Question of the Day: Does Canada Like Gregg Zaun?

Well, happy St. Patrick’s Day Canada.

You know what America gets? March Madness.

You know Canada gets? Gregg Zaun co-hosting @timandsid. In a #greensuit. Kill me and get him a stylist.

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Tim is in Vancouver to cover the CIS National Basketball Championship. So, Canadians get Gregg Zaun filling in. We here at Hard No Sports think the nation is poorer for it.

If you don’t know who the #manalyst is. Here. Have a look. If you do, have a look anyway.

 

I know this video is old. But the fact he’s on national television today led me to write a letter to the #Manalyst himself.

Dear Mr. #Manalyst,

You just called out a young man who you think weighs about 125 pounds and told him he should be watching his back. Amongst other things,  you then advised that the young man not “puff his chest out and challenge a grown man via twitter and erase the tweets. Go knock on the Jay’s clubhouse door and do it like a man if you feel that strongly. Stop acting like Tommy tough guy while hiding behind the internet”.

Mr. #Manalyst it’s at this time I feel the need to point out a few glaringly obvious facts concerning your verbal letter. While you were addressing Mr. Ventura you were ‘hiding’ behind a T.V. screen. In fact, your chest looks rather ‘puffed’ in the video above. Your suit even looks a little tight around the biceps.  Needed to make sure you looked nice and puffed up as well, bro? Are you not addressing Mr. Ventura from the safety of your studio set inside the Jay’s stadium? I think the Kansas City Royals have a clubhouse as well. Should you not have gone and knocked on their door? A little hypocritical don’t you think, #Mr. Manalyst?

And no Mr. #Manalyst, giving Mr. Ventura your seat and section numbers as you sign off neither makes you look tough nor does it fool anyone with half a brain into thinking you’re willing to get behind your words and fight a current professional athlete. Mr. Ventura is currently making an average of $4.6 million per year. He’s not going to come see you in your section, during a game in which he has to put on a uniform for, to fight you. Mr. Ventura also happened to be a part of the team that won the World Series last year. In case you forgot.

I would like  to thank you for pointing out Mr. Bautista’s numbers Mr. #Manalyst. Myself, as a viewer, was unaware that Mr. Bautista generally allowed his bat to do his talking for him. In fact, I had no idea he generally excels at it.  Thank you for enlightening me, a Canadian viewer. I also don’t think Mr. Bautista needs a babysitter. Do you Mr. #Manalyst?

These were two current professional athletes who happened to not like each other very much at the time. They could sort it out just fine, you know, on the field, where the athletes play. You don’t play anymore, you do realize that don’t you, Mr. #Manalyst?

And finally Mr. #Manalyst, I am acutely aware that I am not a professional athlete. I am also acutely aware I am sitting at a desk, using my keyboard, my fingers, and my brain to articulate an opinion. Not all of us can be athletes Mr. #Manalyst. So we develop other muscles. For instance, the aforementioned muscle, the brain. You should try it some time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. And please, do stop being an asshole on national Canadian television. You make the rest of us look bad.

Yours truly,

Salt.

Here’s Zaun’s career numbers if anybody cares. I’m sure if he gets fired up about this they will become relevant. I just don’t give a shit. He won the World Series once as well. We will certainly be hearing about that.

And here’s a bonus video of Zaun calling kids knuckleheads:

Look at that suit pull at the end of the video. What an asshole.

So nation, today we ask the question, does Canada like Gregg Zaun? I think my stance is pretty clear. But I am more than willing to in the minority on this one. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

-Salt. (@hardnosalt)

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Question of the Day: Who is the Worst District Attorney, Kratz or Nifong?

Who is the worst, District Attorney, Ken Kratz or Mike Nifong?

