This is a blog, where I share my thoughts on the world of sports. I grew up near Chicago, so most of my topics will mainly focus on Chicago based sports teams.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Plan....what plan???

Last year, Kenny Williams told the media "To stay out of White Sox Business". Maybe Kenny Williams should have listened to the media, because his rebuilt bullpen was AWFUL! After a disappointing season, Williams said the White Sox would retool for another playoff run. In sports at the college and professional level, nobody wants to use the word "rebuild", they instead use the word retool.

This off season Williams claimed he had a plan for the White Sox. Last year, Williams showed Mark Buerhle his "wish list". Judging by this off season, Williams had Tori Hunter number one on his list. Williams must understand that in baseball's current status. If you want to sign a free agent, TEAMS MUST OVER PAY! The White Sox were outbid on Hunter by the Angels.

Williams then struck a deal with the Angels: Orlando Cabrera in exchange for Jon Garland. I have previously written how this is a bad deal. Williams weakened an already bad starting rotation. The White Sox now have three questions instead of two. Last season, the White Sox tried to fill out there rotation with two inexperienced starters. The result was 72-90 record. Now they have three inexperienced starters in their rotation. Ozzie Guillen will begging by the end of MAY to be fired!

Williams then targeted former White Sox hero, Aaron Rowand, for his center field option. Williams believed that Rowand's love for the Sox, would compel him to accept a low offer from the Sox. Rowand decided to sign with the Giants for five years and 60 million dollars.

The only other free agent signing was some Cuban exile, who can play multiple positions. Honestly, was this signing apart of the "PLAN".

Williams plan must have looked great on paper or in his egoistical head. Bottom line, the White Sox got worse this off season. If this process is "retooling", I can only imagine what rebuilding looks like.

Taking all these moves or lack of moves into consideration, I am predicting that the White Sox will finish BELOW the Kansas City Royals in the 2008 season. I will even be bold enough to predict less than 70 wins for the Sox this season.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Devotion or Stupidity?

Merry Christmas to all! It has been sometime since my last blog. There has not been a shortage of topics for me to write about. There has just been a lack of time and effort on my part. I am tired of the Mitchell report, and the Patriots pursuit of perfection. In the coming days, I will give my thoughts on the Bears victory over the Packers, and the Bulls Firing of Scott Skiles.

For this Blog, I thought I would write about something different. I came across a link to a video from DIII Cross Country Nationals.

This video features a female runner, who 20 meters or so, before the finish line, breaks her FIBULA (bone in her leg). The runner, then tries to stand up and continue running. She falls back down, ultimately she crawls across the finish line. I wonder why did she try and keep on running? Was it Stupidity or devotion?

This runner was a DIII runner. For DIII athletes, there is no reward for competing in college. DIII athletes do not get scholarships to compete in sports. DIII athletes, are on sports teams, because they love their sport.

Being that I was once a DIII Distance runner, I would have to think it was devotion. Runners form a bond through all the hard work and pain they endure together. You eat together, room together, practice together, bleed together, and feel pain together. the great teams grow into a family. A Cross Country team is a group of individuals competing as one unit. You depend on other members of your team to do their job. I feel that she was just trying to finish her jpb, not let herself and her teammates down.

I know for myself, I would have gotten up and tried running. I do not like to quit or beaten. If I could help it, I would NOT let my team down. I believe this girl felt the same way.

Since I was a runner in the division as her, I can guess why she did what she did.

I pose the question to everyone runner or non-runner: Was it devotion or stupidity?