Sunday Night Open Thread


I assume you’re still working off your three straight walk-off wins hangover, so feel free to mingle right here in tonight’s open thread. The late game on ESPN features the Mets and Giants, and a matchup of two of the better young righthanders in the game: Mike Pelfrey and personal fave Matt Cain. Aside from the Mets, you’ve also got Game 7 between the Magic and Celtics on TNT, plus a horde of new episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc.

DotF will be along later, but feel free to talk about whatever you want here. Just be nice.

Categories : Asides, Open Thread


  1. E-ROC says:

    Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, and Steve Phillips. Oof!

    I hope the Magic win.

  2. Steve H says:

    Jim Rice was just on NESN talking about how he likes the Blue Jays because they aren’t looking for walks. He said, you can’t win by getting walks, you’ll just end up clogging the bases. Can they take back HOF membership since he hasn’t been enshrined yet?

  3. Jamal G. says:

    Bah, I just checked the schedule and Roy Halladay will be missing both Boston series this month.

  4. Jamal G. says:

    What’s more annoying: Relief pitchers being unable to throw strikes; or NBA players committing moronic fouls in the paint?

    • E-ROC says:

      That’s tough. Can we say both? Fouling in the paint is probably about defenders being lazy while relief pitchers may not have their best stuff in that particular outing. So I guess my choice is fouling in the paint.

    • A.D. says:

      Both are incredibly annoying, however the fouls is generally a mental mistake versus the balls which generally aren’t.

    • Ivan says:

      Both but to be fair, throwing k’s is just really inexcusable whats so ever. While sometimes fouling in the paint against a guy like Howard or Shaq isn’t the worst thing in the world.

    • Greg P says:

      I’d have to go with Yi Jianlian. Definitely the most frustrating foul machine I’ve seen in a while. And he doesn’t even get his money’s worth.

  5. A.D. says:

    Interesting balk for Pelfry

  6. jonathan says:

    Wang went 7IP CG 4H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K for the Win at AAA. Bruney didnt fair as well 1IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K but not terrible. Not that Hughes is stinking it up but it would be nice to get Wang back throwing bowling balls

  7. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, have you guys taken a peep at the NL Central lately? Four teams with 20 or wins (MIL; CHI; STL; CIN), and the ‘Stros and Buccos round out the division with records of 17-19 and 16-21, respectively.

  8. LiveFromNY says:

    If we stay healthy I think we could take back those lost RS games.

    That wrong must be made right.

  9. Ivan says:

    No matta who wins game 7 of this game, neither team is beating Cle anyway.

    Who ya guys got in the Western Con Finals?

    I got Lakers in 6.

  10. A.D. says:

    Who gets optioned out for Bruney? Personally I’d like to see Edwar or Alby, but I fear it might be Aceves

  11. Jamal G. says:

    I love watching the physical ineptness of Brian Scalabrine.

  12. If your the Knicks and you end up at 8 do you go:

    Lawson or Curry.

    • A.D. says:


    • Ivan says:

      Be honest, I don’t know.

      Neither guy are gonna be stars players at the next level.

      Lawson is a better pure point, but Curry is a better scorer and has more polish.

      I might go Lawson.

      But fuck that I want the #1 pick to get Blake Griffin.

      • I disagree, i think lawson could be a star at the NBA level, especially in Dantoni’s system. He ran in a similar uptempo offense in college, and hes strong enough to get to the rim. Hes gotta improve his jump shooting, but he has the potential to be a star in the league.

        Currys going to be able to score, but who knows if he can take it to the basket or defend at the nba level.

        • Ivan says:

          The problem like u said can he shoot and he’s gonna go against much longer and athletic wing players who can give him problems. Not to say Lawson can’t be a good and I think he will but he’s gotta be put in a good system like u said D’Antoni.

    • Greg P says:

      What about Jrue Holiday? I might take him over both of those guys.

    • E-ROC says:

      I’d go with Stephen Curry. He is probably an average athlete, but his IQ is off the charts. Despite being an average athlete, he can still get his shot off, create his shot and create for his teammates, and plays great off the ball. Curry is also a good passer but sometimes his decisions can go awry. Defensively, he is fundamentally sound, but athletic players will give him fits. Lawson is a better athlete than Curry and he might be able to finish better at the rim. Lawson also runs a team better than Curry, but that’s about it. Personally, I’d take Curry in a heartbeat.

  13. I was at the Stadium for the first time yesterday. It. Was. Glorious. The Stadium was beautiful, the food was good, and the game was fanfuckingtastic. I cannot wait to go back again.

  14. Ivan says:

    Yo Dwight Howard has lil to no post moves.

    • Steve H says:

      If he can’t dunk, he’s a horrible offensive player.

      • Ivan says:

        Yeah his game rite now is limited. Can u imagine if he had the post moves or offensive skills of a Pau Gasol.

        • Steve H says:

          He’d be Hakeem, who is ridiculously underrated. That man was a beast.

          • I have an awesome red and yellow Hakeem jersey.

          • Ivan says:

            Really underrated. The guy had the best set of moves on the block or the post I,ve eva seen. David Robinson is still faked out by the moves rite now.

            • Steve H says:

              Yeah, due to the era he gets lumped in with Ewing and Robinson, but he destroyed both of them, and even the young Shaq.

              • Ivan says:

                To be fair, Ewing should of won that championship over Hakeem in 94. As a Knick fan, there were so many things I can talk about that Finals.

                • Steve H says:

                  Olajuwon outscored him in every game of the series and posted numbers of 26.9 ppg on 50.0% shooting compared to Ewing’s 18.9 ppg on 36.3% shooting. Hakeem was simply better in that series and in their careers. Not to take anything away from Ewing, but Hakeem is in the Abdul-Jabbar/Shaq conversation while Ewing is with Robinson in a category below.

                • Ivan says:

                  I know that, but still, the Knicks should of won that series. Yeah Hakeem was a beast and beat up on Ewing but I was talking about how the Knicks out played the Rockets that Finals.

    • GG says:

      yea, his game is extremely limited for a guy who could/should be a superstar of the highest level….if he wants to be at that level he’s going to have to work on that

  15. Ivan says:

    Marcin Gortat might have the biggest nose in sports.

  16. Jamal G. says:

    I really hate fans who scream at referees at a NBA game. They should kick anyone out who does that, it’s so tool-ish.

  17. [...] Confidence Poll « Sunday Night Open Thread May [...]

  18. I have never heard someone say “leader” as many times as Joe Morgan has in the last ten minutes.

  19. UWS says:

    Apparently Steve Phillips thinks that Beltran is part of the Mets’ problem. I think Yanks would gladly take both Beltran and Reyes “problems” off the Mets’ hands.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He hates the Mets. If a player hitting .379-.473-.593 with Gold Glove defense in center field is part of the team’s problems, then another problem is planning the parade route.

      • Ivan says:

        Yea he has absolute hatrid of that franchise. I mean Beltran is a top 10 player in baseball period.

      • He hates the Mets intelligence.


      • mustang says:

        One of the bigger mistakes that the Yankees made. Does anyone remember how that went down? All i remember was Boras coming back to the Yankees and offering him for less money.

        • Mike Pop says:

          The Yankees wanted to figure out the Unit situation first I believe. They asked Carlos to wait, but by then, he signed with the Mets even though the Yanks could of had him for 96 million I think.

          • mustang says:

            Didn’t Steinbrenner say no or something? I think Cashman wanted him but George didn’t? I’m not sure.

            Who was playing center at the time?

            • mustang says:

              Or Cashman had to pick between the Big unit or Beltran he couldn’t have both something like that.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              I think Cash wanted him, but Steinbrenner told him to get RJ first, and by time that happened Beltran signed. I think that was Bernie’s last year as the full-time CF.

              • mustang says:

                That sounds about right. That’s two i could kill George over Sheffield over Guerrero doesn’t bring joy into my life.

                • Eh, that probably wasn’t a great choice but it’s not as bad as we sometimes make it out to be. After all, Sheff had two top 10 MVP finishes in his time w/the Yankees (2nd in ’04…to Vlad, ha).

                • mustang says:

                  Yes i guess, but you throw in Sheffield’s side luggage and Guerrero wins.

    • Mr.Jigginz says:

      That was a shot at Jeter…

  20. RCK says:

    Steve Philips just suggested that the Mets need to reconstruct their team so that they have more “grit” (as opposed to a player like Beltran).

    Too bad he’s not the GM of the Mets. We could probably do Gardner for Beltran straight up.

  21. GG says:


  22. Ivan says:

    Who’s more dumber?

    Philips with saying Beltran is the problem or Francesa saying to Met fans it’s time to break up the core. Francesa is the same guy that said that Howard is better than Beltran folks.

  23. Jamal G. says:

    I love Dwight Howard, it’s like he takes away a piece of a man’s pride with every block.

  24. mustang says:

    Yankees on a 5 game winning streak and Boston losing 4 out 6 in the west coast.
    It’s Christmas in May.

  25. mustang says:

    85-66 Magic things just keep getting better.

  26. Ed says:

    Isn’t it amazing how two different games, in two different sports can go to commercial at the same time?

  27. Mason says:

    I didnt take the time to read through the rest of the comments so i dont know if this has been talked about or not tonight but…. Whats happening to Cano??? yea he’s still batting .296 but that a good 70 points lower than where it was.. I know he’s streaky but i hope he doesnt fall too far under .300 before his end-of-the-year streak hits like it always does sometime after the All-Star break.. I guess this year i just started getting used to him going 2-4 every game and now that its not happening, i find myself already questioning his ability to hit like he’s capable of doing.

  28. Yankeegirl49 says:

    Hey guys…went to the Nick Swisher signing at Last Licks in Rye.
    His act is not an act…out of all the signings I have been to, this one was the best, he is one awesome dude! Everyone there had a blast, he talked to each and every person and took multiple pics with everyone…including me!!

    • I wanted to go to that but my dad and I decided to put our money towards the Hank Aaron signing on June 13th. I’m so pumped to meet the Hammer (two days before my birthday!).

      • Yankeegirl49 says:

        Very cool Matt! My next one is Pettitte in June.

        • My “cool” Pettitte autograph story:

          My mom used to work in a store on my town’s main shopping street and Andy came into the store one day (about ten years ago?), buying something for his wife. My mom recognized him and told him how big of a fan of his I was and how we share the same birthday and he signed a business card for me. It reads: Matt: Best Wishes, Andy Pettitte.

    • Linnea says:

      That’s awesome! Thanks for letting us know. I love that dude. Wish he’d start hitting again, but damn, he’s still awesome.

  29. Tom Zig says:

    3 of the web gems on ESPN were from today’s game.

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