Month: October 2010

Honk If You’re Watching The World Series At Present ? Honk If You’d Rather Watch Paint Dry Or Have Sex Instead ?


Honk If You’re Watching The World Series At Present ? Honk If You’d Rather Watch Paint Dry Or Have Sex Instead ?

Well the ‘Fall Classic’ has started and baseball’s best two teams are left to fight it out in the best of seven game decider is now off to a rather pleasant start . The 2010 World Series presents us with pennant winners the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers . And already the series has presented us with a number of sub plotlines . Rangers’ catcher Bengie Molina has the chance to win a ring no matter the outcome of this series happens to be. Having started the season with the Giants the player was traded to the Rangers during the season . Rangers’ manager Ron Washington had something of a tumultuous season wherein it was a matter of faith as to whether or not the Rangers’ front office would stand by their manager after his admittance that he’d succumbed to substance abuse. Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and team President Nolan Ryan chose to stand by their manager and there was wholehearted support for this stance by the entire Rangers’ team .

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Now perhaps the vast majority of fans might have preferred to have seen the New York Yankees make it to the World Series in their quest to win their 28th title . It has to be said that their fall from grace at the hands of the Rangers was not only a pleasant surprise but also a welcoming one as well. And when one considers that the Yankees’ team payroll as almost four times as much as their opponents in the ALCS it has to be said that frugality now seems to be the way in baseball (MLB) . The payrolls of both participants in this season’s World Series is a combined $155 million . Not overly exorbitant by any stretch of the imagination but had it been the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies as the participants here, then there would have been in almost $350 million worth of talent on display. That being said it’s not always about the talent on display but the desire and the will to win. And the usual bye product of it all one hopes is an exihilarating series .

With the National League (NL) having won home-field advantage throughout the series one could assume that this gives the Giants the advantage that Bruce Bochy and his team sought. Game one of the series proved to be prophetic as this Giants’ team would get off to a resounding start in defeating the Texas Rangers and their ace Cliff Lee ___ 11-7 . The match-up between Lee and the Giants’ Tim Lincecum was all that and more , way beyond what anyone could have imagined or have wished for.

Now it goes without saying that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the league hierarchy hopes that not only are both venues AT&T Park , San Francisco and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington , Texas are filled to capacity. But also nationwide the television audience will be one that makes the event a ratings’ bonanza for Fox Televsion and the for the league as a whole. Steady declines in ballpark attendance and in television veiwership has left the game to an extent somewhat bereft of appeal. And it certainly hasn’t helped that the NFL is now in full swing and the apparent start of the NBA ____ season as well. It’s almost as if baseball suddenly becomes the ‘ugly duckling’ that no one has an apparent interest in or lusts for. This seems to be the one time of the year that the game really does have a problem resonating with the fans at large.

A World Series that proves to be a thrilling and excting one would no doubt lure the viewing public and fans to watch the series. The San Francisco Giants are making their first apperance in the World Series since 2002 where they would eventually fall to the Los Angeles Angels losing the series 4-2 . For the Texas Rangers this is their first appearance in the ‘Fall Classic’ and having undergone a change in ownerhsip this has all been a pleasant surprise not only for their long suffering fans but the ownership group led by Nolan Ryan and Charles ‘Chuck’ Greenberg. And given the fate of the organization prior its purchase by this syndicate group one ought to consider the Rangers an extremely lucky organization altogether. Their plight certainly wasn’t helped by the laissez-faire attitude of Bud Selig and his office as the team lay within bankruptcy proceedings and the intransigence being shown by then owner Tom Hicks . Now with a new ownership group in tow and their ambitions not merely being set with this lone appearance but in becoming a perennial contender for years to come it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Rangers at this juncture.

If game one proved to be a disappointment for the Rangers’ fans and the team as whole then game two would prove to be just as disastrous . It would pit pitchers Matt Cain against the Rangers’ C J Wilson and the resultant onslaught would once again be piled on by the Giants as they would overwhelm the Rangers 9-0 . If you thought the hole dug after game one was deep then one only has to look at the situation now that the Rangers face. Down 0-2 and with their offense and pitching now in a tailspin it’s hard to envisage how the they can now find their out this by erasing this series’ deficit and staving off defeat as the momentum has shifted towards the Giants. Had they split the series in San Francisco then one could conceivably say that they’d still be in with a chance. But the mere fact that the Rangers’ offense has been inconsistent and their bullpen seemingly in tatters Ron Washington and his coaching staff have a great deal of work ahead for them as they and the team try to get back on track before the series resumes at Rangers Ballpark on Saturday evening.

