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OH Thursday
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It’s been four long years and my only daughter, daddy’s little girl is getting her Honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps on the Fourth Of July!

and so...

I will not be around next week for the obvious reason stated above.

Last week in my brief tribute to Chuck Noll after his passing I included the 11 coaches in the NFL with the most wins.

The list was pure winning stats, wins and losses in NFL games, regular season and playoffs along with championships.

Some of the comments inspired me to compile a list of my top five NFL coaches all time.

I invite you readers to compile your list in the comment section and maybe we can come up with a gabber list of our top five.

Base it on any stat or intangible you want, base it on gut feelings if that’s the way you roll.

Here’s mine…

I went through a pile of stats and determined that my criteria would be base on coaching at least 10 years or 150 games, .600 winning %, at least 2 championships. Coached since the merger in 1970.

 

                             yrs/ gms      record        plyoffs   conf/ NFL chmps

1. Vince Lombardi      10- 136    96-34 .738     9-1 .900     2       2 (5)

 

2. Don Shula           33 - 490    328-156 .672   19-17.528     6         2

 

3. Bill Walsh         10- 152      92- 59 .609      10-4 .714        3         3

 

4. Bill Belichick    19- 304     199-105 .655     19-9   .679      5          3

 

tie

5. Tom Landry     29- 418    250-162- .607     20-16 .556      5          2

5. Joe Gibbs        18- 248     154-94-  .621    17- 7  .708      4           3

 

Lombardi is my number one. Vince could coach in today’s NFL. 5 Champions in 10 years is the benchmark of coaching success. He’s the only guy that could win a trophy with his name on it!

Shula coached for 33 years and over 500 games including playoffs. He has two SB rings  in the six times he coached his team to the SB. A lot of his wins were with the great Dan Marino at QB. Skill and longevity gives him the OH number two ranking.

At number three I have Bill Walsh. He would be higher but with just 10 seasons and a third as many games coached as Shula I couldn’t put him higher. He has 3 SB’s and if he stayed he would have won al least another SB…but he didn’t and so he sits at #3. His QB’s, Montana and Young weren’t to shabby either.

At number four is Bill Belichick is one of the most loved/hated coaches in NFL history. Everyone outside of New England hates the Hoodie but would love him to coach their team. His record in New England in the salary cap era is amazing. The consistency of his team is without president. Five trips to the SB in 13 seasons, winning 3 in 4 years is the stuff legends are made of. Only 3 seasons not making the playoffs and those included his first season in NE where the Pats went 5-11. They missed the playoffs in ’02 by a divisional tiebreaker at 9-7 and miss the playoffs in’08 with Matt Cassel at QB and an 11-5 record. Bill has two SB rings as defensive coordinator of the Giants. He’s been known to take an edge if available. He has been accused of cheating by filming opposing defensive coaches hand signals and he once physically challenged a replacement official on a call of a FG attempt to end a game in Baltimore. This loving guy has excelled, averaging over 10 wins a season. And, with just a little help from Giselle’s hubby Tommy Brady. Some have called Brady a “system QB” and if he is than Belichick should be number one because of the system…I give more credit to Brady.

Tied at five are Tom Landry and Joe Gibbs. Landry’s longevity keeps him here and Gibbs successes and winning pct keep him here.

the OH top 5 (6) have 25 conference Champions and 18 SB or League Champions. At the top of a select group of Head Coaches, these are the best of the best.

 

Please give your list and the reasons for it in the comment section

 

 

My Baseball thought for the day:

Advice from Crash Davis to Nuke La Loushe: Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.

 

My Football thought for the day :  Police officer: Why'd you drive her car into the bay?

Paul Crewe (Bert Reynolds) I couldn’t find the car wash
                                


My Hockey thought for the day : 

Dunlop: Oh you cheap son of a bitch. Are you crazy? Those guys are idiots!

McGrath: I got a good deal on those Hanson boys. The scouts said they showed a lot of promise.

Dunlop: They brought their fuckin' TOYS with 'em!

