Wednesday, March 18, 2009
50th Post Extravaganza!!!!!!
It's hard to believe, but my blog that started with a man and a dream only a few months ago has now reached its 50th post. We have learned a lot about each other since January, and I look forward to learning even more in the future. Let us now take time to reflect on just what we've discovered in 50 blog entries.
We have learned that Gordon Bombay is the undisputed "Best coach ever" and will be referred to as such from now on. Whenever we talk about pro, college or even pee-wee coaches, we will have to see how they measure up to the Bombay standard before we can really make any judgements about them.
In baseball we learned that Candy Maldonado has the best baseball name ever. Candy is currently working for ESPN Deportes and declined to comment on the distinction (probably). However, Candy's 146 career homeruns and .254 lifetime batting average will always ring true in the halls of TPLIYP, even if he is from Puerto Rico. We also, learned that people do not trust Albert Pujols. Despite a recent Sports Illustrated cover (curse) in which Albert said that people can trust him, blog readers think that he is juicing. Albert will be referred to on this blog as "The Next One".
Perhaps my most groundbreaking theory is that the highest paid teams in each sport rarely ever win the championship these days. I look for this trend to continue for the foreseeable future. Money just makes things so nasty sometimes that it is hard to get over as a team. I also proposed that A-Rod is a curse, though all we could come up with was the "Lightning Rod". We will work with it. I am also working on a doozy of a theory about baseball teams with a lot of Latino players on them. It needs some more research though, so stay tuned!
Here are some other quick tidbits that we have covered:
-Kids sports these days are a joke
-Placido Polanco has a huge head
-John Daly is a revolting blob, but I would party with him fo sho
-ESPN commentators are all pretty much assholes, along with Curt Schilling and Eric Mangini
-Starbury is a huge distraction: Celtics have gone 4-5 since he signed with them. Not all on him, but I'm just saying
-Alex Ovechkin is the future of the NHL
-Jack Edwards is the man (still waiting on that autographed picture Jacky)
-Old facemasks are cool, Greg Lloyd's plastic cage was the coolest
-Detroit is going to suck because they didn't hire a black coach
-People that skip college for the pros are lame
-The Braves will not be good this year
-Fantasy baseball is awesome: DRAFT THIS WEEKEND
-MLB Network is awesome
-The Schellinator is a legend
Now with all that nostalgia out of the way, I would be remiss if I did not mention a couple things. The first being last night's WBC game. WOW. That's all I have to say. With my prediction, my name as a writer, and possibly my pride as an American hanging in the balance, Team USA delivered a 3 run 9th inning to stick it to that fleck of land in the Caribbean. I watched the whole game and I am very glad I did. Throughout the game I kept noticing how many US players had dirty uniforms. I saw this as a good sign, they were all working hard and I thought it would pay off for them at some point. Then the 9th inning happened and it was super sweet. The other interesting dynamic I noted in this game was how old rivalries were forgotten. If you look at the picture at the top of this post, you will see Kevin Youkilis, Derek Jeter, David Wright and Shane Victorino celebrating. Youk's "Thriller" shuffle aside, this picture never looked so right before. If this were the regular season this would make any Mets, Phillies, Yankees or Red Sox fan sick. But the WBC makes it all gravy. In the final innings of the game, I found myself rooting against Phillies reliever J.C. Romero and for Mets 3B David Wright. Crazy. My colleague Jeff Woglom also found it very strange that the roles of good and evil had shifted as such. I did find enough time to hate Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran even more though, so that was good. But, the WBC has certainly made for some strange alliances. I for one can't get enough of it. Great stuff.
The only other thing I wanted to do was to throw out my picks for tomorrow's NCAA Tourney games. I found this year's tournament extremely tough to forecast. So many teams that could make a lot of noise, or get upset in the first round. It seems like any team could lose at any time. No real favorite. Very unsettling. Here are my fearless picks for Thursday:
UConn over Chattanooga
Butler over LSU
Memphis over CS Northridge
Texas A&M over BYU
Purdue over Northern Iowa
UNC over Radford
Cal over Maryland
Washington over Mississippi State
Texas over Minnesota
Clemson over Michigan
Nova over American
Zags over Akron
Duke over Binghamton
OU over Morgan St.
VCU over UCLA
Western Kentucky over Illinois
As always, thanks for reading and let's hear some chatter in the comments section.