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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:15:00 AM

Itís a week away from the big day and all the craziness ends. The presents, the parties, and the food. Are you ready? Will we ever be ready?

A have few sports related things on my mind. The thought crossed my mind the other day that The Chicago Bears, The Miami Dolphins and The Detroit Lions are all the same team. They are all loaded with talent and they all canít get out of their own way. But why is that, is it coaching? , is it, the system they are using? Are the players buying in and engaging in the team concept? Like the patriots, Packer, and Broncos.

Talented teams that donít win or canít make the playoffs usually mean a few things. Players put an I in team too many guys thinking itís about them. They usually donít by into the common goal maybe to many Clicks in the locker room players are being pulled in several directions. It also could mean that the coaches and management arenít invested and player view that has a negative. The biggest one is talented guy just arenít making plays maybe they donít get enough chances maybe Kyle Orton, Ryan Tannehill, and† Mathew Stafford arenít the solution maybe they are the problem.

I guess we really donít know what the answer is with the exception none of these teams are consistent or make enough plays to win consistently.

The NHL Update

They hot the puck a lot like 20 times each and man the penguin have the chilly willies in the for of the mump. The Penguins visited a childrenís hospital and few guy including Syd the Kid came down with the Mumps, I guess they spread the wealth with a few other teams. The Ducks and The Leafs had similar problems as well.

The Panthers and the Capitals †went twenty rounds in a shoot out the other night. The Panthers capitalized on it and won. Lots of pucks for 1 point. It is seriously time for the NHL to revisit getting rid of the shootout. I understand they donít want ties. So play 4 on 4† 5 minute Otís until there is a wiunner. It would be far more exciting than after both team probably battling in an even game and then it all rests on a tired goalie. It just doesnít seem fair.

I donít know anybody who doesnít live high intensity 4 x 4 hockey were guys have room to move and shine† as they will. I think itís a much better than a damn 20 round shootout.

Lil Warrior update

The Boys were losing 4-2 going into the third period and ended up winning 6-4 No shootouts here just up and down action.

Coach needed Lil Lanz to play Defense . He was pissed and said his Parakeet died. It did on Friday so the coach had a moment of silence for Jo Jo the Parakeet .† The coach came out after the game and told me they had a moment of silence I pissed myself laughing. He says I needed him to play.S o I did what I had to. One cool thing about this game was another team from our town the next age level up were playing after our guys and they all know each other so everytime we scored . Those guys were banging on the glass cheering them on. It was pretty cool.

Jo jo arrived at out house at LiL Lanzís 5th Birthday party . Iím guessing omebody let it out on purpoe. So I have a bunch of moms of 5 year olds saying you have to catch it before a hawk gets it. I was like vidals for the hawk. Anyway I captured JoJo after the party Mrs. Lanz went off and bought JoJo a cage. She tried to find the right full owner through the police department. I donít whop was more distraught about keeping JoJo me or Ruby the wonder dog. Who at times took to JoJo kind of the same way Slyvester took to Twitty if get my drift. Finally after almost 7 years JoJo had his last tweet on Friday. I thought I caught a slight smile through her sadness from Ruby the wonder dog. Thatís the tail of JoJO the Parakeet. I did see that one particular mom who encouraged me to capture JoJo her son had a game after Lil lanzís . I went up to her and said the

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:32:46 AM

Hello Gabbers itís been a crazy week in the Lanz household more on that later.

Letís go right to bat the Boston Red Sox made the deal of the century not signing Jon Lester. I know you all are thinking Iím nuts to say that. Here is may reasoning no team should over a 6 year deal an expect the guy to be good for all 6 years. Sure the Red Sox have some muscle now on the team and will be far more productive offensively than they were in 2014. However how productive will Lester be 4 years out. Good Luck to Theo and Joe Maddon and Jon Lester.

Lester is a guy I like solid work effort wants the ball and can pitch. However, there were no home town discounts as the local media led us to believe. Lester did what anybody else did he took the money and I think all of us we had that talent would take the money especially if somebody is willing to pay. I really donít care what kind of money anybody signs for, itís a short career make it while you can.

On the other hand I canít believe what kind of deals teams are offering. I guess itís just a sign that baseball is making money. There is one thing from a fans point of view that drives me crazy it least† with people who call sports talk radio. When a guy struggles for whatever reason people automatically turn to his salary. We have that and he makes this. While he makes that because somebody offered him that money and Mr. Fanboy you would take it as well. People forget that Profesional Sports is a business first and they are paying for a specific talent.

Nobody is upset when some self absorbed act or singer gets millions for crappy movie that had a good advertising budget or some singer that canít put two sentenaces together we are all alright with it. .Perhaps we identify athletes as more normal guys. I donít know we do know they work hard their crafts but they arenít exactly Iron Workerss.

My take on the whole Lester thing is the Red Sox had their chance for him at the point when they low balled him on extension thatís where they lost him 4 years 70 million.I also think they were hoping for a home town discount but knew he would get more than 6 years and 135 million, I think they knew they could recover from what the market would bring.

The Red Sox did acquire Wade Miley (stats) from the D-Backs as a consulation prize in Adam Wiley. He will eat some innings that normally Lackey and Lester would eat. Wiley has averaged about 200 Innings a year and with the often injured Clay Bucholtz† in the rotation they need somebody to eat innings.

NFL

Has a new conduct policy which includes money for victims . Go head go do something stupid and see if your company pays for the victims. No they would simply fire you . Instead of having independent investigations and 6 game suspensions. I think from an image standpoint this maybe a good policy from a practical standpoint. You violate the good conduct policy . You fire the guy plan simple and he is not let back in the league. Incorporate it in every contract so that a Federal Magistrate doesnít get involved.

I think the policy is a step forward but I would like a no nonsense approach.

Lakesiders Report.

Lil Lanz wore the hat in a 9-5 los. He netted the first two and then picked up at third in the final period , The first goal was the best goal he ever scored. He broke down the left side and let a wrister go from the circle beat the goalie to the short side puck was about 2 feet of the ice when he let it go. Funny thing he knew the opposing teams goalie from a hockey camp they attended over the summer.

Some other really cool stuff happening at the Lanz house. For the first time in like 4 years we all got into decorating the Christmas Tree complete with Hot Chocolate , Sugar Cookies and Christmas Tunes and they we sat and watched a cheesy Christmas movie to boot. It was fun.

The Laser played in his first orchestra concert last night as our High School presented their winter concert. Laser plays the Bass or as I like to call it the big Fidel. He joined because a few of his friends who have been playing instruments for years did. Of course when he joined he couldnít play anything except soccer and baseball. A few Bass lessons some hard work and some tutoring from kids in the music program he did ok.

Than my daughter got an early acceptance with a really nice merit scholarship to a nice small private college here in MAssachusetts. not sure if itís her first choice but she has sometime to decide. She was extremely exciting for a kid that †really doesnít get to animated about anything she was extremely happy.

Finally, I was able to have a great lunch Friday it was way to short with Sully and Mo and as Mo said Monday he and I donít live that far from each other but with busy lives we donít get together enough. If you have never met either guy they are both top notch. Iw as able to share some good news with both of them where Iím leaving my job which I have been in for 12 years . Iím leaving my boss who we have worked together for nearly 20 at a few different companies and he has become my best friend over the years. I got an offer I couldnít refuse with a significant bump up in pay† and responsibilities that are more inline with my professional training and state license.. So it has been quite the week in the lanz world.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, December 04, 2014 at 5:25:28 AM

A week has passed since we stuffed our selves with Turkeys with Christmas and Holiday celebrations upon us. And the world of sports going through the motions sort of speak in both the NHL and the NBA. Itís the time of year in both those sports that players ramp it down alittle before they ramp it up again in February† in preparation for the playoffs. Will there be good games and outstanding performances absolutely will the players play at 100% every night maybe more like 95% just taking a little off so they are not totally wiped for the playoffs.

