GAME 5

I have a love hate relationship with October baseball.  It is so stressful and it is the only sport where the playoffs last one month with the exception of the NFL.  You don’t get any days off except for travel days, and you could be feeling good about your teams chances and in a blink of an eye your 2-0 lead is now 2-2.  Now the trip to the World Series that you have been dreaming about since Nov. 2nd of last year is now in jeopardy.

A lot of times you can get caught up with every pitch and every swing and you are so into it you lose track of reality and every thought you have is as irrational as Kyrie Irving thinking the world is flat.

It is do or die time for the Tribe.  Since, last November Indians fans have been hoping and dreaming to get another shot at the World Series.  Especially now that we have the longest World Series drought.

It has been 69 years since we won our last title.  NOT NICE

We are even hearing it from last nights broadcast crew where I believe it was Tom Verducci said, when the Indians put on their uniform they are also wearing the history of the team.

WHAT A STUPID FUCKING STATEMENT.

Can you imagine Lindor and Kipnis putting on their jerseys and say to each other. “Man this jersey would be a lot lighter without all this history.

Anyway, these last two games in New York have been awful and nothing went right.

From Judges robbed home run in game 3 to Urshela’s less than stellar night at third base in game 4.

Yankees fans loved it and FS1 had no problems showing every stupid Yankee fan with their unbuttoned jerseys and gold chains.  GOD I hate Yankee fans, they are truly the scum of the earth.

But, we are back at the Jake tomorrow (Yeah I know its not called that anymore but I will always call it that) and we got our Cy young pitcher on the mound.  If you would have told me a week ago we had Corey Kluber pitching game 5 of the ALDS at home I would have been ecstatic.

I think Cleveland fans need to relax a bit.  Yeah, New York wasn’t pretty but name me all the teams that can call their playoff trips to Yankee Stadium pretty.  There isn’t many.

Yes, the offense is a bit concerning and there are several questions Cleveland fans are asking.  What is going on with Edwin’s ankle?  Why does Ramirez not seem like himself? What is going on with Lindor?  Why does Brantley look lost?

Despite all the questions Francona is going to stick with his guys through good times and bad.  He trusts his guys and we see how his guys trust him.

Saying that I don’t see many changes.

I do think you will see something done with Kipnis or Brantley.

The sac fly to Center that scored Todd Frazier last night, showed the bad part of having an inexperienced centerfielder in October.  Almost any other centerfielder throws Frazier out.  But, Kipnis has done well out in Centerfield so you may see him out there again.

Urshela is a young guy and for how great he has been this season at third base it is tough for a young player to rebound after the night he had last night.

One option would be putting Kip back at second and Ramirez back at third and put Austin Jackson in Center.  But, that is a big change and could show some panic.  Like it is said earlier Francona doesn’t make irrational decisions and this one would come off as a huge panic move.

Option two would be just moving Kip to the DH spot.

Yeah, Kip hasn’t been great at the plate either but Brantley truly looks lost out there.  Moving Kip to DH and Jackson to Center would just be a tiny adjustment and probably a better adjustment than above.  Maybe Kip can focus on hitting and not what is going on in center and he can sneak in a hit or two to a lineup that would take any production at this point.

Option three would be Edwin coming back for Wednesday night.

I don’t think we realized how much Edwin tied this lineup together.  Having a guy who can hit 38 homers in the middle of your line up is HUGE.  And, believe it or not when he isn’t in the lineup it makes a HUGE difference.

Who would have thought?

Per Paul Hoynes from Cleveland.com Francona believes Edwin could play tomorrow.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Manager Terry Francona said DH Edwin Encarnacion could return to the Indians’ starting lineup Wednesday night for a decisive Game 5 of the ALDS at Progressive Field.

Encanacion has not played since Game 2 when he left in the first inning after spraining his right ankle going back into second base to try and avoid a double play.

Asked if Encarnacion could play in Wednesday’s winner-take-all game, Francona said, “I think so. He’s been hitting off the machine already. We’re going to have him run during the workout today. He’s never exactly our biggest basestealing threat, but we want to use common sense.

“He’ll do some running during our workout and we’ll gauge where he is. But I think he’s going to be OK.”

After taking a 2-0 lead against the Yankees in the ALDS, the Indians went to Yankee Stadium and lost two straight. Encarnacion did not play in Gamed 3 or 4 after spraining his ankle in the first inning of Game 2. Wednesday night’s winner will face Houston in the AL Championship Series.

The Tribe’s offense scored three runs in Games 3 and 4 in the Bronx. They could definitely use Encarnacion’s presence in the middle of the lineup. He hit 38 homers and drove in 107 runs during the regular season for them.

“During Monday night’s game, he was hitting in the cage and moving around a little bit,” said Francona. “So I bet you he’s OK.”

Encarnacion and several other players took some swings of Ryan Merritt in a simulated game. Merritt is nowhere near as big as Sabathia, but he is left-handed.

How sweet would it be for Cleveland to have its own Willis Reed moment or Kirk Gibson moment.  Could you imagine Edwin coming up to bat after we all thought his season was over and hits a fucking bomb to the Q across the street.  The Jake would probably collapse.

My prediction for tomorrow is Kluber becomes Kluber again and gives us 7 strong innings.  The bats come a live a little bit and the Indians win 3-1.

It is important for Cleveland sports fans to know that this is how playoffs happen.  We have been spoiled with the Cavs and last years Indians team where we just cruise to the Finals and the World Series.

Playoffs gives us the ups where we want to party all night and watch the same highlight over and over.  It also gives us the lows where we want to jump headfirst off the roof into the shallow end of your neighbors pool.

It is important to remember that you have to enjoy the rollar coaster ride we call playoff baseball.  It wasn’t too long ago where we dreamed of just making the playoffs and now we want to jump off a bridge when we don’t sweep.

I know I am very excited for tomorrows matchup and I am confident that this team that is probably the most resilient Cleveland team in the past 20 years is going to come through.

And if they don’t. You can find me passed out on my couch tomorrow night surrounded by beer cans listening to David Bowie and Tom Petty and maybe even some Johnny Cash.

