You know, sometimes it almost isn't worth turning on the TV for sports on the weekend.
A couple weeks back, I was overjoyed to see that all five teams I root for in college basketball won on the same day. Throw in the Celtics winning and it was simply a great day to be a hoop fan.
Such is not the case for yesterday. If it wasn't for the Patriots beating the Jets in brutal squeaker, it would've been a Sunday Sports Day from Hell.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
When I say that the Patriots beat the Jets, I should be clear that I mean on the scoreboard. Because if you watched the game or looked at the boxscore after it was over, you would've sworn the Jets had basically kicked the Pats butts all over the field.
The Jets outgained New England 307-231 and racked up 4 sacks (see below) and an interception on a mostly pedestrian day for Pats QB Tom Brady.
Brady did throw a TD pass to Rob Gronkowski, but his 182 passing yards showed that when he wasn't being pressured or just wiped out by the Jets defenders, he wasn't able to really get in sync for very long with his receivers. Of course the run game didn't do much to help things out either, they ran for a total of 85 yards on the ground. While Jonas Gray (pictured below with Gronk) did run for a TD, the offense was in fits and starts for the entirety of the game.
So the Jets offense rolled up more yards than did the Patriots offense. Unfortunately for the Jets however, they weren't going up against the Pats offense, but rather their defense.
While the yardage total was decidedly in New York's favor, the Patriots defense spread those yards out enough that the Jets had to settle for 3 field goals and a TD pass. Otherwise, while it wasn't pretty, the Patriots managed to get the right stop at the right time.
Sealver Siliga and Dont'a Hightower sacked Geno Smith twice and Jamie Collins (see below) picked him off in the midst of one of the Jets drives.
Big Vince Wilfork ended up sealing the deal for the Patriots when he tipped the field goal attempt that would've given the Jets the lead late in the game. It deflected the ball enough that the attempt was short. Patriots win!
The win ensures that the Patriots will have a first round bye in the playoffs and leaves them at 12-3 on the season. I tell you these games against the Jets are always brutal knockdown drag-out battles. But the Patriots have won 4 out of the last 6 and this win probably seals the fate of the always quotable Rex Ryan in New York.
Now, as for the Lost Sunday of Hoops...not all my teams were in action but all four that did play lost and they did it in disappointing ways.
In game 2 of the post-Rondo era, the Celtics couldn't capitalize on many opportunities and saw the Miami Heat run away from them and win 100-84. Tyler Zeller led Boston with 22 points. But the recent hot streak for Kelly Olynyk came to an end. His shooting numbers were poor (5-13 FG%) and he finished with just 13 points.
Jeff Green (see below) also had 13 points. Newly installed point guard Marcus Smart had 3 points and 4 assists in his starting performance. That is simply not going to get the job done if the Celtics expect to realistically hand over the running of the team.
The Celtics are now 10-15 for the year.
Hartford - The Hawks headed into their holiday break at 5-7 after their 70-58 loss to Quinnipiac. Amber Bepko (pictured below) fouled out the game with 1:38 left to play. She left the court with 18 points and 7 boards and was the only Hawk to hit for double figures in the game.
Shanise Bultron and Cassidy Bundy (see below) had 8 points apiece while Deanna Mayza scored 7 points to go with 6 assists. Cherelle Moore scored just 5 points in the game while grabbing a team high 8 rebounds.
I don't know what it is with the Hawks, but they seem to be unable to find any long term sustained consistency.
You can see highlights and brief post game comments from coach Jennifer Rizzotti in the video below.
Boston College Men - The Eagles led USC by 4 points at halftime but couldn't keep up with the Trojans enough in the second half and ended up losing 75-71 to drop to 6-4 on the season. Their 20-8 edge in points off of turnovers ended up going for naught as well.
Aaron Brown (see below) finished with 18 points to lead BC.
Olivier Hanlan (see below 1st) scored 15 points and dished out 8 assists and Patrick Heckmann (see below 2nd, on defense) had 13 points.
Dennis Clifford had a solid night with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Boston College Women - I have to say that I was pretty disheartened by the Eagles losing this game. Hofstra came into the game with a much better record, but I was hoping to see BC put on a better performance than a 75-61 loss that dropped BC to 6-5 for the year. Hofstra started the game on a 7-2 run and never looked back.
