Aug 9 2014

An Unpopular Opinion

As a huge Dodger fan, of course I’m going to be a Yasiel Puig fan.

But the thing is…it’s hard. And the more I watch him play, the harder it is to be a Puig fan.

Obviously he is electrifying, and a ridiculous athlete, and exciting to watch. But he’s also an ass. A douche. And he doesn’t seem interested in maturing. At least not yet.

I see Giants fans talking about Puig’s antics on a daily basis, and my gut reaction is always to immediately disagree with anything that comes from the mouth or keyboard of a Giants fan. But it’s really hard to disagree here. I don’t have a problem with some of the younger players who are trying to bring some flare to the game. Personally, I’m of the belief that you should let your game do the talking for you, but hey, if guys want to try to bring their own style to the game, so be it.

Then there’s Puig.

It’s tough to watch him make stupid base-running mistakes week in and week out. I’m sure the other guys in the dugout have to get tired of it. Veteran guys are trying to win a championship, and I’m sure Puig wants that too, but he certainly doesn’t play with the controlled urgency of a guy who understands how crucial every play is to the outcome of the game.

I’m just watching from a fan’s perspective, but I cringe every time he nonchalantly catches a fly ball at his hip, or gestures to the crowd after a routine play, or wags his finger at a guy who he almost-kinda got close to throwing out. It just gets old. And as a Dodger fan, it sucks to say that.

This guy has all the talent in the world, but it seems like he just doesn’t care enough about improving to harness his energy. He’s still young and has plenty of time to improve his understanding of the game, but the progress you’d expect to see just hasn’t been there. At some point, you have to cut out, or at least reduce, the costly mistakes.

When he first came up, he was immediately compared to Mike Trout – and for good reason. Two young, supremely-talented outfielders playing in LA. Both are five-tool players who can do it all. But you can’t really take the comparison much further than that. Trout has the same electrifying skills – the power, the speed, the ability to make game-changing plays. But he knows what to do with those skills. And because of that, you don’t hear people arguing about which of the two is the better player anymore. That conversation ended before it ever really got interesting. It’s a shame too, because it really had potential to be a fun debate.

So maybe Puig can turn it around some day and learn what to do with his energy. Maybe he can figure out when it’s appropriate to add some style to his game and play to the crowd. Maybe he’ll learn when to provoke opposing players (It’s probably not right after a sure-fire Hall of Famer uses his play on the field, not his words, and makes you look silly).

But for now, he’ll just continue to agonizingly swing back and forth between bonehead plays and game-saving plays.

For now, he’s just an ass.


Aug 2 2013

Playing Catch Up

It’s been SO long since I’ve been on here…

…”How long has it been?”

It’s been so long since I’ve been on here that the last post I wrote was about how bad the Dodgers were. Imagine that. Add that to the fact that my domain name was about to expire and what do you get? One sad, neglected website.

I thought the best way to approach this would be to quickly run through everything that has happened in the sports world over the last few months. OK…everything I choose to discuss…but still. My last post was in late May (Yikes) so we have a lot to cover.

Hokay. Let’s begin.

The Heat won the NBA title again. Not really news. Not even back in June when it happened. As much as I was hoping any team but the Heat would win it all, I had pretty much given up that dream about the same time I realized how awful the Lakers were…which was pretty early on. There were a few minutes when I convinced myself that the Spurs could pull off the upset, but then I remembered that I wouldn’t feel even the slightest bit different if they did, so I went back to watching the Dodgers blow another late lead.

Dwight Howard walked away from the Lakers and history and guaranteed money and dignity and expectations to play for some small-town team in Texas. This wasn’t really news either – it just confirmed everything we already thought about D12: (1) He hates being #2, (2) he loves attention, (3) he isn’t good at handling pressure, (4) he doesn’t want to pay California taxes, (5) he still loves attention. So now the Lakers are at a crossroads as an organization, and I’m not too sure what their plans are. I was convinced they were accepting the notion that tanking was the best route and rebuilding through the lottery was the way to go, but then something happened. The Lakers started signing some decent players. Like Nick Young decent. Like Chris Kaman decent. Like Wes Johnson decent. Like…Jordan…Farmar decent. Not players that will win you a ring – just players that will help you hover around .500 and kill your shot at a top pick in the 2014 draft. In Mitch we trust.

