Frankly Frankel: May 30, 2016

30 May

Ryan Fitzpatrick should give up in his fight against the Jets, Chase Utley has an epic response to being thrown at by Noah Syndergaard, and the Golden State Warriors will absolutely beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.  This is Frankly Frankel on this Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

  • I am completely flabbergasted as to why Ryan Fitzpatrick feels he’s worth significantly more than the three years and $24 million the Jets are reportedly offering him.  Fitzpatrick was decent last season.  I’m well aware of the fact he set the franchise record with 31 touchdown passes, but that number says a lot more about how embarrassingly atrocious the quarterback position has been for the Jets since Joe Namath left than it does about how great Fitzpatrick played.
  • Does Fitzpatrick not realize that maybe if he had a Super Bowl ring to show off, or if he played in a Super Bowl, if he had a division championship on his resume, or I don’t know, had at least one game of playoff experience he might have a little more leverage against the Jets??  But the man is 33-years-old, doesn’t have one second of playoff experience, and completely fell apart in the biggest game of the season in Week 17 against the Bills when the Jets needed him the most.
  • I haven’t, and probably will never get over Fitzpatrick forcing a ball to Eric Decker in the end zone on a second down and 10 from the Bills 14-yard line down by two points, and Leodis McKelvin coming away with the interception.  That was the best opportunity for the Jets right there, and Fitzpatrick followed that up by throwing two more interceptions in the fourth quarter for a little icing on the cake.  Fitzpatrick didn’t need to make that throw.  He could have stayed conservative, handed the ball off, threw a screen pass, basically anything but what he did, and the Jets would have likely clinched a playoff spot that day.
  • Speaking of the Bills, they’re the team that gave Fitzpatrick an absurd six-year contract worth $59 million with $24 million in guarantees during the middle of the 2011 season.  He was released following the 2012 season (less than two years later).
  • Fitzpatrick should be jumping out of his pants at the fact an NFL team is offering him an average of $8 million per season to play quarterback, because given what he’s accomplished (next to nothing) and seeing how it turned out for him the last time a team ponied up and gave him a fat contract, he really doesn’t have a leg to stand on here.
  • And for the record, Fitzpatrick needs the Jets a heck of a lot more than the Jets need him.  For my money, the Jets are a seven-to-eight win team with or without Fitzpatrick, and even if the two sides do eventually come to terms on an agreement, it’s not like you can start clearing your schedule for January playoff games.  Far from it.
  • I was extremely disappointed to see Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Nick Mangold all decide to skip OTAs in protest of the Jets not having signed Fitzpatrick.  Like I said before, it makes no sense why seemingly everyone is viewing Fitzpatrick as some sort of savior and willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure the Harvard grad is back with the Jets.  It’s gotten to the point where the locker room may be lost if the Jets don’t re-sign Fitzpatrick, and that’s the only reason why I might want him back, because I certainly don’t by looking at the way he’s performed during his career.
  • My favorite moment of the weekend was seeing how Chase Utley responded after Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw behind him in the top of the third inning of Saturday night’s game.  Syndergaard was immediately ejected, as he should have been, and as Terry Collins should have realized was going to happen if Syndergaard did anything like that to Utley.
  • There’s a reason why Syndergaard didn’t protest or argue after getting tossed because he knew exactly what he was getting himself into by throwing behind Utley.  It would have been an awful look for the umpire if Syndergaard didn’t get thrown out.
  • In response, Utley put the Dodgers on the board with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, and then hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh to blow the game open.  Utley could have acted in a lot of different ways after Syndergaard threw behind him, but instead of creating a ton of unnecessary drama, Utley let his play do the talking and led the Dodgers to victory.  That’s how it’s done and whether you like Utley or not, you can’t help but admire witnessing a response like that.
  • I have to say, it was weird to see the Mets still sticking up for Ruben Tejada (whom the team released in spring training) after he broke his leg in last year’s NLDS following Utley’s hard slide at second base.  It would make a heck of a lot more sense if Tejada was still there to witness his teammates backing him up.
  • The Warriors are on the brink of going back to the NBA Finals after the Thunder failed to close Golden State out in Game 5, and then at home in Game 6.  The Thunder had an 8-point fourth quarter lead with nine minutes to go and let it slip away.  That’s not something you recover from.
  • I would be shocked to see the Thunder rally and somehow find a way to win in Oracle tonight with all the momentum on Golden State’s side.  Oklahoma City had the Warriors exactly where they wanted them in Game 6 and couldn’t shut the door.  I fully expect to see a vintage Steph Curry performance and the Warriors complete the improbable comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.
  • Once that happens, the NBA universe will get their fully healthy Cleveland Cavaliers matching up against the Warriors one-year after LeBron nearly single-handedly won Cleveland the championship.  But the real question after tonight will be what the future holds for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the Thunder.  There’s going to be a lot of looking at themselves in the mirror after blowing a 3-1 series lead.  It could be so devastating that Durant does indeed end up leaving because of how hard a loss like that will be to take.  I like the Warriors tonight 105-91.
  • One last note about the Warriors, when I heard that Draymond Green could recite the names of all 34 players selected ahead of him in the 2012 NBA Draft, I was expecting him to recite it rather emphatically and dramatically, but what I heard was the exact opposite.  He did end up getting through it, but it was a struggle.  Still impressive, but not nearly as impressive as it could have and should have been.  Talk about not living up to the hype.
  • This wouldn’t be a typical column if I didn’t say anything about the Yankees.  It was pretty crazy to see the Yankees win a game in which they only had one hit with the one hit being a two-run home run by Starlin Castro in the top of the seventh inning.  It had been 102 years (since July 10, 1914) that the Yankees won a game in which they only had one hit.
  • To put that in perspective, the “Curse of the Bambino” hadn’t existed yet, it had only been six years since the Cubs won the World Series, and the Yankees didn’t even have their own stadium yet.
  • I haven’t been alive to see a pitcher throw a perfect game against the Yankees, but if I was ever going to see one, I thought Sunday’s game against the Rays was going to be the day.  Jake Odorizzi had everything working, but he made one mistake the whole game and it cost him dearly.  I don’t know how I’d cope with seeing a pitcher pitch a perfect game against the Yankees.  I’d probably have to hide in a cave for a year.
  • Be sure to tune in next time for another edition of Frankly Frankel, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.


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