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Monday Moaning 5-27-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NCAA Notre Dame Everrett Golson NHL Lacrosse The Beeze Cleveland Bob Feller Memorial Day MLB Cleveland Indians Brandon Dawkins

 

Happy Memorial day! Enjoy your parties...Enjoy your cookouts...Enjoy your parades...And then remember why you're doing these things...

If you see a veteran, say thank you...If you know some one serving now, say thank you.

We've been going through a string of Questions of the Day about the all-time greats of Baseball...When we talked pitcher, no one, except me brought up Bob Feller...

People accept Feller as a great, but he often gets over looked for how great he was...Why? Because on December 9, 1941, two days after Pearl Harbor, Feller enlisted in the Navy...It was as he was hitting the prime of his career...Feller was selected to the American League All-Star Team in each of the four seasons, before he enlisted, with a 93-44 record...He averaged 245 strikeouts per season and 23 complete games...His service time cost him about four seasons...Which would roughly have been another 75 wins...Add that to the 266 he ended his career with...WOW! 3 no-hitters! 36 complete games in the 1946 season...that's 36 complete games in a season...That is something unheard of in my lifetime...

As for his military service...Feller won 8 Battle Stars as an Anti-Aircraft Gunner...And never regretted losing almost 4 years of his baseball prime...Sounds like an All-time great to me!

-Saturday My New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins, ending the season for my guys...I'll be rooting for the Bruins to take out Sid the Skid and the rest of the Shittsburgh Penguins...Pens fans feel cocky...Watch it...Boston rolls 4 tough lines...Their 4th line is better then most 3rd lines...The big man on the blue line, Chara gets all the love, but if you paid attention to this past series, you saw McQuaid, Boychuck, and the rookie, Krug are all outstanding D-men....

-I had no intention of writing anything College Football related, but Saturday night Twitter blew up with news that Notre Dame QB Everrett Golson was no longer enrolled at the University...It was then confirmed by ND officials but the reason why was not released...There were rumbles about it being Academic reasons, or code of conduct violations...But nothing for sure...

Then Sunday, Golson released this statement...

" Dear Notre Dame Community,

I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term.

...
I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.

I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its mission to develop me both on and off the football field.

My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future. There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly's belief in me as an athlete and a person.

At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.

Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.

Thanks,
Everett Golson "

I know there are plenty of Notre Dame haters out there...Fine...But this right here shows why Notre Dame is an elite University first, and football and everything else comes after...Find me another major program trying to build off of a National Championship game appearance, that had highly tauted (RS)Freshman QB (Gunner Kiel) transfer, that would suspend/boot their starting QB....I doubt you'd find any...

So what's next...Tommy Rees is the front runner...Andrew Hendrix is the more mobile, but has seen limited time...And there is Freshman Malik Zaire who was an early enrollee...Should be interesting...

On the funnier side of this story...Oaks Christian High School junior QB, Brandon Dawkins was out on Twitter trying to get in touch with Coach Brian Kelly to commit...Gotta like an opportunistic kid!

-Saturday morning we had another good baseball practice...Kids are coming along...Now if the rec could get their shit together, and get us schedules and uniforms, that would be great...After the morning practice Little Beeze and I grabbed some coffee and donuts from Dunkin' (coffee wasn't for him)...We picked up Molls and went to the park for a couple hours while my wife and oldest daughter went downtown to check out some of the Captain America 2 filming...The didn't see any stars...Some stunt men, a big shootout scene, and some explosions...

I'm glad Cleveland is getting this little surge to it's economy...But with all the streets and major road closings this filming is causing, on top of all the construction, I'm really glad I don't work downtown...I wonder if this is having a negative effect on the businesses down there...

-If anyone is interested, Monday Duke and Syracuse will play for the NCAA Lacrosse National Championship...who do you have?

-Sunday was the big tradition of the Indy 500...I haven't watched this since I was a kid...But I did see the highlights...I don't call them that, the talking heads on TV do...I don't follow auto racing but a race ending under the caution flag, could be one of the most anti-climactic things ever...Not a highlight at all...Just a letdown...

I hope everyone's weekend has been good to them...Have fun, and remember...

 

Have a week...

The Beeze.

