Golly, Geeee Whiz, Geee Wilickers & Gosh dern it. It's that time again. Good morning Gabbers & others and welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. Found this Tow Mater truck and I just had to get er dun. That Cars movie is still a favorite of mine even though my first grandson made me put it in everytime I baby sat. Like over & over &.... I think you get it. I even have a Matchbox car of Lightning McQueen on my desk. Speed, I am speed.... Good times.
So Fathers Day is over. Hope every Gab dad had a nice get together with his kids which involved lots of togetherness and of course my favorite, grilling stuff. I don't care if it's marshmallow peeps. Fire it up!!!!!!!
There's that World Cup stuff. Yawn. Saturday was Summer Solstice. Happy 1st day of Summer!!!! Yet another reason to fire up the grill. Give me a minute and I'll find more reasons.
NHRA FUNNY CAR RECORD
John Force's daughter Courtney has smashed another NHRA record and celebrated a birthday on the same day. During qualifying on Friday at the New England Nationals she ran a pass with her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car of 4.031 seconds @ 323.35 mph. Congrats on the new track record Courtney and your 26th birthday. Add that to her 100th win in drag racing for women and she's on a roll. Maybe she could give The Danica some pointers.
THE BIFF IS STILL IN THE AIR
Greg Biffle is still waiting to sign that contract to renew with Roush Fenway Racing. Says he's been talking to other teams but really wants to stay where he is. 3M says they're staying too. Wonder what the hold up is? He needs an answer by Julyish.
EDWARDS IS UP IN THE AIR TOO
Carl Edwards contract with Roush Fenway Racing isn't getting any where either. Rumors have had him joining Penske as a 3rd car. Imagine Edwards & Keselowski as team mates. For those not remembering, there was some accidents between them that were not accidents. So I can see why Penske would shoot down that rumor.
Then there's the Joe Gibbs Racing rumor. The lastest being Edwards goes to JGR with M&M's as his sponsor and Monster Energy becomes the primary sponsor for Ky Bu. Rumor also shot down. M&M's says they're committed to Ky Bu.
I guess it's a stay tuned and see deal.
GORDON'S BACK UPDATE
We're at Sonoma this weekend. Wine tasting and some road course racing. I'm sure there will be cheese served with the wine & whining. Jeff Gordon was asked about his back and how it was going this weekend. This road course has 10 turns. That's a lot of shifting and braking going on.
Jeff said his back has been fine so far. He was in great shape before the flair up because he'd been biking but had to give that up for a bit. Right now it's electrical stimulation, lots of ice, stretching and exercise. Says he should be good to go this weekend.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER LEAVES FOR REHAB
Michael has awaken from his coma and been released from the French hospital he was at since his December skiing accident. He's been transported to Switzerland for rehab. No word on his condition has been released. Good luck Michael.
NATIONWIDE SERIES NEEDS NEW SPONSOR
Nationwide has decided they want to sponsor Dale Jr for 12 races next year so they're giving up sponsoring the NASCAR Series just under Sprint Cup. Some of the notables that are being considered? Comcast Xfinity, Auto Zone & Advanced Auto Parts.
NASCAR is asking $12 - $15 million to sponsor the Series and that doesn't include media & activation commitments. So maybe The Gab could sponsor the Series?
NASCAR YOU GAB SPORTS SERIES. Coming at you fast...Has a nice ring to it...
MICHIGAN WRAP UP
So Harvick had the pole and won it with a new record and led the most laps but....he came in 2nd. Quite frustrated he was. His pit crew is leaving too much time on the clock. Not sure if switches are being made but the guys need to step it up.
There was a caution on the first lap when Vickers went for a spin. Took Kvapil with him.
Lap #7 caution when Larson & Kahne went for a spin. Truex Jr got some of that too.
Lap 71 Ky Bu complaining car is filling with smoke. By lap #82 he's in the garage getting a broken rear hub replaced.
Lap #104 Ragan goes for a spin and Kahne gets back on the lead lap. Guys are complaining that Larson has an advantage because his rear bumper is still smashed in from the accident with Kahne on lap #7.
The last 47 laps went green and with pit stops in there it got shuffled up at the end. This was not the long green flag run race of old. There were 20 carson the lead lap at the end. Amazing.
Top 15 Finishers - Johnson - Harvick - Keselowski - Menard - Kahne - Gordon - Dale Jr - Larson - Logano - Bowyer - Stewart - McMurray - Ku Bu - Kenseth - Newman
So there have been 15 races and 9 of those winners have Hendrick motors. Hhhhhhmmmmmmmmm....What motor do you want?
Like I said earlier we're in wine country. Wine tasting and road course racing are on the agenda for the weekend. Probably lots of exoitic cheeses to go with the wine too. Mmmmm. I love cheese. But back to the racing.
The drivers all agree that this will be an agressive driving weekend. No holds barred and a road rage extravaganza of epic proportions. Stewart, Kenseth, Kahne, Biffle & Newman of the Big Dawgs club need a win. Ambrose, Allmendinger, McMurray, Larson, Vickers, Menard and Truex Jr are planning on being spoilers. Truth is this is any bodies race. There are 20 guys that if the pit stops, fuel mileage and spins fall just right could be the winner.
Pretty much the top 10 guys at the end come from the top 20 in qualifying positions. Last year 5 of the top 5 started in the top 10.
Johnson came from 19th to finish 9th. He starts 21st today. He's the only one that in my opinion besides Stewart that could come from such a deficit to get a top 10.
McMurray had the pole last year but had a flat tire near the end of the race. He has the pole again for Sunday. He's been knocking. I'll say top 10.
Ku Bu had speeding penalty after pit road speeding penalty and still finished 4th. If he doesn't take out his suspension on the rumble strips or some other stupid move he has to get a top 10.
Truex Jr won last year. He's not in a Toyota this year but you don't need a certain make of manufacturer to get to victory lane. You need talent...and luck. Don't know if he has luck but he's got the talent. Top 10.
Larson is the rookie to fear. He starts 3rd today. Top 15
Edwards starts 4th. Last year he started 3rd & finished 3rd. A top 10 is a fer sure.
Gordon has lots of great stats here. Came in 2nd last year. Thinking top 10 again.
Dale Jr isn't Mr Road Course. I'll give him a top 15
Stewart starts 20th. He has struggled this year. Stilllllllllll......Top 10.
Newman starts from 7th. Top 10
Keselowski is awesome at Watkins Glen Not so much here. Top 15
Harvick has been fast but the pit crew miscues have cost him dearly. He starts 6th today. Top 10
Menard is a top 15
Vickers is a good road racer but he a bit crazy from road rage. Top 15
Bowyer has his work cut out for him starting in 24th. Top 20
Ky Bu starts 19th. He had a run in with Montoya last year. Luck has not been with him this year. Top 20
Hamlin gets a top 20...maybe. His luck is right up there with Ky Bu.
Allmendinger starts 2nd today. Top 10.
Boris Said is making an appearance along with Tony Drissi and a guy named Kenedy. If you're in a salary cap league I'd go with Boris. Cheap and the best of those 3. Top 25
I leave you with some Einstein to ponder a long with your fantasy picks. Take care all. Travel safe.
Happy Fathers Day to all you Gabby type dads out there....& others too and welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. It's been an up and down week temperature wise. Hunid & hot for half a day then a storm comes and cools it down. But my tomato plants are still happy. Lawn is mowed for the weekend & I just cut my herbs back. Cut my iPod ear bud cord too while I was at it. STUPID!!!! Still can not believe I did that. Any how, I have herbs hanging in the kitchen to dry and or use at my convenience now but no ear buds for my iPod. I need to smack myself upside the head with a can of V8.
Wondering how that guy keeps his sunglasses up without a nose. Just one of those wonders of the world.
