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Friday Rountable: The Decade Edition
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Patriots Red Sox New Year

 

 
Day 365 of 365 (technically 365.25, but let us not quibble on this the eve of the new year).  The very last day of the year.  We have now completed 10 full years of the 21st century and I still occasionally write “19...” on my checks.  
 
10% of the 21st century is over.  That the “next” 10% will begin at midnight tonight and this is a bit of a struggle for me.  I was 7 years old in Mrs. Flynn’s first grade class when the question was posed, “how old will you be in the Year 2000?”  Mrs. Flynn was an older woman - even in retrospect and not simply as a 7-year old child - who looked suspiciously like Faye Dunnaway in “Mommy Dearest.”   That’s her in the blue pant-suit.  I’m wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt and I want to know if my parents knew if it was class photo day.

It was 1977 and 2000 and age 30 seemed so far away.  My favorite football team was the Pittsburgh Steelers and my favorite baseball team was, and has always been, the Boston Red Sox.  Star Wars was just “Star Wars,” none of this “A New Hope” crap.  The Oakland Raiders were the Super Bowl Champions.  The Cincinnati Reds were the World Series Champions.  A lot has happened in those 33 years.  A lot has happened in the last 10 years.  

The New England Patriots somehow became the NFL team of the decade.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that the team I watched as an adolescent would become as popular as the team I rooted for as a child.  I went to graduate school near Pittsburgh - not a piece of Patriot fan gear anywhere to be found.  The Pats were 5-11 that year; no wonder I got snickers (and not the candy) when I wore my stuff around campus.  My apartment had a mammoth liquor store Patriots schedule in the living room - that went over big with the locals.  

 


The Boston Red Sox also somehow not only became World Series Champions, they became Champion twice and once by going through the New York Yankees to do it.  When I was a kid, and this is the very first time I’m admitting this anywhere, I actually owned not only a cap, but a pullover batting practice Yankees jersey too.  I always thought the jersey smelled bad, but perhaps it was just puberty.  I’m 40 years old, soon to be 41.  I have loved the Red Sox my entire life, and although I hate the Yankees, I love the Red Sox more.  For an 8 year old, game 163 of the 1978 season was the lowest possible point I could imagine.  Fortunately, an 8 year old cannot conceive of a lower point than his baseball team losing in dramatic fashion.  That 8 year old had far lower points in his life than that, but at that point Bucky “flippin” Dent had crushed dreams.  Sometimes, I wish I were 8 again.  Ah yes, just so happens that was the uniform number Carl Yastrezemski was wearing while watching that Dent homer fly over the left field wall.  


In 2005, I welcomed my son to the world - the last of the Mo progeny.  The first place he went after we learned we were expecting him was the 2004 Red Sox World Series parade through Boston.  There, on the steps of the Boston Museum of Science, he was growing and celebrating with his parents what no one had celebrated in 86 years.  To my friend Beezer, my hope for you and your new daughter is that sometime soon you have a similar experience to share and to pass on to your children.  This is a much different experience than my daughter had, who at the tender age of 18 months and while wearing the Drew Bledsoe #11 jersey I bought at the Patriots proshop while I was at the AFC Title game the week before, watched the Patriots come unglued after the Desmond Howard kick off return in the Super Bowl.  A few years thereafter, she was old enough to follow the 2003 AL Championship series and was watching with me when Grady Little made the most infamous managerial decision of his career and arguably in Red Sox history.  A year and a half later, my son was born into a different definition of what was a Red Sox and New England sports fan.  It’s kind of funny really, that these are the things I think about when reflecting.  May he never know the heartbreak of the boy who became his father, or the disappointment of his older sister.

 
In Junior High School - they called it “Junior High” back in the day when I was going - I was a Bruins fan.  The elderly woman across the street, known to most of the neighborhood kids as the secretly evil shut-in, was unbeknownst to them a hockey fan.  She had an equally secret crush on Olympic hockey goal tender Jim Craig, even years after the glory in Lake Placid.  She taught me to love hockey and “The Sporting News,” and I followed both almost religiously.  Years later, well after her passing, and upon reflection I realized she also taught me that with a little understanding and a little expression of interest, even the loneliest people have something to share - particularly if others don’t realize it.  She helped me realize that people aren’t always the character they show to the world, even if that world is a small, tenth-mile stretch of street.  

