Let me start off with this years Gobble awards. These are for the biggest Turkeys in Sports for the past year. We will work from 1-to 5 Gobbles the biggest Turkey gets 5 Gobbles.
NFL , constantly changing the rules which is creating some inconsistent Officiating. The NFL who should also adopt the college system of every play being reviewed by replay Officials hasn’t seemed to slow down the college game at all.
Last week I mentioned the Chicago Black Hawks selling part of their championship Ice.and we all know that when ice melts it reverts back to it’s original form.
The Boston Red Sox have topped that they are auctioning of players shaved beards. Again like the Blackhawks it’s all for charity but really auction off a stick or a bat or something else.
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
This goes to Johnny Football for being a dumb ass in the off season. Kid has his whole future a head of it.and his ticket wrote so don’t blow it.
In the words of the Immortal Dean Vernon Wormer
“son fat drunk, and stupid is no why to go through Life son”
All the drunk it fans that think sliding down banisters or jumping from the upper deck is funny. You get what you deserve for being frigging stupid.
All the MLB players that took the Suspensions and were implicated in the Biogenesis scandal.
Johnny Peralta gets an extra half Gobble for having a press conference and just bad planning and we will throw his lawyers and agent in there for letting him talk at all.
This Years Grand Prize when is 5 Gobbles Please
You guessed it A-Rod. Yes for fighting his suspension, For walking out of meetings last week for just being a total moron. He should have taken the suspension and he may have been able to comeback and play a few more years no chance of that now.
Happy Thanksgiving to all
To all the High School Seniors who will be playing their last Football games last Night and This morning Good Luck to you all.
I will be finishing my season this morning as well. It has been a fun season worked some good games and worked with a lot of good Officials. this year.
To All Of You Here at the Gab Happy Thanksgiving be Healthy and be Safe.
Feel free to add to the Gobble awards in the comments
Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. Tonight is the biggest drinking night of the year. It’s also going to be amateur hour at the bars. As BOB has said, Friday is the main event MMA match known as Black Friday. I’ve often thought of getting a lawn chair and going just to watch these crazies. I can choose the rowdiest and root for them. The worst part about this rite of passage is that it has weaseled it’s way into Thanksgiving this year. I just hope the triptofan and all will help temper some of the crazy. Maybe there won’t be as many tramplings.
So, did anybody know they have an ultimate Frisbee league? Seriously, they have a pro ultimate Frisbee league. It was on tv. It’s know as MLU or Major League Ultimate. Right now they have 8 teams and play about 10 games a year. In their championship game, the Boston Whitecaps beat out the San Francisco Dogfish. All of our Boston fans here can add that to their bragging rights.
I saw that on Fox Sports One. As much as I’ve heard people here talking down about it, I have to give them some credit. They are trying to show some different stuff. They aren’t just pumping us with talking heads, soccer, or the like. I doubt I’d sit and watch a full game of ultimate Frisbee, but the effort to show more different sports is commendable.
If I’m a Fox affiliate, I have some great ideas for the networks. 1) Get the rights to show some D2 or D3 sports. Any state you go to has some smaller level schools. These are the kids who are hungry and playing for the love of the game rather than playing for an assumed professional payday. The schools would love the exposure and any money in their coffers. 2) I’m talking to the local minor league teams. As a Detroiter, I’d love to see the up and coming players the tigers have in Toledo. It’d also be a great way to see how any injured guys are looking on rehab stints. There’s enough of a gap in major league games to show the little guys. It’d be a great way for fans to scout their future players. 3) I’m doing more to show some different sports. The fact that Fox Sports One has a wide world of sports kinda show is just awesome. People get burned out on the usual stuff. Throw out some variety.
Now, this fall we found out Johnny Peralta had used PEDs. Well, he kinda owned up by not fighting his 50 game suspension. A lot of people criticized the Tigers for giving him playing time in the playoffs. The Giants had a similar situation with Melky Cabrera, but kept Cabrera out. The Tigers might’ve played the devil for the pay off, but were denied. Still, the Tigers escaped with little criticism for playing Peralta.
A few months later, Peralta’s a free agent. He’s put up good numbers the last few seasons. The St. Louis Cardinals are willing to give him over $50 million for four years. This time, people noticed. Sports networks, blog sites, and websites are ablaze with scorn for the signing. Current players are outraged, claiming the signing shows that it pays to cheat. The Cards GM points out that Peralta served his time and admitted his mistakes.
