Sunday, October 29, 2006

Over and out...

2nd and 1 on the Raiders' 1-yard line!!! You gotta be kidding me.

Oh well, it was fun. Shoulda went with the damn Giants this week.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

WICKED GARDEN 2: Chuck & Duck

The Knicks finally had to play a more-or-less full-strength team last night-- they allowed 138 points to be scored against them.

I take this as an encouraging sign. I don't think Isiah has the slightest care in the world about defense this year. None. He's gonna let guys fire from anywhere at any time-- maybe a few will go in! Richardson (ugh) and Crawford's dreadful shooting aside, it almost worked last night.

Isiah knows he has a shitty team this year, so why not let 'em run wild? Larry Brown's already been painted the guy that wouldn't let the Knicks "express themselves" last year, so Zeke's kinda smart if he just lets it all go. I know I'll enjoy the handful of games I usually go to if the Knicks can score 120 points or so each time-- I honestly don't care if they let up 150.

Busch league

Well, that was one of the crappiest WS games in recent memory.

Are there still people out there that want more "parity" in baseball? I think there's plenty. The damn Marlins almost made it this year! I really don't want to hear any more about payroll imbalances, because the Yanks are proving on a pretty consistent basis that there's more to it than that. Most of the playoff teams this year were ranked in the middle or lower salary-wise. Sure, the money helps-- but that's why they call it New York, right? Can you imagine us trekking up to BX to see a $70 million team?

Anyway, people can shove this year's World Series up their asses. I thought it sucked (obviously), but this was a nice argument against the usual whiners. You want "fair"? Here's some crappy games for you to enjoy. You want good old-time baseball cities and fans in the Series? You got it-- old white people waving white towels. I don't know how anybody on earth could make it through this without beer...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

oh yeah

Our Colts switcheroo was allowed by the powers that be, and Gizzola moves on to Week 8. Too bad eleven suckers bit it with the Jags, as well as 1 on SD and one on Seattle.

That means there's only 5 of us left. I'm 95% going on Pittsburgh at Oakland this weekend, with a slight chance I'll stick with the Giants at home. Eagles are still tempting, but not comfy enough...

prime time

Space Needle made a rather strange appearance on "Veronica Mars" this past Tuesday night. Of course I didn't see it-- something about a guy on a phone with "Never Lonely Alone" playing in the background for a nice little chunk of time. Final scene of the episode.

Next I think the Sopranos should use Anders Parker's "Doornail" while somebody's getting the shit kicked out of them.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Team Gizzola's waiting for an official ruling on our last-minute pick change last Friday afternoon. We originally had Jacksonville, but made a switch to the Colts around 4pm after learning about Byron Leftwich's ankle injury (he played, and the Jags got their asses kicked by the Texans (!)). So if our pick change went through, we're still alive...

WEEK 1: Cardinals
WEEK 2: Chargers
WEEK 3: Dolphins
WEEK 4: Cowboys
WEEK 5: Bears
WEEK 6: Broncos
WEEK 7: Colts (?)

Our Seahawks idea isn't looking so hot for week 8. The spreads say go with Philly (-6 v. Jags), Giants (-9.5 v. Bucs) or even Pittsburgh (-9.5 v. Raiders). I feel safest with the Eagles here... maybe I'll consult my man J.Cox on this one.
Got any better ideas?

Friday, October 20, 2006

the honeymoon's over...

Got a VERY drunk call tonight from one of my Met friends (we'll call him "M"). He was in pretty bad shape. I think he was trying to get me to say something bad about the Mets so he could fire right back at the Yanks, but I didn't really have much to say. M was screaming and hollering about the bullpen and guts and gameplans, and all I could think about was my eye doctor appointment tomorrow.
That's when I realized something: I wasn't really that upset this time around. Here's a chronicle of our most recent flops:

2001 WS Game 7: I threw 3 CD's across the room (breaking them), and slept through the night fully clothed with the lights on in a fetal position. Then I went to school the next morning and yelled at 8th graders.

2002 DS Game 4: After earlier storming out of a bar in Tribeca on date with new girlfriend, we decided to watch the game at home with some friends. Metallica was playing so loud that things were falling off the speakers and breaking. Then went to party in Tribeca and embarrassed many people.

2003 WS Game 6: Stumbled out of Stan's and took D train home. Didn't cause any trouble at all. Yelled at a few 8th graders that Monday.

2004 CS Game 7: Took 4 codeines and 2 Ambiens. Made a slurred promise to watch "a lot less sports for a few months," which I immediately broke by watching 10 straight Knick games.

