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Viagra discount One  of the great topics for debate when it comes to team sports is how much does team chemistry play in making a difference between a winning or losing team. Viagra discount  There are many who believe team chemistry is a bunch of bullshit and it’s mostly those in the sabermetric segment of baseball fans who take this position and feel that folks like me who believe in this part of the game are relics of the past and that whether you’re BFF’s with teammates or a big time snob, viagra discount as long as you produce on the field that’s what counts. Viagra discount In some ways they’re right, viagra discount Jeff Francouer had a million dollar smile and a ten cent approach at the plate while he was with the Mets.  Barry Bonds was one miserable prick in the Giants clubhouse but he is still considered one the best baseball players of all time (I’ll leave the PED discussion for another time) but there is still something about having a group of people who have the same goal, viagra discount winning and will do whatever has to be done to achieve that goal. Viagra discount When you have that collective mind set, viagra discount I feel you have a greater shot of being a winning team than if you have a team that is just a collection of talent who worry about their 2 for 4 day and their statistical resume than winning games.

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Viagra discount I’m a Boston Celtics fan and if there is a team that thrives on chemistry and is the best case study on the subject it’s the C’s. Viagra discount For the bulk of his career, viagra discount Paul Pierce was the best the Celtics had to offer but as the losses piled up with exception of a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001, viagra discount Pierce was ready to bolt Boston until GM Danny Ainge made two deals that put the Celtics back into the forefront of the NBA, viagra discount  obtaining Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Viagra discount All three players were All-Stars and future Hall of Famers as well; this melding of talent would either be a big success or a major failure. Viagra discount It’s been a rousing success. Viagra discount All three superstars under the direction of Head Coach Doc Rivers have checked their egos at the locker room door and preached the value of teamwork to their teammates. Viagra discount Ainge also added a great supporting cast who all have the same team first mind set. Viagra discount Garnett uses the term “Ubuntu” which loosely translated from African culture means a sense of community. Viagra discount Yes it helps greatly that the team employs four players who are all time greats and one in Rajon Rando who will be in that same group when his career is over. Viagra discount When you watch the C’s play you know right away what the mission statement is, viagra discount to win Banner 18 and to do it by any means necessary.

Viagra discount A team that is nowhere near having Ubuntu are the NY Knicks. Viagra discount Here is a team that is just a red hot mess. Viagra discount  The best guy in the entire Knicks organization is the GM Donny Walsh, viagra discount who took over a disaster of a team, viagra discount got them below the salary cap for the first since the inception of the cap, viagra discount who then went out an acquired two superstar players and has made The Garden the mecca of basketball once again. Viagra discount For his hard work and dedication what did Walsh get in return, viagra discount a knife in his back wielded by the clueless owner of the team Jim Dolan. Viagra discount The head coach Mike D’Antoni preaches offense, viagra discount offense and more offense with his “7 seconds or less” fast break style. Viagra discount A style that will never win without the player’s ability to play even plausible defense, viagra discount which the Knicks don’t do. Viagra discount  But the biggest problem with the Knicks is they have two superstars who don’t seem to know how to mesh. Viagra discount Amare Stoudemire was THE show for the bulk of the season with the Knicks. Viagra discount He was the focal point of everything from merchandising to promotion of the team, viagra discount he was anointed the next great Knickerbocker. Viagra discount As the team had early success the chant of M-V-P cascaded from the fans at MSG, viagra discount they loved their Amare. Viagra discount But wait, viagra discount all of a sudden another superstar joined the team, viagra discount this player was born in Red Hook Brooklyn but raised in Baltimore MD and won a National Championship with Syracuse and did everything in his power to be a Knick. Viagra discount Move over Amare make way for Carmelo Anthony.

Viagra discount Both these star players said all the right things at the ‘Melo presser (the same cannot be said of Dopey Dolan) and the first few games, viagra discount the duo had Knick fans thinking it was 1970 all over again. Viagra discount But as the season has gone on, viagra discount we see that both players are still trying to figure out who gets the ball when the game is on the line and how to get the rest of the roster to raise their game and guts to do what it takes to win games. Viagra discount We have seen ‘Melo glare at teammates who haven’t gotten the ball to him in crunch time and we’ve seen Stoudemire wonder what happened to the team he was the leader of and the coach trying to figure out how to appease two big egos. Viagra discount I guess you could say the Knicks lack “team chemistry”

Viagra discount Now the other tenant of MSG , viagra discount is the exact opposite of their basketball cohabitants. Viagra discount  For long time NY Rangers fans like myself , viagra discount the best trait of this Ranger team is they never quit and even in losses, viagra discount it’s hard to get mad as they  are what hockey folks like to say a “lunch pail team” . Viagra discount Not only are they a hard working bunch but for the most part the Rangers roster is mostly home grown. Viagra discount  Ryan Callahan is the captain in waiting along with Brandon Dubinsky, viagra discount Mark Stahl, viagra discount Dan Girardi, viagra discount Derek Stepan  and King Henrik Lundquist  are all setting the tone for big run to the playoffs. Viagra discount No matter what happens in the playoffs, viagra discount as Ranger fans we have to be pleased that the foundation of the team that will be a Cup contender for awhile has been set.  There is a very good blend of veteran and young players on this Ranger team. Viagra discount When you see teams like the Rangers play as hard as they do, viagra discount as a fan your proud to say you root for that team. Viagra discount With the NY Rangers you have team and fan chemistry.

