Bill's Sports Binge: More on the Rays spat, a broke quarterback and the eloquent Warren Sapp

[image-1] Former and first quarterback in Jacksonville Jaguar history, Mark Brunell filed for Chapter 11. That's right, an NFL player who's been drawing a quarterback salary for 17 years with a Super Bowl bonus to boot (backed-up Brees for the Champion New Orleans Saints) has mismanaged his money to the point of throwing up his million dollar hands and saying, "I give." No worries, Mark. Just toss the bill on that pile over there for our great-grandchildren to worry about. You're free to go.

Speaking of mismanaged money, ex-Buc and current asshole analyst Warren Sapp decided to exercise his "takes-one-to-know-one" rights by openly criticizing Albert Haynesworth for threatening not to show up for work with the Washington Redskins due to his apparent displeasure with the team's defensive scheme, but had no problem cashing the check of eleven-ty quadrillion dollars last year. In an Sirius NFL Radio interview, Sapp mused, "I mean, c'mon, son. You sat at the table. The people told you they had a very lovely check for took the check, now show up to the job, son. It's that simple. You take that kind of check. I mean, I'll flip dogs for you. I mean, c'mon, what do you want me to do, you want me to return punts? I mean, what? C'mon. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it."

Um, you took the words right out of my mouth, Warren. Seriously, who the hell thought this douchebag would make a good broadcaster? Let's see some hands. Anyone?

I believe the late great Chris Thomas coined the term, "dead Tuesday" since it was typically the slowest sports day of the week. Today's Binge is no exception, so don't worry about filling up on bread.

The fallout continues from the dugout spat between dreamy-eyed Evan Longoria and vacant-eyed BJ Upton Sunday night. With the season threatening to spiral out of control before the damned All-Star break, it would appear that we are witnessing a metaphorical fork in the road for the 2010 Rays season. Longoria has broken the lethargic silence and emerged as the de facto leader, some would say, by finally showing some much-needed emotion on this team. It's about time somebody called Upton out for playing with his head up his ass. I'm tired of hearing about how good he is, how good he can be, or how the team can't win without him. Because that's exactly the attitude he seems to have on the field as of late. Bottom line is this: The Rays can't win with Upton in the lineup either, the way he's been playing, and it's good to see somebody cared enough to point that out.

Sure, the problems go far beyond just one player, but it's embarrassing that we have to address "lack of effort" as one of them. Sorry to dust off this old chestnut, but dammit it's necessary. Pete Rose absolutely obliterated catcher Ray Fosse at home plate to win a game 5-4, permanently rearranging Fosse's shoulder, and his legacy, in the process. It was the 1970 All-Star Game, for chrissakes. The lesson is this, kids: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains, but never, EVER take a play off. Not while the beer is eight bucks a pop, anyway.

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