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Sports Friday with Hal: NFL Notes Aplenty
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Free agency draft news notes

Happy Friday!


Another week gone bye and it started off with a bang as the UConn Huskies won both the men’s and women’s NCAA (or NAACP if you saw the Fox News faux pas) Division One Basketball Championship. Baseball is back and the season is rolling along inspiring excitement (Milwaukee) or panic (Boston...yes, after an early season three game sweep by Milwaukee there was panic on the airwaves...yeesh!).  


The NBA season is closing out and likely another Miami Heat romp through the playoffs is nigh. Meanwhile, the NHL is closing out the year and teams are locking down spots in the playoff picture. With the NHL regular season ending it kicks off the best playoffs in any sports: the NHL Playoffs. No team is safe. Seven game series that go back and forth. Upsets every year. Incredible intensity night after night. It is just fantastic.




The big news in the NFL is once again superstars running afoul of the law in that CBA-negotiated time that keeps players away from their teams. First, let me say that the NFL is a full-time job.  This is not 1950 with professional sports players working a regular job in the off-season and then using training camp to get back into shape.  Players work-out all off-season long: coaches are at the facility researching, prepping, planning and preparing. Let the off-season camps run all spring and summer long.  The more the players are under team control the less bull**** off-season trouble goes on.


This week had San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looking at his first off-field black eye as news broke about his being investigated by police for an alleged sexual assault. Of course, with many journalists needing to “break stories” TMZ--who broke the news--may have taken out of context in the report.  At this time there is the potential of a crime having been committed with Kaepernick a possible--but not charged or arrested--suspect.


This “suspicious incident” included 49ers and Seahawks wide receivers Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette as well. Personally, I hope the players did not do anything wrong as I am tired of “sports stars behaving badly” stories. I think the 49ers/Seahawks Kaepernick/Russell Wilson rivalry is the best in the NFL and could be for at least another 5 or more seasons if there are no idiotic episodes to derail it.




Speaking of San Francisco, reports are that the 49ers are desperate enough to call former San Francisco, Washington Redskin, New England Patriot, St. Louis Ram, Denver Bronco, and Chicago Bear wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd had probably the least productive 900 yard receiving season in NFL history in 2012 for New England and was out of the league last year when the wide receiver needy Patriots let him walk. The fact that he burned bridges badly in so many cities is a huge flashing neon sign to stay away.


The 49ers have tons of draft picks (just like they did last year) and are in position to draft a wide receiver early and trade for a veteran to shore up their biggest weakness on offense. A player that would fit in San Francisco is Buffalo’s Stevie Johnson.  He is talented and obviously sick of all the losing up North. The Bills have invested heavily in the draft at wide receiver and could move the mercurial Johnson for more draft picks.




The Bills are in the news again as with the passing of owner Ralph Wilson last week comes news that his will is stipulating that his surviving family sell the team. This immediately sets off theories of who will buy and where the team will play. There are already reports of rocker Jon Bon Jovi being the face of a group willing to buy the Bills and move them to Toronto.  Expect whispers of moving the team to Los Angeles with the lack of a long-term stadium deal.




New England Patriots had some fun this week with new Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes. Spikes left New England in a huff after being dumped into injured reserve during the playoffs for being late to practice in a snowstorm. Spikes is a great run-stuffing middle linebacker--a two-down backer in today’s NFL.


He went on a Twitter madcap adventure talking about beating New England twice and then sparring with trolls, umm, I He started unfollowing and blocking Patriots fans from his Twitter...pretty funny stuff. Then, his worst tweet followed, which was “Four years a slave” referring to being paid millions of dollars in New England.  What an idiot. Enjoy the snow and the 6-10 seasons, Brandon.




The Cleveland Browns--with gallons and gallons of salary cap space--did not franchise their talented center Alex Mack allowed an opponent to sign him to an offer sheet that if the Browns did not match would cost them nothing but money.  The Jacksonville Jaguars--another team with scads and scads of cap space--wisely put in an offer to Mack which is reported to be for five years and $42 million.

The Browns are idiots not to match it and keep him.


The Browns had an offensive line that was 40% fantastic and 60% crap last year: Mack accounted for 20% of the fantastic. The Browns front office--whoever the hell is running it this week--would be idiotic to let him go and further weaken an Achilles heel last year. For Jacksonville, it would be a coup to add Mack to former Broncos guard Zane Beadles on the interior offensive line. To lose Mack and young Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward in the same off-season is a kick to the groin of Cleveland supporters.




Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Masters Opening Day LIL Warriors

The Baseball season is a week and a half old and lots has happened since the first pitch. I watched opening day ceremonies at Fenway and like everything Red Sox it was over the top. Families of the Marathon Bombing Victims brought the rings out to the owners. When each guy receiving his ring they all had the same reaction they looked down at it like a Little Leaguer and his first trophy.  It was very cool. I got choked up when Firefighters from Engine 33 and Ladder 15 came in and shook hands with the Sox two firefighters from the BFD were killed  fighting a fire. I teared up when Lt Walsh's (one of the fallen fire fighters) wife and kids were at the end of the line and each Red Sox hugged her and made a huge deal out of the little one she was carrying.

The Red Sox are 4 and 5 to start the season, getting swept by the Brewers at the 2014 Fenway Debut. Why are they opening at home against a National League Team?

There were double wins at UConn has the Huskies beat Kentucky and the Lady Huskies beat Notre Dame. I think people were surprised to see UConn win, especially John Caliperi. He and his Wildcats had there chances but couldn’t take advantage.

The Masters won’t have Tiger this year. I bet you haven’t heard about that every waking moment over the last couple of weeks. The Masters is the best human drama in sports especially if it’s tight on Sunday. It’s not so much the golf but more the pressure on each guy to make each shot. The excitement is different than a team sport it’s more psychological sometimes than pure school and a major always seems to capture it more than any other sport. It’s human drama at it’s best.

Hey they almost found the airplane maybe but it’s in a whole lot of water.Just can’t believe they haven’t found that yet. There is something wrong here and we may never find the answer it’s a shame. For all those families,they have been given a bunch of bull shit so far.

NHL Update

Teams are Jockeying for position

The Boston Bruins and the St Louis Blues are battling for the Presidents Cup for the best record in the league and how ice throughout the playoffs.. both teams have three games left the Bruins have a 114 pts and the Blues have 111. Both teams have played some exceptional hockey this year but I’m a Black and Gold guy instead of the Blue Gold.


LIL Warriors Report


Yes after getting their butts kicked last month in tournament the boys got hot in their last few games. They won their first round playoff game as the 4th seed in their conference..

They had to play two games on Saturday to win the Conference. They played at 8am while their soon to be opponents played at 8:20 am on the other rink at the same facility.The winners would return for the conference championship at 1pm.

The boys came out smoking in the morning game winning 5-2. Nick the goalie was awesome and the netminder's best friend the goal post helped out big time.

The game was at 1, traffic on I 93 North was awful getting back to the rink as a work crew filled potholes on the Interstate. Players came in one by one even coach Glen got stuck in traffic. The boys went down 1-0 in the first period. They tied it early in the second then went down 2-1 going into the third. They scored quick. And with 4:48 left Lil Craig scored the game winner. Gloves, sticks helmets every where. The Boys got trophies and hats saying Valley League Champs.

The Playoff format changed this year with an extra game on Sunday for the League Championship for that Division. They played  Woburn who gave them trouble all year . They lost twice to them, beat them once and tied them. The boys took the early lead and held on; they were up 2-0 then Woburn scored making it 2-1, then the boys were up 3-1 and held on for a 4-2 win and the big piece of Hardware their version of the Cup.

Lil Lanz almost had the first goal, he couldn’t get a rebound home and the goalie made a stick save while on the Ice.

Special Thanks go out to the Coaches Glenn, Dennis, and Dave who made it fun for the kids all year and three of the nicest guys you ever want to meet.

The parents who we bonded with giving up every weekend and many weeknights since September. we became a group that truly enjoyed each others company.

Finally Thanks to the 12 boys and 1 girl. who spent countless hours on the ice through practices, skill session and many playing for two teams. There hard work and dedication.paid off

Parents and coaches explained to them  that Championships are rare in ones sporting life so enjoy it. They have been the talk of the town at soccer, Lax, and baseball. The kids are enjoying the crap out of it.


Lil Lanz skating hard up the Boards


Team watching opponents getting runner up trophy

Team getting the Trophy

Typical Hockey Champ Photo Lil lanz doing his Hulk Hogan in Back

LIL Lanz in Locker Room with trophy, He had already took his shoulder and elbow pads off



O H Thursday
Category: FEATURED


Spring is finally here!


Stats for the day, The HC QB combos with the most wins in NFL history looks like this

Belichick /  Brady    149

Shula / Marino          116

Noll / Bradshaw        107

Levy / Kelley             99

Reid / McNab            92

Reeves / Elway          89

Landry / Staubach      84

Shula / Griese            82

Fisher / McNair          76

Walsh / Montana        75

Holmgrin / Farve        74

Dungy / Manning       73




Early season top five Teams:


San Fran






Derek Jeter moved into 9th all time with his 3321st hit

Next up and possibly in reach are Carl Yaztrzemski 3419 and Honus Wagner 3420

Boston’ Jon Lester had his second quality start wasted by lack of hitting support and fell to 0-2  2.57


Fellow Boston Starter John Lackey is 2-0 1.36. Lackey is in the last year of his contract at $16 million and the Red Sox have a club option to keep Lackey in 2015 for a mere half  million. The Sox brass should be talking to Lackey about next year now. Lackey, two years removed from Tommy John surgery has never looked better. A 95+ fastball and a nasty slider that John admits he never had before makes him at age 36 a quality top of the rotation pitcher.


Omar Infante of the Royals took a Heath Bell fast ball to the face and suffered a broken jaw and a concussion. Bells 2 seamer was recorded at 88 on the gun. Infante will miss a little time but should be ok.



