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Sports Friday with Hal: Happy Hal-loween
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Free agency draft news notes

 

Happy Halloween!

 

The Patriots and Broncos have the big game this weekend as Brady-Manning XVI takes place in Foxboro, MA. The weather seems to be cooperating for the Patriots with cold weather, rain/sleet/snow(?) possible, and high winds. If there is one enemy of Peyton Manning, it is the weather. He is a dome quarterback through and through from all his time in Indianapolis (Denver is usually pretty nice weather--my buddy from Colorado keeps posting pictures of him golfing in short-sleeves this past week!). Also, the Broncos’ top running back--Ronnie Hillman--who has revitalized the offense the past few weeks, has been limited with a shoulder injury. With bad weather and 350 pounds of Vince Wilfork ready to land on him, it may not be a great week for the newest weapon in Denver.

 

Believe it or not, the universe revolves around more than Manning and Brady. Let’s get in the the NFL Notes:

 

Under the radar player of the season has been rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley in Baltimore. The Ravens are winning regularly (if unspectacularly) but Mosley has been a starter since week one and has been a superstar in the making. For a franchise with a legacy for defense and the retirements of stalwarts Stabbing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, Mosley has had a rookies season vaulting himself into the “Next Great Defensive Player” talk in the NFL. Interceptions? Tackles? Big Plays? He has been right there for all and being a big part of the revitalized Ravens defense in 2014.

 

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Another week into the Rex Ryan watch in New York as the embattled coach had to deal with GM John Idzik’s bizarre post-game press conference and now a whining running back Chris Johnson who has been unable to grasp the starting job away from Chris Ivory. Of course, how often does a team go get a washed-up diva running back with knee issues and have that back lead them to the playoffs? (Oh right, never!).

 

The Jets play the Chiefs this weekend and start (speaking of washed up players in the NFL) Michael Vick over Geno Smith. Smith, you may recall, had such a vote of confidence just two weeks ago after the Jets narrowly lost to New England. Amazing how much worse he played with a defense that had not played 4 games in 18 days against him.

 

Of course, the Jets have Percy Harvin added to their offense after a season and a half of injuries and ineffectiveness drove the Seahawks to unload him. This despite the fact they had a gaping hole in their offense after losing Golden Tate to the Lions as a free agent in the offseason.



 

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RGIII--on the heels of the Washington Franchise’s biggest win of the season--is ready to jump in at quarterback rather than risk his backup getting more attention. Isn’t that what it really is that is going on here? They have one game and the bye week. Any logical team decision would be to have the oft-injured Griffin take the extra week to get to 100% and then let him play. But just like in 2013, the quarterback is the one making the decision, not the team.

 

Forget this week. They just beat Dallas with Colt McCoy at quarterback. They get a pass this week. They paid the price having Griffin rush back early to start 2013. Why risk it again?


 

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Glad to see the Seattle Seahawks adding Walter Jones to their Ring of Honor on Sunday with his number already retired. He played on some bad Seahawks teams, but he was a dominant left tackle and as a 2014 Hall-of-Fame inductee he should be getting more attention. Grading offensive linemen is difficult, but with sites like FootballOutsiders.com and ProFootballFocus.com grading and scouting all the players and positions each week, it gives the fan a chance to see how the players in the trenches and off-camera really stack up.

 

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Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith had some insane comments this week as he talked about the Buccaneers to date. He stated in a press conference that he will turn the Bucs around like the Bears.

 

Umm, the Bears had talent.  

 

He then went all New York Jets GM John Idzik and made a comment about how they are only two games out of first place. YIKES. The Saints and Panthers have underperformed, but that is delusion at its best. He should be thinking of how to nudge ahead of Oakland and the rest of the fellow bad teams and get the first pick and get a top quarterback, not talk about first place. This team is terrible, he’ll be lucky to win three games.

 

Try to keep the fans interested, sure I understand it. But try not to fling so much bull****, Lovie.

 

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Last year the Carolina Panthers had one of the best left tackles in football with Jordan Gross. Gross surprisingly retired and the Panthers scrambled by having to move right tackle Byron Bell to the left side. That weakened both sides of the line. Add that to their complete turnover at wide receiver and it is no surprise the team has struggled so far in 2014. Now with Gross stinking up the joint and backup Garry Williams on injured reserve they turned to the north. Straight outta Canada we see David Foucault--a hockey player as a youngster and CFL project--called upon to step in and start next to undrafted rookie free agent guard Andrew Norwell to protect Cam Newton. Newton had best plan on being active on Sunday!

