Daily Blog 2.0
Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Media vs Fans NHL

There are things we think we know and there are things we don’t know such as the Cincinnati Bengals over the New England Patriots as a no brainer. This based on a3-0 Bengals team and a Patriots team that had been playing like the 2-14 1981 Patriots.

Of course the Patriots came out and played liked much as they did over the past decade firing on all cylinders.

As fans we often react to the last thing we see. Here in Boston we tend to over react we tend to ride extreme highs and more extreme lows. The truth lies somewhere in the middle teams are often not as bad as we make them out to be and often not as good as we think they are.

The reason being we react in the moment, they should have done this or should have done that. However, we often don’t know why a team does what they do. Let’s face folks they have a lot more information then we do. When they run on third down and fall shrt we are all saying they should have passed. When they pass and fall short they should run or should have thrown to a different guy. I contend that sometimes a team will do something and it’s ok if that play doesn’t work often times it’s either to test something or they are using it to do something else.

As fans it’s our job to be critical it’s our job to ride the highs and th lows and it is our job to voice our opinions whether they be negative or positive, Tom Brady this week called out ESpins Craig Mortensen over Mortensen saying Brady had tensions with the coaching staff and a diminishing input on game planning decisions..I give Brady alot of credit in this one taken one of these guys to task.

I guess do we hold the media to a higher standard then we hold ourselves as we should.  When we think critically we often question the media and their presentation. of their subjects.

My point is I want the media to present things as factual and as detailed as possible based on reliable information.I want it presented with out spin and I want presented so I can form my own opinion. . I put columnist in a different catergory they are paid to write about their  opinion on subject and it's made for us to agree or disagree. I put national TV guys who are all about spin and less about facts. .I want the media to be critical when they need to be and I want them to slap a team or a player on th back when it is called for.

Unfortunately, often that’s not the case take for example the Boston Red Sox media during the David Ortiz era there is too much praise and not enough cricticism even in this dreadful year. For example we heard Jackie Bradley Jr. was the second coming of Ted Williams. Bradley appears to be a great kid , awesome defensively, except he can’t hit big league pitching. Maybe the media pushed this kid because he is a good kid but somebody had to know he would struggle at the plate and yeah it was mentioned here and there but just sort of in passing.

I guess the Bottomline is that I just want the media to give us something I didn’t know that are factual without the spin. As for being a fan I never try to get too high or low I just sort ride the wave out and see what happens that I think comes with age.

NHL Update

The Puck was dropped last night at 4 rinks. The scores were 2-1, 4-3, 4-0, 4-2 ok Boston, Montreal, San Jose and Vancouver were your winners opening night.

Lil Lakesiders Report

The boys got crashed 8-1 Lil Lanz popping in the only score of the night. He received a pass and the slot and poked it home.

Football Question

Jeff was correct again.

The three options you receive when a Free Kick or Kick off that goes out of bounds are.

1)Take the ball 30 yards from the previous spot

2)Penalize the kicking team 5 yards and have them rekick for the 35 instead of the 40 in HS and 30 instead of the 35 in college.

3) take the ball five yards from where it went out of bounds.. This option is rarely taken this was the harder of the two.

No question this week.

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. I am still in shock over the ALDS games. Don’t get me wrong they were fun to watch, though rage inducing for Tigers fans. I just didn’t  see either sweep. Heck, I didn’t stay up long enough to even see the Royals coming. Now, along with the O’s, the Royals are one of the last teams standing. While it’s a great story, I’m still pulling for the Orioles to win.

I’ll echo my brother, IHM, by the way: Why do the Tigers keep pitching to Nelson Cruz?

Meanwhile, in the National League, the series are a little more interesting. Just like the AL, the Giants took a quick 2 game lead in their series. Unlike the AL, the Nationals fought back to take game 3. All the games have been close. It’s been a great show. St. Louis and LA are slugging it out and trading games. The Cards took game 1. The Dodgers took game 2. The Cards got game 3. I figured the Dodgers would take this and Kershaw is looking good so far, but the Cards are matching his scoreless innings.

I have to agree with several Gabbers: this has been an amazing MLB season.

Now the Tigers are facing the same question: what kind of a bullpen can we make? What do we have in the minors? There doesn’t seem to be much. Are the Tigers going to overpay for over the hill or mediocre relief pitching? There’s really no good answer. Scherzer is gone, but we can make a good rotation even without him. We have obvious needs: bullpen and bats on the bench.

Arian Foster agrees with NFL fans: Thursday night games suck. Foster argues that the games are annoying for players. I’d agree. Imagine playing Monday night and then having to get ready for Thursday. As far as I can tell, the NFL tries not to do that, but even a Sunday to Thursday game gives players little chance to rest up. I know it bugs fantasy players as well. My wife hates it.

I heard another NFL topic that made me pause too: Are the Steelers still an elite franchise? In terms of sheer fan loyalty, passion, and numbers, I’d say yes. People here still give the Steelers more love than the Pirates. Still, there’s a lot of disappointment. There’s no more running game. (It went up in smoke.) The defense is nothing like most of us remember. They really haven’t been a threat for 2 seasons and they don’t look it this season. I won’t go too far and accept that they are done as an elite franchise, but they’ve got a ways to go to right their franchise.

OH, and if we want to bring back douche of the year, how about the Highland Hills boys soccer team in PA? They have a tradition of duct taping players to the goal. You’d figure they’d be smart enough to quell this in the wake of current sentiment, but no. If anything, they made it worse. Members of the team duct taped an autistic boy to the goal and left him on his own for 15 minutes. The school has since suspended the coach and two of the players for 5 days. I don’t know if I’d suspend the season, but I’d seriously consider it as an AD.

That is it for this week. Thanks as always for stopping by and reading. I’m planning on being out of the retail biz by the end of the week. I’m giving a two week notice, because subbing is that much more lucrative. I’m hoping not working as much gives me more time with my wife, but also more time here with you folks.

Musings From The Hoodwood 10-7
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL College Football MLB NBA

Classy look by the Pats Cheerleaders....

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where summer and warm weather left and didn’t even leave a goodbye letter.

Back to the 80s: The Royals and Orioles return to the spotlight

I grew up in the 80s, ESPN wasn’t the monolith that it is now, and was a nice supplement to sports page. You didn’t have fifty thousand specialty sports channels, depending on your point of view could be a good or bad thing. The baseball playoffs were the center of the sports universe in October, the League Championship series were a best of five prelude to the fall classic. Teams like the Royals and Orioles were postseason staples. The Orioles won the World Series in 83 when I was in the 6th grade, beating the Wheeze Kid Phillies in 5 and The Royals won the series 2 years later finally beating in state rival St. Louis in 7 thrilling games. No one ever figured when Cal Ripken caught the last line drive in the 83 season that it would be 14 years before they would return to the postseason and no one thought that when Bret Saberhagen and George Brett watched the final out of the 85 series arm in arm before setting off a riotous celebration that it would be 29 years before the Royals would be playing in October again. No one thought the 85 title would be the capstone of a franchise that was considered the model modern day franchise. From 76-85 The Royals would finish no lower than second in any full year,  and made the divisional series in the strike shortened ’81 season (They called them the mini-playoffs then, cute) and had only one losing season (but finished 2nd that year) After winning the series in 85, they stayed respectable winning as many as 92 as late as 1989 and 84 in 1993, though they finish 2nd in 1995, they were 30 games back of the Indians and wouldn’t get close to the first division again for nearly 20 years the nadir being losing 100 or more games in four of five seasons between 2002-2005 with only an 83-79 aberration in 2003. The Royals were the Pirates of the AL, small market team crying that they couldn’t compete but after winning 86 games in 2013 and staying in the playoff race until the last week of the season optimism was high for 2014 and the Royals cashed in leading the division for much of the year, though they faded somewhat down the stretch they hung on for their first playoff appearance since winning it all in 1985. Many pundits figured the Royals might be a token player against the playoff tested A’s but after rallying to win the wild card game in a frantic nail biting thriller, the Royals headed west to face the 98 win Angels who sported MLB’s best record. Undaunted the Royals won two more extra-inning games before stunned crowds in Anaheim before putting the Angels out of their misery Sunday, thrashing the AL West champs 8-3 before a deliriously happy throng in KC. Sporting signs like party like its 1985. Royal fans haven’t had this much fun in a generation. Only 2 players in their starting lineup were even born when the Royals won it all.

On the other side you have the Orioles, a team that after being long time sad sack as the old St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became respectable in the 60’s steadily climbing as the Mantle Yankee dynasty was crumbling, molding themselves into the model modern franchise upsetting the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series and under the stewardship of the crusty irascible managerial genius of Earl Weaver won 100 or more games 5 times and winning the 1970 World Series. From 1967-1985 The Orioles never had a losing record and finished no worse than 4th in that period. They were the gold standard of baseball in the American League. The Oriole way was the way baseball was supposed to be played when I was growing up, but after Earl Weaver retired and his right hand man Joe Altobelli stepped away himself the Orioles began to slowly fade away till they bottomed out in 1988 with the horrendous 0-21 start and 54-107 season, they were more or less the dregs of the American League for a while and aside from a brief renaissance in 1996 & 1997 where they made the playoffs were mediocre more or less the whole entire time. The Orioles faded as the Yankees and Red Sox rose back to prominence, and the Orioles playing in their beautiful ballpark played middle of the road baseball for the part of the last decade.  So now you have two teams that have been out of the spotlight for so long that their collective arrival is a breath of fresh air.

College Football: Frantic Saturday

It really began on Thursday when Arizona went to the Autzen Zoo and stunned the #2 Ducks. You just don’t go into Autzen and knock the Ducks off and it wasn’t a fluky game, they dominated Oregon and the zoo got quieter and quieter. Then the madness continued on Saturday where #1 Bama got zapped in Oxford by Ole Miss settling off the wildest of postgame celebrations in the fabled grove. But just across the state, Mississippi State routed #6 Texas A&M in Starkville more or less putting Kenny Trill’s Heisman threat on ice. But it didn’t stop there, TCU played a late pick six to knock off Oklahoma. So if you’re counting that is four top ten teams including the top two teams. Notre Dame needed a late score to beat Stanford. Add to the mix Arizona State stunning USC on a hail Mary; Northwestern shutting down Wisconsin’s feared running game and Utah State thrashing Brigham Young in Provo and you had no fewer than 7 ranked teams taking an L this past Saturday. This is way more than the every weeks a playoff concept, the upset make college football must see TV

Phat Dap

To the New England Patriots who in the middle of their 43-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night took time to give love to Devon Still whose daughter is fighting cancer. The Pats cheerleaders were all wearing Devon Still jerseys in honor of Leah’s fight and there was a presentation on the jumbotron and the Kraft family donating $25,000 to the cause. Say what you want about Belichick, Brady and the actual football team, but the organization is pure class

Head Slap

To the stupid antics of the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot who thought it would be cute to make fun of the Pittsburgh terrible towel. Nothing wrong with making fun of it. I’ve seen opposing players and fans use the towel as shoeshine rag, handkerchief and mock toilet wipe. Jackson De Ville the mascot went way too far sporting a sign that said “Towels have Ebola” How stupid can one be, making light of a deadly disease and one that could be in the country is not funny at all. The Jaguars were highly apologetic and said that the matter would be handled internally, but I like others failed to see where there was any humor here.

Quick Hits

Are there people that think that Kobe’s return will make them a 50 win team?

Harper and the Nats go to Frisco and win…that series is going the distance.

The Cards and Dodgers really don’t like one another, and the chirping is making the series a real doozy

My fantasy team finally escaped winless island…while my other is still unbeaten but we got away with a tie.

Hockey season is about to start…wait didn’t the Kings just raise the Cup last week???

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

The Crucial Catch
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL cancer awareness: Here's to the Haters.

Now, I'm no NFL apologist.  I do, however, like to call out BS especially when the person(s) spewing the BS doesn't realize how craptastic they sound.  Today, we're going to rant on the NFL's Crucial Catch haters.

The NFL finds itself in a bit of a bind – I mean they wind up taking it from all angles.  This year, Breast Cancer Awareness month couldn’t really come at a more awkward time for the league, but over the last few years the league has been scrutinized for how much does – or doesn’t – get donated for awareness.  Google “NFL Breast Cancer…” and one of those autosuggestions is “…scam.” 

The issue is this – the league donates a certain percentage of the profit from the sale of their pink ribbon gear, and apparently that percentage isn’t enough for some.  One article suggests it’s a scam because the NFL has given “a mere $4.5 million” to breast cancer research.   The idea is that a $10-Billion organization can and should give more.  8% of the profits from the pink gear goes to research. 

So, somehow the league owes more than that to research.  8% of the profits from that gear isn’t enough.  The message that mammography screening saves lives is “overly simplistic.”  They’re not doing enough, they should do more.

