Wednesday, November 4, 2009
In 27th Heaven
It took almost a decade, but the New York Yankees are back atop the baseball world. Thanks to Hideki Matsui's(pictured) record tying 6 RBI's, the Bronx Bombers win the World Series for the 27th time beating the Phillies 7-3. There was no doubt in my mind that New York was going to win it all. They have the deepest team from top to bottom. You can't compete with them because the only way they are going to get beat is if they beat themselves. While the Yankees are a symbol of baseball, they are also a symbol of everything that is wrong in baseball. It is so evident this sport needs a salary cap and the New Yorkers are proof of that. How much money celebrated on the field last night? After a year of not making the playoffs, the Yankees knew they had to make a splash especially with their new stadium being christened. As a result, the top three free agents in the class of 2008 were all wearing pinstripes--Sabathia, Burnett and Teixiera. In the playoffs, you need to have solid pitching to win and with Sabathia and Burnett, no one was surprised to see the Yankees where they are. Until the playing field changes, (and I can't see it happening anytime soon) the Yankees will be celebrating title number 28 soon. Hey, you can consider it sour grapes which it is and it isn't. I like salary caps because it levels out the playing field and gives all teams a chance at making a run at a title if they make prudent front office decisions. The Yankees haven't made any prudent decisions over the last decade, they have just gone out and gotten the best players because they have more money than anyone else. They play by the rules the way they are right now and they take advantage of it.
I found the comments of Pats GM Brent Parker in Wednesday's Leader-Post to be very interesting. Parker was bemoaning the fact that people aren't coming to the Brandt Centre to watch the team and its star Jordan Eberle play. Parker can't understand why people wouldn't want to come to see perhaps the most dynamic player to ever wear a Pats uniform since Dale Derkatch and I have to agree with him. Say what you want about Parker or the lack of success the team has had under his watch, but you can't deny that Jordan Eberle is the WHL's marquee player right now and there should be much bigger crowds watching him do what he does naturally. Your chances of seeing him diminish with each home game. There is zero percent chance of him being back in Regina next year and the only chance you will have of seeing him on TV is when the Oilers are on. Hey, I realize right now that the Riders are on everyone's mind and they should be. However, those staying away from the rink are missing out on seeing this kid perform and he is magical when the puck is on his stick. I would advise you to get out there and watch Eberle do his thing before its too late. The fact he is a local kid only magnifies that statement. If you can sell out a building to watch a glorified American Hockey League game, (the Ottawa-Tampa exhibition game) you should be able to have many more fans in the building than what the Pats are getting now. If this is a case of the fans sending Parker a message, you are on the losing end of that battle right now.
Speaking of Eberle, he was the first star last night as the Pats outscored Medicine Hat 7-4 to kick off a very important five game home-stand. Saskatoon is here Friday.
Congratulations to The Score as they get some credibility back. The Score has given the punt to the idiot known as Morency. The guy who turned the world of sports talk radio back eons because of his elementary-school style and his foul-mouthed approach is gone. Why the Score even attempted to put this guy on was a mistake. I kept thinking the Make-A-Wish foundation should tell this guy its a once only type thing but he kept coming back. The guy is a complete, utter moron, he comes off like a giant d-bag, and no one with any taste will miss his schtick. The guy even took a run at yours truly a few months back because I criticized his amateur hour attempt at a show. His loyal viewers sure got to me too as I received two less than complimentary e-mails. Yes two! OOOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! No one was watching! More people were checking out Landsberg than him or mens tennis so what does that say. Good riddance!!! Maybe I'll see you at Quizno's sometime and I'll tell you if I want extra onions or cheese on that sub. I could go on, but I've given this guy one too many sentences as it is.
I haven't watched a second of it and I think its stupid, but many Canadians have turned "Battle of the Blades" into a hit. So much so that the CBC is apparently ready to have a "Battle of the Blades 2". I really should check this show out seeing its much more of a success than I thought it would(and its a chance to see the oh-so-gorgeous Shae Lynn Bourne) but why would I want to watch this show when Sunday Night Football is on. There is no comparison.
The Vancouver Olympics are now less than 100 days away!!! Do you believe??