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Monday, July 30, 2012

Ranting With Rizzo Podcast For 7-28-12

"Ranting with Rizzo" was heavy on a Red Sox collapse
for 2012, and took a look around the majors as well
as whether or not the Penn State sanctions were the
right ones, so if you missed anything the podcast is
here. Enjoy the show:

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mad Stork Sports on ScatterRadio Podcast For 7-25-12

If you missed the show Wednesday, chances are you missed
something, so here it is, Enjoy !

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Cole Hamels Signs New Deal, A Joke For The Phillies

AP Photo

Now I know that I will get attacked from all angles
by Phillies fans for that headline alone, but I can
assure you that the comment was made in their best
interest as well as the interest of many other fans
who have GM's dumb enough to give away the farm to
the first pretty face that can throw a pitch or stop
a puck.

I don't know how many of you reading this are sports
fans in general, as opposed to fans of just one sport,
but to step away from the 6 year $144Mil deal just
signed, it seems that their have been a spate of NHL
teams that think it's kinda cool to sign players to
8, 9, and 10 year deals. This is insane, especially
in a sports as violent as hockey. Take note NHL GM's,
there might be a good reason why most NFL contracts
aren't guaranteed, one hit and POOF! there goes your

Well this Cole Hamels deal is a little out there as
well, and frankly it's kind to say that it's only
"a little out there". $24Mil a year to a guy who
only gets on the field an average of once per week?
Six years to a player that can miss months at a time
for something as trivial as shoulder discomfort?
This is insane, and if you're a Phillies fan, even
if you like/LOVE Hamels, you should be pissed, or
at the very least disappointed at what Ruben Amaro
has done with YOUR money. Expect to suck for the
very foreseeable future, book it. Amaro has signed
the Phillies up for a long road of mediocrity and
suckiness. You put that many dollars into that
fragile a commodity and you are just asking for it.

What has gotten into these GM's? Has no one learned
from former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks? How did
that 10 year $252Mil deal deal for A-Rod turn out?
Texas won nothing, and eventually had to trade him,
and there's more. Yes it's true that Brian Cashman/
Steinbrenner compounded the problem by doing it again,
but that's just too stupid to comment on. How about
the fact that at the end of that first deal which
would have been the end of last season, A-Rod ended
the year batting .276 with 16Hr's and 62 Rbi's over
a span of 99 games. Yes 99 games, because he's old
and breaking down! The Yankees thought they would
cash in on A-Rod breaking the Aaron/Bonds HR record,
but at this point he is still 118 behind Bonds, and
it would take him over four seasons to do that at
the pace he's been on the last two seasons.
NOT gonna happen !

Is anyone of these General Managers taking notes?
By the way, Happy 37th Birthday A-Rod!

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ranting With Rizzo Podcast For 7-21-12

"Ranting with Rizzo" was back on it's regular time
this past week, but if you missed anything the podcast
is here. Enjoy the show:

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

NCAA Hammers Paterno & Penn St

In Tweet earlier I asked if it was unfair what the
NCAA had done to Penn State and Joe Paterno today,
and I answered my own question by saying: "Let's
put it this way, in comparison to what those boys
went through, they were light", and I don't think
that anyone can truly argue with that.

Do the people who are presently at the school and
had zero to do with it deserving of such penalties?
I think it's easy enough to say no, but collateral
damage is always common in these cases, and they
have an the opportunity to go elsewhere in many
cases if they are too directly affected by these
sanctions and fines. Unfortunately it's not always
easy, but many will get to do this if they want.

I think the least of the penalties handed down
today is the vacated wins. Joe Paterno isn't #1
one on the wins list anymore? So what? If you
were a player on the field and won that day, you
won, no decision on paper can take that away from
you and your effort. If you were on the field and
lost that day, the last thing you want to hear is
that some guy in an office just handed you the win,
because some idiot did the wrong thing OFF THE FIELD.

