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Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Well Gabbers, it's almost time for the fourth. That means watching dummies (actual department store dummies) have their hands blown off on the evening news, big booms in the neighborhood, back yard bbqs, and the coming of the mid-summer classic. Now many people say the game doesn't have the same draw due to Selig's This One Counts idea that we all love so much and interleague play. I agree whole heartedly on the game deciding who gets home field advantage, but I still get a kick out of interleauge play and the all star game.

In my opinion, the MLB all star game is the last all star game I can still stomach. The Pro Bowl has never been a good game. Let's call it what it is, a nice excuse for NFL players to meet and greet in Hawaii and play a few holes of golf. The NHL game is still kinda fun, but unfortunately it's losing ground. I still love the skills competition there. The NBA all star game resembles the real games too much: no defense, too much hot doging, and no genuine intensity.

The MLB game has a rich history. Though games between the best players in the country had been going on for some time, the first MLB game was held on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park. The National League still holds the edge with a 41-36-2 record. Baseballalmanac.com provides an interesting look at the games history, especially a look at how the teams were chosen.

"All-Star teams were originally selected by the managers and the fans for the 1933 and 1934 games. From 1935 through 1946, managers selected the entire team for each league. From 1947 to 1957, fans chose the team's starters and the manager chose the pitchers and the remaining players. From 1958 through 1969, managers, players, and coaches made the All-Star Team selections. In 1970, the vote again returned to the fans for the selection of the starters for each team and remains there today."

I gotta say, I like the method used from '58-'69.

The 2002 game was also not the only tie in the game's history. In 1961, the game was held at Fenway and was stopped in the 9th due to rain. Of course the 2002 tie is more infamous due to the fact that the game was ruled a tie due to gross mismanagement on both sides.

Still, every year I vote a time or two and I like to share my picks and encourage anyone who wishes to to share theirs as well. Voting ends Thursday at midnight, so if the mood strikes you remember you're on the clock here.

American League

Catcher

current leader: Russel Martin NY

my pick: Alex Avila DET

Ok, call me a homer if you will, but Avila is putting up some good numers here in Detroit. He's currently ranked in the top three in all the offensive categories for catcher in both leagues. He's hitting .295 with 9 homers and 41 RBIs. Martin started off in a big way, but has cooled. He's hitting .230 with 9 homers and 30 RBIs. Added detraction: he's a Yankee.

1B

current leader: Adrian Gonzalez BOS

my pick: Adrian Gonzalez BOS

I was close to picking Cabrerra, but Gonzalez is proving that he's worth the money. He may have had a slowish start, but he's been making up for it hitting .360 with 15 HRs and 69 RBIs. Miggy is currently hitting .327 with 15 HRs and 50 RBIs. Teixeira is currently second in voting. Paul Konerko desrves much more consideration and will hopefully make it as a sub.

2B

current leader: Robinson Cano NYY

my pick: Cano NYY

Sure the Yankee factor helps, but Cano is putting up good numbers again even if they're down compared to his production last year. He's currently hitting .295 with 14 homers. Dustin Pedroia is close at Cano's heels.

SS

current leader: Derek Jeter NYY

my pick: Asdrubal Cabrerra CLE

Jeter's lead over Asdrubal is falling off (it's currently 400,000), but it's still absurd. Jeter will get plenty of lifetime achievement awards, he doesn't need one here. This is a great arguement against fan voting. Also, he's hurt and has no timetable for a return. Cabrerra, however, seems to be getting the hose in my opinion. His .295 average blows away Jeter's .260. He has 13 homers to Jeters 2 and his glove work has been spectacular. He's the catalyst of one of the biggest surprise teams of the year. Not too shabby.

3B

current leader: A-Roid NYY

my pick: Adrian Beltre TEX

Damnit fans. Really? The Roid? Let's have a look: .300 avg, 13 Hr, and 51 RBI. Both Youkolis and Beltre are at his heels currently. Youk is hitting .275 with 11 HR and 55 RBI. Beltre has fallen to .263 with 14 Hr and 56 RBI. I give him the nod for his power numbers and the teams standing.