Still, what message does this send? Should teams spend more time considering a players character? I wonder if Peralta would have gotten as much from other teams. I believe there was plenty of interest, but I think he could’ve been signed cheaper. I think teams might need to start adding PED stipulations into contracts. The case of ARod shows the importance of foresight in the matter. The Yankees could have saved themselves time, money, and aggravation if they’d had such a clause. If I’m a GM in the MLB, any contract I sign has this built in. If a guy won’t sign it, I don’t need him.
Speaking of the MLB, the Hall of Fame ballot was released today. The Veterans committee has 10 people to choose from. The baseball writers have 36. This group includes no doubt, first ballot players like Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas as well as notable holdovers like Craig Biggio and Jack Morris. That should mean we SHOULD get a new member to the club this year. Biggio finished last year with his name on 68% of the ballots.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Happy Thanksgiving to my blogging family. I hope you all have great weekends. Take a moment to see which Lions team shows up. I’m not worried about who Green Bay has at QB; they could all beat the Lions. I leave you with your word of the week.
Black Friday, noun
The Friday following Thanksgiving. Stores have incredibly low prices for a few hours inciting mass hysteria, death, car crashes, and lost children so you can get 8 DVD players for the price of 3.
Joe: Wanna go check out Target tomorrow?
Zach: No way, man, it's Black Friday.
Greetings from the Hoodwood where the less you say about fantasy teams and last weeks picks the better your dental work will be…
Could the troubles of Jameis Winston help…Ohio State?
I’ll be perfectly honest, I like Florida State QB Jameis Winston. He reminds me of a more personable Cam Newton and hes only a redshirt freshman! Wildly talented, personable and just darn fun to watch, Winston has led the Seminoles to their best start since 1993. And with his three main competitors for the Heisman, Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, and Bryce Petty all had lackluster performances in losses for their respective squads this pass weekend, Winston is a front runner to be Florida State’s first Heisman winner since Chris Weinke (Winky!) in 2000. The problem that is brewing is that Winston has been accused of sexual assault. A young lady has accused Winston from an encounter in December 2012. Winston has stated through his lawyer that the sex was consensual and the accuser has accused the Tallahassee police of trying to dissuade her of bringing charges which in itself is disturbing. Ive read the posts by the so called wonks here and there that are already convicting Winston of rape and ready to toss him into the klink. My theory is to wait. I want to wait until all the facts are out before we make a judgment and I still don’t think that we as a sporting public are even fit to judge. Im a wannabe sports columnist who makes my point from a watchers point of view. But Im not one to judge, I can cluck my tongue at the reprehensible actions of the Tallahassee police if there were transgressions and a cover up. Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News said it rather succinctly on ESPN Sports Reports when he flatly stated Accusations aren’t arrests, arrests aren’t indictments, and indictments aren’t convictions. But here is where it gets tricky. The team that might get a big break from all of this is Ohio State. I could just see the BCS throwing one more monkey wrench into this by deciding to bypass the Seminoles and take the Buckeyes for the BCS game just to stay away from possible controversy. If Alabama ends up as the two time defending champion waiting in Pasadena after beating Auburn (no guarantee) and either Missouri or South Carolina as the SEC East Champ they could be playing a non-controversial Buckeyes team in a controversial title game especially if Florida State wins out but is still dealing with the Winston affair
300 Million: has baseball taken it to the limit?
Jay-Z is a boss, that’s all I can say. Ive always been a fan of his, call him Jigga, call him Hova, you’d be hard pressed to not call him the GOAT in the rap game. He’s pretty savvy outside the booth too, his partnership with Damon Dash to create Roca Wear was a clothing boon, he’s been the president of Def Jam records and was a part owner of the then New Jersey Nets and many feel that he was instrumental and getting that team to relocate to Brooklyn. And he’s married to some decent looking chick named Beyonce. He moved into the sports agent realm with his creation of Roc Nation Sports and is actually planning to become a licensed sports agent. His signing of Yankees star 2B Robinson Cano away from the stable of legendary super agent Steve Boras was seen widely as a coup.