McGrath: Well, I'd rather have em playin with their toys than playin with themselves

Dunlop: They're too dumb to play with themselves. Boy, every piece of garbage that comes into the market and you gotta buy it!

 

My Basketball thought for the day:  Si Robertson says “Ain't no rules says a dog can't play basketball.”

 

My Fuhball thought for the day:

“It'd be a great weekend for the city, just think about uh the uh game at uh Foxboro Stadium. Tebow is you know doing those phenomenons with the fuhball right now uh, most favorite ah player that I saw ready recently, but we have Tom Brady, who's true and this as a veteran's um technique of how to get through these difficult games.”

 

My other sports related thought that has stirred the pot of controversy lately

Daniel Snyder has my support

Have a great Independence Day Holiday and never forget that the Freedom we enjoy in this great nation is the result of brave men and women giving their lives. To give them their due just imagine for a minute…would you take the chance of taking a bullet for my freedom to be preserved? They pondered that choice and chose the ultimate sacrifice one human could give another.

Musings From The Hoodwood 6-24 Video Edition
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA NCAA NFL World Cup

Im gonna try something different this week...check out a video version of the blog and tell me what you think of it...

Sunday Musings #152
Category: User Showcase
Tags: SanDiegoPadres WNBA NewYorkLiberty NFL NewEnglandPatriots TonyGwynn WashingtonRedskins ClevelandBrowns

 

 

While looking forward to a couple of premieres on TV tonight...

And you can follow me on Twitter: @TheOneTrueJay

MLB

San Diego Padres - Like many others here on YouGabSports and in the sports media at large, I was stunned and saddened when I learned of the passing of Tony Gwynn this week. He was the greatest Padre ever and one of the best hitters in the history of baseball.

Tom Verducci on Sports Illustrated's website had a nice appreciation of Gwynn's career. You can check that out here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20140616/tony-gwynn-obituary-san-diego-padres-hall-of-fame/index.html

I also get a sense of frustration over his death because the salivary cancer that killed him was due to his habit of using chewing tobacco. As one who has lost someone (my dad) to tobacco related cancer, I'm left with the screaming in my head that sounds something like this: "WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET BALLPLAYERS TO WAKE UP!"


Of course that applies to anyone using tobacco in any form, but really now, short of the warnings on the packaging saying "USING THIS WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!", what does it take to get people to realize tobacco will kill you?

I realize the irony of my anti-tobacco rant given my screen avatar of the smoking skull, but my avatar is just a picture AND the skull should drive home my point as well.

I'm not one to become any sort of activist or anything, but I would have no problem with tobacco being outlawed entirely. Of course, that won't happen since the government is both on the take from the tobacco industry and busy on other such "important" topics like the Redskins (see more on that below).

WNBA

New York Liberty - The Liberty lost three games this week and fell to 3-10 on the regular season. They started with a 76-72 loss to the Connecticut Sun, then lost in OT to the Chicago Sky 105-100. But Friday night's game against the Atlanta Dream saw New York just get hammered 85-64.

I hate being a Negative Nelly here, but with their record the way it is, you have to wonder if their season isn't technically over already. It is starting to get ugly as hell out there.

Pride Campaign - The WNBA's first official marketing campaign aimed at the LGBT community is examined by ESPN's Mechelle Voepel here: http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/11111165/wnba-wnba-pride-predicament

NFL

New England Patriots - I've been making a concerted effort to read the various stories being published about the team and individual players during the latest round of minicamp for the Patriots. It's been relatively painless, but sometimes you just wonder if they are filling space because a lot of the stuff being written falls into the category of "Who gives a good goddamn?"

Cleveland Browns - Mike Pettine is the new coach of the Browns and he was in the news this week after comments he made about the Patriots having a Jets playbook got blown up into a big news story. You can check out this profile of the new coach in which he makes the comments: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/06/19/mike-pettine-cleveland-browns-coach/

Washington Redskins - With the news that the US Patent & Trademark Office had canceled some of the trademarks the team had based on the fact the "Redskins" term is disparaging (something laws take into account), the pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name is growing stronger and stronger. The team immediately appealed, so for now the trademarks stay in place. But everyone that is openly against the team name spent a few days last week crowing like they'd found the cure for cancer.

