Saturday, January 08, 2005


Finally found a sandwich in South Florida that could be a worthy competitor of those back in Boston. The place is Jersey Mike's, which I guess is a pretty big chain, but it feeds you just like a ma-and-pa place up north. I got a chicken parm sub that was at least a foot long, and for once I had ordered a sandwich in this town that didn't leave me hungry. And to top it all off, I won a cookie!

Apparently, at least this Jersey Mike's gives out free cookies for to Floridians who have, of all things, hockey knowledge. Here's the question that I answered about that great sport from our past:

Which team did the Hartford Whalers become?

The answer is Carolina Hurricanes, but what I really wanted to tell the sandwich makers was that the Hartford Whalers were originally the New England Whalers, and I was there, I WAS THERE, when Teddy Green skated around the Boston Arena ice with the very first WHA championship trophy.

Ahh, the memories.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Three Champions, One Dynasty

Eisenberg Sports would now like to announce this year's College Football Champions. There are three winners this year, three teams that fulfilled all of the requirements of the ECF(Eisenberg's College Football) rules. We'll announce our winners alphabetically. Here we go!

The first ECF Champion for 2004 - 2005 is the University of Auburn!

The Auburn Tigers finished the season with thirteen wins and zero defeats. They won home games vs LSU and Georgia, road matches with Tennessee and Alabama, beat the Volunteers again in the SEC Championship game, and Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Way to go, Tigers!

Our next ECF Champion is the University of Louisville!

The Louisville Cardinals are the ultimate Cinderella Story,becoming the first team from a non-BCS conference to steal a share of the ECF crown. The Louisville Cardinals won eleven games this year and only lost one, a 41 - 38 heartbreaker in Miami against the then-#3 Hurricanes, the toughest road opponent for any of our three ECF champions. Still, this one difficult loss would have doomed a mid-major team in years past, but the Cardinals fell into a bowl game with a Top Ten team, Boise State. Their win over BSU help them fulfill the most difficult ECF requirement for a non-BCS team, beating a a Top Ten Team. Congratulations Cardinals!

Our last Champion needs no introduction, as they have stood on the podium with us for each of the ECF's three seasons. Ladies and Gentlemen, our third and final Champion is the USC Trojans!

The Trojans went 13 and 0 this year, and have won 22 straight football games. Last night, a nation watched the two-time Champions destroy the University of Oklahoma 55 - 19. With 16 of 22 starters expected to return, USC will be the team to beat next year as well. Congratulations Trojans!

Here is the complete list of ECF Champions. Join us again next year for more ECF action.

2004-2005 Auburn, Louisville, USC
2003-2004 USC
2002-2003 Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Boggs and Sandberg

I'm sure you'll find a million web sites that will give you all sorts of statistical analysis relating to the skills of new baseball Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg. Allow me to skip all of that, as I throw out completely unsubstantiated opinions of the two players.

Let's start with Mr. Boggs. I always hated him, and I'm a Red Sox fan. Some of that is my own fault, for in the early 80's I had no concept of the value of On Base Percentage (just like everyone else). Having said that, I hated the "chicken every meal" thing, the whole Margo Adams affair, and even that episode of him "willing himself invisible" during a carjacking, or whatever it was. Also, I knew, as did every other Sox fan, that Boggs had taken getting on base to an extreme. As good of a hitter as he was, you could always count on him to get a walk if there were runners on base and first was open. The situation never mattered, nor did how much we yelled at our tv sets - Boggs was not going to swing, didn't care about driving home the winning run, unless he got "his pitch". I was glad to see him go to the Yankees, where I could root against him openly, and honestly.

Then, there's Sandberg. A Grade B Hall of Famer if there ever was one, Sandberg benefited greatly from playing his home games in that walk-in closet they call a ballpark. Jeff Kent has an MVP award and better numbers to boot (granted he played in a hitters era) but I doubt you'll see him with a plaque.

As you can see, I'm hard on the Hall of Famers now that they're putting in players that I've seen. Of course, I think Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, and Bruce Sutter should all be in there. I'd love to see peak value more rewarded. Right now, you need a long career, or World Series heroics, or to be a part of folklore in some way, and that sucks.

But hey, if that's the largest injustice in the world, I can live with it. Congratulations Wade and Ryne. You kind of deserve it.

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    Monday, January 03, 2005

    Money Changes Everything

    Money, money changes everything
    we think we know what we're doin'
    that don't mean a thing
    it's all in the past now
    money changes everything
    The Brains

    Here I am, minding my own business, writing a wildly popular Miami Heat blog, when not one but two - TWO! - advertisers approach me about advertising on this site. For Money.

    So I'd like to announce the revival of Eisenberg Sports, with all of its wackiness and analysis. Any story is fair game, except for things involving the Miami Heat. See you soon.