 

All right, have a great Halloween all.

SEC Losses Are Coming
Category: NCAA
Tags: ALABAMA ARKANSAS AUBURN CFP COLLEGE FOOTBALL FLORIDA ST. GEORGIA LSU MISSISSIPPI ST. OLE MISS OREGON TEXAS A&M

There have been a lot of people who have looked at the top four – whether it was the CFP’s or the mock BCS’s or my objective computer ratings – and have gotten all upset that it contains three SEC West teams.

First of all, that kind of consensus tells you they’re wrong to complain; but secondly, people forget this isn’t an 11-team Big Ten with an 8-game schedule and no championship game. No one is just going to avoid another top team or two and coast to the playoff.

Every team in the SEC West has to play every other team. The remaining battles start on Saturday, when Auburn plays Ole Miss. I can pretty much guarantee you they won’t both stay ahead of Florida St. and Oregon if the Noles and Ducks both win this weekend (if you count Thursday night).

It is impossible for any combination of three SEC West teams to finish with one loss or fewer and therefore extremely unlikely that three of them would be in the top 4 at the end of the year.

Each of the four teams at the top of the SEC West right now has two games left against the other four. Auburn plays Ole Miss and Alabama; Ole Miss plays Auburn and Mississippi St.; Mississippi St. plays Alabama and Ole Miss; and Alabama plays Mississippi St. and Auburn.

That’s not to mention the fact that two of the teams (Mississippi St. and Ole Miss) still have to play Arkansas. I know the Hogs are winless in conference, but their only losses are in the SEC West and to the best team in the SEC East so far, Georgia. The only other loss from outside of this top group was in overtime to Texas A&M. Also, they put a scare into Alabama, so they can knock off one of these teams.

Speaking of Alabama, even though they got past Arkansas, they have to win in Tiger Stadium at night in about two weeks. They have done that a couple of times in recent years, but it wasn’t easy. They needed to win in overtime in 2008 (even though that was the worst team Miles has had at LSU and the Tide were undefeated at the time) and in the last minute in 2012.

Auburn has to play Georgia, which appears to be the top team in the East, also on the road.

Speaking of Georgia, they’re the one SEC team that I could even imagine causing three of the top four to be SEC. Mississippi St. and Alabama could each finish with one loss (if Alabama wins out and Mississippi St. wins out apart from the Alabama game).

Alabama could be consensus #1 and go into the SEC championship game against Georgia (who themselves could win their remaining games). Georgia could win the SEC. I’m not sure if a loss to another one-loss team in Game 13 of the season knocks a team down from #1 to #5, but if I were a one-loss Oregon team, for instance, I wouldn’t want to have to find out the answer to that question.

On the other hand, LSU’s only losses are to two top-5 teams and they’re way down at #19 despite beating the committee’s #4 team last week. So the committee probably wouldn’t even allow that scenario to happen.

Speaking of LSU, they could be a catalyst for the SEC having just one team in the top 4. The Tigers are not eliminated from the SEC West. Alabama and Ole Miss beat Mississippi St., and Auburn could beat Ole Miss but lose to Alabama and possibly one other team (Arkansas and Georgia are possibilities). There would be nothing particularly strange about any of those results.

If there were a 4-way tie without Auburn under the above scenario, LSU would win the tie. LSU and Ole Miss would both be 2-1 against other teams in the tie, and then the resulting 2-way tie would be broken by LSU’s win over Ole Miss. There could be a 5-way tie, but unless one of the losses is to another team (such as Arkansas or Georgia), everyone in the tie would then be 2-2 against the other teams. This tie would then be broken by best SEC East opponents, which right now would be won by Auburn with LSU a close second. LSU’s opponents would have to be better (and not even) because they would obviously lose a 2-way tie with Auburn.

Anyway, even if Georgia wins out, they already have one loss, so a loss in the SEC Championship Game would give them 2 losses. If the entire SEC has at least two losses, it would make sense to give the champion a spot in the top four and no one else.

It doesn’t take anything crazy though for the champion of the SEC could have one or no losses and everyone else could have 2 losses. This would also probably result in only that one team in the playoff.