A couple months a go, the Netflix show, Making a Murderer shocked America with how wrong the justice system can seem to go. Then just a few days ago the ESPN 30 for 30, Fantastic Lies, on the Duke lacrosse scandal came out, and once again America was horrified by how how far awry the justice system can go. What did these two shows have in common? Among other things repulsive District Attorneys who made our skin crawl.

Ken Kratz

Kratz was the District Attorney in Steven Avery’s case, in Making a Murderer.

As egregious as Kratz’s actions in the Avery case, may have been, it was probably the rail roading of Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey that was was even more disturbing. We may not know if Steven Avery is guilty or not, but one thing that was clear was the events as confessed to by Dassey simply did not occur. It was absolutely heartbreaking to first watch a confession be coerced out of someone intellectually unable to defend themselves, and then to watch Kratz run this false confession all the way to a conviction.

Kratz is also a huge creep, as was evidenced by the sexting scandal, which cost him his District Attorney job in 2010. Where he was found to be sexting domestic violence victims, in the cases he was prosecuting.

I have a $350,000 house, has to be one of the worst lines ever… Also if you aren’t convinced he is a creep check out this interview he did after Making a Murderer.

Mike Nifong

Nifong was the District Attorney in the Duke lacrosse case. At the time the Duke lacrosse rape allegations came around he was badly behind in the polls for his reelection as District Attorney. Then along came the Duke lacrosse accuser and he jumped on the case and in front of every news camera he could, to the tune of 5o to 70 interviews in the first week. Nifong made outlandish, untrue and inflammatory statements, in these interviews which set the narrative for the case.

Nifong then proceeded to never actually interview the accuser, allow the use of photo lineups with only Duke lacrosse team members in them (the players were in a game of Russian roulette they never knew about), and ignored and withheld exculpatory DNA and circumstantial evidence. But he did manage to get himself re-elected. Ruining the lives of a few young men, in the process seemed to be just fine with him.

In the end, Nifong was found to have conspired with the director of the DNA lab to have withheld exculpatory DNA evidence from the report to the defence team. The case was thrown out, Nifong was sentenced to a day in jail and disbarred.

Conclusion

They are both awful human beings who should not have been in the positions they were in, but I am actually going to lean Kratz on this one only because somehow he is still a practing lawyer. If you need an immigration lawyer in Wisconsin give him a call. Even worse, Kratz actually isn’t embarrassed enough to just try and disappear, the guy is still giving interviews.

Two other questions I was left with were:

  1. How does America still think it is a good idea to elect judges and district attorney’s?
  2. When was it that innocent before proven guilty died?

 

Mortal Lock Week 1 – The Punishments

Tomorrow sees both Squire and I staring agony in the face. The punishments for the first week of our Mortal Lock picks has been set. I am afraid dear reader, very afraid.

Squire had to be a big man and took Zaga earlier in the week. At the time Squire didn’t know who Zaga would be playing. Squire was bold enough to take them on the spread. Tomorrow Gonzaga takes on Seaton Hall. If Zaga can’t cover the spread Squire will be heading off to a C list comedy act on Sunday night all by his lonesome. Squire is a pretty sulen and quite man. He doesn’t enjoy crowds or company. The idea he might have to attend this hour and a half event in a theatre full of people just warms my normally cold heart. Oh, and he’ll have to blog about it. So we might all be winners here.

I wasn’t quite as brave. I took the Penguins over the Hurricanes tomorrow night. No spread. No Lines. Just the Pens getting the W. The Hurricanes have been showing signs of life lately and Pittsburgh is without Malkin. Nothing is certain here. I’ll be live blogging the game tomorrow night. That should be interesting. If the Pens lose, Squire has decided I will be attending some sort of EDM Rap Battle at a local night club next week. I will be going alone. The nightclub draws huge numbers from the undergraduate programs in our town. I also don’t like crowds or a lot of people. Also, generally not a fan of EDM, at all. I will also have to blog about my experience. I think I’d rather eat a bowl of salt.

