Let me start off with getting some thoughts out about the Pro Football Championship Game. I was out doing a few pregame errands before the Big Game. I had sports radio on and I guess they ran out of things to talk about because Donovan McNabb was talking about what color Gatorade the coaches should be drowned after the game.
Do I really need to know or do I really care? I also that Bruno did fine with out the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They weren’t hot and they were probably chilly without their shirts. Going into the game I wanted Denver to win. I thought Peyton would deserve it and I was under the imprecation that the Seahawks were a lot like Richard Sherman who I came to realize the more I heard the guy speak he wasn’t all that bad. AS the game went on I just totally got into the Seattle defense just fustrating the hell of the Broncos and Peyton kind of going from that Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw group to being pushed into the Dan Marino , Jim Kelly group. I think the guy is an awesome quarterback and his probably a pretty good guy but he just doesn’t shine well on the big stage.
I thought Pete Carroll did an awesome of job of coaching and relating to his players. He keep them loose all week and they looked like they were having fun. Everything the NFL touches turns into gold. Let’s face it folks we were all hoping for a few wrinkles like exteremely cold temps, a blizzard, Chris Christies minions controlling traffic. The NFL would have none of that the had a multi million dollar deal with mother nature for seasonable warm tempos and since their lawyers are better than Mother natures there was no way she would breach.Allin all I kind new the game was over 12 seconds in didn’t expect the Broncos to get beat up like they did and now watch how much money teams spend on defense to follow the Seahawks model. As we all know and it has been said many times here at the Gab defense wins Championship so good luck to Seattle and the Seahawks a well deserved win.
Model Of Red Wings New Arena
Few things going on in the league. The Red wings have gotten approved to build a new area just North of downtown Detroit so in a few years they will be moving after the City Council approved a land transfer for the womping sum of $1 dollar. To the Detroit Downtown Development Authority. This is a 39 acre Parcel of land that will be used to build a new arena and a 95 year lease for the Red Wings for $450 Million and another 200 million for shops , restaurants, entertainment and residential development all privately funded. This is an effort to revitalize Detroit and create jobs.
Tomas Vanek has turned down a 50 million dollar contract extension by the Islanders. Vanek will test the free agent market. He also may become a playoff rental as the Islanders are most likely out of the mix..
The Boston Red Sox announced its 2014 HoF selections which include Nomar Garciapara, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and radio Voice Joe Costaglione. The announcement came on a snowy day here in Boston. Let’s face we all knew what Clemens is now but when he was pitching for the Red Sox you neve missed when he started as you never missed a start when Pedro pitched. Unfortunately, if we knew than what we know now it would have been different but that could be sid for the entire steroid era. I’m not sure Clemens is deserving of any HoF but maybe the Red Sox are trying to put that era behind them. I have mixed emotions on this one and I’m leaning towards not giving him any recognition
ESPN analyst and former Phillies, Diamondback, Astros. Orioles and Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer. I wish him all the best. A lot folks don’t like Schilling because the guy speaks his mind. I find him a breath of fresh air and I think he always adds something to any broadcast. I wish him and his family all the best.
LIL Warrior Report.
Laser is feeling ok but his waiting for the Doc to give him approval to go back to practice. Lil lanz played for the middle school team on Friday night and he held his own. It was the most physical I have seen him get. He was parked out in front of the night a kid from the other team was trying to push him out he dug his skates in and wouldn’t be moved. Later in the game another kid was giving him the business and he held his ground. Lil lanz is in good shape and is as strong as an ox well at least as strong as an 11 year old can be. On Sunday he played or his regular team the boys trailed 2-0 with about 1:14 left in the game. They scored on a 5-3 and then tied it up with 13 seconds left. Lots of excitement . This week Lil lanz plays 3 games two regular team games and one middle school game plus practice. He is back nice and strong.
Did you ever hear of snow snow beautiful snow? It’s beautiful in pictures but when you have to move it and remove it the beauty fades
I am officially tired of snow and Winter
Oh Spring, where fore art thou?
The SB was not the best SB ever unless you like great defense, like the Seattle Seahawks or dislike Peyton Manning or just like a good old fashion butt kicking.
