Category Archives: sports

Last Night’s Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians is why I love that I love sports. (Bonus list: my top 6 baseball games of all time)

Game 7 of the World Series last night was everything I hoped it would be. It was amazing. Absolutely amazing.

The game had it all. twists, turns, drama, rain, extra innings, story lines out the ass. Never before have I seen a game exceed the hype, and there was an enormous amount of hype going into the game. Phenomenal stuff start to finish from both sides, made for an absolute joy to watch as a sports fan.

I work with a bunch of people that don’t really like or follow sports at all. That’s fine and all, but it kinda blows my mind that they’re missing out on one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had watching an event. Once or twice a year I’m absolutely gripped by the anxiety of sports, and last night was one I’ll remember for a long, long time. The game was so tense, I couldn’t even sit down. I only recall the Pats/Seahawks Superbowl as the last time I’ve been so emotionally invested in a game, in which I have no teams playing in (Atlanta sports). I watched game 7 last night at a packed sports bar, and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had watching a sporting event. A memory I’ll cherish for a long time.

Speaking of memorable baseball games… There’s very few that i’ll remember forever, and here they are off the top of my head.

Top 6 Baseball Games of All Time

Last Nights World Series Game 7 (cubs win in extras).

Arron bleepin boone putting the yankees past the sox in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS

David Ortiz getting the Sox over the hump past the Yankees in 2004 (walk off in game 4/ game winning hit in game 5

  1. Florida Marlins winning in 97 with Edgar Rentaria’s walk off hit in extra innings.

  1. Louis Gonzalez of Rivera in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series for the diamondbacks.

  1. Game 162 in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays where they beat the Yankees on the last day to sneak into the playoffs (mainly because I was in the building watching it). This is regarded as the greatest night in baseball History. Pandemonium.

Advertisements

The NBA is back baby

nba champs 2016.jpeg

This is arguably the best sports time of the year. I’ve blogged about the worst sports time of the year, but the last week in October is always amazing.

College football. check. pro football check. baseball playoffs. check. NBA basketball. Chee yek. love it.

Every year I do an annual Hawks blog analyzing the key additions and key losses in the off season. We’ll do that later, because I doubt most of you readers give one single fuck about the shitty Atlanta Hawks basketball team.

So lets look at some of the interesting story lines from the upcoming season.

  • The warriors are going to be one of the most hated teams in history.
  • I hate Kevin Durant
  • I really like Russell Westbrook and OKC
  • Can Lebron Repeat?
  • How are the warriors going to live up to expectations?
  • What will D-Rose and D-Wade do?
  • Will the Magic be competitive?

And NOW for my SNEAK ATTACK Hawks Preview:

KEY ADDITIONS:

Dwight Howard PF/C

dwight.jpg

I honestly hate this guy. He’s a team cancer. He ruined Orlando by getting Stan Van Gundy fired, then he left town. He went out to LA where he was always injured and a fish out of water. Nobody liked him in LA, and Kobe hated him, so he was driven out of town almost as soon as he got there. Then he went to Houston where he was a great bench player when he wasn’t injured, but he still had no friends because the guy is a fucking loser. Apparently he has a lot of baby mamma’s sprinkled around the US, but this one shoud’ve been wifed up. So Dwight, this is your last chance to make something of your disappointing career. You have the body of a god, and it’s gone to waste. I’ve followed this guy since his days at SACA High, and I’m hoping that coming home will finally do this guy some good.

Malcom Delany PG/SG

malcom.jpg

He is an undrafted journey man who’s been playing in Europe for the last 4 years. Coach Bud trying to find diamonds overseas like the Spurs did. Once won “Gatorade Player of the year” in high school. How has this guy not sniffed the NBA? here’s your shot kid- don’t blow it.

Deandre Bembry SF

st joe.jpg

Our 21st draft pick in this past years draft and signed his rookie contract this past summer. Played college ball at St. Joes where he was remarkably consistent over the past two years. Can’t shoot free throws for dick tho.

Edy Tavares C

frade-tavares.jpg

This guy has been playing international ball for the past two years and is still considered a raw talent. He is a “physical phenomenon” who stands 7’3″ tall and possesses a 7’9″ wingspan. That’s unreal. I’d imagine the Hawks are hoping this guy turns out like Hassan Whiteside did last year for the heat. I looked at his past stats, and they stink. If you can’t score against tiny Europeans, you won’t score in the NBA. I’d bet the farm that this bum won’t be on the roster in May. Time will tell.

Taurean Prince SF/PF

baylor.jpg

This is another rookie who signed with the Hawks this past summer. Played his college ball at Baylor, and was selected 12th overall by the Jazz and then shipped to ATL as part of a three team trade. The Hawks have been desperately trying to get bigger upfront by drafting two forwards to make up for the loss of Demarre Carrol two years ago.

KEY LOSSES:

Jeff Teague PG/SG

teague indiana.jpg

I soured on this guy quick. I used to love him, but he played like a butt-hurt little brat all last season. As soon as trade rumors started to fly with his name, he completely shut down. Enjoy shitty Indianapolis Jeff. Good riddance.

Al Horford PF/C

al boston.jpg

Love this guy. Gave some of his best Seasons to the Hawks and I’m greatful I could watch him play all these years. Probably took a few too many 3’s last season, but he brought guts and grit to every game. Nothing flashy, but remarkably consistent over the past 8 years or so. The Celtics are going to absolutely love you. Thanks Al, best of luck my man.

Kirk Hinrich SG

kirk.jpg

I was so pumped when we signed this guy. I was all in on captain Kirk. He just never seemed to fit in here in Atlanta. He was often injured and never consistent enough to see significant playing time. Square peg. Round hole. Sadly I don’t know if he’ll ever pick up another NBA contract. You had a good run my friend.

So there you have it. Your sneak attack Hawks 2016/2017 season preview under the veil of and NBA blog. Sorry to mislead you, it won’t happen for another 12 months.

Click here for the Atlanta Hawks 2015/2016 Season Preview

 

 

 

 

I miss the 1996 Chicago Bulls

96 bulls

Basketball season is right around the corner, and I miss the good ol’ days of the NBA back in 1990’s.

Show someone that picture above and they’ll have an immediate rush of 90’s nostalgia, start coursing through their veins.

It’s weird to think that kids today may have similar reactions to this years Warriors team (who’re currently 18-0 as of this post). Golden State has a long way to go to reach the 72-10 Bulls, but they’ve got a great start.

warriors 16.jpg

For me, that MJ-led Bulls team was my childhood. I was a huge NBA basketball fan and I loved superstars like Michael, Shaq, Penny, Scottie, Kemp, Stockton, Barkley, etc. Quite an epic era for basketball. Prior to the 1999 lockout, the NBA was just at another level with tons of talent (old and young) and stellar hard-nosed play. The hand-check was very common in those days (since banned), and the refs would just let them go at it. Oh and there were none of these dumbass replays, so the flow of the game was much more enjoyable. In those years there were more fights and much better rivalries. I still remember some of the legendary Heat/Knicks playoff series where tempers were always on edge between Zo, Tim Hardaway, John Starks, Allen Houston, Larry Johnson, Charles Oakley, etc. That was the golden ear basketball.

The Bulls starting lineup intro remains the Greatest of All time. Everyone remembers: (sirius theme) “ANNNND NOWWWW THE STARTING LINEUP. FOR YOUR. CHICAGO BUUUUULLLLLLLLSSSSSSS!!! (ahhh)”

From 2000-2010, the NBA experienced a slight drop in talent, and a sharp decline marketable teams. They tried to push the Lebron Cavs, but he was their only star and couldn’t win a championship in Cleveland. They tried to push the studded Spurs, but they had absolutely no personality, and no reach outside of San Antonio. The Celtics built the first “super team” in 2007 but it was largely seen as a bust even though they did win a championship one season. The Lakers were always in the mix, but Kobe was very polarizing and not very likeable since the rape charges in ’03.

Today the NBA has a lot of star power, but it’s a completely different style of game. Run and Gun shooters and freak athletes are running the league now. The best player in the NBA this year is Steph Curry and he’s like 5 ft 11, and 185 lbs soaking wet. Props to him.

In a way, I feel like social media has kinda ruined the NBA. Prior to Twitter, we knew next to nothing about these players off the court. Now we get a front row seat to all the stupid shit these arrogant assholes do and say every minute of every day. It’s absolutely amazing how clueless and tone-deaf a lot of these athletes really are.

Look at MJ- people who interacted with him, knew he was a huge asshole who loved to gamble heavily and would get into fights all the time in practice. Nike was able to craft him into the perfect marketing machine and now he owns one of the biggest brands in the world. It’s amazing.

Now look at LeBron. He tries to be like Jordan, but he is just too silly to pull it off. He tweets and says dumb things which get him in trouble, and shows his true colors. Nike tries to build a brand, but everything Lebron does and says hurts his marketability. He’s still a once in a decade talent, but he’ll never be as popular as Jordan.

If you were too young to remember 1996 Bulls, or want to relive it, here’s an hour long documentary on that season for the bulls.

Turn out the Lights: the 2016 Atlanta Hawks

If you’re new to the blog, you probably don’t know about my seasonal “Turn out the lights” series involving Atlanta sports teams. Every few months, ATL Sports continue to crush my soul a little more. Being a miserable Atlanta fan is something I’ve become accustom to.

A Look Back:

This was a weird season for the Hawks. They came out of the gate slow after a stellar year last season, and never really found a groove. Trade rumors plagued the team all season, and I’m pretty sure we’ll learn that a few players were more injured than they let on. My season outlook highlighted the losses of two key players in Demarre Carrol and Pero Antic, which ended up really hurting the Hawks this season.

In the end, this is it for a LONG time for hawks fans. We’re probably going to get rid of Al Horford, and Jeff Teague in the off season, and we’ll probably regress to the mediocre eastern conference team that’s fighting for an 8th seed on the final day of the season, only to get bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs. That’s the exact team that the Hawks have been for the better part of the  last decade.

Just a completely irrelevant franchise.

A Look Ahead:

The thing that sucks about the season ending, is that the Braves are currently on pace to be the worst teams in baseball history, so there is absolutely nothing to look forward to in ATL sports other than the UGA Bulldogs who don’t start playing for another 4 months. It’s going to be a long summer.

charlie brown sad

 

 

 

The Hawks need to blow up their Roster

What a difference a year makes. You know this is the worst sports time of the year, (I’ve blogged about it before), but what a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time the Atlanta Hawks were the talk of the NBA world. We’d just come off a month where we’d won 19 straight games, and had four All-Stars and our coach in the All-Star game. The sky was the limit for this team.

Then we ran into the Cavs in the Playoffs (who eventually ran into the Warriors), and it all started to crumble. During the off-season,  we lost Demarre Carrol, the heart and soul of our squad, to Toronto. We signed that bum ass Tiago Splitter, who’s been a walking injury all year and is now out for the rest of the season. We made the decision to become “The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club” and we started wearing these absolutely awful jerseys. Whoever designed and approved that garbage should be fired. Neon Yellow?!? Puke City.

ugly uniforms.jpg

The Hawks play a team-oriented style of ball with no real “superstars” and the knock on our team has been that we don’t have a “go-to guy” down the stretch, when the game is on the line. I used to think that wasn’t a problem because we had 4 sold weapons that could beat you from anywhere on the court, but that’s just not the case. Jeff Teague is not clutch. Al Horford is not clutch. Paul Millsap is not cluth. Kyle Korver- he may be clutch, but he can’t create his own shot. This has become very apparent in watching games this season. It’s brutal to know that if the Hawks are in a close game, they aren’t winning it. The Hawks are 2-8 in games decided by less than 5 points this year. Those two wins came in the first three games of the year, so the Hawks haven’t won a close game (decided by less than 5 points) since Early November. Awful. At the All-Star break, they’re currently sitting in 5th place in the East, and only 3 games outside of being out of the playoff picture entirely.

I Tweet a lot during Hawks games, and these tweets tell the story of how the season has gone so far. Every night it seems like the same old song and dance…(Notice the dates of these Tweets below)

This season has been brutal to follow, because the play just isn’t good. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are launching more 3’s with less accuracy (I get infuriated watching them do this game in and game out), Kyle Korver has clearly lost a step, and Jeff Teague is just flat out not playing as well as he did in the previous two seasons. Nobody is improving at all.

The NBA trade Deadline is tomorrow 2/18 at 3pm. The Hawks are going to be the team to watch, because they’ve made it clear to the rest of the league that they are shopping thier two best players, (Jeff Teague and Al Horford), and I’m glad. We can’t compete with Cleveland or the Warriors, so I hope we blow up this roster and start from scratch. hawks logo new

Today and tomorrow will be very interesting to watch, because everyone’s eyes are going to be on Atlanta and what we decide to do. The Hawks management has been good about building a strong core of guys, but it’s just not working out, so I’d be very surprised if we don’t make a big move (or multiple moves) by tomorrow afternoon.

I’d love to see the Hawks land one of the two big names on the market- in Dwight Howard or Kevin Love. We need to shake things up, because this roster clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Such is the life of an ATL sports fan.