Gritty fucked the whole thing up. It was like trying to watch your parents play Call of Duty. It was almost impressive. Squire and I think he should have to pick another game that takes place before Sunday or just suffer a punishment for his actions. If anyone wants to weigh in on this, or what Gritty’s punishment should be, please, let us know. Or you can just tweet him. Call him a coward. Or a fool. Either one works.

Pray for Salt. Pray for no EDM. Pray for no rap battles. Lord knows I need it.

-Salt (@hardnosalt)

Can We All Agree God Does Not Belong on the Sports Field

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Last week I was surfing Twitter as I usually do when I have a couple of minutes, and I thought I must be hallucinating or at least dreaming, there seemed to be a number of people tweeting that the Broncos needed to bring back Tim Tebow. Now some of these tweets were in jest, but there was actually a large number of people who were very seriously pushing the idea.

Let’s be honest, there is only one reason so many people are desperately pushing the candidacy of a quarterback who last played in the NFL 3 seasons ago, GOD. These people want to believe that a quarterback can overcome the inability to throw a football anywhere near an NFL receiver, with Faith.

Please spare me the arguments that it is something other than Faith that drives the Tebow mania. There are plenty of other Heisman winners and college superstars that have not been able to cut it in the pros, and people have just moved on, and let them do autograph signings and open car dealerships for the rest of their lives. And don’t get me wrong I loved Tebow mania while it lasted. There was nothing better than Tebow/Chuck Norris jokes, but it is long past time to move on.

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This is not meant to be an attack on God or religion, it is just to point out that if there is a God somewhere out there, he probably has better things to worry about than making sure that Tim Tebow throws a couple TDs and wins on a Sunday. Whatever God you might believe in, don’t you hope that he is worried about more important things than the score of a game? If God wants to watch over and make sure no one gets seriously injured in a game, sure great, I am all for that, beyond that I truly hope, if he is out there, that he has better things to do.

Further don’t we want sports, to be settled on the field and not by destiny? I know we love to talk about teams of destiny, but at the end of the day why we play sports and love competition, is the pursuit of excellence in ourselves and the chance to best another man. Athletes train every day to make themselves the best the can be so they can go out there and try to beat the other guy, and I am pretty sure deep down that is what they want to do, beat the other guy, not have some high power beat the other guy for them.

Finally, sport also offers one the few places, in our world, that can act as a true melting pot, and bring people literally from every walk of life together. Your age, race, gender, socioeconomic status or religion do not matter when discussing sport, it is something we can all relate to in our own way. So could we please leave it that way and keep religion out of it?

As for the Tebow Crusaders please let it die, and perhaps move on to a crusade about something that actually matters, after all there is a brutal Islamic caliphate sweeping across the middle east right now.

 

Michelle Fields and The Duck: Why It Should Scare the Shit Out of Us.

If you don’t know, you should know. You need to know.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 former BREITBART News reporter, Michelle Fields claimed she had been assaulted by Trump’s (aka. the Duck’s) campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski) after a press conference in Florida. Fields claimed she was grabbed and violently thrown aside by Lewandowski. Field’s wasn’t just making public announcements. In fact, she was so sure that it happened she filed a police report with the Jupiter Police Department. The Independent Journal cited the police report as stating:

The Jupiter Police Department is currently investigating an alleged battery that occured at 115 Eagle Tree Terrace (Trump National) on March 8, 2016. A police report was filed with Jupiter Police Department on March 11, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM and the investigation is ongoing. As with any investigation, specific details concerning criminal investigative informatoin is not releasable while the investigation is considered active.

I used the term ‘so sure’ it happened to describe how Fields felt about the incident because of the way the Duck and Lewandoski responded. The Independent Journal posted a video of the Duck’s response to the incident on twitter. He’s quoted as saying:

They said absolutely nothing happened. He [Lewandowski] didn’t hear about it until the next day. So, I wasn’t invovled in it. But the Secret Service was surrounding everybody. They said nothing happened. Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.

