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Don’t you just wish the baseball owners and players had waited until Friday to settle, so they could have made it an even 100 days?

“Ridiculous” doesn’t do this clown parade justice. Yes, I am glad they salvaged a full 162-game regular season.

Mighty Manfred says he now plans to work more closely with MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark going forward.

Yeah. That’d be nice.

So, now we have a universal DH. Universal impunity for head-hunting pitchers.

Twelve teams to the postseason? Why not make it 64 and call it October Exuberance?

They did establish a six-team draft lottery, to discourage tanking. That’s good. But that took 99 days?

I always get nervous and suspicious when an NFL trade makes perfect sense, such as the Bears dealing Khalil Mack to the Chargers. Chicago is switching to a 4-3 defense under new head coach Matt Eberflus. Mack is a pure 3-4 standup outside linebacker and is now reunited with Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, who was his linebackers coach with the Bears in 2018. The Chargers get another menacing pass rusher to play opposite Joey Bosa. Mack will also shore up a Charger run defense that last year would have had to get 50 percent less pitiful just to be pathetic. More fun in the AFC West!

All support for now former Ohio State offensive lineman Harry Miller, who yesterday announced he is leaving football. Miller disclosed that he has been battling suicidal thoughts and had intentions to take his own life prior to last season. Miller credits Buckeye Head Coach Ryan Day with securing medical help and thus saving his life. A couple of positive things happened here. Miller felt comfortable telling his coach about his problem. And his coach immediately did the right thing for the right reasons. And I should point out that Miller is staying in school, where he has a 4.0 GPA in Ohio State’s engineering program.

I’m wondering. Is EVERYBODY named Boeheim an asshole?

If you’re up early on this Friday morning, I have the privilege of doing a segment on The Chris Duel Show with Shannon Sweeney at 7:06 on The Ticket 760 in San Antonio and AM 1300 in Austin. I hope you’ll check it out. Lots to talk about!

Finally, it’s March. But I’m not Mad. Should I be?

One Response

  1. Kudos to OSU coach, Ryan Day. It took courage for Harry Miller to go to his coach. It took common sense for the coach to act. Common sense, I find, is NOT used every day.

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What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

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