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So, at the risk of stepping of Jeff's toes, I figure the biggest thing coming out in time for this posting is the few details of the possible NFL CBA that the press has been able to get. The plus side to this is that they could end up beating my pessimistic beliefs that we'd miss some games this season. Nice to see both sides on better terms.

If you haven't found the article here's a bulleted list of details I got from ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6687485

• Players get 48 percent of "all revenue."

• Players' share will never dip below 46.5 percent, under new formula being negotiated.

This seems fair to me. I realize that the players generally aren't putting their money at risk, but they are putting their own health and well being on the line. Many have criticized the players for being greedy, but if the owners can certainly live off what they get from the team. Besides, as you will see later on down the list, the owners don't have to put up much of their own money on the stadium. They get that straight from the local tax base.

While they are playing, and even after, players should be able to benefit from the use of their names and images. Most people are rather shrewd about that and are seldom criticized as much for it.

Odd history note, Charles Darwin took considerable effort to point out that the theory of Social Darwinism had nothing to do with his theory of evolution through natural selection and was quick to point out that he in no way agreed with Social Darwinism.

• Teams required to spend close to 100 percent of the salary cap.

I imagine this is good news to fans of small market teams like Buffalo, but the owners of these clubs are probably sweating it out. It doesn't seem to allow much for future planning and I wonder if it may lead teams to overpay. I imagine most would eat the fine rather than the alternative. What makes it harder for lower bracket teams is that beyond spending close to the reported $120 million salary cap, they'd have to put more money forward in the form of benefits. This may bring about some changes in ownership and I wonder if it may lead to some relocation down the road as the gaps widen.

• Rookie wage scale part of deal but still being "tweaked."

Not sure of any further details here, but I agree with the veterans on this. It was a hard pill to swallow some years ago when Matt Stafford came into Detroit during the height of the recession making around $41.7 million before ever playing a down. A few years before Jamarcus Russell signed a then record $68 million deal with around $31 mill guaranteed. A number of vets, including player rep Kevin Mawae, decried these rich contracts for players that had never stepped onto the pro stage. It is indeed tough to swallow Russell making more than most proven NFL QBs. Should be interesting to see what they can agree to on this issue.

• Four years needed for unrestricted free-agent status. Certain tags will be retained, but still being discussed.

I am not sure what this really says, though I imagine it applies to any new deals and not to existing deals. I believe it calls for a four year minimum. I figure the players want to ditch the franchise tag, as few seem to be pleased when they are placed under it.

• 18-game regular season designated only as negotiable item and at no point is mandated in deal.

Shouldn't even be negotiable in my eyes. I think people should be satisfied with 16 games. Why risk further injuries and stretch rosters even thinner? I hear a lot of talk about shortening other seasons and I don't see why anyone wishes to lengthen the NFL season.

• Full 16-game Thursday night TV package beginning in 2014.

I dislike this as it only serves to pimp the NFL network and get more money out of fans. You get about a minimum of $40-50 even for a crappy seat and have huge contracts with ESPN, Fox, CBS, and NBC, why keep pushing money out of the fans by requiring them to buy your network?

• Owners still will get some expense credits that will allow funding for new stadiums.

The union estimated that revenue will double to $18 bil by 2016. How is that not enough to build your own stadiums? Keep on squeezing.

• Retirees to benefit from improved health care, pension benefits as revenue projected to double to $18 million by 2016.

This is my favorite item that the players are fighting for. More sports need to stand up for their past greats. I can't help but recall the story of George Mikan when I see this. Many hall of famers have recently joined a class action suit against the league. While in these current times, it may be hard to think of pro athletes getting a pension when most people have lost theirs, but these are guys who played before the money got so big. Good to see football recognizing the people who built the game to its current and projected level.

Odd piece of hockey news, as Jagre is reportedly interested in coming back to the NHL. He played the last few seasons in the KHL. The Wings were reportedly suitors, but that ship may have sailed. At 39, he's not exactly a hot prospect and the Wings are old enough as it is. Most folks here are looking for the team to get younger (other than Lindstrom coming back). Jagre is now calling on the Pens. Sounds like a nice use of their money and cap space to me.

