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Rivalry Series: LSU vs. Notre Dame
Category: NCAA
Tags: ALABAMA BILL ARNSPARGER DALTON HILLIARD GERRY DINARDO LSU NOTRE DAME OLE MISS PENN ST. STEVE BEUERLEIN TEXAS TIM BROWN TOMMY HODSON USC
LSU graphic for the 1984 game.

LSU graphic for the 1984 game.

Apologies for not posting this here sooner.  Things have been kind of crazy with relatives and so forth.  I've done all my family stuff after Christmas this year.

This doesn’t exactly fit the “rivalry” theme, but that’s what I decided to call blogs of this type.

There is a fair number of Notre Dame fans in Louisiana because of the Catholic population, so there always seems to be a fair amount of excitement over these games since the winner may have bragging rights for a while. I apologize in advance if this blog isn’t up to my usual standards. It was mostly written on an airplane, and I’m using an unfamiliar computer.

Tuesday’s game will be only the second meeting since 1998. In just over a year's time, the Tigers had faced the Irish three times, winning only one. Apart from 2006 and 1981, all the other games were in groups of at least two, so I’ll do those together.

The series is tied, 5-5. LSU has won the only two “neutral” site games, but both were in Louisiana. LSU’s only win at Notre Dame was in 1985.

2006 (Sugar Bowl) – LSU 41, Notre Dame 14

The 2006 game (in the Sugar Bowl) was interesting, at least it was an interesting match-up going into the game. LSU didn’t win the SEC, but what had kept them from the title game was the loss to eventual national champions florida (whose berth in the championship opened up the Sugar) in the regular season. They also lost to auburn in a bizarre 7-3 game marred with officiating disputes.

Notre Dame entered that year with one of its strongest teams since the early ’90s. Brady Quinn and Jeff Samardzija led a very productive offense. Though neither Quinn nor LSU quarterback Jamarcus Russell amounted to much, they generated a lot of buzz for the NFL draft. Russell would be the #1 draft pick a few months later.

The game was competitive for a half, but LSU looked to be the stronger team all along. They just didn’t translate that into points as well in the first half. LSU won going away, 41-14.

When LSU won the national championship in 2007, it was remarkable not only for the two losses that season but also for the fact that so much talent had gone to the NFL after the previous season.

1997 – Notre Dame 24, @LSU 6
1997 (Independence Bowl) – LSU 27, Notre Dame 9
1998 – @Notre Dame 39, LSU 36

LSU had a fairly good year in 1997, going 9-3, but they had a miserable time with the Irish on a rainy November day (not night) at Tiger Stadium. They got revenge when the Irish came back to Louisiana, this time to Shreveport for the independence bowl. Neither game was close.

The bottom fell out for LSU in the next two years. Gerry DiNardo’s tenure, which had started with a 29-9-1 record, ended with a thud. The Tigers only won 3 of the last 18 games he coached.

There were a number of close losses to good teams in there though, and the Irish were one of them in 1998. LSU took a 34-20 lead with 8 minutes to go in the third quarter. The Irish responded by scoring late in the third, and then LSU had a chance to go back up by 14 in the fourth. On second down from the Notre dame 17, LSU’s Herb Tyler threw to the wrong team, and the Irish ran it all the way back. There was some hope when LSU blocked the extra point, but this didn’t matter when Notre Dame scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under 90 seconds to go in the game. When the Irish won by three points (after intentionally taking a safety), it was the fifth loss that season alone to a bowl-eligible team by less than a touchdown.

1984 – Notre Dame 30, @LSU 22
1985 – LSU 10, @Notre Dame 7
1986 – @LSU 21, Notre Dame 19

There were three competitive games in the mid-1980s. That may not have been the case in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the Tigers began their worst stretch in recent memory and the Irish were competing for national championships.

Following a three-game losing streak in 1984 (Bill arnsparger’s first year at LSU), Notre Dame went on the road to upset a 7th-ranked LSU team that would eventually go to the Sugar Bowl. The Irish would not lose again until the Aloha Bowl.

After a disastrous loss at home in the third game in 1985, LSU went undefeated the rest of the regular season. The week after Alabama, the Tigers had a close call against Mississippi St., but they still entered the game against the Irish at 6-1-1 and ranked #17 in the country. After starting a respectable 5-3, Notre Dame lost to Penn State (who would finish 11-1) the week before hosting LSU.

