Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Verlander wins A.L. RoY.

Congratulations to Justin Verlander on being the first Tiger pitcher since Mawhk Fidrych in 1976 to win the American League Rookie of the Year award. Writing that last sentence was a little unnerving given how Fidrych's career turned out after his rookie year, with all the arm trouble and being finished in the majors by the time he was 25. Hopefully if there is a tragic figure from this years rookie class its Francisco Liriano. Not that I dislike Liriano, I really enjoy watching him pitch and wish him the best in his recovery, I just don;t like the idea of the Tigers having to compete against a divisional foe that would have perennial Cy Young contenders as their top two starters, but I digress. The A.L. Rookie of the Years is typically a harbinger for future big league success as exemplified by the long, prestigious careers of previous winners Angel Berrora, Ben Grieve, Bob Hamelin, Pat Listach, errr........and others. O.K. O.K. I'll stop being so negative about Verlander winning. It's a great honor and I'm just thrilled that the Tigers are being considered for major post season awards for the first time in years, (although I think Jose Macias finished 974th in the 2000 RoY voting) and by all accounts Jim Leyland will win A.L. Manager of the Year barring some kind of Chicago style voting results, with Ozzie Guillen receiving 1st place votes from dead baseball writers like Ring Lardner,(by the way that's a photo of Lardner on the right battling gas) Tim Murnane, and Fred Lieb, (and if you don't think it I took 15 minutes looking up those names on Wikipedia, you don't know me.)

Finally I'm surprised that Joel Zumaya and Curtis Granderson didn't get at least 1 vote. I would say that Zumaya was just as important and dominant over the course of the season as Papelbon was in Boston, and Papelbon isn't half the actor that Zumaya is for whatever that's worth, and Granderson was stellar this season leading off and playing some spectacular centerfield. I'm not saying that Zumaya and Granderson deserved to finish second and third I'm just saying it would have been nice if they got as many votes as Ian Kinsler. I don't even know who the hell that is. I thought their second baseman was still Doug Strange.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


I know I haven't updated in a long time and I have my reasons. Here they are.

1: I am an extremely lazy individual. I can't stress this enough. Hours/days/weeks slip by without me knowing. Not only am I shiftless, I'm also very inefficient. What people normally do in a matter of minutes, I drag out into hours. For example these first two paragraphs would have taken a normal person about 5 minutes to type. Me, it has taken 2 hours, and not because I'm struggling or having writers block but because I take breaks between every two words to watch the Bears-Giants game, make macaroni and cheese, watch Family Guy, and check my fantasy basketball team.

2: The Tigers post-season drained me. It was thrilling and ultimately, painfully disappointing. I'm still not ready to talk about the World Series. Anyways after updating following the conclusion of every playoff game and providing previews to each round I've exhausted my funny bone. It's wore out, I was recycling recycled jokes, stealing Simpsons references and jokes that I had already stolen for previous posts and such. Plus sports is in a bit of a lull for me now. I've never been a big Wings fan, (except for a short while when I was about 10 and played NHL '93 18 hours a day) the Pistons are off to an uninspired start, the Lions are frustrating, terrible, and not worth watching let alone writing about, and although I'm thrilled about Michigan football I havent wrote about it because of reason #1.

3: Finally I'm beginning to get swamped with law school work, (what you didnt know I was in law school, I only mention it in every other post.) Exams are coming up in less then a month and I have to, HAVE TO, rock the asses off those bluebooks, because I need to find an internship for next summer so I can kill time and blog from a place other then my apartment. Right now this is what my job interview will be like.

Interviewer: "So let me get this straight, you have a mediocre GPA, you are not a member of any organizations or societys, you havent had a haircut in 8 months, you are wearing an ill fitting suit that you've owned since your senior picture in high school, and under accomplishments on your resume you wrote 'writing a blog about the Tigers, and salvaging Charles Rogers career on Madden 2007'. You havent given me one good reason to hire you. You have 30 seconds to defend, not only your presence here, but your existence."

Me: "Well......umm.......I brought my memory card so if you have a ps2 and Madden I could personally show you how impressive my Madden franchise real........"

Interviewer: "Get off our property."

I don't want that to happen, you don't want that to happen, (unless your a jerk), so over the next few weeks my updates on this site will be erratic at best. But keep checking back for updates please, and wish me luck.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Detroit Pistons Season Preview

With the Tigers extended, post-season run lasting into the final week of October, (and no I havent been avoiding writing about the Tigers resounding thud in the World Series, its just been a series of technical problems, first with Blogger and then my desktop crashed and now I'm writing on a newly purchased laptop,) I almost completely forgot about the upcoming NBA season. Normally by the middle of September I begin to turn my attention away from the Tigers and towards other sports, namely college football and the NFL, (although I gave up on the NFL this year after one week, I love football but the Lions have completely killed my interest in the League.), and eventually the Pistons. And for all you people who have begun to read this site during the Tigers playoff run don't forget about me now that baseball is over, I keep updating throughout the year and try to write frequently about the Pistons, just think of this site as The Terry Mills Memorial Overpass between November and April. I know this is a bit late as the Pistons started the season tonight with a loss at home to the Bucks. IRREGARDLESS, (I know that's not a word but it sounds so much more authoritative, like a word you would yell out before breathing fire), here is a player by player breakdown of what I expect from every Piston for the remainder of the season.

