Monday, October 16, 2006

The wide world of sports

So I read that 31 college football players were suspended for fighting during a game played over the weekend. If football was a civilized sport like hockey, the referees would have given them all five minutepenalties for fighting and then let them return. Perhaps football should adopt some of the rules from hockey, letting teams fight, permitting power plays, adopting shoot-outs between placekickers to break tie games. Changes like these might actually make the game interesting.

Tom Glavine goes to the mound tonight for the New York Mets in their fifth game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Personally, I want St. Louis to win. I have many friends from college who live in St. Louis and I have forgiven them for dispatching the Braves from the NLCS almost twenty-five years ago. But tonight I'll be pulling for the Mets. Tom Glavine gave the Braves the best years of his career; yet had to labor in the shadow of John Smoltz and Greg Maddux as the number 2 or 3 starter. Glavine is the "maybe" when people discuss their respective Hall of Fame chances. And just last week Glavine was the subject of two columns in the Washington sports pages pointing out that, at 40, he is still pretty damn good and has taken his new status as the Mets ace in stride, with Pedro and El Duque out. No disrespect to Pedro, a great, great pitcher, but I'd taken Glavine's career over Pedro's any day. Glavine is sitting at 290 games won -- 300 is a certainty if he plays for the Mets next year -- with a career ERA of 3.42, a career winning percentage of .603 and five 20 game seasons. And, most impressive of all for a pitcher, he has never been on the disabled list and NEVER MISSED A START DUE TO INJURY -- EVER. That means if Tom Glavine is on your pitching staff, he is going to take the ball every fifth day and give your team a chance to win. And how many pitchers can you say that about over a twenty-year career?

Hall of Fame, make room for Tommy Glavine, because he's coming. How great would it be for him, Maddux and Smoltz to be inducted in the same class?


matt b said...

"How great would it be for him, Maddux and Smoltz to be inducted in the same class?"

It would be better if all three of those geezers finally hung it up.


Gregg Ivers said...

A little anger management, MB. I guess that sweep hurt, eh?