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It’s Thursday and I’m running late today. Itt’s school vacation week and we are also approaching opening day of the local Little League and senior League.The opening Day is a big event in our town a parade that goes through town to the local Little League Field. A few photo ops for a couple of pols. Then it’s baseball time games on every field in town. The kids get lots of support for the locals.

Of course being in New England we need mother nature to cooperate as well for us. She hasn’t in 3 out of the last 4 years. Which sucks for the kids, LIl Lanz is protesting already . he doesn’t want to march in his Shiny New Oakland Athletics Uniform..Meanwhile the SR. League doesn’t march so old laser is relieved. AS he will be playing for the hometown Red Sox for the second year.

Speaking of the Red Sox the boys and I attended the Red Sox –Yankees game Tuesday night. We watched John Lester struggle almost as much as my wallet. Three Hot Dogs, 3 Waters, and a bag of peanuts. Any guesses on the price any? It came to yes $33 dollars. They get you they don’t allow food. In.

Lil Lanz had baseball practice so we normally would get a bite before hand. The boys had fun watching Jacoby Elsbury and Derek Jeter having good nights. But the star for the Yankees was Masahiro Tanaka. This kid is the real deal keeping Red Sox batters off balance the entire evening. Laser has decided that is new hero for the Red Sox is first base coach Arnie Beyler. He was like he has the best job. .How do I get a deal like that.? He did enjoy Ichiro who has been a fan of as long as I can remember.

The Yankees take Tanaka out and bring in Dellin Betrance. I don't know if any of you have seen this kid at all. But Jeter and Texeria both at 6'3 are standing on the mound this kid gets there and he towers over them at ^'8 and was just kind of funny watching the size of this guy. It was like watching Andre T Giant come in an relieve Dr. Toro Tanaka ,

If you tune in to all the little things that happen in baseball game you kind of find an appreciation for the thinking end of the game. Watching positioning and shifts and adjustments by both the batter and the pitcher and trying to figure out where the next pitch may go it’s just a thinking mans game. I got the boys involved in that had them trying to predict pitches based on count and where the pitchers are locating..

That brings me to last nights game. Is Michael Pineda just a dope?. What is this guy thinking with the pine tar on the neck? John Farrell was a pitching coach don’t you think he knows every trick in the book. Hide the pine ta or whatever substance your using . It seems that you’re an embarrassment to the Gaylord Perry (one of the greatest spitball artist every to play).John Farrell even said he can’t blame I guy for trying to gain a grip on the ball but it was obvious.

NHL
The Boston Bruins have bounced back very nicely outplaying the Detroit Red Wings in games 2 and 3 after dropping game one 1-0. The Bruins have just been able to play their physical game  and some hustle coming off the bench by the Bruins Jordan Caron just a great hustle goal. The bruins just need to play their physical game. I wouldn’t count the Wings out just yet.I think there is to much talent their they have to adjust.to theBruins to have a chance,

Montreal has dispensed Tampa with a swept all the other series are either 2-2 or 2-1 just some great hockey being played. The other exception is San Jose has a 3-0 lead over LA.

That's all folks

O H Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB NHL NFL Bruins

Oh Thursday 4/24

Thanks to our brother B.O.B. for filling in for me last Thursday, fine job.

With the passing of my good friend Orville, who had little family in the US, my wife and I found ourselves not only mourning his loss but also organizing the memorial services, cleaning out his home and working on the settlement of his estate etc.

Easter at the Harry’s was a great family time, morning services with my Mom and my brides parents over along with two of my sons. Great dinner, great Hockey game (B’s 4-1), we had a bonfire in the fire pit after dark with several of my son’s friends…loads of fun.

 

The 118th Boston Marathon was won by San Diego resident 38 year old Meb Keflezighi in a time of 2:08.38, 2 more Americans finished 7 & 8.

The last American to win Boston was Michigan’s Greg Meyers in 1983 in a time of 2:09

The Worlds fastest Marathon running was at Boston in 2011 when Kenyon Geffery Mutai scorched the 26 mile 385 yards in a time of 2:03.02…that’s a bunch of 4.42 minute miles right there.

