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Tuesday's Tantrum - 9/16/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to the tantrums, where today is my 50th birthday.  I don't say it for platitudes, I say it because I want my official AARP card!  And what a great celebration it was, but the topper was the gift my wife and kids gave me...lower bowl seats to watch Alcatraz' first home game against Chicago on Sunday Night Football in the first official game at the new Levi's Stadium!!!  An incredible and loud stadium which was fun to break in.  It has some growing pains to go through, most notably traffic (which apparently nobody took into account), but when that gets solved, Levis truly will be the absolute best stadium going. 



I guess that makes my hypocritical, but damn that energy before the game and in the first half?  That was something to behold.  Too bad Alcatraz pissed the game away by the same shit that has got them for years:  ignorant turnovers and horrific accuracy by Kaepernick, ridiculously stupid play calling - (three runs on 1st and goal from the 8?), oh and that same bugaboo, too small a defensive backfield - opponents just throw over the top of them.  Can I add absolutely shitty officiating that took a Frank Gore TD off the board and nobody knows why.  I swear if I had been home, I would have switched the channel - that's how many flags hit the field.

I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to write about because sports kinda sucks right now, but I found some inspiration in of all places ESPiN and Rick Reilly, so with apologies to a phenomenal column he did back on April 23, 2014 called “Some truths I’ve discovered”, I’ll provide my version.  I edited some that fit me, and kept some that fit as well:

In my five decades of life, I've learned that these things are true and always will be (at least for me):

The guy you really need to talk to ain’t really a guy, she’s your wife or significant other and your family.  I've bowled and placed in State tournaments, played club/varsity sports in the Navy, flew a plane, met a standing U. S. President, operated both an aircraft AND submarine simulator, and visited 20 countries on five continents.  But the most fun I ever had was watching my kids play sports, appreciate it, form long-lasting friendships, then use what they learned to succeed in everything they’ve done.  

A good sports blog is tough to write:  Whatever you thought of has already been written 18,000 times.  That being said, your opinion is equally as valuable as anybody elses.  Don’t let talking heads think they can downplay yours.  Speaking of them...Sports talk sucks, and I'm not clear how these asshole hosts and their radio stations feel the right to be so arrogant and condescending.  And don't get me started on how they take credit for so much shit.

The greatest sporting event I ever watched was the 1980 U. S. Olympic Hockey team victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid.  Why?  Because it meant so much more than sport – it turned our nation around.

The worst sporting event I ever watched?  The Muhammad Ali/Jimmy Young fight which turned me against boxing.  

The Boston Marathon is iconic, Baseball is resurgent, Basketball is whiny, and the NFL has turned into the 2010's version of the 1990's Jail Blazers.  Horse Racing and Boxing have run their course, Golf apparently survive without Elderick, Tennis continues to suffer through the few dominating, the Olympics and NCAA are as corrupt as you can possibly be.  If the jackasses running sports right now aren’t careful, the next generation will care more about X-Games, Soccer, and Technology.  You've been warned.


The less you've traveled, the more sure you are, but the more you’ve traveled, the more fun you’ve had.  Coolest places to visit:  Australia, Singapore, and a tie for third between photo safari in Mombasa Kenya and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  Honorable Mention goes to "The Sunset Grille" in Marathon, Florida.  But then again, there was this midget bar in Scottsdale, Arizona that seemed cool.

The best sports move ever was "Hoosiers." Everything else doesn’t hold a candle.

Best stadium I've ever been to?  Target Field (MLB), American Airlines Arena (Miami, NBA) and Levi's Stadium (NFL).  

Bandwagon fans are killing sports.  But in terms of who has what type of fan?  Philly fans take it the worst. Seattle fans are the whiniest. Oakland fans are the most dangerous. Kansas City fans the least. Boston fans know the most. Miami, Atlanta, and LA don’t have fans.  Minnesota fans are the most supportive, Chicago the most obnoxious - though Sacramento is making significant strides in that direction - chill out Sacramento fan - all this shit we just went through?  Yeah, it was about SACRAMENTO, NOT YOU AND WHAT YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT!!! 

Camels show up in the strangest of places:  literally walking down a populated and popular beach in Africa, while taking a leak in an outdoor bathroom in Pakistan, and at the annual Camel Races in Virginia City, NV.  Monkeys are thieves, goony birds can fly forever, Dolphins love to play chicken with the bow of any and all Navy ships, and any animal you find at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is a treasure.

There's no bad day that getting out of the house and doing/playing some sport can’t fix.  For me, it’s the gym, bowling, or full-court basketball.

My most favorite sport to play?  Beach Volleyball by a country mile - seriously, in my mind there's nothing better than a Summer Day playing volleyball, and hanging with friends.  While Bowling isn't a sport, its a hell of a lot of fun, especially if you're with good friends/family, a deck of cards, a pitcher of beer or Diet Mountain Dew, and Tuesday Tacos or Pizza...

My least favorite sport to play?  Hockey (because I can’t skate), but the sport I sucked the most at?  Golf (and it isn't even close).  


Athletic event with the most douche-bags?  This is where I wish I had the mic skills of The Rock.  That would be the gym on a daily basis:  Cell Phone guy, Guy who stands at equipment talking with others while folks wait, "MMA Guy/Tapout Poser", Mirror Guy, and many, MANY others.  Memo to twenty and thirty somethings:  Going to the gym doesn't make you a bad-ass, and your act at the gym makes you look like an ignorant twit - thereby significantly reducing any chance you thought you had of getting the digits because trust me, those who you target, laugh at your monkey ass.  

Athletic event with the coolest, most inspirational folks?  That would be the gym on a daily basis.  When I see 50-90 year olds coming in, doing their business and running the equipment like champions, some with missing legs, that inspires me.  Fat guy trying to get back into shape?  Cool.  The 98 lb weakling getting in there and busting his ass just to lift the bar on a curl or a press?  Phenomenal.  Parent and child working out together gets special props. 

Sprinters finish last in an endurance run – boy did I learn that the hard way.  But the best race I ever ran was a standard yearly semi-annual physical fitness test where you followed a pickup truck for a mile and a half.  Why?  Because it was carrying a full keg of beer to a picnic site where BBQ and sporting events were waiting.  Oh, did I mention it was 8AM and every single person passed the run portion of the test?  And did I mention that the "fat boys" out sprinted the athletic jack-rabbit runners?   

Speaking of which, if cold beer didn't exist, half of sports and 3/4 of the military would fall off the edge of the Earth.

If gambling didn't exist, the other half would.  But then again, maybe the degenerates would go away.

You'd never dream you can get bored with college courses until you have to sit through one four hour class with a high tempo teacher and the proverbial know it all student dominating the class because he wants to hear himself talk - meanwhile the rest of the class tunes out because we've strayed so far from the original topic.

And finally this gem from Rick Reilly, where he is spot on, and I hope to find more types of stories like this:  “The best stories aren't on the cover. They're the kid at the end of the bench, the fan who snuck into the game, the coach who shouldn't be alive. They're the ones that are hardest to find, and hardest to forget.”  - Amen Rick Reilly!



Does the non-sense really ever end?
Posted by B.O.B. on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:09:51 PM

Welp, it continues:

Adrian Peterson gets the attention of Johnny Law because he took a switch to his kid.  Now call me stupid, but don't you think that a guy who just last year lost one of his other children because his baby mama boyfriend beat it so severely he killed it would be a bit more smart in his choice of discipline?  At least Minny gave him some time off.

That led Roddy White, he of Atlanta to complain that his fantasy team will suffer.  Gee Roddy, wouldn't want that to happen...

Chris Davis of Baltimore gets 25 games for amphetamines.  Enjoy the playoffs from the clubhouse Chris.

Greg Hardy down in Charlotte, and I suspect Ray McDonald in SF are gonna start this week.  Oh joy.

Danny Ferry takes an indefinite leave of absence for making non-sensical comments about Luol Deng.

MLB suspends Anthony DiScalfini of Miami two games for throwing at and hitting Carlos Gomez after Milwaukee took out Giancarlo Stanton and on the very next pitch hit another Miami batter.  But that's OK, that pitcher that took out Stanton and hit another?  He only got fined.  SMFH.

Even in the MMA - Nick Diaz loses his spot in the upcoming UFC bout because he drew his second DUI in ten months - MERE MILES FROM MY FREAKING HOUSE!!!  Oh, did I mention the obstruction of a cop, destruction of evidence (trying to puke the alcohol out), driving on a suspended license?  And this fool lives mere miles from my house?  Great...

Oh, and I guess the new NFL drug policy is gonna come out and what is it's immediate impact?  That's right, some of the guys currently under suspension will have their punishments reduced including Wes Welker, Dion Jordan, and (get this)...Josh Gordon.

Best yet:  NBA owner of the New York franchise James Dolan?  Yeah, he's rolling around literally singing the blues and has a song out that is about -- Trayvon Martin.  Not only that, this guys band is going to open for the Eagles on some of their East Coast stops.  Wow...

Finally, I guess Merrill Hoge got loose and tore Johnny "Bench" or Johnny "trademark" a new one saying this guy is just as bad as Tim Tebow.



Friday's Freak Show - 9/12/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

If you're tired of the same tired ole BS negativity in sports, check this out, the top ten things to feel good about in sports right here.  If you don't feel like reading, let me run a few of em down:  Cincinnati/Devon Still story, Kershaw's season, KC Baseball resurgence, Jim Kelly smacking down Cancer, Vin Scully (with four accompanying videos of him describing an event during a game - including bird poop), and an actual good story out of Cleveland Football as well with a player treating fans to the movies with him.  

But with the good comes the bad, and let Uncle B.O.B. give pro athletes some very strong advice:  Coming from a guy who has done more than his share of effing up, both verbally and with the written word, y'all athletes need to step back and think before you hit the send button or let something fly out of your cakehole because some of you all say the dumbest, most ignorant shit.  STOP FREAKING EMBARRASSING YOURSELVES.

CFB.  Hey Maryland, props to you for putting the national anthem on your uniform.  

Looking forward to watching a few games, particularly South Carolina/Georgia, UCLA/Texas, and Tennessee/Oklahoma.

What a tough break for that QB out of Oklahoma State J. W. Walsh, who I've heard so many good things about.  Possibly out for the season after right lower leg surgery?  That's tough.  

Hey Jeff, what's the deal with Eric Dickerson slammning the bleep out of SMU?  I'm totally unclear on it, but it's not sounding good there.

Hey y'all, get ready for another round of scandal...it appears North Carolina may be having an investigation into some type of hazing.  If you have to be publicly investigated, chances are somebody did something pretty naughty.  Jesus, will these people never learn? 

NFL.  Nurse B.O.B. will be in town this weekend for some festivities including being at Levi's to watch San Francisco host Chicago in the first regular season game there.  I hope to have some pictures to share on Tuesday.

Baltimore stayed focused and took care of Pittsburgh last night.  Question is, is Pittsburgh really bad? 

Antonio Brown got fined $8200 for that bad Chuck Norris impersonation.  Sorry, to me it looked pretty intentional, and let's face it, Pittsburgh does have a rep, so I'm not trying to hear Pittsburgh whining...

MLB.  No ranting, no BS here, get well soon Giancarlo Stanton and let's hope you don't have to shut it down the rest of this season.    

Oakland is continuing to slide and now Detroit and Seattle showing life, there may be some disappointed folks in the East Bay because Oakland can't hit to save their lives.  That Lester/Cespedes trade is going to be discussed for a long time to come, and not in a good way out here.

San Francisco has righted the ship and looking good right about now, but they have to find a way to beat Los Angeles, and this season that isn't something that is working out too well.

NBA.  Lost in all the footage of foolishness coming out of the NFL?  Yeah, that would be Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons who one day after signing his one year restricted free agent contract, went out and celebrated by going out and getting busted for driving while visibly impaired.  The NBA immediately suspended him for two games.  

Continued rumors about once the new TV contract is ironed out that Seattle might be given an expansion team.  Yeah, right.  They continue to struggle just to get ANY type of arena plan going, not to mention those whiny victims (err, fans) alternating between crying to then antagonizing the NBA. 

Oh, and Paul George, stay off Twitter.


Tuesday's Tantrum, 9/9/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

My name is Uncle B.O.B., and I am an ESPiN-a-holic.  I have been sober for 15 days now (August 26th was my last visit there) and day by day I’m getting better for it.  But at the same time, my disgust with sports is at an all-time high and yesterday really has me questioning my loyalty to sports.  If I’m to be honest, I have a lot to think about.  In the meantime…

Sports Question.  I have to ask this question after the debacle of yesterday in the sports world:   On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your enjoyment of sports compared to your youth.  For me, it was at an 8 and now I’m at a 5.

Death Star.  What in the hell is going on lately in America?  Bieber (AGAIN)?  Cee Lo Green?  Dumb Ass pro sports careening out of control?  Idiot media who allows TMZ to be the bastion of journalism?  Beyond stupid business people?  Female “actresses” trying their hand at Skin-a-max type porn?  Hackers?  Politicians comparing other politicians to women beaters because they disagree on policy?   I have it on very good authority that the Death Star is coming for us because the Empire is pissed about what is going on in this spinning chunk of rock – let that be a message to all the other idiots out there. 

Ray Rice.  Moral indignation and outrage aside, Ray Rice is a piece of shit – that’s clear, but for all those taking a verbal dump on the NFL, let’s take a look at who else should be taking some, and that would be New Jersey, Baltimore, the union, and the players themselves. 

Hey Jersey, what the hell were you thinking by not being harder on this fool?  Wife doesn’t want to press charges?  Fine, press em yourselves – violence is violence and you've got the shit on tape - pretty clear. 

Hey NFL, this is kind of on the periphery, but while you are busy giving out free passes for domestic violence, you think you might want to take a look at why one of your active players was publicly rolling around in a casino in the first place?

Secondly NFL, I’m wondering if now is the time to institute as part of the domestic violence policy that if Johnny Law charges any NFL employee with domestic violence that they are to be placed on “paid administrative leave” until the case is adjudicated?  Piss on the union - do this unilaterally and if they complain, let them take the public heat!

Hey Baltimore, don’t go patting yourselves on the back.  You hired private detectives.  You have lawyers in contact with the NFL.  You probably even knew from TMZ the real deal – there ain't no way you didn't know the reality of the situation, and yet you hid behind the Sheriff.  I’m not real thrilled with you right about now.

Speaking of hiding behind the sheriff, we get to the union.  In my opinion, Rice’s “punishment” couldn’t have occurred without some involvement of the Union and I continue to marvel at how the slime continues to avoid them.  Think about it for a second, for as heavy handed as the Sheriff has been in terms of players screwing up as evidenced by the numerous complaints, how is it he only gave Rice two games for domestic violence?  Let me give you a clue:  Anybody hear of the recent reports of the NFLPA “negotiating” recent punishments as part of accepting a comprehensive testing program for HGH?  I think you might have the answer. 

Players.  Yeah, you tough guys are publicly yapping now about Rice being a turd, but where the hell were you when it went down months ago?  Another thing where the union told you to shut up?  You have zero credibility with me.

And that brings me to you Scott Fujita, you hypocritical son of a bitch.  Here’s this asshole’s comments courtesy of Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com: 

“Longtime linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, had equally harsh words:

“I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,” Fujita wrote. “This piece of s— needs to be out of the league. Period.”

Hey Scott, if you were so fucking concerned about domestic violence, where the hell were you when you had a voice?  For that matter, where the hell were you when this shit went down?  Oh yeah, that’s right, you were too busy fighting the Sheriff on Bounty Gate, you know, when you all were paid to take players out.  Weren’t you a part of that in some way?  Yeah, you’re credible…NOT!!!

It is now time for a complete overhaul of the NFL and the union.  Goddell and DeMaurice Smith need to go.  Rip up the collective bargaining agreement and create something that passes the common sense test.  The union needs to start holding their players – ALL OF THEM – to a much higher standard. 

MLB – Stretch Run.  It’s amazing that when a team not named Boston or New York take charge of the AL East, they are pretty much ignored.  Well somebody had better keep an eye on that one team that nobody wants to talk about, a team from (of all places) the AL East – Baltimore.  8-2 over the last ten and a 9.5 game division lead.  

It looks as if both Oakland and SF are going to be participants on Wild Card Day, though if Oakland doesn’t start hitting with a quickness, they won’t be playing in October AT ALL.  Oakland picked a horrific time to fall apart, but there's still time to right the ship. 

Cleveland is only 3.5 GB from the 2nd wild card all of a sudden, and 7-3 through the last ten. But now the big boys come to town in the form of Anaheim.  We’ll find out how real they are now.

Texas needs to make sure they publicly thank Ron Washington.  As Skipper, he led this team to the heights it never before achieved.  Best of luck to him, and no Gabbers, I’m not gonna go with the obligatory cheap shot.

NFL – Week 1.   So what did I take away from Week 1 (not counting Monday Night)?

Antonio Brown ain’t Chuck Norris.

If you’re a fat guy and want to catch a football, go play for Buffalo, those fat boys get more of a chance than anybody to imitate Jumbo and run with the rock and I absolutely love it.  NUN-DIS-KA!!!

Clowney went out with a torn meniscus, and that’s a shame, but does anybody else wonder about how easily this kid gets injured?

Was Seattle’s destruction of Green Bay showing us how dominant they were, or is it the fact that Green Bay’s injuries, exacerbated by Bulaga going out Thursday just killing them?

New Orleans defense was bad, but at the same time, I don’t want to short change Atlanta’s offense.

I think at least for a few weeks we can put the “QB controversy” in Cleveland to rest.

I think if you sleep on Jacksonville, you’re in for a hell of a fight.  Philly darn sure found that out. 

In 40 years of watching NFL Football, I have NEVER seen a football game in Dallas where their fans were out-represented in terms of colors, noise, and support.   I could have articulated it better yesterday, but I stand by my statement that King Jerrah should be embarrassed – not by the game (they weren't as bad as many thought), but by the fan reaction.  He gets the message Dallas fan, he just doesn’t care when he makes that kind of cheddar.

CFB Big Winners?  The SEC West (by default), Oregon, BYU, the Playoff Selection Committee, Notre Dame, and the NCAA. 

CFB Big Losers?  The Big 10, PAC 12, Texas, and the Playoff Committee. 

CFB schools on the hot seat?  Oklahoma, Baylor, and UCLA.  None of them can afford one single mistake, and that includes close games.  Texas getting killed hurt them all badly.

CFB Power players.  Right now that has to be the SEC East.  At this point, almost every conference right now outside of the ACC needs them to step up and beat teams in the SEC West for anybody to have a chance to get into this dance.

Jerry’s new adventure.  Friday Night, West Hills JUCO Falcons started their season against San Jose, and they won 50-0. 

Douche Bag of the Week.  The ACC and SEC have apparently gone public in stating that they won’t schedule BYU anymore because they don’t consider them “power conference worthy” whatever the hell that means – not that the big boys ever played them anyway.  Hey ACC and SEC you hypocritical bastards, look at your schedules again then tell me with a straight face whose worthy and whose not.

Honorable mention:  Yep, he’s at it again – Johnny “trademark”.  Are you serious dude?  Reports are you can’t figure out NFL defenses, yet you’re running around trademarking nine effing nicknames?  Damn Cleveland…

Before I go…I encourage you to get on over and check out my Tuesday Brother.  Always a good, solid read.  


College Football Reorganization - Let's be real here
Posted by B.O.B. on Thursday, September 04, 2014 at 12:11:06 PM

With the greatest of respect to knightswhosay, I want to talk about ALL of College Football because the reality is that it is about FAR more than the SEC.  I think that while we are in the position of being able to have REAL reform, I want to continue to push this plan, which to me is evolving with the times, so a lot of it is rehash, but I as we start the new season, bear with me:

While we sit here and talk about College Football, I continue to tweak my plan to make it more feasible for EVERYBODY in college to either make or save money. 

CFB Realignment Proposal

  • New Division 1:  Four 16 team conferences:  SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 10. 
  • New Division 2:  Current MWC, C-USA, MAC, Sun Belt, Big East (Add Army and Navy), Iowa State
  • New Division 3:  Current FCS, but add New Mexico State and Idaho to Big Sky.  Add Minnesota State Mankato to replace North Dakota State.
  • New Division 4:  Current Division 2.  Add Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union.
  • New Division 5:  Current Division 3. 

No matter how much I want to deny this, it has become crystal clear to me that the MWC, C-USA, and MAC cannot compete with the big boys, and they deserve their chance at their own national championship in their own division. 

Elevate and relegate based on performance every four years.  For instance, Bring North Dakota State up to D-1 and drop Iowa State (for now!).  Wisconsin Whitewater and Mount Union should move from D-5 to D-4.  Minnesota State should go from D-4 to D-3. 

Here’s how I would do it D-1:



SEC East

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida State

SEC West

Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Miss State, Missouri, Ole Miss, TAMU, Auburn

ACC North

Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, VA, VT, Notre Dame

ACC South

Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest, UNC, NC State, UCF

Big Ten East

Ohio St., Penn St., Indiana, Michigan, Sparty, NW, Purdue, Illinois

Big Ten West

Oklahoma, OK State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minny, Nebraska, Wisky, Iowa

Pac 12 North

WA, WAZZU, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Cal, Utah, BYU

Pac 12 South

USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor

Keep it at eight teams, divisions in yellow have nine. 

Florida State has nothing left to prove in the ACC, they need a bigger challenge, and really, UCF deserves a shot at the big time, they've proven they can hang.  West Virginia could reduce travel costs and play games closer to home.  I know the PAC 12 can be a bit snobby, but why not give BYU a chance, and put them back in with their rivals Utah?  It would make sense to me to put the Texas teams in the PAC 12.  It may not seem like a good fit, but it gives the PAC 12 some added depth to argue their cases that they belong in the mix.

Week 1:  Scrub week.  Teams can play a “scrub game” (err, glorified scrimmage) against a team from one division lower or above them.  This gives lesser programs a chance for a big payday.  But add in that for every game a big name plays at home, they do the same on the road.  I continue to hear "the small teams need these paydays."  Really?  Then why not be even more charitable - if a D-1 team really wants to give a D-1AA chance, then go on the road and give them their home game to make a bit more.  Why can't Minnesota or Sparty go to Fargo to play North Dakota State?  Georgia Tech to Savannah State?  Why can't Auburn keep it in-state and go play Jacksonville State and save them travel costs to Florida?  

I've often wondered why nobody gives those teams in the SWAC or other historically black schools a chance to play them.  Yeah, I'm going to roll the dice and go there.  Florida could go right up I-4 to Daytona Beach and play Bethune Cookman.  Hell, Florida State (of all teams) could have a virtual home game with Florida A&M, both are in Tallahassee, right?  Why couldn't Alabama give Alabama A&M or Alabama State a shot?  How 'bout LSU play Grambling on their home turf?  They certainly could use some financial help.  I may be wrong, but they also play football, and I would think they'd appreciate a payday like that, and it might less a small bit of the burden on some of these schools and those who fund them.  Just a thought...

