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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Red Sox Update: Sox, NFL Players Makin' it Rain...

What? You thought we were done?! Ay Papi!!
So, Boston is burning, huh? Ha!  That, my friends, is why you don't make needless, grandiose predictions.  Last week, I discussed how a local writer went out of his way "predict" that the "reign of Boston sports dominance".  Since then?  Celtics swept the Knicks, Bruins crawled back from 0-2 down to take a 3-2 lead, and the Red Sox have reeled off 5 in a row and now 8 of their last nine.  Soooo, yeah.  About that reign coming to an end...

And hey, I'm not here to say I told you so.  Matter of fact, I couldn't care less about "Boston's reign" or when it starts and ends.  I was just out to prove a point, and in a rare turn of events, my vindication arrived with the efficiency of an order @ In'N'Out.  And much like I would with that Double Double Animal Style Burger and side of Animal Style fries that I'd order, I'm gonna savor this one.  Because it's not often I get to the West Coast to partake in those tasty treats, and it's even less often that I receive such instant gratification on one of my own grandiose predictions.  I said that argument was going to look ignorant and naive sooner rather than later, but even I didn't think it would only take a week.  So while claiming to be "right" already would be just as silly as trying to predict the end on an ambiguous era, you'll have to forgive me if I don't take a minute to pat myself on the back.  I'm just so used to things going in the exact opposite direction of what I logically predict, that I can't help but revel in the fact that someone who didn't use logic or reasoning got exactly what they deserved.  Hey there sports karma!  I knew you'd come back to my side eventually...

But enough about my crusade against the frauds and PinkHats that frequent the Boston sports scene.  With the Red Sox rollin', and the NFL makin' some moves, I've actually got some legit news to discuss this week.  I've also got a few cinematic reviews to throw your way, and that major announcement that I promised you last week.  Obviously, that will come at the end.  Ya know, to keep ya hooked.  Oh, and if you skip down to check it out, I've had my editor, Kevin 'Frosco' Tomasso, rig the page with something that will send you right to MeatSpin.com  So tread carefully, my friends.  And enjoy...


Atta boy, Carl...
Red Sox Update

Again, here are just a few notes from this week.  I'll eventually provide you with their record and standing, but right now it's just not appropriate.  Haha. Imagine if MLB had a pre season ranking system like the NCAA?  The Sox would have already plummeted out of the Top 25 and likely raced back into the Top 10.  Kinda makes you think how needless and emotion based those week to week polls tend to be, huh?  But that's another argument for another day...and one I've already had in this space several times...

*The flashy stat makin' the rounds on the off day, yesterday, was that the Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 0.88 over their last 10 games.  Yeah. That's freakin' awesome, right there.  So awesome, in fact, that I think Greg Maddux just read what I wrote, and instantly got wood.  Obviously, you can't expect it to stay so low, but the fact the team is still hitting just .239 kind of cancels all that out.  Ya know, maybe they won't continue to pitch this well, but they definitely won't continue to hit this poorly overall.  Both the offense and the pitching have the ability to carry this team, and right now the pitching is taking a turn.  The offense will have it's day, which remains the main reason why fans should maintain their pre season optimism...
FIPA shake what your momma gave ya?

*Talked about the enigma that is Dice K last week, and all he did was got out and toss another 1-hit start.  Good for him, and I hope he proves me wrong all the way to becoming the shadiest Cy Young Award recipient since Pedro gave his to that midget (RIP).  I just don't think he's likely to keep this pace up.  What he has done, though, is proven that he's probably the BEST #5 starter in baseball, and with Lester, Beckett and Buchholz manning the front lines, that becomes a very effective weapon.  Maybe not worth the $50 mil to talk to him and the FUPA shakes he throws in before every pitch, but certainly worth keepin' him around and in the rotation...

*As for the aforementioned Clay Buchholz, it sure would be nice to see him throw a confidence inspiring start out there tonight against the Orioles.  He's yet to go more than 6 1/3 or strike out more than 3, and his ERA still sits north of 5 despite a 1 run performance last time out against Oakland.  Just like to see more, that's all.  Not only because I have him on my fantasy team, but because without him pitching at the level we expected, it's just Lester, Beckett, and 3 #4's.  A lineup I think we all know won't be able to hack it for an entire season in the AL East...

*And it's good to see Carl Crawford finally showing some signs of life.  Finally got his first home run, and now if he can only find a consistent spot in the lineup, he should be good to go.  I've always really liked Carl Crawford, and I wondered what the Red Sox were going to do to utilize his speed.  Well, now that he's finally starting to get on base, I guess I'm gonna find out.  I still tend to think he's gonna prove more valuable to the Rays than he'll ever be to the Red Sox, but that doesn't mean he's not going to be one Hell of a weapon for years to come.  Hopefully, this is the start of that...

This Week: @ BAL, vs SEA, vs LAA

Let's make it rain, your honor. Screw Jon Voight!
NFL Lockout

Now you can call me naive, or even ignorant, when it comes to the law.  And by all means, feel free to tell me that I watch too many movies.  But for the life of me, I can't help but thinking that this latest ruling in the NFL Lockout bears a striking resemblance to a scene in The Rainmaker, a John Grisham adaptation starring Matt Damon and Danny Glover, among others.  The humorously round Danny Devito, for one...

It's a scene in the beginning, where the young  attorney for the plaintiffs, Damon, is given the okie doke by the judge, who's seemingly in the defense's pocket, and has a very early and pivotal ruling in the case go against him.  Well, low and behold, that judge dies, and in steps the much more liberal, and incorruptible judge, Danny Glover, who with one magic, and hilariously blunt waive of his judicial wand, reverses the ruling and allows the case to proceed.  Much to to the displeasure of one Jon Voight...