Intelligence! (Photo by TMZ Sports)

Aaron Hernandez decided he was such good friends with Rob Gronkowski that he would do everything in his power to make his former tight end counterpart look like a golden boy – and that’s no easy task…unless you have access to murder weapons…and have no conscious. While Gronk was busy drunkenly suplexing his friends at a rager while recovering from multiple surgeries, Hernandez was murdering people for talking to dudes he didn’t like. Well played, Gronk. You aren’t the worst human being on the Patriots roster.

Ladies and gentlemen - Rob Gronkowski!

Ryan Braun finally admitted that he is better at being a douchebag than he is at lying. “But we should forgive him right? That was so brave of him to come out and tell the truth!” F*&# that! This guy is a grade-A sack. He has the nerve to say that this whole process has been hard on his family?! What about the family of the poor guy you accused of hanging out with your piss for a weekend? Not only did you change his life forever and make him look like he was terrible at his job, but countless people thought he was a freak who spent his Friday night having heart-to-heart conversations with a cup of your urine instead of shipping it to the lab. And what about all of your friends and teammates that believed you when you looked them in the eye and told them you didn’t do it? And let’s not forget that you publicly stated that you would be willing to bet your life those substances didn’t enter your body. And worst of all…YOU LET AARON RODGERS DOWN! Nobody lets Aaron Rodgers down and gets away with it. Well nobody other than Jermichael Finley, but NOBODY else. Ryan Braun – you sir, are a pile of lukewarm garbage. A lifetime ban sounds good to me.

Meanwhile, the rest of Major League Baseball is like, “Uhhh, I’ll just keep playing until someone tells me I’m suspended. Cool?”

Puigmania hit Hollywood. The Cuban sensation got called up to the big show and gave the Dodgers exactly what they needed. Someone who gets thrown out easily when he has no business trying to take the extra base. Someone who tries to do too much at the wrong time. OK, so the kid is raw. That being said…he also has the raw power of…a Guy on a Buffalo (Google it). Puig has provided the Dodgers with energy and has taken a lot of pressure off some of the other stars in LA. He is a big reason the Dodgers have put together one of the most impressive hot streaks in Dodger history. He certainly isn’t the only reason for their play of late (See: Ramirez, Hanley), but he has been a big part of it.

Despite being overly aggressive at times, Puig has lifted the Dodgers to some dramatic victories (Photo by Getty Images)

Speaking of the Dodgers…

Brian Wilson signed with the Dodgers. I’m really not sure how I feel about this. The Dodgers undoubtedly need bullpen help to solidify their playoff chances. Is Wilson the guy? Who knows. I hope he comes in and dominates in a setup role but honestly, after seeing what his signing has done to Giants fans, he could never wear a Los Angeles jersey and I would be perfectly satisfied with his time as a Dodger. Well done, Mr. Beard.

So...this guy is a Dodger now...(Photo by FayesVision/WENN)

And then Riley Cooper happened. I don’t even know what to say about this guy. All I know is that I would NOT want to be him. Good luck regaining the trust of your teammates after pulling a stunt like that! Nobody buys the whole ‘Sorry I got caught’ thing. When your apology comes out along with the video – a month after it happened – it’s not the most sincere. And now you are sooooo sorry about what you’ve done and you are going to start therapy because you need to find out how you could have possibly done something so terrible. Not buying it. You’re just an idiot. Your best bet now is to change up your look and start over in the Canadian Football League. Just hope nobody recognizes you and keep your mouth shut.

Now back to the important stuff…If you haven’t seen Guy on a Buffalo…check it out right now.