Notre Dame took the lead just over 5 minutes into the game but would not score again the rest of the way. Still, the Irish held onto a 7-3 lead until late in the fourth quarter. With about 7 minutes left, an LSU drive stalled just a few yards into Notre Dame territory. After a 38-yard punt, the Irish took over at the 6 and went nowhere. This defensive stand allowed LSU to pick up roughly where they had left off on offense.

On a third and one (after a 9-yard run by LSU QB Jeff Wickersham), LSU took a gamble with a throw to running back Dalton Hilliard (uncle of current LSU running back Kenny Hilliard), who went down the sidelines for an 18-yard gain. Wickersham made another throw of 21 yards to get LSU into scoring position. After two runs, LSU took the lead 10-7 with about 3:30 to play.

After Notre Dame drove 25 yards to their own 48, Irish quarterback Steve Beuerlein’s pass was tipped. The Tigers came up with it and were able to run out the clock.

LSU made the Liberty Bowl after that season, where they lost to Baylor.

The Tigers would have a similar record going into the 1986 game against Notre Dame, this time playing the Irish at home. LSU was ranked #8, and Notre Dame was again unranked and headed toward a 5-6 finish.

Another close game ensued. This time LSU was first on the board with a touchdown after about 5 minutes of play, but Notre Dame’s Tim Brown took the kickoff back 96 yards to tie the game. LSU took the lead back after an 82-yard drive of 8:47. There was no scoring again until Notre Dame closed to 14-10 with about 6 minutes left in the third quarter. That score took place after Notre Dame converted a 3rd and 14. LSU would have had a stop on that down when it was first tried, but an LSU facemask offset a Notre Dame clipping penalty.

On LSU’s next play from scrimmage, Tommy Hodson threw an interception, which was returned to the LSU 2. The Irish gained a yard on first down but went no further, and the ball went over on downs when Brown was tackled for a loss on fourth down. The following LSU drive was a three and out, and Notre Dame then drove to the LSU 13 with six running plays and only one pass. The Irish then went backwards but they converted a 44-yard field goal attempt to get within 1.

LSU used a mix of running and passing to drive 79 yards in 11 plays. The Tigers only faced one third down on the drive, a 3rd and 3 from the Notre Dame 28.

Notre Dame’s next drive ended in a turnover, but LSU did nothing with it. The LSU defense could do little to stop the Irish from driving down the field in just seven plays for a touchdown. They stopped the two-point conversion though, and the Irish did not get the ball again.

1981 – @Notre Dame 27, LSU 9

Two awful teams played in 1981. LSU would only win three games that season, which is probably best remembered for ending with a humiliating 48-7 defeat at the hands of Tulane. Notre dame would finish 5-6 but they probably looked good momentarily in a 27-9 win at home.

1970 – @Notre Dame 3, LSU 0
1971 – @LSU 28, Notre Dame 8

What first inspired the Irish and Tigers to square off was the end of the 1969 season. LSU had only one loss, by two points to Archie manning’s ole miss rebels, and was hoping for a Cotton Bowl invite to play undefeated Texas and had declined other howl opportunities. Notre Dame, which had declined all bowl invitations since 1924, decided at the last minute they wanted to play Texas instead. They lost 21-17.

Notre Dame would only lose to two schools in the next two seasons, USC and LSU. The Irish did beat LSU at home, 3-0, in 1970. After a scoreless struggle, LSU had a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but their field goal attempt from the 17 was blocked. The Tigers kept Notre Dame from scoring on the next drive but were pinned at their own 1 afterward. Notre Dame then took over at the LSU 36. Interference was called on LSU on the first play from scrimmage, and Notre Dame drove 10 more yards before the winning field goal with only 2:54 to play.

LSU went 9-3 in both 1970 and 1971. In the 1970 bowl season, LSU lost to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, and Notre Dame got revenge over Texas in the Cotton.

In the 1971 game, LSU had lost to both Ole Miss and Alabama in the previous few weeks, so they took the opportunity to work out their frustrations in a 28-8 win. LSU was #14 AP and #18 in the coaches’ poll going into the game. Notre Dame, which had been #7 in both polls before the game, did not go to a bowl that year, while LSU beat Iowa St. in the Sun Bowl.

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Arkansas
Auburn (2010 post-game)
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Mississippi St.
Ole Miss
(Steve Spurrier and) South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M

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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: What's on my mind

We are one week away from Turkey Day, can you believe it?

