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Hal B's Fantastic Friday Sports Spectacular
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NHL hockey bruins blackhawks NBA NFL football Tim Tebow Wes Welker RGIII Harbaugh

Happy Friday everyone! (unless you work weekends, then it’s a Monday or something for you and you hate these “Happy Friday” jerks like me and you have good reason to be grumpy). Wait, I have to work on Saturday? Anyway, there was another fun week of sports with lots of topics to touch on today.  Yes, this is a Sports Spectacular, not an extravaganza anymore.: I realized I was flunking alliteration and needed to get it straightened out.  OK, enough blather about nonsensical and onto the sports:

WHAT THE PUCK?:

The NHL Stanley Cup Championship Finals kicked off in style with a triple-overtime thriller in Chicago where the Blackhawks gutted out  a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.  Both teams showed their grit and determination in game one Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  The Bruins looked like they would continue their domination of their opponents by jumping out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads; however, unlike against Pittsburgh and New York where the imposing black and gold defense locked down the opposition, Chicago stormed back on their home ice.

 

The Blackhawks scored quickly to cut the deficit to 3-2 after Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug made a terrible pass out of his own end and right onto the stick of the Blackhawks at the blue line and Dave Bolland netted it to cut it to one.  Boom. The light was lit and Chicago had a skip in their stride as they attacked Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with a bombardment of shots.

 

They finally broke through to tie the game with Chicago’s Johnny Oduya converting on a strange bouncer, as this time the puck deflected past Rask off the skate of defenseman Andrew Ference who was defending against the attacker behind the net with his back to the shooter. Suddenly in less than 5 minutes the match was tied and soon into overtime.

 

The Bruins brought the energy to the first overtime, generating some great scoring chances but not getting the puck past goalie Corey Crawford who was strong in goal in the extra period.  By the second overtime, the Bruins had lost their mojo and looked like a team of “Jaromir Jagr”’s, slow and plodding as the Blackhawks skated circles around them.  With first line playoff star Nathan Horton (upper body injury) in the training room, the Bruins constant offensive pressure of the first overtime was gone, and they hung on as goalie Tuukka Rask tried to keep them in the game.

 

Chicago finally broke through after almost completing an entire extra game as Michal Rozsival’s shot was deflected twice as it worked its way past Rask and ended the marathon game one.  

 

The Blackhawks are a strong team, with some really creative and explosive players who can move the puck and put pressure on the defense.  For the Bruins, it has to take some wind out of their sails after having been on a great roll since their game seven comeback in the first round of the playoffs against Toronto. Playing over 110 minutes and still losing has to hurt, and it will be interesting to see how the Black and Gold respond to this adversity.

 

The Bruins had this game in the bag, as a two goal lead should be an automatic win at this juncture of the season.  Much credit goes to Chicago, as the Blackhawks ramped up the pressure and goalie Corey Crawford made a number of great saves to give his team a chance to to win.  I may not want to stay up to 1:00 AM every game, but if game one is a preview of the series to be, it is gonna be a heck of a ride!

 

BIG ROUND BALLS:

Word association time as the NBA season grinds to its end with the Heat and Spurs locked in combat for the NBA Championship:

 

  • The Heat: annoying

 

  • LeBron James: flip-flop flippity flop flop

 

  • Ray Allen: Traitor!

 

  • Tim Duncan and the Spurs: class act

 

and one for the Boston locals:

 

  • Doc Rivers: say it ain’t so! Baby, come home. Don’t hurt the ones you love.


 

NFL NOTES:

Chad Johnson amazingly found the spotlight yet again outside of the gridiron. In court for a plea deal to get out of jail time for a violation of his probation after his domestic violence case involving his headline loving ex-wife (and reality television “star”).  The player formerly known as Ocho-Cinco slapped his lawyer on the rear end playfully and got smacked down by the judge as she put him in jail for 30 days. So now the failure that was an overpaid wash out in New England, Ocho-stinko, is now Ocho-Clinko.  The worst part of being in jail 30 days for Johnson is that if someone tosses him the soap in the shower, based on his play in New England, he’s gonna drop it.  

