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Musings From The Hoodwood 7-8 Video Edition
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA World Cup MLB NFL

Look who's in the Hoodwood this week!

Musings From The Hoodwood 7-1 Video Edition
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA World Cup MLB

The Brain of the Fan
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Fan superstitions

I was chatting with my Dad the other day about the Nationals and he reminded me that if he is watching, the Nats are losing.  Of course, the logical side in me told him he was ridiculous and his presence or absence in front of the TV had no impact on the outcome of the game.  My effort to disuade him came in the form of a "lucky" baseball hat which I predicted ensured victory.  To my dismay, he has told me that the cap has yet to see victory.  And his viewing curse is apparently not limited to baseball.  My Dad had season tickets to the very first season of the Washington Capitals...as I recall, the Caps won 8 games that season.  Is it possible that his mere presence cursed an entire franchise?!

Yesterday during the Nationals broadcast, colorman F.P. Santangelo commented that the Nats have a tough time on the road becuase the club is highly "ritualized."   Apparently,  it is hard to keep to those things on the road.  Thus, the Nationals have dropped 2 in row to the lowly, but improving Cubs.  A quick review of baseball rituals by players turned up the lead photo of Jose Constanza (not George, but close enough) licking his bat as part of his bizarre approach to improving his hitting.  

There are some legendary rituals and superstitions in baseball going all the way up through Jason Giambi's slump busting gold thong....(Nuke LaLoos, anyone?)









I have tried to figure if I let myself fall into this pattern...the "it's only stupid if it doesn't work" mentality.  I think I have rooted it out, but I can't help but feel apprehensive when I get Capitals playoff tickets to a game 7...or maybe its just that the Caps stink!

What's your approach?  Sit on one side of couch perhaps?  Wear a favorite cap or jersey?  What we do as fans to help our teams win...like my Dad, willing to flip off the channel just to bring home a winner!

Sports Friday with Hal: Waiting on the NFL
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football NBA MLB Soccer FIFA World Cup Tennis Wimbledon

Happy Friday!

Missing the NFL right now as the OTAs are winding down and training camp is a month away. Following the NFL has become a full-time job recently with just this month the only real downtime in the schedule. That said, after all the combine, draft, free agency, etc I am ready for the games to get here.  Training camp has become an “event” in the past 15-20 years and now is a big part of the NFL calendar for fans.

Without football, all eyes are on baseball, tennis, and soccer. I enjoyed trying to watch as much of the College World Series as it is real enjoyable to track the young stars of tomorrow in the tournament. Enjoyed catching the Longhorns game versus Vanderbilt on ESPN last Saturday night despite the “Clemens Cam” that seemed fixed on former major league pitcher Roger Clemens on hand to watch his son at Texas. Nice to see Vandy finally win their first CWS championship.


Wimbledon is in full bloom and although tennis was never big in my house growing up, I enjoyed playing on the lawn with the neighbors every July as we caught Wimbledon fever and built our own ”court” on the front lawn. I do remember that we always watched the mens and womens finals (in the morning, of course) and instead of cream and strawberries we munched on fresh picked strawberries from the garden (with no-fat milk substituted for the cream) as my mother insisted on the traditional Wimbledon snack.

The World Cup is in full swing and the U.S. were lucky enough to have Portugal knock off Ghana and allow them into the knockout round of sixteen. The Americans seemed...off...against Germany. Not sure if they were playing over-conservative to keep it close or whatever, but it almost backfired. Had Ghana scored instead of Ronaldo for Portugal and it would have been good night for U.S. Soccer.

Finally, major league baseball had a no-hitter by San Francisco Giants former ace Tim Lincecum against the weak-hitting San Diego Padres. Lincecum used to be a strikeout guy. The goofy motion and hair with a devastating fastball made him one of the more notable young guns when he won back-to-back Cy Young Awards. The days of dominance are long gone, but back-to-back seasons with no-hitters is still impressive.

The Red Sox were on the West Coast last week and the season continued to jump off the tracks. Seven games out west and starting today back for three more in New York against the Yankees. Going 2-5 on a trip they needed to go 5-2 on at worst to start crawling back into the American League East race. The Red Sox sit 7 games under .500 and 7.5 games behind the Blue Jays and a ton of teams between them and the playoffs.

Dustin Pedroia continues to struggle mightily batting just .265 with only 4 home runs and 27 RBIs and just a .338 OBP and an abysmal .377 Slugging Percentage (per baseball-reference.com). David Ortiz is hitting .265 batting average but he is the only player on the team with double-digit home runs.  I am not saying the team is horrible this season at the plate this season but A.J. Pierzynski is second on the team with 31 RBIs. Shane Victorino was out with a hamstring injury and in the rehab has now been shut-down indefinitely with back issues.


For the Red Sox the problem is that they need to keep fans flocking to Fenway (and buying commemorative bricks, food, drinks, merchandise, fan club memberships, watching their cable network, etc) and unlike other markets the Fenway “Faithful” fall off in droves when the losing starts. Heck, 2012 is evidence of that after the 90 loss team played in a half-empty stadium almost the entire second-half of the season.

