Giants Fans Do Not Like Kneeling During the National Anthem

New York Giants owner John Mara received many ’emotional’ fan letters regarding the trend of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. They were not thrilled to say the least.

Is anybody really surprised by this? I’ve become used to the standards that the NFL has created and clearly it has trickled down to the fans as well. It’s the same old bullshit. A player does something controversial, and then a Colin Kaepernick becomes the source for all the hate in the world.

The real issue are the NFL owners. Did you know that the US Defense Department paid NFL teams $5.4 mil just to have military veterans honored at football games following the 2014 season? If anything, that should get people far more angry for a clear lack of respect given by team owners.

Rarely do you see the same amount of hate for the people chilling in the booths upstairs.

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Except Goodell, everybody hates Goodell.

Giants fans also confuse me in another way. There wasn’t nearly this much backlash when the world realized that they had a domestic-abusive kicker on the team in Josh Brown. How does Mara receive more mail for a kneeling the Giants never partook in, compared to an actual abuser they had on their team?!

All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told The MMQB. “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more-so than any other issue I’ve run into,” according to ESPN.com

In fact, I’ve seen more outrage over Odell Beckham Jr. skipping OTAs compared to the Giants knowingly keeping Josh Brown on their roster despite his illegal activity.

There is no right or wrong party, but I feel as if there’s an interesting order of priorities around the NFL community.

Colorado is doing something right… and I am not talking about the weed laws.

As a Giants fan this article kills me but also excites me at the same time. I will get the sad part (at least for me) out of the way because who cares about a pity party for some blogger you have never heard of. BREAKING NEWS: The San Francisco Giants will not make the playoffs. As a life long fan it sucks to eliminate your team on May 26th, but behind 3 teams, 11 games back, Madison Bumgarner gone dirt biking until August 1, and an offense that only hits solo home runs the hope is fading quick.

However, there is a gem out in the NL West that is not getting enough spotlight, but hey maybe that’s why they are so exciting to watch. If you told me the Colorado Rockies would be the second best team in the league when Memorial Day Weekend rolls around I’d ask if you thought the Browns would contend for the Super Bowl. Anyway, this is a team I don’t see fading. They have been doing some pretty special things on the field this season, and I don’t think its crazy to claim that the Rockies can compete with the Nationals (sorry Mets fans), and Cubs for a National League Championship.

I get it, every time the Rockies win a game everyone screams and yells about how easy it is to play in their home ballpark. And those morons are right for the most part. Right this moment Coors Field ranks second in runs scored, but this year the stadium has only had the 10th most homeruns per game. But what is pretty telling of their success is that they have played less than half their games at home, and still have a 31-18 record. And splits are pretty even. 33 dingers at home, 31 away. 125 runs scored at home, 124 runs away. Yes, they have played 3 more road then home games, but looking at the numbers right now, their bats are still hot on the road. The way I see it, the Rockies use Coors field as an advantage, and they have seemed to fix the worst part of their game, which was playing anywhere but Denver. The Rockies have more games at home than games on the road remaining. The last time I checked playoff series are played at both teams stadiums. The Rockies own Coors field, and being a solid team at home and a .500 team on the road is all they have to do to win this division.

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Like my explanation about their splits? Want to argue actual players suiting up every day? Talk to me about their pitchers. Chances are you probably can’t name more than one guy in the rotation. Right now their starters are Tyler Chatwood, Tyler Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, and German Marquez. Their top guy coming in to the season, Jon Gray, is out and will start throwing bullpens this weekend. As a starting staff Rockies are 11th in baseball in ERA, 7th in innings. Not stellar, but both top half of the MLB. As the 2015 Royals were able to prove, you don’t need big names in the rotation. If you can get the game to the pen in the 7th and have a few great relievers the game becomes a lot easier. And as of now that is the model this Rockies team has taken. When the decision comes to the Rockies backend the record is 8-3. They also lead the league in saves because of red hot Greg Holland. The man is 19 for 19 with a .96 ERA. Only one of the top 5 relieves in innings pitched has an ERA over 2.80. Don’t get so caught up that there is no clear ace on this staff. Baseball is changing and it isn’t as necessary as it used to be. In 2014 the Giants won a chip with Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, and Ryan Vogelsong behind MadBum. Miracles are real.

