Though sports is definitely what this site does best, Halloween is the official holiday of SportsAngle.com. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s simply something to be said for a day in which itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s completely acceptable to more closely represent who you are visually, even if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sort of macabre Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or in my case, completely and totally macabre.
As a special Halloween present, SportsAngle presents its top 10 favorite horror movies as of right now. This list could very easily be very different by this time next year, but why not live in the now? All of these films come highly endorsed, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m presenting it a day early so you can hit up your local Best Buy and load up for the holiday.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been reading, you know SportsAngle is largely in tune with the hip-hop community. (As recently as this month, I shook hands with the great Ghostface Killah) So I watched with keen interest as the Yankees announced that Jay-Z Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who has carved out more and more of a presence in sports lately as part-owner of the Nets and celebrity friend of LeBron James Ã¢â‚¬â€œ would perform his new song, Empire State of Mind, at Game 1 of the World Series.
And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m here to tell you the Yankees made a lousy pick.
The Yankees are one of the most talented teams IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen in a long time Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as well they should be. They already had the best leadoff hitter, closer, and arguably the best hitter in baseball, and they spent a cool $425 mil to add the top two free-agent starters and the best free-agent position player on the market. That is what you call economy in motion.
What IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been surprised about is their ability to come together as a cohesive unit. Their chemistry appears better than IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen from a Yankees team in years. I doubt Jeter truly likes personalities like Nick Swisher and A.J. Burnett, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s learned to love the loosening-up affect theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had on the clubhouse, what with all the pies in the face and whatnot.
But theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re about to run into a Phillies team that is even more cohesive, that makes more sense, that has more of an identity. And that has just as much talent. Here are the factors I see affecting the World Series, which I believe will be a very close affair.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my weekly roundup of what I saw in football, starting with the latest nonsensical idea from a league commissioner. This turned into The Day After (thanks, day job).
Professional sports leagues constantly want to expand their horizons. The thinking is that the more people in more places that see your brand, the bigger market there is to sell jerseys and such. I get that.
But now I hear that the NFL may eventually want to move a team to London, and I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an ambitious but preposterous sentiment.
For better or for worse, the amount of access fans have has truly changed in big-time college basketball recruiting, and social media is a major reason why.
In the past, high school stars were relatively elusive figures. We rarely got to see them play, much less know very much about them before they showed up to be big little men on campus as freshmen.
I sold the Phillies short this year mainly because I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so hard to repeat in baseball. It hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happened since the Torre Yankees about 10 years ago, and then before that the Blue Jays of the early Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ90s. Three separate teams repeated in the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ70s, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back in the early stages of free agency when it was far easier to hold onto a good team once youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve built one.
But I underestimated the Phillies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ anticipating their demise at the hands of the red-hot Rockies in the divisional round Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and I really shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have.
As per usual, my look at the weekendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s football games from a decidedly untrained eye, as evidenced by last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eulogy for the career of Tom Brady.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no secret that the Saints are currently the best team in football, as evidenced by their demolition of the previously unbeaten Giants. But just how good are they? What is the limit to their potential success?
What is it they say, that you fear what you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand? Well, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s apparent that the entire NFL is terrified of the DolphinsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Wildcat offense.
They just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get it. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get why it works, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get why the Dolphins are so insistent on using it, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get why the media is so fascinated by it. And they absolutely donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get why they simply canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop it.
But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not just the Wildcat they fear, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re facing a threat to their comfortable status quo, that they might have to adjust their stodgy status quo.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my weekly look at the weekendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s football games. Remember: I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t claim to actually know anything substantive about the sport.
A few years back, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were the unquestioned kings of a sport in which quarterbacks are put on a pedestal. They were two golden gods with golden arms, leaders of men that handled thundering herds of massive men with a deft sidestep and a flick of their powerful wrists.
Since the Rockies blew a late lead and lost to the Phillies on Monday night, the play Dexter Fowler made when he leaped over Chase Utley to get to second base will be overshadowed, but I wanted to make sure to give it a proper tribute here.