We're only as good as the way we treat each other
Whom I used to be was someone who cared about grammar, until one stopped writing for money. Thanks for the flattery. Love TML
Absolutely right about mixing in more crafty guys in the pitching plan.
Teams are so stupid in how they pursue, draft and develop pitching it’s almost unfathomable. Of course arm talent is important, but there is no way the hit rate on these guys should be so low given how sophisticated scouting has become.
The pitchers union The Creeper likes to reference should get together and file a class action suit against the people who decided pitch counts are anything for adult pitchers to worry about because that has obviously not had a positive impact on arm health, but at least it has stunted the growth of nearly everyone!
Thanks, Doc, for the J. Browne tune/lyrics. Suits my melancholia between a sky of Canadian forest smoke
Liked the encouragement to help others with what you've earned. As a former Steeler who became the EEOC Commissioner said, "... you make a living by what you earn, but you make a life by what you give.”
(No qualms re: Browne's alleged stuff w/ Hannah? Never knew who to believe).
Doc. In relation to LIV eating the PGA’s lunch then agreeing to foot the bill; what happens if both liberals and conservatives magically come together to cancel the LivPig over human rights issues? It’s not as far fetched as one would think. All it takes is one tweet, Kid Rock machine gunning some PGA Tour shirts on Instagram, and AOC saying golf tees are made of wood from a sequoia tree.
The fastball is not the strength of a good pitcher. It is only one of the pitches a good pitcher should command. As a fan I’d rather watch Bronson pitch a game than Hunter. Slider, curveball, two seam fastball, four seam fastball, cut fastball, change up, knuckleball, etc.
Both of my children went to and graduated from Ohio U. in Athens. I only mention that because, while they were living Athens, their mom and I got to see that southeastern part of the state quite often. Since Joey B. grew up there, there is simply no way, he didn’t see the poverty around the Athens area. The fact that he has taken an interest in the well being of the people in that area, as well as the Louisiana area speaks very well for him as a citizen. I don’t know Joe or his parents but I did get to know some of the people in the Athens area and there is a kind of decency to them, one that Joe and his family seem to exhibit in their lives. Good on Joe and his foundation for trying to DO GOOD.
And, yeah, I’m excited for the arrival of ELLY! Ya never know what impact these young athletes coming up will have on the Reds but I’m sure glad they are getting the opportunity. So far, this team has played beyond my expectations. I like their hustle and their “take no prisoners” attitude. This “could” be the start of something real exciting for we Reds fans. Let’s hope so.
Great column! I spent my career years making money... I'm spending my retirement making a difference. And yes, Jackson Browne has some pretty awesome songs!
Joe Burrow hung out at a golf course for a day to raise money for the hungry. A very staid, Republican course on the East Side, no less. Wow! Let's throw him a parade. Meanwhile, places like The Free Store Food Bank do it 365 days of the year. Every year. Keep in mind the people working there make far less and get almost no notoriety for an often thankless task. Does that make them 365x more a saint than Joe?
Not saying Joe isn't honorable; he is a really good guy. But let's not overpraise him...yet. Was it all real or was some of it optics, too? He's dickering with the Bengal org to get paid $300 million, which, as someone today said already, would feed a whole lot of people. If he signs that new $300 million dollar contract and then funnels $275 million to charitable causes, leaving $25 million which is far more than most any individuals/family needs to survive, (and we are talking about a survival issue here-hunger), then we need to talk about his canonization. Until then, this article seems more like too much jock worshipping and not enough recognition for the real heroes in this city fighting hunger and poverty. They need recognition far more than Burrow. Joe is a good man, but this article goes way overboard. I think even he would agree.
I'm still waiting for the day when a big time jock takes a huge contract and donates/trust funds most of it back to charitable and other social interests, such as improving the community he grew up in. I expect to be waiting a really long time.
Golf will be like the NFL before you know it. The game has changed a lot over the past few years and I don't think for the better. Led by Barstool and their peer group, "bro culture" is starting to take over golf. In my recent golf outings I have noticed a larger contingent of loud & poorly dressed males who seem more interested in how many beers they guzzle and their vapes. I feel like the golf course has turned into a more accepted drinking establishment for meathead dudes in their 20s & 30s when football isn't on. I also see this culture increasing at all tournaments (except for Doc's toonamint) - take a look at what is happening at the Waste Management. I realize I am coming off as a wet blanket with this OG rant, but golf was one of the last sports that had any decorum and its quickly fading. With the PGA agreeing to this merger they have clearly shown they don't care at all about legacy/tradition. Golf will be come Spring NFL here pretty soon - welcome to the jungle over the loudspeakers on number 1 seems fitting.
Jackson Browne is my all time favorite musician. Sky Blue and Black brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it. Brilliant! Thanks for reminding me.
Burrow just seems to get it. It's likely a combo of his parenting (they seem like good folks themselves), being raised in his formative teen years in southeastern Ohio, and life experiences at OSU/LSU, where he likely had teammates that came from backgrounds and upbringings not as stable as his own.
He obviously soaked it all in, realizes how blessed he is, and just wants to utilize his position in life now to at least "Do Good" in some area or areas. Kudos to him ... those efforts are being felt somewhere, by someone, for the better.
I would agree that no one in America should be hungry, Doc. It’s perfect world thinking but in a country with the natural resources and know how we have, it should be doable. Having said that, it is a struggle for me not to hold the able bodied in our adult population accountable for making a contribution to the effort. Not talking about the elderly or children or disabled but just those who can and should be responsible. Free rides are a cancer depending on who gets them in my humble opinion.
As for the PGA Tour, to quote Gordon Gekko, “greed is good”. I would agree that watching the best play together is my primary desire as well, but it’s going to be hard to listen to these men and respect their character as much as I might have in the past. As John Prine was famous for saying, “you are who you are, and you ain’t who you ain’t.
How many years until the Saudi government establishes the Saudi University of America and pays kids 5x more NIL money than anyone else and their team, The Hijackers, starts winning national titles?
Coldstream was the club where I worked from 5th grade through college. I worked hundreds of events and charity outings over the years. Saw pics popping up on Twitter yesterday - from 10 tee, the practice green and 18 green - and got a rush of nostalgia. For the course, my fellow shop kids and caddies, our pros, the staff and our members. But also for the excitement that filled the place when big-time stars were on site. We all tried to be cool, but sometimes cool flew out the window. I hope that happened for those the kids working yesterday. That Burrow has that aura about him and creates those feelings all these years later is pretty special.