For that matter to be fair and local, why can't Cal or Stanford come to UC Davis or Sacramento State?  That would be a financial boon to the lesser programs and less travel costs for the lesser program.  And here's the "win" for the big boys on the road - even more exposure to recruiting.  

Week 2 (a marketing dream):  Teams play an SEC/Pac 12 and ACC/Big Ten Challenge just like college basketball, but alternate the conferences after two years. 

2016/17:  SEC/PAC 12, ACC/Big Ten

2018/19:  SEC/ACC, PAC 12/Big Ten 

2020/21:  SEC/Big Ten, ACC/PAC 12

Who wouldn’t love to see South Carolina/Oregon or Notre Dame/Ohio State?  How bout something new:  Florida State/Georgia or UCLA/Sparty?  Or even Alabama/Ohio State, or Clemson/Stanford?  Others I can think of:  USC/Florida, UCLA/Alabama, Florida State/Texas, or Nebraska/Notre Dame, Penn State/Miami, or Ohio State/Virginia Tech in September?  Heck, for that matter, up the ante - why shouldn't a team like North Dakota State get a shot at a big boy, let's say a Texas team.  It's a win/win for marketers, teams, and fans.  Revenue is generated and fans are genuinely excited.

Week 3-4:  Teams play two games within conference against other division based on last season placing:  1st place teams meet, 2nd place teams meet, 3rd place teams meet, and so on....Why shouldn't we see Alabama/Georgia, North Carolina/Clemson, etc.?

Week 5-12:  Teams play conference games within their own division (eight games).

***NOTE:  Scrub games should not be allowed during conference play!!!***

Week 13:  Conference Championships between division winners.

Week 14, 15, 16:  Bowls, playoffs, NC.  In my mind (warped as it is), the only people who play in the playoffs should be conference champions.  Why should a second place team (especially within a division) be rewarded with a playoff appearance over a conference champion?  For that matter, why should a conference champion such as Michigan State or Texas be penalized by losing a playoff spot to an LSU team that lost to Alabama?  That second place team had their chance, and they lost to the division winner, period, end of story.  The one caveat is that if it is determined that in a given year that conference is so pathetically weak, then of course, but common sense should prevail here.  

That's what bowls are for, to reward second place teams and below for their great seasons.  There is no shame in a second place LSU team playing a second place Ohio State team in a Cotton Bowl game on New Year's Day.  There's no shame in Clemson playing Stanford in an Orange Bowl game.  


Tuesday's Tantrum, 9/2/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Hello folks.  My name is Uncle B.O.B., and I am an ESPiN-a-holic.  I have been sober for eight days now (August 26th was my last visit there).  Some say that the following comments are “just plain stupid”.  Well friends, you’re right, and it’s done for effect to point out the lunacy.  So sit back, relax, and watch Uncle B.O.B. “FIGHT THE POWER”...

Protest.  I have seen the light that those courageous few who are so much smarter than the rest of us have been trying to tell us mere mortals and I am now on a mission, though not from God (I won't blaspheme).  Today, I honor Phil Simms, Tony Dungy, Keith Olbermann, and others in the media who stand up for all of us to fight the oppression of a nickname.  I stand before you today Gabbers in full support of those folks, but I’m going to challenge them to take it one step further - standing up for what I believe is right – to reaffirm what I said a few months ago:  I am here today to publicly announce to the Sports World that I am offended by EVERY team nickname.  Therefore effective immediately, I will boycott the use of nicknames when I refer to ANY team of ANY sport. 

Those of you who fight to retain the Washington Football Franchise Nickname are full of “filthy mouths and bad attitudes.”  That’s right Gabbers, I have seen the light and can no longer be associated with that.  In all good conscience, I can no longer sit here and subject you good to these vile nicknames that are disrespectful of so many in our society.  I challenge you Gabbers, it is time to clean it up and for us to take a stand and be an example for others to emulate – join me and stop this national disgrace of offending everybody and hurting so many feelings.  We know that these names are so deeply offensive that people just can’t perform their job descriptions on a daily basis. 

So you all get wise and come to the light.  Join me my friends in ushering in a new era – one of joy and respect – HALLE-FREAKING-LU-YAH!!!  Please Gabbers, refer to teams by their city name only, and here’s why: 

Patriots:  Offensive to liberals.  How dare we honor the founding fathers. 

Jets:  Offensive to the movie “Top Gun”, anybody who likes Football on the field, and those who tire of a sorry team always yappin.  Also offensive to the military:  at least their Jets work and do their job.  Also offensive to the EPA because they use Jet Fuel which is somehow screwing with carbon emissions.

Bills:  Offensive to anybody who has to pay bills, buy stuff, and pay tips.  We shouldn’t have to pay bills.  We should get everything for free, right?  Where’s my free phone (I pay a lot monthly for something I hardly use), and why should I pay taxes?  50% of the country doesn’t.  Oh, and as for tips, if a person who gets tips makes more than I do just on minimum wage ($15 per hour), they can say goodbye to 20% tips.  Sorry Seattle and Minneapolis…

Dolphins, Bengals, Jaguars, Colts, Broncos, Eagles, Bears, Lions, Falcons, Panthers, Rams, Cardinals, Seahawks:  Offensive to PETA.  How dare anybody make money off of these beautiful creatures.  Oh, and the Dolphins get extra criticizing for having Flipper retrieve kicks out of the pool of the east end zone in the old Orange Bowl back in the day.  By the way, where is PETA’s outrage at Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, and that new movie about A Dolphin Tail?  And what about going after the Alligator Wrestlers in Florida, huh?

Browns:  Offensive to anybody of any other color.  Could you imagine the Greenwich Whites?  Yeah, I know the team was named after Paul Brown, but dammit that shouldn’t stop us from going after this offensive nickname because just one dumbass could construe “Browns” as a racial slur, no matter that they’re violating common sense and only doing it for their 15 minutes of fame and fortune.  Lawyers are lining up boys, have at it…

Steelers:  Ruined the environment with all that pollution.  Rat bastards.

Titans/Giants:  Offensive to little people (that is the correct PC term, right?). 

Texans:  Why should one state be singled out, even if it is Texas - that’s not fair to the other 49. 

Chargers:  “SAN DIEGO, I WANT A REACTION…SHOW ME YOUR LIGHTNING BOLT!!!”  Oh wait, we can’t use Hacksaw Hamilton’s famous line, it could be construed as a sexist remark – plus Hacksaw has a cheesy mustache and has said offensive stuff on the radio.  Besides, one of my eco-friends has something she wants to say:

Chiefs/Redskins:  Offensive to Native Americans.  Hey, if Sioux and Redskins gotta go, Chiefs absolutely has to go. 

Raiders/Buccaneers:  Glorifies bad behavior.  This is the 21st Century, you damn pirates can’t be running around singing “Yo Hoe Yo Hoe, a pirates life for me!”  Don’t you know that hoe is a derogatory term for Women?  You damn sure can’t be honoring a group of people who were known to rape, loot, plunder, and oh yeah, get the booty!  Besides, Raidah fan is offensive to everybody outside of Philly…

Cowboys:  Offensive to urban yuppie hipster folk and the cool kids of the DC/NYC/LA party circuit.  Besides, how dare Cowboys mock NYC.  Oh, and the botox-infested owner hanging all over hookers (err, strippers) 55 years younger than him is offensive too.  Where are the NOW crowd to complain about this abomination?  Women unite and stop this abuse of women! 

Packers:  This one should be obvious and decorum prevents me from going further.

Vikings:  Offensive to peace lovers and hippies.  Vikings were such vile people, oh and they brought us Lutefish, so that alone…

Saints:  Offensive to atheists.  There will be no honoring religion in any way in America .

