No Starbuck here?? Hockey’s greatest save ever?? The perfect jersey?? All this and more in this weeks edition of….
Chad Ochocinco had a bad day when his car was broken into. It wasn’t that his wallet, iPod, and other contents of his wallet were missing. Oh no, that wasn’t as important as his starbuck card being stolen too. He was freakin out over his starbuck card. Well, I might have too if I was a Gold Card member. This is what he said, "You know how many coffees I've had to drink and lemon loafs I've had to purchase to get to that gold card? I had $220 left on my Starbucks card. Not just any Starbucks card, but a gold Starbucks card."
For the record, his wallet was found, the only thing missing was his money (credit cards were in the wallet) and his star bucks card.
The story does have a happy ending, however. Starbucks reached out to him via Twitter and agreed to replace his gold card.
Here is the clip of an upset Ochocinco:
Martin Brodeur made, what I think, is the greatest save ever by a goalie against the Rangers. For those that didn’t see it, here it is, it’s a beauty:
On October 8, 1956 he was perfect. So perfect that no one on the opposing team reached base. So perfect, in fact, only 2 players in the 19th century, and 19 players in the modern era have done do.
Now the perfect uniform is for sale. That’s right Don Larsen is giving his uniform for auction to help pay for the cost of his grandchildren’s college education. Yogi Berra‘s uniform sold for $565,000 in an auction. Bidding will begin on October 8th, and end on December 2nd.
Congratulations to Kasey Kahne who won this third Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For those that are interested Dana Patrick finished 30th.
There must be something with three’s this week, as Dario Franchitti won his 3rd Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Congrats to Dario.
Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.
As mentioned by other’s at YouGabSports, none of the top $$$ teams are in first place right now. I don’t think the Dodgers are a surprise team as they have the talent. To me Baltimore is the surprise team to-date. Buck has got his team headed in the right direction.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Beeze made a comment on Monday that found a place in the back of my grey matter. If Memorial Day is a day to acknowledge those that have sacrificed for our country, why do we say have a happy Memorial Day? How many that fired up the grill this weekend gave a thought to why they were not at work on Monday? There is no doubt that those that have lost loved ones in service spend this day celebrating their memories. In reality, it does not work too well to wish someone a memorial Memorial Day. Truly, there is no adjective that fits the purpose for this holiday. Of course, when you really get down to it…if you think of the reason for Christmas, wishing someone a merry Christmas is not exactly an appropriate greeting either, right? I guess the best we can do is to enjoy the time off and raise our glass to thank those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
I saw this on Yahoo on Tuesday and felt compelled to share:
Hannah Hobbs, an employee of Bennigan's in Borger, recently served a guest who ordered a beer for his friend who was a fallen comrade.
The beer was intended to be a memorial to Navy Lt. J.G. Francis Toner IV. The guest left a note with the beer that read “In memory of Lt. J.G. Francis Toner, USN. Killed in action 27 March 2009, Balkh Province, Afghanistan. ‘Non sibi said patriae’ NOT FORGOTTEN!”
Without wanting to empty the beer, Hobbs finally took a photo of the memorial at the end of the night and posted it to her personal Facebook page so the image could live forever. In her post above the photo she stated, “This guy came in and asked if it was ok if he left this on the bar.. I cried :( I left it there until like 11:30 ... I didn’t want to pour it out but I had to. So I’m posting this pic so it can stay forever!! So can I get some likes people??”
To her surprise, the post went viral, attracting 1,071,335 “likes” and was shared more than 96,047 times on the social networking site. Hobbs has received recognition and praise from past and present military service members, as well as from the public. Hobbs also received an award from Bennigan's called a ABCD (Above and Beyond Call of Duty) Award. Well done Hannah!
Last week, I discussed how the Big East and ACC missed the boat with regards to a four team playoff. I made the observation that 6 did not go into 4, but perhaps my math was a bit faulty. I read today that SEC coaches want the best 4 teams in the playoff, not just teams that have won their conference. I guess that figures... but I would be very surprised if the Big 10 and Pac 12 went along with this. Just as the Big East and ACC will be huge losers with a 4 team playoff, so potentially would the Big 10 and Pac 12. As a fan, I prefer the best 4 teams to be included, but then again…I don’t have riches to consider. How much control has the SEC gained? The SEC commish has been pushing for a playoff and is determined to make it happen this summer. But, what if the best four teams happen to be in the SEC as Florida’s Will Muschamp suggested? The Big 10 wants conference champs. Steve Spurrier continues to believe that an 8 team playoff would benefit college football. He used the recent late season runs of the Packers and Giants as a reason to have additional teams included. Perhaps the SEC is too good for only a four team playoff. If the rest of college football understands the significance of this outcome, they will check their math and realize that 8 is larger than 4.