The Woman’s winner was Rita Jeptoo of Kenya winning her second consecutive Boston and setting a new record of 2:18.57. Rita was the 2013 and 2010 Boston winner as well.

 

So as Lloyd Christmas said “so you’re saying there is a chance.”

The other 10’s of thousands of participants all started with the optimism of Lloyd Christmas and the idea that everyone in the room has potential…

You have potential…you have…oh boy

 

Patriots Day baseball at Fenway has become a great tradition. Playing morning baseball in April in the nations 3rd windiest city can be cold but Monday it was about 55 at game start and into the 60’s by the time it was over.

The Baltimore O’s took a 6 run lead in the third off Clay Buchholz but the Red Sox battled back but lost 7-6 when the 8th and 9th inning rallies fell short.

That seems to be the disposition of this years model, Not hitting and looking a lot more like we thought they would have looked last year. I’m not jumping off the bandwagon as I have a permanent seat, I’m just seeing that my Boston colored glasses may have over rated this squad just a bit.

With the unlovable Yankees in town for the return of Jacoby Ellsbury the real flaws of this hometown team really started to show. If they don’t get a stud start they can get down early, this team that led the AL in runs scored last season can’t seem to produce any stat except men left on base.

NHL playoffs

Bruins and  Detroit have had a good start to the series with Detroit shutting down Boston 1-0 in game one and Boston beating Detroit 4-1 on Easter afternoon.

In game 3 Boston stepped it up a notch and Tuukka Rask shut out Detroit 3-0

Rask has given up just 2 goals in 180 minutes. Boston is up two games to one

In game two 6’2” 198 lbs Brendan Smith dropped his gloves and wanted to go at it with 6’9” Zdeno Chara…the man was delusional and after Z chuckled at the the notion he said to Smith “come on…lets go if you think you want…” Lucky for Smith the refs skated him to safety. Chara may be tall enough to play B-Ball but he doesn’t fight like a basketball player

 

Old Harry’s MLB power rankings top 10 as of Tuesday 4/22

Oakland

Atlanta

Milwaukee

Los Angeles

Washington

San Francisco

Detroit

St Louis

Texas

New York

NFL News

Tom Brady’s wife Giselle was just a little unhappy with Forbes magazine after she was audited by the IRS following a report by Forbes saying she had an income in 2012 of $45 million. She reported an income of slightly over $40 million and the ever watchful IRS wanted to know why she didn’t report the full amount. Mrs. Tom said Forbes was wrong and the nearly $ 21,000,000 she paid in federal taxes was correct…ridiculous but correct.

 

The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and what’s going to happen in one of the most speculated event in sports.

The NFL moving the draft back into May has added three weeks of mock drafts and more time for the risers and fallers to rise and fall.

Houston with the first pick may take Clowney or a QB or maybe not.

The fact that teams with solid and star QB’s are inviting and showing interest in the drafts multiple QB’s is either a speculation that they will still be around late in the first round or…maybe a ploy to get the needy teams to go for that QB early rather than in the second round which would drop some of the top defenders and WR/ TE’s to the middle or end of the first round for the haves to have.

Pat’s HC BB has had three QB’s in town and speculation is that BB, who by the way doesn’t need a QB this year, may be doing the dirty deed for the rest.

How can QB needy Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, Minnesota and Buffalo risk having that possible franchise signal caller being scooped up at the end of the first round and playing for a year or two behind the likes of Manning, Brady, Brees, Wilson or Rodgers?

The answer is; they can’t risk it.

OH is predicting a run on QB’s early and many good players drifting down right into the hands of the rich.

Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Zach Mettenburger and AJ McCarron may all go in the first…if not, prepare yourself for another season of

Matt Schaub, Matt Cassell, Brian Hoyer, Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert, Jason Campbell,

EJ Manuel, Christian Ponder, Terrelle Pryor (now Russell Wilsons overpaid backup) and maybe even Jeff George

 

 

That’s all I have this week, thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t forget to check out my Boston buddy Lanz from the other side of OUR CITY

Deep Thoughts 4-23-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Albert Pujols joins 500 club Tom Sherrill UTPA Broncs Carlos Gomez Gerrit Cole

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It appears that this is one of those days…you know the days when you sit down to write and the words just don’t seem to come easily. Since I have re-written the past sentence about 7 times, this Wednesday definitely qualifies. When this happens to me, I just start writing and hope that I eventually find a groove. I hope each of you had a great Easter Weekend. This Easter was a much different from my family’s normal Easter. This year, Julie and I made another dash to the valley to watch UTPA play UC Bakersfield. This was the first Easter that my family has not been together. I know it probably sounds odd, but doing the egg thing has continued to be a tradition in my family…until this year. Although Blake has not been playing regularly, we decided to make the trip down south. Because Sunday was Easter, the weekend series began on Thursday. We watched the game online but because Blake was not in the lineup, I worked while the game was on. I actually dozed off and was awakened by a text from Carl Spackler. Pan Am was down 1 to 0 and ace Sam Street’s unbeaten season was in jeopardy. The Broncs had managed to load the bases, but they were down to their last out. Blake was announced as the pinch hitter.  Here is a video to document the moment. It has been a tough few weeks for Blake and it was nice to see him have a successful moment. For the record, the wind was howling in from center field, if you watch the path of the ball, you can see the wind catch it. The Broncs took 2 of 3 from Bakersfield…helping their quest to make the end of season conference tournament. Next week it is a trip to Chicago to visit Chicago State. I hope the weather cooperates…

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday night was a big night for one of my all-time favorite players. Albert Pujols became the first player to hit HRs 499 and 500 on the same night. I know that many have written off Pujols as over the hill, but I had a feeling that once healthy that he would return to the formidable hitter that we watched for so many years in St. Louis. With 8 dingers in April, there is no longer any question regarding his health.  So, I wonder how many HRs Pujols has left in that big bat of his. At 34 years of age, is it possible that Albert could reach 600? Is Willie Mays mark of 660 within his reach? How about 700? It will be very interesting to see how this year plays out. Are we seeing the resurgence of Albert or is this just a brief flash of history? The way the ball was jumping off his bat on Tuesday, I am betting on the former.

 

 

An update to the historic blasts by Pujols last night. The guy in the photo above is Tom Sherrill. He is a lifetime Angels fan that happened to be in Washington for Air Force training. The staff sergeant and a buddy decided to go catch the Angels/Nationals game since they were in town. They bought tickets in the left field bleachers, but after watching Albert hit 499, they switched seats on a hunch. It turns out that his hunch was right as his new location allowed him to be in the neighborhood of #500. Sherrill and another fan converged on the big fly and Sherill corralled the ball that bounced off another fan's stomach. Sherrill triumphantly held the ball high as Albert circled the bases. Security quickly found Sherrill and asked him what he wanted to do with the ball. In this day of greed and self centered acts, Sgt. Sherrill only wanted to give the ball to Albert Pujols. Sherrill also requested that the fan that had the ball bounce off of be allowed to meet Pujols. The Angels gave Sherrill a hat and are supposed to be sending him some Angel goodies. Well done Sgt. Sherrill! Very well done...

 

 


 

 

The penalties for the Brewers/Bucs skirmish were handed out on Tuesday:

Martin Maldonado, Brewers: five games
Carlos Gomez, Brewers: three games
Travis Snider: Pirates: two games
Russell Martin, Pirates: one game

I have no problem with the suspensions given, but wonder why Gerrit Cole escaped without even a slap on the wrist. Gomez has been vilified for his bat flip and exaggerated watching of a ball that did not leave the yard. I generally am an old school advocate, but in this case I think that Cole was as much to blame as Gomez. Many have lambasted Gomez, but as I watched the replay on the MLB channel, they showed examples of several other Brewer teammates guilty of the same act. Yes, I know that there is a proper way to play the game. It would not be my style to flip the bat and admire a ball…but I read something recently that gave me pause. Here are the words that made me reconsider:

“There's a larger issue, one that gets kicked around now and then, the one about the energy inherent in the Latin American game. Gomez is from the Dominican Republic. There, the ball field is not a somber place. There is a code, and that is to live the game. Celebrate the good stuff. Mourn the failures. Get on with the next inning. It's OK to laugh. It's OK to have fun. You want to keep the fun to a minimum? Throw a better pitch.”

