Eli’s Giants (1-6) won and Peyton’s Broncos (6-1) lost
Josh Freeman’s debut for the Vikings was very Bradyesque on Monday night…
(that’s this years Brady and not the HOF Brady)
The Kansas City Chiefs are the last of the unbeaten at 7-0
Gronk finally suited up and played for the Patriots. 8 catches for 114 yards.
The Tigers and Dodgers are left to try to figure out what happened in series they were supposed to win.
Koji Uehara ALCS MVP
Bostons beloved mayor Mumbles Menino is hopeful the Red Sox will bring home the World Series Cup…like they did in 04 and 07…we knew it wouldn’t be long before he embarrassed an entire region.
The 97 win Cardinals and 97 win Red Sox are meeting in the WS
Game one will be in the books when this goes to press so the results may not be in.
The weather forecast is for cool showers, temps in the mid 40s at 8:07 EST
32 year old Adam Wainwright 19-9 2.94
29 year old Jon Lester 15-8 3.75
Thursday’s match up will most likely be an interesting matchup between guys at completely different stages in their careers
22 year old Mike Wacha vs 35 year old John Lackey
Frosty Fenway will be in the low 40’s good for pitchers but not for hitters
The breaking news is that Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz 12-1 1.72
may not be back to full strength for his scheduled game 3 start in St Louis on Saturday. The Red Sox will probably move Jake Peavy up to this start and hope Clay can pitch on Sunday. If not then regular season 5th starter lefty Felix Dubrount 11-6 may get the game 4 start. Jon Lester has been great on full rest but pitching on 3 days rest isn't in his skill set.
Buchholz had an 80 game stay in the DL this season and even though he was 12-1 with the sub .200 era his durability has always been a question.
At 6'4" 188 lbs Clay has 95 heat but would rather work the black with his 91 two seam and a variety of cutter, slider, curve and change to keep opposing hitters off balance. He's usually sharp thru 4-5 but fades quickly and leaves the ball up in the zone.
NFL MVP watch:
Peyton has 25TD’s and 4 picks 2565 yards thru 7 games
On record breaking pace for 57 TD’s and 5,800 yards passing
NFL top 10
Kansas City 7-0
San Francisco 5-2
New Orleans 5-1
Green Bay 4-2
New England 5-2
San Diego 4-3
new segment: He's got some splainin’ to do
Bill usually respectfully requests an explanation by the officials when he’s not sure of a call.
Is it possible Brady struggles really are Belichick’s fault ?
We already know that Tommy can't throw the ball and catch it too…but some of those throws... nobody could catch. Where is the accuracy…where is the confidence.
The O line has been a sieve and Tom gets knocked down but he gets up again
Are the Patriots doomed by the injuries to Jerrod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Aqib Talib on defense leaving them with the likes of Chris Jones, Joe Valaino, Jamie Collins and Marquies Coles to hold down the fort?
The Patriots loss in OT vs the Jets via that controversial call on Chris Jones push of his teammate in violation of the new NFL
“don’t push your teammate into the opponents center rule”
sent jubilant Rex Ryan to the podium saying “ we got the break…about time we got the break” if Ryan bided his time and alerted the refs that the Pats were violating this rule than, hats off to the big dope. Rex finally got BB on this one. The Jets played well, took advantage of the Pats weaknesses and deserved to win.
Bill obviously had been ignoring the rule and didn’t expect to be caught. Arrogant and with no excuse Bill expected it to be treated like pass interference on a Hail Mary play…flags stay in pockets.
My take, it’s a rule and although it hasn’t been enforced prior to this play it’s still a rule and was violated and hence the 15 yards was the correct call.
It’s hard for this die hard fan to admit that the Pats are in a dog fight just to make the playoffs. Most teams and fans would be ecstatic to be 5-2 at this point but the Patriots spoiled fans aren’t used to this mediocrity. I arrogantly looked at the schedule before the season and said, 13-3 and a bye!
