Category Archives: Sports

I think the Fan Interference call on Mookie’s Play was Correct

 

League Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game FourIt’s clear from the video that Mookie Betts was in a position to make the catch, and that the fan obstructed his glove as he was reaching for the ball. The only issue is whether the fan reached into the field of play to interfere, or if Betts reached beyond the wall. He is allowed to reach into the stands, but does so at his own risk, and it would not be considered fan interference. Take another look at those fans… they are up against the wall leaning and reaching forward. Betts is short of the wall, reaching out and up. Here’s the replay to watch:

Look at that slow motion… Betts travels quite a way in the air before striking the fence after the fan makes contact with his glove. It’s still pretty hard to tell for sure, since the fence camera angle was obstructed. A commenter on Deadspin took a crack at breaking it down a little more. TVs_Frank writes:

“The key to tell where the fan’s hands are is that crease in the orange padding. Right before it is where the collision happens, although not exactly since it’s not a straight ahead shot, but it’s only off by a bit.

If we go to roughly the same frame in the other angle we can use that crease to tell roughly where the fan’s hands are coming from and put a line there to represent the wall.

Not a foolproof method, but the fan’s hands are probably at least a couple inches over the wall.”

He makes a good point. Now go back again and watch the slow motion replay, to see where Betts is well off the wall when the fan hits his glove. We don’t have a definitive camera angle, but the person in the best position was actually Joe West, who made the call. He was umpire stationed down the right field line, and had a good look at the play from that vantage point. For what it’s worth, he says he clearly saw the fan’s arm over the playing field.

Now go back and watch the game-saving catch by Andrew Benintendi over and over again… wow!

 

 

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Deland McCullough and the Amazing Story of the Search for his Biological Family

Former Miami running back and coach Deland McCullough sought to find his biological mother and father. He had been adopted as an infant, and ESPN did a great job of chronicling the story of his search to find his biological family…

Golden Home Run: I may never miss Sunday Night Baseball from now on

Holy cow! What a baseball game last night!

Now there’s a debate about what to call a walk off grand slam home run in the 9th inning down to your last out, and your last strike, while losing 3-0. I’m going to dub it the “Backyard Dream” homer. Man, that was fun to watch.

And a week ago, it was just as exciting… I had to stay up until nearly 1 a.m., but I go to see the Red Sox come back in the 9th and walk off in the 10th, thanks to Andrew Benintendi:

Yay, baseball… when it’s good, it’s the best. Going to take my kid to see a game tonight- we’ve only got the single A Fort Myers Miracle in town, but they have been putting on a show, and are playing the #1 Charlotte Stone Crabs, featuring #4 overall pick and two-way player Brendan McKay.

In case you missed it, here’s that Backyard Dream walk off grand slam home run by David Bote- a rookie!

 

Oh, and he got to meet Bill Murray, who was sitting in the front row!

 

 

SNL Killed the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers

You think Golden State and the other remaining playoff teams notice that LeBron… er… the Cavaliers swept the top seed in the East, crushing them decisively in game four last night? It’s no secret that LeBron James is the engine that drives the Cleveland Cavaliers, but last weekend, Saturday Night Live absolutely took down the rest of the team:

While we’re talking about Donald Glover, I should point out that there is a new “Solo” trailer out with some new footage:

I’m stoked!

And in a moment of synergy, SNL ran a Star Wars/Lando Calrissian skit last week:

The Bengals could move on from Andy Dalton, but should they?

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Andy Dalton

After an underwhelming year from Andy Dalton, a lot of fans in Bengaldom are ready to look for a new franchise leader. The Bengals missed the playoffs for a second year, and he has yet to win a playoff game in his seven years as starter, and the Bengals have A.J. McCarron in the wings, since his trade to the Browns fell through. Fun fact, the Bengals have NEVER completed a trade with the Browns, a streak that continues due to the Browns’ email SNAFU.

Here’s the thing, the Bengals got a great deal on Dalton. They have him through 2020, at an average of about $16 million per year. That’s actually a huge value on a starting quarterback, even one who has not one a playoff game. The salary cap is expected to rise the next few years, and quarterback salaries are expected to skyrocket. Think, Stafford set a new bar last year at an average of $27 million, topping Derek Carr at $25 million per year. Cousins is likely to get paid more than that on the open market. Alex Smith just got a raise to about $23 million per year. As an added benefit of Dalton’s deal, the Bengals have the option of cutting him whenever they want without a huge cap hit, since most of the guaranteed money has already been paid out.

And here’s the other thing, who would you rather have than Andy Dalton that’s going to be available. Kirk Cousins is less accomplished than Dalton– he hasn’t won a playoff game either, and he’s about to get paid twice what Dalton is. McCarron is intriguing, but unproven, and is in line to get paid as well. Blake Bortles might get cut, but only if the Jaguars think he’s not worth the $19 million he’ll make if they keep him. They could draft somebody, but making the transition to the pros is really a crapshoot: even many of the successes don’t exceed Dalton’s accomplishments. All three Vikings quarterbacks are slated to become free agents, but all of them are unproven. There’s nobody likely available that will perform as well as Dalton next year, and certainly nobody else for the bargain prices the Bengals are paying.

Andy Dalton isn’t the kind of elite quarterback that is going to elevate a team or carry, like a Brady or a Brees. There are not many of those guys around. Dalton is a quarterback who can lead a team and win in the right circumstance. Like an Eli Manning, he can succeed with the right tools around him: in particular, he needs protection. Dalton’s performance dropped off this year, but that’s likely directly due to losing two of his offensive line anchors in Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. Couple that with losing Rex Burkhead, and dealing with other tailback injuries, and the situation at Offensive Coordinator, and it’s no surprise the Bengals offense struggled this year.

Andy Dalton is the Bengals’ best option at quarterback this year. He’s not the best in the game, but he may be the best contract value in the game. If the Bengals can shore up the offensive line, and give the team coaching stability next year, there’s no reason Dalton can’t take the team to the next level. The gut reaction to make a change is natural, but right now Dalton still makes the most sense.

Bills Fans Donate to Andy Dalton’s Foundation

 

I love this story- after Andy Dalton threw a bonkers 4th and 12, 49 yard touchdown pass to beat the Ravens with 44 seconds left, and knock them out of the playoffs and let the Bills in for the first time in 17 years, Bills fans understandably went nuts…

Even the teams official Twitter feed gave a shout out!

But it wasn’t just idle chatter… after the game, Bills fans: the #BillsMafia started donating to Andy Dalton’s charitable foundation, and as of a short while ago, passed the $100,000 mark in donations since Sunday! It’s fun to see the spontaneous celebrations that sprang up, but even cooler to see people moved to support a good cause.

Here’s a link to the Andy and Jordan Dalton foundation website.

UPDATE: Wow! A couple more days in, donations have topped $315,000 way to go #billsmafia!

Asian Water Lizard Captured on Collier Golf Course

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Kevin Hennings about to recapture Poseidon at TwinEagles

The headline makes this seem more ominous than it is, because there is not currently in invasive issue with Asian water lizards, but it must’ve been freaky for the golfers who saw the 6-foot reptile on the course! This one was an escaped pet, who made some national news when his escape was announced. Fortunately some good Samaritans notified him when “Poseidon” was spotted at TwinEagles. He was able to lure it with some frozen chicken and catch it without much difficulty. The Naples News story has the thrilling footage of the capture!

At this time, these reportedly don’t even need a permit: they are not one of the species that is currently joining the exotic invasions of African lizards that Florida is dealing with right now.