Hilarious Harry’s THIS WEEK IN SPORTS! – 1/27/12

Welcome to Hilarious Harry’s THIS WEEK IN SPORTS!

It’s been a pretty slow sports week, with the NFL taking a break before the Super Bowl – no, the Pro Bowl doesn’t count – and baseball still out of action for a while. However, they aren’t paying me to complain about slow news weeks, they’re paying me to bring you sports! And so I shall!

Without further ado, here’s THIS WEEK IN SPORTS!

The biggest sports story of the week was the acquisition of Prince Fielder by the Detroit Tigers. On Thrusday, the lefty first-baseman was introduced to the Detroit media after signing the fourth-largest contract in baseball history: $214 million for nine-years. After losing Victor Martinez to a torn ACL earlier this month, Detroit filled the need for a power hitter, adding Fielder to a stable that already contains Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. On defense, Cabrera will move to third base, while Fielder mans first. The move rockets the Tigers into the role of  favorites for repeating their AL Central division victory.


To NFL news, following our column last week about the unrest in Indianapolis over Payton Manning‘s future, the star QB and Colts owner Jim Irsay have had a war of words across the media. The Colts have until March 8 to decide whether to pay Manning a $28 million option or let him become a free agent. On Monday, Manning described the difficult climate in the Colts practice facilities while coaches and staff were fired. Many viewed these statements as a shot at Irsay for cleaning house by letting go of many of Manning’s trusted coordinators and staff. Irsay responded to these comments by calling Manning a politician, criticizing Manning for taking his comments to the public. This back and forth does not bode well for Indianapolis, with only a few remaining weeks to make a critical decision regarding the future of the franchise, many Colts fans hope that both Manning and Irsay will keep their squawking from the newspapers and save it for the board room.

During last week’s podcast episode, we discussed Kyle Williams – the poor San Francisco returner who fumbled in two critical moments of last weekend’s playoff game against the Giants. Many San Francisco fans directed their anger and disappointment at Williams, but one young fan had another reaction – sympathy. Seven-year-old Owen Shure wrote a pep-talk letter to Williams after watching the game, reminding us all that even the players are human and need some encouragement. No word on whether Williams has received the letter – chances are he’s avoiding all communications for a while – but Shure’s story was featured on many different media outlets. Check out the letter below:

Derar Mr. Williams,

We just watched the playoff game I feel really bad for you but I wanted to tell you that you had a great season. you sould be very proud, so I wanted to say thank you

I am your #1 FAN!

(Courtesy of Yahoo Sport’s Shutdown Corner)


Don’t call it a comeback yet! As of this writing, Tiger Woods is just 2 back from the leader after 2 rounds in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. While the tournament is part of the European Tour and not the PGA, golf fans are still waiting for Woods to turn the corner and get back to his winning ways following his public collapse and scandal a few years ago. Woods hopes to build on his recent success after he finished third in the Australian Open, and won the Chevron Challenge in December.

What to Watch this Week:
All eyes in the tennis world are on the Australian Open Championships this weekend. Saturday, the women’s final kicks off between Victoria Azarenka(3) and Maria Sharapova(4). The winner of this match will be the new #1 womens singles player in the world. Sunday, Novak Djokovic (1) faces off against Rafael Nadal (2) in the men’s singles championship.

Sports Clip of the Week:

After all this bad press in Indy, I’m sure their mascot would love to vent some frustration. Guy has serious anger management issues:

I Miss Baseball:

That’s this week in sports! Until next time: I’m outttttta here!

Hilarious Harry’s THIS WEEK IN SPORTS! – 1/20/12

Welcome to Hilarious Harry’s THIS WEEK IN SPORTS!

Thanks for taking the time to find the column and welcome to the NEW Marvelous Mike & Friends website. Boy it feels so good to be back! At this column, you will find regular weekly updates (schedule willing) in the wide world of sports with the trademark Minto Inc brand of humor that you know and love.

Without further ado, let’s look at this past week in sports!

The NFL Season has ended for 28 of the 32 teams. The end of the regular season begins the hirings & firings season and teams were pretty busy this week:

Jim Caldwell
Jim Caldwell was issued the pink slip after three years of service in Indianapolis. Without Payton Manning, Indy crumbled to a 2-14 season. Caldwell finished with a 26-22 overall record and many believe he was a victim of a massive house-cleaning effort in the Colt Corral. Will Manning be next?

Jeff Fisher
The field for replacements for Caldwell is very thin. Especially with Jeff Fisher signing with the St. Louis Rams this week. Fisher, former head coach of the Tennessee Titans, has a record of 147-126 as a head coach. He will join a rebuilding Rams team, with the young Sam Bradford under center.

Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe proved to the world that athletes are not sports journalists as he sparked a media frenzy after posting on twitter that “his people” told him that Payton Manning was retiring. Many other outlets took Lowe’s statement as truth and reported news of the retirement without waiting for a response from Manning’s camp. Archie Manning denied the rumor, and put the idea to rest for now. Lowe has since been plugging his paperback book on his twitter feed, so the entire rumor smells of a publicity stunt to this correspondent.

Yu Darvish
Moving to baseball, the Texas Rangers signed 26-year old Yu Darvish, who many believe is the best professional pitcher in Japan. In his seven years playing professional ball, Darvish posted a 93–38 record, with a 1.99 ERA and 1259 strikeouts. The Rangers bid a record-setting $51.7 million to negotiate with the young pitcher, and signed him on a $60 million dollar contract – for a combined total of $111.7 million.

What to Watch this Week:
Our alma mater – Wagner College – and their mens’ basketball team will be on ESPNU this Saturday at 7pm. The Seahawks (6-1 Conf.) face-off against conference leader LIU Brooklyn (7-0).
Check out this video of their awesome behind-the-backboard buzzer-beater from the Dec. 30th game vs. SCU:

Sports Clip of the Week:

That’s this week in sports! Until next time: I’m outttttta here!