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When is it too early to fire a coach or manager?

It was reported on Sunday that the Milwaukee Brewers fired their manager, Ron Roenicke after the team started the season 7-18. In his time with the team he went 342-331 in just over five seasons with the squad.

The team finished only two games above .500 last season. The Brewers higher-ups knew that this team was not going to contend this year. They didn’t go out and improve the roster over the offseason and assumed they would morph into the Kanas City Royals. The expectations for this team fell harder than Rand Paul, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz’s hopes of becoming president in 2016.

Did the Brew Crew happen to forget the division that they have been apart of for decades? The Cardinals have had this division on lock for the past decade. The new look Cubs are energized and bound to make a serious run at the division title. They are not going to the World Series, but they have a chance at winning the division. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are still in the middle of the pack, but they also have chances of making the postseason.

I feel sorry for the Brewers because they do not have the sorry Houston Astros to beat down on in the National League Central. Oh wait; those same sorry Astros are in first place in the American League West.

Yes, I understand that baseball consists of a 162 game schedule, however the Philadelphia 76ers have a better chance of winning the NBA Championship than the Brewers chance of making the postseason this year.

Roenicke started the season with the tools he was given why not let him finish out the lifeless season that his team was predestined to have. Milwaukee had the chance of firing him at the end of last season and didn’t take it.

Craig Counsell will become the interim manager who is going ruin his personal reputation just to keep the Brewers in last place. Roenicke could have done that under his current contract, which had a team option for next season.

In baseball, you will not change the morale of a team or fan base midseason. I can’t speak for all die-hard fans, but if the writing is on the wall, just get out your bifocals and read it. It will be long season. I’m a Braves fan, I have already come to the understanding that season will be disappointing.

I thank you for allowing me to vent, but now I ask the question, When is it to early to can a coach or manager?

Personally, I believe in riding the horse that got you to your present-day situation and taking responsibility for my poor decisions. Give the person a chance to fail, because we all know they will not succeed in Milwaukee. Green Bay yes! Milwaukee no!

Photo: Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Can Kris Bryant actually give the Cubs a chance?

On Friday, the Cubs called up their top prospect, Kris Bryant, after deciding to send him back to the minors for the first twelve days of the season.

The prospect went 0-4 in his first big league game.

It begs the question, can Bryant help lead the Cubs to the World Series?

Uh, NO!

I’m so sorry Chicago fans, but the Cubbies will always be the Cubbies. No person currently walking the earth will ever see them win a title.

Reminder, the last time they won a WS was in 1908.

Let’s do the math:



                                                                          107 years without a title

I know that you guys need to have faith, but let’s stay in reality.

There is always next year!

Remember, there is another baseball team in Chicago. Nevermind.

Photo by: (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

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Kinda over this steroid thing

Major League Baseball apparently still has not done enough to get rid of this steroid nuisance that has plagued the league for over twenty years.

The most current cheater is the New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia. He tested positive for using Stanozolol. The drug is a synthetic steroid.

Mejia will be suspended for the next 80 games.

Mejia said,

“I know the rules are rules and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system. I’m sorry to the Mets organization, my teammates and the fans, as well as my family.”

Baseball more than any other sport should spearhead drug testing and have the toughest regulations. The sport has had this black eye for far too long.

Fantasy Baseball Team (Movie Edition)

Personally, I can not watch the sport without thinking about if someone is using performance enhancers.

What ever happened to pride?

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Fantasy Baseball Team (Movie Edition)

For many of us, baseball is considered to be a boring sport, period. I played until I was 19 and I too could never watch it on television. I absolutely love watching games live with a hot dog and beer in hand, but count me out if you ask me to watch baseball on the tube. However, make a movie about baseball and I am there every time.

Growing up, sports movies were a staple of my childhood, especially baseball. I remember watching The Sandlot, Angels in the Outfield and Rookie of the Year on VHS nearly every week. I could spew a list of baseball movies I absolutely love and maybe I will rank them sometime soon, but I am here to talk about my favorite players from those movies. I will compile a list of my ultimate fantasy team.