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Now let’s think about their offense. This is the easy part to convince you of. As a team they rake. They score the second most runs in baseball and hit for the second highest average. This year their lineup bolsters 3 hitters with over 10 bombs in Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds, and Charlie Blackmon. Trevor Story isn’t as big of a headline as last season, but he does have 7 homers and 7 doubles. Their outfield may be the best in baseball. From left to right the Rockies put out a strong platoon in left between Alexi Amerista, who is hitting .365 in 26 games, and Gerardo Parra. In center is Blackmon who is a true 5 tool player at the top of the order. Cargo in right has been a 3 time All-Star and adds power to the middle of the lineup. Their lineup will continue to mash, and will carry this team through the season and make them a legit contender.

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Listen y’all, the Rockies are here to stay, at least for 2017. They may pull of a one hit wonder act @Royals @Mets (at least the Royals actually got a ring), but a 1 hit wonder is better a no hit blunder. Not a great day to be a Giants fan…

Why LaMelo Ball is Better than LeBron Was at His Age

Just when you think maybe you can go a few days without the Ball family making headlines, they come right back at you with highlights of a 50-point loss by LaMelo’s AAU team, coached by LaVar.

 

 

First off, LaMelo is nowhere near as good as LeBron was in high school. Not in the same fucking stratosphere of ability. This title is what we in the college-kids-home-for-the-summer blog business call clickbait, my friends.

 

Anyway, back to the youngest of Bitchass LaVar Ball’s offspring. LaMelo  became the most famous high school player in the country this year following his 92-point game in February. You’ve at least heard of this if you don’t live under a rock, but maybe you didn’t take the time to watch the 15-minute long highlight video. I watched the whole thing because when you’re in a college lecture listening to some foreign guy try and tell you bullshit about the economy 100 years ago, you’ll watch just about anything. Here it is, go ahead and watch. You probably have the time to, because you’re probably bored as hell, because why the fuck else would you be reading our dumbass blog?

You don’t have to be Mike Krzyzewski to understand what happened here. These are the least impressive 92 points I’ve ever seen. If LaMelo Ball was in 2K MyPlayer mode, he would end up with an F at the end of the game because he’d keep losing points for “didn’t get back on defense.” Not only that, but the kids on the other team don’t play defense even when they are back in time. It literally looks like when you’re playing basketball against your little cousin who’s a foot and a half shorter than you and you let him get a shot off because he’s like 10 (I’m stuffing the shit out of him next time after seeing this video. I’ll be damned if we encourage another participation trophy generation.)

Also, LaMelo took 22 threes and made only 7. He was 37-61 total from the field. 92 points on 61 shots, most of which were wide open due to the fact he was cherrypicking and going against a team that played defense worse than the washing machine the Tropics traded for Monix? Not exactly LeBron 2.0. Then this video surfaced this weekend after Ball’s AAU team got wiped by 50 points at the hands of the Compton Magic.

Kid looked lost out there. Couldn’t get any kind of separation or hit jump shots, and just looked physically overmatched. As bad as that was, I will say this. He’s a young kid. He is 15 years old. He’ll get bigger and stronger. Lonzo is 6’6, LaMelo is only 6’3. I honestly feel really bad for him because when LeBron was getting a ton of press in high school, it was all earned based off his ability. Sure, LaMelo can play a little, but a lot of his attention comes from how good his older brother is and having a Dad who gasses him up more than a sorority girl talking about her little.

So, LaMelo, I feel for you. As for everyone else, let’s leave the kid alone and let him develop his game before we see how he turns out at UCLA in a few years.

(P.S.- if I ever see anyone in a “Stay In Yo Lane” Big Baller Brand shirt, I might punch them in the face. I think I’d rather walk around in a shirt that has “I Am a Virgin” written across the front.)

Evil Losers. Sad!

Last Monday night, a heart-breaking terrorist attack took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.  The bomber, who very recently traveled to Libya for three weeks, was named Salman Abedi, and the attack took the lives of 22 innocent people, including one police officer.  ISIS has since taken credit for the attack.

