Sunday, January 24, 2010

J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!

Ok, so today is the final round of playoffs before the Super Bowl in 2 weeks. I keep wanting to say that against all odds, the New York Jets are still in it, but really, it's not against all odds. How often do the number 1 seeds from the NFC and AFC ever play each other in the Super Bowl? I think, all things considered, once you get past the wild card round, every team has a fair and somewhat even shot at getting to the next round. A playoff team ranked a lower seed beating another playoff team of a higher seed is never an upset in that the one does not deserve to move to the next round - they're both playoff teams. Teams may go in favored or as underdogs, but really, in any sport, once the regular season ends and the playoffs begin, every team starts over from square one. And even though last weekend the Jets were the only "upset" what with every other game the higher seed moved on, really, what would the playoffs be without a good Cinderella story? Without the little engine that could? Without the possibility of David beating Goliath?

Now, I will admit that today's Colts-Jets matchup is going to be a bittersweet game for me because I have strong New York loyalties, but I love Peyton Manning. So whatever the outcome, I win. And I lose. I'm hoping there's a way both teams can move on to the Super Bowl, but I'm not sure what the chances are of that. I'm thinking my New York loyalties win out though, and while a Saints-Colts Super Bowl would've been awesome if both teams had lived up to the early season hype of their respective 10-0 starts and, if not both gone perfect throughout the season but had ended on high notes, but since the season has played out the way it has, I think right now I'm rooting for a Vikings-Jets Super Bowl.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Watching the Colts v. Raven and just discovered...

...that David Tyree is a Raven. Personally, I'm rooting for the Colts, since Peyton Manning is my NFL boyfriend (love him, love him, LOVE HIM). But David Tyree just made a tackle on a punt reception by the Colts. That name may mean nothing to many people, but that name will forever be etched in my mind as being one half of what is arguably the most awesome NFL play/ professional sports play EVER, as seen below...

Aww, the fact that the Ravens picked him up make me fall in love with them a little more...but I'm really rooting for the Colts to take it all (don't tell the Jets that!), so I'll just have to remember to keep an eye on Joe Flacco (adorable!), Tyree, and the Ravens next season...

David, whatever happens with the rest of your career, know that you will be loved and remembered by Giants fans everywhere for the rest of their lives!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mark McGwire steroids confession: Will it be enough?

What??? Mark McGwire used steroids??? That is BRAND NEW INFORMATION to everyone!!!

Mark McGwire steroids confession: Will it be enough?

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And this is only two months late, but...Yankee championship parade

As fortune would have it, my brother was in town and I was off from work the day the Yankees held their championship parade in Gotham's Canyon of Heroes. To say it was a crowded, wall-to-wall, mob scene is, quite frankly, an understatement, but the baseball gods must've been aware that, dressed head to toe in Yankee gear, I was a true fan, and my brother and I, originally on the wrong side of the barricade a block away from the parade, actually got spots close enough that not only did we have a perfect view of the big screen tv showing the parade but I actually got to see some of my heroes in person as well.

I hate crowds, more than anything, and I almost got trampled by a crushing wave of people at one point, but I love the Yankees more than I hate crowds, and the parade was frickin' awesome.

A few highlights...

City Hall amid a downpour of tickertape

World Series MVP Hideki Matsui

Jay-Z, Francisco Cervelli, and A-Rod

Oh look, it's the back of A-Rod's head (in the hat, to the far left of the float) as he passes by!

CC Sabathia and Mark Texeira

Nick Swisher - looking almost excited as I was - with his mohawk

Jerry Hairston Jr.

Oh yeah, that is totally Johnny Damon on the far right of this photo!

Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter's dad, and Derek Jeter (my bro was disappointed to realize that his crush, Minka Kelly, who is dating my crush Jeter, was also on the float but neither of us saw her...)

Hip, hip, Jorge!...

Mary's never been happier (or dorkier, apparently) in her life...

I think the picture says it all...

Taken at the beer distributor up the block from my house yesterday.

Jets at Chargers, Sunday night - watch it! Root for the underdog! Let's go Jets!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Let's go, Jets!

Ok, so congrats to the Jets for being the little engine that could and beating the Bengals this week...would love to see another New York team take it all after the Yankees this past fall, but secretly I'm rooting for Peyton Manning and the Colts...still, the best thing is coming into the playoffs with no expectations and no pressure like the Jets did and making it past the first round, so go've already earned all our respect, I think...

...and while we're congratulating the Jets, congrats to D'Brickashaw Ferguson for being named a starter in this year's Pro Bowl...unlike Flava Flav, you're doing Freeport proud :)