The guidelines are simple, the object is to win NOW. I am not talking about longevity for a career, just one year to win a title.
You get three starting pitchers, one reliever, one closer. As far as the fielders are concerned, you get the starting nine with a designated hitter and three bench players. Of course no team is complete without a coaching staff so you get three.

Keep in mind, this is going off of movies that I have seen. There are several movies that I will be stoned to death for admitting that I have not seen so let’s get that out of the way…The Natural, Bull Durham, The Scout, For Love of the Game and you will probably hate me for this last one and I can’t say I blame you, Field of Dreams (I cringe when I say it out loud and I am sorry).

Let’s begin with our pitching staff…

Starting Pitcher- Amanda Whurlitzer – Bad News BearsAmanda Whurlitzer

My ace is a girl, deal with it. She has a mean streak and can hold her own in any given situation. She was handed a plate full of crap the second she joined the Bears, but it didn’t take much convincing to let the boys know she was the real deal. She has a nasty arsenal of pitches including her high velocity fastball, a mean curve and she bends the rules. Whurlitzer kept vaseline under her cap and would use that to execute the most illegal pitch known to man, the spitter. If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. #TeamAmanda

Starting Pitcher- Kenny DeNunez – The Sandlot

Who doesn’t love good old DeNunez? The kid has a swagger about him that I love. On top of that, no one could touch him, except for the rest of the guys on his team. He no-hit those preppy turds who challenged them to a game away from the Sandlot.

Starting Pitcher- Eric Van Leemer – Summer Catch

Although he is a bit of wildcard because of off the field issues and despite being a grade-A asshole, he has talent. He was working his way through the Cape Cod Summer League cutting down hitters like trees. Unfortunately, it was halted when he accidentally set fire to the pressbox. For one season, I will take the risk.

Relief Pitcher- Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn – Major League I & II

Naturally, no bullpen is complete without Wild Thing. All it took was some new specs to get him throwing strikes and burning people with the heat. The only reason I don’t have him as my closer is because you know damn good and well he will have an identity crisis.

Closer- Henry Rowengartner – Rookie of the Year

A simple arm injury turned this kid into a phenom beloved by the Chicago Cubs fans and one of the most dominant closers in Major League Baseball. When he finally lost his heat, he reinvented himself stealing a page out of his mother’s playbook, the Eephus. That’s right, the floater. The pitch that no one can hit and the pitch that no one can lay off of.


Lead Off- Willie Mays Hayes CF – Major League I & II

Is there honestly another option here? Plays like Mays, runs like Hayes. The only guy in the majors who can steal second, third and home all in one inning. You know he’s going and you still can’t stop him. He is a nightmare on the base path and a high average hitter. The perfect lead off.

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Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez Credit: imgarcade.com

2- Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez SS – The Sandlot

It was always known that The Jet would go pro in baseball. He was always head and shoulders above the rest. Throughout The Sandlot, the guy was never thrown out, even in his professional scene. He is your can’t miss prospect. On top of that, he was always a good guy. He took Smalls under his wing when no one else wanted him.

3- Dottie Hinson C – A League of Their Own

Athletic, beautiful, smart and could even manage a team. Although her heart wasn’t in baseball while her husband was overseas defending the United States in the war, she was still the best player in the girls’ league even with the distraction. If one year is all I need out of her, she is the focal point of my lineup.

4- T-Rex Pennebaker RF – Mr. 3000

Although the movie was centered around Stan Ross (they call him the boss), T-Rex was the one bright spot on the Milwaukee Brewers. He has a big frame, athletic, can hit, can field and can run. He is a do it all player and could be a league MVP.

5- Kelly Leak LF – Bad News Bears

Leak may be a child, but he is bad dude on the diamond. Pretty sure he hit a home run every time he stepped up to plate and helped elevate the Bears into a championship along with my ace pitcher. He was the kid you wanted in your corner. If this team ever has a brawl I can guarantee we won’t lose that either because of him and the next person in my lineup.

