Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Dirty Birds

With Football season now underway, baseball has gone on the wayside in media attention(well at least until the World Series, which is a time for baseball fans to drop their beloved hometown team, and cheer for whoever is taking enough steroids to win the whole mamabajama.) In terms of media attention, football is the focal point for sports fans and beer slinging junkies. And since the Braves are now 8 back in the wildcard, I too, have become a beer slinging, cheesehead junkie, even though I'm a devout Falcons fan, and they have nothing to do with cheese. Thus, I will write this blog on the Falcons.

Matty Ice, also known as Matt Ryan, rings in the beginning of his sophomore season with a successful victory over the Dolphins. Matt Ryan didn't have a great game, but he had a solid game. He threw for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the overarching story for all Falcons fans is the superb play from the newly acquired star TE Tony Gonzalez, who caught a key touchdown to add some much needed insurance to the Falcons lead. However, the future hall of famer Tony Gonzalez wasn't the only pertinent contribution to the Falcons recent win over the Dolphins. The Falcons Defense was very stellar and actually shut out the Dolphins up until the fourth quarter, which is a huge suprise to anyone critquing the Atlanta Falcons this season. A defense that lost veteran linebacker Keith Brooking and veteran safety Lawyer Milloy, sucessfully only gave up one touchdown and procured 3 fumbles and one interception. With the defense showing signs of being much much better than expected, and the offense having the potential to put up 40 points, I will gladly put on my beer hat and my falconer wings and cheer on the dirty birds, Yeah!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Braves Win!

Whatever kind of braves fan you are, modest or obsessed, you have to realize that the Braves 2009 team is much better than last year, and possibly even better than 2007. Ok, let's just say since 2005, which was the last time they made the playoffs. The Braves see themselves just 3 games back from the Wild card spot after over-coming the ever problematic Marlins last night.

The Marlins are the youngest, and the smallest market team in the Major Leagues. What does this mean? The Marlins are the kind of team that are a nuisance on the older players who are most of the time playing to earn a paycheck, like the Braves. However, with that said, the Braves have not faltered in their ability to get the job done in the last two games. Who can you thank for our recent streak? Yes, the Braves have succeeded with consistent starting pitching, with solid performances from each of their starters, but that's not a ground-breaking story this season, the Braves have done that all year long. It's the surging performances from the unsung heroes of our team such as, Matt Diaz, Martin Prado, and the rehabilitated Omar Infante. What do they all have in common? They are bench players who have struggled for their spot on the starting roster, and also, their salary is similar to many of the Marlins players.

The reigning American League champion Tampa Bay Devil Rays were a prime example last year of pure ability and passion for the game, and evidence that sometimes high paycheck can get in the way of your focus for the game and its importance. The Braves have that spark needed from the aforementioned triumvirate, and I can't way to see how the rest of the season unfolds.

Watch the Braves battle it out with the Marlins in the 3rd game of this 4 game series tonight at Land Shark stadium beginning at 7:10.