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Musings From The Hoodwood 10-30
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Phat Dap to Coach McK...


Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the locals aren’t sure if they will need bailing buckets or snow shovels. To those in the path of Sandy, keep them galoshes handy, keep dry and hang on.


NBA: The Mafioso hangs it up

Ive long since held the mentality that David Stern is one of the most powerful figures in sports. Not just because there is a lot of truth to that statement as Stern has overseen the growth of the NBA to one of global significance. Im one that says that Stern was the ultimate sports Mafioso. Roger Goodell wishes that he could have the kind of clout that Stern developed over 30 years. Stern will retire from his post on February 1, 2014 30 years to the day that he took over the post from Larry O’Brien. Stern did oversee the expansion of the league to 30 teams, some say that it might have been overexpanded but still the NBA grew as the popularity of the league grew. Now of the teams that have been created the Grizzlies and Hornets have moved and the latter almost moved twice with the Hornets being owned by the NBA for a while. Stern has grown the pro game exponentially and should be rightfully lauded for that but he has also had a number of controversies. I’lll start with the “cold envelope” that got Patrick Ewing to New York, the Dress code rules, holding up the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers,  letting the Sonics leave Seattle for a smaller market. He has had his detractors for his sometimes snarky persona. His verbal sparring with radio sports talk show host Jim Rome recently as an example. But the Mafioso Stern was the commish that got the most done and in spote of all his detractors, was the type of commish that Selig and Goodell wish they could have been and Gary Bettman couldn’t be in his wildest dreams.

College Football: Now the whining really starts


If there are Irish fans that are reading this article, don’t expect me to kiss the ring of Notre Dame and apologize for bashing you.l Yes, your team did to a point dominate the Sooners in Norman and won 30-13. I still say that there were some janky (read: suspicious) calls in the game. I was watching the game without sound Saturday Night as I was out with the Lady Bandit and her galpal at a bar and while they danced, I stewed at the bar watching Notre Dame win and mused about the rammifcations. I wondered aloud, how long will it take the media wonks to cry, “Notre Dame is back, they deserve a title shot.”


Lets be real, who have the Irish played that hasn’t been tailor made for them? When I saw that they were going to play Oklahoma, I thought that game was orgininally in the Cowboys venue so I was stunned to see that the game was indeed in Norman. But look at the rest of their schedule, they have a three cookiepuss opponents in a row before playing USC  the Saturday after Thanksgiving . The only road game they have played was at Michigan State who was 10th ranked at the time but haven’t really been scaring anyone as of late.  They played a weak Miami team in an overhyped game in Chicago,  and until they face the men of Troy in the ancient LA Coliseum wont play a team with a winning record.  But still Irish fan carps that they get no respect and that they shouldn’t have to defer to a “weak” team like K-State who doesn’t have the tradition and following that the Irish have. I’ll tell you one thing, Im sick of hearing about ND’s tradition.


MLB: Giants roll to the title


Did you notice? The thing was over so doggone fast, the Giants swept the Tigers out of the World Series without so much as token resistance from the AL Champs. The Tigers scored all of 6 runs in the Fall Classic, half of them in the 4th and final game. The Giants dominated the Series from pillar to post, starting with Series MVP Pablo Sandoval’s three dinger Game 1 to the lights out closing of Sergio Romo. The Tigers who had bashed their way to beating the A’s in the ALDS to sweeping the Yanks out of the ALCS, looked straight out of their league against the Giants who didn’t have a big bopper in their lineup but seem to get the big hit when needed.  That makes two titles in three years for Los Gigantes and now the talk comes out if Bruce Bochy is one of the managerial legends of the game now. I don’t know about all that but Bochy seemed to make every right move, he kept the Giants loose when they had to win three straight in Cincy, kept them focused when they were down 3-1 to the Cards and never gave the Tigers a chance to get a foothold in the series. The Giants may not have been the best team on paper going into the postseason, but when the smoke clears they are the ones on top of the heap, and that deserves dap.


NHL: Are we headed to another NHL nuclear winter?

