Where’s the monkey man?? Come on NBA?? Tim Tebow and LeBron James have something in common?? All this, and more in the weeks edition of Random Thought.
ScottJax77 got the go ahead to start driving again. I am now using a cane to get around. I start going to a rehab facility near my doctor. This is where they pick it up a notch. Hopefully I go back to work around December 13th.
Now that the NBA has canceled another two weeks, and spoiled some fans Thanksgiving gift, it just proves to this blogger that it’s all about greed versus greed. When it is over the Greedies (owners and players) will win out over us poor fans who pay way too much for an NBA game. I haven’t gone to an NBA game since the early 2000’s, Nets versus Knicks. It costs too much.
What does Tim Tebow and Lebron James have in common? Both have helped Miami lose in the 4th quarter.
While I don’t go to NBA games, I have gone to a lot of college basketball games. I go see the Jacksonville Dolphins play. They are not a bad team and there are plenty of seats, plus, I get to see the great Artis Gilmore who sits in the arena amongst us fans. I also go see Syracuse Orange whenever they come to Florida. For those that don’t I am a die-hard Syracuse fan. I only get to see the team (football and basketball) once a year when they are in the Big East. Now that they are joining the ACC, I will get to see my team more often when they play Florida State, Miami and Georgia Tech (Atlanta isn’t that far from Jacksonville – 6 hours)
Did Tony La Russaa take any of Mark McGwire’s drugs before game 5 of the World Series? What stupid stuff came out of one the greatest managers of all-time mouth. How can he not know who was warming up in the bullpen, when he is such a control freak. At first, it looked like Tony was trying to put the blame on the bullpen coach, now he is taking full responsibility.
What happen to the Johnny Monkey. Was he a one week wonder, or did he spank it too hard??? He could be an outstanding addition to the gabbers if he kept his hand off his monkey.
Are the sparks flying between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox? It seems that the Blue Jays are changing their policy on personal leaving for lateral moves to other teams. In the past they were allowed to move, but, now that the Red Sox are interested in their former pitching coach, Toronto’s manager, John Farrell, the Blue Jays have changed their policy.
Hello again and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It is hard to believe that October is almost over and that Halloween is almost here. I love Halloween; I always have. Since I was a little kid and realized that much of what I saw on TV was make up, I was intrigued. Austin has a great tradition of Halloween parties on 6th Street that is a bucket list event. What fantastic costumes...I don't party with the crazies anymore, but I still go to work with some type of bone sticking out of my arm or a stake poking out of my neck. My favorite holiday...
The Fall Classic. I don't know about you, but I have enjoyed the hell out of this World Series. I am a Ranger fan, but I loved seeing Albert Pujols go off. This will forever cement Pujols in baseball lore. If you watched Albert go crazy, you witnessed what is being called the Albert Pujols game. 5 for 6 with 3 HR's is simply historic. The Rangers battled back to even the series with a terrific pitching performance from Derek Holland. Game five will be known as the miscommunication game. A very untimely hit and run allowed the Rangers to walk Pujols (again). What surprised me the most is that LaRussa allows any of his players to put a play on without his blessing. LaRussa has done such a masterful job of orchestrating each game, it was a shock that even Pujols has the latitude to call a hit and run. Even if Craig had been safe, the Rangers would surely have used the open base to park Pujols. This was a mistake.
Do you find it interesting that in an age of amazing communication that baseball still works with a basic phone system to communicate to the bullpen? Twice LaRussa called the pen to get Motte up and twice he got a different pitcher. Is this the best baseball can do? Perhaps Motte would have faired no better against Napoli, but it is a shame we will never know. I will say, that the Cards had plenty of opportunity to score runs. I think they left 14 runners stranded, but still the miscommunication is what will be remembered for this Cardinal loss.
How could I have forgotten this? Of course this is perfect...Cool Hand LaRussa.
Maybe Tony should text the bullpen? Or perhaps baseball can spend a few bucks to update all of the stadium bullpen phones?
I really enjoyed Derek Holland's outstanding game 4 performance, but did anyone else find his Harry Carry impression a bit out of place? Maybe if the Rangers had been comfortably ahead, but in the middle of a tense game this interview seemed completely inappropriate to me. Holland is a young player, I wonder if Nolan may have a few words for him? They can provide a head set for an interview, but not for the manager to communicate to his bullpen coach?
