The Airing of Grievances, Cinco De Mayo Edition

Tortured PhanaticContributor IMay 5, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This week’s Airing of Grievances happens to fall on Cinqo de Mayo.  If you are one of those angry drunks planning on heading out for a few pitchers of beer tonight and looking for something to get ticked off about, here are a few things that have me steamed this week.

As Frank Costanza said, “I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it.”

Brett, you had me at "Goodbye."  Please go away.  Please don’t do this to us again. 

At the request of Brett Favre, the New York Jets gave him his unconditional release. 

What does this mean?  It means we are not far away from Brett Favre updates every 15 minutes on ESPN.  Chris “I’m only right about 10 percent of the time these days” Mortensen is already licking his chops just thinking about the amount of TV time he is soon to get once again. 

Sports radio talk shows will be devoting 30 minutes of every hour to discuss and debate Favre’s likely destination.  The other 30 minutes will be filled with commercials promoting the new movie about Brett Favre’s career that is written, produced, and directed by John Madden.

Brett, you finally made a decision to retire, or so we thought.  Please stick to it. 

Chan Holy crap another one left the Park.  You Stink!  Park made his fourth, and what should be his final, start for the Phillies on Friday night.  So far he has posted a stellar 8.57 ERA, and allowed 28 hits in 21 innings.  He has struggled to locate his pitches almost as much as Rick Ankiel. 

He has allowed five home runs in his four starts.  Granted, the way the Phillies rotation has pitched so far this season, guys are probably asking him for advice on how to give up so few home runs.  Nonetheless, he is helping to overwork the bullpen.  To make up for it, how about a relocation to the bullpen that he has so graciously worn out?

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Selena Roberts.  Your book sucks!  I am no A-Rod apologist.  I hate the fact that he used performance enhancing drugs during his career.  It upsets me to no end. 

If you want to write a book about all the things A-Rod did wrong, fine.  However, and call me crazy for thinking this, shouldn’t you have some facts and testimony to back up your claims?  A little more than “look at how big he got between year X and year Y” would be a good start. 

Instead of  quoting anonymous sources who claim that he was tipping pitches to opposing players here’s a thought.  How about finding a player that is willing to come forward publicly and say that A-Rod tipped pitches?  If you are going to make such hefty accusations, you better come forward with more than an anonymous source. 

In an interview yesterday, Roberts said that “in the interest of journalistic integrity” she would not be meeting with MLB investigators who are looking into A-Rod’s use of performance enhancing drugs.

Um, no.  It’s because you have no information to provide them with.  They’re conducting a real investigation looking for things like “facts” and “truth”. 

If you want to jump on her bandwagon and pile on A-Rod, let me remind you that this is the same woman who compared the Duke Lacrosse players to gang members and career criminals a few years ago without first getting her facts straight. 

She insisted that their unwillingness to confess to or snitch on a rape (that did not happen) was the equivalent of drug dealers and gang members promoting antisnitching campaigns. 

Even after being proven inaccurate, Roberts never wrote a retraction or apology for her columns.  Those same columns led to much of the public outcry against Reade Seligmann, Colin Finnerty, and David Evans. 

I can not believe that nobody on ESPN or other news networks are not even bringing up her involvement in the Duke fiasco and questioning her reporting integrity.  They are all just following her like helpless little lemmings. 

Well, I did some investigative reporting of my own and I was able to find someone who told me, anonymously of course, that Ms. Roberts suffers from a common affliction known as MSU, making sh!t up.

Until next week... 

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