By Sam Rubenstein

See how I warned you with the title? So, anyone still here for the non-basketball sports thing? It’s Fri-day, and accoding to the trusty old NBA.com RSS feed, the stories of the day are all about Team USA and Tony Parker being out for France. Mental note: never depend on NBA.com. My computer at work can’t handle is futuristicness. At home, my computer’s a little better, but I digress. Sactown Royalty lured me in with a headline that reads “The Rash Has Been Cured.” That sounds like good news.

Moving on, here are some thoughts on the two other sports I care about.

Baseball. The Mets are so far ahead, I’m bored. I think the players are just as bored as I am. Back in May, I told Lang that the division title was wrapped up (MAY!) and the reason being that the National League is pathetic. Winning that division title will be nice and all and I suppose I’ll pop a bottle of champagne (that my roommate left in the fridge and hopefully forgot about), but I only care about the playoffs. Anything less than a World Series appearance and I consider this a missed opportunity season, even a disappointing one. Once the Mets are in the World Series, the real competition begins. Now, I have not been watching the Mets on TV at all the past few weeks. I went to a game, and I’m going again tonight, but that’s more for the cheap beer ($6.75. Jerks.) and delicious food. I have been more interested in watching the Yankees. I want another subway series! Come on Yanks, you can do it!

Here is my one comment on A-Rod. I do not want to pile on like everybody else. Yesterday I saw him and Jeter mess up an infield pop up. That ball belonged to the captain of the infield, which is the shortstop. Unfortunately, both of them are shortstops. I believe that A-Rod resents his own decision to move to third base. He was gold glove caliber last year, but for whatever reason he is not this year to say the least. If A-Rod were still playing short, he would be more relaxed, and go back to being the dominant offensive force in the game. This will never happen, and if he were to take on Jeter in the press, he would never survive the backlash. The Yankees that I grudgingly respect list goes like this: Rivera, Wang, Jeter, Bernie, Matsui, Sheffield.

The Red Sox-Yankees showdowns always get crazy amounts of hype, and you know what, I still love it! Schilling-Mussina on Sunday night? That’s hot. A five game series? Let’s play six!
As for football, I can not watch preseason. The only good thing that can happen is that one of your team’s key players doesn’t get injured. I read that the Giants played well last night. That’s good. Only two offensive linemen were hurt. I’m much more concerned with the upcoming fantasy football draft. There’s money to be made. My only tip is to try and trade down if you’ve got a top 3 pick. Alright, back to summer basketball…

Of course none of this matters because the world might be ending on Tuesday.