DeMaurice Smith (right): The black Matt Damon...?
Now, I'm not claiming the NFL "Trade Association", or the artists formerly known as the NFLPA, have a judge in their pocket or anything like that, I just think this latest ruling, the one that's at least temporarily "ended" the lockout on a legal basis, is more just one judge's take on things than it is an actual judicial fact.  I understand that laws in general are open to interpretation on many fronts, and that what this judge said very well may be true, but that doesn't mean it's over just because she said it is.  If the Appeals Court upholds her ruling, then maybe we can talk, but per my cinematic example, I just don't have a ton of faith in that happening.  It's just, at least in my experience, the nature of the beast.  Lots of back and forth, and lots of different opinions on things that are seemingly, at least to the outsider, very cut and dry...

Any step forward, however, whether real or perceived, has to be considered a good thing though, right?  At least they're talkin'.  And I've always been of the belief that the more they talk, the faster they'll come to the conclusion that they need to reach some sort of agreement.  It's just common sense, right?  I know common sense doesn't often have a place in the world of sports, but it does in the world of business.  And that's what this is.  A business.  That's why in end, you've gotta think, one way or another, they're gonna find a way to get this thing settled...    

That beard alone is worth an Emmy...

What To Watch When Sports Aren't On..or When Hockey Is On...

It was a big weekend on HBO, so I figure I'd throw my two cents in on some of their recent programming, and add throw in a shot at the over hyped puff piece that was The Brady 6...


Talking Funny: This thing was as simple as it was enjoyable.  Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais & Louis C.K. sitting around, and talking about the nuances of comedy.  Stand up comedy, in particular.  It serves as kind of a showcase for C.K., who really comes off as the "comedian's comedian", but in general the round table format just really provides a great place for these four hilarious men to share some of their most poignant, least poignant, and most influential moments on their road to comedy success.  And if it matters, I'd have to guess that at least 3 of them were high during the filming.  I won't give that away, though, so you'll have to just watch for yourself...

Oh and for those that might not be so familiar with the 4th name on this list, Louis C.K., get familiar.  He's a funny bastard whom I was first introduced to when I learned he wrote Pootie Tang, and he's been making me laugh ever since.  And just think, if those guys think he's funny (and trust me, do they EVER) then the chances are pretty damn good that you're going to find him funny, too...


Cinema Verite: Another gem from the fine people at HBO Films, Cinema Verite offers a look at the Louds, the first family of American reality TV.  James Gandolfini and the always sultry, Diane Lane, slay in this look at TV's first foray into the reality realm, and for anyone that's even dabbled in watching reality TV, I would deem this a must see.  It reaffirms the almost inherent "evil" nature involved in choosing to make and/or participate in such an intentionally sensational venture, and gives you a good idea why the format was abandoned for nearly 30 years, despite it's popularity...

All in all it's just a great cast, dealing with a fascinating subject matter, and per usual, HBO knocked it out of the park.  Something they tend to do more often than not.  Which can't necessarily be said for the producers of this next little #...

Too bad the film wasn't as cool as this poster promoting it...

The Brady 6: The Brady 6, a film by ESPN about the 6 QB's taken before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft.  At least, that's how it was billed.  Instead, all I saw was a recap of Tom Brady's 1st 2 season in the league, and a bunch of experts saying how wrong they were in spite of all the evidence staring them in the face at the time.  OK, fine.  That's all well and good, it's just also stuff that we already know.  I guess what I'm sayin' is, how can you really have this "Brady 6" deal if you can't even get all of the 6 to agree to be interviewed?  IT's like the Fab Five movie minus Chris Webber all over again!  I mean, I hate to sound like an HBO schill, but if ESPN really wants to know how to pump out a documentary, they should take a look at the UNLV Runnin' Rebel one that HBO produced earlier this year.  It came out just a few days before ESPN's "Fab Five", and it's by FAR the best sports documentary I've seen this year.  Probably in my Top 5 all time, matter of fact, and I'm a documentary junkie.  It was just good stuff.  Good, behind the scenes, capture the moment and time, type stuff.  Not rehashed highlights and a bunch of apologetic talking heads...

Hey, maybe it was just that I wasn't as familiar with UNLV as I am with Brady or the Fab Five, so that topic piqued my interest more than the others.  Who knows.  And I know ESPN is capable of making some great documentaries.  Some of their 30 for 30's were very good.  The one on Vlade Divac and Yugoslavia, especially.  But most of them weren't, at least in this man's opinion, and these latest incarnations seem to be following the very same script as many of those.  Big headlines, great topics, a lot of hype, but when you come down to it, not a lot of substance.  It's a shame, really, but one that's become all too common at ESPN, a network that seems more content with filling time than actually telling a worthwhile story...

Even the manikin is feelin' it...
Nation Building

And finally, for those of you that were able to avoid the MeatSpin trap and navigate down here successfully, here, my friends, is the big announcement you've all been waiting for.  Coming soon, to a softball field near you, that's right, you guessed it, it's freaking Team RoochNation.com, baby!  Woooooooo!  Complete with pimp shirts that Frosco designed, and hopefully AMC won't sue us for wearing, and ready to show all comers  how it feels to be given the pimp hand with a baseball glove...

Now of course the term "a softball field near you" really only applies if you live on South Main St. in my hometown of Attleboro, Mass, but that doesn't mean these you won't be feeling the effects that the sponsorship has.  If all goes well, this could be the start of a new venture, one that's hopefully filled with pimp t-shirts that I'll be able to distribute to the masses!  For now, though, I'll just keep you apprised of my squad's goings on (I hear they're already 1-0) and continue my campaign to have Rooch Nation take over the sporting world, one small piece of real estate at a time...


Have a great week, friends, and I'll catch you on the flipman...


Teddy Williams...
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