The second installment of the New York Post’s newest column, the Rip-Off, I mean The Rumble, is in Sunday’s paper and it’s even worse than the first installment.
The person who writes The Rumble is the guy who wears a Kiss t-shirt to a Kiss concert. Nobody should be that guy. Printing the crumbs dropped by the big writers at the paper is no way to produce a column. Name dropping only is name dropping if people actually recognize the name that is being dropped. Nobody cares which Knick scrub is dating which Supermodel de jour…
So all you copy cats at the Post, pay attention. Here’s the right way to do it:
The NFL Draft. The fact that the NFL Draft has become one of the biggest events in all of sports is due to the fact that the NFL, far and away, is the best professional sports league in the world. ESPN deserves a big assist here. As a matter of fact – as a football fan – with the exception of the college bowl season and March Madness I think that the lead up to the draft and draft day itself is better than any other sporting event. Better than the Super Bowl, better than the World Series, better, better, better.
Kenyon Martin. Mr. Martin, of Carmelo Anthony’s Denver Nuggets, was suspended indefinitely by the team for throwing a hissy fit over his lack of playoff game playing time. Great move by the team, and it’s been reported that the rest of the team is in complete agreement over Martin’s banishment. There are reports that the Players’ Union will file a grievance on Martin’s behalf. But since the Nuggets are 30-10 without Martin in the lineup, the other players on the Nuggets should have their union file a grievance in response to the original grievance, to keep Martin banned. The team has said that Martin will not be back on the floor, and that they’ll look for someone to take Martin’s virtually untrade-able contract. Do they have Isiah Thomas’ phone number?
Delmon Young. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ top prospect got called out on strikes, argued with the umpire, got ejected from the game and as he was walking back to the dugout threw his bat at – and hit – the home plate umpire in the chest. The International League suspended Young indefinitely. He should also be charged with assault and prosecuted. Not only did Young commit a criminal act, he is a coward. The Devil Rays must be very worried that this is their top prospect.
Albert Pujols. The St. Louis Cardinal is the best baseball player in the world. As Pujols set the major league record for home runs in the month of April, I wonder if broken down Barry Bonds is as jealous of Pujols as he was of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa? The difference in 2006 is that Bonds has no options to do anything that will put him back in the spotlight, at least not on the playing field. Limping across the Babe Ruth line doesn’t really count. Perjury, anyone?
The NFL vs. the NBA. The highest quality of play in all of professional sports, the NFL, versus the lowest, the NBA. Football is the only team sport where the level of play, from fundamentals to sport-specific skills, as well as the athleticism of the players, improves every year. Every aspect of the game of football – including complexity – has evolved at almost every level of the sport, and the NFL is truly the pinnacle where the game is played at the highest possible level.
The NBA, by comparison, has gotten worse over the years. The fundamentals of the NBA game have deteriorated and the game has devolved into a contest that revolves around one-on-one, stand-around play for the majority of game time.
The fact that high school kids are being drafted, being paid millions of dollars and playing in the league are NOT indications of the NBA’s strength, but of weakness. The fact that teams in the NBA draft high school kids and pay them boat loads of money to sit and watch is just plain stupid. By comparison, the best high school football players in the land wouldn’t have a prayer of making it through one NFL practice, never mind an actual game or an entire season. Just look at some of this year’s NFL first round picks, dominant college players who will still need a few years of seasoning before they can step on the field. Make mine NFL.
The Mets. No matter how well they are playing, why do I have this feeling that they’re going to get “Munsoned?”
Hall Of Famer, Or Not? Here’s a new feature to be included in The Ramble. I’ll throw out a current player – a baseball player most of the time – who is at the peak or towards the end of their career, along with my two cents with regards to his or her worthiness to be included in their sport’s Hall of Fame. I don’t want to turn this into a flame fest, but more like a corner bar discussion.
This week’s guest on Hall of Famer, Or Not is current Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. I say, “Not.” This isn’t meant as a slight against Schilling, for there’s no doubt that when he was on Curt Schilling was one of the better pitchers of this era. The main reason for my opposition is that if Bert Blyleven isn’t in the Hall with his 287 wins, 3.31 E.R.A., and his 3701 strikeouts, then guys who haven’t hit these numbers can’t get in.
There’s the “Mendoza Line” for lousy hitters. I’m establishing the “Blyleven Line” for pitchers in order for them to be inducted into the Hall. And besides the Blyleven Line, if Schilling – who currently has 196 wins and may wind up with 220+ – gets inducted into the Hall, does David Wells with his 227 (as of today) wins get in? What about my boy Koosman and Jim Wynne’s Rick Reuschel? What about Mickey Lolich or Kevin Brown? At some point players will have to live with just being considered among the best of their era.
So that’s it for this edition of The Ramble. I’ll see you real soon.Powered by Sidelines