Go Tribe.

 

 

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October and Your Kids

I have a confession to make…. I hate October baseball.

I especially hate it when the Indians are in it.

Well, I don’t fully hate October, I also love it at the same time.

It is the exact definition of a love hate relationship.

I hate it because it is a grind like none other.  Being a fan of a team that is in the MLB playoffs is one of the most emotionally draining experiences you will ever go through.

Let me explain.

Think of baseball like having a kid.

Now, I don’t have a kid, never had a kid, and I hope I don’t have a kid for awhile.

But, I watch a lot of movies so I feel like I have good idea what this whole parenting thing is about.

When you are a parent their is good times; like when you take your kid to an amusement park, baseball game,  or cute things like a father daughter dance.

Everything is cute, you have your kid sit on your shoulders, they get excited about fake cartoon characters, a picture with your daughter in a dress she got excited about, or when your kid catches a foul ball.

All these things are great, yeah you may have some rough times but for the most part those are the moments you miss.

This is the regular season.  You have good times; walk off wins, complete games, games that shouldn’t have been close but you enjoyed watching it.

Then comes the time when they become teenagers, this is what October baseball is like.

When kids become teenagers, they become emotionally draining.

All of a sudden they are trying to sneak out, you catch your son drinking your beers or smoking your cigarets.  You catch your daughter in a skimpy outfit when trying to meet her shit head boyfriend.  Then you get into an argument about her being an adult.

Everything that was “cute” about the kid is no more.  They are terrible human beings who make everyday of your life interesting.  It isn’t a fun interesting either.

It went from you screaming, “WHAT FOUR LETTER WORD DID YOU SAY!?”

To, “YOU PUT WHAT IN THAT GIRLS AIR VENTS!?”

Your kid is no longer innocent, they are officially pieces of shit and it is affecting everyday of your life.

You are a little more tired each day, you stop caring about things you should be caring about, and you are drinking a lot more than usuala.

Exactly like playoff baseball.

That closer who always lets two men on with no outs, but somehow finds a way to get out of the inning is no longer fun and something to joke about.

That guy in the lead off spot whose been slumping for a month but is considered a “great locker room guy” is no longer cool.  He sucks.

Your manager that just has that clueless face when things are going bad makes you twice as mad in October than it did in July.

You become less interested in everything.  If you are in College your As turn into Bs, Bs turn into Cs, and before you know it you are dropping all your classes and asking your boss for more hours at work.

You begin drinking every night and you feel like you age with every pitch.  Because you are drinking every night you are hungover everyday.

Not to mention, unlike all the other sports, baseball doesn’t get a day off after each game.

If your team loses 5-0 on Monday you will wake up on Tuesday most likely hung over  and bummed about the lost from last night, but then you have to prepare yourself for tonights game.

Now you are suicidal, hungover, and nervous all at the same time!!!!

It is awful, trust me.

But just like the reason you put up with your kids you put up with your team.

You put up with your kids because you live for the happy moments;  like when they graduate from High School or College, get their first job, house, or even get married.

You put up with October baseball with the hope you can win the World Series.  Winning the World Series is the greatest feeling a person could have.

You put up with the ups and downs and frustrating times because you want that sick World Series hat that you can wear everywhere you go, you can obnoxiously pour champagne on yourself, and you can brag to everyone how your team won the World Series and theres didn’t.

Through the good times and bad times, the ups and the down, the times when you thought about giving up, the time you almost lost your job.  You always stay with your kids and are also why you put up with the stresses of October baseball

I mean if you truly think about it, is being a fan of a team in the MLB playoffs tougher than being a parent?

I think we should embrace debate on this.

Why We Love Conor McGregor

Today, is the day we have been waiting for months.  Possibly the biggest fight of the Century.

We have sat through the media tours, we have followed the drama between the two.  But, tonight we finally get to watch one of the biggest sporting events ever.

Or, it could be the biggest waste of our time, and money.

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather.  Some say the greatest boxer of all time vs the guy who took the martial arts world by storm shortly after collecting welfare checks to capture his dream.

I will tell you now, I don’t know shit about boxing.  The only experience I have of boxing is the Rocky movies and that one boxing movie with Mark Whalberg and Christian Bale.

I would say most people who are watching this fight do not know a lot about boxing. Which is why a lot of Boxing experts are mocking everyone thinking Conor has a chance.

According to Bovada, Mayweather is going into tonight’s fight as a huge favorite at -375.  As McGregor goes into tonight as the underdog at +285.

Even though these odds have come down over the past few months, and depending on how much money gets bet today the line may move even more.

What is interesting about this whole spectacle is, why is there so much hype for a guy who people say have no chance?

Why is half of Ireland in Las Vegas, when everyone is saying this fight will be a joke and a rip off?

There is obviously an MMA vs Boxing angle that can’t be ignored.

But, there is more to it than that.

We live in a world of sports where things have become fairly predictable.  We have watched the same teams in the NBA finals for the past three seasons, you can always guarantee the Patriots will be in the Super Bowl hunt, and we have watched College Football be dominated by blue bloods (mostly Alabama) for years.

One of the great things about sports is how unpredictable it is supposed to be.  Whether it is the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team or Joe Namaths guaranteed win in Super Bowl III.

We love upsets, we crave them, we want that moment to tell our kids and grandkids where we watched it.  We want to cheer with our friends and talk about it for years to come.

This fight has a Rocky type feel to it.  It has that feel good story that we are all craving.

A guy who just a few years ago was collecting welfare checks, is now on the verge of being on top of the sports world.

We love these stories, because we wish it could be us.  We love sports because it takes us away from reality.

At some point our dreams of becoming a professional athlete, or musician go away.  And for some people, the thought of having dreams go away at a whole.

Sure, most have goals of getting promoted, getting married, or having kids.

But it isn’t the same as the innocent dreams we used to have.  At some point in our lives we dreamed of being famous, we dreamed of people asking for our autograph, being on a poster in some kids room, and having thousands of people cheering for us.

At some point life got in the way and we lost or were unable to fulfill those dreams.

