Charles Bradley, LA Rams, SD Chargers and Those NY Knicks


EL BRONX, EL BARRIO – My phone was vibrating like crazy. I looked down and saw it was an SOS call from our fearless leader, Short Matt. Someone needed to step in and pinch hit on Friday. I don’t know how many pinch-hits before I can get the title of Pinch-Hit Matt. After all, I am bald and a Mets fans so it should be that easy… but I guess there is some MTM-style Senate hearing I must go through before I get it bestowed upon me. Anyway, in keeping with my new routine, I will give you a Song of the Week and then shift to sports. This week we will cover: Charles Bradley, LA Rams, SD Chargers, and Those NY Knicks.

Let’s begin with the music…

Song of the Week: Hollywood has a love affair with certain songs. The Tami Terrell and Marvin Gaye classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” classic has been used in at least 30 movies, at a guess. I know it has been used as far back as The Big Chill and in more recent times, Remember the Titans. Currently on the small screen, Charles Bradley (who doesn’t look like he ever left the 70s) is the artist of the moment. His song has been used in the TV shows, Suits, Legends of Tomorrow and even Chelsea Does, just to name a few. You may not know him but you know the song. The song is… The World (is going up in flames)!

Now for the sports…

Los Angeles Rams: It is was a busy week for the Los Angeles Rams of St Louis & Los Angeles Again Rams, as they hired a new head coach and defensive coordinator. It will be a spring/fall romance in the coaching office. The Rams hired the youngest head coach in NFL history by naming 30-yearold, Washington Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay as head coach. To give him some guidance, they have named Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator. Phillips who can sometimes be “the dad that lets his kids have ice cream for breakfast,” is a brilliant mind when it comes to defense. HE will hopefully help give McVay some grown up advice on things.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers also made two big announcements of their own this week. They announced for some ungodly reason, that they are leaving San Diego for LA. Last year this was a rumor and it made sense because LA is the second biggest market and they had no team. Now that the Rams are there it makes little sense. I know they hated playing at a baseball stadium but what good will playing at the Rose Bowl be? And on the same day they announced that move, it became clear that they are looking to hire former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn as their head coach. I cannot deny, I am happy anytime a black coach gets a chance at hire, especially a Buffalo Bills coach – not named “Wrecks” Ryan. I wish him the best but the Chargers are a train wreck, so it will be interesting.

NY Knicks: I can’t put the boot in anymore because three straight days is a bit much. However, a co-worker stopped me today and asked me about the game on Wednesday night. The guy asked I saw how the 76ers got the final shot over Carmelo Anthony, who didn’t even bother to raise his hands. I told him I wasn’t surprised. Re-signing Melo was proof of what happens when James Dolan gets involved in decisions. He always wants a name to put bums in seats, when if he would have kept the like of Lee and Danilo, they would have a solid squad already. It is a long story short but basically Dolan should just stay out of all basketball decisions and the team would have been a contender 5 years ago.

That’s all I have… Please come back tomorrow for @CheesyBruin 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
  • Dude

    i was a defender of melo for a long time, but it is time for him to go, he needs to waive his no trade clause and they need to go into the tank for the rest of the year and get another solid lottery pick to go with porzingas. that loss to the sixers was beyond rock bottom.

    i read the chargers owner chose to pay the 650 million dollar relocation fee rather than cut 150 million out of the deal with san diego. no one in la will ever care about the chargers and they are going to be tenants in the rams stadium and play on the soccer pitch for the next few years- seating 25k. the NFL will be where heavyweight boxing is today in a generation

    • jgclancy

      The relocation fee is what makes it allt he more bizarre and stupid. Plus loss of revenue playing in Carson for 2 years .Plus,in LA they will be 2nd string to the Rams who the denizens of LA don’t care about either.The best will be their home game against the Raiders -stadium will be all Black & Silver!
      P.S.-Knicks won one-a juggernaut?

    • Dude, you have proven over and over that you know very little about sports, no offense. You loved Ike Davis, Jason Bay Dave Brown and Ray Handley and now Melo.

      • benwhit

        But he’s a helluva bowler

      • Dude

        You said Luis Castillo was going to be the straw that stirs the drink and that Aaron Hellman was going to be a hall to fame closer. You also said this site would be printing money

    • Junoir Blaber

      I agree with your first point wholeheartedly. The Chargers move to LA is so bad. Despite the sports market it is the worst major city sports town in American Sports. Worse than Atlanta.

    • Juan Zhao

      Porzingas shot airball with 5 seconds left didnt make it back on defense

  • Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Blaber/Pinch-Hit Matt, for this top-notch pinch-hit. You are the Joel Youngblood of MTM; too valuable off the bench to start!

    • Junoir Blaber

      Yeah, I like that. Too valuable to start.

  • benwhit

    Melo was stumblimg backwards, I don’t think a hand up would’ve bothered that fadeaway J.

    Can’t hurt though.

    • Juan Zhao

      He got bodied with game on the line by half his size

  • Cheesybruin

    The Rams are back in Los Angeles, so are the Chargers from whence they occupied the AFL, and the Raiders moved from Oakland to LA and back to Oakland…jee-zuhs this is getting confusing.

  • AngryWard

    Couple of things. I’m pretty sure the Chargers will not be playing at the Rose Bowl. They will be playing at a soccer venue, StubHub Stadium, with a capacity of a little over 27,000. Secondly, there is no way that “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was in the “Big Chill.” Otherwise, another excellent effort. Carry on.

    • Junoir Blaber

      So what song were they dancing to during the kitchen scene?

      The Chargers are gonna play in a soccer stadium? At least they should have a sellout everytime unlike the Rams in the Coliseum.

      • AngryWard

        The kitchen scene song was “Ain’t to Proud to Beg.”

        • jgclancy

          The Big Chill-hated it!

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