Greetings, and welcome to yet another edition of The Blog About Nothing. We’ve come to late October, and the New York Mets have made it to the World Series. It’s a great time to be a New Yorker! Well, it’s always a great time to be from the best City on Earth. New York, New York. So nice that they named it twice. Too bad our basketball teams still suck though. Low blow, Earl. Low blow. Anyway, welcome to the blog and let’s see what I got going on this week.
As I stated in the opening paragraph, the Mets are World Series bound. I was only 4 years old when the Mets won the World Series in 1986, and I have no memories of it all. I do remember the 2000 Subway Series. I was 18 then. I remember watching Game 1 at a T.G.I.Friday’s and I remember wearing a Mets cap in a sea of Yankees fans. Safe to say for those of us who rep the Mets, that series was not a good time. Nope. The crosstown Yankees whooped that ass and won another World Series.
Fifteen years later the Mets, led by their stellar young aces and a surging Daniel Murphy, the Mets look to bring another title home to New York City. Their opponent will either be the Kansas City Royals or the Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals lead the series 3 games to 2 and will look to close out the series at home. As a Mets fan I am happy that they are in the World Series, but I’m also a Blue Jays fan so I’m hoping the Jays can come back and make my dream series come through.
I have a lot of love for Toronto. Starting at a young age, I made multiple trips up North every summer to visit good family friends. My “uncle” (the quotation marks because he’s not a blood relative, but he gets that term out of respect and because he’s a bit of a father figure for me) loves all things Toronto sports and that love got picked up by me. I’ve been to SkyDome on a few occasions, and as I sit here wearing an old Blue Jays hat, I would love nothing more for Blue Jays vs. Mets to become a reality.
If it does, I have no rooting favorite. I’ll be happy either way. Honest. As much as I would love to see a parade down the Canyon of Heroes if the Mets won, I’d be equally as happy to see a celebration at the Rogers Centre (I hate that name, for it will always be the SkyDome in my mind) if the Jays won. So I have no predictions, I have no rooting interest. If it’s Mets vs. Jays, I’ll be happy.
However, if it’s Mets vs. Royals? Mets in 5 games. The Mets aces are on fire, as is Daniel Murphy slugging the ball. The Royals can’t get in the way of that momentum and they will not.
The baseball season comes to an end at the same time the basketball season kicks off. The Mets are the darlings of New York City right now, because the Knicks and Nets sure as hell are not. Well, I think the Knicks might make the playoffs. Yes, they won 17 games last season but I like the ho-hum additions they made in the offseason. No big names, but guys like Robin Lopez, and Kyle O’Quinn are role players who can have some good nights in the triangle. Plus the East is still a weak division. If the Knicks can go from 17 wins to close to 40 wins, which I think is possible as long as Carmelo Anthony can stay healthy then they are definitely a playoff team.
The Nets? Awful. I had the pleasure of seeing them struggle, in person at the Barclays Center, against the Boston Celtics a few nights ago. The Celtics are another team full of ho-hum talent and they cleaned the Nets’ clock. The problem with the Brooklyn Nets is this: they have no players. Brook Lopez is a good big man, but he is not a player that can lead a team. With the roster the Nets have they would need Brook to be a transcendent player and that is not in his D.N.A. A team with no players, and draft picks they don’t own until 2020 means that a gorgeous arena such as the Barclays Center might be half full for a few more seasons. That sucks since if any place deserves a winner, it is Brooklyn.
Last week I dedicated my blog to Lamar Odom, and I am happy to hear that he is doing better. A week ago it sounded like he wasn’t going to make it, but this week he’s communicating and recovering in a Los Angeles area hospital. He’s also back with Khloe Kardashian. Not sure how I feel about that, but like the memes I’ve seen floating around the internet: Lamar Odom might be the first person to actually save his marriage with coke and hookers.
Bad joke aside, I’m happy that Lamar is on the comeback and I hope that this incident reinforces the fact that the man needs a strong support system around him. He also needs to be removed from the limelight in order to get himself back on track. I’m unsure if that will happen, but at least it does appear he has some people in his corner. As I stated last week, I consider him a peer, due to our close age and growing up as products of New York in the 1990s, but I do not know the man. I don’t know what’s best for him.
I’m just part of the chorus of voices all suggesting what he needs. I don’t know what he needs, what he wants, and what he hopes for going forward. What I do know is that he needs some serious help. I hope he gets it, and I hope that the next time we hear of Lamar Odom in the news it’s for something positive.
I’m done. Thanks for reading.
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