Bryce Harper benched for being Bryce Harper

Washington Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper has shown he’s more than willing to run his cranium full speed into the Dodgers Stadium out-of-town scoreboard, but not so much when it comes to running to first base on a groundout. Harper dogged it in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and was benched because of it. Harper was removed from the game in the sixth inning and replaced with Kevin Frandsen.

When asked about the move, manager Matt Williams told reporters after the game that Harper’s “inability to run 90 feet” was the reason for the benching. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo later told reporters that he agreed with the decision.

Have they forgotten who Harper is? Anyone employing the baseball talents of Bryce Harper had better get used to him taking plays off. Anyone who remembers his time here in Hagerstown knows that Harper often lacks dedication. That’s putting it nicely.

If the Nationals wanted a player who always played hard and played with hustle, they should have taken a pass on Harper and instead drafted Manny Machado. The Nats had the first pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and the selected high school dropout Bryce Harper. The Baltimore Orioles had the third pick and they drafted Manny Machado.

The Nationals should have drafted Machado.

Why I wont be watching tomorrow night’s episode of ‘Raw’

According to all of the wrestling blogs, at least the ones I read, tomorrow night’s episode of WWE’s Raw will focus heavily on paying tribute the late James Brian Hellwig, AKA The Ultimate Warrior, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54, this past Tuesday.

I don’t think I can watch anyone paying tribute to The Ultimate Warrior.

I didn’t watch wrestling back when The Ultimate Warrior was a big deal in the WWF, now known as the WWE. He joined the WWF back in 1987 when I was in the Air Force and stationed in the Philippines. I don’t believe the WWF was shown on the Armed Forced Network, at least I don’t remember ever seeing it. I didn’t start watching wrestling until Stone Cold Steve Austin popped. I can remember seeing people walking around the Valley Mall here in Hagerstown wearing AUSTIN 3:16 t-shirts and I was curious what they meant. That got me interested in wrestling. I don’t remember exactly when this was, but it was sometime in the late 90′s. Whenever it was, The Ultimate Warrior was no longer a part of the WWF.

Everything I know about The Ultimate Warrior, I know from reading about him. I have no first-hand memories of him or what he did in the squared circle.

I read some very disturbing things about The Ultimate Warrior shortly after his death over on Deadspin. Not only was he an extreme homophobe, he actually felt hatred towards the late actor Heath Ledger even after his death, because he played a closeted gay cowboy in the movie Brokeback Mountain. Here is something The Ultimate Warrior wrote after Ledger’s untimely death:

In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you I have watched Brokeback Mountain no less than 45 times and I own the Limited Edition DVD, signed by Willie Nelson a short time after he wrote that queer cowboy song as a tribute to the courage of the producers and actors who broke such incredible creative ground when they made their agenda-less movie. Serious. Until I saw Bendover Brokeback, Braveheart was my favorite movie. But the love scenes of Brokeback sucked me right in and I had no choice but to give myself over to the passion of its wide open range, if you get my drift. Such courage this young man and his colleagues have. Reminds me of the courage of classic movie stars, where during the War they enlisted and flew bomber planes and fought on frontlines, then came back and picked up their lives and careers right where they left off, without anti-American sentiment, whining and complaining, or self-destructive self indulgence. I’m equally inspired.

Apparently, Leather Hedger had sleeping troubles and anxiety and dealt with terrible mood swings. So do soldiers but they don’t self-destructively fuck up their lives. In fact, they don’t sleep, handle anxiety and mood swings while dealing with whether or not they might at any moment lose their life. And they do this all the while they are dangerously protecting the freedom of others to fuck up their own. By the way, how many 28 (or older or younger) year old soldiers met their death yesterday? It’s not easy to find out. None of them made the headlines of any news.

By today’s standard, though, I do have to agree that he was a great father. Perhaps even greater then the father of the year, Hulk Hogan. After all, Leather Hedger did what it took to kill himself. His kid is without a father, yes, but the negative influence is now removed and his own child has the chance for a full recovery. Hogan, on the other hand, won’t go quite that far. He insists on sticking around to keep further ruining, and profiting off of, the parentally mismanaged lives of his own children. It is sad and tragic….that we don’t demand attention be paid to greater things.