Just how angry do you have to be to take this position?  I mean, let’s talk about the NFL’s track record on women’s issues.  It’s not great.  As a Patriots fan, I don’t have to think very long to recall Lisa Olsen, Zeke Mowatt, and Victor Kiam.  We can argue whether the league should have something to say about domestic abuse – but the way the Ray Rice situation has played out hasn’t been great for the league.

So how is it that a month of free marketing for breast cancer awareness and a small cut of the proceeds isn’t a good thing?  The league doesn’t need to be doing anything for cancer research.  Consider how much advertisers PAY to get that kind of attention from the league.  Consider how much the league is foregoing by focusing on cancer research.  There’s plenty of other worthy causes that would love $4.5 Million and free publicity from the league.

According to at least one feminist website, domestic violence is one of the top women’s issues today.  We all know the league has an interest in appealing to female fans and as such breast cancer research is good business.  Women’s groups are outraged that the “Crucial Catch” campaign is “misdirection,” and a “scam.”  A quick google search of “most important women’s issues” shows that while “health care” is important, breast cancer specifically doesn’t show up.  Domestic violence does, so perhaps the league should pull the plug on cancer awareness – I mean, since they’ve only given a “mere” $4.5-Million, it’s clearly not a lot of money for researchers – and redirect their campaign attention to violence prevention.   They fail to note that the league is giving away millions in promotional time for people to donate on their own - my guess is that awareness may only get $4-Million from the league directly, but makes millions more from their outreach.

Highlighting the issue of domestic violence CAN STOP violence, and any money raised would only help increasing awareness AND providing services for women who need a safe place to stay.  I’m guessing $4.5-Million would be wildly helpful. 

But the same people complaining that the league isn’t giving enough, isn’t doing enough, isn’t accurate enough in their cancer awareness would be the same people decrying the league changing their focus.  Instead of supporting the league’s efforts and seeing it as an opportunity to increase the volume for themselves, some would rather belittle the work of others.   What’s outrageous isn’t that the league hasn’t pried a bigger crowbar into its wallet, it’s that there are those who think it’s helpful to criticize what the league is doing instead of making helpful suggestions.   Clearly, if you're not doing what we want you to be doing, in the proportion in which we want you to be doing it, it must be a scam.

Look, don't buy the Pink Merch - the league's business is getting you into some new gear with your favorite team on it, they're not going to give all proceeds to the American Cancer Society, that cuts too close to the business model - but they will skim a little off the top.  Go make a donation to the ACS.  If the League's message is overly simplistic, so be it.  Maybe one person goes to the doctor and gets a check up because of the message.  Maybe people decide to learn more about early detection -- it's not the NFL's raison d'etre to educate on cancer, it's a personal responsibility.  So go do your own research.   And a scam?  Please.  Susan G Komen's founder and chief executive makes something like $650,000 yearly, an amount completely disproportionate with the size of the charity.  The NFL makes no bones about the fact that it is not a charitable organization.  I wonder if those who think the league's "mere" $4.5-Million donation think Nancy Brinker's salary is a "Mere" $650-k.  

Defy the haters - and educate yourself and maybe donate.  

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 10-5-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NASCAR Dover Kansas NHRA Standings Update Milka Duno NASCAR debut

                        

Welcome welcome welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. So much for rockin' down to Electric Avenue. It's closed. How could that happen? There really hasn't been a whole lot happening on NASCAR Avenue this week. Oh the usual stuff like who's driving the pink cars for the month of Pink-tober, who got new sponsorship, crew chief changes, and other little things. Nothing very interesting.

Tony Stewart finally had that press conference he promised to have. He's still willing to sit and talk to the Ward family if they want to. No word yet on if that happened. Some how I don't think it will any time soon. No word on if the wrongful death lawsuit got filed yet either. I'm sure Stewart's lawyers are doing a pre-emptive strike with offers so it never does get to that stage. 

Any body care how much George Clooney's wedding cost? Me neither. I didn't read the article. I'm just wondering how come after a life time of bachelorhood that all of a sudden, she's the one. Things that make you go hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmm.

Did you hear Bose is now the official head phones for the NFL? The contract states that all other head phones must be put away when the cameras are rolling. Supposedly it won't effect Colin Lapernick or Cam Newton. They're under sponsorship contract for the competition.....Beats by Dre. So Bose went and recruited Russell Wilson and Clay Matthews. Both these head phones are $100 plus. I love my iPod but not that much. My $30 ear buds do just fine while I do yard work. 