I realize that as a white guy my opinion is automatically discounted but I've never really seen the name as offensive. When I heard the term "Redskins", I thought of the football team in Washington that used to be damn good back in the 1980s. I think of Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann, John Riggins, Art Monk, Dexter Manley and others. I didn't think negative thoughts about American Indians.

And yes, I own a Redskins jacket from the days of my youth. What really chaps my ass is how this is such a big political bone for some of the Washington politicians. Criminal jag-offs like Harry Reid announced how they wouldn't attend a game until the name was changed. As if that was going to stop other people from going to games. Frankly, if I was Daniel Snyder, regardless of changing the name or not, I'd ban assholes like Reid from my team's games in perpetuity.

And then there is the people suing the team over the name. I asked on some forums I participate in whether or not simply changing the name would be enough to satisfy some people. Because it seems that there are two groups of people involved here.

The first group is those who want the term "Redskins" dropped period. And when the world's dictionaries defines "Redskins" as a racial slur, they certainly have an argument to make. But then there are those in the second group who want any and all terms that have been associated with American Indians in the past to be banned from use. Names like "Braves", Chiefs", "Sachems", "Warriors" and more.

This despite the fact that some of those words can be used for a variety of other people than just American Indians. Sure, I can see the notion of dropping the Indian logos as a compromise, but this group is hell bent on no compromises.

So the question becomes if the Redskins changed their name to Warriors or some other name but dropped any Indian logos/mascots, would that satisfy people? If not, be prepared for a huge battle over team names because if they browbeat Daniel Snyder into changing his name, every high school team with an Indian name or iconography will be getting harassed next.

By the way, just so it is on the record, I don't think the name should be changed. I don't see it as a slur regardless of how the dictionary defines the term. But regardless of how I feel and think about the subject, I acknowledge others feel differently and will attack Daniel Snyder relentlessly until he gives in. After all, they have the corrupt federal government on their side now.

I also don't like how certain media outlets and individual writers are refusing to use "Redskins" in their writing now. These same media types got bent out of shape when Bobby Knight refused to say "Kentucky" and substituted "That school in Lexington" because he had a problem with John Calipari. But their hypocrisy doesn't seem obvious to them when they say "The team from Washington". If for no other reason, it makes them seem addled as if they can't remember the name of the team. And accuracy also seems in question when the name isn't used.

MISCELLANEOUS

TV - The season finale of Game of Thrones was underwhelming in some spots and fantastic in others. It set up some characters on new journeys and saw the passing of other relatively important characters too. The fourth season was excellent overall, though I was disappointed in the last two episodes more than usual.

Tonight on TNT, two shows premiere. It is the series premiere for The Last Ship. It is an apocalyptic drama where 80% of the world's population has been wiped out by a virus. The ship in question is tasked with trying to find a cure for said virus.

You can check out the series trailer below.

Meanwhile, the fourth season premiere of Falling Skies follows The Last Ship. TNT put the season premiere on On Demand early, so I've already watched it. It was interesting how they changed things up a bit on the heroes. Their circumstances change and a number of characters have changed in their attitudes as well. It was a very good premiere and I'll be looking forward to seeing what comes next.

My recap of 24: Live Another Day Episode 8 can be seen here: http://www.pop-topia.com/24-live-another-day-episode-8-recap/

Books - I finished reading the latest installment of Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus mystery series entitled The Beast. Decent read as always and sets up some rather big changes in the lives of the main characters.

Movies - They released another new trailer for the UK for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. There's a lot of new footage and dialogue and you can view it below.

Music - Tesla's new album is called Simplicity. I've got it and there will be a review at some point. For now, you can check out the video for the song "So Divine".

The new Ronny Munroe CD Electric Wake is due out on Tuesday June 24th. However, I received it in the mail this past Friday. A review will be coming for this disc as well. You can check out the video for the song "Pray" below. 

