Monday, August 28, 2017

Sports this 'n' that

The Mets welcomed back pitchers Seth Lugo & Jeurys Familia over the weekend while splitting a 4 game series with first-place Washington, but their M*A*S*H unit filled the vacancies with outfielders Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) and Michael Conforto (shoulder) going on the DL. They're even thinking they'll get Matt Harvey back come Friday, and maybe Noah Syndergaard soon after.  What they really need is to find the source of all those injuries before the Whiner Squad of NYC talk radio, aka the Valley of the Stupid, starts complaining about conditioning techniques again. If it's any consolation, David Wright began a rehab assignment last week as well, hoping he can get some game action in this season before the reality of retirement sets in.
For those of you who spent $100 to order the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on PPV, I really hope you got your money's worth on Saturday night. Mayweather won----what else is new?--in his first fight since retiring 2 years ago, and based on what I've read, he utilized the late Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope strategy, as McGregor, better known for his exploits in UFC, expended a great deal of energy early in the fight, and was spent by the 10th round, when Mayweather put him away via TKO.

What was even more ridiculous was the fact that ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, normally waving the pom-poms for Mayweather, got into a shouting match with boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, who was explaining how Mayweather won the fight. Smith gets assigned to cover boxing because he fancies himself the reincarnation of Howard Cosell, but lacking the charisma and intelligence. Why Max Kellerman wasn't sent in his place, I don't know. Kellerman gets it when it comes to boxing. Smith doesn't. End of story.
The flooding in the Houston area caused by Tropical Storm Harvey may have been enough of a distraction to the Tri-City Valleycats' Corbin Martin, who started and took the loss Sunday in a 2-1 verdict at the hands of Lowell. Martin is from the Houston suburbs, and would be understandably concerned, even though his family lives 45 minutes away from Houston. Meanwhile, the continuation of the season series between AL West rivals Houston & Texas, scheduled for Houston, will likely be moved, pending a decision later today or tomorrow.

Our prayers are with the victims and their families in this time of need.
So the Giants woke up and beat the Jets in the annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium on Saturday. Gang Green made it interesting, trying to come back from a 29-3 3rd quarter deficit, but they come out short a QB. We think. 3rd year QB Bryce Petty has an MCL strain, which may or may not be enough to keep him out long term. If it is long term, then 2nd year pro Christian Hackenberg would be the backup to Josh McCown.

Shoot, I can remember when the NY Daily News used to give away tickets to the annual preseason game between the city's two NFL teams, but that was back when both teams were struggling to fill the stands for home games. Not so much now in the Giants' case, although the Jets could start a Gofundme page to fill MetLife Stadium for their home games.

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