The Phillies paid WHAT for WHO???

So, the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes is over..  13 years… $330 million..  that pays him until he is 39 years old…  I may still be alive when this contract is over, but for now he is the highest paid
FA in the history of Baseball, and for those that thought the MLB Free Agent Process was broken.. well..  it isn’t.  Harper got the deal he wanted, granted it was for 3 more years that I personally thought it would be for, but still, how many of us now wish we would have kept playing sports as kids and not quit?  Holy hell that’s a lot of $$$.  Hey Bryce.. I have over $70k in student loans out there, plus a car payment.. can you spot me a loan or perhaps a GIFT so that I can rest easier at night?….  For the uneducated, the ENTIRE contract is guaranteed, that means he is going to get his money, and as of right now, the Phillies are on the hook for all of it.  They call Philadelphia the “City of Brotherly Love”, well they must REALLY love them some Harper, despite the fact that the fans will boo and throw batteries at him if he doesn’t hit .400 his first month of the season.  Here’s an interesting fact that my good friend John G.Olson reminded me of tonight…  The Mets will still be paying Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million a year ($1,193,248.20 to be exact)  long after Harper’s contract is done.  Beginning in 2011, the Mets agreed to pay Bonilla $1.19 million per year on July 1 until they have paid him $29.8 million (He hasn’t played a game since 2001)…  So.. in the case of the Harper deal.. his runs through 2032…  Bonilla’s runs through 2035.  Bonilla is 3 years older than I, which will make him 72 when the contract is finally paid off.  I wonder if Vegas is laying odds on whether he will still be alive in 2035?  I know 72 is still young considering the average lifespan these days, but it still makes you sit and wonder…

As per the usual, I couldn’t let a post go by without giving my Tampa Bay Lightning some props..  With the OT win last night against the hated NY Rangers, they have won 10 games in a row..  a franchise record.  they go for #11 tonight in Boston against the Bruins (#BostonSucks). 

Kyler Murray had his vital stats examined today, as he has become the most watched player at the NFL Combine this week. he came in at 5’ 9 1/8” and 202 pounds.  He supposedly bulked up specifically for the combine and many are skeptical that he will actually play at that weight.  I have a personal observation surrounding Kyler Murray.  He has the potential to be as good, if not better than Russell Wilson, but he needs to be durable and able to take a hit.  I don’t remember seeing too many big hits taken at the college level while he was at OU, and in the NFL he will get hit, and he will get hard.  To quote the late great Al Davis..  the QB must go down, and he must go down HARD.  I have the same opinion of Lamar Jackson in Baltimore.  Small running QB’s do not have a long lifespan in the NFL, but time will tell and the rumor is that the AZ Cardinals will trade Josh Rosen away and take Kyler in the draft…  In my opinion…that will be a mistake and Klingsbury wont have a long career in the NFL if that happens.

I’m out for now… have a good night all….

A follow up to a previous post

Brian Two

Yesterday, my family said goodbye to my cousin Bryan.  He passed away Feb 8th of a massive stroke, brought on by blood clots and past health issues that frankly, none of the family was aware of, and it was one of the hardest things I have had to go through.  He was a retired Marine and with that comes full military honors at his funeral.  I don’t think I have any more tears to shed after yesterday, it was emotional, it was difficult and my heart is still breaking at the loss of this wonderful man.  I considered him a big brother, because I did not have any male siblings, and he was a roll model, a person I looked up to, and a person I loved very much. 

With all of that being said, I also had an awakening after discovering the mess he left behind.  I recommend that if you have not prepared for the inevitable, so it now.  If you do not have a spouse, if you do not have children, draw up a Power of Attorney (POA) or living will so that you can designate  a family member or person that you trust to be the executor of your estate.  Bryan did not provide for his death, therefore his estate is in probate and there are legal ramifications that have to be fulfilled before his father or brother can access things like his bank account, his pension, take care of payments on his truck or boat.  I strongly urge you to designate at least a POA so that if the unexpected happens, your affairs can be taken care of and there is no red tape involved.