Who knew this website reported (some) legitimate news?

President Trump, in a true display of a mastery of the English language, utilizing eloquence and the diction of a 3rd grader who just got his toy truck stolen on the playground, called terrorists “evil losers.”

 

Now he did justify his word choice by saying that he would have called them monsters, but he thought that they would have liked that.  He acts as though “monsters” and “evil losers” were the only two options that he had when describing these terrible people; there are 171,476 words in the English language, however the best combination of words that Trump could formulate included a word that puts most 5 year olds in a time out.

 

We have seen the War on Drugs, we have seen what seems like a never ending War on Terror.  Now, in 2017, we have the War on Evil Losers.  Has a nice ring to it.

 

 

It’s Time We Stop Letting Kevin Durant Off the Hook for the Problems He Has Caused in Brooklyn and Orlando

July 4, 2016. The 240th birthday of our beautiful country. But for one, it was a day they decided would make about themselves, and partially ruin the day for many American sports fans.

After blowing a 3-1 lead to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, Kevin Durant, arguably the second best player in the NBA, was leaving Oklahoma City to join this Warriors team. It is widely considered to be one of the softest moves in sports history, a move only a KowarD would make. The difference many saw in his move versus when LeBron James went to Miami was that Durant was joining a team that was already arguably the best in the NBA, and leaving a team that he had so close to the Finals, but couldn’t win one more against the Warriors. Now, you would think Kevin Durant and the Warriors would be prepared for the repercussions that this would come with, that most of the NBA would just simply hate them. However, despite the success of this season, Kevin and the Warriors are still constantly playing victim. Some of these include: Warriors ownership and Kevin Durant’s mother upset with the Thunder for not honoring Kevin Durant in his first game back in Oklahoma City, Draymond Green upset the four Warriors didn’t make an All-NBA team, and Green mad about the Cavs lack of competition in the Eastern Conference playoffs. I think it’s time we all feel bad for the Warriors. They have had a long and stressful season, and have an NBA Finals to worry about now, not the bullshit us fans are bashing them for.

When Kevin Durant signed with Golden State, most fans were upset that a league that had already become top-heavy was about to become even more top-heavy, and that the regular season would pretty much mean nothing. So far, both have those have been true, and the fans are really hoping it’ll be worth it in the third Finals meeting between Golden State and Cleveland. However, despite being four wins from his first title, Kevin Durant is still out here playing victim.

While many people tossed Duran’t latest claim aside and just said “okay, let’s just play the Finals already”, I won’t let Kevin play victim here, because when it comes to recent problems with the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic, Kevin Durant is clearly at fault.

We’ll start in Orlando. Kevin Durant’s comment on the Magic not making the playoffs for the last 6 years is obviously not his fault, and is just a scapegoat for the other problems he has caused. He has been at the center of a string of very bad decisions by the Magic organization. The Thunder needed to create salary-cap room to resign Durant, so they sent Serge Ibaka to Orlando. Orlando wisely agreed to this trade, and sent back Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and 11th overall pick Domantas Sabonis. Midway through this past season, the Magic sent Ibaka to the Raptors for Terrence Ross, a downgrade. Essentially, the Magic traded those 3 players for Ross. Looking at it that way, this was a terrible trade, sending two young players, and another solid player for a streaky shooter who wasn’t even a starter for the Raptors. And how did this mess all start? With the Magic making a trade with the Thunder that would help OKC resign Durant. And then Durant didn’t even resign. If Durant didn’t cost so much that the Thunder would have create cap room and bait Orlando into a stupid trade, the downfall for the Magic would have never happened. What a selfish asshole. Orlando deserves an apology.

