Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Packers Get Stomped in Atlanta Again

Welp, as much fun as watching Clemson destroy Louisville was, watching the Packers get trounced by the Falcons again was as painful. The 34-23 loss was worse than the final score and eerily similar to the blow out loss in the NFC Championship last season. The team was injured, the defense looked lost, Aaron Rodgers was under duress, and he struggled to make plays even when he wasn't pressured. 

The defense got off to a HOT start allowing an easy TD drive on the first Falcons series. I'm a big defer to the second half guy, but giving Matt Ryan and Julio Jones the ball first against your suspect defense is just a weird move. Especially when you cough up a fumble and TD on your opening drive to start the second half anyway (more on that later). But anyway, predictably Ryan and Jones carved up Damarious Randall and co. on the opening drive for a 7-0 lead. To make matters worse, Mike Daniels left the game with a hamstring injury and never returned. However, Rodgers and the Pack responded nicely tying up the game on their first drive. It was all downhill from there though.

The Packers defense just could not stop Atlanta at all, and Rodgers was under fire with two starting tackles missing the game. Atlanta opened up a 17-7 lead all of a sudden and it was looking pretty grim. Aaron Rodgers is a tremendous quarterback, the best talent the league has ever seen at the position. But you can just tell when it's one of those games where he doesn't have it. The pressure caused him to fuck up a few times and he was just missing throws, rushing throws, holding it too long, just struggling to come up with anything. Also, Jordy Nelson left during the first drive with some kinda quad injury. Not ideal and I'm sure that didn't help Aaron out.

Before the half it looked like the Packers were cooking something up. Randall Cobb caught a pass over the middle and ran until he was tackled at midfield. But the fucking jabroni refs called pass interference on Martellus Bennett for an illegal pick at the line of scrimmage. From what the announcers were saying and from what the Packers said after the game, you're allowed to pick within one yard of the line of scrimmage. And it sure as fuck looked like Marty was not further than a yard down field when he came in contact with the defender. The worst part is that Rodgers and Marty and Mike McCarthy all said that he was just running his drag route and not even trying to screen the defender. Obviously that could just be an excuse, but why would they have to come up with excuses when it was a legal play anyway? Anyway, they got a half the distance to the goal penalty instead of gaining 25-30 yards and being at midfield. It went from a very good possibility of being 17-14 or 17-10 at halftime to Rodgers throwing an interception two plays later. He tried to make up for the penalty and he threw it down the sidelines to Geronimo Allison who just stopped like he was expecting a back shoulder throw or something. I don't know, I like Allison but this is the kinda shit that happens when you don't have your number one receiver on the field who you've thrown to for the last 8 years or so. 

But anyway, that interception led to another Atlanta touchdown and it was 24-7 at halftime. 17 points is a lot to overcome in one half of NFL football against a team that made the Super Bowl the year before, but given how said team lost said Super Bowl (lay up joke, crushed it) and given the quarterback on the team currently losing the game, I'd say the Packers chances of coming back were as good as anyone's. But a few plays in my hopes were completely dashed by a fumble picked up and brought into the end zone for an Atlanta touchdown. Rodgers was pressured, and he tried to move to his left but there was more pressure and when he turned back to the right there was a dude just totally in his face so he tried to get rid of the ball while being tackled. He was able to make a throwing motion so if the ball went forward it woulda been an incomplete pass. However the refs ruled it a backwards pass even after review and the Atlanta TD stood. Absolutely mind boggling how they ruled it a backwards pass when it went about a half yard forward. Yeah the Packers sucked on Sunday night, yeah it wasn't Aaron Rodgers best night, but my god a little help from the officials woulda been nice. Rodgers would eventually put up a few touchdowns to make the final score a little less terrible but I can't imagine it was anything more than Atlanta's defense just playing relaxed coverage. I don't know, I went to bed after the fumble.

I just hope the Packers can get relatively healthy on both sides of the ball this week and recover against weak-ass Cincinnati at home. Bulaga and Bahktiari are huge on the offensive line and obviously Jordy is necessary to make the passing attack truly unstoppable. Cobb is also a little banged up so hopefully he's okay - he's also a crucial part of the offense. And can Dom Capers stop putting Damarious Randall on teams' best receivers? The guy can't cover anyone, let alone Julio Jones or AJ Green. I think Kevin King is ready to step up and make an impact as a rookie. The Packers didn't draft King and Josh Jones for them to sit on the sidelines and watch Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins get carved up over and over. Make the switch Dom you fucking "I'm gonna coach from the booth" nerd.

Another thing I want to add is why the fuck are the Packers always the team who is on the receiving end of the "We've always had an absolute DOGSHIT venue to play in, here's our brand new billion dollar awesome stadium opening night!" dick caving. They had to do it week 2 in Minnesota last year and they did it again in week 2 this year. Schedule someone else next time a stadium opens Goodell you piece of shit. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Clemson Obliterated Louisville to Move to 3-0

One of the more dominant and satisfying wins I've seen from Clemson in recent memory. Just completely outplayed Louisville in every aspect of the game, and that was possibly the most fun I've had watching any game since the shutout performance against Ohio State in the playoffs. 

Kelly Bryant has made it so clear that Dabo made the right choice naming him the starter out of camp. He has looked so calm early on and two of the three games have been against top 15 opponents, with this one being his first career road start. He's in complete control of himself and the game at all times it seems, and he's been a delight to watch. I've loved his poise on third downs especially so far this season, both running and throwing. Hunter Renfrow is his go-to third down guy making clutch catches all over the place. KB got it going early Saturday with an absolute DIME throw to Renfrow for 40 yards which set up Bryant's first rushing TD. Louisville would tie it up for a bit, but Clemson was still in total control. 

KB led a field goal drive to put Clemson up by three, and then threw a 79 yard TD to Ray Ray McCloud to extend the lead and really put Louisville away for good. Ray Ray has been a pleasure to watch as well, save for the fumble last week when he was fighting for extra yards. He's been an Artavis Scott type guy just all over the field making plays and I love it. The receiving core looks pretty great right now and Deon Cain hasn't even gotten going yet! He's only got 8 catches through the first 3 games. Imagine if they get him going. This offense will be almost as unstoppable as the defense.

Speaking of the defense, I mean there's just not much to say other than they rolled Lamar Jackson up, stuffed him in a bottle and tossed him in the sea. The (undeserving) Heisman winner looked absolutely flustered the entire night and it was awesome to watch. I started cracking up when Dorian O'Daniel picked that ball off early in the second half and ran it back for the TD. Just hilarious watching that fraud get stuffed in a locker by a real defense. Of course Bobby Petrino let him stay in down by a billion points so he could get 300 yards and 3 TDs against 2nd and 3rd teamers in the fourth quarter. That's the kinda program they are. Just all about individual stats and achievements and not about the team. I love watching this Clemson team cheer on each other and rally around each other and just come together to completely dominate the opponent. It's amazing. 

Another notable takeaway from the game Saturday is the running game. Every running back was able to find space pretty much. I believe Tavien Feaster took over the RB1 job with his production. CJ Fuller struggled to start and Feaster gave the Tigers a nice spark when he came in. Adam Choice had some good runs and then Travis Etienne just took the fuck off on an 81 yard TD run. Simply stunning speed and acceleration in that run and he's just another glimpse at how deep this team is and how scary it is. 

The best part of this game was that Clemson was +1 in the turnover differential. Last year the Tigers struggled mightily with turnovers and were I think -3 this season coming into the game. KB was fantastic not turning it over and no one coughed the ball up in the run game either. O'Daniel had the pick for the first turnover created this season. If turnovers start to come with the rest of the domination by the defense, I mean just watch out. I don't want to overhype this team but they looked REALLY good Saturday on the road and I'm confident they're only going to get better. Now let's dominate BC at home before thinking about another primetime road contest against VT. Go Tigers.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Packers Open Up 2017 with a Gritty Win Over Seattle

I just wrote about how Clemson and Auburn played an old school defensive battle on Saturday. Well up in Green Bay yesterday, the Packers and Seahawks played a similar contest and luckily the good guys came out on top in this one as well. 

I missed most of the first half because I was driving but the offense was pretty sluggish by all accounts early on. I mean Rodgers threw a pick six that got called back because of a holding on the return. Still a pick but the defense forced a 3 and out right away rather than Seattle scoring a defensive TD. Also on the play there was an absurd ejection for Seattle for "punching" even though it wasn't a punch, but I'll take it because Seattle is full of fucking punks that I hate so I don't care. Anyway, the offense didn't get anything going at all in the first half and the defense played pretty much perfect until Mike McCarthy screwed them over with about 45 seconds left in the quarter. With the ball inside their own 15 with something like 50 seconds left it looked like Seattle was just gonna run the ball out and not go for any points before the half. But Mike McCarthy had two timeouts to use so he called one after a run stuff on first down. Then another on second down so it was 3rd and short with 40 seconds or so left. Seattle got a first down and then called a timeout just for the fuck of it. Why not right? So they go ahead and run off two plays of 34 and 29 yards and actually had 2 shots at the end zone before kicking a field goal as the half expired. Unreal use of his timeouts by McCarthy and it cost them.

Green Bay's defense helped get the offense going by stripping Russell Wilson inside his own 10 yard line at the beginning of the second half. Ty Montgomery scooted into the end zone for the first points of the season for the Pack. Tough defense to run against for Montgomery but I love him as a running back. Rodgers seemed to get going in the second half, the defense was on fire going after Russell Wilson and kept them out of the end zone, and eventually Rodgers and Jordy burned the Seahawks with 12 men on the field for a sweet TD connection. Rodgers led another good drive that resulted in a field goal, and then was clutch protecting the 8 point lead on the final drive of the game. Aaron scrambled for a big first down and KJ Wright tried to go for his head when he dove. Martellus Bennett immediately shoved Wright to the ground. Absolutely bullied that fucker to the turf. Loved every second of it. Got a penalty but it was after the play so it really didn't affect the game that much. He made up for it too by catching and running for 25+ yards on a big play later in the drive. Game sealer. 

