Hello everyone and a very happy Thursday to each and every one of you. It’s a very happy Thursday for me as I’m working just a few blocks away from where I live. There is, to me, nothing better aside from being off altogether than working so close to home. I get to sleep for, I kid you not, anywhere from an hour to 2 hours more when I work in Queens then when I work in Brooklyn. Thus, I circle the day on my calendar and look forward to a day like today more than any other. Even with heading to the city later this afternoon I can’t complain whatsoever. Heading to the city is delightful for me as I hop on the LIRR and away I go, no I don’t care if the LIRR is relatively boushey. Anyway, let’s get into the spotlight.
– One thing that has really zapped me throughout the week (and one of the reasons why I was in desperate need for a queens day) has been my lack of recovery from my vacation this week. That’s right it is officially vacation season for me and this kicked off for me in a big way. I was able to go visit some family on Valentines Day weekend (relax slappy I took the lovely lady out on Saturday and she came with me for the weekend) over in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I then returned to work for two days in Brooklyn on Tuesday and Wednesday and then Wednesday night we took off for Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Now I’m the type of guy who hates taking off work for an illness or just to recover from a trip because my agency doesn’t offer specific sick time. Thus, we spent Wednesday night to Monday night at 10:30 when we arrived back in New York. My girlfriend was able to take off until Tuesday but I was up at 5AM, worked two jobs and then hit the gym until the gym closed at midnight. At 22 years old I would have been just dandy but I was beat up and struggling through all of Wednesday. I was running on straight coffee just to get through the day and crashed hard a little after midnight last night (I rarely hit the hey before 2). Thus, it was really good to get a few extra z’s last night. One great thing about going away by the way was how I was able to pick up a lot of great video content for the site that you can expect to see in the coming weeks.
– I consider myself to be a pretty big baseball fan. Aside from football and wrestling, baseball is my favorite sport and the only other sport in which I follow the league inside and out. That said, I am not the same about baseball that I am about football in that when baseball ends, I’m good until about a month before baseball before I feel like I need to get fully invested. I don’t care about when pitchers and catchers report and if I watch more than 1 spring training game, it’s probably more than usual. The 175 games that emcompass the baseball season are good enough for me. This isn’t to say that I’m not invested, I’m a nats fan and one of the reasons I subscribe to Sirius XM is to make sure I can listen to all of the games while in the car and I purchase the mlb package so I can watch all of the Nats games (and I love a good west coast game that starts at 10:35PM our time). That said, it just isn’t baseball for me until football is long and gone. With football now gone, however, it is in fact time to get into baseball. I’ve been going through all of the different rosters and have to be honest, it could be a very tough year coming up for my Nats. I’m not sold on any other team in our division but the middle of our infield is really weak defensively and while I’m happy we went out and got Ben Revere (and more to the point dropped Drew Storen and actually got a return!), I can’t believe that the Nationals did very little to improve our rotation. While, Bronson Arroyo is a gamer and a winner, he’s in his late thirties now and coming off Tommy John surgery. That means we’re depending on Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross which scares me. Maybe instead of trying to stick it to the New York Mets (and more or less failing) this offseason, we should have been worrying about improving our rotation. Could be a long season, hope I’m wrong.
– I’m pretty bummed that Rafael Dos Anjos got hurt and won’t be facing Conor Mcgregor on March 5th, but honestly I feel like Nate Diaz is a great replacement. The press conference yesterday was a lot of fun and I think that you have the two perfect guys to prepare for a fight like this on such short notice. Conor is an absolute must see attraction whenever he fights but it will be interesting to see if Diaz and Mcgregor will be the main event now since it won’t be a title fight and Tate-Holm will be. Even though everyone assumes this will be a sure fire win for McGregor, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see Diaz put up a really good fight. Diaz is a gritty fighter who has a big time reach advantage on McGregor and Mcgregor is going up in weight class so much and fighting at 170 so I wouldn’t put the house on Conor in this one.
– Last piece of business to take care of. As many of you know WrestleMania is under six weeks away. In the past I’ve been reminiscing on different Survivor Series events and Royal Rumble events of years past. Well in the month of March, I’m going to take things to the next level and bring you a WrestleMania a day. I’ll break down a different WrestleMania from my perspective as a fan. It works out perfectly with 31 days of March and 31 Wrestlemanias. I’ll break them down each event from my experiences (the biggest moments, the best matches) as a fan and then I’ll parallel each WrestleMania with what I remember most from each year of being a fan of WWE. I’ll include everything from pictures to videos, if I have them, to everything in between. I want to really intertwine this idea with the youtube channel and get that off the ground as well. This will all lead you right up ro WrestleMania weekend in which I will be on hand live to get you the most comprehensive coverage that someone who attends the event with his girlfriend, for her birthday, can possibly give you. It’s bound to be a lot of fun and I’m excited for it.