So it seems nearly impossible for there to be three SEC teams in the playoffs, more likely than not for there to be two teams, and quite possibly just one team.

In short, if you’re really nervous about there being too many SEC teams…

miss st keep calm

Mississippi St. winning out will make sure everyone but Auburn finished with at least two losses. The chances are pretty good that Auburn will lose a second game anyway.

I, on the other hand, want to see LSU get as close as they can.

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Musings From The Hoodwood 10-28
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL College Football MLB NBA

How did the Pokes lose to Washington?

 

Black Enough?

Recently the issue of race came up in the form of an anonymous quote in the Seattle Seahawks locker room disparaging Russell Wilson as “not being black” enough. I hear about something like that and I bristle, no one would take ownership of the quote and it was black writer (I hate the term African-American) that reported the issue. I then thought, what is “Black enough?” Am I not black enough because I live in the suburbs and not in the hood? Im sorry I like to know I can leave my backpack in my car and it not get into, I like the quietness of my neighborhood. Its not a black/white thing its my home. Russell Wilson is a fine upstanding young man, and his race should not be a factor in how he is perceived. I’d like to think that enough time has passed where the issue of a “black quarterback” is a non issue. Geno Smith struggles in New York and might very well lose his starting job to another black quarterback Michael Vick but no one really cares about skin color here. They are concerned that Smith is throwing interceptions at a frighteningly frequent clip. RGIII looks to be coming back to play for Washington soon, his struggles only looked at from a playing perspective. I think enough time has passed from when a black quarterback was curiosity or novelty. When quarterbacks like Merlin Briscoe, Joe Gilliam and James “Shack” Harris were the rare exception as quarterback and Warren Moon had to go to Canada for seven years before someone happened on the idea that he might be a decent QB. Russell Wilson became the 2nd black quarterback to win a Super Bowl 26 years after Doug Williams did it (ironically in a blowout against the Broncos featuring an iconic QB), but when Wilson won there were few that talked about it. And that in itself was a good thing. Why? I don’t care if the quarterback of my team is black white, a woman or a martian. If they are winning games and carrying themselves with the right kind of attitude, im good with it. I only see color when it comes to my team. And I’ll root hard for  or rail on a bad quarterback black or white.  Trust me, Tavaris Jackson made my blood boil, and Daunte Culppepper could be frustrating but I also railed on Christian Ponder, Gus Frerotte and Jeff George.  But I digress. Ultimately, the term acting black or not being black enough is a misnomer and something that is insulting. I spoke correctly in school and got called a punk for it. I was taught to speak clearly and correctly. Could I hood it up when the need presented itself? Of course I could and at when the scenario presents itself, do. But in my line of work, when the money is on the line I think I speak more “proper” But the term to me in annoying and I think that the person that was responsible for the “anonymous quote” was the real coward.

Goodell continues to ruin the NFL

The NFL is hell bent on shoving the concept of a team in London down our collective throats. The Lions and Falcons played the second of the three scheduled games in Wembley Stadium. The Raiders and Dolphins played a snoozer last month. Now this game played this past Sunday was markedly differnet to be sure the Lions spotted the Falcons a 21-0 before roaring back to win 22-21 on a second chance field goal by Matt Prater. But now the NFL is looking to five games in London in 2015 taking another home game from a pair of teams but damn sure not reducing season ticket package prices. THe NFL wants to dominate the day watching. The Lions-Falcons game kicked off at 9:30a EDT to placate the locals who wanted a day game, and the talk is that more of the London based game will be kicking off at this time to get more TV coverage. Also London is clamoring hard for NFL team of their own, now not only is this sacrilege this smacks in the fast of continuing to ignore the nations #2 TV market LA. Which I think that Der Kommisar Goodell is wanting to remain open to use a leverage for cities that wont toe their stadium building line. The one off game in London is amusing and different but the increasing number of games in London at the expense of the American fans is stupid. Do you think that the Barclays Premier League would move a regular season match by two of its teams to America or that they think that they would try to get an American team here? It wouldn’t happen, period.

End of the Line for Nash?

