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Memo to baseball: We don't need your BS right now

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Major League Baseball's Players Association leaked its proposal to the owners on Sunday. It is part of an ongoing negotiation to try to bring the sport back in some form.

In these worst of times, we see good people rise and bad people show their colors. Major League Baseball's owners, players and agents have revealed themselves to be the latter. And it should come as no surprise; greed on both sides has been an embarrassment for years.

But with our country reeling from Rona fears, the self-destruction of our own economy and now the horrid actions of a police officer in Minnesota, you can always take comfort in baseball being tone-deaf and making news for all the wrong reasons.

It is easy to point fingers at the players and their agents, because those are the people we identify as the sport itself. But the owners are just as culpable, if not more so. Some owners do not even want to play the season, because they will lose less money than if they actually do play.

Instead of quietly working things out, both side throw public volleys, making noise for their ridiculous greed while our country faces perhaps its greatest challenge of most of our lifetimes. U.S. jobless claims have topped $40 million, and that's just those who filed for unemployment. The number of others not eligible or fortunate enough to have money don't count in that. This in a population of 382 million. It's going to get worse.

And while it does, baseball publicly fights over its billions, throwing it all in America's face.

There is a great line in Bronx Tale that sums it up perfectly.

"Mickey Mantle? That's what you're upset about? Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? If your dad ever can't pay the rent and needs money, go ask Mickey Mantle. See what happens. Mickey Mantle don't care about you. Why should you care about him?"

It's time to stop caring about these idiots and helping them line their pockets. We learned nothing from the 1994 strike, when they basically told us the World Series meant zero. To quote Casino, "always the dollars. Always the dollars."

Contrast that with the MLS, which quietly worked out a viable plan, and the NBA, which has been working together to get things done without constantly leaking things to the media. Even hockey, with the worst commissioner in sports, appears close to an arrangement. There might have been discord within, but you damned sure didn't hear much about it. They get it. People are suffering; we don't want to hear about your internal squabbles right now. We have much bigger problems. People want their lives back. They want leagues to get back to games in whatever form they can and provide some distraction. The leaders of these other leagues understand the world is not what it was.

They just want to play.

Baseball? The same entitled greedy bastards on both sides they have always been. Yes, there are some good people doing good things, but that's not what we are seeing. It's hard to blame desperate baseball journalists for running with stories like this, because their livelihoods are at stake as well. But baseball's leadership should know better. Leaking a proposal on a weekend when the country is in complete turmoil with protests and riots is beyond arrogant.

In the post-Rona world, some teams will not survive. In fact, some sports may not make it, either. Let's see how critical their tone-deaf financial squabbles become when that day comes. Memo to you, baseball: Shut up. Keep your negotiations internal, so the world doesn't see your greed. Get something done and let us know when you are ready to come back for us to worship at your altar. Until then?

We will tweak that quote from Sonny in Bronx Tale.

"Baseball don't care about you. Why should you care about it?"

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5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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