One last thought...what has happened to C.J. Wilson? The ace of the Ranger's staff has not pitched well in this series. He has been unable to locate his fastball and was lucky to escape without allowing more than 2 runs. I asked my son what he thought and he said he looks tired. Could it be that the long season has simply caught up with Wilson? He logged many innings during the regular season, so perhaps this could be the case. I know one thing, Wilson has probably cost himself a few bucks with his post season performances. Wilson is a free agent after the season and he has not looked good on the biggest stage.
A few thoughts about college football. What an amazing finish to the Wisconsin / Michigan State game. Damn that was exciting. Does anyone know the way to Morgantown? It looks like the Big 12 is adding West Virginia to replace Missouri. I am amazed that Tech went on the road to beat OU. I would have bet the farm that would not have happened.
A few more regarding the NFL...what a surprising year. Baltimore looks unbeatable against the Jets and then completely laid an egg this week against Jacksonville? Dallas finally had an easy game. St. Louis is terrible without Bradford. Can anyone beat Green Bay? The way this year has gone, St. Louis could beat the Packers...well, maybe not.
It was homecoming last week for the Westwood Warriors.
Guess who the homecoming king was? As corny as this seems, Ben Johnson was the king and his girlfriend was the queen.
Westwood came out against Georgetown very flat. After leaving the field down 10 to 3 at halftime, Westwood stormed back in the second half to take over the game. Westwood scored 35 points before allowing Georgetown to score a late TD. Final score; Westwood 38 Georgetown 16. Ben Johnson was again his amazing self. He rushed for 225 yards and four TD's. I asked him after the game if he was driving the bus back to school. This week Westwood faces a tough Leander Lions team. The winner is a virtual lock for the district championship. The game against Georgetown featured the referees. They decided that they were more important than the game. I have included a few samples of the terrible calls...for and against Westwood. The block in the back is simply ridiculous. Here are a few videos...
A touch is now considered a block? Horrible...
No receiver to throw to, in the end zone between the tackles...this is a safety, ref!
Ben being Ben...
This is part of the Westwood Homecoming parade. This is a very cool tradition. There are floats of all kind and they throw candy to the neighborhood kids. Check out about 1:32...I wrote a note on the driver's window.
Finally, I had to share something that just makes Austin...Austin. On my way home, I saw a guy in the median playing his drums. I ran home to get my camera and I missed him playing, but got him breaking down his set. I thought it was cool...
That is all I have for this week, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
Welcome to the tantrums, where sports is just getting more and more confusing.
Rant of the Week – Wide Receivers. I grew tired of their diva act a long time ago, but have you noticed that they’re dropping more and more passes that are easier to catch? Grow up, shut your mouth, and just play ball.
MLB – World Series. Albert Pujols is a BEAST!!! Dropping three homers down in Tejas is freaking incredible. Figures he does it on College Football day, because nobody paid any freaking attention.
Texas rolls in Game 4 and wins Game 5 to take the 3-2 lead. Looks like we just might get that GREAT series we all hoped for.
NFL. Did you happen to notice that at many stadiums yesterday the stands were pretty significantly empty, and Jacksonville on Monday Night was probably the worst of all, besides Miami.
San Diego went all Norv Turner and lost to a team they should have beaten badly. Nice job Norv, you could have shut Rex up for the rest of the season had you pulled that game out, but of course the Chargers fell apart in the second half.
San Diego laying down in the second half wasn’t nearly as bad as Baltimore’s choke job against Jacksonville. The Jags are improving no doubt, but this was a beat down!
Miami gives up a 15 point lead with less than three minutes left to go against an ineffective Denver Broncos team and especially Tim Tebow at QB. But then all hell broke loose and Tebow looked like John Elway leading his team to a comeback. The fact that the stadium had more Tebow jerseys than the whole of the home team combined had better wake that stupid owner up.
Did anybody notice that the Dallas Cowboys ran a whole bunch yesterday? Seems to me that Romo has been indicted by the club.
Anybody notice that KC has won three in a row?
What about that start by Christian Ponder? The Minnesota Vikings look like a totally different team, yet I hear no love for him. There's knobgobbling galore for Cam Newton, but nothing for Ponder, and straight up hate for Tebow.
What I’ve been warning about is coming to fruition. Young Mr. Suh in Detroit has been getting out of control and whether deserved or not is developing one hell of a negative reputation. It’s good to play on edge, and I don’t know whether or not he ran that smack, but dude, chill the hell out.
There ain’t no way in hell that the Indianapolis Colts are that much worse without Peyton Manning. I’m not going to accuse the boys of tanking – hell they’ve got their own careers to worry about but something just ain’t right! I don’t expect the Colts to be world beaters, but 0-7? Not hardly.
College Football. The mystery of who plays the LSU/’Bama winner will be the subject of much speculation, but you gotta think that IF Stanford can beat Oregon on November 12th that they should have a shot at this provided they can beat Arizona State in the Pac 12 Championship Game.
I love to bash the Big Ten, as do we all but it’s hard to argue with the fact that five of the teams in that conference have only one loss (Penn State, Wisky, Michigan State, Michigan, and Nebraska). I’m thinking that now the big boys have to play each other and we’ll see how it pans out.
So I’m curious, Houston is sitting at 7-0 and averaging well over 40 points per game. If they get by SMU and Tulsa after having already beating UCLA, then I wonder how seriously they’ll be taken? Hey Big 12, here’s a team for you to look at bringing in. Why aren’t you doing it?
OK Kansas State, you’re 7-0 but here’s the problem – you get Oklahoma coming off of a loss that jerked their season away from them. At least it’s at home, best of luck there. Even if you get past the Sooners, then you get Oklahomas State, A&M, and Texas.
Beaver Report. Took the trip to the Bay Area to check out the Beavers take on Contra Costa College. When I got there I took one look at the sheer size and speed of the Comets and I thought that the Beavers were in trouble. That wasn’t the case though as the Beavers TOOK at 41-13 win against a 6-1 team. It was a lot easier than the score indicated and if it wasn’t for those “over-officious jerks” (thank you Marv Levy!), it would have been so much worse. The Beavers are now 7-0 and get back home to face the boys from the middle of nowhere – Feather River. Jerry played real strong and stopped the run real well with two or three tackles for loss, including two from the one yard line as the Comets were trying to get in to the end zone.
Mustang Football. Was down on the chain gang for this one for the Mustangs, and the Bears came strong and stopped a very strong Mustang running game. It took a lot nail-biting and it went down to the last 90 seconds, but our 6’ 8” D-lineman intercepted a flutter pass when the LB hit the QB from the blind side. He snatched the ball out of the air and hauled ass for the TD and put the game away. The 22-9 win makes them 7-1 and with two games left against really poor teams, they should head in to the playoffs 9-1 with a four seed come playoff time.
Douche Bag of the Week – Drew Rosenhaus. This mother of all d-bags is now hitting the airwaves talking to anybody who will listen that he’s having an open workout for Terrell Owens. Wouldn’t it be funny if nobody showed?
Alright, before we get to my weekend, which wasn't the best...Let's recap last week...In case you missed my blogs through the week, well I guess I should have expected the weekend to go bad too...It started Tuesday with my rage for what happened in CHINA ...
Then I had my view on this PINK trend...Then I gave my State of the BROWNS address, a day before the walrus Mike Holmgren did...And then there was this whole shooting wild animals THING ...
Then there was the weekend...The Fighting Irish Hockey team opened the new Compton Family Ice Arena...
There's Lefty Smith dropping the first puck...The Irish opened their new home in style, beating RPI 5-2, lead by sophomore Anders Lee's hat-trick! The arena is a beautiful, top-notch facility, that is just going to improve Notre Dame's recruiting ability...The Irish Hockey program has been on the rise for the last 5 years, and this will take them to the next level, which is good since they'll be joining the Hockey_EastConference in the 2013 season...
But that wasn't all going at the Notre Dame campus...The place was all fired up...It was USC week, with a big, prime-time game Saturday night...Here's a badvideo of the Midnight Drum Circle...It's amazing how much energy a campus can have before a big game...
That night, I found out my wife's uncle passed away, so that brought the mood down to the dumper...
Saturday afternoon 2U was playing before the game...The best U2 tribute band around! Again, the energy was amazing...
Then the game started...Now, Notre Dame had two weeks to get ready for this...And over the last week, most of what I read about was stupid shit...Like how the helmets were painted extra gold, to look more like the Golden Dome itself...
And how Coach Kelly wanted the crowd to be pumped, and keep the team pumped...They were going to hand out towels to wave, and blast music...Yeah, it's the students fault your team is obsessed with turning the ball over! (sense my mood swing yet)
Hey Coach, blasting "Crazy Train" every single, fucking, third down play, isn't going to help your defense get the stop...Clearly, since every time I heard "Crazy Train" USC would convert for a first down...As a matter of fact, it was fucking annoying!
