Holiday Blitz

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ll right friends, I am guessing everyone is busy getting ready for Christmas, shopping, baking, and possibly egg nogging. So, I’m also guessing you don’t have a whole lot of time to get too in depth in your reading. Thus, I am going to keep this nice and short and sweet – like a small gingerbread man. Let’s go.

The Yankees gave closer Aroldis Chapman $86 to pitch an inning at a time over the next five years. That’s a lot of money for a closer. It is also a reminder of the way baseball works now. I am guessing a day will come when starters don’t go more than five innings on a regular basis. It is a strange transition from the days of guys throwing 300-plus innings a year, but it’s happening and there does not appear to be anything that will reverse the trend.

The Cowboys lost to the Giants, again. In case you aren’t keeping track of the best team (record wise) in the NFC, Dallas is now 11-2 with both losses coming at the hands of New York’s football Giants. Not sure what to make of this. Dallas still seems like the cream of the NFC crop. But they may have to play New York in the playoffs, so perhaps that march to the Super Bowl will not be as easy as America’s Team hoped.

LeBron James was named Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsperson of the Year.’ I guess this is because he finally brought Cleveland a title. I can’t see any other reason as his year seemed very much like every other year he has had since he first joined the NBA. I don’t disagree with the pick, so good for LeBron and the people of Cleveland. He has done a good thing going back (and staying put). It is always nice to a see a loyal, long-suffering fan base, rewarded.

Russell Westbrook is having a phenomenal season in Oklahoma, averaging a triple-double a game. I guess he just needed to get out of Kevin Durant’s shadow to show the world just how good he is.

You want some hockey? Let’s do some hockey. Just two years removed from their second Stanley Cup in a dominant three-year run, the Los Angeles Kings appear to have become a fairly middling franchise. After getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round last year, the Kings are right around .500 this year and don’t appear to be getting any better. It’s interesting how quickly the window closes on a team’s championship aspirations. A lot of the players who helped Los Angeles win those Stanley Cups are still around, but they no longer look capable of winning the big games. If you’re a Kings’ fan, I’m sorry, I have no words of hope for you. But hey, at least you have your fairly recent memories of those championships.

Finally, the Chargers need to stay in San Diego. All this renewed talk about them moving and wanting a new stadium is just ridiculous. Alex Spanos needs to recognize that he has a loyal fan base and do the right thing for them, not the right thing for his bottom line.

That’s it folks. Get back out there and brave those crowds so you can find the perfect gift for whomever is left on your Christmas list! Just be sure to check back next week for our year, end spectacular!