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Q-o-t-D 7/7/14 Tags: NFL Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

What do you think of this photo of Johnny Manziel?

 

Is he about to do some blow, or is he just playing for the camera?

 

 

Sunday Musings #154
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NFL CollegeFootball BostonRedSox WNBA BostonBruins

 

 

While enjoying this extended holiday weekend...

FOOTBALL

Aaron Hernandez - Did you see the major marketing oops surrounding both the Florida Gators and New England Patriots this week? It seems that calendars for both teams feature everyone's favorite potential triple murderer Aaron Hernandez.

According to the their party company that produced the calendars, approval was given months before any charges were filed against Hernandez. Of course, if that is the case, doesn't the school and the team keep track of who's in what as far as promotional type materials for the team?

I mean if they can keep stats on who uses their left leg or their right leg more on third down in November games below 50 degrees, the front office ought to know which players are featured in what material, no?

You can read more about his story HERE.

 

 

WNBA

The New York Liberty actually had a good week for a change. They won both of their games to "improve" to 6-11 on the season. First they nipped the Connecticut Sun 67-65 and then beat the Tulsa Shock handily 90-74.

About the only down type of news for the team this week was related to assistant coach Katie Smith. She was replaced as the #2 all-time WNBA scorer by Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.

BOSTON RED SOX

Professional writers and commentators have been talking for a while now about exactly when the Red Sox will concede they won't win the World Series this year so that they can sell off any trade worthy assets and go all in with their youth movement.

I've been holding off on conceding the season so those articles have kind of irritated me to this point. But after watching the Red Sox get slapped around by the woeful Chicago Cubs in a three game sweep AT Fenway Park earlier this week, I'm damn close to saying the Sox should pack it in.

What a terrible notion though. To give up before they even reach the All-Star break disgusts me. But with a ton of injuries to key players that don't seem to be healing in a timely manner and a general feeling of malaise from those that are actually on the field, maybe it is time to play as many of the youngsters to give them as much major league seasoning as possible and come back to make a strong run at contention next season.

Of course, playing the less experienced guys comes with the knowledge that the team is likely to be nearly as bad as the Bobby Valentine Year. After all, Jackie Bradley Jr. can't hit MLB pitching and Xander Boegarts is in a huge slump. But Brock Holt looks like the real deal and Mookie Betts seems to have started off his stay with the big club as well as could be expected.

But what about the pitching? Clay Buchholz is back from his injury rehab and has pitched markedly better than what he had been doing before. It hasn't translated into W's for him, but he's at least kept the team in games and he wasn't really doing that before. But if he can string together some really good performances, will the Sox look to trade him for something to help their future?

Brandon Workman was doing well until the BS suspension that left him out of the rotation for 12 days. He got shelled in his last start. But I'd like to see him stick around for a while.

I know Jon Lester is the most talked about guy to be on the trading block. Given his 9-7 record and periods where he's getting hit as often as a punch drunk boxer, trading him when you can't agree on a new contract for multiple pieces in return seems like a good idea. But I think trading the acknowledged ace of your staff is going to hurt the team in ways both on and off the field. While his record might make many happy the Sox didn't give him a huge contract offer before the season started, I think the lowball offer they did extend will bite them in the ass after the season ended. Should Lester turn things around in the second half of the season and become a lights out starter, Sox GM Ben Cherington is going to have to decide between opening the vault doors or parting ways with a guy that is seen as one of the key foundational members of the team.

BOSTON BRUINS

Okay hockey fans who happen to read this column, was Jarome Iginla leaving the Bruins a foregone conclusion?

After seeing the news that he signed a 3 year, 16 million dollar deal to play for the Colorado Avalanche I was wondering if the Bruins even made an attempt at keeping him. If not, why not? Was his performance not enough to justify trying to keep him, or was the contract demands more than the Bruins were willing to assume?

The other question I had is with the talent that has already left the club so far this offseason, do the Bruins still have enough top line guys to make a serious attempt at the Stanley Cup next season?

In an unrelated to "real" hockey, I watched the Rob Lowe hockey film Youngblood on Thursday night. I remember when it first came out and how much I liked it. I think it is still an okay film but it definitely doesn't hold up as well.

MISCELLANEOUS

Music - Here at Yougabsports, one of this week's Question of the Day entries asked about the first concert site readers/contributors had attended. I took it a bit further and did a separate blog entry detailing all the concerts I've attended since before 1986. You can read that HERE

I got two review articles done this week. The first one is a four pack of mini reviews for albums that were released in 2013. I hadn't gotten around to buying them before 2014 came around but I wanted to share my thoughts on each of the discs, even if it is an abbreviated version of said thoughts. You can check out what I thought of albums by Julie Roberts, Paul Rodgers, Black Star Riders and The Winery Dogs via this Pop-topia.com link.