 

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OK, now that two years of pent-up frustration (due to overpaying and dealing with a bozo, overpaid, self-promoting wide receiver who could not get on the right page in the offense with one of the greatest quarterbacks of the modern NFL) is out,  we’re focusing on keeping it classy the rest of the way with the NFL Notes:

 

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Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow.  There. That’s more than enough Tebow talk for me.  The battle for the 53rd spot on the roster and right to be one of the seven inactives each Sunday has never been so thrilling.  

 

In my opinion, Tebow is at his best a back-up quarterback who should be kept in glass with a “Break in Case of Emergency Only”.  No team can afford to develop him at another position without an NFL Europe to send him out to for learning and seasoning. Also, any situation with a shaky starter in place can fracture the team.  New England is a fit for him this camp, because he has no chance of starting (Tom Brady) and equally has no chance to be the number two quarterback (Ryan Mallett).  After thinking about it, and the fact he has a two year contract, Tebow is likely to spend the season on the Patriots “veteran practice squad”, which is injured reserve.  A tweaked hamstring or “concussion” is often enough to shut a player down for the year and another look after a season of working out, learning the playbook, and being coached up.

 

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One story that was lost in the Tim Tebow news cycle was former New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker sounding off in Denver about “finally being able to be himself” now that he’s out of the Foxboro Gulag. It seems almost silly that a 32 year old man has to go out of his way to complain about the repression of the multi-millionaire Proletariat by the repressive Bourgeois in New England. Sorry, Wes, but I get paid a whole heck of a lot less (see: a pinch higher than zero) than Welker earned in his worst year, and you should be subjected to the restrictive privacy policy and non-disclosure junk I have to wade through each year as a government employee.  Shut up and play football. Just because the coach say you can talk, don’t waste anyone’s time by whining.

 

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St Louis Rams fans have to be in a tough spot.  They must wonder what in the world their management staff had to be thinking when they kept quarterback Sam Bradford and traded Washington the pick that turned out to be Robert Griffin III.  Bradford is back for year three in St Louis without a lot of progression towards becoming a star, and having watched RGIII lead his team to the playoffs as a rookie and revitalize an entire franchise in just one year, panic must be setting in. This is a big year for Bradford and the Rams, as they do not want to find themselves in the position of the franchises who passed on Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft and suffer a decade plus of regret.

 

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San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, spent part of this week smack talking like he was the illegitimate son of Buddy Ryan, making news by noting division rival, the Pete “pumped and jacked” Carroll led Seattle Seahawks, are currently leading the league...

in PED suspensions.

Coaches commenting on other teams is usually not something going on in the NFL, but the Harbaugh’s are part of the young, brash coaches who talk big and then back it up.  There’s n problem with anyone talking trash, but backing it up is important. When the Jets beat the Patriots in the playoffs, the Patriots had no choice but to take the heat.  Seattle fans may not like to hear about it, but this has the makings of a heck of a rivalry this fall.  Both teams have creative coaches, fantastic young quarterbacks, strong and aggressive defenses, and loads of big play talent on offense. The teams meet in week two, and this could be a rivalry for the NFL to spotlight for years to come.

 

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Some running backs are on the move, as former New York Giants bruiser Ahmad Bradshaw landed in Indianapolis on a one-year deal.  One of the “old breed” running backs, Bradshaw chews up yards and linebackers while trying to play through the foot injuries he has had and the bumps and bruises of his pad-lowering power running style. An underrated performer in New York, some dings and bruises last year hurt his value this off-season and the Colts got a true feature back who, when able to play, will make young Andrew Luck better just by keeping linebackers close to the line of scrimmage and safeties up in the box.

 

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The Denver Broncos decided to release feature back Willis McGahee and give the ball to 2nd round pick Montee Ball, from Wisconsin. Ball the Bruising Badger must have put on a heck of a show in OTAs as McGahee, who missed the voluntary workouts for personal reasons, never got on the field to show he was healed from last season’s knee injury that left the Broncos vulnerable in the post-season with only third-down back Ronnie Hillman and the completely useless Knowshon Moreno to try and keep defenses honest.  The pressure is on Ball to step up and contribute immediately, as Denver is not going to scare any linebackers with Hillman or Moreno in the backfield.

