The Sun's Shadow

Stumbling to find a light switch in the dark

Diva Worthy of the Paris Opera

Actually I have no idea what an Opera Diva is really like… the closest I come is the one portrayed in Phantom of the Opera and she was a Bitch and so is Plaxico Burress  star wide reciever of the NY Football Giants, well that is what I got from the article about him.

Recently-suspended Giants WR Plaxico Burress has been fined a stunning 40-50 times during his four seasons in New York, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. The fines have been levied for various offenses, mainly related to Burress’ tardiness for meetings and treatments

Holy crap he’s been fined 40 -50 times! If I am even a few minutes late to a meeting I think I am going to get it but I don’t think the boss is going to take a few bucks out of my pocket. The article doesn’t mention an amount.

Burress has accepted the fines without incident, writes Glazer, but was taken aback by the suspension because “he just wants to play football.” What Plax doesn’t seem to understand is that playing football is a full-time job that includes going to meetings, getting treatment for injuries and listening to coaches. His new $35 million contract doesn’t just pay him for Sundays, but for the other six days of the week as well

What I think Burress does understand is that he has F-YOU money and the talent to back it up… so you can call your little meetings draw some X’s and O’s on the dry erase board… but he’s been paid and your fines don’t mean a thing  Burress is his own boss and plays it his way. besides I am betting to Burress whatever the actual amount of the fine is, it like a couple of bucks to an average Joe.

This is a major problem for the Giants. It’s one thing to give star treatment to your biggest offensive weapon, but allowing him to create his own rules in a locker room that won a Super Bowl thanks, in part, to the disciplined approach of Tom Coughlin is a powder keg of resentment waiting to explode.

OK let’s settle down, how about we first find out if there are locker room problems before we start going and throwing words around. He’s not Shockey he actually has the talent!

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Opinion, Sports | , , , , | Leave a comment

The End is Here

The end for Yankee stadium, for us Yankee fans its time to say good-bye to the home we grew up in.  I recall my first Yankee stadium memory as sitting along the right field line back in 1987. I went to the game with my neighbor and his son who was my childhood best friend, it was the Yankees vs the Tigers. I remember to over whelming feeling I felt as this mass of humanity pushed towards the gates of the stadium. The first bite of the hot dog, and breaking peanuts out of their shells and since that first game I have been to the stadium dozens of times and its the same wonderful experience every time… well maybe not so wonderful when the Yanks lose… but every time I go regardless of the record its exciting to be there to feel the energy of a place where a huge part of baseball history resides.

      The Yanks will finish this season in a not so illustrious way the biggest payroll in baseball history and sadly this season there will be no post season held in our baseball home, not party in october, so today we say good bye and thank you.

Yankee Stadium Fun Facts

Opened: April 18, 1923
Closed: September 30, 1973
Reopened: April 15, 1976
First night game: May 28, 1946
Surface: Merion Bluegrass

Total # of Yankee home games: 6,581

World Series Won at Yankee Stadium: 16 Total 9 of which were Won by the Yankees 1927, 1938, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1977, 1996, 1999

Championship Boxing Bouts: 30

Football : Yankee stadium was home to the New York Football Giants from 1956 to 1973 and hosted what has been called the greatest game ever played.

A ball hitting the foul pole in the 1930s was in play, not a homer.

“Death Valley” in left-center.

Green curtain in center is sometimes raised and lowered like a window shade to force visiting batters to face a background of white-shirted bleacher fans while allowing Yankees hitters to face a dark green background. Sometimes removed in World Series play to sell more seats.

 

 

The sunsets over Yankees Stadium

The sunsets over Yankees Stadium

September 21, 2008 Posted by | History, New York, Opinion, Personal, Sports | , , | Leave a comment

HBK v. Jericho Unsanctioned Match

Tonight the contracts are signed, HBK and Jericho will get it on in an Unsanctioned match at Unforgiven next Sunday!

