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Thursday's Thoughts - 4/17/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Hi guys, it's your Uncle B.O.B. filling in for Ole Harry this week while he tends to something.  Before I go any further, I want to wish everybody a Happy Easter.  May you enjoy your day however you choose to celebrate, be it church, family, BBQ, formal dinner, or just sitting watching Baseball, NASCAR, or the NBA/NHL playoffs on the recliner in the Man Cave.  It's definitely one heckuva sports weekend that's for sure.

Today, I want to touch on all four of the major sports.

NBA.  Thankfully the sham of a regular season is over.  A regular season that had teams purposely fielding the worst possible team they can in order to gamble on ping pong balls in May.  So you intentionally piss off your fans in the hopes that a set of ping pong balls in a closed off back room go your way?

I want to say good job to the Phoenix Suns who had a surprisingly strong season, and just missed out on the playoffs.  47 wins (six games over .500) and they can’t get into the playoffs?  That’s a damn shame, and shame on the NBA.  Here’s the rub with the Suns, they have three, possibly four first round picks in the upcoming draft.  Phoenix is on the rise (no pun intended) in the NBA.

Stephen A. Smith is absolutely right – no team who has a below .500 record in the regular season should be allowed into the dance, period end of story.  Forget conferences, it’s time to take the 16 best teams regardless and seed them accordingly, so long as they are above .500.

NBA Western Playoffs.  (1) San Antonio vs. (8) Dallas; (2) OKC vs. (7) Memphis ; (3)  Clippers vs. (6) Golden State; (4) Houston vs. (5)  Portland.  No series will be easy and I can only begin to imagine the matchups in the second round, but I’m not gonna consider anything an upset here.

One thing you should watch out for out west is that Golden State lost Andrew Bogut to a cracked rib which supposedly is dangerously close to his lung.  No idea how long he’ll be out.  That and the rumored tension with HC Mark Jackson may make Golden State the one easy out in a very tough West giving the Clippers a huge break.

Sacramento Kings.  The Kings ended the season with less than 30 wins, a small disappointment as I expected 32, but this season admittedly was a write-off season, a season for on-court evaluation and cleaning up the mess of the Maloofs.  Yes, there was frustrations including poor defense, questionable effort, constant whining to the officials, dumb ass technical, and a lack of production at the 2 and 4 spots, and a significant overpopulation at said “4”. 

But there were also some positives:  Ben McLemore is showing signs of improvement at the 2-guard spot, Ray McCallum is showing signs of being a quality backup PG, and Reggie Evans showed some solid play at the “4” late which significantly enhanced the Kings ability to rebound, and I’ll bet you didn’t know that there were three players on the Kings who averaged 20 points per game:  DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and little Isaiah Thomas. 

The Kings are the proverbial work in progress, with aggressive ownership and management.  Don’t be surprised if you hear their name in trades come draft night and in free agency.  The rumors continue to persist that Rondo is coming to the Kings (with Gerald Wallace) for a massive package to Boston in return which includes two First Round picks, Isiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, and something else.  Hey Boston, it ain’t gonna happen.

NHL Playoffs.  This is the time of year Hockey grows on me, and in the first round I get the added attraction of San Jose vs. LA Kings in the first round.  Now come on San Jose, let’s get a NORCAL victory over a SOCAL team! 

         

MLB.  Hey Jeff, thank you.  Watching morning/afternoon Baseball in the middle of the week on MLB Network does not suck at all.  I am looking forward to this all season long. It's a solid break from Law and Order reruns.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching Oakland/Minny last week from Target Field.

Speaking of which, I absolutely love that Target Field in Minneapolis and would like nothing better than to attend a game there.  Knowing that this is my last realistic chance, and after extensive negotiating w/Mrs. B.O.B., we will be going there in mid-May for a night game the night before Jerry’s graduation, weather and logistics permitting – making a day out of it and maybe finding a “juicy lucy” and other Midwest type of food.  I had been hoping for a day game, but the schedule didn’t quite work out for that.  I hope to have some cool pics.

Tampa Bay Bucs.  Tampa has already signed 15 players in Free Agency, which is good because the Bucs only have six picks in this draft (none in the 4th round).

NFL.com says the Bucs need OL (see a pattern here yet?), CB, and QB.  QB is interesting in that they already have Josh McCown and Mike Glennon.  Would the Bucs roll the dice on a QB at #7 if Bortles, Manziel, or Bridgwater were left?  Would they go after Mettenberger or a less hyped QB in a later round?

This is where the draft tends to get really interesting because with all the FA signings down in Tampa, the scores of unsigned free agents they had last season, and now new management (including Lovie Smith as the Head Coach, who I’m not high on), nobody is going to be able to get a feel for what the Bucs are gonna do, but this media pressure for them to take a QB could be a mistake.  Work on your line. 

College Football – Michigan State 2014 schedule.  Sparty taking the Big Ten, then winning the Rose Bowl was absolutely HUGE for the credibility of the Big Ten in 2013.  No longer is this conference Ohio State’s personal playground and the rest a bunch of underachievers. 

Home:  Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers

Road:  Oregon, Purdue, Indiana, Maryland, Penn State

Neutral:  Big Ten Championship Game

Oregon on September 6th?  On the road?  Don’t tell me other schools couldn’t schedule games like this.    Now this is what I’m talking about and I’m hoping that in the future we see more of this.  I get Eastern Michigan, but I’m not as sold on the rest (Wyoming, Jax State?) of their OOC.  Oregon will help, but if they get through the Big Ten, will their OOC be enough to convince a new selection board for an NC Game?

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Tuesday's Tantrum, Tax Day Edition
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Hello Gabbers and welcome to another edition of the tantrums where Saturday morning I watched “For Love of the Game” (again!) on MLB Network, and maybe it’s just my age and the fact I’m becoming more of a sap, but listening to Vin Scully describe even a fictional game was AWESOME!!!  Forget the garbage part of the script with the girl, I found the movie to be in part a homage to the real love on so many levels from so many characters for the game of Baseball. 

It also speaks to our never ending battle with Father Time, and the line I loved was for something I have thought a lot about lately, a Vin Scully line:  And tonight I think he might be able to use that aching old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer.”  It’s something that ties in with my first take of the tantrum: 

The Ultimate Warrior.  The following take may be cliché to some, hokey to others, but it comes from the heart.  Bear with me if you choose to read it:

 “Every mans heart one day beats its final beat.  His lungs breathe their final breath.  And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the bodies of others; If it makes them believe deeper in something larger than life; than his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.”  -- Jim Hellwig (aka Ultimate Warrior), Monday Night Raw, April 7 2014.

Eerily 24 hours after this speech he was dead at age 54.  Like Vin Scully’s line in “For love of the game”, it seemed to me Warrior was always trying to keep the sun up in the sky and extend Summer as long as he possibly could – living life to its fullest.  He possessed an ongoing commitment to impressive physical appearance at the age of 50-plus, working out with an intensity and purpose that I had not seen anywhere – he termed it “kicking his own ass.”  His point was that Physical activity is the quickest and most effective way to kill worry, doubt, and fear…everything about you and the quality of your life gets better with exercise.”  And oh, was he right.  He showed me that 50 is literally the new 30 in so many ways. 