6- Jack Parkman DH – Major League II

After a short stint with the Cleveland Indians, he was traded because of his attitude and ability to give zero f****. He can hit for a ton of power and he is not someone you want as your enemy. “Don’t stand on the track when the train is coming through.”

7- Marla Hooch 2B – A League of Their Own

Marla Hooch, Hooch, Hooch. Timid and insecure about her looks because her dad raised her like a boy. That can’t all be bad because she is a hell of a ball player. Continue to gush because she is also a switch hitter. Thanks Mr. Hooch, because you made my team better.

8- Roger Dorn 3B – Major League I & II

Although we never got to see the bulk of his career, it was mentioned that he held his own both at the plate and in the field during his prime. As he got older, he cared less about winning and more about protecting his face. He will never be a stud on my team, but I don’t think he hurts us. Think of him as a glue guy.

9- Lou Collins 1B – Little Big League

Just an overall good guy who you want on your team. He always puts the team ahead of himself even when manager Billy Heywood benched him for bringing his mom home late one night. Collins sat there and took it like a champ.

Bench Players

1- Hamilton “Ham” Porter C – The Sandlot

Is there anyone on this Earth better at trash talking an opponent and backing it up? No, the answer is no. Although, if he tells anyone they play ball like a girl on this team, he may have an issue. No team would be complete without Ham though. Watch the classic scene below.

2- Ray Mitchell OF – Angels in the Outfield

The Angels got into the pennant race because they had God on their side. However, Ray Mitchell was the one player on the team who never received help from the higher power because he was an all-star caliber ball player.

3- Pedro Cerrano OF – Major League I, II & III

Who do you voodoo? Pedro freaking Cerrano. Guy can’t hit a curveball to save his life which is why I can’t plug him in the starting lineup just yet, but hey if I need a pinch hitter, I know who I am bringing in. Hopefully they give him the fastball.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach- Jimmy Dugan – A League of Their Own

Once he got over his drinking problem, he became one of the best managers in the league. He is a bit of a wild card, but hey Dottie Hinson can keep him in check.

Assistant Coach- Jake Taylor – Major League I & II

Coaching became his calling card after his playing days. He helped Rube Baker get over his issue throwing back to the mound. He also helped Ricky Vaughn and WIllie Mays Hayes get back to form.

BkEilBnCUAACl5WAssistant Coach- Phil Brickma – Rookie of the Year

He is as out there as they come. He locked himself in a cage and missed a game. He locked himself between two doors in a hotel and missed game. He never lost his cool either. On top of that, the guy invented hot ice. He heats up the ice cubes in a microwave. What an innovator! ‘
So there you go, my fantasy baseball team from the movies. Feel free to comment with yours below. I would love to hear yours!

Tigers’ Martinez to have surgery

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During offseason workouts, Victor Martinez tore the medical meniscus in his left knee last week.

Dr. James Andrews will perform surgery next week.

There is no timetable for his return.

Last season, the DH hit 32 bombs and 103 RBIs with .335 batting average.

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Mr. Cub dead at 83

Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83 in Chicago.

He was the very first African- American to play for the franchise and he did so from 1953- 1971.

Banks hit 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs. He had 14 All-Star selections and won two MVP awards. He was a 1977 Hall of Famer.

Ernie Banks was known for saying, “Let’s play two!”

Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs said:

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.”

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2015 NFL Divisional Round Preview

After going a perfect 4-0 last week I return to inform everyone of what’s going to occur during the 2015 divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The “few notes section” does come from ESPN.

Saturday Games

Baltimore vs. New England 4:35 EST NBC

Personally, I believe the first game of the divisional round will be the best one.

