Posted on: August 20, 2010 8:56 pm
Mathematically they are still alive. Realistically they're done, chasing two teams that many believe will make the playoffs. But however you look at it, the NY Mets need a spark on offense. No one can deny that they're pitching has been lights out lately, but somehow the offense which led them to be 10 games over .500 before the All Star break, has done a 180 and cost Met pitchers some games. When you are relying on your starters to continually pitch one-hitters and shut outs night in and night out, you're going nowhere.
In the words of Jerry Manuel, the offense has been "pathetic." The usually calm and patient Manuel called out his players in the post game interviews after the Mets' 3-2 loss to Houston Thursday night. Hopefully the players will respond.
This is a perfect time for the Mets to be rolling into Pittsburgh, to beat up on a hapless Pirate team, well on their way to their 18th straight losing season. As I write this, the Mets are winning 7-2 in the bottom of the 5th. The 7 runs scored by the Mets are the most scored this month, where they have not scored more than 5 runs in 18 games.
Did Jerry Manuel's words spark some intensity into the offense? That's to be seen. But if this is to be the tipping point of the Mets' season, they are going to need to score runs, and take some pressure of of Santana, Dickey and the rest of the starters. Maybe Pat Misch can finally get some run support, and thus his first win this season.
Note: It was reported today that outfielder Jason Bay may not return this season after the progression of an injury to his head almost a month ago has resulted in more complications. I'd like to extend my wishes for a full recovery, and I can't wait to see him back on the field soon.
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Posted on: January 18, 2010 9:23 pm
There it is folks. Syracuse has finished off a successful 3-game road trip with wins over Rutgers at the RAC, barely digging out a victory over WVU, and just minutes ago pulled away to put down the Irish of Notre Dame.
Now it's official. This team will be the Champions of the Big East, and will carry their number 1 ranking through the Buffalo bracket straight to the Championship game where they'll bring home the crown.
The bigs showed up, the points led the way, and the stars shown in the most crucial swing of the season. Now their poised and ready to rip through the rest of the Beasts in the East.
Thank you Pitt Panthers for beating up on the Cuse and teaching them toughness.
The champs will march in Syracuse come spring
Posted on: January 14, 2010 10:41 pm
Call me crazy Syracuse fans, but the fate of the Orange is going to come down to the next couple days. This current three game swing away from the Dome is the longest time the Orange men will be away from the comforts of the bubble until late season tourney action. This team still has me stratching my head sometimes, but the next few days will determine how the season will pan out. Yes I know it's still early but I truy believe that if SU escapes West Virginia and Notre Dame with two victories, this team is poised to make even more noise to conclude the second half of the season. If they go 3-0 on this swing, I may declare them Big East champs, and dare I say, National Champs.
Okay, I may be getting ahead of myself, but the talent is there, they just need to play.
Here's my keys to the remeinder of the season:
1) THE BIGS: AO and Rick Jackson are taking a lot of heat lately for their play. I personally believe AO is the best center to walk through campus since John Wallace, but most wouldn't agree. He is a wide body, and to finish strong for the year he needs to utilize his gurth and push some people around. Both he and Jackson need to lower some shoulders, push some bodies and drop some hook shots over the top. They have the power, the finess and even some passing ability from the post positions, now they just need to battle.
2) To the Point: Before this season Scoop Jardine was lost in the Syracuse roster to me. He was a promising player who never got the opportunity. But I've been impressed so far this year. Teaming along with Brandon Triche, a freshy still finding his legs, they've formed a formidable tandem to run the offense. I think they need to score when able, because they are both capable, but need to be distributorts first, and push the nation - leading assist totals. At times the game has gone too fast for the team as a whole, they need to play through the point position and be patient. It's up to Scoop and Brandon to keep the poise.
3) Andy Rautins: Don't press and do what you do. Although, I'm not really sure what he's good at anymore because his stat line seems full after every game. Keep in mind Andy may not shoot 50% from 3-point range every night, most shooters don't, but he brings grit to this team, something that shouldn't be ignored.
4) The bench: Mookie Jones and Kris Joseph have been explosive this year, and have given valuable minutes on the court. Joseph is explosive off the baseline and seems to be where he's needed at all time. Mookie is instant offense and melding with the starters. with each in the 6'6" - 6'7" range, it is vital to have long bodies on the floor in the Zone, and both need to keep up the intensity.
5) Be the Star: Wes Johnson has been known to float through games, so says many bloggers and fans. That needs to stop. Game in and game out Wes Johnson is a 20 and 10 type of player that I don't expect to stick around very long. But he seems comfortable to let the game come to him, which is not his strength. He's athletic, an explosive leaper, a terrific spot up shooter and a terrible assignment for any defender (forwards are too slow, gaurds are too short). The key is for Johnson to be involved and aggresive. This team needs him to be the star.
So that's it. This weekend we shall see what the season has to offer. Mountaineers, Irish, here come the Orange!
On a side note, did you see the Lady Orange off to a 15-1 start? Congradulations to an imporiving program that has continued to take great strides the past few seasons.