Now let’s go over to Brooklyn. As a Nets fan, the idea of signing Kevin Durant in 2016 was the dream I knew probably could never happen, but was one I had in the back of my head. A few years ago, when the Nets were actually good, the idea seemed better, and a fellow fan and I referred to this signing as #Durant2016. However, Billy King, using his great General Managing mindset (as always), realized this was not going to happen. The Nets finished the 2012-13 season in 4th place in the East (a huge improvement from 12th in 2011-12), but they were eliminated by the Bulls, WITHOUT Derrick Rose, in 7 games. Billy King knew if the Nets ever wanted to compete for an NBA Championship, they would have to acquire some players who were a little better than Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Being that he would not be able to acquire Durant, King cracked under pressure and sent Brooklyn’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 first round picks, along with a few players, to the Boston Celtics for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. And we all know how that has turned out. Kevin Durant has no way out of this one. If he had less skill, his asking price would have been lower. And if his asking price would have been lower, the Nets would have traded for Durant, not the old guys from Boston. And if the Nets had gotten Durant instead, they would be winning championships instead of handing the Celtics number 1 draft picks. Thank you for ruining the organization I grew up loving, Kevin.

What Kevin Durant did to the Thunder was pretty bad, but doesn’t even compare to what he did to the Nets and Magic. At least the Thunder still have an MVP on their team. Oh well. Kevin better hope the basketball God’s let his knees work this time against Cleveland.

What Grinds My Gears: Apple

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears…

 

Apple

 

But specifically, iPhones.

 

Because of how fucking EXTRA they are.

 

Like honestly, Apple, was it really that fucking necessary to remove that little jack that every goddamn pair of headphones/earbuds fits into? I actually couldn’t believe that when I first heard it. And then I got myself an iPhone 7, because as fucked as iPhones are, Androids and whatever other smartphones are out nowadays are more fucked than a Brazzers video.

 

Side note/tangent: Androids literally remind me of those dope T-Mobile sidekicks back in the day, but also kind of remind me of a Gameboy Advance. I don’t know why this comparison makes sense to me, but honestly “sense” is a relative term, and nowadays nothing really seems to make much sense. Like honestly, WHAT THE FUCK IS A FIDGET SPINNER?!?

 

Back to Apple.

 

Of course I was going to get the iPhone 7, because iPhones literally work for your 1st year and then in year 2 (standard data plans), the Apple company actually guarantees that you will need a new phone (has anyone in modern history ever had a phone last longer than 2 years? And at the end of the 2 years, it always seems as if my phone is “still alive but barely breathing” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yZ1uI5yPbY; this song honestly is not that chill, but everyone and their fucking mother knows it, and it’s really good to listen to if you’re trying to cry and get depressed). So anyway, when I got home from the Verizon store, because fucking Apple makes you place reservations like it’s fucking P.F. Chang’s just to ask a fucking question, I began to take all the shit out of the box that comes with an iPhone.

 

You know what’s in the box, right? The phone, a charging chord, the cube/brick/whateverthefuckyouwanttocallit thing, but then something new appeared; called a splitter, its this small ass wire that you can attach to non-apple headphones/ear buds and aux chords for them to be compatible with the iPhone 7.

 

Wait…so you’re saying that if I don’t have this microscopic splitter thing, which is so easily identifiable as something that you will, without a doubt, wager your fucking house on it it’s so fucking obvious, lose, I can’t listen to music or play some fucking fire on the aux?

 

FUCK THAT!

 

Oh, and also, YOU CAN’T EVEN LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE CHARGING YOUR PHONE!

 

Hey FUCKHEADS,

 

YOUR PHONE BATTERY IS NOT THAT GOOD STOP GASSING YOURSELVES UP LIKE YOU FOUND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH YOU’RE A COMPANY NOT FUCKING MARCO POLO!

 

Do you know how much it fucking sucks to be on the A train subway that’s more packed than most WNBA games in the middle of a New York City Summer that’s hotter than the Warriors sandwiched in between a crackhead asking me for my fucking Nature Valley bar and some old shmuck reading the Wall Street Journal directly over my leg WITHOUT Rapcaviar on Spotify? Like, I had low battery, and I need my phone for work because I run around New York City, like I’m fucking Joseph Gordon Levitt from that bike delivery movie (Premium Rush; don’t waste your time, horrible fucking movie, to the point where I’d be wasting both our times giving you any sort of synopsis), all day delivering packages to places I’ve never been so I need Waze, because Google Maps gives worse fucking directions than whoever told Christopher Columbus that India was in the fucking Atlantic ocean.

