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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:26:56 AM

You can tell that sports are at itís low point of the year. It happens twice a year. That period between the Superbowl and when baseball starts. Sure the NBA and the NHL are playing† then but teams seem to go through the motions gearing up for the playoffs. March Madness runs into baseball now. Itís mid July and there is plenty of baseball but the anticipation of the NFL is getting †folks revved up.

Of course the media canít let certain things go around the NFL for instance Tony Dungy a moral and religious guy. He made comments back in May after† Michael Sam was drafted by the Rams† and Oprah Winfrey wanted to follow this kid with a camera crew because he is openly gay , When Tony Dungy was asked about this he just said totally being honest and said I wouldnít want the distraction. Gee is that news an NFL coach not wanting distractions. It was an innocent comment† reacting to a very specific comment.

The media has run with this† blasting Dungy. Here is where the problem is as I and I alone see it. The way th media is dragging this guy through the mud and calling him names and saying he is this or that are far worse than Dungyís original comments.

Iím sure like most of us nobody cares that Michael Sam is gay. There is no time in training camp for a coach or a GM to worry about it. The question is that he is a 7th round pick and can he play or not. He is on the bubble† before he starts. I guarantee if he makes the Rams some in the media will say the Rams are trend setters and applaud them. Iím sure Jeff Fisher will †put him on the team because he will add value as a football player not because he is an openly gay man. If he doesnít make it. Some in† the media who will advance their own agenda will rake Fisher and the Rams over the coals more than they did Dungy.

The media seems to hold a double standard and full of PC in these cases in reality they arenít telling us their real opinions they are advancing their on agenda. There is were I have a problem with some of these guys who are in the high and mighty.Yeah, there are a lot of media guys that are honest just trying to do a difficult job and I respect them for that.

Baseball

The Red Sox looked good going into the break and coming out of it. The problems continue as they dropped two out of three in Toronto. David Ortiz did make me laugh with a quote in the media (As you all know Iím not the biggest Ortiz Fan) But he told the media that ďhe is going to get hotter than Jamaica in the SummerĒ. You know what he is . he ha sbeen slamming the ball lately. He has 28 homers 5 of them in the last week.

Other than that I donít have much

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 4:15:00 AM

Tuesday Night did a great job honoring Derek Jeter at the All-Star Game. Sometimes they donít get it. But Tuesday they did a good thing for a guy that played out his heart and soul for 20 years and a welldeserved night. The Yankees will top it at his final home game but never the less letís not take anything away from Jeter and the job MLB did for him.

Of course they didnít do a few other things well. I think perhaps a short video tribute to Tony Gwynn before the game would have taken nothing away from Jeterís night. I bet Jeter would have embraced it. Just something on the screen before the game, 5 minutes with a few highlights. Gwynn was a sweet man and also played hard. Maybe he deserved a little recognition especially after his recent passing.

The marketing ploy needed to go with the hats. Really we needed different hats . I like the team hats and I like if they have an alternate cap once and a while but I also like the Blue Hat with red B. I wonít by any other color Red Sox hat. I like the Yankees white NY on the Blue Hat as well. I donít need the white panels and a different color logo. Maybe I need help but this bothered me and I just donít know why Miguel Carbrera just didnít look right in his Black and Blue with white panels †Tigerscap. I think maybe it bothered me because it was nothing more than marketing. The beauty of the baseball all star game is they play in their regular uniforms. They did do that but the hat is a major part of the look. I will admit I did kind of like the Aís hat a little but no damn it they needed the green cap with the gold visor and the white Aís.

I had taken a few weeks off from umpiring with All-Stars and stuff. I have had my busiest week since mid May putting me on a baseball field in some capacity 7 days in a row Coaching two nights except we were rained out last night and umpiring 6 games between Saturday and Saturday.† In one of my games Sunday I saw a cool double play it was a 14 Year old AAU game it was a 2 to 4 double play. Kid got a basehit runner from second hesitated rounding third and was thron out at the plate by a country mile. The catcher saw the kid who got the hit going to second he made a perfect throw nice and low the shortstop got his glove in front of the base and made the play.in a huge cloud of dust.. Just one of those plays you remember .

