The End of Ray Lewis

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I personally don’t think this is the end of one of the baddest linebackers of my lifetime, if not the baddest linebacker of my lifetime. But if it is, Christmas Ape over at Kissing Suzy Kolber gave him a fitting eulogy.

I was definitely never a Ray Lewis fan. But the guy has been around as long as Derek Jeter. I mean, he’s a part of the whole Sunday culture. And for it to end this way for him–I definitely thought that he would get back into one more Super Bowl Sunday.

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Goodbye, Junior Seau

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The greatest Samoan of them all is gone.

It’s hard for me to believe that Junior Seau killed himself. That he’s really gone.

It was probably around 1993 or 1994. I was just a 12-year old awkward kid. I just began to like defensive players. I liked Seth Joyner. But I really liked that 55 on the Chargers. There was just something different about him. When he was on the television set, he made things happen. All of those late Sunday games on CBS against the Broncos.

I’ll never forget my uncle and I talking about how awesome he was. My uncle said that ‘when he hits you, you ‘Say-Ow’. He was a special kind of talent that spanned across two decades.

This is the side of sports that just doesn’t make sense. It’s hard to digest.

Junior Seau, gone too soon. Thanks for the memories and I hope you’ve found peace.

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Goodbye, Junior Seau

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The greatest Samoan of them all is gone.

It’s hard for me to believe that Junior Seau killed himself. That he’s really gone.

It was probably around 1993 or 1994. I was just a 12-year old awkward kid. I just began to like defensive players. I liked Seth Joyner. But I really liked that 55 on the Chargers. There was just something different about him. When he was on the television set, he made things happen. All of those late Sunday games on CBS against the Broncos.

I’ll never forget my uncle and I talking about how awesome he was. My uncle said that ‘when he hits you, you ‘Say-Ow’. He was a special kind of talent that spanned across two decades.

This is the side of sports that just doesn’t make sense. It’s hard to digest.

Junior Seau, gone too soon. Thanks for the memories and I hope you’ve found peace.

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Am I immature for wanting to buy this?

Worth the $55? Yay or nay?

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Diamond Hoggers is getting a facelift

The posts have been down on the site as of late. We apologize, but you’re in for a treat. Within a few days, the site will have a complete overhaul and will look like a real, credible blog. Hat tip to Linda Lee of Ask My PC who is doing the work for us.

The week we come back from hiatus, not only will the site look pretty and professional; but it’s Hideous Baseball Week. Don’t forget to send us your nominations.

In the meantime we’re also busy creating a Fantasy Baseball Keeper league comprised of only baseball bloggers. So we’ll keep you posted on that. If you want to send us some crafty fantasy baseball names, do so in the comments section or shoot us an email.

Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.

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Let me tell you how this Albert Pujols thing is going to work out

Each day, I’m getting inquiries about Albert Pujols. People want to know how much do I think he’s going to get per year. They want to know if the Cardinals are going to get this done. They want to know where he’ll land if the Cardinals don’t re-sign him.

Today, Jon Heyman of SI is reporting that the two sides are far apart.

While neither side is talking publicly, early word is that Pujols has used A-Rod’s contract, the richest in baseball and one that guarantees him least $275 million over 10 years as the only comp … The Cardinals, meanwhile, are said to have initially suggested a contract that would guarantee Pujols at least a bit less than $200 million. The exact particulars of their offer or offers aren’t known, but there is a belief around the game that the Cardinals are hoping to keep the deal to seven years or less.

Obviously, it’s Jon Heyman. He’s been inside the game a lot more than I have. Good reporter, and if he says something you can usually take it that the smoke leads to fire.

But if I tell you that it’s Easter–you better start coloring you eggs on Friday.

Ultimately, I see the fold before a lot of people do. I guarantee you that the Cardinals get this done. It might drag out past the purported deadline. It might look bleak and send people in the land of the golden arch into a panic. Reports and stories all over blogs will break that Pujols is destined for Anaheim, the Bronx, Los Angeles, etc.

And the Cardinals will get something down in the perceived 11th hour to keep him a Cardinal for lifetime. Trust me on this.

The Cardinals aren’t going to allow the greatest player in the modern history of their franchise and maybe this game altogether to walk out of town. It’s just not going to happen. And even if it’s going to take some shuffling, Pujols will remain a Cardinal.

If I’m in charge of the Cardinals or I own the team–I try to see how we can get this done feasibly. If it can’t get done feasibly, then I see what parts can be moved to free up the funds to get it done because if I don’t it’s going to mean serious loss and a possibility of never recovering. You don’t just replace Albert Pujols with a blue chip prospect. I don’t care who it is, it’s not going to put butts in the seats or have people perusing your website like this legendary figure does. It would be bad business if they let him walk. And you’re not going to trade the guy. That’s disaster waiting to happen.

Look for the Cardinals to move one of the big three of Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter, or Adam Wainwright if they must. Look for them to get creative. But don’t look for them to ever let Albert wear another uniform. You heard it here first. Pujols isn’t going anywhere.

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