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Posted by Lanz on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:43:58 AM

The San Francisco Giants ended the Cinderella story of the Kansas City Royals last night in a tight ball game. In ending the Royals Cinderella story they created a fairy tale of their own. 3 World Series Championships and 5 years. This is mainly due to a guy name Madison who has the word Bum in his last name. The guy is absolutely no Bum. Madison Bumgarner was lights out on 2 days rest and he was lights out two days again and he has been lights out in this entire playoffs.

This kid stepped up big time and took home the big prize, in one of the most enjoyable World Series in recent years. I openly admit I wanted the Royals to win it was their turn their destiny. I love great pitching and great pitching performances and this kid did the job. He put the Giants on his shoulders and carried them to the promise land. My question is why isnít Bruce Bochy ever in conversation of the games best managers? The guy just continues to win. He sneaks in and takes care of business.. Congrats to Jake Peavy winning rings in back to back years.

The games are over now and the Giants are Champions once again. The nonsense begins and the speculation of free agency is upon us. We will get overly concerned of how much this team or that team is willing to pay for a #3 starter. We will be in shock of contract sizes and amounts. Deep down we all know if we had the talent we would take the money as well. Itís a short life in baseball you take the cash when you can and when somebody is willing to pay. We get blinded by all this stuff and all we yearn for is that April Day when all that matters is†what happens between the lines. If next season was as good as this season while just maybe we will be in for a treat.

Brady vs Manning

Peyton is coming to Foxboro this week and if you think hard about this it could be the last regular season game between Manning and Brady. In what has been an awesome rivalry over the years.. The wheels have been put back on the Patriots bus and the Broncos seem to just do everything right with the exception of their scoreboard guy. This should be one helluva football game. If you had asked me a few weeks ago I would say this was going to be a blow out at Foxboro and not by the home team. I still think the Broncos win this one. But I also think the Patriots give them all they can handle. Yes. I wonít be surprised of the Patriots pull it either... There was some back up at the gates getting into Gillette Stadium Sunday stood in line for over an hour.

NBA

The NBA is underway. I know you donít care. But I have one question there are only two guys in that league Koby and LeBron . What happened to all the other guys?

NHL

Pucks are being shot all over the place...as opposed to fingers.

LIL Warriors oops I mean Lakesiders

The boys played their most competitive game to date losing 3-1 but it was a solid performance . Up and down game and they had their chances couldnít get a good bounce.

Lil Lanz much his dislike has been playing as a defenseman and maybe deep down he is embracing it because he made the play of his Hockey career Saturday. The boys were pressuring the other team and lil Lanz was anticipating the play coming up the leftside so he was more toward the middle of the blue line get ready to get† the puck got deflected to the rightside. Lil Lanz dives across the ice and gets his stick on it to keep it in the zone. Didnít think the boy had it in him but damn it was a great play.

Zebra Tales

Saturday, I eneded up with my Alma† Matta in a JV game. Growing up that city was hard working Irish, Italian an Jewish families. It was a† big suburban High School about 5 miles outside Boston. As time has gone and the school has gotten smaller and now is referred to as an urban High school. I got their JV game on Saturday morning (Right after Lil Lanzís Hockey Game) against one of their arch rivals† another high school who went through a similar transformation. The game was at the rivals home field. The rivals are a football powerhouse in Massachusetts. Kids on both teams all somehow know each other they would hit hard and than put a hand down to help the opponent up and ask if he was ok. That was cool.†

So there is a kid on My alma mattaís team keep in mind they were Blue and Gold †very similar to Notre Dame without the State House Golden Dome Helmets. Just plain gold.helmets. So this kid #12 is wearing this red ,green , and yellow socks with little you flags on the back of them. So a kid on the other team gets hurt.. #12 is sts on one knee and Iím standing next him and I ask him whatís up with your socks.(Sometimes I have to explore the mind of a 15/16 year old). He says man these are Robin Socks. The Quarterback is Batman and Iím his Robin . Sure enough there is the R for Robin on his socks. I look over at the QB he has Black and Gold socks on with a Batman emblem. Maybe they werenít legal but this isnít the NFL and this wasnít a varsity game... it was just two high school kids having a little Fun. I called the kid Robin the rest of the game.

