Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Call me sentimental, but I am already morning the passing of “the house that Ruth built”. Yankee Stadium over the last 85 years has been the site of the most championships (26) of any American sport. Yankee Stadium has seen the best player who has ever played the game, and the luckiest man in the world. It has seen the good and the bad of George Steinbrenner, and it has seen 15 different presidents come to office. I am sorry that I have never had a chance to go there, and I am even sorrier that I never will get that chance.
But, now back to the game from last night. Even though the National League lost, I thoroughly enjoyed every second. I felt terrible for Dan Uggla who, in spite of how he looked last night, deserved to be an All-Star. I loved the strategy and the honor that both managers employed as they marshaled the players in and out. I loved the quality of the pitching and the battling and I love the level playing field that the teams met on.
Last night was everything that is right with baseball and made me feel like a little kid again. It was like watching Ryan Sandberg, Andre Dawson, and the Cubs play on the WGN super station in the middle of the afternoon after playing a hard game of baseball in the morning. I felt the pure joy of sport, the pure joy of the game.
Now if only we could do something about the All Star winners getting home field advantage in the World Series…
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And what a week to ten days it has been in the meantime. Two major trades in Baseball, Brett Favre may be un-retiring, and the NBA free agent shuffle has gone off to a roaring start.
So here is my take…Who Cares!
What? The sports guy doesn’t care about these huge sports stories? That’s right I don’t. Nor do I care about Jason Giambi’s mustache, all star voting, or A-Rod violating his vows of marriage for the hundredth time. (Allegedly)
The only stories that should have any buzz are the two baseball trades, but even those lack the luster of your typical midseason blockbuster because the counteract each other and therefore maintain the balance of power that already existed in the NL Central.
[And I don’t care what you say…the St. Louis Cardinals never were a real contender in the division…they were merely keeping the Brewers seat warm.]
The real story is that baseball is back and the games are better than ever.
Look at the divisions and some of the races that are shaping up.
AL East traditional powerhouses Red Sox and Yankees battle each other and the upstart division leading Rays.
AL Central the White Sox holding a slim lead over a charging Twins team with the Tigers as a wild card contender.
NL West does anyone want to win it?
NL Central will have the best pennant race in the national league between the Brewers and the Cubs.
NL East features the Mets and the Phillies, two good teams.
The game itself is the story not the away from the field madness that clogs up Sportscenter these days. [Although I do want to give them kudos for the My Wish segments]
Please watch the games, enjoy the games, and teach your friends and family about the games.
…Unless you really enjoy ESPN’s coverage of the Teddy Roosevelt Mascot’s losing streak in New National Park.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Not the draft itself, that was fine. In fact, I thought ESPN did a good job coving it and making it almost watchable. Plus, I am always up for a good draft with the intrigue and the strategy. What made this draft so terrible is that there was only two good players. After Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley were off the board the story lines were over.
Yes, there were also some good "value picks" and some prospects with "upside", but as a whole after the first two picks were over you could switch over to I Love the New Millenium on VH1 and you would not miss anything by checking back during every other commercial break.
Now normally you would continue to watch incase of trades, but there were no blockbuster deals except for the Timberwolves trading OJ Mayo and crap to Memphis, for assorted overpaid roleplayers and Kevin Love. [Side note...Kevin Love and next years first overall pick Tyler Hansbrough will eventually compete in a reality TV show that will attempt to determine who will be the lead singer for The Giant White Busts]
And that trade...it took place after the draft.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I know, I know, too easy right? But I had to do it.
Just as a random side note...the whole You've Got Mail soundbyte from AOL being the title concept for a movie is a little ridiculous, but as I have not seen the movie itself, I may be judging to harshly.
This blog is going to be the shared experience of my personal introspection of my life. At the same time many of my posts will discuss and refine my views on politics and sports.
But since this is my introductory entry I will begin by discussing the big question of who I am.
Who I am cannot be answered in a blog regardless of what popular media would lead you to believe. I am sure that we have all seen the Twix commercial that talks about blogging.
Well, that is not me.
I am the personification of paradox. Even those who know me the best know nothing about me. I am an open book, but the secrets within the pages of that book cannot be unlocked merely by reading. I am the guy who plays Fantasy Football, takes a day off work to watch the NFL Draft, but also can recite most Disney movies by heart.
For those of you who will come to readmy opinions on sports and politics...I am just a regular guy. I have no specialized knowledge, but I know how to think and I have an opinion. And this is what you do if you have a thought on something, you blog.
I look forward to our journey together. I know it’s hard to get to know me but Don't Stop Believin' that you can and we will get along great.
If you want to leave a comment I would love to read them.