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Musings From The Hoodwood 4-8
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
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Yeah put that national champion trophy over there with the other three...

Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies to the 2014 National title

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood where the patrons are trying to get over the college basketball season being over…I cant listen to One Shining Moment, it just means that another great season is history and the next time we’ll see good college basketball it will be cold again.

The Winnahs! The Huskies are top dog in college basketball

The National Championship trophy will head back to Storrs Connecticut for the 4th time in the last 15 years, Most Outstanding player Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies to a 60-54 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The veteran laden Huskies of the neophyte American Conference got the best of the precocious band of freshman of Kentucky who many didn’t think were going to make it this far. The Huskies weren’t even eligible to make the tourney last year due to academic restrictions and this year got hammered at the end of the regular season by 33 points and again in the American conference title game both times by Louisville but the Huskies took their 7 seed fended off an upset minded St. Joes team and proceeded to knock off 3 straight higher seeded teams to win the East regional. The Huskies were decided underdogs in the national semifinals against the tourney #1 seed the Florida Gators. But they held the SEC champs to a single 3 pointer and a season low 53 points to advance to the national title game. The Wildcats, whom I was not very fond of, just seemed to be like a horror movie monster that wouldn’t die seemed to dodge one team after another as they knocked off Kansas State, unbeaten Wichita State, in-state rival Louisville and Big Ten heavy Michigan to get to North Texas then won a thrilling semifinal against Wisconsin but unlike all the other teams that faced UK. UConn didn’t wilt under a heavy charge by the Wildcats. All the teams they faced had sizeable leads. Louisville jumped out to an 18-5 lead in the regional semis. But Calipari’s freshmen phenoms ran out of gas in the finale where they made repeated charges by never took the lead. It was a thrilling game nonetheless and give the Huskies their due they are the best team in the land, the last team standing. Kevin Ollie at 41 (three months and one week younger than your humble scribe) is one the youngest coaches to ever win the title and won his first six tourney games (matching Steve Fisher’s 1989 feat at Michigan) The UConn ladies will try to match their male counterparts as they try to complete their 5th undefeated season in their storied history as they take on equally undefeated Notre Dame Irish in the national title tilt, Tuesday night. 

PGA: Does no Tiger mean the Masters is less relevant?

The focus of the golf world turns to Augusta and the famed course the holds the PGA’s first major the Masters. The focus though may not really on defending champ Aussie Adam Scott, but on a former champ who wont be there. Tiger Woods. THe Masters will not have Tiger prowling the hallowed grounds for the first time since 1996, but Woods was still an amateur then. This time Woods will miss his first Masters in his career as he recovers from back surgery. THe question begs itself will the media hype machine really be pumped up without Woods in the mix. Even last year with Woods more or less out of contention last year, the Masters still had the sheen and shine of must see golf. Now you wonder is this must watch or will it just another major with that Woods guy...

NHL/NBA: The drive to the playoffs

Im a Red Wings fan and all my adult life, Ive never not known the Wings to not be in the playoffs. The Wings last missed the playoffs in the 1989-90 season. Your humble scribe was getting ready to graduate from Mt. Healthy High school and the Wings were stumbling to 28-38-14…they still had tie games back then. The playoff miss broke a three year run of making the playoffs. But after that the Wings have made the playoff every season since that there have been a chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup. In 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008 the Wings have claimed the silver chalice but have made the playoffs year in and year out. That streak is in danger as the Wings are still trying to claim one of the last two playoff wild cards in their first year in the Eastern conference. The Wings played mediocre for a large part of the season and still have a negative goal differential but the Wings have seemingly put a late run together and are on the cusp of claiming a playoff berth for the 23 year in a row. No team in the four major pro sports have a streak that long. But the playoff picture overall is a wild one to be sure. In the Western conference five teams already have 100 points and the LA Kings are at 97 points with four games still to play a six seed with 100+ points? Whoa. In the east, the Bruins and Penguins have better than 110 points each and look to be the bullies in that conference.

Meanwhile in the NBA, the playoff situation is quite messy. In the west there is a distinct possibility that there will be a team that will win 50 games and miss the playoffs meanwhile in the east there could be two teams that make the playoffs with a losing record. I think the Knicks and Hawks neither of which will finish anywhere close to .500 will see playoff basketball while entertaining teams like the Suns and Grizzlies may miss out. I was arguing with a colleague at work who thought that the number of 50 win teams in the west meant a lower standard of pro ball out west. I think that the best basketball is being played out west.