Itís never talked about and some playersdonítknow how to give anything less than 100% but others just get it. The understand that the season is long and the wear and tear on th body takes atoll. A lot of the coaches get it and they do their part by cutting minutes and understanding if you arenít a top seed finishing 5th or 6th doesnít matter as much.

The thibg that bothers me about this is why not cut the regulars season by a few games say 75 games instead of 80 or 82. I know† itís all about the $$$$$$$$$$. TV contracts add revenues. The NBA has 5 games schedule for Christmas day instead of two. If you love the NBA they start at noon and go right through the last starting at 10:30pm est. I guess I question do we really need that many games on Christmas day. The NHL doesnít play on December 24, 25, and 26. I view this as a sign of respect to all those involve from team operations to the pop corn vendor. There imply isnít enough of these with our we need it now attitude. Retailers opening on Thanksgiving Night just annoys the hell out of me. Even the biggest daddy of them all the NFL has No† Thursday Night Game On December 25th. and all 32 teams play on Sunday the 28th.

Really how many people are going to watch 5 NBA games on Christmas maybe after your long winters nap . Maybe you tune in for a while because you canít take another Christmas Movie or another Christmas special or you have seen Itís a Wonderful Life the 800th time. . So maybe you tune becaue the company has left the kids are off doing what they do and the craziness of the past few weeks has caught up to you. Then the average person will tune in. Itís not that I dislike the NBA, I think it has been pretty good over the past few years. Itís I donít think you need that many games on the biggest holiday of theyear. Just like I donít think the NFL needs to add an extra game on Thanksgiving. The Lions and the Cowboys on that tradition and I think people look forward to it.

Jon Lester Report

He is still a free agent.

There were rumors yesterday that Jon had signed with the Cubs those turned out to be false. Thinking about it say he signs with the Cubs is that Theo Epstein just slapping th Red Sox in the face a little bit. I will say that if that happens it will sour some faces on Yawkey Way.

Lil Warriors Report

I missed this weeks game was at th local High School soccer banquet with Laser.The Boys got beat pretty bad but they managed to stay out of the box for the most part. I was talking to one of the dadís last night at practice and he was saying that they did everything they could to keep pressure on the opposing goalie they just couldnít put in the net.

Proud moment

Iím sitting at this soccer Banquet the other night at the local Knights of Columbus. Lil Lanz has a Hockey game at 6:30 , This thing started at 5 and I was told an hour and half figured I would catch the end of† lil Lanzís is Hockey Gam about 25 minute drive. It didnít happen. There was a lot of talk about the Varsity making the state Tournament for the first time since the early 90ís. Then they brought the JV coach to talk about the JVí and then they bring up the Freshman Coach to talk about the Freshman team which they havenít had one in a few years. All of sudden the coach who is also the goalie coach on the varsity Team starts talking about Laser and his work ethic and he went on and on. Saying that he didnít play the most minutes but played 3 different positions and just worked his ass off. It was a proud dad moment at the team. It was finally nice to see a coach recognize how hard a kid worked on the field.

Zebra Tales

Thanksgiving is probably the friendliest game of the year everybody is in a good mood. My game had a snow covered field . Talking to the coaches before the game they said when we were kids we would hav loved playing on this. Very true it would phase us. He said these kids just wonít like it. They are complaining about it. His team really must have put the complaints aside because going into the game they had 1 win and they ended up beaten their arch rivals 36-18. the other team had one loss in the regular season.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 4:15:00 AM

The Day The Red Sox Stole Thanksgiving

It was quiet on Yawkey Way after a less than stellar 2014. The Red Sox swore they wouldnít sign old guys to long term contracts. The visions of too much cash on hand and not enough bang for the buck was the thought. They tried to develop the young which made it fun. †As the three grinches conjured up a plan their hearts shrank at the †TV ratings and being in last I may effect the gate although all the tickets were sold just ask them.. Their thinking was too get pitching that they hand and gave away. One starter as fragile as he wonít cut it.Our motto was we wonít pay more than three years but then again we make the rules and we can break the rules..

So they thought long and they thought hard. They† didnít care for all the Beans being tossed in Beantown. Because ultimately,they were the bean counters. They talked, they simmered and they brewed .Then the laughed at 9bucks a brew. The team a few miles down the road was stealing headlines left and right. They thought hard they thought long and they didnít want to fight.

So they looked and they paid and they looked some more. They came up a plan. A plan that would bring the ratings back. A plan that would get all of Beantown back. A plan so diabolical they would again be on top.

Then they thought some more, we had a Ramirez for a while and we had two at one time kind both same. We will have to pull out the old Hammy excuse but what they hey. The new kids †were slacking and the ratings were lacking..So they said after nine years he is still hacking.

From their perch on Yawkey way. They said we will pay. We will bring the Panda and give him extra Turkey and Trimmings and We will bring back another Ramirez. We will use them to market and maybe replace †the deshelved old Wally with a larger than life panda. Maybe we will cross breed them and sell millions of stuffed Wallty Pandas.

Than with a flash we have all or Manny excuses this time it will be hanly being Hanly. Missing Games will use the Hanlyís hammie excuse.

As Beantown was getting ready, the kids home form college , with the new girl or the new beau. It was time it was time to still Benatowns thinking from turkey and Gravy . To thoughts of Pandas and Hanly being Hanly b.rs. Beantown was a buzz with giving thanks and the Red Sox came in and took it away with talks of Rotations and lineups. But alas they had one more big fish to fry and they again laughed at the luxury tax. They had their eyes set on a top notch guy. A guy they could of kept only few monthes earlier. Talk in Beantown went from giving thanks to getting a rotation and that how the Red Sox stole Thanks Giving.

NHL

The Boston Bruins have been screwed, yes the NHL has screwed one of their elite best franchises. The Bruins have played on Black Friday at noon for as long as I can remember and certainly as long as the 20 year old New Garden has existed. The Bruins were always followed with a The Celtics playing the night cap. This year the NHL and NBC have decided that the Rangers and Flyers will play at Noon. Meaning the bruins canít play due to some contractual arrangement. The Bruins will be playing at ^;30 and the Celtics are on the road. I hate when TV screws with tradition that Friday afternoon game was usually fun family game. Thanks NHL and Thanks NBC for screwing with tradition Damn I forgot to give Thanks.

Lil Warriors Report

The boys lately have taken on a Big Bad Bruin or a Broad Street Bully persona. They are spending lots and lots of time in the penalty box sometimes 3 deep. Of couse if your always playing short handed you canít win.. Another loss this past weekend. But I have to share at one point there were 3 in the box one on a matching roughing, one on a High stick and one for a perfect check except they canít check at this level. There in the box and one says itís party and they start raising their hands and singing. Of course I got called in a sub coach. I was next to them on the bench. I was killing myself laughing inside . outside I went into coaches mode and just said knock that shit off.

Zebra Tales

I drew the 127 meeting of Malden Golden Tornadoes and the Medford Mustangs. Of course there has been good office banter this week my boss and our Intern are both Mustangs and fo me while I was a Golden Tornado. There werenít many games last week so I got my first weekend off since August. I enjoyed it even raked leaves.

The Gobble awards

5 Gobbles go to Both Adrain Petersen and Ray Rice. Neither guy could be any dumber. Rice the wife beater . Petersen the child beater you choose .

4 Gobbles Jamis Winston can thi kid be any dumber.

3 gobbles Tiger Woods after 5 years you would think he would learn just be quiet and donít say word. But he found Dan Jenkins faux article offensive of course he created it and Jenkins just at 84 just kept his wits.

2 Gobbles That dumb ass Vontaze burfict of the Bengals for twisting and trying to break Cam Newtons ankles.

1 Gobble †The Dumb ass Kid from Utah who dropped the ball before he got into the endzone and allowed Oregon to return it a hunded yards for aTouchdown.

Final Thoughts

To all my Friends here at the Gab and their families I wish you all a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving and Keep your thoughts for our friend Jeff and his Dad.

Happy Birthday to my twin sons who turned 15 yesterday Mike (Laser) and Dan (non sports) are the two great kids or young men as different as night and day but both kind and respectful and awesome.Iím proud of both of you. Happy Birthday Boys.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 4:00:00 AM

We are one week away from Turkey Day, can you believe it?

