Daily Blog 2.0
NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-27-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Brickyard 400 Tony Stewart Race Team Alliance Marcos Ambrose

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Hey Gabbers and others!!!! What up? How ya all doing? Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. That sign is words to live by. How many times have you heard some body yell that followed by a crash or thud ? So lets all think safety folks. Summer safety that is.

Slow news week in NASCAR. But if it don't rain we could watch the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Some body will be kissing the bricks. There's a strip of bricks along the start / finish line which is all that's left of the Brickyard of old. Dale Jarrett started the tradition of the team lining up at that start / finish line and kissing those bricks. When Johnson won his young daughter looked at him like he was nuts. She wasn't having any of it.†

So lets see here. What's up.....or going round the track.

RACE TEAM ALLIANCE UPDATE

Seems Brian France is really trying to smooth things over and convince everyone that one voice representing all the voices just isn't a good thing. He kept stressing at the news conference that all voices need to be heard. He said that he will continue his walking around the garage area to talk to all the voices to see what's going on.

Richard Petty said that the RTA is like a farmers Co-op. He feels that NASCAR gets some things right but could work on getting better deals for parts, insurance & travel. The newer teams expect it. He's hoping that NASCAR will be working harder to that end from now on.

I'm looking forward to more exciting exchanges between the RTA and NASCAR. I need something to write about if you know what I mean.

MARCOS AMBROSE IN THE RUMOR MILL

Our Aussie is said to be possibly signing a deal to get back into Super V8 racing in his home Australia. That's the car racing series he came from. It's their version of NASCAR.

Rumor has it that Roger Penske has become interested in Super V8 and wants to team up with Dick Johnson and Marcos Ambrose would be the driver.

When Ambrose was asked about this he said if he had anything to report he'd have said it. When his boss Richard Petty was asked he said he didn't know what Ambrose was up to. Not sure if he was going home for good or just to run a few races and that it was up to him.

STEWART WANTS A DOME OVER ELDORA SPEEDWAY

Yup. That's what he said. Fresh off another wildly successful NASCAR Truck Series race at Eldora this past Wednesday, Stewart went to the media center to say if he could raise $25 Million, he'd put a dome over the speedway. He said he'd like to host Cup or Nationwide races too.†

He also said he's quite content with just a truck race but more NASCAR would be great. He knows that selling hotdogs at $1.50 isn't going to get him there. So right now this would be a dream.

In the mean time a new infield building is going up as part of the ongoing process of improvements at the track. The building would house the media center, hospitality suite, infield care center and concession stand. Construction starts in October.

In my experience with monster trucks, motocross, tractor pulls etc inside an arena it's pretty damn loud & exhaust filled by the end of the event. Dover can give you a head ache on over cast lowceiling days. I hope if he does it that he puts in one hell of an exhaust fan...or 2.

MOST POPULAR DRIVER FAN VOTE

Don't forget now. Get your votes in for your favorite driver. Contest is still going on. I'd like to see somebody beside Dale Jr or The Danica get it.†

You can vote at....www.MostPopularDriver.com

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THE BRICKYARD 400 PREVIEW

Last years race saw Ryan Newman on the pole AND he became the winner too. I think he was driving that Smurf car. I'd have to check my blogs from last year. It was a pretty event free race. Newman and Johnson led 108 laps between them but some how Newman had the car to get the win. The last car was minus 50 laps but there were no cars out of the race at the end of the race.†

Top 15 finishers in 2013: Newman - Johnson - Kahne - Stewart - Kenseth - Dale Jr - Gordon - Logano - Montoya - Ky Bu - Truex - Menard - Edwards - Ku Bu - McMurray

So this track is one that track position is a big deal. There were 6 drivers that started & ended in the top 10. So that's how important track position is. In fact Newman & Johnson were 1 & 2 at the start & end.†

Gordon: Won the first Brickyard 400 due to the wreck caused by the Bodine Brothers who were 1 & 2 at the end of the race. Brett wrecked Geoff and the other Jeff became the youngest driver to win that race at 23 years & 2 days. He still owns that record. He has 4 wins here too as well as 11 top 5's. So it's Top 10 for Mr Gordon

Harvick : He's got the pole today. I expect a top 10 but he's just all over the place as far as consistancy goes. Only 3 top 10's in the last 8 races. He'll be in the Chase by virtue of 2 W's but pick him at your own risk.