 

Monday Moaning 5-20-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NHL New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist MLB Cleveland Indians The Beeze Little Beeze Life Kids Baseball

 

Yeah, some people want you to keep quiet...I know plenty of people want me to be quiet...But we know that just isn't going to happen...Sometimes shit needs to be said...Even if it upsets people...Why hold it in?  'Cause some one on facebook may unfriend you?  They aren't your friend if they can't take you telling the truth, or sharing how you feel about something...

 

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist caught some shit for venting his frustration after the Rangers lost game one to Boston Thursday night, in OT...Lundqvist was upset with himself for the 3-2 loss...But he also voiced his frustration with the teams lack of offense so far in the playoffs...He said what every single Rangers fan has been saying for weeks...But people thought it was wrong for him to call out his teammates...Why?  Why can some hack write about how horrible the power play is, but the guy carrying the team can't?

 

I'm not joking, I read a blog that pointed out that Lundqvist hasn't been good in OT...Well, couldn't that also be pointed at the rest of team for defensive breakdowns, and lack of scoring!?!  There was even a comment that Thursday night Lundqvist wasn't at his best...Well, the 2 previous games he threw shutouts...And yeah, if you watched closely, he wasn't at his best...And with that said, he made 45 saves on 48 shots...And his teammates blocked over 20 shots that night...If not for Lundqvist, Thursday night, the Rangers would have been destroyed...So he blew off some steam, and rightfully so!

 

But things got worse...Sunday the Bruins blasted Lundqvist and company 5-2...I had hoped Henrik popping off would have charged them up...And actually some of the Rangers did look like they took it up a notch...But the Bruins had a lot more jump...The series goes back to New York now...I'm not worried yet...The Rangers just need to do what they did against Washington...They'll be alright...

 

-Saturday horse racing took a ding again...They've been dying for a Triple Crown winner but it won't happen again...Just as favorite, Orb started to make his move, Titletown Five and Departing tried making their own moves, and pinched Orb in...He got stuck in the pack and couldn't do a thing...I had Departing winning, (Thanks Eddie Olczyk) but no one was catching Oxbow...That horse ran a hell of a race...With that said, I'll still be watching the Belmont...there are a number of exciting horses, and this thing should be wide open.

 

-Saturday morning Little Beeze and I headed off to our first baseball practice...Things are running behind this year...New organization running the league, and they're trying to figure it out...The practice was good...I've got a lot of good hitters...And my two best fielders, are girls...They both have great baseball sense...I can already tell it's going to be a good season...Had a number of parents that stuck around and helped out...Nice change of pace!

 

-Cleveland weather update...We have officially skipped Spring and are into Summer...80 degrees this weekend and my kids wanted to go ice skating Friday night...

 

 

And when we weren't at the Rink, or Baseball practice...Little sis, wouldn't leave big brother's side...

                            

 

 

-And lastly, The Cleveland Indians...I'm shocked...There has been a lot of rumbling about the Tribe having low attendance...Well, considering a 24oz Pabst cost $10, Parking $20...And every road in the City is ripped up or closed...and the last two seasons the team fell apart after the All-Star Break, I'm guessing people are playing it safe with how they spend their money...It also doesn't help that while the Tribe is playing great, all the Sports talk shows in town are talking about the fucking Browns for some reason...

 

Have a week...

 

The Beeze.

Monday Moaning 4-8-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB NHL Kids Life The Beeze Cleveland Indians New York Rangers Columbus Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik Opening Day Indian Fever

 

                    Anyone else hungry right now?

Well, Spring has sprung...It reached over 60 degrees in the Cleve Sunday...The Indians home opener is set to kick off...So, based on past history, it will either rain, snow, have heavy fog, or the city will fall into Lake Erie...But no matter what, Clevelanders will be out in full force, getting shit-faced, and many will have no idea what happens in the game...Because let's be honest...Opening day is just fake holiday type of thing...Like Valentine's day! But it gives people a reason to take an extra day off and pound beers..."America, FUCK YEAH!"

I took my extra day off Friday...The wife and I had some things to take care of in the morning, and it was nice to have an extra day with the kids while they were on Spring Break...Minutes after I got home from work Thursday, the UPS man showed up with 3 large boxes...When I ordered bunk beds for my daughters, I didn't expect them to show up in this many pieces...

