David Bowie, Richter v Beezer II, Alex Smith and Sports Talk With Non-Fans


Gratuitous Monday Girl: This is Fanny Neguesha, she just got engaged to some soccer player you never heard of. Yeah, yeah, Buddy Diaz, we know. Overrated. Cute with nice curves.

EL BRONX, EL BARRIO – Do not adjust your computer; it really is Monday and there is no DJ Eberle. Pinch-Hit Matt has been called in to, um… pinch hit? I would have been up on Saturday but the Ax Man (Grinding Ax Walter Hynes) thankfully stepped up, as I was struggling with a hangover (real one , not food this time) and daddy daycare. Not sure you needed to know that but I am in a sharing mood and you will get that kind of backstory from me here and there.  Specifics for today? A Song of the Week before we get to the Sports Stuff – and that will include: David Bowie, Richter v Beezer II, Alex Smith and Sports Talk with Non-Fans.

Let’s begin with the music…

Song of the Week: I had to quickly piece together a theme for today’s piece and having watched the NCAA Final Four many times, I knew there would be a montage at the end of every game day. They often use all the same songs. Then I was watching an ad for a superhero show and BOOM… the Song of the Week came to me, “Heroes!” I thought about using the montage used for the video game NHL ’99 but I didn’t think it would be consistent with the NCAA basketball theme. I was going to use montage version but that turned out to be by the Wallflowers – not the original by David Bowie. I like the Wallflowers version but knowing the kind of cranks on this staff, I would get mocked mercilessly for choosing the Wallflowers over Bowie. So without further adieu, I present the Song of the Week is the David Bowie’s legendary track: Heroes!

Now for the Sports Stuff kinda.

Richter on the left, Beezer on the right. All fun and games until someone gets traded.

Richter v Beezer II: In case some of you were you can’t remember, Richter v Beezer was the famous #1 NY Rangers goalie battle in the early 90s. A young, tenacious net-minder Mike Richter usurped long-time fan favorite John Vanbiesbrouck. It was tough on Ranger fans because the Beezer was such a team guy and gave it his all every game. However, you would be blind if you didn’t recognize that Richter was something special and had the ability to be the man for the next decade. Recently, I see Antti Raanta and can’t help but see a young Richter. Look, I love Henrik Lundqvist and his steadfast service to the club, especially during playoff time  when nobody could score, or when no one wanted to play defense or block shots – leaving him alone. But… I think the idea of moving the King must be something the Rangers contemplate in the off-season. Remember: always better to move a player a year too soon than a year too late.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith: Do you remember your first car? Growing up, I imagined it being a nice two-door coupe.. like something out of Miami Vice or maybe something clean and fancy like an old-school Mercedes-Benz. In the end it was 12-yearold (I got it in 2000 and it was a 1998) Chevy Cavalier. It wasn’t the two-door coupe I imagined but it got the job done. I bring that up because I look at Alex Smith being available and I hope the Jets get him! If it wasn’t for Cleveland the Jets are probably the franchise with the longest gap between having franchise quarterbacks. He was no Elway but I would take Ken O’brien over any Jets QB since O’brien retired. So with the options being Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg, assuming they get rid of Geno Smith, there is nothing to chose from. Smith is not the answer to everything but he is a safe and solid pair of hands that would give your defense the chance to win games. He won’t throw 6 interceptions in one game! As my old coach told me about my play “You may never make the play that wins the game for us, but I know you won’t make the mistake that costs us the game.” That is Alex Smith and the Jets should trade one of their QBs and a pick or two to get him if need be.

Sports Talk with Non-Fans: Every sports fan knows this pain. This is when a major sporting event is going on – like the World Cup or Super Bowl – and you have people that don’t know the difference between a dunk and alley-oop, pretending to care. I face this every NCAA tournament because my wife’s job does a pool and I am responsible for making her picks. They need to be good ones too, because she is super-competitive, even if she doesn’t understand what a seed is. This week I went to the next level because after showing her how to create an online account and have one of those website addresses to use for all the people at her job, the fun committee (don’t ask why they have a fun committee), decided to do it by paper! That’s right, they are going to deal with 40 pieces of paper for the tournament and hand-write the scores and leader board. I assume they will be calculating things with an a abacus by kerosene lamp. This is what happens when non-sport people get involved in sports stuff, it grinds your gears and you just want to yell at them to stop pretending and lets all just be who we are.