The Seahawks were the best team in the NFL for the 2013 season and they
deserved the prestigious Lombardi Trophy.
I am not going to jump on Peyton Manning and his 11-12 post season record or his 1-2 SB record or the fact that he has thrown a pick six in each of his last two SB performances. Peyton will go down in history as one of the best QB’s in NFL history.
He will retire with the most regular season TD’s and passing yards.
He will retire with the record for most single season TD’s and passing yards.
One of the best ever.
The debate will go on forever on who is the best QB of all time. Old timers would tell you it was Slinging Sammy Baugh or Otto Graham, others would say it was Bart Starr. Some would make an argument for Roger Staubach, my Dad would tell you it was Vito Babe Parilli of the old Boston Patriots.
The best QB will always be tied to the team(s) they played for and the Head Coach and his successes. As we have seen in recent history the best QB’s don’t always look great when the come up against great defenses or great defensive game plans.
Kurt Warner was a great QB but ran into a good defense with a great game plan in SB 36.
Tom Brady ran into a great defensive game plan in the Patriots two loses to the Giants in ’07 and ’11.
Peyton Manning never got going against the historically good Seattle defense.
On the local radio stations in the Boston area I heard countless folks saying the Patriots would have put up a better fight with Brady…I’m not so sure it would have been any less a blow out. Ok maybe they don’t surrender a safety on the first play and maybe Brady doesn’t throw 2 ints so take away 12 points from the Seahawks if you want…even give the Pats an additional TD from Legarrett Blount and it’s still a 31-14 game.
No team from the AFC would have stood a chance.
Best ever??? I tried to do a top five which turned into a top seven and ended with…
My top THIRTEEN or 14 QB’s.
I take in to account the years in which they played with regards to the defensive rules of covering receivers and hitting QB’s in the legs and head…way back before it was illegal to say bad things to guys like Manning, Brady, Manning, Rodgers and Brees
.The OH ranking takes both regular season and post season records and stats into account.
If it was based strictly on how many regular season MVP’s a player won the list would reflect that.
Post season records are important as that’s when you play the best opponents in typically the worst conditions with the most pressure.
Supah Bowl wins are very important.
No NFL player plays to be anything short of the SB Champion.
How many times do we hear about the SB loser being satisfied? Never.
This is about the best of the best.
It’s extremely hard to get to the SB and even harder to win it…just ask any of these guys.
SB rings Post season Reg Season Post season overall
* Steve Young was Joe Montana’s back up in SB XXIII and XXIV
That’s my OH QB rankings, feel free to debate my order listing or make a case for Unitas, Stabler, Moon, Rivers, Fouts, Tarkington, Krieg or Eli, Trent or Todd Blacklege or maybe Hugh Millen... go ahead and state your claim…bring numbers please.
Only about a week until pitchers and catchers report!
A Swiss man visiting Dublin on holiday was looking for someone to direct him to his hotel. While standing outside Murphy’s Pub he approached two young men.
He asked “ Entchuldigung, koen Sie Deutch sprechen?’
The two lads looked at each other blankly and stared back at him.
Excusez-moi, parlezyousFrancais?’ he tried…
Still nothing but blank stares from the Irish lads…
‘Hablan ustedes Espanol?’ and the Lads just shake their heads in silence.
The Swiss guy walked off disappointed that he had been totally misunderstood despite his several attempts to communicate.
One of the Lads looked at the other and said “y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language” the other said “ and why would we waste the time, that guy knew 4 languages and what the hell good did it do him”!
I'm looking forward to starting my new job on Monday and looking forward to the time when
I can get the grill uncovered and toss some venison and home grown veggies on it
thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out Lanz right next door
The Winnah! And new champs!...the Seattle Seahawks take the title in a rout
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the residents bet more on the Puppy Bowl in the 2nd half and enjoyed that spectacle as opposed to the so-called Big Game
NFL: Seahawks win it all
Wellllp, that prediction went all to pieces the Seahawks jumped on the Broncos from the first snap. Literally, the Seahawks cashed in on the games first play when an errant snap whizzed past a stunned Peyton Manning and 14 yards back into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on the ball and the Seahawks took the lead all of 12 seconds into the game and they wouldn’t be headed. I was just stunned at how the Seahawks just methodically pounded the Broncos. It took a while for their offense to warm up but their defense just was relentless. The Seahawks kept scoring and the Broncos looked like they were rooted in quicksand, I still think that the Manning and the Broncos were in it though they were down 15-0 but then a 1-2 punch happened that slammed the door on the game and Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense who had been moving decently had nothing to do with it. Manning never got sacked but there always seemed to be someone in his face or pressuring him. In this sequence he was pressure and hit as he threw a wobbly duck that must have seemed like a dream to Malcolm Smith, he made the NFC title clinching pick against the Niners and he gathered in the wobbly pass and headed to paydirt. The eventual MVP chugged 69 yards for the backbreaking touchdown and as soon as Smith made the pick, I stood up from my bar seat and called for my check. Ive seen enough game over picks to know when a back gets broken, nevermind the pile on kickoff return from Percy Harvin to start the 2nd half to let everyone know that this summabitch was over. The next 2 hours were more or less a victory coronation for the Seahawks in a 43-8 blowout. Ive seen the Broncos get housed in Super Bowls before, in their 5 losses (you know Buffalo is glad to have that yoke off their neck) the average score is 41-11, three of the four biggest blowouts have been handed out to the Broncos and their closest loss was their first losing 27-10 to the Cowboys. The Broncos became the latest high scoring team to just get housed in the Big Game the 5 highest scoring teams in NFL history are 0-5 in winning the Super Bowl. The Seahawks join their 1976 expansion cousin Tampa Bay as winning their first Super Bowl and now that leaves 13 teams in the NFL to win their first Super Bowl and painfully 11 teams have won their first Super Bowl since my beloved Vikings last appeared in a Super Bowl…not like Im bitter or anything like that…
Someone who is bitter…with apologies to ESPN
The latest spec sheet
It’s February and the stretch drive to the NCAA Men’s tournament is under way. For the 10th season, I bring you the Sheet of Speculation on the NCAA tournament. Call it the Spec Sheet for short. From now until NCAA selection show on March 16th, I will speculate on who I think will fill the 68 slots for the NCAA tourney. I don’t worry much about seeding; it’s who I think will get in. For right now, the teams are classified into two groups. Solid teams are on good track to make the tourney, and Work to do are teams that have a good shot but need to buff up their respective resumes to see their names among the chosen ones.
Atlantic Coast Conference Class-Power
Solid: Syracuse, Duke, Pitt, Virginia
Work to do: Clemson, Maryland Skinny on the ACC: That’s no misprint Carolina isn’t on the sheet and has not a chance of getting in the area code as long as they are 7th. Syracuse stepped right into the ACC and are running things like a boss, its thrilling OT win over solidified its claim to #1 which they were voted unanimously, but once you get past the Orange, Blue Devils, a sneaky good Cavs who won a slugfest over an up and down Pitt team at the Oakland Zoo, the pickings are slim at best. And it’s a serious stretch to even put Clemson and Maryland in this conversation for the moment
Key Game: Maryland at North Carolina Tuesday 8p (ESPN3) Desperation time might already be setting in with the loser possibly devling into full court panic.
Projected Bids: 5
Atlantic Ten Conference Class- Major
Solid: Saint Louis, UMass
Work to do: George Washington, VCU The A-10 Spec is: The Billikens are the bully of this 13 team league but GW and VCU are hard on their tail. UMass took a dumb loss to St. Bonnies and thus despite being ranked will need to offset this with a quality win and with the unbalanced schedule only get GW, VCU and Saint Louis one time each.
Key Game: Saint Louis at St. Joseph’s Wednesday 7:00 As conference front runner, the Billikens will have a major bullseye on its back and going to Hawk Hill is never a fun task
Projected Bids: 3
Solid: Cincy, Louisville, Memphis
Work to do: UConn, SMU All-American Spec: There might still be some transients in this league but its still looking like a really solid outfit. Defending champ Louisville and Cincy are way way safe and are playing for seed. Memphis has a couple dumb losses but are still looking good. SMU has a rollicking home win against UConn on its resume and that’s about all, but Im not turning my back on a Larry Brown coached team. Speaking of the Huskies they are tourney eligible and have a couple of signature wins already banked, barring any dumb losses (they still have two against Cincy and host Memphis and SMU to resume build) they should be good to go.
