Today’s top sports stories are running high and social media bloggers, Tweeters and Facebook junkies are trying to keep up with all the top stories. With IPhones, laptop computers, tablets and all of today’s technology, the news and information is always at our fingertips.
I started reading about the NBA’s gain to LeBron James’ pain. Much of the focus during the 2010 NBA season was on James, when he made the decision on a national television broadcast to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat. He was scrutinized; faithful fans burned his jerseys in the street, and promised to never speak the name of King James again.
The NBA star came full circle with himself and the situation he put several hundred thousand fans across the globe in. A year later, he understands their pain and is truly sorry for his self-centered act with apologies to all for his hurtful decision; not to leave the Cavs, but just the way he did it.
The Missouri men’s basketball team, with their new head coach, is making some noise in the NCAA rankings. Top scorer Marcus Denmon had a 28-point performance in the win over Villanova, helping the Tigers maintain their top-10 ranking.
Brett Favre stopped all the rumors by releasing a statement that he will not come back to the NFL, which was a relief for me. Favre’s last year in the league was sad to see, and it was painful to watch a struggling veteran that couldn’t say goodbye to the game that had passed him by, and leave when he was on top of his game.
The St. Louis Rams are struggling badly in all areas, and their inability to overcome the mass injuries sustained in 2011, and with the poor overall record projected to finish 2-14, will most likely lead to the departure of several folks, because someone must pay for such a disappointing outcome.
But the biggest story of all Tuesday and will most likely control all newswires Wednesday and the next several days to come, is the Albert Pujols watch. While many Cardinals fans hold out hope that he will re-sign with the club and everything will move forward, other lifelong diehards won’t care either way on him staying or leaving the Show-Me State, if it means sacrificing the good of the team and strapping them with financial restraints for the near future.
I have lived in St. Louis for the last six years, and have witnessed the Cardinals winning two World Series in that span. Signing their best player and maybe the best baseball player of the decade to a long-term deal to remain in the Cardinals uniform would be extremely important to the club, the fans and for baseball in this region. I’m sure general manager John Mozeliak is fighting to make that happen.
But I’m a realist as well, and understand professional sports even though my back ground is in the NFL. You must do what is best for the organization, and mortgage the future by signing one player, or make your best offer and if not good enough, move on and build without.