Between the Jets and the Giants, who will bounce back?

24 Jul
Do the Jets or the Giants have the ability to bounce back?

The Jets and Giants both struggled last season.  Which team will bounce back this year and get back to winning ways.  Weigh in with your thoughts.

Sandy Alderson has the skills to be a lawyer, not a general manager

23 Jul
Sandy Alderson has dropped the ball yet again

While some may say that the Mets are developing a young nucleus of talent in the minor leagues, it has taken an inordinate amount of time.  When Sandy Alderson took the job as general manager for the New York Mets in 2009, he stated that he had a five year plan to bring a winner back to New York.  Well, it has come to that fifth year, and the Mets are looking at their fifth consecutive losing season.

The New York spotlight demands winning, and when winning is not achieved, those who are responsible are usually held accountable.  For some reason, Sandy Alderson barely takes any slack from the media or the fans.  Time after time he is seen smooth talking his way out of questions to reporters spewing the same old company line, but at the end of the day, he needs to produce a winner.  All we heard from the Mets the past few years was that 2014 would be the year the Mets would compete for the playoffs.  Now all of a sudden, they are talking about 2015 and how the future is very bright as if people are supposed to forget about what they previously stated.  

I am puzzled as to why this has been able to fly in New York.  Yes, things need time to fix, but at a certain point people must show up and produce.  It is apparent that the Mets are more concerned with stadium promotions and their pockets than the team actually winning meaningful games.  When you hear Alderson talk, if you didn't know any better, you would think that the Mets are 20 games over .500.  He praises players that are terrible and says that they are doing good things.  One must beg the question, what team is he watching?  His attitude and the Mets performance is beyond response at this point.

Alderson's lack of touch with the fans and his ignorance on many issues had led to another poor season to date for the Mets.  He may be building a nucleus in the minors, but I highly doubt that people want to wait another five years for what could be a serviceable team at best.  Thanks for nothing Sandy.  Former G.M. for the Mets, Omar Minaya, wasn't as bad as people may have thought.  At least the guy made transactions once in a blue moon.    

Why the Buffalo Bills may be the best New York football team this season

22 Jul
Watch out for Sammy Watkins and the Buffalo Bills

While everyone is talking about the Jets and the Giants and the bravado that comes along with them; people seem to be forgetting about that team up in Orchard Park, NY.  While the Buffalo Bills are coming off a losing season, don't let that fool you.

Although the Bills learned of a devastating blow recently when Kiko Alonso, their star on defense went down, the Bills still have a stout front seven on defense.  This stout front seven is led by Marcel Dareus at defensive end who is a force at the line of scrimmage.  The secondary is led by veteran safety Jim Leonard who brings stability to the back end of the defense.  On offense, the explosive capability is off the charts.  C.J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins are both home run hitting weapons alongside Robert Woods who is a budding slot receiver in the league.  Although E.J. Manuel is feeling the pressure to live up to the hype, he seems to be un-phased by the challenge that he faces.

This Buffalo Bills team is young, explosive, and extremely dangerous.  Teams who are looking past them on the schedule may want to think twice before prematurely penciling in a victory against this young Bills team.

While the Bills have a possible problem at quarterback, the Jets and the Giants have multiple problems.  The Giants do not know what they are going to get from recently acquired Rashad Jennings at running back and are not sure on what their offensive line will be like this year.  As for the Jets, like always, they have a quarterback controversy.  This time the controversy is between recent draft pick Geno Smith and veteran quarterback Michael Vick.  The Jets also have the potential to have one of the worst secondaries in the league if they don't get their act together. 

Rex Ryan doesn't want to worry about the Patriots, but he may need to pay a little attention to what is going on in Buffalo.  And oh yeah, he may want to pay attention to the Patriots as well being that they have won 11 of the last 13 AFC East titles to be had.  New York, don't sleep on the Buffalo Bills.

Do you miss that electric atmosphere at the games? It left with the old stadiums

16 Jul
There is nothing like the old stadiums

Lets face it; while New York sporting events still have some sizzle, a lot of that sizzle left once the new  stadiums were erected.  A combination of raised ticket prices and the preferential treatment of the corporate community has made games at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, and Met life Stadium more business like than anything else.  

