Play-By-Playmate: The Highs and Lows

By Jaime Edmondson

Things got wild this weekend where sports were concerned. But fear not; Jaime's got all your highs and lows.

I know I’ve said this a lot lately, but this sports stuff is nonstop. Each week outdoes the last. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion. One minute I’m flying high on a win from one of my favorite teams and the next I’m down in the dumps with a loss from another. All these highs and lows could drive a good girl to do bad things (that would presuppose that I am a good girl, which I’m not). But I guess that’s just the way it is. It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to sports. Highs and lows are just the way she goes.

The Highs

The Baltimore Orioles - I don’t think anyone saw this coming. The 19-9 Orioles have the best record in the majors and are the biggest surprise of the season. They just completed a sweep of the Red Sox and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. I’d say that’s pretty good for a team that was a preseason afterthought in the highly competitive AL East, but this week will tell the tale. They’ve got the 19-10 Rays and 18-10 Rangers coming to town and then two games against the Yankees. If they come out with a winning record, we might be in for an even more interesting division race than we thought. 

L.A. Kings - A few posts ago I warned against putting too much stock in the standings, especially in hockey, and I think the eighth-seeded Kings prove it. They’re heading to the conference finals after playing just nine games and are clearly the team to beat in the West. They ousted the top-seeded Canucks in five, the division-winning Blues in four and have one of the hottest goalies around right now. Jonathan Quick is an animal. He’s got a “Do Not Enter” sign hanging in his net.

Mayweather/Cotto Fight - I’ve been following this thing pretty religiously on HBO’s 24/7 and it’s turned me into a huge Cotto fan. Forget Mayweather and his swag, I’m a Cotto girl. That said, I knew Saturday’s fight was gonna be a long one and that the only way Cotto would beat the then 42-0 Mayweather would be to knock him out. Well, it didn’t happen but fans were not disappointed. The fight went the full 12 rounds, with Mayweather winning by decision. I think what impressed me the most (other than Cotto himself) was the usually pompous Mayweather giving him props after the fight, saying he “came to fight, not just to survive.”

The Lows

The Not-So-New York Yankees - The Bombers got some pretty tragic news this week when Mariano Rivera went down with an ACL tear while shagging fly balls before a game. But it’s not just bad news for the Yankees, it’s bad news for baseball. I’m no Yankees fan, but you gotta love and respect Rivera. He’s the all-time saves leader and a real gamer who has been part of the game forever. I’m not saying his career is over (he’s not saying that either), but ACL tears are tough to come back from even as a young guy. The Sandman is 42 and not getting any younger.

Albert Pujols - If you had told me two months ago that at any time this season there would be more no-hitters thrown than Albert Pujols home runs, I would have laughed at you. I think everyone would have. Yet here we are, over a month into the season. Number of no-nos: two. Number of Pujols HRs: one. He hit his first last night and his average has dipped below .200. There should be a rule for players like this. You should have to have at least one average point for every million you’re making, and Albert is making 240 of them over the next 10 years, so he’s got some work to do.

The Mayweather Entourage – As awesome as the fight was, there was one glaring problem with it: the Mayweather entourage that included Triple H, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and…Justin Bieber. JUSTIN BIEBER! He’s not even allowed to do anything in Vegas! I couldn’t “beliebe” it!

And just so we end on a high note… If you know me, you know I love me a few adult beverages now and then. You may also know that I love the Kentucky Derby. And adult beverages combined with the Derby usually lead to my making uninformed bets on horses. Well, this year would have been right up my alley! Whether it was the betting window or the bar, I would have been saying the same thing: “I’ll have another.”


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