The Definitive Take on DeflateGate

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I can’t turn on ESPN without hearing about how Belichick should be banned from the NFL and the Pats should forfeit the Super Bowl, so I figured I’d hit up DBS in its last days before going back to “” ($2/month to make it so unless you guys wanna donate it’s going back).  It’s really a non-story but since it’s the Patriots and there is literally nothing to talk about the week before Super Bowl week, it’s a huge deal.  This happens to the Bears or Falcons in Week 2, how much do you hear about this?  Zero.

Well Dorf, they broke the rules!  Is it really breaking the rules?  Of course.  But then again everyone doctors their footballs and the Patriots have had a target on their back since 2001.  Being by far the most successful franchise in the past 15 years, I’m surprised shit like this doesn’t come out more often.  Call the Patriots cheaters, I don’t care, but if you say you wouldn’t trade places with a Patriots fan, you’re on Penn State level of delusion.  If my team’s gonna cheat I’d rather have them deflate their footballs to a pressure that isn’t even noticably different than normal pressure (refs touch them every play, no?) than have them lead the league in PED suspensions*.

To put the icing on the cake, apparently the NFL were tipped off on #DeflateGate the week prior, and planned to check the Pats’ balls at halftime.  But wait, why would the NFL knowingly let the Patriots cheat for a half of the AFC Championship Game?  Fuck honesty, fuck integrity.  The league literally let the Patriots “cheat” to bust them in more dramatic fashion.

*That would be the Seahawks FYI.  Fuck them, Go Pats.

Michael Vick and 50 Cent Confusing the Shit Out of Me on Facebook

Without Twitter and Instagram, I often scroll through the world of Facebook and today I stumbled upon these posts…

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Connect Inmate baby!  Damn Mike, you were doing great, just silently hanging out on the sidelines waiting for foot fairy Rex to start you, trying to keep the words “dog” and “jail” out of all Michael Vick related news.  Don’t know what this is doing for you though.  Either way Michael Vick endorsing some sort of product for inmates is hilarious.  And can you just have iPhones in jail?  Mike would know, so I guess so.  Maybe the whole “prison is scary” thing is just exaggerated by the media.  If I had to guess, I’d bet jail is probably just a bunch of dudes playing Words With Friends all day.

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Now this wasn’t posted by 50 but he was mentioned in it so I saw it (obviously I like him on Facebook).  The first thing I thought of when I saw this is how ridiculous it is to spread awareness of LGBT youth homelessness as opposed to youth homelessness in general.  If I was homeless and I asked 50 for some help would he spit on me because I have a girlfriend?  My next thought was the connection between 50 and these gay kids.  No clue why he chose this as a charity to endorse.  There are thousands of other charities out there and literally the ninth word in “Straight to the Bank” is “faggot”.  Don’t know how 12 year old Pierre would like that one.  Weird shit 50.

New York Mets Offseason Preview

Football is in full swing, hockey is back, the return of basketball looms, and for an 8th consecutive season, the MLB playoffs are going on without the New York Mets. It was 2 years of heartbreaking collapses, and 6 years stuck in baseball purgatory that brings the Amazins to the point they currently sit. We saw a better baseball team in 2014 than we did in previous years, and with the return of Matt Harvey on the horizon, it’s time to be optimistic in Queens.

Let me start by saying that you are a fool if you don’t see the potential in this Mets pitching staff. We can’t expect Matt Harvey to be exactly what we saw in 2013, but he still has a chance to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. 2014 let us see the emergence of likely NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom, a guy that scouts really overlooked in their evaluations of the Mets young pitching. Zack Wheeler had a rough start to the year, but finished by looking flat out dominant at some points. His lack of longevity is still an issue, but let’s remember that the guy is still only 24 years old. Jon Niese had a solid year, and is a very good left-handed starter to have if he stays healthy. Dillon Gee was bit by the injury bug, and had a shaky year, but let’s not forget about his very efficient 2013. Bartolo Colon won 15 games and was an innings eater, but the logical thing to do now is for the Mets to trade the 41 year old. Noah Syndergaard had his struggles in AAA and didn’t get that September call-up as was expected, but scouts still consider him to be one of the best pitching prospects in the game. The 5 spot in the Mets rotation is certainly up for grabs, and guys like Montero and Matz can also compete for it along with Gee and Syndergaard.