Brian One

I can’t explain what the family has had to go through, it is not an easy or smooth experience, so no matter how old you may be, please think of what you will leave behind if the unthinkable and unplanned happens.  I know that I will be setting these things up in the coming weeks, and my sister will have full access to my accounts/passwords/etc…

Remember to hug those you love and hold them close, because you don’t know for sure that they will be here tomorrow..

RIP Bryan…  I love you…

A non-sports post

I decided to partake in a guilty pleasure this evening, specifically, watching a couple of James Bond movies.  As someone that grew up a fan of the series I have been fortunate to see every incarnation of the character, from Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Peirce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig, I feel I have the unique perspective to rank the Bonds and provide my thoughts on the best to ever play the part. 

There have been 24 “official” bond films and I believe two, non-official.  I will not dwell on the non-official as the original “Casino Royale” with Peter Sellers (Never saw it) and “Never Say Never Again” were not part of Bond “Canon” were not only bad movies they barely rate a mention.  I will rank the official Bond players and I expect a lot of backlash and feedback from my readers on this subject, so comments are welcome.

Let’s see the Bonds in order of appearance..  Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Connery again (Diamonds are Forever), Roger Moore (RIP), Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and finally Daniel Craig.  Each brought their own version of the character to the screen and each have their own positives and negatives in performing as the greatest spy ever (No Offense to you Jason Bourne fans). 

So without further fanfare, here are my rankings:

6. George Lazenby – having only one film in the series to his credit, it is only fitting that he be placed last on this list.  I found his portrayal to be forgettable, lackluster and benign.  To have placed this actor in the movie where Bond actually falls for and marries the female protagonist is an insult to the series.  Connery should have been in this movie and he is the one that should have had to go through it.  Telly Savalas as Blofeld was horrible and the film overall was uninspired and forgettable.

5. Pierce Brosnan – The rumor is that Brosnan had always wanted to play bond, and he was supposedly the heir apparent to Roger Moore, but that never happened.  The Brosnan films were all over the top and unbelievable, deciding to use technology and special effects to thrill audiences and bring Bond into the 21st century.  The ONLY films I even remotely enjoyed during this time were Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies, otherwise the films focused too much on special effects and far too little on reality.

4. Roger Moore – While Sir Roger Moore will live on as the “second” James Bond his portrayal was more campy, and aloof than Sean Connery’s original take on the character.  The best Moore films in my opinion are Live an Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, and The Spy Who Loved Me.  After those films., the Bond character became soft and the films were terrible, entering into a time where Bond seemed more like a cartoon character than a superspy.

3. Timothy Dalton – I’m going to get a lot of grief for putting Dalton #3 but I don’t care.  Dalton was the victim of bad screenwriting, bad filmmaking and bad co-stars.  He tried to bring the character back to the days of Connery, the tough, womanizing, smart, and charismatic Bond we all loved.  His two films were terrible, but it wasn’t his fault.  He was unable to carry his weak so-stars and  if he had good writing and better partners he could have been a great Bond and quite possibly mad more than two movies in the series.  License to Kill was the best of the two, and Dalton showed how ruthless and cold Bond actually was and could have brought the series back to greatness.

2. Daniel Craig – I am Thoroughly enjoying Craig as Bond, he has brought the character back to what was originally intended.  Physical, intelligent and ruthless.  Bond 25 is scheduled for an April 2020 release and it will be his last portrayal of the character.  I can honestly say I have enjoyed each and every film in the Craig series and I am grateful that Barbara Broccoli has decided to bring Bond back to his roots, relying more on the acting and action, as opposed to technology and special effects.  Craig has taken the mantle and ran with it.  The movies have relied more on the live-action stunts and physicality than the movies during Brosnan’s time and I am appreciative of it.  I will be sad to see Craig relinquish the title, but I also know that at 51, the physical demands of the character are just too much.

1. Sean Connery – The original, the man, the myth, and the legend.  Connery set the standard by which all other Bonds are measured.  From Dr. No to Diamonds are forever, he showed what Bond is supposed to be, and what Ian Fleming imagined him to be.  I have to admit, his later movies, including Diamonds, and You Only Live Twice were the worst of the bunch, but the previous four were masterpieces of the genre.  Connery is now 88 years old, but he will go down as perhaps one of the greatest actors of our time, which started with his portrayal of James Bond, through his performances in The Untouchables, and The Hunt for Red October, along with his countless stage performances, will label him as one of the greatest actors of all time.

