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The A-Train Rant 19.0!!!!

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by A-Train

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Kicking off  your weekend with this edition of The A-Train Rant…

  1. What the hell, Roger? WHAT THE HELL? 2 game suspension for an athlete beating his wife? But you can suspend a player for smoking marijuana and keep another from playing for 2 seasons because of dog-fighting. That’s why the NFL offices are so screwed up.
  2. Michelle Beadle wants to beat down Stephen A. Smith. She may have used her words but she sounds like she wants to use her fists.
  3. Someone help Sam Ponder…I see what she was trying to do but she got annihilated on social media.
  4. I feel bad for Tony Dungy, he spoke his mind then took back what he said. It’s like we can’t say anything about issues period before being scrutinized. Then again, he helped the person previously described in Statement 1.
  5. Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cavalier. Regardless of what other “sources” or reports say. Chicago is giving up a lot to get him with. I can let go that Love won’t be a Bull. HE’S GOT TO BE EXCITED THAT HIS NAME IS MENTIONED EVERY DAY NOW.
  6. Despite losing 2 games to a 4th place AL East team, the Cardinals still has Milwaukee’s number and they will still collapse.
  7. NFL season is just around the corner. Can’t wait for fantasy football.
  8. Oakland A’s should be in the World Series this year. It’s a true “Moneyball” team again.
  9. James Harden and Dwight Howard will never win a championship as teammates. I’m being nice.
  10. Crazy as it seems, the Washington Wizards will be one of the scariest teams to face in the Eastern Conference. People will talk about Chicago and Cleveland but watch out for D.C.
  11. Big ups to “The Front Page” radio show for allowing me to come on board and talk sports. Catch them every day from 12pm-3pm CST on KFNS 590 AM.
  12. Shoutout to the St. Louis Surge and their owner Khalia Collier…women’s professional basketball in St. Louis. Yep, it’s real. Check it here.

Have a great weekend.

More to come.

The A-Train

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The A-Train Rant 18.0!!!

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by A-Train

 

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Time for another edition of The A-Train Rant…

  1. I want to first say thank you to the people at Fox and MLB for completely dropping the ball during the All-Star Game. No mention of Tony Gwynn at all. I understand everything was meant for Derek Jeter but hell, give credit to one of the greatest hitters our generation has ever seen. Damn sure didn’t help when Ken Rosenthal tried to explain the situation later.
  2. I wonder why Erin Andrews got the NFL on Fox gig over the now departed Pam Oliver. Was it hair? Race? (No, not the race card) I see why the people at WEEI went completely in on her. It wasn’t right to say but hey, I didn’t make the comments.
  3. The MLB All-Star Game is ALL Bud Selig’s fault…he made an exhibition too serious. (Was slated in my rant about the All-Star game)
  4. The Los Angeles Lakers are not going anywhere next season. Great job adding Carlos Boozer (laughs)
  5. July 17th was the worst day this year for sports…they weren’t any. If you want to count golf, cricket and the WNBA, go right ahead.
  6. The Miami Heat have a better chance to win the East over the Miami Cavaliers (aka Cleveland).
  7. Adam Wainwright should learn to keep his mouth shut.
  8. Kevin Love is not going anywhere.
  9. Derek Jeter is hated so much…Deadspin went this far.
  10. Kevin Durant is going to Washington in 2 seasons.
  11. Stuart Scott is the greatest. Just watch his ESPYs speech.
  12. Shoutout to Dr. J, straight chin-checking Stephen A. Smith on First Take.
  13. When does football season start?

More to come.

The A-Train

Why LeBron Why?

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , on July 15, 2014 by A-Train

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Why LeBron, why?

(NOTE: This is a short commentary and the answers are opinions and not facts, yet they could be)

Why did LeBron go back to the team in which its owner got so bitter that he decided to post a disrespectful letter on his team’s website?

Because this was a full-fledged PR move and pretty much pimped us fans and the media. I understand righting a wrong, but I wouldn’t fool with a disrespectful person such as Dan Gilbert. Then come crawling out and acting like he loves LeBron and wishes this never happened. It did. It was childish and very bitter. If I was LeBron, I would have been like a TRUE villain to Gilbert. I would have him bend down and kiss my rings or my feet. He would have to worship me for my services. It’s sounds sadistic but that’s the price he would have to pay for the crap that he decided to pull.

