Tag:New York Yankees
Posted on: August 6, 2008 8:12 pm
 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - August 6th

This is almost becoming a theme for me on this blog. I don't know if it works, but it's fun to write. A random smattering of sports topics from the past week or so, including one ongoing saga that might cause my brain to turn into mush...

The Good

Revolution Claim Superliga Crown

Most of you are asking, what the heck is Superliga and who are the Revolution? The New England Revs of Major League Soccer topped fellow MLS side, the Houston Dynamo, in an 8-team tournament that pits the best four teams from MLS and the Mexican Primero Division soccer clubs. The Revs topped the Dynamo 6-5 in a penalty kick shoot out after a 2-2 draw that included goals from both sides in extra time. The sad part about this game, it wasn't broadcast on TV, only on Telefutura, a spanish channel that I didn't have. But ESPN will pick up a "friendly"/exhibition between Spain's FC Barcelona and MLS' NY Red Bulls instead of the final of a "major international" tournament.

The Olympics

Forget the controversy with China and Darfur and the pollution, this event isn't about that, yet athletes continue to make it a big political soap box. I'm most looking forward to Kobe, LeBron and 'Melo and the rest of Team USA return to glory in Men's Basketball. Micheal Phelps going for some absurd amount gold medals again should be fun to watch. And the Men's and Women's National soccer teams will be in action (Women actually lost to Norway 2-0 already), meaning I've worked two soccer references into this blog and will probably lose ratings points because of it...

The Bad

Joba Chamberlain

Again, I hate the Yankees. I want to see lose 162 games every year because I hate their organization that much. I still respect the players, especially the young guys from their Series runs in the late 90s like Jeter, Posada, Rivera, Bernie. But I don't want to see this happen to the Yanks, especially with the three team AL East race with Boston and Tampa heating up. Losing Joba is a huge blow to the Yankees' already have problems in their rotation and now will be without Chamberlain for an extended period of time as he went on the DL and visited Dr. James Andrews, which is a first sign indicator that this could be serious.

NFL Gripes

Memo to the Giants and Jets franchises - Personal Seat Licenses are not the way to go. If I was a season ticket holder for a New York NFL team, I wouldn't renew my seats. I might partner up with other fans or get a package deal, but I wouldn't get season tickets. I have to pay for the right to buy season tickets? That's like charging me a thousand bucks to look at a house or a car. It makes no sense. And for that new Fan Conduct Policy, fans know where the line is. If you want to get smashed while tailgating and be a drunk, belligerent moron while at a game, fine. You can get tossed. But that's not going to stop me from jawing with the fans sitting near me. You can joke around with the kids, but they're off limits and you shouldn't be cursing near them anyways. This policy just outlines what fans should already know and I think it's useless.

The Ugly

NASCAR

Just one week after the debacle at Indianapolis, NASCAR decides to break out the rain tires and wiper blades for a Nationwide race in Montreal on a road course. And with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series both at Watkins Glen this weekend, NASCAR will go to the rain gear again should the weather turn south once again. Nationwide drivers had enough problems last weekend, including a wreck under caution before the race was called 26 laps early. And NASCAR wants to try again? I don't like this idea. I like having the two road course dates to change things up, but let's try to solve one tire problem before tackling rain tires/equipment, okay?

Manny Being Manny Goes West

The Manny Ramirez saga in Boston finally ended with a three team deal that sent the surly slugger to the LA Dodgers. It was a sad end to an otherwise adventurous and successful tenure for Manny. He help lead the Red Sox to their first World Series in 86 years and then help lead the Sox to the title last year as well. Boston gets back Pirates All-Star Jason Bay, who's a solid player and should do well up in Boston. I don't know what caused this massive rift between Manny and the Red Sox organization this year, but it seemed to come almost suddenly to me. I'm not familiar with the background and I know that Manny has had past issues with the team, but to me it looked like water under the bridge. Either way, this trend of players being able to dictate trades and holdouts is getting old. Like another player we'll get to...

That's not a bad week or so of sports in my opinion. I returned to the Braves glog for some west coast action against the Giants. I am looking forward to the Philadelphia Eagles preseason and getting a look at a healthy offense, keyed by Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. But there is one NFL story that will never end.

The Ugliest

Brett Favre

Brett, you can't play in Green Bay and you shouldn't play anywhere else. But please end this. I swear if I see one more ESPN Special on this...

- Eagle
Posted on: June 17, 2008 4:05 pm
 

The New York Mess

Some of you reading this title would thing that this is just a Braves fan hating on the New York Mets. And considering that this is a nickname that I coined for the Mets a while ago, you normally would be right. But not today, today we're talking about BOTH New York teams and their incompetent front offices.


Let's start with the Mets, firing Willie Randolph last night at 3 AM (Eastern) after wining the first game of a series with the Angels in California. Not only did the Mets wait too long after this story first got rolling a few weeks ago, they couldn't have done it at a worse time. After a win, in the middle of the night, on the road. Really? I don't know who to hate more. Do I blame the GM or the owners? Why did they wait so long? Do they know what this is going to do to the Mets, that just got back to a game under .500 last night? This entire situation was handled about as worse as it could have been. And I think they made the wrong decision. I like Willie Randolph as a manager. So his personality isn't fiery enough for the fans, who cares. The fans (and probably the front office too) wanted a scapegoat for the team underachieving this season and for the collapse last September. If you we're going to fire Randolph, it should have been during the off-season, not right now. This isn't going to help any. Now I have another reason to hate the Mets, besides the fact that they're rivals with my Braves, their front office is now classless. Way to go guys.

Ah, you Yankees thought you were getting off easy. We'll I haven't forgotten about you and more importantly your brilliant family of ownership. Yes, Hank Steinbrenner is at it again. I've always thought the whole family was a little off, but this takes the cake. Apparently, Hank thinks the DH rule was incorporated in the 1800s. Instead of the 1970's. I understand that C-M Wang is on the shelf until September with a injury from running the bases in an NL park, and he was upset. But if your going to say something as a representative of the Yankees, please say something intelligent. Not to mention they botched the Joe Torre thing last year as well in my opinion.

Now, I dislike both of these organizations more because of the fact that they are rivals of Atlanta and spend a lot of money (without much recent success). The Yankees arrogance of the late 90s is gone, they're no longer unbeatable and are a disaster right now. Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but I think so. The Mets were up and coming the last few years and I hope they crash and burn because of this debacle. It's nothing less than they deserve after what they did to Willie Randolph.

See what you've done New York? Not only am I angry, I had to post blog entries on back-to-back days. Now your making me try hard to make a blog that few people read anyway.

-Eagle
 
 
 
 
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