Why can’t Kelly Severide just be happy?

Dear Chicago Fire Writers,

Can you guys stop playing around with Severide and our heart-strings, and just let the guy be happy? He deserves it. This past Tuesday, we watched Kelly, lose who could have been the love of his life, Anna, from her battle with cancer after she relapsed just weeks in to them dating. When they had Anna move from Springfield to Chicago, I thought: “Yes finally Serveride is going to have a steady love interest.” Then one episode later Anna is acting all weird and we find out her cancer has come back. Like WTF writers. You had her survive the transplant and then have Severide commit to her and then you kill her off? How can you be so damn cruel? It was truly heartbreaking to watch Severide go through that. I just wanted to give him a giant hug. Severide deserves to find true love like Casey and Dawson. He’s been through enough in his life and dating crazies. He was never the one who was into settling down, but then he met Anna, and all that changed. I really believe she was the one for them. They had a special spark that deserved to be explored more. The writers definitely jumped the gun with killing her off. They should have at least let their love story play out a little longer and shown us a little more. It is no secret the fans loved them together. I really hope they don’t make Kidd and Severide get together now. They are kind of copying what happened to Casey and that just makes the show boring. They can’t have the same things happen to the both of them. Come on! Be a little unique. They are two different people. I also really don’t think Kidd and Severide have a great spark. I think she’s cool, but they are no Dawson and Casey. Watching a Kidd and Severide love story would be mad boring. Avoid at all costs, writers. Now Severide is going to go down this dark path and it’s going to be a repeat of what happened when Shay died. Hopefully next season the writers will stop wanting to make this poor guy’s life miserable, and give him a real love interest. I hope he meets his future wife ASAP. Because out of everyone, Kelly Severide deserves it the most. Is it really too much to ask for writers?

Sincerely, An Upset/ Disappointed Fan

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Petition to Fire Gary Bettman…

Gary Bettman is hands down the worst commissioner of a professional league ever. He is single handling killing the growth of the NHL. Today, was no different when he announced that the NHL players would not be participating in the winter Olympics next year in South Korea. This is the first time the NHL will not be participating in the Olympics since 1998.

This is the stupidest thing the NHL could do to themselves. I can understand how the owners do not want to disrupt the season and it means they lose money. They are missing the big picture though. The Olympics are a perfect marketing opportunity for the league. Not just the USA, but the entire world get to see their players on the ice. Sending their players means advertising their talent which means more fans which means more money in the damn owner’s pockets. Just because your sales are going to hurt one freaking, you owners can take the loss if it means a larger audience long-term.

The players overwhelming want to play in the Olympics. It gives them a sense of pride it’s something they grew up dreaming of. Players such has King Henrik himself, tweeted about how disappointed he was in the NHL’s decision. You probably don’t want to piss off your players Gary. They can easily make your life hell again and force another lockout which again makes the league and you look bad. Alex Ovechkin has already pledged he will go to the Olympics whether the league does or not. I would not be surprised if many other players vow to join him. The Olympics are supposed to feature the best in the world at each respective sport. The NHL players are the best in the world, they should be competing.

The best part is that Bettman is trying to make deals to promote the NHL in China, even scheduling a couple of preseason games there. Beijing hosts the next winter Olympics. To Bettman, the opportunity in China offers more money than South Korea would. It looks terrible on the league if they skip this Olympics but will go to the next just because the league doesn’t believe South Korea offers them enough financial opportunities. In reality, it just makes Bettman look like a slimy business man and the league look greedy. For a league trying to grow, you can’t afford a bad rep. Even if you don’t think the Olympics help the league grow globally, it does help it domestically within the US. Hockey is the major team sport in the winter Olympics. People who don’t normally watch the sport tune in, and they might just be intrigued especially if the U.S. does good.

As long as Bettman is the commissioner, the NHL is doomed.

 

Dear Islander Fans,

Get over your stupid fantasy that the Islanders are ever going to come back to Long Island and accept the fact that they will be moved to Canada soon. The Barclays Center was always going to be a disaster and none of you so-called “fans” were ever going to go there. All you guys were so upset that they were leaving Long Island, but it’s ironic because it is your fault.

If you guys really loved your team so much then you would have voted yes to all the proposals for a new arena. None of you tax payers were willing to pay for it, so the Islanders had to look for somewhere else to go. Then all you “fans” got bent out of shape that they were moving and kept saying they will be back. So, um, where are they coming back to? You guys didn’t want to fund a new arena then, you guys really aren’t going to fund one now. You geniuses didn’t think about that, huh?

The Barclays Center and the Islanders both want the Islanders out ASAP. After the 2018-2019 season, Barclays want the Islanders gone. That’s two years. The Islanders are not going to have a new arena approved and built-in two years. There have been rumors of a new arena next to Citi Field, but with the tennis stadium next door and LaGuardia down the road, there’s really no room for another arena. The area does not need anymore damn traffic. So with no arena to go to after they get kicked out, where are the Islanders going to go?

