Welcome to the tantrums, where we come to the end of 2011 – a year that I'm personally OK with letting go. It was a year of extremes for me personally. While I had extremely great things happen to me this year, there were also some lows. I lost my mother-in-law (who is greatly missed) and my job, but I gained a Nurse, an opportunity to go back to school while 90% of it is paid for, a way for my son go continue his education with no money coming out of my pocket, a new kitchen, and a family who came even more together than I thought possible. In a way, I am the luckiest man alive - and 2012 will be a GREAT year indeed.
Christmas was great as usual, what with Mrs. B.O.B. cooking up a ridiculous storm. We had a Christmas Eve Brunch, Italian for Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, and finally Turkey on the grill and Prime Rib for Christmas Dinner. I was so stuffed that I couldn’t get to my executive Baker’s desserts – and for me that’s akin to being a commie!
But in sports, it’s been pretty crazy. 2011 was a SWEET sports year. We didn’t have to see the same old, same old.
January. We started off 2011 with a great Rose Bowl game between TCU and Wisconsin. Andy Dalton showed flashes of what was to come later on in the year. Oh yeah, another Big Ten team losing a big game. Hmmm...
The drama with Cam Newton ended and Auburn beat Oregon in from what I understand was an entertaining and close game. To be fair, if U$C and Ohio State got whacked, it’s time for Auburn to be punished.
February. The Super Bowl was as good as advertised, and the fact that the two REAL America’s Teams were playing in Jerry Jones’ palace was pretty special indeed. Too bad Jerrah got greedy and about 400 people with legitimate tickets got screwed while the NFL got the black eye. Here’s the best part, Green Bay with all of those injuries beating a strong Pittsburgh team had me thinking this could be a dynasty in the making.
As you may know, In the Gene Pool is my brother and I suspect he has a yearly affinity with driving across I-4 and hanging out at the Daytona speedway. He loves NASCAR and I hope he becomes a more active member so we can expand our NECKCAR knowledge.
March. Two of the sweetest words that Gabbers can hear: “Spring Training”.
But Spring Training can’t hold a candle to “March Madness”. My Tuesday Brother BB and I have had huge disagreements about why 11 freaking Big Least teams got into the dance. True, UCONN won it all, but how much more fun could we have with this if some of those weak ass struggling teams on the bottom of the Big East selections had been left off in favor of teams like Missouri State and Indiana State?
April. How cool was it to watch Butler and VCU make their runs to the Final Four? None of the “Big Boy” conferences could handle VCU, and it took Butler to punk ‘em out.
I’m the first to admit that I’m lame, but I really enjoy that final round of the Masters, and on that phenominal first Sunday in April, I have no problem kicking back and enjoying the play, especially around Amen Corner.
May. Maybe I’m an old softy, but I seem to enjoy the Kentucky Derby and the chase for the Triple Crown.
What a start to the Baseball season – Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City were all giving their fans room for hope.
An incredible Indy 500 that was lost on the final turn of the final lap. How crazy was that?
June. We had the great opportunity to watch the Dallas Mavericks completely destroy the LA Lakers, and that’s always cool. But the best was yet to come when the Mavericks surprised the Miami Heat. Cubes has a big mouth, but for the first time in known history, he shut his pie-hole and Dirk Diggler did some serious damage and shot the lights out.
The NHL ended with the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup by beating Vancouver. The Bruins basically just got physical and Vancouver laid down when punched in the mouth.
Rory McIlroy broke out and won the U. S. Open.
July. In the darkest days of the NFL negotiations, we at least had some Football to lean back on, the Canadian Football League. Guys, it really isn’t bad.
The Tour de France was pretty good, and an Aussie winning was pretty cool.
The Northern Irish continued their Slam dominance when Darren Clarke won the British Open.
On a local note, the Tahoe Celebrity Pro Am is always an amazing event, and if you ever get a chance to get out here, come out during the third weekend of July – you won’t regret it, I promise you. Everybody’s favorite Honorary Gabber Charles Barkley throws down at a party he hosts at Harrah’s, but beware, if you come for the gambling, the machines are tighter than a crabs-ass and that’s underwater.
August. We missed out on the NFL Hall of Fame Game, but at least the folks in Canton got to watch the induction ceremonies. I’m still pissed about the way Deion Sanders treated his induction like it was some sort of buffoonery. The thing that pissed me off most was the fact that Canton missed out on a game. If I understand correctly, this is the biggest thing on their calendar.
The youth movement in Golf continued with Keegan Bradley winning the PGA Championship.
September. Will anybody be able to get 9/29/11 out of their head anytime soon? The Tampa Bay Rays coming back from seven runs down in the 8th and 9th innings, beat the Yankees and come all the way back from the scrapheap? And what about Baltimore scoring two runs in the bottom of the Ninth to beat Boston and put the Rays in the playoffs? Finally, St. Louis snagging a wild card in the last day of the season?
Matt Kemp had one helluva season and was only a few BA points away from winning the NL Triple Crown.
Justin Verlander did win the AL pitching triple-crown. If ever there was a lock for a player to be a Hall of Famer, Verlander should be it.
The NFL wised up and we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a pretty darn good season of Football. Look what Cam Newton did in his first two games, would we have had that if the negotiations not been taken care of?
Friday Night Lights started as well.
October. How great was the MLB playoffs followed by the World Series? The Red Sox sat it out, getting their “skip” fired for their own lackadaisical play, and the Tigers took out the Evil Empire! How great is it that we had a month of uninterrupted discussion of Yanks and Sawx? The St. Louis Cardinals left for dead, came all the way back and won it all in a pretty solid World Series that went the full Seven. As with Green Bay, the Cardinals overcame so many injuries, but unlike Green Bay, St. Louis struggled with their offense for the longest time!
We had League Championship Series that involved teams from middle America.
The NHL started in October and there seems to be some form of Gabber intrigue about whether or not Toronto is gonna get into the playoffs. Uh, I'm thinking not!
The UFL ceased operations this month and that sucks because I think it could have been a great chance for the NFL to have a minor league system.
November. HS Football playoffs were pretty great, and I had a good seat for the small school Mustangs trying to stick it to the man. They went out in the second round to a stacked and highly recruited private high school, but they fought their hardest and never gave up. Those Raiders knew what was up.
How great was it that North Carolina and Sparty hooked up in a game onboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) on Veterans Day? An absolute classic.
NASCAR isn’t my cup of tea, but I sure as hell didn’t want to see Fat Tony Stewart win the Chase. Of course, Junior is still rolling win-less.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, neither Florida State, Florida, or Miami ended up in the Top 25.
December. The final game of the CFB season was Army/Navy. Navy won for the 10th consecutive year, but what makes this game so special? Watching Army/Navy takes you back to a time when the influences surrounding CFB weren’t quite as pronounced. These folks stand for something other than the almighty buck, and you know what? It’s refreshing.
Here’s what I love about College Basketball – Wagner goest into Pittsburgh and beats the 15th ranked Panthers at home?
The Dream Team doesn’t even make it past Christmas Eve before they’re eliminated from post-season contention. Sometimes it’s better not to listen to the talking heads.
I think Rex Ryan is one funny dude, but he’s really got to stop with the schtick and stay focused on coaching.
How good has the year been for Green Bay? In this calendar year, the Pack is 18-1. Wonder if there was a group of sports fans who had a better Christmas than the Cheese Heads?
Rant of the Week – Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. OK jerk-off you got your plea-bargain for domestic abuse (after repeatedly being let off the hook for same - ALLEGEDLY!). Here's the funny part, this will do nothing but make this guy look like a good guy. Just wait, he'll be canonized. Personally, I don't care how lethal a boxer Mayweather is or how bad is posse is, he's nothing more than a little punk that feels it's right to do physical damage to women! Put this damn fool in the ring with R. Lee Ermey - I'll be the Gunny will kick his ass!
Cougar Report. Jerry signed his letter of intent Thursday and we are getting a visit from the Assistant Head Coach today. While that's going on, Mrs. B.O.B. and I will be preparing to help move him. Don't have the ability to drive all the way out there, so we're flying him out next Monday.
Gabbers, I just wanted to say:
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE 2012!!!