Posted by Lanz on
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at
Hello Gabbers, Itís time to talk sports.
Gronks replacement in The Red Zone all he has to do his stand there and† catch the ball No 5'10 dback
will be able to cover and BB can take it on has a project. The Patriots need a tall guy wespecially with Dopson Hurt.
Sunday, the New England patriots almost pulled out another last second miracle. If and only if Danny Amendola could have held on to the ball instead of a Dolphins D-Back making a heads up play and knocking the ball away before he could firmly bring in. It would have been another victory. The Patriots fell short (how many times can this happen without it coming back to bite them) it is glaring that the lack of a big tall guy to give them some verticality is lacking. As Brady said this week throwing to the shorter guys you need horizontal separation and in the red zone I just donít happen. The injuries have taken their toll both on offense (then again you Have Tom Brady you could have rag dolls out there and the guy will find away to move the ball).
I thinking even more glaring (I like the word glaring today) is the injuries on defense. Especially Wilfork and Mayo they are the glue to the Patriots defense. Both guys make big plays but they also coach the defense on the field and there absence is huge. We talk about this team like they are on the outside looking in but some how they managed to be 10-4 and could very easily beat both Baltimore and Buffalo, they could also very easily loose to both or one. The bend donít break defense is starting to show a few stress factures that Dr. James Andrews couldnít fix. The AFC isnít strong this year and a lot of teams are in the same boat. Other than Seattle and maybe San Francisco the NFC is in bad shape maybe Carolina is the surprise team. Who knows whets going to happen the league is probably more unpredictable this year than any time in the recent past. The Patriots seem to be one of many doing it with smoke and mirrors.
Of course this is what makes the NFL so interesting because you never know whatís going to happen last year Baltimore rose from the depths of elimination and won the whole thing. The year before people was talking about firing Tom Coughlin with the giants and they got on a roll and won the Superbowl. You just never know an injury a bad bounce a misread. Thatís all it takes from being Champion to going home. Letís face and itís been like this for years there really isnít that much difference between a 10-4 team and a 4-10 team. The playoffs are in couple of weeks and there is always a surprise. The feel good story is the Chiefs but who knows. Iíll stick with Brady he talks the talk and he backs it up. Hopefully, his mates step it up as well.
There has been talk about an extension for David Ortiz more from Ortizís camp than the Red Sox. I will say it right here you can rip up my Red Sox nation Card. I think itís a mistake to extend this guy beyond next year. He had a tremendous year last year... His but was a big part of the Sox winning the World Series. I enjoyed every minute of it. The two year contract for 18 million was more than what he would have gotten in free agency. It seemed to be great deal for the Red sox. Donít forget in 2012 Ortiz was out with an Achilles and some other injuries. They may occur again in 2014. His age heíll be 39 I believe at the end of the season. Itís time to say Thank You David you made yourself an Icon in Boston but we are going in a different direction based on your age , injury history, and Iíll guess that his skills will drop off rapidly in a couple of years. He maybe fine in 2015 maybe somebody pays him and they get a great year out of him I spend the 15 million or so he will get an† use it else where. Just my thoughts.
Suspensions and Appeals have been rapid.
I have to hand it to the Bruins Milan Lucic after the Bruins took a beating in Vancouver losing 6-2. Vancouverís native son Lucic took a beating when some of the Bruins went out for few after the game. Some Vancouver Fan punched Lucic in the face a couple of times. Lucic restrained himself and went through proper legal channels and the police. Lucic also said that he no longer considers Vancouver his hometown after the Canuacks lost to the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Vancouver fans sprayed graffiti over his parentís home. I give Lucic credit for being smart enough not to get into it with a fan.
Bruins Shawn Thornton ended up with a heavy suspension of 15 games for causing a concussion on Brooks Opik of Pittsburgh. Thornton went after him and caused Oprik to get knocked out with a concussion. A little old school hockey from Thornton but a hefty one for his actions of about 85K, He has appealed.
Lil Warrior Report
Boys played lots of Hockey this past weekend both having two games. Miser played at 6am Saturday drawing his first penalty of the season a matching roughing penalty. I not one to look for trouble and I teach them not to look for it either but I was kind of proud of him for holding his ground and not letting a kid push him around. He is a strong kid. Last year he wouldnít have stood for himself. The boyís lost 6-3 game was a lot closer than the score. On Sunday they played at and tied 5-5 in very good back and forth hockey game. The opposition tied with 1 second on the clock. They put Andrew in net so the regular goalie could skate out. The line of the week was from Andrewsís dad who is a funny guy anyway. Coach asked him if he has any experience playing goal. Andrewsís dad looks at him with straight face and says he is an awesome goalie on the Xbox. Hey Andrew did ok.
Meanwhile, Lasers team on Saturday played in a snowstorm up near the NH border what was normally a 25 to 30 minute ride took about an hour. They won 4-2 and The Mrs. and I went in separate cars had to pick up teenage daughter in Boston. We got 9 inches of snow on Saturday and 6 more on Tuesday. Boys lost Sunday Night but are holding second place pretty firmly.
Light Hockey weekend this week miser plays one at 7am on Sunday and for his other team at 7pm on Sunday. A few practices and a basketball game fairly light.
Here are a†couple of Christmas tunes to get you in the mood
Posted by Lanz on
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at
Another Thursday †is upon us and itís time to talk sports.
So the people behind the shield are giddy this week that several games were played in the snow. That happens in the Northeast Corridor in December, January and February. Oh yes February thatís the month of the Professional Football Championship Game and the folks behind the shield are celebrating itís like being a kid again except of most of your guys are from Florida, Southern California and other places it doesnít snow. Sure it was fun this week watching the games in the snow. But they are going to play the Superbowl in New York and yes there is potential for snow. The Average temperature in East Rutherford on Feb. 4th The High††39F , The Low is 20F Peyton better have his gloves. The Mean is 29F... the record cold on Feb 4th is 1F set in 1985. A guess the shield knew something because February is actually the driest month in East Rutherford with average about 3 inches of perception.† Of course the Farmers Almanac is predicting a Blizzard on February 4th in the Northeast.
Come on you are all hoping for as well. Come on, we like a little Mayhem. Just think New York traffic sucks on average itís slow and a little snow to the mix what do have people paying over 600 dollars face value sitting in traffic. The shield has already put the hammer down on tailgating in the parking lot. What do they do with the high price tickets if folks canít get there . The game wonít be cancelled and they wonít give refunds to fans or advertisers for that matter so of course we are speculating at†all this mayhem. It will probably be 60 and sunny.
The NFL was just giddy with the snow games this past weekend. They were calling it a possible Superbowl weather preview. Come on lets face folks we want to see a good game. I love Football in the elements believe me†I've sat at the old Foxboro and the New Gillette Stadium in the most adverse conditions including 3 degree game time temp a few years back in the playoffs. I have sat through a blizzard in October and yes the Snow bowl with my pregnant wife. I have missed 1 game in 12 years. So I like the elements but not for the Championship game. I want in doors in Good weather sure it could rain but rain and warm is better than cold and snow. I hope itís a success and Iím still hoping for a miserable day just to get a few laughs. The funny thing is Iíll go if I get tickets in the season ticket holder lottery and if the Patriots make it. But I want a bad storm because we all like a little Mayhem.
The Patriots are 1 and 2 †at the hands of the officials bad time to call DPI except the defender needed to look back. The Browns dominated that game . Please Patriots fans stop whinning about Gronk getting hit the kid who hit for the Browns made a great Football play there was no intent to injure. He just got him funny at the knee as a matter fact the kid from the Browns was the first to pat Gronk on the head and wish himluck. Sure it sucks for Patriots fans. But Gronk is one of those guys that plays hard and will always be on the injured list.
There were suspensions handed down!
The Pittsburgh Boston game was just dirty nasty on bothsides the other night. Geex they just went crazy. James Neal earned a five game suspension for kneeing Brad Marchandís head. Meanwhile the Bruins Shawn Thronton is expecting at least 10 games after aface to face hearing on Friday. Throntn basically knocked Brooks Orpik out with a concussion in retaliation of Orpik nailing Louie Ericsson who also left the game with a concussion. It was just an ugly hockey game.
LIL Warriors Report
I was thinking for here on in Middle Lanz will be called Laser as his coaches refer to him.and Lil Lanz will be called Miser has his coach refers to him.
Lazer had a non league Saturday a nice win over a very good independent team. They lost Tuesday Night. Laser was lined up for a short to tie the game at 2 but got checked off the puck and never got a good shot off. They lost 3-1an empty netter put it away. Some guys in a mens league where watching and I think they were in shock of how hard these kids hit .
There is a reason he is called Miser check the Picture. (red hair up like that after practice one night when he took his helmet off. he loves the name)
Miser played 3 games for 2 teams in 3nights. They won on his regular team both on Friday Night and then on Sunday Night. Friday they got the game winner with 6 seconds left. Lil Bobby F got the job done Sundayit was with 10 seconds left craig got the game winner. Miser also got a win Saturday for the school team. Good weekend. The boys now are 6-5-1.
