SPANISH HARLEM, NY – There isn’t much to say about the sports world this week unless you have a favorite team in the NBA or NHL playoffs, which I don’t so I will resort to speaking about the only teams I care about.
Knicks – On Tuesday the New York Knicks took another blow to the gut! Projected to receive the 7th pick in the NBA Lottery, the organization was pushed back one spot to the 8th pick because even the ping-pong balls hate the Knicks. Some may think that I’m overreacting but it really feels as if this franchise is cursed. If it’s not one thing, it’s another and at some point you would think I’m used to it but no… it still hurts. All I want is a glimmer of hope, a break to go our way and yes I’m at the point of begging the basketball gods for help yet they continue to ignore me. I haven’t felt more deflated rooting for a team and that’s saying something because I’m also a Philadelphia Eagles fans!
And on that note…
Eagles – Just when I thought I would only wirte about the Knicks and Yankees, my Eagles decided to throw me a bone and signed LeGarrette Blount, Running Back formerly of the New England Patriots. I was very surprised to see this particular signing because recently the Iggles tend to sign the shifty back, the guy that can run and catch passes out of the backfield. This team hasn’t had a good down-hill type back since Duce Staley and that was… a long-long time ago.
To be honest, I like the pick-up especially for Carson Wentz because having a short-yardage back is helpful when you need to convert a big first down or get into the end zone. Players like Blount keep the opposing offense off the field by getting those little yards that keep a drive going. The only bad thing about the signing is that the evil genius, Bill Belichick gets a conditional pick out of it but if Blount can help the Eagles get into the playoffs, he will be well worth it.
Now onto the…
Yankees – The youthful New York Yankees are sitting atop the AL East and all seems great in Yankeeland. No one and by no one, I mean me and a couple other people, expected the team to this play well early on. I always thought it was important to start strong but they exceeded my expectations and yet I’m still scared. That’s the thing with having such a young team… you don’t know how they will deal with adversity.
Last week a couple things happened that will scare you as a Yankees fan. First, Aroldis Chapman goes on the disable list with a shoulder injury which shortens the bullpen and makes life uneasy in the 9th inning even with Dellin Betances closing. He was shaky in that position last year but he will be out to prove Randy Levine right this time! Also the starting pitching hasn’t been great lately but overall better than advertised and though they will have their ups and downs, they can still continue to improve as a group. This team is not perfect, they do have flaws and what will determine the success of this season will be how they take their lumps and move forward.