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Friday, June 23, 2006

The Flop Heard Around The World

The World Cup happens once every four years. To have it end the way it did yesterday is ridiculous. I've played sports my entire life and hate to lose. Whether it is playing a game of one on one basketball with my friend or a game of rock-paper-scissors, I don't want to lose. But that's not to say I'll do anything to win. If you get beat, take it like a man and try and come back and win on the field the right way. You play fair and try and beat your opponent the way the game is supposed to be played.

Ghana is unequivocally the biggest bunch of actors and poor sports. It was beyond irritating how many times they had to carried off on stretchers and went down holding their knees when they were not even hit anywhere close to their knee. The pinnacle of it all was when two players from both sides went up for a header and the US player's hand touched the Ghana player's back and he went down holding his shin. The United States did not play like that. After tying the game 1-1, the US had momentum until Ghana went up 2-1 thanks to a horrible call that lead to the penalty kick that changed the landscape of the game. The end result was a Ghana team sitting back on defense. Did the US really deserve to move on? You cannot argue the fact they were disappoint, but the certainly had a lot of things working against them.

The art of the flop in soccer is similar the flop in basketball and the game should be based on skill and not acting abilities. A team sitting back and playing defense and kicking the ball around to control the clock is similar to football team playing conservative and running the clock down. Both instances are allowed and part of the framework of the game nowadays. At times you almost feel that your team has no control of their fate due to these circumstances. There are bad calls in every sport and that is part of it when humans are making the calls. The penalty kick as a result of the bad call is acceptable. That stuff happens, but the flops ruin the game and the dropping back into ball control defense is frustrating especially when a team was put in that position unfairly.

You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the damn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
~ Earl Weaver

While a lot of Americans are missing out on soccer which is an exciting sport to watch despite the negatives that irritate me, the entire world his missing out on baseball. Out of all the major sports in the world, the only sport you cannot hide is in baseball. Sure you can intentionally walk players, but you have to get 27 outs and you have to come at the other team giving them the same number of chances you had to make something happen. You simply cannot hide. No other game is like baseball (...and please, no one mention cricket) and it is far and away best sport in the world.

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  • Best movie ever? Possibly.

  • It appears A-Rod's problems are the result of a mechanical flaw.

    "The problem is stemming from the inconsistent firing of cylinders in A-ROD's hydraulic system, causing his pressure-relief valve to start responding to every late-game algorithm by popping out to first base," said Yankees assistant engineer Lee Mazzilli, who is responsible for oiling A-ROD's hinges and tightening his shoulder screws between innings.

    You can hear the collective sigh of relief from the Yankee fan base.

    But A-ROD should be back and as good as new in four to six weeks." Yankee officials, however, have thus far experienced no problems with A-ROD's factory-installed voicebox, which has only repeated the same five stock phrases it was specifically

  • What's wrong with the All-Star game? A lot, but perhaps the biggest problem is the inclusion of one player from each team.

    Who will represent the Royals in the All-Star game? Will it be utility man Estaban German, who is batting .310 but has only had 100 ABs (hence, the one home run and seven RBIs)? Or how about red hot second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, who owns a .294 average with three jacks and a whopping 18 RBIs? Maybe it will be pitcher Elmer Dessens and his team-high four wins? Nothing says All-Star like Elmer Dessens.

    Nope, nothing says All-Star like Elmer Dessens. If MLB is going to feign some importance on this game, the best players should be there. A team is not good enough to actually send an All-Star? Too bad. Start drafting some.

  • It ain't even close.

    Top 5 2006 NL Center Fielders, by VORP
    Player         Team      EqA    VORP
    Carlos Beltran NYN .321 33.5
    Eric Byrnes ARI .292 21.6
    Andruw Jones ATL .282 19.6
    Ryan Freel CIN .282 14.7
    Kenny Lofton LAN .279 11.9
  • From the NYPost:

    The Mets have agreed to a deal with their sixth-round pick, high-school righthander Scott Schafer, according to a team official.

  • Carlos Delgado is hoping for cheers when he goes back to Toronto and there is no reason he should not get them. JP Riccardi did not want him and repeatedly said he would have never given Delgado a no-trade clause and wanted to dish him off. Delgado was criticized for not wanting to go to a winning a team and the chances of him coming back were nil. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons does not think there will be much of problem when Delgado returns.

    "Oh, I think he'll have a good one," Gibbons said. "He was always a fan favorite and he played great. He was probably one of the most loved guys that has played there."

  • As Met fans, it is hard to NOT get chills.

    However, of all their statistics, this is the most promising: They're both 23 years old.

    "(We're) in real good hands, obviously," manager Willie Randolph said. "Those kids are playing their butts off for us.

    "Carlos (Beltran) is having a nice year, but to watch David and Jose blossom right in front of your eyes, it's really special to see. And they're going to get even better, which is nice to know also. Jose is in a nice rhythm; he's hitting the (stuffing) out of the ball, and David has been getting big hits."

    The Mets have two of the most talented young players in the game and really, there are plenty of comparisons you can draw with the beginning of the Yankee dynasty when you throw in Milledge and Pelfrey.

    "Oh, boy," Martinez said of Wright. "MVP so far. That kid has done it all."

    Even with Pujols in the league, the question is not if Wright will win an MVP award, but how many. Pujols will win his share, but like Bonds, he will not win one every year. His game is so well rounded for a such a young kid it is scary.

  • Chad Bradford has been so good this year for the Mets that is not hard to see why the Mets used such a high pick on uber sidearmer Joe Smith.

  • The Mets have now pushed their lead over the Phillies to double digits despite their little swoon. The next goal should be to get to twenty games over .500. Once they get there to, push it further. They need to bury their opponents and keep setting goals. Injuries can still happen to some of their older core and the Mets need to build enough of a cushion to where it is no sweat if they do go down.

  • The Angels making a power move?

    Though it was reported in several Los Angeles area newspapers that the Angels could have an interest in Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, the two teams have not had any talks recently, according to an Orioles source. That may change, however, if the Orioles continue to slide in the standings.

    The source did not deny the team would listen to offers for the superstar shortstop if Baltimore plays poorly in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

    Miggy is certainly worth one of their middle infield stud prospects and the Angels have the depth to get it done. This is an interesting potential move to keep an eye on.

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Oh my God - just watched the trailer for that Borat movie - words fail me. Can I buy my ticket today??

    11:16 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Borat = straight filth

    Woman are lower than bugs according to Borat, he makes out with his sister...family fun for all.

    11:20 AM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    You hit the nail on the head with soccer's main problem. It will never catch on here with all of the flopping and faked injuries. That being said, the US would have done the same thing if they could have. You have to actually get a lead in order to waste time.

    Glad to see the earfarm link yesterday for Radiohead. MP3blogs are incredible.

    I'd like to request a "The Braves are officially done" post for Monday. Seriously, it is over for them. The sinking ship is sunk, and I don't forsee Hans Moleman, Sugar Pants, Zorro, Dino and the boys tossing any life preservers out.

    11:42 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Kenny, I agree. Running out the clock is part of it, but the US was NOT flopping. I'm not saying they did nothing, but compared to Ghana? Every play they were going down and had to be carried off. That is hard to swallow. The wasting time is less irrating and I get it. Why would they put themselves in a position to lose? It's part of game, but also why it is something I like to watch every four years. Too much of that would be...well...to much.

    That site is nuts. Really good stuff.

    Toasty has that covered today. He's got it covered for you. I ignore the Braves...they are dead to me.

    11:46 AM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Yes Kenny, see my blog for the Braves' eulogy today.

    11:56 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    What a redundant ass I am.

    Toasty has that covered today. He's got it covered for you.

    Did I mention he had it covered?

    12:01 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    I hate to lose, only difference I would do whatever it takes to win.
    Yeah... I am the future of this nation ;)

    Borat is the shit. ANd the movie will deffitnitly be funny, he just better not be wearing that swimsuit the whole movie.

    I think every team should be represented at the All-Star game. Atleast 1.
    I don't see the problem with it.

    What did Scott Schafer do? Have a Mets hat on, in his picture on Myspace?
    Shit is ridiculous.

    But... BUt... if they get Tejada, what do they do with Orlando Cabrera? :(

    Shit, i been saying the braves are done for 2 weeks now, when it was still taboo to say, lol.

    Also, don't you find it amazing that once we do our own nickname thing with the mets players, MLB has a story on the MAIN PAGE about baseball nicknames.

    And just to be annoying, im gonna say it again.
    If you would wanna meet up for a day for all of us to hang out at a Mets game, If you havn't already, e-mail me at eyedta@hotmail.com with the title being "METS GAME".
    Trying to get people that would really wanna go, it'll be fun, I think, lol.

    12:59 PM

    Anonymous DG's Three Ringed Circus said...

    Mike, I thought that was going to be for Nacho Libre. Sacha Baron Cohen is one funny dude with a big Khazakistan problem - they have been troubling him about his Borat character.

    And I cannot hear (nor read) well today. Did you say that A-Rod's problems are psychological? I figure that once he replaces those pink panties with a lace number he'll be fine.

    And just to piss more upon the parade. Guys, the U.S. is terrible at football (i.e., soccer) and it is a bad actor's sport of choice (dang, A-Rod missed his calling). But anyway, look at the bright side: at least we didn't lose to Iran again. I mean, Ghana's got to be better than Iran, right? Right?

    I get the chills alright. This team is so young in the right places that one can even dream of two or three championships in a row. Maybe I shouldn't say any more!...

    Apparently, Beltran's got an internal knickname. Senor Perfecto!

    Shame none of the Mets big three will win the MVP this year, but they're all going to cancel each other out and Pujols will take the panties.

    1:30 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...


    The only reason that the US wasn't flopping was because they weren't winning.

