Tagged with "Michael"
Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Kris Humphries Michael Phelps Clemson Daniel Rodriguez Justin Upton B.J. Upton NFL Dan Hickens

Sportscaster goes nuts?? Army Vet plays football?? Humphries better than Phelps as a swimmer?? This and more in this weeks edition of….

Kris Humphries was a better swimmer than Michael Phelps. Yep you read it right. It seems that in the mid-90’s, as 10 year olds, the biggest rival for Phelps was Kris. If you look up swimming records for 10 year olds, Kris Humphries holds the record in the 50 and 100 meter free-style (both records still stand), while Phelps holds the record for the 100 meter butterfly.

An Army Veteran has been cleared to play football for Clemson this year. In doing so he will fulfill a pledge he made to a follow army soldier who passed away.

Daniel Rodriguez played high school football in Stafford, Va., but do to personal problems he joined the Army four days after graduation. Daniel was in Iraq during the surge of 2007 and again went to Iraq for another tour. During his second tour, he was in the line of fire in one of the bloodiest fights, the battle of Kamdesh in October 2009. There were fewer than 40 U.S. soldiers when they were overwhelmed by approximately 400 Taliban. Rodriguez’s friend Pfc. Kevin Thompson died in the battle. A few days earlier Daniel and Kevin shared their visions of what they would do after returning home. Daniel wanted to play college football and he promised Kevin he would chase his goal.

With shrapnel in his left leg and neck, and a bullet fragment through his shoulder, Rodriguez left Kamdesh and returned home. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and a Purple Heart. Daniel was also promoted to Staff Sergeant when he honorably discharge in 2010.

Daniel started getting into football shape with punishing workouts lasting up to 6 hours a day. A friend of his place his workout on YouTube and it went viral. Fifty schools inquired including Clemson and their coach Dabo Swinney, a former walk-on at Alabama and eventually he became a scholarship receiver. Dabo gave Rodriguez a chance and filled out the necessary paper work with the NCCA and the ACC.

"He is getting the opportunity to follow his dream," the coach said. "We are excited to have him join our program. I have no doubt that he will become a great leader for us."

They play in two different leagues, but on August 3rd they played as one, as Justin Upton and his brother, B.J. Upton, each hit their 100th homerun and hour apart. They are the first brothers to hit their 100th homerun on the same night.

My condolences go out to coach Andy Reid and his family on the passing of his oldest son Garrett Reid.

Jacksonville’s NBC affiliate’s sports reporter ranted on the 11 o’clock (shown live at 12:07) news last week. He had it out for Bob Costas. Here it is.

I can tell you he has been reprimanded by NBC and he is not allowed to say anything about his little rant. He won’t lose his job because he is a very popular sportscaster in Jacksonville, Fl.

It’s that time of year when all teams think they have a chance to win the Super Bowl. Some teams are delusional while other teams have a valid chance to win it all.

According to ScottJax77 this is what will happen:

Those without a chance are the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

Those that have a chance are New York Jets, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons,

Those that could win the Super Bowl are the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

Do the Gabbers have a choice for the Super Bowl Champs?

It is three weeks away until my fantasy football draft and I pick 5th. I have not decided what position I want to take with that pick. I would like to take Newton, but two thing are preventing me from doing so, I never pick a QB in the first round and Newton is listed in a lot of books as a 2nd or 3rd rounder. I will probably go with Megatron with my first pick and follow that up with a RB and then another WR. I pick 5th, 15th, 20, etc.

Any suggestions?

NASA’s Curiosity landed on Mars early Monday Morning. Here is the first image from Curiosity:

Til Next Time





Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Mike Dunlap Michael Jordan Miami Heat LeBron James R.A. Dickey Lance Lynn President Obama Little League Baseball

All hail the King?? Air Jordan out of air?? Who is Lynn?? 4 team playoff suck?? President Obama not making friends with Red Sox fans?? This and more in this weeks edition of….