2010 has been a challenge for me personally and yet, I have emerged on New Years eve able to say that I’m ready for the next 365.25 days no matter what they may have in store.  I am thankful for a great many things in life and I know 2011 will be a springboard to greater things for which to be thankful.  As we leave 2010 behind, let us leave behind the negative things that came our way this year - let us keep the triumph and leave behind the heartbreak.  I wish you love, prosperity, and success in 2011.  I want for you all the happiness you could possibly have.  I am thankful for the things in life that I have and am not looking back at those things I do not and I hope that for you too.  

Have a wonderful and safe New Years Celebration where ever you may be and whatever you may be doing.  Take the time to remember, acknowledge, celebrate, and then to move on to that which will be.  Memories are great things to carry with you to the present, but the future starts now, and the future is where memories are yet to be created.  Create some great memories in 2011.
Fry Day Blog: Now I Know Who to Fire...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

 

Welcome to The Fry Day Blog

Today dvt fries the woeful Chargers...

Again!!!

 

And all this time I thought the problem was Coach Norv Turner...

Then last Sunday...

I came to the realization...

That the Chargers' coach...

Is NOT the problem...

It's not the players' fault either...

They don't have the proper equipment...

After all...

How can you play like Super Bowl champs one week???

And then play like the Detroit Lions the next week!!!

On a consistently inconsistent basis...

Check that...

"And WORSE than the Detroit Lions the next week..."

It's not The Norv's fault...

It's not the players fault...

It's not the ownership's fault...

 

 

It's not even the San Andreas fault...

Not the General Manager...

Or the Specific Manager..

Not the water boy...

Don't blame the parking lot attendants...

Or the ushers...

Or the food service people...

Like I said...

They need the proper equipment...

So...

If ya wanna lay the blame on somebody...

If ya wanna fire somebody...

 

 

Fire the team optometrist...

You see...

As a matter of fact...

Anybody who knows anything about football...

Can clearly see...

That sometimes the Chargers do just fine...

Against weaklings like the Niners...

And the Broncos...

And the Titans...

And the Cardinals...

And other times...

 

 

They lose their focus...

Against weaklings like the Rams...

And the Seahawks...

And the Bengals...

And the Raiders...

Teams they should clear-ly beat...

But it's not clear at all...

It's fuzzy...

Really fuzzy...

Lack of focus...

Lack of...

 

 

Bringing much...

 

 

And causing a real...

To the fans...

As a matter of fact...

This team loses its focus more than...

 

 

Lindsay Lohan loses her sobriety...

So...

When you can't focus...

You fire the optometrist...

And get a new one...

But maybe they need a new cardiologist, too...

 

And last...

But certainly not least...

 

A new urologist...

 

 

 

So they can quit leaking on themselves...

 

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS

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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0


 

 

Well kids another Thursday the last Thursday of 2010. I would like to wish a Happy Birthday to a couple of athletes who were on top of their games and popularity ain 2009 but in 2010 they went crashing down from on top of the world to rock bottom  they both caused their own crashes. Happy Birthday Lebron and Tiger may 2011 be better for you.

There is 19 inches of snow on the ground here in Boston and no the Patriots wouldn’t have cancelled their game Sunday if it was a home game. If you don’t believe me just ask Mo. With cold temps and snow it’s hard to think about baseball I mean Pitchers and Catchers stretching are still almost two months away.

But the yahoo’s that call radio in Red Sox Nation today were discussing possible bullpen combinations .. I say let’s wait till March and see what the team will look like on opening day. Of course in my world baseball is about a week away as my son starts winter ball  next week.  I will helping out to coach mainly in the batting cage. The kids get about 30 minutes of hitting and then they will play a 90 minute game at indoor facility. Of course all the kids play hoop on Sunday mornings as well. That makes for a busy Sunday.

The AFC road to the Superbowl goes through New England and I got my playoff tickets ready to go(yeah indoor baseball takes a backseat to NFL Playoffs that I have tixs for). Of course the bill came a few weeks before Christmas. Hey 6 of the Patriots made it to the ProBowl and 4 deserve it. I have no issue with the rookie McCourty making it, or Brady , Mayo, and Wilfork. But why was Logan Mankins  even considered after holding out. He is among the best offense of guards in the league. But the guy missed half the season. If he played the whole season excellent selection but he didn’t. Then there is Brandon Merriweather by all accounts a good kid. By his own admission he tuned the coaches outlast season.. He makes some big hits and was also benched for three games.

Pat Chung would have been a better choice and so wouldn’t a bunch of guys on other teams. But so be it. It is what it is.

I never want the Football Season to end on any level. But is there really a dominate team out there. For weeks I have been hearing watch out for the Chargers. Well they short circuited themselves out of the playoffs. But Norv will keep his job. To bad Mike Singletary was looking to move down the coast. Maybe he moves across the Bay. Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat but there maybe room in Cinncinati for him because there is no way Marvin Lewis is keeping his job.  Does Jerry Jones do the right thing and keep Garret at the helm?  He inherited a mess. Give the guy a chance. Ditto in Minnesota Leslie Frazier should get his chance because the mess he inherited was bigger than the one in Dallas. John Fox, Eric Mangini, and despite the improved Raiders all say Tom Cable as well is the hot seat.

The NBA played 5 games Christmas day. 10 teams about a 100,000 thousand fans had their Christmas interrupted due to TV. We even had an NFL game on Tuesday because of a TV contract. You all thought it was about snow, I ask WHY. I can see agame or two on Christmas but 5. common. What was up with the Knicks wearing Green and the green sneakers that a lot of teams wore. They looked like 7 foot elves.

I was at one of those large Nation Wide book sellers today there is one near my office and I often look through the sports book section on my lunch break. Can I tell you I was looking through the baseball Books today. Yeah I know it’s too early to be thinking about it. But I live in Boston and all that stuff. There was some really good books on Guys like May’s Kaline (one of my all time favorites) and Rizzuto.

 Than there was a book about, Big Papi and one about Dice-K. I’m sorry you don’t deserve a book until your playing days are over and you find a place in history. Come –On ! Dice-K a mediocre pitcher that the Red Sox paid too much for has a book. I can see the whole cultural thing and him being a huge star in Japan and making the transition. It would be very interesting after his playing days. I read book on Sadaharu Oh once found the guy fascinating. But it was after he was done.

Have a safe and Happy New Year and Remember New Years Eve is Amateur Night so be careful. Because I look forward to reading you all in 2011

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Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Ohio State Jamie Benn Jarome Iginla LeBron James Avery Johnson NFL Ed Rendell

The NFL show’s why its not like it use to be?? Are we Wussies?? Governor of Pennsylvania vents?? Can LeBron just can’t keep his mouth shut?? Does Ohio State really punish their players?? This and more in this weeks addition of Rants and Raves.

Ohio State stud Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan "Boom" Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, all juniors, received the five-game suspensions, while freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting will miss one game. In addition, the players must pay restitution that will go to charitable organizations. These suspensions will start next year. Come on now!! If the NCAA was really serious about the integrity of college football they would have suspended their players for the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. But it is all about $$$ like everything thing else. These suspensions are a joke. Let see they will miss games against Akron, Toledo, Miami (Fla.), Colorado and Michigan State. These players should have been suspended for the Bowl game and the first five games of next season.

For those that don’t know, these are the restitutions and the infractions:

• Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university.

• Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring.

• Herron must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services

• Posey must repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50.

• Thomas must repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155.

It should be noted that Ohio State initially suspended the players for the Sugar Bowl, but the NCAA immediately reinstated the players.

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

Doesn't Jamie look like a little kid? This is why I like hockey. Dallas Stars Jamie Benn fights Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla in the first period. Iginla end up with a messed up eye.

You got to love hockey!!

DumbBron James is at it again. This time the stupid one has stated:

“ Hopefully the league can figure out one way where it can go back to the '80s where you had three or four All-Stars, three or four superstars, three or four Hall of Famers on the same team. The league was great. It wasn't as watered down as it is [now]. ”

New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson said it best in replying to DumbBron’s statement:

"I disagree," Johnson told reporters Sunday. "Maybe the league would be better if we didn't have three stars on one team."

