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Rocco’s Comeback Not the Greatest

October 6, 2010

In response to nicktgal’s “Roccomeback

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Is nicktgal really saying that Rocco’s comeback has the potential to be one of the best comebacks in sports history? This is a joke right? It has to be.

I will give credit where credit is due. I admire Rocco for not letting his condition keep him away from the game he loves. Hell I even like Rocco despite everything I said about him. He’s a decent player who works hard to stay in the game, as he is proving by making the Ray’s playoff roster.

But to say that he is making one of the best comebacks in sports history might be taking it a bit over the edge.

I did a little bit of research on Mitochondrial Myopathy to grasp the extent of how exactly it can hinder you. Just as I suspected it is a horrible disease to have. But, it can be treated with some physical therapy and a combination of vitamins. Of course these treatments don’t work for everyone, depending on the severity of the case. There is no cure for Rocco’s condition but the treatments can help alleviate the intensity of some of the symptoms.

So that got me thinking, Rocco has access to the best physical therapy anyone can get. Even his doctor’s said his case would not keep him from being able to play in the Majors.

So his comeback is more of an “I can play well again” comeback, rather than an “I have beaten all the odds and am back by some miracle” comeback. Still, I will say congrats to Rocco and wish him the best of luck in the playoffs and his future.

Time for work,

Julian

 

Tino Martinez, world series, world series rings, yankees

Definitely cooler than Rocco

 

Athletes must be punished more for drunk driving

September 29, 2010
Nick Adenhart, Angels, 34, accident, drunk driving

Nick Adenhart

I  wouldn’t be surprised if many of you don’t remember who Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart is. He never really got the chance to make his name a memorable one.

The reason he never got his chance was because he was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and T-boned the car he was riding in.

Yesterday the drunk behind the wheel finally got convicted for the murder of not only Adenhart but also two of the other passengers in the car: Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson.

It’s a discomforting fact that being reminded of this tragedy today is the only factor that got me thinking that athletes should face severe penalties from their teams and leagues when convicted of driving drunk. Even for a first offense, even if they are .01 over the legal limit.

Whether they like it or not, athletes are role models for millions of people. Their decisions affect people of all ages at different levels. Becoming a role model comes with becoming a professional athlete. There is no running from it.

So teams need to make sure their players are acting like positive role models. And when they don’t, the team needs to take an action to ensure that the player will think five times before screwing up again.

And the players have to realize that their decisions won’t just affect them and their close ones but also people who look up to them.

When they do something like driving drunk they are not only putting their lives in danger but also the lives of anyone who happens to be in their way (this really goes for anyone not just athletes). And at the same time sending the wrong message to the many fans who look up to them.

When teams don’t punish the player that sends a message that can be just as damaging: “It’s ok that you drove drunk, you will just sit out a quarter.” (Thanks Jets for the “punishment” to Braylon Edwards)

But really this goes for any athlete in any sport. A simple slap on the wrist is not enough, both for the athlete and for the people who look up to them. I guess all I’m trying to say is that the penalty for an athlete getting caught drunk driving shouldn’t be to miss a quarter or a game. It should include a hefty fine and depending on the sport at least a 2 game suspension.

Drunk driving is an offense that happens all too often in sports. It took the life of a promising rookie in the MLB and if that isn’t a wake up call to the Leagues to implement tougher punishments on players who commit the offense then I really don’t know what will get them to change.

Enjoy your day,

Julian

P.S. Still beating nicktgal in the picks. Just saying.

Damn it Braylon

September 21, 2010

Braylon Edwards, Dropped Ball, DWI, Jets, Football, 17

As some of you may already know Braylon Edwards has been charged with a DWI.

Coming off a big win against the Pats on Sunday we all expected the Jets to celebrate for a few days. They deserve it. What we didn’t expect was to possibly lose our best current receiver for week 3 and possibly more.
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Did the Jets show up?

September 15, 2010

First of all, is Nicktgal not the biggest sore loser you’ve ever seen? I had the best record in our week 1 predictions, he had by far the worst, and still he finds the need to insult me.

With such an embarrassing record maybe Nicktgal should be voted off for next weeks picks instead of Monto. Just a thought, I mean really only 2 wins? How bad can you be?

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The 2010 jets got off to a promising start.

That was supposed to be a sarcastic statement.

