Welcome to another installment of Monday Moaning...You will read nothing about Soccer here...Sorry folks, but I can admit what so few people seem to be able to lately...I'm American...I don't give a fuck about soccer...Don't watch it, don't act like I have a clue about it...don't waste my time, money or energy bothering to pretend to give a shit...It's soccer...Let's be honest, in a couple weeks 90% of you will be back to not giving a shit...
So what should be the big topic this week...Is it the rumors that LeBron James kids have been enrolled in a Northeast Ohio school...No...DON'T FUCKING CARE!
How about this...Friday night I attended what will be my last Major League Baseball game...Unless by some freak way I become rich....My wife's company got tickets for the staff and their families for the Indians and Tigers game...And good seats...The Club seats...You know a "higher class of fans" until they put us there! Supposedly the food is better...There's a full blown bar and dinning room...With the seats food and soda (pop for Ohioans) were free...Well thank you, because if I paid for that crap, I would have puked it back up into their faces...
Yes, I cook for a living, and I know quality food...But I love a good burger...I like greasy fries, and all kinds of unhealthy regular Joe shit...That's what I eat, because cooking in a fine dinning restaurant doesn't make you rich!
Seriously, I had a burger and fries that were nauseating...Then some one pointed out a buffet line with "the good food"..."pesto alfredo with fettuccini"...except there was no pesto in it...Hell, there was no alfredo in it...It was buttered noodles with a splash of cream and parsley...Au Gratin potatoes, that were disgusting...One bite and you could taste the powdered cheese and milk mixture on the under cooked potatoes..."Braised Beef"....NOPE...barely boiled meat is what it was...I bet I've taken shits that would taste better!
I was physically ill...And I hardly ate...Later my wife got an old school pretzel...Best thing she ate all night...And beers...Beers at a ballgame are as American as a teenage loser fucking an apple pie...Ummm, or something like that....Beer prices ranged from $7.50 to $9.00... I stuck to free Dr. Pepper...Hell, this was the wife's outing, I was driving, she handled the drinking duties...She had a couple beers then her and her friend went to the bar for cocktails...Which were around $10...So we dropped about $50 on just getting her primed up for postgame fun...
Oh, I mentioned I was driving...We live 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland...We left a hour before the game...We sat in traffic for at least 40 minutes because there's so much road construction not getting done, that half the city is shutdown...BLOW ME!
Then after parking, which I went budget and found a $10 lot, which means a little more walking, but fuck paying $35 to park...We get to the Stadium...The game has started, and we stand in line for 10 minutes, waiting to get through the metal detectors...I remember a time when this didn't happen at stadiums...And yes, we are a more scared, and frightened nation these days, mainly because there are just so many worthless, fucking, nut-case assholes out there...
So here is the choice...Should I be inconvenienced by waiting in a long ass line and missing an inning or two because there is a chance some fuck-tard wants to shoot up a stadium? Or should save the $67 per ticket, stay in the safety of my own home, watch the game on my HD-TV, drink my 6-pack that cost as much as one beer at the stadium, and eat fucking awesome food that I made myself?
I think that's an easy question...MLB, and the Cleveland Indians, you won't be getting anymore of my money...
As for the game...The Tribe lost 6-4, but my fantasy team scored HR's from Victor Martinez, JD Martinez, Carlos Santana, and Asdrubal Cabrera, plus hits from Kinsler and Brantley, so I felt like a winner...
Is this the end of the line for the Detroit Red Wings and their 22-year playoff run, I think so. I am a loyal Red Wing fan, but with the change to the Eastern Conference scheduled to take place during the 2013-14 season, and their lack of team size in my opinion in just may happen unless they take a different direction and add some size to their lineup. I mean come on, how many times can this team be punished by teams with a huge size difference for which they will face on a nightly basis.
Let's be serious here for a moment, seeing teams like the Bruins 5 to 6 times a year will not be good for the smaller Wings unless they make changes and add size and even more toughness than Jordin Tootoo and Justin Abdelkader provide. But we will see what direction the Wings head after the playoffs are over, these changes are necessary in order for them to compete in the East, and has to happen during this offseason.
