It is another Tuesday in the sporting world, which can only mean one thing. Lets jump into a another “Food for Thought.” These are hot topics that have been discussed or at least running through my head all day.
Who has the better hair?
Arlington has undergone a media frenzy. As it goes every year, the week leading up to the Super Bowl is arguably the most publicized and dissected week we have in American sports. There are over 5,000 certified media professionals alone hanging around Arlington getting ready for the big game. Sure much has been discussed regarding the big game. Topics such as who is going to win the game? Which team has the better Quarterback? What is the deal with the Green Bay’s turmoil over the team picture? But the real question in my eyes boils down to one thing. Who has the better hair?
You already know who I am talking about when I ask this. Each team’s star defender has long, beautiful hair. So what if Polamalu brought home the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award edging out Matthews by 2 votes. Who takes the crown for the better hair? Each has very well groomed, long lengths. Polamalu features a bit more curls, but Matthews has the always aesthically pleasing blond. If push came to shove, I would give the edge to Polamalu. And here is why.
Troy has way more commercials. His hair is way more publicized. Plus he guaranteed that the work that goes into his hair is far more expensive without question than that of Matthews. Clay needs to get his hair some more air time in order to compete with the man that I will declare the “King of Hair” at this time. So I got Polamalu sporting the best hair. Who you got?
Can Lightning Strike Twice?
One of the big topics regarding the MLB today has to do with the reunification of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. This time, they are taking their talents to Tampa. Both of these guys were major pieces to the puzzle that helped break the legendary Curse of the Bambino in Boston. Could they somehow lead the Rays to their first ever title?
Absolutely not. Damon is 37. Ramirez is 39. Carl Crawford is gone. Carlos Pena is gone. Matt Garza is gone. Jason Bartlett is gone. Much of the core off of last year’s AL East Champion has departed. Last year with Detroit, Damon hit .271 with 8 HRs and 51 RBIs. Crawford, the departed Ray, batted .307 with 19 HRs and 90 RBIs. Due to injuries, Ramirez hit just 9 HRs and 42 RBIs. Age, injuries, and suspensions have gotten the best of the old slugger. Nearly 19 million is a hefty price to pay for a player that is not a shell of what he once was.
Sorry Tampa, but you are playing for 3rd place. Lightning will not strike twice. Not only did Tampa regress from last year, both New York and Boston have dramatically improved. I will be shocked to see the Rays even make the playoffs.
Lay off the Lake Show
People are acting like the Lakers are no longer a title contender. They are no longer the team to beat. They no longer have a target on their back. LA took a tough loss at home to Boston on Sunday in front of a very large viewing audience. They have lost 4 of 7. Magic Johnson is declaring it is time the Lakers make a big time trade. Must be time to panic..
Give me a break. This happens every year in LA it seems. So the boys have struggled against some of the big time teams. So Miami embarassed them on Christmas in front of the entire world. So Boston whooped their butts in front of a very large national viewing audience in Saturday. This team is 33 and 15. They are 10 games ahead of the 2nd place Phoenix Suns. And they are 2nd in the overall Western Conference Standings. Ask Lebron James and Cleveland what a number 1 seed gets you. Sure LA has some kinks to work out. But it is the beginning of February. As the coach who has won 11 titles said, “Talk to me come April 15th.” The man is right. Home court advantage is nice in the playoffs. But it is not the end all be all.
Kobe needs help. Guys like Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Andrew Bynum will step up when the time calls. As I have said many times before. The Lakers are at their best when Kobe is taking between 18 and 22 shots a game. He took 29 on Sunday against Boston. He took 16 on Christmas against Miami. Both games resulted in losses. 16 is too little. 29 is far too many. 18 to 22 is just right for the Black Mamba. Expect this team to still be playing come June, with or without a big time trade before the deadline.
So there you have my thoughts on some of the main things going on in the sporting world. Let me hear your thoughts though. Please comment below with any questions or insights that you may have or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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