Archive for the ‘WBC’ Category

Caaalllled it

March 24, 2009

Yep, I called it back when this little shindig got started… Japan won the WBC title. Again. They beat the Koreans 5-3 in 10 innings with Ichiro getting the winning two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th to seal the eventual victory for Nippon.

I know what you’re saying, “finally we can stop listening to this uber-sexy guy ramble on about the WBC”, but admit it, you loved it. Real baseball starts soon. Get ready.

Bit of an Update: Matsuzaka won the WBC MVP award. Again. Look out, anyone not the Red Sox. To quote “Grandma’s Boy”: Your shit’s weak. Shit’s weak.

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Weekend Recap

March 23, 2009

March Madness was not so mad this weekend, but other stuff still went on in the sports world.

1. We lost. To Baylor. Thankfully this tortuous season is over and we will never have to speak of it again. Let’s move on to football.

2. Apparently, the women’s NCAA tourney is more exciting than the men’s because Tennessee lost in the first round for the first time ever. This goes to show Pat Summit, that frigid bitch, that she sucks. Every other first round win for UT was by 23+ points, except, of course, for this one, which they lost. UConn dominated whoever they played and will continue to dominate throughout the tournament.

3. On the men’s side, we have almost no big upsets, save the Wake Forest debacle, that threatened the health of my bracket, that is until I realized that no one had ever heard of Cleveland State, and thus no one picked them. To beat the dead horse that is “March Madness ain’t so mad this year” this is the first time in the history of the tournament that all the top 3 seeds in each region have made it to the Sweet 16. BOOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGG. Though, I’ll admit, the games have been pretty good and many came down to the last seconds. But I can’t wait until Pitt finally snaps and they lose like they should have the last two games. Good thing I didn’t pick them to win it all.

4. The US lost to Japan in the WBC, ending our time in the tournament. Japan is real good, but if they make Daisuke throw 98 effing pitches in another game that doesn’t mean shit, I’m going to be very unhappy. This quote from Barry Bloom of MLB.com really hits a nerve regarding our standing in the baseball world:

And now it can’t be ignored: The U.S. is no longer the undisputed leader of the game that was invented on its own soil.

Ouch. Though, he does have a point. We think we’re so good that we don’t need to practice to improve or do anything other than rest on our laurels.

The Asian teams trained harder and for longer in preparation for this tournament, they take infield practice before every game and both are fundamentally sound and do whatever it takes as a club to win a game.

I’m pretty sure this mindset reaches out past baseball and into other aspects of American life. But then again, Barry Bloom sounds like a communist name.

5. The New York sports talk jockeys are still going on about Jay Cutler and his possible trade to the Jets. And everyone wonders why these players are prima donnas. Perhaps, Mike Francesa and Boomer Esaison and Craig Carton and everyone else, it’s because you won’t effing shut up about him for one minute and you are personally making his head swell more than the steroids did to Barry Bonds.

6. The Iditarod ended and Lance Mackey won it for the third straight time. You know what the prize is for winning this grueling race in Alaska’s harsh environment?

Sixty-nine thousand bucks and a shiny new pickup.

That sucks.

That’s all we got. I’m sure CGally will post something about our pathetic showing at the NIT soon. Don’t forget to vote in our TV theme madness, here.

The US doesn’t completely suck at baseball

March 18, 2009
They celebrated by beating the shit out of David Wright, MMA-style.

Last night the US team made it to the semi-final round of the WBC in thrilling fashion. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, they loaded the bases and gave David Wright the chance to save the day with his drop-in bloop awkward-swing lucky single to right field that landed fair by about 2 feet. No matter how lucky it was, it was exciting. And now we have knocked off the Puerto Ricans to face some team that I haven’t spent the time to find out in the next round.

Though, after the US-Puerto Rico game, the Japan-Korea game came on, so I watched a little bit of that. Let me just say, if we have to play either of them, we are royally screwed. They were good. And fast. The first baseman for Korea is, let me put this nicely, a fat ass, and he was diving and jumping like he was on the Chinese gymnastics team. Like I said only a few weeks ago, Ichiro is not one of the better players on the Japanese team. So when I say we’re screwed, I’m not kidding around. Korea won 4-1.

Here’s the highlights of the US game in case you missed it last night, or on Sportscenter after, or this morning. It’s a little long, but it’s worth it.

Weekend Recap

March 16, 2009

As always, a lot of stuff went down this weekend in the sports world. Let us go back in time and reminisce about these days past:

1. Yesterday was selection Sunday. We didn’t make the cut. But we are in the NIT. Winning the NIT is like being the coolest kid in Mathletes. In NCAA related news, three of the four one-seeds were handed out to Big East teams, with the fourth being UNC. This is UNC’s 13th one-seeding, the most ever by anyone. Good for them. I have them winning my bracket, so I’ll have to swallow my pride and cheer for them.

2. The USA lost to Puerto Rico. Wait, let me clarify. The USA got CRUSHED by Puerto Rico in the WBC. But it’s double-elimination, so they played again last night and beat up on the Netherlands. I was liking the Netherlands, you know since they shouldn’t be there and were the pokey underdogs, until Engelhardt jacked one in the eighth and stood there posing like he just won the game, even though he hit a solo home run to make the score 8-2 rather than 8-1. But the Dutch were eliminated and everyone is happy. Except the Dutch. And the Dominicans.

3. Jay Cutler is still really pissed at the Broncos for almost trading him for Matt Cassel, even though they say they really didn’t want to. And now he’s asking for a trade. Ha! He showed them.

