Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. If you ever want to know the best time to visit Austin, Texas…my stock answer is usually October. Although the weather is usually great this time of year, this year…it has been perfect. Although the weather may be perfect, life has been anything but. A few weeks ago, my middle daughter was T boned while driving to class. The girl that hit my daughter was driving her boyfriend’s brand new Mercedes…yeah, I know. I got that phone call and advised my daughter to immediately call the police. I learned my lesson with the last accident I was involved in. Although police will tell you not to call them when the accident is minor, I have found that having a police report is a big deal. In the accident I was involved in, the insurance company had a difficult time contacting their customer. It took a voice message from me that and a mention about hiring an attorney before the call was made. The insurance company acted like I was out of luck if the other driver refused to acknowledge the wreck. Since that time…I call the police and get a police report. Thankfully, my daughter got that police report as once again…the other party refused to return phone calls regarding the accident. Finally we got this taken care of, but what a pain. Of course, then our refrigerator suddenly stopped working. I had a guy come out last week and it turns out that the compressor has gone out. Say what? I was stunned when he said it was $1000 to replace the compressor. It was a nice fridge…but not that nice. The kicker was the following day my computer crashed. I was reminded of MartinLawrence’s line from “Blue Streak”...”I can’t believe so much bad shit can happen on such a beautiful day.” I am sorry that I have not been around much the past few days, but with limited internet access, it really has been difficult. But as they say, life goes on…and so does the world of sports.
Madison Bumgarner is just a country boy, but he has a penchant for pitching well in the playoffs.
If Tuesday night is any indication, the Giants are up to the task of slowing down the runaway Royals. I did not get to watch the entire game, but the few innings I saw were enough to see that the only real big game pitcher in this series is Madison Bumgarner. As talented as the Royals are…they simply do not have an arm to match up with Bumgarner. To be honest, there may not be a better playoff pitcher in baseball than Madison Bumgarner. The Giants have been on this big stage before and it showed. Game 2 Wednesday night could prove to be huge for the Royal's WS chances. If they head to San Francisco down 0-2, it could be a short series. My hunch is that the Royal bats return today and that we do have that battle that everyone expected.
Congratulations to Peyton Manning on establishing a new all- time TD record. There are some records that stand out from others and this is certainly one of the biggies. The Broncos look to my eyes to be the best team in football and certainly on the fast track to return to the Super Bowl. If there if there is an AFC team capable of derailing the Broncos, it is San Diego. After many Thursday night stinkers early in the season, the NFL must be thankful that the schedule has provided a few good games. I still am completely against the NFL on Thursday, but I will certainly be tuned in to watch this week. My money is on the Broncos, but I suspect that the Chargers make it more interesting than the 49ers did in last week’s Denver blow out.
If ever there was a team that needs a bye week, it is the 49ers. They are beat up and were just no match for Denver. But…I have a sneaking suspicion that San Francisco will regroup and find a way to make the playoffs. But, unless their linebackers can get healthy…I don’t think they would beat Dallas in a rematch. Of course…we are not even to the halfway point in the season and much can change in a couple of months. Sort of like the talk about the season’s MVP…I listened to several talking heads blabbing on about Demarco Murray and how he should be the MVP this season. While it is entirely too early to have this discussion, I must admit that Murray would be in the conversation at this point. There is no question that Dallas would not be 6 and 1 without Murray’s legs. If both teams continue playing as they have, it will be an interesting choice between Peyton Manning and Demarco Murray. But, there is much football to be played and who knows…maybe someone like Andrew Luck and his Colts could spoil the party. Then again, that team in Green Bay just might have something to say as well.
Does he have a chance to catch Eric Dickerson's record?
I have to take a moment to say congrats to Colt McCoy for leading the Redskins to a comeback win last week against the Titans. I have always felt that McCoy has been overlooked for his talent and charisma as a leader. Even George Patton could not have led Colt's Browns teams to victory. The lack of talent and leadership and the funk surrounding that organization made winning a tough task for anyone...much less a rookie QB. To Colt's credit he has shown perserverance and intestinal fortitude to continue competing. He has worked hard and been a good teammate...and was ready when called upon last Sunday. I will be in a tough spot next Sunday as I will be pulling hard for Colt to play well, but not well enough for the Skins to win. I don't know what the future holds for Colt McCoy, but I do know that he has the heart of a champion. Jay Gruden has said that McCoy has the intangibles to be an NFL QB. In watching the NFL show about Doug Flutie, I see that these two guys have much in common. The NFL is so often guilty of sterotyping players and ignoring winning traits. Hopefully, Colt McCoy will be given the opportunity to succeed in Washington as he is one of the good guys.
Much has been made about the Texas Aggies leaving the Big 12 and heading to the SEC. I did not agree with the move and felt that the Aggies would have a difficult time competing in the SEC. Johnny Football arrived in College Station and the Aggies managed to not only compete, but win some very big games. But, despite the hype around Manziel and the Aggies, there was always the troubling aspect of defense in Aggieland. In one sense, the Aggies remind me of the Longhorns after Colt McCoy. Colt’s talent hid the lack of a running game, but once he departed, the flaws in that Texas team was truly revealed. Texas A&M has talent, the experts have told us that they do. But unless you can play defense and have offensive balance, it is very difficult to compete each year at the highest level. I know that it is tough to give Nick Saban credit, but damn it the man can coach. Alabama is a great example of a team that reloads each year…despite what an ex QB may have to say. The Aggies got the big stage that they wanted, but they may find that winning each season to be a tougher task than many have anticipated. Texas is quickly improving and as Texas stock rises, it can only be more difficult to attract the best talent to College Station. Playing in the SEC is great, but I have a feeling that the Aggie fans will quickly grow tired of being in the SEC and watching games like last Saturday. I ask my Aggie friends...is it worth the additional revenue and being out of the Longhorn shadow to occaisonally get a 59 to 0 butt whooping? I heard it mentioned this week that Texas and the Aggies could possibly meet in a bowl like the Texas bowl. Now that would be interestnig....think it would be well attended? Oh hell yeah...
That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
I wish outer space guys would conquer the Earth and make people their pets, because I'd like to have one of those little beds with my name on it.
I think a good product would be "Baby Duck Hat". It's a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck Hat is good for parties.
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