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One of Two Games Redskins MUST Win!
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Redskins Cowboys Internation sports tv

In any football season, there is always a few games that jump out at you as a fan as must-see TV.   For any Redskin fan, that list includes the Cowboys games where even in lost seasons - and we have had no shortage of those - a win over the Cowgirls is always welcome.   This season, the Cowboys are off to a great start at 6-1 and first in the Now-Not-The-Worst-Division NFC East.  The Redskins are limping along at 2-5 with wins over 2 teams of similar abilities.  First of all, we do not know whether Dallas' record is the real deal or a mirage.  Pre-sesaon, nobody saw a strong team in Big D - what the hell happened?!  Are they really a 6-1 team - one that beat Seattle on the road no less, or will they fall comfortably back to earth and finish 9-7 or even 8-8?  We shall see...they have to play the meat of their schedule in December, where they have been horrid with 4 of 6 games on the road to finish up after their Thanksgiving matchup with the 5-1 Eagles.  No matter the case, they have at least made NFC East football interesting to watch again.

And as for the Redskins, I thought an 8-8 season would be a good outcome for the team, but that seems a bit optimistic at this stage...but beat the Cowboys, get to 3-5, 5-5 does not seem out of the realm of possibility.  But we hate the Cowboys, and besides this game, the other game I will watch no matter what is on December 28...maybe the Skins can ruin Dallas' season with final blow!  In the mean time, I search for this T-shirt...

As you know from my last post, I have been in Japan for the last week.  The weather was not that great (until I was leaving today of course), so I did not get to do any photography but the business purpose was a big success.  (My company is trying to treat their national affliction, cedar allergy, and we had a meeting with their FDA to get permission to start a clinical study.  We were told it couldn't be done, but they loved us!  So it is back to the Island in December...at least the Frequent Flier points are racking up!)   I think Imentioned this before, but it is worth repeating.  A Slingbox is a MUST-HAVE if you travel.  Direct internet feed of your home TV anywhere in the world is just to great a gift, especially to the sports fan.  Here's what I had for casual viewing....Golf from Europe, Japanese  gymnastics (men's) and some soccer....it did help me fall asleep!

AND A COUPLE OF OTHER NOTES:

How about those Royals?  I thought the Giants might sweep after Game 1, but they have really shown their resilience.  It is hard not to pull for them.

The NO FUN LEAGUE reestablishes itself as the leader in Killjoy sports...now Peyton Manning is leading the cheers whineing about the video operation having a little fun getting the crowd revved up.  Once again, the League and now its head cheerleader forget that IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A FUN EVENT...it's entertainment, guys.  

Well, that's all for now...I will try to get my jet-lagged body back on Eastern Daylight time!

 

 

 

 

Sports Friday with Hal: NFL NOTES FOR U2
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football U2

Happy Friday!

 

“These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill

These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill…”

 

 

Ah, the days do run away from me (and us all). Dirty Day is the massively underrated song from U2’s album “Zooropa” way back in 1993. I have been listening the hell out of my “free U2 album” Songs of Innocence since it was released free on iTunes. I am sure I will eventually get my hands on a “real” copy since the deluxe cd has acoustic versions and unreleased songs that I just know I will have to get eventually.

 

I’m a huge U2 fan, but was slow to get on the bus. They were just another band when I was young and I lumped them in the INXS and REM grouping as good music but not rocking out like what any teen boy of the 80s wanted to listen to. I was all over the “hair bands” of the era and a big Aerosmith fan (as they were just making their “Permanent Vacation” revival). U2 got under my skin as I got to college and “Achtung Baby” was on permanent rotation on MTV (back when non hip-hop/rock videos got air time) and on the radio. By college, Zooropa dropped and I must have listened to that CD non-stop for years while in school.

 

Numb and Lemon were the two big hits from the album...it was much more experimental and electronic than anything else out in rock music at the time….perfect for a kid in college and growing up a lot in short period of time.

 

Wow, quite the diversion there. The point was that ending chorus from “Dirty Day” was stuck in my head as time seems to have flown recently. Autumn? Summer is over? Week eight of the NFL kicked off with Denver and San Diego on Thursday Night Football? Where has the time gone?

