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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Anchoring my high school's 200 medley relay that made the state championship meet my senior year.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier
  • NFL TEAM: Green Bay Packers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: New York Yankees

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Comment 09 Apr 2016

Now, the kid not fighting to stay in, that's another story altogether. 

No, it's a smart move on his part.

He's a 26 year old rookie. That was his first major league game pitched, and presumably, the most pitches he's ever thrown in a start.

He had TJ surgery back in 2014 and only pitched 71 innings last year. He's making the league minimum. Another TJ surgery would be a career death sentence. He's got three full seasons to go until he's even arbitration eligible. Even if he stays healthy through arbitration, he won't be a free agent until 2022. 

The "wussification of sports," as OP put it, is a crock of shit. Let's break this down.

He'd thrown 100 pitches. He'd probably end up at about 120 by the end of the 9th. Presumably losing control, effectiveness and mechanics along the way. The odds of him even finishing the no-hitter were pretty slim. And even if he did, a workload like that would make him prone to re-injury, which could end his career. 

Roberts made the right call, and while Stripling was probably upset about getting pulled, there's no way that ramping it up to 120 pitches this soon after TJS is a good call, and he knew it.

And at that point of the game, you'd rather have your bullpen out there than an unproven starter who's not used to throwing that many pitches. 

Comment 04 Apr 2016

I like Mendoza a lot, actually. Think she's very knowledgable and that people are up-in-arms because she's a woman announcing a sport played exclusively by men. But she gets it.

Here are my answers to those:

1) Yes, I like the DH

2) Noooooooope.

3) Nope. Bullpen matchups are fun!

4) Meh. Don't really care either way.

5) Yes, oh god yes.

And I'll add another opinion in here: Bat flips rock. So do some of the more fiery, brash players. Guys like Joey Bats, Harper, Carlos Gomez, etc. are awesome. The concept of "playing the game the right way" is something really, really problematic in my opinion, because of what the implication is about what "the right way" really means, and who's dictating it.

Mendoza is good, traditionalists are going to get mad that she's got a full-time gig, but she's really good and she deserves it.

Comment 30 Mar 2016

Perhaps an unpopular opinion here, but I'd put him behind Braxton too, at this point.

Braxton had three-ish full seasons as our starting quarterback. Won the B1G Frosh of the Year and followed that up with two more B1G OPOY nods.

JT's got essentially one-and-a-half seasons under his belt as our starter. He's incredible, already one of the greats. But I think people are very quick to dismiss what Braxton did at quarterback for us.

With that said, by the end of this season, I expect JT to take the top spot on that list. And if he stays another year after that, I think he's got a shot at being the best we've ever had – at any offensive position – save for Archie. 

Comment 28 Mar 2016

As much fun as the rivalry is, the actual UM students/alumni that I know are all wonderful, talented people whom I am glad to know.

Granted that I only know a handful of them. But there are bad apples everywhere. Met plenty of them in my four years at OSU.

But it's like Raylan Givens says: "You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're probably the asshole." Looks like the kid in this video fits that second description pretty aptly.