Pages

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

No Doubt About It


Reasonable Doubt. Yes, it's a fantastic Jay-Z album, but in today's sports environment, it's a phrase that really represents the giant stumbling block preventing "common sense" from turning into "justice". I've got my take on that, a look back at the US Open and a gander at how the Sox are fairing of late in the AL East. Yup, I just said gander. I might even say goose if you hang around long enough. Oh, and as promised in last week's post, I'll be sure to include a sexy shot of a young lady with a powerful weapon...

Enjoy...


When it comes to the world's best prosecutors, my list begins and ends with Law & Order's Jack McCoy. Sure, he may not be real, but the fact of the matter is that he has taught all of us more about the criminal justice system than any class we may have ever taken in school. And yes, law school grads, I'm speaking to you too...

And the most important lesson I learned from Mr. McCoy? Never bring a case to trial unless you;re fairly positive you can win. Unless, of course, you're simply trying a case to send a message to a particular group. That's what I don't understand about both the NFL's current "BountyGate" investigation, and the United States VS Roger Clemens. Sure, on the surface these cases seem like they should be open and shut, but any attorney worth their salts should have seen within minutes of examining the evidence that at best, both of these cases would be a toss up when finally turned over to a "jury". Clemens case? It's filled almost completely with unreliable, co-conspirator testimony. BountyGate? Well, the proverbial jury is still out as to if there's even any real evidence to be found there at all...

So, why do the "powers that be", whether they be the NFL or the US Congress, continue to try these cases? Well, the only conclusion I can draw, is that they still haven't gotten the message that when it comes to trying athletes in either real court OR the court of public opinion, the normal rules do not apply. If they did, not only would the Rocket be headed to the pen and his evil looking Steve Spurrier doppleganger attorney be short one of his richest clients, but a certain former Buffalo Bills running back would also be printing license plates rather than continuing his search for "the real killers"...


So, the question becomes. What's to be done with athletes that are breaking the law or bending the rules? Unfortunately, absolutely nothing. If there's one thing that our justice system has proven time and again, it's that, without a literal smoking gun, famous people are not going to be sent to jail by a jury of their "peers". It's why Roger got off, it's why OJ got off, and it's why Lance Armstrong, much to my dismay, is going to get off too. It really all goes back to The Quiz Show scandal of the 1950's, and I'm not just saying that because Quiz Show is one of my favorite movies. What those trials proved, and what many cases have proven since, is that no matter the evidence, the American public does not care if it's entertainers bend the rules in order to provide them with, well. With entertainment. Not saying it's right, not saying it's wrong, but it should just be rather obvious at this point that when it comes to the US vs Sports and Entertainment, the only loser typically ends up being the American taxpayer...

If these sports want to man up, and start banning and suspending players that solid circumstantial evidence strongly suggests are probably cheating, then by all means. But these dog and pony shows in front of Congress and clogging up the local courts just has to stop. If for no other reason that even in the rare event when a guilty verdict is handed down, the public by and large just doesn't seem to care...

As for BountyGate, where the NFL seems to be doing exactly what I suggest, the league has just picked a bad spot in which to try and exert their authority. Just like the risk of concussions, players gambling with each other in any way shape or form just isn't really news. If anything, it's an inherent part of the game that, while not widely discussed, is widely assumed by most fans. The league wants to fix those things? Wel then they're just gonna have to start playing a different game and attracting drastically different types of players. Otherwise, they need to accept the league they created and move on...


As for the Red Sox, they continue to hoover around .500 while the media continues to focus on last year's collapse and point to a "toxic clubhouse" as to why they continue to struggle. Naturally, all those involved have denied that the team is suffering from any inner turmoil, but in reality, whether they're signing kumbaya together in their down time has little to do with how this team is performing on the field. As I've always said, winning cures all ills. Were this team 10 games above .500, something like this would never become an issue. Even if it were true. It's just all about perception. You lose when you're "supposed to win", and their must be problems. When you win? It must mean that the team is loving each other and loving life. The fact remains, this team has had to face too many injuries, and just doesn't have enough pitching to be playing at or near the top of the American League. Let alone catch the Yankees who seem ready to run away and hide in the American League East...

