Tagged with "Joe"
The Dilemma of a Fan...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: John Wooden Pete Rose Tiger Woods Joe Paterno

When I become a fan of an athlete...

Or a sports figure...

Itís not easy to de-fan myself when they do something stupid...

Iíve invested my time...

My emotions...

And sometimes even investing my money in that person...

So what am I supposed to do when the athlete fails me?

When they become human...

And we see that ugly sinful nature...

For me...

Itís not just the performance on the field...

Off the field character is important, too...

Iíve learned over the years...

That some have character...

Others are characters...

John Wooden...

Character personified...

Dennis Rodman...

A real character...

One is my hero...

The other needs my prayers...

And over the years...

Iíve carefully selected those Iíve rooted for...

When we moved to the LA area in Ď65...

I was faced with a choice...

USC or UCLA...

Baby blue was my favorite color...

So the choice was easy...

A winning basketball team made it easier to root for...

And a coach with impeccable character became my hero...

John Wooden...

Probably my favorite sports figure of all time...

Through the years...

He remained in character...

I was so impressed...

I read his book...

They Call Me Coach...

And you canít count on one hand the books Iíve read...

But then thereís the other side...

Rooting for someone who exemplifies sports...

Gives it their all on the field...

But then...

After a period of years...

Their sad humanity is revealed off the field...

Sometimes this person...

Will force you to root for a team...

That youíd never dream of rooting for...

Pete Rose was just that man...

He was baseball...

And played it the way it was designed to be played...

Charlie Hustle...

Probably the most captivating baseball player Iíve seen...

But unfortunately...

True to the last part of his nickname...

Mr. Hustle became Mr. Hustler...

His gambling demons got to him...

And they took him down...

Leaving this fan to shake his head...

I had invested so much in this guy and he gambled my affection away...

What do I do now???

The hate switch doesnít turn on that easily...

Canít make fun of him, can I???

No, not like the Terrell Owenses of the world...

Peteís life was like this beautiful, white bed sheet...

With a huge stain in the middle...

The eyes are focused on the stain...

Even though the area of that stain...

Donít even come close the area of the white surrounding the stain...

I found myself stepping back...

Praying and hoping he would find redemption...

Iím still waiting...

And then more recently...

Another guy...

Maybe the most dominant ever in his sport...

Takes a tumble...

As he was coming up the ranks,†I was forced to root for him...

A fellow alumnus†from Anaheim's Western High School...

The phenom...

The prodigy...

Tiger Woods...

My favorite golfer of all time...

Chasing immortality...

And eventually...

Chasing skirts...

ďDown goes Tiger. Down goes Tiger...Ē

So what do I do now???

Itís hard to do a 180 and become a hater...

Same answer as with Rose...

Pray and hope he will find redemption...

Not on the course...

But in the course of his life...

Itís not easy...

Tiger doesn't need a bigger piece of the PGA pie...

But a peace that passes all understanding...

And sadly...

There's one more...

Maybe the most tragic of the three...

You see...

There is no reason...

On Godís green earth...

That I would ever root for Penn State...

Except for one man...

Joe Pa...

I loved the Plain Jane uniforms...

And that Italian-American coach seemed pretty cool, too...

Loved those glasses and that nose...

Could just visualize him...

Woofing down a plate of spaghetti...

Yeah, he should have retired a long time ago...

But he didnít...

And then the unthinkable happened...

Yeah...

He should have retired a long time ago...

1998 to be exact...

But he didnít...

Until 14 years later...

Leaving the program...

And life...

In disgrace...

Impossible to make amends now...

So here I am again...

As a fan...

Taking a step back...

Watching all of this happen...

The sanctions...

Reminding me of the movie...

They Shoot Horses, Donít They???

I hang my head in sadness...

It didnít have to end this way...

He wasnít the perpetrator...

Just an enabler...

Which unfortunately...

Is sometimes worse...

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Monday Moaning 7/23/12 Part Two
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NHL Rick Nash New York Rangers Columbus Blue Jackets Penn State NCAA Joe Paterno Brandon Dubinsky Aretm Anisimov Tim Erixon Stev Delisle

Well before I get to how the NCAA came down on Penn State, I have to get to this...It was announced this afternoon/evening that my New York Rangers, finally got a deal done with the Columbus Bluejackets, for star winger, 28 year old, Rick Nash...Even better, is what the Rangers gave up for Nash...The Rangers sent forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Aretm Anisimov, and defenseman Tim Erixon, along with a 2013 first-round draft pick...Besides getting Nash, who has 6 seasons left on his contract, the Rangers get defenseman Steve Delisle, and a conditional 2013 third-round draft pick...

