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If Tim Lincecum doesn’t win the National League Cy Young Award this season, don’t blame the voters. Blame Brian Sabean and Peter Magowan. Pitchers don’t win baseball’s top honor when they pitch for bad baseball teams, and Sabean and Magowan, in not planning properly for life after Barry, have put together a perfectly lousy baseball team.
In other words, when a team plays 80 percent of its season with nothing at stake, it’s a lot easier to relax, toe the rubber and let fly than it is for a guy such as Brandon Webb, who has been locked in for six solid months on an Arizona team in the thick of a pennant race — with no margin for error. Lincecum has been slightly better statistically, but Webb’s 21-7, 3.26 ERA performance (to date) under pressure, should trump the Giants’ ace.
What’s old is new and what’s new is old, or something like that. McAfee Coliseum, formerly known as Network Associates Coliseum, is once again Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Why don’t we just dispense with all the corporate mumbo-jumbo and call it what it really is: The Al Davis Time-Share Coliseum.
The mother of Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Vince Young never left her porch light on at Halloween when young Vince was growing up, it was revealed this week. Seems that trick-or-treating ghosts would often knock on the door and yell “Boo!” which left poor Vince crying for days.
Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard had a YouTube moment from hell at a charity flag-football game recently when he announced, “‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is going on right now. I don’t even celebrate that s---. I’m black.”
If Mr. Howard believes his skin color gives him permission to disrespect the nation that allowed him to sign a four-year, $40 million contract to play basketball, then I’d like to invite him to return his U.S. Treasury-minted money (which he should loathe, being black and all), and get the hell out of this country. Maybe he can find a European nation that will give him better opportunities.
Major League Baseball had its first-ever instant-replay reversal on a home run by former A’s infielder Carlos Pena in Tampa Bay’s 11-1 win over Minnesota Friday night. The umpires originally ruled fan interference and gave Pena a double, before reviewing the play for four minutes and 10 seconds and changing the call. Ed Hochuli ruled it an incompletion.
In all seriousness, I made four mistakes last week when hammering out this column on the keyboard of my laptop. Three of them were spelling errors I didn’t catch until I proofread the column, and one was an incorrect statistic that I had to look up for verification. If I had submitted the column as written, it would have been very embarrassing for me and for The Examiner. Fortunately for me, my computer has a “delete” key, and I was able to correct my mistakes before everyone saw them.
The near-miss hade me wondering, however, if anyone else makes mistakes. So I asked around. And sure enough, there wasn’t one person I interviewed — from my wife, to my boss, to my daughter’s second-grade teacher, to the cashier I spoke to at Wal-Mart — who hadn’t made a mistake.
Now let’s leave Ed Hochuli the hell alone.
Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.