Phat Dap/Head Slap

 

Phat Dap

To the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame class which includes Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond, NBA Mafioso don David Stern and longtime college coach Nolan Richardson. As much as I knocked Stern he made the NBA what it is now and he brought hoops to the world masses.

Head Slap

To two lunkheads and a QB I usually think highly of.  Mets 2B David Murphy took paternity leave last week to be with his wife in Florida for the birth of their first child. Baby Noah was born last Monday and by all reports mother and baby were fine. Murphy missed the season opener and Wednesday’s game but drew flak from some media sources for “abandoning his team” loudest of the critics were Mike Francesa of WFAN a notorious loudmouth whos braying about Murphy sounded like pitiful whining by someone who you figure that his kids probably hate him anyway. But the other potshots were coming from the new sports morning duo of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of the WFAN/CBS Sports Network Boomer and Carton morning show. These nutjobs who are trying in vain to unseat the long time dominance of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike took various potshots at Murphy. Esiason going so far as to openly wonder why Murphy’s wife didn’t plan better to have the child during the offseason.  And also suggested that she have a c-section earlier so as to not inconvience her husband. Francesa also chimed in asking what good would Murphy be present at the hospital. Now as a proud father of two daughters, I was present at the birth of each and would not have traded that experience for anything in the world. I was fortunate to be working at jobs that let me have the time off and I was grateful but I would not have missed the birth of my kids for anything. Murphy did the right thing and shame on these lunkheads especially Esiason who is well known for being a parent.

Random Thoughts

Wonder if the goober that got the tat proclaiming the UK Wildcats the national champs is regretting his decision yet

Julie Hermann, Rutgers AD who just is an idiot for wishing a paper to go under but says that she doesnt want to make headlines but makes comments like that??? What...were......you...thinking...

I went to charity fight and a hockey game broke out...did the NYPD and FDNY think that it was supposed to be the boxing matches but got misdirected to the hockey rink???

Finally repeated birthday wishes to my Grampy. Who celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday. Hes a big time Cincinnati Reds fans and though he knows that the Dodgers moved to LA in 1958 (the year my namesake uncle was born) but still refers to them as the Brooklyn Dodgers. My Grampy is still sharp as a tack and when not watching baseball or his favorite animal shows on NatGeo still keeps up on the politics of the day. My Grampy is still the man to me, someone who taught me a lot about being a man and someone I still look up to and revere.

Until next post fellow sports fans. 

WrestleMania XXX Results - Undertaker 21-1...
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE WrestleMania Wrestling

WrestleMania 30 has come and gone, with a full plate of matches.

I watched this event at Buffalo Wild Wings and it was packed. I got there at 5:30pm and it was a good thing because by the time WM30 started there were no seats available. We had a party of 8 this year. Everyone in the restaurant were into the matches as we yelled and screamed all night, especially at the end (don’t want to spoil it).

Here are the results of the matches and how well I did in predicting the order of the matches and who won. The card below is the order in which the matches were at WrestleMania 30.

Attendance at Mercedes-Benz Superdome was 75,167, a new attendance record.

WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show

WWE Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Championship Match


 

- The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) © vs. Curtis Axel & Ryback, Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) and The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger)

Usos regain control on a double team on Cesaro. They make another tag and climb to the top rope on both sides. Double splash on Cesaro and they cover for the three count.

I predicted: The USO’s 1-0

 

Match 1:

Singles Match with the winner in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match


- Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan

Hunter hits a couple of knees to the side of Bryan’s head, driving him to the mat. Hunter goes for the pedigree again, but Bryan reverses out with a kick to the side of the head. Hunter avoids another kick, and goes for a suplex. Bryan lands on his feet, and hits the flying knee, dropping Hunter to the mat. Bryan goes for the pin and gets the three count.

 

My order of the match: I had this as match 1. 1-0

I Predicted: The Daniel Bryan and Triple H 2-0

 

Match 2:

6-man Tag Team Match


- Kane & The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)

The Shield grab both Outlaws, and put them up for a three-man double powerbomb for Reigns, it’s a pretty insane visual. Rollins pins Gunn..

