If this was a weather blog site, we would have no trouble finding topics to discuss this time of year. I don't know about you, but I have had enough of winter...it is absolutely killing my golf game, although apparently some people are willing to play on! Nice swing out of the snow, no?
So, how about a true winter sport that kicks off today with its' official start at Willow, Alaska?
As you can see, the folks up in Anchorage have plenty to howl about! (sorry...I couldn't resist). The Iditarod, the Last Great Race, starts its 1000 mile trek across Alaska today with a finish in Nome in about 8 days. This year, the race trail has had basically the opposite of the weather in the lower 48, with unseasonably warm temperatures and rain instead of snow. The expectation is that the weather and trail conditions will bring a whole new meaning to the term "mush!" Aside from the usual suspects entered in this year's race such as Jeff King and Dee Dee Jonrow, Robert Sorlie returns after a 7 year vacation. He may be the dark horse in what will be a competitive event.
Now on to the spring sports - and returning to my golf theme...here's a now familiar pose:
Tiger has had a very slow start to 2014 - in fact, it is his worst start as a pro. Normally, he wins one of the early events to start the golf season creating a buzz about his upcoming run at Jack Nicklaus' 18 major record. Watching Tiger play, it seems hard to believe he is going to be able to win competitive tournaments, let alone a major. It will make for interesting spring viewing right up through the Masters.
And a few other thoughts...
I watched - on & off - my first Nationals game yesterday as they kicked off their Grapefruit League play. I have to say, I enjoy the background noise that a ballgame provides the office.
Tanaka gets his first start of the spring today...I may have to pull that one up on MLB.TV.
Well, I have to drive into the teeth of the weather on a road trip to Pittsburgh tomorrow. Hopefully I will not be marooned there!
This last week of February isn’t a good sports week.
I really don't know what I'm writing about today...my mind is out there behind the wheel of a classic Corvette roadster with the cool wind in my hair...
In a Typical year, me and the misses are packing and planning for our annual road trip to FL. We would leave this Today and return home a week from Sunday. We have family in MD and FL and friends in VA, SC and FL so it usually turns into a few meals with them on the way and way back to break up the 26 hrs of driving.
This isn’t a typical year.
Mrsharry doesn’t get Spring break until next week and I just started a new job so vacation time isn’t happening this Spring.
I’m looking forward to next year and 2 weeks off in March.
My # 3 and # 4 sons (ages 25 & 21) are heading down in our place to use the time share and play a little golf…
I’ll be getting a late start on my golf game and the annual pilgrimage to breaking 100. Last year it took until October and I skipped the 90’s and shot an 88. I can’t enjoy playing when I’m cold so the FL trip gets me off to a good start…not this year.
Every year it’s like a new game, my putter is the safest club because I really can’t hurt anyone with that. My driver…well lets just keep that thing in the bag for looks. I will use a 3 or 4 iron off the tee for better control…let’s face it, I’m not hitting the ball 300 yards and the 200 in a fairly straight line is much more useful than 240 into the next fairway or street or neighboring yard. Early in the year I’ll use my putter from the short first cut rather than a wedge because the wedge is a dangerous tool and it takes much practice to control it.
By the time mid Summer arrives I’m buying new balls. The slightly used and found in the woods balls have served their purpose and are all lost anyway.
I recently read that Charles Barkley includes Tiger Woods at age 38 into his annual “Father Time wins again” group for this year along with Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter.
At least I don’t have to worry about my being included in That Group.
A friend of mine suggested the best way to think Spring is to start planning the gardens.
I am an avid gardener and grow veggies, flowers, herbs and fruit all around the posh but modest Harry estate.
This year I’m planning a variety of peppers, hot and sweet. Tomatoes of 4 or 5 varieties, some for sauce, some for kabobs, some to just eat and some to slice to put on my burgers.
I usually grow enough summer, zucchini and butternut squash so that the family and neighbors drop by to pick there own. My Niagara grape vines started producing fruit last year (typical year 3) and look like they will take off this year.
My high bush blueberries we the best ever last year, we are still eating them…frozen.
The last batch of my famous OH B&B pickles was made reluctantly from store bought cucumbers, peppers and onions.
It’s almost time to repair the boxes, lattice and fences. It’s almost time to get the compost mix stirred up, get the rain barrel irrigation system functioning and get this show going…daffodils and crocuses will be up soon… can’t wait to get my hands dirty.
Oh…that’s right, I’m doing my roof this year…better do that before it gets too warm.
I’m having trouble getting interested in any pro sports right now. The NHL will probably get me come playoff time, MLB will get my interest eventually, the NBA has no chance of catching me looking in. March Madness will get some of my attention until my underdog laden brackets fail miserably.
So here I am, looking upbeat with Spring just around the corner. One more heating oil delivery $3.69 a gallon, a couple more trips to the car wash at $12 per to get this corrosive road salt off the fragile metals that were obviously made for a warmer climate.