Not the NCAA nor anyone in a position to do something
could pretend that what happened in court was enough.
Some of the people involved will never see a day of
prison or lose a dime of wealth, and the University
as an institution will eventually get past this, even
if it does forever remain ingrained in history books.
Something had to be done, and none of this will ever
come close to the pain and suffering inflicted on the
innocent involved at the pain Jerry Sandusky and the
silent inflicted on them.

These kids, named or not, out or not, will never be
the same. No money or conviction will ever change
that. Just be glad you or a member of your family
hasn't and doesn't ever become a victim to something
like this in your life.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mad Stork Sports on ScatterRadio Podcast For 7-18-12

Miss the show Wednesday? Here it is, Enjoy !

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Friday, July 20, 2012

Jeremy Lin LEFT, Time To Move On

By Dave Einsel, AP

New York Knicks fans out there who are about
to jump ship, were never true fans to begin
with, not if they are about to leave over
this ONE single transaction. If you're sick
and tired with James Dolan and Co., OK, but
otherwise this means nothing.

Jeremy Lin says he preferred to stay a Knick,
and I will not fault him for taking the most
money available to him, BUT if he truly wanted
to remain in NY and with the Knicks, he would
not have gone back to Houston and reworked the
original offer sheet for a new one. The new
offer sheet made it very hard for the Knicks
to financially justify matching it. The first
contract offer by the Houston Rockets was set
to be signed and the Knicks stated both publicly
and privately that they would match, they showed
their want and commitment to Lin. There is your
answer, you want to stay? We want you to stay.
Lin, and his agent got greedy and allowed the
Rockets to add language and numbers that made it
almost embarrassing for the Knicks to match.

Wanna quit the Knicks? Go ahead, go follow the
9th best team out west, see how long that shine
on Lin's fame lasts. Nothing against getting the
best offer for Lin, but don't like GREED, most
clear headed folks will tell you the same thing.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Live At 6 Tonight - Mad Stork Sports on ScatterRadio

Join me, Nick Rizzo and Ed Hawkins tonight and we'll
talk about all the sports news and rumors we can
fit in an hour on Mad Stork Sports on ScatterRadio
at 6PM. Call in and make your voice heard.
Find the show here on ScatterRadio

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ranting With Rizzo Podcast For 7-14-12

"Ranting with Rizzo" was on a different time this
past week, so if you missed anything the podcast
is now available. Enjoy the show:

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Joe Paterno Guilty, Now There Is No Question

Photograph: Pat Little/AP

I wanted to make sure I wrote something today like
I wrote when folks piled on Joe Paterno and bashed
him for being as bad as Jerry Sandusky. I said
that we should wait to get ALL the facts. Well
the facts are in, and so much so that if I hear
any more I may have to break down and cry.

The independent investigation took place, dirt was
found, and even dirtier dirt became unearthed, and
now there is no question. Joe Paterno was dirty,
no matter what the intentions, he failed miserably.
Whether it was ego, fear, greed or even ignorance,
IT WAS/IS WRONG. I never said he was clean, I just
felt that we should wait and see, and though this
could have exonerated Paterno, it didn't. All this
did was show us all just how dirty, weak, and greedy
humanity can sometimes be at the wrong time.

Joe Paterno sinned, and sinned deeply, now his family
and the victims are all left to ask that one question,
WAS IT WORTH IT? I think not.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Mad Stork Sports on ScatterRadio Podcast For 7-11-12

The Podcast is here if you missed the show, and we
talk MLB All Star game, Tony LaRussa Douchery, and
The Yankees actions regarding what Reggie thinks
about A-Rod's Hall of Fame worthiness. Ed Hawkins
joins me for the first of many shows together, so
check us out, and let us know what you think.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ranting With Rizzo Podcast For 7-7-12

The "Ranting with Rizzo" podcast is now available.
If you missed the show, enjoy the podcast:

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Even Retired It's Clear, Tony LaRussa A Douche

