Monday, March 23, 2009

Rounding up loose ends...

By now I'm sure anyone who reads this blog is aware that former Patriots receiver Donte Stallworth was involved in an unfortunate incident recently wherein he struck and killed a pedestrian. At this writing charges have not been filed, but given that his blood alcohol level was well over the legal limit, it is only a matter of time.

At the very least this will result in a suspension for Stallworth, and probably jail time. This is the sort of thing that can potentially serve from 5 to 15 years, depending on what they have determined the degree of the offense to be. I expect a deal to be cut that will either allow Stallworth to stay out of jail, or to serve a minimum amount of time - meaning I don't believe he will be found guilty of vehicular manslaughter as provided by the Florida State Penal Code.

And here are five things I think based on what I have seen the last week -

  1. For all the injuries the Celtics have suffered, I think they have happened with plenty of time for the Green to get healthy. Once healthy, I think that it was more important for the Cavs to get the one seed than the Celtics. Should the current seeded positions remain constant, I believe we'll see the C's play the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. If the C's steal a game in Cleveland early in the series, then I think the series favors them.
  2. I firmly believe that Junichi Tazawa will make his big league debut this season as a back of the rotation/middle reliever.
  3. This is a guess, but it seems to me that Theo is giving George Kottaras the opportunity to show the organization that he is the heir-apparent to Jason Varitek. My bet would be, given the glut of pitching prospects in the minors, if Kottaras struggles, or at least fails to even show flashes during the regular season, then and only then will we see a trade with Texas consummated for one of their catchers.
  4. I don't think that the Patriots are done with the defensive overhaul - I've said it before and will say it again: Jason Taylor is the most logical and Belichick-ian choice to play opposite Adalius Thomas. He is likely to be signed by the team sometime after the draft and will take less money to go to the Pats just for the chance to win. I also think that Shawn Crable will get a long look in training camp as the future at that same location.
  5. I think Yankee fans are going to have a tough April. The team's best early season player, Alex Rodriguez, is likely to miss the first month of the season, CC Sabathia has huffed and puffed his way to a Spring Training ERA that is dwarfed only by his Michelinman-like physique and their big-name in-the-field acquisition, Mark Texiera, is a notorious slow starter (.259 career hitter for the month of April, his next lowest monthly average - .282 in July). I firmly believe this is a team that's on track to be playing catch-up again, and they will be chasing both the Red Sox and the Rays.


Chris Stone said...

Not too sure about Taylor. This is the second season where he's had better things to do than attend training camp.

Kevin Smith said...

A couple of things about that -

All coaches, even Belichick, are a little more lenient in regards to veterans of Taylor's stature. The coaches already know these guys can play, and in the case of Taylor, they know he stays in shape.

He's a guy that turns 35 this season, has missed a total of eight games since he came into the league in 1997 (and half of those came in before 2000), hasn't made the playoffs since 2001 when he was 27. Hell, the last team he was on that finished with more than 9 wins was the 2003 Dolphins who still missed the playoffs.

And it wasn't about attending training camp - he didn't want to attend the off-season conditioning program which is supposed to be voluntary anyway. Training camp is mandatory, and he never said he would miss that - Washington told him they wanted him present for a certain percentage of the voluntary workouts given his price tag.

He chose to be with his family instead. I have no problem with that, and I doubt that Belichick will.