It truly is on Gerrit Cole to throw a better pitch. If he has an issue with Gomez, the time honored method of sending a message is with a plunking. But, this again is the “old school way”. What harm did Gomez do for his team? Gomez would probably not have scored on that ball off the wall, so he had to slide instead of arriving at 3B standing. It was Cole that provoked the brawl by jumping in the face of Gomez. For Cole to escape without any punishment is odd, I think. In case you missed video that caused Maldonado to receive 5 games off…here is the video.

 

http://bit.ly/1i9lS1h 

 

That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

"I think people tend to forget that trees are living creatures. They're sort of like dogs. Huge, quiet, motionless dogs, with bark instead of fur."

"I think my new thing will be to try to be a real happy guy. I'll just walk around being real happy until some jerk says something stupid to me."


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…

 

 

 

 

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. We halfway through the week and you folks are no doubt halfway through your Easter candy. Unless of course you snuck out Monday and bought the discount stuff. I will admit that I Bought myself a little more at work yesterday.

Good news to any remaining Browns fans: Mike Holmgren knows how to fix your team. Now what he needs to do is fix up his old flux capacitor and get back to 2009. Then he needs to pull a Days of Future Past (X-Men) and convince then young Mike Holmgren to convince then owner  Randy Lerner to let him coach the browns. You know, let Holgren coach instead of hiring 2 other coaches to do it in the same time span. Oh, and maybe develop better draft boards to find a QB that the organization would stick with. He totally forgot that one too and he was team president. 

Now, Holmgren did have the chance to coach after Eric Mangini left, but he didn’t feel it was time. He thought his coaching would “shortchange” the team. So, you know, he totally could have helped coach for two years, but could have stayed on as a lame duck for the next two. So there you go Brown’s fans. Just get ahold of Christopher Lloyd, get him in touch with Mike Holmgren, and you’d have yourself a championship right about now. 

You feel better now? That, friends, is the power of love. And, delusion. And second guessing….

The Seattle Seahawks have traded a late round draft pick for Oakland’s Terrelle Prior. Is anyone else intrigued by that move? Is that their new tight end?

Charlie Strong wants to tell Texas fans something: No title for you this year. Just don’t get your hopes up, k? That’s an interesting statement. Granted, Strong is taking over from a long standing regime. He’s got a few years to try to run his systems with the players recruited by the old regime. No need to get a lot of hopes up. Still, it’s strange for a college coach to come out with a statement like that, but also not a bad idea. If he gets even close, it makes things look that much better.

Early season baseball is always like a box of Easter chocolate: you never know what you’re gonna get. Even if there is a map on the lid, that thing is usually all skewed and topsy-turvy.  This season is no different. Did anyone see the Yankees jumping out to an early (though small) lead in the AL East? They don’t have their big bats right now either. It’ll be interesting to see if the return of vets like Texierra will do anything to the chemistry that these young kids are building. 

Meanwhile, Detroit is leading by a game, but the record is not what people would’ve thought. Neither are Miguel Cabrerra’s numbers. Still, the team is getting it done, even if Joe Nathan has appeared a little shaky in a few close situations. Through 8 games, he’s got 3 saves and 2 blown saves. To me, a little rust is expected, but I won’t worry til we get on to June. If he’s still in a funk, I will question things.

Detroit also is looking like a platoon short stop team. Alex Gonzalez came onto the scene in a big way Opening Day, by hit a walk off to win the game. Since then, his defense has been a litte cringe-worthy and his bat has faltered. That was enough for Tigers brass. Gonzalez is out. Danny Worth is back up. Worth will split time at short with Andrew Romine for the time being.