The garden hoses have been put away since that last deer was cleaned and hung in the beginning of December. I’m just about done with the cord wood split last year, I’m down to the uglies and the branches, The snow blower has a flat tire…but as my son says,
“it’s better for traction”
Probably have to shovel the white stuff at least two more times. Change the winter motor oil to the summer stuff…for those who don’t live in the cold… you can’t put heavy oil in a ten year old vehicle and expect it to start easily when the morning temp is about 5 degrees.
So for a guy that didn’t have much to say I guess I was able to fill the page!
I had choices for this weekend....stay home in the cold and watch the Super Bowl or take 3 days in south Florida golfing with my friends in mid-80 degree weather. I went with "B" - and any other weekend I would have just hung out the "gone golfin'" shingle and left it at that. But this is Super Bowl weekend and I do have an opinion.
This game reminds me a lot of Super Bowl XVIII - the Redskins and the Raiders. The Redskins came in with league MVP Theismann at QB and a powerful offense and decent defense. The Raiders came in with a dynamic running back, an OK QB (Plunkett) and monster cornerbacks. The game turned into an exercise in futility for the Skins as they fell behind early on poor special teams play and then Joe T. just could not hit the small window that the Raider CB's gave him. Could that scenario be Denver's fate?
One topic that I have not heard talked about to exhaustion is even if Seattle can shut down Manning, can they score? Wilson has not been that great in the playoffs but he has been good enough to win. In the biggest game of his life, can he put up the kind of game that sets his career up for the next decade?
My preseason AFC pick was Denver and I rode Peyton Manning to a Fantasy Football championship, so I definite like their team, Although I went with New Orleans as my Team of Destiny, there was no doubt that Seattle with their monster defense and home field advantage were going to be the cream of the NFC. So realistically, we have the two best teams in football facing off in the Super Bowl.
My pick is Denver...I think Peyton Manning, even with the likelihood of a couple of picks will just keep coming. I don't think that Seattle has the offense to answer. Denver 31 - Seattle 20. Then again...it could be Super Bowl XVIII all over again.
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where Im just not ready for the cool weather.
Peyton Manning: Football Jedi Master
Peyton Manning is plain and simple the best QB in the game. The lead pic I think is mocking the people that thought that Tony Romo and the Pokes would really beat the Broncos. To the Pokes credit they jumped on the Broncos early but like the classic scene Peyton kept saying “Kick a Buck”
Everytime Romo and the Pokes would charge at the Broncos, Peyton like Cool Hand Luke would “kick a buck” and put the Broncos back in the lead. It was a trip. Oh and to add insult to injury he did this
As Nantz says in the clip, it was Manning’s first rushing score in five years. The Broncos kept watching the Cowboys come at them with furious resolve only to shrug it off and take the lead time and again. But it was the Pokes Romo who kept threatening to steal the show. His 505 passing yards were a Cowboys team record to the chagrin of his detractors that have long considered him a poor successor to the Cowboy QB throne that Dandy Don, Captain Comeback and Fairhaired TroyBoy have held. But Romo threw an ill-timed pick and the Broncos got the ball in primo position. Manning had only to move the Broncos a little but got them all the way to the two where Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicked the equivalent of an extra point to give the Broncos the epic win.
MLB: Manic Monday
The Pirates and Cards are playing an epic LDS, after the Buccos shook off a nasty case of stage fright in game 1 they won games 2 and 3 to look to spring the upset and their first postseason series triumph since the Willie Stargell led Pirates of ’79 yeah the we are family Buccos. But the Cards came back with the impressive pitching of Michael Wacha (Flocka) who took a no-no into the 8th. The Cards are going back to St. Louis for a winner take all game 5. Bucs manager Clint Hurdle raised some eyebrows as he has bypassed ace AJ Burnett in favor of rookie Gerrit Cole. The numbers bear Hurdle out as Cole has pitched better down the stretch. Cole has a close to 2.30 ERA over the last 6 weeks while Burnett’s ERA is closr to 6. My problem is throwing a rookie at the Cards in the franchises biggest game in over 2 decades. If Cole bombs, the 2nd guessing will go on till the Buccos regroup in Bradenton next spring.
The Dodgers seem to be almost bored as the smack around the Braves who just look like they haven’t gotten in to the postseason mode as they got hammered in Chavez Ravine in game 3 after flailing often at Clayton Kershaw’s filthy stuff in game 1 and rallied smartly to win the game 4 on the strength of a two run homer by Juan Uribe in the 8th to win and prevent going back to Atlanta for a winner take all game 5. Hard to believe that this team was 30-42 and in last place on the first day of summer. Instead we’re looking at a potential Cards-Dodgers NLCS would look to be a classic.
