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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 570 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Daddy Issues?

I am forever grateful that I grew up in a single-parent household. My mother has been nothing short of spectacular, the rock in my life. Although I wondered what life would be like with my father more involved, I have learned so much about being a parent from my mom and plan to be the best parent I can be when I start my own family. So imagine the rage flowing through my body when I read the following quote from CBS Sports columnist Scott Miller regarding Alex Rodriguez returning to the Yankees last night:

Nobody has been more disingenuous than this mutt. Maybe it’s his mammoth insecurity complex. Maybe it’s his enormous capacity for self-delusion. Maybe it’s daddy issues for a man who was raised by a single mother.

Daddy issues? DADDY ISSUES?

Stupidity and subjectivity are nothing new in journalism. We see it every hour of every day. Most of the time I can shrug it off. But Miller’s quote hit home for me. I take a lot of pride in being from a single-parent household, and to see someone look down on it as if it’s something to be ashamed of bothers me. Like myself, I’m sure A-Rod is proud of his upbringing. I’m also certain that he used it as motivation to be the best player and person he could be.

Scott Miller’s comments were horribly irresponsible, and CBS Sports was just as irresponsible in approving the article. Unless he knows Rodriguez personally, he was completely off-base in bringing his mother into this take-down piece. I’m willing to bet that Miller knows numerous people who are products of single-parent homes and not one of them suffered from “daddy issues.” So who the hell is he to even bring that up as a possibility for someone he most likely only knows professionally?

I saw the quote as nothing more than a lazy attempt to further slander Alex Rodriguez’ name. And it was absolutely infuriating to read, more so than the Jason Whitlock piece I read a few weeks ago regarding Jay-Z becoming a sports agent. Let this be a lesson to all sportswriters, current and future: no matter a person’s transgressions or your personal feelings on said person, no one deserves to have their upbringing questioned. NO ONE.

Do I Threaten You?


In light of the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, I’ve decided to reblog the post I wrote last year regarding the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Regardless of your opinions on the verdict itself, I hope you realize that nobody deserves to be killed solely on their appearance. NOBODY.

Originally posted on The Gospel of Smoov:

The following post is dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin, the young brother who was gunned down in Florida over a month ago. Racially motivated of not, there was no need for this young man to lose his life on the basis of looking suspicious.

Do I threaten you?

Do I make you scared for your personal safety?

Do you see me and expect to get robbed or raped?

Do you question how my parents raised me?

If you saw me walking on the same street as you, would you run the other way? If you were across the street, would you call the cops on me?

If I made room for you to sit next to me on the bus or train, would you rather stand?

If I walked into your store, would you deny me service?

If I was hailing a cab, would you drive past me?

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Taking In The Sights

I’ve spent all 25 years of my life in New York City. Like most natives, I go out of my way to avoid many of the city’s tourist attractions. But every now and then it’s nice to enjoy the beauties of these attractions.

That’s exactly what I did on Wednesday when I took my first walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a fantastic view all around and a much-needed walk. I think if I lived near downtown Brooklyn or TriBeCa I’d walk across the bridge every day. I got some nice pictures while walking across, and I hope you enjoy them.








Ode to My Lady

Today is a special day for me, as I celebrate my one-year anniversary with my girlfriend. I wish she wasn’t almost 3,000 miles away, but I know that our love is measured by more than just distance.

Can we run away together and be isolated from the world, just the two of us?

Each time I see your name on my phone, I yearn for your touch even more.

Cold … warm … rain … snow … nothing will slow down the passion we share for one another.

Even through our rough patches, our love remains strong and bring us closer as a couple.

Like the morning sun, you always brighten up my day when I’m down.

I am so happy to have you in my life, and cannot imagine where I’d be without you.

All I want is for us to wake up in each others’ arms and whisper sweet nothings to our ears.

Don’t Call It A Comeback

As I’m sure all the baseball fans out there know, spring training kicks off this week. The Yankees’ pitchers and catchers

Welcome home!

Welcome home!

officially reported to Tampa today to prepare for the 2013 season. Few things compare to hearing the sounds of balls pounding into gloves and cracking off wooden bats as the teams workout in sunny Florida and Arizona to get ready for the grueling 162-game schedule over the course of six months. It’s days like today that make the following announcement worthwhile:

161st & River is back!

Yes, the one-stop website for all your Yankees news that my good friend Sean O’Leary created in 2008 has returned to the web … and we’re coming with a vengeance. In addition to providing you with the top headlines from those paid to write and report on the Yankees we’ll also be creating our own content through the site blog, providing a tweet stream for any instant news & updates, and moderating our discussion forums allowing users to vent about almost anything they wish. It’s easily integrated with Facebook and Twitter, so you have the option to sign in with either account or you can register with an e-mail address.

161st and River was the website that really kicked off my foray into blogging and I plan on being an active part of its return, much like I was dating back to our humble beginnings in 2006 as a Facebook group, as a forum moderator and site blogger. The site is currently slated for an official launch on Opening Day; Sean is presently looking for people to blog, moderate forums and help out with site maintenance. If you’d like to help out in any way, hit us up on Facebook and Twitter.

Hopefully I’ll see you guys at 161st & River!