Newman : Last years winner and he starts 4th today. Repeat? No but a top 10, yes

Keselowski : Starts 3rd & he's hot. He has 6 top 10's out of last 8 races and 2 of them W's. Hot enough for another top 10

Stewart : Just 2 top 10's in 8 races. He's not hot but he starts 6th today. He NEEDS a W. No W No Chase. Top 10

Johnson : He's ended up 42nd 2 races in a row. Self Destructoman is either experimenting with set ups or he's in trouble. With 6 top 10's in the last 8 races AND 3 of them are W's I got to say that evil genius Knaus is playing with the car. Top 10

Dale Jr : Starts 23rd today. It concerns me but 6 top 10's out of the last 8 races says he's still Mr Consistancy. Top 10

The Danica : Started out 33rd last year and ended up 30th minus 2 laps. This year she starts in 14th. Dare I hope for a top 20 this year? Or even 15? It's your fantasy league. You decide.

Larson : The rookie with the mostest starts 15th today. Got a 3rd at New Hampshire the other week. You can't ignore this kid any more. He's solid. I'm saying....top 10.†

Bowyer : Has 6 top 10's out of 8 races. He starts 16th. Should be a top 10.

Logano : Last 8 races have not been kind to our boy wonder. He had a run in with a car 12 laps down at New Hampshire and oopsy. He's in the garage. Only 2 top 10's in the last 8 races. He's not hot but I'll give him a top 10 this week.†

Kenseth : Top 10. He's the stealth bomber. Almost always sneaking up on a win or top 10. He needs one too. No W's yet but he's 4th in the points.†

Hamlin - Kahne - Ku Bu - Edwards - Biffle seem to run into some kind of trouble every week. Pick these guys at your own risk

Montoya : He's back for a limited time driving the #12 for Penske. Worth a pick up. Starts 8th today. Top 15 at the very least.

Bobby Labonte : He's in the #37 Tommy Baldwin entry. Starts in the back but he's a cheap date in your salary cap league.

Bayne : He's back in the Wood Brothers #21. Also a cheap date for your salary cap league.

So there you have it. I made my salary cap picks and noticed every one of them has a #2 in their #. Gordon #24 - Larson #42 - Keselowski #2 - Montoya #12 - Bayne #12

I didn't plan it that way. I was just determined to get some good points this week for my money.†

Hope all your picks are good this week. Happy Birthday Harry, Happy safe travels to everyone else and of course get that grill fired up. It's Sunday.

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And I'm outta here....

Dog Days Sports Blog
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB NFL

Usually when we hear "dog days" in the context of sports we think about the brutal portion of the baseball schedule that runs from about now through the heat of the summer in August....well, it applies to sports blogs, too! †Here we sit with not too much going on other than....

MLB pennant races enter the Dog Days of Summer phase with nothing really decided except the Tigers and the fates of the 10 not-so-good teams who only have the trade deadline to look forward to.

NFL Training Camps are open...but is there really any news to consider yet. †All you can hope for at this stage o?f the game is that nobody gets hurt, or as typical these days, goes to jail. †(Speaking of jail, how about the Ray Rice "suspension?" †Nice to know that in the NFL you can knock out your woman and then try to knock out an opposing linebacker a couple of weeks later. †Nic job wrecking the NFL Goddell).

Golf this weekend is the tournament for everyone not good enough for the British Open. †If I was one of those journeymen golfers on tour, I would target this week as my one week to get a win and be set for life. †One win and you get all sorts of exemptions not to mention a nice pay day. †Go Graham Deleat! †(I have to note that Jim Furyk decided to play, upsetting the apple cart a bit as he is leading...I guess he needed a win).