McGregor at one point in his life was all of us.  He gave up on his dreams and decided to become a plumber in Dublin, Ireland.  He chose the job over his dream in order to put food on the table.  Just like most of us.

Until, one day he decided against that.  He did something we all wish we could do.  He put life aside and went after his dream of becoming a professional fighter.

He gambled on himself and that bet is going to pay off more than anyone ever thought.

Well, except for McGregor himself.

The best part about McGregor is his confidence.  McGregor is full of Irish swagger with his high-priced suits, and clever trash talk.

We all wish we had that confidence of McGregor.  We wish we could use it at school, work, or even talking to someone of the opposite sex.

We all believe he can win this fight, because he believes he can win this fight.  You might think the things he is saying leading up to this fight is all for promotion.

Normally, I would agree with you.  McGregor seems different, his team seems different.  McGregor and his team actually believe he can win, and if you have followed McGregor’s rise to stardom that should be enough to believe he can win tonight.

McGregor and his team seem to be taking the attitude of this is nothing we haven’t seen before.  To them this fight may be nothing.  They are taking it as just another step or obstacle they have taken before.

McGregor’s irrational confidence may be the one thing that he has over Mayweather. A fighting expert can give you the ins and outs on why this fight is going to be boring and a joke.

But, never count out the guy who is desperate and has nothing to lose.

McGregor is desperate.  McGregor wants to be the face of the UFC and Boxing.  Floyd is currently the face of boxing and Mcgregor wants that to change.

McGregor also has nothing to lose, people are expecting him to lose and if he does he can just go back to the UFC and dominate.

I think McGregor has a shot at winning and it may sound crazy, but it was also crazy for him to put life aside and pursue a career in fighting.

 

McGregor once famously said ” We’re not here to take part, we’re here to take over.”

Well, McGregor is possibly one punch away from officially taking over.

 

Team Russillo

For those of you who don’t know by know ESPNS Ryen Russillo and host of the Ryen Russillo Show was arrested in Wyoming Wednesday morning for a harmless breaking and entering into some random persons condo.

Here is the report from the Teton County Sheriffs office (based in Jackson Hole, Wy.) that was posted in the article from Awful Announcing above.

Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to a condo in the 500 block of Snow King Loop for a report of a “highly intoxicated male who was refusing to leave.”

Two people were asleep in the condo when they heard someone come in. They didn’t know the man and asked him to leave because he was drunk, according to reports. Police arrived a few minutes later. 

“Occupants pointed the suspect out who was found in a bedroom,” Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz said.

Russillo, of West Hartford, Connecticut, reportedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

“He couldn’t coherently answer any questions,” Schultz said.

Russillo didn’t know where he was and thought maybe he was staying in the condo, police said.

It gets worse or better depending how you look at it.

For those of you who don’t know, Ryen Russillo is my guy.  I don’t know Russillo, I have never met Russillo, and I have never seen Russillo in person.

But, he is still my guy.

I grew up watching ESPN, watching everything that was on starting with Mike and Mike at the ass crack of dawn to the late night Sportscenter.

As of late I haven’t watched much ESPN because I can’t stand a lot of the shows and the talking heads who run them.

Russillo keeps things real, keeps it honest, and makes himself super relatable to guys who love sports, workout, and spend Friday and Saturday nights alone on the couch.

Russillo is 42 and single, and at the rate I am going that will probably be me too.

I like Russillo also because of his path to radio.  He always talks about how he did construction with his dad, or managed a bar after college trying to find his path in sports.

He tells stories of his failed marriage proposal (which is absolutely brutal, I cringe thinking about it) and his time living in a hotel for months at a time when he first got to ESPN in 2006.

He has dedicated his life to sports radio, and even acknowledges how hard it has been and how his life is different from the average person because of it.

So what he got a little too drunk big whoop.  Like we all haven’t gotten a little too drunk from time to time.  I mean, who hasn’t passed out drunk with their pants around their ankles?

Although, I can honestly say I have never gone into a condo that wasn’t mine and passed out.  Yet… I got a big trip to Iowa City come November, so I don’t want to speak too early.

Another thing, Ryen was just helping the economy when you think about it.

Who the hell goes to Wyoming for vacation?  Who the hell even lives in Wyoming?

Ryen out of the good of his heart took his personal time to travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and probably spent a hefty amount at the bar so that bar could stay in business.

Is that what we have come to in 2017?  We tear someone down for helping a bar get through tough times?  Maybe we should all look ourselves in the mirror.

Lets talk about that mug shot real quick.  I don’t think I have ever seen a more confident mug shot in my entire life.

The confidence in that mugshot makes me think Russillo is innocent.  Maybe the uber driver dropped him off at the wrong place.  Maybe his buddy told him the wrong place.

Or maybe the condo was actually his and the people who were in their are big fans of Colin Cowherd and wanted Russillo in jail.

On a serious note, I do hope this blows over and he doesn’t lose his job.  From the sounds of it this guy worked his ass off to get to where he is, and the show is very successful because of the effort he puts into it.  It would be a shame for a guy to lose it all because he had a little too much to drink.

Also, if you are the people saying he deserves to fired or you need to be “better than that” I am going to go out on a limb and say you are a hypocrite.  Don’t put on an act that you are above making mistakes.

How would you like it if your biggest mistake was highlighted all through social media?  It would suck to be defined for one mistake when you worked your ass off to get where you are.

Anyway, I hope you all join me on Team Russillo.  #Russillo2020

Biggest Sports Bar Pet Peeves

Arizona Sports own Bickley and Marotta tweeted out a question that really gets the juices flowing.

I am sure all sports fans can answer this question because there are many things about a sports bar that can turn a nice Saturday afternoon with your friends into just a terrible time.

Here are some of my pet peeves when I go to watch a game at a sports bar.

1. Waiting For Your Drink

It’s Saturday, it has also been the first time you have put pants on for a Saturday afternoon in months.  You and your friends decide you are going to meet up and go to your local sports bar and watch the game together.  You are all excited, you have your favorite shirt on and maybe you and your friends haven’t hung out in a few weeks.