I mentioned Gary Bettman earlier and it was not with any sort of respect, as the head poobah of the owners collective, he figures that he took the NHL to the brink of irrelevance in 2005 when they cancelled the entire season over a labor dispute. The stakes seem to be just as high this time around, the owener figure that they got givebacks and a salary cap, they want more and the players are willing to split the revenue 50/50 while the owners are set on getting a 57/43 split and Bettman is digging in for a protracted fight. Now the Winter Classic is on the verge of being cancelled and the next thing that will likely be shuttered is the NHL All-Star Game close to Hoodwood in Columbus which would be a financial bomb for Ohio’s capital city. But its seems like Bettman could care less, he is the NHL owners watchdog and the owners who are making good revenue want more of the pie, nevermind that like the MLB owners have to be saved from themselves, witness the brainless mega contract handed to Shea Weber, its like the owners keep telling the players that there is no money but hand out mega contracts, they tell the players that they need fiscal discipline and want them to take a stricter salary cap and more player restrictions on movement but cant help but chase after the big names when they come free. The NHL didn’t learn when the sporting public more or less turned a deaf ear on them when they blew up the 04-05 season and are just starting to come back in good numbers. The NHL still doesn’t have a decent US national TV con contract (The NHL on NBC isn’t nowhere as good as it used to be on ESPN) another lost season would put the NHL in the US as an irrelevant sport, like Arena football. (And  I like Arena football)


NFL: Random Musings

The Eagles are in trouble…period. Michael Vick looks like he forgot what made him a dynamic QB and his ineffective play is destroying the Eagles contention chances and might very likely cost Andy Reid his job. They got hammered by the Falcons (messing up my upset pick) and the rumors swirl that Reid might go with a rookie QB in place of Vick…seriously??? The Eagles cast their fate with Vick and may be going down in flames with him. That is a stunner. 

The thing that annoys me is how fast the media is turning on Cam Newton. Now keep it real, Newton is playing badly and the Panthers are another team that is going as its quarterback is going. But to call the brother the second coming of Vince Young is going a bit far. I think that Newton has the dedication but I think that the league is catching up with him, and that he isn’t adjusting fast enough. Newton has more losses in a year and a half than he had in his entire college career. His press conferences are getting more pub than his play due to his morose attitude. I think that Newton is in a bad spot, if he is jovial with a “well get them next time mentality” he gets blasted for not taking the game seriously enough, if he comes out with a down attitude he gets blasted for not being a leader and pouting. Newton plain and simple has to win, being as high profile as he is, he needs to just say little when he wins and even less when he loses, but that’s kind of hard when he made as big a splash as he did in his rookie year and now he looks up and there is a new media darling in RG3. I will be interested to see how Newton can bounce back or if he will be just another washout QB.


Phat Dap/Head Slap



Phat Dap to Summerville S.C. coach John McKissick who won his 600th game…wait a minute let me repeat that

Coach McKissick coached Summerville to his 600TH WIN!

McKissick started coaching in 1952, 9 years before the President was born and 20 before your humble scribe.  Put the number in perspective, he has 113 more than college football coaching legend John Gagliardi and 253 more than NFL wins leader Don Shula. At 86 he is still coaching and winning. His latest football protégé is Bengals star receiver AJ Green. Hoodwood sends its best wishes to a coaching icon on a mind blowing.



To the idiots who were saying anything but best wishes to South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore who suffered one of the most frighteningly gruesome injuries Ive seen this side of Joe Thiesmann. Lattimore was tackled in the South Carolina-Tennessee game by Eric Gordon and suffered a hyperextended knee, it looked so much worse and fortunately it wasn’t. I was reading comments by some very useless people who were saying that he was a druggie and back to the hood. I wont dignify anymore of the comments I saw, instead Ill laud the Tennessee players who gathered around as Lattimore was being carted off and offer well wishes and the number of players in all sports and celebrites including Darius “Hootie” Rucker, A South Carolina alum, that have offered well wishes to the immensely popular running back. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier stated in his press conference that Lattimore told him that he would be back and playing again. I wont bet against it and you can better best believe that everyone in Hoodwood will be rooting for him and cheering just as loud when he does come back.