The Lakers Steve Nash stayed around for the paycheck but it seems that the Lakers are paying for an expensive bench warmer. Nash reinjured his back and is likely out for the  season and possibly his career. The wily guard who was the point man for the high scoring Suns team of the mid to late 2000s played only 65 total game for the Lake Show and is likely  done for good it’s a sad coda for one of the more brilliant ball handlers and scorers in the game. He was fun to watch and played the game with a fearless drive that made him easy to root for, he won back to back MVP’s in 2005 and 2006 and many are left to wonder if healthy could he have made a real difference in preventing the Lake Show frightening slide into irrelavence in their own city. I would have liked to see Nash playing out this season, having has announced that this season upcoming would be his last. But it its not meant to be and we will have to wonder is the Canadian gem a first ballot hall of famer.

A world class world series

The World Series is looking like it could be a classic with the Giants now hold a 3-2 edge behind Madison Baumgartner’s complete game 5 gem as the series returns to Kansas City. The scrappy Royals are facing elimination for the first time since the wild card game against the Giants cross-bay neighbors in Oakland.  Here is where the Americans win in the all-star game is proving to be critical. The Giants will have to clinch it on the road in front the rowdy Royals fans who are unleashing 29 years of pent up playoff frustration. I think that the big city pundits that are whining that since the big names and big stars are not on the major stage the series isn’t worth watching. I disagree, this is shaping to be one of the best series in quite a while. I mean seriously when did you remember a series this action packed? So what both teams won less than 90 games in the regular season, they are playing scrappy passionate baseball and you have to know that Bud Selig in his final series as commissioner is delighted that the small market Royals are standing tall in the mega spotlight of the World Series and are still very much in the hunt to take the title. But the battle tested Giants seem to never be rattled and just seem to have every answer.

Phat Dap

To Oak Harbors football team that forfeits game to give title to Marysville after a tragic shooting earlier in the day. Rather than rescheduling the game after the shooting. Oak Harbor forfeited the game to give Marysville the conference title and attended a vigil at Marysville that night. You have to give dap to Oak Harbor for thinking of their fellow football players in their time of grief and love to Marysville, Hoodwood grieves with you.

Head Slap

Lamarr Houston of the Bears who injured himself celebrating a sack. Did I mention that it was of Jimmy Garopalo? And that it was late in the Pats blowout of the Bears? Houston tore his ACL and is out for the season. What a moron

 

Quick Hits

82 points for TCU…in a football game? The basketball team hasn’t scored that much in 2 years

I like Peyton Manning (hes the QB of one of my fantasy teams) but the rant at the scoreboard operator was stupid

Why do I get the feeling that the college football playoff will find a way to get it wrong? If Notre Dame is anywhere near this or multiple SEC teams, this playoff scheme will be a sham

My first four teams Miss. St, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State

Is there a clear cut favorite for the Heisman?

Kobe’s mad at his player ranking, why is he on the delusion that he is one of the best players in the NBA?

If the Giants take the series isn’t it about time that we start talking about Bruce Bochy being one of the best baseball managers of this era, three titles in five years but he gets no love outside the bay area.

One of my fantasy teams is climbing back from an 0-4 deficit while my 6-1 team took an unexpected pratfall to the worst team in the league. THe natives are restless (when aren’t they?)

Im no fan of Ben Roethlisberger, but you have to be impressed with him throwing for 5 bills against a Colts team that was coming off an impressive shutout of the Bengals

I don’t know who I trust less Romo or Jay Cutler...how the hell do you lose to Washington and Colt McCoy?

Until Next Post fellow sports fans!

Sunday Musings #170
Category: User Showcase
Tags: MLB Golf FantasyFootball CollegeFootball HighSchoolSports CollegeBasketball

 

 

While bouncing back from kind of a crappy week...

 

I know this is supposed to be a powerful statement against sexism and such, but aside from that, I just couldn't stop laughing at this hilarious video.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

It was quite the eventful week in college football and it really began last Saturday when former USC star LenDale White went on Twitter to blast AD Pat Haden after White got kicked out of the stadium. Reading the news article, White makes a case for why ex-players should never be allowed around a program once they leave the school.

It's been three years since the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted at Penn State. SI.com's Tim Layden went to Happy Valley to see how things have changed since then. You can read the story HERE.

The University of North Carolina has long had a strong academic reputation. But that reputation is not only tarnished now, it is in tatters. A report released this week revealed a massive cheating scandal over years that included over 3,100 students. That figure includes 1,500 athletes. While football players aren't the only sport indicted, they do seem to be a large part of it along with men's and women's basketball as well. You can read the story HERE.