 

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Interesting tidbit (I found it at Mike Florio’s NBC site ProFootballTalk) about the Buffalo Bills and high price free agent defensive lineman Mario Williams.  Williams mentioned to Buffalo News writer Tim Graham that Mike Pettine, the defensive coordinator in the great white north of New York, usually says “Kill ‘em or hurt ‘em”.  Florio mentions it as part of the post-BountyGate NFL frowning upon these statements, but not really dishing any discipline.  So the defense is trying to “kill the quarterback”?  Shocking. Of course, from what I saw of Williams in his in initial season in Buffalo, he’d best concentrate on getting near the quarterback on the field, and not talking about it on the sidelines.

 

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OK, that’s all for now. Thanks as always for checking-in, and let’s kick-off a great weekend!

 
Monday Moaning 6-10-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NHL MLB NFL Kids Life The Beeze Little Beeze Baseball Horse Racing Belmont Stakes Chris Perez Josh Gordon Boston Bruins Flying

 

WHY? WHY!?! WHY is she never on my flight!?!

Okay, to be honest, it's not like I really travel much...To let you people behind the mask a bit, I haven't been on a plane since I was 20 years old, and then I was in an alcohol induced coma...Both ways....Shit, I don't remember much of the trip because of all the drinking I did...And if you were to get me on a plane now, you'd either need lots of alcohol, or her!

So, I'm not gonna lie to ya, I don't have much sports to give ya...The week was crazy with running practices for Little Beeze's baseball team, and on the opposite days, my oldest daughter had softball games...Not easy to watch, and give her pointers, with 2 year old Molly wanting to go back to the playground...All week was a constant rush...

Wednesday was the kids last day of school for the year...The boy who was about a half a year behind his class when starting school this year, caught up, and exceeded the goals set for him by his teacher...Wednesday he received the President's Achievement Award...He did awesome! We're very proud...Our oldest slowly declined in her school work, getting more of a social life, and being a bit boy crazy...She did well, but she can do better...We're proud of her, but she got a talk about needing to do better...Now paying for Catholic School, I have become my Father...I always said I wouldn't get upset about my kids grades, or a bad progress report, the way my parents did...Now I do, and I understand why...I wasn't as harsh about it, but I made my point clear...

She did get a Music Award, Band Award, Accelerated Reader Award, Citizenship Award, and Day Dreamer Award...Still not sure how good that one is? The boy also got a Top Mass Participant Award, Good Friend Award, and Clean Desk Award, which got him in trouble since his room and little man cave are a fucking mess!

They had a good year, and they already have assignments that they have to have done for the first day next year...

Friday, the wife went out with a couple friends after work...Not bad, except besides staying home with my kids, her one friend dropped her 4 and 1 year olds off here...The kids are great with the 4 year old, which is good, because she tried testing me a couple times, and didn't like me saying no...So she went off with them in the playroom...The little guy hung with me and Molls...Which got interesting as she got a bit territorial...

The gals came back, had another glass of wine, or two and bs'ed...Which just made things crazier, because all the kids wanted to be around them, make noise, and spill shit...And I just wanted to watch the Bruins beat the Penguins....Which they did, and they'll be facing Chicago in the Stanley Cup Finals...I'll take the Bruins in 6...The Blackhawks are really good, but the Bruins have been playing flawless hockey, especially their goalie Tuuka Rask...They just look too strong right now...

Finally, people left, kids got to sleep, and a boozy Mrs. Beeze was feeling frisky...Ahhhh, it was all worth it!

Saturday morning Little Beeze and I went to the field for a two hour practice with our team...It stretched into almost 3 hours as I worked a little more with kids on their hitting, so they all wanted a turn...Then we had to clean up, and rush to a birthday party foe one of his classmates...We got home, and I just wanted to sleep...I took a nap for an hour, until Molly woke me up...We played a bit, then I started dinner...Totally forgetting the Belmont Stakes was about to take off...My oldest daughter reminded me...We rushed to the TV just in time to see the start...We did bet on this one, but I would have put my money on Revolutionary...I would have lost, as he came in 5th...It was 15-1 Palace Malice who won...Preakness winner, Oxbow finished second, and Derby winner, Orb came from the back of the pack to finish third...

Sunday was all about the kids...My wife took our oldest to see Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen...There is a local theater doing big time 80's movies every weekend, and that was one of the wife's favorites...I took Molls, and the boy to one of our favorite parks...They had a blast, as usual...

Loves her swings....

She also loves digging in the sand, that was a little damp...

Later on at home she found an ant hill in a crack in the sidewalk...Her brother dumped water on them, wanting to prevent them from getting in our house...After he went inside, she kept taking little cups of sand from her sand table, and was "Feeding them"...Here she is running back from "feeding them"...

Running...

Running....

And running....I need to find a way to bottle up that energy and store it...For myself, so I can keep up with these kids...This week will be crazy again...Both kids have 2 games and one practice...My oldest is also at Honor Band for a few hours Monday through Saturday mornings, with a concert Saturday night...The wife and I are going to see Bill Burr Friday night...And I'll be working Sunday, besides my Mon-Fri...So if anyone wants to cover for me next Monday, just let me know, I may be feeling lazy...

I know this is light on sports, but I'm kind of, totally wrapped up in my kids...Here's a couple quick local stories...Indians closer, Chris Perez and his wife got busted for having weed mailed to their home, in their dogs name...Are you surprised...I'm not...The guy looks like he'd be up for a party...And his now deleted Twitter account showed he was often a dope! You are what you smoke?

Browns WR, Josh Gordon got suspended for breaking the NFL drug policy...It should be interesting to see how this plays out, since Gordon is saying he failed the test because of a Codeine cough syrup he was prescribed when he had Strep...If his story is true, the NFL is going way too far...If his story is bullshit, I won't be surprised...Honestly, pro athletes being dopes, never surprises me anymore...

Have a week....

The Beeze.

It's Yesterday Once More?
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Bruins Blackhawks

 

We know who's playing for the Stanley Cup. What do we know about them? Well, they're Original Six stock. They haven't played each other in the playoffs for decades on end. They hardly see one another during the regular season anymore. The last time the two teams met for what was clearly the Cup (back in the days when the Western Division was AHL material) Boston won 4-0 and held Bobby Hull without a shot on goal. But these are different teams.

How good are they?

The mystery team that started hot and slid into mediocrity during the short regular season, then fell asleep at the switch after building a 3-1 series lead on Toronto and didn't wake up until they trailed game seven by three goals with ten minutes to go has now won not only that game but eight out of the next nine. And that's against the New York Rangers, who bested the Bruins during the regular season and featured the goalie who couldn't be beaten, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the East going away and had the team that couldn't be beaten. Plus home ice.

It has cost the Rangers' coach his job. No one will be surprised if the same thing happens in Pittsburgh. What these two Queen of De Nile organizations, Pittsburgh in particular, can't seem to fathom is that they were clearly beaten by a better hockey T-E-A-M, just one season removed from its last Stanley Cup. All the talk is about how they beat themselves, how this star or that star didn't bail them out. That should be red flag #1 for why they lost.

Boston, meanwhile, has not only swept Pittsburgh out of the Cup race but held them to two (2) goals in four (4) games. It's thought an impossible accomplishment for anybody --- not, apparently, for these guys.

What a run so far. They overcame a 3-goal deficit with their backs to the wall in ten minutes. They poured goals past New York's brick wall. Their 4th-line center played a full minute of a successful penalty kill with a broken leg. Their rookie defenseman had his face split open and was right back in, looking like Frankenstein, making Orr-like rushes at the net. Patrice Bergeron's nose sports a scar that never goes away. They turned Crosby into a points no-show and did the same to Malkin. Just like they did to Bobby Hull when they shocked the hockey world 43 years ago by sweeping the Black Hawks out of the playoffs en route to the Cup.


Then there's Chicago. They had a bit of a slowdown toward the end of the regular season, but it was a slowdown from a record-setting pace. The President's Trophy winners won the West by a wide margin and have earned home ice. Their last cup is just one year older than Boston's, and despite a widely publicized team teardown after the season, they have rebuilt successfully around their core and are back again, strong as ever.

The Hawks' big test came against old rival Detroit, who pulled ahead 3-1 and looked to be the class of the conference. Somehow Chicago fought back. It was a brilliant effort, and propelled them into the conference finals like a slingshot. LA, the defending champ, was tested by the Sharks but came back to win. It should have given them a lift going into Chicago.

Instead they were caught in a buzz saw. Quick wasn't. Neither were his teammates, who seemed to have the best seats in the house. By the time they left for LA down 0-2, the moment seemed to have passed them by. A game 3 victory and a lead in game 4 seemed to ensure that they were back on track for the finals. But Chicago dominated the third period of that game, and in the fifth contest at Chicago, Quick melted down early. The Kings still came back to force overtime, but lost the slugging match between two exhausted teams in OT #2. The end result? A 4-1 ousting at the hands of the Black Hawks.


The Bruins will probably be underdogs again, and why not? Many thought the Rangers, despite their lower seed, would prevail. Everyone thought Pittsburgh would. To have a chance versus Chicago, the Bruins will again have to be at the top of their game. They weren't that way for two-and-five-sixths games straight against Toronto, when Claude Julien was reduced to conjuring Robert Louis Stevenson characters.

But chances are they will be. As the conference trophy was presented to them, the Bruins, led by Chara, stood around it for a team photo but nobody touched it. The crowd chanted 'we want the Cup!' It seems the Bruins want it too, and nothing less. And Chicago gives no indication that they want it less than that. Their tireless skating wore down every western foe.

It has been a quarterfinal series featuring the last four Cup winners. That doesn't happen often. Sweeps were not anticipated, but we got one and nearly got another.

So there's not much question about who belongs in the finals. Both teams got there. There are questions galore about who gets out with the Cup.

ST Saturday Extravaganza - Boston Really Strong
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NHL Bruins Penguins NBA Finals

I just finished watching the Penguins being swept away by the Bruins - in many ways a remarkable result considering the Pens were heavy favorites going into the playoffs and really gave no hint of a collapse going into this series with Boston.  Consider that the Penguins scored exact TWO goals in 4 games.  Sydney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin combined for 0 goals & 0 assists.   You could sense that as the game went on tonight that the Penguins had given it their best shot and had zilch to show for it that they were in trouble.  The Bruins executed on their game plan to perfection.  A tremendous team effort - the better team won.   

Now we are looking at a Blackhawk - Bruin Stanley Cup Final...wow, that should be fun!

Other notes...for all the grief Pen fans (and xenophobic Canadians) like to heap on Ovechkin, he has never been shutout in a playoff series.  I think qualifies as a Pyrrhic Victory for Caps fans....That was the first sweep of the Penguins in 35 years - that's a nice run.  Where do the Penguins go from here?  Seems like they went all in with trades to win the Cup this year...do they make major changes or ride the same horses?

In the NBA, San Antonio jumps out to an early lead

Tony Parker's amazing shot clock buzzer - beater sealed a victory over the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.  As you should know, I am not a big NBA fan, but I thought this was one of the best played games I have ever watched.  It had flow, it had tempo, the officials did not ruin it and in the end, you had drama.  It was a great game and I was thoroughly entertained.  It was even more entertaining to have the Spurs win.  I find it hard to believe that the Spurs will be able to sustain this over a 7 game series, but I can hope that we get more games of that quality.  

Notes:  I was flipping between the hockey and basketball - there was a TV timeout in both games near the end.  There was 8:30 left in the hockey and 3:33 left in the basketball.  Any doubt about which ended first?  It wasn't even close...I really think the powers that be need to find a way to move along the end of basketball games.  This is true on all levels - the last 2 minutes of basketball game go on forever.  They really need to eliminate the TV break of several minutes and reduce the timeout to 30 seconds.  If a coach can't say what he needs to say in 30 seconds, he must not be much of a coach.

 

It is time for Tiger Fever Again...

The U.S. Open at Merion starts this coming week and we can expect to hear the drums beating for Tiger Woods again.  After Tiger's disasterous performance at the Memorial, it will really be fascinating to see how he does in the most demanding golf tournament of them all.  The U.S. Open isn't a golf tournament - it is a war of attrition.  Brutal conditions and kitchen floor fast greens make for unusual scoring - and champions.  I don't really have a feel for anyone special this year.  It may be too tedious to watch if Tiger is not on the Leader board.

 I did not really have too much to say about the PED situation in baseball...I'm glad they are trying to keep the cheaters out of the game.   As the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, said today, they do not belong in the Hall of Fame - ever.  They can hang out with Joe Jackson and Pete Rose  (both have better claims to the Hall than the 'Roid Boys).

Here's to drying out this weekend and enjoying some early summer sun.  Me & Mrs. Sun celebrate 34 years of marriage on Sunday - she must be a saint!....everyone have a great weekend!

Bill

 

 

Lobsters and a Dogfishhead
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Deacon Jones Oklahoma New England Bruins Pens Spurs Heat

Lobsters and a Dogfishhead

This week I’d like to start with a short tribute to David Deacon Jones 1938-2013.

Jones passed away at his home in So Cal on Monday night at the age of 74

Deacon was a 14th round pick in 1961 from Mississippi Valley State, he played for three teams over his 14 year career. The Rams from 1961-1971, San Diego ’72 & ’73 and the Redskins in 1974.

He made the pro bowl 8 times including seven consecutive from 1964-1970.

At a time when defensive stats were kept loosely if at all Deacon dominated from the defensive end position recording 100 solo tackles by the age of 27 in his 6th season.

Deacon is unofficially credited with 173.5 sacks, a term he coined.

In his 14 pro seasons he missed on five games

Deacon was a member of the famed Rams Fearsome Foursome along with greats Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy

Deacon was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1980 and was selected to the NFL’s 75th anniversary team.

 

He was loved and respected by all he knew and many former offensive linemen still remember that Deacon head slap as he rushed by them with power and ease.

 

Jones stayed in touch with his many friends and his last few years were spent as CEO of the Deacon Jones foundation which he began in 1997. He spent a lot of his time visiting the US armed forces serving all around the world.

Rest peacefully Deacon, you will be missed

 

Watching the coverage of the destruction in Oklahoma from the deadly tornadoes has been sobering. The Earth we live on can be a dangerous place and there really is no safe place. Living in New England my entire life has sheltered me from tornadoes and earth quakes, We get fast moving tropical storms and occasionally the are still hurricanes usually traveling quickly up the coast on the warm gulf stream. We are famous for our Nor’easters in the winter that dump 12”-48” of windblown snow that take down trees and power lines and flood the coastal sections with storm surges and high tides. We embrace and enjoy these weather related disruptions and run to the store for our signature survival kit consisting of:

Eggs

Bread

and

Milk…

But

Tornadoes scare the crap out of us, an F-1, 80 mph hit the Springfield MA area and parts of central MA a couple of years back and it received 3 weeks of daily breaking news coverage, even noted it’s anniversary the next year. Earthquakes also scare us, we hear about a tremor that was 3.4 in Southern Maine and we think, OH NO now what?

 

Around capecodgerville we are more concerned with Wright Whales beaching themselves, sharks off the outer Cape Cod beaches and whacky naturalists telling me Herron Gulls (seagulls) are endangered…look at any dumpster buddy…they are white rats with wings.

Our prayers go out to the people whose lives were disrupted and some changed forever

by these horrific storms. I’d probably move if I lived there but I’m sure some of you sunbelt gabbers would move out of New England after one typical winter.

 

 

 

The Bruins have made believers out of the Penguins,

The Heat were to hot for the Pacers

The Spurs should win the NBA title

And

Oldharry had a better round than Tiger on Saturday by a stroke…that damn windmill

did me in once again.

but after a tough round on the local 18

my super model wife treated me to...and

 

Thanks again for visiting and reading, your comments are always welcome

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