It looks as if the lockout will be ending here within the next 24hrs and the means football is back.

The Redskins always seemed to rescue me from the complete ineptitude that is the Baltimore Orioles once the All-Star break was reached. The intriguing story lines surrounding the Skins reeled me in from the vast sea of baseball, and the Orioles are always my reef. This summer seems different; although not as different as the spring felt. Spring was filled with hope, the feeling the Birds were on their way to rise above their underachieving ways… maybe win one or two relevant games in September and battle with the AL East heavyweights right down to the wire. As always those hopes were dashed long ago, right around the same time Britton starting getting roughed up and the acquisition of Vlad seemed to be a swing and a miss. Fingers have been pointed, heads have been called to roll and players are on the proverbial chopping block. For some reason I’ve stuck through watching and listening to this abomination, not in hopes of the team turning their fortunes around, but in hopes that I can somehow figure out a way to stop the bleeding. But trainwrecks aren’t easily fixed. I’ve been reading Moneyball, the story of Billy Beane fielding a winning team with limited resources. This particular book makes finding players a science instead of a crapshoot, and it sounds so easy. The Orioles have money to spend, but rarely do so and when they do it never turns out in their best interest (with the exception of Miguel Tejada). A whole lot of fans have thought all is fixed with the addition of a Mr. Prince Fielder, while he would almost certainly help, he would change the losing culture. The losing ways will take years to change, it starts with ousting the current amateur scouts. These guys have motives and gamble far too frequently for a team in our position. It comes down to drafting High School players, which the Orioles have done frequently in the past and few have worked out. In this most recent draft Dylan Bundy was selected, he has a high asking price and a long way to go before he suits up in orange and black. College players typically are more prudent selections who pan out at a higher percentile. Inexplicably the Orioles continue to gamble, and we have nothing to show for it down on the farm.

The fans complain that the Orioles aren’t spending enough, or the Yankees and Red Sox are spending too much. Neither are the problem. The problem is the inability to recognize true talent in the deeper rounds of the draft.

Okay, I’m getting off my soapbox. Here’s my favourite football-centric song, one in which Wale name drops several Redskins. So throw on your Sean Taylor jersey and get ready for another terrible season by the Skins… Hey, at least we have the Caps to root for.

Wale-Touch The Sky