That’s all I have… Please feel free to leave your thoughts below and come back tomorrow for @BenWit8. You can also find us on Twitter – @JunoirBlaber & @MeetTheMatts, Instagram -@MeetTheMatts and FacebookMeet 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

  • You Suck

    The Giants signed Geno Smith last week.

    • Junoir Blaber

      It slipped by me because I thought it was dependent on his physical and truth be told, I couldn’t care less about Smith. He was a bad pick from start to finish.

      • This is on our Edit Staff, but since nobody cares about the New York Jets, said staff disregards any content referring to them… Plus, Mr. Blaber was in the clubhouse playing cards and smoking cigarettes with Keith Hernandez, so he missed the news about Geno, when he got the call to pinch-hit.

        • Junoir Blaber

          It is actually fitting. It shows how little Jets AND Giants fans care about a guy like Geno Smith.

          • benwhit

            Geno Smith is terrible. But he was far and away the best QB on the Jets’ roster.

            Why will Smith be available?

          • Drunk In Joisey

            Giants signed him last week. Dont know why.

          • Junoir Blaber

            He meant Alex Smith in his question.

          • Junoir Blaber

            Well once Fitzpatrick returned to form, yeah!

    • If a Jet lands on an airstrip and nobody sees it…

  • Dude

    ranta is definitely solid, but lets’ not put him the richter over beezer class yet, he was no lundqvist. the king’s time may be winding down, but don’t count him out yet.

    • benwhit

      My sentiments exactly. Also, the King is signed until he’s 40. I don’t think he’s tradable.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Talbot started showing up the King and now Antti is doing the same. I know he is signed for a while but it seems time to move forward.

        • benwhit

          Benoit Allaire, goaltending coach.

          Move forward how? He takes up 12% of their cap and is signed for a few more years.

          The King has another run in him.

          • Junoir Blaber

            What about Allaire? He does have another run in him but does he two? I think 12% of the cap is high but he is also the face of the Franchise and that is what makes him hard to trade.

        • Dude

          both those guys performed well when hank was hurt. his performance in the ’14 playoffs alone justifys riding it as long as you can. he is arguably the greatest ranger goaltender ever. Talbot established himself as a legit NHL starter and so has rantaa. but neither have eclipsed lundqvist, he may no longer be in his prime, but be prepared to bite your tongue when he stands on his head this spring

          • Junoir Blaber

            Watching the Rangers play in 2014 was like watching USA Soccer play Belgium in 2014. It was down to Tim Howard in goal to save the team and that was Hank in 2014. He got no help in attack and the defense wasn’t stopping shots. It was infuriating to watch him be abandoned but was also a great exercise in watching one man carry his team.

          • Dude

            very apt comparison. this years team can actually score goals so that should help hank’s cause.

          • Junoir Blaber

            We will see when playoffs come around can they still score.

  • Buddy Diaz

    Fanny is super hot! Soccer players get all the women!

    • Junoir Blaber

      That’s not the Buddy Diaz, I know.

  • GrindingAx

    Those Tottenham Hotspurs are looking pretty, pretty good! Great Bowie Song, By the way…

    • Junoir Blaber

      First Nova, now Spurs. Why are you such a glutton for punishment?

      • GrindingAx

        Nova was in a tough position as repeating is next to impossible. Villanova diplomas on the wall in our house, so we are Nova Nation. I’m a Manchester United fan. Spurs have been on the tele two Sundays straight.

        • Junoir Blaber

          Yeah, Nova is a good school and Dixon is quality person and coach. However repeating as Champs is so hard. Remember the NCAA champion must go 6-0 to win, while the NBA Champion can lose up to 12 games and still win it all.

  • bosoxbruins04

    My roommate thought is was a Wallflowers song. Haha

    • Junoir Blaber

      Kids these days!!

  • AngryWard

    Alex Smith is available? I must have missed that one. Who did the Chiefs pick up?

    • Junoir Blaber

      They are looking to try and get some of the other QBs on the market.

  • jgclancy

    Everyone knows you use an abacus with whale oil lamps…never kerosene.
    Duke is out already so aren’t we all winners?

    • Junoir Blaber

      Duh! Just testing you!

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