Joe Flacco leads a hot Ravens squad into Foxboro. He passed for nearly 4,000 yards over the regular season and Justin Forsett rushed for over 1,200. Their balanced attack has been elevated thanks to the Smith twins, Steve and Torry. The biggest weapon that Baltimore has, however, is the defense. No one will run the ball against them. NOBODY! Which means it will be tough for the non-existent Pats running game. Jonas Gray and LaGarrette Blount will not rush for over 50 yards combined.

New England does have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Do they need any more? I can’t tell you anything you do not know about what they will do. Expect Gronk to have at least 6 receptions for 120.

Few Notes:

  • Tom Brady is 1-2 in his postseason career at home against the Ravens, and 11-1 against everyone else.
  • Joe Flacco has 10 playoff wins (5 straight) since he entered the league in 2008, twice as many as any other QB in the NFL. His 7 road playoff wins and 11 road playoff starts are most by any QB in NFL history.
  • In Tom Brady’s career, he has 7 postseason game-winning drives, more than 3 times the amount of any other remaining QB in the playoffs. In fact, if you added up the total game-winning drives in the playoffs from the other 7 QB in the postseason, Flacco, Wilson, Romo, Manning, Luck, Rodgers and Newton they would equal…7…the same amount of game-winning postseason drives as Brady.

Who wins?

Baltimore rolls once again. The defense will win it for them and Flacco won’t lose it. Brady will at least have two picks.

Score: 24-17

Carolina vs. Seattle 8:15 EST FOX

It’s the battle of the read offense and the two best mobile quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Panthers are riding a five game winning streak and Cam is looking better than ever. Who knew that getting in a wreck could be a good thing? Carolina has always been a running team and the help of healthy running backs, Stewart and Williams, the Panthers could be a tough out.

The defending champs seem to be everyone’s pick to win it all. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because they have home field advantage and the Legion of Doom is back. Russell Wilson is carrying the offense because he doesn’t have a respectable receiver. Doug Baldwin has been MIA for the majority of the season.

Few Notes:

  • The Panthers and Seahawks follow the same plan: run the ball and play defense. Since Week 12, the two teams have been the best in several key rushing and defensive stats.
  • At least one road team was won in the Divisional playoffs in the previous nine seasons (2005-13), the second-longest streak in NFL history (road team won in 13 straight years from 1975-87). 2004 was the last season in which all four home teams won on Divisional weekend.
  • The Panthers and Seahawks have combined for 69 points in their previous three meetings and the two teams have only scored touchdowns on two of their 15 red-zone drives.

Who wins?

This will be a tough defensive game. The score will be tight. Seattle will soar.

Score: 20-17

Sunday Games 

Dallas vs. Green Bay 1:05 FOX

This game will be played on the frooooozen tundra. The running backs will be the feature of this contest. I see big games for both Eddie Lacy and DeMarco Murray.

Dallas was lead by the great of the referees last week. That was not professional, but the ‘boys should have lost. I still can’t ignore the great play of Tony Romo. He has lead this team far better than in years before. In the second half last week, it was fair for spectators to assume he was going to throw a costly interception but he didn’t.

Green Bay has a gigantic quarterback question. Is Aaron Rodgers healthy? We will be able to see how good that leg is after kickoff. Lacy will have to be driving force behind the Packers offense.

Few Notes:

  • Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury could limit his mobility. No QB has more Pass TD (33) from out of the pocket than Rodgers the last 5 seasons.
  • Including playoffs, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at home in his last 477 pass attempts. He’s played 16 games since his last interception at home, throwing 38 Pass TD in that time.
  • The Cowboys went 8-0 on the road this season. The Packers went 8-0 at home this season. According to Elias, only once since the merger has an unbeaten home team hosted an unbeaten road team in the playoffs. In 1972 the Dolphins (7-0 on the road) defeated the Steelers (7-0 at home) 21-17 in the AFC Conference Championship game.

Who wins?

How Bout Dem Cowboys?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Especially, if Chris Christie shows up.

