ScottJax asks the question no one in the media has asked, or said about Tim Tebow. Will his words cause controversy?? Old Players in the NBA?? WrestleMania hits Random Thoughts?? Brooklyn Nets?? All this and more in this weeks edition of….
Wow, I never thought I get Jacksonville’s own, Tim Tebow, “Tebowing” for me. Thanks Tim. By the way, my son goes to the same Church as Tim and has talked to him on many occasions. He is a nice fellow and when it comes to his “faith” he is the real deal.
The provocative question is later on in the blog
Okay Gabbers. ScottJax has posted his annual WrestleMania predications. They can viewed here:
Please feel free to give me who you think will win each match.
How would you like to be left out of a game because your old? Well it happen to Tim Duncan. The Spurs were playing their third game in three nights and they gave him the night off. So the official scorer listed Duncan as DND (Did Not Dress) - Old.
A column by Peter Veceey, who says its from multiple sources, is saying that the Nets are targeting Kevin Garnett (restricted free agent), Ryan Anderson (restricted free agent and a player the Nets drafted and then traded away) and Ersan Ilyasova (unrestricted free agent), while renouncing the rights to Kris Humphries. The Nets are saying they want a stronger rebounded to play alongside Brook Lopez.
While Kris Humphries (27 years old) has never been a scoring machine, nor rebounded, since he has been a Net he is averaging a double-double. How many NBA players can say that? He averages 11.9 points a game and 11 rebounds a game. Garnett is on the downside of his career, this year is averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He turns 36 in May. Anderson is 23 years old and is averaging 10.1 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game and Ilyasova is 24 years old and is averaging 9.4 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Any of these players better rebounders than Kris Humphries???
Got to get rid of Billy King, he is going to kill the Nets.
Oh no the trading for Tim Tebow was not a publicity stunt. Then how come the team is had a press conference to introduce a back-up quarterback. There was no coach, owner or players at the conference. Yep they really, really want him.
Jet’s are just starved for attention.
Here is the question that no one, that I have heard or read has mentioned:
An honest question deserves an honest answer
If Tim Tebow was any religion other than a Christian, would he have still gotten this same coverage. NOT!!
Frank McCourt buys the Dodgers, the stadium and surrounding area for $430 million in 2004 and yesterday he sells it for $2.15 billion dollars to a group that includes Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten. Mark Walter, Guggenheim Capital (the main source behind the $$$$) chief executive, will be the controlling owner. Kasten will run the team, while magic will also be involved in some of the day-to-day activities and will be looking to woo free agents.
The Johnson group, largely funded by Guggenheim Capital chief executive officer Mark Walter, agreed to purchase the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium and a 50 percent stake in the parking lots surrounding the ballpark from McCourt for $2.15 billion.
After Frank pays off his ex-wife $131 million and some $579 million in debt, he will taken in over $1.5 billion dollars. On top of that he gets to buy the half the parking area of Dodger Stadium and surrounding area for $150 million dollars.
ScottJax says thanks?? Nets suck?? Manning’s original speech?? New Orleans Saints, Denver/Jets?? All this and more in this weeks edition of…..
Kiss our butts, we got Manning!!
Scott would like to thanks all the gabbers for giving me advise on my retirement and for the warm wishes for my health. Believe me, it made me feel great that I am associated with the best group of bloggers/friends in the world!!
Nets trade a first round pick and two players for Gerald Wallace. You waste a first rounder on a declining player. Why, why do I keep rooting for the Nets.
Come to think of it, why did the Nets make Billy King their GM, he ruined the 76ers.
I hope you all took the time to read Peyton Manning’s original parting of the way speech. If not, here is the link:
Well it looks like Peyton signed with the Denver Broncos. The contract, which protects Denver, is as follow:
There is no signing bonus.
Manning will get $18 million guaranteed next season.
Starting in 2013 Peyton must pass a physical before each season to get paid.
For the 2013 and 2014 seasons he will get $20 million.
For the 2015 and 2016 seasons he will get $19 million.
There is an injury waiver in the contract, covering Manning’s neck. If he reinjures the neck during the 2013 season he will not get paid for the 2014 season.
This Pole Vault/Frisbee trick is making the rounds at ESPN. It is number 10 of plays of the day.
I know we have gotten a little political at times, here at the gab, but ponder this???
During the Bush years, it took a barrel of oil to reach $147 for gas here in the States to cost $4 a gallon. Now, today, as to not call out a specific President by name, it takes only $107 a barrel to get to $4 a gallon. Ummm…
Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, principal Met owners, save themselves financial grief by reaching a deal with a trustee for Bernard Madoff’s fraud victims. The deal saves the owners almost $800 million dollars (they were seeking close to a billion dollars), and basically saves them from having to sell the team. No money has to be paid for at least three years.
Mark Sanchez will now have to look over his shoulders, and not to check his danruff. It will Tebowmania hovering over him. Every time Mark fumbles the ball or throws an interception the fans will be chanting Te-bow, Te-bow. It could get ugly.
NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, slammed the Saints yesterday. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints head coach, is out for the season without pay, former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams is indefinitely banned, General Manager Mickey Loomis banned for the first eight regular-season games and assistant coach Joe Vitt is banned for the first six games of the season. The Saints were fined $500,000 and lost their second-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013.
The New York Rangers and new Jersey Devils have had a great rivalry for many years...And this year, with the Rangers on top of the Eastern Conference for most of the season, their opponents have tried to come at them with a tougher game...Problem is, no team plays tougher then the Rangers...Hard-nosed, grinding hockey...Everyone checks...Everyone blocks shots...Everyone forechecks...And a number of the guys will drop the gloves if needed...
So Monday night the Devils came into Madison Square Garden, and their douchebag coach, Peter DeBoer thought he'd try to send a message with the starting lineup he submitted...He put his thumpers, Cam Janssen, Eric Boulton, and Ryan Carter out there...Pissed off about this, Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't hold back, and he sent Mike Rupp, Brandon Prust out there...Oh, and he sent big defenseman, Stu Bickell out there to play Center...
Here's what happened next...
Way go DeBoer...Not only did you fire up the Rangers squad, but you got the Ranger faithful all fired up too...MSG was rocking from the opening brawl and seeing Carter's blood scraped off the ice...
And then, less than a minute and a half later, The Rangers scored...Momentum was on the Rangers' side all night...
As the game continued, it came out that New jersey's David Clarkson kept running his mouth...So finally Mike Rupp told him, "If you keep talking, I'm going to knock you out on National TV." Rupper rules!
Rupp didn't get to pound Clarkson, but the Devil douche took some hits...
The game had a playoff atmosphere...Which most Rangers/Devils games do...But it was clear, the opening fight sparked the entire team...Every player was skating with a purpose, and playing with the highest level of intensity...Just what they needed to stop a minor skid they've been on...And with their 4-2 victory, they clinched a playoff spot...Thanks DeBoer!
Nothing with guys like Callahan and Del Zotto getting healthy, and Ludqvist over the Flu, they're looking to hold onto the top seed...
So for the rest of the NHL, playing the Rangers is going to be hard enough on you...Don't be stupid like the Devils, and make the night even harder on yourselves...
Oh, and Toronto, way to show about against your rival, Boston Bruins...Maple Leafs, how does that 8-0 ass beating taste...All of Canada should be pissed that the Leafs are such a fucking Joke...
It is the same old story. An owner or group of owners have a dream. To build a racetrack. After it's completion, owners and sponsors try to lure in fans, in hope of building something lasting. No one even considers the track's probable demise one day. For now, the future is here.
It is a local event. Whole families gear up for the night's action. Parents purchase the tickets while the smell of local food sizzles on the grill. Vendors are lined up near the ticket window on the inside, and sell programs and novelties.
Many families root for a particular guy or guys and in many cases, some racers are friends of family. The rivalries off the track match the competitiveness on it. Drivers and their fans become hardcore adversaries. Adding to the rich drama that unfolds in both places
The track featured here was the former East Windsor Raceway. Now just a memory for some, many older fans wax sentimental. A hole in their heart has been opened and until they die, it is like the loss of a favorite pet. In fact, it is almost like the loss of a family member!
