Posted on: August 12, 2009 10:16 pm

Stay Classy, Chicago

Tonight while watching the Phillies vs. Cubs game, we witnessed reason number 453 why alcohol should not be served at major sporting events.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, with one out and the Phillies in control of the game easily 12-2, a player popped up to center field. The ball was going to land at about the start of the warning track and Shane Victorino goes back to field the ball. He is in position, and about 2 seconds before he catches the ball, he gets hits directly in the face with a cupfull of beer. Cubs officials handled the situation well, but it just goes to show you that drunk people at sporting events do nothing but drain the atmosphere and experience from the ballpark.

Why can't people just sit in their seats, cheer, and be done with it? Had that play affected Shane Victorino catching the ball, we would be talking about this for months. Drunk people just take away the family experience of going to a ballgame, and in some cases, like this one, interfere with the game at hand.

But of course at 7 bucks a pop the stadiums make too much money to worry about problems like this.

Either way, stay classy Chicago. Great job showing your true colors on the national broadcast.
Posted on: May 29, 2009 1:45 am

French Open

If you are not a tennis fan, now is probably a great time to get into the sport with the French Open.

Live coverage starts each morning at 5AM EST on the Tennis channel and moves over to ESPN2 at 12 PM EST, and any critical matches you missed during the morning hours, ESPN will show from aboutu 3-6 because by that time live play has concluded in France.

Here are men and women who don't get paid by the season, they get paid by their performance. This is why I think from a competitive level tennis is better than the four major sports (yes hockey is a major sport contrary to most people's beliefs). Here you have people fighting for every last point because if they don't they'll be bounced from the tournament. If you saw the match between 20 Marat Safin and Josselin Quanna you know what I'm talking about. Ouanna wins the match 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 3-6, 10-8 in a match lasting 4 hours and 30 minutes. The last set of this one was absolutely incredible, each player making these sick nasty shots from all angles of the court. Both players held on serve until the last game where Ouanna broke Safin on a double match point to finally take it after 79 minutes in the 5th set. There's no video replay like the other 4 majors and there's no teammates to blame or anything. Just straight up 1v1, where after 5 sets the best player will come out.

Comebacks happen pretty often too. Take the match between 3 Venus Williams and Lucie Safarova on the women's side today. Venus wins the match 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-5 after being down 5-3 in the 3rd and final set. She just took Safarova to town after saving match point.

Tell you what, even if my descriptions don't sound too appetizing, just watch the matches. I can almost guarantee you'll at least not flip the channel when you see tennis is on. It may not get the hype that the NBA playoffs are getting, but I'm telling you right now you'll see more competition in one match at the French Open than you'll see the whole NBA playoffs.

Quick Hits:

- I think the NBA is getting way too wrapped up in technical fouls. It's getting to the point of ridiculousness. Oh, and also: stop reviewing foul calls and crap after the game. If the referee deems the play a flagrant foul or a technical foul let the damn thing stand. It's like saying "oh well that wasn't actually a homerun, we're going to change that call and take away the run" after the game. Or something like that.

- Carlos Zambrano really made me laugh with his little tirade but you know what, I am glad he's manning up to what he did and coming out and saying "I'm not going to appeal this suspension because I know I was wrong." Too many athletes don't take responsibility for their actions, and most players would try to appeal a 6-game suspension, because they can't go 6 days without pay from their multi-million dollar contract as a penalty for doing something wrong. For example: how many times do you hear an athlete go "Yes, I took steroids, and yes it was wrong and now I am going to pay the penalty" BEFORE they deny it to reporters and get found out later? You just don't hear it anymore. Athletes are the biggest role models there are and I'm glad to see that one of them is finally owning up to what they did wrong.

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