I'm so glad January is almost over. Welcome to the tantrums, where you can consider this your own personal Hotel California - as in this could be Heaven or this could be Hell! Speaking of Heaven, we’re heading into February, where Baseball talk heats up even more. Speaking of hell, this past week was the first without football since September. Guess I'll have to make do...
Rant of the Week – Skip Bayless. ESPN might be enjoying the ratings that Bayless provides by making outrageous and purposely ignorant statements (along with that other winner Stephen A. Smith), but the athletes blowback has FINALLY started. Terrell Suggs told him not to be a douche bag on national TV while everybodys favorite junkyard dog, Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe, let loose on the Skipper in a pretty cool twitter rant. Skipper may get off on this shit, but the other folks who work hard on that show are being made to look like idiots and fools - they don’t deserve that classification.
MLB. Jorge Posada retired this week. You all know how I feel about the Yankees, but Posada deserves props. He was the last of a dying breed, a Catcher that averaged .273 with 16 HR and 62 RBI’s per season – stats most catchers today can only dream of. But what really impressed me was an athlete in the rotten apple who didn’t care about the spotlight. This dude just came to work and got the timely hit when the Cranks needed it most.
It's bad enough that the Oakland A's tank their team year after year and become an after-thought in the Bay Area. They've already unloaded a lot of their "name" players earlier in the hot stove, but now they're open to signing Man-Ram? Please tell me this is some sort of sick joke! It might be time for the A's to move or be contracted.
Don't ask me why, but I seem to have an affinity for the Minnesota Twins. So it did my heart good when I read about the Twinkies deciding to retire Tom Kelly's #10 on 9/8 at Target Field. A very good Manager who deserves the honor. He had 1,140 wins as the skip and of course won two World Series titles. One question - what took so long to put his name up there with Puckett, Hrbek, Killebrew, Oliva, Carew and Blyleven?
NBA. Sorry guys, I have to ask a question about the greedy little bastards since it's been a weak sports week. Hey Jeff, what in Sam Hill is going on down in ole San Anton? I hear that Pop benched his starters against Dallas the other day.
Music of the Week. Man, the guitar music choices are getting good. Beeze brought up a fair point, and I did a little more research, so let’s head down to SWEET HOME CHICAGO:
Thank you Mr. Buddy Guy.
NFL. Guess I have to talk about the Super Bowl, eh? I'll watch it because it's football but I don't have nearly the interest most will. Let's hope that who ever sings the National Anthem can at least get the words right, although that might be too much to ask from musicians. If they screw it up this time, I might have to call the whole lot of musicians "commies".
I’m watching the Peyton Manning vs. Indy Colts and I’m wondering are all the Mannings a bunch of crybabies? Peyton, I think you’re a great quarterback, but allow me to let you in on a little secret – THE NFL IS A BUSINESS. Their biggest investment, you, is injured to the point of it being unknown whether you’ll make it to another practice let alone another game – THEY HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD!!! You’ve done wonders for Indy on and off the field and didn’t act like a diva your entire career – don’t go out like this! Personally, I'd rather have you stay well and be a talking head with CBS or something rather that have to see you go through life in horrific shape.
Tampa, Tampa, Tampa. I can't believe you haven't learned that College Football coaches almost never make it in the NFL. Greg Schiano is a good college coach - hell anybody that can bring Rutgers back from the dead has to be, but your swimming against the tide here. Yes, Jim Harbaugh did well this season, but that's one. Nick Saban couldn't do it, neither could Butch Davis - and certainly Pete Carroll didn't do it in Seattle or his previous pro stops. Lou Holtz couldn't do it with the Jets, and John McKay certainly couldn't do it with Tampa in the 70's. Best of luck I guess...
College Football. National Signing Day - Further proof that High School Football is corrupt.
College Basketball. Damn if the refs didn’t cost West Virginia that game up in Syracuse. Ole Bob Huggins must be mellowing because he didn’t go crazy like in the past.
