BAD COMPANY

If you’re a professional athlete, you probably don’t want to be on any list that includes Mike Vick. Since Vick hasn’t done anything worthwhile with a football in about three years, if you’re on a list with him, it probably has something to do with people not liking you very much.

In fact, it probably means that you’re despised by a lot of people.

Ben Roethlisberger has a lot of work to do.

He came in third on Forbes Magazine’s “Most Disliked People in Sports” list. The only two ahead of him are Al Davis and Vick.

I’m actually kind of surprised that Davis finished ahead of Roethlisberger. What’s Al done lately?

Vick got a 69% unfavorable rating,  which is understandable. He’s going to be on just about every ten most disliked list for the rest of his life, no matter what he does. And deservedly so.

I have him at the top of my career ending injury list. I hope he blows his knee out on his next snap.

Davis got a 66 and Ben got a 57.  Tiger Woods and Jerry Jones tied for fourth. Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez are on it, too.

That’s some pretty bad company.

Whatever it is that Jones and Davis did to get on the list can’t be overcome. They’re just there because the sight of them annoys people.

Roethlisberger and Woods have a chance to get off the list.  They can ask Kobe Bryant.

All they have to do is stay out of trouble and play up to the standards they set before they got into trouble.

Ben took the first steps toward getting off the list last week with his sit down TV interviews.

Woods has kept a low profile and could have had people talking about his game a lot more if he had been four strokes better at the U.S. Open.  Based on his post-round interview on Sunday, he still has a long way to go if he’s interested in getting people to like him again.

He was his usual grouchy, impatient, condescending self.  He probably succeeded in making most of the people watching glad that he didn’t win.

DUMBER THAN THE PIRATES?

The Pirates didn’t do much last week to change their image of a pathetic excuse for a Major League Baseball franchise, but they have some competition for the title of Most Clueless Team In Baseball down south.

Vuvuzelas have become a world wide joke since the World Cup started about a week and a half ago.

They’re the horns that thousands of people blow incessantly during the games that actually make soccer more unwatchable than it already was.

So what do the Marlins, who have trouble getting more than 10,000 people in their park most nights, decide to do?

The Marlins hand out vuvuzelas to 15,000 people and tell them to blow them all night.

The stupid horns may have actually played a role in the outcome of the game. Because everybody was wearing ear plugs, there may have been a miscommunication problem that resulted in the Marlins being called for batting out of order.

The Marlins lost in extra innings.

The players, managers, coaches and umpires thought the vuvuzelas were a cruel joke. The idiot GM, of course, thought it was a wonderful idea.

What kind of a moron watches 10 seconds of a World Cup match and then says, “Hey. That’s unbelievable annoying. How do I get that for my ball park?”

Fans everywhere were better off before anybody ever heard of the expression “game experience.”

When did the game stop being the most important experience?

ARE GOLFERS ATHLETES?

I’ve never taken a survey but I think most of my friends in the sports media would argue that PGA golfers are not athletes.

They’re wrong.

I’ve found that most if not all of the people who make that claim either don’t play golf or shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a golf course.

How could anybody watch Tiger Woods’ second shot on number 16 at Pebble Beach yesterday and not realize that it took a ridiculous amount of athletic ability?

He was 260 yards from the hole and had a tree branch blocking his line. Most players would have tried to punch a low line drive and try to run it up as close to the green as possible.

Woods took out a three wood and sent it out low enough to miss the tree and got it to within 15 feet of the hole.

If that’s not athleticism, what is it?

It took tremendous hand-eye coordination, timing, strength and body control.

The non-believers like to look at guys like John Daly and Craig Stadler and say they’re not athletes because they have 48 inch waists.

They’re not athletes in the same way that Michael Jordan is an athlete, but what they have to do with their hands, arms and hips takes other worldly coordination.

Near the end of NBC’s telecast last night they showed a super slo-mo of  third round leader Dustin Johnson’s swing. Only an idiot woulod suggest that it’s not an athletic thing of beauty.

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKS

For some reason, even though he’s been out of office 17 months, George Bush’s name seems to come up in here a lot. I’ve always felt that history will judge whether invading Iraq was the right thing to do and I’ve also been amazed at the Democrats’ hypocrisy.

Look at what the Democrats were saying about Iraq before and during George W. Bush’s presidency.

Bush was the head coach and it was 4th and one. Everybody was screaming for him to go for it. He did. Things got a little tougher than everybody thought they were going to be and all the screamers started saying he should have punted.

That’s understandable. It happens all the time. What amazes me is that these hypocrites are/were never called on it by the dinosaur media.

Virtually every person in power in D.C. felt the same way about Iraq but only one guy was faced with the choice of punting or going for it.  I’ll always believe that every person on that video would have done the same thing given the same information and circumstances because they would have considered it a no brainer to err on the side of protecting the country.

And, by the way, Obama’s nominee to be the new head of intelligence believed that Hussein had WMDs and moved them to Syria before the invasion.

Where’s the outrage over Obama appointing a nut job like him?

DID YOUR VALEDICTORIAN USE A TELEPROMPTER?

A discussion about President Obama’s strange dependence on the teleprompter popped up on the blog today.

And guess where America’s next great orator brought his prompter today.

President Obama used it to speak to a high school graduating class.

This is unprecedented.That’s why Realclear Politics felt the need to point it out.

I wonder if he uses one to order a pizza.

A REMINDER FOR BREWERS FANS

Just in case Milwaukee Brewers fans thought that they had overcome the curse of being fans of a small payroll baseball team, the smart people are now saying that it’s time that they get rid of Prince Fielder, the youngest player in MLB history to hit over 50 home runs.

The Brewers don’t have enough pitching. They also, because they’re paying so much for Fielder, don’t have enough money to sign any big name free agents or make a trade for a highly paid pitcher.

Just one more example of the stupidity that is MLB. The examples are everywhere and still I have posters telling me that “if the Pirates had produced players like McCutchen in their last five drafts, they’d be contending right now.’

That supports the argument that I’ve been making for years. It’s not about whether it’s possible for the Pirates to win a division. Of course it’s possible, but it will take a miracle (like 5 spectaculr drafts in a row) to do it and no league that I am willing to take seriously can force a good percentage of its teams to strive for miracles in order to compete.

Michael Hunt is a long time sports columnist in Milwaukee and he has finally said what has to be said: The Brewers can no longer afford Prince Fielder.

Feilder had New York, Boston or L.A. written all over him from the day he showed up in Milwaukee. It’s only a matter of time.

How’s that decision by the Brewers to go with an $80 million payroll looking right now?

The Nutting family will spend $40 million less this season. That’s why they’re the smartest team owners in sports.

A REPUBLICAN WITH BALLS

I don’t know a lot about the new governor of New Jersey but the more I see of him the more I like him. I’ve had people ask me which Republican can beat Obama in 2012 and they ask me to pick from a list of the usual suspects.

Those people, forget, of course, that nobody knew who Obama was in 2006.

Here’s a name to keep in mind for 2012. He’s a Republican governor in a heavily Democratic state and he’s not a Republican In Name Only.

He’s already publicly stood up to the NJ/NY media and a little while ago Chris Christie stood up to the New Jersey teachers’ union and told them that the party is over.

This video is also a really good example of how to speak to a group WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER.