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Favre-Watch! The New York Jets Are Destined To Be Suckers Again!

7 Aug

Do any of these look right to you?

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Of course not!

For those who didn’t figure it out by themselves, from left to right that’s noted acquited murder suspect and Buffalo Bills icon OJ Simpson as a 49er, Patrick “I guarantee but have no rings” Ewing as one of the Orlando Magic and finally the Jets’ own Joe Willie Namath as a Los Angeles Ram.

The ending in sports is rarely pretty.  Few careers wrap up as John Elway’s did with back to back Super Bowl wins (thank you, Terrell Davis) and a ride off into the sunset.  Most end with a former star athlete taking one too many punches or falling down in center field while chasing a ball he might have easily caught in his prime.

Brett Favre is destined to go out the same way.  In fact, he kind of already did.  Last season, in what was supposed to be his last game ever, he threw a game clinching interception to the delight of Giants’ fans everywhere.  Maybe that’s part of the reason Favre is so determined to come back.  Of course, we know we’ll never really know.

What we do know is that with a lifer like Favre it won’t end pretty.  Whether it’s later this season or next year or the year after, sooner or later, Brett Favre’s skills will have deteriorated just enough to either get him benched for a much less accomplished QB or get him hurt.

Favre has a right to pursue his career as long as he wants.  There’s no doubt after last season and despite the way he ended his team’s playoff run with pick, that Favre still has something left in the tank.  Furthermore, with so much money on the line, there’s a huge financial upside to Brett risking his legacy.  So clearly there is method and some kind of reasoning behind his madness.

What I’ll never understand is why the Jets have any interest in Brett Favre.  Tampa, I get, they made the playoffs last year, their coach collects quarterbacks like others collect sports memorabilia, and maybe just maybe Favre with a lot of luck could put them over the top.

The Jets can NOT say the same thing.  Brett Favre is not going to take this team to the Super Bowl this year or next.  In fact, he may not be enough to take them to the playoffs.  So why jump in?

My only answer is tradition.

The Jets organization has been snake bitten for the most part since their amazing Super Bowl upset way back when I was too young to appreciate the magnitude of the moment.  Since then, of course, one bad decision has followed the other and fueled the team’s desperation to again taste glory.  Half my lifetime later, the Jets are still searching to recapture that one magical moment.  Now, as their coach and GM face the critical third year of their rebuilding scheme, the organization is going all out to gamble their resources on a quarterback who is clearly on borrowed time.

Maybe they figure that karma owes them something what with Joe Namath going out a Ram and all.

Mark my words. 

They are about to find out karma is a b#tch…

Wow! Shaq Really Hates Kobe! And He Slams Kareem & Ewing too!

24 Jun

What a night for Shaq!  He manages to slam Kobe, Kareem & Patrick Ewing all in one bad freestyle rap.

Watch this and be prepared to fall off the Shaq bandwagon.  Although, I have to admit the chorus is catchy!

By the way, is it me or is Shaq asking “Kobe, how my @ss tastes?” kind of homo-erotic?

Maybe that explains why their feud has been so personal…

Finally, Someone Who Makes Me Like Kobe!

24 Jun

Listen, I’m on the record.  I’m no Kobe fan.  Sure, he’s a great player.  It’s just that in my opinion he’s a selfish one.  His immaturity forced the Lakers to deal Shaq prematurely to make Kobe happy.  Only that didn’t make Kobe happy as for years afterward the Lakers couldn’t win.

Now, the Lakers are back.  They are winners again, but couldn’t get over the hump this year and win it all without Shaq.  As someone who has always hoped that the last thought Kobe Bryant would have (many, many years from now) as he passed on from this realm to the next would be “dang, I never did win anything without Shaq…”, I should be happy. 

And I was.  Until I woke up this morning.

What am I confronted with that ruined my appreciation of Kobe’s failure to capture the NBA title this year?  Rapping Shaq!

A secondary question is why does Shaq keep rapping?  Does no one have the guts to tell him he’s no Jay-Z or Eminem?

But, the primary question is why the particular rap he chose?  Shaq says he has no ill will for Kobe and was just freestyling, but it’s interesting that his rap slammed not only Kobe but Patrick Ewing.  Shaq’s lyrics pointed out that Kobe couldn’t win this year without him, which given their long standing feud, you can understand even if it’s not a particularly classy move. 

Why Shaq felt the need to rap Ewing is beyond me.  Sure, Patrick has no rings & Shaq has a boat load.  But, to be fare, I think it’s safe to say that Ewing never played with players as great as Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade. 

Do I think Patrick Ewing is the ultimate clutch player?  No.  I’ve live through too many Ewing guarantees that fell short to make that statement.  That said, the point must be made that championships come down to timing and teammates.  Does Patrick win some titles if Jordan doesn’t exist?  Or if he was paired with Kobe or Wade in his prime?  Most likely.

Does Shaquille O’Neal, who I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for, need to work on his lyrics a bit more before opening his mouth?  Very likely.

PS – my favorite Shaq quote of all time happened when he was still in the early years of his NBA career.  Back then, people used to ask him if he was as good as he was hyped up to be since he hadn’t yet won an NBA Championship himself.

 Shaq’s reply to one question along those lines was that he’d always won every where he’d been.  I loved his reply given that he didn’t win an NCAA Championship at LSU and hadn’t yet won in the pros.  Was he referring to winning a high school title??  I’ll never know, but it was great comedy.

Thanks, Shaq!

Patrick Ewing Is Ruining My Super Bowl!

31 Jan

As a Giants fan, you’d think I’d be loving life lately.  Big Blue’s overachievers have found themselves in the big game up against what might turn out to be the best team ever.  I should be thrilled and counting the seconds until game time.

Well, I am thrilled that my team is in the final two.  But, I’ve barely paid attention to the Super Bowl coverage.  Why?  It’s flat out boring.  How many times can I hear the same generic keys to the game that will allow the Giants or any football team to compete and win the big game? Sure, if they pressure Brady, cause turnovers and play steady offense, they’ve got a chance.  If you’re any kind of football fan, you don’t need anyone telling you that.

And what’s the big fuss over guys predicting their team is going to win?  What should Plaxico Burress be saying “I think we’re gonna get smoked.  All hail New England.”?  Sure, “no comment” might have made more sense.  But let’s face it the day of the dramatic guarantee, the day of Ruth pointing for the fences, Joe Willie guaranteeing an upset of the Colts or even Messier promising victory over the New Jersey Devils is gone.

The guarantee was killed by too many people getting in on the action.  Guarantees should be left to the legends.  Those athletes on whom the game hinges.  Those athletes who have an undying confidence in themselves and the cockiness and skill to pull it all off.

I blame Patrick Ewing.  No doubt the big fella is a tenacious competitor and a true Hall of Famer.  But it was Ewing’s unending stream of unfulfilled promises of victory that doomed Knicks fans everywhere to disappointing off-season after off-season. If you followed the Knicks in the 90s, you KNOW what I’m talking about.

And once the scrubs saw that a true talent like Ewing wasn’t embarrassed to fail to come through on his guarantees, they thought why not me?  It all culminated this year with that no name Pittsburgh Steelers DB who guaranteed victory over New England only to be very personally burned by the Patriots air attack.  Thank you, Tom Brady.

Still, that guy lived to play another day, so I guess we’ll get more guarantees in the future.  All I ask for is only one week between the NFL conference championships and the Super Bowl. 

I guarantee we’d get less hype…