49ers:  Offensive to me right now, freaking criminals.  Besides that, If we can’t have a team named 69ers, then dammit I don’t want to see any other numbers out there!

While I’m at it, I am offended by Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood doing the opening to SNF – why can’t we get a different choice of music each week?  NBC must be a bunch of freaking rednecks to keep choosing country.  Why are you discriminating against the youth and their “music” NBC?  For that matter, why are you not putting on Lawrence Welk?  You got something against old folks and champagne music and polka?  Are you anti-Polish?  You should be sued you discriminatory pricks!

I’m also offended by Bob Costas preaching his beliefs to us (I don’t need a sermon at halftime, so stop preaching – that’s a violation of my right not to hear churchin’), I’m offended by Chris Berman’s rug on top of his head, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders acting ignorant on NFL Network, and the NFL trying to squeeze more money out of everybody – isn’t that where the liberals are supposed to go after them?  Come to think of it, why aren’t those in power going after them for more in taxes?  Hell liberals, they make $9,000,000,000!!!  Go getcha some of that!!!  No?  Why?

What?  I’m a douche?  Yeah, OK, whatever.  It was all done with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. 

So let me be serious for a quick second - I watch Football to get away from all the BS garbage being laid out in this 24/7 news cycle society.  Again, when I hear from a majority of American Indian Tribes that they are offended by it, then I’m more than willing to listen – I WILL NOT LISTEN TO TAKES SPEWED BY THE DC/NYC/LA COCK-tail party circuit or those who are supposed to call the game.  Screw you, I only want to hear about a freaking game, I do not want to be lectured to and with each passing lecture and report, you are driving me and folks like me further and further away.    

Douchebag of the Week.  I gotta go with the PC Crowd this week.  The NFL might stand for No Fun League, but these jackasses could take the fun away from ants at a picnic.  Just seems to me that the only thing they live for is to be butt-hurt by something and to shake somebody down because of it.


Saturdays Surprise - 8/30/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:12:08 PM

Good Morning y'all, and I hope that you are enjoying your Labor Day Weekend.  I wanted to drop a few notes off here and see what you thought, so let's get to it:

Aldon Smith.  Piss on San Francisco Football for whining that this cat got a NINE game suspension - he deserved a year and should have gotten that.  You want the guy to stay on the field 49ers, then it's your responsibility to make sure he's not making stupid decisions like DUI (twice), possessing weapons, rollin w/gangstas, screaming bomb at an airport, and whatever the hell else he was doing that we don't know about - and I'm sure there's plenty.  If he's that busy being a public menace, then that means the team isn't keeping him busy enough...

Now SF, your bluff has been called, he can attend meetings and is allowed to be in the complex, he just can't practice and play.  Now let's see how committed you are to keeping this kid on the straight and narrow.

NFL Network.  There's a lot of good to this network if you can cut through the obnoxiousness of Rich Eisen, and the buffoonery of Michael Irvin.  I highly encourage you if you have the Network to watch them, especially their football show "A Football Life".  I absolutely loved the two part show on Vince Lombardi.

NFL Cutdown Day.  Otherwise known as Michael Sam day.  And yes NFL Network, when it comes to Sam - you may not have been as outrageous as the four-letter TMZ, but your coverage is obnoxious as well.  It would seem the chances are that this kid will make a squad, but more likely he'll remain on the St. Louis practice squad.

Washington @ Seattle Baseball Series.  I'm guilty of paying top dollar to attend games in 2014, and if I had cash and wasn't busy this weekend, I'd seriously think about flying the 800 miles north to catch a game this weekend and enjoy the natural beauty of Seattle.  By the way Seattle, props to you for getting 35,000 plus up there to go to the game last night - MLB is better when your fans show up loud and proud.  

How is it that the #1 and #2 pitching teams in all of MLB get together on Labor Day Weekend, both in good playoff runs, and we hear almost nothing about this matchup?  To me this is quality baseball and a matchup you don't see frequently, so take a tip from Uncle B.O.B. and watch a game or two of this one - I don't think you'll be disappointed, though Washington got to King Felix last night and chased him...  

We here at the Gab, with the exception of Sun Tzu have been kind of igorning this one team from the NL East who just keeps winning all of a sudden and right now could be the best team in the NL - Washington.  Everybody can talk about the payroll of LA, and the surprise that is Milwaukee, but if you're looking at a favorite to come out of the NL - look at DC.

Speaking of Seattle Baseball.  Hey Jesus Montero, there's a reason you are wearing #63...

A few years ago when Seattle and the Evil Empire had that trade that involved Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, I didn't like it and as it turns out, I was right, Seattle got ripped off.  Now two years later, this dude is getting into arguments with scouts in the stands in Single-A over an ice cream sandwich?  After he got suspended 50 games for PED's then came to camp this spring fat and out of shape?  He's been sent home, and the big club will not be bringing him up as originally planned - apparently he's had a string of "incidents".  Good Lord Montero, way to piss away your talent.  You're 24 years old and now this?  Nice going, now go bag my groceries and don't screw up my order at Carl's, Jr.  

Oakland @ Anaheim Baseball Series.  Hey Oakland, Erick Aybar IS NOT Tony Gwynn.  Can you at least slow him down?  Jeez...

College Football.  With all due respect to our friend who comes in to drop CFB knowledge on us, I'm not trying to hear about a pre-season Top 25.  Let's get six games into the season and have teams build up a resume then we can talk about rankings, you know when actual football games are played both in and out of conference.  By the way, do you all think this new bowl selection system makes rankings pretty irrelevant?  I do...

I can only say one thing about today's action:  GO NAVY!!!

Texas A&M did South Carolina dirty Thursday Night, but I would suggest to you that South Carolina could be an SEC spoiler come November, and possibly the first Saturday in December too...

UFC 177.  Sacramento is going nuts today because we are hosting UFC 177.  I guess MMA is a hotbed here and OK I guess, but all its gonna do is increase the idiots at all the local gyms wearing their Tapout gear and talk tough in the gym.  

Grilling.  Yep, it's Labor Day Weekend folks, so I'm gonna keep this short, and wouldn't mind reading some good recipes on the grill that I can steal from you all.  For me, it's once again our favorite, Marinated Kona (Hawaiian) Tri-Tip with BBQ beans (Bacon, green onions, brown sugar, mustard, molasses, and four different types of beans), and bacon-wrapped pineapple sausages...Yum...



Monday Moaning - 8/25/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:01:09 AM

Happy Labor Day Weekend.  I know Country isn’t the most popular choice here at The Gab, but this video I play every Labor Day Weekend is my way of honoring the hard working folks who struggle every day doing it the right way just to keep even – you folks are in no way honored enough, and I for one am tired of others trying to steal little pieces of what you all work hard your whole life for!!!  Let the words speak for themselves.

The reality is that this type of worker is becoming more and more rare based on pure greed on both sides, but know this folks, you have at least one fan here, and many, MANY more.  And by the way, Alabama is THE BEST country music out there!

But before I move on to what we all came here to do, allow me a rant would ya:  I am really trying to get into sports on the regular X’s and O’s level, I swear to you all I am.  But my goodness, the idiotic greed and unmatched stupidity of professional sports right about now is mind-boggling, and unfortunately, I have to discuss it here today.  For that I profusely apologize.

Mary Jane.  How freaking stupid do you have to be to spark up then go and drive?  I generally don’t give a damn if you do smoke weed, except when your Jamacian Voodoo Posse imitation invades my space and/or you’re operating machinery and putting yourself (but more importantly others) at risk.  If you ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY have to smoke, can you at least wait until you freaking get home and know you aren’t going anywhere?  DAMN!

MLB – Oakland/Anaheim/Seattle.  How great a story is the AL West for MLB?  Oakland took two thrillers Friday and Saturday night that had ole Uncle B.O.B. glued to a Baseball game on TV, and that takes A LOT...