 

NFL NOTES:

 

I loved the New York Jets desperate gamble on Percy Harvin as they traded for the mercurial receiver from a Seattle squad more than happy to unload a clubhouse cancer for pennies on the dollar. My opinion is that the 1-6 Jets and general manager John Idzik need a reason to jettison head coach Rex Ryan soon and with so much support from owner Woody Johnson, Idzik needs to be able to say “Hey, I got the big play guys on offense...Rex screwed it up!” so he can fire Ryan and stay on as GM.

 

Just a theory, but I believe Idzik thought he would have brought in his own coach last year (he inherited Rex) and Johnson inexplicably kept Ryan on after the Jets won their last two meaningless games against Cleveland and Miami after both squads quit down the stretch.  Idzik is from Seattle, and he wants to bring in his guy to implement his defense and offense and put his own stamp on the team.

 

Should make for some fun in New York, though with Head-case Harvin running around half-cocked.

 

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Colt McCoy in Washington? Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston? Austin Davis in St. Louis?  Zach Mettenberger in Tennessee? Brian Hoyer in Cleveland? A dearth of quality quarterbacks is on display this week in the NFL. Washington needs RG3 back. Houston needs to draft one next year. St. Louis is in a tough spot with that defense and Bradford likely gone. God knows what is going on Tennessee at QB. Cleveland has Johnny Football coming soon.

 

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All right, that is all for this distracted week.

 

Have a great weekend, and be sure to check out the always entertaining StorminNorman over here next door. ---->



 

NFL Week 8 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

 

 

Thursday October 23

Chargers (5-2) @ Broncos (5-2)

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Broncos by 9½

Last Week Chargers lost to Chiefs 23-20, Broncos defeated 49ers 42-17

Fast Fact Broncos QB Peyton Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every meeting against the Chargers

The Broncos have little time to celebrate their QB’s record accomplishment, as they face a tough divisional opponent. The Chargers though are coming off a loss in which their potent offense saw very little of the field with only 21 minutes of possession time. To keep up with the high powered Denver offense, the Chargers may have to play some ball control of their own which means that Branden Oliver will have to play big. Whoever controls the ball will likely claim this critical midseason matchup. Im taking the home team

Pick-Denver

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

Another Thursday another crazy week in the NFL. I went to the patriots-Jets game last Thursday heavy rain and rush hour traffic allowed for a 3 hour commute to Gillette Stadium which is normally maybe 40 minutes on a Sunday. It’s ok I talked to my neighbor who left and hour before I did and his commute was three hours and 20 minutes.

I’m convinced Thursday Night was made for ugly football the teams aren’t sharp and the games lack intensity. The Jets hung in there and I swear they ran the same three plays the whole game . Ivory inside, than outside and then old G. Smith would hit somebody down the seem.

I thought the Jets played the Patriots mucher tougher than anybody expected but than again nobody expected much. People are talking about Rex Ryan getting fired from my stand point the guy can coach and he has a little bit of fun and puts a little humor into as well I think a coach is only as good as what the player personnel guy has to work with it. Other than a solid offensive line and my man Ivory the Jets really don’t have a lot in the skill position area. Let’s face it Geno isn’t Tom Brady who can overcome sucha short coming and make a marginal receivers look good.

The talking heads  on the radio started the whole 3rd grade argument of whose better Brady or Peyton. I guess I like both guys, some how I think a team would be ok with either guy even with both guys in their late 30’s

That the same fo Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers ,Drew Brees, and I may even through Andrew Luck in the mix. Speaking about Luck and the Colts. I watched them play the Bengals Sunday. I like the Colts on Defense they hit hard and they hit in the middle of the body. It was nice to see a team play some defense without the yellow hankie coming out.

In Dallas Demarco Murray is just fun to watch these days and I’m sur eit’s been a blast for Cowboys fans as well. The kid is the real deal.

NCAA

Dear Boston College

Your Senior Kick can't kick field goals. Your Freshman Kicker can't either. 

Did you ever think about using your Punter. After all he does in practice is kick footballs,

Then again that's all the other two kids do as well.

Speaking about Punters whatever happend to the Coffin Corner Punt?

