Archive for May 2010

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The New York Week That Was (The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, the Team That Fell to Earth & iPod Gate)

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The Kentucky Derby was run on Saturday, with Super Saver winning the Run for the Roses, an amazing feat considering jockey Calvin Borel was all hopped up on mint juleps. The historic race is, of course, known as the “most exiting two minutes in sports.” But that’s just a marketing slogan. Here are the real “most exciting two minutes in sports” (well, unless you count Tasering a Phillies fan):

5. Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park: The White Sox were hoping 12,000 fans would show up to a promotional night in July of 1979, but approximately 90,000 unwashed long hairs made their way to the game. Chicago DJ Steve Dahl blew up a pile of disco records between games of the doubleheader, which unofficially ended disco’s stranglehold on America. The unruly rock fans – who were like aliens to the usual baseball crowd – stormed the field and the White Sox had to forfeit the second game to the Tigers. The White Sox finished in fifth place, …

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Mets Getting Nothing From Their Bench

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The Mets have had their ups and downs this year – with all aspects of the team having great days followed by or preceding some not-so-great days. But one part of the team that hasn’t performed well at all this season is the bench. The team has pretty much gotten nothing from this group, as we saw last night with Gary Matthews Jr. and Frank Catalanotto both weakly grounding out during their pinch-hit appearances. Henry Blanco is the only guy who’s doing his job. He may only be batting .227, but that’s par for the course for him. His defense and handling of the pitching staff is why he was brought here, and he hasn’t disappointed.

It’s the other four from this gang that have made the role players a big weakness of the team. Matthews was inexplicably given a number of starts at the beginning of the season and was awful. And he’s been terrible ever since (.132, no home runs or RBI’s), whether it’s pinch hitting …

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Winning trends by Eastern Conference Teams

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Besides winning 44+ games here are the other trends that made the teams in the East, playoff competitive during the regular season.

– The 8 postseason teams ranked the best in opposing 3pt %

– 7 of the 8 playoff seeds ranked 1-7 in opponents field goal % (Hawks were 9th)

– 7 teams that allowed the fewest points per game made the playoffs (Heat, Magic, Bucks, Hawks,Celtics, Cavs, Bobcats…Bulls were 9th)

-5 teams with the best rebounding differential made the playoffs.

What has to be done:

According to the Knicks top five-man lineup unit consisted of Duhon, Chandler, Gallo, Lee and Jeffries. They had 15 wins and 16 losses with a +/- ratio of +8. This unit played the most minutes and likely finished the best because of the versatility and familiarity with each other. New York needs to find a starting rotation with chemistry and size for next season.

Al Harrington had the 2nd worse +/- (-225) on the Knicks and he should not be returning next year. If the Knicks bring back Bill Walker he could be one …

Character Building Time Has Arrived for the Mets

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Anybody can win eight games in a row. The real test of a team is what happens when that big hot streak ends. Was the brief spate of winning an aberration, or was it a harbinger of things to come for the rest of the season? The Mets’ winning streak came to a crashing halt this weekend. Well, it was more like a 10 car pileup than a crashing halt. The team sent their two best pitchers to the mound after crushing the Phillies on Friday night, 9-1, and they surrendered a combined 16 runs. Ouch. Jerry Manuel has recently been saying he wants to see how his team reacts when they face adversity. Well, adversity has arrived, in the form of a bloodbath in Philadelphia.

The Mets have been boasting about the great chemistry this year’s team has, and the good vibes in the clubhouse, so we’ll soon see if this translates to consistent success on the field. So here are a few questions we’ll quickly know …

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