Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Who is the face of New York Sports? Its me so now you don't have to read
So that last post was crazy right? Right ? No, oh well it did the trick I now have a new lease on writing since it seems all I need to get past writers block is to complain about some shit. But now my focus is clear and more focusedier... What ever. This idea came to me while I was watching the recap of the Rangers game,all the Facebook status updates and all that Rangers buzz that is going around town these days. Which brings me to my point "Who is the best franchise face in New York/New Jersey metropolitan area". The only reason I am throwing in New Jersey is because well thats where the Giants and Jets happen to play So I can throw the Nets and Devils a bone but no the Red Bulls because Soccer is lame as shit.
The area sports teams go as follow : Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Giants and Jets.
Yankees: 27 Championships a billion pennants , and shit ton of money : Face-Derek Jeter face in waiting : Robinson Cano
Derek Jeter was a first round draft pick back in 1992 , made his major league debut in 1995, has won 5 Championships in 1996,1998,1999,2000,2009 , has a bunch of All star game appearances, is the first Yankee to have over 3,000 hits and his most impressive stat is that he never fucked an ugly chick once since he broke into the bigs (gift bags by the door). Lets face it Derek Jeter the living embodiment of a Hall of Famer . Despite the fact I hate this guy doesn't change the fact he brought back Championship style baseball back to the Yankees after a 22 year long drought that were known as the dark days of Yankees history. Jeets has a ton of key hits in big games that would crumble lesser players ( all thanks to Jeffery Maier ) and is the personal hero of every major league that was born 1987-present day. With his poise and interview skills he has cemented him self on Baseball's mount rushmore right next to Hank Aaron. Seriously Derek Jeter has had a 20 year long career and has given the same interview since coming up in 95. But like I said beside the hall numbers the dude has bagged some legit ladies Mariah Carey, Jordana Brewster , Jessica Biel and Alba, and Minka Kelly to name a few but lets be real Jeter hits his fair share of home runs but he is a singles and doubles hitter. There has got to be a slew of nameless hot chicks pumped by the Captain. Ruth,Gerigh,DiMaggio, Mantle, Maris, Munson, and Jackson made the Yankees respected through out baseball but Jeter is the one that has made the Yankees respected around the world.
Mets : 2 Championships, 5 pennants , and the proud owners of a 5 different home Uniforms 50 years in and the Mets are trying to recapture past Glory : Face-David Wright Face in waiting : Ike Davis or maybe David Wright lets see how this year goes
David Wright like Derek Jeter was drafted in the first round in 2001 and made his debut in 2004 but unlike Jeter. Wright is a different type player more of a doubles and home runs type hitter . Recently David has hit a bit a slow patch in his career due to injuries ,adjusting to a new stadium and having to play in a league with all the best pitchers in it.... But what makes David so popular is that he doesn't take the easy way out. the Mets have come on some hard times recently and David has been nothing but a beacon of positivity , Think about it in the past 6 years the Mets have gone from one out to the World Series (which they would of won) , collapsing two years in a row in the last 2 weeks of the season, making questionable signings and this whole Madoff shit that has gone down but David Wright has stood by his teams and the teams fans even though all of that shit I just said happened. David Has done everything the Mets needed him to do even if they said to or not he has not gone around and bad mouthed the owners after Fred kinda dissed David last year, He didn't ask to be traded after having to deal with Jerry Manuel not knowing what to do with him . In the past few year the injury bug has really messed David up limiting him to only 53 home runs since the move to Citi which doesn't sound so bad but in 2009 Wright was limited to 10 home runs and in 2011 14 due to extend time on the disabled list. But know with the dust from the Madoff scandal finally settling the Mets are looking to lock up David for the long haul if he can stay healthy.
Knicks: 2 Championships , 8 conference titles , 4 division titles and Patrick Ewing's finger roll. Face : Carmelo Anthony face in waiting: J.R. Smiths girl friend.... All I have seen is dat ass.
Last year it was Stats team and when the Knicks traded 3 of the starting 5 to the Nuggets to get Melo who was born in Brooklyn so they can bring him home because he moved away when he was 5. Seriously that was an ad campaign they had last year... not thrilled why well I have a theory that you're not a real person before the age of 5. What do you bring to the table as a 3 year old ? Nothing ohh you can go to the bathroom by yourself but you do it terribly and you can't dress your self. Step it up toddlers. But back to Melo. This year started with a lot of hype after last years loss to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs had Knicks fans thinking that 2011-12 would be the year that the Knicks tell the Big 3's to suck their ass did not start as great with no point guard and inconsistent coaching and a bunch of injuries even to Melo. Then came Linsainty and all the noise that brought to the Garden but lets be real the key to the Knicks season is in Melo. Since Mustache Mike left Melo has become a brand new guy. Dropping 30+ a game and getting the most out of everyone while Stat and Lin recover . People questioned if Melo wants to be here but I think Melo wants to have #7 in the rafters I just think he didn't want to play under D'antoni . Melo is a little different then the last two guys I listed because he is a little bit more emotional when it comes to the press which is great because he will let it be known that he wants to win it all. Which I think the Knicks can do next year when they have a point guard and a coach that will use Melo and Stat in the right way?
