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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?

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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.....

 

Deep Thoughts 4-16-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Jackie Robinson Boston Marathon Draft Day Old time baseball Tommy John and today's pitchers Arnold Palmer the most important golfer

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. This week marks two very significant events. Tuesday was Jackie Robinson day and the anniversary of the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon. MLB does a great job each year of recognizing Robinson by having each MLB player wear #42. While this is a great tribute, I have a question. On Jackie Robinson day, shouldn’t the Dodgers be playing at home? It really does seem like a slap in the face to me to not only have the Dodgers on the road…but playing at San Francisco. I am really scratching my head over this. I am also trying to understand why someone would leave two dummy backpacks at the Boston Marathon finish line. It is acts like this that make me wonder about the direction of our country. Sick…

BOB mentioned yesterday in his blog about Aldon Smith’s latest screw up. Telling TSA agents that you have a bomb is not very bright. This does not strike me as the act of a mentally stable person, but maybe he is just an idiot. Either way, I think BOB is right, Sheriff Goodell will ask Smith to take the year off. This is really a bad deal for the 49ers as their defense is not the same without him. But, I figure that this is out of the team’s hands at this point. It will be interesting to see if they cut him loose or save a spot for him.

I caught the movie Draft Day last weekend. If you like football, you will definitely like this movie. It was like a big spoonful of football. I would not say it is Costner’s best work, but it is definitely worth watching. It was interesting watching the behind the scene conversations. Given the timing of the approaching draft, it makes the current headlines rather intriguing. I saw on Tuesday that an “anonymous” NFL executive thinks that Clowney is “spoiled” and “lazy”. Teams are looking for any reason to cause a player to drop. Is this truly what this executive believes or is he trying to allow Clowney to fall into their lap? Johnny Manziel is slammed because he scores too high on the Wonderlic test. It is whispered that he may be too smart to be coachable. Vince Young was slammed because he scored too low on the test…maybe he is not smart enough to learn the playbook. It really is a game of chess. The media sucks up the words like a Hoover on steroids. I am not even sure that they realize that they are being played by the teams…either way, they are pawns. There was a time that we could believe what we read in the paper, but those times are long gone.

 

 

 

 

 

I have been reading an old book about baseball stories. I found the book at an antique store and figured for a few bucks it would be interesting to read. The stories are an assortment of short stories, poems…each one is different. There was the original story that I suppose the Field of Dreams was based upon. One very short story was about a guy that walked into a bar. A baseball game was on the small TV in the corner. An older guy sitting next to him started talking about baseball and complaining about the way games today (probably 40 years ago) are described. Lanz commented on BOB’s blog yesterday how Vin Scully used words to paint a picture of the game. That is exactly what this old guy was complaining about in this story. He missed listening to a baseball game on the radio; because those play by play guys painted that picture for their listeners…they had to. TV guys have gotten lazy. Most do not understand what it is to do a play by play. They use words like velocity instead of bringing the heat or throwing gas and location instead of nibbling around the corners. As I read this story, I realized that the old man was exactly right. I have spent those summer nights lying in my bed with my eyes closed…seeing the game through the words. I watch the game now, and don’t really listen as much to the words of the broadcast. Often, I think that I see as much or more than the guys doing the broadcast. Baseball is great today and I love being able to watch so many game on TV. But, there will always be something special about listening to a baseball game on the radio.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

I think we have all noticed how many pitchers are MIA this year. The dreaded phrase “Tommy John” surgery has been spoken 20 times this year. I started looking around trying to find some answers. One theory is that the MLB strike zone is so tight that pitchers have given up throwing slower breaking balls and now throw a cut fastball, slider and split finger fastball. Hitters spend hours watching video now. They are much more patient at the plate because they know that the tight strike zones favor hitters. There is some potential truth to this. Fastballs are thrown with the shoulder. Curveballs are thrown with the shoulder and wrist. The harder breaking balls all stress the elbow. I can see this, but I don’t think it tells the entire story. So I went to the expert on the matter…Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Andrews believes that there are several factors that are causing the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) to fray and eventually fail. Kids are bigger and stronger and the UCL is just not able to keep pace with how hard the young pitchers are throwing. Also, baseball has become a year round sport in many parts of the country. He believes that young pitchers are not getting a break like they used to. Instead of putting away the baseball glove and picking up a football or basketball, they simply play on. A comment on the article about Dr. Andrews was spot on. He remembers listening to 2 visiting hockey coaches from Finland. They said if you want to be one of the best 12 year old players around then play year round. But if you want to still be a good player when you are 16 or 17 then drop the game when your season is over and play other sports that interest you because eventually water seeks its level and others will catch up or your zeal for the game will be greatly diminished

My son began playing tournament baseball when he was 11. But, we limited the amount of games that the kids played. But there are others that do not. I am a firm believer that playing all sports is of great benefit for young athletes. Focusing on one sport at a young age often burns kids out. It also can lead to overuse of a pitchers arm…which is what we are beginning to see at the professional level. There is really nothing that the MLB can do to change this, except perhaps offer direction. Baseball should spend time preparing messages to younger players and their parents. Most kids will never play professional baseball, but the facts should be known. Throwing a baseball is not a natural action. Throwing a baseball hard puts stress on the shoulder and elbow.