I have several things on my mind this week. Some Iím not sure if Iím barking up the right tree. This week was kind of salute to soldiers I guess I looked at as a total marketing thing from the NFL . What the NFL is doing is donating 100 dollars per point in all salute to soldiers games† for three worthwhile organiziations. The Pat Tillman Fund, The USO, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Each team will host a salute to soldiers game this month, Iím thinking or at least I hope the merchandise sale of all the Cameo stuff with your team emblem on it helps support these organizations and help make the 100 dollars a point happen.

The Sheriff came down hard or Adrian Petersen can I just voice my opinion on this here and now. I donít give a rats ass about Adrian Petersen or Ray Rice for that matter. I think the Commissioners scolding of Petersen in the letter he sent was justified. I also think all these †pundits saying we must do whats best for the league and Adrian are full of crap. We must do whatís best ffor a four year kid and hopefully Adrian remembers which four old †from which mother.and makes it right for both of them.

Uniforms enough is enough, I canít tell who is who anymore.. Boise state donít where all Blue against the Blue Turf itís a mecca for seagull poop.

Go Head try to find the Boise State Players

Yes they have a seagull problem they have had it for years. The poor bird Brains think the turf is the ocean crash bang need I say more. Miami Dolphins Teal on Teal against a green Field really wear white pants or white shirts all you needed was ateal helmet.

Miami Dolphins Teal shirts and teal pants agains a green field

The Packers what was that uniform on Sunday? Lombardi Is rolling over in his grave. Go back to green and gold.

Look at #78 or is that 718 Can you Imagine Mean Joe Greene or Jack Lambert in these.

Do You see a difference between those and these?

Pittsburgh seriously donít where those prison , three stooges uniforms any more Black and Gold and your not doing any favors fo the girthy guys in those.

Hey it was fun with Maryland and Oregon we could make fun of them. But the U I couldnít tell it was the U the other night against FSU. Oklahoma State Really Go back to†white helmet with an Orange OSU make Pistol Pete proud.

I like throwbacks in the NFL as much as the next guy Iím not offended when the Cowboys break out the white helmets with the big Blue Star or the Lions where their regular uni with no emblem on the helmet. I just† think we have gone too far with the college uniforms and I hope the NFL doesnít follow suit.

Jonias Grey rushed for 201 yards on Sunday Night I was thinking remember when a hundred yard game was special.. It brought back memories of October 18, 1976 a Monday Night game at the time with 6year old Foxboro Stadium Quarterback. Steve Grogan rushed for 103 yards against Joe Namath and the Jets. The Patriots won 41-7..

There have been a lot of 200 yard rushing games in recent years. It got me thinking about why and how. The answer I believe is simple the NFL is a passing league and the run is used to compliment the pass. The defenses are mainly man and zone coverage without getting into a bunch of schemes that result in man and zone coverage. Defenses simply donít play the run. When an offensive line controls the defensive of line in a game the result is a big day for the backs.† The league has gone from a running league to a passing league. Lets tally up some points with big plays is the thought process.there are some †throws that act like runs 3 or 4 yard passes in the flat 5to 7 yards across the middle. The days of Riggins right, Riggins left and pass on third down are gone for the most part but a solid game play that exposed a really weak run defense† sometimes brings those days of run first pass second back.

Lakesider Report

Boys again played a decent game on Sunday they couldnít bye a bounce. I have to give Coach Glen some credit. Lil lanz was playing Defense and he did everything he could on one play just trying aggravate a kid just trying to break him up and run him wide and did but some how the puck bounced in. Lillanz came back to the bench head down coach Glen went over gave a tap on the helmet and gave him a lil back rub told him he did a good job on the play. Thatís coaching.

Finally

Last Friday Night the MRS and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary at a very nice asian restaurant. They had a combination menu of† both Japanese and Chinese . I got a teriyaki steak that was cooked †to perfection with lots of veggies. The Mrs went for the yerayki Chicken it was a nice night out.

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