That’s the view from the Hoodwood for this week. Picks post on Friday. Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

BREAKING NEWS - David Stern to retire
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David Stern has announced he will retire on February 1, 2014

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Hello to all. 

It has been a long time since the old Sportingnews format changed for the worse.  I have been suffering since.  While I have found other groups to mingle with for NHL talk.  I have yet to be satisfied when it comes to NBA talk.  This was a big part of deciding to join this little corner of the web.  I used to go by the moniker josh-wa over at SN.  I had many a great debate/war of words with the likes of Mr,Cutlass, vouve and many others... haven't seen nor heard from them in ages.  I am on MacApp but rarely stop in anymore (great site, with great people over there). 

I am a Toronto Maple Leaf and Toronto Raptor fan.  Hockey and Basketball are my passion.  I have recently started playing Fantasy Baseball and am looking forward to starting Fantasy NFL this year as well.  Back in my youth I was a Bills fan and a Tigers fan.   I will probably chime in on those sports more as a get reacquainted with both leagues.

But enough about me!  I am not an experienced blogger so I will keep this short.  I look forward to many a good convo.  Cheers!

Musings From The Hoodwood 7-24
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Santo makes it in...thats deserving of a heel click...
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the locals are really getting tired of having to lower their flags for senseless tragedies. We mourn the loss of the Aurora shooting, and send our love and condolences.
Leading Off: Stunning finish at the Open
Im not a big golf fan, if none of my three favorite golfers aren’t in the running. My favorite golfers are named Tiger, Bubba and Boo Im usually not paying that much attention. It just happened that I was having lunch with the Lady Bandit yesterday and the Open Championship at Royal Lytham was on. Adam Scott was leading and was about to putt for par on the 15th, Lady Bandit was struck by the broomstick length putter that the Aussie was using. Its supposed to help steady his putting, I remarked. Scott then proceeded to miss the par putt. We watched as Scott then proceeded to miss par putts on 16 and on 17 as well.
“I know he (Scott) isn’t about to give this away like Van De Velde did in ’99.” I said aloud, then regaling her about the sickening collapse of the Frenchman at the final hole at Carnoustie. Van De Velde needed a double bogey 6 to be the first Frenchman since 1907 to win the Claret Jug, he shot a 7 and had to make a tough putt to salvage that and force a playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie which he lost to Lawrie. Surely, Scott wouldn’t do that would he???
Nope, he wasted his huge lead by the 17th hole and now was needing a par on the 18th to force a playoff with Ernie Els who had finished ahead of him and was waiting outside the clubhouse having finished at -7. After finding a pot bunker on his first shot and having to shoot sideways to get out, Scott dropped a stunning 3rd shot to within 7 feet of the pin. Scott had weebled and wobbled but he wouldn’t fall down now would he? He lined the putt up with his belly putter and as soon as he struck I said aloud “He gaffled it!” He left the ball to the left of the cup and the Claret Jug that seemed to be a foregone conclusion was gone. The collapse was such a stunning turn of events many patrons in the restaurant gasped aloud. Scott sank to his knees in shock and disbelief and Els was the benefactor and the 2012 Open winner.
For his part, Scott was forthright and classy in defeat, just as Els consoled him was classy in his victory ten years and a day since winning the Open at Muirfield. One has to wonder can Scott come back from yet another stunning major loss. Remember he watched as another South African Charl Schwartzel stormed down the back nine at Augusta last year to win his first major.
Its just not fair, it really isn’t. I make no bones about my dislike for the Yankees. I hate that MLB and ESPN seem to kowtow to them all the time. But now the Mariners have made themselves a trading partner for the Yankees giving the incomparable Ichiro to the Yankees for a bag of bean. It was actually two minor leaguers but it might have well been. The hitting sensation from Japan burst on to the scene in 2001 and has been a machine, having 12 straight 200 hit seasons to start his career and over 2500 in his MLB career the right fielder is a beast. To think he will be sporting pinstripes makes this scribe ill. But it’s a smart and needed move by the Bombers who just lost Brett Gardner to a season ending elbow injury and could use Ichiro’s lithe bat at the top of the order with Derek Jeter. Ichiro will simply switch clubhouses as the Yankees are in Seattle and leave with his new team. Knowing the Mariners are deep in a rebuilding mode, Ichiro requested a trade, he is 38 but shows no signs of slowing down though he did play 8 years in Japan before coming to America. He might very well be the 2nd player to get his 3000th hit in a Yankee uniform. I still don’t think its right, I might have to go get Sully and Mo off that ledge in a bit…
"Why dont they like me????" Wishy-Washy players tend to annoy folks, Dwight
NBA: The trials and tribulations of Dwight Howard
