MTM Christmas Spectacular, Knicks, A-Rod, Mets, NHL

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MTM Christmas Spectacular: Knicks, A-Rod, Mets, NHL

NEW YORK, NY – First let me apologize for my absence this past week. I’ve been jammed up at the office trying to cross all of my t’s and dot all of my lowercase j’s for the end of the year. Starting today, I’m on vacation until 2013. Today I’ll be spending most of the day catching up on some neglected Christmas movies including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, and A Muppet Christmas Carol… While on the subject of Christmas movies, lets take a look at some other Christmas classics and how they relate to the current state of New York sports.

It's A Wonderful Life with A-RodIt’s a Wonderful Life – Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod has to be thinking that it is a wonderful life after realizing that he will be paid almost $30 million a year for the next five years to do absolutely nothing. With Kevin Youkilis in pinstripes, Rodriguez won’t be playing much – if any – third base. And with his geriatric hips and ancient knees, he won’t be healthy enough to figure in the lineup very often. This all means that A-Rod will become the highest paid bench-warmer in history. And he’ll have plenty of time to hit on every “model” within earshot of the Yankees dugout. For Alex Rodriguez, it certainly is a Wonderful Life.

Miracle on 34th Street – New York Knickerbockers. With the Brooklynettes emigrating from Dirty Jersey to make their home at the Barclays Center and the hoopla that surrounded the move, the Knicks were just trying to stay relevant in the New York basketball discussion. But they stormed out to a brilliant start and have maintained their dominance since. They’re at the top of the heap in the East and its almost Christmas! Who woulda thunk it (Besides Dude and Nick Erbocker)? Considering how average the Knicks have been the past couple of seasons, their present high-flying position is a minor miracle. Dude has convinced me to give watching the Knicks a chance and without hockey, I pretty much have to. I have enjoyed the couple of games I’ve watched recently, so maybe this basketball thing will take with me.

KitchenerHow the Grinch Stole Christmas – Gary Bettman/NHL. Speaking of hockey, it’s time for my bi-weekly grumblings about the state of the NHL lockout. Hockey is definitely done for this year. Who knows? It may be done forever. With the current gap between the two sides, I can’t be optimistic that an agreement will ever be reached. Gary Bettman should be banned for life from hockey. He is one of the top five worst people to ever walk the Earth. For now, I’m stuck to watching juniors and college hockey. The Kitchener Rangers are my adopted team in the OHL - they wear their namesake’s jerseys and even use the grownup Rangers’ goal song.

Scrooged - Mets Fans. It’s been discussed already this week; Angry Ward dealt beautifully with it Wednesday. (Of all the Angry Wards in the world, he’s the Angry Wardiest). Anyway, Sandy Alderson and the Mets letting their ace R.A. Dickey move to the great white north has to leave a sour taste in Mets fans’ mouths. It was probably a prudent business decision, but it means another year where the Mets aren’t even trying.

Thats it for me today. I’m getting ready to watch Tyler Perry’s A Blaber Christmas

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Merry Christmahanukwanzakka to all!

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. "Diff" joined us just after the switch from being "Mets only" to an all-sports stop. He's a Yankee fan; thus he was "different." Aside from the Yanks, he's a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
  • Big Blue 56

    Bettman and Fehr should be fired. The money they cost people that rely on jobs is criminal.

    • http://twitter.com/Different_Matt Different Matt

      Its sickening. The sport has lost all the momentum from the past few years and now will be worse than it was after the last lockout. I don’t know how the NHL is going to recover from this. Especially in the non-hockey markets that the NHL is hell bent on stuffing hockey down the throats of.

  • http://twitter.com/Cookies_Corner Cookies Corner

    Frackin’ ARod’s got one expensive ass.

    I’d also like to say that the other day I caught some sports news and was STUNNED Jason Kidd is still playing… and he’s a KNICK. Who knew?!?!

    Vacation until 2013?!? Diff… something must’ve happened because I didn’t get my ticket to go with you. Dang… my bikini is all ready too.

    • http://twitter.com/Different_Matt Different Matt

      I’m not going anywhere Cookie. I plan on spending a lot of time doing absolutely nothing. There’s always room on the couch for you. And you can wear the bikini if you like.

      J. Kidd is playing and playing well – while not drunk driving of course.

      • Cookie

        excellent Diff! Copious amounts of coquito tends to turn up the heat…so you got some and I’ll be right over with a bikini.

  • Sam’s-A-Fan

    The Post was reporting what will be a gift to all Yankee fans in today’s edition. Carl “American Idle” Pavano is on the Mets’ radar.

    And a Merry Festivus to the rest of us!

    • Dude

      that is horrible news… we need an outfielder and some relief pitching. why on earth would they go after this a-hole?

    • http://twitter.com/Different_Matt Different Matt

      Thats brutal SAF. I wouldn’t wish Carl Pavano on anyone.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Different Matt, you’ve done it again! You’ve taken what many of us are thinking and laid it out there in black and white…

    NOTE: Please refresh your browser; The MTM Art Department was at the cast party for Les Mis and was tardy this moring.

  • Dude

    wow, i feel like a proud parent! glad you’ve come around on the Knicks diff… now if only we could get cookie on board, now that would be a miracle on 34th street. bettman and fehr are pure evil incarnate- its worse than the fiscal cliff posturing going on in the government. if this lockout ever ends and all the contracts are torn up as may happen its an even worse scenario… we had a great ranger team put together and we’ll never get a chance to see them play. pathetic. till then… go KNICKS!!!

    • Nick Erbocker

      Go Knicks! Thanks for the early Christmas present giving me some airtime! love the A-Rod picture.

    • http://twitter.com/Different_Matt Different Matt

      You’ve got me for now Dude. I needed something to watch. Go Knicks!

  • SentFromMyBlackberryWireless

    Olympic track star Suzy Favor Hamilton had double life as $600/hour Las Vegas call girl

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/olympian-worked-call-girl-article-1.1224594

    • Cam_James

      Sounds like the MTM staff namely me needs to go do some hands on research.

      • AngryWard

        For once the Daily News bested the Post on the headline to this story with: “On your mark. Get set. Ho!”

  • http://twitter.com/JunoirBlaber Junoir Blaber

    You Frogging Knute!! This is why I stop making you a FB friend!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Different_Matt Different Matt

      C’mon admit it. Thats a great picture of you.

  • Cam_James

    bah humbug. I was hoping to see aliens today.

    • http://twitter.com/Different_Matt Different Matt

      I hear you, Cam. I was looking forward to waking up to armageddon. Maybe next time.

  • http://twitter.com/CheesyBruin Cheesy Bruin

    All I want for Xmas is ten minutes with Gary Bettman so I can get all Milan Lucic on him. I’ll even drive the bastard to the hospital and wait until he’s released so I can open up the stitches on that c*ck sucking f*cking p*ssy.

  • Baby

    Go Knicks!!

  • Cutegirl

    Happy festivous!!!

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