Occasionally in this spot I feel like I have tons of things to get to but more often than not I focus on just one thing. Sometimes that proves to be a great choice while other times not so much.
A lot went on yesterday in the world of sports so why not touch on a little bit of everything?
Major League Baseball – The Detroit Tigers won their seventh straight game and pitcher Max Scherzer moved to 16-1 on the year, but the talk remains about Biogenesis and just how long will Alex Rodriguez be suspended. MLB may have tipped their hand however as they have decided they will no longer meet with A-Rod or his representatives.
This news came on the heels of A-Rod’s comments suggesting the New York Yankees and MLB were conspiring to keep him out for life. According to SI.com, the suspension could come no later than Monday and will total 214 games. This means the rest of this season and all of next season.
Rodriguez just turned 38 last week meaning the next time he would take the field, for the Yankees more than likely, he would be 40 years old. As much as I’d like to see him banned for life, I almost wonder if this isn’t more just. Let him come back to MLB and be booed at every stadium including the one he will call home in the Bronx.
Golf – Right on cue, Tiger Woods is tearing up Firestone Country Club this week in the Bridgestone Invitational as he has a seven-shot lead entering the final round tomorrow. I say “on cue” because this seems to be the M.O. for Woods since 2009. He tends to win the tournaments that are one step down from the majors while he contends in the Majors yet falls flat on the weekends.
Woods is an incredible 52-4 when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead. When he trails at the 54-hole mark however the wins are few. Woods has never comeback to win a Major and had the lead or shared it in the final round of all 14 Major wins. I fully expect Tiger Woods to march to victory today.
There would be nothing shocking about that at all. I’ve said all along that until Woods finally wins another Major, then he is not “back” in my mind. He’ll have one final opportunity at the PGA which starts Thursday and should he fail, it will be another long winter filled with questions and what-ifs.
Pro Football – The National Football League inducted another group of greats into the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday. Among the newly inducted was Bill Parcells who deserves to be in enshrined for his three Super Bowl appearances and two wins while coaching the Giants.
I do not believe Parcells is one of the all-time great coaches as many would have you think. Part of that stems from his coaching history with the Dallas Cowboys and then his tenure as President of the Miami Dolphins. As head coach of the Cowboys, Parcells’ teams were 0-2 in the playoffs and vastly under-achieved in the eyes of many considering the talent the team had.
His overall playoff record as a head coach is 11-8. With the Giants, he was 8-3 while with the Pats, Jets and Cowboys he was a combined 3-5.
The common thread between Parcells’ success as a head coach and his lack of it is when you look at assistant coaches. In his three Super Bowl appearances there were guys like Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel. In two of those three appearances, he also had Charlie Weis, Al Groh, Ron Erhardt and Tom Coughlin on his staffs.
Great coaches always surround themselves with solid assistants but this was on a much bigger level. Hopefully Parcells took the time to thank the staffs that helped bring him his success. Without the men mentioned above, Parcells is nowhere near the Hall of Fame.