Which brings me back to the Dog Days of Blogging...I think I will fire up the barbeque this week and plan out for the MLB pennant races, the NFL REAL season not to mention my fantasy football edition...nothing like a burnt chicken leg to get the juices flowing!

Have a great weekend!

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 7/25
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MNF NFL and whatever else comes to mind

Are you ready for some football? Welcome Gabbers to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog NFL Training Camp Edition. As you all know by now, most if not all NFL training camps are open preparing for the upcoming season. The problem I am having is this, unlike most previous years when the Lions opened camp I was excited for the upcoming season. But...This year for some reason, I could give a care less about the Lions, maybe it was the 14' draft which reminded me of a Matt Millen draft. Maybe it's because the Tigers are stealing most of the press away from the Lions with their trade for Soria last night, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are in it to win it all.

Maybe because everyone but the Lions made smart draft choices and filled some of their needs, the Lions subtracted a little too much during the off season, and like always they forgot to fill the open positions with draft choices. I remember sitting there watching the draft, and they had made their choice as they were announcing Vikings draft pick. Come on man let's get it right for once, you hire a quality coach and then you screw him? Typical Lions, and then they wonder why they are the laughing stock of the NFL. I mean come on, even the Browns had a better draft then the Lions.......

Thursday night's markee matchup was Max Scherzer v. Garret Richards, both pitchers have 11 wins and are probably strong contenders for the AL Cy Young award at season's end. Nothing like a nice long weekend series in LA, kind of don't mind staying up late watching Trout and Cabrera, will make for some must see late night television.

This is a little thought of mine, I agree with Old Harry, his pick of the Pat's to win their division really is a no brainer, they are the best team in their division. But here are a few more for you:

AFC EAST - Pat's, Bills (Wildcard)

AFC North - Beezer's Brownies (It's about damn time)

AFC South - Indy

AFC West - Denver, Chargers (Wildcard)

I know that this was a little crazy, maybe it's the meds I am taking for my shoulder....

NFC EAST - Redskins (no wildcard again this year, unless its the Eagles)

NFC North - Packers (maybe the Lions and Bears get in as Wildcards)

NFC South - Saints

NFC West - Arizona, I know you Seahawks and Niner fans think I am nuts, but they just missed last year....

If you think this was weird, wait to you see who I pick for the Super Bowl next week.....

NASCAR (Q's sport) are in Indy this week racing at the Brickyard, my uncle raced motorcycles and at Daytona when I was growing up. Now they are racing at 200 mph on a track that is not nearly big enough for those boys....

Is it true they reduced Pre-season to just 2 games to reduce injuries?

Don't forget to head to the left and read Hal's blog, he always has an interesting take on the world of sports....

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Tony Dungy

You can tell that sports are at itís low point of the year. It happens twice a year. That period between the Superbowl and when baseball starts. Sure the NBA and the NHL are playing† then but teams seem to go through the motions gearing up for the playoffs. March Madness runs into baseball now. Itís mid July and there is plenty of baseball but the anticipation of the NFL is getting †folks revved up.

Of course the media canít let certain things go around the NFL for instance Tony Dungy a moral and religious guy. He made comments back in May after† Michael Sam was drafted by the Rams† and Oprah Winfrey wanted to follow this kid with a camera crew because he is openly gay , When Tony Dungy was asked about this he just said totally being honest and said I wouldnít want the distraction. Gee is that news an NFL coach not wanting distractions. It was an innocent comment† reacting to a very specific comment.

The media has run with this† blasting Dungy. Here is where the problem is as I and I alone see it. The way th media is dragging this guy through the mud and calling him names and saying he is this or that are far worse than Dungyís original comments.

Iím sure like most of us nobody cares that Michael Sam is gay. There is no time in training camp for a coach or a GM to worry about it. The question is that he is a 7th round pick and can he play or not. He is on the bubble† before he starts. I guarantee if he makes the Rams some in the media will say the Rams are trend setters and applaud them. Iím sure Jeff Fisher will †put him on the team because he will add value as a football player not because he is an openly gay man. If he doesnít make it. Some in† the media who will advance their own agenda will rake Fisher and the Rams over the coals more than they did Dungy.