Early on, the Angels look as though they are gelling. They’ve won 9 of 10 and are behind the A’s and  Rangers. The Dodgers and Braves are holding their divisions out west. The Brew Crew are making a lot of early noise. Ryan Braun is back, clean (allegedly), and doing major damage. He’s hitting .306 with 6 Hrs and 16 RBIs. Guess he plays well with a self-imposed chip on his shoulder. That’s lead some to ask would you still boo Braun when he comes to your ball park? To me: yes. Absolutely. The guy is still a cheat. Hopefully he learned from the A-Roid saga, but we’ll have to wait and see. He showed just as much arrogance with his false(?) positive a few seasons ago.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week. I’m heading down to Morgantown to see the wife. I’ve taken up a retail job while I wait for more favorable teaching opportunities. A co-worker who used to teach confirmed my suspicions: PA is wary to bring on subs halfway through the year. Michigan was a lot more desperate. Still, I can make money and solidify my credentials in the mean time. The down side is I get to work every holiday in the foreseeable future. Ah well. Thanks as always for reading. Enjoy the brief warm-up and heated playoffs.

 

Musings From The Hoodwood 4-22
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL NBA NHL Boston Marathon

Boston Strong...was there any doubt that there would be a big turnout for the Marathon?

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the Easter Bunny is chillin after a busy night in the neighborhood.

NBA: Playoffs and firings

The second season got under way last Saturday as 16 teams start the grind to the ultimate goal of the NBA Finals. Most teams have a longer shot than others, there are some teams that on the surface look like a dominant team but have more holes and questions. The Pacers are the East’s #1 seed but despite winning 56 games are in so much turmoil and after the Hawks who are serious underdogs as the #8 seed stole game 1 in Indy the turmoil deepens and many wonder if the Pacers are built to get through two rounds where inevitably the Heat will be waiting. A #1 seed shouldn’t break a sweat in the first round but you have the feeling that they will be sweating in their matchup with the Hawks who despite winning 38 games seem to be the worst matchup for the Pacers. They play at a frenetic frantic pace and males their big man Roy Hibbert look like he’s running in quicksand. This series looks like it will go the distance and the Pacers will be all sorts of worn out for the next round.

The Heat are going to toy with the playoff neophyte Bobcats who will become Hornets 2.0 when they are dismissed from the playoffs. I’m thinking sweep but the Horn-Cats might get a home win to make it look respectable.

The more interesting series in the East might be the Nets and Raptors which might bubble over into an international incident when the Raptors GM said before Game 1 basically “Fuck the Nets” but the remark seemed to galvanize the Nets who steamrolled the Raptors before a stunned and sullen Air Canada Centre crowd, the Nets took game 1 and you just have the feeling that this will be a knock down drag out affair, the youthful Raptors do look a bit star struck while the aged Nets will try to not let body parts rust and fall off

In the West the Spurs…blah blah blah… You already know I’m saying little about the team that is supposed to be so underappreciated but how do you ignore a team that won 62 games?? They should have no trouble with the aged Mavs.

The best series in the West is either the Blazers-Rockets or the Clippers-Warriors the former looks like the scoreboard operators will get a workout while the latter looks like it could pop off to a physical confrontation at any time. The No Cal-So Cal dichotomy used to be Lakers-Kings but these teams seem to have a real nasty hatred for one another. The Warriors stole game 1 Saturday afternoon and this series look like it will go 7 tense games, the scores will be high and the intensity even higher.

While the best of the best go at it in the NBA playoffs, the other half is dealing with the realities of not making the playoffs. Three teams are hunting for coaches, to no one’s surprise the Knicks gave Mike Woodson, a capable coach by anyone’s measure had to take the fall for the mess that the Gotham club had become. With Phil Jax taking the reigns as team president you just had to know that Woodson’s days were numbered whether they made the playoffs or not. They didn’t and that just made the call even easier. Rumor has it that Steve Kerr may be in line for that job, but the pundits are basically clamoring for the Zen Master to take the job but let’s keep it real. Jackson will be 69 by the time the next NBA season starts and there is a real rebuild project that is going on in MSG, this isn’t a team that is ready to win now or next year. One has to wonder why Jackson would try to do a reclamation project when all he has to build around is Melo. Steve Kerr might be the best answer and one still has to wonder if he can make things happen in NYC.

