2013 Sucks: No Hockey, Giants or Jets


nhl-lockout-2012-gary-bettman-ap_606NEW YORK, NY – I hope everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are still going strong. Mine are shot to sh*t already. And hopes of a resolution to the NHL “labor dispute” are fading. Another two weeks have sped by since my last column and another two weeks have motored on without hockey. It looks like the sides are relatively close to a deal, but they’re still far enough apart in some areas that a season still doesn’t look likely. The Players’ Association chose not to decertify Wednesday, which seemed like a sign that negotiations were progressing towards a resolution. But as of yet there is no deal and the union could still decertify. Gary Bettman has set a deadline of January 11th for any deal that would salvage a 48 game season. So they’ve got a week to sort this sh*t out.

There is some hockey going on; the USA beat America’s Hat (Canada), to advance to the finals of the World Junior Championships in Russia. On Saturday, they’ll face defending champions Sweden in the finals. Sweden beat the hosts in the other semifinal. Check out the final if you’re awake Saturday morning. NHL Network will be airing it… what else are they gonna show?

greendouchesElsewhere, there have been some good bowl games and a lot of bad ones. It was great to see Florida get their asses handed to them by Louisville in the Sugar Bowl Wednesday night. And last night’s Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and K-State was fairly entertaining. The big game comes Monday as ‘Bama and Our Lady battle for the National Championship. The Irish are ten-point dogs to the Tide but I think the game will be closer than that. Our Lady will keep it close but Alabama will take it in the end.  It will be a good game though. I’m sure Sully from Worcester and every other intolerable 1/64th Irish guy with a shamrock tattoo on his wrist will be at every bar with an Irish sounding name on Monday for the game. I’ll watch it from home. Thanks.

RGIIIThe NFL playoffs start this weekend. No local interest in the post-season so I’ll leave it to Cheesy Bruin to handicap this round of games… I would like to congratulate Angry Ward on his Minnesota Vikings making it to the Lombardi Tournament. This week will be very different from last week, though. I don’t think the Vikes have another one in them with this edition at Lambeau… Sunday we’ll get to see RGIII make his playoff debut as the Skins take on the Seahawks. Being a Giants fan, I hope Washington gets crushed. No offense to Mrs. Matt, who for some reason likes the Skins.

amareAfter losing Amar’e’s first game back, the Knickerbockers crushed the red-hot Spurs last night. Yes, I’m still watching basketball. Thanks again Dude.  The Knicks have a healthy five-game lead over the Brooklynettes and trail only the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. Now that they’ve shown that it is possible to win games with Stoudemire in the lineup, let’s hope he stays healthy and the Knicks keep winning. If hockey isn’t coming back, I’ll need the Knicks to take me through another 40 days or so until pitchers and catchers report.

That’s it for now, Dr. Diz manana.

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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.

  • Johnny Rox

    This is too much!

    I’m not sure I could root for the Jets anymore!!!

    It was the Tat bro, it pushed me over the edge!!!


    • vinny from brooklyn

      and i keep wondering who is worse between the jets and mets. go nets?

      • vinny from brooklyn: We can only hope that you’re not a fan of Tall Matt’s Isles.

    • AngryWard

      What the hell is up with that tattoo on Rex Ryan? His wife in a Sanchez jersey??? Bwahahaha. Talk about a mistake. Does he have the name Woody Johnson tattooed on his pecker?

      • Diff

        It’s hard to believe that he has that tattoo. Did he lose a bet? The Jets have become an absolute joke of a franchise.

      • Johnny Rox

        AW that would be redundant! I think Rex just has “Woody” tatt’d ON his Johnson!!!


    • You’re getting Norv Turner!

      • Johnny Rox

        I heard, it’s GOTTA be a HUGE improvement!!!

        Seems like a good fit at least! Him and Rex know each other for years, and now Rex got him there!!! AND, He did a pretty good job with Troy Aikman!

        He’s got his hands full now though!!!

        We’ll see!


  • Cam_James

    Notre Dame is going to get pounded so hard they will be praying to have their innocence back come Wednesday mass. 10 point dog is being generous. This game is set to play out like an SEC game. It will likely be Bama by single digits at half then the superior conditioning and athleticism will take over in the second and they will win by 20.

    • Diff

      I hope you’re right.

    • We got two St. Louis Blues tickets that says your wrong.
      (Good only for games played by next weekend).

  • AngryWard

    Diz, as far as the Vikes go, I’ll go along with Clancy’s analysis: they’ll either win by a field goal or get blown out.

    • Diff

      Unfortunately I think it will be the latter, AW.

    • A-Dubya, put down your father-in-law’s scotch. This is Diff, not Diz…

  • Diff, good job as usual. The NHL owners who are fed up with Bettman need to push their more influential colleagues (namely Jeremy Jacobs) to move off the hard-line stance. As any Bruins fan will tell ya, Jacobs is a cheap you-know-what and Bettman probably shares a bottle of Manishewicz during Seder with him. The World Juniors has been entertaining, though.

    • Diff

      As a Cornell grad, I officially apologize to the world for Gary Bettman.

      • Don’t you dare, Diff! We don’t apologize for Jerry Philbin’s flubs! (He went to SUNY Buffalo)…

  • Marcel Dionne

    They must and will get hockey back up this season! As Dave Taylor is my witness, I swear they will!

    • Diff

      You must know something I don’t, MD. I just don’t see this season happening. Of course I’d be more than happy to be wrong.

      • Bernie Nichols just called – said Monsieur Dionne is onto something.

  • Diff… We’re as bummed about the Rangers not chasing a Cup thus far but the Knicks… and Nets… have our attention. And the Giants don’t ever have to win another football game in our lifetime. Just think David Tyree and all is good. For Jets/Mets fans that like the Isles, however, the NHL lockout is a good thing.

  • Johnny Rox

    I know B-Ball gets VERY little love here, but J.R. Smith is pushing the Knicks over the hump! I’m not just talking about the absolutely SICK reverse alley-oop either!!! His overall play is making them a VERY difficult to match up against!

    Sucks for the Nets and Nets fans! The Nets are finally playing like one of the top teams in the NBA, but are STILL only the second best basketball team in NY!


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