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Dover Power Rankings
Category: Racing
Tags: Dover International Speedway Monster Mile Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Jeff Gordon Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Dale Earnhadt Jr Joey Logano

   Race #3 of The Chase could end many of championships hopes with "Miles The Monster" lurking in the shadows of this one mile race track.

Miles is a concrete monster that will eat you up if you make any type of mistake on the narrow one mile track and many of drivers seen there championships hopes go down the toilet over the years.

Kasey Kahne done put a fork in himself last week at Loudon by racing Brian Vickers last week with 47 laps to go running in the top ten only to spin into the infield wall, he still needs to mature if Kasey wants to win a championship and now joins Earnhardt Jr and Joey Logano out of this years championship in my opinion.

Jeff Gordon almost put a fork in himself last week also after running in the top five only to over shoot his pit box during green flag pit stops, his on the verge of joining Kahne and the gang of also ran.

The three drivers a top of this years championship are very good here, JJ, Kyle and Kenseth have all won here and Toyota's have won the last two races after the Chevy stranglehold by Jimmie Johnson in particular who loves this place.

All in all it should be a good fight to the finish for Chase race #3 so grab those belts and pull em tight, here's the ten best over the last five years at Dover:

10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr- finished 12 in the Spring for his first stat at Dover and should get another top 20 finish.

9 Matt Kenseth- is like the song by Adell, on fire! 1 win, 6 top 5's and 6 top 10's.

8 Kyle Busch- has been a brides maid to long and I think he gets the win on Sunday. 1 win, 3 top 5's and 6 top 10's.

7 Kurt Busch- lost the handle of his Front Row Chevy last week and should have a top ten this week. 1 win, 4 top 5's and 4 top 10's.

6 Clint Bowyer- needs to play with the big boys this weekend if his going to make a run. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 5 top 10's.

5 Jeff Gordon- might have taken himself out of Chase contention with his pit stop mishap, maybe a top 15. 0 wins, 2 top 5's and 3 top 10's.

4 Kevin Harvick- did his best "where's Waldo" impersonation last week and I think it continues. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 5 top 10's.

3 Mark Martin- can tame the Monster Mile but not in Stewart's ride. 0 wins, 3 top 5's and 5 top 10's.

2 Carl Edwards- somehow seems to pulls it together late for a top ten run and it should happen again. 0 wins, 3 top 5's and 6 top 10's.

1 Jimmie Johnson- is a stud here at Dover and if Kyle doesn't take the checkers, Jimmie does. 4 wins, 6 top 5's and 7 top 10's.

Streakers- Stewart Mart fan is making a serious bid to join the party at the top with a 8 spot going. BonBon still leads the league followed by Qulindo and Varoom Varoom:

285th 3 BonBonBJH (Bonnie Hopkins) Kyle Busch 2 9 815 650 1465
634th 2 quelndo (Jose Castillo) Kyle Busch 2 7 796 510 1306
1339th 17 Vroooom Vroooom (Wendy Morin) Ryan Newman 0 6 687 480 1167
1568th 18 Nascar Devil.SS (Robert DeMerchant) Jeff Gordon 0 4 770 370 1140
2410th 6 StewMarFan

Good luck Sunday!

Deep Thoughts 9-25-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: What is NFL tough? Archie Manning Peyton Manning Eli Manning. Joe Gibbs coaching pee wee football




Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. After reading about Cardinal safety Rashad Johnson losing the tip of his middle finger last Sunday, I got to thinking about tough players that I have watched or heard about over the years. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of players that have revealed themselves as tough.


 In reading about tough players…Ronnie Lott’s name always seemed to be mentioned. He also lost the tip of a finger, but what is incredulous is that he instructed the Dr. to amputate the finger. His finger had been terribly mashed while making a tackle in the playoffs and simply had not healed properly, so the amputation was performed to allow him to be ready for the start of the next season. It is one thing to suffer an injury, but to choose to lose part of a finger to be able to play is pretty damn tough.




Jack (Hacksaw) Reynolds is another player that has to be mentioned as he suffered a broken leg and played the last three games of the 1979 playoffs by having his trainers tape up his broken leg. Yep…that is tough.


A favorite tough player of mine is Don Meredith. I think I remember reading that over his career, he broke 17 bones. I know that in the 1968 playoff game against the Browns, he checked out of the hospital and played…despite a punctured lung, broken ribs and pneumonia.


An old time Steeler that was as tough as anyone was Ernie Stautner. All you have to do is read this game account from Andy Russell to realize Stautner’s toughness…

“Ernie Stautner comes in the huddle, and his thumb is broken back against his wrist. There's a tear near the break, and his bone is sticking out. He has a compound fracture of the thumb. He takes his thumb in his hand and wrenches it down into his fist. Doesn't show it to anybody. Doesn't say anything.

