The latest edition of Throwing Tomatoes climbs the vine of sports topics and touches upon many recent stories including a football legend’s “retirement Groundhog Day”, a rich man’s conditioning program and an artificial power hitter stealing away baseball headlines.
So as the stories continue to get generated, more sports frustration emerges. Don’t sweat it, The Wife Hates Sports has them covered – in lycopene, that is.
Throwing Tomatoes: August 3, 2010
The Brett Favre Saga
Fine, Brett’s the bad penny in football, as we’ve certainly had our share of his vomit-inducing retirement rollercoaster ride over the last few years.
Still, the blame game also belongs to those obsessed individuals that keep jumping the gun while trying to break the Favre story first.
Take the most recent drama: There’s no official peep out of Favre, yet there are reports that he told the Vikings that he’s retiring. But wait, Childress says he hasn’t heard anything and long time friend (of Favre) Ryan Longwell said he talked to him, and retirement wasn’t mentioned.
Paint me skeptical – and paint the whole situation red with tomato, as I’ll still be shocked if come Week 1, I don’t see Brett sporting purple and taking on the Saints.
The Alex Rodriguez 600 HR Hype
…for dominating baseball’s headlines.
A few years ago, I understood the media’s crush on A-Rod and his game – but after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs, why are we spending so much time talking about his home run totals?
Hello? There’s a reason why A-Rod pushed himself towards these kind of gaudy numbers.
If we’re going to talk baseball, let’s instead focus on the waiver deadline or the wild card race.
That’s what the majority of the country wants to hear about anyway.
Seriously, being spoon-fed A-Rod’s every at-bat is as painful as getting smacked in the crotch continuously…
The Increasing Volume of Football Contract Holdouts
… for showing just how much greed there is in sports.
Is it me or is the volume of contract holdouts increasing at a pace faster than Bill Cosby can tell the world that he’s still alive?
Let’s see… Ndamukong Suh was on that list until today, and Russell Okung and C.J. Spiller are still without deals. Then there are the veterans who have raised a stink on their cash flow, including Darrelle Revis and Chris Johnson.
C’mon guys, shut up and play… you’ll get your cash soon enough.
Seriously, is one car not good enough?
Adam Dunn Placed on Waivers
…and the story that generated too much excitement.
I couldn’t help but notice the extreme jubilation (of many) that after not being dealt at the trade deadline, Adam Dunn was put on waivers by the Washington Nationals.
Let me pass this little nugget along: The majority of stars get placed on waivers, simply to test the waters of interest – only to get pulled right back and never dealt at all.
It’s no secret that Dunn has made it clear that he feels the Nats are going in the right direction – and he’s interested in returning – so don’t hold your breath if you’re seeking for the slugger to be dealt to your favorite team.
Tony Romo’s Love Life
…for being a regular story in sports.
Tell me this: How does Tony Romo’s inability to keep a relationship become news in sports on such a regular basis?
Goodness, can someone get this guy on one knee already?
At least he manages to continue to reel in beautiful women, as his latest squeeze Candice Crawford – is all that and then some (see right).
…for making the rest of America feel in shape.
We’ve heard it before. Our country is the fattest in the world. Haynesworth is taking it to a new level by accepting 21 million in guaranteed money only to botch multiple conditioning tests and complain about his role with the Redskins.
But hey, don’t take my word for it – see what Hall of Famer Jerry Rice had to say about him.
Dude, come check out the piece I put up that SERIOUSLY ruffled some Yankees fans feathers.
It’s hard to argue that point, buddy… it is. They are doing it now because it’s likely the last time they will be able to… but still, them and the other vets – it’s just getting ridiculous. Then again, maybe that’s just me saying that after looking at my own paycheck and playing the jealousy card… ha ha.
Well, I agree with you – though as Chris said above to some degree, they are doing it because they can at this point… and this will be the last of those massive rookie contracts, so they are all trying to get as much as they can. It’s just gotten ridiculous if you ask me.
I mean, I just saw a tweet come in where Dungy was quoted as basically saying that if Bradford gets 50 mil, then Brady and Manning would deserve 70 or 80… and it’s hard to argue that.
I can’t fault these NFL rookies for trying to get as much as they can now as we both know it won’t be that way in the near future.
I’m sick of hearing about Favre. The only person who knows if Favre is retiring or not is Favre himself. Damn reporters who have to jump the gun. Will be surprised though if I don’t see Favre in uniform on opening day.
You are a rookie, you have to earn it. Just because you were some big shot in college, doesn’t mean you’ll cut it in the NFL. Show up to work, play and eventually you’ll get your dues. As for the veterans, maybe they think since they’ve been playing a long time they think they deserve more money. Take a look at Tom Brady. He’s not exactly that happy with his contract situation right now. They are trying to work out some sort of extension, and they just can’t seem to come up with something that pleases Brady. However, instead of holding out for more, Brady has shown up to work and played. He’s not holding out, he’s focused on helping his team.
How many more times is Haynesworth going to fail the test? Enough is enough already.