And…the Spurs win again. B.O.B mentioned that he was pulling for the Spurs so that Laker fan would suffer. In my mind, the Lakers have more important things to worry about than the Spurs winning another championship…like being the best team in LA. The Spurs have a very impressive winning streak going, but I would be very surprised if they swept OKC. I also think that the Spurs should cherish the wins over Durant and crew, as I suspect that this will be the last year that it happens. All great teams seem to have to pay their dues before they realize the brass ring. The dues paying are just about over for the talented youngsters in Oklahoma City. Do you think that San Antonio can run the table? It would historic, but I doubt it will happen. Of course, the Spurs have their own way of doing things…so who knows.
Do you remember when TO was doing sit ups in the drive way while giving an interview? Do you remember when TO was cut from the Wranglers arena team? Yep…TO is done in Allen. Although TO was a part owner, he was released on Wednesday for missing a team appearance at a local hospital. Here is a statement issued by the team on Tuesday:
"Our fans are amongst the best in the league, and it is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player's lack of effort both on and off the field," Frankel said in a statement released to ESPNDallas.com. "We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community."
TO’s people issued a statement indicating that he wished the Wranglers well, but that he would remain focused on returning to the NFL. Yeah…good luck with that Terrell. When you can’t keep a job with an arena team, I don’t think that the NFL will have much interest in your future. It always seems to end badly when Owens is involved…
I had to add this...
Here is a picture of a very good friend and his grandson. My buddy is a manager at a restaurant in the Austin area. We worked together at this same restaurant 30 years ago. Saturday night he was managing and it was a typical crazy holiday weekend. He got a complaint from a customer about a screaming baby. Apparently there were two different tables with screaming babies. A table nearby was at their wits end and made a complaint. I have raised three kids and when we went out to eat, I would pick up my kid and walk around until the crying ceased. My buddy very politely approached the table and said, folks I hate to mention this, but I have received a complaint about the noise. If there is anything you can do to quiet your child, I would really appreciate it. Not a fun task, but part of the gig...the parents acted as if he had reached down, grabbed a rib and struck the child. They became enraged and stormed out of the restaurant. Bad deal...but it was made worse when the guy that complained about the noise went on facebook to gloat about "getting the crying baby evicted". Now, of course this was not what happened but it did not matter. A shit storm erupted with a mother's group going crazy. Several folks went to the restaurant facebook to tell the real story, but mother's across the country did not care. They wanted my buddy fired and they were going to never eat at this restaurant again. I commented to one of the women in DC and it turns out she is a chef. I did not say this, but I suppose there are not too many crying babies in the kitchen. I loved the comment from one dad, " I have two children under 5 and they know how to act in public." Amen! Do parents just not think that they have any responsibility for the behavior of their kids in public? I am a parent and remember what it was like to have a young child. Perhaps because I worked in a restaurant, I was more aware?
What I don't understand is how a decision to boycott a restaurant can be made based on a facebook thread. It is a crazy world we live in...
That’s all I have today, but here is a bit of Jack Handey for you:
It makes me mad when I go to all the trouble of cooking up about a hundred drumsticks and the guy at Marineland says, "You can't throw chicken to the dolphins. They eat fish." Sure they eat fish . . . if that's all you give them! Man, wise up.
Children need encouragement. If a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way he develops a good, lucky feeling.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…
Welcome to the tantrums where Uncle B.O.B. hopes you all had an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day Weekend. May God continue to bless the United States of America.
Rant #1 - NBA Playoffs. So let’s see…as of Thursday we had Boston, Miami, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City remaining in the playoffs, yet who are the talking heads discussing? Yep, the LA Lakers.
Speaking of the Laker fans, no sooner do they get eliminated from playoff contention then their fans raid Sacramento Kings fans web sites and using their “Look how many rings we have” and “Sacramento Queens” card. Hey Faker fan, if Timmy Fundamental down in San Antonio gets his FIFTH ring, he passes Shaq and ties Kobe! That reminds me, San Antonio could win their Fifth title if they pull it out, and that would jerk on the chain of Faker fans for like no other. For that reason – I am pulling for San Antonio.
San Antonio has now won 19 straight games after that Game One win over OKC with a margin of victory over 14 points averages. I'm starting to wonder if these guys can be beat again this seaosn.
