Archive for March, 2009

The best game ever?

March 13, 2009

I’ve already heard all the buzz about the Syracuse/UConn game in the Big East tourney being the perhaps the greatest basketball ever played.

Is that justified?

It’s certainly the longest game I’ve ever watched, and it was very exciting to see. However, should it really be referred to a s the greatest game ever played?

No.

For those of you living under a rock, it took six overtimes before the Orange were finally able to put the Huskies away by a score of 127-117. Syracuse sophomore Jonny Flynn led all scorers with 34 points on 9-25 shooting. However, Flynn was 16-16 from the foul line.

Senior guard A.J. Price led the Huskies with 33 points.

Despite the loss, three UConn players (juniors Hasheem Thabeet (19, 16) and Stanley Robinson (28, 14), and senior Jeff Adrien(12, 15)) notched double-doubles (points and rebounds, in this case).

But anyway, in terms of history, this is where it stands:

Trailing only the Dec. 1981 game that went to seven overtimes between Cincinnati and Bradley in length of playing time, this game was full of back and forth action.

I enjoyed the ride, as did basically anyone who watched the game.

If you didn’t, check your pulse, you’re probably dead…or dying.

-Haas

Is Dallas better without TO?

March 10, 2009

I’ve had a few people ask me today if the Cowboys are better off now that Terrell Owens has been cast off, and signed with the Bills.

The simple answer is, no, they’re not.

Owens being released leaves the Cowboys without a marquee receiver (and no, I’m not including Jason Witten, he’s a tight end).

Owens had 1,052 yards receiving, and 10 TDs last season.

Dallas’s roster boasts a group including former first round bust Roy Williams, Miles Austin, and Patrick Crayton.

Combined 2008-09 stats?

1,026 yards receiving, 8 TDs.

As I said, I”m not including Witten, who the team uses primarily as a receiver, and not a prototypical TE. He’s a great player, but can’t carry the team.

TO will be SORELY missed, count on it.

I would bet that less than five minutes into the Cowboys first game (9/7 at Cleveland), fans are screaming that they miss TO. And as much of a clown as he is, the man can flat out play football.

And to a lot of people, that takes precedence over an individual’s character.

How ‘Bout Those Mets

March 9, 2009

Here it is, my long awaited season preview of my beloved New York Mets.

It is upon us, another season of NY Mets baseball. I won’t even begin to complain about last season, it’s an exercise in futility.

Here we go kids.

Catcher:

The Mets have Brian Schneider. I like him.

I also like Ramon Castro. Who should start? Who cares? It makes no difference, you won’t see huge numbers from either guy.

First base:

Carlos Delgado is there again. He’s a big power guy, but let’s face it, a little kid could play better defense. Supposedly, Marlon Anderson will back him up. Personally, I’d love to see Nick Evans penciled into that spot on a regular basis eventually. He won’t give you homers like Delgado will, but he’s a line drive hitter, who is a doubles machine. I saw him last season in AA-Binghamton, and he is a special kind of player, and a class act to boot.

Second base:

Luis Castillo. Enough said.

Ok, I’ll say more. It’s hard to steal bases when you have no knees. Somehow Castillo does it. I don’t even want to know how. Alex Cora was signed as a back-up. He might see some significant time once Castillo break both legs trying to steal second.

Shortstop:

Jose Reyes is there. And hopefully for Met fans, he will be forever. He does it all. Steals bases, hits for power, smiles a lot. What can’t he do? Well, lead the Mets to a title…but there’s time.

Third base:

David Wright occupies that spot. He’s a special kind of player, and will conservatively hit 30 homers and drive in 120 runs this season.

Yahoo! Sports has Daniel Murphy listed as a third baseman as well. Let me tell you where he will see no time at all this season; third base. Murphy is a guy like Evans, a young guy who I sincerely hope will see a lot of time this season. More than likely though, it will be in left field.  He has a great throwing arm, and an even better bat.

