Posted by Sully on
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the proud men and women who served our country are always honored and revered. We salute our veterans today and everyday!
Leading off: Another wild weekend in football
I love this time of the year in sports, except for the shortening days, the football is what I crave and enjoy. High school is getting into the big time playoff atmosphere, colleges are grinding through the conference schedules with the stakes getting higher and higher every week. And the NFL is its usual wild and wacky self. Preps and Pros have a way of shaking themselves out as November progresses. Before this year I used to rail against the notion that the regular season was the playoff to shake the pretenders out, but what I like is that you have the conferences that play and the conference title games to follow. Then the plain jane named college football playoff its an exciting buildup and now you have the high powered games that really do act as a knockout stage. Examples:
Arizona State proves ND is fake again
Ohio State: Comeback Bucks?
I saw the Buckeyes get taken to the woodshed by Va. Tech to begin the season. As someone who loathes the Bucks and their noisy arrogant fans, I saw it as a delicious comeuppance. I saw a flustered JT Barrett and thought that my beloved Bearcats had a real chance to pull an upset. Well of course we know how that went. The Bucks rolled the Bearcats on the last Saturday and September and have rolled to a number of wins. But after struggling with a so-so Penn State, went to East Lansing to face the 8th ranked Spartans. Falling behind 21-14 in the 2nd after Sparty lumbered downfield on a methodical drive the Bucks looked like they were actually in peril. But the Bucks began ripping off points. Barrett looked more and more poised as the game went on and shredded the vaunted Spartan defense. When it was all said and done the Bucks had a 49-38 win suddenly they look more and more like a formidable threat and nearing the head of the 1-loss teams that have a realistic shot at being selected for the College Football playoff. I still loath the Bucks make no mistake but as the wise philosopher Sheedy Wallace taught us here in Hoodwood “Ball don’t lie.” The Bucks are ballin’ and are in position to make noise.
Bama still lurking
Speaking of lurking, that team from Tuscaloosa is hanging around…again. The Crimson Tide are like Freddy or Jason. You think that you’ve killed them off and are just starting to relax and look for something to drink when they pop up again and start slashing. Most people wrote Bama off after they took a stunning loss to Ole Miss and struggled mightily with Arkansas but the Tide just keeps rolling. Now after thrashing Texas A&M and Tennessee then getting a crucial win in Death Valley over LSU don’t look now but the Tide are right in the thick of things themselves. SEC honks think that they are deserving of two berth and Bama keeps making a case for one of them. But with a supershowdown on the docket against Mississippi State, this might serve as an elimination game. With their hated rival Auburn out of the way with a loss to Texas A&M the path clears more for the Tide
Oregon plays it smart and wins
The Ducks were on the ropes to be sure. Utah had burned them on long pass play to Kaelin Clay and were about to go up 14-0 in front of a rowdy home crowd in Salt Lake City. When things turned bizarre, as Clay crossed the goal line dropped the ball. But he hadn’t crossed the goal line with the ball and the ball was on the ground on the 1 yard line. The refs stood there eyeing the ball suspiciously but not going near it, a couple of Oregon players and a Utah player trailing the play briefly tussled over the ball before Oregon linebacker Joe Walker emerged from the scrum and went trundeling back down the field toward the opposite goal. Now keep in mind that a third of the Utah players were in the end zone celebrating what they thought was a score and the other 2/3 was headed the sideline on the far side of the field. Meanwhile Walker was rumbling down the sideline with a virtual secret service convoy detail around him. Taking out the one Utah player that was still on the field, the Ducks scored on an improbable play and instead of the Utes being up 14-0 they were now tied and the air took out of a potential upset bid. The Ducks cruised to a 51-27 win behind the sharp play of Marcus Mariota, the player no one east of the Rockies really has seen much of but should be a shoo-in for the Heisman. Oregon is ranked #4 and is likely headed for a showdown with the aforementioned Arizona State for the Pac-12 title and a likely playoff berth. And what was it we were saying about every week a playoff?
