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NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 9-14-14
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Tags: Chicagoland Chase 101 Ambrose Johnson Stewart Harvick

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La Dee Da Dee Dee. La Dee Da Dee Da folks. Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff Gabbers and others. Been looking up at those same stars these 2 are a lot lately. Wondering about so many things. How do things go so badly in your life that you never want to see those stars again? It would seem that while I was at my Uncles funeral at lunch time the other Saturday, my brothers Ex and mother of his little girl was putting a needle in her arm for the last time. All the court room drama, the crazy accusations and fighting have all come to that last moment. Now there's a little girl who sits and looks at the stars wondering if her mommy is one of them.

Then there's Ace. He came into the world 6 weeks premature this Saturday night. He's early just like my Uncle Bud who passed away. He was 2 months premature. They put him between 2 pillows in the bun warmer side of the wood stove. No such thing as an incubator back then. You made due. So Ace my newest nephew starts out life a bit early. I just know he'll be a scrapper. So what do you see in the stars?

Been playing with my newest culinary impliment of vegetational destruction. Finally got me a Vitamix. Bought the base on eBay used for $109 and a Blendtek Wildside carafe for Vitamix blenders for $100. I will never peel another tomato again. Made the most awesome tomato sauce ever. 1 onion and 6 tomatoes, give out your best Tim Allen OH OH OH and VRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOMMMMM-MMM-MMM-MMM. Life is good.†

AMBROSE TO BID THE USA GOOD BYE

Our Aussie has decided to hang up his Sprint Cup steering wheel at the end of the 2014 season and take his family back to Australia. He's happy with what he's achieved considering his racing back ground. In Australia there are no asphalt oval tracks. The Super 8 racing he came from was all road course. He's disappointed that he didn't win on an oval but he feels that it's time to take his kids back to the Australian way of life. He didn't give any clues as to what or if he'd be racing in the future. I say good luck to you Ambrose. Pleasure to have you in Cup.

DARIAN GRUBB IS BACK

Denny Hamlin's crew chief Darian will be back fresh off his suspension to jump up on the box at Chicagoland. Darian said it was a 10c part that failed on the car. It wasn't torqued correctly and became lose during the race. I think Knuas said the same thing about a few of his infractions too.†

STEWART & HARVICK TO SWAP PIT CREWS

Starting at Chicagoland Harvick will have Stewart's crew. Harvick never seems to be happy with any crew he has. I once watched a truck race where he fired his crew in the middle of the race but then recinded it after the race. I don't expect him to be happy with Stewart's crew either but SHR want to give Harvick the best chance at a Championship he can have. Good luck with that.

JOHNSON FEELING BETTER AFTER RICHMOND PIT ROAD SPELL

Johnson got out of his car after the Richmond race, sat down and couldn't get up. His crew helped him onto a golf cart and to the infield care center where he spent about 90 minutes getting fluids for severe dehydration. He blamed a new driver cooling system that wasn't functioning properly on his issue. He said they will be swapping out that new system back to the old tried and true one going forward.

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CHASE 101

So it's now GO TIME. I stole that from a Go Daddy commercial. Actually it is go time. Go or go home. We're in the Chase. So here's the low down.

There are 16 drivers. Each starts with 2000 points plus 3 points for each win.

CHALLENGER ROUND

After the next 3 races, the 4 drivers at the bottom of the points are eliminated. A win in any of these 3 races advances you to the next round. Points are reset to 3000.

CONTENDER ROUND

After the next 3 races, 4 more drivers will be eliminated from the bottom. Again, a win in any of these races gets you advanced to the next round. Points will be reset at 4000.

ELIMINATOR ROUND

After 3 more races, 4 more drivers are eliminated. Again a win in any of the 3 races advances to next round. Points reset to 5000.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Simple as that box of chocolates Forest loves. Last race and who ever finishes the highest in that race out of the last 4 drivers gets the big trophy.†

Keselowski says the last 4 drivers will be himself, Logano, Gordon and Dale Jr. They have been the most consistant. My money is on Dale Jr. Just a feeling.

During the Chase the cars that are in the Chase at the moment will have markings. A yellow front splitter, Chase decal on the drivers door, yellow roof number and yellow name windshield visor. As they get eliminated they will go back to regular colors.

