SportsCrack Blog

Friday, July 25, 2008


When you go 3-9 it has a tendency to do strange things to your psyche. Don't get me wrong, I actually kind of like the Masked Avenger. Sure he is sort of embarrassing but at least he doesn't wear jorts like Florida fans or doesn't have a clue who their coach is like USC fans. And as far as I know he doesn't smell like vomit and whiskey like the Volunteers faithful and he can read and write unlike Michigan football players who major in General Studies. But the question remains as to who exactly is the Masked Avenger?

Nobody took the 3-9 season harder than Charlie Weis did last year. His whole image and reputation has dramatically changed of one of whom was an offensive genius who helped lead ND to back-to-back BCS games to a proclaimed idiot by myself after he decided not to kick the winning field goal against Navy. And yes Charlie, I'm still bitter you didn't kick the damn field goal. So I think we have to come to the conclusion that the Masked Avenger is none other than Weis himself. Both are rather boisterous large men. Both have hairy pancakes for nipples. Both are die hard Irish fans that won't put up with excuses.

No wonder Charlie can recruit so well. All he has to do is put on the mask and Johnny Football is instantly in a trance with the Irish and the wonderful climate of Northern Indiana. It makes sense and yet none of it does after losing 9 games. I got your back Masked Avenger, you crazy diamond.


At least the fans didn't seem to egg it on! Now that is a full out brawl. The Dayton Dragons and Peoria Chiefs obviously don't enjoy each other after this massive fight broke out last night in the 1st inning of a minor league game which resulted in 17 ejections, one fan hospitalized and one player being arrested...

After a Peoria player was hit in the top of the first, Castillo hit two batters in the bottom half -- one in the head. The second hit batsmen by Castillo, Angel Cabrerra, made an aggressive slide into second to break up a double play. Castillo followed that by throwing his next pitch up-and-in to the next Dayton batter, prompting Dayton manager Donnie Scott to complain to the home plate umpire. Interim Peoria manager Carmelo Martinez -- filling in for Ryne Sanberg -- came onto the field to join the discussion.

The two managers began arguing, and when Martinez pushed Scott, the benches emptied.

Dayton shortstop Zack Cozart had to leave the game after being hit in the head with a pitch and Peoria second baseman Gian Guzman went out with a broken left leg, the Dayton Daily News reported.

The player arrested was Peoria pitcher Julio Castillo who threw an errant throw towards the Dayton dugout and instead struck a fan who had to be sent to the hospital. Castillo was charged with felony assault and will more than likely serve some time in jail since the whole nation has now witnessed the incident. I would love to see how his lawyer tries to get him off on a technicality of being a douchebag. There is a douchebag technicality right? I believe O.J. used that as his defense.