Let There Be Spring
First, I was lucky enough to make it to Kansas City yesterday to catch the Royals home opener. Yeah the weather was crappy, and yes the stadium is all tore up. But holy cow has that team improved. I understand it’s early, but when your pitchers are giving up less than three runs a game and almost your entire team is under the age of 30, then you’ve got reasons for some optimism. Gone are the days when Mike Zimmerman, Kenny Ray, Jason Grimsley, Albie Lopez and Odalis Perez take the hill. Here and now are a nasty 1..2..3 punch in Meche, Greinke and Bannister. And that’s not even mentioning Joakim Soria, who really does have the look and stuff of a young Mariano Rivera.
Will they be able to hold on to these guys long enough to be relevant? Who knows..but it’s nice to at least CARE about baseball enough to follow it again. If the city hasn’t already started working on that Dayton Moore monument, they may as well start. Oh by the way…Joey Gathright is fast, and at least for the moment...Trey Hillman looks like he knows what he's doing.
* Speaking of the Royals…ZERO credit to Cox Communications for screwing Royals fans in Omaha by blacking out nearly 50 games this season due to “negotiations” with Fox Sports Kansas City. And yes, if you waited 23 years for your team to finally be worth a damn, you’d be a bit pissed off that your cable provider was hosing you out of games as well.
* Much has been said about the new scoreboard at the K, and yes..those comments are very very Husker like. However, unlike Husker fans a few years ago, I’m not about to go bragging about it on some Red Sox blog, nor do I believe a big video board guarantees you more wins. However, it is pretty crazy when the video board resolution is actually better than your own eyes from 12 rows up. Speaking of which…major kudos on the video board along the left field wall…very cool.
* Speaking of good things happening to bad people…nice to see my good neighbors from Kansas sporting their brand new National Champion gear. Now I’m not stupid…nor do I fail to recognize that KU has a pretty good basketball program. However, I also find it more than ironic that it required another team’s complete collapse to even give KU a shot at winning that game. (They’re called free throws Memphis..learn to make them.) But alas, Beaker fans can now actually have something to back up the ridiculous amount of arrogance that oozes from their keyboards and mouths.
But Whatever. Doesn’t really affect me, but I thought I would mention it, since I’ve had a lot of smart ass e-mails asking me for my “official take” on the whole thing. Congratulations KU...you're super.
*Speaking of whacked out myopia to the 10th degree. It seems that the cockroaches are starting to scurry under the rocks following the nuclear destruction of the Husker football program. Take this clown for example, stating (in public no less) that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Huskers will be in a BCS bowl this January. Please take a moment to let the complete ridiculousness of this statement penetrate into your brain.
Now, you and I both know you people want to be good again REAL BAD. But right on cue, the Kool Aid river has gone from a trickle to a slow but steady flowing stream. I’m not quite sure how Bo Pelini grew to such a mythic figure so quickly, but trust me…it has happened. Didn’t this guy coach ONE season as a Husker D-coordinator? Doesn’t he have ONE game of head coaching experience? Don’t you replace 1/2 of your defense…and the entire middle of your defense is gone? (And no, I don't care how bad you were..that's not a good thing.)
And yet, because Pelini is some “fiery leader”, you’re all of a sudden able to compete against offenses like OU, Tech, Missouri and Kansas? Are you people high? Why does common sense completely disappear when discussion an upcoming season with you?
I mean…how idiotic are some of you? Don’t you think you would have learned to hold off on your expectations until…oh I don’t know..the guy coaches more than one game 5 years ago? I mean…YOU FELL FOR THIS BEFORE. You fell for them like SIX MONTHS ago. Why would some of you be so quick to simply throw the war paint on yet again and start declaring yourselves “back”. You’re all blindly crawling back toward the cheese, while completely ignoring that 9000 volt shock that got you last time. Granted I don’t expect anything less…but you’d think even the dimmest hamster would figure that out at some point.
* Finally, too bad your little Fulmer Cup doesn’t have an alumni division. Nice to see that some former players are doing their best to stay young and emulate their prior days as Huskers.