Thursday, September 24, 2015

How Much Should We Miss Robinson Cano?

On SportsCenter Thursday morning, this graphic popped up during the Mariners highlight:

Two thousand hits for Robbie -- pretty impressive. He's the only second baseman to reach that mark in his first 11 seasons. The milestone prompted me to think a few Cano-related thoughts:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

How Saintly Was My Grandmother?

Grandma Theresa, Modern-Day Saint

I once heard an All Saints’ Day sermon in which the priest defined saint as “an ordinary person who does extraordinary things.” I’ve never met an individual to whom that quote applied more than my grandmother, Theresa McConnell, who passed away on September 2 at the age of 88. People often use the term “saint” to compliment a kind person or action. Still, I’d argue that it’s an overused word and should be reserved for the truly special among us. With that being said, I’m confident that Grandma is the closest I’ll ever come to knowing a saint.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How Would NFL Teams Borrow Players From Other Sports?

Before he was given the Napoleon-to-Elba treatment by ESPN, Bill Simmons touched on an interesting idea in his last few weeks with the Worldwide Leader. On a "B.S. Report" podcast at the end of April, guest Bill Barnwell asked Simmons, "Do you think the Patriots should approach Mookie Betts about playing wide receiver at some point this season?"

"Ooohh, is that possible?" Simmons responded. "I would also sign Jae Crowder because I think that guy could absolutely be a fourth tight end for us. And Isaiah Thomas could return kicks ... It would be cool if you were allowed to use three players from other teams in your city. I think the Patriots would be in good shape."

As we approach the NFL season, I decided we should follow through on Simmons' idea. Let's swing around the league and give each football team the option to steal three players from other sports teams in that city. It's a fun idea because diehard fans of one organization are usually big supporters of the other teams in the same city. Big cities obviously have a bit of an advantage here, but I don't mind because I'm from New York. Besides, as you'll see, there are plenty of options even in most smaller cities despite the fact that there are fewer players to choose from.