It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Isn’t it time the Angels admit they were fleeced in the Scott Kazmir deal? They still owe this guy a staggering $28 million and he isn’t even good enough to be their fifth starter next season . . .
Here’s my question: Who scouted Kazmir before the deal was made? Didn’t anyone notice his slider had disappeared and he wasn’t the same pitcher? Apparently not . . .
That left-handed shovel giveaway pass into triple coverage down at the goal line by the Giants’ Eli Manning was the dumbest play I’ve ever seen by a quarterback. At any level . . .
Ichiro Suzuki making it 10 200-hit seasons in his 10 years in the majors is one of the more staggering achievements in modern sports history. Too bad so few people seem to have noticed . . .
What kind of odds could you have had that UCLA’s Norm Chow would call 22 running plays in a row against Texas? . . .
By the way, Pete Carroll seriously mismanaged the clock at the end of the half of the Seahawks-Chargers game, costing his team at least three points. You had to wonder if he was thinking about that when San Diego came back to tie the game late in the fourth quarter . . .
Everybody remembers the late George Blanda as the old, creaky quarterback who won so many games for the Raiders. But how many remember him as a great AFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers? Or a fine passer for George Halas’ Chicago Bears? I do . . .
If you love horse racing, you have to be saddened by Real Quiet’s death at age 15. The Bob Baffert trained 3-year-old won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1988, and should have won the Belmont to nail the Triple Crown. Only a questionable — and that’s putting it nicely — ride by Kent Desormeaux prevented it from happening . . .
So tell me, Norv Turner, any plans to work on defending kickoff returns this week? . . .
It is difficult to watch the Padres grovel for runs at this point, after a season when they played so well and so far over their heads. Their lineup, like that of the Angels, just doesn’t seem to have enough hits in it . . .
The Chiefs seem like a fluke at 3-0 until you look a bit closer at their defense. After three games, it is starting to appear legitimate . . .
We always knew Michael Vick, with his freaky athletic talent, could run. But when did he start having the patience to stay in the pocket and throw like that? . . .
You’ll be sure and wake me when the McCourt trial is over, right? . . .
Nothing Allen Bradford did at Washington State makes me think he shouldn’t be USC’s starting tailback for the big games that are coming . . .
Don’t spread this around, but the New England Patriots’ once vaunted defense appears to be in serious trouble . . .
I don’t blame the Tampa Bay Rays for being upset by the lack of crowds to watch their quality team. Baseball in Florida has become one big joke . . .
Give me an R, Give me a Y, give me a . . .Oh, I’m sorry. I’m just trying to get revved up for the always exciting Ryder Cup . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF