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Got a Clean Shave, Bathed went to a Rave…Died from an Overdose and Dug Myself up from outta my Grave

November 7, 2009
Eminem

It's tough to love a losing team

Yessssir, I had to pull out some old Eminem lyrics and get nostalgic with you folks. In all seriousness I did bathe and probably got the best shave a guy can get from the barbershop. As I rode the subway through Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and made myself back to my home base in Manhattan I began to think about the terrible season the Mets had and how the Knicks have been nothing short of atrocious the past 8 years. See, for those of you who don’t know I bleed orange and blue. I love the Knicks and Mets as much as I love well.. life itself. As a fan of both those teams it’s hard to see them lose but it’s a euphoria only a die-hard fan knows about when they win. Like my girl B said, it’s a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare I’ll let you be the judge.

It would be easy for me to cop-out and say I like the Yankees, being that all and I mean ALL of my close friends are Yankee fans. It’s funny how they always call me a hater if I root against the Yanks and how it’s unethical for me to like a team who hasn’t got it together since 86′. Well for crying out loud you guys are the haters, yeah it’s been 2 decades since they last won a chip but motherfuckers I’m still cheering for THEM! You hate on my team cause we don’t win as often as the team from the Bronx, maybe you hate them because New Jersey doesn’t have a MLB team. Maybe you hate them because it’s cool to be a Yankee fan and hate the Mets. Whatever the case may be, you guys are the true haters. When was the last time a Yankee fan didn’t rub it in your face that they have 27 championships compared to our 2? How about giving me and MY team some credit for once, like hey it was all the injuries this year or else it would have been another subway series. Or you guys got fucked by Bernie Madoff I’ll tell George to holla at Fred to see if he can give him some investing advice. I mean come on…SOMETHING MAN SOMETHING!!

It can’t be like that EVER. Yankee fans are bred to naturally hate the Mets, in all honesty I think they may hate the Mets more than they hate the Red Sox who are in a complete other state for fucks sake! I can sit here and argue this fact for hours but It’s Saturday night and I’m trying to get my Patron and Grey Goose on. It’s all in good fun though and I love the friendly sometimes friendly competition that having 2 teams bring.

Thank God for the Knicks though, if New York had another basketball team in the confines of New York it would be complete pandemonium. New York is a sports town no doubt, but it’s a basketball town before anything else. We’ve produced some of the best players the world has ever seen. Madison Square Garden is hands down the ONE AND ONLY MECCA of basketball. Have you ever been to the Garden when the Knicks were winning in the playoffs,  especially during the years of 1992-1999? When the Knicks won a game during that time it was like they just won the championship. The place literally rocked and it seemed like all the basketball Gods were watching from above making sure that we got the right call from the ref or the right bounce off the rim. It was truly a feeling and sight to behold.

8 years of consecutive losing seasons and the way things are looking it might be 9 straight. I’ve blamed management, ownership, coaches, players and the weather for the losing. At the end of the day, I’m out of excuses. Has your mom ever smacked you so hard and unexpectedly that the first thing you feel is that cold painful tear building up in the corner of your eye that you are trying so hard not let stream down your face? Thats the feeling I got as I listened to the game announcers talking about the Knicks Cavs game last night.

Thank you ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy. During the game all Jeff could say was how the team is bad not because of coaching or management but because they simply do not have the talent to win consistently in the NBA. He pointed out that the Knicks offense is predicated on shooting the ball well and that they have no size up front. If you don’t have talented enough shooters and you have no size up front how can you win? Suffice it to say, it’s a losing combination.

As I stared at my TV watching but most importantly listening, I realized that truth not revenge is a dish best served cold. I was told the raw truth and it hurt like a fucking bee sting to the eye, not like around your eye I mean a sting directly to the cornea. For 8 years I lied to myself, I tried to cover the truth and apparently I did a great job doing so. Truth is the Knicks suck and we are a long way from regaining our prominence. Even if Lebron comes next season, it would be an accomplishment to just win 40 games. I pray and hope that getting under the cap next season will at least allow us to improve, because for 8 years in a row the only thing the Knicks have done consistently is show up to games.

Thanks for reading…… I truly feel much better now than I did during my train ride home.

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Mets Pickup Option on Pelfrey, Francoeur undergoes Surgery

November 7, 2009
Mike P

Why so Serious?

The NL Pennant champs yesterday picked up the 9 million 2010 option on their ace Cliff Lee. Lee who was acquired by the Phillies via a trade with the Cleveland Indians posted a 3.34 ERA in 12 starts.

Speaking of options, the Mets picked up the option on starter Mike Pelfrey. It cost the Mets $500,000 since big Pelf is not eligible for arbitration until the 2011 season.

In other Met news, right fielder Jeff Francoeur underwent successful  ligament surgery on his left thumb Thursday. Francoeur who injured the finger making a diving catch this past August is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. In 6 weeks of play after the injury however, Frenchie still managed to hit .319 with 4 homers and 36 RBI. Also,Carlos Delgado, Brian Schneider, Alex Cora and Ramon Martinez filed for free agency this week. They will be able to sign with any other team starting the 20th of November.

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You get what you pay for

November 7, 2009
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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner spends his money on his team, while other owners fatten their wallets.

As the Yankees won their 27th World Series championship last Wednesday, the criticism on how they regained their supremacy in Major League Basebal has already begun.

Those who do not subscribe to the Yankee way — which is pretty much everyone outside of NY — argue that the reason the Yankees win, is simply, because they spend the most money.

But as we all know, spending the most money doesn’t always equate into a championship (reference years 2002-2008 for the Yankees.)

It’s how you spend that money that determines how far a franchise can go. And it just so happens that the Yankees, in 2009, prudently invested in its product, while other teams sought out bargain deals that never panned out…sorry Theo and Omar.

Yes, the Yankees spent more than any other team over the last 9 years. I can’t deny that.

But one reason why the Yankees can afford to spend that much is because of their profit every year. Only four teams in the last two decades have attracted more than four million fans in a single season. The Mets did it once in 2008, the Blue Jays in 1991 and 1993, and the Rockies in 1993. The Yankees did it in 2005, 06, 07, 08 and 09. It’s not the Yankees fault that they are an international brand that attracts more fans than any other baseball team, and because of that, have more capital to spend.

Interestingly enough, you would think George Steinbrenner is the wealthiest owner in baseball, right?

Wrong.

Steinbrenner is actually sixth behind Twins owner Carl Pohlad, Braves owner John Malone, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch,

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Mark Teixeira, one of Steinbrenner's best investments, led the AL in homeruns and RBIs.

 Rangers owner Tom Hicks and Red Sox owner John Henry.

That’s right. Twins owner Carl Pohlad is tied for 114th on the Forbes list of the wealthiest 400 people in the country, with an estimated fortune of $3.1 billion. From the New York times, “Because the Twins always have had one of the lower payrolls in the major leagues, they are criticized by wealthier teams for not using the money they get from revenue sharing on their payroll. In the last five years, the Twins have received an average of $20 million a year in revenue sharing, but their payroll has not increased proportionately.”

Pohlad pockets his cash. Steinbrenner reinvests his. There’s the difference. Other teams have more money than the Yankees, but choose to fatten their own wallets, rather than fattening their team’s chances to win by investing in better talent.

Isn’t this what Americans always complains about? Corporate America reaping all the profits and benefits, and never reinvesting the money in the product that made them so rich? That’s why Steinbrenner is a great owner. He sees his product as an investment, something to put money into and make money back on, while other owners view their team as a means to fill their wallets, rather than the seats in their stadiums.

Though they are two different sports, I’d like to point out how spending more money than any other team doesn’t always equate into a championship. Here are the top 1o payrolls in the NBA:

1. New York Knicks: $94,368,270

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The last championship Knicks team.

2. Dallas Mavericks: $92,758,122

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: $90,329,718

4. Portland Trail Blazers: $80,600,059

5. Boston Celtics: $79,659,701

6. Houston Rockets: $75,231,879

7. Los Angeles Lakers: $75,255,408

8. Phoenix Suns: $75,245,418

9. Sacramento Kings: $74,613,915

10. Toronto Raptors: $72,782,229

80 percent of those teams haven’t sniffed a championship in decades. The Knicks spend the most, but are currently, the worst team in the NBA. The Lakers spent $25 million less than the Knicks, but have  four rings in the last nine years. Only more  reasoning that it’s not about the amount of money spent, but how it’s invested.

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In the words of Marv Albert: “Yesssss!!!!”

November 7, 2009
anishya1

Anishya Sue Reyes....nice

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Lebron sits Atop his Thrown… Kings New York Knicks

November 7, 2009
LBJ's Best JR Rider Impression

LBJ does his best JR Rider Impression

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Oooo’s and ahhh’s filled the Garden last night and it wasn’t because of the Knicks play. It was because Lebron James was putting on a show fit for a king to watch. As Yankee players C.C. Sabathia, A-Rod and rapper Jay-Z watched from court side LBJ went bonkers in the first 8 minutes and shot 5 for 6 including a buzzer beating 3 pointer. He finished the 1st with 19 points. It was a rout by the 2nd quarter as the Cavs built a 26 point lead. Lebron’s stat line in 36 minutes, 33 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. The closet it came to a game last night was when the Knicks finally showed some fight and cut the deficit to 9 with 3:20 remaining the game. As usual same old story, too little too late.

I’d love to spin this article and add some positive things to say but while watching the game on ESPN last night, my favorite Knick coach and current ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy mentioned this, “the Knicks are getting decent looks but their just a bad shooting basketball team”.

Last night after 8 years of frustration I finally had to admit that my team just does not have the talent to be a good team in the NBA. Yes you can argue that the 90’s teams of Oak and Mase didn’t have all the talent either, but what they lacked in talent they made up with sweat, blood, tears and simple gritty hard work. This team lacks both of those ingredients. They also lack a bona fide star to take responsibility and lead. As I told my homie last night, we have role players starting on a team of role players.

Again the Knicks did what they do best, took terrible shots and played atrocious defense when their offense wasn’t clicking. They looked awe-struck as Lebron made Wilson Chandler, Jared Jefferies and whoever else guarding him look like a kid meeting his favorite athlete for the 1st time. After the game Lebron approached 2nd year player Danilo Gallinari at center court and spoke a few words to him. Danilo said that he never met the King before last night and that they both spoke prior and after the game. “he told me to keep working hard and to take care of my back by stretching” Not a bad sign, is Lebron secretly paying attention to this Knick team in an effort to be ready to lead if he arrives next summer? I sure hope so.

Danilo one of the few Knicks who weren’t joking around with James during the game looked to play last night. He fouled JJ Hickson hard on a lay up attempt in the 2nd quarter and seemed like the only Knick to care as the Cavs sliced and diced to the basket with ease. I hated on the Rooster last year when we drafted him but he’s gained my respect by playing hard on the court no matter the score or if the Knicks were winning or losing. Gallo finished the game with 17 points on 5-10 shooting. D Lee defending Shaq most of the night dropped 21 points and 6 rebounds. Al Harrington who looked like the epitome of a 6th man since he was regulated to the bench contributed 14 points making 5 of 14 of his attempts. Larry Hughes played another decent game dropping 18 points alongside 5 rebounds, 4 dimes and 4 thefts.

This is Lebron’s only visit to New York this year, the Knicks next play them in 2010 on February 6th. Nate Robinson missed his 3rd consecutive game due to an ankle injurie he sustained last week. JJ Hickson made his first start of the season replacing Anderson Varejao. Former Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams who was recently nominated for a latin Grammy played the star-spangled banner on his electric guitar at the start of the game. Ken Mauer an NBA officiating last nights game was in NY, I mention him because a few years ago I helped him return some bad rugs he bought in Morocco while touring there. Insignificant lol but I thought I would mention it.

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Shook Ones..Cav owner Gilbert terrified that Lebron will Bounce to NY in 2K10

November 7, 2009
Lebron James NY photo

He may be closer than you think New Yorkers

Not to stir up any controversy, but Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is supposedly terrified that Lebron James will be ditching Cleveland for New York if the Cavs fail to make the finals. A source close to the owner allegedly reported this to New York Post writer Peter Vecsey recently.

The Cavaliers who added Shaquille O’Neal during the offseason are off to a mediocre start at 3-3.