May 22 2013

How The West Was Lost

There is plenty of attention on Los Angeles baseball right now, but it’s for all the wrong reasons.  Both LA teams (We’ll go ahead and consider the Angels a Los Angeles team for this exercise) have huge payrolls and are grossly underperforming.  Both teams have offensive stars that are providing very little offense.  Both teams have suffered their fair share of physical injuries, and it could be argued that something is limiting Angels “star” Josh Hamilton mentally.

Whether it’s warranted or not, much of the recent conversation about these teams and their struggles centers around the managers.  People will argue both sides of the spectrum on this topic – Some will say that the managers aren’t the ones making mistakes on the field, and some will say it’s the job of the manager to figure out what’s wrong with his players and make the necessary adjustments.  Either way, Mike Scioscia and Don Mattingly are squirming uncomfortably in their respective hot seats.

OK, so Mike Scioscia is one of the most respected managers in the game, and undoubtedly knows he would have offers waiting for him before he could get out of the parking lot at the Big A.  Don Mattingly is no Mike Scioscia, but he’s still a respected baseball mind in his own right.  It’s safe to say that there would be teams interested in these two guys if either were to get the boot.

Let’s take a look at a couple scenarios for the managers of these struggling organizations:

Best Case Scenario –

For the team actually from LA, the best case scenario would also be a dream situation for most Dodger fans.  Dodger fans (I would think) would be giddy if the Angels’ struggles got to the point where they let Mike Scioscia go.  Scioscia was a beloved Dodger, and I’m sure the reunion would be embraced by both parties.  I would have to guess that even if the Dodgers started to win some games, they would have to bring in Scioscia on the off chance the Angels set him free.  It would be nice to see Mattingly succeed in LA, but the chance to bring a guy like Scioscia home might be too much to pass up.

It would definitely be nice to see Mike Scioscia back in Dodger Blue, but I woudln't count on it

For the Angels, clearly the best case scenario is that the product on the field turns it around enough to quiet all of the hot-seat rumors.  Angel fans would also like to see the team turn it around…so they stop sucking!  Scioscia is the longest-tenured manager in baseball, and it’s for a good reason.  If the Angels decided to fire him, it’s almost a guarantee that the guy they brought in to replace him would be a significant downgrade.  Unless the Angels have a secret corn field out in Anaheim, they aren’t gonna see Connie Mack or Sparky Anderson calling the shots any time soon.

What Will Probably Happen -

Unfortunately for Donnie Baseball, I believe his days in Dodger Blue are numbered.  If the recent acquisitions are any indicator, the Dodgers are likely to make another splash when they do eventually replace Mattingly.  What might that mean for newsroom technicians?  You guys might want to get the “bleeps” ready.  Yup…I’m talking about Ozzie Guillen.  I’ve been seeing plenty of articles suggesting that the Dodgers might reach out to the King of the Four Letter Words, and I agree.  Not saying that I necessarily agree with the potential fit, but I could definitely see it happening.  Guillen always draws plenty of attention – something that usually goes hand-in-hand with LA.

Meanwhile in Anaheim…let’s be realistic.  Unless something crazy happens, Arte Moreno is not going to can Mike Scioscia.  The man is basically synonymous with Angels baseball, and has led the team to some of their most glorious years.  No matter how much I’d like to see the Angels lose their patience and make a knee-jerk reaction, it’s probably not going to happen.

Maybe the Dodgers would respond better to Donnie if he still had that stache

The bottom line is that both of these teams need to turn things around on the double!  Or maybe even the triple…

 


May 12 2013

The Young And Arrested

Seriously?  What’s wrong with this guy?

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested for the third time…THIS WEEK!

Last Sunday, Young was arrested in the middle of the night for driving under the influence.  Then, later THAT SAME DAY, he was arrested AGAIN for trying to take his car from the impound lot.  This time, on Friday (Yes, five days after he was arrested…twice…just hours apart), he was arrested yet again for allegedly breaking into a home in the OC – Don’t call it that (Arrested Development…anyone?).  I guess Orange County is as good a place as any if you are looking to rob someone of quality valuables, but that’s neither here nor there.  Apparently, Young then ran from police and engaged in a physical altercation when they caught up with him (Insert ‘evading tacklers’ joke here, followed by groaning and eye-rolling).  When it was all said and done, he was charged with attempted burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.  Why is he even resisting arrest anyway?  He seems to love it.

