-Okay, we'll start with this bitch first...Since Wednesday night I've had to hear reports that Danica Patrick is going to be switching to NASCAR full-time....Ummm, I don't give a shit! I would guess even racing fans don't really give a shit...Maybe if this skank would actually win a few races, people would take news about her seriously...But they don't...All she is to the world, is eye candy...Something to spank it to...And she isn't even that hot...Nor has she gotten totally naked and blown a horse, while having a monkey shit on her, so she's lost my interest already!
-Next up, kickoffs in the NFL...Hey asshole rules committee, I want my kickoffs back...This is more pussification of America going on...If high school kids are returning kickoffs, the NFL's millionaires can do it too...Yes, injuries can happen on kickoffs, but injuries happen on any and every play on a football field...Besides that, there are players who only get a chance in the NFL because the first got work on kickoff teams...Former Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said it on ESPN a couple weeks ago..."If it wasn't for getting a chance on the kickoff coverage team, no one would no me."
Besides that, the NFL has killed off what can be one of the most exciting plays in Football...Every year they try to make the game safer..Instead they are slowly ruining, while players are still getting hurt...You're not helping anyone, you're just pissing off your fans...
-Now, to the real touchy subject...Race in Sports has come up again this week...There was THIS article in the Washington Times...So this guy says, the decline in black players should concern us...Who the fuck are you to tell me what should concern me!?! And I would think that the 600,000 African children on the verge of starvation should concern us...It sure as shit should concern you more then the decline of blacks playing baseball...But then again Mr. Snyder, your paper has only covered that "Briefly"...
But since this is such a major story...Ummm, a story that USA Today writes once a year...Lets get at it...I think it's idiotic to think Baseball or any sport worse off because of a decline in any racial group...It's almost as if Mr. Snyder is flat out saying, 'no matter what, blacks are better athletes then whites'...which to me is some stupid shit...Borderline racist shit, that no one will call him on...But I will, because I'm so sick of this topic, and hacks like him...
Should we also be concerned about the decline in white players in the NBA? I'll bet you'll say no, because that wouldn't be Politically Correct...Should Canada be concerned that the number of Canadian youths playing Hockey has gone down? I don't know, maybe they should be happy that they are finding more things to do other then just playing hockey...Should the NHL be concerned that there is an increase in European players? I would say yes...Hockey doesn't need more pussies like the Sedin twins! Or should Hockey be concerned that the number of black players is slowly on the rise? Of course not you asshole!
This whole topic pisses me off...I'm sick of "Journalists" repeatedly trying to tell us how racist we are...I'm sick of "White Guilt" being pushed down my throat...I'm sick of these hacks trying to tell me, you, leagues, and companies, how bad we are, and how we should be better...Mr.Snyder, why don't you go to one of those refugee camps in Africa and see what real concerns are...You haven't got a clue! If you opened your eyes, maybe you'd understand that who is playing what sports, for millions of dollars, really means very little when you look at the big picture...
-Before I go, I have two of my links I want top push...In THIS post I ask why Mothers are put on pedestals, and Fathers are blown off?
-In THIS post I ask a question, that has gone unanswered for 60 years...
Eli better than Brady?? Miami returning to its normal self?? NFL sticking it to Pryor?? Did Vice President Biden start a fight?? Wow, ScottJax77 mentions the Vice President in this weeks edition of Rants and Raves.
Former Baltimore Oriole and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Mike Flanagan was found died outside his home yesterday. The lefty played 18 seasons, and was 167-143 with a 3.90 era over an 18 year career. He was a world series winner on the 1983 Oriole’s team and also won a Cy Young in 1979. From 1977 through 1983, he made more starts (223) than any pitcher in the American League and was third in wins (109) during that span.
What was Eli Manning thinking???? He’s better than Tom Brady?? What drugs is Manning taking??? Eli was a guest on the “Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York when he was asked if he was in the same class as Tom Brady. This was Manning’s reply:
"I consider myself in that class," said Manning, the MVP of Super Bowl XLII. "Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships. "I think now he's grown up and gotten better every year and that's what I'm trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best."
He also mentioned that the Giants have an offense that puts him in a good situation. Their physical run game opens the play-action, a facet of the game that he performs well in.
Only time will tell, but the clock is ticking and he has a long, long way to catch the 3-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback.
Let’s get ready to rumble? Wait they did. Georgetown Hoya’s Men’s Basketball Team and a Chinese professional team named Bayi Rockets had a major clash. It all stemmed from a very physical game in which Baiyi had 57 free throws to Georgetowns 15.
