Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Since I brought up wishes, let me make my own wish right now. I wish that Jim Thome got more credit for what he is about to achieve in the sport of baseball. Jim Thome is embarking on 600 homeruns and attempting to join a club that only 7 other men have joined, and do it all without the use of performance enhancing drugs (that we know of). Jim Thome is one of the genuine and truly nice guys in MLB, so why is he not getting the publicity that Derek Jeter did for his 3,000th hit?? Is it because he is not liked?? I doubt it. Is it because he plays for the Minnesota Twins in a smaller market?? Perhaps, but i still do not buy it. So what is the reason that he is not getting the credit for what he has achieved and about to add to his legacy??? This guy has been a class act his entire career and deserves all of the accalaids that any other player got that hit 600 homeruns. Alex Rodriguez got a speticle made of his 600th homerun but so far nobody is really talking about Jim Thome. The next thing I want to get out there is that Jim Thome should and will be in the Hall of Fame one day. Think about this. DUring the time from 1993-2008(the steroid era), Jim Thome and Ken Griffey Jr are the only two players that hit more than 500 home runs (they both hit 600), and they did so without the use of steroids like others of their era. I really wish Jim Thome would get the appreciation he deserves and the media would stop spending so much time on who the Yankees are going to pick up at the trade deadline to be a quality strarter. I will leave you with this thought. If after Jim Thome retires, there is no performance enhancing drug use stories, he and Ken Griffey Jr will be the only two players from this steroid era that accomplished what they have without the use of those drugs. To me this means that he is without a doubt a Hall of Famer and one of the true good guys to ever step on the baseball diamond.
I'm Kyle Montgomery, and this has been my two cents.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I'd like to take this time to talk about the MLB all star game. This is by far the best All Star game in professional sports but it has definitely lost a ton of luster over the past few years. The first problem I have is the fact that in order to add more meaning to the game, home field advantage in the world series is awarded to the winning league. This is ridiculous. The All Star game has always been an exhibition of the BEST players in the league. Notice what I said there?? An "EXHIBITION" of the "BEST" players in the league. This doesn't mean players that are popular and get voted in based on prior accomplishments, this means the best and most deserving players from the first half of the year. All due respect to Derek Jeter & Josh Hamilton, but they did not deserve to be all stars this year but because of their name they got voted in. There is no reason for that to happen and there is no reason that the all star game should decide home field advantage in the world series. You mean to tell me that a player that is in the all star game from the Kansas City Royals ( that's right every team has to be represented which is bullshit, it's the big leagues not little league!!!!!) gives a shit if the Yankees or Red Sox get home field advantage in the world series?!?!?! Conversely, Hunter Pence of the Astros made a great throw to the plate last night and saved a run, but I'm sure he didn't do it thinking, "this play is going to help the Phillies or Giants in the world series"!!!! Plus, the fate of home field advantage in the world series should not fall into the hands of the lone all star on a team that is 25 games under .500 by the all star break. The all star game in all the leagues is becoming irrelevant because it is not taken seriously by the players and there is little competition. Free agency has caused there to be no real "American league" or "National league" players anymore, plus half the players have similar agents as well so they become more friendly. It's horseshit!!! If the commissioner wants the all star game to be beneficial to the league and it's fans, have it after the year in a warm location, so that teams won't rest their players for fear of not having them down the stretch run of the season. There are players that still take the all star game seriously and want to compete, but the majority feel it's a waste of time. Bring the competition back. Even the home run derby should be changed. Pit the 4-man teams from both leagues against each other and go by total HR to see who is the dominant league. Instead of home field advantage, the winning team should all get $100,000 bonus and the losers get nothing!!! I bet these spoiled brats would care then and we'd have a better product out on the field. Listen I get the fact that baseball players play almost double the amount of games as any other sports and the all star break is well deserved. With that being said for now on if players get voted in to the all star game and decline to go unless injured, they should not get credit for being an all star, period!! This will cause the fans to vote for the right players and will cause the players to appreciate being voted an all star. This will help to fix the all star game and make it meaningful without punishing teams competing for a world series title!!
