Mets break my heart plus WrestleMania and Final Four preview

I am so pissed that I have to go to a friends Passover dinner tonight. It isn’t even Passover for real yet. Ha Shem would not put Passover on WrestleMania weekend. That is a stone cold fact. This is the best sports weekend of the year and I will probably have to watch most of it on tape. We have WrestleMania on both Saturday and Sunday night, the Final Four on Saturday night, and yes, the women’s basketball title game on Sunday afternoon. Caitlin Clark and Iowa getting 11 points against the South Carolina juggernaut was the easiest bet I made in my life, and now Clark goes against LSU for all the marbles. This is the most excited I’ve ever been to watch girls play basketball.

And all of it will serve as a distraction from the Mets starting their 2023 campaign, which so far has been torture as usual. It has only been two games and they are just getting the April slate underway, but the Mets have already broken my heart with a 2-1 defeat on Friday night. David Peterson, who has no business starting the second game of anyone’s season, somehow pitched around trouble and only allowed one run in five innings. This despite him giving up eight hits and the Mets playing awful defense behind him.

Still, the Mets could not do much on offense against Miami starter Jesus Luzardo, but in the sixth inning they chased him from the game and loaded the bases for Pete Alonso. The Polar Bear hit a line drive to center field that looked like it was ticketed for the gap, but it landed in the glove of Jazz Chisholm. Two innings later, Starling Marte smoked a line drive to right field that would have tied the game with Tim Locastro running from second base, but Jorge Soler made a great diving catch to end the inning.

Of course, by the time the Mets finally got on the board with an Alonso home run in the ninth, the Marlins had already increased their lead thanks to a Jazz Chisolm solo shot off of John Curtiss. The entire game was a tease, and now the Mets are already looking up at the Braves, who open in Washington against the hapless Nationals and will for sure start the year 3-0.

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Why the Monday night Barstool baseball stream cannot be missed

Tonight is going to be a great sports night. Not only do we get to win money on the Broncos while watching them fail in spectacular fashion again, but the Yankees are playing in ALDS Game 5 against the Guardians and every Yankees fan in the world is on edge.

Let me explain that first part. The world knows that the Broncos are frauds and that Nathaniel Hackett is in way over his head. I believe the world will be riding with the favored Chargers even though the Broncos, because of their brilliant defense, always find a way to hang around games and make them ugly. Getting four points with Denver when we know they will hang around and lose by a field goal in the end feels like a very good bet.

Anyway, back to the Yankees. They looked like they were returning to glory all season, led by a legendary campaign by Aaron Judge. Everything was going according to plan in the ALDS until they blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth of Game 3. Within minutes, a likely 2-1 series lead turned into 2-1 deficit and the Bronx Bombers were pushed to the brink of elimination by the dink and dunk Guardians.

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Production Portfolio Update September 2022

Here’s some of the best stuff I’ve created lately.

During a gambling stream, Steven Cheah made some awkward comments to the blackjack dealer, and the resulting conversation was hilarious. This did pretty well on Twitter after Hank tweeted the video.

Amazing turnaround shot by MRags. Good example of using zoom and slow motion to enhance a video clip.

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Pokémon surprises fans with two giant new games on Pokémon Day

Sunday’s Pokémon Presents live presentation didn’t promise much in the way of major news. It was only 14 minutes long and the hype was smaller than previous Pokémon Day presentations in which we knew we were overdue for a major video game release. There was no indication that Game Freak was set to blow the lid off a new giant mainline Pokémon adventure. However, after a slew of update announcements for other Pokémon games, the screen faded to black and we got our first look at Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

Unbelievable. The trailer is two minutes long once you get past the long build-up with the security guard exploring the office building. Once the game footage starts, we see what Game Freak has been building towards with the Wild Area in Sword and Shield as well as the giant open landscapes in Legends: Arceus.

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Production Portfolio

Here’s some of the videos I’ve produced for myself and Barstool Sports.

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The Knicks are slumping but I’m not giving up on New York sports

I need some sort of hope to grasp onto in the sports world. You can argue that the hope of your team winning a championship is more valuable to a sports fan than the actual championships of the past. What good is bragging about the Knicks winning in 1970 and 1973 if they haven’t come close to competing for the NBA title in 20 years. The 1990s didn’t bear the sweet fruit of a championship, but the hope of a title throughout the decade kept the Knicks relevant and Madison Square Garden rocking.

