Public decides when A-Rod can move on

  There are a lot of galling things about Alex Rodriguez and his PED usage, but none more than his “apology” to fans on Tuesday. It was the usual stuff. He’s sorry for his “mistakes” and he regrets his “actions.” Then he quickly played the “it’s-time-to-move-on” card. “I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball,” he wrote in his apology. Oh, really. He’s ready … Continue reading»

Kevin Durant: Let freedom (of expression) ring!

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant sounded off during All-Star Weekend, saying he was finished with being Mr. Full-time Nice Guy. “My first few years in the league, I was just finding myself,” Durant said. “I think most of the time, I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. I am just learning to be myself, not worrying about what everybody … Continue reading»

Mistreating the stylish Tyrone Corbin

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is steaming mad. And it’s not necessarily about his team’s 21-33 record. Rather, it’s about the way the Sacramento Kings made it an open secret they weren’t going retain ex-Jazz coach Tyron Corbin, but instead hire George Karl. Before the Pistons’ game on Wednesday, Van Gundy told reporters, “I think it’s an unfortunate situation the way it’s been handled. I think Tyrone … Continue reading»

A little late, A-Rod

So Alex Rodriguez has apologized. I love this stuff. Deny, deny, deny. Then when it looks like there will be repercussions, they apologize. ESPN.com reports the baseball slugger met with Yankees’ management and apologized about his suspension for using PED’s and questioning the team’s integrity, among other things. He also plans to meet with the media. Here’s an idea: How about some of these guys apologizing before they … Continue reading»

Too soon for expanded Barry Bonds role

Don’t look now, but Barry Bonds could be back. The most polarizing of all the steroid-era ballplayers could become an instructional hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, superseding the brief spring training role he filled last year. Manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle the team was talking with Bonds. The Chronicle suggested Bonds could be a roving minor-league instructor and/or visiting big-league coach. This is … Continue reading»

Marshawn Lynch unfair to teammtes?

Although I mentioned in a prior blog that there was something amusing about Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch’s media snub, there is one aspect that supersedes his desire to be left alone. Everyone else has to be on stage, why shouldn’t he? Lynch issued a rambling statement on Thursday, saying the only thing that matters is his family. Whoever said it was otherwise? Then he explained the deal: he’s … Continue reading»

When Mailman went Marshawn Lynch

As indignant as some were over Marshawn Lynch’s media snub during Super Bowl Week – in which he answered every question with “I’m here so I won’t get fined” – I have to admit there’s a side of me that’s amused. Here’s why: Karl Malone did similar things when he played for the Jazz  and sometimes provided me material that was been better than if he’d been talking. … Continue reading»

Behind Ernie Banks’ famous phrase

  I never met Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs star who passed away at age 83, last Friday.  I rarely saw him on TV. In that era, finding specific teams on TV wasn’t all that easy, unless it was the Yankees. But I liked Banks because I read about him and heard about him on the radio. Everyone knows his famous “let’s play two” phrase. … Continue reading»

Jazz usher was sight for sore eyes

It has only been a few weeks, maybe less, since I last saw Jazz usher Wally Price at his post. I didn’t know his last name until I started seeing news media reports that he had passed away, this week. That doesn’t mean I didn’t know him. I’ve been greeting him at games for decades. Wally’s job was to welcome everyone who came through the player entrance to … Continue reading»

Utah hoops loss: Disaster or adjustment?

  Following Utah’s 69-51 loss to Arizona, the discussion got around to how much was lost in the drubbing. Quite a bit, at least in the short term. There’s no way to say a loss is better than a win, even if it “resets” your priorities. In the long term, though, maybe it wasn’t such a big deal. A reporter asked Krystkowiak about “getting punched in the mouth” … Continue reading»