I remember back in Little League we’d play the same kids all the time and you eventually hear the same chatter. Baseball chatter is not really a forum for great creativity. You just say the same thing over and over again. There was one kid who without fail when the bases were loaded and he was in the field would say, “all the pressure’s on the hitter.” I had that kid say it when I was hitting with the bases loaded and I had him say it to me when I was on the mound when we were on the same team. Believe it or not, I did face the occasional bases loaded situation while on the bump. It always struck me as an incredibly stupid thing to say. First of all, who even mentions the word pressure to a 12-year old? You might as well whisper, “shank” in someone’s takeaway. Secondly, the pressure was always squarely on the pitcher (especially in Little League when you can walk 3 straight guys in a blink). The pressure’s on the hitter? Well, if I don’t get him out, we’re assuming the position and this thing is over, so if that isn’t pressure, I’m not sure what is.
Peter Laviolette, heading into game 3 of the series with Boston has chosen to play the little league “pressure card.” If mind games and psycho babble are your thing then maybe you can wrap your head around Lavy’s theory that the Flyers can finally relax now that they’re in a two-game hole. Apparently, according to our fearless leader and noted timeout taker, all the pressure is on the Bruins. I understand the theory that the Flyers will play better if they are relaxed and free and easy, but that doesn’t come from being behind. It comes from confidence. They didn’t erase the deficit last year because the pressure was on Boston, they erased it because they got game 4, and slowly built from there. That is what needs to happen this year. It’s a tall order. The Flyers are missing Pronger and Carter and the Bruins are playing great–even with all that pressure heaped on their backs.
MLB Underdog of the Day: Yesterday’s Result: Loss. Financial Status: (-670 dollars)
Big Dub’s Result: Winner! Financial Status +55 dollars.
Well, look at Big Dub. Beating me at my own game, and handily at that. Not only is he picking dogs, he’s picking guys that throw no-hitters. Pretty good way to lock up a win, even if it was a 5-walk, ugly affair against the lowly Sox. Can you get odds on a no-hitter? Now, that’s a payday. There will be more this year. Ton of bad offense out there. Oh, me? Just another one-run loss, blew two separate two-run leads. Just your everyday stuff.
Today’s Selection: Florida (+170) over St. Louis.
Big Dub’s Selection: Milwaukee Game One (+145) over Atlanta.
Random Top-10 List of the Day:
I think we’re starting to exhaust the Sporcle quizzes. From now on if I see a good one, I’ll post it, or feel free to post ones you like in the comments section, but if I don’t see one…Random Top-10 List. Today’s List:
Top-10 Movies I Watch Every Time on Cable but Would Never Own:
- Days of Thunder
- Let it Ride
- Memphis Belle
- A Civil Action
- A League of Their Own
- Thomas Crown Affair
- Glengarry Glen Ross