Big Ben Quick Hitters: Caps and Warriors Close In, Trump Bounces Eagles, Mets Catching Woes

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Stamford, CT: It’s nearly 11pm and I forgot all about my weekly MTM obligation. Not to worry, it turns out I can pardon myself. So we’re good. Let’s let my ADD run wild and bang out some Quick Hitters.


The series is not going as planned for the Cinderella Golden Knights, who find themselves one game away from elimination. Evgeni Kuznetsov led the way  in Game 4 for the Capitals with four assists. I’m so sick of Russians I can’t even come up with a “Russians in Washington” joke. But there is no truth to the rumor that Paul Manafort was caught trying to tamper with the refs in favor of the Caps.

Does this look like a guy who knew the game was tied?

There was some bad blood spilled late in Game 4. After T.J. Oshie bloodied Collin Miller’s nose twice, Deryk Engelland crosschecked him face first into the boards. Up by three in the waning minutes, the Caps put their first power play unit on the ice and ran up the score with another goal. I think the Knights will be fired up at home and win Game 5, only to lose the series in Washington in Game 6. The Caps are playing too well to blow it now.


The Warriors are hard to root for, with all the preening and carrying on. Also, Draymont Green is clearly a jackass. But the unlikability of the Warriors is trumped by J.R. Smith refusing to admit he lost track of the score. Man up dude, take your medicine. His convoluted excuse was less believable than Melanie Trump’sI’m ok” Tweet. Someone help her.

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The Cavs’ body language hasn’t been the same since the J.R. brainfart. They’re not going to recover. I say they make a stand in Game 3 but fall short, then get blown out in Game 4. Get out the brooms people.

The fairy-tale might not have a happy ending


Many of the Eagles declined the invitation to the White House, in protest of the NFL’s new anthem policy. I don’t know what they’re bitching about, what says “freedom” more than forcing people to stand and salute a flag? In his usual magnanimous fashion, Trump declined the Eagles offer of a visit by a smaller delegation. He’s such a little bitch.


With Devin Mesoraco hitting a whopping .217, I’d like to list the Yankees’ last three backup catchers. 1. Francisco Cervelli is hitting .274 with 8  HRs and 34 RBI for the Pirates. 2. John Ryan Murphy is hitting .264 with 8 HRs and 17 RBI for the Diamondbacks. 3. Austin Romine is hitting a healthy .375 with 3 HRs and 16 RBI in only 56 ABs for the Yankees. Gary Sanchez had better step it up.

Straight raking

Remember when the Mets thought they stole Travis d’Arnaud from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal? That d’Not work out so well, eh?

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Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest "rounders" games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.