Sunday, March 11, 2012
YOU CAN SET YOUR CLOCKS TO THIS
When March rolls around you can always count on the month coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb. You can be sure that we will set our clocks forward and you can count on Spring arriving. You can count on Spring Training starting and you can count on, without fail, the Knicks and the Rangers starting to become the opening act for Ringling Brothers.
The Rangers are coming off a three game losing streak and a few of those games they gave up a 2 goal lead. They have looked tired and they have made some silly errors. No doubt they are making the play-offs but they need to to start getting their ship sailing in the right direction. If they finish the season with the division's best record they will have to play a bottom seeded team that they seem to always lose to. If they are in disarray, as they are right now, they will exit the play-offs immediately.
The Knicks are just killing me. I am sitting and listening to the game right now and it is so frustrating. The 76ers come into the Garden and they treat the Knicks like the schleps that they have become. This is the fifth game in the row that the Knicks have lost. In my Brooklyn schoolyard we had a word for a basketball player that just shoots the ball from anywhere and that word is a chucker. The Knicks have a team of chuckers on the court right now. The New York Chuckers basically are Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith and Baron Davis. I have never seen a group of players that have joined a team that was on a role and have turned them into a team of losing saps. These three chuckers are shooting the ball from lobby and not even coming close to making a basket. Jeremy Lin is great when he is attacking the basket but when he is on the court with two of the Chuckers, the team becomes Ringling Brothers. When Lin is on the court with an up tempo team (see the month of February) they thrive. That guy standing on the sideline with the top hat, better known as D'Antoni, must go. He has again turned this team into a three ring circus. I do not like the starting rotation of Lin, Anthony, Fields, Stoudemire and Chandler. Give me the Lin-Sanity line-up. Lin, Chandler, Stoudemire, Fields and Shumpert. They can run, fill the lanes and when they have to go into a set offense, Chandler and Stoudemire run the pick and roll with Lin perfectly.
A positive note comes from the little league Blue Jays. They beat the Angels 11-10 in the last inning with some aggressive base running and timely hitting.