It seems like it’s always pretty tough to be a New York Mets fan. The team hasn’t been particularly good in a while, and many of their best players find a way to consistently get injured. Additionally, a lot of their big-time signings never really work out for the best.
There is a positive to being a Mets fan nowadays, however.
Countrywide, beer prices and selection are getting a little out of hand. Unless, you know, you enjoy paying $10 for a middle of the road draught beer. In which case, it’s fine.
Citi Field offers quite the extensive list of beer selections. You can see the picture of the menu below:
Well, if you don’t mind watching the Mets lose a lot of games, have fun enjoying all these different types of beer!
In all honesty, which is better; paying a steep price for food, beer, and tickets to watch a competitive team, or paying relatively nothing to eat, drink, and watch a fourth place team?
-Mark Evans, Assistant Site Manager
Anyone who has watched a basketball game over the past few years is fully aware that LeBron James is the greatest player in the world. Very few will refute this, even the LeBron haters.
This season has been particularly great for James, with his Miami Heat destroying everyone in their path. And of course, LeBron is having another freakish season, averaging 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals, .9 blocks, all while shooting 56% from the field and 40% from three.
Clearly, LeBron James has been dominant. New Orleans Hornets coach acknowledges this, but believes that LeBron’s competition is far below the level of Michael Jordan’s. Via Hornets247:
I asked Monty whether or not LeBron dominates games the same way that Jordan does, given that he played against both, and the response was stellar– “Jordan played against men. LeBron plays against young boys. That’s the difference.”
This isn’t the first time that Monty made it known that NBA players today aren’t as manly as their predecessors. He’s made repeated reference to the fact that kids are entering the league immature, physically and mentally unable to play at the level he expects, but this may be the first time that he’s referred to much of the NBA as “young boys”.
Two notes should be taken here. First of all, Monty Williams played against Jordan. So maybe he’s pumping his own tires here. Secondly, this comes after the Hornets were spanked by LeBron and the Heat. Does that mean that Monty’s team is just a bunch of “young boys?”
Either way, this simply seems like an old schooler who can’t fully accept LeBron’s greatness. King James could continue at this pace and win 10 rings, and there would still be people who believe he shouldn’t be in the same conversation as Jordan.
-Mark Evans, Assistant Site Manager
With hockey starting up, the basketball season underway, and the NFL conference championship games approaching us, sports fans will have plenty of entertainment over the next couple of days. Here are a few games you should be keeping your eyes on:
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls, Saturday @ 8 PM
Here we have two teams quite possibly going in very different directions. Trade rumors have been swirling around in Memphis for a little while now, with Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph serving as the main targets. That being said, they are still a team that many believe could make a deep run in the playoffs. Will they blow that up to shed a little salary?
The Chicago Bulls are coming off an emotional win against the Celtics, and will soon be getting their MVP back in Derrick Rose. They only look to be getting stronger.
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders, Saturday @ 7 PM
The NHL is finally back!
After a long, painful lockout, hockey fans can finally rejoice with the return of hockey. The Devils were two games away from kissing the Stanley cup, but many have doubts about their chances this season.
What better way to kick off the hockey season with some New York-New Jersey action?
San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday @ 3 PM
Is Colin Kaepernick really as good as he was against the Packers? If so, how do you stop a guy like that?
Will Matt Ryan continue his quest to prove that he is still “Matty Ice” in the playoffs?
This game is loaded with talent, and figures to be a good one.
New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens, Sunday @ 6:30 PM
A rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game, and possibly the last game Ray Lewis will play in the NFL. You know the Ravens will be looking for revenge from last year, where Billy Cundiff missed the game-tying field goal.
Tom Brady-Ray Lewis matchups are always great. Two of the all time greats will square off for the last time, and it figures to be entertaining for sure.
The 2013 conference championship games in the NFL are going to be tough to make NFL picks on this year, as we have two very awkward situations in the AFC and NFC that we aren’t used to seeing.
It’s tough to want to back the New England Patriots this week in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won the first meeting of these two teams at M&T Bank Stadium 31-30, but now, they are 9.5-point underdogs on the road at Gillette Stadium with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Even stranger? The San Francisco 49ers are actually favored on the road in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons. Few actually believe in what the Falcons are bringing to the table though, especially knowing that they blew leads of 20-0 and 27-7 against the Seattle Seahawks last week, only to just barely squeak out the win with a late field goal.
Just four teams remain in the hunt to hoist the Lombardi Trophy following an excellent divisional round of the NFL playoffs over the weekend. Here’s a look at next week’s NFC and AFC Championship games with early predictions to help with your NFL picks.
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (+3.5, 48)–The Falcons barely survived against the Seahawks, while the 49ers played perhaps the most complete game of all four division-round winners when stifling the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. San Francisco would have to be considered the Super Bowl favorite after that performance against the Packers, but Atlanta doesn’t figure to be a push over in this spot, either. The Falcons are 8-1 at home this season and with much better offensive balance than the Packers, they may be able to a better job keeping up with Colin Kaepernick and company. Pick: Falcons +3.5
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-9.5, 51)–The Patriots seem to be a deserved heavy-favorite in this spot following a strong all-around performance in their win against the Houston Texans. Of some concern is that All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play the remainder of the playoffs after re-breaking his forearm against Houston. Baltimore won a game for the ages against the Denver Broncos Saturday, but seemingly have nowhere near the firepower to stay with Tom Brady and crew. Still, laying 9.5 points against a team as defensively sound as the Ravens is a bit worrisome. Pick: Ravens +9.5
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There are a handful of big games to consider for your weekend NCAA basketball picks, but one tilt tops the list—a Tobacco Road battle featuring No. 1 Duke at No. 21 North Carolina State on Saturday.
Perhaps also worthy of equal billing on the weekend menu is No. 10 Minnesota traveling to take on No. 5 Indiana in a Big 10 matchup.
Duke has won its first two ACC—versus Wake Forest over the weekend and Clemson on Tuesday—to start the season a perfect 15-0. North Carolina State was ranked as a Top 5 team in most polls at the start of the season, but saw its status drop with a couple of early season losses. With that said, the Wold Pack are deep and talented and also off to a 2-0 on its ACC schedule following wins against Boston College and Georgia Tech.
The well-balanced Wolf Pack are led by three quality players—forward C.J. Leslie (15.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG), guard Lorenzo Brown (13.1 PPG, 6.7 APG) and forward Richard Howell (12.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG).
Duke is paced by the attributes of 6’10” forward Mason Plumlee, who averages 17.7 points and 11.4 rebounds a game to lead the Blue Devils in both categories.