The Jazz gave Tyrone Corbin the gate after two seasons to no one’s surprise. The Jazz finished dead last in the West and are a long long way from contenting. This is a team that needs a lot of parts and not a lot of help is coming. Meanwhile in Minnesota, Rick Adelman decided to hang it up after 2 lackluster seasons in the Twin Cities, Adelman had won in every stop he had been in, took Portland to two Finals, made the Kings a respectable squad in the late 90s and early 2000s, and kept the Rockets viable in a deep west but he seemed distracted (in fairness his wife has been battling cancer) and never really had the Wolves in any kind of contention. So the speculation here is that the Wolves might try to make a splash with a big name college coach. I’m hearing rumbles that they are trying to woo longtime Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to come coach. I just can’t see Izzo leaving East Lansing where he is pretty much the king snake in the state and at a school where he has made the tourney 17 years running. A better fit might be Fred Hoiberg a former Timberwolf who is as much beloved in the Cities as he is in his current job at his alma mater of Iowa State.

Phat Dap /Head Slap

Phat Dap

Knowing how much I detest the Spurs this is something. I have to give dap to the Spurs Gregg Popovich who gave best wishes to longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager who is battling a recurrence of Leukemia and while everyone here in Hoodwood echoes Pop in wishing the sartorially splendid Sager well in his recovery, Pop was especially effusive to Craig Sager, Jr. who was filling in Sunday for his father during the Spurs-Mavs game. Pop needled the fils Sager about not being his dad but was quick to add that he was looking forward to answering questions from the pere Sager soon. As grumpy and laconic as Pop tends to be toward the press, his comments were right on point and classy.

Head Slap

A what are you thinking to the Seattle Seahawks who inexplicably dealt for former Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor. No dis to Pryor who really needs a stable QB situation to develop in, won’t get one in Seattle where they have some guy name Wilson on their squad. That guy just won a Super Bowl for them and is third in salary at QB behind Pryor and Tavaris Jackson. Someone needs to explain this move to me.

Random Musings

No disrespect intended for the memory of the true hero that Pat Tillman was, but he doesnt deserve a bust in Canton. Honor his memory like the have done with a great layout and display, but a bust in Canton may be too much. Ten years after his senseless death, the talk has been going around that he should be named to the Hall of Fame. I may be in the minority btu I disagree. Tillman was a one of a kind individual, but im not sure that warrants a bust in Canton. 26 NFL players were killed in wartime service to their country, none of them have busts in Canton. Peter King made a great counterargument in his monday morning QB column and I agree with him but if you think Im wrong convince me otherwise. Ill listen.

Blue Jacket fan was quick to hit me up and brag about their team winning its first playoff game and that they snatched home ice advantage but were quick to lash out at your humble scribe when I needled them about blowing a 2 goal 3rd period lead in the span of 2 minutes...ya'll still aint ready for primetime...

Speaking of Hockey, that Blackhawks-Blues series is gonna get way ugly before its over. And stop whining Blackhawk fan Brent Seabrook went high on that hit and got what he deserved (a match penalty and game misconduct)

Am I the only one not happy about ESPN getting NFL playoff games...the NFL was the last league to have all of its playoff games on free TV, we'll be seeing a Super Bowl between 55-65 in London on HBO, I'll bet...

Bernard Hopkins won a heavyweight title Saturday at 49...49! Hey the AARP called and...then again Im not clowning on him. He could knock me into next summer.

Mike Holmgren says that he regrets not coaching the Browns in his two years stint as the team president...why do I get the feeling the Phil Jax willsay the same thing in couple years about the Knicks?

Am I the only one that though it cool that an American won the Boston Marathon? Or am I just a jingoistic homer?

And why can I get used to interleague baseball games every day? Probably the same way I thought and Astros-Mariners game was interleague and not to division foes...

Your humble scribe will be in Phoenix next month for Princess Katie's graduation and will be posting a column from the desert southwest. Anyone know of good eats and things to see and do there? When I was there for her Quincenara in 2011, I didnt see that much. Im gonna be out there a week so I'll have more time...anyone has any suggestions it would be much appreciated. 

Until next post fellow sports fans!

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