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Bye Bye Brady

March 15, 2010 by Jayson Pugh  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After just 3 seasons the Cleveland Browns have moved on from the Brady Quinn era. As a player coming out of college, Quinn was supposed to be the quarterback to bring the Browns back into the playoffs. It didn’t go that way.

Quinn was traded to the Denver Broncos for a seldom used fullback (Peyton Hillis), and 2 draft picks (a 6th rounder in 2011 and conditional one in 2012). For a player who was touted as the franchise quarterback, this is a small package.

In Denver Quinn is not automatically a starter. He will be going up against Kyle Orton as the team’s starter. Orton, who took over the job last year, played pretty well in starting all 16 games for the Broncos. He led Denver to a 6-2 record to start the season, then went 2-6 the rest of the way. This leaves the Broncos and Quinn looking for the same thing: consistency.

In his short time with Cleveland, Brady had to learn several systems due to the rotating door on the coaches’ office. Now he can start anew with head coach Josh McDaniels who knows how to groom a quarterback as he did in New England with Tom Brady and Matt Cassel.

Mike Holmgren is making good on his promise to change things in Cleveland. Since becoming the Browns GM he has moved the two former starting quarterbacks (Quinn, and Derek Anderson) and will be moving forward with his newest additions, former Panther QB Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, whom Holmgren coached in Seattle.

The Browns will head into this season with questions surrounding their two new QB’s as well as a severe lack in offensive weapons. Holmgren did a good job putting a quality team together in Seattle, but he didn’t have to deal with a mess like the Browns. It’s going to be a wait and see game, but things still don’t bode well.

As for Quinn, this will hopefully breathe new life into his career. He will be able to learn in a new, more stable environment and possibly reach that potential everyone thought he had. Either that, or he’ll end up as the latest in a long list of quarterback busts.

Should Mark McGwire Be Teaching Kids To Hit?

March 12, 2010 by Jayson Pugh  
Filed under Baseball, MLB, SRG's Blog

There is no doubt that Big Mac could crush a baseball. His shot off of the back wall of Seattle’s King Dome wasn’t a fluke. He was one of the most prolific power hitters the game has ever seen. He was go good at hitting home runs that in a span of 4 years (’96-’99), he hit 245! That’s insane.

That was then. Now with the admission of something we all knew, and Barry Bonds coming along and smashing all of McGwire’s numbers, Big Mac isn’t the legend he once was. I don’t want to get into the whole PED use area but I do have to touch on it briefly. Mark was a power hitter, simple as that. What he did helped with his power. How much extra strength did he get?

No one can really say for sure, but we all know it helped inflate his numbers along with his arm.

What really gets me though, is why the St. Louis Cardinals would bring him in as hitting coach. They want Matt Holliday to be more of a power hitter, but why McGwire? There is obviously the history there, the people he knows, and a certain comfort level that is just right for Mark to return to the game in some form. But should he really be a hitting coach?

McGwire boasts some great power numbers, but he also has more career strikeout than walks. In fact, that same 4 year span in which he hit 245 homers, he also had 577 hits, 512 walks, and struck out 567 times! Pitchers weren’t pitching to him. Either they were too afraid or managers didn’t want them to, so they would pitch around him.

Now don’t get me wrong, 577 hits is nothing to sneeze at, but having struck only 10 fewer times then he got a hit and considerably more than times walked, yet you want him to tech guys to hit? Really? Do you really want Colby Rasmus or Ryan Ludwick to pick up the same free swinging style McGwire had? I certainly hope not.

Holliday is already a solid hitter. He may not have huge power numbers but he carries a .316 avg with him so he does know how to hit. If I were the Cards I would have pulled for a coach to help him with watching the ball, location, patience. He strikes out a lot as it is, so why have him work with someone who is a free swinger. If anything have him work with Albert Pujols, who is perhaps the best all around hitter in the game today. I think he could certainly help Holiday with more of the fundamentals than McGwire could.

