Thursday, February 11, 2010

Baltimore Sports Odds & Ends


Now that the NFL Draft is spread out over the course of three days (Rd. 1: Thurs., April 22, 7:30 p.m. ET Rd. 2-3: Fri., April 23, 6:30 p.m. ET Rd. 4-7: Sat., April 24, 10 a.m. ET Radio City Music Hall, New York) coupled with the restrictions on free agent signings for the playoff teams, expect more trade winds to be blowing amongst the league’s GM’s.

Might Ochouno be joining the Bengals? If you listen to Chad Ochocinco, No. 81 Terrell Owens could be heading to the Queen City. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Ochocinco said he’s “sure of it.” Maybe another NFL bad boy could join them –Donte Stallworth.

Speaking of Stallworth some have wondered if he would be a good fit for the Ravens. Not that he fills the need for a big playmaking receiver, but Stallworth might not be a bad economically appealing addition to the Ravens’ pass catching corps as a guy coming off the bench challenging opposing nickel backs. I don’t get the sense that Stallworth is a potential repeat offender and he appears very remorseful, something that could be a motivator for the physically gifted receiver.

It’s difficult not to be happy for the folks in New Orleans. Their Super Bowl Champion Saints serve as a welcome oasis in the midst of a still battered city infrastructure and quality of life courtesy of the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. That said if Katrina never happened the Saints might be the San Antonio Armadillos.

A week or so ago I beat up on Rex Ryan for his behavior at a mixed martial arts event in South Florida. Judging from pictures and the interview (you can see both on this blog entry) I will venture to say that Rex wasn’t totally lucid before he flipped the bird to Dolphins fans.

However I’m now willing to cut him a little slack after hearing that Ryan was spat on three times and insulted viciously by intoxicated fans. ONLY flipping the bird actually was a sign of restraint.

Maybe the lesson for Rex is to not put himself in environments like that, particularly when you consider that he is the head coach of a bitter rival. The fact that he also pops off regularly makes him an inviting target.

"On a scale of one to 10 it's a 14," NFL Players Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith said last week about the chances for a lockout by owners in March of next year when the current CBA expires. Hmmm, I call that posturing at its finest. It will be interesting to see how all of the would-be unrestricted free agents in a typical capped season who lost their “unrestricted” status will support the new director on this one. Count me among those that say, “Advantage owners.”

In a five part mini-series intended to educate us all on the sports media in Baltimore but instead morphed into a clinic in narcissism, we learned that everyone and everything covering Baltimore area teams not tied to WNST has severe flaws.

Parts I-IV were delivered in a timely fashion (last Monday through Thursday) but Part V took a bit longer and was posted yesterday. Maybe the author even put himself to sleep after a blizzard of “me’s” and “I’s” that made our February snow fall seem like a light dusting.

Was it worth the wait?

Absolutely!

The local sports scene is now safe and offers us all promise – at least according to WNST’s lead dog Nestor Aparicio. “I worked at The Sun, wrote The Moon and now I will attempt to shape the next decade of sports media in Baltimore and where it’s going by building a company that serves our community. (Maybe we’ll call that 'The Stars.')"

Keep reaching Nestor...

2 comments :

ravcolt said...

Nestor's reason for his five-part diatribe was to attract visitors, which he did. Self-promotion is one, and Baltimore sports is second. But in the end are we better off with him or without him?

Jerry B said...

Maybe I'm naive, but the labor problems don't bother me that much. After all, it's happened before and both sides stand to lose so much that it's inconceivable to me that it will be a protracted event. What worries me more as an inveterate football fan who has watched the sport evolve over the last 60 plus years, are the continuous attempts at "protecting" players by interferring with the integrity of the game! First, it was allowing offensive lineman to use their hands; then it was tightening rules relative to "hitting" QBs followed by similar restrictive rules prohibiting defenders from so much as "touching" receivers. Now comes talk of eliminating the "3 Point stance"! C'mon man! It's football, which has always been a violent contact sport and is played by individuals willing to assume the risk of injury inherent in the game! Better to continue to improve on the quality of equipment and to examine whether or not some, if not many, of todays concussion are the direct result of playing a game designed for "natural" turf to be played on artificial surfaces usually layed over......concrete!