Football is my second favorite sport after baseball, and the stretch between the Super Bowl and Opening Day has always felt like a long, dreary, entertainment-free wasteland to me. I can't force myself to care about college sports, so March Madness leaves me flat (even though I finished second in the only NCAA bracket pool I ever entered), and the selection of movies this time of year is the absolute pits, especially once the Oscars pass and the re-released contenders looking to build buzz disappear from the theaters. Of course, some of that has changed since I started blogging, as the need to cover spring training involves me in those games even though precious few of them are aired even on the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, which tends to stick to the Yankees' home games, and none of them count. Of course, the day we all look forward to all winter is Pitchers and Catchers, which is just ten days away, but really that's a whole lot of nothing. There are no games to watch until March arrives and all the reports prior to then are all the same sort of empty optimism that occurs every year. Heck, we've already heard that from Crash Pavano. (Incidentally, Pavano is technically not on the 60-day DL, but he'll be listed that way on the sidebar until he throws in his second spring training game. In the words of our president, "Fool me once, shame on . . . shame on you . . . you fool me . . . you can't get fooled again.")
Between then and now, all that's left is Bernie Williams' decision on the Yankees' offer of a minor league contract and non-roster invite to spring training. The latest is that he's leaning toward accepting with the idea that he'd retire if he doesn't make the team. That sounds reasonable enough, though I worry that would leave the final decision in Joe Torre's hands, and I can just see Joe finding a way to squeeze Bernie onto the roster should he have a few good spring at-bats. In other roster news, Matt DeSalvo, who was designated for assignment to make room for Miguel Cairo on the 40-man roster, cleared waivers and has accepted a non-roster invite of his own.
In the meantime, here's a fluff piece on Joe Girardi, who will rejoin the YES team this year as well as co-host a show called "Behind the Plate" with John Flaherty, and some fluff on former Mets prospect and new Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. Lastly, Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith coaching in the Super Bowl prompts a less than encouraging look at baseball's hiring practices.