Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Talks about the great job that Dombrowski did with both the Expos and Marlins, and then focuses a lot on the Tigers. Crazy how much difference a good general manager makes to a franchise. I was a little skeptical of some of the moves we made this offseason, especially the Fister deal, but after reading this article I have more confidence that they'll all turn out just fine. Still wish we could get a better bullpen one of these years though.
It's finally Friday. What's everyone got going on this weekend? Wife and I are taking the day off to have one last day together before baby arrives. As always, GO BLUE!!
CBS has finally announced who David Letterman's replacement will be when he steps down in 2015. Stephen Colbert! Not the most U of M centric news at the moment, but I'm sure there are few late night tv fans on here that were waiting to find out who the lucky person would be. There is no set timetable just yet for when this transition will take place (waiting on Letterman to decide exactly when he's leaving), but apparently the contract inked is for 5 years.
I personally haven't watched late night talk shows since the whole Conan/Leno fiasco, and I never really cared for the Late Show, but now I just might be intrigued enough to tune in.
This Sunday morning is one of the great spectacles of sport: Paris-Roubaix, the cobblestone classic. It is a magnificent race, and any casual cycling fans (I know there are a few on the board) who mostly tune in to cycling only for the TdF would be well served to pay attention.
We've just come through the equally magnificent Tour of Flanders, won by Fabien Cancellara, and Cance is a narrow favorite this Sunday. Guys like Greg Van Avermaet and Sep Vanmarcke (guess where they are from) are also in great shape and could easily take a win. Van Avermaet's teammate, American Taylor Phinney, will probably be in a breakaway at some point to play the tactics that are part of what makes this race so exciting.
To get some fabulous background on the race, you can read this rundown by @inrng, who is the best cycling blogger in the business. His archives are stacked with great material on many races, both analytical and atmospheric. Cyclocosm specializes in race video recaps, which are some of the best highlight packages in any sport anywhere.
Here's his recap of last year's thriller.
Should be a great race.
1. Is this the best sporting event on the calendar, year after year?
In my opinion, yes. Beautiful venue, spring, the players are playing for more than money, they are playing for membership in the most exclusive club in golf and possibly all of sports.
2. Greatest Masters ever?
1986 Jack Nicklaus wins his 6th green jacket.
1997 Tiger Woods wins by 12 strokes.
2004(?) Phil Mickelson wins his first major on 18 and gets 3 inches of air in jubilation.
3. Who do you WANT to win, and why?
I like a guy who has paid his dues, had a great career, and would see this as a cornerstone to same. Names that come to mind are Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, and Ian Poulter (gosh did I just name 4 Europeans?)
Who will win?
Adam Scott repeats. Horse for the course, the monkey's off his back, and he is entering his prime.