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The World According To Lanz
Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:10:34 AM

There has been a few interesting things going in the world of Major League Baseball. I have seen a few interesting articles , if nothing else it will make you think a little about the state of the game and that perhaps in buds World everything isnít coming roses.

The first is an Unnamed source as MLB Executive from Buster Olneyís paid blog according to Fox Sports April 7th† Iíll take with a grain of salt because a source or the executive isnít listed. He suggests to move the games to 7 innings(hold your Baseball purist thoughts). The mystery manís reasoning makes a lot of sense. The younger audience wants things faster and quicker games would average around 2 and half hours instead of 3 plus. IT also would cut down injuries. There are a lot more injuries. Basically the landscaping is charging is what he is saying. The reality is Major League Baseball is experiencing great numbers at the gate is it really charging or is the product itself bringing in better† numbers?

According to MLB Press Release h†2013 was the 6th best year for attendance in the history of baseball and the numbers over the past decade have been amongst the highest in history. Maybe as much as things change they donít.

The other article is about how fans†are being hurt over Blackout restrictions by†MLB†According to†Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports†††Passan says that because of the cash to regional networks some folks living in areas where there is multiple team blackouts are getting screwed. Folks living in Buffalo, Arkansas, Iowa, and even Las Vegas are restricted to blackouts and canít watch games. Baseball has no interest in fixing mainly due to the huge amount of cash regional sports networks are throwing at teams There is a lawsuit pending in federal court in the Southern District of New York. Baseball and Direct TV and others are† asking for a dismissal the judge turned the motion down. Itís likely that baseball will try to use itís anti trust exemption. Baseball is arguing every† game is available on Direct TV. That is where the blackouts happen in Vegas. California teams and Arizona all those games are subject to blackouts in Las Vegas. As others are in Buffalo like Blue Jays, Yankees and Mets Iím assuming. Baseball will bring out itís trump card (Can you Guess What It is?) Ding, Ding,Ding You got it the Anti Trust exemption.

Baseball can easily fix this open up some of the blackouts in these areas and let the fnas choose. The argument that everything is available on Direct TV doesnít fly especially at the monthly cost of $30 a month just for the package that blackouts out games in these areas. Keep an eye on this one itís going to be interesting.

Instant Replay has been over whelming successful so far the Red Sox got screwed on two† challenges that the ruling on the field was overturned and the replay was wrong. I guess there are some bugs in the system. They brought a system in that wasnít effectively tested. I heard one argument from a reporter saying there isnít enough cameras at exhibition games and not enough games are televised / I guess maybe he doesnít get MLB Network with two of those meaningless games were on everyday. He said they donít use enough cameras in those games so bring in more and test the damn thing. Itís here to stay but many people say and I think Iím among them think this will change the game and outcomes. Basically, they want to take the human factor away. We all excepted the human error of an umpire for many years as matter fact it was entertaining watching a guy like Earl Weaver state his case.right wrong or in different..

LIL Warriors Report

Laser laced them up Saturday Night and scored a goal in a non contact coaches vs graduating Bantam game. He scored from the top of the slot.

NHL Playoffs

Let the games begin itís the best Hockey all year.

Last Night there were three games to start the second season.

Ducks beat the Stars

Canadiens beat Lighting

Penguins beat the Blue Jackets

There are some excellent first round matchups Chicago and St Louis should go 7,Philadelphia and the Rangers should be a blood bath, LA and San Jose another great matchup and of course the one I look forward to is Boston-Detroit enjoy the games.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 4:15:00 AM

The Baseball season is a week and a half old and lots has happened since the first pitch. I watched opening day ceremonies at Fenway and like everything Red Sox it was over the top. Families of the Marathon Bombing Victims brought the rings out to the owners. When each guy receiving his ring they all had the same reaction they looked down at it like a Little Leaguer and his first trophy. †It was very cool. I got choked up when Firefighters from Engine 33 and Ladder 15 came in and shook hands with the Sox two firefighters from the BFD were killed† fighting a fire. I teared up when Lt Walsh's (one of the fallen fire fighters) wife and kids were at the end of the line and each Red Sox hugged her and made a huge deal out of the little one she was carrying.

The Red Sox are 4 and 5 to start the season, getting swept by the Brewers at the 2014 Fenway Debut. Why are they opening at home against a National League Team?

There were double wins at UConn has the Huskies beat Kentucky and the Lady Huskies beat Notre Dame. I think people were surprised to see UConn win, especially John Caliperi. He and his Wildcats had there chances but couldnít take advantage.

The Masters wonít have Tiger this year. I bet you havenít heard about that every waking moment over the last couple of weeks. The Masters is the best human drama in sports especially if itís tight on Sunday. Itís not so much the golf but more the pressure on each guy to make each shot. The excitement is different than a team sport itís more psychological sometimes than pure school and a major always seems to capture it more than any other sport. Itís human drama at itís best.

Hey they almost found the airplane maybe but itís in a whole lot of water.Just canít believe they havenít found that yet. There is something wrong here and we may never find the answer itís a shame. For all those families,they have been given a bunch of bull shit so far.

NHL Update

Teams are Jockeying for position

The Boston Bruins and the St Louis Blues are battling for the Presidents Cup for the best record in the league and how ice throughout the playoffs.. both teams have three games left the Bruins have a 114 pts and the Blues have 111. Both teams have played some exceptional hockey this year but Iím a Black and Gold guy instead of the Blue Gold.

LIL Warriors Report

CHAMPIONS

Yes after getting their butts kicked last month in tournament the boys got hot in their last few games. They won their first round playoff game as the 4th seed in their conference..

They had to play two games on Saturday to win the Conference. They played at 8am while their soon to be opponents played at 8:20 am on the other rink at the same facility.The winners would return for the conference championship at 1pm.

The boys came out smoking in the morning game winning 5-2. Nick the goalie was awesome and the netminder's best friend the goal post helped out big time.

The game was at 1, traffic on I 93 North was awful getting back to the rink as a work crew filled potholes on the Interstate. Players came in one by one even coach Glen got stuck in traffic. The boys went down 1-0 in the first period. They tied it early in the second then went down 2-1 going into the third. They scored quick. And with 4:48 left Lil Craig scored the game winner. Gloves, sticks helmets every where. The Boys got trophies and hats saying Valley League Champs.

The Playoff format changed this year with an extra game on Sunday for the League Championship for that Division. They played† Woburn who gave them trouble all year . They lost twice to them, beat them once and tied them. The boys took the early lead and held on; they were up 2-0 then†Woburn scored making it 2-1, then the boys were up 3-1 and held on for a 4-2 win and the big piece of Hardware their version of the Cup.

Lil Lanz almost had the first goal, he couldnít get a rebound home and the goalie made a stick save while on the Ice.

Special Thanks go out to the Coaches Glenn, Dennis, and Dave who made it fun for the kids all year and three of the nicest guys you ever want to meet.

The parents who we bonded with giving up every weekend and many weeknights since September. we became a group that truly enjoyed each others company.

Finally Thanks to the 12 boys and 1 girl. who spent countless hours on the ice through practices, skill session and many playing for two teams. There hard work and dedication.paid off

Parents and coaches explained to them †that Championships are rare in ones sporting life so enjoy it. They have been the talk of the town at soccer, Lax, and baseball. The kids are enjoying the crap out of it.

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Lil Lanz†skating hard up the Boards

Team watching opponents getting runner up trophy

Team getting the Trophy

Typical Hockey Champ Photo Lil lanz doing his Hulk Hogan in Back

LIL Lanz†in Locker Room with trophy, He had already took his shoulder and elbow pads off

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Opening Day Memories at Fenway
Posted by Lanz on Friday, April 04, 2014 at 11:38:12 AM

Today is opening Day at Fenway Park, itís bright out but 43 degrees expected at game time. Iím off today and considered going in than the thought of waiting on line and getting in at game time and misses all the other festivities just didnít mesh well. With me. However† I will share some personal memories of opening days I have attended.

Openning Day was the only day my parents would give us permission to skip school. All 4 years of High School myself and a group friends would make the trek in and get bleacher or standing room seats. The fun part of those days was just being with your friends. We would take the train and just enjoy the crapout of the day. As I got older my friend Carmine and I would go every year never have tickets and also we get in the game.

We practiced this up until 5 or 6 years ago. Then it just wasnít in the cards anymore. One of the best memories and I donít remember the year . The Sox opened against the Blue Jays. They did all the pregame stuff. Then it came time for the National Anthems. Oh Canada went off beautifully. Then America the Beautiful . Wait where is the Star Spangaled Banner. The crowd took it upon themselves to sing it. It was the best redition I have ever heard.

Before this ownership group took over the Red Sox† you would here all over TV that the game was sold out. He would get in about 9am people had been camping out for tix. The rep from the Red Sox would come out with the bull horn and say todays game is a sell out. Then they would release tickets little by little one year we went in the box office seven times before we got Tickets.

There was theyear that Openning Day was rained out and we went in the next day. It actually worked out better we were getting inline at the box office and two guys came up they had six tickets two for them and 4 more.. We needed 4 the guy explained the other4 guys had to work they just wanted face value on them . They set us with some really sweet seats along first base side. Needless to say we bought those guys a lot of beers..

There was the year that the game was sold out and w were in line and the guy from the Red Sox ††came out and said we will be releasing a bunch of tickets close to game time stay in line. Guys about ten in front start screaming we have monster seats. Needless to say the chant of Bullshit came out. We got up to the ticket window the guy says what do want. We ask what do you have. He says everything from Field boxes to monsters. We took the monsters. As we were in line that day we watching one of the local news crews

Send up microphones and stuff by rope. We also notice perhaps a pint went up to a local news guy. When we got in the game the usher escorted us to our seats and he said you guys have great guests sitting next you. It was Troy Brown and several other Patriots. . We had a ball that day. The patriots were just being fans and acting like fans lots of† connection. I remebre Larry Izzo just have a blast with the fans. I remember being in line

For a beer and two patriot D backs were standing there and that newscaster went bye. One of the patriots tapped me and said Hey see that dude he is a mess when he comes into our locker room. We had a good laugh.

My favorite Memory is I cut out of work went over in 2005. The Sox opened against the Yankees and the crowd cheered Mariano Riveria for his help in the ALCS† The smile on his face when the Fenway faithful cheered was priceless.

Hope you enjoy this leave a comment of your favorite opening day memories.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 4:00:00 AM

Happy Thursday, and Happy Baseball season as things got underway Sunday Night withy the Dodgers and Padres. The Padres winning 3-1 I was totally entertained by this game.I had no rooting interest in either team not liking either team nor disliking either team. I think it was just baseball that counted.Like many of you I donít count the crap in Australlia. You canít have teams playing regular season games when 28 other teams are still playing exhibition games. Itís not fair to the players and its not fair to the fans. Baseball continuously does this with games in Japan. At least when the NFL plays in London they play on a Sunday like everybody else. IF baseball wants to continue this, play exhibition games in late February or early March in Timb†Buck Two for all I care. But don't call this games regular season.

Sunday was raining here in Boston cold and raw at least it wasnít snow. We didnít have much on the Agenda. So it was a great sports watching day. I watched the Bruins and The Flyers. The Bruins won in a Shoot Out only losing twice in March.left for Lil Lanzís Hockey playoff game more on that later. Got backto watch most of the Michigan Kentucky game what a great basketball game that was and than the Padres and Dodgers switching back and forth to the Penguins- Blackhawks. I havenít had a Sunday to just watch sports in I donít know how long and I enjoyed every minute of it. I even stayed awake during the Dodger Game.

Opening Day was Monday and I left work just a bit early to catch most of the Red Sox Orioles. I love those weekday afternoon games brings me back to when I was a kid and the baseball playoffs were afternoon games not night games. You would rush home from school and watch the game. I switched over to the Cubs-Pirates and got my first look at a baseball challenge on a pick off play at first. The Cubs Runner Bonificiao dove head first back to the base. Clint Hurdle challenged it and won. The umpire called him safe but he didnít see the first basemans glove get Bonifiaco on the arm before his hand touched the base. It was fairly quick† the crew chief call him out. They important thing is they got it right..

Iím going to have a busy Baseball Season with the boys. Iím assistant coach on lil Lanzís team and I Ďm manager on lasers team. Plus my high school umpiring season starts next week with 5 games 3 HS games and two AAUís. It will be a crazy next few months but I love it. Especially after this winter.

LIL Warriors Report

The boys scored 3 goals in the first 3 minutes of their game Sunday. Little Lanz had a fourth that got waved off. It crossed the line and the goalie pulled it out. The ref didnít see it. Lil Lanz talked to the Ref all the way to the face circle pleading his case. It fell on deaf ears damn Refs. The boys will play Saturday morning at 8:00 against a team they have beaten twice &-2 and tied them 2-2 the last time they played a couple of weeks ago.

If they win they play for the Division Title at 1pm Saturday and If they win that they play for the League championship Sunday.

Laser's Team lost in the first round of the playoffs last night as he was on the bench. They were tied at 2 going into the third period. They let one in with 2:30 left. They had a couple of chances but couldnít put one home.

†Sorry, Thatís All I have for Today.

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Talking Sports
Posted by Lanz on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:22:06 AM

It has been somewhat of a slow week in sports this week the brackets have been busted mine as soon as Ohio State lost too Dayton I was done. Syracuse and Duke bowing out as Mercer gave them some Mercer. The first couple rounds were just exciting and crazy and thatís what makes this tournament fun so I hope the NCAA doesnít screw it up by adding more teams in the future. They shouldnít have gone to 68.† 64 worked fine we donít need play ins.

This should be another week of exciting games. I think Dayton has a shot for the elite eight as they will go up against Stanford. UCLA could throw a scare Floridaís way as well. But that is what this tournament is about the unknown.

On the local front the Boston Red Sox gave David Ortiz his deal a 1 year extension for 15 million and a couple option years. Now maybe the Big Guy can stop whinning and concentrate on hitting 2 for 35 this spring. I get the hometown† hero and the guy has been good for the Sox and for that matter the city of Boston. But I would have waited the season out let him finish the current contract and go from there. He may have a great year by all means give him another but given his age.† Why not see what this year brings first. I understand the Red Sox rewarded him for being a good† player and all. I just would have waited.

Meanwhile in Foxboro Vince Wilfork is upset that the Patriots may want him to restructure his contract. I think they will get it done. However, Vince isnít happy he reportedly cleared out his locker and ripped his name plate down. The guy is coming of a bad injury at his size and age. Teams wonít take a chance on him. The other thing is the Patriots have no problem cutting players. They even left one of their most dedicated guys Kevin Faulk over the years off the Superbowl Roster in his final season.

Belichick was hucking it up with the media at the owners meetings. The Patriots proposed as a rule change cameras on the goalline and the end line to help see if the ball crossed the plane of the goalline and to help with inbounds and outbounds on the endline and sideline of the end zone. So some reporter asks him how is the Billion dollar NFL going to pay for the cameras. (stupid Question) Bill says I donít know a bake sale or maybe a car wash. He went on to explain† that each stadium has 100ís of cameras they can see if a fan spilled a beer on another fan. Bill may have a point but it was classic BB.

The wind was awful today and most of Massachusetts escaped a blizzard sorry Cape Cod you got it bad. We didnít even get a flurry North of the city. The weather is not baseball friendly with opening day on Monday. At least the Red Sox donít open here until next Friday the fourth against the EX American League Brewers.Maybe it will reach 50 by then.

I was driving Lil Lanz to Hockey tryouts and he says I wish we had our names on the back of our jerseyís. He says he would customize his and have it say Miser. I immediately thought of the XFL and Yes non other than He Hate Me. So I say to him they did that stuff in the XFL. He says whats the XFL so I explained it to him . How the wrestling Guy formed a Football League and it wasnít great football with some crazy rules. Then it dawned on me that the XFL started in 2000, played 1 season in 2001. Lil Guy was born in 2002. Just a reality moment.

LIL Warriors Report

The boys got back out of the loss column this week and sealed fourth place for the playoffs. They tied 2-2 Saturday and won 5-4 on Sunday. Lil Lanz got the game winning assist. I nice shot from the right circle and Lil Bobby tipped it home. The hero was Lil Steve he wore the hat first year player and he got a hat trick and made a great defensive play. Kid has came along way since September. LIl Lanz checked the score sheet for his assist. Coach Dave ended up giving him the sheet. He ended up giving it to lil Steve..

Lanz here got called back behind the bench Saturday as Head Coach Glen had to leave at the end of the first period.† Boys have there first playoff game on Sunday at 4:30 a win they will play next Saturday a loss they are done for the season. They have gotten some ice time this week a two hour tryout last night which tries to place the kids on the right level team. Practice Friday.and the game Sunday.

Meanwhile Laser was going to play his final season of Youth lacrosse and has decided to just play baseball instead not wanting to risk head trauma.

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