Great team effort week one. Offense got rolling in the second half, the defense looked much improved. Tough test at Atlanta on Sunday but loved the victory over those losers from Seattle. Any time we beat those insufferable douchebags led by the 9/11 truther Pete Carroll, it's a good win. Check out the highlights below. If they aren't great, not my fault. NFL doesn't let you embed their highlight videos.

Clemson's Defense Absolutely Dominates Auburn in Week 2

A little old school football took place in Death Valley this past Saturday and the good guy Tigers came out on top 14-6 thanks to a defense that relentlessly smothered Auburn. Ho hum, another victory over an SEC team and a ranked opponent. Clemson moves to 2-0 on the young season and I've generally liked what I've seen from them so far.

The offense didn't light up the scoreboard obviously, but Kelly Bryant has shown that he can clearly move the ball effectively and consistently. Some penalties and a couple of fumbles - one by a WR and one by a RB - ruined a few drives, some of those being drives where KB was looking pretty good. The fumble by Ray Ray McLoud on their second possession was at their own 10 and led to 3 points for Auburn. But KB was finally able to lead a scoring drive before the half, with a sweet 3rd and 10 throw down the left sideline to McLoud and then finished it off down at the goal line by himself. Absolutely bullied the Auburn defense into the end zone. 

Early into the 3rd quarter the game saw its last points when Bryant finished off another TD drive himself, this time scampering in from 27 yards out. He's a very smooth runner and he made some awesome moves on this TD run to go up by 8. Even though the Tigers were held scoreless the rest of the game, I loved how KB made plays down the stretch. Big throws on 3rd down, runs on 3rd down, he did a little bit of everything and he didn't turn the ball over. Clemson did have the two fumbles lost but neither of them were his fault. Protecting the football is the first order of business for a first time starter quarterback and he did that Saturday.

Now let's talk about the defense. I mean they were simply unbelievable. Simply bending Auburn over basically all game. Penalties and the fumble led to 6 points in the first quarter for Auburn but that was it. And they stopped them at the goal line pretty impressively on those field goal drives. This front four is SCARY. Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell have all been touted as potential future first round draft picks and Austin Bryant is the fourth guy on the line and he had fucking FOUR sacks on Saturday. Eleven total for the Tigers defense. Motherfucking ELEVEN sacks. One shy of the school record. Just relentless pressure on Jarrett Stidham, and after Pettway had some success running the ball in the first quarter, they shut the run down too. And don't sleep on the pass defense either. Only 79 passing yards allowed. Obviously this is in part thanks to the pass rush but I liked what I saw from the secondary for the most part as well. It was especially nice to see considering Stidham was supposed to bring a solid passing attack to Auburn this year, and Clemson didn't really get a decent test against Kent State and their 5 pass attempts in week one. I can't wait for this defense to stuff Lamar Jackson in a locker this weekend and shut up Louisville again. Those fuckbags are insufferable.

Another prime time game awaits against Louisville this Saturday. Would love to see the Clemson fans just totally take over Louisville like Georgia fans did in South Bend this past Saturday. Let's see if a Louisville receiver steps out of bounds short of a first down on fourth down in the closing minutes of a one possession game again. Probably not. This one should be all Tigers. Check out the Auburn game highlights below. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Clemson Kicked Off Their Title Defense by Handling Kent State Saturday

I wasn't able to watch the game because I was in the bleachers of Yankee Stadium watching Masahiro Tanaka jam his Japanese cock down the throats of the Boston Red Sox, but Clemson destroyed Kent State in just the manner I'd like to see in week one. Given that Death Valley and Yankee Stadium are 1 and 1a on my list of favorite places in the world, I wouldn't say I was jealous of the folks on hand to watch Clemson begin their title defense, but if I swapped locations with someone I wouldn't be angry at all either.

For all intents and purposes, Kelly Bryant looked like he can handle being QB1 for the Clemson Tigers, which is obviously a great sign. And if he falters at some point at least the Tigers were able to get Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson some game action too. Remember when Clemson had to replace legend Tajh Boyd 3 years ago and Dabo gave the job to the "experienced" Cole Stoudt? Yeah everyone knew Deshaun Watson had more talent but Dabo was loyal to the guy who waited in the wings. It didn't turn out great since Cole Stoudt is a certified ASS quarterback and Deshaun would step in by week 3. This situation is similar except in the fact that Kelly Bryant is immensely more talented than Cole Stoudt, and I don't think anyone is gonna be comparing Hunter Johnson to Deshaun Watson any time soon despite being a 5 star QB recruit. I think I'd be comfortable trotting out KB, Zerrick or Hunter on any given Saturday but KB had two years behind Deshaun and I'd say sticking with him for now is a good call.