I see where the whole situation is supposed to go in theory. I see that the cards want to make Pujols and Holiday the modern day bash brothers. But to me, this feels like nothing more than a personal image rehab for McGwire than it is about the contributions he can actually make.

Dunleavy Done In La La Land

March 10, 2010 by Jayson Pugh  
Filed under Basketball, NBA Basketball, SRG's Blog

From 2003 to March 2010, there has been a dark cloud of the Los Angeles Clippers….. well, darker than normal. Now there is a time for celebration for Clippers fans all over.

Mike Dunleavy was FINALLY relieved of his duties as the Clippers General Manager.

Just a little over a month after stepping down as coach he was fired (6 years too late), to his surprise.
Clippers owner Donald Sterling made announced his decision through and email, and in Sterling fashion, hadn’t even spoken to Dunleavy Sr. about it. Mike found out about his firing from messages left on his phone while he was out playing golf. He didn’t know what to tell people since it was the first he had even heard of it. Pretty messed up but hey, it’s the Clipps, what do you expect??

As a coach Dunleavy has had an up and down career. He lead the Lakers to 2 straight playoff appearances (‘90-91, ‘91-92 seasons), while winning the Western Conference Championship (’90-91) and losing to the Bulls in the finals. He left the Lakers and went the Milwaukee Bucks where he has a .326 winning percentage. In ’97 he joined the Portland Trailblazers and lead them on a nice run that included one season where they finished 18 games over .500. After his stay with the Trailblazers he came to the Clippers with some hope of turning the cursed franchise around….. he had one winning season, and one playoff appearance and one win from the Western Conference Finals. He leaves the clips with a .397 winning average and the distinction of being the only coach in NBA history to have a sub .400 avg. with 2 teams that he coached 300+ games for. Congrats on that one Mike.

To his credit, he did a good job to secure cap space for the summer, and there were many injuries that went on through his time with L.A., but you can only use that excuse for so long. He wasn’t a terrible GM, but he was far from a great.
I don’t know mike, I’m sure he is a great guy, but after making so many bad calls during games (basketballs version of Andy Reid) and carrying a bad career mark along with the obvious lack of respect players tend to have for him (see: Clippers ’08-’09), I hope he doesn’t find his way onto another bench, but I’m sure he probably will. With any luck we won’t see him on t.v. either. The last thing we need is another Steve Phillips on the air.

So Mike, please, go fishing, take a vacation, travel. Do anything you want, just stay away from a basketball court or a t.v. or radio booth.

Derek Jeter, Future Hit King?

March 6, 2010 by Jayson Pugh  
Filed under Baseball, MLB, SRG's Blog

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman recently wrote that two executives in baseball believed it’s possible Derek Jeter may be looking for a six year contract at the end of the season when he becomes a free agent. Should that happen, he would be well over 3,000 hits (currently at 2,747) by the end of his contract. At age 42, he may want to retire and walk off being the greatest Yankee to step onto a field. But, he may want to stick around for one more season.

His current career average of hits per season is 195. Now, let’s say he plays well next season and gets his six year deal. At the end of those six years, at his pace, he would be within 144 hits of Pete Rose’s major league record of 4,256. Now, Jeter has never been the type of player to focus on his own numbers, but wouldn’t it be hard for anyone so close to such an amazing record to not go for it?

He is already a first ballot hall of famer. He already has the rings. In his storied career he truly has nothing to prove to anyone. But how could he not be tempted to go for it if he has the chance? He has to, right?

Now, I am not a Yankee fan by any means, but I can’t think of a single person that would deserve to hold that record more than Jeter. He is a great captain, plays on the biggest stage the game has to offer, and has been nothing short of brilliant. He is a great teammate and stand up person. Barring a major injury, he should definitely be able to accomplish this feat.

If he is within striking distance by the time his deal is done, I really hope he sticks around and goes for it. After all, there isn’t a better fit for the crown.

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