Hello SportsNation. Let's begin. I am scheduled to chat for an hour. But Rich Rodriguez wants me to go much longer. We'll see.
DJ, with the popularity of fantasy leagues and video games on the up and coming generation, how far away can major league sports and owners be from adopting the yearly fantasy/ reality draft?
This has already begun. Take a look at the Raiders. They draft in reality, but the logic behind their picks seem to come from the worlds of fiction and supernatural fantasy.
Do you think it would be better for the Eagles to have McNabb and Vick simultaneously quarterback the team, or have them take turns one after the other, Vick on odd numbered plays and McNabb on even?
It remains to be seen. Vick can't play for several weeks. But with the addition of Vick, McCoy and Maclin, Andy Reid has more weapons at his disposal than ever before. It will be interesting to see how his offense fails to utilize all of them.
So with the NFL actually having a doover policy now, how long until we see a rule that says when a player's mom calls them for supper, the game is over?
I think Dallas' do-over policy is going to spread to what you referenced. Michigan football is already seeing the early signs of players' moms setting the rules.
Did you see Bill Belichek almost show human emotion at the Bruschi press conference? Where do you think it fits into his plan for NFL domination?
I wasn't surprised. He recently had some emotion software installed.
Hey DJ,Did any of the parents at the LLWS find it a little creepy that a middle-aged man with (presumably) no children of his own participating was taking pictures of an event filled with 12 year old boys?
Middle-aged?! Am I going to die early? How do you know this? Are you on one of those death panels? Out with it!!!
I heard the Little Leaguers were killing it with the female contingent, ages 11-14. Was your luck just as good?
The day I was there I walked by one of the teams who wasn't playing. I won't say the team, but they were standing outside the stadium in street clothes. A group of girls walked by and ... let's just say these young baseball players said some things that I wouldn't have said when I was 11. So for those of you who are concerned that the pressure of the LLWS corrupts our youth, don't worry: they are already corrupted.
DJ, Do you think Eli Manning should take a page from the Little Giants, and put Tar on all his receivers hands?
Isn't that movie rated PG? Eli's not allowed to see anything above G yet.
The little league world series shows there MPH and than the major league MPH. Do you think that that should be manditory for the Washington Nationals?
Nice. I also think during LLWS broadcasts if they gave some sort of measurement on tears. Like, X child has now cried X ounces, which is equally to one can of soda.
Is it safe to assume that Williamsport is finally free of its hobo infestation problems?
How undefeated will the New England Patriots go this year?
VERY undefeated, as any Patriots team will tell you. You will then tell them that the Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since the 2004 season. And then they will tell you that Tom Brady was hurt, apparently forgetting that he was hurt only one of the last four years.
What's your bizarro Super Bowl pick? Something like Raiders over Lions, with JaMarcus Russell throwing for 475 yards in the game?
Giants vs. the undefeated Patriots. Only the Patriots win this time.
After a week of practice Viking players said Brett Favre look old and inferior to Tarvaris Jackson. If Favre plays like he is 40 and Jackson plays like he did last week. What happens on Tuesday?
The Vikings are stuck with Favre. The only way out is if Favre finally realizes he's not good anymore and then pretends he's hurt and has to retire but "Golly, I sure did give it a shot."
According to the article about What Would Tebow Do Night, they kicked around having a "mock circumcision"...how do you do that? More importantly, how do you say that with a straight face in a meeting? I'm getting ideas for a staff meeting tomorrow.
DJ where did you go to school and what did you major in? I want to be you when I grow up...
Hmm ... the Post button isn't working for me currently on your questions. Give me a moment ...
What did you think about the kid who walked off of the mound because his coach wouldn't let him throw at an opposing player?
I thought that Ozzie Guillen could never be a Little League coach.
Please let Ben know that growing up and being you are mutually exclusive.
Is it time to give up on Tiger Woods yet?
I was at yesterday's tournament and followed Woods for most of his round. I am so excited to tell my grandchildren one day that I witnessed Heath Slocum win a golf tournament.
And with the scoreboard, is it bad that when I play against the Cowboys in Madden, I keep trying to hit it?
As the omniscient god of all things Black and Gold, tell us, how will the two main story lines of Steeler preseason football will turn out; Will Ben be ok for the season with his ankle injury, and is Rashard Mendenhall ready to take on a big role?
Roethlisberger seemed fine the other night against the Bills. And no on Mendenhall unless the offensive line is ready to take on a bigger role beyond getting pushed over by the guys across from them.
Was that you trying to look up my skirt?
Please show the halftime show during the college football games. My 80 year old mother and father are not able to attend games, so they do not get see their granddaughter march. It woould mean alot to many parents and grandparents, since so many cannot afford to the games or not able due to health. They use to show the halftime shows. People can read who in first and second. I think it would boost your ratings. It just important for a parent of someone in a college band, as well as player to see their child. At least give them some air time. Thank-you George Lupton
If you were a Dodger fan, could you cheer for Manny going into, say, an important playoff at-bat? And would you feel guilty afterward?
Thankfully this won't come up. The Dodgers probably won't make the playoffs if they keep playing Manny Ramirez. Crisis averted.
Only 7 losses to go for History in Pittsburgh. 17 seasons!
True. But if it wasn't for the Brewers, the Pirates would have won every division title in the past 10 years.
Can you think of a more awesome racially insensitive game than Mike Tyson's Punchout? What would the punishment from our hyper-sensitive society be if that game came out this summer? Would the creators just be murdered on the spot? I think so.
