Ludwick, Cera, Bradford? Monday Ramblin’s…

If Ludwick plays like he has and Westbrook pitches like he has, the Cardinals got jobbed. If Westbrook becomes a guy that goes 6-7 innings without giving up more than 4 runs a game, then the Cardinals probably got what they needed. Ludwick was one of the most popular Cardinals, if not the most popular Cardinal in the clubhouse, so this was an evaluation that Ludwick, while a good player, wasn’t worth more to the team than a cheap Jon Jay. They may be right. They may be miserably wrong (watching Ludwick do it all on SportsCenter last night didn’t help the latter) But it is why they get paid the big money to make those calls…

Movie Snot: “Youth In Revolt”. Please, somebody, anybody get Michael Cera a movie with a plot. Ostensibly, this movie is the anti-Super Bad. Cera, plays a high school virgin, awash in self-pity when he comes across the female version of movie Cera. They have witty and sharp dialogue that is, if not always amusing, well delivered and at least thoughtful. Cera is incredibly deft with his soft-voiced, acid-tongued delivery and in Youth In Revolt, the writers counted so much on this talent that they introduced a second, mustachioed Cera to carpet bomb us with pith.

But back to the main point- the plot was flimsier than the East St. Louis 9-1-1 response time. Without spending too much time exposing plot details, Cera’s character burns a trailer down, re-locates his dad’s job, sends a car over a cliff and poisons his love interests drink daily… to get laid. Once. All this is done in a non-hijinx manner where the action is expository to the plot. Meaning we’re to take these actions at face value as specific story touchstones that move Cera down the path of pussy. Ray Liota’s stretched canvas face also makes an appearance. The point is, the movie was OK. Better than probably 70% of the fare currently OnDemand. But Cera can’t play these bumbling high school neophytes forever, so someone needs to get cracking on a script that incorporates his obvious talents into a story that’s more satisfying than this. Or at least show some boobs. B-/C+…

The Cardinals have 13 more games against the Pirates this season. That is very good news…

Speaking of Pirates, Sam Bradford’s agents raped, pillaged and plundered the Rams for every spare dollar the franchise had lying around this weekend. Then flipped over the office couch cushions and took the change that fell out, too.  Bradford got roughly 7 million dollars more guaranteed money than 2009’s number one pick, Mary Stafford. And correct me if I’m wrong here, but doesn’t the economy stink still? Or are we good now and nobody told me? Good for Bradford, don’t fault the guy a bit for getting what he can.

But as a Rams fan, I have no idea if Bradford is the best QB of all time or the next Tim Couch. So putting everything on this guys shoulders is probably the most foolish thing the Rams could do. And that’s why it’s fucked up- because they HAD to do this. It’s the way the system is set up. And if Bradford busts, the Rams are SOOOO decimated for the next 10 years, it’ll give you chills thinking about it. The NFL is going to change this before 2011. And frankly, they need to. I’m scared to death for Bradford. And he made more money yesterday then everyone reading this site will make in their entire lives. Combined…

Jon Jay is no longer a ‘nice surprise’, he’s the starting right fielder. And a different set of expectations comes with that responsibility…

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