Nicole Boudreau (below 1st) scored 18 points to lead the Eagles. Kelly Hughes (below 2nd) added 17 points and 7 boards while Katie Quandt finished with 10 points.
While the play of Boudreau and Hughes was great to see, the biggest positive for the Eagles might've been the return of Shayra Brown. It was Brown's (see below) season debut. She's been out of action since injuring herself in last season's first game. (I was there at that game and saw the injury). She didn't make it back to play at all last year and had still been out of action for the first 10 games of this season. Here's hoping she brings a little more fire to the team when she's out on the court.
You can see highlights from the game and the post game press conference with coach Erik Johnson below.
We adopted a puppy this weekend. We drove 4.5 hours each direction from our home in Central Massachusetts to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to adopt the one specific dog from the SPCA. The dog we wanted to adopt wasn’t available by the time we arrived at their location - a building in a pretty horrible part of town, not far from a pub promoting itself as having the “Best Chili in Philly”...yet not having anyone else backing that up.
We brought home a beautiful 8-pound little girl. On our way home we stopped at the Vince Lombardi Service Area, got some Popeye’s, flipped off MetLife Stadium, and took a picture of the Empire State Building.
On the way home, though, we got news of an execution style murder of two police officers in Brooklyn - the gunman had killed himself at a subway station not far from one of my clients. The location is real to me. The vibe is real to me. I’m a born and bred Bostonian, yet I spend a lot of my work life in New York City. I love the place - outside of my thing with the Yankees, Jets, Giants and to a lesser extent the Mets. I respect the profession of police officer. I may not always agree/like the government, but I respect those who protect and serve.
There have always been people on the edge, folks who could be pushed to go the extra step. I have to believe this guy is that guy. We’ve allowed our conversation to be “us” vs. “them.” We’ve allowed the conversation to be about race baiting, instead of a real conversation around what’s wrong and what’s right. Around police training and around how to behave around police officers. As a society, we’ve told these peckerheads that they can take matters into their own hands. To show the ignorance here, this douche executed an Asian and a Latino police officer in “revenge.” Consider this for a moment: he turned the conversation from White on Black Police Violence to Cops vs. Us violence. The NYPD is about as racially diverse as any PD in the country - there’s close to zero chance that there’s going to be a “white only” partnership hanging out on the street. This gunman only served to set the conversation back and to expose the outrage for what it is: a corporate side show.
Hours later, a police officer in Pinellas County Florida was shot and killed. While you may not agree with the law, with the process, with how the law is crafted, the men and women who enforce the law should be respected. You have more rights the less you resist, if you can fathom that.
I don’t always agree with the police, but these guys have done nothing to help their cause. It’s never okay to execute a cop. It seems to me that the purveyors of violence for their own purposes need to step up and denounce this cowardice. Godspeed Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos.
Rexalopholous Ryan. “I'm certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else.” Back in 2009, Rexalopholous Ashley Ryan became the head coach of the New York Football Jets. As if Rexalopholous wasn’t bad enough, his parents decided to add “Ashley” to his name just to put an exclamation point on that bitch. Yeah, they don’t like him either. So the man who came to New York (or East Rutherford) to “win,” is getting ready to hit the bricks because...well, because he didn’t win.
It’s good to know, though, that he doesn’t regret saying that hw wasn’t coming to town to kiss Belichick’s rings. Now, he’s a very good defensive coach - probably better than his fraternal twin, Rob...or a least far more hygienic. Now ask yourself who was loved more by mom and dad: Rexalopholous Ashley or Robert Allen. I can’t even pronounce Rexalopholous. By the way, the Patriots clinched a first round bye in the AFC playoffs by beating Rexalopholous Ashley Ryan’s Jets by 1-point. Go home, suckah.
Adding Injury to Insult. It’s not bad enough the Buccaneers would lose 20-3, but at the conclusion of the Green Bay game, 9 fans were struck by lightning. Folks, please understand, that God hates the Bucs and anyone who roots for them. It’s technically a violation of the 10 Commandments to root for the Bucs.
