This week's loser is Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy
The BUM of the Week is back with a vengeance. This might be hard to believe, but I hadn’t decided on who was going to take home this week’s award until a few hours ago. Roger Goodell was in the running the entire time, especially after his embarrassing press conference earlier this week where he said with a straight face that he had no regrets about how the DeflateGate debacle unfolded. Really? You don’t regret making your league (and yourself) the laughingstock of sports? You don’t regret getting caught lying repeatedly in Brady’s appeal process?
Looks like I was 1-for-2 in my Wild Card predictions, so I’ll settle for a .500 batting average. Give it up for the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs for going on the road and winning huge ballgames to move on the Division Series. Dallas Keuchel graduated from ‘boy’ to ‘MAN’ in New York, throwing six scoreless innings on three days rest…that rebuild in the Space City appears to be well ahead of schedule. And Jake Arrieta? Okay, who the hell kidnapped the Jake Arrieta from Baltimore and replaced him with Tom Seaver? My God, what a difference a change of scenery (and league) can make.
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?