Off-Base Percentage: Even Paul Ryan Isn’t Sure Who our QB is…and more

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Off-Base Percentage is a weekly post about the lighter side of sports, mainly baseball. Whether it occurs on the field, in the locker room, or in the media, if it is a little ‘off-base’ then it is fair game. If you are looking for analysis of a player, team, or sport it won’t be found in this post. This is for the sports fan that wants to take a step back and look at sports from a ‘different’ angle. Enjoy.

Some weeks I know a lot about a little (or so I think) and other weeks I know a little about a lot. Well this week is one of the latter weeks. Three subjects struck my interest this week. First, Republican Vice President candidate Paul Ryan visited the Cleveland Browns practice yesterday and had a laughable flub. Second, the NBA has limited all pregame routines to a ninety-second time limit. And third, are precautionary rain delays a thing?

Hey, you in the red jersey! At practice Wednesday, Paul Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice visited Berea to stop by the Browns’ practice. While it was very relaxed, many players had a chance to interact with the two politicians. Rice, an Alabama native, spoke about Trent Richardson who went to Alabama. She also wore a Josh Cribbs jersey. Joe Haden, however, stayed out of the picture noting the high security and saying, “this is over my head.” (Does that make him a democrat?) But the highlight of the event was when Mr. Ryan spoke in a huddle towards Colt McCoy, but it was evident that he thought he was speaking to Brandon Weeden. While most players had a good laugh about it, Weeden defended him saying, “I think he saw the red jerseys and got us mixed up.” I for one think it is hilarious. The two look nothing alike. He must have been very focused on the red jersey that probably had McCoy’s number on it.

Intro Clock Violation. The NBA has issued a new set of rules coming into effect this season stating once player introductions are finished a ninety-second clock will start counting down on the game clock. What this means is that players will have to cut their pre-game routines down immensely. There will be less handshakes between teammates–and opponents for that matter. There will also be less team comedic antics. There have been times when the gap between introductions and tip-off takes an upward of five minutes. Remember when the Cavaliers used to have impromptu fake photo sessions? Or mock bowling alleys? Yeah, those will no longer happen. At least until teams can start fitting their routines into a minute and a half time frame.

Rain, rain, We’re Waiting. During last night’s game four ALCS match up in Detroit between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers the first pitch was pushed back because of the threat of rain. On one hand, I understand the umpires and league are trying to avoid the chance of a lengthy rain delay in the second or third inning that would knock both starters out of the game earlier than normal. But on the other hand, how many other games have ever been put on a precautionary delay? If that is the case, shouldn’t every game be delayed in California because an earthquake could happen at any moment? Just a thought. My opinion is start the game on time unless it is raining or there is lightning. If you don’t want weather to play a role in the game then have all games at a neutral dome stadium.

Does Paul Ryan not knowing our QB change your vote? Will LeBron have time to throw the chalk? Should baseball wait for the rain to pass? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter @Believelander.

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