Score: 30-24

Indianapolis vs. Denver 4:40 EST CBS

This is the battle of old versus new. Many people have already proclaimed Andrew Luck as a Hall of Famer and G.O.A.T. but he will still has yet to go to a conference championship. Is he Peyton Manning? No!

As I stated last week, it will be difficult for Indy to do anything on offense because of their ability to run the ball. He will have to pass over 45 times if his team wants an opportunity and his defense will have to show up and stop the run for once. CJ Anderson cannot have a huge game. If he does, the Colts don’t stand a chance.

The Broncos have Peyton Manning. End of story.

Few Notes:

  • Over the last five weeks of the regular season, Peyton Manning ranked 30th in red zone completion percentage (39 percent) and 22nd in red zone Total QBR (18) out of 32 qualified quarterbacks. Manning ranked first in both completion percentage (78 percent) and Total QBR (97) in the red zone in the season’s first 12 weeks.
  • Peyton Manning was off target on seven of his 16 red zone passes to Demaryius Thomas in the last five weeks of the regular season. Thomas had more drops (2) than receptions (1) in the red zone during that span.

Who wins?

Denver wins and it won’t be close.

Score: 35-21

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Hall of Fame should induct 4

The Baseball Writers of America Association will reveal the 2015 class of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The announcement will be made at 2 p.m. eastern standard time.

Before we get to the players that should be inducted, we have to address the people that should not now or ever be inducted.

No player that has ever used steroids or any other performance enhancer should never be allowed into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, and many others should never be immortalized for ruining a sport. Pete Rose should be allowed in before any of them because what he did as a player. At least his performance on the put drugs into his body.

This article is not about who should go into the Hall of Shame, it’s about the cherished ones that will go into the Hall of Fame.

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MLB Playoffs, Picks, Preview, #beatLA


The second round of the Major League Baseball playoffs begin tonight.

The post season will continue to be interesting. There are several complete teams and the ones that aren’t complete still figure out ways to win ball games. Let’s get started with LA and Cinderella, also known as KC.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals

After a brilliant come back victory, the Royals will try to continue their miraculous playoff run. Kansas City battled back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. They then won the franchise’s first playoff game in over 28 years 9-8 in the in front of over 40,000 fans in Kauffman Stadium. This was my first time seeing KC in the post season, and I hope not the last.

Now that KC has their one win they will need three more to move on past the Angels. The Angels very well may be the favorites to win the whole thing, but they never go deep in the postseason and I don’t expect that to change this year. The team is stacked, but I don’t see them living up to expectations.

The season series was split. I believe the Royals will pull out the series in 4 games. What’s next? The Cubs win the World Series! Haha, not in my lifetime.

Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles

Detroit has a phenomenal starting rotation with great hitting to back it up. This team can be unbeatable in the first round if Justin Verlander shows up and plays like a quality third starter. The Tigers can also hit with the best of teams.

Baltimore has had many injuries this year, thus why I can’t name one batter in their lineup. However, the team keeps on winning. Can this continue? I doubt it.

Expect the Tigers to sweep.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Every year the Cardinals are in the mix. Don’t you get tired of em’? It shows that when a baseball team has a foolproof system they will always be hard to beat. I often compare the to the San Antonio Spurs. Don’t count them out either. The big story is about Clayton Kershaw. He’s the no brainer to win the CY Young and MVP, but he can only play in a maximum of two games. The rest of the rotation will have to keep the St. Louis bats at bay. And the Dodgers can do it.

The only thing I love about writing about having my own blog: my opinion. I HATE the Dodgers! So I will be puling for the Cards in 4, but we all know that this series can go the distance.

San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals

The Giants got to this game by playing a flawless playoff game against the Pirates. One swing of the bat deafened an entire city that. The last time Pittsburgh was that quite the Tampa Bay Bucs were scoring a touchdown last Sunday to pick up their first victory. Too soon? San Francisco brings experience into this series and a lot of momentum, which in baseball is all you need. Not to mention, Tim Lincecum will be in the bullpen where he flourishes. I am an Atlanta Braves fan and I hate the Nationals.