Here are the first two mugshots of Young...(Photo by Associated Press/Riverside County)

...And a third.

Titus…what in the world are you thinking?  I know your ex-teammate Calvin Johnson just broke the record for most receiving yards in a season, but if you think breaking the record for most times arrested in a single week is going to overshadow his accomplishments, you’re wrong.  Way to go blowing what was once a promising future of getting paid millions to play a game for a living.  The saddest part – I’m sure some desperate franchise will give you another chance down the road after you’ve shown how much you’ve changed and learned from your mistakes and blah, blah, blah (Don’t even think about it, Steelers…one ex-con wide receiver is more than enough).

So what is this guy doing?  At this point, I’d have to guess he doesn’t even know what he’s doing.  In all seriousness, I think he needs to have a psychological evaluation.  There has to be something wrong with his head.  There’s no way a healthy, fully-functioning adult acts the way he’s been acting.  It’s not like this kind of behavior from Young is out of the blue, but three times in one week?  This is getting silly.

Maybe he should have been evaluated after this haircut

Young always had plenty of talent, but was never mistaken for a quality guy.  After the Lions cut him at the end of this past season, the St. Louis Rams claimed him off waivers to see if they could work with him.  The lowly Rams went on to cut him after just 10 days.  10 DAYS!  Actually, that’s kind of a long time if you think about in terms of it being two entire arrest-cycles for Young.

The important question to consider now?

Is getting cut by the RAMS or attempting burglary the bigger offense?


Mar 9 2013

The Power of Fantasy

How big of a deal is the World Baseball Classic?

Some sports fans might tune in to see their native country play.  Some fans might stop channel surfing for a minute or two if they stumble across it.  Some fans might not even know what it is.

In the past, I would occasionally watch the US play if they were on TV, but I was never too concerned if they lost.  I did make it to one game to see the US take on Japan at Dodger Stadium, but I don’t even remember who won.  To make an uninteresting story short…the WBC isn’t too important here in the States.

Unless…

…you find a way to tie the results of this tournament to your fantasy baseball league. BOOM!

Here’s what happened:

My friends and I were trying to figure out a way to randomly determine the order for our fantasy baseball draft (Besides the stale method of pulling names out of a hat).  I came up with the idea of randomly assigning every person in the league a team in the WBC, and drafting based on the order your team finished (Your team wins, you have 1st pick, etc.).

Maybe I’m just a fantasy nerd (There’s no way I’m a nerd in reality right? Right!), but I’ve never been so caught up in the World Baseball Classic as I am right now.  I sacrificed sleep to watch the Netherlands play Chinese Taipei, just because it impacted my friends’ draft positioning.  I’ve been checking my phone for updates when I can’t watch the games.  And…I’m even rooting AGAINST the United States.

Ever since the Dominican Republic was randomly chosen as my team, I’ve been checking roster updates, playing out hypothetical scenarios, and thinking about what I’m going to do with the 1st pick in my 2013 fantasy draft.

Like I said, maybe I’m more excited about this event then some of my friends in the league are, but it’s definitely changing the way I follow this mostly-insignificant tournament.  How do I know my friends aren’t as into it as I am?  Every time I text one of them to trash-talk or rub something in, the response is usually something like…

“What happened?”  or…

“Oh…ok.”

That’s alright though.  I was already well aware that my passion and enthusiasm for fantasy sports is matched only by a select few.

VIVA LA DOMINICANA!

Hey look! Those guys are excited! (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Jan 12 2013

Shame And Confusion: The 2012-13 Lakers

Look on the bright side…The Lakers are gonna get their highest draft pick in years!  Ah, that’s right.  They traded away all their picks through the 2030 season.  It was a nice thought though.

I just don’t get it!  But please, spare me all of the excuses…

“They hired the wrong coach…”

“They don’t mesh well on the court…”

“Dwight doesn’t make his free throws…”

Look, I can’t tell you what’s wrong with the Lakers, but I can tell you that none of the excuses you’ve been hearing should matter.  With the starting 5 they have (Or had, I guess), I should be able to stand on the sidelines and call the shots for a winning team.  With the combination of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard, I should be able to tell these guys…”Yeah…go out there and…uh…play basketball?  How about that? …Break!”  I’ve seen Kobe put together decent seasons (Maybe not championships, but they were contenders) surrounded by teammates who couldn’t beat my high school team, and we weren’t even good.

This has been one hell of a roller coaster season for Laker fans.  The only thing is that this roller coaster doesn’t have any the fun parts…no twists, no turns, no loop-de-loops…just one, long, steep, depressing, lethargic, drop straight down to the basement.  You know, the kind of roller coaster you’d be really pissed about paying millions and millions of dollars to ride.

So...where does it say how to win a game? (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US Presswire)

Personally, I’ve progressed through a variety of stages watching this year’s Laker team.  Let me break them down for you:

 

Stage 1 – Denial

While in this stage, I frequently said things like, “It’s fine, it’s still early”, or “The Heat struggled at first, too.”  During the first few games, I honestly wasn’t concerned with the way they were playing.  Sure they didn’t win a single preseason game, but who cares, right?  Wrong.

Stage 2 – Frustration

This is when reality was slowly starting to settle in.  I wasn’t giving up by any means, but I was starting to get restless.  This team should be winning by now, but they’re not.  What’s the deal?  The excitement of one of the best off-seasons in recent memory was quickly fading.  The Frustration phase was commonly accompanied by sayings such as, “WHY IS YOUR MAN GETTING WIDE OPEN SHOTS!??”

Stage 3 – Hope

This stage aligned with the return of injured Lakers stars.  Players getting healthy meant one more shot at optimism, and one more chance to forgive the atrocious start to the season.  “Just you wait…now that we’re finally healthy, watch out!”  This stage was short-lived.

Stage 4 – Confusion

At this point, I’m thoroughly confused.  Baffled.  Perplexed.  How could a team with this much talent consistently lose to teams that are so god-awful?  It just doesn’t make any sense.  You would think a team like this could stumble into a win every now and then.  Nope!  During the Confusion stage, you could overhear me saying things like, “Huh??”, or “Why is Darius Morris playing?”

Stage 5 – Indifference

Stage 5 can be summed up quite simply…

“Ooh!  Is there a new episode of New Girl recorded?”

 

I’ve spent enough time trying to figure out what it is that’s troubling the Lakers.  While I haven’t been able to figure that out yet, I have realized that Earl Clark is quickly becoming one of my favorite players on the team.

Enjoy it while you can, Earl.  We all know D’Antoni will just sit you down on the end of the bench the first chance he gets!

"Deerrrrr...I don't know!"

 


Nov 29 2012

Are You In Or Out?

Well, we knew this day would come.  We knew that one day, the faces of the ‘Steroid Era’ would make their way to the Hall of Fame ballot, and we’d have a decision to make.  Why am I saying ‘We’ like you and I get a vote?  I’m not really sure.

Getting elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is perhaps the greatest honor a ballplayer can receive.  Getting elected means that you played at a higher level than just about every other player to come before you.  It means that you played the game the right way.  It means that you respected the game.

If you ask me, Hall of Fame hopefuls should have to meet all of these requirements…not just one.

Like every controversial issue, there are two sides to the story.  Some will argue that Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens should all be voted in to the Hall of Fame because of the stats they put up and the records they broke.  The argument in support of these guys is that they were just a victim of the times.  Everyone was cheating, and they were just some of the players who got caught.  Since the majority of players in that era were supposedly cheating, their accomplishments should not be discounted.

That’s fine.  I don’t have a problem if their statistics stand in the record books.  It’s fine with me if Barry Bonds’ name is at the top of the career home run list.  It doesn’t bother me if Roger Clemens goes down as one of the best pitchers to ever toe the slab (Sorry, I just really wanted to use that phrase).  I’m OK with the idea that Sammy Sosa is one of the most prolific power-hitters to ever step on a field.