I'm Kyle Montgomery and this has been my two cents!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
I'm a die hard Phillies fan, but more than that, I'm a baseball fan. Derek Jeter, for being a sense of purity during the steroid era, and for being the greatest player in the history of the most "storied" franchise in sports, I want to tip my hat to you and simply say, THANKS!!! You've been a class act your whole career and I wish more athletes would act with 1/2 the class as you. I want to give you a big congratulations and commend you for achieving such a milestone!!! Thank you for not taking the game you play for granted as many athletes today do. You may not get all the credit you deserve, but in my mind you're the greatest Yankee ever and possibly the player amongst the steroid controversy that has kept baseball so relevant amongst all sports. Thank You!!!!
So in honor of you Derek Jeter, I am Kyle Montgomery, and this has been my "2" cents!!!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Ok, given the recent verdict and public outcry of this case, I felt it was time to chime in and give my opinion about this case, the verdict, and everyone whining over the verdict.
First off let me start by saying the death of Caylee is tragic and what has happened since her death is just as tragic. Making this family a household name sickens me. They are not a household name because of a movie, or a sport, they are a household name because of the death of a child. Sick!!!! Now, do I think Casey murdered her child?? No, but i think there were a number of circumstances that point to it and think there were a ton of shady events that occured I think that Caylee may have accidentally drowned and Casey panicked as a mother and made a horrible decision. Now, I also believe she neglected her child and more or less was a horrible mother. The problem is that she did not report her daughter missing for 31 days.....31 DAYS!!! Think about that. If you're a parent or remember as a child yourself, if your child was missing for 31 seconds you scream their name and wonder where they are and as a child yourself your parents would have done the same. Now on to my next point. I'm tired of people saying the system did not work, bottom line whether we like the decision rendered or not, the system worked and here's why. The system in this case was designed to have a jury of Casey Anthony's peers render a verdict based on the evidence provided. In my opinion, this is what happened. Within a murder case there should be a cause of death and/or time of death. In this "murder" case there was neither. Now in my opinion if there is no cause of death, there can't be a murder. Whether or not the evidence points to a murder or not, without a cause of death it is damn near impossible to prove a murder successfully and this is the case here. Whether or not you agree with the decision made, it was the right one based on the guidelines of a trial by jury. Again, I don't like that she's free and I sure as hell don't like that a child is dead, but the issue is could be the system itself then. I agree that justice was not served but to argue that system did not work is ridiculous because it did. Why is her dad not being grilled harder? Why is the prosecution not being blamed for giving a weak case? The jury made their decision based on the evidence the prosecutors presented and the argument against that evidence that the defense presented. To me, that's the system working. I don't know how many more times I have to say it, whether you agree with the decision or not, THE SYSTEM WORKED based on the guidelines of a system working.
I want to shift gears to the most recent outcry and that is for the names of jurors being released. This is ridiculous. They have no choice but to serve jury duty unless they cop out and show bias or say they're racist. The jurors in this case did what was asked and based their decisions on the evidence and arguments provided by the defense and prosecution respectively. They knew that their decisions would not be popular to everyone, but they did the job they were supposed to do. So the public does not agree with their decision, does that mean we release the names of these jurors?? What will that prove?? That will only allow members of society that disagree with the decisions of these jurors to harass and threaten these people. Some of the people that disagree with verdict, may in fact be some of the people who claimed to be bias or racist in order to get out of jury duty. I give these jurors of this case credit. They took on the challenge of being a juror in a high profile case and being away from their families for a long period of time. To release the names of these jurors is an invasion of privacy and a threat to their personal safety. On top of that, watch what you ask for. If the names are released and let's say something unfortunate were to happen to one of these people, do you really think that moving forward people will be eager to be on a jury??? Hell no!! There goes the "system" everyone is so upset with, there will be no trials by a jury anymore because there will be no jury. As I said previously, this whole event is unfortunate and a tragedy and my heart goes out to Caylee because there is no way she deserved any of this, but to make the jurors suffer as a result of Casey being found not guilty is unfair to them, and it is unfair to their families. So before you claim the system does not work, or the jurors suck, or even say the system let another murderer free, I want you to look in the mirror and ask yourself if the person you see in that mirror is willing to be a juror in a high profile case, be away from your family for an extended period of time, and take on the pressure that these jurors did. I'd bet 1/2 of you wouldn't have the balls to do it and will claim it's an inconvenience to serve on jury duty. These jurors did a commendable job and based their decisions (as far as we know) on the evidence provided. They should not be named if they don't want to be named.