Leaving the stadium last night all you could hear was banter from Jet fans on who was to blame for the loss. On one side you could hear the fans blaming the offense, Mark Sanchez, the O-line, Brian Schottenheimer. On the other side you could hear the fans blaming the disgusting amount of penalties that the Jets committed (14 penalties for 125 yards, Jets totals yards: 176).

Now I’m not here to place the blame on any one person. I mean that would be too easy, or would it? I can blame Kyle Wilson for never turning his head on a pass, or Cromartie for loving to hit the receivers before the ball gets to them.

Or I can blame Sanchez who completed 10 out of 21 passes for a whopping 2.9 yards a pass.

The truth is that it’s impossible to pinpoint the blame to a single source. Even though the defense committed a penalty on what seemed like every play, they still played an amazing game. Most teams in the league would have easily won if their defense held the newly built ravens offense to a 10 measly points.

On the offensive side of the ball the Jets sucked. There is no other word for it. Shonn Greene decided early on that holding on to the ball was not important. And Schotty thought the best course of action was to not let Sanchez throw more than 5 yards on a pass.

Then there was the driving murdering play by Dustin Keller. On one of the few Sanchez throws that actually found its way into a receivers hands couldn’t be converted into a first down. Keller couldn’t make that last ditch effort to put the ball over the marker. It’s a play that we see week in week out being made by just about every player in the league. The receiver or runner using the athleticism they were blessed with to make one more tiny move to place the ball over the first down marker. Keller needs to raise his awareness; a simple arm stretch would’ve done the job. That’s all it takes. But the Jets offense couldn’t make it happen.

If the display from the Jets offense was foreshadowing what they are going to do each week then we, the Jet faithful, are in for a long, torturous season.

The Jets better fine-tune their game for next week’s matchup against a Pats team that looked like the squad they were when they won their three Superbowls.

For now all we can do is HOPE the Jets step up their game.

This video pretty much sums up the game pretty well.

Till next post,

Julian

P.S. I really can’t believe Nicktgal had the audacity to make fun of me. He clearly sucks and is trying to take the attention away from that. Never trust his picks.

P.P.S. Thank you Nick C. for the tickets to the game….looking forward to another one

World Cup in U.S.?

September 8, 2010

Well boys and girls the U.S. is making a pitch to land the greatest tournament on Earth here in our very own country in 2018 or 2022.

On Tuesday FIFA officials began a six day tour of cities here to assess whether they want the World Cup to be hosted. The cool thing about that is that the majority of the cities they are visiting are within driving distance from us. Cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, and Baltimore are all places that you can make a weekend out of and catch a match or two.

With world class matches going on so close it would be a waste to not go out and catch at least one. Even if it isn’t a game involving the United States. It’s an opportunity that is presented to us very scarcely. And honestly it’s been way too long since we were blessed with the honor to host the Cup.

The last time the U.S. hosted a World Cup was 1994. I was six years old and I don’t remember a damn thing about it (except that the U.S. beat my beloved and favored Colombia in the group stages).

The States deserve to have the chance to host again. We were the number one ticket buyers for the World Cup in South Africa and the television rights to broadcast games here were the highest in the world. Doesn’t that show that Americans are starting to embrace soccer? At least a little bit?

I don’t know about you but I’m keeping my fingers crossed even though they are saying our best shot is for the 2022 tournament. I’ll take it.

From my room,

Julian

Big Ben is not a captain

September 6, 2010

Not many of you may know this, but Ben Roethlisberger used to be my favorite football player. His first game as a starter was broadcasted nationwide and from that day on he became the guy I always rooted for.

When I say he was the guy I always rooted for, I mean literally always. If he threw an interception it wasn’t his fault. If he fumbled blame the line. Over threw a ball? Receiver was to slow.

Of course through all his mishaps you can rest assured that Nicktgal was there to cachinnate at his misfortunes. Still that didn’t faze me.

The guy won a Superbowl in just his second season. It seemed like every Sunday he found a way to win the game for his team. He was slowly creeping up on my “favorite athletes list” (yea I have a list…)

Then came the first incident that put the slightest thought in my head that maybe this guy was a just another jackass playing football.

The incident I’m talking about is motorcycle accident that nearly claimed his life. It was stupid of him to be riding his bike without a helmet, but the fact that he didn’t miss anytime after nearly dying only made me respect what I thought at the time was an awesome personality.

Then he won another Superbowl and erased any trace of the “just another jackass” thought in my head.

