Archive for February, 2012

No Kenny Powers, you’re f*cking out.

I’m a big fan of HBO’s Eastbound and Down.  I think Danny McBride is hilarious (even though his character is almost exactly the same in every single movie/tv show he acts in) and the concept of the show is brilliant.  If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 years and have never seen the show, McBride plays Kenny Powers, a former Major League Baseball star known more so for his partying and antics than his skill.  The first episode of Season 1 showed Kenny’s downfall.  Once a 100+ MPH closer for the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, a life of partying and basically not giving a shit caused KP to bounce from team to team and eventually out of the Majors.  Eastbound and Down has chronicled Kenny’s life since then and is now in Season 3 as he finds himself pitching for the Myrtle Beach Mermen in hopes of getting back to the show. Read the rest of this entry »

Even though Linsanity has been exciting, the New York Knicks’ season so far has been entirely a disappointment. After the signing of Tyson Chandler, most people expected the Knicks to be much better than one game under .500 but here we are at the halfway point with the Knicks sitting in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference. Considering the talent on the roster, that is not good enough and the grades that I am about to dish out will reflect that. Let’s open up the gradebook:

Carmelo Anthony

He was supposed to be the cornerstone of the franchise but he’s been playing like he’d rather be on the corner getting stoned. The Knicks gave up half their roster last year for this? This has easily been Melo’s worst season since entering the NBA so far. Career lows across the board. Also, he stalls the offense with his isolations in the half court set. And it also looks like the fans are starting to turn on him. This isn’t looking pretty. Read the rest of this entry »

Chase, Paul, Iman and Derrick.....Can you feel the excitement?!?!?

Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams, Paul George and Iman Shumpert.  Seriously?

The NBA couldn’t even get the best player from the city hosting the All-Star Game to participate.  They couldn’t get a former dunk contest champion.  They couldn’t even get “Superman”.

You have…..1 unheard voice message…..”Hey Dwight, it’s David Stern.  Uh, listen…I know you are probably going to bolt from the Magic Kingdom after the season, but could you help an old buddy out and at least give Magic fans the feeling that there’s still a 1% chance you are going to return by demolishing 3 scrubs in the dunk contest next week?  Thanks Dwight, call me back ASAP.”

Press SEVEN to erase this message *beep*. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lin and His Impact on Me

February 17, 2012 by

There isn’t a doubt that Jeremy Lin is a phenomenon. An Asian Rudy that was cut by two separate NBA franchises and sent to the D-League before being given a chance by his current team to go on to glory to ignite a basketball team, a metropolis, and the whole country? What the fuck? This can’t be real. Aaron Sorkin couldn’t write a better script than this. What he is doing for the New York Knicks and, let’s be completely real here, the entire NBA is nothing short of remarkable. You cannot turn on your TV, log in on a social media website, listen to the radio, etc. without a mere mention of Lin-mania. He has taken this country by storm. People actually give a shit about the New York Knicks! Trust me…that hasn’t happened in a while. However, his potentially far-reaching social impact is what tantalizes me just as much as his influence on the dynamic of the current NBA season.  Read the rest of this entry »

You may have already seen these videos, but if you haven’t you’re in for a treat.  Let’s start off with the brilliant blonde at the New York Giants Super Bowl Victory Parade:

“SANCHEZZZZZ!”  Really?  You’re at the New York Giants parade and the player you want to see most is Mark Sanchez, the Jets quarterback?  Blondes have been the butt of jokes for centuries and this woman just set them back a few more years. Read the rest of this entry »

JR Smith Drunk

J.R. Smith is on his way back to the NBA from China and according to ESPN his most likely destination is either Lob City or New York.  While the Clippers can only sign him to a minimum salary, the Knicks have the cap space to sign him to a more lucrative deal for the midlevel exception of a pro-rated $2.5 million.  Former teammates from each squad are recruiting the combo guard with CP3 and Kenyon Martin egging Smith to go west while crash test buddy Carmelo Anthony  is telling him to come to the concrete jungle.  Do us all a favor Melo, let the Clips have him. Read the rest of this entry »

Now that the Knicks have picked up Linsanity’s contract for the remainder of the season, he’s moved out of his brother’s apartment and into Trump Towers in White Plains, NY.  Former Knicks star David Lee is subletting the $3,800 per month abode to Lin who can finally say…

If  you follow me on Twitter (@ttlsportsblog), you will notice that I am very passionate about the New York Mets.  Almost everyday I engage in some kind of Twitter chatter that revolves around the upcoming season.  With pitchers and catchers reporting in a few days, it’s time to deploy Operation: Everybody Cool Out.

Before last week, all anyone wanted to do was cry about how the Mets are going bankrupt and have no money to spend on players.  While I completely agree that money is a problem, and probably will be for the short-term, maybe it’s not a bad thing?  Fiscal responsibility is a HUGE part or running a professional franchise that many fans don’t seem to understand, or want to understand.  The only way to sustain a successful business is to make money.  Plain and simple:  If you spend more than you are making, your business fails.  With hundreds of millions of dollars in loans due soon, coupled with dropping attendance and a bloated payroll, this business model just can’t work.

Sandy Alderson was brought into this organization to clean up someone else’s mess.  Yes, he was a major part of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics, but as he said on WFAN today, he’s not here to run the team like that.  There have been many articles written in the past few weeks about how the Mets have trimmed $52 million off last year’s payroll.  But what people are failing to understand is that the $52 million has come in the form of Ollie Perez, Louis Castillo, Frankie Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.  Ollie Perez and Louis Castillo played exactly zero games for the Mets last year.  That’s $18 million right there.  Frankie Rodriguez, who no one wanted around either, was another $12 million.  Carlos Beltran was $20 million, who Alderson spun into Zach Wheeler when he robbed the San Francisco Giants with a ski mask and a gun.  And finally, there’s Jose Reyes.  In the final year of his contract, he was making $11 million.  This one has come under much scrutiny.  But the more and more I think about it, 6 years and $100 million + for a guy who’s legs are a constant problem, just isn’t the right business move. Read the rest of this entry »