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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
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It’s another week and summer is moving along. A few thoughts cross my mind as we get ready for the second half. The All- Star game  the mid summer classic  was as  exciting as a Mid Summers Night Dream which had more action. than last night.s dud. It’s the one All-Star Game the players actually seem to put an effort into well at least the National League did. We all like the Home Run Derby but it’s way too long and drawn out and the whole Chris Berman back back back thing has grown old. Maybe they need a skills competition instead like Hockey which fun. Never mind as I think about it if they have an long accurate throw 6 of them will end up on the DL for arm strain and two will need Tommy John surgery.

 

 

The state of the Red Sox well it isn’t pretty a lot of payroll a lot of injuries and a lot of disfunction from ownership down. I wasn’t the biggest Bobby valentine fan when he came in and I was willing to give the guy a chance. Now I’m willing to give the guy a gold medal for inheriting an awful clubhouse and a meddling ownership group. I think from a baseball stand point he hasn’t cost them or win them any more or less than any other manager. I think he likes things a certain way and I think he has met a lot of resistance with routines and regiments. Than again Chicken and Beer worked for a long time.

Speaking about Bobby Valentine apparently he is trouble with the league office.( according to the Boston Globes Nick Carafado) He produced kind of a tell all documentary about how major league scouts kind of strong arm 16 year olds into signing. The MLB office sent the Red Sox a letter and they also deny any wrongdoing by scouts no surprises there.

 

I’m not sure what the plan is at the trade deadline but I’m suspecting they may have trouble making a major deal due to injuries and salary. It’s a wait and see.

Ray Allen is a member of the Miami Heat. People around here are pissed at Ray. I just don’t get it the guy took less money to play for the Heat. I don’t have a problem with that. He’ll get more looks and be more effective with them. He will mostly likely get another ring and as much as I hate to say this playing with Pierce and KG isn’t playing with Lebron and DWade. Like the Heat or hate the Heat, like Lebron or hate him he is damn good Basketball player. Not one of my favorites but when he is on he is hard to beat. Besides it’s a lot warmer in Miami in the winter than it is in Boston. I honestly think Ray say the writing on the wall when they tried to trade him at the deadline. He served 5 great years in Boston and was a class act. He will continue to be a class act and I wish him the best.

 

How about that Crazy Bob Kraft (Patriots owner) swearing in a movie scene just kind of showing that he is a normal guy. Mr. Kraft sent out an apology seemingly embarrassed  by it. But I’m sure he and coach Parcels perhaps exchanged a word or too. Don’t worry Mr. Kraft you are a top notch class act in my book so go have some fun acting in a movie scene. ( The video is blocked on You Tube)

 

Finally the 6 week summer baseball season started last night. The lil Lanz’s are on the Florida State Seminoles as we use College names. Both lil Lanzs the 12, and the 10 made good plays last night.. Ten year playing third just missed getting a kid out trying to steal third made a nice catch on the throw from the catcher and made a nice sweep just slightly too late. Meanwhile 12 year old Lanz playing second base caught a texas leaguer over his shoulder in shallow right field than doubled the runner at second leaning the wrong way. The Seminoles beat up on the Tar Heels pretty good last night. It’s a low stress league which allows the younger kids to play with the more experienced kids. They play two nights a week and it’s just a lot of fun. I think have the kids on that team their dads have been coaches.

Wish rhese guys were around when I fish

This is one for you Fisherman out there, I life on a lake and the water is usually murky at best this time of year. I use to fish quit a bit and gained some knowledge of how to catch bass. Let me tell you in this lake through it all out. I have fished dawn and dusk prime feeding periods.I have fished the banks and the pads lures , worms and shiners, actually worms work well but that’s it. So the other night I decide I want to fish a little so I put a brown rebel minnow bang got  a couple right a way. Than I switched to this rubber minnow thing and got a couple. I think after twenty fucking years I finally figured out. Than again last night tried the same thing in the same spot at the same tim and it was back to the drawing board (same weather conditions as well),

 

Musings From The Hoodwood 7-10
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB NBA Olympic Basketball MMA

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where a cool man cave is trumping a hot grill these days.