Dubinsky was one of the key guys in the locker room, and while his offensive numbers dipped last season, his toughness, willingness to drop the gloves, and defensive play were very important to the Rangers success...His contract size pretty much made him expendable...Columbus fans will love him, on and off the ice, just as they did Nash...Anisimov is a good player, but hasn't yet reached his full potential...Erixon had a cup of coffee in the NHL last year, and should make the Jackets roster this season...Lots of upside in his game...

As the talks have gone on for months, names like Kreider, Stepan, and Del Zotto kept coming up...No way did I want the Rangers to move Kreider and Stepan...As much as IO love Nash, I didn't want to lose those guys...DZ okay, but those other two kids, give the team so much extra jump...Stepan has already shown the ability to be an excellent two-way player, and the spark Kreider gave the team in the playoffs, made it clear that this kid is one of the key building blocks...

Adding Nash's offensive skills is huge, especially since Marian Gaborik will be out for the beginning of the season recovering from a shoulder injury...Nash's work ethic, and professionalism will fit right in with the Rangers and what coach John Tortorella has been doing there...I'm very happy with deal!

Now, to the way the NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State...$60 million fine...Yes!
4 year ban on PSU going to a bowl game...Yes
4 year ban on conference championship and national championship eligibility...Yes!
Loss of 40 scholarships over 4 years...Yes
All wins from 1998-2011, stripped...Yes/Wow!
I have to say, stripping the wins, shocked me...

It's rumored that PSU had this option, or to have a 2 year "Death Penalty"...Shutting down the program for two year...I have to say, this may actually do about the same kind of damage to the "Death Penalty"...Losing 40 scholarships, and the 4 year bans, just kills recruiting for at least 3 years...And yes, there are still PSU alums, and fans, and students bitching and moaning about this...And yes, the Paterno family is holding firmly to their belief that Joe Paterno was a mother fucking saint...He wasn't...I'm sorry you were fooled...We all were...Even people like me, who aren't Penn State fans, we all respected Paterno as a coach...He seemed like a no-nonsense guy...He disciplined his players fairly, and harsher then most coaches did...Sadly he didn't do the same when it came to his coaches...

This was a strong statement by the NCAA...All programs have been put on notice, that this shit can't go on...But now that the NCAA has taken, a moral and social stand, they need to live up to it...There are plenty of other wrong doings that have and will go on...They need to continue to be firm if they want to change the "Football first culture" that NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke of...

That's it for now...

Later, The Beeze.

Monday Moaning 7-23-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NCAA MLB Joe Paterno Penn State The Dark Knight Rises Ron Santo Baseball Hall Of Fame Franco Harris Colorado The Beeze Skittles


Does anyone else have their eyes stuck on those socks? I didn't think so!
I figured I'd start with a fun pic, since I have a feeling I will spend most of this post writing about what assholes people are...

First there is the big NEWS that broke Sunday Morning...




Yep, Penn State finally did something right...They took down the statue of Joe Paterno...But they didn't stop there...They took every bit of that bullshit they had up on those limestone walls..."The Coach, The Educator, The Humanitarian" all the words praising Paterno are gone as well...And they should be...Anyone who covers up child molestation, cannot be called a "Humanitarian"...Shouldn't be called an "Educator" because he wasn't teaching the right things...As for "Coach," who the fuck cares...He was a liar, and a fraud, who enabled the evilest form of creep to prey on young boys, for years...I can only hope that Paterno is in the worst hell anyone can imagine...He deserves it...

Yet, there are people who think that removing the statue was wrong...One bitch called it a "Knee-jerk reaction." Really? It's been talked about for a couple weeks...And by Penn State standards, it's the fastest reaction they have had to anything having to do with Jerry Sandusky raping kids, and Paterno, Spanier, Schultz, and Curley covering it up...

The worst has to be Franco Harris...I have only seen one other person with his level of blind loyalty, and that person is just a stupid, gash, blogger! I'm not making this up...Franco Harris actually said these words...ďAfter I read the Freeh Report, I feel even more strongly about Joe and about his non-involvement in any type of cover-up. There was no cover up. No way would Joe ever cover-up anything like this. No way would Joe protect Sandusky or protect the football program.Ē

Okay, clearly Harris needs to have his fucking head examined...I'm guessing he must be suffering from a number of concussions from his playing days...He can't really be this fucking stupid!