Miami and Indiana playing “Street Ball” is interesting, but what I saw out of Psycho T, Udonis Haslem, and the Miami scrub who cross-checked the Indiana scrub is beyond outrageous.
So Miami vs. Boston. If Boston is smart, they take the lesson from Indiana, that being that the Heat can be beaten down low. You already know KG is not only gonna try that, he’s gonna use cheap shots and stupid yapping to get into LBJ’s head. Pat Riley better be getting that point across to LBJ 24/7. Boston might take one game, maybe two, but there’s no way D-Wade allows a failure in the Conference Finals. I have to think Miami will run the Celtics out of the gym.
Rant #2 - NHL Stanley Cup. I have gained a lot of respect for this sport, and I am truly excited to see a #6 seed face a #8 seed. Granted I have no use for an LA/NY-NJ championship series, but if it helps get the word out and increase awareness of this great sport, then I guess I can put my hatred of these two places away for a week and a half.
Rant #3 - Indy 500. For what I believe is the second consecutive year, the race turned on a last lap crash. Crazy. Speaking of which, what's with Ashley Judd proving she can count to three?
Rant #4 – MLB. Anybody believe this rumor out of NY that the Steinbrenners saw that LA Dodger sale and believe they could sell the Yankees for $3 to $5 billion dollars? Look, the Steinbrenners are what nearly destroyed America’s Pasttime and I would be the first to want them out of MLB, but to sell for that much is ludicrous and doesn’t make sense for the folks who would buy them. How the hell could they possibly recoup that investment? I'd have to think that's impossible.
What the hell is with Paul Konerko? Is he drinking from the Fountain of Youth? If so, I want to know where it is. What a great job this dude is doing batting nearly .400 and helping the White Sox keep close in the AL Central.
Gotta give the Devil his due. The LA Dodgers are still seven games up in the NL West with Kemp out. Not a good sign for Los Gigantes. And what about Arizona? I am in shock at how they’re performing.
Speaking of the NL West, it appears that Phil Mickelson (yep, the golfer) is joining a group trying to buy the San Diego Padres. This group reportedly also includes the O'Malleys, the former long time owners of the Dodgers. I'm thinking that can only help San Diego.
Well lookie here, one of my favorite potheads threw out the first pitch at the White Sox game. That’s right, Snoop Dogg…
The commentators were having some serious fun with this, as was Snoop – note the Tebowing!
Rant #5 - UFC. Rumors of the return of Brock Lesnar circulated when he showed up for that UFC show Saturday night between Dos Santos and Mir. OK I guess, but wasn't he less than spectacular in his last few fights previous to his leaving?
Rant #6 – NFL. Are the Detroit Lions the next Cincinnati Bungles? All that talent, and now they all wanna get in trouble? Nick Fairley getting a DUI down in ‘Bama is the latest…
Bonus Rant. Did anybody catch that link I posted on Facebook on the guy who felt uncomfortable referring to those who died serving their country as heroes? MSNBC's Chris Hayes got himself some unwanted attention trying to use too many big words in order to say that he thought the word "hero" was thrown around too loosely. But to say that in the context of war dead was too much. He apologized today, and used a lot of the right language including the fact that he never served and it was easy for him to yap about it, but the damage has been done.
I can respect the fact that he spoke his mind, hell that's what we who served believe in. But he could have used a far better example of the overuse of the word "hero".
Happy Memorial Day...Isn't it stupid of us to say "Happy Memorial Day?" I mean, it's a day celebrating those who gave their lives for our country...Why should we be so happy? We go to parades...We fire up the grill, drink beers maybe check out the baseball, and we're over-joyed to not be at work...Yeah, I guess it would suck if we spent all day moping around a cemetery...I guess me and my high-horse are saying, take a few minutes and remember why the hell you aren't at work today...
Now on with our regularly scheduled blog...So far this weekend has been crazy for me...I'm writing this at 10:30 PM Sunday, and all I want to do is sleep...We had to go into Erie, PA Saturday to check on some things with my Father-in-law...I won't get into it all, but he's losing his marbles...During the afternoon, my in laws were all fired up about us taking the kids to a Russian Festival at a local church...Okay, so we get there and all it is, is a bunch of old people listening to people singing in Russian, and some Russian food...Nothing fun for kids to do, except joining their father in a classic, 'U-S-A-U-S-A-U-S-A' chant!
