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Musings From The Hoodwood 9-9
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
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Even Ickey is dancing with football coming back... (Was I the only one that cringed at this commerical)

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the locals are finally getting their full football fix.

Football is back!

Whether its cheering for your alma mater, high school or college. Or getting dressed up in your favori te pro team colors on Sunday there is a certain special feeling about this time of the year. Football is back, in full force. I could wax nostalgic about the crisp evenings, fight songs combined with the sights and sounds of the game but instead lets look at some of the interesting tidbits of the past weekend which include

Michigan State going to the Autzen Zoo and holding the Ducks at arms length for a couple quarters then having the roof fall in on them. Hey folks, got a tall flash for you Marcus Mariota is the real deal. The school of thought was that he might not be as good as he was hyped up to be, but after taking A

Ohio State looking like chumps against a decent but heretofore nondescript Virginia Tech team. Yeah, the game really has passed Frank Beamer by. Im still wondering why Beamer is not more celebrated as one of the best coaches in the game. If you can take a lunch pail team into one of the more hostile environments in college football in Ohio Stadium and lay the wood like the Hokies did. Ive never seen 107,517 look so sullen, the Bucks struggled to beat Navy and the locals poo-poohed it as having a hard time against that funky offense that the Midshipmen run, now getting housed in their own crib, primetime Saturday night if front of a record crowd and national TV audience, Buck Nation is in full panic. Oh if they could only that bad when my beloved Bearcats go up there in 3 weeks. One could only dream…

Nebraska struggled to beat McNeese State…hold up. Nebraska struggled to beat who??? Nebraska doesn’t get pushed to the final minute by warmup opponents at Memorial. I was in fear that my old roommate, who is a diehard Nebraska fan (and one of two people I know that are actually from Nebraska, his cousin being the other) was going to have a coronary as his beloved Huskers were being taken to task by the D-2 Cowboys…This wasn’t North Dakota State, and had the Cowboys not been such poor tacklers on an electrifying catch and run by… the game would have went OT. Who’da thunk it?

Michigan? Don’t ask… Notre Dame isn’t that good and them running from the series is further proof of how much they have fallen off.

Is it me or had the Big Ten fallen the fuck off or what? I mean Purdue got housed in West Lafayette by Central Michigan for crying out loud.

Damn, Im seeing all this football and my beloved Bearcats have yet to take the field, thanks Whit

 

That was just a classless play here...what was Antonio Brown thinking with this move?

Turning to the pros now, yes Im very happy that my beloved Vikes took the Rams to the woodshed in their season opener. The offense played up and down at times but the defense looked much improved. When AP isn’t the leading rusher and Im not concerned, it’s a good thing.

What a catch by AJ Green to win a thriller against the Ravens, can we now start getting off of Joe Flacco as anything more than a QB that rode a hot streak into a big contract and is playing like he doesn’t care?

The Bills win in Chicago??? Are they a team to take seriously for the first time in better than a decade? Why does Jay Cutler continue to get a pass from the media for his laconic attitude and mediocre play? Why does the Bears defense suddenly look suspect

I thought I was going to have to resuscitate a couple of friends who are Eagles fans (and I was getting pretty heated since they were my lock)  after they fell behind 17-0 to the lowly Jags but that fastbreak offense will wear any defense out and once the Eagles got rolling, they got the rout going.

Is Brady’s era of dominance fading fast? I think the Dolphins “Hit em in the mouth” strategy got to Brady more that he wanted to let on. This is the first time in the Brady/Belichick era the Pats are in last place by themselves…wow.

Peyton Manning is still a beast, but if you sleep on Andrew Luck you sleep on yourself.

My thoughts on Ray Rice:

I was willing to give Ray Rice the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to believe that it was a domestic dispute that went really bad. I then saw the elevator tape and got sick to my stomach. Had Ray Rice been dating or marrying either one of my princesses he would be spitting teeth after he woke up from the lengthy coma he was put in. There is no room for actions like that…ever. Hoodwood never condones violence, and domestic abuse is never ever acceptable. The NFL caught heat for its meager  2 game suspension of Rice for his reprehensible actions. The tape of the incident came out Sunday night and Rice was released by the Ravens and suspended by the league before 6p the next day. Rice went from decent guy to pariah in mere hours. Rice got what he deserved, the boot. Swinging on a female is never ever acceptable, I want to see someone try to defense this.

