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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Royals Tigers NHL Red Wings NFL Lions

 

Hello Gabbers, and welcome to another weekly installment of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. Let me start by saying it was a crazy week in both College Football and Major League Baseball, with heavy favorites such as Alabama, Texas A & M, Tigers and Angels all falling in their respective games and series.

Seriously folks outside of Baltimore and Kansas City, who would have thought these two teams would be meeting for the to face the National League in the World Series? Honestly, the Tigers didn't deserve to win their series, their bully basically choked and was pitching batting practice to the Orioles hitters. Dombrowski made a pretty good move by acquiring Soria, but for some reason it just didn't work in this series.

I made the comment to a few of my friends at work after the series was over, and I mentioned to one of them how poorly Brad Ausmus managed Game 1 and 2. His moves during those two games reminded me of Jim Leyland, he pulled Scherzer after 98 pitches and the bully proceeded to give up 8. Verlander being pulled in the 6th was okay, because he was getting his ass rocked that day and didn't seem like himself. Ausmus went to the well once to often with Soria, Chamberlain and Choke-Zero, and he got burned. Maybe Dombrowski will get the hint this offseason, and sign a few free agent relief pitchers.....

But let's give the Royals and Orioles their dues, they outplayed and outpitched the Tigers and Angels during their series, and deserve to be playing each other in the ALCS. Good luck to both teams, it should be an interesting series.

In the National League, I really thought the Dodgers and Nationals had a legitimate chance of facing each other in the NLCS. Great pitching, great hitters and poof just like that the Cardinals and Giants disposed of them like we do our trash on a weekly basis. Hell if hadn't been of ex-Tiger Doug Fister and Ryu, both teams would have been swept. Who would have thought Kershaw would have blown up twice in the same series? Bet you Dombrowski is kicking himself for trading Fister, the Tigers sure could have used him this year....

Thursday night begins another season for the Detroit Red Wings, as they face off against Sully's Bruins. With the apparent youth movement in Detroit (mostly because Mr. I is spending it on the Tigers), this year could be the year the streak finally ends. I would like to see it continue, but they will be leaning on a Sheehan, Tatar, Nyquist and others to move the streak to 24. With Datsuyk starting out injured, even though he should be back really soon. The first few weeks will be rather interesting to say the least.....

I would have loved to have said something good about the Lions this week, but after Henery looking like Nate Freese last week missing 3 field goals which cost them the game, and the Lions playing to the Bills level, loving that Lions defense still. I have been considering playing Teddy Bridgewater this week......

How can a team look like Super Bowl contenders one week, and then revert back to themselves the next? Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. Couldn't score another touchdown, and looked like a really bad high school team offensively. Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. I guess you get were I am going with this........

Well that's all I have for the week, don't forget to turn left and give a shout out to Hal....

 

 

 

 

 

Deep Thoughts 10-8-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Playoffs 2014 Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks Pierre Garcon and Richard Sherman.

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. If you are a baseball fan, you have to love what the MLB playoffs have delivered this season. The NL has delivered old reliable victors in San Francisco and St. Louis, while the AL has a fresh look with the Royals and Orioles taking the next step. Since I don’t have any strong rooting interest, I have just been enjoying the great performances of all the teams. I made a comment to Norm about Bryce Harper being “over hyped”, but after watching the kid play this week…I may have to change my assessment. The bomb he hit Tuesday night in San Francisco was simply amazing. There is no way a ball hit that high should clear the right field wall, much less make the water. Damn. What a moon shot! Of course, in the end…Harper’s blast was not enough to prevent the Nationals from being eliminated. There was one inning that sort of defines to me why teams like the Giants and Cardinals seem to always end up playing in October. In their last game of the year…the Nationals brought in a rookie reliever to face Hunter Pence. To say it did not go well is an understatement. A walk to Hunter Pence, a wild pitch to Pablo Sandoval allowed a run to score. With first base now open, Nationals manager predictably decided to intentionally walk Sandoval. The plan was reasonable, the execution was lacking. Barrett’s next pitch was lobbed way over the head of the Nationals catcher Ramos. Honestly, I have never seen anything like that. But, the funny thing is…the poor throw careened right back to Ramos, who flipped to Barrett in time to tag Posey on his way home. My takeaway from watching the Giants and Cardinals moving on is that they are battle tested and…they both have very good bullpens. Like it or not, players are judged by how well they play when the pressure is highest. The Nationals and Dodgers are loaded with talent, but must perform better under the bright lights of the playoffs if they want the brass ring.

