(1) The ACC meetings open in Florida under speculation that Florida State might try to depart the league in search of more loot.
The chairman of the school’s board of trustees, Andy Haggard, started it all with comments critical of the new ACC/ESPN contract that he later tried to clarify: “All I tried to say was I think Florida State needs to keep an open mind,” Haggard said Sunday morning. “If the Big 12 or the SEC or any other conference wants to talk, we have an obligation to listen. If the Big 12 calls, should we hang up the phone? No. I’m not saying take it. I’m saying listen to it. Listen to what they have to say. … My only point is to listen to anybody who wants to talk — especially in these economic times.”
Florida State’s president says his school is “committed” to the ACC. But as Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi writes: [I]f we’ve learned anything in recent years about institutions of higher earning switching conferences, it is this: Without fail, they all say they are steadfastly committed to their current league only until another league offers them more money.
And right now FSU could sure use some more money. Spetman announced a $2.4 million budget shortfall in the athletic department last week that sent shock waves through Seminole Nation. In college football’s arms race, Seminole fans envision the Gators and other SEC schools purchasing F-22 Raptor fighter jets while they are still going to battle with tomahawks and bows and arrows.
More than ever, Florida State fans feel they are a football school hopelessly trapped in a basketball league.
(2) The Texas Rangers are an incredible baseball team. Just look at that bottom third of that lineup they trotted out last night in a 13-6 whuppin’ of the Angels: Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland. Are you kidding me? Cruz has averaged 28 homers over the past three seasons. Napoli’s hit at least 20 bombs every year since 2008, including 30 last season. Moreland hit 16 last year in 464 at-bats.
It’s enough to wear out even Cy Young contenders like Jered Weaver, who entered last night’s game with a 5-0 record and 1.60 ERA and left it 5-1 with a 2.83 after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3.
We haven’t even talked about their pitching. Anybody still think Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.84) is going to be a bust?
NAME THAT TUNE
Where I come from isn’t all that great
My automobile is a piece of crap
My fashion sense is a little whack
And my friends are just as screwy as me
I didn’t go to boarding schools
Preppy girls never looked at me
Why should they I ain’t nobody
Got nothing in my pocket