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
@ 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
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
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
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