Why Bruce Levenson isn’t Donald Sterling

Im a casual pro hoops fan, so I couldn’t tell you much about the Atlanta Hawks other than they are a marginally decent team but besides Dominque Wilkins, Spud Webb and Mike Fratello I couldn’t tell you a lot about them. But when I heard and read about their majority owner Bruce Levenson stating that he would divest himself of his team and  offering a mea culpa in regards to an email that he wrote in 2012 in regards to black patrons and why he thought white patrons stayed away. Despite having surprisingly the 2nd current playoff run in the NBA at seven seasons, and longest in the eastern conference they are near the bottom of the NBA in attendance.  Levenson also suggested some changes that he thought would attract more whites to games. Levenson was quoted in an email saying "I think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority" and "I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while I don't care what the color of the artist is, I want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that's our season [tickets] demo. I have also balked when every fan picked out of crowd to shoot shots in some timeout contest is black. I have even [complained] that the kiss cam is too black."

Now I have been to a number of Indiana Pacers games and my buddy has courtside seats and we a very much in the minority as Ive only seen a handful of black patrons in the lower bowl, I don’t know much about the scenario in Atlanta but I seriously doubt its that much differernt in that arena, besides what does it matter what color patrons are there? Atlanta pro teams have never drawn well, it’s a transient town where people move there from other locales and more often hold fast to the loyalties of that team. The Falcons and Braves have only really drawn well when they are winning big and the Hawks have never really been a big draw win or lose no matter the locale.

But in regards to Levenson, he is an anti-Sterling. Liked by his players and around the league Levenson doesn’t come off a clueless bigoted old man. The Hawks players were reported to be upset by the comments. My feeling are this, would Levenson be asking the same questions in reverse if he were trying to attract “more color” to Philips Arena? I don’t think that Levenson was being racist, he was asking demographical questions. He opined that the reasons that white patrons stayed away was because they might feel uncomfortable with the music choices. Is he right? He could be. Was he wrong for asking the question, hypothesizing or speculating? No. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a thoughtful enlightening piece for Time giving his take on the subject. He thinks like I do that in the rush to be so PC that opinions and real food for thought is being trampled on and that the effort to root the Donald Sterlings out, that people like Levenson might get caught in the backwash based on borderline suspect comments. On his worst day, I don’t think Levenson is anywhere near the stupidity level of Sterling. I think that he will get out quietly and rue the remarks that might have been put more succinctly.

 

Phat Dap

The Bengals have long been a franchise that has been knocked often for its pr gaffes and clueless owner. But they made a move recently  that was pure class. The Bengals cut their roster down as is required by the first game, one of the players cut was lineman Devon Still but the Bengals resigned him to their practice squad so that he would be able to take care of his daughter who has stage 4 pediatric cance.  With Still remaining on the roster, his family remains covered under the NFL’s insurance. And four year old Leah’s treatment will be 100% covered. Bravo to the Bengals for looking out for someone in need. And we here in Hoodwood wish the best for the Still family, we are behind you in your fight.

Head Slap

To Pat Haden the AD of USC, who stormed down from his press box vantage to the sideline during this past Saturday’s game against Stanford to loudly protest a call against the Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian. Now in the grand scheme of things, it was moot the Trojans pulled a mild upset knocking the Cardinal off on The Farm with a late field goal in a tight defensive struggle. But Haden should know his place and his actions were immature and childish not to mention out of place for someone who is on the super heavy college playoff committee. Looks like someone that is trying to curry favor with the refs for a later time. Haden for his part was fined $25k for his actions.

 

Quick thoughts

Penn State get paroled from its near death sentence, had this been say Bama or Florida State and not one of the NCAA’s fair-haired boys do you think this would have happened? But to be fair, the kids at Penn State were being punished for something that happened before they even got there so it was fair for them to be off the hook.

Beatdown in Motown, is Eli Manning really on his last legs

Tell me why did Larry Fitzgerald go deep into the 4th quarter without a catch? He got it but he shouldnt have to have 11 other receivers get grabs before him...

Thats the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!

Tuesday's Tantrum, 9/9/14
Category: FEATURED

My name is Uncle B.O.B., and I am an ESPiN-a-holic.  I have been sober for 15 days now (August 26th was my last visit there) and day by day I’m getting better for it.  But at the same time, my disgust with sports is at an all-time high and yesterday really has me questioning my loyalty to sports.  If I’m to be honest, I have a lot to think about.  In the meantime…

Sports Question.  I have to ask this question after the debacle of yesterday in the sports world:   On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your enjoyment of sports compared to your youth.  For me, it was at an 8 and now I’m at a 5.

Death Star.  What in the hell is going on lately in America?  Bieber (AGAIN)?  Cee Lo Green?  Dumb Ass pro sports careening out of control?  Idiot media who allows TMZ to be the bastion of journalism?  Beyond stupid business people?  Female “actresses” trying their hand at Skin-a-max type porn?  Hackers?  Politicians comparing other politicians to women beaters because they disagree on policy?   I have it on very good authority that the Death Star is coming for us because the Empire is pissed about what is going on in this spinning chunk of rock – let that be a message to all the other idiots out there. 

