In the sports world there are certain things that as writers that call for us to voice our opinions, yet don’t warrant an entire column in their honor. So from this point forward, I’ll be popping in from time to time to let you know what I think about some of the recent happenings in sports. Let’s get started…
1) I’m tired of New England and their fans saying they got jobbed on that Monday Night call
You know what? Shit happens. It isn’t always a conspiracy – Sometimes it just is what it is. The only mistake that referee made was throwing the flag in the first place. There was no foul on that play that affected the outcome of the game. My father made a great point about this: When you’re down in the red zone and everyone on the field knows where that kind of play is headed, a lot of that contact just becomes a bunch of guys running into each other in the endzone.
And don’t even get me started about New England’s fans saying that the NFL is out to get them because of Spygate. When it comes to teams getting calls in their favor, the New England Patriots are the Michael Jordan of the NFL. I heard a Pats fan say the other day that they got “screwed” in the Carolina game, which is hilarious. Screwed? Oh, you mean like the 1985-1986 AFC Championship game screwed? Or in either the Rams or Panthers Super Bowls where New England got several favorable calls that allowed Tom Brady to be the international superstar that he is today? Get the fuck out of here…The referee was right to pick the flag up, and in this instance the right call was no call.
2) The New York Knicks better get their head out of their ass, and quick
The Knicks are 3-8 and next to last in the league in rebounding. Their roster dictates that they should be much better than they are, but how can you do that when you have a guy like Amare Stoudamire on your team just hanging out waiting for the next show to come on. That dude is just somewhere else after the ball gets tipped off, and that’s an insane amount of cash to be paying somebody who’s that disconnected. The Indiana game was wretched because they had that one in the bag. The game was OVER. JR Smith even admitted to the media after the Pacers game on Wednesday that he has begun to panic. The Knicks HAVE to get something going soon, or they’ll be out of the race before they know it.
And I don’t even want to hear about how it’s just the beginning of the NBA season and all of that jazz…Like I said they have enough solid players on that teams that would dictate they should be much better. And if the “real season” didn’t start until after the first of the year, the games before then wouldn’t count. But they do, so that argument goes out the window. Speaking of the Knicks…
3) The NBA needs to man up and tell Ron Artest to take that stupid name off of his jersey
Before you immediately counter with the fact that Artest changed his name legally so they have to honor his wishes to put that dumb shit on his back, remember that this was the guy who got suspended for an entire season for his very public anger issues. This is a guy who used to drink hard liquor in the locker room at halftime. I don’t give a fuck about what his rights are. Somebody in the upper chain of command in the National Basketball Association should seriously lay down the law and make his jersey read his birth name. And when he complains and asks the league why they have made that decision, the NBA should simply inform him that he’s a dumb motherfucker who probably should have been thrown out of basketball years ago.
The biggest problem I have with this is that changing your name to Metta World Peace is just a dumb, dumb thing to do. Worse yet, it makes the league look stupid when a guy wearing the words “World Peace” on the back of his jersey starts talking shit and shoving other dudes around seconds after the whistle is blown. I think sometimes you have to stand up and tell somebody when they are just being obnoxious, and there’s never been a better time than now to alert Ron Artest that he’s in this category.
4) Everybody referring to the Baltimore Ravens as “Defending Super Bowl Champions”
We’re all guilty of using that terminology to fill space in these columns, but there’s just no way that the same team you watched get off to a huge lead in Super Bowl 47 is the same team that just lost to the Chicago Bears who were starting a second stringer. It’s more than just Ray Lewis, it’s Ray Rice not producing like he used to, the lack of Ed Reed’s presence, and Joe Flacco’s overall “Piss off, I got my money” attitude. The Ravens aren’t anything like they used to be, and now find themselves a full three games back of the Bengals heading into week twelve.
But you wouldn’t know it by watching ESPN or listening to sports talk radio, which will likely tell you the Ravens are going to be just fine even though they are two games under .500. And their remaining schedule includes Detroit (in Michigan), New England (whom they shouldn’t beat), Cincinnati (who will be looking to avenge the loss from earlier on in the season), and Pittsburgh, who is playing much better. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see Baltimore finishing over 8-8. And the reason for that is that lack of urgency they had last year – In the playoffs last year Ray announced that this would be it for him and they rallied around the guy. But this year, there’s no real reason that they should be able to draw the same kind of inspiration. To summarize, it’s going to take some really moving visits to the children’s hospital in order to light a fire around this team’s collective ass.
5) I think the Prince Fielder/Ian Kinsler trade was a great move for the Tigers
I have to admit I was a little shocked initially when I heard these reports on Wednesday night, but now that I’ve had time to think it over I get it. In the long run, this saves Detroit a ton of money (even though they will pay a lot up front to execute the deal) and I don’t know about you but it seems to me like Prince Pudgy is about set to see a major drop in his productivity. Even though he’s only 29, he hit .279 last season and during his entire tenure in Detroit you always got that feeling that he was constantly looking for a change of scenery.
In addition to saving all of that money, the Tigers also get second basemen Ian Kinsler. Kinsler is two years older, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Fielder retires before he does. This was likely a win-win for both teams, but I can honestly see the Tigers making out better than the Rangers do. Check back here in July to see if I’m right.