The NBA draft lottery is a colossal joke and needs to be done away with asap.I’m saying this not only because my team,the New York Knicks,got penalized for actually winning a couple of games towards the end of the season,but it’s ridiculous that if a team has the worst record they may not get the top draft pick because some ping pong balls didn’t fall their way.This is totally assinine.The NFL draft is by far the most popular because if your team had the worst record they picked first,plain and simple.All this talk about tanking,tanking,tanking and the Knicks had the second worst record behind the Minnesota Timberwolves but wound up being fourth in the draft order.Minnesota did win and will pick first but the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers,who both had better records than the Knicks,will pick second and third respectively.When the Knicks won the lottery in 1985 and got the right to draft Patrick Ewing,there was all this talk that the lottery was fixed so New York would win.Yet the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the lottery 3 times in the last 5 years but I haven’t heard one word about fix or conspiracy and they didn’t always have the worst record.One year they had a 1.7% chance of winning and did.How the hell is that possible? I don’t remember who had the worst record that season but it’s totally unfair.With their draft haul the Cavaliers have drafted LeBron James and Kyrie Irving with two of the wins and drafted Andrew Wiggins,whom they traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love,with the third.If New York had won that many times can you imagine what would be said?I’m convinced the Knicks will never win the lottery again because the NBA doesn’t want to hear any conspiracy theories.The NBA needs stop this ridiculous and unfair way of determining draft order.Ping pong balls should be for picking numbers,not players.That’s my opinion.
Tom Brady,Super Bowl Champion this past season and one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history,has been suspended 4 games for his role in deflategate.The Patriots organization has been fined one million dollars and have had their first round draft pick in 2016 and their fourth round draft pick in 2017 taken away.Let me say that I agree with the punishment the league has handed out.The investigation done by Ted Wells indicates that Brady knew what was going on.Text messages from the two men involved with Brady,McNally(known as the deflator)and Jastremski mention Brady and McNally in particular uses profanity in saying what he thinks of Tom and the task he has to perform on the footballs.But in light of this preponderance of evidence I’m amazed at the people who think Brady should receive no more than a fine.I expect Patriots fans to be upset because they see their season going down the drain with Brady out.But the media commentary has been just plain ridiculous.Some say it didn’t matter because they beat the Colts 45-7.Others say it’s not a big deal,it’s gamesmanship.Then you have my favorite,the Boston Herald has a picture of the 4 super bowl trophies with the title”why do they hate us” suggesting everyone is jealous of the Patriots success.Owner Robert Kraft has defiantly defended Brady and insists they have done nothing wrong.Don Yee,Brady’s agent,has called the Wells investigation a sting operation.The Patriots had not won a Super Bowl since 2004 and many think those were tainted because of spygate.Now they win the Super Bowl and we have deflategate.I do believe that history has played a role in why the punishment has been so harsh but there seems to be a culture around this team that it ain’t cheating if you can get away with it.The problem is that they have been caught again and have gotten the punishment they deserve,especially the man named Brady.That’s my opinion.
Suckers!! That’s what all of you are if you paid $100 dollars to watch Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight or whatever you call they were doing last Saturday night in Las Vegas.Now word comes out that Pacquiao had injured his shoulder two weeks before the fight and it was kept secret so as not to spoil the huge payday both fighters harvested.Let me just say that I didn’t buy the fight,not because I couldn’t afford it,but I knew it wasn’t going to be a good fight.This fight should have taken place 5-7 years ago when both fighters were younger and more determined,especially Pacquiao.The hype for this fight was beyond ridiculous because it took so long that everyone just had to see it either in person or on pay per view.Now there is talk from Mayweather that he would fight Pacquiao again after saying he was relinquishing his belts and not fighting anymore.Are you kidding me? I guess the reported 180-200 million he’s getting for this rip off job isn’t enough.People who saw this travesty are now filing lawsuits citing that since Pacquiao’s shoulder injury was not made public before the fight,a case can be made that the public was deceived.The word defrauded is also being bandied about.All I can say is if anyone doles out any money to watch these two fight again,then you never heard that old saying”fool me once,shame on you.Fool me twice,shame on me”.Sucker!!
The Yankees and Mets just completed the latest edition of the Subway Series Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.The Yankees won the game 6-4 there by taking two out of three from their Queens counterparts.The excitement this series generated has fans and the media wondering what it could be like when these teams meet again in September at Citi field.It’s been a long time since both teams have been in first place in their respective divisions at the same time as they are now.If they can both be healthy(the Mets are currently dealing with a lot of injuries)through the dog days of summer,there is a good chance that the series in September could have not only wild card but division titles at stake.I’ve said before that you need to play at least 50 games and then see where your team is at.With 112 games left you can figure how many games your team needs to make the playoffs as a wild card or win the division.In the Yankees and Mets case,can you imagine what the atmosphere would be like in September with so much to play for? It would be the first time in Subway Series history that these teams would play each other so late in the regular season.It would be like 2000 when they met in the World Series and this city was turned upside down with excitement.It’s only April and there’s a long way to go but it’s not too early to let yourself dream of a series in September in Flushing Queens that will make it feel like October 2000 all over again.That’s my opinion.
There is this idea around the country that the New York media is tough,opinionated and not afraid to criticize the local teams and the people who run them.Let me tell you that is a myth.In reality they’re a bunch of overractive bashers whose assessments are wrong more often than right.Now understand something here,there are some very good writers, columnists and talk show hosts that I read and listen to who have good and fair opinions.Its the ones who delight in bashing someone either because they don’t like them or they don’t know what’s going on.Phil Jackson has not done a good job as Knicks President so far.Many people,including me,thought the team could make the playoffs this year but instead they have the worst record in the NBA.The bashing of Jackson has been relentless by those who think he’s in it just for the money and will be gone back to L.A real soon.They don’t want to recognize that the Knicks will have a top draft choice this June and will have tons of money under the salary cap to add players.Jackson should be given time to get the right players.Alex Rodriguez is another one the mythical ones delight in bashing because of his PED use and steadfast denial of doing it.I’ve said in a previous blog about Rodriguez that I can’t and won’t defend what he did.But he’s paid the price being suspended all of last season.The bashers had their feelings hurt and felt betrayed like a jilted lover and need to get over it like the fans who gave Rodriguez a loud ovation on opening day.It was said he’d never play again,that he wouldn’t make the team,that he would break down and not make it to opening day.The bashers are batting a thousand, they’ve been wrong on all counts.Tough no,petty absolutely.That’s my opinion.
The Major League Baseball season starts tomorrow and all baseball fans are full of hope that their team will be the last one standing this coming October when the World Series concludes.Here in New York, Yankees and Mets fans are hoping their respective teams can at least reach the playoffs.The Mets hopes ride on the return to form of ace Matt Harvey,who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery.They are also hoping for a big year from their captain,David Wright,who was injured most of last season and only hit 8 home runs.Another big year from first baseman Lucas Duda,who hit 30 homers last season,along with Curtis Granderson and newly acquired Michael Cuddyer is paramount for the Mets to make that postseason push.Manager Terry Collins is on the hot seat because this is the best team he has had in his four seasons and he will not last if the team struggles.The Yankees are all about one word,health.Many people feel if they stay healthy they could actually win the AL East.Masahiro Tanaka,CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda were all injured at some point last season so it’s imperative that they remain healthy.Carlos Beltran and Mark Texeira are two more who missed time last season.Brian McCann and Jacoby Elsbury need to do better than last year.Then there’s A-Rod,who was suspended all of last season for using ped’s.I’m saying this right now,if A-Rod has a good season (20-25 homers 75-80 rbi’s) the Yankees will make the playoffs.No one is expecting him to contribute anything but I have watched him in spring training games and he has hit very well.Of course,like the others,health will be the issue because he will turn 40 during the season.Anyway it should be very interesting for both teams this season and,health permitting,a very exciting one also.That’s my opinion.
The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy to a new contract.In case you didn’t know,Hardy was accused of domestic violence against his girlfriend,choking her and threatening to kill her.The charges have been dismissed because the victim failed to appear in court. He’s currently on the Commissioner’s exempt list and is waiting to see how long he will be suspended.People are going nuts saying Hardy should not be allowed to play and the Cowboys are being villified for signing him.Let’s understand something here.The only reason Hardy was signed is because he’s still a very good player.Two years ago he had 15 sacks for the Panthers which lead the team.The difference between him and Ray Rice is that Rice isn’t a very good player anymore.The Minnesota Vikings want Adrian Peterson back because he’s still one of the best running backs in the league.As long as a player can still perform at a high level there will be a team out there ready to throw millions his way,public relations be damned.Jerry Jones,the Cowboys owner,doesn’t care what Hardy allegedly did,all he cares about is the ability Hardy has to rush the quarterback which his team had trouble doing last year.Even the fans of the team just care about how Hardy can help them win.So while the NFL has a big problem of domestic violence to deal with,if a player is very good like Hardy,it doesn’t matter.That’s my opinion.