MLB

The Royals finally lost a playoff game in Grand Fashion  on Tuesday Night. Losing 7-1.The Royals managed to get 7 of there own on Wednesday to tie the series at1 apiece. The Royals will have to take at least one of the next three in SF. I would like to see a couple of close games. We may not see Hunter Strickland in another starting role after letting his emotions get to himas he strred down Salvatore Perez.

 

NHL Update

Player flipped off the fans. Player got fined. Lanz traded Sully for player, what was Lanz thinking.

LIL Warrior Report

The boys got a W Saturday Night and Got crashed Sunday. Lil Lanz missed one from the point. Nexst week they start league play. The competition will be more even going forward. The boys should end up being alright.

Laser went out on the mound Saturday. the Young Lefty came in at Garbarge Time with an 11-1 lead. It wasn't pretty he left with 11-5 lead and runners on. He couldn't get the ball down in the zone. He said after the game" If those kids were just a little taller I would have hit the zone every time"

Zebra Tales

I was the Head Linesman Saturday and sometimes despite your best efforts they get you. I got rolled up pretty good Saturday on the first play from scrimmage. An end run came out my way took my position to let the play go buy me so I could trail . A kid came flying in  to make the tackle  he missed it but got the official (yes that was me) He got my leg good I finished the game bad bruise no breaks but I have been limping all week. It’s just the nature of the game..

 

OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB O's Royals Giants NFL Manning Rex

Oldharry here, back in town after the wife and I enjoyed a nice week away with my little girl.

My daughter and her hubby are a happy couple entering their third year of holy matrimony, they remind me of me and Renee back when we were kids…I mean when she was a kid and I was a fumbling 30 something about to marry this beautiful 22 year old …way over my head. We are closing in on 28 years and I am a lucky guy. My daughter’s hubby married over his head too and I made sure I let him know!

His family, living in Northern Maryland are Orioles fans, I thought I new what sports heartbreak was like

That is until I spent several days with these ardent Orioles’ fans. After advancing to the ALCS by dispatching the Angels these fans were talking World Series like it was a given.

And then the Royals happened…happened to be better. I watched  games 2,3 and 4 with my daughters in laws and there neighbors (most of them over the road truck drivers in this middle class hard working lunch pail neighborhood) sit and watch and hover on every pitch and I saw grown men cry. Big strong men, veterans of foreign wars, guys who make the economy move literally. Shedding tears for their beloved team that was breaking their sports hearts.

They have their 48” flat screen on the covered porch and they sit around a great fire pit watching the games… a fine set up.

I thought back to recent history and how lucky I am

        2012 last place

 2013 WS Champions              Red Sox sandwich

       2014 last place

The last time the O’s won was in 1985

After the final loss in the sweep by the Royals, one of the guys turned some of his anger and frustration towards me and reminded me that the Ravens beat the Patriots on the way to the SB a couple of years back. And that Flacco is already better than Brady…

My sensitive response was, “don’t go there for your own good, I don’t want to remind you that since this century began one city has a leg or two up on all of the others with Champions”

One guy from across the street, a guy with a deep woods West Virginia accent said “Hay, we won the SB in 2000 and again in 2012…”

One of the others, a guy named Dale said to him,” Gordy, his Pats won three and his Red Sox won three and seein he’s a Boston guy he probably follows hockey and them guys won a Cup and the basketball team musta won one or two so don’t rag him it a bee a mistake cause they got the hardware.”

We enjoyed the fire some beverages (some sweet homemade moonshinish shots were available but being a guy who likes to keep his wits and hold his tongue, I stuck to the beer and wine and wings. We talked families, fishing, driving and football…baseball was then off limits. Overall they were a great bunch of guys who just lost in four to the Royals.

 

New NFL Rankings

1. Denver           6-1 and back on top with that demolition of SF

2. Arizona          5-1 this is a good team

3. Dallas             6-1 Murray is the MVP

4. Philly              6-1 Defense isn’t bad either

5. San Diego       5-2 another division game following a close win in Oakland and close loss to KC

6. Green Bay       5-2 Is anyone playing like Rodgers/ Nelson/ Cobb

7. Detroit             5-2 Golden Tate has been a nice surprise

8. Indy                 5-2 Andrew Luck is a monster

9. Baltimore         5-2 I don’t trust them going forward

10. New England  5-2 Injuries may derail them with tough six game stretch ahead,

Five of them are listed above And here is the Patriots remaining schedule:

Chicago        3-4                     10/26

Denver          6-1                      11/2

BYE

@ Indy          5-2   Sun night   11/16

Detroit           5-2                     11/23

@ Green Bay 5-2                    11/30

@ San Diego  5-2   Sun night  12/7

Miami              3-3                   12/14

@ Jets              1-6                    12/21

Buffalo             4-3                   12/28

 

Milestones:

I bet you haven’t heard…

 Peyton Manning (510) passed Bret Farve (508)and moved into the lead in career TD passes.

Marino has 420, Brees 374, and Brady 372. My bet is that Peyton adds another 75 or so and nobody ever comes close to that.

 

Other NFL news, The Jets and Seahawks made a mid season move with Persey Harvin that will help both teams. Seattle gets rid of 7 million dollars and a guy who reportedly has had an altercation with all of his coaches and half of his teammates in just the past 3 months. The Jets get a dynamic offensive player to force opponents to game plan for a compliment to that run run running game. Harvin will make Geno better and I’m banking on Harvin getting a load of looks and touches to help put the wheels back on my Gab Fantasy football team.

The Jets season thus far was spelled out by Radadz on Sunday, go back and take a look if you missed it.:

Rex is on the hot seat, I personally like Rex and would miss him in the AFC East. This move by the Jets makes them a spoiler for the rest of the season. They won’t run the table but with a favorable schedule ahead they can still save Rex’s job.

One of my favorite Rex Ryan quotes was when asked a couple of years back at a press conference before a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Patriots how he matches up with Bill Belichick.

“We are two great athletes… we are, obviously solid. I think I could’ve held my own with him on the football field but I know he was also a lacrosse player. I would have no idea what I was doing playing lacrosse although hitting people with a stick has some appeal  to me so I guess I would do ok in that match up”

Sean Peyton quote post game:

Next question….ok next smart question

 

World Series

 

The Royals and the Giants opened the 2014 WS on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

The Giants took game one in Kansas City which kills my prediction of the home teams winning every game.

 

My son Middle Harry (I have 5 kids and my number three son is smack dab in the middle of five.)

He is also first born of my young bride which gives him all the benefits of being a first born and the curse of being the middle child.

He is gifted with his mother’s striking good looks and superior brain and his father’s love of sports, food and cooking.

This weekend he made his soon to be famous   “ bean free chili”

Here is the recipe, you won’t be disappointed.

-First you replace any thoughts of beans with 1.5 lbs of Apple Smoked Bacon.

Cook this any way you like but I prefer a large cast iron skillet.

Drain and set aside to dry and cool.

Next is the 4 lbs of ground beef, pre cook in a large cast iron skillet and use some of the leftover bacon grease…after all it’s good for you, it’s  bacon.

Now in a large cooking pot pour ½ cup of spring water (tap water has chlorine, ammonia and fluoride added…none recommended for consumption.) Put on a medium heat.

Then add 9 ripe Tomatoes from Dad’s garden harvest.

Puree them or have your father do that.

Stir as needed and it is needed.

Add 5 chopped green and red sweet peppers and two jalapeños

Have Dad slice 2 large onions from his garden, it will keep him out of the way for at least a few minutes

While Dad is crying over the onions pour in a Shipyard Pumpkin Ale and stir.

Add the onions and open a Shipyard for Dad and send him away to relax.

Add various spices including but not limited to crushed red pepper flakes, celery salt,

Paprika, ground black pepper, kosher salt,  2 heaping tablespoons of dark brown sugar, oregano…

Bring to a simmer

Get out Mom’s large crock pot, Put the beef and bacon in and pour the rest of the contents in. Stir it up with a good wooden spoon and leave it on a medium heat.

Taste often, stir often and it will be perfect in four hours.

Serve with football, beer and these guys.   CH

 

Later Gabbers, thanks for reading and commenting,

Thanks to IHM for filling in last week, a fine job as usual

Check out Lanz to my right

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