Leyland Outburst Might Have Been Necessary
I thought it was too early to go to the proverbial whip. It turned out to be just the right time. What I like about Leyland as a manager, more than anything else, is that he has an uncanny feel for his team. Last year during the playoffs, it was brilliant the way he inspired confidence in his team by downplaying, in a simple, matter-of-fact way, his team being an underdog to the Yankees. He has been really smart in his dealings with Ivan Rodriguez, massaging his ego at the same time as fitting him into roles that are better suited for the team. The message Leyland sent to his team last April proved to be necessary. Maybe this one is, too.
- Kyle Calder has been an excellent addition for the Red Wings. For the second game in a row, during Tuesday’s win at Nashville, he set up a goal by outfighting an opposing player along the wall and keeping the puck in the zone. That type of effort was wasted in Philly this season, but could prove to be very valuable to the Red Wings - especially during the playoffs.
- Yes, I do think it is disturbing the only players the Lions seem to sign as free agents are ex-Rams and former Buccaneers.
- Michigan won the game, but is losing the war. To have only 3,000 for one of its games - any game - is a testament to how low the program has gone. If that doesn’t send a message to the administration that Tommy Amaker just isn’t working out, nothing will.