The most interesting aspect I've seen about the NBA draft is the Spurs putting feelers out about trading Tony Parker. The Spurs are reportedly talking with The Kings and Raptors about trading up. Seems like breaking that group up was inevitable and Parker is probably the guy you can get rid of that would cause the least imediate impact. I can't help but wonder if the Spurs should have won more, but I fondly remember all they accomplished in the face of the NBA business and the Lakers.

I'd like to close by once again thanking Harvey and Lanz for their recommendation of The Teammates. The book was a great story about baseball and freinships and I couldn't help but agree with the suggestion that modern baseball seems to have taken the air out of teammate bonding anything close to what used to be common. Still, a great story told in a riveting style. I highly recommend it to any Gabbers that have not had a chance to read it and have the time. I imagine it would be even more compelling to all the Boston fans out there.

I leave you as always with the word of the week inspired by Fan82.

MTV affect, noun

When a themed channel goes off course, and ends up turning into nothing but pop culture and reality TV. Some channels that have suffered this are MTV, VH1, and G4.
 
Due to the MTV affect, Some channels now show endless marathons of reality TV shows, and nothing that has to do with games, music, or what ever the channel was supposed to be about.
 
Deep Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Moises Alou DeShawn Stevenson David and Michael Roth Florida Marlins

 

 

 

Hello all and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. This has indeed been a very strange year for weather. While many of you battled a cold and wet spring, the southwest has just baked. Normally we get fresh reviving spring rains...but not this year. It has been months since it has rained in Austin. We began to see 100 in May and it has just continued to heat up.

 

 

 

This is what it looks like in the Austin area. Yes it is always hot this time of year, but we don't normally see this until late July or August. It is sad to say, but what we need is a good tropical depression to roll in. By the way, we call this a pond...or stock tank. We call it a mud hole now...

One of the wonderful things about Austin is the many summer water activities we have available on the area lakes. Here is a photo of our water source...Lake Travis:

 

 

 

 

When full, Lake Travis does not have any islands. With all of the drought in our area, it was especially troubling to see a community discarding water. Here is something that caught my eye today:

 

 



 

Man urinates in water, city flushes 8M gallons 

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Call it the big flush.

Because a 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon's biggest city is sending 8 million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain.

Portland officials defended the decision Monday, saying they didn't want to send city residents water laced, however infinitesimally, with urine.

Public health officials say, however, that urine is sterile in healthy people and that the urine in the reservoir was so diluted — perhaps a half pint in millions of gallons — that it posed little risk.

Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction, especially since animals such as ducks contribute waste routinely and, sometimes, die in the water.

"More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have reliable access to clean drinking water, and here we are tossing away nearly 8 million gallons of water just to appease the ignorant residents who believe their tap water will otherwise turn yellow," read one comment posted on The Oregonian's Website. 

 

Let me get this straight...we are rationing water and Portland is flushing 8 million gallons of water. I mean even if the guy that took a leak in the water supply was the guy that drank 48 beers...it is 8 million gallons of water and a few ounces of urine. As the writer says, what about the birds and other animals that add their special flavor each day? So, if you knew that a guy took a leak in your water supply, would you drink the tap water?

 

The reservoirs distribute water that flows from glaciers on Mount Hood. It is treated before it goes to the reservoirs for distribution, and then goes directly to consumers.

The reservoirs are drained twice a year for cleaning, and workers have found animal carcasses, paint cans, construction material, fireworks debris and even the plastic bags people use to scoop up after their dogs, said David Shaff, administrator of the city water bureau.

Even so, Shaff said, the yuck factor was the primary reason for the decision to drain the 8 million gallons, at a cost of less than $8,000 to treat it as sewage.

"Nobody wants to drink pee, and I don't want to deal with the 100 people who would be unhappy that I'm serving them pee in their water," he said. Shaff said the security cameras also showed something that's still unidentified was thrown in the water, heightening concern about potential risks. 

The Mount Hood watershed that supplies the city is brimming this spring, with 8 million gallons flowing through it about every half hour.