But wait, the dumb one just said "That's crazy, because I had no idea what the word 'contraction' meant before I saw it on the Internet. I never even mentioned that. That word never even came out of my mouth. I was just saying how the league was back in the '80s and how it could be good again. I never said, 'Let's take some of the teams out.' "

 

I can understand when two weeks ago the Giants game against the Vikings was postpone due to the collapse of the Metrodome. They couldn’t get the college stadium ready until Monday. But now the Vikings game against the Eagles on Tuesday is postpone because of inclement weather. Oh, please!! Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who called a state of emergency for the city six hours before the originally scheduled kickoff, told ESPN on Sunday that the choice to move the game was not the city's decision but the league's. I guess moving it was all about the $$$, because the game could have been played on Monday.

The Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell said "What do you think [Hall of Fame coach Vince] Lombardi would say? We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything," Rendell added. "If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down."

I couldn’t agree more!! Everything that made the NFL “The Macho League” is being watered down.

 

I would like to wish all the Gabbers a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!!

 

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NFL Fines Favre $50K For Failing To Cooperate With Investigation
Category: NFL
Tags: Brett Favre Jenn Sterger Minnestoa Vikings Roger Goodell

Below is the article from Fox Sports, and it states that Favre failed to cooperate with the investigation. It's that lack of cooperation and his lack of any attempt to dispel all the accusations that led me to believe from day one he not only left her the voicemails but sent Sterger the photos of his "Mini Brett". He dodged the questions, his wife all of a sudden became absent from the media except for one appearance on "The CBS Morning Show" where she said her faith was getting her through the rough times, she refused to stand alongside her man, she also didn't attend anymore games after this story broke, so it makes you wonder if as soon as the season is over will Mrs. Favre be seeking to Favre to the cleaners? I reckon so!

We've all seen many athletes accused of a lot of transgressions but most come out fighting, yet Favre went about his days like nothing ever happened, and this lack of defense in every way had led me to belive that he was doing so because he was guilty as charged. As for this fine, well, it's a joke, at $1 million per game I think he'll be able to cough up that $50K in a blink.

Please read below for the most recent update!

 

The most disturbing sideshow of this NFL season is finally coming to a close.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has fined Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre $50,000 over the Jenn Sterger fiasco.

However, Favre wasn't found to have violated league policy with regards to Sterger, but was fined for failing to cooperate with the league's investigation.

FOXSports.com first reported that Favre was going to be fined.

The NFL issued a statement Wednesday, noting that Favre "was not candid in several respects during the investigation."

The release stated Favre was fined for "his failure to cooperate with the investigation in a forthcoming manner."

The league wanted to make a ruling before the end of the season but did not want to do it on New Year's Day.

The NFL was still interviewing and gathering information on the case as recently as last week.

Sterger, a former New York Jets media personality, had claimed Favre sexually harassed her when both were with the New York franchise in 2008.

Favre allegedly sent Sterger inappropriate text and phone messages, as well as photos of his genitalia. The allegations were first reported by Deadspin.com.

Favre admitted to leaving Sterger voice messages but denied sending her lewd photographs.

The NFL's investigation began in October, but the league did not talk directly with Sterger until Nov. 11.

In recent weeks, Sterger's camp had expressed concern a decision would not be forthcoming before the end of the regular season. Favre has said repeatedly this would be his final season. And while the 41-year-old quarterback has made that claim previously — not to mention, frequently — in his career, there is ample reason to believe him this time.

Unlike last year, when Favre was an MVP candidate and helped lead the Vikings to the NFC title game, this season has been much more difficult. With Favre struggling, the Vikings got off to a 3-7 start, resulting in the firing of head coach Brad Childress.

Favre has also had a hard time staying healthy this year. His NFL-record streak of 297 consecutive starts came to an end Dec. 13 because of a shoulder injury. Favre would return one week later against the Bears but was knocked out of that game — as well as Tuesday night's victory against the Eagles — with a concussion.

So as time was running out on the Vikings' season, there was legitimate reason to think Favre might not be around in 2011 to serve any potential penalty.

Instead, Wednesday's development will likely send Favre into retirement on a decidedly low note.

As Posted At And Courtesy of FOXSports.com

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