JEREMY MAYFIELD UPDATE
He is still around folks. Thanks to doing an Alford Plea he has his life back...kind of...and he's back to racing...kind of. About 5 years ago Jeremy got popped for methamphetamine use in a NASCAR drug test. He said it was his Adderall and Claritin D mixed that caused the positive test. NASCAR said no way Jose. You go to the Road to Recovery Drug Rehab program or you don't race. Jeremy said no way Jose and now he don't race in NASCAR. Then terrible things started to happen to Jeremy. He got arrested for having stolen property and drug paraphernaliaon his property. Then he lost his house.
I just watched a long video interview with Bob Pockrass talking to Jeremy. He was very calm during this interview and either he's delusional or he really is telling the truth. His truth being it was just bad luck all the way around and he simply couldn't go into rehab because he does not do drugs. As for all the stolen property he says he bought that stuff.
The Alford Plea is where you acknowledge that there is enough evidence to convict you but your not admitting guilt. He had 22 felonies against him but by taking the Alford Plea it went down to 3 misdemeaners. That would be 2 for possessing stolen property & 1 for possessing drug paraphernalia.
Now if you wouldn't go to rehab for drugs out of your belief that you were innocent than why would you take a plea agreement if you knew you were innocent? That's the mind of Mr Mayfield.
He says he got his life back. He's racing dirt modifieds and plans to work his way back up out of the hole he's in and help other racers that might need a hand. He's also going to be doing a video series about his situation. Explaining everything. I don't know what to think other than things just don't ring true.
NEWMAN LEFT STRANDED AT THE AIRPORT
At the beginning of the week Newman called Dale Jr and asked to bum a ride on his plane to Michigan. It's a common practice amoung drivers. Plane pooling saves resources like car pooling does. But in this situation there was a hiccup.
Dale Jr's PR guy told him he'd booked extra media obligations so they'd leave at 8am instead of 8:30. So Newman showed up before 8:30 and saw Dale Jr's truck but no plane. Luckily Newman saw Dale Jarrett's plane and asked the pilot if they were heading to Michigan. They were and Newman bummed a ride off them. Of course the media guys all had a few laughs and questions about that one.
MCMURRAY VISITS JACKSONVILLE JAGUAR PRACTICE
Jamie McMurray practiced with the team as part of the 56th annual Coke Zero Powered by Coca Cola Media Day. He ran routes, caught passes from all the QB's and generally had a good time. He was amazed at the size and speed of the athletes. Then he decided it was good to be a race car driver.
NEWS OF THE DANICA
There's no secret. Haas has his F1 licence and driver hunting is on the list. When asked if he was considering Danica he said he felt she'd be a successful F1 driver and she was being considered for the job.
The Danica said that he hasn't asked yet and out of respect she'd listen to Haas's offer but she's happy where she is now. Had that offer come 10 years ago she'd have jumped on it but at 32 years old she feels she's too old to be starting a 3rd career in racing. Shall we say...to be continued?
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Hamlin had the pole but Keselowski took the lead and off he went.
Caution on lap #32 for a smoking guard rail? Apparently peopl were playing with fireworks in the infield and the grass beside the guard rail caught fire.
And Keselowski continues to lead followed by Ku Bu, Harvick, Gordon & Hamlin
Caution #3 on lap #71 sees Johnson slam door on door into Ambrose on pit lane. Lotsof stops to fix that.
Ku Bu is out front now with Stewart, Harvick, Keselowski & Logano
After pit stops later Stewart leads. Then there's a caution. Harvick has a flat, Ku Bu over shoots his pit box and Stewart gets nailed for speeding on pit road.
Keselowski assumes the lead.
Caution on Lap #138 The Danica is in the wall. Right front tire blew
Restart and Keselowski takes the lead. Caution is out again soon after for Kahne & Edwards big wreck.
