Posted on: September 22, 2011 8:55 pm

Yay!!! The Yankees Made The Playoffs!!

I have goosebumps! Another season of the scripted MLB season is coming to an end, and unbelievably, the New York Yankees have managed to somehow overcome all odds and make the playoffs!!
Nevermind that if they were half the other teams in baseball, their beloved Jeter and Rivera would have been playing for another team for over 10 seasons by now; they would never have signed Teixaria, Sabathia, and Cano would be gone shortly.
Yes, there are other teams whose fortunes are tied in with their payroll (the Phillies & the Red Sox), but no one has done it for as long and as conspicuously as the Yanks.
Please, Mr Selig, follow the NFLs lead and make the playing field level on a front office standpoint. If a team screws up from after that point, it's their own fault. The beauty of it is a team from Green Bay, Wisconsin has a chance to win a championship. In MLB, they would be out of it before spring training broke.
If baseball was 7 card stud, half the teams would be dealt 3 cards & be forced to stand pat, the Yankees, Red Sox, & Phillies would get
7 cards dealt, and the Yankees would have an opportunity to discard and get new cards.
I know, I know, last year the Rangers & the Giants were in the series, but that was an abberation, not the norm, as neither team is even remotely a series regular.
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:46 pm


Watching the 1972 Laker/Knick game 6 on refreshing!!! They announce the starting lineups without dousing the lights, turning on smoke machines, have scantily clad dancing girls prance around them, and announce the players name in less than 5 seconds! (ex.-#24, Bill Bradley, as opposed to nuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmbber 3, Dwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaann
nnnnnnnnnnnneee Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaade!).  Then the game started, and it was even more refreshing!!! No scowling, mugging for the cameras, no trying to get on SportsCenter for a 5 second highlight...all that matters is the win or loss, and no constant bass booming nonstop during play! (I actually like to hear the ball bounce, or the rim, or the crowd). There's not 22 time outs, most of which today's NBA player pays no attention to anyway, because they know everything. Hope the lockout lasts a few years, so I can watch the actual game they played pre 1995, rather than the sideshow spectacle they display now.
Category: NBA
Tags: NBA
Posted on: July 16, 2011 9:00 pm

15 Year Olds Making Greatest Ever Lists

Just finished watching MLB's "30 Greatest Intimidators Of All Time." Before the list began, I commented that there would be no players who played pre 1980 in their list (there was one, JR Richard, who played in the 70s). A few weeks ago, I watched the "20 Greatest Games of All Time." All but one were played in post 1990 (Fisk's 12th inning homer in 1975 made #20). I could go on and on, it's the same for the NFL, and the NBA.
So, according to "Justin" & "Kyle" (fictitious 15 year old names) there were no intimidating players who played in the first 75 years of baseball. There were also no deserving games that could be called great, played in the 1st 75 years either. HMMM!
Ty Cobb (who should be number one), Bob Gibson (the most intimidating pitcher ever), Willie McCovey, Jackie Robinson, Ted Kluszewski (the guy with the sleeveless uniform & the sledgehammer arms),  etc, etc, I'm coming up with these names off the top of my head, without the benefit of research (I'm kindly presuming they do research for these shows) weren't able to crack this list?  Mazerowski's 7th game walk off homer, Bobby Thompson's shot heard round the world, Spahn & Marichal's 15 inning, complete game, 1-0 duel, there must be hundreds more that eclipse one of the games that they had on there list that happened in the last 10 years. (No, I'm not 70 years old, but I unlike these "experts" know what went on before I was born)
After considering the inaccuracy & absurdity of these programs, I came up with these possibe scenarios for their existance:
A) ESPN & MLB Network really do hire a couple 15 year olds at minimum wage to compile their opinions
B) MLB has their commentators, who are retired players, compile their lists, which are limited to when they played, and who is playing now, as they have no sense of history as to what went on before they graced the diamond with their prescence.
C) ESPN has their announcers (whose knowledge is limited to only what is showing on their monitors in front of their faces) make their lists, which is entirely based on their viewer ratings. Every series, game, player happening now is the greatest ever, and incredible, and you should be watching it as much as possible.

I wish another sports network would sprout up, and make greatest ever shows compiled by unbiased fans with a sense of history (it is a historical program, after all); show games without 6 announcers in the booth; and air commercials that don't tout their own broadcasters (half of ESPNs commercials do this...I couldn't even name most of these guys, and I certainly don't need to see a commercial showing a guy in a suit that reads commentary written by someone else to get you to watch their sports show)
Oops, gotta go, the History Channel's showing Paris Hilton's 20 Greatest World Leaders Of All Time (I bet Jesse Ventura made it).

Category: MLB
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