The media seems to hold a double standard and full of PC in these cases in reality they arenít telling us their real opinions they are advancing their on agenda. There is were I have a problem with some of these guys who are in the high and mighty.Yeah, there are a lot of media guys that are honest just trying to do a difficult job and I respect them for that.

Baseball

The Red Sox looked good going into the break and coming out of it. The problems continue as they dropped two out of three in Toronto. David Ortiz did make me laugh with a quote in the media (As you all know Iím not the biggest Ortiz Fan) But he told the media that ďhe is going to get hotter than Jamaica in the SummerĒ. You know what he is . he ha sbeen slamming the ball lately. He has 28 homers 5 of them in the last week.

Other than that I donít have much

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. Halfway through the week and we have baseball back. Itís hot stove time, but thereís very little cooking. The league is waiting to see what might happen with David Price and the Rays, otherwiseÖyou get nothing and you like it.

Meanwhile, all the big news seems to be coming from sports that are out of season.

The chips fell in the NBA when Lebron announced his return. The other free agents have found homes for the most part. No news in LA. Detroit might get rid of Josh Smith if they can get the Kings to bite.

Right now, everyone is looking to see if the Timberwolves will deal Kevin Love. The most talked about destination is Cleveland. If you were the Wolves though, the best destination is the one that will give you the most in return. If Iím a Minny fan, I have no delusions about keeping Love. He pretty much said heís gone after the season, so you might as well get something for him.

Iím not in a rush, though. The Cavs want him. You have a shot to get Andrew Wiggins maybe. Take your time and see if you can get Wiggins. Youíre trading a good youngish player for a rookie with a lot of upside. The longer you can hold out, the better deal you might get from Cleveland. They need Love to placate James. If they wonít play, you still have LA, Chicago, or most of the league.

Over in football, thereís a lot of stupid coming out.

FSU QB Jameis Winston came out at Sec media day to state that he has matured. Forgive me if I prefer to wait and see rather than take his word. The more I hear about this kidÖ

Southern Methodist Universityís head coach June Jones decided that smaller football programs were taking too much attention from the big boys. Jones wants non- power 5 conference schools to play their games in the spring. You know, like the USFL. He, of all people, should know the USFL failed. Also, having these teams around sounds like a good idea for Jones. The more teams for people to focus on, the less people will notice his 5-7 record last season.

Finally, in the NFL, we have to decide whether or not Tony Dungyís rep has taken a hit. The Tampa Tribune, for some reason, decided to ask former Bucs coach Dungy whether or not he would draft Michael Sam.

Quoth Dungy: "I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it.Ē

On one hand, a few are praising Dungy for telling the truth. He is merely stating his beliefs. Dungy is outspoken in his beliefs on homosexuals. Some think people are making too big a deal out of this.

On the other hand, this is the man who stood up and advocated for Michael Vick. This is a man who came to the league as a QB, but played as a DB because owners and coaches didnít want to have to deal with a black QB. This is a man who faced people who didnít want to deal with a black head coach. Dungy was built up as such a righteous man that seeing a quote like this seemingly weakens his work. It seems odd that Dungy has no qualms about redeeming a man who killed dogs, but wants nothing to do with a homosexual man.

Personally, I find it hypocritical. I also find it hypocritical to be too upset with Dungy. His beliefs are what they are. He gave a simple answer. People are never wholly satisfied with such answers. Dungy is going to have a week or so to make this up to some. Camps start soon. Story over.

In the mean time, Iím still watching baseball. The wife and I are tabbed to go see the Tigers play the Pirates at PNC soon. Iím also putting out more teaching applications. I finally have a few days off to do so. Iím pretty hopeful I can at least start subbing soon. I can also get to the gym. Iíve been slacking, but give myself a pass since I have been military pressing mini fridges at work. I am back in the gm so I may one day military press the full size ones. Hereís hoping! Have a great end to your week.

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