NBC dubbed Sunday nights’ AFC East match-up between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins as Futbol Americano. The Spanish theme was supposedly for Hispanic Heritage Month, but may have been a subtle promotion for some sort of baseball-football Black-Spanish exchange program. Looking for the minority mix up, since baseball has been itching for more black players and there are plenty to be found in the NFL, which could benefit from stealing some soccer fans. Even though NBC showed the score with the team names reading “Jets de Nuevo York” and “Dolphins de Miami”, it doesn’t make Mark Sanchez seem any more Mexican.
Mr. Kartsen went to Washington. Now Mr. Karsten leaves Washington.
Stan Kasten, the team president of Washington Nationals will resign at the end of the season. The Nationals have finished with the worst record in the majors in both 2008 and 2009. This year, they are on their way to a 3rd consecutive last-place finish in the NL East. Apparently, when the losing gets tough, the Captain of the losers gets going.
He’s a shortstop. He’s a captain. He’s an actor!
Derek Jeter has had a pretty bad season as far as hitting is concerned. But last night the Yankee captain proved he can have a good night at the plate as far as acting hit is concerned.
The Detroit Lions, like many residents in the suffering city, were robbed yesterday. The first Sunday of the NFL season featured the Detroit Lions facing division foes in the Jay Cutler Era, the Chicago Bears. The game was surprisingly good, until a blown call ruined what should have been a comeback win breaking a 20-game road losing streak.
Last night the NFL season kicked off as the defending Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints played the Minnesota Favres in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game, yielding the same result: a Saints victory.
Before the game, however, players on both teams made a statement by holding up one finger as a solidarity gesture. The move was intended to show that the NFL players union is united (duh, as “union” implies) in the intense debate over a new labor deal with NFL owners where both sides will end up with a ton of money.
The NFL money fight is front & center instead of behind closed doors, where it needs to be. Fans who supply the league with dollars want to see football, not financial frustration.
Unfortunately, the fans don’t get a chance to collectively give the middle finger to the entire NFL: players and owners alike.
You know what Major League Baseball needs down the stretch between teams with no playoff hopes? Bench-clearing brawls! Not every team can deliver entertainment in the form of impressive talent. But any team can get a little drama to keep the fans interested. The mediocre Florida Marlins hosted the NL East worst Washington Nationals last night, producing 26 runs and one very amusing fight.