Let’s start have our mid-day coffee and discuss some topics in the world of sports.

The White Sox traded for Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox on Sunday, but should they really be buyers?

I was a little surprised when I saw this move come over Twitter. When you look at their team, a team not expected to compete with the Tigers in the AL Central coming into the season, it’s not really a roster that you can see winning the title, evenwith Youkilis. It’s hard to be an executive and wave the white flag when you have a chance to win the division, but the Sox really could have been best served to make a few seller type moves. For example, Jake Peavy is pitching like his pants are on fire. No one seems to have told him that his arm basically fell off recently. He’s  making $17 million dollars this year and the Sox have a club option for $23 million next year with a $4 million buyout. There are a number of teams, including the Red Sox, that can use a starting pitcher for the stretch run. It seems to make more sense to maximize return on high priced guys, especially when your fan base doesn’t seem to want to come out to the park to support the team.

The NBA Draft is this Thursday…will you be watching?

I’ll be honest with you. I like the NBA to a point. It’s rare that I watch a regular season game, though I follow results for every Bulls game, and this year my playoff watching ended with Derrek Rose’s Achilles injury, but there is always something fun about the draft for all sports. I get excited about watching, tune in, and then find myself bored within about 15 minutes. All I care about this season is where Myers Leonard goes, as I’m an Illini fan who thinks he’s too immature at this point and would have been better served staying one more year, and who the Bulls select. There are rumors of a draft day trade that involved Luol Deng, so we’ll see what happens.

Who are your favorite players in sports right now?

For this, they don’t necessarily have to be good players, but rather they just need to be your favorite. If I had to create my list of 10, and these are in no particular order, it would be:

  • Ray Rice
  • Eli Manning
  • Sean Marshall
  • Taj Gibson
  • Jason Kidd
  • Josh Hamilton
  • R.A. Dickey
  • Jonathan Toews
  • Brian Urlacher
  • Julius Peppers
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail