How Do You Appeal A Doping Ban Like Maria?

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Oh Sharapova, just let it go. Recently the 29 year old 5-time grand slam winner appealed her two year ban due to failing a drug test for the then-newly banned meldonium. The status of her ban was actually in question until recently it was confirmed she couldn’t come back for two years. She hopes she can overturn it before the Rio games, but otherwise I don’t really see her coming back when it ends. Initially I thought Maria would be retiring when earlier this year it was mentioned she was holding a career changing press conference, but it was revealed otherwise.

You really have to look at this two ways. She got away with this for so long at such a high level when meldonium was legal, but why do we really care when she wasn’t even THE best? She first won Wimbledon in 2004, and most recently won the French Open in 2014. Her claim was she first used the substance in 2006 for health issues, and doesn’t see why a ban is necessary when you could assume she still needs it for those issues, but because the substance was banned at the beginning of the year she can’t play anymore. Alot of this doesn’t make sense, and it goes beyond tennis. Players in any sport may need a medicine that’s on their sport’s list of outlawed drugs, but unless they go through paperwork and rigorous tests, things go way wrong in a hurry.

Things need to change here because you don’t know the full details of it and if she still needed that medicine so maybe a two year ban wasn’t the most appropriate course of action.

-The Irishman

Just Keep Swimming…Jk You’re Screwed

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College rapist and renowned scumbag Brock Turner has been banned by USA Swimming, and I couldn’t be happier.

Recently the little punk-ass piece of shit made headlines for not only why his sentencing was as long as expected, but also for the media using his regular photos in headlines instead of his mugshot like other criminals. The judge in his case only sentenced him to six months of jail and three years of probation, leading most people to believe it was racially motivated when someone who’s a minority would likely be in jail for years. No matter what your race is, if you take advantage of someone like that, you deserve to rot in a cell. The fact the media was constantly using regular pictures of him in reports about this case and not the mugshot really irked me too because you see all the time if a black person is going to jail, their senior photos and such aren’t the ones shown on tv, it’s their mugshot.

The matter that most recently made headlines is again him being banned by USA Swimming, the actual organization you are in if you compete in the Olympics. His stupid sister complained that because of one alcohol induced decision, Brock’s whole life was ruined. Well tough nubs girl, your brother is stupid and should pay for his actions. Drunkenness isn’t an excuse for raping someone. The idiot himself is appealing his conviction when he gets out of jail and previously claimed he was using alcohol to cope with the stress of school. Bull fucking shit you idiot. Gtfo and stay in prison where you belong.

-The Irishman

 

#ThrowbackThursday with A*TEENS

Epic choreography, ABBA covers, and photogenic teens? Yeah sure why not. That’s exactly what these guys were for a solid five or six years in Sweden. They made their way to America through Disney radio and for a while, kids couldn’t get enough of it. We all remember the Lilo & Stitch music video for Can’t Help Falling In Love, right? Yeah that was these guys. I didn’t even discover them really until around 2011 and became obsessed for a solid three years. Bandmembers have resisted a reunion since they broke up, which like NSYNC it started out as a hiatus. I’ll always have hope for the future.

-The Irishman

Penguins Win 2016 Stanley Cup

Note: This was written before tonight’s Game 5.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captured their fourth Stanley Cup with tonight’s 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It is Crosby and Co’s first since 2009.

The Pens got off to a hot start after taking a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game. From there, things settled down until Pittsburgh snuck one through the pipes to take a 2-0 lead just near the end of the second period.

The Pens and Sharks exchanged goals in the third to give the Pens the game, and the series.

Pittsburgh never trailed at any point in their dominating series victory.

Details:

-The Penguins are the third team to win the Stanley Cup while wearing alternate uniforms (the Pens wore their throwbacks throughout the playoffs)

-Pittsburgh will now have to redesign their anniversary logo for next season to include a fourth Stanley Cup

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-Only four teams have won the Cup since 2009 (Penguins x2, Blackhawks x3, Kings x2, and the Bruins)

Congratulations to the Steel City.

-B

Why the Red Sox should trade for asshole, Yordano Ventura

By now, I’m sure every baseball fan has seen the brawl in which Royals starter Yordano Ventura got rocked by O’s star Manny Machado.

The brawl was ensued by Ventura throwing inside on Machado on 3 consecutive pitches before finally plunking him in the back with a 99 mph heater.

 

One thing that got pointed out right away was the fact that Royal’s catcher, Salvador Perez, made absolute no effort to stop Machado. Reason being, this is isn’t the first issue Ventura has put the team in. Previously, getting in alterations with Adam Eaton, Brett Lawrie and Mike Trout.

It’s now publicly open (thanks to Jeff Passan of Yahoo!) that the Royals are looking to actively shop Ventura.

