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Today is Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers

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The baseball off-season seemed especially long this year.  Perhaps it was everything that was going on in the background that made the time pass so slowly.  Elections, wars, national disasters and an economic collapse.  Needless to say, the state of Michigan needs a distraction from all of the nonsense.  Sure, the Spartans are playing for a national championship tonight.  But that distraction will be short lived.  The Tigers will be playing all summer long.  There’s only one problem.  In order for the Tigers to be an effective stress reliever, they will have to win games.  Watching Fernando Rodney blow saves is not going to put Michiganders into a good mood.

In 1968 the Tigers won the World Series.  This wasn’t simply a typical championship season.  There had been race riots and chaos in the city of Detroit.  The success of the Tigers helped the city forget about its troubles and played a role in uniting citizens.  My hope is that the 2009 Tigers are going to be able to accomplish some of the same things.

I know that a good baseball season will hardly fix the problems that the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan and the entire nation are facing.  But if baseball can add a little joy to people’s lives, isn’t that good enough?

My season prediction, probably greatly skewed by the thoughts of what I just written about, is as follows:  The Tigers will win the AL Wild Card and make the playoffs.  From there, who knows?  Let’s go Tigers.  Michigan needs you.

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April 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

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Why I No Longer Watch the NBA

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I haven’t watched a single NBA game in over a year.  Not by chance, but because I refuse to.  There are two reasons for this, which I will explain below.

The Star Treatment: NBA officials favor star players and rarely call a game fairly. To best understand this, watch any game in which LeBron James plays.  If an opposing player lays a finger on LeBron, he is quickly whistled for a foul.  Yet James can do just about anything that he wants to.  An example of this can be seen in last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons.  Lebron played over 40 minutes and had exactly zero fouls called against him.  What are the chances?  Apparently he doesn’t have to dribble the ball either.  This morning, on ESPN, a “highlight” was shown in which LeBron clearly traveled en route to a “spectacular” basket.  This happens all the time in the NBA.  Player are commonly seen taking three steps on their way to the rim.  Lebron however, took FIVE.  If the NBA cannot enforce its most basic rule, how can the integrity of the officiating be trusted in any situation?

Laziness:  I’ve never seen another sport in which players can simply stand around while their teammates are working so hard.  It’s particularly bad during the first half of the season.  Players will simply be standing around while a teammate is attempting to make a play.  It’s very aggravating, especially when your team is being lazy.  As early as the 5th grade, basketball coaches tell their players to move without the ball.  For some reason, this idea is lost on NBA players.

I watch hockey, football and baseball.  I even watch college basketball.  But you won’t see me supporting this corrupt league full of lazy millionaires.

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April 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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