After a slower than molasses stretch fueled by two separate lockouts, the sports world has been hit with a kick in the pants that a lifetime supply of Five Hour Energy couldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. This sounds like a job for Throwing Tomatoes!
The resurgence has of course been a direct result of the NFL’s return, as well as as the upcoming trade deadline in Major League Baseball.
So as the sports world turns, the stories pile up and more sports frustration emerges. Don’t sweat it, The Wife Hates Sports has them all covered – in lycopene, that is.
Throwing Tomatoes: July 27, 2011
Target: The Donovan McNabb Trade
It appears that the one-year experiment of Donovan McNabb in a Redskins uniform is all but over with, and after a subpar 2010 campaign, die-hard Washington fans could let him go faster than the Eagles’ front office could say, “I told you so”. But wait, there’s more…
Sub-Target: Washington Redskins
It’s understandable that McNabb’s contract situation – and the fact that they were publicly displeased with his performance in DC – likely added to the challenge in obtaining a significant return, but a maximum of two 6th-round draft picks? That’s it? Something tells me a team like the Patriots would have managed to get a better return from a player of McNabb’s caliber.
Sub-Target: Redskins Fans
Currently, the roster will now be left with a QB depth chart featuring John Beck, Rex Grossman and Kellen Clemons – certainly nothing to write home to Mom about. Then again, perhaps Beck can prove people wrong. After all, he’s had a great attitude and is highly motivated.
Innocent Bystander: Minnesota Vikings
I actually like the deal for the Vikes. With the departure of Brett Favre, it was clear that Minnesota needed a veteran presence at the QB position – and with so much talent on that roster, the Vikings have the pieces in place to make a run.
Target: Hanley Ramirez
Once again, the Marlins superstar – and one of the best shortstops in baseball – is in the headlines for negativity and controversy. Ramirez responded to Jeff Conine’s radio show comments – where Conine suggested that he would trade Ramirez if in charge – by calling him a “chicken”, and saying that the former Marlin should “come over and talk to me like a man”.
But here’s the thing: While Conine could have chosen a better avenue to express his thoughts, Hanley further proved that Conine is indeed correct with what he said. Ramirez is a streaky player that often causes too many clubhouse issues, and with the Marlins being a young team that needs another year to grow and compete, Florida could pull a major return from a team looking for a bat like Hanley’s.
Innocent Bystander: Chickens of the World
Oh, the poor chickens, what did they ever do to be used as such a negative comparison?
Target: Jay Cutler
The latest news involving Cutler is the fact that the Chicago Bears QB reportedly got “cold feet” and called off his engagement with actress Kristin Cavallari.
This most certainly opens up a whole new can of jokes on Cutler, many of which can be linked back to his second half absence in last year’s NFC Championship game. But dropping Cavallari faster than Braylon Edwards can drop a deep ball? C’mon Jay, that’’s just crazy – she’s beautiful and talented.
Innocent Bystander: Kristin Cavallari
Again, getting dumped on a national stage. It’s a shame, but not to worry, there will be plenty of men waiting in line.
Target: Seattle Mariners
Sure, Seattle finally broke its 17-game losing streak. That was mostly thanks to ace Felix Hernandez, who shut down the Yankees on Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean that the team didn’t earn this barrage of red fruit. Because Seattle’s play (in July) should have been set to the theme of The Benny Hill Show.
Target: Jerry Meals
He’s the umpire who blew the call during Tuesday night’s 19-inning extravaganza between the Pirates and Braves. Meals later admitted to blowing the call. If you haven’t seen the mistake, it was a major one – and it cost the upstart Pirates the game.
Innocent Bystander: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates clearly suffered a blow during this loss. We’re talking a 19-inning game loss on a painfully bad call – the worst of the year. It’s a situation that can send a team into a downward spiral, especially a group that hasn’t been in that position, well… ever.
Target: The Colby Rasmus Trade
Early Wednesday, the first major deal of the week dropped, when the Blue Jays, White Sox and Cardinals got involved in a trade that sent Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus to Toronto, SP Edwin Jackson to St. Louis and more.
Sub-Target: St. Louis Cardinals
If the reports of a stressed relationship between LaRussa and Rasmus are true, then it’s not a shock that the young star was dealt. It’s clear that the Cardinals had a need for pitching. However, it’s disappointing that arms like Octavio Dotel and Edwin Jackson were all the Cards could reel in for a 24-year old player with tons of talent.
Innocent Bystander: Toronto Blue Jays
The deal is a good one for the Jays. Toronto takes on a talent that could flourish in an offense featuring a number of young stars.