Lewandowski tweeted out:@MichelleFields you are totally delusional. I have never touched you. As a matter of fact i have never even met you.

Lewandowski, in some sort of effort to clear his name, tweeted out the following article during the media blitz surrounding him:

The Scrum: Video Emerges to Suggest WaPo Reporter Ben Terris Misidentifies Lewandowski in Fields Incident Bretbart [Link]

The Link is to a BREITBART news article titled, ‘VIDEO SHOWS LEWANDOWSKI REACHING IN MICHELLE FIELDS’S DIRECTION’. It was written by Joel Pollak. The article was originally posted on March 11, 2016. The site attempts to break down the incident with frame-by-frame analysis. It claims someone else, likely a security guard, grabs Fields. Not Lewandowski.  Let’s just take a minute.

Fields, an employee of BREITBART, reported she was assaulted by the Duck’s campaign manager on Tuesday, March 8th. On March 11, just three days later, her employer had published an article discrediting her. Enter Ben Terris.

Ben Terris (@bterris), is a reporter at the Washington Post. Terris recounted the incident in his article Inside Trump’s Inner circle, hist staff are willing to fight for him. Literally:

….Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, Pressed forward to ask the Republican front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.

Erik Wemple, who also works at the Washington Post, responded to the poorly written BREITBART article that claimed Lewandowski hadn’t grabbed Fields with certainty on behalf of Terris:

For his part, Terris isn’t budging. “I saw what I saw”, Said Terris in a brief chat with this blog. During the whole incident, says Terris, he had his “eyes trained on Corey Lewandowski,” because Terrris was there to profile the campaign team with a focus on Lewandowski. Terris took strong issue with Pollak’s assertion that mistaken identity is the “likeliest explanation” based in part on Lewandowski’s denials. “Because he denied it?” asked Terris. “This is Breitbart”.

BRETIBART has been criticized for being pro-Duck. Loyd Grove, of the Daily Beast characterized the website as “Trump Friendly”. Grove continued BREITBART “regularly savages the GOP establishment, the media elite, the Washington consultant class, and the Fox News Channel”. BREITBART itself has stated that BREITBART is a “private company and we [BREITBART] don’t comment on who our investors or backers are”.

I think it’s a safe bet BREITBART received some pretty strict marching orders from these private investors to shut down Field’s story ASAP. BREITBART complied. Welcome to America. Welcome to American Democracy. And welcome to journalism in 2015 where money buys the truth.

There’s also this moment. We can’t see Lewandowski grab Fields. But it sure looks like he’s reaching for something.fields.gif.CROP.original-original.gif

Fields also tweeted this picture of her arm:

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And there’s this. The audio file. It appears to be from Fields phone and is currently hosted (here). It’s worth a listen. The crucial part of the audio file starts at 0:30:

Fields: Mr. Trump you went after the late [Justice] Scalia for affirmative action, do you — are you still against affirmative action.

Unidentified Voice: Excuse me, thank you.

There’s silence for three seconds and then:

Fields: Jesus.

About 6 seconds later

Fields: Holy Shit.

Terris: Ya, he just like threw you over.

Fields: I can’t believe he just did that. That was so hard. Oh my – was that Corey?

Terris: Ya, like what threat were you?

Ferris: That was insane. You should have felt how hard he grabbed me. Oh my gosh, I’ve never had anyone do that to me from a campaign.

Terris: Can I put that in my story?

Fields: Yeah, go for it – that was really awful. That’s so unprofessional.

Terris: He really just almost threw you on the ground.

Fields: He literally went like this and was grabbing me down. I don’t even want to do what he just did to me. Oh my God, that really spooked me that someone would do that.

Terris: What threat were you?

Fields: Nothing. I was asking about affirmative action.

Terris: And he probably knows you, right?

