M’s climb up the AL West will be a struggle

1 08 2006

I watched the M’s kill Baltimore 10-5 last night and I was thinking how well balanced the hitting and pitching is right now, and if they keep this up, who knows? Maybeeee they can catch up with the A’s and Angels but only if these things happen in my opinion:

1. ADRIAN BELTRE has to start killing the ball up to his abilities. There’s no way this guy gets paid 13 mil a year and hits .262 and only 9 homers….what’s worst the M’s can’t trade him because he has no value…

2. If Joel Piniero can build on his last two outtings where he only gave up about 3 ER in 6+ innings then the pitching staff should be fair enough shape to at least compete with the other teams in the West.

3. The Angels and A’s gotta start putting up L’s…they’re have to slow down some time right?

Those are probably the main things I thought that could give the M’s a chance to compete and maybe win the West. This is extremely wishful thinking considering this is a pretty young team, but next year the M’s will be for sure on the radar.


Shawn Kemp busted for weed possession

23 07 2006

Oh no, here we go again. I heard that the “man-child” was making a comeback on an ESPN special that aired a few months ago, documenting how he had overcome his past weight, drug, and child custody problems so that he could make his grand return to the NBA. I even got my hopes up because the guy actually looked like the Shawn Kemp of old back when he was with the Sonics, he even gave a decent Rocky immitation running up steep hills while dragging heavy weights on his back and around his ankles, saying how he cleaned up his act and was focusing strictly on basketball. I dreamed of ferocious tomahawks and sky-high alley-oops again. Unfortunately it looks like his comeback is going to fall short unless Canada’s professional basketball league has a drug policy like the CFL. In any case, the man is 36 years-old so the comeback was at most optimistic, and most fans would probably be paying attention to see whether or not he was setting up Jelly rolls to eat instead of pick n’ rolls on the court, but come on people, this was one of the most exciting players to play in our era and it’s just sad to see him go down again. And sadly, he will most likely be remembered more for his off the court problems than for the tremendous player that he was. Oh well, once a man-child, always a man-child.

Goodbye Sonics, I will miss thee…

20 07 2006

Well, it has finally happened, the worst nightmare come true for me and all Seattle basketball and sports fans…the Sonics are heading to Oklahoma City. Grab your pitch forks, light those torches, and boycott Starbucks, because if the our beloved Sonics are indeed relocated no amount of coffee, mocha, or latte will get rid of your sleep deprivation, so why waste your money on it and why give your money to the man responsible for running the Sonics out of town? Sure, they’ll still be here for at least a year, but it’s like seeing the movie “Old Yeller” you love the dog to death (no pun intended) but you know whats going to happen in the end. Done like dinner.

For me, basketball is my favorite sport, I’ve played it since I was 9 and it never ever gets boring. It gives me peace for both body and mind…it’s almost like a form of meditation at times. A plaque of Gary Payton hangs on my wall, an autographed picture of Ray Allen and a group photo of he and my friends sits on my desk, heck, I still have a Evergreen t-shirt with Shawn Kemp’s big head plastered in the front and I can probably still wear it for godssake! I saw the highs of this team, when Big Smooth Sam, GP, The Reign Man, Detlef, and Hawk lost to MJ’s Bulls back in 96′, in fact I’m still looking for my left lung, and I’ve seen the lows (Vin Baker lives up to his last name, GP gets traded, the horror that was Jim McIlvaine, and now the sale). With that said, I still can’t fathom how or why Howard Schultz would do this to the most prominent sports franchise in Seattle, by selling the team to the sports starved Oklahomans he basically showed how much he doesn’t give a rats a$$ (Yes, it’s suppose to be subliminal, thank you very much) about the Sonics, the history, and the importance the organization has for the Northwest itself. And what he said regarding the purchase of the team five years ago could be the most heinous understatement of the century:

“I think there was some naiveté coming in,” Schultz said, looking back on the day his group bought the team.

YOU THINK??? The head honcho from Starbucks has talked big all this time, of championship rings and a return to past glories..but only now does he realize it isn’t as easy making a contender than making a cup of joe. He didn’t look before he jumped and this is what we deserve? Because of one man’s ignorance, we all have to suffer? What an absolute shame.

Sonic Green and Gold Forever.

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