When there is a game with flair, it is a sad reminder that things aren't how they used to be.  There was something to be said for going to old Shea, the place that the Mets called home.  Even though Citi Field is cleaner and obviously nicer, it does not have that true identity that the fans are searching for.  The same thing goes for the new Yankee Stadium and the new Meadowlands.  While they are nice in size and condition, they lack that special identity that used to be present in the old stadiums.  This is mostly because of the people who go to the games nowadays.  Ticket prices are through the roof, thus increasing the corporate population in the stands.  Not that there is anything wrong with the corporate world, but their interests often supersede the game.  This is a prime reason as to why some people don't even go for the game anymore, instead, they go because they have to go for their business or for the special clubs that they have access to.  

While a playoff game at any of these stadiums would bring tremendous energy and hype today, the regular season does not anymore, although there are a few exceptions.  While these wealthy individuals who are running the stadiums may be accommodating their inner circle of business associates, they are driving away the common fan, and the common fan is what supports these teams. 

There used to be years where the Mets sucked but people would say,"lets go to Shea for a game!"  I don't think the same can be said for Citi Field.  The old Yankee Stadium was a sports icon, but the new one is not the same.  I think a decrease in the vip clubs at the stadiums would bring the games back into focus and bring back the true fans who cares about their respective teams.  These new stadiums are nice, but not the same.  

Derek Jeter starting at shortstop for the american league shows everything that is wrong with the MLB all-star game

15 Jul
Numbers dont lie, and the numbers say that Derek Jeter is not an All-Star

With all due respect to Derek Jeter and his illustrious career, he does not deserve to be the starting American League shortstop in this year's MLB All-Star Game.  For a game that determines home-field advantage in the World Series, there is quite more focus on what fan favorites play in the game rather than who deserves to play.  Derek Jeter has 2 home runs and 25 RBI's with a .272 batting average for this season to date.  Since when are those All-Star numbers?

 I understand that it is his last go around and that he is being honored, but his numbers are not even close to being worthy to the honor that is being bestowed upon him.  Shortstops such as Eric Aybar and Alexei Ramirez are both having much better years than Jeter, however, they are only reserves while Derek is getting the starting nod.  Baseball is supposed to be a team sport and not about one guy. But in this case, it seems that Derek Jeter is being viewed as more important than the game.  

Derek Jeter as the starting shortstop this year begs the question, is being named to the All-Star Game an honor or something that is overrated?  Obviously, there are players that deserve the honor but there are others that get named to the mid-summer classic just because of their name.  Yes, everyone wants to see Jeter, but what good does that do for the actual play on the field?

The game wouldn't lack any luster without Jeter, as there would still be star-studded lineups on both teams.  Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout on the AL along with Yasiel Puig and Andrew McCutchen on the NL is nothing to sneeze at.  The beginning of the game is going to be overshadowed by Derek's last hurrah.  While he has provided a lot for the game, he isn't going to be the only one out there.  Derek is the past now, and while he should be honored, he should not be the focus.  

Its about time Chris Young gets the boot

23 Jun
Chris Young may be out of Queens in less than a week

Chris Young, one of the outfielders for the New York Mets, was one of the worst signings in Mets history.  By Thursday, he may finally be gone.  Theres just one small problem.  The Mets decided to pay him an obscene amount of money for one season!  The Mets made the same mistake with Jason Bay and they paid the price because they held onto him way to long.  However, the Mets kept Bay because of the amount of money they were paying him, but now all of the sudden they are willing to change their policy?  I am all for getting rid of Chris Young, but this stuff should have been done years ago!  Chris Young is getting paid around $7.25 million to hit .201 this season.  That is what is boils down to, and that just doesn't cut it.  I am impressed that Sandy Alderson has come to his senses this early, but it is almost too good to be true.  

While the Mets are pondering whether to get rid of their underperforming offseason addition or not, the Orioles' Nelson Cruz who many thought the Mets would go after in the offseason has 23 home runs to date.  So in other words, Sandy Alderson has dropped the ball yet again.  It would be one thing if Young was just struggling at the plate, but his troubles extend into the field!  There have been multiple instances where he has misplayed routine fly balls and costed the Mets ballgames.  

In a nutshell, it will be interesting to see what the Mets do come thursday, however, we have seen this movie before and sometimes the Mets show that they care more about friendships than winning games.  Therefore, I wouldn't consider Chris Young getting cut a done deal just yet...    

The Mets Debacle

08 Jun
Travis dArnaud being shocked about his demotion speaks volumes to what message is permeating through the Mets organization

It has become evident that the Mets have went from the lovable losers to just losers. For the fifth year in a row, Sandy Alderson has dropped the ball with the bullpen and it is unacceptable. The bullpen has blown the most games in the major leagues this year, creating an impossible situation for the team. Even when the Mets scratch out some much needed runs, the lead is never safe. This team is on the cusp of fading into oblivion and change needs to occur now. Nobody wants to admit it but a trade involving David Wright for two young bats may in fact be the way to go. Wright has given the team a lot the past few years, but this is not basketball, and one player cannot carry a team to the playoffs. In terms of the bullpen, I would throw all of the young arms in their and get rid of guys like Carlos Torres and Josh Edgin. 

