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.
Now that's how a Cubs fan should say happy Monday!
Yes, once you get past all that ass, you can see she's rocking a Cubs jersey...So why am I starting this week talking Cubs? I'm not...Just look at that ass! There was some excitement at Wrigley Field this past weekend...Pearl Jam played the old ballpark...A few friends of mine went...It would have been cool to be there, especially when Mr. Cub Ernie Banks walked out onstage!
If you were there and are a baseball fan, let alone a Cubs fan, that had to be pretty damn sweet...Hearing Ernie say lets play two was great....Sadly, it's rare that playing two happens these days....I often wish I could have lived to see so many of baseball's greats...I think of Baseball in the 40's-50's-60's, I'll even give ya the 70's, and in my head, that's really Baseball...That's what it's all about...Then I read THIS_POST from our guy Radatz....He nailed it...It wasn't just Baseball that was Special, the character of our country was special...
I wrote THIS Wednesday, and I think it shows my frustration with where our country seems to be, especially from a media standpoint...Don't get me started on our government, that hasn't done any governing for couple years now, because all those DC dolts do is yell and whine at each other and say no to whatever the other guy says....There have been a couple movies about our Nation's Capitol/power structure being attacked, which lead to multiple news stories, and blogs about "What's our fascination with blowing up DC?"
Do you really need to ask that question? People are sick of the knob gobblers screwing things up, and screwing us over...The best we've got in reality is elections, which more and more people feel are rigged...Plus the two years of media covering the election shit, which mean politicians aren't doing their jobs, because they are busy campaigning...So we turn to fantasy...Movies, where that whole damn corrupt town get torched...Not hard to figure out....
Speaking of politics, douchebags, shitty media, and sports....Did you see ESPN signed Nate Silver...Silver, a statistician, who was the top guy at Baseball Prospectus, before starting his Five Thirty Eight column at the New York Times, predicting election bullshit...By the way, he of every election result nation wide 2012, he only got 1 wrong...ESPN plans to make him their Uber-stat man, and he'll do election shit for ABC...He will also be a major contributor to Keith Olbermann's new ESPN talk show that will launch in late August....
Ahhh, another reason not to watch the so-called World Wide Leader!
-Okay, random sports shit that you never thought I would cover...The U.S. beat El Salvador 2-1 in Soccer...Now you know and I know, that I don't give a shit about Soccer...I didn't even know this game was happening...But when I saw the score on my phone, I smiled...The U.S. beat El Salvador in Soccer....My old Fish House friends know why this makes me smile! Our old boss was a Soccer nut from El Salavador, who loved to talk shit...Eat it Chalupa!
-Phil Mickelson won the British Open...I don't care about golf, but when they play the British Open I watch here and there, just because the courses and weather can be so tough...Sunday morning I only watched a bit before I had to start getting on with my day, so I missed what happened...Again, just heard about it via my iphone while Molly and I were kicking it at the park....
-Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey says he won't apologize for pictures he and his brother took with some douchebag, wearing "Free Hernandez" hats in support of their former teammate, Aaron Hernandez...
Okay, anyone who takes a picture with that douche should apologize...As for the hats...They're stupid...But if they want to support their boy, that's up to them...Dude plays for the Dolphins...It's not the first or last time he's gonna be on the losing side!
That's all I have for now...
Oh, except this week's musical selection...I found these guys last week...They're from Canada...Vancouver I believe...They're called Dead Ghosts...Their style...Old school, 60's Surf rock...It's like listening to a flashback...
It's just too damn hot to think this week and so a number of NFL players took their pre-camp training routine indoors. I think most of the country in fully baked this summer. It was so hot, the National Park Service actually asked people to stop cooking eggs on the road in Death Valley. It is so hot that I have had my store of sports blog stories burned up....but onward we go anyway!
I will start this week's discussion with one topic that is quite popular in my neck of the woods....just where is RGIII in his rehab process? By all accounts available, Griffin is nothing short of super-human. He has been working out at basically full speed for a couple of weeks now, walks without a limp and will be ready for the start of training camp. I don't know if it is famed Dr. Andrews' magic surgical technique, Griffin's mythical work ethic or modern chemistry, but it looks like RG3 will be at full strength heading into camp. For Fantasy Football players, Griffin presents a real gamble. Not so much is the question of his talent but of his durability. He was a top QB for fantasy scoring last year...can he repeat? And for Redskin fans - and really all NFC East fans - the bigger question is can he repeat his magic on the field for the Redskins? It should be fun to watch. And on top of all the impact on the field, he has also started a new trend - "Griffining" - now a traditional wedding send-off!
So the Q-o-t-D asks if I will be watching the British Open...and I reply "yes" for amusement purposes. The course has been burned to a crisp! A perfectly placed shot is just as likely to roll into a sand trap or off the green as it is to roll up to the cup. We are going to see more shots like Phil's - which looks like sending up a smoke - signal - over the course of the weekend.
I'm heading out to the golf course myself this weekend...hopefully the cart goes fast enough to create a little breeze! As for the British Open champ - I am forecasting this one going to somebody new. It is going to be a battle of attrition as the field tries to figure out how to play on dirt.
Speaking of hot....my brain is fried - but more on that next week!