Torre Shocker Leaves Mattingly Dodger Blue; ARod Was Never a Yankee; Favre Amazes Once Again; Barry Files; NBA Season Kicks Off
(Photo: AP) “The Yankees don’t give a damn about you. Let’s get out of here and go coach your boy.”
Reportedly Joe Torre has left one dream job for another. According to Peter Abraham, the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to fire Grady Little and hire the shouldn’t have been (emphasis mine) embattled former Yankee skipper. Reportedly Don Mattingly will head west with Torre and ultimately get an opportunity to coach his son Preston, who is a middle infielder in the Dodgers system. The Yankees have offered the job to Joe Giraldi in a move seen as choosing experience over loyalty. These are certainly unique times in the Bronx.
I’ve been a Yankee fan since ’76, and was done for life after this Reggie Jax moment.
I have to say I’m not optimistic about 2008 in the least. How does a coach who has consistently won get shown the door? I thought you had to lose to get fired? If Joe Torre is so much of a loser then why did their National League rivals jump at the chance to hire one of the chillest coaches in sports? He kept this team together with a Pop like presence and has helped Derek Jeter mature into one of the classiest athletes in sports history. He hasn’t had decent starting pitching in seven years and his most expensive player was never truly a Yankee. Alex Rodriquez folded like tissue time and time again. In New York, the regular season means nothing. I could care less if ARod hit seventy-four bombs during the season, he didn’t do shut yo mouth when it mattered. Like I told my lovely at the time of ARod coming to New York, we would have been better off with a young and way more clutch Soriano. Posada and Mariano might be next to bolt. George, you sold out to the devil and look what has transpired. It’s so bad, you aren’t even around. The New York soap opera is nothing more than a microcosm of sports. Insert Zeke’s recent favorite word in almost anything describing sports lately and there you have it. What the hell is going on?
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Hold your applause please. This is what I do.
Favre bomb to Jennings on the first play of overtime wins it for Green Bay.
I had to turn the sound down and bang some PE to get my mind off Jaws, Kornheiser and Tirico swinging on Favre’s jock the entire game. Man it was sickening. The ESPN yes men kicked off their sugaboy love session by comparing Cutler to Favre until the young fella failed to hit receivers on multiple third down conversions. The kid has a cannon, but he’s got a long way to go to be spoken in the same breath as legends. Has anyone heard these ridiculous comparisons when it’s come to Vince Young–whose winning percentage early on bests any of the cats Cutler is compared to. Denver should have won the game in regulation, but Cutler failed to complete a drive that stalled inside the ten and ended with Jason Elam kicking a last second field goal to tie.
Almost half of Favre’s yardage came on two long passing plays. You have to tip your hat to Brett; bad or good, his play is dramatic.
The game itself was hard to watch. Favre’s heroics aside, both teams looked flat. Denver’s inability to stop the run is putting too much pressure on Denver’s All Pro corners, Dre Bly and Champ Bailey. On the game winner, Bly’s coverage was adequate on the double go route until the last second. He looked back a shade too soon and lost sight of a ball that was perfectly thrown.
“I’ve always felt like I’ve thrown the deep ball well,” Favre said. “I’d love to throw 80 yarders every week, but that’s not going to happen.”
To think, there had been rumblings about whether he’d lost the zip on his fastball. He underthrew his receivers on a few passes in a win over Washington two weeks ago, leading to the speculation.
“I knew it didn’t have anything to do with my arm strength,” said Favre, who finished 21-of-27 for 331 yards. “It was just one of those days.”
Anyone who knows me personally understand my thoughts on Brett Favre. Yes, he deserves his rightful legendary status he’s given to the game, but I will always have a problem with anointing any athlete a god–unless he floats like a butter fly…..
“I can’t wait to get to New York!” 800 here I come.
Barry Bonds files for free agency and it’s not widely reported? There’s not a player in the league who will give MLB the exposure Barry has over the course of his career. Major League Baseball has made a lot of money the last couple of years. This resurgence in popularity can indirectly be attributed to Bonds.
When Alex Rodriquez wins his seventh MVP award (Barry should have won nine–Kent, Pendleton), then we’ll talk.
Such a travesty the home run king has been reduced to an also ran by MSM and its temper tantrum throwing fans. In 476 plate appearances, Barry struck out only 54 times? There’s no other stat needed to prove Barry is still one of the top hitters in the game. This moment in history is duly noted and trust that Barry’s incomparable accomplishments will not go unnoticed by those who care about what happens on the field.
Don’t believe the hype and think that MLB teams won’t come after Barry.
Bomb burn ’em in the Bronx Barry. It’s 318 down the line. Business is never personal.
You do not want this dude mad.
The NBA season kicks off tonight with a double header on TNT.
San Antonio starts defense of their title by taking on Portland sans Greg Oden. The Spurs just keep doing it big year in and year out with consistent play anchored by the professionalism of Tim Duncan and the lane party crashing of Tony Parker.
San Antonio big.
Kobe Bryant tonight will show and prove to the world that he is one of the best of all time. Despite the yearly saga that pumps money into the pillow pockets of David Stern, Kobe will perform on a level even higher than ever. He will start tonight against Houston despite a sore wrist in what should be a very entertaining game to start the season. It’s time for Yao and TMac to come up big instead of being paper champions. Expect electricity in LA tonight.
Kobe will score 45, but Houston wins.
In a game not televised nationally, Utah visits Golden State.
Golden State seemed to run out of gas after upsetting Dallas and running into a more hungrier Utah squad boasting it’s usual physical style. Baron Davis and company look to prove last season was no fluke and will win tonight’s home opener in front of the best fans the NBA has to offer. They will not let GS lose tonight.
TSF season preview later today.