You get to the bar about 30-45 minutes prior to the start of the game.  When you go to watch a game at a sports bar you need to give yourself time to get settled in.  You don’t want to be rushing in right at kick off and scramble for a table while the game is going on.

So you get there with plenty of time to spare, and lets not forget this big factor.  It is Saturday, and Saturdays are for the boys so you NEED that first beer.  That first beer is the equivalent of a football player buckling his chin strap before he heads on to the field.  Just like how that player doesn’t know how these next three hours are going to go, you don’t know as well but you know you need that beer to find out.

One problem, the waitress or waiter (its 2017 let’s be equal here) is taking their sweet time getting your drink order.  It’s not hard you are serving a table with 4-6 guys, odds are they are going to be ordering Coors Light anyway.  It’s not like you are waiting on a table with sorority chicks that want their gluten-free strawberry daiquiri, sugar-free margaritas, and vodka sodas with 2 ice cubes but with half a lime and half a lemon.  Oh and while they are taking this order 2 girls can’t decide what they want.  My point is, it isn’t hard!

We came to your establishment early for a reason, we wanted to get our drink and food orders in and now it is kick off and our table is empty.  It is too late to go to another bar because the game is about to start.

It’s a sports bar, sport and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly.  This is America guys just want their alcohol.

2. Bartender Doesn’t know the Channel

Listen, you work at a sports bar.  A SPORTS bar!  It should be a requirement that you know the channels by heart, you should know what game is on what channel.  If I roll in on a Thursday in February and I ask to turn it on the NBA game don’t turn the TV on CBS!  Everyone knows that on Thursday TNT has the game of the week.

If I ask to turn on the game and I say it’s on ABC don’t ask me what channel its on.  You work here and you should know the cable channels.  As a fan I am going through a lot at this moment.  I am worried about how my team’s Defense is going to hold up, how my fantasy lineup will do this week, or how I am going to pay my bills if my team doesn’t cover, the last thing I need to worry about is trying to help you find ABC.

To work at a sports bar you should have to take a test about the TV channels. In my opinion you should know which games are on which channels to begin with, but some would say those are unreasonable expectations.

Same scenario as above, you give yourself plenty of time to get settled in so you can see kickoff and now the bartender doesn’t know the channel.  Instead of watching your team go down and score for a crucial opening drive touchdown, you are now channel surfing with the hot bartender who recently became a lot less attractive.

3.Obnoxious Fans

I have been on the side of obnoxious fans at sports bar and I regret it everyday.  It is a burden I will have to live with for the rest of my life and it is something I don’t think I will truly get over.  Everyone hates the obnoxious fan.

Yeah, get up and cheer when your team scores or makes a great play, maybe even high-five the guy next to you.  I am not here to say you can’t have a good time, I want you to have a good time because that is the whole point of going to the bar.

The problem is there is always one guy who wants to be a jack ass.  He wants to cheer after every play, yell at the TV because of a bad call, he takes harmless trash talking to a whole other level, and he may even try to fight you.

One guy at a bar can ruin your whole afternoon, all you wanted to do was go and sling a few back with your friends and now you got this jackass trying to talk non stop shit to you because you are wearing a different colored t-shirt than he is.

Don’t be that guy, just chill and just because you see a Browns fan doesn’t mean you have to make the same old original joke you heard in elementary school.  Because, odds are he has probably heard it before.

4. Stupid Fans

Maybe it is just me, but I can not stand sitting next to someone who just has no idea what he is talking about.

Sitting near the guy who thinks he is smarter than the coach, or the guy spitting out stupid hot takes faster than Skip Bayless can put a damper on your afternoon.

I once sat near a guy for a Browns game at Buffalo Wild Wings, and he would not stop saying how the Browns need to put Johnny Manziel in.

The Browns at the time were in playoff contention, but started being the Browns again at the end of the season.  It was a game against Buffalo and the Browns looked terrible and Brian Hoyers magic had run out.

Well this jackass thought that Johnny Manziel was going to lead us into the playoffs and he was yelling at the TV to put Johnny in.  His girlfriend was so embarrassed and she should be, it must suck to have a boyfriend so fucking stupid to think that jackass could lead the Browns to the playoffs.

Anyways, for the first time in my life I didn’t want the Browns to score and I wanted that fucking idiot to look like a fucking idiot.  Of course the Browns go right down and score and makes this guy look like a genius.

My point is fuck that guy and fuck the idiot at the bar who thinks he is smarter than the coach.  Remember, while you are slinging back Bud Lights for the fifth day in a row that guy actually sees the team play everyday.

5. Paying the Bill

This is the worst, because your original plan was to only stay for the afternoon games, but you changed your plans and decided to stay for the night games as well.

The smart and responsible thing to do would have been to keep track of what you have ordered and maybe just put a cap on your spending.  But you didn’t, you forget what number beer you were on and all you know is that you drank enough to know you shouldn’t drive home.

You sit their waiting in panic on how much you spent and hoping you have enough money to pay for the bill.  The last thing you want to do is put the afternoon on your credit card because you have actually been responsible with it lately.

Also, the worst part about the bill is the fun is over.  You can try for a night-cap but odds are you are probably going to head home and sit on your couch and watch the late night Pac 12 game or a Bruce Willis Movie.

When you get the actual bill you are reminded why this is the first time you put pants on, on a Saturday in months.  Regardless of how much you make for a living odds are you are going to be disappointed in yourself on how much you spent on the afternoon.

 

DBACKS VS MARICOPA COUNTY

For the past year almost year and a half the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County have been battling over who should pay for the damages that Chase Field has suffered over the years.

Dating back to last spring the Diamondbacks were told that Chase field required $187 million in repairs in an inspection that Maricopa County itself put on.  The Diamondbacks refused to pay for the repairs and are even attempting to sue the County over who pays for the repairs.

Well things have gotten so out of hand that Major League Baseball has gotten involved.  Per Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic. The MLB has threatened to move the team from Phoenix.

Major League Baseball officials are so alarmed by recent equipment breakdowns at Chase Field that they might require the Arizona Diamondbacks to leave Phoenix unless the county government pays for millions of dollars in stadium repairs, an attorney for the team warned Tuesday.

