15.May.2011 Public Embarrassments & Baseball
I guess the big news is Castro Masaniai being charged with 5 offenses, ranging from kidnapping to criminal mischief. Uh, what the hell happened there? That's the second public blemish this week. Not good. If he kidnapped a farm animal I'm seriously switching allegiance.
The Mike Parker thing…I didn't/don't care too much, but I've seen people blowing up and saying the guy should be fired since he's the public voice of athletics. Eh, I agree, and wouldn't care if he were fired. But, I also disagree due to pure apathy. Meaning, I just don't care if he isn't fired, either. I'd rather spend energy on other things, but sure, gun to my head I don't see how you can keep a self-proclaimed, public drunkard on payroll. Plus, is it me or has Parker become insufferable? I can't stand listening to the guy…more so than ever. I was actually enjoying the Washington announcers yesterday. They were light-hearted, funny, unemotional, all business, and self-deprecating. It's no wonder Parker gets tight and eats napkins–his entire emotional being is vicariously wrapped into how 18 year old jocks perform.
As high as the baseball team was riding (people writing it was a "lock" OSU would be a national seed), they're plummeting just as fast, now sitting 20th+ in RPI and probably out of super regional discussions. Conclusion: people, including Kendall Rogers and Aaron Fitt, don't understand RPI. News flash: a team can drop significantly despite winning a series. Anyway, it is still possible the Beavs earn a top 8 finish depending on the next six games and how the top 12 teams shake out. GaTech has played strong down the stretch. I think have a shot to overtake the Beavers for a national seed. I'd say the Beavers are 9th or 10th right now, on the outside looking in. They better screw their heads on straight and just worry about hosting a regional, because even that isn't a lock at this point unless they win the conference. The ASU sweep was a long time ago, and people are beginning to notice OSU ambling toward the finish line.
Speaking of ASU, they lost to USC again today. The notion that the Beavers are going to cruise through the USC and Oregon series…well, I don't like it nor am I buying it. That ASU lost again increases the odds of hosting a regional…
Talk about this stuff or anything else you'd like. There's nothing going on for the next week.