Here are some videos. Take a moment to digest this. Like the hockey arena recently shown here on Yougab, this track has a finite history and the legacy of entertainment.
One will note the changes. From old coops that barely resemble the stock cars that are racing today. The younger fan marvels at the old school look, while for some reason, the older fan wants the younger one to appreciate what they had. From the dust in the eye, to the greasy burgers and oil-soaked fries and bathrooms just horribly gross by today's standards. But I imagine, even those tawdry accommodations can be, 'Home Sweet Home'.
Hard to imagine these cars racing or more actually, the guys who did and the occassional women.
For those who remember the past, the future is hard to take. Seeing what thrived at one time, only to be replaced by a flea market, parking lot or shopping mall, it is even harder to take.
I hope you all enjoyed this story and I will provide a link for further research on this track.
Melo not listening?? Buck Showalter lets it all hang out?? A-Rod does a good deed?? Do I have anything else to say?? Its here in this edition of Rants and Raves.
Sorry this is a short one. Gearing things up for my annual WrestleMania Party. 16 people will be attending and coordinating who’s bring what is a chore, considering they work during the day and I work at night. Makes for a long day. I hope you all get a chance to read my WrestleMania predictions which I posted Wednesday. Last year I went 7-2. I also would be interested to read who you think will win at this years event from Atlanta, Georgia.
Maybe it’s a good thing the Nets didn’t trade for Melo. In a losing effort to Milwaukee this past Saturday, it seemed that Anthony wanted nothing to do with the Knicks bench after a time-out. He stood away while the rest of the players were listening to the coach. Its not like this hasn’t happened to Carmelo before. He very rarely listened to Coach Boeheim while at Syracuse.
What does Buck Showalter have in common with Derek Jeter and the Boston Red Sox? Nothing, Zero, Zilch!! Wow wee, what’s even more surprising is Buck Showalter being aggressive with his mouth. In an article in Men’s Health, Showalter had the following to say about Jeter:
"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout," Showalter said. "Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, he [ticks] me off."
And then on the offensive against the Red Sox:
“I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll. You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their butt. It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?"
” -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, quoted in Men's Health
You think the Yankees and Red Sox aren’t waiting for the Orioles???
It’s not often that you read about Alex Rodriguez doing a good deed. Its usually because he’s got his foot in his mouth. But, he did the good deed last weekend when he invited Julianne Ramirez, and her family, of Tampa to a Yankee game. A-Rod spoke to the youngster for 25 minutes. Last year, Julianne notice a 3-year-old friend Bella Villa had stopped swimming and was sinking underwater at a pool party. Ramirez rescued Villa from the pool, and having learned CPR in the Girl Scouts, began chest compressions on the youngster. Rodriguez surprised Ramirez with a phone call about 25 minutes before the Yankees played the Pirates. He extended the invitation for a game against Minnesota in Fort Myers. "I have a little surprise for you," Rodriguez told Ramirez from an office phone near the clubhouse. "We would like to invite you to a game tomorrow as our special guest. Would you be interested in coming down and watching us?" Ramirez quickly said "yes" and added "thank you." "We're going to make sure that it's a very, very special day and a day you'll never forget," Rodriguez replied. "We're very proud of you. It's a remarkable story and it's one that I shared with my teammates. I'm inspired by it and can't wait to hear more about it, and really enjoy a great day with you tomorrow." The Yankees and Twins honored Ramirez in a pre-game ceremony at Minnesota's spring training home this past Sunday.
Joined my first fantasy baseball league last week. Had the draft this past Sunday. Got $400 to spend on 26 players. It was interesting trying to bid on players. Didn’t get everyone I wanted but I am happy with my team.
Thanks goodness baseball is here. Today starts the MLB season and my team gets to lead it off on ESPN. Yankees against Tigers. Go Yanks!!
At least baseball will take away the thought of not having the NFL around come August and September. Right??
Pictures by : Derek Jeter - zillow.com, A-Rod - style.popcrunch.com, Buck Showalter - bohsandos.com, Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) - assets.gearlive.com, Boston Red Sox Logo - minot43.homestead.com