Is this a paid endorsement? I wish. Congrats James for a great NBA finals.

Congratulations go out to the Miami Heat. They played great basketball on their way to winning the NBA Title.

Some have called him cocky, some have called him selfish, some have called him arrogant, but now all have to call him a champion. That includes me. I was upset because he didn’t go to my favorite basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. Sure it is easier when there are other superstars on the team your going to, but that doesn’t make it that much easier to win a championship. Otherwise the Heat would have won it all last year.

But you have to give credit where credit is due, and to that I congratulate King James. Got to say LeBron James played “Lights out” during the Heats run to the Title. He carried the team the whole way. He was the runaway winner of the Playoff MVP award. He turned his game around when the Heat needed it.

Who would have thought that Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey (11-1) has more wins than Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay combined.

But even more surprising is that Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (10-3) also has more wins than Lee and Halladay.

Just figured out why the Phillies are 9 games behind the Nationals, no Howard, Lee or Halladay.

He might have been the NBA’s greatest player ever, by as an owner, Michael Jordan is a shell of his playing days. Why did he pick Mike Dunlap to coach the team?

He had some of the leagues smartest coaches interview for his head coaching job, so what does Air-Head Jordan do, he takes a college coach with no real head coaching experience to guide his team.

How can anyone sue a youngster? A New Jersey woman is. Elizabeth Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced in bullpen when she was hit in the face with a ball that catcher Matthew Migliaccio threw while warming up a pitcher. Lloyd is asking for $150,000 in damages.

Is this the new trend is celebrating a save?

Apparently the Reds were not happy with the situation as several Reds players talked to Chapman after the game.

I am not a fan of the new college football 4 team playoff. This was made to suit the SEC and the Big-10 and could suck even more than the BCS. It would be better if the NCAA gets off their fat asses and realigned the conferences to 10 twelve team conferences. The winner from each conference championship will go to a playoff to determine the National Champions. It can be done.

Way to go Mr. President. The President, during a fundraiser in Boston, playfully joked with the crowd, referencing the trade between the Red Sox and White Sox that sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago.

President Barack Obama certainly isn't helping his campaign in Red Sox Nation.

"And finally Boston, I just want to say, thank you for Youkilis," Obama said.

The President's quip was met with some laughs, but mostly with boos and "Youk" chants from the crowd at Symphony Hall.

"I'm just saying, he's going to have to change the color of his socks," added Obama, a known White Sox fan.

The rough crowd caused Obama to backtrack on his jokes and realize that he should not have mixed baseball in with his re-election campaign.

"I didn't think I was going to get any boos out of here," Obama said. "I should not have brought up baseball. I understand. My mistake! My mistake! You've got to know your crowd."

Man Red Sox Fans take things way too seriously!!

Til Next time





Is Matt LaPorta a Bust?
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Matt LaPorta Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley Lonnie Chisenhall Jack Hannahan

This week the Indians sent down 1B/LF Matt LaPorta...During this Spring, LaPorta was hitting below .200...Yep, the key piece the Indians received when they traded C.C. Sabathia to the Brewers, wasn't even hitting his own weight...

For two and a half seasons LaPorta has been one of the more inconsistent bats in the Indians lineup...In his 909 at bats in that time, he's only launched 30 Home Runs...With a .238 batting average...Not the pop the Indians front office was selling us when they made the deal...

Supposedly, LaPorta was the Brewers top prospect...The other guy the Indians got, Michael Brantley is looking to be keeper...Brantley was an after thought, but has become the Indians everyday Center fielder with the constant injuries to Grady Sizemore...I wasn't a fan of the deal...2 unproven guys with nothing but potential, for the reigning Cy Young Award winner...Just wasn't enough, and that has been made more clear with LaPorta's inability to live up to the hype...

The Indians gave him every opportunity to be their 1st Baseman...But just as his bat is inconsistent, his glove was also...He never looked comfortable at 1st...

