DETROIT, MIâ€“As todayâ€™s title suggests, weâ€™re coming to you from the home of Bob Seger, as well as many other Rust Belt luminaries. According to HBOâ€™s Bill Maher, you can buy a house in these parts now for something in the neighborhood of $18,000, so we thought weâ€™d do some looking around. In the meantime, letâ€™s kill a little time by channeling our inner Andy Rooney and ask a few questions weâ€™d like answered.
â€¢ How is it that every team in the NFL has its own stadium except the New York Giants and New York Jets who share one in New Jersey? Not only that but these two filthy rich franchises also will be charging two sets of fans for personal seat licenses… and thereâ€™s only one stadium! Usually the excuse for these licenses is that they are to help pay for construction of the stadium so, by simple math, shouldnâ€™t the Giants and Jets be splitting the costs and charging their fans only nominal license fees and ticket prices?
â€¢ Why is there no hockey team in Quebec, yet there is still one in Phoenix? Do they even sell skates in Phoenix?
â€¢ Who let the dogs out?Iâ€™m pretty sure the Baja Men never answered this question.
â€¢ Why are there so few African Americans in Major League Baseball these days? Football and Basketball have been around as options for a long time, so that canâ€™t be the entire answer. At least up until this year, baseball seemed like a great place to make a lot of money, over the longest career, with the fewest chances of injury. Some of the greatest players to ever play the game were black: Mays, Gibson, Aaron, Robinson (both Jackie and Frank), the list is endless and impressive. If the league really doesnâ€™t care to go out and encourage young black kids to play baseball, can someone at least bring 49-year-old Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in for a Spring Training tryout? Word is, heâ€™s looking for a shot.
â€¢ Which stains are tougher to get out of your tennis whites, clay or grass? (Please, no Monica Seles blood stains jokes.)
â€¢ How old is George Foreman now and when will he be making another comeback in the ring? Seeing the state of the Heavyweight division and boxing as a whole it seems like it wouldnâ€™t take much arm twisting to get someone to sanction a fight for George. Mind you, weâ€™re not condoning this, but just surprised that it hasnâ€™t happened yet.
â€¢ Why hasnâ€™t Jim Rome called Rex Oâ€™Rourke yet? Did he not read Rexâ€™s fantastic “Stoopid Skool” post this past Sunday? Did you not read it either? Tsk, tsk.
â€¢ How is it that a guy who has never won anything, like Mark Teixeira, can land an eight-year $180 million contract and Manny Ramirez canâ€™t even get a three-year deal for comparable dollars?
â€¢ When does March Madness start? (And donâ€™t say March, wisenheimer.) Itâ€™s been too long since there was a sporting event on TV worth caring about.
â€¢ Whereâ€™s the Phanatic? Is he just letting Cole Hamels do his talking these days? Is he Cole Hamels?
â€¢ Why the H-E-double hockey sticks is Mets “Opening Day” this year, a night game? Itâ€™s been a day opener as long as I can remember.
â€¢ Does anger really cause heart disease? Really??? Is it too late to change my name on this site? OK, Iâ€™ll be back next week with a much stronger column. I think Iâ€™ve become bogged down in bullet points. How they ever paid Larry King for this sort of thing is beyond me. Luckily, the Matts donâ€™t pay me.