I'd like to close by saying this. Casey is a bad mother. She should never be allowed to have any more children. With that being said she was found not guilty of murder by a jury of her peers. That's the system and it worked how it was supposed to. It may not have been the popular decision or even the "right" decision, but it was based on the evidence provided, period. The jurors did not allow their emotions to get in the way of their job as jurors to base their decision on the evidence. Casey Anthony will get what's coming to her because I believe that's how things work. Just remember, after reading this, hug your child and tell them you love them because life is fragile. We don't always like decisions that are made but once they are made there is nothing we can do. It's easy from the outside to say that this should have been done or that should have been done but guess what, it wasn't. Caylee may never get the justice she deserves, but to make the jurors and defense attorneys suffer will not make that change. They were doing their job. The defense attorney's job is to defend those being accused of a crime. They cannot get emotionally attached to a case because it will jeopardize their decision making. It doesn't make these lawyers bad people because they're defending a possible murderer, they have a job to do like most of you out there. If you don't like Casey Anthony that's fine, I don't either, but I don't hold that against her lawyers and neither should anyone else. Bottom line is that a child is dead and there is nobody held accountable for that. It's not the system's fault, the defense attorney's or juror's or judge's fault either. So please don't pass judgement on these people for doing what was asked of them, direct your anger towards the proper people. Also if you want to honor Caylee, hug YOUR kids, love YOUR kids, cherish YOUR kids, those are the kid's lives that you can really impact. Nothing we can do can bring Caylee back, but loving our own kids can help to prevent it from happening in the future.
This is Kyle Montgomery, and this has been my two cents!!!!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
- First off, like Obstructed Views on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Obs_Views_Blog Yes, I will keep bugging until you do, so make things easier for all of us and just do it. Seriously.
- So I heard today that Charlie Sheen was on steroids during the filming of Major League. This is news? Quite frankly who cares? Besides, it was pretty realistic since most players back then were on the juice. Duh. Where do you think he got all that heat for his fastball from?
- Gay marriage is back in the news again. Kudos to New York for allowing same sex marriage. Once again the haters were out. David Tyree of the New York Giants even went as far as saying that he would give up his amazing catch from the Super Bowl if it meant stopping gay marriage (or something to that nature). Huh? Be careful what you wish for pal. That catch is all you have. My beef is what is the big deal? I’m not saying everyone has to like gay people or the fact people are gay, but who are they hurting? It’s not a disease that you can catch. Is someone being gay really affecting your everyday life? People, if this is what bothers your life, then you have bigger issues than gay people. As far as I’m concerned what goes on behind closed doors goes on behind closed doors. If you were meant to see then the door wouldn’t be closed would it? Go ahead and give the religious argument and I’ll show you not one religion that says you should judge other people. If God, Allah, Buddha, Jeebus, or any other Supreme Being has an issue with said person being gay, then isn’t that between said person and said Supreme Being? Who are you and why should you put in your 2 cents? Last time I checked you’re not Kyle, so shut up. Also, I’d love to know how many of these “haters” are either secretly gay themselves or at least have watched lesbian porn? Think about it……..
- I’ve been reading more and more about people saying money isn’t everything and money can’t buy happiness and blah blah blah. Most of those people are poor by the way. Well I’m here to tell you they are wrong. In order to have anything in this world you need money. The world revolves around it. Sure maybe deep down money can’t buy happiness but it can buy a lot of things that will make me happy……think about it.
- In Argentina one of their soccer teams has been relegated to tier B, for the first time in their 110 year history. Ordinarily I’d say so what but I like this idea. Our sports leagues should have them. “Sorry Pittsburgh Pirates, you’ve been relegated to Triple A and have been replaced by the Columbus Clippers.” Or “Sorry Carolina Panthers, you’ve been relegated to the SEC and have been replaced by the Auburn Tigers.” Kind of cool if you think about and it would force owners to spend money.
- Speaking of relegation, how cool would it be to have this in everyday life. Instead of breaking up with someone, you could relegate them to the B team. “Sorry sweetie, your performance has not been up to par so you’ve been relegated to the B team and replaced with (insert name here). Keep working hard and improve your game and we will evaluate your status after next season………” It could even work with jobs. “Sorry…..well you get the point. I’m already going to catch enough shit as it is.