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The bye week is awful not as bad as Thursday Night Football. But awful, I realize itís good for your team to heal up and get some well deserved rest. But Iím a fan damn it. Itís all about me not a bunch of millionaires. Sure there was Football on. There was a good game with the Bills and the Chiefs. The Chiefs knocking them off... Then it was the Giants and the Seahawks yawn The Seahawks winning 38-17 with leaves needing raking and early darkness dinner and a 5:40 Hockey game No Giants or Seahawks yawn. Itís time to settle in and watch the Bears and the Packers. I was there in my living room all nestled on my couch Ruby the wonder dog by my side Damn dog ten pounds of terror she must of scared those damn Bears away because they didnít show up. To bad it was dark and cold the leaves needed to be raked again. Yeah , the bye weeks sucks, No Tom Brady, No Vince Wilfork, No Gronk damn. But Leaves got raked even though by days end it didnít look like it. My damn neighbor has been away there are no leaves in his yard only mine. Damn leaves.

MLB

Kung Fu Panda coming to Fenway so the rumors have it. That lil Pork Chop of a First Baseman who is asking for way too much cash and will fill a need on Yawkey Way could be on his way. Iím not really liking the idea. I can see Buck Showalter bunting a lot down the Third Base line, Ditto for Joe Giradi. Sure the guy can hit and sure for a guy that size he is athletic and a champion for us fat guys everywhere. However, since this is the about me blog . I want a guy that can hit the Green Monster and get a double not a single. Letís face it was outfielders today are pretty quick and most can play the wall. Sure occasionally a guy can mis read abounce or moves in to tight to the Wall and miss plays it. Most donít.. Maybe the panda can rake my damn leaves and get in shape that way.

There also a lot of rumors that the Red Sox will oen the purse strings and break there so called† player value and are willing to pay John Lester to return. I would love it absolutely love it but, Iím of the opinion that it is rumor and only a rumor what else do writers have to do at those GM meetings or owners meetings† sit around and float rumors.

Give me a source other one unnamed source in the know.

NHL

The NHL are thinking Expansion(dumb asses). In los Vegas . This will be headed up by William Foley and the Maloof† of Family of Sacremento Kings owners and another city in the Western US.. according to the NY Post†

. This league is finally doing some good things and have a decent TV money† and a deplitated talent pool. Although the article said there is no time table on expansion., now or the near future isnít the time to expand. If you want to move a couple of teams that makes more sense move the Coyotes or the Panthers or both. There are some very weak fan bases throughout the league and there are too many team as it is. We know they wonít contract the number of teams but they shouldnít expand. The league is enjoying a bunch of success now is not the team to expand. I will predict a franchise in Vegas will flop as much as an NFL team in London. I donít like and it is totally not necessary.

LIL Warriors Report

Boys had a few tough games over the weekend battling both Saturday and Sunday in close games than the wheels fell off both games. The boys were down 4-1 Saturday battled back to 4-3 with about 6 minutes left and the wheels came off losing 8-3. Just freaky goals bad bounces crappy rebounds and what not and an empty netter.

Sunday Lil lanz poked home his 3rd goal of the season. Boys were in a 4-4 tie and ended up losing 7-4 in a nasty chippy game. That almost brought the coaches to blows. Iím happy to say calmer heads prevailed. Our head coach argues and off sides call that resulted in a goal and he was ejected. He was right the kid was 4 feet over the Blue line when he scored. That took the wind out of the sails.

On Tuesday the boys got a nice win in a good hockey game back in fourth yes it was Veterans †Day game. Asked Lil Lanz check is bag , he said he did . he forgot his Hockey pants. The Mrs. Wasnít too happy driving to the rink about 20 minutes away with a bunch of other stuff on her plate. She got them there in time. I was suppose to work too many things to do and too many leaves to rake. I took the day off.

Zebra Tails

As the season is coming to end. I had a rare Saturday Night Game this week as I worked Friday as well. Saturday I left for the game right after Lil Lanzís Hockey game. It was a lousy game two 1-7 teams.

This Bear always showed up. he doen't have to rake the leaves.