Harris feels Paterno is the victim here, and it's all the fault of the Board of Trustees...ďThe Board of Trustees has made every bad decision along the way. These decisions, Iíd probably say just about every one, have done things to hurt Penn State.Ē

I would say, the biggest mistake the board ever made, was not firing Paterno YEARS ago! Not just for the Sandusky shit...Hey, "JoePa" covered that up...They should have fired him for being an old, average coach, whom the game had passed by...The fact that they were too afraid to do that, just let things get worse with all the lies he was willing to take to his grave...Franco Harris is an asshole...He's not alone...There are tons of people out there, just like him...I've heard plenty on the radio, and the news...There's a real problem with the increasing number of stupid people we have in this country!

Next we have to see how hard the NCAA comes down on PSU...For anyone who thinks they shouldn't....You too are an asshole! For the first time the NCAA could take a real stand, and let all Universities know, no matter how big a program, that they won't stand for this kind of bullshit...Yes, the NCAA could take a stand for something other than sports and money...A social stand...That would be amazing...

-Next on my chopping block...The Babseball Hall Of Fame...You may remember THIS post I did in December of 2010...If not, read it...Go ahead, I'll wait...

Sunday, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Ron Santo...Too little, WAY TOO FUCKING LATE! The greatest honor the game has, and these fuck-stains waited until Santo was dead...I wish the Santo family would have let me give the acceptance speech...I would have burned the whole fucking place to the ground, metaphorically speaking...As I pointed out in that post I told you to read, Santo's number are right there with the greats at his position, who had no problem getting in...Those ass-hats that vote, make me want to puke in the soup...




-As for other news...Well Friday there was that fucking asshole in Colorado, who opened fire in a packed movie theater, during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises"...What a piece of shit this fuck-tard is...Luckily, Mrs. Beeze and I aren't deterred by things like that, and we headed out to see it Friday evening...Here's MY_REVIEW of it...

That's it for now...But I'm sure that I may have something else to say by Monday evening...

Have a week...

Later, The Beeze.

Penn State Finally Does SOmething Right
Category: NCAA
Tags: Penn State Joe Paterno


It has taken a couple weeks of rumblings and rumors...But finally the pressure got to heavy...Sunday morning, the statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium was removed...About 6:00 AM police and workmen arrived, put up a fence, and got to work...The Statue came down around 8:20 AM...And as I write this, they are working on removing Paterno's name and his words on the limestone wall that was behind the statue...

Many people, like myself are happy about this...But I have already seen these asshole Penn State students, alums, and fans, who are upset about the Paterno statue coming down...It's insane how these people just blindly keep supporting this criminal fuck!

It has also broken, that the NCAA will be making an announcement Monday at 9:00AM...It is being reported that this will be "unprecedented penalties against both the Penn State University football team and the school."

Good!

Later, The Beeze

Monday Moaning 7-16-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Kids Baseball Tee Ball NHL Chris Kreider Julie Robenhymer New York Rangers Blog Tori Black Unfair Offended Penn State Joe Paterno TheBeeze

I always feel like the weekends fly by...Saturdays not so much, but Sundays always seem to get right past me...It's just unreal how the time goes by when you're not having to grind through the work week...

I've been feeling pretty negative lately...I mean look at some of my lat few posts...There was THIS about a stupid "Unfair" PSA...Fucking assholes! Then I had THIS ranting and raving about idiots being offended by comedy...But then there was Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Pateron to really keep my blood boiling HERE...Yeah, the PSU crew has been really good at keeping my blood pressure up since November...

So even though my Monday Moaning post normally is filled with more negativity, I'm going to try and be a bit more positive this week...I figured I hammered out enough anger the last couple weeks...Let's start with this bit I saw on "The New York Rangers Blog"...They got a tip from Julie Robenhymer at HockeyBuzz about young, talented, star winger, Chris Kreider after he had played in a charity game...

