Happy Valverde Day !

Well Tiger fans we have ourselves a new holiday, Valverde Day !! I know, I know, you are tired of these “Hallmark” holidays but trust me this one is different. I know many of you are still recovering from St. Patty’s Day, Opening Day and already planning your Cinco De Mayo festivities but we are going to have to sneak this one in there ! The good thing with Valverde day is you won’t get drunk. Here is the thing, you are going to take an enormous swig of your cocktail and then spit it right out! Instant sobriety. I feel for the local bar owners a little bit because this is going to be a heck of a mess to clean up.

Speaking of messes I know many of you are thinking, Valverde? Didn’t we get rid of that guy ? Wasn’t 9 runs in 3 innings of post season work enough to bid farewell ? On the surface you would certainly think so. I mean a mediocre regular season topped off by a total postseason meltdown would normally mean don’t let the door hit you on the way out, right? Oh contraire. Folks, we are fans of the Detroit Tigers where inexplicable things happen on a daily basis. Think about it, this is the same organization that has tried to convince you that Brandon Inge, Brennan Boesch, Ryan Raburn, Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago are actually real major leaguers. They had a third base coach who was too fat to move and halfway blind? Why should this be a shock?

In conclusion baseball fans this is just another chapter in what can only be described as a very strange story. I honestly hope Papa Grande can throw because Lord knows they need the help. One last suggestion for Valverde Day. Buy cheap booze. You are just going to be spitting it all out anyway ! You are welcome.

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Masters Sunday

It’s about Magnolia Lane. It’s about a Wednesday Par 3 contest and ceremonial starters on a Thursday morning. It is a golf course of such spectacular beauty that even seeing it on television can leave you speechless. It is former champions returning each and every year and golf fans everywhere rejoicing with the coming of a new season. I used to think the most important thing about Masters week was who slipped on the green jacket Sunday evening but now I can see so much more.

I can hardly be called a sentimental or nostalgic fella but this week of the year may be the exception. I mean it is just another weekend of professional golf isn’t it ? The fact that it is a Major championship makes it professionally important to the players. For the rest of us it is important because it brings back such tremendous memories. I still remember vividly Jack Nicklaus winning in spectacular fashion at age 46 in 1986. Fred Couples was my favorite player as a youngster and his win in 1992 is still something I will never forget. Tiger Woods bursting on the scene in 1997 and Greg Normans unbelievable collapse in losing to Nick Faldo on an unforgettable Sunday. These things will be forever etched in the memories of golf fans everywhere.

Today is a day when friends will gather, families will convene in the living room and the whole sports world will focus on that pristine piece of real estate in Georgia. Although it is one of the most private clubs in the world in a way Augusta has become America’s course. Because the tournament returns each and every year we feel like we know the course like it is our own. Say “Amen Corner” in a crowded room and pretty soon you will have a Masters discussion going. Golf has a U.S. Open tournament every year but the Masters is truly Americas first golf love.

I will be convening with my same old crew of Masters Sunday fans and enjoying a couple of cold beverages along the way. Hopefully we are treated to another historic Sunday in Augusta. Have a great day today sports fans and enjoy one of the best days of the year. Please share or comment and of course follow on twitter @Craiger211

Wednesday rant

First things first. As I am sure most of you know I am an enormous fan of University of Michigan athletics. So, I feel compelled to add a couple of words about Monday Night. Most importantly that was a hell of a basketball game. Both teams were truly a blast to watch. The only thing that took away from the quality of the game were the absolute buffoons wearing the referee gear. This is not sour grapes, the calls were crap on both sides although I would argue the most egregious calls went against UM and at the worst possible time. The question I have is how did these idiots get voted the best of the best and allowed to work a National Title game ? I am rarely stunned by the utter stupidity of the NCAA but this is shocking even by their low standards. Anyway, it was a tremendous run and I found myself not quite as upset as I thought I would be at the end of the game. I don’t know if maybe I am finally maturing or if the fact that I did not have the highest expectations at the start of the tournament made the loss a little easier to digest.

One more little college hoops nugget and this is for both Spartans and Wolverines. I really want to understand the fans and pundits who seem to think that players like Burke, McGary, Payne, Harris etc. leaving for the NBS is a mistake. I am telling you right now if those guys are guaranteed top 20 picks in the draft then they should get the hell to the Association now. They are looking at GUARANTEED 3 year contracts worth at a minimum 5 million dollars. Now, I don’t know what these fine scholars are actually studying at their universities (cough, sports management, cough Kinesiology) but whatever it is doesn’t pay like that. Do I think they are all NBA ready right now ? Nope. Am I the one cutting the multi – million dollar check ? Nope. So my opinion should be about as useful as a Jose Valverde fastball. And please spare me the moral outrage over whether they get their education or not. These are not normal students. Frankly, if basketball doesn’t pan out they should have more than enough cash to finish school if they choose. Look at this way if your little Joey or Jenny were superior at their field in college and someone offered them 8 or 10 million to leave college and pursue their chosen career what would you tell them ? That’s what I thought.

Alright guys thanks for stopping by and please feel free to comment and share. I hope to have some stuff on the Masters during the tourney as well as a look at the pathetic Tigers. Follow on Twitter @Craiger211

Opening Day Eve !!!

An updated version for this morning since it is the big day. A little Tiger humor for you guys.

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imagesCAJ6LAJD Well here in Michigan it is Thursday April 4th and we are on the verge of one of the best days of the year, Tiger Opening Day. I have to admit that I have enjoyed numerous Opening Days over the years so I thought I would share a little wisdom with the Newbies and the Veterans alike. So here are a few basic tips.

I totally understand that many of my friends that are going are not hardcore fans and are merely going for a day of fun, people watching and ginormous alcohol consumption. Hey, I am not judging, I am here to help. A quick way to get noticed as a rookie involves something as simple as knowing the score. At no point is it ok to say, “The Tigers are losing 1-3 in the 4th.” Listen, if you are a hot enough chick it might fly but it’s…

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Opening Day Eve !!!

imagesCAJ6LAJD Well here in Michigan it is Thursday April 4th and we are on the verge of one of the best days of the year, Tiger Opening Day. I have to admit that I have enjoyed numerous Opening Days over the years so I thought I would share a little wisdom with the Newbies and the Veterans alike. So here are a few basic tips.

I totally understand that many of my friends that are going are not hardcore fans and are merely going for a day of fun, people watching and ginormous alcohol consumption. Hey, I am not judging, I am here to help. A quick way to get noticed as a rookie involves something as simple as knowing the score. At no point is it ok to say, “The Tigers are losing 1-3 in the 4th.” Listen, if you are a hot enough chick it might fly but it’s still bad form. And if you are dude announcing scores in this manner not only do you get your man card revoked but your overall “dudeness” comes into immediate question.

Secondly. Booze. There I said it. It is a ballgame people not a chance to order the latest micro-brew imported from some barn in Portland, Oregon but a chance to sit down with a cold damn Bud and watch some baseball. For the love of Harry Caray folks now is not the time to being looking for like OMG the best Cosmo ever. It cannot be understated how important booze is to Opening Day but please do it right. A final note here, beware of being over-served. Friends, Opening Day is a marathon not a sprint and many a fan has succumbed to burning like a hot flame early only to be a smoldering pile of rubbish by the second inning. You have been warned !!!!!

Finally, try to show a little respect for the greatest game on earth. Keep your stinking Inge jerseys at home (p.s. ladies he no longer plays here). Although, I am sure certain parts of Downriver are not aware of this development. Don’t try to sneak in your own booze and snacks (tacky). And by all means feel free to heckle any and all Skankee players or fans that you can. These are sub-humans. It’s ok !!!!!

P.S. I felt compelled to add a little section for my lady friends. Now, this is not for the hardcore baseball babes that actually know that a hit and run has nothing to do with a fender bender on the highway but more for the “casual” fan. I know that there are piles of you girls heading to Detroit today all fired up and pretending for one day that you actually give a frogs fat arse about baseball. You have your little Tiger paw temporary tattoo on your cheek and a new orange and blue hair scrunchie. You have sweet new shades and you went to Sports Authority and bought one of the awesome tight fit, low cut, pink Justin Verlander t-shirt jerseys. You guys have your cooler full of Chichelob Ultra and jello shots, the Kid Rock is loaded in the stereo and the Jeep Liberty is gassed and ready to go. This is good stuff. Guys like me went to Opening Day to check out girls like you. Do we care that you think a situational Lefty is a toke from a joint when you are depressed? Trust me, we don’t. So do what you do. Be cute, get hammered, ask questions like, “Well, who gets to designate him the hitter ???” For one day we will tolerate it ! Have fun ladies !!!!!

Well friends have a good time tomorrow and make me proud. Please share and comment and follow on Twitter @Craiger211

Tigers talk –

Ok, I know it is only the second game but for petes sake this crap looks a lot like the garbage we saw for the first 2/3 of the season last year. There have been stranded runners, shaky defense and runners getting thrown out and killing innings.

I would like a really good explanation from Jim Leyland on what in the hell Phil Coke was doing pitching to right handed batters with men on base in a one run game. His stats against righties last year were deplorable. The dude needs to be a situational lefty and that is it. He had a great run in the postseason but history tells you he is not made for a closer type role. Of course Captain Stubborn will keep trotting him out there in improbable situations until his confidence is completely shot. Note to our Marlboro inhaling manager, the closer by committee has a chance to work IF you put them in situations to succeed not fail.

Secondly, what were Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks doing on that last fly ball ? Gazing at passing birds ? Thinking of recipes they would like to share ? Listen, I understand that Dirks is not a good fielder at all but I expect more from Ajax. It seems like we have seen him flag down balls like that a million times but this one was just bizarre. The dazed and confused look that Dirks had after the game leads me to believe perhaps he goofed up. I am no detective but I would say his defensive track record would say that was probably the case.

Alright folks, just a quick one tonight but I am going to start a Tigers category and I would love to get some folks in talking baseball. Please share and comment and of course follow on Twitter @Craiger211