Giants clinch in 3!

World Series: San Francisco vs Detroit                

Giants in 6!

All in the Family

All in the Family was a hit 1970's show.
All in the Family was a hit 1970’s show.

As we end a great sports weekend, our staff has noticed that the sports that were featured this weekend resemble the hit 1970’s show, All in the Family. WHAT! You are comparing a comedy to various sports. Yes, we are, just because it is necessary. It was a show that had complex roles and a lot of comedy. It is easy to laugh at these sports.

Archie Bunker was set in his ways. Archie made mistakes and never admitted them. College football is the exact same way. Should college football players be paid to play. Yes, they should at least get a percentage. If the school is selling a jersey that has a number of a famous football player then give the kid his/her money. The players sign an agreement that the NCAA can use a likeness of the player and another that said that a player couldn’t collect any money on their name. None of this make sense. If II can’t make a dollar off of my name, why can you?

The only reason Texas A&M is relevant is because of a certain player we promised to never mention. The same brat that has a big mouth and who will not be as good as he says he is. He did put Nicholls State University on the map this summer by having a huge meltdown. Anyways, it is understandable if Texas A&M pimps him, but when the NCAA sells the jersey #12, it is clear they are trying to make money.

The National Football League plays Edith Bunker. It may be more commonly known as the No Fun League. Edith was a person that was honest and she did her best to never make someone around her sad. However, Edith was not the brightest crayon in the box, nor did her elevator go to the top floor. This weekend the NFL has made a “dingbat” decision.

Teams will now be flagged if a player uses any type of obscenity. Are you kidding me? Football is a sport that is played by emotion and what group of words yields those emotions better than obscenities. Lamar Odom will have more hits than the NFL censor button.

Gloria Stivic was a young person who was charismatic and optimistic. Gloria reminds us of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The WNBA has great talent but it is overshadowed by all of the popular sports going on around it. The NBA is a great big brother to the women’s league, however fans do not come out to support the female talent. The league only has twelve teams, but they are not all in major markets. It does not help that the end of the WNBA season ends as the football season begins, and as baseball ends. Really, why would we look at a league that has no stars whenever we could be watching our fantasy football scores pour in. Brittany Greiner is a person with a lot of talent and she is the future of the league, but they are not taking advantage of it. Like Gloria, the WNBA is not the most popular, but with a little more personality it can become greater.

For the role of Mike Stivic we have a tie. Huh, someone has to win the role. It does not happen in all cases. Full House had two Michelle Tanner’s. If they can do it, we can too. Major League Baseball and boxing have been a cornerstone in American sports for a long time, thus why they are the most stubborn. This also makes them the best roles for “Meathead”. They both know it all.

Baseball has opted to use an extended replay system at the start of the 2014 season. The teams will be voting on the decision at the winter baseball meetings later this year. However, the sport does not want to challenge balls and strikes. Only reviewable plays can be reviewed, however, non-reviewable calls can still be argued with the home plate umpire or the crew chief. Baseball is so rich in history, but why have all of this technology and not use it. The purpose of human error is what again.? It is an error. It’s like Americans listening to South Korean music. Yeah, we like it, but it gets old quick. It get old very quick.

Boxing makes a strong case to being named “Meathead”. Boxing had a huge weekend. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. defeated Canelo Alvarez by majority decision. Okay what is next though. The sport that gave us Ali, Holmes, Tyson, Marciano, Frazier, Foreman, and Dempsey is dying before us. The last time boxing had a hit Chris hit Rhianna. Take a deep breathe. Now name five more relevant boxers who are still fighting in the squared circle. The UFC and MMA have taken over the entire demographic. The fight that would have included Mayweather and Pacquiao will never happen.

All in the Family was a great show and it lasted many of seasons, but these sports have got to get their acts together. Please save the drama for the next season of a NBC drama. God knows they need one.