I got them about 97% done in about 2 hours...Then I took a long break...Friday afternoon I finished them up....

Then we just had to wait for the mattress for the bottom bunk to show...It showed up at 7:00AM Saturday morning...I wasn't pleased about that timing...But Molly and her big sis love their bunk beds...

We spent plenty of time hitting a few parks this weekend, with the touch of Spring we had...We also stopped for a bite to eat, where Molly hammed it up for the camera, and people around us...

The wife took the older two to see Jurassic Park on the big screen, while Molls and I watched baseball and napped...The new bed is comfy...

-So far I have found myself getting into the baseball season much easier then normal...Maybe it's the fantasy teams that have me watching closely...I've been battling my impatience with guys starting slow...and the occasional guy starting well, who is going to tank in a month...I've been all over the waiver wire, looking for the next great break out player...And seriously, Chris Davis, calm down and save some for July...Holy fucking hot start batman! Dude is making a bunch of us look stupid!

The Indians will enter their home opener at .500...They have 4 with the Yankees, 3 with the White Sox, and 3 with the Red Sox on the home stand...They better take advantage of the Yankees...The Tribe has already shown a Jekyll and Hyde side...The Rays 4 and 5 starters shut them down in back to back games, then Sunday the Tribe shredded Cy Young winner David Price...Hey, if this sorry team can go .500 all year, that's a step in the right direction...Oh, and while it's early...That off season trade, sending Choo to Cincy, and bringing the Indians Stubbs and Bauer, looks fucking awful...Stubbs blows...I don't care how much speed the guy has...It doesn't matter if he can't get on base...And Bauer, looked like the head case his ex-teammates described him as...

-Last week we saw the NHL trade deadline lead to a frenzy of activity...Like the Penguins getting Brendan Morrow and Jerome Iginla...Morrow has looked horrible and lost...Shocking for such a heady, steady player...Iginla said he wanted to do what was best for Calgary...SO he said no to an offer from Boston, that would have been better fro the Flames, then the deal Pittsburgh made...Why should we be surprised? He hasn't looked that great out there...

So Boston settled for old man Jagr...I was shocked they didn't go after some one who was more then a rent-a-player...So far he has been okay with the Bruins, but the guy is old, and can't put up the minutes...

The Minnesota Wild landed one of the top guys out there, in Jason Pomminville...This guy plays bot ways...Has great hands...A great shot...Good speed...Total game...The Wild can smell a run, and they struck...They gave up their goalie of the future in Matt Hackett and another top prospect Johan Larsson...Buffalo getting Hackett may be a sign of things to come for Ryan Miller...He's been the face of the team, and he's a top tier goalie, but they are a small market team trying to catch lighting in a bottle with a young, deep team that won't send them to bankruptcy again...

The trade that shocked many was the New York Rangers dumping sniper, Marian Gaborik...Not so much that they moved Gabby...That writing was on the wall...He's gotten lazy many times in his career...And if you don't play by coach John Tortorella's rules, you're gonna be gone...The shock was that the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have quietly crawled into the playoff hunt, made the deal for Gaborik...They gave the Rangers Derrick Brassard, who in his first game at MSG had a goal and 3 assists...They also got Young defenseman John Moore who was a top prospect for the Jackets...He had a goal in his Ranger debut...They also got Derek Dorsett who is injured, but adds some grit, and balls the Rangers have missed...

Based off of the youth and talent of Moore, and Brassard, I see this as a win for the Rangers...But for Jackets fans, who saw the team trade their star Rick Nash to the Rangers last year for not much, this had to be nice to see...The team fighting for the playoffs, and they trade some youth for a proven 40 goal scorer...If nothing else, it shows Columbus fans the team really is heading in a new direction...

The Rangers also added size, strength, grit, and talent, when they traded some draft picks to San Jose for Ryane Clowe...As far as the score sheet, Clowe has been awful...But he does all the little things too...And that makes him perfect for Torts...And he fit right into the Rangers system...In is first game with the Rangers he had 2 goals and an assist...His first two goals of the season...Saturday he added another assist, and is seeing more ice time...The change of scenery is paying off...