Zebra Tale

Here is a good one I sold a call Saturday Night. I was working with a very good umpire who does High Level College Baseball, he had the bases for you who arenít familiar how two umpire mechanics work. Base ump positions himself in a spot behind the pitchers mound if there are †runners on. In this case a runner was on second .for the most part he will be behind the mound more towards third so he can watch a pickoff at second and can cover a play at third. My partner was in this position there was a play at first he called the kid out there was a runner scoring from second so I stayed at the plate to make sure he touched and there was no playthere . I turned quickly and saw the first baseman stretch and saw the out call at first usually you can see space between the first basemanís foot and the base. So the coach at first had the best look and he argued to no avail that the first basemans foot was off the base. Between Innings he came up to me and said the kids foot was at least 6 inches of. I explained he had a better look and I looked quick and saw no space than I said to him probably because the first baseman is wearing white cleats. The first baseman was on deck he looks the kid has white cleats on. your right and just quietly walked back to the dugout. Guy was very polite the rest of the game, Actually, he was very polite the entire game even to state his case, I don't know why I knew this kid had white cleats on . Usually, i don't notice or care. It really didn't make a difference but I sold it.Thought I would share.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 6:10:38 AM

That pain the ass Arthur just put a damper on the 4th. We usually stay home on the 4th enjoy a huge parade that goes by the end of our street. We then invite friends and some neighbors who arenít doing the same thing with their friends back to the house for a cookout and then we walk the 50 yards or so to the lake and watch the Fireworks.

With no parade this year we decided to spend the weekend at our other place in Maine, cook out, enjoy the beach and fireworks off the beach at night. No Fireworks on Friday, too much Arthur. None on Saturday, hard to shoot them off from a barge with some rough seas. Damn Arthur.

Thursday, I was buying new light fixtures for the place in Maine so I was in one of those big home improvement centers the Blue one not the Orange one, in tax free Portsmouth NH. Announcement came across saying everybody stay in until the storm blows over so we were stuck in there. Of course not knowing there was a tornado warning in that part of NH was probably a good thing. Meanwhile the rains came, nearly 6 inches in Mass maybe 2 in Maine. No cookout, no fireworks, no beach. However, I did end up make a nice seafood medley with pasta using fresh clams, scallops, shrimp and lobster. That was our fourth; ended up putting the light fixtures in while the Mrs. painted the bathroom.

Sometimes coaching youth sports is just a thankless job. I had cut a kid from the All-Star team. Another kid dropped out from the team and put the first kid back on because he isnít a bad player and he had a good year. The kid gets over looked. In our third game this kid only played for one at bat. I had told the kids that were on the bench they may not get a lot of playing time for this game. Some bench kids played an inning and others just got an at bat. Thi kids father lays into me after the game.† So after the next game we get knocked out of district play due to a couple of base running errors. I run into the guy after the game and he starts ripping my assistant coach who had nothing to do with the subs in the previous game. Long story short the guy sends a nasty email meant for me ripping my assistant except he sent it out to the whole team instead.

I was pissed the age director was pissed, I gave the guys kid a break and thatís the thanks I get . I just donít get it . It was one baseball game and the kid was lucky he made the team. There were twoo other kids that I could have choose. The funny thing is that email went out to several guys that coach or are connected at higher levels and he probably screwed his kid.

In professional sports the Red Sox† are awful. John Lackey went off on Nelson Cruz after Cruz had a banner night going† 5 for 5 against him. Of course the whole steroid thing comes up and David Ortiz goes off† again. David just needs to big quiet he has got a huge pass here in Boston more than any other athlete. David is a good player and maybe he is fustrated but the act is growing old.