Thought I’d take a look at the money conferences worst nightmare come March – the Colonial Athletic Association. Bad news big boys – George Mason and VCU are sitting at 18-5, so it looks like they’re gonna get in. Some middle of the row big conference teams are gonna get punked again come St. Patrick's Weekend. Sorry Bandit, but it's happened too many times.
The good news for the "Big Boys"? Butler is sitting at 12-11 way behind in the Horizon League. The Dance won't be the same without the two time National Runner-up Bears!
It might be super early, but I’ll be curious to see the excuses if the Mountain West doesn’t get more than three teams into the dance. UNLV is sitting at 20-3, San Diego State is 18-2, New Mexico is 17-4, Wyoming is 17-4, and Colorado State is 14-6.
Golf . Uh oh, there’s been a Tiger Woods sighting, and no Gabbers don’t go running for the adult sites – it was actually on a Golf Course where apparently he’s doing well in the tune up tournaments overseas. But here's a question, why wasn't Ron Jeremy version 2.0 playing with the big boys down in Torrey Pines (San Dawg)? Gabbers, if I have a choice of playing 18 in either Abu Dhabi or Torrey Pines (I've been to both), I think I know where I'm going.
Before I forget - Hey Golf Snob and TV Suit, there’s a great youth movement going on in the sport, stop putting all of your eggs in Tiger's basket and start pimping the revolution. You need to pay attention or you’re gonna miss something special.
MMA. Just wondering Gabbers, did you watch the MMA on Fox? What do you think? I think that a sport running so hot and still putting a show together for free TV is brilliant! It will only improve the interest, so long as it isn’t boring!
Anyway, this week was boring for sports. Best of luck to my Gabber Patriot fans and enjoy the game!
All I can hear in my head is, "I come from a land down under!" Or did Men at Work mean cum!?!
So the NFL had their "Pro-Bowl" and the NHL had their "All-Star" game this weekend...Love hockey and football but "All-Star" games are crap...The NHL skills competition can be fun to watch, but I'm losing interest in that these days too...Now they do a shoot-out thing, trying to be like the NBA's dunk contest...Guys hot-dogging and using props...Everyone was swinging on Patrick Kane's nuts, but his moves weren't the best...And I had more fun watching the goalies try to fuck with the shooters...Nobody is giving Carey Price any love...He turned his back to the shooter and watched his reflection in the glass, and he made the save!
Prince Fielder signing in the D was cover plenty already by everyone and their brother, and I could give a damn about Basketball...So what to talk about in Sports? Well, in a shocking update, I will defend a sports writer from The Cleveland Plain Dealer...The PD as we call it, is a piece of shit! Just a horrible paper...And now former Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi was not a favorite of mine...But I'm sticking up for Tony Grossi today...WHY? because his own shitty bosses, at his shitty paper didn't!
Last week Grossi who has worked the Browns beat for 18 years, tweeted that Browns owner, Randy Lerner is "a pathetic figure, the most irrelevant billionaire in the world."
Now, I don't disagree with him at all on that! But Grossi quickly deleted the tweet when he realized what happened, saying it was suppose to be a text messaged "smart-(aleck) remark to a colleague." He also apologized to Lerner and the Browns...
But the damage was done as many followers re-tweeted it...Why wouldn't they? Finally, a reporter covering the team, said what we had all been thinking for quite some time! Fans are always talking about how Lerner is never at games...Always watching his Soccer team in England, or in New York with all his big bank buddies, plotting how to rape the middle-class more...Grossi was right on, and Browns fans were happy some one cut loose...Sadly, Grossi back-pedaled...Most likely fearing for his job...Right again, because instead of having his back in any way, shape, or form, the yanked Grossi off the beat...
And no matter what they try to say, I'm sure Lerner and the Browns organization made it clear, that they didn't want to see him again...Since Lerner took over after is father's death the franchise has come across as thin-skinned...It's skin got even thinner when the walrus, Fatty Holmgren came on board...Snapping at the media for questioning him, and the direction of the team...Snapping at the media because they wanted questions answered...Saying, "You're with us, or your not, and remember that when you come looking for playoff tickets." Try winning 6 games first, you fat fuck!
Listen up Fatty and Lerner...Here's the only trophy you two fuck-stains will be seeing...
And before people get on Grossi and his Twitter slip-up, just as they do whenever some dope gets in trouble because of a tweet...I personally know a Plain Dealer Sports Writer...Known him for years thanks to my dad...I have sat next to his drunk ass in a fine Cleveland watering hole, as he hit on my wife, and she laughed at him...Three minutes later, he was sleeping on the bar...None of these PD hacks want to be on Twitter...They were forced get Twitter accounts...There is a reason my dad isn't on Twitter...Guys that age don't need or want to fuck with new technology...They don't want to be on the grid anymore then they already are...They don't have the same Look at me mentality as Ashton Kutcher and I do!
So the PD made Grossi get on Twitter, but when he makes a mistake, they don't have his back...What twats...If they had any balls, class, and credibility, they would have said, 'Our guy made a mistake, and apologized, it's over and done with. If you don't like it, too bad.' But we know that won't happen...So Tony Grossi, I don't know where they are going to stick you, other then in the ass...So I suggest start writing a column, so you can get away with blasting dopes like Lerner...And put Twitter to good use...Shred all those pricks that didn't back you up...Burn that shitty bridge to the ground!
-Last week I blasted TIM_THOMAS...Plenty of people disagree with me, but fuck it, I stand by what I write...Taking a political stand, and saying it has nothing to do with politics sounds retarded...Then after calling attention to yourself and your stand, and refusing to talk about it continues to make you look retarded...Let alone, I thought how you originally made your statement made you sound like a dolt!
-Little Hockey here...Have you ever heard of the Bakersfield Condors? That's okay...But you gotta figure, if you're playing Hockey in Bakersfield California, you better know how to fight...
These two teams racked up 14 ejections and 278 penalty minutes, with 18 fighting majors!
Want to learn more about Hockey in Bakersfield...I suggest the book, "They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven"...Great book about life in minor league hockey, life after cancer, and life.
-Well we started in Australia, we may as well end there...
Since I like classic rock, I have decided to start a little something new for the beginning of my weekly blogs. I am going to find a song that reminds me of a particular event or series of events that have taken place during the week. I thought I would start this blog with this particular song that reminds me of a few of this weeks past events
and like if this link is true, which normally it is.... I pity the AL Central Pitchers next year when VMart returns.....
And to please the Beezer I found this video of his favorite girl Kate Upton, so here ya go Beezer:
Unfortunately my two younger children Taylor and Noah were in the room at the time as I was trying to watch her do the Dougie.......
Unfortunately, Joe Paterno will not be remembered for his 400+ wins but for what Jerry Sandusky allegedly has done. Joe Pa was the one of the greatest coaches to ever coach in any sport. O.J. McDuffie said in an interview on ESPN radio Sunday, he turned boys into men and truly cared about each of his players, along with Penn St. University. I remember some of the greatest games I had ever seen was when Penn St. first entered the Big 10, and they were playing Michigan. Both teams were dominating each other and the games came down to the final plays in most cases. Maybe he stayed too long, but he was also quoted as saying he did not want to retire a couple months later like his rival Paul "Bear" Bryant did when he retired from coaching Alabama. Unfortunately for Joe Pa, it was two months and a day I believe it was said since he was fired. What a shame he met the same fate as "Bear." Please watch this tribute to Joe Pa and enjoy.......
I thought I was finished with my blog for the week, due to a ton of assignments in my microeconomics and public relations courses, but I have a few more things to say.....
For those of you that do not realize this, this was how Mr. Illitch built the Red Wings into Stanley Cup Champions. He is known for risk taking, even though this was not as big a risk as most think. A few years back he signed Hasek, Hull and even Luke Robataille and won a Stanley Cup. It is in his nature to do so, so I commend him for taking a chance on a kid who has seen nothing but success since coming to the majors in 2006. Last s.eason, he was second in NL in all major categories, and did you know he will take a walk? Stats don't lie, he has almost 600 walks to go along with his 228 home runs. I remember going to Tiger Stadium and seeing him as a youngster, hanging around the batting cage, hell he grew up in Detroit more or less while his daddy played here. I am not surprised he is here now, wearing a Tiger uniform. Great Job Dave Dombrowski, you added a piece to the puzzle that should eventually make this team a winner again.
I was a little disappointed when I heard that Roy Oswalt was leaving the Phillies and signing with the Cardinals. The Tigers could really use him on their staff this year, he would have really helped the younger pitchers with his knowledge of pitching. What the hell, what's another $100 million or so, to help Verlander, Fister, Porcello and Scherzer mature even more?
Football, Football, Football tomorrow's the Pro Bowl, does anyone actually care? This is the kickoff of our favorite week, Super Bowl Week where everyone who can get a media pass is in Indianapolis covering this game. Hey Sully can you get me press credentials, and I will go down there and cover it for the Gab. This blog is becoming kind of fun, and the best part is that the Packers are not there.
Did anyone see the hardest shot competition tonight Chara is ridiculous 108 mph, I wouldn't want to block that shot, that would really hurt.
So this concludes another weekly blog, as I have to return to my weeks worth of assignments in microeconomics and public relations. Thanks for reading my post and have a great week preparing for the Super Bowl.
"Somebody will have to come out and take the uniform off me, and the guy who comes after it had better bring help."
--Early Wynn, Hall of Fame Pitcher
Retirement is a fickle creature. He waits in hiding and pounces at the right time, reducing an otherwise healthy and productive athlete to a shadow of their former selves. When he gets near, you can almost see her coming and her affects are both bewildering and vengeful.
No man escapes Father Time.
Lost in the bombshell of the mega-deal signed by Prince Fielder, was the formal press conference announcing the retirement of Jorge Posada from the Yankees. At the age of 40, and relegated to a part-time DH role, Posada decided that his best days were behind him and he had no desire to suit up in any other uniform than the Yankee pinstripes he wore for the past 17 seasons.
It is funny that Posada would go out with the relative anonymity that characterized his playing days. Always overshadowed by players with more star power, Posada was just as important a piece of the Yankee puzzle as the Derek Jeters, Mariano Riveras, or countless other players who received more credit for their contributions. He ranks among the best backstops of all-time, sporting a lifetime batting average of .273 with 379 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1065 runs batted in.
As a fan, especially a Red Sox fan, I find it interesting that we may also be seeing a somewhat unique coincidence between the longtime rivals. With Boston’s Jason Varitek still without a contract and, for all intents and purposes, without a position with the club, we may see both retire in the same year, riding off into the sunset as comrades rather than enemies.
Varitek may not be as accomplished with the bat as was Posada, but he was no slouch either, especially considering he wore the tools of ignorance in between at-bats. If Varitek chooses to end his career in a Boston uniform and retires as many expect, he’ll do so with a .256 career average, 306 doubles, 193 home runs, and 757 home runs. But Varitek didn’t carve out his name as an offensive force. Rather, he was the receiver that pitchers wanted to throw to, a man regarded for his preparation and his ability to call a game unlike most catchers of his generation.
In all honesty, it is kind of fitting that both the Yankees and the Red Sox would go through a changing of the guard at the same time. Both are likely to also begin a new journey at the same time; in a new career with the game they love. Varitek is destined to manage; you don’t just learn to prepare and lead like that without taking the next logical step into the dugout. Posada has already been mentioned within either a coaching role or an announcing role within the Yankee organization. Given the pride he carried last season when the reduced roles were thrust upon him, it may be better in the announcing booth for a year or so, just to let those hurt feelings heal a bit.
In the end, this fan just wants to make sure that these two pillars of the baseball community get the tip of the cap they deserve.
Thank you gentlemen!
- The Red Sox made a nice “under the radar” signing earlier this week, inking Cody Ross to a one-year deal to platoon in right field and provide a safety net for Carl Crawford. Ross is the prototypical “dirt dog” player that characterized the 2004 championship team, cut right in the mold of Kevin Millar. He’ll be productive in Fenway Park, but his hustle, attitude, and leadership will be what really earns him his paycheck from game to game.
- For all the talk of Fielder’s bat being added to Detroit, the shift of Miguel Cabrera to third is going to be the real challenge. Remember, this is the same Cabrera who had such limited range at 3rd that the Tigers moved him to first after just 15 games in 2008. He’ll need to show marked improvement at the position if the Tigers want to make the most of this arrangement. The loss of Brandon Inge’s defense will be a huge hurdle to overcome, and I’m not sure the “sturdy” Cabrera can make that jump.
- It took just one down year for Eric Wedge to consider moving Ichiro out of the leadoff spot. This is a man who prior to last season, had strung together 10 consecutive seasons of at least a .300 average and 200 hits, and he owns a .370 career on-base percentage. Now, I know the Mariners are an offensive juggernaut that can hide a bat like that if they need to, but I’m second-guessing moving the greatest singles machine since Pete Rose.
We had a huge level of success with the two live discussion groups we hosted during the NFC and AFC Championship games. Despite a technical issue that held people to having to wait five minutes between posts, we had our highest single-day hit total of all-time. Thank you to all that took part and made it a success.
To keep the good vibe going, we are going to host another such live session during the Super Bowl next week. Oh, and we’ve gotten the delay issue fixed on our end, limiting it to just 1 minute between posts, so the conversation can flow as needed.
Oldharry here, tough day and the best way to cheer up after a day like
this is to laugh, and what better way than a blond joke.
I heard this the other day
A blonde cop stops a blonde motorist and asks for her driver's license.
The motorist digs around in her purse but can't find it. She says to the cop, "I must have left it at home, officer."
The cop says, "Well, do you have any kind of identification?"
The motorist searches her purse again and finds a pocket mirror. She looks at it and says to the cop,
"All I have is this picture of myself."
The cop says, "Let me see." So the blonde motorist gives the mirror to the blonde cop, who looks at it, and replies,
"Well, if I'd known you were a police officer, I wouldn't have pulled you over."
I just can't get enough of our Mayor up here in Boston,
Mumbles Menino has made a name for himself by his own special language
spoken at every press conference and public event.
Mo, Sully, Lanz and Frag have heard the guy, he is priceless, he believes he keeps getting reelected because of his politics but we know better!
He invented the Wrolling Wrally parade with duck boats up here after
the Patriots won SB 36.
The Victory Parade thru the city was highlighted by public intoxication and public urination.
The Mayor said, next time there is a winner and a parade here we won't tolorate these knuckleheads
Mumbles implemented the first Wrolling Wrally after the Pats SB38 win and it was designed to keep
the band of knuckleheads moving as the players rode by, the result was widespread public intoxification
and public urination.
It's what we do in Boston.
This would be Mayor Mumbles congratulating the Patriots on winning the AFC championship last week, he
loves to show his knowledge of the players.
Standing in front of the cameras he says:
"I wana congraduate the Newnland Pariots foah the vicory. Now on to the Suebow in Indianpols to beat
the Colts and Archie Manning.....what,,,,what......oh the Giants and Peyton.....no .....what?
Eli? Eli who?.....nevah mine
and with ah playez like
Wes Wekler, Ron Grabouski, Alan Canandez,and Donnie Branch catchin passes and Tommy Brady bein pateckted
by a line of Matt Wright, Logan Airport, Con Odonoly, Brian Walters and that big German kid.... no one
can stop us.
It will only get better when he tries to figure out who the Mayor of East Rutherford NJ is.
to make the bet.
I'll finish this nonsense with a joke from
then there were my cousins... Irish they were and drunk for sure and they sat in the comer of Mulligan's newly refurbished bar.
Across the wall opposite was a huge mirror, fourteen feet long and stretching from floor to ceiling.
Glancing around the room Pat suddenly spotted their reflection in the mirror.
'Mick, Mick,' he whispered. 'Don't look now but there's two fellas over there the image of us!'
'In the name of God,' said Mick, spotting the reflection. 'They're wearing identical clothes and everything.'
'That does it,' said Pat. 'I'm going to buy them a drink.'
But as Pat started to rise from his seat, Mick said, 'Sit down Pat one of them's coming over!'