St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in St Louis. The Vikings won 28-7. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
(KMOV)-Three fights broke out at Rams camp today and while that amuses the fans and most of the media it really isn’t a big deal. With fewer camp bodies and less contact than there used to be, the fights seem like bigger deals now than years ago. Chalk up what happened today to the dog days of training camp. At three weeks in, guys are cranky and tired and have shorter fuses. That’s it. Nothing more to it. I do like to see guys standing up for themselves but you don’t want free for alls breaking out on a daily basis.
I can tell you this—when camps were longer and you had more live scrimmages, the fights were more common. I speak from experience there. Unless the fights got out of hand, the Cowboys coaches(circa 1986 and 1987) would just move the line of scrimmage down the field and continue the practice until the combatants finally ran out of energy. Here’s the thing with football fights: you’re only going to hurt yourself. The most common injury was a broken hand. And we were told that if we were stupid enough to break our own hand on a helmet, then we were just going to have to play with it. Period.
A bigger deal is this two game series the Cardinals have with the Brewers. It’s time to put together a solid streak of good baseball. It’s long overdue. The Brewers are here now and next week the Cards embark on a trip to play the Pirates, Nationals and Astros. There’s no excuse to keep playing mediocre baseball against bad teams.
Let’s see what Jaime Garcia has tonight. The Cardinals are going to need a reliable fourth arm over the final 46 games and Garcia has shown signs of hitting a wall.