I snagged a bunch of cute Princess pumpkins from my moms garden which I am using to decorate out front till the end of the month. Then they'll become part of my frozen summer stash for pies, breads, soups or just to eat. They're flatter than regular pumpkins and have a sweet flavor. 

NHRA DRAGS STANDINGS

So since NASCAR doesn't have a whole lot going on we can check in on the drags.  There are only a handful of women but they're definitely holding their own. Lets check.

Top Fuel Dragster TOP 5

Tony Schumacher                      In 10th place is John Forces daughter Brittany

Shawn Longdon

Steve Torrence

Antron Brown

Doug Kalitta

FUNNY CAR TOP 5

John Force                      Alexia Dejoria is in 8th

Courtney Force

Matt Hagan

Robert Hight

Ron Capps

PRO STOCK TOP 5

Jason Line

Dave Connelly

Erica Enders-Stevens

Shane Grey

Jonathan Grey

PRO STOCK BIKES TOP 4

Andrew Hines                    Angie Smith is in 9th

Eddie Krawiec

Hecter Arana Jr

Steve Johnson

So is it ant surprise that John Force is leading the points? Pretty bad ass that his daughter Courtney is right on his heels. This is the last year for Castrol to sponsor John so I guess he needs to go for one last championship or he's showing off for a potentially new one. I'd love to see him get just one more. 

                

Here's something to look at. The resemblence is just scary.

DOVER RECAP

We are now down to 12 drivers. Biffle, Ku Bu, Allmendinger and Almirola were the first to be eliminated. Now the points for those in the Chase are reset to 3000 plus points for the wins. Logano, Keselowski and Gordon each got 1. 

Mr Harvick had the pole and led 223 but some how and I can't figure out how it could happen in 2 seperate races at the same track in the same season but a lugnut bounced into one of the hole in the wheel and knocked off the air stem of the inner liner and he got a flat tire on lap 253. I'd be duct taping them shut. That is just plain bad luck. He did finish 13th minus 1 lap.

Gordon took advantage and brought it home for the win. Biffle, Kahne, Dale Jr, Ku Bu, Allmendinger and Almirola all struggled. 

Top 15 Finishers - Gordon - Keselowski - Johnson - Logano - Larson - Truex Jr - Newman - Bowyer - Ky Bu - Edwards - Hamlin - Harvick - Stewart - Vickers

KANSAS PREVIEW

We were at this track in May. Harvick had the pole, led the most laps but came home 2nd to Gordon. The Danica posted a 7th place. Not a typo. The race was rain delayed a bit and because the track was clean there were a lot of spins. When it rains, it takes the rubber off the track. Very hard to find grip till the rubber gets built back up. McMurray lost a tire, hit the wall and was up in flames. Tough day.

TOP 15 ON MAY 2014 @ KANSAS

Gordon - Harvick - Kahne - Logano - Dale Jr - Edwards - Danica - Almirola - Johnson - Kenseth - Newman - Larson - Keselowski - Vickers - Ky Bu

HARVICK - This is pole #3 for Harvick at this track and his 8th pole of the season. I'm betting on him to get a Top 10

GORDON - Starts 5th and won in May. Top 10

ALMIROLA - Starts 3rd today. I believe. I say Top 10

LOGANO - He's hot right now so you got to go with a Top 10

KESELOWSKI - Also a hot hand going. Top 10

LARSON - Our rookie with the mostest was 12th in May but he is a quick study. Raced in the Nationwide race this weekend so seat time is a good thing. Top 10

KENSETH - HAMLIN - KY BU - They start 27th, 25th & 7th. If these guys want to stay in the Chase, that's not the way to do it. They all started badly in May. Kenseth was the only one to dig himself out for a top 10. Ky Bu hasn't been consistant at anything other than self inflicted issues. Hamlin too. Kenseth is your Top 10

DALE JR - He's been asleep. Time to get on it and get r dun. Top 10.

JOHNSON - He hasn't been hot but usually he can muster up the goods when it counts. Right now is the time to bring if you got it. He starts 32nd and if any body can dig himself out I'm betting it's him. Top 10

McMURRAY - Before his tire mishap, he was a solid top 10 all day. I think he'll avoid that this week for a Top 10

Well guys, hope your football weekend is enjoyable, if your hangin' in the north that your leaves are colorful and our traveling Gabbers are safe. Take care all

And I'm outta here....

 

 

 

 

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