Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend Observations

Melky Cabrera forgot that we live in the new millennium. When the 2012 MLB all star game MVP got caught using performance enhancing drugs he did what any normal person would do, he tried to cover his tracks. On the verge of losing in excess of $50,000,000 in free agency contract money Cabrera and his people tried to set up a fake website. The theory was to blame a fictitious manufacturer for supplying him with the substance that led to his failed drug test. Unfortunately for Cabrera technology has advanced to the point that poorly planned capers like this one can be detected rather easily.

Before you go throwing the book at Melky Cabrera and getting all self righteous ask yourself what are you willing to do for 50 mil? Chances are taking a pill that will help you hit the ball farther and work out longer is on the list. I'm not condoning Melky Cabrera's actions, but I understand why he did what he did. Here are some observations over the weekend.

The Seattle Mariners have only given up 4 runs in their last 4 wins. This includes a perfect game by King Felix Hernandez earlier last week. With a bunch of young arms waiting to come up from the minors is it time to start getting optimistic about the future? Not until they find someone that can hit.

Novak Djokovic is still a great player, but nowhere near his 2011 form. After losing at WImbledon and the Olympics Djokovic lost in the finals of the Cincy Open to Roger Federer 6-0, 7-6. Judging from his body language and shot making capability I'd say he's vulnerable at the US Open.

Kevin Kolb is on borrowed time in Arizona. After a dismal performance in the Cardinals 2nd preseason game the Oakland Raiders Tommy Kelly was heard saying, "That boy is scared!" Those are 4 words you never want to hear about your starting quarterback. It's time for John Skelton to step in and take the reigns.

He may be a malcontent capable of drinking three times the legal limit, but Justin Blackmon is a hell of a football player. If he can keep his off the field problems in check the Jaguars may have an all pro receiver. Making Blaine Gabbert look good is no easy task and Blackmon did just that. Stay tuned.

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