But his appeal to me was far more than mere physicality, it was (is) about a common sense lifestyle choice that many, myself included, seems to have forgotten – ALWAYS BELIEVING in something far greater within yourself, aggressively finding your purpose in life and working with an intensity and passion to develop your destiny which is in your hands, nobody elses.  To be yourself and actually “OWN” your life - not letting anybody else do it for you.  He believed in kicking doubt, resistance, and negativity square in the ass.  He lived this way in part by having 11 ways to better the quality of your attitude and life.  A lot of it was basic stuff that somewhere along the line I had forgotten.   I adapted these 11 points to my own life and it’s certainly helped me.

So what’s the bottom line for me?  Did he say mean-spirited and ignorant (bleep)?  Of course, we all have.  Forget the wrestling and the political takes, I choose to remember the man who takes a basic, no non-sense yet common sense approach to life.  He inspired me to wake up and realize that life ain’t over, to understand that the status quo isn’t acceptable, to search for more out of life.  He got me to accept that and to find new goals and new challenges.  Some physical, some mental, but either way, I now commit fully to them.  Those are the things I choose to remember about Jim Hellwig.  Thank you “Warrior”, not for the entertainment and certainly not for the wrestling, but for the motivating me to see there’s more to life, to live with purpose and commitment.  I will strive to be worthy of the good parts of your existence. 

  

Golf – The Masters.  I think it was great for the game of Golf to see that real-life Happy Gilmore moment when Bubba Watson won the Masters and had his little son walking out on to the green to greet him, then for him to pick up his son and walk and hi-five the spectators on the green, then up the path to the cabin.  Add in the fact that 20 year old Jordan Spaeth gave Watson his greatest challenge, and the game of Golf is in good hands.  The future is here.

Tiger Woods is a great and phenomenal champion, there is no denying or taking that away from the man, but I believe with all my heart that no one player of a sport is bigger than the sport itself.  The future is here and it’s time for Golf, the PGA, and the talking heads to acknowledge and embrace it.

MLB Fans.  We spoke about this last week, and now the Curtis Granderson issue in Anaheim is making it more interesting because a fan actually touched a player on the field.  Security has to be beefed up in some way and perhaps Adam Jones of the Orioles is right, charges should be brought and punishment should be severe.  Anybody remember the Monica Seles attack in Tennis?  Something bad is gonna happen if MLB Security and local police forces don’t develop a plan to keep fans in check.

   

San Francisco Giants Week in Review.  The Giants faced Arizona and Colorado this past week and went 3-3, 8-5 overall good enough for 2nd place in the NL West one game behind those dirty, stinking Dodgers. Right now they appear to be better on the road at 5-2.  The Giants are averaging 4.5 runs per game, pretty good for this bunch.  The Giants are pretty much scoring at will, thank goodness for Angel Pagan and Brandon Crawford, because Sandoval and Hunter Pence are absolutely stinking up the joing. 

I look for inspiration and happiness anywhere I can find it and this week at the Giants home opener, Matt Cain walked to the mound hand-in-hand with San Francisco’s favorite Superhero, Bat Kid, who threw out the first pitch for the Giants opening home game.

Freaking Mrs. B.O.B. gets two tickets to the Giants game Thursday Night against the Snakes, but I have to go to class, so Middle B.O.B. tags along to watch a ten inning affair where Kung Fu Panda cost the Giants the game with a ridiculous throwing error in the top of the 8th inning.  The throwing errors are very concerning.  Funny part of this game is that during night games, the Seagulls swoop down looking for grub almost every night.  It’s hilarious to watch this stuff.

Holy Crap Tim Lincecum, Paul Goldschmidt owns your ass!  Stop serving up the Gopher ball.  Jesus, the pitching is now hit or miss!  Hudson has a 2.35 ERA, Bumgarner 3.3.  Cain is sitting a 4.0, Vogelsong has an 8 ERA, and Lincecum is hovering at 10 for an ERA.  At least the bullpen is doing well.

Crawford yakked one into McCovey Cove to win on Sunday in the 10th, and Madison Bumgarner yakked a grand slam which had to be the highlight of the week.

Oakland A’s Week in Review.  Oakland started things off by going into Minnesota and sweeping the Twins, but then Friday night flew in to Seattle and smack dab into a red hot King Felix who owned them. But the A’s righted the ship going 5-1 this week, overall 8-4 with the best record in the AL, and 5-1 on the road.

The A’s bats are doing better, but still have a long way to go, particularly in the power department.  Brandon Moss is still hot, but he is going to need help from Cespedes, Donaldson, and especially Reddick, who if he doesn’t wake up soon, could find his way to AAA while Sam Fuld takes his place.   

Oakland’s pitching is doing well with Gray and Kazmir below 1.5 ERA, and Straily below 3, but their high priced closer Jim Johnson has already been pulled from that duty, sitting at a nearly 12 ERA. 

San Francisco 49ers.  What the hell is going on w/the 49ers?  Jesus guys, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  And Aldon Smith, if it’s true that you got belligerent with the TSA and told them you were in possession of a bomb, you should be cut IMMEDIATELY.  You aren’t getting it, and perhaps you need the “Cris Carter” wake up call before you do something that takes out an innocent person.

So let's see, alleged gangsta shit, felony weapons charges, DUI, and now communicating a bomb threat at an airport (and possibly being drunk while doing it).  Yeah, he represents the shield real well.

Better yet, this is where I would have absolutely ZERO problem with the Sheriff coming in and giving this ass-wipe the entire season off to think about things and what direction he wants to head.

Psst, Hey Colin Kaepernick, STAY THE HELL OUT OF MIAMI!!!

NFL Draft #6 Pick – Atlanta Falcons.  When you look at this team you sit and wonder.  You wonder about the Head Coach decision making, you wonder if they can stay healthy, and you wonder about picking up of Scott Pioli as part of the Falcons “Brain Trust”.  All that talent, but too many questions to overcome.

Mike Smith might have been on the hot seat, but he got a huge break (no pun intended) when Atlanta became the NFL’s version of a MASH unit.  But I can’t imagine another season like the last one, so you gotta figure he’s already on that hot seat.

This upcoming draft, NFL.com says the Falcons need LB, DL, OL, TE.  It would seem they addressed the line issues somewhat in Free Agency, they brought in two DL Tyson Jackson (KC) and Paul Soliai (MIA) and one OL in G Jon Asamoah (KC).  A signing I particularly like is the Devin Hester signing out of the blue.  That already adds to a deep WR core and automatically helps the return game. 

In the draft the Falcons have 10 picks (2 in the fourth, and three in the 7th), and my goodness, how fast do you think the Dirty Birds would jump on Jadaveon Clowney if he isn’t snatched up by #6?  Regardless of that Atlanta wins because no matter what they will address a need at #6 but again, if it’s Clowney there certainly is that question of motor and intensity.

College Football – Georgia 2014 schedule.  Since I wrote about the Falcons, I thought why not take a look at the Bulldogs. 