Guys like Sosa, McGwire, and Bonds had to face a judge and jury almost as much as they had to face a righty with a nasty slider.

Do I think they should be in the Hall of Fame?  Absolutely not.

Yes, these three baseball players posted some of the most outstanding statistics we have ever seen.  They dominated their opposition, who may have mostly been cheating as well.  BUT…at least in my eyes…these guys did not play the game the right way.  These three, as well as Mark McGwire (The new hitting coach for your Los Angeles Dodgers…yay…), served as the poster-children for the steroid era of professional baseball.  With all of the information we have now, what kind of message would it send if we still rewarded these guys with baseball’s highest honor?

As we have seen in the case of Pete Rose, getting into the Hall of Fame is not just about statistics.  If betting on your own team to win is a good enough reason to be kept out of the Hall of Fame, then I certainly believe cheating is as well.  It’s also worth noting that Clemens has made a fool of himself and a mockery of the legal system over the last few years, and is in a class of A-holes all by himself.  Of all the players on the ballot, he would be the LAST one I would vote for.

Right, Roger...Let me guess...you "misremembered" too?

What I’m interested in is seeing what happens to a guy like Ryan Braun after he hangs up his spikes.  He was originally banned 50 games for testing positive for enhanced levels of testosterone due to performance-enhancing drugs, but the ruling was eventually overturned because the sample collector decided to leave Braun’s urine sitting on a desk for 48-hours before sending it in to the lab for testing.  Braun didn’t get let off the hook because the league believed he was innocent, but because the sample wasn’t collected and stored properly.  Long story short – He was linked to steroids.  Assuming he continues to play at the level he has to this point in his career, it will be interesting to see how he fares come HOF voting time.  Unless we find out more information about his case, I’d have to say it would be a ‘No’ vote for me.

However, I do think there is at least one first-timer on this year’s ballot who deserves a spot in Cooperstown.

Craig Biggio was the epitome of ‘Playing the game the right way’.  Not only is Biggio 21st all-time with 3,060 career hits, but he was hit by a pitch more than any player in the modern era, and won the Silver Slugger award as both a catcher and a second baseman.  Along with the recognition he received for his stats, he was also given the 2005 Hutch Award (An award given for competitive desire and fighting spirit), the 2006 Heart and Hustle Award, and the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award (Given to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”).

If there’s one guy on this year’s ballot who belongs in the Hall of Fame, it’s Craig Biggio.

Here's a guy who certainly deserves a spot in the Hall.

 

 

 


Nov 22 2012

Time To Give Thanks

I’m thankful for family, friends, loved ones, blah…blah…blah…

I’ll spare you.

What really matters here is what we’re thankful for in the realm of sports.  While most of my friends are thankful for Buster Posey, Colin Kaepernick, and other Nor Cal losers (I know, your teams are all good right now.  I’m bitter…don’t worry about it), us fans in Southern California have other things to worry about.  With that, I’ll start my list with the Lakers…

 

I’m thankful that almost all of the cable companies in the Los Angeles area have reached agreements with Time Warner and are FINALLY broadcasting Laker games. 

For a while there I seriously thought this was all just a sad attempt to get the Clippers more fans…

Come on now.  The Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in the history of sports, but the majority of their fans can’t even watch their games on TV?  I know they weren’t really worth watching the first few games, but now that Mike Brown is…where is Mike Brown, anyway?…now that Mike Brown is out and Mike D’Antoni is in, these games need to be seen.  The Lakers are scoring again and they are actually fun to watch.  Sure, it’s gonna take time for them to really gel and play like an elite team, but in the meantime, they are an exciting team that needs to be on TV…especially in LA.  I’d rather watch Dwight’s goofy ’I-just-got-away-with-goaltending’ dance than reruns of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne any day of the week.

Well, you can't say he isn't entertaining

 

While we’re talking about the Lakers and Payne…

 

I’m thankful that Kobe has a higher pain-threshold than Kyrie Irving, or any other player for that matter.