Nets : 2 ABA titles and setting the early 2000s on fire with Jason Kidd Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin. Face : Jay-Z face in waiting: Blue Ivy
I know I should say Deron Williams but it looks like he hates it in New Jersey and with Dwight staying in Orlando for at least one more year the Nets will have to move heaven and earth to make D-Will stay on and help them open up the Barclay center. But Hov is the man. Everything he touches is fire, has the Have you heard that new shit with Kayne that was cray. If the Nets could mange to lure a big free agent if they lose Willam's they do have building blocks. Brooke Lopez and Kris Humphries are two talented big men who just need to stay healthy and stay a way from big assed sluts. I mean the Nets need at least two outside shooters to make who ever might be at the point for them a top passer and not known as a scoring threat.
Rangers : 4 Stanley cups , 1 conference championship, 7 division championships, 2 presidents cup and a City captivated for no reason. Face: Henrik Lundqvist Face in waiting : Brian Boyle
King Henrik he is called and he is known to be the best regular season goalie in the league and a slayer of the ladies too but he has yet to show his worth on the big stage. With a few early play off exits the past few years. But this year is different the Rangers are once again the #1 seed. The last time the Rangers were the top dog in hockey was back in 1994 when they won Lords Stanley's cup. I don't see why so many people love Lundqvist, he has been called the best goalie and has yet to get past the second round of the playoffs. Hell David Wright has made it to the NLCS. But then again I don't know hockey that well. I mean maybe not winning titles is actually a good thing.
Islanders: 4 Stanley Cups, 6 conference championships, 6 division championships Face ; John Tavares Face in wait : I have no idea.
The soon to be moved Islanders have fallen a hard times after Clark Gillies retired. But like all terrible teams they have visions of the future since they get a top draft pick every year. Maybe a move away from the shit hole that is known Nassau Coliseum will be a step in the right direction. Hmm honestly I have nothing on the Islanders I don't care enough about them to even continue. Just know that John Tavares has been compared to Sydney Crosby but tougher so if you want to build around a tough guy who can score a lot of goals that is the way to go.
Devils : 3 Stanley Cups, 4 conference championships, 9 division championships and known as the least exciting team ever. Face ; Martian Broduer Face in waiting : Some other guy
If you thought I know nothing about the Islanders or the Rangers I know even less about the Devils. But you cannot deny that a guy with almost 700 wins under his belt his greatness. He also has 119 shut outs which is pretty impressive for a team that makes me fall asleep faster then 6 nickels with a bud heavy chaser. Broduer has been in net for over 20 years and thats pretty good in a sport that is played on knives and points are given out for hitting.
Giants :4 Super Bowl Championships, 4 NFL championships, 11 conference championships, 16 division championships and total domination of the Jets and Tom Brady. Face: Eli Manning face in waiting: Eli Manning's kid
Run yo shit Jets,Cowboys,Eagles and Patriots fans. While you were talking about getting to a Super Bowl Eli Manning was busy improving his game and letting people know he should be respect. Eli won his second Super bowl with in 4 years since his last. But if you want to go by the numbers Eli has had over 4 seasons throwing over 4,000 yards to under sized receivers (except for Hakeem Nicks) he broke the record for most 4th quarter touch downs in a season, and oh yeah won the fucking super bowl by making another amazing throw. Haters be damned Eli is the only Quarter back in New York history to win two Super Bowl rings and I know what you're thinking " Phil Simms did it" if you want to be technical he did but if you want to be real Jeff Hosttetler won the one against the Bills.
Jets : 1 Superbowl Championship, 4 division championships and but 23 imaginary Super Bowl championships. Face: Mark Sanchez face in waiting : Tim Tebow
This one is going to be a rough one because lets face it between the 2 of these guys the most successful is Mark Sanchez hands down. He was behind center for two Jets teams who won on the road against 4 pretty good Quarterbacks. Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers,and Tom Brady but losing to Peyton Manning then Ben Rosthelisburger in the 4th quarter every time because his Coach didn't let him audible on 4th and 1 on the 1 against one of the best run defenses of all time. While Tim Tebow won the hearts and minds of the masses due to a wacky throwing angle and being a media lighting rod with his beliefs. Sanchez has won and has lost in the league in his 3 years in the league but I feel he gets a bad wrap because he is the quarterback of a talk heavy team which puts so much pressure on a guy who played one full year in college , doesn't have a good running back and a weak blind side so he gets the shit end of the stick but he doesn't help his progression when he show zero signs of wanting to be a leader and zero signs of wanting to be a passer. But he is about 10 interceptions away before Jesus junior gets the nod. But lets be honest these guys success were largely based on defense.
So who is the best face for New York Sports. With all the numbers counted and the opinions heard I have come to the conclusion that if we as New Yorkers/New Journeyers had to elect a representative the smart money would be on : Derek Jeter. I hate it but I respect it
1. Derek Jeter
2. Jay -Z
3. Eli Manning
4. Martian Broduer
6. Carmelo Anthony
7. David Wright
8. Henrik Lundqvist
9. Mark Sanchez/ Tim Tebow
10. John Tavares