It’s the first time the team has indicated that MLB is directly involved in the dispute, ramping up pressure in its long-running lawsuit against Maricopa County.

This is in response to the recent pipe burst in multiple suits and conference rooms at Chase Field.  Sanders goes on to explain the pipe burst incident.

Beus cited two incidents in June: a sanitation pipe that burst in an office, and an air-conditioning system that failed after a downtown-wide power surge.

The air-conditioning pipes flooded suites, restaurants, an office and a gym hours before a game, drawing complaints from fans who got wet or had to sit in warm indoor temperatures, he said.

Because of the breakdowns, MLB engineers will visit in a few days to evaluate Chase Field, Beus said.

League spokesman Matt Bourne declined comment on Beus’ claims.

However, Cameron Artigue, a private attorney representing Maricopa County, called the Diamondbacks argument a red herring.

“This (lawsuit) has nothing to do with the water leaks and the merits of Chase Field,” he said. “The Diamondbacks are the facility manager. When a pipe breaks, that is a Diamondbacks problem. And that is, in fact, what happened. They got out the mops and they mopped it up, and life goes on. It’s a big facility and sometimes pipes break. So what?”

County spokesman Fields Moseley said the team is publicizing the incidents “to try to bolster the point that, ‘Oh we’re horrible landlords.’ “

Moseley pointed to contracts outlining the team’s responsibility for the chiller system and questioned why Diamondbacks officials did not notify the county about the flooding, bring the issue up at a facilities meeting, or request payment for repairs if the team believes the county is on the hook.

Before we go on I love how the private attorney for Maricopa County tries to downplay the pipes breaking and flooding the suite.  Could you imagine if you were a season ticket holder and you go to a suite and it was flooded and someone said: “So what its just a pipe burst and a little water no one is going to die here.”  That has to be an all time downplay of a shitty situation.

To end the article Sanders explains how the court situation could go between the two sides.

Tuesday’s court hearing was supposed to determine whether the team’s grievances would be decided in court or through arbitration, which typically is a faster and less expensive process to resolve disputes.

If the Diamondbacks and county go to arbitration, the main sticking point is timing.

Grady Gammage Jr., also representing the county, said depositions could take months, leading to a start date for arbitration in February or beyond.

That’s too long for the Diamondbacks and MLB to wait, Beus argued.

Should the parties go to arbitration, another question is whether it will be private, as is usual, or open to the public, since it is a matter of taxpayer concern.

The Diamondbacks are “crystal clear” about wanting to conduct the negotiations in the open, Beus said.

“The owner of the Diamondbacks (Ken Kendrick) wants the public to have access to everything. That’s been an important piece of all of our negotiations,” he told The Arizona Republic.

The county has not yet fully committed to the idea.

“We have no objection to transparency,” Gammage said, but “frankly, that will slow it down” because attorneys won’t be as open with each other if news reporters are listening.

Even if the proceedings are private, he said, the county Board of Supervisors will not be able to sign a deal with the team without discussing it at a public meeting.

Superior Court Judge Karen Mullins said she would decide within two weeks whether to hold a trial or send the case to arbitration.

This whole situation is a mess but I am 100% on the Diamondbacks side in this situation.  Normally I hate it when teams make the fans pay for stadiums, I think its dumb to make fans pay for a stadium that they do not have easy access to.  It is dumb that the peoples tax dollars go to build a stadium that you have to pay $40 for a ticket, $20 to park, $7 for a hot dog, and $10 for a beer.  Especially here in Arizona where the schools and highways are shit.

Arizona is growing at a rapid rate and I am all for not putting our money into stadiums that billionaires can pay for.  We need better schools, better highways, and better public transportation.

I am on the Diamondbacks side because Maricopa County owns the stadium!  When Kenny Chesney plays at Chase field the County gets the profit.  Maricopa County is the reason you can’t drink on the plaza.  Maricopa County should have to pay for the repairs.

This is a tenant vs landlord battle.  When you rent a home or an apartment and your AC goes out, or your plumbing breaks, you call your landlord and they send out a guy to fix it and no money comes out of your pocket.

If Maricopa County can not pay for these repairs or flat out doesn’t want to thats fine.  They should sell the stadium to the team or a group of investors who can.

The Bachelorette Ep 1.

This site is mostly for sports and it will be but I am guilty for loving the Bachelorette.  I think it is one of the more pathetic things in this world.  I love how 20 some odd people from the opposite sex fight over one person, in this case it is 20 some odd dudes going after one girl.  What could possibly go wrong? For those of you who are in successful long term relationships and for those who are married know the key to dating is sharing a girl with other guys who you happen to live with.  We all know it is totally ok to go on maybe a few dates with a girl and some of them are with a few other guys and while you are awkwardly sipping on your vodka soda she is making out with some dude who is an aspiring gymnast who is also somehow studying to be a lawyer.

Oh and after those few dates of her making out with almost every guy on the show and sleeping with a few of them you get on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage.  This is a total key for success, just ask any member of the military who just graduated boot camp and he will totally agree with you on this statement.

The first episode is probably my favorite episode because you get to watch guys go to end of the earth to impress a girl and most of them fall flat on there face.  So buckle your seat belts while I break down the first episode.

This episode was a god damn rollar coaster.  You had a guy with a doll, marching band, a guy with a vacuum, and some guy who rides or dies with his catch phrase.  So much went on this episode I am just going to highlight some things that caught my eye

BRYAN- First Kiss, Rose, and the guy she tells you not to worry about

The big event that happens in this episode is people fighting for attention and trying to get the first impression rose which usually ends up being the guy who also gets the first kiss.  Blake came in hot, being a chiropractor from Miami who also speaks fluent Spanish.  Blake is the guy that your girl tells you not to worry about.  Free life hack for all you guys, if your girl comes home from work telling you about a tall, dark guy, who speaks fluent Spanish and also is a chiropractor just pack up your stuff and leave.  Make sure you get everything that is yours back from her, give her stuff back and just let your buddy know you are going to have to stay on his couch for a little bit until you get your shit back together because if you run into this guy odds are you are probably going to lose.  Is it fair? hell no but it is just the way the cookie crumbles.  I have Blake finishing second to Anthony but after tonight I am questioning my decision as I wish I put him as the winner because he is going to be tough to beat.  But to sum it up Blake is the ultimate winner tonight because he got the rose, the first kiss and in a room full of guys that have egos the size of Texas, in which he probably crushed some of there egos.