I have several things on my mind this week. Some I’m not sure if I’m barking up the right tree. This week was kind of salute to soldiers I guess I looked at as a total marketing thing from the NFL . What the NFL is doing is donating 100 dollars per point in all salute to soldiers games  for three worthwhile organiziations. The Pat Tillman Fund, The USO, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Each team will host a salute to soldiers game this month, I’m thinking or at least I hope the merchandise sale of all the Cameo stuff with your team emblem on it helps support these organizations and help make the 100 dollars a point happen.

The Sheriff came down hard or Adrian Petersen can I just voice my opinion on this here and now. I don’t give a rats ass about Adrian Petersen or Ray Rice for that matter. I think the Commissioners scolding of Petersen in the letter he sent was justified. I also think all these  pundits saying we must do whats best for the league and Adrian are full of crap. We must do what’s best ffor a four year kid and hopefully Adrian remembers which four old  from which mother.and makes it right for both of them.

 

Uniforms enough is enough, I can’t tell who is who anymore.. Boise state don’t where all Blue against the Blue Turf it’s a mecca for seagull poop.

Go Head try to find the Boise State Players

Yes they have a seagull problem they have had it for years. The poor bird Brains think the turf is the ocean crash bang need I say more. Miami Dolphins Teal on Teal against a green Field really wear white pants or white shirts all you needed was ateal helmet.

Miami Dolphins Teal shirts and teal pants agains a green field

The Packers what was that uniform on Sunday? Lombardi Is rolling over in his grave. Go back to green and gold.

Look at #78 or is that 718 Can you Imagine Mean Joe Greene or Jack Lambert in these.

Do You see a difference between those and these?

Pittsburgh seriously don’t where those prison , three stooges uniforms any more Black and Gold and your not doing any favors fo the girthy guys in those.

Hey it was fun with Maryland and Oregon we could make fun of them. But the U I couldn’t tell it was the U the other night against FSU. Oklahoma State Really Go back to white helmet with an Orange OSU make Pistol Pete proud.

I like throwbacks in the NFL as much as the next guy I’m not offended when the Cowboys break out the white helmets with the big Blue Star or the Lions where their regular uni with no emblem on the helmet. I just  think we have gone too far with the college uniforms and I hope the NFL doesn’t follow suit.

Jonias Grey rushed for 201 yards on Sunday Night I was thinking remember when a hundred yard game was special.. It brought back memories of October 18, 1976 a Monday Night game at the time with 6year old Foxboro Stadium Quarterback. Steve Grogan rushed for 103 yards against Joe Namath and the Jets. The Patriots won 41-7..

There have been a lot of 200 yard rushing games in recent years. It got me thinking about why and how. The answer I believe is simple the NFL is a passing league and the run is used to compliment the pass. The defenses are mainly man and zone coverage without getting into a bunch of schemes that result in man and zone coverage. Defenses simply don’t play the run. When an offensive line controls the defensive of line in a game the result is a big day for the backs.  The league has gone from a running league to a passing league. Lets tally up some points with big plays is the thought process.there are some  throws that act like runs 3 or 4 yard passes in the flat 5to 7 yards across the middle. The days of Riggins right, Riggins left and pass on third down are gone for the most part but a solid game play that exposed a really weak run defense  sometimes brings those days of run first pass second back.

Lakesider Report

Boys again played a decent game on Sunday they couldn’t bye a bounce. I have to give Coach Glen some credit. Lil lanz was playing Defense and he did everything he could on one play just trying aggravate a kid just trying to break him up and run him wide and did but some how the puck bounced in. Lillanz came back to the bench head down coach Glen went over gave a tap on the helmet and gave him a lil back rub told him he did a good job on the play. That’s coaching.

Finally

Last Friday Night the MRS and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary at a very nice asian restaurant. They had a combination menu of  both Japanese and Chinese . I got a teriyaki steak that was cooked  to perfection with lots of veggies. The Mrs went for the yerayki Chicken it was a nice night out.

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Peyton and Tommy Shaun and other stuff

It was a typical NFL Sunday in Foxboro last week. As the Patriots came out and did what the Patriots do there  and have done for the better  part of the last 15 years. They simply win at home.. Rain and snow started the day off with blistery winds. By game time the Autumn Wind was a Patriot. The game itself had it’s moments a great catch by Gronk, A punt return by Edelman and a big interception by Nikovitch.. AS much as the game was pretty much over by halftime there was still something special about it..

