Human beings are creatures of habit. We go through the same routine day-in and day-out with little variance in how we operate. We wake-up, take a shower, go to work. come home, and go to sleep. This routine is repeated for five days a week. All year round.
This season the New York Football Giants have a chance at winning the NFC East. In the same breath, the Giants also have a good chance to win the NFC as a whole. Big Blue enters 2017 with a top-ten defense from the year before, alongside an offense capable of putting up big numbers across the entirety of the season. The G-Men have all the makings of a legit Super Bowl contender.
On the other hand, the Jets have a chance to be historically bad. Now there have been some awful teams in football since its inception. But after the cake is baked following the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season, the Jets could be in the discussion.
Last week I wrote that acquiring Sonny Gray would have to little to no consequence for the Yankees in the 2017 playoffs. My argument was the Pinstripes lack the top-level starting pitching to match up with the Astros, Indians, and Red Sox over the course of a five or seven-game series.
In response the Yankees acquired both Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia at the deadline. Now in the 2017 interim, I don’t think either of these moves greatly improves the Yankees odds of reaching the World Series. In the end, neither Gray nor Garcia, skyrockets confidence come playoff time.
Right now the Yankees are not a legitimate World Series contender. This simply because their starting pitching doesn’t stack up to their competitors in the American League. To reach the Fall Classic, the Yanks will likely have to overcome the Astros, Red Sox and Indians. And the reality is, they don’t have the pitching to compete against those three. Not over the course of a five or seven-game series.
There’s nothing worse than poor leadership. A bad CEO can sink a company. An incompetent head coach can destroy a football team. And non-existent leadership can permanently stunt the growth of an NBA franchise. The Knicks not only have bad leadership, they have no leadership. They are led without direction, with no real sense of what the hell they’re doing.
As much as certain people care not to admit, professional athletes serve as role models to millions of kids across America. Ask nearly any current sports fan over the age of 18, and they’ll tell you it was once their dream to be a professional athlete. Even former President Dwight Eisenhower once said, “When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing. I told him I wanted to be a real Major League Baseball Player, a true professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said he’d like to be the President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish.”
The great FDR once boldly stated, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!” The quote echoing an important sentiment, as the United States was in the midst of peril. In the throes of a great depression and on the precipice of World War II, Roosevelt wanted to ensure that fear is subjective. The comment personified the mood of the country, at an unbelievably difficult time.
Nostalgia is one of the more fascinating aspects of the human psyche. For whatever reason, past occurrences in people’s lives have a way of appreciating in value as the years progress. For example, many get nostalgic for the days in which smartphones did not exist. A quip commonly said is, “I remember the good old days. People used to communicate face-to-face. Now all they do is sit on their phones!” This with the idea that there was more social cohesion in the days without this technological advancement.
Remember when you were a kid? Oh what wonderful and fond memories. Oh the places you’ll go! A time when summer seemingly lasted three years, not three seconds. When ice-cream was simply delicious, and not a thorn-in-the-side of your diet. And when politics was a “grown-up thing”, not an aspect of life that divides your household during the holidays. Your youth is a worry-free merry go-round of relaxation.
For at least half of all NBA fans, the prevailing wisdom surrounding this year’s playoffs has been: “It’s too predictable! The league lacks parity!” And yes, the reality is the playoffs featured interesting and compelling match ups as a whole, but when the Warriors or Cavaliers were involved, it was a different story. As has been rehashed countless times, the two teams that eventually met in the Finals went a combined 24-1 on their collision course to that point. This has generated the narrative that the NBA lacks parity, which in the end could wind up as a negative for the sport as a whole. That makes sense. Right?