“Red Sox in the lead for Johan”

November 29, 2007

http://www.twincities.com/ci_7584709?source=most_viewed&nclick_check=1

If this guy has any idea what he’s talking about, and Johan goes to Boston, you can effectively crown the Sox World Series Champs 2008. If the Yankees lose Johan, they are not doomed. If they lose Johan to the Red Sox, they are doomed. The two best pitchers IN THE GAME on the same team is too much to overcome for any lineup, even the Yankees, especially when you’ve got so many inexperienced guys.

Moss… Garnett… Allen…

If New England arrogant ass gets Johan, too, I’ll cry. It’s not fair.

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Who is the biggest waste of good health? Isiah Thomas, Stephon Marbury, or James Dolan?

November 21, 2007

Thank heavens, Isiah and Stephon kissed and made up. Now they can team up to form the worst Coach-Point Guard combo in basketball history. It’s pathetic that their girl scout beef has become the headline.

Did anyone notice that the Knicks are 2-8? Or that they haven’t won a playoff game since 2001? Or that Isiah Thomas has been the Knicks’ “President” since 2003, and coach since ’05, and the team’s only playoff appearance was that same year in which Isiah took over the job midseason, “turning” the Knicks around to limp into the playoffs with a 39-43 record, only to be slapped around J-Kidd style by the Nets in the first round.

I’m at a loss for the word harsh enough to describe how much of an idiot James Dolan is.  As bad as Isiah is, he’s the guy who signs off on all the decisions the Coach/President makes, including (but not limited to) the trade for Steve Francis, the signing of Jerome James, Jared Jefferies, Vin Baker and Larry Brown, the trade for Quentin Richardson, and the trade for Eddy Curry, which gift-wrapped two top ten draft picks (Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah).

Oh, and let me not forget to mention, the Knicks were sued 11.6 million dollars before the season for sexual harrassment by Isiah, who plead not guilty because according to him its wrong for white men to call black women names, but its A-OK if a black man does.  He didn’t even receive so much as a fine for it.  Now that’s hip-hop, yo.

Thomas, Marbury, and James Dolan. These guys are making a mockery of the game, the team, and New York City, the basketball center of the world. I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel until Marbury and Isiah’s blockheads are out of the way, and little Jimmy Dolan is sent home to play with his legos, and his father lets the city start making the decisions.  FIRE ISIAH, FIRE ISIAH!


Cheaters never prosper, unless you’re the Patriots.

November 5, 2007

Check out this link. Supposedly, the Colts PA crew was using a CD of crowd noise on the loudspeaker to amplify the sound levels while the Pats were on offense. In this clip, you can clearly hear the CD skip and the sound level drop dramatically after the CD is stopped.

A pathetically childish move by someone in the Colts organization. But before we jump to conclusions and before Skip Bayless strikes it down with spectacular posture, lets put this whole cheating thing in perspective.

Eric CrouchFirst, although the Beli-cheat thing is fun to use to get a rise out of raging, insecure Pats fans, it means about as much to the NFL as Eric Crouch. It was simply a matter of Belicheck’s love for antiestablishment. If it was such a deep, dark, super-secretive operation, the infamous camera man wouldn’t have been chillin’ on the sidelines decked out in Patriots gear, telling the cheerleaders he was the backup pooch-kicker. They just didn’t care.

And I’d venture to say that 90 to 95% of the league doesn’t give a damn about it, either. Commissioner Goodell didn’t even care about it. He cared much more about the negative press the NFL got because of Belicheck’s carelessness, which showed in the severity of the punishments; Belicheck received the maximum fine ($500,000), double what Goodell fined the Pats’ organization.

Belicheck doesn’t give a hoot about much of anything these days except patronizing his own loyal media and kicking everyone’s ass. So lets get over that whole deal.

Another thing. The fact that people are complaining about running up the score is sad. There’s a pretty simple way to resolve this. Stop them. And if you can’t stop them from scoring because their quarterback is cooler than Superman, then go after him. And if you can’t get to him because the o-line is tougher to crack than online banking, go after the receivers. And if you can’t catch the receivers because they’re gone faster than free pizza, then, well, complain about them running up the score. Complaining about that is the NFL equivalent of “taking my ball and going home.” Sore losers, if you know what I mean.

Back to the Colts garbage. Granted, it’s pretty silly. But can you honestly say that Dungy or anyone on the field had anything to do with it?

Lets picture it.

Tony Dungy, the most soft-spoken, humble coach in the game, plans a closed-door meeting after practice one day with the 23-year old radio intern named Billy who hands out Colts oven mitts before the game and works the CD player. Tony has an evil plan. As he rubs his hands together and smiles mischievously, he whispers, “Right after ‘Everybody Dance Now,’ by C & C Music Factory, cue this Crowd Noise CD that I made all by myself in between 6-hour video sessions.”