Leading Off: Free Agent Carousel

It seems that the carousel of players on the move in the NBA is spinning rather fast these days. It will be extremely weird to see Steve Nash in Laker colors, Jason Terry in Celtic colors, Jason Kidd in Knick colors and Ray Allen in Heat colors. The last three were free agent signing but the Nash move was a sign and trade. I couldn’t believe that the Suns would willingly trade their marquee player to a despised rival. Its true that the Suns are in a youth movement and a player like Nash is a bit long in the tooth, I was shocked to see the Suns willingly trade Nash in the division. Will the long time Sun get booed in his first appearance in Phoenix

NBA: Jesus becomes Judas?

The Buzz I couldn’t fathom was the fallout over Ray Allen going to the Heat. When the Celtics signed the capable shooting Jason Terry, it more or less meant that they would have no room for the redoubtable shooter that Allen is. Allen decided to take his talents to South Beach to join the defending NBA champs. To hear Bostonians tell it. He went from Jesus Shuttlesworth to Judas. What I don’t understand is that Allen made a business and professional decision. He felt that he would get more playing time and a better chance at another ring in Miami rather than Boston. Celtics fans have been acting like Allen betrayed them to their very core and soul.

 

Olympic Basketball: Good as Gold Again?

Last Olympiad in 2008 USA basketball was out for redemption. After the shameful showing in 2004 in Athens bookeneded by shameful showings at the 2002 and 2006  World Championships. The talk was that the USA Basketball team wasn’t the dominant squad. That talk got quashed as the American stormed through pool play with an average winning margin of 32.2 points. Stomping the Aussies in the quarters, Getting revenge on the Argentine squad in the semis they faced a good Spainish squad in the finals. Spain elected to try to run the Americans out, but found that they couldn’t keep their shots falling. The final was a 118-107 shootout that brought the gold back to the US and solidified their Redeem team moniker. The team heading to London is pretty solid Lebron James and Kobe Bryant reprising their 2008 roles Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony also are 2008 holdovers, but with Olympic newcomers Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Tyson Chandler, and Thunder Trio James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant adding youth and depth to a solid roster the US is a good bet for Gold in London. Im not betting against Coach K having this squad seriously prepared.

 

All-Star Game: What if it counts and nobody cared?

The 2012 MLB all Star Game is on deck tonight and the National League is playing the Texas Rankees….uhhh the American League. I mean really the Rangers have 8 players on the AL squad. The NL is being managed by the geriatric Tony LaRussa who cant help but overmanage. He has already ruffled feathers with his ignoring of Cincinnati Reds Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto, but then he compounds the oversights by not starting Mets RA Dickey and leaving ERA leader Ryan Dempster off. Will I watch the game? Maybe, I did get the ASG program in the mail over the weekend which was a nice touch and gives the small market of KC a nice look  but I think the All-Star game is really overrated these days, To make it the determining factor in who gets the home field advantage is ludicrous.

 

Reggie Jax: Backing down?

Hall of Famer and Hoodwood Hero Reggie Jax got mad dap from this scribe for his pointed criticism of declining Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in a recent article of Sports Illustrated. But the Yankees had the last laugh, forcing Mr. October into an apology for his comments and then keeping Jackson from Yankee activities for an indeterminate time. I think what Reggie said was spot on right. But since he was critical of a supposed current star he had to be censured? What kind of bullshit is this? And why didn’t Reg tell the Yanks that he was going to say what he was going to say and that was it?

PHAT DAP/HEAD SLAP

Phat Dap

To MMA fighter Anderson Silva who won the main event in UFC 148 over Chael Sonnen. Silva backed up his talk with a 2nd round TKO at the MGM Grand Garden arena. Silva took advantage of an ill-timed attempt at a spinning backfist by Sonnen to land a  series of punches and kicks to win the fight. Silva is the best MMA fighter in the game.

