Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. You have done all the hard work and it is much appreciated – and loved. Before we spend the day with our moms, I thought I’d churn out some sports thoughts…
NBA. I’m sorry, I just can’t give a shit here. There is such a thing as over-hype. Yes, what Lebron has done is amazing, but you can’t tell me that is all the NBA is about. For if it is, then you have no substance. Not only that, you are doing all the other players and teams an extreme disservice.
But the bigger issue in the NBA seems to be whether or not Becky Hammon is qualified to be a Head Coach at the NBA level. I offer no opinion on it because really, the only opinions that matter are those 12 men who will be a part of that team next year. If she is going to get a chance though, this might be the team to do it with – a playoff team. She’ll get a legitimate shot, not some team desperate for a PR splash with no hope of winning using her.
NHL. This is where I start to get interested, particularly if a Canadian team is still standing, and lo and behold there is…Winnipeg, who won game one of the Western Conference Finals last night. Not that I’m against Vega$, but I think it would be good for the NHL to get some Canadian Blood in the finals.
MLB. Almost 40 games in, nearly 25% of the season, I think we can start taking a look at the standings.
- AL East. Looks like another year of Cranks/Saws, but boy are they playing well. Wow!!!
- AL Central. I’m supremely disappointed by this division. A few years ago, I was bragging about the potential future of MLB being here and yet it’s gone. Even Cleveland is at best a .500 team. It leaves hope for Minny who has had a horrific start, but only finds themselves 0.5 games back.
- AL West. Houston, Anaheim, and Seattle are all 1.5 games within each other for the lead.
- NL East. Just as I was criticizing Washington last week, they go on a run and are now five games up.
- NL Central. The big dogs right now where four of the five teams are either leading or 0.5 games back of the division lead.
- NL West. Arizona is up, but the surprise is in LA where those dirty stinking water thieves are eight games back. San Francisco though is only two games under .500 despite being outscored by 33 runs all year long.
So somebody asked the question: Is it possible for a 21 strikeout game to actually happen? Now I personally think that would be cool. It might be boring to many and I completely understand that. But to see the equivalent of seven innings of strikeout ball might be something really interesting.
The Good. Last week, I mentioned that Matt Harvey left New York and hoped he would get another chance in a much smaller market. No sooner did I say that, then he showed up on the radar in Cincinnati – probably the best possible place to be for him right now. His first start for the Reds, he pitched four innings of no run, one hit ball against the Dodgers. Here’s to this kid regaining his hunger and finding his way back.
The Bad. Baltimore is having a rough start to it’s MLB season, and it sure didn’t take the media vultures long to tamper (err, speculate) on potential trade fits for Manny Machado. And of course, ESPN says that he could end up with the Dodgers, Mets, Atlanta, or apparently anywhere in the NL Central. Seems to me that they have a vested interest in where this kid goes. I guess my question is – why couldn’t Machado fit in San Diego, or Kansas City, or Miami? Or is that not just good TV?
The Ugly. The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia as their head coach, but now it turns out that at the very least there is some kind of sexual assault charge from 22 years ago which was dismissed yet brought back into the light. I don’t know the circumstances, but this will not turn out well for anybody involved.
The You Gotta be Shi**ing me . David Price, a key pitcher for the Sawx is getting caught up in some controversy because he’s suffering from carpal tunnel. But what’s controversial is the reason being alleged by some – that he’s playing video games? Even he admits the games might have contributed to it…You really gotta be shitting me here.
The You Gotta be Shi**ing me #2. ESPN is beyond stupid. To sit here and state that with a few breaks the Cleveland Browns could very well shock the world and snag eight or nine wins and a wild card? This is why folks consider this network more hype than substance. I don’t mind an informed opinion, but as Montel Williams says “stop with the stupid.”
I like Cleveland’s moves thus far, but let’s be real here – the AFC has New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Jacksonville, and the AFC West Champ. Then there’s the second place team in the AFC West. Then you mix in Baltimore, and Tennessee and the third place team in the AFC West and you are looking at a major hurdle to climb.
My final thought. Sports is somewhat slow, but I’m in the busy part of the year for my work. Yesterday, I went to my first rodeo as part of a veterans event to present the honorary belt buckle and watching what these cowboys and cowgirls do is simply amazing. Athletically, I’d put them up against anybody, and that includes the support folks.
Now get out there and spend time with Mom. Oh, and as our old friend used to say…have a week.