Fresh Take—Vick, Favre, Joba, Rumors and Sal

SportsChLeagueContributor IOctober 1, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during their game on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
I see my man A-Rod may have gotten his gal pal pregnant. Rumor has it that Kate Hudson is el pregnido, knocked-up, got a bun in the oven. Way to go A-Rod! Little Ms. Hudson is a smokin’ little number. Of course, this is ONLY a rumor. Just a rumor.

Okay, let’s get started with some real sports and today’s Fresh Take.

Why is Michael Vick the lead story on almost every sports broadcast these days? He’s just gotten out of the Pokey and had not taken an NFL snap in two seasons until last weekend. His fist full of snaps at the Linc on Sunday were not at all impressive.

He went 0-2 in passing and added a few yards rushing to pad his less than gaudy stats. Certainly not numbers to build an NFL franchise around, or even masquerade as a No. 2 NFL quarterback.

Why all the media nonsense? BECAUSE HE JUST GOT OUT OF PRISON. His quarterback abilities certainly don’t warrant all the media love, but something about prison has all of us hanging on every word. Prison is interesting to all of us who have never been and don’t ever want to go. Thanks for the lead story Mike.

Brett Favre will take on his former team the Green Bay Packers during a Sunday afternoon showdown pitting two NFC Norris Division foes. Who are you pulling for? The renegade, gun-slinging cowboy who wanted it all his way? Or the stoic NFL franchise looking to turn the page after recognizing diminishing skills? If you, like me, hate the NFL Norris Division, you will be pulling for neither. Go Eagles!

Where-o-where has Joba gone? Where-o-where could he be? Did you like my little jingle? It had to be better than the last hand full of pitching outings attempted by NY Yankees wannabe superstar Joba Chamberlain.

Dude, this guy has been so bad, his manager and coaching staff called him down this week, letting him know that his postseason appearances will be limited if he doesn’t tighten up.

Two years ago, Chamberlain was the rising superstar in the Yankee organization. After a stint in the bullpen however, Joba’s return train ride back to a starting role has fallen by the tracks. Will Joba right the ship before next week so he can be included in the postseason sware’ or will he just accept his mediocrity and grab a spot on the end of the bench?

NFL coaching rumors have heated up already with the 'Boys and the 'Skins vying for Mike Holmgren’s services. I love these stories as they only serve to bait suckers like you and I into reading them. It’s Holmgren to Dallas or DC this week. Its Mike Shanahan to Dallas or Carolina next week. Then, its Bill Cowher to any other NFL city the following week.

Admit it. We drink the juice because we crave it. We got to have it. It’s almost like eating that last piece of New York style Cheesecake with strawberries. We can’t say no.

There is no doubt the coaching carousel will be turning at year’s end and maybe even by midseason, but who really knows this early in the year? Wade Phillips was rumored to be gone at the end of last year but that never happened.

Eric "Mangenius" in Cleveland is rumored to be already out of a job three games into a new four-year contract although he took over a disastrous football program. No way, no how. Its not going to happen. So let the fun continue for the rest of the year but don’t drink too much of the Kool Aid. You may become a believer.

On a more serious note, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic and untimely death of Colorado Buffalo's quarterback Sal Aunese. Aunese died at the age of 21 from a rare form of stomach cancer that was diagnosed in the spring before his senior season.

A month after the diagnosis, Sal’s girlfriend and daughter of Buffalo coach, Bill McCartney, gave birth to the son Sal fathered. By September, Sal’s condition had deteriorated to the point that everyone sensed the end was near.

Sal passed away on one Saturday in September and out of his death, sprung one of the most inspirational and memorable sporting stories of my life. I can remember the letters “SAL” on the sleeves of the Colorado uniforms. As the Buffalos navigated their way through the Big 8 and an undefeated season, they embarked on Sal’s greatest football dream...winning the Orange Bowl.

The Buffs hung tough against the Fighting Irish but Notre Dame eventually prevailed, ending the hopes of the Colorado faithful and their dream season. Many of you “fortysomethings” probably remember the story as well. Good for you if you do.

Aunese’s son, T.C. is a walk-on quarterback for the LSU Tigers. T.C. had a chance to visit Huskie Stadium this year, where, almost twenty years to the day, his dad’s teammates honored their fallen brother by pointing to the sky during a moment of silence.

And that, my friends is what is HOT in sports. Join us again for the next Fresh Take.