Idiosyncratic Routine — Aug. 8

This is my personal blog, the "Idiosyncratic Routine" (those fond of Kevin Smith's films will get the title). Here, each day, I'll write on random topics, both Bucs related and non-Bucs related. Because, well, I can never write enough, and sometimes the things I learn on this beat can't be fit into a story. So, until the carpal tunnel sets in, I'll keep typing.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Bonds king

Just heard that Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron and hit No. 756. Sorry to hear that, Hank. For the record you broke with such class and amid such distractions (including death threats) to be overtaken by some privileged brat really does nothing for me.

Barry Bonds. (AP)
Bonds is the most polarizing force in all of sports, and I wish his immense talent (artificially enhanced or not) was guided by some shred of humility. His father was a tremendous talent, and his Godfather is Willie Mays for God's sake, but I've never seen an athlete with that much access to that much talent be so devoid of class when it comes to tipping your hat to your elders. Bonds seems to have no sense for the history of baseball — unless it comes to his place in it, and then he's more than willing to discuss.

I really appreciated his talent when he was younger (when he could actually run). He had game-changing speed, a solid glove and just enough pop to keep pitchers honest. Now he's just a cartoon character. I'm sure 30 years down the line we'll forgive and forget and develop an appreciation for the slugger, driven by a generation that didn't know him like fans of today do. No, it seems Bonds is set for a fate not unlike Roger Maris, when Maris broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. And that's both sad, and fitting. We ought to care, but the majority of us just don't.

Besides, he's just keeping the seat warm for A-Rod anyway.

C'mon, Jon

Just finished reading Jon Gruden's transcript from Wednesday's press conference, and I could sense the chagrin all the way from here in Texas (I'm on vacation. My dad says Hi).

You can read the entire transcript on our site, a great little premium feature that goes along with our daily "Gruden Speaks." Here's the link.

But one two particular quotes caught my eye. The first is on the Bucs' depth chart, released on Monday:

"We don't have a depth chart, really, that's concrete. That depth chart was released two days ago, and it's ancient history now."

Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, REALLY up close and personal (Getty).
Well, then, could we have a NEW depth chart so we can stay up to date? Did Gaines Adams suddenly become the No. 1 right end and you just haven't updated it yet? The Bucs know the value of generating discussion. That's why the depth chart came out when it did. The first preseason game was four days away and now everyone is talking about whether Arron Sears should be the No. 1 left guard.

Oh, and here's the other one:

"I think some of the best runs I've ever seen in the league are no-gain runs three-yard runs, two-yard runs…"

Really? Then why didn't you run the ball 48 times in the windy Meadowlands last year? Caddy was getting plenty of 1- and 2-yard gains that day?

Sometimes I wonder.

"Camp Cupcake"

One of the nice things about being back home during the football season is the local Cowboys coverage (my favorite team growing up). I love the whole "Camp Cupcake" concept. Just because Wade Phillips isn't glowering at players every time they fail to run a route right doesn't mean he's not getting his point across.

Wade Phillips, the cupcake (The Ranch Report)
Besides, he appears to have surrounded himself with coaches that don't mind dropping the S-bomb every once in a while (so maybe Wade's just delegating the tough guy duties. That's what being the head coach is all about, people — delegating). This article over at the Ranch Report, our Cowboys site has defensive coordinator Brian Stewart dropping the S-bomb at least three times.

Oh, and Terrell Owens wore a Spider-Man mask at the last training camp practice in San Antonio today for no other reason than to draw attention. Nice to see the self-centered one is in midseason form.

And isn't it nice to have a blog NOT mention Michael Vick. Uh, wait a min — shoot! Guess I'll try again tomorrow.

That's all for today. MP

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