Archive for January, 2012

Buchholz Rare Depressed Athlete?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

BMF was sorry to get word that RHP Taylor Buchholz will sit out the upcoming season as a result of battling depression. 

It sucks to be depressed and it must suck 10x more when it prevents you from playing Major League Baseball.

I like the guy and hopefully he can return at some point this year but this news got me to thinking you never really hear about athletes fighting depression do you?

Maybe I’m forgetting guys who publicly acknowledged depression?

 Either way I hope Buchholz gets into a better head space.

Baseball and Poker

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Baseball is often described as a game with long periods of boredom followed by dramatic moments of excitement. Much can be said about the game of poker, especially the No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. Don’t believe me? Check out the following scenario.

Imagine if you will players are inside a major arena and competing against one another for one of the largest prizes in the world. Websites that lists online poker rooms and other media outlets are all covering the event. Fans of various ages, genders, nationalities pack in the stands to cheer on their favorite players.

Anticipation builds as the game progresses, but there is very little action happening. Players make raises and try to get a huge pot going, but nobody gives them any action or another player makes an even bigger play that forces them out.

All of a sudden, there is a raise followed by a call from one player. Three cards are dealt in the middle and the players begin to raise based on both the strength of their hands and whether they think they can push the other player out of the hand. Suddenly, one of the players puts all of their chips at risk and there is a call.

The crowd is now on their feet to see who is ahead. Cheers for their favorite player start to call out followed by cheers against the other player hitting their hand. The noise level builds to a crescendo as the deal gets ready to turn over the last of two remaining cards.

The first card comes out and misses both players. Fans for the player ahead cheer even louder for their hand to hold while the other fans cheer for the dealer to turn over a card that will give their player a miracle comeback win. The dealer pats the table and grabs the card to turn over….

Sounds exciting doesn’t it. Almost like the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd with your team down by 1 run and a solid hitter at bat. Baseball and poker both have gained reputations for long periods of inactivity followed by mind numbing excitement.

While not all ages can enjoy the game online poker or live poker for real money, many adults can. If you do not already play poker, give a try sometime. You will soon see why it has grown increasingly popular over the last 10 years and why it is a pastime enjoyed by players around the world.

Rick Ankiel Suddenly Looking Pretty Great

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I never imagined it would come to this but we have indeed reached the point where a guy like Rick Ankiel is looking like an exciting off-season acquisition. 

But of the left handed bat names currently being bandied about who would you rather root for? Jonnny Damon, Raul Ibanez, Fukudome or Ankiel?

I dunno I guess I could root for Fukudome. He generally gets off to a great April  before fading away so that could make for some fun early season games but you gotta love Rick Ankiel.

And people have largely forgotten his fascinating  story. He made it to the bigs as a lights out fireballer only to flame out in the playoffs when he lost literally ALL control and was unable to avoid throwing balls to the backstop.

It broke him mentally so he quit pitching, went to the minors picked up an OF mitt and made it back to the Bigs as a CF’er! 

I mean how can you NOT root for that guy? I hope he doe sign here. I think NY would get behind Ankiel and he just might catch fire for 1 more productive offensive year.

Then again Fukudome might sell thousands of tickets to Japanese NY’ers and that may be a very real criteria for the Wilponzis.

Einhorn Insider Trading

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Wow! Now even the guys who were supposed to save the Mets are dirty.

According to Heyman David Einhorn & firm were fined $11M by UK authorities for trading on insider info.

Could you imagine the jokes that would ensue if Wilpon and the Mets were now legally tied to Einhorn? 

One has to wonder if the Wilpons caught wind of this and walked away from the deal. I doubt the Wilponzis would be savvy enough to learn of Einhorns dirt but maybe MLB uncovered something and the deal was killed.

Admittedly I don’t know the details but if fines were levied there must have been an investigation going on for a while, right? I mean you don’t just hit someone with an 11 M fine without some serious due dilligence.

Listen to Beltran

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

BMF had to smile when I saw Beltran’s quote over on MetsBlog

“What happened in 2006, you have to turn the page.  That’s over.  We can’t bring 2006 back to 2012. It has been six years. If they want to continue to think about that moment, then that’s their problem.  Like I said, I have turned the page. I have really moved on.”

It’s so preposterous that some Met fans held that moment against Beltran for all these years. 

Holding that moment against Beltran  is a symbol of what’s wrong with the Mets. We suffer self inflicted wounds on every level of the organization.

First the owner’s meddling son poisons the front office, then all of the money vanishes when Wilpon finds himself in his second ponzi scheme in a decade.

The Asst GM challenges minor leaguers to a fist fight and  GM’s have been known to verbally attack 

And often the fans are no better. We pick a target, zero in on him until we ruin his career or run him out of town whichever comes first.  (Luis Castillo)

I realize Beltran was frustrating at times but I guarantee you we miss him this summer.

NY Football Giants! 

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

This Jets fan couldn’t be happier to see the G-Men headed to the Super Bowl once again ready to slay the evil Patriots.

IMO there is NO WAY IN HELL the 49ers were beating Brady and Belichick. 

Hopefully ANOTHER NFC Championship will help quiet those Giant fans who love to hate Tom Coughlin. Bitch and whine all you want but after 2 Super Bowl appearances in 4 years I don’t want to hear ANY COMPLAINING about your head Coach.