Home:  Clemson, Troy, Tennessee, Vandy, Auburn, Charleston Southen, Georgia Tech

Road:  South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky,

Neutral:  Florida (Jacksonville)

Notably missing:  Alabama (AGAIN!).  I don’t get the politics of the Georgia/Alabama refusal to play each other, a friend once told me it was Bear Bryant who wanted nothing to do with the Dawgs.

Troy isn’t a scrub, but they are not SEC caliber and I don’t get this SEC-specific thing of playing a scrub at home in the middle of November.  This is gonna hurt the SEC in the coming years as the other conferences start bulking up.

Here’s the thing about the Dawgs, they break your heart year after year.  They just can’t get over the hump.  But I would say this about Georgia – this may be the year that they can rise above South Carolina and Missouri and take the SEC East.

 

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Tuesday Tantrums, 4/8/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Hello Gabbers and welcome to another edition of the tantrums where Uncle and Mrs. B.O.B. are recuperating from the whirlwind of trips to Palm Springs, Phoenix, and South Florida and eagerly await  May’s trip to see Jerry graduate before we settle in for a long, hot Summer here. Holy crap folks, so much to cover and so little space.  On to the sports:

Golf – The Masters.  Ok folks, we got the confirmation, Elderick won’t be in the Masters, so the chances of the irrelevant Sergio Garcia getting off some ignorant verbal blast is minimal.  Phil Mickelson, my personal favorite, heading into his mid-40’s and battling injury too.  So what?  It’s Augusta and you’ve got a good crop of young players who need to be showcased.

Besides, if you need any further confirmation that Spring is here, tune in to the Sunday round and watch the play from Amen corner. 

Florida State.  Apparently, Florida State has some "splainin" to do... 

First off, we have that logo change, which cause some stir.  I certainly hope the school contacted the Tribe and discussed it with them.

Second and much more importantly, it appears that the Winston rape/assault issue didn’t go away as many had hoped.  Now the feds want to get into the mix about FSU’s handling of the allegations to see if they “conducted a proper probe.”  The feds investigating anybody about conducting a proper probe is hilarious considering their issues.  But the bottom line here is that if the feds think they didn’t, they’ll force the school to do investigate again, and while Winston can’t face charges he can face discipline including expulsion.  Not only that, they are gonna go back three years to other incidents as well to determine if there have been any Title IX violations.  This is gonna get ugly and I’m gonna be real curious to see how the race-baiters play this.

NBA – Milwaukee Bucks.  Saturday, a rumor got loose that ole Senator Herb Kohl finally broke down and sold the Bucks and according to that d-bag Bill Simmons it WAS NOT to the Seattle-ites who were rumored to be trying to buy the team.  Rumors are that a local group is buying it and it involves former Buck player Junior Bridgeman, who from what I understand owns and operates quite a few Wendy’s restaurants.

He is also reporting that the NBA aided in a very quiet sale to keep the “stay or go” embarrassment and speculation to an absolute minimum.  Very, VERY smart of the NBA who learned from the three year debacle here in Sacramento.  The thing the NBA gets out of it is that they get a new arena under construction in Milwaukee by 2017 or the team moves. 

OK, so Milwaukee may be settled.  Charlotte (B-dub), you’re next up on Seattle's radar, no matter how much they say you're not.  Watch out!!!

San Francisco Giants Week in Review.  The Giants got off to a good start this first week of the season going 5-2 against Arizona and the Dodgers on the road surprisingly sitting in first place this week.  Angel Pagan is going off early hitting over .400 with 8 RBI while Brandon Belt (of all people) has already hit four HRs and has 7 RBI.  If I had a concern, it would be that the Giants only have two steals to start the season. 

Meanwhile Madison Bumgarner is justifying the hype of his being considered the Ace of the staff with 13 strikeouts and a 1.74 ERA.   

   

Oakland A’s Week in Review.  Meanwhile in Oakland, the A’s went 4-3 against Cleveland and Seattle all at home, and yesterday beating the Twins in Minny.  One of the things I fear for the A’s is their hitting, and it’s kinda average at this point.  There’s no pop in their bats, with only five home runs in six games.

As usual of late, the A’s pitching is pretty strong.  Scott Kazmir is 2-0 and sitting on a 2.03 ERA, and Sonny Gray has a 0.75 with ten strikeouts. 

The biggest issue in Oakland was the cancellation of a game because the field wasn’t ready.  Good Lord, it is time to get out of the Coliseum.  Speaking of which…

MLB – Oakland A’s.  The Oakland Coliseum is 50-plus years old and the A’s have needed a new home for a LONG time.  Current ownership says they are in negotiations to rent out the Coliseum for TEN more years.  Are you kidding me?  There has been a lot of stalling from poor ownership to yes, the whiny bitches across the Bay in the San Francisco Giants.  It’s time for the Giants and MLB to stop bull-shitting around and let the A’s do something. 

Finally, there may be some movement on this.  There has been some talk about building the A’s a brand new stadium on the Waterfront in West Oakland near the port and over by their end of the Bay Bridge and that the owners of the Warriors may want to get involved in both the new stadium and potentially buying the A’s.  My understanding is that while they work on that plan, they MAY use Candlestick Park or even AT&T Park as their home for the time being. 

It’s a long way from being decided, but I’m glad folks are thinking outside the box and trying to get something done.  The A’s belong in Oakland.

NFL Draft #5 Pick – Oakland Raiders.  The Raidahs have finished cleaning house and have nearly 60 mil to throw at Free Agents – absolute props to GM Reggie McKenzie for doing in two years what most people thought would take five.  McKenzie is taking way too much heat for getting the Raiders out of Salary Cap and talent hell. 

Oakland got busy in Free Agency and it appears they got some solid locker room leadership, though a lot of it is a gamble in older talent – in essence McKenzie is attempting to buy time.  They signed three DE’s (Antonio Smith, Justin Tuck, and C. J. Wilson), an OLB (Lamarr Woodley), traded for QB Matt Schaub, and signed three O-Linemen (Kevin Booth (NYG), and Tackles Austin Howard (NYJ) and Donald Penn (TB)), two CB’s (Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers (both SF)), and I thought they got a steal with signing James Jones (WR, GB) and RB Maurice Jones-Drew. 

All that gain and what did they lose in FA?  WR Jacoby Ford, DE Lamarr Houston, and T Jared Veldheer.

So where do the Silver and Black go at #5???  NFL.com says the Raiders need QB, WR, and shock of shocks OL, all of which they addressed in free agency, though they could strive to build depth at these positions.  Do the Raiders go after Greg Robinson the OT out of Auburn after already signing two OT’s in Free Agency?   Not necessarily a bad idea.  But then again, Bortles or Bridgewater might make sense as well. 

Aw hell, let’s cut the crap – the #5 pick isn’t really going to help this franchise in any quick meaningful way, but that doesn’t mean Oakland isn’t in a good spot here.  If Uncle B.O.B. was the Oakland GM, I figure the best way to use this pick would be to actively look to trade down and build depth by calling New England specifically, but really any team desperate for O-Line help (most of the league) and see what they’d give up for the #5 pick.  Oakland is thin at RB, so why not drop down and draft an RB in the 2nd round?  Tre Mason (Auburn) or Carlos Hyde (Blow-hio State) perhaps?

The Raiders have eight picks in this draft, though there is an undisclosed draft pick going back to Houston in the Matt Schaub trade. 

    

College Football – UCLA 2014 schedule.  Jim Mora is building something strong in LA.  Considering the talent the Bruins have, you have to believe that the Bruins will be hyped like no other heading into August and September, so I thought why not look at their schedule:

Home:  Memphis, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, USC, Stanford

Road:  Virginia, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Washington

Neutral:  Texas (Dallas)                               

Now call me stupid, but I like Pac-12 Football and I think there are great teams out here.  Considering Texas, Oregon, Stanford, and Arizona State plus a potential Pac 12 Championship Game are on the docket, if UCLA can run the table (unlikely) or have only one loss they could be a shoo in for a big bowl game. 

It might be a little much to expect NC Game for the Bruins, but I think there’s an outside chance that the Texas/UCLA winner could be in the running.

 

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A Friday Freak Show - 4/4/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Friday, April 04, 2014 at 11:19:36 AM

Hey folks.  I saw that a post wasn't made and I had so much shit to spew, I thought I'd go ahead and cut down next weeks tantrum, so let's get it started.

Final Four.  Yawn.  I just can’t get excited by four big name schools getting in.  Nothing personal, but I have no rooting interest. 

Wrestlemania 30.  What makes this particular WM interesting is three things:  The Ultimate Warrior’s HOF speech (I almost want to pay to watch it), how they script the Undertaker/Lesnar show (Undertaker who can probably barely walk – will Brock Lesnar (who seems to have real heat w/Undertaker dating back to UFC) have to carry the old guy?), and what about C. M. Punk?  Was his departure “a work” for him to show up and involve himself in WM somehow?

The Daniel Murphy “Controversy”.  Really New York media?  Having a fit because a guy took ONE game off to be with his wife when she had a baby?  Who the hell are you to judge?  One game out of 162?  Man, the things these folks in the media are willing to dredge up.  Memo to Mike Francesa and the gang in NYC…I don’t know if you know this, but this is the New York Freaking Mets.  One game missed by a 2B in April is not going to affect a team who has absolutely ZERO chance of playing in October.

Hey NYC Media:  This is a new generation of men, they are different now.  This isn’t the 50’s and 60’s. 

Deion Sanders.  Speaking of saying something stupid, here comes Leon Sandcastle.  This moron said “the reason people won’t accept Johnny Football is because he has ghetto tendencies."  Are you fucking kidding me?  That has to be the most asinine comment I've ever heard.  No Leon, that ain’t the reason.  The reason is that Manziel comes off as an arrogant prick who despite not proving a single solitary thing as a pro and having moderate success against a down SEC (remember, he lost twice to Bama and once to Mizzou) has been hanging out with Drake, LeBron James, and the jetset crowd.  He hasn’t earned that cred yet!!!  THAT is why he is strugling for respect and having to fight/beg to become what should have been an automatic #1 pick.

Deion Sanders comment wasn’t offensive, it was stupid.

Oh and Johnny, nice stunt trying to trademark the term "Johnny Football" (ALLEGEDLY) just prior to the draft.  Oh boy, some vets are gonna have fun with your punk ass!

College Football – Oklahoma 2014 schedule.  After destroying Alabama and creating some momentum going into 2014, I look at this schedule and ask “Really?”   

Home:  LA Tech, Tennessee, Kansas State, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State

Road:  Tulsa, West Virginia, TCU, Iowa State, Texas Tech

Neutral:  Texas

At first glance you look and say “eh…”, but look a bit closer.  Tulsa was a bowl team, Tennessee is an intriguing matchup (I think they’ve improved?), there’s still Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State.  Let me ask this, let’s say that Oklahoma runs the table here or loses one game (Baylor).  Does the committee think enough of the Sooners to put them in a big bowl game?          

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Tuesday's Tantrum - April Fools Day
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to the Tantrums, where there are sports which are more fun to watch in person, and while the old folks love to watch Golf and Tennis in person, and obviously Hockey is outstanding to sit in the stands, but Baseball is incredible.  All the things I described last week are why.  I said it last week, but I want to repeat myself:  Baseball is a slice of Americana, and I honestly believe that it is regaining some popularity, but why?

Is it because the Boomers are getting older and perhaps ready to enjoy a slower pace?  Is it because it is somewhat more affordable to attend than the other sports?  Is it for the most part that fans know how to act at games (except apparently in California)? 

Perhaps Baseball’s popularity is rising especially this year because Baseball kinda signals the end of Winter in a sense.  Yeah, there’s still that straggler of a storm, but for the most part, temps start rising and we can think of warmth and sunshine. 

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.  You had to know ESPN was going to slobber all over the Dodgers and lookie here who shows up on Opening Night?  I’ll admit to watching the LA/San Diego game Sunday Night and was especially proud to see the march in of the military guys from the Marines and Navy into their seats at that beautiful stadium in San Diego.  Yet another stadium on my personal bucket list. 

As for the game, Ryu was killing it for the Dodgers, but the problem was the Pads were staying with them.  Up 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th, the Dodgers put in Brian “Fear the Beard” Wilson to set up the close.  Well, he gave up three runs without getting an out.  Karma.  Hey Brian, don’t you think you’ve made enough off the beard?  Might be time to shave it off, oh, and get rid of that stupid Mohawk – that’s for High School Football Players.

Padres win 3-1 after Huston Street came in the top of the 9th and just dominated the three batters he faced.

Final Four.  For all the bitching I do about the NCAA CBB selection process, it seems they got it right this year and it’s been one helluva tournament.  Florida, UCONN, Wisky, and Kentucky.  That’s a pretty solid quartet right there.  And for what it’s worth, look how close the Big Ten got to having THREE teams in the Final Four.  Props to them.

    

South FloridaWith the greatest of respect to my family in California, with each visit it gets harder and harder to want to leave South Florida. 

As I said previously my wife, my Mom, and I went to the Cardinal/Marlin Spring Training game in Jupiter, Florida on Thursday just hours after arriving on the plane.  A very small, quaint ball park this Roger Dean Stadium in the middle of well nowhere.  But it was still a good time. 

     

Since then, I got to see my brother and his kids and that’s always nice, stop by a REAL Italian Bakery, eat like crazy, and enjoy driving down A1A and seeing the beach.  It’s getting a bit overpopulated here in South Palm Beach County, but they’ve done a real nice job keeping it like the Florida of old, despite all the rich jackasses moving here.

Of course there’s always the blue-hairs who want to drive at 30 MPH down the road in the left lane and refuse to move over or the blue-hairs who want to do nothing but complain everywhere, but that is so minor…it kind of reminds me of the old Jerky Boys skits. 

Football.  The DeSean Jackson mess is much ado about nothing.  Yes, he’s a jackass.  Yes, the Eagles went too far, but really why shouldn’t they make it tough on this guy – he’s made it tough on them with his Big Papi act for years?  Though I would ask this - if Jackson was as irate as so many others are, why doesn't he sue for defamation or slander or something?

The Steelers signing LeGarrett Blount means absolutely nothing if they don’t get their O-Line woes straightened out.