This game was fun we would set the ball and kids on both sides would say than you sir.or they would drop the ball instead of handing it to us and say sorry sir. The Varisity Coach was there from my Alma Matta and we as a crew went over to him to compliment his kids and his JV coaches for that matter.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:15:00 AM

Another Thursday another crazy week in the NFL. I went to the patriots-Jets game last Thursday heavy rain and rush hour traffic allowed for a 3 hour commute to Gillette Stadium which is normally maybe 40 minutes on a Sunday. Itís ok I talked to my neighbor who left and hour before I did and his commute was three hours and 20 minutes.

Iím convinced Thursday Night was made for ugly football the teams arenít sharp and the games lack intensity. The Jets hung in there and I swear they ran the same three plays the whole game . Ivory inside, than outside and then old G. Smith would hit somebody down the seem.

I thought the Jets played the Patriots mucher tougher than anybody expected but than again nobody expected much. People are talking about Rex Ryan getting fired from my stand point the guy can coach and he has a little bit of fun and puts a little humor into as well I think a coach is only as good as what the player personnel guy has to work with it. Other than a solid offensive line and my man Ivory the Jets really donít have a lot in the skill position area. Letís face it Geno isnít Tom Brady who can overcome sucha short coming and make a marginal receivers look good.

The talking heads† on the radio started the whole 3rd grade argument of whose better Brady or Peyton. I guess I like both guys, some how I think a team would be ok with either guy even with both guys in their late 30ís

That the same fo Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers ,Drew Brees, and I may even through Andrew Luck in the mix. Speaking about Luck and the Colts. I watched them play the Bengals Sunday. I like the Colts on Defense they hit hard and they hit in the middle of the body. It was nice to see a team play some defense without the yellow hankie coming out.

In Dallas Demarco Murray is just fun to watch these days and Iím sur eitís been a blast for Cowboys fans as well. The kid is the real deal.

NCAA

Dear Boston College

Your Senior Kick can't kick field goals. Your Freshman Kicker can't either.†

Did you ever think about using your Punter. After all he does in practice is kick footballs,

Then again that's all the other two kids do as well.

Speaking about Punters whatever happend to the Coffin Corner Punt?

MLB

The Royals finally lost a playoff game in Grand Fashion† on Tuesday Night. Losing 7-1.The Royals managed to get 7 of there own on Wednesday to tie the series at1 apiece. The Royals will have to take at least one of the next three in SF. I would like to see a couple of close games. We may not see Hunter Strickland in another starting role after letting his emotions get to himas he strred down Salvatore Perez.

NHL Update

Player flipped off the fans. Player got fined. Lanz traded Sully for player, what was Lanz thinking.

LIL Warrior Report

The boys got a W Saturday Night and Got crashed Sunday. Lil Lanz missed one from the point. Nexst week they start league play. The competition will be more even going forward. The boys should end up being alright.

Laser went out on the mound Saturday. the Young Lefty came in at Garbarge Time with an 11-1 lead. It wasn't pretty he left with 11-5 lead and runners on. He couldn't get the ball down in the zone. He said after the game" If those kids were just a little taller I would have hit the zone every time"

Zebra Tales

I was the Head Linesman Saturday and sometimes despite your best efforts they get you. I got rolled up pretty good Saturday on the first play from scrimmage. An end run came out my way took my position to let the play go buy me so I could trail . A kid came flying in† to make the tackle† he missed it but got the official (yes that was me) He got my leg good I finished the game bad bruise no breaks but I have been limping all week. Itís just the nature of the game..

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:06:27 AM

The team with the 19th highest payroll in baseball is going to the World Series. Yes folks Iím not sure how they did it playing a brand of baseball more suited to the National League than the American. It was done with smoke and mirrors and it was still done. The Royals have not lost in the playoffs sweeping the Aís if you can call a one game playoff a sweep , The Angels with baseballs best record and now a very good Baltimore Oriole team.

It looks very much like the Giants will be their opponent after beating the Cardinals† 6-4 going up 3-1 in the NLCS and looking kind of unstoppable as well. I thought we might have had a Show Me State World Series but It doesnít look that way. Instead we will have two Dynamic teams and some crazy type baseball that has been nothing less than fun. No routing interest , so Iím just sitting back and taking in some pure entertainment.

