Elster's World

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Opening the 'Bag

We here at Elster's World are always searching for another tired gimmick to trot out. So without further ado, it's time for the very first Elster Mailbag!! Since no one actually emails me any questions, I invented my own.

1. What's your take on Jose Reyes' decision to start celebrating again? Is it bad for the game or good for the Mets? - Mr. Met, Queens (yes the one with the giant head).

Excellent question MM. The truth is, baseball is our purest, most traditional sport. It's always been about being reserved and acting in the best possible fashion....ah screw it, who am I kidding? I love it. Who cares if he ticks off some people. Do you think Jimmy Rollins cares if he ticks off some people with his big mouth? All I know is that in the 2 games since Jose decided to be Regular Jose instead of Reserved Jose, he has 2 singles, a double, a triple and a home run. By all means, please stand on the top steps of the dugout and do elaborate multi-step handshakes with anyone you want. Please smile all the time and actually look like you are having fun out there. I know this is crazy, but a team that enjoys what it is doing will probably beat the miserable team - all talent being equal.

2. At the end of the day, the signings for Scott Gomez and Chris Drury turned out to be pretty good moves no? - Joe Antagonizer, Long Island.

Well, obviously it's not the end of the day yet, but certainly, those 2 signings, and the contract extension, look to be some pretty smart moves by Glen Sather. Things got off to a bit of a slow start for these two, but these have always been considered "what can they do for us in the playoffs" signings. They have really picked up their games as of late. They finished 2 and 3 respectively on the team in scoring this year during the regular season. Gomez has been one of the best (if not the best) forwards on the ice for the Rangers so far against the Devils (leading the team in points and plus/minus) and Drury has been great on face offs and intangibles.

Lundqvist was great down the stretch (phenomenal) and just as good in the playoffs. He makes all the saves he should, some great saves and even some impossible saves. He has a chance to be one of the true elite goaltenders in the NHL - and he can start by leading his team to the Stanley Cup.

3. How great has Lost been this season? John Locke, The Island

How great? SOOO great. Unlike last year, which started slow and ended strong with the flash forward twist, this year has been like a vintage Pedro Martinez season - the producers are throwing 1 run, 3 hit, 13 strikeout performances each week. The new characters all bring something to the table and all fit in seamlessly with the show and the regulars remain interesting. The plot twists continue to fascinate and the acting continues to be top notch. Throw in the Desmond-Penny Christmas episode (in my opinion, the greatest stand-alone episode of Lost ever) and this season might be the best one yet - even if it is strike shortened. The only peeve I had with the entire season so far has been the one episode that centered on the evil Michael. After what he did, I simply didn't feel he deserved a whole episode to himself.

4. What else are you watching besides Lost? Matt Rousch and Michael Ausiello, TV Guide.

Hey guys, I had no idea you were readers!! Anyway, pretty much the only thing I'm watching right now besides Lost and sports is the great Battlestar Galactica - sadly in its final season. I will not waste time trying to talk up the show - you all remember my mammoth BSG post after I watched the first season on DVD - instead I will simply share the following with you. Mrs. Elster, who would rather watch someone suffering in the final stages of the AIDS virus than watch sci-fi (in other words, she REALLY doesn't like sci-fi) is watching the final season on the strength of just a pre-season interview show they did with producers. That alone was enough to suck her in.

For the last time, it's really just a great show that happens to take place in space - it's not a great show about space. Whatever.

5. Who is your pick for MVP this season in the NBA? I personally think that coach of the Knicks is the man - Isiah, NYC.

Hmmm, well Isiah, it's like this. By all accounts, this was supposedly a great NBA season. The Celtics were reborn, Kobe and Lebron dominated, 2 great point guards grew up (Deron Williams and Chris Paul), a 45 plus win team didn't make the playoffs in the West. Sadly, I'm a Knick fan and I had grown so disgusted with the team, I pretty much stopped watching basketball months ago. So for me to try and chose between Paul, Kobe (did he really leap that car by the way?), Lebron and KG would be silly.

I do, however, have a few thoughts on the Knicks.

A. They are going to suck next year. And the year after that as well. Assuming they don;t take on big salaries though, enough salary will come off the cap for a serious run at Lebron. What Walsh needs to be doing right now is building up a team full of complimentary pieces - so that when Lebron is a free agent in 2010-2011, he can sell the team to Lebron as a championship contender just missing the superstar.

B. It must really suck to play for the Knicks. Clearly they have no on court chemistry. Worse, by all accounts,they all seem to hate each other off the court. And the absolute worst, David Lee looks despondent out there. Just miserable. He no longer plays with the same energy - all of which seems to have been totally sucked out of him. Walsh needs to rid this team of the cancers and quick (I'm talking about you Zack Randolph - and you Eddy Curry - and you Jamaal Crawford - oh and you too Q-Rich - and....... oh sigh).

C. On the bright side, the Knicks are about to fire Isiah Thomas. That alone is worth some happy points. I'm officially excited about Mark "Action" Jackson coaching the team for the ext few years. So what if he has no experience? The team is going to suck either way. At least this way we will have a cool coach.

6. What's your gut feeling on how the Jets will perform next season? Fireman Ed, JETS Stadium

My gut on the Jets is that...I have no gut yet. It's too early. On the bright side you have a pretty favorable schedule (though with alot of travelling for away games), some shiny new free agent signings, and some high draft picks. On the other hand, we have no idea how any of these free agents fit in, how good any of them are, or how much Faneca has left in the tank (it better be alot). Also, the fate of the playoffs still rests in the hands of either weak armed Pennington or jittery Clemens. So I don't feel like I can make a call on this yet. Let's see how the draft and practices go before we can get an idea of this squad.


  • You obviously have still not been watching the Rangers.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:24 PM  

  • Rolls eyes. I dare you to find one thing incorrectly stated.

    By Anonymous Elster, at 9:17 PM  

  • Drury played like crap first 3 games, and was terrible on faceoffs in games 2 and 3.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:34 AM  

  • I can't help it is you hate Drury. Perhaps the Rangers would be better served with Matt Cullen.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:56 AM  

  • We can have an honest disagreement about Drury, but your statement that "Drury has been great on face offs" does not comport with reality, unless winning around one out of three faceoffs is "great."

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 2:25 PM  

  • Fine - he's been great with intangibles, including the penalty kill. His reputation precedes him on faceoffs. Maybe I'm giving him too much of a benefit of the doubts. Overall, your original statement was foolish.

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:22 PM  

  • Your post was lacking in intangibles.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:00 PM  

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