Typically Sunday’s in the summer are rather boring when it comes to the world of sport. Yesterday, however, was a different story.
The O’s capped off their season series with the Texas Rangers with a 10-6 victory. Now 50-54 on the season they sit 6.5 games back in the American League East and 5.5 games back of the AL Wild Card. The game was highlighted by Rangers third baseman, Adrian Beltre, earning his 3,000 hit in the major leagues. Even as an Orioles fan, I have to tip my cap to Beltre. On the O’s side of the ball, for me at least, the highlight was watching Jonathan Schoop belt his 24th home run of the season. As I watched him scorch a ball into the sea of red in blue in the left field bleachers I started to wonder….”Are we not talking enough about Schoop potentially being an MVP?” The argument can certainly be made, and maybe it will be on your new favorite website….spoiler alert.
The Ravens had an eventful Sunday. They opened their practice up to the public, one of three practices they will hold for the public this season. From the looks of things, fans were quite excited to see the purple and black back in action. It was the first time fans got a look at the newly acquired Jeremy Maclin, which I can imagine was exciting. In other Ravens news, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reported that the Ravens signed TE Larry Donnell Sunday afternoon. Donnell has a real quality shot of not only making this team but potentially having an impact. This is a group that carries 36-year old Ben Watson, who is coming off an achillies tear. Nick Boyle, who got himself suspended for ten games last season and Maxx Williams, who to this point has been nothing but a bust. Donnell comes in after the Ravens have lost Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore to injury and Darren Waller to suspension. This will be an interesting position battle to follow all through August. This will make watching the pre-season action more tolerable. Finally, the QB controversy continues. It clearly deserves mention, but in my humble opinion, until something actually happens, I do not think there is anything new to say that has not already been said by the masses of whichever side you lean.
This may fall into the category of whacky wide world of sports, but like I just stated, how many times can you talk about Kaep. Consider me crazy and you would not be the first, but I think the story here is far more interesting. For those of you that do not know what the BIG3 basketball league is, it is a league that was started by, who we could now call a renaissance man, Ice Cube. The goal of the league was to provide 3 v 3 basketball games from some of your favorite former professional basketball players. The rosters were highlighted by the likes of Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, Rashard Lewis and Corey Maggettee and coached by greats Julius Erving, George Gervin and “The Glove” Gary Payton, just to name a few. Clearly, the premier name that the league is backing its interest on is Allen Iverson. Which is fantastic, when he shows up. Yesterday, in what was the league’s sixth week of action in Dallas, Iverson simply did not show up to the event. The BIG3 released a statement saying he was basically a no call, no show. What intrigues me is if a league like this can handle their biggest star not showing. Listen, the BIG3 is a bit of a gimmick as it stands. The four point shot, the half-court play, the quirky camera angles, but there is something about this league that is exciting. Not to mention, the guys showing up play hard. However, I just do not know if you can sustain selling to fans that one of their childhood favorites will be back in action and for him to just not show. If I am Ice Cube and I want season two what do I do? Personally, I put in calls to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and even the Black Mamba, knowing that last phone call will probably be rejected. I think the league can survive this, but only if the rosters improve drastically. Let’s face it, nobody paid to come see Brian Scalabrine.