New York Groove

(Belated) Happy New Year!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Linsanity. I remember that day last year like it was yesterday: NYC was already hyped enough for the Giants playing in the Super Bowl the next day after another improbable playoff run. The Knicks were desperate for a spark, having lost the first two games of a rare back-to-back-to-back set (thanks, lockout). I was offered a free ticket from my friend Jessica to sit in one of the suites at MSG for what would be my only Knicks game that season. I knew that Jeremy Lin would put in work that night, but I never expected 25 points and 7 assists against All-Star guard Deron Williams. And I certainly didn’t expect him to go on the run that he went on throughout the month of February.

But damn, was it fun to watch.

I bring this up today because the excitement that Lin brought to the Knicks last season has carried over to this season. Although he took his talents to Houston, the Knicks are playing their best ball in over a decade. The three-headed PG monster of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni has been fantastic in controlling the pace. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are in beast mode following their Olympic run over the summer. Steve Novak and J.R. Smith have been lethal off the bench. And Amar’e Stoudemire has come back with a vengeance and taken the Knicks’ depth to another level. Y’all still wanna trade him?

I know football season is over now, and spring training is right around the corner. But with the way the Knicks have been playing basketball, I’ve got my eyes on a team who is going to be dangerous come playoff time and possibly make a long run into June. The buzz doesn’t happen without the emergence of an undrafted guard out of Harvard.

Thanks, Jeremy Lin, for rejuvenating the New York Knicks.

2012 In Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Who the hell does Rob Parker think he is?

We are nearing the end of 2012. We’ve seen an African-American man get re-elected as President of the United States. We’ve seen NBA Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson become the first African-American owner in the history of Major League Baseball. More and more black athletes are becoming the faces of their respective teams, if not leagues. What possessed him to question Robert Griffin III’s “blackness” on ESPN2’s First Take today?

The genesis of this issue comes from comments that RGIII has made himself throughout the season as he’s been repeatedly asked about race. From what I can tell his answers have been very straightforward and non-controversial — answers that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would certainly be proud of. The Washington Redskins QB would much rather we judge him by what he does on the field instead of his skin color, which I believe is what all black people want in whatever career they choose. Griffin also loves and embraces the fact that he is a black quarterback playing in the NFL and understands the responsibility he has to be a positive role model.

But instead of applauding RGIII for his insightful thoughts, Rob Parker decided to use his airtime on First Take to depreciate what he’s trying to stand up for. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post put together a transcript of the roundtable discussion that occurred today, which included Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and host Cari Champion. I read the whole thing, and it really hurt my heart — it takes a lot for that to happen to me. Here are some “highlights”:

“For me, personally, just me, this throws up a red flag, what I keep hearing. And I don’t know who’s asking the questions, but we’ve heard a couple of times now of a black guy kind of distancing himself away from black people. … And I’ve talked to some people down in Washington D.C., friends of mine, who are around and at some of the press conferences, people I’ve known for a long time. But my question, which is just a straight honest question. Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”

Strike one. I highly doubt that many of his black fans feel distant from him because he wants to break the mold of being a black quarterback. Also,”cornball brother”? Okay, that’s a new one I haven’t heard before. What’s that supposed to mean, Rob?

“Well, [that] he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else. … We all know he has a white fiancée. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like I’ve got black skin but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”

Strike two. First and foremost, what cause could he possibly be talking about? Did we get set back to 1952? I understand and am fully aware of the notion that black people are still not seen by some as equal to their white counterparts, but it seems that Griffin is among those who are trying their best to level the field … which Rob Parker would realize if he actually paid attention to any interview RGIII’s given in regards to race. Second, how does Tiger Woods compare here? He famously identified himself as “Cablinasian”; RGIII has shown himself to be proud of his skin color and heritage.

Skip Bayless went as far as to ask Parker about the man’s braids.

“Now that’s different,” Parker said. “To me, that’s very urban and makes you feel like…wearing braids, you’re a brother. You’re a brother if you’ve got braids on.”

Strike three, you’re out. Rob Parker, an African-American sports journalist, really said that. I’d have excused myself from the studio at this point because he might’ve caught a tire iron to the side of his head.

I must say, I was completely and utterly embarrassed by what Rob Parker did today. This is 1000x worse than Rush Limbaugh’s comments on Donovan McNabb back in 2005. Never in a million years would I ever imagine reading and hearing such disparaging comments about an African-American QB from a fellow African-American. It was a total hack job on Parker’s end, and he’s lost all credibility with me as a result. There’s no place in sports (or life in general) for anyone to have their “blackness” questioned, especially by a fellow black person. NONE.

Gameday Post #9: Anaheim Angels at Yankees

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

Without Jackie Robinson’s efforts and courage, I would never be as interested in baseball as I am today. I wouldn’t have the pleasure of looking up to such players as Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson and Justin Upton. I wouldn’t have grown up dreaming of emulating them on a baseball diamond.

Thank you, Jackie Robinson, for not only changing professional baseball … but the whole world.




NEW YORK……..…….4-4 (1.0 GB)

Tampa Bay……………4-4 (1.0 GB)

Toronto.………………4-4 (1.0 GB)

Boston……….…………3-5 (2.0 GB)


DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 15th, 1:05pm


PITCHING PROBABLES: Jerome Williams (0-0, -.– ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.57 ERA)



Jerome Williams (LAA) — Williams missed most of the spring with a hamstring injury, but got through two Minor League rehab outings and will make his first appearance at Yankee Stadium. He posted a 3.68 ERA in 44 big league innings in 2011.

Ivan Nova (NYY) — Nova notched the Yanks’ first win with seven innings of two-run ball on April 9 at Baltimore. He was peppered for 10 hits but limited the damage, walking none and striking out seven. He’s 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts vs. the Halos.







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