Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:05 pm
Has it ever occurred to you when watching a football game that the refs call roughing the passer for no reason? or they miss a call on the QB? Has it ever occurred to you when watching a hockey game, why there was no penalty on that hook/trip? or why there was a penalty? Has it ever occurred to you why there was no call on that strike 3 or why that runner was safe during a baseball game? Has it ever occurred to you while watching a basketball game why there was no travel call or why there was a foul? These days there are certain athletes which are considered the best by reputation and refs/umps tend to give them a edge in the calls. I call these players "The Pretty Boys".
MLB: I know many guys would disagree including every Cardinals fan out there but its got to be Albert Pujols. I could have easily gone with 2 Yankees in Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez or even Joe Mauer but he is MY choice. This guy has the potential to be the greatest first basemen by the time he retires and deservingly so. He excels both offensively and defensively. Umpires during games almost become fans of him whe it comes to those borderline pitchers are those close plays at first. For the majority of the time, the call goes his way. He doesn't strike out often as he has a "fear factor" but when he does it is hardly because he struck out looking.
NBA: This title will also go to the King of the NBA in Lebron James. Again almost everyone will disagree including every Cavaliers fan out there but he does get his way. He has gotten away with more travels than I can recall. He drives to the hope with such strength and beauty than any contact made in there is almost called a foul which results in a 3-point play. He did one technical this year but that can from ranting about not getting a call. He normally gets his way and since I am a Knicks fan (sadly right now), I hope he comes to the Big Apple.
NHL: I don't know if he is the king of the NHL but its Sidney Crosby. I will have the entire Penguins team on my trail now since I am a Rangers fan and I am picking on their best player. He will get away with penalties and he will force non-penalties. Its almost as if the refs try to protect him too much. I could have gone with Alex Ovechkin but Ovi fights his battles and he is a much more physical player than Crosby. I rarely see Crosby checking a player hard into the boards or dropping the gloves.
NFL: Again I will attract plenty of haters since I am a Jets fan and I am attacking the Patriots but I'm saying Tom Brady. Ever since that knee injury, he is being treated like a king back there. Any contact late by a split second is being called as a roughing the passer. Any hit which can be considered slightly low is being called. When he complains about a pass interference call, he gets it. Now there might be people saying its Peyton Manning but it can't be him since he hardly gets hit!
So there you have it. The 4 big "Pretty Boys" in Albert Pujols, Lebron James, Sidney Crosby and Tom Brady. This isn't anything against how they play on the field since these are 4 great players in their sports. This has nothing to do with how they perform off the field, this is just my personal opinion.
Posted on: January 16, 2010 1:03 am
While watching the NFL's divisional playoff games this weekend, you may have more time to go to the refrigerator than you think.
According to a Wall Street Journal study of four games from week 16, the average NFL game features just 10 minutes 43 seconds of action. Commercials account for nearly 60 minutes of the three hour affairs. And when the networks are showing the game, the bulk of the time is spent either on replays or shots of players huddling, in pre-snap formations or "milling about."
The beauty of football is in the controlled chaos of those 120 or so snaps. Eleven men on one side trying to advance the ball while 11 men on the other try to stop it. That's the appeal of the game.
Plus, in dramatic contests, the inaction is sometimes as exciting as the action. Football can maintain the drama throughout that 164 minutes of inactivity. Some of the best moments are in the build-up to the 4th and short or as the clock ticks down when a quarterback marches his team down the field. The 10 minutes and 43 seconds are what we watch for, but without the other time there'd be no context with which to enjoy it.
Some other highlights from the piece:
-- No, you're not just imagining things: Networks do show Brett Favre more often. In the Monday Night Football game studies by the WSJ's researchers, ESPN showed 41 percent more replays than other networks. A producer said it was because Favre is a "move the meter guy."
-- FOX shows the fewest replays and most shots of the sidelines.
-- Some producers only care about the cheerleaders if they're from the Dallas Cowboys.