Because athletes are involved, that is the angle most stories will carry. It is hard to argue with that notion, but it would be nice to see the 1600 "regular" students get their turn in the harsh media glare as well. As for the athletic department, you do have to ask why in the world they would do this. Okay, yes they need players to pass so they can play but there's two glaring problems with this school of thought. The first is that they aren't doing any real service to the students by letting them cheat. The constant handwringing about giving athletes a chance to change their lives by attending college kind of goes by the boards when it turns they didn't actually do any work in the first place. These same athletes that were being helped to stay eligible will be utterly bereft of further life opportunities that the top notch education they were SUPPOSED to be getting would have given them when their athletic careers end. It's like they want to turn out a generation of idiots who don't know how to do anything.

The second problem is that SECRETS ALWAYS FIND THEIR WAY OUT! Yes, it may take a long time but eventually all these scandals find the spotlight. You may get away with it in the short term, but the hammer is going to come down on your and yours HARD when you do get caught.

I know that the NFL doesn't allow players into the league until three years after high school, but they might want to change that rule. If only so that colleges stop letting people into the school that can't possibly do the work. Social promotion is a horrible excuse for turning out one moron after another. Either teach like you are supposed to do, or get out of the business of education. If that affects the won-loss record of your football team, so be it. You are the ones responsible for the bed you made, now lay down in it.

Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde had a great piece on the scandal. Check it out via this link.

Boston College - Before talking about the Eagles on the road vs. Wake Forest yesterday, I thought you might want to check out this article on quarterback Tyler Murphy.

The game against the Demon Deacons started out in the first half as an exercise in total domination by the Eagles. Boston College was up 17-0 at halftime with a total of 213 yards of total offense. 147 of those yards came via the run game. Conversely, Wake Forest had MINUS 3 yards rushing (6 yards total offense) for the half.

In the second half, Wake Forest didn't improve all that much on the ground (19 total yards rushing for the game), but their passing game took off and finished with 242 yards through the air as they pushed BC's seeming inability to get much going offensively. The Eagles held on to win 23-17 but some might say that the Eagles kind of rested on their first half laurels and almost paid a dear price for it.

In moving to 5-3, the Eagles got a superlative rushing defense (see below) that also saw them sack Wake Forest QB John Wolford 4 times. While the secondary did give up yardage in the air, it was DB Justin Simmons picking off Wolford that sealed the victory for the Eagles.

QB Tyler Murphy (pictured below) was an economical 11-15 passing for 165 yards, including a 37 yard TD pass to Shakim Phillips. Murphy also ran for 77 yards.

Freshman sensation Jon Hilliman (pictured below twice) ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles are now one win away from becoming bowl eligible

You can check out the game highlight reel below.

Alabama - The Crimson Tide rolled to a 7-1 record with their 34-20 victory over Tennessee last night. While Bama seemed to be in full control as they built a 27-0 lead, the Volunteers did eventually make it a game with their ability to run against the Crimson Tide defense. The Volunteers finished with 181 yards on the ground, which was just 2 yards less than what Alabama finished with.

The edge in the game came via the arm of quarterback Blake Sims (pictured below). He threw for 286 yards including two big scoring strikes (80 and 41 yards) to Amari Cooper in the first quarter. He also ran for another score.

Amari Cooper (pictured below) caught 9 passes for a school record 224 yards to go with those 2 TDs.

Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon (pictured below) each ran for a score.

The defense had a rough day in giving up a total of 383 yards. They managed to pick off Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs once and had two sacks.

Here's the video highlights.

Mass Maritime - The Buccaneers went on the road this week to play UMass-Dartmouth. I went to this game last year when Maritime hosted (brutally freaking cold that day). One of the coaches for UMD is a former basketball player I coached, which always makes me chuckle.

The game ended up resembling a Wild West shootout as the four game losing streak for Mass Maritime came to an end. The final score was 46-41. Maritime is now 2-5 on the season.

The game featured almost 1000 yards in total offense between the two teams, and Maritime's defense tallied 6 sacks on the afternoon. E.J. caught 2 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.

By the way, you can read a brief article about E.J. that was published in the Cape Cod Times on 10/23/14 HERE.

THE BASEBALL HOT STOVE

While it isn't OFFICIALLY the hot stove season in baseball yet, there were a couple of moves off the field that caught my interest.

