Here’s some links to check out before the Jets take on the Mangenius, the Giants sack Jon Kitna 17 times and the Pats find a way to beat the Steelers.
Mike Fish at ESPN.com has a piece on Roberto Alomar’s life since his career ended. I knew it was bad, after reading this column it’s worse than I thought. Alomar who will get into the Hall of Fame this year was an amazing ballplayer. I think because he played for 7 teams and didn’t play any of his peak in a big baseball market he’s a little overlooked, but he was special. Alomar was a very similar player to Derek Jeter and I can’t imagine how he’d be viewed had he spent his whole career in the Bronx, Boston, Philly or another good baseball hotbed. He certainly would have gotten into Cooperstown on the first ballot with room to spare. His career fell off a cliff in 2002, but what he did as a second baseman for a 10 year stretch was pretty amazing.
Former Yankee prospect Brandon Weeden is finding success on the football field. Weeden was the first player selected by the Yankees in the 2002 draft He showed some early promise but his baseball career was derailed by injuries. I enjoy stories like this so I’m glad to see he’s having success. Weeden is 27 years old, so I wonder if his coach Mike Gundy considers him a man or not?
Marc Carig wrote on his blog about the difficultly he can run into writing for different audiences through different mediums. It’s a very good piece and while I’m sure many have you have seen it, if you haven’t I suggest doing so. Like now. Also take a look at Craig Calcaterra’s take on Carig’s post which is also informative and thought provoking. Pretty good stuff in both posts.
Here’s a good piece over at Yahoo by Kendall Rogers on Karsten Whitson and why he spurned a couple million bucks to go to college. I think we can often interject ourselves into players lives’ without truly knowing how they feel so it’s good to see Whitson’s explanation. It’s definitely something to consider when free agents don’t sign where you hoped or expected, or when draftees decide not to sign.