The talent around KB was on full display as well. The team had over 300 yards in the air as well as around 350 yards on the ground. I imagine against a more formidable foe, Dabo and the OCs will try and stick with one or two running backs for most of the game but basically everyone who got a carry on Saturday ran well which is a great problem to have. I'd love for Tevian Feaster and Travis Etienne emerge as the main backs but CJ Fuller and Adam Choice aren't slouches I suppose. Deon Cain showed off his big play explosiveness with a 61 yard touchdown catch, and the Tigers' new tight end Milan Richard had a great game as well, making some big plays. Speaking of explosiveness, Kelly Bryant showed off his own running ability with a fucking smooooooth scramble for over 40 yards. 

As far as the defense goes, they only allowed 120 yards and 3 points. They only allowed 1 passing yard (LOL) but that's because Kent State only attempted 5 passes. I imagine as Clemson starts to face real teams with some more traditional offenses, they'll be giving up more passing yards than rushing as that front 4 is STACKED and the secondary has a few more question marks. 

All around, it was a great week one for the defending national champion Clemson Tigers, and I can't wait until 7pm this Saturday to watch them take on Auburn in the Valley. Check out some highlights below from week one.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Recap of the Yankees Tigers Brawl Yesterday

So in case you live under a rock, or you just hate sports, the Yankees and Tigers got into a huge brawl yesterday afternoon. A+ entertainment, and the Tigers and umpires can be blamed in full. Yeah I'm a Yankees fan but they really didn't do anything wrong.

A little background: Back in July when these teams played in New York, the Yankees plunked Mikie Mahtook twice and he took it personally. Mikie fucking Mahtook! This guy thinks he's good enough to get hit on purpose. So anyway, Michael Fulmer drills Ellsbury in the hip the next inning. Okay whatever, the Yanks hit someone twice, they understood, Ellsbury took it like a man (surprisingly) and went to first base. If I remember correctly he scored that inning and Michael Fulmer got shit on late in the game anyway. Suck it loser. But they played two more games in New York and nothing happened.

Fast forward to yesterday and Gary Sanchez hits his 4th BOMB in 3 games in Detroit. Guy is on an absolute tear. Such a monster. But his next at bat, first pitch right in the hip from Michael Fulmer. What a fucking cry baby. Can't give up a dinger without drilling the guy the next at bat. Soft as fuck. Umpires issue no warning even though intent was crystal clear. 

So then later on Kahnle throws behind Miguel Cabrera. Kahnle gets IMMEDIATELY tossed. Yo, what?? There wasn't even a warning. Yeah Kahnle probably threw behind him on purpose but so did Fulmer. Girardi came storming out of the dugout like a George Brett and got tossed himself. Love when Girardi gets fired up. I'll knock him for decision making but I can't knock is loyalty to his players. He loves his guys and he'll go down with them when they get fucked. 

So Cabrera seemed to take it okay, but then for some reason got into it with Austin Romine behind the dish while Aroldis Chapman was warming up. Cabrera shoved Romine when they got face to face (love Romine taking off his mask to talk shit unlike that coward Jason Varitek) and then he threw some absolutely terrible punches that didn't come anywhere close to landing on Romine's face or body. Romine straight up tackled Cabrera and things went on from there. Romine got some good gut punches in on the ground. Gary got some good ones on some guys who were pinned down. Love the tag team effort. Pin em down, Gary will finish them the fuck off. 

So all that shit died down. And then the next inning, Dellin Betances came in and on the second pitch he absolutely drilled James McCann in the dome with a 98 MPH fastball. Laugh out loud funny stuff. Obviously you have to eject him there but if you think he was throwing at the guys head on purpose you have rice pilaf for brains. It was a tie game and I'm pretty sure he was gonna be expected to pitch two innings if he didn't drill the guy. You could see him pleading to the ump pretty intensely that it wasn't on purpose. "It's a tie game! There's no one in the bullpen!" were definitely sentences I saw him shout at the ump. No one goes through that much effort in defense of themselves if they're guilty of throwing at the guy. -- Also, fun story I was once involved in a little disagreement with the opponent in a men's league game one summer. I was pitching and gave up a ground rule double, guy thought it was gone, I yelled at him, he yelled back, they overturned the call cuz the ump was an idiot. Benches semi cleared and there were just a lotta shouts to one another. Next batter all I was thinking to myself was "don't hit this guy, don't hit this guy" and sure enough my first pitch went buzzing right over the fucker's head. Whoops my bad. My coach took me out and everyone thought I did it on purpose. I told them if I were trying to hit him I woulda hit him square in his forehead like a poor man's Mike Piazza. -- So anyway, benches cleared again, Robertson had to come in and he shit the bed. He actually hit the next batter in an 0-2 count (LOL) and then walked the guy after that before giving up a bases clearing double which would cost the Yanks the game.

So then later this punk Alex Wilson thinks he has to retaliate AGAIN as if the Tigers didn't start everything, and he drills Todd Frazier in the hip. He said after the game "it was just something I had to do at that point in the game." Bro, WHAT??? I don't think you'd have to do that if your teammates weren't absolute fucking assholes. Get lost.

