuck on the Clipboard: Will we see a change at the top of the Premiership? Man U looked vulnerable early – what with Rooney injured and Ronaldo suspended, but the Red Devils seemed to have righted their ship. Man City looked like the team to beat early. That is until Chelsea put a hurting on the Blues. Arsenal seems to have adjusted to life after Henry.
‘Cause we all need some rockin’: [youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=DYbZNamJQ5g]
One last question: Aaron keenly pointed out that when going to an opera cans definitely take precedence over bottles, but what about in general? Is it cans? Or is it bottles?
In honor of Muels’s reference to Hogan’s Heroes: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dV2ECMd66M&rel=1]