It also sounds like another case of the player having control of the team. That’s a pure self move. I should be a fan of LeBron because…I love villains. But he (in my mind only) rubbed me the wrong way and he was being too passive about it. Crazy as it seems, those are the best of villains. Because as calm as he is in interviews, behind closed doors he’s a narcissist. I love that. That also mean I should be a fan of Kobe Bryant. I’ll let your minds wander.

Why did LeBron leave the Miami Heat?

You can thank Pat Riley for that. As many speculated (including myself) that they would not be anywhere near the Finals next year, I can’t say that anymore.  It will depend on the new signings (Deng, McRoberts, etc) and re-signings of Bosh and Wade. The latter hopefully being healthy next season.

Why did LeBron go to SI.com and write a personal essay on his return?

The Decision Part 1 effected him, he knows it did. So, he chose to do an essay (he didn’t actually write it) for Decision Part 2. Plus, he knows that the whole sports world is paying attention to him, no matter how much of us love him or hate him, he has our attention. That’s why he took the time off he needed to even though it shouldn’t have taken that long to do it in the first place. He has that control and that’s what drive the media and fans crazy. How can such a player have that much control?

Why is LeBron being the villain, again?

Because he’s LeBron. Way to tick off Miami fans, Dwyane Wade AND Udonis Haslem. If Adam Silver is listening, have Cavs/Heat on Christmas Day. It’s a PR’s dream.

The A-Train

Bulls Get Consolation Prizes

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by A-Train

pau-gasol-carlos-boozer-nba-los-angeles-lakers-chicago-bulls-850x560Since the end of their second championship run in 1998, the Chicago Bulls haven’t quite lived up to the hype of being a champion. The closest they have been to getting to the title was losing to the Miami Heat back in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, 4 games to 1.

In the span of the last 16 seasons, the Bulls seem to let big name superstars slip through their fingers and grab just “consolation prizes” through free agency.

During the seasons from 1998-2003, the Bulls have had the opportunities to lure in such players as Tracy McGrady and Tim Duncan. Both said no to Chicago. McGrady went on to Orlando and played for a slew of franchises. Duncan went on to win 4 more titles with the San Antonio Spurs. The Bulls went after free agents like Fred Hoiberg, Ron Mercer, Brad Miller, Eddie Robinson, and believe it or not…Scottie Pippen. Clearly, ALL CONSOLATION PRIZES. At the same time, those teams were horrific which included that 13-37 strike-shortened season back in 1999.

From 2003-2010, the Bulls signed 1 free agent…Ben Wallace, believe it or not, a consolation prize. Wallace, of course was the backbone of those Detroit Pistons’ teams that won 2 Eastern Conference titles and captured the 2004 NBA Finals. He signed a 4-year deal with the Bulls and never lived up to that deal, being dealt after just 1 and a half seasons with Chicago. So much for that idea.

It was very easy and widely known about the 2010 free agent class that came out (LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Carmelo, etc). Plus, Chicago already had Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from draft picks, yet now were looking for a key free agent to add to their possible contention at a title.

As the reports and rumors were coming out that summer, the Bulls looked like they could have gained their piece. But none of the big names signed their name on a contract with Chicago. The Big 3 (as its famously known) assembled in Miami, thanks to LeBron. The Bulls however took…the man on the left of the photo, Carlos Boozer, aka yet another consolation prize.

Boozer, who was coming off a stellar year with the Utah Jazz, SEEMED like the solid piece that the Bulls needed. In his 1st season with Chicago, he helped them get to a 62-20 mark and the best record in the East. His numbers were solid but not the same as he was in Utah. He wasn’t a vital part of Chicago’s defensive scheme orchestrated by head coach Tom Thibodeau. He was a main liability, getting punked by other power forwards in the league, good AND bad. In this past season, he averaged under 14 points and 8 rebounds a night and hardly ever played in the 4th quarter of ballgames. Again, he was a defensive liability. It also didn’t help Chicago when Rose went down in back-to-back seasons. Nonetheless, Boozer was amnestied after the season and won’t be a part of the Bulls’ future.