Heres where things get complicated, Cano is making his walk down the free agent runway. Cano is 31 and has averaged a solid .309 with 24 HR’s and 97 RBI’s in a 8+ year career with the Yankees, he has been fairly durable averaging better 158 games a season since becoming a regular six years ago. Cano is looking for a big payday. No not like the 85 million that Brian McCann just signed with the Yankees. No, Jay-Z is floating…no pretty much telling everyone that Cano should be getting $300 million over a 10 year contract. Whewwww! That’s crazy paper even on a Jay-Z scale. My problem here is that you look at these mega contracts that have been garnered by players like Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder and A-Rod and the back end of their contracts will be as bloated as they will be when they are grinding on the basepaths in their mid 30s. The Yankees are first and foremost have been and have always been big spenders, not so fast Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner and team president Randy Levine are saying. They are flatly saying that they have no desire to give Cano that kind of money. The only team you could see paying out that kind of outrageous money would be the LA Dodgers a team flush with big money from Fox Sports, but they have their big money player that will be soon taking his walk down the free agent. His name is Clayton Kershaw. Now Kershaw is still arbitration eligible but his salary jumped from $500k to $7.5 Million to $11 million over the last three seasons. One has to wonder how much he will get in arbitration after winning his 2nd Cy Young and his 3rd straight pitching title…and remember he is still a year from becoming a free agent and many say he could command a $300 million contract, he will be six years younger than Cano but hes a pitcher and a ten year contract for a pitcher has long been frowned upon. Though MLB only spend 43% of its revenue on its salaries which is the lowest of the maojr sports and has the most profitable franchises, they have this thing with crazy bad money. Only the NBA deals out more dumber contracts than MLB has historically. The line might have been drawn at $300 million. Is a player really worth $30 million a year? Maybe, but getting that at 10 years? I think that might be the line that cant be crossed.
NBA: D-Rose…Oh no not again
Derrick Rose is one of the best young players in the NBA no one will dispute this statement, bold fearless and clutch shooter who had led the Chicago Bulls to become one of the rising powers of the East but during the 2012 playoffs disaster struck, the dynamic guard tore his left ACL and was done for the playoffs. The Bulls stumbled out of contention to really give the Heat a true challenger in the East. The trouble and grumbling began when the truncated 2013 season started and Derrick Rose was nowhere close to being ready to comeback. There were feints and stabs at a comeback but there were no games played for him in the 12-13 season. There was talk of Derrick Rose not being the same type of explosive player and that he might be tentative coming back. But Rose was back and coming along nicely until…he came up limping in Portland (What is it about franchise players getting injured in Portland?) An MRI Monday in LA confirmed the absolute worst nightmare. A torn meniscus in his right knee. Rose is out for the year and now the speculation will ratchet up on how it will take Rose to comeback from this injury and if he can ever return to the electric player that he once was. Many Bulls haters are calling it divine justice for the Jordan years (you don’t get two great players that close to each other).
Baylor and Oregon: Exposed and overrated?
Many people talked about Baylor as being a real threat for a BCS outsider to make noise, they scored points in bunches. To start out the season the Bears were scoring an average of 61 points a game. The Pundits though knocked the Bears lightweight schedule and pointed to their first (and maybe only) test would be in Stillwater where an underrated but very dangerous Oklahoma State team would be waiting. On a cold raw night, the Pokes handed the Bears a cold, raw dish of reality. Eschewing the gimmicky high speed football espoused by the Bears the Pokes played smashmouth on both sides of the ball anad smashed the former #4 team by a 49-17 count. Clint Chelf threw for 370 yards and the Bears just were wore out. Bryce Petty got hammered and their famed running game was neutralized. The Bears are pretty much out of the mix in the national championship. The Oregon Ducks in spite of losing a tight game against Stanford were still in the mix and trying to be one of the one loss teams that were still in the mix. But then they got took to the woodshed by middling Arizona team that is good but really should have not be beating the Ducks by a 42-16 score. The Ducks like the Bears are out of the mix. They might make an entertaining minor bowl matchup but they are for all intents and purposes out of the national title talk.
To Daniel Rodriguez of Clemson who scored his first colleigate touchdown. Now keep in mind that this in itself is trivial. Rodriguez is an Iraqi and an Afghanistan war vet, a purple heart recipient and a bronze star medal with valor winner. This guy is a real hero. He walked on to the Clemson football team after enrolling on the GI Bill and has been a special teams ace. He got to score in Clemson’s blowout of the Citadel and you just had to give him dap for getting his moment of glory after all he has done in service for our country.
