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Ike Davis is coming....but why?

Ike Davis is coming….but why?

The Ike Davis era has ended. On Friday night the Mets traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league reliever Zach Thorton and a PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER!!!!  That is in all caps because it is the next thing that fans will freak out and obsess over until it is resolved.   As a longtime Ike Davis fan and Lucas Duda slanderer I am mildly displeased with this turn of events.  However I also don’t care that much because it was a silly move to keep basically the same player on the roster twice. Davis and Duda are basically the same guy except one of them drinks beer and the other one chews the outfield grass.
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America! Oh no!

America! Oh no!

 

I went to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on the night it premiered because I am a tool.  I have to say it ranks up there as one of the better comic book movies in recent years.  Captain America of course is part of the Avengers whose movie was filled with lots of laughs and a pretty mediocre plot.  However, all the Avenger based films since then that have came out really stepped up their game. “Thor: The Dark World” was pretty amazing and I actually didn’t see “Iron Man 3” but that’s probably a good thing. Looking forward to “Hulk: Look Who’s Smashing Now”  Read the rest of this entry »

Who are you calling a Chinaman!?

Who are you calling a Chinaman!?

 

Last week, Earl wrote about the big outrage involving the Mets’ pitching coach Dan Warthen who made an admittedly stupid joke about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s interpreter. If you didn’t catch Earl’s piece, both the interpreter and Matsuzaka are Japanese by the way, and the joke involved the word “Chinaman”.  The next day Warthen was caught in the act of apologizing about the stupid joke by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal named Stu Woo. Woo is of course Chinese and took a massive amount of offense to hearing the word “Chinaman” even though it was being said in relation to an apology.  

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gators

2 weeks ago, SMU was ranked 18th in the nation and seemed destined for their first trip to the NCAA tournament in over 20 years.  After ending the season on a 3 game losing streak, though, Larry Brown’s squad will have to settle for the NIT.  They’re the only real snub I see not in the tournament this year.  Some will say Green Bay at 24-6 deserved an at-large bid, but they didn’t really beat anyone worth talking about all year.

Looking at the brackets, it’s possible we’ll see a 9 seed in the Final Four.  Here is my list of the probable Cinderella’s in this years NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Read the rest of this entry »

rangers

The Texas Rangers have been a power house over the past couple seasons. With two World Series appearances over the past few years, the Rangers have been on the cusp of glory, but have not been able to get that World Series crown. Last season they took a step back by missing the playoffs by 1 game in the AL Wildcard and 5.5 games in the AL West. This year’s Texas Rangers have a new look. They traded their long time second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for slugging first baseman Prince Fielder. They also made a splash in free agency by signing outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. With these offseason moves could this be the change that the Rangers need to push them into World Series glory?

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If you are looking to apply an explosive edge to your game, be it football, American football, basketball, curling (did I just write curling?) or whatever you can think of, plyometrics will help you get that better first step on the field, pitch, or court. You want to win that 50/50 ball at half field? Burn that defender to get to the disc quickly? Be in the right spot to crush that wide receiver? Read on, my friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Suckers!

Suckers!

 

The other day Mets GM Sandy Alderson made the claim that the team could possibly win 90 games this season. This statement was of course met with ridicule, freaking out, panic, and a couple of protests.  This comment caused so much of a stir that local radio mongo wrangler Mike Francesa literally spent an entire day talking about it.  Things must be really slow on the New York sports scene.

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“I said something about forgiveness, and he said that there was no such thing as forgiveness—that people just have short memories.”

True Detective is an unforgiving show. It’s look into the fractured male psyches of the two main characters really is a tough thing to watch even though you still can’t keep your eye from the television. When you also consider the cold and bleak outlook it has on the world around us, Nic Pizzolotto paints an atmosphere that is equal parts gripping and terrifying. Isn’t that telling about who we are as people?

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The Dawk Knight Of Boston!

The Dawk Knight Of Boston!

 

As a comic book fan and more importantly a Batman fan I am so annoyed that Zack Snyder (Master of pointless slow motion shots), after making a barely watchable Superman movie decided to add Batman into the sequel.  And no, my problem is not that Ben Affleck is playing Batman because I think he’s great outside of “Gigli” and his entire awkward relationship with Jennifer Lopez.  My problem is that DC Comics and Warner Brothers have no idea how to make comic book movies. They are lucky that they own the rights to greatest character of all time in Batman and even some of his movies have been abortions.

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“True Detective” has easily become one of the best shows on television right now with a completely epic first four episodes showcasing a slow burning & intense storyline written by Nic Pizzolatto, some great directorial work from Cary Fukunaga, and the acting chops of two lauded talents in Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It is probably the best TV show since Breaking Bad has ended. So why aren’t we talking about it? Why isn’t twitterverse, tumblr, and the rest of social media become cray cray over True Detective? Well, as TSB’s resident TV guy, it’s my job to do a little influencing.  Read the rest of this entry »