Good Monday morning to everyone. We’ve got a nice post later today from Jeremiah about a to do list for Tom Ricketts this off-season. I don’t want to spill the beans, but you can probably guess some of the items on the list. Before we get to that, I give you your three topics for discussion. As always, don’t let this limit you in your talking. Feel free to go on a mad saber rant the likes that would put Jedi vs. Norm to shame.

  • STRIKE ONE – In case you missed it, Devin Hester (you are ridiculous) set the record for most touchdowns in NFL history on the punt return. I watched the first quarter with my 5 yr old who knows absolutely nothing about football. I explained to him the touchdowns and the first downs and when the TV showed Hester, I told him that he needed to watch him because there is always a chance to see him run the whole way for a touchdown. Sure enough, Devin did not disappoint. My question to you is this. If Devin Hester were to never play another down of football, is he a hall of famer because of what he’s done on special teams? I say he is. Look at the numbers and it’s not even close. No one has ever done what he’s done and in such a short period of time compared to the others that are even close. It’s a no brainer decision for me.
  • STRIKE TWO – Carrie Muskat reported on Twitter that Ozzie Guillen has spoken with Carlos Zambrano about joining him in Florida. Should this be looked at as tampering? Believe me, I’d be thrilled if Zambrano went to Florida, but why not see if we can get something from the Marlins for doing it?
  • STRIKE THREE – Closer, Jose Valverde guaranteed that the Tigers would win the ALDS. This makes me laugh coming from a guy that basically just has to preserve a lead. What do you think of guarantees in sports?

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