No.

The Pats won last night, they were the better team. No harm. No foul. End of story.

We’ll see in a couple months if the outcome is any different when the Colts are completely healthy, the Pats are even better, and Peyton is throwing to Marvin Harrison in the red zone instead of Frying-Panthony Gonzalez.

Stay tuned for my unbiased take on how Osi and the Giants will whoop Romo and the Cowboys with little remorse.


The Yankees will be all right.

November 4, 2007

As we say farewell to the man in charge of baseball’s last dynasty, as well as the league’s best hitter, its easy to take a pessimistic look on the Yankees’ upcoming season. As the token haters start yapping, and as you entertain those thoughts of ineptitude, inferiority, and all the fights you will be forced to start in order to retain your manhood, I submit to you this, Yankee fans: Keep your head up, we got this.

It’s no secret what the Yankees have been lacking in recent years. Its what makes a good team great, and without it, you don’t stand a chance. What I’m talking about here, obviously, is Chuck Knoblauch…Shelley Duncan

But seriously, they haven’t had consistent, deep starting pitching since 2001. It’s been the cause of their unraveling postseason after postseason. Check out this list: Jose Contreras, Esteban Loaiza, Jeff Weaver, Javier Vazquez, Kevin Brown, Roger Clemens, Carl Pavano. They all have two things in common. One, they were all in the Yankee rotation at some point between ’02 and now, and two, their performance was uglier than Shelley Duncan.

With all that said, I optimistically propose that the Yankees have one of the best rotations in baseball by July ’08. My biased ass is guaranteeing it, and I offer you some marginally speculative reasons why.

Johan Santana, the best pitcher in the game, is coming to New York. He’s got no business (or intention) ruining his career with an extension that keeps him in Grim-esota, and that $30 mill the Steinbrenners just saved by losing ARod is burning a Cruise-Ship-sized hole in their pocket. The Steinbrenner family has an infamous flair for the dramatic, and what better way to forget about the league’s best hitter than by acquiring the best pitcher. The Yanks are going to have to throw a ton of talent at the Twins, but if it can be done, the Steinbrenner kids will be kicking and screaming until it is.

Lets say they lose Hughes in the deal, plus a starting position player and a nice prospect. That leaves them with a rotation like this: Santana, Wang, Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy. That’s assuming Pettitte takes the $16m option and comes back, which he may or may not do ($16 mill, tough decision, really?). For the sake of my babbling, I’m going to again take the optimistic view and say he returns.

That gives the Yankees rotation great balance in a couple ways. They’ve got two lefties and three righties. I can’t remember the last time the Yankees had two lefties. The other thing that is even more exciting is the fact that the Yankees will have more young guys in the rotation than they do veterans. From a Yankee standpoint, that is unheard of. But the incredible talent that the young guys Wang, Chamberlain and Kennedy bring to the bump is even more unheard of for anybody except maybe the Marlins every 5 years or so.

Chamberlain’s stuff… –you know what, lets hold up a second. The word stuff is used a ton in baseball, and I think the word is so lame. And if you disagree with me then you are wrong… So I was just thinking of what else I could call it, and I reminded myself that Joba has Native American blood in him, and since it is coming up on Thanksgiving, from now on I’m going to refer to Joba’s stuff as his “corn, beans and squash.” If you don’t mind.

If you’ve had the chance to get a good look at him you’d see that he’s got some of the best corn, beans and squash in the game. He throws 98 mph, spots a ridonculous slider, and we’ve seen flashes of a top-to-bottom curveball, which we’ll see much more of this season since he’ll be throwing more than 15-20 pitches an outing. Corn. Beans. Squash.

Ian Kennedy is a finesse guy who’s got a 2-seam fastball at around 90, a slider, a curve, and his go-to pitch is a changeup he can spot. Both of these guys have very good potential, and it should be fun to watch them develop.

I already know how the haters will respond to this: “Oh, I JUST CAN’T WAIT to see how Yankee fans react when they have to deal with young guys who are struggling, blah blah blah.”

Well, in response to that, with the Yankee lineup, they can struggle–because a mid-4 era and the stamina to get past the 6th inning gets you about 15 wins (+/-1) with the Yankees’ ability to score runs, and that’s with or without PAY-Rod. As good as he was, the Yankees averaged only .22 more runs a game than 2006 when the Yankee third basemen had, by his standards, an off year. With ARod, the lineup was a nightmare, without ARod, the lineup is a nightmare.

In the offseason after a first round postseason loss in ’95, the Yankees hired a controversial new manager, and went into the next season as an underdog with a few young guys forced to play key roles throughout the season. The manager turned into the second winningest manager in Yankee history, the young guys turned out to be Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera, and the underdog perception was a means of motivation that transformed them into a dynasty.