The 1990s were one of the biggest offensive eras in the MLB with more offence than the league had ever seen before. Home runs were being hit at a record pace and records were being broken almost every season. Then it all came crashing down with the BALCO Scandal and the Mitchell Report that exposed rampant steroid use throughout the league. Some of the biggest stars in the game during the 1990s were connected to these scandals putting the offensive era in baseball under a cloud.
Sometimes the UFC can put on fights that are interesting but do not get anyone excited because they don’t know what to expect. Those fights are necessary for the continuation of the UFC in finding new contenders by putting them under pressure in televised events. Many times they can produce great fights unexpectedly and other times they can produce a card that has no big moments. That has tended to be the case for many of the televised events recently as the UFC has not been able to put on very exciting fights.
Being a coach or a manager is a unique challenge in sports as they are given the responsibility of motivating a group of individuals to play together. It can be tougher for baseball managers who make decisions that can instantly lose a game. One pitching change or defensive shift can mean the difference between a win and a loss as the managers need to walk the fine line between making the right call and the wrong call.
Tony La Russa would begin his career as a player much like the rest of the managers who have had some success in the MLB. Unlike his fellow hall of famer, Joe Torre, La Russa would never see the major league success that some managers did as he would only enjoy a 10-year career and would never see any accolades come his way. The end of his playing career was not the end of his time in baseball.
The saying goes “Those who can’t do, teach” and that can be the case many times in sports. The greatest players don’t always make the best coaches but sometimes those players that fly under the radar can have amazing careers on the bench. Then there are the people like Joe Torre who wasn’t an all-time great players in the MLB but was not a player that spent time in and out of the minor leagues.
The UFC would travel to Ireland for the second time for UFC Fight Night 46 and they would feature one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. The UFC is always looking for new places to go and new fans to get to as they continue to expand globally. The first time they travelled to Ireland the Irish MMA world was small and held little talent that could be main fighters to carry a card. That has all changed now with the emergence of Connor McGregor who essentially gave the UFC a reason to go back to Ireland.
The Midsummer Classic has come and gone once again as the MLB All-Star would provide the American League with home field advantage in the World Series. It was another display of the best of the best and was a typical game these days with the AL winning 5-3. More than just home field advantage and a display of the best players in baseball this all-star game would see a passing of the torch. Derek Jeter has been the man in the MLB for years as he is the one player that everyone can say has done it the right way.
The UFC’s constant quest to get fighting legalized in every corner of the world to eliminate any limitations on where they can host an event one city remains the crown jewel. That city is New York as it has been the goal of Dana White for years. Imagine how big the UFC could do an event at Madison Square Garden and what type of money that would generate for them. Yet still the state of New York remains one of the few states in the USA that does not allow Mixed Martial Arts. In the USA 47 of the 52 states have legalized MMA and one of those remains New York despite the push from the UFC to legalize the sport.
The UFC will return to Ireland for the first time since 2009 and into what looks to be an entirely new MMA environment. In 2009 MMA in Ireland was not at the same place as it is today as it was merely developing in 2009. The first fight card in the country was full of American fighters and a few other nationalities but no Irish fighters. The closest the home fans got was Marcus Davis whose nickname was “The Irish Hand Grenade.” Despite having a reputation of a scrapping nation the attitude would not translate to the octagon.
The UFC travels to Atlantic City once again as they look to the lightweights to carry their most recent fight night card. It has become a constant for the UFC as they look to one of their most talented divisions in the promotion to provide an exciting fight. The lightweight division is one of the best divisions in the UFC as the amount of talent is so backed up that contenders can only fight each other while they wait for the champion to fight again.