Saturday, September 27, 2008

Why I'm giddier than Michael Jackson at Chuck-E-Cheese

The Chiefs are back!

Tonight, 7 p.m. the reigning Memorial Cup Champions drop the banners at the Spokane Arena when they take on the hated Tri-City Americans.

The only thing I will regret about tonight is that that douche Colton Yellow Horn won't be there to see the Chiefs celebrate what he couldn't bring to the city of Richland/Kennewick/Pasco.

Fortunately, 25 other A-holes will have front row seats (literally) when the Chiefs take the ice and hopefully, put on an hour-long reminder that we are better than that dump two hours down the road when it comes to hockey. And everything else.

I'm excited to see the boys back in town. I'm excited for hockey in general. I want the gong rung. Six times. Chalupas. A Toko shutout. Hat trick by Mitch (since Drayson is still pwning at NHL camp). And I want Ryan Letts to open up a forehead or two ala Partik Bhungal a season ago.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Things I care more about than the final game ever at Yankee Stadium...

Global Warming
Country music (OK, that's a lie)
Children (barely)
NASCAR (another lie)

Anyway, you get the picture. So the New York Yankees are moving across the street to Yankee Stadium, version 2.0. Awesome! Call me bitter, but here are my fondest memories that happened at the House That Ruth Built:

The Sox wrapping up the greatest series comeback of all time, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees in Game Seven, in New York, then going on to win their first World Series in 86 years.

That's it.

I won't miss the memories of Aaron Boone circa 2003, Jeffrey Maier screwing the O's, Derek Jeter's catch of Trot Nixon's pop up (which is the most overrated play in sports history), Roger Clemens tapping Ruth's monument prior to every start, etc.

If there was a lottery to push the button that brings that place to the ground, I would pay good money for a ticket. If I didn't have any money left from entering the lottery, I would hitchhike to New York, push that button, drop a Sox hat on top of the ashes and be hitchhiking back faster than the Stadium came down.

It's been a great ride, Yankee Stadium. Actually, it hasn't. Good riddance.

In more pleasant news, my San Francisco 49ers are 2-1 for the second consecutive season. They finished terribly last year, winding up 5-11, but that was because Alex Smith threw the ball like Akili Smith.

This year, J.T. O'Sullivan and Mike Martz have brought hope to the offense. In their Week 2 win over the Seattle Seahawks, O'Sullivan threw for over 300 yards. That game probably matched the number of times Smith threw for 300 yards in his Niner career, but I'm not wasting any research time on that guy, since he already wasted two years of my life as a San Francisco fan.

Because of the passing game, Frank Gore should have more success on the ground, even though Martz loves to throw the ball.

The defense looks really good, led by Patrick Willis, Manny Lawson, Nate Clements and Takeo Spikes. They gave up 23 to Arizona, but the offense turned the ball over five times in the season-opening game. Then they gave up 30 to the Seahawks, but Willis missed some time in that game and one TD was a fumble return. Today, against a pretty good Lions offense, SF shut the door, allowing only 13 points, seven on a late TD when the game was in hand.

Next week will be a true test of what this team can do when they go to New Orleans and take on the Saints. After that, they go back home to play the New England Patriots and down the road, they face the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. It's a tough slate, but the way they look, they're capable of 10-6 and the NFC West title.