Can anyone sing the Anthem correctly?? What about America the Beautiful?? Props to Ray Lewis, Maybe?? Streak broken?? NFL Hall of Fame and NFL awards in this edition of……
Just worked my first off day in years, plus they had me come in five hours earlier than my normal time. What a difference. I have been so use to working after 6 pm all my Postal life and on my off day they had me come in at 1pm. By 7:30pm my eyes were heavy. The good thing is the time change only happens when I work my off day. Tuesday I was at work my normal time.
Two minutes, twenty-three point six seconds, that’s how long it took to drag out the National Anthem. I’m sick of Rock’n rollers, Blues, Rap, Pop, Country, Soul, anyone that has to play it to please themselves. How about singing the National Anthem the way it was suppose to be and put an end the this crap.
While I’m at it, why did Jennifer Hudson have to mess it up for the Sandy Hook Kids? What a way to ruin America the Beautiful.
Congrats to the Baltimore Ravens on winning the Super Bowl.
Congrats on Ray Lewis ending his career a winner. I don’t like you as a person. You’re a phony and I’ll end it at that.
Nah, I won’t. If you ever work as a football analysis for any station. I will not watch it. Just like I turned off anything that was related to Ray Lewis during the long hours that ESPN, NFL network and CBS did this past Sunday. If you were half the man you are as an outstanding Linebacker you would be a great person. But, your not.
Wow, after losing 228 games in a row, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) baseball team won its first game in 10 years by winning 9-7 over Pacifica.
Congratulations to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013:
Guard/Tackle Larry Allen:
Played 14 seasons, 12 with the Dallas Cowboys and 2 with the San Francisco 49ers. 11 time Pro Bowl player and 6 time first team All Pro. Play every position on the line except center.
Wide Receiver Chris Carter:
Long overdue selection. Chris played 16 seasons, 12 with the Minnesota Vikings, 3 with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Miami Dolphins, amassing 13,899 yards in 1,101 receptions and 130 touchdowns. 8 time Pro Bowl player, 2 time First Team Pro Bowler and the 1999 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Number retired by the Minnesota Vikings.
Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle/Guard: Curley Culp:
Played 14 seasons, 6½ seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, 5½ seasons with the Houston Oilers and 2 seasons with the Detroit Lions. One fumble recovery for a touch down. 6 time Pro Bowl Player and 1 First Team All Pro.
Tackle/Guard Jonathan Ogden:
Played 12 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Has two receptions for two yards and two touchdowns. Played in 11 Pro Bowls and a 6 time All Pro.
Coach Bill Parcells:
Every team he coached he turned them into winners. Bill coached for 19 years for the New York Giants winning Super Bowls in 1987 and 1991, New England Patriots who he led to the Super Bowl in 1997, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. Parcells ended his career with a 172-130-1 record.
Linebacker Dave Robinson:
Played 12 years, 10 with the Green Bay Packers and 2 with the Washington Redskins. Dave had 27 interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown. A 3 time Pro Bowl player and a one time First Team All Pro.
Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp:
Played 13 years, 9 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 4 with the Oakland Raiders. Had 96½ sacks and 4 interceptions (one for a touchdown) while playing DT. Helped turn Tampa Bay into a winning team. A 7 time Pro Bowl player, 4 time first team All Pro , won the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2nd Annual NFL Honors show gave out its awards this past Saturday. These awards are voted on by 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Here are the recipients:
Adrian Peterson Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year:
Who would have thought that Peterson would come back to play at the beginning of the year after messing up his knee, a career-threatening major knee surgery, at the end of the 2011 season? Well not only did he come back, he came back with a bang, rushing for 2,097 and 12 touchdowns. Peterson also had 217 yards receiving with one touchdown. What’s more telling he was a workhorse, with 348 carries and 40 receptions and averaged 144.7 total yards per game (131.1 rushing a career high and 13.5 receiving).
A cut above any player in the NFL.
Adrian Peterson 30½ votes
Payton Manning 19½ votes
J.J Watts Defensive Player of the Year:
Okay, the Houston Texas defensive was worse than last year, and it should have with the loss of Mario Williams, who left the team for the Buffalo Bills. But Texans improved their record to 12-4 and J.J. had a stellar season. 20.5 sacks (up from 5.5 a year ago), forced 4 fumbles and blocked 16 passes. Watts was selected to his first Pro Bowl and a First team All Pro in his second season with the team.
