A Blog Post Becomes News, College Coach Quits, AFC East Best Division Ever?

Raul Ibanez Lashes Out

You know the world has changed when someone who works on a blog is put in the national spotlight. This week Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez commented on a blogger named Jerod Morris, who is the editor/founder for the site “Midwest Sports Fans.” Jerod posted a defense and an assumption of guilt in the same article of Ibanez using performance enhancing drugs. Now before I made up my mind on the matter, I went to the website, read the article which is linked for you if you wish to read it also. The article is rather long, but in it Jerod is defending Ibanez with a lot of statistical evidence and that he might have changed his training habits. Then towards the end, he starts to second guess his defense and then states,”And since I was not able to draw any absolute parallels between his prodigiously improved HR rate and his new ballpark’s hitter-friendliness, it would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that “other” performance enhancers could be part of the equation.”

The real kicker for me is two sentences later,

“Personally, I am withholding judgment until we see a full seasons’ worth of stats.”

Now you can make up your own mind and read the article yourself. Ibanez, who probably did not read or was not told of the whole post commented,

“I’ll come after people who defame or slander me, it’s pathetic and disgusting. There should be some accountability for people who put that out there.”
“You can have my urine, my hair, my blood, my stool — anything you can test, I’ll give you back every dime I’ve ever made” if the test is positive, he added.

Now if Ibanez tests positive in the future, I will be shocked. You don’t say things like that, unless you have nothing to hide. I believe Jerod put up a good defense for Ibanez with the stats and the competition he has faced so far. It should be noted that this article was started with a buddy of his saying that Ibanez is on steroids and Jerod putting this post up to defend Ibanez. Jerod was invited on the “Outside the Lines” program on ESPN, which is also linked for you to see, to discuss what he posted with Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez, who broke the story and Fox Sports Baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal. This was a great debate and it really brought to the forefront the issue of standards in the media and the media’s responsibility. This should be applied to the internet bloggers, tweeters and whatever else they want to call themselves. I know that I have written before and spoken about my opinions on the steroid users in Baseball. Key word, “users.” I do not speculate about guys numbers on this blog or talk about them on the air without having facts. To speculate without facts is wrong in my opinion. That was Jerod Morris’s mistake. To state that he will wait for a full seasons stats is a little disingenuous. Why even try to defend the guy in the beginning of the post if your going to come back to that assumption? Jerod is the editor of this blog. Edit your own posts from time to time. This does bring blogs to the spotlight, but for the wrong reasons.

USC Basketball Coach Tim Floyd Resigns

Now I don’t want to sound like a know it all, but I did mention on May 29, “USC and their coach Tim Floyd will soon be punished for the O.J. Mayo scandal involving money and gifts.” Well apparently Tim Floyd acted before the punishment came down. Now I don’t know if he did give $1,000 to a former O.J. Mayo associate named Rodney Guilloryto sway Mayo into coming to USC. It does seem odd that Floyd would bolt before an investigation was complete. Again, I’m not assuming guilt. What’s even weirder about this is that USC AD Mike Garrett was not the first to get the letter. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi first reported the letter. In that letter Floyd explains his resignation,”Unfortunately, I no longer feel I can offer the level of enthusiasm to my duties that is deserved by the university, my coaching staff, my players, their families, and the supporters of Southern Cal. I always promised my self and my family that if I ever felt I could no longer give my full enthusiasm to a job, that I should leave it to others who could. I intend to contact my coaching staff and my players in coming days and weeks to tell them how much each of them means to me. I wish the best to USC and to my successor.”

Now this is a lose lose for everyone involved. Well, except for Mayo who is now in the NBA. Floyd is going to be presumed guilty in resigning before punishment came down. He left that program hanging and possibly damaged for years to come. I don’t see any big time coaches, employed or unemployed taking this job. But, stranger things have happened in college basketball. Mike Garrett has a lot on his table including a still ongoing investigation in the football program with Reggie Bush. Things could get worse for USC.

Rex Ryan vs. The AFC East

I am a huge fan of Rex Ryan. Ever since he was hired by the Jets, he has made some great comments. I don’t have the exact comment, but it was something like, if you knock one of our guys out, were gonna send two of yours to the hospital. That was during his first press conference. He has kept quiet since. Now with OTA’s starting this month, he came out and said,”I’m not here to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.”

Nice quote. And that’s the way he should react to his division rival. Now Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder took offense to Ryan thinking that New England was the team to beat and cracked back crowning Rex Ryan the Super Bowl champs of the OTA’s. Beautiful rebuttal Channing. Ryan of course had to respond, thankfully, with this great bit,

“I don’t know this Channing Crowder, All I know is that he’s all tatted up, so I guess I ought to be nervous about him. He’s right about one thing: I am a first-time head coach, but I’ve been around the game all my life. I’m no different than I’ve ever been, just that more people are listening. The other thing is I think he’s wrong because I do think you win in June, I think you win with your preparation and all that kind of stuff. If I was younger, I’d probably handle him myself.”

Easy Rex, Channing is a couple decades younger than you. Now Mr. Crowder was not going to take this lying down. He promptly sounded off,

“Oh, Lord have mercy, what’s wrong with him? Now he’s talking about preparation? We play them twice this year. If he wants to be prepared, shouldn’t he know the starting middle linebackers of his division rival? He says he’d take care of me if he was younger? I’d have beat the hell out of that big old joker. Or if he really wants to get retro, my daddy or my uncle could have handled him. Don’t get big. Win with preparation? Start watching some tape and learn who your rival is. Come on now.”

This so called feud has for the most part come to an end, but I can’t wait for the NFL season to start. The AFC East is the best division ever. I will be watching every game with great anticipation. Rex Ryan hasn’t commented on the Bills yet. T.O., watch out cause your next when training camp starts.



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