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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. 

 

 

HAL B.’s FANTASTIC FRIDAY SPORTS SPECTACULAR - 10/11/2013
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Patriots NFL Picks CFB NCAA MLB Baseball Red Sox Boston

Happy Friday!  Playoff baseball is in full swing: The Boston Red Sox are in ALCS (mad cheering from the New England contingent of YouGabSports)....Oakland and Detroit battle it out for the final spot in the American League Championship Series...St. Louis and Los Angeles get ready to duke it out in the National League Championship Series.

 

The NFL is on, the NHL is back, and the NBA has started their preseason games as every fan hope and wishes that LeBron James and the annoying Miami Heat take a nosedive this season.   It’s great to have hockey back, and it’s especially nice when there is no lockout of bologna delaying the start of the season. Those readers who hate soccer have no worries about reading anything about Everton as I’ve completely blocked out last weekend’s beatdown by ManCity. Fortunately, they have a week off to get their defense straightened out and get ready for Hull City (a much easier matchup).

 

College Football Saturday Preview:

 

Here’s what I see as my big three games:

 

First off, Penn State vs Michigan.  That game is not going to be the draw it was in years past, but these are two famous (or lately Penn State seems infamous) programs. Michigan needs to run the ball to win, and I’m interested to see tight end Devin Funchess as he seems to be a potential NFL player. Penn State runs out freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, so if he is able to get in rhythm, it could be a tough day for the spotty Michigan secondary.

 

Second big game, Oregon vs Washington.  The Ducks are five and zero and this Huskies team could be their first real competition of the season. The Huskies played a heck of a game against Stanford, and need the win this week. They’re at home, and need all the help they can with Oregon having defeated them nine straight games. The Huskies have an up-tempo offense, but Oregon runs plays at warp speed. Washington will want to control tempo with back Bishop Sankey,  who has been playing well. A big game for Sankey could put him in Heisman discussions. For the Ducks, quarterback Marcus Mariota has 14 touchdowns and zero picks in five games. If running back De’Anthony Thomas if finally fully healthy from his ankle problem, a couple big plays could quiet the crowd in a hurry.

 

Third, Texas vs Oklahoma.  Usually, this game is guaranteed to be two top-ten squads facing off at the Cotton Bowl. This year, the Longhorns are about two touchdown dogs in the Red River Rivalry.  Oklahoma has won three years in a row (Texas fans don’t want to acknowledge last year).  To have a prayer for the upset, the Longhorns need to do things: get pressure on Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell.  No pressure equals no chance.  On offense, the ‘Horns would have to have a huge game from running back Johnathan Gray.  If he gets going (and Oklahoma is missing top linebacker Corey Nelson, so the opportunity is there.  I’d love to see a close game, and am rooting for the Longhorns, but think that Bell is going to be abusing the Texas secondary all morning.

 

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NFL NOTES:

 

For the record (I know this was touched upon earlier in the week), I love that the NFL is going to decide which team has cameras shoved down their throat over the summer for the HBO Hard Knocks series.  I love Hard Knocks, and am giddy in anticipation of the league eventually forcing the HBO crew on Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots (technically it can’t happen if the team has made the playoffs in consecutive season, as New England had done, but let me run with this thought anyway). The “A Football Life” episode by NFL Films on Belichick was a tour de force, with him in the meetings behind the scenes, on the sidelines, his reaction returning to Meadowlands one last time...it was fantastic. Also, former columnist and current talking head (what a decline in credibility) Michael Holley was given unprecedented access for the 2002 season in Patriot Reign, another insanely fascinating look into the world of Bill Belichick.  

 

In those cases, Belichick (for whatever reason) was onboard with the project. I know that with “A Football Life” he had come out and stated how he has respect for the NFL Films and especially the Sabol family. With Michael Holley, who knows. Maybe he wanted to chronicle the season as an experiment.  But the idea of the league forcing it upon him without his consent is just a magical idea. I read a piece by a local blogger that such a season of Hard Knocks would be boring beyond belief, but I could not disagree more. Imagine the dirty looks at the camera, the condescending statements, the disdain! Oh, it would be the best and most entertaining television since “Curb Your Enthusiasm” ended (Larry David starring as Bill Belichick...what a great tv show that would be...quick, some major network hire me to pitch tv pilot ideas). Entertaining television is all about conflict...and that would be the best conflict ever!

