EL BARRIO, EL FALLS – Happy Monday. It is another hot Monday in this summer of endless hot days. I felt sorry for the guys cutting my lawn in this weather. Oh yeah, I have graduated to that next level of laziness – or being very busy. Anyway, here are the topics for today: Mets v Braves Series, Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma U Coach Resigns.
Mets vs Braves
The Mets faced the Braves in a crucial 5 game series, which ended yesterday. Going in, the Mets were up 3.5 games. It was very possible the Mets could emerge out of the series behind Atlanta or with a very slim lead. It was possible the Mets could emerge with a bigger lead but as us fans know, such optimism is frowned upon. Well… it is time for me to breakout my Mets hat cause they won 4 of 5 and are now 6.5 games up. The most impressive thing about the series is how many big names stood up to be counted. Home Run Champion Pete Alonso delivered hits and RBI. Same goes for Fransisco Lindor, who is showing he was worth that big contract, Big Sexy Deux (aka Daniel Vogelbach), has looked good. Guys like Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte and Jeff McNeil all played well. The pitching staff’s starters and relievers did well. The one person who performed poorly was Tijuan Walker, but he has performed well all-season. A bad outing happens. That hiccup was the only loss in the series for the Amazins but it was impressive how the Mets fought back to make a game go from 8-0 to 9-6. I’m not saying this is their year but the Mets are good, deep and have resolve. Not to mention Max Schzer and Jacob deGrom made huge statements in their returns to Shea… I mean Citi Field. The two aces are firing and the bats are holding their own. They are making playoffs and from there anything can happen. Except this – which is just wrong:
The judge or NFL independent something or other said he is suspended for 6 games and has to only use Cleveland Browns medical personal for massages. That last part is proof that six games is not enough. The NFL is appealing. Either way, I just want to scream, “DUDE, what the actual hell!” The NFL values talent over women’s rights and right-wing political views and displays, while left-wing views can get you black-balled. We know this through the history of the league, but Watson has settled out of court with 30 out of 34 cases. The number of cases is crazy. He needs to miss at least a full season, but we all know that won’t happen.
Oklahoma Asst. Football Coach Resigns
Oklahoma receivers coach, Cale Gundy, has resigned. It is a weird story because there is limited information coming out. Apparently the coach saw a player not focused during a film session so he picked up the player’s tablet and read out loud tablet screen. It was typical coach stuff trying to embarrass a player so they understand practice and film time is not the time to check messages. Turns out he read a message with volatile and inappropriate language. As a result, Gundy has resigned. He says the words weren’t his but it was inappropriate to say. Instinctively, you wonder if it was the N-word, but my training as a realtor has taught me there are what we call “the 9 protected classes that you are never allowed to comment on.” It is clear Gundy crossed a line that day and mentioned someone or something from the group of 9. Hopefully he learns from this and bounces back to being a head HS football coach somewhere in the state.
Before I get out of here, I want to take a moment to say RIP Vin Scully, shame he is gone but at 94, it was a great number of innings. He will have legacy of creating a generation of sports play-by-play guys that wish they are as good at it.
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment below. Come back tomorrow for our Ben Whitney, who is behind himself as the Yankees lose 5 straight.