I really don’t feel sorry for Dwight Howard. He has been immeasurably blessed with basketball talent that I cant even fathom and couldn’t duplicate even on a video game. He was pegged as a NBA superstar before he got out of high school. I have the issue of Slam Magazine that touted him among 6 players that they saw as destined for greatness. The players that are on the cover with Howard, Josh Smith and Al Jefferson who have had a solid serviceable NBA careers. Shaun Livingston, Marvin Williams have been journeymen if not outright busts and Bassy Telfair??? Ill keep myself from laughing. Howard has been the outright star of that 2004 class. The versatile center has averaged 18.4 points a game in his career and at 26 is young enough to build a team around. Howard now may go to the Lakers, but the Magic still hold the cards and will not be bullied or browbeat into a rash deal. Howard for his part has said very little but the pro basketball world is getting tired of the dance. Most of the free agents have landed in new spots, Howard isn’t a free agent and theoretically cant pick where he wants to play this coming season but everyone knows that he will be a free agent at next seasons end and most teams aren’t willing to trade for a player that has openly stated that he would have no intention of staying long term. Unless that team is Brooklyn, but the Nets have seemed to have cooled their interest in him, so there he is and the whole basketball universe waits…
If Howard does get traded for Andrew Bynum, it makes the Lakers a very dangerous team. With Steve Nash running the point, Kobe would have to share his shots but that could be worked out very nicely. Keep Paul Gasol and add the interesting Antawn Jamison off the bench and the Lakers suddenly give the Thunder AND the Heat something to worry about.
I did get into a debate if Howard is now the NBA’s most despised player, replacing Lebron James. I think Howard has earned that moniker, while he has immense talent he tends to try to want to please everyone. He then waffles and comes off as selfish and immature. He has already put his foot in his mouth a few times with the whole Stan Van Gundy feud and his holding the Magic hostage with his decision on staying or going, signing the option year then publicly balking at staying. Howard doesn’t deserve to decide where he goes.
NCAA: The Hammer comes down in Happy Valley
Penn State knew that they were going to get it and good, now knowing that former coach Joe Paterno not only knew about the sick shit that Sandusky was doing but worked hard to cover it up and deflect investigations. The cover up went all the way up to people of high influence in Penn State and the fact that it and it was know about and lied about was proof positive that Penn State got what it deserved. People was screaming “Death Penalty, Death Penalty” The loss of scholoarships, postseason bowl ban and the stigma of this scandal will be enough penalty. Don’t think that the other 11 Big 10 coaches are falling all over themselves to not only pluck fruit from a ripe Penn State tree of talent, but keep recruits who were once leaning toward Happy Valley from going there. The loss of 60 schloaraships over a three year period will hammer the Nittany Lions as they wont have the feared depth that has made them a resident bully in Big Ten football.since they join nearly 20 years ago.
Many people said that the punishment was too light, others said to harsh, Others have opined that NCAA president Mark Emmert is wielding too much power. He was quick to point out that given the special circumstances surrounding the Penn State issues, he was granted this authority to dole out this punishment and I think that it was just. I would hope that the children and young men that were harmed by the abuse as well as the players that will have to suffer the punishment for the failings of so many supposed great and admirable individuals will be able to properly heal and move on. They are the ones that have been truly hurt here lets never lose sight of that fact.
Phat Daps
I showed last week a 5 second knockout by Ryan Jimmo does her almost one better knocking out Anthony Perosh with a hammer right.
One punch put him to the canvas. 7 seconds and it was done. Perosh looked like he had tilt signs flashing in his eyes.
Jimmo is a certified thunder puncher, but dude you got to stop with the robot dance…
Dap to the MLB class of 2012. Barry Larkin was always a favorite of mine, he made the shortstop position sparkle with plays that living in Cincinnati became almost routine and expected.
Ron Santo was the closest thing to a Cub lifer you could have asked for. Yeah, that clicking of the heels was goofy but he was a genuine player and was so so overdue for the honor, which makes his posthumous entry even sadder but his widow was super classy in the induction speech. The Chicago Cubs players yesterday honored Santo’s induction by taking the field Sunday in St. Louis by clicking their heels.
Head Slaps
To Luis Scola of the Argentinean basketball team, trying to pick a fight with Kevin Durant and LeBron James during their exhibition loss to the USA basketball team. Scola took offense to a hard but clean foul during their matchup and looked like he was ready to brawl. I hope the American team files this one away and during the Olympic games lays a smack down on a decent but not overly scary Argentine squad.
Also to Brent Musburger and Trevor Mattich, otherwise credible and astute college football broadcasters. Both were a bit vocal in their criticism of the NCAA for saying that they punished Penn State too much. I think that both really need to look at the fact that the NCAA was basing their punishment on the report that Penn State asked for and validated. The punishment was justified and both really need to be advocating the kids that were the victims. Yes there is collateral damage but their carping was just not cool.
Finally the answer to where the pics of the Mancave are, the Mancave aint finished yet...I might do a cribs style video on it here soon. There are still a couple things that need to be done to it...so stay tuned
Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!
Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Hey Gabbers Happy Thursday