Blowing this team up completely is not an option for the current ownership group.  Maybe it is time to look to the Dodgers again for a Kemp/Ethier blockbuster deal maybe?


Finally, the NBA Draft will be done by the time this is posted. My fingers are crossed that the Celtics still somehow deal their picks for Kevin Love right now.

OK, that’s all for this week. Have a great weekend!

OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED


It’s been four long years and my only daughter, daddy’s little girl is getting her Honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps on the Fourth Of July!

and so...

I will not be around next week for the obvious reason stated above.

Last week in my brief tribute to Chuck Noll after his passing I included the 11 coaches in the NFL with the most wins.

The list was pure winning stats, wins and losses in NFL games, regular season and playoffs along with championships.

Some of the comments inspired me to compile a list of my top five NFL coaches all time.

I invite you readers to compile your list in the comment section and maybe we can come up with a gabber list of our top five.

Base it on any stat or intangible you want, base it on gut feelings if that’s the way you roll.

Here’s mine…

I went through a pile of stats and determined that my criteria would be base on coaching at least 10 years or 150 games, .600 winning %, at least 2 championships. Coached since the merger in 1970.


                             yrs/ gms      record        plyoffs   conf/ NFL chmps

1. Vince Lombardi      10- 136    96-34 .738     9-1 .900     2       2 (5)


2. Don Shula           33 - 490    328-156 .672   19-17.528     6         2


3. Bill Walsh         10- 152      92- 59 .609      10-4 .714        3         3


4. Bill Belichick    19- 304     199-105 .655     19-9   .679      5          3



5. Tom Landry     29- 418    250-162- .607     20-16 .556      5          2

5. Joe Gibbs        18- 248     154-94-  .621    17- 7  .708      4           3


Lombardi is my number one. Vince could coach in today’s NFL. 5 Champions in 10 years is the benchmark of coaching success. He’s the only guy that could win a trophy with his name on it!

Shula coached for 33 years and over 500 games including playoffs. He has two SB rings  in the six times he coached his team to the SB. A lot of his wins were with the great Dan Marino at QB. Skill and longevity gives him the OH number two ranking.

At number three I have Bill Walsh. He would be higher but with just 10 seasons and a third as many games coached as Shula I couldn’t put him higher. He has 3 SB’s and if he stayed he would have won al least another SB…but he didn’t and so he sits at #3. His QB’s, Montana and Young weren’t to shabby either.

At number four is Bill Belichick is one of the most loved/hated coaches in NFL history. Everyone outside of New England hates the Hoodie but would love him to coach their team. His record in New England in the salary cap era is amazing. The consistency of his team is without president. Five trips to the SB in 13 seasons, winning 3 in 4 years is the stuff legends are made of. Only 3 seasons not making the playoffs and those included his first season in NE where the Pats went 5-11. They missed the playoffs in ’02 by a divisional tiebreaker at 9-7 and miss the playoffs in’08 with Matt Cassel at QB and an 11-5 record. Bill has two SB rings as defensive coordinator of the Giants. He’s been known to take an edge if available. He has been accused of cheating by filming opposing defensive coaches hand signals and he once physically challenged a replacement official on a call of a FG attempt to end a game in Baltimore. This loving guy has excelled, averaging over 10 wins a season. And, with just a little help from Giselle’s hubby Tommy Brady. Some have called Brady a “system QB” and if he is than Belichick should be number one because of the system…I give more credit to Brady.

Tied at five are Tom Landry and Joe Gibbs. Landry’s longevity keeps him here and Gibbs successes and winning pct keep him here.

the OH top 5 (6) have 25 conference Champions and 18 SB or League Champions. At the top of a select group of Head Coaches, these are the best of the best.


Please give your list and the reasons for it in the comment section



My Baseball thought for the day:

Advice from Crash Davis to Nuke La Loushe: Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.


My Football thought for the day :  Police officer: Why'd you drive her car into the bay?

Paul Crewe (Bert Reynolds) I couldn’t find the car wash

My Hockey thought for the day : 

Dunlop: Oh you cheap son of a bitch. Are you crazy? Those guys are idiots!

McGrath: I got a good deal on those Hanson boys. The scouts said they showed a lot of promise.

Dunlop: They brought their fuckin' TOYS with 'em!

McGrath: Well, I'd rather have em playin with their toys than playin with themselves

Dunlop: They're too dumb to play with themselves. Boy, every piece of garbage that comes into the market and you gotta buy it!


My Basketball thought for the day:  Si Robertson says “Ain't no rules says a dog can't play basketball.”


My Fuhball thought for the day:

“It'd be a great weekend for the city, just think about uh the uh game at uh Foxboro Stadium. Tebow is you know doing those phenomenons with the fuhball right now uh, most favorite ah player that I saw ready recently, but we have Tom Brady, who's true and this as a veteran's um technique of how to get through these difficult games.”


My other sports related thought that has stirred the pot of controversy lately

Daniel Snyder has my support

Have a great Independence Day Holiday and never forget that the Freedom we enjoy in this great nation is the result of brave men and women giving their lives. To give them their due just imagine for a minute…would you take the chance of taking a bullet for my freedom to be preserved? They pondered that choice and chose the ultimate sacrifice one human could give another.

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