 

Head Slap

To the unnamed (I know who it is but I wont mention his name and give him any credit) asshat at a party I was at last Saturday who tried to imitate a kick that one of the fighters did and not only kick your humble scribe in the the upper thigh, he managed to crack the LED on my phone. Im out a couple hundred bucks to replace it. I do admit that I retaliated with a punch in the chest and didn’t apologize. Ass-clowns like that make me want to stay in my newly furnished man-cave more…ugh.

 

Ill add more on the page as the day goes on, and next week a look at the Hoodwood Man Cave!

 

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Musings From the Hoodwood 7-3 Holiday Grill Edition
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL MLB NBA NASCAR PGA NCAA Football Track & Field

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood where the grills are almost as hot as the weather…

 

In what has become a tradition in my blog writing, I invite the readers to participate in my annual summer grillout. I grew up in a family and neighborhood that grill got fired up as soon as it got fairly warm and just like the Fresh Prince stated in his classic jam, a grill can and does spark nostalgia. It also sparks some of the best debates/arguments ever. So grab a plate of food, pull up a cold one and join in. Moms always fixes a great spread. I’m a grill master. And the rest of the family does what they do. This year, Im gonna do the grill a little different. I get some of the Yougab peeps to stop thru, grab some grub and chat. Take a listen.

 

Bandit: Gimme 5 minutes and the steaks will be ready

 

Sully: You burn mine and we’re gonna fight, what the hell is Dwight Howard thinking? First he wants to stay in Orlando, then he wants out. Now he wants to go to Brooklyn?

 

Dwight Howard is the classic enigma, and you have to wonder who the hell is in his ear feeding him these ideas. The iconoclastic Magic center more or less told new GM that he wanted to be traded, but only traded to the Nets. For their part the Nets are pretty cool to Howard, they were working feverishly toward a deal last spring when Howard decided to not excerise his opt out. Now he wants to be traded, teams like the Rockets and Lakers have shown interest but have to be put off by Howards posturing. This will get a whole lot messier before its all said and done. Me myself, I

 

Beezer: Man, this grilled corn is something! Let me get another ear. Did I hear this right? Brandon Phillips ain’t an All-Star? What’s up with that???

 

The Reds 2nd Baseman is out hitting All-Star starter Dan Uggla by better than 50 points but didn’t win the vote. This is something that the All-Star manager could correct, right? Not if the NL manager is Tony LaRussa who will comeback to manage the NL, of course LaRussa holds a grudge and selects the heretofore unknown Jose Altuve of the Astros as spare 2nd baseman, then tries to act like he doesn’t hold a grudge by selecting two Cubs for the NL roster. CUBS!!! LaRussa is obviously holding a grudge from a fight from 2 years ago…geez get over it.

 

Princess Katie: Daddy, I love the spicy grilled chicken, but Im sooo upset. Steve Nash isn’t going to come back to the Suns…but why would he go to Toronto? That’s so gro-te. (Katie-ism for gross)

 

Steve Nash may very well be on his way to Toronto. The expatriate Canadian would be a PR coup for the otherwise nondescript raptors, the Raptors reportedly have offered Nash a fopur year deal which is more than any other team has offered. The Suns for their part have offered Nash a two year deal, but Nash wants at least three. The Nets are interested if they cant land the prize bull of the free agent class Deron Williams who is agonizing between the Nets and Mavs. Williams is a Dallas native and likes the idea of playing for his hometown, but he also likes the direction that the Nets are going and if they get Dwight Howard that changes the game even more. A Nash to the New York Knicks deal would be a strict sign and trade since the Knicks are so tight to the cap you couldn’t get a chicken bone under it.

