I hope everybody enjoyed their Cinco de Mayo. Time for a few thoughts…
MLB. I get that we’re only one month into the season, but is anybody paying attention to the NL East? Atlanta and Philly are 1 and 2 in that division. Young kids getting a chance and their enthusiasm running the day.
By the way, anybody notice Washington is falling flat? Yep, sitting at .500. Seems like they have chosen to just cruise through the first half of the season.
NBA. So as we march towards Cleveland/Golden State Round Four (yawn!), maybe it’s time to look at some of the things that are more of the future in the NBA, and that would be things such as Utah’s stunning success, New Orleans coming up, Boston’s built for a long run going forward, and yeah Philly’s future going forward.
Oh, and I saw Boston fan running smack in Philly after the game and referring to brooms. Hey Boston fan, I get your tough, but yapping in Philly doesn’t make for a safe departure for you. Chill. Besides, LeBron is going to punk you next, so really, just shut up.
I wonder how the New York Knicks are going to do with new Head Coach David Fizdale. He’s outspoken, and in New York that’s considered a virtue. But at the same time, could he take some heat off the on-the-floor product and give them time to grow? Might be the best choice here.
NHL. I am hoping that Washington can finally close the door on Pittsburgh and move on and that would make a lot of old folks here very happy. Come on Caps, don’t blow it…
And while I’m at it, I’m here to pimp Canada, how freaking cool would it be for Winnipeg (of all Canadian cities) to take the Cup? Let’s go Winnipeg…
NFL. All day yesterday as I was driving here and there you know what the only subject discussed was on the radio? Ben Roethlisberger saying he won’t coach up that QB drafted named Mason Rudolph. Hey Ben, you’ve been running smack (even if only joking) about retiring or “not having it anymore,” so why wouldn’t Pittsburgh draft a new QB? I get it, you don’t owe the kid anything, but don’t be a dick either. But then again weekend talking heads, you’ve got nothing better to talk about?
And by the way, Eric Reid hasn’t been rehired after leaving SF and has now filed a collusion grievance against the NFL. Hey look, I get it franchises are concerned about backlash with his kneeling/protesting, but I was always told that America was about forgiveness and second chances.
Oh and lastly, who is the ESPN talking twit whose running around screaming that Green Bay should sign Dez Bryant? How do you not pay attention to the selfish “me first” attitude that he exudes? Explain exactly to me how a glorified and not very fast WR helps Aaron Rodgers? The last thing Green Bay needs is a distraction like that. It will only stunt the growth of the rest of the WR corps.
Oh, and stop talking about the 49ers being a contender please. This is a team whose issues had run far deeper than two years worth of cleaning up a dumpster fire. It’s going to take a bit of time for this team to gel, so just stop the madness.
The Good. Congratulations to Albert Pujols joining the 3000 hit club. This dude has pretty much gone ignored since his move to Anaheim (yes, Anaheim you media twits – it isn’t Los Angeles). So now that he’s achieved this, pretty much the next time you hear about Albert the Great won’t be until Cooperstown, and that in my opinion is bad marketing by MLB.
The Bad. Baltimore and Cincinnati in MLB are lurching towards their own version of “the process.” Both only have eight wins this season. This might be the time where MLB steps in and stops this non-sense. When you are sitting below a .250 win percentage and sitting four games behind the Miami Marlins in the win category, then to me it’s pretty clear what is going on.
The Ugly. Matt Harvey is now a former New York Mets pitcher, as he was designated for assignment. Injuries and immaturity appear to be the reason. In my mind, this is a cautionary tale about playing in a media mega-market and forgetting who you are, but also about a player being arrogant enough to think they (the media, not the team) won’t turn on you.
Hey Matt, to quote a line from Animal House, “Face it, you fucked up, you trusted us.” I hope you take this as a learning lesson. Take some time to think about things and get hungry again. I think you could be one hell of a valuable player again – just drop the baggage. Plenty of teams could use a focused Matt Harvey. And by focus I mean Baseball. Maybe a place like Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Oakland, or Kansas City would be the ticket – not a national media market, a pretty forgiving fan base.
The You Gotta be shi**ing me. The Cranks and Sawx are going to play a two game set in London and each player on this trip will get an extra $60,000 for participating in the games? Apparently on June 29 and 30, 2019 these two media whores are going to do this. Hey MLB, how bout you focus on marketing your product here in the states?
A bonus “You gotta be shi**ing me. David Akers, a kicker, kicked Cow-pattie fans right in the nuts with his pretty cool and pretty public rant at the draft. “Hey Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl most of these draft picks weren’t even born yet?”
Jerry’s final thought. Look, I’ve been incredibly busy traveling and learning my new job, and probably most importantly turning off the TV. It doesn’t mean I’m not committed to this place, but at the same time, sports became pretty boring to me – I just don’t like the carnival shit. I want to be able to sit down and enjoy a game or that positive surprise.