Every year around this time I write a “State of the Red Sox Nation” report. I’ve never done it for all of New England sports, and since I’m hating on the Red Sox, probably the most I ever have, I’m going to cover all the teams so I don’t write ten thousand words on how much I hate she who will not be named on this blog.
There is a shit ton going on right now in sports. 3 of the major leagues are in game operation, with the NFL being in full swing as the playoff picture begins to take shape. Don’t forget about college football either as we approach the ridiculous number of “bowl” games, but even with all those meaningless bowls in the mix, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t watch 2 incredible football games Saturday with THE Ohio State University vs. Michigan and the Auburn beating the 2 time reigning National Champion Alabama on a play that has to compare with only a walk off grand slam in terms of game ending plays. Major League Baseball’s hot stove is starting to pick up even in a down free agent year. NBC won’t let us forget that the Winter Olympics are going to happen in Russia, but until they reunite Tonya, Nancy and a crowbar I don’t know that I’m super interested. Unless I can figure out how to make or join a curling pool. I saw those guys in picture at a Bosstones Throwdown in 2011 I think! Continue reading
The baseball season is upon us and there has already been some great action. Clayton Kershaw not only starts opening day for the Dodgers, but throws a complete game shutout and provides all the offense his team would need with a homer run to lead off the 8th. The Astros started their new life as an American League team with a win over their cross state rival Texas Rangers. Bryce Harper started his sophomore season with a bang, actually 2 bangs, as he homered in his first 2 at bats, providing Stephen Strasburg with plenty of support as the Washington Nationals began their run at a World Series title. Continue reading
Sully’s note: This is the first article published on Hooking Foul not written by me. I’m very happy to have it be from Jay who, while he hasn’t written anything for the site until now, has been an integral part of HF since its inception and his influence can be seen everywhere.
It’s time to come clean, I love baseball. Yep…love it. Watch it damn near every day in season, take part in several fantasy leagues and proudly (well, somewhat proudly) wear a baseball cap nearly year round. While I realize that it’s wildly unpopular among the nerderati to take part in anything “sportsball” related, I just don’t give a fuck. While I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, I can’t help but find it incredibly tedious to have to defend my love of the game. Continue reading
NBA All-Star weekend just passed and I fell asleep during the Saturday Night activities. The premier event, the slam dunk contest, needs to be saved. It needs star power. It needs Lebron and the other jumpers of his caliber. TNT reporter David Aldridge has the way to get those guys, he says put an absurd sum of money, 10 million dollars, in the center of the court and tell them winner takes all. That is a great idea, and if they find enough corporate sponsorship to get a prize of 5 million for the 3-point contest or 20 million for the guy who wins both, ratings will go through the roof. Were the NBA able to pull that idea off I would watch EVERY year, not fall asleep and wait with baited breath for each dunk, much like I did as a 9 year old watching Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins go mano-a-mano in the greatest dunk contest I’ve ever seen. Continue reading
At one point this off season the Red Sox had agreed in principle with 2 players to 3 year 39 million dollar deals, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. Victorino indeed signed on the dotted line and will get his 39 million bucks. Napoli’s physical scared the SHIT out of someone on the Red Sox medical staff (a scary thought) and so he shopped himself around again, found no takers and signed a 1 year 5 million dollar incentive laden deal. So much for the bluster of Napolil being a free agent prize. The latest news about Victorino is that he will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. This is my predicted stat line for Victorino’s 2013 with the Red Sox, for Team USA, 12 at bats, 2 hits 1 blown knee. Red Sox 0 at bats, 13 million dollars. God I hope I’m wrong. Continue reading
I hate Nick Saban, but god damn the man knows how to win a College Football National Championship. At this rate he will be far and away the best coach in the history of college football. I haven’t come to that conclusion mildly either. Look at the history of just the last 4 years. 3 titles and 11 first round picks, 8 in the last 2 NFL drafts. Its unprecedented and terrifying because he isn’t going to leave, and they sure aren’t going to ask him too without a scandal of Paterno like proportions. Continue reading
We bunt for a hit, while rounding out week 1 of the NFL season and addressing a couple of other tidbits that I found of particular interest.
NFL Week 1 picks record: 11-16, Season 11-16. Continue reading
We’re back and 1-3 isn’t the end of the world Red Sox Nation. There are 158 more games to be played. Sure some apocalyptic signs look as if they are about to appear upon the horizon, but we haven’t seen the 4 horsemen yet or even heard the 7 trumpets, so we are sure don’t have to worry about the 7 seals of the season being broken, at least in April.
I am so happy a guy named Bubba won the Masters., its just awesome. While I’ve brought up Augusta, the private Augusta National Country Club, having no female members maybe antiquated and viewed as ignorant in many circles, but it is a freedom granted to them by the constitution. ZERO tax dollars support Augusta, they pay for themselves and the members know the extremely high costs and exactly what they get for those dollars. While many would like a club with their exposure and platform push their view of forward thinking, they don’t have to, so enjoy the golf.
I love Doc Rivers as a coach in my city. He knows his team and knows how to get performances when most desperately needed out of them. The does that bit about wanting to go see the Master’s highlights and cuts his press conference short. He is a true sportsman who is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in area’s other than the NBA and as I said about Francona we will all miss him when he is gone.
David “Big Papi” Ortiz has started off the year hitting well because he is driving the ball to the opposite field with authority. When he has double gap power to left center has always been when he is at his best at the plate. It is when he tries to hit through the shift that he sucks. Oh and David, STOP STEALING BASES ITS NOT CUTE, ITS DUMB!
I’d say with 2 9th inning rallies that this Red Sox team could become a group of cardiac kids, but they need to beat an elite closer first. Neither Valverde of Santos is an elite closer.
A true journalist would travel to the prisons (dungeons?) of South America and attempt to find out what truly happened to the only baseball player to ever have the initials U. U. U., Ugueth Urbina. I though am not a true journalist, I am an opinionated ass hole who doesn’t want to get that many shots or buy that much sun screen.
The NHL Playoffs start this week, Thursday for the Bruins specifically. I love the NHL playoffs more than any others sports playoffs even if my hockey knowledge is still questionable. Every games’s important and is evidenced with the player’s, crowd’s, announcer’s and coach’s reaction to each goal, penalty and neutral zone turnover. So enjoy the NHL at its best.