So a lot of people out there are roasting Sanchez for sucker punching guys who were on the ground. Yeah not a great look but at least he got down on a knee and got into the scrum before laying the punches. He's 24 years old, there's a huge fight going on, punches being thrown all over the place, he just wanted to get in on the action. Probably coulda done it better but whatever. Glad he only got a 4 game suspension. Romine got 2. They can work around it so they have a catcher on the roster for the next two series.

Pedro Martinez can unequivocally go fuck himself. Talking about Gary Sanchez's legacy and reputation around the league because he punched a guy on the ground. Bro, he got drilled for no fucking reason other than being a billion times better than the pitcher is or ever will be. Sorry he wanted to get a few punches on the team full of punks.
Hey Pedro, when benches cleared one time you grabbed a 70+ year old dude by the skull and ripped him to the dirt. Get fucking bent talking about reputations from your god damn high horse. Fucking LOSER.

Sidenote: Big homestand for the Yankees this weekend. Need a 7-3 or better against some of the American League's best teams. Would love that.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The New York Yankees Continue to Drive Me Absolutely Bonkers

Could this team be any more frustrating? Every other game I'm witnessing the worst loss of the season. The Yanks come into a 3 game series with Boston sitting 4.5 games behind them for first place in the AL East, and let a perfect opportunity to gain some ground slip away. After a fantastic comeback Friday night (that Chapman tried to blow in the 9th) to kick off the rivalry weekend the Yanks had a real chance to take at least 2 out of 3. Luis Severino got the ball Saturday and Gary Sanchez even gave him a 2-0 lead right away. That's quite the rarity and let's just say that Sevy -- who had been on an absolute roll lately -- did not take advantage of that lead. He cruised through the first two innings but in the 3rd he couldn't put away the two worst hitters in the Boston lineup after getting to two strike counts. Freaking Christian Vasquez and Jackie Bradley Jr just fouling off pitch after pitch and eventually working walks. You HAVE to finish off the 8-9 hitters when you have the chance. You can't just put them on base for the top of the order. So anyway, Eduardo Nunez comes up and hits a ball right at Todd Frazier. Dude just refused to field it. Hit his glove and then bobbled the dickens out of it trying to pick it up. Next batter, single. Two runs. Next batter. Three run home run. That was the game right there. The Sox added 5 more runs off of Severino and that concluded his worst start of the season. A real stinker.

Anyway, Sunday night, the Yankees actually managed to gain a 2-1 lead in a game that Chris Sale pitched. 2-1 into the 9th! But that wouldn't matter because Aroldis Chapman has a serious knack for giving up runs to the Red Sox this season. It's like his favorite hobby. Dude BLOWS. So yeah there went that game too. Gave up another run in the 10th and that was that. Just absolutely pathetic that the Yankees shit the bed this much in a huge series, after gaining a ton of momentum on Friday night.

This team stinks right now and has for basically half of the season. It's honestly shocking that they're still atop the wild card race. Good news is I'm here to give the Yankees some quick solutions that should immediately make this team better. Now obviously you could fire Girardi but I don't think that's the best solution in the middle of the season. That just screams desperation and for a team that's 6 games over .500 still, that's a tough look. So here are some other ideas.

1. Fire Larry Rothschild. This guy doesn't even come close to resembling a decent pitching coach. He never says anything useful when a pitcher is struggling.

2. Stop playing Austin Romine every other game. This guy shouldn't even be on a major league roster and Joe Girardi is starting him at catcher 3 times a week! Girardi loves this guy for no fucking reason. Sanchez had a tough couple weeks with passed balls but he is a superior defender as well as a supremely superior hitter. Austin Romine should be in AA Trenton. Instead he's starting some of the most important games of the season. It's bullshit and it needs to stop.

3. Stop resting a starter every game. A guy is in a slump? Let him hit out of it. You don't get out of slumps by not facing pitchers. Put your best 9 out there every game and they'll be fine.

4. If you need a spot start do not use Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell or Caleb Smith. Call up Chance Adams and let him show us something. Have the Yankees ever won a game started by one of those 3? Doubtful.

5. Remove Chapman from the defined closer role. Go with the hot hand. We've got like 76 closers in the bullpen. Why does Chapman have to pitch every time we have a 1-3 run lead in the 9th inning? The closer role is stupid.

Boom. Follow those steps and you're a world champion.

P.S. I was at the game last night and there were a few annoying Red Sox fans around me as you might expect. However, there was also a guy in an Orioles jersey in my section too. A few of the Red Sox fans and probably some Yankees fans too started chanting "Asshole" at the guy in the Orioles jersey. Which is fine I guess. I'd rather have Yankees fans chant "Asshole" at the Red Sox fans, but whatever. The guy is an asshole, he's wearing an Orioles jersey at a Yankees Red Sox game. Douche. BUT, then this one Red Sox fan started screaaaaaming "Go back to Baltimore!" Uh what bro, this isn't your stadium. You can't yell that. And you know what? EVERY single Yankees fan in that stadium would rather have that Orioles fan in the stadium than any Red Sox fan. Red Sox fans are the worst. Hey fucking loser, YOU go back to Boston. Nerd.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yankees First Half Season Review

I haven't written about the Yankees at all this year. Hell, I've barely written about anything at all this year. But anyway, I'm here to break down the first half of the Yankees season and look towards the second half. 