The two icons on the field battling one guy up and adding to the score. The other trying to get his team back into the game and taking every yard given to him. As much as the game itself was nothing special.

The Quarterbacks were. How many more times will we see these two first ballot Hall of Famers battle it out. This time it was Brady . he was well prepared and executed the game plan well to beat Denver who probably player for player is the best team in the league.

It was also Manning leaving you  with the feeling of know lead is safe as long as number 18 was calling the shots. I was at the game and even with the clock and the score indicating a sure Patriots Victory that uneasy feeling was still in my gut up until maybe the last 3 minutes of the game. That is what a peyton Manning or a Tom Brady for that matter does to the opposing fandom. You never eally feel secure with a victory when the opposing Quarterback is either one of these guys.

It was a good win for the Patriots and it was absolutely fun to watch both quarterbacks battle head to toe. I have only missed one patriot home game in the last 15 years. And I have seen this battle many times. Everytime it is something special a treat no matter what the end result is. This feel right in line with the others.

Laser was at the game with me. He had the best line. At the start of the game there was a moment of silence for the late great mayor of the City of Boston the honorable , Thomas Menino. When Peyton throw for the third Bronco TD. The crowd was silenced. Laser turms to me and says dad. It is quieter now than during the moment of silence.

NHL

The Boston Bruins honored former Bruin tough guy Shaun Thornton last night as he returned to The TD North oh Damn it. The New Boston Garden. Last night as a member of the Florida Panthers. Ok, if we had to trade him why are we honoring him. Other players have returned and ayb they get a little ovation from the fans. But this was a whole video thing before the game on the Jumbotron. It is like Thornton was a local guy. It wasn’t like it was Ray Bourque returning with his Avalanche Cup and the late mayor giving Ray the honor at City Hall Plaza. It was a tough guy who served the Bruins well in his role for several years.

 

LIL Warriors report.

Boys lost a chippy one on Saturday Night. 4-2 another close battle. The boys had plenty of pressure and again outplayed the opposition . they just couldn’t get the puck to go in. Lil Lanz who had two penalties all last year. Got two in this one. A roughing matching penalty early and a mystery slash late as he as digging for the puck and trying to poke it loose. Boys have a busy week games both days and a Veterans Day morning match up as well.

 

Zebra Tales.

Friday Night were are going into the locker room at halftime and this kid is waiting just inside the gate from the field before we got to the locker room. He is dressed in a refs outfit has sun glasses on and a Blind stick in his hand . As we came off the field he high fived all of us. It was Halloween Night so I thought it was pretty funny as did the rest of our crew.

On Saturday I got called to do an official clock. I said beautiful . the weather sucks cold run and windy as hell. Perfect. I get to the school one of those Haughty Taughty High Schools that looks like a college and costs as much as  a decent college to send your kid there. I look at the field it’s grass no stands. Instead of being in the booth nice and dry. I was on a damn scaffolding. Soaked. The only guy who had it worse than I did  was the guy filming the game . he was on the top level of the scaffolding I was beneath him. Everytime the damn wind blow the thing would shake. So be it I had fun the guys on the crew were all great and they kept me laughing the entire game. Of course I went home I think I stayed in the shower for a good 45 minutes.

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 6-15-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Michigan Pocono Dale Jr Newman Harvick Jeremy Mayfield

                      

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?

TICKETS FOR THE DAYTONA 500 NOW ON SALE

Starting at $65. There's 3 ways to score your tickets. You can call 1-800-PITSHOP....visit the ticket office at the track or go on line ...DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com. 

POCONO RECAP

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

MICHIGAN PREVIEW

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.

And I'm outta here.....

 

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 5/22/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare

I was sitting in the car tonight reading a book while my wife and daughter were visiting the clinic for a second straight day, listening to some Steve Miller, Pink Floyd and Aerosmith, when something struck me kind of odd. Here on the Gab we have rights given to us by "The Beezer" and Sully, the right to speak our minds about anything we want to talk about when its our turn to write a blog, or just stop by and visit one of our other bloggers on the site. The ongoing nightmare that I have seen taking place over the past few years, is that we as Americans are slowly losing our Constitutional rights or freedoms to speak our minds. 