MSG was once again the place to be on Wednesday night, but it was only because Steph Curry was about to break the record for most career three-point field goals. I joked that it was another great Knicks moment, but really I’m getting sick of big MSG moments rarely being about the Knicks. Sure there was Linsanity and Carmelo Anthony scoring 62 points, but there hasn’t been enough team success.

The hope for the Knicks appeared to make a return last season with Julius Randle and Tom Thibodeau taking a team that was expected to do nothing and leading it all the way to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Even after the Knicks lost to Trae Young and the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, it looked like the foundation was set for a string of playoff runs.

Maybe not. Even though most of the major players have returned, the magic, and more importantly the defensive intensity have not been the same. The Knicks have lost seven of their last eight and now find themselves in 12th place. After Curry made history on Wednesday, the Knicks hung with the Warriors for most of the night, only to let the game slip away in the fourth quarter. A win over one of the best teams in the NBA would have been a nice morale-booster to get out of a rough stretch, but instead we got another defeat.

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The Mets’ free agent moves are fun, but they still need more pitching to avoid another pitfall

The Mets are going for it in 2022. That’s the theme of the offseason so far that has delighted fans with virtual suitcases of cash being handed out to Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, Starling Marte, and one of the best pitchers of the last decade Max Scherzer. Mets owner Steve Cohen came to the franchise with the promise that he would spend money to keep New York in the running for the postseason year after year, and these recent moves show that he means business.

However, we still don’t know if the Mets’ big moves will be enough to lift last year’s 77-win team back into the hunt for October. The 2021 Mets also had stars at the top of the roster, but injuries to Jacob deGrom and poor hitting throughout the lineup led a squad that was supposed to win over 90 games falling out of the pennant race in the middle of September.

The sad part was that the Mets fell apart despite the hot hitting of midseason acquisition Javier Baez, who won’t be back in 2022 because he just signed a huge contract with the Detroit Tigers. The middle infielder the Mets did get, Escobar, probably won’t hit as well as Baez, but he’s also likely to cause less drama in the clubhouse. Baez’s choice to direct a thumbs-down gesture to the fans and then explain to the media that he thought paying customers were being too negative caused me and other fans to blow a gasket.

So I’m happy Baez is gone, even though his production might be missed. Besides, his constant swinging and missing in the shortened 2020 season and the first half of 2021 was a bad indication of how Baez might turn out in a long-term deal.

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It’s such a shame that either the Astros or the Braves have to lose the World Series

Both the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves have made it through the gauntlet of Major League Baseball’s postseason and are set to begin the World Series at Minute Maid Park tonight. Many fans have a pretty strong rooting interest in this year’s Fall Classic because of the despicable cheating committed by the Astros during the 2017 season that resulted in them winning the title. Everyone wants to see Houston fail now that the playing field is supposedly even, but since the massive scandal came to light following the 2019 campaign, the Astros have kept on winning. They fell in the ALCS during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but they’re back in the main event this time around.

I’ve been doing nothing but rooting for more Astros success. Not only would another world championship legitimize the 2017 team as a group that could have reached the pinnacle of baseball without stealing signs, but it would tell all the holier-than-though critics to shove it. That’s right, no one should like cheating, but a lot of the fans who turned into Houston haters overnight seem to be under the assumption that no one else has tried to steal a sign via camera or other shady method.

Based on the career paths of the ringleaders of the trash can scheme, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran, I’m convinced that at least two other teams were trying out similar systems in their own clubhouses. After winning the World Series with the Astros in 2017, Cora left to manage the Boston Red Sox for the next two seasons before the scandal was still under wraps. Not only were his Red Sox investigated for a similar sign-stealing system, but Cora implied that the Yankees were also up to no good during the 2019 London Series.

Beltran was working as a special advisor for the Yankees at the time in his first baseball role following his playing career, which ended after the 2017 season. It sure seems like the the two big American League East powers were implementing similar sign-stealing systems to the one that brought Cora and Beltran success on the 2017 Astros. And why wouldn’t they? They won in Houston and now found themselves in high-pressure organizations where winning is even more important.

