Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tashard Choice Defends His Poorly-Timed Choice

Cowboys running back Tashard Choice has been a better defender than any member of the Dallas secondary the last few days.  After infamously asking Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick to autograph a glove minutes after Vick's Eagles had just beaten Dallas Sunday night, Choice's autograph hound impersonation has lit up the Twitterverse, blogosphere and sports talk world.

On Monday, Choice tweeted this apology:

If its anybody that cares about winning and the d cowboys its me. I apologize to the people it was just an innocent jesture for my nephew.

Wednesday, he revisited his actions and explained that he wasn't apologizing for asking for the autograph.  Rather, the apology was for "the simple fact that it brought negative attention to the Cowboys, period," he said. "That's something I don't like to do."

Any regrets?

"The only thing it did was mess up my doggone surprise for my nephew on Christmas," he lamented.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why Cliff Lee is Forcing My 88-Year Old Neighbor to Drink More Scotch

The question “What will Cliff Lee do?” is on your mind, my mind and especially my fabulous 88-year old neighbor Frances' mind. (you MUST read the story the Dallas Morning News did on her during the MLB playoffs, click the link).  Every time she takes her four-pound yorkie Molly out for a walk, Frances stops by my place to ask if I have any updates on Cliff Lee.  I don't know what Lee's doing but I do have a little something from the Rangers.

I talked to CEO Chuck Greenberg on Friday.  He, of course, was part of a contingency that included assistant general manager Thad Levine and co-chairman of the board Ray Davis who visited with Lee, his wife Kristen and agent on Thursday at Lee’s home in Arkansas.

Greenberg wouldn’t divulge much other than to say they presented Lee with a complex menu of options.  I got the impression the Rangers weren't interested in a long term deal a la the Yankees seven year offer. Greenberg indicated that the Rangers would prefer to do a shortER term deal.  But when it's all over, what he indicates doesn't mean a dang thing.  It's all about what Lee agrees to do.

I could continue but you can watch the interview for yourself here.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Morning Hot Cup: Cliff Lee's Breakfast & Whatever Happened to Rony Seikaly

Wedded Bliss
There's nothing like getting married to derail the best blogging intentions.  Luckily for me, my husband put on his best groomzilla hat and we had the most perfect week in Punta de Mita one could ever imagine.

On to the important stuff. 

Cliff Lee's Breakfast Menu
The Rangers brass were in Arkansas Thursday and presented free agent pitcher Cliff Lee a "menu" of options.  No french toast, migas or mimosas more like cash, incentives and potential travel assistance.

Are the Rangers mortgaging the future?  Does the name Alex Rodriguez cause you to shudder?

In this case, does giving a 32-year old pitcher a long-term deal make you cringe even more, even if it is Cliff Lee?   The New York Times outlines the lack of success teams have had with giving pitchers seven-year deals.  From Kevin Brown to Barry Zito, who wasn't even on the Giants playoff roster this year, teams have had some buyer's remorse in those final years of long-term deals.

A Cliff Lee Sighting
Wednesday, the new husband (hereafter referred to as TNH) ran into Cliff Lee at DFW airport.  TNH is actually a Rangers season ticket holder and a pretty good fan.  He's says hello to Cliff who tells him he's "going home".  They chat for a bit.  TNH tells him we just got married, Cliff was very nice and congratulated us.  They engage in a little more generic airport talk and say goodbye.  Not a question about free agency.  Ouch.

I thought I trained TNH better!  I always joke with him about not jocksniffing but when you've the man in the center of the biggest sports story in our fair metroplex right in front of you, at least ask which way the wind is blowing.  Towards New York?  Back to Arlington?   Even our executive sports producer, the great Dandy Killeen, asked me "did Cliff say anything???"

We'll do better next time.  

Rony Rocks' South Beach
I can't tell you how many times I wake up and wonder "what the heck is Rony Siekaly doing now?"

Not really but why is it not surprising to learn that he's a DJ in Miami Beach?   Doesn't that just seem to fit him?  The New York Times takes a spin in south Florida and discovers that apparently he's pretty good. 
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