I have always been a National League guy. I love the thought required of the manager with having the pitcher hit. The NL games are usually low scoring games with a premium on defense and pitching. As I have watched the Orioles and Royals play this year…darned if they don’t look like National League teams to my eyes. When you throw in the Royals penchant for stealing bases…any National League fan would be proud of the game being played in KC. Although the Orioles and Royals do not have the recent playoff experience of the Cards and Giants, both teams are playing without fear. I think that Buck Showalter has much to do with the Orioles fearlessness. But, the Royals are another matter. Ned Yost is a good manager, but does not appear to be of the same ilk as Showalter. What I am beginning to believe is that GM Dayton Moore has crafted the perfect team for a fall run. Moore has been telling the Royals fans the past few years to be patient and promised that 2014 would be the year that this Royals team would find success. True to his word, these guys are playing as well as anyone…and they have the bullpen talent to hang with anyone. If Eric Hosmer continues swinging the hot bat, I would not be at all surprised to see this Royal bunch facing the NL’s best.

 

Okay, so the Cowboys are better than we thought. But…are they good enough to beat Seattle in Seattle? My guess is that the way to beat Seattle at home is to run the ball. My initial hunch is that Seattle will win this game, but if Dallas can stay consistent in pounding the rock…they have a puncher’s chance. Seattle has had a great run and many attribute their success to the ground game of Lynch and dominant defense. In watching bits and pieces of the Seahawk and Redskin’s Monday night game…I was struck with just how damn good Russell Wilson is. Last year, I saw a QB that was essentially a game manager. In watching Wilson this year, my eyes tell me that he has matured greatly.  Wilson singlehandedly beat Washington on Monday night with his legs. But, in watching his performance, I was left thinking that if the Skins had used a spy that Wilson just would beaten them in another manner. Is Wilson a top ten QB now? For me he is…


Here are a couple of videos that I found entertaining:

 

 

 

A.J. Pierzynski, Mike Matheny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

 

                       A. J. Pierzynski was left off the playoff roster, but that did not prevent him from photo bombing Coach Matheny

 

 

 

         When I was coaching junior football, it was common for kids to play defense the way that Dee Ford did on this play. We used to laugh that they were working on maintaining the property pursuit angle...it was an angle that never had them intersecting the ball carrier. But, since this is the NFL...I am left to wonder what the hell Dee Ford is doing??? Did he think that Gore might pass and his responsibility was to make sure that Bolden was covered? I wonder how this went over during flim this week? I can't imagine it was a happy sesssion for Ford.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Sherman took to twitter to blast Pierre Garcon for pulling his hair. As Sherman is known to do...he proclaimed that Garcon is not worthy to play in the NFL. Garcon only used a few words in his response...but I would say it was well said:

 

 

 

 

I would also add, that if having your hair pulled is an issue...cut your damn hair!

 

 

 


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

 

 

If I ever get real rich, I hope I'm not real mean to poor people, like I am now.

I hope that after I die, people will say of me: "That guy sure owed me a lot of money."

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musings From The Hoodwood 10-7
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL College Football MLB NBA

Classy look by the Pats Cheerleaders....

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where summer and warm weather left and didn’t even leave a goodbye letter.