Posted on: January 4, 2010 8:33 am
I am not hear to toot my own horn, it is not often I am right about things in the sport world, but SU validated my words of caution last week with a 82-72 loss to Pitt over the weekend. But let's not get too stirred up over this, it was one game, and it's a long season. But this game did prove a couple things. SU had chances, they were only outrebounded by a slim margin, they missed shots, and they had a terrible day from beyond the arc (1-13), so they had a chance. The problem was they got pushed around, bullied, and out husseled for the second straight game. They made it out of Seton Hall with a win, but not against Pitt.Jamie Dixon's team is too good, and has always seemed to have SU's number no matter the records or the players.
So let's be reminded what SU coach Jimmy Boeheim said at halftime against St. Bonevanture, this team just needs to toughen up!
This team is talented, deep, and play together. They need to battle hard and they'll be dangerous in March.
Posted on: December 26, 2009 9:49 pm
As 2009 draws to a close, I could not be more excited for college basketball. My renewed commitment to follow the Orange have resulted in stellar performances in the first two months, and hope is they keep it up and score six big wins in March!
But what I say next will stir some heads and create some doubt, but I'm not sold on this SU squad just yet. Potential is something this team will neve lack, which is scary given the way they've played. But conference play has yet to begin, and my heart is lying on the side of caution when I crown a national champion.
I am not going to make any arguements about how SU's big wins against UNC, Cal, and Florida don't seem as big as they did at the start of the season, because no matter the year, these teams are tough and hard to beat, let alone by an average of 15 or so points.
The only reason I doubt the Orange heading into Big Easy play is because of how Seton Hall played 6th ranked WVU. The two teams were evenly matched despite WVU being the favorite, and my point is that Seton Hall is a good team, not a great team, and they took WVU to overtime today. I was surfing the net and saw some sports analyst had SU going undefeated in conference play, and as much as I'd like tosee it happen, it probably won't. The Big East is going to be a test game after game for the remainder of the season, no Colgates from here on out.
We will see how SU performs Tuesday against Seton Hall, and as th seaon progresses I will hope to be proven wrong. But even now it may be too soon to call the 5th ranked Orange National Champions.
We shall see, GO ORANGE!
Posted on: July 20, 2009 6:17 pm
This whole thing has gotten out of hand. Michael Vick is a supposed icon to little kids and has done society wrong so he shouldn't play ever again because he ran a dog fighting ring. Give me a break. First, if this guy is a role model for little kids, then those kids need to be spoken to and put with a Big Brother or Sister, at least they'll teach yah to do homework.
Second, this is only a big deal cuz Vick is a professional football player, a superstar if you will. Look, his job is to play football, it's what he's good at. People deserve a right to get back on the horse and make a living, and Vick is no different.
Let Vick prove himself, no matter the bad publicity. There is no way of seeing if he can unless someone gives him that chance.
Posted on: June 11, 2009 7:06 pm
I'm gone from the internet for way too long, and I come back in the brink of an outrangeous turn of events. SO do you follow soccer?, me either, but the fact is one star is getting a lot of attention these days.
Christiano Ronaldo, the posterchild of Manchester United soccer, just cut a deal with the team that was worth $130 million. Yea, but the team did not sign him to a multi-year deal, no no, this is not CC, see this wasn't even for a contract, this was just for a handshake and some rights to talk to the player to see IF Man U could sign him. This is so messed up people, with the contracts that athletes are getting these days, it makes me wonder why I gave up baseball in middle school, this is just rediculous, and by the way, where to these teams find this extra money to throw at players anyhow? it's incredible to me that we talk about a recession and here is one man getting this much money, $130,000,000 to be exact, just to have a conversation.
Maybe it's our faults as fans, because if we didn't watch, just turned our heads and forgot about these athletes, then they would go the way of the unsuccessful TV drama, to the toilet.
I wanted to ask, however, what would happen to the world if athletes stopped existing, we would suffer for a while but survive, right?
But what happens if the plumbers or farmers of the world all went on strike? We as a society would cease to exist, and would suffer immensly. So how did one soccer player get so much money?
Posted on: April 30, 2009 3:29 pm
I'm ashamed of myself. I am ashamed to say that as a true fan, I have only seen one game this year, and tomorrow is May 1rst (please, be kind). I am trying and here at college I don't have a TV, and for some reason my internet game providers are being blocked by the MLB heads.
But I digress, the season is a month old and I'm trying to keep up and watch the score ticker at least, and what is up with the Amazin's? Look, (9-12) is nothing to panic over, but they need to step up a bit. I saw an interesting post here on CBS Sportsline that said they need a leader in the clubhouse, someone, anyone who can fire them up. I thought it funny that the poster suggested brining back John Franco. Funny, but maybe not such a bad idea, pay the man for his time, tell him to get in the face of the players and pump them up a bit. Not a bad thought...
It is early, and even though my thoughts are stirring it is time to calm and hope the team pulls together. The team just needs to rally off some series victories and gain confidence and they'll be fine, I hope.