Now I’m not all necessarily butt-hurt about banning dunking the football over the crossbar post-TD, but doesn’t it seem that the NFL might have a bit more to worry about than that?  No Fun League indeed!

I keep hearing about some dust-up with Ron Jaworski isn’t too thrilled with Johnny Football’s football ability.  Look Jaws, I don’t like Manziel either, but the one thing you can’t deny is that the spoiled little jackass can make plays.  Jaws may very well be right about Manziel, but one other thing can’t be denied, the team who drafts him is going to see a rise in attendance.  I still think it’s gonna be Cleveland or Minny.

Well, it’s time to wrap it up today and enjoy the last few days then go home, celebrate our 26th anniversary, take my final, and start to plan for the next trip – Jerry’s graduation in South Dakota in May.

WELCOME BACK BASEBALL!!!  A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE MISSED YA!!!

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Tuesday's Tantrum - 3/25/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:29:28 AM

Welcome to the Tantrums, where today I’m back at the Casa in between trips.  Yeah, the NBA has its issues while they and the NHL still has one more month before the playoffs, so it’s really about time to talk Baseball, isn’t it?

When we get to March, what do we sports fans feel?  Yeah, we get caught up in the Madness, but there’s something that starts to stir in us.  The weather is changing, and our minds seem to drift to more outdoor activities, and poof there’s Baseball staring us straight in the face.  Of course, our friend Jeff has had a lot of fun already enjoying the great weather and some early Baseball. 

First and foremost for us old guys, no matter how much we’ve gotten away from the game, March still brings us back to thinking about “pitchers and catchers report” and Spring Training.  Our minds get to drift away from garbage weather and think about the possibilities of Baseball coming back for yet another year.

Which brings me back to Spring Training.  Last year we went out to Maryvale and watched Giants/Brewers.  This year we went to Peoria and caught A’s/Mariners.  Minor inconveniences existed, but dammit it was live Baseball!  No chance I’m gonna complain about sitting in the seventh row up from Third Base in 84 degree weather with a slight breeze and nothing but sunshine!!!   That did not suck one freaking little bit. 

So here we were, the five senses going absolutely insane:

         

Sight:  The Green Grass, the strong pitching, and the fans piling into the stadium all excited.  The excitement of kids getting picked to announce batters on the PA system and being given the surprise of a lifetime by being selected to be bat boys. 

Smell:  The Garlic Fries, the BBQ smells, and yeah, the sun block.

Sound:  The crack of the bat, the pop of the catchers mitt, and the cheers of the crowd singing "Take me out to the ballgame"

Taste:  Tasting a hot dog while Mrs. B.O.B. was enjoying margaritas and Nurse B.O.B. was enjoying Bloody Mary’s.  The awesome smells of BBQ.

Touch:  The warm sun beating down and actually stretching during the 7th inning stretch.

Like Doug, my mind wanders and thinks about future cooler Summer nights watching Minor League Baseball in much smaller stadiums with unique foods, and thinking that the future of the sport is bright. 

Meanwhile I’m being greedy and trying Mrs. B.O.B.’s patience with scam after scam about hitting games in Minnesota, Oakland, and San Francisco.  Hell, if I have to bring Jerry back home in July/August, you’d better believe I’m looking at a Colorado Rockies schedule to see if we can squeeze one in.  I’ve already started in about going to Seattle in the next few years, and sure as hell Boston is on the agenda, we hope in 2016.

And so here we are, Spring Training is winding down and dare I say it, a slice of Americana is coming to a close for yet another year. 

So now we review stats, we plan for fantasy drafts, and if we’re real lucky, we get the opportunity to get away and catch some Spring Training.  Yes, like I’ve been bragging, I’ve completed part one of my two part trip -   visiting Palm Springs and Phoenix (more accurately Scottsdale and Peoria).

Phoenix as a whole is a really nice place to visit.  To me there’s so many things to see and do – it’s kind of a Spring Break for adults.  Scottsdale was fun and that was where most of the naughty stuff was going on.  Which brings me to a comment Sully made to me this past weekend:  “nice place to visit but you sure as hell don’t want to live there.”  And he’s right, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but to visit and just get away for a bit in the month of March, Phoenix isn’t a bad place to spend a day or three.

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A little bit of Madness - 3/21/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Surprise!  It’s me, It’s me, It’s your Uncle B.O.B. filling in for Sully whose hunkered down in that frozen wasteland known as Hotlanta and focusing on some Hockey probably super happy because the Bruins are doing some dominating right about now.  OK, let’s get this party started before I go wheels up at 7AM because I want to rant on the dance:

Whose overrated?  Well, that would be #2 Wisconsin (40 point win over American doesn’t impress me) and #4 UCLA. 

Will we get another tourney of a 15 seed punking a 2?  I see two candidates in Villanova who drew a very good Milwaukee team, and Kansas limping in against Eastern Kentucky.  

Then you’ve got the 12’s and 13’s who like to rise up of late as well, and when I look at the 12’s I can make a case for all of them winning, along with two of the 13’s (New Mexico State and Tulsa). 

March Madness – Las Vegas.  The whining coming out of the Nevada casinos about how the brackets were set up with the matchups is mind-numbing.  Hey Vega$, you mean that for once, you won’t have an edge?  Put up and Nut up or shut up.

March Madness – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  It turns out we know a few kids who got the brains to go to Cal Poly SLO and I know they are loving life right now with their school getting into the dance.  Now SLO, don’t get all Cal State Santa Barbara and burn couches and crap, just enjoy because next up is undefeated, 34-0 #1 in the region ranked and #2 in the nation Wichita State.  Uh oh…

OK look, I’m all for the underdog, but Cal Poly went 13-19 and you reach a play-in game because you won you’re turdament?  Let’s be clear here – the reward for getting to the dance, especially in the smaller less recognized conferences SHOULD BE WINNING YOUR REGULAR SEASON CONFERENCE TITLE, not a conference turdament that’s nothing more than a cash grab for the city hosting it. 

Here’s the thing:  Cal-Irvine wins the Big West Regular Season Title, goes 23-11, and because they lose one game in a meaningless tournament in Anaheim, they get screwed?  Where’s the common sense here?

March Madness – Play-in Games.    NC State, Xavier, Tennessee, Iowa, in play-in games?  If they are reduced to this, they don’t belong, period end of story.  These play-in games are a cop-out to take the heat off the selection committees for not including more ACC, A10, SEC, and Big 10 teams.  OK, this is utter and complete horseshit.  But, I guess Dayton gets some cash out of this I suppose.

Oh, and three of the play-in games involve the winner going to the Midwest Region?  Of all places???  The 11, 12, and 16 are decided two days before the games begin?  This is the dumbest set of logic I’ve seen.  Speaking of which…

March Madness – Regional Game Locations.   Games of the South Region being played in Orlando, San Diego, Buffalo, and St. Louis? 

Games of the East Region being held in Spokane, San Antonio, and Buffalo?

Games of the Midwest Region being held in Orlando and Raleigh?                

Games of the West Region being held in Milwaukee?