My order of the match: I had this as match 2. 2-0

I Predicted: Shield 3-0

 

Match 3:

30-Man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Winner gets an Andre The Giant trophy.

- Big E, Fandango, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Titus O’Neil, Christian, Sheamus, Big Show, Mark Henry, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Santino Marella, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, Yoshi Tatsu, Xavier Woods and Brad Maddox.

Show picks Cesaro up and shoulders him. Cesaro fights out of it, and he picks Show up, and body slams him over the top rope to win the match.

 

My order of the match: I had this as match 3. 3-0

I Predicted: Big Show 3-1

 

Match 4:

Singles Match

- John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but Cena counters into the AA. Cena pins Wyatt for win

My order of the match: I had this as match 4. 4-0

I Predicted: Wyatt Fandango 3-2

 

Match 5:

The Streak


- The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

Undertaker sits straight up. He drags his thumb across his throat, then picks Lesnar up. Taker shoulders Lesnar, but Lesnar counters, getting Taker over his shoulders again. Lesnar hits a third F5, and gets the three count.

My order of the match: I had this as match 5. 5-0

I Predicted: The Undertaker 3-3

Notes: You should have seen the reaction at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome and at Buffalo Wild Wings. There was shock and disbelief in the outcome.

 

Match 6:

Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational for the WWE Divas Championship

- AJ Lee © vs. Naomi, Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Eva Marie, Emma, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes, Layla and Tamina Snuka.

Aksana stops Naomi on the top rope, and hits a superplex while being powerbombed by Natalya. Tamina drags both women from the ring. Natalya drops Tamina with a clothesline. AJ locks in the octopus hold on Naomi,and Naomi is forced to tap out.

My order of the match: I had this as match 6. 6-0

I Predicted: AJ Lee 4-3

 

Match 7:

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

- Randy Orton © vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan

Batista connects with the Batista bomb on Orton, and Bryan hits the flying knee on Batista. Bryan traps Batista in the yes lock, and Batista taps! Daniel Bryan is your new champion!

My order of the match: I had this as match 7. 7-0

I Predicted: Daniel Bryan 5-3

I had a perfect record in the order of the matches. Never had more than 2 correct.

I hoped Gabbers liked my predictions and results.

Scott

Monday Moaning 4-7-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Hockey NYPD FDNY Charity Hockey Game Life Role Models The Beeze

 

So, this week is a major adjustment period for me...Getting use to my new position at work, which was an old position I had...I live in a world different from many...I tell people I got  a promotion at work, and they don't get it means I work nights and all weekends now...but that's a different topic for a different blog...

Baseball season started, and I missed is so far...Taking the promotion also means I give up coaching Little Beeze's Baseball team again...I thought it was going to bother me more then him, but I'm not sure now, since he's saying he doesn't want to play...

I've also been missing the crunch time of hockey...But I came across a topic Sunday night after getting home from work...The NYPD and FDNY had their annual charity hockey game...And tied 3-3, a huge, bench clearing brawl broke out...

 

That guy has a few more clips on his Instagram...

 

 

I watched this video a few times...First thing I felt was, 'some one shut that annoying bitch up!...Holy fuck throw her down on the ice and let tell those cops "PD Sucks" to their face...And I get it...I trust a Fire Fighter probably more then I trust a cop...But that's because I my personally skewed opinion of Police based on relatives that I have who are Police officers...I'll never forget my one uncle, still wearing his police uniform and telling us, "never trust a cop!"  And there was that douchebag that pulled me over last year...Dude was total full of shit...Dirty fucker trying to make his Lindale quota...Clevelanders know what I'm talking about!

But I know not all cops are bad...I know Police officers put their lives on the line every day, just like Fire Fighters do...So hearing the crowd bash the cops annoyed me...Although the "Dunkin' Donuts!" chant was pretty funny!

And I get that there is a built in rivalry between Police Departments and Fire Departments...And I know playing hockey against rivals, whether friendly or not, can get heated...But so often, we hear the talk about how celebrities, and athletes "should" behave, because "they're role models"...But if you're raising your kids to look at Selena Gomez, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, and LeBron James, as role models,  you're doing your job wrong...Having your kids look up to the Police, and Firefighters, along with Teachers, and Doctors Without Borders, is a much better way to go...Let alone showing them that bridge, that their great grandfather helped build...