What do I know, I picked the Red Sox to finish 4th
Trivia question for today…From the ’04 championship Red Sox and Patriots teams, name the active roster players on today’s teams that were on those teams.
One last thought,
Should Indianapolis change the city name to Allpeopleapolis ?
thanks for reading and commenting and enjoy the WS...go Sox
Some time in mid August of this year some of the resident Gab/Patriots fans
sat around Mo’s infamous round table
Chewing the fat and discussing the upcoming season of unknowns and
unwanted changes with their favorite team
This conversation was overheard with Tom Waits singing about closing time in the background…
Oldharry: I think that Sudfeld kid will make us forget Hernandez.
Sully: Cuz, are you high man? that Sudfeld is a stiff! He’ll probably be on the Jets before the seasons over.
Lanz: He’s a big kid, should be able to get open, may have potential…we’ll see.
Mo: lets see…5 Sam Adams, 1 Glenlivet 21 on rocks, 1 Woodstock Pigs Ear Brown Ale… Want funions, nuts or chex mix?
Oldharry: Yes, thanks Mo, all around. I think Suds works out Sully, he will be solid opposite Fells or Ballard till Gronk gets back.
Sully: Mo, what do you think about this years Pats?
Mo: can’t you see I’m working Kevin, got an establishment to run...
maybe let you in on something later big guy.
Hal: Ballard looks like he’s running in mud, he won’t be on the final 53
Radatz: Fells can’t block or catch, I say he’s gone too.
Tage: The receivers have me worried, bunch of kids with potential but no experience,
Brady will be screaming at these guys, we’ll be feeling bad for them by week two…
Oldharry: I see Ridley having a big year, maybe 1400 yards and a dozen TD’s.
Sully: I’m a little worried about scoring, the D will be solid if they stay healthy, last thing they can afford is Vince, Spikes or Mayo getting tweaked and missing some time.
Radatz: The D backs should be better if Dennard can stay out of jail, Talib can cover most, Arrington has good ball skills and Adrian Wilson is a pro, he reminds me of Rodney Harrison out there.
Tage: The kicking game is solid, Gostkowski is money and who doesn’t love ZoltanMesko. That guy will be here for the rest of his career and they have that speedster Boyce who should be returning kicks
Lanz: Ridley should be ok if he can hold onto to the ball but I think the key to the offense is Vereen, he’s due for a break out year and Tommy will lean on him with Welker and Woodhead gone. Vereen can line up outside and with that speed he’s a mismatch.
Hal: Amendola should be able to take Welkers slack, it’s the TE’s and outside receivers I’m not to sure of. The most experienced receiver on the team is Edelman and he’s fragile
Oldharry: Welker won’t catch 40 balls in Denver with maybe 2 TD’s, he is Manning’s 4th option. He made a mistake going to Denver. Mark my words, Peyton has no arm strength and the Broncos will be lucky to win 8 games with that D. Atlanta and the Pats are the class of the NFL this year.
Tage: Oldharry that blind loyalty is why NFL fans around the country hate us.
Manning is due for a huge year, Broncos should win 14.
I wonder if Lloyd, Gaffney and Branch will hang around waiting for a call, Brady will contact them if these kids don’t pan out…
Lanz: harry Tage is right, you have to get rid of those rose colored glasses, look around... this cup is half empty…
Mo had heard enough blather, he walked over to the table with another round, this one on the house.
He set the drinks and some pretzels on the table and walked back to the bar. He picked up an object and carried it carefully over and set it down.
Mo: I have a crystal ball. A friend of a friend says its from the old Foxboro Stadium locker room, he left it here a few years back to cover his tab…had it sitting in the back seat of a Rambler parked out front.
My friends, I do have a crystal ball
I’ve been looking into it
What would you Pats fans say if I told you that after five games
the Patriots would:
-Have played the first 5 games without Gronk
-that Amendola has been a non factor since getting hurt in game one
-and Julian Edelman leads the team in receptions with 37
- that Zoltan Mesko is punting for the hapless Pittsburgh Steelers
-and that Ridley has an injured knee and has been pedestrian at best
-fatso Lagarrette Blount at 255 lbs is your kick returner and leading rusher
-that ShaneVereen is on IR until late November
-that Vince Wilfork is on IR with a torn Achilles tendon…
-that A guy named Chris Jones is your starting N T
-WR rookies Tomkins and Dobson have combined for 4 TD’s and 18 drops
-stud TE Zak Sudfeld is on the Jets
-that future HOF QB Tom Brady has a passer rating of 80 and has only thrown for more than 300 yards once in the five games
-and that Matt Mully Mulligan has the only TD by a TE
-this team is 31st in red zone offense only better than the Jags
And with all that being true…
The Pat’s will still be 4-1 and will be just one bad throw or bad drop away from pushing the Bengals into OT in the lone 7 pt loss
We don’t believe you, we aren’t buying that! said a chorus led by Oldharry…
You’ve lost your mind…
Next are you gonna tell us that the Red Sox dropped the Rays 3 games to1 in the ALDS and are hosting the Det/ Oak winner in the ALCS?
Or that the Dodgers are in the NLCS?
Or that the Chiefs are unbeaten?
Or or that the US government is in partial shut down?
Or that Beeze has a dog named Finnegan
Or that Peyton has thrown for 20 TD’s for the 5-0 Broncos
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. I realize that fall is a favorite time for many of you. To be honest, as much as I try to hang onto the summer…fall is without question the most pleasant time of year to be in Austin. For those of you in the northern 48, the best thing I can compare this time of year is summer in Ontario Canada. I remember a fishing trip I made to Ontario with my father and brother…mid 80s during the day and 50s at night. That is exactly what it is like here now. Some of you may never want to come to Texas, but if you do…the ACL music festival is a terrific reason to visit. The ACL is two weekends in October and is a perfect combination of music and weather. Here are a few videos about ACL that I thought some might enjoy. Some of you may wonder what is up with the bats in the second video. Austin is home to a colony of Mexican free tail bats that pour out from under the Congress Ave. Bridge at dusk to go munch on bugs and such…actually a pretty cool thing to see.
Did you notice not a tumbleweed in any of the videos. No cactus, no guys riding horses and shooting things. Of course that is part of Texas, just not part of every day life. We are all guilty of stereotyping to some degree. One great thing about YGS, is that it allows us to see what day to day life is like in parts of the country... that we do not have the chance to visit. I am going to continue to post pictures and videos for everyone to see what it is really like in Austin, Tx. For the record, we do have bats...they just do not fly in formation like the video!
Moving onto sports…as a Cowboy fan, watching the shootout at Jerry’s Corral last Sunday, was both exciting and painful. It was awesome to see the Cowboys come roaring back, but in the back of my mind, I just had a sense that the Broncos would win. Of course Tony Romo will take the rap for losing the game last Sunday, but without Romo at QB, they would have never been in the game. The more I watch Denver, the more convinced I am that they really are the class of the NFL this year. Of course, that does not mean that they will win the Super Bowl, but with Miller poised to return to the Denver defense…it is difficult to see what team might take them down. I suppose that Seattle at home would have a chance, but that game is not on the schedule. We are watching epic QB play from Peyton Manning. Only time will allow us to see just how special this Manning led offense is. This season has been like a good book. Each chapter makes you want to quickly turn the page. I can’t wait to see what week 6 has in store.