 

Salsa’s Annual Superbowl Prop Bets Guide (Year 2)

superbowl50

It’s that time again! Superbowl Prop bets are here:

Here’s my blog from last year (2015) where I went 6-3 in the props that mattered last year and I’m looking to do much better this year.

On we go.

National Anthem: Under 2:20 (-120)

Coin Toss: Tails (-105)

First score: Touchdown (-145) Panthers Touchdown (+150) Greg Olsen (+750)

SB MVP: Cam Newton (-130)

Gatorade color: Orange (+125)

Dabbing said: Under 2 (-140) PUSH

Cam superman pose: under 2.5 (-140)

will “left shark make an appearance”?: YES (+1500)

Buffalo Wild wings sold: Over 12 mill (-120)

Golden Gate bridge shown: Over .05 times (-300)

Coldplay’s 1st song: Sky full of Stars (+450)

Beyonce’s Shoe color: Gold or Brown (+250)

Will Peyton Announce Retirement: No (-1000)

Nielson Rating: Over 48.5

Superbowl MVP mentions who first: God (say pey.gif+200)

And your final 2 bets:

Carolina -5

Over 43.5 Scored 

I’m looking at a 37-17 final. Carolina winning easily.

 

Now go out there, enjoy some food, and make some money.

sb2.jpg

EDIT- Went 7-9 this year, and was way off on Carolina. Winners in Green, Losers-Red.

2015 Cam Newton is 2004 Madden Mike Vick

vick2.jpg

There I said it. Cam Newton is Mike Vick 2.0

Some of you younger whippersnappers may not necessarily understand this reference, but amongst my generation, it’s a widely accepted fact that 2004 Mike Vick in Madden is the most dominant video game character of all time.

cam1.jpg Madden2004box.jpg

The 2015 ‘real life’ Cam Newton is a bigger, stronger, and almost faster version of 2004 ‘Madden’ Mike Vick. He’s has had an absolutely amazing MVP season this year. He’s cruised to a Superbowl berth with a rag tag cast of nobody’s that he’s elevated to unbelievable levels this season. In two weeks, he’ll be a Superbowl Champion, and after winning a National Championship and a Heisman trophy in college- he’ll be well on his way to the hall of fame.

I want to love Cam Newton, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to go all in on the dude. He’s got a lot of pros, and a lot of cons.

Pros:

  • He’s flashy, cocky, funny,
  • He’s a nice dude, good with kids
  • He’s a maverick
  • He’s a good dancer
  • He’s dominant, and talentedcam2.jpg

Cons:

  • His style is atrocious
  • He’s a wannabe gangster
  • He’s full of himself
  • He tries to piss people off
  • He is all about himself
  • He plays up the “for the kids stuff” for the cameras
  • He would be made fun of if not for his talent.
  • Seems like a loser off the field.

 

At the end of the day, it seems like younger football fans love Cam, and older fans can’t seem to stand him. Cam represents a new generation of football player. He’s clearly having a good time, but sometime it just goes way over the top with the whole “superman celebration”, and that dumbass “dab dance”. He is always smiling, and plays it off as having fun, but it seems like it’s just him being cocky. Sure race plays an issue somewhat, but I honestly think it’s a non issue for 95% of those people.

At the end of the day, I think i like Cam. I’d say I’m on board with about 85% of his shit. I like the fact that he does whatever he wants, regardless of what people think. I like his confidence. I like his talent. He does rub me the wrong way sometimes, but I think the good far outweighs the bad.

cam3.jpg

Humblebrag alert! There was a small time in my life when I was one of the best basketball players in my city league. I was a top 5 player in a league with about 150 people in it. I became very arrogant in every game I’d play. It’s hard not to be cocky when you know that you’re that good, and you know that you can be stopped. There’s no better feeling than being at that level. As I got older, people caught up to me in height and talent, but there was a good 3 year stretch from middle school to early high school when I would talk trash, wear ridiculous headbands/armbands/socks. I’d argue with refs every game, and I’d pick up technical fouls like they were going out of style. I once picked up 3 technicals in a game because I swore at the ref and kicked over a chair after getting tossed from the game. The 3rd technical was assessed to my coach who called me after the game to tell me that if I did that again, he wouldn’t be able to coach in the league anymore. I was an absolute nightmare to coach. I’d imagine coaching Cam is very similar. You just gotta let the man do his thing and ride the fucking wave. Winning trumps everything.

PS- This is the best Madden Video on the Internet.