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Brett “the Jet” Favre

Yes, Brett Favre is a New York Jet. Would you like proof that everyone still loves Brett Favre even though he hogged the headlines this summer like a baseball pitcher on steroids? Here is your proof: More than 6,500 Brett Favre New York Jets jerseys were sold on NFLShop.com on Thursday, obliterating a previous sales record set last year.

NFLShop.com, announced the numbers Friday, noting that the jerseys went on sale just after 6 a.m. Thursday, less than five hours after he was traded by the Green Bay Packers. The previous record of just 900 jerseys was set on Nov. 11, 2007, by none other than Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

The story that was most interesting to me was the deal between the Jets and the Packers in the Brett “the Jet” Favre trade. He was traded for a “conditional draft pick” and some very important fine print.

Here is the conditional draft pick breakdown: The draft pick traded for Favre turns into a third-round selection if he plays in 50 percent of the plays this season, a second-rounder if he plays in 70 percent of the plays and the Jets qualify for the playoffs, and a first-round pick if he plays in 80 percent of the plays and Jets make it to the Super Bowl.

Even better than that is the fact that the Packers took great pains to ensure Favre would not be traded to the Vikings, or any other NFC North team, by inserting some very demanding fine print into the deal. If Favre were to be traded to any team in the Packers’ division, the Jets would have to surrender three first-round picks to Green Bay. The trade also includes provisions preventing a trade to another team if that new team were to trade him to the NFC North.

So my dream team of Favre and Adrian Peterson (Vikings) playing together is simply that, just a dream. As far as Favre playing for the Jets…I just wish the Packers and Jets were scheduled to play each other this season. The only way that they could play each other would be if they met in the Super Bowl and that is obviously not going to happen.

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Baseball Hall of Shame – Random, Weird Injuries

When Michael Jordan has the flu, he scores over 40 points in the NBA Finals and usually makes the winning basket at the buzzer. When Tiger Woods plays golf on an injured knee and broken leg he wins the U.S. Open on the 19th hole of a playoff. Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, played with pain and led the Dallas Cowboys to a division-clinching win over the New York Giants despite a dislocated shoulder.

Baseball might have a few stories of this kind, but for me the MLB is best known for random, weird injuries that send a player to the DL. The latest is the greatest. Until last week I had never heard of a pillow-lifting injury in baseball — that is, until Detroit Tigers’ Brandon Inge reported the following details about the injury that brought him “down”:

“It was the stupidest, most freakish thing,” Inge said Wednesday, explaining why he had just been placed on the 15-day DL with the pulled side muscle (oblique) he suffered 3 1/2 weeks ago. “I have a 3-year-old son who sleeps in the bed with my wife and me,” Inge said. “I was trying to push the pillow down behind his head (two nights ago), and when I did … I repopped (the strained muscle). Upon hearing this story, manager Jim Leyland said, “That’s a first.”

It may be the first “pillow push” injury, but it is definitely not the first wacky baseball injury. After a little bit of research, I now present to you those who are a part of the MLB’s weird injury fraternity:

Vince Coleman (Cardinals)
Missed the 1985 World Series after getting rolled up in the field tarp machine. How does a guy as fast as the base-stealing Coleman lose to a tarp machine?

John Smoltz (Braves)
The starting pitcher once burned his chest while ironing a shirt … which he was still wearing. Nice!

Tom Glavine (Braves)
Apparently trying to impress his “iron man” teammate, Glavine broke a rib in 1992 while throwing up airplane food.

Nolan Ryan (Astros)
The Hall of Fame pitcher once missed a start after being bitten on his hand … by a coyote.

Sammy Sosa (Cubs)
Sneezed his way onto the DL with a back injury in 2004.

But my favorite of all is Steve Sparks who dislocated his shoulder when he tried to impersonate a motivational speaker by attempting to rip a phone book in half. What is your favorite? What famous injury did I miss? Your turn…



The Sports World Needs to Lighten Up

Apparently the media are as bored with the headlines they are writing as we are reading them. David Beckham makes his debut tonight, oh but wait, a bad ankle will limit him to five to ten minutes. Now America will be watching something else other than the over-hyped MLS debut of Brad Pitt in cleats. Sergio will enter Sunday at the British Open with the lead and every chance to blow it on the final hole like Jean Van de Velde did eight years ago at the same course. In addition, Sergio has a chance to break the title of “best golfer yet to win a major.” Who comes up with these angles on sports?!?