The audio tape provides insight into Field’s state of mind immediately following the alleged incident. It’s clear she’s in shock and reacting spontaneously. In Canada, there is an exception which allows out of court statements being admitted as evidence if they are considered ‘spontaneous utterances’ made by the victim, or a bystander, if the risk of concoction or distortion can be excluded. If you don’t believe me you can read this case. You won’t. And that’s okay. I don’t blame you. The exception allows statements made in the ‘heat of the moment’ to be included because the court presumes the witness doesn’t have the time or faculties to lie. In the audio tape both Fields and Terris identify Lewandowski. Both Fields and Terris describe a violent altercation between Fields and Lewandowski.

Oh, and this isn’t the first time there has been violence at one of the Duck’s rallies. Oh, and the Duck has been calling for violence at his rallies for quite some time (If you want to skip the politics and just listen to the Duck, let the video load and jump to 3:40). Violence coming from the Duck’s campaign itself should be no surprise. It should be something more akin to seeing  dark clouds on the horizon and then dressing for rain.

Some people are going to freak out and claim Fields planned the whole thing. Which just may be the case. But I doubt it. She was recording because she’s a reporter. That’s her job. I don’t think we can say she was recording for the sole purpose of catching this incident. Her initial reaction is silence and then “Jesus” and “Holy Shit”. That sounds like someone who is in shock. Is there a chance she played it up slightly after she regained her faculties because she knew she was recording? Possibly. Is Fields caught up in the media frenzy and likely pretty overwhelmed at this moment. Yes. Very likely.

But I don’t think we can say the Liberal party is operating at a level where they got a writer at a pro-Duck news corporation to expertly bate and entrap Lewandowski. If they are, they’re operating a whole new level.

So, what we’re left with is a Presidential Candidate, a Campaign Manager, a privately funded and well known pro-Trump Website who employed Fields, all denying that the Campaign Manager grabbed Fields. They want to point the finger at a security guard.

We have the reporter herself, and a third party in Terris, and some rather damning video and audio evidence saying the Campaign Manager grabbed Fields – to the point she was in shock and was bruised. My money is on these guys. In fact, I’d bet the house on it.

Yet, I’d also argue, ultimately it doesn’t matter who grabbed Fields, who was just doing her job by the way. Sure, if Lewandowski used force to stop Fields from asking questions it is more concerning. But if the unnamed security guard used force I’d say it’s still a cause for alarm. A precedent has been set by the Duck’s ducklings: if someone is creating an issue that we don’t want to deal with, physical force is an acceptable way to remove that problem. And that should scare the shit out of us.

Further, what Fields asked or said is irrelevant in this case. It doesn’t matter. The media’s role, the media’s purpose, in the realm of politics was originally intended to press the issue. The incident in question took place at a ‘presser’. The media is  there to rustle feathers. They are there to ask the questions Presidential Nominees don’t want to answer. We as the public rely on them. We need them. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Politicians generally dodge the pointed questions. It’s a dance that has been carried out on the dance-floor of politics for decades. And yet,  candidates and Presidents have always been willing to show up to this dance-floor. It’s implied. It’s part of the gig.

But not the Duck. The Duck, once again, has shown he doesn’t give a shit how the game is played. He does things his way, no matter the cost, and by whatever means necessary. He will reach his end. Even if the means require the physical abuse of a female news reporter.

When Fields was pressing the Duck and his team, traditional politics and journalism gave him three options:

  1. Answer honestly;
  2. Dodge the question; or
  3. Say nothing.

Trump has introduced a fourth option: physically remove the journalist. Physically remove the problem. Trump has decided he doesn’t want to dance. He’ll cause physical harm ensuring you don’t dance with him. This is scary. This is new. And it should cause serious alarm for journalists and the American public alike.

