Monday, November 19, 2007

One Thing I Think Really Bores Me

In case you didn't know, Peter King (of SI) watches games in a fancy room at NBC, regularly exchanges text messages with Trent Green or just about any other white veteran in the league and enjoys a latte while traveling around the Mid-Atlantic states where he occassionally watches game from inside of a stadium. This is apparently news. About football.

What used to be a fine column (Monday Morning Quarterback) is now the cult of no-personality every week. It is a shame. And I think it bores me. I still go back and read some weeks but am almost always greeted by passages like this now infamous excerpt from a few weeks back:

"Is it my imagination, or does Romo lead the league in smiling?"

I gave it another try this morning (because of the Jets) and was predictably underwhelmed. Surprisingly, I'm not interested in Peter's trip to Albany to see Springsteen this weekend. And I'm from Jersey and like Bruce. A lot. King went to the show with a producer from HBO. Did you know that Peter King does television? Oh, you didn't? Well, he does. And, you don't.

Clutch [kluc - h]:

transitive verb
1. to grasp, seize, or snatch with a hand or claw
2. to grasp or hold eagerly or tightly

intransitive verb
1. to snatch or seize (at)
2. to engage the clutch of an automobile, etc.

noun
1. a claw or hand in the act of seizing
2. a device for gripping or clawing, as in a crane
3. a woman's small handbag with no handle or strap
4. Matt Ryan, quarterback of the Boston College Eagles

You can have Tim Tebow for the first three quarters and ten minutes of the football game. He is a man-child powered by faith and gatorade. But with the game on the line there is no one else on the Earth who I would want leading my team down the field than Matty Ice.

On Saturday night Ryan lead the Eagles to a come-from-behind victory in Death Valley against the 15th-ranked Clemson Tigers by throwing a 46-yard touchdown pass with under 2 minutes to go, clinching BC's first appearance in the ACC Championship Game.

Additional Reading: The Aura of Matt Ryan [ESPN.com]

Monday's Starting Five

(and the best from the weekend)

1) MUST-READ for Knicks fans: a great article by Frank Isola of the News, dated from Friday. It's a phenomenal and seemingly genuine appraisal of how far the Knicks have fallen from the days of Ewing, Grunfeld and Checketts. It's two parts nostalgia and seventeen parts anger.

2) Should he stay? Or should he go? Now. The Post says Isiah isn't going to be fired while The News says he might be. With an off-day today the next few hours should decide who will be on the sideline for tomorrow night's game. And, if the Knicks get shellacked by the Warriors then what better reason to give thanks on Thursday than a new coach and a new general manager? Perhaps Jerry West and Herb Williams...

3) Garnett shocks press by admitting that "We're not perfect," after the apparently fallible C's lose for the first time at the hands of the Orlando Magic.

4) Mets give 32-year old, second baseman Luis Castillo 4 years in new deal: After losing Yorvit Torrealba in ways that I have yet to actually decipher and hearing that Glavine was signing with the Braves for a song, this relatively long-term pact with Castillo smacks of panic. And while Castillo was one of the only Mets (along with Wright and Alou) who could find his way around the bases in September it seems like four years is a stretch. He is 32 and is having knee surgery this offseason. He might not be playing in 4 years. In spite of all that, if the net result of this weekend is that we'll have a three-time Gold Glove winner at second and Castro crouching behind the plate on Opening Day then I am very happy. I always wanted Castillo back (just at a better price) and most every Mets fan has wanted Castro to get his shot for a while now. The guy hit a home run last year every 13.09 at bats, seventh best in the Majors. He was eighth best in RBI per plate apperances as well.

5) And, by the power of Curtis Martin, the Jets win a game. Against the Steelers. Who are very good. Or at least were supposed to be. In the "every silver-lining has a cloud" department, the Steelers were the team that I was hoping would be able to knock off the Pats in the playoffs. But now I'm not so sure. EIther way, it was such a relief to see the Jets playing well over the course of an entire game. Finally. They ran the ball better than they have any time this season. Thomas Jones looked every bit the player he was last year for the Bears en route to becoming the first RB to roll up 100+ yards on the Steelers since Edge did it in 2005. Young Kellen looked shaky at times and his unecessary spike (we would have had forty seconds to run 3 plays into the endzone) could easily have cost us the game. But they won and that is the most important stat for any QB. Just as Chad. I think we need to get Curtis on the sideline (he can hang out with his ol' buddies Chad and Laveranues) for the rest of the year if this is how his former teammates will respond.

"I believe you'd get your ass kicked sayin' something like that, man."

After a weekend away from the Knicks and the city I'm back in my office space with a case of the Mondays and a lot of ground to cover. Not surprisingly, the Knicks lost the second two games of their west coast swing. Isiah still has a job. Marbury is still coming off the bench. And, the team is still a laughing stock.