The Mets bullpen this year was as good as we have seen in a very long time. This can definitely be attributed to the emergence of more live, young arms. Mejia was shaky at times, but still saved 28 games. Familia was a great set up man who will likely get some ROY votes. Vic Black showed he could be another solid reliever, posting a 2.60 ERA. Carlos Torres is a good long man to have, and can make a spot start when called upon. Josh Edgin was a very capable lefty out of the pen, as was Dana Eveland. But, I would like to see the Mets pursue a guy like Andrew Miller to be their lefty specialist. Putting some more young arms into the bullpen if there’s no room in the rotation is something the Cardinals have done for years, and that should be a model the Mets follow. The closer position is still up for grabs in my opinion, and I actually would like to see Familia in there instead of the erratic Mejia. The bullpen has always been an issue in Queens, but could really be one of their strong points in 2015 with the OODLES of young pitching they have.

Now to the offense. An obvious positive to take away from 2014 was the emergence of Lucas Duda. Tip of the cap to Sandy Alderson for sticking with him over Ike Davis. The guy only finished 3rd in the NL in HRs and 5th in RBIs. Daniel Murphy is a solid 2 hitter who will play almost every day, hit around .300, and hit 35 doubles. Travis d’Arnaud played much, much better after being sent down to AAA. 20 home runs for him is not too much to ask for at all. Curtis Granderson got off to a horrid start, and was really inconsistent at times, but still managed to hit 20 big flies. The new Citi Field dimensions should help him bump those HR totals up. Another player the new dimensions in right center should help is David Wright. Wright played with a hurt shoulder for most of the year, and put up some pretty bad numbers. I don’t think he is done at all though, as some have speculated. He’s finally got some protection in the order, and if healthy, can return to the David Wright of 2012. Another guy you can pencil into the line-up next year is Juan Lagares. He’s the best defensive center fielder in baseball, and has a solid bat too. Now the obvious gaping holes in the Mets lineup is in left field and at shortstop. I don’t think they need a guy who will hit 30 HRs in LF. Those are very hard to come by nowadays, and aside from Nelson Cruz (who the Mets can’t afford), guys like that aren’t available in free agency this winter. A guy who is available is Michael Cuddyer. He’s 36 years old, but won the batting title in 2013. Plus, he’s old buddies with David Wright, so Queens seems to be a possible destination. Shortstop needs to be addressed as well. Ruben Tejada isn’t cutting it anymore. Wilmer Flores has a nice bat, but I don’t think his offense makes up for his lack of defense. If we’ve learned anything from the KC Royals, it’s that defense should not be overlooked. A guy I’d like to see the Mets sign to play SS is Jed Lowrie. He had some injury problems this year, but had 15 HRs, 75 RBIs, and hit .290 in 2013. Pretty much anything would be an upgrade over what is at SS currently.

So if I haven’t already convinced you, I expect the Mets to be in contention for the post season in 2015. They need to make moves to get this team over the hump. Seeing a team like the Royals convinces me even more that the Mets have a shot. The Mets have a better rotation than KC, and we all know pitching is what wins you games in October. That and timely hitting. A few more key additions offensively and I can see this team winning anywhere from 85-90 games in 2015. All you Yankees and Sox fans may laugh at this, but I cannot wait to bathe in your tears when the Mets rattle off 10 straight championships until 2024. The future is finally here Mets fans. It’s time to stop “waiting till next year”, and expect to see a winning team on the field now. But that is very dependent on how this offseason goes. Your move Sandy.

FTB Friday

This weeks FTB Friday goes to…. ME. That’s right Dart Boy Nation; Me. Suck it… I skipped woodsmen today to go to UConn’s First night #TeamKevin therefore, I am for the boys.

By the Boys. For the Boys. Darts. Get Buckwild

FTB Friday

This weeks FTB Friday goes out to my Dad. I promised him I wouldn’t tell my Mother what he did for me, so I think that includes DBS Nation too. Believe me, FTB.