After his second championship he was nearing Tino Martinez Awesomeness Status (the highest status you can possibly hope to have as an athlete).

It only went downhill from there.
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Fast Ball

August 30, 2010

The Cincinnati Reds have what might be the best secret weapon in baseball. That weapon is Aroldis Chapman.

The young Cuban born pitcher was clocked at a mind-blowing 105mph. That’s right, 105.

Now I know it’s one thing to throw a ball that fast, usually if anyone can even get close to that they throw the ball wildly and with no control. Not Chapman. He was blowing away hitters in his last appearance in Triple A ball, getting three straight swinging strikeouts in his only inning of work.

So far the only concern I have about Chapman is how long it will be before he gets hurt. Throwing 105 put’s a lot of stress on an arm and with the way pitchers drop like flies now-a-days I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chapman become a victim of an arm injury. I’m curious to see how the Reds handle the situation. Do they set up a Joba Rules type of system? Did that even really work?

He is used as a relief pitcher and if the injury to the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg taught Dusty Baker and the Reds anything it is that they should move Chapman along with extreme caution.

You can be certain the Chapman will be called up to the Majors once the roster expands to 40 players come September. Only then will we see if he has what it takes to pitch against the best baseball players in the world. Till then all we really know is that the kid can throw gas.

This is actually the last time you see the ball until it's in the catcher's mitt

One Love,

Julian

P.S. Is Tim Cowlishaw the most hated sportswriter in New York right now? I vote yes.

P.P.S. Jim Edmonds had hands down the best catch in recent memory (second to that Japanese guy Nick wrote about). Unfortunately, like Nick, I can’t find the video.

He starts pitching at around the 1:50 mark.

my prison

August 22, 2010

This is the supermarket that stops me from constantly posting my wonderful thoughts for you to read. As you can see it is ghostly empty, it drains me of the minuscule creativity and motivation that I possess.

Shot Heard ‘Round the World

August 18, 2010

This one is for Nick who has never seen what some say is the greatest homerun ever hit.


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What the game’s been missing

August 16, 2010

For as long as I can remember the MLB has been all about offense. Mainly about who can hit the most homeruns each year. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it took a lot away from the game, and any true baseball fan can see that.

Finally in 2010 the “Year of the Pitcher” has, at long last, arrived again (I know it’s cliche but I had to use it). What else can you call a year where there have been two perfect games thrown and three no hitters. On top of that, four no-hitters have been broken up in the 9th inning. Most notably Galarraga’s perfect game that was nullified by the one of the worst calls in baseball all season long.

This season has seen the most no-hitters (5) since eight of them were thrown in 1991. What a coincidence, the last time there were more no hitters than this season was right before steroids began to make a strong presence in the game.

There is something majestic about a pitcher going into the 9th and having zeros’ across the board. No matter what pitcher it is you find yourself rooting for them to finish off their gem (Well they’re usually gems except for Edwin Jackson’s 8 walk no-hitter).

I don’t know anybody who was rooting against Armando Galarraga. I can’t remember being as frustrated with a call as I was with the blown call at first base, and I don’t even like the Tiger’s.

Brandon Morrow had what was probably the most dominating pitching performance of the year when he struck out 17 Rays. He too lost a no-hitter in the 9th inning with 2 outs. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.

To me watching the last inning of a game with a pitcher trying to finish a no-hitter is more exciting and riveting than watching a hitter go for homerun number 600 or 700. Maybe it’s because I know that the last few hitters to get there (besides maybe Griffey) have betrayed the game of baseball.

The re-emergence of strong pitching (or have hitters just gotten worse?) has forced baseball to go back to what I like most about it: teams playing small ball. Sure a homerun is needed at times, but now teams are stealing more bases and relying more on stringing together hits than just sending up a juiced up goon to smash one out of the park.

I don’t know if anyone will agree with me but I have enjoyed this season of baseball more than any recent season. Yes even more than the Yankee’s championship season last year.

And it’s not like offense is gone from the game. Jose Bautista has hit 37 homeruns already. Arod has almost 100 RBIs. Simply put, offensive numbers are coming at a more steady, normal rate, not the inflamed and exponential rates that we had seen in the past decade or so. As a matter of fact, this year has seen the lowest power numbers in the league since 1993.

Hopefully baseball continues on the path that it has taken this year.

P.S.- Can anyone explain why the Rays are always in the middle of no-hitters? I mean they’re an awesome hitting team. Just doesn’t make sense to me.



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