As this series unfolds it’ll be interesting to see how the television ratings pan out and the statements forthcoming from the league office. Quietly they have to be thinking to themselves what else needs to be done by them in order to lure the fans to the spectacle of the game and the value it provides in terms of entertainment. While overtures are being made to shorten the regular season and expand the number of playoff teams in the postseason. It has to be said that before any of this is done both the league hierarchy , team owners and the MLBPA (union) led by Michael Weiner will have to address many of the game’s underlying issues concerning the economic viability of the teams and their immediate future.

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What thoughts if any do you have concering baseball’s regular season and as such were there any major disappointments as far as you were concerned ? Also how do you view the World Series as it now stands and do you see the Texas Rangers playing themselves back into contention ? Or do you now seeing the San Francisco Giants winning their first title and erasing the nightmare of 2002 ? Chime in with a comment on your thoughts .

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Do The Right Thing …………….. You’ve Been Bamboozled


Do The Right Thing …………….. You’ve Been Bamboozled

Did I miss something but since when did respected movie director Spike Lee become a conduit for the front office of the New York Knicks ? I know that he’s an avowed fan of this team but now it’s becoming somewhat ridiculous when Lee is now an intermediary for the front office as they seek to lure Denver Nuggets’ guard Carmelo Anthony. As we’re all now aware the front office of the Nuggets though they’ve to yet state it categorically that it’s their intention to trade the player. In the last year of his existing contract the Carmelo Anthony hasn’t stated his intent to re-sign with the team. The uncertainty for the Nuggets also stems with the growing concern of the health of coach George Karl . Having undergone chemotherapy for throat cancer the coach’s recovery has been slow but there’s a lingering concern that even with a full recovery there will be times when Karl’s mindset will not be completely about the game and that is totally understandable. At the same time there seems to be rumblings of discontent from the player though no formal statement has been made by him to that effect.

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Given the possible upheaval and impending uncertainty one would’ve thought that the the organization would seek to trade the player now prior to the start of the season by looking to get an equitable return. The number of teams out there that would desire Anthony at this moment in time aren’t thought to be that many and with a number of them now having settled into their roster setups as they prepare to embark on their season . It’s extremely difficult to see which teams are seriously interested in making a trade for Carmelo Anthony at this juncture. Now as I alluded to earlier the New York Knicks it appears have been monitoring the situation closely and are intent on making Anthony their next acquisition. In joining the Knicks alongside Amar’e Stoudemire I don’t view the team as an immediate threat within the Eastern Conference . Most certainly however, they will improve but to my mind unless the complimentary players surrounding Stoudemire and perhaps the newly acquired Anthony actually step up their play this will be a team that will suffer the pitfalls expected of being forever perceived as a woefully inept team.

Knicks’ GM Donnie Walsh , owner James Dolan and head coach Mike D’Antoni no doubt want to facilitate this trade as quickly as possible. And with the start of the season merely a week away should this trade not go down then we are likely to see an organization showing a great deal of uncertainty and a team not knowing what their perceived direction ought to be. The trade deadline though early in the season it does create something of a dilemma should the Nuggets then seek then to trade away the player as it readily promotes the fact that they’ve already given up on their season. Granted , the nucleus of this roster is a veteran one with veterans such as Chris Andersen , Al Harrington , Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups. And though the team had an excellent postseason last year where they would succumbed to a more competitive and resolved team in the Los Angeles Lakers in Western Conference semi-finals who would then go on to win the NBA Finals .

Rosie Perez seen here dancing to the theme song from Spike Lee’s seminal movie ‘Do The Right Thing’ . Theme by Public Enemy ………. “Fight The Power”

While no one doubts that Nuggets would want to remain competitive it’s extremely hard to see them doing so were they to relinquish the services of Carmelo Anthony. But given the player’s reluctance to commit to the organization and to my mind the owner Stanely Kroenke his son Josh Kroenke , team President and their willingness to complement Anthony with players matching his talent and zeal then the possible trade of the player might well just be the best possible move that can be made that is acceptable to all parties. If nothing else it gives both groups the chance to start afresh .