Try as I might, the World Series isn't really holding my interest. I don't have anything against either team, but with the Boston Red Sox out of things, the largest part of my rooting interest ended at their game 162.

Speaking of the Red Sox, the team announced the hiring of Chili Davis as their new hitting coach. The former All-Star player was been the hitting coach with the Oakland A's the last three seasons, but worked as the Red Sox instructor at the Triple A level before that. He seemed to have a pretty good run of success with the A's, so let's hope he can get Yoenis Cespedes to have a better OBP next season. And it would also help if he could get some of the younger guys to at least look like they can hit major league pitching.

The far bigger news came on Friday when Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay DEVIL Rays. He had a year left on the contract but decided to exercise that clause. After the Rays executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman left to join the Dodgers organization, this latest departure could be the harbinger of the Rays going back to being a non-competitive laughingstock. And it likely gives Maddon a chance to find a new managerial job with a club that actually spends money on players rather than solely draft players and hope for the best. You can read more about Maddon's departure HERE.

GOLF

Yes, it is really me writing about the topic of golf. However, given my longstanding aversion to the activity, it won't come as too much of a shock when you see that I'm writing about something outside of the actual playing of the game.

On Friday, Ted Bishop, the president of the PGA, was impeached from his position (a month before his term was up anyway) because of comments he made first on Twitter and then expanded upon on Facebook. He was defending Nick Faldo against Ian Poulter (two players feuding with each other) and Bishop referred to Poulter as a "little girl" and then later "like a little girl squealing at recess".

As you might expect, the sexism card was played and though he was offered the chance to resign, he declined. The PGA's board of governors then voted him out anyway. He's losing his job, he won't be recognized as an honory president and won't be referred to by the PGA as a past president.

Seriously? All this over him acting like a two year old and throwing around relatively tame (or should I say lame ass) insults? I'm more offended that he couldn't come up with anything more creative to use to insult Poulter.

But I guess in this day and age, you can't say anything to anyone or about anyone without someone acting like you've just made a sin against all mankind.

You can read more (including some really pathetic cover your ass apologies from both Bishop and the PGA) HERE.

FANTASY FOOTBALL

I'm nothing if not mediocre. Another week of splitting the two leagues I'm in with a 1-1 record for yet another week.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Mount Saint Joseph University - Last week's mention of Lauren Hill, the terminally ill player determined to play "One More Game" brought about a request to provide updates as the game gets closer. News about the game being moved to Xavier University's Cintas Center was followed by more news that the tickets were sold out in 30 minutes. It is a 10,000 plus seat arena! You can read the most recent report HERE.

Boston College Men - The season is still a couple weeks away but you can check out this brief interview with Olivier Hanlan. He talks about his work in the summer and why he came back for another season with the Eagles.

Missouri State - You can learn more about Lady Bear Tyonna Snow in this video piece. You can check out a shot of the Lady Bears basketball team from their Media Day event below.

Boston College Women - Nicole Boudreau and Kelly Hughes were the two players from the team that went to the ACC media day event in Greensboro, NC this past week. Along with coach Erik Johnson they met the media for season previews etc. You can see some shots of the two players from the event below.

Nicole:

Kelly

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

There was a ton of rain to deal with in the area this week but some game action did make it in.

Wareham Boys Soccer - The Vikings lost to Apponequet 8-1.

Wareham Girls Soccer - The team lost to Apponequet 3-0. They also had Senior Night this week. My former player Brianna is the only senior on the team so congratulations to her for battling through all her various injuries to make it back to the field this season.

Upper Cape Girls JV Soccer - Against Old Colony, the jayvees opened up a can of whoopass and beat the Cougars 9-0. Ann Marie had 2 assists in the game.

Wareham Field Hockey - The Vikings got knocked off twice this week with a 3-0 loss to Westport and a 4-0 loss to ORR. They are 2-14 on the season.

Wareham Girls Volleyball - The team got swept 3-0 in their match against Apponequet. The team held a free clinic for younger potential players. You can read about that HERE.

Upper Cape Varsity Football - Last Saturday, the Rams blew out Holbrook/Avon 38-14 and my girlfriend's son Connor (who is usually on the JV team) was able to make his varsity debut for a few plays. Way to go Connor!

Wareham Football - Despite talk of how the Wareham defense had been improving over the last couple of weeks, the Vikings were completely annihilated by Apponequet on Friday night. They lost 61-6. Apponequet had 502 yards of total offense while Wareham managed just 84 yards.