 

Qwaizer: Hey Bandit, I was talking to your mom, I think its cool that her and her boyfriend really dig NASCAR. Did they ever get that situation at Kentucky Speedway straightened out? Make sure that you don’t burn my chops either

 

Brad Keselowski roared to an impressive win (in a backup car no less!) at the Kentucky Motor Speedway this past weekend which is in Sparta, KY about 45 mins southwest of Cincinnati. Last year was an absolute nightmare as many of the would be spectators were stuck in a hopeless traffic jam that ran miles back from the Speedway. I had a friend that left their house north of mine at noon to get to the track for a full day. Normal conditions its about an hour drive to the track They got about 20 miles from the speedway about 45 minutes later and only moved about 3 more miles in the next 8 hours! The speedway officials worked on improving the access to the track and the state worked quickly to improving the infrastructure in the area heading to the track. The result? No traffic problems and better that 107,000 people took in the race which other than the blistering heat (triple digits before the start of the race and 140 degrees on the track) came off without a hitch and NASCAR happy that the Kentucky Motor Speedway stepped its collective game up and turned out a fine race.

 

Lady Bandit: Honey, you keep gabbing and your gonna end up burning those ribs and brats! Do you really think Jonathan Vilma can sue the NFL and win?

Vilma is taking a super huge gambit suing the NFL in federal court saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is not making a timely enough ruling on Vilma’s appeal of his year suspension for the bounty issues. This is separate from the defamation lawsuit that Vilma filed in May. Vilma is seeking a restraining order that allows him to keep playing if the suspension is upheld. While ballsy, the lawsuit has no traction and no chance of winning. All the league has to do is pull out a copy of the CBA and ask did they not negotiate the Commissioner’s ruling power. Its been well documented here that Im no Roger Goodell fan by any stretch but he has the law on his side here. Villma and the players are in a painted corner.

 

Princess Jazzie: Goal!!! Viva Espana!

Leave it to the Little one to say so much with so Little. Spain’s soccer team rolled through the Euro Cup and barely broke a sweat thrashing a solid Italian squad 4-0 to win their third straight major soccer tourney. The Spainards scored barely 15 minutes intop the match and the Italians just looked like they were out of their league and two steps behind all match. With the successful defense of the European title, it might be foolish to bet against the Spainards in any compettion anytime soon especially with the World Cup in 2014.

 

Moms: Some more of your Yougab people are coming over, so you better get that other box of steaks and chops out of the freezer. You say free food and suddenly you get a gallery like Tiger Woods.

Don’t look now but guess who is on top of the FedEx Cup Standings in Golf? That’s right Ol Eldrick himself, getting all Ranger Rick on the PGA tour, his win in the AT&T National was his 3rd in the 2012 season and his 74th of his storied career passing his idol Jack Nicklaus , Woods’ shot a final day 69 and went a breathtaking 41 straight holes without a bogey and beat Bo Van Pelt by 2 strokes finishing at 8 under par. Woods seemed to relish the fact that many in the media was openly questioning if he would win another event much less another major.

 

 

Allow me to step away from the grill for my phat dap and head slap of the week

 

Phat Dap

Dap to Jeneba Tarmoh who finished in a dead heat with Allyson Felix for the 3rd and final spot on the US team for the 100 meter women’s race. A winner take all run off was supposed to be held yesterday at in Eugene, OR but Tarmoh decided to concede the spot to Felix, though some replays showed that she just beat Felix to the line. I would have liked to have seen a runoff, but Tarmoh decided to step away and not race. She had though she had won the spot and only found out it was a dead heat from reporters. A bit of a slap to the USATF for not having a contingency plan in place for something as prestigious and important as an Olympic Berth

 