Restart and Keselowski retakes the lead with Dale Jr in hot pursuit. With about 10 to go Keselowski has trash on the grill blocking air flow into the engine. At 7 to go Keselowski is reporting the oil & water temps are hot.
Keselowski tries to scoot up behind Danica to get the trash off his grill but it doesn't work and it slows him down enough for Dale Jr to drive to the lead and his2nd win of the season.
Top 15 finishers - Dale Jr - Keselowski - Ku Bu - Hamlin - Larson - Johnson - Newman - Gordon - Truex Jr - McMurray - Bowyer - Ky Bu - Stewart - Harvick - Stenhouse
Fast fast fast. That's 2 miles of engine eating fastness. Harvick has the pole with the fastest qualifying lap since Bill Elliot at Dega in April of 1987. Bill's lap was 212.809 mph and Harvick's was 204.557 mph. That's 35.198 seconds around a 2 mile lap. Lift off speed fastness.
Larson, Gordon, Dale Jr, Kahne, & Ku Bu were all fast in practices.
Harvick is pole sitter and finished 2nd in both races here last year. If his motor holds up...Top 10
Gordon has the most laps led here with 954 in 42 races. Has 18 top 18 top 5's & 8 of those were 2nd place. Top 10
Biffle won this race last year. He's got contract negotiations going on so there's something to prove. It's Ford's back yard too. Top 10
Kenseth starts 26th. Just as bad as last week. Scares me. I'll pass
Vickers has a 10th place start. I'll say Top 15
Larson is the rookie with the mostest. He's knock knock knocking on the W door. Really hard. Only a matter of time. Not this week though. Top 15
Dillon was in this race last year. Came in 11th. He'll do it again.
Johnson has issues at this track. No W here yet. Last year he was running 2nd with 3 laps to go trying to run down The Biff & he scccccccccccaraped the wall. I'm saying Top 10 but no W
Stewart needs to not make any more rookie mistakes like getting caught speeding on pit road. He took a Top 10 & threw it away. I say Top 10 this week
Dale Jr blew his motor last year but this is this year. He's on a roll. Top 10
Keselowski doesn't have good showings here. Top 15
Logano blew a tire in the Nationwide race while in the lead. He'll be a Top 10.
Menard would be my dark horse pick for a Top 10. He won that Nationwide race starts 5th today
Ku Bu is fast but unreliable this year. He sits mired back in 27th with 1 W in the points. Only 3 top 5's. Choose him at your own risk.
Kahne blew a motor here last year. He's fast in practice but can you trust him? Only 2 Top 10's this season so far. He's jinxed.
Montoya is in the #12 for Penske this week. Look out. I'm hoping he finishes the race. Top 20?
Moffitt is back in the #66 for MWR. Did me right in my fantasy league last time. Top 25.
So once again I bid you Gabbers & others who are fathers, An Awesome Happy Fathers Day. I hope you have the best Bar B Q ever, lots of family time, great weather to picnic in and just enjoy your day. Congrats to The Kings fans. I hear you won Justin Bieber. That's what it said on Twitter.
While still marveling over Storrs, Connecticut being the center of the college basketball universe...again...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL WRAP UP
UConn - Monday night saw the rise of the men's basketball team to the top of the heap after their 60-54 defeat of Kentucky. Kevin Ollie did a marvelous job in guiding the team to the title and Shabazz Napier was just awesome.
Following that up was the UConn women's team completing a 40-0 season with their defeat of Notre Dame, 79-58. As a matter of fact, the game and entire women's tournament went pretty much how I thought it would. I told a co-worker that the women's tourney would come down to a matchup between #1 UConn and #2 Notre Dame and then UConn would win by 20 points. Which is pretty much what happened.
Speaking of the tournaments themselves, the final breakdown of the four brackets I had going broke down like this:
Men's NCAA record - 43-26 (Won the YouGabSports ESPN Bracket Challenge Group)
Women's NCAA record - 48-15 (Picked the national title winner)
Manhattan - After it was learned that Steve Masiello did not have the degree he claimed to have received and lost out on a job, he decided to try and stay at Manhattan. But the school put him on leave until they decided what they were going to do.