DH

Umm...aren't we doing this in Arizona? Where did the DH category come from? Ortiz is running away with the vote and he got mine too. He's got almost double the votes of Michael Young, who is currently second in voting.

OF

current leaders: Jose Bautista TOR, Curtis Granderson NYY, Josh Hamilton TEX

my picks: Jose Bautista TOR, Curtis Granderson NYY, Nelson Cruz TEX

Bautista and Granderson are one and two in the voting respectively, an honor which I see as well deserved. Bautista is hitting .328 with 23 HR and 49 RBI and has become one of the game's premier power hitters seemingly over night. Granderson is an od favorite of mine and has had a solid year with a .276 avg, 21 HR, and 55 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury is definately deserving of a spot as is former Tiger Matt Joyce and current slugger Brennan Boesch. I'm seriously rethinking my Cruz pick, but he had an amazing start though he's cooled of late. His .240 avg is suspect, but 18 HR and 42 RBIs help his case.

National League

Catcher

current leader: Brian McCann ATL

my pick: Yadier Molina STL

McCann has the superior numbers here, I'll admit. He's hitting .307 with 14 HR and 44 RBIs. He's a great pick and will make the team either way, but I went with Molina because no one dares to run on the guy. He's thrown out about 17 runners this year. He's the reigning gold glover at his spot.

1B

current leader: Joey Votto CIN

my pick: Joey Votto CIN

Right now Votto, Prince Fielder, and ALbert Pujols are all pretty close to being voted in. Votto has nothing on Fielder in the power department, but Votto has the superior average. I give Votto the edge due to his leadership and his average. Pujols is third and should hopefully loose ground. Todd Helton is putting together a decent year himself.

2B

current leader: Brandon Phillips CIN

my pick: Rickie Weeks MIL

This race is very close and could easily change with a fan base surge. Phillips is a fan favorite in Cincy and has decent numbers with a .299 avg and 43 RBIs. Weeks is putting up some good numbers himself with a .290 avg, 14 HR, and 33 RBIs. The Dodgers Jamey Carrol has put up a good average, but has poor power numbers.

SS

current leader: Troy Tulowitzki COL

my pick: Jose Reyes NYM

This was a tough call for me, so I can see how the vote is kinda close here. Honestly either man is a good choice here. Reyes is having a great year and fighting for a big contract. He's hitting .341 with 28 steals, 14 tripels, and 33 RBIs. Tulowitzki is hitting .276 with 14 HR and 50 RBI. I give Reyes the edge as he is having a career year and is the one bright spot for the Mets. Both men ought to make this roster.

3B

current leader: Placido Polanco PHI

my pick: Aramis Ramierez CHC

Right now Polanco is leading over Chipper Jones despite Jones splitting time this season. Polanco is having a good year hitting .289 with 4 HR and 39 RBI. Ramierez is having a nearly identical year with a .289 avg, 8 HR, and 37 RBI. I give Ramierez the edge because he's doing it for the Cubbies. San Diego has a kid named Chase Headley hitting .300 who should get some consideration.

OF

current leaders: Ryan Braun MIL, Lance Berkman STL, Matt Holiday STL

my picks: Matt Holiday STL, Matt Kemp LAD, Jay Bruce CIN

Braun is putting up good numbers again with a .308 avg, 16 HR, 59 RBI, and 17 steals. Berkman is having a resurgent year, but despite missing some time Holiday got the nod on my ballot. Kemp is having a spectacular year so far hitting .336 with 21 steals, 22 HR, and 62 RBIs. Bruce had a great start to the year with 17 Hr and 50 RBIs, though his .274 avg has no doubt hurt him in voting.

There's my picks, how about yours?

The hockey hall of fame has announced this years class: Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour, and Mark Howe. Great class there. I especially like Belfour. He played for a lot of the teams I loved to hate and his strict enforcement of the crease made him a love to hate guy for me. I still remember watching him test cups against the Wings.

That's all I wrote for the week. Here's your weekly vocab.

aarping, verb/noun

When an elderly person, such as your grandfather, complains incessantly about nothing.

Grandpa ruined another family dinner by aarping the whole time about his bunions.

 

I've Got the Bad Guys' Back
Category: User Showcase
Tags: MLB Frank McCourt Whitey Bulger FBI Los Angeles Dodgers Bud selig Integrity

  Yeah, I said it...I won't always stick up for the Bad Guys, but today I am...Just look at Boba Fett...Dude was a Bad guy, and became a cult icon...So much so, that they made a point of creating his Bad-ass father for the newer editions of "Star Wars"...But this post isn't about my "Star Wars" geekdom...Hollywood has always propped up Bad Guys for us to root for...

First let's talk about Whitey Bulger...The Boston Mob Icon who was arrested last week, after years on the run...Whitey is the reason the movie "The Departed" was made...Now I'm not defending Whitey for the 19 murders he did...Or countless beating he gave...Or the countless other crimes he committed...

But why did it take the FBI so long to bust Bulger? He was living in plain sight...Living near an FBI field office...Often spending time in areas filled with surveillance cameras...It's because for years in Boston, the FBI had dirty agents that were protecting Bulger...Tipping him off when the heat was on...Letting him do his dirt freely...In return he ratted on his Italian competition...

It's said that not only did he have FBI agents under his thumb, but also city and state police...So while Whitey Bulger is a glorified, murderous fuck...Plenty of that blood he spilled is on the hands of the FBI...If whitey goes down, I hope he takes all those "To Protect and Serve" cock suckers down with him! They're all guilty of murder!

Another bad guy I am defending, is Dodgers owner Frank McCourt...Okay, maybe he hasn't been killing, and stealing and shit like Whitey Bulger...But MLB Commish, Bud Selig, and the Media have made McCourt a bad guy since his bitter divorce has put the Dodgers in a financial mess...Selig, the egotistical, power hungry, asshole that he is, is doing everything he can to take the team away from McCourt...

When McCourt bought the Dodgers they were a joke...They had been run into the ground repeatedly...In his seven years as owner, they have been contenders/in the playoffs four of those...That's pretty good in this day and age of Baseball...The way Selig has handled this, has show he has a clearly personal issue with McCourt...

If he was going to take this type of stand for the "Integrity" of the game, he should have ripped the Mets away...The financial situation that has gone on there is disgusting! Why not get in the Pirates shit? They are playing well this year, but all they have done for years is, not spend, and trade away any and all good talent...Taking a once proud franchise, and turning it into an after thought for a city that loves it's teams...

Tampa Bay has contended just like the Dodgers, but financially been a joke...Florida, another poorly run team, has won two World Series, yet no one shows up and no one cares...

People say the much of the problems the Dodgers are having are because of the McCourts living a lavish lifestyle, and taking money from their team to help live that life...It's their team, they can do what they want...

The Yankees, and Red Sox, often have to pay a luxury tax for the insane amount they spend on payroll...That money is shared throughout the league...The lesser teams like Pittsburgh and KC getting more than LA...A few years ago, the Pirates owner took his cut and bought a plane, instead of reinvesting that into his team...I don't agree with that, but until the rules are changed, owners have every right to do what they want with their money.

McCourt had a deal in place that would save his team, and bring steady revenue in for many years, and Selig blocked it...How does that help your league's integrity? It is giving a commissioner too much power, and letting him undercut owners...I was glad to see the court sided with McCourt, and I can't wait for him to sue Selig...He'll win, or MLB will settle...If Bud didn't want him as an owner, they had the power to stop the sale, way back when...This is about who's friends with Bud and who isn't....That's why they keep cock blocking Mark Cuban from owning a team...

Selig has repeatedly done things that harm the integrity of the game...This is just another in a long line...

Now a plug for a good guy...Vote for Asdrubal Carbrera for the AL "All-Star" team...Fuck Jeter...Cabrera has been killing it all year, with the bat and the glove...Jeter, not so much!

Later, The Beeze.

 

Musings From the Hoodwood 6-28
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA MLB NHL

Greetings from the Hoodwood, your humble scribe is trying not to go broke spending on the Princesses.

How do you start a quiet week off??? With a conspiracy theory

Your humble scribe does have a day job (Shaddap!) I was arguing with a co-worker over a topic that gives me much pleasure in arguing and given that with the looming labor situation in the NBA, I figure its as good a time as any to bring it up. Im usually not one for conspiracy theories, though I like to say that the reason that the New York Knicks were able to obtain the rights to Patrick Ewing was that the Mafioso commish of the NBA David Stern looked for a creased or cold envelope to assure the star poor Knicks would get the #1 pick in the 1985 NBA draft. When  asked about it Stern usually gives a wry chuckle and shrugs with a “well you know” look on his face, but no one is really that salty about it. No dis to the Pacers but I don’t think that the NBA would have liked to see a superstar of Ewing’s ilk be in Indy (a town I love now, but was still kind of backwaterish) But that’s not the argument. The argument is what I think that David Stern did eight years later and if asked he changes the subject quickly with a frown. My theory is this…

David Stern in light of damning evidence linking Michael Jordan to extensive and pervasive gambling suspended the uber star for no shorter than a full season.

Now had this happened, the damage would have been extensive to the NBA brand. Remember this was a league that was still reeling from one of its superstars having to retire because he contracted a terminal disease (Happy to say that Magic is still with us nearly 20 years later) and the other cornerstone player retire due to a chronically bad back, losing Jordan to anything less than a retirement would have been devastating to the league. Stern instead of seriously damaging the league with a suspension of its biggest star due to gambling instead offered a face saving way out. Retire

My co-worker has scoffed at this theory saying that Jordan was the untouchable don who even if caught in a gambling scandal would not have been damaged publicly. He notes that there were other gambling scandals that Jordan had been caught in. His trips to Atlantic City in the 1993 playoffs, the fact that a known drug dealer had a $57K check from Jordan to cover gambling losses and that a book was soon to be published chronicling his heavy losses in golf bets. He notes that Jordan was Teflon and that he never had anything in those stick to him proves that he was untouchable and the NBA could and would not suspend him. But instead it’s the very reason why he was suspended

In my theory. David Stern, a lawyer by trade could only look the other way only so many times when rules were being broken. He could only ignore the rumors and reports about Jordan for so long  before he figured that the media whispers (and they were only whispers in mid 1993) would start to become roars. Keep in mind this was still early in the infancy of the news on demand era. News and info could still be squashed quietly; this was before the whole OJ trial and the resulting media blitz that would consume sports reporting for over a year in 1994 and 1995. Stern could play in secret and I think that’s just what he did. Especially after Jordan’s father was murdered that summer (for what some think was retaliation for gambling debts) Stern called Jordan on the carpet and basically told him, yes you are the biggest player in the game but the integrity of the league can never be compromised. My co-worker still scoffs at this notion saying “What would it prove to take Jordan out of the league?” I maintain that suspending Jordan and maintaining that he “retired” was the best move for the pub conscious NBA who had seen the downfall of one of MLB’s biggest names and pointed this out to the equally pub conscious Michael Jordan who might have offered weak denials or excuses. Stern knew that Jordan had to be disciplined but to do so publicly would have hurt his commercial appeal. A retirement offered Jordan an escape hatch. If he wanted to walk away and keep walking he would look like a Jim Brown, retiring at the top of his game as a highly decorated and lauded champion. If he came back after a year he could maintain that he felt that he had something left. But it was all kept quiet, Jordan went to play baseball and the NBA played wide open for the first time in years knowing that the title was truly up for grabs. When the 94-95 started and Jordan was eligible to return, but stayed away many thought that Jordan had indeed retired and that played into Stern’s plan. It would look too suspicious had Jordan came right back and jumped right back on to the Bulls roster. Instead Jordan continued to shag fly balls in the White Sox bush leagues. But once the fact came up that he would not play for the Sox who were in the process of fighting through a messy strike decided it was time to let Stern know that he wanted to come back since he was eligible to play since his year suspension was up. Stern graciously let Jordan play his return the way he wanted to, Jordan notified the press that he was looking to comeback and then after the media (weary of the ongoing OJ trial) was given enough teaser to whet their appetite gave a two word statement announcing his return “I’m Back” Your humble scribe was lucky enough to have seen his first game back through sheer luck of the schedule. Even though Jordan would be a bit rusty on his return and only played in 17 games that year and the Bulls would get bounced from the playoffs by a supposed younger hungrier Magic team, that would in turn fuel him to play at his absolute best (30.4 ppg) in leading the Bulls to a 72 win season in the 1995-96 season, a triple crown MVP (All Star, Regular Season and Finals) and a cake walk to the Bulls 4th title their most dominating season of the six titles. The story as it would look was Jordan refreshed after a year sabbatical after his father was murdered came back to reclaim his throne as pro basketball’s best player, punctuated with winning the title on Father’s day and the iconic scene of him sobbing on the locker room floor clutching the game ball.

To me, it’s a great snow job that the NBA played out. Were the Bulls the best team in the NBA? No question and they were truly dominant in that 95-96 season. Jordan had come back with a vengeance and led the Bulls to the title, no one questions that either. But David Stern managed to take what would have been a PR disaster and make it a Hollywood ending. Hell, they even got a movie ending out of it upon Jordan’s return in Space Jam. I put this theory out there and people will scoff and there will be those that curse me for committing what some feel is basketball heresy in trying to besmirch the name of a basketball icon. I will have you know that I was a huge Jordan fan from back in his Carolina days. I have the first Sports Illustrated covers that he was on as a collegian (With Sam Perkins as a Tar Heel in the fall of 1983) and as a pro (shooting over Mike Dunleavy Sr. in the fall of 1984) But I will maintain that his first retirement was one of the biggest PR end runs that David Stern has ever pulled on the sporting public.

Righting some wrongs in the NHL

The last two Stanley Cup wins were to a pair of the oldest and more respected teams in the NHL in the Blackhawks and Bruins, three of the last four winners have been original Six teams (Though it might be a while before the other triumvirate of that half dozen in Montreal, New York and Toronto will lift the cup) I think with the Thrashers moving to Winnipeg (See Dap below) the NHL just needs to right a couple wrongs. Since this column is heavy into speculation and conjecture lets just go full tilt and say it out loud. Lets get teams back into Hartford and Quebec City. I don’t want the team that now have these franchises (Raleigh and Denver respectively) to lose their franchises. But Im thinking that two cities that barely pay attention to hockey as in Miami and Phoenix should relinquish these teams and get them back to cold weather climes. You might ask why not move the Stars or Lightning? Both teams are engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup no team has moved after winning the Cup and only the Flames and Hurricanes have won as transplanted teams. Ill give those teams a break in staying put and I think winning the Cup has endeared these teams to their cities. So you will all have the old schoolers say remember that Cup winning season of… (’99 for Dallas and ’06 for Carolina)  And I have seen cold and snow in Dallas before so they get a pass too. Hotchnuts speculated nicely on renaming the respective divisions back to their unique titles of Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe but keeping them geographically close to each other in their respective divisions. And it seems that someone is indeed listening, as multiple outlets are reporting that the NHL is indeed looking to do some major realignment. Lets hope that they were cribbing our notes in realignment…

Phat Dap/Head Slap

Phat Dap

A couple of them this week, to Winnipeg who reached back in its history to rename their NHL team once known as the Atlanta Thrashers to the Winnipeg Jets. While its true that the Jets didn’t have the most sterling of histories before their first incarnation was hijacked to Phoenix. Im glad they stuck with the old school name and not try to get cutesy with a name or worse yet go with the Manitoba Moose.

 

Head Slap

To former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. The Nats have been playing rather sharply as of late, winning 11 of their last 12 to climb above .500 at the latest point of the season in their time in DC. Riggleman abruptly resigned his position when Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was slow to talk contract extension. Riggleman maintained that he was losing stature with players in the clubhouse because of what he thought was a shaky contract status and figured that if he threatened to resign with the team playing as well as they have been Rizzo would capitulate. Instead Rizzo basically told Riggs to kick rocks and accepted his resignation by basically telling him not to be on the bus to the airport for the teams flight to Chicago. Instead oft-traveled fill in John McLaren filled in over the weekend in Chicago. Not missing a step the Nats named Davey Johnson as the new skipper. Don’t look for the Nats to miss a beat as they are playing more and more respectable and with good young talent in their pipeline, There will be good baseball being played in our nations capital bank on it. Riggs tried to play it off as a principled stand but instead it looks more and more like a real dumb move. Head slap to Riggleman who in trying to play the bluff,  may have walked away from his last big league job.

Tuesday Tantrums - 6/28/11
Category: FEATURED

 

Welcome to the Gab, where in addition to this weeks tantrums, we celebrate the birth of our country with burgers, dogs, and apple pie!  I’d talk about celebrating a three day weekend, but unless you’re a government worker, are you really getting Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off? 

Can’t think of a better song to put out here than this…

Happy Birthday America!!!  May we the people take back our country from the fucked up politicians and special interests and get back on track before it’s too late!  But before we get back on track, we as a people need to check ourselves.  We elected these incompetent dick-weeds because a douchebag on TV tells us to, or we listen to.  Wake up and do the research and make up your own mind.  We seem more committed to watching shit like "America's got talent".  Are you fucking kidding me?  You'd rather watch a loser with low or false self-esteem make damn fools out of themselves rather than taking an active part in what's going on in America?

On to the tantrums…

Rant of the Week – Los Angeles Dodgers.   I just can't stomach what I'm seeing here.  An organization that was born in 1883, has been through two world wars, a great depression, numerous recessions, and a strike or two, and survived and thrived.  It took a greedy "businessman" just a few years of misappropriation of franchise funds which has the Dodgers staring at an abyss never before seen in MLB.  Hell, the Montreal Expos weren't nearly the train wreck that the Dodgers currently are.

Think about it for a second.  This is a team that Casey Stengall played for and managed.  You have owners like the O'Malleys, executives like Branch Rickey, and managers like Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda.  You've had announcers like Red Barber and Vin Scully (perhaps the greatest announcer ever).  The Dodgers played in the first televised baseball game in 1939, broke the color barrier in 1947, and had pitchers like Drysdale, Koufax, Fernando, Hershisher, and a potential great in Clayton Kershaw.  There was Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, those teams of the 70's that couldn't quite get over the hump, Kirk Gibson tearing my heart out with that homer in Game One of 1988's World Series.   This team has been involved (in one way or the other) in many of the major baseball events ever, and now they're in major trouble!

How much of a blithering idiot do you need to be in order to single-handedly bring down an American institution?  This literally worthless scumbag absolutely destroyed the Dodger organization!  Bravo to Bud Selig for blocking that three billion dollar deal with Fox TV.  Hell, I wouldn’t either considering the McCourts history of how they spend their money – and it sure as hell wouldn’t be on the Dodgers.  It is time for Selig to rip the team from McCourt in the interests of Baseball.  He has to send a message, there are six other teams that are in serious danger, including one in Baseball-mad New York (Mets), and another in Miami who thinks he can get away with acting like George Steinbrenner without the money.  He needs to prevent other owners from making the same (or similar) mistakes.

It’s time for the good ole boys to bring in some new blood, and by that I don’t mean having Steve Garvey come in as the Dodger owner.  I would endorse Mark Cuban, but I’m not gonna lie, I want to see Cuban buy the Oakland A’s.  He’s the only one who can make that famous franchise work again.  If I had my way, I’d have Bill Gates buy the Seattle Mariners, and Warren Buffett buy the KC Royals or Chicago Cubs.

The economy is bad enough, but for Baseball to have shitty owners with bad management is a double-whammy from which Baseball may not recover. 

    

MLB.   Only in Boston can a foul ball land right inside of a beer, splashing the preppie who was drinking it. But props to the preppie who rose up and slammed the brew with ball in it!

Speaking of the Sawx, yes Pittsburgh is improved, but it took work for Boston just to avoid a sweep?  What, too much Primanti Brothers?  Shake yourselves, you’re a half game back of the Cranks!

San Francisco faces Cleveland for a three game set at AT&T, only score eight runs total, and sweep the Tribe?  What’s up with that?

 

 

Canadian Football League.  Happy Canada Day to my friends in the Great White North on Friday.  Canada Day is the traditional start to CFL Football, and in case you're interested, the opening game is on NFL Network Thursday at 7PM ET.  I'll be watching...

Music.  Saturday night I had the opportunity to catch a Johnny Cash tribute at a function Mrs. Fan and I were attending.  Wasn’t half bad and the singer was very close in the voice department.  Enjoyable night.

I never thought I would have seen this matchup – Aerosmith and the Boston Pops TOGETHER performing Dream on…

 

NFL .   Cam Newton has time to do a GQ Model shoot?  B-dub, for your sake, I hope this guy has room somewhere in his busy schedule for football.  I have fun with good natured ribbing, but at this point, I just don’t think Newton’s head is in the game of Football.

One of the Gab’s all-time favorite whipping boys – Terrell Owens – apparently had surgery on a torn ACL either this month or last.  He’s being unusually quiet these days.  Don’t like the guy, but I’d hate to see a player potentially end his career like this.  Funny part, today Herm Edwards said that if there was a team that should take a chance on Me-O, it should be the CLEVELAND BROWNS.  Brilliant, just what Colt McCoy needs is that d-bag running him down, great thing for his confidence.

Buffalo going back to the old uniforms when they were winning AFC titles, or so it seems.  Either way, their changing their uniforms and I couldn’t be happier.

NBA.   Can’t talk about the NBA Draft because the NBA has MUCH BIGGER problems.  The NBA is in a massive amount of trouble, and it could be the beginning of the end for them.  The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of being sold so soon after the 76ers, Pistons, Nets, and Warriors being sold?  With Sacramento having financial issues and wanting to move, New Orleans ownerless, Milwaukee and Memphis having attendance issues, Minnesota, the Clippers, and Knicks ownership and organization being generally incompetent, Big market owners vs. small market owners, players unwilling to compromise any part of the great deal they have, and now an economy that is taking no prisoners?  Both sides demanding more and more of shrinking revenues mean that in five years there will be contraction whether they like it or not, which will cost many jobs.  Three years if the superstar players continue COLLUDING to play in places like NYC and Miami.

Tennis - Wimbledon.    Serena and Venus going out in the fourth round?  Federer getting a challenge, and now Nadal having to get taped up?  Uh oh...

Mustang Football.   It is so great to hear that at least one sport isn’t going in the toilet – High School Football.  Many a high school kid across the USA is out there in the weight rooms, and on the field starting to get into shape and coaches, and QB clubs plotting and planning for those July camps, and many fans eagerly trying to find the schedules so that they can plan their Friday Nights in the Fall.  I can lie about it, I'm getting fired up, and I have no horse in the fight.

 

Douche Bag of the Week – ADRIAN PETERSON.  Dude is really starting to get on my nerves.  Look, I know that a lot of times things happen, but for this Douche Bag to bail on his own football camp because he’s part of an NFL Network show regarding some “Top 100”.   Now we find out it had nothing to do with NFL Network. 

You know, football camps are a business, and part of a parent cutting that check is because their kid just might get a chance to learn things from the host of said camp, and who could better teach kids about many things than Adrian Peterson.

PETERSON, YOU SUCK!!!  I don’t know what has gotten into you, but you are heading in the wrong direction and alienating a lot of fans on the way.  I hereby award you the “prestigious” You Gab Douchebag of the Week award.  Choke on that slap nut! 

Before I go… Lord knows that I earned my BS in BS long ago, but it don’t pay the bills and Mama needs some help so at the ripe old age of 46, I'm "Back to School"!  Hell, I couldn’t live off of Mrs. Fan forever!!!  I hope to graduate in two to three years with my BS in Information Technology.  I’m very excited, and I hope you don’t mind if from time to time that I might share a bit of it.

PEACE AND RANTING FOREVER!!!


 

Pac-12 Gets It Wrong
Category: NCAA
Tags: College Football Arizona Arizona St. Cal Colorado Conferences Oregon Oregon St. Pac-10 Pac-12 Stanford UCLA USC Utah

I somehow missed this back in November—or I was paying too much attention to current games to care—but I’ve been looking at the divisional alignments and schedules, and I disagree with putting Colorado and Utah in the South.

There is a wrinkle to this that makes it more digestible to the California teams, since with Colorado in Utah in the South, Cal and Stanford were placed in the North. That wrinkle is that both USC and UCLA will continue to play Cal and Stanford annually.

By the way, the scheduling format chosen continues the 9-game Pac-10 schedule, so of course every team in a division plays one another (5 divisional games per team), and every team also plays 4 non-divisional opponents. So for the California teams, it will be the divisional opponents, two non-divisional California opponents, and two other non-divisional opponents. I’ll call this the California rule.

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But apparently the teams want a 9-game schedule. It has served the Pac-10 well with schedule ratings (not always easy to schedule an opponent of a quality conference when they’re all so far away…and now there are two fewer non-conference options in the West), so I can’t say it’s a bad thing for the conference, although the unfairness will continue to bother me. Anyway, my proposal assumes that there will be a 9-game schedule. I don’t think there is much point in talking about what would or should happen under an 8-game schedule.

You might say, “Why bother arguing about it at all? This is the way it is.” The SEC saw after a few years that its initial approach (which was two permanent rivals, meaning 7/8 of the schedule was the same teams every year) didn’t work very well, so it changed the scheduling rules. It did not change the divisional alignment, but in this case, the divisional change if done within a few years would not be that traumatic, since the California teams will all play each other, so that wouldn’t be a problem, and the Mountain teams are new to the conference anyway. There isn’t an alignment that just jumps out as inherently logical here, as there is in the SEC and as there was in the Big XII. The ACC, whose alignment I can’t remember, could still realign, and I don’t think it would upset many people.

I understand the respect for tradition underlying the California rule, but it will cause some problems. This would mean that there would be more games between the Arizona teams (shorthand for Arizona and Arizona St.) and the Northwest teams (shorthand for Oregon, Oregon St., Washington, and Washington St.). One of the benefits of expansion is that there will be fewer such games. Either way there will be fewer Arizona—Northwest games than there were before, but enough travel has necessarily been included due to the selection of Utah and Colorado (I’ll call them the Mountain teams) that the Arizona—Northwest trips should be minimized. I don’t think the Northwest teams even need to play an Arizona team every year, but that was the only way I could see how to get my overall scheme to work, and you have to fill out nine games somehow.

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