This year, after signing 1B Casey Kotchman, the Indians made it pretty clear the left field job was his to lose...But LaPorta didn't rise to the challenge, unlike some of his competition, like Shelley Duncan, Russ Canzler, and Ryan Spilborghs...

Unless LaPorta can get things turned around physically, and mentally, while down in Columbus, his chances at big-league success may be done for...

In other roster news...The Tribe announced Jack Hannahan will be their starting Third Baseman...23 year old 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was sent down to Columbus...Chisenhall got a good look last year, and his defense has improved, but he's not hitting enough to make the big club yet...Getting Everyday at-bats will do more good for him, then staying up and getting limited at-bats in a platoon system, like he did late last year.

Later, The Beeze.

In Left Field ???
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians Shelley Duncan Russ Canzler Michael Brantley Ryan Spilborghs Matt LaPorta Trevor Crowe

Coming into Spring Training, The Cleveland Indians thought Michael Brantley would be their starting Left Fielder...Then, Grady Sizemore went down with another injury...This time, he needed back surgery...He's down for awhile...$5 million down the drain!

So Brantley and his speed has been moved to Center Field...So who's in Left?

Well it's been an open competition...Shelley Duncan, is my front-runner...Duncan is leading the team this spring with 5 home runs, and 14 RBI's...Duncan has also worked at 1st base...He looked good there last year, but the Tribe signed Casey Kotchman...Great, another weak hitting, good glove 1st baseman...If Duncan was there every day, his glove would be fine...He was also killing the ball last September when he got some legit playing time...

Also competing in LF is former 3B Russ Canzler...With Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan at 3rd, there's no chance for Canzler there...But the some are hoping his bat can find it's way in the lineup via LF...Canzler has also worked at 1B...

Then there is Trevor Crowe, who has been hyped by the Indians PR machine for years, but has never panned out...Speedy Ezequiel Carrera and non-roster invitee Felix Pie have seen work in Left and center...But now Carrera and Thomas Neal, who had a limited shot, are out of the running...

Aaron Cunningham and Ryan Spilborghs have seen time in RF and LF...One of these guys will be most likely be the 4th OF with versatility...

Then of course, there is Matt LaPorta...LaPorta was the key piece in the C.C. Sabathia trade with Milwaukee...But so far he hasn't impressed...Instead, Brantley looks to be the highlight of that deal...LaPorta came in as a Left Fielder...Then the Indians put him at first...The kid doesn't look comfortable there and is still learning the position...And his bat has been inconsistent, and lacks the power that was promised...

With the way Duncan has swung the bat this Spring, and at the end of last season, I expect him to get the gig in Left...Brantley will be in Center, and Shin-Soo Choo will be in Right...Besides having Cunningham or Spilborghs as the 4th OF, Spilborghs seems to be ahead between those two...I expect Canzler to also make the team seeing time the same way they'll use Duncan, in LF, at 1B and DH...

Later, The Beeze.

Monday Moaning 2-27-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: AHL NHL Lake Erie Monsters Cleveland Browns Robert Griffin III Little Beeze Michael Symon Rocco Whalen Douchebags NFL

Here we go again...Some how the stomach flu has attacked my house again...The Little Beeze started puking Friday night...Sunday afternoon the baby and our oldest daughter started...Then Sunday night the Mrs....Me, so far only blew a little mud...But I'm fearing the worst...How did this happen again...I blame the kids and their school...Their school that they will be leaving after this year...We have decided to put them in our neighborhood Catholic school...The public schools have been heading down hill the last few years...And our oldest, isn't being challenged at all...She's in 4th grade and reading at a 6th grade level...She's ahead in everything...And the public school as I said, blows!

At first I thought the Little Beeze was sick from all the junk food he had Thursday night at the Lake Erie Monsters game...Yep, the boy and I took in some AHL hockey Thursday night...We got seats right on the glass...

He loved it...He loved repeating all the trash talk the die hard fans were shouting all night...Great section! Great view of the action!

And the Monsters as they have all season, drew well again...At the first intermission, we saw that even Waldo was there...

The boy had Ice cream, and then cotton candy, and water...I had a hot pretzel and a Mountain Dew...That crap along with parking ran us $35...So even minor league sports charge way too much for that stuff, but $35 each for seats on the glass, is great...Little Beeze pounding on the glass and repeating the trash talk he heard, was priceless...

But there was something there that pissed me off...Cleveland's two biggest culinary swingin' dicks both have places at "The Q"...Chef Michael Symon has one of his overrated, overpriced, arrogant, douchebag "B-Spot" burger places there...And Chef Rocco Whalen, from "Fat Chef" crying like a bitch, "I'm fat because mommy kept feeding me to protect me."...And "I'm a stress eater."...Fuck you! Rocco has a Nacho & Taco place there...

Both these egotistical, fucktards didn't have their places open...What, do these cunts only open for the Cavs...Ummm, fuck the Cavs...Pay attention to the numbers...By the end of the year, The Monsters will have out-drawn the Cavaliers...The Monsters are averaging 14,000 a game...Hey dummies, the Quaker Steak & Lube was selling shit tons of wings...I bet if Rocco's Nachos & Tacos was open, he would have made a good buck...Shit I would have hit up some of that shit...But that's what happens when you're an arrogant douche who thinks you're the only fucker in Cleveland who can cook...Both of you cunts can suck a dick!

By the way, the Monsters won 4-3...Not a bad club, considering the injuries, flu, and call ups to Colorado...

Now to what the hot and heavy sports talk in Cleveland is...

Holy shit that looks good!

As my regular readers know, I predicted Griffin to win the Heisman back in July...I've been paying attention to the kid for a few years, and I really like him...I like the fact that he was recruited by Stanford, but decided to go to Baylor for two reasons...He didn't want to wrapped up in a QB battle with Andrew Luck, that could affect the team badly...And he wanted to go to Baylor, to turn it around...To make the program relevant...Well he did that...Now could he do the same for the Cleveland Browns?

I would love to see it...But the Browns aren't talking...And knowing the little that we know, this group in the front office does not like to part with draft picks...And rumor has it, that to get Griffin, they have to move up to the 2 slot...To do that, the talk is giving up both their 1st round picks this year, and next years...Why so much to move up 2 spots? Because the Redskins have a nut-job owner who will sell the farm for a star QB...

Now the Browns have a lot of holes to fill...They need WR's...Yes, more then one...They need a right tackle...Another corner...A safety...And outside linebacker...A running back...Another OL and DL to add depth...A QB wouldn't be bad either...Now some of that shit can and should be done through free agency...

Now, I'm a believer that there is no point in getting your franchise QB if you aren't going to give him the weapons and protection he needs...So no matter who that is, the Browns really need to get those pieces...But Griffin seems to be one of those rare talents that you may never get another chance at...For the critics, did you see, he's not under 6 foot...He measured in at 6 foot 2 inches plus...Oh, and then he ran the 40 in 4.41...But don't be confused...RG3 has always been a throw first, run only when needed guy...So don't stick him with the labels that are always put on black QB's...Kid can make all the throws...

So, I'm all in with doing what has to be done to get RG3 in Cleveland...Shit Brownies, just think of all the #10 jerseys you'll sell! Browns fans will finally have a QB that they are really excited about...Who was the last? Bernie Kosar! And he couldn't run at all!

Monday is the Trade Deadline in the NHL....Everyone is waiting to see if Columbus moves star, captain, franchise leader, and heart & soul, Rick Nash...I hope not, unless it;s to the New York Rangers!

I'll be watching all the deadline deals, while I sit on the shitter...

Have a week...

Later, The Beeze.

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