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The National Basketball Association season tipped off last night and tonight my team,the New York Knicks, begin their season at Madison Square Garden against the Chicago Bulls.The Bulls will have their all world point guard Derek Rose back for the first time in 2 years and the wonder is can he stay healthy because expectations are that they will be a contender to make the finals in June.For the Knicks the expectations are not nearly as high.They have Phil Jackson running the team as general manager and a new coach in Derek Fisher.In Carmelo Anthony they have one of the best players in the game but it’s the surrounding group of players they’ve brought in  combined with the new triangle offense that will determine how well they do.I think they will improve on last years 37 wins and make the playoffs this year.The Atlantic Division is not that strong with Toronto,Bklyn,Boston and Philadelphia all having flaws.If the Knicks can adapt quickly to the triangle offense they can definitely challenge for the division title.It all begins tonight and should be very interesting.That’s my opinion.

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I have an issue with the Giants offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.The Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday 31-21 and while it was a good game to watch for the average person,as a fan I was unhappy with the playcalling by McAdoo and the defensive strategy of Fewell.McAdoo has installed a west coast offense which is predicated on short passes.That’s good but he doesn’t  call any deep passes and it’s difficult to move the ball consistently.Opposing defenses are gearing up to stop these short passes and the only way to keep them off balance is by throwing the ball down the field.The Giants have a speedy receiver in Odell Beckham Jr.their first round pick.He can scare the opposing defense and allow the offense to score more quickly.McAdoo must make better use of his speed.I have never been a big fan of Fewell even though they won a Super Bowl with him.His blitz schemes are terrible and every game I have seen this season the Giants have had a miscommunication in their secondary that has resulted in either a touchdown or big play.Now I’m in no way absolving the players of their share of blame.They must play better and stop making mental mistakes but the job of a coach is to get the most out of the talent he has and put the players in position to succeed.For those who think it’s all about the players and coaches or managers don’t impact a game,just ask the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers who lost in the baseball playoffs because of bad decisions by their respective managers.The Giants have enough talent to be a playoff team but McAdoo and Fewell must do a better job with in game decisions.That’s my opinion.

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The story of what happened with the Sayreville football team,the accusations of horrible sexual assault and hazing,is not only a microcosm of sports today but of our society as well.From the bullying scandal of the Miami Dolphins to the Penn State locker room homophobic case where an assistant coach was sexually assaulting a student,society has either looked the other way or turned a deaf ear to what’s happening.The Penn State scandal started to cast greater light on these goings on in locker rooms because the victims are afraid to come forth.Who knows how many other schools have had similar situations but the victims are afraid of reprisal.These things have gotten worse and worse over time with individuals or groups taking advantage because they feel they can get away with it.Whether it be initiation into a fraternity or hazing a rookie,sexually assaulting someone is degrading and disgusting.Victims should no longer keep quiet,bring these low lifes to justice.That’s my opinion.

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The National Football League season is in full swing and we already have some teams in crisis mode.Every team has played at least 4 games now and if you’re a fan of the Oakland Raiders or Jacksonville Jaguars you’re probably wondering if they will win a game anytime soon.Here in New York,my team,the Giants have turned things around after starting out 0-2.The Jets,on the other hand,won their first game against the Raiders and have lost four straight including getting shutout by the San Diego Chargers 31-0 last Sunday.If you’re a fan of another team besides these I mentioned let me ask you,How’s your team doing? Every fan knows each game means so much because there are only 16 of them.In baseball you usually wait until 50 games have been played before you gauge where your team is but not so in football.There has been much talk by the owners and commissioner about having an 18 game regular season and reducing the preseason to 2 games.I think it’s going to happen eventually.I like it the way it is now.There’s also talk of adding two more teams to the playoffs which I think will happen next season.All this is about is money.The 18 games will add TV revenue and two extra playoff teams will allow the networks now doing the games,CBS,FOX,ESPN,NBC to bid on the games.The NFL is a golden goose that will keep laying even with all the problems they have.We fans can’t get enough.That’s my opinion.

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Yesterday Derek Jeter played the final game of his marvelous career.Last week I wrote about how I thought all the criticism he was receiving because of  the gifts and adulation from other teams was unwarranted.Today I want to put these sabermetric zealots in their place.Before all this WAR (wins above replacement) and OPS (on base + slugging pct) crap took over baseball,there were 3 simple stats to determine how good a player was.Avg,homers, and Rbi’s.Derek Jeter finished with a .310 career avg.260 homers and over 1200 Rbi’s.He has played in the most postseason games ever and has the most hits,runs scored,Rbi’s and at bats.He finished with 3,465 hits which is 6th most all time.Out of 20 major league seasons he has missed the playoffs 3 times including this season.The moments he has provided in the playoffs like “the flip,” the first-ever homer in the World Series in November,the fall into the stands to catch a foul pop against the Oakland A’s,cannot be measured by sabermetrics.He will go down as one of the greatest winners in the history of Baseball with 5 world series chamionships.It is the end of an era that we will probably never see again.Farewell Captain,you were truly one of the greatest,sabermetrics be damned.That’s my opinion.

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There  has been alot of criticism of Derek Jeter lately and I don’t think it’s fair at all.People are finding fault with everything from the gifts he has received to the commercials he has done to him not having the Jeter type season they thought he would have.First of all,the gifts from other teams are in tribute to what he has meant to the game for twenty years.The way he’s carried himself and has respected  the game and the other players.There’s no greater compliment  than to have your peers talk about you with admiration and respect.Second,the commercials,especially the Nike one where everyone from Billy Chrystal  to Michael Jordan tip their caps in tribute is one of the best ever.As for the season he’s having,what the hell do you expect from a forty year old player  at what’s considered the most important position in the field.His stats are much better than many players who played as long.He has played almost a full season of postseason games and has hit over .300  with 20 homers and 200 hits.He has an on base pct.of 377 which is the best among the 1,500  players  that have played shortstop.There was much talk about dropping him from batting second  to sixth or seventh.The only problem with that thinking is the other guys in the Yankees lineup aren’t hitting either so who could they put in there? The criticism is unwarranted and silly.Derek Jeter deserves all the attention he is getting.All of Baseball and Yankee fans in particular will miss him when he’s gone.That’s my opinion.

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What is going on with the National Football League.Now we have Adrian Peterson,star running back for the Minnesota Vikings,being indicted for allegedly taking a switch and beating his 4 year old son.We have Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers convicted of choking his girlfriend and threatening to kill her.We have Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers accused of domestic abuse,and everyone knows about Ray Rice.As far as Peterson is concerned,I absolutely think a parent should dicipline a child and the idea of giving a time out or not letting them watch tv is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.That being said,I absolutely think many parents don’t understand the difference between dicipline and abuse.What Peterson did was definitely abuse.You don’t hit a child with a switch.He’s 4 years old and a couple of smacks on his behind  with your hand would be enough for him to get the message.My parents used their hands and sometimes a belt on me and my brother and we got the message.It wasn’t abuse but it was effective.Too many parents today go way over the line when it comes to dicipline as did Adrian Peterson.There is nothing wrong with dicipline,it’s wrong when it’s used in a harmful manner.Adrian Peterson used it in a harmful manner.That’s my opinion.

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