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Sunday, December 11th, 2016

ZONER: ON WAYNE-O, WORLD BASEBALL & THE HAWKS

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Hey–blow out your arm for your country! Sign up now! The whole World Baseball Classic is a farce. In 2 years will anyone remember who won? Maybe. But will fans remember that their star player ruined his season or career by playing in a trivial series? Forever. And ever. And you have guys playing for countries that I don’t even think they have ever been to. Shouldn’t you have to have been born in the country that you will play for? How about at least being a citizen? Check out the rosters. Check out the Italians. It’s mostly Americans. I won’t be watching.

Mike Downey cries a river for Wayne Gretzky in today’s Trib. He speaks of Gretzky’s loyalty and points to some quotes from the Great One to back this up. On Bruce McNall: “I think he’s a good person who made a mistake.” McNall went to prison for ripping off millions of dollars from financial institutions. Downey follows Gretzky’s quote with “He might know two more.”, referring to Janet Jones and Rick Tocchet. Someone who knowingly bilks millions of dollars from innocent people has not made a “mistake”. People who run a massive gambling ring have not made “mistakes”. Whether they are good people or not doesn’t really enter into the equation. The mistakes they have made were apparently getting caught. Everyone can be forgiven. But to call conscious decisions “mistakes” is so weak.

If Gretzky had all this going on behind his back he deserves some understanding and sympathy. But if he thinks McNall, Jones and Tocchet made “mistakes”, he deserves a lesson on vocabulary.

And speaking of hockey, now I’ve heard it all. The pathetic Blackhawks have a new excuse: Wirtz: New rules Hawks’ downfall

Unreal.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">Anonymous</span>

    Thanks for b-day wishes. And honestly I don’t feel a day over 31. (Thanks also for the film noir article, looks interesting, and has been copied-and-pasted for future reading.)

    As for the Super Bowl, it was compelling I suppose, but sloppy and poorly officiated and as an exhibition of football, more awful than good. Lots of things that could be rehashed, but the one thing that sticks out to me: HOW CAN YOU NOT BE READY FOR THE ANTWAN-RANDLE-EL-THROWS-THE-BALL PLAY!!! How can you prepare for Pitt for 2 weeks and then fall for that. Really inexcusable. They seemingly run that play every time I see them. Didn’t they try that play against Den? Regardless, they run a lot of reverses and razzle-dazzle stuff, to the point where if I’m on defense and I see #82 or #86 moving behind the line, I’m thinking “stay at home, stay at home, be ready”. Long off-season for Holmgren.

    PV

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    not holmgren’s best effort–playcalling, clock management and more just weren’t good enough. Their D was brutal on 3rd down and their penalties seemed to be at the worst possible times.

    He also fell in love with the little passes. How did they have the advantage in T.O.P. and yet Alexander had only 20 carries. Weak.

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