Note from will: Sorry for the delay on all the posts! I will now be doing posts on a schedule, Mondays and Thursdays.
Manchester City. They finished second in the Premier League. They made the Champions League. They fired their coach.
Go back, go back, go back. This is the basic NBA equivalent. They lost the conference finals. Does that make them fire their coach? Now, I know that some might say that Manchester City has the best club money can buy. That’s correct, to an extent. However, they are A) Fresh off of a title, and B) Were pretty good this year. This could be compared to the 2010-11 Miami Heat. They made the finals. They had a superteam. They lost. Big whup.
This lead me to ask the question – are expectations too high for soccer? Teams will fire coaches after good seasons, get rid of players, get new players – even if they were good. I simply don’t get that! The last time I can remember a good (American) time firing their head coach (or in this case, manager) after a good season was the Red Sox in 2003, when they lost in 7 to the Yankees, in the ALCS.
The one thing that seems even stupider about this is that they actually hurt themselves when they do this. The more players can get working under the right system, the more successful they usually are. I don’t think it makes sense.
Soccer – well, I think we all know it needs to change. But this is just plain stupid, and it’s pretty darn easy to change.
So far, we’ve had a weird season. A really, really weird season. The team everybody expected to explode is two games above .500. The team everybody expected to be too old and too bad has the best record in baseball. The ROCKIES are doing well. What is going on?
Well, pretty much normal stuff. How is that normal? Really? Well, let me explain. The MLB has the longest season of any sport. 162 games. The boys of summer, they call them. But since it’s so long, it gives teams time to mess up. For instance. In 2011, the Boston Red Sox, lost their first 7 games. Then, they went on a crazy run (of course, they then spiraled down the toilet, but we don’t talk about that).
So really, the Rockies could be real. But they also couldn’t be.
One thing you have to love about baseball is that it’s so long. Anything can happen. And really, nothing has happened yet. If this was football, 1 and a half games have been played. So get back to the diamond boys, because you’ve got ways to go this year, and anybody has a chance.
Even the Astros.
It finally happened. It took way too long, but it happened. Jason Collins is gay. And cue heroic music.
So what exactly does this mean for sports? Well, a couple things. One, slurs. Hate. There will always be people against him now. Lots of the world will hate him. But he will be celebrated as much, if not more than he is hated.
Will he be Jackie Robinson caliber in history? Maybe not. Maybe so.
This isn’t too long of a post. But even so, I’m still excited.