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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Tonight on Annie & Burl Live on BlogTalk Radio, I will be competing against Ms. Annie in a rousing contest of NAME THAT TUNE...

Come check it out...either I whip her booty or I walk away with my tail between my legs...either way - it should be fun!

And YES, this means I will be on BlogTalk Radio for three straight days! LOLOL

DO you realize that there are only 4 days before Pitchers and Catchers report to training camp...and only 7 days before position players report...and only 55 days until Opening Day!!!

YES...that means spring is close - screw the rodent - when the players take the field...spring is here!

Peyton Manning walked off the field at the end of the Super Bowl without shaking anyone's hand...he just lost the biggest game of the season...he was frustrated and disappointed...he wanted to get off the field before the major celebration took over...smart move? Probably not his best moment, but get over it.

If you want the handshake between competitors at the end of the championship game or series, then take a clue from hockey (dang, never ever thought I would say something like that!)...make it part of the ceremony.

At the end of each playoff series and the Stanley Cup series, the two teams line up and shake hands all the way down the line.

In baseball, the losing team moves to their dugout and can watch from there if they choose...many go right down the runway to the locker room...in basketball, the losers head off court and into the bowels of the arena and the sanctity of their locker room.

In football, there is that long walk - out in the open - to the ramp that takes you to your locker room, so you are more exposed for a longer period of time.

After most football games you see the coaches heading to the center of the field to talk and congratulate/offer works of encouragement. The players all walk onto the field and look for opponents who they know (maybe they played together in college or on another pro team, and there is always a group that takes a knee and says a prayer together.

The cameras caught Mr. Manning heading off the field like there was a plane to catch (well there probably was, but they would have waited for him).

What has not been said is that Manning called Drew Brees after the press conference to congratulate him and did stop and talk to some Saints players in the hallway outside the press room.

Peyton Manning is still one of the classiest football players today and has nothing to be ashamed about.

How to make a country stand up and notice...

Mention that Howard Stern is in negotiations to take over for Simon Cowell on American Idol - yes folks, a tiny blurb in the NY Post has now taken off with Stern himself fueling the fires by stating ""There's not a better job on the planet than judging that f---ing karaoke contest... It would be the best thing that happened to me... What a cush job -- $100 million for four months. Who wouldn't take that?"

OH yeah, sure the producers love hearing him call it a karaoke contest...

10 Of Your Sparks

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Even though, of course, I was rooting for the Saints I am a big Peyton Manning fan. It's hard not to like the guy if you're from New Orleans. Heck, his dad is a legend in this town. I remember the day they traded Archie from the Saints, you would have thought someone had died in New Orleans. But saying all that I don't think Peyton's move was very classy at the end. A true athlete is measured by how he handles his losses as well as his wins. If I was Peyton I might be a little ashamed by my actions right now.

  3. JOHNH: I really am not sure how I feel. If it is one of those 'yeah good win' handshakes, does it make him any classier?

  4. I was really hoping to NOT find a Super Bowl reference three days past, but.....*sigh*

    Oh well.....

    Um, if I get a chance I'll tune in tonight to hear you test your wits. Good luck!

  5. SONGBIRD: I know it hurts when our team does not cross the finish line first...but there were only two teams playing...remember that

  6. Jay Says:
  7. I've actually got some thoughts on Manning's action to post on my blog tonight. Not really Manning but the media's reaction. I wouldn't use the word "classless" to describe Manning. More like it was "unfortunate" that he did that. Not good, but not the end of the world either.

  8. JAY: Looking forward to reading your thoughts

  9. BeckEye Says:
  10. My nickname for Peyton is "Big Doofus." Because he is. But I still like him. He seems like a good guy.

    As for Howard, I used to listen to him when he was on the radio station I didn't have to pay for and always found him amusing. But juding Idol? I don't know. He'll just ask every chick to take her top off. I'm probably going to stop watching when Simon leaves. It just won't be the same.

  11. Travis Cody Says:
  12. I took issue with LeBron James for a similar issue after the Eastern Conference finals last year.

    I'm disappointed in Peyton's choice, but I did read that he made some calls and personal visits to some Saints players, and spoke directly with Brees after the game...away from the field. I don't like his choice to leave the field without at least seeking out Brees, but then again...that's a crazy atmosphere after the Super Bowl ends to try and find somebody to shake hands.

    I don't excuse or condone Manning's action. It was an unfortunate choice. But at least he didn't follow it up with a tirade of "explanation" about being a competitor and all that garbage that Mr James spouted last year.

  13. BECKEYE: He seems like a good guy indeed
    I doubt Howard is getting near AI

    TRAVIS: Excellent viewpoint on the subject...I was a tad disappointed in his behavior

  14. Mimi Lenox Says:
  15. Karaoke Contest?
    I am going to faint!
    The nerve!


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