4. Phil Mickelson won at Doral, beating Tiger for the trophy. Oh wait. What? Tiger finished tied for ninth? Really? Hmm. That’s interesting. Though the guy is still so damn good, he has NEVER finished outside the top ten. Ever.

5. Manny Ramirez finally got his long-awaited contract from the Dodgers. How does he repay them? Sitting out of his first few days of spring training with a “sore hammy”. Ha ha. Serves you right Dodgers. We warned you. Manny is now fat and happy and doesn’t need to play for his money no mo’.

6. Dustin Pedroia is hurt. He says it isn’t bad, and let’s all hope he’s right. The Sox are going to need him this year when they win the World Series. Though, it is destiny for them to win this year, so do they really need him?

That’s all we got, because we were outside most of the time this weekend doing some yardwork and enjoying the spring-like weather. Yeah, I bet you feel bad for sleeping until noon and playing XBox all weekend now, don’t you?

Weekend Recap

March 9, 2009

Well, this little column is looking like it might start being a regular feature here on the NEZ. Let’s get started:

1. We lost. Again. Though this time it was against FSU at their stadium so it wasn’t as heartbreaking as the previous two. Oh, but then it effectively killed our chances of getting into the NCAA tournament, so it was as heartbreaking.

2. A-Rod has elected to have surgery on his hip, putting him on the bench for 6-9 weeks. Some say that this is a secret suspension from the Commissioner’s office seeing as how Clemens and Giambi both got “injuries” right after they were found to have done steroids that lasted approximately the time of a steroids suspension. Also as evidence is that Bonds is one of the most prolific hitters in history and no one signed him last year. Call it what you want, but some say it might be a secret suspension along the lines of MJ in the 90s.

3. The US and Canada played a really good game on saturday, and I’m not being sarcastic about that. I was on the edge of my seat for a first-round WBC baseball game. The US ultimately won 6-5, but they may face off against Canada again to win the Pool outright, in hopefully another thriller. The US also beat Venezuela yesterday, but that was a blowout, 15-6. The US will play the winner of the Canada-Venezuela game for a chance to win the pool outright, even though the US is already advancing to Round 2.

4. Lovable Terrell Owens has signed with the Buffalo Bills. I think this was probably a good move for both teams. If he works out then good for them, they’ll still suck. If he doesn’t work out, then who the hell cares about a football team in Buffalo? It’s not like anyone is going to care if TO calls out, shit, I don’t even remember his name. The QB for the Bills. Who is it? I know this. Joe…Joe something… Trent Edwards. That’s it. No one cares if TO calls him out because that would be the most publicity that guy ever had.

5. The Red Sox locked up pitching ace Jon Lester for five years, $30 mill. That’s just awesome. Dustin Pedroia and Jon lester on long-term contracts for under $75 million combined. That may be the best two bargains in baseball today.

6. David Beckham has agreed to rejoi….ahhh no one cares about soccer.

7. UNC beat Duke in a thriller of sorts last night. While it’s not great that UNC won, because they always do, it’s great to see Duke lose. And don’t think they didn’t try to win. They cheated. They had the calls. They just still suck bad enough to lose anyways.

8. The Iditarod started this weekend. I don’t see the point in running a dog-sled team 1,100 miles from Anchorage, AK to Nome, AK. But then again, I don’t like my balls freezing off. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

That’s all I got. Hope you had a nice weekend, and that you changed your clocks, because if not, then you’re an hour late today, and probably in trouble.

Wednesday Recap

March 5, 2009

So a lot of sports news went down yesterday/this morning. Let’s recap what happened:

1. We lost. At home. Again. Though we did hold our own against the number 2 team in the nation. But we still had the opportunity to win if we had taken some smarter shots. But that is neither here nor there. We can’t go back and replay the game, so we must look forward to FSU and see that it is really our very last chance to make it into the NCAA Tourney. ESPN this morning said that we were now part of the the “first four out” along with Maryland, so if we beat FSU, we will be .500 in the ACC and have a much better chance of getting in than we do now. Everyone say your prayers starting tonight.

On a related note, I want to preface this with the disclaimer that I don’t like basketball, was never good at it, and do not claim to know anything about it, but can someone tell me if the whole foul-at-the-end-of-the-game-so-they-are-forced-to-make-free-throws-rather-than-field-goals gameplan has ever worked?

2. T.O. got his ass released. What a douche. I hope no other team signs him and he ends up doing commentary on ESPN/ABC and gets in an on air fight with Keyshawn Johnson.

3. Manny Ramirez finally got a deal with the Dodgers. Two years, $45 million. So, after all the moaning and groaning, the forgetting what knee he hurt, the intentionally sitting out an important game, all the other shit he gave the Sox, the refusing of Dodger offers 80 times, and the being a complete dickhead, Manny made $5 million more than what the Red Sox were offering in the first place. Let’s hope being labeled as a spoiled brat who cries when he doesn’t get his way was worth it.

4. On the other side, Kurt Warner lowered his proposal to the Cardinals from $14-16 million/year to $11.5 million/year, and then signed with them for two years.

5. Japan kicked off the World Baseball Classic early this morning with a 4-0 win over China. Japan has so many good players that Ichiro played right field, the fat kid position. They’re going to win this thing again, hands down.

6. Some more bits of news: The Ravens resigned Ray Lewis. The Coast Guard officially called off the search for the two lost NFL players and the other operator of the boat they were on. The Cavs and Celtics clinched playoff berths. ARod might be out of the WBC due to a bum hip.

That’s all we got right now, but if any other breaking news comes out today, rest assured, we’ll break it.