I was pissed about the NHL lockout/strike, but to be honest, I've really liked this shortened season...It has actually made the regular season count for something....The games seem more intense...The NHL doesn't want to talk about cutting down the season, but it may be something they should look at...

-Before I go...Why not close with a classic tune from my youth...Perfect for the Indians home opener!

Catch the fever!

 

Have a week...

The Beeze.

 

Bourn Finds Identity With Indians
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians Hot Stove Michael Bourn

 

 

Michael Bourn can finally claim to know exactly who he is again after the free agent outfielder officially signed with the Cleveland Indians on Monday. The 30-year-old Bourn signed a 4-year, $48 million deal with the Tribe, which includes a vesting option for a fifth season worth an additional $12 million.

 

Bourn was an All-Star in 2012 after hitting .274 with 9 home runs, 57 RBI, a .739 OPS, and 42 stolen bases for the Braves last season. His 6.0 bWAR was the highest of his career and many fans felt he was robbed of a Gold Glove award for his play in center field. Overall, Bourn is a career .272 hitter and has 276 total stolen bases.

 

The fleet footed outfielder was one of the top free agents on the market this winter, but floated out there on the market for quite a bit of time. While his asking price - and his agent Scott Boras - was one of the reasons he had trouble finding a home, Bourn suffered due to the fact that he also had a compensatory draft pick tied to him after turning down a qualifying offer from Atlanta earlier this winter.

 

The Mets were known to be looking at Bourn as well, but with the 11th pick in the draft, the team did not want to lose its unprotected pick. At one point, there was talk that the Players' Union would petition on behalf of Bourn and the Mets in order for them to keep their pick since they technically had the 10th worst record, only falling out of the protected pick range due to the Pittsburgh Pirates being guaranteed the 10th pick after failing to sign their first round pick in 2012.

 

The Indians are already giving up their second round pick to the Yankees. They will now surrender their competitive balance pick (69th overall) as compensation for signing Bourn.

 

Bourn will immediately become the Indians new center-fielder, with Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley likely platooning in left field. The Indians have made quite a splash this winter in free agency and trades, also signing Nick Swisher and acquiring Trevor Bauer in a deal with Arizona and Cincinnati earlier this offseason. Last week, the team also inked Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jason Giambi to minor league deals.

 

Next up for Scott Boras, find a similar situation for Kyle Lohse, who has been similarly handicapped after rejecting the qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Indians Sign Matsuzaka, Giambi
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians Hot Stove

 

The Cleveland Indians are once again in the middle of a youth movement, but that has not stopped the team from adding a pair of veterans to the fold. On Saturday, they signed Jason Giambi to serve the role of back-up first baseman/designated hitter/pinch-hitter. They followed that up on Sunday by agreeing to terms with free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka on one-year deal.

 

Both contracts are minor-league deals that include invitations to both players to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.

 

Giambi's deal is worth $750k plus incentives that can be reached if he makes the Indians roster. The 42-year-old veteran of 18 seasons spent the 2012 campaign with the Colorado Rockies, posting a .225 average with 1 home run and 8 RBI in limited duty. At one stage of the winter, he contemplated retirement and was being considered as a possible managerial candidate in Colorado. Giambi is a career .280 hitter with 429 home runs, 1405 RBI, a .926 OPS and was the 2000 American League MVP.

 

Matsuzaka finished his 6-years in Boston, making just 11 starts in 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. Dice-K posted an unremarkable 1-7 record with an 8.28 ERA in those starts, but owns a 50-37 overall record with a 4.52 ERA during his 6-year MLB career. There was talk that the right-hander would return to Japan for next season before he opted to sign with Cleveland. If he makes the team, the deal is worth $1.5 million plus incentives that could bring the contract up to $4 million based on performance.

 

It is hard to imagine where either player fits into the long-term scheme for Cleveland. The Indians have already signed Mark Reynolds to be their primary first baseman, with Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana likely to get a number of starts there as well.

 

The pitching staff is also fairly well set with Justin MastersonUbaldo JimenezBrett MyersCarlos Carrasco, and Zach McAllister penciled in as the starting five. If one of them faulters, newly acquired Trevor Bauer is likely to be the first to step into the fold.

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