Chauncey Billups: Billups had a career year last season and I got so worked up about him that I wrote an impassioned post about how he should have been the League MVP. I had no stats to back up my argument (He led the NBA in assist to turnover ration people.) so I tried to appeal to people's sense of emotion over reason. Kind of like those early 20th century socialists in New York that thought they were printing the new Common Sense when instead they were churning out poorly written, completely insane pamphlets and not being taken serious by anyone, that was me. But I digress. I think Chauncey will have an even better season then last year followed by him driving an armored car up to Bill Davidson's house and filling it with cash after he opts out of his contract after this season, purchasing a jewel encrusted crown and wearing it in place of a headband for the rest of his career.

Rip: I think Rip will continue to do what Rip does, o.k. defense, excellent jump shooting, and constantly moving and wearing out the opposing defender, while also adding an improved three point shot. I miss the braids though, I think he should have given us one game of Giant Afro-Rip before shaving his head. Also I wonder in Rip stole "Yessir" from Pharrell or vice versa, also is pronounced Pha-rel or like feral cats? My head hurts.

Tayshaun: There's nothing I can write about Tayshaun that I havent already written............wait I've never written about Tayshaun !?! Hmmm......I also think he will continue to improve and become more consistent. The fact that we are paying Tayshaun the same amount that Mike Dunlevey is making in Golden State means that either Joe Dumars is the best GM in basketball or Chris Mullin is the worst. Probably a little bit of both.

Rasheed: I guarantee that Rasheed Wallace will break the record for most technicals in one season. A record currently held by.........Rasheed Wallace. I'll take it a step further and say he breaks this record by Christmas. You know every ref in the League has a vendetta against him because of all the times he's showed them up over the years. He picked up 2 in the first 23 minutes of the season, and he wasnt even that demonstrative. This is going to get ugly.

Nazr: Player A makes 6 million a year, and will average 14 points, 9 boards, 1 block, and shoot 52% from the floor and be capable of hitting an open 12 footer. Player B. Wallace.......no to obvious, lets call him Ben W., (yes I steal 90% of my jokes from the Simpsons, so what) makes 15 million will average 8 points, 11 boards, 1.8 blocks, and shoot 45 %, drags ass back to the offensive end and has range limited to 18 inches from the rim. Hmm, so how does losing Ben make us a 45 win team? Am I missing something? Did you see Ben get torched by Dwight Howard tonight, he's not the same player he was 3-5 years ago, and he's not gonna be that way when he's 36. Also I love the fact that we have a guy named Nas-e.

Lindsey Hunter: I love Lindsey as a person, and I love the energy he gives us defensively for 10-15 minutes, but I'd be lying if I said I was thrilled that he and his 35% shooting was back this season as Chaunceys lone backup. Sorry.

Will Blalock: Introducing your Roanoke Dazzle starting point guard. Surely the latest 2nd round pick who sticks around for a season before falling off the face of the earth into oblivion. I picture Lou Roe, Ricky Paulding and Alex Acker floating around silently in space.

Dale Davis: I wonder what the look on his face is when he opens a check for $200,000 every two weeks. Jesus I wish I was 7 feet tall. Wait what's that tingling I'm feeling in my legs? Could I be growing? No it's just a rash.

Carlos Delfino: I still maintain that he looks like Gael Garcia Bernal in drag or at least with heavy mascara. Or he kind of looks like John Travolta in that one movie from the 70's with the cult that melts peoples faces. Whatever. I'm glad that Delfino is getting a bigger role this season. Ive always been intrigued by him and hopes he turns into a poor mans Manu Ginobili. However he'll probably plat well off the bench this season and next, before getting a boatload of cash to sign with the Nuggets, a la how the Pistons lost Mehmet.

Ronald Dupree: Ronald's back. I thought we got rid of him twice already. Does he just keep showing up under assumed names and tricking the coaching staff. I can see Flip turning to an assistant and asking, "Where did this Donald Rupee guy come from again, he's quite the leaper." Or at the end of camp Dupree rips off a fake mustache after making the team and say "The man you thought was Phineus J. Farnsworth is me Ronald Dupree.", as Flip throws the clipboard down.

Amir Johnson: I like Amir and Im looking forward to an array of garbage time dunks but I feel threatened that there is someone in the NBA whose 4 years younger then me. I feel old, I'm gonna go lay down.

Jason Maxiell: Maxiell is mesmerizing because I can't believe someone that fat can be so nimble and athletic. I really think that he will turn into a defensive presence as the season progresses helping the Pistons replace some of the defensive intimidation that Ben helped provide. I could also see him turning into a slow, depressing, fat man who can barely move up and down the court, like Tractor Traylor.

Antonio McDyess: Antonio looks like he's from another era of history, or more appropriately every era. He looks like a guy who would be in a group like the Spinners, as the freakishly tall guy with the deep voice, or he could've been a super-cool soul brother with a long leather coat and houndstooth fedora, like Richard Roundtree, but he doesnt look like a 21st century basketball player. If Nike did a series of commercials with McDyess, like The LeBrons, Antonio would win an Oscar.

Flip Murray: I'm tired.

So what do I think the Pistons will do this year? I think they will tail off a little from last years 64 win pace, but will still be good for 55 wins and the Central Division title. I also think that they can win the East and play in their 3rd Finals in 4 years but so many things can change between now and April with injuries (God No.), trades, and signings, (Jalen Rose anyone?) that I won't predict an NBA title, but I do think they are one of 5 or 6 teams that have a legitimate shot at it.