Rice. Ray and his now wife apparently made out after the altercation in the elevator. Npt sure what that means.
No to LA. Goodell reportedly has informed the Chargers, Raiders and Rams that no one will be relocating to Los Angeles in 2015. Consider this for a moment: Chargers, Raiders, Rams. Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Raiders, Los Angeles Rams. The three teams that HAVE considered LA home are considering making LA home again. Seriously, why/how could the nation’s #2 market be so undesirable that THREE TEAMS in the last 50 years could’ve decided to move? I mean the Rams moved to St. Louis instead of LA. St. Louis. Oakland. Seriously. Something is messed up there.
Festivus. Yeah. Tomorrow. Throw up the pole and get your complaints ready. It’s Festivus tomorrow. Merry Christmas you bastards.
Hello ladies and gents, and welcome to this week’s Grumble with IHM. We’re quickly approaching Christmas Day (less than a week away now, for all you shopping procrastinators out there), and I continue to wait to hear back about the job I want so badly! While I wait, I’ve got a second interview to go to today at 2… so hopefully I can use that to get an answer out of this other company! The two updates I’ve had from the staffing firm so far have been “no movement on the position”… either way, hopefully I’ll be back to work when the calendar rolls over to 2015!
In the world of sports, we’ve got some big stories going this week! The first of course would be the shots fired on Nebraska’s campus between ex-head coach Bo Pelini and AD Shawn Eichorst. Pelini was allowed to address his players before departing for Youngstown State (his new gig), during which he said he’d rather work at fucking McDonalds than work with “some of those guys”, and called Eichorst cunt and a pussy during his profanity laced rant, which drew several rounds of laughter from players who are also disgruntled with Eichorst, but Nebraska’s brass is not laughing. Fortunately for Pelini, he does not have any no-disparagement clause that will prevent him from collecting the reported $7.9 million severance package he is owed. Of course, this is the same guy who multiple times has said he doesn’t give a fuck if he’s fired… and who has repeatedly berated Nebraska fans, going so far as saying “fuck you, fans” in a different rant. Well, if things don’t work out at Youngstown State Bo, we’ll save a spot here at the Gab for you!
In another developing story, former Pistons GM Joe Dumars was fined $500,000 by the NBA back in 2010 for leaking confidential league information to a source in the media; the third biggest fine in NBA history! In fact, it had gone on for so long that the league had to set up a sting to find out which GM was responsible, so they sent messages worded differently to different NBA GM’s. The reporter in question is yahoo.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who apparently had some form of symbiotic relationship with Dumars. Wojnarowski would write nice stories about Dumars… Dumars would keep feeding him information. Embarrassing for the Pistons organization to say the least… but at least it got them somewhere near relevance for a day!
The writing is on the wall in Chicago, and it looks like Jay Cutler’s days as a Bear are numbered. Cutler has been benched, likely for the remainder of the season, by coach Mark Trestman in favor of Jimmy Claussen, and rumor has it he may be headed to Tennessee via trade in the offseason. This, of course, comes a week after reports surfaced that offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said the Bears were experiencing “buyer’s remorse” on Cutler.
This might look like good news for the Lions, who head down to Chicago to face the Bears this weekend… but given the Lions’ history against backup quarterbacks, I’m going to say I’d rather see Jay Cutler back there than Jimmy Claussen. For those who wonder what I’m talking about, I’ll say two words… Matt FUCKING Flynn!
The good news for the Lions, provided they don’t shit the bed against an out of it and dispirited team in Chicago, is that they’re now a game up on the Packers thanks to an upset by the Buffalo Bills (finally Jim Schwartz does something to help the Lions!) last weekend. The Lions struggled against the Vikings last week, but the Vikings are a much better team than Chicago is at this point. Hell, if they find a way to use Patterson in Minnesota, they’ll be in some good shape! Of course, the Lions head to Lambeau Field week 17… a place that has been an absolute house of horrors for them, going winless there since 1991! But, the division title will likely be on the line (assuming the Packers rebound this week against Tampa Bay), so I’m hoping this will be the year the streak is broken!
As for this week’s hot stove in baseball… it’s not quite as hot as last week’s, but there are still some moves out there worth mentioning:
-The Royals signed Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal.
