Sportsattitudes today initiates the first in a summer series…and possibly last in a summer series…called Friday Rants.
1. Jim Riggleman resigned as Manager of the Washington Nationals yesterday. People are astonished he would do that while the team is on a winning streak. I’m astonished at their astonishment. I could write a book about how silly some of the 24-hour reaction is but I’ll save my one blast for his now-former GM Mike Rizzo, who was quoted as saying he “was always taught that one of the cardinal rules of baseball was that no individual can put his interests before those of the team.” And, “We should be celebrating going to Chicago. I’m disappointed that this is a distraction, that this is not thinking of the team first, that it is thinking of personal goals, thinking of personal things first. That’s probably what disappoints me the most.”
Mike Rizzo…what planet ARE you from? Business, Mike. It is called business, plain and simple. I could help you on this but you’re obviously too far “gone”…from the solar system as we know it.
2. Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder says the NFL lockout is “messing up the integrity of the game.” Also, “There’s going to be more injuries…it’s going to be real simple football.”
Channing Crowder…stop making proactive excuses for the anticipated quality of play. When the horrible disaster hit Japan recently I know for a fact American customers of Japanese suppliers affected by it…after relaying “heartfelt condolences”…wanted to know where the heck their stuff was. You play football, my man. Get in shape and stop shooting a warning shot across the bow why players might not be business-like enough because the schedules got messed up. Those thoughts are messed up. You were the fellow who said he’d keep KNOCKING PEOPLE OUT last season, correct? And now you’re concerned about injuries…WHAT?
3. ESPN The Magazine released its ninth annual Ultimate Standings. If you have never seen or heard of these they look at the four major sports and reach a consensus as to where each organization rates relative to what their fans “get back.” I would be remiss if I didn’t single out the organization rated dead last…the Cincinnati Bengals. I have banged on the Bengals before (ironically it was one of my most-viewed posts because it had “Motivational Expert” in the title…e-mail me directly if you need inspiration folks…I don’t charge as much).
Peter Keating’s write-up in the magazine says it all…”Owner Mike Brown, whose legendary father Paul launched the franchise in 1967 for an $8 million fee, is a nice guy. But the staff directory reveals that he has more relatives on the payroll than team doctors, and between 1994 and 2000 the Bengals paid him and members of his family more than $50 million according to court documents from a 2007 probate trial. That might not be so bad except that Brown refuses to hire a GM, and it’s hard to tell whether the players he has collected over the years are more notorious for their losing, off-field antics or arrests. And now Cincinnati fans are snapping. A few have tried to organize against the team. One group called “WhoDey Revolution,” has staged protests like bringing 1,000 urinal cakes inscribed “98-186-1-Get Pissed” into Paul Brown Stadium. But most are just giving up. The Bengals didn’t sell out the last four home games of their dismal 2010 campaign and got blacked out of local TV. In our survey, fans ranked the team dead last in all sports in expectations for a championship; player likability, effort and accessibility; fan-friendliness…and promotions and giveaways. That’s an awful lot of hopelessness.”
The article goes on to point out the Bengals enjoy one of the most favorable stadium deals of all-time. Taxpayers essentially paid for the entire construction cost of Paul Brown Stadium….and the club keeps ALL money from concessions…ALL money from sign advertising…ALL profits from parking…and pays its County all of one shiny quarter per ticket sold. Better yet, the Bengals are presently trying to EXTEND the deal.
Mike Brown…it’s time to fire Marvin Lewis, hire a real Head Coach, get yourself a real General Manager…and then fire yourself. Go enjoy the fruits of having ripped off a major sports city for as long as you have. And make sure to take all those relatives with you…we don’t want your plague to infest Cincinnati ever again.