Now if the perceived trade to the Knicks does happen then this doesn’t automatically change the overall picture within the Eastern Conference but it most certainly gives notice that the Knicks and their fans mean business. Granted the landscape within the conference still will revolve around the Miami Heat and their trio , along with the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. How this all plays out will be incumbent upon the desires of the teams mentioned. The pressure will be on the Miami Heat led by Dwyane Wade , LeBron James and Chris Bosh. And with the organization’s financial combined commitment to the trio by team owner Mickey Arison said to be upwards of $200 million it is understandable to see how and why the organization is hoping for a quick return on that investment . Having lost in excess of $45 million in 2009 nothing short of an NBA title win will be considered anything less than their season being viewed as a success. The vast majority of teams who’ve the Heat on their schedule this season are said to be doing a blistering business in terms of ticket sales. And for the Miami Heat from a commercial standpoint the re-signing of Wade along with the acquisition of Both and James had led to a financial windfall of spectacular proportions. Both ABC/ESPN , NBA Tv and TNT Sports whose televised coverage of the NBA has become the staple for the fans of the game. Each of the broadcast outlets in question have not only beefed up their coverage of the Heat but they are also using the team as part of their overall marketing and promotional programming schedule.

Now while I’ve no doubt that the Heat are and will remain bona-fide favorites within the Eastern Conference and the thinking will be that they’ve but to play above average basketball merely to make their presence felt . I do believe that they’ll become complacent and it could very well lead to their demise. Overlooking this all will be team President Pat Riley and his subordinate coach Erik Spoelstra . Perhaps no other coach in the NBA will be under more pressure to achieve this season. And should Spoelstra and this team falter in any way then it wouldn’t at all surprise me to see Riley step down from his executive position and assume the reins from his protoge`. Behind that alleged calm persona of Riley belies and individual who’s a chameleon and a narcissist at heart. Nothing would give him more pleasure than to win another NBA title as a coach and then rub it in the faces of the press and public who view acquisition of both Lebron James and Chris Bosh as simply a PR stunt .

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For James Dolan and Donnie Walsh the big splash of landing Carmelo Anthony would make the Knicks more relevant as an organization and team within the NBA. Even if they are one the most valuable NBA franchises it means absolutely nothing when you’re still viewed as something of a laughing stock around the league. My own perspective concerning this all is that should this coup be pulled off and with Anthony joining the New York Knicks will that now enable Spike Lee to actually either become a an executive with the Knicks’ organization ? Furthermore what does that tell you about Lee as a sport’s fan if he’s able to make this happen when an alleged basketball mind in the guise of Isiah Thomas as an executive and coach simply wreaked havoc within the Knicks’ organization and almost brought it to its very knees ? Kind of makes you wonder who’s …….been doing the right thing and who’s been bamboozled here doesn’t it ?

Do you envisage Carmelo Anthony being traded at some point in the season and if so to which NBA team ? To your mind would he be a perfect fit within the Knicks’ organization should that particular trade ever take place ? Chime on in with a comment as you deem fit.

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Now What’s The Dog And Pony Show Really About Anyone Care To Ask Members of The Miami Heat ?


Now What’s The Dog And Pony Show Really About Anyone Care To Ask Members of The Miami Heat ?

OK the hype has yet to be stop and it appears that we’re not liable to see it be come to a close anytime soon. Now it’s getting to the stage where David Stern views this as the ‘life blood’ that the NBA needs in order keep the brand omnipresent in the public’s eye. The Miami Heat and their triumvirate of stars are looking to take their show on the road this season. I’m sorry to say this but this could end up driving me to feel the same way I feel about Brett Favre and his repeated ‘retirements’ and ‘un-retirements’ . As we all know the player’s repeated cries to be loved by the fans and whomever else would be willing to listen was about as welcoming a dose of the ebola virus. Favre for his part while being a great ambassador for the NFL over the last few years has been about appealing as a member of Congress. Albeit that he’s continually viewed as the goose that laid the golden egg for cable broadcast outlet ESPN. Now here comes a ‘marriage’ created in heaven but now seems to be on its way to hell by way of the idiotic bunkum that LeBron James and the station felt was necessary to further widen the player’s appeal..

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As I stated earlier simply making the Miami Heat and their latest escapades the sole reason why we ought to be tuned into the every move of the NBA is like waiting to hear or see what Congress can do for the country at large as it relates to the economy and other acute issues. Less we forget David Stern sought to sell us a ‘bill of goods’ when the NBA sought to borrow $250 million to several teams around the NBA in order for these clubs to remain financially viable. Amongst the recipients of the quarter of a billion dollars doled out was the Miami Heat, whose multi billionaire owner Micky Arison is amongst one of the richest men in the state of Florida and amongst the 250 richest people in America . What am I missing here as it relates to how the NBA hierarchy conducts its business and what we now know to about the owners ? The Miami Heat lost in excess of $45 million in 2009 and then the maneuver set in place to bring in both James , Chris Bosh and along with the re-signing of Dwyane Wade has now made the Heat the team to beat within the Eastern conference. Though it has to be said that the likes of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls , Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks will be looking to make that target on the Heat’s back ‘ripe to be hit dead center’ and to be taken down.

