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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Red Sox Patriots commentary

Hey Kids It’s another Thursday and an exciting week in Boston sports..

 

Sunday was Euphoric for the Boston Sports fan shaving a few years of the lives of many Red Spx and Patriots fans. Tom Brady pulls off a last second Touchdown to beat the Saints. Brady’s pass and a great catch by kenbrell Thompkins who has had trouble hanging on to the football all year. The funny thing it was kind of the same play in the back corner of the end zone and diving catch that Drew Brees threw a few minutes earlier to take the lead.  Lil Lanz and I were at the game and as much as I wanted to leave AFTER Brady’s interception he wanted to stay so we did and I’m glad we did.

Then in the Night camp Big Papi hits a Grand Slam to tie it and Jarrod Saltalamachia got the walk of hit to win it. It was just one heck of night in Boston Sports. The Red Sox- Tiger series has been unbelievable if you like pitching in Saturdays game Anabel Sanchez just had nasty stuff frustrating the Red Sox hitters. Scherzer in game two was outstanding for 7 innings. Game 3 Lackey and Verlander was like a heavy weight fight. Verlander hangs one bad pitch that Napoli takes deep 99% of the time that pitch is a long out. That was it for the game. The name of the game is pitching to go deep your pitchers have to be on top of their games and they have for both teams.

Cardinals thought they sent the Dodgers golfing with Adrian Gonzalez two home runs in game 5 to put LA back into it..

NHL Update

Skates were sharpened , sticks were taped

NHL happenings

Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets got hurt in practice this week as he got tangled with another player along the boards. It appears to be a leg injury and he is listed as DTD

It took a shoot out for the Sabres to get there first win of the season on Tuesday.

The NHL has offered the Blues Maxin Lapierre an in person hearing after a nasty hit from behind on the Sharks Danny Boyle

Commentary

I found Bob Costas comments about changing the name of the Washington Redskins revolting to say the least. It was the wrong time and forum to exercise his opinion especially when the majority  has n o issue with the name including native Americans. Once again PC tries to appease the minority when the majority has no say. Bob lets change the Dallas Cowboys to the pale faces then we will have both Pale faces and Redskins and they both may turn chicken but they will be colorful fights

 

Lil Warrior Update

Missed both of Middle Lanz’s games this week due to Football commitments on Saturday and Pats Tix on Sunday his team won both games. Lil lanz played at 6 am on Saturday last just say they aren’t morning team. It wasn’t much better on Monday afternoon

 

Zebra Tales

I had a busy weekend did a Sub varsity Friday and two varisty games on Saturday.

Friday probably the most unusual thing I ever saw in a game the 4 kids on the defensive line jumped the offense did move the center didn’t snap the ball and they all froze in the neutral zone until coach of the defensive team yelled get back they did and then the center snapped it. No contact, no movement we had nothing but strange.

Saturday I got to work two big local upsets one in the afternoon and one at night. The afternoon game was just a hard fought conference game and the underdog kicked two field goals and scored a late TD for a victory.

Saturday Night a small CCC team beat the power house defending Conference Champ who had a 13game winning streak on the line . I have the winning sideline the coach says hey do you now CPR will you help me when I have a heart attack at the end of this game. I thought it was funny there was some pretty happy kids  and just a pumped up young coach that’s what High School football is all about

Paradise and Lunch
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Red Sox Tigers Patriots Saints David Ortiz

In Boston Towne we are enjoying a little

I borrowed that name from one of my favorite musical artists from an album he did in the mid 70’s back in the day.

it's almost unfair the amount of paradise and lunch we have here in Boston... just when things look bleak

something happens

The Patriots have struggled this season, looking for some identity in the post dynasty era.

TB 12 is still here as is iconic HC Bill Belichick (now 5th all time in wins as an NFL head coach passing Chuck Knoll)

The last hold over from the SB 39 team other than Brady was big Vince Wilfork, now done for season.  Bleak...but wait

At 4:25 PM the Pats kicked off vs The then unbeaten New Orleans Saints. Unable to sustain a 10 point halftime lead the Pats were up against the wall with time running out.

Brady was able to drive the team 70 yards in 70 seconds with no time outs to beat the Saints with a 17 yard corner pass to rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 sec left for a improbable 30-27 win.

Brady was hit frequently and sacked 5 times by the relentless Saint’s D and his passing was off for most of the day but came up big when he needed to.

The real stars of the game were D backs Talib and Arrington who shut out  monster TE Jimmy Graham, no catches, no yards, no heartache, no remorse. 

 

Injuries to Talib, a reported hip flexor issue, Danny Amendola with a head injury, Jerod Mayo with a shoulder and chest injury which will most likely end his season, Edelman with a knee and possible concussion and  RT Dan Connelly with a concussion will put more pressure on Brady to find a way vs the Jets version of Ryan  D this weekend.

Welcome back to Stephen Ridley 20 carries for 96 yards and 2 TD’s

inspite of the bleakness

The Pats are 5-1 with Brady, smoke and mirrors and the beatable Jets 3-3, Dolphins 3-2 and Steelers 1-4 coming up before the bye. 

How good are they? Who knows… but here in Paradise we will enjoy this free lunch.

 

The John Farrell Red Sox turned the bleak Bobby V Red Sox 67 wins into 96 wins from 2012 to 2013

Facing the Tampa pitching was going to be the undoing of this team, at least that’s what the experts said but it wasn’t… in a 3-1 series win.

The Tigers starting pitching was going to be the undoing of this team…

Anibel Sanchez totally dominated the Sox with 6 no hit innings and 12 K’s, the Tigers bullpen was equal to the task and beat the Sox 1-0 in game 1

 

Game 2 Cy Young leader Max Sherzer no hit the Sox into the 6th and had 13 K’s and a 5-0 lead when things seemed to change.

In Paradise the situation changes…suddenly it’s a 4 run game and then the bases are loaded and Big Papi, David Ortiz is at the plate. The Tigers go to their closer Benoit a right hander to face the left hander Ortiz. First pitch is an 85 mph grapefruit down the middle to the fastball hitting Ortiz. Ortiz said after, I knew he wasn’t throwing a fastball on the first so I sat on the offspeed and got it…bang a Grand Slam…tie game.

Koji has a 1,2,3 top of the 9th

Somehow Jonny Gomes gets a hit and goes to 2nd on the throw, third on a wild pitch and scores on Salty’s walk off single…Lunch.

 

Only in Boston

check out Boston sports writer and radio personality Gerry Calahan's column about David Ortiz

http://bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/gerry_callahan/2013/10/callahan_david_ortiz_finds_sweet_spot

 

More Lunch in Paradise, a 4 PM start for Game 3 with Lackey and Verlander facing off. 

Verlander comes a s advertised, a stud fastball pitcher that can crank it up to the high nineties when ever needed and doesn't need to be coddled with a pitch count. His 8 innings with 10 K's, 4 hits and 1 earned run should and would win most of the time.

John Lackey, part of the chicken and beer debacle of the '11 Sox and one year removed from Tommy John surgery at the age of 33 has been solid all year for the Sox. His sub .500 record the direct result of no run support. John is an intense man, not necessarily a nice man, has spent his 4 years in Boston as a guy many fans wish would just go home...

Lackey's line in game three: 6 2/3, 8 K's, 4 hits, ZERO runs and a W

The bullpen of Breslow, Tazawa and Koji shut the door on the Tigers.

ahhh Boston is sports paradise

I have to post this in advance of game 4 but will be back to comment in the morning.

thanks for reading and your comments and don't forget to check out Talking Sports with Lanz right next door

Another NFL Rumor Fresh Off the Press
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Broncos colts redskins cowboys 49ers patriots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NFL is at it again! Just like the rumors circulating about the NFL having an expansion team in London, an 18 game schedule, and/or an overseas Super Bowl, the league has created another talk show topic by suggesting that Thursday Night Football matchups are so popular that more games could be added to the slate.

Like all similar rumors I wasn’t sure how I felt about this idea. My primitive mind screams “more football” but the more logical side thinks that oversaturation isn’t necessarily a good thing.  While the NFL doesn’t have to fear fans falling into the pit of monotony that baseball often finds itself in June and July there is such a thing as too much.  . . . . . Right?

