I’ve struggled to find a iota of a shit to give about the ‘magical’ Kansas City Royals’ 2014 run. 8-0 in the postseason up to this point and in the World Series.

Last night, the San Francisco Giants ended my St. Louis Cardinals’ bid to head back to another World Series by ending their series in a walkoff. It was the fifth game of the series, which the Giants largely controlled in a tightly contested one.

I hope the Giants win the World Series, just as the title of this post says, and I’ll tell you why.

As far as this ‘magical’ Kansas City Royals ride to the top? Yeah, it’s anything but.

If there’s one thing I despise about the typical sports fans, it’s the fairweather attitude a lot have — it’s a fickle trait. The Royals were 26th in attendance this year. Now, all of a sudden, the fans are showing up as if they’d been die-hard fans since the 1985 World Series.

Please get the fuck outta here.

Kansas City, you don’t deserve to watch your baseball team reap a World Series.

The San Francisco Giants are like the San Antonio Spurs of Major League Baseball. They win with class, dignity and respect, they play with ‘oneness’ and there’s no overpaid egomaniacs in their clubhouse. Much like the Spurs, they virtually are winning a World Series title every other year.

The Royals? Just a flash in the pan group with a crowd of bandwagoning bumrat schmucks behind them. Soon, the Giants will send them on their way and they’ll be an afterthought next season, as their current batch of fairweather fans are royal pains in the ass.

A free fight, brought to us by the official UFC YouTube, from August 3, 2013’s UFC 163: Aldo/Korean Zombie (Chan Sung-Jung).

Jose Aldo broke his foot in the first round, and in the fourth the Korean Zombie separated his shoulder, to which Aldo took advantage of by delivering vicious and merciless kick after kick to the ailing KZ.

Four consecutive National League Championship Series appearances, two World Series appearances and one World Series win in as many years for the St. Louis Cardinals, and they keep on trucking.

The redemption tour continues. After falling short in the World Series last year (let’s be honest — David Ortiz is/was on some PED; I’ll never let that accusation go), they are back again and taking on the San Francisco Giants in this year’s NLCS after blowing a 3-1 NLCS lead to them in 2012.

Colin Cowherd made a good point on his radio show the other day — the three best ‘cultures’ in baseball feature the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox (albeit they aren’t in the playoffs this year and sans their little idiotic fried chicken’n’beer in the dugout bullshit from 2011). They are all about oneness. No overinflated stars. Adam Wainwright, for the Cards, is a star, but he’s one of the guys in the clubhouse. Other teams, like the New York Yankees, are plagued by going after big time power hitters with egregious egos and agents that hang around the batting cages.

The Cardinals beat up on a bottoming out Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers to get to this point.

It’s remarkable that they’ve come this far four years in a row. I’m proud of them, and would be even more proud if they exact vengeance on the Giants and polish off the Kansas City Royals (what in the world are they doing in the playoffs in 2014) or Baltimore Orioles.

After the Yoel Romero vs. Tim Kennedy debacle from September 27th’s UFC 178, Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice and Dominick Cruz looked at a few other wild fights in “Questionable Calls” on “Inside MMA”:

The best part of the video, though, is Dominick Cruz saying, “Before, I couldn’t even finish a Mountain Dew” in regards to knocking out Takeya Mizugaki.

And just like that, I’m a fan of Cruz. Humility charged awesomeness right there. If three years away from competition is what it took to soften Cruz up out of the Octagon and to harden him inside it, then I guess the hiatus wasn’t all bad.

MMA: UFC 175-Weidman vs Machida

UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who defeated Anderson Silva (twice) and Lyoto Machida in the course of a year, is saying that American MMA fans ain’t loyal to their ‘Merican fighters, ya hear?

Y’know, Chris Weidman has a point in what he’s saying:

I feel like smaller countries, other countries, they cheer, they support their people no matter what. We need to get a little bit more supportive of our people.

Here’s what he said about UFC 178, in Las Vegas, relative to the Conor McGregor — an Irishman — and Dustin Poirier — a Louisiana native — bout in which he noticed more fans in attendance cheering for McGregor over Poirier:

For him to have so many more fans than Poirier, over here in America, I mean, Americans are cheering for him and then you have all these Irish guys coming over cheering for him too. So America is the one country that, they don’t cheer for their own. They won’t just stick with Americans. I feel like Americans need to get better with that.

Both times Weidman fought Silva, and the fight with Machida three months ago, the crowd was more pro-Silva and pro-Machida in the respective bouts.

But while Weidman has a point, I have to drop the classic S.F.W. line: So fucking what? It’s a sport with variety. Americans are already running the table in the championship ladder of the UFC, with every titleholder — asides from Jose Aldo (a Brazilian who very well might drop his featherweight title to Chad Mendes, an American, later this month at UFC 179, albeit I don’t see that happening, a discussion for a later time) — being an American.

Wanna know something beautiful? Freedom of choice. It’s truly a great thing. I will say, however, that Weidman’s generalization that other nations all support their fighters over other nationalities’ fighters is off base. Remember the last season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil? Brazilians were largely cheering for Chael Sonnen — a man known for busting out pro wrasslin’ comments to troll the nation of Brazil — over their own, Wanderlei Silva. But I digress.

I don’t give a shit whether the fighter is American, Brazilian, Chinese or Ecuadorian — I want to watch an entertaining fight, which is more important than ethnic/nationalistic proclivities. Chris Weidman has the charisma of a cardboard box, so he’s doing what he can to market himself as the “All American”. For me, it all comes down to this polarizing, but hard-hitting quote by George Carlin:

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The beatdown from October 2010, that is.

Except it’s basically perennial losers — the St. Louis Rams — who’ve been on the losing side of things for a decade now, against a Philadelphia Eagles team who, albeit are playing with an offensive line comprised of dipshits off the street, are looking to build upon their 3-1 record after losing for the first time this season last week against the 49ers.

For the record, I do like Rams’ quarterback Austin Davis — he’s got a chip on his shoulder and he’s passionate as hell. He was having his way with the Dallas Cowboys’ defense (a usual act for many teams these days, but Davis is an original third string quarterback) two weeks ago before the Lambs imploded.

Love him or hate him, barring injuring Conor McGregor of the UFC will be the king of the 145 lb. division within the next two years.

He’s the most polarizing ‘hundred-forty-five pounder I can ever remember in the sport of MMA, and that statement above, about the inevitability of his owning of the UFC featherweight division, raises conflicts in so many circles, with a lot of people calling him a figment of false hype, but here’s the thing — believe the hype.

This past Saturday night, at UFC 178, McGregor stopped Dustin Poirier (becoming the first to finish Poirier with a knockout or TKO) just short of two minutes into the first round of their fight. I’m here to remind all of you that Poirier is no slouch, in that he’s a gatekeeper in the 145 lb. division with quality wins over Max Holloway, Akira Corassani, Erik Koch and Diego Brandao.

From a pure fan standpoint, I don’t see how it’s possible to not enjoy watching McGregor fight — he’s a true Irishman; he fights to the finish. He’s 12-0 since 2011, with 11 of those wins coming by the way of finishes. Most people enjoy being detractors for the sake of the natural human traits that are cynicism and skepticism. He has this calm, in-ring aura about him in that he never rushes his opponents too early with flurries of punches and kicks, and his striking is technically sound. It’s interesting to watch him grow as a fighter, even though most shortsighted MMA fans would rather verbally tear him down.

(Note: I always thought that McGregor’s first professional fight on American soil coming in Boston last August on that first UFC on Fox Sports 1 card was pretty awesome, considering he’s an Irishman. I like the Dethrone shirts he has that feature Boston Celtics colors.)

A lot of folks have him slotted for the winner of Jose Aldo/Chad Mendes 2, but I think another tuneup fight before a championship match would be the best option.

By the way, Dana White recently said that McGregor is a bigger star than Brock Lesnar or Georges St.-Pierre ever were. Obviously that’s not true, but a lot of those aforementioned shortsighted MMA fans took White’s comment to heart, rather than taking into consideration the emitter of the statement himself — Dana f’n White, who engages in nauseating hyperbole all the time, since he’s a combat sports promoter. Move along now.


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