The World series starts in just a half hour, with the San Francisco Giants (!!!!!!!!) taking on the Texas Rangers.
Tim Lincecum is pitching tonight against Cliff Lee, followed by Matt Cain to finish the first 2 games in SF, and Jonathan Sanchez + Madison Bumgarner to lead off games 3 & 4 in Texas.
Ex-Giants catcher Bengie Molina played the majority (barely over half) of this season with the Giants, and is now catching for the Rangers, meaning whichever team wins the World Series he will walk away with a shiny new ring. Lucky him!
Have you seen the new LeBron commercial? It’s about as fantastic as “The Decision” he put us all through back in July. The commercial aired today produced by Nike called “Rise”, where LeBron basically tells everyone to shove off.
The ad featured plenty of pointed imagery, including: Cleveland’s giant “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES” banner falling to the ground, James speaking to an empty room at a mock Hall of Fame induction, the “CHOSEN 1” tattoo being removed from his back and James at the wheel of a bulldozer tearing through a basketball arena.
At one point, the camera focuses close on James’ face as he declares, “I am not a role model.”
LeBron is out to settle a score with the general public and this commercial is just the most recent example of that. He takes shots at all of the doubters. He takes shots at some of his mentors. He tries to remind everyone that’s he’s been down this road before. What he really may be doing, though, is trying to cope with all of the support he has seemingly lost in the past few months. Simply put, it seems like LeBron is feeling betrayed. No matter what he’s done, he feels he can’t win. Once on top of the sports world, LeBron is now, as he points out in the commercial, a villain.
So now, he’s produced something to more or less tell you, me and everyone else that he doesn’t really care what you think. He poses the sarcastic question about what you and I think he should do throughout. The answer, LeBron, is anything from sarcastic — just shut it and play basketball. If he wanted to do a commercial so badly, do one reminding everyone of what you really are, first and foremost — a helluva basketball player, maybe the best.
You can see it as clearly as I can, right? The San Francisco 49ers aren’t just last place in the division (NFC West); they are last place in the conference. They’re second-to-last in the entire NFL, beating only the winless Buffalo Bills (AFC East).
They suffered yet another embarrassing 4th quarter loss by a field goal, and now head to London to play a battered and bruised Denver Broncos. After that, they get a bye week. I’m sad to state this, but if the 49ers lose to the Broncos, there will be a changing of the guard in the Head Coach department during that bye week, despite 49ers owner Jed York stating that Mike’s job is safe, and despite Singletary having the vote of confidence from his players.
The loss yesterday was more than a devastating blow to already dismal playoff hopes. It was a sure sign that they are not nearly the team the Faithful hoped would come out for the 2010 season. Rather, they are who we feared they’d be.
And for all of you chanting “We Want Carr, We Want Carr” — well, you got him. And you know what you received in that 3-week span of wanting Alex Smith removed? Carr replaced Smith on the third play of the second half after Smith’s non-throwing shoulder was sprained while he was sacked by Charles Johnson. Carr attempted five passes in his first 27 minutes of play with one 6-yard completion. From midway through the third quarter until late in the fourth, he went more than 18 minutes with just one pass attempt (and one sack) as the 49ers ran on 10 of 12 plays. Carr didn’t air out the ball until the Panthers tied the game 20-20 inside the two-minute warning, only to throw an interception that set up Carolina’s game-winning field goal.
So there you have it. Where’s Troy Smith when you need him?