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Talking Sports 1-29-15
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:00:00 AM

We are merely days away from an epic sporting event yes the Pro Football Championship Game . The talk of deflated footballs and the phoney disgust has gotten to me. † Troy Aikman Iím talking about You, and Yes Mark Brunell you as well. Ray Lewis just join that party. All you self centered pundits from ESPN† you to. All you self anointed keepers in the game† the media you too. A few under pressured footballs isnít like I donít know beating a child, or Kicking the crap out of your wife in elevator. Itís not even as bad as being in a Limo while your thug buddies murder a dude. But hey who I Ďm I to make any kind of judgement on any of these small people.

The facts folks are the NFL has nothing they investigated,potential wrong doing and came away with nothing. They hired Ted Wells itís †a smoke screen because they have nothing. How can I say that it is simple Bill Belichick doesnít call a press conference on Saturday and explain PSI† far better than Bill Nye the science guy. Bill the Football Coach has Robert the paper guy who has lots of paper to hire real like MIT scientists to conduct such expierements. Speaking of Robert the paper guy he doesnít come out and shoot one over General Roger†Cornwallis Goodells bow without knowing†the outcome. The NFL has nothing.

Perhaps, Cornwallis Goodell needs to conduct a little internal investigation on who in his office is liking stuff to Bob Kravitz. Bob whio is your source...you started this whole ridicoulous thing . How did the office let under inflated balls into the game if they actually inspected them. Who told Jay Glazier about twinkles the ball boy. You all know twinkles. He was the kid that stopped with the footballs and took a leak. 90 seconds I belief he took a leak couldnít deflate 12 balls in 90 seconds. †He canít get back in with out some leakage in his draws in 90 seconds. Not tobe confused with the Leakage from the league. He is more the embrassing type leakage especially if he was wearing light colored pants.

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All Gabbers grab 12 balls from around your house grab an inflation pin have them good now †head off to your bathroom.Are you in the bathroom with your balls and your pin?†Ok now as you are taking a piss, control your urination system while trying to deflate the 12 balls you just brought in there with you make sure your timing it as well. For females try it sitting youíll have more success than your male counter parts. Donít forget to wash your hands when finished.

Unfortunately Twinkles is going to take the fall when† the investigation concludes in March or April and they will fine the Patriots, fire Twinkles and discipline the officiating crew. Lets face it this is a witch hunt outside 5 and half New England states (only have of CT) America hates the Patriots. Sounds pretty un Patriotic too me.Of course if this was the Vikings wait they had a scandal †while leave them out of course their rogue makes millions unlike Twinkles who makes Hundreds. Ditto for the Ravens. Yeah Suh is all I can say about the Lions. I know how about some of the other most hated teams in the NFL the Cowboys people hated them because they were good Yeah Iíll even give Troy credit.

So we will go to the Raiders if they were accused of† underinflating balls no one would give two shits . Same thing with all the other teams.

If this was the Cowboys in their heyday or the Steelers the pitch forks would be out for them as well. Letís face it we hate teams that win consistently over time. Raise your hands Yankee haters, My hand is going up on the Montreal Canadiens and The Pittsburgh Penguins. Come on Celtic Haters or Laker Haters or Bulls Haters. You all know why? you hate these teams because you want somebody else. Because they have been there year after year, Look how much hate was spun toward the King and the Miami Heat up goes my hand.

Iím a Patriots Fan and a season ticket holder and Iím damn proud of it. I went to my first Patriots game in 1971 and watched them play the Chicago Bears in a preseason game. I have lived through Jim Plunkett, Steve Grogan, Jim Nance, John Hannah, Mike Hynes , Stanley Morgan, Hugh Millen I even endured friggin I.M. Hipp I have scene this team suck so bad that NFL Films used more footage of them in the Football Follies than anybody else.

I cried when that piece of dirt Jack Tatum parylized Daryl Stingley. Iím a Patriot and Damn proud of it so going into their 8th Superbowl . the rest of America can kiss my Patriotic ass.† I thank the Coach, the Quarterback and the owner Mr. Kraft especially for allowing me the privledge of being a season Ticket holder. I pay my money gladly because of the years of entertainment I have gotten outof this team, win loose or draw it has †all been special. So Pats haters my Red , White and Blue ass is here so you all can kiss it.

The reality is the Patriots are fucked either way from all the cowards in the media and on twitter if they won they cheated and if the loose they deserve to loose because they cheated. Whether the did or didnít has become irrelevant in thisnutty society. We are talking th equvilant of scuffed baseball take the friggin thing remove it from the game and move on.

Twinkles we are†in your corner as well. The patriots will raise the Flag on Sunday for their 4 th Championship.†

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:00:00 AM

The Patriots are in the Supebowl and they have another gate to hurdle. They got by Videogate and David Tyree made sure they paid for it. After all they were videotaping a New York Team the wrong New York team. Ok CSI Fans we have a Mystery what happened to 12 Footballs in the ten minute time between the Officials weighing them and handing them to the ball boy and the start of the game. Incidentally all balls were removed in the second half and a new 12 were put in play.

This is the way I understand it the equipment guy and the Quarterback pick the balls out. Then the Quarterback tells the equipment guy what to do with them rubb them scuff them kind of like a good Pitmaster preparing Ribs or Brisket. Then 2 and half yours before the game. 24 balls go to the officials 12 from each team for all the math majors out there.

The officials inspect them and gauge them. The penalty for an illegal ball is it is removed from the game. Kind of like baseball an illegal bat is removed from the game. Thatís the penalty. The penalty for tempering with the balls in that ten minutes is some disciplinary action fine or suspension or both whatever the league warrants as the right penalty. Knowing the NFL they will come down harder on the patriots then they did on Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen. Combined. Then again the Patriots have been clean for more than 32 games so that have to start fresh like Domincan Suh..

My guess like spygate this is a common practice that there is a wink and a nod with both teams and the Officials kind of look the other way even though they weigh the balls nothing is said until itís brought up. Sort of like an Illegal stick in Hockey.You don't tell the Ref to measure it until your down a goal and need a powerplay.

From my experience handling footballs you know if the thing feels over inflated or under inflated and yes I have thrown balls out of games because they are weigh under inflated† but then again the equipment managers we deal with are usually 15 and will forget their heads if they werenít attached. I know, I have two of them.

I think they will be enough blame to go around for everybody from the Hoodie, to the equipment guy to the officials. I think the NFL doesnít like a blackeye a week before their premiere event. Yeah! You are all going to watch anyway despite your protests against the Patriots and you will overcome your hate of Dick Sherman and watch anyway.

This should be a great game better than the Packers giving away the game to the Seahawks. Who seem to be getting the breaks at the right time. The little mishaps and miscues that fall in place for Championship Teams. Yeah the Patriots have gotten their breaks as well despite what people here in New England think. It all balances out. You know who I want too win I wonít bore you with that.

I also think the Patriots played better in the second half with the regular inflated balls then they did in the first half with the under inflated ones after all it was 17-7 and No rain at halftime. The rains kicked in at halftime and it poored. Laser and I got a couple of rainsuits before the game at Wal-Mart I felt like the Hoodie makng a great call .

As one of the Colts twitted they would have beat us with a bar of soap.

I can hear the 9000 press conferences Belichick will require to attend over the next week. His answers will be something like this. ďJust getting ready for Seattle, Youíll have to ask the league about that. Ask the officials. Just getting ready for SeattleĒ. Marshawn Lynch will be taking notes on how to give the media nothing as he will watch the master at work.

Here is the other part of the story kind of an ethical thing. A Colts player †intercepted a ball and knew it was soft. he did his job told the coaches who told the officials. The coaches also told it to the GM who called the league . he also tipped off an Indianapolis reporter †The ethical part was tipping off the press and knowing they would run with the story.Maybe it gets out anyway but I see it as it was calculated.

Lil Lakesiders

What can I say they played a USA Hockey playdown† tourney last Saturday and got smoked they played decent for 2 periods but couldnít capitailize on multiple scoring opportunities. Lil Lanz had a break away shot Glove side about two feet of the ice. Goalie snagged it like Dustin Pedroia going to his right. Lil Lanz didnít play well in this one he was kind taking a lot of the blame they scored 4 times when he was on the ice in the third as they switched him from Forward to defense. Coaches kept telling him it wasnít his fault. I love these coaches. I hope coach Dennis recovers from Elbow surgery soon.

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Talking Sports 1-15-15
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4:00:00 AM

Itís Thursday and it came quick this week, Started the new gig last week and was in training after training for the entire week. Finally made it to the new office on Friday for a few hours and met some of my new team. Iím their leader, but I wonít be leading until I find out what exactly my role is as leader.† I say some of this in jest of course, but basically all their paperwork goes through me to make sure it meets state regulations. If I havenít commented on your blog this week it means Iím just busy working longer days and have less time to spend on other things in the office. My apologies.

It was a great Football weekend once again . Did anybody really except Ohio State to beat Oregon? I had Oregon winning by a landslide and the Big 10 is my favorite conference it always has been and always will be. The one thing I really thought hurt Oregon was their aggressiveness.on defense. You had Ohio State pinned near the goaline twice, but†they found a way out. Of course both times resulted in turnovers and one was definitely due to being aggressive. Like I said being overly aggressive...guys over pursued when tackling and trying to contain the quarterback and the running backs. Guys didnít like tackle receivers as well. That is just my take.

The Baltimore Ravens have to be the dumbest team in professional football. Taunting penalties kill teams and that is what I mean by dumb. The Patriots good defense played horrible. Joe Flacco played a great game as did Forsett. But the Patriots in the long run found away. Come on admit it you loved the school yard play with Edelman, the former Kent State Quarterback launching a bomb. Belichick created confusion by subbing †in guys with numbers not 50-79 on the offensive line and declaring them ineligible. It worked and it was within the rules. I got more hugs from drunk guys at this one then from my wife over the past few years. Even got a few from Drunk guys wives.. It was cold but worth it.

The Indianapolis Colts just shocked me going into Denver and beating† the best defense in the league. Peyton was obviously hurting and didnít perform up to expectation but neither did the rest of the team.

The Panthers gave Seattle more than they bargained for. I was hoping the Cowboys were going to play next week but I think the Packers have a shot if Aaron Rogers is a little more healthy. Of course Iím taking the Patriots. I will be at the AFC Championship Game Temp in the 40ís and light rain Iíll take it baby.

I didnít see the Cowboys game. The Lake was finally frozen enough to skate on(I live on a lake) Solid Cold temps last week the entire week. So Sunday myself Lil Lanz and three of his buddies skated for about 3 hours from 2 til dark.† We had a ball out there. Had some pond Hockey going and I couldnít walk Monday it was fun. I think half our town was out there on Sunday. As matter fact, one of the teachers asked the boys if they were out there, as†she saw them skating on the way to the supermarket. The boys were out again yesterday except Lil Lanz couldnít skate with Hockey practice last night and newly sharpened blades . Pond Ice kills blades..

Some funny Rex Stuff comming out of Buffalo like he wants to buy a house in the town up there where it snows the most. The Sabres have just become his favorite NHL Team. Good for Rex he ien't going into a bad place he just needs a QB.

The Boston Celtics have had a fire sale. Geez I thought Red Could move players †especially when he pulled off a deal with the Blue Jays to get Ainge ,but Ainge is like a friggin stock broker moving players wheeling and dealing. He acquired Austin Rivers but rumor has it he will be shipped to the Clippers maybe a lil insider trading going on there.

Lil Lakesiders report

The boys had the best weekend of the year. They won back to back games on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Extra practice Friday Night the boys did well. Lil Lanz picked up two assists on Saturday setting up his linemate quiet Stevie. Who ended wearing the hat. Lil lanz had a bunch of shots just couldnít put one home. That wasnít the case on Sunday he netted two. The goalies both stepped up big time both Ollie and Jonathon. Next week only one game in a USA Hockey Tourney.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 4:00:00 AM

I was thinking about all the Hall of Fame talk and How the steroid era guys are still kind of in the way. I think eventually they will get in at some point at least some of them. I was one of those guys who thought it effected the integrity of the game more than any other era. I was deeply offended by players use of steroids.

As time passes I really havenít changed my position except in one little way. Their contribution to the game. Before what we know now and before the whole steroid thing broke. Remember how exciting McGwire and Sosa were and how they renewed a lot of peoples interest in baseball and kind of catapulted the game into todays huge fan numbers. Baseball was dying a slow painful death numbers were down and these two come along and smash the crap out of the ball and everybody was into it.

Iím not saying steroids are right or they didnít help because I think they are wrong and they did help these guys get those numbers. How ever, they put fannies in the seats and people once again turned on baseball. Iím not saying they were the sole reason either a lot of good stuff has happened in baseball over the last 20 years and 7 players that went to all the HoF †in the last 2 years were a huge part of it as well. So werenít a couple of managers.

People loved the longball and they embraced it before they were disgusted that the purity and the integrity of the game was compromised. Last face it baseball loved it they made a boat load of money. As much as we think itís game, Itís a business first. Like I said I donít think it was right but I do think it was a positive for baseball at the time. We all thought it was clean and legitimate before we all found out it was dirty and got disgusted. I guess I Ďm just looking at as there was a contribution and a positive amongst the negatives. Not sure how else to say it.

The NFL Playoffs,

It never comes down to an officials bad call. You knew I was going there. You have to think maybe picking up the flag ibn the Lions ĖCowboys game on the DPI effected the game. However, you must also consider how many bad plays , dropped passes† and defensive miscues there were.

The Panthers move on with a losing record the Cardinals were the best team in football a few short weeks ago. A few key injuries really show how they can hurt a team.

Bengals just couldnít stay with the Colts. I was totally surprised that the Steelers lost. I watched a crap load of Football from Wednesday through Sunday. Enjoyed oregonís speed sad the FSU despite Jameis Winston didnít play better. Some how I liked Ohio State winning even thogh I love Michigan who may have the right guy to do the job. I'm not saying any of them deserve to get it but I'm saying they did make a positive contribution to the game despite their wrong doing.

Lil Lakesiders report

Boys played a great game Saturday Night. Despite a 40 second lapse that cost them the game. Their opponents scored 3 goals in that span. The boys played over a minute and half with an empty night and constant pressure in their zone they just wouldnít allow the other team to score kids were diving across the crease stopping the puck.

They worked it out. Lil Lanz was a beast on the Blue Line just doing everything he could do to keep the puck in the offensive zone. He ended up having his best game and won the golden puck. (The coaches give the golden puck to the player of the game. Itís a P{uck mounted on a piece of wood and painted gold the kids sign it and date it ) Iím not sure Iím in love with the idea but little Lanz was happy.

Thatís all I have† for this week. Iíll be at the patriots and Ravens game 25 degrees at game time about 18 at games end.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, January 01, 2015 at 4:00:00 AM

Happy New Year to all. Can you believe it! 2015 is here and we are just cruising †along with only 358 shopping days till Christmas.

It has been an absolutely crazy week from Last Wednesday until today. Christmas my wife invited some friends over . I cooked all day making Lasagna to Lil Lanzís delight, Sausage , peppers and onions and both eggplant and Chicken Parm. Also the whole Italian Fish thing all 7 of them ok I donít like 4 of them so it was more like all 3 of them so it was lobster , Shrimp, and Calamari which Iím not sue if that counts or not but at my house it counts. Turns out only two of the 8 or so people who were invited showed up many due to their Illness or their childrens illnesses, which ranged from the Flu to Bronchitis..

Christmas Day was quiet and Laser who had the Flu all week as was just getting over it. We ended up going for a ride.. He just needed out of the house so we took the 7 mile ride to the ocean and the† Americaís first Public Beach Revere of course the winter in MA and the beach it can be cold . Crap what am I talking about it was 60 on December 25 th.. I also showed him the school the Mrs. Works at which is on an Island across from the first Public Beach. There is a road that goes out there. Ihave actually umped a bunch of games out there as well.--

Friday I was up at 6am and Off to Central New Jersey for a Funeral my wifeís Uncle Bob died on Tuesday. Bob was a great guy he had fought cancer for 15 years and it finally got him. Bob loved to travel , play music, and golf. Bob† gave my wife away at our wedding and he was just interesting guy to talk with . He was optometrist by trade. When ever he would go to a Yankees or Mets game he would see if there was something for my kids and bring it to them on the next visit. He got each of the boys nice bats from Yankee Bat day. Bob will be missed by many.

The Mrs. Was fighting the Flu , she never quite got it. I represented us.at the Funeral. Usually I hate he drive down there especially through Connecticut but there was no traffic so it was a nice easy ride down over the Tappan Zee Bridge and down the Garden State. Got there in time. Talked to family and My mother in law as well. Did the service and the Funeral. The guy driving the Hearse drove like Jimmy Johnson going fast and turning quick. I had a tool cut in on the funeral on the Garden State †I have my flashers on the Bright Orange sign that Said FUNERAL hanging from my mirror. I start flashing the brights. The prick slows down good thing the guy in front him was part of the funeral and having the same issue. With another Tool.†

Lots of time in the car listening to NY Sports Radio WFAN Heard Joe in Queens was Glad the Giants werenít getting rid of Coughlin. Tom in Hoboken was glad to see Rex go. Jerry in Westchester wanted to keep Rex. But Marty in Carnarsie wanted Coughlin to go. Two days of it with a little Lou Lou Lomerello and the Devils talk who was Lou going to hire. Scott, Stevens or Adam Oates. Nobody guessed it was Himself with Stevens and Oates. Lou I think Adam and Scott can handle it you have been behind the bench in years stay in the office.. I did get the Celtics Game Friday on the radio of course theyw ere playing and losing to the Nets.

We go back to Bobís house without Bob of course after the Funeral spend some time with my wifeís family. My mother in law wanted me to spend the night at her house but itís like a museum and I get up early, check email catch the news and have coffee. I opted for the Marriott it was great by myself watched TV . The Mrs gave me play by play at Lil Lanzís Hockey game through the phone giving good play by play. . (He didn't score Friday but he got one Sunday and popped one home with 5 seconds left on Tuesday The Boys lost all three games,). The guy I coach baseball with was at the game he was texting me as well. The Boys lost Three to two.. talked to my friend Peter for a while and then crashed watching TV.

Up early Saturday morning and it was of to friggin East Jarbippy NY to Visit our Nephew and his wife and our grant Niece Baby Elle. Three months old and I hadnít †met this princess yet. It took about two hours to get from Cranberry NJ to East Jarbippy NY. I went Over the George Washington Bridge, No traffic and 14 bucks later. I was on this parkway and that Thruway next thing I know bang Iím there just as baby Elle woke up. She was in her crib bright eyed feet and arms in the air grabbing her little toes with her little hands. She made my day. I visited for a while with my Nephew his wife† they live with his in laws very nice people. His friend Alexander showed up as well. They tease me and Alexander they say he is my adopted nephew. Alexander and I have known each other for a few years and we just hit it off. We even went to a Sox game together once. He is a great kid as is my nephew and his wife.

The long ride home more of† WFAN more of Sol from Larchemont thinking the GM should go with Rex. While Ted in Rye thinks that Rex had no weapons. Bill in Secaucus is sick of the Bumbling Woody Johnson. I think Hal in Fishkill loves †the Giants. †I Finally got home.

I went to the Pats on Sunday. Went to Pick up the Mrs new car Monday Night after begging out of a deal with Honda . She got a deal even the guy at Honda said he couldnít come close to matching with Toyota. Of course we were suppose to pick the damn thing up Friday our Insurance guy was closed for the Holidays. These guys all suck just some suck more than others and none of them suck as bad as the cellphone guys. The sales manager didnít tell them that she may want to add a few options . They worked with us after keeping us waiting for an hour . We werenít taking the car until everything was set. Lack of communication the GM and The Director fixed it.

Monday started my last week at work . Which I walked out the door for the final time yesterday. I will miss my boss Anthony who also is one of closest Friends in the world . We have worked together for nearly 20 years at 3 different companies. We both got emotional as I dropped him off at his house for the final time. It was time to move on and he was my biggest supporter in making the move. All always be thankful to his wisdom and mentoring and his quick wit and sense of humor. Geez you just donít know how much shit you accumulate in 12 years. Frigging amazing. Monday I start a new adventure. Iím looking forward to.

Some Final thoughts My father woul have been 95 Today and My Brother 50. Dad died in 1986 and my brother in 1996 of Kidney disease. Knowing him it would have been a hell of a 50th Birthday party.

Happy New Year to all .

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