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MJF Crashes Picks Central and Smitty Reacts to Ben Simmons Disaster

We start out with Brandon Walker pointing out how absurd it is for Smitty’s life to revolve around what Ben Simmons says at 76ers practice this afternoon. Smitty says the only acceptable answer is for Simmons to say he will fight and die for the city of Philadelphia, but he’s not expecting that answer. Brandon says that Smitty sets a high bar, but Smitty counters that Allen Iverson has already set the bar. Brandon pisses off Smitty and Ev by talking about how overrated Iverson was. Brandon says that Iverson never won anything and was a selfish player. He didn’t fight and die for Philadelphia; he was only about himself. Smitty doesn’t care because Iverson left everything on the floor every night. Iverson was also a better quarterback than Donovan McNabb. Check his high school highlights.

Yolk’s Take: Saying that Iverson was better than McNabb is a little disrespectful to what McNabb accomplished with the Eagles, but there’s no denying Iverson’s toughness and passion. Plus, it’s easy to say that he’s a ball hog when the closest thing he had to a superstar teammate was Aaron McKie. Even if he didn’t bring home an NBA title, Iverson set the standard for fearlessness and leadership that Philadelphia point guards are expected to emulate. It’s safe to say that Ben Simmons doesn’t fit that mold right now.

Brandon moves the show along and everyone gives their top five NFL teams right now. First, though, Brandon calls out Marty Mush for being on the wrong side of the Bills vs. Titans Monday Night Football game. Brandon says that the Titans were the obvious play. Ev backs up Mush by saying that Mush knew the Bills were a square play, but sometimes you have to be square to win. The guys agree with the Bills going for it on fourth down when they were down by three in the final minute, but Smitty says that the quarterback sneak was the wrong play call. The Bills should have rolled out Josh Allen instead to give him options.

Yolk’s Take: Yeah, I was on the Bills last night. Buffalo had been blowing everyone out and I didn’t think the Titans were a good team. I was right about the defensive side of the ball as Buffalo didn’t have much trouble scoring when they needed to (until the last series). On offense, however, the Titans proved they can be very hard to stop when Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown are playing well. I was fine with Buffalo’s decision to go for the first down at the end, but I would have preferred that the Bills drop Allen back and let him improvise, especially since the sneak had failed earlier in the game. Of course, I was rooting for the field goal, since Buffalo still could have covered with a touchdown in overtime.

Mintzy talks about Henry being underrated as an MVP candidate. Brandon isn’t sure that a running back can win the MVP in today’s NFL. Everyone is amazed that a man Henry’s size can move so fast. Smitty makes a good point about the Titans needing to get Henry more involved in the passing game.


  1. Kyler Murray +300
  2. Josh Allen +500
  3. Dak Prescott +500
  4. Tom Brady +700
  5. Aaron Rodgers +1000
  6. Matthew Stafford +1100
  7. Lamar Jackson +1200
  8. Justin Herbert +1300
  9. Patrick Mahomes +1600
  10. Derrick Henry +2000

Brandon thinks that Murray’s odds will drop once the Cardinals lose a game. Smitty boldly puts Arizona on upset alert if Tyrod Taylor is healthy enough to play against them this weekend. Smitty reacts live to the 76ers suspending Ben Simmons for one game. Smitty believes that the suspension will end up lasting longer than one game, but he wants to know what Simmons’s “conduct detrimental to the team” actually is.

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Barstool Sports shows that even athletes from non-revenue sports can get in on the NIL fun

July 1 marked a day of revolution in collegiate athletics. For the first time, NCAA student-athletes weren’t bound by the inability to receive benefits related to their name, image, and likeness. They’re still not getting paid by the schools they represent, but they can get paid by pretty much anyone else, and that is a great thing for the athletes and the fans that want to see them compensated.

I don’t see a downside right now except for college athletes maybe getting a little too powerful and auctioning off their transfer portal rights to the highest-bidding sponsor. But even that just makes the transfer portal more like free agency in pro sports, so is there that much harm? I think it’s much more exciting that athletes might have an incentive to stay in school instead of bolting for the pro ranks as soon as they possibly can.

That’s not a huge deal in football, where players can’t enter the NFL Draft until they’re three years removed from high school, but basketball could see a whole lot more players staying in school rather than take their chances in the NBA Draft, where only 60 players are selected each year. Just think of all the attention Zion Williamson generated when he was a freshman at Duke. How much can that kind of stardom be monetized? I’m not saying that top NBA prospects like Williamson will opt out of the draft, but there are plenty of hoops stars that aren’t big pro prospects that stand to make a lot of money off of NIL.

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