Kobe is not practicing for team USA for the first time ever, instead he is simply shooting around in between interviews about his indecisive nature on whether or not he wants to remain a Laker. He says that he does not want to be a distraction to the team and the reporters ignore his request and ask the same questions in 100 other ways. And now the poll of the day on ESPN is “Which accusations are most disturbing to you as a sports fan?” Your choices are Michael Vick’s alleged involvement in dogfighting or referee Tim Donaghy’s alleged NBA betting. These stories are accompanied by the question of where and when will the alleged “Steriod King” will become the MLB “Home Run King”. And will the commissioner, Bud Selig, be in attendance to observe the making of the largest asterick in Guiness Book of World Records history. Everyone is looking forward to the NFL season as a chance to see if anyone on the Cincinnati Bengals is out of jail and free to join Carson Palmer for the 2007 NFL regular season. Pac Man Jones… OK…you get the point.

It is time to hire Charles Barkley as the President and CEO of all sports and have him make decisions as to what is in the best interest of the game, regardless of sport. All of the commissioners will report to Sir Charles and the players and officials have to meet with Barkley one on one every time they screw up. The best part about interviewing Barkley about the state of sports as the new boss is that he would help every reporter lighten up. That is what the sports world needs.



“Who’s Not” Winner: Terrell Owens
July 6, 2007, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Cycling, ESPN, mlb, Nascar, NBA, NFL, NHL, sports, sports opinion, sports talk, sportspastor, sportspastor 2.0

who’s not
I have been so inspired by ESPN’s “Who’s Now” contest that I have decided to post my own variation of the popular contest. My version is called “Who’s Not”, a post in which I with the help of some friends will rank the ultimate sports prima donnas by considering both on-field busts and off-field distractions. What will all of these athletes have in common? They lack character. It has been said that a person’s talent and abilities can take a person farther than their character can sustain them and that is the case for the winners of SportsPastor’s “Who’s Not” Awards. Please take these as tongue in cheek and also visit the real contest at ESPN.com “Who’s Now.” Be thankful that ESPN has created a contest to tide us over until preseason football begins. With no further ado, here are the brackets and winners:

Bobby Knight Bracket (people who throw stuff):
Milwaukee Braves Skipper vs. MLB Pitcher Kenny Rogers

Dennis Rodman Bracket (NBA Technical Fouls):
Rasheed Wallace vs. Ron Artest

Mike Tyson Bracket (Only Playing Because I am Broke):
Ricky Williams vs. Marion Jones

Jose Canseco Bracket (Substance Abuse or Amazing Feats of Strength):
Barry Bonds vs. Jason Giambi

Latrell Spreewell Bracket (There is no I in TEAM):
Terrell Owens vs. Randy Moss

Pete Rose Bracket (You can “bet” on the gap between talk and walk):
Pac Man Jones vs. Michael Vick

Bill Lambier Bracket (These athletes are often called dirty players):
Bruce Bowen vs. Todd Bertuzzi

Tonya Harding Bracket (These athletes are often called cheaters):
Floyd Landis vs. Tony Stewart

Final Four
Todd Bertuzzi vs. Pac Man Jones
Terrell Owens vs. Ron Artest

Championship

Pac Man Jones vs. Terrell Owens

“Who’s Not” Winner
Terrell Owens



2007 Summer Football Camp

“I love the principles that you are teaching the children in addition to just football skills. My son comes home every night repeating exactly what the coaches are teaching.”
–Football Camp, Unchurched Dad

Week in Review:
Wednesday – Rain kept us inside at the local community college gymnasium, but we made the most of the first day and did more instruction and agility work than a normal camp day. Parents appreciated the fact that we had created a weather hotline that we gave the parents the number to call and we updated it each morning at 6am with the camp location based upon the weather. Fortunately, Wednesday would be our only day inside.

Thursday – Dallas Cowboy greats, Darren Woodson and Roy Williams, made a special guest appearance to talk to the campers about football and character. Each athlete shared his testimony and commitment to living out his faith even though so many NFL players choose not to do so. The kids asked some great questions. My favorite being: When did you start playing football? Roy Williams answered that he was 5 years old and found a life preserver and used it as shoulder pads and begin to tackle everything in his path, including furniture and family.

Friday – My favorite day because we had an opportunity to speak to the group about what it means to be a Christian Athlete. We presented the Good News that God loves them so much that he sent His only Son to die on the cross so that they may be forgiven if they believe in Jesus Christ. Eleven boys, ages 8-13, responded to the message and trusted Christ for their salvation. Praise the Lord!

