Hey everybody! I hope you all had a good weekend. I thought my weekend was going great, with the Patriots beating the Bears and my fantasy team up by 26 going into the Monday night game, until I woke up this morning. I found out that Andre Johnson scored 26 points exactly, meaning we tied 84-84. Our league never ruled on what the tie breaker would be, so apparently it was determined today that because I had lost to my opponent in the regular season he would advance to the playoffs. As you can see I am still pretty upset about the decision, but one day I will get over it and move on. Just not today.
Some interesting things happened over the weekend that I thought I would talk about today. I woke up today to a bunch of messages from Phillies fans letting me know that Cliff Lee signed with their team. Not really sure why people were writing to tell me this, considering I'm not really a Philadelphia fan, but I guess they just couldn't contain their excitement and had to let everyone know. I won't lie, that is one bad ass pitching rotation. I wouldn't want to see them in a playoff series that's for sure. I found it crazy that for the past few weeks it had been nothing but Yankees and Rangers talk, and then all of a sudden you wake up and hear the Phillies were the team. In today's world where Cliff probably can't even pick a booger without Buster Olney reporting on it, I'm surprised nobody really was reporting that the Phillies were in on the running. Good for them though, that's a great signing.
If anyone watched the Eagles vs. Cowboys game on Sunday night you know that after the game Tashard Choice ran over the Mike Vick and asked him to sign his gloves. I know that Tashard has since said he wanted the autographed gloves for his nephew, and I really don't care who they were for. What I don't understand is why I had to watch them talk about this for the last day and a half on SportsCenter, ESPN 2, and every other sports channel. It was a stupid autograph. Players do that stuff all the time. At the end of soccer games players take their jerseys off on the field and trade with each other. Baseball players send the clubby over to the opposing team's clubhouse before the game to grab some of their favorite player's autographs. It happens in every sport. I agree, from the time the game starts until it ends players need to forget about their friendships and do whatever it takes to win the ballgame. But after they have laid it all on the line for 60 minutes, I don't care if they all want to hug each other and sing kumbaya together.
The last thing is with regards to me being a free agent. I can't count the number of emails I have received from people asking where I will be playing next year, and if I have heard anything new about my situation. Over the last few weeks we have talked to a bunch of different teams, including the Padres, and are about to make a decision in the next few days. People have asked me to explain what will be the determining factor when it comes to deciding on a team. The main thing for me is opportunity. I want to pick a team that gives me the best opportunity to play in the Major Leagues. Everything else is pretty much secondary. Right now there are some opportunities that are better than others, so it will be my job over the next few days to decide which opportunity looks the best for me. I should know more about what's going on in the next 72 hours or so and I will keep everyone posted. Have a great week and I'll talk to you soon.
P.S. This bird has better rhythm than the majority of people I've seen out at night.