Finally, Germans figured out how to put the big kickball into the overgrown net with 7-1 win over Brazil but e heard of no fires after the loss get it Vancouver, no cars being turned over and no soccer riots. Meanwhile the Netherlands and Argentina couldnít put the big ball in the big net until it was penalty kick time. Argentina ends winning the game the y will play Germany on Sunday.

I really donít have much else been kind of bouncing back and forth between Maine and Mass over the past couple of weeks.†

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, July 03, 2014 at 3:10:35 AM

Itís been busy in the Lanz world splitting time between Maine and Massachusetts over the past †week and it will continue into next week. I have a question as to who is running the MLB schedule Fox or MLB? The Cubs and Nationals played a doubleheader Saturday to met some Fox TV contract. The funny thing is the game was only televised in a few markets,

Laser is the Third Guy in Line next to the kid with his turned

Laserís All-Star Team is 2-1 Laser getting a game tying RBi that broke open the game.. As the boys exploded for 18 runs,He would later score on the next kids triple. It looks like they will be playing for the District Championship Sunday. The boys let the game get away on Monday Leading 6-2 going in the top of the 7th and we ended up losing 10-8.†

We have had a bunch stuff going on over the past week. The Lanz Twins are officially High Schoolers as they graduated from the 8th grade last Tuesday. An award ceremony in the morning where Lasers twin Dan won a technoloigy award.† Of course me and the Mrs. Knew he was getting award but couldnít figure out for what.

Meanwhile Daughter Lanz earned her Girl Scout Gold Award which is the equivilant too being an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts but it is harder to obtain. She did a whole recycling project. Involving both the local Youth Soccer League and the Little League. She met with the boards in both leagues and passed out reusable water bottles to every kid. She had to completely organize it.and present it. to the Girl Scout Council.They had a nice ceremony at the Massachusetts State House and the Kids got all kinds of certficates from various Government agencies including Nasa, and The division of Fisheries and Wildlife and many others.

I was in Maine over the weekend on the Beach, I decided to wear a Redskins Cap just as kind of an expierment. I wanted to see if I got any reaction , some reaction whether positive or negative and by whom. Three different gentleman stopped me to disscuss it. All three where caucasion males in their 50ís and 60ís. The first guy simply asked will you continue to call them Redskins. My reaction was you bet your ass I will. As the conversation went on the guy told me he had discussed the name change thing with his buddies and they all agree the whole thing is stupid and itís just name that nobody cares and the name shouldnít be changed. I pulled the line that I find the name Washington Senators more offensive. He got a good laugh.

The funny thing is the other two Gentleman were together they basically said the same thing that it was stupid. The nobody cared one guy went as far as saying that he doesnít find the name offensive in the least.

I was actually hoping for some adverse reaction and there was none a few strange looks. I considered that most people that come to this part of Maine or from liberal Massachusetts. Nobody else said a word or gave it a second look. Like I said few looks.

GOLF

Like B.O,B said he got back into Bowling. I have got back into Golf I have been playing the game most of my life sometimes very good and sometimes very bad. I played on the High School Golf team with my buddies and we have stayed together over the years. A †fe\w years back we had a regular 5am before work tee time on Fridays and we would have at leadt 7 or 8 guys every week. We had gotten away from that. I haven't played on a regular basis over the past 6 or 7 years too busy. I have joked that my clubs made it from the basement to my trunk. A couple of the guys two of my closer friends re hashed the 5am tee time on Fridays. It's 9 holes every week at the same course and it has been a blast †Now if I could only get back into fishing> I'll take Golf for now

We are in the North country for the 4th hopefully, the weather holds out that is all I have for today.

