What a wild weekend in sports. Wheeling and dealing, the bowl schedule being set and, of course, another big weekend in the NFL.
But first and foremost, outside of the Adrian Gonzalez trade (which I talked about in an earlier blog), the biggest move in baseball was Jayson Werth signing with the Nationals for a cool $126 million for seven years. Now, Werth is a fine ballplayer, but he is not worth anywhere near this kind of contract. There is a direct correlation between his increased production and the bandbox that the Phillies play in. And even with that, he’s only hit 30 homers once and he never drove in more than 100 runs as a regular player. What’s more, in his three seasons as a full-time starter for the Phillies, he batter .244 with runners in scoring position and last season, he didn’t even bat .200 in that situation. I don’t blame the Nationals for trying to make a splash to get some fans interested in this team, but this was not the move to make.
As you look at the bowl schedule this year, take the time to consider just how little being in a bowl means these days. If you think about it, there are 35 different bowl games. That’s 70 teams. So in reality, over 58 percent of all teams playing FBS football will play in a bowl game. So why is it considered an accomplishment to go .500 on the season and play an exhibition game?
With Indianapolis struggling, it’s looking more and more like the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to win the AFC South. That’s right. A team that has given up more points than it has scored could be hosting a first-round playoff game against a double-digit win wild card team.