No Friday Flashback post today. Instead I have a few sports-related rants and observations to share with you. Yes, I have a blog and I intend to use it.
The Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets last night to even their Western Conference Semifinal series at 2-2. Yes, Pekka Rinne was in goal and played better than he has in recent games. I still would have started Juuse Saros and I’m not so sure I can be very confident about Rinne even with last night’s win. I also applaud the move to put Scott Hartnell in the game. He’s a veteran player and definitely added the physicality to counter Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien. I really was tired of hearing the endless comments from NBC’s AJ about how big and strong Byfuglien is. I’m also glad that Patrik Laine FINALLY scored a goal so now the NBC commentators will shut up about it. Enough already about how many games he had gone without scoring. The young, goat-bearded wonder has scored now, let’s move on.
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Ryan on a five-year, $150 million contract with $100 million guaranteed. Are you kidding me? Why? Yeah, I know they call him “Matty Ice” (which is detest) but has he won any Super Bowls? I won’t deny that Ryan is good but I wouldn’t necessary say his consistent. Speaking of highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL, when I asked Siri about it you won’t believe the top five: Kirk Cousins (seriously??), Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr and Drew Brees. What are owners and general managers paying all this money for?
Nashville’s Metro Council is set to vote on proposal to move our Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium which was originally supposed to be built on the Fairgrounds near downtown. There is some consternation about the location. A Nashville MLS spokesman fears that failure to support the site will cost Nashville its proposed MLS expansion which was awarded in December. It’s a bit crazy to me that they can do this much work for a soccer stadium but they can’t come up with a plan to fix the traffic mess. They will eventually approve and build a soccer stadium but it will be a mess trying to get there.
President Trump is going to appoint Bill Belichick to his sports council. Yet another reason to dislike both. Was deflate-gate not enough?
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart got a new 7-year , $49 million dollar deal from Georgia. I’m a bit on the fence about this one. At least Smart got the Bulldogs to the National Championship game right? The Southeastern Conference is brutal. It will be very difficult to repeat the success from last season. Smart becomes the fifth highest paid coach in the big-time college football division.
Someone recently told me they would like the Kentucky Derby more if not for the horses. They prefer all the hoopla (i.e. fancy hats, mint juleps) to the actual horse race. You would hope they treat those awesome animals well and don’t abuse them. Sorry, I’m not a fan. It’s a horse race.
Who is Josh Rosen and why is he stirring up junk? His feelings are hurt that he fell to 10th in the recent NFL draft before the Arizona Cardinals traded up to select him. Really? What exactly did he do in college football? Well, he’s with the Cardinals. It won’t matter much anyway.
I’m still disappointed that Georgia Running Back Nick Chubb got snagged by the Cleveland Browns. I was hoping the Tennessee Titans would get him. Poor Chubb.
In case you’re following the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 128-110 last night to take a 2-0 lead in their series. Toronto is the #1 seed in the East but looks like they are fading fast. To be honest, I haven’t been interested in the NBA playoffs since Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson retired.
I really wish the Washington Redskins would change their stupid name.
The best reason that John Gruden has returned to coaching again is that he won’t be on Monday Night Football anymore. Have you heard that the new announcers will be Joe Tessitore and former Dallas Cowboys’ Tight End Jason Witten? I know who Jason Witten is but I have to admit that I had to click on Joe Tessitore’s name link to refresh my memory on who he is. We have come a LONG way from the days of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. Frankly (no pun intended), I think they should finally put an end to Monday Night Football. Turn out the lights and let the party be over.
Yesterday my wife gave me a Savannah Bananas shirt from the Coastal Plains League team. It will go along with the Macon Bacon shirt I ordered a few weeks ago. I think the Portland (Oregon) Pickles and Montgomery (Alabama) Biscuits will be next on my list.