Again, I'm not complaining and I'm not saying it's time to start throwing dirt on this team's grave. I just think it's fairly obvious what type of team we're all dealing with this year. A team with a $190 million dollar payroll, that's playing with about $100 million dollars worth of healthy talent, not nearly enough of which has been spent on effective top tier pitching. Sure, I'm disappointed that this is the way the season is unfolding, but I'd rather spend the Summer enjoying what we've got and hoping for the best than I would spend it complaining about things that as a fan I can't even come close to controlling or changing. Call it tempering expectations, if you must, and maybe it is. But the way I see it, it's more just accepting the hand you've been dealt, and trying to turn that scrappy hand into a pot winning bluff come playoff time. Because this team, with all it's faults, still has a good chance to make the new expanded playoffs, and once they do, history tells us that it's anyone's game. That alone is a reason to keep the faith in Red Sox Nation, ignore all the outside noise, and keep hope alive that if this team regains it's health, it could still make a run worthy of some of the loftier expectations...

Finishing up, I have to comment on the US Open. Naturally, Johnny Miller tried to ruin' it, squawkin' like Charlie Brown's mom and pointing out how everyone was choking, but even he couldn't distract us from the unique ending that saw Webb Simpson take the crown. And it wasn't Simpson's play that did it, but rather a whacky fan that had a few too many adult colas and found his way on the 18th green. Pretty epic, and Simpson's "enjoy the jail cell, pal" comment became an instant classic and probably the defining moment of the 2012 version of the tournament. And you know what? I should probably apologize to Charlie Brown's mom for lumping her in with Johnny Miller. Sure, she let her son hand out with a dog and a bird, but even she wouldn't go out of her way to call Linus a choke artist simply because he missed a few notes while her son's dog danced on his piano...

Oh, and as for Tiger. Like I said, he's not "back". The media wanted to hand him the title on Friday, as they were busy nutting over themselves over how well they thought he was playing, but it just wasn't meant to be. He's back near the top, but not at the top. And even if he were at the top, and back to being the most feared player in the world, for him to be "back" would mean that he wasn't just winning, he was dominating. Hey, sorry. But the dude just set the bar ridiculously high. When he's back. nobody will have to tell us. We'll all just know. And while his win 2 weeks ago did look strangely vintage, this past week's performance only reassured that even if he is ever going to get back to the form he displayed while he was frequenting flesh farmers, he's not there yet...

Speaking of flesh farmers, as promised, here's a chick with a gun. And some underboobs, to boot. Quite the dangerous combination / I'm pretty sure this is the type of girl out take home only to wake up the next day in a tub full of ice and a note thanking you for the black market use of your vital organs...

Have a great week, friends. And if you get a chance, check out this week's HBO Real Sports. Phil Jackson himself says he doesn't watch the NBA because it's boring and lacking in fundamentals and innovation. Not gonna lie, I felt pretty vindicated hearing him say that. Props to you, Big Chief Triangle. There's also a good segment on some crazy bastards that enjoy competing in a motorcycle race that kills an average of 2 racers and a spectator every year without fail. And it's funny, because I don't see their government doing an investigation. probably because it's obvious that neither the competitors nor the fans have a problem with what's going on...


Oh, right. GOOSE! There, see? I told you I would probably get that in...

Enjoy the heat wave, kids. And I'll catch you on the flipman...


Teddy Williams...
100...

#$>

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gooooooooooooooooose

Anonymous said...

New BCS next week?

Brett Ferruccio said...

Ganderrrrrrr! Yeah, I'll probably have thoughts on the new NCAA playoff next week. Unlike ESPN, I'll wait til they've actually decided on something (they meet to officially decide on the 26th), but naturally I'll have some thoughts. And shockingly, I think I've got a better system for them to use.

Post a Comment