Outfield:

The Mets killed my buzz when they traded human highlight reel Endy Chavez in the JJ Putz deal, as I loved seeing his acrobatics patrolling the Shea Stadium outfield. I looked forward to seeing what he’d do at Citi Field. Oh well, c’est la vie.

Carlos Beltran is a monster, and can do it all. He’ll have a great season. How great? He might just win the MVP award.

Ryan Church exceeded everyone’s expectations last season, but battled a lot of concussion issues. Hopefully he’s 100% healthy this season, and he can make a big impact.

Evans and Murphy could see a decent amount of time in the outfield, along with Angel Pagan and newly acquired Jeremy Reed. Fernando Tatis factors in here too, and may start the season in left if Anderson or Murphy don’t.

Pitchers:

This is where everyone cringes, right? This has been the Achilles’ heel of the Metropolitans game for awhile now.

Pedro’s gone, as is Tommy Glavine. Fine, I’m not worried.

The rotation will probably shape up as follows (in order): Johan Santana (possibly the best pitcher in baseball), John Maine (vastly underrated), Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey (who will turn a lot of heads this season), and Tim Redding (an innings eater, if nothing else).

I would expect Redding to give way to rookie Jonathon Niese by midseason, especially if Niese can put together some decent stats out of the bullpen or in AAA.

Now onto the bullpen, and here’s where the tears normally start for most Met fans. However, in the mold of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, there will be “No More Tears” this season.

Francisco Rodriguez is a good acquisition, but I question his durability. However, if he’s anywhere near the same player he was last season, when he racked up 62 saves for Anaheim, this is a genuis signing by Omar Minaya.

Speaking of Minaya, he made a great move picking up Putz from Seattle. He’s a great closer, and will serve as a setup man for K-Rod, at least until the latter’s arm falls off from trying to throw the ball 400 miles per hour on every pitch, and at that point, Putz will close.

Pedro Feliciano and rookie Eddie Kunz look to be a decent middle of the game reliever unit, and I”ll take that.

Overall, it’s a good time to be a Mets fan. New stadium, new start.

I won’t jinx it and say that this is the year that they win it all, but it looks pretty good from where I’m standing.

-Haas

TO to Buffalo?

March 9, 2009

When I got a text on Saturday from my best buddy, the HHH to my Heartbreak Kid, I expected it to be the usual stuff about the stupidity that we normally talk about. Instead, I was met by words I never thought I’d see: “TO to Buffalo.”

Terrell Owens has duped another team into dealing with his ego, but in this case, I see very little issue.

The Bills were a decent team already, and adding perhaps the best receiver in the game is a huge move for them. It gives them a phenomenal one-two combo at wideout, with TO and Lee Evans. Add in RB Marshawn Lynch, and you’ve got a pretty nice offense.

However, I still feel that the Bills are lacking one essential component, and that is a quarterback.

Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick are serviceable guys at best. They both have their strengths, but they both have a myriad of weaknesses as well.

Edwards is a very smart player, he doesn’t fold under pressure, but does at times make bad throws. He also lacks the big arm to hit the lightning quick Evans when he sprints pass the defender.

Fitzpatrick on the other hand, a Harvard boy who scored a 48 out of a possible 50 points on the Wonderlic exam, has one big strength, and that is his running ability (which he obviously needed last season in Cincy, the home of a grade school offensive line).

They don’t call him “Crazy legs for nothing.

My one knock on Fitzpatrick is inconsistency, but that could be attributed to playing for the Bengals, which is only slightly better than playing for the Detroit Lions.

It appears Edwards is the choice to start, but I can’t wait to see how long it is before TO throws him under the bus, and demands a new QB.

Hmm, over/under: three games?

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

March 9, 2009

Welcome my friends to Haastile Sports!

Normally, I have an opinion about everything sports, and I’m never afraid to tell you about it.

Sit back, read, relax, comment, whatever it is that you’re here for.

-Haas