Over the last week, the sports world has continued to be active, from the ongoing excitement of the NBA and NHL playoffs, to Major League Baseball hitting its second month, to the 2011 NFL Draft and more. This sounds like a job for Throwing Tomatoes.
So as the sports world turns, the stories pile up and moments of idiotic sports frustration emerge. Don’t sweat it, The Wife Hates Sports has them all covered – in lycopene, that is.
Throwing Tomatoes: May 4, 2011
By now, most of you are familiar with Mendenhall’s comments regarding Osama bin Laden (via his Twitter account) – and like many of you – I’m speechless. I’m all for a guy exercising his right to freedom of speech, but plain and simple, when you’re in a spotlight such as the one Mendenhall is in – your soap box is larger. A guy simply needs to be smarter, and not drop such words about an incident that has affected so many people. I can think of no other excuse other than the fact that the Steelers RB took one too many stupid pills that day.
It’s becoming a hand-in-hand marriage – the Stanley Cup Playoffs arrive, and the Washington Capitals are a highly-rated, underachieving bunch. Trailing 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Semis to Tampa Bay, Washington still has a chance, albeit a small one. After all, the Flyers did it to the Bruins last year, and the Blackhawks forced a Game 7 against the Canucks this year. But with the Caps, this has become the norm, and a comeback seems about as likely as Alexander Ovechkin doing a commercial for Crest. Heck, four out of five dentists likely agree, too.
Come 2012, a change may need to happen, and let’s face the painful facts D.C.; you can’t spell Ovechkin without the letters C-H-O-K-E.
The troubled owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers remains a target in this edition. Recently, McCourt referred to Bud Selig as “un-American”. Let’s think about this for a second, shall we? McCourt has racked up millions of dollars in debt, he can’t afford the team’s payroll and he’s asked to borrow money from various outlets, including a $30 million loan from Fox. That sounds familiar to millions of Americans out there – so maybe McCourt is right, after all.
Like the aforementioned McCourt, Ryan Mallett is a repeat offender. By now, everyone knows that Mallett was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. His draft free fall was likely due to numerous, rumored off-the-field concerns – and recently, it was reported that Mallett was almost an hour late to a pre-draft meeting with the Tennessee Titans. With the stories continuing to emerge post-draft, I have a hard time believing this is a smear campaign, and if Mallett wants to succeed in the NFL, he’ll need to get his act together, especially playing under Bill Belichick.
Atlanta Braves SP Derek Lowe is the latest in a long line of athletes to get busted with a DUI. Seriously, would it kill these MILLIONAIRE sports stars to just suck it up and pay for a cab?
Busted! (See Derek Lowe)
Maybe Choo and Lowe saw Seinfeld’s bit on cab drivers…
Odd Critique of Andy Dalton
Get this: Andy Dalton, former TCU QB and now second round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, was actually catching criticism for having red hair. Give me a break, like hair color really affects a player’s performance.
Hmm, maybe more people saw Mike McQueary play than I would have originally thought (only true football fans or Penn Staters will understand that zing).
Greg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs
Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said that injuries slowed the team. No, age did. The Spurs are old, and it’s clear that after being outplayed by a young and quick Memphis team, San Antonio should make significant changes in the offseason. Inject some youth into the franchise.
The home of the Raiders and A’s is being renamed to the Overstock.com Coliseum. We won’t see an overstocking of wins on the football field. The jokes just write themselves, don’t they?
Mark Ingram’s New Statue
To add to his growing trophy case, Mark Ingram has a new statue that was dedicated to him – a statue of…chicken salad? One word: Ridiculous. On second thought, anybody got any bread?
THIS WEEK’S BEEFSTEAK TRIO
Add a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge to Haynesworth’s resume – and a lifetime membership to the Throwing Tomatoes Target Practice Club, too.
For those counting, that’s three arrests for Jenkins. All that talent, wasted – but it was the right move for new Gators head coach Will Muschamp to cut ties with him. Would Urban Meyer have done the same? All signs point to: NO.
Usually, when the individual apologizes, I let the tomato slide. But McDowell – and his rants, slurs and gestures – were simply too hard to ignore this time. Punishment well deserved…
NEW! The “YOU DECIDE” Tomato Concept
Let’s pretend this guy is propped up on a dunk tank filled with tomatoes. It’s your call:
TIKI BARBER – Regarding his NFL comeback: “It has nothing to do about the money”
Do you believe him? If yes, then he escapes. If not, TOMATO. I don’t know about you, but my vote is juicy and hanging from a vine.
Does Tiki Barber Deserve A Tomato This Week (Read Tomatoes Post)?
- Heck YES, what are you waiting for? (86%, 6 Votes)
- NO way, I believe him (14%, 1 Votes)
- YES, but toss them gently (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
…a quick-strike of red to the following teams…
Chicago White Sox – Worst record in the American League (11-20)
Texas Rangers – 7-13 since a red-hot 9-1 start to the season
San Francisco Giants – Offense is struggling, defending champs now below .500
San Diego Padres – A .217 team batting average is just brutal
Minnesota Twins – It’s May 4th and the Twins have just 13 HR as a team
Chicago Cubs – The Cubs’ pitching staff has walked 119 batters – most in the majors
This has been Throwing Tomatoes, where the stupid pills are overstocked.
Throwing Tomatoes is a feature that Kevin Paul started five years ago when blogging in the Fox Sports community. It has been featured numerous times, including on the Fox Sports home page on several occasions.