Not a lot going on in the sports world this week… you know, apart from the Olympics. Unfortunately, I haven’t watched a single minutes of the Olympics so far.
#5 – Olympics
A bunch of stuff has happened, and some people have won gold, silver and bronze metals. How’s that for in-depth, cutting edge coverage? I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never really gotten into the Olympics all that much. Growing up we used to watch the women’s figure skating, but I’m not even really sure why. I think it was the whole Nancy-Tonya thing. Maybe if somebody got whacked in the knee, I’ll tune back in…. maybe not. The one piece of big news that I did hear is that Ms. Vonn won gold in something related to skiing. It’s a big deal because she caused a bit of a ruckus with her “controversial” Sports Illustrated cover, and she did it with an injured shin.
#4 – NBA All Star Weekend
Again, something that I don’t really watch, or care about, but it was pretty big for the sports world this week. I think either the East or the West won the game. Some guy won the dunk contest, and 14 people showed up to watch the 3-point shooting contest because, unlike in baseball, chicks don’t dig the long shot.
#3 – Frank Thomas retires
The Big Hurt, who played the last half of his career battling big hurts, called it a career this week. I think we perhaps forget about how good Thomas was for the first several years of his career. But let’s face it – he was dominate. AL MVP in 1993 & 1994, a 5 time All Star, won a batting championship in 1997 with a .347 average, also had seasons of .353 and .349. A career .301 hitter with 521 HRs and over 1700 RBI’s. In the early ’90’s, few were better than Frank Thomas. Unfortunately, he continued playing well past his prime (and was still a pretty good ballplayer), and many people may have forgotten about how good he really was. I think he is certainly a Hall of Fame player. I guess we’ll find out in five years what everyone else thinks.
#2 – Tracy McGrady traded to the Knicks
Allegedly, this is the Knicks way of clearing some salary room so they can sign LeBron James in the off-season. We’ll see how that pans out, but let’s not forget that McGrady is quite a player himself. He’s not going to do anything to make the Knicks a threat this season, but at least the people going to Madison Square Garden will have at least one name that they’ll recognize in the starting lineup.
That’s right folks! Baseball has officially begun! Pitchers and catchers officially reported this week, and all the pre-preseason workouts are in full swing. Spring training games start in about a week and a half, and the season will be upon us before we know it. Cardinal Nation is turning its eyes toward Cincinnati where the Cardinals will be opening the season on April 5th, the day after Easter (y’all know what I’m going to be doing on that Monday – chilling out and watching Cardinal baseball on ESPN!!!)