Clay Buccholz, Tiger Woods – Erratic Play Microcosm of Painkillers??

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I was going to have a long conversation about this, and I’m not making any claims or allegations that any of these athletes are partaking in any of these drugs. But one makes you wonder when these guys go through debilitating back injuries, return “normal”, but then have so many focus and mechanical issues that don’t seem day-to-day consistent.

Woods has shown glimpses, glimpses mind you, of his old game where he also showcases he can still win a major at any point. But most of the points lead to failure, and more bewilderment of how physically he is capable, but simultaneously is stunted mentally still. And we are almost a half-decade in from the crazy situation that began his new mold.

Buchholz had gone through a back surgery, and a surge of medications to keep him physically pitching, and since mid-2012 this guy hasn’t been the same since. But he has.

One some games, Buchholz looks like one of the best pitchers in baseball. Other times, it seems like he’s totally not there. His change-up is there. Sometimes. His fastball is there. Sometimes. His control is there. Sometimes. His health is there. All the time recently, according to the Red Sox brass.

Even for a blogger, it is wrong to claim that a player’s performance is deteriorating based on an outside situation when there’s no evidence, or sometimes even when there is. Red Sox fans cobbled together Troy O’Leary’s decline toward the divorce of his wife in the early 2000s. We overlooked and were shocked to see Vin Baker’s quick departure from the Celtics organized by the hand of alcohol abuse.

I don’t know much about Tiger or not passionate enough to assume, but something I always wondered about how Buccholz can be so bad, but still sustain enough talent and prowess to be a great pitcher. I’m only running with the odds; if he had the yips he’d be out of the league. If I want to play the odds, thinking about whether his withdrawal from stopping chew or possibly adding/stopping painkillers seems a decent discussion.

There isn’t any discussion right now, and there should be. Clay Buchholz can easily be a number 1# and has shown it in the past. Just because we won a World Series doesn’t mean I don’t care about his future with us. But as someone who does care, I’d like to know more about why he disintegrated when hitting has declined to its lowest in decades.

Why isn’t he doing the same. What is holding him back. If it isn’t his health, since he is starting on the mound and will possibly for 2015, what other events could lead him to such an erratic play? Seeing how big the epidemic is in the Northeast, how it has taken a few star players down in the amateur and pro leagues, and seeing how his talent is still there on some days, I’m just looking at the odds.

While Looking at Yahoo BoxScore… Find Show My Boobs Meme?

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I don’t really get these game-day memes that Yahoo puts into their boxscores for each game. I don’t know if they are made by Yahoo or by fans, but none of them are really ever funny or noticeable to care.

Today, I find one that still has no entertainment value, other than the fact that it seems a little raunchy and off-handed. Also seems like its an image taken from game video that someone used to make a joke about a girlfriend promising to show her breast if the Atlanta Braves win.

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I’m not making this into a controversy, but if I were these two people I’d be a little upset at this meme. And I wouldn’t care if my 8-year old son (if I had one) had seen this meme, but I know many other parents would be a little “wtf is this?” on these pages.

It’s not in the NSFW arena, but if this can pass, I might have to take two looks on others. Not even because they are funny, but because there’s forum banter about titties on pages accessed by people of all ages. And… I can’t see what this woman is carrying. Seriously I’m not being misogynistic, but if the narrative was that they did post this as a joke, part of the absurdity, along with ballpark nudity, would correlate to objectifying breast size.

Damnit… I need a girlfriend 😦

Troy Tulowitzki Wrist Injury Improving: Early-August Return Likely

Hey guys, sorry for being a wanker and disappearing on everyone this past year. But I am working on a sports site called Game Day Wire. It is a work-in-progress, but enough about my condition, let us talk about Troy Tulowitzki.

Troy Tulowitzki Injury July News Update:

There was pretty much no news on Colorado Rockies outfielder Mr. Tulo since the middle of June. Yahoo Fantasy Baseball and Rotowire writers didn’t have much news, but apparently the Denver Post got the story on how Tulowitkzi’s wrist been faring.

What does Troy’s injury mean for the Rockies?

Not much and a lot. Not much since they have been three games over .500 since June 20th. Their offense, with Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup, has been very erratic. With Dexter Fowler coming into the mix, and with Clint Barnes knocking people home in the 8th spot, they still look like a very dangerous team with new players stepping up in Coors and driving runs.

Tulo’s absence hurts the Rockies because of his defense and his bat. With Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe struggling, you can’t expect the role players to keep the Rockies strong throughout the Summer. Tulowitzki needs that wrist injury to heal up fast so he can come help the Rockies for the pennant stretch.

Troy Tulowitzki’s injury and Fantasy Owners

I have Troy Tulowitzki on my fantasy team, and have been offered many trades since he went down. My advice to fantasy baseball geeks out there in the same predicament: Keep Tulowitzki if you are making the playoffs or have a small amount of “2nd-half” hitters on your team (the Vottos, Beltres, & Carlos Penas of the world).

If you are having trouble getting into the playoff matches for fantasy baseball, you may want to look at replacing tulowitzki immediately. Getting something like Rafael Furcal or even getting a pitcher and plucking another SS off fantasy waivers could be more helpful to winning now if you need to win now.

But know this: Don’t expect Troy Tulowitzki back and in “playing” condition until Mid-August. Also, remember that wrist injuries, even the psychological experience, can keep a hitter from his full potential for a bit after he returns.