I thought part of being a college student was that you should already know your geography.  Oh well…

March Madness – Round 1.  OK, let’s put the rantings to the side for a minute, there’s some darn good games on the first round docket:

South:  VCU/SF Austin, UCLA/Tulsa, Ohio State/Dayton, New Mexico/Stanford.

East:  Memphis/GW, Cincy/Harvard, UNC/Providence, UCONN/St. Joes, Villanova/Milwaukee.

Midwest:  Texas/Arizona State, St. Louis/NC State.

West:  Gonzaga/OK State, San Diego State/NM State. 

March Madness – Thursday Early Game Upsets.  Right out the chute, Dayton punks Ohio State and almost immediately the debate began about why these two teams don’t play in November and/or December.  Kenny Smith’s response was spot on “Because of things like this.”  I’m glad the NCAA forced an Ohio State/Dayton matchup.  Now let’s see if the Buckeyes want to start scheduling games.  If I’m Dayton, why should I? 

Just thinking back, how is it that anybody is surprised by an Ivy League entrant into the dance?  They've given fits and even won games in the past, specifically Princeton and Harvard.  And the worst thing for Cincinnati this year?  It was a 5/12 matchup. 

Uh, those Albany uniforms, yet they are only down six to Florida at the half?                                             

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN AND LET’S ENJOY IT BECAUSE IT’S STARTED OFF GOOD!!!

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Tuesday's Tantrum - 3/18/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

That's right you lucky devils, you got the one and only B.O.B., who later this week will be Southbound and down.  On Friday, we're wheels up to visit Nurse B.O.B. in Palm Springs, and on Saturday is the 250 mile roadie to Phoenix for Mariners/A's.  Meanwhile, Mrs. B.O.B. sucks down some Margaritas, and we hopefully check out a vertically challenged bar (hopefully more to come on that one). 

Meanwhile, Jerry is doing a 1300 mile roadie from that Winter Wonderland Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Padre Island, Texas for a little Spring Break action.  Ah, the joys of travel, and youth!  Hey Jeff, the kid ABSOLUTELY LOVES TEXAS!!!

While we get all the good trips, poor Middle B.O.B. has to go to training in Wisconsin soon for her new job.  Well, at least it's one place she's never seen...

In the meantime, I want to get some sports in.

March Madness.  My Tuesday Brother is gonna have so much more on this, I just want to say that there was bad, but there was good too in the selections. 

I honestly believe that Wichita State and all of the Midwest got boned in terms of potential matchups.  Name me one other team outside of the Midwest that has to go through a gauntlet like what they do.  You can’t, don’t try.

Can’t argue with the selections though, and yeah, SMU and Green Bay got screwed, but it was about money, so there’s that. 

I absolutely love the matchups in the first round and the potential matchups in the second. 

NBA Positive – Toronto Raptors.  Who would have thought that the Toronto Raptors who I thought were tanking would at this point be eight games over .500 and sitting in the #3 spot in the Eastern playoff chase with four castoffs/unwanteds from the lowly Sacramento Kings, while getting rid of Rudy Gay?

I really like this team with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Terrance Ross.  DeRozan is averaging 22 points, 4 rebounds, nearly 4 assists per game.  Lowry is averaging 17 points, 1.5 steals and nearly 5 rebounds per game, and Ross is hitting 41% of his 3 point attempts.  Five players are averaging ten points a game with a sixth real close (Patrick Patterson – 9.7).  They crash the offensive boards pretty well.  I also like Patrick Patterson who I believe was the steal of that big trade between SAC and TOR.  I think he can be a solid player in the NBA if a team would just give him the chance – he seems to fit in real well in Toronto.

The Raptors are averaging giving up 97 points per game which is pretty good, 21 assists per game which is pretty darn good.  They do average 14 turnovers per game, but considering other teams stats, that ain’t bad.

I've watched them twice and think that they may just have enough to give a team a headache in the playoffs.  The Raptors have the makings of a team on the rise.  Not this season, but maybe next? 

NBA Negative – Chicago Bulls.  I had the opportunity Saturday Night to catch these guys play the Kings while I was involved in a Fantasy Baseball draft.  I was drawn to the fact that they struggled with the Kings, but far worse was the Bulls constant whining to the refs, far worse than I’ve seen since Kobe in his prime.  The Bulls made the Kings (the epitome of whining in the NBA) look like freaking choirboys.

Sorry Bulls, whining to the Zebras ain’t gonna work when you face Miami or Indiana in the playoffs.

Hey Chicago, you're good enough on the court to let your play do the talking, shut your yaps and play ball you whiny bitches!

NBA Superstars – Carmelo Anthony.  Miami and Indiana are saying thanks to ESPN for trying to force a bidding war for Anthony between NYC and Chi-town.  That’s two less teams they’ll have to worry about next season.  If Chicago gets him, New York won’t improve anytime soon and Chicago will wreck their cap and flexibility, and Anthony will just wreck another team.  You gotta believe Tom Thibadeaux wants nothing to do with this guy, especially considering his defensive philosophies.  Be careful for what you wish Joaquim Noah, you might actually get it. 

NFL Playoff Expansion.   Wild Card Weekend already sucks balls and they want to add more?  Stop the madness!

NFL – Bullying Scandal.  Well folks, it’s finally over except for the probable lawsuits of the innocent non-players who were victims of the outrageous behavior.

The NFL and Miami Dolphins got a major gift from the only team who could give it to them, the San Francisco 49ers who traded a conditional 7th round pick for Jonathan Martin.  Martin will have the opportunity to make the team.  If he does, he will work in a veteran locker room without the non-sense and he can work on his game and repair his rep in virtual anonymity and perhaps contribute as a backup.  In my opinion it will take a year, maybe two, for Martin to get back to prove himself and fix his rep but in San Francisco this will very quickly become a non-story as long as Harbaugh is around.

Meanwhile, Miami is rightly and justifiably moving forward cleaning house while Richie Incognito sits in therapy and John Jerry (two of the major players in the scandal) can’t get a sniff out of free agency to this point.  POETIC JUSTICE!!!

Oh, and Pouncey, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you.  If I’m Stephen Ross and the new GM, two things are happening:  (1) I am contacting the NFLPA to find out how short a leash I can keep you on and enforce it to the letter of the law, and (2) we’re having a “come to Jesus” meeting on how you can be more of a professional.  You see Pouncey, a professional is…uh, never mind, you wouldn’t understand.

NFL Free Agency.  I found the initial FA period interesting.  And from what I can tell, the big winners were Miami, Tampa, and Cleveland.

NFL Draft #4 Pick – Cleveland Browns.  Hey Haslam, no rumored 2015 uniform change is gonna fix your issues, get to work NOW!!!

NFL.com says their needs are QB, RB, and OL.  Here’s the ironic part about what’s going on in Cleveland:  as incompetent, goofy, and rudderless as the Browns ownership and management have proven to be, they have two first round picks (4 and 26), one second (35), two thirds (71 and 83), and two fourths (102 and 123), and three more picks after that!  Add in all that money under the cap and were they crazy like a fox all along?  Or did they just luck up like the proverbial blind squirrel finding a nut?

