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Freak Show Friday - 7/25/14
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Ray Rice.  Two games and another game paycheck.  Why be outraged?  Did anybody expect anything more than that?  If you did, you aren't seeing the big picture here.  Keith Olbermann said it best:  You can go out and beat the shit out of your girl, then go on line and by the female version of Ray Rice jersey on for $59.  Wow, just wow.    

Bart Scott on CBS Sports Network says he got off light because the NFL doesn't have a policy on Domestic Violence and that they'll have to start one.  THAT IS THE MOST COWARDLY OF ALL TAKES OUTSIDE OF DEFENDING RICE.  Uh, hey Bart, they just did you moron!  The bar has been set at 2 games and another game check for clocking a woman.  So what happens when some moron gets bent and stabs his signifcant other?  3 games and anoter game check?   Oh, and by the way Bart, I don't hear any denouncing of what Rice did.  

Hey Baltimore fan, if you cheer this guy, you freaking suck!  And if you buy his jersey or the female version of Baltimore 27, you're worse.  But the sick thing here is you will.  Just like SF fans cheered Barry Bonds and will cheer that freaking drunk ass wannabe gangsta Aldon Smith.  Just once, when a-holes like this make a play, I'd like to hear the crowd go silent.  Don't say a word.  Don't cheer, don't boo, just go silent.  Ya think maybe that'll send a message?  

Noticeably silent on this whole thing?  YEP, the mother fucking Union.  No denounciation of the DV, no nothing.  You think that the union placed pressure on Goddell to go as light as possible?  Was he gonna go with four games, then some handshake agreement came out of it to take two plus a game check and Rice doesn't appeal?  Of course it went down like that, Owner Jim Irsay is still on the docket and he has to be dealt with.  Could you imagine if he dropped the hammer on Rice then did little to Irsay?  Could you imagine the Union then?

By the way Baltimore, five arrests, oh, and that little incident 15 years ago with Ray Lewis?  Just what the hell does it take to get B-more organization to maybe crack down on these freaks?  

Don't laugh San Francsico, you have just as much of a problem, and so does San Diego every Sunday Night after a game.  Yeah San Diego, you aren't slipping under my radar.  

Seems to me that the NFL, it's union and alumni, just are scared to deal with something like domestic violence.  So here's the deal NFL, I've already consciously watched less of your watered down product over the past few years.  I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say boycott the NFL.  No, I won't do that.  But what I can do is this:  I can call you all a bunch of MF-ing cowards, too scared to do the right thing.  

I know that I myself can do little to change the mentality - it will never change in the NFL.  So I'll cheer like hell against Baltimore probably more so than I will against Seattle, just like I'll cheer against Aldon Smith and to a lesser degree that silver spoon BOY (as opposed to being a man) Johnny Manziel.   

PC Police.  Just so I understand, a radio personality can call Erin Andrews a bitch on a radio show and he loses his syndication on NESN.  Tony Dungy is crucified for saying he wouldn't draft Michael Sams because he hates media distractions, and has to "clarify" his comments.  Anybody who agrees with Dungy in terms of "media distraction" (including myself) are homophobes according to talking heads.  Meanwhile, love him or hate him (and he's definitely polarizing), Rush Limbaugh had a point:  They ran his ass for that assinine McNabb comment IMMEDIATELY and permanently, 

Just one year ago Riley Cooper ran his ignorant mouth and he got a two day vacation for basically communicating a threat against a specific race of people.  And didn't Jesse Jackson use a not so flattering term at least once to refer to our President, not to mention referring to a specific religion with a pretty nasty epitaph?  

Can somebody please tell me what the rules are, and can somebody enforce them equally?

Where is the special interests?  You know, the womens groups, those who support "law and order", victims groups?  Where is the outrage, and I mean that sincerely?  We as individuals can go out and be outraged, yet I hear nothing from our leaders and those who think they can speak on our behalf.  What a bunch of freaking cowards.

Q-o-t-D 7/25/14 Tags: NFL Ray Rice

Should the NFL have handed donw a tougher penalty to Ray Rice?



Storminnorman's Sports Blog 7/25
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MNF NFL and whatever else comes to mind

Are you ready for some football? Welcome Gabbers to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog NFL Training Camp Edition. As you all know by now, most if not all NFL training camps are open preparing for the upcoming season. The problem I am having is this, unlike most previous years when the Lions opened camp I was excited for the upcoming season. But...This year for some reason, I could give a care less about the Lions, maybe it was the 14' draft which reminded me of a Matt Millen draft. Maybe it's because the Tigers are stealing most of the press away from the Lions with their trade for Soria last night, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are in it to win it all.