CHICAGOLAND PREVIEW

This is a 1.5 mile tri-oval track. Fast and bumpy, long green flag runs (usually) and pit road strategy will play a huge role in the out come.

Harvick - Won the Nationwide race Saturday with that pit strategy I just talked about. He starts 12th. Look for Happy to be in the top 10

Ky Bu -Won the truck race on Saturday. He's been so explosive lately in Cup. Most self explosive. He's got pole due to a rain out in qualifying. Not putting any bets on him.

Hamlin - He's just as inconsistent as his team mate Ky Bu. Not touching him either.

Johnson - Now that it's Chase time I'm guessing the all the monkey business is done. He'll be in the top 10.

Dale Jr - Mr Consistent starts 13th. Top 10

Gordon - Starts 8th behind Johnson. Top 10

Larson - Our rookie with the mostest. He scraped the right side of his car in practice after a tire went down. He finished 2nd in the Nationwide race. Starts 10th and he'll be a top 10

Edwards - Fastest in last practice. Starts 3rd. He's on a lame duck mission but I think a top 10 is doable.

Newman - Starts 2nd. Top 10

Kenseth led 89 laps last year on his way to the win. Repeat? Maybe. He starts 5th. More like top 10

Keselowski - Starts 25th. He struggled here last year. Top 10

McMurray - Doing awesome with the Hendrick cars this year. Top 10

The Danica - Was 2nd fastest in last practice. She starts 18th. Could she do another 6th place finish like at Atlanta? I hope so because I have her in one of my fantasy leagues but I'm not going to call it.†

Stenhouse - The Danica's sweety starts 4th. He had a top 10 last year.†

So we're off to the first race of the Chase. The NFL is off too. So is the NCAA. In more ways than we can count. Fantasy owners are miserable, Goodell is biting his nails and Pink-tober is around the corner. I think I'll just go out and do some star gazing. Any body else coming?

And I'm outta here.....

Does the non-sense really ever end?
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Welp, it continues:

Adrian Peterson gets the attention of Johnny Law because he took a switch to his kid. †Now call me stupid, but don't you think that a guy who just last year lost one of his other children because his baby mama boyfriend beat it so severely he killed it would be a bit more smart in his choice of discipline? †At least Minny gave him some time off.

That led Roddy White, he of Atlanta to complain that his fantasy team will suffer. †Gee Roddy, wouldn't want that to happen...

Chris Davis of Baltimore gets 25 games for amphetamines. †Enjoy the playoffs from the clubhouse Chris.

Greg Hardy down in Charlotte, and I suspect Ray McDonald in SF are gonna start this week. †Oh joy.

Danny Ferry takes an indefinite leave of absence for making non-sensical comments about Luol Deng.

MLB suspends Anthony DiScalfini of Miami two games for throwing at and hitting Carlos Gomez after Milwaukee took out Giancarlo Stanton and on the very next pitch hit another Miami batter. †But that's OK, that pitcher that took out Stanton and hit another? †He only got fined. †SMFH.

Even in the MMA - Nick Diaz loses his spot in the upcoming UFC bout because he drew his second DUI in ten months - MERE MILES FROM MY FREAKING HOUSE!!! †Oh, did I mention the obstruction of a cop, destruction of evidence (trying to puke the alcohol out), driving on a suspended license? †And this fool lives mere miles from my house? †Great...

Oh, and I guess the new NFL drug policy is gonna come out and what is it's immediate impact? †That's right, some of the guys currently under suspension will have their punishments reduced including Wes Welker, Dion Jordan, and (get this)...Josh Gordon.

Best yet: †NBA owner of the New York franchise James Dolan? †Yeah, he's rolling around literally singing the blues and has a song out that is about -- Trayvon Martin. †Not only that, this guys band is going to open for the Eagles on some of their East Coast stops. †Wow...

Finally, I guess Merrill Hoge got loose and tore Johnny "Bench" or Johnny "trademark" a new one saying this guy is just as bad as Tim Tebow.