Here is a clip of the brawl from someone in the stands:
"Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams,'' Thompson said in a statement. "We sincerely regret that this situation occurred. We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University.''
It was reported that the game had been tense from the beginning and was stopped earlier after two players exchanged words. At one point, a Rockets player even berated Thompson after the Hoyas' coach yelled at his team.
Here is an account posted on a GT message board:
So, tonight's game...we started out behind and were having trouble moving the ball around. The PLA team's big men actually matched up with us pretty well and they played solid defense early on. We were quickly in foul trouble and they moved to the line pretty often, although it wasn't that notable at the time. Then in the second quarter we made a nice run, started hitting open shots, and played really nice defense and forced some turnovers- truly fun to watch and gives us some hope for the regular season. I believe we were down 5 at the end of the first, and then we built a 6-point lead.
Then things got really lopsided on the officiating front in the second quarter. They were in the bonus (five fouls) in the first two minutes of the quarter. The fouls continued- I think we had about 12-14 in the second quarter alone, if I had to guess without seeing a stat sheet (which I doubt will be published). On a couple of plays there was a bit of shoving under the basket, but it calmed down fairly quickly, JT3 clearly called the team over and probably said something along the lines that the officiating was ridiculous, but it didn't matter and everyone needed to stay cool. Then JT3 became more active in pushing the refs for some calls on our end (we were getting mauled, and the PLA team was getting a call basically every time down the court). Despite all of this, we finished the half up 4 or 5- we were shooting really well.
The whole thing came undone in the third. About two minutes in, the ridiculously lopsided foul calls continued (we were in the bonus again 2 1/2 minutes in) and the first real shoving match kicked off over a loose ball. The players on the court separated each other pretty quickly, but then the craziest thing I've ever seen happened- one of the Bayi big men got in JT3's face and almost took a swing. He was so shocked he didn't know what to do. So that upped the ante a bit.
Then the foul calls truly took on a comical dimension. We supposedly fouled them every time down the court, despite some really good defense on some possessions. There were four or five intentional fouls called, giving them four shots each time down the court. JT3 was called for a technical for stepping over the line onto the court. I counted Bayi scoring two field goals in the entire third quarter. I don't know what the count was, but I would not be surprised if they shot 45-50 FTs through three quarters, and we shot 6-10. I honestly think the foul count was likely in the range of 30 or 35 to 5-7. A few exchanges got testy and at one point players had to restrain themselves again. I started joking with some Chinese people in the crowd, who to their credit similarly thought it was a bit ridiculous but were mainly upset that the game had no flow. At the end of the third, despite all of this, we were tied or up two points or so.
Two minutes into the fourth, they were pressing full court, trapped one of our guards (I forget who it was), and then must have pushed or punched him on the ground after he made the outlet pass, because then there was a shoving match and then a bit of a fight, and then the whole thing set off. He tried to get away as quickly as possible as the Chinese players sort of converged on him, and then benches cleared, and then people on the Chinese bench started picking up chairs. Everyone on the other side of the court started fighting as well. Brawl spread all over the court, and then off the court. After it kicked off it immediately became possible for the crowd to get involved, and then they did. As we tried to get the team off the court, bottles (plastic ones, thankfully) came out of the crowd at the team and everyone left. Security was there (sort of), but it was more equivalent to mall cop-quality security rather than actual security. The Georgetown staff wanted the security to get on the floor, but honestly these guys didn't have a clue what to do. They escorted the whole alumni contingent out fairly quickly after that. Game over, 64-64 (following another intentional foul).
I don't know how much news this will make, but even given my admittedly partisan view of how this played out, this was really not our fault. The refs completely failed to control the game, and these things happen when they can continue to maul us underneath with no consequences. The coaching staff called the whole team over at several times during the game and calmed everyone down. We didn't throw any punches and players and coaches were generally just laughing at the absurdity of the officiating at times. Anyway, not exactly what I was expecting to see tonight...
Wow, great discription.
Have you noticed that wherever Vice President Biden goes troubles follow???
He’s eligible, he’s not eligible, what is it? Here’s the deal. Terrelle Pryor was eligible for this past Monday’s supplemental draft, taken by the Oakland Raiders in the 3rd round. He will be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season once he signs his contract. Pryor says he will not appeal the suspension.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I have to admit that I am not really too inspired to write today. I don't know if it is the long summer that has drained my creative flow or maybe my biorhythms are just a bit off. Whatever the reason, I will work through my block to get this blog finished.
I had a very interesting conversation with my wife this week about Terrell Pryor and his entry in the supplemental draft. Her point was that player should not be allowed to mess up in college and skate to the NFL leaving their punishment behind. While I understand and appreciate this thought, what happened to Pryor is just not consistent with what the NFL and specifically Commissioner Goodell have established as precedent. Why is it that a certain USC coach can leave his college program in the ditch and go to work in the NFL without even a backward glance, yet Pryor is subjectively punished. I have a huge problem with a system that is not consistent...and this system is currently whatever Goodell decides it will be. I am not a fan or Terrell Pryor, but the NCAA had their chance to punish Pryor and gave him a pass. It was obvious that Pryor would jump the NFL, why not prevent him from playing in a bowl game last year?. I know that Pryor is no angel, but this is as much about a screwed up system than selling/trading bowl gifts for tattoos. While on the subject...it was indeed interesting to read the comments that Vick made to GQ magazine. Here is the exact quote:
“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth,” Vick tells me a few weeks after the commencement ceremony. “I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.” Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation. ”
It is clear that Vick is shooting straight in this interview. Even if Philly was the right place for Vick to be, should the NFL commissioner be the person deciding where a troubled player starts over? Of course Vick later "clarified" his statement to say that going to Philadelphia was his decision. Why would Vick mention Goodell's involvement if it were not true?
Jerome Harrison has frequently expressed his distaste for Goodell. He has used words like crook, devil, puppet and dictator to describe Commissioner Goodell. I have always felt that Harrison was just sore because all of the fines his aggressive play has caused...but perhaps he offers an honest assessment of the man?
Professional football is a great game that has endured many changes. The current game has little of the toughness that I grew up watching...and maybe that is as it has to be. I do know that the commissioner is chosen to serve the game as an independent voice, not a scheming tyrant that works the game for his benefit.
I watched the movie Radio Tuesday evening. I love that movie and I am always amazed at the great work of Cuba Gooding.Jr. There is one scene that always stands out for me :
I love the line about looking for a win on Friday nights and Saturday morning when you found one. As cool as that is, what always sticks with me is the message about priorities. Growing up my father used to say the exact same thing to me when I screwed up..."son you need to get your priorities straight." He probably did not think I heard him, but I did. After the past few weeks at the Gab, I am again reminded just how important each day is. As much as the coach loved football, he realized that his family was more important to him. As important as sports are, my family and friends is what is most important to me.
As my son begins his junior year of high school football, I will attempt to slow the days and enjoy each one. It will be a fun season, but I know that these dog days of August will soon turn to the cooler weather of fall and suddenly it will be baseball season again. Last week, I traveled a to Brenham Texas to watch 5A Westwood scrimmage 4A Brenham. You frequently hear that the defense always looks better early...and the scrimmage was indeed this. Although Westwood had a few good offensive moments, it was the monster in the middle of the defensive line that caught and kept my eye. Do you remember seeing Miami dismantle Texas in the Cotton Bowl years ago? Well, Malcolm Brown looks like a young Russell Maryland. 6'3 and pushing 300 this DT runs a 4.7 40. I was happy to see that he has committed to the Longhorns, but sad to see their fine Mike LB is headed to A&M. I did not load any film of the scrimmage, but mark my word...Malcolm Brown will be playing football for years to come.
Did you happen to see that Matt Holliday had to leave a game because he got a bug in his ear? I have seen any number of injuries forcing a player off the field, but that was a first for me...
That is all that I have today, but here is a bit of Jack Handey for the rest of your week:
Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk.
I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few thoughts of your own.
I'm gonna depart from my normal for this week because I'm just not in the mood to talk about CFB, the pre-season is interesting but not really worth talking about, and with the Giants suffering an extended skid, sports just isn't comparing to the shit my family is going through right now.
Rant of the Week – Cancer. I made mention last week about some troubles here in Sacramento, and unfortunately, the dreaded “C” word has made its second appearance in my family this year. First my 22 year-old niece got caught up with lymphoma which she has battled pretty well throughout the year. On the heels of her latest therapy session, we got hit yet again.
Last week my Mother-in-Law went in to the doc with ongoing pains and sudden weight loss. The result hit us like a ton of bricks – Stage Four Cancer!!! Doctors think started in the colon, and moved into the bones and liver.
She is quite the fighter and Mrs. Fan and her family stood vigil at Mom’s bedside. Unfortunately, around Midnight Friday Night, Mom lost her battle. I lost my father 23 years ago to Pancreatic Cancer and had hoped that my wife would NEVER have to go through the pain of seeing what my mother did, and what I saw in the end (I was in the Navy then, so I missed a lot of it). The pain on my wife is more than I can bear at times. 46 years on this spinning chunk of rock, and I’ve never been out of words very much, but this has just left me knowing not what to say to my wife or how I can be supportive.
I really didn’t spend a lot of time with my Mother-in-Law, and that is something that I’ll always regret. Not because I didn’t like her, far from it – probably because I was so wrapped up with things that were going on in my own twisted little mind that at the time felt more important. She’s a good woman who put up with a lot more shit in this life than any one human being should have. The last thing that should have happened was this. Mom, I hope this blog finds you singing with the Angels.
Bottom line Gabbers and those who just stop by on occasion (whether you comment or not) – do me a personal favor, get yourselves checked for everything. If you have some nagging injuries or whatever, don’t blow them off, get looked at soon by a doctgor. Don’t blow things off because you can’t afford it – take care of yourselves.
So why the picture of the Beer Battered Onion Rings? Because it brought me back to a memory of when my wife and I were dating. We attended a Chili Cook-off and took Mom with us - she always enjoyed the simple pleasures. Anyway, he hit the mother-lode with great food and one chef had beer-battered onion rings with the chili and she always raved about it. I've thought about that a lot lately - the simple pleasures and how I really need to get back to them and how happy I was.
Music – Mumbo Gumbo. In honor of my Mother-in-Law, I give you a local band that she kinda favored, Mumbo Gumbo. They play all the festivals around Northern California and Nevada.
It was the best video I could find. Hope you enjoy. RIP Mom!
NFL Sandkeepers Fantasy Draft. Enjoyed the draft on Sunday, some seriously funny smack being run during the draft, and who is KC Queefs? Dude that's one helluva funny name...
Douche Bag of the Week – Hackers. Just hours after we were digesting the horrible news about my mother-in-law, we found out that our checking account got hacked for a good chunk of change. Look fuckers I know you gotta do what you gotta do, but one day somebody smarter is gonna get YOU. May karma deliver a swift kick in the nuts to you!
In the grand scheme of things, its only money and I got it back, but the timing couldn’t have been any worse.
Gabbers, I don't say it enough, but thank you. Associating with such a great group such as you all has made me a better person, and the fact that I have this place to write my thoughts is such a great thing.
What does this pic represent? It's a sexier view of the Tigers smothering the Indians to death...The Tribe went into Detroit this weekend with a great opportunity to take the division...But instead, they shit the bed, and got swept...While they're still not out of it, what happened this weekend, I feel will be the kill shot to the Tribe's season...
-As I sit here writing this post, I have the news on in the background...Rebels have taken over Libya...While some are celebrating this, I have to wonder...just as I have with all these uprisings in the Middle East...What's next...The news covers the over-throwing of the "evil" dictators, but doesn't bother to follow up on the cluster fuck that happens after the fact...Then all these fuckers look at the U.N. and the U.S. to help them fix their mess...Whatever!
-There's been a lot of talk about about Terrelle being allowed in the supplemental NFL's draft...I would first say why bother wasting a draft pick on this guy? A bunch of teams have shown interest, but bitch is a project...He's gonna be your 3rd string QB, and if you 1 and 2 go down with injuries, you'll be checking the waiver wire, before you play this kid...He stares down his primary receiver...His throwing motion sucks...The majority of his passes go down into the turf...Yes, he's athletic, but like Tebow...He's far from ever being a #1 NFL QB...
-All this talk about the illegal activity at Miami had me searching for a clip from Bill Burr...He mentions "The U" briefly...But it's funny...
Bill is always so good, I had to dig up another on...
Did he mention Sporting News Magazine...Such a shame what happened to that rag!
-I decided one thing for sure this weekend...I'll be avoiding being a San Fransisco sports fan for the rest of my life...After A giants fan got beat down at Dodger stadium at the beginning of the year, now two people have been shot outside of the 49ers, Raiders game Saturday...Seriously, what's in the fucking water on the left coast...I'm all about sports and my teams...But FUCK! I thought you Bay Area people were suppose to relaxed hippies...Isn't Weed legal out there...
Hey assholes, smoke up and chill the fuck out!
Before I get out of here this week...I wanted to share a couple of good tweets from this week...
First, from Jay Mohr:
"My Fantasy Baseball team sucks so bad they should be called The Cubs"
I love this one because, I swear he's talking about my fantasy team!
The second one is from Denis Leary:
"NYC firefighters not invited to 10th anniv of 9/11 at Ground Zero. They werent invited on that day in 2001 either. They just showed"
What is understood doesn't need to be discussed...