Sports Snippets

  • Sooo…Super Bowl XLIX is now set. The Seattle Seahawks are going to the big dance for the second year in a row, and they’ll be up against the New England Patriots. Just like last year, I’ve got no dog in the hunt. More than anything, I’m looking forward to watching the Super Bowl at home with both of my boys, since my Navy son is home on leave. Both times when the Giants won the Super Bowl, we were all in different parts of the world.
  • And it seems like the media can’t get past the scandal of Deflate Gate, where someone on the Patriots deflated the game balls. Why is anyone surprised by this? It’s the Pats we’re talking about here. Not the first time they’ve been caught cheating—and probably won’t be the last.
  • The Islanders are definitely the real deal this season, at the top of the Metropolitan division of the NHL. Rangers are currently in fourth place, and couldn’t get past their Long Island rivals for the third time this season. There was some question about whether the game would take place this past Tuesday, after the blizzard that hammered eastern Long Island, but spared the City. The roads and public transit were reopened earlier in the day, and the game went on as scheduled.
  • Knicks are still playing doo-doo ball. Their play is so ugly that a group of fans have taken to putting bags over their heads. They’re a team that only a mother could love. Ironically, the team is worth $2.5 billion, second only to the Lakers. And viewership is best in the league, with 600,000 viewers per game. Go figure.
  • What’s old is new again…Steve Spagnuolo has returned to the Giants as their Defensive Coordinator. Maybe now we’ll have some hope for Big Blue. Their defense last season was abysmal. Welcome back, Spags!
  • MSG, still the place where magic happens…Duke University’s Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski, gets his 1000th win against the Red Storm of St. John’s.
  • Farewell Tour 2…Race car driver Jeff Gordon will retire from NASCAR at the end of this year’s season. If you haven’t seen his Pepsi commercial where he takes an unsuspecting car dealer for a joyride (and a skeptical reporter who can’t believe it’s true), check it on YouTube. It’s a real hoot.
  • And so long…As a self-respecting Rangers fan, I thought I could never a fan of the New Jersey Devils. That is, until Martin Brodeur joined the team. He’s punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame, and he’s one of the best goalies to ever play the game. This week, he announced his retirement from the game. He played briefly with the St. Louis Blues after his 21 years with the Devils, and will now be a senior advisor with the Blues. Good luck, Marty!
  • Listened to an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with sportscaster Al Michaels where he talked about his new memoir, shared some great memories, and about broadcasting his ninth Super Bowl. I especially appreciated his advice for aspiring sportscasters, which did my heart proud as a member of Phi Beta Kappa: “…I tell kids who want to get into the business, you have to…take journalism courses…And take a bunch of English courses too. Learn how to speak the language and to use the language and to use it appropriately. Get a good liberal arts education. And to me…that would be the formula for getting into this business these days.” They played the moment when he called the end of the Gold Medal hockey game between the USA and Russia back in 1980, the “Miracle on Ice.” Still gave me chills, and tears to my eyes.
  • December 29, 2014, marked one year since the ski accident that left F1 race car driver Michael Schumaker with serious head injuries. Love and prayers to him and his family.
  • President for Life: I’m sure that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is glad for all of the media attention given to Deflate Gate. Soccer great Luis Figo is the latest candidate to put his hat in the ring in an attempt to unseat the man who has been president of soccer’s governing body since 1998. I wish him luck but I don’t think he has a snowball’s chance in hell. If the latest scandals weren’t enough to take Blatter down, well, this current crop of candidates will be chump change. Gotta tell ya, if he could win based on looks, he’d get my vote!
  • Finally, there’s a hashtag trending on Twitter, #RuinAWeddingin5Words – and here’s the best one I’ve seen out of the bunch:

And that’s the snip!

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