What was amazing about that game is that they knew it was full of stereotypes yet tried to pull it off anyway. That drunk, vodka-swilling Russian? That's SODA POP he's drinking! Really! (Not really.)
When is Shaq going to take you on in satire collumn?
I am not in Shaq's league. He is a performance satirist. Have you seen that parody he's been doing of an old, slow big man? Hi-larious.
Um...punch-out did come out this summer on Wii. And he was drinking vodka in versions for non-US countries.
Tell Chris a new version of Punch-Out came out a few months ago for Wii. Probably more Racially insensitive then the original
I recently saw the Tyson documentary. His physique now looks more like King Hippo.
DJ, I see you just had a "history lesson with Pitino". I have a better idea for you.. how about a "lesson" on how to WRITE like a REAL journalist. It astounds me (and many others) that people writing with NO substance (ie: Miami sound machine) attain jobs such as the one you have. To think a reputable company like ESPN would hire you is baffling. The stars must have aligned the day you submitted a resume..
I'm not a journalist. Nor do I ever want to be. So no thanks on the lesson.
Oh come on, more racially insensitive than a game with a guy named Piston Honda who delivers a TKO from Tokyo?
And what about Little Mac, am I right? Oh, what -- so all white boxers are short Irishmen? Oh, right. They are.
Since when is stereotyping someone's nationality "racially" insensitive?
It's not. It's ethnically insensitive or stereotyping where they come from, you tobacco-chewing, NASCAR-loving, country bumpkin.
Did someone just invoke the Miami Sound Machine and intend it as a negative?
It has most of the same characters, but with new twists. For instance, when Piston Honda is stunned, Sushi rotates around his head (as compared to stars)
Please, please, please tell me you're kidding. And Nintendo is a Japanese company. So they created the game thinking: "Those racist Americans will love this!"
The Miami Sound and Fury thing really sucked, DJ. Come on now, you can do better than that.
Let's just say that the things I usually like the best, you -- the unwashed, stink-lined masses -- do not.
Would David Eckstein be able to run to first base wearing one of the new batting helmets? Or would fall down like a baby that can't support the weight of its head?
LIKE a baby? He is a baby. A very scrappy baby.
Wait...you mean those players I'm drafting are REAL?
I was at the Barclays as well. I hope you didn't breathe too deep, you were walking on top of tons of toxic Jersey waste. Oh yeah and a big Mob Boss in Jersey is buried under the 15th green, FYI.
Hey! Look over there! The Statue of Liberty! /kicks more dirt over body
Can we find a promoter for another celebrity boxing match for athletes? I want to see these baseball players fight.
And Jose Canseco needs the money.
Michelle Wie finished fourth in an event over the weekend. Doesn't that now qualify her for a bunch of sponsor's exemptions on the PGA Tour?
Why do all you Wie-haters think golf is an individual sport? She helped Team USA win the Solheim Cup. This is all that she ever said she would do with her career. Solheim Cups, baby. Solheim Cups.
What kind of season do you think I'll have this year?
Productive. But I hear you have a lost a step. (A dancing step. Running you're still fine.)
Whoa. I had no idea Carlos Mencia knew how to design video games.
Any doubt Rich Rod leaves after this upcoming 6-6 season?
I can't wait until Rodriguez prints up some shirts for his players to wear on gameday that read: "110-percent for 74 minutes"
Steve Smith or Q Boldin, why or why not?
One has the ball thrown to him by Jake Delhomme. The other would prefer to not be on the field at all. It's a wash.
What the hell is the "Solheim Cup?"
After watching their appearance on Shaq's new show I was thinking that some combination of Ben, Coach Tomlin and Shaq should be in a buddy cop movie. Who makes a stronger paring? Ben-Shaq, Tomlin-Shaq, Tomlin-Ben? If so, who would be the angry police captain?
I know Bill Cowher was one of the most successful NFL coaches of the past 20 years. I know he won a Super Bowl. But I think it's obvious he missed his true calling as the yelling police captain in every crap cop show/movie.
College football starts soon and I can't watch it because I am morally opposed to the BCS. Any advice?
I respect that. I had a computer rank all the things I am morally opposed to. Somehow puppies came out #1. I hate computers.
Tell Chris to start gambling on games. BCS means nothing when you got $500 riding on Rice. (Always bet on food, by the way.)
On food? What do you mean, like "Iron Chef"? Been there, bet on that.
I just wanted to say thanks for all of your free columns and for your daily tweets. I really enjoy your work.
Thanks. And from what I have learned in this chat, I would advise that you never play the new Punch-Out game. I'm sure there are some very hurtful stereotypes in it about your homeland.
Cower was so obvious that I'm embarassed.
YOU BETTER SHAPE UP, CHATTER! OR I'LL RUN YOU OUT OF THIS CHAT SO FAST IT WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN! YOU'LL BE PUSHING PAPER THE REST OF YOUR CAREER! NOW GET OUT OF MY OFFICE!
I actually really like your work. I just make fun of it in hopes to make the chat and get your one liner.
You actually like my work. Riiiiiight. I'm not falling for that one.
Jeter vs Brady vs Temco Bo? Who would win and whose more overrated.
I saw a column last week in which the writer argued Jeter is now underrated. Interesting. Then a few days later I saw a column say that Jeter should be AL MVP this year. Final result: Nope, still hopelessly overrated.
Okay, dear ones. My time is up. I am feeling pressure to chat longer. But instead of doing that, I'm going to call the Detroit Free-Press and complain. Until next time ...