What a Tuesday afternoon it is. Talk about a wild past 24 hours in the sporting world. You got major free agent signings. The end of the “streak.” A thriller in Texas where the Texans once again broke Houston’s heart. And I could go on.
Here is a look at some of today’s main headlines.
–Sorry New York
So Cliff Lee will be a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, again. Rumors of the 5 year, 120 million dollar deal circulated like wild-fire last evening over the internet and Twitter world. Even amid this wild and major news, Sportscenter still managed to have their first 20+ minutes pertain to Brett Favre and the infamous “Streak.” Sorry, but I felt that the Cliff Lee deal was bigger news in my eyes. Anyways though, I will admit that I was at first surprised that the outstanding hurler did not decide to take his talents to the Big Apple. After missing out on Lebron this summer, surely the city that never sleeps would at least land Lee right?..WRONG!
The Yankees hurt themselves on this one. They even had Lee’s good friend CC Sabathia on the staff to help them out. This time it was not the organization’s ineptitude. It was the loud mouth Yankee fans who ruined it this time. Mistreat a man’s wife, as the Yankee fans did during the playoffs, good luck getting a guy to come play for you. Men listen to their wives for some reason which still baffles my mind. Do you think Lee’s wife wanted him to play in New York to a place where fans heckled her? Not a chance. Treat people the way you want to be treated. One of the ultimate rules in life.
–Thank God it is over
The streak has finally come to a close. Finally there is no longer a reason for ESPN to center all of its attention on Number 4 (until he retires/comes back again). Ironically, during his press conference, Favre wore a #4 hat rather than a Viking’s hat to address the media. So the real question is, how does this streak of 297 compare to Ripken’s 2,632? Obviously, they are both mythical streaks, but my edge goes to the 2,632. Sure injuries are much more prevalent in the NFL. But the MLB does not have a week between games. These guys play nearly every day for 6 months. Days off are common for players. Not for Cal though. In my eyes #8 is greater than #4. Sure there may be a bias. But Cal’s streak in my eyes was more of a difficult streak. That is why he is called the “Iron Man.” Brett should be called “The Flip Flopper.”
–Houston Heartbroken Again
The Ravens were absolutely steamrolling the Texans last night in front of a sold out Reliant Stadium crowd. Baltimore sure did not look like a team playing on the road. Then Andre Johnson scored just before the half, and the Texans caught fire. Following an amazing 21 point comeback though, the Texans as usual, came up just short. This has become a growing trend for this Houston team. They are extremely talented on both sides of the ball, but especially on offense. How is a team that has Matt Schaub at QB, Andre Johnson, Jacoby Jones, and Kevin Walter at receivers, plus Arian Foster at RB not going to the make the playoffs. Ask Gary Kubiak. After winning 8 games 2 consecutive years and then 9 last year, this was supposed to be the year where this team got over the hump and finally made the playoffs. Sadly, this will not be the year. I am beginning to think the Texans are the NFL’s version of the Atlanta Hawks. A team that is very entertaining to watch with a bundle of talent, but just can’t quite get over the hump. Now sure Atlanta has made the playoffs, but making the playoffs in the NBA is equivalent to going 8 and 8 and just missing the postseason in the NFL. Which of these two franchises will take the next step first? I truly have no idea.
–Maybe I took some Roids before the game..
Jets Strength Coach, Sal Alosi had to have been on steroids. There had to be something off. I have never heard of a coach doing something so blatantly dumb and getting caught. In a year where player safety has been something that has been at the forefront of the entire NFL front office, this guy goes out of his way to trip an on the field player while on the sidelines? Sure $25,000 is a decent size fine for a guy whose salary cannot possibly be much more than $50,000. But tell me the Jets are going to fire this guy? Integrity and character are keys to any job. Or at least they should be. This guy was lacking the moral fiber on Sunday. I hope this was just a one time action. Could it have been roid rage? Either way, guy should be fired without question.
–NBA Catches Fire
So the Maverick’s winning streak finally came to an end at 12. The Knicks have still won 8 in a row. The Heat have won 9. And the Celtics have won 10. Which of these teams are going to fall first? Well I do know that both Miami and Boston travel to MSG this week. The C’s come Wednesday to the Big Apple and the Heat come on Friday. So somebody is bound to lose. I do know though that all 3 of these teams have looked outstanding as of late. The Celtics look to be the team to beat in the East. While the Heat are finally figuring out how to play together. And the Knicks are probably playing above their actual abilities, but are doing a great job in getting the city excited and making themselves much more marketable to the Melo’s and CP3’s of the world.
So there you have a look into some of the main topics going on in the Wide World of Sports on this Tuesday afternoon. Seize the day and watch some sports.
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