"After the game, the players posed for a team picture and then headed towards the locker rooms to shower and change....except for one. Chris Kreider saw a kid along the boards waving a pen at him. He skated over and went up and down that side of the rink signing everything handed to him...Forty-five minutes later he made his way back to the bench where a few volunteers were waiting for a picture. At this point, all of the other players had showered, changed and left the rink and while the ice was being resurfaced behind him, Kreider continued to sign autographs and take pictures with anyone and everyone who wanted one as a new line formed near the entrance to the bench."

It's really great to see a young guy these days, that actually gets it...It's been awhile since I've seen a story like that.

-As many of you may know, I coached the Little Beeze's Tee-Ball team the last two Summers...This year he moved up to Coach Pitch, and yes, I'm coaching again...The coaches aren't actually pitching...The rec has high school kids that work there, do the pitching, catching and umping...

Early on my team was looking rough...The boy throws and hits well...The last couple weeks he has been just ripping line-drives past people...But he was always doing a home run trot, no matter how the ball was hit...We fixed that...There is another kid with a great baseball IQ, that his dad drilled into him...He was suppose to help coach, but he flaked out...He never showed for practices, and shows for half the games, and rides his kid...His kid then tends to yell at other kids on the team if they boot one, or don't make "the right" play...One game I had enough, and told him, "Be quiet, you made 3 errors today...You yell at anyone again, you won't play the rest of the rest of the season on my team!"

You see, this is a league that doesn't keep score...It's about kids having fun, learning the basics, getting outside, and playing with others...I've excepted that, and embraced it...So fuck that kid being an asshole, because his dad's an asshole...(Yeah, just got a bit negative)

We have an 8 year old boy who crushes the ball, and is pretty good in the field...And a 9 year old girl who is awesome at it all...She'll be on her way to a softball scholarship...Then there is a 7 year old boy with no attention span at all, and is often leaving the field to pee, or get a drink...When he's on the field, he's playing in the dirt...So he has found a lot of time in the outfield...His older sister started out afraid of catching the ball, and having trouble hitting...She's gotten better in the field, and is ripping into the ball now...

Then there is our little peanut...She's a tiny 7 year old...The smallest bat we have, are too big for her...She should have been in Tee-Ball, but they put her here...She's never played before...She's been held back a bit by her home life...Her mother with a disability,and two younger kids, plus bouncing between mom's house and dad's house...I'll be honest, I've worked more with her, then any of the other kids...That may sound bad, but she learned how to throw, at our first practice...She's always smiling, and positive...A couple weeks ago, she fielded a ball in the infield, and made the throw to first...The runner was safe, but I was thrilled, and so were the people in the stands...

Hitting has been tough...The league rules say, after 4 swings they use the tee...But at the beginning of the year, all the coaches agreed to screw that, give them 5 and then it's a strike out...This is about learning, and we want the kids to learn to hit off the pitch, and that failing is part of the game, and it's okay...There are a couple kids that coaches have used the tee for, that were really struggling...

Peanut had gotten a few hits that were weak...really weak grounders...The kids pitching were trying their best to hit the bat with the pitch...She never cries, or gets down about it...She feels good when she gets a foul ball...And the parents and others watching in the stands have been great...Everyone, including from the other teams, are rooting for her...When she's made contact, they go wild...And the kids pitching and catching, often say one more...Everyone is pulling for our peanut...

Lately, it seems like she is a bit frustrated...Our game on the 3rd was rained out, even though it rained in the morning, and the fields were fine...Oh, and they neglected to call the coaches...I ended up running a practice with kids from my team and 3 other teams...One was tee ball team...And that coach had a tee with him...Peanut was batting and after about 15 pitches, she asked if she could try the tee...I said sure...She ripped it...She hit a few more times off the tee, and you could see the excitement and confidence it gave her...Afterwards she asked if she could use a tee in the games...I said, "How about we still try the pitches, and if you don't get it after a few, then we'll use the tee?" She said okay, with a big smile on her face...

This past week she needed the tee, but that's okay...She got 3 hits in each game...And her confidence is growing...She wants to play 3rd base this week...Tuesday I'm going to put her there...And the kid with the asshole dad is going in the outfield...She's got a much better attitude, and hasn't made nearly as many errors!

This week is our last week of the season...I've heard other coaches who don't want to be there, and can't wait for it to be over...Me, I'm going to miss it...And I'll be excited for next year...Oh, and during that practice we had...My oldest decided to join us...She's never played, and she did great...She wants to play next year...I may be coaching two teams!

That's it for now....Have a week...

Later, The Beeze.

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