J.J. Watts 49 votes
Von Miller 1 vote
Bruce Arians Coach of the Year:
Bruce had to take over for Coach Chuck Pagano who was diagnosed with leukemia. Under normal circumstances, this would have devastated any team, yet Arians used it as a rallying point to guide the Colts to a 9-3 record and into the playoffs, this becoming the first interim coach to win the award.
Peyton Manning Comeback Player of the Year:
Peyton missed all of 2011 due to problems with his neck. Be we know that wasn’t the real reason the Colts let him go. It was because he was due a $25 million dollar roster bonus. The Colts loss was the Broncos gain because Manning led Denver to a 13-3 record and a first place finish in the AFC West Division. Peyton threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns while throwing only 11 interceptions.
Peyton Manning 31½ votes
Adrian Peterson 17½ votes
Jamaal Charles 1 vote
Robert Griffin III Offensive Rookie of the Year:
Robert led the Redskins to their first NFC East Division Title since 1999 finishing with a 10-6 record. RG3 threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns passing while throwing only 5 interceptions. He also rushed for 815 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Robert Griffin 29 votes
Andrew Luck 11 votes
Russell Wilson 10 votes
Luke Kuechly Defensive Rookie of the Year:
The Panthers didn’t make the playoffs this year but it wasn’t the fault of Kuechly who led the NFL in tackles with 164 and had two interceptions. The key was his move to middle linebacker which helped Carolina’s defensive improve to 10th in the league.
Lots of shit to talk about this week, so lets get right into it...Thursday night news broke that the Cleveland Browns had hired a new head coach...I had planned on going to bed early, but the news broke just around 11:00PM and I had some shit to say on Facebook and Twitter...
The Cleveland Browns hired a guy that the Cleveland Browns had twice fired...No, I'm not lying...The Browns hired Rob Chudzinski...He was last the Panthers Offensive Coordinator...A position he held in Cleveland, before getting shit-canned for the second time...Thursday night, I wrote that I was "Officially tapping out." I'm standing by those words...I am done with the Cleveland Browns...Fuck fan loyalty, players and owners show no loyalty to fans...I've had enough of the shit football that as been played in this town, since 1999...Why is it so hard to hire a proven, winning NFL coach...'Cause the Browns refuse to...The Browns can Eat my ass!
Fans seem about 50/50 on the hiring of "Chud"...Those who are happy with it, point to the 2007 season when he was the Browns OC, and their offense was really good...Lets be clear, no team that he has been an OC of, has ever made the playoffs...In 2007 the Browns were 10-6...They didn't make the playoffs...Also, they all seem to refuse to look at the 2008 season, when his Browns offense was #31 in the NFL...31! "Chud" can eat my ass!
You know who else can eat my ass...Peyton Manning, and the nut-swinging sports media that love him so much...Peyton choked again, but how the talking heads wanted to stick up for him...The guys at BARSTOOL nailed it...The only thing worse is the ESPN darling, Ray Lewis...The most annoying, obnoxious, camera mugging, accessory to murder but got off, piece of shit, alive...I mean this totally...100%...I hope some one on the Patriots cripples him next week...Fuck that guy!
And while people are eating my ass...How about those high and mighty, ass-hat, baseball writers who vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame...These twats decided to not elect anyone to the Hall this year...They all are hiding under the umbrella of the whole steroids speculation...And that's the problem, right there...Speculation...Very little has been proven, so all were punished...That and the assholes who try to say a guy "isn't a first ballot Hall of Famer"...Holy shit, that's retarded...If he's a Hall of Famer, then that's it...No questions about it...And a guy like Craig Biggio, with over 3000 hits and never any speculation of 'roids should have been put in...His numbers are right there with other Hall of Fame second basemen...
But the best statement about what transpired, came from a commenter on ESPN.com...Of course it wasn't from some one who worked there...My pal AFD clued me into this guy Rob Erickson's comment....
"So the baseball writers who were covering the sport every day and watched guys' numbers and muscles inflate at an inhuman rate for years and didn't say anything about it are punishing the guys who aren't even suspected of using PEDs for not snitching... on their friends and teammates? Because they didn't feel like doing their own job as journalists, they're blacklisting an entire era of players for not doing something they weren't willing to do themselves. Great, shut out anyone who played in the steroid era. Just take away the HOF votes of any journalist who covered the sport during the steroid era too."