NBA… getting down to lottery pong…

Bottom eight

8. Detroit

7. Sacramento

6. LA Lakers

5. Utah

4. Boston

3. Orlando

2. Philadelphia

1. Milwaukee


NHL…playoffs getting closer

The bottom of the playoffs is still a battle with only __games to go


7th       Detroit 88

8th       Columbus 87

With 3 games to go these teams are on the outside looking in…

New Jersey 84

Toronto           84

Washington     83



Stars         87

Coyotes    86


In other news…


Malaysian Airlines flight 370 is still missing, searchers have failed in reacquiring the pings heard the other day by the Chinese search ship.

Patriot DB Alfonso Dennard was released from prison in  Nebraska after serving 35 of a 60 day term for a probation violation. He was quickly heading back to Boston as instructed by HC Bill Belichick. Dennard has 100 hours of community service to take care of and it’s rumored that he enjoys spending time with kids at various Boston hospitals. Dennard still has to face the wrath of Roger Goodale and may face a short suspension for his off field antics.


Womans final, U Conn (40-0) 77-59 over Notre Dame (37-1)


Congratulations to the U Conn men’s basketball team in winning their 4th title in the past 15 years.

The National Champion U Conn Huskies’ fans celebrated the unexpected win by lighting several small fires, breaking tables and chairs, and breaking windows in the Student Union and Field House. There were about 30 arrests according to Stores police.

Celebrating your teams victory with drugs and alcohol in a party type setting usually results in some sort of destruction.


Sorry for the lightweight blog today.

We lost a very close friend to a chronic lung disease on Tuesday.

My friend Orville was like a brother to both my wife and I. We are saddened by our loss but we are happy that he no longer suffers and has been reunited with his wife and daughter in Heaven.


Have a great day



Will the BC Eagles Soar or Sink?
Category: NCAA
Tags: CollegeBasketball BostonCollegeEagles
The Boston College Eagles men's basketball team had what can only be termed as a terrible season. 
They finished with an 8-24 record overall and despite their overtime upset of then #1 and undefeated Syracuse, they generally got their heads handed to them during the ACC conference season.
After four years, despite initial reports he would return, coach Steve Donahue was fired.
The BC athletic director Brad Bates ended the speculation about who would replace Donahue earlier this week when he hired Ohio University's Jim Christian to be the new Eagles coach.
Christian spent the last two seasons at Ohio were he went 49-22, but as I wrote in a previous entry about the hire, Ohio is a far cry from the ACC.
You can read about the introduction of the new coach as well as view his remarks here:
Even with the hiring of a new coach who comes in with the expected promises of a new day, things haven't exactly gotten off on the right foot for him in regards to team personnel.
Forward Ryan Anderson was set to be a senior for the Eagles next year, but that is something that will no longer come to pass. Anderson announced via Twitter a couple of days ago that he would be transferring out of Boston College.
Transfers are a fact of life in college basketball, but given that Anderson was the only consistent post player for the Eagles last season (14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg), the Eagles are even deeper behind the 8 ball than they were from their results of this just concluded hoops season.
The post players were either injured and saw their seasons end early (Dennis Clifford), didn't show up until it was too late to make a difference (Patrick Heckmann) or simply never made much in the way of a quantifiable contribution (pretty much anyone else that makes their home down low). And that doesn't even take into account the belief held by some "experts" that the Eagles talent base is not ACC-ready to begin with.
(As an aside, I sent out a tweet to Anderson that while stating I wasn't happy about his decision, thanked him for 3 years at BC and wished him good luck in the future. He favorited the tweet.)
Rumor has it that he is headed to the West Coast, with UCLA being one of the names mentioned for a future destination.
And while he has denied it, rumors say that guard Joe Rahon is also going to transfer to a West Coast school. Rahon was a decent player for the Eagles this year if not exactly a dominant player. But he did provide plenty of minutes and offense for BC and his loss would be bad.
If that isn't enough to make you bemoan the status of BC men's hoops, top player Olivier Hanlan has stated he is about a week or so away from announcing if he'll return for his junior year with the Eagles or declare for the NBA draft.
Yes, their best player may be headed for the NBA. Personally I don't think he's ready to play as a professional but since it is unlikely he'll be seeking my advice, I can only hope that Hanlan decides to come back. He is/was by far the best player BC had on the roster last season and while he can't do it all alone, the team can't do much without him.
The Eagles have already lost 1 player to graduation. Anderson's departure and the possibility of Rahon and Hanlan moving on as well as the fact that BC has ZERO incoming freshman might make even the putridness of an 8-24 record look like a godsend.
It isn't like I am realistically expecting Boston College to compete for the NCAA title, but am I the only one who sees that trying and preposterously failing at competing in the ACC has sent the men's basketball program into a deep tailspin? I know that the seemingly endless revenue stream of football money means the school will never leave the conference, but if they have any hope of becoming a medium sized basketball "power" again, someone has to realize they'd be better off in the reconstituted Big East. At least their they'd have a chance to be competitive and not steamrolled like hot tar every night.
The Steve Miller Band sang about flying like an Eagle. Soaring may just become a thing of the past if the new coach can't arrest the attrition to the ranks and then turn around and bring in some sort of top flight class of players, it is going to be a LONG LONG season for the next few forseeable years.
The school and fanbase deserve far better than that.
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