For those who haven’t heard or simply couldn’t care less about baseball (probably the latter), the Red Sox announced that John Farrell will be returning to the dugout for the 2016 season. My initial reaction….Umm, why???
Last night the playoff chances for the defending champion Boston Red Sox, a team that has been free falling for the last month and a half, hit the ground with a large THUD and shattered like a pumpkin hitting the concrete. The Sox got blown out by an embarrassing 14-1 score by the Toronto Blue Jays and added an exclamation point to what Boston fans already knew but were afraid to admit: this season is a lost cause. It’s over. It’s time to strip the team of useful resources and get ready for the 2015 season, and the first domino to fall should be Jon Lester.
This week’s loser is Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith.
As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not a big Alex Smith guy. I don’t hate him, and I don’t think he’s a bad quarterback, but I think he is painfully overrated. He’s 30 years old and has been in the league for eight years, and he’s thrown more than 20 touchdowns ONCE- last season he threw 23. He has topped the 3,000 yard plateau only twice in an era where it is DESIGNED for the quarteback to throw for at least 4,000 yards. So given all of this, how am I supposed to believe that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when he’s the third-best quarterback in his own division?
This week’s loser is Red Sox pitcher, John Lackey.
John Lackey could be here for a lot of reasons. He could be here for his performance in a Red Sox uniform prior to last season, which was nothing short of abysmal. He could be on here for being a main culprit in the ‘fried chicken and beer’ fiasco of 2011. If you really want to get personal, we could rip him to shreds for divorcing his wife while she was battling breast cancer. But you know what? Prior to last season, he was pitching with a bad elbow that required Tommy John surgery, we’ll let that one slide.
Most apologies come across as disingenuous, whether someone is truly sorry or not. The feeling should be that if someone is sorry they did something or said something offensive, why did that person do it in the first place? Public apologies are no different, as they are typically coated with insincerity. So should the public, or in this case a team’s fan base, accept an apology that’s six years overdue? Is it really better late than never?
When the Boston Celtics are in the NBA Draft Lottery you can count on one thing: they’re not landing the #1 pick. They never had a chance. If they miss the playoffs again next season…forget that, if they win 10 games and lose 72 next year, they will get 4th pick. Luck is absent for the Celtics in the Lottery, their chances are the same as Bluto’s grade point average in Animal House: ZERO. POINT. ZERO. Last night the year 2014 joined 2007 and 1997 in the miserable history of green ping pong balls. So, now what?
This week’s loser is Bruins forward, Shawn Thornton
Scotty’s BUM of the Week returns, and this week a local sports figure takes home the honors. I have to preface this week’s edition by saying that I like Shawn Thornton a lot. He’s a tough, hard nosed player and a good teammate. He’s been an outstanding citizen during his time in Boston and he has become the face of the renaissance of the Big Bad Bruins. But Shawn Thornton is what he is….an enforcer. Every team in the NHL has one, and he is the guy who impacts the game with his physicality.