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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/24
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Welcome Gabbers to another Friday edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, as things start to heat up hear again sports wise with the Lions, Red Wings and Pistons going after it. I was bugged by a shot of Ford Field Sunday, with Comerica Park sitting next door empty, I thought to myself, how many of us thought the Tigers would truley be sitting at home watching Kansas City in the World Series?

Since the last time I was here I missed a little work due to an infection, for which I say "Thank God" my body fought it off rather quickly for a change and I was able to return to work on Monday. Unfortunately for myself, I was able to watch an interview Pete (I am a selfish, greedy asshole) Rose did for CBS Sunday Morning. 

I remember in the past, how I came on the Gab and ranted about how Rose should be in the HOF based on his All-Time Hit's record, and his accomplishments before he was busted for betting on baseball. 

For the record, Sunday was the first time I ever heard Pete Rose admit to betting on baseball, but not the Reds publicly. In the past, he has always denied it. For which I also asked myself how much CBS was paying him for the interview.....

 Rose mentioned that if all it would have taken was an apology to be able to enter the Hall of Fame, he would have given one a long time ago, for which Faye Vincent mentioned "he never once offered an apology for what he had done." So it makes you wonder what really happened, guess we will have to buy Pete Rose's book to find out.....

The one thing I did take from this interview, was Peter Edward Rose at 73 is still one of the most arrogant, self-centered assholes who will say anything and do anything to make a quick buck. It felt like the whole interview was scripted to Rose's liking, not to make him look bad...........

Pete Rose does not feel any true remorse for his actions, it was all apparent during the interview. Rose is just as big a phony as he was when he was caught, hope he enjoys the embarassment for the rest of his life. All of his accomplishments tainted by his greed, and love for money.....

It's "Go Green, Go Blue" or as most have become to know it as Michigan State's annual ass-whipping of Michigan on Saturday, and I don't care if Michigan is coming off a bye-week or not, this one shouldn't be close.......

The Lions are in London this weekend playing the Falcons, supposed to count as a home game for the Lions, so let's hope they play like it.......

The Wings are playing Sindy and the Pen's tonight, after losing to the Habs 2-1 Tuesday. They head to Philly for the weekend, and the goaltending and defense is much improved over last year so far.......

The Royals and Giants are heading to San Fran for the weekend, hope the weather gets a little better out in B.O.B. land. Boy you talk about two different games, the G-Men put a whooping on the Royals in Game 1 and the Royals give it back to the G-Men in Game 2, wonder what Guthrie and Hudson will have to keep the offensive explosion down on Friday?

Have a great weekend everyone, and not to steal Q's thunder but I was rather disappointed by Talledega, not enough wrecks this year, and I'm not the biggest Keslowski fan in the world either, wished he would have crashed......

Chargers vs. Broncos, might be a shootout, might not be, maybe they will play some defense tonight? Doubt it, Rivers and Manning ought to have some fun throwing the ball around. Peyton would like to thank the 49ers defense for allowing him to sit out a portion of the second half......

That's all I got, have a great weekend and don't forget to visit Hal to my left for all your NFL information.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Friday with Hal: NFL NOTES FOR U2
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football U2

Happy Friday!

 

“These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill

These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill…”

 

 

Ah, the days do run away from me (and us all). Dirty Day is the massively underrated song from U2’s album “Zooropa” way back in 1993. I have been listening the hell out of my “free U2 album” Songs of Innocence since it was released free on iTunes. I am sure I will eventually get my hands on a “real” copy since the deluxe cd has acoustic versions and unreleased songs that I just know I will have to get eventually.

 

I’m a huge U2 fan, but was slow to get on the bus. They were just another band when I was young and I lumped them in the INXS and REM grouping as good music but not rocking out like what any teen boy of the 80s wanted to listen to. I was all over the “hair bands” of the era and a big Aerosmith fan (as they were just making their “Permanent Vacation” revival). U2 got under my skin as I got to college and “Achtung Baby” was on permanent rotation on MTV (back when non hip-hop/rock videos got air time) and on the radio. By college, Zooropa dropped and I must have listened to that CD non-stop for years while in school.

 

Numb and Lemon were the two big hits from the album...it was much more experimental and electronic than anything else out in rock music at the time….perfect for a kid in college and growing up a lot in short period of time.

 

Wow, quite the diversion there. The point was that ending chorus from “Dirty Day” was stuck in my head as time seems to have flown recently. Autumn? Summer is over? Week eight of the NFL kicked off with Denver and San Diego on Thursday Night Football? Where has the time gone?

 

NFL NOTES:

 

I loved the New York Jets desperate gamble on Percy Harvin as they traded for the mercurial receiver from a Seattle squad more than happy to unload a clubhouse cancer for pennies on the dollar. My opinion is that the 1-6 Jets and general manager John Idzik need a reason to jettison head coach Rex Ryan soon and with so much support from owner Woody Johnson, Idzik needs to be able to say “Hey, I got the big play guys on offense...Rex screwed it up!” so he can fire Ryan and stay on as GM.

 

Just a theory, but I believe Idzik thought he would have brought in his own coach last year (he inherited Rex) and Johnson inexplicably kept Ryan on after the Jets won their last two meaningless games against Cleveland and Miami after both squads quit down the stretch.  Idzik is from Seattle, and he wants to bring in his guy to implement his defense and offense and put his own stamp on the team.

 

Should make for some fun in New York, though with Head-case Harvin running around half-cocked.

 

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Colt McCoy in Washington? Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston? Austin Davis in St. Louis?  Zach Mettenberger in Tennessee? Brian Hoyer in Cleveland? A dearth of quality quarterbacks is on display this week in the NFL. Washington needs RG3 back. Houston needs to draft one next year. St. Louis is in a tough spot with that defense and Bradford likely gone. God knows what is going on Tennessee at QB. Cleveland has Johnny Football coming soon.

 

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All right, that is all for this distracted week.

 

Have a great weekend, and be sure to check out the always entertaining StorminNorman over here next door. ---->



 

NFL Week 8 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

 

 

Thursday October 23

Chargers (5-2) @ Broncos (5-2)

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Broncos by 9½

Last Week Chargers lost to Chiefs 23-20, Broncos defeated 49ers 42-17

Fast Fact Broncos QB Peyton Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every meeting against the Chargers

The Broncos have little time to celebrate their QB’s record accomplishment, as they face a tough divisional opponent. The Chargers though are coming off a loss in which their potent offense saw very little of the field with only 21 minutes of possession time. To keep up with the high powered Denver offense, the Chargers may have to play some ball control of their own which means that Branden Oliver will have to play big. Whoever controls the ball will likely claim this critical midseason matchup. Im taking the home team

Pick-Denver

Preview of LSU-Ole Miss Game
Category: NCAA
Tags: ALABAMA AUBURN COLLEGE FOOTBALL FLORIDA KENTUCKY LSU MISSISSIPPI ST. OLE MISS TEMPLE UL-LAFAYETTE VANDERBILT

I posted this yesterday, but it's a good thing I waited to share here because I've thought of a couple of other things.  I made a chart with all the times Ole Miss has been ranked playing against LSU since 1950.  I've just added the other additions to the blog below.

 

Hugh Freeze and Bo Wallace could get their first big road win... or not.

Hugh Freeze and Bo Wallace could get their first big road win… or not.

I discussed possible outcomes for this game to some extent when I mentioned mysubjective top three versus my computertop 3. Also, if you’re not among the large rush of people that discovered this for some reason, I updated my LSU/Ole Miss rivalry blog and will do so again after the game.

I’m not enthusiastic about the LSU offense despite the easy win last week. The Tigers were helped out by defensive and special teams play to a large extent. However, I’m very skeptical of this notion I’ve seen out there that LSU won’t do anything in the running game and will be forced to fall back on the passing game.

I highlighted a few comments in one articleat CFN and responded to them:

(1) [Apart from NMSU, LSU hasn't] given it up more than once in any other game. Last week against Kentucky was the first time all year LSU didn’t come up with a takeaway and lost the turnover battle, and it was only -1. If the LSU defense can hold down the Rebel offense and not keep it from getting up early, and the O doesn’t make a slew of errors, this should be close.

(2) LSU will try running the ball, it won’t work

(3) Prediction: Ole Miss 31 … LSU 13

(1) is if things go well for LSU, at least the part that says “this should be close” (close meaning within a few points, not within a few touchdowns). In addition to some possible defense and special teams contributions, I think we can run the ball really well; and in recent weeks, we’ve added more variation to the running game. LSU might also win if some of the 10- and 20-yard passes are made possible with good decision-making and a varied running game. The passing game has been admittedly weak; but like with Zach Mettenberger against Alabama two years ago (where he had been generally ineffective in earlier games, and it was expected the Alabama defense would destroy him), I think it’s due for a decent game. And let’s not forget LSU did pass for 341 yards against Mississippi St.

I know we don’t want to get down like that again, but those 341 yards probably would have been enough to win the game had LSU managed to punch the ball in the end zone rather than falling a yard short.

I certainly think Mississippi St. knew we would be passing late in the 3rd and in the 4th quarter, and we still got those yards and points (19 in the last 12 minutes, 13 in the last two minutes) . If we don’t fall behind like that, Ole Miss won’t necessarily know when a pass is coming rather than a run.

I don’t accept (2) at all. I don’t know who Elijah McGuire is, but he plays for ULL and he ran for 66 yards on 10 carries. They ran for 197 yards overall, and that was with 30 pass attempts. If our running attack is worse than ULL’s, we should be winless in conference.

Vandy (which IS winless in conference) didn’t put up as many yards against Ole Miss as ULL did, but one RB ran 18 times for 95 yards. Temple, by contrast, held him to 70 yards and Vandy as a whole to 54 yards (I guess after sacks were subtracted).

I think (3) is realistic though. We could get yards on a few drives, stall around the 30 or 40 and struggle to put any points on the board all night. On the other side, Wallace can have a really good night and lead the Rebels on four or five touchdown drives. Our defense will not be able to keep up if our offense has few if any sustained drives.

I could go on about Ole Miss having inflated defensive statistics, but our offense does have the potential to make them look really good regardless.

Ole Miss fans have talked of “good Bo” and “bad Bo,” in reference to their quarterback. I happen to think bad Bo might make an appearance in dealing with a night game at Tiger Stadium and a defense that’s coming together well.

We did allow too many points at Florida, but one touchdown was on special teams and another was set up by a special teams return. (The Gators’ go-ahead touchdown resulted from their offense taking over at the LSU 9. That remains the only touchdown the LSU defense has given up in the last seven consecutive quarters.)

I don’t think Wallace will completely unravel, so LSU could have a number of things go well and still lose a close game. Also like I said, they could have some things go not so well and yet not disastrous and still lose by a considerable margin.

I mentioned a couple of different Alabama games for comparison earlier (because they’ve more commonly been the level of a team Ole Miss is this year), so I’ll mention one more. This one wasn’t a close game.

Last year, LSU lost to the Tide, 38-17. The Tigers lost two fumbles and were penalized for 73 yards, but it didn’t take any kind of disaster or meltdown for that big of a loss to take place. Mettenberger actually had a pretty good game: 16/23 for 241 yards. LSU also went a respectable 7/12 on third downs.

But when it got to be late in the game, Alabama would take over and not give the ball back. They took a 7-point lead after a nearly 8-minute drive in the third quarter. Then they took14- and 21-point leads after fourth-quarter drives of about 5 minutes apiece. In total, the Tide had the ball 20 of the final 27 minutes of the game. Meanwhile, LSU just hit a wall on offense. There were a couple of short completions (maximum 20 yards) and a few runs (maximum 5 yards), but they only got a couple of first downs.

So that’s something that can happen against a good team. I think it’s more likely LSU will be a better running team than a passing team (the opposite of the Alabama game last year), but sometimes good teams just take over and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Basically, I can foresee anything from an LSU win by a few points to an LSU loss by a few touchdowns. Ole Miss could run away with it and win by 30+ like Auburn did, but I’m fairly confident that will be LSU’s worst loss of the year, probably by a decent margin.

One other thing I found interesting: although Ole Miss ranks #8 in total defense, #7 is Wisconsin, which LSU beat in Week 1.

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. It’s ok I talked to my neighbor who left and hour before I did and his commute was three hours and 20 minutes.

I’m convinced Thursday Night was made for ugly football the teams aren’t 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 don’t have a lot in the skill position area. Let’s face it Geno isn’t 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 30’s

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 I’m sur eit’s 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. It’s just the nature of the game..

 

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