It’s not a miracle, but it’s pretty close. For the first time in 28 years, Major League Baseball has upheld a protest, and as a result, the Giants and Cubs will be completing the Tarpgate fiasco that occurred at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think there was any chance this would happen. The fact that MLB decided to do what really is the right thing in this instance is a huge positive as far as this observer is concerned. The rain was not what caused the ridiculous delay at Wrigley. It was a direct result of what amounts to negligence on the part of the grounds crew. In a situation such as this, penalizing one team while rewarding another was patently unfair. I’m thrilled that the powers that be decided to recognize this and order a resumption of the game.
Maybe this is just the first in a series of steps that brings baseball’s mindset all the way into the 21st century. I like the tradition that’s part of the game as much as anyone, but not when it gets in the way of progressive thinking. I don’t believe there’s much question that has been a problem for MLB. Perhaps this is just an isolated incident that means nothing as far as the big picture goes. But I’ll play the optimist for once, and will hope this is just the beginning of a new approach.
2-0 Wednesday here with the Giants and Rockies delivering wins. Following two strong months, I got off to a rough start this month. But that ship has been righted and I’m now in the black for August as well.
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No sweat with the Giants as the Wednesday free play, as they blew up Edwin Jackson immediately and led wire to wire. I’ll take a look at tonight’s NFLx game for the Thursday comp.
08/21 04:30 PM NFL (251) PITTSBURGH STEELERS at (252) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Take: UNDER 50
Two games, 139 total points. Yes, when staring at those numbers, even considering an Under play in a game involving the Philadelphia Eagles seems daring, if not a little crazy. But I’m pretty big on making my pre-season plays off what I can garner as far as information is concerned, and that’s the key to this opinion.
One thing we’ve learned quickly enough about Chip Kelly is that he doesn’t have a problem letting the media know what his intentions are as far as these exhibition games are concerned. So Kelly’s admission that he’s going to keep things pretty vanilla tonight tells me he won’t be digging into the playbook to any extent and apparently just wants to get through the game with no problems that will carry over to the games that count. Fact is, baed on what I saw last week in the game against the Patriots, I think Kelly has shown about as much of the playbook as he cares to, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t dial it back a bit tonight.
On the flip side, the Steelers are going to have their entire first unit defense on the field together for the first time this pre-season. What that should mean is that, after facing units that didn’t do much game planning, if any, for the warp speed Eagles offense, Pittsburgh will be providing some looks the Eagles haven’t seen so far this summer.
Offensively, the Steelers are going to be shorthanded in the backfield by at least one RB and probably two following the Bell/Blount traffic issue yesterday. Mike Tomlin isn’t about to alter his personality and throw the football 40 times, so I have to believe the personnel issue in play tonight can’t be a good thing for the Steelers offense.
As for the number on this game, to the surprise of nobody, the bets have poured in on the Over and price has gone up. Given the pace of play we’re now familiar with as far as the Eagles go, I can’t say I’ll be shocked if this turns into another fireworks show with points galore. But after digesting the available information, I now believe there’s value to be had with the Under, and that’s the way I’ll play this game tonight.