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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Where's The Killer Instinct?

Remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when the high priest of Kali pulls the still beating heart from his victim's chest and then holds it aloft while the victim is lowered into a pit of lava - all the while staring at his still beating chest?

Well last year when the Mets went on their 3/4 season run, that's what they were doing to their opponents. Up one run in the seventh? Time to tack on five insurance runs against the other team's worst reliever. Cruising to victory? Score two more runs anyway to make sure the Phillis know who is boss.

This season the killer instinct has not been there. Sure the Mets are winning and it's been a very enjoyable season so far. They sit 3.5 games in first place, have only lost series' to three teams the entire season and seem primed for a run at the world series. And sure the Mets have had to face a number of serious injuries so far - They lost El Duque for a month, Valentin for longer, Alou for 4 weeks and counting, Green has missed time with the foot and Duaner Sanchez never even made it back on the team before re-injuring his shoulder.

But still, the 2007 Mets have yet to start ripping the hearts out of their opponents chests and showing it to them as they die. And maybe it's because of the injuries - and when everyone is healthy they will all start chanting "Kali-Ma" - or maybe they miss their heart ripping out high priest, Pedro Martinez, who threw off a mound yesterday with no problems and is eying an August return.

But until this team finds its killer instinct, they are in danger from all the lurkers at their heels.

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Is it me of is Pat Riley once again showing he is an evil, evil man by demanding compensation from the Orlando Magic in exchange for letting Stan Van Gundy out of his contract one year early to coach the magic next season. Sure Riley has the right to ask for compensation but consider these facts:
- When Van Gundy's name was popping up as a major candidate for certain western conference teams, there was no talk of compensation for the Heat.
- Even more troubling, the only reason that Van Gundy is not coaching the Heat right now is that Riley pushed him out of his job in order to take over the coaching duties and win a championship with Shaq and Dewayne.
I know that Riley and "the right thing" are not often heard in the same sentence but for once he should be a human being and let Van Gundy take the Magic job. His behavior in this matter, to me at least, is disgraceful.


  • Last night's game was particularly disappointing.

    The injuries were predictable.

    Riley is not going to stop Van Gundy from going to Orlando. If he can get a 2nd round pick, why not do so?

    In case you're still in the dark about The Sopranos - http://youtube.com/watch?v=dWoNauDxGqc

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:37 AM  

  • What's with you and the Sopranos??

    I was at a wedding and only caught the radio recap in the car - sounds like a winnable game lost.

    Because he hurt him by taking his job and now he's trying to be a roadblock to thebest open job - orlando which actually has some talent. i'm not saying it's not a good business decision - I'm saying Riley owes VG a break.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:31 AM  

  • OHHHHH. Wow, Mangini is just pimping himself everywhere. First Elmo's World, now the Sopranos. What's next, will he be carrying a suitcase nuke on 24? Will he be a mysterious one eyed man on Lost?

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:35 AM  

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