2005 DS Game 5: Listened to Who's Next in its entirety and went to bed.

2006 DS Game 4: Ate a cold steak from Huntington Outback. My dad called and complained to Outback delivery because they lost his lobster tail.

You see, each year has gotten a little easier. Or maybe a little less important. Or less fun.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

whew

...and all is well again. if only wagner could have been the guy to blow it (again).

Monday, October 16, 2006

Nothin' but a Gizz thang

Gizzola keeps on movin' with Denver over Oakland in Week 6. Good thing we didn't take 'Skins over the previously hapless Titans...

We might need some help in the next 2 weeks. Any suggestions for Week 7 and Week 8? I'm thinking Seahawks for 7 (although this might be a good time to cash in on the Colts) and maybe even the Giants for 8. Either that or Colts 7, Seahawks 8. Huh???

WEEK 1: Cardinals
WEEK 2: Chargers
WEEK 3: Dolphins
WEEK 4: Cowboys
WEEK 5: Bears
WEEK 6: Broncos

Saturday, October 14, 2006

WICKED GARDEN 1: Lazy Knick players

Welcome to the first installment of Wicked Garden, where we'll be trashing the New York Knicks until April 18th (the last regular season Knick game a.k.a. the last game they'll play).

Let's start with the embarassment they called "first day of workouts." Isiah requested that all team members show up a bit early for informal workouts-- you know, to try to try get some team spirit going for the new season. I mean, it sounds like everybody's so excited to play for Isiah, right? So glad Larry's gone, right?

Maybe the letters were mailed to players' summer homes, or Isiah's secretary was too busy fending off sexual advances from her boss-- only four Knicks showed up. That's about the same number of guys that "showed up" for most games last season, on a good day. Of course, Frye and Lee were 2 of the guys that made it to practice... I wonder if Jalen Rose made it?

AIRLINE


Just now appreciating the fantastic show Airline on A&E. Way to go Southwest!

Sunday, October 8, 2006

JOHNNY B QUIET!

One more thing: Johnny Damon should shut his damn mouth about the Torre stuff... what the hell does he know about it? "Joe has been awesome... I think Joe should be safe."

Easy for you to say. Maybe Joe shoulda been gone after he let you and your dirtbag friends stomp all over us in the Bronx 2 years ago. Shut up and earn your fucking pinstripes, surfer boy.

JUDGMENT DAY

GUILTY:
Joe Torre
Alex Rodriguez
Randy Johnson
Jaret Wright
Gary Sheffield
Carl Pavano
Mike Mussina
Kyle Farnsworth
Cory Lidle
Octavio Dotel
Craig Wilson

INNOCENT:
Derek Jeter
Chien-Ming Wang
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano
Bobby Abreu
Bernie Williams
Melky Cabrera
Scott Proctor
Mariano Rivera
Brian Bruney

IRRELEVANT:
Johnny Damon
Hideki Matsui
Sal Fasano
Ron Villone
Miguel Cairo
Andy Phillips
George Steinbrenner
Brian Cashman
3 for $10 beers at pizza joint

Saturday, October 7, 2006

YANKEE DOGHOUSE 27: Joe Torre

Am I the only one that thought it was a little weird having 5 left-handed batters against Kenny Rogers? Giambi at 1B? I don't see how this was supposed to be a good idea.

This could be the last installment of YDH for the season. Fitting that it's the elusive #27...

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

YANKEE DOGHOUSE 26: Yankee Stadium

What a disgrace. They cram people into Yankee Stadium as late as possible on a Wednesday night at $100 a pop, sell them a few beers in the rain at $10 a pop, and then tell 'em the game's cancelled. Apparently ESPN had already announced the postponement while the Stadium was still selling warm Bud Lite to the fans... how much can we take? Now people are supposed to skip work tomorrow? Thank god I didn't go tonight. This same kind of bullshit has gone on for the last few years up there.

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

fox rocks!

did everybody see the insane audioslave montage at the beginning of fox's yankee pre-game tonight? what the hell was that?! martin luther king jr... wendy o williams... was that a klansman at one point?!

i look to fox for safe, conservative, boring baseball coverage-- not for fucking altamont!

Monday, October 2, 2006

movin' on

Team Gizzola stays alive with a Cowboy stomp in week 4 of the Survivor Pool:

WEEK 1: Cardinals
WEEK 2: Chargers
WEEK 3: Dolphins
WEEK 4: Cowboys
The 'Skins might make a nice cheap pick for week 5...