Throwing Tomatoes: Statements and Reinstatements

Kevin PaulSenior Analyst IAugust 3, 2008

This week’s piece is all about “statements”, ranging from a statement made by the NBA Finals MVP, to the reinstatement of a future NFL Hall of Famer.  But enough chatter, let’s get to the “splatter”.


Where do you direct your tomatoes this week?

Throwing Tomatoes – Volume XIII

The Brett Favre Saga
…for “taking the scenic route”.
The latest news has Favre officially being reinstated by Goodell and the NFL, but what’s more significant is the fact that the Packers are now reportedly open to a QB competition.  Brett asked for this weeks ago.  C’mon Green Bay, we could’ve hit this resolution so much sooner.

Paul Pierce
…for saying he’s the best basketball player in the world.
Pierce’s comment came after he was asked if Kobe Bryant was the best in the world.  There’s confident and then there’s cocky.  To be honest, I don’t even think Pierce is the best player on his team - Kevin Garnett is.

Steve Smith
…for brawling with teammate Ken Lucas in training camp.
Smith has been suspended for the first two games of the season.  That’s tough for a Carolina team that was looking to get off to a better start this year.  Carolina's finest will likely have less to cheer for when the Panthers take on the Chargers in Week 1.

South Carolina Football
…for allowing QB Stephen Garcia to return.
It’s official, Garcia is back, even after three run-ins with the law since arriving at South Carolina.  I guess Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks have never heard of the whole “three strikes and you’re out” concept.  Instead… three tomatoes it is!

Josh Howard
…for being arrested on charges of speeding, reckless driving, and speed competition.
When asked about these charges, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban replied, “What a drag”.  OK, he never said that… I made that part up.

Pat White
…for accusing West Virginia baseball coach Greg Van Zant of being “not too high” on black athletes.
White did later apologize, so I’ll throw it softly – soft toss if you will.

Fernando Rodney
…for his performance as Detroit’s closer.
Rodney’s most recent blunder was giving up a “walk-off walk” to Tampa Bay in extra innings.  It’s time for the Tigers to search for someone else to close games.

Honorary Tomato Throwers of the Week
Because those who found success earn a chance to sling one at their opposition

Chicago Cubs – at the NL Central after a four-game sweep of the Brewers and a five-game division lead.

Minnesota Twins – at the AL Central after moving into sole possession of first place.

Vijay Singh – at the field after squeaking out a one-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Jason Bay – at those who felt he wouldn’t perform in a major market.  So far, so good.

This has been “Throwing Tomatoes”… where the red fruit makes a statement of its own.