In the AL the A’s & Tigers just seem to keep meeting up in the postseason. And they keep getting into fights. Grant Balfour of the A’s barking at Victor Martinez of the Tigers in game 3 echoed shades of Bert Camperneris flinging his bat at Lerrin LeGrow in the 1972 ALCS and sparking a rowdy brawl.I find baseball fights amusing but in the postseason they are a bit trite. I mean nothing can ever compare to the brawl in the 2003 ALCS where the Red Sox ManRam (Diving Stop by ManRam!) just wanted to pick a fight and took the supposed buzzing by Roger Clemens to offense and started a nasty fight. Which of course was highlighted by the Pedro Martinez shoving Don Zimmer to the ground.
I know this has nothing to do with the playoffs but I loved this punch
Barrett was out of line for the punch, but since it was well documented I despised AJ Pierzynski, I just like him getting punch.
Speaking of wild brawls…let me teach how to body slam!
Anyway before I get too far off track the other ALDS has the Rays and Red Sox looking more like a series after the Rays stole game 3 with a walk off winner. The Red Sox dominated the first two games in Boston over an exhausted Rays team who had played three games in four days in three cities. After beating the Blue Jays in Toronto on the seasons final day they then flew to Arlington for the special playoff game against the Rangers, after winning that game they then went to Cleveland, beat the Indians in the Wild Card game. It was a wild set of events for the Rays who just kept on winning…until they got to Boston.
To Tiger Woods who 1up win in the rain on the final match of the Presidents Cup gave the USA the win over the International Team, the match in Dublin, Ohio was a seesaw affair but Woods win was the difference.
To both David Price of the Rays and his girlfriend who both complained heavily after the Rays game 2 loss in the ALDS against the Red Sox. Now I know there are many that would say all that the Massholes moniker is deserved but for both to go Twitter with their beef makes them sound whiny.
Thats the view albeit shorter one from the Hoodwood. Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!
I can’t understand golf. I can be sitting home, drinking a beer, while watching a round of golf, and all of a sudden I see an infraction that no one else notices. I call the PGA to inform them, and even after the hole has been completed, or the round is over a player can be assessed a penalty for the infraction. My take is if the officials there didn’t notice it then there should be no penalty after that hole is played.
You can see in the video, as the Tiger is moving the twigs, the ball slightly moves. Gee give me a break. He didn’t do it own purpose.
Forbes released its richest 400 Americans list.
Here are the NFL’s richest American’s
Paul Allen (Seattle, $15.8 billion)
Stan Kroenke (Rams, $5.3 billion)
Stephen Ross (Dolphins, $4.8 billion)
Malcolm Glazer (Buccaneers, $4.5 billion)
Shahid Khan (Jaguars, $3.8 billion)
Jerry Jones (Cowboys, $3 billion)
Robert Kraft (Patriots $2.9 billion)
Stephen Bisciotti (Ravens $2.1 billion)
Bob McNair (Texans, $2 billion)
Arthur Blank (Falcons, $1.7 billion)
Jim Irsay (Colts, $1.6 billion)
Jimmy Haslam (Browns, $1.45 billion)
William Ford Sr. (Lions, $1.4 billion)
Tom Benson (Saints, $1.3 billion)
Here are the NBA richest American’s:
Paul Allen (Portland Blazers $15.8 billion)
Rich DeVos, (Orland Magic $6.8 billion)
S. Kroenke (Denver Nuggets $5.3 billion)
Micky Arison (Heat, $5.9 billion)
Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers, $3.9 billion)
Charles Dolan (Knicks, $3.3 billion)
Tom Gores (Pistons, $2.7 billion)
Mark Cuban (Mavericks $2.5 billion)
Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion)
Robert Pera (Grizzlies, $1.95 billion)
Herb Simon (Pacers, $1.95 billion)
Donald Sterling (Clippers, $1.9 billion)
Glen Taylor (Timberwolves, $1.7 billion)
Tom Benson (Pelicans, $1.6 billion)
Here are the NHL richest American‘s:
S. Kroenke (Avalanche, $5.3 billion),
Josh Harris (Devils $2.5 billion)
Terry Pegula (Sabres, $3.1 billion)
Jeremy Jacobs (Bruins, $2.8 billion)
Here are MLB’s richest American’s:
Ted Lerner (Nationals, $4 billion)
John Henry (Red Sox, $1.7 billion)
For the record, which was not mentioned properly by any sports stations, or newspapers, the real reason WKMG-CBS apologized for showing the Jacksonville Jaguars game in Orlando is because all during the week and during the 1pm game the station kept telling viewers that the 4pm game would be Denver versus New York. WKMG knew that they had to show the Jaguars game because they are a TV market of the NFL team. They are claiming they were forced by the NFL to show the game. No chance, no way. No one twisted their arms.
The NCAA has announced it will not pay student-athletes. There belief is they are just that, student-athletes. They are “students who play sports.” I, myself, have mixed feelings about this. In one aspect they are getting free room and board. But, on the other hand, do not have money to eat or go out. They put in long hours at practice and have very little free time to work a part-time job. I say they can work during the summer and build up money to pay for the expenses during the college semesters.