What makes this newly circulated rumor even more compelling is the idea that games might only available on web based applications (e.g. phones, computers, tablets, and the like). At this point in the conversation I find myself again thinking two things: “more football” and “there’s the inevitable wrench.” Here again logic dictates my thoughts . . . . . “the NFL is hell bent on taking football away from the everyday man.” While making the game an elitist sport might seem like a great idea now, the league should take a long look at the decline of boxing and ask how elitism has worked out. Making additional Thursday Night games only available through a paid internet source is simply a modern version of pay-per-view. I would like to believe that the NFL will see the fault in this but like any other large company they only see dollars strapped to the backs of the poor.

In reality what the league should do is commit to a Thursday Night game on an existing, accessible network and provide web based supplementation but that is always too much to ask!

Luck of the Draw
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Denver Broncos 49ers Patriots Colts

Why is Denver the number one team in football this season? The answer is easy. . . . . . schedule.  The first 8 games of the season are against opponents with a combined record of 16-30 (obviously not counting any further defeats or victories achieved by the Colts and Redskins over the next two weeks). In the first 6 games not only have the Broncos played, and man-handled, two of the weaker teams within their own division (Oakland and Jacksonville) but have played only teams from the pathetic NFC East. Not a true test of skill based on division performance thus far.

Denver homers will argue “hey we can only play the hand we are dealt,” and I am not disagreeing. Well, not directly. I am simply suggesting that the miraculous play we are seeing isn’t necessarily iconic, but instead a result of “luck of the draw”.  That being said, Denver’s second half will be a better litmus test when looking to assess the Broncos true claim of prominence.

With a four game stretch that includes the jaw-dropping Chiefs defense (twice), a much improved New England defense, and a stout Titans defense, the Denver offense will be tested at a level unlike any thus far.  Unfortunately, this is only ¼ of their overall schedule.

Prior to the season it was believed by some (Fox and ESPN analysts’) that it would be the weather that would eventually slow Peyton down. Well it just so happens that the “coldest” portion of their schedule consists of only four games:  @New England (Nov 24th), @Kansas City (Dec 1st), vs. Tennessee (Dec 8th), and vs. San Diego (Dec 12th). Their remaining schedule sees games in Houston (retractable roof) & Oakland (Winter lows usually only see the mid 40s).  Given two of the “coldest” weather games are at home these should not play a factor because playing surface and equipment will be familiar. Therefore, two games have the potential for really cold weather impacts (outside of heavy Denver snowfall). However, these two games fall within the 4 games previously mentioned and will not give “easy” opponents any advantages.

Further still, some want to argue scheduling favoritism. At first glance, it seems to be an unwritten rule that the NFL attempts to toughen the schedules of former playoff teams. Teams like the Texans, Bengals, 49ers, Packers, Seahawks, Falcons, Colts and Redskins seemed to receive such “favoritism” while, the Broncos, Ravens, Patriots and Vikings didn’t.  Although the NFL claims indiscriminate selection some Manning detractors spout claims of preferential treatment. While these claims hold little merit it is interesting to wonder; should the NFL adopt a scheduling system totally reliant on opponent strength as opposed to their current format: 6 games against division opponents, 4 games against an entire division within its conference, 4 games against an entire division in the opposing conference, & 2 intraconference games based on last year’s standings (e.g. 1st place will play 1st place)?

 

 

Mo's Bits
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Patriots Fantasy red sox adrian peterson

It has been quite possibly THE weekend.  The ALCS kicked off in Boston Saturday night, continued on through Sunday, punctuated only by the Saints at Patriots...and of course the season premiere of the Walking Dead that I’ve been waiting on since March.  Mrs whipped up some badass chili for the game, and I curled up for the better part of the day immersed in football previews, football, football, and baseball/zombies.

My fantasy team could’ve had a good week except for 2 things: 1) Peyton Manning was playing Jacksonville and I was playing against Peyton Manning; 2) St Louis was playing Houston and I was playing against the Houston Defense.  So, the St. Louis defense put up 33 points and Manning had 5 points in the first 3 minutes of his game to my QB Alex Smiths’ 7 for KC’s entire game.  Perhaps if I had played the KC D, I could’ve done better.  Then, my kicker gets knocked out of the game.  THE KICKER!!  What a disaster for Team Mo.  Manning didn't even beat me - his RB did.  Just goes to show you that if one aspect of the game doesn't get you, another will.

