Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Hmmm, Familiar

I have an idea. With hindsight being 20/20 and all, maybe it would've made sense to give Matt Clement the ball every other scheduled start, and that way he wouldn't have been quite so awful during the second half of this season (which is eerily familar to how his 2004 season ended).

What does bother me however is the fact that I had to "watch" this game on the internets. Look, I understand that television ultimately decides everything (how else do you explain guys like Rick Sutcliffe and Tim McCarver having jobs?), but what brainiac thought it would be a good idea to start Game 1 of the Sox-Sox series at 4pm EST. Not only do people on the East Coast with regular 9-to-5s miss the game, but so does virtually everyone on the West Coast (oh right, the West Coast doesn't matter -- at least to the TV programming folks). Let me tell you, there's nothing quite as exciting as "watching" Millar strike out looking with runners in scoring position (again) via CBS Sportsline's Gamecast. (Well, "watching" Clement hit two of the first three batters he faced, and then proceeding to give up three jacks was also pretty exciting, I guess.) Given Boston's track record in the post-season though, I don't think getting blown out 14-2 is such a big deal. Seriously.

Les Carpenter seems to think differently, but really, who cares what that guy thinks? I'll take my chances with Wells, Wakefield, and ... even Schilling, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens. I am concerned however, with the possibility that Clement might actually have to pitch again this off-season. That might be the time Theo sits down with Francona and explains Plan B. You know, that's when the Red Sox use the Lou Pinella pitching rotation: start your closer first, then go to your middle relievers, and wrap it up with your originally intended starter. Hey, it could've worked for a team that lost 150 games this year, why not the Red Sox?

Rob Rossi is immediately catapulted into "Champagne Room Status" with this ridiculous interview with the Steelers' Heath Miller. In all the inane Q&A's professional athletes have been apart of, this has to rank at the top of the list for "most worthless." I can't find one redeeming thing about this, nor one even accidentally interesting question. Keep up the good work Rossi.

Speaking of ridiculous stuff and the Pittsburgh Steelers, add this to the list. Specifically, this one little sentence near the end of the article:
Arrington is a Pittsburgh native and the kind of no-holds-barred linebacker Steelers coach Bill Cowher likes.
Cowher also likes cheese cake, but don't expect him to line one up at outside linebacker, especially if it costs $15 million. I can't think of a worse fit for the currently constituted Steelers' defense than LaVar Arrington. When he's not injured, he's bad-mouthing management about getting ripped-off (which may or may not be true), or holding his "be like Jayson Williams" parties where someone inevitably gets shot. Not only that, but the Steelers aren't paying this guy more than what they're paying Porter ... or even Haggans, for that matter (and the article does in fact mention that money would be a problem), and if he ended up in Pittsburgh he'd still be a backup. Yeah, I don't see the Rooney’s loosening the purse strings for this guy.