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Odds & Ends- Volume Eight

Is it just me or does ESPN make it seem like the New York Jets are the only ones holding training camp?

I know there are 32 teams in the NFL but this network makes it seem like there is only one that is having a training camp, the New York Jets. Every morning I wake up and turn it to ESPN and there are Hannah Storm and Ron Jaworski sitting at a desk at Jets training camp. If you’re a Jets fan,that’s great,but if you’re a fan of one of the 31 other teams, it’s kind of a drag because here they are (ESPN) giving one team all of their attention because of Tim Tebow, Antonio Cromartie wanting to play receiver and Rex Ryan not being fat anymore. Seeing Storm and Jaworski at a desk in Cortland, NY is akin to seeing Rachel Nichols standing on Brett Favre’s lawn in Mississippi waiting for him to get his ass into training camp.

I have a feeling that the Jets will be a new team that ESPN is going to slurp over and over again. They might as well rename Sportscenter JetsCenter because of how much coverage they are getting. How about covering the other 31 teams?

Speaking of Rex Ryan not being fat anymore, I am really going to miss that. Did Brandon Jacobs’ comments last season hurt his feelings and that’s why he lost all the weight in the offseason? Whatever the case is, seeing Ryan thinner is something my four eyes will have to get used to. You know, kind of like when Drew Carey became skinny, that took some time to look at but then again what new thing doesn’t?

It sucks that I can’t use the phrase “fat Rex Ryan” anymore to describe him because he isn’t that anymore. Not that I should ever hold that against anyone in the first place but it was just a way for me to show my disgust for him because I don’t like the Jets and I’ve never liked his cockiness. I’m not fond of many cocky coaches, especially ones who have yet to win anything (This goes for you too,Jim Harbaugh. As far as I’m concerned,the jury is still out on you!). It’s fine if you’ve won something (Bill Belichick), but if you haven’t,shut up until you do!

I can’t believe people are complaining about the USA’s dominance in basketball at the Olympics. Anyone who says that the men’s team should “take it easy” on the competition must’ve received a lot of ribbons for participation as children. Take it easy? Really? I think that is the worst idea ever. I am glad the U.S. boatraced teams like Tunisia and Nigeria by a lot. Maybe the Tunisians and Nigerians should’ve come to play. If you don’t come to play,prepare to get beat down and beat down hard. Having mercy on your opponent is not allowed. By the way,Mike Krzyzewski says they did.

“We didn’t play LeBron [James] and Kobe [Bryant] in the second half, and with Carmelo shooting like that, we benched him,” Krzyzewski said. “We didn’t take any fast breaks in the fourth quarter, and we played all zone. You have to take a shot every 24 seconds, and the shots we took happened to be hit.

“I take offense to this question because there’s no way in the world that our program in the United States sets out to humiliate anyone.”

He’s right, I believe Krzyzewski, they’re not out to humiliate teams,they’re there to win. You play to win the game whether it’s by a
point or 83.

And to those saying “Oh,we should have a 23 and under competition” , you are out of your damn minds.

There is nothing wrong with the way international competition is set up. There’s a reason why the pros are playing in the Olympics now: The bronze medals at the 1988 games. Also, other countries were letting their pros play,too,and they still do. Not only that but how did they do in Athens back in 2004? Not so good,did they? So they got Jerry Colangelo and Krzykewski in to fix this and bring gold back to America and they’ve done it. Going back to college-age kids in the Olympics again would be ridiculous and also unwatchable. If you don’t like them winning and winning big,that’s your problem!

Prior to Friday, the Giants had been struggling and struggling bad, but not bad enough to lose the first place lead in the NL West. This weekend in Denver, the Giants’ bats came back to life against the Colorado Rockies. During the three game sweep, the Giants scored 35 runs. You read that right, 35 runs against the Rockies’ 13 in Colorado’s own ballpark.

I know, I know. It’s Denver and you’re going to score more runs there, but this is the awakening the Giants needed. Look, they still have that half a game lead in the division and one slip up and it’s the Dodgers’ lead again and they’re not going away no matter how much you want them to,Giants fans. Now they have a series against the Cardinals and they’re always a tough team to play. I’d love to see the Giants keep the hit machine going,though.

Does one bad year for a team warrant having a fire sale?

This week had the trade deadline come and go and saw many stars from teams who have slipped this year leave those teams, namely the Philadelphia Phillies. While I’m glad Hunter Pence was able to come over to the Giants from that team,did it really have to happen? I know the Phillies haven’t been as good as they could have been this year,but is it really necessary for them to blow up the team and start again? 

But then again, they may have something up their sleeve going into the offseason. Maybe they’re out to sign some top players via free agency. I don’t know, but what I do know is waving the white flag like that when the roster is pretty good seems like the team’s just given up. What’s there to play for now if you’ve traded everyone away?

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