BEST THING ABOUT SUPER BOWL IS IT MEANS BASEBALL RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

After a week of analysis by paralysis of the Super Bowl, the game came down to the same thing all football games come down to, mistakes. The Steelers turned the ball over three time and the Packers converted them into 21 points. If you protect the football and keep penalties to a minimum you’ll win football games. Some other notes on the Super Bowl:

If you’re going to sing the Star Spangled Banner, it’s wise to look over the words, right Christina Aguilera. I wish I saved the screen shot on Twitter that said “I’d rather hear Rick Aguilera sing the than Cristina Aguilera.  I never understood why the SSB had to a performance piece; it’s a very hard song to sing and always sounds better when a military band plays it as an instrumental.

I’m not one to care about the commercials but the kid dressed like Darth Vader with the Volkswagen was pretty good and the Snickers ad with Richard Lewis was a good one because I like Richard Lewis and Rosanne Barr gets hit with a log. I do appreciate all the ads for the upcoming summer movies, I wrote down all the titles and I’ll be submitting them to the Korean lady who supplies me with my bootleg DVD’s.

The halftime show is always lame at least this year I didn’t have to cringe like I did when The Who and U2 appeared (and like I do now when I see Steven Tyler on American Idol and the way Ozzy Osborne is displayed on TV) as I remember when they were hip and happenin’ and the Super Bowl halftime is the next step to appearing at Six Flags, but that show last night was awful. I hope Slash was able to pay his rent after that sell out performance, I have to think that’s the only reason he allowed Fergie to fuck up Sweet Child O Mine. I was hoping to see Axl Rose come out WWE style with a metal folding chair and crack Fergie and Slash over the head.

8 days until pitchers and catcher and it can’t come soon enough.

There is a lot of static about the status of Jose Reyes and if his days as a Met are numbered either due to Sandy Alderson not feeling he’s worth a long term deal or the money woes of the organization. My feeling is the former is about right.  When Jose is on, he is as dynamic as any player in baseball, but the reality is he is starting to breakdown and what his contract demands will be are not known. Reyes holds his future in his hamstrings and let’s hope he makes Sandy Alderson’ decisions a very difficult one.

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IT’S OFFICAL: 2 YEARS AND AN OPTION ON A 3RD FOR R.A. DICKEY

 

From the New York Mets via press release:

FLUSHING, N.Y., January 31, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced that they have signed righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey to a two-year contract with a club option for 2013.

Dickey compiled a 11-9 record in 2010 and finished seventh in the National League with a 2.84 ERA.   He became the first pitcher in team history to go 6-0 in his first seven starts and tossed the 35th one-hitter in franchise history on August 13 at Citi Field to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0. The only hit he allowed was a sixth-inning single by pitcher Cole Hamels.

 “R.A. had a breakthrough season for our organization last year, meriting this new contract,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.  “We expect R.A. to be a major part of our success going forward.”

 Dickey, 36, had his contract selected from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League on May 19. The Nashville, TN native set career highs in wins, starts (26), innings (174.1) strikeouts (104) and complete games (two).

 The 6-2, 216-pounder finished with 11 victories even though he didn’t pick up his first until May 25.  It was only the fifth time in club history that a pitcher reached double figures in wins in a season after not recording a victory in any of the team’s first 45 games (Bob Shaw, 1966; Rick Aguilera 1985 and 1986 and Dwight Gooden, 1987).

 Last season with Buffalo, Dickey he threw a near perfect game and set a Buffalo modern-day record when he retired 27 straight hitters on April 29 vs. Durham.  Fernando Perez singled on an 0-2 pitch to start the game before Dickey set down the next 27 hitters in order.

 The Mets have now reached agreements with two of the three players who were eligible for salary arbitration. The team signed Mike Pelfrey to a one-year contract on January 18, while outfielder Angel Pagan has yet to reach an agreement.

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