One team couldnít move the ball so they brought in their version of the Fridge. Kid had to be 6-3† and 3 Bills. His first run from scrimmage it took 8 kids to bring him down. Iím thinking there wasnít a kid over 200 pounds on that defense. A few more runs a few first downs. They stopped him fourth and goal from the 2 all 11 kids stood him up at the goalline. It was†like a barn raising. It was a bragging rights game as I was to find out both head coaches were roommates. They donít normally play each other.

Monday , I had a JV game scheduled at 4pm† it gets dark at 5.(no lights at this field). It a nice turf practice field that they play their sub varsity games on. .Before the turf was installed a few years ago the tree line use to jet out at one end of th field made for some weird plays. According to the home team the coach is a pretty good guy. The AD changed the game to 3:30 of course he forgot to tell us and the visiting team as the bus pulled in at 3:45. Only two Officials in that game . (Damn you run a lot in those). We got both coaches to agree that it would be 9 minutes running time per quarter and two minutes regular time at th end of each half.

The last three plays I could †not see who had the ball we let those playskill themselves.Nobody got hurt and we got it in everybody worked together to get done Coaches , officials, and players. Chalk that one up to experience.. Itís time to rake the leaves again!

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Peyton and Tommy Shaun and other stuff

It was a typical NFL Sunday in Foxboro last week. As the Patriots came out and did what the Patriots do there †and have done for the better† part of the last 15 years. They simply win at home.. Rain and snow started the day off with blistery winds. By game time the Autumn Wind was a Patriot. The game itself had itís moments a great catch by Gronk, A punt return by Edelman and a big interception by Nikovitch.. AS much as the game was pretty much over by halftime there was still something special about it..

The two icons on the field battling one guy up and adding to the score. The other trying to get his team back into the game and taking every yard given to him. As much as the game itself was nothing special.

The Quarterbacks were. How many more times will we see these two first ballot Hall of Famers battle it out. This time it was Brady . he was well prepared and executed the game plan well to beat Denver who probably player for player is the best team in the league.

It was also Manning leaving you† with the feeling of know lead is safe as long as number 18 was calling the shots. I was at the game and even with the clock and the score indicating a sure Patriots Victory that uneasy feeling was still in my gut up until maybe the last 3 minutes of the game. That is what a peyton Manning or a Tom Brady for that matter does to the opposing fandom. You never eally feel secure with a victory when the opposing Quarterback is either one of these guys.

It was a good win for the Patriots and it was absolutely fun to watch both quarterbacks battle head to toe. I have only missed one patriot home game in the last 15 years. And I have seen this battle many times. Everytime it is something special a treat no matter what the end result is. This feel right in line with the others.

Laser was at the game with me. He had the best line. At the start of the game there was a moment of silence for the late great mayor of the City of Boston the honorable , Thomas Menino. When Peyton throw for the third Bronco TD. The crowd was silenced. Laser turms to me and says dad. It is quieter now than during the moment of silence.

NHL

The Boston Bruins honored former Bruin tough guy Shaun Thornton last night as he returned to The TD North oh Damn it. The New Boston Garden. Last night as a member of the Florida Panthers. Ok, if we had to trade him why are we honoring him. Other players have returned and ayb they get a little ovation from the fans. But this was a whole video thing before the game on the Jumbotron. It is like Thornton was a local guy. It wasnít like it was Ray Bourque returning with his Avalanche Cup and the late mayor giving Ray the honor at City Hall Plaza. It was a tough guy who served the Bruins well in his role for several years.

LIL Warriors report.

Boys lost a chippy one on Saturday Night. 4-2 another close battle. The boys had plenty of pressure and again outplayed the opposition . they just couldnít get the puck to go in. Lil Lanz who had two penalties all last year. Got two in this one. A roughing matching penalty early and a mystery slash late as he as digging for the puck and trying to poke it loose. Boys have a busy week games both days and a Veterans Day morning match up as well.

Zebra Tales.

Friday Night were are going into the locker room at halftime and this kid is waiting just inside the gate from the field before we got to the locker room. He is dressed in a refs outfit has sun glasses on and a Blind stick in his hand . As we came off the field he high fived all of us. It was Halloween Night so I thought it was pretty funny as did the rest of our crew.

On Saturday I got called to do an official clock. I said beautiful . the weather sucks cold run and windy as hell. Perfect. I get to the school one of those Haughty Taughty High Schools that looks like a college and costs as much as† a decent college to send your kid there. I look at the field itís grass no stands. Instead of being in the booth nice and dry. I was on a damn scaffolding. Soaked. The only guy who had it worse than I did† was the guy filming the game . he was on the top level of the scaffolding I was beneath him. Everytime the damn wind blow the thing would shake. So be it I had fun the guys on the crew were all great and they kept me laughing the entire game. Of course I went home I think I stayed in the shower for a good 45 minutes.

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: SF Giants NFL. NBA Other Stuff

The San Francisco Giants ended the Cinderella story of the Kansas City Royals last night in a tight ball game. In ending the Royals Cinderella story they created a fairy tale of their own. 3 World Series Championships and 5 years. This is mainly due to a guy name Madison who has the word Bum in his last name. The guy is absolutely no Bum. Madison Bumgarner was lights out on 2 days rest and he was lights out two days again and he has been lights out in this entire playoffs.

This kid stepped up big time and took home the big prize, in one of the most enjoyable World Series in recent years. I openly admit I wanted the Royals to win it was their turn their destiny. I love great pitching and great pitching performances and this kid did the job. He put the Giants on his shoulders and carried them to the promise land. My question is why isnít Bruce Bochy ever in conversation of the games best managers? The guy just continues to win. He sneaks in and takes care of business.. Congrats to Jake Peavy winning rings in back to back years.

The games are over now and the Giants are Champions once again. The nonsense begins and the speculation of free agency is upon us. We will get overly concerned of how much this team or that team is willing to pay for a #3 starter. We will be in shock of contract sizes and amounts. Deep down we all know if we had the talent we would take the money as well. Itís a short life in baseball you take the cash when you can and when somebody is willing to pay. We get blinded by all this stuff and all we yearn for is that April Day when all that matters is†what happens between the lines. If next season was as good as this season while just maybe we will be in for a treat.

Brady vs Manning

Peyton is coming to Foxboro this week and if you think hard about this it could be the last regular season game between Manning and Brady. In what has been an awesome rivalry over the years.. The wheels have been put back on the Patriots bus and the Broncos seem to just do everything right with the exception of their scoreboard guy. This should be one helluva football game. If you had asked me a few weeks ago I would say this was going to be a blow out at Foxboro and not by the home team. I still think the Broncos win this one. But I also think the Patriots give them all they can handle. Yes. I wonít be surprised of the Patriots pull it either... There was some back up at the gates getting into Gillette Stadium Sunday stood in line for over an hour.

NBA

The NBA is underway. I know you donít care. But I have one question there are only two guys in that league Koby and LeBron . What happened to all the other guys?

NHL

Pucks are being shot all over the place...as opposed to fingers.

LIL Warriors oops I mean Lakesiders

The boys played their most competitive game to date losing 3-1 but it was a solid performance . Up and down game and they had their chances couldnít get a good bounce.

Lil Lanz much his dislike has been playing as a defenseman and maybe deep down he is embracing it because he made the play of his Hockey career Saturday. The boys were pressuring the other team and lil Lanz was anticipating the play coming up the leftside so he was more toward the middle of the blue line get ready to get† the puck got deflected to the rightside. Lil Lanz dives across the ice and gets his stick on it to keep it in the zone. Didnít think the boy had it in him but damn it was a great play.

Zebra Tales

Saturday, I eneded up with my Alma† Matta in a JV game. Growing up that city was hard working Irish, Italian an Jewish families. It was a† big suburban High School about 5 miles outside Boston. As time has gone and the school has gotten smaller and now is referred to as an urban High school. I got their JV game on Saturday morning (Right after Lil Lanzís Hockey Game) against one of their arch rivals† another high school who went through a similar transformation. The game was at the rivals home field. The rivals are a football powerhouse in Massachusetts. Kids on both teams all somehow know each other they would hit hard and than put a hand down to help the opponent up and ask if he was ok. That was cool.†

So there is a kid on My alma mattaís team keep in mind they were Blue and Gold †very similar to Notre Dame without the State House Golden Dome Helmets. Just plain gold.helmets. So this kid #12 is wearing this red ,green , and yellow socks with little you flags on the back of them. So a kid on the other team gets hurt.. #12 is sts on one knee and Iím standing next him and I ask him whatís up with your socks.(Sometimes I have to explore the mind of a 15/16 year old). He says man these are Robin Socks. The Quarterback is Batman and Iím his Robin . Sure enough there is the R for Robin on his socks. I look over at the QB he has Black and Gold socks on with a Batman emblem. Maybe they werenít legal but this isnít the NFL and this wasnít a varsity game... it was just two high school kids having a little Fun. I called the kid Robin the rest of the game.

This game was fun we would set the ball and kids on both sides would say than you sir.or they would drop the ball instead of handing it to us and say sorry sir. The Varisity Coach was there from my Alma Matta and we as a crew went over to him to compliment his kids and his JV coaches for that matter.

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL NHL MLB

Another Thursday another crazy week in the NFL. I went to the patriots-Jets game last Thursday heavy rain and rush hour traffic allowed for a 3 hour commute to Gillette Stadium which is normally maybe 40 minutes on a Sunday. Itís ok I talked to my neighbor who left and hour before I did and his commute was three hours and 20 minutes.

Iím convinced Thursday Night was made for ugly football the teams arenít sharp and the games lack intensity. The Jets hung in there and I swear they ran the same three plays the whole game . Ivory inside, than outside and then old G. Smith would hit somebody down the seem.

I thought the Jets played the Patriots mucher tougher than anybody expected but than again nobody expected much. People are talking about Rex Ryan getting fired from my stand point the guy can coach and he has a little bit of fun and puts a little humor into as well I think a coach is only as good as what the player personnel guy has to work with it. Other than a solid offensive line and my man Ivory the Jets really donít have a lot in the skill position area. Letís face it Geno isnít Tom Brady who can overcome sucha short coming and make a marginal receivers look good.

The talking heads† on the radio started the whole 3rd grade argument of whose better Brady or Peyton. I guess I like both guys, some how I think a team would be ok with either guy even with both guys in their late 30ís

That the same fo Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers ,Drew Brees, and I may even through Andrew Luck in the mix. Speaking about Luck and the Colts. I watched them play the Bengals Sunday. I like the Colts on Defense they hit hard and they hit in the middle of the body. It was nice to see a team play some defense without the yellow hankie coming out.

In Dallas Demarco Murray is just fun to watch these days and Iím sur eitís been a blast for Cowboys fans as well. The kid is the real deal.

NCAA

Dear Boston College

Your Senior Kick can't kick field goals. Your Freshman Kicker can't either.†

Did you ever think about using your Punter. After all he does in practice is kick footballs,

Then again that's all the other two kids do as well.

Speaking about Punters whatever happend to the Coffin Corner Punt?

MLB

The Royals finally lost a playoff game in Grand Fashion† on Tuesday Night. Losing 7-1.The Royals managed to get 7 of there own on Wednesday to tie the series at1 apiece. The Royals will have to take at least one of the next three in SF. I would like to see a couple of close games. We may not see Hunter Strickland in another starting role after letting his emotions get to himas he strred down Salvatore Perez.

NHL Update

Player flipped off the fans. Player got fined. Lanz traded Sully for player, what was Lanz thinking.

LIL Warrior Report

The boys got a W Saturday Night and Got crashed Sunday. Lil Lanz missed one from the point. Nexst week they start league play. The competition will be more even going forward. The boys should end up being alright.

Laser went out on the mound Saturday. the Young Lefty came in at Garbarge Time with an 11-1 lead. It wasn't pretty he left with 11-5 lead and runners on. He couldn't get the ball down in the zone. He said after the game" If those kids were just a little taller I would have hit the zone every time"

Zebra Tales

I was the Head Linesman Saturday and sometimes despite your best efforts they get you. I got rolled up pretty good Saturday on the first play from scrimmage. An end run came out my way took my position to let the play go buy me so I could trail . A kid came flying in† to make the tackle† he missed it but got the official (yes that was me) He got my leg good I finished the game bad bruise no breaks but I have been limping all week. Itís just the nature of the game..

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Being Entertained

The team with the 19th highest payroll in baseball is going to the World Series. Yes folks Iím not sure how they did it playing a brand of baseball more suited to the National League than the American. It was done with smoke and mirrors and it was still done. The Royals have not lost in the playoffs sweeping the Aís if you can call a one game playoff a sweep , The Angels with baseballs best record and now a very good Baltimore Oriole team.

It looks very much like the Giants will be their opponent after beating the Cardinals† 6-4 going up 3-1 in the NLCS and looking kind of unstoppable as well. I thought we might have had a Show Me State World Series but It doesnít look that way. Instead we will have two Dynamic teams and some crazy type baseball that has been nothing less than fun. No routing interest , so Iím just sitting back and taking in some pure entertainment.

(they have been painting the damn thing for 20 Years)

Speaking about Entertainment folks in Boston have climbed of the Tobin Bridge even the Toll Takers have came down off the Bridge . Tom Terrific was back this past weekend picking out ten targets instead of Julian Edelman and not seeing the other guys. Brady looked as sharp as he has ever did. Maybe he is pissed maybe he was well prepared, I still think there is some decline but he made a good Buffalo defense look bad.

The price the Patriots paid was a heavy one Defensive Team leader Jarrod Mayo is lost for the season for the second straight year. Mayo is just one of the guys that bought into the Patriots from day one and he is just an intelligent football player. They also lost an 1,000 yard back in Steven Ridely which will hurt forcing Shane Vareen and Brandon Boldin will be filling Ridelyís void. I guess the one that hits home most is offensive lineman Dan Conolly who is also lost for the season. He is the anchor on an Offensive Line that often times just are unable to keep Brady upright although they have been much better over the past couple of weeks.

Tim Wright† is coming along complimenting Gronk in two tight end sets.† Than there is the Brian Tyms as he is back from suspension and has been added to Bradyís Aresenal. The Patriots have their work cut out for them over the next 3 weeks. They have the jets tonight. They are awful but may give the patriots a game in the rain. The Bear next week and the biggest test is the Broncos in a couple of weeks before the bye, If they can survive these three games you can count the Patriots back in the mix. Even if they only take 2 out of 3 but give solid performances in all three match ups. The Denver Game maybe one to mark on the calendar it could very well be the last regular season match up between Brady and Manning which has just been entertaining as hell over the past decade or so.

Lil Lakesiders Report

Lil Lanz popped home another goal Saturday has the team played much better than they have been, The Boys only had 8 guys and a goalie some tired legs at a 6am start time against Hollis NH. The Hollis team won the game in their pink jerseyís for breast cancer awareness. Our boys skated well and are starting work as a team. Unfortunately, on Sunday I think the boys left it all on the ice Saturday just looking lethargic. So be it two more weeks of† the parody round where they reseed the teams to even out the competition.

Speaking of coming together as a team Laser and the freshman soccer team have really bonded they way they should in an High school sport. At the begging of the year you had fifteen different kids and some clicks on the team as we progress to the last couple of weeks of the season you know have one big click of fifteen kids. Everyone of them just a nice group of kids. They have a coach that they respect and that respects them. Than again he isnít much older than they are so itís a great fit. He did think Laser and his buddy came were out of their minds heading to one of the HS fields Monday morning at 7:30am to working on their shots but he kind of loved it as well.

Zebra Tales

I heard the best line in our game Saturday by our Referee after a muffe kickoff was recovered in the end zone for a Touchback. The kid who muffed it recovered it in the end zone and took a knee. The opposing Team coach was arguing the whole game on every call even when it was to his benefit. The Referee comes over to explain the rule and the coach says we thought it was a safety. The Referee Dave says to him ďyou thought it was a safety but we know it was a touchback.Ē Just that it was a great comeback. This guy argued that an extra point went through the backjudge told him to ask his kicker. The kid to his credit says I missed a little to the right. He did apologize for that one.

Lanzís Take

Monday my 17 year old †daughter ( she stayed in and did homework all weekend) and I headed out to the Local Fair the Mrs didnít want to go neither did any of the boys. We saw the 1900 pound pumpkin. That was fun more farm type animals everything from cows to chickens and Clydesdales as well. My daughter and I had a blast just some good bonding time but what we both noticed was people just looked miserable. Itís the fair you eat some very unhealthy food you look at stuff and you have fun. People looked stressed and serious time to lighten up folks. I donít †know maybe it was the end of the long weekend , maybe their kids just got to them I donít know but fairs are fun. People need to enjoy themselves more.

Have a great Week

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