Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What Basketball Could Learn from Soccer

posted by BiCoastal Bias

I am watching game 5 of the Celtics vs. Bulls playoff series - and I was just struck by a brilliant idea for a rule change in the NBA. But I'd like to bounce it off of you loyal Frappe readers before writing to commissioner Stern.

I know that some of you like the sport of soccer, and some of you think that soccer is lame - but I think we can all agree that there is one very cool rule that soccer can claim as its own. When a referee catches a player unnecessarily flopping to get a foul call, he can yellow card the player for bad acting. Why not do this in basketball?

Let me clarify one thing, I'm not particularly looking to penalize the defensive floppers looking to get a charging call - this would have put Vlade Divac out of a job back in his day. I am really thinking of the three point shooters who collapse backwards conveniently after they've released the ball. Often times they were not touched at all.

Usually, the refs are good enough to spot a flop, and don't call anything, so it's not like the game is being that negatively affected by this phenomenon. But honestly, I'm just annoyed. These floppers make the game look . . . wussier. And I'm not cool with that.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Trouble for the new Yankee Stadium

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Did you watch any of the nationally televised games between the Yankees and the Indians last weekend? Then you probably noticed something - empty seats. And these empty seats weren't in the upper decks like you'll see during any Florida Marlins game. These empty seats were up close to the action, the places where people are usually waving at the camera while talking on a cell phone.

This is a brand new park, the Yankees should have already sold out the entire season. Think about the record attendances that took place at the opening of Jacobs Field, Camden Yards, and whatever it is they call that dome with the swimming pool in Phoenix. Word is, the Yankees were still 5,000 tickets away from a sell-out last Sunday.

You could blame the whole thing on the economy and just say it is bad luck that the Yankees opened their new stadium the same year as our current economic catastrophe. But I don't think the Yankees share none of the blame here. The Yankees spent 2 billion dollars (not all of it coming from the Steinbrenners) on a stadium that fits 5000 less fans (that's including standing room). This was moronic - and perhaps as a result the average cost of ticket rose from $40 to $73. For the sake of comparison, the league average is $26.74.

Fans don't take that kind of dramatic rise well. Are citizens of New York intentionally or unintentionally deciding to spend their money elsewhere? We'll see where the trend goes from here. If the Yankees couldn't sell out in their first homestand of the season, I would expect their numbers to decline as we move toward the middle of the season. On the other hand, if the Yankees heat up, or rival Boston comes to town, this could give them the boost in fan-attendance they need.

During Sunday's game, a New York fan interfered with a Posada homerun ball. The refs reviewed this one, and decided to still give Posada a homerun (which appeared to be the wrong call according to the announcers as well as everyone sitting on the couch with me). Just out of curiousity, I went online and tried to figure out about how much that fan's seat cost. It looks like you can sit along the outfield wall for $125.

They probably should've let that guy keep the ball.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Every Thing Old Is New Again

posted by IntrinsicBent

I was watching the Lakers determine the only Western Conference matchup that's set to this point by beating the Utah Jazz, and saw that Gatorade Focus Kid Tiger animated commercial.

It struck me that the Obi Wan bear character in the spot that acts as Tiger's Sherpa is really just a combination of Baloo from Jungle Book, and that ultra slick and suave bear in the old school Super Sugar Crisp commercials.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sports Douche of the Week

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Josh Beckett. Check out this article, where Beckett claims there was "a lot of emotion" in yesterday's game because of, you know, that recent "tragedy."

Right Beckett, as if they can't be mad simply because you tried to hit Abreu in the head after he called timeout. The Angels are just emotionally unstable right now.

Not only does the guy not show the least bit of remorse after firing a rocket at Abreu's face, he has the nerve to get upset that the Angels were upset, and lastly he condescendingly offers up this excuse for their actions. Josh Beckett, you are a douche.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

World of Mixed Martial Arts 2 Releases Free Playable Demo

posted by MMA Daddy

Grey Dog Software has released a playable demo of World of Mixed Martial Arts 2, allowing you to try out this sequel scheduled to be available for digital download April 8th.

World of Mixed Martial Arts 2 will bring mixed martial arts to your PC allowing players to control every aspect of a mixed martial arts company. The player is in charge of just about everything to do with its running, including hiring fighters, match making, marketing, and so on.