Now Game 1 of the ALCS couldn’t have been a more interesting game - a 4-hour, 1-0 tilt.  Sadly, it was my boys that were on the wrong side of that score, but it was a great game to watch and I even learned a little history.  The thing was, Boston threw its best pitcher up against Detroits #3 - even loaded the bases - but couldn’t get a hit, much less score – they sure did strike out a lot though.  A no-hitter was avoided with a base hit in the 9th inning, but that couldn’t stop the bleeding.   Game 2 of the NLCS finished with the same 1-0 result - so clearly Saturday was not the day for baseball offense.  

Game 2 of the AL series looked very similar to the night before...until the Tigers broke it over and by the 8th inning it was 5-1.  All of a sudden, the score was tied up on one swing of the bat.

 

The Sox head into Detroit tied up instead of 0-2.  That's just huge.  

The Cincinnati Bengals won their tilt with the Bills, which isn’t wholly shocking, but it took them ⅔ of the way through Overtime to do it.  What is shocking, for me, is that last week the Pats couldn’t get anything more than a couple of field goals against this team and the Bills hung 24 on them.  Meanwhile, the other Ohio team fared less well, as Brandon Weedenimploded” despite actually being ahead earlier in the game.

By now we’re all familiar with the Adrian Peterson story.  I’ve heard various stories about his relationship with baby-momma, and his son.  Regardless of the facts of his relationship with either the kid’s mom or even with the boy, the fact is a 2-year old is dead at the hands of a man IMH calls a “special kind of POS.”  I don’t care how few tools you have in your tool box when dealing with a toddler.  I know how many buttons can be pushed by those little people.  I get that, what I don’t get is actually hurting a child, and I agree that this “big man” will be in for a world of hurt.  AP did play, but had only 10 rushes and 62 yards; it’s hard to know how much this has affected him, or how much his personal tragedy has affected his team, but what is in evidence was that the Vikings got shellacked.  I think in times of stress, we all deal with it in different ways, and sometimes it’s best to be at work to give you something else to concentrate on – largely because having disinterested others around helps focus on your work.  The problem here is the Vikings aren’t very good to begin with and when you’re surrounded by less skilled others, it doesn’t help to be around them.

The Patriots have their own woes on that front – the continuing side show of “will Gronk play or not.”  The speculation swirling around locker room “resentment” and the games of he-said/she-said is most unhelpful, particularly when the team is scraping.  This WILL take repair work, and given Gronk didn’t suit up this week, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Pats make a move to shut him down to resolve the back and forth because it’s that which is causing the distraction – and we all know how much BB likes distraction.

Somehow, the Pats overcame going for it on 4th down on their 20, and an interception, for the win.  I'm still shaking my head here.  Remarkably, Austin Collie - whom they had just picked up - made a couple of the key catches on the last drive, almost as if someone decided Brady might need a receiver.  It turns out, they were working to sub him out for Edelman, but ran out of time.  Remarkable, really.  With 5 seconds left, an undrafted rookie makes the catch.  My head is still spinning.


Unsolicited comment: I happen to think the Breast Cancer Awareness pink compliments the Patriots uniforms better than any other in the league.  Here’s a party treat for awareness:

Today, being Columbus Day, I took the day off.  Not because of any particular interest in the day, and frankly I’m not interested in any discussion of whether nor not we should be honoring Columbus as a European conqueror of the “new world.”  I’m interested in spending some PTO with the family.  For a fundraiser, my boy’s school is doing something called the “Dirty Dash,” a 2 mile Spartan Race wannabe.  I’ll happily report out what it actually looks like, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a cluster.   Basically a bunch of elementary school kids rolling around in some mud with their parents.  I’m pretty sure no good will come of this.  I did the Spartan Dash with my daughter late summer and THAT was a contest.  Given my general lack of conditioning, it didn’t take long for my muscles to reach failure.  I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen here.  Pretty sure.

In other news, I picked up the book “League of Denial” this week that explores the NFL’s concussion situation.  I’m hoping to get through it, but it may take a while.  Anyone else pick it up or see the documentary?  You should check out the link for a great article and podcast on the topic.

I hope you all have a great week and that you enjoy the sports of your choosing. 

 

 

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