Just to clarify, The Ultimate Warrior is applauding Heath Ledger because he accidentally killed himself. The reason? Because Ledger’s child now will grow up without her father in her life. All this because he had the audacity to play a closeted gay cowboy in a movie. Furthermore, he denounces Hulk Hogan because he has not killed himself.

What kind of person does that? Nobody I want to see paid tribute to, that’s who. If the WWE is going to focus tomorrow night’s Raw on honoring a homophobic piece of garbage like The Ultimate Warrior, they can count me out.

If you’re thinking of getting MLB.TV, don’t waste your money
I subscribed to MLB.TV at the beginning of this year’s baseball season, like I did last year. For less than $25 a month, among other things, I get to watch Los Angeles Dodgers games on either my TV via my Roku streaming player or on a computer, laptop, or mobile device.

I really enjoyed having it last year. This year, not so much.

I’ve watched two games on my TV via the Roku, one live and one the day after and the picture quality wasn’t as good as I remember it being last year. It’s billed as being HD, but it seems somewhat pixellated. I don’t remember any issues with the picture quality last year. the computer, it just doesn’t work. I woke up early this morning and tried to watch yesterday’s home opener against the San Francisco Giants. It took forever for the game to load. It showed that it was loading at 33% for at least 10 minutes. When it finally did load, I was able to watch only the beginning of the first inning and then the game just disappeared. The player went to a black screen. It’s been that way now for at least 30 minutes.

I don’t know why MLB.TV doesn’t work like it did last year. I have to wonder if the WWE Network has something to do with it. MLB Advanced Media, the limited partnership made up of baseball club owners, handles everything Internet related for MLB, including the streaming of games. They’re also providing the streaming services to the new WWE Network.

I thought I might have better luck installing the MLB.TV app for Windows 8. I installed the app, but before I could even try to watch yesterday’s game, the outcome was completely ruined for me:
I don’t know if there’s a way to turn the score off so that it doesn’t spoil the game’s outcome, but at this point, I really don’t care. I will be cancelling MLB.TV, and I guess, going back to watching Orioles games like a regular person living in western Maryland.

Would the Eagles have cut DeSean Jackson if they thought the Redskins would sign him?

New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles
The Philidelpia Eagles cut receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday and the Washington Redskins signed him Tuesday night to a three-year deal for $24 million, $16 million of that guaranteed. Jackson turned 27 in December and just came off his best season, racking up 1,332 yards receiving and scoring nine touchdowns.

Jackson made $750,000 in 2012 and $6.75 million in 2013. The Eagles would have been paying him $10.5 million in 2014 if they had not cut him.

This seems like a stupid move on the part of the Eagles and a smart move on the part of the Redskins. Not only did Jackson go to a division rival, Jackson is a genuine, bonafide playmaker. The Redskins will have two quality receivers for Robert Griffin III to chuck the ball to. Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon had 113 catches for 1,346 yards last year. If I was a defensive back in he NFL, I wouldn’t look forward to playing the Redskins.

Supposedly Jackson caused a lot of problems behind-the-scenes when he was with the Eagles. There were reports that he was often late to mandatory team meetings and he would sometimes pout when he perceived things were not going his way. The horror! There was also a “chemistry” problem between Jackson and Coach Chip Kelly, whatever that means. There was even a report that Jackson was a member of the Crips, a notorious Los Angles area street gang.

If I was an Eagles fan, I’d be pretty ticked off right now.

Arizona students riot after loss in NCAA Tournament

Arizona students riot after loss in NCAA Tournament
The Arizona Wildcats lost 64-63 in overtime last night to the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The one people seem to care so passionately about, the men’s tournament, not the women’s.

The Badgers are now going to the Final Four, the Wildcats aren’t. Students, or young people pretending to be students, gathered outside drinking establishments near campus and proceeded to assemble in an unlawful manner. At least that is the charges at least 14 of the students were charged with when they were arrested. Greeting the unlawfully assembled students were lots and lots of members of the Tucson Police Department. As fate would have it, the cops were all decked out in riot gear.

Imagine that.

As soon as the game was over, the air quickly filled with the odor of teargas, beer, and overprivileged entitlement. In other words, it smelled like a typical Saturday night in Tucson.

It did provide a good backdrop for a Saturday night riot selfie, as the two students in the above photo are demonstrating. Their parents must be so proud.