 

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NFL PICKS:

 

Thursday Night Special:

Prediction: NY Giants 18 vs Chicago Bears 38:

Oh, you know how I’d pick here.  Zero and six? More Eli interceptions. Still bitter about those two Super Bowls? You know it! I’m posting this before kickoff, so I leave myself open for ridicule in the comments (lucky me, no one on Monday hauls out my picks for a good laugh!)

 

Prediction: Green Bay 48 vs Baltimore 24:

Neither of these teams seem up to last year’s strong play.  Aaron Rodgers should be able to torch the weakened Baltimore defense (He’s not Tannehill, who got pummelled last week). The Ravens are giving up big passing plays...Jordy Nelson fantasy football owners are salivating. Joe Flacco may not throw five interceptions this week, but he is not winning these games like he would have last year.

 

Prediction: Detroit 10 vs Cleveland 13

No Calvin Johnson?  That means stop Reggie Bush and unleash Barkevious Mingo at Matthew Stafford.  Cleveland is not running the ball, so they have to try to stop the Detroit pass rush.  Not sure there turns out to be much scoring, but Cleveland is a team of destiny.  Of course, if Megatron plays, change the 10 to 24 and Detroit wins...

 

Prediction: St Louis 10 vs Houston 24

Expect Houston to run the ball early and often.  I have no faith in Sam Bradford, especially with J.J. Watt in his grill. All anyone wants to see really is if Matt Schaub throws another pick-six. I say yes.

 

Prediction: Oakland 20 vs Kansas City 24

Why not. Kansas City could be 6-0? Hey, I want KC vs Denver to be two undefeated teams when they matchup. Oakland has played pretty well on defense, but their offense is inconsistent still. Close, but no cigar, for the Raiders.

 

Prediction: Carolina 24 vs Minnesota 21

Two marquee stars: Cam Newton and Adrian Peterson.  Neither has been breaking out with a big game. Why should this week be any different?

 

Prediction: Pittsburgh 21 vs New York Jets 20

God, the Jets can’t be 4-2! Was Atlanta really as bad as they looked on Monday night versus the Jets. The Jets couldn’t have been that good, right? That said, the Steelers can’t be this bad, are they? OK, maybe they are...but they can beat the Jets, right?

 

Prediction: Philadelphia 31 vs Tampa Bay 20

Nick Foles should be an upgrade for Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay is out-of-sync and hardly looking capable of pulling out a win. Will Tampa get all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis on his island again instead of dropping into zones? That’s like asking Babe Ruth to bunt, or have Jerry Rice stay in and block on every play. Let him play his game and make life easier for the defense, rather than force him into a role that limits his effectiveness. That’s the crap that gets a coach fired.

 

Prediction: Jacksonville 21 vs Denver 20

Nah, I’m joking. Jacksonville 13 vs Denver 42 looks right.

 

Prediction: Tennessee 9 vs Seattle 27

Chris Johnson could have run against this defense...five years ago. If Tennessee had anyone but Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, they’d have at least a shot at a win. Fitz sucks. Seattle is angry after losing last week. Sorry, Titans. Not a good spot to be in.

 

Prediction: New Orleans 27 vs New England 34

I’m not ready to go all in on the New Orleans defense. It’s improved, but not that great. I think safety Devin McCourty is key in keeping Drew Brees from completing those deep passes over the top. I’d feel better with any safety other than Steve “Wow, look at that receiver run past me” Gregory out there as well, but I expect Bill Belichick to pull out a trick or two on defense.

 

Prediction: Arizona 16 vs San Francisco 34

San Francisco needed a game to get back on track...hey it’s Arizona! Carson Palmer versus Colin Kaepernick? That matchup is like a battle of Neanderthals versus the US Marines.

 

Prediction: Washington 24 vs Dallas 27

RGIII has the bye week to get his knee just a bit better.  Washington should have copied New England with Rob Gronkowski and kept RGIII under wraps until he REALLY ready to play.  Dallas has to be so down after last week. That said, they should be able to get up for this one. Sunday night, and--hey NBC--bring back Faith Hill already. My Buddy G and my 12 year old son are all upset about this. There’s some free marketing feedback for you, NBC.

