Everybody loves March Madness. It’s a wide-open world of anybody vs anybody, where anybody can win. Davidson vs Goliath, if you will. Many people probably think this kind of wide open tournament is the best way to settle who the national champion is across a wide variety of conferences and styles and such.
With the news of the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame electing four new members last week, many fans of the Braves and Indians find themselves thrilled with the elections of Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. How could you not be? These are two players who excelled on and off the field, had long, successful careers, and are adored by fans throughout the league. They are no doubt Hall of Famers, and I don’t think anyone could make any kind of argument to the contrary. Unfortunately, the other two men to be inducted this summer hit a different note.
There are few times that growing up playing a sport coincides with a hometown professional sports team’s greatest run.
The Boston Celtics in the 60s
The Pittsburgh Steelers in the 70s
The San Francisco 49ers in the 80s
The Cleveland Indians in the 90s
Scott Boras is, in many ways, the archenemy of all Major League Baseball owners. His job is to persuade them to spend their money by signing his clients. He is very good at his job. Let’s be clear; when Boras says MLB is being destroyed by the “rebuilding” approach, he says that with the goal of getting fans riled up so they put more pressure on the owners to go out and spend.
I despised Alex Rodriguez toward the end of his playing career. He was a Yankee. He was busted for using performance-enhancing drugs. I was young, still considered the New York Yankees the “Evil Empire,” and couldn’t understand why anyone would cheat the game of baseball by taking banned substances. I don’t want to get into the whole PED discussion. That’s not why I’m here. I will say that I was one of the many people calling for then-commissioner Bud Selig to hand down the dreaded lifetime ban in 2013. “A-Roid” was easy to hate.
Rivalry week gets some special treatment here with all of the big games, the coaching carousel, and playoff implications swarming around us in the SEC. Who will coach where? Will there be changes within the conference with coaches switching schools?