The Mitchell Report: A stack of money
Posted December 23, 2012
This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ..
Give them flags
Let me first start out with what really had me fired up today. The officiating in the Panthers game was rather dreadful. I am not blaming this all on the officials because I know the league is trying to get them to enforce certain things, but a tackle is not "roughing the passer". Apparently Greg Hardy led with his head when he nailed Carson Palmer in the first quarter. It looked like a really good, really hard hit to me. He was flagged and the Raiders got a first down. Not five minutes later, Luke Kuechly was penalized for hitting a "defenseless receiver". Replay showed this was also a rather clean hit. I know the league is trying to cut down on concussions and it should, but there has to be a way for the defensive guys to play the game. Right now, any hit can be called a penalty. Palmer was hit hard because he held on to the football about 3 seconds too long. He should be punished for that. It's the NFL.
Greenberg gets a shot
Big congrats to former Tar Heel Adam Greenberg who signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. The guy is 31 and he's still chasing the dream of playing Major League baseball. It's hard to imagine getting so close to your dream only to get beaned in the head on your first pitch. Anyone can root for a guy who refuses to give up even when he has very little chance of achieving the dream at this point.
Keselowski and Hendrick
We are starting to learn more about the NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski. I was surprised to watch an interview with him this week where he revealed talks with Hendrick Motorsports in 2008. He says he was all set to join the team, but the ride went to Mark Martin instead. The interview is rather awkward as Keselowski tries not to say anything bad about Rick Hendrick. You can tell it still hurts him. Things have worked out well for the driver of the #2 car. It's interesting to wonder if getting dumped by Hendrick fueled his desire.
NHL's Twitter problem
The NHL lockout is obviously horrible for the league and the players are not helping themselves with social media. The stupidest example came this week when Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets thought it was a good idea to tweet a picture of himself pretending to talk on the phone. The "phone" was actually a stack of money. BRAVO! said the NHLPA who is busy trying to convince owners you don't make too much money. Pro Hockey talk does a nice job of breaking down the NHL twitter issues here .