Miami’s first preseason game against an NBA opponent will be against the Detroit Pistons and it will give Heat coach Erik Spoelstra a real chance to assess his much celebrated triumvirate alongside role players who will be looking to defer to these stars while at the same time complementing the team. Heat President Pat Riley , the Svengali behind this all as he’ll no doubt be looking to this team to make an allout assault on challenging the might of the Western Conference as well as being viewed as the team to beat within the Eastern Conference, it has to be said that there’s a great deal riding on this all. The stakes are high but given the fact that ticket sales have seen a twofold spike as well the executive suites and the sale of Heat memorabilia at AA Arena in Miami . These are indeed some bountiful times for the Heat on and off the court , at the same time it has proven to be profitable for the NBA as a whole. But none of that will mean anything should the team fail to make it to the NBA Finals and win it. Riley , the players and Heat front office may well play this all down but simply look at the access that the team has now granted not only ESPN but several international news and sports’ organizations as they seek to embark on this quest ? And while Pat Riley continues to play this all down by leveling his own criticism at those who’ve voiced their displeasure at the way James left the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now we all know the travesty of the whole James departure from the Cavaliers played out like a rather idiotic Hispanic tele-novela . Now if you’ve viewed one of those shows you’ll understand they have know they have no plot-line but somehow they tend to attract a captive audience. And that now appears to be the case with LeBron James and his sojourn across the NBA . His supporting cast now happens to be the Miami Heat and even if it’s being viewed as Dwyane Wade’s team it will James’ every move that will be under close scrutiny throughout this upcoming season. And if you thought that James isn’t loving the grand stage of Miami then nothing could be further from the truth Over the past forty eight hours the player has been interviewed by various members of the world’s press elite as they want to know about his every move. Not to be left out of any of this are James’ cohorts Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they’ve been part of this ongoing circus and the whole spectacle as it unfolds for the public’s consumption.

As enthusiastic as I am about the NBA and this upcoming season I have to admit that this spectacle concerning the Heat while it may lure a lot of discerning fans I do believe that it could well be bored by it all ! Now that’s not to say that it won’t be a profitable exercise in terms of the teams who’ll have the Heat as part of their regular season schedule . You’ve got to understand there’s money to be made and while there’s been a great deal of criticism from within and outside of the game here’s the caveat to it all who wants kill the goose that lays the golden egg ? This goose the NBA hierarchy will be around for years to come as we’ll no doubt soon see the departure of Kobe Bryant , Shaquille O’Neal , Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan from the NBA within the next five years.Their retirements are bound to leave a great void within the game and the fact that the NBA no longer has a rivalry that it can feed to the masses and the mere fact that there’s no dominant team other than that of the Los Angeles Lakers. And the perceived rivalry that many of us might’ve thought was back to its best with last season appearance of the Boston Celtics in last season’s NBA Finals had about as much revelry as watching Rosie O’Donnell strip to the music of George Michael , not exactly a wondrous sight at all but for others it might just do.

To the other aspirants around the NBA it has to be said that their time to step up will be during the season to show the fans what they’re all about. The Los Angeles Lakers while they’re still the reigning champions they know that this season until they’re actually dethroned no matter what ‘type of dog and pony show’ is on the road the true test will come from the team or teams seeking to dethrone them will still have a fight on their hands. While we’re now seeing the Heat now being regaled as if they were the reincarnation of the ‘Showtime Lakers’ I proffer this as a word of advice , this particular ensemble has done absolutely nothing as of yet to justify any comparison with any of the great NBA dynasty’s or teams of the past ,and until they do all we will continue to see are the likes of ESPN regaling us with their every move . Meanwhile in the background remains Stern and Riley simply grinning from ear to ear like cats who’ve come across several bowls of milk and a room filled with mice. Makes them happy no doubt but for some of us at present we’re simply being bored by this all.

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In the upcoming season is there a team within the NBA which you view as being capable of derailing the ambitions of the Miami Heat ? If so state your reasons why and also which team do you see as a prospective challenger to the Los Angeles Lakers as possible champions of the NBA ?

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Alan aka tophatal ………… 🙂 _ 😦

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