Don't care who likes him or why, don't give a Rats
A$$ how many rings he has, it doesn't make him a
good person, human being, man, etc. His links have
always been questionable at best, and the only thing
I would give him credit for is being able to handle
other douches like Canseco, McGwire, Carpenter and
Pujols in order to manipulate trophies out of their

Canseco has admitted to being an out and out cheat,
Mark McGwire's face doesn't even deserve to be on a
$3 bill he's so phony, and anyone who believes that
Mr. Holy Roller himself Albert Pujols is beyond
cheating is clearly a borderline crackhead themselves.
Even his personal life has some Swiss cheese size
holes in it, should have stuck with his first
profession, because lawyers are more know for being
manipulative creeps than baseball managers are.

Now he decides that a guy who is 9-3, Matt Cain, with
a 2.62 era is more worthy of starting the All-Star
game than the guy who is 12-1, R.A. Dickey, with a
2.40 era and has dominated for the better part of his
season. Disgruntled Met fan am I? Maybe, but it's
clear that if you've followed LaRussa as long as I
have, he's STILL a douchebag.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Monday, July 9, 2012

Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Jeremy Lin or Steve Nash

Getty Images

I can bet that many of you ever thought you'd see
that trifecta of players on the same page many
moons ago, but the question isn't that they are
being talked about in the same breathe but rather,
which do you think made bigger news this week?

Celtics fans are furious that Ray Allen joined the
dark side, but in all fairness, as much a I think
it's a bit of a shock, e was never a lifer as far
as Celtics are concerned, and the Heat wanted him
more. Ray Allen's time with Boston only differs
because he won a ring, be he spent just as much
time in Milwaukee, and made somewhat of a name for
himself in Seattle to.

Jason Kidd leaving Dallas to join the Knicks is
also a bit of news as well, but he's older than
Allen, and unless he has Lin to tutor, his minutes
in NY aren't going to be as earth shattering as his
choice to leave Dallas to begin with. What do you
think went wrong in Big D to prompt Kidd to leave
such a comfy situation? Now that's a question.

The Houston Rockets round up our list of guards in
the news stories with the boatload of money they
through at Jeremy Lin in the offer sheet he signed
with them. Are they trying to hurt the Knicks by
getting them to overspend? Are they trying to right
a wrong be getting back a guy the let go too soon?
Don't know, but it sure is alot of money for a guy
who hasn't real proven anything yet.

Hey didn't that Steve Nash guy go to the Lakers this
week? Huh, musta missed that. Sounds like the NBA is
really into guard play this off season.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ranting With Rizzo Podcast For 6-30-12

The "Ranting with Rizzo" podcast is now available,
let's talk baseball and take a closer look around
the majors. Enjoy the podcast:

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

Monday, July 2, 2012

Carlos Lee = LOSER

AP Photo

These words, or word rather may sound harsh to some of
you, but I'm sure that many of you are right there with
me in this sentiment. How does a guy who's never won a
damn thing exorcize his no trade clause, and turn down
the chance to get traded to a contender in order to stay
with a team that is currently sixteen games under .500,
expected to be even worse than that, and 12 games out of
first before the midway mark of the season? Where is
the pride? Is it all about collecting your paycheck and
nothing else at this point? I would be hard pressed to
believe anything else.

I keep reading about how he's still thinking about it,
but the fact remains that he hasn't jumped at the chance
to go to a winner, and he is making an excellent case for
the total and complete elimination of no trade clauses in
contracts all together. They sound like a great idea at
the time, but why the F@#K do I need to guarantee you that
I'm gonna keep you around for the next 8 or so years if
I'm paying your A$$ in excess of $10Mil per year? What?
Am I married to you? Did we have children together?
Total F#@KING NONSENSE. Carlos Lee isn't the first, but
right about now he is approaching "Straw that broke the
camels back" status. What a complacent spoiled brat!

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis