Tale of the Tape: Houston vs. L.A., and we have no problems with it

first_imgHistorical NASA momentHouston: “Um, Houston we’ve had a problem here,” said by Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert in 1970.L.A.: “Houston, we have a problem,” said by actor Tom Hanks, in the role of Jim Lovell for the 1995 film “Apollo 13.”Edge: Blame Hollywood for changing the wording and giving it to the correct actor and longtime Dodgers supporter (you think they’d let Kevin Bacon deliver that line as Swigert?). Now it’s ranked No. 50 by the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. You’re welcome, Houston. Hashtag branding for the postseasonHouston: #EarnHistoryL.A.: #ThisTeamEdge: #LameTeam colorsHouston: Pumpkin spiceL.A.: True blue, aka Pantone 294Edge: Dodgers. We just made that one up for the Astros because it seemed fitting. And we’re tired of seeing Giants’ colors come back out of season near Halloween.Greatest living legendsHouston: Nolan RyanL.A.: Sandy Koufax,Tommy Lasorda, Vin ScullyEdge: Astros: Ryan, the Hall of Famer who never should have left the Angels in the first place, once threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers in 1981. It still smarts.Most memorable head to head battleHouston: Defeated the Dodgers in a one-game playoff in 1980 to win the NL West after the Dodgers won the last three games of the regular season to tie it. Lost the NLCS to Philadelphia in five games.L.A.: Defeated the Astros in five games during a strange 1981 NL Division Series necessary because of a break in the season due to a players’ strike. The Dodgers went on to win the World Series.Edge: Dodgers. The Astros eventually decided to jump to the American League in 2013 for a better World Series entry point.Sizable needsHouston: Second baseman Jose Altuve – all 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds – is the favorite to win the AL MVP award with an MLB-best .346 average and league-best 8.3 Wins Above Replacement. He also had a three-homer game in the ALDS vs. Boston.L.A.: Dodgers pitchers Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill and Yu Darvish stand 6-foot-5. Add 275 pounds to Jansen, the NL leader in saves and a 0.00 ERA this postseason, and the Dodgers stand pretty tall.Edge: Astros. In a Hollywood mirror, objects on a pitcher’s mound are closer than they appear.The Lancaster connectionHouston: Several players on the current roster spent valuable time at the Astros’ Single-A Lancaster JetHawks. Jose Altuve hit .408 in 52 games there in 2011 before going to the big-league roster that season. Carlos Correa was a 19-year-old hitting .325 there in 62 games in 2014. George Springer and Lance McCullers are former JetHawks as well.L.A.: Kiké Hernandez spent the 2012 season with the JetHawks while with the Houston organization, hitting .275 with five homers in 100 games.Edge: Dodgers. Most of the current roster might not even know where the 661 area code is, but Hernandez’ three-homer game in Game 5 of the NLCS seems to be a nominal payoff.For old times sakeHouston: The 40-year-old DH Carlos Beltran, a nine-time All Star, is one of very few MLB players left who were active before the 2000 season.L.A.: Chase Utley, the 38-year-old out of Long Beach Poly and UCLA and known by his teammates as the Silver Fox, was only the 10th oldest player in the NL this season.Edge: Dodgers. Utley was ejected from a game in August for telling an umpire to move out of his line of vision. It was a perfect “Get Off My Lawn!” moment. Mercenary midseason acquisitionsHouston: Justin VerlanderL.A.: Yu DarvishEdge: The only way to settle this would be to have them throw against each other, but that doesn’t seem to line up (c’mon, not even for Game 2?) The Dodgers passed on Verlander in late July and traded for Darvish instead. The  Astros went right to the midnight deadline before convincing Verlander, who has won four postseason games and went 5-0 for them at the end of the regular season.Team payroll on Opening DayHouston: $124 million (No. 18 in MLB)L.A.: $242 million (No. 1 in MLB)Edge: It’s all relative. If you’ve got it, spend it. Clayton Kershaw’s $33 million this year was more than the payroll of the San Diego Padres’ entire 25-man roster and almost twice as much as the $17 million the Astros gave catcher Brian McCann. AL MVP candidate Jose Altuve made just $4 million. Then again, Cody Bellinger made the rookie minimum of $535,000 for the Dodgers.  And what did the Angels get for their $160 million? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers workout prior to World Series Game 1 Major League Baseball’s deceptive depth of statistical information might provide some illuminating comparisons between the Dodgers and Astros heading into the 113th World Series. But the tale of the tape below tells us more.Sports Illustrated cover influenceHouston: In June, 2014, the cover included a shot of George Springer with the headline “Your 2017 World Series Champs”L.A.: An issue last August declared the Dodgers might be the “Best. Team. Ever?” With a 91-36 record, they went on to lose 16 out of 17.Edge: Astros. Remember how in 1987, “Back to the Future II” predicted the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series, and they were a year off? Now we have the FiveThirtyEight.com that sets everyone straight, and it gives the Dodgers a 55 percent chance of winning it all. It’s not as if they’ve ever been wrong in a political projection, right?Celebrity endorsementHouston: Kate Upton, President George H.W. Bush, Ric Flair.L.A.: Everyone in Hollywood asking their assistants to run down and pick them up an L.A. cap.Edge: Dodgers. It’s part of the territory and a product of mass inventory. Nonetheless, during Game 2, you’ll see more shots of Upton, the fiancée of Justin Verlander, in a stadium suite than Magic Johnson ordering another Dodger Dog or Will Ferrell, Rob Lowe, George Lopez, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube or (egads) Alyssa Milano trying to look naturally engaged in the action.Famous abandoned landmarkHouston: AstrodomeL.A.: Hugh Hefner’s Playboy MansionEdge: Dodgers. Team party after a World Series win – Game 6 is on Halloween at Dodger Stadium – could be at this haunted mansion. Whicker: Astros offer Dodgers a stiff 7-game challenge Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series scouting report, prediction Related Articleslast_img read more

Neymar’s father calls for social media truce

first_imgNeymar is not only the world’s most expensive player but the much-hyped centerpiece of Brazil’s talented team. However on his return from a lengthy layoff for foot surgery, he has attracted accusations of not being a team player and overdoing the theatrical diving.On Friday, the 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker burst into tears at the end of a tense 2-0 win, in which he scored, over tiny Costa Rica.His performance sparked a flood of sarcastic tweets and memes mocking his tendency to fall over at relatively minor challenges. Some have even called for Neymar to be dropped, saying he distracts the rest of the team and slows down the Brazilian game.Coach Tite says Neymar is a rare talent who will only get better as the tournament goes on.Neymar’s father said that the online insults could “contaminate” his son and pleaded with supporters “to use the correct weapons, such as faith and prayers.”Brazil plays Serbia on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar prays after Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their World Cup match in Saint PetersburgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jun 25-Neymar’s father called Sunday on supporters of the Brazilian star not to get into online disputes with the many critics of his performance so far at the World Cup.“Guys, cool down on social media. Avoid insulting anyone. If you want to support Juninho (Neymar), do it positively,” Neymar Sr said in a message published by Globoesporte.com website.last_img read more

Pundits slam McGuinness over attacks on Gallagher and his team

first_imgGAA PUNDITS have turned on former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness over his public attacks on the current Donegal team and its manager Rory Gallagher.And one pundit went as far to point out that McGuinness mentioned Gallagher just four times in his recent book – but refers to him indirectly 44 times in recent comments in his Irish Times column.Will Slattery from the Irish Independent said: “If a Donegal footballer ever comes across one of Jim McGuinness’ columns on a morning when the team is mentioned it probably makes for uncomfortable reading – like watching divorced parents bicker while one of the kids is within earshot. “The former Donegal manager is one of the authoritative voices on Gaelic football and since he started writing in the Irish Times over a year ago he has tackled a number of topics – championship structures, punditry in the GAA, defensive systems – in an interesting and thought provoking way.“But when the man who led Donegal to All-Ireland glory in 2012 writes about his old team, something feels amiss.”And Joe Brolly said: “Since leaving the Donegal job he [McGuinness] has heaped pressure on Rory Gallagher without ever mentioning his name. Jim is extremely Machiavellian make no mistake about that.”After Donegal lost to Tyrone in last Sunday’s Ulster final, McGuinness used his subsequent column to criticise the game plan. Again, Gallagher’s name was missing from most these paragraphs but they were obviously directed at him. Newstalk pundit David Brady said: “You are entitled to write what you want as a columnist but I do think it is sad.“It is two men who led Donegal to victory and it is not a nice thing to see. There is without a doubt a certain degree of innuendo with regards to Rory [Gallagher]. Rory does have a certain amount of responsibility but so do the players.“It has gotten very personal against one of his old comrades.”Brady said the underperformance of a number of Donegal stars was a major factor in their loss to Tyrone, rather than some “awful sideline blunder” from Gallagher.“Some past county managers don’t want to say one bad word about their players and there was every reason for Jimmy [McGuinness] to do it after last Sunday,” Brady said. “It [his criticism] was solely directed at Rory Gallagher.“If players don’t kick any long balls in, who have been there for ten years, they should have the ability and experience to change things. They’re not robots.“If you read Jim McGuinness’ book, he mentions Rory Gallagher about four times.“If you read his columns, he mentions him about 44 times. He should have done this and he should have done that. “Last Sunday was an Ulster final that Donegal might have won – if they had won would Jim McGuinness have been overjoyed for Rory Gallagher? My honest opinion is no.”The highly respected commentator Jerome Quinn took to Twitter to criticise McGuinness.“Is anyone else uncomfortable with Jim’s shameless & constant digs at Rory Gallagher, a man who was crucial In 2012?” he tweeted.Pundits slam McGuinness over attacks on Gallagher and his team was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jim McGuinnessRory Gallagherlast_img read more

Avram Grant calls for Benitez to be given support

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told the BBC he believes the club should support under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez.Grant, who led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League Final, was recently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in the wake of Benitez’s poor start.The club subsequently denied reports that Grant was being considered for a role.Benitez is deeply unpopular among Blues fans from his time at Liverpool and the decision to install him in place of the sacked Roberto Di Matteo has caused anger.But Grant insisted: “The most important thing for them is that they have a manager who needs supporting.“What Rafa needs now is good victories and good football to convince the supporters that they need to support him.”Asked whether he would be willing to work alongside Benitez, he said: “I don’t think it’s the right idea for the moment.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants pitcher Barry Zito rooted against his own teammates in 2010 postseason before saving their bacon in 2012

first_imgBarry Zito has written a book. And since every book has to have a hook, this revelation:Zito rooted against the Giants, his own team, the organization that was in the process of paying him $126 million, during the 2010 postseason.The Barry Zito story is all about context. He joined the A’s in 2000, one of the Three Aces along with Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder. He was the American League Cy Young Award winner at 24, after which he settled into a confounding existence trapped between over- and …last_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Unai Emery: Our identity WILL be playing out from the back

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Unai Emery: Our identity WILL be playing out from the backby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists their future is tied to playing out from the back.Emery reassured nervous fans that his players will mix things up and occasionally resort to an old fashioned long ball when the time is right.But there is no danger of him ditching a key part of his philosophy altogether despite all the heart-in-the-mouth moments it has caused.Emery said: “The last match, Watford, was maybe the worst in our build up. But we are going to try, to work, to improve, to achieve our style.”To build up with the goalkeeper and centre back is going to be our identity but we are going to share sometimes with long balls.”Against Frankfurt we were different and decided more times to do long ball, earn metres on the pitch and after attack the space. We are going to decide what to do on Sunday, depending on Aston Villa.” last_img read more

16 days agoJuventus midfielder Pjanic: Back on top where we belong

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Pjanic: Back on top where we belongby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic says they’ve re-established their authority with victory over Inter Milan.The Bianconeri beat Inter 2-1 at San Siro to retake the leadership of Serie A.”We deserved to beat Inter 2-1 and finally got back into first place. I think our team is certainly the best in Italy and since Sunday we’ve been on top, which is where we belong,” Pjanic told Radio Sarajevo.“Our aim is to win every trophy, as that is the objective of Juve, one of the top three or four clubs in the world. We don’t just aim high this season, but every year, and this term is no different.“My own dream is to win the Champions League and lift that trophy to the sky. I hope to achieve that this season.” last_img read more

Rod Stewart And Ronnie Wood Reunite The Faces For Prostate Cancer UK

first_imgThe Faces – the legendary rock group featuring Rod Stewart, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood – are set to make their triumphant comeback in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.The historic reunion on 5 September will see the band belting out a string of classics – from Stay With Me to Ooh La La – in support of their drummer, Kenney Jones, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.The whole gig – the third Rock ‘n’ Horsepower event to be hosted by Hurtwood Park Polo Club – will raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.Get your tickets now.last_img read more

Hydro says there is no evidence at this time landslide is connected

first_imgThe tweets went on to say safety is Hyrdo’s top priority and that they are monitoring the situation closely.  The Peace River Regional District has activated it’s Emergency Operations Centre in response to the landslide.  Two properties at the top of the hill have been evacuated.Safety is our top priority and we are monitoring the situation closely. We will work with on-site officials to assist in any way we can (2/3)— sitecproject (@sitecproject) September 30, 2018Officials with Yellowhead Road and Bridge say it could take a day or two before a new route for the Old Fort Road is determined.  In the meantime, residents of the Old Fort are asked to shelter in place and contact the Peace River Regional District or the RCMP if they need any assistance.BC Hydro is aware of the landslide that occurred near the community of Old Fort this weekend. This slide is off the dam site, about one km past the eastern entrance to the #SiteC project (1/3)— sitecproject (@sitecproject) September 30, 2018For more on the evacuation order, click here.For more on the opening of the emergency operations centre, click here. To see more photos and video of the slide, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro says there is no evidence, at this time, that links Sunday’s landslide to the construction of the Site C Dam.In series of tweets Sunday afternoon, Hydro said there is no evidence the slide near the Old Fort is connected to work taking place at the Site C Dam.  The slide caused part of the Old Fort Road to buckle overnight Saturday.  The road is currently closed approximately 1km from one entrance to the Dam.At this time, there is no evidence that the slide is related to #SiteC or any of the work taking place on the project (3/3)— sitecproject (@sitecproject) September 30, 2018last_img read more