Saturday night we did get to hook up with some friends and check out some Double-A baseball, As the Akron Aeros (Indians) traveled to take on the Erie Seawolves (Tigers)...Erie won 7-3...But more importantly, the kids had fun, and were well behaved...Even over-tired, Molly was there busting a move to "YMCA"...The little Beeze got restless, but that happens when he's tired, and his Allergies are flared up...And they were big time...
When we got back to the in laws, it was way past bedtime...Molly was a bit thrown off about her bedtime surroundings, so I stole my oldest daughters ipod touch and got into the Molly play-list...I've set her up with some good tunes...Most 17 month old kids aren't this cool...She likes Coltrane, Portishead, Damien Rice, and Paul Westerberg a lot...But the first one on there was Billy_the_Kid...And it was Billy that got her to relax and comfortably doze off...
Here's a tune Billy wrote about a guy who was a foster kid, and when he was 18 not knowing what to do or where to go with his life, he signed up to serve in the military...10 years or so later and he keeps going "Back in the Sand."
Sunday morning I took the kids to a park for awhile, then we hit a local Candy store-Ice Cream shop-and Coffee shop...What the hell...Just an evil combination for my fat ass, let alone my sugar loving kids!
Later in the afternoon we headed back home...Then we went to a Memorial Day weekend party at one of our friends house...Like I said at the time...Party just sounds odd to me...But it was great seeing a number of friends...My one buddy from high school and I were just shaking our heads at all the little kids, and the fact that we were responsible for 3 each...Seems crazy sometimes when you think about it...
-In sports...Well, I'm not happy...My New York Rangers lost game 6 Friday night to the New Jersey Devils...That pissed me off enough, but then there were dummies on Twitter...Dummies like ESPN's Mike Greenberg, who was one of many who called the game revenge for the Rangers beating the Devils in 1994...SO I of course had to respond...
"@Espngreeny really, the 3 Cups they won after '94 weren't revenge...You know nothing about Hockey...Shut the hell up!"
"@Espngreeny Your stupid network doesn't even cover Hockey...Be quiet you gash!"
Seriously, revenge...Brodeur is the only Devil left from back then...And there is no one left on the Rangers...How the fuck is it revenge...Like I said, the 3 cups the Devils won after '94 probably made up for it...Fuck stains!
-As for the Stanley Cup Finals, I can't root for the Devils...And I'd feel dirty rooting for the LA Kings...SO I'll sit back and just try to enjoy the hockey...Although with as hot as LA has been, including the stellar play of their goalie Johnathan Quick, I think the Kings will take it...
-Have you heard about Curt Schillings shitty video game company...First he jerked around people in Massachusetts, and got a sweat deal to move to Rhode Island, which included a $75 million loan from the state...Well, 38 Studios (the company's name) couldn't make their $1.25 million payment last week...And their staff hadn't been paid since the end of April...Well, Thursday the entire staff of 379 people were laid off, and lost their health benefits...Somehow I bet ya, Curt and his bloody sock will come out of this okay...Shady fucker will find some way to beat the system, while the little guy, his employees, and the taxpayers will be getting deep dicked!
Hello Gabbers, would have been here sooner but they have been working the shit out me the past week, and I fell a sleep last night before I could put my blog together. In 1982, after graduating from high school I enlisted in the United States Navy, and left for sunny Orlando, Florida to attend boot camp. After Boot Camp, I attended tech school in Meridian, Mississippi, where I learned about racism first hand.
I then attended submarine school in New London, Connecticut, and then it was off to my first duty station aboard to the USS Pintado (SSN-672) which was at that time in Honolulu, Hawaii. We returned to another beautiful place San Diego, California where I finished my tour of duty. In 1984, I went to the North Pole and missed the World Series in which the Tigers won. I guess the good thing that came out of that year, was how may can say they have been to the North Pole?
I remember a young Tony Gwynn at the beginning of his Hall of Fame career, along with Nolan Ryan and Joe Niekro and a young Ryan Sandberg. I seen Dan Fouts, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow, too bad his kid did not turn out that good. I remember the Padres, Chargers and yes even the Clippers. What I remember the most about the Clippers is that they were not very good, and their indoor soccer team had more sell-outs than they did.
But sports is not as important tomorrow, as remembering our troops and those who have served and died for our country. We should remember those who were sent to a needless war, and died for their country because of the selfishness of our former President. Happy Memorial Day Gabber,s and to those who have served and or have family members who are serving our country. Remember the vets who have served and died in previous wars, as they are our fallen heroes......