Well, that’s my list…  Tell me what you think…

Many Machado and more…

So, all the posturing and rumormongering is over.  Manny is a Padre…  with a 10-year 300 million dollar contract, the largest contract in free-agent history.  He can opt out after 5 years, but for 300 mil who would  do that?  Its a good deal, as the Padres  have quite possibly the best farm system in baseball and they now have all of their starting lineup under long-term contracts.  The downer… is pitching. They don’t have the greatest rotation and that will be the biggest question mark going into the season.  I’m just glad he didn’t sign with the Yankees…lol

Antonio Brown met with Art Rooney today to go over his possible future with the Steelers.  It was decided that he has no future and the Steelers are going to honor his request and try and find a trade partner for him.  My thoughts are…good riddance.. he has been killing the Browns for years, and to see him move on is good for the division.  With his departure that makes Ju Ju the #1 receiver, L’eveon will be out as well, which also tells me the power in the division is shifting and the Browns are getting better at exactly the right time.

The Lightning have won six in a row and as I write this are up 3-0 against the Flyers with 9 minutes to pay in the first period.  Kucherov had a 5-point night against the Blue Jackets last night and the Bolts are maintaining the momentum they have had leading up to the All Star break.  The NHL has been put on notice (by me) the #Bolts are going to win the Stanley Cup.. the second in franchise history and first since 2003-4 season.  #GoBolts

Tamp Bay is Hockey Town!!

Happy Monday everyone!!  The title of this post in not a Typo, far from it, because don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have the best record in the NHL, including record and points.  With a record of 44-11-4 and 92 points going into tonight’s game against Columbus, the Bolts are the leagues best team.  Most of you may not think of Tampa when you look at the sport of Hockey, I mean after all, we don’t ever see a flurry of snow in Florida , the last time it snowed down here was 1977, I was 10 years old.  The temperature hardly ever reaches 30 degrees, and we don’t know how to work a snow blower or snow shovel, let along a widow scraper for the windshields when ice forms.  On the occasionally rare event that we do get frost on the windshield, we take out our credit card and scrape it off. 

Now that I am done bragging about the climate in FL, let me make an important fact-based announcement.  The Tampa Bay Lightning have a more dedicated fan-base than the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Tampa Bay rays COMBINED.  Amalie Arena seats 20,000+ and it is filled to capacity each and every home game during the season.  even when they aren’t sitting at the top of the standing in their division, the fans flock and root them on.  The lightning provide a great fan experience, there isn’t a bad seat in the house and it always helps when the team is doing well.  This area is hockey crazy and they are a welcome alternative to the otherwise underperforming Bucs and Rays.  I love this team and it is one of the few things I love in  the sports world once the NFL season is over.  So… GO BOLTS!!

Second and final subject this fine Monday, is the Daytona 500.  Congrats to Denny Hamlin on winning his second 500 in four years.  he avoided a late race 17+ car pileup with9laps to go and then several other minor crashes in the final laps to seal the win.  Joe Gibbs Racing went 1-2-3 in the Race and that was poignant as not a month ago, Joe Gibbs’ eldest son J.D. Gibbs passed away from a neurological disorder.  J.D. was the co-founder of Gibbs Racing and ran the company when Papa Joe went back to Football for a time.  So congrats to JGR and the #11 Denny Hamlin.  This will be the last post about NASCAR until next February when Daytona runs again. 

I’m planning my viewing schedule over the course of the next 6 months and will be focused on March Madness, PGA golf with TPC Sawgrass in March, The Masters in April (Along with the NFL Draft), PGA Championship in May, The US Open in June, The Open Championship in July, followed by the FED Ex playoffs in August, all of which leads into the 2019 NFL and NCAA football season.  I plan to post about all of it along the way, as well as some MLB and whatever else may come to mind, so buckle up, here we go…