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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 MLB All Star Week


Unlike difficult sports, Major League Baseball takes its' All Star break in the middle of the season.  They do this for several reasons.  
  1. Because baseball has 2,496 games and if they didn't break it up somehow people would forget the season is even still going on.
  2. If they took it during the offseason literally nobody would watch.  They have a hard enough time getting guys to show up in midseason but good luck getting guys who earn $20 million a year to do anything for free during their vacation.
  3. Playing an extra game carries just about zero risk of injury and it's not a tiring game whatsoever so guys aren't exactly coming back to the teams that pay them as anything less than when they left.  
It's just such a boring event I can't even believe it.  The pitchers are all so good and the players really don't care so it's just a really flat feeling game.  It would be fun if they took let's say the top Pitchers in Triple A ball and made them pitch.  Actually the only guys risking anything in the game are the Pitchers anyway, so this could make sense.  It would allow Triple A Pitchers to show off their stuff to all Owners and GMs in the bigs and it would save the Aces of each staff from pitching any more than they absolutely have to in a season.  It would also mean that the pitching isn't quite top form so we could see some real offensive explosions if the Farm League guys aren't exactly as good as we thought.

Right now the Home Run Derby is the best thing this week has going for it and even that is uninspiring.  Robinson Cano won in a great effort last night as his Father pitched to him.  That must have been really cool for both of them actually.  There are so many ways to make this entire MLB All Star event better though.  What do you think they should do?



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Monday, July 11, 2011

Tour De France 2011


The Tour De France has been marked by crazy crashes and awful collisions this year.  But most notable about this year's tour are the new faces.  Up above you see the leader until this morning, Thor Hushovd.  I put his picture as the lead because both his name and that picture are awesome.  Below you can see the current overall leader Thomas Voekler, who is awesome in first name only (and also probably bike riding ability).


As a casual TDF fan, I've enjoyed this year's race as much as possible and even formed a fantasy league to foster greater interest among my friends.  My team the Fat Bottomed Girls are currently sitting in second place behind Justin!'s Downhill Velociraptors.  The FBGs are making up ground with each stage and as Andy Schleck continues to turn on the pressure I expect our team to continue that trend until we eventually gain the overall lead.  Oh and our League's name is "I don't believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman, all I wanna do is..."  Here is a look at the FBG squad.  


SCHLECK


HESJEDAL


GESINK


DUPONT


CAVENDISH


GILBERT


VOECKLER


HORNER


VELASCO


I know, you wish you could ride bikes like those guys.  You can't though, so you should just watch the TDF every morning as you get ready for work on Versus.  

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