The Yankees' season started with a pretty fantastic April, a mediocre May but stayed in or around first place for the most part. The beginning of June started with a 6 game winning streak. However, the June 9-11 series against the Baltimore Orioles was the last time the Yankees won a friggin series. They've gone 0-7-1 in series since that point. The worst part is they haven't even been playing great teams in that stretch, save for a 3 game set in Houston. After that series sweep against Baltimore, the Yankees were 4 games up in the AL East, and after losing 18 of their final 25 games before the All Star break, the Yankees are now 3.5 games behind Boston. So that's how the roller coaster season has gone so far for the Yanks.

The Good
Aaron. Judge. This guy is simply incredible. They had said that throughout his pro career that when he fails at one level, he conquers it the next season. Well he is certainly conquering his first full major league campaign this season. I'm just glad that the Yankees brought him up in August last year to let him play everyday for the most part, so he could come into the spring with adjustments made. And boy has he made them. Despite being on pace to strike out more than 200 times this season, he has cut down his strikeout percentage by almost 10%. He is hitting the ball to all fields, with power and for average. He is sitting at .329/.448/.691 with a 1.139 OPS, 30 HR, 66 RBI and 75 runs scored. The guy is an absolute monster and I love him. Current frontrunner for the MVP.

The young starters are carrying the Yankees right now. Luis Severino has had a very good first half. A few inconsistent starts wrapped up his all star first half, but he's still the best pitcher the Yankees have. He strikes a lot of batters out and doesn't walk very many which is a great sign. I expect him to come out firing on all cylinders after the timely all star break. The second best starter is rookie Jordan Montgomery. He earned the fifth spot in the rotation in the spring and has been very solid. An ERA in the mid-3s might just earn him second place in the rookie of the year voting (behind Judge obviously). Walks hurt Montgomery early but expect his numbers to get even better as he really starts to hone in his command at the big league level. He's a former Gamecock so it was tough to accept at first, but I love Gumby if he continues to pitch as well as he has. 

A few other bright spots. Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorious and Aaron Hicks have all been very productive when on the field. This lineup is so deep when healthy and it's the clear strength of the team. You can't pitch around Judge every at bat when he's followed by El Gary AKA The Kraken mashing behind him. He ended the half in a slump but he still earned an all star bid while only playing a little more than 50 games. Castro has had a breakout season really putting up solid numbers and he earned an all star bid as well. Holliday is probably the best offseason free agent signing made by any team. For the amount the Yankees are paying him, the production they're getting from him isn't fair. Hicks is having a breakout season after an awful 2016. Didi is one of the best shortstops in baseball. This lineup is incredible when healthy.

The Bad
Injuries. The Yankees got hit with the injury bug in June as CC, Castro, Hicks and Holliday went down. Sanchez and Didi were out for all of April basically. Chapman missed over a month. It's tough to win a lot of games when this many impact players go down, and go down all at the same time. However the Yanks are still above .500 and should be getting Castro and Holliday back soon. Chapman seems to be returning to form after struggling a bit when coming back from the DL as well.

First base and third base, typical power positions have been just about awful for the Yankees. First base especially. Greg Bird had a fantastic spring, but lingering pain from a foul ball off his ankle hampered his start and went to the DL after 60 at bats hitting .100. He has yet to return and some are worried he won't return at all this season. We Yankees fans were lucky enough to witness Chris Carter fill in for the most part as he struck out almost every at bat, didn't live up to the power he had last year with Milwaukee, and eventually became a horrid fielder as well. Dude couldn't even catch balls right at his chest from shortstop. Chase Headley had a solid April but he has mostly flat out sucked since. He had a little hot streak for about two weeks when everyone else was sucking but that's about it. I like Chase Headley the person, but Chase the ballplayer can get off my team.

The Ugly
The bullpen. They started off fine. Betances and Chapman were dealing. Clippard seemed to be decent in the 7th. Warren was great. But then injuries to Chapman and Warren forced Clippard into bigger roles, in which he absolutely SUCKED. I want him off this team right now. He's horrible. Betances thrived as the fill in closer, but for some reason Betances ended his first half in a real funk. He went from a 0.40 ERA to a 3.29 ERA in about a week. It was embarrassing to watch. He's walking a ton of guys and he needs to figure it out. The bullpen has blown a bunch of leads during this shitty stretch and it has to stop for the Yankees to go far.

Joe Girardi's stupid fucking face.