Based on this information, it does not appear that anything will change soon. For the record, of those 20 pitchers undergoing Tommy John surgery only one is from outside the US. It is clear that this problem is something that is homegrown. Hopefully, it will be something that we can soon begin to change.

 


 

 

 


Last weekend was the Masters. The big news leading up to this great tournament was that Tiger Woods would not be healthy enough to participate in this year’s Masters. I have been a big fan of Tiger Wood's golfing. I have watched him perform at a level that few have ever approached. I cheered Tiger on in his pursuit of the major championship record. But, in the back of my mind, I had a nagging feeling like I had forgotten something. This week, I was reminded what I had forgotten. For all of those wins, Tiger Woods will never have something…he will never be the King of golf. There has only ever been one man in golf that completely grabbed the fancy of the country and that was Arnold Palmer. Although, Jack Nicklaus will wear the crown of best player, it is Arnold Palmer that captivated our nation and brought attention to the game of golf. Men wanted to be Palmer and women just wanted him. Class, charisma and charm were characteristics of Arnold Palmer. When Palmer began to make a move up the leader board, he would hitch his pants and eagerly charge toward the next shot. The adoring crowds were called “Arnie’s Army” and they would announce a great shot with a surge of cheers. Seriously, there was no doubt when Palmer sank a long putt or hit a great shot. ..You just knew. He did not so much play golf, as attack the course. As a small kid, I remember thinking that there was something different about this man.  

 

 

 

 

Through all of his professional successes, Palmer remained a hero to every man. You cannot find anyone that will say something bad about Palmer. He has been a gentleman from the beginning. He always had time for a smile and a handshake. Athletes of today would do well to examine the manner that this giant of another generation has handled his business.

 

Here are a few facts about Arnold Palmer:

Hale Irwin said that he learned from Arnold that the most important part of being a professional golfer was what you did outside the ropes.

Palmer said that his father told him…You don’t need to tell anyone how good you are, you show them how good you are.

You can have a discussion over who is the best golfer of all time, but there is no question that Arnold Palmer has been the most important golfer of all time.

Johnny Bench named his son Justin Palmer Bench. Now, that is impressive.

Palmer represents the values of what America used to be. He is an American icon.

Arnold Palmer loved to add lemonade to his glass of iced tea…now that drink is called an Arnold Palmer.

There is so much more about Palmer to discuss. He beat prostate cancer in 1999, but has never quit his fight to beat the disease. He has donated money and been very outspoken to help raise awareness for fighting cancer. He built a Children’s hospital in Florida that remains one of the most impressive hospitals in the country for children.

 

Arnold Palmer brought attention and money to the PGA tour. He helped create the Senior Tour and the Golf Channel. He defined how to create a brand, by living his life doing good things. He began flying his own plane in the 1950s. In watching the golf channel story, it detailed how Palmer decided that at 80 years of age that he should leave the flying to someone else. On his last flight from the west coast to Orlando…he got the red carpet treatment from each airport that he was in communication with. Apparently, all of the airports across the country cleared the way for his flight. I am not a pilot, but supposedly, this is just not done. He did not have to wait for anything…which speaks to the respect that the air traffic guys had for Palmer as a pilot. From his humble beginnings, Palmer has created a huge place in American history…and he has done it the right way.

 

Tiger Woods has been a student of golf and has focused his attention to try to eclipse these records. It is a shame that Tiger does not understand that golf is only a small part of the legacy he will leave behind. It is sad, but I sort of see Tiger Woods as I do Barry Bonds. Both were great players that never realized the true meaning of being a champion. Arnold Palmer is 85 and won’t be with us much longer. It is time we took a moment to acknowledge just how special his life has been.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

                                                             I think that everyone is ready for the snow to stop...

 


 

 

 

This is a picture of the Utah Valley University baseball field. The UTPA Broncs headed to Orem Utah to take on the Wolverines last weekend. They took 2 out of 3, but could not close out the sweep on Sunday. Watching the games online, I could not help but admire the beautiful venue...at least until the weather turned bad on Sunday. Blake and his guys managed to just beat the snow out of town. Next week is a home series against Bakersfield. Hopefully, they can just keep winning 2 out of three. Taking a series the rest of the way will allow the Broncs to make the conference tournament in May.

 

 

That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey...

 

 

"Too bad you can't buy a voodoo globe so that you could make the earth spin real fast and freak everybody out."

 

"If you're a young Mafia gangster out on your first date, I bet it's real embarrassing if someone tries to kill you. "

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...

 

 

 

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