Now it’s a unique situation for Ventura because: 1) he’s owed a lot of money 2) he’s sucked this year and 3) he’s a fucking asshole. Having said that, I really hope my Red Sox make a trade for him.

It always seems that when a player is being actively shopped for underperforming AND clubhouse issues, ala Matt Harvey, people think that means you can “buy low”for them. Which is not true. It’s still going to take a pretty good major league player and taking the contract on for Ventura, which makes it a high risk trade.

So why would I want him on the Red Sox? Let’s look at one simple fact, we need another fucking starting pitcher. The Red Sox 342 runs and.290 team average far outnumber any other team the league while their 4.32 stands 20th in the league and their starting pitcher ERA stands at an abysmal 4.66.

It seems as if it right now, the Sox have figured out a solid 4 man piece with Price-Rodriguez-Porcello-Wright but desperately need a 5th starter to give them quality innings. By the way, the Sox 4.66 starter ERA comes from the mostly large booster from their rotating 5th starter spot which has seen Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Henry Owens and Sean O’Sullivan which has produced a  4-5 record and a #nice 6.94 ERA. They’ve pitched 94 innings total in 21 starts which averages out to 4 1/3 innings per start.

Okay, you get it.

The concern about going out and getting Ventura is figuring out why he’s struggling this season. Ventura sits with a 5.32 ERA in 12 starts, while reaching the 7th inning just twice in two of those starts. He’s given up 39 runs in 66 innings with a horrendous WHIP of 1.53. The most concerning number is the fact his K/9 is way down this year at just 6.00.

The reason I’m optimistic this guy will bounce back is because his stuff is still there. He’s still throwing between 95 and 98 with a nasty slider and workabl change up. He’s still only 25 and going through a lot of extracurricular bullshit, that yes he shouldn’t be involved in but is.

If you look at his career numbers, (3.87 ERA, 7.79 K/9 and .54 win %) it’s worth the risk to trade for somebody who can be a #2 for you for a long time. He’s signed through 2019 and is owed nearly 100 million. However, with his potential being an ace, he would be a lot cheaper than what it would cost to go out and sign a #1/#2.

The biggest names for starting pitchers in who will be unrestricted FA’s starting in 2017 include Doug Fister, CJ Wilson, Ivan Nova, Andrew Cashner and a bunch of other disgusting shit. In 2018, you can load up with money again with the potential of Fernandez, Keuchel, Harvey and Wainwright coming up.

It won’t be easy giving up a bat like Travis Shaw AND taking on the money but it may be the best option to make an immediate impact and possible fix on the starting rotation for 2016.

Let’s go

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Top 5 TV Show Bands

Music and television are two things we hold close to our hearts. So of course you have to combine the two. Many bands have had tv shows made for them, more recently this type is a reality tv, but many other bands were created for tv shows, often showing a fictionalized version of who they are in real life but still sharing the music they use. These are your top five tv show bands.

#5 2Gether

Created to parody the real life boy band mania that had been going on, 2Gether intentionally picked five guys who fit the most popular personalities of the usual boy band. Most of their songs were meant to be jokes parodying those of real life boy bands too.

#4 O-Town

Also created in response to the popular boy band craze of the 90’s, O-Town was the first to come from the successful Making The Band franchise that chronicled how the search to find its members and their daily progress when they came to be. The band lasted a decent three years and two albums but recently reunited in the past few years to record a new album, sans original member Ashley Parker Angel.

#3 Big Time Rush

These guys are by far my favorite on the list considering I actually grew up loving the show. They were pretty much a new version of the Monkees. Their existence transcended into the real world like all the other bands mentioned and in their show they referenced the second “british invasion” of One Direction being popular too, but also the typical boy band trend of breaking up after three albums and only one guy continuing to a solo career. Plus, Carlos ends up dating Alexa Vega from Spy Kids so that’s always cool.

#2 S Club 7

Ain’t no part like an S Club Party, eh? They were the massively popularBritish group back in my toddler days, but I didn’t even hear about them until Pandora played one of their songs, which led to me finding out about the show. Unlike the previous three groups, they ended up having an actual movie in theaters. Sadly they also broke up soon after the movie, by that time only six members remained anyway. Like so many other british bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, nostalgia hit and they reunited in 2014, with a countrywide tour in 2015.

#1 The Monkees

Did you really expect anyone else? Come on. They were the original tv band. Formed in 1966, their show lasted for two season and got cancelled because of creative differences between the group and the television studio they worked for. They too went on to make a movie after the tv show ended but that was the beginning of their downfall. Peter Tork quit in late 1968, and Mike Nesmith was the next to go.The group disbanded in 1971. In the 80’s they had a huge revival in popularity and released another new album, doing that again in 1997, and now fifty years after the show first aired in 2016 too. Sadly, member Davy Jones passed away in 2012. R.I.P. man.

Until next time, it’s been great. Jam on folks!!!

-The Irishman