Sports Friday with Hal: Lazy Summer Friday
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Tags: Baseball Red Sox Pawtucket Dodgers Tigers Royals MLB NFL ProFootballFocus.com

Happy Friday, Gabbers!

 

Busy one for me today...on the road for training at work so a couple quick hits. Besides, for someone who can accused of being emotionally distant, I sure dug deep the past two weeks for my  Don Zimmer tribute and my Father’s Day and sports. Heck, I’m spent.

 

NFL:

My (Twitter) buddy Steve Palazzolo at ProFootballFocus.com (OK, I doubt he knows who I am, but I enjoy his analytical articles) but he had a great piece this week examining where quarterbacks in the NFL throw the ball as far as distribution to receivers, backs, and tight ends (Link is here: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/06/18/qbs-in-focus-pass-distribution/ - not sure if it is free content or subscription only).

 

Anyway, a couple of key points:

 

First while discussing throwing the ball to wide receivers:

 

“Tom Brady led the league with 473 passes to receivers detached from the formation”

and

“Ryan Tannehill with the highest percentage of his attempts in this area at 81.9%”.

 

Surprising considering how maligned the New England wide receivers were last season. That said, with tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiving running back Shane Vereen injured the ball had to go somewhere.

 

Also, is this an indication of how underrated Tannehill is leading the Dolphins attack or an indictment of Tannehill in recognition he throws short passes and has no help out of the backfield and at tight end?

 

When throwing to outside the numbers/sideline wide receivers:

 

“Tannehill led the way with 274 attempts to outside receivers.”

and

“Peyton Manning’s...29 touchdowns to outside receivers led the league.”

 

With age increasing and  no Eric Decker in Denver, is Manning going to replicate those numbers? I doubt it, but Denver does need to save some money for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.  Remember, it was former head coach Josh McDaniels who wisely picked Thomas over Dez Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft.  Denver is still reaping the rewards of that decision.

 

When it came to throwing to slot receivers, Palazzolo wrote:

 

“Most would probably expect Brady to lead the way in attempts to the slot, but it was Drew Brees’ 214 attempts that paced the league while Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck led with 37.3% of their passes targeting the slot (includes all players lined up in slot).”

 

I think this is more about having limited production out of Danny Amendola and having to move wide receiver Julian Edelman all over the field to get favorable match-ups with such limited options after injuries wracked the squad in the second half of the season.  Ditto for Andrew Luck in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne injured and T.Y. Hilton moved all over the formation.

 

With throwing passes to running backs, obviously having Darren Sproles helped this and the Saints will have a hard time replacing Sproles this season:

 

“Brees leads this group as well with a league-high 197 attempts and 1243 yards on throws to running backs.”

Also,

“16 of Matthew Stafford’s league-leading 58 drops came from running backs.”

and

Cam Newton benefitted from a league-high 11.3 YAC per completion on passes to running backs out of the backfield.”

while

“Tannehill threw to running backs out of the backfield on only 10.4% of his passes, the lowest percentage in the league.”

 

For Tannehill, the running backs were terrible runners and worse receivers, so he cannot be blamed there.  For Stafford, Reggie Bush was supposed to be the remedy to the passing game, so seeing the backs averaging a drop per game is hideous. Cam Newton had better find his running backs in 2014 in the passing game, because he has no receivers to throw the ball to in the passing game.


 

MLB:

 

Is there a more fun team to watch in 2014 than the Kansas City Royals? (OK, not for the gabbers with much love for the Detroit ballclub). Kansas City has streaked to first place on a winning streak and seem balanced and consistent on offense and in the rotation.

 

Kansas City took two games against the Yankees, two more against Terry Francona and the Indians, and then three more against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. For a team that was four games below .500 (26-30) on June 1, the Royals are are hot while the Tigers got cold. Detroit enjoyed a season-high seven-game lead on May 18, then dropped seven of eight to allow its American League Central challengers—the Royals included—to tread water or catch up.

