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Musings From Hoodwood 1/18/11
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Playoffs
 
 
 
Greetings from the hoodwood where the legacy  and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King are celebrated every day not just the third Monday in January
I hope that you enjoyed the games of the past weekend. The thrilling Ravens-Steelers Game, the shocking ease in which the Packers disposed of the 13 win Falcons, the Bears rollicking win over the Seahawks and the Jets knocking off the suddenly playoff jinxed Pats.
Why did I say enjoy them? There is a better than likely chance that the games you see this weekend and the Super Bowl in the first weekend of February will be the last pro games you see in a while. The NFL owners are looking like they are digging in for a protracted and hard fight. The players are not willing to give back the gains that they have bargained for and the owners are getting ready to lock them out of the next season.  As it stands now the players get about 60% of the revenue and the owners want that figure to be lower, a lot lower. The owners also want to extend the regular season by two games. The 16 game schedule has taken almost a sacrosanct quality to it, having been the number of games played since 1978. The players see the increase in games with the decrease in revenue guaranteed to them as heresy and want to negotiate. The owners are gambling that the players are too soft and money conscious to lose paychecks and are ready to lock them out until they can get a favorable labor agreement. This date could be as soon as March 1st.
 
I am old enough to remember the strikes of 1982 and 1987. I was in the 5th grade when the first strike occurred and could not understand why there were no games for seven weeks. The labor dispute was settled, an extra week was put on the schedule and an extra round of the playoffs were added to playoff format for that year only so an extra three teams made the playoffs. The Redskins came out on top of this “Super Bowl Tournament.” I was in the 10th grade in 1987 when the players again struck for free agency and a better revenue split. The owners responded with replacement players after a missed week. The players soon broke ranks and after three weeks ended the strike with many of its ilk back playing. The missed game was not replayed and the playoffs went off without a hitch. Ironically, the Redskins again were the Super Bowl champs.
 
This time around NFL ownership is trying to force the players to acquiesce and I think that they are about to kill the golden goose. The NFL is worth exponentially more than it was some 25 years ago….Holy shit has it been that long??? After grudgingly giving up free agency and losing court cases that proved that their original version of free agency “Plan B” as it was known was a sham. The owners saw increased player movement, but an explosion of popularity. There are at least three teams in the NFL that are worth at least a BILLION dollars. And if any of the teams go up for sale, its for damn sure that me, Sully, Mo and the Beeze could dredge up the ¾ of a billion that would be the bare minimum asking price for any of the 32 teams. The NFL owners are far from a poor lot though, the latest contracts are in the billions themselves per network.  The money is there but I think that the owners are seeing more money that they can make. With cities tightening belts and the card that are money making stadiums being played already, the owners are looking for more ways to make money. They cant get more money out of the fans, not very quickly. The networks have pumped out their share, so who’s left? The product, you got it. Make the players pay for the owners bloodlust and greed. But they are the product, no players, no game. No game, no money. Therein lies the rub. Some think this is all a high stakes poker match to see who will blink at the bluff first. Many people don’t think it will happen. But you might just have to go without your NFL fix next fall…are you ready???
 
Quickly on the Phat Dap and Head Slap
Phat Dap goes to to the Auburn Tigers who overcame a sloppy game and all the criticism of Cam Newton to win their first NCAA title since 1957
Head Slap goes to Jim Nantz, someone I usually have a lot of respect for, for his unneeded carping about the celebration that Shonn Greene did for the clinching touchdown over the Pats on Sunday. He suddenly turned in Joe Buck and the morality police in clucking about what he thought was a needless celebration. I for one thought it was funny.
I know the musings were quick this week, but work calls. Until next post fellow sports fans!
Got MLK??? Happy, Happy...
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I just come off a three week Christmas break... While others celebrate winter... I celebrate Christmas... Not a holiday, not a holiday... Not a game, not a game... We're talkin' 'bout Christmas... 

So now we get yet another day off to celebrate the great Dr. Martin Luther King. By the way, do you know who has possession of the manuscript of his I Have a Dream speech? The answer to that question is former USC basketball coach George Raveling who was King's body guard at the time the speech was delivered to the mighty throng of people. Raveling noticed that King left the speech on the podium. He asked Dr. King about it and the civil rights leader told George that he could have it...

 

Would somebody please beat the Jets???

Anybody....

PLEEEEZE...

 

I have been a Clippers fan since they moved to LA...

This is nice...

Really, really nice...

 

Hmmmm...

Who is 19-0???

Who is rated second in the RPI???

Could that be my alma mater???

San Diego State???

YESSSSS!!!

The showdown at BYU is Wednesday...

Should be a dooozie...

 

So...

Here I am...

A Charger fan...

Living in a place of Steelermania with the wife and in-laws...

A Steeler bathroom with golden-yellow walls...

Steeler stuff on the outside of the house...

Steeler stuff on the inside of the house...

Fortunately...

I haven't been a Steeler hater...

I always rooted for them against Dallas in the Super Bowl...

Next Sunday should be very, very interesting around here...

 

As for today...

It's off the Clippers-Pacers game with my best friend Dave...

And then some BBQ with his wife and mine...

