This week in BB&S, the multi award winning blog covering all the best of Babes, Beer and Sports bloggers and commentors weighed in on the following topics; Are the pro sports seasons too long and do too many teams get in the playoffs, In the NFL vs Player debacle who's watching out for the fans, There was a touching tribute to 9/11 and Seal Team 6, Celebration of brew the demise of ObL and Cinco de Mayo and Discussion of whether or not the NBA is on the brink. Below are some of the highlights. If you want to find out how you can join this private group of fannatics of all things regarding Babes, Beer and Sports, scroll down!
So too many teams are making the playoffs you say? Well, I didn't see you complaining during March, when a #65 (or #68) team invited to the tournament made it all the way to the Final Four. You kind of liked that, didn't you? What about a #8 seed going all the way to the Final to be beaten by a #3 seed? Why weren't you calling for them to cut the tournament down from 68 teams to 16? Look, you can't have it both ways. The Green Bay Packers benefitted from there being a wild card slot. They were playing the best football at the end of the year, when it counted, and they beat all the best teams, including the best team from the other conference in the most important game of the year. A champion is a Champion, a team that qualifies for the playoffs then does all that is required of them (no home field advantage, etc) to get themselves in the position to win it all. You can't discredit one without discrediting them all, and unless you don't want to have any kind of playoff system at all, then you have to live with it. I hope you enjoyed last year's New England vs Atlanta Super Bowl.
So I'm looking around the room and I'm trying to find out who's looking out for us fans. Not the judge or she would have sent this back to the federal mediator who has brought labor and management together multiple times before. As much as I don't trust the government, the labor mderators have a pretty good track record. So is it the NFL? Hell no. And a side question. Shouldn't the commish be looking for the best interest of football, not pro owner or player, but pro football? And last, is it the owners? He to the double l no, they know we (big me included will be back!).
Then there are people like Pedro Beato, the relief pitcher for the Mets who, like everyone his age, grew to adulthood under a cloud of two wars. He doesn't know any other world but the one where subways are patrolled by heavily armed cops and soldiers, where shoes must be removed before going through an invasive security probe at airports, where an abandoned car in Times Square is just another terror scare. Born in the Dominican but raised in Queens, Beato was 14 when he and his classmates were ushered to a school assembly in Brooklyn and told the World Trade Center had been attacked. He snuck to the school's roof to watch plumes of smoke rise above what would come to be known as Ground Zero. He loved everything about New York -- especially the city's passion for baseball -- and as a child the Twin Towers were like a beacon guiding him around the boroughs. "And then in one morning, they were gone. There was just smoke and that big hole. That's all we've seen since - that hole where the Towers should be. Bin Laden was responsible for that," said Beato, who pitched three scoreless innings in Sunday's 2-1 victory. "No wonder people cheered like that when they found out he was dead. It was incredible, a whole stadium filled with people screaming at the top of their lungs. I felt like screaming, too." A coach for the Mets in 2001, Mookie Wilson is back again 10 years later, the circle of life allowing him an up-close view of unspeakable tragedy a decade ago and then spontaneous delight when it was learned bin Laden had finally been killed by a group of Navy SEALs known as "Team Six." "It feels like we've come together again, the way we did after 9/11," Wilson said.
I'll drink to that....one of this guys favorite sayings.
I'll start of with an easy one:
Osama Bin Laden is deceased.
I'll drink to that.
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner.
I'll drink to that.
MORE NBA - ON THE BRINK
While I have been focused on the maturation of the growth movement in the NBA, the perennial powers of Boston, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and even Dallas, are coming to a crossroads. The Lakers made a deal for Pau Gasol and it resulted in 3 straight NBA Finals appearances and 2 straight NBA titles. The Celtics acquired the Big 3 (and uncovered the greatness of Rondo) and won the NBA title and have reinvigorated the Boston - Los Angeles rivalry as part of the new era of the NBA, where the NBA and the "experts" have finally stopped trying to find the "next Michael Jordan" and have allowed these great talents to be embraced for their own greatness. But with the rise of the next generation of superstars in Rose, Durant, Paul, Howard and countless others, what's next for Boston and Los Angeles? It's no question that both of these teams will reload, whether it's through a "fortunate" ping pong ball (i.e. New York Knicks, 1985), but will most likely be via a "David Stern" endorsed trade of a superstar not presently playing in one of the "Same 8" (for those of you who missed it, the Same 8 are the 8 NBA franchises who have won titles since 1970). While I have no opposition to free agency, the NBA system is corrupt and it's just another one of the items that is in need of desperate repair during the forthcoming NBA labor negotiation (negotiations, that's funny...it's going to be an uglier lockout than what we're seeing with the NFL presently, let's not kid ourselves). There is already talk of where Dwight Howard will play next and how it's a matter of when he or one of the other stars will be playing in Los Angeles. I don't have an issue with players going where they feel they have the best opportunity to win, but what about the franchises that are in a constant state of rebuilding, lottery picks and are all small-market franchises? Mr. Stern - how do you plan on saving the Sacramento's, Orlando's, Charlotte's, Indianapolis' and Toronto's of the league? The NBA DESPERATELY needs a financial structure similar to that of the present-day NFL's (pre-lockout) or it will see more players moving to the larger markets, despite the "soft cap", leaving a group of all-star laden franchises and a group of NBA afterthoughts, and a whole lot of debt for the NBA business model.
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