Key Games: UConn at Cincy Thursday 7:00 (ESPN) The Huskies could add serious heft to their resume with a win at the Shoe over the 7th ranked Bearcats
Projected Bids: 5
Big East Conference Class-Major
Solid: Creighton, Villanova
Work to do: Providence, Xavier Big East Skinny: This is a conference that has a legendary name but looks like a mash up of A-10, MVC. Creighton is the bully here and looks like they fit just fine, Villanova is a school from the old Big East and are still smarting from the shocking beatdown the BlueJays handed them on Jan. 20th. But both are starting off pretty safe. The Friars and Muskies are still needing to pad their the former having the edge with a good win at the Donut Shop, while the latter can still hang its hat on thrashing hated rival Cincy before Christmas but now have to offset a puzzling loss to Seton Hall at home.
Key Game: St. John’s at Providence Tuesday 7:00 (FS1) The Friars need not overlook the middling Johnnies or risk their spec sheet safety
Projected bids: 4
Big Ten Conference Class-Power
Solid: Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa
Work to do: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana The word on the Big Ten is: This is another conference that is top heavy with a steep dropoff. Sparty, Big Blue and the Hawkeyes are pretty safe. The drop off is swift and steep. The Bucks are trying to put the brakes on a free fall that once saw them as high #3 less than a month ago. The Badgers, Gophers and Hoosiers are all jostling for postion and Northwestern looks out of place but in sole possession of 4th ahead of the four aforementioned teams
Key Game: Ohio State at Iowa Tuesday 7:00 (ESPN) The Buckeyes need to string together some big wins in a hurry, avenging a shocking loss the Hawkeyes handed them in Columbus would serve well to that end.
Projected Bids: 6
Big 12 Conference Class-Power
Solid: Kansas, Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma State
Work to do: Kansas State, West Virginia Skinny from the heartland: You knew it was going to happen. Kansas looked like dead man walking when they went into Austin and got housed by the Horns. The Horns are gonna be in everyones way from here on out. The Clones and Pokes are trying to avoid falling further in the Big 12 abyss behind the nondescript Wildcats and Mountaineers.
Key Game: Texas at TCU Tuesday 8p ESPN3/Longhorn Net) Texas is sky high after pounding the Jayhawks, could a massive letdown be in store in Waco to the bottom feeding Horned Frogs who have played everyone tough?
Projected Bids: 4
Conference USA Conference Class-Mid-Major
Solid: Southern Miss, UTEP
Work to do: La. Tech, Middle Tennessee
Oh Say Can You C-USA Spec: This at one time was the domain of Memphis and Cincy who dominated this conference for years, the latter moved on ten years ago and the former left last year. Who’s left? A decent now mid-major conference whose ranks will be further thinned by more defections next year. But as of now it’s a huge league but only the top four are discussion worthy. The Golden Eagles are on the cusp of 20 wins but their schedule is so lightweight it will blow away in a strong breeze. Though I have four teams listed, this might only be a one-bid conference, two may be asking much.