I as many of you came from the Sporting News, for which when I first started blogging, I followed Morriseyweb on a regular basis. But as time went by, the Sporting News and other sites began restricting or blogs, taking away our fantasy sports and not allowing us as bloggers the freedoms that we enjoyed when we first started blogging on the site. So like many of you, I decided to leave the Sporting News and stopped blogging altogether until I met Sully and the Beezer. I was first introduced to this site when it was a new site, and to tell truth I was quite surprised to see that it was still around after 3 years of not being on the site. 

The problem with our society today, is that most people are afraid to speak their minds, because they may offend the reader or hurt their feelings. There are not enough sites available to speak our minds, and exercise our basic freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. This is what makes the Gab such a special place, we are able to speak our mind, because most on this site will not be offended and probably have said worse themselves. 

I admittedly left for a while (about a year), after my Sunday spot was given to Qwazier. I was a little frustrated with my blogging, and was having a hard time coming up with a good blog. Today however, I would like to remember a few of those who have served, and those who have passed while on active duty serving their country in a bullshit war, started by President Bush. I know "Old Harry" has children in the military, Jerry, Scott and myself have served in the Navy, but let's get real, a lot of innocent lives have been taken for what, to soothe the ego of a Texas oilman and former owner of the Texas Rangers. His daughters had no chance of serving their country during time of war, so what did he care? He didn't, as long as he proved his point. He didn't as long as he got the revenge necessary for 911......

I guess the nightmare of it all is, we have not learned from our past. We go to war with countries that really are insignificant as far as a real threat to our freedoms, a war that we won years ago, or at least thought we did. The War in Iraq and Afghanistan should remind us of a war that occurred when I was a child, the Viet Nam War. But this is not what this site is for, I know that, but I thought just for once I would remember the fallen soldiers from our past instead of sports. Sports will always be here for us, we will always have the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL to watch and argue about here on the Gab. For some, they bleed the colors of their teams throughout the year, and those who just follow them when they can. But we are all fans of one of the sports I have mentioned, which makes them special to us. We create our identity through our teams that we follow, kind of like going to Mass on Sunday. Hell who knows, maybe God is a Lions fan, and the reason we suffer so? God might also be a Rangers-Blackhawk fan, and that is why they seem to be catching a few breaks on their march towards Lord Stanley's Cup. Who will win the Cup, Beezer like a few of us hope it's the Rangers. But no matter what the outcome, we have all won this year, because there is no Sidney Crosby heading towards the finals again........

I have made a few friends here on the Gab, and probably a few enemies as well with my views on their teams in general. In fact, it doesn't really matter much, because it's just my opinion which is one of our basic freedoms that our country fought so hard for to obtain during the Revolutionary War. We should be able to speak our mind without fear of someone holding it against us, or threatening our families with harm if we say something they don't like. I know this wasn't the type of blog you were expecting from me this week, but this was my nightmare and I thought I would share it. 

The United States has taken a step back since 911, always wondering which terrorist organization will strike next, and restricting our basic freedoms through wiretapping and probably reading our mail. You can't even be a member of my frickin credit union without acknowledging the Patriot Act. Hell you can't get a job a Kroger without a background check to see if you are a terrorist or something ridiculous like that. I might as well move to Canada and become a Blue Jays or Maple Leafs fan, which will piss Hotch off, because at least they still have some type of freedoms that doesn't exist in America.........

I remember growing up, the worst thing that happened was you got into a fist fight with your best friend, got up and shook hands; after a few days you were back to hanging around each other. Now days this same incident could lead to some punk pulling out a gun and shooting you. This is what in fact is wrong with society today, everyone thinks violence solves every problem, when in fact it doesn't...

This is the reason why I am going to put my education to good use, and become a substitute teacher. Sure the money isn't great, but the lives I can have an impact on may be the greatest achievement I will ever have. It's not about me, or anyone else that blogs on the Gab, it's about the kids in our society today. Most in my area have grown up on welfare, because that's what their momma was on and now they are on it too. Most want to solve their problems with a gun, WTF? We used to solve it with our fists, for which now will get you banned from your educational facility, and even put in jail. Parents can't even discipline their children, because all the kids of today have to do is talk to their counselor, and you can be put in jail, or at the least have Protective Services called on to visit your house.........

As all of you here on the Gab get ready to celebrate the upcoming holiday, I am celebrating the 21st birthday of my daughter Courtney. Still can't believe she is this old now, but that's how it goes. Have a great week, and don't forget to stop by Hal's blog on your way out.....

 

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