-Michael Morse signed with the Marlins.
-Brandon Morrow signed with San Diego.
-The Rays traded OF Matt Joyce to the Dodgers for RHP Kevin Jespen.
-The Rays were not done there, trading OF Wil Myers to San Diego in a three-team, 11 player deal that also involved the Washington Nationals.
- The White Sox continued to improve by signing OF Melky Cabrera.
-The Royals also signed 1B/DH Kendrys Morales.
-The Indians signed RHP Gavin Floyd.
-LHP Chris Capuano signed with the Yankees. The team also re-signed 3B Chase Headley.
-The Braves signed IF Alberto Callaspo.
- The Astros signed SS Jed Lowrie.
The big buzz in the sport of baseball surrounds the new arrangements made between Obama and the leaders of Cuba, who have decided to re-start relations between the nations. What impact will this have on future MLB players coming out of Cuba? We’ll find out soon, I’m sure… but it might make things a whole lot easier for teams to scout and pick up players from the island.
Over in the NBA, Rondo trade rumors are up and running once again… this time the rumors have him going to the Mavericks in exchange for C Brandan Wright, a few other players to meet the salary cap math work, and draft picks. This would give Dallas a starting lineup of Monta Ellis, Rondo, Dirk, Chandler Parsons, and Tyson Chandler.
Milwaukee’s first round pick Jabari Parker is out for the rest of the season now after tearing his ACL Monday night in Phoenix. Parker was the #2 overall pick in last year’s draft, and was averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds per game for the surprising Bucks on the season.
The Jordan 11 retro shoe release caused some idiots to riot in Toledo, Ohio. A crowd of 3-400 people gathered outside a store, and when the store announced it was delaying opening (the store only had 150 “tickets” available for the right to buy the shoes), the crowd became restless. The police were called and pepper spray was allegedly used. This isn’t the first time a crowd has become violent over Air Jordans… people are frequently hurt or even killed during these “shoe releases”, not to mention those who are shot wearing them when someone comes to rob them for their $180 shoes.
As for news on the Michigan head coaching job, reports are that Jim Harbaugh is “considering” the Wolverine’s offer of six years, 49 million dollars, making him the NCAA’s highest paid coach, passing Nick Saban’s yearly salary by over a million dollars per year. Looks like Saban has a raise coming in his future… assuming Harbaugh takes the money that is. Harbaugh, of course, has two games remaining in the NFL season, so a decision is unlikely before the end of the 49ers season.
That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. I won’t be back til the day after Christmas, so Merry Christmas to you and yours. I’ll see you the day after Christmas… or as Santa calls it, empty sack day!
Last Week Titans lost to Jets 16-11, Jags lost to Ravens 20-12
Fast Facts TEN: Titans are allowing league worst 139.6 yards rushing a game. JAX: QB Bortles has been sacked a league high 41 times since
The last Thursday night game of the year is a real snoozer. Neither team going anywhere but home after next week. The Titans lost a sloppy ugly game to the equally woeful Jets and while Jacksonville got beat beat by the Ravens last they are at the very least playing competitive and pushing their opponents, the Titans have been getting housed on a weekly basis. The Titans haven’t won since they last played these same Jags in week 6. Im thinking that the Jags get some get back here.
Saturday December 20
Eagles (9-5) @ Washington (3-11)
FedEx Field; Landover, MD 4:30 (NFLN)
Favorite Eagles by 7 ½
Last Week Eagles lost to Cowboys 38-27, Washington lost to Giants 24-13
Fast Facts PHI: Ranked second in QB sacks WAS: Allowed second most sacks in NFL
Stung by a second straight home loss the Eagles now need help to return to the playoffs they head to DC to face a Washington team that is light years away from contention. The Eagles allow way too many points on defense primarily because their high speed offense isn’t on the field long enough to give a proper rest, but the anemic Washington offense should not give them that much trouble. Mark Sanchez should be able to get enough time to pick on the soft Washington secondary to make the road to victory pretty easy.
