2002-08-31 / Sports

The Fall Season Awaits

This Football Customer
By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

Spud is mud! After the embarrassing display shown by that dude and his friends at the Multi-Cultural Family Day Festival at Bayswater Park last Saturday, I'm surprised he could show up at any future events that would benefit the community.  What was your motivation? To act like Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential? Well, you can't act and you're not Russell Crowe.

Back to Sports.

Now that the Harlem Little League All Stars has been eliminated from the World Series, it's time for the vendetta placed by the media and fans to stop. It did seem that people just wanted to find out something wrong with a New York team. When it was proven that Harlem did not include illegal players on their team, the media admonishes 12 year olds for celebrating and having fun.

The most idiotic thing I heard was WFAN's Mike Francesca saying that he would have had his team throw at one of the little league players from Harlem for celebrating. Instead of setting an example of professionalism, Mikey decided to act stupid with his eye for an eye statement. No wonder that Mikey and the Dog was losing ratings all these years. Lucky for them Opie and Anthony got fired, or they would be looking for jobs. More on Opie and Anthony later.

Can't kids have fun anymore with adults telling them what to do? The same adults who tell the kids they did wrong is the same who say that it's cool for adults to do the Jamal Anderson Dirty Bird Dance and talk trash on the b-ball court. Leave the kids alone. These days, kids have to grow up so fast; At least let them have their childhood for as long as they can retain it. In fact, the Harlem backlash led to the eventual winners, Louisville, Kentucky, to act subdued in their championship win. The kids were scared to have fun. Adults win. Whoopee!


Doesn't the baseball strike talk almost bore you into tears? Well get into football like me. A couple of things I've noticed in the Jets and Giants' training camps this year.


When I visited Hofstra to watch the Jets, there was such a high optimism that was so evident in the players but more so in the fans. It is not that feeling of maybe we will make the playoffs. The Patriots great run last year has inspired the Jets and they believe this can be their year.

Santana Moss, if healthy, is the most exciting playmaker on offense since Wesley Walker caught passes at Shea Stadium in 1982.

This team needs John Abraham and Sam Cowart to stay healthy. Ted Cottrell's 4-3 defense is predicated on having a fearsome pass rusher and run stopper in the middle. The defense could be great with these two or just middle of the road.

I have learned to fully respect Wayne Chrebet and how hard he works on the field. He runs precision routes and catches the ball like Don Maynard and Tim Brown. The Jets must resign him or he will switch lockerooms at Giants Stadium.


I went to Albany three weeks ago and the Giants sometimes excite me and scare me.

Jeremy Shockey is the real deal at Tight End and he reminds me of Tony Gonzales and Keith Jackson, formerly of the Eagles and Packers. Shockey just seems to have an aura that makes everyone believe that this man is the real deal Shockey will catch about 50- 60 catches and will be the Rookie of the Year.

The special teams look like a train wreck in progress. New coach Bruce Read will have a hard time convincing me that they will be improved this year. The Giants haven't had a great special teams player since Reyna Thompson, who made the Pro Bowl in 1990. They should scour free agency to find that type of player.

Ron Dayne has not broken out of the pack and seemed in practice to remain hesitant in running hard through the tackles. He better wake up.

The offensive line will be either a big surprise or a big failure. There will be no in-between for the O-line.

I never saw so many flare-ups or almost fights in the 2 days I spent at training camp. These guys should be on celebrity boxing on Fox to get rid of their aggression.

Final Thoughts

I want football to arrive so badly, I am playing Madden NFL 2003 for Playstation 2. This great game will prepare any sports fan for the real football that will be on September 5.

The best team to play at the Garden the last five years is the New York Liberty. The Liberty is the epitome of the word team. Maybe they can finally win their first WNBA championship this weekend.

New York City was announced as one of two finalists for the 2012 Olympics. People in Rockaway should start calling Olympic officials on our proposed role for sailing at Breezy Point if New York is one of the finalists. With miles of sand, there can't be Volleyball played here?

Until next week, Peace!

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