Have a lovely one...

Lord bless you...

 

dvt

It wasn't The Patriot Way
Category: NFL
Tags: Patriots Jets NFL

The New England Patriots season came to a grinding halt  yesterday to the New York Jets. The trash talking Jets  earned the right to do so yesterday. They embarrassed the Patriots at home 28-21 in a game that was never that close.

The most glaring thing was the deer in the headlight look of the steady Tom Brady. Brady was confused and out of form the whole game. Meanwhile his counterpart

Mark Sanchez who everybody expected to get the confused look. Patriots and jets fans a like were expecting Sanchez to be the weak link but he played well without making mistakes. The Jets got into Brady’s head and into Belchicks head. Three glaring points stick out.

The fake punt at that point in the game late in the second quarter, It was simply a panic move by Belichick to call that play. At time in the game there was no need to panic.

The Jets Game plan was brilliant Sexy Rexy was a porn star yesterday with that game plan. It was designed to confuse and take away the Patriots comfort zone. A game plan is only as good as the players that execute and the jets executed their game plan and the Patriots simply didn’t.

A few dropped passes during key plans was the ultimate slap in the face for the New England. The Patriots were never in a position to win, a 4th quarter drive with about as much urgency as Donovan McNabb in Superbowl XXXIX. They need to score quickly to have a chance it was lacking efficiency and confidence.

All in all the trash talking Jets lived up to all the talk. They backed it about and they will be playing at Pittsburgh next week. The Patriots will be hunting , fishing, and golfing . I’ll be watching Hockey and Basketball. I may even use my AFC Championship Tickets

For next week at Gillette Stadium. I’ll sit  in an empty Stadium and pretend 68,000 of my closet friends are there with me as the Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelah’s in my head. The Patriots one and done is growing old in the playoffs and perhaps it’s time to rethink the Patriot way.


This also appears at WWW. Rowdy.com

Monday Moaning 1-17-11
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL NHL Bill Burr The Beeze Humor New York Ranger Bart Scott New England Patriots New York Jets Nepotism Cleveland Browns

 
Another weekend has passed by, and Monday is here again...This week, I have no idea what I'm writing...You may be scratching your head and wondering why...I mean hell, there were 4 NFL playoff games this weekend...Well, the Beeze took a big, fat, 0-4 this weekend...I worked Saturday, so I was lucky enough to not have to watch those two games I was on the wrong side of...

Sunday I tapped out of the Bears/Seahawks game at halftime...The Seahawks looked like crap, and Cutler looked good...By good I mean, not throwing it to the other team...Then came the big game...The only one I wanted to watch...Jets versus Patriots...But somehow I lost control of my TV when I was working on my Chicken Chili...As I cleaned the kitchen, a mess that was left from Saturday while I was at work, and kept an eye on the chili, I listened to the game on the radio...Holy Westwood One has shitty coverage...First, I hate Randy Cross...Second, the play-by-play guy couldn't stop mentioning Brady putting his hands "in the hand warmer hanging at his belt"...Over and over...Fucking die douchebag!

Then I was getting ready to sit down and watch the 4th quarter...My wife and daughter informed me that it was time for the Golden Globes Red Carpet Show, followed by the Golden Globes...Well fuck me! Stop the world...A bunch of rich douchebags are getting together to pat each other on the back for playing pretend...FUCK!!!

So I go to the man cave/play room for the 4th...Why did I even bother...The Jets defense had played great all day, and the Patriots offense was off their game...The Patriots look as bad Sunday, as they did in the game they lost to the Browns...I'm not disrespected the Jets with that comment...The Jets did a lot of the same things the Browns did...They threw the Pats off, and at times the exposed the New England defense the way it had been so many times this year...Only this time the Patriots offense couldn't carry the team...Congrats to the Jets, even though I hate them!

My friend Nutball posted this on facebook, and I hat to use it...He asked if this was Bart Scott or Clubber Lang?



So now the Jets go to Pittsburgh, and the Packers go to Chicago...So I'll make my picks now, but clearly you shouldn't bet the kids college fund based on my predictions...I'm taking the Steelers and the Bears...If the Jets get into the "Super Bowl" after all the preseason hype, and "Hard Knocks" and all the bullshit, I'll be one step closer to becoming one of those people who think the NFL is fixed...

In other NFL news...
THE_BROWNS_HIRED_PAT_SHURMUR to be their new head coach...Clearly you should click that link to get my thoughts...Let's just say it wasn't the most exiting or sexy move to make...One local radio host couldn't stop going on and on about the fact the Shurmur got the job because of NEPOTISM...Which is really funny, because his father is one of the owners of the radio station he runs his stupid yap on...What a dolt!

I haven't written much about Hockey this year so far...I always get wrapped up in Football season, and the I jump into Hockey late...So expect to start getting some more Hockey soon...Actually, my Rangers took on rival Philadelphia Sunday...Shit always gets heated with these two teams...



Too bad the Rangers lost 3-2...

Between going 0-4 on Football games...The Rangers losing, and an all around shit week at work...I need a laugh...Take it away Bill!




Have a week...

Later, The Beeze.


 

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