Upper Cape Girls Varsity Soccer - I mentioned last week that UCT soccer player Krystle found herself 1 goal shy of the 100 goal plateau after scoring a career high six goals in a game. You can read about that game in this Wareham Courier article. (All photos by Adam K. Ellis of the Wareham Courier.)

On Monday of this past week, the Lady Rams faced Bishop Connolly and Krystle did indeed get her 100th goal (plus one more for good measure). Unfortunately they lost the game 4-2. The loss eliminated the team from postseason contention. A 7-0 loss to Norfolk Aggie left them with a 6-10-1 record.

You can can see Krystle's 100th goal on a PK, along with brief comments from her and her coach in this video link.

Some photos from the Bishop Connolly game as well.

The 100th goal kick:

With her team:

CONGRATULATIONS KRYSTLE!

MISCELLANEOUS

Books - I picked up the new Jon Land thriller Strong Darkness this week. It is the latest in his Caitlin Strong series. I can't wait to dig into it.

TV - Here's the Pop-topia.com recaps at this week's new episodes of The Flash and Arrow.

Movies - The trailer for the new Avengers movie "Age of Ultron" was "accidentally" leaked a week early. And as expected, it set the Internet ablaze. You can check it out for yourself below.

Sports Friday with Hal: NFL NOTES FOR U2
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football U2

Happy Friday!

 

“These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill

These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill…”

 

 

Ah, the days do run away from me (and us all). Dirty Day is the massively underrated song from U2’s album “Zooropa” way back in 1993. I have been listening the hell out of my “free U2 album” Songs of Innocence since it was released free on iTunes. I am sure I will eventually get my hands on a “real” copy since the deluxe cd has acoustic versions and unreleased songs that I just know I will have to get eventually.

 

I’m a huge U2 fan, but was slow to get on the bus. They were just another band when I was young and I lumped them in the INXS and REM grouping as good music but not rocking out like what any teen boy of the 80s wanted to listen to. I was all over the “hair bands” of the era and a big Aerosmith fan (as they were just making their “Permanent Vacation” revival). U2 got under my skin as I got to college and “Achtung Baby” was on permanent rotation on MTV (back when non hip-hop/rock videos got air time) and on the radio. By college, Zooropa dropped and I must have listened to that CD non-stop for years while in school.

 

Numb and Lemon were the two big hits from the album...it was much more experimental and electronic than anything else out in rock music at the time….perfect for a kid in college and growing up a lot in short period of time.

 

Wow, quite the diversion there. The point was that ending chorus from “Dirty Day” was stuck in my head as time seems to have flown recently. Autumn? Summer is over? Week eight of the NFL kicked off with Denver and San Diego on Thursday Night Football? Where has the time gone?

 

NFL NOTES:

 

I loved the New York Jets desperate gamble on Percy Harvin as they traded for the mercurial receiver from a Seattle squad more than happy to unload a clubhouse cancer for pennies on the dollar. My opinion is that the 1-6 Jets and general manager John Idzik need a reason to jettison head coach Rex Ryan soon and with so much support from owner Woody Johnson, Idzik needs to be able to say “Hey, I got the big play guys on offense...Rex screwed it up!” so he can fire Ryan and stay on as GM.

 

Just a theory, but I believe Idzik thought he would have brought in his own coach last year (he inherited Rex) and Johnson inexplicably kept Ryan on after the Jets won their last two meaningless games against Cleveland and Miami after both squads quit down the stretch.  Idzik is from Seattle, and he wants to bring in his guy to implement his defense and offense and put his own stamp on the team.

 

Should make for some fun in New York, though with Head-case Harvin running around half-cocked.

 

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Colt McCoy in Washington? Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston? Austin Davis in St. Louis?  Zach Mettenberger in Tennessee? Brian Hoyer in Cleveland? A dearth of quality quarterbacks is on display this week in the NFL. Washington needs RG3 back. Houston needs to draft one next year. St. Louis is in a tough spot with that defense and Bradford likely gone. God knows what is going on Tennessee at QB. Cleveland has Johnny Football coming soon.

 

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All right, that is all for this distracted week.

 

Have a great weekend, and be sure to check out the always entertaining StorminNorman over here next door. ---->



 

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