Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baseball Season Got Here Fast

So, apparently when your team plays into late October and at times November, the start of a new season comes upon you like another runner in the night...you know, when you blinded by the light?

Anyway, I thought I'd throw out what my predictions were on opening day, since I've been too busy to post them. But in that time that I've been busy, I've managed to come just a few weeks out from having my J.D. in hand. Of course that only means I have to really get into bar prep mode for the exam in July. Then it's all about making Lanzillo Sports Group the best damn agency around.

Now on to my 2012 baseball predictions, I'll start with the AL West, since well, I'm an AL West fan:

AL West:

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  3. Oakland Athletics
  4. Seattle Mariners
AL Central:
  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Cleveland Indians
  3. Kansas City Royals
  4. Chicago White Sox
  5. Minnesota Twins
AL East:
  1. Tampa Bay Rays
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Boston Red Sox
  5. Baltimore Orioles
AL Wildcard:
  1. Angels
  2. Yankees
NL West:
  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. San Francisco Giants
  4. Colorado Rockies
  5. San Diego Padres
NL Central:
  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Milwaukee Brewers
  3. Cincinnati Reds
  4.  Pittsburg Pirates
  5. Chicago Cubs
  6. Houston Astros
NL East:
  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Philadelphia Phillies
  3. Miami Marlins (Miami you ask? See picture)
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. New York Mets
NL Wildcard:
  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Milwaukee Brewers
World Series:

Texas Rangers over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 6.

So there you have it, from the Desk of Captain Awesome. This will be the final standings in Major League Baseball. Bet accordingly, and stay awesome and enjoy the boys of summer.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Ides of March are in my head before St. Patty's Day 2012

It didn't really hit me till today. I'm getting married in 2 days. And it hit me on the Ides of March, which is kind of scary, but indeed I am getting married in two days. That's Holly and I in the picture to the right of this sentence.

It will be a huge step in my life, that will be quickly followed by law school graduation in May, and the Texas Bar Exam in July. 2013 will have it's work cut out for itself, if it wants to top my 2012.

On another note, I applied for the Order of the Barristers at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. It is a group that is recognized nationally for excelling in oral advocacy during their time in law school. So Mock Trial (trial level), Moot Court (appellate level), and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution, pre-trial) champions around the country apply for a limited number of spots with their school. Texas Wesleyan limits their number to 10. This has me nervous despite my big regional win for excelling in negotiation (and I doubt I'll have a chance to negotiate myself a spot!).

The general formula is 4 from Moot Court, 3 from Mock Trial, and 3 from the ADR program. However, during my time at law school the Moot Court and ADR teams have all been very exceptional, and the Mock Trial program has suffered (mostly due to a lack of consistent coaching). We have several regional champions in ADR, and a national champion. We have a regional champion in Moot Court, and they have nationals soon. And that's not counting the many other competitions unrelated to ABA competitions.

Where I will suffer is my GPA (B-), and my lack of competition at other schools in other categories. I did some intramural mock trial, and one moot court. Those picking will look at things like that when everyone who applies has a championship under their belt.

Anyway, I felt the need to address the fact that I am worried about actually winning. I hope I do, because it would be a huge resume builder, despite the fact I have trial experience in real life and have already been offered a job because they think I'm a legal all-star. Anyway, I may write another blog Saturday before I get married. It will be my last blog as a single and awesome Captain Awesome...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Weighing in on the Hebrew Hammer

Ryan Braun is an outstanding talent. He is an elite hitter, with or without steroids. He is a league MVP, and has helped revive the Brewers franchise. He is their shining star, and he may very well one day be a hall of famer.

Yesterday, it was released that his 50-Game suspension was lifted by an arbitrator, and MLB is livid. First off, congrats to Braun and the Brewers, and Braun's attorney. I just wanted to address the reasons behind this ruling.

Braun still has a failed drug test. He did nothing to invalidate the test itself. He did nothing to disprove and mitigate the fact he had an insane amount of testosterone in his system during the failed drug test. Did he pass another drug test right after yes, but that doesn't mean anything. So he still failed the drug test, so why was the suspension overturned you ask?

Procedure. He got off on a technicality that a rule was followed perfectly. He was tested, and the rules state that the sample must be taken to FedEx immediately to be shipped to the lab. The tester, noticing that FedEx was closed didn't take it immediately. The test was performed on a Saturday night, so when the sample was prepared, it was too late to be sent out. So the tester waited until Monday morning, and shipped as soon as he could. There and behold lies a beautiful legal term of art that has helped out so many criminals when it comes to evidence..."Chain of Custody."

When chain of custody is at issue, the evidence is at issue. The lab said the sample came in without any issue regarding the seal. Nothing had been tampered with. Yet, because it wasn't sent to them right away, the arbitrator ruled in Braun's favor. Is this good news for Braun and the Brewers? Of course it is. Does Braun still have the dark cloud of a failed drug test above him? Well in many people's eyes, he doesn't. He should, and he likely will. Either way, this was a major decision as it was the first suspension over turned regarding performance enhancing drugs.

I, along with many other fans, cannot wait for this steroid era to end. Let's get back to baseball, the way it was meant to be played.

On a wonderful side note, Jose Bautista has apparently gone through 16, count them SIXTEEN, "random" drug tests. MLB, what the hell are you trying to tell us? They should be ashamed, that is completely unnecessary, and it makes me disappointed as a fan. Jose, keep dropping bombs, and stay awesome.