It’s just one facet of what Sheldon Wolin calls ‘Inverted Totalitarianism’. Chris Hedges, author of ‘Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism‘, describes Inverted Totalitarianism as being different:

…..from classical forms of totalitarianism. It does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader but in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state. Our inverted totalitarianism pays outward fealty to the facade of electoral politics, the Constitution, civil liberties, freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, the iconography, traditions and language of American patriotism, but it has effectively seized all of the mechanisms of power to render the citizen impotent.

The Duck has harnessed both. He is a charismatic leader to some. And he has effectively robbed the press of it’s freedom as evidenced through BREITBART. He is a clown singing and dancing with such lunacy that people smart enough to see it can’t look away and people not educated enough, through no fault of their own, think he’s something real. Someone who will offer real solutions.

To her credit Fields quit BREITBART. That takes guts. This woman should be commended for having a spine and sticking by her story. It’s rare today, especially in the media. Further, the editor-at-large at BREITBART,  Ben Shapiro, also quit. Shapiro’s statement regarding his departure stated:

Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion. Meanwhile, Breitbart News not only stood by and did nothing outside of tepidly asking for an apology, they then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issues. Finally, in the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story in which Michelle and Terris had somehow misidentified Lewandowski.

Good for Shapiro. This is massive. This is what we need more of today.

We now know the Ducks’s crisis management strategy regarding journalists:

Step 1: Forcefully remove the problem, even if that problem is a journalist.

Step 2: Deny all involvement or knowledge of the incident.

Step 3: Use direct or in-direct connections with Media outlets to silence the story. Especially if they employ the problem.

It’s disgusting. It’s wrong. It reeks of an empty husk of a man with nothing but cowardice inside of him. Good luck America.

Let’s hope this precedent, the precedent that physical force is a solution to silence a journalist, is quickly overturned. Else journalists who know just a little too much may be treated like this one day:

-Salt (@hardnosalt).

Question of the Day: Why does anyone watch professional wrestling?

Why does anyone watch professional wrestling?

To clarify, by professional wrestling I mean the WWE.

So last night, as it sometimes happens, I decided to watch a couple of minutes of Monday Night RAW. Sometimes it’s Friday Night Smackdown. There was nothing better on and I felt like a good chuckle or two. In small doses, it’s hilarious to me how incredibly stupid pro wrestling is.

When I turned on RAW yesterday, the big match was between Roman Reign and Triple H (I think?). Roman Reign was going rogue. There were about 6 referees trying to stop him. Shockingly, they were unable to slow him down.

Essentially, the few minutes that I did watch followed exactly the same script that I see every time. Except this time, I think the one dude went more rogue than usual. The announcer seemed even more jacked up than usual about this fake fight.

WWE is like the Groundhog Day of wrestling. It’s the same thing every freaking time and I can never comprehend why anyone watches it. I get why people watch the Bachelor. I get why people watch Keeping up with the Kardashians. WWE, I do not get.

Heck, people even pay to watch the WWE. Stadiums are full of adults who cheer and boo fake characters. Adults pay to watch Wrestlemania on pay per view like it’s the second coming of the Rumble in the Jungle.

I know these people know it’s fake. These people will tell you it’s similar to watching any sort of scripted TV show or movie. Yeah, okay. Except WWE might possibly be the worst-acted, worst-scripted TV show in the world. Also, when I see Star Wars in the theatre, I’m not in the theatre booing Darth Vader when he comes on the screen.

Let me be clear, pro wrestlers are very good at their jobs. I am not discounting what they do on a week-to-week basis. Their stunts have a high degree of difficulty and they are always putting their bodies on the line. Although pro wrestling is not a real sport, these guys are real athletes.

However, whenever I find out someone above the age of 13 watches professional wrestling on a regular basis, I question everything about them. I’m a huge Bill Simmons fan yet there is always a little voice in my head that reminds me he is a bona fide, lifelong WWE fan. What is wrong with him?

Every time I watch pro wrestling, I always try to figure out why anyone watches this crap. Last night, it made me feel a little better that these are probably the same people who are voting for Donald Trump. Similarly to the way I feel about Donald Trump supporters, it scares me little inside that there are this many people in the world so passionate about something that is so stupid.

I’m asking for your help. Why does anyone watch professional wrestling?

@Gritty

Question of the day: Are Guarantees Worth It?

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Is a guarantee worth it in sports?

It is tradition almost as old as sport itself, athletes guaranteeing wins and championships. From Joe Namath guaranteeing a victory in Superbowl III, to Mark Messier guaranteeing a win with the Rangers facing elimination.

These guarantees helped grow the legends of Messier and Namath. Much like Babe Ruth supposedly calling his home run many, many years before contributed to his legend and lore.

However, guaranteed wins are not always realized upon which brings us to the case of Graham DeLaet, who was one stroke off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round at Valspar Championship when he said “I’m going to go and win this golf tournament tomorrow.” Unfortunately, DeLaet did not go out and win the tournament, instead he went out and shot 4-over without recording a birdie, not the type of performance that is going to get it done on a Sunday in the PGA.

As a result of his failed promise, DeLaet was the butt of many jokes and subject to a lot of critical commentary.

You aren’t going to find a group of guys rooting harder for Delaet than the boys at HardNoSports. When it comes to a Sunday on the links there isn’t a whole lot Canada has to offer. Delaet is the exception. We all love Graham and wanted him to win.  Just as important, he has an amazing beard. However, I think he deserved the criticism. If you are going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk.

I think it’s a good sign DeLaet has the confidence to say something like this publically. It’s a step in the right direction. However, it might be best he keeps these thoughts to himself until he pulls of a win or two. The public backlash and questions he has to answer might not be worth it.

So my stance on this: I would prefer athletes just going out there and getting the job done. Leave the talking for after the game. However, on the flip side I could argue, people will quickly forget about Graham’s guarantee and in a few days. It will disappear into the Twitter abyss. After all, it was only the Valspar. But had he won it would have been remembered forever.

So, once again, I ask: Are guarantees worth it, in sports?

Random Stat: DeLaet has 19 top-10’s over the last 4 seasons without a win, second most among players without a win over that time, to Sergio (21), is anyone better at being really good, but not good enough than Sergio?

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Salt’s Mortal Lock – Week 1

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See what I did there? I used a title for my Mortal Lock that informed readers what the subject was AND whose pick it was. Blogging at its finest. Squire and Gritty could learn a thing or two.

On Thursday, March 17th the Hurricanes travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. Pittsburgh is in the midst of clinging onto a wildcard spot in the East. Today, Carolina is only 6 points back of the Pens and 5 points back of the 8th seed Wings. If Carolina wants to play an 83rd game this season they need a win Thursday night. Carolina has looked better as of late. However, but I don’t think they’ll have the ability to keep a Penguins team, who finally  looks like they are playing desperation hockey, in check. That’s why I’m taking the Pens.

Also, it’s a Thursday and I don’t have class. So I can watch.

Despite losing Malkin, Pittsburgh wins Thursday I move to 1-1 in the HardNoSports betting arena. I can rest easy this week.

-Salt. (@hardnosalt)

 

Mortal Lock of the Week

imageWe have a problem in the @hardnosports family, apparently @hardnogritty thinks you can just pick winners when picking the mortal lock of the week. I thought it went without saying that we  were picking against the spread in these games, not picking winners. Men pick against the spread, boys pick winners. Gritty apparently is a boy.

To prove a point I am going to pick Gonzaga right now, without knowing who they will play in the first round, and will take the points if I can get them, or give them if necessary.

Why Gonzaga? Their backcourt took awhile to to come around this year, and they took some losses earlier in the year that they shouldn’t have, but now they are firing on all cylinders and still have the most dangerous front court in the tourney. Zags are criminally underrated, and will have a seed way too low because the stupid RPI.

The penalties for @hardnogritty will be severe