Dead on Rob!
And since I got an ESPN dig in there...Let me get another, because there's always a reason for them to eat my ass...Am I the only one who noticed that they love talking about coaching, with two certain members of their staff...Two certain ex-head coaches...Some how, these two ex-coaches are the know-it-alls when it comes to coaching...Odd, since they both have losing records as head coaches...That's right, Eric Mangini, and Herman Edwards....Shut the fuck up and go win some games before you tell us how to coach, or eat my fucking ass!
And how can I forget lance Armstrong? Lance has finally decided to come out and admit to having cheated....A sport that most people don't care about, that had hardly any credibility, now will have it's only star confess to being a fraud...And who will Armstrong confess to? Not a sports journalist...Not even a sports news reader...No, he's going to give confess to a rich bitch, who can't stick to a diet...That's right, Oprah...Just another reason not to take Lance or his sport seriously...This is simply a PR move for him...He's trying to save a bit of his rep, and repair the damage he did to the charity he started, that so many are thankful for...Lance, Eat my Ass...Just don't bring Oprah...there won't be anything left for the rest!
All this talk of SALAD_TOSSING reminded me of the "Macho Salad"....
Kentucky has fallen, so has A-Rod, who got the better of the Rivers/Manning trade? All this and more in this weeks edition of…..
On the March 24, 2011 edition of “Rants and Raves” I posted a question..
Why is it that when you go to the gas station and use your credit card to pump gas, the gas pump doesn’t stop until your car’s gas tank is full.
Are you still paying attention, but, when you pre-pay, the gas pump slows down with about 50-cents to go and it then takes almost a minute or two to finish pumping? Any gas experts???
WELL, I finally got an answer to that question. I was pumping gas at my local gas station, when I noticed a mechanic working on one of the gas pumps. When I was finished pumping gas I walked over to the man and asked him that question and he politely answered the question as such…
When you use your credit card you have control on how much gas is pumped and how much you actually might want to spend so if you want to fill it up the pump won’t stop until the gas tank is full. But, when you prepay you want to only pay a certain amount, so to make sure the pump does not go over the prepaid amount the gas attendant presets when the gas starts slowing down as to not go over the price amount.
This has not been a good week for the NFL.
First Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher kills his girlfriend, the mother of his daughter, then goes to Arrowhead Stadium, talks to GM Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel, thanks them for all they have done for him and then commits suicide. Now there is a 3 month old child, Zoey Michelle, without a mother and father.
If that wasn’t enough, and this went unnoticed….
Eric Eucker a member of the Cleveland Browns ground crew also committed suicide by hanging himself in the equipment shed.
I can say the Giants got the better of the deal with the Chargers for Eli Manning. There is no comparison. As we all know by now, Phil Rivers was drafted by the New York Giants with the 4th pick in the 2004 NFL draft, while Eli was drafted number 1 by the San Diego Chargers. Manning did not want to play for the Chargers they had a 25 year-old quarterback named Drew Brees running the plays for the team. The Giants traded Rivers along with three picks (which San Diego used to draft Shawne Merriman, Nate Kaeding and Roman Oben) to get Manning. Now Rivers, Kaeding and Merriman are great players, but, they have not won any Super Bowls with the Chargers, while Manning guided the Giants to two Super Bowl victories.
8 years and 12 games stat info for Phil Rivers
112 games of which he started 108, 27,254 yards, 181 Yds and 93 Ints. 4 Pro Bowls
8 years and 11 games stat info for Eli Manning
132 games of which he started 130, 30,469 yards, 200 Tds and 140 Ints, 2 Pro Bowls
Alex Rodriguez might miss time due to a second hip surgery. It is reported that A-Rod could miss the first half of the 2013 season. He will have to have his left hip to repaired to fix a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst. It could take four to six months to recover.
To some, they were expected to repeat (don’t tell that to Indiana fans), to others a top 5 team, but now the sky has fallen as Kentucky fell last week from #3 to #8, and this week fell off the map and outside the top 25, by losing to Notre Dame and Baylor. This is the biggest single weekly drop from the ranking since they went to a 25 team ranking in 1990.
Don’t make excuses that Kentucky is a young team, because Kentucky was a young and unproven team last year and they won the National Championship. I must also mention that Kentucky had the top recruiting class in the nation.
