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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sports Friday - Hall of Fame Edition

1. Which dopes didn't vote for Tony Gwynn? The dude batted over .300 19 straight years and had 8 years of at least 400 at bats and fewer than 20 strikeouts.

2. As sportswriter Wallace Matthews pointed out, if you take away McGuire's two big steroid years, you have Dave Kingman. About 420 homers and a .248 batting average. Neither deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

3. As predicted, both the Jets and the Giants lost last week. The Jets were outclassed by a better team. Will they ever be able to beat the Pats so long as they have Pennington and the Pats have Brady? The Giants, sadly, did not get beaten badly enough for ownership to have jettisoned their coach. It could be a sneaky move. Maybe they're thinking "We keep this stiff for a year (the team isn't any good anyway, especially with Tiki gone) and then pick up The Man From Pittsburgh.

4. I've been going to health clubs for the past 21 years. January at any Manhattan health club is the worst month. All the people who make New Year's resolutions to lose weight or work out regularly start coming in January. January also coincides with when many Wall Street types are flush with cash from their bonuses and sign up at the clubs. The good news: by February, a very high percentage of the new members will be gone, never to be seen again, the health clubs will thank them for their generous contributions to their bottom lines, and I will no longer have to wait for a shower stall to free up.



  • At 11:12 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I was surprised Gwynn wasn't unanimous, too. Is there a limit on how many you can vote for in a year, and they were voting for others, figuring he'd get in anyway? I don't get that. He's the best contact hitter in the last 30 years.

  • At 1:47 PM, Blogger Jack Steiner said…

    Gwynn was outstanding. I still wonder what he would have batted the year of the strike.

  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger LT said…

    Heh, good point about the Giants possibly thinking about Cowher in a year. That thought crossed my mind too. Also, it might be silly to fire Coughlin now, since next will be a transition year regardless. The team needs to figure out how it will move on without Tiki, and whether or not Eli really is the answer at QB.


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