So he stayed there for the rest of the series, and then we came off, and I'm watching him because I'm the only guy who saw that he had a compound fracture. I saw the bone. So I'm figuring now he's going to ask for the doctor, and he may have to go to the hospital because this thing could get infected, and he says, “Give me some tape.” So they throw him some tape and he just starts taping this huge ball. He makes this big fist. Then we go back in. He plays the entire game. Never misses a down. I'm just astounded, and he's using this hand that is broken as a club. He's beating people with it. After the game, we go into the locker room and he says, “Hey Doc, I think I got a problem.”


Another favorite player of mine was Walt Garrison. As you would expect from a real life cowboy…he was also a very tough player. In a playoff game in 1970, Garrison broke three ribs in the first quarter and continued playing after he was carried off the field. He rushed for over 100 yards, caught several passes, and helped the Cowboys continue their path to the Super Bowl. Garrison has also played through a separated shoulder, a severely broken nose and a broken collarbone. Teammate Charlie Waters recalls the time that Garrison accidentally cut his thumb with a knife so that it was dangling from his hand. Garrison wrapped his thumb in tape and played the next day, rushing for over 100 yards.


So, yes…while the game is still pretty tough today, I don’t think it compares with the NFL of yesteryear. It should be mentioned that Rashad Johnson did not play with his injured digit. Of course, when the end of your middle finger is ripped off…there is surely going to be a search for the source of the blood. I knew that my son was pretty tough when he suffered a bruised liver and a couple of broken ribs in 8th grade and finished the game. We had no idea the ribs had been broken until a week after the injury and did not realize that he had injured his liver until we got to the hospital. I happened to be on the sideline and asked him if he was okay. He grabbed a drink of water and went back into the game. In 9th grade, he played the first half of a game as he was suffering an appendicitis attack. His coach figured out that something was wrong and at halftime, we headed to the hospital. I sure miss those games, but don’t miss the emergency room visits.

As fans, we glorify the toughness of sports. It is what I think we appreciate most of all about football. The gladiator mentality is slowly leaving sports and our society in general. I think football and probably hockey give athletes a toughness that serves them well the rest of their life. I  do however, worry about concussions and the long term effect on players…especially players that begin playing while young. It is something that I think may in time eliminate youth football. As a parent, I am torn…but I am glad that my son was able to play football.









I saw a picture today that brought a smile to my face. Can you imagine going to your son’s first football practice and finding out that Joe Gibbs is one of the coaches? What was even funnier to me is that Gibbs was serving as an assistant for his son. But you know what, from what I know about Joe Gibbs…that does not surprise me one bit. I found a comment by Gibb’s son very interesting…he would not let them play until they were in 7th grade. When his son asked why it was okay for his grandsons to play youth football, Gibbs replied…”because I am coaching them.”










Tuesday night, The Book of Manning aired on ESPN. In case you missed it, you should make it a point to watch it. I loved the show and very highly recommend it. Everyone knows that Archie Manning played professional football, but I had forgotten how athletic he was. After watching Archie being pounded as a Saint, I suppose I should add him to my list of great tough players. The show featured plenty of football, but what I really got from the show was how dedicated a father that Archie is. I also did not realize that Archie’s father committed suicide when he was a sophomore in high school. I know that the Manning family took much heat for his trying to prevent Eli from going to San Diego. But, after watching this show, I understood better what Archie was doing. Archie’s father wanted only for Archie to be a good guy…he certainly succeeded in my opinion.


This year, the Manning brothers are headed in different directions. I have never seen Peyton play better than he has this year. Watching Peyton shred the Raider defense, it was as if the defense just gave up. Instead of trying to disguise their coverages, they simply parked their safeties deep so that Peyton would keep handing the ball off to his trio of running backs. It seemed to me that the Raiders were willing to allow the 5 and 6 yard gains as opposed to allowing Manning to beat them through the air. There is something different about watching Peyton play. I am not sure I have ever seen a QB that is as good at reading defenses as Peyton. It is almost not fair to watch the talent Manning has to work with. It has to burn Brady’s ass to look at the weapons available to Peyton. Seattle and Denver do not play during the regular season, but  I have a hunch these two teams may be playing later this season. I am not sure how good Seattle is, I guess we will see after this weekend in Houston.


I felt pretty good about the Cowboys chances this year. I really did not think that the NFC East would be as tough as in years past. Honestly, I don’t think that the Giants, Eagles or Skins have a solid identity. The Eagles are adjusting to a new offensive system. The Giants don’t have a running back to run the Coughlin typical game plan and Washington is not the same without a healty RG3. Dallas has a real chance to separate themselves from the division…if Murray can stay healthy. I love what Kiffin has brought to the Cowboys defense. It has been forever since the Cowboys have been this aggressive on defense. It is a very good thing that Romo does not have to throw for 350 for the Cowboys to win. I have  a feeling Cowboy haters will have a bad year.


I want to finish with a few random sports thoughts…


We can debate the schedule for Ohio State and other D1 schools, but why in the world do you go for a first down on 4th and 4 when you are up 55 to 0? No idea what Meyer was thinging about.

Have you ever seen running backs decide who gets the carry from the 1 yard line by doing rock/paper/scissor? Hilarious.


Admittedly, I am a hockey novice. I caught a minute of a video on Pardon the Interruption that had Phil Kessel using his stick to fend off a giant attacker. I could not see who the attacker was, but it was clear that Kessel wanted no part of him. Wilbourn argued that he is a scorer and that he was within his rights to protect himself from a much bigger guy. Kornheiser said Kessel will get a long suspension. My money is that Kornheiser is right. What do you think?

Apparently there was more to this story than I thought. The goon that went after Kessel was sent out to get him on the faceoff. Kessel's teammate Clarkson came off the bench to defend Kessel. It was announced today that Kessel was suspended for the remainder of the preseason, but because Clarkson came off the bench, he actually is allowed to play during the remaining preseason games, but is suspended for 10 games once the regular season begins. I guess hockey officials agreed with Wilbourn that Kessel was defending himself.

Have you ever heard of a replacement nose being grown to replace a damaged one? I had not either. Those Dr's in China are getting pretty freaky...








That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:



Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.


"If you're a cowboy and you're dragging a guy behind your horse, I bet it would really make you mad if you looked back and the guy was reading a magazine."



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...





No hawk, just a lot of talk
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Bob Dylan Roger Goodell Rex Ryan Joe Namath Shorty



The final weekend of the NFL pre season is upon us and it’s time for real NFL season so we can play fantasy football.


This will be my first year playing in the You Gab football league and I hear there is real competition in this league…seasoned veterans of many fantasy turf wars…no mercy beatdowns…there is even rumors floating about that at least one of the gab players comes from Area 51…or was it

Highway 41

or did they revisit Highway 61?

Or are they doing it for the kids…. on a mission from God…


No one is spilling the beans, no one is talking…….. although they know…

I guess I just try to keep up, have Shorty spy a little, he knows Belichick, interviewed him a while back, has a decent rapport with the hoodie

Speaking of Highway 61, Shorty was jamming with old friend Bob Dylan the other day

 talking football. Bob, being from Minnesota is a Vikings fan and has a bias

Bob was his usual bright and cheery self and was happy to add some of his personal thoughts and observations for a few noted NFL personalities:

To Joe Flacco from Ray Lewis

“You’ve got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend, what do you mean you don’t know what I was sayin…….

To Rex Ryan about Mark Sanchez while carrying on his shoulder a Siamese cat,

said “ ain’t it hard when you discover that, he wasn’t really where it’s at”

Rex, he's not this guy



and then that pharmaceutical salesman

Mercury Morris to his ’72 Dolphins teammates at the WH last week

“I would not be so alone….everybody must get stoned”

 Peyton Manning to little brother Eli:

“I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes and just for that one moment I could be you. Yes I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes then You’d know what a drag it is to see you”

Bill Belichick when asked about his icy relationship with Roger Goodale

mumbled like this…

“He hands you a nickel and he hands you a dime

He asks with a grin if you’re having a good time and he

Fines you every time you slam the door……I ain't gonna work on Roger’s farm no more

Then he puts his cigar

Out in your face just for kicks

His office window…it is made out of bricks

I’m not gonna cross any of Rogers rules no more”


Check out Black Bandits Tuesday blog for a serious AFC preview.



Lest we forget, we are in the midst of MLB’s run to the Fall Classic.


Being a football guy it’s hard to focus on baseball unless you have a horse in the race…

or a fantasy team still in the mix with the playoffs looming.



East- Boston holding a 2.5 game lead on Tampa, 6 on Baltimore and 7.5 on the Yankees

Central- Detroit now 6 up on Cleveland and Kansas City fading.

West- Texas back on top of Oakland by 2.5

Wildcard battle- Tampa and Oakland , Cleve 2 back, Balt 2.5 back and NY 4.5 back

The Houston Astros have been mathematically eliminated in August…



East- Atlanta coasting in with a 13 game lead over Washington

Central- St Louis regaining the lead by 1 over Pittsburgh and 3 over Cincy

West- Los Angeles by 9 over Arizona

Wildcard battle- Pittsburgh and Cincy, Arizona 6 back and Washington 8

That’s all for this week but don’t forget to check out my Thursday neighbor


Talking sports right next door

Q-o-t-D 8/28/13 Tags: NFL Denver Broncos Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco

So Peyton Manning and many Broncos fans are upset that the NFL is promoting the opening game of the season, Baltimore @ Denver with banners with Joe Flacco on them, all around Denver...Including the stadium...

Should they be pissed? Or should they shut the fuck up?



Power Rankings - HotLanta for a Sunday Night Special
Category: Racing
Tags: Joey Logano Kurt Busch Jeff Gordon Martin Truex Jr


   Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site of a Sunday Night Special from Hotlanta.

The second of three consecutive night races will ease the heat for fans and drivers alike at the super speedway where tires will be at a premium.

Goodyear is debuting there tire of the future on Sunday night called "Zone Thread" and this could be a game changer for the teams. I know most teams have tested this tire during the year and this will be there first race under race conditions on the new threads.

The technology consists of combining two different compounds across the tire’s surface – a harder inside shoulder and softer outside area - to create a product that can withstand the tremendous stress of race conditions but also provide ample grip to put it in a nut shell.

This race will be mostly run under green and as I write this, thunderstorms are likely for Sunday night so its possible this race could end anytime after the halfway point.

I don't see a lot of cautions for this race except for the early going when teams might not have the right set up and late in the race if it goes green to the checkers when tires have lost there consistency.

Jeff Gordon needs to win here in order to have a shot at the Chase along with Martin Truex who broke his wrist will drive in a cast, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch also needs to have great runs to fend off any challengers to make the Chase.

I'm putting my money on those three drivers to have good runs on Sunday night as the Chase looms.

Only two races left for this segment before the Chase, here's the ten best over the last five years at Atlanta:

10 Dale Earnhardt Jr- needs to have a good run to gain momentum heading into the Chase, good pick! 1 top ten.

9 Kyle Busch- could be lights out here on Sunday night as he looks to bounce back from last weeks woes. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's.

8 A.J. Allmendinger- will start on Sunday night and could surprise.... 2 top 10's.

7 Juan Pablo Montoya- had a great finish last week and if his engine can hold on, he could get another. 0 wins, 2 top 5's and 3 top 10's.

6 Kurt Busch- hit a stumbling block at Bristol but should get back on track in hotlanta. 2 wins, 3 top 5's and 4 top 10's.

5 Kevin Harvick- is the quite giant that could and he can take the checkers Sunday night. 0 wins, 3 top 5's and 5 top 10's.

4 Tony Stewart- won't be driving anytime soon but Mark Martin will be in his spot, Marks stats 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's.

3 Matt Kenseth- went door handle to door handle last week at Bristol with Kasey Kahne and I wouldn't doubt if it happens again on Sunday night. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 3 top 10's.

2 Brian Vickers- come on down because the price is right on Vickers. 0 wins, 1 top 5 and 3 top 10's.

1 Jeff Gordon- needs to win period, anything else is a let down as the season is winding down to make the Chase. 1 win, 3 top 5's and 4 top 10's.

Kyle Larson got Tapped to drive Montoya's ride next year and I'm happy a young gun got the ride. Newman may have burned his bridges over the years by racing people hard in the opening laps only to dump them, what goes around comes around. No word on where Newman will drive for next year.

Streakers: BonBon BJH has stormed her way to the top of the leader board with a impressive league leading 8 consecutive top ten picks, she should be feeling the draft, lol. Qulindo is hanging in second and our very own Varooom Varooom in third.

The segment has two races left as BonBon leads the way:

392nd 3 BonBonBJH (Bonnie Hopkins) Kasey Kahne - - 418 360 778
862nd 2 quelndo (Jose Castillo) Jimmie Johnson - - 341 310 651
1167th 16 Where's my Cloths (Jose Nieves) Brad Keselowski - - 353 250 603
1330th 17 Vroooom Vroooom  (Wendy Morin) Kurt Busch - - 344 240 584
2017th 18 Nascar Devil.SS (Robert DeMerchant) Brad Keselowski - - 346 180 526
2350th 2 NASCARJEN29 (Jennifer Sullins) Kyle Busch - - 276 230 506
2717th 26 chili pepper racers (Lynne Pepper) Matt Kenseth - - 321 170 491
8843rd 6


Good Luck Sunday Night!

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