Cleveland stocked up on an already strong defense – they  signed Donte Whitner (S, SF) and Karlos Dansby (LB, Arizona).  Aggressive and Ballsy.  Now Cleveland, as a 49er fan who has caught Donte's act, let me warn you up front – he will FREQUENTLY cost your team 15 yards for hits that the zebras don’t like.  He’s been fined by the NFL too and definitely is on their radar for a very quick suspension.  You've been warned!

Is it really bad that Cleveland lost some of it’s Free Agents?  Considering it’s record in the past, I say no ya gotta try something different.  They lost D'Qwell Jackson (IND), G Shawn Lauvao (WAS), and SS T. J. Ward (DEN).  I’d say the Browns improved in Free Agency, but that’s just me.

As for the offense, I like that they signed RB Ben Tate, and my guess is that Tate's signing means they are going to go OL at #4.  Don't be shocked if Cleveland goes after Mike Vick to hold it down with Hoyer at QB, draft a WR at 26, then go after RB and WR help in the second and third rounds. 

But here’s a question for Beeze:  What happens if Manziel, Bridgewater, and the best OL are off the board when #4 comes around?  Does Cleveland do something stupid like panic and trade some of those valuable picks to move up to the #2 spot in a fit of desperation, do they do the smart thing and trade down for more picks if some desperate team comes forward wanting the pick, or do they pick at #4 the best player available?

Cleveland is in a great position with lots of picks, but I'm going right back to San Francisco who has 11 picks including one first, two 2nd rounders and two third rounders and seeing if I can draw a couple of those for Josh Gordon who the 49ers could desperately use.  Look, the Browns are in full rebuild mode and Gordon isn’t going to help them per se right now considering they have no true QB, a bad running game, and still need help at the O-Line.

Let’s see if a team is desperate enough to give them a deal that they can’t refuse.  If not, what’s the worst that can happen, they fall into a solid offensive lineman? 

College Football – Texas 2014.  New Coach, two major games at neutral sites, a revenge game against a BYU team that threw them a humiliating beatdown last season, and a whole lot of motivation in Austin.  Man, Longhorn fans have got to be fired up about 2014.  I know I am, and I'm not even a fan.

Road:  Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State

Home:  North Texas, BYU, Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia, TCU

Neutral:  UCLA (Arlington), Oklahoma (Dallas)

Personally, I like this schedule – to me this is challenging.  They owe BYU, and scheduling UCLA worked out to be a stroke of genius.  If Texas slips by the Bruins and BYU then they could be highly ranked highly after week 3.  Of course they still draw Baylor, Oklahoma, and OK State, but could you imagine if Texas comes out of the Big 12 as Champs and have a win over a highly ranked UCLA?    

Might be a bit too much to hope for, but it's also not totally out of the realm of possibility either.

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Tuesday's Tantrum - 3/11/14
Posted by B.O.B. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

Welcome to the tantrums, where Uncle B.O.B. got a kick out of hearing about two of my kids trolling Beerfests one here in Sacramento, the other driving through 250 miles of ice filled interstate from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis to attend some kind of 18 bar golf-style pub crawl.  Hey Shu and BB, fill me in on that tradition in Minny, would ya?  A good start to the St. Patrick's week festivities.

Man, I got so much on my mind and I’m in rant mode, so let’s get to it:

NBA on ESPN.  I am in my glory about ESPN being pissed off because the Lakers and Celtics suck and the Knicks are a basket case.  Now apparently they’ve resorted to name calling the small markets because they can’t pull their usual ignoring them.  On Friday Night, apparently some asshole had the audacity to say that the Sacramento is lucky to have the Kings because Sacramento the city sucks.  Hey assholes, there can only be one Charles Barkley, and he doesn't want to work for you despite your desperate attempts to back up the Brinks Truck to lure him from TNT.  You don’t have him, so step off.  Apparently, they are still steaming about Seattle not getting the Kings. 

As for the a-hole NBA analysts, keep disrespecting the small market cities where most of the good basketball is currently being.  You’ll end up with what you want, a contracted league in big markets with far less jobs.  Then you all can celebrate your big market teams all you want.  Of course, you’ll make less money, there will be less coverage, and less “analyst” jobs.  I’m just sayin…

Hey Sacramento, I don’t normally do this, but I think I can speak for many here in Sacramento when we say we have two words for ESPN:  SUCK IT!!!  Well, that and when the Kings are good again, “KEEP YOUR SORRY ASSES OUT OF OUR TOWN!!!”

I'm praying for an Indiana/OKC Finals.  You think Charles Barkley was pissed about having to go to San Antonio and hang with the fat women in the past?  ESPN and ABC will have a friggin coronary having to hang in Indy and OKC. 

I wonder how much pressure ESPN and ABC are gonna put on the NBA to put superstars on the Lakers? 

 

LA Lakers.  Did anybody hear about that 48 point beatdown the Clippers put on the Lakers last Thursday, or the 35 point ass-whoopin they gave to the Lakers back in January?  The Clippers are THE ticket in Los Angeles while the Lakers are relegated to bystanders.

But really, is this about a bad Laker team or a tanking Laker organization?  Next season, the Lakers are on the hook for five contracts (Kobe 25 mil and Steve Nash for 9.7 mil), so expect the Lakers to make big-time runs on free agents to add to their very high draft pick – probably the #1 pick in a hidden back room of ping-pong balls. 

But let’s be serious for a minute:  The law of averages may have caught up to the Lakers, at least in the short-term.  David Stern is gone, and so is Jerry Buss, so the protection the Lakers received in the past 30 years is no longer there.  Jim Buss is a damn fool, and the Lakers aren’t nearly the destination for greedy superstars as it once was.  Yes, LA has good weather, big market, and high pay, but in the west they aren’t the automatic lock to go to the NBA Finals they once were.  California has a 13% state tax for those in the high level of salaries, and add in an aging and body-breaking down Kobe Bryant who won’t feel like giving up the juice and having the feeling of needing something to prove, what superstar in their right mind signs on for this? 

Meanwhile King Philip XI is running around looking for attention and looking for a job anywhere but LA (wonder why?), where his girlfriend is part owner of the Lakers.  Speaking of which:

NBA – the GOAT (in his own mind) of Coaches.  OK, all this media hype about King Philip XI to New York.  Adding to what I said to IHM on Saturday, “the King of Coaches” ran off at the mouth in an article in USA Today w/Sam Amick (NOT Sam Amico) claiming he was consulting for the Detroit Pistons, he has been contacted by many (unnamed) teams, claiming the Maloofs tried to recruit him to Sacramento so they could fire Rick Adelman back in the day, and I know for sure and he finally admitted he was involved in the partnership trying to move the Kings to Seattle – he was gonna be a part of the group in some capacity – counselor, GM, or whatever. 

Interesting that Seattle, Sacramento, unnamed teams, and Detroit have all had contact w/Jackson, and the media says nothing -- until of course New York gets into the picture.

March Madness – Automatic Bids.    ESPN really says the stupidest shit sometimes.

Did Jay Bilas really say he wants to do away with the automatic bids to the tournament?  So what you’re saying Jay is that you want the 7th, 8th, or 9th-place team in a Big Boy conference to get into the dance at the expense of the teams that work hard to win their conference?  I'm not naive, I get that it’s all about the Benjamins, but really, why bother to have all these conferences if you want nothing to do with them and you’re unwilling to reward them?