The news this past week was Masiello would keep his job but is on unpaid leave until he completes his degree studies at Kentucky. Associate head coach Matt Grady will run the team in the meantime.
UNLV - Former Runnin' Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian was hospitalized on Thursday. The 83 year old complained of feeling weak and having trouble breathing. His son was quoted as saying his father was having trouble keeping his eyes open as well.
It was later reported that Tarkanian is being treated for pneumonia and while improving is still hospitalized.
Men's Basketball - There has been a lot of activity with the men's team this week. Between the introduction of the new coach to a flurry of transfer news both real and rumored, it has kept the fan base very engaged.
Men's Hockey - The Eagles faced off against Union College on Thursday in the Frozen Four.
They owned the first period, leading 1-0 at the break. But the start of the second period saw Union dominate the first 9 minutes. They took a 2-1 lead during that time. After that, the Eagles controlled the next 9 minutes allowing just one shot on goal for Union.
It was tied 2-2 after the second period. Union took a 3-2 lead. Boston College then got the benefits of a five minute power play. They weren't able to capitalize on it though. Union then took a 4-2 lead and things looked very bleak.
BC pulled their goalie with 2:32 left in the third and they managed to score to make it 4-3. Union countered with an empty net goal to make it 5-3.
Not to go down quietly, BC's Patrick Brown scored to make it 5-4. But with just 3.2 seconds left in the game, Union prevailed by that 5-4 score to end the Eagles season.
Also, while it doesn't reduce the hurt of finishing short of a national title, BC's junior forward Johnny Gaudreau capped his year by being named the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner.
Despite holding a 19 point lead in the 3rd quarter, the Celtics week started off with a 115-11 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The loss featured three Celtics going for more than 20 points apiece and Phil Pressey having a 12 point 11 assist night with Rajon Rondo sitting out.
Things didn't get much better on Wednesday night when the Hawks handed Boston a 105-97 loss. Avery Bradley scored 24 points to lead the offense while Rondo had 19 points and 12 assists. Jared Sullinger added 15 points and 11 boards.
However, the Celtics did manage to break their losing streak on Friday night thanks to a 106-103 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley again led the offense by scoring 22 points and Sullinger had 20 points. Rondo was out with a bruised shin so Phil Pressey handled the point with 10 points and 13 assists.
They followed that up with a 111-99 win over Cleveland on Saturday night. It's been quite a while since they won 2 games in a row and over the first three quarters, the Celtics looked like the dominant team of yore as they built up a 31 point lead. A combination of them slacking off and Cleveland getting hot saw the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics by 19 points in the fourth quarter, making things tighter and the final score more respectable.
Kelly Olynyk scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics. Avery Bradley also scored 25. Jeff Green and Brandon Bass also chimed in with 19 points apiece.
In other NBA news, Joe Dumars is reportedly going to resign as GM of the Detroit Pistons. He's been with the team for 29 years including a front office job since 2000. It's really too bad because he's been the one Bad Boys era Pistons player that you could actually root for.
But the team has been terrible the last few years and I don't think anyone can really argue that a change isn't needed.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Now that he's with the Buffalo Bills, ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes mouthed off on Twitter this week about his time with the Pats. While most of his comments were inconsequential hype, the one comment that is sure to tick off a lot of people was how he termed his time with the Patriots as "Four Years a Slave".
Really Brandon? Seriously? You are trying to compare being a well paid pro athlete with the black mark on US history that is slavery?
While I'm not in the habit of rooting for ex-players that leave the teams I root for, I generally leave them alone in terms of the booing and such. But with the idiocy of his comments, I'm going to actively root against Spikes during the two games he faces off against the Patriots.
My fandom for the league has hit a downturn with the news on Thursday that the Chicago Sky had cut former Boston College standout Carolyn Swords.
She saw her season end early last year with a knee injury but when I saw her a couple of times at BC games this winter, she said rehab had been going well and expected to be back in Chicago for the upcoming season.
I don't know what if anything happened to make the team change their mind and release her. But I do know that they are losing out on a decent backup.
I don't know what her plans will be now. She could go overseas again or look for another WNBA team. (The Connecticut Sun would be a nice landing spot for my own selfish reasons of being close enough to actually go see her play again)
However, with her departure from the team, my interest in the Chicago Sky just went into the crapper. And with Katie Smith retired, there are currently no active WNBA players I have any interest in following. Yes I'll keep track of the New York Liberty because Smith will be an assistant coach there this season but it will be a different experience to not be rooting on a particular player.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Wareham Girls Track - The team picked up their first win of the season by beating Bourne 106-30. They won all but one of the individual events in the meet. My ex-player Paige picked up individual wins in the long jump (14 feet 4 1/2 inches) and the 800 meters (2:41.4). She and another of my former players (Kali) were part of the quartet that won the 4 x 400 meter relay event (4:41.4).
Wareham Girls Varsity Softball - The Vikings got blasted by Fairhaven on Wednesday, losing 19-4 in a mercy rule shortened game. Rae-Lyn got tagged with the loss on the mound.
On Friday, the Vikings lost to Old Rochester 15-5, despite Gina going 2-3 with a home run.
They are now 0-4 on the season.
Upper Cape Girls Varsity Softball - The Lady Rams are 4-1 on the season after beating Cape Tech 16-0. The Upper Cape pitcher threw a no-hitter.
Friday's game against Old Colony saw the Rams take a 14-13 thriller to improve to 5-1 with a 2-0 conference record.
You can check out the video for the new Winger song "Tin Soldier" below.
Books - I finally finished reading a book this week. It was the Star Trek Enterprise novel Rise of the Federation - A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett. It was a surprisingly good read and much like the other books based on the Enterprise TV show, far better than anything that came in the first three seasons of the series. I loved the fourth season which was just awesome until the abomination they call the series finale.
I also picked up the Ingrid Thoft thriller/mystery Loyalty. It is the first book in her series featuring PI Fina Ludlow. I read a review of the second book in the series and thought it sounded good so I wanted to read the first book.
TV - The extended trailer for 24: Live Another Day has been released online. You can see it below. I get more excited as May 5th draws closer.
Gooooooooooooooooood morning. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. It's Mustang's 50th anniversary. Love that car. Well, the old ones from the 60's. They rock.
Like this one. It's so prettttttttttty. That's a if I win the lottery car. Yup. Dreaming....
Geoff Bodine drove some Mustang in name only (as far as I see it) as the pace car for the Darlington race this Saturday night. If they hadn't told me it was a Stang, I'd never have noticed. Beautiful color and a special edition for the anniversary but a Stang it is not.
So they were testing Goodyear tires at Michigan this week. Drivers were reaching speeds between 212 & 217 mph. That's scary bad fast territory. NASCAR is already making plans for down sizing the motors for next year. Restrictor plates aren't enough.
Awesome Bill from Dawsonville has a son. A very talented one. He missed his Sr prom to run in the Nationwide Series on Friday night. He won. That's 2 in a row for this young man of 18. Count me as jealous.
Kyle Petty says his dad, Richard is doing well since his wife Lynda passed away recently. Every one is taking time staying with him to help him through this rough patch. The Petty's are thankful for all the prayers and well wishes.
Gene Haas who is 1/2 of Stewart Haas Racing has been granted his F1 license. Haas owns the biggest CNC Machining business in the western world. So money is not a big deal. So that's 4 NASCAR teams and an F1 team under the Haas name. Even with sponsors that's a tall order.
I was reading about this Heartbleed virus that's busy in Internetland. According to what I read you should see a green lock with https. in your address bar if a site is infected. Well, my Mac doesn't show anything but my Lenovo laptop with Windows 7 does. The Gab and Craigslist are free of this scourge but Yahoo, Twitter & Youtube have it. My virus scanner on my Lenovo didn't say anything to me about a possibility of me picking up this virus by hanging on Twitter during the race. What up with that? That stupid virus scanner is constantly bugging me about other stuff but not that Heartbleed thing. I need to read more on this subject. Any body got an explanation?
TEXAS WRAP UP
It was another rain out last week. Worked 6am to 12pm and drove over to my parents to watch the race on Monday. Got there just in time to see Dale Jr get too low on the track and fold his nose under when his splitter touched the grass. He said it was his fault. He was watching the car in front of him. So 12 laps in and Dale Jr is done for the day.
Johnson got nailed by the debris from Dales car and he had issues for the rest of the race.
Stewart had the pole and led the first 77 laps and then Keselowski took over.
Keselowski had issues at the start of the race but managed to get it fixed. The jet dryer drove by and blew into his wheel well and messed up his hood. The team duct taped it down and away he went. His team mate Logano led more laps than him but it was a good day for Penske.
Harvick had a fast car but on lap 28 a puff of smoke spelled doom for his day. Ouch.
Hamlin, Gordon, and Ky Bu all led a lot of laps but Logano led the most at 108 and he led the last lap for the win.
Top 15 Finishers - Logano - Gordon - Ky Bu - Vickers - Larson - Biffle - Kenseth - Bowyer - Menard - Stewart - Kahne - Almirola - Hamlin - Edwards - Keselowski
DARLINGTON WRAP UP
The race lived up to it's nickname. The Lady in black. Lots of cars with the Darlington stripe. I laugh because they always count the cars that scrape the wall. I'm really sorry for the guy that has to paint all that wall. It was another Gentleman start your tempers kind of race. Paint trading on the track and barb trading on the radio. But your veterans did prevail as usual. Except Hamlin. He should just quit. I picked him up in one of my leagues and this is the last time. He had a top 10 run going which should've been a top 5 and he blew it on the last pit stop by speeding on pit road and then he wrecked.
Harvick had the pole and dominated the race and won the race. There were 2 Green/White Checkers. The first one saw Harvick hook up to Dale Jr's bumper and push him to the lead. Ku Bu wrecked off Bowyer's bumper before they got to the white flag so it was Green/White Checkers #2. Dale Jr takes the lead again but Harvick passed him easily.
UNOFFICIAL TOP 15 FINISH - Harvick - Dale Jr - Johnson - Kenseth - Biffle - Ky Bu - Gordon - Larson - Stewart - Newman - Dillon - Bowyer - Edwards - Ambrose - Allmendinger
So it was a full moon this weekend. The crazies were out in full force too. On the race track and where I work. Very very rough work week for me. People were absolutely nutso. I'm thinking I need medication so I can deal with them. Hopefully they all settle down till next week.
It was 70 on Saturday and no wind. Actually quite nice. Supposed to be 80 today. Can't wait. Maybe I'll sit on my mom's porch all day. WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!! I hope all the Gabbers and others enjoy the great weather today too. Well wishes to all.
There's been a certain amount of coaching carousel news and/or rumors in the last few days and I thought I'd hold forth what I thought about each of the following five stories.
Steve Masiello led the Jaspers into the NCAA tournament this year and then almost immediately bolted for the South Florida job. But Masiello now finds himself dumped out of the South Florida gig after the school learned the claim of a degree from Kentucky on his resume was a flat out lie.
So now, he's still the Manhattan coach. But that may not be for much longer either. The school has placed him on leave while they look into the situation.
I'm not one who believes you have to have a college degree in order to coach college basketball, though a lot of schools apparently do have that requirement. But if you say you have said degree, you actually should.
