Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Let the fun begin


NBA free agency begins in about three hours -- although technically teams can't sign players until July 8 -- and if the rumors are true, it sounds like this will be quite the moving period for NBA stars.

Whether it's LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade or others, the landscape in the NBA could totally change. Then why am I left to thinking this might be much ado about nothing.

In a couple of weeks or so, when the dust settles, I think you'll see a good deal of these big-name free agents end up right where they started. I'm sure they'll be a couple of big signings, but not the dozen or more that have been rumored.

In any case it'll be fun to follow until baseball's trading deadline the end of the month.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Live chat with Stuart Robinson

KINGSTON — New Paltz High School boys soccer coach Stuart Robinson participates in an online chat about the state of soccer in the U.S. with the Freeman at 6 p.m. Thursday.

You can submit your questions live.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

We want to hear from you

As I get set to take a much-needed vacation, I wanted to let you know about a couple of projects in the next couple of weeks that will require direct feedback from you.

We are in search of the ultimate Hudson Valley Yankees and Mets fan. We wants fans to submit their photos wearing their favorite team's (Yankees or Mets) attire. From there, we'll vote and do a story profiling these ultimate fans.

Also, with the World Cup upon us, we'll be doing a live web chat with New Paltz High School coach -- and former SUNY New Paltz men's soccer coach -- Stuart Robinson on June 24 about the state of soccer in the U.S. We want you to submit questions before the chat or you can speak on-line live with coach Robinson.

For more information about both projects, please visit

I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mistakes happen

I woke up this morning and the sun was out. I say this not because I think you need to know everything that's going on with me, but rather to prove life goes on even after what is being described as the worst call in sports history.

Let me start off by saying Jim Joyce completely blew the call at first base which cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. But as bad as that call, what was worse was the complete overreaction by the sports media or anybody who has a opinion.

The overreaction I'm talking about is the cry to expand the replay rule baseball has at the moment. Mistakes happen and I feel as badly for Galarraga as the next guy, but expanding replay is just not the answer.

Where does it end? What if the play at first wasn't as blatant as last night's play? What if the perfect game was lost on a called ball on a 3-2 count when replay would show the ball was clearly a strike? What if the blown call happened in the third inning and that was the only baserunner Galarraga allowed?

On the ball four, I know the no-hitter would still be intact and if the call happened in the third the response would be there were still six, seven innings to play as opposed to the final out of the game, but it doesn't make the calls any less egregious.

And I don't buy the argument that since the call didn't affect the outcome of the game, so it should be overturned. What if the next batter hit a two-run home run, more runs followed and that led to a Cleveland victory rather than a 3-0 Tigers' win? Those runs should never have scored, but there would be no outcry to change the call.

Look, Jim Joyce immediately took responsibility for blowing the call and he'll have to live with that call the rest of his life. But let's not take a bad situation and make it worse by overreacting.