The Irish lost 31-17, but it wasn't even that close...Freshman George Atkinson's kickoff return for a TD was the Notre Dame highlight...It was what we all hoped would spark the team, but USC would have none of it...Their O-Line over-powered the Irish front seven, all night...And then there were the turnover, again...The 80 yard fumble return for a TD was the kill shot...It was just ugly...All that energy, and excitement, just shot to hell...
Luckily, I got to watch the exciting ending of the Michigan State/Wisconsin game...Nothing like a game ending Hail Mary...
Sunday, I watched the Browns win an epic battle with the Seahawks, 6-3...This may have been one of the ugliest games ever...People say, "A win is a win"...This didn't feel like a win...Luckily, I was distracted taking care of the Little Beeze and the baby on my own...She's got a bug, and the highlight was when she crapping her brains out, she started coughing, choked on the phlegm, and puke her guts out all over...Baby shit, and puke everywhere...
Why was I flying solo...The Mrs. took our oldest to the Train Concert in Erie, PA...I'll take baby puke and shit any day over Train and their 3rd grader rhyme schemes!
What came first, the beer commercial or the blonde? All I know however is the egg came before the blonde! And what came before sports? Back then I assure you, they kept entertained. Maybe they dropped rocks off a cliff, at passerbys below. Maybe they clubbed unsuspecting ladies with clubs. Perhaps that was where the bat was initially discovered. A handy piece of equipment.
Of course, this probably was the advent of Women's rights. Soon the jaded lady was able to sue for alimony. The sport seemed to fade in the light of that current development. Somewhere along the line, men discovered ways of forgetting their troubles, awashed in self-pity. There had to be a better way, because women wouldn't play anymore.
They discovered bowling back then. They lined up a bunch of empty alcohol vats and then threw rocks at them. I wonder if they had t-shirts or even shoes back then? Did they wear those cute little gloves?
They probably lamented the day that corporate offices introduced these new gloves. It seemed the day of sheepskin gloves were a thing of the past. Players would get drunk and cry over the loss of antiquity. And yet, their wives couldn't complain. Sheepskin had other uses and prevented a lot of tooth decay. :)
As the days marched on, bowling came passe' and since their were no Ice-Road truckers or even ice (stay with me here), then new sports needed to be created, discovered and somehow hid from the significant other.
I could imagine them waking up and rising from their bed of rock. Adjusting their polyester loincloth and going all Al Bundy. Of course, what to do next? The wife had already been up for hours, concocting a hemlock brew err hot chocolate and yes, I am sure we loved our chocolate, even back then. After all, men didn't get us then and they don't now.
Old Teddy once he found his favorite sitting stone, would soon bore of the day's news. Afterall, clubbings were frowned on because us girls were just a bunch of killjoys. Barefoot and pregnant, we were not in the best of moods. But sports were created by women for our own agenda. We could get men out of our lives for a few minutes and then complain they spent all day watching whatever sports they contrived. We also realized there was no WNBA, and anyway who would have watched if there was.
Men watching men!! We are sneaky like that. You follow me here??? hehehe. We could sure have used the internet back then but Al Gore was a bit tardy and besides, you want Global Warming? We had a lot of that too. Besides were there even thermometers and yes, even they were discovered by women and that is the bottom line. lol
It got so bad that men were wrestling around with other men. They called it Professional wrestling and kept changing the names. And even today, most men believe it is real. I could imagine divas back then. Six foot eight amazons with halitosis and toe jam. Men liked keeping it real, even in the day, right?
Okay, I admit, John Cena is hot! But to keep the men in the fold, they make cute little songs and have all those flashing lights. Kelly Kelly makes her appearances just to prove they love women more. Where do I get this, right?
Anyway, on a more serious not, Albert Pujols hit three homeruns in a single World Series. I might add that he was the only one to ever do this but then the toughest of male bloggers would tell me, how stupid I am. Clueless, maybe. Stupid? Homie don't play that.
Anyway the Cardinals have done well. Rising from early season starts where they hit and pitch, only to fall flat and out of the race. Regardless of whether people like LaRussa or not, he can make a contender out of a bunch of parts. He may even return with Albert after next year. I am just hoping and praying they hold on and win this thing, because otherwise, I will have to just call the Hogs!!!