Hi, I’m Bruce Bochy, and whoever left me behind at Dodger Stadium Friday night is about to find out that (a) there are no more at-bats, or (b) there is now a 235-pitch limit.
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Sadly, the American League All-Star voting plan that would have put Kansas City Royals at every starting position is beginning to unravel. First, Mike Trout pulled past Lorenzo Cain to take the lead in outfield voting, and now Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Eric Hosmer at first base.
Too bad. The more voting fraud there is in a game that purports to be important, the sooner it might end. Actually, what am I thinking? The more voter fraud there is, the more voter fraud there will continue to be, because even electoral manipulation is worth having if someone is making a buck off it.
[RELATED: Vogt slips to third in AL All-Star voting]
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Diego Maradona running for the presidency of FIFA must happen, not just because of this but also because it is the logical equivalent of Pete Rose running for executive director of Little League – if Little League was more interested in massive forms of bribery.
That said, vote for Jimmy The M, just because.
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A group of San Diego Chargers fans have written to San Diego attorney Jan Goldsmith demanding an antitrust suit be filed against the National Football League to force them to prevent the Chargers from leaving town – which, as it turns out, the city cannot do because of the terms of the lease. This, on top of the A’s picking a fight with the Raiders about a shared stadium and the NFL cheerily taking the bait pretty much assures that the only team that isn’t moving to Los Angeles is FC Barcelona.
Too bad, too. I’d take Lionel Messi way before any Chargers, Raider or Ram, and you would, too.
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Diddy being jailed for getting physical with UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi for yelling at his son Justin Combs is . . . oh, hell, you can’t make it up. Coach yells at player, player’s dad gets all kettlebell-y. Happens all the time every day in every sport because dads are imbalanced . . . well, okay, except for the kettlebell. Besides, Alosi was the Jets coach who tripped Miami special teamer Nolan Carroll during a punt in December 2010, so yeah.
My advice? Just lean back in the passenger seat, roll down the window and ride the wind like a dog with his tongue slapping in the wind.
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When your state’s football coach is eight years ahead of your politicians on a social issue, you’re . . . well, typical. Thus, when Steve Spurrier beat the governor of South Carolina to the issue of the confederate symbol on the state flag in 2007, some people were surprised.
They shouldn’t have been. This is the sort of stuff that affects recruiting, and recruiting is . . . well, you know.
“I realize I'm not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach,” Spurrier said to Athlon’s Jasmine Watkins at the time. “But if anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it. I've been told not to talk about that. But if anyone were ever to ask me about it, I certainly wish we could get rid of it.”
Yep, the Ol’ Ball Coach, Professional Social Conscience. As we suspected.
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That said, Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was eight years later than the OBC as well, but he pretty well nailed it.
Also, as we suspected.
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Oscar de la Hoya is talking aloud about returning to boxing. At age 42. I have no words.
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And finally, the Tom Brady suspension appeal is scheduled for Tuesday. Here’s hoping, despite the logic that indicates that this cannot happen, that both he and Roger Goodell both lose.