"If I lived in Texas, I might have had a different response," he said.  

No Doubt...

 

 



 

 

While we are on urine, do you remember remember the small quirk that made Moises Alou unique? Moises did not wear batting gloves as he believed that peeing on his hands toughened them to the point that he did not need batting gloves. Jorge Posada apparently also does this during spring training...I think I will opt for a wave if I ever run into these guys

 

 

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You have probably heard about DeShawn Stevenson being arrested for public intoxication. Were you surprised to hear that it was 10:30 at night and that he was outside a friends apartment in Irving looking for his cell phone? As I read about this event, I was shocked to read that DeShawn did not go to the South Beach team party after they won the championship. His wife is very pregnant and could not make the trip to Miami. So, since she could not come...he did not go to the party. This does not sound like a guy that would be charged a few nights later with public intoxication. So, what did he do wrong? According to Stevenson, he was lucid and told the officers that he was not drunk and was not driving...they arrested him anyway. Officer said he did not know where he was and that he failed a sobriety test.  He spent 5 hours in jail and was charged with a class c misdemeanor. He also paid a fine of $475.00

What did Stevenson do that any of us have not done? DeShawn has an idea of why he was arrested..." Stevenson, a large man who sports several tattoos, including on his face and neck, speculated that officers profiled him based on his appearance. A lot of people get stereotyped. If you see a person like me walking down the street-not in my suit attire-in my average attire, it kind of looks suspect." he said.


The apartment complex was a very nice complex located in Irving. If you see a large man with tatoos on his face and neck wandering around the parking lot, perhaps it would turn heads...but you would think that after the cops talked to him that they would have let him go back to his friends unit....that's just my take anyway.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Can you imagine your son playing in the college world series? Do you think that you would do anything necessary to go to the game? Last year, David Roth missed his son's appearance in Omaha. When South Carolina made it back to Omaha this year, he decided that he would not miss the tournament again. Because he had no personal time available, David had to quit his sales job in Greenville, SC to attend. His son, Michael did not disappoint. He pitched 7 1/3 innings in a victory over Texas A&M on Sunday. Now that is what I call a special father's day gift! By the way, if you know anyone that needs a car salesman in Greenville, David will be available next week!

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

Hats off to the Marlins for bringing back Trader Jack McKeon. The Marlins went back to a proven formula when they were suddenly without a manager. The man is 80 years old and managing a major league team! So far, so good...as the Marlins won on Tuesday, to end a long dry spell. McKeon is definitely old school and I think that this is exactly what this Marlin team needs. In case you wondered how long the transformation would take, here is your answer:

 

MIAMI -- Whatever the reason for Hanley Ramirez's day off Monday, his outspoken Marlins teammate Logan Morrison reportedly was none too pleased with Ramirez's perception of time.

A source told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday that Morrison ripped into Ramirez after the shortstop arrived less than half an hour before the team stretch Monday -- something the paper reported Ramirez has had a habit of doing this season. 

Morrison scolded Ramirez for his repeated tardiness, the Sun-Sentinel said, and told him that was the reason for his season-long slump.

According to the paper, Ramirez didn't respond to Morrison's comments until after the outfielder left the room. Then, the paper said, Ramirez began shouting with no particular target identified.

New Marlins manager Jack McKeon held Ramirez out of Monday's lineup, saying that he didn't like the way he ran in the Marlins' previous game.

Morrison would not address the issue when asked about it by the Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday, but Monday, Morrison was hopeful that the arrival of the old-school McKeon would change the attitudes former manager Edwin Rodriguez had tried adjusting.

"We have a lot of guys who Edwin said don't hustle or play hard," Morrison told The Associated Press on Monday. "Maybe Jack can kick them in the butt." 

 

Good for Morrison... but what is it with Hanley Ramirez? This guy is blessed with unbelievable skills, yet he just does not know how to play the game the right way. Hopefully, McKeon can remind Ramirez what being a professional is all about.

 

 



 

As I have been writing my blog, we actually had a thunderstorm roll in. Maybe it is from Portland? Who cares, we will take it.

That is all I have for today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey to ponder:

 

Instead of a trap door, what about a trap window? The guy looks out it, and if he leans too far, he falls out. Wait. I guess that's like a regular window.  

Love is not something that you can put chains on and throw into a lake. That's called Houdini. Love is liking someone a lot.  

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...

Tee-Ball Season Begins
Category: User Showcase
Tags: Tee Ball Little Beeze The Beeze Coaching

  Today we squeezed in our first official Tee-Ball game of the season...This is my second season of coaching the Little Beeze's team...This year our name is the Riverdogs...And we have a bad-ass team...Unlike last year, every kid can kind of the throw...The Little Beeze has a great arm, and there is a 2 little girls, and 5 other boys who can throw well...There are only a couple kids that we've had to work with at all, and they have gotten right away...

Most of the kids are hitting well too...Just a couple having trouble, but they'll get there...So, as I said, we squeezed in the first official game today...Between morning thunderstorms, and now the evening storms...It was also picture day...Can't wait to post the boy's evil grin with his bat in hand...

Now this is one of those Pussification of American youth leagues...No keeping score...Everyone bats, it doesn't matter if you get 3 outs, the whole team bats, then you switch...At this age, (5-6 year olds) I'm okay with the everyone batting...But not keeping score bothers me...There should be winning and losing...Kids need to know that losing exists...I made sure that the staff knew that I keep score...How? By how many outs are made...

Well, in game one the Riverdogs dominated...Ripping the ball past their front line of defense, and getting some past their secondary infielders...(3 kids play across an arch near the pitchers mound...Then there are 7 infielders behind them)...The boy laced one through the middle...They got one of our base runners out in the first inning...

Then we took the field...The Little Beeze was playing the third-base side on the arch...That inning he threw a runner out at 1st, home, and 3rd...We got three other runners out...6-1 in my book...Onto the second and usually final inning...(time limit league)...We hit the hell out of the ball some more, and they got one runner out...Little Beeze got his second hit, ripping it down the 3rd base line...

Their last at bat I, being the quality coach that I am, rotated the positions, so everyone gets a chance at some ground ball action...It was humid, and this is the point when the kids lose a bit of focus...We only got one base runner out...Final, 7-2 Riverdogs...Handshakes, and then coach Beeze broke out the "Capri Suns"...

Thursday evening we'll be back at it, and I expect more of the same...It's gonna be a good season!

Later, The Beeze.

 

Summer Solstice Snooze-Fest Tags: NCAA NFL MLB NBA WNBA NASCAR YATV.

Well well well... It's the first day of 'Summer' here at TheGab.

This bring on a few yearly 'milestones' to look forward to.

For example... No more school buses out and about screwing up your commute to and from work. Maximum construction on every square inch of roadway. Fat guys in Speedo's... SHUDDER... Old dudes in black socks and sandals...

And backyard barbeque's...



 

Hey look... Wimbeldon... Who cares...

CWS... PINNNG... Switch to wood already before someone else gets killed.

OhioSt... Like I said last time... There will always be evidence.

NFL lockout... Stop fucking around and just sign the papers.

NBA draft is this week... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Did I just watch SpOrTsCeNtEr and NOT see a single story about LeDouche??? You have got to be kidding me. Scratch that. Pat Riely had to open his mouth.

Hey Cubs... Thanks for rolling over against the Yanks this weekend in 'Inter-League' play. You win the Friday night game and then decide that letting them hit BP off your bullpen the next two game would be fun... The Sunday night game was the MOST baseball I have watched in one sitting this year. Looks like it will be the high point for the season. Thanks for ruining it again, Cubs.

Oh, fuck... That's right... Soccer is in it's pre-round-warm-up-round-robin-play-for-2-years-to-not-qualify-for-World-Cup-play

Fuck off soccer...

...And the WNBA
...And the BCS
...And...

Ah, crap... Looks like I have run out of sports to offend...

Wait for it... Wait for it... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaait for it...

Hey NASCAR... Mix in a right turn will ya! It's starting to get old again. No wonder your ratings are down and no one is in the seats at the track. However, when you DO go to a road-coarse, it is a snooze-fest. Who ever qualifies first or second is most likely going to win.

That's it for me... I got shit to do.

Enjoy your summer Gab!!!


S.

 

Musings From The Hoodwood 6-21
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NHL PGA MLB NBA


"Charl can keep the green jacket for now, I think this is much more sweeter"

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where we are celebrating the annual arrival of Princess Katie.

How bout dat kid?

I thought for sure for sure that after Rory McIlroy had his painful meltdown in the Masters last April that you would never hear from this kid again. Almost like how Jean Van De Velde had his epic meltdown on the 18thin the 1999 British Open. Has anyone even heard from that Frenchman again? But McIlroy shot a 65 of Thursday to grab the lead at Congressional and would not be headed, guarding it like a personal fiefdom and destroying the field, like Tiger Woods used to do. His -16 set a US Open record breaking the record set by…Tiger Woods. His domination was so complete I was hearing grumbles by golf wonks about how easy the course was playing. Rory didn’t meltdown on Sunday as some were expecting (or hoping that he would do) instead playing a leisurely 3 under on Sunday and making the Fathers day finale his personal Sunday stroll. As gracious in victory as he was classy in defeat just two months earlier; McIlroy has seemed to shake off a loss that might have defined lesser golfers like the 99 British did Van De Velde and has stamped himself as one of the young guns to really keep an eye on going forward. It will be fun to see if there will be duels when a certain feline golfer gets healthy, heres hoping that happens and that right soon.

What is it about Boston?

I mean really, growing up all I ever heard was Boston always moaning about how their teams were cursed that they always got the shaft in big games. The Red Sox and the Bucker grounder, the Pats getting hammered in the Super Bowl, the Bruins always melting down when the weather got warmer. I always would say that it was a balancing act for the arrogant Celtics always winning. I mean hell, in 1986 the Pats lost the Super Bowl and the Red Sox lost the World Series but the Celtics won their 16th  NBA championship in between. But to me it always seemed that Bostonians were always crying about their teams not winning the big games. Fast forward to 2002, when Adam Vinitieri’s 47 yard field goal split the uprights in Super Bowl 36, Boston has had an unbelievable run of titles. The Pats won 3 Super Bowls in 4 years, the Red Sox ended the so-called Bambino curse in 2004 rallying from 0-3 to beat their hated rival Yankees then sweeping the Cards in the Series; then winning the Series again in 2007 The Celtics even got in on the act winning a title in 2008. I couldn’t hate on the Celtics this time, I had developed a respect for the late Red Auerbach that I never had when he was alive and I felt for Kevin Garnett who never got a real chance to play for a title in Minnesota. So that left the Bruins who had never won a Stanley Cup title in my lifetime. They hadn’t even been to the finals since my senior year in high school. Did I mention that I went to my 20thyear class reunion last November? I remember the Oilers sweeping away the Bruins like so much debris as Mark Messier was the captain of that team that beat the Bruins in five games. The Bruins had more or less been the red headed step-child of the Boston sports scene. Or at least the championship part of it till this spring. The Bruins looked like they were going to be the foil for a glorious return of the Stanley Cup back to Canada, the Canucks won their first two games and talk of a sweep was prevalent. Things looked even gloomier when the Bruins forward Nathan Horton was knocked out of Game 3 and the rest of the series by a late hit by Aaron Rome, but the hit woke the Bruins up. Rallying around their fallen teammate the Bruins strafed the Canucks in the 3 games in Boston and with a winner take all finale in Vancouver the Bruins came up aces and stoned the heretofore powerful Canucks attack 4-0. Tim Thomas has now ascended to the the Mt. Rushmore of Boston legends of the 21stCentury, Joining Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Kevin Garnett. Its gotten so bad ESPN's Stephen A. Smith (a noisy New York Native) whined about how New York has fallen off so bad behind Boston

Cards and Dodgers McCourt in trouble?

