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The Morning After: October 1, 2008

Al Davis is officially bat-shit crazy.  Not only did he fire Lane Kiffin, but tried to destroy him in the process.  Our favorite line from his press conference, “Chris Mortenesen is a Professional Liar.”  Well, that may be true.  Here are some other highlights, followed by the less tame video.  If anyone finds the video with him going really coo coo, please link it or email it to me.

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See You In November

For reasons already discussed, I am outta heeeere for the next month as far as commenting.  You can still expect regular posts from me, but I will not be able to respond at all to you in this forum.  You can still contact me at spartyandfriends@gmail.com with any complaints, disagreements or love notes.  I will miss you all and by the time I return, the Pistons will starting their march to regaining their glory, The WCNYFG will be 8-0 7-0, and the Tampa Bay Rays will be World Series Champions.  See ya then.

Sacramento Kings Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28th at 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here.  We’ve knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the Express Grizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the horns antlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, kept Pace, and now we put the King in check…

The Sacramento Kings are essentially the same team that they were last year. No, seriously. They changed just about nothing from their team last year. Well, they did lose Ron Artest. He’s kind of good and stuff. So? What’s the big deal? You can just start John Salmons instead of Ron Artest. That’s not that big of a deal. Right? Right? Continue reading

The Weekend That Was College Football: 9/30

Keeping with the trend that in 2007 so nicely blessed us with our first 2-loss National Champion since the 1960 Minnesota Golden Gophers, everyone that could get knocked off this weekend, got knocked off. The beneficiary? Sure as hell wasn’t the Pac-10…nor the SEC…try the Big 12. That’s right, the Big 12 has 4 top 10 teams. Continue reading

The Morning After: September 30, 2008

Well fellas, and Jen, this is it.  Today is my last day here at S&Fs as a commenter until the month of November rolls along.  In the spirit of the bet, I have to refrain from responding in posts to whatever Cmfost has to say, no matter how moronic or ignorant it may be.  Of the million stupid Shanoff like predictions, he got this one right, no baseball for the Yanks in October.  Don’t mind that he missed the collapse of the Rays, or that Joe Girardi would be fired, or every single time he broke down a series with the pitching match-ups. Damn blind squirrel finding a damn nut. Continue reading

No Baseball in NY

The Mets and the Yankees did not qualify for October baseball.  I know you are all still shocked by this.  About a month ago I declared the Yankees done for the season.  There was no final push from the Bronx Bombers, and the Mets still had a really good shot at the postseason.  They were 3 1/2 games up with 17 games left.  Like last season, they were unable to hold onto their division lead, or grab the Wild Card.  Both teams have extremely high payrolls, and obviously the Yankees players salaries are much more obscene than anyone.  But then again, the Mets had that lead.  The Yankees were counting on a young group of unproven pitching, that created a early season hole they never quite dug themselves out of.  The Mets were holding onto the hope of a savior in Johan Santana, and the return Pedro Martinez.  Ultimately both teams struggled with getting timely hitting late in games (looking at you Jeter, A-Rod and David Wright).  How could two teams, that have combined payrolls of about 350 million dollars not be playing in October?  Better question, who is the bigger disappointment?  Who takes the blame for these collapses?

Indiana Pacers Season Preview 2008-2009

Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview time. There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 28th at 8pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Celtics’ case). You can find the full list of our previews here.  We’ve knocked off the Heat, got hate mail about the Thunder, had a guest writer for the Express Grizz, praised the T-Wolves marketing team, got lazy and had a Clip show, went to the circus that is the Knicks roster, took the Buck by the horns antlers, met a cat named “Bob”, ran with the Bulls and a “(pat)phish”, we put it in the Net, and now we try to just keep Pace…

The Indiana Pacers haven’t been the same since the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills. “The Malice at the Palace” as some have come to know it, will be forever imprinted in the history of this team. The Pacers have tried to erase the memory of the basketbrawl from people’s minds by getting rid of Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neal, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Johnson, and Reggie Miller. (OK, they didn’t try to get rid of Reggie. But could you imagine if they called him in and said, “Listen, Reggie. We know you have been the symbol of this franchise for a while now and have played here for 14 seasons and that you were planning on retirement at the end of the season. Understanding the fact that you can still play, we are going to cut you because of the one game suspension the league gave you for your role in the brawl. We just can’t have that kind of image on our team. Sorry.” How great would that be!?!) The problem is that the first three players on that list are really good and they didn’t get much for them in return. Getting rid of your three best players for 30 cents on the dollar equals… Continue reading