$0.02: So, Pedro’s leaving the Red Sox for the Mets?
Pedro Martinez has to be the dumbest dude in Jeri-curls. If you hadn’t heard, he agreed to join the hapless New York Mets this week, ending his seven-year affiliation with the Boston Red Sox. Yes, the same Boston franchise that ended its 86-year World Series title drought this fall. (And the same Boston franchise that offered Pedro $40.5 million over three years to stay in Beantown. With the Mets, Pedro reportedly will get $50-plus million over four years.)The Mets’ losing business practices continue with this news, but it’s Pedro’s walking away from the Red Sox that confounds my mind most. Why would you not want to be a part of Boston’s first attempt at defending a title since the Great Depression? Pedro’s 33, he’s won three Cy Youngs, and he has more money than half his home country, the Dominican Republic. I’m not trying to run his life here, but heck, Boston sure seems to me like the best place in America to get paid to play baseball for 2005 …
Sticking in the land of the annoying accent, how about the exploits of Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown of late. New England’s little ball of clutchness is still doing his part on offense, but he’s become one of the team’s defensive stoppers lately, as well. Brown has three interceptions on the year – tying him for the team lead – including a big one against Cincinnati on Sunday in the end zone. That’s unheard of for football’s highest level. Perhaps better than any pro sports team in the last decade, New England simply does what it takes …Holy winning. Bode Miller won two more races Sunday and Monday, bringing his victory total for the year to six. That’s in 10 races. Most World Cup skiers are ecstatic to get one or two wins in a season, yet Bode’s winning 60 percent of his starts. This year won’t be forgotten for a long, long time …
OK, so a former associate of Lance Armstrong claims the six-time Tour de France champ owes him $500,000. Why? Well because of an e-mail Armstrong sent to the guy, Mike Anderson, that Anderson claims established a contract between them. Armstrong is now suing Anderson in a counterattack. The best part of all this? Anderson wants his half a million for help he gave Armstrong with his training – well, that, and for some landscaping work he did on the champ’s property …All this talk of Joe Paterno needing to quit his post at Penn State has gotten a bit silly. If ever there were a job that should belong to the bearer until he’s sure it’s time to go, this is it. Why? Paterno is one of the university’s largest year-in, year-out donors. And he’s an employee. Supposedly he donates almost 75 percent of his salary back to the school. He even has a library named after him on campus. Paterno’s way of doing things right begins on the football field, but it certainly doesn’t end there …
In parting, I’d like us to think for a moment about another doozy from the mouth of Eagles receiver Terrell Owens. On an opening segment for Philly’s game against Washington on ESPN Sunday night, Owens said, “I don’t particularly like football, but I’ve been put in a situation where I can win a championship” – as if we’re to think he’s sacrificing something by playing. Weird dude.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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