Despite Shawn Michaels’ doctor’s suggestion to hang up his boots due to injury, HBK extended a challenge to Chris Jericho for an Unsanctioned Match at Unforgiven, where neither Jericho nor WWE would be liable if Michaels were to sustain further injury

Is this really an unsanctioned match? I mean come on both wrestlers are WWE employees, match will be held in a WWE ring, its billed as a main event for the WWE UNFORGIVEN PPV. It would seem the WWE fully supports this match, I would dare say they sanction it. This match would more correctly be billed as we’re not responsible match, or very likely a man will nearly die match… but whatever it will be, if its on WWE TV its sanctioned.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Opinion, Sports, TV | , , , , | Leave a comment

MAKE WAY FOR PHELPS

MOVE OVER HERCULES

MOVE OVER HERCULES

Michael Phelps is the GREATEST OLYMPIC CHAMPION EVER!

Michael Phelps is the GREATEST OLYMPIC CHAMPION EVER!

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Sports, Uncategorized, United States | Leave a comment

Mike and Mad Dog Show Finished

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has left the Mike and Mad Dog show. According to today’s NY Post Russo has been able to be released from his final year of his contract with WFAN and will move over to Sirius Satellite radio. There has been speculation all summer long here in NY that the show was drawing to a close amid reports that Mike Francesa and Russo were no longer getting along (read fighting)  they had only done a handful of shows together all summer. All good things I guess do come to an end after 19 years of listening to Mike and Mad Dog all I can think to do is say thank you.

You can find more details in the NY POST article.

August 15, 2008 Posted by | New York, Sports | , | Leave a comment

Brett Favre is a JET

I could not be happier about this, to have Brett Farve as the QB for the JETS this season is really going to make for a better season for the JETS and give them a legitimate chance at making a playoff run. Chad Pennington was our boy for years and he was a great guy… but the truth is Farve is better and Pennington was on his way out anyway… he was in competition at training camp for the QB job.

The only issue now is the JETS online store is down, I assume due to the massive amount of JETS fans who like myself are trying to order their Farve Jersey!

Also go over to ESPN when was the last time all anyone talked about was the JETS!

Welcome Brett…

Favre Jerseys Now Available!!!!!

UPDATE: I was totally right about the jersey sales… Hell Yeah!

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Personal, Sports, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Like to watch people fight?

Why do we enjoy watching people fight? It happens all the time and it can happen anywhere two people most often males will get in to a fight, there is also something else that is sure to happen and that is people will stand around and watch it. This is true of boxing, MMA as much as any street fight or bar brawl. There are those involved in the fight and those who stand around just to watch it all happen, so what is it in us that find this appealing? I don’t have the answer I just know even I enjoy it.

Tonight as I have done many times before I will attend an amateur boxing exhibition in NY, these are often held in a large church basement or on a dock and they are licensed and sanctioned amateur boxing events. I find them to be a lot of fun anyone can check them out.

I often attend these events and a live event of any kind has an appeal to the camaraderie and community of being together with people to enjoy a common experience. This is true of almost any event attended by people from religious services to any sporting events. But we don’t go just for those reason although those reasons are an appealing part, we go to watch the “show” and in this case the show is two men or women of similar size and stature punching each other until one is either knocked out(unable to defend themselves) or submits. What is so appealing about this, I don’t know, I do know I enjoy watching it. It’s almost a surreal experience to know you like some like this and to not understand why you like something like this… is it psychological, it something seeded in our evolutionary past, is this how our primate ancestors use to court females?

I guess I could do research and actually look in to this, but then I wonder why should I over analyze this, isn’t enough to like something with out understanding why I like something? It’s not 100% universal not everyone likes to watch people fighting it could all just be preference. I guess this could be said of any sport for me at this point I like baseball too, with out a reason as to why I like the game on a fundamental psychological or evolutionary level, I can give all the game theory reasons and fairness reasons I like the baseball. I think the disconnect with fighting/boxing is I see the violence in the sport as something I would deplore in my personal life as opposed to baseball which I would happily play. I have been in fights I have punched and been punched in my face and none of it is a pleasurable experience, nor something I would choose to seek out, however watching it is.

I think now I maybe be even more confused than I was when I started, but I do know I will be at the fights tonight more than likely I will be enjoying myself and I will not be alone cue the Rocky the music.

May 30, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Sports | , | 1 Comment