Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

My Most Painful Sports Losses Ever

October 14, 2010

My Atlanta Braves offseason post helped me greatly in recovering from the Braves’ gut-wrenching NLDS defeat. As much of a cliche as the phrase is, every sports fan at some point takes comfort in the saying, “There’s always next year.” In sports, as in life, some small part of us always tries to maintain the hope that a brighter tomorrow is just ahead. Perhaps sometimes it’s delusional, but it’s also one of the best traits of the human spirit.

Yet there are some defeats that feel particularly agonizing, some losses that are nearly soul-crushing and leave us temporarily unable to take comfort in those old cliches. So now, before I allow myself to close the book on my latest chapter of sporting letdowns, I’m going to revisit some of those losses that hurt the most when they occurred, and linger the most now.

This will not be fun.

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Atlanta Braves: Offseason Outlook

October 12, 2010

The Braves just went through one of the most painful playoff series losses I’ve seen in quite some time as an Atlanta fan, losing three games by a combined three runs, with all three losses coming with some umpire/player/managerial controversy.

But what’s done is done, and as frustrating as it was to lose such a winnable series, Atlanta still had an impressive season. The Braves led their division for about 2/3 of the season, despite it being fairly clear to everyone that they weren’t the best team. They also had truly horrid luck with injuries, having to replace two major everyday starters, 40% of their pitching rotation, and two of their top four bullpen options, with their closer also going down at the end. Added on to that were some attitude problems and woeful underperforming issues that led the Braves to replace three more starters, at shortstop, first base, and center field. The result was the Braves only had three Opening Day starters in their playoff lineup: Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, and Matt Diaz — and Diaz was among the woefully underperformed group but was deemed less mediocre than Melky Cabrera. They also got very little from Jair Jurrjens, who had posted the third-best ERA among NL starters in 2009 but was never 100% this year, and it showed in his performance and lack of inclusion on the postseason roster.

Yet in spite of all this, Atlanta clawed its way into the playoffs. The Braves have a lot of positives to take away from 2010, despite the disappointing end. The task now becomes how to build for 2011 and beyond. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the options and choices facing Atlanta this offseason.

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Baseball Playoff Predictions

October 5, 2010

It’s exactly what it sounds like.

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Spiffy and AA talk TV

September 26, 2010

So, Saturday night, Spiffy started texting me incessantly about all kinds of shit, but his one noteworthy idea was he and I teaming up for a Previews Reviews-style post on the first week of season premieres from the fall TV schedule. Due to my lack of AIM on the computer I was using, we ended up on Facebook (he’s Andy, I’m Me). This was the result.

One of us was drunk, but I’m not telling who; try to guess for yourself.

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Spring Training 2: Seattle Mariners

February 22, 2010

The Spring Training series continues with Spiffy’s favorite team, the Seattle Mariners. I’ve become a little bit of a fan myself, mostly because I want Spiff to be happy, and his other Seattle teams are on rough times: the Seahawks have sucked since losing the Super Bowl a few years ago, though there’s hope for the future with the addition of Pete Carroll; and Andy’s former NBA team has moved to my city and become the best young team in the league, so Seattleans (?) in general and Spiff in particular need the M’s to do well.

Will they? Read on.

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Spring Training 1: Colorado Rockies

February 22, 2010

So I was going to review the hilariously bad Captain America movie for my final post of the weekend, but after looking at Cap’s future and reviewing the series’ latest issue, I’m a little Capped out at the moment. So instead, I’m going to start my Spring Training series, in which I’ll be taking a look at various MLB teams going into the upcoming season. The series might be looking at just some of my favorite teams, or some of the most interesting ones, or maybe I’ll get so ambitious as to actually review all 30 teams. We still have about a month and a half until the season starts, so it’s possible (albeit highly unlikely). Most likely, I’ll pick one team from each division for an in-depth look, then do a shorter overall preview.

But for now, let’s kick things off with a look at my second favorite team, the Colorado Rockies.

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Spiffy and David’s Incorrect NFL Playoff Picks

January 8, 2010

I'm moving to Texas.

Last year I said that it was one of the hardest years to pick, ever, and went on to say that I could see any team except Miami and Arizona win the Super Bowl. Of course, Arizona went to the Super Bowl and almost (should have) won. So I know nothing.

Why read these? Because it’s a new year, and David’s also involved, and furthermore, we can look back and laugh at both of us for how wrong we are/were (I picked the Panthers to beat the Titans in last year’s Super Bowl, and had the Steelers lose in their first game, so go on, laugh).

But without further ado, here are our unbridled predictions for the best playoffs in professional sports (after Dodgeball and March Madness, of course).

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Spiffy Talks Super Bowl XLIII and Beer

February 3, 2009

  kurtwarner

 

          

        This night, as many do, begins with beer. Like a trumpet sounding for war, the beginning of Super Bowl XLIII is signaled by an onslaught of foam and the unmistakable aroma and sound of lukewarm Keystone Light being released from its dented aluminum prison. While Al Michaels and John Madden talk about the same things that have been talked about ad nausea for the past two weeks (or in the case of Kurt Warner’s rags to riches story, for ten years), the group of friends are, for what would be the only time in the next four plus hours, sublimely quiet, indulging in the Slumdog Millionaire of beers (or at least, beer flavored water).

            Yet, the story begins, as some do, before beer. It begins with the end of sleep, the rubbing of the eyes and the collective “Holy shit” that practically reverberates throughout the two stories of rickety, smelly, sticky college debauchery. This thought, the “Holy shit the Super Bowl is on in less than 6 hours and the house is a rickety, smelly, sticky college induced nightmare”, plops firmly in each housemate’s consciousness, satisfying the prerequisites for the rude awakening expected every day of the weekend….(to be continued after the bounce)

 

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Spiffy’s NFL Playoff Picks

January 1, 2009
This year is one of the toughest to pick. Ever. Last year I was pretty good with everything except underestimating the Giants, but here I could see anyone except Miami and Arizona winning it all if everything went right.

My picks follow.

These cheeks never lie. Panthers will be crowned Super Bowl champs!

These cheeks, like Spiffy, never lie.

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Spiffy Selects the MLB All-Star Game! AL Edition

July 6, 2008

Tired of seeing deserved players get snubbed and overrated players making the roster and even starting (*cough* Derek Jeter *cough*), Spiffy decided to make his own All-Star team for both sides, rosters that are sure to turn heads (and mind you, I chose the best players, so that sometimes did not lead to having backups at positions; I wasn’t choosing it the same way as Francona and Hurdle have for the game, because well they have to win; I just have to look quirky and fresh). Choosing 32 per side, with at least one representative from each team, the job was tough, but it’s done. And to make sure you know I’m not bullshitting about controversy: I didn’t select Manny Ramirez.

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