Here we are 4 years later and Bulls’ management still can’t seem to lure a major free agent in a huge market. They even couldn’t get ‘Melo (personally I’m glad they didn’t) to play in Chicago. They went out and signed…the guy on the right side of the photo…Pau Gasol from the Lakers. AGAIN, another consolation prize. However, this one could benefit more than it could hurt. This new core could possibly win the East, thanks to LeBron again (going to Cleveland). Yet, it will definitely raise a lot of questions before training camp begins. I’m not going to ask them or answer them now. Stay tuned. Training camps and preseason will come faster than you think.

The A-Train

The A-Train Rant – MLB All Star Edition

Posted in Baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by A-Train

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This A-Train rant is devoted to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game…

  1. It’s nothing but a popularity contest.
  2. The deserving players hardly ever get selected. It’s so bad that some athletes have decided to try and get fans to vote for them with tactics such as this one from Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
  3. Since the game is televised (I care less about the radio broadcast), the different leagues SHOULD look for SUPERSTARS for big-time ratings. Of course, they don’t deliver.
  4. Most fans of the all-star game know NOTHING about the participants.
  5. These games are just an exhibition and shouldn’t be taken seriously by fans. The players may play for pride/trash talk. Bud Selig decided to make the game serious because of a damn tie.
  6. MLB should learn the NHL’s approach for all-star games where the players have the most say for selections…sadly the NHL yields the lowest ratings of the 4 major sports.
  7. Or MLB should use the NFL’s approach where players and coaches are the ones that handle two-thirds of the voting…yet they have the 2nd lowest of the 4 major sports.
  8. Now MLB had its controversies with ballet stuffing, one was dated from the 1957 All-Star Game in St. Louis when 7 out of the 8 position players were all from the Cincinnati Reds (Redlegs back then). The lone player not from Cincinnati was the hometown Cardinals star Stan Musial.
  9. Why is St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Pat Neshek an All-Star?
  10. Mike Matheny will lose to John Farrell once again in the All-Star Game.
  11. There should never be a representative from every team in the game…if they are playing like crap, too bad, no selection for you.
  12. Certain superstar players should be able to play in the game until the end, especially when critical situations occur, forget the 2 at-bats and sit down deal. Example: The 1994 All-Star Game at the old Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
  13. I can’t wait till Bud Selig retires…it’s almost in the same light as David Stern’s retirement with the NBA. Get these OLD MEN out of the door.
  14. As a St. Louis Cardinals fan, the only deserving All-Star is Adam Wainwright. Matt Carpenter is a slight maybe. (NOTE: The Cardinals have 4 All-Stars)
  15. This game itself is supposed to fun and exciting to watch, at least that’s how I remember it. I barely watched the game last year and a few innings of the 2012 game that included the dominance of the National League (I checked the final score).

I’m done for now. I may do more All-Star rants in the future but this seems good enough. If you have something that burns your hair, leave an intelligent comment below.

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The Association Rant – 7/7/2014

Posted in Sports on July 7, 2014 by A-Train

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After putting it off for a month, my after the season/offseason rant begins…

  1. I’m glad the San Antonio Spurs beat the sleeves off the Miami Heat.
  2. LeBron James will NOT be the greatest of all-time but one of the best …so forget that LeBron stans.
  3. Speaking of LeBron, should NOT go to Cleveland. Why go back to the team that wants nothing to do with you (at least from the owner’s point of view), now all of a sudden wants to welcome him with open arms. That’s backwards. It seems like he wants to right a wrong and this is indicator where you politely decline.  Best places for him is Miami (yeah just going back), Los Angeles (Clippers) or Philly. I’m sorry Laker fans, he shouldn’t go there. He’ll play second fiddle to Kobe.
  4. Chris Bosh is not a $24 million/year guy. Houston will have a whole drama on their hands if he goes there.
  5. San Antonio has been the smartest franchise in the NBA since 2000.
  6. Carmelo Anthony should not go to Chicago OR Miami. Period.
  7. In addition, wherever ‘Melo goes, he won’t win a championship.

Short and sweet this time. More to come. Hopefully. In the meantime, more LeBron and Carmelo talk will take over your TV screens and radio signals. Enjoy, to those that can handle it.

A-Train

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