Hey all, nice to be back in the yard! Things have been busy in the Doyle household, but I had a few minutes and a few things I wanted to talk about.
First off, the great Sparky Anderson passed away late last week in California. Being a Tigers fan from day one, he was really the first coach/manager I really ever had the opportunity to learn to respect. My father used to always fill car rides with stories of Sparky and his unique antics as a manager, and I never forgot that. It was nice to read all the great things and the amount of respect people in the baseball world had for Sparky...he will be missed.
Staying with the State of Michigan, like it or hate it, the Wolverines are FUN to watch! Did anyone see that incredible 67 point performance last weekend! I am still on the fence as to whether or not I like Rich Rod. in Anne Arbor, but I do like the brand of football he is producing, at least from the offensive end. The D leaves much to be desired, but with a young core there for a few years, defensive recruits will hopefully show some interest! Denard Robinson is just insanely athletic! He is worth the price of addmission and brings something we haven't seen there since Sir Charles Woodson! Bowl or not, I am back on the Wolverine banwaggon! Go Blue
By the way, Carey Price just finished the night with a 2-0 win over Luongo and the Canucks....just thought I'd mention that!
One last thing before we talk about me. I have had the chance to see a bunch of these ESPN 30 for 30's up here over the last few months. I haven't seen such intriguing sports pieces in quite some time. I just finished watching one about Marcus Dupree and was overwhelmed how I had never heard that story before! It was a great piece! I also loved the one about the connection between Vlad Divac and one of his former Countrymen and the war between Serbia and Croatia that tore their friendship apart! Awesome story! One night in Vegas, about the killing of Tupac and the relation to the Tyson fight that night....Again, awesome. A Terry Fox story, done by Steve Nash and the run the Red Sox went on a few years back. I really want to see these under my tree for Christmas this year! Let me know if you've seen any I should!
Lastly, just gearing up for the final three weeks of training before tip off to training camp. It will be a grind as I prepare myself for what should be the toughest of training camps I have seen in my career. The Rock will be a tough team to make this year, that is one thing for sure!
Until next time, stay tuned...