Perhaps those of us who were born at night were born last night.
It is now nearly impossible to tune into any sporting event without suffering from removing common sense from our ability to distinguish it from nonsense.
The Rangers likely lost the first game of the Stanley Cup series on Tuesday against Pittsburgh in yet another unintended application of all-sport replay rules. It happened when a late target in regulation was prevented by the victory of the microscopic freeze frame of ‘may’ over ‘may’.
The appeal on the goal ice was not reversed due to clear evidence of goalkeeper interference, which initially led to a clearly wrong decision. Instead, there was a long delay in examining the video for a second opinion, one that would easily have been the first before being reversed with a second opinion.
I don’t know which call was correct, but the second guess was given time for a forensic and consensus examination from the Video Neurology Center in Toronto, where a second conclusion was made. Was there a vote?
Regardless, it was remodeling bullshit poorly put forward as “getting it right”.
On Monday, after the Mets cut an expensive bad idea for Robinson Cano, broadcasting their game on SNY had yet to begin when Gary Cohen and Todd Zeile began an expected humiliating lament:
Despite Kano’s drug suspension, this was a “sad” ending, especially, uh, as Kano was “too good at the club”, a recurring claim not backed by any evidence, and on the pitch where it matters most, only with evidence to suggest the opposite of that.
And I suspect Cohen and Zell know better. How can they?
Kano is 39 years old and receiving nearly $40 million in “compensation,” so cry for me, River.
How can a player who chooses to run to the start – even on double balls – be “good at the club”? After the games, did he make the rounds telling the younger players to run their way to success?
If he is good at the club, he should be DFA (Appointment to Duty) at the club.
Furthermore, logic tells us that the aforementioned busts of PED did not occur in those days he first chose to cheat, and that his illegal drug use in both cases began weeks, months, and maybe even seasons before he was discovered. Was he an all-eight star? How many times has he been pure?
However, local media told us that Kano deserves our sympathy? He won nothing better than ‘Doomsday’. Smart fans have known this for years, back in the last Yankees seasons, so why is such nonsense being presented?
This week, John Sterling magnanimously lifted his annual, self-imposed ban on giving batting averages to players as he decreed that providing such information in the first month of the season is to note the irrelevant.
Sending players out for failing to strike in April doesn’t make a difference based on his judgment – and we’ve known for years that Sterling’s judgments as the “Voice of the Yankees” make for pathetic comedy.
Friday night, more eviscerations by Rob Manfred “show-me-the-money”: Another exclusive streaming TV as sold for Apple TV+ Friday nights (Friday nights!) This time, Yankees-Royals.
Another abomination as the same trio, led by unceasingly Wicker Melanie Newman, who ruined the Mets’ second game of the season, is back to destroy another in endless notes, conversations and visual hangovers that should never have been taken into account. consumption.
Either Apple, at MLB’s insistence, made no attempt to optimize production to a minimum or both were happy with what was once again presented as a paid fish buddy. Have you seen Manfred? Did he agree? Does he know the bad from the terrible? Does he care?
Reader Stuart Summers: “The [Apple TV+] The commentators on the Yankee game were so bad that I muted and tried to listen to Sterling’s call. Then I came to my senses and watched my new favorite language – silence.”
I wish I had that option.
Then there was the Sunday night Phillies-Mets game, during which ESPN offered the option to watch and listen to Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez as they watched the match on ESPN 2.
Question for ESPN:
If Rodriguez’s sheer nonsense, frequent inconsistencies, and his presence as a drug cheat and twice liar were as denial as the analyst on Sunday night’s prime broadcast television, what made ESPN think fans would be drawn to him in a secondary broadcast?
On Sunday night, Mets Radio Voice Howie Rose also testified to MLB’s lust for money: “Sunday nights are a crowd killer. This is the smallest crowd in this series against the Phillies.”
The Yankees-Rangers game appears Friday night on Amazon Prime Video – exclusively. The kings were in the counting house, counting their money…
And the trophy goes to…NHL
Our Cup’s Over… Then Overtime: The NHL and its TV partners have done a fine job of kicking off the half-hour Stanley Cup playoffs, giving ESPN and TBS/TNT viewers a chance to watch plenty of games in progress.
ESPN’s Stanley Cup studio lineup of Steve Levy, Mark Messier and Chris Chiles was strong, with more content of forced belly laughs than ESPN’s NFL, NBA, and College studio offerings. Chelios, who had a miserable representative of the media to deal with, was amazing about it.
The Sean McDonough-Ray Ferraro team that worked between the Penguins-Rangers and the Bruins-Hurricanes has been fantastic.
From reader Richard T. Monahan, Tuesday Night: “Pence Rangers head into third time. That’s five hockey stints, four recesses, and it’s only 11:30. It really shines a light on the length of the MLB games.”
One gripe: Many of the loud and wide shots from the live broadcast on ESPN were very loud and wide. Sometimes you have to partially lose the nearby flaps to better show the movement.
Oh, and the “fans” who slapped the glass while jostling for the disc in front of them should be summarily executed.
I should have known better. Looking forward to Game 1 of Bucks-Celtics on ABC/ESPN, Sunday was a miss. Calling this game basketball would be like calling the fire department to deliver a set of matches.
In their 101-89 loss, the Celts totaled 84 field goal attempts, 50 of which (60 percent!) were 3-point shots, creating an unbelievable version of the basketball game. Even quick breaks ended with long-range bombs.
The only thing that looked like a basketball was the ball. strategy? Play Five Guys? Reid Auerbach?
ESPNer driving with the stadium outside
During a recent telecast of women’s softball in Michigan and Minnesota, ESPN’s Lisa Bennington advised, “The last thing you want to do is walk up front, especially with no one at the base.”
(Thanks to reader Ken Mortenson for the clip.)
Jon Flaherty, on YES, told a good, helpful anti-analytics story about catching Mike Musina when they were both Yankees.
Before the match, Flaherty asked Musina about his plan. Musina told him to wait until he warmed up at the bull run “to see what I had.”
Of course, the story of a Blue Jays fan who introduced that kid in Toronto with an Aaron Judge jogging ball at home was a great one. So was the meeting of the judge with all the following day. However, commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLB Network are in favor of flipping bats and putting home plate as a way to attract kids.