So seeing these two teams of men I would want my kids to consider role models, brawling during a charity hockey game, depressed me a bit...Am I holding these men to I higher standard then I should?  They're human...They need to blow off steam like the rest of us...But it was a charity game...You can play a good, and even physical hockey game without a brawl breaking out...Should they have tried to remember it was a charity game? And that it's 2014, where nearly everyone in  this arena has a camera on their phone?

Never before have I talked, or written about fighting in hockey in a negative manner...But I guess I am this time...I could have taken it if two guys dropped the gloves and had a normal fight that was justified...But a bench clearing brawl...And from those close clips on Instagram, you could see it got ugly...Right now, I feel a bit disappointed...But also happy I'm not a New Yorker...

By the way, the NYPD won 8-5...Their first win in five years...

What do you think?

Have a week...

The Beeze.

Labor Unions and Odds and Ends
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Northwestern Tiger Woods Red Sox

 

Ah, spring.  Good grief, this winter took forever to end.  I’m not usually one to wish away time, but damn between ice storms and “Polar Vortices,” I’m soooo ready for any sign spring has “sprung.”  It was 50 degrees today, I had the sunroof open and was wearing flip flops...with my jeans and long sleeve t-shirt.  The world has started to show signs that the long ass winter is FINALLY on it’s way out and who am I to not to celebrate that.

 

Now, I’m not a big college sports guy, but the National Labor Relations Board kind of affect my profession so I pay attention when the two things intersect.  A recent NLRB decision ruled that the Northwestern University footballs players were “employees” of the University for purposes of the act, and as such were entitled to a vote on whether they should be represented by a union.  

 

In a case like this, the totality of the circumstances matter, so not every NCAA football program is now at the whim of an organizing effort, but it does send a shot across the bow.  The fact of the matter is that the NCAA is not considered to be an “employer,” but rather the University is, which means that there’s really no likelihood there would be an NFL style master agreement negotiated, it does mean certain things.  

 

First, this ruling only affects those athletes who receive a scholarship.  Now to be an academic, there would have to be a high degree of influence from academics, as opposed to be spending more time with football coaches than on academics.  What you should likely see, then, is a greater emphasis on the college aspect of the “student athlete’s” education.

 

The second thing to consider is what exactly could be mandatory subjects of collective bargaining.  In this case it’s likely insurance, and liability for injury.  It’s not likely to be around scholarship dollars.

 

So the fact of the matter is that this is about one school, which may or may not work their student athletes to the point that they’re no longer students.  You will likely see more schools placing a greater emphasis on their student athlete’s academics.  The real roadblock for the unionization attempt is that these monies the NLRB is considering “wages,” would actually become “wages,” and therefore taxable, would would likely be resisted when the players really DO vote.  The message has been sent though,and going forward you’re likely to see a greater emphasis on the well being of player athletes, or put another way, players will be more demonstrably students.  

 

So, it turns out Florida State’s new logo was leaked from...wait for it...Walmart. So that happened, but really is there a difference?  I mean gone is the “Florida State” written down the feather, but other than that is there really some thing not to like about the logo?  But, Damn, there’s all kinds of crap to be taken after having modified the logo.  Seriously?  Grow up.

 

Rule one of mascot club: Don’t talk about mascot club.

 

Somethings are just too good not to have SOMETHING to say.

 

This past week, after the Red Sox were finished losing to the Orioles, they headed to the White House to be welcomed as the World Champions.  Johnny Gomes didn’t fail to impress, with his red and white striped jacket.  But there’s just a touch of controversy around it - David Ortiz asked the President for a “selfie.”  Now there some controversy about it because there’s a question about whether Samsung paid him for the selfie - a la Ellen’s famous “groupie.”  Look, it’s a great shot, and whatever Samsung could’ve compensated the guy, wouldn’t have been worth the opportunity to meet the President.  How much would they have had to pay a guy who’s worth north of $45-Million?  It just seems so unlikely.  That said, it probably was a bad move only because of the hub bub around it.  Too many questions just waiting to be asked.  It was a great shot, but maybe one left on his own photostream.

Sometimes I wish I were Johnny Gomes.

Have a great week gabbers.




 

Oh No... Undertaker 21-1...That's right
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE WrestleMania

I tried to post this from my cell phone, but it would not load,

Undertaker lost to Lesnar.

Will have WrestleMania results by the afternoon.

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