Back to the 80s: The Royals and Orioles return to the spotlight

I grew up in the 80s, ESPN wasn’t the monolith that it is now, and was a nice supplement to sports page. You didn’t have fifty thousand specialty sports channels, depending on your point of view could be a good or bad thing. The baseball playoffs were the center of the sports universe in October, the League Championship series were a best of five prelude to the fall classic. Teams like the Royals and Orioles were postseason staples. The Orioles won the World Series in 83 when I was in the 6th grade, beating the Wheeze Kid Phillies in 5 and The Royals won the series 2 years later finally beating in state rival St. Louis in 7 thrilling games. No one ever figured when Cal Ripken caught the last line drive in the 83 season that it would be 14 years before they would return to the postseason and no one thought that when Bret Saberhagen and George Brett watched the final out of the 85 series arm in arm before setting off a riotous celebration that it would be 29 years before the Royals would be playing in October again. No one thought the 85 title would be the capstone of a franchise that was considered the model modern day franchise. From 76-85 The Royals would finish no lower than second in any full year,  and made the divisional series in the strike shortened ’81 season (They called them the mini-playoffs then, cute) and had only one losing season (but finished 2nd that year) After winning the series in 85, they stayed respectable winning as many as 92 as late as 1989 and 84 in 1993, though they finish 2nd in 1995, they were 30 games back of the Indians and wouldn’t get close to the first division again for nearly 20 years the nadir being losing 100 or more games in four of five seasons between 2002-2005 with only an 83-79 aberration in 2003. The Royals were the Pirates of the AL, small market team crying that they couldn’t compete but after winning 86 games in 2013 and staying in the playoff race until the last week of the season optimism was high for 2014 and the Royals cashed in leading the division for much of the year, though they faded somewhat down the stretch they hung on for their first playoff appearance since winning it all in 1985. Many pundits figured the Royals might be a token player against the playoff tested A’s but after rallying to win the wild card game in a frantic nail biting thriller, the Royals headed west to face the 98 win Angels who sported MLB’s best record. Undaunted the Royals won two more extra-inning games before stunned crowds in Anaheim before putting the Angels out of their misery Sunday, thrashing the AL West champs 8-3 before a deliriously happy throng in KC. Sporting signs like party like its 1985. Royal fans haven’t had this much fun in a generation. Only 2 players in their starting lineup were even born when the Royals won it all.

On the other side you have the Orioles, a team that after being long time sad sack as the old St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became respectable in the 60’s steadily climbing as the Mantle Yankee dynasty was crumbling, molding themselves into the model modern franchise upsetting the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series and under the stewardship of the crusty irascible managerial genius of Earl Weaver won 100 or more games 5 times and winning the 1970 World Series. From 1967-1985 The Orioles never had a losing record and finished no worse than 4th in that period. They were the gold standard of baseball in the American League. The Oriole way was the way baseball was supposed to be played when I was growing up, but after Earl Weaver retired and his right hand man Joe Altobelli stepped away himself the Orioles began to slowly fade away till they bottomed out in 1988 with the horrendous 0-21 start and 54-107 season, they were more or less the dregs of the American League for a while and aside from a brief renaissance in 1996 & 1997 where they made the playoffs were mediocre more or less the whole entire time. The Orioles faded as the Yankees and Red Sox rose back to prominence, and the Orioles playing in their beautiful ballpark played middle of the road baseball for the part of the last decade.  So now you have two teams that have been out of the spotlight for so long that their collective arrival is a breath of fresh air.

College Football: Frantic Saturday

It really began on Thursday when Arizona went to the Autzen Zoo and stunned the #2 Ducks. You just don’t go into Autzen and knock the Ducks off and it wasn’t a fluky game, they dominated Oregon and the zoo got quieter and quieter. Then the madness continued on Saturday where #1 Bama got zapped in Oxford by Ole Miss settling off the wildest of postgame celebrations in the fabled grove. But just across the state, Mississippi State routed #6 Texas A&M in Starkville more or less putting Kenny Trill’s Heisman threat on ice. But it didn’t stop there, TCU played a late pick six to knock off Oklahoma. So if you’re counting that is four top ten teams including the top two teams. Notre Dame needed a late score to beat Stanford. Add to the mix Arizona State stunning USC on a hail Mary; Northwestern shutting down Wisconsin’s feared running game and Utah State thrashing Brigham Young in Provo and you had no fewer than 7 ranked teams taking an L this past Saturday. This is way more than the every weeks a playoff concept, the upset make college football must see TV

Phat Dap

To the New England Patriots who in the middle of their 43-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night took time to give love to Devon Still whose daughter is fighting cancer. The Pats cheerleaders were all wearing Devon Still jerseys in honor of Leah’s fight and there was a presentation on the jumbotron and the Kraft family donating $25,000 to the cause. Say what you want about Belichick, Brady and the actual football team, but the organization is pure class

Head Slap

To the stupid antics of the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot who thought it would be cute to make fun of the Pittsburgh terrible towel. Nothing wrong with making fun of it. I’ve seen opposing players and fans use the towel as shoeshine rag, handkerchief and mock toilet wipe. Jackson De Ville the mascot went way too far sporting a sign that said “Towels have Ebola” How stupid can one be, making light of a deadly disease and one that could be in the country is not funny at all. The Jaguars were highly apologetic and said that the matter would be handled internally, but I like others failed to see where there was any humor here.