The Second Half
I'm expecting the Yankees to make a trade for another solid bullpen arm. It just simply has to happen. The starters have been inconsistent but the bullpen needs to be lock down almost every game. It's just how the game works these days. Starters go 6 innings and then 3 arms need to shut down teams the rest of the way. Especially with Binder Joe at the helm. Some say the Yanks need to trade for another starter but I say we just call up Chance Adams. He's balling in AAA and I think he's earned his shot. Honestly, trade Michael Pineda for whatever you can get for him now because he STINKS and call up Adams. Tanaka has been horrible but you don't just have 3 fantastic seasons to start your career and then forget how to pitch. I'm confident in him figuring out whatever is making him suck and he'll be OK. CC has been a pretty surprising solid back end of the rotation guy. Sevy and Gumby are the top two right now in the rotation. As far as the offense goes, the Yankees acquired a first baseman from the Brewers today who is having a breakout season in AAA this year. I don't know what to expect from him if he gets called up but it's probably gonna be better than Ji Man Choi and Austin Romine platooning first base. Also, getting some of these guys back from injuries might as well be trades. I'm not sure what the plan is with Clint Frazier when guys come back but as far as I'm concerned, don't take him out of the line up right now because he's been one of the lone bright spots since being called up July 1st. And if the Yanks do make a trade, I'd prefer not to lose Torres, Frazier, Adams, Rutherford or Sheffield but it might be difficult to get a solid piece without giving up one of them.

I think the Yankees will win the division unless Boston makes a trade that really puts them above others. Their third base problem is worse than the Yanks so if they make a big trade for a third baseman, that will scare the shit out of me. The Yankees have the best offense in the AL behind Houston and will only get better when they get guys back. They also have a run differential in the +90s despite only being 4 games over .500 right now. That usually means the team will start winning some more games. They're losing a lot of one run games which isn't good, but they have the capability to absolutely crush teams relentlessly when they win. We've got a big 4 game series this weekend right out of the gate up in Boston. This series can go a long way in how New York feels about the rest of the second half. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Was Dan Scott the Greatest TV Character of All Time?

I just finished up One Tree Hill last night, and while I know the show ended in 2012, this was the first time I'd ever seen the show. By season 2, Dan Scott had emerged as my favorite character. Not because he was a likable guy but because he was the most over the top dickhead villain I'd ever seen. Everything he said made me crack up because it was more of an asshole comment than the previous. While his comments might make everyone else hate the guy, they made me love him. He then, of course, goes and (SPOILER) murders his brother Keith for no real reason which made me hate him for about an episode. And then he spit on his grave and the over the top dickhead villain was BACK. Not only was he out here murdering some of my other favorite characters in cold blood, but he was spitting on their graves like an absolute savage. I loved it. Missed Keith, but holy fuck did I love Dan Scott pimping all over his grave, becoming mayor, and just not giving a fuck for a while.

And then, in the greatest 180 since Tony Hawk retired, Dan Scott became a good guy. Admitted his murder, went to prison, flipped burgers for a while, saved Quinn from murdering a chick, saved Jamie's dumb ass a billion times, saved Nathan from the crazy blackmailing chick, and finally saved Nathan from his kidnappers. Sure, he stared Keith in the eyes and shot him right in the heart, but he saved so many lives after that I think he made up for it. Dude's a boss and gave some of the best asshole one liners in television history.

Unfortunately I couldn't find great highlight packages or quote lists for Danny Boy, so I'll just leave you with this gif of him saving the god damn day at the end of the series.

In short, yes it's very possible he is.

P.S. One Tree Hill is a very good show. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't watched it yet.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I'm Certain You're Insane if You Don't Think Matt Niskanen's Hit on Crosby was Premeditated Attempted Murder

Capitals down 2-0 in the series, Ovechkin looking right down the barrel of another embarrassing postseason, Penguins making the Caps look like a team of Michelle Kwans out there on the ice. Perfect time to pull off a calculated, premeditated execution of the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby. It only really makes the Capitals look more embarrassing. Can't beat em so you assassinate them. Great tactic. I don't wanna hear anything about this being accidental. The Capitals STINK in the playoffs every year and here they are again sucking it up against the Pens in 2017. Ovechkin and co. hold a team meeting and within 5 and a half minutes in game 3, Sidney Crosby is dead on the ice with a head injury, leg injury or maybe both.

PERFECT execution by the scumbag duo Ovechkin and Niskanen too. At least something they practiced went according to plan. Ovechkin smacks Crosby in the head with his stick, then trips him, sending him directly into Sid's former teammate and fuckhead Matt Niskanen for the brutal cross check to the face and the finishing touches on the murder.