Viagra discount That brings me to the NY Mets. Viagra discount If your sole knowledge of the Mets was obtained through the NY beat writers, viagra discount sports columnists and Twitter, viagra discount you’d get the impression that this was the worst team in baseball. Viagra discount But if you watch the games and possess an open mind , viagra discountyou’d come to the realization that the Mets are a pretty good ball club. Viagra discount Are they a World Series contender? Not this year. Viagra discount Will they be better than last year? No question in my mind they will.

Viagra discount There is a lot of familiarity with the players on the roster, viagra discount most have played together either in the big leagues or in the Mets minor league system. Viagra discount R.A. Viagra discount Dickey had mentioned this during the off season that many of the guys on this team know each other very well. Viagra discount Dickey also mentioned that a baseball clubhouse is just like any work place, viagra discount some of guys you’re close with and other guys not as close but when you put the same uniform you have that in common and that’s what’s important.

Viagra discount One of the biggest failures of the past front office staff was they let the clubhouse become fractured. Viagra discount The last two mangers seemed to polarize the clubhouse and that led to cliques forming between the players. Viagra discount  You can see this spring that the new regime realizes this has been a problem with the Mets as Terry Collins instituted the Sunday night bowling parties to try to form a bond within the team.

Viagra discount Don’t get me wrong here, viagra discount I’m not saying if the whole team sat around singing Kumbaya  it will make the Mets a World Series winner, viagra discount but if the TC and Sandy Alderson can change the climate of that clubhouse and Collins can get the team to buy into a team first mentality, viagra discount that will be half the battle in getting the Mets winning games. Viagra discount I feel the seeds of that way of thinking have been planted. Viagra discount If the players realize that no matter how much money or how much time you’ve spent as a Met , viagra discount means nothing  if you don’t produce something positive to the club, viagra discount you’ll be gone.

Viagra discount Think about it, viagra discount the past administration went out and brought in talented players at big money contracts and what do they have to show for it? A division championship and two players calling out their teammates for not stepping up and talking to the media (the infamous “they speak English you know” from Bill Wagner and Red Ass LoDuca towards their Latino teammates)   I think this will be a much better clubhouse and a much better Met team than most think. Viagra discount I can’t wait until a week from tomorrow and I really am excited for April 8th and the home opener. Viagra discount Forget about the mess the owners are in, viagra discount forget about the nay sayers in media worrying about who the Mets fans are going to boo next. Viagra discount I’m not saying we should become a bunch of Pollyanna’s , viagra discount but this Mets team looks like one we should be rooting for.

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Swiss oats a111 I was going to take a break from blogging today but a few items of interest have given me the urge to vent, swiss oats a111 so a venting we will go:

Swiss oats a111 Johan Santana either hurt his right pectoral muscle or his shoulder or he broke a finger nail or his left arm was amputated from just above his elbow. Swiss oats a111 Take your pick because no one knows for sure especially the manager who has trouble decipher the difference between a pec muscle and a shoulder.

Swiss oats a111 So let me see if I have this right, swiss oats a111 you can criticize the President of the U.S., swiss oats a111 the Pope, swiss oats a111 Muslims building a community center in Manhattan, swiss oats a111 the NYC Transit System and your In-Laws but you can’t criticize Jeff Francoeur and his inability to hit a baseball with any authority or the fact that his nice smile and balls to the wall hustle might be a façade as when his playing time was cut due to lack of production he had his agent go crying to management that he wanted out. Swiss oats a111 You know what, swiss oats a111 sometimes you Mets fan get want you deserve, swiss oats a111 a losing team and incompetent management.

Swiss oats a111 Yesterday Wally Backman met with Jeffey Skill Sets on Coney Island. Swiss oats a111 Today and tomorrow Wally gets to see me at MCU Park ( I’d love to meet with him in fact I’d take him over to Gargulio’s for a little escarole and beans and scungilli my treat) It seems Wally was a little taken aback when asked if Jeffey offered him the Mets managers job while visiting the Cyclones chief. Swiss oats a111 Yeah I’m sure you two talked about the carpets and drapes.

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