Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Making the Impossible, Possible

You might be surprised to know the Giants won the World Series on Sunday.  By now, ESPN has shifted their focus to football, basketball, or maybe even the MLS.  Apparently "experts" have a hard time admitting they're wrong.  To make up for their boldly incorrect predictions, the recaps have focused on luck and a great manager.  While I will be making an offering to the Baseball Gods this offseason for their help on the 3rd baseline (be it a hit off the bag, or the bunt that stops fair), the Giants won on talent. Verlander didn't just have an "off night," the Giants hitters know how to frustrate pitchers and get on base.  Our defense didn't show up out of nowhere, they've been there all season. Heck, Crawford was there 20 years ago. Small ball?  How do you think we increased our runs scored from 2010, but were last in the league in HR's this season?

If these "experts" had bothered to pay attention to the NL West, outside of the Cabrera suspension or the Dodgers blockbuster trade that clearly went nowhere, they might have changed their predictions accordingly.  In the end, it doesn't matter.  The Giants are the World Series champs, and I was there for Game 2!


What was already an amazing night ended with the After Party.  I got a smile from Colin Hanks, brushed past Rich Aurilia, and saw Murph & Mac and Mad Dog.  It was like a sports fan/celebrity gossip junkie's dream come true.

Here's hoping I'm there to see them raise the flag on Opening Day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A little Roundup

In case you've been hiding under a sports rock. Here's a little recap of what's been happening.

The NFL and the Refs
Well, the refs finally figured out their issues with the League.  Basically, the League finally decided that the refs were worth the money. The strike ended. Apparently when the groups went into vote, it was just a formality, because everyone wanted to just move on and get back to normal (the vote was 112-5 . . . yeah, formality). The refs were able to get most of what they wanted, and it's really because the replacement refs couldn't handle it. The refs got about 20% higher salaries and the pension plan will stay in place for now. The refs, well, they walked away happy. I think the League is just happy it's not hanging it's head in shame from the controversial calls.

Jay Cutler is a douche
I know this isn't a surprise to anyone, but I want to hit the dumb face with a chair. I have respect for the dude, he plays a great game and publicly said that he could care less what people say.  The fact that he pouts, openly with the constant duck face, and still says screw everyone else . . . good job. However, I do not like the fact that he disrespects the coaches and walks away from them. That definitely happened twice in Monday's game. Like I said, I want to hit him in the face with a chair.

Drew Brees on route for record
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, is on his way to break the late great Johnny Unitas' record for 47 consecutive games with touchdown passes. Unitas' son even wrote Drew a letter saying good luck, and said he knows his dad would be happy to have the record surpassed. Sean Payton (former Saints head coach, currently on hiatus for bounty issues) says he knows that this record will be with out a doubt broken by Drew, even if it's not this next game. It will happen. However, I'm definitely cheering for the Saints.

Miguel Cabrera - Triple Crown?
The Detroit Tigers have their very own super star in Miguel Cabrera. He is on track to have the first baseball Triple Crown in 45 years. Now, of course when I think of Triple Crown, I think horse racing, but this Triple Crown is when a batter leads the league in: batting average, home runs, and RBIs. It's actually a really big deal, and incredibly hard to do.

Hockey still not looking good
The NHL is still not looking like the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will be reached. Last time this happened it was just about salary cap. Now? I don't have a clue, but it's basically the rich and the other rich trying to figure out who gets what percentage. Sadly? For me it just means more parking downtown during the typical hockey season.

College football?
Well, college football currently makes me sad because my poor team just can't get it together. So, I'm blocking out all other games. Hopefully your team is doing better and that you can win some bets. I definitely owe a TCU alum a dozen cookies. And don't think they won't be a red and blue mess, however edible.

Anything I missed that was big news?