1/26 with runners in scoring position
5 runs in the last 11 games
2/15 for Adrian Gonzalez on the road trip
5/28 in the past 7 games for Hanley Ramirez
6-11 against Arizona who isnt even a playoff team!
I mean how much worse can it get. I am so tired of seeing headline like, “Another maddening loss for the Dodgers” or “No Help” or even “Yet another shutout”. Speaking on behalf of every Dodgers fan, lets light a fire in the clubhouse and play with a sense of urgency. I mean there’s ONLY 20 games left.
So the division race is pretty much over with San Francisco taking a commanding 6 game lead in the NL West, but the wild card is wide open. It looks like Atlanta is running away with the first wild card spot, but the 2nd spot is up for grabs whether it’s St. Louis, LA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Milwaukee.
The Dodgers are 1 game back to St. Louis with a big 4 game series this upcoming weekend. Dodgers fans, don’t give up quite yet because I’m feeling a streak is going to breakout. Mark my words…The Dodgers will make the playoffs!
So thinking back to day 1 of the NBA just think of all the talented players that have came through. Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Bird, Isiah Thomas, Kobe, Jordan, Stockton, both Malone’s, Ewing, Drexler, Barkley, Wilkins and so much more…and thats just a small sample. Now try of think of the best backcourt duo, a little harder.
Here is mine…
5. West and Goodrich(LAL)
4. Johnson and Cooper(LAL)
3. Isiah Thomas, Dumars(DET)
2. Frazier and Monroe(NYK)
1. Kobe and Nash(LAL)
So this trade to send Nash to LA gives Kobe one last go at his sixth NBA championship. Nash is a two time MVP arguably one of the best players to ever play point guard and Kobe Bryant is arguably the best player to ever play the game. Now you tell me how that isn’t the best backcourt…Thats what I thought, no response. The LA Lakers have a 5-1 odds to win the NBA championship next season, but I say there odds are a whole lot better…I guess only time will tell. Send me your responses to the BEST BACKCOURT EVER TO PLAY IN THE NBA!
The injury plague is one that can instantly take your team from title contention to completely forgotten about. It’s something that you wish there was an “on/off” option in the menu like a video game. It’s for lack of better words “a pain in the ass”. Your team is rolling atop the division not letting anything bring you down, until…the injury plague strikes. Your top player has gone down due to a torn Achilles i.e., which happened while jumping in a bounce house for his sons birthday. It merely was a freak accident which once had you as title contenders to completely out of title contention or basically forgotten about. Just blasphemy. Your left sitting there (as a fan) completely in shock without an explanation. The only question that pops into your mind is, why? Why sports gods, just why? The best part about life though is that most injuries heal…MOST. Unfortunately there are injuries that don’t though. For example, Brandon Roy forced into early retirement due to chronic knee issues. The good old Tommy John surgery that saves some pitchers but also destroys others from once a promising career. Injuries will always play a part in the world of sports. Its like a ticking time bomb, its only a matter of time, but hopefully not.
I don’t know, but there is something about the 4th of July. You have family, BBQ, and baseball…what more can you ask for. And to end the night you get fireworks. In my opinion summer is the best time of year bar none. Don’t you get goose bumps every time you hear our national anthem, well I do. Go America, Go life, Go summer. ”Oh say can you se…”
Superman is injured, recuperating from his last encounter with “the villain” and the town slowly begins to fall from being held to a very high standard. The police force goes down. Next the fire department. The merchants are evaporating out of thin air, leaving no food to be bought. The town self destructed faster than anything I have ever seen.
The good news is that this is only a story so stop worrying, but the bad news is that this is very similar to the LA Dodgers coincidentally. The Dodgers and Matt Kemp start the season on a tear gaining as large as a 7.5 game lead in the NL West standings. Mind you this was only the first two months of the seasons…
Matt Kemp’s first stint on the DL was a blow nonetheless, but LA was able to survive. Andre Ethier and company picked up Matty and reassured him that they got this. They got contribution from, Dee, Dre, Rivera, [A.J.]Ellis and much more. This was really pumping up LA fans confidence, showing what they really have this season, something quite special.
Matt Kemp’s second day back from the first stint on the DL ends terribly, something no Dodger fan ever wanted to see…He re-injured the same hamstring forcing him back to the DL for round 2. With LA’s boosted confidence from his first stint, they remained calm about the whole thing, even though in the back of every Dodgers fans mind they were skeptical on whether or not history could repeat itself. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be writing this piece if the Dodgers hadn’t slumped, but they slumped hard. Let’s just say they had a 33 inning scoring drought, 2 runs in a total of 58 innings, not to mention losing 11 of 12 games scoring a total of 15 run…Just plain dismal. To say that their bats disappeared is an understatement. Loney went ice cold, Ethier slumped, Ellis slumped, Uribe slumped. The only two people who managed to somewhat hit the ball was Juan Rivera and Jerry Hairston Jr.
June gloom in LA for sure. But its a new month and they have won 2 of 3 producing some runs and things are looking up…I think every Dodgers fan is saying “just get to the all-star break already”, “get Kemp back”…But in all honesty, Dodgers nation is not worried, better to slump now than later..am I right?
What happened to the true and pure type competition, because thats obviously gone. It got taken over by egos and alot more egos. Since when does an athlete have to be arrogant and self centered, thats not the definition of competition. Being an athlete is about having a competitive mindset, one that allows you to think you’re better then the other player. Don’t smack talk saying your better, but show you are. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have a very similar mindset…and that was/is winning, pure and simple. If Kobe gets beat, he isn’t going to try and injury or inflict pain on you, he’s going to beat you not once and not twice but countless amounts of times. A perfect example of arrogance is Andrew Bynum in the 2011 Western Conference Semi’s. The violent body check sending Barea to the floor…not to mention his poor exit from the court (taking off his jersey)…might I remind you. Remember in little league when sportsmanship was the #1 priority, where’d that go? I understand that sports are very emotional but at the same time show it on the court or field rather than on another player. For god sake, your playing the game you love FOR A LIVING! Most sports are a team game so act like it. Now quit your whining about money and etc and just compete. Thats all I ask of you
Every Sports Fan