Nevermind, Without Derek Jeter, Playoff Baseball Isn’t the Same… Find Something Else to Watch

I sincerely apologize!  I should fire myself for writing my last article.  I’m so fucking dumb!  I completely spaced that baseball “isn’t the same” without Derek Jeter.  The game you’ve loved your whole life is a joke now.  Definitely not watching any playoff action and highly recommend that you do the same.  It’s so dumb that the MLB is still a thing without Jeter playing short for the Yankees.  Even more dumb that these playoff teams AREN’T wearing #2 patches.  If you can wear red, white, and blue on the 4th of July, you can at least redesign your jerseys for the playoffs so they can all have pinstripes.  RIP Derek.  #RE2PECT

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2014 MLB Postseason Predictions

Tonight and tomorrow night should feature the best baseball you’ll see all year.  The wild card games are absolutely electric and with big name starters throwing for all four teams, it’s going to so fun to watch.  I still feel like it’s pretty unfair for the home wild card team, being that one shitty game could cost them their season even if they were the second best team in the league.

Wild Card Games

AL: Love Shields to death, but Lester has the upper hand here, and the way Josh Reddick has been hitting, I think he’ll make the difference here.  Athletics 3-1.

NL: Everyone saw what a home-field advantage for Pittsburgh can mean and Edinson Volquez is sneaky having the best season of his career.  Same thing here, Bumgarner is a bonafide stud, but I’m taking the home field advantage.  Pirates 4-3.

Divisional Series

AL1: In a must-win season for them with so many guys becoming free agents and demanding money that they don’t have, I’ll take the A’s.  That Sonny Gray and Jon Lester combo is wow.  Losing Garrett Richards hurts big time for the Angels.  Athletics in 5.

AL2: I feel like I pick the Tigers to at least make it to the WS every year, but this year they have to.  Their rotation is too good to not dominate those scrappy Orioles.  VMart is having the best season of his life and they have some guy named Miguel Cabrera.  Tigers in 4.

NL1: The Nationals are the best team in baseball.  Although I have officially declared my hatred for them now that the Mets figure to be contenders for the division with them next year, there’s zero chance the Giants or Pirates can take down Washington.  Gio, Strasburg, Zimmermann, Fister, Roark, Clippard, Storen, Soriano?  Not fair.  Nationals in 3.

NL2: The Dodgers have two automatic wins, and I don’t think the Cards aren’t going 3-0 against the Kershaw-less Dodgers.  If he’s not facing Kershaw, Wainwright is too good to not pick up a win.  Dodgers in 4.

Championship Series

AL: I said it earlier, the Tigers rotation consisting of a bunch of workhorses is built for playoff success.  I don’t think the A’s have a lineup that can win four games against Scherzer, Price, and Verlander (he’ll come through this fall), but Sonny and Lester will keep it close.  Tigers in 6.

NL: I hope the NLCS is Nationals/Dodgers because that’s going to be some great baseball.  I think they’ll get a win off Kershaw (he’s never been himself in the playoffs) and be able to keep the Dodgers offense relatively quiet.  Kemp and Crawford hit like .600 in September so if they keep that up through the LDS I’ll guarantee this goes seven.  Nationals in 7.

World Series

The Tigers bullpen scares me way too much to pick them to win it all.  Yeah they’ll pose the biggest threat to the Nats’ pitching dominance but in close games you have to give the Nationals the upper hand.  They had that 73 straight walk off wins stretch in July.  They’re inexperienced in the playoffs, but built for the clutch.  Too good of a team.  Nationals in 6

I hate myself for taking the Nationals and I truly hope Bryce Harper goes 0 for the playoffs.  Fuck him.

2015 Playoffs Sneak Preview

The Angels rotation is healthy for this postseason and is going to handily take them into the world series with Mike Trout hitting .387 with an OPS of 1.231, but the Mets rotation makes them look like shit.  Harvey, deGrom, and Wheeler won’t allow an earned run all series.  Wright and Bautista in the middle of the lineup is all they need with the pitching they have.  Mets in 6.