Angry Ward Wednesday: The Rangers In Danger, Matt Harvey Mess, Possible NBA Fix


BRONX, NY – Running short on time today. Got zero in the tank and one 12 oz bottle’s worth of liquid comedy to get me through this. Even though I’m not (ever) getting paid for this, and I’d rather beg off on this week’s post, I feel compelled to show up and do what’s expected of me. Call it loyalty, friendship, brainwashing, Stockholm Syndrome, or sheer stupidity, I feel like I made a commitment to this leaky makeshift stick-raft of a site. What am I supposed to do, call in sick with a migraine? Let’s get to it.

“Rangers!, Will Robinson!” As I click-clack this thing out, the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators are a half hour away from dropping the puck on Game 6 of their “all over the damn place” series. Ottawa went up 2-0 and looked half okay and half lucky. The Rangers took the next 2 and seemed on the verge of ripping off 4 straight. It’s now 3-2 Ottawa and the Rangers are on the brink of elimination. So what else is new? I’m guessing the Broadway Blues put up a strong effort tonight, push this thing to 7, and end up winning it… I was wrong. Ottawa won 4-2.

Harvey Had It? There’s no shortage of opinions on Matt Harvey’s latest dust up with the Mets. Whether you think Harvey is a spoiled brat or the Mets a clueless team, there are a few things that remain fairly clear. Let’s get the Mets stuff out of the way first. They have horrible owners, a wretched excuse for a conditioning staff, and always get things wrong. Aside from them being in New York, there’s not a lot of reasons to want to play for them. Matt Harvey is 28 years old. I was still doing a hell of a lot of irresponsible sh!t when I was 28. He’s young… but not at all young in baseball years. This is his prime. He’s had a couple of major injuries, a handful of  memorable starts, and a nickname that was clearly bestowed upon him way too soon. He still has time to figure it out, but that time is not unlimited. It’s great being rich and famous and running around with super models (I mean, I can only assume), but that money and fame and those models can split town in a hurry if you don’t take care of your most important asset… yourself.

Cy is watching.

Whether it was his idea or the Mets’, Harvey apologized yesterday. But, like I say to my 8-year-old, after a while apologies ring hollow and it’s got to be apology through action. Matt Harvey is 28, he has a lifetime record of 31-30 and is currently 2-2 with a 5.14 era. He doesn’t need to throw a no-hitter his first game back or win the Cy Young or be The Dark Knight. But a good start would be showing up, trying his best, and maybe slowly win back supporters in the clubhouse and the stands.

Warriors/Jazz Game 2 Fix? I watched the Warriors/Jazz Western Conference semi finals series closely, but clearly not closely enough. Prior to Game 2, the Warriors were apparently a 12 to 13 point favorite. With a little over 7 seconds remaining, Kevin Durant made two free throws to put GS up by 13. Utah inbounded to guard Shelvin Mack, who proceeded to get fouled by Draymond Green, in the backcourt(!), with 5 seconds left. It made no sense! Anyway, he hit both fouls shots, Golden State ran out the rest of the clock, and won by 11. As my friend The Cheeseman would say, “There should be an investigation.” Take a look.

That’s all for today. Come back and investigate what Buddy Diaz has to say tomorrow.

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Wednesday: Angry Ward, who has admirers at the NY Times, is the quintessential angry sports fan but one exception… he’s flat-out funny. And the angrier he gets, the more amusing his work becomes. Psychiatrists say, “Angry Ward’s ‘anger’ is a direct result of “Bronx/Mets syndrome: growing up in the Bronx as a Mets fan.” As if that weren’t enough, his Minnesota North Stars abandoned him for Dallas, forcing him to embrace The Wild the way conservatives embrace Mitt Romney. While the Vikings tease him incessantly with flirtations of success, the Golden State Warriors, “Don’t have a enough short, white angry guys but I don’t dislike them… that much.” A-Dubya is MTM’s longest-tenured indentured servant, its Larry David and quite simply, The Franchise.

  • benwhit

    I don’t know, it looks like he was legitimately going for a steal (for some reason). He would’ve made it a more blatant foul I reckon. That one could have not even been called. He probably wanted to pad his stats or show that he plays hard till the end,.

    • AngryWard

      Maybe, but let’s not overlook that ref. He DOES make the call. And obviously, the guy has to make the free throws. Green was nowhere near a triple double, so I don’t understand his intention there at all. You gotta admit, it’s a very odd sequence for a game that was ostensibly over.

      • Cheesybruin

        Ward, it’s a common practice for the losing team to just dribble out the clock in that situation or throw up a “so what” three-pointer but for there to be a foul AND have the ref call it is astounding. I wonder if Tim Donaghy still has some influence with his former referee friends? Seems all too fishy for me.

        • AngryWard

          Exactly, Cheeseman. Although, as you point out, the NBA (and basketball in general) has always had it’s share of suspect moments. How would you rank the four major sports in terms of easiest to fix. 1 being the easiest and 4 being most difficult?

          • bosoxbruins04

            I’d rank hoops being the easiest followed by hockey. The goalie could just let up a goal. Then football with bad kicks and then baseball.

          • Never really thought about hockey that way – likely because Canadians are so stereotypically honest. But the Ruskies? Call Oliver Stone. We have a scandal/conspiracy brewing in Charanta.

          • Cheesybruin

            1. basketball
            2. football
            3. hockey
            4. baseball
            5. lingerie football league

      • benwhit

        I admit nothing. Acting impulsively is Dray’s thing, no? Interpreting his reasoning seems like a tough gig.
        And if it was the ref, boy was he taking a chance waiting so long. He’s lucky sonething happened that could even be called a foul at a time when they’re usually just running out the clock.

        I’m as cynical as the next guy, but I think this was just bad luck for those that bet on GS.

      • You ostensibly had us at “ostensibly.”

  • jgclancy

    Oh no ya don’’re not getting me to watch the NBA….
    Go A’s!

    • AngryWard

      Have it your way. My lousy Mariners just moved in front of your lousier A’s yesterday. There’s still a pulse out there in the Pacific Northwest.

      • dannybax21

        Houston is tough. Young and hungry.

      • jgclancy

        Now you’re trying to trick me into looking at
        MLB before June? I think not
        Go A’s!

  • jgclancy

    Condolences to Chris Berman of ESPN on the loss of his wife….as much as I never liked him as an announcer, etc. he always seemed like a pretty nice guy as a person and always passed my personality test: Would I want him at my BBQ?

    • Junoir Blaber

      Yes, that is always sad

  • Buddy Diaz

    That’s an awful call by the ref, he probably bet on the under. That game is over and to call a foul for the losing team when it doesn’t matter is suspect to less the least.

    • We categorically deny any affiliation with any alleged accusations of anything.

  • Junoir Blaber

    I am sorry for Jinxing the Rangers. The gods were not amused by my prediction.

    • You killed them.

    • GrindingAx

      My fault. I did not castigate Rick Nash before this game.

  • Sorry for being late today – we were out late the other night, played golf yesterday, called in sick without speaking to anyone, threatened legal action, apologized and are now back! Has anyone noticed that the Mets have won 4 series in a row and are leading 3-2 in the 6th in a sweep quest of the Giants?! Screw the Rangers, it’s baseball season!!!

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