Is this the answer to the Detroit Lions problems as a team, I highly doubt it. Honestly I believe Martin Mayhew missed the boat again when he drafted him number 5. I personally believed they should have drafted a tackle to replace Jeff Backus who retired during the offseason. But this is typical Lions draft strategy since the Matt Millen era, draft a project (Charles Rogers, Titus Young) and pray that they work out. When they don't they release them in order to save face. I am not knocking their entire draft, but there were a lot better players out there that were ready to play this year, not two years down the road. I guess its time for the Lions to find a real general manager, who will draft to the needs of the team, and break the draft day trend. Oh wait I forgot, that is why they are the only Detroit team that I have never seen win a championship during my near 49 years on this earth. Why is this, because they do not have a clue!
Well I have to admit that this weekends series against the Indians has been rather interesting, and not the walkover I thought it would be. Nice to see that Tito, Nick and all the other additions are starting to pay off for the Indians. If this trend continues like it should, because those I mentioned will not let the others quit, then the Central Division might stay interesting this year.
Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you the next time.
Virgil “Fire” Trucks, one of 5 pitchers to throw 2 no-hitters in a season, and the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers oldest living ballplayer passed away at the age of 95. He also was only one of two pitchers to win a World Series game without wining a regular season game. Virgil also tossed 4 no-hitters in the minor leagues.
In 17 seasons Trucks was 177-135 with a era of 3.39 and 1,534 strikeouts.
Trucks was the uncle of Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, and his great nephew Derek Trucks is also a member of the Allman Brothers Band and has his own band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, called the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Virgil’s niece was my supervisor at the post office for 11 years. I have never met Virgil but I have met Butch before.
Happy Saturday Gabbers, and welcome to Sexy Action Sports Saturday with your old pal IHM. Not a whole hell of a lot going on this week in the world of sports. Spring training is interrupted with the World Baseball Classic, the NFL is preparing for the draft and free agency, and college basketball is winding down to tourney time.
The big story today is the episode on ESPN's First Take between Seahawks CB Richard Sherman and ESPN commentator Skip Bayliss. If you haven't seen it, here's what I'm talking about...
Long story short, dude goes into a confrontation with Skip Bayliss and HE comes out of it sounding like the jerk! Jesus! Look, we all know Skip Bayliss has had this coming for a long time now... but Sherman just seemed to walk into this thing with a vendetta! He starts out by telling him "when you address me, address me as Richard Sherman, All-Pro and Stanford Graduate, two things you will never be able to achieve". Then he tops it off by coming right out and saying "I'm better than you. In my 24 years of life, I'm better at life than you". For once, Bayliss comes out of something looking like the good guy... Sherman comes out looking like a petty tool. FYI Sherman... it's CREATON, not CREANTON, Stanford grad.
So what say you Gabbers... who is the bigger asshat here? My vote goes to Sherman, but be sure to cast your vote in the comments below.
Masters champ Bubba Watson bought Tiger Woods Florida home this week... yeah, THAT Florida home, where he "allegedly" wasn't beaten down by his ex-wife for "allegedly" being a man whore. My biggest question, of course, is why the hell would you want Tiger Woods old house? Gotta be some bad juju floating around in there...
Other news out of Florida has the Tigers shopping around for closers. Seems like the kind of thing they should've taken care of already... you know, during the offseason when there were some free agents out there. Hopefully they can find someone who'll take Rick Porcello for a closer. Hell, throw in a decent defensive short stop and you can have the corpse of Johnny Peralta, too!
The Lions have a big couple of months coming up if they're going to get back on the right track... and to be honest with you all, I am terrified! Hopefully they can get a corner or two in free agency, there are quite a few good, still fairly young corners out there on the free agent market, and use the draft to beef up the defense and offensive lines. I honestly hate that #5 overall pick... really wish they could find someone to trade down with, and pick up an extra second or third round pick in the process. Probably won't happen... but it'd be nice to see.
Not to put a whole lot of stock in the World Baseball Classic or anything, but if you're the Blue Jays, you have to be a bit worried about R.A. Dickey so far this spring. He got shelled by team Mexico, and hasn't been in 2012 form so far during the spring, either. If the Jays plan on making this thier year, they need Dickey to be in top form at the top of that rotation. Especially with all the money they've put into him.
Props to the Zags on finally reaching that #1 spot in the polls. So far this year, it has been more of a curse than anything, but it's good to see Gonzaga finally get there. Never see it in college football, that's for sure.
Before I go for the week, here's a little something I think you're going to enjoy. Remember good 'ol Casey Kasem... America's Top 40 announcer and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo? Well, here's that sweet old man going ape shit on a variety of things...
That's it for me, Gabbers. Have a great weekend, and thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out.