NY Mets fire Manager Mickey Callaway #MetsTwitter #LGM

The Mickey Callaway era with the NY Mets is now over, and I can admit, I was wrong.

When the Mets named Callaway the manager back on October 23rd in 2017, I was all-in. I believed in what Callaway did as a pitching coach and his belief in analytics and it being used in baseball. While Mickey wasn’t my first choice (Alex Cora) I felt Mickey was the best next thing.

I was so confident in the hire that I talked trash on Twitter and referred to Callaway as a top 5 managing candidate at the time.

Clearly, I am not ready to be a GM yet, LOL!

Callaway struggled with handling the bullpen, although I will give him a pass for the most part when it comes to the pen. The talent wasn’t there and it’s difficult to manage a pen when relievers are not doing their jobs. What could not be forgiven was Callaway’s in-game moves with pinch hitters and being out maneuvered by opposing managers.

A perfect example of this was a couple of weeks ago, with the Mets in the hunt for the playoffs. Callaway allowed the Phillies to pinch-hit Bryce Harper to hit against Tyler Bashlor (Righty), and explained he wanted to get Phillies regular old reliever Mike Morin out of game. We are not talking about Mariano Rivera here…

While it’s not great that the Mets must find a new manager, this is different from previous years. This is a Mets team that has talent, a young core in Pete Alonso, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Confronto, and a pitching staff that is formidable (Jacob deGrom). For the first time in a long-time, this is team that can attract top managerial candidates.

Of the top candidates, Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi would be at the top of my list. As of right now the word is Maddon will head west to take the Angels job. If that’s the case Joe Girardi would have to be the guy previous experience handling the NYC market and not afraid of the bright lights.

But…

If I had a dark horse, Houston Astros’ manager AJ Hinch, who could be looking for a challenge and good friends with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

NFL Voluntary OTAs are just that VOLUNTARY!

I hate that y’all make me do this, lol.

As a Giants’ fan I don’t want to defend Odell Beckham Jr because he’s no longer a GIANT!

New Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said the following during voluntary OTAs when asked about Beckham’s absence

“I just want to see him”

What did he miss?

“A lot — the offense”

Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

Last week Kitchens downplayed Beckham’s absence from voluntary OTAs

“I have never disputed the fact that it’s not important for him to be here, but it’s also also important for him to be mentally ready to be here,’’ said Kitchens. “I’m not giving him an out by any stretch of imagination, and nobody here knows the conversations that Odell and I have. I’m just saying it is better for him to be here when he can present his best self – emotionally, physically, everything.’’

It never fails when summer rolls around and NFL teams start their voluntary OTA programs; the media, fans and coaches talk about players who don’t participate in voluntary workouts. And it’s the fans that trip me out the most. These fans should take a look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, would you go into work voluntarily if given the choice?

Of all the criticisms of Odell, there is no disputing his work ethic when it comes to practice and knowing the offense. Browns’ receiver coach Adam Henry stated

“He’s a worker,”

“He’s a guy who works hard. He’s always in condition. You’ve got to save him from himself when he’s practicing because he’ll just go and go and go. He’s like the young person with the ball. If there’s a ball being thrown or kicked, he wants it. He wants to play. So even in the course of practice, the offense may not be going, the defense is going, he’s doing something. He’s a busybody that way.”

Cleveland.com

So Cleveland relax, stop the shaming, and enjoy the show Odell and Baker Mayfield about to put on for you.

According to Merriam-Webster



As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!



Happy Bornday Carmelo Anthony!!!

Happy Bornday Melo!

Those who know me, know I have definitely caped for Melo over the years. He’s a Cuse guy who brought a National Championship to Syracuse, and he took on the challenge of trying to bring a NBA chip back to NYC.

Even though he fell way short in NYC, I still appreciate he wanted the challenge. I can only hope he will now get another shot to end his career on a higher note than where it is now.

Rex Chapman Compares Zion Williamson to Rodney Rogers… and it’s a Good Comparison!