And finally, the current faces of team frustration in sports:
Tampa Bay Rays – Losers of 7 of 10, the Rays have fallen 11 games back in the division race
Seattle Mariners – Again, 17 straight losses, and only five wins in July to this point
Houston Astros – 34-70 and 8 games worse than any other team in baseball
This has been Throwing Tomatoes, where the red fruit doesn’t taste like chicken.
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.
It’s going to be interesting in that division. I do think the Bears and Packers will both be solid, and the Lions will be better if they can stay healthy…
I guess experience makes it different. McNabb was nothing special last season, but I have to give him the benefit of the doubt because of how solid he has been throughout his career. This stretch in Minnesota will show us if he was just a guy that fit into Philly’s system, or if talent does show itself again while he’s with the Vikes.
Oh, and that Webb guy, is he still around? And yes, I realize Tarvaris moved on to Seattle, but those were the options from last season… this is probably the best offer they could get of the guys on the board. We obviously know how much Arizona had to give up for Kolb, which I think was too much by the way for a guy with that many starts…
Do you really hate McNabb in Minnesota? I’m not saying he is what he once was, but would you rather have Tarvaris or Ponder?
Well, neither of those guys got moved… are you happy? I’m not surprised. It’s just how the Rays are with deals, they ask for a lot in return back. I think that both will be back on the trade market this winter and one (or both) could be moved then. I definitely think Upton could go then…
Not sure if you listened to the podcast, but we decided to mostly shelve the instant replay discussion until we could record a separate episode with you on. We know you are passionate about it and fall on the other side that we do…
Uhhh, the hot chick dates the shitty quarterback because even shitty quarterbacks are swimming in cash. Duhhh…
Why would Kristin Cavallari get involved with Jay Cutler ? Has he ever “hit that ” ? If so that’d definitely be a first ! Because he’s never been known hit anything that close …. it’s usually a moving target at least 45-60 yds down field . That being said the Bears still suck !
The call went against the Pirates because the ump was dosed up on Ambien !
McNabb in ‘sota ? Now I know why they hate football in that state !
Three cheers to the Mariners once again me every reason to believe that the Royals will have their day in the shade at some time in the future ! But when is the obvious question perhaps they should ask a Pirates fan ?
Tiger’s returning to the PGA Tour well there’s goes my bet up in smoke !
Kyle and Mike Shanahan bring about as much ingenuity now to the NFL coaching ranks as the Democrats and Republicans are bringing to the debt ceiling debate ……… which is ………. not a god damn thing !
Hanley Ramirez currently subscribes to the fact that he’s Mr Marlin however Jeff Conine is right ………… he plays well but he’s no team leader at all !
Here’s the previously-threatened rant…
I await your slings and arrows…
It looks like BJ is on the road to somewhere. I’d rather lose him than Shields, but I’d also like to see a Jennings-Upton outfield.
I agree with Dub, they shouldn’t slow the game down, but on critical plays they should do everything possible to get it right.
My complete argument against instant replay will be on Dubsism later this afternoon. I would love to hear all your thoughts.
J-DUB (Aero, too)–
You guys appear to be split on the subject matter, regarding instant replay. I think it’s a fair split among most fans actually, and obviously when a blatantly obvious bad call – when it happens, like the other night – will always bring the subject back to the forefront. With that being said, I feel bad for the Pirates. Clearly, this team has been a doormat for years and needed a win like that to keep the momentum going.
The way I see it, sports are being run by machines more and more each year, so why should baseball hold back when other games like football are heavily involved? There has to be a way that they can get instant replay more involved while not sacrificing too much else with how the game is played today…
Tons of talent on that Tampa Bay roster, and a bunch more in the minors. They should definitely try and make a few deals to build for next year, starting with B.J. Upton. I do think they should hold on to James Shields though… great year and his value may never be higher, but it’s hard to find arms like that. What about you? Who would you like to see them trade?
How about some tomatoes for all these people who believe baseball needs instant replay? All these people who love replay seem to forget that it sucks in football. It makes the games longer (baseball hardly needs that) and it DIDN’T SOLVE THE “BAD CALL” ISSUE!!! Half of the time, replay is “inconclusive,” and let’s not forget about the terrible calls replay has allowed to be made, such as the “Tom Brady Tuck Rule” and Calvin Johnson’s “catch that wasn’t a catch” last year.
The call that went against the Pirates is why baseball needs instant replay. If nothing else, just to be used on game changing plays.
The Rays are out of contention this year, but I hope management keeps this team intact and keeps building for the future. There is always next year.