Harry the stat man
Hello gabsters I hope all are well and enjoyed Thanksgiving festivities of over eating, over drinking and over exposure to football.
I’m vigorously working off the excess fat from overeating.
I seldom if ever over drink
And I can’t get too much football
The days, between Thanksgiving and the middle of March, mark the busiest time of year for the oldharrys. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas and New Year celebrations and then more birthdays fill the slate. Having a fairly large family has its privileges for sure
My youngest just celebrated his 21st birthday.
Tomorrow is my bride and my 27th anniversary.
She is in line for sainthood. I’ve been told that 2 miracles are required to be sainted.
1. She married me (a truly charitable action on her part as she got me and my two older sons in the deal)
2. She has stayed with me for 27 years (loved, honored, cherished and obeyed)
NFL Coaches in the news…
Stepping over the line…Mike Tomlin?
A fine? yes $100,000.00
or loss of draft pick? maybe
Tomlin has taken a lot of heat this past week and it’s ironic that Bill Belichick actually came out last Friday in Tomlin’s defense saying that he too had stepped onto the field in a game unknowingly and got run over and shoved under the Gatorade bench. That sure it sound simple, “stay off the field” but sometimes you’re so involved in the game that you aren’t aware of exactly where your feet are.
BB has paid a half million plus in fines himself.
Q O D- Do the 2-10 Texans warrant spying on?
Once again The Patriots HOF head coach, like him or hate him, made halftime adjustments that helped his team come from ten down to win.
Belichick downplayed the halftime adjustment thing saying “we make adjustments all game long, if things aren’t working or they are stopping what you are doing then you adjust right then”
When you have to come from behind like this week after week it shows a weakness that could hurt against a good team on the road in the playoffs.
The Pats are 9-3 and are 4 plays from being 12-0 and 5 plays from being 7-5.
Dwayne (Bill)Tuna Parcells would say “They are what their record says they are” leading the AFC East by 3 with 4 to go and in a good position to secure the #2 Bye position going into January.
The most intriguing fact about this team isn’t so much Brady’s slow start and revamped rookie receiving corps of Dobson, Thomkins and Boyce, it’s the revamped on the go defense because the top three defenders were on season ending IR by week three .
Below -the starters coming out of camp in black. In red are the replacements in the Carolina, Denver and Texans games because of injuries.
DE Bob Ninkovich
DT Tommy Kelly (IR) replaced by Chris Jones ®
DT Vince Wilfork (IR) replaced by Joe Vellano ®
DE Chandler Jones
LB Jerrod Mayo (IR) replaced by Jamie Collins ®
MLB Brandon Spikes
LB Dont’a Hightower
LCB Aqib Talib, limited snaps( hip injury)
SS Steve Gregory (wrist), replaced by Duron Harmon ®
FS Devon Mc Courty
RCB Alfonso Dennard (Knee ) replaced by Logan Ryan ®
5 rookies starting and getting the majority of the defensive snaps can be the undoing of what was thought to be the strength of this team.
These guys can be coached up to a point but you can’t teach size and speed. The Patriots have been burned up the middle by any and all running backs and as the weather turns cold and the playoffs approach this glaring weakness could be their undoing. It probably won’t be an issue VS Cleveland this week but they face Baltimore in a couple of weeks and Ray Rice would love to get healthy on that Sunday night running thru the Pats D. The Pats finish with the Bills and the RB tandem of Spiller and Jackson will be drooling. Tom Brady has the ability to score loads of points and will need to if the Pats vision of New Jersey in February is to come to pass.
If the Playoffs started today in the NFC:
1. Seattle- bye the trip to NJ goes thru Seattle
2. New Orleans- bye sorry performance last Monday
3. Detroit would host #6 San Francisco
4. Dallas would host # 5 Carolina
In the AFC
1. Denver- bye and they should keep it
2. New England- bye watch out for Indy taking this bye
3. Indianapolis would host #6 Baltimore
4. Cincinnati would host #5 Kansas City
Big games with playoff implications this week:
Seattle visits San Francisco
Detroit visits Philadelphia
Carolina visits New Orleans
Dallas visits Chicago
MLB hot stove heating up before the Winter meetings
-The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7 year 156 million deal. The often injured Ellsbury has a ton of talent and should be able to add power hitting to his repartee with the short porch in Yankee Stadiums right field. Most Sox fans realized that agent Scott Boris had his eyes on the Yankees for his players BIG deal payday. Jacoby is 30 and is a one time All Star. He can hit for average, plays a solid defensive center field though his arm strength is average, can steal loads of bases and will be a good leadoff man. His weaknesses are that he gets odd bump and bruise type injuries that take months to recover from. He’s not a real emotional player but is a good teammate that mainly keeps to himself. I’m guessing the Yankees get 4 solid years 1.5 lost to injury years and 1.5 aging mediocre years from Jacoby. All in all this is a good signing for NY who likes to spend on 30+ guys
I still don’t get teams signing guys for these long contracts. Please name one that worked for the duration for both the team and player.
The closest to it at $20,000,000 a year for 8 years was...believe it or not... Manny Ramirez
Ellsbury in his 6 years in Boston (Jacoby came up late in the year from AAA Pawtucket and played a big part in the ’07 World Series)
2008 145 games .280 ave. 50 sb age 24
2009 153 games .301 ave 70 sb age 25
2010 18 games .192 ave 7 sb age 26
2011 158 games .321 ave 39 sb age 27
2012 74 games .271 ave 14 sb age 28
2013 134 games .298ave 52 sb age 29
-Detroit sent Doug Fister to the Nats for three…
RH AAA starter Robby Ray, LH reliever Ian Krol and utility player Steve Lambradozzi on the bus to Detroit, Nats got the best of this deal in my view.
- The Tigers also addressed the closer position by signing Joe Nathan, a solid signing.
- Scott Kazmir to Oakland for 2 years 24 million coming off a 10-9 4.04 season with the Indians Scott hit the jackpot in Oakland.
- Phil Hughes knocked over the proverbial ATM with a questionable 3 year 24 mil deal with Minnesota. Phil was 4-14 5.19 in 2013. his last 4 years with the Yankees are not the thing that makes anyone think he will figure it out at age 28
2010 18 -8 4.19 176 innings
2011 5 -5 5.79 74 innings
2012 16 -13 4.23 191 innings
2013 4 -14 5.19 145 innings. Good luck Twinkies
The Red Sox let Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk and it looks like the Marlins like him signing Jarrod to a 3 year 21 million dollar deal
Meanwhile the Sox signed the much traveled AJ Pierzynski to be a one year stop gap to the kids in the system who aren’t major league ready yet. 8.5 million to the guy who finished a close second to Arod in the voting of “most hated MLB player” as voted by his fellow players. At 37 AJ may still have a little to give but I wonder how the sensitive and oft hurt Clay Buchholz will react to being verbally assaulted on a visit to the mound. I’m not a fan of this deal. My main question to Ben Cherrington is, what’s wrong with Ryan Lavarnway catching in ’14 paired with David Ross
That’s all for today, have a good one. I’m off to get a shave and a haircut so I can start to look like my beautiful wife married a mature man and not a ragged old man still hung up in movember when we go out to celebrate 27 years.
Don’t forget to check out Lanz and his talking sports to my right