Kyrie…you’re joking…aren’t you?  I love the way you play, and I love Uncle Drew, but a broken finger is going to keep you out of action for a month?  Wow.  I’m sure Kobe laughed when he heard this news.  I don’t think Kobe even notices when he breaks a finger.

Come on, Kyrie. Just because you play an old man in Pepsi commercials, doesn't mean you have to act like one on the court.

 

I’m thankful that, even though the Dodgers have a lot of work to do, they are in a MUCH better situation than they have been in in years.

I understand that money does not always equate to championships (Shut up, Giants fans…I hear you), but after suffering through years of the nightmare that is Frank McCourt, it sure is nice to have owners who are willing to make a splash and acquire talent.  Stan Kasten and Co. might be overspending, but they are doing what they need to do to bring baseball back to LA.  These guys realize that McCourt did a lot of damage to this team and its fan base, and they are doing everything in their power to restore order.  They are sending a strong message to Dodger fans and players alike: it’s time to start winning again.

 

I’m thankful that the NHL lockout occurred after the Kings won the Stanley Cup.

Hey, the Kings don’t win too often, so they might as well keep the trophy as long as they can, right?

 

I’m thankful that Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA.

Everything is better with Sheed around!  Fight! Fight! Fight!

Umm? (Photo by Bill Kostroun/New York Post)

 

While there are plenty of things to be thankful for, we wouldn’t want to make it seem like everything was perferct, would we?  One thing I’m not too thankful for…

 

I’m NOT thankful for Thursday Night Football.

I agree, it’s a great idea in theory.  What fan wouldn’t want another night of the week to watch football?  What’s that, NFL?  You’re going to broadcast the worst matchup of each week on Thursday night during primetime hours?  As much as I love watching pro football, there are at least three or four shows I’d choose from the Thursday night lineup over a rousing contest between the Dolphins and Bills.  Today is the one day of the year when professional football should be played on a Thursday.

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without at least a little complaining!

So?  What are you thankful for?  Fine….you can complain if you want to…

 

 

 

 

 


Sep 22 2012

T-T-T-Tebow And The Jets

I feel like I have a pretty strong stomach for the most part.  It takes a lot to make me queasy, but there a couple things that are just too much for me to handle.

Jose Cuervo?  Come on, I just ate!

Clubbing baby seals?  Just the thought of it makes me sick.

Tim Tebow media coverage?  ENOUGH!  I can’t take it!  Please, make it stop!

 

The crazy thing about the current Tebow situation is that the media is not only forcing mainstream America to care about a backup quarterback, but the gut-wrenching amount of press is actually having an effect on how the Jets operate.  You may disagree, but I honestly believe that all of the unnecessary Tebow coverage has convinced Rex Ryan and the Jets that giving His Holiness some reps is a good idea.  The only other thing I can think of is that media outlets are paying the Jets to play him so they have something to talk about.

"Take me out one more time...I dare you..."

Think about it…Rex Ryan has been subbing Tebow in at the tail end of productive offensive drives…WHY?!  Clearly, the smart thing to do is take a capable passer (I’m being generous) out of the game and replace him with a guy who can’t throw, right?  It makes so much sense to pull the guy who is in a groove and clicking with his teammates in favor of a backup quarterback who couldn’t throw a spiral to save his life.  Oh wait…maybe that DOESN’T make sense.  It does make dollars and cents, though, so why not give it a shot?

If I was a defensive coordinator of a team preparing to play the Jets, I would probably spend a grand total of five minutes game-planning for Timmy.  Here’s how my speech to my defense would go…

“Look…we all hate this guy.  Have you seen his interviews?  He just picks a word-of-the-day and repeats that word until the interview is over.  Oh, right…the game plan.  Um, the dude can’t throw.  If he’s in the game, he’s running it.”

That’s it.  That’s all you have to do.

It’s just sad to see a formerly proud organization like the New York Jets become this team full of underwhelming gimmicks.  As if Rex Ryan wasn’t gimmicky enough on his own…add Tim Tebow to the mix?  Goodnight!