(they have been painting the damn thing for 20 Years)

Speaking about Entertainment folks in Boston have climbed of the Tobin Bridge even the Toll Takers have came down off the Bridge . Tom Terrific was back this past weekend picking out ten targets instead of Julian Edelman and not seeing the other guys. Brady looked as sharp as he has ever did. Maybe he is pissed maybe he was well prepared, I still think there is some decline but he made a good Buffalo defense look bad.

The price the Patriots paid was a heavy one Defensive Team leader Jarrod Mayo is lost for the season for the second straight year. Mayo is just one of the guys that bought into the Patriots from day one and he is just an intelligent football player. They also lost an 1,000 yard back in Steven Ridely which will hurt forcing Shane Vareen and Brandon Boldin will be filling Ridelyís void. I guess the one that hits home most is offensive lineman Dan Conolly who is also lost for the season. He is the anchor on an Offensive Line that often times just are unable to keep Brady upright although they have been much better over the past couple of weeks.

Tim Wright† is coming along complimenting Gronk in two tight end sets.† Than there is the Brian Tyms as he is back from suspension and has been added to Bradyís Aresenal. The Patriots have their work cut out for them over the next 3 weeks. They have the jets tonight. They are awful but may give the patriots a game in the rain. The Bear next week and the biggest test is the Broncos in a couple of weeks before the bye, If they can survive these three games you can count the Patriots back in the mix. Even if they only take 2 out of 3 but give solid performances in all three match ups. The Denver Game maybe one to mark on the calendar it could very well be the last regular season match up between Brady and Manning which has just been entertaining as hell over the past decade or so.

Lil Lakesiders Report

Lil Lanz popped home another goal Saturday has the team played much better than they have been, The Boys only had 8 guys and a goalie some tired legs at a 6am start time against Hollis NH. The Hollis team won the game in their pink jerseyís for breast cancer awareness. Our boys skated well and are starting work as a team. Unfortunately, on Sunday I think the boys left it all on the ice Saturday just looking lethargic. So be it two more weeks of† the parody round where they reseed the teams to even out the competition.

Speaking of coming together as a team Laser and the freshman soccer team have really bonded they way they should in an High school sport. At the begging of the year you had fifteen different kids and some clicks on the team as we progress to the last couple of weeks of the season you know have one big click of fifteen kids. Everyone of them just a nice group of kids. They have a coach that they respect and that respects them. Than again he isnít much older than they are so itís a great fit. He did think Laser and his buddy came were out of their minds heading to one of the HS fields Monday morning at 7:30am to working on their shots but he kind of loved it as well.

Zebra Tales

I heard the best line in our game Saturday by our Referee after a muffe kickoff was recovered in the end zone for a Touchback. The kid who muffed it recovered it in the end zone and took a knee. The opposing Team coach was arguing the whole game on every call even when it was to his benefit. The Referee comes over to explain the rule and the coach says we thought it was a safety. The Referee Dave says to him ďyou thought it was a safety but we know it was a touchback.Ē Just that it was a great comeback. This guy argued that an extra point went through the backjudge told him to ask his kicker. The kid to his credit says I missed a little to the right. He did apologize for that one.

Lanzís Take

Monday my 17 year old †daughter ( she stayed in and did homework all weekend) and I headed out to the Local Fair the Mrs didnít want to go neither did any of the boys. We saw the 1900 pound pumpkin. That was fun more farm type animals everything from cows to chickens and Clydesdales as well. My daughter and I had a blast just some good bonding time but what we both noticed was people just looked miserable. Itís the fair you eat some very unhealthy food you look at stuff and you have fun. People looked stressed and serious time to lighten up folks. I donít †know maybe it was the end of the long weekend , maybe their kids just got to them I donít know but fairs are fun. People need to enjoy themselves more.

Have a great Week

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Posted by Lanz on Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 5:34:35 AM

There are things we think we know and there are things we donít know such as the Cincinnati Bengals over the New England Patriots as a no brainer. This based on a3-0 Bengals team and a Patriots team that had been playing like the 2-14 1981 Patriots.

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

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

The reason being we react in the moment, they should have done this or should have done that. However, we often donít know why a team does what they do. Letís face folks they have a lot more information then we do. When they run on third down and fall shrt we are all saying they should have passed. When they pass and fall short they should run or should have thrown to a different guy. I contend that sometimes a team will do something and itís ok if that play doesnít work often times itís either to test something or they are using it to do something else.

