RIP Joe McKnight, NY Knicks Don’t Suck and Bruce Arena


Joe McKnight, New York Jets, April 2010 (AP Photo)

EL BRONX, EL BARRIO – After breaking the no politics rules last time, I wasn’t sure I was going to get a pinch-hit call. But I guess desperate times or Bar Golf calls for desperate measures or the Jun-wah. So with that, let’s move on to this week’s piece. Starting with my Song of the Week and it’s good positive vibe, which I dedicate to our fearless leader, Microscopic Matt for being a good friend, I’ll then focus on the following: RIP Joe McKnight, NY Knicks Don’t Suck and Bruce Arena.

Let’s begin with the music…

Never Let Me Down:  I had a really busy week and surprisingly, that involved talking with Mini Matt quite a bit. We planned out articles for partner site Rugby Wrap Up and other things. Matt turned out to be right about the young kids he brought on board to help as  I juggle with one hand and an eye-patch with a baby, new job and all. Because off of our friendship, my Song of the Week is… Never Let Me Down.

Now for the sports…

Joe McKnight: We were shocked to find out that former Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot dead earlier this week in a possible road-rage dispute. McKnight was one of these high school stars, #1 in the nation, that was good but not great in college. He went to USC and was expected to be the next Reggie Bush. McKnight was not Bush II but he was a quality player. He unfortunately was one of these players that could not turn into a big time pro. He spent 3 years with the Jets before he went to KC for a year and then the CFL. McKnight becomes the second NFL player killed by gunshot in New Orleans this year in a traffic incident. Sad but true. Rest in Peace young man.

NY Knicks don’t suck : The Knicks are 10-9. They are 1 game above .500 and 3rd  in the Atlantic division. That maybe not be much but when you have seen how bad these Knicks have been for so long, especially the last few seasons, I’ll take it. They are not gonna challenge the Cavaliers for the title but they just might be good enough to make the playoffs and considering how starved NY fans are of playoff basketball they will take it. 8th seed is good enough in the heart of most Knick fans, like Buddy Diaz.

Bruce Arena: The USA finally got rid of that fraud of a coach Jurgen Klinsmann. After losing the first two games of the final qualifying round  for World Cup 2020, US Soccer released Klinsmann and brought back Bruce Arena, seen in pic to the left drinking champagne after winning MLS title. FYI, Bruce Arena is NOT where DJ Eberle’s Bills or Sabres play. This will be Arena’s third tour of duty with the national team. But with the organization in the hole and needing to qualify and a guy that knows the program, Arena was the best man for the job. Come on Brucie, we are all counting on you.

That’s all I have… Please come back tomorrow for The Man that is everywhere and nowhere, Cheesy Bruin… And feel free to leave your thoughts below and follow us on Twitter – @JunoirBlaber & @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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Junoir Blaber is from Ghana but was transplanted to the Bronx as a young lion chaser. Blaber is the Rain Man of Meet The Matts and is a featured contributor on MTM global partner, Rugby Wrap Up. The name “Junoir” is not a cool African name. Instead, Blaber mis-typed “Junoir” on his Facebook page. But proving that two wrongs indeed do make a right, he embraced his new persona – [June-noire]… Manute Bol is his uncle and his teams are the Mets, Jets, Knicks & NY Rangers… And Manchester United. He knows soccer. [Vomit]. P.s… He has webbed toes and came be followed on Twitter here: @JunoirBlaber

  • benwhit

    I don’t know much about soccer, but isn’t there anyone new deserving a shot? Third time’s a charm?

    • Junoir Blaber

      Well first its football. Just kidding. the truth is the USA has made the World Cup every year since 1990. Because of that success it had the MLS in 1995. For the game to grow, the USA must keep qualifying.

      Thanks to Herr Klinsman the USA lost 2-1 to Mexico at home and 4-0 to Costa Rica on the road. This means that that are 0-2 with a -5 goal difference with 8 games left to play. They are in the Hex round which is 6 teams play home and away and the top 3 nations make the big show. The USA is now place 5 out of 6. With only 8 game over the next year, there is not enough time to bring someone new to the USA program that needs to get a feel for America and the players. They need someone who knows how things work and can grind out results and get the USA to the big show. Arena in his first two tours of duty got the USA to the world cup and a round of 16 finish in one and finishing third in a pool and missing out on the knockout phase. The key is he got the team to the big show and when you need someone who can do that on short notice and knows the program, it had to be Bruce. The only other guy is coaching Europe and Bruce was available. Also if you think qualifying should be easy because the USA should only be challenged by Mexico, check out this Gatorade ad and the insanity the players have to go through. It doesn’t show the fans throwing bottles and bags of piss at you.

  • Cheesybruin

    Stevie Zungle and Branco Sagota for the MISL New York Arrows and the 70’s era Cosmos is where soccer begins and ends for me. I’ll watch the World Cup every four years but that’s enough.

    • Junoir Blaber

      Wow, long before my time

  • AngryWard

    Can’t believe the cops released the guy who shot McKnight. Eh, you know what? I guess I CAN believe it. And that’s sad. The Knicks are indeed good enough to make the playoffs, but that’s about it.

    • Junoir Blaber

      I am not surprised. The laws south of the Mason Dixon get real weird.

      The Knicks are good enough, I wouldn’t bet a breakfast on them. When are you and Clancy gonna collect on that?

      • AngryWard

        We are ready to collect NOW.

        • jglancy

          Pick a date!

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