Posted by Lanz on
Thursday, December 05, 2013 at
†This guy is an Awesome GM. He just gets it . keep up the good work Ben
Itís† been a week after Thanksgiving hope everybody had a good one.
Letís get into it† right away. Two fan favorites have left the Red Sox and I can see bothsides . It simply breaks down into the business of baseball. I think most Red Sox fans expected that Jacoby Elsbury would test the Free Agent market and get his pay day. The Red Sox offered 5 years probably more than they wanted too. GM ben Cherrington isnít Theo Epstein. Cherrington wasnít going to give a 30 year old outfielder with injury problems more than 5 years and Iím guessing he was reluctant to offer 5 but that was probably the minimum it would take to keep Elsbury. I also think the Red Sox basically didnít want end up tied down with another Carl Crawford type deal.
Which the Yankees very well might have IfElsbury keeps his injury track record up. The Yankees will efgt a few good years out of Elsbury. A decent bat and great speed and good defense. As far as Elsbury is concerned really canít blame him for taking his payday. This was it and it will probably be the only huge contract he gets and itís amonster. The kid plays hard when he is healthy and the lst couple injuries were kid of freaky. I wish him all the best he created some good memories as a Red Sox.
As far as Jarrod Saltalamaccia goes† the Sox offered him 2years . he wanted 3 looks like he will be a nice fit for the Marlins. He calls a decent game has a good bat and his arm is fair to slightly below average. He got a decent pay day for a catcher. 3yrs 22 million. And he moves back to his native Florida. He is a kid I hope does well no matter where he plays. Of course he will go from playing in front of 40K every night to playing in front of 400 . But hey not everytonehas the intensity of Boston night in and night out.
The Sox will use AJ Pryzinski just signed to a 1year deal and David Ross as catchers while they develop a couple of kids in the minors that are a year or two away . they also have Ryan Lavarnway who has major league expierence.
High School Football Strange Story
This is a bizaire story out of Lunnenberg Massachusetts. A 13 year old football player on the high school team who says he was a victim of hazing and the Football team was blamed for spray painting racial slurs on the families home. The Lunenberg School District forfeited the last two football games of the year meaning the seniors never got their final game on Thanksgiving which is tradition here in Massachusetts. While it turns out that the kids mother may have wrote the slurs as a hoax. Nobody understands way but she is the focus of both the police and FBI investigations as the lead subject. Basically she managed to screw the football team. Iím not sure if she thought they were picking on her son or what the reason was for her doing it. But a bunch of innocent kids paid the price for her actions. High School Football means a lot to the kids who play it . they work hard all year as do thcoaches itís just a shame these kids lost out the hands of an adult. The truth and the reason why will eventually come out.
According to one member of the Houston Texas Antonio Smith accused the Patriots of spying and knowing the Texans plays.. he later apoligzed. Hey Smitty how about† your† on an awful team and you played against a coach that actually coaches and game plays and breaks down film and leaves nothing to chance other than the players on the field. Letís face it . You wonít see Belachick standing on the field in the middle the play pretending he is watching a scoreboard but thatís a conversation for the competition committee.
Middle Lanz had a pair of games on the weekend.. He played Saturday Night at *:15 and returned to the rink Sunday morning for a 7:10am Game, They won both the only saving grace is the team they played Sunday morning . Played the game after them Saturday Night. They won both games and are 9-2 on the season.
Lil lanz was complaining on the way to his game that they never win at the rink they were playing in. They ended winning 5-1 Lil Lanz had a solid game. Getting a bunch of shots off and a couple of assists. They won upping their record to 4-5-1
My† friend Pete called me this week and he wanted to know what kind of Laundry Detergent they use in Missouri.
MY apologies for this being late forgot to set the am button on the scheduling dooh hickey set for 4pm instead of 4am
He claims the kids white uniform is the whitiest aand the Chiefs red uniform is the brightest red.. I think he is right. What you think?
Posted by Lanz on
Thursday, November 28, 2013 at
Happy Thanksgiving Gab Fans
Let me start off with this years Gobble awards. These are for the biggest Turkeys in Sports for the past year. We will work from 1-to 5 Gobbles the biggest Turkey gets 5 Gobbles.
NFL , constantly changing the rules which is creating some inconsistent† Officiating. The NFL who should also adopt the college system of every play being reviewed by replay Officials hasnít seemed to slow down the college game at all.