The answer is Canada. Face is Islander fans. The Islanders are irrelevant in this town. New Yorkers only really care about the Rangers because they are actually consistently good. You guys have not been relevant since the ’80’s and that’s not changing anytime soon. The Islanders don’t bring in much revenue in New York. They would be a hell of a lot more successful in Quebec City who have been itching for a hockey team for a while. The NHL will step in and move them there. So Islander fans, you guys can pull out a map and learn where Quebec City is or find another hockey team to root for. Time to offically give up your dream of them coming back to Long Island.

For Mets, It’s Now or Never

Spring Training is well underway and the New York Mets are on a mission. The time to win a championship is now. Their young rotation is back together and ready to finish what they started two years ago. With all the injuries the Mets endured last year its impressive they even made it to the playoffs in 2016. It showed how much depth they really have and when they are healthy, everyone should just watch out.

The Mets CANNOT blow the opportunity they have this year. The Mets made it clear when they resigned Cespedes this off-season were all in. For once, they spent money. It was a great move because Cespedes has been a big reason why the Mets have made the playoffs the past two seasons. They could have let him go with an abundance of outfielders on the roster, but he gives the Mets the best chance and he’s good entertainment for the media. The best part is he actually wants to be on the team.

Syndergaard, Harvey, deGrom and Matz are all healthy and need to reestablish themselves as the most dangerous rotation in the MLB. They are all in their prime and should have a chip on their shoulders. They need to prove 2015 wasn’t a fluke and they are as good as everyone says. Now the key for them is to stay healthy, especially Syndergaard. He was the only one who was able to escape the surgery bug last season. He established himself as the ace last year and seems determined to get even better this season. He even came in to spring training with 17 more pounds of muscle through eating some gross “bowl of doom.” He wants to throw harder. The man with a 98 mph fast ball wants to throw HARDER. He really is a freak of nature. Maybe we should bubble wrap him just in case.

It seems as if Harvey as been humbled after last season. I never thought the day would happen, but this could work in the Mets’ advantage. Harvey has to prove himself more than anyone this season because he was once considered the ace of the staff. If he wants to get the big contract he’s looking for he needs to show up this season and I’m confident he will. I’ve been a long champion of trading the man, but if he is having a career season, I’d hang on to him. It’s better to hang on to him and have him help us win a World Series than try to get a young talent and build on the depth. The Mets have enough depth right now.

The Mets especially need to win this year for David Wright. The poor man can not catch a freaking break when it comes to injuries. He already has to go through an extensive pre-game routine because of his spinal stenosis and now is suffering from shoulder problems. Wright was supposed to have a Hall of Fame career, but injuries have plagued him for the past few seasons. He has been with the Mets for his whole career and was supposed to be their Derek Jeter. Now, he is facing early retirement because his body just doesn’t want to cooperate. He is still determined to play this season, but no one knows when he would even be ready. For over 10 years, he has been the face of the franchise and has been through all the terrible losing seasons. Now the Mets are finally good enough to win and he’s constantly sidelined. It is not fair. He deserves better. He deserves to have a World Series ring. Although he is under contract until 2021, it does not seem likely he is going to make it that long. If the team has one thing to play for, they should look no further than their Captain. He pours his heart in to the game and should be on the field winning the World Series.

Here Mets, I have a slogan for you this season: Win for David.

 

Jets Clearing House

The New York Jets were turning a new page in their troubled franchise book when they cut once faces of the franchise Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold this week. They also cut Brandon Marshall to clear some cap money. With all these moves, the Jets made it clear that they are in rebuild mode and the old washed up players are just not doing it anymore. The Jets were smart to make these moves and save money, but they also made it clear they have no identity anymore. They can build around the beast Leonard Williams, but as the modern NFL has proven, you are nothing until you have yourself a premiere quarterback. We can all pretend all we want that the old saying “Defenses win Championships” is true, but the NFL as become the league of the quarterback. If you do not have Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, you most likely are not winning the Super Bowl.

As is the story every freaking season, the Jets need a franchise quarterback and they need one bad. Let’s not pretend Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will ever be starting quarterbacks in the NFL. They are terrible. NFL backups at best. Petty shows flashes of nothing. Geno Smith was better than him and Smith is terrible. There’s a reason Hackenberg was never allowed to dress on game days…I’ll just leave it at that. The Jets perfect quarterback is sitting in our arch enemy’s hand. Yes, I’m talking about Jimmy Garoppolo. He would be a perfect for the Jets, unfortunately we will never get him because Bill Belichick is a jerk; he’s more than just a jerk but if I ever want a job in the sports industry I’ll refrain from saying how I really feel about that terrible man. Why would he ever trade his best kept secret to the team he hates the most? The Jets should make the phone call anyway, at least say they tried.

The Jets just need to draft a running back at number six, tank this season and wait to draft their future franchise quarterback next season. The scouting reports say there will be plenty to choose from. It shouldn’t be hard to suck this year because we don’t have a quarterback, but we are talking about the Jets and they can’t even lose properly. Maybe the Jets will pull some miracle trade out of their butt and give us a false sense of hope. Otherwise, buckle up Jets fans, the misery is not over yet and there’s no end in sight.