Quick Hits

Are there people that think that Kobe’s return will make them a 50 win team?

Harper and the Nats go to Frisco and win…that series is going the distance.

The Cards and Dodgers really don’t like one another, and the chirping is making the series a real doozy

My fantasy team finally escaped winless island…while my other is still unbeaten but we got away with a tie.

Hockey season is about to start…wait didn’t the Kings just raise the Cup last week???

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Tigers Orioles

 

Hey Gabbers, welcome to another Friday edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. I am sitting here at home watching the Tigers and Orioles, not a really bad game so far, with the Oriole's ahead 3-2 in the 6th inning as I type. Nelson Cruz, for which I probably am in the minority with this probably should be the American League MVP, as many of his teammates have mentioned without Nelson Cruz, they would not be where they are today...

 

 

By now you all know that V-Mart and J.D. went back to back, and Cruz hit a 2 run bomb, but the story of this game and series, might actually be the pitching by the time the series concludes. The Tigers starters vs. the Baltimore bullpen. Let's face it guys, the Tiger's starters when right are one of the best staffs in baseball, which should give them an edge in the series. However, with the addition of Porcello and Sanchez in the bully, along with Soria, Chamberlain and yes, Joe Nathan 35/42 save opportunities, may even the score a bit during the series.

I really like the Orioles bully better than the Tigers, wish Andrew Miller would have pitched like this in Detroit, looks like a great addition to their staff. As this game continues, we are nearing the likes of O'Day and Britton, should get kind of interesting. 

I like each teams starting lineups, they seem to be equal and may cancel each other out as the series goes along.

The starting staffs for each team seem to be where the Tigers have strength over the Orioles, Scherzer, Verlander, Price, compared to the likes of Chen, Norris and their starter tonight (name escapes me at the moment), do not compare......

 Does anyone actually care about the Packers-Vikings game tonight? I am going to be watching the Royals-Angels game after this one is over. I am intrigued by the Royals, and want to see if they are for real. Vargas against Weaver, should make for an interesting game. Hey Jeff, did Blake get drafted by the Royals out of High School?

I like the National's chances of winning the National League and making the World Series, because outside of the Dodgers their pitching staff is one of the best in the National League. Sorry Cardinal and Giants fans, not going to be your year....

Oh before I forget I am not a Mike Trout hater, I just believe that he is over-hyped by Major League Baaseball, and should not be named AL MVP. 

I chose not to respond to "The Beezer's" QOTD earlier this week concerning Brady Hoke, but I will now. First thing, Hoke may as well consider himself fired after the season is over, no matter how the season turns out at Michigan. The loss to Minny last week, and Utah the week before proves that he doesn't have a clue about coaching. I was listening to Sports Center this morning, and he mentioned that he would not put on a headset, that he had someone right behind him with one on communicating and passing information along to him during the game. Maybe if he put a damn headset on Shane Morris would not have went back out after the hit he took. You may have one of the best training staffs and doctors in the U.S., but you totally blew that one by not following up as Morris stumbled around on the field. Hope you enjoy the unemployment line, because if you lose at Rutgers this weekend you may be there on Monday......

Stanford-Notre Dame, Nebraska-Michigan State, should be some good football Saturday. Did ESPN fall out of their chairs when they chose to go to Mississippi instead of South Bend or East Lansing? Geesh, talk about a lack of respect for these schools.....

The Lions face the Bills on Sunday, and Kyle Orton actually scares me a little bit. I would have really liked to seen E.J. Manuel start, because it gives the Lions a better chance of a win. With Orton at the helm, there is just enough veteran leadership to lead the Bills to a win at Ford Field on Sunday........

Well Folks have a great weekend, and don't forget to turn left and visit Hal.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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