Monday Musings

Jan. 13, 2013

Just when I thought I was done watching Ray Lewis play football, the Broncos secondary suddenly forgot how to knock down a ball. I don’t know what Tony Carter and Rahim Moore were thinking? How is Moore going to get over this stigma?

The play reminded me of the “Hail Mary” play when Cowboys’ QB Roger Staubach hit Drew Pearson to beat the Vikings in the final seconds of the 1975 Divisional playoffs, 17-14. Moore should contact Vikings’ All-Pro CB Nate Wright, who fell down on the legendary play, to commiserate.

"The Hail Mary" was born on Dec. 28, 1975. Fran Tarkenton said the '75 Vikings were the best of all the teams he has ever played on.

“The Hail Mary” was born on Dec. 28, 1975. Fran Tarkenton said the ’75 Vikings were the best of all the teams he has ever played on.

It’s a double-dose of the Harbaugh brothers again in the AFC and NFC championships; the only thing worse would be a Super Bowl. Funny thing about it, I don’t recall Jim being that great of a quarterback in his day, he has a losing record as a starter and could never stay healthy with the Bears – otherwise Chicago might have won another Super Bowl.

The Falcons narrowly escaped one of the greatest collapses in pro football playoff history by beating the Seahawks on a last-second field goal, 30-28. Atlanta blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead, as Pete Carroll’s young QB Russell Wilson led the charge to glory for Seattle. But Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan completed two passes of 29 and 19 yards to set up the game-winner for Matt Bryant. Bryant first attempt went wide right, but Carroll called a timeout to try and “ice” the kicker. Bryant didn’t miss a second time.

Is anyone really shocked the Lance Armstrong did steroids? I’m not, SEVEN Tour de France wins seemed “inhuman” – and it was.

The writers have spoken and the “cheats” that used steroids are finally paying for their offenses.

At least he is looking to return some of the money to one of his sponsors.

Do you think Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens would ever consider that?

Bonds on daily News

 

The money, the glory, the MVP and CY awards can never be taken away, but enshrinement in Cooperstown might be another matter.

If you are naive enough to think Clemens and Bonds are clean – then just look at some “common sense” numbers:

Bonds, who hit more than 317 or 42% of his 762 home runs in the season he turned 35 years old through the end of his career at the age of 42.

 

In comparison, here is a sample of Hall of Famers with more than 500 career home runs. The numbers are taken from the season in which they turned 35 to the end of their career:

• Hank Aaron hit 245 of his 755 (33%)
• Willie McCoovey 144 of his 521 (28%)
• Babe Ruth hit 198 of his 714 (28%)
• Willie Mays hit 163 of his 660 (25%)
• Reggie Jackson hit 153 of his 563 (27%)
• Eddie Murray 125 of his 504 (25%)
• Frank Robinson hit 133 of his 586 (23%)
• Ken Griffey Jr. hit 147 of his 630 (23%)
• Mike Schmidt 123 of his 548 (22%)
• Ernie Banks hit 108 of his 512 (21%)
• Harmon Killebrew hit 86 of his 573 (15%)
• Mel Ott hit 48 of his 511 (9%)
• Mike Mantle hit 40 of his 536 (7%)
• Eddie Matthews hit 19 of his 512 (4%)
• Jimmie Foxx hit 7 of his 534 (1%)

Ted Williams had the highest percentage of all the HOFers, hitting 184 of his 521 (35%) from the age of 35 on. However, Williams missed close to five years of his baseball career because of military service. The Splendid Splinter averaged 37 dingers a year, so it is safe to say Williams would have hit an additional 185 home runs, totaling 706. Taking that into account, he would have averaged 26%, which seems to be the norm.

Clemens, whose career was sliding downward when Boston decided not to sign him after the ’96 season, made a complete U-turn once he went to Toronto. The Rocket hadn’t won more than 11 games his last four years with the Red Sox, then won back-to-back Cy Young awards and had three 20-win seasons over the next five years.

Must have been the vitamins in the Canadian Bacon.

Just something to chew on.

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