We’re 24 hours from July 1st, the beginning of NHL free agency and one of my favorite days of the year (don’t judge). It’s a time of excitement and anticipation for fans around the league. But for fans of the NY Rangers, July 1st is a day we’ve also come to approach with a very healthy dose of fear, anxiety and abject terror. Why, you might ask? GM Glen “Slats” Sather, that’s why. Glen Sather on July 1 is like a drunken sailor. On shore leave. With money.
Archive for June, 2011
Jobu discusses the Relegation of one of Argentina’s most prominent fútbol teams.
Picture this scene: It’s late September, the Yankees are playing the Red Sox to close out the season, and both teams are tied for last place in the standings (I know, the Yankees would never be last…). Normally, only pride would be on the line in this game, but what if the stakes were a little bit higher? What if the loser had to go play in the Independent Atlantic League against the likes of the Bridgeport Bluefish? Sounds crazy right? Well, that’s what can happen in international soccer (fútbol for the sake of this post), and that’s what happened in Argentina this past weekend. River Plate, one of the most storied franchises in Argentine fútbol (get used to the term), was relegated to the Nacional B division for the first time in its 110 year history.
I read Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game five or six years ago because I wanted to feed my thirst for nerdy baseball statistics and analytics. For those of you who are not familiar with Moneyball, it’s about how Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, basically revolutionized the way players are scouted, analyzed and evaluated in drafts and in the minor leagues. This helped him build a winner in Oakland despite having a payroll 1/5th the size of some of the richer ball clubs (ahem… Yankees). Beane ignored conventional statistics (HR, RBI, SB, AVG) and focused his draft strategies more on on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG) and a strategy known as Sabermatics.
As we mourn the loss of the great Peter Falk (aaahhh… just one more thing), It seems there’s an interesting trend in the NL East. The division continued their apparent joint campaign with the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) to show America that old people can still do their jobs just as good as young people this week, when the Washington Nationals hired 68 year old Davey Johnson to manage their ball club. I mean, what is going on here? First, the Marlins hire the 2nd oldest manager in the history of baseball, then the Nationals hire another guy who is old enough to collect social security (although he’s a spring chicken compared to McKeon). Have dentures, will travel… I guess.
Summer has officially arrived, and I want to talk on the sport that’s on everyone’s mind. Football! All off-season we’ve been hearing about the dispute between the owners and the players, and the lockout that followed. I feel like I should weigh in on this issue. Or at least on how terribly the current NFL labor situation has aged Commissioner Roger Goodell (above). Anyway, It’s time to Lockout with your co– ahem… It’s time to discuss the NFL Lockout!