MLB – LA/SF.  Milwaukee gave San Francisco an absolute gift last week, and looke what they did with it:  pissed it away.  What happened Sunday in Washington was a flameout of epic proportion by the gas can known as the SF bullpen.  Good Lord, how do you go from being up 6-2 to down 14-6?  Jesus...

NFL – Mike Ditka.  How dare Mike Ditka express his opinion on this battle regarding the Washington Football Franchise nickname.  Who the hell is he?  Well, here is what he said and by golly I'm gonna stand up to him - the PC Army needs to fight this scourge of a man and darn it, like Al Bundy on Labor Day, I'm just the guy to take on Iron Mike.  Did you read what that pathetically obnoxious little man said?  Well, the short version is here.  I wonder how long before ESPiN drops the hammer on him?  Shameless plug alert:  I will be having a blog next week which directly addresses this issue:  If you are PC, I’m here for you – to support your vision and to encourage you that your efforts haven't gone far enough and I'm making a proposal that should solve this problem of nicknames!  YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!


NFL Preseason.  Landon Cohen of the Buffalo Bills is my newest favorite player in the NFL.  Why?  Because he’s a fat guy who recovered a fumble, rumbled 59 yards with the rock and showed some good cuts.  Too bad he ran out of gas and slowed down to let the Steelers tackle his ass.  What is it John Madden says:  “I love it when a fat guy gets the ball”???

NFL Preseason – Weekend #3.  They say that this is the weekend to get an idea of what your teams will look like at the start of the season and if what I saw is any indication, you could almost hand the Lombardi Trophy back to those whiny bastards in Seattle, though a case could be made for an improved Green Bay and New Orleans.  Meanwhile, 30 teams are gonna get overshadowed by douchebaggery coming out of New York and Cleveland, both of which will be worthless.

NBA – The Big Trade.  It’s official and America’s (and ESPiN's) self-appointed #1 NBA fan Bill Simmons is pissed:  Kevin Love is going to Cleveland to help LeBron win that title for long-suffering Cleveland.  Let me beat ESPiN to the punch:  The Cavs are not just must-see TV, but the first team favored to go 82-0 and sweep the playoffs.  THEY’RE THAT GOOD!!!   You see ESPiN, I just saved you some time, so don’t bother. 

Hey Simmons, no trade you can engineer (since we know Danny Ainge just LOVES to hear your rumors because you are so much smarter than him - that's why you're a blog site editor and he's a championship winning General Manager) will help the Celtics stay with the Cavs.

Let me be 100% serious for a moment:  I am going to enjoy the hell out of this if it blows up and Cleveland doesn’t live up to the hype.  It’s no disrespect to Cleveland, but a hell of a lot of disrespect to the hype machines, and that whiny little (bleep) Kevin Love. 

But wait, somebody with a sense of logic chimed in:  Here’s the scouting report when playing against Cleveland, RUN!  For the first eight seconds of the shot clock you’ll get to play 5 on 4 because Love will still be down on the other end pouting about something.  It’s very similar to what we go through in Sacramento when the Kings whine to the refs while the opponent goes 4 on 1 for the same reason.

NBA – Joel Embid.   Hey Joel, you know you’ve screwed up on Twitter when the Iron Sheik gets loose and asks you:  “you have the kush bubba?”  You get props for having brass balls on Twitter trying to get with Rihanna or whoever – it’s actually pretty funny somewhat – if it didn’t sound so pathetic.  Hey Joel, if a chick says “Get back with me when you’re rich and famous…” trust me my man, you don’t want none of that! 

Come on Joel – you’re now a millionaire and trust me, you don’t need the drama of Rihanna in your life, you’re a freaking rookie on a team desperate to improve right away.  Focus on the roundball and find something less distracting.

NBA – Kobe Bryant.  Once again when he has a chance to keep his mouth show he's not a Richard Cranium, Kobe Bryant just can't avoid saying something freaking obnoxious.  This time?  Here he says elite players like LeBron and of course himself are underpaid and that the salary cap isn’t fair to the big dogs.  So it’s fairer for the elite players to make as much as they can while the owners low ball the ham and eggers?  I can’t wait for the liberals who want everybody to share talk about this one.  Wait, no response?  Shocking, a double standard.

Yeah, way to stand up for ALL players in the league Kobe – so typically you.  Get yours and fuck 90% of the league, who if they didn’t exist, there’d be no NBA.  Hey Mr. Bryant, I hate to burst your bubble, but you aren’t as elite as you might think now.  So I guess you should give back your money and give it to Carmelo or Dwight Howard, or Kevin Durant, or CP3 or because they are far more worthy of it, right?

Douchebag of the Week - NFL – Super Bowl Halftime Show.  The NFL is really trying to force performers to pay them for the privilege of performing at halftime of the Super Bowl?  Now I hate these Hollyweird freaks, but if I was every single one of them and this rumor was true, I’d laugh at the NFL and tell them to piss off. 

Besides, no self-respecting Gabber is going to watch that, well, except for the pervs who will just be hoping for a Katy Perry wardrobe malfunction.  But then again, this is who the NFL is trying to get to perform:  Katy Perry, Rihanna, or Coldplay?  Good Lord, Kirk Franklin and his gospel choir are probably more popular.   

Now, to provide an opposing view, our friend Doug is also right – let the market dictate this.  If the NFL wants to get greedy, they’re within their right.  But let me say this:  if the NFL is gonna go this route, how long before they don’t give a damn and find a way to go PPV for regular season games or the Super Bowl?



TGIF - Let's talk Baseball - 8/22/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Hey y’all.  Sorry, had to go the Paula Deen route.  Hey, I figured while Sully was away, I'd have a little fun.  Not funny?  OK, on to the sports, where today I want to talk about Baseball: 

“The one constant through all the years (Ray) has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”

James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams (1989) (imdb.com)

I was reminded of this quote recently and it’s amazing to me how accurate it truly is.  As a kid, I couldn't get enough of Baseball and maybe it's a bit melancholy or whatever, but Baseball kinda did represent what was once good and now what can be again, as we witness what I call the rebirth of the sports since about 2010.  No matter how down we get on the sport, we watch.  We pay to travel nearly 2000 miles and watch a game between two teams that you really don’t know or care about.  We go to Spring Training because we missed the game so over a long cold Winter – as if Ole Man Winter moves aside for the game.  We get fired up in late March, early April for Opening Day, some going as far as taking the day off.   You get the sense that Baseball is on the upswing…

But I also worry.  When the LLWS outdraws MLB in TV ratings by nearly double, that’s a sign.  I worry when I read and hear about casinos and sports books taking action on Little League games.  I worry when folks care more about NFL training camps and preseason football then they do about compelling races, and that leads me to this:

MLB Commish.  There is a lot of complaining from many places on the selection of Rob Manfred to replace Bud Selig by saying that it will be the same type of “leadership.”  Look, I don’t know Manfred, so I’ll reserve judgment on that, but what I do believe is that MLB needs a tweak to its vision.  Baseball has a lot going for it – tradition, fantastic Minor League Baseball that many fans eat up (both figuratively AND literally), and vastly improved MLB product in terms of competitive balance (on the field), but at the same time, I think it’s time we all look at the bigger picture and start to try to bring back the casual fan.

We’ve all talked about what we would do if we were commish, and from the outside looking in, this is what I would do (revised):


1.   Enforce the pitch clock per Rule 8.04 of the MLB Rule Book, but tweak the rule so that the batters are penalized for delay of game just as much as pitchers are.  Oh, what you say, there's rule 6.02(b)?  You mean this, straight out of the MLB Rule Book...

