Cheers & Boos

The inimitable Jake Stevens

It’s tough to be a New York sports fan living in Los Angeles.  Unless I want to shell out big bucks, I rarely get to see my favorite teams play on television or hear the NY announcers on the radio.  So it was with much joy that I read the news 710 ESPN radio is going to broadcast all the Jets games on their station this year.

The station claims it’s because Mark Sanchez is so popular in the area since he played at USC.  But if you’ve been following NFL news out west, you know LA is likely to get an NFL team in time for the 2012 season.  Airing the Jets games will be like a practice run for ESPN before the new team comes to town.

Regardless of the motivation, I’m just excited to listen in as my J-E-T-S make another run at reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in my lifetime.  But enough about me, let’s talk about everything else in the world of sports.

The Weekly Cheers & Boos

CHEERS for Keegan Bradley, who was dead in the water after chipping into the water on the 15th hole and making triple-bogey Sunday in the PGA Championship.  But doing his best Lazarus imitation, Bradley birdied the 16th and 17th holes to ultimately force a playoff he won.  In the process, he became just the third golfer in the last 100 years to win a major in his first try.
CHEERS for Jason Dufner, who was nearly unflappable the entire week in building a five-shot lead with four holes left.  Unfortunately,
BOOS to Dufner as well, because just as Bradley was rising, Dufner went into freefall, bogeying three straight holes and then putting like I do in the playoff to lose by a stroke.  In the process, he missed out on winning his first PGA title of any kind.  To his credit, Dufner answered all the questions afterward and even spoke of how the experience would be helpful.  “Maybe looking back in 10 or 15 years, I’ll be disappointed if I never get another chance, “Dufner said.  “But I have a feeling I’ll have more chances in a major to close one out.”
CHEERS for the PGA Championship’s three-hole, aggregate score playoff system.  Sudden death (The Masters) is too short, a full 18-hole round (U.S. Open) is too long, but this style is just right.  (For some reason, after typing that, I’m thinking about bears and porridge)
CHEERS for Dan Uggla, who stretched his hit streak to 33 games before it was finally snapped.  During the streak, the longest in MLB in five years, Uggla hit 15 home runs and raised his batting average 59 points. 
BOOS to Uggla because he started the run hitting just .173 and his average is still a pathetic .231 after his 0-fer Sunday.
BOOS to Jered Weaver, who was torched for eight runs on eight hits (including three homers) in less than five innings on Saturday.  It pushed his earned run average from 1.78 to 2.13 and dropped him below Johnny Cueto (1.94) in the race for best mark in the majors.  Even more egregious, it came in his return from his stupid suspension (chronicled here last week) and dumped the Angels another game behind Texas in the AL West race.
BOOS to Texas A&M, for attempting to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, only to find out the SEC doesn’t want the school (at least not yet).

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CHEERS for NFL fans, who have never been more excited to watch preseason games.  Of course, after a few plays, the excitement wore off as fans remembered none of the good players actually play more than a quarter in these exhibitions and the majority of the players who rack up stats won’t be on the rosters in three weeks.  But we won’t worry about that now.

THERE IT IS !

-Jake Stevens

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