Chargers (8-6) @ 49ers (7-7)
Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, CA 8:25 (CBS)
Favorite 49ers by 1
Last Week Chargers lost to Broncos 22-10 49ers lost to Seahawks 17-7
Fast Facts SD: Have won the last three meetings SF: The 49ers 3 game losing skid is the longest in the Jim Harbaugh Era
The Chargers are on playoff life support after their lackluster loss against the Broncos while the 49ers are dealing with the cold fact that for the first time since 2010 they will not be going to the playoffs after being dominated by another despised rival. The Chargers will be without leading receiver Keenan Allen who broke his collarbone but the Niners are a virtual MASH unit in comparison Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman , Ahmad Brooks, Frank Gore and standout rookie Chris Borland all either out or uncertain with injuries. Combine that and the growing ineptitude of the Niners offense. I think the Chargers are good enough to keep their feeble playoff hopes alive with a win and further fuel speculation of Harbaugh's exit
It’s a week away from the big day and all the craziness ends. The presents, the parties, and the food. Are you ready? Will we ever be ready?
A have few sports related things on my mind. The thought crossed my mind the other day that The Chicago Bears, The Miami Dolphins and The Detroit Lions (despite being 10-4) are all the same team. They are all loaded with talent and they all can’t get out of their own way. But why is that, is it coaching? , is it, the system they are using? Are the players buying in and engaging in the team concept? Like the patriots, Packer, and Broncos.
Talented teams that don’t win or can’t make the playoffs usually mean a few things. Players put an I in team too many guys thinking it’s about them. They usually don’t by into the common goal maybe to many Clicks in the locker room players are being pulled in several directions. It also could mean that the coaches and management aren’t invested and player view that has a negative. The biggest one is talented guy just aren’t making plays maybe they don’t get enough chances maybe Kyle Orton, Ryan Tannehill, and Mathew Stafford aren’t the solution maybe they are the problem.
I guess we really don’t know what the answer is with the exception none of these teams are consistent or make enough plays to win consistently.
The NHL Update
They hot the puck a lot like 20 times each and man the penguin have the chilly willies in the for of the mump. The Penguins visited a children’s hospital and few guy including Syd the Kid came down with the Mumps, I guess they spread the wealth with a few other teams. The Ducks and The Leafs had similar problems as well.
The Panthers and the Capitals went twenty rounds in a shoot out the other night. The Panthers capitalized on it and won. Lots of pucks for 1 point. It is seriously time for the NHL to revisit getting rid of the shootout. I understand they don’t want ties. So play 4 on 4 5 minute Ot’s until there is a wiunner. It would be far more exciting than after both team probably battling in an even game and then it all rests on a tired goalie. It just doesn’t seem fair.
I don’t know anybody who doesn’t live high intensity 4 x 4 hockey were guys have room to move and shine as they will. I think it’s a much better than a damn 20 round shootout.
Lil Warrior update
The Boys were losing 4-2 going into the third period and ended up winning 6-4 No shootouts here just up and down action.
Coach needed Lil Lanz to play Defense . He was pissed and said his Parakeet died. It did on Friday so the coach had a moment of silence for Jo Jo the Parakeet . The coach came out after the game and told me they had a moment of silence I pissed myself laughing. He says I needed him to play.S o I did what I had to. One cool thing about this game was another team from our town the next age level up were playing after our guys and they all know each other so everytime we scored . Those guys were banging on the glass cheering them on. It was pretty cool.
Jo jo arrived at out house at LiL Lanz’s 5th Birthday party Lil Lanz will be 13 in May. I’m guessing somebody let it out on purpose. So I have a bunch of moms of 5 year olds saying you have to catch it before a hawk gets it. I was like vidals for the hawk. Anyway I captured JoJo after the party Mrs. Lanz went off and bought JoJo a cage. She tried to find the right full owner through the police department. I don’t know who was more distraught about keeping JoJo me or Ruby the wonder dog. Who at times took to JoJo kind of the same way Slyvester took to Twitty if get my drift. Finally after almost 7 years JoJo had his last tweet on Friday. I thought I caught a slight smile through her sadness from Ruby the wonder dog. That’s the tail of JoJo the Parakeet. I did see that one particular mom who encouraged me to capture JoJo her son had a game after Lil lanz’s . I went up to her and said the parakeet died and the dog is happy. She smiled than gave me a slap in the arm and said your awful.