The St. Louis Cardinals a lot of the time send their young arms to the bullpen so they can contribute right away without hurting the team. It also enables them to perform in pressure situations. As for the manager, it is time to go. I have never seen a manager get rewarded with a contract extension after four straight losing seasons. It is an absolute joke. 2014 was the year and now that we are finally at this point, it is all of the sudden all about 2015. 

This team has become accepting of losing and doesn't mind failure. If ex-met Wally Backman was brought up to be the coach, he wouldn't take any guff and we all would finally see who really wants to play here. Change better come, and fast.

Game 1 Preview of the Stanley Cup

04 Jun
The quest for the Cup starts tonight

Tonight is the night.  Both the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are going to lay it all out on the line tonight in game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.  Twenty years of waiting from Rangers camp has finally payed off, while the Kings look for their 2nd cup in 3 seasons.  This series could go either way, but I think whoever wins tonight will take the series.  The reason being that both of these teams have exhausted a lot of emotion, and the winner will take a serious advantage in the mental aspect of things.  

I don't think that fatigue will be a factor; for the main reason being that the Kings have only played one more game than the rangers so far during these NHL Playoffs.  Everyone wants to look at the goaltender matchup, and while that is a vital part of the series, I think the top two defenseman for each team will be the key to tonight's game and beyond.  Defenseman Ryan Mcdonagh for the Rangers and Defenseman Drew Doughty for the Kings are the the two that bear the most watching.  The winner between this matchup will bode extremely well for their team and will likely result in a victory for their respective bunch.  Mcdonagh and Doughty are so important because they can wreck a game with their offense, not just their defense.  Whoever is more potent on the rush and the forecheck will greatly help his team.

With that being said, everyone is fixated on Quick vs. Lundqvist.  The reason I feel that the Rangers have the edge tonight is solely because of the Rangers net minder.  He has been fantastic, and he will neutralize all of the odd man rushes that the Kings creates simply by stopping almost every shot that comes his way.  The Rangers take more chances with the King in net, and even though they may get burned, they are confident with who is behind them.  

If the Rangers can neutralize the King's speed in any way, their chances of winning go up astronomically.  We all know that the Kings are going to come out firing on all cylinders during the first ten minutes of the game, so if the Rangers can weather that storm, they should have a very good chance at stealing game 1 tonight.  

My Prediction: Rangers 3, Kings 2.  The Rangers and Kings will be deadlocked at 2-2 in the third when Brian Boyle will give the Rangers the lead on a rebound opportunity.  Quick and Lundqvist will be at the top of their games, but the Rangers will be a step ahead.

Who is more likely to have a quality start tonight? Kuroda or Wheeler?

03 Jun
Zack Wheeler and Hiroki Kuroda take the hill tonight for their respective clubs

Which New York pitcher is more likely to pick up the "W" tonight for their team?  Zack Wheeler or Hiroki Kuroda?

Are New York Sports tickets too expensive?

03 Jun
These World Series tickets would be $10,000 in todays world

The price of New York Sports tickets has seemed to become a more pressing issue over the past few years.  Ever since Citi Field, the New Yankee Stadium, and the New Meadowlands were built, prices have skyrocketed.  The ticket prices are geared for the corporate world, and that is why you are starting to see empty seats at the games.  For some odd reason, even though Rangers and Knicks tickets are a fortune, they usually sell out.  However, has anyone looked at the Rangers Stanley Cup ticket prices?  You can't get a ticket for less than $1,100 dollars!  

There is a risk reward factor when going to sporting events, and these New York sporting events are starting to have more risk than reward.  Even if you go to a Knicks game and they win, you easily would've had to spend at least $500.  The main point here is that going to games now does not have as much of a benefit as it used to because people have to break the bank for them.  Also, with the exception of the Rangers over the past few years, a mediocre product has been put out by most of the New York teams that does not warrant astronomical ticket prices.  

The only way these prices will ever change is if people stop going to the games; especially at Citi Field. Teams like the Mets need to offer free tickets to the fans, thats how outrageous they have been when it comes to ticket sales and their product.  The Yankees used to sell out every game, but not anymore, it is just too expensive.   These organizations need to take a look in the mirror, and ask themselves, why aren't people coming to the games?

What do you think?