To the Florida Gators who lost 26-20 to Georgia…SOUTHERN. Not the Bulldogs, who have already lost to earlier this season but to the FCS Eagles who are transitioning to the FBS but was supposed to be a Senior Day punching bag. Instead the Gators got socked. They lost to a team that didn’t have a single passing yard. The Eagles entire offense was running 429 yards worth and the Gators couldnt stop them. It was a humiliating loss and first to an FCS school. Not only did the Eagles get an iconic win for their history books they also got a $550k check as the supposed Gator bait victim. The Gators are assured of their worst season since 1979 and of course have no shot at a bowl game. And guess who the post-Thanksgiving guest is? Uh oh...Florida State relishing a chance to stomp its hated in state rival and put an emphatic coda to a nightmare season for the Gators.
Next week: The complexities of a cheater, Handicapping the Heisman and Has football been totally pussified?
From my side of the keyboard in the Hoodwood to yours, Have a safe, filling and blessed Thanksgiving...until next post fellow sports fans!
After my post last week, I want to close the loop and connect this post to it. Pokey didn’t rebound as quickly this time as he did after his first treatments last year, but he came around. His cancer responded well and he was able to take a second treatment. By Saturday, he was feeling well enough for us to take him for a long needed grooming.
As it happened, we called a groomer we’d never used, but was right down the street. We had previously scheduled him before his diagnosis and I had called her the day before his treatment to cancel his appointment we had booked – and she remembered him and his story and let me bring him in with just an hour notice. Furthermore, she’s battling her own personal fight with cancer. She provided the right service – they don’t cage the dogs, she got down on the floor to “meet” him and took great care of him for his haircut. Sickness and compassion joined the two of them and for that, I am immensely thankful.
It’s immensely powerful to know there are good people in the world, and to know that your story, while the most important in the world to you, is but a part – people every day have their personal struggles.
It’s on that note that I share the story of the Washington, IL high school football team. The Panthers were riding an undefeated season when last week, a massive tornado ripped through the town leveling most of it. In the schools’ first playoff game in 25 years, they met a team from Springfield – named perhaps ironically, “The Sacred Heart Cyclones.” Several of the Washington players had lost their homes – 10 in fact. The Cyclones ended the Panthers’ championship hopes – in fact, it wasn’t even close – but it’s what took place off the field that reminds us what sport is meant to be.
“I want our players to be better men than football players.”
On the Sacred Heart website, their splash page as of this writing, pays homage to their opponent only underneath announcing their next game. They are appropriately proud of their history, but cognizant of their responsibility to be good citizens. Their newsfeed shares the news of their opponents’ importance to their community, because I suppose in the end, the two communities are the same – a scant 75 miles apart. It could easily have been Springfield that was struck by the tornado.
The Sacred Heart community raised money and collected food for their Washington neighbors. They used the game to bring the communities together – and to humble their own. To bring home the lesson that this is a game, that there are more important things in life. That its more important to be good people, than to win a game.
As it happened, the Cyclones won – and won big. They did what they had to do on the field. No one is given anything and showing compassion for your opponent does not mean handing anything to your opponent. It means playing the game to your best, and that they did. But it also means remembering that everyone has their own story, everyone has their own hardships, but also remembering that communities are stronger when they’re united than when they’re divided.
So, this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful not only that Pokey will be with us, but I’m thankful for the personal perseverance of a woman I’ve met only once, who remembered my little dog was a cancer patient and for whom we had to cancel his grooming appointment so he could have treatment. I’m thankful that she has the personal strength to manage her own illness, manage her 2 kids and her own small business so that my little dog could have his hair cut – and because of that he genuinely seems to feel better.
I’m thankful for a couple of communities some half a country away from me for showing each other the true meaning of neighborhood and compassion. This is truly the best time of year – I find myself looking to the positive, actively looking for things for which I should be thankful. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all spend more time during the year being thankful for those little things in life. It would be so easy to be upset my dog is sick, and instead I’m thankful he’s responding to treatment. It would be so easy for those kids in Illinois to be upset for their hardships, but they took the field and competed – for which they were richly rewarded by the generosity of a sister community.
Enjoy your holiday, be thankful no matter your personal challenges. Someone elses’ may be worse...and despite the hardship, perhaps you or someone else may be better for it.