Head Slap

Im not one to speak ill of the dead but I have to. Penn State just seems to dig itself even deeper with the revelations in the wake of the Sandusky. Now its being reported that Joe Paterno not only knew of the allegations but convinced his higher ups to keep it quiet. Little by little JoePa’s pristine image is being shredded. I was never a big fan of his, and thought his supposed pious image was a fraud. To see him rage on the sidelines and then act like he was supposedly so calm. I always had a beef with Penn State with the plain jerseys and Paternos assertation that it was about the team, but he never stopped being lionized. I always thought he was covering for his homie in Sandusky and that he knew more than he wanted to admit. Of Course this is all speculation and conjecture, no one will ever know the extent of what Paterno knew and the calls for Penn State to get the death penalty are just plain ignorant. To punish the kids that are playing for the school and had nothing to do with what that sick ass bastard Sandusky did is just flat wrong, Stop calling for punishing the body of the school, lets punish those that knew of the situation and did nothing to stop it.

 

Mo: Hey Bandit I brought DVT, IHM and Lanz and they are hungry…Average Fan DET is still trying to find his way through this maze of a neighborhood to your house but hes coming (Jazzie toddles her way over to Mo who picks her up with a big hug)

 

Jazzie: Uncle Mo! Why do the Red Sox Suck?

 

Everyone breaks up laughing

 

Fix yourself a plate, pour yourself a cold one and join the conversation!

 

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB NBA NHL NFL

Hello Gabbers

Welcome to another addition to Talking Sports so lets get started.. The Lobsters have nothing to do with anything. I spent a week in Maine never even had one. Besides they charge like $19 bucks for it at a Resturant go to the Lobster pound up there they are live kickin and $3.99 a pound. Neve could figure out why they charge so much the damn things almost crawl to the Resturants.

Common you knew it was going to come and you know it would happen sooner or later. Like me you didn’t want to happen but it did. So I guess we can move on and not have to worry about Lebron getting a ring or whether it will make him a complete player. The guy did have a good playoff run prett much carrying the Heat through both the Boston Series and the OKC series. It’s done and over with.

Speaking about being done the Red Sox sent Kevin Youklis to Chicago in a move they felt they had to make. I agree Youklis played hard he took a beating from playing hard. His replacement at third Will Middlebrooks it was his time to shine and he has and will be a good player for years to come. I just can’t wait for this kid to go into a slump and all these talk radio callers start with the We should have traded Youk. This kid has played hard struggles will happen but we need to look at the whole body of work.

 

I would have loved to been former NHLer Adam Oates Yesterday. He was named Head coach of the Washington Capitals  yesterday and then a few hours latter he gets the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame. I loved Oatesy when he played for the Bruins . He just added to Neely and Bourque. It was shame that those three never won a Cup together.

Congrats to Adam Oates on his big day yesterday.

 

Speaking of future Hall of Famer retired Jet and Charger Ladaainian Tonilson was asked give the choice would he want a Superbowl Ring or be a Hall of Famer. He choose Hall of Famer. At first I thought what a pompus ass. Then I thought this is a guy that cold have possibly sent the Chargers to a Super Bowl and didn’t play on a Cold Night in Foxboro against the Patriots while Phillip Rivers played with a broken leg or some injury that I don’t recall. Became an instant Rivers Fan that night. But after some reflection  the guy never got the opportunity to be on a Superbowl Team and we all knew he would be first ballot Hall of Fame, So why not choose the Hall only 237 others have been inducted out of all the players of all the years. Anyway he is well deserving.

 

This Video Sucks but it was the only one I could find of the catch on You Tube

Dwayne Wiser the Yankee Outfielder in case you didn’t see it dove into the stands afterr a James Hammerhan foul down the left field  line at Yankee Stadium. He dove in and came out like he had the ball in his glove. The Umpire called him out but the replay clearly showed the ball falling and not being a catch. I love the way Wise played it cool like he had the ball. In my humble opinion that call fell squarely on the umpire. He made the call and Wise just went along with it.

I mean did Wise cheat, No did he fool anybody probably not. He just played it cool. I’m sure that umpire got a call from the league office and some sort of discipline action.

