So what sports stories, events, games, scandals and other happenings stick out in your mind from 2011? There are plenty of things to choose from, here are some of the headliners from the Big 3, the ACC, and outside the ACC. That is the thing with sports and being a sports fan, there is always something happening…
There can be no other explanation for the news that just passed by on the ticker. Jamie Moyer is going to undergo Tommy John Surgery and plans to pitch in 2012. When dude will be 49 years old. Who does he think he is? Well, let him tell you.
“We are cautiously optimistic superman will make a comeback!”
That was the personal message that Jamie and his wife put up on their Moyer Foundation Facebook page, where they “broke the news”.
Seriously. When is this guy going to learn that he is done? Sure, he had a few nice games in the 2010 season, including a complete game shutout against the Braves, but he throws slower than the old spring loaded pitching machines we used back at South Little League in the early ’80’s.
Somehow he has remained rather productive, despite his 4.84 ERA this past season he did post a 1.101 WHIP. The question is, who will be willing to sign him at 49? Go ahead and put me on the board for no one will. Until late July when someone gets desperate. This would actually make more sense for Moyer, because then he would only have to pitch half a season, just like he did this year.
It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, especially when you’re covered head to toe in a red suit running around on the field during a Major League Baseball game. Until you get tackled by one of the Atlanta Braves outfielders, that is. This guy had juked and jived his way past a security guard, causing the guard to fall flat on his face, but Matt Diaz was having none of it. After Diaz tackle, the same fans that booed Santa gave him a standing ovation:
It is already Wednesday, or Mittwoch (Mitt-vohk) as they say in German, and the week is slipping by quickly. So far we have heard the jaw dropping news that Reggie Bush will be stripped of his Heisman in yet another Yahoo! Sports scoop. Yawn. We got to see Boise State take down Va Tech in a game that Tech really needed to win, probably more than Boise State did. Tiger Woods is on the Ryder Cup team, a move that a lot of people questioned due to Tiger’s “poor” play this year.
Meanwhile, over in Chapel Hill we saw John Blake resign from UNC-CH’s coaching staff. Ever notice that resign and re-sign are extremely similar words that mean the exact opposite? After a few bubbly pops one can get those mixed up on the ticker, but I digress. The timing of this may be suspect, but did anyone really think Blake would be there after this NCAA investigation clears up? I for one did not, and you can blame that opinion on Gary Wichard for lying about Blake’s past.
We also heard yesterday that UNC-CH AD Dick Baddour does not expect there to be any players dismissed from the team when all is said and done. Marvin Austin may not be included in Baddour’s thinking, but if he is not it would be pretty shocking. Under no scenario do I see Austin suiting back up for the Tar Heels. And what about the students involved in “Tutor-Gate”, are they all expected to be cleared? Should we read into Baddour’s wording and make the suspension/dismissal disctinction? If these kids did indeed have a tutor writing papers for them, would you not expect them to be expelled? So maybe they did not have papers written for them afterall? My head hurts from trying to navigate these murky waters. Can someone please clear things up for us?
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies overtook the Braves in the NL East last night. Well, the Braves tied the Phillies in the loss column, and are a half a game back with a game in hand. The two teams still face each other six times this season, so they both control their own destinies. As a Braves fan, I can not tell you that I am confident after this past week of play on the field. The Braves had better right the ship or they can go ahead and write up the season review.
Anything else going on?
We all know who Roy Halladay is. In case you have been living in a cave the past few years, Roy is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. While he may not win the NL Cy Young Award this year (there is some stiff competition), he has shown that he is a class act and truly appreciates everyone around him.
Back on May 29th Roy pitched a perfect game in Florida against the Marlins. He decided to thank his teammates with an engraved watch. He did not stop with his teammates, however, and also gave them out to all of the traveling attendants who help make road trips easier on the team. But wait, there is more. Roy did not stop with the traveling attendants, but also gave them to all clubhouse personnel back home in Philly as well.
The watches are enclosed in a wooden box that has a glass top on it. Each box has not only a thank you from Roy (“We did it together. Thanks, Roy Halladay.”) etched into it, but he also had each recipient’s name engraved as well. So even the dude who tosses Roy a towel as he leaves the shower got his own watch, with his own name on it to prove it was a personal gift from Roy Halladay. In a day and age where athletes are known more and more for their lavish lifestyles and selfish attitudes, it is extremely refreshing to see that one of baseball’s very best players is also one of its classiest.
So thank you to Roy Halladay. Not only for the awesomeness he displays each time he takes the hill, but for doing what he can to restore our faith in professional athlete’s character.