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Musings From The Hoodwood 7-22
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA MLB NCAA

Bride asks Sebastian the Ibis to fill in for her late father...hope the Groom wasnt a FSU or Florida Fan

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where we return to the printed word with the exception of a couple really cool video highlights

 

The Colbys: Baseball Soap Opera

There are the so-called unwritten rules of baseball, a lot of which I think are pretentious and dumb some make sense sort of. But what went on Saturday between the Rangers and Blue Jays was a bit puzzling, more specifically between Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis and Jays Colby Rasmus. In the 5th inning, Rasmus dropped a two out bunt opposite of a defensive shift that the Rangers had employed. Rasmus beat out the bunt but was the focus of fury from Lewis who could be clearly seen screaming at Rasmus “Swing the bat!” Lewis then went to the press after the game complaining that Rasmus had violated the “unwritten code” Huh? Wait a minute, the Jays were nursing a 2-0 lead and Rasmus was getting a hit by any way he could. Had someone like speedy rookie Billy Hamilton done this, it would have been an expected part of the arsenal but Rasmus doing it was a surprise but it was still a good play. And Lewis came off looking like that much more of a whiny spoiled sport.

 

5 Foot tall woman bosses American Ninja Warrior qualifying course

Is it cheating?

The football media days for the power conferences in the NCAA are dotted the otherwise sleepy sports months of the summer, the hype and hoopla of the all-powerful SEC, the ACC home of the defending national champs and the imposing presences of the  Big Ten and Pac12 conferences. The Big XII (12) conference may be the smallest and weakest of the so-called power five conferences but they have provided some of the bigger headlines. Big XII commish Bob Bowlsby stunned many of the media contiginent by stating that “cheating pays” and that “he doesn’t see it getting any better in the near future” Bowlsby didn’t come right out and name names. But he more or less implied that schools were taking advantage of lax enforcement of NCAA rules. Im not really sure what Bowlsby is trying to prove by making these statements. Anyone that watches college football knows that there is lots and lots of money afoot and that money doesn’t just evaporate. I liken it to the movie Blue Chips where the money and friends of the programs are taking care of players, but the question then gets to who’s getting paid and how much. Im just shocked that someone in Bowlsby’s position would openly speak of “cheating” This may be just another domino to fall in the increasingly shaky house of cards that college football might be in.

 

NBA: The Big Deal?

Now we wait. The biggest free agent LeBron James has returned to Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony ad Chris Bosh have returned to the original teams in New York and Miami respectively. The free agent market signings are coming through in dribs and drabs but the biggest deal seems to be just waiting to happen. Kevin Love is looking to get out of Minnesota, and he will either by trade or letting his contract run out at the end of this season. The Timberwolves are trying to get as much as they can for their recalcitrant power forward, and are trying to strike the best deal that they can. They are dickering with the Warriors and have an offer of Harrison Barnes and David Lee but are also trying to pry sharpshooting Klay Thompson from them, the other suitor are the suddenly high rolling high profile Cavaliers who with the return of their homegrown superstar in James and are looking to get another big name to boost their fortunes. The Cavs are pondering trading their recently drafted top pick Andrew Wiggins and former #1 Anthony Bennett, the latter is looking more and more like a bust, for Love. The wheeling and dealing is interesting to watch and the speculation is getting more and more rampant. I think that the deal with the Cavs benefits both, but the Cavs seem reluctant to let go of Wiggins who looks to be a cant miss prospect. Though Love has expressed a positive reaction to playing with his former Olympic teammate and sign a longterm deal with Cleveland, the Cavs are hanging back from consummating the deal and the Wolves keep looking like that they are using the Warriors to drive up the bargaining price. This looks like a fascinating soap opera stay tuned.

Speaking of Wiggins: Check this sick dunk

 

 

Phat Daps

25-year-old German soccer star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects in Brazil. The hefty sum is reportedly going to fund surgeries for 23 Brazilian children.

 

 Stuart Scott’s heartrending speech at the Espy’s, I know that there are many in this collective that don’t like the four letter sports monolith. I tolerate it more than I used to but the ESPY awards aside from the push for the V Foundation is a useless drill though the award for perserverence going to Scott who has been battling cancer. His fight and his quiet determination is admirable and like him being the father of two, I get the inspiration and motivation that he draws from. Cancer sucks, as you well know I lost a dear friend to this awful disease a couple months ago and have several friends who are fighting this now. I do what I can do to support them but in reality have no idea the fight that they face. Scott’s simple yet eloquent speech was poignant, and heartfelt without being cheesy. Here’s to you Stu, keep fighting the good fight.

 

Head Slap

To MLB and Fox for not honoring the memory of Tony Gwynn during last weeks All-Star game…if not wanting to slight others why not do like they do at the Oscars and have a segment on those Baseball lost…

 

Quick hits

Dan Uggla…how far has this guy fallen…

Cancer sucks…best wishes to Atlanta Dream and former Laker Michael Cooper who is battling cancer of the tongue.

Even the best of men can shoot off their mouths, Coach Dungy? Really?

The Ol' Ball Coach cant help but dig at Dabo but how many BCS games have the 'Cocks been too? (Ill give you a hint, my beloved Bearcats who have been to two more than South Carolina...)

If Sterling stays in LA, look for the biggest mass exodus from a team since the old Padres fire sales.

Have you started prepping for your fantasy drafts yet?

 

That’s the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!

Bad Penny showed up again - 7/21/14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Politics Gaza Aldon Smith NFL All Star Game MLB San Francisco Giants LA Angels

Yep, bad penny time.  I’ve got a pile of stuff I need to get through and with my trip looming I want to clear my stack of irrelevant stuff I torture you all with on a weekly basis.  Sucks for you, so here are some off the wall thoughts:

Politics and Diplomacy.  Beeze put up a very thought-provoking blog on his blogspot site, and I encourage everybody to read it here.  But I just want to add this:  Arabs and Jews have been going at it for over two millennium and probably longer – the (bleep) isn’t going to stop no matter how much we wish it so.  Both sides are guilty of going too far, and we as Americans will NEVER get the whole story, so taking either side of the issue is relatively pointless.

Hell, I’m almost convinced that if you went up and did an unscientific survey with ten people (five jews, five arabs) and asked them what is this fighting all about or what is the root cause, the answer would be that neither side knows why their fighting, they just are.  Sad and pathetic. 

My take for what its worth is this:  Israel is no longer going to listen to Barack Obama tell them what to do, Israel believes that they are in the most dire situation imaginable, and that they are going to get minimal help from the United States, if any at all.  They believe they can't wait for two and a half years for a new administration to show them support and are gonna do what they need to ensure their survival.  Buckle up folks because I get the feeling that between now and January 20, 2017 we're gonna see more, not less of stuff like this.

SF 49ers – Aldon Smith.  Every time I say I can’t be surprised, I get surprised again.  Felony Weapons charges (possession of illegal assault rifles), DUI, and this clown gets his charges dropped to misdemeanors, 11 days with a work crew, 235 hours of community service, and a $4000 fine.  Oh, did I mention that the party that got out of hand where he was stabbed and which ALLEGEDLY involved “gangstas”?

Oh, but the county in question (Santa Clara) said that Smith didn’t receive special treatment.  Nah, the fact that the new stadium where the 49ers will be playing is in your county had nothing to do with it.  Yeah, right.  I guarantee you if it was anybody else who wasn’t a pro football player, their asses would have been in the hole long ago, probably at Pelican Bay, California’s version of “Supermax”.

Memo to Santa Clara County:  You should be ashamed of yourselves.  When this idiot does something ignorant again (and he will), any blood spilled will be on your hands.  Holy Shit Santa Clara County, Jack McCoy wouldn’t have allowed this type of crap on his watch.  Are you serious?  You have got to be effing kidding me!   This waste of humanity gets away with claiming he had a bomb during a run-in down in LAX, and now he gets away with weapons and DUI charges?  This dude is gonna think he’s bulletproof.  What's next Aldon?

Memo to the San Francisco 49ers, you are my team – BUT THIS IS A FUCKING DISGRACE!!!  I hope the Sheriff goes medieval on his ass and suspends him for a full year if not two.  Hell Sheriff, ban this walking crime wave from the freaking league for all I care.  Hell, I’ll give you a hero of the week certificate!!!   Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right and criminals like this (and that’s what he is) do not deserve to be in the league.

Oh yeah Ray Rice, that goes for you too.  Beating the crap out of your old lady…YOU COWARD!!!

Speaking of Law and Order:  Cops have got to be seething right about now.  Shit like what is going on in Chicago, and now “gangstas” ALLEGEDLY very publicly threatening the lives of cops in New Jersey?  Gang-bangers in Stockton using hostages as human shields during a bank-robbery-gone-bad running gun battle with "Johnny Law", one hostage dies, two others severly hurt and a Ford Expedition with 72 bullet holes?  You think shit isn’t about to get real?  Criminals have taken that one step too far and they’re about to get snapped back into reality because at some point, cops are gonna get nasty and people are gonna start handling shit on their own.

ASG Thoughts.  One of the things that I enjoyed seeing was the ASG in a different, off-the-beaten-path place.  Minnesota did well in my opinion.  Sold out, packed house, with great and knowledgeable sports fans.  Weather didn’t help on HR Derby day, but otherwise not a bad showing by those in “the Great White North.”             

San Francisco Giants.  If I were to sit here and say who could the Giants get?  David Price?  Dan Uggla?  Chase Utley? 

Holy Crap San Francisco, what happened?  A talking head here made the observation that Angel Pagan, he of the very bad back, has proven that for the last two years he is the team MVP.  That may be the case, but how can this team not function?

You know, earlier in the season the Giants were getting all kinds of press because they were getting so many hits and runs scored with two outs in an inning.  So really, why are we surprised that when that stat went away, they went to crap?

Los Angeles Angels.  Our friend Doug should be very happy, the Angels acquired closer Huston Street from the Padres.  To me that’s a big move for them.

Changing of the Guard?  I mentioned this a few months back, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed here in the bunker that the power in many if not all pro sports leagues has shifted to the West.  Seattle/SF/Denver in the NFL, LA in the NHL, San Antonio in the NBA, and even in MLB with Oakland, both LA teams, SF, and Seattle rising up.

In Golf, it would appear that Tiger and Phil are becoming a bit more of a relic than competitive, and while Roger Federer and Serena Williams are still strong presences, youth is starting to be served in Tennis.

Sunday Musings #156
Category: User Showcase
Tags: YouthSports NFL BostonCollegeWomensBasketball MLB WNBA NewYorkLiberty WarehamGatemen

 

 

While ticked off that the car brakes went out on me on Wednesday but tickled pink because the rest of the week was a series of awesomness that I haven't experienced in quite a while. Yes, overall I had a GREAT week...

 

YOUTH SPORTS FOLLOW UP

My friend Brian attended the wake for our mutual former player Ryan last week. He told me that another player caught up to him after he left the building and told him how much Ryan thought of Brian as a coach and from playing for him. Kind of a nice thing to be told despite the sad circumstances that led to the information being given.

MLB ALL-STAR GAME

While my mother watched the All-Star Game this week, I ended up skipping it. But I caught the highlights. I have to say that if Adam Wainwright grooved the pitches to Derek Jeter, he didn't honor Jeter, he dishonored both the player and the game.

As a Red Sox fan, I fully wrap myself in the sports hatred of the Yankees. But I've always thought Jeter carried himself with a huge degree of class. A role model of the game. So his departure from the game will be a big loss.

And while seeing him get a hit in his final All-Star appearance was something any appreciative baseball fan would want to happen, knowing that it was basically served up to him cheapens those hits in my mind. That's not a knock on Jeter, but rather an insult to Wainwright.

I know he tried to back off his statements, but no one really believes his retraction do they?

WNBA

Thanks to a Cappie Pondexter (pictured below) game winning shot with 0.4 seconds left in the game, the New York Liberty hit the All-Star break with a 77-75 victory over the Atlanta Dream. They are 8-13 on the season.

By the way, Pondexter was selected as a starter for the All-Star Game while another Liberty player Tina Charles was added to the squad as a reserve.

Oh and no WNBA subsection here at Sunday Musings would be complete without some form of mention of Katie Smith, this week brought another of the WNBA trading cards that she is featured on into my collection. This time it was the 2006 League Leaders in Free Throw Pct%.

NFL

The MMQB.com had a lengthy article this past Wednesday on former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren as he finds his way into retirement. You can check it out HERE.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

While the team continues their offseason preparations, which you can get updates from all over their Facebook and Twitter pages, you can get to know soon to be sophomore Emilee Daley (pictured below) via this interview.

COLLEGE BASEBALL SUMMER LEAGUE

This past Monday evening I ended up at the Wareham Gatemen game against the Brewster Whitecaps. It was a home game for Wareham in their Cape Cod Baseball League schedule. Unfortunately, despite a close game, the Gatemen ended up losing 3-2.

I was there because I was having a mini reunion of sorts with a friend of mine from high school. I haven't actually seen Rachael since her graduation party 25 years ago. We reconnected via Facebook and when she told me she'd be here for a week we made plans to meet up. It was great to see her and meet her husband and kids. I also met (or met all over again as the case may be) one of Rachael's best friends, Julie. All in all, just a good way for a week to go where I wasn't totally glued to the TV. It was almost like I had a "real" life or something.

Here's a photo of the group of us at the game:

From R-L: Julie, Rachael, Nick (Rachael's husband) and me. Julie's daughter Sydney is in front of her mother. 

MISCELLANEOUS

TV - The lights out fantastic season finale of 24: Live Another Day aired on Monday night. You can read my rather extensive recap of the episode HERE.

For those of you who might be a fan of the Showtime series Homeland, the first look trailer for Season 4 is below.

And let us not forget that the new season of Doctor Who starts August 23rd. You can check out the first trailer for the new season below.

Comics - The world's largest comic convention, the San Diego Comic Con, is being held next week. There's bound to be a ton of huge announcements in relation to comics, movies, TV and gaming.  

Movies - On Thursday, I logged into my Twitter account (don't forget to follow me @TheOneTrueJay) and I had received a message from the guy who sent me that book I Am Pilgrim to review. It turns out they have now signed a deal to make the book into a movie. I'm psyched about that! And the fact that the guy took the time to keep me in the loop about it. You can read the article about the movie announcement HERE.

Also, I watched the documentary film Life Itself last week. It is about the life and career of film critic Roger Ebert. While parts of it were tough to watch, overall this was a fantastic look at the good and bad of Ebert, pretty much the only movie critic I relied on to form at least a basic foundation on whether or not I was going to see a movie.

Books - Speaking of prose storytelling, this week conspired against me in regards to completing any books. But yesterday afternoon as I made my appointed rounds, I ended up picking up the brand new Daniel Silva hardcover The Heist. It is the latest in his Gabriel Allon series. While I typically don't buy hardcovers, when it comes to this series, I tend to grab the book when it hits the shelves because invariably I'lll find myself immersed in a story do deeply I don't want to put the book down.

Music - Ever wonder what became of the woman who played the title role in the video for the Night Ranger song "Sister Christian"? Well, someone tracked her down and you can read this article to find out.