Yesterday, I called my 12 year old from work to see if he wanted see the Red Sox and The Blue Jays play. I figured it maybe fun because he was on the Blue Jays. He said no. When I got home from work my 10 year old the Sidewinder said can I go. So I kind of hymmed and hawed about going back into town. I work downtown about a10 minute walk to Fenway from my office nad I have parking. I got home at 5 after an hour comumute. So finally around 6 I said let’s go.Iw as going to drive back in but figured there would some nasty traffic especially getting near the ballpark. We decided to take the train in. We drove to a Suburban Subway station maybe 7 miles from the house. Took the Subway which means switching lines. The Boston Subway system quite frankly is run very poorly. The take trains out of service for no reason and don’t put extra trains on game nights. Frankly it stinks. It took a little over an hour to get there by train. We get off at Kenmore Square. It’s just about game time and we have no tickets. I knew I could get some pretty good seats at the Sox box office they always have them.

We get off the train and I see a licensed ticket broker s office. 5 people seating behind the counter. I greet them and say you have anything good for tonight. The guy says yeah I have a pair of $94 (each)  dollar seats . I can give them to you for $35 a piece. I jump on it. The seats were Loge or for us  old timers Upper boxes right behind the Toronto Dugout about 20 rows back far enough above the aisle that people walking bye wasn’t issue close enough to see everything clearly. Nobody in the two rows in front of us nobody on the side. The little man had a blast. Even the subway ride home was bearable barely. It was a great time.

Musings From The Hoodwood 6-26
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL NBA College Football

Hoodwood salutes Lebron on finally getting his first NBA title...the look of relief on his face says it all.

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the residents are hoping that the victims of that perv are finally able to heal.  (more on him later)

 

NBA: Bron Bron finally gets his

As on Ohioan, in a way I understand the deep abiding loathing and in some circles hatred that some have for LeBron James. Cleveland feels like the woman in Waiting to Exhale that helped nurture their man for years only to have him publicly dis and dismiss her for a younger version.  The problem is that unlike the movie, Cleveland didn’t get its revenge. They didn’t burn the possesision and get the bulk of the material goods in the divorce like Angela Bassett did in the movie. Instead they have sit and watch their man celebrate an NBA title with their new “woman” The Cavs couldn’t or wouldn’t surround James with the talent to get him to an NBA championship so he went where he felt he had his best chance of getting one. As much as northeast Ohio despised him and watched in chagrin, James got the job done. He was the unanamious selection for Finals MVP, completing  a rare daily double of league regular season and Finals MVP. He played with an intensity that got deeper meaner and stronger as the playoffs wore on. His 28.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 7.4 apg were all team leaders for the finals and he seemed to play with a hunger that was sorely missing last year when the Mavs made James a non factor late in games.

Im already hearing the haters and discounters sneering, “It was only a 66 game season. He would have faded had they played a full schedule. “ Ummmm, sorry to break it to you but the Heat did play more than 82 games this year including the playoffs and given the grueling schedule that they had to play. I offer that the schedule that the Heat had to endure was tougher and made them steeled better for the playoff run. I was amused at listening to the braying of Skip Bayless, who has long been a vocal and sometimes overly harsh critic of James getting his head blasted by Stephen A Smith.

(Video Clip courtesy of ESPN First Take)

Give James his dap and due. He stepped his game up on the largest of stages and was something that he has been oft criticized for his lack of true leadership. I liked how he calmed Mario Chalmers down in the 4th quarter of game 5 with the Heat pouring it on and Chalmers egging the crowd on. James was quick to put the kibosh on it, in effect saying the job wasn’t done. It was just about but James looked the leader and the team followed his lead.

Though it seemed that youth and inexperience finally caught up with the Thunder, weep little for this precocious bunch. You can bet that Brooks, Durant, Westbrook, Sefalosha and Harden will be a team to bank on playing deep into May and June for some years to come. This is a talented and young team that will grow together and with the aging Spurs and Lakers looking to be reshuffling. I find it hard not to see this team being the Western bully for a while.

CFB: Justice.