Friday's Freak Show - 9/12/14
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If you're tired of the same tired ole BS negativity in sports, check this out, the top ten things to feel good about in sports right here. †If you don't feel like reading, let me run a few of em down: †Cincinnati/Devon Still story, Kershaw's season, KC Baseball resurgence, Jim Kelly smacking down Cancer, Vin Scully (with four accompanying videos of him describing an event during a game - including bird poop), and an actual good story out of Cleveland Football as well with a player treating fans to the movies with him. †

But with the good comes the bad, and let Uncle B.O.B. give pro athletes some very strong advice: †Coming from a guy who has done more than his share of effing up, both verbally and with the written word, y'all athletes need to step back and think before you hit the send button or let something fly out of your cakehole because some of you all say the dumbest, most ignorant shit. †STOP FREAKING EMBARRASSING YOURSELVES.

CFB. †Hey Maryland, props to you for putting the national anthem on your uniform. †

Looking forward to watching a few games, particularly South Carolina/Georgia, UCLA/Texas, and Tennessee/Oklahoma.

What a tough break for that QB out of Oklahoma State J. W. Walsh, who I've heard so many good things about. †Possibly out for the season after right lower leg surgery? †That's tough. †

Hey Jeff, what's the deal with Eric Dickerson slammning the bleep out of SMU?† I'm totally unclear on it, but it's not sounding good there.

Hey y'all, get ready for another round of scandal...it appears North Carolina may be having an investigation into some type of hazing. †If you have to be publicly investigated, chances are somebody did something pretty naughty. †Jesus, will these people never learn?†

NFL.† Nurse B.O.B. will be in town this weekend for some festivities including being at Levi's to watch San Francisco host Chicago in the first regular season game there.† I hope to have some pictures to share on Tuesday.

Baltimore stayed focused and took care of Pittsburgh last night.† Question is, is Pittsburgh really bad?†

Antonio Brown got fined $8200 for that bad Chuck Norris impersonation.† Sorry, to me it looked pretty intentional, and let's face it, Pittsburgh does have a rep, so I'm not trying to hear Pittsburgh whining...

MLB. †No ranting, no BS here, get well soon Giancarlo Stanton and let's hope you don't have to shut it down the rest of this season. † †

Oakland is continuing to slide and now Detroit and Seattle showing life, there may be some disappointed folks in the East Bay because Oakland can't hit to save their lives.† That Lester/Cespedes trade is going to be discussed for a long time to come, and not in a good way out here.

San Francisco has righted the ship and looking good right about now, but they have to find a way to beat Los Angeles, and this season that isn't something that is working out too well.

NBA. †Lost in all the footage of foolishness coming out of the NFL? †Yeah, that would be Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons who one day after signing his one year restricted free agent contract, went out and celebrated by going out and getting busted for driving while visibly impaired. †The NBA immediately suspended him for two games. †

Continued rumors about once the new TV contract is ironed out that Seattle might be given an expansion team.† Yeah, right.† They continue to struggle just to get ANY type of arena plan going, not to mention those whiny victims (err, fans) alternating between crying to then antagonizing the NBA.†

Oh, and Paul George, stay off Twitter.

Talking Sports
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Tags: MLB NFL

Each week I look at the college and NFL schedules and whatís on local TV. This past week, three games†piqued my interest. Michigan-Notre-Dame, New Enngland at Miami and Indy at Denver. I actually found some time to watch all three and all three were major disappointments. Notre Dame totally dominated Michigan in every aspect of the game . Unfortunately, you actually expected a game since that rivalry is going away†(as the announcers kept reminding us). Notre Dame looked unstoppable against a confused Michigan team.

New England played a decent first half and then the wheels fell off the bus. Unable to advance the ball and get a first down in the second half, Brady found himself Mankin less and it showed often playing from the ground. Miami did a great job of rushing 4 and dropping 7. This is probably the worst half of Football in Bradyís tenure..If†New England couldnít stop Knowshon Moreno on the ground†, how will they stop Adrian Peterson this week?

I thought that Indy would give Denver a game but that was to be a 24-0† Denver lead at the half. I was done and†turned it off. Indy got a couple of touchdowns late†in the second half losing 31-21. All three games were a bust.

I was watching highlights of the Cubs and the Pirates this week on MLB and for some reason it just had a 70ís feel to it. Maybe because the highlights I saw were from Wrigley and it looked a bit overcast but It just had an old school look to them. I Ďm liking more and more the kid for the Pirates Josh Harrison, he may not put superstar numbers but I havenít been this excited to see a kid play since Kirby Puckett. He isnít Trout and probably never will be but he is a kid that hustles and makes a difference in the game. If you havenít seen him play take a look.

