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Watching the 2004 Red Sox Reunion Last Night Made Me Realize How Much I Loved That Team

The Red Sox brought back the 2004 team before last night’s game to celebrate the ten year anniversary of that world champion squad. 2014 Red Sox fans are spoiled after watching three world series wins in 10 years, but it’s easy to forget just how special that 2004 team was. They were nicknamed “The Idiots”, but they had the most character I’ve ever seen on a baseball team. From Manny to Damon to Millar to Pedro to Lowe to Ortiz to Timlin’s army fatigue undershirt: every guy on that team mattered, and every guy on that team contributed. They might not have been the best team that year, but they were the most fun to watch, and the 2004 ALCS is still the greatest series in the history of sports. Let’s hope some of that magic from the ’04 squad being at Fenway rubbed off on the 2014 team and we start making a serious run. Cowboy up!

– Ryan

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A Homeless Man Told Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam to Draft Johnny Manziel So Of Course He Listened to Him

22th PickAfter an agonizing two-hour, 45-minute wait in the green room, Johnny Manziel is now a Cleveland Brown. And apparently he’s got a homeless guy to thank for his new gig.

Manziel’s fall through the ranks was one of the early stories of the draft, and once he was picked, ESPN cut to Sal Paolantonio in Cleveland with one heck of a strange story. According to Paolantonio, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam received guidance from an unlikely source.

“Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me,” Haslam told Paolantonio. “I was out to dinner recently. A homeless person was out on the street. He looked up at me and said, ‘Draft Manziel.'”

And that’s all it took, apparently, to convince Haslam that Browns fans wanted Manziel. Cleveland!

 

Suddenly the decision making skills of the Browns franchise over the years makes a lot more sense. I’m not saying homeless people aren’t great evaluators of talent, but I’d probably go a diffrent route if I owned a multi million dollar franchise. Maybe ex coaches or players? Or any of the scouts you pay to evaluate talent. The crazy part of this story is not the homeless guy telling Jimmy Haslam to draft Manziel. Johnny Football is the man, and I guarantee in a few years he’ll be a great quarterback. The crazy part of this story is that Haslam made it seem like a homeless guy convinced him to draft Manziel. Forget about the combine and the game footage; all Jim Haslam needs is the advice of a sage homeless man. All I can picture now is Jim Haslam scowering the streets of Cleveland on the eve of every draft night looking for that one man or woman who’s going to give him his picks. Only in Cleveland.

– Ryan

Johnny Gomes and Mike Napoli Looking GOOD at the White House

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Couple of handsome fellas right there. I wanted to think I’d be surprised but I 100% expected Gomes to wear something loud and he did not disappoint. Napoli is his usual handsome bearded self as well. Also not surprised they took a picture in front of the portrait of Clinton. Party animals and renegades stick together.

– Ryan

Barry Switzer Doesn’t Seem to Like Johnny Manziel

SourceBarry Switzer has mixed feelings on the Heisman winner. The legendary coach who won three national titles with the Sooners and a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, joined The Morning After on St. Louis CBS Sports 920 Wednesday.

Switzer blasted Manziel’s attitude, calling his behavior embarrassing at times.

“I don’t like his antics. I think he’s an arrogant little prick. I’ve said that and I’ll say it again. He’s a privileged kid, he’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed his teammates, he’s embarrassed his coaches.”

“For whatever his antics are… he’s the best that I’ve seen. I have never seen a quarterback in college football… control of the game like he does and put up the numbers he does. It is fantastic what he’s done, against good competition. Game after game after game he puts numbers up that are staggering….. He’s the most dominant, most dynamic college quarterback I’ve ever seen in a long, long time.”

Jeez Barry, tell us how you really feel. Yes he tried to save face and said he thought Manziel was a good quarterback but calling someone a prick kind of trumps that. Actually calling someone an “arrogant little prick” trumps most things. In my opinion, Switzer comes off as a cranky old man in this interview. I understand not everyone likes Manziel’s style or his off the field antics. But he just turned 21. He’s one of the best college football players in the country and he’s from TEXAS. Being a great football player from Texas must be like dying and going to heaven. Texans worship football like I worship meatloaf (the food) and Clooney. I can give him a pass for having a little too much to drink from time to time. One thing that I know for sure is that whoever drafts him has a potentially franchise changing quarterback who, above all else, will be a lot of fun to watch.

– Ryan

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