 

Speaking on behalf of all of #TEAMIPHONE, fuck you Apple.

Why These NBA Finals Could Be More Entertaining Than Jersey Shore

Pretty bold headline, I know. But Cavs-Warriors round 3 could be better than “Gym, tan, find out who wrote the note.” (If you don’t like/haven’t seen Jersey Shore just stop reading and re-evaluate what you find entertaining)

Even though the NBA Playoffs have been worse than Angelina up to this point, I think I speak for all basketball fans when I say I’ve been looking forward to this series since Game 7 ended last year. We’ve never seen two teams breeze through their conferences like this before (Warriors 12-0 and the Cavs 12-1, respectively), and it’s blatantly clear that these are the two best teams in the league. Let’s break it down.

We’re Seeing the Best Version of LeBron

The guy who led the Finals in all 5 major stat categories last year is gonna need to have a similar performance for his Cavs to win. He’s been sensational in these playoffs thus far, averaging 32.5 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists on 63% shooting, as well as 42% from three, both playoff career highs for the King. Aside from failing to show up in Game 3 vs. the Celtics, he’s been outstanding in each of the 13 games the Cavs have played up to this point. Will LeBron’s every move continue to be analyzed/scrutinized/criticized to the point where you’re asking yourself if everyone at ESPN is on meth? Unfortunately, yes. But the bottom line is that if LeBron keeps shooting as efficiently as he has been, especially from deep, he’s unguardable. I don’t care if he was being guarded by Kelly Olynyk or Jae Crowder in the conference finals and now he’s gonna be guarded by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, there’s no way to guard LeBron’s skill set when he’s firing on all cylinders.

How Will the Warriors Handle Adversity?

The Warriors set yet another record, sweeping their way through the Western Conference, which no one had previously done. However, this is not necessarily all good. Aside from Game 1 against the Spurs when they came back from a 25-point deficit, they haven’t played any games that were particularly close in the playoffs. Who takes the last shot when it’s crunch time, Curry or Durant? How will these guys fare in high-pressure situations, especially on the road? Good news is, these guys have been here before. This will be most of the Warriors key players’ third straight Finals, and Durant was in the Finals back in 2012 against LeBron’s Heat.

Who Will Step Up?

A key to the Cavs’ victory last year was bench players such as Richard Jefferson playing well. They’ll surely need the bench to be a big factor again. Another former New Jersey Net could be the one to step up this year, Deron Williams has quietly been solid these playoffs, shooting 54% from the field as well as 50% from three. If he continues to play like this, the Cavs could have Quicken Loans Arena rocking like Continental Airlines Arena circa 2003 (before it became IZOD Center. Fuck the IZOD Center).

Will Ayesha Curry Continue to be Annoying as Hell on Twitter?

Steph’s wife stirred up so much drama on Twitter during last year’s Finals, you would’ve thought she was The Situation 2.0.

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After the Warriors’ Game 6 loss, the best shooter of all-time’s wife took to Twitter to voice her frustrations

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Brian Windhorst pointed out that if the NBA was rigged, then it would’ve been rigged for her husband to have won last year’s Finals, 73 regular season games, and 2 straight MVPs. I don’t really care what Ayesha tweets, but I do because the responses she gets are so damn good.

I’m never deleting Twitter.

All jokes aside, this series pins arguably the greatest NBA team on paper of all-time against arguably the greatest player of all-time playing at his best. Pressure is on KD to win and prove he did the right thing signing with the Warriors, and pressure is on LeBron to deliver Cleveland another championship. Waiting through 2 months of dreadful playoff basketball will be worth it to see these two teams match up.

Prediction

This Warriors team is good. Really good. As much as I hate Durant and Draymond and Klay, they are all All-Stars. The only way they could lose this series is if a few of them lose their 3-point stroke like they did at points in last year’s Finals. However, with Durant replacing Harrison Barnes (who was basically a traffic cone vs. the Cavs last year), that scenario is even less likely. But this is the best version of LeBron we’ve ever seen, I can’t pick against him when he’s playing like this. The Warriors are better than last year, but so are the Cavs. Cavaliers in 7.

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