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The Week In Sports Recap 5/14/12

Everybody step back from the ledge. The Tigers are going to be fine. Just relax people. My thoughts on the Tigs, the flopping epidemic of the NBA, and hell, we’ll even talk some soccer.

MLB: Still Early for Tigers

 

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I don’t understand why Detroit Tigers fans overreact so much.  With the Tigers sitting at .500 at 17-17, people are acting like the sky is falling and it’s all Jim Leyland’s fault.  Don’t get me wrong, .500 isn’t where I want the Tigers sitting, but it’s 34 games into the season people, which is a little early to freak out in my book.  The lineup has hit better in warm weather in past years, which is desperately needed, because the offense has looked anemic at best.  There are also serious problems in the bullpen, but  the good news is, is that the Tigers are only a game behind Cleveland in the Central, and are pretty much exactly where they were this time last year.  The Indians are frauds and the division will be ripe for the pickings by July.  Give Jimmy Smokes some time to figure it out, and we’ll be alright Tigers fan.

Josh Hamilton is another big story coming out of MLB as the dude rocked 4 home runs in a single game this week.  Hamilton has 18 homers in 35 games, which is unbelievable.  I’ve always dug Hamilton, especially considering his struggles with addiction, and the tragic ballpark accident he was a part of a few years ago.

 


NBA: Flopping Is Out Of Control

 

I love the NBA, but things have really gotten out of hand in regards to flopping.  Players try get calls to go their way by overselling contact and hitting the deck like they just got shot.  Basketball is fast moving, so often, the flop fools referee, and a foul gets called.  Flops cheapen the game, and it’s got the point where even NBA commissioner David Stern is sick of it.  Stern was quoted,

I think it’s time to look at (flopping) in a more serious way, because it’s only designed to fool the referee. It’s not a legitimate play in my judgment. I recognize if there’s contact (you) move a little bit, but some of this is acting. We should give out Oscars rather than MVP trophies.

Well guess what commish?  It’s your league.  Do something about it.  When a dude who is 6’10″ and 285 pounds go flying from getting bumped, tell your refs not to call the foul.  The whole flopping trend cheapens the game and the NBA needs to put a stop to it.  Fine guys, tech them up, whatever.  Just do something to stop the soccer-fying of basketball.

 


Soccer: Manchester City Wins English Premier League Title

Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

 

Soccer is so boring!  I will never understand why the rest of the world has so much passion for such a sucky sport.  Over in bloody old England, Manchester City won it’s first English Premier League title in 44 years, and of course, the Brits are pumped about it.  They also get pumped for fish and chips and chimney sweeps though, so take it with a grain of salt.  The game was dramtic and went down to the wire, which makes it more fun than watching grass grow, but still less fun than going to a retirement home.  With all the senior citizen sex going on now-a-day, you’re more likely to see some score in a home than on the soccer field.

 

 

 

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