September 15, 2005
Judging from the fact that I am just now reading Alan Schwarz's The Numbers Game -- which, in addition to being written by one of my favorite writers, was universally praised as one of the best sports books of last year -- I'd say I will get to Simmons' book sometime around 2018. But hey, did I mention that The Hardball Times Baseball Annual: 2006 is available for pre-order?
Why do I bring this up? Because Jason Sehorn, who was significantly overrated, fawned upon far too often, and not very good at all, made headlines in Boston earlier this week for his comments about Brady on ESPN Radio. I didn't really think Sehorn's comments were that outrageous -- he basically said Peyton Manning is a lot better than Brady and he'd even take Marc Bulger over him -- but I did think it was funny that one of the most overrated athletes of all time would have the balls to say someone else is overrated.
And, of course, Brady responded with a classy, subtle jab back at Sehorn:
People can say what they want, and we'll just line up and play. Unfortunately, a lot of people who get attention in the league are the self promoters who talk about how good they are, how good their teams are -- and they don't seem to come through a whole lot.
When you're a player whose claims to fame are being a rare white guy who played cornerback (badly), having ridiculously toned abs, and marrying an attractive actress, you should probably stay out of the player-evaluation game. Oh, and Angie Harmon is nearly as overrated as Sehorn (and probably about as good at covering wide receivers).
There are so many people in this country trying to ban and censor so many different things that don't matter at all, from video games, radio shows, and television to drugs, cheerleading outfits, and sex. If we could collectively take 99% of the effort and attention given to issues like what cheerleaders are wearing and apply it to things that actually matter to the average person ... well, I'd have a lot less stuff to complain about here.
The Week in Waffle Crappers:
* Jessica Alba looking as good as a human being can possibly look in a swimsuit.
* Alba looking slightly less spectacular and a whole lot more clothed in Entertainment Weekly.
* Christina Aguilera, whom I've never really been a huge fan of, looking ridiculously good while subtlely showing off some, um, body jewelry.
(Don't worry, everything linked at this blog is "safe for work." Well, unless you work with the people who banned the torso-exposing cheerleading outfits, I guess.)
Wait, it gets better:
For the second straight year, a sheep has been stolen from the Natural Resources Trust of Easton, abused, and left inside of a dormitory at Stonehill College.
According to Robert Babineau, executive director of the trust, the sheep was taken Sept. 3, spray-painted in black, dressed in a bra, and placed inside a Stonehill dorm.
Officials believe that students at the college may be responsible for the theft because of a similar incident that occurred last year. A sheep was stolen from the trust, dressed in a bra, and put in a dormitory.
No paint was involved in the earlier incident.
Perhaps he heard the sad news that the E! canceled Taradise.
In the latest case, the sheep, as well as a chicken, were taken from an educational location of the trust's land on Main Street in Easton called the Sheep Pasture.
While the chicken is unharmed, Babineau said, the sheep seemed distraught from the experience.
I'll trust everyone to create their own punchline here.
He's not more powerful, he's just faster and he's slick. I mean, it was like the guy had Vaseline on or something.
Today's Picks (100-90, +$845):
Detroit (Johnson) +210 over Los Angeles (Lackey)
Oklahoma +7 (-110) over UCLA
Michigan State +6 (-110) over Notre Dame
Illinois +21.5 (-110) over California