I struggle with regard to Tony Romo. He has a rap as a choke artist in the big game. Would you be surprised to learn that Romo’s fourth quarter QB rating is 102? This is a full 10 points higher than Tom Brady. Since 2007, Romo has thrown 19 4th quarter interceptions. Eli Manning and Drew Brees have 32 during the same time span. The reality is that the one thing these other QBs have done is win a Super Bowl. Romo is like a temperamental race car that always breaks down at the wrong time. He is great, until he is not. To be fair, it takes more than a good offense to win Super Bowls. The QBs mentioned above all had great defenses and special teams when they won their championships. I always look to Bill Belichick to see what he is doing. The Patriots have been as explosive as any team in the past few years, but how many SBs have they won? In case you did not notice, BB went back to defense this year. Of course, it would have been a good idea to keep Wes Welker, but improving the defense is what BB saw was needed for the Pats to win the SB. When you look back on those SB Patriot teams, they were full of great defensive talent. What if the Cowboys had been able to stop Denver from scoring that last TD and Dallas could have actually run the ball like they used to with Emmitt Smith. That is how you finish a game…you make a stop and then you grind out the clock. In this day of passing offenses, a running game is still needed to win…
One thing that I think was wrong is that Jason Garrett came out this week to say that Romo should have checked down to Demarco Murray. If I am Romo, I am pissed. Maybe he should have checked down, but he does not need to read his head coach broadcasting this to the press. Bad form Jason Garrett.
As most of you know, I have good reason to be all in when it comes to breast cancer awareness. I think it is great that the NFL uses pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. I dig the pink accents on the uniforms, but I have to say that pink flags for the refs are just too much. With all of the pink towels the players were wearing last Sunday, it was simply too confusing. I guess the NFL agrees as I read on Tuesday that the refs will go back to throwing the yellow flags. Good thinking…
Josh Freeman signed this week with the Vikings. Did you find it odd that Leslie Frazier comes out on Tuesday to proclaim that Christian Ponder has a bright future? Uh, come again…it is clear that Freeman chose to come to Minnesota for one reason…to be the starting QB. Of course, he can’t come in cold and start, but does anyone really believe that Freeman won’t be behind center when he gets up to speed? Maybe Coach Frazier meant that Ponder had a bright future somewhere else or maybe in whatever he does after football? If I am Ponder, I am thinking…don’t pee on my leg and tell me it is raining. I actually like the signing of Freeman. It is clear that Ponder was just not the answer for the Vikings. The funny thing is Ponder would probably be a great back up QB. If Freeman can come in and stretch the field just a bit, AP will enjoy much more success running.
Is Geno Smith the real deal? Did we just the birth of a franchise QB in New York? I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how well Smith threw the ball on Monday night. Compared to Sanchez, Smith had to be a huge lift for the Jets and their fans. In watching this game, I came away with something else. Mike Smith is a terrible game day coach. Just before half time, Atlanta had a chance to kick a chip shot field goal. Smith decided to go for it on 4th down. The play was an incomplete pass in the end zone, but because the receiver was completely mugged, pass interference was called. Because Atlanta had not called time out, they were left with a 1st and goal with just seconds left in the half. Did Smith use this reprieve and take the three points? No, he called a run up the middle that was stuffed by the Jets. Dumb move, Coach Smith. With news out that Julio Jones may be out for the year, it may be a very long year for Atlanta. Odd as the Falcons were thought to be one of the teams to beat this year. I am not sold on Geno Smith yet, but my money is that he is one Smith that will still be in the league next year.
Do you remember who Pat Dye is? Dye is an old guy that used to Coach football at Auburn. In case you missed it, there has been a conversation about different candidates to make up a panel to decide which four teams will play for the D1 college football championship. When told that Condoleezza Rice was a candidate, Dye had this to say:
"All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye said. "Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt."
"I love Condoleezza Rice and she's probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it's like out there when you can't get your breath and it's 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?"
This sort of reminds me of another woman thought to be incompetent in a predominantly man's job. My father was a mechanic, my uncle's were mechanics, my brothers were mechanics...there are very few things that a woman cannot do as well as a man and frequently they are better.