Maybe because everyone but the Lions made smart draft choices and filled some of their needs, the Lions subtracted a little too much during the off season, and like always they forgot to fill the open positions with draft choices. I remember sitting there watching the draft, and they had made their choice as they were announcing Vikings draft pick. Come on man let's get it right for once, you hire a quality coach and then you screw him? Typical Lions, and then they wonder why they are the laughing stock of the NFL. I mean come on, even the Browns had a better draft then the Lions.......

Thursday night's markee matchup was Max Scherzer v. Garret Richards, both pitchers have 11 wins and are probably strong contenders for the AL Cy Young award at season's end. Nothing like a nice long weekend series in LA, kind of don't mind staying up late watching Trout and Cabrera, will make for some must see late night television.

This is a little thought of mine, I agree with Old Harry, his pick of the Pat's to win their division really is a no brainer, they are the best team in their division. But here are a few more for you:

AFC EAST - Pat's, Bills (Wildcard)

AFC North - Beezer's Brownies (It's about damn time)

AFC South - Indy

AFC West - Denver, Chargers (Wildcard)

I know that this was a little crazy, maybe it's the meds I am taking for my shoulder....

NFC EAST - Redskins (no wildcard again this year, unless its the Eagles)

NFC North - Packers (maybe the Lions and Bears get in as Wildcards)

NFC South - Saints

NFC West - Arizona, I know you Seahawks and Niner fans think I am nuts, but they just missed last year....

If you think this was weird, wait to you see who I pick for the Super Bowl next week.....

NASCAR (Q's sport) are in Indy this week racing at the Brickyard, my uncle raced motorcycles and at Daytona when I was growing up. Now they are racing at 200 mph on a track that is not nearly big enough for those boys....

Is it true they reduced Pre-season to just 2 games to reduce injuries?

Don't forget to head to the left and read Hal's blog, he always has an interesting take on the world of sports....


Sports Friday with Hal: The NFL is back!
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Free agency draft news notes Rolling Stones

Football is back! Training camps are open! It’s a Fantastic Friday!!!


Had a busy football week as I’m getting into “all football all the time” and chomping at the bit for all the news coming out of the training camps. Hard Knocks on HBO features the Atlanta Falcons debuts on August 5th. The NFL Network is on all day long in the background to catch news on injuries, suspensions, etc.




Dall-ass strikes again:
Curious situation going on in Dallas with the release of backup quarterback Kyle Orton. It seems that there was some friction between him and the team leading to his release. Most (like I did as well) just assumed he was retiring. Now the Cowboys bombastic owner Jerry Jones has indicated that the team had fined Orton for not attending mini-camps and save about $3 million on the cap by releasing the former starter. Of course, that leaves Dallas with (gulp!) Brandon Weeden at quarterback. With that porous offensive line in Dallas, a strong backup to Tony Romo is a must. Not sure I would want Weeden warming up on the sidelines if it was my team.




Running to glory:

Jamaal Charles worked a nifty extension out of the Chiefs this week. He is basically getting two-years and $18 million on his old deal. Whether he was going to hold out or not is up in the air, but there is no doubt he is one of the few running backs in the league with the power to hold out. Kansas City is a running team and they NEED Charles healthy and happy. Charles is not breaking the bank as he is getting a $4 million raise this year and his total deal goes to four-years for $28 million which is not a bad deal for the best offensive player on the team.


Just who is “elite” these days?

The next question is what to do with Alex Smith at quarterback. He wants “elite QB” money ($20 million per season) and the team is unlikely to negotiate near those numbers. Is he elite? Is he worth it? Was Joe Flacco worth it? How about Tony Romo? It will be interesting to see how that situation plays out over the next year. (FYI, in my opinion he is decidedly not elite and the Chiefs need to look for a young quarterback to replace Smith if he wants crazy money)




Beast-less mode in Seattle?

Marshawn Lynch is apparently holding out of training camp in Seattle. Two years ago he signed a four-year $30 million contract. Last I checked, the Seahawks front office did not have a gun placed to his head. Upset that Jamaal Charles gets more money now? Fire your agent, Marshawn. The Seahawks gave Lynch money up front and long-term security. I really hope they do not give in and let him rack up the fines for not showing up.




The Good Rice:

Former Seahawks and Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice retired at age 27 this week. He was cut from the ‘Hawks to clear cap space and came back. He missed games due to knee and concussion issues. Rice had a few good years but had many injury issues. It was a surprise since he was expected to provide depth in Seattle this year. Expect that he will be talked back into the league in the next year due to the thinness of the position in large around the league.




The Bad Rice:

Seriously? Two games and one check? That’s the price of beating the shit out of a woman in today’s NFL? This was a brutal assault caught on hotel security tapes with Rice dragging his then fiance (now wife so she does not have to testify against him?) around unconscious...unconscious because he knocked her out. Two games. Will Smith took a banned diuretic in 2011 and got two games. Wow. Terrible call...Rice deserved a season to start with at minimum.


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Big happy birthday to our Thursday blogging superstar, Old Harry. He wrote about sharing a birthday with Mick Jagger. Reminded me of a funny story with my kids a few years back. There was a popular song “Moves Like Jagger” and of course my kids (both pre-teens at that time) are asking “Who is Jagger?” as there was another song (I don’t remember) that some teeny-bopper referenced Mick as well (I just remember explaining to my 8-year old daughter what it meant to “rinse with Jack (Daniels)” or some ridiculous partying song lyric…). So the old man decides to show them just how cool Jagger was with “Dancing in the Streets” with David Bowie and then “Start me Up” with the 1981 video and all its “fantastic” fashion choices. Suffice to say the kids’ jaws were hanging open staring at the screen.


Now I love the Stones and can pull anything out of their catalog for a listen--even enjoy a lot of the newer albums but Mick had some scary fashion choices back in the day.  Of course, just a few weeks ago my wife and I were talking about a Poison concert we had gone to and I fired up Poison’s “Nothin but a good time” and got that wonderful look I am sure I gave my parents when I was forced to sit and listen to “good music” be it old Hank Williams Sr. singles with my Dad pulling out the 45s or show tunes and classical with my mother playing DJ in my youth.


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OK, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend, all!

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Tony Dungy

You can tell that sports are at it’s low point of the year. It happens twice a year. That period between the Superbowl and when baseball starts. Sure the NBA and the NHL are playing  then but teams seem to go through the motions gearing up for the playoffs. March Madness runs into baseball now. It’s mid July and there is plenty of baseball but the anticipation of the NFL is getting  folks revved up.

Of course the media can’t let certain things go around the NFL for instance Tony Dungy a moral and religious guy. He made comments back in May after  Michael Sam was drafted by the Rams  and Oprah Winfrey wanted to follow this kid with a camera crew because he is openly gay , When Tony Dungy was asked about this he just said totally being honest and said I wouldn’t want the distraction. Gee is that news an NFL coach not wanting distractions. It was an innocent comment  reacting to a very specific comment.

The media has run with this  blasting Dungy. Here is where the problem is as I and I alone see it. The way th media is dragging this guy through the mud and calling him names and saying he is this or that are far worse than Dungy’s original comments.

I’m sure like most of us nobody cares that Michael Sam is gay. There is no time in training camp for a coach or a GM to worry about it. The question is that he is a 7th round pick and can he play or not. He is on the bubble  before he starts. I guarantee if he makes the Rams some in the media will say the Rams are trend setters and applaud them. I’m sure Jeff Fisher will  put him on the team because he will add value as a football player not because he is an openly gay man. If he doesn’t make it. Some in  the media who will advance their own agenda will rake Fisher and the Rams over the coals more than they did Dungy.

The media seems to hold a double standard and full of PC in these cases in reality they aren’t telling us their real opinions they are advancing their on agenda. There is were I have a problem with some of these guys who are in the high and mighty.Yeah, there are a lot of media guys that are honest just trying to do a difficult job and I respect them for that.


The Red Sox looked good going into the break and coming out of it. The problems continue as they dropped two out of three in Toronto. David Ortiz did make me laugh with a quote in the media (As you all know I’m not the biggest Ortiz Fan) But he told the media that “he is going to get hotter than Jamaica in the Summer”. You know what he is . he ha sbeen slamming the ball lately. He has 28 homers 5 of them in the last week.


Other than that I don’t have much

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