Key Game: UTEP at East Carolina Thursday 7p The Miners had better keep on winning to stay even with the Golden Eagles, any bad losses (home or road) will instantly offset the decent record
Projected Bids: 1
Missouri Valley Conference Class-Mid Major
Solid: Wichita State
Work to do: Indiana State Missouri Valley Skinny: As one of my favorite conferences, the MVC was legendary for bid stealing and being a dreaded opponent on the big bracket. The conference has been gutted somewhat but the Shockers are the class of the league and as an unbeaten are making a solid case to be a #1 seed
Key Game: Wichita State at Indiana State 8:05 Wednesday (ESPN3). The Shockers toughest test on their unbeaten record comes at the Hulman Center against a team that has an unbeaten year in their history and would love to avenge a 20 point spanking that they got in last month
Projected Bids: 2
Mountain West Conference Class-Major
Solid: San Diego State
Work to do: New Mexico, UNLV Spec from the Mountains: Last year I got laughed at when I said that this was a good basketball conference. The wonks sneered at me when I said that this conference would send 5 teams to the tourney and deserved more bids than the vaunted SEC. Guess what kids, they both were true. This year, The Aztecs remain the don of the conference. They have a #5 ranking and are just about bulletproof. (A win in Allen Fieldhouse is about as Teflon as you could ask for) Now, the Lobos, Rebels don’t have the schedule heft of the Aztecs, though the Lobos December win over the #7 Bearcats is looking more and like a signature win and the Rebels win at the Pit over those same Lobos will be in the conversation
Key Game: New Mexico at UNLV Saturday 4p The Rebels could use the win to tighten the conference standings and hold a crucial season sweep over the Lobos
Projected Bids: 4
Pacific 12 Conference Class-Power
Work to do: UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Colorado Spec from the left coast: Arizona got zapped in NoCal by the Bears and drop from their top spot in the polls, but it doesn’t affect much of anything else. UCLA is really puzzling to figure out, they get a critical win in the Woods against Oregon but take a nasty pratfall against a weak Oregon State team three days later in Corvallis. Cal is just as puzzling, they have two wins over ranked teams in Oregon and the aforementioned win against Arizona but have a horrid loss to USC as a huge blot on their resume
Key Games: Stanford at Cal Wednesday 9p (ESPN2) I’ll be interested to see how Cal follows up its emotional upset of the now former #1 as it hosts its bitter cross-bay rival.
Projected Bids: 4
Southeastern Conference Class-Power
Solid: Florida, UK
Work to do: Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, Mizzou Spec is Down South: You have your usual suspects here. Florida is #3 ranked and marking time till March. UK isn’t ironclad safe but they have no bad losses aside from a road loss to Arkansas that no one will really notice outside of Fayetteville. The Vols and both the Bayou Bengals and Columbia Cats will need more signature wins as Mizzous home win over UCLA in December looks less and less impressive while LSU’s shocker over UK will carry weight but needs more follow up wins to avoid a fluke tag. The Vols are in dire need of a signature win having gotten housed in all three meetings with ranked teams (including getting spanked by Wichita State) Ole Miss sits tied for second but lacks a signature win…but then again…
Key Game: Ole Miss at Kentucky Tuesday 7p (ESPN) If the Rebs want to be taken seriously ahead of the SEC tourney in Atlanta a win at Rupp would go a long way to giving an otherwise middling tourney resume some badly needed weight
Projected Bids: 4
West Coast Conference Class- Mid Major
Work to do: BYU, San Francisco, Saint Mary’s West Coast Spec: The Bulldogs (I refuse to call them the Zags) are not the feared high ranked bully of days past but they are a team no one will overlook. They are ranked and aside from a puzzling loss to a middling Portland squad have no bad losses. BYU cries every year that no one takes them seriously but was lampooned for having a cupcake schedule after they left the MWC. This year their schedule is plenty tough but they have no big wins and are 0-4 against ranked teams (though wins against Stanford and Texas may be of benefit later on) Interesting cases can be made for the Dons but they have gotten housed twice by Gonzaga and are on the fringes as is St. Mary’s who has a bad home loss to WCC bottom feeder Santa Clara to cover before their resume can be taken seriously
Key Game: Portland at Gonzaga Wednesday 11p (Root Sports) The Bulldogs lone conference loss came last month from the Pilots, do you think the Bulldogs are looking for a little payback at the Kennel?
Projected Bids: 1
There are others in the mix to be sure. Teams from the always dangerous Colonial and Big South always are in the mix and can send multiple teams. Of course the champions from the following conferences get an automatic bid: Amer. East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big West, Horizon, Ivy, MAC, MAAC, MEAC, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Sun Belt, Summit, and SWAC and Western Athletic projected bids from these conferences will be posted here starting February 25th
Since this is still early spec, nothing here is solid and we haven't even brought up the possibility of upsets. But those never happen, right?
