Happy (or not so happy) Monday. Did you get the memo about your TPS reports?
Everyone has seen the movie Office Space, and everyone's had a Case of the Mondays as well. Each Monday, I'll go through to world of sports to pick out candidates who may have a bad Case.
This week, I debate the merits of Jerry Jones and the Cowboys, Milton Bradley and his suspension, Jeff Reed and his wild leg, and Cecil Cooper.
Jerry Jones finally unveiled his masterpiece to the world for real last night, on national television. More than 105,000 fans packed into the brand new Cowboys Stadium to watch America's team take on the Giants. Not only did Jerry Jones get caught picking his nose on TV, Jessica Simpson unleashed her curse on the Cowboys, and the Giants won the game on a last second field goal--twice.
Some might say that signing Milton Bradley was the worst free agent signing the Cubs have ever made. I think I would probably agree. The Cubs (finally) suspended Bradley for the rest of 2009 after comments he made to the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles about how much negativity there is in Chicago, and how uncomfortable he's been since coming to the Cubs. It remains to be seen whether or not the Cubs will cut ties with Bradley, but buying out his contract would be expensive and finding a trade partner might by unlikely after this latest snaffu.
The Bears really shouldn't have beaten the Steelers on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. But the did, and they can thank Steelers kicker Jeff Reed for it. Reed missed two field goals (38 and 43 yards) in the 4th quarter to give Robbie Gould an opportunity to knock in the game winner, which he did from 44 yards out. During the Bears' final drive, the cameras focused on Reed several times, and he looked like he was about to start bawling.
The Astros have fired their manager with just 13 games left to play in the regular season. I don't think they're going to find a Jim Tracy-like turnaround in Houston, however. The 'Stros are 70-79, and had lost 7 in a row coming into Monday. Good thing they fired him today though, as his career record with the Astros stays above .500 at 171-170. Cooper had been the skipper in the Juice Box since August of 2007 when they fired Phil Garner. Third base coach Dave Clark will take over for the last 13 games, and GM Ed Wade said he would be a candidate during the offseason replacement search.
So who's got the worst Case of the Mondays? Is it Jerry Jones, Milton Bradley, Jeff Reed, or Cecil Cooper?