 

Prediction: Indianapolis 27 vs San Diego 24

San Diego is much better than anticipated, but can Philip Rivers outduel Andrew Luck? Will I be awake on Monday night when this game comes to a dramatic conclusion in the fourth quarter? (Hint: Probably not.)  Either way, expect Indy to have just enough.

 

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OK, Gabbers, that’s all I have for this week. Have a great fall weekend! Thanks as always for reading!

 
Conspiracy in New England?
Category: NFL
Tags: Patriots Bill Bilichick NFL

 In a recent article posted on ESPN reporter Ashley Fox states that Patriots tight end has the right to be skeptical about the Patriots and their intentions for his return.  Fox goes on to suggest that Gronkowski is being cautious simply because of how his forearm injury was handled last season.  That being said, is she right in turning Gronkowski’s return from injury into a conspiracy theory? Is Bill Belichick really the mastermind of manipulation and team anarchy?

One could argue that Belichick’s quiet, yet suspicious nature leaves plenty of room for question. One could also allude to Wes Welker’s quick demise in New England, despite concerns from fans and a public display of support from Tom Brady. One could even point to “Spygate” or apparent clash with former defensive coordinator Eric Mangini as signs of Belichick’s debatable nature. However, is it possible that Belichick would stoop to a new low and ignore both Gronkowski’s personal assessment and all professional medical advice simply to win a few games? Actually, I think it is quite possible.

Belichick has been the ultimate secret since taking over GM duties in New England. He has devised, or more accurately, inflated an ego that borders on a God complex. So why would the health of a replaceable tight end be at the forefront of his agenda. In today’s game every player is expendable; every player is merely a pawn in a chess game that caters to marketing and individual profit. So Mrs. Fox while your theory seems a bit preposterous to blind Patriot fans, the rest of us see some validity hidden deep within the context of your words!

I don't have a crystal ball but...
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Bill Parcells MLB NFL Patriots Manning Brady

I don’t have a crystal ball

 

Bill Parcells once had one… but lost it

One cool rainy night at old

Foxboro Stadium the story goes… it disappeared,

Just vanished from his desk that was tucked into a corner of the locker room in that $7 million dollar High School like stadium…

 

Bill doesn’t have one and I don’t have a crystal ball either, someone does I’ve heard…

Just for the next few minutes imagine if someone you knew did.

with that in mind read this totally imaginary scene from the posh establishment you have all visited on Mondays here at the Gab,

Mo’s Tavern http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/Odds--Ends-at-the-Tavern/blog.htm

Some time in mid August of this year some of the resident Gab/Patriots fans

sat around Mo’s infamous round table

Chewing the fat and discussing the upcoming season of unknowns and

unwanted changes with their favorite team

 

This conversation was overheard with Tom Waits singing about closing time in the background…

Oldharry: I think that Sudfeld kid will make us forget Hernandez.

Sully: Cuz, are you high man? that Sudfeld is a stiff! He’ll probably be on the Jets before the seasons over.

Lanz: He’s a big kid, should be able to get open, may have potential…we’ll see.

 

Mo: lets see…5 Sam Adams, 1 Glenlivet 21 on rocks, 1 Woodstock Pigs Ear Brown Ale… Want funions, nuts or chex mix?

Oldharry: Yes, thanks Mo, all around. I think Suds works out Sully, he will be solid opposite Fells or Ballard till Gronk gets back.

Sully: Mo, what do you think about this years Pats?

 

Mo:  can’t you see I’m working Kevin, got an establishment to run...

maybe let you in on something later big guy.

Hal: Ballard looks like he’s running in mud, he won’t be on the final 53

Radatz: Fells can’t block or catch, I say he’s gone too.

Tage: The receivers have me worried, bunch of kids with potential but no experience,

Brady will be screaming at these guys, we’ll be feeling bad for them by week two…

Oldharry: I see Ridley having a big year, maybe 1400 yards and a dozen TD’s.

Sully: I’m a little worried about scoring, the D will be solid if they stay healthy, last thing they can afford is Vince, Spikes or Mayo getting tweaked and missing some time.