I also reviewed the new Night Ranger CD High Road for KNAC.com. You can check out that one HERE.

Last week I included the lyric video for the Overkill song "Armorist". But over the course of the week, the band released the official video. You can see it below.

TV - The recap for 24: Live Another Day Episode 10 is online via this Pop-topia.com link.

Books - I had a big week of book buying this week, adding 7 new selections to my ever expanding to read pile. The books in question are as follows: Star Trek The Next Generation - Light Fantastic by Jeffrey Lang, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling under a pen name), The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, The Highway by C.J. Box and both Murder on the Half Shelf and Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett. On Saturday I added the Linwood Barclay thriller A Tap on the Window.

I gave the Rowling book to my mother to read first as she is a huge Harry Potter fan and I wanted to let her see if she liked this total story change from the author. Plus it will be a while before I get to it anyway.

This week on the Today Show, best selling authors Brad Thor and Kate White were asked for their summer reading recommendations. In the suspense category, they both picked the Terry Hayes book I Am Pilgrim. It was nice to see them giving some love to a book I loved. However, not too brag (too much), but I was on the fan bandwagon for the novel months ago.

Sports Friday with Hal: Waiting on the NFL
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football NBA MLB Soccer FIFA World Cup Tennis Wimbledon

Happy Friday!

Missing the NFL right now as the OTAs are winding down and training camp is a month away. Following the NFL has become a full-time job recently with just this month the only real downtime in the schedule. That said, after all the combine, draft, free agency, etc I am ready for the games to get here.  Training camp has become an “event” in the past 15-20 years and now is a big part of the NFL calendar for fans.

Without football, all eyes are on baseball, tennis, and soccer. I enjoyed trying to watch as much of the College World Series as it is real enjoyable to track the young stars of tomorrow in the tournament. Enjoyed catching the Longhorns game versus Vanderbilt on ESPN last Saturday night despite the “Clemens Cam” that seemed fixed on former major league pitcher Roger Clemens on hand to watch his son at Texas. Nice to see Vandy finally win their first CWS championship.

 

Wimbledon is in full bloom and although tennis was never big in my house growing up, I enjoyed playing on the lawn with the neighbors every July as we caught Wimbledon fever and built our own ”court” on the front lawn. I do remember that we always watched the mens and womens finals (in the morning, of course) and instead of cream and strawberries we munched on fresh picked strawberries from the garden (with no-fat milk substituted for the cream) as my mother insisted on the traditional Wimbledon snack.

The World Cup is in full swing and the U.S. were lucky enough to have Portugal knock off Ghana and allow them into the knockout round of sixteen. The Americans seemed...off...against Germany. Not sure if they were playing over-conservative to keep it close or whatever, but it almost backfired. Had Ghana scored instead of Ronaldo for Portugal and it would have been good night for U.S. Soccer.

Finally, major league baseball had a no-hitter by San Francisco Giants former ace Tim Lincecum against the weak-hitting San Diego Padres. Lincecum used to be a strikeout guy. The goofy motion and hair with a devastating fastball made him one of the more notable young guns when he won back-to-back Cy Young Awards. The days of dominance are long gone, but back-to-back seasons with no-hitters is still impressive.

The Red Sox were on the West Coast last week and the season continued to jump off the tracks. Seven games out west and starting today back for three more in New York against the Yankees. Going 2-5 on a trip they needed to go 5-2 on at worst to start crawling back into the American League East race. The Red Sox sit 7 games under .500 and 7.5 games behind the Blue Jays and a ton of teams between them and the playoffs.

Dustin Pedroia continues to struggle mightily batting just .265 with only 4 home runs and 27 RBIs and just a .338 OBP and an abysmal .377 Slugging Percentage (per baseball-reference.com). David Ortiz is hitting .265 batting average but he is the only player on the team with double-digit home runs.  I am not saying the team is horrible this season at the plate this season but A.J. Pierzynski is second on the team with 31 RBIs. Shane Victorino was out with a hamstring injury and in the rehab has now been shut-down indefinitely with back issues.

 

For the Red Sox the problem is that they need to keep fans flocking to Fenway (and buying commemorative bricks, food, drinks, merchandise, fan club memberships, watching their cable network, etc) and unlike other markets the Fenway “Faithful” fall off in droves when the losing starts. Heck, 2012 is evidence of that after the 90 loss team played in a half-empty stadium almost the entire second-half of the season.

Blowing this team up completely is not an option for the current ownership group.  Maybe it is time to look to the Dodgers again for a Kemp/Ethier blockbuster deal maybe?

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Finally, the NBA Draft will be done by the time this is posted. My fingers are crossed that the Celtics still somehow deal their picks for Kevin Love right now.

OK, that’s all for this week. Have a great weekend!

OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB NFL NBA NHL USMC

 

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...

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