 

A huge key to the Royals’ rise has been the apparent return of Eric Hosmer’s power. Hosmer slugged 17 homers in 159 games last year, pretty bad for a “power-hitting” first baseman. At the end of the day on June 6, Hosmer was hitting .260 BA/.300 OBP/.352 SLUGGING. Hosmer began to turn his season around on June 7, when he slugged a homer in an 8-4 win over the Yankees. He went deep again two days later and again on Sunday.

The Royals won the first two games of their four-game tilt with the Tigers by shelling Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. On Wednesday, left-hander Drew Smyly limited the visitors to two runs in seven innings of work. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Jeremy Guthrie outpitched him.

 

Kansas City gave its starter a quick 1-0 edge in the top of the first, when Eric Hosmer continued his hot hitting and picked up a one-out single, stole second, and scored on an infield hit from second base on an errant throw.

Smyly settled in after that, but Guthrie was in a groove. By the time the Tigers figured Guthrie out in the seventh, the Royals were up by two. The win was the Royals’ 10th in a row. That’s a sentence no one’s been able to type in two decades!

 

* * *

 

When play began on Wednesday, the Dodgers—thanks to Red Sox Beer and Chicken washout Josh Beckett—were the only major-league team that could boast about a no-hitter this year. That’s still true. Only now they have two of them, after the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, ripped through the Rockies in L.A..

 

The left-hander was perfect through the first six innings, retiring all 18 batters he faced. Ten of those 18 went down via the strikeout. And Kershaw had accomplished all of that on less than 80 pitches. With the Dodgers ahead 8-0 Kershaw took the mound in the seventh poised to keep on rolling. Moments later, two ground balls to the left side of the infield would define the game’s place in baseball history.

 

Corey Dickerson led off the top of the seventh with a slow chopper to short, soft enough that Hanley Ramirez needed to hurry, but hard enough to give him ample time to make the play. Ramirez fielded the ball cleanly, but his off-balance throw bounced wide of first base, beyond the reach of Adrian Gonzalez. The game was no longer perfect, but the no-hitter remained intact.

 

Two batters later, Troy Tulowitzki put it in jeopardy. Tulo hit a rocket down the third-base line where rookie Miguel Rojas was up to the task. Rojas preserved the no-no, and Kershaw took it the rest of the way. He struck out the next three batters he faced and did the same to Dickerson with two away in the last of the ninth. His final strikeout out was Kershaw’s 15th of the evening—a new career high—and it came on his 107th pitch.

 

Per BaseballProspectus.com, the slider that ended the game striking out Dickerson was the 31st throw by Kershaw, the 27th that went for a strike, and the 12th at which the Rockies swung  and missed.  Yes, the curve is his best pitch and his fastball is nasty. When he has all three working, Kershaw is...well, unhittable!

 

Most important from that win is that the Dodgers, now just four games behind the scuffling Giants, may still have ample time to repeat as National League West champs.

 

* * *

 

I will have “my” Father’s Day this weekend after a busy weekend last week that saw us visiting the parental units and my wife busy, busy with work.  I figured I already had my Father’s Day with our trip to Pawtucket, RI for the PawSox on Sunday June 8th when we got to see Joey Votto on rehab, former Yankees starter Chien Ming Wang, and former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol for the Louisville Bats (Reds minor league team).  Great game. Saw prospect Mookie Betts, ate a hot dog (reasonably priced), had a few beers, and four box seats behind first base cost less than $50. God bless minor league baseball!

 

Carlos Marmol, wild as ever!: 

 

Mookie Betts, soon to be starting in centerfield in Boston:

 

 

Justin Henry, 2007 9th round pick by the Tigers now at Pawtucket. At 29 years old, the second baseman/outfielder/utility fielder is not likely to see the show, but these are the kind of players I root for the most: he is playing on pure love of the game at this point and a dream to one day make it--even for a cup of coffee--in the show. Not much power, some speed, versatility, and over 800 minor league games and counting without an MLB at bat...but I'm rooting hard for him. Good luck, Justin.