The Red Sox just got swept by the Orioles and they may have to shutdown Dustin Pedroia for the rest of the season with a nagging hand and wrist injury, The Red Sox just are lost out there. However, itís fun watching some of the younger players get there chance like Brock Holt and Mookie Betts. Xander Bogarts has had his struggles as has Will Middlebrooks., The Sox sent Jackie Bradley Jr. back to the minors great defense no bat. Bradley and Bogarts were both hyped by the local media as the next coming both have struggled. Meanwhile Holt and Betts both kind of slipped in there and have played ok on a bad team.

Ray Rice has gotten too much attention over the last week. The NFL dropped the ball on this big time. There will be some firings over this and it may cost the Commish some of his hard guy image. Does anybody doubt Rice will play in the NFL again? There is no doubt in my mind . The spin will be he rehabbed and is getting anger management and he deserves a second chance. I donít buy it he should be suspended for life. The part that will get me is when people start making him a victim of a tough circumstance. It just doesnít fly take responsibility for the actions. Not sure why the girl married him† but she did and she is sticking by him. Iím guessing that KO punch wasnít the first time either. Please donít make him the victim.

Thursday Night NFL The Domestic Violence Bowl Pittsburgh and Baltimore

Lil Warriors Report (Can I still use Warrior or is that going to offend the PC)

The Hockey season started for LIL Lanz the boys played a decent game on Sunday 3-1 loss. Lil Lanz got an untimely hooking penalty. They just came off a penalty kill late in the game, .He asked me after the game was it a hook I told no doubt about it. He played as a blueliner for the first time and did ok and he is begging the coach to go back to forward. the boys looked sharp in there new red uniforms and gray socks and I give †credit to the league keeping the Warrior Logo on the jersey.

Laser played his first High School soccer match (like that match instead of game). The boys should have won they lost 1-0. The played a† great game had a ton of chances just couldnít put the big ball in the big net. Over it next to it not in it.. Yesterday they got killed 5-1 against a team that had to cut 30 kids from the freshman team.

Laser is shooter at a local hockey goalie camp. He is shooting on some HS goalies and rings one off the post and the puck split in half. The goalies and the other shooters at that station including the coach( a local HS varsity) coach were all in disbelief. Laser has an accurate shoot but it isnít that hard of a shot by any stretch of the imagination. Just a strange weekend for him. He is playing fall Baseball 7 game season. We had some severe weather on Saturday. So he gets up to bat late in the game and asks the umpire . if he saw the lighting strikes. The guy says yes now get in the box. Game ended about two minutes later after a few came close and than just a nasty bit of weather.

Zebra Tales.

I† did some Youth Football last weekend. I will tell you it just sucks to have the clock operator not paying attention. to the signals on the field. We are signaling time out and constantly yelling at the guy to put time back on the clock. I signaled timeout with 3:48 left in the game and the guy ran the clock down to 1:12, This was a low level game so we werenít to concerned with the play clock. I was hoarse after that. Finally we stopped trying to have him reset the clock . We just used the clock on the field. Then the guy starts on the mic ďWhat is the correct TimeĒ I get it itís not an official on the clock like it is in an HS game but that guy is there every week at that venue.just stop talking and pay attention.

Buzz from the Bleachers
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Well, Gabbers, to say this is a long week is an understatement. Iím at that point where I have two jobs. Thereís one Iím hoping to wean away from and one I want to do full time. Iíve had a few days of subbing and they were great. My other employer has me working everyday this week and a good chunk of next week. Being that this is a retail job, my goal is to take a hiatus from it by Thanksgiving, so I donít have to deal with the Black Thursday, ďYou canít see your family, we have 99 cent DVDs to sellĒ BS. I think this might be the year, however, where we see some sort of colored Wednesday. Retailers have ignored the day before Thanksgiving for too long. Get ready for Magenta Wednesday.