That’s all that really needs to preface this part of the musings, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 charges brought against him and will spend the rest of his life on this earth in prison. Sandusky had the look of someone that didn’t believe that he had done anything wrong and was dumbstruck that he was found guilty. My feeling was  plain and simple, that many people saying the same thing cant corroborate the same story unless it was true.  Sandusky bullied and harassed those young men to get his sick kicks. He shamed and threatened them to keep them quiet and tried to portray himself as a paragon of virtue  as the late Joe Paterno’s right hand man for so long. Twitter and the various social media outlets were ablaze Friday night when the verdict came down and I opined the usual ignorant reply of don’t drop the soap. But the thing that annoys me is that Sandusky was on suicide watch. This man if he kills himself is only proving that he was a gutless fuck. A yellow coward that could be the predator and bully but cannot face the justice that has been handed to him for his disgusting crimes. I hope that useless fuck, gets run up in a few times by those hard core pipe hitters that Marcellus Wallace spoke of in Pulp Fiction. I will dive into a pool of sanitizer to get the icky feeling off of me as we move on.

LT: Salute to a great back

My pops is a big Charger fan, Both of my stepbrothers and I were born in San Diego. So there are some ties there and I have always respected the rugged running back LaDainian Tomlimson. Though he had a bust season when I drafted him in 2007, I wont hold it against him. Tomlinson called it a career after 11 stellar seasons. The first 9 in San Diego where all but one of his seasons he had over 1100 yards and 10 touchdowns, his 2006 season of 1815 Yards and 31 total TD’s made him a no brainer choice for MVP that year. LT’s silky speedy running style helped make the Chargers an AFC contender for the 2000s and a fan favorite. Ever the classy player on and off the field, Tomlinson was never a troublemaker and was cited often for his charitable work and was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner in 2006. Tomlinson was used more as a 3rd down back in New York and instead of trying to catch on with other teams to stretch his career, instead chose to announce his retirement after signing a ceremonial one contract with the Chargers so he could retire as a Charger. Start the counter to Canton his 13684 rushing and 18456 all purpose yards with 156 TDS make him a Hall Of Fame shoo-in

College Football: Playoffs???

To the likely chagrin of a certain fellow blog poster from a former blog that I once wrote for, College football looks like they will finally have a playoff system in place very soon. College football has tried and tried to avoid it. Those that advocated against it kept talking about tradition and that the regular season was the playoffs. I think that settling a championship on the field rather than with a computer or voting is the best way. Is the four team model the best way? Not in my opinion, I think it gives the big money conferences (read the SEC) more of a chance to monopolize the spots. But it’s a start, a way to develop. The major BCS bowls still get their shot and the pageantry will still be there. Though there will be some that snicker at the bowls now as consolation games for the also rans, I still think that they have their place and will be useful. Heres hoping that this is the beginning of December or January madness that will have championships decided on the field not in a ballot box or computer.

PHAT DAP HEAD SLAP

Phat Dap

To Title IX, the law that promoted gender equality in sports. For a father of two daughters, it heartens me to see that women are able to compete in sports just as men are. I can point to so many women as good sports role models for them in a variety of sports. The law  was created in 1972 and has done much to encourage not only education for women but their participation in sports. This law paved the way for coaches like Pat Summitt to be considered one of the greats and names like Lisa Leslie, Jennie Finch, Chris Evert to be household names. Dap to a law that has broken barriers and opened doors.

Head Slap

To the jerks that were throwing bottles and glasses at a New York City nightclub one of which hit Spurs G Tony Parker. Now you know Im no Spurs fan and have no love for Parker but I think it not very fresh that Parker was hit and had a shard of glass removed from his eye.The shard was reportedly 99 percent pentreated.  The injury could likely keep Parker from playing for the French National team in the Olympics. All over a fucking beef between two useless individuals Chris Brown and Drake that Parker was not involved in and was an innocent bystander.

Thats the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!

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