February is traditionally the slowest month in the sports calendar.The football season is over,basketball and hockey still have alot of games left before the playoffs,college basketball’s tournament starts next month and baseball just started spring training.You know there is nothing happening when the NFL combine garnered big ratings.The biggest sports news at the moment is Alex Rodriguez reporting to Yankees camp after his one year suspension.Derek Rose,star point guard for the NBA Chicago Bulls,is injured yet again with a torn meniscus in his knee and will miss the rest of the season.It should remind all of us who follow sports just how easily a player’s career can be short lived.Great players like Gail Sayers,Sandy Koufax,and Bo Jackson all had great careers cut short due to injury.I was fortunate enough to see all of them play and a testament to their greatness was Sayers and Koufax being inducted into the Baseball and Football Hall of Fame,respectively,having played no more than six seasons.Jackson was a two sport marvel who dominated baseball and football until he injured his hip and just like that it was over.We who follow the teams and love the games should take this lull in the sports calendar to appreciate the athletes that play it because they could be here today and gone tomorrow.Enjoy them while they’re here.That’s my opinion.
The media vultures are circling Alex Rodriguez and they’re just waiting for the opportunity to feed on his carcass.He literally wrote an apology to the fans acknowledging he used Ped’s and acted like a jackass defending himself.I can’t and won’t defend what he did but the idea that he should make himself available to the media so they can grill him like a steak is ridiculous.No one is going to believe anything he says anyway so why do it? The reason is that the media loathes Alex Rodriguez and wants to bring him down even further,as if that’s possible at this juncture.Rodriguez gave the federal government testimony into his Ped use and if he answered questions that differed from his testimony,he could wind up in jail.All he has left is his ability to play baseball and many people doubt if he can do that anymore.He’s been away for a year,is coming back from two hip surgeries,will be 40 years old and the Yankees don’t want him around.I’m not one of them.As a Yankees fan I hope he can hit and help them win,but I also hope he can prove all the so called “experts ” wrong.People want to see him fail so badly that he will have to retire and leave the game in disgrace.I’m really rooting for him to have a good season so he can make all the writers and talk radio gasbags who are so sure he can’t play anymore and want him to go away that he’s not going anywhere and he makes them all look like idiots.That’s my opinion.
Kanye West and James Dolan.Two guys who need to take a long walk and not come back.First Mr.West,who likes to run up onstage at the Grammy Awards and interrupt and spoil the moment for whoever is receiving the award because they beat out his secret crush,Beyonce.A few years ago it was Taylor Swift and this year it was Beck,who won the Album of the year over Beyonce.Mr.West even had the balls to say that Beck should give his award to Beyonce.Is he kidding me? What?First of all,how dare he say that someone should relinquish their award that they no doubt earned in the eyes of the Academy.Second,would he give up one of his Grammys if someone said another artist was more deserving? The answer is Hell No.He only does it to people who won’t throw his butt offstage.I’d like to see him do that to someone like Rick Ross.Now Mr.Dolan.He received an e-mail from a fan,Irving Bierman,who basically told him he’s done a lousy job of running the Knicks.He said Mr.Dolan has made stupid decisions and should sell the team.Mr.Dolan responded with an e-mail calling Mr.Bierman a sad and miserable person.And to top it off he called him an alcoholic.You can’t make this stuff up.Dolan has never met Mr.Bierman,doesn’t know what he looks like,yet feels comfortable calling him an alcoholic.Then he finishes the e-mail by telling Mr.Bierman,who has been a Knicks fan since the ’50s,to go root for the rival Bklyn Nets because “the Knicks don’t want you”.This is just unbelievable.I’ve got news for Mr.Dolan and Mr.West.There are many people out that don’t want them either.That’s my opinion.
The Seattle Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX on the dumbest play call in history.That is the general consensus of people around the league and fans.A quick recap,the Seahawks had the ball at the 1yard line of the Patriots with about 25 seconds left in the game down by four points 28-24.They had just given the ball to Marshawn Lynch the play before from the 5 and he almost scored so it was second down.What happened next was the most astonishing play call in football history.Instead of giving the ball again to Lynch,they called a pass.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tried to throw a quick slant and got intercepted.Game over and the Patriots win.People were criticizing Bill Belichick for not calling a timeout with the clock running and the Seahawks looking they would definitely score,but I think he did the right thing because with the timeout Pete Carroll and his coaches would have had time to think and just might have changed the play and gave the ball to Lynch.Belichick decided to live or die with whatever happened and he came up roses.For the Seahawks this will haunt them and their fans for a long time.When you lose the championship on a play that most people felt never should have been run,there is no getting over it in spite of what Pete Carroll and the Seattle players may say.That play will be talked about forever as the dumbest play call ever made and the Seahawks will have to deal with it.That’s my opinion.
Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is shaping up to be a game that, outside of the two cities they represent,no one wants to see them win.You know by now all about deflategate, unless you have been to the moon recently,and the Seahawks Marshawn Lynch refuses to speak except to say “I’m here so I don’t get fined”and “you know why I’m here”.Patriots owner Robert Kraft has emphatically stated that unless the NFL can prove that his team deliberately deflated the footballs in the AFC championship game he wants an apology.Is he kidding? They were caught videotaping other teams practices which became known as spygate.Now the biggest game of the year is taking a back seat because his team is again involved in a possible cheating scandal.And all this talk about atmosphere deflating the balls,I want to know why the atmosphere didn’t deflate the Colts balls also.The Seahawks all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman said the Patriots won’t be punished because Commissioner Roger Goodell has a close friendship with Kraft.He and his other teammates have provided plenty of comments for the media.Lynch on the hand has been openly defiant and refused to speak except to issue his one liners.Yet he has done a commercial for Progressive Insurance with Espn anchor Kenny Mane.It’s been said he’s not comfortable talking to the media and answering questions but I don’t buy that.As far as I’m concerned Sunday can’t come fast enough so we can get this game over and forget about these teams.One of them will be crowned Super Bowl Champion.Unfortunately.That’s my opinion.
I don’t understand why the New England Patriots keep having the air of suspicion and accusations of cheating surrounding them.We’ve already had spygate and now we have what’s being called deflategate.If you don’t know by now,the Patriots are being accused of deflating their footballs in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts which they won 45-7.While most everyone believes the deflation of the balls had no effect on the outcome,the Patriots were clearly the better team,the idea of doing something like that to gain an advantage is unethical and unsportsmanlike to say the least.It’s been reported that 11 of the 12 footballs used in the game were deflated by a fairly significant amount.The referee checks the balls before the game and again at halftime.If the balls are not up to regulation the ref will inflate the balls to meet the standard.Obviously someone did something to the balls.The Patriots were guilty of videotaping other teams practices,spying if you will,hence the term spygate.They paid a very heavy fine and tainted their 3 Super Bowl victories.They haven’t won a Super Bowl since,having lost to the Giants twice,once when they were undefeated and staking a claim to being the greatest team ever.Many believe they need to win this Super Bowl to validate the other three.Now this is hanging over them like a dark cloud.The NFL is doing an investigation at this point and if it’s determined that the Patriots did deflate these balls,their legacy is going to be that of cheaters instead of champions.
The New York Knicks are currently 5-35 and undoundoubtedly one of the worst teams in the NBA along with the Minnesota Timberwolves.They could be historically the worst in NBA annals if they don’t win at least 10 games this season.The current record of futility is held by the 1972 Philadelphia 76ers at 9-73.Everyone in the media is blaming team president Phil Jackson and while I do think he deserves much of the criticism,people who think he’s not fully invested and he’s just going to take the money (60 million for 5 yrs) and head back to L.A.I think is a lot of bull.First of all Phil Jackson is a proud man and he is not going to take on a challenge like this and then bail.Second he is a former Knicks player who was on both of their Championship teams in ’70 and ’73.He wants to see the Knicks become contenders again and I believe that he will accomplish that.I also don’t buy people saying that this rebuilding is going to take a long long time to complete.The Knicks have a good chance of ending up with the top pick in the draft and they also have plenty of money under the salary cap to get a very good player to go with Carmelo Anthony.What they will have to do is find good players who can fit the triangle offense they want to run.Whether those players are from college or from Europe,the scouts must do their jobs and find these players.It’s up to Jackson to evaluate the talent and he must make the right decisions.He has 11 championship rings as a coach and this is new territory for him actually running a team but he knows talent and it won’t be long before the Knicks are once again a title contender.That’s my opinion.