Once again time to answer just a handful of the many, many questions that keep pouring into the sportsattitudes‘ mailbox…once he thinks them up.
Q. Bobby Petrino was fired as Head Coach of the Arkansas football team for lying about a motorcycle accident with his newly announced mistress, who he also recently had hired as the Student-Athlete Development Coordinator at the university and given $20K to. What is your main takeaway from all this?
A. See how much damage can be done when you don’t wear a helmet?
Q. I recently saw an article in USA Today noting the fact Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL all have their rule books on their web sites and readily available for fans…but NASCAR does not. Why do you think that is?
A. Because NASCAR rewrites their rulebook on a weekly basis.
Q. How about Bubba Watson winning that Masters Tournament? He was very emotional. I have not seen an athlete tear up that badly in a long time. Thoughts?
A. The timing of Watson’s emotions was interesting for me personally because I had just gotten done reading an article about crying in the workplace…on the job. I do believe that had Bubba blubbered that much behind a desk he might have been sent home for the day with a request to “see someone” before returning. If that had happened in a boardroom it wouldn’t have been as wonderfully received as it was on the course. That being said, if Watson continues to play like he did at Augusta he’s going to be visiting a lot of boardrooms making a lot of endorsement deals. I hear Kleenex is in the mix.
Q. Ozzie Guillen appears to have dodged a bullet over his pro-Fidel Castro comments. Ironic the Marlins hired him in no small part to connect with the very community he outraged, initially calling for a boycott of Marlins games. What fallout do you expect now that he has tried to explain himself and apologize to everyone?
A. I always expected after the “warm and fuzzy” glow of the new stadium and uniforms wore off this franchise would go back to playing before a handful of spectators. The best their ownership and marketing people can hope for now is a bump in attendance from all the pro-Castro fans in the area.
Q. The NHL Playoffs start-up this week. Consensus seems to be the best opening series should be the Flyers and the Penguins. Philadelphia’s chances probably come down to how well Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov plays. He’s been full of crazy comments and lazy play all year…at least in the last month it looks like he’s calmed down both on and off the ice. How do you think he’ll do?
A. If you tried to compile all the nutty things this guy has said and done since he hit our region it would be at least three novels worth. My personal favorite was after being told he would not start the NHL’s Winter Classic…he Tweeted a picture of the thermos he would be bringing for his Earl Grey tea. The organization has been working with him to try to help him communicate less…and better. This week, he was asked if he was afraid of facing the Penguins.
“I’m not afraid of anything (except) the bear in the forest.”
Intrepid Philly scribes translated this to mean he really is afraid of bears…since about eight years ago he saw photos of an acquaintance that was mauled and killed by a bear during a hunting trip. You never know how someone is going to react when you give them the keys to the franchise. In Ilya’s case, at least we know if he sees a bear he’ll be grabbing those keys and driving off as fast as possible. He most definitely will need to bear down for the Flyers to defeat Pittsburgh.
Q. Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks are parting ways. Mark Cuban had some very unflattering things to say about his brief time in Dallas. What do you make of all this?
A. Lamar never really “checked into” Dallas so it should be fairly easy for him to “check out.” I understand he and his wife Khloe Kardashian are now busy thinking through whether they should rename their reality show ”Keeping Up With The Odoms” while Lamar wanders the NBA landscape looking for work. While E! Network is likely the front-runner to carry it, don’t be surprised if the Travel Channel makes a play for it. One thing he can do well on the court is travel…and now he’ll be doing it off the court as well.
Q. Nike recently unveiled new uniforms for the National Football League. This while all the discussions about player safety continue to heat up in light of the penalties against the Saints, as well as the continuing lawsuits over the NFL’s prior knowledge about the severity of concussions. Do you expect Nike to come forward with any innovations along the lines of protecting players?
A. There is a rumor Nike is hard at work developing really cool flags. They should be ready for the start of pre-season so all NFL players can get used to their fit…and the new rules involving them. One note – it appears the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the only team that has to rip BOTH flags off of a player possessing the ball.