Next Spec Feb 7th
Phat Dap/Head Slap
To the furniture buyers of Gallery Furniture that spent big on spec. Gallery Furniture offered a roll of the dice if patrons spend over $6,000 in furniture and had it delivered before kickoff, they would get the purchase price refunded if the Seahawks won. The Seahawks won and the Houston based furniture store was on the hook for $7 Million and one of the purchases that will be refunded was better than $30K. Dap to the common people that won big like the Seahawks
Im not sure if I want to give the head slap to the dork that interrupted the press conference of Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith by saying something about investigaing 9/11 or the fact that this dork who I will not give any pub to was able to get all the way into the press conference with an old press pass from a music festival, he talked his way all the way into the press tent. Or give it to the lax security that let him get that far, But I bet any guy that was swarthy or dark skinned was questioned and thoroughly examined even with proper creds, but the all-american dork could talk his way into the press conference...
A few other things.
Yes, the first spec sheet is a large part of this weeks column. Expect this in every posting of the Hoodwood for the next five weeks.
I could really give a shit about the Olympics
You got to check out this ill dunk by the Raptors Terrence Ross on the Manimal Kenneth Faried
I got really sick of the good guy bad guy portrait the media tried to play with the Broncos-Seahawks game
Andrew Bynum got signed by the Pacers...will he care enough to be a factor in the Eastern Playoffs?
Russell Wilson became the 2nd black QB to win a Super Bowl and it got little pub and that is a good thing.
The Final Word...
is Wow ...check this one out
Ashlee Arnau actually did this last year, but there were haters that said she either didnt really do it or couldnt do it again...Ashlee to the nonbelievers "Hi Haters!"
How do you spell domination? SEAHAWKS! Seattle Seahawks!
All the hype...All the speculation...All the prognostication...And very few people favored the Seahawks...And no one expected to see them totally dominate Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos...But they did...43-8
How do you show your dominance? Start by winning the coin toss, and giving Manning the ball first...Boom, snap over Manning's head, out of the end zone, Safety! Give us the ball! No problem moving the ball, field goal...Manning and company couldn't seem to get things on track...Another field goal...Manning INT...Seattle TD...Another Manning INT returned 69 yards for a TD from MVP, Malcom Smith...Shutout 22-0 going into the half....
The second half, Seattle picked up where they left off, with Percy Harvin taking the opening kick back 87 yards for a TD...Mix in a couple Denver fumbles...another TD...Then at the end of the third, the Broncos finally get a TD and 2 pointer...So Seattle drove down and fired in another TD...Then let the defense continue shutting the Broncos offense down...
Now it's easy to shit all over Manning...Him and his big stupid blockhead, in those damn Papa John's commercials...Couple of douchebags they are...But this wasn't just Manning throwing picks and going to choke city again...The whole Broncos team was out-played, and out-coached...I never like Carroll when he was at USC, but he's been able to take his winning ways to the NFL...This team bought into his plan...It didn't matter what Denver did...They were beat in every aspect of the game...
All my life I've been taught defense wins championships...Well, even in a NFL that has done whatever it can to make life easier for QB's and offenses, the Seahawks proved the old theory to still be true...
I loved this game...I mean, I've been all in with The Seahawks since I quit the Browns last year...Plus I hate the Broncos, and I hate the Mannings...Many people were complaining about it being a snoozer on Twitter...Well sure it was, if you were rooting for Denver, or just rooting for a close game...But for me, and all Seattle fans, this game was fucking awesome! My favorite Super Bowl!
But it was fun watching Twitter...The commercials seemed to be a letdown for most people...I know I stopped watching them, so I could check Twitter and Facebook...
here's some tweets I enjoyed...
"Brad Johnson still has as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton Manning."
"It's a bad sign when the Pro Bowl is more competitive than the Super Bowl…"
The Fake ESPN
"One Denver Broncos player can change a flat tire by himself. Unless it's a blowout, then the whole team shows up."
"#SuperBowl#blowout - Fox might want to consider telling Erin Andrews to take a shower to keep people tuned in"
After the Don Cheadle llama commercial with all kinds of other shit going on...
"I wish that llama had shit on the elevator"
"John Fox should tell Manning this game is meaningless."
"Is there enough pot in Denver to forget how fucking awful your team has played!?! #Seahawks"
After a shot of Michael Douglas stuffing a hot dog in his face...