Mets Blow Opening Day Lead

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Historically, the Mets have been very good on Opening Day but today we were not – at least when it mattered most. Despite being 1 strike away from victory, the bullpen blew a late lead and we lost in extras. A tough loss for sure but there were some positives like homers from Wright and Legares to go along with a solid outing from Gee.

The outcome is definitely not going to spoil the greatness of Opening Day for me. A win would have been nice but we will be back at it again on Wednesday. Most importantly, everyday for the next 5 months will have baseball and that’s something to be very excited about.

Billy and Jimmy sing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

Two of my favorites teaming up for a creative rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Jimmy’s voice is extremely underrated and Billy’s is still pretty fantastic. That moment when Jimmy is smiling while watching Billy sing is fantastic. He’s thinking what everyone else was: “this is pretty awesome.”

There’s no doubt that Fallon’s fan base has grown exponentially since moving to 11:30 and he continues to deliver. The Tonight Show is suddenly full of new ideas, new bits and new ways to showcase Jimmy’s talents along with that of his guests. I record it every night now and if I miss something, I check it out on YouTube the next day. Kudos to Jimmy Fallon for transforming late night television from casual, “if there’s nothing else on type” to serial viewing, at least for me.

I Can’t Stop Watching This

This is so so so soooo good. I like her version better than the original by James Taylor. There’s so much power in her voice and I hear some Susan Tedeschi in there. Whatever her influences, this is the best “Voice” audition that I’ve seen. A perfect song and a powerful performance that showcases all that she can do in 90 seconds.

81-year old bowls a Perfect Game

This is so great. I love to bowl and I can not even imagine the pressure on these final three rolls. This man has nerves of steel and doesn’t even make it a big thing when he was one strike away. Maybe he’s been close before but my palms would be so sweaty that I don’t know if I would be able to grip the ball.

The great thing about a bowling perfect game is that anyone can do it. You don’t need other people around or an opponent to accomplish such an awesome sports milestone. You just need one amazing game where you are feeling it and can do no wrong.

This 81-year old man did it in league play with everyone there to witness and cheer him on, which makes it even cooler. But anyone can to the lanes right now and accomplish that feat, amateur or pro. Obviously, it is a very, very difficult feat but the point is that anyone can do it, even when you’re in your 80s.

Congrats and I’m glad the lanes posted this fantastic video of his accomplishment.

It’s Tournament and Baseball Time

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This is a tremendous time of year. Spring is almost here (finally) and we’ve got baseball opening day around the corner. I feel like I write about it every year but seeing baseball on TV evokes a feeling that is hard to explain. It signifies so many different positive things. Opening Day can’t come soon enough but before that we’ve got possibly my favorite fortnight of the year –  MARCH MADNESS!

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Conference tournaments are under way which means good basketball every night straight up until Selection Sunday. Teams are fighting for their lives and it usually brings out the best in everyone. Cuse may already be out of the ACC Tournament but that’s not tampering my excitement. The NCAA Tournament is the only one that matters and if the Orange can get hot, another Final Four is not out of the question. Even though we have lost 5 of our last 7, we did win 23 in a row to start of the season, so we are capable of getting hot.

Either way, these next few weeks are going to awesome. Then when the tournament ends, baseball begins. It’s a fantastic time of year!

Dick’s Sporting Goods Nails Another Ad

Around this time last year, Dick’s came out with a tremendous ad that really captured everything that is great about baseball. It was just a sequence of an important in-game moment leading up to a pitch. The only sound was the natural sound on the field. Every baseball fan knows the exact feeling and the ad captures it perfectly. They also made a football version that was equally as effective.

This year, Dick’s has perfectly conveyed another message that I have thought about for some time now – why sports matter. The beauty of it is that sports matters to a lot of different people for a lot of different reasons. There’s no denying their importance and this commercial does everything to share that message. It’s a great ad and extremely well done. Who would have thought that Dick’s Sporting Goods would have three of my favorite commercials?