Radatz: The D backs should be better if Dennard can stay out of jail, Talib can cover most, Arrington has good ball skills and Adrian Wilson is a pro, he reminds me of  Rodney Harrison out there.

Tage: The kicking game is solid, Gostkowski is money and who doesn’t love Zoltan Mesko. That guy will be here for the rest of his career and they have that speedster Boyce who should be returning kicks

Lanz: Ridley should be ok if he can hold onto to the ball but I think the key to the offense is Vereen, he’s due for a break out year and Tommy will lean on him with Welker and Woodhead gone. Vereen can line up outside and with that speed he’s a mismatch.

Hal: Amendola should be able to take Welkers slack, it’s the TE’s and outside receivers I’m not to sure of. The most experienced receiver on the team is Edelman and he’s fragile

Oldharry: Welker won’t catch 40 balls in Denver with maybe 2 TD’s, he is Manning’s 4th option. He made a mistake going to Denver. Mark my words, Peyton has no arm strength and the Broncos will be lucky to win 8 games with that D.       Atlanta and the Pats are the class of the NFL this year.

 

Tage: Oldharry that blind loyalty is why NFL fans around the country hate us.

Manning is due for a huge year, Broncos should win 14.

 I wonder if Lloyd, Gaffney and Branch will hang around waiting for a call, Brady will contact them if these kids don’t pan out…

 

Lanz: harry Tage is right, you have to get rid of those rose colored glasses, look around... this cup is half empty…

 

Mo had heard enough blather, he walked over to the table with another round, this one on the house.

He set the drinks and some pretzels on the table and walked back to the bar. He picked up an object and carried it carefully over and set it down.

 

Mo: I have a crystal ball. A friend of a friend says its from the old Foxboro Stadium locker room, he left it here a few years back to cover his tab…had it sitting in the back seat of a Rambler parked out front.

    

My friends, I do have a crystal ball

and

I’ve been looking into it

What would you Pats fans say if I told you that after five games

the Patriots would:

-Have played the first 5 games without Gronk

-that Amendola has been a non factor since getting hurt in game one

-and Julian Edelman leads the team in receptions with 37

- that Zoltan Mesko is punting for the hapless Pittsburgh Steelers

-and that Ridley has an injured knee and has been pedestrian at best

-fatso Lagarrette Blount at 255 lbs is your kick returner and leading rusher

-that ShaneVereen is on IR until late November

-that Vince Wilfork is on IR with a torn Achilles tendon…

-that A guy named Chris Jones is your starting N T

-WR rookies Tomkins and Dobson have combined for 4 TD’s and 18 drops

-stud TE Zak Sudfeld is on the Jets

-that future HOF QB Tom Brady has a passer rating of 80 and has only thrown for more than 300 yards once in the five games

-and that Matt Mully Mulligan has the only TD by a TE

-this team is 31st in red zone offense only better than the Jags

 

And with all that being true…

The Pat’s will still be  4-1 and will be just one bad throw or bad drop away from pushing the Bengals into OT in the lone 7 pt loss

C’mon Mo…

We don’t believe you, we aren’t buying that! said a chorus led by Oldharry…

You’ve lost your mind…

Next are you gonna tell us that the Red Sox dropped the Rays 3 games to1 in the ALDS and are hosting the Det/ Oak winner in the ALCS?

Or that the Dodgers are in the NLCS?

Or that the Chiefs are unbeaten?

Or  or that the US government is in partial shut down?

Or that Beeze has a dog named Finnegan

Or that Peyton has thrown for 20 TD’s for the 5-0 Broncos

while

Eli has thrown 12 picks for the 0-5 Giants

 

Or that DVT has run out of one liners…

 

Crystal ball Mo?…

what kind of idiots do you think we are… 

Odds & Ends at the Tavern
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Red sox patriots alex rodriguez bud selig

The story of my life.  A successful weekend is getting a hair cut, and oil change, take a few old movies and a few beers in me. ...and I want to know who set the schedule for the boy’s U-10 soccer team, because I’m pretty sure they looked at the Patriots schedule and pasted the games right in the middle of them.  Mrs. has this recipe for chicken wings that are just the bomb – marinade wings in soy sauce, orange juice concentrate, and ginger.  That takes the sting out of sitting at a town park while your team is playing.  

As soon as we showed up for game, the sky went from threatening to outright downpour, and of course we were there 30 minutes before game time - at 5 minutes before game time it looked like the other team was going to forfeit...but alas that didn't come to pass.  Normally, I would've griped about this, but the Patriots were playing about as bad an offensive game as you can play, so in the end it was a case of "may as well be getting rained on here, than watching that at home."

Gronk hasn’t played yet this season, yet Dunkin Donuts is busy promoting how Gronk-tacular their crappy sandwiches are; the week after Vince Wilfork is done for the season, a local supermarket is advertising their “In-VINCE-able” pizza.  Yeah, I’m not getting a steak and egg breakfast sandwich, and I’m not getting a bacon, pineapple, ham, sausage, pepper, and onion.  If I see Tom Brady promoting Subway or some other foodstuff, I’m going to go ballistic. It's pretty bad that TB12's two previous backups - Brian Hoyer and Matt Cassel - have been having a better season than he has...then again, he's still upright, while Hoyer isn't...and he's the presumed stater, while Cassel isn't.

On top of that, they released Zach Sudfeld - an undrafted rookie - presumably hoping he wouldn't clear waivers to sign him to the practice squad...only to have him poached by the Jets.  Good luck, Rex.

I happened to catch “Jerry Maguire” the other night – I’d forgotten Drew Bledsoe’s bit role.  Before Brady was Brady, the Patriots were Drew Bledsoe and as much as some here look back at Mo Lewis’ hit ushering in the Brady era with fondness, I’d like to remind everyone that this was a team that was failing before Parcells/Bledsoe arrived.  And why was Bledsoe in the flick?  I mean other than the fact that he was available at the time?  Seems the plot was based on Lee Steinberg, his agent.  Who knew?

The Red Sox have quickly gone up 2-0 against the Tampa Bay Devil Hens – a name Mrs. gave them over a decade ago and one that I think is brilliant so I have kept it.  TB had to win 2 – a game 166, and a play-in – just to get to Boston, so they’re a little depleted, but when David Ortiz takes David Price deep twice you know it’s going to be a tough road.  At 97 wins, this season was the 6th best in Sox history.  Of the top 5, they went to the World Series 4 times and won it 3.  Of course, when they didn’t win it, they found spectacular ways to lose.  1978, with 99 wins, they tanked a lead in the AL East, and lost a game 166 on Bucky Flipping Dent’s home run; in 1946, Johnny Pesky took the mantle of goat by holding the ball on Enos Slaughter’s dash home in game 7.

Amazing, that you can have a phenomenal season and be known 70 years later for holding the ball.  Anyway, Joe Maddon still believes in his Devil Hens – and made clear that Boston is beautiful this time of year and that he’s looking forward to be back here later in the week.  After the run he’s had with Tampa, he’s got a right to confidence, but after the clinic the Sox put on over the weekend, it seems unlikely.  19 runs, and in game one all 9 batters had a hit and scored – only the third time in post-season that’s happened.  Of course, the first two were in the 1930’s meaning even the pitchers scored, making that achievement just a little less historic, but significant nonetheless.

Meanwhile, a kid that had thrown exactly 10 major league starts went 8 scoreless innings against the Tigers to bring the A’s even with Los Tigres in their divisional round series.  Keep beating the snot out of each other, guys.  Boston will be waiting.

And despite the Yankees not being in the playoffs, they’re still in the news, what with A-Hole filing suit in court that MLB and the Yankees are trying to force him out of the game.  See here’s the problem for MLB: Mr Rodriguez has a LOT of money, and as a friend who worked in newspapers back in the day once said, don’t get into a war of words with someone who buys ink by the barrel.  Is Selig a douche?  You bet and I actually kind of like that A-Rod isn’t going quietly – he’ll self destruct and hopefully take Selig with him.  End result?  Selig is going anyway.  A-Rod is going anyway.  They used to call the concept, “mutually assured destruction,” and this is what would have happened if there hadn’t been a peaceful resolution to the Cuban Missle Crisis.  Everyone’s getting blown up here.  Get your popcorn ready.

Have a great week.

 

 

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