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

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

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

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

I guess the Bottomline is that I just want the media to give us something I didnít know that are factual without the spin. As for being a fan I never try to get too high or low I just sort ride the wave out and see what happens that I think comes with age.

NHL Update

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

Lil Lakesiders Report

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

Football Question

Jeff was correct again.

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

1)Take the ball 30 yards from the previous spot

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

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

No question this week.

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Posted by Lanz on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 4:51:34 AM

The New England Patriots brought me back to yesteryear this past Monday Night in Kansas City. The patriots came out with just a pathetic performance reminding of the pre BB years for that matter the pre BP years. This team has issues and yes I understand it was just one game and they still have Tom Brady if they can manage to keep him upright.

Bet we knew that side the offensive side of the ball had issues the inability block is the lead issue. If Brady isnít protected you might as well have Paul Krugg back there.

Lets face a Quarterback with† a good offensive line can overcome many areas he is lacking.†A†Great Quarterback without an offensive line can look worse than his clipboard toting back-up who never plays. Letís face it,†Brady is getting older and yes I think he is slipping a bit but not so much that he still isnít one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.

The true measure that may be defined is how much is Brady slipping and how much is it the people around him. It starts with the guy who puts the team together. If there is a glaring need for an offensive lineman you donít trade the guy that holds that together. If there is an a need for a second tight end and you have one you need to get him involved in the game. If there is a need for a tall receiver who can stretch the field for you you need to dress him. If your Quarterback doesnít have time to check off what you have is a one dimensional offense and he ends up throwing always to th guy on the short route simply because† a play canít develop.

A weak offensive line also largely effects a running attack if holes arenít open and defensive ends and linebackers fill those holes your running attack is stifled. As was the case on Monday.

The defense was absolutely no better . This unit has kept New England in the game this year. They didnít exist on Monday allowing over 300 yards of offense in the first half.The patriots have been exposed and the Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid just set the blueprint for the rest of their opponents. Of course as we all know what happened last week may not repeat itself next week.

MLB

Holy Amos Otis Batman the Royals are going to sunny LA to play the Angels. They have been a nice story. The Angels had everybody focusing on Oakland and they just took care of business. Not sure of the Royals have enough Offense to win but it will be interesting.

I like the Tigers over the Orioles not sure why. Just think the Tigers have more maybe Iím surprised on this one.

The Pirates got stomped by the Giants I was hoping they would extend their playoff stay to Washington †but that didnít happen.Did Kent Tekulve look really old throwing out that first pitch last night. I like the Nationals over the Giants, I think they have too much talent.

The Dodgers and the Cardinals are the best match up. I think the Cardinals get it done because they always do.

Lil Lakesiders report

The boys got smoked this week. They skated hard but just struggled against a far better team. Lil lanz was all over the ice trying to make something happen.

Rules Question

The answer was False† NCAA Rule 7-3-2h exception

Basically the rule applies to only to the player who controls the snap or the backwords pass. In this case the back who caught a pitch not a backwards pass(Lateral) doesnít get the same protection as the Quarterback so it is intentional grounding..

Good Job Jeff from Austin to get the False .

Ready for Another† Iím lobbing this one in.

What are the three options for a Kickoff or Free Kick that goes out of bounds. Yes it is a penalty and the receiving team gets three options. The third option on this is the most difficult.(remember NCAA Rules)

Zebra Tales

I had a big HS game this week it was actually a paid chain crew $62 bucks to watch Football and hold a stake isnít bad.. It was a 2:30 game left the house at 12:45 to be on time. Fly down the highway† and get on the road the stadium is at bumper to bumper traffic. (same damn roa they want to put a Casino just outside of Boton) place is so built up the road canít handle the traffic. I finally get to the Stadium a left turn on a divided highway and they have the turn lane blocked and the road blocked off. (It was a big homecoming game.) †I have a Ref shirt on a hanger hanging in the back window so Iím stopped at the red light and yell to the Cop . Game Official holding my shirt out the window . He wasnít happy buyt he held traffic up for me and moved the horse to let me in.

Get in the Locker room the whole crew is in there changed included a couple other officials whow ere just at the game. Sorry guys traffic . we all left our houses at noon.

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