I'm sure he's a good coach but Masiello should be headed towards the unemployment line. Manhattan should fire him as soon as possible, with cause.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that Kelvin Sampson is the leading candidate to take over the Cougars.
To that I say....ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?
Kelvin Sampson has proven that there are no rules he won't break. He got out of Oklahoma ahead of an NCAA posse which eventually leveled a 3 year probation on the Sooners.
Sampson was so corrupt at Indiana that the basketball team which had never had a violation of NCAA rules under Bobby Knight and Mike Davis, ended up on probation as the program fell apart.
The school president Michael McRobbie apologized to the NCAA for hiring Sampson and said it was a mistake that shouldn't have happened. And the NCAA hit Sampson with a five year show cause order which effectively blackballed him from college coaching until last year.
And now Houston wants to hire Sampson? Why not just offer the NCAA space at the school so they can get their investigation started as soon as the introductory press conference is made.
Sampson has no business being allowed to coach a college team now or ever again.
I don't know how much weight to give the reports I've heard about saying that the Pistons are considering Tom Izzo as their next potential coach.
Hey, Izzo is a great coach. The Michigan State Spartans are a threat to win the title just about every year.
But I think he'd be making a galactic sized mistake if he leaves MSU for the Pistons. Even if his team was to win the title this year and people could make the argument that he'd accomplished all he could at the college level, the NBA is just a bad move for him.
Coaching in the NBA does not hold the same level of awe as it did back in the day. Nowadays it is mostly a joke. A grown man presiding over 15 guys more interested in being a brand than basketball players.
There are some NBA coaches who actually coach (Greg Popovich with the Spurs, Brad Stevens with the Celtics), but for the most part coaching in the NBA strikes me these days as a way to pad the retirement fund rather than building a team with your own personal philosophy.
If Tom Izzo wants a new challenge, go to a new school without much of a basketball pedigree and build a program. Otherwise, he should stay at Michigan State. At least in college, it still resembles actual COACHING.
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It appears that things are so rosy behind the scenes with the Warriors and coach Mark Jackson. For the second year in a row, he hired an assistant coach and then forced the team to reassign the assistant after things apparently broke down with them.
This time it was ex-Boston Celtics player Brian Scalabrine, and the move managed to let some light into the entire scenario as it now appears things between the team and Jackson are coming to a head. And that doesn't even begin to address the news that Jackson was chasing other head coaching jobs while employed by the Warriors.
I know that Jackson had knocks against him when he got the job with no coaching experience. But he had managed to make the Warriors relevant again. He's got an up and coming set of players. But his inexperience (at least in terms of interpersonal skills) seems to be coming out in buckets.
How do you go looking for another job when you already have one of the better ones in the entire league? And what is this obsession that is developing with head coaches basically firing their own assistants with seemingly no reason. (Scalabrine is still with the team, which apparently likes what he brought to the table.)
Jason Kidd and now Mark Jackson? Is it because they are know it alls who don't like to be challenged by non-yes men?
Here's hoping things get straightened out and the team moves on from what day by day seems to be a worsening work environment. If that means they cut ties with Jackson, so be it.
The Eagles are looking for a new head coach after firing Steve Donahue a week or so ago. First there was the rumor that Jim Calhoun wanted the job. But he came out and said he had no interest in the job yesterday.
Now comes the news that one candidate is current Boston Celtics assistant Walter McCarty. He's not only on the list but he's vocal about wanting the job, saying "I want to be highly considered."
I don't know what he brings to the table as a coach. He's been an assistant with the Celtics, the Pacers and at Louisville under Rick Pitino. But it is a big change moving to the front of the pack.
As a BC fan, I'm not interested in being the starting point for a head coaching career. Hire a guy, watch him do well and then bolt at the first higher visibility job is not what the Eagle need.
Can McCarty recruit? You need to be able to do more than say that you were a sought after recruit at one time yourself.
I'm not opposed to McCarty, but I want him to be not only up for the challenge of rebuilding what was once a proud program, but READY to do it as well.