I agree that Condoleeza Rice was not the first name that came to mind when I thought about qualified folks to serve on this panel. But, I did not realize that Ms. Rice was the daughter of a football coach and absolutely loves the game. Since this panel does not actually have to put on the pads, I really cannot say why a woman could not be on this panel. To be honest, I would have a much bigger problem with an AD from a school or a commissioner from a conference serving on this panel. In fact, perhaps we do need some folks not directly affiliated with the college game be included. If Rice is qualified to be Secretary of State, she can certainly figure out who the best four college football teams are. I am sure that this will not be the biggest decision that she has made in her life.
Truthfully, I have to wonder why anyone is sticking a microphone in front of Dye these days. After Dye’s comments this week regarding Condoleezza Rice, it may be a long time before Dye is heard from again.
They should go as douche bags...
It has been almost a week since the Texas Longhorns beat Iowa State by one point. Yeah, it was an ugly win and Texas was lucky to win. As a fan watching a game, it is tough to watch your team struggle. What is even more difficult is listening to David Pollack and Jesse Palmer rip your team throughout the game. I understand that broadcasters have to describe what they see, but these guys really seemed to delight in taking shots at the Longhorns. One of the comments that really got me was that supposedly a Big 12 coach said that if you get Texas down that they will quit. To me this was a cheap shot. It was conversation that has no way of being documented. Of course, they did not use a name for the “source”…that might actually have ramifications. Hey, I will be the first to say that Texas has serious problems on defense and that Mack Brown will have his hands full in their next game against Oklahoma. But, I will also rip Pollack and Palmer any chance I get. What they did was completely classless for me. I don’t know if a school has the option of requesting a crew no longer do their games, but if they do…I hope Texas exercises this option.
There has been great baseball this week. The Tigers pulled out a tough game 4 that has them set with Verlander to go in game 5. I have said several times that I do not think that Benoit is the right guy closing for Detroit and it almost cost them game 4. After Johnny Peralta’s big home run, we are reminded why Leland is willing to suffer his defense in left field. Without that bomb, I am not sure that the Tigers were not done.
After watching the Red Sox eliminate the Rays, I have come to the conclusion that Shane Victorino is the key piece for the Sox. It seems that he is the guy getting a big hit or getting hit by a pitch that sets up the Sox to score that big run. There was a great conversation about what a professional hitter is and Victorino is a guy that is exactly that... a professional hitter that knows his role and loves to play the game.
Wednesday will tell us who will be playing the Dodgers. The Pirates and Cardinals should be a terrific game. I will be pulling for the Pirates, but the Cardinals are damn tough. This game is a coin flip for me…
I know that everyone is sick of hearing about the government being shut down. Each side blames the other and it is really an ugly mess. I ran across the following bit regarding Congress and figured everyone would enjoy…
Congress may be deadlocked and polarized, but ordinary Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents — almost equally agree on one thing: they like Congress less than hemorrhoids.
Some 85% of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, and they have a higher opinion of witches, hemorrhoids, and cockroaches, according to a survey released by the Public Policy Polling Institute on October 8.
Pollsters gave a sample of registered voters a thirty-one question survey asking them to compare the legislature with a number of other potentially unpleasant or annoying phenomena.
Categories ranged from controversial individuals to more abstract concepts like Wall Street and hipsters (both of which earned higher praise than legislators).
Overall, those surveyed preferred a range of annoyances to the House and Senate, including jury duty, toenail fungus, zombies, public radio fundraising drives, and potholes.
Even the DMV and the IRS are more popular.
However, America's senators and representatives are not exactly at the bottom of the pile.
Americans still dislike Miley Cyrus and her twerking a bit more, for now, and would still take Congress over Vladimir Putin or serial killer Charles Manson.
Anthony Weiner is still also quite unpopular.
The survey did not account for combinations of factors, such as whether Americans would prefer Congress to a witch with hemorrhoids or twerking at the DMV. There also were some undecided on certain issues.
For example, about 13% of those surveyed could not choose between Congress and dog poop.
That is all I have for today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
Remember, kids in the backseat cause accidents; accidents in the backseat cause kids."
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…