 

OK, that’s all I have this week so thanks as always for stopping by to read--yes, I still miss DVT over here too on Fridays ------->  but glad for his update last month and hope he stops by again soon. Glad he’s doing well. Stormin’Norman and Sully have been killing it next door at 2.0 so be sure to swing over and visit them as well today.

 

Have a great weekend, all!  

 
Sunday Musings #151
Category: User Showcase
Tags: LosAngelesKings NewYorkLiberty Olympics NFL NBA YouthSports WarehamGatemen CollegeBasketball Cheerleading

 

 

While eagerly anticipating tonight's season finale of Game of Thrones...

First off, for those that are or have them still, Happy Father's Day.

Second, don't forget I'm on Twitter at: @TheOneTrueJay

NHL

I'm sure others will write more about it and I know my buddy DJ Will is ecstatic, but I just wanted to add my congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings on winning the Stanley Cup on Friday night.

WNBA

The New York Liberty continue to spiral in a downward fashion. They lost to the Mystics 81-64, to the Shock 72-57 and then on Friday night they lost to the Sun 83-75. The loss to the Sun was the first half of a home and home series for this weekend. They'll play again today at 1pm. But with their record now at 3-7, one has to wonder if the Liberty's season hasn't already gone off the rails.

OLYMPICS

For those of us who reside in the Boston area, the news that the city is still in the running/considering a bid for a future Olympics game has to be a scary nightmare looking to come to life.

Boston as an Olympic city? Well the international reputation would be wonderful of course, but let's face it, there is no earthly way Boston should ever host an Olympiad. The cost of hosting a Games is prohibitive to say the very least, and building new venues is pretty much out of the question. And let's not forget that if you want to avoid endless stories about corruption, the last place you want to put an Olympics is Boston. Between the unions and politicians, the corruption here would make the Utah scandal look like Sunday school. And that doesn't even begin to try and account for all the traffic issues.

In sad Olympics related news, six time gold medalist in swimming Amy Van Dyken was in an ATV accident this past week and she suffered a severed spine. She's paralyzed, but given her posts on Twitter is at least responding as well as could be expected thus far.

NFL

I woke up in the middle of the night on Saturday and before going back to sleep I turned on ESPN to check on the hockey game score. (Yes I fell asleep before the game was over). While waiting for the update on that game, I saw the news that former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll had passed away at the age of 82. The man who presided over the team as they became the Steel Curtain and won 4 Super Bowls, Noll retired in 1991 but remains the only coach with four Super Bowl championships to his credit. You can read more about his legacy here: http://nfl.si.com/2014/06/14/steelers-coach-chuck-noll-his-eras-great-underrated-genius/

The Atlanta Falcons were announced this week as the team that will be featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks. Given how bad the team has been lately, the pressure on them to be successful this season should make for some compelling training camp drama.

There were a couple of articles I read over on SI.com this week that I thought might be of interest to everyone.

First up was a piece on the 49ers GM Trent Baalke: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/06/10/nfl-san-francisco-49ers-general-manager-trent-baalke/

The other article was an interview with former Chicago Bears tackle Keith Van Horne about joining a lawsuit against the NFL. You can check that out here: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/06/10/nfl-painkiller-lawsuit-keith-van-horne-chicago-bears/

NBA

Now that Donald Sterling has once again proven what a piece of trash he is by reneging on the deal to sell the Clippers to someone who doesn't hate minorities, the news came out that he'd hired private investigators to dig up dirt on the NBA.

If it wasn't so offensive, I'd be on my ass laughing. I mean really, dig up dirt on the NBA? Exactly how long will it take his investigators to find out that the biggest piece of dirt the NBA failed to clean up is Sterling himself?

The NBA is in the process of preparing to respond to his lawsuit and is considering a countersuit as well.

But the sad thing is that all this does is extend the embarrassment. If things aren't sorted out before next season, I have a feeling the Clippers coaches and players are going to revolt in a way not previously seen in any professional sports league.