The Butt-hurt gets real off the bat

It shocks me every time whether it is the Bachelor or the Bachelorette how butt hurt everyone gets.  When you have the first impressions naturally guys are going to do whatever we can to stand out.  Then whenever someone does something crazy hoping to capture, in this case Rachels, eye people get all butt hurt like they forgot they were competing against a house full of dudes for one girl.  Then when Rachel walks in and it is time for cocktail hour guys get extremely butt hurt that they don’t get all the time in the world.  Well no shit dude there is like 30 guys trying to do the same exact thing you are doing.  I also love when the guys get mad at the guy who grabs her first.  That move takes extreme balls, don’t get all pissy because some dude had bigger balls than you.  I understand this is tough to accept and a little awkward at first, shit being out with one of your buddies and you are both trying to talk to the same girl is hard enough, but this is what you signed up for so suck it up.

Fred- poor guy

I actually have this guy getting pretty far in the show.  I have him getting far enough for when he gets eliminated he will have no problems finding a girl to help him get over Rachel.  But, this guy I kinda actually feel for, in my opinion this guy has no chance because Rachel sees him as just this piece of shit third grader.  No guy wants to be remembered as the piece of shit kid he once was in third grade.  Although, Fred probably should have gone a different route than pulling out his old elementary school year book as his way of making a first impression.  Think about the effort he must have gone through to find that year book.  My guess is, it was probably at his moms house and he dug it out of some box in the garage and figured this would be some cute way to break the ice.  Instead, she probably thought a multitude of things like why does he still have that year book, I looked terrible in eighth grade, those braces were not a good look, and I fucking hated you back then because you wouldn’t eat your carrot sticks.  This guy stands no legit chance of winning, but like I said he will be on long enough to be well known and maybe make some appearances at some clubs around the country and he can find someone to heal his wounds.  So maybe I don’t really feel for this guy.  Actually, fuck this guy

Mohit- Come ready to play

This guy… I don’t know if I feel sorry for the guy or to just rip him to shreds because he did not eat his Wheaties that morning.  You guys may have missed this guy but he may have put on the worst performance in Bachelorette history.  This guy got his first impression when he said hi to her but then was too scared to go and talk to the girl.  I understand being in a room full of guys with “high-end” jobs, overpriced suits can be intimidating, but you signed up for this and you probably had weeks or months to prepare how you were going to attack this situation and you totally fumbled the snap.  This performance was so bad the other guys were trying to help him out.  In an atmosphere where guys are trying to one up each other, some guys felt so bad for the guy they were begging for him to go talk to her.  My favorite stunt Mohit pulled was when Rachel and Bryan were talking after Bryan just won the first impression rose, Mohit akwardly stood in the background and watched like the freshman stalking the cheerleader captain talking to her boyfriend who is also the football team captain.  Then this loser (yes he has done enough to be called a loser) while Rachel and Bryan are making out this guy yells NOOOOOOO!!! like he had a fucking chance.  Mohit, sorry bro you had to come ready to play but instead you couldn’t even make it out of the tunnel for the pre-game warm up.

Lee- The only hope for short guys

As a short guy, I am sick and tired of us being over looked (pun intended).  When Lee walked out of the limo with his guitar and it said he was a singer I immediately hated the guy.  Because, who doesn’t hate the guy that walks around with a guitar?  Then I realized this guy is the only hope for us short people in this world.  If Lee can somehow pull this thing out maybe there can be some trendy short guy phase women go through, like that stupid Dad bod phase, because of this I am going to be rooting hard for Lee because this show is made up of primarily tall guys and I for one am sick of it.  Judging by the previews this guy also causes some drama which I am all for.

Blake K- The Douche?

This guy might have the biggest ego in the world, I had trouble breathing watching this episode because his ego was floating through my computer screen.  This guy starts off the season talking about how good he is in bed, which could play to his benefit, but nothing says “I’m modest” like talking about how good I am in bed.  For the record that was complete sarcasm.  Then this guy shows up with a full blown marching band with him playing the drums like he is Nick Cannon from the movie Drumline.  First off, what a career to claim saying you are an aspiring drummer.  I am half tempted to go on this show and dribble a basketball through my legs and say I am an aspiring basketball player.  Also, anyone find it ironic the guy who shows up with a marching band is also the guy bragging about how good he is at sex?  I wonder where he learned it?  That was an American Pie reference for all you people that haven’t lived yet.  Then Blake is already becoming the guy calling people out for not being there for the right reasons.  I am going to go out on a limb here and say Blake is trying to get his drumming career started up and what better way than to douche it up on a reality TV series.  By the way for the record, for the rest of time Blake is on this show and I mention his name in these blogs this is how I am saying his name while writing.. Fast forward to the 1 minute mark.

Milton- WHY ARE YOU CRYING???

After the last season of the Bachelor I can’t deal with guys crying for no reason.  Nick seemed to cry at least once every episode, he was so bad I have anointed him worst dude EVER!!!!!! Milton after introducing himself, talking to her for a few minutes and watching her talk to 20 something dudes felt the need to cry after not getting a rose.  This is the equivalent to the guy crying when the bar closes because the girl he was buying drinks for left by her self.  This guy is a total bitch and crying after the first episode deserves no other label.  Come on dude.