The Jets have been reduced to a back-and-forth battle between Tebow and Ryan to see who can get the most unnecessary airtime.  Rex Ryan just announced to the media that he brings in “sleep specialists” to work with his guys. Really?  Is that a real thing?  I guess if the Jets players got more sleep they would spend less time watching their coach and backup quarterback dominate headlines every night.

I don’t know if sleep specialists are real or not, but I do know that Rex’s latest media ploy means one thing, and one thing only…

It’s your move, Tim.  Go out there and…take off your shirt in the rain…or something.

There you go, kid!

 

 


Aug 13 2012

Dreaming Of A Dwight Christmas

It’s a damn good thing I don’t have any plans to run for political office, because I’m about to be the biggest flip-flopper since John Kerry.  Comparing my flip-flopping to Dwight Howard would have made more sense given the nature of this post, but I had to mix it up a little.  After all, it is campaign season!

Last month I made it very clear that I had had enough of Dwight’s antics (Here is the proof).  No matter how much I thought he could help the Lakers, I wanted no part of him…until he got traded to the Lakers.  That changed everything.

Whooooweee!  Ever since the Lakers pulled the trigger, I’ve been giddy with excitement thinking about the new and improved roster.  Nash and Dwight pick-and-rolls, Pau and Dwight playing the high-low game, Kobe…yeah Kobe’s still shooting but that’s OK!  Kobe is doing his part by saying things that are going to keep D12 in LA for a long time.

Dwight Howard may have lost some fans with his flip-flopping, but it won't take long for LA to embrace him (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

I really do love what Mitch Kupchak is doing with this team, especially when it came to making this deal.  It’s not the fact that he acquired the best big man in the game that impresses me the most, it’s the way in which he stuck to his guns for months that needs to be applauded.  I’m sure LA’s front office was in contact with the Magic on a daily basis, but they were never bullied into taking back pieces they didn’t want, or giving up more than they had to.  They didn’t take back Jason Richardson and his contract just to get Dwight.  They didn’t take back Hedo Turkoglu and his contract just to get Dwight.  Even though it was mentioned as a possibility, they didn’t give up Pau to land Dwight.  From Day 1, the Lakers approached this situation with the idea that they would only trade Andrew Bynum to land Dwight Howard.

And that’s what they did.

(So Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga were part of the package as well, but that means absolutely nothing.  I’m sure I tried to tell you how amazing McBobert would be when the Lakers signed him last offseason, but you really shouldn’t believe everything I say.  He’s bad.)

It’s not a secret that I’m a big supporter of the Purple and Gold, but what I’m about to say comes from Andy, the guy who watches basketball, not Andy, the Laker fan.

I honestly believe the Lakers are the best team in the NBA.  What surprises me is that more basketball people don’t.

When you listen to analysts talk about the upcoming season, almost all of them say that the Heat are still the best team or that the Thunder are still the favorites to come out of the West.

WHAT?!  Is this real life?  Have you seen this roster?  If you haven’t…let me tell you…it’s stupid.  Not only did the Lakers pick up Dwight Howard and Steve Nash (Not a bad offseason) to inject some life into the Staples Center, they also signed Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks for next to nothing (In terms of NBA money), and re-signed a promising Jordan Hill.  Jamison averaged over 17 points per game last season and Meeks started 50 games for the Sixers, who were a playoff team in the East.  Obviously these moves are going to get overshadowed by the acquisition of DH, but these are some key pickups that could make the difference for this team going forward.

Clearly the Heat and Thunder are two of the best teams in basketball, and will be for some time, but I just don’t see any way the Lakers aren’t the hands-down favorites to win it all this season.  Let’s just look at the addition of Steve Nash.  This guy is not only one of the best point guards to ever live, but he was still one of the best passers when he was playing with guys like Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez, and Jared Dudley.  Can you imagine what he is capable of doing when you replace those guys with players like Kobe, Pau, and Dwight Howard?  Easy. Buckets.

I can’t imagine that anyone in Miami or OKC…whether it’s LeBron or a random fan in the Sooner State…was happy to see what the Lakers did with their offseason.

I kind of like it though.