Ray Rice.  Moral indignation and outrage aside, Ray Rice is a piece of shit – that’s clear, but for all those taking a verbal dump on the NFL, let’s take a look at who else should be taking some, and that would be New Jersey, Baltimore, the union, and the players themselves. 

Hey Jersey, what the hell were you thinking by not being harder on this fool?  Wife doesn’t want to press charges?  Fine, press em yourselves – violence is violence and you've got the shit on tape - pretty clear. 

Hey NFL, this is kind of on the periphery, but while you are busy giving out free passes for domestic violence, you think you might want to take a look at why one of your active players was publicly rolling around in a casino in the first place?

Secondly NFL, I’m wondering if now is the time to institute as part of the domestic violence policy that if Johnny Law charges any NFL employee with domestic violence that they are to be placed on “paid administrative leave” until the case is adjudicated?  Piss on the union - do this unilaterally and if they complain, let them take the public heat!

Hey Baltimore, don’t go patting yourselves on the back.  You hired private detectives.  You have lawyers in contact with the NFL.  You probably even knew from TMZ the real deal – there ain't no way you didn't know the reality of the situation, and yet you hid behind the Sheriff.  I’m not real thrilled with you right about now.

Speaking of hiding behind the sheriff, we get to the union.  In my opinion, Rice’s “punishment” couldn’t have occurred without some involvement of the Union and I continue to marvel at how the slime continues to avoid them.  Think about it for a second, for as heavy handed as the Sheriff has been in terms of players screwing up as evidenced by the numerous complaints, how is it he only gave Rice two games for domestic violence?  Let me give you a clue:  Anybody hear of the recent reports of the NFLPA “negotiating” recent punishments as part of accepting a comprehensive testing program for HGH?  I think you might have the answer. 

Players.  Yeah, you tough guys are publicly yapping now about Rice being a turd, but where the hell were you when it went down months ago?  Another thing where the union told you to shut up?  You have zero credibility with me.

And that brings me to you Scott Fujita, you hypocritical son of a bitch.  Here’s this asshole’s comments courtesy of Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com: 

“Longtime linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, had equally harsh words:

“I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,” Fujita wrote. “This piece of s— needs to be out of the league. Period.”

Hey Scott, if you were so fucking concerned about domestic violence, where the hell were you when you had a voice?  For that matter, where the hell were you when this shit went down?  Oh yeah, that’s right, you were too busy fighting the Sheriff on Bounty Gate, you know, when you all were paid to take players out.  Weren’t you a part of that in some way?  Yeah, you’re credible…NOT!!!

It is now time for a complete overhaul of the NFL and the union.  Goddell and DeMaurice Smith need to go.  Rip up the collective bargaining agreement and create something that passes the common sense test.  The union needs to start holding their players – ALL OF THEM – to a much higher standard. 

MLB – Stretch Run.  It’s amazing that when a team not named Boston or New York take charge of the AL East, they are pretty much ignored.  Well somebody had better keep an eye on that one team that nobody wants to talk about, a team from (of all places) the AL East – Baltimore.  8-2 over the last ten and a 9.5 game division lead.  

It looks as if both Oakland and SF are going to be participants on Wild Card Day, though if Oakland doesn’t start hitting with a quickness, they won’t be playing in October AT ALL.  Oakland picked a horrific time to fall apart, but there's still time to right the ship. 

Cleveland is only 3.5 GB from the 2nd wild card all of a sudden, and 7-3 through the last ten. But now the big boys come to town in the form of Anaheim.  We’ll find out how real they are now.

Texas needs to make sure they publicly thank Ron Washington.  As Skipper, he led this team to the heights it never before achieved.  Best of luck to him, and no Gabbers, I’m not gonna go with the obligatory cheap shot.

NFL – Week 1.   So what did I take away from Week 1 (not counting Monday Night)?

Antonio Brown ain’t Chuck Norris.

If you’re a fat guy and want to catch a football, go play for Buffalo, those fat boys get more of a chance than anybody to imitate Jumbo and run with the rock and I absolutely love it.  NUN-DIS-KA!!!

Clowney went out with a torn meniscus, and that’s a shame, but does anybody else wonder about how easily this kid gets injured?

Was Seattle’s destruction of Green Bay showing us how dominant they were, or is it the fact that Green Bay’s injuries, exacerbated by Bulaga going out Thursday just killing them?

New Orleans defense was bad, but at the same time, I don’t want to short change Atlanta’s offense.

I think at least for a few weeks we can put the “QB controversy” in Cleveland to rest.

I think if you sleep on Jacksonville, you’re in for a hell of a fight.  Philly darn sure found that out. 

In 40 years of watching NFL Football, I have NEVER seen a football game in Dallas where their fans were out-represented in terms of colors, noise, and support.   I could have articulated it better yesterday, but I stand by my statement that King Jerrah should be embarrassed – not by the game (they weren't as bad as many thought), but by the fan reaction.  He gets the message Dallas fan, he just doesn’t care when he makes that kind of cheddar.

CFB Big Winners?  The SEC West (by default), Oregon, BYU, the Playoff Selection Committee, Notre Dame, and the NCAA. 

CFB Big Losers?  The Big 10, PAC 12, Texas, and the Playoff Committee. 

CFB schools on the hot seat?  Oklahoma, Baylor, and UCLA.  None of them can afford one single mistake, and that includes close games.  Texas getting killed hurt them all badly.

CFB Power players.  Right now that has to be the SEC East.  At this point, almost every conference right now outside of the ACC needs them to step up and beat teams in the SEC West for anybody to have a chance to get into this dance.

Jerry’s new adventure.  Friday Night, West Hills JUCO Falcons started their season against San Jose, and they won 50-0. 

Douche Bag of the Week.  The ACC and SEC have apparently gone public in stating that they won’t schedule BYU anymore because they don’t consider them “power conference worthy” whatever the hell that means – not that the big boys ever played them anyway.  Hey ACC and SEC you hypocritical bastards, look at your schedules again then tell me with a straight face whose worthy and whose not.

Honorable mention:  Yep, he’s at it again – Johnny “trademark”.  Are you serious dude?  Reports are you can’t figure out NFL defenses, yet you’re running around trademarking nine effing nicknames?  Damn Cleveland…

Before I go…I encourage you to get on over and check out my Tuesday Brother.  Always a good, solid read.  

YES, I AM STILL AROUND......

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! 

Sully

Only Two Games for This!?!
Category: NFL
Tags: Ray Rice NFL Punch Elevator

The hot video that was leaked this morning is all over the place...Just a matter of time before a disgruntled employee sold off what Roger Goodell wanted no one to see...Ray Rice knocking the shit out of his fiancé in an elevator...




I'm officially done with the NFL....

The Beeze.

Monday Moaning 9-8-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL NCAA Football Notre Dame Antonio Brown Michigan Cleveland Browns Spencer Lanning Oregon BYU Texas Virginia Tech Ohio State Michigan St

 

Yep...Monday comes running in like a boot to the head!

Seriously, when I saw this play, I laughed my ass off...This play, and well the play that followed pretty much some up the Cleveland Browns since 1999...

Now lets be honest...Brown could have easily cut left, and blown past Lanning, just as he did to ever other member or the Punt coverage team...But shit, what would make this highlight sweeter? Hurdling the damn punter...Dude had to go for it...But when he realized he wasn't going to clear Lanning, or Lanning wasn't getting out of the way...Fuck, time to move that punter...BOOT TO THE HEAD!  Not a Steelers fan...Not Browns fan...But damn I loved this play!

So, they moved it back because the refs felt the boot to the head was "unnecessary roughness"...Okay, give it to Bell now that we see the Browns can't quite tackle! It's so damn Cleveland, us Clevelanders can't be mad...You just gotta laugh!

And I don't care fellow Clevelanders...So what the Browns came back in the second half, and tied it up...Way to go! Then they fell for a fake punt deep in the Steelers end...Totally got burned...Right then they lost the momentum...And eventually they gave up a big drive, followed by an easy game winning field goal wit h no time left...Sorry, no moral victory...They did what they do best...They lost!

Up next for the Browns...A pissed off New Orleans Saints team that got beat by the Falcons...

Hey, anyone see what happened in College Football this past weekend? Texas got abused, at home, by BYU...I forget the score, but it was BYU: a lot, and Texas: hey when is Texas showing up?

Ohio State lost in prime-time , at home, to unranked Virginia Tech...Urban Meyer admitted afterwards that the Hokies exposed their weaknesses...Like, apparently they stopped recruiting QB's when Braxton Miller signed there, and their young offensive line needs a fuck-ton of practice...

Oregon was down to Michigan State...But then they flipped the NIKE switch, and blew the Spartans out of the water in the second half...

But the best game, in my opinion, was the final matchup (for the time being) between Notre Dame and Michigan...If there is one thing I have in common with Ohio State fans, it's a pure hatred for Michigan...Well, folks...The Irish ended this rivalry in fucking style...The beat the shit out of Michigan 31-0....31-0!

 

Awesome! There's nothing else to say....

 

 

No, seriously, I've got nothing else to say...

 

Oh, did I forget your weekly eye candy?

Here ya go...

 

 

Have a week...

The Beeze.

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