Lucas- Whaboom guy

This guy is a god damn electric factory!  I love this guy, I love him as much as the blind horse I bet on to win the Kentucky Derby a few weeks ago.  By some off chance this guy wins and I didn’t pick him to win I will never forgive myself.  This guy not only has the balls to show up with a megaphone and obnoxiously use it around a group of tight asses, not only has the balls to show up in a suit where his shirt is a sleeveless whaboom shirt in a room full of guys wearing overpriced suits, this guy walks up to a pretty girl and does this act where he yells whaboom and walks away like life is normal.  I for one fucking love this guy.  You can’t fake this stuff, if you have saying where you are willing to yell it from the mountain tops and you don’t care what people think about you you are as real as it gets.  When he was being called out by Blake for how he was acting and he responded saying “I think we all have a little whaboom in us” I jumped out of my seat like the Browns just scored the game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.  Ladies, if you want a guy who is willing to go all in on a relationship and is willing to put it all on the line this is your man.  If this guy is willing to go all out for his saying, and to him it isn’t just a saying to him it is clearly a way of life.  I don’t see why he wouldn’t go all in on a relationship.  This guy is a true cinderella story and I for one am hoping on the train and riding it till the end.  Go whaboom guy!

Just so I can put this on paper I have Anthony winning it all, I have no reason he just seems like a guy who could win this thing.  All I hope is we get some drama of guys arguing and acting like they aren’t on a reality TV show where the girl makes out with all the guys in the house.  I want to see some blood shed and I want lots of good laughs and some good material to make fun of Chris Harrison.  I will be writing a blog on every episode so stay tuned, because this is the best Bachelorette coverage you can get.

 

Just Pop Being Pop

Anyone who follows anything NBA knows Spurs Coach Greg Popovich has a knack for blowing off the media whether it is his post game press conference or the sideline reporters.

Pop made news this week for his rant to the media about the “dirty” play Warriors Center Zaza Pachulia made on Kawhi Leonard.

The irony in this interview is Pop defended Bruce Bowen for years who was notorious for his dirty play and everyone in Phoenix remembers the Western Conference Finals when Robert Horry checked Steve Nash into the scorers table.  If I remember correctly Pop was completely fine with the dirty play when it benefitted him.

Tonight, after the Spurs got blown out by 36 points in game 2 against Golden State Pop went off on another rant to the media.

Go to the 3 minute and 10 second mark to see the question and response.

Ok first off, Greg Popovich is one of if not the greatest NBA coach of all time.  I’m not saying he is a bad coach or he should be fired.  Second, I have actually heard Pop is a very nice guy in person, I am not saying he is the worst in the world.

My point is his act is just old and worn out.  I understand the last thing you want to do after a 36 point loss is go and talk to the media.  But at the end of the day it is your job to go and talk to the media after games, TV networks pay 100 of millions of dollars to show these games it isn’t the end of the world for you to answer a few questions.  There is no reason to act like a 12-year-old whose mom told him to take out the trash.

The question wasn’t the greatest but it wasn’t the worst, it also isn’t your job to decide what a good question and what a bad question is, there was no reason to put the guy down who is simply trying to do his job.  I MAY be able to see the response if the media was calling for Pops job everyday and this was the tipping point.  Actually, it is the exact opposite.  The media LOVES Pop!  Anything he says or does the media responds with a “Man Pop is the best!” or “Gotta love Pop” or “HAHAHA ohhh that is just Pop being Pop.”

Pop is the popular guy in high school that has never been told he is not funny because everyone just wants to be on his good side.  Whether it is him blowing off reporters or shoving his political beliefs down our throats.

This act was kinda funny years ago when it started but now it is just old.

 

Frank Fleming: The Hero We Need, but Don’t Deserve

There may be a lot of uncertainty surrounding this country and many are looking for someone or something  for answers.  Well ladies and gentleman that Man has been found. His name is Frank Fleming.

You may remember him from this video from a few weeks ago.

The newest addition to Barstool sports has taken the sports world by storm.  This diehard Mets fan shows what being a true fan takes.  If you are unfamiliar with the story Frank was on his way to Mets Opening Day when a delay with the New Jersey transit system caused him to miss the opening ceremonies and first couple innings of the game.  Frank went on this all time rant to show that Opening Day is not to be messed around with.  Frank has been blogging since 2001 and has been updating everyday since, it has an image of the day, birthdays, standings, scores, it has everything.

You can check out his site here

If you want an idea how awesome Frank is check out the video below and you can see Frank roast A-Rod and all Yankee fans when he hopped on Fox Sports MLB Whiparound.

You can’t fake passion people and the way Frank pounds his chest talking about the Mets is what all you so-called parents should be teaching your kids.  If everyone had Franks passion about the Mets imagine what we could accomplish as a country!

In terms of being a sports fan Frank brings everything to the table.  Why is it wrong to wear your favorite teams shirt almost everyday?  Why is it wrong to be a little delusional about your team?  The typical sports fan today is some ass who reads his fivethirtyeight.com articles and then looks at you wrong when you yell at the tv like you just dropped a baby.  So what if I am yelling about an Indians game in June, maybe you should go type some numbers in a calculator nerd!  Sports fans need to be more like Frank if everyone just wore the passion they have for their teams on their own sleeve think how much more fun this world would be.  You would automatically know who to like and not to like and their would be so many more useless sports arguments.  Sounds like a great time to me.

The problem is we as a country are not using Frank enough.  I firmly believe Frank can solve all the worlds problems.  Frank is a modern-day Batman with Superman powers. Can you imagine Frank the Tank storming into the offices of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un threatening how like the 86 Mets America is going to take their respective countries by storm!  I would imagine those guys would back down faster than Rick Pitino in a Restaurant.

I personally think Frank needs to run in the next election! #FranktheTank2020

With all the crap going on around the world we don’t deserve Frank but somehow by the grace of God we did.

 

NBA Playoffs- First Round Matchups to Watch

With the semester coming to an end I haven’t been able to write as much this week.  I should be doing more school work but I felt like after not putting anything out all week I should probably write something.

The NBA playoffs is finally upon us.  Saturday marks the debut of one of the most exciting times of the year.  Football ends in February, we just came off the high of March Madness a few weeks ago and now we got the NBA playoffs to grab our attention and make us less productive until June.

I am no basketball guru by any means but there is very few things I love more than the NBA playoffs.  If you have followed the NBA at all this season you have noticed it has been filled with useless drama, whether it’s Lebron sending out cryptic messages, the feud between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, teams resting players, and the list goes on and on.  Despite all of these dramatic storylines I think we may be in store for a fun couple months.  In this article I will give you one match up from the East and one matchup from the West to watch.  These series are unique in their own ways and I think will be fun and I think everyone will enjoy.