People love to call Crosby soft but I don't think anyone comes back in the game after that. I'm hoping for a speedy recovery but with Crosby's history of head injuries, and with the way his leg folded underneath his body, I wouldn't be too sure of that. He was able to skate off with some help so hopefully his leg isn't too bad. I'm definitely worried about a possible concussion though, as I'm sure all Pens fans are. I'd love for him to come back this series and just bury the Capitals franchise once and for all but that might be up to the rest of his star studded teammates. That's the one positive, is that this team knows as well as any what it takes to win with an injured roster. We might be about to witness what Evgeni Malkin can do when a couple of assholes take out his best friend. I mean, we kinda already did last night when he and his teammates forced OT after being down 2-0 with a couple of minutes left. If only the momentum could have lasted a little longer in OT. Wednesday is huge though, going back to DC with a 3-1 lead is a helluva lot better than going back with a 2-2 series tie. I guarantee Mike Sullivan will have the boys ready to go so I'm pumped. Just gotta hope for the best on Sid. Fuck Matt Niskanen, fuck Alex Ovechkin, fuck Barry Trotz, fuck the entire Capitals organization, fuck the city of Washington D.C.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Album Review: Ed Sheeran's Divide

Guys, I'm no music critic but I haven't heard an album this good in a long time. Ed Sheeran is an absolute stud when it comes to putting out hits, and he did not disappoint at all with this new album. This is about as perfect an album as there can be. Not one song on here where my first reaction was "oh this isn't that great, coulda been better." Nope, just all fucking straight heat seeking missiles of volcanic fire flames. I only do song by song reviews for absolutely incredible albums -- which this is -- so here we go...

1. "Eraser": Great start to the 'bum. When it first starts you don't really have any clue that it turns into a banger by the chorus, but it does anyway and it crushes. Heat.

2. "Castle on the Hill": This was released a while ago, but it still might be my favorite song on the album. Just a song Ed wrote on the fly about growing up apparently. Said it was cliche but wanted to do it anyway. Well I'm glad he did because this song is electric. Thich Quang Durc.

3. "Dive": Ed hits you with the first inevitable heart breaking tune here in track 3. Dude is good for like 5 or 6 songs that make you wanna cry every album he tosses out. And they're all incredible. No different here. Flames

4. "Shape of You": First single off the album and it was a solid pick to be so. Upbeat, feel good song. Love it. Everyone knows this song is good af so not much else to say. Fire.

5. "Perfect": First ballad of the 'bum. I have no clue how Ed writes all these unreal love songs but he's one of the best at it, if not THE best. Lava.

6. "Galway Girl": Possibly my favorite song on the album. Just absolutely incredible sound and feel to it. Made to sound like a little Irish tune, this song is just a straight jam. Pompeii-Crushing Hot Ash.

7. "Happier": Get ready to cry again, folks. Ed's got another soul crushing break up tune for ya. Straight Napalm

8. "New Man": I love this song. Honestly pretty hilarious, and it bangs too. Scorched Earth.

9. "Hearts Don't Break Around Here": Nice little ballad again here from Ed. Guy just knows how to write amazing songs. En Fuego

10. "What Do I Know?": Ed gets a little philosophical with this tune. Love can change the world. Well I don't know about that sir, but what do I know? Dante's Inferno.

11. "How Would You Feel (Paean)": God, Eddie just cannot stop making juicy love songs, can he? You wanna know how I'd feel if you told me you loved me, Ed? I'd cum to Jupiter. Blazing Bonfire.

12. "Supermarket Flowers": Oh another song that will make you cry? Thanks Ed. This one is actually sad af though. No one can make sad songs sound so good better than Sheeran and this is just another example. Sizzling Embers.

13. "Barcelona": In love with this absolute JAM. Suuuuuch a good song. How Ed makes songs like this and Supermarket Flowers and make them so well is just beyond me. Chicago Circa October 1871.

14. "Bibia Be Ye Ye": No clue what this song means but it plays. And plays hard. Fuocco.

15. "Nancy Mulligan": I'm pretty sure this is about his grandparents. I wish I could write this good of a song about my grandparents. Would be dope. Also pretty much how I imagine every marriage before like 1970 going down. The Sun.

16. "Save Myself": Finishes it off with a slow little piece. Woulda liked a jam to round out the 'bum, but like I said...All of these songs are fantastic. Pure Scintillation.

Hands down one of the best albums I've ever listened to. Ed Sheeran gets it. Stud. Enjoy folks.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fire Jam Friday

My man Ed Sheeran with an absolutely electric new album out this past Friday. Leads the pack of the last five Fire Jam Fridays. Not doin so hot over here at TC tho.






Weekly Top 10

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This Is the Greatest Video Ever Made

Doesn't get any better than that. That's like watching Derek Jeter career highlights right there. Just Chills City. Still can't believe the Clemson Tigers are National Champions. What a time. Thanks for the memories Deshaun. DW4EVER.

Fire Jam Friday

I'm really starting to consistently suck at doing these each week, but whatever. This blog is dead and no one reads it. That being said, great music out in the last two weeks so lets get caught up.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fire Jam Friday

Been way too long since my last blog. Missed Top 10 albums of the year, two FJFs, and Clemson winning the god damn national championship (LET'S FUCKING GO). So here we go. At least you get a shit ton of sick music all at once.

Top 10 Albums of 2016

Fire Jam Friday 1/6

Fire Jam Friday 1/13

Weekly Top 10 of All Time Update

And just for shits and giggles here's the national championship highlights. The boys fuckin did it!