In the Pros its just as nutty and fun
Detroit the quiet 7-2
Contrary to what many think it’s the Lions not the Pack that are leading the NFC North and like their quiet coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions have adapted a more low key tone and are playing tough. They won a slugfest with the Dolphins on a last minute toss from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick gave the Lions a 20-16 win. The Lions now face the equally hot Cards in what could determine home field for the playoffs. You read that right the Cards and Lions, long sad sacks of the NFC are this years kingpins. Why couldn’t the NFL flex this game to primetime. Don’t they say in their own fact and record book that flexing games gives a chance for surprise teams to play their way on to primetime? I know that the Pats and Colts are division leaders in their own right, but it would be nice to see other teams get the primetime spotlight every now and then
Rodgers shreds Da Bears
I mean really, this is getting almost criminal. The Bears got throttled by Tom Brady and the Pats two weeks ago, then went on their bye. When they resurfaced after the bye they were in the Jaws like sight of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack…at Lambeau…on a primetime stage. It was almost sickening to watch Rodgers abuse the Bear secondary again and again. 6 touchdowns in one half??? Are you kidding. What was sadder was watching Jay Cutler just flounder against a less than formidable Packers secondary. The Pack rang up a 55-14 thrashing and the Bears become the first team in the modern era to give up 50 or more points in back to back games. The only other team to do that was the legendary Rochester Jeffersons, I think they beat the Raiders a couple weeks ago…
Its rare when I give dap to a White Sox, since I still despise the team but you have to give it to Jose Abreu who was named the AL Rookie of Year unanimously. When you lead AL rookies in home runs (36), RBIs (107), hits (176), doubles (35), runs scored (80), OBP (.383), slugging percentage (.581) and OPS (.964). You are a lock to win the honors, hats off to a breakout star.
To the Arizona Cardinals. Not for their 8-1 start but locking up Carson Palmer on a 3 year $50 million contract with $20.5 million guaranteed then Palmer goes out the very next Sunday and shreds his knee the same one that he hurt in 2006 in the playoff against the Steelers.
Posted by Sully on
Monday, September 29, 2014 at
Okay Gabbers...the draft is set for this Friday at 7:30pm EST. Everyone as far as I know is in, if you haven't gone into the league and clicked on your team to activate it from the invite I sent you then you need to do so, my adding your team does not activate it, you must click the link in the invite to get in...if you don't have it, or can't find it under SEARCH in your inbox from ESPN then comment below and I'll resend it so you can do so. Everyone that played last season is in this league, all I did was email you all invites to the new league since we didn't do a keeper league. Does anyone have any interest in doing a keepr league of one or two players? If so, let me know and I'll change it before the draft, but you must chime in for me to do so.
Any questions put them down and I'll get back to you!
Posted by Sully on
Monday, September 08, 2014 at
I know some of you may have been wondering if I'm around much or what's been going on in my world lately....well I'm here to give you a brief update. First, I want to thank you all for your patience while I go tthrough what's been anything but a pleasant divorce, but I guess all of them are unpleasant to some degree. The last two plus years certainly have been the most trying I've ever been thru, and even that's saying something. But no matter what was going on I always had all of you there for me and for that I'm forever grateful. The prayers, the phone calls, emails and genuine concern for my well-being has been enormous.
There's a few folks I want to thank here personally...first is Stevie D, my best friend, the guy I look at as a brother, we've been friends since our teens and he's been my rock and I don't know how the hell I would have made it through this without him being there for me. Maybe one day I can return the favor. Tim and Jeff...you both have given me tremendous support and you both are true friends. Doug and Bart B...your prayers and advice during the tough days has been a great comfort...thank you both for that. Mo and Lanz as well, you're my buds and I'll be getting up to Boston hopefully in the next month or so and lunch or dinner at Kowloon is on me...we can toast my new found bachelorhood! To Jerry/BOB, I know I've had to lean on you a lot for covering posts in the past months and you've always come through, most times without even needed to be asked...the act of a true friend...thank you.
If I forgot somone it's just because there's so many of you to thank, but I thank all of you.
All the Gabbers who kept things going here in my absence made it easier for me to focus on what I needed to do and not have to worry about whether or not things here were in order here...that's a true testament to the loyalty of the people we have in our membership.
Hopefully in the coming months we will have some exciting news for all of you...that's all you get for now, but just maybe this will be the biggest and best decision we've made since the inception of the Gab! When we know, you'll know, that's all I can say for now. I know, there's nothing worse than not knowing, but it's in everyone's interest we just keep it close to the vest.
Enjoy football season, and we'll have a hockey league getting ready to draft in the coming weeks as well.
Again, thank you all for your patience and understanding during my absence, but I have been reading when I can, and now that I'm moved and settled hopefully I can get back in the saddle in the next few weeks and do what I enjoy most, watching and talking sports with all of you!
Posted by Sully on
Monday, August 04, 2014 at
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL???? I know I am, because that also means HOCKEY season is right around the corner too. But for now it's football, and with that comes our league so it's time to signup!!!
First, you must signup below. Gone are the seasons where Sully goes around sending emails, text messages, phone calls and smoke signals to get folks signed up. If you want to play put your name in the comment section and I'll email you the invite. Once we're filled it's done unless we have enough interest for a second league. This is football, we wait for this all year so I don't know why it's so hard to get these leagues filled up and I know I'm not chasing anyone any longer. Every year I hear, I never got the invite, and every year I tell people we post it on the Gab when we open the leagues, it's right here and last time I checked football season started the same time every year.
The league is at NFL.com like it was last seaon. The draft is scheduled for Aug. 30th at 7pm...that's just so I could put something down, and from what I'm seeing it's the last Saturday before the season starts. If this time doesn't work for MOST of you I will change it, but I'm not changing it for one guy. Just sayin'.
So get signed up...I'll even have a couple of the guys link this in thier posts so EVERYONE hopefully see's it.
Posted by Sully on
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at
Yeah...this is pretty sad!
The Stepford fans in Cleveland are rejoicing, they’re soaking up this public relations barrage being rammed down their throat and buying every word of it. What’s the saying, screw me once shame on you, screw me twice shame on me? Well, don’t say you weren’t warned Cavs fans because Sully is here to tell you that you’ve all been duped. When James made his “Decision” in 2010 the folks in Cleveland went ballistic, and rightfully so, but then again, they also had fallen for this con artist who has spent every day since that televised debacle trying to say and do the right thing because for LeDouche it’s ALL ABOUT HIS IMAGE…if you think it’s not you’ve spent way too much time drinking the Kool-Aid.
All these talking heads creaming their shorts over how James went about announcing his return to Ohio made it sound like he’s matured or his a new man…really? There’s no difference between his televised announcement and his announcement in Sports Illustrated…ZERO! Honestly, he only chose another media outlet to monopolize the universe with his face splattered all over it. And let’s talk about the wording of that article. Does anyone really believe he wrote that? Does that even sound like the way he has ever spoken in a press conference? That carefully written article was scripted to say all the right things at the right time to pave his return and open the arms of the city that couldn’t burn him effigy fast enough in 2010, and it worked, and now, all is suddenly forgiven. They love this tool all over again…the remarriage of a player who took off to South Beach seeking the championships that eluded him with the city he abandoned.
But now that he has some jewelry there’s still some unfinished business James needs to continue his quest to be Like Mike…and that’s to do what the rest of the greats like Jordan and other’s before him, such as Bird and Magic, West and Havlicek and any other player before the era of taking the money and running by selfish NBA players, and that’s to build a team from scratch and win or die trying. James has taken much heat over the past four seasons for running to and helping create his own personal Dream Team. This is where James is NOT Jordan…he’s not even Larry or Magic, hell by that measuring stick he’s no Tiny Archibald or Danny Ainge either…James does not carry a team on his shoulders, he doesn’t take over games. Does everyone remember the last game against the Spurs where James went to the bench while the Heat were down by 19 with over 6 minutes left in the game? Six minutes is a lifetime in hoops, but that didn’t matter to James, for him it was “no mas”…he gave up and with him so did his team. Did we ever see Jordan or any of the other’s mentioned above quit in a series? I never saw it, and I’d be willing to bet if any of those Hall of Famers were watching they made a point to say “look how he gave up”…they all should feel very comfortable with their legacy for James will never eclipse them when it comes to heart and guts….NEVER!
As the saying goes, image is everything, and for James it’s the only thing aside from his paydays, it’s all he cares about. Now he’s a “nice guy” because he’s had this epiphany and realizes what he did to his hometown was of all things, low, underhanded and selfish? C’mon man. This whole debacle has money written all over it. It’s no secret how the Cavs were before he played there, during and after…and now his return is going to be some sort of championship run because he’s learned how to win? IS Wade and Bosh going there too? Nope…is Kevin Love locked up? Nope. Even if he is, what makes anyone think that he’s the other cog that lifts the Cavs over that hump?
I’m just having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around this whole thing while trying to see it from a Cavs fan perspective. If this was my team…let’s say the Bruins and Patrice Bergeron pulled this kind of crap would I be welcoming him back after screwing us all over? I hardly think so, and would have a hard time believing Boston fans would swoon all over him and forgive and just forget. What’s taking place in Cleveland in a lot of ways is embarrassing, have they no shame? Are they really that desperate to win that they’d let this tool bag just waltz right back in on a written apology and think, hey, LBJ gets it, he’s a different guy?
Then there’ the Browns and Manziel…the connection between these two is already well known, and I’m of the opinion that in here somewhere is a deal the two will make to open up a chain of restaurants or some shit like that, anything to make a buck off the fans…and you know what…Cleveland fans will be all in! Sit back and watch…you’ll see. Just remember I told you so.
Posted by Sully on
Monday, June 30, 2014 at
I got this idea after replying to BOB's post. What was your first concert and who opened for them and where and when? And, what was the best concert you ever went to, who opened, if anyone, where and when?
Posted by Sully on
Sunday, June 08, 2014 at
There are so many things wrong with what occurred post race at the Belmont Saturday I don’t even know where to begin. Steve Coburn, one of the owner’s of California Chrome went on a rant that basically dissed the entire process that up until post time he had no problem with…if he did, he never eluded to it, and maybe if he had earlier on there wouldn’t have been nearly the hoopla, but since this all about sour grapes and not sportsmanship or even what the Triple Crown represents I’ll be addressing him directly.
First, Coburn, who had no problem going to the Winner’s Circle and collecting his trophy on Derby Day, said nothing about the process and point system and made no bones about the Preakness and going up to Maryland to run and continue on the Triple Crown quest….he won there, said nothing post-race about it then. During the media blitz this guy was everywhere and he made sure he got his 15 minutes and then some. In thoroughbred racing this is not the behavior you see from owners or trainers. You’ll never see the likes of a Bob Baffert or Todd Pletcher going off on rants, if they’re asked questions the reporter’s know that these guys only discuss the condition of their horse and the field he’s up against or track conditions. This is a gentleman’s sport in a world where being a gentleman isn’t necessarily something that goes hand and hand with SPORT…but once you experience the track, and I’m not talking about the betting window and watching the race, I’m talking about what actually goes into prepping and training a thoroughbred to race, you’d understand why it’s taboo to piss on the “hoofs’ or the boot’s of those involved.
Coburn, who is obviously an outsider to the sport doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand that the desire of the “casual fan” to get a Triple Crown winner is not the same as those who really enjoy or are involved in the sport. How many of you aside from these three races ever go to the track? How many of those folks tuning in ever bet on a horse or would have even watched the Belmont had there not been a Triple Crown contender? Owners and trainers know and always have known this was the process, it’s always been this way, nothing has changed, same rules, same tracks etc. What Coburn also needs to understand is, yeah, he may never see another Tripe Crown winner in his life time, this is where “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it” comes in. Maybe what Coburn should do is watch Secretariat’s run at Belmont, maybe then he’d understand, winning the Triple Crown is all about one thing…being that one bred champion that’s better than any of the rest, and winning those three races, with the Mammoth BELMONT at a mile and half being the last is what makes that horse special. Is it a grueling schedule, yes, but it’s not like it can’t be done, we know it has…unfortunately since Affirmed did it in 1978 no one else has been able to handle Belmont, but it has nothing to do with the process or horses ONLY running in the final leg…that didn’t bother Affirmed or Secretariat. I don’t care how much time these guys that own Chrome spent on their breeding research, all the research in the world doesn’t guarantee a champion…if that was the case and say me and Stevie D were loaded, we’d be out getting ever foal there was who had Secretariat bloodlines. It’s a factor, but it’s no guarantee you’ll be going to the Winner’s Circle…there’s so much more to it than that.
Here's Secretariat...Watch this race, he ran the same three, in the same timeframe...this is what being a Super Horse is all about and why there's only been 11 of them.
I watched that race and then watched that appalling interview on TV with Steve on the phone and both of us afterwards couldn’t even remember what he said entirely, we both literally were speechless. What I found even more appalling was what he said today, and it wasn’t the apology I was waiting for after a night of cooling off and regaining some perspective…this is how the guy genuinely feels and that’s why you won’t ever see him in another Triple Crown event again. Comparing the Triple Crown format to that of a healthy guy playing basketball with a kid in a wheel chair…he may say that’s the same thing but he couldn’t be further off the mark…personally I think he needs to have a urine test.
Since Sir Barton won in 1919 there have only been 11 Triple Crown winners…that’s in the last 95 years. There have been 22 near misses where horses won the Derby and the Preakness but failed at Belmont. So no, it’s not easy which just shows that Coburn looks even more the fool. He joined a fraternity of horsemen to compete by the rules everyone else has always played by, he lost but now the whole racing world has to change it because of Twitter, Facebook and everyone’s desire to have it NOW? I think not! Any reporter, and there’s been more than a few who asked, Should they change it?, has no frickin’ clue what they’re talking about. Why does it have to change? Wouldn’t it be LESS special if it was run once a month over 3 months just to appease those who aren’t happy with waiting? If that’s the case and they changed it to appease the naysayers and Californians that are whining over this loss then I’ll say this…every horse that were to win your format gets a nice big ASTERISK next to your name in the record books because you too would be COWARDS if you’re playing by the rules Coburn wants to implement.
Another scenario that needs to be addressed, if Coburn’s idea that the 20 horses that qualified for the Derby were the only one’s to be allowed to race for the Triple Crown, but one or two of those horses came up limp and the trainers opted to hold them out of the Preakness would they be able to run in the Belmont? See where I’m going? They’d have the same advantage...rest…but they qualified. So now what do you do? Another – New Rule?
The bottom line is this…California Chrome is good, no doubt about it, but if he’s that good and according to Coburn today, he’s got the best horse in America and technically he does, will he be going to Saratoga in August to run in the Travers? Ya know, go back to New York where his heart and ego were broken and go up against Tonalist or will he stay out west and hold off for the Breeder’s Cup? Steve thinks he won’t run the Travers, I say, he needs to put up or shut up! If he goes to the Breeder’s and gets beat, then you’ll have seen the last of Coburn and Company anyway and good riddance…they’re pariahs now in the world of racing and they need to go bury their heads in the turf at Santa Anita. unfortuantely for the other's involved in Chrome's ownership they'll be lumped in as being known as "those guys"!
Maybe if Coburn had not said anything until he had at least checked on his horse only to find out Chrome tore his hoof coming out of the gate and still ran a helluva a race, that might have been the difference between him being utterly stupid on national television, instead of just walking away gracefully and shaking the hand of the owner of Tonalist that any other owner, jockey and trainer would have done.
Posted by Sully on
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 at
Okay Gabbers, here's the update on the cursor issue. You may have noticed the spell check is now turned off...and from some of the typos I've read, I take it you're all not aware of it...
This shutting down the auto-correct fixed the problem the best we can tell, the only problem it leaves is, turning it back on will make the problem return. When I asked why we couldn't get this resolved now that we have it narrowed down to the cause I was told the editor we use is from a third party and they would need to provide an update that will fix it. My next question was this...if we are having this issue and you're telling me that others have but it's not that many why not just contact the 3rd party and tell them to fix the glitch. It's obvious from the reply that this is about money. They told me there was a small number of other sites dealing with this...personally I don't believe that and that they are just being tight asses.
The best I can do for now is suggest you be very careful when typing your comments and for blogs just use Word and then paste it into the editor...this way you'll able to use the Word spell check for your posts and know that at the very least you've spelled everything correctly. I use it all the time anyway...too many times I have been bitten by the time out bug or made an error where I lost all I've written and had to start over...let's face it...that just sucks!
I wish I had better news....Tim and I are currently working on some things and will keep you updated as we go along. In the meantime, I'll continue to check with the server complany and see when it's going to be updated and turned back on...I get the feeling if I don't stay on top of it we won't get it back, so hounding them will be my next order of business.
Posted by Sully on
Monday, June 02, 2014 at
Okay folks...we may have this cursor issue pinned down. Have any of you had any issues with typing since you got on the site this morning? The fix was implemented around midnight EST so anytime after that is when you should have noticed a difference. I am currently NOT experiencing this problem, but had it happen to me about 5 times trying to type a sentnce on IHM's post and I took screenshots of all of them and submitted them to support so they could see what it was doing.
If you have had a cursor jump, does it do it when you are typing the first sentnence and the cursor is at the halfway point of the editor? (about where the box for SIZE Is located) I ask that because that's where I see it happening 99% of the time.
I need details of exactly what's happening if it's still ocurring, if it's not and you reported to me you had a problem PLEASE tell me in the comment section. I've spent a lot of time on this over the weekend and I'm trying to help you all out and get this glitch fixed, but I need feedback!!!