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So Notre Dame is going to play Boston College in a football game this November in Fenway Park. The twist is that both teams are sharing the same sidelines. Wonder how that will work out. Notre Dame needs to stop trying to be creative with this Shamrock Series and figure out how to win games and recruit better. Do you think Brian Kelly wishes he would have bolted to the NFL after he brought the Irish to the national championship game. He might have missed his NFL window.
Why does everything Lebron does or doesn’t do on the court have to be compared to Jordan? These are the Jordan supporters bringing this up. The Lebron people won’t go down that road. Oh Jordan would never be tired or worn out during a game. Or Jordan would always close the game out. Oh Jordan would always hit that last shot. Let’s make this clear. Lebron has to wear many more hats than Jordan ever did. Jordan never had to bring the ball up or rebound or guard the opposing team’s best offensive player. His job was to score and close out the game which he did better than anyone else ever. But would Jordan ever have a game where he drove to the hole and repeatedly never got the foul call. So Lebron has his team in a best 2 out of 3 with 2 road games to win a championship. This is something Jordan never had to face. Never was his team an underdog in the finals like Lebron’s Cav’s are. A Cleveland championship elevates Lebron to a level Jordan could never touch. But somehow you feel if they lose the Jordan supporters will have a field day. The statement is not can Jordan do what Lebron does on a nightly basis. We know he didn’t have to. But he can’t get credit for it either. We have never seen Jordan do it so how will we ever know.
You would think the Mets are in last place with all the negativity talked about this team. At press time they are currently a game and a half in first place and yes this is aided by a 11 game winning streak in early April and the bad play of the Washington Nationals. This despite their best offensive player still on the shelf since mid April and with their emerging star catcher just coming off the IR. Not to mention a slew of other injuries to key players on this team. The manager has to go and Alderson needs to bring in players and some players have to play better and get healthy. All of which may be true but through it all this team is hanging around the race and just maybe once all the pieces are finally in place this team will take off. But dear god please don’t trade for Aramis Ramirez. Making mid season trades has never ever been a bright spot for the Mets. Outside of trading for Mike Piazza what other trades have worked out.
Three Biggest Surprise Teams In MLB
With all those high draft picks finally hitting the majors this team took the step no one ever saw not even the Astros themselves. They may be only a starting pitcher or two away from being a legit contender for years to come. As we saw in the draft they took more top offensive talent.
The thinking is that this team will come back to Earth during the second half but give them credit for playing this well with a bunch of young players. When the Twins were making the playoffs they always seemed to lack the personnel to get to the next level despite having a quality old school manager in Ron Gardenhire. Even if the bottom falls out there are players to build on.
Recently this team lost back to back World Series. Their embattled coach resigned. Key players left via free agency or got injured. But somehow this team has played well recently taking advantage on the bad play of the teams expected to win the division. The Rangers still have a pretty good farm system. If you look at the AL West it’s like it was turned upside down from what was expected to what is actually happening
Three Biggest Disappointing Teams In MLB
I put Cleveland on this list because I needed a third team and I actually thought they would be over .500 this year. Corey Kluber has not pitched like an ace which is part of the problem. Tito Francona is as respected a manager as you will find. But things just have not come together. They are only 7 games out of first but are trailing two teams that are superior to them.
The Mariners had a good season last year. Nelson Cruz was added to the mix and with the good arms they have in their rotation and bullpen it’s a mystery why this team can’t put it together. Picked by many to win the AL pennant this team is in 4th place and going no where. Trumbo was just added to help the struggling offense. Robinson Cano has not been what the M’s thought they were buying.
Injuries and bad defense has plagued this team early on. Yet their division is so bad they figured to still be in first. if not for an 11 game win streak by the Mets in April they might be in first instead of 1.5 games out. You have to figure at some point they will put things together. The Nats were a World Series favorite by many experts and still can turn this around. But perhaps they are staring at the tail lights of the wrong team who when they are going correct can match pitching with them.
I am going to end this blog by saying what a joke the MLB All Star Voting has now become. The league must take this out of the fans hands now or do something to lessen the value of the fan voting. There is no way the Royals deserve 7 starters in this game. Hosmer over Miggy. Moustakas over Donaldson. Escobar over iglesias, Morales over Cruz, Cain and Gordon starting. There should not be one Royal in the OF when you have Trout, Brantley, Jones, Bautista and Reddick. Perez over Vogt but this one won’t bother me as much. Obviously the Royal fans who have the worst case of little man complex I have ever seen are stuffing the boxes or other fans are not voting. I don’t see the latter as the NL starting lineup is fine. MLB must do something to stop this especially since world series home field advantage is at stake.