Identify this major league baseball owner.
Q: What's your general assessment of your team? There has been a ton of injuries, but even given that, do you think this team has underperformed?
A: “Absolutely. Our record is awful. You guys were quick to point out that we would win 90 games — or pointed out that I said that. I thought, with a little luck, we could win 90 games. Now we are (15 games) below .500, and that doesn't work. We have had some health issues, maybe more than normal. But we also built, we thought, enough extra pitching to where we could weather some of this. The injuries haven't helped, but I'm not blaming this on injuries. We haven't played real well.”
Nope, you’re all wrong. It was Dick Monfort, who owns the Colorado Rockies. But yeah, it should have been Charlie Johnson.
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In a surprise to exactly zero people, Richard Sherman iterated his dislike of Michael Crabtree. Sadly, his latest restatement of that fact occurred on Discovery’s American Muscle.
“It’s much more of just I don’t like the dude,” Sherman says. “You know what I’m saying. And I think he’s sorry. So it’s really what it comes down to. It’s just about him, it’s just about Crabtree,” Sherman said. “It’s not going to be something that goes away. I hope to play him every year for the rest of my career and choke him out. There’s not much else I can say about the subject. Nobody will understand it but him and me. That’s all that needs to (be) understood.”
But I thought that was already understood.
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Speaking of your favorite team in the state of Washington, Russell Wilson penned a thing for MMQB that should be read, especially for this odd little item that nobody paid any attention to:
"I believe the culture has changed in America, and in the NFL. Nowhere can you see that more than in Seattle. I can tell you without reservation that Paul Allen and our GM, John Schneider, and our coach, Pete Carroll, don’t care what race you are, what color you are. They only care about performance. And yes, there is more progress to be made by minorities in the NFL, but I’m writing this story because I think that in the short time I’ve been in the league, I see a league and individual teams judging people for what they do, not what color they are or how tall they are or anything other than what happens on the field.
You know how I know that? From our practice field throughout this spring. The five quarterbacks in camp with us had something in common:
Tarvaris Jackson, African-American.
Terrelle Pryor, African-American.
B.J. Daniels, African-American.
Keith Price, African-American.
We call ourselves “The Jackson 5.” I play the role of Michael Jackson. It’s not that Coach Carroll and John Schneider purposely did that. They put the best guys they could find on the roster to help the Seahawks win. But really, considering the history of the league and the quarterback position, how crazy is it that one team has five quarterbacks in camp, and all are African-American?
I believe that says so much about the state of the NFL today."
Frankly, I think it says that Russell didn’t want to be Tito.
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I didn’t know this was a thing, but ESPN’s estimable Buster Olney pointed out that “The Oakland Athletics are on a pace to win 102 games and their third consecutive AL West title. But they need only 17 more wins to extend another streak that might be even more remarkable: The number of consecutive seasons in which they have won at least 74 games.”
When did that become a thing?
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In the wake of Wednesday’s 0-0 win for Argentina that put them into the World Cup final against Germany and further depressed Brazilians already shamed and angry, we bring you the cover of Wednesday’s Lance!, the interactive paper for the profane Brazilian in your family, from Jack Lang, a.k.a. @snap_kaka_pop.
That’s right. They left it blank for the readers to unleash their inner artist. Our papers should do that more often.
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On the other hand, the Brazilians still have a rooting interest, made clear Tuesday night by fans outside the German training compound.
From The Telegraph, a large group of Brazil fans reportedly congregated outside Germany’s base camp to cheer the victorious Teutons even though there was a pouring rain at the time. The crowd chanted “Alemann, Alemann, Alemann” (Germany, Germany, Germany) amid “raucous celebrations as fireworks lit up the night sky and revelers ignored the showers that threatened to dampen the party atmosphere.” And one fan, Jose Amilton, turned on his nation to say, “I very much like Germany. They play so well, they pass the ball and they’re so fast. They play like Brazil used to.”
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And finally, the Donald Sterling, Crazy-Or-Not-Crazy trial hit its peak early when judge Michael Levanas told Colonel Don, “Go back to answering questions rather than making somewhat entertaining comments.”
Jeez, talk about a buzzkill. What else is he there for?