Saturday – All of the parents were invited to watch their child compete and scrimmage on this final day. We had volunteers from our church ready to hand our frozen lemonade to the families and provide for them a warm welcome. Over half of these families are not from our church. What a tremendous opportunity we have had to impact our commmunity for Christ, through sports. We were blessed with good weather despite uncertain forecasts. We were blessed to have access to the nicest fields in town. And finally, we were blessed with a coaching staff, camp director, and camp volunteers that love the Lord, love the game of football, and loved having the opportunity to encourage and teach the children how to build skills and build character!



SportsPastor’s Top 10 Magazines

When I walk into Barnes and Noble, the manager smiles becuase he knows that I will ring up a hefty bill of the latest and greatest magazines. When we are 30 minutes early for a flight, it is yet another opportunity to ring up a hefty bill of the latest and greatest magazines for reading on the airplane. Yes, I love magazines. As a result, my desk is covered with my favorite leadeship books and now 10 different magazines on topics such as leadership, business, technology, sports, and golf (golf is listed seperately because it is no longer a sport to me – you should see me hack…er…play). From the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, here are the top 10 magazines currently on my desk (also featured in left sidebar):

10. Athlon Sports College Football Preview
(Can we give Arkansas’s McFaddin the Heisman trophy yet?)
09. Athlon Sports Pro Football Preview
(Sunday night has better games but not MNF’s Tony Kornheiser)
08. NFL.com Fantasy Football Magazine
(With the 16th overall pick the Tailgate Tigers select T.J. WhosYourMama)
07. Golf Digest
(Last summer I shot around 85, but this summer I quit before shooting 88)
06. Business 2.0
(If you love the story behind the technology giants, this magazine is for you)
05. Entrepreneur
(As a designer of sports ministries this magazine provides me with start-up insights)
04. ESPN the Magazine
(ESPN has the sports world covered, but the fleece pullover is not needed in Texas)
03. Sports Illustrated
(I would subscribe to this magazine just to read Rick Reilly’s articles on the back page)
02. Mac Life
(Mac Addict finally made it’s way to the States under it’s new name, Mac Life)
01. Mac World
(I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC that exploded and caused the sportspastor to switch to Mac)



AFL vs. NFL

“If these walls could talk” they would say that the AFL (Arena Football League) is not enough to satisfy NFL fans until August. I am definitely looking forward to Monday Night Football this fall. In fact, Ron Jaworski will join Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser on the ESPN telecast. Jaworski replaces Joe Theismann, who has been offered a football analyst job with the network. Jaws is a regular guest on PTI and will be a perfect compliment to Kornheiser in the MNF booth.

And what do we get to see? The schedule has already been released…check it out:
9/10: Ravens at Bengals
(Is it better to have a good offense or defense?)
9/10: Cardinals at 49ers
(Did Leinart stay at USC one more year to avoid being a 49er?)
9/17: Redskins at Eagles
(NFC East games rule!)
9/24: Titans at Saints
(Vince Young vs. Reggie Bush)
10/1: Patriots at Bengals
(Two of my three favorite teams…and the other is NOT Dallas!)
10/8: Cowboys at Bills
(“No one circles the wagons…” vs “no one circles the media…”)
10/15: Giants at Falcons
(This one will be a “dog fight!” – you can bet the house!)
10/22: Colts at Jaguars
(The other favorite team…a classy bunch of guys)
10/29: Packers at Broncos
(Brett Favre is the best quarterback in Denver, too.)
11/5: Ravens at Steelers
(Steelers 75th Anniversary…don’t miss this one)
11/12: 49ers at Seahawks
(Why are the 49ers on MNF twice?)
11/19: Titans at Broncos
(Vince Young vs. Jay Cutler…yes I love the 2006 draft class)
11/26: Dolphins at Steelers
(Joey Porter returns to Pittsburgh)
12/3: Patriots at Ravens
(Tom Brady and Randy Moss…let the Fantasy Football draft begin!)
12/10: Saints at Falcons
(Reggie Bush likes the bright lights of MNF…this will be fun!)
12/17: Bears at Vikings
(Urlacher, the best defensive player makes a MNF appearance)
12/24: Broncos at Chargers
(LT, the best offensive player makes a MNF appearance)

Yes, I am already ready for NFL football in May!
Blame it on the AFL! Blame it on the NFL Draft!
Blame it on the Mavericks losing in the first round!