Happy Holidays everybody. I hope your days have been fun and fulfilling this week. Maybe time with your family gave you the rejuvenation you needed, or perhaps Santa, Hanukah Harry or Krampus the Christmas demon got you everything you wanted. Either way, it's nice to unwind after the busy days of December and look forward to basketball, hockey, and of course, to the Bills not playing and thus ripping our collective hearts out for nine months. (Ed. Note from Barrister: Don't forget about the draft! That'll be killer!)
With that, I felt the need to share some thoughts I've had over the last few days, and wanted to start out with one of the most awesome, yet unexpected gifts that I've ever received. That would be....
So before you start going off on the "Matt Ellis sucks!" wagon and tell me how he has no business being on an NHL team, let me step back and say this. I agree. Yup, I totally agree that he has awful handling skills, no shot, and probably skates slower than Fred Dukes. Sometimes he even misses the open net. (Looked for the video of this from last week, I truly did, but alas, nothing. Instead enjoy this video of the 2009-10 playoffs and spare me the obvious)
As I sit and watch pieces of shit like Stafford play hard in his contract year, only to slack off once he gets it, or resident "Bro" Derek Roy underachieve, despite having all the skill in the world, it makes me love Matt Ellis even more. I fully realize that a team full of Matt Ellis' (oh my heart be still), would not only never win a game, but would probably lose 14 - 0 in every effort, BUT any team full of players with the work ethic and heart of Matt Ellis is going to win....a lot. Just ask last year's Boston Bruins, or this year's Florida Panthers. Many players can learn something #37, and hopefully last night's effort is a preview of things to come.
Also, a big thanks to the rest of the Deeg, who convinced the Scizzette to go with Ellis over my choice of Vanek. As one un-named member of DGWU said, "When you go to a game, there will thousands of Vanek jersey's, and only one Matt Ellis." Game. Set. Motherfuckin' match.
'Melo and the Knicks
How awesome was it to see the Carmelo take over that game in the 4th quarter?? For those who missed it, 'Melo did EXACTLY what he is supposed to do, and OWN a team when the game gets close down the stretch. His game-tying three (followed by high stepping it down the court), his splitting defenders to hit a 16 foot jumper, and then final clutch free throws reveal the guy this team needs to be a part of the big time.
Yes, the Knicks blew an impressive half-time lead in the 3rd quarter by playing like.....well....the Sabres, but they came back in the 4th when it counted. Tyson Chandler took only two shots, but had 6 blocks and looked solid in the middle, exactly what he was brought in for. Stoudemire appeared quiet most of the game, yet still somehow managed to drop 21, and some of the young guys (Douglas, Shumpert, & Fields), although still needing plenty of growth, showed some solid minutes. And of course rookie, Josh Harrellson is getting minutes, and with a nickname of "Jorts", I just can't get enough of the big Kentucky farm boy. Can't wait for tomorrow against the Warriors and Thursday against the Lakers. Go Knicks.
Miracle at the Ralph. The fall of a false idol.
I've started to like the guy a little, because much like my love for Matt Ellis, the guy inexplicably finds ways to win through hard work and heart. Nobody can figure it out. However, much like everyone else, I'm getting sick of hearing about it. Can't we just enjoy a good story once or twice with the NFL, ESPN, and every other news outlet SHOVING it down our throats. Tebow Christ....I mean....uh, forget it.
I'm not a very religious man, so the sense of "false idol" I'm going for is simply a play on the fact that he is a conservative, ass-hat Christian who makes ridiculous insensitive TV ads. While every one of those douche-holes is praising him for that garbage, another 10,000 sports writers are praising him as the next coming of ELWAY. EFF. THAT. NOISE. Is he playing hard and winning? Yes, but as you saw from his games against Detroit, New England, and then this awful Buffalo defense, this kid has a looooooong way to go. When he takes Denver deep into the playoffs, or even learns how to trhow the ball correctly, then you can anoint him the new king of the NFL. But, until then, I'm sticking with Cam Newton as the future of this league
I should also add that I'd take Tebow 1,000 times over Fitzbeardy right now. Then again, I'd also take Matt Moore, Kyle Orton, T.J.Yates, Y.A. Tittle, Don Majkowski, Dennis Quaid, Tony Danza, a wooden statue of Jim Kelly, or the fat kid from "Bad Santa" over Fitzpatrick right now.
The "Other" Holiday Ramblings
-I was also going to write an entire NASCAR related post last week, but better judgement prevailed, and I figured I'd just slide it in here where most people won't even notice. The guy to the left is known as "The King", Richard Petty. He is the winningest driver in NASCAR history and is also tied with Dale Earnhardt Sr. for the most series championships of all-time. He has been retired for years, but stayed on as a car owner. That part has not been going so well. I won't get into it, but between his partner going bankrupt, losing major sponsorships, and watching whiny, little underachievers leave his program (I'm looking at you Kasey Kahne....bitch), things could be going slightly better for the man. But with all that said, I was glad that the King's arrogance (which has been well documented) didn't get the better of him this past week, and therefore he did not hire resident NASCAR shit-head, Kurt Busch, who was fired weeks earlier for, literally, being an asshole. It's like teams who gave up on T.O. after awhile. All the talent in the world doesn't matter when everybody around you wants to see you lit on fire and thrown of a cliff. Now it appears Petty will hire incredibly unproven driver Aric Almirola away from his Nationwide team (the minor-league of nascar), to drive the for Richard Petty Motorsports next season, and full sponsorship is not even guaranteed. Yikes. Paging Dick Trickle. Mr. Trickle, are you available
-I forgot to mention this earlier: The Celtics are old. KG is a bitch. Ray Allen's acting was better than his current jumper, Jermaine O'Neal moves slower than Shaq, and Paul Pierce will play this season like he was just stabbed. The only bright spots are Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass, who I think will have a breakout season for the Celts. Get over it Celtics fans, your time is done for now.
-Check out episode 20 of the CrapTastiCast if you haven't already. It's a solid outing filled with cursing, pointless arguments, and Christmas Carols. You know you want to.
WARNING! JERRY SULLIVAN STYLE POINTLESS COMMENT COMING AHEAD! WARNING!
-Aaron Rodgers is good at football. Wouldn't it be something if the Bills didn't trade that first round pick in 2005 in order to move up and take J.P. Losman. Makes you think, doesn't it?
-Finally, I'll be attending the Sabres-Devils game tomorrow night in Newark, New Jersey. If I don't get shot and/or killed, I'll have a post about the experience up on the site, Thursday. If your going, look for the only guy wearing a Matt Ellis jersey and maybe we can grab a drink. Follow the fun @TheScizz on twitter.
-Updated: If you haven't seen it already, please enjoy my most favorite thing on the internet right now. In-fucking-credible. Behold the Don Cherry Piano Desk: