Melo not listening?? Buck Showalter lets it all hang out?? A-Rod does a good deed?? Do I have anything else to say?? Its here in this edition of Rants and Raves.
Sorry this is a short one. Gearing things up for my annual WrestleMania Party. 16 people will be attending and coordinating who’s bring what is a chore, considering they work during the day and I work at night. Makes for a long day. I hope you all get a chance to read my WrestleMania predictions which I posted Wednesday. Last year I went 7-2. I also would be interested to read who you think will win at this years event from Atlanta, Georgia.
Maybe it’s a good thing the Nets didn’t trade for Melo. In a losing effort to Milwaukee this past Saturday, it seemed that Anthony wanted nothing to do with the Knicks bench after a time-out. He stood away while the rest of the players were listening to the coach. Its not like this hasn’t happened to Carmelo before. He very rarely listened to Coach Boeheim while at Syracuse.
What does Buck Showalter have in common with Derek Jeter and the Boston Red Sox? Nothing, Zero, Zilch!! Wow wee, what’s even more surprising is Buck Showalter being aggressive with his mouth. In an article in Men’s Health, Showalter had the following to say about Jeter:
"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout," Showalter said. "Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, he [ticks] me off."
And then on the offensive against the Red Sox:
“I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll. You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their butt. It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?"
” -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, quoted in Men's Health
You think the Yankees and Red Sox aren’t waiting for the Orioles???
It’s not often that you read about Alex Rodriguez doing a good deed. Its usually because he’s got his foot in his mouth. But, he did the good deed last weekend when he invited Julianne Ramirez, and her family, of Tampa to a Yankee game. A-Rod spoke to the youngster for 25 minutes. Last year, Julianne notice a 3-year-old friend Bella Villa had stopped swimming and was sinking underwater at a pool party. Ramirez rescued Villa from the pool, and having learned CPR in the Girl Scouts, began chest compressions on the youngster. Rodriguez surprised Ramirez with a phone call about 25 minutes before the Yankees played the Pirates. He extended the invitation for a game against Minnesota in Fort Myers. "I have a little surprise for you," Rodriguez told Ramirez from an office phone near the clubhouse. "We would like to invite you to a game tomorrow as our special guest. Would you be interested in coming down and watching us?" Ramirez quickly said "yes" and added "thank you." "We're going to make sure that it's a very, very special day and a day you'll never forget," Rodriguez replied. "We're very proud of you. It's a remarkable story and it's one that I shared with my teammates. I'm inspired by it and can't wait to hear more about it, and really enjoy a great day with you tomorrow." The Yankees and Twins honored Ramirez in a pre-game ceremony at Minnesota's spring training home this past Sunday.
Joined my first fantasy baseball league last week. Had the draft this past Sunday. Got $400 to spend on 26 players. It was interesting trying to bid on players. Didn’t get everyone I wanted but I am happy with my team.
Thanks goodness baseball is here. Today starts the MLB season and my team gets to lead it off on ESPN. Yankees against Tigers. Go Yanks!!
At least baseball will take away the thought of not having the NFL around come August and September. Right??
Pictures by : Derek Jeter - zillow.com, A-Rod - style.popcrunch.com, Buck Showalter - bohsandos.com, Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) - assets.gearlive.com, Boston Red Sox Logo - minot43.homestead.com
Happy Wednesday to all and welcome to another opportunity to share a few deep thoughts. Since we are in the home stretch of spring training, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to focus in on MLB this week. There are so many things that I love about baseball, but one of the classic peculiarities is how players talk. Everyone has a nickname and they are all cliche spewing machines...I am just happy to be here...Oh and...never fuck with a winning streak!
The MLB channel did a special this week about cliches. They had Sean Casey, Al Leiter and John Smoltz see how many they could do in 20 seconds. The first person had the advantage as once a cliche was used, it did not count again. Smoltz was last but managed to tie Casey and Leiter with 7. Here is a compilation of cliches from this spring...winning has taken on new meaning:
As most of you know, my son is a catcher in high school. I may not have mentioned this, but my father in law was a catcher in college as well. There is nothing I love better than to get him telling stories of his playing days. It was such a different time, that much of what he describes just does not happen any longer. He tells one story about an umpire that used to call their games. They were pretty good friends, but one night this umpire was squeezing the zone and generally being an ass. One thing led another and he decided to give the ump a bit of the business. He called a fastball and acted like he was catching a curve. He let the ball through and it nailed the umpire. The ump was furious with him and threw him out of the game. I have never seen that happen, but check out this video:
Another story he tells is about this stud player that was all state in football and baseball in high school. He was on 2nd base and the ball was lined to right field. The right fielder made a great throw and my father in law knew that the runner was going to try to run him over (only allowed in MLB now). He gathered the career throw from right field and ducked down to absorb the collision, then stood straight up. When he stood up, he flipped the runner completely over his back and the runner hit his head on home plate...knocking him out. The base runner's coach came out and started yelling at my father in law and his coach came out and started yelling at the other coach. He said that they had the coaches had the most amazing fist fight you have ever seen...right at home plate. How crazy...but not as crazy as this:
Baseball...it is not quite as it was back in the day, but it is still fun.
What other sport can you engage an official like this?
If there is one thing that I am looking forward to this year it is the Baltimore Orioles. As you will remember, Buck Showalter took over late last year and the birds took flight under his leadership. In the offseason, management went out and got Buck a few new pieces to work with and it is obvious that he thinks that the Orioles will compete in the AL East this year. How do I know this?In an interview recently in Men's Journal, Showalter was critical of Boston's GM Epstein and the Yankee's Derek Jeter.
"I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll," Showalter told the magazine. "You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their butt. It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?'
"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout," Showalter told the magazine about the Yankees captain. "Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, he [ticks] me off."
Last season, the Orioles and Red Sox split their 18 games, 9-9.
Buck Showalter knows exactly what he is doing. He is stirring the pot and getting his guys ready to go battle the Yankees and the Red Sox this year. Do the Orioles have as much talent as the Red Sox and Yankees? No, but he knows that if he tip toes around the big dogs, that they won't get to eat. Buck is an old school manager and this is what he thinks that his team needs. There is one thing for sure, the games in the AL East won't be without a bit of drama this year. I can't wait...
When I played Little League, there was a team that we played that had identical twins. One of the twins later played QB at Southwest Texas State and is now a sheriff somewhere...but I digress. The twins both pitched and caught and you could never tell which one was which. I was reminded of this earlier in the week when I read about Jose Canseco sending his twin to box in his place. Did you read this story?
Former baseball slugger and Miami-Dade resident José Canseco is at it again.
A representative of the firm Celebrity Boxing confirmed Sunday that Canseco was a no-show Saturday at a boxing event in Hollywood – and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie in his place, El Nuevo Herald has learned
Some 30 minutes before his bout against Billy Padden at the Passion nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it was discovered that the Canseco who was in South Florida ready to fight was not the same guy who hit 462 homeruns in the Major Leagues.
Damon Feldman, promoter of the celebrity boxing program, which also includes female boxing, had tell about 400 fans who had paid their tickets that there would not be a fight.
“We discovered the Canseco who showed up was Ozzie when he took off his shirt and didn’t have José’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising,” a Celebrity Boxing representative told El Nuevo Herald. The man said he did not want to be identified.
José Canseco did not respond to telephone calls.
On Sunday, however, José Canseco posted two messages on Twitter saying: “Damon Feldman did not comply with his part of the agreement,” and “be careful with Damon Feldman, the Celebrity Boxing leader, who will not pay you if you fight for him.”
Yeah...I don't think that you are identical any longer Jose. How stupid was this plan? Perhaps if you boxed with long sleeves on? I don't think that Mr. Feldman's reputation took much of a hit from Canseco's tweet. Some things never change...a douche is always a douche.
That's all I have for today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey to chew on...
"When you die, if you go somewhere where they ask you a bunch of questions about your life and what you learned and all, I think a good way to get out of it is just to say, 'No speaka English.'"
"Whenever I need to ``get away,'' I just get away in my mind. I go to my imaginary spot, where the beach is perfect and the water is perfect and the weather is perfect. The only bad thing there are the flies. They're terrible!"
Some moron (Rick Reilly perhaps?) had the stupid notion to compare Jimmy Fredette to Pistol Pete Maravich. Ummm, how ‘bout we give young Mr. Fredette an opportunity to play a game or two at the NBA level before you go that route? Here’s the deal – the NBA is tough enough for rookies, and this kind of hype will not only put a ridiculous amount of pressure on the young man, it'll inflame passions in the locker room of the team where he goes.
March Madness. I’m having fun watching this stuff. Too bad Florida State got beat.
Anybody wanna run their pie-holes on the VCU rams now? These boys did the Pac-10 (USC), Big Least (Georgetown), the Little Ten (Purdue), and now run up into the Biggest of the Big 12 boys (Kansas). It’s OK Dickie V and Jay Bilas, but on your man pants and admit you were wrong, and that shit like this is exciting.
Now we get to the Ohio State Fuckeyes! Did you hear that loud cheer screeching out from across America? That was the rest of the country celebrating your loss Punk-eyes! Look Suckeye fan, enough is enough with your Ohio is great attitude – Yeah, you took a deserved loss. But don’t worry Chuckeyes, you be excessively hyped again next year by the stupid knob-gobbling talking heads, and you’ll talk your trash, only to have your hearts cut out of you again! It’s all good.
NFL . So let’s see, the players are locked in a money struggle with owners, and they don’t seem to care that their silly actions are making them look worse and worse. Adrian Peterson compares it to modern day slavery. Dez Bryant has nothing better to do than getting banned from an exclusive luxury mall for 90 days because his pants were sagging and he “has a history of problems” there. Yet another Cow-sissy, Bryan McCann got busted for public intoxication after an incident at a Dallas nightclub. Yeah this type of crap will get folks onto your side you dumb asses.
Hey AP, stop fumbling the ball, then you MIGHT have room to talk.
Bryant has zero room to be fucking up like this – his name ain’t the cleanest as it is. He needs to be doing things better, cleaner, smarter, and far more respectful than everybody else. Dude, you’re a fucking professional football player, pull your pants up and be respectful of your surroundings – you have to know that the snobs aren’t gonna be down with the gangsta look. By the way Bryant, I’d say being late to (and falling asleep at) practices, refused to participate in hazing (I do agree with the hazing shit), often injured, and worst of all not knowing the playbook doesn’t qualify as doing the right thing.
NHL. The last person right about now in the NHL that should be going with head shots would be who? If you said Bertuzzi, you’d be right. So what did this mental giant do? Gets tossed five minutes into the game for high elbows that connected with the Black Hawks Ryan Johnson.
Rant of the Week – Rock bands. Colin Cow-turd has his version of a 64 team bracket, but instead of ball teams, he has rock bands where the fans can vote – this idiot had five million votes and the final two remaining was Led Zeppelin vs. the Beat-nicks? The Beatles? Are you freaking kidding me?
OK look, I gave up rock and metal somewhere in the 80’s when the hair bands got popular and never looked back, especially now with the screamers out there, but this obsession with the Beatles is annoying at best. Some ass-clown from Rolling Stone Magazine make the point that the Beatles were better because they did everything first – DUDE WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP. Just because those turd-burglars did it first doesn’t mean they did it right. Jesus, I'd rather listen to ABBA!!!
Cow-turd then said that he can’t hear a Zeppelin song on the radio nowadays because it takes forever for the song to get going. This dude spends far too much time with the arts and croissant crowd or something.
OK Gabbers, whose better – the Beatles or Led Zeppelin?
I just get the feeling that true rockers didn’t vote because I just can’t see the real ones getting into the Beatles. I’m still wondering what about the Ramones, Rush, Lynard Skynard, Pink Floyd, Ted Nugent, and similar type groups? Simple, the record industry didn’t put all kinds of money into advertising them and the DJ’s wouldn’t play them either.
Anyway folks, time to head out - got to get back to work on renovating the Kitchen. Peace and ranting forever...
Well here we are again...My God Monday's come fast...Too fast! I guess sports wise, it's all about college sports this week...The NCAA Basketball Final Four is set...How many of you have a bracket that still has a chance? I didn't think so...Kentucky and UConn...And VCU and Butler...Who the hell had that!?! Well let me give my uneducated guess at this...I say it will be UConn and Butler in the Final, and UConn will win it...
Driving to work Saturday morning the local talk radio guys were crying about the big Ohio State loss to Kentucky...Conspiracy theories are saying they got a tougher bracket because Jim Tresel is a fuck-tard...Ummm, their first two games were against UTSA and George Mason...After looking at the brackets, and how they rolled those two teams...Their draw wasn't any tougher than the other #1 seeds...Quit crying Luckeye fans...They just got beat...Plain and simple...
Hell, I just saw that a rival Cleveland blogger...One who is always viewing things through rose colored glasses, is starting to show signs of excepting reality...She's_starting_to_break...
Saturday night while I was slinging the food at the Fish House, Notre Dame Alum, and Baltimore Raven, Tom Zbikowski was in the boxing ring again...He won his third professional fight in a 4 round unanimous decision, against Caleb Grummet, a former MMA fighter...Zbikoski was giving up 20 pounds to Grummet, and dominated the first three rounds...Grummet came back strong in the 4th round and worked Zbikowski hard against the ropes, but it wasn't enough to take the decision...
The NCAA Hockey Tourney was also taking place this weekend...I spent Friday night watching the games, and then again Saturday night after work...The baby and I had a couple bottles and caught up on the action...Sunday's games would set up Hockey's final for, which they gave the douchey title of, "The Frozen Four"...Here's the final four for Hockey...Minnesota Duluth will face Notre Dame...And Michigan will take on North Dakota...
Last week I predicted Boston College would take it all...Why not? They had guys on this team, including between the pipes that have won 2 titles already...But they got it handed to them Friday by Colorado College...I also was nervous about my Irish...Their Goalie seems to get caught out of position a lot...But Sunday night he stood on his head to help them to a 2-1 victory over New Hampshire....The Irish also have 12 Freshman in their lineup...The says a lot about Coach Jeff Jackson, not only as a coach, but also a recruiter...I hope they can pull it off!
So Saturday nights, when I'm driving home from the Fish House, I pop 98.5 WNCX on the radio...This is the "Classic Rock" station in Cleveland...I don't listen to it often...At this stage, there's only so much pink Floyd, and ACDC I'm willing to tolerate...But Saturday night they have this fat ass, "Mr. Classic" on the air with his "Saturday Night House Party"...He's got that scratchy, I smoke too much voice, and a quality burnout feel...
But the best part is the insane amount of burnouts that call in and request tunes...These dudes, and they're all dudes, sound between 40-60 years old, and they're sitting in their one bedroom, pounding Pabst Blue Ribbon with the bong on the coffee table, and the radio cranked..."Mr. Classic, man let me hear some Artful Dodger!"
Sweet Jesus, it's painful to listen to these ass-hats that contribute so much to society...But damn, it's funny too!
Wooooo Pig Sooie!!! Kind of an odd chant to be sure and in a way, unsophisticated and I guess, part of the allure. Calling the hogs seems almost surreal. Fans are talking about pigs. lol. For a long time football had dominated at that school and they even won a National Championship back in the 1960s. Then about the mid-70s, Eddie Sutton changed all that. Basketball was an event of epic proportions.
Past stars like Sidney Moncrief, Marvin Delph and Ron Brewer (father of current star on Ronnie Brewer) whetted the apetitie of Razorback fans. Arkansas then hired a black coach named Nolan Richardson, who is a legend albeit a controversial one. leading the Razorbacks to the Promised Land in 1994 ,beating Duke led, Grant Hill to win the National Championship.
As the years progressed Nolan Richardson had stirred emotions with charges of racism against the school and there is even some merit according to some, when certain officials were dropping the N-bomb in board meetings. But that was a long time ago and the school and Richardson have basically reconciled their differences. But with that said, Arkansas and it's basketball program have fallen into disrepair. Only football is bringing in the fans. That is, until last week. Last week, Mike Anderson was hired away from Missouri, after a respectable showing with the Tigers. But Anderson was a long time assistant with Nolan Richardson and Arkansas fans are expectant, that those days are right around the corner, once again. Coach Anderson and former hogs under Richardson and Anderson's tutelage and trying to preserve one of Arkanas's best recruiting classes ever. And he is trying to get the players back from last year who had issues with now former coach John Pelphrey. And it looks good and even for 2012, when Arkansas has two premier players showing initial interest and that has a lot to do with Anderson himself.
That is the shot that made Arkansas history and Coach Mike Anderson will bring that back. Momentum is building and Anderson was just the first salvo fired in regenerating enthusiam in the Arkansas Basketball program.