Ever since Zion Williamson‘s 1st collegiate game with the Duke Blue Devils, people have been obsessed with making him the undisputed #1 NBA Draft pick in 2019. This has led to struggling Knicks’ fans to dream about Zion wearing a Knicks uniform playing next to Kristaps Porzingis

I am not one of those Knicks fans clamoring for Zion, don’t get me wrong he is an athletic freak that can jump out of the gym. He’s dominating college kids with his 6’7′ (or 6’6”), 285 lb frame, but I’m hesitant how his game will translate from college to the pros. And I discussed my apprehension on Twitter, which led to a nice back and forth with fellow Knicks fan @PauliePancakes5 and Brooklyn Nets lover @AdamOrecchio 

As I went thru listing what I believe are Zion’s negatives, Adam replied with positives that made sense. And then Paulie said the following…

At that time I believe I replied with, good comparison but I think Rogers had a better jumper and post-up game then Zion. I didn’t think much of the comparison after that until today, when Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) retweeted former NBA player Rex Chapman‘s (@rexrex_chapman) tweet

I definitely needed the video to remind me how much of a beast Rodney Rogers was in college, DAMN!!!! Zions outweighs Rogers by approximately 50 lbs but the height, athleticism and ferocious finishes at the rim compares favorably.

So shout out to Rex and I guess [sigh] props to Paulie for the Zion / Rogers comparison, but at the end of the day I still wouldn’t take Zion #1

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!



Photo Credit: Sporting News

Milwaukee Bucks Website Clowns the NY Knicks

What’s that old saying?

To the Victors Belong the Spoils

New York Senator William L Marcy (1831)

Well the Bucks website is straight shootin’ at the Knicks with no regard, as the Bucks have pretty much owned the Knicks over their last 15 games against each other. Calling Giannis Antetokounmpo The King of New York, mentioning Giannis play against the Knicks being similar to how Michael Jordan would put in work at Madison Square Garden. Stating that New York and the Knicks is just a stage for superstars to show out.

Anyway, as Jordan showed in the 90s, the optimal function of the Knicks in the NBA is to provide a cinematic setting for an opponent to beat them both routinely and savagely. Our pal Giannis, with his thousands of fans waiting for him outside MSG after beating the Knicks, has stepped into this role nicely, and we thank him for it.

Mil Bucks

And that was only the beginning…

While complimenting Kristaps Porzingis, they managed to still take a shot at the Knicks

Genuinely it is too bad that Porzingis is hurt because these games are way more fun when he — the only worthy foe to Giannis — is in there.


Next up…

Lance Thomas. The poor fella guarded Giannis on his step-back game-winner in the Garden. When people think of Lance Thomas (and I am not sure they do!), they should probably think of this.

And of course they left the most fire for Mario Hezonja who dunked on and stepped over Giannis in their last meeting…

Mario Hezonja. Arguably the worst player on a dreadful Knicks team, Hezonja was most recently seen getting a DNP-CD in a loss in a “battle” between perhaps the two worst teams in basketball (Knicks, Hawks). Hezonja, who has fewer dunks this season (8) than Giannis has had in individual games this season, will go down in NBA history as the person whose **** were put on warning by Giannis. Happy Holidays!

WOW!

Man listen, Giannis is a beast on the court and the Bucks are a good team, and these are not Giannis words in disrespecting the Knicks, but every man on the Knicks have to take this personal and send a message Christmas Day. Not looking for a brawl or anything but the Knicks have to come out with fire and passion on the court.

The Knicks may lose the game but you can’t get blown out, leaving the court with your head down. Time to not only stand-up for yourself but also the Knicks fans that pack MSG nightly. The Knicks will not make the playoffs, but here’s a chance to give real Knicks fans something to cheer for the rest of this season.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!



Carmelo Anthony to Start Tonight for the Houston Rockets #STA7Melo #ItsOnBrodway

The Houston Rockets with Chris Paul (Missing time due to suspension) and James Harden are off to a 1-3 start, and so far newest Rocket Carmelo Anthony has not done much coming off the bench. Melo has talked about having to adjust to coming off the bench, but it seems like Mike D’Antoni is willing to give Melo a shot at starting to jump start the Rockets.

You know Melo has been wanting this, but it remains to be seen if the results will be any different. Even though the season just started, this Melo looks like the OKC Melo who just camped behind the 3-point line.

I know Melo can no longer carry a team, but he should be able to give a team like the Rockets effective minutes. Everyone talks about ‘Olympic Melo’ but what happened to “Bully Ball’ Melo in the post? Why not run a couple of plays for him in the post?

Ok, ok enough of all that, I am not here to be a Melo apologist. I just wanted to give a lil commentary about Melo making his first start for the Rockets tonight. To be honest i am not expecting much, but at the same time I hope nothing but the best for the guy 

One last thing, you know Melo had to be sitting on the bench during this 1-3 start channeling the high school football legend Bobbie Miles (Friday Night Lights)

HAHAHA, I can see Melo now, “Y’all wanna win, put Melo in… I’m bout to spin!”

#STA7MELO



As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!