IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty safe to say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably not a good idea to kiss Floyd Mayweather on the cheek in the middle of a fight.
I had people text me after SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fight with that old tired talking point, that the fight wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worth the admittedly exorbitant price tag Ã¢â‚¬â€œ though Tecate trimmed that to a more reasonable amount. But all things considered, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to say we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get our moneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth, despite the truncated main event.
My continuing quest to understand the death of my favorite boxer recently led me to Jersey City, the adopted hometown of Arturo Gatti, and a bar stool in Ringside pub.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve wanted to go to Ringside for years after hearing vague stories about how Gatti used to train there. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d also heard that the bar attracts a rather tough crowd, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in a relatively out of the way location, right next to the highway on Route 1&9. But I was driving a friend back to Jersey City on Sunday night a few weeks ago, and being that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re both boxing fans, we decided to stop for a beer in GattiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s honor.
It was an eventful weekend for SportsAngleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Esoteric and Epstein, who headed south down the GSP Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not Georges St. Pierre, the Garden State Parkway Ã¢â‚¬â€œ for a birthday celebration. (I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say how many years, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rounder than IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like) The highlight of the trip was a visit to Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night for the Phillies-Marlins game with Cole Hamels on the hill.
PHILADELPHIA Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve long heard its virtues extolled, I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to like Citizens Bank Ã¢â‚¬â€œ mainly because I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like the Phillies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but at the end of my first trip to the park, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but admit that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great place to take in a ballgame.
A big reason the park is such a success is that the atmosphere is fantastic. It makes an enormous difference that the Phillies won the World Series last year and look to be a strong contender again this year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ fans gravitate to winners. The guest services booth told me the game was a sellout, as most games have been since May, and it creates a special environment when the seats are completely filled.
Mets fans probably wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to hear this, but though Citi Field was an attempt to mimic the vibe of Citizens Bank, the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ lack of success and inability to develop stars have left them far behind their neighbors to the south. Even when Reyes, Delgado and Beltran are healthy, they simply donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t generate the trust that Utley, Howard, Rollins, Victorino, Werth and Ibanez do.