We have lots of exciting baseball with 11 teams in the American League above 500. 6 teams within a game of each other for a possible second wild card birth. The nice thing it will bring some excitement to the second half and the trade deadline. Unfortunately there will be far more buyers than sellers. The battle for guys like Matt Garza of the Cubs will be huge.

Brett Lillibridge

Brent Lillibridge

Kevin Youklis is back at Fenway this week and he has been excellent. I think the trade of him going to the White Sox and in a little more laid back atmosphere has done the guy a world of good. unfortunately for the Red Sox Will Middlebrooks has slumped and spent some time on the DL since the trade. I still think it was good trade. The funny part is  the Red Sox designated Brent Lilibridge for assignment to make room for Carl Crawford. Some rumors say he may end up back with the White Sox. That would be funny.


Jeremy Lind help with this one. The Rockets cut the guy . The knicks pick him up and he is good for 25 games or so filling in for Carmelo Anthony and then the Rockets offer him 3 years for 25 million. The Knicks say no thanks were not going to match it. I’m sorry I’m all for get as much as you get if someone is willing to pay tou. That is very much the case here. The Rockets took the hype and overpaid. Anyway good for JeremyI think we all look at these guys and when they have a crappy year we go right to the money they are making. Why blame them if somebody is willing to pay, I’ll take what I can get and so would you. We should blame the owners. I will use JD Drew who the Red Sox paid some huge money to and anytime the guy slumped the first thing out ofg Red Sox fans mouthes were he is making all that money. Yeah, because they were willing to pay him. I’m just as guilty as anybody but seriously these guys take what they can get in most cases.

So Football camps are opening up everywhere over the next few weeks . So it’s time to gear up and get ready. My favorite part of training camp is always to see what guys around the league try to get out of it. Injuries, contracts and bad attitudes just bless these camps over and over. Seriously camp is a lot easir under the new CBA. They are user friendly and the coaches have actually figured out that sometimes you get more with less. It doesn’t mean it’s a picnic it just means it’s a lil easier than they were.

Dez I won’t carry anybody’s equipment Bryant gets the son of theyear award for assaulting his own mother. Somehow I’m thinking she probably was responsible for part of his success. But who am I. It will be interesting to see how the commissioner handles this one.

Somehow he maybe tougher on Dez than the NCAA will be on Penn State although I think a death penalty will be coming it makes the kids at Ohio State  trading trinkets for Tats look like kid stuff, Ditto on Reggie Bush. There are no winners in the Penn State Saga and it’s ashame that a Football first mentality scarred a bunch of kids and ruined the reputation of a fine academic institution. The penalties need to be severe and should be. It will never be right .however, maybe others will learn and hopefully it doesn’t happen again anywhere.

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