6.02:  The batter shall take his position in the batter’s box promptly when it is his time at bat.
(b) The batter shall not leave his position in the batter’s box after the pitcher comes to Set Position, or starts his windup.
PENALTY: If the pitcher pitches, the umpire shall call “Ball” or “Strike,” as the case may be.
Rule 6.02(b) Comment: The batter leaves the batter’s box at the risk of having a strike delivered and called, unless he requests the umpire to call “Time.” The batter is not at liberty to step in and out of the batter’s box at will.
Once a batter has taken his position in the batter’s box, he shall not be permitted to step out of the batter’s box in order to use the resin or the pine tar rag, unless there is a delay in the game action or, in the judgment of the umpires, weather conditions warrant an exception.
Umpires will not call “Time” at the request of the batter or any member of his team once the pitcher has started his windup or has come to a set position even though the batter claims “dust in his eyes,” “steamed glasses,” “didn’t get the sign” or for any other cause.
Umpires may grant a hitter’s request for “Time” once he is in the batter’s box, but the umpire should eliminate hitters walking out of the batter’s box without reason. If umpires are not lenient, batters will understand that they are in the batter’s box and they must remain there until the ball is pitched.
If pitcher delays once the batter is in his box and the umpire feels that the delay is not justified he may allow the batter to step out of the box momentarily. If after the pitcher starts his windup or comes to a “set position” with a runner on, he does not go through with his pitch because the batter has stepped out of the box, it shall not be called a balk. Both the pitcher and batter have violated a rule and the umpire shall call time and both the batter and pitcher start over from “scratch.”

Hmmm...this is getting scary, Olbermann is right, MLB ain't serious about this because if they were, they'd do it - it's all about the $$$...

2.   Joe Morgan has or had an excellent program where he was trying to get baseball back into the inner cities.  MLB needs to partner up with him if they don’t already.

3.   This one isn’t realistic, but what I would summarily do as commish would be to put feet to the fire in Miami, Tampa, and Atlanta where fan support is minimal at best.  I honestly would look at relocation and/or contraction with these three teams and warn these markets that they are at risk of relocation or demotion to AAA – after all, it’s a business and something is not right if you can’t get fans to games.  Personally, I would look at Portland and San Antonio as relocation outfits.

4.  If Gambling is such a HUGE issue for Baseball, if it is true that there are casinos and sports books taking bets on LLWS, I would pull my support of those casinos who partake and shut down their right to take bets on MLB. 

5.  I would hang my foot in San Francisco’s ass with their continuous blocking of Oakland trying to get into San Jose by charging SF a fee to MLB for their continued demand and claim of that area.  Then I would hang my foot in the Oakland owners ass by demanding they and the city of Oakland either build a new stadium downtown, in the South Bay near Fremont, or in the East Bay valleys and give them three years to commit to it.  If there is no agreement by 2018 with a scheduled groundbreak date, I would announce plans to move the team by having a previously written, binding agreement with either Portland or San Antonio to bring the franchise there in 2019. 

6.  Throttle back on the greed by 14.28% and make it more affordable for a family to go to a game and reasonably enjoy it one day a week.  Now look, I don’t begrudge clubs for making their money, but can you at least take one day and cut the prices?  Surely you can afford a 14% cut one day a week?  Hell, maybe you could sell out a game or two? 

Example:  If you’re Minnesota and you have Cleveland or the New York Mets coming to town on a Wednesday, that won’t draw much interest, right?  Drop the prices in advance, advertise it as a one-day a week special, and fill the place with the noise of families and kids.  Wouldn’t that make sense for teams who are out of the race in September to bring in some fans?

7.  I would also look at using “best interests of the game” caveat to go after organizations with poor ownership.  By that I mean this, I would hire experienced and successful people to go in and consult on how to make their product more interesting to the organization in their city, and if there was no improvement over the years, well, like any other business, I would adjust in some way.

MLB.  Colin Cowherd is like Keith Olbermann, a pompous, arrogant big city ass, the very embodiment of today’s media.  But at the same time, he does have some fair takes.  First off, he says he goes to MLB games every year, and he doesn’t go to NFL games – which I find interesting and a comment like that while only from one talking head should have the NFL at least thinking.  Secondly, he talks about Bud Selig talking about his dinners with old MLB legends such as Al Kaline and Frank Robinson, to which Cowherd says “Spend dinners with Mike Trout and Bryce Harper”.  Thirdly, he talks about the “regional” issue by saying yes, it exists, but he rightfully points out that the New York teams have problems getting people to go to games. 

But then he gets stupid and says that San Francisco has been abysmal to watch the last four years.  Hey Colin, I hate to burst your bubble in whatever alternate world you live in, but San Francisco has won two of the last four World Series titles.  Idiot.

Baseball – Seattle.   Should we be surprised by their performance this season?  Ten games over .500 and making a good run towards the playoffs despite the naysayers who keep wanting to bury them?

  • Hitting.  With every stat I could find, Seattle is consistent – they rank between 18 and 21 in every hitting stat.  Seattle as a team is batting .246.  I don’t care what anybody says, Robby Cano IS NOT a disappointment in Seattle (.329 BA, 11 HR, 69 RBI, 10 SB) and should be on his way to a 200 hit season.  SS Chris Taylor was brought up recently and is hitting .338, though he is cooling off hitting .269 in his last ten.


  • Pitching.  It’s pretty clear to me that pitching is carrying the Mariners to this point.  As usual, King Felix is tearing it up, but this kid Hisashi Iwakuma isn’t too far behind at 12-6, 2.57 ERA, with 120 strike outs, while he has gone seven innings or more eight of his last ten games.  Meanwhile Chris Young is 12-6 with a 3.07 ERA. 


  • Future.  #1 Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker has apparently made it to the bigs as a closer, though shoulder soreness is slowing him down, though I’m not sure why Seattle rushed to bring him up as he was struggling at AAA level.  #4 Chris Taylor (SS) is having a strong 2014 at AAA (.314, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 14 SB) and has been brought up as well.  In fact in 302 AB, has had 34 extra base hits.  Yet another SS prospect doing even better?  That would be #10 Ketel Marte who was tearing up AA and started off AA real strong.  In 2014, he has a .306 BA, 51 RBI, 26 SB).  Carson Smith is another RP AAA guy whose expected to be brought up soon, and #17 OF Xavier Avery has folks hopeful if he can remain consistent.  Oh, and there is this guy Danny Hultzen who was taken overall #2 in the 2011 draft who will be coming back next season from a torn rotator cuff.  If he’s healthy, you might see him in Spring Training with an outside shot at making the team.


Tuesday's Tantrum, 8/19/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

It honestly seems like just yesterday that we all were celebrating the 4th of July.  Now, I’m starting to actually think of a COSTCO run and what I need to get for Labor Day Weekend BBQ.  Wow…

Middle B.O.B.’s excellent adventure.  This week she came home from Madison with a whole bunch of cheese and cheese curds, some really good mixes, and next week for her final week, she’s gonna pick up some more, mostly Green Bay Packer stuff for some Packer fans out here. 

A 2014 Goal achieved.  I’m a socially awkward SOB, yet one of my goals in 2014 was to get out of the bunker and expand my comfort zone.  I’ve volunteered at the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to be their “Communications Committee Chairman.”  I will build their website, create a quarterly newsletter, and start up their social media areas to work to get our message out.

But that pales in comparison to going out last Wednesday and visiting veterans and those connected with veterans at the senior center in the next town over and spending time with them, having cake and ice cream, and just yapping.  I heard some very interesting stories from a WW2 vet from Midway Island and the Philippines that didn’t start off so well, but ended up being one of those crazy Navy only “less than PC sea-stories” in the end.  Props to my 90-something year old brother vet, and it impresses me that this Navy SEABEE still had a “can do” attitude at his age walking around pretty damn good.  Others told me of their memories of their kids going off to war in Vietnam.  God Bless him, God Bless them all, and God bless those doctors, nurses, and support staff there!  Talk about doing God’s work…

But it’s a two way street - they are also helping me.  For whatever reason, I can’t get over being so damn uncomfortable in public (especially in hospitals), and these folks made me feel welcome.  We look forward to going back next month, this time with Mrs. B.O.B. who really wants to go.