Rat Pak Records will be releasing the first solo album from Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar in August. The CD is called One For The Road. You can check out the video for the song "No Strings" below.

Oh and "Weird Al" Yankovic has a new parody video out called "Word Crimes". You can check it out below.

Sports Friday with Hal: All-Star...I mean just one specific star Week
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB baseball All-star game Tony Gwynn Derek Jeter Soccer world cup

I was fortunate to be in Rio for the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany...no, not Brazil, but the next best thing: Rio Brazilian Steakhouse in America’s Hometown (Plymouth, MA). Footy on the telly with a rambunctious crowd of local Brazilian transplants lustily rooting against Germany welcomed me in my Argentine Lionel Messi Argentine national team jersey in cheering for--as they explained to me--”anyone but Germany” to win the cup (Germany beat the crap out of the host country 7-1 earlier in the tourney to bounce them).

 

Great fun for us even though Germany won (no real surprise--great team) but much and many meats later I was happily in a meat coma and not concerned about the outcome.  Great time an great end to the World Cup.

 

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Ahh, the MLB All-Star Game.

 

Ralph Kiner

Don Zimmer

Tony Gwynn

Bob Welch

Frank Cashen

Jim Fregosi

Jerry Coleman

 

Three baseball legends. All three passed away this year. At the 2014 MLB All-Star Game the Fox broadcast tripped all over themselves to praise retiring New York Yankees future Hall-of-Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.  The broadcast team mentioned Jeter’s name over 100 times during the broadcast.

 

Ralph Kiner is a Hall-of-Fame player who led the National League in home runs seven consecutive season was a legend as an announcer as well broadcasting over 50 years.

 

Don Zimmer is probably with Tommy Lasorda as far as an iconic baseball lifer (My post here about Zim’s passing and his impact on my life is here).

 

Tony Gwynn was only 54 and one of the greatest non-steroid using hitters of the steroid era with a .338 career batting average and over 3,000 hits in his career.

 

Bob Welch was a 27 game winner and Cy Young award winner in 1990 who won over 200 games .

 

Frank Cashen was the executive who built the great Baltimore Orioles teams of the 60s and 70s and later the great Mets in 80s.

 

Jim Fregosi played 18 years at shortstop and was a manager of four teams from the late 70s to the new millennium.

 

Jerry Coleman was a Yankees middle infielder who won an MVP award and was a war hero flying missions in WW2 and Korea alongside Ted Williams in the Marines (not playing softball in Hawaii like Joe DiMaggio and countless other MLB players of the era) who later become one of the most renowned and entertaining announcers later gaining entry to the Hall of Fame in that role.

 

Joe Buck and his hideous crew on Fox could not bother to mention, throw up a video, fill space with a comment, flash their pictures at the bottom of the screen, mention them in a break of action. But hold onto your hats, it was all Jeter all-the-time!

 

I take nothing away from Jeter. He amassed 3,000 hits and was a post-season superstar. He brought class to baseball in the steroid/A-Rod era and gave every fan a player to point to as a superstar who carried himself with class and dignity. That said, Fox overplayed their hand with Jeter--had the additional controversy of National League pitcher Adam Wainwright (horrors!) admitted he grooved a couple of batting practice fastballs to him in (wait for it…) a FREAKING EXHIBITION GAME THAT DOES NOT COUNT!

 

Forget the stupid World Series home-field advantage crap. This is not the NFL where 70,000 screaming fans in Seattle can change an offensive game plan. It is baseball. It was an exhibition game. It does not count. It is entertainment.

 

Remember Cal Ripkin Jr.’s final All-Star game? Switching positions with A-Rod (scripted by Joe Torre...A-Rod is not that classy) and then hitting a home run in the third inning. Yeah, pitcher Chan Ho Park was not told to groove a fastball to the legend. Yeah, right.

 

Jeter got his spotlight--as he deserved. But at the expense of baseball greats who could have/should have been mentioned once--hell, Tony Gwynn was a 15 time All-Star and they could not work that in? He died young (in his 50s) just a month ago. He was the greatest player in San Diego Padres history. No one there had time to briefly mention a Hall of Famer who was a contemporary of Jeter and was taken by cancer.  

 

Screw Fox. Screw MLB. No backtracking is good enough now. It was all about Fox not understanding how to capitalize on baseball’s great and extensive history.  Baseball is unique: it’s history and traditions transcend eras. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, Willie McCovey, Reggie Jackson, Yaz, Dale Murphy, Ryne Sandberg, Cal Ripkin Jr., Jeter, the list goes on and on and on...this is embedded in baseball fans minds and consciousness.

 

Being a baseball fan means embracing that tradition. No one discusses the fascinating 1994 chase for .400 by Gwynn cut short by the strike? How about Jerry Coleman winning the MVP...what a story (no, he did NOT deserve it!)! How about Ralph Kiner mispronouncing his own name as a Mets announcer? Hilarious. Don Zimmer I could go on and on about. Jim Fregosi was one of the funniest, most engaging people in baseball.

 

Not recognizing those who made this career of Jeter’s possible is a shame. Boo to Fox. Boo to MLB.

 

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NFL Training Camp is right around the corner. TIme to switch to all-NFL all-the-time very soon.

 

Have a great weekend, all!

 
OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Cleveland NBA NFL MLB

  

whats Hotter than July

July is that place between other sports and the NFL

How many of you gabbers watched the MLB All Star game?

How many watched the World Cup final?

 

I found other things to do…

I made pickles during the game.

I watered my gardens.

I picked vegetables.

I met with clients and designed a fabulous new kitchen.

I changed the oil in my truck.

I changed the headlamp in Mrsharrys car

I had friends over for a fire in the pit and a glass of wine. Mrs Harry grilled pizza on the char cooker, I tended bar and stoked the fire.

Tried a new kabob recipe, venison steaks, cucumbers, water melon, scallops…no leftovers.

I took down the old woodshed (my kids are grown up and so no beatings take place any longer)

I built a new woodshed (for wood)

I mended the broken fence that was held up by the old woodshed that I had taken down.

I heard the NBA had some free agent movement…better than constipation.

I tried a new dill pickle recipe and it’s in the fridge waiting for test # one on Friday.

Our Gab co leader Beeze has been trying to come to grips with being a loyal Cleveland resident. The fiasco deuce dropped on them last week was painful even for outsiders.

We gabbers are sympathetic with Tim but we do not know the depth of the pain suffered by those Clevelanders and the sports failures…how could we know.

Jim Brown is not walking through that door.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland and then there is…

So maybe some suggestions for the city of “South Beach at Erie”

How about Cleveland adopts sisterhood with the Spanish city of Pamplona.

 

Cleveland couldn’t lose with this idea, a North American version of the Running of The Bulls. Cobblestone streets could be installed and nuts from all over the world would come and run down the street to get gored and trampled. Australians are great at this.

Think of the tourist industry bump.

 

Now it is possible that Cleveland gets a championship out of the Cavs with that new guy coming home again with a 2 year deal…now doesn’t the fact that it’s 2 years make you wonder…if things suck he could just move on again without a decision or an essay.

 

It’s also possible that Brian Hoyer lights it up for the Browns and they jump over Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the NFC North, get a bye and take out Denver or New England for an AFC championship and that Lamar Hunt trophy. They then draw an over confident Seattle team in the SB and bring home a Lombardi

 

This is possible…remember the 5-11, 2000 N E Patriots? Opening the 2001 season with gun slinger Drew Bledsoe at QB. And then in week 3

The most important play in Patriots history happened.

Jets Linebacker Mo Lewis

crashed into Bledsoe as Drew tried to get out of bounds on a 3 yard scramble

Drew suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest and…

Tommy Brady stepped in

So Clevelanders, don’t fret

 

I’m just sayin’

 

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