YOUTH SPORTS

John Sinko isn't someone that will be familiar to most people. I know that I didn't know who he was. But perhaps we all should have. His impact on the youth baseball scene in Fairhaven, Massachusetts won't soon be forgotten by those he came into contact with. He passed away a month or so ago and this article from the New Bedford Standard Times serves as a fitting remembrance of his contributions: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140610/SPORTS/406100305/0/SEARCH

WAREHAM GATEMEN

The Gatemen opened their Cape Cod Baseball League season on the road against the Bourne Braves. They led early in the game but ended up losing 4-2.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

With the team blowing up their Twitter page covering the offseason work being put in, you can follow each step of getting ready for next season with the Eagles. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Kat Cooper in the following interview: http://www.bceagles.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/061114aad.html

MISCELLANEOUS SPORTS ARTICLES

If you watched last week's episode of Game of Thrones, you got to see The Wall attacked by among other things, a giant! You'd be forgiven if you thought the giant was a computer generated image. But you'd be wrong. No, instead the giant was played by former North Carolina and Holy Cross basketball player (all 7 foot 7 inches of him) Neil Fingleton. You can learn more about his BIG role in the show here: https://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-news/-game-of-thrones--giant-played-basketball-for-unc-174045416.html

For those of you who love The Mighty Ducks trilogy of movies, Time Magazine had an oral history article from those involved in the making of the films. You can check that out here: http://time.com/mighty-ducks/

CHEERLEADING

I know what you are thinking, how in the world could I think to have cheerleading in a sports blog? And believe me, I totally agree with you. But it is back in the news this week after the American Medical Association announced they classified cheerleading as a sport.

Here's an article about the story: https://news.yahoo.com/ama-says-cheerleading-designated-sport-205226789.html

Now, I know that I will not be on the popular and politically correct side of this debate. Why? Because cheerleading is NOT a sport. I know that those who think cheerleading is something worthwhile will argue that they have cheerleading competitions etc. But they are deluding themselves.

Those competitions are not the primary reason cheerleaders exist, they are a way to kill time for these girls/women in between games. And I'm sorry, but when your real sole purpose of being is to stand on the sideline and cheer for people who are actually engaged in a sporting event...YOU ARE NOT A SPORT!

And let's not forget that a lawsuit against Quinnipiac University when they tried to cancel an actual women's sport and substitute cheerleading to stay within Title IX compliance was decided in favor of the actual sport where the judges in the case effectively said cheerleading is not a sport.

Now, the AMA says it should be considered a sport because of the rigors and risk of injury involved. Is something being strenuous to do and having the risk of getting hurt the primary decider on if it is a sport or not?

In that case, on Thursday at my job I engaged in the new competitive sport of box lifting. I had to lift 125 boxes TWICE in order to wrap an order to ship out. Each box weight 31 pound apiece meaning I shifted 7750 pounds or nearly 4 tons in the space of 2 1/2 hours. It was rigorous, sweat inducing work and given that I was sore and stiff afterwards, the risk of injury was there.

So will ESPN be covering all the box lifting action throughout the world? When can I expect cheerleaders to show up and cheer me to "victory"?

MISCELLANEOUS

TV - My latest recap for 24: Live Another Day is now up on Pop-topia.com here: http://www.pop-topia.com/24-live-another-day-episode-7-recap/

Food - My buddy J.D. takes a look at the Great Chefs event held this week in Philadelphia: http://www.pop-topia.com/look-inside-sold-2014-great-chefs-event/

Movies - Are you having trouble deciding if you want to go see the new Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow in theaters? Maybe my buddy Kayode's review will help you make up your mind: http://www.pop-topia.com/edge-of-tomorrow-review/

Music - It was a big music week for me. Judas Priest released the audio for another new song off their album. This one is called "Dragonaut".

Night Ranger released the official video for the song "Knock Knock (Never Stop)".

Night Ranger's new CD High Road was one of three new albums I picked up this week. The other two were Tesla's Simplicity and Uriah Heep's Outsider.

   

Oh and when I found out that Night Ranger would be coming to a venue about 20 minutes or so from my house, I ended up calling to get a ticket. I ended up with 2nd row seats for the August show. Yaay Me!

 

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