The final weekend of regular season baseball. The National League is freaking insane. I'm currently putting curses on Arizona and Colorado and Philly and NY. Go Cubbies and Padres. Let's go for 1984 Take 2.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I remember thinking when this case first broke that it probably wouldn’t have racial overtones, since even though Vick is black, the evidence was pretty clear. More importantly, he hurt animals. Everyone loves puppies, right? As is so often the case, I was wrong.
Bryant gives several examples of reader emails that show just how disparate opinions were on this matter, and they were nearly always divided on racial lines. (One thing he only brushes on that I wish he’d get into a bit more is the class issue. I think a lot – not all, but a lot - of America’s racial problems are really class problems). There are so many black pro-athletes now that it’s easy to think sports are one area where people can come together and forget about stuff like race, but these emails prove how much its still not.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Call me naive, but I still think the Padres are gonna make the playoffs. After being swept by the Rockies this weekend (ugh!) we are hanging on to the Wild Card by the skin of our teeth, but we get to play the crap-tastic Giants and the faltering Brewers from here on out. I think we can do it. Power of positive thinking, people!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
So, looks like someone is finally being seriously punished for using banned substances in professional sports. Of course, it's cycling (Is that even a professional sport? Or is it like the Olympics? And does anyone really care about cycling anyway? Now that Lance Armstrong is better known for kickin' it with McConaughey and almost marrying Sheryl Crow than he is for winning a million Tour de France races).
Anywho, Floyd Landis lost an appeal over his positive test for synthetic testosterone after he won the Tour de France. Now, he has to forfeit his title...the first person in 105 years to do so...geez, that's gotta suck. Good luck clearing your name after that one, buddy.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
You gotta love your team playing one of the worst teams in baseball in late September. This weekend, the Padres swept the crap-tastic Giants. Next, we get to dominate the sucky Pirates (who are literally just as bad as the Giants). Of course, the D-Backs play both teams as well, so I think the Padres are gonna have to settle for the Wild Card this year, but wait 'til the playoffs. This is the year Peavy finally wins a playoff game.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
One of the best parts about watching the Patriots succeed over the past six or so years has been that they’ve done it through hard work and class. So you can imagine the disappointment that the team apparently cheated Sunday when it videotaped the Jets’ sideline. What’s worse, this isn’t the first time an incident like this has occurred; the Pats also got in trouble for taping Green Bay last year. Bill Simmons recently explained better than I ever could what it feels like to have your favorite team, once a laughingstock, morph into a powerhouse and network favorite, so I won’t get into that. I’m sure fans of the Chargers, Eagles, Panthers, Colts and others are ecstatic about this, and I don’t blame them. As a fan of the Patriots though – and as a fan in general - this raises some interesting questions. Most importantly: at what point do the human failings of team personnel force you to root against the team in general?
Bill Belichick has pretty much been a God Among Men in New England since the first Super Bowl win. He is touted as a bonafide genius, and I’m inclined to agree. In recent years, a few things came out to slightly tarnish his image. Last year he refused to shake Eric Mangini’s hand after a game. Then later in the year, after the Pats beat the Jets in the playoffs, Belichick forcefully pushed a cameraman out of the way in order to get to Mangini for a post-game hug. The Boston sports media is notorious for tearing down idols, so I couldn’t help but think some of these things were blown out of proportion. But now this.
New England fans don’t care for showboating and players who run their mouths, so the Patriots’ working class ethic was very endearing. The whole cheating thing really changes the dynamic. And it calls into question Belichick’s genius, since why would he have to cheat if he’s so smart? Or, is he now an evil genius? And is it OK to root for an evil genius, provided he’s your evil genius?
Personally, this isn’t enough to make me stop cheering on the Patriots, but it certainly takes us down a peg. I think that’s the ultimate lesson New England fans should take away: we hate to think of ourselves as the Yankees of the NFL, and a way to prove we’re not is to accept that this was a horrible call by our coaching staff and accept the punishment with humility. This weekend, I’ll do my best to endure the taunts of Chargers fans with stoic silence.
