Sunday, February 18, 2007

Its all I can Stands and I Can't Stands No More!

Mike Lupica is getting off scot free.

For those of you who do not live in New York or are not familliar with his brand of "journalism," let us fill you in. He is just as self-absorbed, cynical, and douchebag-ish as Jay Mariotti, but he only appears on the WWL once a week to Mariotti's five, so most people haven't caught on yet. Therefore he continues to be allowed to publish his weekly Sunday column in the New York Daily News and make outrageously off-base and meaningless statements. This has been going on for far too long and we can't take it anymore. His ramblings from this morning's column put us over the edge.

Exhibit A - Moronic arguments and baseless statements
"Michael Jordan, at the end, got paid as much by the Bulls for the past as he did for the present. And so should Mo Rivera, an even greater money performer than even Jordan ever was."

First off, the last time Jordan took a paycheck from the Bulls, it was the 1998 season and he was leading them to thier sixth NBA championship in eight years. So they weren't paying him for the past, they were in the midst of a championship run, and were paying him for the present. The Yankees on the other hand, haven't won a championship in six full years.

Second, between 1991 and 1998, the only years the Bulls didn't win the championship were the two years that Jordan didn't play the full season. Rivera however, while an all-time great performer in the postseason for the Yankees, has been at the center of two spectacular collapses in crunch time. The ninth inning of game seven of the 2001 World Series, and the ninth inning of game four of the 2004 ALCS. So to call Rivera a better money performer than Jordan is ridiculous.

And third, how can the closer, who pitches 2 innings max at the end of games after the rest of the team has already garnered a lead, be more important to his team than Jordan, who was one of five players on the court for his team, and played almost every minute and took every big shot?

Exhibit B - Meaningless statements

"The Knicks had four days off before they played the first game of their West Coast trip, against the Jazz. Then they didn't play the Lakers until the following Tuesday night.But when they got blown out the next night by Golden State - playing without either Baron Davis or Jason Richardson - we heard how tired the Knicks were."

We have no idea what he is even talking about here.

Exhibit C - Axes to grind

"The Knicks are covered as if the No. 23 - last year's win total, now matched - is more magical now than when Jordan wore it."

Again, for those of you who don't live here, Lupica hates Isaiah Thomas, and the fact that the Knicks are significantly better this year under Thomas than they were last year under Larry Brown really pisses him off. As a result, he makes bizarre comments like the above in the hopes that he can convince himself that there has been no improvement.

We really have no idea why we continue to read the garbage that he writes, its really not good for our blood pressure. But we also get genuine entertainment from his ignorance and the fact that a major newspaper in the largest market in this country is paying him for this.

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