The first members to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame have been announced. Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert who purchased the team in 1915, bought Babe Ruth from the Red Sox, and built Yankee Stadium. Also elected into the Hall were umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White.
I am rooting for Northern Illinois to beat Florida State. I want to see an occasional underdog, or Cinderella story every once in a while. If I was FSU I would not take NIU lightly.
It’s Thursday once again and it’s been a crazy week. I have had meetings all week at work. The funny thing about meetings unless they actually addess and resolve an issue or develop a plan and put in place they are a huge waste of time. That has been my week.
It’s already week 2 of the NFL season with an NFC North matchup tonight the Bears and the Packers.It will be interesting to see how good that Bears defense really is against Aaron Rogers this early in the season. Of course this will set up the second match up in week 15. That one could decide the divsion.
I’m not sure I like all the Thursday Night games this early in the season. I like them after Thanksgiving and maybe it’s just a matter of getting use to it. Then again it’s football and pretty good football. I was very impressed with Peyton Manning this week he looked like he had never taken a day off. You kew he was pumped up and ready and he never missed a beat. It will be very interesting if he can keep his intensity all year. I think he will but than again I always have enjoyed watching him play. I know the Steelers defense was a bit beaten up but nevertheless he looked good.
So on Friday afternoon I ended up doing a sub varsity scrimmage on a spanken new turf field. The plot of land this field is on use to be called the pit. It was this schools sub varisty game field and varsity practice field. Anyway I remember several years ago being there after a run storm and they only had a goal post at one end and the damn tree line would kind of jet out on the field at the end with the goalpost. So you would have to spot the ball almost in the middle of the field instead of the hash a on that side. You would also have to avoid the puddles. I ruined to pairs of the old white knickers and a pair of white shorts doing games there. Thank good for black officiating pants.
Lil Lanz 13 year old refereed his first soccer game and yes he is a patched official. I was proud as a peacock watching him as a sideline judge in a U14 girls soccer match. His best friend is on one of the teams and her dad is the coach. So lil Lanz goes into Ref mode. He tells her I have to check your clients to make sure they are regulation. She mutters something at him and complies. The funny part was he was with her when she bought them. At the end of the game the coaches shook the officials hands . he and another kid was with an adult High School official. His friends dad puts him in a headlock and he pulls out a red card. It cracked me up.
It’s have time so I decide to test the lad a bit. He is in position to start the second half and I walk over and I say to him Hey Mr. Official can explain how three of you missed that last call. (there are parents of the girls standing close by). Lil lanz not missing a beat says it went off her toe we got it right. He threws a few barbs back my way before I give him his water . A dad of one of the players is standing nearby and he realizes his my kid. He chimes and says geez he is quick with the comebacks to. He looked scared to death andf an official friend of my just remember your first game. I said yeah. I worked a two man football game 11 on 11 the guy just had a double knee replacement me being the rookie he says I’ll stay with the QB and you get everything else. It was awful I ran about 8 miles and had no clue what the hell I was looking at.
Anyway, he’ll be back out this weekend between his soccer and baseball games. He will be just fine.
The littlest Lanz got his Hockey Season underway, a little quicker than the NHL. The players don't want this lock out . It will be ineteresting to see what if any resolution theycomeback with before the CBA expires on Saturday. As I have said before the league has everything going for them and a lockout will just deystroy everything they have built over the past several years.. A good TV deal and a huge boost in populaity. They can't afford the lockout.
The question of the week did the courts open a big can of worms for the NFL by lifting Jonathon Vilma's suspension. I think it was a slap in the NFL's face and a serious encroachment on Roger Goodells power. Now every guy who gets suspended will be fighting it in court. Maybe Vilma was innocent but there had to be enough involvement for Goodell to suspend him .What do you think?
So today would mark the unofficial start of the MLB season as the Oakland A's take on the Seattle Mariners in Japan. The game features two of the closest franchises to Japan as well as the return of their native son Ichiro. Like Frag's post suggested, this could very well be Ichiro's last season. In the last year of his contract with Seattle, there is no better way for him to open his season.
Now many will raise the question as to why the season starts in Japan. I can see several reasons. One is that the game is already pretty popular in Japan. Japanese fans love the games in Japan and nearly 45,000 fans were on hand for both games of last season's Red Sox-A's series. The return of Ichiro should only boost number as well as TV ratings to the chagrin of the Nippon league and Japanese prime time shows.
The second is the history of Japanese players migrating to the United States. My best recollection of the start of this trend came in the form of Hideo Nomo. Ichiro is without question the MLB's greatest Japanese import, but notable players like Hideki Irabu, Hideki Matsui, and the most recent addition of Yu Darvish. For the MLB having such a big stage in Japan could only spur more players to make the jump. Some may say series in countries like the Dominican could be helpful too, but I've never heard talks of any. Besides, Japan simply has more cash flow.
While this series seems to make sense and the MLB has not announced any plans to expand to Japan, it seems to stand in stark contrast to the NFL's adventures in London. This season will see the Rams square off with the Patriots in the game at Wembley. It was announced that the Rams would become the "home" team in London just this winter, as owner Stan Kroenke is also majority shareholder of the soccer club Arsenal. The Rams will be playing in London for the next three years and the league has been debating adding a second game in England.
Talk has also been made of adding an expansion team to London. This talk seems to fly in the face of mediocre ticket sales and the all too familiar and recent collapse of NFL Europe. ESPN America has been broadcasting around 100 NFL games plus playoff and Super Bowl coverage to nearly 41 European territories as of 2009, and the number may continue to rise.
Still, the idea just doesn't sit well with me. I don't see the draw in adding a team in London. It would be a scheduling nightmare. Hawaii's college football team has a hard enough time getting opponents to fly in and they don't have to cross international waters. Any team flying to London or that team having to come to the states (especially the west coast) would be at a distinct disadvantage. I also don't see a huge demand for the NFL in London. They get decent crowds, but I don't see the kind of passion they have for their soccer or rugby teams. I have realized that geography means nothing in sports, especially when UofM still declares themselves the champions of the west, but there's nothing national about London. I think an exhibition game in London would be fine, but regular season games have been a mistake and adding to that schedule only compounds the stress put on teams.
Back to good news for baseball, Frank McCourt has sold the Dodgers to a group lead by Magic Johnson and former Braves and Nationals president Stan Kasten for around $2 billion. Oddly enough, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke was also in the hunt along with some folks who have a share in the new Mets ownership team. From what I have heard, however, Magic and his team are the best fit. Now, a few of you may cry foul due to Magic's investment in the LA area, but that should only inspire him to improve the team. Some may not be sold on Magic as a businessman, but I have some proof he'll be good for the Dodgers and the MLB.
In tiny Dayton, Ohio is a class A Midwest league team by the name of the Daytona Dragons. The team is in the Cincinnati Reds farm system and has nurtured talent like Adam Dunn (sorry Chi-Sox fans), Joey Votto, and Hay Bruce. They've also sold out 815 consecutive games. They do it with great promotions, an attachment to the city, outstanding customer service and a pretty decent product on the field. They've got plenty of loyal fans and season ticket holders. Their story has been featured around the globe and on our favorite four letter network's Outside The Lines (probably one of the best shows on that channel). If Magic and the gang kind bring that type of service to the Dodgers, they'll do just fine and restore a bit of faith to a proud franchise.
Well, that's it for me this week. I have no challenge this week, but have to agree Harvey's Like Mike videos and Frag's zumba pic may be slightly more 90's than a Chris Mullin Starter ad. Still, you all know you had a Starter jacket back then. I had a pretty amazing Tigers jacket, but we gave it away once I out grew it. My bro's kid would look pretty boss in it had we kept it and he gotten really big, really fast.
Hope you all have a great weekend and are ready for some baseball. I'm going to enjoy watching IHM and my Tigers taking on Sully's Red Sox. What a way to start the year. Anyone else thinking about a Jon Lester-Justin Verlander pitcher's duel? Well, I leave you guys with your word of the week.
baseball card burden, noun
The state of an adult possessing many thousands of once valuable, now worthless baseball cards. The burden carrier is cursed with holding a sliver of false hope that the cards will one day become worth something. So, the burden carrier must keep them in "mint" condition(not in the attic or basement where space is abundant) No, the burden-afflicted takes-up large amounts of climate-controlled prime closet space with this mass of what amounts to thousands of glossy toilet paper squares. The burden also weighs heavy in domestic squabbles. If your wife asks you why those cards are taking-up half of the closet, you can say nothing. There is no defense. They are the quivalent of a Precious Moments Burden for women.
"I really would like to buy that new coat. But if I do, I will have to get rid of my vacuum cleaner to make space in the closet"