Sam Bradford has suffered another ACL injury on the same knee from last year. Bad luck has became Bradford's new best friend because he can not catch a break. Since 2010, Bradford has played in 49 games while missing 16. He hasn't played in a real game since last October but the young man has been paid $65 million. I do think Bradford is very upset about this despite being financially secured for the rest of his life. He actually wants to be out there, with his team, aiming for a championship.
Now the Rams and Bradford must figure out where to go from here. Shaun Hill will be the short term replacement for this upcoming season. Hill is a 13-year vet, spending most of his career as a backup. He has a 13-13 record as a starter for the Lions and 49ers. Coach Jeff Fisher has been through this situation before back in Tennessee when the the Titans loss Vince Young and used Kerry Collins as the starter back in 2008, for the future though, an old wily vet is not the answers. Depending on the Rams record, they will have a nice group of QBs to choose from next April. Mariota, Hundley, Petty, and possibly Winston, will all be available in the draft.
Another player has been suspended by the NFL because he hit an offensive player too hard. I am truly getting sick of commissioner Goodell and the NFL with their policy on tackling. The rules are so-called for "player safety" but we all know this is all about the money. While the world may be fooled, I am not. I know these rules are to make sure the big money stars stay on the field and more TDs are being scored. Not only are the "big-hit" rules killing the game but the extra "don't touch the offensive player" rules are also hurting the game. Something has to be done and the worst part is, unless the players decide to go on strike, positive changes will not be made. Good luck with trying to tell players to walk away from millions to preserve the essence of the game.
After going 3-3 in a 6-game road trip in Chicago, two series between the White Sox and Cubs (Swept by the Cubs), the O's return back to Camden Yards with an offensive slaughter, defeating the Rays 9-1. In the bottom of the third inning, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back HRs that put the O's ahead 3-1. Two innings later the O's hit back-to-back-to-back HRs, coming from Delmon Young, JJ Hardy, and Chris Davis. Offensively, this has to be the best team in the AL. I don't see many, if any, teams in the AL that can keep this team under 4 runs for a 7-game series. And I also tip my hat to Chris Tillman, who always stands tall on the mound. The 6'5 pitcher recorded his 11th win today, allowing only 3 hits in 7 innings. Oriole Magic is running wild.
August 24th 2014, marked 25 years since Pete Rose was banned permanently from the MLB. Pete Rose committed the ultimate sin in baseball, betting on the game. I don't know for sure if he was betting on the game as a player, but he was caught doing it as a coach. He has said that he never betted against his Reds which I believe somewhat. None the less, Rose's actions were inexcusable and warranted a harsh and stern punishment and whats more harsher than a lifetime ban?
In the court of law, 25 years is considered life. Baseball has changed in the last 25 years since Rose last coach the Reds in 1989. We have seen the lockout in 1994 and we're currently seeing the aftermath of the Steroid Era. In today's baseball, steroids are the worst thing you can do in but back when Rose was banned, steroids didn't hit the MLB yet. I think 25 years has been enough for Charlie Hustle who is now 73. How credible is the baseball Hall of Fame when the best hitter is not enshrined in there. Rob Manfred will replace Bud Selig as Commissioner of Baseball starting January 25th 2015, I think he should consider lifting the ban and give Charlie Hustle a 2nd chance.