    The US needed to win and needed Italy to win. Had the US actually led in the game, you'd have seen US players laying around like they'd been blown over by ARod whiffs with the bases loaded in the 9th. Pure carnage I say!!

    1:30 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    the squad got some bad breaks, but they played horribly. they only got four shots on goal the entire tournament.

    beyond the u.s. struggles, i do agree that soccer, which i like a lot, has major problems. refs impact all sports and make mistakes. but in soccer it is silly how you can get a questionable foul and have a penalty and/or get carded and miss the whole game AND the next game AND your team has to play a man down, all for a HUGE judgement call that is affected by acting...i love the sport, but that sucks. and don't get me started on penalty kick tie breakers... does baseball settle tie scores with home run derby? play till you drop i say.

    as for cricket, i almost got in a fight when i was in new zealand. my whole trip kiwis kept telling me how boring the game was bc it last for days, etc. then toward the end of my stay i was out with my buzz on and some joker tried to argue cricket over baseball. please.

    while we're talking other sports, if you have time and want to see some radical pro surfing go to http://www.aspworldtour.com/ripcurlpro/ and click on "live" -- the swell is fading it was sick the last couple days which you can see on the "videos" secition

    2:42 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    I forgot to mention - did everyone know Chris Cotter mentioned the "Lastings Milledge Facts" on the air yesterday? Go check it out - they're crowing about it over at the site.

    2:49 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    By the way, did anybody see the end of the Marlins/Orioles game yesterday?

    Top of the 10th with Ramirez on 2nd. They tried to give Cabrerra an intentional walk. The 3rd pitch was a little close - Cabrerra steps over and slaps a quick hit past everybody and the Marlins win.

    The pitcher and defense looked completely stunned.

    3:21 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, Benny. I remember you liked the A-Rod slap play.

    The problem with at least one is a lot of teams don’t have one and some very good players get left off. It’s those guys that are deserving that take a hit just because they don’t play in NYC and get 1,000,000 votes regardless of how good they are.

    Tejada to 3rd base. Orlando stays at short.

    Fuck MLB…They are copy cats.

    Khazakistan vs. Borat…Borat wins every time. The should take a joke, the pub is great for them. A lot of people probably just learned that place exists thanks to Borat.

    The A-Rod thing was a joke. It was from the Onion.

    Senor Perfecto? I love it.

    Kenny, I’ll defer to you on this one. You are more of a soccer guy, but regardless, it sucks and makes the game almost unbearable sometimes.

    Jake, I love play till you drop. Eventually someone will win and someone will drop.

    I love surfing films…watching guys get towed out to enormous reefs and catching enormous waves never got old on costa rica…they had them playing all day at this one bar.

    Hanley wanted to take his old team out. I love the aggressiveness of the play.

    4:14 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    You are right about it becoming unbearable at times. I think it was Chile in 1998 that put on the most disgusting display I've ever seen. Dudes were straight up falling down with nobody near them.

    You kids have a good weekend.

    The Brokeback Damons are looking for a good outing by Roy Halladay this weekend against the Mets.

    5:14 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    The Brokeback Damons are looking for a good outing by Roy Halladay this weekend against the Mets.

    You bastard....

    Balls Deep is going to go balls deep on Brokeback for that....wait...that doesn't sound good at all.

    5:22 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Goran Baltimore: Jerry, Do you think that having beltran and delgado on his team will hurt david wright in the MVP voting becuase they are having great years. In my view i think he is the MVP to this point over pujols and beltran?

     Jerry Crasnick: Goran,

    It could definitely hurt Wright if the Mets vote gets split three ways. But there's a long way to go. I think a lot depends on Pujols' health. If he can pick up where he left off before going on the DL, it's his to lose. But I'm skeptical of that.

    5:27 PM

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    5:43 PM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    that ali g dude does nothing for me.

    its too early for mvp talk. wright has been clutch but mvp chants in june arent sensical. he's all over the place in the stat board but so is pujols.

    joe girardi is the most diesel manager i've ever seen.

    7:55 PM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    lookin at the nl stat board, wright is all over the place. i understand why people are sayin mvp chants. i just think its too early.

    8:46 PM

    Anonymous Bush, G.W. said...

    "Yeah... I am the future of this nation ;)"-Too late Benny I already mortgaged your future to India and China. But enjoy the oil anyhoo.

    8:51 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Hey Jake, lay off cricket, you might not get it but 2 billion people love it and Indians and Pakistani's have to move their army's away from the border when they play each other in case it gets too exciting and some pissed off soldier starts taking potshots at the neighbors!

    Did you see the Borat on Ai G when he went to the rodeo in Texas? He passed around his family pictures including the one of his sister spread eagled butt naked!! The good ole boys were laughing their asses off!

    I liked the episode where the gay character went to spring break and wrestled with a bunch of jock wrestlers! Man what a great show!

    9:08 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Worst guy on the team? The guy who updates that little box on the upper left hand side of the screen! That guy is soooo fucking slow and is wrong so damn much!

    9:42 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    Is it too early to get a Magic Number count going?

    8:55 AM

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