(Until we kick their asses, that is. It wasn’t the video camera that sacked Chad Pennington and almost broke his foot. Look out!)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I know girl’s sports don’t really count, but I’m still trumpeting the start of the Women’s Soccer World Cup this week. Team USA has pretty big shoes to fill; our last national team, with players like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain (a.k.a. The One who Took Her Shirt Off), won something like two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals. From what I hear though, this team is just as talented, maybe even more so. And hey, with Amy Winehouse playing forward, how can we lose?
Friday, September 7, 2007
The Sports Gal is back! I am so excited about this. If you don't know, Bill Simmons is pretty much the most read sports columnist on the web (I have no actual facts to back this up...I'm just guessing) and last year he decided he wanted his wife to pick the winners each week during the football season and see which of them picked more winners in the end. She agreed with the condition she could rant about whatever she wanted each week without edit (this week she takes on celebs finding Jesus and Cameron Diaz - scroll down for her rant - she is hilarious). Of course, last year she ended up picking more winners than Bill (proving hard core football analysis is worthless...just kidding) and now she is back for another season. I hope she wins again.
I know that to most guys John Madden is a God Among Men, but I can’t be the only person who finds him completely terrifying. He’s like the bastard child of Charles Bukowski and a Muppet. When the camera cuts back to him for commentary, I find myself startled as if someone just spliced footage of dead bunnies into the show.
He may be an expert analyst and lend his name to the best football video game on the market, but I for one will not be ready for some football until that man is in a burka.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I spent the weekend in NYC. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how awesome the city is...everyone knows. The main purpose of my trip was to see a game at Yankee Stadium before they tear it down for the new and improved stadium they are building across the street. My cousin Stephanie and I watched the Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night. Good times, my friends, good times.
First off, Yankee Stadium is kinda a let down. Obviously, it's old and dirty, but so is Wrigley Field (which is an awesome stadium). Yankee Stadium feels HUGE (and I guess it is), has a crappy sound system, an old announcer who sounds like he may die at any minute and pretty lame Jumbotron. The game, however, was everything I expected. The Yankees had lost a few games to Tampa Bay (hahahahahaha) and Seattle in the days leading up to my visit and they were ready for a big win...which they got. A 7 run 6th inning lead to a 12-3 Yankees victory. It was fun, as games always are when the home team is winning.
The real story of the night was the squirrel who climbed to the top of the right field pole about 10 minutes before the start of the game and just hung out. Our seats where almost directly in line with the Yankee Squirrel (who made an appearance a few weeks ago, from what I understand) and most people noticed him by the end of the 2nd inning (Steph was convinced he was a hired squirrel). At the top of the 6th inning, YS decided he needed to get out of the wind (or something) and started to climb down the foul pole. People started cheering the little guy on until some idiot threw some food at him. He got scared and made his way back up the pole...everyone booed and Steph said, "Whoever threw that is going to hell." YS then begin climbing up and down the foul pole...especially during A-Rod's at bat...and our section cheered whenever YS would head down the pole and became discouraged when he turned to head back up. People started chanting "Let's Go Squir-rel!" until finally, YS made his way to the bottom of the section and out of sight. The crowed erupted like the Yankees just hit another home run. Ichiro even looked up at us from center field probably thinking "What the hell are those people cheering about?" but he talks to animals, so I'm sure he would understand. YS returned later, to much fanfare, and even ran through the stands at one point. He ended up on the Jumbotron and finished the game high atop the foul pole again. He probably had the best seat in the place.
I recommend a trip to Yankee Stadium before the Yankees move next door in '09. Sit up high and enjoy the game...and the squirrel.
Best Cheer: Hip Hip Jorge
Best Jumbotron Game: Guess the Yankee (given his number)
Stay For: Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York" at the end of the game
Price of a Pink Hat: $20