Before you panic about Flip Saunders and the seven first-round playoff knock outs do your self a favor. Look at the rosters that surrounded Saunders and super star Kevin Garnett. Trust me when I say none will make the basketball Hall of Fame. Heck, most would not even make the Minneapolis Hall of Fame.
So lets give this guy a chance before you panic.
** The good news is the Tigers have hovered around five to six games out of a wild card berth. The bad news is there are enough teams between them and the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins to create a traffic jam on the Lodge freeway. There is no way the Tigers can pass this log jam and get into the post season.
So are they buyers or sellers? I say the Tigers should be buyers for next season. Pitcher A.J. Burnett sure would look good here.
** If you have time check me out tonight at Cheli's Chili in Dearborn. I will be there from 8-10 p.m. for an AM 1270 The Sports Station appearance. You could win a trip to Toronto during our on going rock 'em sock 'em robot boxing tournament. I did a few of those last year and they are a riot. So come on out, hang out and we can chat a bit.
** Lance Armstrong is about to win his seventh straight Tour de' France. A part of me applauds his efforts. And a part of me believes he is a cheater. There is too much smoke surrounding him. I believe in a few years it will come out conclusively that he cheated his way toward the top.
** During the Flip Saunders press conference some of us writers got into a spirited debate about the Detroit Lions. Who has the most pressure on them? Is it Head Coach Steve Mariucci or quarterback Joey Harrington?
I voted for Mooch because Harrington could lose his job and I believe you are going to boo him louder if things don't work out. Yes, many of you were disgruntled with the coach's play calls but Harrington will get the brunt of fan complaints at Ford Field and on talk radio.
Mooch's job is safe too. The Lions are owned by the Ford family which has a history of letting people hang around too long.
** I admit I will be watching Harrington and Mariucci closely. But I also want to see what happens with receiver Charles Rogers. Can he hold up physically? If he does I still say he is the Lions best receiver until further notice.
** Hey did you see the Tigers ghastly 10-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins Thursday? Of course you didn't. It is beyond me how a town this big and with baseball tradition this rich can have 52 games not televised by any one.
I spoke to a source who told me Channel 50, not the Tigers, did not want to broadcast games. It seems as if 50 is trying to save money and didn't even want to spend money on production. The Tigers offered them the package for free and 50 still turned it down.
** Excuse me for a bit. The family and I are going to Cedar Point for a couple days and I just saw how much tickets for a one-day pass are. I am not hunting for discount tickets.
See you at Chelli's tonight.