Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It Does Make You Wonder About Rodriguez

I guess you could call it "Filegate." But honestly, this whole ruckus about Rich Rodriguez destroying office files at West Virginia seems like much noise about nothing.
Any truly important files involve copies. And are on computer files. This isn’t the dark ages.
Seems like just more of West Virginia’s loud lament over Rodriguez’s departure. That part, I do find bothersome. Not necessarily from West Virginia’s standpoint, but Rodriguez’s.
I mean he is from there. Obviously they loved him before or they wouldn’t hate him so much now for leaving.
It does appear to make Rodriguez seem selfish and cold-hearted, which isn’t a good thing from Michigan’s view. I mean, if he did this to West Virginia, what makes anybody believe he won’t do it to Michigan some day.

Random Thoughts

- Richard Hamilton was brilliant with 39 points Tuesday. Makes me think: Why can't he do those type of things more often?

- Sure, the Red Wings would be interested in Marian Hossa, who had three goals for Atlanta during a shocking 5-1 victory Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. What contending team wouldn’t be? But if I’m the Thrashers, I’d consider a max contract to keep him in Atlanta - despite his desire to leave. With Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and goalie Kari Lehtonen, the Thrashers have a potential Stanley Cup contending nucleus to build around.

- Wonder if Johan Santana would have more or less value at the trade deadline than he has now?

8 Comments:

Blogger Fred Brill said...

Book,
With respect to Rodriguez, it seems like noise like this is common when the helms change hands. This was a great season for them. I loved watching Pat White QB. But maybe the fine folks in Michigan admin should ... monitor.

Santana worth more at trade deadline? I guess it depends on the environment then?

I personally don't hold quite as high a regard for Johan as others - The Tigers seem to beat him regularly.

But if Carlos comes up on the block - our boys could use a lead ... guitar.

I know - it's weak.

Rip was hip last night!! I really wanted him to get that one more for 40. I guess the Pistons have to be firing on all cylinders (ok- it's weak to) to get him ... or Sheed - at the numbers we expect.

Ask Flip?

4:26 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Thing is with Santana, the only reason a team would him now for a lot of value in return is if they can sign him long-term. That may be easier said than done. The Twins, assuming they are in the pennant race - and they probably won't be - have to move him at some point. They might get more with Santana as a rent-a-player come July.
Caputo

9:35 AM 
Anonymous Tim said...

Pat,

I guess that Rodriguez was destroying notes on players and things like that. At least I hope so. I sure hope he can maintain the integrity that the Michigan program has kept up over the years. I agree with you on Hossa, Pat. He's an excellent player.

Pat, this may be out of line because it's not on the subject, but it's something I've been wondering about for a long time. Why do baseball and hockey have minor league affiliated teams, but not football and basketball? Please answer if you don't mind.

Thank you.

5:33 PM 
Anonymous maddog52 said...

It's funny everyone is talking on Inge. Isn't the super utility guy what people been calling for years. I think it would serve Inge better. At the same time I can respect and understand his wanting to play. One thing about Inge he is competitive and puts fourth the effort. The 1 through 9 guys aren't going to play everyday. He could get to catch at least once every 1 or 3 games. He will have to spell Cabrerra and even some outfielders from time to time. Inge's glove will be very valuable in late innings especially with uncertainty about the bull pen.

Johan Santana I personally think his value will be as equal as it is now. He is a stud pitcher no question and when he gets in a groove he is untouchable. Anybody and everybody could use a Johan Santana. Maybe if Rogers gets hurt the tigers can nab him :) Yeah right!!!

RIp can be dominent when he wants to. I think he is best when the game comes to him and he is moving the ball. He can get sloppy at times but I think Rip is so quick he gets a head of his ownself at times . It be nice to get Sheed to be more consistent.

11:00 AM 
Anonymous maddog52 said...

What about the lions presser yesterday? What a freaking joke? You know I am so tired of hearing about Millen and everything else. The disgrace to this organization is FORD. He allows this to happen. No organization would have called a sorry excuse of a meeting yesterday. That was as sorry as it gets. Did anybody give a crap. Did it change the way people feel about this team. No. For them to say they are comfortable with the offensive line is a absolute joke. That is why they are where they are. Teams lap the lions as far as progression goes. Way to go Lions... Congratulations Ford... You are a class jack ass.

11:08 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Tim,
Baseball and hockey had limited college programs - and still do - compared to college football and basketball, which essentially have provided the NFL and NBA their talent base since they have been in exsistence. And the NBA does have a minor league - the developmental league.
Caputo

11:49 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Maddog52,
I like Inge, too, but in this case I feel he should reconsider his thinking. The team needs him to play it one way. Other teams aren't really interested in him as a third baseman. As a catcher, his career would be secured. It will be a lot shorter at third base,
Caputo

11:51 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Maddog52,
That press conference was beyond strange.
Caputo

11:51 AM 

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