Last week I mentioned the Chicago Black Hawks selling part of their championship Ice.and we all know that when ice melts it reverts back to itís original form.
The Boston Red Sox have topped that they are auctioning of players shaved beards. Again like the Blackhawks itís all for charity but really auction off a stick or a bat or something else.
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
This goes to Johnny Football for being a dumb ass in the off season. Kid has his whole future a head of it.and his ticket wrote so donít blow it.
In the words of the Immortal Dean Vernon Wormer
ďson fat drunk, and stupid is no why to go through Life sonĒ
All the drunk it fans that think sliding down banisters or jumping from the upper deck is funny. You get what you deserve for being frigging stupid.
All the MLB players that took the Suspensions and were implicated in the Biogenesis scandal.
Johnny Peralta gets an extra half Gobble for having a press conference and just bad planning and we will throw his lawyers and agent in there for letting him talk at all.
This Years Grand Prize when is 5 Gobbles Please
You guessed it A-Rod. Yes for fighting his suspension, For walking out of meetings last week for just being a total moron. He should have taken the suspension and he may have been able to comeback and play a few more years no chance of that now.
Happy Thanksgiving to all
To all the High School Seniors who will be playing their last Football games last Night and This morning Good Luck to you all.
I will be finishing my season this morning as well. It has been a fun season worked some good games and worked with a lot of good Officials. this year.
To All Of You †Here at the Gab Happy Thanksgiving be Healthy and be Safe.
Feel free to add to the Gobble awards in the comments
Posted by Lanz on
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at
Hello another Thursday here in Gabland.
Ok let me get this out of the way quickly and efficiently ok maybe just quickly. It was a penalty the flag should have never been picked up in the Patriots ĖCarolina game. It was one of two things Pass Interference or Holding. You call holding when the ball is not catchable. The hold restricted the player Gronkowski from having any chance at the ball. The ball has to be catchable it doesnít have to be caught. Usually uncatchable balls are over the guys head or going out of bounds. Not thrown short. Kenckily rode Gronk away from the ball. Hence pass interference. This was a crappy way to end a very good and entertaining football game. I also know that one official s call should not determine the outcome of the game. There is no guarantee the Patriots win the game but they should have had one more chance.
The Patriots find themselves 7-3 thanks to a couple of weird calls to say the least by the officials.. The Patriots do get their share of calls that go there way but bad timing on these two games. I flag in OT against the Jets on a penalty that nobody has called before and it was done by both teams earlier in the game. Itís DPI and No waiyt itís not DPI. The Patriots have seemed to move so wonít I.. The one thing I know Mr. Kraft wonít be pulling an Al Davis saying the league is out to get them. I just look at it as bad timing or maybe bad decision making on some of the officials part. They see the game in a different light than we do and we always have to keep that in mind.
I believe the Chicago Blackhawks have brought sports merchandise marketing to a new low. The Blackhawks are selling Veils of rink ice from their Championship season last year for $99 dollars a Veil. It is all going to charity but it isnít† in itís original form either now that itís melted. I had to share this I just thought it was a dumb idea. But we are talking Hockey.fans.
What Ice Becomes when it's melted
Lil Warrior Report
Middle Lanz got the weekend off. No Game s schedule was suppose to play last night but is sidelined with a bad cold Commissioner Mrs. Lanz††kept him out of action. She makes Roger Goodell look like the gentle kind Commish.
Lil Lanzís Warriors played two good games over the weekend. Saturday they played hard for 2 and half periods and lost† 3-1 and one of the three †was an empty netter. As they were leaving the Ice little Lanz told †one† of the Refs. we played just like the Bruins did last night. (bruins played two solid periods Friday against the Senators and the wheels fell off† at the end). The guy got a good laugh.
On Sunday Night Lil Lanzís team skated and passed better than they have all year they earned a 4-1 win. Their record on the season is now 3-3-1.
Lil lanz will play 3 gams for two teams on Sunday. He will get his first middle school league action in a Jamboree where they play two quick 30 minute games and he will play for his regular team later on Sunday.
Itís been a crazy busy week this week so I really donít have much. Work has been nuts for the past couple weeks getting ready for an audit.
But before I go I need to wish Middle Lanz and his twin brother Middle Lanz each Happy 14th Birthday on Tuesday. Happy Birthday mike and Dan Iím proud of you both.
The other Middle Lanz† isnít a big organized sports guy tried it all it wasnít for him . He is athletic and just he is this very funny(humorous kid).