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Shammell’s Tuesday Tirade: A Champion will be Crowned

Ahhhhhhhh, fall is in full swing.

The stage is set, the leaves are falling, and Major League Baseball will have its champion within the next two weeks. That’s right, the Fall Classic that essentially no one in the greater Philadelphia will pay much mind too is upon us. Baseball fans will see the likes of Justin Verlander face off against Barry Zito on Wednesday ni– wait, what?! Barry Zito starting game one of the World Series like its 2005 and he’s back in his prime. Thus furthering my lack of want to watch this World Series is guys like Tim Lincecum and Prince Fielder. Based on personal preference, I’d rather not watch the fastest declining athlete in all of baseball in Lincecum, as well as the biggest professional athlete in Fielder. I think we were all wishful when teams like the Athletics and Orioles made the playoffs that this year may be a change of pace. However, no apparent Cinderella will be crowned this fall. The Giants get my support just due to their slow start and the complete turnaround they made. On top of that, I don’t think anyone can complain watching Buster Posey play the game, and I think most Phillies fans would love to see Hunter Pence get a ring.

So that’s enough of the stuff that as a sports writer I would have to say just because it is extremely relevant to the sporting world. On with the tirade…


BEST Fantasy PerformanceChris Johnson, Running Back, Tennessee Titans

CJ went off this Sunday, providing fantasy owners a much needed breath of fresh air. Arguably the biggest bust of the 2011 NFL season showed signs of repeating as such early on this year. Johnson is not out of the lack luster spot light just yet. He has been trending this season as a run of the mill to below average back, but this week he rushed for 195 yards on 18 touches with 2 touchdowns. That’s a respectable day for any back in the league, let alone someone who has been much overhyped the past two years. It’s tough to dictate whether he is ready to jump back on the scene as a reliable back however. After all, the sun shines on a dog’s butt every once in a while.


WORST Fantasy PerformanceLarry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals

Larry, Larry, Larry. His day wouldn’t be so bad if he wasn’t who he is… if that makes any sense. Fitzgerald only hauled in 4 catches for 29 yards. That’s an average day for your standard 3 or 4 wide out in the depth chart. However, Larry Fitzgerald revolutionized the receiver position the past few years, making the elite wide outs in the league, bigger, stronger, faster, and far more relevant in the fantasy world. Owners who rely on Fitzgerald to put up big numbers may have fallen victim to an unexpected loss this week due to Fitzgerald’s (I’d even go as far as to say the Cardinals) below average performance. Having Skelton in at QB certainly isn’t helping anyone’s cause at this point in time, and the fact that Beanie Wells is sidelined probably puts more defensive focus on a guy like big Larry. Hopefully things shape up in Arizona soon.


WINNER of the weekMichael Vick, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

Sorry, I had to. I’m making Vick my winner of the week due to the fact that the Eagles had a bye. For this reason and this reason alone, Vick didn’t have a turn over this week. The Philadelphia signal caller has had a rough go of it this season, having a total of 11 turnovers himself in an Eagles offense that can’t seem to get clicking on all cylinders. Vick’s ball security has been an issue since day one here in Philly, but this year it seems to be coming to a head. There are changes being made on the O-Line, so we’ll see how that effects his production. I’m unsure of how it will pan out, considering Vick has as many interceptions as he does touchdowns (8). For the sake of Vick, and seeing how most of the media already treats him, my fingers are crossed for a big turnaround in the near future. If not, I’ll be able to hear the “We Want Foles,” chants from up I-95 this Sunday.


LOSER of the weekOzzie Guillen, FORMER manager, Miami Marlins

That’s right, big Ozzie got the axe. I am honestly indifferent to this decision. Was it Guillen’s fault that the Marlins were terrible this season? More than likely not. However, you have to blame someone. You certainly can’t blame Logan Morrison, because his tweets are hilarious, thus making me even want to watch the Marlins in the first place. The Marlins point out the fact that having Guillen as manager just didn’t seem to be a good fit. In an interview with the Associated Press, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said, “Let’s face it. It was not a positive for the team, it was not a positive for Ozzie.” The former manager of the Marlins and White Sox is notoriously outspoken. Guillen caused waves in the beginning of the season being quoted praising Fidel Castro, the dictator of Cuba. Guillen may or may not be missed in Miami; however, I’m sure the Marlins won’t miss him at all.


WORST news of the week The NHL Lockout goes on

We are currently approaching week 7 of the NHL lockout, and it is not getting any easier. With talks at an evident stand still between the NHL owners and the NHL Players Association, it is becoming more and more apparent that we may not see hockey this season. You’re telling us we have to root for the Eagles and 76ers until pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater? If that isn’t a gut check, I don’t know what is. However, on the bright side, you can always head down to the Wells Fargo Center to watch the Phanto– oh wait… I forgot… they don’t play there anymore. Comcast is currently working on getting a contract with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL to broadcast games instead of the already scheduled Flyers games, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that it is just not the same. Thousands of people are out of work because of this lack of a deal, and that’s what is most troubling. Putting the hockey players aside, there are tons of people who monitor parking lots, run concession stands (and let us not forget the coveted Ice Girls) who may be out of work this winter, not to mention the trickledown effect that the lockout is having. NHLers are bumping down to the AHL, which is causing AHLers to move down the ranks, and the same is occurring across the globe from Russia to Sweden, to Switzerland and so one. A particular friend of mine who shall remain nameless saw his dream of playing in the ECHL disappear due to the lockout. However, he may be a candidate as a winner of the week, due to the fact that he now lives beach front in Florida.


With all that being said, I’m too said to decide the best news of the week.

In closing NHL AND THE NHLPA… PLEASE come to an agreement and give me a legible excuse to drink Labatt Ice and Molson again!

Happy World Series Eve to all, and to all… a good Wednesday!


source- Fox Sports

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