MLB Races.  Hey folks, I mocked ESPiN last week when Baltimore went up 5.0 games, but guess what now?  They’re up 7.0 – hey suits, stay away from shower rods!  Meanwhile, Detroit is screwing around and Kansas City now is up one game on them, and as for Oakland, well, their bats better wake up because Anaheim has caught em and Seattle has closed it to six games.

Over in the NL, all of a sudden the Nats are getting hot up 6.0 games, Milwaukee swept a series from the Dodgas this weekend and are up 3.0, and those dirty water thieves somehow can’t run away from a fading Giant team – they’re only up 3.5. 

MLB – Oakland.  I think we have enough sample size to work with here, and I think my first reaction to the Cespedes/Lester trade was right – it hasn’t worked for Oakland yet, though Lester is doing his part. 

MLB - Atlanta.  I always question ESPiN's scheduling of Sunday Night games, but last night watching Oakland at Atlanta, I gotta actually ask myself if Atlanta even remotely deserves a professional franchise in any sport outside of Football.  Sunday Night National Game against the team with the best record in all of baseball that you just took three straight from and nobody wants to show?  Why on Earth would the folks in Atlanta want to build another stadium when the fans won't support this team?

MLB – Miami.  It’s the last part of August and Miami is sitting at 62-62, and while that alone should be cause for celebration, it’s also nothing spectacular, but nothing outrageously bad either.  Is it possible that this team may very well be on the right track and be a team of the future?

  • Pitching.  I can’t help but wonder where Miami would be if Jose Fernandez hadn’t gone out with that Tommy John stuff – they’d almost certainly have five more wins under their belt and be in MAJOR contention for the Wild Card.  Henderson Alvarez is having a good season (9-5, 2.43 ERA, 3 CG in 23 games).  He’s not much in terms of a SO machine, but he’s quite serviceable.  As a team, they do well in not giving up home runs, being #5 in MLB in that stat (89).  Steve Cishek has 31 saves, but a 4-5 record with a 3.78 ERA.  They need help in the pen – he can’t do it all by himself.
  • Hitting.  Miami sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to hitting, though they lead the league in striking out.  Casey McGehee has been a great surprise for them (.303 BA, 60 RBI in 121 games).  All world Giancarlo Stanton (.293 BA, 32 HR, 84 RBI, and even 10 SB).  I sure hope Miami can find a way to keep him away from the Yanks and Sawx who will make big time runs at him during Hot Stove.  Christian Yelich isn’t doing that bad either (.276 BA).  They need some plate discipline though, but that’s expected with such a young team.  


  • Future.  As with San Diego, Miami has a TON of pitching on the farm.  Down the line Miami’s #2 prospect Tyler Kolek is a guy I believe Jeff has mentioned before.  MLB.com says he’s not coming until 2018, but this 19-year old #2 pick has some great stuff.  Another pitcher closer to being ready may be #4 prospect Justin Nicolino (11-4, 2.85 ERA at AA in 2014).  #7 prospect is a Catcher, J. T. Realmuto (.290 BA, 6 HR, 52 RBI, 23 2B at AA), as is #16 Austin Barnes (.302 BA, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 25 2B).  I didn’t see too many sitting at AAA though… 

When you look at Miami, you see something is working slow but sure, and while asking Miami fans to have patience isn’t exactly fair, they do seem to build through the farm and it does tend to work on occasion.  Remember, they have won TWO World Series in the past.

NFL Preseason – Seattle.  Glad to see Seattle is doing what they do best, playing the victim.  A big deal was made about the emphasis on defensive holding, so right on cue Seattle players are bitching during sideline interviews calling it “the Seattle Rule” – in essence claiming it’s a conspiracy against them, and their media is all whining, most notably that noted homer Brock Huard - a main cog in the whiniest of all media markets.  What more does Seattle want from the NFL?  Between replacement refs giving you a game against Green Bay and last season, they have more than paid you back for that screw job in Super Bowl 40. 

Look victims (I mean Seattle):  This whole thing is like driving over the speed limit in a group of cars – you get away with it, but when you push your luck and go faster on your own, Johnny Law is there to whack you.  Same goes here:  when you blatantly violate the rules far and above what anybody else does, did you really think the NFL was going to let you get away with it a second year?  Just like every other franchise does each and every time the NFL adjusts, so you need to as well.     

We’re starting to get an idea of how Seattle is going to combat this emphasis on DB contact that’s going to affect  them, their WRs are flopping and initiating contact to get the call against their opponent.  I swear if the NFL goes NBA and Soccer, I may have to find something else to occupy my time…

But then again, what does it matter when San Francisco plays like stir-fried dookie in their first two pre-season games?  Right now, Seattle would blow these jokers out of the water.

NFL – San Francisco.  Hey Jim Harbaugh, what the hell was that on Sunday?  I get losing to the Donkeys, but 34-0?  In the dress rehearsal in your brand spanking new stadium?  Same mistakes as last year, lots of mental errors, just horrific.  There had better be a major turnaround next weekend.

NFL – Jimmy Graham.  I don’t know what got into this fool Saturday Night, but his deciding to celebrate post-TD KNOWING he’d get hit w/a 15 yard penalty and yet continuing to do it pissed off no-nonsense head coach Sean Payton who is one guy that you seriously don’t want to piss off. 

Hey Jimmy, I know what you’re doing, I know it has to do with your contract and your unhappiness, but let me clue you in on something – you ain’t shit without Payton and Drew Brees.  Pull your head out of your ass, do things the right way and don’t penalize your team because you’re pissed!

New York AFC Team and Fireman Ed.  How desperate and pathetic do they look here taking Fireman Ed to lunch and asking him come back and do the annoying chant?  To his credit, he told the team this:  “I said no because it was the same problem, I couldn’t take my kids to the game.  I told them I wouldn’t come back.”  Translated:  He knew his act wore thin, it rubbed many people the wrong way, and he’s moved on.  Let’s be honest here, the guy was as much of an attention whore as any Kar-trash-ian (including Bruce or whatever she calls herself now), but at the same time, he didn’t deserve ALL of the treatment he got from New York “fans” either. 

Johnny Freaking Football.  I really REALLY wanted to leave this spoiled punk alone, but he just makes it too easy.  Congratulations son, it took exactly a game and a half for the rest of the NFL to figure out how to push your buttons.  Oh, and just so we're clear you moron, Heath Evans of NFL Network is right, thinking that being late to meetings and flipping off opponents isn't a big deal means that you aren't "getting it."  Get ready for heckling from hell - if you think Washington was bad, just wait until Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are lining up against you.  Oh, and you aren't exactly lighting the world on fire playing QB either.

Hockey take.  February 21st, Levis Stadium is going to host one of the many outdoor games w/San Jose vs. LA.  Couple of thoughts here:  First a talking head asked a very pertinent question – where are we gonna get the water from?  Secondly, when it comes to Northern California, particularly in Santa Clara, we aren’t talking about a Winter Wonderland – it’s usually sunny and not terribly cold in Late February as we are all planning for Spring Training and stuff.  Fans will come, but I’m just not sure on this one.


Douchebag of the Week.  Quite honestly, there were so many candidates, but sometimes you just gotta smack your own for being a bunch of dumb shits, and Florida State, you just hit the freaking Douchebag of the Week lottery.  You seriously asked Famous Jameis to be a part of a Twitter “#askjameis” live session?  Gee, I can’t imagine what could have gone wrong there.  Holy crap, I wonder how many Publix, crab, or weak ass rape jokes were on there?  From what little I read – a lot…


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