Cue the uh oh…Cards pimp slugger Albert Pujols is headed to the DL with left forearm fracture, this bodes bad for both parties as the Cards are having a devil of a time in a three way joust for the NL Central lead with the defending champ Reds and young hungry Brewers. The Cards can ill afford their most feared bat being sidelined as both these teams could leave the Cards in the dust by the time Pujols is back in the swing of things. And a hurt Pujols means less of aq chance to put pressure on the Cards for the big money. You might not see Pujols in Cardinal Red next year…it’s a distinct possibilty. Meanwhile MLB rejected the deal between Fox and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt where Fox would be part of a $3 billion dollar deal and McCourt would get $385 million. What a fucking country, you nearly drive one of the most respected franchises in not just baseball but in sports and still can get some money. McCourt screams that he will sue but bully to MLB for seeing through this sham owner. Lets gets Mark Cuban as the owner here and bring prestige back to the Dodgers. I think Fay Vincent was dead wrong when he compared Cuban to the late George Steinbrenner. Cuban may be a bit obnoxious but hes never paid someone to dig up dirt on a player just so he didnt have to pay him, like Steinbrenner did. Vincent is a noisy wonk who wants people to pay attention to him, had it not been for the untimely passing of Bart Giamatti in 1989, Vincent would have been Giamatti's caddy for years

 

The Most Boring...ever???

The NBA draft used to be a time of high anticipation and sometimes it was just a formality. There were years where the #1 pick was a foregone conclusion. Shaq in '92, Ewing after the cold envelope in '85, LeBron in '03 but this year there is nothing...The Cavs got the number #1 pick but Kylie Irving hardly quickens my hearbeat and my favorite player Kemba "Ebo" Walker is a lottery pick but hardly a #1. There is talk that the Cavs might trade one or both of their top picks to garner a veteran player. Jimmer Fredette is almost a stone lock to warm the bench in Utah or Indiana but be the white bread loveable lug that will garner an NBA check for the next 15 or so years. But on the real, I took a look at the mock draft that was on ESPN and was like "Really, who the fuck are these guys?" This years draft is probably one the most forgettable in recent years, if not decades. Only the ill fated 1986 draft with the tragic Len Bias death, and the drug stunted  careers of Roy Tarpley, William Bedford and Chris Washburn may have been worse. No dis to Brad Daughtery, Mark Price, Ron Harper, John Salley and Dennis Rodman who were solid players that came out of that draft but by and large they were pretty unheralded themselves during that draft. This year I might just watch the draft to see the first pick and go back to working on my hotshots golf game.

Phat Dap/Head Slap

Phat Dap

Its rare when I give dap to a Dukie but Jay Bilas deserves it for his brutally honest opinion piece on ESPN.com about paying college athletes.(I'd provide the link but you have to be an Insider)  I am one that believes that you dont get many of the scandals that you have with boosters and over friendly "Friends of the Program" if you give player a small stipend and don't hand me this bullshit about kids getting a free ride and that room board and education is the only thing they need. I bet those that say that had plenty of money to hang out and get grub as well as go out on dates and have the things that most college kids that can get a job or have well to do family can get. Make the stipend a flat rate for all D-1 schools and you solve a weighty problem. 

Head Slap

To the ingnant (yes I spelled it like that) hooligans of Vancouver who senselessly rioted after the Canucks lost game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Bruins. Someone tell me what turning over cars, breaking windows and looting had to do with a hockey game. And please don’t give me that mob mentality shit. People should have known better, you didn’t see any rioting going on in Miami after the Heat lost.

One more slap while Im at it, to the University of Kentucky. I dont give a shit that Princess Jazzie's Uncle Matt goes there. UK is never above patting itself on the back and when they honor fellow criminal...errrr Coach John Calipari on his 500th coaching win last season it seemed like a nice touch for a milestone. But the NCAA has stepped in and said that Calipari has a number of vacated wins from his criminal past....uhhhh coaching stints at UMass and Memphis...so his 500 wins are really only 458. But it ghets better, sore headed UK fans are now squawking that there are 38 coaches that should have wins vacated. UK is acting like the snitch that figures if they get busted they are gonna rat everyone else out. Is it me or does that Wildcat logo look more and more like a fuckin' rat???

 

That's the view from the Hoodwood...until next post fellow sports fans!

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