Have a Happy Fourth

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:15:00 AM

Can we talk here? Iím sick of all the political correctness shit. part my French here but it is all shit. The Federal Trade commission has taken away† the Washington Redskin. Yes unlike many scribes who refuse to write Redskins even though they did for many years itís just not PC. Anymore. I hope Dan Snyder sticks to his guns (Can I say guns will I offend anybody) and tell our legislatures †no doubt they are behind this move to shoveit up his ass. Remember Snyder has better lawyers then the government and better resources. They set precedent 15 years ago when the REDSKINS won a similar case.

The Redskins not having the trademark means the guy that sells the REDSKINS knock off tee shits for 5 bucks canít get in trouble. As we set this slippery slope I took bigger look at some other sports teams . Letís get ride of Indians, Braves, Chiefs, Warriors, Aztecs, Seminoles and the Fighting Siuox wait they already have been nixed. These all could potentially be deemed as offensive to Native Americas according to the PC police and not necessary native Americans Iím sure some are offended and Iím sure many arenít or could care less.

Letís look at this whole class of Teams Raiders, Buccaneers, Pirates, Vikings and Patriots. The Raiders, Buccaneers and Pirates all promote violence and the image they create. We being a non violent society should be offended. The Vikings what a†happy lot they were †just raiding village after village again violence.Then my favorite Team of all the NFL teams the Patriots. Yes for those of us whole still take some pride in this country we actually salute the flag and arenít offended by the word god in the pledge of allegiance , and those of us who stand proud and remove our†caps for the Star Spangled Banner because we know what Francis Scott Key was saying and why he wrote the words as he did. No Patriots arenít offensive at least to 48% of us. The 52% who the frig knows and who the frig cares. I probably would have to throw the†Nationals along with the Patriots. Of course to many of us here at the Gab Nationals are better than say The Senators who would be offensive and we would have to maybe send a petition to the federal trade commission to remove their trademark.

Canít find anything wrong with Red or White Sox. Red Wings,Flyers,Jets, Mets.Athletics.Lakers,and Jazz.Maple Leafs. I probably could find something wrong with Canadiens. But itís not bad.. and Rangers

There are certain other teams. The Giants could be deemed offensive to tall people. The Saints to religious people after all is it Saintly to beat your opponents brains out every Sunday. Then there is a whole class of teams like the Packers, derived from the Meat Packers we all knew that red meat is bad for us and it shouldnít be represented through a sports team. There is the Dodgers derived from the Trolley Dodgers/. Itís a representation of unsafe act we canít use that either or we might be stepping on the third rail.. The Knickbockers which were short pants but it was also the brand name of a Beer No No No canít use it promotes alcohol. The Padres the lil bald friar tuck guy in his robes and sandals swinging the bat offensive to clergy. The Spurs inflict pain upon an animal just ask Mike Vick on that. The Steelers represent hard working Americans who put their heart and soul and pride in their jobs.† that is just plain †offensive to those who don't work

All the animal names to many to list one word PITA.. Astros,and Rockets damn it Houston what are you thinking offensive why do you think the space program is being defunded.Rockets can also be considered a weapons of mass destruction so you can't use that name. Some† or most find it offensive. Heat , Trailblazers Fire.Flames. all offensive †due to fire destroys things and we shouldnít have to be subjected to that.Canaucks sorry Canada itís a deregoitorie term for Canadians.

Then there are the Celtics or Kel-tics if Iím irish Iím pissed with the little drunk leprachuan.

Iím almost as pissed if Iím Italian with the whole Mario and Luigi thing big nosed plumbers and what not.

The one that takes the cake is recently the New York State found that the handicapped symbol. You know the †lil stick figure guy in the wheel chair is offensive because it depicks a stagnant Handicap person. So they are trying to rid us of that symbol.(On the left) to one on the right which quote suggest mobility.. Isnít the symbol of a †person in wheel chair in and off itself representing mobility †Just a thought.

If this is the case I find the stagnant Mens and ladies figures offensive

I think they should change these symbol to this

Finally are ready for a quiz?

Which emblem is more insulting A.or B

A. † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †B.

I leave you with this

AMENDMENT I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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