2001-12-15 / Sports

Ode To The A: Not Just Another Sports Weekend

By Elio Velez

Ode To The A: Not Just
Another Sports Weekend
By Elio Velez

As another sports weekend passes, a lot of things sure happened and I kept getting shocked and even more shocked. It was a number of sports that provided items that were just a bit strange, unexplainable, and somewhat stupid.

First thing on Friday morning, I’m hearing that a trade would be completed with the Mets and Yankees. Now this doesn’t happen often. Actually, with the Cold War always brewing between these two, both teams talking to each other is a surprise. Robin Ventura and David Justice are two players coming off another season of injuries. I expect Ventura to bounce back somewhat and hit around .260 hit 20 HRs and play like a Gold Glove at third base. For Justice, the Mets can’t keep him. He is a DH now and the National League doesn’t fit him. The Mets are looking for more payroll flexibility and trading Justice is a better option than Ventura. If he comes into training camp with the Mets, then the team did not get the people that they originally wanted to fill out their outfield.

Now on Saturday, I was watching television and just biding my time until I go to the Knicks-Pacers game at the Garden. A dreary Saturday is just made worse when you see Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. Bags under his eyes, uncombed hair and a depressing tone of voice, Gundy makes everything seem as the sky is falling. I’m watching a live interview at 2 pm. and he seems happy and content. Something is wrong and then I find out. He quit. He actually said he was considering this since the beginning of the season.

Well I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon that he is a traitor and left them high and dry. If he really is tired and he needs to go, that’s fine. He was hard working, competitive and spirited and that should be remembered. Of course, fans will kill him for not opening up the offense but Van Gundy will never be forgotten in this town. Expect him to be back in the NBA very very soon.

On late Saturday into Sunday morning, the College Football bowl picture became clearer but not without controversy. The NCAA’s dumb BCS coalition actually placed #1 Miami against the non-deserving Nebraska. Nebraska only lost once, but they lost 62-36 to Colorado and did not win their conference. The only way they got to the Rose Bowl championship was because of a computer. A complicated computer system decides on who gets to the big game or not. Teams such as Oregon and Colorado have an excellent case to argue that they should be in the championship game. If Miami loses against Nebraska and Colorado or Oregon win, the BCS, the coaches and the writers could all choose different teams as national champions. Fans lose and get even more confused when the NCAA explains how they justify their decisions. It is beyond time for people in college, the bowls and the networks to get a playoff system of 4 –8 teams and battle it out to an exciting and less controversial outcome.

On Sunday, the Jets and Giants lost again and it seems December will not be a kind month to both teams.

The football world lost a great man when former Giants General Manager George Young died on Saturday. He was 71 years old. He was the architect of the Giants 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams and was named NFL executive of the year 5 times. He was a man who would take many chances such as drafting Phil Simms out of Moorehead State, taking a shot at Lawrence Taylor and promoting a defensive coordinator such as Bill Parcells to Head Coach. Giants’ fans will remember the winning and the many playoff appearances. Giants Stadium chanted Defense, Defense and they were a playoff contender every year. It’s a tough town and everyone is looking for the right results. George Young gave results and he delivered in full. Until Next time, Peace!


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