If you are gonna tell me with a straight face that a team like Wichita State, Green Bay, or Vermont aren’t worthy, then my response is that I can’t be bothered with the madness because it’s just not fun anymore.

You see, what Jay fails to grasp here is that the interest and the excitement of teams that make a run like Valpariso, Butler, Florida Gulf Coast, VCU, Davidson, Gonzaga, and St. Marys.  People love to root for the underdog.  And really, why shouldn’t a D-1 Team who wins their conference be rewarded for their hard work? 

Look Jay, you shill for the big boys, we get it, but at least stand up and offer a solution that makes sense.  Have two tournaments – one for the big money and TV (NCAA Tourney), and rather than rewarding 10th place teams in big conferences, let the NIT have "the lesser conference winners along with the 2nd place teams".  Let them have a shot at their brass ring.  It helps the smaller conferences and maybe returns some prestige to the NIT.  Win-Win!!!

NFL Draft - #3 Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars.  NFL.com says Jax has needs at QB, DL, and OL.  Jax has ten picks in this draft including seven from rounds 4-7.  I think the Jags are in a perfect spot here and that no matter what they choose to do (pick or trade), they are going to improve unless they fall for the media hype and go after a QB and neglect the lines!!!  This might be an unpopular take here, but re-signing Chad Henne as your backup is a good thing.  Let’s be honest, Jax wasn’t going to get a quality backup vet QB better than Henne, so it makes sense.

Considering the re-signing of Henne and Gabbert lurking, I think we’re looking at the Jags drafting some line help.  Just like Sam Bradford in St. Louis, how can Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne prove themselves when they’re running for their lives?  Or then again, do they go after Jadaveon Clowney here?  That would be one hell of a gamble in my opinion.

Just a thought - Many NFC teams want to make a big move to catch Seattle and they may decide that this is the spot to trade up to.  Not only that, do the Jags make the decision to trade Jones-Drew and get some more picks for him?  Might not be a bad idea…Carolina perhaps?  Or Tampa?

NFL - Rashard Mendenhall retirement.  I was shocked yesterday when I heard that he retired at age 26.  I happened to read his retirement statement attached here on Huffington Post.  I found it interesting, enlightening, and the good part is that he went out on his terms.  He doesn't like the entertainment aspect of the game, and he's moving on.  I say good for him, most of the fans are tired of the entertainment aspect too.  

One thing inparticular that impressed the hell out of me was this statement:  "I've always been a professional. But I am not an entertainer. I never have been. Playing that role was never easy for me. The box deemed for professional athletes is a very small box. My wings spread a lot further than the acceptable athletic stereotypes and conformity was never a strong point of mine. My focus has always been on becoming a better me, not a second-rate somebody else."

He won't change any minds, and the good part is he doesn't care.  Stephen A. Smith said this while speculating upon whether or not Mendenhall was bashing the press in some way:  "I'll be damned if this type of pressure changes me.  In fact I'll break players before they ever break me."  Really Stephen?  You aren't that important in the grand scheme of things.  Most athletes laugh at you.

College Football – Ohio State 2014 Schedule.   Well, it isn’t BAD, but their problem once again is the weak conference.

Road:  Navy (in Baltimore), Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State, Minnesota

Home:  Virginia Tech, Kent State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

One of the things I’m noticing about all the conferences is that the big name teams are somehow avoiding the big name teams in the opposite divisions.  Notice no Nebraska and no Wisconsin, not that they play big teams well. 

You would think the torch has been passed to Sparty in the Big Ten, but if they stumble, Ohio State is in a pretty good position.  Not good enough to sell a fair selection committee for an NC Game, but a potential big bowl game. 

               

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!  I wish you all Erin Go Bragh!!!  May your drinks be plenty, may there be corned beef and cabbage for ya, or at least some Irish Stew, and may that little leprechaun ensure you have no snow Next Monday!!!  Enjoy the day my friends. 

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Duke vs. North Carolina - the take of a fool
Posted by B.O.B. on Sunday, March 09, 2014 at 3:05:17 PM

I've got so much stuff running through my head, that I have to do a separate blog to ensure my tantrums aren't too long on Tuesday.  So here's one take:

Hey Gabbers, I was riding around in the B.O.B. mobile Saturday and I almost ran off the friggin road from laughter.  I actually heard a talking head this weekend on the radio have the audacity to say that the greatest NBA players of all time have played in this North Carolina/Duke rivalry.  That's fine everybody is entitled to their opinion, but he justifies it by running down the names, including that noted Hall of Famer in waiting Psycho T himself (Tyler Hansborough) and Jay Bilas, along with Antawn Jamison, Sam Perkins, a frequently injured Grant Hill, and a guy whose unbelievably bad car accident shook the Sacramento Kings to the core in Bobby Hurley?  Really?  If that’s who you have to name to sell it at an NBA level, you are an ignorant fool.

Now, I'm not stupid.  I recognize that North Carolina/Duke is a great rivalry for College Basketball, probably the best.  I can't even imagine a 2nd best rivalry in CBB (maybe Kentucky/Louisville?).  But his take is so full of holes it might as well be swiss cheese.

So this ass-clown delayed my trip to the gym because I got to thinking and I took a look at the top 50 NBA players of all time as voted on and added a few I thought belonged, and this is what I found, a minimal (at best) connection to these UNC/Duke superteams: 

Russell (San Francisco), Chamberlain (Kansas), The Big O (Cincy), Maravich, Bob Pettit, and Shaq (LSU), Magic Johnson (Sparty), Kevin McHale (Minnesota), Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes, and Clyde Drexler (Houston).  Havlicek and Jerry Lucas (Blow-hio State), and what about UCLA (Coach Wooden, Kareem, Pothead Walton, Cheryl (err, Reggie) Miller and others)? 

Mix in the fat Chuksta (Charles Barkley – Auburn) and even fatter Wes Unseld (Louisville), Tim Duncan and Chris Paul (Wake Forest).  Bernard King (Tennessee), Dominique Wilkins (Georgia), and Gary Payton (Oregon State).

How about Georgetown:  Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, Iverson?

How bout High Schoolers like Moses Malone, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant? 

Don't forget the small schools:  Larry Bird (Indiana State), Bob Cousy (Holy Cross), Karl Malone (LA Tech), John Stockton (Gonzaga), George Gervin (Eastern Michigan), Robert Parish (Centenary), George Mikan (DePaul), and Dr. J (UMASS).  How ‘bout Rick Barry (Miami), David Robinson (Navy), Elgin Baylor (Idaho and Seattle), and Nate Archibald (UTEP).  And while these guys aren’t “great”, they’re listed so I have to say Scottie Pippen (Central Arkansas), Earl Monroe (Winston-Salem), Walt Frazier (Southern Illinois) and Willis Reed (Grambling).

HELL GUYS, THE LOGO OF THE NBA IS FROM WEST VIRGINIA (JERRY FREAKING WEST)!!!

So outside of Michael Jordan, can somebody please tell me who are the greatest players in NBA History are that played in this rivalry?

The Talking Heads need to keep UNC/Duke at the College Level and leave it there. 

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