I got to watch a good part of opening weekend in the NFL. I liked what I saw, but the rest of the world and the players seem determined to overshadow the actual game this year. Theyíre even going as far as mixing MMA with the kickoffs this year. Meanwhile, the folks here in Pittsburgh really wish the defense had as much fight in them as Antonio Brown. The Browns almost snuck away with one in the midst of everyone wondering what Johnny Manziel was doing. The offense stalled and Brian Hoyer got into a rhythm. The AFC is looking pretty different this season. The Steelers and Ravens look a bit listless and Cleveland could possibly make more noise than people assumed. Still, itís clear the only team getting out of this division and into the playoffs will be the Bengals. No wild card is coming from this group.

Detroit started the season Monday night against the G-Men. At first, I wasnít sure who looked worse. Detroit jumped out to a lead and then stalled the whole second quarter. We got two quick shots to Calvin Johnson and then just packed it in. The Giants got one back and people started thinking same old Lions. †We came out in the third and started kicking field goals. Same old Lions. The twist is our defense was able to hold the Giants back, which Iím still unconvinced is any sort of feat. Eli didnít look too great and the Giants passing game was very unremarkable. Victor Cruz caught 2 of the 6 balls thrown his way. Maybe weíll see what we have in Detroit when they go south to play the Panthers.

The other shoe dropped in the Ray Rice affair. Itís a sad day when TMZ is more tenacious than any actual news network and the NFL combined, isnít it? TMZ got the full elevator tape and the NFL finally realized that this was a pretty bad incident. I didnít see a lot of the press conference with John Harbaugh, but my wife saw part of it and came away with the impression that he was angry that Rice was released. With the NFL trying to lure more female viewers, thatís kind of the last image they want to show. Also, letís maybe skip the Pink week. After this stunt, youíre not buying female fans with sparkly, pink jerseys and a lot of your players have balls if they were pink. Iím looking towards the folks in San Francisco.

So, no one looks good here. The media got embarrassed by a tabloid that generally spends its time following Bieber. The state of New Jersey is ordering an investigation to see how, in the light of this tape, Ray Rice only received court mandated counseling before the trial.†

I donít want to say that Riceís wife looks bad here, maybe just way too trusting. I am not sure how you marry the man after this. I donít know how or if sheíll stay with him after this. I donít know how Rice will react to this, but Iíd worry about her safety. Rice, of course, looks monstrous. Hopefully he gets all the help he needs. He will get another shot and Iím sure there will be a team willing to give it to him. I donít want him to, but I am sure he will.†

The shield looks terrible. That thing has a lot of dents and some arrows sticking out of it now. They look worse when you note that they didnít make a move until after the Ravens did. I remain skeptical of what theyíd do if the Ravens hadnít acted so quickly. Goodell looks bad. He admitted he made a mistake with giving Rice 2 games. He made the Rice Rule a few weeks ago. Still, this is the guy who came in to clean up the game. Look at everything thatís happened under his watch. Dog fighting. Murder. Spousal abuse. Half the league and ownership has a DUI. What happened to his initial tough stance? Roger says his job is not at risk and that heís used to criticism, but at what point does anyone involved with the league hold him accountable?

Letís not forget that we have another incident in San Fran. Ray MacDonald, who was on the field in Dallas, stands accused of hitting his girlfriend at a party surrounded by a good percentage of his teammates. No one did anything to help or reprimand him. The ownership states that they are waiting for the facts, kinda like the NFL did with Rice. We donít have a video this time, which really shows that the NFL would have been perfectly fine if TMZ hadnít found the rest of that tape. I donít see how no one is stepping in to bench MacDonald if, for no other reason, only to not repeat the mistakes they just freakin made with Ray Rice. If San Fran is smart, and the police blotter shows that they are not, MacDonald will be on the sidelines this weekend.

As my brother pointed out, the NCAA made a shitty/sneaky move and announced that they are lifting the ban on Penn †Stateís postseason appearance. The main point for it is that the kids currently on the team had nothing to do with the atrocities that were committed. I believe it. Heck, 73% of those polled at ESPN seem to be fine with it. I would just add a condition. All the funds, every last cent raised by Penn State through post season bowl appearances or a playoff appearance goes into a fund for the victims. The institution should not be allowed to benefit from this. The kids still get to play in bowls, but the school shouldnít be allowed to grow fat from the earnings. If anyone deserves anything, itís the victims.

Well, thatís all for this week. Thanks as always fro stopping in. Letís hope we can watch football this week and that the bombs have all dropped.

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