FIRST ROUND SERIES THAT WILL BE FUN TO WATCH

With half the league making the playoffs the first round tends to be watered down.  You tend to have some series that has two teams that will make no impact long-term and is filled with just awful basketball.

Now, I don’t realistically think either of these teams can actually win it all and if you are not the Warriors or the Cavaliers I don’t think anyone can win it all.  I just think these series will be the most fun to watch.

(3) Toronto Raptors vs (6) Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have always been an interesting team to me.  I saw Milwaukee play earlier this year in Phoenix and they were so fun to watch, they play hard on both ends of the floor and are so incredibly long (grow up guys).  The Bucks are led by Giannis Antetokounmpo also known as the “Greek Freak” who came off a quiet record-breaking season by becoming the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.  Also, if you didn’t know he is ‘6-11″ and he is only 22 years old.  In my opinion he is the NBAs best kept secret, and it is going to be fun to finally see him on the big stage.  Even though Toronto is probably the better team, Antetokounmpo has the potential to take over this series and swing it in Milwaukees favor.  If you don’t want to take my word for how good this guy is just check out this video.

Now Giannis is cool and all but the real reason you should watch Milwaukee is to watch the master of all grit.  If you forget who that is then you should first punch yourself in the face, then once you are done with that you should watch this video and remind yourself. #NeverForget #Weareallgritnesses

Now for Toronto, the Raptors are just one year removed from taking the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Demar Derozen resigned with the team in the offseason and has put up big numbers yet again this year.  Kyle Lowry is healthy again as he came back from a thumb injury, he suffered before the all-star break, a couple of weeks ago.  The Raptors were buyers at the trade deadline, they acquired PJ Tucker from the Suns and Serge Ibaka from the Magic.  You would think the team that took the eventual NBA champions six games and got better from a year ago would be an easy pick to get out of the first round and possibly back to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Well, not really if you remember correctly the Raptors playoff run wasn’t as great as it seemed.  It took them 7 games to get out of the first round against the Pacers, 7 games to get out of the second round against the Heat, and even though they took the Cavs six games they lost the three games in Cleveland by almost an average of 30 points.  Lowry and DeRozen have also been known to struggle in the playoffs, so it could make for an interesting series between these two and don’t forget the Air Canada Center is one of the more hostile places to play in the NBA.

ESPN came out and said that the Raptors have an 83% chance to win the series which is the highest percentage in the East.  I lean towards Toronto in this series but like I said earlier if Antetokounmpo has a huge series who knows what could happen.

(4) L.A. Clippers vs (5) Utah Jazz

People will say the Thunder vs Rockets Series is more intriguing but I have to disagree. As much as I love to watch both Harden and Westbrook play and as much as I love watching Westbrook put up HUGE numbers, I just don’t think the Thunder have enough to make it an exciting series.

Like I said earlier I don’t think any of these teams can make the Finals but there is a lot of intriguing storylines here.

Lets start with the Utah Jazz.  The Jazz also have a severely underrated player in Gordon Hayward.  You guys probably remember Hayward from the guy who barely missed that half court shot for Butler in the National Championship against Duke a few years back. Well, since then Hayward has put up a solid NBA career and has helped lead the Utah Jazz back to the NBA playoffs since the 2011-2012 season.  This guy is also just full of grit and who doesn’t love grit?  The only answer is Hitler.

Here below is some plays from Hayward to give you an idea for how good he is and how good-looking he is (Don’t let your jaws drop too far ladies).

Not only do the Jazz have Hayward but they also have Rudy Gobert who is an absolute freak.  Gobert finished the regular season with the highest Real Plus-Minus for all centers in the NBA.  If you don’t know what that means it is a stat that calculates points for and against.  He finished with an RPM of 6.71 and the closest Center behind him was DeAndre Jordan with an RPM of 4.67.  If you don’t watch basketball just know that he is really good.

Here is a collection of highlights from Rudy Gobert with a song that I’m not sure I like or really hate.

These two could give the Clippers some trouble and could push this series deep and may be able to pull off the upset.  The Gobert vs Jordan matchup could be really fun to watch.

Now onto the Clippers.  You look at the Clippers roster and you think this team should be fighting the Warriors for a trip to the NBA Finals.  Well not quite, the Clippers under Doc Rivers are more known for their playoff disappointments over the past few years than what they would prefer.  Last year the Clippers had a tough break when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin went down with injuries and most remember when they blew a 3-1 lead in the second round against the Rockets the year prior.

This is a big postseason for the Clippers because the dreams of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul leading them to the NBA Finals haven’t come true.  They haven’t even gotten past the second round yet.  Blake Griffin is up for new contract this offseason and Chris Paul up for one the year after, this postseason could help make a huge decision the Clippers are faced with for the years coming.  If the Clippers make a run to the Western Conference Finals or at least challenge the Warriors in the second round, which at their best I think they could steal a couple of games, the decision could be easy and resign Griffin and make a run at it next year.  Or if they get beat in the first round for the second year in a row they could decide to save their money and move on Griffin.

Just by the thought of not seeing them on the floor any more I had to go look at highlights of those two together.  Take a look and think of all the fun we have had watching them.

If you want to be the Debbie downer and tell me that these series don’t matter so you aren’t going to watch than fine be that guy.  Us sports nerds will sit back and enjoy the playoffs and all the fun that comes with it.  Even though I am 99% positive that it will be a finals rematch I still think these playoffs will be fun to watch, their are intriguing matchups all over and plenty of really good players you don’t normally get to see on the national stage.  These are just two matchups that will be fun to watch and no one is talking about.  I will be watching and writing about the playoffs for the next few months so stay tuned.

GO CAVS #zerodarkthirty-23.

Anyone ever tell Lebron the zero dark thirty-23 saying really makes no sense?  I mean he said it last year and we won so I am going to run with it, but the more I think about it the more I realize it makes zero sense.

#WEAREALLGRITNESSES