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Lady Loves Pinstripes: My 2014 NFL Playoff Picks

I made my picks for the 2013-2014 NFL Playoffs. And like I said at the beginning of the season, I still believe the Seattle Seahawks will be crowned the Super Bowl Champions in the end.

Sadly, one of the teams is not the New York Giants who had a season that fans want to forget, fast. It was ugly, and painful to watch from the start.

Actually, the G-Men did play possibly the worst game of pro-football I have ever watched this season even though they got the “W.” It was back on October 21st against the Minnesota Vikings, when they won 23-8. That was the lowest point of the season in my opinion.

Enough about the G-Men, as here are my picks from the Wild Card to Super Bowl XLVIII written in on a bracket courtesy of CBSSports.com:

(Please keep-in-mind that teams get reseated following the Wild Card round.)

My 2014 NFL Playoff Bracket Picks.

My 2014 NFL Playoff Bracket Picks.

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Yankees Hot Stove: Masahiro Tanaka Christmas present

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Bronx

English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery.

English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

not a batter was swinging in the Yankees clubhouse.

The gloves were hung by the bullpen with care,

in hopes that Masahiro Tanaka soon would be there.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear?

ESPN breaking news saying this pitcher was now coming here.

So I’m prancing and dancing all over the place,

Thanking Santa for a gift Yankee Universe shall embrace.

Now Hal! Now Cash! Now Randy and Lone!

Go get us Tanaka like you said all along.

To the top of the AL East! To the top of the power rankings!

Now spend away! Spend away! Spend more than all! Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Masahiro Tanaka Christmas present’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Tootles Tanaka

The New York Times reported yesterday that the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not be posting Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka even though he has stated his wish to come to play in the United States.

Eagles - Back

Eagles – Back (Photo credit: ElCapitanBSC)

Nothing has been made official but according to the article, the Golden Eagles are going to double or triple Tanaka’s current $4 million salary to compensate for not respecting his wishes.

As the saying goes, presumption is the mother of all f*&#^@s so until Tanaka’s status is made official there is hope that the latest news turns out to be just a rumor.

After learning about Tanka’s latest, I saw an article by Wallace Matthews on ESPN New York titled: Source: Yanks set to move on sans Tanaka.

The opening paragraph in Matthews article was as follows:

Although they have yet to be officially notified by the Rakuten Golden Eagles that Masahiro Tanaka will not be released to enter Major League Baseballs posting system, the New York Yankees are moving forward with plans to shore up their starting rotation minus the Japanese star right-hander. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Tootles Tanaka’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: The money tracker

Here is the 2014 New York Yankees payroll as it stands today.

Money

Money (Photo credit: davebarger)

Now if you want to know if I included Alex Rodriguez paycheck, of course I did.

Why wouldn’t I have?

A-Rod’s suspension is not to blame for the Yankees payroll issues, and Yankees fans need to stop acting like it because they don’t like him.

I hope A-Rod isn’t suspended, first because he has not been treated fairly by MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig.

And secondly because the Yankees are dumpster diving again, and I cannot take it anymore. And I will bet you my left arm that A-rod’s replacement will come from the bargain bin.

Regardless of what al the hater fans believe, A-Rod is still an above average third baseman and his bat makes the line-up tougher for opposing pitchers.

The Yankees dug themselves into this hole, and I am fine with them wanting to get out of it by staying under $189 million, but that is not what us fans have been told.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner and President Randy Levine have both stated many times that staying under $189 million is a goal, not a mandate, and that fielding a championship caliber team will always come first.

And fact is the table below proves that the Yankees will miss the playoffs if they don’t go over $189 million.

Like 2013, risks are being taken with no back-up plan, and that formula doesn’t work. The team is setting records for aging players with major injury histories. Sure, April and May will prove everybody wrong again until the newness of the season wears off.

It is not fans fault that the farm system is rotten, it is the Yankees and money is the only way to get things back on track for this season.

Ownership made a promise, and if broken Yankee Stadium turn into Citi-Field. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: The money tracker’ »

Yankees signing Brian Roberts was not on my Christmas list

It is déjà vu all over again, as the New York Yankees have reverted back to dumpster diving in hopes that one of these cast-offs will resurge in the pinstripes.

The latest bargain is 36-year old, second baseman Brian Roberts who inked a one-year, $2 million deal with incentives to play in the Bronx.

Roberts was on track to be an Oriole-lifer, as he had spent all of his 13-years in Baltimore until now.

No doubt Roberts was one of the best second baseman in the game thorough the 2009 season, but that guy is long, long gone.

Over the last four seasons Roberts only appeared in 192 games, which averages about 48 per season, due to suffering from an incessant number of injuries.

The Baltimore Sun summed up Roberts’s troubles as, “being sidelined by multiple concussions, back and hip injuries and a hamstring injury he suffered in the third game of this past season that required surgery as well.”

I mean this guy makes Eric Chavez look like the poster boy for healthy. Continue reading ‘Yankees signing Brian Roberts was not on my Christmas list’ »

Yankees Hot Stove: Tanaka or bust

Finally…. Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka has stated he wants to pitch in MLB in 2014.

Rumor has it that MLB teams are expecting Tanaka to be posted later this week.

And New York fans will finally find out whether Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is a man of his word or not thanks to the newly revised posting system.

Last week, MLB and the Nippon Professional Baseball league (NPB) agreed to revised posting system that caps the fee to talk with a Japanese player at $20 million instead of the blind bidding free for all it has been.

The amended protocol will open up the market for smaller MLB teams to go after Japanese players because the cap levels the playing field. And just as before, the posting fee will not count towards the team’s payroll as the money directly goes to the respective Japanese team as a “releasing fee.”

Ding, ding, ding…., and this is what the Yankees were banking on. Continue reading ‘Yankees Hot Stove: Tanaka or bust’ »